Date: Friday, 04 November 2016
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Kia ora koutou katoa

It has been a week of endings and new beginnings. We celebrated the Leavers’ Mass yesterday where we formally farewelled our wonderful group of 46 Year 13 students, along with ten Year 12 leavers, who all move into tertiary training, apprenticeships or employment. We have certainly enjoyed spending the past seven years with our Year 13 group. They are all organized for their new beginnings next year and with their great attitude and commitment continuing, I am sure they will achieve all they set out to do.

God of our journey,

We praise and thank you for the young people who are soon to leave our school community. We entrust them to Your loving care, knowing that You are always the faithful traveler and companion on our way. Shelter these loved ones of ours and protect them from all harm. May the future be a source of many enriching and transforming moments.


Yesterday afternoon, a number of staff listened to the Year 12 students present their leadership speeches during the first phase of a thorough selection process to find the Year 13 Leaders for 2017. It was rather humbling to see that over one third of the year group would like to be considered for leadership roles next year and to hear them speak of their love for St Peter’s and their desire to give back through leadership next year. I assure you the selection process is going to be an unenviable task!

It was my pleasure to attend the Gore and Districts Community Awards last Friday night. St Peter’s College was well represented with a great number of nominees.  Special congratulations to Kate Cummings who was awarded Young Achiever of the Year and to Ella Brown who was awarded the ANZ Eastern Southland Junior Sportsperson of the Year award. An interesting fact I noted was that in the ten years the awards have been held, St Peter’s College students have won the Young Achiever of the Year every time (once as a co-recipient). This certainly reflects the commitment and determination we see in so many of our students every day.  Congratulations to all those students who were nominated.

Please remember to have your say on the review of the Strategic Plan that can be found on the news centre of the website. The Board of Trustees would value your input.

If, as parents, you have still not accessed the Parent Portal which has your child’s fortnightly Attitude to Learning reports, please do so. This portal is becoming an important part of our regular reporting on your child’s progress. If you are experiencing any difficulty in access, please contact the office and they will lead you through the steps to do this. All Year 10, 11 and 12 students have now entered their subject choices for 2017 via the student portal. If you have any questions about options for your child for next year, please contact us as soon as possible.

Year 10 students will be at Borland Camp next week form Tuesday onwards. We hope that the weather stays fine for them and they experience real camaraderie and challenge during this iconic outdoor education experience.

Warm regards,

Kate Nicholson

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Street Address: 121 Kakapo Street, Gore, Southland, New Zealand
Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
Telephone: (03) 208 9060
Fax: (03) 208 0000

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