St Paul's College News
February 2017

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Years 7 - 13 Catholic Champagnat Marist School for Boys

FEB 7th 2017
Dear Parents and Boys 

A welcome to St Paul's College for 2017.

It promises to be an excellent year in so many ways. I am delighted with the way the school has started with boys down to work with homework set in Period 2.  Everyone in correct uniform.

Education is a serious business.

STAFFING: We welcome to the College for 2017 
- Mr Patrick Kennelley  (Year 7/8)
- Mr Rewa Worley (Te Reo) 
- Mrs Celia Masinipeni (Tuckshop Manager) 
- Mrs Katie Mareva (Finance Manager)
- A Property manager to be appointed 
We trust that these new staff will be at the service of the young men we educate. 
NEW BUILDING: you will have noticed that the old admin block and Brothers’ house have been demolished. The new building is slowly taking shape with extensive work done in the storm water systems for the whole college. 

It is the largest development for St Paul’s College since 1903.The cost is close to $9 million and will be financed by the St Paul’s community of parents and old boys. 

EXAM RESULTS: Excellent results for 2017. 
Level 1: 92% passed
Level 2: 92%passed
Level 3: 85% passed 
UE – 50% (Based on roll and 73% based on participation)
That indicates the priority of all activities in the classroom – as it should and must be. 

GOALS : General Goals (most of these were foreshadowed at the College prize giving 2016.)

1) 100% attendance for every boy at school every day and on time at 8.30am each morning. 

2) Every boy in the College must get University Entrance (UE) in Year 13 with 3 Subjects  (x14 credits) the downstream effect of this goal is engagement in the classroom.

3)  Boys year 7-11 to have Chrome books as part of their stationery. The details of this exercise are on the College Website 

4) Every boy to do 20 service hours for his community. Community is defined as outside family and includes his school. (more details later) 

5) Boys in Year 7 and 8 to learn a musical instrument (details later) 

6) Every boy 7-13 to play a sport or co curricula activity for his school.

7) Fizzy drinks and pies while in school uniform are out. There is a breakfast each morning at School provided free from 7.45- 8.30 am organized by the senior student leaders. 

POLYFEST: It was agreed at the meeting with a large number of parents on 25th January, that the Polyfest will happen in 2017 with the following conditions: 

a) Parents are in charge of the practice, tutors and organization of the event. 

b) Practices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3.30pm -5pm sharp each week

c) There needs to be a minimum of 60 boys in the Samoan group and 40 in the Tongan group.
"Education is a serious business..."

d) If attendance at school and/or performance in the classroom drops the boy will be pulled from the group. 

e) Only those with a contract signed by both parents and the boys will be permitted. 

f) Once committed there is no pulling out by the individual unless the group is disbanded. 


Wednesday 15th February at 7pm at Sacred Heart Church in Ponsonby. All parents and boys are expected to attend and a roll will be taken. 
Year 7 -10: shorts, Blue shirt+ tie. NO JUMPER. 
Year 11-13: Blazer, Tie, College longs

Thursday 9th March at 5.30pm – 8.30pm. All families and boys expected to come and be present.  This event will be hosted by the Head Prefect -Tevita Uilou and Deputy - Jacob Smith and College Seniors and their families. 
a. A pot for a meal for each family – more members of the family more pots
b. Food is shared in common
c. Polyfest groups will perform
d. Stage band will perform
e. A roll will be taken 
(more details later)

TUCKSHOP: Boys will have noted the new management of the College Tuck-shop where emphasis will be on a good healthy food at a reasonable price. The menu will be published on the website. 

FITNESS: There will be additional exercises in 2017 to ensure that every boy is at a reasonable fitness level for his age.
Boys will be asked why their fitness levels are not up to suitable standard. 

PE UNIFORM: A standardized P.Ed uniform for Year 7-11 has been introduced (foreshadowed at the end of Term 3, 2016). This is available from Elizabeth Michael's : 357 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland 1021.

A good boy’s school runs on routines and rituals 

Routines of learning, behavior and expectations 

Rituals of belonging, behavior and expectation. 

Parental support for your son’s school is not a "maybe I will" or "maybe i won't".

It is a high expectation at every level that parents are supportive of their son's school in many ways. 

Your son’s future demands nothing less than that support. 

I invite every parent to contribute the same service hours to their son’s school as their son will do in 2017. 

In His Peace. 
BYO Device for Learning (BYOD)

Thank you to all the parents that have sent their son to school with a chromebooks or device ready to start the year. We have been working with these students to get them logged into the school WiFi network. 

The use of the devices in class will increase rapidly over the coming weeks so it is vital that those still to purchase their chromebook or device do so as soon as possible.

All students in years 7-11 are expected to have a chromebook.  All year 12-13 students are expected to bring their own device as long as they meet the specifications outlined on our school website. 

All students must have a fully charged chromebook or device ready for learning by Monday 13th February at the latest. 

Raechelle Taulu
Deputy Head - Curriculum
The start of the year is always an exciting time on the sports calendar, as our teams begin their pre-season training, summer sport seasons and winter sport registration.

In 2017, every student is expected to play at least one sport for the college. We've added a Softball team to our sports program, as well as Year 7/8 Soccer, Rugby Union and Cricket teams.

We also intend to add a Running team, who will complete a half marathon in October (that's 21kms!). This is a new initiative, however I have observed many students whom I'm confident have not only the athleticism, but the mental toughness required to complete such a task.

Parents and St Paul's families are encouraged and welcome to join our sports staff - be it in a coaching capacity, team management, assisting with game day transport or even just filling up water bottles. If this interests you, please email or call me on the contact details below, we'd love to have you on board! Email:, Mob: 021 951 524

Dave McDermott
Director of Sport


There are a number of yearbook from 2016 that have not been picked up. Please see Mr. Cullen for details: 
St Paul's College Ponsonby Auckland is having an open day on Wednesday 15th March with two sessions and conducted tours at 11.00am and 1.30pm.

Interested families with boys for possible enrolment 2018 in years 7, 8,and 9 are invited to 'come and see'. 

Assemble in the Chapel. 

Spread the word. 

For those who may be interested in Spirit of Adventure, information is available online at This covers the different voyages and costs associated with these trips.

If you'd like any further information or perhaps are thinking about one of these voyages contact Mr Caltaux on

9 February 2017 1st XI Cricket Parent Meeting 7pm. Venue: Staffroom
13 February 2017 Board of Trustees Meeting at 5.30pm
15 February 2017 Inaugural Mass 7pm
Sacred Heart Church, 16 Vermont St, Ponsonby
20 February 2017 Student ID and Class Photos
21 February 2017 Academic Achiever Assembly 10am
9 March 2017 College Dinner 5.30pm for ALL Boys and families
15 March 2017  OPEN DAY 11am and 1.30pm
23 March 2017  Grandparents Day 10am Chapel
30 March 2017 1st XV Parents Meeting at 7pm.
13 April 2017 Term 1 Ends 3.20pm
DAYS: Monday - Friday
TIME: 7.45 am - 8.30 am

VENUE: The Science Room (R17)
  • It’s Free
  • It’s filling and nutritious
  • It will give you a great start and help you concentrate for the day            
  • Now includes fruit kindly donated by Countdown
  • Run by Senior Students
Any Questions- Contact the Nurse 09 376 1278 (ext 225)
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