Kia ora e te whanau
I want to start this newsletter by first thanking everyone in our community for how this week has gone. Thank you to our students for continuing to step up, wear their masks correctly and lead in whanau classes. Thank you to our parents and caregivers for communicating with us any concerns or absences and for supporting your students to be safe and follow the hygiene rules at school. Thank you to our staff for teaching the students in front of them while providing schoolwork online for those who are away. The whole St Peter’s College community is stepping up to support each other and this is great to see. Since coming back home to live here, I am reminded constantly that Southlanders never tap out - we keep going!
Classes are really settled now, we have gotten through the senior option changes and our new students have had opportunities to get to know the school and its systems better. There is a lot going on in the community with Covid at the moment and we will keep you updated, as we have done, when we got a single case in the school this week. We want to stress to you that it is business as usual at school, we have safety measures in place, classes are functioning, and school is open.
When times are hard, it helps to reflect on who our neighbours are and remind ourselves that it is a fundamental right for all human beings to be treated with dignity and respect despite the fact we may have differing views and beliefs. We know this from our Christian tradition and specifically from the teachings of Jesus himself. In response to the question of which is the most important commandment, Jesus answered:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Our common humanity means we are all neighbours to one another. Look after each other and have a great weekend.
Charity Fulfils the Law.