Weekly College Update

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UPDATE ON LIAM MAITLAND: I want to acknowledge the whole College community and the wider Wellington community for your prayers of love, support, comfort and strength for Liam and his family. Liam had surgery on Wednesday and the specialist have informed Liam and his parents that it was a success. He is now at home and will require rest as part of his recovery. This is awesome news. May God’s unconditional love and healing presence be with Liam and his family.

As per my communication last Sunday, if there is student or family member that is still coming to terms with the incident I strongly recommend you make contact with our College Counsellor, Chris Fouhy, (chris.fouhy@stpats.school.nz) or speak to any of the College teaching staff. If you wish to contact someone directly at the College our number is 939-3070.

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 23 to Wednesday 25 November – Year 10 Kennedy Camp
  • Wednesday 25 November to Friday 27 November – Year 10 Redwood Camp.
  • Wednesday 25 November – Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00pm in the Colin Boardroom. Parents are most welcome to attend.

NOEL LEEMING OFFER: a special Friends & Family event in your area. This special event is currently running and ends on Sunday, November 29, 2020. To take advantage of this special offer visit one of our Noel Leeming Stores located across the country and simply show the event flyer attached on your smartphone (or in printed form).

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 10.00am – 12.00pm, more dates in January TBC.

MOTHER & SON DINNER PHOTOS: unfortunately, the College has not yet received these photos.  An email will be sent out as soon as they are ready for collection from the College reception.


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

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali