The Year 10 students have been measured for a new blazer and have an order form to take home and get parents to sign. Please sign it either way, whether you wish to order one or not. The order forms are due back Monday, September 2. If your child is in another Year level and you would like to order a blazer please see Mrs Eagan ASAP. We only order once a year so it is important you do it at this time.
REPORT FROM PTFA ON ART EXPO & AUCTION FUNDRAISER
Thank you to all the families, teachers and extended school community members who came along to our Art Expo and Auction at the Gore T&C on 29 June 2019.
We would especially like to thank the following people for their help in various ways, including collecting artworks and display panels from around Southland, general grunt work, the setting up and display of artwork, creating the grazing table, and cleaning up the following day:
Louwenda Robinson Simon Callahan
Joanne Borgman Joanne Lawton
Simone Bowden David Rance, Gore T&C
Fiona Nicholson Jude Taylor
Eugene O’Neill and the rugby boys
The small but enthusiastic crowd contributed to a successful fundraiser, resulting in 25% of the artwork being sold.
Thanks must also go to all who provided artwork for exhibition, sale or auction.
A profit of $4,000 has kicked off our long-term goal of refurbishing the Susan Horrell Tennis Courts at the school.
If you are keen to get on board with this goal or join the PTFA, please come along to the next PTFA meeting which will be on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 at 7pm in the School Staffroom.
On behalf of the PTFA Committee Lisa Bolt
Today is a hugely significant day in the life of St Peter's College, with our Principal Kate Nicholson moving on to her next adventure as Principal at Kavanagh College. She leaves a huge hole in our community and has been instrumental in the development of so many of the highly successful initiatives here at St Peter's over the years. Within the community and the wider Kahui Ako, Kate, at all times demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, integrity and compassion. Her dedication, and unconditional positive regard of our staff and students has been and will always be a measure of Kate as a person. We thank her for the many hours of tireless work she has given to the school and we wish her and her family all the very best in their new endeavours in Dunedin. God bless.
Thank you, St Peter’s College!! As this is my final newsletter, I wish to thank all of those who have supported, encouraged and allowed me to learn and grow in my Principal role. 26 years living in Eastern Southland and teaching in three of its schools during that time, has been a significant part of my life and I am very grateful to the community in which we have raised our own family.
St Peter’s is a wonderful school. Sometimes, in smaller rural communities, families think that the ‘grass is greener’ elsewhere, or that boarding schools in a bigger centre must be a better option, or that our children may not get the same advantages and opportunities as other schools and towns. Having been in education for a while now, I can assure you this is absolutely not the case. St Peter’s and the Eastern Southland area provide our young people with every opportunity to play a wide range of sports at the highest level, access cultural opportunities and learning, perform on stage in large shows that they may not otherwise even get an audition for in larger centres, and gain an excellent education, with the number of students at St Peter’s gaining qualifications at a higher level than most schools in the country. The one thing that stands out to me though, is that our young people leave Gore believing that they can make a difference in the world. They don’t expect anyone to hold them back and they continue to set goals and achieve them. So many of us know ex-St Peter’s College ‘high-fliers’ in New Zealand and throughout the world and I am sure this has been the case for them – the glass ceiling doesn’t exist in our community and they continue to believe this wherever they go.
Continue to believe in St Peter’s as the best place to bring up and educate our young people - but remember to contribute and play your part in making it so. One person at the top does not make a school community; it is always a team effort and that team is strong right now. I have no doubt that with everyone continuing to pull together it will remain the same. Kia Kaha St Peter’s and farewell.
Project Based Learning (PBL) – Has it only been four weeks?
Walking around classrooms yesterday, I was filled with a real sense of excitement. Driven by their passion for particular issues and communities in need, students were actively researching and planning for their projects and some had even begun the practical aspects of creating an outcome.
I met two year 8 students who had just finished a conference call with a mental health agency, a year 10 who was on his way to a dance studio where he was going to meet with some expert advisers and a group of year 9s building websites and apps. Other students were still weighing up the pros and cons of possible solutions to issues people in our community face.
I was struck by the high levels of student engagement and fascinated by the authentic learning that was happening across a range of ages, interests developing skill sets. It’s only been four weeks, and there are many challenges to come I’m sure, but
CONGRATULATIONS to all the students and staff involved in this exciting innovative teaching and learning.
Last week finished with an interesting talk from Heidi Gillingham from AJ Hackett Bungy. It was a very informative presentation which was well received by the students.
Read below for Griffin’s report on the presentation.
