We are moving into our last two weeks of school and what a great two weeks it is going to be! You will need to keep a close eye on the calendar list below as there will be plenty happening. Year 9 and 10s have completed their end of year exams this week and their results will be sent to you in a couple of weeks.
Our Year 7 classes enjoyed an EOTC Army day at Dolamore Park this week and one of the highlights of the day was travelling to Dolamore Park in a Unimog. Thank you to Aaron Horrell who has made this wonderful experience available to our Year 7 students during the last couple of years. Year 8 will also travel to Dolamore Park next week but their purpose will be a ‘Creation and Co-Creation’ retreat.
Many staff have been planning and organising a four-day integrated unit for the year 10s (Sustainability) and the Year 9s (Migration). These days will provide some very meaningful learning with the integration of many learning areas and the emphasis being on the students driving their own learning through choice and challenge. 21st century learning skills will be at the forefront of this project work and, of course, our special Catholic character will be intertwined throughout. Look for reports and photos of these days in future newsletters.
Seniors are nearing the end of NCEA, but a number of them will be joining us at school activities during the coming week, running a sports day for some St Peter’s and Longford Intermediate students on Monday in the Kids Connecting Competition, which has been the brainchild of our Head students this year – Dakoda and Fraser. I would like to publicly thank these two young people on their commitment to community - they are certainly living our values in this way. We also welcome our new entrants for 2019, on Wednesday at Orientation Day. We have a large number of Year 6 – 8 students coming to visit us on Wednesday and we are looking forward to meeting them as a group for the first time.
Thank you to all the staff who have created exciting and meaningful opportunities for our students to take part in at the end of the school year. I am very appreciative of their energy and generosity of time at this stage of the year. We were treated to a basket of goodies last week by an anonymous parent and I would like to share the message that came with it: “To the wonderful staff of St Peter’s – You work tirelessly giving your all, your best, to our kids. Encouraging, growing and nurturing them throughout the year. Yes … you do make a difference!! In this thankless and hard-going job, I just wanted you to know you are loved and appreciated.” Thanks to whoever you are – a thank you goes a long way and we really appreciated this.
Early bird registrations for the 50th Anniversary celebrations in January, close this week. Don’t miss out!
Have a (hopefully) sun-filled weekend.
Kate Nicholson - Principal