Weekly College Update

10 December 2021


Tēnā koutou katoa



In the Season of Advent, we draw near to the birth of Christ. Many of us will visit whānau and friends either here in Wellington or in other regions of the motu. Once at the venue everyone greets one another through handshakes, kisses and/or hugs. There is happiness and joy in the fact that all that have gathered have arrived safely. And so begins the festivities with the sharing of gifts, the sharing of stories or catching up on the latest news on family and friends. There will be laughter and sharing of memories and remembrance of loved ones who are no longer here. All of these things contribute to a celebratory gathering filled with food, drink and family rituals.

In next Sunday’s Gospel Mary, the Mother of Jesus visits her cousin Elizabeth. Both women are pregnant. When Elizabeth greets Mary, the child in her womb leaps for joy and, filled with the Holy Spirit, she says to Mary, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ Luke 1:39-45.

In the latter half of Term 4 the junior school have sat exams, spent time with God and their peers in the year level retreats, attended Year 10 camp, participated in the Year 10 Health day, competed in the Neville Shield, attended the Year 9 Social Studies trip to Parliament and, of course, had day to day lessons with their subject teachers. We end the last day of the academic year in our whare karakia, our College Chapel, to honour the young men who have achieved success in the academic and sporting realm with the Year 9 and 10 sports and junior prizegiving. Congratulations to all the recipients and prize-winners.



There are a number of staff who are finishing up their time with us. Old Boys’ Nathan Lopa and Jacob Madigan. Nathan who was employed as a teacher aide for the last four years and Jacob who was employed as our Tuākana Youth College Minister this year. We wish them well as they enter into tertiary study at Victoria University of Wellington.

Kaille Harris, who has been on maternity leave for the last two years, has finished her time with us as Head of Department of Art, and teacher of Mathematics, Philip Nelson, who has been with us for two years.

We have a number of long-serving teachers and support staff who will finish their time with us at the end of this year. The number of years they have served our community is also included.

College Priest, Fr Pat Brophy SM – 7 years.

Assistant HoD of Maths, Shayna Doyle – 11 years. Shayna has been on maternity leave for the last two years and has finished her time with us as Assistant Head of Department of Mathematics.

Head of Department of Learning Support Michelle Duffy – 13 years.

TiC of Accounting, Blair Florance – 16 years.

College Cashier & Academic Registrar, Jacky Reid – 10 years.

HoD Technology, Chris Smyth – 19 years.

TiC of Gagana Samoa/Samoan language, Penina Sulu’ape – 10 years.


Two special people who have played a significant role in shaping the lives of our young men and the professional growth of the teaching staff:

Teacher of English, Lynley Reid – 34 years.

Teacher of Chemistry and former Head of Department of Science, Br Matt Morris – 36 years.


On behalf of the College community I wish to thank you all for your service; your loyalty, dedication and professionalism to the vocation of teaching and your professionalism and collegiality. We wish you all the very best in your future endeavours whether that be in teaching, a new adventure or retirement.



The board of School Sport NZ have confirmed that all School Sport NZ sanctioned events in Term 1 2022 (including the term 1 holidays) will be restricted to fully vaccinated participants, aged 12 and over, only. Where practicable, this mandate extends to spectators attending also. This decision will be reviewed post Summer Tournament Week 2022 and taking into account the latest Government advice.

The Covid Protection Framework comes into effect on Friday 3d December. In preparation for the changes to how sport will be delivered under the Framework, School Sport NZ consulted with member Principals and its Sport partners.

86% of Principals who responded, agreed that School Sport NZ sanctioned events must be restricted to fully vaccinated participants only. Similarly, sport partner feedback was 81% in favour. We are actively working with our sport partners for term 1 events to ensure that compliance is manageable and that Health and Safety plans and guidance are updated to reflect the Covid Protection Framework.

Sport NZ has published its advice in accordance with the Covid Protection Framework. Quite simply, the events on the School Sport NZ Calendar will not be able to proceed if Covid Vaccination Certificates are not being checked. The gathering limits at Orange and Red in particular become too restrictive for viable sports events to take place. Many public venues and facilities where sanctioned events take place are requiring Covid Vaccine Passes for entry. National and Regional Sports Organisations are also considering their options. This mandate will provide clarity for all stakeholders to plan with confidence that events on the School Sport NZ Calendar will be able to continue.

Sport NZ will shortly be publishing school sport specific advice in relation to opportunities for sport, active recreation, and play. The intent of the document is to provide a single source of information for the provision of school sport. The document will be updated regularly, and school sport staff are encouraged to provide specific questions and scenarios through your Regional Sports Director for clarification, or directly to covid19response@sportnz.org.nz

The board of School Sport NZ is acutely aware that this mandate will result in some students being unable to participate in School Sport NZ sanctioned events, in some cases through no fault of their own. School Sport NZ will support its regional school sport partners where appropriate to shape alternative regional or intra-school options.



