Weekly College Update

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Two significant highlights this week was the Leavers’ Mass and Senior Prizegiving. We are fortunate and privileged to be in a position to be able to host mass gatherings. These two events highlighted for me the essence of a faith-filled community enriched with a sense of belonging. A large number of parents and whanau attended the occasions.

We farewell our Year 13’s as well as students from the other year levels that will be leaving us. We pray for God’s guidance in your future endeavours.

I want to congratulate all the senior students that received awards at the Senior Prizegiving. Your hard work in doing the MAHI has earned you a well-deserved reward.

A special mention to the following students:

  • Jules Appleby who was awarded the Proxime Accessit
  • Andrew Small who was awarded the Dux of the College.

Student Leadership Framework 2021

In last week’s communication I spoke about the new student leadership structure. At the Senior Prizegiving I announced the student leaders for the College for next year. I also informed the community of the title change.

The term Manu Taupua will replace the title of head prefect. All student leaders will be referred to as Manu Taupua. The leader of Manu Taupua will be referred to as Manu Taupua Matua. Manu Taupua symbolises a sentry bird. The sentry bird figuratively speaking, signifies a chief who stands and defends its ground. It is not affected by peer or external pressures as it meets challenges and expectations. The Manu Taupua stands out among its people, supporting other leaders and its iwi.

Your 2021 Manu Taupua Matua is Joshua Perera. His co-Manu Taupua are Fox Cobb, V J Dahya and Henry McIntyre.

The House Captains are:

  • Chanel – Yanula Thuiyadura
  • Kennedy – Semisi Tautau
  • Redwood – Denzel Estor
  • Watters – James Tuck

Congratulations to Joshua and his peers. I look forward to working alongside them next year.

Library Giving Tree for Vinnies: The Library Committee boys are working hard on promoting a Giving Tree that will start on Monday 16 November in the library. We are asking for donations of new or as new toys and books and non-perishable food and hygiene items. These will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) to distribute to families for Christmas. We would appreciate if families would support this initiative.

STUDY SKILLS: A reminder of the Google Classroom Study Skills and Advice resource tool that is available for all students. To join please enter the class code: qo337ta

NZQA EXAMINATIONS: All students doing NCEA examinations have received their Examination Code Slip and Instruction Sheet with the examination timetable.  Please check the examination timetable regularly so that there is no chance of your son missing an exam. Morning exams start at 9.30am and afternoon exams at 2.00pm.  Students need to be here 30 minutes prior to their exam.  They must bring their Examination Code slip.  Year 11 and Year 12 students must wear proper school uniform to exams.  Year 13 students may wear mufti to exams.

Derived Grades – if your son is not able to sit the examination because he is sick, had an accident, or there was some other special situation you should let the Assistant Rector, Ms Sarah Parkinson know straight away and apply for a Derived Grade.  The same applies if having sat the examination he did not do as well as he could have due to sickness.  In these cases, complete an application form which needs to be completed by a doctor within 24 hours.  The application forms can be collected from the College, or can be downloaded from the NZQA website.


  • Monday 16 November – NCEA exams commence.
  • Tuesday 17 November – no classes for Year 9 and 10 students due to Ministry of Education Accord Teacher Only Day.
  • Wednesday 18 November – Year 8 Orientation Day.
  • Thursday 19 November – Friends of St Patrick’s College Christmas BBQ to welcome Year 9 2021 parents at 6.00pm in the staffroom.
  • Friday 20 November – Neville Shield Athletics at Newtown Park between St Patrick’s College Silverstream and Town.  All Year 9 and Year 10 students are to attend and there will be no classes that day.  Athletes need to be at Newtown Park at 9.00am and all other students need to be there by 10.00am for roll-check.  Students are advised to leave their Chromebooks at home, and to bring a hat, water bottle and sunscreen.  There will be food and drink available for purchase at Newtown Park.  Students will be released home at 2.30pm and will need to use public transport as there will be no school buses.

FOSPC UPDATE: Would you like to use your skills and creativity to give back to the school? Have you thought about joining the Friends of St Patrick’s College? We are looking for mums, dads and whānau to help plan next year’s Mother-Son dinner, get involved in the running of the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop, provide hospitality at several College events, and much more. We just held our AGM and have a great Committee for 2021, but we are always keen to have more general committee members, and we still have a vacancy for Secretary and a Volunteer Co-ordinator. If you are good at taking notes and communicating by email, and are able to come to monthly meetings, we would love to hear from you! Please email FOSPC if you are interested or to find out more: fospc2018@gmail.com

Introducing the new FOSPC committee:

  • Chairperson – Stephanie Coulman (replacing Sally Dunbar)
  • Treasurer – Heidi Meudt (replacing Stephen Perrott)
  • Secretary – Vacancy! (Briefly, this role records our meeting minutes, responds to emails, and records RSVPs to events)
  • 2nd Hand Uniform Shop Co-ordinators – Cecilia Ross, with help from Stephanie Coulman.
  • Angels Co-ordinator – Kirsten Young (replacing Maire Perrott)
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator – Vacancy! (Briefly, this role calls for volunteers required for each event we host and makes sure we have enough people)
  • Committee members – Barbara Link, Yelena Anderson, Trish Evans, Br Matt Morris.

UNIFORM SHOP DONATIONS DESPERATELY NEEDED: We had several new families through recently and our stocks are seriously depleted. We would love to replenish our stocks before the next open days (Monday 7 December and Saturday 12 December). We will happily take your old uniforms off your hands (good condition and preferably washed). If you have excellent condition blazers or jackets don’t forget we will consider buying them off you Blazers  – $110 (must be dry-cleaned), jackets  – $50 (no rips/tears/stains), complete this purchase agreement form.

Please drop these off to the office. Shop next open Monday 7 December lunchtime and Saturday 12 December 10am – 12pm, more dates in January TBC.

MOTHER & SON DINNER PHOTOS: Due to circumstances out of Simon’s (Woolf Photography) control there has been a delay on printing and delivering the photos back to the college. He confirmed that the photos will be ready for pickup on Wednesday 18 November from the College reception.


Kia ū ki te Ariki, whakatinanahia. | Keep the faith, do the MAHI.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali