St Paul's College News
May 2020

183 Richmond Road, Ponsonby, Auckland 1021
P: 09 376 1287
Years 7 - 13 Catholic Champagnat Marist School for Boys
“READY, SET, GO...!"

Mon 18th May @ 8.30am

It is true. We are out of the blocks!

School classes start for all boys and all teachers on this Monday 18th May at 8.30am.

While there may be some fears about coming out of hibernation, the reality is that your son’s educational future depends upon him being at School each day.

We have been assured from a scientific point of view, there is minimal risk within a school bubble... providing the health requirements are maintained. We have worked hard at the plan for health protection for your son.

We are aiming to provide assurance to boys and parents about St Paul's College being a safe, healthy school.

Some points to note: 

1. We are not a stop-start school. We aim to start the way we are expected to finish... same routines every day. There will be some changes which will be communicated to your boys on a regular basis. All boys are expected to be St Paul’s men each day.

2. Remote learning can only go so far. Teachers need the physical presence of students for actual teaching. Boys need community of other boys - like the oxygen we breathe - to learn.

3. Health habits among boys such as regular sanitising of hands,
no spitting, no chewing gum (+ many others) will be consistently enforced.

4. The college has had a major deep clean and will continue to be cleaned professionally daily - according to new specifications. Desk tops will be sanitised regularly.

"Your son’s educational future depends upon him being at School each day."

5. Assemblies, whole school singing and people visiting the college will be different. Some subjects eg PE and Music will have specific health requirements.

6. There are the same financial obligations for all families to support your son’s education at St Paul's College. We understand that there could be financial hardship in some families. The procedure here is to contact myself as Headmaster to work things out - in the first instance.

7. I speak for the whole staff in saying that we are really looking forward to having your young men back in a regular routine each day. It is the reason we love teaching. 

Rarely has a College motto assumed such importance as our college motto in these times:

Confortare Esto Vir.
- Courage Be a Man
Courage on a personal
and school level.

Looking forward to Monday 18th May at 8.30am.

In His Peace  

Monday 18th May at 8.30am Schooling resumes at St Paul’s College under public health guidelines
Fri 12th July Term Two finishes

Year 7s are exploring different types of poetry this term including sonnets. Here are some examples of their work.
“Being Caged” - By Marley Burns 7MWS

In quarantine, I don’t feel the same 
I always think about all of my friends 
Is this real or am I going insane
Sometimes I think this is how it all ends

Quiet around the inner city 
It’s quiet on the roads 
In the evening the sky outside looks so pretty 
But I’m stuck always scrolling through the same episodes

When I look out the window the birds look so free
When I call my cousins they look older 
Lockdown has me counting the hours, one-two-three
It’s winter now, everything is much colder

I’m starting to hate being caged 
And don’t look forward to being aged  

“Locked up” - by Carlos-Jaijani William 7MWS

Locked up in this prison cell known as isolation
We have a good Government that’s a plus 
No school and no going out the house the worst combination 
Don't worry, Family is key and we are all on the same bus

This should make us stronger 
Remember peace and to be patient 
Trust in the man up above and it will not conquer 
This is a time for family and entertainment 

Just know God is with us 
So stay calm and patient, do not make a fuss 
The NZ Qualifications Authority has this week announced some changes to this year's NCEA timetable.
You can check out the new timetable here.
All St Paul's College parents have been emailed a copy of our school's operating procedures during
Covid-19 Alert Level 2.

This provides important information about how our school will operate during Level 2 which parents and students should be aware of. It covers everything from the guidelines for school pick-ups/drop-offs
to PE (Physical Education) to school water fountains being off limits.

You can also access this information here.

If you have any questions about this document, please contact Deputy Headmaster of Pastoral Care and Operations
Mr Samuel Tanielu by emailing
Teacher Mrs Molly Tagaloa has compiled a second video of 'Move-30', the PE challenge she set her Year 7 and 8s during lockdown. It's compiled of further photos and videos boys and their parents have sent her illustrating the challenge, in which they have to move for 30 minutes every day, sometimes with family joining in.
Please click on the image below to play this short video.
On Friday 8th May the Year 7 and 8 students joined the teachers online for a Kahoot Quiz on Zoom.
(Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system played by the whole class in real time which can be used to administer quizzes, discussions or surveys.)

It was a very fun quiz devised by Mr Willetts and hosted by Miss Horne. The quiz was a mixture of questions and featured several about lockdown itself. The boys enjoyed the funny answers Mr Willetts added in to their multiple choice selections. It was a nice way to finish up the week of online learning.

-Yr 7 & 8 teacher, Mrs Molly Tagaloa
Choosing the Covid-19 pandemic as the focus for his students to learn about statistical investigation is one of the ways Year 8 teacher Mr Sean Ackland has kept students interested during remote teaching.

During lockdown he's been teaching students about statistical investigation during Maths lessons, about the Sacraments during Religious Education and about different types of poetry, including haiku and free verse, during English classes. 

This week Mr Ackland has spent time back in the classroom making sure everything is well set up for when in-school teaching resumes this Monday May-18th. During lockdown his bubble, which was made up of him and his partner, achieved a sense of balance by exercising every day and taking the dog they were looking after to dog parks.
Above: Yr 8 teacher Mr Sean Ackland back in at school preparing for students to return.
The music department staff are all looking forward to being back in the classroom next week.
From Monday the 18th all instrumental music lessons will run as usual from school. The timetable will return to the pre Covid term timetable and lessons will be in school time. Please ensure that your son has his instrument at school on the day that he would usually have his lesson. 

Instrumental music lessons are as follows:
Brass and woodwind - Mr Hopona, Monday & Wednesday
Flute - Miss Brightwell, Tuesday
Percussion - Mr Cournane, Thursday
Guitar - Mr Hauwai, Thursday
Piano - Mr Komene, Wednesday

Thank you to the parents who took part in the Week 4 rehearsal logs. It was entertaining and encouraging to see parents and families doing music with their sons. All year 7 & 8 students are being asked to continue the weekly rehearsal video diary logs. These will be a weekly task for homework which are to be submitted through the Google Classroom assignment portal by Thursday of each week.

I have been encouraged by seeing the progress in the musicianship of students over the lockdown period. Thank you and keep this up!

-Mr Glenn Stanbridge, Director of Music.
"Hope allows us to enter into the darkness of an uncertain future

to journey in the light

-Pope Francis
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