What a week of celebrations!! It has been a very busy and very affirming week at St Peter’s College.
Our Feast Day Mass, celebrating the life of St Peter, was held on Wednesday and, yet again, our students made this celebration together very special – wonderful singing, reading of the gospel, a competent music liturgy group, and their contribution to parts of the mass resulted in this being a real celebration of who we are as a Catholic school community. Thank you to Brendan Terry, Eileen McCabe and Fr Damian who helped create this special occasion.
Our Eisteddfod followed on from Mass on Wednesday and we have experienced two days of high quality performances. As you can imagine the House singing and House waiata competition has been hotly contested and we will have results for you in next weeks newsletter. Thank you to all our parents who have encouraged and supported our students to prepare thoroughly for this annual event. As I have mentioned before in this newsletter, there are not many schools that could carry off an event like this where every student takes part, so thank you for the part that you play at home in making this successful. The lip sync video competition continues to be very popular and, especially for younger students, has required editing and logistical support from those at home. The settings for some of these videos are very diverse so thank you for your efforts in transporting the students to their filming locations too!! We look forward to ‘The Best of the Rest Concert’ this afternoon at school. Tickets for the final Eisteddfod Concert to be held at the St James Theatre next Thursday are on sale now from the Main School Office. If your child is a member of the winning house they will be required to be at the theatre for the concert. More information will be sent out by email about this.
Nga Manu Korero
Congratulations to Kate Lawton (Year 9) who competed in the Nga Manu Korero competition at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill last Friday. The competition was fierce and Kate spoke beautifully about the importance of spending our time wisely. She competed against Year Nine and Ten students from Otago and Southland. Ka mau te wehi! Thank you to Mrs Susan Winters and our Kapa Haka group who supported Kate at the competition.
Parent Portal and Reporting
Earlier in the year we promised you more direct and real time information regarding your child’s progress at school. We are pleased to announce that our new learning management system is up and running and reporting trials have been occurring over the last few weeks. Achievement reporting occurs at the end of this term and this time will be accessed through our parent portal rather than sending these out via mail or email. Instructions about how to access this information have been sent out. Please use these instructions to be sure that you can access the portal prior to next Friday. If you are having any difficulty, contact the office and they will provide assistance.
Senior students (Years 11-13) access their own student portal which tracks achievement and I encourage you to sit with them to look at this together.
Parents of Year 9 and 11 students have trialled Attitude to Learning Reports this term. These reports give a grade for behaviour and work ethic on a fortnightly basis for all subjects. We intend to roll this out for the whole school from the beginning of Term Three. We have been told that there have been a number of conversations between parents and their children and, more excitingly, between students at school discussing grades and comments. This encourages us that fortnightly reporting is being well received and is a great way of reinforcing and rewarding effort and commitment to learning.
It was exciting to host our first Open Evening this week. It was even more exciting to welcome so many families into our College and show them all the great things happening. We had a big number of students involved and by the way they acquitted themselves, it is obvious how proud they are to be part of our College community. Thank you to all of these wonderful young people for helping.
A Boys’ Breakfast is to be held this Tuesday morning with breakfast served from 7.30am. This time we have a speaker from the Sir Peter Blake Dream Team, and this speaker is also an ex-student of St Peter’s, Lieutenant Chris Bone. I encourage all our boys from Years 9-13 to attend this and share some time and gain wisdom from this opportunity. As the last breakfast showed, it is a wonderful chance for our boys to come together and spend time with one another. We realise that in the middle of winter this can be a challenge for some of our out of town families but we encourage you to get your boys to school early if you can.
Thank you for all the community support from the sports’ side-lines lately. Our Year 9A and 10A netball teams, along with the girls’ rugby team, are having a very good lead up and preparation for tournaments in the July holidays. Keep an eye on our First XV who is still unbeaten in the Southland wide First XV Competition after a win over Southland Boys’ on Saturday. Thanks to all the coaches and managers involved with these teams.
As should be obvious from this newsletter, our students are incredibly committed and productive at present. Along with all of the things happening in school, a large number of our students have made representative teams across a range of sports. I am sure that many families will be eager to see the holidays arrive but, in the meantime, please keep the conversations happening about prioritising time, keeping healthy through good sleep and diet and taking time out to look after their wellbeing. Being able to have the resilience to balance challenges is part of their preparation for life but they need us watching over their shoulder too!
Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.
St Patrick (390-461 A.D.)
Kate Nicholson - Principal