St Paul's College News
September 2016

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

In PRAISE of FATHERS..'Bread not stones'
I am writing this message on the eve of Father's Day. 

My own father, if he was alive, would have been approx 100... and yet his influence and words come back to me daily.

He had physical presence and was always firm about doing his duty, about finishing the task at hand and about always turning up. Qualities I still cherish today.

Being a father  is a wonderful gift and legacy. It trumps most achievements in life.

Fatherhood should be celebrated well.

But many men do not know how to be true fathers to their sons.They are unsure of their role in the family especially when their sons are at adolescent age. While many men can be successful in their work, they lack confidence in how to be  good fathers to their children.

Some men think -that Education ,schools and homework checking etc should be the mother's job only

-that a father's job is reduced to watching his son playing physical sport only

-that a father's job should be to simply give orders and provide discipline to his sons (IT IS NOT)

Young men need protection, guidance and mentoring at all stages of life. Young men need to be taught how to become men...not only by talking but also by example from their fathers.

Young men watch for example more than listening to the words....If the father does not read then his sons will not read. 

If a father doesn't share financial knowledge of his work or the home then his sons will be financially illiterate. 

If the father does not go to church then his sons will not go to church.

If father does not show vulnerability of emotions at times then his sons will have locked up emotions.

If the father is violent in the home then his sons will be violent...etc

My short experience at St Paul's has confirmed to me what great special men we teach each day. They are authentic, they know how to do the right thing, they understand "EQness" and they love and respect their parents and families. These gifts are given by their Fathers and their Mothers.

"Young men need to be taught example from their fathers."
(They can also be lazy, leave things to the last minute, forget to put on their tie or blazer...but these qualities are shared by many young  men!)

St Paul's College is a Catholic boys school which teaches boys how to become men. We teach with daily routines and rituals of learning.

We teach them to belong to a community and to become graduates which will not only enable them to continue learning but also gain useful employment .

So we celebrate and praise Fathers today

That famous quote from scripture comes to me:

"Which of you, would give your son a stone when he asks for bread" (Matt: 7:9)

Father-Son Mass
Sunday 11th Sept at 10.00am
in the college chapel.

 We are expecting the whole school in school uniform to come with their fathers and/or grandfathers.


1. A wonderful Mothers' dinner of laughter and fun last week. Thank you to all the Mothers that attended. 
Special thanks to the mothers who organised the evening and to Lapi Mariner and his band for their gifts. 

2. Sports excellence awards for First Sports Teams on this Thursday 8th Sept from 7.00pm.  Boys must come with at least one parent. It is not a dinner.

Another great Fortnight

In His Peace

K.F. Fouhy


Father's Day Mass will be held on Sunday 11 Sept 2016 at 10am in the School Chapel.

All fathers are invited, and expected ( as part of your son's enrolment at the school) to attend. 
Sports Excellence Award night will be held on Thursday 8th September, 7pm start.

One parent MUST attend with boys. It is not a dinner. 


The last three weeks of term 3 are extremely busy for students and their learning. 

Exams begin on Friday the 9th of September. These exams are for students in year 10 - 13 and will be held in the school hall under NZQA certified exam conditions. All students should be studying a minimum of two hours a night in preparation for these exams. A copy of the school exam timetable see below and all students have received their own individual copy in which to plan their study timetables.
Parent teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 15 September. These interviews are for parents and their students who missed either or all of the first two rounds of PTI’s or those Parents and Students whose Teachers have indicated that they require an Interview on their child's school report. All reports were emailed to Parents on Monday 5 September. If you did not receive a report can you please contact the school office to let them know.

All interviews can be booked online at using the parent log in code: ysrt2.

Some important dates:
  • 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 from 3.30pm-4.30pm. 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

A Can drive Mufti day will be held on Friday September 16th to support St Vincent de Paul and Mercy Hospice. This is part of an initiative across all Catholic schools in the Auckland Diocese.  Bring a can to support the drive. 

Our year 13 students will be attending Uni Praise Event on Friday September 9th, to connect with students studying at university next year.
This is a great opportunity to establish networks for future years. It will be held in the McLaurin Chapel at the University of Auckland. 
Pam D'Souza
Director of Religious Education 
This year we have had a number of students learning instrumental music with the goal of having a school band. These students are doing very well with learning to read music and to play their instruments within the group of instrumentalists. We also have a waiting list of young men who are eager to play instruments.

If you or anyone you know happen to have instruments lying around that could do with a new lease on life in our new school band, then please contact the school office or to donate them. We would be grateful to be able to provide instruments for all those who would like to be in this new and exciting group.

Selevasio Tui’ma (Above centre) pictured with Mr Stanbridge (Left) and Nainz (right) 
A huge congratulations to Selevasio Tui’ma (Pictured) of year 9, who came runner up solo vocalist at Stand Up Stand Out finals.
This is a significant achievement at his age!

A big thank you to Nainz and the team at Saintz Up Performing Arts (SUPA) who have invested in students of St. Paul’s College for many years. For more information on the SUPA programme, follow them on Facebook  or on subscribe to their Youtube channel.

Glenn Stanbridge
Teacher in charge of Music
The Art department is alive and buzzing at this time of year with the senior external portfolios coming together. Quality, imaginative work is being created in photography, printmaking and painting.
Holiday workshops will be held on the Thursday and Friday of the second week of the Term 3 holidays. (6th, 7th of October)
I am planning on holding Saint Paul’s College first annual Art exhibition early Term 4; showcasing the senior portfolio’s and selected junior work. Some prints will also be available for purchase.  

Formal invitations will be sent out when the date is confirmed.

It would be great to see as many parents and students attend this event, to celebrate our young mens' creativity and hard work this year.
Hope to see you there! 

Matt Pulsford
Teacher in charge of Art
 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.

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Contact Details
Mrs Nua Silipa  : (Careers Advisor/School Counsellor) 
Mrs Jacqui Brayshaw: (Gateway Coordinator) 
Mr Donovan  Bickford:  (Year 13 Dean)
Our 1st XIII recently competed at the NZ secondary schools national tournament, held at Bruce Pulman park. 
The team lost the semi-final by one try to eventual winners Southern Cross. The gap that once existed between St Paul's college and other schools in rugby league performance has long since closed as the code continues its growth in secondary schools across NZ.

Our current 1st XIII began pre season training in March, training through both school holidays, hours of lunchtime video analysis, fitness testing, whiteboard sessions and fund raising accompanied by off-field expectations with school/training attendance percentage and academics. 
Sione Moala flanked by Dad Sione Moala and Mum Margaret Moala
Highlights of the 2016 season were the Auckland championship (23-10 victory over Wesley college), the emergence of young players Christian Tuipulotu, Sione Moala (pictured above), Daetyn Tanuvasa and Jaelin Murray.

The selection of Star Toa and Jirah Momoisea in Auckland's college team of the year, and of course AJ Murray and Star Toa's selections in the NZ 18's and 16's respectively.

I am so proud of the sincere efforts by this group of young men to raise the bar on 2015's campaign, we were also very privileged to have coaches Junior Fiu, Sefo Fuimaono & Fita Hala on the sideline - driving the standards and expectations of the college. 
Left to right: Bayley Poto, Star To'a and Kehua Rahiri 
The current 1st XIII is a very young team, with most of the team eligible to attend Nationals again next year (and the following year!).

The disappointment of this year's tournament placing (3rd over all) will only build resilience, determination and desire for their next opportunity. We will work even harder at training and in our preparations as we continue to chase excellence on the field and in the classroom.

Thanks to our supporters, families and generous sponsors AWF and Loaded sports drinks!

Dave McDermott
Director of Sport

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