This year is an end of era as we say farewell to Shona Baillie who has worked for St Peter’s College for nearly 37 years. Shona had helped in so many departments within the school and she will be sorely missed. All the very best for your well deserved retirement. We also farewell this year Nathan Munn, who will be heading to Christchurch, Claire Welch, who is taking up Deputy Principal at East Gore School, Lara Buchanon, who is taking up a position at James Hargest School and Joanne Borgman , who will be starting up her NZ Art Studio business.
Tuesday 11th December,12:30pm
Please bring along a gift for a contribution to those in need this Christmas. We will have a box in the office to collect the gifts.
Thank you for your generosity.
On Monday and Tuesday this week we had seven Year 11 and Year 12 students act as servers at the MLT Heartland Hotel Croydon Senior Citizens lunch. It is great to see our senior students giving up their own time to help at this annual event. At right are Emily Chamberlain, Nadia Wallis, Trelise Wadsworth, Kate Lawton, Bree Shaw, Rose Perkins and Lucy Wilson sitting down to lunch after finishing their duties with the senior citizens.
Kia Ora Whanau
This will be the last post for the year and my last as Acting Principal so I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your amazing support especially through recent days. Our community is really what sets us apart and allows us to provide the fantastic educational opportunities we do for our children. Your support of staff and the work they do is so very much appreciated. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our wonderful staff who continue to believe in the potential of all students and work every day to see their success.
One of the fantastic examples of student achievement this week has been our first ever ‘Project Based Learning Exhibition Night' held on Wednesday of this week. More will be said later around this night but every parent I spoke to came away amazed and excited for the future of our young people and the potential and talent that they so clearly had on display. This is a credit to the hard work of the students, staff and of course you as parents, as an array of resources arrived on trailers of all descriptions. A huge congratulations must go to Mrs Ryan, the leader of this Project Based Learning initiative of which Wednesday night saw the culmination of something that has been years in the planning. St Peter's College is fortunate indeed to have the quality of staff that lead the country in terms of education development and encourage the very best from our students.
Our celebration of prize giving is next Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, which follows on from our Christian Service morning, where the school gets to serve the community as a way of saying thank you.
I wish you all the very best over the festive season, that you have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break and that you take care and return safely for what will be an exciting and dynamic 2020 with our brand new Principal, Tara Quinney.
Nga Mihi Nui
The Uniform Shop will be open next Wednesday, 4th December, from 12 - 3:15pm. We do have appointment slots available if you would like to make an appointment. Please telephone the Main School Office on 208 9060.
Opening hours for January 2020
Tuesday, 14th January, 11-2pm
Wednesday 15th January, 11-2pm
Wednesday, 29th January, 11-2pm
Please note: In January there may be a considerable wait time. Please be patient as we do value your custom.
Note: Due to the suppliers increasing prices please find below the new price list.
Leiza Egan – Uniform Shop Co-ordinator
We’re less than a week away from the PBL Exhibition! Here are just a few more teasers – to draw you in to a great evening.
My initial reaction to hearing about the introduction of Project-Based Learning was the same thought process many of my classmates had, which was that it would negatively impact my academic learning and would be a waste of time. However, after actively taking part in Project-Based Learning, I feel the complete opposite. Project-Based Learning has given me and my peers the opportunity to learn vital life lessons such as communication, organisation and critical thinking skills, as well as how to problem solve. The project I constructed was a website to help women who are victims of domestic violence. I was completely oblivious to how much effort it is to collect all the information and tools needed to construct a website. I am naturally a very introverted person and being forced to communicate professionally with people outside of school, like Public Health Nurses and Women’s Refuge, was entirely out of my comfort zone. I have learned how to communicate more effectively. Anyone who has ever encountered me would probably describe me as unorganized; however, throughout the process of Project-Based Learning, I have learned organisation skills that I have desperately needed. Project-Based Learning is constructed around problem-solving, a skill I did not think I would have to face at the start of my project but is now one of the most important life lessons I have learned throughout the process of Project-Based Learning. I now see why the staff have worked so hard to introduce Project Based Learning into St Peter’s because it truly creates innovative, creative and perseverant students which is something that modern society desperately needs.
Georgie Crowley, Year 9
Compassion, Community and Commitment in action…
Year 10 students, Catherine Brady, Charlotte Hall-Ferrier and Josh Aitken have focused their Project Based Learning around Youth and Mental Health. Having worked with local professionals, they have created an Instagram account which has over 1400 followers from as far away as the United States, the United Kingdom and Pakistan.
