St Patrick's College, Wellington

Parent Weekly Update 12 May

Dear Parents and Caregivers

St Patrick’s College has engaged the services of an independent company, Harrison Tew®, who specialise in emergency management planning for schools. The procedures developed allow us to respond safely and quickly to a range of circumstances.

As a component of the implementation of the emergency procedures into our school, specialised training has been conducted with senior management and our staff. The students will also receive training directed at the respective age groups from Harrison Tew®. The training consists of a low key but detailed approach to potential threats, and has been successfully implemented in a large number of schools throughout New Zealand.

At the conclusion of the training, we will be conducting a lock down exercise under the guidance and support of Harrison Tew®. The exercise will be as real-life as possible, which will mean that parents/families will receive notification by way of text and/or email. The information passed will emphasise that this is an exercise/practice and will explain that all updated information will then be posted on the school website.

Prior to this occurring, can I please remind all parents and caregivers to ensure your contact details (mobile phone numbers and email addresses) are current as this will be our communication with you, should an emergency occur at the school.

In a genuine incident, should you hear of a lock down or evacuation at the school, can I please ask that you do not attend the school or phone, as we will not be in a position to respond. Your presence at, or contact with the school may make it more difficult for us to manage the situation and could potentially place your children and in fact yourselves at risk. Please take note that you should refer to the College website for updates after receiving the initial text and/or email.

We thank you for your support.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May – O’Shea Shield weekend hosted at St Bernard’s College. Monday 15 May – Women’s Group meet in staffroom at 7.45pm. Friday 19 May – Whanau Hui at 6pm. Please note that the Parents of Patricians evening for Year 9 parents planned for Tuesday 23 May at 7.30pm in the hall will now be held on Tuesday 13 June.

FOUNDATION BENEFIT DINNER AND AUCTIONSaturday 17 June –the theme for this year’s dinner is Educational Diversity. We are fundraising to support the education of our migrant and refugee students and those with learning difficulties. Please support this fantastic cause by gathering a group of friends and booking a table. It is $800 for a table of 10. You will receive a glass of bubbly on arrival and a delicious three course meal with wine, while entertained by some of the school’s talented musicians and singers. The guest speaker this year is ex All Black Michael Jones. It’s sure to be a great night! Email development@stpats.school.nz

NCEA PAYMENTS: 2017 NCEA fee $76.70 has now been attached to your son’s account, please be advised that payment must be made to the College by 29 August 2017. If you have a current Community Services Card, you can fill in a Financial Assistance form available from the cashier or from the NZQA website www.nzqa.govt.nz and the cost will be reduced to $20.

ST PAT’S CRICKET QUIZ / AUCTION ON SATURDAY 20 MAY: Arrive 7pm for a 7.30pm start in the St Pat’s College Hall: We are asking our St Pat’s College community to support this fundraising event to send the 2017 1st XI and Development cricket teams to Australia in September / October for a pre-season tour. This popular quiz evening includes some Fabulous Auction items, a Cash bar and some great quick fire raffles for what promises to be a night not to miss. Get together a table of 7-9 people for a fun night out. Tickets are $25 per head (which includes a light supper & nibbles), tickets are available from the (24) touring cricketers or you can contact Tracey Thomson on 021-919737 or by email traceyt@cyclone.co.nz to secure your table. Note limited tables available.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISING WITH ENTERTAINMENT™:  The NEW 2017|2018 Entertainment™ Books are here! For every Entertainment™ Book and Entertainment™ Digital Membership we sell, $12 contributes to our fundraising! The new Entertainment™ Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers that you can use through to 1 June 2018. The more Memberships we sell, the more we raise! Please tell your family and friends. Thank you for your support! Use this link to take you directly to our College page – and you can collect the books from the School Office. https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/1042f11

Kind regards

Neal Swindells
RECTOR