Weekly College Update

6 August 2021

Kia orāna kōtou kātoatoa


Term 3 Focus – Hauora
We provide a safe and caring environment by acknowledging the value of every person and fostering self-discipline, resilience, and self-esteem and wellbeing.
The above is the descriptor for Hauora which forms part of our MAHI values.

The key words from the descriptor are: safe; caring; resilience; self-esteem and wellbeing. So, how do we do this? How do we as a kura, a college community, provide support for our young men? Our pastoral care system is the tool that enables personal growth and development.

The first point of contact is the tutor teacher. Each tutor teacher has an established relationship with each member of their tutor group alongside their whānau.
Subject teachers not only teach their students, they are advised to know their learner. Creating a culture of care and providing a safe, learning environment.
The House Leader provides pastoral and academic support, particularly for challenging students, those at risk or those that require additional support for their personal growth.

The Learning Support department plays a pivotal role providing educational plans to support students and whānau with specific learning needs.
The College Guidance Counsellor is an important element in the pastoral needs of students and whānau.

Finally, a member of the Senior Leadership Team. They oversee and lead the academic and pastoral system throughout the kura to ensure the support mechanisms are functioning and plans put into place to support a student alongside their whānau.

I strongly encourage each student and their whānau, together with their tutor teacher, to ensure that they check in with one another in looking after themselves as well as others. We continue to aspire to provide a safe, caring environment and enable the capacity for resilience so that your son will feel positive about himself in order for his health and wellbeing to flourish.

Find Your Way…some of your options:
· Talk to one of your teachers.
· Talk to a good friend.
· Talk to one of the Manu Taupua.
· Talk to the counsellor.
· Talk to a family member.
· Find help online.

Mother & Son Dinner
My thanks to the Chair of FOSPC, Stephanie Coulson and committee members for a wonderful evening held on Tuesday night. There was a warm and welcoming atmosphere on the night. I hope everyone enjoyed the event. I wish to mention guest speaker and Old Boy, Li’i Alaimoana who shared a great message for our men on his journey as an Old Boy, his success in the comedy industry and dealing with mental health. It was a great night to honour the mothers of our community.

Wheeler’s Luck
Congratulations to the senior students in the Drama 304 class for their performance of Wheeler’s Luck this week. It was great to see the students perform on stage. The performance itself was funny and enjoyable to watch. A lot of work had gone into preparing the performance. Well done to Mr Wood in directing the play.

Year 9 Social Studies Cultural Exhibition Impact Project – Monday, 9 August 2021

Kia ora tātou, parents, caregivers, whānau, staff and the St Pat’s community are warmly invited to attend the Year 9 Inquiry Expo where inquiry projects will be shared and presented. This event is a celebration of the work that our awesome Year 9 students have completed during the inquiry process that began Term 2. We would love to see you there, if you can make it; we respect that every whanau is unique and you might not be able to come into the kura, but if you are able, we would love to see you as we celebrate your son’s success and mahi.

Year 9 students and their teachers thank you for your anticipated support with this event.
Mr Jarrad Porima

Year Eleven Study Skills Sessions

Last Friday, Year 11 students took part in a one period session looking at Study Skills.  The session was facilitated by a number of teachers, and the sessions focused on ways to study, foods to help fuel brain development, what to expect in external examinations and helped students to identify which style of learner they were and the method of study that worked best for them. They then tested their best study method while learning a bit of Portuguese!  Ask your Year 11 son if he was a visual, auditory or tactile learner.

A reminder that our Derived Grade practice exams for students studying NCEA Level One, Two or Three courses will take place in Week 10 of this term (27 September to 1 October).  Students will get the timetable for these exams in the next few weeks.  The results from these exams are used as replacement evidence if your son is unable to sit his actual NCEA external exams at the end of the year.  He needs to make his best effort in these exams.

Here is a link to the NCEA end of year exam timetable:

FOSPC update

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful night on Tuesday 3 August at the Mother and Son Dinner. After one false start due to a Covid alert level change at the end of June, it was great to finally hold this event. Feedback has been very positive. Our speaker Li’i Alaimoana gave a very heartfelt and personal speech on ‘time’. His message to the audience was time is a wonderful source. “Give time to the people you care about and take time and understand that things always get better.”
Feedback from one mum: “Thank you so much for an awesome dinner last night. We had a great time at our dinner and our first experience exceeded my expectations. We had great company, lots of laughs and the food was delicious. It was wonderful magic moments for our young men…”

If you are missing an Ella J black cardigan with a waist tie, it is in the office for you to collect. We’ll let you know when the photos are ready. The photographer was very complimentary about the well behaved St Pat’s crowd – ka pai!

It is important to recognise and thank all our generous sponsors. Please support all these businesses! Major sponsor Pak n Save Lower Hutt; Antipodes skin care; Asteron Life; BambuchiSan; CACI Clinic; Chocolate Fish Café; Coolsville Cartel; Creative Mouse Design (Ferrari ride); Darlington Hairdressers; Empire Cinema; Eric Kong; Forever Young Hairdressing; Kapura Hospitality; LG Anderson; Lisa Kelly; Michael Anastasiadis; New World Island Bay; New World Churton Park; O’Sullivan family; Retro Building Ltd; Poi Creations; Steven Skells South Coast 4×4 experience; Switched on Bikes; Unichem Island Bay; Weta Workshop; West Plaza Hotel and Working Hands.

Hato Paora Traditional

The annual rugby exchange between St Pat’s and Hato Paora took place on Wednesday. Our 2nd XV and U15B rugby teams travelled up by bus to Hato Paora (near Feilding) and both teams acquitted themselves well. The U15B game ended in a thrilling 36-36 draw while our 2nd XV lost 43-18 to Hato Paora’s 1st XV.

We would like to thank Hato Paora for being outstanding hosts and also acknowledge our 2nd XV and U15B coaching groups for taking the day off work to support our young men. A special mention for Year 12 student Lei’a Faiumu, who was our Manuhiri representative at the Powhiri.

Website for Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way project
A website has been created to help promote the bishops’ renewal of the dedication of the country to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The renewal project has the title Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way and runs for 12 months from 15 August.
Go here for the website: www.tearaamaria.nz

The website contains details of the project. It will be updated regularly to include the schedule of the nationwide hikoi of the artwork created for the project. The hikoi starts on August 18 in Invercargill.

Attached to this email is a poster we ask you to print and display in churches, other parish places and schools inviting everyone who can to attend the Mass on 15 August that launches this special year.

Concerns with 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.

Dates to diary for next week
Tuesday 10 August – Pasifika Parents’ Association meet at 6.00pm in the staffroom.
Friday 13 August – Assumption Day Mass in the College hall at 2.00pm. Parents are most welcome to join us.

Skoda National School MTB Championships
This year the Skoda School MTB Championships will be held in Blenheim in the next holidays between 11-14 October 2021.  All age groups and abilities are catered for with Cross Country, Downhill, and Endro event options being available. St Patrick’s entered a team last year, and is keen to do so again this year.  Registrations are closing very soon, so if your son is interested in participating, please contact Shane Dinnan (shane.dinnan@gmail.com / 027 886 1210) for further details.

Kia manuia

Mike Savali