St Paul's College News
March 2017

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Years 7 - 13 Catholic Champagnat Marist School for Boys

POLYFEST - School or community event?
This week, as a College, we have seen significant displays of ethnic culture.
On Monday - our Fiafia night was attended by hundreds of parents and supporters.

On Friday- performances at the Polyfest competing with 50+ schools.

Boys are highly energized and alive about their performance routines. It is a liberating experience for boys.

Many boys and parents value the dancing and the rituals, as being authentic to their culture and to their understanding of their origins and culture as a family.

There is a growing fear among many Parents and Grandparents that their children will lose the language- and that is a real fear. 

The question, we as a school community need to ask is, whether the Polyfest competition should be a school or a community event?

There is some anecdotal evidence that schools (of all ethnic compositions) which enter Polyfest do not do as well academically, as those who bypass the Polyfest competition, and who are more focussed on classroom learning.

Many schools only enter the Polyfest every second year. 

The intense competition, the political manipulations behind the scenes, the restlessness in classrooms leading up to Polyfest and the inability of many boys to fulfill their academic and sporting commitments because of practices, are just some of the reasons behind the growing unease of a Auckland Polyfest school competition.

Many parents will turn up to Fiafia night in their hundreds, but will not come to Parent Teacher Interviews, the Inaugural Mass or College Dinner.

In 2017 we will enter the Polyfest competition. 

In 2017 we will attempt to hold Samoan, Tongan and Te Reo speaking competitions and ask boys to enter. 
" Is the Polyfest central to the nature and purpose of a secondary school?"

Should we have an honours board for best speaker in each language??

The question remains: Is the Polyfest central to the nature and purpose of a secondary school, or should it be entered as a wider community event? 


1) Grandparent's morning Thurs 23 March at 10.00 am in the Chapel. This is a chance for many Grandparents to involve themselves in their grandchildren's learning and support for their school. 

2) Parent Teacher Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 3.00pm until 7.30 pm for Year 7-13.

Appointments are made on the interview portal "School Interviews" which will be available from this Friday.  

Details and codes are available in the Curriculum section of the website.

Appointments are essential.

A roll will be taken and there is a 100% expectation of parents (especially fathers) to be present.

Another great fortnight

In His Peace


Report evening is on Tuesday the 28th of March. The expectation is that all parents, with students, will attend these interviews. On the night, you will receive a copy of your son's Term 1 Progress Report before making your way to your interviews.

A copy of the report will be available to view online, through the KAMAR parent portal, from Wednesday 22nd March.

Parents will receive an email outlining how to access the portal over the next week. 

Parent, student, teacher conferences are an opportunity for you, as a parent to find out if your son is:  
  • completing work set in class
  • demonstrating an attitude that is conducive to learning
  • is meeting assessment deadlines and is on track to achieving these assessments.
  • is able to learn work independently in order to achieve

Date:     Tuesday  28th March 
Time:     3.00pm - 7.30pm.
Venue:   College Gym 

Reports will be given out to parents when they come into the gym. 

To book an interview time with each your child's teachers visit the website and enter the following code.

For Year 7 only: "avvvx"
For 8-13: "6qzd9"

We look forward to seeing you all there on the night! 

Raechelle Taulu
Deputy Head (Curriculum)
This week we welcomed Mr Ken Arkind to St Paul's College. He is a poet with Action Education, an organisation working with Youthline.

Ken uses Spoken Word to engage students in the classroom and beyond.

He is an award-winning poet, originally from the USA, now happily enjoying the kiwi lifestyle as a resident of Auckland.

Five classes enjoyed the workshops facilitated by Ken, and were able to express their creativity and bring their experiences, humour and ideas to the learning environment.

Poems were written and read and the students gained first-hand experience of the writing and performance process.

Thanks to Matua Rewa for organising this initiative.

Ms Brenda Haybittle
HOD English
Pictured Left to right: Tony Samuela (yr 10), Reuben Fruean (yr 10), Diene Mariner (yr 10), Ken Arkind (Poet), Pulefou Pritchard (yr 10) and Matua Worley (Te Reo Maori Teacher)
On Monday night, our cultural groups performed for the school community. This event was the first public performance for our Tongan and Samoan groups and gave the boys the opportunity to get used to performing in front of a large crowd.

It is also an opportunity for our groups to raise much needed funds for their costumes, transport and other expenses. Over $2,800 was raised on the night.

By the time you read this, our groups will have already performed and by the end of Saturday we will know the results.

Keep an eye out for the next newsletter for more photos and news on St Paul's performance.
Thank you very much to those who attended and were so generous in their donations! 

