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Manaakitanga: We respect, support and care for one another as Mary did. This is the descriptor that is used for this value and there are three key words to this that I will speak to.
The words respect, support and care have many layers to it. The Oxford dictionary defines respect as; a feeling of admiration for someone or something because of their good qualities or achievements. When we display positive feelings or actions towards someone or something important we hold them in high regard and we recognise the worth of a person or thing.
When we offer support for someone our intention is to work with and walk alongside that person. The intention is that the person we walk with is fully aware and understands that they are not alone.
When we care for someone or something this is an expression of love. I hope that all our students will apply manaakitanga in their daily lives through thoughts, words and actions. That all students will recognise the dignity of all individuals, knowing that there is always someone there for them expressed through love. With Mary, the Mother of God as our model let us all respect, support and care for one another as she did.
St Patrick’s Day
On behalf of the staff and students of our kura I would like to acknowledge and thank the Parents’ Association and volunteers who organised another outstanding Big Boy’s Breakfast on Wednesday and to all the dad’s, uncles, grandfathers and students who attended.
Complaints regarding Face Coverings
A reminder to everyone that face coverings are mandatory on all public transport under Alert Level 1. This is a mandate from the Government. We have informed and reminded our students that they must wear face coverings. This has been covered in the last four assemblies, the College notices and the weekly community email. Unfortunately, a number of our students continue to ignore the mandate outlined by the Government. We have received complaints every day for the last three weeks from members of the public informing us of St Pat’s students who do not have a face covering or have a face covering but wear it around their neck. I ask that all students be considerate towards those around them on public transport. Everyone’s health and safety is paramount. If your son does not have a face covering he can collect one from the office.
General Hygiene Practice
A reminder to all students to regularly wash their hands with soap and dry them thoroughly; to cough or sneeze into their elbow; use the hand sanitisers available in all classrooms; that face coverings can be worn at school at their discretion; and that face coverings must be worn on all public transport.
Dates to Diary for next week
Wednesday 24 March – the Board of Trustees meet at 6.00pm in the Colin Boardroom and parents are most welcome to attend.
Weetbix TRYathlon this Sunday
Please be aware that there will be no access to the college grounds this Sunday 21 March because of parking for the Weetbix TRYathlon. Our Rowing and Water polo parents will be managing and charging for parking in the College grounds as a fundraiser for these 2 sporting codes.
St Patrick’s College App
The College has an App for use on mobile devices. The App gives you mobile access to important school information, notifications and functions.
Instructions to obtain the App:
Once complete, you will see the ‘School Apps NZ’ app on your mobile device. Whenever you open it, it will display the St Patrick’s College App.
Big Boys’ Breakfast
The Parents’ Association would like to thank all those who attended the Big Boys’ Breakfast and helped make it a memorable occasion. We would also like to thank the guest speaker, Billy Graham.
Special thanks to the main sponsor Brightbuild, and our table sponsors Abstel Glyde, Ellmers Mowers, Pak’n Save Petone, Pak’n Save Lower Hutt, Qual IT, Real iQ and the St Patrick’s Old Boys’ Association. Without the support of these sponsors we would be unable to hold this event.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank those businesses and individuals that have so kindly sponsored this event, whether it be donations of time, money or product – your generosity is greatly appreciated: Arobake, Bed, Bath & Beyond Lyall Bay, Bunnings Lyall Bay, Caffe L’affare, Delaney Building and Maintenance, Domino’s Pizza J’ville & Khandallah, Empire Cinema and Eatery, Fix and Fogg, GSE Engineering Ltd, Habit Health Kilbirnie, House of Handsome Barbers, Island Bay Butchery, Jennian Homes, Karen Moreau Nutrimetics, Khandallah Quality Meats, Mediterranean Food Warehouse, Maranui Café, Milne Print Wellington, Moon Family, New World Khandallah, Penthouse Cinema, Sams Art House, Simply Foods, Small Family, The Pines, Weta Workshops, Working Hands and Zealandia.
Ngā mihi nui
Kia u ki te Ariki, whakatinanahia. Keep the faith, do the MAHI.
TUMUAKI | RECTOR
MANAAKITANGA ACHIEVEMENT HAOURA INTEGRITY