SCC Newsletter - 14th April 2021

Tēnā koutou kātoa te whanau


Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the welcome I received to St Catherine's on Monday. The aroha that flowed from the community and the warmth of the spirit were very present. Catherine McAuley's legacy of Manaakitanga is well embedded here. In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus told us, "I am the vine, and you are the branches". It is clear to see how the students and whānau are the branches at St Catherine's. On Monday we all felt the warmth that the vine provides. The partnership between student, home and school is critical for young people to experience success and Monday demonstrated the strength of that relationship. I am also grateful to the students and whānau who have spoken to me during this week.

This is a busy term, and I am impressed with the number of students, staff and St Catherine's alumni who are dedicating much of their time to preparing our students for the 2021 O'Shea Shield competition to be held at Bishop Viard College on 15 - 16 May.


Accord Teacher-Only Day

Next Tuesday, 11 May, is the second of the Accord Teacher-Only Days. These days were allocated in an Accord between the Ministry of Education, NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA Te Wehengarua. Accord Days support the implementation of changes to NCEA, and the wider strengthening of curriculum, progress and achievement practice. The College will be closed on this day.

Tū Wāhine

Mihi Hough was presented with her Tū Wāhine Leader’s badge at Wednesday’s Assembly. The badge was blessed by her koro and Mihi was supported by her whānau. It was a very moving experience.


Junior Dean’s Award

These are new awards in recognition of “high levels of consistency, effort and focus”. Term One awards were made to:

9BG Rociana Ropati

9CL Christianna Tavale

10BG Tylah Va’ai

10CL Vanessa Singh

Lupe Ropati - as member of the Senior Volleyball team and attending Nationals


Open Day

Wednesday 9th June (from 6pm - 8pm) - our best advertising is the students and whānau of St Catherine’s. Please share with the wider community all that we have to offer.


Strategic Planning 2022 - 2024

As a community we will be looking forward and creating a new Strategic Plan for the next three years. If you have ideas or suggestions that could be incorporated into our Strategic Plan, please let me know.

Kia tau te rangi marie ( Blessings be upon you all)


Ngā mihi nui

Katrina Kerr-Bell

Principal