Date: Friday, 07 April 2017
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Lent and Term 1 is nearly at a close and, as is often the case, when a season or period of time finishes there is a natural sense of reflection on what has been.

We have had a very good term at St Peter’s College. Students arrived ready to learn, with positive attitudes and there was a truly felt sense of community – I hope our new families felt this too. Fresh faces among the staff were welcomed and have fitted in marvelously. The Year 13 group arrived with enthusiasm and continue to lead a culture of high expectations for both learning and behaviour amongst the student body. This positive attitude has continued throughout the term and although many are well ready for a holiday, there has been a great deal achieved so far this year.

The Board of Trustees has spent two evenings this week meeting with the Heads of Learning Areas to discuss their annual reports and hear of challenges and highlights. I accompanied the Board and, although I had recently met with each of the HELAs to have a similar conversation, I was again impressed by the commitment to learning that each one spoke about. There has been huge work done in terms of teaching and learning during the last few years and our recent NCEA achievement speaks volumes about the effectiveness of this. Change can be challenging and I would publicly like to thank all the HELAs for their leadership while we continue to improve our practice and set the bar high. 

Our Senior Leadership Team was privileged to attend some conferencing sessions with year 7 & 8 families on Wednesday. We enjoyed the opportunity to hear these young students leading the conversations about their learning. These appeared to be very meaningful conferences and they were an opportunity for the children to think hard about their learning strengths and areas for development as well as recognizing the next steps they need to take to develop their learning. Thank you to all those who attended and to the staff that organized these with their classes.

The School Ball was a very enjoyable evening last Saturday. The Year 13 Leaders, Niamh Delahunt and Tim Wilkins along with the Ball committee (and some very supportive parents and staff) did a wonderful job of creating a memorable night. Thank you to all those involved. I know you will enjoy looking at the photos in this newsletter and there are many more on our school Facebook page too.

We look forward to competing in the Catholic Schools’ Senior Sports Tournament this weekend which is being held at St Kevin’s College. This is always a highlight in the term one calendar and many of the teams enjoy this first serious pre-season tournament as a way of cementing positions and combinations in teams. The students also enjoy spending time with students from the other four catholic secondary schools and sharing Palm Sunday Mass together.  Good luck to all those competing and results will be in next week’s newsletter.

Two touring parties depart school next week. The Year 12 History group makes its way to Vietnam on Tuesday and a group of netballers will attend the Gold Coast Netball Tournament on Wednesday. There has been much fundraising that has occurred to allow these students to take part in these; thank you to all the families and community members who have made these trips possible.  We wish all the students and staff attending safe travels.

We enjoyed a visit from Caritas NZ yesterday. This Catholic Social Justice group spent time in some of RE classes and also with all the staff in a professional development session yesterday morning. Caritas is working hard to raise awareness of the impact of climate change and the damaging effects it has on those who are least able to deal with it. It seems appropriate then, as we move towards an Easter break in the comfort of our developed country and comfortable homes, that we consider those who need our help.

“God of life, help us to see that your gifts are meant to be shared by all, not just exploited by a few. Lead us to take action to make a change not just for ourselves, but for all creation.

 We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

May God bless you all,

Kate Nicholson - Principal

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