This week Year 13 students started with the first of the Careers Liaison Officer visits. Dan Gread from Canterbury University came to speak to the students on Wednesday with around 25 students turning up to hear what Canterbury can offer them in study courses. Next week Auckland University will be here and other Universities and Polytech’s will roll out their information sessions over the coming weeks.
The Gateway programme started for some students with their first introduction to the workforce taking place on Thursday. Hokonui Tertiary High School also start on Friday for some programmes, with the rest starting mid-March.
A forklift course ran on Thursday with a group of students travelling to Invercargill to learn the theory and practical handling of forklifts. This is such a useful addition to their CV's
Joy Delahunt - Gateway/Careers Administrator
Our Caritas Challenge Work Day is rapidly approaching us and the most important thing to know is that it’s going to be held on the Wednesday, 13 March. The great thing about Work Day is we get the whole day off school to do it.
Work Day is our opportunity to live out our inspirational school motto: Charity fulfils the Law. On Work Day, we students seek paid employment. The money we raise together is then used to support others in need - that’s how charity works!
You might have noticed that Work Day is earlier this year. This should make it easier to find work and it is infinitely more pleasant to do work in summer than in the middle of winter. Also, Work Day falls during the season of Lent when we are meant to support those less fortunate than ourselves
In keeping with our ethos of Community and Compassion, the majority of the money raised will be given to those who need it more than us.
What you need to do
To ensure you have a successful Caritas Challenge Work Day you’ll need to:
If you have any questions, feel free to come and chat with us.
Grace Turipa and Bridget Edwards
Your Special Character Leaders for 2019
Today, March 1st is the World Day of Prayer. It is a reminder that, as Christians, our time spent in prayer is how we develop our faith and connection with Jesus Christ. Every day, your children pray with their peers in class and at assembly time as a natural part of what we do here at school. Earlier this week, when a number of students were consulted with about what they saw as important in the life of St Peter’s for the future, a number of them considered mindfulness to be a key aspect of their learning. Throughout the ages, Christians have practiced Christian meditation as a form of prayer and as a way to still themselves from the busyness of everyday life and give themselves an opportunity to strengthen their faith. It is good to hear that our students recognize the importance of prayer in their lives! ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10).
Thank you to our parent community who came along last night to the Year 7-10 information evening and also to those who supported our students on Athletics Day. We were fortunate to have a wonderful weather day and I am sure it assisted in the breaking of seven records on the day. This was an outstanding number! Well done to those students who gave their all and came away with a real sense of achievement. Congratulations also McAuley House who set the pace for this year’s house competition, winning by over 100 points.
We have had a number of exciting sporting successes during the last couple of weeks showing that St Peter’s students are committed and continue to punch well above their weight. Good luck to both the Year 7&8 Boys’ cricket team and the Girls’ cricket team who both won the Southland stage of their relevant competitions, and this sees them head to Dunedin on Monday to take on the Otago teams.
I encourage you to visit the Fire Station Gallery during the next couple of weeks to see exhibition work “Flora” by Tom Terry (Year 13). The opening is tonight at 6.30pm and I am sure this will be a very special moment for Tom and his family.
Have a relaxing, sun-filled weekend.
A huge congratulations to Liam Davis (Deputy Head Boy) who recently entered the Southern Shears and won the Novice section.
Welcome to our new international students:
Batt - Thailand, Clement - Hong Kong, Pokpong - Thailand, Kenta - Japan, Sarid - Thailand, Sam - Germany, Karin - Thailand, Alex - Hong Kong, Chris - Hong Kong, Zoey - Hong Kong
Gateway Students have over the last three weeks completed courses in Safety and First Aid. These courses are invaluable not only for credits gained but it provides students with knowledge before they head out to real life work situations. It is great to have outside providers like the Red Cross come in and share their knowledge and experiences with the students.
This year I was lucky enough to be chosen to take part in a science programme called the Science Academy (OUASSA). The programme is specifically for year 13’s around New Zealand, and is run over two camps during the year. They offer many different courses relating to science, and there is something for everyone. I chose Maths and Statistics and Genetics and Biochemistry for my two projects (two days a week each) and Toxicology for my elective (one day). It was really great to work with leading scientists and teachers, as well as attending lectures and hearing about all the different departments of science. The programme gave me a better understanding of science at the University of Otago and what I want to study next year. I encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to attend this course to do so as it’s a great experience.
Mia Walton - Year 13
It is an absolute privilege to join the St Peter’s College learning community. I'm originally from Christchurch, where I met my wife Julie whilst attending the Christchurch College of Education. I have spent all of my teaching career in Southland, both in Invercargill and here in Gore. I am enjoying the faith-based education that is clearly evident throughout the school and look forward to what the future brings. I am an advocate for using technology as a leveraging tool to enhance the education of our youth and this, combined with the school’s inherent values, can only make their lifelong learning more meaningful.
My name is Kate Sinclair and I am new to the Year 7 and 8 Department this year at St Peter's College. I have the wonderful privilege of being 8KS' Form Teacher and also having 8KS for English, Social Sciences and Math.
For the last six years I was the DP at Longford Intermediate and prior to that I spent almost 12 years at Kaikorai Valley College in Dunedin, in the Year 7-10 area.
My husband Hain and I have two delightful cherubs, Marshall (7) and Gracie (5), who attend Gore Main School.
I'm really excited about being back in the classroom teaching, working alongside an amazing staff and I am looking forward to all the new opportunities 2019 brings.
A very important aspect of your child’s education and personal growth and development is the strong relationship we seek to foster with parents and wider whanau so we can ensure our home-school-student connection is working well and moving in the same direction. Therefore, it is important to us that we have the opportunities for two-way information sharing and a good understanding of the expectations of all involved in this partnership.
In week four of Term One, we will be holding a Whanau Evening for our Year 7 – 10 families. There will be important information sharing about relationships, systems, special character, curriculum, discipline processes, policies and procedures, digital learning and calendar events to name some important items, along with a ‘who’s who’ in the life of your child at school.
At the same time, we would like to take the opportunity to meet you and for you to have an opportunity to chat to Learning Tutors and Form Teachers about your child, their aspirations and your expectations of us. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you might have as the year begins.
We look forward to seeing you all of our Year 7 - 10 parents on Thursday, February 28th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
We were thrilled to receive a free 50” Smart TV for the school this week from Fuels for Schools. We appreciate the families that continue to name St Peter’s College as their ‘sponsorship’ school when they purchase from Southfuels. The more people in our community who do this, the more IT and sports equipment rewards the school gets. Thank you to GR & BM Weller, W & J Erickson and Glenstuart Farm Ltd who currently sponsor us. If you are interested in joining this sponsorship programme, please check the Southfuels website at