Newsletter Week 10 Term 3

St Peter's College 1st October 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

The view from my office each morning is absolutely spectacular……..

I am so grateful every single day to be the Principal of such an outstanding school, to work alongside fantastic teachers and to see our students growing and excelling every day. There have been many achievements this term but what I am most proud of is the way our students have come back from lockdown without a fuss and have quickly got back into the routines of school life. There have been many disappointments in the cancellations and postponements of school, cultural and sporting events but our young people have shown resilience and fortitude since returning. I think we are all grateful to be back at school.

Recently a teacher lamented to me about the behaviour of our young boys at St Peter’s College and this surprised me greatly. It did get me reflecting however on if we offer the best service and education to our boys as we do to our girls. As a female I know there is a certain bias in my thinking, but I have also had experience in teaching in a boy’s school and know that they do indeed have different needs.

The general statistics show, unfortunately, that there is this deep and growing inequality between the genders in almost all areas of life. So, what are some of the general and anecdotally disturbing statistics:

  • Boys are more likely to commit suicide.
  • Boys are more likely not to complete their university degrees, their apprenticeships, or their life ambitions.
  • If boys graduate at university it will be more likely to be in dead end, short shelf-life subjects.
  • Boys are more likely to join gangs for companionship.
  • Boys will become men who will happily produce children but will not support or commit to their education...the fatherless society.
  • Boys will undertake risk-taking dangerous activities because they think they are bulletproof proof...until proved otherwise.
  • More boys will graduate to being homeless men sleeping in Queen Street and other big city streets.
  • More boys will be hooked to the despairing thrill of dope, P and their addictive cousins more than the narcotic of learning.
  • Boys are more likely to misread the sexual politics of consent.

And many more trends as parents, especially mothers fear for the future of their sons. If our Covid parent has taught us anything, it is that the future of secondary boys learning will be found...

  • Not solely through a computer screen or phone.
  • Not in a school culture of doing what you like when you like.

Our job is to educate boys to become relational men. If we educate boys to be strong, well-qualified, relational men then they will empower their future daughters to be leaders in boardrooms!

If we are to articulate what St Peter's College is would have to be that genderised idea that our NZ boys, our St Peter’s men deserve an equal deal as their sisters.

It has been a hard term of disruption for the school. Parents you have to be proud of your children in what they do with everything cancelled. Character in the making. Thank you to all our teachers who have worked so hard with routines disrupted and personal connection cancelled. Thank you to our families who speak so positively about St Peter's College and Rosmini House out in the community. Enjoy the holidays!

See you Monday 18th October at 8.45 am.

Charity fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


School Magazine

If you havent already ordered a school magazine please contact the school office to do so by no later than end of October.

Uniform Shop

Please note students should be in summer uniform Term 4. The uniform shop will be open during the school holidays on Tuesday 5th October from 12 to 2pm.

St Peter’s College School Board Election (Student Representative) Declaration of Student Election Results


Myah Kortbaoui 165

Georgie Crowley 63

Invalid votes 15

I hereby declare Myah Kortbaoui duly elected.

Julie Henry,

Returning Officer

Sanitary Items

The Ministry have started a scheme where schools are able to provide free sanitary items to girls. Our girls are being given some of these to take home today and being told that they are always available at the school office.

Tara Quinney,


Year 13 Geography Field Trip to Queenstown

On September 15th, the Year 13 Geography class, Mrs Perkins and Mr Terry set off on our field trip to Queenstown for the night. We began the trip with a quick coffee stop at the Coffee Bomb, and on arriving in Queenstown we went to the Queenstown Resort College. Here Destination Queenstown gave us an overview of the impact of Covid 19 on the tourism industry and the strategies that have been put in place to adapt. Queenstown is missing Australia and Auckland visitors! After our morning of learning, it was lunch time. After lunch it was time for I-Fly! This was a highlight! Jason, the manager gave us an inspiring talk about I-Fly and the way they have managed Covid 19. The impact on many businesses is huge as in some cases rents have continued to increase while income has decreased. We all had a fly in the capsule; this was one of the best things I have ever done. A visit to Queenstown Lake District Council followed. The main discussion was on development of the area and restrictions to manage this. After an adventurous and busy day, we went to the Arrowtown Holiday Park.

On Thursday morning, (after sharing the lodge with guys from a noisy fishing trip) we headed to the Arrowtown Museum. Here we studied the growth of tourism and attractions in the area. Following a stroll around Arrowtown and the Five Mile shopping centre or the ‘new Queenstown' as the locals know it by, Mr Terry and Mrs Perkins gave us an hour to hit the shops and grab lunch. Again, we all made the most of it, with the majority of the Geography class trying bubble tea. We then headed home, via a quick stop to Mr Terry's favourite bread shop.

