We are now over half way through the fourth term and a mixture of final assessments, planning for 2015, meetings to review 2014, NCEA exams, and camps, tramps and retreats are filling the calendar for staff and students.
We are very pleased with the positive and determined attitude we have seen in our NCEA students this week as they sit their exams. Please continue to encourage your sons and daughters at home as they move into Week Two of this important part of the year. Year 9 & 10 exams will be held this coming week and students need to ensure they prepare thoroughly for these as it develops the work ethic and experience these students will need for external exams in the near future. Good habits developed now, with both homework and exam study, will hold these students in good stead for their future schooling.
I attended two wonderful events last week. On Thursday, at the Southland Secondary Schools’ Sports Awards, Ella Brown received a Future Champions award in Cricket. Receiving one of only two awards in this sport, and for the second year running, we can be sure that Ella has a bright future in this area. Krystella Baker was nominated for a Participation in Sport award and her commitment and enthusiasm for both playing and service to sport shone through.
Last Friday evening was the Rosmini House Graduation and Leavers’ Dinner. Approximately 200 people attended this wonderful event. The positive, encouraging and inclusive culture that has developed steadily in the boarding house over the past few years was indeed evident at this event. Accommodating approximately 20% of our students, this aspect of St Peter’s College is very important and I felt privileged to be part of it.
It is with sadness that we will farewell Mr Simon Coleman, Deputy Principal, at the end of this year. However, it is very exciting for Simon and his family that he has been appointed Principal of Geraldine High School from the beginning of 2015. Congratulations Simon, on your appointment. Our loss will certainly be Geraldine’s gain!