Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014

Kia ora tatou

This week has been a reflective time for many in one way or another. Our Anzac Ceremony at assembly on Tuesday morning reminded our students and staff to reflect on the value of life while remembering those who lost their lives in the pursuit of peace one hundred years ago in World War One.  Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday in the church’s liturgical calendar, asks us to remember the last week of Jesus Christ’s human life on earth. Good Friday commemorates a man’s life lost in the pursuit of peace nearly two thousand years ago.

Jimi Hendrix once said (with a nod to William Gladstone):
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will have peace”
It seems to me, that even after two thousand years, we have a long way to go!
‘Good Friday’ by Joy Cowley
We do not call it bad Friday
Although, for the One who lived and died
The torture of that day
there would have been nothing good about it.
It was death by dishonour,
death by a pain so severe
that it filled all the spaces of thinking,
wrenching forth the cry,
“My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me!”

We are finishing a very busy term at St Peter’s and staff, students and families will be looking forward to a well-earned rest. Two groups of students were farewelled this week as they travel to Ratcliffe College in England with Mrs Mandy Pearce and Mr Ronny Kotkamp, and two netball teams are currently competing in the International Festival of Netball on the Gold Coast with Miss Dana Bond and Ms Kate Leebody accompanying them. Thank you to these staff who have organised these trips and taken time away from their families to accompany our students.

Thank you to the parents who have attended the report evenings for juniors and seniors in the last few weeks. Keeping the home-school communication strong means our students benefit and our teachers truly value the support they get from you in this way. Senior students have been very busy completing end of term internal assessments over the past couple of weeks. Please take time to discuss these with your students as these discussions are valuable learning conversations. 

St Peter’s College hosted the Southern Catholic Secondary Schools Sports Tournament last weekend which involved about 500 students. This was a very big undertaking and was superbly organised by Hayley Chalmers, our sports coordinator.  The students and staff involved valued this wonderful opportunity to interact and compete with other students from our wider Catholic school community.

Some staff changes at the end of this term mean that classes may have a different teacher for the remainder of the year. We farewell Mrs Justine McRae who taught Maths during Term One and we wish Justine and Tim all the best as they expect their first child in a few weeks.  Miss Dana Bond has been granted leave for the remainder of 2014 to travel and teach overseas. Mr Darrell Sutton has decided to pass the responsibility for Careers and Senior Course Coordination over to other staff from Term 2. Mrs Anne Perniskie and Mrs Sally Robertson will take on these two roles respectively. I would like to thank Darrell for his genuine interest in the students’ career plans and pathways and I know he will continue to support both staff and students with his incredible knowledge of this area. In term two we will welcome Mrs Jacqui Thompson onto the staff to teach Maths and Science, and Mrs Amanda Kotkamp will teach in the junior school.

I would like to acknowledge the wonderful job that Mrs Sally Robertson has done during the past three terms as Acting Assistant Principal. The students have been very well cared for by Sally while she has worked in this leadership role and I have truly valued her input within the senior leadership team. Thank you Sally for all your hard work.

On behalf of the staff of St Peter’s, I wish all of our school community a very peace-filled Easter and restful holiday break.

God Bless and nga mihi nui 

Kate Nicholson


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