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Nau mai, haere mai, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, kia orana, warm greetings

We received news yesterday that Peter Watt, a former Christian Brother in New Zealand, died in Auckland on Wednesday evening.Peter was an ex-student of St Peter’s College, Auckland, and taught in his early years (in the 1970’s) at St Thomas of Canterbury College in Christchurch. After leaving the Christian Brothers, Peter taught for a significant number of years at St Peter’s College. Peter always remained firmly dedicated to the Christian Brothers and to the spirit of Edmund Rice.

May his creator God grant him the peace that he so greatly deserves.

Peter’s Funeral Mass will be at St. John’s Catholic Parish, Orewa on Wednesday 27th June at 11am.

Last week, I attended the National Catholic Convention in Wellington alongside Deputy Principal, Brendan Biggs, Director of Special Character, Paul Donnelly and Leader of Learning of Religious Education, Paul McCarthy. 

We were blessed with some empowering speakers, including David Wells and David Hall. It was also a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with school leaders within the Catholic network and also leaders within the Catholic Church. We were challenged as leaders to continue our good work in evangelising and connecting our young people in the religious traditions of our church, and also to provide relevant connections for our young men.

As we come to the end of our term, we will celebrate our special character in week 10. Whilst we have many fantastic activities planned, the focal point is our Mass on Thursday, were we celebrate our Catholic faith and special Character. This year we also have several boys receiving there sacraments for the first time.

I would like to bring to the attention of our community how important it is  that nobody parks on any yellow lines. We have around 300-400 boys leaving from the front entry, crossing the road to get to the bus stops. When people park on the yellow lines, it reduces the ability of boys to see oncoming traffic, which is a risk to their safety. Best practice is for boys to be picked up on Craven Street rather than Middlepark Rd. I thank you in advance for your co-operation.

At the end of this term  the ‘midyear’ reports will be send home via the parent portal. If you need any assistance in accessing this portal, please contact us. Our senior students will go through the process of predicted NCEA grades again to give them a snapshot of their progress.

Congratulations to our 1st XI football team and coaches Richard Washington and Jacob Allen, on claiming the Connectics Shield by defeating Burnside HS 3-2 on Wednesday night. I was very impressed with the large group of supporters who turned up  to the game.

Good luck to our 1st XV this weekend as they play St Bede’s in our Annual College Match as part of our club day on Saturday. The team is placed well in the top 4 of the UC Championship.

I would  like to congratulate Jarrod Gali for winning the Samoan speech Competition and Tafoa Peleti  for placing third. Both boys will compete at the National Speech competition in Wellington in August. Good luck!

Next Thursday, we host John Parson. John will speak to our students, staff and hopefully most of our parents on “Keeping your children safe online”. This event will be held in our school hall at 6pm and we encourage you to spread the word. 

John is an expert on all things cyber and his advice and experience in dealing with young people is something not to be missed. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Steve Hart