Principals Comment

Posted Thursday May 2, 2024

Kia ora e te whānau

As a Catholic Principal, reflecting on the value of community within our school is deeply intertwined with our faith and mission. Community is not merely a concept but a lived experience, a reflection of the love and unity we find in God and in one another.

Our students continually astound us with their remarkable achievements and contributions to our school community. Whether it's academic success, artistic talent, athletic prowess, or acts of kindness and service, their accomplishments are a testament to the spirit of excellence and compassion that permeates our school.

However, it's essential to recognize that these achievements do not occur in isolation. They are nurtured and supported by the rich tapestry of relationships and connections that define our school community. Our students thrive not only because of their individual efforts but also because of the encouragement, guidance, and solidarity they receive from their peers, teachers, parents, and mentors.

In celebrating the amazing things our students do, we also celebrate the strength and vibrancy of our community. Each accomplishment is a collective victory, a reflection of the shared values, aspirations, and dedication that unite us as a school family. It's in these moments of achievement and celebration that we witness the true power of community – the ability to inspire, uplift, and empower each other to reach greater heights.

As we continue to foster a culture of community within our school, let us remain ever mindful of the sacred responsibility we have to nurture and support each other. Let us strive to create an environment where every student feels valued, supported, and empowered to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on the world around them.

This week we gathered for our first ever Anzac Ceremony. We stood not only as members of St Peter's College but also as a larger family, a community bound by the shared values of honour, respect, and gratitude. We paid tribute to the brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. We remember with reverence and gratitude the fallen soldiers who gave their lives so that we may live in peace and freedom.

We thank our esteemed guests and the family members of these courageous individuals who came to our ceremony and breakfast. Their loved ones' sacrifice will never be forgotten, and their legacy of courage and selflessness will continue to inspire generations to come. It was fitting that we gathered here at school, not only to honour the memory of the fallen but also to reaffirm our commitment to community. At St Peter's College, we hold dear the value of community – the belief that together, we are stronger, and together, we can make a difference. This ceremony served as a testament to our unity and our shared resolve to uphold the principles of justice, peace, and compassion.

Let us all pledge to carry forward the legacy of our fallen heroes by embracing the spirit of service and sacrifice in our own lives. May we always strive to honour their memory through our actions and deeds, ensuring that their sacrifice was not in vain.

May our school community always be a beacon of light and love, reflecting the boundless grace and mercy of God, and may our students continue to shine brightly, illuminating the path for others to follow.

Charity Fulfils the Law