Kia ora koutou katoa
Well, it has been a busier ten days than usual at St Peter’s College, with a visit from ERO who have been with us for five of those days. Your children will have been involved in the powhiri to formally welcome these visitors into our college and ERO spoke with a number of our students about their learning, during their time here. It is over three years since a review team has been in the college and this was prior to my appointment as Principal. It has been a very affirming few days and the leadership team feel positive about the thorough critique, encouragement and acknowledgement of the direction we are moving in. During the initial findings meeting yesterday afternoon ERO told the Board that it is obvious that our school is all about making it work for the kids; and that one student new to the school has told them that you ‘can’t not get noticed here’. As staff we know that and it was very satisfying to have that acknowledged by external reviewers. We will share the report with you, once it is confirmed.
We held a Whanau Hui last night for all members of our school community who are interested in the education of our Maori students. It was wonderful to have a large number of people attend and we thank you for your input. Members of the Kapa haka group performed very well and Oliver Gordon-Glassford presented the speech he gained second prize with in the Nga Manu Korero speech competition.
On Sunday, we celebrate the Feast Day of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament (Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ). After 10am Mass, there will be a morning tea and an opportunity to have a chat with others in the parish. Please consider supporting this Mass on Sunday.
Our Open Night is being held on Thursday, June 22nd from 4 – 7pm. I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone in our wider school community to come along and see for yourself what happens at St Peter’s – you don’t have to have a child with you to come along for a look! We have a very limited number of open place enrolments for next year; if you know anybody wishing to enrol their child under the ‘non-preference’ category during the next few years, it is important that they do so very soon because there will be a waiting list.
The newsletter is very full this week and I would like to thank Joanne Borgman who goes to great lengths every week to ensure that all celebrations of student success are reported on in the newsletter. Thank you Jo for all your work in profiling the college for our community.
Please take note of the Media Studies Students’ Film Festival on Monday 3rd July, at the SBS St James Theatre. The Year 10 -13 Media Studies students have written, created and edited these short films and have even sent them to the film censorship office for classification. Anyone who attended last year will tell you how professional they were and, after seeing the trailer, I am looking forward to this year’s film festival.
Have a good weekend,
Nga mihi nui,
Kate Nicholson - Principal