At St Patrick’s College Silverstream our students apply themselves to a number of academic, sporting and cultural activities.
As well as having the opportunity to participate in our combined Kapa Haka group with students from St Bernards and Sacred Heart Te Huatai Katorika, all students learn the College Haka and have multiple opportunities to practice this.
The college has particular connections to three important haka. All boys should be familiar with each of these haka and their connections to the history of the college:
- The widely known haka ‘Tika Tonu’ was written by a Ngati Kahungunu rangatira Waimarama Puhara for his son who attended the boarding school of the old College.
- Poutini was the first haka adopted by Stream after World War II and performed for many decades.
- The current school haka is a celebration of the modern period of the College.
Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award
St Patrick’s College offers the Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) at Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. This provides a framework for personal development through extra curricular Service, Sporting and Recreational activities. Gold level is a particularly prestigious award with these awards being presented by the Governor General.
Typically the Bronze award involves Year 10 students, Silver, Year 11 and Gold Years 12 and 13. While progression through the award years is preferred there is a more extensive direct entry option for older students who have not gained earlier awards. This allows them to stay with their year group.
For more information, contact our school Award Leader, Isabella Thompson at [email protected].
The O’Shea shield is a competition between all 17 Catholic Colleges in the Wellington and Palmerston North Diocese. It is made up of a series of events which students are selected to participate in including Scripture Reading, Religious Questions, Impromptu and Oratory in (Te Reo Maori and English), Religious Drama and Debating. This event is much enjoyed by all who participate and has been running for 74 years.
Many sports are enjoyed by our students at St Patrick’s Silverstream and we know that participation in Sports is an integral part of our students' Hauora. All students are encouraged to be involved in a sport of some sort during their time at school. Students can choose a summer and winter sport. Please click on the link to our Sporty website for more information about how your student can participate in Sport at St Patrick’s Silverstream.
At St Patrick's Silverstream there are many opportunities for student leadership across the school. In Year 13 students have an opportunity to participate in the Marist Leadership Programme run by the Marist Network (MYL). Students also opt into a leadership role within our 5 Pou:
- Whanaungatanga: the focus is on mentoring and supporting the younger students, especially those new to the college.
- Whakapono: the focus is on the Catholic and Marist (and any other charism) character of our college, and involves the specific prayer and liturgical life of the school, as well as any other events that enhance the Catholic character.
- Manaakitanga: the focus is on the humble service of others, including Vinnies, any charitable outreach, pastoral outreach to students who are troubled in any way.
- Kotahitanga: the focus is the unifying nature of school activities such as powhiri, assemblies, supporting arts/sports/events, house activities.
- Nga Whare Toi: To build community and healthy competition within our College, thorough House competition and Art and Cultural activities.
Current Student Leadership 2022
At St Patrick’s Silverstream the Arts are a vital part of school life. Students have the opportunity to take part in Drama, Jazz Band, Choir, Poly Group, Kapa Haka and also display their Visual Art both digitally and in the wider public domain.
Young Vinnies - Community Outreach
Vinnies is the youth arm of the St. Vincent De Paul Society NZ. The St. Vincent De Paul Society, through donations and its various Vinnies Centres generates the funds to help the poor, elderly and needy in our community. Our symbol shows that we are the hands(arms) of Christ which helps anyone in need, no matter colour creed or race.
Young Vinnies actively fund raise through Junior Socials, Mufti days etc. We at St. Patrick's College Silverstream have two major can drives per year to assist the various Conferences and area food banks with much needed supplies for those in need. Winter and Christmas are the biggest demand on resources.
Our students are also active in visiting the elderly at the home of Compassion, we also assist in the breakfast programme at St Michael's School in Taita. Young Vinnies also fund raise Caritas for international aid issues for countries in need. This money is passed on to CaritasNZ who put the money directly where it is needed.
We teach our students that, to actively give up time and energy and reach out to those in need is doing the work of Jesus. Mostly we do not even see whose lives we have touched, sometimes we do!
Public Speaking and Speech & Drama Years 9-13
Students at St. Patrick's College have the opportunity to take itinerant lessons in speech and drama, covering their choice of a wide range of skills such as speech writing and presenting, acting, and voice quality. Students are excused from class for one half hour lesson a week. These lessons are taught in small groups of up to 3 students, but private lessons may be available on request.
In speech and drama, students may choose to sit an exam in Public Speaking, Speech and Drama and Communicating in Leadership (Year 12 and 13).
Communicating in Leadership is a Speech NZ examination designed for year 12 and 13 students looking for leadership positions both inside and outside of the school environment. This is a one off exam.
For Speech and Drama or Public Speaking, students may choose to sit graded exams through Trinity College London or Speech NZ. Both can be used to support scholarship and job applications.
From Grade 5, Speech NZ allow students to sit multiple exams towards one grade, or sit the grade as one exam, and students may work up to sitting diplomas and advanced diplomas in both Public Speaking and Speech and Drama.
Trinity College London allows students to earn UCAS credits from Grades 6 to 8, which can be beneficial to students which to apply to overseas universities, particularly in the united kingdom. Students can also apply to have these credits converted for entry applications into US universities. At diploma level, students are able earn a diploma recognized by a number of international agencies including Ofqual (UK)
Exams are not compulsory. Students will need to supply a file or work book for lessons. Exam fees for both Trinity College London and Speech NZ are added onto the lesson fees. For more information about exams and fees please visit https://www.trinitycollege.com/ and https://www.speechnz.co.nz/
Email [email protected] for more information.