All are welcome to support the students during the Eisteddfod eliminations on Wednesday, 27 and Thursday, 28 June. There will be a Feast Day Mass in the morning on Wednesday. The Best of the Rest Concert will be held on Friday, 29 June, at 1:30pm in the School Hall.
The final concert will be held at the SBS St James Theatre on Thursday, 5 July. Tickets will go on sale on 25th June from the Main School Office. Adults $15, Students $12. Eftpos available.
St Peter’s school-wide Sacramental programme will commence in Term 3. If you would like your son or daughter to be baptised, confirmed or receive their first Holy Communion, or would like to learn more about the programme, then please contact our Director of Religious Studies, Mr Brendan Terry: at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week a St Peter’s delegation of Darren Jack, Brendan Terry and myself, along with three Year 13 students and two Board members, attended the triennial Catholic Education Convention. This significant gathering is held every three years in Wellington and it also serves as a reminder that we belong to a very special network of Catholic primary and secondary schools. As parents we are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to have our children educated in Catholic schools where spiritual and moral development is paramount and our values are based on the unshakeable foundation of the gospels. It was good to catch up with former staff members of our two Gore schools and to further strengthen relationships with staff from other Catholic schools in our diocese and beyond.
As a direct action resulting from these strong networks, 115 of our junior students travelled to Dunedin to compete in many sports against St Kevin’s, Kavanagh and Verdon Colleges, on Wednesday. This is by far the largest contingent of students to attend this tournament and I would like to thank all the parents for their support with the early start, and the various coaches, managers and other school staff, who accompanied the group.
We will be celebrating our Feast Day Mass on the morning of Wednesday, 27th June. We are very pleased that Bishop Michael Dooley will be visiting us for this day. We warmly welcome all parents and members of the wider school community to celebrate this occasion with us. More details will be on the website next week.
For the last two years, we have held an Open Night for prospective students and their families towards the end of Term Two. This year our Open Night for both day students and boarders will be held early in Term 3, on Tuesday, 31st July. The Director of Boarding and I are also holding information evenings around Southland during the next three weeks for families interested in boarding. Please spread the word if you know of families who would be interested in attending these and more details can be found on our website and Facebook page. Open place enrolments for 2019 will close on August 10th.
Wishing you all of God’s blessings,
Defence Careers Southern will be conducting a female only Defence Careers Experience (DCE) at Burnham Military Camp in the second week of the July school holidays (16 – 20 July 2018). The DCE is open to female secondary school students in Years 12 and 13 from across the South Island who have an interest in a career with the New Zealand Army.
As with previous events, the 5 day residential experience will be conducted on a Military base with transport, accommodation and food provided. We are looking for motivated young women with a sense of adventure who would like to explore the many opportunities to give their passions a purpose within the New Zealand Defence Force. The DCE will provide a forum to explore career opportunities, develop team and leadership skills, enhance personal confidence, resilience and experience some aspects of life in the NZ Army. Students will get the chance to interact with a range of female service personnel and hear their stories and experiences which we hope will empower them in their choice of a rewarding military career.
For students to apply they need to complete the online form before June 10. This link will also be available at the Female Defence Careers Experience event on our Facebook page event.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/317447138788667/
Please contact Mrs Perniskie at school if you are interested in this exciting opportunity.
We talk a lot about collaboration between students and the lifelong skills and preparation this provides. Some interesting analysis collected through international PISA testing has been released. I am sure that some of the following will be a surprise – particularly the information about social media and video gaming! However, there are some important ideas here and will help us reflect on the breadth of activities that contribute to the development of skills in our teenagers.
The full report can be accessed at https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/what-kinds-of-activities-are-common-among-teenagers-who-work-well-with-others_7cb73373-en
“Schools are not just four walls inside of which students learn how to read, write and think. Schools provide a venue where young people meet each other, and where they develop relationships and friendships that may last for decades. At school, students socialise and hone the interpersonal skills that are required to function effectively in the workplace and in society at large.
Employers value such skills more now than ever before: wages have risen more for jobs that demand a high level of social skills than for jobs that require only a low level of social skills. But until now, there was no measure of students’ ability to work together that was consistent across countries. PISA changed that when it introduced its collaborative problem-solving assessment in 2015, which, more specifically, measured students’ ability to work together to solve problems and achieve goals.”
What kinds of activities are common among teenagers who work well with others?
• Students who engage in more moderate physical activity are better at collaborating with others to solve problems and have more positive attitudes towards their team members.
• Students who access the Internet, chat or social networks outside of school collaborate better than students who do not engage in these activities, while students who play video games outside of school collaborate worse than students who do not play video games.
• Students who work in the household or take care of other family members value teamwork more and have better attitudes towards their team members than other students, as do students who regularly meet friends or talk to friends on the phone.
Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Sawadee ka
I hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather over Queen’s Birthday weekend even if it was a little brisk! And thank you for your tolerance with the snow day called on Wednesday and the union meeting on Tuesday. Please be assured that we will be working hard to catch up on any lost learning time.
We often talk about using our God given talents and gifts at school and at this stage of the year there are plenty of opportunities to do this. I encourage you to pop along to the Fire Station Gallery on Hokonui Drive to see the St Peter’s College Senior Art Exhibition which opens this Friday evening at 5pm. There will be musical entertainment, refreshments and senior students will talk about the art they are exhibiting. The exhibition will be on for a fortnight and this is a wonderful way of students engaging the community in their learning. Thank you to Mr Tafa and Mr Munn for organising this opportunity. Another opportunity to celebrate the arts at St Peter’s is the student Film Festival that will screen later in June – more information will be out soon. This Saturday is ‘Club Day’ for our rugby club and we will have our three teams playing at school from 12noon. This is a chance to thank our sponsors for their ongoing commitment and to come together to share in sport and community. Also remember that any time between 8:45am and 3pm you are likely to find a St Peter’s netball team playing at the MLT stadium on Saturdays. Pop along and give our teams plenty of support – they appreciate it.
