Date: Friday, 28 July 2017
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Welcome back to Term Three. The weather certainly created interesting holidays for some!

We are into the business end of the year particularly for senior students but also for Year 10 students who are all working towards NCEA Level 1 standards in Maths and Science. This allows them to have a ‘head-start’ on next year and also allows them to experience the NCEA process which assists with a strong transition into senior school.

We have a staff roster to present a reflection and prayer when we meet together for our staff briefings before school begins for the day. It was my turn this week. My reflection was based on the well-known parable told by Jesus of the sower who scattered seed on the three types of ground - stony, weed-infested and fertile - and then harvested crops that reflected those growing conditions.  The question I often ask myself after hearing this parable is “What sort of soil am I?”. As the leader of a school, I have the opportunity to positively influence outcomes for young people – if the soil is fertile enough and if I remove the stones and weeds. As a parent, I think this is a great question to ask ourselves as well. What is our soil like? Do we place stones or weeds in it through our actions and comments, or are we contributing to the fertility by role modelling inclusion, commitment, compassion for others and with a willingness to practice our faith by serving others?

A number of our students were away at various sports tournaments during the holidays. The Year 9A and 10A netball teams attended the South Island Junior Netball Tournament in Christchurch and although the weather caused an early end to the tournament - aren’t we lucky to have an indoor stadium?! - the girls competed very well and had some very good results against strong teams. The Girls’ Rugby team headed away to Oamaru at the same time and experienced very similar weather. They were voted the best all round team by the other teams competing and also achieved a 4th placing. Congratulations to Georgia and Sophie Holland who were named in the tournament team.

Many of you will have been following on Facebook the updates about the boys who have just returned from their North American Rugby Tour. A fabulous time was had by all, some very good rugby was played against teams with players much bigger than our boys and many lessons were learned about big city American life. The 1st XV returned to play a ‘jet-lagged’ game against SBHS the day after they arrived home and hopefully continue marching towards the U18 finals with a home game against Menzies this Saturday. Thank you so much to the wonderful parents and coaching teams who travelled with our teams during the holidays. Meanwhile the Senior ‘A’ Netball team is preparing for the South Island Tournament in September. They have extra league games on Wednesday afternoons and would appreciate support from the sideline. Check the St Peter’s College Netball Facebook page for details of this draw and venues.

Two of our staff had special occasions during the holidays also. Congratulations to Janelle Casey (HELA Health and PE) who married her fiancé Carl; Miss Casey is now Mrs Conlan. We also congratulate Miss Kate Pavitt who became engaged to her partner, Simon McGowan, during the holidays. We wish you both all the very best for your futures.

A number of you will have heard that one of our year 11 students, Bridget Edwards, became very seriously ill during the holidays but after a spell in Auckland Hospital and two weeks in Intensive Care, we are thrilled to report that Bridget has turned a corner and is now looking forward to a slow but positive recovery in Dunedin Hospital. A huge number of people from around Southland were praying for Bridget and her family during this very tough time but the power of prayer certainly worked!  We look forward to welcoming Bridget back to school in a few months.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kate Nicholson - Principal

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