2 July 2021
Tēnā koutou katoa
Matariki is the beginning of the Māori New Year. Matariki is the name for the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. For Māori, it is a time of renewal and for communities to come together for peace, joy and remembrance.
Term 2 Focus – Achievement – ‘doing the small things well’
This week’s focus has been about acknowledging others around us. When we acknowledge someone and in particular someone who is unfamiliar to us we can make a difference. Everyone likes to be acknowledged or appreciated. A simple, genuine acknowledgement can make a huge difference to a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence. It is tied to our need to belong or fit in which in turn builds community.
Nga Maioha o te Rangikauia
Our combined kapa haka rōpu/group, Ngā Maioha o te Rangikauia have been busy preparing for the Regional Kapa Haka competition on Monday 5 July, 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. We wish all the students in Ngā Maioha o te Rangikauia all the very best in their performance next week.
Vaping is an issue that is having an adverse effect on our College. We are not the only school community dealing with this issue as it is a concern for many schools across the country. It is an on-going concern that has been addressed by principals to the Secondary Principals Council.
Students caught vaping will do community service or will be stood down for vaping during school hours and/or in our school uniform.
All schools across the motu, country, are smoke and vape free zones. Everyone is to abide by this rule. I have included a resource website called ‘Don’t get sucked in’ that you may find useful. I encourage all whānau to have this discussion with family members. https://dontgetsuckedin.co.nz/
Students to remain on-site during break times
Students have been reminded that they are not to leave the College grounds during morning tea and lunch. The only students allowed off-site are Year 13’s or those students that have classes at St. Catherine’s College.
A number of students, particularly Year 12 students are flouting this rule. If a student is caught off-site he will be given a verbal warning. If he is caught a second time a meeting will be held between the student, his parent(s) and the Rector. If the student continues to ignore this rule, then a serious consequence will be imposed. It is a privilege to be at our College and I ask that every one of our students takes this into consideration.
This year’s Taylorfest ‘Giveathon’ is in support of Wellington Women’s Refuge. We have been asked to collect specific items for the organisation and each tutor group has a list to collect together. Additionally, we are also supplying brand new dressing gowns and grocery/petrol vouchers at the request of the agency. If you are able to contribute beyond what your son has organised with his tutor group, we are happy to receive additional goods and vouchers. Thank you to the Integrity Committee for organising this collection and to Jo Cattermole at the Wellington Women’s Refuge for her guidance when compiling the list of high need items.
The list: Dressing gowns for women, socks for women, shampoo and conditioner, face moisturiser, toilet paper, Long-life milk, muesli bars, crackers and any other non-perishable school lunch items. Please note the things they do not require are – sanitary items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, body wash, canned food.
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 on 0274817961, Angela McKeefry, Sponsorship and Fundraising – St Patrick’s College Rowing Team.
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.
Dates to diary for next week
Monday 5 July – the Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime from 1.40pm to 2.20pm and also on Saturday 10 July from 10.00am to 12.00pm by appointment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Kapa Haka competition at TSB Arena.
Thursday 8 July – Taylorfest Day. Term 2 ends on Thursday as there is no school on Friday 9 July as the College is having a Staff Development day in collaboration with a number of Catholic primary schools and colleges.
Ngā mihi nui
TUMUAKI | RECTOR