Date: Friday, 15 September 2017
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Kia ora tatou

As next week’s election draws closer and the political race ramps up there is plenty to ponder upon.  Opinion and statements in the media about social investment along with abortion and euthanasia have certainly caused me to thoroughly reflect on my belief foundations and the Catholic social teachings that reflect the tenets of our Catholic faith.  We are currently meeting all our new enrolments for 2018 and their families to talk about what we offer as a college and what families want from us for their child.  For many of these people, their desire for us to help instill a strong sense of morals, and the gospel values as compared to societies values, comes through loud and clear. In a country where, according to the last census, we are more secular than ever and the place of faith and religion in people’s lives is diminishing rapidly, we are very fortunate at St Peter’s that our families treasure this aspect of our school. Our challenge now is to not just talk about the gospel values and Catholic social teachings, but to actually live them. Let’s hope that whichever government leads us through the next few years will also realise that their promises regarding social investment and caring for the most vulnerable need to be more than rhetoric!

Gracious and Generous God,

Awaken Your people to a commitment to justice, to the sanctity of marriage and the family, 
to the dignity of each individual human life, and to the truth that human rights begin when human lives 
begin, and not one moment later. 
Lord, we rejoice today that we are citizens of Your kingdom. May that make us all the more committed 
to being faithful citizens on earth. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.   Amen.

Te Wiki o te reo Maori has been celebrated nationally this week (Maori Language Week). We were pleased to hear some members of our Kapa Haka group speaking with Luke Howden on Hokonui radio this morning.  You may not realise that all our year 7 & 8 students learn te reo. All the current talk about students needing to learn a second language and that teaching Maori language needs to be compulsory is interesting because we are already doing this and have been for a number of years now. The staff have also been learning te reo in our weekly professional development sessions and we hope this will transfer into the classroom as we become more confident. Our kapahaka group also meet weekly to learn waiata, haka and general tikanga (Maori protocol) and the twenty plus students who attend this gain very good knowledge. My thanks to Susan Winters and Vanessa Whangapirita Edwards - we are very fortunate and certainly appreciate having two very skilled educators in school who can guide this work.

We are quickly heading towards the end of this term and there are a few events that families need to be aware of. We have photos for cultural, sports and leadership groups on Wednesday, 27th September (please get uniforms organised for return), Board of Trustees student representative nominations and voting, Blues applications are due this coming week, year 10 – 12 student interviews with learning tutors, and the senior production at The Little Theatre! I’m sure there are things that I have missed. Please remind your sons and daughters to be keeping their calendars up to date!

Ngā manaakitanga (With best wishes)

Mā te wā (See you later)

Kate Nicholson - Principal

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