Weekly College Update

28 May 2021


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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.

We will have had a number of students nurturing a love of learning and using their talents and showcasing them in the community. Here are some of the talent we have shared recently –

last Thursday, the Year 10 drama class performed a short play called Vampires and Zombies. Students from St Patrick’s Primary School, Cardinal McKeefry and St Teresa’s School were invited as our guest audience. On Tuesday evening the Music Department concert was held and a large group of students performed either as a soloist, ensemble or choral.  On Wednesday our cross country team participated in the Wellington Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, and our premier basketball, football and rugby teams played in the annual fixture with Wellington College. On Thursday our Barbershop Chorus performed at the Regional Barbershop competition. Today, in period 5 we will gather as a community to have the annual House Sāsā competition.

I encourage whānau to acknowledge and celebrate the small achievements made by your son this week.

Wellington College Sports Exchange

It was a glorious Wednesday afternoon for the exchange with a large presence of Old Boys’, parents and caregivers, whānau, friends and supporters attending. Thank you to the coaches, managers and staff involved in the premier basketball, football and rugby teams. I extend a special thank you to our Director of Sport, Jonathan Millmow for all his work and organisation behind the scenes to make the exchange run successfully. Congratulations to all the students who represented our kura in their chosen sport. The results are as follows:

Taufale Cup for basketball 84-63 win to St Pat’s;

Adam George and Dennis Rogers Memorial Cup for football 3-0 win to Wellington College;

Old Boys’ Centennial Shield 31-18 win to Wellington College.

Dates to diary for next week

Tuesday 1 June and Wednesday 2 June – St John’s sports exchange Hastings.

Thursday 3 June – Corpus Christi Mass in the College hall at 10.15am.

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.

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. Unfortunately, a number of our students continue to ignore the mandate outlined by the Government. We have numerous received complaints 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.


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.

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

Tickets go on sale on Monday 31 May – $36 per person. Ticket sales will primarily be online and the link is: https://www.trybooking.co.nz/HGR . Bookings do cost an extra 30c per ticket. There will be small number of tickets available from the office if you do not want to incur the booking fee or do not want to purchase online. As this event is quite popular and does sell out we are unable to hold any tickets without full payment.

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 is a buffet dinner, raffles, photos and a cash bar – a fun night guaranteed! Eftpos will be available but bring your cash for raffles and for quicker service at the bar. Any queries to fospc2018@gmail.com

Support St Pat’s Cricket Development  

The First XI and a development team are going to the Bay of Plenty in October and are raising funds for this trip. You can support the boys by attending their major fundraiser Quiz and Auction night on Saturday 26 June at 7.00pm in the College hall. Get together a group of 8 and purchase a table for $200 and come and join the fun.  There are plenty of amazing raffle and auctions to be won.  Contact Marina Scoble if you would like further details.  Email: marina.scoble@mikepero.com  Cell: 021 2795444

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali