Kia ora tatou
Welcome back to a short but fully packed term! It was wonderful to see all our students return safely, refreshed and ready to get straight into their learning. However, we bear in mind the number of families in our school and wider community who have lost family and friends through illness and accidents during the last few weeks.
During assembly this week, I spoke to our students about developing some short term goals for Term 2. With increased pressure this term for seniors in their NCEA studies and for all our students, as winter sports begin and the Eisteddfod preparations begin, it is important that they prioritise their time carefully during the next few weeks. Please take time to discuss the importance of time management, healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep with your students as these habits will be very important in their ‘life after school’ too. Our students value the opportunity to play in sports teams for school. The skills learned through sport - in terms of commitment, effort, sportsmanship and team communication, as well as learning to be gracious in both winning and defeat - are invaluable. Many of our students are putting the equivalent time and effort into preparing for the Eisteddfod and other cultural competitions they are currently involved with. These opportunities build community. There is always an open invitation for our wider school and parish community to attend these events. We will do our best to have an up to date draw in the newsletter weekly, so you can attend games and support our students.
Our school Cross Country was held yesterday in less than tropical weather conditions! Congratulations to those students who showed true commitment to giving their best in this event, no matter what their placing was. It was very pleasing to see a wonderful attitude and determination showing through.
Over the last 8 weeks we have had three students visiting us from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Namtone, Tica and Ploy finish their time with us this week and it has been a pleasure hosting them in our junior school. No doubt they will be pleased to head back to the warmth as our winter begins. We have recently welcomed Saki and Kana from Hikarigaoka Girls’ High School in Japan. These girls will be part of Year 11 classes. Rose from Bangkok has also joined our school and will be in Year 10. These girls are settling in quickly and I am sure they will enjoy their experience at St Peter’s.
There is an opportunity for some of our students to visit Thailand in January 2015. Two of our Year 12 students took advantage of this exchange earlier in the year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai and even further north into the hill-tribes’ area to work with the villagers. Expressions of interest are now open for this trip. Please contact Ms Lindsey Shields at school if you are interested in this opportunity.
We look forward to the return of our Year 9 and 10 students who are nearing the end of their time in England. Watch out for our Junior Newsletter next week which will report back on what happened during their time away. Our netball teams who went to Australia returned during the holidays and you can read about their experiences later in this newsletter. A wonderful time has been had by many!
Mary, Mother of God, you are the woman who is always there.
You celebrate with us the Bethlehems and Nazareths of our daily family living.
You stand by us in our Calvarys and are with us at Pentecost.
Whatever our need or wherever we are,
Mother of all seasons you are there.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers.
Take care of each other and may God bless you and keep you,