Weekly Update 31 January

Kia ora whanau

I would like to welcome to our College community the Year 9 students and also new students at other year levels. The powhiri on Tuesday morning was a warm occasion with so many parents and caregivers in attendance. We look forward to working alongside your son.

On behalf of my family I would like to thank the Board of Trustees, Board of Proprietors, staff, students and the rest of the College community for my induction. You have all made my family and I very welcome and it was a great and memorable occasion for everyone present. It was a proud moment for my own whanau, my church community of Iesu Le Tupu, the Old Boys’ and the pasifika community in general.

I would like to thank Matua Ian McFadyen and Te Po Hohua-Johnstone for being our whaikorero/speakers, who spoke on behalf of the College. I also thank all staff that were involved in the organisation of both the Year 9 powhiri and induction. A number of people worked behind the scenes to make these events a wonderful experience. Fa’afetai tele lava.


  • Monday 3 February– Athletics Day at Newtown Park for athletes only. The College has booked a bus to transport athletes to Newtown Park departing from the College at 8.40am.  The Second Hand Uniform shop will be open from 1.30 to 2.30pm.  The Parents’ Association are meeting in the College staffroom at 7.30pm and the Friends of St Patrick’s College (FOSP) are meeting at 7.45pm.  Both stakeholder groups would welcome new members.
  • Tuesday 4 February – Year 9 Parents ‘Meet the Teachers’ evening is at 5.30pm and you are encouraged to bring your son.  The evening will commence with parents going direct to their son’s tutor class and then a presentation in the College hall. This is an important meeting for Year 9 parents who will be introduced to their son’s Tutor Teacher and House Leader.
  • Thursday 6 February– the College is closed for the Waitangi Day public holiday.
  • Friday 7 February– Academic Mass in the hall at 9.30am followed by Tutor Group and ID photos.  Formal uniform must be worn.  Parents are very welcome.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Health have reported to schools that the risk of an outbreak of the coronavirus in New Zealand is currently low and the Ministry of Health’s current advice is that there is no specific action to be taken at this time.  However, they do wish to highlight, that as always, anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you as a parent or caregiver have a particular concern about your child, contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.

The Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read – Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website. The Ministry of Health will continue to update that content, as further information becomes available.

SUMMER SPORTS REGISTRATION:  Summer sports registration is now open and we would love to see you involved. Close to 80 percent of our students play a sport during the year so don’t be shy; get involved. If you are a new student to St Pat’s Town – welcome – sport is a great way to make new connections. All registration is done online through the following link: https://www.sporty.co.nz/stpatstown   Please note the College has a policy of “No Pay, No Play” so your registration will only be complete if you pay upon completion of the form.

The following sports are on offer now: cricket, futsal golf, floorball, handball and volleyball.

All these sports have start dates over the next 1-3 weeks so we have a very short registration window. There are also opportunities to enter sailing, bowls and tennis competitions as well as attend an introductory coaching/officiating course. Please contact our Director of Sport Jonathan Millmow if you have any questions. He can be contacted on jonathan.millmow@stpats.school.nz  All the individual code information is on the registration form and on the sports noticeboard, but if you have any code specific questions please contact the following:

Cricket: michael.lestrange@stpats.school.nz
Futsal: jonathan.millmow@stpats.school.nz
Golf: kevin.mcgrath@stpats.school.nz
Floorball: steven.skells@stpats.school.nz
Handball: jonathan.millmow@stpats.school.nz
Senior Volleyball: luka.velebit@stpats.school.nz
Junior Volleyball: doug.walker@stpats.school.nz

MUSIC LESSONS: Students can enrol to learn a musical instrument at school through the itinerant music scheme.  Individual and small group tuition is available through the St Patrick’s College Music Department on the following instruments: Brass – Trumpet & Trombone; Strings – Violin, Viola & Cello; Chamber music groups; Piano or keyboard; Woodwind – Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute; Percussion – Drum Kit; Guitar – Classical, popular and jazz; Bass guitar; Voice – Classical technique, Contemporary (pop & jazz). To enrol please fill out an application form and return it ASAP to Mr Powdrell in the Music Department roger.powdrell@stpats.school.nz   Lessons begin on Monday 10 February.

NEWSLETTER: A full newsletter will be available on 14 February via the College website and College App, and there will also be hard copies available from the College office.

Nga mihi nui.

Mike Savali