Newsletter Term 3, Week 10

Friday 30th September 2022

Principal's Message

Tena koutou e te whānau he mihi nui ki a koutou katoa


It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 3 already. It has been a very busy Term, with the last fortnight being both exciting and challenging as we come down from the high of the Lion King to the organisation and planning for the beginning of the Junior Block Refurbishment in the school holidays.


On Monday 26th September we were very fortunate to receive some new carpet for the School Hall, just in time for Rooms 7 and 8 to relocate into this space for Term 4. It has completely transformed the Hall space and is already warmer and better acoustically. The underlay, carpet, and installation were all generously donated to the school.


A big thank you to the family who made this happen!


Finally, on behalf of all the staff, we hope you have a relaxing holiday break and if you are going away over the holidays, travel safely on the roads.

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Speech Competition, Semi-Final


Congratulations to the following students who took part in the Bishopdale-Burnside Rotary Speech Competition, Semi-Final Qualifiers yesterday morning at Cotswold School. We had 10 students take part in Years 4 - 8.


All students will be waiting patiently for their results to see who will make it through to the finals at Breens Intermediate in Term 4.


Congratulations to everyone for making it this far!

PhotoLife School Photos

Important Information


Photolife has changed the way you order your School Photo’s this year.


They have emailed all parents directly with the individual Shoot Key you need to view and order your photographs. If you have not received an email (check junk/spam) from Photolife, please contact Selena in the School Office to get your shoot key.


The cutoff date for free delivery is the 9th October 2021, which happens to be during the school holidays.


Your order will be sent to school after this date. If you miss the cutoff date for ordering, you can still place an order and it will be delivered to your address, but with an extra charge for postage and packaging.

The Lion King Jr. Production Success!


We hope you all enjoyed our 2022 School Production, Lion King Jr. It was wonderful to see the Burnside Aurora Centre so full of parents, grandparents, friends, and past pupils of the school.


Congratulations to all our students. They should all be very proud of themselves, it was a fantastic performance!


A big thank you to all those involved in bringing this performance to life on the night, we couldn't have done it without all your support.


Below is the video link to the show for your enjoyment!

2022 St Patricks School Production

First Holy Communion


Congratulations to those students who made their First Holy Communion at Christ the King Church last Sunday. It was such a lovely occasion and all the students looked amazing all dressed up for this special mass.


The children (and parents) have worked hard this term learning about this very special Sacrament and the special meaning behind taking the Eucharist at Mass.


They then came together to celebrate back at St Patrick’s with a lovely afternoon tea and a beautiful cake!


Congratulations to all those involved.

Junior Block Refurbishment

The Board, in conjunction with the Catholic Education Office, is pleased to announce that the long-awaited partial refurbishment of the Junior Block is set to begin in the Term 3 school holidays.


This work has been delayed for some time due to Covid and access to building materials and it has only been in recent weeks that we have learned of an official start date of Saturday 1st October 2022. Rather than delay the refurbishment any longer we have agreed upon the start date knowing that this work will be completed before the school year commences in 2023.


In Term 4 this will mean that there will be some disruptions to our classrooms and school environment, however, we have done our best to minimise these disruptions as much as possible and the impact this will have on our students and their learning. The classes that will be impacted the most are Rooms 2 and 3 and so we have decided the following.


  • Rooms 7 and 8 will be relocating to the Hall for Term 4
  • Rooms 2 and 3 will be relocating to Rooms 7 and 8 in the Senior Block for Term 4


Most of the heavier construction, including concrete cutting, will be done in the upcoming school holidays. Room 4 is only having a partial refurbishment done and it is envisioned most of this will be complete in the upcoming school holidays so they can still utilise their classroom space in Term 4. Room 1 will be largely unaffected by any construction taking place.


A big thank you to those parents and caregivers who were able to come and help with our ‘moving days’ this week. We successfully relocated Rooms 7 and 8 to the Hall on Wednesday and Rooms 2 and 3 to the Senior Block yesterday.

Faith in Action

Ellie Gane and Una Austin have shown remarkable compassion recently when they decided to have a combined birthday party and instead of their guests bringing presents they asked for donations of money to go towards groceries for St Vincent de Paul.


At Values Assembly they presented their $150 worth of food donations to Richard from the St Vincent de Paul who was very impressed with their thoughtfulness and compassion.


Well done to them both for showing us the true meaning of living the Gospel Values and showing Faith in Action!

Marist Albion Junior Touch

Are you keen to play touch rugby this season?


Marist Albion Junior Rugby Club in partnership with St Patrick’s (Bryndwr), Christ The King, and St Joseph’s are welcoming any student from Year 0 -8, girls or boys, who are keen to give Touch a go this season to register via our website below.


By completing our registration form you are expressing an interest in playing for Marist Albion in the Nunweek Touch module commencing October 2022.


New to the club? No problem. We take individual registrations and like we do for junior rugby at Marist Albion we will form teams together with school mates where possible, so get your friends together and register to play Touch as part of the Marist Albion Junior Rugby Club this season.


We will be participating in the Nunweek Park Junior Touch module, which runs on a Tuesday evening between 5:25 – 7:20pm. The Touch season starts on Tuesday the 18th October and runs until the end of February 2023 (breaking for the summer school holiday period). It is important to note that by registering your child you are committing to the full season.

Subs for all new players in 2022 is $60 per player. Subs payments cover team registration cost, a contribution to team equipment and the loan of a Marist Albion touch singlet which is to be returned at the end of the season. We have an EXCLUSIVE OFFER for all returning touch players, from either the 2020 or 2021 season. Re-register today and receive a 25% discount on your 2022/2023 registration fees.


So, what are you waiting for… register today, have some fun and make some new friends as part of Marist Albion Junior Touch!


