Please note you will be notified as soon as kilts arrive.
Leiza Egan , Uniform Shop Coordinator
PBL Update June 2020
Kia ora koutou,
It has been great to be back in the classroom and working face to face with our students in PBL classes. At this stage of the process, much of what happens in the these classes is extensive questioning to help students delve deeper into what the issue is that they are seeking to address and why it’s an issue, before we get to the how of addressing it. This requires fairly intense one on one time between teacher and student and unfortunately this was unable to happen for many students over lockdown. So, now that we are back, we have begun afresh with renewed vigour.
The process of researching their topic and writing up their proposal to meet the more rigorous deep learning requirements of this second iteration of PBL seems a bit of a drag for some students because they would just like to get on with the “doing” – creating a final outcome. However, increased academic rigour is an important part of this new iteration. For example, below are just a few indicators that PBL is as much about the learning as it is about the doing.
Over the weekend I looked through the wide range of projects that our students are proposing. It was a humbling and heart-warming experience. Our Year 8 – 10 students are actively looking to bring our Catholic Special Character to life in a myriad of ways as this small sampling illustrates: combating casual racism, working to prevent the pollution of our oceans, providing organic produce to families in need, providing sports equipment to schools in need, helping new migrants to Gore to settle in, advocating for healthier eating at school and in the wider community, creating curricula for primary school students with dyslexia, researching sustainable energy solutions for our school, gaming for the hearing impaired, mental health awareness, educating people about living with ADHD, creating awareness of strokes and stroke prevention, designing sunhats for school to prevent skin cancer… Check in with your child – is he or she part of one of these projects?
This morning I worked with two young people who are looking to combat the absence of recognition from the mainstream media of the vital role that farmers play in the life of New Zealand and the toll that this can have on them. I also worked with a young man who is considering how to educate people on the importance of Te Reo Maori and Tikanga Maori for us as a nation. How proud must the parents of these students be when they read this! Next week we’ll begin our regular weekly student contributions about their projects, so watch this space.
In conclusion, how proud should we all be that this is what is happening at St Peter’s College! Project Based Learning is our Catholic Special Character in action!
Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning
A warm welcome to our new Maths teacher.
“My family and I have emigrated to NZ from Johannesburg, South Africa. I am married to Stephan Germishuys who is a teacher at Gore High and we have two beautiful children, Mila (5) and Nolan (2).
I taught Mathematics at high schools in Johannesburg for 11 years and absolutely loved it. We feel very blessed to be in this beautiful country and look forward to what the future holds.”
Career Pathways Department
Just in from the University of Otago and with the Careers Evening no longer running in August, this is a good chance for parents and students to find out more information about the University of Otago. Details below:
The University of Otago Southland Information Evening will be held on Thursday 11 June at the Ascot Park Hotel (Waiau room). Prospective senior students and their parents and caregivers are invited to come along to hear about accommodation, scholarships, study options, and much more. There will be two sessions that you can register for; one running from 5.30 - 7pm and another running from 7.30 - 9pm. This is to accommodate audience number restrictions and comply with health and safety regulations.
Attendees must register for the session they intend to come to and they can do so here -
Ascot Park Hotel has health and safety guidelines that must be complied with and these can be found here -
The University has its own health and safety plan also and we will send this to you as soon as it is finalised.
All Senior Students should be looking at preparing their CV. Whether you intend to apply for a job, an apprenticeship or a scholarship, a CV is a useful tool to have ready to go. Money Hub has some excellent tools to help you with your CV including cover letters and sample interview questions.
Go to www. https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/cv-template-students.html and while you are at Money Hub check out their scholarship page.
The Uniform Shop does not stock the following winter uniform items however; they are available from
H & J Smith or The Warehouse.
Girls long sleeve white shirt
Red long sleeve jersey
Black socks and tights
Boys grey long sleeve shirt
Boys grey shorts
Boys grey trousers
For those cooler winter days, we have in stock at the Uniform Shop, scarves and boys and girls vests available to purchase.
