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St Catherine's College Newsletter

Dear Parents, Caregivers & Whānau,

Academic Mass was celebrated last week and was a very special Special Character start to our school year. Father James Lyons presided for us and explained different parts of the Mass to us - the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Our new Youth Minister, Teresa Raynor, has been visiting Religious Education classes and at school assembly promoting the Sacramental Programme she is leading. This is an opportunity for students to prepare for Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Academic Blacks were presented at the end of the Mass. Academic Blacks are awarded to students who gain Excellence in NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 or excellence in their Year 9 or Year 10 cohort groups. They are awarded in order to promote academia and to recognise those students who have achieved to the highest level in their academic studies. Academic Blacks in the senior school are awarded to students whose NCEA certificates are endorsed with Excellence. This award consists of a bar on their blazer. 3 Academic Colours earn Full Colours - recognised by a white braid around the blazer. Students in Years 9 and 10 who achieve academic excellence in their Year 9 course or Year 10 course qualify for Academic Blacks.

Year 9 (2019) Year 10 (2019)

Maia Bouras - 1 Edie Kozniak - 2

Aoife Moss - 1 Anum Pathan - 2

Year 11 (2019)

Edi Callaghan - 1 Helena Nagrampa - 3 (Full colours)

Leona Coral - 1 Chetna Ramela - 1

Anna Coulman - 1 Alice Richards - 1

Frida Keenan - 1 Rona Rodulfo - 2

Nikansha Lal - 1 Isabella Ross - 1

Bethany Lines - 1 Kimberly Rubi - 1

Leigh Masmela - 1 Angelica Silva - 3 (Full colours)

Ella Moemai - 1 Paige Wilson - 1

Year 12 (2019) Year 13 (2019)

Grace Ellis - 4 Magdalena Allen - 2

Esther Kozyniak - 4 Gabriella Barnett-Bates - 2

Ellen McLaughlin - 2 Isabella Chait - 2

Caterina Moreno - 2 Tiffany Chung - 4

Aryna Natoli - 3 (Full colours) Mila McHardy - 3 (Full colours)

Anahera Pohe - 2 Sapna Vyas - 2

Other Leadership positions awarded

Special Character Co-Captain Multicultural Leader Kapa Haka Leader

Dianne Patena Nakaylah Lopa Paige Wilson

House Captains

St Anne’s Dibora Tesfay

St Bernadette’s Maria Pappafloratos and Grace Taylor (Co-Captains)

St Joan’s Monisha Dahya (House Captain); Ella Strafford (Deputy House Captain)

St Theresa’s Leigh Masmela

Whānau Leaders

St Anne’s 1 Jingki Eduarte

St Anne’s 2 Amisha Prasad and Isabella Ross (Co-Leaders)

St Bernadette’s 1 Ella Moemai

St Bernadette’s 2 Michelle Dang

St Joan’s 1 Reema Magan

St Joan’s 2 Rachel Price

St Theresa’s 1 Charis Madden

St Theresa’s 2 Sarah Beamish

Careers Ambassadors

Michelle Dang Jamyer Kosena Tatenda Mandimika Isha Patel

Achievement was highlighted at assembly this week. Students were congratulated on 2019 NCEA achievement and goals for 2020 were shared, namely that all students engage in all teaching and learning, in assignments, in assessments, and in examinations - with integrity. Achievement will be recognised and celebrated at every assembly and through other mediums across school life.

Student Learning Conversations will be held on the last Wednesday of the term, April 8. More information will be circulated about how to book online for these 20 minute slots when goals and achievement are discussed with your daughter and a teacher. Circle this date and keep it free for this important home - school connection.

Attendance along with effective teaching, has the greatest influence on student engagement and achievement. Your daughter should be in her Whānau by 8.55am every day apart from Wednesday when staff engage in Professional Development and Session 1 starts at 9.10am. If you know that your daughter will be late to school, please contact the College to advise the reason for her late arrival and the time that we can expect her at school. Sleeping in is not a valid reason for late arrival to school. If you wish to take your daughter out of school during the school term, please apply in writing to me well ahead of time.

Relevant contact points for reporting absence or lateness are: (04) 939 8988 Absence Line – press 1; email:

A Paid Union Meeting has been scheduled for teachers on Wednesday 11 March. School will start that day at 10am.


  • Paige Wilson, Yr 12, for her performance in THE SWING. Written and produced by Helen Pearse-Otene and Jim Moriarty, it is a Theatre Marae project that tackles challenging social issues within a kaupapa Māori context.

  • Anna Coulman Yr 12 and Mila Moriarty Yr 10 for selection in the Big Air cheerleading team that is travelling to Dallas, Texas for a competition.

  • All members of our Poly Club for the invitation to perform before the keynote address by the Samoan Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Mr Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi at the opening of Victoria University’s Law Conference.

A Video is attached to this newsletter. It is an initiative to connect more personally with parents and whanau about school life, achievement, leadership, and celebrations. Your feedback is welcomed! -

Ma Te Atua koutou e manaaki e tiaki

(May God bless and care for you all)

Steve Bryan


Coming Events

Feb 25 Teachers’ Commissioning Mass at SH Petone 5.30pm

Mar 11 PUM; School starts 10am

Mar 12 BOT meeting

Mar 14 Mission Expo at Bishop Viard College

Mar 11 BOP meeting

Apr 3 CARITAS Challenge

pr 4-5 Relay for Life

Apr 8 Student Learning Conversations all day / BOT

Apr 9 Easter Liturgy / Term 1 Ends


Apr 28 (Tues) Term 2 Starts

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