Date: Friday, 07 March 2014
It has been a very busy few weeks at St Peter’s. Our students have had opportunities to take part in Athletic sports and regional Athletics competitions, Retreats, Shakespeare performances, a Caritas leadership forum, representing the school at the Southern Field Days, Southland cricket competitions, the agricultural Get Ahead Day, fundraising for upcoming events, and university liaison visits, to name but a few. Thank you to all our committed staff who continue to provide opportunities outside of the traditional classroom environment for our students.
Our mission statement states that we are ‘committed to educating the whole person to strive for excellence in accordance with the values of Jesus Christ and the Catholic tradition’. Our students are very fortunate to have a multitude of opportunities to pursue this within their school life. As parents, we need to ensure we are teaching our children not only to take opportunities presented to them but also to learn to balance these with academic pursuits. Learning how to have balance in one’s life, looking after our hauora (wellbeing), in terms of mental and emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs, is a life skill which will prepare our young people for a full, positive life after school. Commitment to discovering and using the gifts and talents given to us by God should be a priority for us all. Jesus did not shy away from using his gifts to help others and influence people’s knowledge of his Father and we need to follow his lead in using our gifts, not only for ourselves but for the benefit of others.
On Ash Wednesday this week, the school attended a liturgy to mark the beginning of Lent. Traditionally, we have been asked to ‘give something up’ for Lent to reflect Jesus’ preparation for his death. Let us instead think carefully about how we can use the gifts which have been bestowed upon us to give back to our community over this Lenten period. We all have something to give and a commitment to using that which has been given to us, is a responsibility we all have.
You have blessed each and every one of us with gifts. May we use these gifts to continue Jesus’ work on earth.
We have had a good response to the junior newsletter which was part of the last edition. This week you have the chance to read a senior newsletter which has been developed by some of our Year 12 students – thanks girls!
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa
Kate Nicholson - Principal