Dear Parents, Caregivers and our wider college community
Two short school weeks have been a welcome ‘breather’ in the middle of this winter term and I hope that families have managed to spend some time together catching up and talking, as well as getting some well-needed and well-earned rest for some of our very busy students.
Yesterday, Brendan Terry (DRS) and I, along with a group of senior students, attended Bishop Len Boyle’s funeral in Invercargill. I have commented to a number of people since that, although a Bishop of huge importance and value to the Dunedin Diocese and Church of New Zealand, Bishop Boyle’s funeral was a true family funeral. The emphasis was on family, relationships and service and these words epitomise the life he lived. As a Catholic college we can take a lot from his example - it is the people, relationships and the way we serve our community and treat one another with dignity, respect and care that is the most important. In fact, following Jesus’ golden rule “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12) is what we aim for every day at St Peter’s.
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.
It has been a very successful couple of weeks for a number of our students.
Some big successes certainly happened for a number of our students during Gold Guitars last weekend. It takes skill, courage, poise, self-confidence and resilience to take part in this competition and these are very important skills to develop for life. Congratulations to all the students who competed. A special mention must be made of Jenny Mitchell, our Head Girl, who won the MLT NZ Songwriting Awards and then capped off a wonderful few days by becoming the Intermediate Winner at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards on Saturday night. She was not alone on the stage that night as Michelle Hendriks, Abby Gutschlag, Maegan Mitchell and Nicola Mitchell also performed wonderfully in the Junior and Intermediate finals in front of a crowd of 1000. Well done to each one of you and to Ailin Pekar who won the busking competition earlier in the weekend.
We were pleased to have some big successes on the rugby paddock last weekend and I would like to thank so many of you for being on the side-line throughout Saturday’s games and supporting our teams. Our netball teams are also working hard every Saturday and are coming away with some very good results and developing important skills, as can be seen from the number of our girls being named in representative teams recently. Tomorrow, St Peter’s A team comes up against Gore High School at 11:30am at the stadium. I know they too would appreciate extra support from the side-line! Congratulations also to the big number of students who competed in the Eastern Primary Cross Country on Wednesday. We will have results for you next week.
This year we would like to invite current families and those who are considering St Peter’s College for their child’s secondary education to an Open Evening. We recognise all the great things happening in our college and would like to share that with the wider community. If you know of families who may be keen to visit us for a look around, please encourage them to join us on Tuesday, 28th June from 4 – 7pm.
Girls’ and Boys’ Breakfasts
Last year we trialled a Boys’ Breakfast in Term 4, and unfortunately a Girls’ Breakfast that was scheduled for shortly after had to be cancelled due to our speaker being unavailable. I think the value of these times spent together with a person who can speak with the students about issues and topics framed specifically for their gender are very important and I am pleased that we have both a girls’ and boys’ breakfast confirmed for the last few weeks of this term for our year 10 – 13 students. Please keep an eye on emails and the school facebook page for confirmed dates and times. I can assure you that both speakers will be inspiring and engaging!
Wishing you all of God’s blessings,
GOLD GUITAR RESULTS 2016
Please find the results below:
Jenny Mitchell: Finalist Senior Duet and Intermediate Country Rock section; Winner Intermediate Gospel section, Traditional and NZ Song section; Highest scoring GCMC Intermediate member. Overall Intermediate winner. Winner NZ MLT Song Writers Award.
Abby Gutschlag: Highly Commended Junior Duet section; Finalist Junior Vocal Solo section.
Ailin Pekar: Highly Commended Junior Country Rock section; Winner under 14 Open Busking.
Maegan and Nicola Mitchell: Winners Junior Duet section.
Maegan and Jenny Mitchell: Finalist Intermediate Duet section.
Maegan, Nicola and Jenny Mitchell: Highly Commended Intermediate Group section.
Michelle Hendriks: Winner Intermediate Group section; Highly Commended Intermediate Country Rock and Vocal Solo section; Finalist Intermediate NZ song section and Intermediate Gospel section.