Weekly Update 8 November

Dear Parents and Caregivers

PRIZEGIVING: Thank you to those families who were able to attend the Cocktail Evening and our Senior Prize-giving on Tuesday evening. It was a wonderful celebration of our students’ successes during 2019. We congratulate Renzo Ubaldo who is Dux of the College for 2019 and Daniel Duckett, Proxime Accessit.

NEWSLETTER: the latest College Newsletter which will be available late this afternoon.


  • Monday 11 November: Polynesian Parents’ Association meeting at 6pm in the staffroom.
  • Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 November: Testing and interviews for Year 9 2020 students.
  • Friday 15 November: Year 10 Health Day and tracking sheets posted home.

JUNIOR HEALTH PROGRAMME IN TERM 4: This term we are running our health programmes in our Year 9 and Year 10 RE classes. As part of this programme Year 9 will have a day presentation, ‘Loving for Life’ which discusses healthy choices (Hauora), sexuality, family and friend relationships and Christian Love. Next Friday ,15 November will be the Year 10 Health Day with a number of different presentations covering similar topics to the Year 9 course but at a more advanced level. Your son will receive a letter home with further details on these health days. If you have any further questions or concerns please email us at: patricia.reilly@stpats.school.nz (Acting DRS) or lucy.macleod@stpats.school.nz (Assistant DRS).

NCEA EXAMS: All students doing NCEA examinations have received their Examination Code Slip and Instruction Sheet with the examination timetable. Please check the examination timetable regularly so that there is no chance of your son missing an exam. Morning exams start at 9.30am and afternoon exams at 2pm. Students need to be here 30 minutes prior to their exam. They must bring their Examination Code slip. Year 11 and Year 12 students must wear proper school uniform to exams. Year 13 students may wear mufti to exams. Derived Grades – if your son is not able to sit the examination because he is sick, had an accident, or there was some other special situation you should let the Assistant Rector, Ms Sarah Parkinson know straight away and apply for a Derived Grade. The same applies if having sat the examination he did not do as well as he could have due to sickness. In these cases, an application form needs to be completed by a doctor within 24 hours. The application forms can be collected from the College, or can be downloaded from the NZQA website.

STUDY LEAVE: While senior students are on study leave they are able to study at home or come into school and work with their teachers. The Library is available for quiet study but we do not want seniors coming in to socialise. Students do not need to wear uniform if they are coming into school to study. For senior students NZQA external exams start today – Friday 8 November. Some seniors will be asked to continue to come to school regularly so we can help them complete internal assessments. Please do your best to ensure your sons are organised for exams.

YEAR 13 STUDENT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR 2020: We will be emailing all Year 12 students who applied for a particular leadership role in 2020 over the next few days. Students who have not been given a particular role can still be leaders. They will need to join on of our seven student committees.

FAREWELL FUNCTION FOR THE RECTOR: The Board of Trustees would like to invite members of our College community to attend Mr Swindells’ farewell on Wednesday 4 December in the College hall at 5.30pm. The function is from 5.30-7pm and will provide the community with an opportunity to acknowledge Mr Swindells contribution as Rector to the life of St Patrick’s College. There will be some short speeches, entertainment and light refreshments. All are welcome.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: The Second-hand Uniform Shop is very short on stock, especially the larger sizes. We would be very grateful if you could donate any uniform items that you will no longer require especially if your son is finishing Year 13 or leaving College. Please consider donating any good quality blazers, jackets, PE tops / shorts, or trousers. Profits from the uniform shop go back to the school in the form of scholarships to students, grants to specific projects, support and hospitality at college functions, and uniforms for families in need. We will consider purchasing blazers ($110) and jackets ($50) if they are in very good condition and blazers must be dry-cleaned with the ticket still attached. Complete a Purchase Agreement Form. Please drop your uniform items into the college reception and see our page on the College website for more information. Thank you so much for your support of the Second Hand Uniform Shop.

We wish to advise that we are opening the SPC Second Hand Uniform shop, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 12 November: 3.30 – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 14 November: 3.30 – 5.30pm
  • Friday 6 December: 1.30 – 2.30pm
  • Saturday 18 January 2020: 10.00am – 12noon.

In 2020, we will be moving the SPC Second Hand Uniform shop opening time to a Monday, during term time. The new SPC Second Hand Uniform shop co-ordinator is Stephanie Coulman, she can be reached by emailing coulmanstephtony@gmail.com or phone 021 629 081.

Sectare Fidem

Neal Swindells