Welcome to this week’s newsletter
The past two weeks have reminded us what we stand for. The Special Character of our college is what sets us apart and the reason why you made St Peter’s the choice of college for your child whether explicitly for the Catholic faith or implicitly for the special culture and ‘feel’ of our college.
Our Opening Mass, held last Tuesday, was again a wonderful celebration of community and servant leadership. All Year 13 students were presented with badges to acknowledge the special part they play in the culture of the college. The Year 13’s with leadership roles were also presented with their leadership badges and we were very pleased to induct twelve Ministers of the Eucharist during the same Mass. Some of those Ministers of the Eucharist then attended the Ash Wednesday Mass with St Mary’s on Wednesday morning while we held our Liturgy, led by Year 13 students, in the school hall.
As we begin Lent, it is the ideal time to reflect on our theme of ‘Learning to find Jesus in the face of others’. Pope Francis says in his message for Lent, “Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognising in them the face of Christ. Each of us meets people like this every day. Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love”. This is certainly a challenge for us in our everyday lives – but Lent is a great time to give this a go.
Year 7’s and 8’s were on retreat yesterday. The Year 7s were celebrating the theme of community, and their actions around the school are certainly showing that they understand the meaning of community and inclusiveness. The Year 8’s went to Dolamore Park to explore the theme of Creation and Co-Creation more deeply. Both year groups finished the day with Mass in the Chapel celebrated by Fr Damian. Thank you to all the staff who spent time preparing and coordinating the retreats.
I encourage you to read on page 3, the opportunity for some of our students to attend the day with Shane Claiborne in Dunedin. If your son or daughter has a strong connection to their faith, then this would be an excellent ‘extension’ for them. We have a number of students who would gain from this opportunity and we hope it will be the first of many different enriching activities for these students.
We have our final Parent Information Evening tonight from 5pm – 6.30pm. I encourage you to attend this if you are the parent of a Year 7 – 10 student. You will have the chance to speak with the Form Teachers and Learning Tutors and hear information specific to your child’s learning journey for this year.
Monday is Photo Day
School photos happen on Monday. Please ensure your children have the correct uniform on including vests for the juniors if they have them and blazers for senior students. Both class and individual photos will be taken this year.
On Wednesday we will celebrate the achievements of our Academic Blues recipients. This ceremony acknowledges all the students in Year 12 and 13 who gained Excellence endorsements in NCEA Level 1 and 2 last year. We are pleased to have ex Head Girl, Anne La Hood, as our guest speaker this year. We will have photos for you in next week’s newsletter.
Some of our students have been very busy recently. Enjoy reading of their successes in the rest of this newsletter.
Kate Nicholson - Principal