‘I really enjoyed Heidi's presentation from AJ Hackett. I learnt a lot about what they offer for holiday programmes and I like how they offer discounts and freebies for their staff! Since tourism is New Zealand's biggest income industry, I feel like the younger ones could use the enlightenment. I know a lot of Year 12's are interested in tourism so I’d definitely get Heidi back next year! ‘
Griffin Franks - Year 13
On Thursday night Gore High School hosted the annual Combined Careers Evening. This evening was a great success with over 41 providers showing students what was available once they had left school.
Gateway Co-Ordinator/Careers Administration
The annual focus on Mathematics occurred this week at St Peter’s College. There will be more in next week’s newsletter about the exciting happenings on C floor during this week.
Our Year 9 & 10 students competed in the SMAC-Maths style quiz on Thursday morning. Congratulations to Sarah Griffith-Smith, Abby Gutschlag, Connor Watkins and Seba Metzler who were the champion Year 10 team. After a nail-biting tie-breaker, the Year 9 section was won by Dixie-Leigh Burr, Lauryn Pinckney, Flynn McHaffie and Callum Findlay.
Our Year 7 & 8 students competed in their Quiz this morning.
Congratulations to Jack Abernethy, Adam Kelly, Cruze Smith and Jordan King who were the winning Year 8 team and Jack Bensemann, Ashton Hansen, Annie Moody and Layla Connortan who were in the winning Year 7 team.
From these competitions, students are being invited to attend some practice session at lunchtimes, with staff, in preparation for the SMAC Competition in Invercargill, at the end of the term.
Carolyn Hunter – HELA Mathematics
Kia ora Whanau,
The year seems to be galloping away, and it’s time for the final Whanau Conferences of the year. These will once again be in the Hall from 2pm – 7pm and will be held next Wednesday, 21 August.
For parents of our senior students, it will be important that you meet with the teachers as there are only 38 school days left this year for many students (not including Practice Exam week, which is the first week of next term).
For parents of our Years 7 – 10 students, it will be good too, for you to catch up with the subject specialists who teach your children, as they begin to think about options in Years 9, 10 and 11 next year.
Please book interviews with your children’s teachers on the School Interviews site using this code yek9p. (www.schoolinterviews.co.nz)
Looking forward to seeing you next week.
Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning
Not quite winners, but we are very happy with the result for this year’s Bishop’s Shield – 2nd by only half a point! We had a wonderful time at Verdon College, Invercargill, last weekend competing in the 76th Bishop’s Shield Public Speaking Competition. The team we had competing this year, show real promise leading into the next few years and I want to say a huge thanks to all those staff who take this on every year as an ‘extra’ to everything else they already do, coaching our students ready for this important event on our calendar.
Similarly, the Film Festival was very well received on Wednesday night at the theatre. There are no other schools I know of that give their film-making students in media studies, the opportunity to have their work screened in a public theatre with a community audience. Well done to all the film makers and to Mr Nathan Munn for his work in this area.
Today we farewell Mr Brian Coyle from the Technology department. Brian has only been with us since the beginning of last year, but we have truly valued his contribution to St Peter’s in the classroom, staffroom, and in the respectful, genuine relationships he has formed with so many students in his care. Ironically, our loss is due to him living out everything we talk about when we encourage our students to take risks, keep learning, step outside of one’s comfort zone and so on. We wish Brian all the very best as he moves out of teaching into business ownership. We are pleased to let you know that Mr John Watkins will take up the role of Head of Technology (a job he has done very well for so many years at his previous school), and Mr Steve Chernishov will begin on Monday as the second teacher in this curriculum area for the remainder of the year.
Best of luck to all our netball teams competing in finals playoffs tomorrow at the MLT Stadium, and to our Year 7/8 rugby team who are playing in the final for their division at school tomorrow morning. If you are looking for some finals action, pop along and support our teams.
Next Wednesday afternoon is Whanau Conferencing. Please ensure you book to see your child’s teachers. During this time, we will have a display in the hall about our health and sexuality curriculum for parent consultation, which we are required to do every two years. If you are unable to attend on Wednesday and want to be part of this consultation, please contact Mr Brendan Terry at school.
‘Laudato si' is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle "on care for our common home". In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take "swift and unified global action."
There are very similar messages in ‘Laudato Si’:
“Pray for, and with Creation; Live more simply; Advocate to protect our common home”.
and in NZ/Aotearoa’s Climate Declaration:
“We, the people of Aotearoa commit to urgently transforming society to achieve climate stability for future generations. We will create a climate-safe Aotearoa, based on economic fairness, democracy, respect for human rights and the intent of Te Tiriti of Waitangi, where we live in harmony with nature and with each other”.
Together, let’s make the difference.
Kate Nicholson - Principal