Kia ora tatou
Welcome back to Term 4. I hope everyone managed a refreshing break and you are ready to enjoy the countdown to the end of the year.
October is traditionally known in the Catholic Church as the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As we move through the month of October, may we take many lessons from Mary’s humility, acceptance of God’s will and commitment to her faith, and use these lessons to make positive change in our own lives.
Many of our students have been involved in representative sports tournaments during the holidays. The strength of our Eastern Southland community and active participation in sport by so many of our students is a cause for celebration. When we asked during this week for parents to send us information about students who have played representative sport this year we were overwhelmed by the total number which approaches 100. The experience and skills gained from trials, tournaments and working as a team with previously unknown teammates is immeasurable. I am thrilled by the commitment so many of our students show towards their sport. The size of our school and community allows students access to so many of these opportunities that they may otherwise miss out on in bigger schools or cities.
Similarly, cultural opportunities for our students are very accessible and well supported. I wish the Jazz Band all the best as they compete in the Southland Jazzfest tonight. Many students are working hard to prepare for the Music Performance Evening and Art Folio Exhibition next Friday. No doubt family and friends are looking forward to seeing the culmination of many months of work.
Senior practice exams have now been and gone and seniors have only eleven days left at school before study leave. Please encourage strong and effective study habits at home while your children prepare for their external NCEA exams. Our year 9 and 10 students are moving quickly toward their own junior exams in November and should all be starting to prepare study notes and planning maps to make the most of the assessment of their year’s learning. Have a talk at home about this to encourage good habits as practice for future experiences.
I had the privilege of attending the ILT Youthmark Award Ceremony last night in Invercargill. Congratulations to Eve Levett, Kirby Cleland and Bradley Pearce who are the well-deserved awardees for 2015. These students have strived to excel in a number of areas in their lives showing the commitment, positive attitude and preparation for life that we wish our graduates to have as they leave St Peter’s College. Well done!
Learning Options 2016
It is that time of year when staff and management are planning for 2016. You, as parents, will be having similar discussions at home with your children - especially in light of practice exam results which you will receive very soon. As well as keeping the momentum going for the NCEA exams which begin in just over three weeks, your children are being asked to choose the best course of study for them in 2016. Curriculum pathways are very important. For all our students to achieve to the very best of their ability in whatever future pathway they choose, it is important to be able to make a well informed decision. I encourage all of you to attend the Options Evening on Wednesday night in the Hall. Staff have put together a very comprehensive programme for our parent and student community so decisions made can be fully informed. As many parents are beginning their journey into the world of NCEA qualifications, there will also be a presentation at the beginning of the evening which will explain how the NCEA system works. Refinement of the NCEA process happens regularly and I think all parents would benefit from hearing this presentation.
Have a wonderful week with all of God’s blessings,