Weekly College Update

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Ash Wednesday Liturgy
We will celebrate Ash Wednesday on 17 February in the College hall at 12.10pm. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a time for prayer, fasting, contemplation and reflection. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.


Catholic Special Character Review
The College will have its tri-annual review of its Catholic Special Character from March 3-5. The review team will conduct interviews with members of the Board of Proprietors and Board of Trustees, senior leaders, staff, students and parents/caregivers. The lead reviewer is Mary Cook. We look forward to having Mary and her team at the College.


Scholarships 2020
The College gained four scholarships last year. I congratulate the following students who gained a scholarship:

  • Jules Appleby – 2 Scholarships in Physics and Statistics
  • Michael Taliau – 1 Scholarship in Samoan
  • Patrick Topp – 1 Scholarship in Statistics

Well done to these three students. I also thank the staff and whānau who supported them. Your guidance and support are appreciated.


Pasifika Parents Asosi
Warm Pasifika greetings to all our pasifika families. The first fono/meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 16 February at 6.00pm in the College staffroom. We welcome all our pasifika parents and caregivers as well as new parents to the College community to attend. We look forward to seeing you at the fono/meeting.


Year 9 Camps
The Year 9 camps will commence next Monday. The camp is a great opportunity for all Year 9’s to bond with the peers of their House together with staff. The camp is a great way to experience the outdoors in collaboration with a spiritual element, and activities based around resilience, teamwork and trust. Kennedy House from 15-17 February and Watters House from 17-19 February.


Whānau Hui Rōpu
A reminder that all Whānau are invited to the BBQ in the Staffroom at 6.00pm this evening.


Dates to Diary for next week

  • Monday 15 February: Year 9 Kennedy camp from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 February AND the Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime from 1.40pm to 2.20pm. FOSPC meet at 7.30pm in the staffroom.
  • Tuesday 16 February: Pasifika Parents’ Asosi meet in the staffroom at 6.00pm.
  • Wednesday 17 February: Year 9 Watters camp from Wednesday 17 February to Friday 19 February AND Ash Wednesday liturgy at 12.10pm in the College hall.
  • Friday 19 February: A full College newsletter will be available on the College website and some hard copies will be available in the College office.


Big Boys Breakfast
This event is fast approaching on 17 March 2021 and we are calling for Sponsorship and volunteers for this awesome event.  This Breakfast is a highlight in the St Patricks College calendar, an opportunity for our boys and the significant males in their lives to come together and enjoy each other’s company on St Patrick’s Day.  This event needs sponsors and volunteers to help make it special.  Please email parentsassociation@stpats.school.nz if you are interested in either sponsoring or joining our awesome Parents’ Association team of volunteers.  We are asking for a major sponsor as well as minor sponsors so nothing is too small to support this event.


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.


Friends of St Patrick’s College (FOSPC)
FOSPC supports the College community by providing hospitality at various functions throughout the year. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up to be on our contact list at the Meet the Tutor teacher evening on Tuesday 9 February please email us at FOSPC2018@gmail.com. From time to time we will email asking for volunteers at an event.

You can also join our Facebook page (FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College), or come along to our monthly committee meetings, which are held in the College staffroom on a Monday during term time at 7.30pm. Our first meeting of the year is on Monday 15 February at 7.30pm, and we are having drinks and nibbles so this would be a good one to come to! Let us know on FOSPC2018@gmail.com if you would like to attend – all parents and caregivers are welcome!

The Second Hand uniform shop will be open at lunchtime (1.40pm to 2.20pm) on Monday 15 February. The shop is open once a month on a Monday during lunchtime and on one Saturday morning in the school holidays (April, July, September). We’re always looking for donations, especially good quality trousers and in bigger sizes. You can leave these at school reception for our collection, we do pay $110 for an excellent quality blazer and $50 for an excellent quality jacket  See our page for more dates and the purchase agreement form.

Another branch of our group is the ‘St Pat’s Angels’. This group supports college families and staff through illness or bereavement with practical help such as meals and transport to hospital appointments – whatever is needed. Please consider volunteering to be an Angel. Email us at FOSPC2018@gmail.com to find out more or to be added to the list of Angels.


Photos from L C Scott
Tutor group photos will take place today 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