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We are now in the Season of Advent, a time for reflection on the year that has been and a time for preparation as we welcome the Christ-Child into our hearts, our homes and into the world. Advent is the time for all of us to give thanks to our God for all the opportunities, the gifts and challenges God has put to us. The academic year has come to an end and it is appropriate that we do so in the form of thanksgiving. Advent is also the beginning of the Church liturgical calendar year. Following on with thanksgiving are the four weeks of preparation leading into Christmas. What spiritual preparations are you doing for yourself in the lead up to Christmas? This time of year can be busy however we need to consider time with our God and with loved ones thinking about the essence of what Christmas is about. Love, peace and joy for all people.
This leads me into the joy of what our awesome students from the Library Committee are doing behind the scenes in the Library Giving Tree for Vinnies. Thank you to all our whānau that have kindly donated gifts, non-perishable food or hygiene items. The kindness we bring in our gifts will bring happiness and hope to those receiving them.
Next Monday, we will celebrate the academic achievements of our Year 9 and 10 students at the Junior Prizegiving. It is appropriate to end the year and acknowledge the recipients who have achieved success. I hope that all our students and families have felt welcomed at the College this year, and that we have supported and affirmed your son(s) in their learning.
JUNIOR PRIZE-GIVING: Year 9 and Year 10 parents are warmly invited to attend Junior Prize-giving which will be held in the College hall at 10.00am on Monday 7 December which is the final day of school for 2020. All Year 9 and Year 10 students are to wear formal uniform. Junior Prize-giving will conclude at approximately 11.15am and students will be released home. Students will need to organise their own transport home as no school buses will be available.
SCHOOL LOCKERS: All students will need to empty out their school locker and to take their padlock home when school finishes on Monday morning.
JUNIOR REPORTS: A report summarising academic progress this year for Year 9 and Year 10 students will be available on the parent portal on Tuesday 8 December. The College made the decision to not print or post reports this year.
COLLEGE NEWSLETTER: The final College Newsletter of the year will be available next Tuesday on the College website.
PATRICIAN MAGAZINE: Our annual Year Book “The Patrician” is a magazine publication that records all the major school events and achievements of each particular year. In order to do this effectively and include things like Junior Prize-giving awards which happen on the final day of the school year, we will be finalising the production of the 2020 Patrician over the end-of-year holiday period. The 2020 Patrician magazine will be printed in January 2021 and available for distribution and collection in the first week or two of Term 1, 2021.
PAYMENT OF FEES AND DONATIONS: We would really appreciate all families ensuring their fees and donations are paid before the end of the year. We are unable to offer all the extra opportunities we provide for your sons if fees and donations are not paid.
RETURN OF TEXTBOOKS OR LIBRARY BOOKS: Please be advised if your son has any subject text books or library books at home, he must return them to the school office, which will be open until Friday 18 December for any returns and fee payments. Any un-returned textbooks or library books will be charged to your account. No students will be able to be issued textbooks for the New Year until the old textbooks are returned or paid for.
COLLEGE OFFICE HOLIDAY TIMETABLE: The College Office will close at 3.00pm on Friday 18 December 2020 and will re-open at 9.00am on Monday 18 January 2021 until 3.00pm daily. Our normal school office hours of 8.15am to 4.30pm will resume on Tuesday 26 January 2021.
TERM DATES FOR 2021:
START UP INFORMATION FOR 2021: The College will email out a ‘start up’ letter to all students in mid-January. A copy of the Stationery Lists at each year level are available on the College website. If you have changed address recently could you please contact the College office or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us.
REMINDER ABOUT COLLEGE BLAZERS: All students from Year 10 onwards require a blazer. These are available for purchase either from NZ Uniforms or the Second Hand Uniform Shop has a number available for sale.
COLLEGE APPROVED REGULATION SANDALS: Students are only allowed to wear either brown or black roman sandals with no socks. Sandals must have a back strap.
SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: The Second-hand Uniform Shop is very short on stock, of all uniform items and sizes. We would be very grateful if you could donate any uniform items that you will no longer require especially if your son is finishing Year 13 or leaving College. Profits from the Uniform Shop go back to the school in the form of scholarships to students, grants to specific projects, support and hospitality at College functions, and uniforms for families in need.
Please consider donating any good quality blazers, jackets, shirts, PE tops / shorts, trousers etc. Please drop your uniform items into the College reception. We will consider purchasing blazers ($110) and jackets ($50) if they are in very good condition and blazers must be dry-cleaned with the ticket still attached. A Purchase Agreement form must be completed and left with the item(s) at the College reception, see our page on the College website for more information. Thank you so much for your support of the Second Hand Uniform Shop.
We wish to advise that we are opening the SPC Second Hand Uniform shop, on the following dates: Monday 7 December from 11.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday 12 December 2020 – 10.00am to 12noon (by appointment), Saturday 16 January 2020 – 10.00am to 12.00pm (by appointment), Wednesday 20 January 2021 – 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Please email FOSPC2018@gmail.com with your preferred time and we will do our best to accommodate. You can also text 027 616 1724 on the morning to check availability. In 2021, the SPC Second Hand Uniform shop will be open one Monday per month during term time. These dates and other weekend opening dates will be advertised through the college newsletter and on our page on the College website. The new SPC Second Hand Uniform shop co-ordinator is Cecilia Ross, she can be reached on: Email FOSPC2018@gmail.com (‘Uniform Shop’ in the subject line) or Mobile 027 616 1724.
Finally, I would like to thank a number of people. I want to acknowledge the Provincial of the Society of Mary, Fr. Tim Duckworth, the Chair of the Senate Fr. Brian Cummings and its Board, the Society of Mary, the Chair of the Board of Trustees John Campbell, the Chair of the Board of Proprietors and members of both Boards, the staff, stakeholders and the whole College community for your prayers of love, support and guidance in my first year as tumuaki of the College. Fa’afetai tele lava and thank you.
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: May the birth of the Christ-Child bring love, peace and joy to you all. Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou. Have a blessed Christmas and happy New Year.