Kia ora koutou katoa
One more week at school! The year has certainly disappeared in a hurry.
This week has seen a number of meaningful curriculum experiences for our junior students. The Year 9s have immersed themselves in three ‘Rich Learning Days’ on Migration. We have welcomed a number of visitors to the school during this time and learnt much from them in terms of their migration stories into the Gore community. The Year 10s, meanwhile, have been immersing themselves in planning for life beyond school, at ‘The Real Game’ careers programme. My thanks go to all those staff who continue to look for meaningful learning opportunities for our children to learn preparation for life.
Anyone who attended the junior production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will agree that it was a wonderful spectacle. Mrs Susan Winters, along with the junior students, devoted many, many weekends to this production and the end result should have made them very happy. Thank you to all those involved.
We wish our senior Rugby Sevens team all the best as they represent Southland at the Condor 7’s Tournament in Auckland this weekend. Make sure you watch their televised game against Fielding High School on Saturday at 12.30pm. They will be playing against some very strong teams and I am sure they would appreciate any messages of encouragement.
This is our last newsletter of the year, I would like to acknowledge all of you who have supported, encouraged, prayed for, and committed to, our college this year. We are committed to all of you and our wider faith community and your support helps us to become stronger and better able to become the best schooling option for your child. All of you contribute to your child’s education when you share good news and words of support for St Peter’s in the community. We truly enjoy hearing acknowledgements and compliments in the wider community. Our staff are dedicated, loyal and work very hard – if you can take the time to let them know that you appreciate what they do, it would mean a lot to them!
On Thursday evening at our prizegiving ceremony, we will formally thank those staff who are leaving us this year. But through this forum, I would like to thank Mrs Glenys Robinson, Mr Chris McIlwrick, Miss Dana Bond and Mrs Zella Horrell for all their work and commitment over a number of years. Good luck for your future pathways and we look forward to hearing of your new endeavours.
At the start of 2017, we will formally welcome Mrs Amanda Kotkamp into a new fulltime position in the Year 7 and 8 area (we are very pleased to have Amanda here in a fulltime capacity), Miss Kate Pavitt (from Queensland) who will teach English, Mrs Joanne Morris who will teach Maths in a part-time role, and Mrs Claire Welch who will also work as a Year 7/8 homeroom teacher to help us with increasing numbers in this area.
I wish you all the very best for a holy and blessed Christmas.
Kate Nicholson - Principal