Thursday 1 April
Kia ora whānau of St Catherine’s College,
We are in Holy Week, the week before Easter Sunday, beginning last Sunday with Palm Sunday.
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the triumphant entry of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. On that day, the people laid palms before Him, a gesture generally reserved for triumphant leaders.
The next major event in Holy Week is Holy Thursday. On this day, Jesus celebrated the Passover feast with the disciples. We know this feast as the Last Supper. This is the night He was betrayed by Judas and arrested.
After supper, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and prayed.
Jesus was arrested on the night of Holy Thursday.
The next day, Good Friday, is the day that we commemorate the trial, punishment, and crucifixion of Our Lord. .
Jesus was taken and laid quickly in a borrowed tomb, in accordance with Jewish law, which required the dead be buried by sundown before the Sabbath.
In our churches, the tabernacle is left empty and its doors opened, to show that Christ has departed.
On Holy Saturday, there is no Mass.
This concludes Holy Week. The following day is Easter Sunday, the day on which it was discovered that the tomb in which Jesus was placed, was empty, and our Lord was resurrected, triumphing over death once and for all time.
Students and staff have been celebrating Sunday Mass in our local parishes. We have a strong connection with our parishes and our witness at Sunday Mass is important as we recognise the partnership we share in the spiritual growth of one another. Our next Mass is on Sunday 11 April at Holy Cross Church (Holy Trinity Parish) in Miramar. You are very welcome to join us for this 8.30am Mass.
Congratulations to our Senior Volleyball team who attended the week-long Nationals tournament in Palmerston North. It was volleyball heaven with hundreds of teams serving, setting, spiking, blocking, and winning points. We played tremendous volleyball and finished a very creditable 7th in Div 2, or, in an overall context, 23rd from 96 school teams.
Our captain Molly Chote was selected for the NZ Junior Women’s Indoor Volleyball Squad for 2021. This is a mighty achievement considering the depth and calibre of the player pool in volleyball, Congratulations Molly.
Congratulations to our senior debating team which contested the weekend-long Wellington Regionals Tournament at Wellington College. Our team finished a very close runner up (2-1 adjudicators split decision) in the semi-final. Aoife Moss was listed in the Highly Commended category, and was awarded the Most Promising Speaker award.
Congratulations to our Head Girl, Paige Wilson, for her art designs being depicted on the cover of Otago University’s Postgraduate promotional documents.
We seek your support for the best presentation of our students. If you check on their appearance as they leave home and we follow up as they arrive at school we’ll be in tandem, so a couple of reminders -
one earring only in the lower lobe of each ear
one flat band ring on one finger
nose rings are not permitted; simple nose studs (on religious / cultural grounds) are permitted with the principal’s permission
blazer worn to and from school
Thank you for your support on this one.
Introduction of pants
At the Board of Trustees meeting on 11 March 2021, the Board approved the addition of trousers to the college uniform. The Board will select one of two navy blue options at its next board meeting. We expect that the trousers will cost approximately $85 and will be available from New Zealand Uniforms from the start of Term Two.
From the start of Term Two, trousers may be worn in place of the skirt as part of both the summer and winter uniforms. The winter uniform, worn in Terms Two and Three, comprises:
- college blazer (Year 9 students may wear school cardigan instead of college blazer)
- white, long-sleeved shirt
- school skirt or school trousers
- black, leather lace-up shoes
- black pantyhose or white ankle socks
- school tie
On formal occasions such as Prizegiving, Graduation, Pōwhiri and Masses - formal uniform is to be worn. The formal uniform differs from the winter uniform in that the school skirt is worn on these occasions.
Student Learning Conversations are on Wednesday 14 April. Have you booked your session to discuss your daughter’s progress and goals for this year. I looked today and 58% of our students have bookings made. Please go to: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/ and use the booking code: rtbkk
I'm sharing Cardinal John’s statement/apology which he delivered last week to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. It's a statement worthy of considerable reflection. Please keep all involved in this most difficult situation in your prayers.
You are invited to our end of term Mass at St Patrick’s Church at 2pm on Friday 16 April to share in the Eucharist - Thanksgiving - for Term 1 and all its richness.
I wish you a peaceful and hope-filled Easter break.
School reopens on Wednesday 7 April.
An Easter prayer,
Christ, you are risen with the sun;
you are light in our darkness,
warmth in our cold.
You are peace and hope and joy.
You turned defeat and failure to victory for all.
You are our light and our salvation
Ngā mihi nui