Kia ora, Sawadee ka, Bula
We are moving into our week of celebrations which is a wonderful way to end the winter term. There is always much to celebrate at St Peter’s, even the small things where we see students gaining confidence or working hard on areas of their life they want to improve and develop, but it is great for our school culture when we come together as a school community and celebrate what is special about us as a whole.
Eisteddfod begins on Wednesday, and if the house singing practices and other items being worked on at school are anything to go by, we are in for a real treat this year. We will have the ‘Best of the Rest Concert’ on Friday afternoon in the hall, and the final night concert programme will be unveiled at the end of the week so that you can begin to buy your tickets for Thursday 4th at the St James Theatre. (Please note that although there is a PPTA Union meeting this Thursday afternoon to vote on the recent contract negotiations, we will remain open and continue our Eisteddfod auditions which will be covered by non-union staff.)
An important day for St Peter’s College is the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul which is celebrated on the 29th June. We will be holding our Feast Day Mass on Friday morning at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Ardwick St and, in Fr Damian’s absence, this will be celebrated by Fr Vaughan Hook. We are thrilled that our PTFA have made a donation to us that will go towards the cost of a meal together as a school after the Mass to celebrate our 50-year anniversary. This will be held in the college hall and more information will be emailed to parents early next week.
Another change to the usual format of our Feast Day Mass will be the gifting of a beautiful korowai that was created for us by the people of Jerusalem when our kapahaka visited them in April. As well as St Peter’s families’ connections to this area, there is a special character connection through the work of Suzanne Aubert, founder of the Sisters of Compassion. You can read more about her below. Please feel free to join us for this special occasion at 10:30am on Friday.
We farewell our awesome Sports’ Coordinator this week. Daniel has only been with us a short time, but he has had a very big impact in this role. We are disappointed that we are losing him but understand that a promotion waits for him at the University of Otago and we wish him all the very best. We hope to have a new person in this position for the start of term 3.
My office is filling up with some exceptional art!! I urge you to come along to the Town and Country Club next Saturday evening for the Art Expo being organised by the PTFA. At only $10 a ticket, which includes a drink and nibbles, this is a very cheap night’s entertainment which allows you to keep a bit of cash for buying some artwork! From what I can see it is going to be a fantastic night.
Good luck to all our sports teams competing this weekend – play hard and as a team.
Suzanne Aubert, better known to mainly as Sister Mary Joseph or Mother Aubert, was a Catholic sister who started a home for orphans and the under-privileged in Jerusalem, New Zealand on the Whanganui River in 1885. Then many other works of compassion in Wellington and throughout New Zealand. Suzanne Aubert was born on 19 June 1835. Each year the Sisters of Compassion celebrate the occasion with a Birthday Mass.