This week we had the new incoming students of 2020 for their Orientation Day at school. They were pumped and ready for the day ahead of them. They started with a welcome prayer, introduction of essential staff members and a rundown on the day. These students were then placed in groups based on their age with Year 12 students. These students participated in five curriculum rotations including Science, Art, Physical Education, Foods and Woodwork.
Later in the day, parents, caregivers, family and students re-joined for a shared lunch prepared and served by the Hostel team. After everyone had eaten teachers and essential staff members talked about what happens at St Peter's on a day to day basis. Some students who had started the year before also gave speeches on their experiences from their time ranging from sports to cultural to academic.
Some student painted pet rocks and they put lots of hard work into these and they looked amazing. The children had some inspiration and ideas given to them by a teacher and upcoming Year 13 students and their imaginations did the rest. There was a wide variety of rock paintings, from animals to foods to landscapes and many more. The students had forty minutes to complete their designs; the stones had to dry, then some of the older students put a cover seal spray to keep them shiny.
They finished off the day with a game led by the Year 12 students.
Written by Charleigh Sanson and Alice Mitchell - Year 9
Kia Ora Whanau
What a huge week it has been as the end of the year races up to meet us. I can scarcely believe that a little more than a week on our school calendar remains, with so much to pack into this short space of time.
Monday saw the first visit of our new Principal, Tara Quinney, who happened to be down for family reasons over the weekend. While she was still in the area Tara took the time to come into school, meet staff and students and seeing that a number of staff were away from school on Monday, happily volunteered to relieve some classes in the afternoon. 'What better way to get to meet the students', she told me! If this 'roll up your sleeves' attitude is anything to go by, St Peter's is in very safe hands with Mrs Quinney in 2020. The formal Pohwhiri (or welcome) will be on the first full day of school next year (February 3rd) so keep that on your calendar.
Tuesday saw a fantastic day for our Year 9's. This fun day organised by Southland Secondary Schools Sports is an annual event where Yr 9 students from all over the district come together to compete, but mostly have fun by trying new sports and joining in with other students from other schools. Once again, our St Peter's students made us all proud with their fantastic sportsmanship and excellent manners and behaviour in general. Well done to the Year 9's, you are such awesome ambassadors for the school and we are proud to call you our own.
Wednesday was our 'Orientation Day' where all students new to St Peter's College next year (Years 7 - 9) attend to sample and experience a day at the College. A huge thank you to Mrs Watkins and the other staff who made this a very memorable day that everyone enjoyed. The many students and parents I spoke to said they had been really looked after by our fantastic Year 12 students, who came in on their own time to organise and work with our 2020 new entrants - and with a larger enrolment than other years, this was no small feat. I asked one student if they enjoyed their day and they replied with a huge smile 'Yep, I'll be back tomorrow!' That says it all really.
Look out next week for our exciting Project Based Learning exhibition evening on December 4th at 5:30pm till 7pm, and following on at 7pm that same night, a Kapa Haka planning meeting is being held for parents, to help define what their next exciting goal will be in 2020 and beyond. All interested parties are welcome to attend.
Nga mihi nui kia koutou
He aroha whakato
He aroha puta mai
If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.
God bless you all.
Kia Ora everyone
I would like to begin this weeks newsletter by extending my heartfelt gratitude to the many, many people - students, parents, staff and the community who reached out to support us in our time of need. As you will know, we had the tragedy of losing a Year 11 student, David Casey, at the beginning of the week, and while we all did our best to care for each other, this was experienced nowhere more obviously than in the way people rallied around staff and students here at school. We are truly blessed to be part of such a loving and connected community. Our hearts and prayers are with David's family at this very sad time for us all.
A desire to share more information at the school's governance level is behind a new addition to this week's newsletter. In consultation with the Board of Trustees, it has been agreed that a newsletter update after each Board meeting would be a good way to keep the community informed about governance issues that are currently being discussed. Our Board Chair, Karl Metzler, will provide a short ‘round up’ of current discussion points following meetings and these will feature as part of the regular school newsletter twice a term. Look out for Karl’s summary under the heading “Across the Board Room Table”.
Interviews of students new to St Peter's next year has continued this week and it always astounds me at the calibre of young people coming through - what an exceptional group of talented and exciting future St Peter's students. They are all looking forward to Orientation Day next Wednesday, November 27th, run by the Year 12 students - this is always an exciting time for all involved.
Finally, congratulations to those senior students getting well through exams now - not long to go, so keep up the good work!
Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa
(let us be close together, not far apart)
Nga mihi nui