We had a most exciting morning on Tuesday when a film crew, large bus and container arrived just before morning tea. Jack was surprised by members of ‘The Cricket Show’ who arrived to tell him he had won $6000 worth of cricket gear, sponsored by ANZ, for St Peter’s College in the ‘Field Your Dream’ competition run by ANZ Cricket World. Thank you, Jack, for taking this initiative and I am sure that the memory of this surprise will live on for many years – it certainly will for all of us!
Jack and some of his cricket team mates have been among those creating a cricket revival at St Peter’s College for both girls and boys. It is great to see the older boys stepping up to help coach, umpire and motivate the younger students – living our school values of commitment and community. And for this reason, Jack was a very deserving winner of the competition. Sporting and cultural events are certainly filling many hours for our students at present. I have written in the newsletter before about the importance of these events in building interpersonal skills, resilience, self-management and commitment – no matter what the skill level. During the next three weeks St Peter’s College will have students involved in the Catholic Colleges’ Sports Exchange, Netball trials, Otago/Southland Cricket competitions, Southland and Otago/Southland Athletics, the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition, Basketball tournaments, watching a touring Shakespeare group, Rugby 7’s tournament, and ongoing practices for Stage Challenge and winter sport preparation. I regularly reflect on how fortunate our children are to have these opportunities for the taking. The size of our College, along with the availability and accessibility of these extra-curricular activities within the Eastern Southern area, means that all our students can gain lifelong skills both inside and outside the classroom.
As we move towards Holy Week prior to Easter, St Peter’s College will be taking part in the Lenten Caritas Challenge. Caritas – the Catholic Aid Agency - is raising awareness and funds for the people of the Philippines who are continually battling cyclones and, as a result, much poverty. Please keep an eye out for news of our school’s contribution to this over the next few weeks.
The Peruvian saint, St Rose of Lima, said, “When we serve the poor and sick, we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbours, because in them we serve Jesus”
After six weeks at school it is a good time for communication between home and school to discuss how well your child has settled into their learning for the year. The communication triangle – home, school, student – is a very strong factor in enhancing learning and achievement. Please ensure you take this opportunity to discuss your child’s learning on Friday, 27 March. Information about booking appointments will be sent home soon.
Nga mihi nui