3 December 2021
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SEASON OF ADVENT
The season of Advent is a time for us to think of and care for our neighbour. This time of year can be difficult for whānau who may be going through some form of hardship, namely financial. I encourage all of you to support the Library Giving Tree for the Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) Christmas appeal. Any form of donation whether it be great or small will make a difference to whānau who will receive our gifts. This is another way of ‘preparing a way for the Lord’ in our lives, which in turn deepens our faith with God through our thoughts and actions to serve others.
Please give generously to this appeal to support whānau who are experiencing hardship at this time of the year. We ask for donations of unwrapped gifts for children, supplies for the food bank or sanitary items. These items can be dropped off to the College library. Thank you for your kindness and support.
As it is written in the book of the sayings of Isaiah the prophet: A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight! Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be levelled, winding ways be straightened and rough roads made smooth, and all humanity will see the salvation of God.
Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 athletes for their win of the Neville Shield athletics competition against St Pat’s Silverstream. It was a tightly contested athletics meet with a margin of a four-point difference. Thank you to Mr Lidstone and to those staff who had a role to play in coaching or managing the athletes, as well as officiating on the day. Well done.
COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK (CPF)
On Monday afternoon the Government informed the country of the COVID-19 Protection Framework that will come into effect at 11.59pm on 2 December 2021.
What is the traffic light system?
The COVID-19 Protection Framework – traffic light system is designed to manage the spread of COVID, not to eliminate it. The traffic light ‘colour’ will reflect the risk of transmission within the local community rather than across major geographic areas and the pressures this places on the local health system.
On 3 December Wellington will be at orange. However, the Ministry of Education has advised that all schools will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) from 1 January 2022. This means that the College will continue to follow Alert Level 2 settings. Therefore, the College will be open, and staff and students expected on site. NCEA external exams will continue to operate as normal.
UPLOADING PROOF OF STUDENT COVID VACCINATION STATUS TO THE COLLEGE PORTAL
The College will send out a separate email today to parents about providing evidence of student vaccination status which can be uploaded direct to the student portal.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
TRAIN WITH SNAPPER ON THE JOHNSONVILLE LINE
From the beginning of Term 1, 2022 students will be able to purchase a monthly pass for your Snapper card, instead of a paper monthly pass. Please note that this is only available on the Johnsonville Line. More details about how to do this will follow as they come to hand. You can keep up to date by checking the Metlink website www.metlink.org.nz.
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:
Please contact Cecilia Ross on email@example.com or text 027 6161724 for an appointment.
JUNIOR PRIZEGIVING ON WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER
The Senior Leadership team has 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 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
TUMUAKI | RECTOR