We have just finished a week of wonderful weather and activity! It has been my pleasure to meet so many of you during the Rosmini House Opening Mass and Dinner on Sunday, Athletics Day on Monday, Opening Mass for the whole school on Tuesday and then at the Year 7-10 Parent Evening last night. It has been a busy week, but one that has confirmed for us that we have a committed and positive parent community. The students (even if they don’t admit it!) and staff have really enjoyed your presence and involvement at these events this week. I would like to remind Year 7-10 parents who were unable to attend last night, that your session will be held next Friday, March 3rd, 5pm – 6.30pm in the Hall. We look forward to seeing you there.
The St Peter’s College Foundation Committee are getting underway with plans for our 50th Anniversary. These celebrations will be held the last weekend of January, 2019. We have committed to raising funds for an anniversary project to refurbish and extend the Chapel so as to develop it into a venue that can be used more fully by our present and future students and by members of our wider community for gatherings. The Chapel represents the heart and soul of our college and I am thrilled that this is the project decided upon. Whether you have connections from the past, present or potentially in the future, I encourage you to check the St Peter’s College Foundation Facebook page and the Foundation section of our school website. Here you will find stories, people profiles and many photos from the past 48 years. We were pleased to again have Fathers Michael Hill and Aidan Cunningham join us for Mass on Tuesday. These are both special men in the college’s history and we certainly enjoy their company when they visit.
With our past in mind, I would like to congratulate the following ex-members of our college on recent achievements:
· Tori Peeters recently set a new national javelin record at the Nitro series in Melbourne with a throw of 55.73m. This is great for Tori who had time off last year due to injury. We wish her all the best for the next few months.
· Our Senior A netball coach, ex-student and ex-staff member, Dana Bond, has just been named assistant coach for the Beko Netball League South team. Dana will be coaching alongside Georgie Salter and Donna Wilkins, and will be bringing back plenty of new coaching skills and ideas to our A team! All the best for this great opportunity, Dana.
· It has been good to read of Jack Mockford and Ben Lockrose’s cricketing successes recently. We are very pleased that they are both moving closer towards their dreams.
· Many of you will have seen ex-head girl, Alice Wilkins, on TV3 news reporting on the recent fires in Christchurch. Alice looks set to become a household name in this industry and we wish her all the best.
Speaking of ex-students, we will be welcoming back ex-student, Mike Puru, to host the North American Rugby Tour group’s fundraiser dinner with Lisa Carrington in April. It will be good to see Mike again – he was the guest speaker at our Blues celebrations a couple of years ago – and of course, the calibre of the two celebrities involved means this will be a fantastic event. There is further information in this newsletter about how to get tickets.
I also encourage you to visit the Eastern Southland Gallery for Stacey Butler’s exhibition, ‘Yarns over the Farm Fence’, which opens this Sunday. Stacey left St Peter’s in 2010 and has continued to produce some outstanding work ever since.
Our current students have had plenty of success of their own recently. Congratulations to Chelsea McPhail (Year 13) who recently placed 8th (1.10metre jump) in the New Zealand Showjumping Championships. This is a great achievement for Chelsea. Both Girls’ and Boys’ cricket teams are continuing on through the Otago/Southland Cricket Competition, a mixed and girls’ tennis team performed well in the Secondary Schools’ Southland Champs and our water-skiers had a successful day at the Otago/Southland Champs last weekend. A full round-up can be found further in this newsletter.
Lent is quickly approaching. We will be having an Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the Hall this Wednesday morning at 8.45am to mark the beginning of Lent. Parents and other members of the parish community are very welcome to join us for this. Some of our Year 13s will represent St Peter’s by joining with St Mary’s in the Ash Wednesday Mass at the main church at the same time. Lent is traditionally known as a time of fasting. For Catholics, fasting on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent is a way to keep in mind the forty days Jesus spent in the desert alone. We will be speaking with students about different ways they can ‘fast’ and prepare for new life during the Lenten period.
The first of our fortnightly Attitude to Learning Reports are being uploaded today. Please check your child’s results and comments on the Parent Portal. If you have forgotten how this works, or are new to this method of reporting, there is an email that has been sent home with step by step instructions. If in doubt, ask your children! They are regularly comparing their grades and comments with one another and access these on their phones. These ‘digital natives’ will show you how to access your parent portal.
Enjoy your weekend.
Nga mihi nui
Kate Nicholson - Principal