More information is available on our website - www.maristalbion.co.nz. Any further questions can be directed to juniorrugby@maristalbion.co.nz.

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PFA - End of Term Breakfast


A big thank you to the PFA who surprised the staff with a beautiful breakfast shout at the Strange Bandit on Wednesday morning. It was such a lovely treat for all the staff and a great way to celebrate a busy term together!


We are also very lucky that at the last PFA Meeting the PFA donated $10,000 towards our Community Funded Teacher and significant contributions towards ICT, Junior Gymnastics, and the St Patrick's School Ambassador Programme.


On behalf of all the staff, thank you to all of our school community for your fundraising efforts and to our amazing PFA for all that you do!

Faith Facts Term 3, Week 10

Please click on the link below to see this weeks 'Faith Facts'

2022 Board Elections

In 2022 we did not require a Board Election as we received the same amount of parent nominations as vacancies. Board Elections are held every 3 years.


Board members are accountable on behalf of the Parents, the Proprietor, and the Ministry of Education for student achievement, setting the vision for the school, and ensuring the school complies with legal and policy requirements.


While the Board is in a governance role, it is the principal who is responsible for the management of the school and together we choose to work in partnership to provide the very best innovative Catholic learning community and do all we can for the children in our care.


The following people make up the Board of our school.


  • Herman van Herel (Parent Rep and Presiding Member)
  • Kirsty Mahoney (Parent Rep)
  • Richard Preston (Parent Rep)
  • Tim Sullivan (Parent Rep)
  • Craig Inder (Parent Rep)
  • Matt Austin (Proprietor Rep)
  • Madeline Carter (Proprietor Rep)
  • Jayne Gibson (Proprietor Rep)
  • Father Alister (School Priest)
  • Marcus Beaton (Staff Rep)


Over time, we look forward to getting to know you and welcome your involvement in the school.

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Year 7 and 8 Combined Schools Disco

Next term, we are holding the first Christchurch North Combined Schools Disco for Year 7 and 8 students.


Organised by St Patrick's School, the Combined School Disco provides an opportunity for students from St Patrick's School, Christ the King School, and St Joseph's School to meet new people, build on previous connections and have fun together in a safe environment.


This year's Disco will be hosted at St Joseph's School Hall on Friday 4th November from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Tickets are $10. More information and ticket sales will be available online from Monday 17th October - Monday 31st October.


We hope that with your support we can ensure this initiative becomes an annual event our Year 7 and 8 students can look forward to!

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St Patrick’s School Ambassador Programme


The St Patrick’s School Ambassador Programme seeks to develop the leadership qualities of; Support, Inspiration, Honesty, Commitment, Passion, Reflection, Creativity, and Problem-Solving.


The Ambassador Programme provides a Student Council Framework over a two-year period which offers students opportunities to take responsibility and to work collaboratively with the whole School Community for the benefit of the School and its students. Students are encouraged, affirmed, given responsibility, and provided with opportunities to experience success in a managed environment.


Each year our Year 7 and 8 students apply for seven ambassador roles that they would like to lead throughout the year.


  • Know, Show, Pray
  • Leadership Outside the Classroom
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Tech and Me
  • Culture Across School
  • Paddy's Green Team
  • Arts In Action


Throughout the year this involves the students also completing a St Patrick’s School Ambassador Journal, participating in a range of Outdoor Activities, taking part in Community Service Work as well as taking up a Passion Project for the year.


These are then measured to see if they have achieved the recognition of Participation, Merit, or Excellence based on their overall attitude and participation across the three components as well as the effort they have put into their journal entries throughout the year.

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Passion Project Showcase - Harry George

Harry George is in Year 7 and is part of the Sport and Recreation Ambassador Team at St Patrick's.


As part of his Passion Project for 2022, Harry has built a dog kennel for the SPCA in memory of his dog Ralph. He started building the dog kennel in Term 2 with his dad and said it had been a lot of fun to construct. They had even managed to get many of the items needed to construct the dog kennel donated, including the paint and carpet.


Harry said he was really proud of his achievement and that it is awesome to do nice stuff for other people and to be able to finish it and donate it to the SPCA. When the SPCA came to collect the dog kennel they said it was the fanciest dog kennel they had ever seen!


What an awesome accomplishment, and for a great cause!


We hope to share a few more of our student's Passion Projects with you in Term 4.

Important Dates - Term 4


  • Monday 17th October - Life Education Truck (All Week)
  • Thursday 20th October - Year 5 - 8 Huxter
  • Friday 21st October - Assembly Room 1, 9:00am
  • Monday 24th October - Labour Day
  • Friday 28th October – Athletics Day at Villa Maria
  • Sunday 30th October - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Friday 4th November - Assembly Room 6, 9:00am
  • Friday 4th November - Year 7 and 8 Disco
  • Sunday 6th November - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Monday 7th November - Year 1 - 8 Tennis Lessons (All Week)
  • Wednesday 9th November - Board Meeting, Staffroom 7:00pm
  • Friday 11th November - Canterbury Anniversary Day
  • Monday 14th November - VAS the Magician, 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 16th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Thursday 17th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Friday 18th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Tuesday 22nd November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Thursday 24th November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Friday 25th November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Sunday 27th November - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Monday 28th November - Year 1- 6 Swimming (All Week)
  • Wednesday 30th November - PFA Meeting and AGM, Staffroom 7:30pm
  • Thursday 1st December - Year 7 and 8 Basketball Tournament
  • Friday 2nd December - Assembly Room 7, 9:00am
  • Monday 5th December - Year 1- 6 Swimming (All Week)
  • Tuesday 13th December - Year 8 Big Day Out
  • Wednesday 14th December - Final School Mass at Christ the King Church, 6:00pm
  • Thursday 15th December Leavers Assembly Room 8
  • Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4