As the 2015 school year draws to a close, our junior school has been continuing to engage in meaningful learning, albeit with a difference. The Year 7 classes are having three days of alternative programmes. The girls are learning self-defence and about respectful relationships and interactions. The boys, meanwhile, have taken part in a number of activities to develop social interactions, working together as a team and having fun as boys! This Friday they all head away to the traditional EOTC Day – I have not yet heard of a year group that haven’t enjoyed this day and I am sure this year will be no different!
The Year 10 Real Game programme has been running for three days this week. The students have been offsite, learning about the real world by ‘role playing’ an adult with a job, budget and mortgage. No doubt some will be learning they may have to trim back their material wants to needs! This is part of our career education and the message is to ensure students see the value in education at school and begin career planning to get a sense of the realities of the world of work and commitments that come with independence.
Next Wednesday is our College Prizegiving – the details of which you can read below. In this year of ‘Community’ it would be great to see as many of you there as possible. Although this is a voluntary occasion for the students not receiving prizes, participating as a community is what we are all about so everyone is most welcome. Concluding Prizegiving, there will be a supper in the James Cumming Wing which I encourage you all to attend as our final get-together of the year.
Farewells and Welcomes
I would like to take this opportunity to farewell Darrell Sutton who has taught Science, Maths and Chemistry during his ten years at St Peter’s College. He will be missed by staff and students alike and we wish him and his family all the best for their move to Lawrence.
It is with a sense of déjà vu that we farewell Steven Cormack. Steve left us for the first half of this year and then returned in a fixed term position until the end of this year. We enjoy having Steve on the staff and hope that he will return to this area after his wedding in February and subsequent OE.
Mrs Ruth Low has decided to retire in Term One of next year and we will have the opportunity to farewell her properly at this time and thank her for her thirty years of service to St Peter’s College.
In January, 2016, we will be welcoming Mr Darren Jack as Deputy Principal and Mr Brad Lamb in a part time teaching position. They will introduce themselves to you in the first newsletter of 2016.
There will be a final Christmas newsletter during the next couple of weeks for you to watch out for.
Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
He is the Saviour of every nation.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel