SCC Newswletter - 4th June 2020

Kia ora tātou, Talofa lava

Last Sunday the focus of the readings at Mass was on the Holy Trinity - the wonder of God who is Father and creator, the Son who showed us how to have a relationship with God, and with each other, and the Spirit who gifts us with the skills to develop these relationships. We are never alone. We began this week with our senior Samoan student leaders sharing resources with staff on how to pray, greet others and respond to questions, in Samoan. Our language is a gift from our families and it is so important that this is fostered.

Mrs Singh led staff prayers on Wednseday and reminded us of the current struggles experienced by the people of India and Fiji, and the impact of those struggles on those who live here and cannot be with their families suffering the effects of this Covid resurgence. It is a reminder of how blessed we are in this country, with freedom to continue our lives while Covid is having a huge impact around the world, with many of our families having loved ones living in areas severely impacted.

St Catherine’s College Open Night 2021

Takes place this Wednesday 9 June from 6-8 pm. Please support our College by promoting it to your friends and family. We are proud of our college and we want to share our gifts with others.

Support - Promote

A musical evening with Fr Chris Skinner, supported by St Catherine’s College students, at 7pm on Sunday 27 June at St Joseph’s Church, Ellice St, Mt Victoria. $20 cash at door or go online to TryBooking Booking fee is 30 cents. Fr Chris’s cds will be available to purchase . Without international students, due to the consequences of Covid, these fundraising activities are crucial to supporting the school financially.

MMR vaccination catch-up

It is not late for students to receive 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.

Live Reporting

As a College we are reviewing the way we report on student progress. Our goal is to report on each subject once a term in written form in real time, this means that the comments will relate to what is happening right now and what your daughter can work on. This will be via Kamar (this is our Student Management System SMS). From this you will be able to access and view various aspects relevant to you daughter including her notices, details, timetable, academic grades, groups/awards and goals. You will recieve a separate email with details on how to access this.

Parent Teacher Interviews

These will take place on Thursday 24th June from 4.00pm - 6.30pm. Book with your student’s subject teachers through schoolinterviews link -

Something to Sing and Make Music About

Last Thursday 27th May, the Blue Harmonics - our St Catherine’s Barbershop Quartet - was placed 2nd in the Young Singers in Harmony Regional Competition. This is very well deserved. The students sang beautifully - a huge thank you to Bernadette Takács for all her hard work and expertise. On Tuesday the St Catherine’s Music students went on the road again. We performed at St Anne’s and St Francis de Sales with our ‘This is Us’ music tour. It was a wonderful morning and it was great to see the primary and secondary students engaging in their shared love of music.

Sadly Patricia Clarke, a beloved member of the Holy Cross School community passed away on 25th May. Patricia had been their school’s librarian and part of the support staff for more than twenty years, and had been a positive influence in the lives of many of our students. A small group of staff and students attended her funeral on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and the Holy Cross School community.


We received news that Eva Gundesen had been very busy in the school holidays attending the online 47th Annual Yale Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the NZ Schools Model UN Association.

Attendance - punctuality and absences

School attendance is one of the most significant contributors to student success. We are aware that it is getting colder; however it is important that students are at school on time. If a student is going to be absent from school for a planned event (e.g: family holiday / wedding / birthday / university open day) please request leave from the college principal in advance of the date/s and explain the reason for the absence.

Swimming Championships

Three St Cath's students competed in swim competitions in recent weeks - Alessandra Unsworth, Ava Saulbrey and Maia Bouras.

Special mention goes to Alessandra, placed 3rd in the Junior 100m freestyle - one of the most competitive events.

Cross Country Championships

Katie Hickey and Helena Basile competed last week and placed 27th and 39th respectively in the Junior Girls section of the Cross-Country Champs. Well done!

Chess Regionals

Luna Lopez competed in the Chess Power Regionals Senior Division for the first time and won best girl overall! She was only one win away from qualifying for Nationals which is amazing.

While Luna competed as an individual, we would love to have a team of four from

St Cath's to compete at the next online tournament. We can teach and support you to play; please talk to Heloise (our Sports Co-ordinator) if you want to find out more.

Jordyn Mokalei - Innovative Young Minds

Jordyn Mokalei (Year 12) has been working with Mrs Rebecca Rapira-Davies to apply for a sponsored place on the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) Residential 2021 programme. She was successful in her application and has been offered a place. 85 strong applications for IYM Residential 2021 were received, so Jordyn should be very proud of her achievement. Jordyn will be attending this programme from the 11th-16th July and, during this time, she will be exposed to a range of site visits, speakers and interactive experiences that will showcase the many opportunities available in science and technology.

Jordyn has been sponsored by the Barnes family, in affiliation with Port Nicholson Rotary Club, who have covered a significant amount of her programme fee. One of the family members, David Barnes, is a member of this Rotary Club. The family has chosen to sponsor Jordyn in memory of their late father who was a defence scientist and physicist. We are very grateful to the Barnes family and Port Nicholson Rotary Club for their support.

Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June/ Mid Term Break Tuesday 8 June

A reminder that the school is closed on Monday for Queen’s Birthday and Tuesday for Mid-Term Break.

Happy Tramping

The Duke of Ed students and staff that are away this weekend tramping in the Catchpool Valley.

Vacancy - Finance Administrator

Due to Sue Kemp’s resignation, we have a vacancy for a part-time Finance Administrator - mainly term time only, 22 hours 30 minutes a week. The vacancy has been advertised externally and placed on our website. Any queries please contact

Other events later this term

Ngā Maioha o Te Rangikauia Dress Rehearsal

Will take place on Wednesday 16 June. This is an opportunity for whānau and friends to see the culmination of the months of preparation by the Kapa Haka group ahead of the regional competition - Te Whakataetae Kapa Haka ā-Rohe mō ngā Kura Tuarua - at TSB Arena on Monday 5 July.

YAFA (Youth Allowed Faith Aloud)

The next YAFA takes place on Wednesday 23 June hosted by St Catherine’s College from 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Matariki Week

From 28 June to 2 July and will involve tree planting facilitated by the Environmental Leaders

St Bernie’s Feast Day

Thursday 1 July - students in SB1 and SB2 may wear yellow-themed non-uniform to school on this day

Itinerant Teachers Music Concert

Tuesday 6 July in Studio 2 (Te Atawhai Building) - students who are taking lessons from itinerant music teachers at St Catherine’s will perform pieces they have been working on this year.

Mercy in Action Day

Thursday 8 July, this year’s theme is Manaakitanga and students will be working on practical ways to honour the mana of others.

Kāhui Ako Midwinter Hui - Teacher Only Day

Friday 9 July. Only teachers will be at school on Friday 9 July.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki

Katrina Kerr-Bell