St Paul's College News
October 2016

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183 Richmond Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1021
P: 09 376 1287 F: 09 378 6713
Years 7 - 13 Catholic Champagnat Marist School for Boys
Headmaster's Message

Dear Parents 

In 2017 we require all students to Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) to school to support a blended approach to teaching and learning in classrooms. It is the norm in most classrooms in New Zealand.

Students in Years 7-11 will require a Chromebook of their choice that meets the following minimum specifications: 

• Be a Chromebook device

• Be robust and study enough for school use

• A minimum battery life of 6 hours. There will be no charging facilities at school.

• Minimum of 4GB of RAM

• Minimum of 16 GB storage

• Be wireless

• Insured against loss or damage – the school will not accept responsibility for loss or damage occurring at school.

• Contain a Google chrome browser. We are a google classroom/app school

• Optional USB portal – Some devices do not have a USB portal. You may wish to consider this so your child may be able to load additional software you may purchase or save their work on an external hard drive when needed. 

Students in Years 12- 13 must bring a suitable device such as a Chromebook, Laptop, Netbook or Tablet that meet the following specifications:

• Be portable, robust and sturdy  enough for school use.

• A minimum battery life of 6 hours. There will be no charging facilities at school

• Have a keypad

• Be wireless

• Contains anti-virus software if bringing a laptop or netbook

• Insured against loss or damage – the school will not accept responsibility for loss or damage occurring at school.

• Contain a Google chrome browser. We are a google classroom/app school
"In 2017 we require all students to Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)....."

• Optional USB portal – Some devices do not have a USB portal. You may wish to consider this so your child may be able to load additional software you may purchase or save their work on an external hard drive when needed.

Please Note the Conditions: 
1) We will provide help to connect to the school Wi-Fi network. Beyond that the students will need to take     responsibility for their own devices  for  problem-solving  and  troubleshooting.

2) All students will be required to agree and sign an Information Technology Acceptable Use Agreement to use their devices at school. 

3) To assist in the purchasing of your device St Paul’s College has partnered with a number of suppliers to provide discount prices and bundle offers for your sons BYOD.

You will need to identify yourself as a St Paul’s parent to obtain these benefits.

The details of these providers are on our website

For more information please refer to the school BYOD information Booklet on our school website.

In His Peace



Maori Students Success Dinner
Thursday 27th October 2016. College Hall at 6pm 

Leavers Mass Year 13
Friday 4th November 2016. College Chapel 7pm

Orientation Night for New Students (Yr 12 boys expected)
10th November 2016. College Chapel at 7pm

Prize giving for all boys and families
7th December 2016. Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont Street at 7pm start

On Wednesday 19th October, the College farewelled Father Alan Roberts, who has been our Chaplain since 2012.

He volunteered his time and met our spiritual needs while working on the staff at Holy Cross Seminary; he will be returning to the Wellington Diocese. Over the years he has celebrated Masses, assisted in retreats and worked with our students in their spiritual growth and contributed to the spiritual life of the College.  Father Alan has been a valuable member of our St Paul's Community. 

Left to right: Mrs. Pamela D'Souza, Fr. Alan Roberts, Br. John Fitzgibbon, TyAaron Leniu, Br. Colin Divane, Mr. Fouhy.
Lennox Tasefa (Year 11) remembers “Father Alan, when I was in Year 7, we would often go to Mass on a Friday at Sacred Heart in Ponsonby. Every time we went you would make us feel welcome and part of the community. Some of the things I remember were how you would change your sermon so that we could understand the message of the readings. Thank you Father Alan for those special memories and making us feel so welcome. “
We wish him many Blessings as he moves to Wellington where he will continue to do God’s work!
 May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face; 
the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

NCEA External Exams begin of the 10 November 2016

There are 9 teaching days left for our Senior Students before they begin their NCEA external examinations. It is critical that all students are studying for at least an hour at home every night if they wish to be fully prepared for these exams. We also encourage students attend the school homework center and extra tutorials organised by their teachers for additional exam preparation and support. 

Senior students that have completed all internal assessment will receive their exam entry slips and exam guidelines on the last day of school. Students will need to ensure that they have their exam entry slip and their student identification card or photo identification to enter each exam.
Students without these documents will not be allowed to sit their exam if they do not present these two  forms of identification. 

Students identifications cards are available from the school office for $10.

Please find below a copy of the Schools NCEA timetable. It is compulsory for all students to attend exams that they are entered into. 

Raechelle Taulu 
Deputy Head (Curriculum) 
Year 7-10 have a standard PE uniform from 2017. These are now available from Elizabeth Michael. The shorts double as the shorts used in the majority of the Summer and Winter Sports Teams so will get much use. The pack costs $50 including GST. 

