St Patrick's College, Wellington

Parent Weekly Update 23 June

Dear Parents and Caregivers

FOUNDATION DINNER: Thank you so much to our parents and friends who supported our Foundation Dinner last Saturday. It was a wonderful night. Sir Michael Jones was an outstanding speaker and a wonderful Christian role model.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK: Wednesday 28 June – Year 12 Retreat and Board of Trustees meeting at 6pm in the Colin Boardroom. Parents are welcome to attend. Thursday 29 June – Digital Information Evening for parents in the College Library at 5pm and 7pm. Saturday 1 July – Year 12 and 13 College Ball at the Hunter Lounge at Victoria University.

YEAR TWELVE RETREAT: All Year Twelve students will have their annual Retreat Day on Wednesday 28 June. Students will meet in the Chapel at the College at 8.45am. After an opening presentation, they will either travel by bus to St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria or the Home of Compassion in Island Bay for a selection of activities. All students will come together from 1pm for lunch and Mass at St Joseph’s. Students will be dismissed from St Joseph’s Church at 2.45pm. They will need to find their own way home. The early finish time does allow for students to walk back to the College to catch their usual school bus. Staff will be walking back also. Students are to wear tidy mufti and bring a jacket. They need to bring their own morning tea, lunch will be provided. Thanks to all those who have paid for the Retreat (which was billed to you at the start of the year). Payment of $30 can be made to the cashier or by automatic payment.

DIGITAL INFORMATION EVENING FOR PARENTS: An information evening for parents will be held in the College Library on Thursday 29 June. Session #1 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Session #2 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Struggling with your sons Chromebook usage and digital citizenship? The College invites any interested parents along to an IT session to look at and discuss simple strategies to assist with the use of your digital device at home. Topics covered include: How the College uses Chromebooks in class, simple Google drive set up and navigation and an open forum on digital citizenship which includes tips and tricks to regain control over your son’s device usage at home. No enrolment needed. Just turn up for the session that suits you at the College Library.

MOTHER & SON DINNER: The tickets for the Mother and Son Dinner are now on sale. This is an annual event hosted by the St Patrick’s College Women’s Group. Get in early to secure your tickets for a great night out with your son and to meet other mothers and sons. The dinner will be held on Thursday 10 August in the St Patrick’s College hall. Tickets are $30 each ($60 for a mother and one son) and are available for purchase from the school cashier. We are also looking for donations to our mother and son raffles. Please drop off any items suitable to contribute to our baskets of raffles to the office for collection. Any queries – please contact Sophia Lewis (027) 3236938 or sophialewis.wellington@gmail.com

HOMESTAYS REQUIRED FOR THREE JAPANESE STUDENTS: Starting in Term Three, we have 3 students from Japan coming to study at St Patrick’s College. Two students arrive 21 July and leave 30 September and one on 25 July leaving 1 September. The College pays $270 per week, for hosting international students. If anyone is interested in hosting one of these students or knows of someone who would like to host them or just would like more information, please contact Maria Elenio by email maria.elenio@stpats.school.nz phone 9393070 ext 264 or mobile 027 4187500.

SPC RUGBY CLUB MAJOR RAFFLE: The prize is tickets for two, airfares exit WLG, accommodation and $500NZD spending money to the NRL Grand Final in Sydney, 30 September 2017 – 02 October 2017. Cost is $10 per ticket and all proceeds go to the Operational Costs for the Rugby Club. Raffle closes 31 July 2017 and drawn 11 August. For those interested in supporting the Rugby Club by purchasing a ticket can contact Rachel – whitman.whanau@xtra.co.nz for more details.

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.

“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. We need to include the excluded and preach peace”. Pope Francis.

Kind regards

Neal Swindells
RECTOR