Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa
(Warm greetings to you all)
To live a rich and full life often means taking calculated risks and stepping outside our comfort zone. There has been much media talk lately about the new health and safety legislation and how tree climbing, camps and tramps and children playing bullrush might have to cease as a result of this. Children learn by doing and St Peter’s has always valued the experiences our students can gain from the wide range of activities on offer. Our vision is ‘Preparation for Life’. Preparation for Life involves ‘practising’ for life in the wider world under the care of family and school while there is plenty of room for failing and trying again; and of course it involves experiencing and learning about the love of God and his place in each of our lives. This term has been very busy with a large number of events that have taken students out of the classroom. There is often a tension between keeping up with curriculum and taking the opportunities on offer outside of the classroom, however educating the whole person is something that Catholic schools believe is very important. God has given each of us gifts and talents to use for the good of all; it is up to us to hone those talents by practising them. The skills learned this term will have been immense for many - from competing in regional sports events, athletics, performing in the Sheilah Wynn Shakespeare Competition, being part of the Kid’s Lit Quiz, organising, coordinating and running successful Fair stalls, learning ballroom dancing, along with a number of other events. Thank you to the parents and staff who support and encourage our students daily to learn new skills, take calculated risks and step outside their comfort zones.
Our Year 12 and 13 Ball Committee certainly learned many skills while they planned and created the College Ball held last Saturday night at the Town and Country Stadium. Well done to the Year 13 Leaders, Olivia Archer and Ryan Nicholson, along with the many other Year 12 and 13 students who made this night a real success. With so many positive comments about the new time of the year and the opportunity to have a bit more warmth and light than usual – along with a bonus extra hours sleep! – we think we are on to a winner. Thank you to the students for their exemplary behaviour and to all the parents who helped throughout the evening and into the wee hours of the morning.
This Sunday and Monday sees St Peter’s College, with the support of Verdon College, hosting the Catholic Schools’ Senior Sports Tournament. We look forward to competing against Roncalli College, St Kevin’s College, Kavanagh and Verdon Colleges’ in netball, hockey, football, basketball and rugby. All five Colleges will also share together in a Mass at 7.30pm on Sunday evening at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. Please come along to watch and support our teams during the two days. Some excellent competition is guaranteed!
Another group of students who will be gaining some ‘preparation for life’ is our Rosmini Ratcliffe exchange group of thirteen Year 9 and 10 students who will fly out on Monday to visit Rome, Northern Italy and London before attending school at Ratcliffe College in Leicester, England. There will be plenty of stories to be shared by the group via their Facebook page ‘Rosmini Ratcliffe Trip 2016’ and in the newsletter upon their return next term.
Loving Father, we stand before you in the midst of confusion and complexities of life. Our futures sometimes seem distant and unknown. Give us, O Lord, the vision to see the path you set before us. Grant us the courage to follow your way, that through the gifts and talents you have given us, we may bring your life and your love to others. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen
Hei kona mai
(Good bye for now)