Well done to all the students who shared their talent during the NZ Gold Guitar Awards last weekend. We look forward to hearing more of you during the Eisteddfod. Please mark on your calendars the Eisteddfod Concert which will be held on Thursday, 5th July. During the week prior, we will be celebrating Mass together as a school community for the Feast of St Peter, which will be followed by two days of Eisteddfod performances at school. As always, there is an invitation to anyone in our wider school community to attend these events.
Let us remind our children that they have been blessed with talents and gifts and the opportunities abound for them to use and practice these. It is also a time to be thankful that we all have different strengths and we need to celebrate this diversity within our college.
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God” – Leo Buscaglia
We farewelled our Executive Officer, Talia Andrews last Friday. Talia is moving on to train in social work and we wish her all the best for her change in career and we will miss her wonderful efficiency and great sense of fun. We also farewelled Ms Kate Pavitt last Friday as she left on maternity leave and we were thrilled to hear the special news of Lucia’s arrival on Tuesday. We congratulate Simon and Kate on the birth of their wee girl.
We were pleased to welcome Mrs Paula Robertson into St Peter’s this week as our new Executive Officer. Paula brings both school administration and financial experience into this role and she is looking forward to getting to know our school community. Welcome, Paula.
Read further on in the newsletter about one of our ex-students who has definitely used her gifts and talents – what a wonderful accomplishment. Thank you to Chris and Suzanne Boyle who shared this update with us.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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A huge thank you to the team at Fonterra who kindly donated an AED to the School. Pictured from left: Head Boy, Fraser Ditchfield, Head Girl, Dakoda Conroy with Grass Roots Co-ordinator, Fiona Murphy from Fonterra. A massive thank you to Fonterra for such a generous gift.
Kia ora tatou
A few things have happened lately in curricular and extra-curricular events where the generosity of our parent and wider community has been very evident. Community and commitment are two of our core gospel values at St Peter’s and, time and time again, these values are lived on a daily basis by our parent community and we are very fortunate to be the recipients. From PTFA involvement to netball and rugby coaching to driving vans for sports events to following through worthwhile fundraising options, we are incredibly grateful to our parent community and whanau who are generous with time, energy and resources to continue to support our wonderful college. This is not new of course, with parents and parishioners raising the money to build St Peter’s College in the 1960’s. There were certainly no government funding mechanisms in those days and the enormity of seeing that project through to fruition is still hard to imagine. Thank you to everyone who contributes to our successes – your generosity is truly appreciated.
Teacher Only Day
Next Friday, June 1, is a Teacher Only Day. I hope that, as families, you might have the opportunity for a mid-winter break and make the most of a four-day weekend with your children. At school on Friday, our staff have a training day with a provider who is coming to train us in a new appraisal system. We are also looking forward to having a change of pace that day.
Of course, Friday is the beginning of NZ Gold Guitars competition. As always, we have a number of students involved in this competition. There are many, great skills learned through the performing arts, and we wish you all the best for your performances next weekend.
ATLs and Year 7 & 8 Conferencing
Please remember to check your child’s ATL grades and comments every fortnight on the parent portal. It is easy to get there through the Parent Dashboard ‘button’ on the website now, or use the portal button on the school app. If you have any concerns or questions about the reports that you receive, please contact your child’s teacher. We want you to use the home-school partnership to the fullest because it will benefit your child’s learning. We look forward to seeing our year 7 & 8 students and their parents in school next week for their homeroom conferencing sessions.
Looking for another Ray
Our property manager, Ray Shanks, is away overseas during Term Three. Before we advertise further afield, I know there may be someone in our wider school community who may be interested in a few weeks work at this time of the year. Hours and duties are negotiable. Please let us know if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.
Thanks to everyone who came along last Friday night to the Rugby Quiz. It was a great way to end the week and there was a significant amount of money made to support rugby in the school. A big thank you to the parents, students and staff who worked on the night to make it a successful evening.
We will be sad to say goodbye to Talia Andrews, our Executive Officer, at the end of next week. Talia has been with us since 2011 and we have truly enjoyed her immaculate and thorough systems and processes along with her wonderful sense of fun. Talia has accepted a new position at Women’s Refuge and will be training in Social Work, and we wish her all the very best for this new and very important direction.
Kate Pavitt begins maternity leave on Friday too. Kate and her partner Simon McGowan, are expecting their first child and we wish them many blessings at this exciting and very special time of their lives. As a result of Kate’s leave, there will be some staffing changes for Kate’s English classes. Parents of these students will be emailed next week with details of any change affecting them.
Finally, we also farewell Boarding Manager, Tim Chatfield, who has been in this role since 2015. We thank Tim for all his work at Rosmini House and wish him well in his new job working for the New Zealand arm of the Camp America programme.
As the days get shorter and the weather colder, let us reflect on the unique experiences that winter can bring – inside family time, winter sports, meals with family and friends, and of course the upcoming ski season! We are fortunate to live in a climate where the seasons give us opportunities to fully experience life.
God of creation, thank you for the beauty of winter - for snow, icy window panes, evergreen trees, warm coats, skiing and sledding, and hot food and drink. Let us enjoy Your creation in all its glory, this winter and always. Amen
Kate Nicholson - Principal
(Please note - there won’t be a newsletter next week due to teacher only day)