Kia ora koutou
What a win! We are immensely proud of our students who wowed the judges last weekend at the Bishop’s Shield Competition, winning nearly every event. I wish to thank Mr Brendan Terry and Mrs Nikki Cunningham who put in so much work preparing for this event. We are also pleased with the fact that St Peter’s name has now been engraved on the shield two out of the last three years. This says a lot about the commitment and talent of our wonderful students at present. Thank you to all the staff and parents who encourage and work with these young people to achieve so well.
We have one more big weekend before things begin to quieten down a little. It is exciting to have seven of our netball teams involved in finals this Saturday. I know they would appreciate plenty of support from the sideline as they finish their season in style. Our 1st XV would also appreciate support as they take on the Gore High 1st XV in the Southland final of the Highlanders Co-Ed Cup, after a very convincing win against Verdon College last Saturday. Meanwhile, our Girls’ 1st XV players take on Southland Girls’ High School on Monday afternoon in Invercargill for the final of the Southland competition. Best of luck to all our teams – play with commitment.
After these two exciting weekends, students will certainly need to be fully focused on their NCEA studies because they are heading very quickly towards external exams. Please take the opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers next Thursday to see what support they may appreciate from you.
Thank you to Marion Frei and Luke Roughan, our Special Character Leaders, who led the school in a special liturgy on Wednesday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Feast of the Assumption. As always, it was a thought provoking and reflective liturgy that reminded us of the special place that Mary holds in the Catholic Church. A child’s comment, relayed to me during the week, sums it up – ‘Because Jesus was so good, he must have had a pretty special mum’!
Kate Nicholson - Principal
Please note that Year 7 - 13 Parent Conferencing will be on Thursday, 23 August beginning at 2pm - 7pm. School will close at 12:50pm. Supervisors will be available to look after students that travel on a bus in the School Library.
The Southland Year 8 Debating Competition is a go!
Eight teams from various schools in the district have begun the journey to glory of being crowned the top Year 8 team. St Peter's College brought two teams of three into the debating competition. The St Peter's negative team, made up of Sophie Aynsley, Molly Haisman, Maddie Cockburn and Kate Perkins, fought galantly against the moot 'School uniforms are good for us', however sadly lost to Lumsden, but it was an extremely close race resulting in great feedback. Last week, the St Peter's Affirmative team debated against Blue Mountain College team and won by a convincing score of 30 points.
This team consisted of; Rachael Miller, Georgie Crowley, Louisa Kotkamp and Bonnie Miller, and now they move into the second round against Fiordland College, where the very topical moot is 'Plastic - is the last straw' - no pun intended. Go St Peter's!
The Deep Cove Camp for Year 8 students is fast approaching. If you have any questions regarding the camp please do not hesitate to contact Ronny Kotkamp at School on 2089 061 ext. 744.
The dates are:
8AK Sunday, 26 August— Wednesday, 29 August
8CW Wednesday, 29 August— Saturday, 1 September
Payment is required by Friday, 17th August. If you have any queries regarding how much you owe please contact Paul Robertson (Executive Officer) on 208 9060.
Kia ora tatou
We have a big weekend for St Peter’s College and you are all most welcome to join us. A significant number of our teams are involved in netball semi-finals at the MLT Stadium on Saturday and our 1st XV play Verdon College at St Peter’s on Saturday for 3rd and 4th place after a close loss in the semi-final last weekend. I know that all these teams would love your support and encouragement as they compete hard this weekend.
At the same time, we host the 75th Bishops’ Shield Public Speaking Competition this weekend. Below you will see a copy of the programme from the very first competition in 1944 which, except for St Kevin’s, involved different schools which have since closed and amalgamated to become Verdon College and Kavanagh College, along with us as ‘newcomers’ in 1969. Of course, the Bishops’ Shield Competition is not the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Each Catholic diocese has its own public speaking competition – Pompallier Shield in Auckland, Chanel Shield in Hamilton, the O’Shea Shield in Palmerston North and Wellington, and the Bishop Lyons Shield in Christchurch. For any of us who attended Catholic Secondary schools throughout New Zealand, these highly prestigious and intensely fought for competitions are special memories and I am sure that the public speaking skills and confidence developed during these competitions have launched many a career throughout the years! We welcome the other three schools in the Dunedin Diocese at 7pm tonight at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Ardwick Street. Please join us tonight or at any time during the weekend to support our students and to be entertained by some impressive public speaking. I wish to acknowledge Mr Brendan Terry (DRS) and Mrs Nikki Cunningham (Arts coordinator) along with all the staff and students who have put hours of work into preparing for this event. Please join us for a special Bishops’ Shield Mass at 10am on Sunday morning.
On Wednesday, we will hold a liturgy at 8.45am in the college hall to commemorate Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is an important day in the Catholic liturgical calendar and any parents in our school community are most welcome to join us for this. There will also be mass at the parish church that day for families who wish to attend this – check the church newsletter and the Gore Parish Church Facebook page for times.
I hope to see you at the church, stadium or rugby sidelines at some stage during the weekend! Go St Peter’s!
Nga mihi nui
Netsafe LIVE: Gore
Tuesday, September 18th – Gore High School – netsafe.org.nz/netsafe-live
Netsafe LIVE is a free event hosted in Gore about keeping young people safe online. There are sessions for school leaders, educators and parents.
Netsafe's Education Advisors Anjie Webster and Pauline Spence will be talking about the risks, challenges and opportunities of digital tech, and the practical ways we can all help young people develop the skills, knowledge and values needed to keep safe online.
