This week at school we have been reflecting on winning and losing with grace, dignity and humility. Of course that hasn’t quelled the excitement nor the disappointment being experienced in the wake of the huge Bishop’s Shield win and a First XV finals defeat last weekend. Still it has been very good learning for many – how to celebrate and be excited about winning but respecting those for whom it has not been as successful; and similarly, being able to hold one’s head high and maintain dignity while congratulating opponents on their win. No doubt, feelings that have been similarly experienced in Rio de Janeiro this week!
The Bishop’s Shield competition held last weekend at St Kevin’s was particularly exciting for us, having come second for the last two years. We were obviously spurred on by coming so close two years running, because the team took out a huge win with 39 points compared to the second place getters, Kavanagh, with 23 points. I would like to thank all the students who represented our college with such determination, and also the staff who helped to prepare the students and spent the weekend in Oamaru with them. Congratulations on a fantastic result.
I am excited that we have had a ‘double-header’ this year, winning both the Catholic Secondary Schools Senior Sports’ Tournament (competing against Roncalli, St Kevin’s, Kavanagh and Verdon Colleges’) in Term One, and the Bishop’s Shield Public Speaking Competition (against St Kevin’s, Kavanagh and Verdon Colleges’). We are the smallest of these schools and continue to punch above our weight. Culture and Sport are thriving at St Peter’s.
At assembly on Wednesday, we took some time to talk with a number of students about the preparation, hard work, practice, vision and resilience needed before ‘winning’ can take place. These are factors in any aspect of life. Generally, through the media, we often only see the end product, the culmination of many years of hard work and commitment – whether this be for the All Blacks, Olympians, actors and performers. The more important story should be the story about the commitment and resilience these ‘stars’ have shown over many long years prior to getting to this place. This aligns to one of our values, Commitment, in being true to what you want to achieve and committing to what is the right thing to do. We also talked about our other value, Community. For anyone to be able to commit to achieving, they need to be supported by the community in which they live. In that way, for any individual or group at school to reach their goal, they need to be supported in our school community to be their very best and encouraged to keep on striving. I see this culture at St Peter’s College. Achieving is important to our students whether it be in sport, culture, academics or in personal goals and the wider student body come together in community to create an environment where people feel supported and encouraged to do well. Thank you to all of you who continue to support and encourage our young people. This was very evident at the rugby on Saturday and it certainly meant a lot to all of those players.
I would like to wish the teams who are in the Netball finals at the MLT Stadium tomorrow, all the very best for their games. We have 10 teams playing for top four placings (6 in finals) out of our 12 teams. This is a fantastic effort so please come along to support them to play their best. Also, good luck to the First XV who play South Otago High School in Balclutha tomorrow afternoon in the Southland Otago Final of the Co-Ed Cup Competition.
Congratulations to Ella Brown and Ryan Nicholson who received ‘Class Act 2016’ awards yesterday in Dunedin. These two Year 13 students exemplify everything I have written above and I wish them both well as they continue to work hard and persevere to reach their goals.