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St Catherine's College Newsletter

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whānau,

Our Prizegiving is next Tuesday 3 December starting at 7.00pm in the St Patrick’s College Assembly Hall. Arriving by 6.45pm is suggested for parking and seating. At the end of the Prizegiving our PTA will host supper at the back of the Hall. You and whānau are warmly invited to this event. All students are expected at the Prizegiving practice at St Pat’s at 10am.

Reports for Year 9 and 10 students will be issued to students on Thursday 5 December at the end of the school day.

School will close on Friday 6 December at 12.00pm. All students are expected at school for this special day. There will be morning classes - Sessions 1 and 2 - and acknowledgement of the Williams Shield winners. This cultural speaking and drama event is being held over Wednesday and Thursday next week and is our mini O’Shea Shield for Years 9 and 10. There has been a full programme of rehearsals and practices over the past 2 weeks. Following this, there will be a Christmas liturgy and students will be dismissed at noon.

Start Up dates for 2020 are here -

Wednesday 22 January - Office Opens

Monday 27 January 1.00pm: Yr 12 and 13 - Course Confirmation

Tuesday 28 January 9am: Yr 13 - 9 - Peer Support Day -

  • Year 13 start 9am and Year 9 start 10am

Wednesday 29 January: 8.55am - ALL STUDENTS start

NCEA exams are drawing to a close. They have progressed smoothly. Staff have reported on each exam; the general overview has been that questions at the expected level for Achieved/Merit/Excellence criteria. There have been a few exceptions which you may have heard about in the media. Students at SCC wrote one exam, L1 History, in a digital format and this went without a hitch. Students can expect results in mid-January.

Congratulations to Head Girl Steph Edlin for her award at last week’s Wellington Airport ‘Wild at Heart’ Community Awards. This annual recognition of community charity/volunteer groups across Greater Wellington also recognises one student from the 5 secondary schools in the eastern suburbs. Steph was our recipient for her school and community service.

Congratulations also to Mrs Ilana de Vos, our Director of Religious Studies, who was presented with a Pride of Workmanship Award at a Wellington South Rotary ceremony this week. The citation listed her extensive contribution across school and community service for the needs of others.

And not forgetting our parents, congratulations to Mr Tahir Nawaz who was the joint winner of the supreme award at the annual Wellingtonian of the Year Awards. Tahir is the President of the International Muslim Association of New Zealand. He was recognized for bringing Kiwis closer together following the terror attacks in Christchurch. Tahir shared the award with teenage climate change activist Sophie Hammond.

Our 4 Junior Class Captains; Yr10 - Francesca Sigal and Erin Beamish, and Yr 9 - Maia Bouras, and Aoife Moss, have been doing a splendid job leading and representing their peers. Next Tuesday morning they will accompany me to a Cullen Breakfast (host Peter Cullen Employment Law Specialist) in the city at which the Deputy Prime Minister the Rt Hon Winston Peters and celebrated author and poet Joy Cowley will be guest speakers.

There will be one further newsletter next week.

This Sunday we move into the Church’s season of Advent. Advent is the season of joy and hope for all who follow Jesus. During Advent we are invited to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord.

Lord Jesus, our Saviour

come into our hearts with your love,

with your joy, your hope, and your peace.

Help us to reflect your love for all

by loving and serving all we meet.

Blessed are you Lord Jesus,

Forever and ever. Amen!


Steve Bryan


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