Weekly College Update

4 June 2021


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Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi 

Yesterday, we gathered as a community to celebrate the mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi. I would like to thank Fr. Bill Warrick, Parish Priest of Holy Trinity and Father Des Darby SM for co-celebrating the mass alongside Fr. Matt Crawford SM who was the main celebrant. Fr. Crawford’s homily focused on the gift of sacrifice. Historically, early religious traditions in different parts of the world would use some form of sacrifice as part of their ritual to honour their higher being. Its followers practised sacrifice in the form of slaughtering animals and in some cases included people to appease their god. In the Christian tradition Jesus, the Son of God had given himself up to be sacrificed. As followers of Jesus we no longer need to offer any form of sacrifice. At mass the bread and wine are the key elements that remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice that become transubstantiated to become his body and blood, the Eucharist. Jesus is real and present in the Eucharist and He gives us spiritual nourishment as we journey through life as Marist men and women to become the best version of the person God had created us to be.

Term 2 Focus – Achievement – ‘doing the small things well’

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.

Doing the small things well

As of this week and for the rest of the term all staff and students are asked to focus on basic manners towards every member of our wider community. This includes teachers and support staff, the tuckshop staff, the bus drivers, any visitor that enters the College grounds and towards fellow students. We ask that everyone use their manners, be respectful and be kind towards one another. We are asking all our students to start by acknowledging others; picking up rubbish; saying please and thank you; and speaking and acting with kindness.

Staff Farewells

Joe Gehrig

We farewell Mr Joe Gehrig, our Business Manager who started at the College in 2018. Joe has been instrumental in managing the College’s finance and property. He has worked extensively alongside the Board of Proprietors, the Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board. His involvement in the 10 Year Master Plan building project commencing in September of this year has been instrumental. 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. We wish him all the best for the future as he takes up a similar role at De La Salle College in his home town of Melbourne.

Dates to diary for next week

The College is closed on Monday 7 June (Queen’s Birthday Monday) and Tuesday 8 June for midterm break.

Friday 11 June – Non-uniform Day to fundraise for Vinnies.  Please be generous in giving.

Please note that the newsletter that was to be published today will now not be available till late next week.

 Open Day Tours

The Open Day tours for those interested in enrolling their son at St Patrick’s College for 2022 will be held on Tuesday 15 June between 9.30am to 11.00am and from 12.00pm to 1.30pm and again on Thursday 17 June between 9.30am to 11.00am and from 12.00pm to 1.30pm.  To make a booking please visit the St Patrick’s College website:


On the front page of our website you will see ‘Open Day’.

Open this section and select “Open Day Booking Form” (an online booking form).

Enter your details and make your selection regarding day/time.

A reminder email will be sent closer to your booked day.


I encourage staff, students and whānau to proactively do the small things well in and around our kura, in our homes and the wider community. Let’s all celebrate the small achievements made by one another.

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. Parents and caregivers, whānau and students are encouraged to attend this presentation.

Who are Zareen and Rob?

We are filmmakers, we were asked to screen our documentary in Parliament last year, we’ve featured on The Breakfast Show in NZ as well as Radio and have been interviewed by several other media outlets in different countries, including having our film screened at a film festival in the USA, whose purpose is to stop the sex trafficking of children.  We also had it screened at the Global Annual Conference to End Sexual Exploitation, held by the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation.  And we have worked with the Department of Internal Affairs and OCEANZ (Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand team).

The link to the trailer of the documentary is below

  1. www.vimeo.com/ondemand/ourkidsonline



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.

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 went on sale on Monday 31 May – $36 per person and have been selling well. There are still tickets available. Ticket sales are primarily online and the link is: https://www.trybooking.co.nz/HGR . Bookings do cost an extra 30c per ticket. There are some tickets still available from the office if you do not want to incur the booking fee or do not want to purchase online. Cash or eftpos only at the cashier. As this event is expected to sell out we are unable to hold any tickets without full payment.

This year we are asking that mothers and sons please sit at the same table. It’s your night out together! Tables with 10 students are strongly discouraged! 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