Posts Tagged ‘Bishop Viard College’

School roll at Bishop Viard College, exceeds expectations

Monday, February 12th, 2024

Bishop Viard College, Porirua, has gone from a struggling school with a roll that had almost halved to one yielding the most impressive growth across the Wellington region. The Porirua-based state-integrated Catholic secondary school saw its roll drop dramatically from about a peak close to 500 in 2010 to a low of 231 in 2019. Read more

Bishop Viard has more refugee students than any other Wellington school

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Rose Sawaya, principal of the Porirua’s Bishop Viard College,  says her school has more refugee students than any other Wellington school. And she is incredibly proud of her school and its students. At a recent mufti day which coincided with International Refugee Day, students shared stories, food and performed cultural dances. Sawaya says a lovely Read more

Bishop Viard College makes a home for refugees

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Since the early 2000s, Bishop Viard College has welcomed the refugee community of Porirua. “Their refugee backgrounds add life and experience to the school,” said Jane Bourke, a whanau leader at the college who has an interest in refugee students. Three Burmese students who joined at the end of last term are the latest additions Read more

Cardinal John surprised by level of interest in his appointment

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Today, Friday 6 March, a liturgical reception will take place in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wellington to formally welcome Cardinal John Dew back from Rome. An open invitation has been made to anyone who wishes to attend. The Evening Prayer of the church will be prayed and light refreshments will follow. Cardinal Read more

Bishop Viard College has new principal

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Late last year Mrs Rose Sawaya was appointed principal of Bishop Viard College in Porirua. She has now taken up her new position at the College at the beginning of this new school year. Mrs. Sawaya was previously the Principal of Sacred Heart Girls College in New Plymouth. Before that was Deputy Principal of Sacred Read more

New principal for Bishop Viard College

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Rose Sawaya-Baxter, currently principal at Sacred Heart Girls’ College in New Plymouth, will take the reins of Bishop Viard College at the beginning of next year after the sudden departure in April of Teresa Cargo. The school’s official line was initially that she was on “study leave” but a resignation followed in June. Sawaya-Baxter is Read more

Who’s the bully?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
John Murphy together

It seems there has been a significant issue with bullying at a Wellington College. Dramatic headlines in the Dominion Post, such as, “Bullied teen’s broken neck fear” are almost a compulsory read; particularly when accompanied by an equally dramatic picture of a slight boy in hospital. Reading further, the article names the college and its Read more

Interim Viard Principal says publicity does not reflect what she sees

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Recent publicity about bullying does not reflect what she sees at the school, says Prue Kelly, Bishop Viard College’s interim principal. “It’s easy to sit outside the school and say there’s bullying going on, or one incident is an indicator of general malaise in the place, of things going badly. “That’s not what I’ve found Read more

Bishop Viard principal seeks extended leave

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The principal of Bishop Viard College, Porirua, Teresa Cargo is requesting a substantial period of leave. Confirmation of Ms Cargo’s request came Sunday from the chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, Allan Holden. Mr Holden described the request as “not unwelcome”. “All I’m saying is that she’s requested leave and that we are looking at Read more

Board confirms Bishop Viard principal’s leave

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The principal of Porirua’s Bishop Viard College is on extended leave for the whole of the next term. Board of Trustees Chairman, Alan Holden, confirmed Tuesday evening, it had grated Teresa Cargo’s request. On Tuesday, CathNews reported that Mr Holden described Ms Cargo’s request as “not unwelcome”. There is much comment in the media that Read more