Kia Ora everyone
I would like to begin this weeks newsletter by extending my heartfelt gratitude to the many, many people - students, parents, staff and the community who reached out to support us in our time of need. As you will know, we had the tragedy of losing a Year 11 student, David Casey, at the beginning of the week, and while we all did our best to care for each other, this was experienced nowhere more obviously than in the way people rallied around staff and students here at school. We are truly blessed to be part of such a loving and connected community. Our hearts and prayers are with David's family at this very sad time for us all.
A desire to share more information at the school's governance level is behind a new addition to this week's newsletter. In consultation with the Board of Trustees, it has been agreed that a newsletter update after each Board meeting would be a good way to keep the community informed about governance issues that are currently being discussed. Our Board Chair, Karl Metzler, will provide a short ‘round up’ of current discussion points following meetings and these will feature as part of the regular school newsletter twice a term. Look out for Karl’s summary under the heading “Across the Board Room Table”.
Interviews of students new to St Peter's next year has continued this week and it always astounds me at the calibre of young people coming through - what an exceptional group of talented and exciting future St Peter's students. They are all looking forward to Orientation Day next Wednesday, November 27th, run by the Year 12 students - this is always an exciting time for all involved.
Finally, congratulations to those senior students getting well through exams now - not long to go, so keep up the good work!
Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa
(let us be close together, not far apart)
Nga mihi nui