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SCC Newsletter

Kia ora whānau of St Catherine’s College,

Alert Level 2

Life rolls on in Level 2 circumstances, impacting on us in different ways. In our ‘school bubble’ we could be excused for not remembering that there are many in our community who are hurting and feeling the impact of church, business or social restrictions. I have lifted a reflection from the Mercy Newsletter, authored by Richard Kerr-Bell, from Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Tiaki Manatū Sisters of Mercy Ministries,

“Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope”

(Pope Francis - Laudato Si)

As people of Mercy, we must daily recommit to this precious, powerful and challenging gift, sharing the Mercy of God in the world in which we live. We know these aren’t glib words because each of us understands the tension of being human. In the ongoing global pandemic, our world and our country needs Mercy more than ever. Be brave with hope, care, kindness and generosity again, and again.


He honore he kororia ki te Atua, He maungarongo ki te whenua, he whakaaaro pai ki ngā tangata kātoa.

Honour and glory to God, peace upon the land, and goodwill to all people.

(Te Whiti o Rongomai)


The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is giving regular advice and guidance to teachers on the gathering of evidence for assessment purposes. This is to ensure that all opportunities are provided for students to achieve in their courses.

Parents and caregivers can expect to receive full reports for senior (Yr 11-13) students in the last week of term on Tuesday 22 September. Reports will be sent electronically. Please advise the school office if your email address has changed since the beginning of the year.

We have received from Victoria University their most recent Graduation list. Congratulations to our alumni -

Former students of St Catherine’s College (Kilbirnie) graduating from Victoria University of Wellington

from Te Herenga Waka / Victoria University: “It is with pleasure that I enclose a list of your former pupils who have graduated from Victoria University between June 2019 and May 2020. We join with you in acknowledging and celebrating the students’ wonderful success.

Victoria University is very proud of the achievements of these students and I am sure that you and your staff will also be very proud of them”.

Students Name Qualification

Janiella Abelita GDTCPR – GDip Teaching (Primary)

Sandi Buttros BCOM – Bachelor of Commerce

Joanna Cuncannon PGCNS – PGCert in Nursing Science

Celine Dabuet BCOM – Bachelor of Commerce

Emily Dickie GDTCPR – GDip Teaching (Primary)

Akenese Musuva GDTCPR – GDip Teaching (Primary)

Andrea Ornido BSC – Bachelor of Science

Priyal Patel BSC – Bachelor of Science

Courtney Ratuszny Wilson BA – Bachelor of Arts

Madeleine Reese BAHONS – Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Mikayla Scheck MPP – Master of Public Policy

Nivavah Shemon BA – Bachelor of Arts

Khodi Simeona BA – Bachelor of Arts

Aiganapule Sola BA – Bachelor of Arts

Kuini Vidal BA – Bachelor of Arts

Kuini Vidal BCOM – Bachelor of Commerce

Julie Vidal BA – Bachelor of Arts

Julie Vidal LLB – Bachelor of Law

Penelope Vine GDTCSC – GDip Teaching (Secondary)

Rosanna Williams MTCHLS – Master of TchLrn (Secondary) - Merit

Zoe Williams BA – Bachelor of Arts

We hosted a hui this week of the combined Kapa Haka Ngā Maioha o Te Rangikauia. This comprises students from St Mary’s College, St Patrick’s College, and St Catherine’s College. We are fortunate to have the leadership and skills of Matua Te Po Hohua guiding our students. Practices have commenced and are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4pm at St Mary’s College. New students are most welcome to join.

The Yr 11 Retreat was held this week at St Joseph’s Parish Centre in Mt Victoria. Student attendance was excellent (93%) and the spirit and faith they brought to the day was special.The retreat emphasised the light of Christ in our life and the ways we can be the light of Christ for others. The Yr 12 Retreat is on Friday 11 September at the same venue.

This prayer was forwarded from Cardinal John and comes from a collection written by Fr James Lyons.

The Herod Virus

Jesus, Mary, Joseph.

To escape the wrath of Herod,

you isolated yourselves in Egypt,

far from the support of family and friends.

We, too, are separated from many loved ones.

Our “Herod” is a virus putting all at risk.

Border closures prevent travel,

making reunion impossible.

You know the anguish of separation and

how the unknown gives birth to fear.

Strengthen the aroha that binds us,

the wairua that holds us close.

Gentle us in this time of uncertainty

to believe, to trust, to hope. Amen.

[Matthew 2:13-15]

Ngā mihi nui



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