St Patrick's College, Wellington

Parent Weekly Update 8 September

Dear Parents and Caregivers

DATES TO DIARY: Monday 11 September – Course Choices Portal 2018 opens and Polynesian Parents’ Association meet at 6pm in the staffroom. Tuesday 12 September – Year 13 Reflection afternoon (refer notice below) and 2018 Course Selection Evening from 5.30 to 7pm in the College Hall. Wednesday 13 September – Kids Next Door Charity Concert in the College Hall at 6.30pm. Friday 15 September – Course Choices Portal 2018 closes and Team photos in the hall (formal uniform must be worn). Advance notice of our Family Mass: Sunday 17 September at 5pm in the College Chapel.

KIDS NEXT DOOR CHARITY CONCERT: On Wednesday 13 September, St Patrick’s College is hosting a combined charity concert alongside St Catherine’s College, St Mary’s College, St Patrick’s College Silverstream and Wellington East Girls’ College. All funds are to be donated to the Young Neighbours Charitable Trust. The concert is in the St Patrick’s College hall, with doors opening at 6pm and the show starting at 6.30pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults, and $35 for a family pass (2 adults and 2 students). Tickets can be purchased from the College Cashier, online and at the door. Online tickets:

SCHOOL EXAM RESULTS: All staff should have entered the result grades on to the Parent Portal from our recent senior school exams. I would strongly encourage parents to check these results.

OPTION SELECTION EVENING 5.30 TO 7PM: On Tuesday 12 September we are holding an information evening for Year 10, 11 and 12 parents to help you decide what options your son should select next year. Mr Mike Woods our Career Advisor will give a broad outline about Vocation Pathways; a representative of Victoria University will speak about Tertiary education and Mr Wayne Mills our Deputy Rector will explain how students are to select their courses for 2018. Our Heads of Department will be in attendance to answer any questions about courses being offered in 2018. All students and their families are welcome.

SPORTS AND CULTURAL PHOTOS: On Friday 15 September – all students are to wear formal uniform and should bring appropriate uniform as all our Sports Teams and Cultural Groups will have their photos taken.

YEAR 13 REFLECTION AFTERNOON: On Tuesday September 12, Year 13 will have a Reflection Afternoon. This will be held away from the College at The Pines in Houghton Bay. The boys will be bused to The Pines after the lunch interval. The experience will culminate in a shared dinner catered by The Pines. This reflection afternoon is one of the last Catholic Character opportunities the boys will have before leaving College. They will reflect on their time at St Pat’s, on the brotherhood, and on their future after leaving the College. After the evening meal, at approximately 7.15pm buses will be available to take boys back to the College, or to the Station, with stops in Island Bay, Newtown, Courtney Place and finally the Railway Station. We hope parents and caregivers will encourage their boys to participate enthusiastically in this experience.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION RAFFLE: Congratulations to the following raffle prize winners: 1st Prize – Hannah McCellan, 2nd Prize – Fesilafai Leatuavao, 3rd Prize – Sue Renner, 4th Prize – Rusty Velando. The Parents’ Association were pleased to make more than $8,500 from the raffle which will be well utilised to help fund equipment at the College.

CHESS CLUB MOVIE FUNDRAISER: Help get the Saint Patrick’s Chess Club to nationals. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” at Lighthouse Cinema, Cuba Street, Petone on Monday 25 September at 6.30pm. Tickets $20 and can be purchased from the St Pat’s Cashier.

KNOWLEDGE SHOP: NCEA 1 and 2 Exam Preparation Programme. Booking is open for the St Patrick’s College NCEA Preparation Programme. This highly successful programme will be run by Knowledge Shop in the first week of the upcoming holidays from Monday 2ndOctober to Friday 6th October. Subjects offered include English, science, maths and study skills. The aim of the programme is to assist students to achieve the very best possible results in the end-of-year NCEA exams. Students can book single or multiple sessions. Subjects are taught by highly regarded, current NCEA teachers from around New Zealand. Classes are limited to only fifteen students per group, and as we are expecting a sell-out, it is important to book early. Visit our website at for the programme timetable, cost and further details. All bookings can be made online.

Kind regards

Neal Swindells