Weekly College Update

30 July 2021


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Enrolments for Year 9, 2022

Enrolment applications for next year close off today – Friday 30 July.  Enrolment application forms are available on the College website or from the College office.


Mass at St. Mary of the Angels – Sunday 1 August

St Patrick’s College as a Marist College has a long connection with St Mary of the Angels as a Marist run parish in the central city.  The current parish priest Fr Kevin Mowbray SM has invited our students to host the upcoming 5.00pm Mass this Sunday. A number of our students will be involved in running different parts of the Mass.  Every student of St Patrick’s College is warmly invited to come to that Mass and it would be great to see the students dressed in their uniforms.


Sacramental Programme

Early this term a number of students had decided to embark and commit to developing their faith and their wish to become a member of God’s family and part of the wider catholic community. I thank each student and their whānau for their decision as they learn more about the catholic faith and how Jesus’ teachings can be applied in their personal faith journey.

They will learn about the Sacrament of Initiation, which include Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. We are proud of the students’ commitment and we look forward to when they dedicate themselves to God in front of our College community at the Mass of the Assumption that will be celebrated in our College hall on Friday 13 August.

Please pray for the following students as they walk on their faith journey:

Oliver Anderson

Connor Bailey

Riley Bourke

Glen Crosbie

Tapasu Iona

Angus Lewis-Gourdie

Jae Lafaoseu-Malaulau

James McCourtie

Marley Oloapu-Atoni

Matthew Paul-Fleming

Taurus Tumoana


Staff Farewells

Patricia Cuttance

We farewell Ms Patricia Cuttance, Religious Education teacher who started at the College at the beginning of 2014.  Tricia has given generously of her time to our College community and we thank her for her contribution to the life of St Patrick’s College. We wish Tricia all the best for the future as she moves to Dunedin to be closer to her family.


Silverstream Exchange

Congratulations to all our competitors involved in Wednesday’s events for the Silverstream Traditional. Each competitor represented our College with pride and were respectful towards our hosts. Thank you for being humble in victory and gracious in defeat. The overall results are as follows yesterday:

U15 Rugby 28-12 to Town

Colts Football 2-1 to Town

Golf 0-4 to Stream

Road Race 3-0 to Town

Hockey 0-2 to Stream

Badminton 6-0 to Town

Jnr Basketball 42-84 to Stream

Senior Basketball 77-94 to Stream

1st XI Football 6-2 to Town

1st XV Rugby 12-18 to Stream

Overall score: 5-5


Tu Tagata Festival

Congratulations and well done to our Multicultural Club for their high energy and inspiring performance at the Tu Tagata Festival held on Wednesday evening. As the host school this year it was a proud moment for our Pasifika students and families as well as our College community. Thank you to all our performers and particularly the leaders Tui Lefao, Semisi Tautua, Elijah Ti’a and Lolesio Tuiketei. I would like to acknowledge Penina Sulu’ape, who is the teacher in charge of the Multicultural Club and her role as the Chair of the Tu Tagata committee for this year. I want to thank the following Old Boys’ who supported Mrs Sulu’ape in preparing the group over the last few months: Nathan Lopa, who is also a staff member, John Tavoi, Poasa Poasa, Peteli Poasa and Penieli Poasa and staff members, Ms Alice-Stevens-Carlyon and Fr Pat Brophy SM for their support as well. Thank you to the Pasifika Parents’ Asosi for their generous support in fundraising, providing food and your continuous love and support to Mrs Sulu’ape and our young men. Fa’afetai tele lava.


Progress Conferences

All students and their caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend a 20-minute in-depth discussion with the student’s Tutor Teacher (or another teacher allocated accordingly).  Parent-Teacher-Student interviews will be conducted on Friday 6 August.  Students only need to come into school for the duration of their appointment and do not need to wear uniform.  There are no classes that day.  All Year 9-13 students will have an interview with their Tutor Teacher.  Interviews will be of 20 minutes’  duration.  Students must attend as well.

  • For these interviews we are using an internet-based booking system called Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). It will save time for parents, staff and students!  Using this system, you will be able to book the interview times that suit you best from any internet-connected computer. The PTO system opens today – Friday 30 July.

A computer will be available in the front office during school hours if you do not have internet access at home or elsewhere.  Information about how to log-on can be found on the College website.


Drama 304 Class Production of Wheeler’s Luck

Mr Wood’s drama class is presenting Wheeler’s Luck. We hope you can make it to the event and support our students.

Wheeler’s Luck is an ensemble comedy about life in a small town in New Zealand. The plot is as follows: Wheeler’s Luck is a rural comedy about a small coastal NZ town full of eccentric characters and authenticity. A determined Auckland developer comes to Bell End in order to obtain a slice of coastal paradise connected to a piece of local history. The locals protest and chaos ensues.

Tuesday 3 August at 5.30pm. August 4 and 5 at 6.00pm. The production will be held in W205 at St Patrick’s College.


Physics International Tournament

Over the July break the New Zealand Physics team were based here at St Patrick’s while competing in an online international tournament. Year 13 student Ari Geor was a member of the team of 5 students representing NZ and is the first student from St Patrick’s College to make the NZ team. Teams from many countries were unable to travel to the in-person tournament held in Georgia due to COVID travel restrictions, so an online tournament was held for those who could not be there. The team presented and debated their research into a series of complex, open-ended physics problems against teams from other countries and finished in a very creditable 6th place. The overall winners were the team from Singapore.

