Kia ora tatou
We are certainly at the business end of the year. With only six school weeks left for our seniors before NCEA exams begin, the staff are working hard to ensure students are well prepared for their practice exams in Week One of Term 4. Please help us by stressing the need for regular, distraction free and thorough homework from now on. Next Friday, 18th September, the parent-teacher-student conferencing will provide you with an opportunity to discuss what needs to happen in the remaining weeks. It is very important that you make the most of this opportunity to help those conversations also happen at home!
Our Year 8 students returned as happy campers last week after their Deep Cove experience. As always, this camp lived up to its reputation. Thank you to Ronny Kotkamp and his team of staff and parents who accompanied the three classes over the ten day period.
Our tournament teams also had a wonderful week away gaining new experiences and enjoying the camaraderie of being in a successful team environment. Thank you to the managers, coaches, cooks, fund-raisers and organisers that supported each one of these students.
This week, we had an opportunity to acknowledge a former and a current student who are succeeding in their chosen field. A University of Canterbury representative attended our assembly to present an autographed photo to the College of Hayley Saunders playing for the Canterbury Tactix Netball team. As well as being Head Girl at St Peter’s in 2007, Hayley was selected in the Southern Sting netball squad while still at school and was a New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball triallist for two seasons. She still holds a Southland Secondary Schools Athletics record and won a silver medal at the National Secondary Schools Athletics for high jump. Rachel, Hayley’s older sister, accepted the photo for us and read some comments from Hayley to the students. Hayley commented on the opportunities that she was offered at St Peter’s and has fond memories of her time at school. She also told the students that coming from a small school in a small town in Southland never held her back and she was given opportunities that have taken her to the highest levels in her chosen sport.
Another rising star is Jenny Mitchell who is currently in year 12. Jenny works hard to keep moving forward in the music industry and it is nice to read about her in this month’s NZ Life and Leisure magazine. Jenny should be very proud of the national acknowledgements she is receiving. Both of these young women prove that with the right attitude and an excellent work ethic, becoming nationally recognised and living out dreams and goals is possible for every one of our students if that is what they want.
Next week is Social Justice Week. While we are drawn to the plight of refugees throughout the world, let us not forget those in our own community who are struggling financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you to the boarding students from Rosmini House who made and delivered biscuits to some of the elderly in our town this week. ‘Can for a Cause’ is a chance for everybody to help on a practical level by donating a can of food that will be given to the St Vincent de Paul Society for distribution in our immediate community.
Encouraged by your care for us, we will with lively fidelity devote ourselves to the works of mercy. Through our good works, may your people experience your unceasing care for them.
Have a wonderful weekend,