Last week on Vocational Pathways, students completed a Forklift course at Drivetech’s Longbush depot. This was a second course run through the Department this year and allows students to gain three Level 3 unit standards.
It also gave them a practical opportunity to drive a forklift and become confident in its use; a handy skill to have as students plan to move into the workforce.
Joy Delahunt and Robyn Young (Job Share) - Administration and Student Liaison, Gateway, STAR, Vocational Studies & HTHS
If your child/dren is wanting to sit any ICAS competitions which include, English, Science and Maths, please see your Form Teacher for an application form for Maths and English, and for Science see your Science teacher. Please Note: the Year 7, 9NM and 9MM do not have Science at the moment so permissions slips will be available from their Form Teacher. The Maths and English entries need to be handed into Talia Andrews - Executive Officer by Wednesday, 4 April and Science entries by Friday, 6 April.
Congratulations to all of the students who competed in the Eastern Primary Schools’ Athletics. We have not received the official results as yet but will publish them as soon as they become. Well done to you all and a huge thanks to the parents/caregivers etc. who came along to support our students.
Jenna McPhee - Sports Co-ordinator
We have introduced a new sports hoodie available to purchase from the Uniform Shop for $75.00. These are excellent quality, made with 100% polyester performance fabric, quick drying, breathable, shrink and fade resistant. As pictured, it is navy blue, has a red lined hood and red draw strings. These will be great for all sports teams and events and are a generic sports hoodie to be able to be used across a variety of sporting codes. Order forms are available from the Sports Office situated in the Hall. You can also email your order to email@example.com. Be quick to place your order as delivery will be approximately two weeks. If your child is participating in the upcoming Catholic Sports Exchange this would be a great opportunity to purchase one.
Jenna McPhee - Sports Coordinator
Thank you to all the parents who came along to our whanau evening on Monday night. John Parsons (Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant) spoke with all students during the day and their feedback was very positive. John spoke about the importance of values in social media use and suggested that we consider the internet to be a place that our children go, just like any other physical space, and to check in with them and talk about that ‘place’ just like we would if they were out and about around town. The staff spent an hour talking with John about our own safety as educators when using digital devices in the classroom, and the important part we play in child protection. We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Invercargill that has sponsored John’s time in Southland. Please talk to your child about what they learned from their session with John Parsons and begin the dialogue about the safe use of digital media at home.
We enjoyed welcoming ex-student Sam Mackay back into school on Wednesday as our guest speaker for the Academic Blues Ceremony. Sam attended St Peter’s College from 1995 until 1999 and during that time he took advantage of public speaking opportunities within Eisteddfod, Bishop’s Shield competitions and MUNA (Model United Nations). Sam gained a Masters in International Law and is soon to graduate from Massey University with an MBA. He spoke with the student body about his experiences working in New Zealand Embassies throughout the world and he encouraged them to consider working or studying overseas to widen their global view of life. Congratulations to the big number of year 12 and 13 students who received an Academic Blue on Wednesday. These students gained an Excellence Endorsement in NCEA last year and need to be acknowledged for commitment to their studies. Some of these students gained up to 100 excellence credits during the year which is no mean feat! They certainly deserve the accolades given them during this ceremony.
Next weekend is our annual College Ball. Make sure you pop along to the hall next Saturday to admire our gorgeous students in their finery as well as the fantastic range of classic cars that always appear!
We are nearing the end of Lent as we move toward Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday next weekend. Encourage your children to do something extra in the remaining two weeks of Lent. Here is some information about Fasting which is one of the three pillars of Lent – prayer, fasting and service.
Not eating meat on Fridays: the rule that Catholics cannot eat meat on Fridays during Lent is not quite right and it is much more lenient now than what most Catholics in history have had to observe. Nowadays meat is only prohibited on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The idea was that Catholics should fast or take light meals and asking to not eat meat was a sure way of ensuring everyone fasting. Now people are asked to fast and can choose what is best for their situation. The purpose of fasting is spiritual focus, self-discipline, in the imitation of Christ and a way of showing sorrow.
Have a blessed weekend and wonderful St Patrick’s Day.
Kia ora tatou
Our Year 7-10 Whanau Evening is to be held on Monday evening. Your children will all attend a session with John Parsons, cyber-safety expert, during the day, and he is presenting for parents between 7pm and 8pm. After this will be an opportunity to meet your child’s form teacher and learning tutor and hear about information that will shape your child’s year at school.
Although this is primarily for parents of year 7-10 students, we welcome any parents and community members to John’s presentation in the hall at 7pm. There will be refreshments in the hall from 6:30pm and we look forward to seeing as many of your there as possible.
We have now had ‘Bring Your Own Device’ in school for four years which means that all Year 7 – 10 students have a digital device that they use within their curriculum learning. Being part of the digital world is inevitable for our young people and it is important that they learn to place themselves respectfully within that world. Their attitudes, values, boundaries and manners should be no different in the digital world than in the real world. However, it is certainly harder to protect them from the world when it is coming to them through digital means rather than them entering that wider world when they are prepared for it. This is where the values you instill as parents and whanau, and the expectations that we make clear in our school community, will hold them in good stead. As both a principal and as a mother, I do worry about our young people accepting what they see and read on social media as being ‘fact’ and the way the world works, just because it has come through that forum. Now, more than ever, we need to challenge our children about their belief systems and encourage critical thinking and discernment about what they engage with in the digital world.
Thank you to everyone who came along to watch, help or support our Athletics Day on Monday. The weather did not make the going easy, but as a staff we were thrilled with the positive, persevering attitudes we saw in all the students. It was great to have everyone dressed (or painted!) in their house colours, and the house gazebos bought by the PTFA certainly were a blessing considering the weather. I am pleased to say that McAuley’s gazebo is fixed now and will definitely be ready for the next event.
The athletics field and beyond was well restored in time for sports after taking baleage off the field again this year, thanks to Property Manager Ray Shanks and Paul Corcoran who mows our field. While not the most beautiful sight over summer, the baleage does provide us with much needed funding every year. You can be assured that this money goes into programming and resourcing for your children and this year we are looking at this helping to fund acceleration classes for groups of children from years 7-10. We are very grateful to Peter Chisholm and his business CMC Contracting for making the baleage free of charge again this year, and to Peter Corcoran for tidying up the field ready for close mowing again afterwards. Thank you also to the rugby committee for coordinating the process and finding a buyer for the baleage so it was moved quickly. We are very grateful for the ongoing community help and support that strengthens us as a school.
It may have rained most of the day but that did not stop the students of St Peter's College. A fantastic achievement from all the students on Athletics Day. Thanks to all the parents/caregivers who came along either to support or give a helping hand. To see the photos please go to the St Peter's College Facebook page. Feel free to copy and save them from there. Results will be published soon. Watch this space.
A casual vacancy has occurred on the Board of Trustees for an elected parent representative.
The board has resolved under Section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.
If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.
Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to:
Board of Trustees
St Peter’s College
P O Box 94
Gore 9740 By: 23 March 2018