SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS STUDY GUIDES
Study guides are available for purchase at a reduced rate (45% discount) through the school. They are available for viewing from your child's Science and Mathematics teachers.
They are available for Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 Mathematics, Year 11 Science and Years 12 and 13 Physics and Chemistry.
Should you be interested in purchasing any of these, your child can obtain a permission form from their teacher. The form and payment needs to be returned to Mrs Robertson at school by Friday, 7 June. Payment needs to be received in full prior to the order being placed as the school is just acting as an agent.
Any queries please contact me at School.
Head of Science Department, Teacher of Physics & Chemistry, Year 12 Learning Tutor
This week the Year 13 students headed to Dunedin to experience the tertiary institutions open days. Both Otago University and Otago Polytechnic were open to potential students to have a look at the various programmes they both offer.
“The Otago University and Polytech open day was a good opportunity to see what it is like being a student in Dunedin. It also gave me a good understanding of what course I want to go to next year and what halls are available.” George Goodger Year 13
This week we have had a visit from an ex pupil Sophie Holland. Sophie is studying towards a Bachelor of Social Services with a major in Career Counselling. As part of her practicum Sophie will be coming to school during June to check out the Careers Department and will also be available to help year 13’s with their CV’s. Sophie has been working in the Careers Hub at Otago Polytechnic, so has great up to date knowledge of what's required when preparing your CV for job hunting. it’s great to see our ex pupils doing so well!
Gateway and Careers Administration
Gore Youth Panel Presents
Saturday, 18th May 2019, 4pm
SBS St James Theatre Gore
Ages 12—24 Rate PG—13
Bring any can of food and receive a free movie ticket to Shazam! All cans are donated to the Salvation Army. Free Popcorn and Drink for the first 100 people!
Kia ora Whanau,
While we’ve been communicating with you via the fortnightly ATLs we’re keen to meet with you in person to discuss your children’s progress. We are holding the first of our Whanau Conferencing sessions next Thursday, 16 May from 2pm - 7pm in the Hall.
This invitation is extended to families of all students from year 7 – 13. It is an opportunity for year 7 and 8 parents to meet with specialist teachers (Science, Food Tech etc) now, and then engage in the Year 7 and 8 Student Led Conferences which will be held in week 5 with the Homeroom teachers.
Please book interviews with your children’s teachers on the School Interviews site using this code n4x2h
Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning
Kia ora tatou
As I write this, we have just completed the whole school cross country race of 2019. I am sure that all of us adults remember school cross country days – some with fond memories, others with loathing and others with a sense of satisfaction and pride in an event well run and achieved. Congratulations to every student who took part in the cross country this year because you showed you had the fortitude and tenacity to see it through. For those who are basking in the glory of a top ten place, well done – your commitment, skill and determination paid off. Many things we have to do in life are just plain old hard work, but doing them is part of our development and resilience building. Unfortunately, some parents throughout the country still try to save their young people from the hard, often boring, work by excusing them from events such as this. I do worry about the premise this sets for those young people who can begin to believe that they are exempt from having to do the hard yards in life if they don’t feel like it. In my opinion, habits of determination, resiliency and commitment, are ‘set’ in childhood and teenage years. Their attitude as adults – whether they are prepared to work at life, or whether they expect to be exempt from working at life – is shaped as they grow up. As a parent, I know that we all need reminding of this from time to time.
In this newsletter, you will read about the recent Kapahaka hikoi to the North Island. These students know the meaning of hard work and commitment. They spent many months preparing in their own time and fundraising to achieve their goal. Thank you very much to Darren Jack, Catherine Baldock and Vanessa Edwards who, along with some supportive parents, gave these 32 young people experiences they will be hard pressed to find again.
Continuing with the current trend of experiential travel are two people who will be taking part in some exciting upcoming adventures! We wish Mr Cameron Winsloe all the best as he travels to Japan next week to take part in an Asia New Zealand Foundation Sports Forum. Cameron was very excited to be among the ten Physical Education teachers from New Zealand selected for this, and I know he will make the most of this opportunity.
Another person who has an exciting trip ahead of him is Tom Dennison (Year 12). Tom was nominated by the police, and selected with another 17 young people from throughout New Zealand, to take part in the Blue Light International Youth Experience, a youth development camp, in Hong Kong for a week in July. Tom has been a youth leader in the Blue Light organisation, assisting on camps and other blue light experiences for two years. Well done, Tom, the hard work and commitment has reaped rewards I am sure you didn’t expect!
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built. - Eleanor Roosevelt
If you have some spare time on Saturday, pop down to the MLT stadium or to the school rugby grounds to support our committed sports teams.
Pictured from the left: Ethan Gee (Year 13) and Jacob Nicol (Year 12) are undertaking the Gaming Art and Design programme at Hokonui Tertiary High School. On this course they are learning how to develop characters and environment for a game idea and will take it through to a real live game.
With the new term comes new opportunities for our students. Year 13’s will head to Dunedin on Monday, May 6th leaving at 6.45am. This is a great opportunity for students to look around Otago University and Otago Polytechnic. Both institutions open up their doors for students to sit in on lectures and host presentations on their programs.
Scholarship applications are starting to open for students. If you know which institution you are planning to go to, jump onto their website and they will have a section on scholarships available, check them out!
Below are some further scholarship opportunities:
MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.
