SCC Newsletter - 21st May 2021

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau


“Korerotia, waiatatia te reo o ōu tūpuna i tuku iho, he taonga nō te Atua” - Speak and sing using your mother tongue, that passed down from your ancestors; it is indeed a gift from God.


This Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is one of the most important feast days of the year as it concludes the Easter season and marks the beginning of the Church. It occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus and 10 days after his ascension into heaven. Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Jesus, as they gathered together. The Holy Spirit gave them the gifts necessary to fulfil the mission to go out and preach the Gospel to all nations. After Pentecost, Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, began to spread the Good News. Pentecost is celebrated as the birth of the Church. After Pentecost, people empowered by the Holy Spirit, went out and proclaimed the word of God in their mother tongue, a true gift of God.


Last weekend I had the privilege of attending my first O’Shea Shield. The St Catherine’s College theme for the Senior Drama was the whakatauki, “Korerotia, waiatatia te reo o ōu tūpuna i tuku iho, he taonga nō te Atua”, highlighting the importance of fostering the language of our ancestors and having the courage to speak out and share our faith.


St Catherine’s students performed exceptionally well, and I was proud of their performances and their willingness to share their gifts and talents. This competition has a long history since its inception in 1946; there are now 17 Catholic colleges from the Wellington, Nelson and Palmerston North diocese competing in the competition. The Shield winners were St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College Napier with 44 points, second St Patrick’s College Wellington, St John’s College Hastings, and Sacred Heart Girls’ College New Plymouth. We were placed a very honourable third with 41 points.

Our Team:

Debating - Aoife Moss, Isabella Ross, Francesca Sigal

Drama (winners of the Society of Mary Cup for Drama) - Leona Coral, Mari Issa, Ella Moemai, Dhara Patel, Paige Wilson

Impromptu - Brereton McKee

Junior Prepared - Alessandra Unsworth

Oratory - Psalms Galuvao

Religious Questions (winners of the Mercy Cup for Religious Questions) - Leigh Masmela, Rona Rodulfo, Angelica Silva

Scripture Reading, Te Reo - Charis Madden

Scripture Reading, English - Mariana Sola

The immense support of all the St Catherine’s students and staff was a highlight of the team’s preparation for the competition. A massive thank you to the members of our community who supported us in coaching the students; in particular, Moana and Frankie Leota, Jarrad Porima from St Patrick's College, Roy Jansen and Jeremy Spruyt. A huge thank you to Kathy Ryan, Deirdre Walsh, Ilana De Vos and Halina McDonald who were in attendance all weekend. Many of the staff, as well as parents, whānau and students joined us over the weekend.


Pink Shirts Day

Pink Shirts Day is today. The theme is Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

The focus of Pink Shirts’ Day is to stand against bullying with practical advice on how to take a stand.

Pink Shirts Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt on the day with non-uniform. Gold coin donations have been collected to support Mental Health New Zealand.


Kapa Haka

Last Monday Ngā Maioha o Te Rangikauia had their hui; Ngā Maioha is a combined Kapa Haka group from St Patrick’s, St Catherine’s and St Mary’s colleges. The group has joined together and are working towards the Kapa Haka Regionals in the last week of term. Students wanting to attend this event need to indicate by the end of next week and pay by Friday 4th of June.


Multicultural Club

Practices for TuTagata 2021 are well underway. The students are working on their TuTagata Festival performance items on Mondays and Fridays after school. They will be fundraising during Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Week) towards practice tops and ‘ie.


Fundraiser - PTA

This group works incredibly hard, and we are very fortunate to have them. They are currently working on several projects


Fr Chris Skinner will be performing at St Joseph’s, Mt Victoria on Sunday 27th of June at 7pm. Tickets are $20 each. More information will follow about purchasing tickets.


On Tuesday the 18th of May the year 9 and 10 Te Reo Māori students enjoyed an All Day Theatre Marae workshop hosted byTe Rākau Trust. As part of the day, rangatahi explored concepts including identity, whakapapa and citizenship.

Rangatahi embarked on a creative exploration of their identity, as individuals and as a group, in a kaupapa Māori process guided by actor, director and producer Jim Moriarty (MNZM and RPN), Writer/Actor/Psychologist Helen Pearse-Otene, and a team of Theatre Marae creative professionals.



MMR vaccination catch-up

  • Students aged 15 and over will be able to get vaccinated against MMR on Wednesday 9th June at the College if they have previously missed out, and have parental consent.



Term Ahead

26 May BoT Meeting

27 May Barbershop Young Singers in Harmony Competition at Wellington College

28 May St Joan’s Feast Day

31 May - 4 June Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa and Environment Week

7 Jun Queen’s Birthday Monday

8 Jun Mid-Term Break

9 Jun SCC Open Night 6-8pm

Measles Vaccines MMR vaccination catch-up (9.15am)

27 June PTA Fundraiser: Fr Chris Skinner @ St Joseph’s Church Mt Victoria 7pm

28 Jun - 2 Jul Matariki Week (Whakanuia te hau hou Māori)

1 July St Bernie’s Feast Day

5 July Kapa Haka Regionals @ ASB

8 July Mercy in Action Mass

9 July LAST DAY OF TERM

Kāhui Ako Teacher-Only Day



Board update

Kia ora koutou

Last term we let you know about the two vacancies on the Board of Trustees, which the Board wished to fill by way of a selection process. The selection process was viewed as a way for us to achieve greater diversity on the Board, so that a greater range of voices and experiences could contribute to our decision-making.

So I am now delighted to announce, and welcome to the Board, our two new reps, Ina Sola and Stephanie Kuttner. Thank you so much to Ina and Stephanie. You can read more about Ina and Stephanie below and the awesome skills and experiences they bring to the Board.

Ngā mihi nui

Emma Richards

Board Chair

Ina Sola

I am a young Samoan woman with roots in Saint Catherine's College as an old girl of this beautiful big-little school.

I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to become a member of the Board this year, especially returning to represent a Pasifika diaspora. My hopes in this role are to build a Pasifika culture in SCC both with students and their communities, as well as focusing on their achievement goals as learners, Pasifika women, communicating the values of this Catholic school to the Pasifika community, and most importantly honouring the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi.

I graduated from Saint Catherine's College in 2016 and am a recent graduate of Victoria University (2020), now I am currently studying full-time towards a Master of Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation.

Alongside this communication pedagogy, I also work full-time as a Secondary Tertiary Advisor at Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu Correspondence School.

I will always cherish my big-little school Hata Kataraina.

Stephanie Kuttner

Tēnā koutou

My name is Stephanie Kuttner and I’m delighted and excited for the opportunity to join the SCC Board of Trustees. I’m the proud Mum of Ava Saulbrey in Year 11 at St Cath’s. My partner Luke and I also have a younger son Joe who is Yr 9 this year and we live locally in Strathmore on beautiful Motu Kairangi.

Originally from Tāmaki Makaurau, I attended Marist Sisters College (now Marist College) in Mt Albert. On attending the St Cath’s Open Day a few years back, both Ava and I felt incredibly welcomed by the staff and students who created a personable and warm, supportive environment. We've been loyal advocates of the school ever since!

I’m currently working as the Marketing & Communications Manager at Outward Bound New Zealand and previously I was in the same role at Scots College in Strathmore. In taking on this role I very much hope to support the College, students and whānau to further promote and elevate the awareness of our wonderful College.


Mā te Atua koe e manaaki

Katrina Kerr-Bell

Tumuaki