Kia Ora and welcome to this week’s newsletter. Over the next few weeks Kate will be away on a marketing venture to some of our international students’ home countries, so our thoughts and prayers go out to her to travel safely and to take care of herself. In her absence, newsletters will be coming from Bridget Ryan and myself, so I hope to be able to give you the same level of insight into the week that has been here at St Peter’s, as she has.
As some of you will be aware, the last week has been very busy with school photographs on Monday, specific activities in some departments or year levels, ongoing fundraising efforts for our overseas tour groups going away in the April and July school holidays, and of course, our annual Academic Blues Assembly on Wednesday.
At this year’s ceremony, our guest speaker was community icon and ex Head Girl of St Peter’s, Anne La Hood. Anne spoke of her experiences both here at St Peter’s and after she had left, and communicated how grateful she was to the people who had shared her journey whilst at school. As I sat and watched this years 34 recipients of Excellence endorsements walk across the stage, I felt the collective pride and admiration in the room and we extend our hearty congratulations to them and the people in their lives who have supported them to make these amazing achievements. We also congratulate the many students who gained a Merit endorsement at their level, as these people were acknowledged publically on Wednesday as well.
As you can see from the table we have maintained our fantastic results from last year This is hugely encouraging endorsing the efforts and opportunities that our staff continually strive to provide for students to achieve at the highest level.
Exciting things are always happening in our Junior School as well; an example being a Year 7 and 8 trip to the Runanga today. Mrs Winters has put a lot of time and energy into organising this visit and it fits in well with the module of work they are covering at the moment the ‘Ready to Connect’ unit. This unit encourages students to look at making meaningful connections in the community. We are enjoying our developing relationship with the Runanga and other groups in our community and the students are very excited about today’s visit.
I thought this old Celtic blessing apt after our week of achievements‘May your Day be filled with Blessings Like the sun that fills the sky And may you always have the courage To spread your wings and fly’
Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless both you and your families.
Darren Jack - Acting Principal