Leiza Egan , Uniform Shop Coordinator
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected by their peers to represent their form classes on the Student Council. Meetings are Friday lunchtimes in D1
Frances Bote- Student Council President 13AP
10CJ- Rachael Miller and Jude Ballantyne
8LS- Quinn Young and Josef Chamberlain
10SS- Fraser Wilson, and Dixie-Leigh Barr
8AK- Emma McGregor and Daniel Nelson
11JR- Andrin Frei and Dakota Shute
8KS- Charlie Chamberlain and Shalvi Permal
11NS- JB Acuna and Laura Heads
9PS- Lachlan Dixon and Gemma Bullied
11VR- Connor Watkins and Sarah Griffith-Smith
9MM- Luca Metzler and Molly Gray
12RH- Matthew de Jong and Donna Dono
9JC- Penny Sloper and Cruze Smith
12RK- Emily Robinson and Alice Napier
10LT - Georgie Crowley and Ben King
12DD- Logan Young and Beth Coghlan
There is a delay with kilts arriving due to Covid 19, they are expected to arrive early June. As soon as they arrive I will hand them out to students.
Leiza Egan, Uniform Shop Co-ordinator
The return to school under Alert Level 2 does not mean an immediate return to community sport, unfortunately. With the 10-person gathering limits that are currently in place all winter codes have agreed to a three-phase return to sport.
Phase 1 – Get Ready to Play
Phase 2 – Prepare to Play
Phase 3 – Return to Play
The Get Ready to Play phase (the phase we are currently in) is where community sports groups and facilities plan the measures that need to be taken to ensure they are prepared to safely move into the Prepare to Play phase. These measures include what must be done to meet guidelines in place for contact tracing, physical distancing, and hygiene and sanitation requirements.
It is at the Prepare to Play stage that sports practices are likely to begin and when school netball and basketball trials will be completed. The exact timings regarding when training can commence will be subject to government updates on numbers permitted for grassroots sport.
Phase 3 is when we return to regular sports competition. No dates have been confirmed for Return to Play, but we are anticipating competitions starting at either the end of Term 2 or the beginning of Term 3. These dates will be determined by the various sporting organisations based on advice from Sports NZ and government ministries.
While we wait to get to Phase 2 – Prepare to Play, it is an ideal time to work on your personal fitness. We encourage students to maintain a good level of fitness to reduce the chances of injury when we move into Phase 2 and beyond. Please check the St Peter’s College Sport Facebook page for regular updates related to the resumption of sports. Thank you for your patience.
We are still taking registrations for basketball for the 2020 season. If your child would like to play this season, they can register by adding their name to the list in the Fish Bowl.
We are very short of basketball coaches again this season. Each team needs to have a coach/manager, otherwise the teams cannot be entered. If you can help, please contact Kathryn Pinckney on
It is great to be back at school and working with the students on their learning plans.
Hokonui Tertiary High School are straight back into their course with students leaving on Thursday and Friday to their respective courses.
Gateway students are taking a little longer to ease back into their work placements, which is understandable considering the upheaval our local businesses have had to deal with over the past weeks.
Year 13’s will be starting to look at their options for next year. Year 13 students will not be disadvantaged around liaison visits from the different tertiary providers. They are providing webinars and zoom meetings to answer questions and information around the subjects and costs involved for study in 2021. The students are encouraged to check out the different websites and contact the liaison officer with any queries they may have.
For all students, MoneyHub is a great FREE resource for all students who are at school or planning to move on at the end of the year. A resource they have available for students is their Scholarship section which details all scholarships available in New Zealand for students moving into tertiary study. Go to:
Money Hub has also launched a new section for students still at school called Money in a Nutshell. Here is what it contains:
Creating a life within your means is incredibly important. You can save, buy a property and enjoy things that you value. The alternative, spending more than you earn, is, in no uncertain terms, a recipe for disaster. Eventually, the long-term debt created to meet short-term needs hits a brick wall, and bad things happen.
Why should I read this guide?
We’ve put this guide together for one reason – to give you the tools and information so you can develop a great relationship with money. We cover what we consider to be the core foundations of financial education. And best of all, we’ve done our very best to make it as engaging as we can.
https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/money-in-a-nutshell.html for more information
We are excited and thankful to announce a new appointment based here at St Peter's College. Liza Wilson is our new Learning Support Coordinator who will be working across St Peter's College and St Mary's Primary. Liza comes to us from the RTLB service and brings with her a wealth of knowledge around learning priorities and student engagement.