St Patrick's College, Wellington

Parent Weekly Update – 2 February

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to the start of the 2018 academic school year, and a warm welcome to Year 9 parents joining the St Patrick’s College community. The year has started positively with 156 Year 9 students and a total roll of about 825. Athletics Day on Thursday was well organised and enjoyed by both students and staff until high winds and heavy rain forced us to abandon the event at 1.45pm. As you know we released our boys early. The next planned Athletics Day is on Monday 5 February at Newtown Park. Students must arrive and leave in school uniform. Remember to bring sports gear, house colours, hat, sunscreen and a drink. The Tuck Shop is operating at Newtown Park selling food and drink during the course of the day.

WHANAU BBQ: All Whanau are invited to a BBQ in the College staffroom this evening, Friday 2 February at 5.30pm. Nau mai haere mai.

2017 NCEA RESULTS: Our provisional NCEA results for 2017 were pleasing: 85% of Year 11 passed NCEA Level One; 90% of Year 12 passed NCEA Level Two and 79% of Year 13 passed NCEA Level Three, and 69% gained University Entrance. We are especially pleased with the improvement in Level Two Excellence Endorsements. 18% of our Year 12 students gained an Excellence Endorsement last year.

REMINDER: School is closed on Tuesday 6 February for Waitangi Day.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK:

  • Monday 5 February – Athletics Day at Newtown Park.
  • Wednesday 7 February – Year 9 Parents ‘Meet the Teachers’ evening is at 5.30pm 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. Also on Wednesday 7 February – assembly – formal uniform and the Parents’ Association are meeting in the staffroom at 7.30pm.
  • Thursday 8 February – Years 10-13 Parents NCEA Information Evening at 5.30pm in the College hall. All Year 10-13 parents welcome.
  • Friday 9 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. Also on Friday 9 February the Polynesian Parents’ Association are meeting at 5pm in the staffroom.

BULLYING: Mr Peter Wadsworth is speaking to all our Year 9’s about “bullying”. We want all our boys to be safe and happy. If you have any concerns about your son’s wellbeing please contact us.

SINGLE SEX SCHOOLS VERSUS CO-ED DEBATE: With Scots College announcing that it will be taking girls into their senior school from 2020 there has been some media debate about the benefits or otherwise of single sex education. I am a huge believer that all our students can thrive in our College, and will be commenting on this issue in some detail in our first newsletter which will be sent home in mid-February.

PARKING OUTSIDE COLLEGE: Parents and caregivers are asked not to drive into the school grounds when dropping off/picking up students in either the morning or afternoon as it is a Health & Safety issue. Also please do not park on the bus stops or double-park outside the College.

SPC COLLEGE BUCKET HATS: In this warm weather it is recommended that the boys purchase a College blue bucket hat to wear at interval and lunch time. NZ Uniforms has a good supply of bucket hats for sale.

A full newsletter will be given to your son to bring home on 16 February and will also be available on the College website and College App.

Kind regards

Neal Swindells
RECTOR