Date: Friday, 26 February 2016
Posted by: Joanne Borgman

Warm Greetings to you all

We are about halfway through Lent now and amidst a long warm summer, weekends away and celebrations with families and friends, we need to remind ourselves of the focus we are asked to put on compassion and mercy at this time in the Church’s year. With our connection to Fiji through our students Dan, Phillippe and Kini, along with Jim who continues to work in our community, we have been following the news of Cyclone Winston’s damage to the islands of Fiji. As a practical way of showing compassion from a distance and supporting our Fijian students, the Leaders of Special Character have organised a Mufti Day this coming week to collect money to send to some of the communities affected by this terrible event. Please check the St Peter’s College website for information. Let us keep these people in our prayers this week.

It was good to meet a number of our Year 9 and 10 parents at the meet and greet Information Evening last Friday. Tonight we are holding a Year 7 and 8 evening and again the focus is on meeting teachers who are working with your children this year, explaining routines that might otherwise be a mystery and allowing you time to get to know the parents of children in that area of the school. The Year 7 classes have been working on a small presentation too, that I know you will enjoy!

What a magnificent Athletics Day we had on Monday! The parental involvement was wonderful; it was great to see so many of you attending and being a part of this school community event – thank you. There was evidence of all three core values on the day – a real sense of community, commitment by the students to do their best and attend the events they had entered, and the value that I heard some of our community commenting on was the compassion for those who don’t find athletics easy and the encouragement and support offered by their peers.  Well done to all those concerned, especially to Mrs Pinckney (Sports’ Coordinator) and the PE Department and who worked hard to make this successful. An apology to those parents who were looking for the schedule at the end of last week; this was meant to happen and we will get that right next year! Congratulations to all the students who took part with enthusiasm and a special mention is made later in this newsletter of the students who gained excellent results, including the eight records that were broken on the day.

The Fair on Sunday March 20th is rapidly approaching. The PTFA are working very hard to make this all come together but they do need your support and help. Please keep an eye on information that will come home via email regarding how you might be able to support the College in this way. We are happy to start receiving white elephant goods and books for the House stalls. Please write the name of the house you wish to support and include it in the goods. It might be a great time to have a clean-out for winter and we would certainly appreciate being a recipient. Students will have their first House assemblies this week and will from them come home with information about their House contribution to the Fair.

Take care of one another and take time to be grateful for what we have been given.

Regards,

 

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Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
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Fax: (03) 208 0000
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