It has been a pleasure to host nine students from Ratcliffe College, Leicester, England, for the past two weeks. Ratcliffe College is a Rosminian school sharing the same charism as St Peter’s through their Founding Order. Many of the Rosmininan priests and brothers, who have taught at St Peter’s College during the last 46 years, have either attended Ratcliffe College as students themselves, or they trained and taught there. Our bi-annual exchange allows us to remain connected to the Rosminian Order and its history. There are only a small number of Rominian schools throughout the world; Rosminian College in Auckland and St Peter’s College (the first co-educational boarding school in Australasia) continue to ‘fly the flag’ for the Rosminians in this part of the world. We continually try to reflect the teachings of Blessed Antonio Rosmini by expecting students to set the bar high academically and strive to follow Jesus’ teaching, ‘love one another as I have loved you’ which is reflected in our motto ‘Charity fulfils the Law’. During their visit, the Ratcliffe students spent a weekend in Te Anau visiting the Glow Worm Caves and Milford Sound. A day spent experiencing Queenstown was another highlight for the group. The St Peter’s students, who hosted the visitors look forward to seeing the group again when fourteen of our students visit Italy (home of Blessed Antonio Rosmini) and England next year.
We look forward to our Leavers’ Mass on Wednesday 11:15am in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. It will be a time of mixed feelings for our Seniors as they begin to make the transition into new pathways. As a staff, we wish all our senior students the very best for their upcoming study leave and external exams. Keep working hard!
Congratulations to Kirby Cleland (Year 13) who recently competed at the New Zealand National Dancesports Competition. Kirby placed third in the Level One Latin Section and also qualified in the semi finals for Level One Ballroom and New Vogue and Level Two Latin.
Earlier this year, Kate Cummings (Year 12) competed in the Southern Districts Judging Competition, in which she judged a range of stock. Kate was placed the Reserve Champion over all age groups. This then qualified her to compete for the Royal Agriculture Society Judging Competition held in Hawkes Bay at the Royal Show. She competed in 4 sections of stock judging and placed 3rd in the dairy and 1st in the Sheep Judging Section. Kate now qualifies to compete and represent New Zealand in Australia at the Royal Show held in Hobart, Tasmania next year. Well done, Kate. This is a fantastic achievement!