What a week! This week of the year often feels like the busiest of them all. Today we celebrate our final school Mass for the year, with Fr Michael Hill and Fr Aidan Cunningham (ex Rosminian staff) assisting Fr Damian on the altar, and we farewell our wonderful Year 13 group who entertained us all yesterday with plenty of reminders that they have been a fun, energetic and ‘full of character’ year group since they began their St Peter’s College journey in 2011. Meanwhile yesterday, our Year 12s were at their retreat with the theme ‘Servant Leadership’, looking at the synergy of service and leadership in preparation for their year as leaders of the school in 2018.
To finish the week in style, tonight we celebrate the Rosmini House Christmas Liturgy and Dinner as we farewell our senior boarders and have an opportunity to gather our boarding families together for a celebration of this special community.
I acknowledge some of our school community who have been nominated for awards tonight. Isaac Borgman, Michelle Hendriks, Sophie Shallard and our own Mr Arthur have all been nominated for various categories in the Gore and Districts Community Awards. Congratulations on your nominations which are thoroughly deserved for dedication and talent in your respective areas of talent. At the same time Harriet Cuttance (cricket) and Sophie Shallard (swimming) will also be receiving Southland Future Champions awards at the Southland Secondary School Sports Awards in Invercargill. Well done girls!
Thank you to all those parents who recently have completed various surveys for me. A big part of our ongoing review and improvement is being able to consider your voice and opinion on how well things are working for you and your children at school. The Board has recently completed a consultation on our strategic plan, using staff, student and parent voice. It is affirming that we see alignment in strategic priorities and this gives us direction for continuing in the direction we have been moving. I value your opinion as important members of our school community and welcome a conversation at any time.
The Student Council’s Mufti Day for Child Cancer last Friday was a great success, and those of you who were stopped at the year 13 ‘toll booth’ yesterday morning coming into the carpark can be assured that you have also contributed to this cause! We have had a proactive student council this year and look forward to this continuing next year.
Mr Kotkamp has been busy organising the Year 10 Borland Camp which is away next Tuesday to Friday. I hope the year 10s, parents and staff can experience similar weather to this week and that they are all kept safe as they enjoy this special experience together.
As I have mentioned, it is a very busy time at school and I know that many families are also experiencing this as we move into the festive season. Let us remember to take time to remember what is important and appreciate those around us.
Gracious God, in the busy-ness of our day, we sometimes forget to stop to thank you for all that is good in our lives. Our blessings are many and our hearts are filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation, for minds that think and bodies that feel. We thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love.
Kate Nicholson - Principal