Weekly College Update

21 May 2021

 

Tēnā koutou katoa

O’Shea Shield

Congratulations to our O’Shea Shield team who tied runners-up with Sacred Heart New Plymouth and St John’s Hastings. A special mention to the following students who won their categories:

Religious Drama: Thomas Cacho-Bevin, VJ Dahya, Aeneas O’Sullivan, James Tuck, Lawrence White

Scripture Reading: Joshua Perera

Te Reo Scripture Reading: Cameron Ruka-Karauti.

Thank you to staff who coached their students as well as whānau and friends who came along to support our team.

Term 2 Focus – Achievement

We strive to excel in all aspects of College and personal life. We nurture a love of learning both inside and outside the classroom; and we use our talents for the good of all.

At assembly this week I shared with the student’s examples of achievement. I put this challenge in front of them to remind them of how they are applying the Faith and MAHI values as part of their everyday activities and/or routines. As in my previous communication achievement is more than just success in academic studies. Some achievements for this week in our kura include: the success of the public speaking event for the O’Shea Shield; the Year 9 parents and whānau who attended the Parents of Patricians (POP) evening; Year 12 retreat; Year 10 Drama production for our Kāhui Ako schools; Pink Shirt Day; and sports events during the week.

I encourage whānau to acknowledge and celebrate the small achievements made by your son and our kura.

Sacramental Programme

The Sacramental Programme commenced this week however it is not too late to join in. This is for students who would like to be Baptised, make their First Holy Communion or get Confirmed. This is a great opportunity for students to further their understanding of our Faith. We will be celebrating these Sacraments at the Assumption Day Mass on 13 August. If you would like more information about this you can email Father Pat Brophy pat.brophy@stpatscollege.co.nz or Jacob Madigan at Jacob.madigan@stpats.school.nz

Music Department Concert, on Tuesday 25 May at 7.30pm in the College Hall
Everyone is warmly invited to attend the Music Department Concert which will feature the talented music students of St Patrick’s College. There will be a variety of music being performed by students. Parents, friends and family are very welcome – we would love to see you there!
Entry is free, although donations towards covering the cost of supper are appreciated.

Dates to diary for next week

Monday 24 May – Parents’ Association AGM in the staffroom at 7.15pm

Tuesday 25 May – Music Department Concert at 7.30pm in the College hall

Wednesday 26 May  Sports exchange with Wellington College hosted at St Patrick’s College.  We wish all our teams the best of luck. We welcome Old Boys’, parents and caregivers, whānau and supporters of our two respective College’s to this event. The sports timetable for the day’s fixtures is available on the College website.  Students will be allowed to watch the various sports from lunchtime (12.50pm) for the afternoon and it is expected that students will be released home at the conclusion of the games at approximately 2.45pm.

12.45pm:                     Basketball in the Gym

1.00pm:                       1XI Soccer Game on the Turf

1.15pm:                       1XV Rugby Game on Evans Bay Park

3.00pm:                       After-match in College hall for players, team management and officials.

Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00pm in the Colin Boardroom.  Parents are most welcome to attend.

Friday 28 May – House Sasa competition at 2.30pm in the College hall.

Advance Notice – there is no school on Friday 4 June

Please note that the College will be closed on Friday 4 June for a Wellington wide Loop Ed professional development day for local secondary school’s teachers and also on Monday 7 June (Queen’s Birthday Monday) and Tuesday 8 June for midterm break.

Uniform

All students must wear their uniform to and from school. We set high expectations that all students are wearing their uniform correctly and are tidy in their appearance. Students in our uniform represent all of us and promote whom they represent in the public space.

If a student is caught wearing a non-regulation uniform, he will be asked to put it into his bag. If he is caught again wearing a non-regulation uniform the item will be confiscated. As we move into the later part of autumn into winter students should wear the regulation school jacket. Non-regulation coats and jackets are not to be worn. 

If a student does not have a tie parents and caregivers must purchase one within a practical time frame. If the time frame surpasses and your son still has not does not have a tie he will be advised to wear summer uniform until a tie is purchased. I would appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) Testing

St Patrick’s College is part of the PISA 2022 Field Trial.  This involves 5000 students in New Zealand and thousands of students in over 80 other countries doing testing in areas such as reading, mathematics, science and creative thinking.  The data gathered helps to look at trends in education and consider ways to improve systems and teaching.

98 St Patrick’s College students have been randomly chosen by the Ministry of Education to complete the testing on Tuesday 25th of May.  The students chosen will miss their usual classes on that day Periods Two, Three and Four.  The students have been spoken to and given a letter to bring home.  Their teachers have also been told.

Please contact sarah.parkinson@stpats.school.nz if you have any questions.

 

Sacramental Programme

The Sacramental Programme commenced this week however it is not too late to join in. This is for students who would like to be Baptised, make their First Holy Communion or get Confirmed. This is a great opportunity for students to further their understanding of our Faith. We will be celebrating these Sacraments at the Assumption Day Mass at St Mary of the Angels on 13 August. If you would like more information about this you can email Father Pat Brophy pat.brophy@stpatscollege.co.nz or Jacob Madigan at Jacob.madigan@stpats.school.nz

Our Kids Online

An online safety information programme presentation by Rob and Zareen Cope. This is in conjunction with the Wellington Catholic Kāhui Ako that we belong to. It is being held on Tuesday 8 June at Samuel Marsden College from 7.00pm – 8.30pm. To register for this event please click here.

The presentation will include the following topics:

  • Understand the harms our kids are facing online in relation to pornography, predators, social media access and the 24/7 switched on effect.
  • Learn practical solutions to keep your children safer online.
  • Get advice on healthy ways to approach these tricky topics.
  • Learn what to do when your child has been exposed to something harmful.
  • This talk also includes an online safety plan tailored to suit your family’s needs.

Entry is by gold coin donation with proceeds going to the Wellington Soup Kitchen.

MMR vaccination catch-up

As a follow up to information sent out yesterday to the families of students aged 15 and over students will be able to get vaccinated against MMR on Friday 11 June at the College if they have previously missed out, and have parental consent.

FOSPC – Mother Son Dinner

Reminder to save the date Tuesday 29 June at 7.00pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday 31 May – $36 per person. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal with your son. Our speaker this year is St Pat’s Old Boy Li’i Alaimoana who will share the journey of his career in the comedy industry. There’ll be raffles, photos and a cash bar – a fun night guaranteed! More details to come.

Parents’ Association AGM

The Parents’ Association are holding their AGM at 7.15pm on Monday 24 May in the staffroom and would like to invite you to attend.  The Parents’ Association is a group of parents and caregivers which runs two fundraising events each year. You can get involved by joining the Association, or helping with an event. There are many ways to share your time and talent and every contribution large or small helps St Patrick’s to provide an even better education and environment for your son. We have fun while we work and helping out is a great way to meet other parents and caregivers. No prior experience is required, a wide range of talents are needed and all parents and caregivers are welcome to join us.

 

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali

TUMUAKI | RECTOR