It is always wonderful to start a new academic year – being greeted by refreshed, eager students who have returned to school with renewed aspirations and new resolutions about what might be achieved in this new school year. As a staff, we will be encouraging all students to look forward to what is possible for them in the academic, cultural, sporting and social spheres and then, with your help as parents, encouraging them to aim as high as possible.
Our core value this year is Commitment – Takohanga. In the materialistic world of today, where instant lifestyles, instant communication and instant gratification are often the norm, it can be difficult to justify to young people why commitment is important. This week at assembly we talked about people who are being lauded currently, such as Lydia Ko and Lorde, who have had to make a significant commitment, and often sacrifices, to achieve at the highest level in their chosen field. As the students were reminded, Jesus Christ should be our ultimate role model for commitment. He is fully committed to each one of us, should we take time out from our instant lifestyles to pay attention to Him and listen.
It was pleasing to be able to congratulate our senior students on the commitment they made to their NCEA studies last year. In particular, our Level 2 Excellence endorsements were well above the national average, with 16% of our Year 12 students gaining this exceptional result. Our Year 11 students also made a wonderful start to their NCEA journey with over half of all students gaining a Merit or Excellence endorsement. I am grateful to our teachers who worked very hard to prepare our students for their external exams.
I would like to give a warm welcome to the new students and their families who have joined the St Peter’s College community this week. I hope your time with us will be very rewarding and I look forward to meeting you all over the next few months.
Nga mihi and God Bless.
Kate Nicholson - Principal