Date: Friday, 15 April 2016
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

WE WON!!!!!                      WE WON!!!!! 

After two days of excellent competition against Roncalli, St Kevin’s, Kavanagh and Verdon Colleges, we became the overall winners of the Bishop Boyle Trophy. This annual senior sports’ tournament, played between the five Catholic secondary schools south of Christchurch since 2013, is an excellent pre-season opportunity for football, hockey, basketball, netball and rugby players to come together in preparation for the season ahead. More importantly it is an opportunity for the more than 400 participants to spend time together, celebrate together at Mass and be reacquainted with those whom they have met on the sports field in previous years. As the smallest school of the five, we were very pleased to compete so successfully however, for me, the most pleasing aspect was the attitude of our students. The current and growing culture of excellence, positive attitude, commitment, working as a team and respect was very evident in their conduct throughout the two days of competition.  Thank you to all the students involved for representing St Peter’s so successfully during the tournament.

A huge thank you must go to Mrs Kathryn Pinckney (Sports’ Co-ordinator) who made this event function. The logistics surrounding this tournament are challenging and Kathryn was the ideal person to put it all together. Thank you also to the netball families who donated food and time to ensure everyone was fed well, and to the numerous volunteers who coached, managed, umpired, and coordinated the teams. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated school community.

I enjoyed attending ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this week to watch 17 of our students perform in this very polished Gore Musical Theatre production. Again their excellence and commitment was very evident! Well done to all those involved. Our own college productions for junior and senior students are due to happen later this year and the opportunity to take part in these is recommended to all our students - the skills learned in performing arts are invaluable.

We were pleased to have Aaron Horrell and ex-student Jessica O’Neill at our ANZAC ceremony on Wednesday. The students were shown part of a documentary produced by Aaron to be screened in the next few months at the St James Theatre, showing footage of Kiwi Company in Afghanistan, 2012.  It is sad that while we remember the First World War wars still continue. The methods and strategies of war may have changed but the futility has stayed the same. Our head students, Caleb Henry and Jenny Mitchell, will represent St Peter’s College in the ANZAC parade on the 25th April, commemorating 100 years since the first ANZAC remembrance in 1916.  We have set up crosses on the embankment at school again this year as a reminder to all of the many, many people who sacrificed their lives to defend our country.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all the support you have shown during a very successful and busy Term One and for the guidance and encouragement you continue to give our young people. Have a restful and refreshing holiday period and I look forward to seeing everyone back safely on May 2nd.

Wishing you all of God’s blessings,

 

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Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
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