Weekly College Update

11 June 2021


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Our Kids Online Presentation

Thank you to those parents and caregivers that attended the Our Kids Online seminar on 8 June. The presentation challenged the attendees of what parents and caregivers can do to support their children both young and old. The presentation was informative that focused on the accessibility of online content, namely, pornography, impact of social media and online predators. The presenters, Rob and Zareen Cope did a great job in facilitating these challenging topics in a non-threatening way that included confronting statistics and examples alongside humour and where to turn to for support. Here are some resources they shared:

Websites: www.ourkidsonline.infowww.commonsensemedia.org

Documentary: Childhood 2.0 on YouTube; The Social Dilemma on Netflix

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

At assembly this week I reinforced the message of doing the small things well. We are asking all staff and students to use their manners, show respect and be kind towards one another. At its most basic level I reminded the students to do the following till the end of the term: acknowledging others;  picking up rubbish;  saying please and thank you;  and speaking and acting with kindness.

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

 Dates to diary for next week

Monday 14 June – Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime.  FOSPC meet in the staffroom at 7.00pm and the Parents’ Association meet at 7.00pm in the Colin Boardroom.

Tuesday 15 June – Pasifika Parents’ Association meet at 6.00pm in the staffroom.

FOSPC – Mother Son Dinner
Wow – tickets have **SOLD OUT**

If you have tickets and your plans change and no longer require your tickets, please do get in touch with us as we have a waiting list. If you have not got a ticket yet you can add yourself to the waiting list using the same booking link: https://www.trybooking.co.nz/HGR.

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. As previously mentioned our speaker 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

Mother and Son Dinner photos –  $10 (6×4), $20 (8 x 12), $45 (A3). Also this year our photographer Simon Woolf is offering a digital option for $35.


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.

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.

Second Hand Uniform shop

The second hand uniform shop will be open: Monday 14 June lunchtime (1.40pm – 2.20pm), Monday 5 July lunchtime (1.40pm – 2.20pm), and Saturday 10 July 10.00am – 12.00pm (school holidays) by appointment please email fospc2018@gmail.com. For other dates see our webpage. Donations of good quality, preferably washed, uniform items are very welcome and can be left at the office. All proceeds are returned to the college.

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

Rowing Fundraiser

Pre-loved clothing and book sale on Sunday 25 July in the College hall from 11.00am to 3.00pm.  We are taking donations of well cared for clothing (no underwear, swimwear, sleepwear, stained or ripped things), shoes and books (novels, kids’ books, excellent condition cook books) up until 24 July.  There will be live music, food and lots of bargains.  Donations can be collected so get in touch by the social media channels or text me directly 0274817961.  Angela McKeefry, Sponsorship and Fundraising – St Patrick’s College Rowing Team.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali