The Year 10 Sustainability program is having a BBQ lunch using local home produce. Can anyone help us out by donating such as chutneys, pickles, cabbage, kale, lettuce, carrots, onions etc. to make a coleslaw. We would really appreciate any donations. It will be held on Friday, 30th November at lunch. If you have something to donate. please drop it off at the Main School Office. A huge thanks in advance!
Jacqui Thompson - Year 10 Learning Tutor, Science Teacher
Please note School will close at 12.30 on Tuesday, November 20 for a paid Union meeting. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The Library will be open for the students that travel by bus.
Last week the Year 10 students headed away to Borland Camp. This Camp focuses on the key competencies and the four aspects of Hauora wellbeing: physical, social, emotional and spiritual. They took part in activities where they had to push themselves, work together and overcome their fears. The students enjoyed caving, clay bird shooting, biking, bush bashing, rafting, kayaking, tramping, solo reflection, low ropes course and orienteering. Thank you to all the parents, teachers and senior student helpers who sacrificed their time to help out at camp and a huge thank you to Mr Kotkamp who arranged an amazing camp for the students.
Dixie-Leigh is an outstanding all-round student. Her diverse talents, combined with her strong work ethic and determination enable her to achieve excellent results in a range of areas.
Dixie-Leigh consistently achieves to a high level across all curriculum areas. In 2017, she was placed first in class for English, Physical Education and Health, Visual Arts and Foods and Textiles Technology. As a result, she received a diligence award for her consistent efforts. Last year she attended the Greenstone Carving Reap Course and also represented St Peter’s College in the Southland SMAC Maths Competition in Invercargill.
Sport is another area where Dixie-Leigh truly excels. On a wintry Southland Saturday morning Dixie-Leigh can be found at the MLT Stadium. She enjoys netball having played in the 7A and 8A netball teams for our College and in 2017 was rewarded for her efforts by being named the Most Valuable Player in the winning team. She was also selected to represent Eastern Southland for the representative season. Dixie willingly shares her talents co-coaching a Year 1 and 2 netball team.
Dixie-Leigh plays rugby and is the goal kicker for the Under 15 school team. This year she was named their Most Valuable Player. Her leadership talents do not go unnoticed as she is the captain but also the youngest player in the team. This year the team gained a creditable 6th placing at the Highlanders’ Otago/Southland Regional Tournament and were lucky enough to play a curtain raiser for this provincial team. In addition to this, Dixie-Leigh has represented Southland in touch rugby for the last three years. She was fortunate to be asked to play up an age group for the Southland Under 14 team which successfully competed in the South Island Tournament in Christchurch, gaining fourth place.
Dixie-Leigh is a natural presenter and last year gained first place in the Eastern Southland Speech Competition and went on to compete in the finals. Dixie is fluent in Te Reo Maori and is one of the few Tuakana chosen at St Peter’s College to lead the Kapa Haka group encouraging others.
Dixie-Leigh has been nominated by her peers and staff for leadership courses and in 2017 was one of two chosen to be our school’s Spirit of a Nation representative. The teaching staff admire the excellent leadership qualities she displays both in class and in the wider school community and her ability to organise and achieve so much in a range of fields. One of Dixie-Leigh’s great strengths is her enthusiastic nature and this quality is widely recognised by her peers and staff alike.
We are proud to acknowledge Dixie-Leigh as a Rotary Young Achiever for St Peter’s College. Her range of talents make her a very valued member of the St Peter’s College community. She lives out our school values of commitment, community and compassion in her daily school life.
Louisa is very committed to her schoolwork and teachers readily acknowledge her meticulousness and considerable effort she puts in to achieve the best possible results. A keen and conscientious student, in 2017 Louisa received prizes for first in Physical Education and Music and received a Diligence Award. She immerses herself fully in our school community participating in all aspects of school life. She enjoys taking part and achieving well in ICAS Maths and Science competitions and Great Kiwi quizzes.
Louisa has achieved considerable success in the sporting arena, representing our local area and province in a number of different sporting codes. She plays hockey and in 2017 and 2018 played in the Eastern Southland Collier Hockey Team. Having our sporting arenas very close by in Gore certainly helps Louisa and her family as she also plays netball and this is only a stone’s throw away from the hockey turf. In 2017 she represented Eastern Southland and this year played for the St Peter’s College 8A team where she was named the Most Valuable Player.
Louisa certainly likes to keep herself very busy. She is our current school cross country champion and for her two years at St Peter’s she has either been the athletics champion or the runner-up. Louisa competes well at the Eastern Southland Athletics meets gaining placings in long jump, 1500m, nerf throw and the relay. Louisa went on in 2017 to compete at the Southland Primary School Athletics Competition gaining a creditable third and fourth placing in nerf throwing and 1500m respectively. Of course when someone excels at sport it is likely that a summer sport also features. Louisa plays cricket and has represented the province in the Southland Under 15 Team and the Southland Secondary Schools’ Cricket Team for the last two years. She also played for the Otago Districts’ Primary School Team.
Louisa is a very articulate young lady, gaining second place in the first round of the local Speech competitions and is a valued member of the Year Eight Debating team that made it into the local finals. Although it is hard to imagine Louisa fitting much else into her busy schedule, she also learns flute and is the current Gore Out of School Senior Flute Champion. Jazz is one of Louisa’s preferred styles of dance and she has gained honours with distinction for two years running. A compelling entertainer, she competes in our annual Eisteddfod competition and this year was the Junior Joint Champion gaining a number of placings in the instrumental, poetry, dance, expressive reading, scripture and speech sections. Regular busking and voluntarily playing the flute at Christmas functions shows Louisa is willing to share her gifts and talents with others.
Students and staff recognise Louisa’s leadership qualities and hence she was nominated to attend a leadership course this year. Louisa is an outstanding Young Achiever, and her commitment and determination to succeed certainly epitomize the values we hold here at St Peter’s College. We are proud to acknowledge Louisa as our Rotary Young Achiever.
Fraser has achieved considerable success in the sporting arena. During his first two years at St Peter’s College Fraser has showcased his exceptional talent by competing successfully at local and regional and levels.
Fraser has played both rugby and touch rugby for St Peter’s College in 2017 and 2018. However, rugby is where he has received the most accolades. This year he was named Captain and Most Valuable Player for his school team. In recognition of his ability, Fraser was selected for Eastern Southland in both 2017 and 2018 and this year he captained the Eastern Southland Under 48 kg Team and here too was named Most Valuable Player. Fraser’s skill level and leadership were quickly recognised as he was drafted into the Southland Under 48 kg Team where he again had the honour of being Captain for the representative season.
Winter is a very busy season for Fraser as hockey is another discipline where he has gained recognition. He plays in the Eastern Division Four Royal Team and this year was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Most Valuable Player whilst captaining the side. In 2017 and 2018 Fraser was selected for the Southland Hatch Cup Hockey Team.
Although it is hard to imagine Fraser fitting much else into his busy schedule, he also excels in Athletics, particularly in the throwing events. He competes and gains placings in shotput and discus at the local Eastern Athletics Competition and also managed a fourth placing in the 1500 m, which showed his versatility. Fraser was the St Peter’s College runner-up Under 13 Boys Athletics Champion this year.
Fraser also enjoys Cross Country and triathlons. He was the first individual boy to cross the line in the Eastern Southland Primary Triathlon in 2017 and this year was placed second in the St Peter’s College Year 8 Boys’ Cross County event.
On a lighter note, Fraser surprised us this year with a marvellous entertainment skit, which saw him take out the Junior Entertainment section of our school Eisteddfod. His item was a crowd favourite and certainly gave us an insight into the talent this young man possesses. He also performed well at this cultural event with a first in poetry and second placings in impromptu and prepared speech.
Students and staff recognise Fraser’s leadership qualities and this year he was nominated for a leadership course, and is one of the two Year Eight representatives on the school Council. He willingly shares his gifts and talents and has coached a Year 1 and 2 Small Sticks hockey team this year.
A very likeable young man, Fraser is an outstanding Young Achiever. His commitment and determination to succeed certainly epitomize the values we hold at St Peter’s College.
We are proud to acknowledge Fraser as a Rotary Young Achiever for St Peter’s College.
Greetings, Bula, Talofa lava.
I have been reflecting recently on change. It is possibly this time of year that causes several of us to think about the end of a year, the start of another, and the possible change that comes with that. For parents, it may be the end of an era with children finishing school and moving into their next adventure. For teachers and support staff, it may be a change in employment or direction in their place of work. Many in the educational field say that the only constant in education is change – and it certainly feels like that at times! Maybe it is the annual cycle we work on and the desire to make every year better than the last for our new group of learners. We are at that point at St Peter’s where much of what we set out to do five years is now business as usual and we are looking forward to the exciting challenges of the next strategic plan. The Board consultation evening last week certainly gave us plenty to think about and priorities to consider. Another change to education in Eastern Southland is the establishment of the Kahui Ako (Community of Learning). Representatives from thirteen schools have been meeting regularly for over a year now and relationships and cooperation between schools are already strengthening because of this. We are in the process of appointing ‘across school teachers’ who will work in all schools to share and support practice. I was with most of the Kahui Ako principals last Friday and what was clear and evident is that we all want the same thing – to make our educational community the best it can be for our young learners.
Junior exams for years 9 & 10 will be held from Wednesday to Friday this coming week. Teachers have made sure that students have been well prepared in class and continue to assist them with revision. However, it will be the time put in at home that will make the difference to results. Please encourage your son or daughter to set some personal goals for these exams and work towards them. This is a good opportunity to practice academic challenges and focus on the learning potential they have. After a year of learning it will also be useful to have something to show for it!!
The PPTA has instructed its members to attend a Paid Union Meeting on Tuesday, 20th November to discuss negotiations with our new collective agreement. As a result, students will finish school at 12.30pm on Tuesday. Any students who need to remain at school until 3:15pm are welcome to do so. Please contact the office if you would like your child supervised by non-union staff during this time.
