Kia ora e te whanau
Term two is often the toughest of part of the year. The novelty of arriving at a new school and beginning a new year has passed and what is left is the everyday business of learning – which isn’t always easy. It is a time when our values can be tested by the normal frustrations of our daily life and these provide our young people with an opportunity to discern right from wrong, between good and bad, what is truth and a lie, and what is better and best.
We learn the answers to these things – from each other, from friends and family, from society at large and also online. Some of these sources are better than others! I encourage parents to try to monitor what your child is engaged in when it comes to online activities. At St Peter’s College, we will enhance our values to prevent unwarranted behaviour from entering the College and causing disruption, but this is also a partnership between home and school. How we react to a problem is often 90% of solving it.
We continue to experience disruptions with the 7 day grind of isolation periods at varying times for both staff and students. This calls us to be flexible and adaptable in all areas of the school. My gratitude goes out to our staff who have taken on extra class supervision and increased their workloads to support their colleagues and students. My congratulations to parents who have managed to keep their families together through these constraints. Keeping a structure and home routine going during these times is heroic. Well done to our young people who have turned up every day for their lessons without grumbling despite the obstacles of online learning.
Fighting the good fight, finishing the course, and keeping faith is the mission of our learning. Our direction as a school is about looking forward, working towards the goals in our strategic plan that we all contributed to, and putting the students at the centre. Full school assemblies have now been restored and this is to encourage every student to have a sense of the whole and to reinstate our community connections.
"I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith"
(2 Timothy 4:7)
Keeping the faith is difficult. But we know life is difficult. Keep going today and tomorrow.
Charity Fulfils the Law.