Principal's Comments

Posted Thursday August 24, 2023

Kia ora e te whanau

Over the last two weeks we have had many sports finals and the wrapping up of another winter sports season. Many of our teams did very well, playing with pride in our crest, with humility and courage is what we saw all season and I am very proud of all of our students who go out there every week to do the best for their teams and for the school. Next week will see the sports Winter Tournament week begin. We have teams and players competing in Football with Gore High School; Netball is in Invercargill; Hockey in Oamaru; U15 Rugby in Alexandra and A grade Rugby in Queenstown. To all of our young people who are competing, we wish you all the very best as you pursue excellence in your sporting fields, and thank you to all of those who have supported our teams with fundraising, planning, training and coaching in preparation for Tournament week.

The College is a place of learning and teaching; however outside the classroom the students are involved in many activities and opportunities. I encourage you to join and to continue to follow the St Peter’s College social media platforms and Facebook, to ensure that you too can see and celebrate our students’ involvement and successes. It has been wonderful to see, through participation and success in all extracurricular activities, our students developing the skills and attributes to be equipped and empowered to pursue their own personal excellence and preparing to challenge and shape their futures, whilst being young people of Mercy who act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God.

As we continue to work together to provide the best educational experience for our students, I am informing you of a change in date for our upcoming Parent Information Evening. Originally scheduled for Thursday, September 14th, our Parent Information Evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 11th. We understand the importance of providing ample time to ensure that we deliver an event that truly serves the needs of both our students and our community.

Our aim is to ensure that this evening is an opportunity for you to gain a thorough understanding of the forthcoming changes to the New Zealand curriculum and their impact on your child's education. We want to provide a comprehensive overview of these changes and their alignment with our school's vision for fostering rich learning experiences while reducing over-assessment.

The new date, October 11th, will provide us with the additional time needed to prepare an event that best serves the interests of all involved. This adjustment will allow our dedicated staff to present the updated course information and address any questions you may have with a level of detail and readiness that matches the importance of this endeavour. We firmly believe that by taking this extra time, we can ensure a more informative and engaging Parent Information Evening. This aligns with our commitment to delivering excellence in education and providing a platform for you to gain valuable insights into how our school is evolving to better serve our students' needs.

The principal’s address, originally scheduled for 6:00 PM, will remain an integral part of the evening. During this address, we will guide you through the changes and the reasons behind them, emphasising how they will prepare our students for success as they approach Level 2 NCEA and beyond.

Your participation in this event is crucial as we continue our journey of educational enhancement. Your support, engagement, and valuable input greatly contribute to the success of our school community. Once again, I thank you for your understanding and continued partnership. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 11th, and I look forward to welcoming you to our Parent Information Evening.

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