The end of the school year is coming around very quickly. Our college prizegiving and the end of our academic year is Thursday 6th December so please keep this date in mind. You can find the 2018 end of year dates and the 2019 start of year dates on the school website under the Parent Dashboard.
As we move into the busyness of the Christmas and holiday season, as well as the excitement or maybe the worry of change for some people, let us pray –
Loving and generous God, let me be content with who I am, what I have, and where you are leading me. Help me to have a mindset of confidence, courage and thankfulness all day and every day.
The Year 12 Physical Education course involves Track Cycling as part of one of the achievements standards. This means travelling to Invercargill to use the Velodrone facilities. We have been doing it for quite a few years now and have developed a fantastic rapport with Cycling Southland. As a result we were asked to help with the recent Tour of Southland stage finish in Gore on Friday, November 2nd. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to help out and get right in amongst the action. Thanks to the following students for getting involved: Nadia Wallis, Josie McPhail, Joshua Kotkamp, Tegen Henderson, Harriett Cuttance, Liam Clissold, Isabella Burns and Courtney Bond.
Ronnie Kotkamp - Acting HELA PE
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded a St Peter’s College Community badge this year:
Nicola and Maegan Mitchell - The twins were awarded the community badge for all the work they do for the school and Gore community by sharing their musical talents. They bring joy to school assemblies, the Eisteddfod and the Kapa Haka group. They also participate in numerous fundraising events such as the concert for St John last term.
Josh and Morgan Lawton - They are being awarded the community badge for their service in the Kapa Haka group at school. They have led the Haka and have played an active role in this group and are helping organise the trip to Wellington for this group for next year
Maxine Cartwright has been busy last term organising and coaching a Junior Touch team for West Gore school to help their community.
Ken Thadalimawat is a valued member of the St Peter’s and 9MM community. He has fitted seamlessly into the class and is a committed student who is always smiling and so helps brighten the day.
Myah Kortbaoui for showing kindness to the international students in class and offering assistance when she sees that they don't understand a task.
Nicholas Roy fosters a positive culture in the class by quietly helping others who might be having difficulty in class. He also extends his caring to the staff and offers help when they require it.
Flynn Chamberlain for always showing an awareness for other people's feelings, whether it is his close friend, another pupil or a teacher. Flynn will always do the right thing and ensure everyone is included and welcomed.
Abby Gutschlag for helping other students with their reading in English and showing care and concern for other students in her class.
Esse Lucas for assisting other pupils in her class. Her efforts have helped our international students feel welcome in school.
Michael Hendriks shows compassion by offering to help out others with their work, particularly in Science.
A huge thank you for the support of all families for the Car/Boot sale PTFA Fundraiser last weekend; whether it was with baking, raffle prizes or help on the day. Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side but a tidy profit was made. In the meantime - exciting news for Pompallier who took out the maximum house points for the house stalls! A big round of applause for our Year 13 and Year 10 house leaders who did a marvellous job of organising their troops.
1. Pompallier $ 716.90
2. Finlay $ 702.10
3. Rosmini $ 678.30
4. McAuley $ 541.40
Kia ora te whanau
St Peter’s has been a hive of activity this week. We began with the Car Boot and Bake Sale last Sunday. Thank you to the PTFA and the junior and senior house leaders who worked hard to make this a success. Although the weather was not keen to help us out on the day, we still raised close to $3000. This is a wonderful effort and I am very appreciative of the organisation by the PTFA. What a wonderful group of people! The house competition is heating up with Pompallier taking out the honours for the highest profit on Sunday.
We farewelled the Year 10’s on Tuesday morning as they headed off to Borland Camp. You will be able to read about their adventures in future newsletters.
Thank you to all the Year 7 families who attended the sexuality evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. This was the first time we have run these sessions and the feedback has been very positive. It was a pleasure to host April Williams, Chaplain at Villa Maria College in Christchurch, who facilitated these evenings for us.
Our Consultation Evening was held on Wednesday evening with about 60 people attending. It was wonderful to have so many people attend, and each person brought valuable insight and wisdom that will help guide our vision and planning for the next stage of education at St Peter’s College.
As happens in schools at this time of year, we have some staff movement for the start of 2019. Congratulations to Mr Aidan Forbes who is taking up a technology position at Gore High School from next year. Aidan has been at St Peter’s for ten years and has contributed significantly to the technology and IT areas of the college. Due to an increased roll for 2019, we have appointed Miss Laura Staveley from Auckland to work in the English learning area, and we will also welcome Mrs Kate Sinclair to the Year 7 & 8 area of the school. Kate is currently the Deputy Principal at Longford Intermediate.
Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace
Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam! Amen. (Abbreviated)
11th November Sunday Armistice Day
100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of WWI.
After four terrible years, the First World War finally came to a close with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers on 11 November 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns famously fell silent. New Zealanders celebrated enthusiastically, despite having recently celebrated the surrenders of the three other Central Powers – Bulgaria, Turkey and Austria-Hungary – and the premature news of an armistice with Germany.