72nd Annual Bishop’s Shield Competition
A team of eager public speakers travel to Verdon College tonight to begin the annual Bishop’s Shield Competition. This fiercely fought competition also brings about a genuine camaraderie between the Catholic Colleges of the Dunedin Diocese, with competitors from St Kevin’s College, Kavanagh College, Verdon College and St Peter’s College taking part. This sense of connection is yet another way Catholic colleges are different from other integrated schools and their state counterparts. This competition has been held for 71 years and has been the springboard for many students over the years who have continued to excel in drama and public speaking in adult life. Therefore again this week I speak about our vision, ‘preparation for life’ and the poise, critical thinking and confidence that this competition encourages. I wish all of our team the best of luck for this weekend.
The Minister of Education’s visit to St Peter’s College
We were fortunate to have the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, visit St Peter’s College yesterday as part of her visit to Gore. She was welcomed with a mihi whakatau led by Ike Wallace, the KapaHaka group and two of our senior students. Afterwards there was an opportunity for a number of students to speak to the Minister about their achievement at St Peter’s and the programmes that support their learning. It was very pleasing to hear them discuss their achievement, current progress and ambitions with great knowledge, understanding and self-awareness. The opportunity for students to take part in programmes through the SIT and Telford as part of the Hokonui Tertiary High School one day per week is certainly providing a very worthwhile option for students wishing to progress to apprenticeships or further tertiary study. Our NCEA achievement continues to be higher than other schools of similar deciles and, with parents encouraging a strong work ethic and commitment to study at home, I am sure this will continue.
Farewell to Mrs Robertson
On behalf of the students and staff I wish to farewell Sally Robertson today. During 12 years of service to St Peter’s College in a wide variety of roles from netball coach to acting assistant principal, Sally has influenced many students during their school years and has been an important and valued member of the staff. I wish you well, Sally, in the next phase of your life.
Cultural Activities Abound!
Congratulations to Jess Millar (who played the role of Penny Pingleton), Isaac Borgman and Board of Trustees member Richard McPhail who all starred in ‘Hairspray’ this week. Matthew Kirk and Chelsea McPhail were also involved in equally important back stage roles. The production was of very high quality and those involved from St Peter’s should be deservedly proud of their contribution. Well done and thank you for sharing your talents with the wider community.
As well as preparation for the Bishop’s Shield Competition, many of our students are spending hours in rehearsal under the watchful and creative eye of Mr George Arthur. ‘Dame Agatha’s Greatest Case’ will be played out at the Little Theatre from the 26th – 29th August. Find out more about this on our Arts Facebook page www.facebook.com/spc.arts.dept, or phone the school office for more information.
Next Thursday, St Peter’s hosts the first round of the Venture Southland Speech Competition where our Year 7 and 8 students will compete against Longford Intermediate and Menzies College.
And So Do Sports ….
This weekend sees the semi-finals of netball being played. We have a number of teams from all age groups competing in semi-finals tomorrow with the hope of making finals. Good luck girls! It would be good to see plenty of support for our teams at the MLT Stadium during the next two Saturdays.
On Thursday evening, 5pm, the 1st XV rugby team will compete in the final of the Southland co-ed competition against Gore High School at Rugby Park, prior to the Stags game. There will be a supporters’ bus available if there are enough people who wish to travel to the game. Students will need to be accompanied by an adult. Numbers are needed for this to be organised and there will be a small cost. Please let the school office or Kevin Holland know by Monday morning if you want to use this service.
I finish this week with the well-known prayer of St Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Have a wonderful week.