Gateway in 2018 has proved to be another successful year with students putting theoretical classroom work into action at their various workplaces. This programme is designed to give students real hands on experience in the work environment and not only do they gain skills in specific industries but also learn those valuable employment skills of turning up on time, communicating and working as a team. 2018 saw a number of students heading toward careers in the automotive industry, notable as heavy diesel mechanics, but there was also a range of teachers, builders and retail /hospitality and agriculture. Gateway proves its worth as a programme as many student’s head into these careers with a good knowledge of what awaits them, and also for some, they find out what doesn’t suit them and they are able to make better choices when investigating other career paths.
Gateway at St Peter’s College would not be the success it is without the great employers we have in Gore and surrounding districts. We thank them all for their time and patience with our students.
Anne Perniskie Careers and Gateway Coordinator
Robyn Young and Joy Delahunt Careers/Gateway Administration
Life AFTER SCHOOL “Making a difference to peoples lives
Special Character continues…
Ex student Kacey Drabble is still making a difference in people lives by shaving her hair off to raise money for Kids Cancer Care. We are proud of you Kacey! Kacey is currently living in Canada working for Camp Kindle.
National Caritas Annual Social Justice week is a time where we raise awareness about the social justice issues in New Zealand. This year we asked students to bring along a can of food to donate to the Salvation Army. These will then be distributed to local families in the community. Thank you to all the families that contributed.
Luke Roughan and Marion Frei
Special Character Leaders
Monday 24th September is Mercy Day. We will celebrate this special day with a Mufti Day, sausage sizzle and a fundraiser for KidsCan. Catherine McAuley founded the Mercy Order and looked after poor and vulnerable women and children. We feel that KidsCan is an organisation trying to do similar work so it is fitting to raise some money for them to continue this.
Bring along $2 for the sausage sizzle and for a gold coin collection - and don't forget to wear mufti.
A huge congratulations to Jared Morahan (Year 12) who recently had his first solo flight for his pilot’s license. Well done Jared!
It’s Breakfast Time, Girls!
Tuesday 25th September, 7.45am start at Rosmini House Dining Room
All Year 7 – 13 girls are invited to hear
Life after school – out in the big world
Social Media presence and the reality of Life on Instagram
Along with the Rosminian priests and brothers, the Mercy Sisters were instrumental in providing the environment and education for St Peter’s College students from 1969. Our core gospel values of Community, Commitment and Compassion reflect the service they gave to St Peter’s for many years. In this Holy Year of Mercy, the life of their founder, Catherine McAuley, is one for all of us to reflect on – mercy that has no borders, and compassion for all no matter what their life circumstances.
We will celebrate Mercy Day this Monday, 24th September. For our students it will be a mufti day with a sausage sizzle for lunch and a fundraiser for KidsCan, an organisation that continues to look after the poor and vulnerable in this country today. Some of our senior students will spend the day at St Mary’s working and playing with the children there as well as children from visiting schools, St Thomas Aquinas (Winton) and Sacred Heart (Invercargill).
We farewell our Sports’ Coordinator, Jenna McPhee, as she takes up a new position this week. Jenna has been with us for two years; we have enjoyed having her on our staff and wish her well for her new job. Mr Daniel Wards will replace Jenna as Sports’ Coordinator at the start of next term. We will also welcome Mr Cameron Winsloe onto the staff from the beginning of term 4, for the time that Mrs Janelle Conlan is on maternity leave. Hopefully, we will have Janelle’s baby news to share with you before long. Mr Ronnie Kotkamp will step into the Acting HELA role from the beginning of next term. There is certainly plenty happening in the PE department!
You will be well aware that senior students have their practice exams the first week of next term. This means they have next week to tidy up loose ends and finish assessments. Please encourage your child to be working hard to be well prepared for the exams that are approaching rapidly.
"Get your car boots loaded up with pre-loved items for sale and make some extra cash at our “Car Boot & Bake Sale” on 4 November 2018!! Registration is just $10 per car - details on the attached flyer.
This will be the PTFA's only fundraiser for the year, and it's really more about getting the school community together for a couple of hours to have a catch up and a yarn! However, any profits will go towards paying grants for school items/events we made at our last meeting. So just giving a wee "heads up" - a week or two before the event in Term 4, we will be putting a call out for delicious baking to be provided by each school family to go on sale at the House Stalls at the Car Boot Sale. We may also need some volunteers to man the BBQ and help with stalls, so if you can help out in any way just let our lovely School Office ladies know and one of the PTFA will be in touch.
Look forward to seeing everyone there!"
On the 26th of August 2018, our class of anxious and excited children embarked on a journey to Deep Cove. On this journey we experienced many new and exciting things, from catching Jock Stewart fish, to testing our trust in others. After a boat ride across Lake Manapouri and a bus trip over the Wilmot Pass, we arrived at the Deep Cove School Hostel. The first activity we did was a trek to Helena Falls. After a confronting reality check, we realised that this wasn’t going to be as easy as we’d first thought. Our tramping boots experienced their first swim in the river, and first coat of mud.
Day Two consisted of us struggling, slipping, falling and crawling our way up to the top of Hanging Valley. It definitely tested our endurance to say the least. I’d say not a single one of us came out unscathed; falling over multiple times each. But the amazing view of Doubtful Sound made all the struggle worth it. For the rest of the day we tested our trust in others by doing the confidence course, and even though some of us came out with bumps and bruises, we still loved it. Next, we went fishing. Below is a poem to describe Olivia’s personal experience with the fishing we did. Our class, 8AK, were the first class ever to go fishing a total of three times. Everyone except two people caught at least one fish. Olivia was one of the two that didn’t catch a fish.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY - written by OLIVIA POPPLEWELL
Anticipation coursing through my veins as a jolting fish is spotted.
Eagerly I pull up my line just to be met with disappointment.
The one that got away
Frustration fills my mind but then I feel another tug
Once again, I pull up my line only to find myself depressed, as it is attached to someone else’s line
The one that got away
“DEAR LORD!” Kate yelled. Praying to God was my last option,
Filled with false hope I let down my line and saw the fish mocking me from inside the glistening water
As we drove away I was ready to jump in with a spear.
The one that got away.
Overall it was an awesome experience and we got to do many new things that we hadn’t experienced before. As a class we got to know each other better.
Article written by Lauryn Pinckney and Olivia Popplewell