I have enjoyed wandering the C floor corridor and classrooms of late. There is a special learning hum happening, classroom walls are loaded with student work, our new Year 7’s are a pretty special group and our Year 8s are certainly stepping up to the plate with leadership and learning. Last week I published our NCEA statistics in the newsletter and this week I ask you to think about how important the years prior to these are. The grounding, the habits, and the specialist curriculum teaching that students can access from year 7 is a special feature of St Peter’s. As parents, please remember how important these years are. As the winter terms approach, keep the conversations happening at home about balance. Many of our local teenagers have wonderful opportunities to take part in part time jobs, sports, music and dance among other things. They grow up learning how to juggle many different aspects of their lives and this is great learning for them in terms of time management. However, please continue the conversations with them about balance and remind them that, as young people, one of their main ‘jobs’ is working hard at their education which is the foundation for the rest of their lives.
I draw your attention to the information about the current proposal for Tomorrow’s Schools Reform. There are potentially big implications for parent choice and for integrated schools. I encourage you to have your say and make a submission by March 31st using the following link - https://consultation.education.govt.nz/tsr/survey2019/. During next week, we will upload some information along with recent editorials and commentary from Paul Ferris and Br Sir Pat Lynch from the Catholic Education Office to help you to formulate your opinion on this. You will find these on the news center of our website.
Here are a few statements I read in a C floor classroom on one of my wanders recently – the topic was ‘What does Special Character mean at SPC?’
“You feel included, everyone is looking after everyone”
“It feels like one big family now that we have settled in”
“Our motto means that love and compassion are most important”
“The staff have a great sense of humour” – this is good to hear!!
“You feel like you are part of something bigger than just you or your class” …
…and we certainly are. Wonderful thoughts to end the week.