St Peter's College Board of Trustees Election Student Representative Declaration of Student Election Results
Phillip Chisholm 93
Kate Watson 74
Kirsty McInnes 46
Invalid votes: 6
I hereby declare Phillip Chisholm duly elected.
Raise funds for our school this spring. For farmers who nominate our school, PGG Wrightson and Balance will donate $1 for every tonne of qualifying Balance Agri-Nutrients fertilizer purchased. Register and nominate our school at www.cashforcommunities.co.nz. The school with the highest number of nominations in both the North and South Island will receive three Apple iPad Pros (10.5 inch, 64GB) each. The school with the second highest nominations will also receive two Apple iPads Pros. Open to PGG Wrightson Ltd account holders only. It runs from 1 September until 20 November.
Time again for the school to present out termly Arohanui award which, as you may recall, celebrates the fact that many of our students do quite remarkable things in our community and beyond, simply because they see a need and they know they can make a difference in someone else’s world. Often they do these things quietly behind the scenes, for no reward or recognition, but in doing so, they demonstrate the meaning of Arohanui and show ‘much love, with deep affection’ for their fellow human beings.
Lucy Wilson, Year 10
Lucy is in the Year 10 Commerce class that recently held a Market Day at school as part of their studies in this subject. Usually, students will aim to make a profit on what is sold at Market Day and are entitled to keep this for themselves. Instead of keeping the profits for herself, Lucy gave the $115 she received from sales, to St Mary’s Primary School, to help towards camp costs for families who needed extra support. Thank you, Lucy, for showing such compassion and selflessness.
Sian Hutchins, Year 13
Sian has been a Student Council member for many years and this year was deservedly given the Student Services leadership role. She quietly, and without a fuss, follows through on every request for service within the school and makes things happen. She is always looking out for ways to support vulnerable people in our community and organized a number of other students to help her collect for the Women’s Refuge Appeal in their own time earlier this year. Sian is being presented with the Arohanui award for her dedication to community.
Congratulations to Rebecca Barclay (Year 9) and Chloe Taylor (Year 8) who have qualified to compete in the South Island Regional St John’s Competition. They will be heading to Christchurch during the holidays. All the very best girls and we look forward to hearing how you get on.
Kia ora tatou
On Monday, a group of St Peter’s College students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to spend time at St Mary’s celebrating Mercy Day. Some of our kapahaka group welcomed Sacred Heart (Invercargill), St Thomas Aquinas (Winton) and St Patrick’s (Nightcaps) primary schools with a mihi whakatau on behalf of our two Gore schools. I am sure that former Sisters of Mercy who gave so much to the Southland area would have loved seeing these Mercy schools celebrating Mass together and enjoying each other’s company on this day of celebration, and we were fortunate to have Sr Maria Goretti with us on the day. Meanwhile back at school, our students raised money for KidsCan and enjoyed a mufti day, sausage sizzle and ice block treat as our celebration of Mercy Day.
Please calendar Wednesday, November 7th in your diaries. The Board of Trustees and our leadership team will be running an evening of visioning, consultation and education for parents and whanau, students and interested community members, as we prepare our strategic vision for the next 5 years and beyond. As you will know, education, its purpose and its outcomes, are rapidly changing and when our current year 7 students graduate from St Peter’s College in 2025, we need to be sure we have prepared them as well as we can for what is ahead of them in their careers – whether in Gore or internationally. We value the collective wisdom and knowledge of our school community and would love to see you all here for this evening event.
Well done to the SMAC Maths teams from year 7 – 10 who went to Invercargill for this annual competition. This is always a strong competition. Results will be published next term.
It has been a busy term of learning, sport and culture, with many students achieving well in their extra-curricular area of enjoyment. There are quite a few students heading away to various representative sports tournaments during the holidays and we wish them all well and safe travels. For our seniors, the practice exams that are used for derived grades are rapidly approaching. Parents, please ensure that your sons and daughters are well prepared for these exams. This year, they are certainly a real ‘practice run’ before NCEA externals begin, with some classes only having five periods between the practice exams and the real thing. Being well prepared with holiday study is certainly going to pay off this year!
Have a wonderful holiday,
Nga mihi nui
Gateway in 2018 has proved to be another successful year with students putting theoretical classroom work into action at their various workplaces. This programme is designed to give students real hands on experience in the work environment and not only do they gain skills in specific industries but also learn those valuable employment skills of turning up on time, communicating and working as a team. 2018 saw a number of students heading toward careers in the automotive industry, notable as heavy diesel mechanics, but there was also a range of teachers, builders and retail /hospitality and agriculture. Gateway proves its worth as a programme as many student’s head into these careers with a good knowledge of what awaits them, and also for some, they find out what doesn’t suit them and they are able to make better choices when investigating other career paths.
Gateway at St Peter’s College would not be the success it is without the great employers we have in Gore and surrounding districts. We thank them all for their time and patience with our students.
Anne Perniskie Careers and Gateway Coordinator
Robyn Young and Joy Delahunt Careers/Gateway Administration
Life AFTER SCHOOL “Making a difference to peoples lives
Special Character continues…
Ex student Kacey Drabble is still making a difference in people lives by shaving her hair off to raise money for Kids Cancer Care. We are proud of you Kacey! Kacey is currently living in Canada working for Camp Kindle.
National Caritas Annual Social Justice week is a time where we raise awareness about the social justice issues in New Zealand. This year we asked students to bring along a can of food to donate to the Salvation Army. These will then be distributed to local families in the community. Thank you to all the families that contributed.
Luke Roughan and Marion Frei
Special Character Leaders
Monday 24th September is Mercy Day. We will celebrate this special day with a Mufti Day, sausage sizzle and a fundraiser for KidsCan. Catherine McAuley founded the Mercy Order and looked after poor and vulnerable women and children. We feel that KidsCan is an organisation trying to do similar work so it is fitting to raise some money for them to continue this.
Bring along $2 for the sausage sizzle and for a gold coin collection - and don't forget to wear mufti.