Welcome back to Term Three. I hope everyone enjoyed a refreshing break after a busy Term Two. We enter the business end of the year when senior students begin looking towards practice exams and NCEA external exams. We are endeavouring to minimise interruptions to class time as much as possible and would encourage our parent community to ensure there is a real focus on learning, commitment to study and forward planning, at home. Working together will certainly increase the chances of success for our young people.
This week, our staff reflections that begin the day have focussed on the theme of service. Service in our vocation as teachers, and service as a way of encouraging maturity and social responsibility in our teenagers. Service is valued and appreciated at St Peter’s College. The Catholic Church, through its emphasis on social justice, encourages service by its members. There were interesting statistics reported a few years ago that showed the schooling history of a number of chief executives and managers in positions of influence in New Zealand. I remember noting that a significant number of the people employed to lead agencies, institutions and companies with a focus on the care of people had their schooling in Catholic secondary schools as compared with those leading companies less concerned with social capital, being educated at non-Catholic schools. Of course, this was just a snapshot in time, but I do think it reflected the value Catholic schools put on service for others. This term we have a focus on Social Justice – please discuss this important topic at home; our current students will be the future and have the opportunity to make change in our country! I would like to acknowledge our current Year 13’s in the way that they have modelled servant leadership this year. They have led through service and continue to give back to the college in many ways. It has been a privilege to work with them.
I was fortunate to attend part of the Girls’ Rugby tournament and the Year 9/10 Netball tournament during the holidays. It was great to see the girls playing hard and enjoying each other’s company. There were some excellent wins in both tournaments and you can read about this further in the newsletter.
Congratulations to our First National - First XV rugby team who won the final of the Southland Co-Ed Cup in a hard fought game against Menzies College. This was the tenth win in a row for this team, being unbeaten so far in the U18 First XV Grade. Thank you to the big number of supporters who turned out to cheer on the boys – I know they really appreciated the support! Thanks must go to the coaching team of Dylan Ditchfield, Hayden Byars, Paul (Porky) Smith and Tony Wilkins, who are obviously working very successfully with the boys. Good luck for the next stage of the competition.
Nga mihi nui