Commitment is one of the core Gospel Values that we have as a ‘touchstone’ for our school community. It is a tough one to encourage and live by because commitment can be very difficult when situations get hard or when there are more appealing options on offer. Of course, as parents in this day and age, we are very aware of the society of instant gratification that has developed alongside us as we have grown older; a society that our young people have grown up with and they know no other. Conversations about commitment are getting more difficult. During Bishop’s Shield weekend, the Senior Scripture category questions were from Matthew, Chapter 16, and the students competing spoke in their own words about Peter, the disciple, trying to convince Jesus to find an alternative, easier route than going through an arrest and crucifixion. Of course we know what Jesus chose to do and the rest is history, but it is a reminder to us that some of our biggest challenges in life are ones that involve choosing to see through our commitment or to walk away and take the easier option. Learning to fully commit to our relationships, learning, hobbies or interests, is one thing that we, as adults, can still encourage in our young people in a challenging world of instant success and pleasure. I am pleased to say that we have seen plenty of examples of commitment within our school community recently.
Netball finals last Saturday were full of commitment. You can read the individual results further in this newsletter, but all the teams who competed this year need to be congratulated for their commitment during the season. Out of 13 teams, 8 played in the finals and 5 won their grade. These are wonderful results. One result that made me particularly happy was the 9A team winning the Conduct Cup out of all the teams that have played in the Eastern Southland netball competition this year. Well done girls – that is commitment! Thank you to the parents, managers, coaches and student umpires who have all committed to making this an excellent season for St Peter’s College Netball.
A couple of our ex-students have continued to fully commit after they left school and both featured in the news this week. I would like to congratulate Tori Peeters on winning a gold medal in javelin at the Manchester International Games and Mitchell Newton on being signed as a development player for the NZ Breakers basketball team for 2018. Well done to both of you.
Good luck to the 1st XV who play Dunstan High School in the Otago-Southland Co-ed clash on Saturday at home. The winner of this game moves on up the country to play the Crusaders winner in Christchurch. Please come along and support our boys at 12noon tomorrow.
Kate Nicholson - Principal