St Paul's College News
November 2016

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Years 7 - 13 Catholic Champagnat Marist School for Boys
Headmaster's Message

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Dear Parents and Boys

One of the changes this year was the postponement of the Polynesian festival.
My reason was to signal that coming to St Paul's College was about Teaching and learning on a daily basis. 

Traditionally Term 1 is a disruptive term because boys' heads were about performing at the Festival and not about their priority of learning in the classroom. 

I observed this year that the boys settled very well in Term 1 and have coped extremely well with the many changes that came into their lives. 

At the time of the change, I noted that we would review things for 2017. 

Accordingly I invite you to a meeting at St Paul's College to find out whether parents are willing to organise and make happen either a Samoan and/or Tongan Performance in March 2017.

This event would be primarily parent driven and organised. 

To this end a meeting will be held on Tuesday November 29th at 7pm in the Staffroom at the College.
"I observed this year that the boys settled very well in Term 1....."
It will be one hour only.
Please come to give your input and more importantly helping to make it happen if you think it should happen.  
Other Dates 2016:
Wed 7th December at 6.30pm
 College Prize- giving Year 7- 13
Venue: Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont Street.
All Parents and boys are expected at this event because it is your College. 
The Prize list is confidential until 6.30pm. 

In His peace.


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

Prize giving for all boys and families expected
7th December 2016. Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont Street at 6.30pm

NCEA External Exams begin of the 10 November 2016

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 have received 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 both forms of identification will not be allowed to sit their exam. 

Please familiarize yourself with the timetable to ensure you turn up on time with your entry slip and ID card. 

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 for leavers 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 this week. 

Laurence Caltaux
Deputy Head (Pastoral)   

Thank you to all parents who speak well of your son's school to future parents

Unless there are exceptional circumstances - Enrolments have closed for 2017.

For 2018 please contact our Enrolment officer or download the documents from the website
T: +64 9 376 1287 x 203
FEES FOR 2017 

Thanks to all of those that attended the College Art exhibition last month. It was great to see the boys' hard work and creativity on display. They did extremely well this year and have achieved some excellent external results.  
         Above: Mata'afa Ofa pictured with his print;
Don't miss next year's exhibition!
Matt Pulsford
Art Teacher
1st XI
With summer upon us, the 1st XI have picked up where they left off last season. Recording an easy win against Howick on the weekend, bowling them all out for 39 and knocking off the target pretty quickly. It seems inevitable that this team needs to be promoted into a harder grade in 2017 as Jacob Smith, Andrew Koloamatangi and the team are seldom pushed for their consistent victories.

Back to the oval ball, Touch is now under way and Mr DeBerry's junior team has started their season well with 2 wins from 2 games. Willie Tuaine, Ezekiel Sio and Sione Moala working well together on attack. I'm sure the combinations these boys are forming will serve the college for many years to come in a variety of codes.

Our Year 7/8 touch team recently played their central zone tournament. A mixed bag of results for the team but A grade preparation, commitment and training. Stand out performers were Salesi Foketi, Daniel Smith and Vontae Hamiora.
On behalf of the college, I'd like to thank Vontae's grandfather Willie Hamiora for his excellent coaching! The boys and myself learnt so much about touch in the weeks leading up to the tournament, it's great to have families involved in our sport teams and something we hope to see more of in 2017.

Our 1st XI continued their winning ways against a determined St Peter's outfit on the weekend. Bowling first, we were quickly put under pressure with an impressive opening partnership from the opposition, eventually bowling them all out for 97 runs. Thankfully, Maikeli Latu was sharp at the crease finishing the innings on 47 not out! At the other end Solomon Tatu (pictured below), Lennox Tasefa and David Smith all contributed to chase down 100 runs with 6 wickets to spare!  

U15 7's TEAM
Our U15 7's team recently competed at the Auckland champs. We were unable to progress to the championship round, however comprehensive victories were on the cards for the rest of the day. Once again, Ezekiel, Willie and Sione Moala were instrumental in the team's success. Not to be left out, Kyro Toby Davis, Matthew Savelio and AJ Tuipea were also very impressive.

Rugby 7's seems to be a game St Paul's excels at - with our ball skills, speed and natural football talent, I see no reason why we can't compete at the highest level of the game. With Rugby 7's now being an Olympic sport, this a very realistic pathway for our students to the Olympic podium. 

Congratulations Starford Toa! 
for being nominated for
College Sport's Young Sportsperson of the Year! 
Star had a big year on the league field playing in NZ champs Akarana 17's, he also made the NZ16s team and ARL's college team of the year as fullback, which is no easy feat in such a specialist position. Star recently also showcased his talents on the 7's field and was selected for ARU's Auckland 16's team in 2016.
Star is a talented young man who has great athleticism, and speed. 
I hope to see him representing the college in many codes in 2017.

Dave McDermott 
Director of Sport
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-St. Ambrose

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