Kia ora koutou katoa
Learning, as would be expected, has certainly been the theme of the week. However, currently most of our juniors are experiencing plenty of learning outside of the usual setting. Their learning this week may have happened as part of the Year 9 Have-a-Go Day, Year 7 girls learning Self Defence and how to keep themselves safe from unwanted attention, or the Year 7 boys learning about how to be good young men in their relationships with others. Meanwhile our Year 10 students returned to classroom learning after a week away at Borland Camp. You can read about this further on in the newsletter. I would like to thank all the staff, parents and senior students who gave their time to accompany this group and make it a very rewarding experience. Mr Kotkamp’s organisation of this camp was again excellent.
Learning also happened with the visit from John Parsons this week. John is being funded by the Invercargill Rotary to spend 100 days per year in Southland doing work in schools to help protect our children while they are taking part in the online world. All of our Year 7-10 students spent time with John on Tuesday so please talk to them about the key take home messages. Thank you to the parents who attended the parent evening on Tuesday where the message was definitely about ensuring that family and school values need to be taken into the online world and the expectations about the way we interact with one another online should reflect the way we interact with people in the ‘real world’. As parents we need to maintain the same level of parenting with devices and online communication as we do in other aspects of our children’s lives.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ Junior Production
Please buy your tickets for the Year 7-10 production, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ which will be performed in the College Hall on Thursday and Friday evening. Keep an eye on the St Peter’s College Arts Department Facebook page which will give you a few previews and more information.
Staff Changes 2017
Two of our valued staff will be leaving us at the end of this year. Mrs Glenys Robinson will leave us to make her home closer to Christchurch and her brand new granddaughter. Glenys has taught in the English Department since 2010 after extending her intended two year stay to seven years. We wish you well in the next stage of your journey.
We will also farewell Miss Dana Bond after 16 years at St Peter’s, working mainly in the Year 7 and 8 area. However, Dana is not moving away and has instead accepted a position at St Mary’s. We are very pleased that Dana’s passion for teaching our youngest students will still influence those moving into Year 7 from St Mary’s, albeit through a different channel.
Mrs Claire Welch will be welcomed onto our staff at the beginning of next year. Claire will come to us from Riversdale School and work in our Junior School and also teach Mathematics and Agriculture.
Take care this weekend,
Nga mihi nui,