Kia Ora Tatoa
As a nation we have struggled to regather our feet after weeks of sorrow; however one of the positives that I believe has developed has been the way our nation has chosen love, compassion and faith, as a response to horror and helplessness. In doing so, we have led the world in how best to respond to trauma, fear and loss. It is at these moments at St Peter's College that our Catholic teachings, and our desire to live out the values of Jesus in our every day life proves so precious and reminds us of those things that really matter in our lives.
Also heavy on our hearts at the moment is the sad news that one of our former pupils, Andrew Rance lost his life in a car accident in Masterton this week and our thoughts and prayers are with Jude, David and the family as they struggle to come to terms with his loss.
As well as sadness this week, we have also had a number of very exciting examples of what's best about St Peter's and worthy of celebration.
On Friday we close the school to allow staff to take part in a Professional Development training for 13 schools in our local area or Kahui Ako. Strangely, it is rare that teachers across schools have a chance to share ideas and resources for the growth of the children in our community as a whole, so this is very exciting opportunity to work as a team and be addressing issues for the collective benefit of all. As part of that day, and in some way an example of what it is trying to achieve, St Peter's and St Mary's schools will be preforming a combined Kapa Haka performance. St Mary's was in at school on Tuesday to practice and the time was really enjoyed by both the younger and older students, or Tuakana and Teina as it is referred to in Te Reo. The photo shows just how impressive the two schools were together but if you would like to see them first hand, please feel free to pop down to the Gore High School hall at 1:30pm this Friday, 29th, where they will perform to the staff from across the 13 schools.
Almighty God, We bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive. We thank you for your faithfulness even though we are not always that faithful to you. Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit.