We would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the community who gave so generously in support of the victims of the Christchurch Mosque attack. Between the Parish collection, and donations from St Mary’s and St Peter’s students, $3500 was raised and sent to the Invercargill Imam who worked closely with families affected in Christchurch to support them.
The Work Day money is set to top $8000, which surely is a record.
Crazy Sock Day raised approximately $360 for Down Syndrome.
Gumboot Day raised $381.70.
Well done! St Peter’s Community.
Last week we hosted the Otago Polytechnic Liaison officer who came to St Peter’s to discuss what the polytechnic can offer our Year 13’s next year. It was a small group but for students who are interested and missed out, an Otago Polytechnic prospectus is available in the careers room.
Next term, on May 6th, all Year 13’s head to Dunedin to look around university and polytechnic campuses to investigate possible study options next year. Further details will be given to students in the first week of the new term.
Gateway students will be having a break over the holidays and will resume their placements next term. All seem to be enjoying their day out in the workforce.
Monday, April 15 LCQ Holiday course
Thursday, April 18 LCQ Holiday course
Monday, May 6 Otago Tertiary Open Day
Tuesday, May 7 Health Hub Year 12 Programme
Careers Assistant/Gateway Co-ordinator
Any outstanding kilt orders will be arriving during the school holidays. The Uniform Shop will be open on Tuesday, 16th April from 12-2pm for collection of kilts and/or any uniform purchases. Please note we do not sell the boys or girls long sleeved shirts. These are available from The Warehouse or H & J Smiths.
Uniform Shop Co-ordinator
Paul McLachlan was Head Boy in 2004 and he been working as a very successful artist since leaving St Peter's. During a search for the PTFA, who are running an Art Auction on 29th June, we thought it would be fantastic for you to look at his art work, especially his portraits of ANZAC soldiers; so click on Projects at www.paulmclachlan.co.nz/about
Kia Ora Whanau
As our very busy term comes to an end and students and staff look forward to a well-earned break, we pause to reflect on the many things that have been most memorable throughout the term. Most recently our students competed in the Catholic Schools Sports’ Tournament held at St Kevin’s in Oamaru. Although we were not successful this year in taking out the tournament title, many people commented on the high standard of our students, how they carried themselves both on and off the field, the way they treated each other and the way they represented St Peter’s College. While we inherently know this about our students, it is nice to get that unsolicited feedback form another community. This annual Senior Sports’ Tournament, played between the five Catholic Secondary Schools south of Christchurch since 2013, is an excellent pre-season opportunity for football, hockey, basketball, netball and rugby players to come together in preparation for the season ahead. More importantly, it is an opportunity for the more than 400 participants to spend time together, celebrate together at Mass and be reacquainted with those whom they have met on the sports field in previous years. Thank you to all the students involved for representing St Peter’s so successfully during the tournament.
A huge thank you to Daniel Wards (Sports’ Co-ordinator) who organised our students from this end. The logistics surrounding this tournament are challenging and Daniel did a great job. Thank you also to all the staff and parents/caregivers who came along to support our wonderful students.
Also happening this week have been our annual visit form John Parsons, our cyber safety and digital citizenship ‘guru’ who met with all the students and staff, as well as running a well-attended parent meeting. John reinforced the message of our responsibility to treat each other with kindness and dignity both online and face to face.
Also, in keeping with the theme of wellbeing, has been a visit form the Healthy Attitudes people. Emma, who represented them this year, spoke to all of our students over two days looking at a range of factors affecting student wellbeing, including relationships, physical, social and emotional aspects of health and taking care of yourself and others. This was done with humour but held some very important messages on navigating the way through the ‘adolescent minefield’.
During the holiday period we will have the return of the Vietnam trip, who by all accounts, seem to be having a wonderful time, and the Kapa Haka trip will leave for their Hikoi to Wellington for Anzac Day, then onwards to Parihaka and Whanganui for a cultural exchange like no other. We certainly wish them all the best in their endeavors.
To end the term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents/caregivers and members of the community for their ongoing support of our students and College. As we head very quickly towards Holy Week, we remember the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ made for all of us through his crucifixion. May we take the time to be thankful for all God’s blessings, take time to nurture ourselves and those we love, and come back refreshed and ready for an exciting Term Two ahead.
We are producing volume 2 of our very successful recipe book - due for launch just before Christmas this year. If you are a past pupil or have connections to St Mary's and have a 'tried and true' recipe that you wish to contribute - please email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it in to the School Office. We are looking to have different recipes from anything that was featured in Volume 1. We have some great ideas for this year and we are sure that you are going to want to be part of this beautiful cookbook.
The Year 10 Commerce class held a Market Day on Wednesday, April 3rd. The hall was a hive of activity at lunchtime with all groups run off their feet. The Year 10 students learned about working under pressure and meeting a deadline, as well as solving problems and meeting consumer demands. It was a great learning experience. Thank you to all the parents who have been supporting their children. It was a huge success for the students food stall with many selling out of produce very quickly.
Every winter Wednesday lunchtime (starting Week 1, Term 2) our Library will become a dedicated reading café. Hot Dolce Gusto Nespresso coffees and Hot Chocolate will be available for $1/drink (or 60c if you bring a travel mug). Travel mugs are available at the Warehouse for $4. Students can also redeem chits for a drink by doing jobs in the library prior to café days. Those who wish to chat/game etc. will have to go elsewhere on Wednesdays. There will be a small study room available for study. We will be a silentarium with occasional page turns and slurps. Cookies may also be forthcoming. If any handy bakers would like to contribute to our cookie supplies we would love you to contact Heidi ph: 03 2089061 ext. 713 during school hours.
This week has seen Year 12 Health Hub students begin their programme at Invercargill Hospital. They had a day filled with lots of information, including a visit and career talk with Radiology department students. With a number of Health Hub students looking at a career in Radiology this was a great opportunity on Day One of the programme to find out more about this career.
Every holidays we run a Liquor Licensing Course in conjunction with SIT Gore. This is a great course for students going on to hospitality or wanting a part time job in this area. The course gives five Level 4 credits for a two day programme. The April holidays course is full but it is never too late to sign up for July or October holiday courses.
We have had a number of vacancies come into the department this week. If you are looking for an after school job or a career in building or as a motorbike mechanic, have a look at the boards outside the Careers Office or the Year 13 Common Room. These are updated regularly so check them out!
Pictured are some Gateway students in their workplaces last week.
The 13 schools from our Community of Learning|Kāhui Ako met last Friday. Over 250 school staff came together. We would like to ask community support for the local businesses that gave their support to us for the day:
Crest Clean, Southern Wide Real Estate, First National, Ray White, Harcourts, BP 2 Go, Runanga Social Services, Community Connections Centre, Gore District Council, Ricoh, Hello Banana, Country Living, Collective Design, Noel Leeming, Office Max, Unichem, Capri, Oven Fresh and the MLT.