Kia ora tatou
It has been a very busy, fulfilling and successful term. Let’s hope the weather allows people an energising break over the next two weeks.
The three core values of St Peter’s – commitment, community and compassion – are alive and well and being lived daily. This was evident in the $1000 raised by the St Peter’s Young Farmers’ Club and the Mufti Day yesterday to celebrate Mercy Day. We are pleased that Paige Kirk from ‘Happy2Help’, a local group supporting families in need, was able to attend assembly to speak about her ‘works of mercy’. Paige was thrilled when I was able to tell her the value of the vouchers that we will be able to send her. Thank you all for supporting this meaningful cause.
“It is not sufficient that Jesus Christ be formed in us – he must be recognised in our conduct”
Words of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Mercy Order
Our inaugural Boys’ Breakfast was a great morning on Monday. Thank you to the Year 12 boys who were out of bed early on Monday morning to cook a hot breakfast in the frost for their peers. Jason McKenzie, the invited speaker, spoke with the boys about dreams, attitude and perception. Dads, find a time to have a chat with your sons about what they took away from this.
An annual event for our Year 7 – 10 students is the SMAC Maths Competition. This year there were 24 schools from Queenstown south and 154 teams involved. We are very proud of our Year 9 team that came 2nd in this competition on Wednesday and also to our Year 10 team that narrowly missed a placing. Congratulations to all the students involved in this.
I presented some very exciting interim data to the Board of Trustees this week that shows an ongoing and significant improvement in our National Standards data for Maths, Reading and Writing. We have been working hard on a number of areas in our Year 7 and 8 area over the last 18 months and it is very affirming to see this improvement reflected in the hard data.
We farewelled Mrs Katie O’Connor at a morning tea earlier this week. Katie has been a Guidance Counsellor at St Peter’s College since 2008. Katie has been a dynamic member of our staffroom and a wonderful sounding board for many. Her sense of justice and special character has inspired many staff and students during her time here. With the appointment of Megan Corry, the new counsellor, Katie has decided to immerse herself in new projects but we expect to see her back at St Peter’s from time to time helping us with project work. Enjoy your break, Katie.
The Susan Horrell courts have been fully used this week with the addition of four refurbished basketball stands with new hoops and backboards. We would like to give a huge thank you to Mr John Henry who renewed and rebuilt these for our students and also to Eastern Southland Basketball Association who donated the hoops, Custom Build Engineering and Placemakers Gore for their contributions to this project.
It is obviously very important to remind parents of the study that our Year 11-13 students should all being doing over the holidays. The practice NCEA exams start on day one of next term. Please support your child’s academic success with guidance and encouragement during the next two weeks.
Have a happy and safe holiday.
Wishing you all of God’s blessings,
Ciara Doncaster (Leader of Special Character) presents a cheque to Paige Kirk from ‘Happy2Help’