Weekly College Update

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

In the beginning of Term 2 our focus began with achieving success in the day to day activities for students. Halfway through the term we narrowed down our focus and concentrated our time and energy in ‘doing the small things well.’ We asked staff and students to draw our attention to using our manners, particularly in acknowledging one another; saying please and thank you; picking up rubbish and speaking and acting with kindness.

There are many benefits when we make the effort to do the small things well, as we are more likely to do big things well. When we use our manners they are simple actions that show that we respect and care about one another’s feelings. A simple, genuine acknowledgement can make a huge difference to a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence. Everyone likes to be acknowledged or appreciated. It’s tied to our need to belong or fit in which in turn builds community.

We all know that when we see rubbish lying around that is an eyesore! It can have negative impacts on our sense of community and safety. When others pass you as you pick up litter, smile and say hello. It shows pride in community and encourages others to do their part too.

I want to acknowledge and thank everyone in our community for doing the small things well.  Thank you for keeping the faith and doing the MAHI.


Ngā Maioha o Te Rangikauia – Regional Kapa Haka Competition

After many months that included three practices a week, two noho marae and hours and hours of dedication and commitment Ngā Maioha o Te Rangikauia performed on stage at the Regional Kapa Haka Competition held at TSB Arena on July 5. Our rōpu, group is a combination of students from St. Catherine’s, St. Mary’s and ourselves. Our rōpu were outstanding. Their performance took it to another level and was well received by the audience. It was a proud moment for all three colleges, their whānau and more importantly, the students themselves.

I want to acknowledge the kapa haka tutor and Old Boy, Te Po Hohua for his dedication, support and belief in the students. I would like to acknowledge all our parents, caregivers and whānau who supported Te Po and the rōpu throughout with costumes, fundraising, supervising and providing kai at noho marae, transport, etc. This would not have been possible without your generous support. Finally, I want to acknowledge the following students for making our kura proud of their efforts.

Lei’a Faiumu

Gabriel Tufuga

Tomuri Keane

Tre Love

Samson Te’o

Stanley Hune

Taikaha Wilson


FAGASA Regional Samoan Speech Competition

Last Friday, Sam Tautiaga-Mamea competed in the FAGASA Samoan Speech competition held at Victoria University. Sam was placed 1st in the Year 13 group. We congratulate Sam on this achievement.



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.


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.


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.


Island Bay School Bus Service Change

These changes below will begin on the first day of Term 3 Monday 26 July. The Route 772 – 7.54am service from Owhiro Bay and Island Bay will not operate.

For students who used the Route 772, the Route 774 service which departs Houghton Bay at 7.57am, Island Bay – The Esplanade opposite Beach Street at 7.59am and Owhiro Bay – Happy Valley Road at 8.04am will be assigned a Double Decker Bus to provide additional capacity.


Dates to diary:

Thursday 8 July – 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.

Monday 26 July – Term 3 commences.

Tuesday 27 July – Pasifika Parents Asosi meeting in the staffroom at 6.00pm.

CHANGE OF DATE – the next planned Accord Teacher Only Day which was to be held on Thursday 5 August is now to be held on Monday 16 August.  There will be no school on that day.


I wish you all and your whānau a blessed and restful holiday.


Ngā mihi nui


Mike Savali