The Field trip was full of fun and not all about food; the presentations supported our exam topic of how cultural processes shape an environment, in our case tourism and how it shapes the Queenstown area.

By Rose Perkins, Year 13

Year 12 Geography Field Trip to Mount Cook

On Wednesday, 22nd September, the Year 12 Geography class embarked on a trip to Aoraki, Mount Cook. The field trip was to support our learning of the South Island High Country and Glaciation. After a long drive, our first activity was a walk up the Hooker Valley to the Hooker Lake that is fed by the Hooker Glacier. It was a beautiful day and three from the group took the chance to go for a quick dip in the glacial lake. On the next day we went to the airfield to hop in a ski plane that would take us up to the Tasman Glacier. Once we landed, we got out of the plane to take in the views, take photos and throw some snowballs. After a quick plane flight back to base enjoying the spectacular scenery, we had a quick class with the Department of Conservation and then we were off to the Tasman Lake. A short bus ride followed by a short 20-minute walk to the lake where we got on a boat and sped around the ice bergs. We learnt a few things about how the lake was formed. We got up close and personal with the Tasman Glacier. An iceberg also flipped over while we were on the lake; unfortunately we were at the other end of the lake when it happened, but we definitely heard it. On the last day we had one more DOC session where we discussed how we can keep the World Heritage Site status and how we can preserve the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park for the future. After this we left the Mount Cook village and headed for home, with a quick stop at Twizel at the High-Country Salmon Farm to feed the fish and purchase some tasty fresh fillets for our families. Huge thanks to Mr Terry and Mrs Perkins for organising the trip.

By Olivia Shanks Year 12

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice tramp - Motorau Hut Track

Straight after school on Friday 24th September, eight of us journeyed to Te Anau, where we would start our walk on the Motorau Hut track to complete our practice tramp for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze. We arrived at the track at 6pm as it was starting to get dark, so we had to get a move on. We were fortunate enough that there was only light rain, which didn’t affect us to a major extent. We managed to get to the hut at 7:40pm where it was now pretty much fully dark. There were two other people already there who had the fire going and the place was fully set up. We found out that the woman was from Australia and had previously attended a school called St Peter's which years before, we had done an exchange with. It was exciting to find this out! We had a fun night playing cards and trying to stay warm, most of us settled in bed at 10pm. The weather was starting to get hideous outside, the wind was howling and there was thunder and lightning, which when you are situated by the mountains it starts to roar! We then woke up around 6:30am starting to get breakfast and hot chocolates into our systems. After breakfast, we packed up and swept out the cabins. Before setting off again we took a stroll down by the lake to look over at the Kepler mountains and Manapouri. We were then away around 9:30am. Although the journey back felt faster as we weren’t walking in mid darkness, the rain was heavier and for some of us who didn’t have covers, our packs started to gather moisture. We ended up back at the van around 11:00am where most of us were exhausted! Motorau Hut track provided insane scenes including many bridges to cross, look out points to view the mountains, roaring rivers, and the view of Lake Manapouri. Although tired on the van ride back to Gore, overall we had an amazing time and wouldn’t have been able to experience it without the time and energy of Mrs Thompson and Mr Jack; thank you.

Penny Sloper, Year 10

Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Gold - Kepler Track

On September 17th, eight of us senior students and Mr Kotkamp, took off to Te Anau to start the famous Kepler Track for our expeditions for Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh. Friday night, we trekked to the Moturau Hut partially by torchlight as the sun began to set, arriving just in time for tea, a quick hot chocolate, and then bed. The next morning, we got up bright and early and set off on the track again. The second day was a gradual uphill climb that left our legs burning from exhaustion but our minds buzzing from the incredible scenery. We were priviledged to see a rare blue duck (native to this area) basking on the sunny rocks along side the river. Not long after we reached the Iris Burn Hut, the boys took an extra trip up to a waterfall where they took a quick dip- brrr! Then we cracked open our yummy, freeze-dried food in front of the warm fire and played some cards for the rest of the night. At 1am the next morning we were shaken awake by a level 4.6 earthquake!! Between that and someone’s (who has yet to "fess up") snoring, it was a long night. On the third and final day, it was time for us to walk all the way back to the van. With our feet feeling heavy we persevered and trudged on through the bush, stopping for a few much needed snack breaks on the way. The sandflies became thicker and thicker as the last few kilometers stretched on for what seemed like forever. We couldn’t help but start racing towards the end when we saw the Rainbow Reach swing bridge which signaled the finish line. Relaxing, putting our feet up and stopping for hot chips and a milkshake in Lumsden on the van ride home was definitely a luxury after the whole weekend of tramping.

