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Newsletter - 28th June 2019

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Whanau

Last Saturday we celebrated 100 years of Mercy education on the St Catherine’s College site. Starting with primary school education in the early 20th century, this site has, for 100 years, had a ‘Mercy’ presence and influence in the Catholic education of young people. To commemorate this milestone a High Tea was shared by over 150 past pupils, friends, staff, trustees and students. The whole event was superbly led and organised by Sr Stephanie and, with our amazing PTA creating a dining experience of the highest quality, a memorable afternoon was had by all.

The combined Kapa Haka group of St Mary’s College, St Patrick’s College and St Catherine’s College, Ngā Maioha o te Rangikauia, performed a full dress rehearsal the other night in the St Pat’s hall. Their performance was stunning; the passion, energy and skill they brought to their routine was inspiring. We wish them all the best for practices and performances in the coming week before the regional competition in the TSB arena next Friday.

This Sunday St Catherine’s is playing a leading role in the Ministries of the 9am Mass at St Joseph’s Mt Victoria. All students have been invited to represent their school and support our Special Character by their attendance and involvement.

Mercy in Action is the focus of our last week of the term. You are invited to join the school for Mass at St Patrick’s Parish Church at 12.15pm on Wednesday 3 July, and refreshments afterwards back in the staffroom.

Friday, 5 July, the last day of term, is our Mercy in Action Day. Students will work in their whānau groups to create products for the benefit of students and young people in South Sudan. We have arrangements with CARITAS for the money that we raise and some of these goods to be transported directly to counterparts in South Sudan.

We received this email from a family member visiting her mum at the Vincentian Home this week:

‘Most of you know Mrs de Vos and St Catherine’s girls go to the Vincentian home at least once a week to visit and interact with the residents of the Vincentian Home. My Mum is there and I see this happening. I have never seen such a response from these wonderful people to the girls.

I suggested to the carers they leave some of them who are taken back upstairs to the hospital after playing Bingo (for lollies) as they would enjoy the visit. Amazing to see the reaction to the visit and huge kudos to all. You all shared Love.’

Can I please seek your support to ensure our winter uniform is worn correctly every day? Wearing all parts of our uniform is an important aspect of being a St Cath’s girl and representing our school. Any exception should be requested through a note to school. Thank you for your support.


is worn in Term Two and Term Three

· College Blazer (Year 9 students may wear school cardigan instead of college blazer)

· White, long-sleeved blouse

· Regulation skirt

· Black, leather lace-up shoes

· Black pantyhose or white ankle socks

· School tie

In Term 3, I will be away from school on a Principal’s sabbatical. I am attending a ‘Mercy Ethos Programme’ in Dublin and spending 2 weeks engaged in volunteer work at Paul VI College in Samoa. For the duration of Term 3, Ms Mandy Page (Curriculum), Mrs Halina McDonald (Pastoral), and Mrs Ilana de Vos (Special Character) will share the leadership roles of the college.

A very relevant prayer for the final week of Term 2 and our focus on Mercy in Action,

E te Atua Atawhai God of unending mercies;

Expand our aroha with the impulse of your love.

As we commit ourselves to acting locally

show us the global impact of what we do.

Inspire us to stretch our minds and hearts

in the ministries we serve

to make space for those at the margins.

Remind us that Whanau Mercy’s special gift

is the energy to embrace and befriend,

to welcome in those who are excluded.

Open our hearts to those who wait to come in.

Mauri ora. Amen.

I wish your family every blessing and the peace of Christ.


Steve Bryan


New Non-Emergency Police Phone Number - 105

NZ Police recently launched a new non-emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.

You can call us on 105 for all non-emergencies, or you can go online at to report things like:

- Lost property

- Theft for a public place or car

- Intentional property damage

- Or to get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - Things that are Happening Now.

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