St Paul's College News
August 2016

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183 Richmond Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1021
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Years 7 - 13 Catholic Champagnat Marist School for Boys
Headmaster's Message



If one listens carefully to the news media, the word- "Disconnect"- is the new word on the block. 

The problem of police shooting of black men in the States is analysed as being a "disconnect" between  the community and the police.

The housing crisis in Auckland is because there is a "disconnect" between public policy and market forces.

Climate change problems are because there is a "disconnect" between Nature and human use on this planet.

Donald Trump's popularity is because he is tapping into a general "disconnect" between politicians and the community they are supposed to serve.

And there are many other examples.

Being disconnected on many levels runs contrary to our Christian Belief that in creation "Everything is connected. Everything and everyone belongs" (Richard Rohr O.F.M)

A school has to make special efforts to ensure that everyone in the school is connected to its daily way of life. Boys thrive when they connect in their classroom studies, when they connect on the sports field and when their parents ,staff and families are engaged in their son's school.

So what are we trying to do at St Paul's College in this area of connection?

1. We want to connect/engage families to be part of their school. The recent weekly reports from every teacher on every classroom subject, is about connecting families to their son's learning.

2.The uniform changes are about boys connecting with the pride and tradition of St Paul's College

3. The requirements to be present each day,on time with the right equipment for each subject, is about asking boys to connect to their academic studies on a daily basis.

"Boys thrive when they connect.."
4. The excellent after match hosting by the First XV families is about connecting boys and families to being hospitable towards one's sporting opponents.

5. The whole school dinner in March, the Mothers dinner on 1st September and father- son Mass in September is about connecting families  with each other and with their son's school.

I have this fundamental belief that in Education we have to continually strive to have boys, their teachers and their families connected and all working hard for their son's school

At St Paul's College we need to have more social events, more fundraising events, more initiatives by families to lift and celebrate this very special community of learning.

I hope you agree.

Being "disconnected" in this beautiful world is simply lonely and wrong.

So stay posted for details on:
+Mothers Dinner - 1st Sept,  
+Father - Son Mass - 9th Sept 
+Sporting Awards - 8th Sept 
+College Prize-giving - 7th Dec

We want every parent to be present at these events.

In His Peace

K.F. Fouhy
1st September

It promises to be a very good social occasion so that all Mothers at St Paul's  can meet other mothers in a social setting

A meeting to prepare for this event is planned for : 
Thursday 11th August at 7.00pm- in the college staff room

I would like to invite parents who can help to make this event happen. Please come!

Thank you for the effort that is made to ensure that your sons are properly turned out each day in the correct uniform.

The blazers and ties gives your sons presence and respectability . The PE dress is the final change in the uniform structure. This will come into effect from term four 2016

In the meantime all boys are required to have sports shoes (not daily shoe footwear) on their feet when doing Physical education classes. This is a requirement under health and Safety rules.

Term 3 is a busy term for all students at St Paul’s College. Junior students will be completing mid year Asttle testing and seniors students are working towards completing all internal assessment so that that can concentrate on external exams in term 4. Year 13 students should also be working towards gaining their University Entrance before week 9 of term 3. This will create one less barrier for these students before they complete their external exams. 

All NZQA fees are due on the 26 of August. This can be paid to the school office. Senior students have all received a financial assistance application form. Students need to return this form along with a community services card or benefit number in order to be eligible for the the NZQA fee subsidy. 

Important curriculum dates terms 3 and 4

26 August NZQA fees due
  • 1-12 August year 7-10 Asttle testing
  • 12-15 September year 10-13 Exam Week
  • 10 October year 10 begin level 1 NCEA
  • 17 - 21 October year 7 - 10 Asttle testing
  • 18 October NCEA and Senior Option Evening
  • 10 November - 2 December External NCEA Exams
  • 23-25 November year 7-9 Exam Week

The school homework centre is open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night from 3.30-4.30. This is a great opportunity for students to receive extra tutorials in their subjects. 

Raechelle Taulu
Deputy Head (Curriculum)
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

All parents are emailed a weekly report. Generally this should come to you on a Friday. It will show a 1-5 rating for most classes, any Lates for the Week, any instances of where your son has been withdrawn from class and your son’s attendance year to date. The Deans email is on this report if you have any specific queries.

Being on time and at school is the single biggest indicator of success and engagement. We have made some changes to ensure that regular lateness or absence is addressed quickly and good habits formed for school and work.
The Target for this term for every student at 90% attendance. Any students who fall under this target will need to make up time in the first 3 days of the holiday. This means no more than 4.5 days absent whatever the reason so please encourage being here every day.
If your son is away you must contact the College. If we do not hear from you we email and text to advise. This costs the College both time and money so ask for your support in being proactive.
  1. If your son is late for an unjustified reason, you will be emailed that day. We will record this and report it in the Weekly Engagement Report
  2. A second instance will result in your son being required to work in the Withdrawal room for the day.
  3. A further instance will result in withdrawal to the Deans Office and a meeting being held before return to normal classes
  4. A further instance will result in a referral to the Deputy Head where a possible outcome is a recommendation of a stand down to the Headmaster.
We have been focused on further instilling the notion that disturbing others learning or not learning yourself in a class is never acceptable. Behaviors which we see as being unacceptable are
  1. Being Late to Class
  2. Not Having the correct equipment – Correct book – one book for each class, Pens, Calculator, PE gear including sneakers
  3. Misbehaviour - not following Teachers’ instructions, remaining on task, not disturbing others
Each week Late to Class and Not having Equipment are reset to 0, however Misbehavior is tracked with staged consequences similar to lateness above if change has not occurred.

Laurence Caltaux
Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Our students Raymond Pua, Ezekiel Sio, and Reuben Fruean were awarded a Caring Award by Bishop Patrick Dunn at the Catholic Caring Foundation’s Caring Mass and Caring Awards at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday July 27th, for their outstanding care and commitment to caring for others in our community.

The Foundation, through donations and bequests, has been supporting communities in need with grants for emergency housing, domestic violence prevention, elderly support, growth programmes for youth, foodbanks, refugee, migrant and new settler support services and families in crisis for over 25 years. To find out more about the Foundation please go to

The Feast of the Assumption of our Lady will be celebrated at St Paul's College with Mass on Wednesday 17 August at 10am in the School chapel. 
Six students will be receiving the Sacraments of Initiation.  Fr. Alan Roberts will be celebrating the Mass. 

Pam D'Souza
Director of Religious Education 
Breakfast is now held in the old staff room
  • Sit down in the warmth and enjoy it
  • Fruit is now included with breakfast
  • Now 3 times a week- Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
For queries, see the school nurse Mrs. Van Den Berg (09) 376 1287 ext 222
Term 3 began with a lot of preparation for Stand Up Stand Out  (pictured) competitions at the Otara Music Arts Centre with ran from the 1st to the 8th of August. Year 9, Selevasio Tu’ima blew the judges away, coming 4th out of 67 soloists, most of whom were senior students. He will be performing in the semi finals as well as the finals at the Vodafone Events Centre on the 26th August.

elevasio also represented St. Paul’s College along with Marilyn from St. Mary’s College, where they performed a duet and later that day performed at St. Mary’s musical proms night. There were 6 year 13 students who also represented us well in the group vocal section of Stand Up Stand Out. We all celebrate with these fine young men (and Marilyn) for their courage and great performances. 
Top: Year 7 & 8 Class at Blue Light Awards;
Left: Selevasio Tu'ima   
Right: Stand Up Stand Out: Sione Tuipulotu, Raymond Pua, Khayl Lolohea, Jason Tevaga, Kolo Akauola, Sione Tuliakiono; 
The year 7 & 8 class represented us, with year 9 guest soloist Selevasio Tu’ima at the Police Blue Light awards afternoon at the Pullman hotel. This fine group of young men sang with passion, courage and all who were present, including government representatives were encouraged by their musical presentation.

Glenn Stanbridge
Teacher in charge of Music
The University Entrance Standard for 2016

You will be qualified for entrance to New Zealand universities in 2016 if you have obtained:
NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:
  • 14 credits each, in three approved subject
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above*, made up of: 5 credits in reading & 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above*, made up of: Achievement Standards specified through range of subjects or Unit standards - 26623, 28826, 26627
 Go to Studyit for NCEA students. 
A one stop site for achieving in NCEA maths, science, and English.
Find what you need to know, contact subject teachers, and get encouragement from other students on an online forum.

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Massey University (Auckland) Saturday 20 August - OPEN DAY
contact Mrs. Silipa for more information or see website

Victoria University (Wellington) Friday 26 August 2016- OPEN DAY
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University of Auckland - (Auckland) Saturday 27 August - OPEN DAY
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Auckland University of Technology (AUT) - Auckland 27 August - OPEN DAY
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Contact Details

Mrs Nua Silipa  : (Careers Advisor/School Counsellor) 
Mrs Jacqui Brayshaw: (Gateway Coordinator) 
Mr Donovan  Bickford:  (Year 13 Dean)
As usual, It's been a busy and successful winter for St Paul's sport. According to the stats, we've achieved a significant improvement across many codes with increased winning percentages, training attendance, rep selections and top 4 finishes for 5+ teams. An impressive achievement and direct reflection of the consistent efforts by our young men and talented coaching staff.
Currently the U15s are into top 8 playoffs, this is a very young team who often play against much older opponents - we are very proud of this team coached by Mr Lawry. Senior basketball are into their semi finals with an impressive top 4 finish! Andrew Koloamatangi and his team have played with pride, maturity and determination in 2016. Well done gentlemen and we hope to see you finish the task in the grand final!
Our 1st XIII have qualified straight through to the grand final at Mt Smart, finishing the regular season undefeated.  This game willl be live streamed via Auckland league's website if you can't make it to the game- 7pm, Mt Smart #2 (O'rourke Rd), Wed 10th August.

Our Senior A/Reserves team finished 3rd in their section - playing against other school's top teams! The efforts have been awesome all year and we're excited to see these boys push into 1st XIII soon. Our U15 9's team also finished their season undefeated, only to lose the grand final 24-22 to Southern Cross. Sione Moala and his team will achieve great things in the future, they have worked hard with maturity, discipline and commitment. I'm confident the experience of 2016's season will contribute to their eventual success - watch this space.

Our 1st XV and U15 teams have reached the end of their seasons. Whilst both teams missed out on finals in 2016, their behaviour on and off the field has been exemplary throughout. Both teams continued to improve throughout their seasons and always worked hard for each other and the St Paul's jersey.

Hold your heads up gentlemen - you did the school proud!

Top Left: Jirah Momoisea;  Top Right: AJ Murray;   Below: Rocky Momoisea

NZ16's RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM: Starford Toa (Pictured above) 
ARL U15 9's COACH OF THE YEAR: Fita Hala

For Services to College Rugby league - Mr. Mark Rice. 


Dave McDermott
Director of Sport

Who is she that comes forth as the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array.
- Song of Solomon 6:10
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