Kia Ora Whanau
What a huge week it has been as the end of the year races up to meet us. I can scarcely believe that a little more than a week on our school calendar remains, with so much to pack into this short space of time.
Monday saw the first visit of our new Principal, Tara Quinney, who happened to be down for family reasons over the weekend. While she was still in the area Tara took the time to come into school, meet staff and students and seeing that a number of staff were away from school on Monday, happily volunteered to relieve some classes in the afternoon. 'What better way to get to meet the students', she told me! If this 'roll up your sleeves' attitude is anything to go by, St Peter's is in very safe hands with Mrs Quinney in 2020. The formal Pohwhiri (or welcome) will be on the first full day of school next year (February 3rd) so keep that on your calendar.
Tuesday saw a fantastic day for our Year 9's. This fun day organised by Southland Secondary Schools Sports is an annual event where Yr 9 students from all over the district come together to compete, but mostly have fun by trying new sports and joining in with other students from other schools. Once again, our St Peter's students made us all proud with their fantastic sportsmanship and excellent manners and behaviour in general. Well done to the Year 9's, you are such awesome ambassadors for the school and we are proud to call you our own.
Wednesday was our 'Orientation Day' where all students new to St Peter's College next year (Years 7 - 9) attend to sample and experience a day at the College. A huge thank you to Mrs Watkins and the other staff who made this a very memorable day that everyone enjoyed. The many students and parents I spoke to said they had been really looked after by our fantastic Year 12 students, who came in on their own time to organise and work with our 2020 new entrants - and with a larger enrolment than other years, this was no small feat. I asked one student if they enjoyed their day and they replied with a huge smile 'Yep, I'll be back tomorrow!' That says it all really.
Look out next week for our exciting Project Based Learning exhibition evening on December 4th at 5:30pm till 7pm, and following on at 7pm that same night, a Kapa Haka planning meeting is being held for parents, to help define what their next exciting goal will be in 2020 and beyond. All interested parties are welcome to attend.
Nga mihi nui kia koutou
He aroha whakato
He aroha puta mai
If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.
God bless you all.