SCC Newsletter - 15th April 2021
Kia ora whānau of St Catherine’s College,
Last weekend 90 students committed themselves to the 24 hour Caritas Challenge - minus their mobile phones. They engaged in activities which gave them insights into the challenges of displaced peoples. Human Dignity, Solidarity, and Options for the Poor and Vulnerable, were principles reflected on and brought to their consciousness. Their attitude and integrity were outstanding. Huge thanks to Mrs Ilana de Vos and the seven staff who stayed overnight with the students, plus the many others who supported the evening meal and activities late into the night.
Students and staff have attended four Parish Masses over recent weeks. This important witness, at St Anne’s Newtown, St Patrick’s Kilbirnie, St Joseph’s Mt Victoria, and Holy Cross Miramar, is significant for the place of St Catherine’s College in the Catholic Parish of Wellington South and Holy Trinity Parish of the Eastern Suburbs.
Yesterday’s Student Learning Conversations were hugely successful. 95% of students and whānau had booked meetings with teachers. What a great testament to the 3 most significant factors for student achievement; student agency - teacher relationship - family /whānau support.
Congratulations to our volleyball Junior Div 1 team who beat St Mary’s College in the final round last week cementing their top 2 placing in Division 1, and to our Junior Div 2 team for their exciting final round win over Wellington Girls’ College.
Congratulations to Paige Wilson, Head Girl, who has been named in the NZ Maori Volleyball team and Molly Chote, selected for the NZ Junior Women’s Volleyball Squad. Katie Hickey has been selected for the U13 Wellington Representative Cricket squad.
Practising with great enthusiasm and zeal are our two cultural groups, Ngā Maioha Kapa Haka and Multicultural Club, for their respective events; the Wellington Kapa Haka Regionals on Monday 5 July and Wellington Poly Festival’s TuTagata Festival on Thursday 28 July.
Please support their fundraising activities in the coming months.
Congratulations to our musicians and performers for the inaugural ‘This is Us’ tour. 28 students and staff performed at Holy Cross and St Anthony’s schools to promote the talents of our students. Even our bus driver got into the act and joined in.
Winter Sport is looking promising with increased participation compared with last year. The recent 2020 College Sport Wellington census showed 70% of our students participated in sport compared to the 57% national average. This year we have entered teams in the following codes; netball (5), badminton (7), basketball (2), hockey, and rugby.
Early in Term 2 we will compete in the O’Shea Shield. Co-hosted this year by Bishop Viard College and Chanel College, the theme is, ‘Life creates History’. Our team will use the holidays to practise for the 8 different disciplines.
The Board of Trustees has approved the final design of the SCC school trousers which can be worn in place of the skirt as part of both the summer and winter uniforms. The design is “Marsden Navy” and the trousers can be purchased from NZ Uniforms at a cost of $85.
Term 2 starts on Monday 3 May. There will be a Pōwhiri at 10am to welcome the new Principal, Mrs Katrina Kerr-Bell. You are very welcome to attend.
I wish Katrina every blessing in her role as Principal of St Catherine’s College. Your support for Katrina will be important as she negotiates the challenges and reflects on the rewards of this special privilege.
Building the student roll of St Catherine’s is the challenge. The students of St Catherine’s College are wonderful. Their spirit, wairua, belonging, and aroha, make our school a special place. We hear it described as ‘the best kept little secret’ - we must blow the secret to smithereens. Broadcast loud and clear; we are a school which, through faith, integrity, creativity, and achievement, enables young people to grow and flourish. Promote the enrolment of students at every opportunity.
Last Sunday’s Gospel is one of my favourites. It recounts Jesus encountering the disciples hiding away in a room for fear of Jewish reprisal after Jesus’ violent death. Jesus greets the disciples with, ‘Peace be with you’. The disciple Thomas was not present at Jesus’ first appearance, and he doubts it is really Jesus. A few days later, on having his hands placed into the wounds of Jesus, he proclaims, ‘My Lord and my God’
Thank you for the privilege of serving St Catherine’s College. I wish everyone much success and happiness in the future. God bless.
Ngā mihi nui
St Catherine’s College
Friday 16 April
St Patrick’s Church
Childers Tce, Kilbirnie