Weekly College Update

25 June 2021


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

The theme of doing the small things well continues. A reminder of what we are working towards this term is to: acknowledge others; say please and thank you; pick up rubbish; speak and act with kindness.

The smallest of things we do can make a difference for all. Manners are simple actions that show that we respect and care for one another. Saying please and thank you is what we say and do to show gratitude. While it is a sign of proper manners, that’s only half the story. When we all make the effort to do small things well, we are much more likely to do big things well. This is because taking pride in what you do is forming a habit. On the other hand, when you neglect small things you’re developing poor habits.

Litter, trash, garbage, waste. Whatever name we call it, is an eyesore. It can have negative impacts on our sense of community, safety and the environment. When we walk past rubbish on the ground and make no effort to pick it up we are enabling others to do the same. If we all pick up litter it is one less item that could make its way to our waterways, our harbour, our beaches, or any other environment. Let’s all collectively take responsibility for our environment.


Face Coverings on public transport

A reminder to everyone and particularly to our students that face coverings are mandatory on all public transport. This is a mandate from the Government. We have informed and reminded our students that they must wear face coverings and wear them correctly. 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.


College Sport under Covid Alert Level 2

While we are in Alert Level 2 College Sport Wellington released a statement stating sports competitions would proceed this weekend but with a strict no spectator-policy in effect at all venues – both indoor and outdoor – across the Wellington region.

The St Patrick’s College community needs to respect this ruling so please do not enter the College grounds on Friday evening or Saturday morning/afternoon unless you are a player or a member of the team’s coaching or management setup.

The same applies for away venues. Please do not enter other Colleges or challenge school staff who turn you away. We acknowledge that some parents, caregivers and whānau will not be happy with this ruling, especially those of you who have driven long distances. However, they are the rules we have been asked to abide by. More importantly, we need to consider everyone’s health and safety. Thank you for your cooperation regarding this matter.


FOSPC – Mother Son Dinner
The Mother and Son Dinner on Tuesday 29 June has been postponed due to uncertainty around alert levels.  This event will need be held on Tuesday 3 August.


Ngā Maioha o te Rangikauia (NMOTR)

Our combined kapa haka rōpu/group, Ngā Maioha o te Rangikauia have been busy preparing for the Regional Kapa Haka competition on July 5, held at TSB Arena. Our rōpu is combined with students from St. Catherine’s and St. Mary’s Colleges. The students alongside their tutors and whānau have worked hard over the last 16 weeks. Lock in the date to support our rōpu in the hope that they will be selected for the national kapa haka competition.


SCC Hāngi Fundraiser for NMOTR kapa haka group Friday, 2nd July 2021 – $12 for each hāngī which will be individually served in an aluminium tray and foil bag.  Please refer to the attached flyer about ordering.


New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) will be holding a mobile blood drive at St Patrick’s College on Thursday 1 July – Information for Parents, Guardians and Whānau.

It is important that we encourage students into a lifetime habit of donating blood and making a worthwhile contribution to their community. The Care of Children Act 2004 allows people 16 years and over to make their own decisions about whether or not they wish to give blood. Students may choose to donate blood at this session.

NZBS recommends that students discuss becoming a blood donor with their family.  If families have a particular objection to the student choosing to donate blood, please make this known to the student and to the school before the blood drive date stated above.  More information about blood donation will be available on the day of the blood drive.  Parents are also welcome to come to the school and donate blood at this blood drive. 

NZBS respects the privacy of all donors and recommends conversations around blood donor eligibility is carried out sensitively. If you require any further information please call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) or visit www.nzblood.co.nz

If your son has indicated that he would like to donate blood he has been given information on how to download the NZ Blood App so he can make a booking.


National Volunteers Week 20 – 26 June

https://nationalvolunteerweek.nz/ – A huge thank you to our volunteers at St Patrick’s College during the National Volunteer week. National Volunteer Week Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu honours the collective energies and mana of all volunteers in Aotearoa. They grow our people, open minds, open hearts and create joy. At St Patrick’s we are fortunate to have help from the community on the sports field, our angels, our various parent groups and in the classroom. If you feel like giving your time to this wonderful community of helpers, please contact Gerardine Parkinson.


Dates to diary for next week

Thursday 1 July – Blood Donor Day

Advance notice: Term 2 ends on Thursday 8 July as there is no school on Friday 9 July as the College is having a Staff Development day in collaboration with the Kāhui Akō that consists of a number of Catholic primary schools and colleges.


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