Kia ora tatou and Greetings
Again this year, I was privileged to attend the Otago Daily Times Class Act Awards in Dunedin yesterday. Slade O’Connor and Erika Burdon of Year 13 were awarded this award of Excellence presented by the Prime Minister. During his address he spoke of excellence not being an event but instead a habit; my predecessor, Mr John Hogue, used to speak of excellence as being a journey rather than a destination. The Prime Minister also spoke of the support, encouragement and the excellent environment that parents, friends and teachers have created for the award winners throughout their lives. Slade and Erika have both been ‘excellent’ in their attitude, habits and daily events throughout their time at St Peter’s College. Their excellence stems from their daily approach to life – again, a habit reinforced by their home life and those around them. Congratulations to you both on this well-deserved award.
St Peter’s College has been a very busy place this week. The senior production has had two performances so far at The Little Theatre and I have heard nothing but positive comments. I look forward to being in the audience tomorrow afternoon and suggest that if you haven’t seen it already, you will need to be quick to buy tickets. My congratulations to the director, Mr Arthur, the cast, parents and staff who have been involved with the preparation of this outstanding dramatic production and thank you for adding to the ‘excellent’ experience these students have gained throughout the process.
Year 8 classes have begun departing for their Deep Cove Camp which continues through to the end of next week. Mr Ronnie Kotkamp has yet again put together a challenging and exciting camp programme that I am sure all will gain from. We look forward to hearing about this experience in future newsletters.
Sports teams head away on Winter Tournament next week and the Year 12s will spend the week doing work experience and participating in First Aid courses in preparation for their transition into the world of work. Because of all these events please remember that school is closed on Monday and there is a Teachers Only Day on Tuesday. We are at the business end of the year, junior exams, senior practice exams and NCEA external exams are approaching quickly. A ‘mid-term break’ for many of our students next week would be time well spent in exam preparation and organisation. Let’s remember that excellence starts with the first step and make the most of the time available!
Nga mihi nui