This Sunday 2nd December will be the first Sunday of Advent. For Christians, this is a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Once Advent arrives, at school we know that we nearly finished for the year, however most staff are still very busy living in two years – finishing off this one and preparing for the next! You will see from the calendar below and the writeups within this newsletter that nobody can complain of being bored at the moment – there are plenty of exciting things happening!
This coming week is our prizegiving ceremony. I encourage you to join us at the parish church as we celebrate the academic achievements of our students this year. Students will find out on Wednesday afternoon if they are receiving a prize on Thursday night. If this is the case, they will attend a prizegiving practice at the church on Thursday morning. Students will otherwise be dismissed from school on Wednesday afternoon after our Christmas Liturgy.
As we farewell two of our long serving staff in the next couple of weeks, we also begin to welcome our new appointments. As mentioned previously, Aidan Forbes will be moving to Gore High School in the new year after nearly ten years with us and we also farewell Robyn Young after many years at St Peter’s. Mandy Pearce (HELA English) is taking a year’s leave and we will see her back in 2020.
Meanwhile, new appointments for 2019 are Kate Sinclair (ex-Longford) into the year 7&8 area, and Laura Staveley (ex-Auckland) into English. Lisa Sanson will be teaching part time in the junior school, and we will also have John Watkins join us from Gore High School to work alongside Brian Coyle in the Technology area, as well as supporting our IT systems.
On Wednesday we enjoyed welcoming all the new enrolments to years 7, 8 and 9 into school. Staff and senior students enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with them and their parents during the day. We are looking forward to a great 2019!
Good luck to our Rugby 7’s team who fly to Auckland tomorrow to compete in the national school tournament this weekend. Keep an eye on the rugby facebook page for score updates.
Have a great week,