The NZ team consisted of:

Yash Bhatia (Auckland Grammar School)

Ryan Bright (Wellington High School)

Joy Chen (Kristin School)

Ari Geor (St Patrick’s College)

Tommy Thomson (Onslow College)

Mr Kent Hogan (St Patrick’s College)


Free Mental Wealth Workshop

Are you 16 years and over? Do you want to learn about mental wealth? Please come and listen to the experts!

Date: 10 August 2021

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Wellington City Mission, 19 Gordon Place, Newtown

Cost: FREE

The Mental Wealth Project is a mental health literacy programme that aims to equip young people and their communities with knowledge and skills to understand and address mental distress while also maintaining and nurture good mental wellbeing. During our workshop we talk about the facts and highlight the importance of wording and talking about mental health. We also go through some practical steps on how to identify and respond to those going through mental distress. For more information visit our website on www.mentalwealth.nz.


Concerns about students not wearing uniform correctly

We continue to remind our students of the importance of wearing our uniform. We are a uniform school, and our royal blue colours are easily recognisable in public. Wearing our College uniform correctly and well helps creates a sense of belonging, and reflects pride in oneself, and our wider community.  A large number of students are neglecting to wear their tie when in formal uniform or have not replaced it. As stated last term a student must purchase a tie if he does not have one. The alternative is that he wears his summer uniform. As of next week if a student is wearing formal uniform and does not have a tie he will be sent home. On his return to school he can choose either to wear the formal uniform with a tie or to wear summer uniform.


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.


Dates to diary for next week

Monday 2 August – the Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime from 1.40pm to 2.20pm.

Monday 2 August – Parents’ Association Meeting in the Staffroom at 7.00pm.

Tuesday 3 August – Mother and Son Dinner in the College hall. Doors open at 6.15pm for Year 9 and Year 13s and 6.30pm for the remainder of our guests. We are aiming for a 7.00pm start.

Thursday 5 August – CHANGE OF DATE – the next planned Accord Teacher Only Day which was to be held that day is now to be held on Monday 16 August.  There is school and classes as usual this Thursday.

Friday 6 August – Progress Conference Day.  There are no classes this Friday.


Hāngī Fundraiser

St Patrick’s College is celebrating Matariki and our Year 13 students are fundraising for the Year 13 formal.  Please click on the link below to place your order.

St.Patrick’s College Hangi Pre-orders


Rowing at SPC

Spring is coming, and that means the Rowing Season is about to start. If you want to know what rowing and coxing is all about at St Patrick’s College, please join us at Wellington Rowing Club on Wednesday 18 August at 6.30pm. You can also get in touch with our Director of Sport Mr Millmow. (jonathan.millmow@stpats.school.nz )


COVID Vaccinations

The Catholic Parish of Wellington South and the Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church (“PIPC) have joined forces to host a COVID Pasifika “festival”. This is an opportunity especially for Pacific peoples aged 55 plus, their family and household members (the wider family) to get their COVID vaccinations. Come along, make you, your family and your wider families and community safe. Join the fight against COVID.

Where: Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church (“PIPC”), corner Constable and Daniell Streets, Newtown.

Dates: Saturday 7 August (1st jab), Saturday 28 August (2nd jab).

Time: 9.30am till 3.30pm. Opening prayer of blessing, 9.00am each day.

Parking: limited parking at the PICP, additional parking at St Anne’s ($2 donation at the gate). We’re running an express lane for those with mobility challenges, the ill and elderly. It would be great if you could tell us you are coming: email office@wellingtonsouthcatholic.org, or phone 9344099.


Gala Auction – local art and experiences – Friday 6 August – St Catherine’s College

Are you looking for some great local artworks for your own home or for a gift? Or perhaps hoping to score an awesome package, hamper or concert tickets from local businesses, restaurants and hotels?

You can do all this and more at the St Catherine’s College Gala Auction at 7.00pm on Friday 6 August – a wonderful night of fun, friendship and fundraising.

See the full auction catalogue https://www.stcatherinescollege.school.nz/single-post/scc-pta-gala-catalogue-2021. Some of the 32 lots that will be auctioned on the night include:

  • Beautiful artworks by local artists Alfred Memelink, Juliet Best, Sheyne Tuffery, Michael McCormack, Sue Malthus, Julia White, Stephanie Woodman, Triz Pavon, Jane Blackmore, Geoffrey Heath, Ann Shelly.
  • Tickets to the NZSO, RNZB, and Orchestra Wellington.
  • bottle of Champagne signed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (and another one signed by Grant Robertson).
  • hearing aid package worth $10,000 (demo hearing aids plus fitting).
  • Packages and hampers for foodies, families, golfers, and relaxation.
  • Plus, an additional 45 silent auction items up for grabs!

You can purchase your ticket via https://www.trybooking.co.nz/hyy to attend the Gala Auction at 7.00pm on Friday 6 August in the college hall. Tickets are $30 and include nibbles and a complimentary drink, and a cash bar is also available. If you cannot attend the event but are interested in bidding on certain items, please email (stcatherinescollegepta@gmail.com).

Ngā mihi nui


Mike Savali