Date: Friday, 21 October 2016
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Greetings to All

There are some tired and disheveled staff along with 21 Year 13 students at school today after they spent a night in a cardboard slum outside the college hall last night. Our two assemblies this week have focused on the living conditions that many in the world are forced to live in due to extreme poverty. To raise awareness of this and to experience this for themselves, Mr Terry, Miss Hickey and 21 Year 13 students spent the night in their own ‘slum’. Thank you to all of you for ‘walking the talk’ and for keeping social action at the forefront of our minds.

This week we welcomed into the College the Special Character Review team consisting of Mrs Tui Pasco and Mr John Boyce. The team was at St Peter’s for three days for our three yearly external review that looks at compliance in terms of the Integration Act and how well we are carrying out the mission of the Church and the expectations of the Catholic Education Office. This proved to be a very positive experience with many areas of good practice being identified. We look forward to confirmation of the final report in the near future.  It was good to be able to welcome Mr John Boyce back in the school after a number of years.  John was Principal of St Peter’s College from 1991 until 2001 and has recently retired from Garin College in Nelson.

As parents of Year 11-13 students, you will now be able to see the Practice NCEA Exam results on the parent portal. Please take the time to discuss these with your children. NCEA exams begin in less than three weeks and it is essential that a regular study programme has begun at home. Students are being very well supported at school to thoroughly prepare for external exams but this needs to be replicated at home so that students can have their true ability reflected in their results in January.

Options Night 2017 will be held in the College Hall on Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm. I encourage all parents and students in Years 10 – 12 to attend. There will be the opportunity to discuss subject and course possibilities for 2017 as well as find out more about how NCEA works. We are committed to providing each student with the course of study that supports their learning success for now and beyond school. For this to work well, it is valuable to have three way conversations between home, school and student. This year the students’ option choices will be entered via the student portal and this will then feed directly into the timetabling process that will begin shortly afterwards. This new option choice process will also be demonstrated at the Options Night. Parents of year 9 students are also very welcome to attend the evening so you can start learning about NCEA and the future options for your children.

May I remind you to check your child’s work ethic and attitude to learning in the fortnightly reports that you can also access on the parent portal. The most up to date information has been entered in the last two days. If you have not been able to access the parent portal or have missed the access information during the last term, please contact Mrs Julie Henry in the office and she will guide you through the process.

Our Leavers’ Mass will be upon us very soon. Year 12 and 13 students will finish school on  Thursday 3rd November and the Year 11’s on Friday, 4th November. This year we will be offering timetabled tutorials for a number of subjects. This information will be sent out to you in the next couple of weeks and seniors will be encouraged to attend these prior to external exams beginning.

Have a wonderful long weekend.

Nga mihi

Kate Nicholson - Principal



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