SCC Newsletter - 19th March 2021

Kia ora whānau of St Catherine’s College,

I find it hard to get too caught up in the America’s Cup. The sport is exciting, no doubt, and what happens on the water is compelling. But to use the old cliché, at the end of the day, it’s really about big business, sailors jumping ship for the biggest bucks, and knighthoods for the boys! TV coverage of the spectator craft and their occupants quickly dispels any notion that this is ‘Team NZ’.

I’d rather watch our Multicultural group perform at Queen’s Wharf at the St Patrick’s Day Parade, or accompany Deputy Head Girl Isabella Ross to the Absolutely Positively Wellington Community Awards, or attend a screening of ‘Cousins’ starring Hariata Moriarty (student at SCC 2014-2018) and her dad Jim Moriarty (our Ngāti Toa Kaumatua). Congratulations to our PTA for this movie fundraiser night.

We wish our Senior Volleyball team every success as they participate in Division 1 at the National Volleyball Championships in Palmerston North next week. Last week they were placed third in the Wellington Regional Tournament, with Molly Chote selected in the tournament team.

Organisation is in place for the Student Learning Conversations on Wednesday 14 April. There are no classes for students that day (nor at St Patrick’s where they will also be holding progress conferences). We would love to meet with the parents/guardians of EVERY student in the college on that day. Student goals, progress, attendance, and student support are on the agenda for discussion amongst students, their whānau, and teachers. A separate email will be sent out with specific details, but you can book online now for the time that best suits your whanau at:

Event code: rtbkk

Our Student Attendance statistics are lower than expected for this time of the year. One valid reason is the call to keep students at home should they show any illness symptoms. However we must balance that with students being at school EVERY other time. All research points to student attendance equalling student achievement.

If you are aware of a future absence, please send an email to me: ( and to the office ( signalling the date and reasons for the student’s absence. This is important for our morning roll calls and parental follow-up for unaccounted-for absences, and for possible assessment extensions.

Another factor in this equation is punctuality. Starting the day late means trying to catch up with organisation, instructions, tasks, and eventually desired outcomes. Avoid this by supporting and encouraging your secondary school student to be on time (even early!). School starts at 8.55am.

An invitation is extended to our whānau of Ngā Maioha Kapa Haka to attend a hui next Monday 22 March from 5pm to 7pm at St Mary’s College in Gabriel Hall.

Our Music Department has been overwhelmed with students wishing to learn an instrument. So we are making a plea for any instruments that you might have at home, which are no longer entertaining the family, to find a new home at St Catherine’s.

We have students who are very keen to learn piano at school, however currently don't have access to a keyboard to practise on at home. We wondered if there was anyone in the wider school community who might have a working keyboard languishing in a cupboard unplayed that they might consider making available for our student use. We would equally be keen on any spare guitars which might be needing a new home as well. Thank you for your consideration.

A message from Sue, our Executive Officer,

From the end of May 2021 banks will no longer be accepting cheques.

We don't get many but it’s time to start thinking about how you might handle your transactions if you do use cheques. From Queen’s Birthday Weekend (June 4) we will not be able to accept any further cheques.

Let’s finish with the prayer on St Patrick’s breastplate, prayed at Assembly on Wednesday, St Patrick’s Day -

‘Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ within me,

Christ below me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right hand,

Christ on my left hand,

Christ in my sleeping,

Christ in my waking,

Christ in the heart of all who think of me,

Christ in the mouth of all who speak of me,

Christ in every eye that looks at me,

Christ in every ear that listens to me.


Ngā mihi nui