Overall, this tramp was most certainly a highlight of my year. Good company that made for good banter, along with beautiful Aotearoa providing us with jaw dropping sights, made this expedition an incredible experience and lots of fun!

Rachael Miller, Year 11

Welcome to our new Bi-lingual support worker

Sheilah Omega

Sheilah migrated to New Zealand with her husband Michael and eldest child, Mikee. Her husband began dairy farming in 2007 and was ably assisted by Sheilah in 2017. When they landed their dairy contract milking business the business become a pathway to help with introducing other Filipino to the greener pastures in New Zealand. In 2018 Sheilah was a member of the Knapdale School Board of Trustees. Her role was an asset in helping migrant families feel a belonging within the community. From then on Sheilah has been tagged as being the elder sister of the Filipino community.

Sheilah will support migrant families, and support the school in relating to migrant families.

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The next Youth Parliament will occur in 2022, with Youth MPs participating in a tenure programme from 1 March to 31 August, including attending a two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington on 19 and 20 July. The Youth Parliament programme gives young people the opportunity to understand and be a part of the Parliamentary process and connect with their communities. It will be a significant opportunity for up to 120 young New Zealanders to gather the views of their peers and bring young peoples’ voice to Parliament.

Every Member of Parliament will select a Youth MP to represent their community. I’m seeking applications from interested students from your [school or community group] to be included in my Youth MP selection process for Southland electorate.

Pupils can email their submission to We encourage the use of imagination to illustrate what they see as the three main issues facing youth in the electorate, it could be anything from a written essay, a visual essay, video or short 5 minute podcast. I look forward to seeing the ways they would like to utilise their voice in Youth Parliament

I’m looking for a young person who is:

  • aged 16 – 18 years old (inclusive) on 12 November 2021
  • active in their community or region, or looking for ways to become active in their community or region (acknowledging that some candidates may not be familiar with politics or activism prior to applying)
  • able to attend Youth Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2022 and commit to the Youth MP tenure, from 1 March to 31 August 2022 (training will be offered at the beginning of this tenure)
  • interested in youth issues, politics and / or social change
  • able to seek the views, opinions and ideas of their peers and represent them at the two-day Youth Parliament 2022 event
  • prepared to work within the protocols and behavioural expectations of Youth Parliament 2022.

I would also like to encourage a range of voices to step forward. Like New Zealand Parliament, Youth Parliament will benefit from a range of voices, so I encourage young people with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities to step forward. Pastoral care will be provided, and accessibility requirements, such as NZSL interpretation / translation, will be provided for.

If you have any questions or would like more information on Youth Parliament 2022, please contact the Youth Parliament project team at

Alternatively, please contact my offices as listed below.

Gore Office

Queenstown Office

Alexandra Office

15 Main St


1085 Frankton Road


61 Tarbert Street


03 203 3000

03 441 4093

03 448 5550


Cricket, Term 4 – Please fill in the online forms on Facebook, school app or the school website to play cricket in Term 4.

Eastern Tennis Tournament – Years 7 & 8 Tennis Tournament will be held in Gore on Thursday, 28th October. The forms for sign up are on the St Peter’s Facebook sport page, school app or the St Peter’s website.

if there are any parent/student coaches who would like information on coaching to Please email

Upcoming Sporting Events:

Otago/Southland Secondary Schools Cross Country Motor Cross – Sunday, October 10th

Cricket – Starts the week of October 19th

Touch – Thursday, October 21st

Eastern Southland Primary Schools Tennis Tournament, Years 7 & 8 – Thursday, October 28th

Secondary School Teams Show Jumping – Sunday, November 28th

New sports registration and payment procedure reminder:

Once you have signed forms and sporty registrations giving your permission for your child to enter a sports team, tournament or event, there will be no refunds unless a medical certificate is provided. This is to ensure events can go ahead and that the appropriate costs are covered. Please make sure your child is able to attend before signing these documents.

Sports Registrations/ Events/ Draws will be online!

Keep an eye on the newsletter if you are interested in entering an event.

For registrations and draws, please use the St Peter's College Facebook Sports page and also the St Peter's College website.

Schools Apps NZ (if you do not have this go to Play store app and download).

If you require any further information email or come and see Jess Young in the PE office.

Coming up.......

Term 3 ends - 1st October

Term 4 begins - 18th October

Derived grade exams - 28th October to 3rd November

Teacher only day (literacy PLD) - 5th November

Teacher only day (NCEA Accord) - 29th November

School PickUp

SchoolPickUp is an online store, selling a very wide range (currently 10,000 items and growing) of high-quality products. Most importantly, any purchases you make will mean 50% of the profits go straight to St Peter's College Gore.