Weekly College Update

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The Feast day of All Souls was celebrated on Monday. In the Catholic tradition the month of November remember loved ones who have deceased. A memorial book is placed in front of the altar in the College chapel if staff and students wish to record the names of loved ones which will be offered in our weekly mass. We pray for our family, friends, the Old Boys’, former staff members as well as the souls in purgatory. We ask for God’s comfort and peace.

Three important up-coming events to take note of are: The Parents Association Art Exhibition ‘Unlocked’ on tonight at 6.30pm; the Leavers Mass on Monday 9 November at 10.30am and the Senior Prizegiving on Tuesday 10 November at 7.30pm. All the events will be held in the College Hall. Parents and whānau are welcome to attend these important celebrations. I would especially encourage our senior students to attend the Senior Prizegiving to acknowledge and recognise the achievements of their peers.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK 2021: The College Vision states that we are a Catholic community that empowers our young men to become the best version of the person God created them to be. Our College provides many opportunities for our students. This includes student leadership. I have made the decision in discussion with staff to change the current model of student leadership.

The new model promotes the idea of equality, democracy, tolerance and acceptance. I believe that if a student applies for a leadership position to serve our community then I will accept him into the role. Other reasons for the change include: that this is a role and a task open to everyone; it allows everyone to pitch in to get the job done and not just for a select, chosen few; those behind the scenes, the quiet people who get alongside individuals are just as, if not more important, then those who are out the front giving the speech; it allows people to take a risk to realise their full potential and allows every student to have ownership of Hato Patariki ki Poneke.

I have outlined the model of Servant-Leadership to the prospective leaders that attended the leadership workshop last term. This model encapsulates that the kind of people Hato Patariki ki Poneke needs from student leaders are people who show empathy, look out for those in need, and are role models for other students.

I look forward to working with and alongside the prospective student leaders in 2021.

STREAMED CLASSES AND BANDING: During Terms 2 and 3 there have been discussions between the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and the Education Development Committee (EDC) on whether we continue to keep streamed and banded classes in the junior school in English and Mathematics. The SLT consists of the Rector, Deputy and Assistant Rector and the EDC consists of all Heads of Departments.

There have been positive, robust discussions on this matter. Some of the questions asked were: whether banding is still relevant?; how does it link into the concept of culturally responsive practice?; should all students be ranked according to their academic ability and put into the same band for two years prior to NCEA; and whether the practice is inequitable.

In the future our hope is for all students to have the opportunity to register into any subject course, particularly the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.

A decision has been finalised and I can report that the English department will no longer continue banding in 2021. Students in Years 9 and 10 will do English in their usual core classes. Teachers will differentiate learning based on need. The Mathematics department will continue banding next year. Further discussions will continue into the new year between SLT and the Mathematics department.

There will be no Year 9 streamed class next year. All Year 9 core classes will be mixed ability and extension opportunities will be offered. The 2021 Year 10 streamed class will remain. In 2022 streamed classes will be phased out.

NZQA EXAMINATIONS: NZQA examinations will be running from Monday 16th of November, until Wednesday 9th of December.  These exams will be in the College Hall.  Morning exams start at 9.30am and afternoon exams start at 2pm.  Students must be punctual to their exams.  We recommend that students arrive at least 20 minutes before the exam is supposed to begin.

Students should ensure that they know when their exams are and be organised with their ID card or other form of photo identification, their examination slip and a clear plastic bag with pens (black or blue only), pencils and an eraser.  Calculators are also permitted in some exams.

Students can also bring an emergency pack into the exams which contains the following items in a clear, sealable plastic bag: mobile phone (turned off), keys, money, bus pass and or any medicine they may need.  This pack must stay underneath their chair and not be touched or opened without permission from the exam supervisor.

Students have been talked to and received this information from NZQA.  Please take a look at the following links for further information.  There is also information about how to cope with the stress of exams.

If a student is unable to attend an exam, please contact Sarah Parkinson at the College as soon as possible.

We wish all our students sitting NCEA external examinations all the very best for their exams.

Information for students:

Examination timetable:

Managing exam pressure:

“UNLOCKED”- the Art Exhibition – a St Patrick’s College Parents’ Association fundraiser on Friday 6 November at 6.30pm in the College hall.   This event is on tonight.  Check out just some of the amazing artwork that will be for sale this year on the Facebook event page https://fb.me/e/5Icd368tP All art is for sale- eftpos/credit card facility available.  Support local artists and support our College. Tickets are $25 each from the school office. Contact jacky.reid@stpats.school.nz for online payment instructions.


  • Monday 9 November – Leavers Mass at 10.30am in the College hall. 
  • Tuesday 10 November – Year 13 Leavers Cocktail party at 6.00pm followed by Senior Prizegiving is at 7.30pm in the College hall. 

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: Open days for the rest of 2020 are Monday 7 December at 1.40pm and Saturday 12 December 10.00am-12.00pm.  Eftpos available.


Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali