Weekly College Update

26 November 2021

 

Tēnā koutou katoa

 

SEASON OF ADVENT

The Season of Advent is the beginning of the Church liturgical calendar year. This is 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. 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 the Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) Christmas appeal. Please give generously to this appeal to support whānau that are experiencing hardship at this time of the year. We are asking for donations of unwrapped gifts for children, supplies for the food bank or sanitary items. Please drop items off to the College library. Thank you for your support.

 

TEACHER ACCORD DAY ON WEDNESDAY 1 DECEMBER

A reminder that there are no classes for Year 9 and 10 students on Wednesday 1 December as our staff will be taking part in the Teacher Accord Only Day. This is the fourth of eight additional Teacher Accord Days that the Ministry of Education has agreed to between November 2020 and the end of 2022. These days are designed to support the implementation of planned changes to NCEA which are being made over the next few years.

Please note that NCEA exams will continue that day as normal. In terms of Year 10 camp it is the crossover day for Redwood and Watters and camps will continue as planned.

 

LIBRARY GIVING TREE

The Library and Service Committees have once again turned the library display area into a Christmas Wonderland, complete with Giving Tree! All we need now is to fill the boxes under it with gifts and essentials for families in need this Christmas. Please drop into the boxes any new toys or gifts for children, food bank items or toiletries you can and we will deliver them to St Vincent de Paul to continue their amazing work on Monday 13 December.

 

VACCINATION MANDATE FOR VOLUNTEERS

As you may be aware, the Government has announced nationwide mandatory vaccination for the education workforce. This includes any community members who regularly come onto school grounds and/or are parent volunteers.

In accordance with the recently released Public Health Orders, all sporting coaches and managers are required to have received their first COVID-19 vaccination by 15 November 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

Please provide Deputy Rector Wayne Mills with evidence of your vaccinations if you have not already done so by emailing wayne.mills@stpats.school.nz

If you haven’t already you can get your COVID-19 record by setting up a My Health account using the link provided. https://app.covid19.health.nz/

Once you have created your account you will have access to your records. Take a screenshot of this and email it directly to Wayne to verify your status.

This is another useful link for proof of vaccination:  Request proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

If we do not receive verification of your vaccination status prior on or before November 15 then you will be recorded as being unvaccinated.  If you haven’t already taken the steps to get vaccinated, you can go to Book My Vaccine.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

VACCINATION MANDATE FOR STUDENTS

Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order, 2021 (the Order) secondary schools are required to maintain an up-to-date register with the vaccine status of all eligible students, including all vaccinated and unvaccinated students.

We would like to collect this information for our incoming students starting Year 9 in 2022, and those entering at other levels as well as our current students.

As you may be aware, the Government has also announced nationwide mandatory vaccination for the education workforce in order to work onsite as a means of protecting our school community. This means that everyone working at our school who has interaction with our students must have had a first dose of the vaccine by Monday 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by Saturday 1 January 2022. This requirement will also extend to unpaid workers such as volunteers.

The register of students’ vaccination status is to be held confidentially and be accessible to a restricted number of people. These people will be the Rector Mike Savali and the Deputy Rector, Wayne Mills. The College Secretary, Yvonne Small will administer the register.

Click here to read the privacy statement regarding the vaccination register for students.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy, please contact Wayne Mills, wayne.mills@stpats.school.nz the College Privacy Officer.

To register your son’s vaccination status, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/JNvQcV6Lf3bxUWjW6

If a form is not completed for a student by Wednesday 1 December 2021, then they will be considered to be unvaccinated.

As the mandate to vaccinate becomes more widespread across other employment sectors, we now have external providers starting to ask the question about the vaccination status of our staff and students as they seek to protect their own workers. For example, an accommodation provider that we use for a field trip or sports trip may only allow vaccinated staff and students on site so please be aware that there is the potential that unvaccinated students may not be able to participate in some events.

If you need support to understand these requirements in relation to your health and wellbeing, I encourage you to contact your GP or a service such as Healthline on 0800 611 116 or www.health.govt.nz

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

FACE MASKS/COVERINGS

While face masks are not mandatory in school it is strongly recommended that your son wear one. Face masks must be worn on all school buses as well as public transport at Alert Level 2. I encourage whānau to ensure that your son has one with him even if he does not wear it. When it is worn he must wear it correctly. Staff will remind students to wear it properly if it is not worn the correct way. This is for his wellbeing and the wellbeing of those he interacts with. Face masks/coverings are also kept in the College office if your son needs one however we would encourage you to purchase a face mask/covering for your son to keep in his bag for his personal use, as the cost to the College of handing out free face masks/covering is substantial and ongoing.

 

NZQA EXAMINATIONS COMMENCED ON 22 NOVEMBER

All students doing NCEA examinations have received their Examination Code Slip and Instruction Sheet with the examination timetable. If you have not collected your slip, please see Mrs Love in the Student Centre. 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 13 students may wear non-uniform to exams.

A reminder please to all Year 11 and 12 students who have external examinations that full school uniform is to be worn to those exams.  It has been disappointing for students to arrive in non-uniform clothes to the exams held this week or with facial hair or earrings in which goes against our uniform policy.  Only Year 13 students have permission to wear non-uniform to those 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 (sarah.parkinson@stpats.school.nz) 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.

 

TRAIN WITH SNAPPER ON THE JOHNSONVILLE LINE

Now, you can ride the Johnsonville train during our pilot with your Snapper card. Before you get on board, there are a few things you need to know:

You must tag on and off for every journey using the Snapper card readers on the train platforms. During the trial there are no transfers between the bus and the train, and you are unable to tag on extra people. Metlink Transport Officers may be onboard the train to check your Snapper payments. If you forget your Snapper card or don’t have one, you can still pay with cash or use paper tickets. If you don’t have any way to pay, the on-board staff may give you a payment notice to pay for your trip at a ticket office later – they’ll explain this to you.

Find out where to get a new Snapper card at Snapper.co.nz, then top up on the Snapper iOS or Android app, at a Snapper retailer or kiosk. Monthly passes will not be available on Snapper initially, but you can top up your Snapper like you would for the bus and pay for each journey.

Your current concession or child card (green or student ID card) will work just like on the bus and you’ll be charged the discounted fare. If you have any further questions or concerns about your concession, find out more at Snapper.co.nz/child-concessions.  Find out more at Metlink.org.nz/snapper-on-rail and Metlink 0800 801 700.

 

SECOND-HAND UNIFORM SHOP

The Second-Hand Uniform Shop is currently low on stock and is in need of donations of good, clean, resalable uniform items. Money raised through the sale of second-hand uniforms is donated back to St Patrick’s College by the Friends of St Patrick’s College (FOSPC).

FOSPC will consider buying your blazers (for $110) and newer style jackets (for $50) if they are in VERY good condition. The blazers MUST be dry-cleaned with the dry-cleaning ticket still attached. A separate Second-Hand Uniform Purchase Agreement will need to be completed for each blazer/jacket being offered for purchase. A link to this form can be found on the Second-Hand Uniform shop page on the school website or they can be collected from the College Secretary, Yvonne Small.

The Second-Hand uniform shop will be open on Monday 6 December during lunchtime (1.40-2.20pm) and the following dates in January by appointment:

  • Saturday 15 January               10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 January           4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 January           4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Saturday 29 January               10.00am – 1.00pm

Please email fospc2018@gmail.com or text 027 6161724 for an appointment.

Cecilia Ross, Second-hand Uniform Shop Coordinator

 

JUNIOR PRIZEGIVING ON WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER

The Senior Leadership team have made a decision to have two separate prizegivings for Years 9 and 10. They will be held in the College chapel. It will be a similar format to that of the Senior prizegivings. Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity for parents or whānau to attend this event. We will live stream the event and an email will be sent for you to register. Students will attend for tutor time at 8.55am. The Year 9 prizegiving will begin at 9.15am. Year 10s will be expected to attend period 1 class after tutor time. The Year 10 prizegiving will be at 10.30am and Year 9s will go to their period 2 class. The school day will end at 11.15am.

 

UP-COMING CALENDAR EVENTS

  • Wednesday 1 December – Teacher Accord Day.
  • Wednesday 15 December – Last day of school for Year 9 and 10.   Year 9 Sport & Junior Prizegiving at 9.15am. Note: students only event.  Year 10 Sport and Junior Prizegiving at 10.30am. Note: students only event.

 

Ngā mihi nui

 

Mike Savali

TUMUAKI | RECTOR