The College offers a buy back scheme depending on the condition of the blazer. This will be normally be in the range of $50-$80. These second hand blazers will be available for purchase from the office. Current Year 10’s will need to be in blazers from the start of 2017. 

We have continued focusing on being at school everyday, on time, ready to learn. Every week you will be sent an Engagement report for your son with 1 to 5 ratings. This gives you a very good picture of how he is working and behaving. 

We have had a good year in terms of behaviour in public. It is important to remember that those outside the College do not see individuals - they see St Paul’s College as a whole. What each of us do - good and not so good - reflects on everyone. As we move towards the end of the year please reiterate to your sons our expectations of hard work and good behaviour right through to the last day.

From early November the building programme will commence please note:
  • There will be no vehicle entry into the College from from Richmond Road for extended periods so please note the best option will be to park on Richmond Road itself or enter the College via Moira Road.
  • The main office and admin will be shifting to Room 13 and 14. 

Laurence Caltaux
Deputy Head (Pastoral)   
Thank you to all parents who speak well of your son's school to future parents

We are taking enrolments for 2017 in years 7, 8 and 9. There are limited enrolments for other year levels.

Please contact our Enrolment officer or download the documents from the website
T: +64 9 376 1287 x 203

FEES FOR 2017 

Congratulations to Johanas Smith, Cornelius Aupito, and Feinga Taufa (pictured below left to right) on having their writing published in the latest edition of Education Today (Issue 5 2016). Their writing will be seen nation wide in schools and educational institutes throughout New Zealand.

Cornelius and Johanas feature in the "Student Voice" sections discussing their views on what they hope for in an ideal work place and digital natives while Feinga was given a whole page exposition on attitudes on litter labelled "Dump the attitude".  

Martin Willetts
Year 7&8 Teacher

This term we welcome Mr Suli Hoponoa as a Specialist Itinerant Music Tutor. He is teaching the beginner saxophone class as well as leading the emerging Jazz Band.
We are fortunate to have Suli on board and are already benefiting judging from the great sounds emanating from the music department. The new College Jazz band will debut at the Prize-giving Ceremony on 7th December 2016.

For anyone wanting to buy or hire instruments for next years music programme, please feel free to contact Tanya from KBB Music:   

If you mention St. Paul’s College, you may even get a discount! 

Glenn Stanbridge
Teacher in charge of Music
Tauira Māori Powhakanui Aupiki

The College will be holding a Dinner to celebrate the journey of all of our akonga Māori and their whānau at the college.

It will also be an opportunity to acknowledge the journey and success of our Māori leavers as they prepare to embark on a new journey beyond St Paul’s College.

Venue: College Hall 
Date: Thursday 27th October
Time:  6.00-7.30pm

Guest Speaker: 
Philip Bradshaw Winiata
(Lawyer, University of Auckland tutor and mentor).
He will share his educational journey and re-connection to Māoritanga.

Please RSVP with numbers to the school office on 09 376 1287

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini'
My success is not mine alone, but that of many others'

Jacob DeBerry
Teacher in charge of Maori
It was a cold and wet morning when the St Paul’s team travelled to Bucklands Beach for first game of the season. The forecast was not good and the ground was wet underfoot but with the rain holding off it was decided to make a start and see if it was possible to complete the game. McLeans batted first and St Paul’s did a great job of restricting the score to 73. Wickets were shared by the bowlers.

We came out and batted as the rain started to fall. Taking an aggressive approach several 4s and a stunning 6 from Anthony Vitale (on debut!) made it look as if we might overhaul the score fairly quickly but with the weather worsening the match had to be abandoned much to the disappointment of the St Paul’s players. The game was declared a draw.

A promising start to the season, our team had a good turn out and showed a lot enthusiasm and team spirit

-By Brenda Haybittle 

Deputy Head Boy and 1st XV Captain Jirah Momoisea has recently signed with Melbourne Storm. This is a huge achievement and a compliment to Jirah's commitment, work ethic and discipline. Jirah represents the college at touch, volleyball, cricket, rugby union and rugby league. His attendance currently sits at 99%, meaning he has only missed 1 day of school all year! The Storm were very impressed with these attributes which are absolutely necessary for professional sportsmen.
Jirah told  "I come from a single-parent family and I saw how hard my mum and grandparents worked to get me and Rocky to where we are. I'm doing this for them, I will give it everything I've got and will work hard to make them proud. I only hope that I can give back to them what they have given to me," 

A deserving reward for a role model student, showing us all that hard work and perseverance creates opportunity.

Dave McDermott 
Director of Sport
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Contact Details
Mrs Nua Silipa  : (Careers Advisor/School Counsellor) 
Mrs Jacqui Brayshaw: (Gateway Coordinator) 
Mr Donovan  Bickford:  (Year 13 Dean)

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"Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, not of the future, nor of your weakness.

The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that by your faith, His Name will continue to resound throughout the world

- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
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