The Senior Leadership team has made a decision to have two separate prizegivings for Years 9 and 10. They will be held in the College chapel. It will be a similar format to that of the Senior prizegivings. Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity for parents or whānau to attend this event. We will live stream the event and an email was sent out earlier this week to register. Students will attend for tutor time at 8.55am. Formal uniform must be worn and face masks are mandatory. The Year 9 prizegiving will begin at 9.15am and the Year 10s will be expected to attend period 1 class after tutor time. The Year 10 prizegiving will be at 10.30am and Year 9s will go to their period 2 class. The school day will end at 11.15am.



A report summarising academic progress this year for Year 9 and Year 10 students is now available on the parent portal.



All students will need to empty out their school locker and to take their padlock home when school finishes on Wednesday morning.



The final College Newsletter of the year will be available later today on the College website.



We would really appreciate all families ensuring their fees and donations are paid before the end of the year.  We are unable to offer all the extra opportunities we provide for your sons if fees and donations are not paid.



Please be advised if your son has any subject text books or library books at home, he must return them to the school office, which will be open until Friday 17 December for any returns and fee payments.  Any un-returned textbooks or library books will be charged to your account.  No students will be able to be issued textbooks for the new year until the old textbooks are returned or paid for.



The College Office will be closed from 4.00pm Friday 17 December 2021 and will re-open at 9.00am on Tuesday 25 January 2022 until 3.00pm daily.  Our normal school office hours of 8.30am to 4.00pm will resume on Tuesday 1 February.



The College will email out a ‘start up’ letter to all students in mid-January.  A copy of the Stationery Lists at each year level are available on the College website.  If you have changed address recently could you please contact the College office or email admin@stpats.school.nz to inform us.



LT McGuinness are excited to launch their 2022 pre-trade LT McGuinness carpentry programme, which will be made available to successful candidates at the end of February 2022. Since 1950, LT McGuinness has been involved in the successful construction and redevelopment of many leading and landmark buildings in Wellington and across the North Island. We are a third-generation family construction company with over 70 years of experience and tradition in producing quality, on-time cost-effective buildings. Click on the link to view our website and gain more information regarding who we are, and what we stand for. LT McGuinness

People are our strongest asset, and we are committed to providing our team with the best opportunities to grow and develop. If you are passionate about the building and construction industry and you are keen to learn as you earn, then this is the course for you.

Key information:

  • Learn residential carpentry skills (Level 3 Qualification) prior to commencing the NZ Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4 Qualification)
  • 22 February- 2 December 2022
  • Up to 22 hours a week paid work experience on a LT McGuinness construction site
  • Three days a week tuition in residential house building with an experienced carpentry tutor
  • The Course will take place at LT McGuinness (95 Eastern Hutt Road facility) and a Residential house site in Lower Hutt
  • There is an opportunity for selected students to complete an apprenticeship at LT McGuinness in the following year
  • Basic hand tools and clothing will be provided for each student.

For further enquiries or to make an application, please send your CV to SteveM@mcguinness.co.nz, or make contact with Steve McHardy on 021 502 590.



All students from Year 10 onwards require a blazer.  These are available for purchase either new from NZ Uniforms or from the Second-Hand Uniform Shop.



The Second-Hand Uniform Shop are always looking for donations of good, clean, resalable uniform items.  Money raised through the sale of second-hand uniforms is donated back to St Patrick’s College by the Friends of St Patrick’s College (FOSPC).

FOSPC will consider buying your blazers (for $110) and newer style jackets (for $50) if they are in VERY good condition. The blazers MUST be dry-cleaned with the dry-cleaning ticket still attached. A separate Second-Hand Uniform Purchase Agreement will need to be completed for each blazer/jacket being offered for purchase. A link to this form can be found on the Second-Hand Uniform shop page on the school website or they can be collected from the College Secretary, Yvonne Small.

The Second-Hand uniform shop will be open the following dates in January by appointment only:

  • Saturday 15 January                10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 January           4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 January           4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Saturday 29 January               10.00am – 1.00pm

Please email Cecilia Ross on fospc2018@gmail.com or text 027 6161724 for an appointment.



As we move through Advent towards Christmas and the end of the year, I want to thank you all for the support you have given our organisation.

It has been another really, difficult year for many and in spite of that you have continued to support us in many different ways. We are most grateful for that.

The team here at CSS have prepared a little something for you all by way of a ‘thank you’. It is a resource we hope you will find useful in our on-going response to Covid-19. It contains ideas and recommendations if you are supporting people who are isolating at home, plus a list of items for you, should you also need to isolate at home.

There are some hyperlinks as well that will take you to sites that specialise in wellbeing. Feel free to use this for yourself or share this link with friends, whānau or anyone in your community who might find it helpful.


If you would like to discuss this resource in anyway, please contact us on 04 385 8642.

We hope you all have a safe and blessed Christmas and look forward to reconnecting again in 2022.

Meri Kirihimete me te tau hou

The Team at Catholic Social Services


May the birth of the Christ-Child bring love, peace and joy to you all.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou. Have a blessed Christmas and happy New Year.


Sectare Fidem


Mike Savali