12:30pm - 3:00pm: Senior Leaders/Pastoral and e-Learning Leaders
3:15pm - 5:00pm: Teachers and Learning Partners
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Parents and Whānau
NETSAFE LIVE SESSIONS
Senior Leaders/Pastoral and e-Learning Leaders 12:30pm - 3:00pm. (Light refreshments and networking 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Learning and leading in a changing landscape – Exploring strategic approaches to effectively embed digital citizenship and online safety into the culture of the school.
This session supports leaders to review their school’s current position, prioritise key areas for development and identify next steps. We will explore what a Netsafe School is and how the Safeguard tools can support short term, mid and long term approaches. The session also looks at the Harmful Digital Communications Act and its implications for schools, responding to online incidents, online safety and wellbeing for staff, and engaging students and community.
Teachers and Learning Partners 3:30pm - 5:00pm – (Light refreshments and network 3.15- 3.30pm)
Keeping it simple at the coalface – Developing online safety, digital citizenship and wellbeing in the learning environment and culture of the school.
This session is for all staff and provides pragmatic ways to think about and plan for digital citizenship and online safety across the curriculum. We discuss some of the challenges young people are facing online and consider what’s needed for young people to thrive. The session will look at pragmatic ways for educators to address online safety and digital citizenship using familiar frameworks, and covers ways to gather student voice, and how to run your own staff workshops.
Parents and Whānau 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Powerful partnerships – Working together to support young people as they navigate the online world.
This session includes key messages for Parents and Whānau around online safety and digital citizenship. We discuss some of the current challenges young people face online and how families can support and prepare young people to safely navigate online environments and manage online challenges with confidence and capability.
MORE INFO & REGISTRATIONS
For more information about the sessions and to register visit netsafe.org.nz/netsafe-live
If you have questions about the event, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
We are looking for a number of people to fill these paid positions who have time in their days to help NCEA and JUNIOR Year 9 and 10 students through their assessments at this crucial time in the academic year. If this interests you we will need to have you complete a police vetting application. Training will be organised soon after you apply.
Please contact Prue Scorgie 208 9060 ext. 719 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Come along and support the students at the Bishop’s Shield Competition which will be held at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Gore. Our fabulous students will be competing against three other Catholic Colleges in Impromptu and Prepared Speech, Drama, Scripture and Debating. Events begin on Friday, August 10, at 7pm and commence on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August, at 9am. The students would really appreciate your support! The timetable will be available next week from the Main School Office or you will find it posted on Facebook and the Website next week.
Billets needed for Bishop Shield Competitors – St Kevin’s College
Host families are required for 21 Students who will be competing in the Bishop’s Shield from Friday, 10th August, to Sunday 12th August.
The students will require ‘Bed & Breakfast’ for Friday and Saturday nights. All other meals are provided at the Event.
They will be competing at the Blessed Sacrament Church and will need to be collected and dropped off each day.
We need billets for:
Yr 13 Boys x 3
Yr 13 Girls x 3
Yr 11 Boys x 3
Yr 11 Girls x 2
Yr 10 Girls x 5
Yr 10 Boys x 5
Please email email@example.com or text on 021417872 if you able to offer your home.
A huge congratulations to our amazing Teacher Aide, Viv Tamblyn , who once again was hugely successful in the 30th Hokonui Fashion Design Awards. Viv won the New World Gore Sustainable Award (pictured left) and a Merit Award for her Streetwear garment (pictured on the right). Well done, Viv!
Today you will notice in ‘The Ensign’ the first of a number of articles about the history of St Peter’s College over the last 50 years. Of course, although we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our college in January, the planning and contribution by so many of our Catholic community began well before 1969. The foresight and vision by a small number of people in those early days needs to be admired. It was no small undertaking for a local community to build a school, literally, from the ground up. The traditions that began back in the early days continue now and, although national educational policy and rules and regulations have altered the way education is ‘done’ here, our purpose remains the same – to offer a high quality Catholic education with the Gospel values at the heart of everything we do, to the young people of Southland.
It was certainly obvious on Tuesday night when we held our Open Night for prospective families, that our Southland community still respects the purpose and mission of St Peter’s College. We had a record number of families through the door on Tuesday and they enjoyed the company of our student volunteers throughout the evening. It was wonderful to put the call out to our students and have about 80 from years 7 – 13 wanting to be part of this evening and being proud to share their school with the wider community. Thank you all for your contribution – I really appreciate it.
Next weekend is a special one for us. We are fortunate to be hosting the 75th Bishops’ Shield. The Bishops’ Shield is a public speaking competition between the four schools in the Dunedin Diocese – St Kevin’s, Kavanagh, Verdon and St Peter’s. Of course, 75 years ago the schools that were competing in this competition were different to those in it today – and St Peter’s hadn’t yet made an appearance! We have a copy of the very first programme for this competition and we will put this in the newsletter next week so you can see how some things change and some stay the same. I encourage you to come along to the Catholic Church in Ardwick Street any time from Friday night through to Sunday afternoon (10th - 12th August). This will be our venue for the weekend and I assure you the quality of the performances will be well worth the visit. We will include the schedule of events in the newsletter and on our website next week. Everyone is welcome to attend and we would love some hometown support for the St Peter’s team.
Good luck to the sports teams who are moving into semis and finals over the next couple of weeks. Play hard and give it your all.