We bring to a close a busy Term One. Much has been achieved and learning progress is on track. Students, parents and staff should feel satisfied with the number of successful events that have been completed – athletics days, the senior ball, tournaments and sporting activities, Kids Lit Quiz, Arts trips, PE Camps and overseas touring groups to name just a few opportunities that come to mind. Students and staff are due some refreshment time in order to be ready for the start of Term 2.
I attended the Senior Catholic Schools’ Sports Tournament at St Kevin’s College on Sunday and Monday. A real benefit of this tournament is the chance for the students of five schools with a common ethos, to come together and compete, share meals, make friendships and revisit old connections, and share together in Mass on the Sunday. Now in the 5th year of the tournament, the principals of all the schools feel this is a very important event on our school calendar. Some great games were had by all our teams with significant wins in all codes we competed in. I was particularly impressed by the behaviour and attitude of our St Peter’s students. There were a number of them who played more than one sport and went from game to game over the two days; the attributes of determination, resilience, perseverance, commitment and positivity were a pleasure to see and even when the bodies were exhausted they continued to give their all. These are qualities that will take these young people a long way in life – on and off the sports field!
We farewelled our two touring groups this week. We pray for the safe travels of the Year 12 History class’s Vietnam Tour with Mr Sam Sanson and Mrs Mandy Pearce, and of Ms Jenna McPhee and Miss Janelle Casey who accompany the Australian Netball Tour Team to the Gold Coast Netball Festival. We look forward to hearing updates during your time away. For parents and friends of the college, please remember that information and photos can be found on our Facebook page and the school website.
Congratulations to the 24 students who qualified for the Southland Primary Schools’ Athletics Competition in Invercargill last Saturday. There were many very good results and all students should be proud of their successes which took them from our school athletics through to Eastern and then onto Southland where they were competing against big numbers. Well done to all of you who made it to this level.
The special observance of Easter in the church’s calendar is a good time to reflect on what is important in life. The lessons taught to us by Jesus and found in the gospels is what we try hard to impress on our young people at school every day. The whakatauki “He aha te mea nui o te ao. What is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people” is a good reminder to us. And so is this contemporary reminder from Si and Gary from the radio More FM fame –
“As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realise that –
Wearing a $300 or a $30 watch – they both tell the same time;
Whether we carry a $300 or a $30 handbag – the amount of money inside is the same;
Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3000 sq. feet – loneliness is the same;
Whether you drive a $8000 Honda or a $80000 BMW – they both serve the same purpose.
You will realise that true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.”
I wish you all a very happy and holy Easter with special time spent with family and friends and the chance to reflect on what is important in life.
Kate Nicholson - Principal