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Welcome everyone, to this week’s newsletter. Another busy week has passed us by and it is often in such business, that we forget to notice the most stunning examples of the values we hold so dear.
Every single day here at St Peter’s, often without fanfare or publicity, our students display the ‘face of Jesus’ in the choices they make and the relationships they form. If I cast my mind back to sports day I remember being moved when Anah Burns, Year 13, chose to run the 1500m race with Sara Chisholm (Year 7). It was clear that Sara had not had a good race during the 800m held earlier and was anxious about the longer race coming up. Without hesitation, Anah ‘scooped up’ Sara and told her they would do it together, encouraging her all way, even holding hands over the last 100m as they came to the finish line. Sara’s smile said it all.
Similarly, this week Nichol Reid was involved in planning an event with IHD Coaching in Kaikoura. The planning is aimed at re-establishing sports again for young people in Kaikoura after their terrible earthquake. When Nichol was asked what the best part was for him, he said ‘being able to give back something to those kids who’ve had everything taken away’.
Unsolicited and unselfish acts of kindness happen all around us every day, we just need to slow down long enough to notice them. This prayer seems apt.
Dear God, let me be kind. If I can not change the world, let me inspire just one other to do so. If I can not give away riches, let me be loving. Let me be known for kindness, for it is the greatest glory.
Take care, God bless and enjoy you well-earned weekend.
Darren Jack - Acting Principal