James Cullen 
P.O.E.T. (college choir) have their first performance for the year on Sunday 26 March during the Pasifika Festival at Western Springs. The performance is at 11am, but all choir members need to meet before 10am. A good number of young men indicated that they are available for this performance, so please speak with your son if you are not sure if he has signed up for choir this year. 

The 2017, the St. Paul's College Stage Band had its debut performance at the College Dinner.  

If you have instruments gathering dust in a cupboard, the music department would love to take these off your hands, to enable our young men to be part of this new and exciting part of music at the college. 

Your son is able to hire or buy a musical instrument from any music store.

Please be careful if buying from auction websites, as this can be risky and result in disappointment. 

 KBB music and The Rock Shop have looked after St Paul's well in the past. Feel free to visit one of their stores to get some information on rentals.

Thank you to the parents and families for your continued support.

Mr Glenn Stanbridge
Director of Music
A reminder that a Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick Dunn for the celebration of the bicentennial of their foundation in 1817.

Venue:  St Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland.
Date:     Saturday 25 March  
Time:     4:30pm.
40 student leaders gathered in Christchurch to attend the 11th edition of the Student Leaders from Marist Schools forum, which took place in the South Island for the first time.

St Paul's College was represented by Tevita Uilou (Head boy) and Jacob Smith (Deputy Head boy).

This forum is a combination of the personal development of the participants and the Champagnat charism of Marist schools. The participants were asked to make a presentation on how this charism is being recognised at their respective schools. 

ID cards are available from the College Office, to families whose school fees for Term 1 are paid and are up to date. 

The ID card is not sold as a separate item. 

The ID card cost is included in the paid school fees contributions for 2017.

If lost, replacement cards are $20.

The St Paul's College Second Hand Uniform Shop can use some help with two things: 
  • Parents who can help out for ONLY ONE HOUR A TERM.
  • Donation of quality cleaned uniform items
Quality clean uniform items can be dropped off at school reception and placed in the plastic bin labeled “Second hand uniform donations

All proceeds from your donated item goes to supporting the school and helping out other students and families. 

Please email me if you can help out in any way at all. All enquiries about the shop can be directed to Angela Calvert:

Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Some of the things getting in the way of enough sleep are important day to day activities, and so there is little choice. However, non essential activities should be avoided if possible.

Not getting enough sleep can:
•    Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems
•    Lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior 
•    Cause you gain weight.
•    Cause you to get sick more as your body cannot fight bacteria and viruses
•    Contribute to acne and other skin problems

•    Make sleep a priority. Look at sleep times and decide what changes are needed for teens to get        enough sleep to stay healthy, happy, and smart!
•    Make your room a sleep haven. Keep it cool, quiet and dark. Let in bright light in the morning            to signal your body to wake up.
•    No vitamins or drinks can replace good sleep. Consuming caffeine close to bedtime can hurt              your sleep, so avoid soda and chocolate late in the day so you can get to sleep at night. 
•    Establish a bed time and stick to it.
•    Don’t eat, drink, or exercise within a few hours of your bedtime. Don’t leave your homework              for the last minute. Avoid the TV, computer and telephone in the hour before you go to bed.              Stick to quiet, calm activities, and you’ll fall asleep much more easily!
•    Do the same things every night before you go to sleep, and you will teach your body the                  signals that it’s time for bed. Try taking a bath or shower or reading a book.

For more information - Go to Sleep Foundation website. 


Friday 17th March Polyfest Performances Tongan and Samoan
Saturday 18th March 1st XI Cricket 8am
Monday 20th March Softball 4pm -6 pm
Monday 20th March First Aid Course (on site)
Thursday 23rd March   Grandparents Day 10am Chapel
Saturday 25th March 1st XI Cricket 8am
Saturday 25th March Marist Bicentennial Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral 4.30pm
Monday 27th March Softball 4pm -6 pm
Tuesday 28th March  Report Evening (Years 7-13) 3.00pm – 7.30pm (Gym)
Thursday 30th March  1st XV Parents Meeting at 7pm (Staffroom)
Monday 3rd April Softball 4pm -6 pm
Wednesday 5th April Year 12 Field Trip
Wednesday 5th April House Activities Period 5 & 6  
Thursday 13th April  HOLY THURSDAY
Thursday 13th April  Academy Basic Leadership- Details TBC
Thursday 13th April  St Vinnies Homelessness Overnight Retreat
Thursday 13th April  Term 1 Ends 3.20pm
Friday 14th April GOOD FRIDAY
Saturday 15th April HOLY SATURDAY
Sunday 16th April EASTER SUNDAY
Monday 17th April EASTER MONDAY
Monday 1st May  Term 2 begins Year 7 -13. 8.40am start      

Free Dental Care Appointments for Parents and Carers.



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