For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page
Keystone Scholarships are for students studying in the property and construction sector. Our scholarships come with the funding of $5,000 a year for up to 3 years. Visit www.keystonetrust.org.nz
Monday, May 6 - Otago Tertiary Open Day
Every year the school takes Year 13 students to Dunedin for an open day, so they may explore their options for next year. This is a great day, with Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and International Travel College all opening their doors for students to investigate their future career choices. Students will be given a booklet this week to help them choose which programs they would like to look at and help plan their day. As parents you may be interested in looking at this booklet and talking about their choices. Students may bring their own lunch, purchase their lunch or there is a free BBQ between 12pm and 2pm on the union lawn. Students are allowed to wear mufti for the day but are advised to check the forecast and take a coat or umbrella for Dunedin's unexpected weather! The bus will leave at 6.45am sharp. Students should arrive before this for roll call.
Tuesday, May 7 - Health Hub (Year 12 Programme)
Thursday, May 9 - Health Hub (Year 13 Programme)
Gateway and Careers Administration
In the second week of the Holidays the Duke of Ed Gold students endured the Greenstone Caple tramp located near Lake Wakatipu near the Greenstone Conservation area. The first day consisted of a 9km walk into the Greenstone Caples track from the carpark which took us around 2 hours to get to the Mid Caples Hut. On the second day we tramped our first intense day of tramping where we endured 22km through bush and grassy clearing this took us around 6 hours making many breaks when needed. We then arrived at the McKellar Hut after we zig zagged down the saddle to begin cooking our freeze-dry meals. The third day included an 18km venture that took around 5 hours to complete, the scenery was incredible as we tramped over streams and an old landslide with bridges over the waterfalls and creeks which brings us to the Greenstone Hut. We were fortunate enough to have great weather all four days with the last day concluding in 12km to the Greenstone end and back to the van at the car park. Eight students attended the tramp practicing for the final tramp which we will completed in September. On the behalf of the students we would like to thank Mr Kotkamp our teacher and the parent helpers Lyndsay McGuigan, Craig McKinnel and Jane Clissold for coming on the tramp and helping us to complete our Duke of Ed Gold Hillary Award.
Maggie Nicholson - Year 13
The Prince Royal’s College – Wiang Pa Pao invites you to participate in the Thailand Cultural Exchange Programme 10-26 January 2020
The Prince Royal’s College, Wiang Pa Pao, Chiang Rai, Thailand has invited its partner - CD Leadership (NZ) Ltd - to act as its agent to offer Southland students, host families and other community members an experience of a lifetime.
This programme was first offered in 2013 and now over 60 Southlanders have had experiences which are acknowledged as second to none.
The opportunity is available again in 2020 to participate in the Thailand Cultural Exchange Programme includes:
This exchange programme will be a 2 week excursion inclusive of 10-26 January 2020 – subject to a minimum number of participants. Carolyn Davies will once again lead the programme for a seventh time.
If you are interested in learning more of this exciting opportunity please email to CD Leadership (NZ) Ltd firstname.lastname@example.org your registration of interest and contact details by 24 May 2019.
Following this date – subject to interest received – a meeting will be held in early June to discuss details further, with a more detailed itinerary and programme available and opportunity for questions and clarification of details.
In the last week of Term One eighteen students from St Peter’s College departed on the Biannual Cultural tour of Vietnam. We were set to be away for 14 days travelling the length of the country from North to South. We started in the nations capital Hanoi, a city of around 7 million people. Immediately it is a culture shock as road rules and sanitation are far removed from little old Gore. The heat was also a little strange as most days it was sitting around the 30’s but often it got close to 40 degrees. We stayed in the old French quarter of Hanoi which is right in the heart of the city. We managed to hit a night market in the first few days and the students got a handle on the bartering system of economics employed here - Molly Hailles proved to be a tough negotiator. From Hanoi we travelled six hours in a bus to Sapa a place new to the tour and it was a great addition. High in the mountains people are ethnically different and they are even physically different appearing much shorter than the majority of the people. We wandered through a bamboo forest and terraced rice fields avoiding the odd water buffalo along the way.
From Sapa we moved onto Ha Long Bay and stayed a night on a Junk style yacht. It was a different pace than Hanoi and the students appreciated the slow down as it had been pretty hectic up to then. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO world heritage site and its easy to see why.
After Ha Long Bay we took an internal flight to the middle of the country visiting Hue and Hoian both places with immense historic value and the ancient heart of Vietnam. Here we visited the Imperial palace and we toured the DMZ De-Militarized Zone. We were lucky enough to be guided by a local who lived through the conflict and told some interesting stories. He himself had blown his own toes off so he didn’t have to fight for the army which by all accounts was a death sentence at the time. Hoian also is in the middle of the country and it was a local public holiday while we were there, so it was shoulder to shoulder in the popular tourist location. That being said it is very beautiful there at night with it being lit up by traditional lanterns.
Another internal flight and we head down to Ho Chi Minh City. We are nearing the end of our tour, but we still managed a stay in the Mekong Delta a short trip on a boat up an enormous river and we are in a more traditional village. They gave us a cooking lesson and Ethan Mitchell proved his worth in the kitchen cooking Spring Rolls. One of our final activities was a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnel complex where Viet Cong soldiers lived under ground for the entirety of the war was . A tough life to say the least but living under ground was the only way they could survive as the Americans bombed the region relentlessly for over a decade. A sobering reality of life during wartime something these students have little comprehension of from Southland.
The last hurdle was the journey home and after some small mechanical issues had us turned around mid-air and returned to Hong Kong and “comfortable” night spent on the ground in the airport we were eventually bundled onto another plane and arrived home a little jaded but better off for the experience. A huge thankyou to my travel buddies Kathryn Pinckney, Jacqui Thompson and the never late for anything David Miller. Their support of the students and myself throughout the trip meant that things went very smoothly and without too much stress.
The students witnessed some of the realities of a world that is not as easy as ours and potentially they can share that knowledge with our community here at St Peters to make us appreciate what we have.
HELA Social Sciences