As pictured below six Year 8 students have finished a wonderful Reap Course learning about and creating a Pounamu Carving. A huge thanks to Tutor Gavin Thompson.
During our recent Hikoi (journey) to the North Island, the Hato Petera Kapa Haka ropu (St Peter's College Kapa Haka Group) learned so much so quickly, grew stronger in their confidence, performance, tikanga and connection with each other. Our first few days spent together were difficult as we adjusted to living with new people in the exciting new world of Central Wellington. During that time, we took part in some pretty major events such as the national ANZAC Dawn Parade Ceremony in Wellington, performances at the Te Papa Marae, and at Parliament itself. For all of us these were naturally once in a lifetime events, as was staying at the marae at Parihaka in Taranaki. During our time at Parihaka, we connected with the Maori heritage and the significance for all of New Zealanders of this historical site and the people of the area. We were certainly given a new sense of pride and understanding as to what it means to be part of the Kapa Haka group for our school. A few days later, we were welcomed by the community in Jerusalem. We immediately felt like part of the whanau in Hiruharama who treated us like their own. With no Wi-Fi or service, we were able to disconnect ourselves from the outside world and focus on our time in Hiruharama, learning more about our culture and bonding as a group. This hikoi was an amazing opportunity that allowed us to become a whanau rather than just a ‘group’. We were able to experience our Maori heritage in a new and exciting way. Thank you so much to those parents and staff who both attended as well as worked so hard to support us and make it all possible. Thanks also to our wonderful sponsors Burr Crutching Ltd, Aitken Joinery, Décor Solutions, Gore RSA, Pakehe Lions and Hokonui Runanga and generous community contributors who without their support, none of this would have been possible.
Grace Turipa - Leader of Special Character
Well done to the students who performed at the Gore Woman’s Club last week. They had a great time and enjoyed the wonderful dessert after the performance.
Pictured right: Michael Hendriks, Emily Irwin, Adam Griffith-Smith, Sol Wyatt, Samuel Meremianov, Shaquille Gulliver-Curry, Simone Grubb, and Molly Gray.
Congratulations to Viv Tamblyn (Teacher Aide) who once again had success - this time coming first in the West Otago Taste of Art - Heads and Toes Wearable Art competition. Also well done to Molly Hailes (Year 12) who modelled Viv’s creation.
The Mataura School playing field was alive with music with approximately 850 pupils taking part in the 2019 Cultural Festival. We were very proud to have our Kapa Haka group performing during the day and they also took the lead in teaching the other schools some waiata and actions. It was a great opportunity to be part of this annual event. Thank you to Susan Dennison and the staff of Mataura School who hosted us for the day, and to Vanessa Whangapirita who prepared the group.
Congratulations to Chloe Taylor (Year 9), Austyn Turnbull (Year 8) and Maegan Mitchell (Year 10) who recently competed in the Otago Southland Pipe Band Regionals. They are members of the Hokonui Celtic’s Pipe Band and placed 3rd in their grade. Well done! They are now preparing for the Nationals to be held in Dunedin on the 27th to 30th of March.
'As part of our Inspiring Men and Women's Topic in RE we created life sized replicas of Saints and Prophets. Over the many weeks, 8CW worked together in groups researching the life and times of these very special people.
We learnt that anyone can become a Saint through their actions and dedicating their life to God.'
Lucy Morrison and Maddie Cockburn - Year 8
"Ballroom Hits Broadway"
Get your tickets to “Ballroom Hits Broadway” and come along and support Kate Lawton, a current pupil at our school who is participating in this event alongside several former St Peter’s College pupils and several future ones coming from St Mary's School. These young people would love the support of their school and I'm sure it would mean a lot to them to see some of their teachers and friends in the crowd.