It has been a very quiet week at school with only Year 7 – 9 students in class. Year 10’s have been enjoying very good weather and challenging activities at Borland Lodge while the Year 11-13 students began NCEA exams yesterday. I am sure there will be reports about an exciting camp in next week’s newsletter.
On Wednesday at Assembly, I shared Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer with the students that one of our teachers taught us at a staff meeting. The idea was to reinforce that we should pray for those closest to us as well as those who are in need of our prayer. The prayer also reminds us to put ourselves last and think of others first. Considering the events of the past week and our commemoration of Armistice Day today, along with our desire for world peace and for the right decisions to be made by those in power, it is a timely reminder to pray for those who govern and are in leadership to make decisions in line with Jesus’ teachings.
I had great pleasure in attending both the Year 8 Rotary Young Achiever evening on Monday and the Rosmini House Leaver’s Mass and celebration last Friday. It is always humbling to hear the great achievements of our students at such a young age. Well done to all those who received awards!
John Parsons Cybersafety Programmed this week
I strongly encourage all of you to attend the John Parsons Cybersafety Parent Evening on Tuesday night in the Chapel at 7pm. John will spend the day at school running sessions for students and staff. He has worked with our students twice before and we value his input in this very important and ever-changing area of technology. At St Peter’s our philosophy is to educate our students about the benefits and opportunities in using online technology but to ensure this is balanced with education about potential danger, keeping themselves safe online and maintaining their dignity and values in online profiles. This is one of the ways we can help with their preparation for life.
Year 9 Have-a-Go Day
This Wednesday, 16th November, is the Year 9 ‘Have a Go Day’. Students will be in venues around Gore trying their hand at a variety of sports. This day concludes at 2.30pm and students will be released from that venue. All venues are within walking distance back to school buses but otherwise, parents please coordinate arrangements with your children for getting home.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Kate Nicholson - Principal