Weekly College Update

Tēnā koutou katoa

We come to the end of Term 1 after a busy and successful last few weeks. We have had a number of highlights and occasions that should be acknowledged to celebrate the many awesome things that happen in our kura.

Special Character                                                                                         

  • Academic Mass
  • St Patrick’s Day Mass
  • Ash Wednesday liturgy
  • Season of Lent – Pray. Fast. Give.
  • Commissioning of Manu Taupua
  • Commissioning of the Eucharistic Ministers
  • Catholic Special Character Review
  • Weekly lunchtime mass
  • Holy Week liturgy


  • 2020 NCEA results
  • Four NCEA Scholarships in 2020
  • Academic Excellence assembly


  • Year 9 Pōwhiri
  • Big Boys’ Breakfast
  • Home School Partnership


  • 1st XI Cricket traditionals
  • Summer Tournament week
  • Wellington Regional Athletics Championships

Thank you for your support during a busy Term One.


Staff Farewells

Gary Cook-Andrews: We farewell Mr Gary Cook-Andrews, our College Publications Coordinator and long serving staff member. Mr Cook-Andrews started at the College in 2003 as Sports Assistant. In his role he was actively involved in the administration and management of a multitude of sporting codes. During his career at the College Mr Cook-Andrews progressed to taking over as Publicity Officer and has produced the Patrician magazine annually since 2004. He has given generously of his time to our College community and we thank him for his contribution to the life of St Patrick’s College and wish him all the best for the future.

Rose Ter Borg: In mid-March we farewelled Ms Rose ter Borg. Ms ter Borg joined us in the middle of lockdown in mid-April of last year. We thank her for contribution to the life of St Patrick’s College and wish her all the best at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, formerly the Correspondence School.

Kelsen Simonsen: At the end of this term we also farewell Mr Kelsen Simonsen. Mr Simonsen joined us in 2019. We thank him for his contribution to the life of St Patrick’s College and wish him all the best for the future and his move to Tauranga.


Progress Conference

Thank you to those parents who came in on Wednesday for Progress Conferences.  This is a really important day for us and hopefully was useful for you.


Latest Newsletter

The second College newsletter of the year will be available on the College website this afternoon.


Office Hours during the holidays

The school office will be closed from Monday 19 April 2021 to Wednesday 28 April 2021 inclusive.  The office will re-open on Thursday 29 April 2021 to Friday 30 April 2021 with reduced hours of 9.30am to 3.00pm.  Normal term time hours will resume on Monday 3 May 2021.


Term dates for 2021

  • Term 2 – Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July.
  • Term 3 – Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October.
  • Term 4 – Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December.


Dates to diary for Week 1 of Term 2

  • Monday 3 May: Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime.  Parents’ Association meet at 7.30pm in the staffroom
  • Wednesday 5 May: ANZAC Liturgy at assembly
  • Thursday 6 May: Whanau Ropu Hui at 6.00pm


FOSPC – Donations for Mother Son Dinner

Planning for the annual Mother Son dinner, on Tuesday 29 June 2021, is underway. This is a special social occasion where mothers and sons come together to enjoy a buffet meal in the college hall, and hear from a guest speaker.

This is not a fundraiser event. However, we run some raffles on the night to help us cover the costs, which helps make it an affordable and fun evening.  We are looking for donations of vouchers, products or experiences that we can package up for raffle prizes and spot prizes.  We are also looking for anyone who can provide lighting to help transform the venue from ordinary college hall to elegant gala dinner venue.

If you are able to support our sponsorship please email fospc2018@gmail.com. Many thanks in advance. Tickets will go on sale on 31 May. In the meantime, save the date.


Uniform shop change in purchase agreement

From 3 May we will no longer purchase old style rain jackets (with the drawstring at the waist). The shop will still sell them and we will take donations but we will stop purchasing them. We will still purchase the two newer style rain jackets and blazers. See our updated page for details.

Upcoming shop openings are:

  • Saturday 1 May: 10.00am -12.00pm (by appointment, email fospc2018@gmail.com)
  • Monday 3 May: lunchtime 1.40pm – 2.20pm



I wish you all a peaceful and restful holiday. The Lord has risen! Alleluia!

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali