Happy Easter and Blessings of the Easter season to all our families and wider college community.
Last Saturday night’s Senior Ball was a joy to behold. The stadium looked magnificent, the students looked impeccable and the food, music and ambience was excellent. Thank you to the Deputy Head Students, Charlotte Cuttance and Flynn Goodger, who led a strong band of organisers to make this evening a success. There are many photos on the school Facebook page and within this newsletter. My personal thank you must go to the Netball Committee who organised the successful Ball Parade prior to the Ball, and to the PTFA and parents who helped out at the venue on the night, and prior to the Ball whether that was in tutoring ballroom dancing lessons or helping with the creation of table settings. I appreciate the time you gave to help everyone enjoy the evening to the fullest.
We farewelled our intrepid travelers this morning – a group of fifteen year 9 to 11 students accompanied by Mr Ronny Kotkamp and Mrs Louise Grogan – as they wing their way to Europe. This is a very special overseas tour for our College as the group experience first-hand the origins of our College. They will visit Rome and experience the surreal Catholic experience of being in the Vatican City. They then travel north to Calvario and stay in the same monastery that Antonio Rosmini lived for many years. A trip to England will allow them to experience school life at Ratcliffe College, a Rosminian college in Leicester that is often called the ‘mothership’ of the Rosminian Order in England. The group will also visit Dublin to see the origins of the Mercy Order at Baggot Street where Catherine McAuley first established her order of nuns dedicated to mercy action for the poor and vulnerable, particularly women and children. This will be a wonderful experience for these young people and I am sure it will enrich their understanding of the charisms of St Peter’s College.
St Edmund’s Christian Brothers’ College Under-15 Rugby Team visited from Ipswich in Queensland, Australia during the week. We were very happy to host this team and play them in rugby, which is becoming a regular fixture on our calendar. The touring side was treated to a wonderful welcome – Haka and Waiata - by our ever-growing Kapa Haka group, and they enjoyed the billeting experience with so many of our generous families. Unfortunately for us, they gained their third win of their tour before leaving to face St Kevin’s College the next day.
Enjoy the Easter period and time spent with family and friends and maybe even Ed Sheeran for many!
See you all back at school next Wednesday after a well-deserved break.
‘Good Friday’ by Joy Cowley
We do not call in bad Friday
Although, for the One who lived and died
The torture of that day
There would have been nothing good about it.
It was death by dishonor,
Death by a pain so severe
That it filled all the spaces of thinking,
Wrenching forth the cry,
“My God! My God! What have you forsaken me!”