Weekly College Update

Tēnā koutou katoa

I would like to welcome all our Year 9 students including new students from other year levels and your whānau to our College community. Thank you to all of you for attending the pōwhiri on Tuesday morning. As I said at the pōwhiri, your presence and bridging the gap from manuhiri/visitors to tangata whenua/people of the land ensures that you now become part of the extended whānau of the St Patrick’s College community. It was great to meet with some you and your whānau during refreshments. I would like to thank Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Rito for their waiata during that time. I hope the journey for your sons at our kura will be one filled with faith, hope and love.

Year 9 Parents Meet the Tutor Teacher Evening

On Tuesday 9 February at 5.30pm we invite all our Year 9’s together with parents and caregivers to attend the Year 9 Parents meet the Tutor Teachers. This is an opportunity to meet with your son’s Tutor Teacher and establish relations with them. There will also be information regarding Year 9 camp, and parent stakeholder’s groups. I look forward to meeting more of you next Tuesday evening.


Manaakitanga: We respect, support and care for one another as Mary did. Manaakitanga is one of the College values from the acronym MAHI. Manakitanga, Achievement, Hauora and Integrity. The concept of manaakitanga has several layers or meanings and will be a focus this term. At assembly I spoke to the students about how they show respect, support and care for each other in the classroom, in the quad or playground, in sport and cultural activities and in the wider community. I also emphasised that it is important we continue to be a welcoming community particularly to the Year 9’s and new students in the other year levels. Kia ū ki te Ariki, whakatinanahia. Keep the faith, do the MAHI.

Manu Taupua

In my address at the Senior Prizegiving at the end of last year I spoke of the change in the student leadership model with the inclusion of the new title. The title Manu Taupua will replace the title of prefects and peer leaders. The title Manu Taupua Matua will replace the term Head Prefect.

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.

We wish Joshua Perera our Manu Taupua Matua, Fox Cobb, VJ Dahya, Henry McIntyre and all our Manu Taupua all the very best as they lead our kura, our College.

Academic Mass

On Friday 12 February at 9.30am in the College Hall we will celebrate the Academic Mass. I extend an invitation to whānau, parents and caregivers to the first mass of the year asking for God’s blessing for 2021. We will formally commission all Manu Taupua during the mass. At the conclusion of mass, we invite attendees for refreshments in the College staff room. Formal uniform is to be worn on this day.


All students have been reminded of how they should wear their uniform to and from school. I expect that all students are tidy in their appearance. Students in our uniform represent all of us and they promote whom they represent in the public space. Please remind your son to wear the correct uniform with pride. A reminder that formal uniform is to be worn every Wednesday.

Coadjutor Archbishop Paul Martin SM

On behalf of the College community I would like to congratulate Archbishop Paul Martin who was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington in early January. Archbishop Paul is a former Rector of our College. We look forward to having Archbishop Paul return to Wellington and one day have him visit the College.

Xavier Reidy (2015-2019)

Thank you to the whole College community for your prayers and support with the sudden death of Old Boy Xavier Reidy. I ask our College community to continue to pray for the Reidy whānau. Thank you to staff, students, the parent community as well as the large presence of Old Boys’ who attended the funeral. Moe ma rā. Rest in peace.

Pasifika Parents Asosi

The next fono/meeting will be held on Tuesday 16 February at 6.00pm in the staffroom. The original date clashed with a school event hence the reason for the change in date. We welcome all our Pasifika parents to attend the first meeting for the year. We look forward to seeing you at the fono.

Whānau Hui Rōpu

  • Tuesday 9 February @ASB Rā Haka (this is at the same time as SPC Athletics Finals, BUT ākonga who do genuinely wish to attend Rā Haka need to see Matua Ian for details and permission slip).
  • Tuesday 9 February at 5.30pm we have meet the Year 9 Whānau hui and Tutor Teachers in the Hall.
  • Friday 12 February at 6.00pm we have our Whānau BBQ in the Staffroom.

Dates to Diary for next week

  • Monday 8 February: The College is closed for Waitangi Day holiday.  
  • Tuesday 9 February: Athletics finals for athletes only at Newtown Park;  Year 9 Meet the Tutor Teacher evening at 5.30pm.
  • Friday 12 February: Academic Mass is at 9.30am in the College hall followed by Tutor group and ID photos at 11.15am.

Itinerant Music Lessons

St Patrick’s College employs a team of skilled music tutors who teach a wide variety of musical instruments. For students with an interest in music, the best time to start learning is straight away. The information that you need about how these lessons are run and an application form can be found in this document. If you would like your son to receive instrumental tuition then please fill out the application form and return it ASAP to Mr Powdrell, HOD Music, roger.powdrell@stpats.school.nz

Photos from L C Scott

Tutor group photos will take place on Friday 12 February in the College hall following the Academic Mass.  There are a limited number of order envelopes for the upcoming photo day in the College office for any students who would like to/order pay by envelope. If you wish to place an order online here is the link for ordering photos on their website – https://orders.lcscott.co.nz/ordering/with?key=BYVBSZYM

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali