St Paul's College News
September 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

Green shoots and signs of hope
Spring is always a great time for everyone. New life and new energy. People exercise more, spend more, eat more...

In Spring nature provides for green shoots (signs of hope) in most plants. 

So what are the green shoots (signs of hope) appearing at St Paul's College?

1. This week we celebrated the 60th anniversary of Brother Marcel Hall and Brother John Fitzgibbon. Both these men have been prominent in the life of St Paul's college.
We celebrate their fidelity of presence to the work of education of young men. Reflecting back is about going forward

2. The proposed new building took a step forward with a tentative timeline of the demolition of old buildings (brothers house, staff room and health centre) and construction of a new building along Richmond Road. This would rank as the one of the largest construction activity ever undertaken at the college.

3. The recent Mother's dinner, the Father-Son Mass, Parent-Teacher Meetings and Sports excellence Awards evening were  encouraging signs of seeing parents participating more in the life of their son's college

4. The growth in music within the college ...the number of boys learning musical instruments an encouraging sign 

5. The number of groups in the community wishing to use the college facilities and become part of this school energy is also encouraging

6. The college year book has been resurrected after a period of 8 years and will record the life and journey of St Paul's men in 2016. This yearbook will be available after the  Prizegiving.
"The number of boys learning musical instruments... is an encouraging sign."

7. Enrolment numbers for 2017 in years 7-9 -our intake years -are encouraging.

8. The numbers of groups lined up for group photographs this week have been positive -indicating student involvement in their school.

9. The college testimonial given to every year 13 student who has contributed to his college life will be established for the end of this year

10. The College Prizegiving for 2016 will be one college event for all parents, staff and boys. An event we come to because it is our school.

And then there are the green shoots of every individual at the school.

Welcome to Spring with the end of a busy term 3.

See you all next term!

In His Peace


St Paul's is calling on anyone that has photos of the Mothers' Dinner. 
If you would like to share them with the community please send them to

They will be included in the next newsletter. 
Congratulations to all year 10 - 13 students who have just completed their last set of practices exams for the year!

All of the young men showed a great improvement in their behavior and concentration in the exam type environment, which is a good indication that they are on track for their NCEA external exams beginning on the 10 November 2016. All senior students have received a copy of the November External Examination timetable. There's also a copy on our school Facebook page or on the NZQA website.

In term 4 all year 10 students will begin their L1 NCEA Internal Assessment Programme. Students will have the opportunity to gain between 12- 20 credits before they finish school in December. These credits all count towards their Level 1 Certificate which they will complete in year 11.
The following tutorials will be held for senior students over the Term 3 holidays in preparation for the NCEA external exams. These tutorials are a great opportunity for students to participate in supported and supervised study with expert teachers and tutors.

Raechelle Taulu
Deputy Head (Curriculum)

Options night will be held on Tuesday 18th October 6pm -7pm. 

Come along to find out about available subject options for 2017.

We have also invited a few tertiary providers  to join us and share information with you.

The New Zealand Qualification Authority will be running a workshop for all Year 10 Parents and Students on the night.  
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 

Fathers were celebrated by the school community in a St Paul's Father Son Mass. The celebrations started with the Holy Mass held on Sunday 11th September 2016 in the school Chapel. Fr. Michael Gielen delivered an inspiring homily about the importance and influence of fathers in the lives of their sons and families.
Thank you to all parents and teachers that supported this initiative. 

The September Diocesan Youth Mass hosted by the Vinnies will be held on Sunday 25th September, 7pm at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The Theme for the Mass is " Live God's Truth" and will be celebrated by Fr. Larry Rustia.

Pam D'Souza
Director of Religious Education 

The entry form is now live! Click on the image to find the Application form and information on the competition.

The winning songwriter will win the opportunity to have their song recorded at the prestigious Roundhead Studios. MusicWorks will be awarding a $500 gift voucher to the winning songwriter and a $500 gift voucher will be given to the winning school!

All entries received before the end of the school year (December 20th, 2016) will automatically receive a free NZ Music Month stationery pack.

Please contact me for information or assistance with entry to this competition.

Glenn Stanbridge
Teacher in charge of Music
On Friday 16th September St Paul's hosted the Sacred Heart and St John's College combined music group. This group hails from Hamilton and this was their second visit to St. Paul's. 
The group consisted of a Jazz band, Choir, Irish Group, Orchestra, guitar groups, and Drum Corps. The performance started with a merry Irish tune, followed by jazzy renditions of pop music by the Jazz band, the guitar group and choir followed. The Marching band closed the concert with a thunderous performance!  

 The music group was accompanied by about 15 staff from both schools and drew an enthusiastic response from St Paul's College!

A representative from KBB donated a guitar to St Paul's College and Mr Stanbridge (Sr) extended a warm invitation to St Paul's to visit Hamilton in the near future or join the Hamilton combined choir on their next tour!
St Paul's performed a gutsy rendition of "Eki Koe" and the school Haka to thank the Hamilton Group and wish Sacred Heart and St John's a safe trip to France.  
The St Paul's Board of Trustees would like the community to be advised that there is one position of Parent representative still available. If you are interested, please contact the Headmaster at
Some of our Year 9 & 10 students were invited to spend a day at Rainbow's End theme park in Manukau over the weekend. This day was put together by the Bluelight youth and community program. We received extremely positive feedback from Blue Light with staff commending our young men on being impeccably behaved and credit to our school. 
Left to Right: Feata Tauaneai, Rixon David, Lachlan Patelesio, Jimmy Alexander (NZ Police), David Fatialofa-Aue, Nathan and Iain Reid, Troy Tofilau & Elijah Patelesio
Sports Excellence Award night were held on Thursday 8th September.
Congratulations to the winners! 
Above: Star To'a; Below left: Jacob Smith; Below right: Jirah Momoisea
Thank you to Mr McDermott for organizing the evening, and all staff involved with setting up and running of the event! 
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Contact Details
Mrs Nua Silipa  : (Careers Advisor/School Counsellor) 
Mrs Jacqui Brayshaw: (Gateway Coordinator) 
Mr Donovan  Bickford:  (Year 13 Dean)
Family Life Internationals is set up to build a culture of life and love where the dignity of the human person is upheld from conception to natural death, and the natural family is upheld as the basic cell of society. 
The Conference will be held on 23rd -25th September 2016 at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna.
See website for more information and to register

Seasons for Growth is a program for children, young people or adults who have experienced significant change or loss.
A 2 day Companion Workshop will be held on: Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October, 2016 at   Pompallier Diocesan Centre (The Poynton Room)      
30 New Street, Ponsonby 
10.00am ~ 4.00pm 
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL  by Thursday, 20th October . To register or find out more about this program, contact:  Delia  09-360 3027, or
Supporting Your Child following Separation and Divorce seminar will be held on Saturday  26th November  at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre (The Delargy Room) 
30 New Street, Ponsonby 
10.00 ~ 3.00pm 
Cost  $20 
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL by Wednesday, 23rd November 


The Catholic Discipleship College is holding a Spring Fair on Saturday, October 15th from 9am – 1pm! The fair will include craft stalls, a book sale, second hand goods, home baking, a sacred art sale and fun activities for children. We are inviting individuals and groups to hire a table at the fair for $20 – a great opportunity to declutter!


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We adore Thee O Christ and we bless Thee,
because by Thy holy cross,  
Thou hast redeemed the world.

- Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Wednesday 14 September)
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