St Paul's College Newsletter #20: 11 September 2020

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Headmaster's Message


A research study in the States on graduates of Catholic schools, found that the educational outcomes were similar to many other school except in one area of life.

Graduates of a Catholic school with a sense of community and purpose had a significant higher “Hope” factor in its graduates

Hope” that life is ok and we can get through the struggles and pain.

Hope” that we can be grateful for the gifts of this world and life in general.

This factor was reinforced to me today at the Tongan speeches in front of senior boys.

Gratitude for what we have been given in life was one of the speeches. How true.

Hope is the quality of seeing in the dark and getting on with life. Day after day despite all that has happened.

It is the opposite of optimism which is often a mask for depression

2020 has been the ideal place to practice “Hope”. Nothing has gone well this year in terms of health, livelihood or planned events.

So can a College practice Hope like one would practice rugby, reading or rhythm in music?

Yes we can.

In a Boys school we practice Hope by normalising routines and with courage as a foundation.

We practice Hope by expecting all boys will achieve to something beyond them.

We practice Hope by expecting all activities have a quality of depth and excellence.

The practice of Hope will not be helped by boys thinking that drug use is accepted or normalised. That will simply lead to depression, lack of concentration in class and lost childhood opportunities. 

I have seen all those factors in my teaching life.

As a school we will be vigilant about drug use among our men because drugs rob young men of Hope.

Parents should also be vigilant about any attempt that enables boys to think that drug use is a normal activity. Hope is the victim of such thinking.


  1. The enormous effort and response to our Cans 4 Christmas from most boys. These cans will be distributed to the Vinnies for distribution to families. Thank you.

  2. The positive approach our young men have taken to the many cancelled events of sport, ball, father son breakfast, mother’s dinner etc. this term. Truly inspirational to us all.

  3. The cricket nets were completed this week. Thank you to Dion Nash and the many sponsors who made this project happen.

  4. The basketball hoops on the courts will be installed soon


  • Parents who are experiencing financial difficulty should approach myself as Headmaster to seek help. 

  • Alert Level 2 is a reminder that COVID still exists in the Auckland community. We have a duty to our families and country to get tested if we show symptoms of a flu. 

    Where to get tested

  • Enrolments for 2021 will be closing on Friday 18th Sept. Thank you for the positive feedback you all give in your sons' College. We will be close to our maximum roll in 2021

Kf Hope Message 

I mentioned in a previous newsletter that:


Parents, Reach out for Help in whatever area of a prayer.

In His Peace




Year 11-13 Exams. Hall. 9am - 3:20pm. CBH

When: Tuesday, 15th to Thursday, 17th September 9:00am to 3:20pmTIC: CBH, MPA
Location: Br. Anselm Hall

MCAT Exams Yr 11

When: Tuesday, 15th September
Location: Gym

No Chapel

When: Tuesday, 15th September

Immunisation yr 7&8 1.30pm

When: Tuesday, 15th September

Staff Professional Development Day. 9am - 12:30pm Auditorium Space. CBH

When: Friday, 18th September 9:00am to 12:30pmTIC: CBH
Location: Auditorium Space

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