Kia ora te whanau
St Peter’s has been a hive of activity this week. We began with the Car Boot and Bake Sale last Sunday. Thank you to the PTFA and the junior and senior house leaders who worked hard to make this a success. Although the weather was not keen to help us out on the day, we still raised close to $3000. This is a wonderful effort and I am very appreciative of the organisation by the PTFA. What a wonderful group of people! The house competition is heating up with Pompallier taking out the honours for the highest profit on Sunday.
We farewelled the Year 10’s on Tuesday morning as they headed off to Borland Camp. You will be able to read about their adventures in future newsletters.
Thank you to all the Year 7 families who attended the sexuality evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. This was the first time we have run these sessions and the feedback has been very positive. It was a pleasure to host April Williams, Chaplain at Villa Maria College in Christchurch, who facilitated these evenings for us.
Our Consultation Evening was held on Wednesday evening with about 60 people attending. It was wonderful to have so many people attend, and each person brought valuable insight and wisdom that will help guide our vision and planning for the next stage of education at St Peter’s College.
As happens in schools at this time of year, we have some staff movement for the start of 2019. Congratulations to Mr Aidan Forbes who is taking up a technology position at Gore High School from next year. Aidan has been at St Peter’s for ten years and has contributed significantly to the technology and IT areas of the college. Due to an increased roll for 2019, we have appointed Miss Laura Staveley from Auckland to work in the English learning area, and we will also welcome Mrs Kate Sinclair to the Year 7 & 8 area of the school. Kate is currently the Deputy Principal at Longford Intermediate.
Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace
Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam! Amen. (Abbreviated)
11th November Sunday Armistice Day
100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of WWI.
After four terrible years, the First World War finally came to a close with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers on 11 November 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns famously fell silent. New Zealanders celebrated enthusiastically, despite having recently celebrated the surrenders of the three other Central Powers – Bulgaria, Turkey and Austria-Hungary – and the premature news of an armistice with Germany.