Newsletter Week 6 Term 3

St Peter's College 2nd September 2022

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Kia ora e te whanau

Tournament week has given over a 100 of our students the opportunity to travel and play teams from other regions around the South Island. We have been very lucky to have had Football, Rugby, Netball and Hockey all being played this week and we are so very thankful for all the parent and staff support who have helped make these events happen. Being a part of a school sports team is an effective way to build a sense of community as it enhanc­es relationships between students, teachers, the school and supporting families. And as a Catholic community, sport helps students to grow in maturity and attitude, such as caring for the opponent, playing hon­estly, and smiling under pressure. Sport teams provide a controlled, su­pervised environment in which to monitor and encourage these Christian attitudes. Being a part of a sports team en­ables students to learn the art of losing gracefully (not trying to place blame on others, not making excuses) as well as winning gracefully (congratulating the other team, giving praise to God, not boasting). So the fun continues with a girls rugby tournament in Dunedin today, the year 7 & 8 rugby boys to Queenstown for the weekend and the year 7 & 8 basketball boys are off to Tauranga on Sunday for the AIM’s games. I am very privileged to be going along with them so will be away for all of next week but will be contactable by phone and email if needed.

Over the next few weeks our senior students will be working towards their school exams. These are critical, and every student should attend their exam, and try their very best to complete each one. The results for these exams may have to be used for a derived grade if the NZQA exams at the end of the year cannot be attended due to injury, illness or a sudden event. As students work towards the school exams, stress and anxiety levels can rise. The New Zealand Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ is a great resource and has some simple tips for supporting yourself and whānau.

We pray for our seminarian, Joseph Nguyen, who will be ordained as a Priest tomorrow in Auckland at Sacred Heart Church. A small contingent from Gore will be there in support and we are blessed to be able to attend this very special and spiritual ceremony.

As we celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate that it is the parents who are the first teachers of their children and that parents will continue to teach and guide their children long after they have left our school grounds. So, to our parent community, thank you. Thank you for being the base and an integral part of our community. Thank you for supporting the staff at St Peter’s College who work with and alongside your children to ensure that they develop the skills and attributes to be equipped and empowered to pursue personal excellence. So that they will be prepared to challenge and shape the future, whilst being a young person of Mercy and Charity who acts justly, loves tenderly and walks humbly with our God.

God our Father,

We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation;

may they find courage and perseverance

to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for fathers around the world

whose children are lost or suffering;

may they know that the God of compassion

walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers

but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers

who are no longer with us

but who live forever in our memory

and nourish us with their love.


Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


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Edge School Accounts and Payments

All school accounts are now up to date with the information we have for subject donations, uniform and sports charges. Requests for payments are emailed out at the beginning of every month.

All uniform and sports are goods and services already paid for by the school, and as such are chargeable and recoverable items that we require prompt payment for. If you have outstanding uniform or sports on your account from this year, please pay this as soon as possible.

Prior Year Outstanding Accounts

If you have previous years chargeable items on your school account that have not been paid, please pay these immediately. We will be following these up over the next few weeks and if these remain unpaid you can expect to receive an email or phone call requesting payment.

The school’s bank account details are as follows:

St Peter’s College BOT

12 3434 0012635 000

Reference: Your child’s name

If there is a specific item you would like to pay for, please also use this in the reference. Otherwise, we will allocate the payment at our discretion. If you have more than one child you are paying for, we encourage you to have separate payments for each child to ensure correct payment allocation. Please also update any existing automatic payment references with the correct reference details, particularly if one child has now left school.

Thank you

Paula Robertson

Executive Officer

Career Pathways Department

Attention all Year 12/13 parents and students

On Tuesday, 6th September at 5pm Chris Ridden the Studylink Liaison Officer will be giving a short presentation in the St Peter’s Hall all about student loans and allowances. This is a great chance to hear about how to apply for a loan or allowance. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the talk.

It can be a daunting time especially for parents who have not had a child go through this before so come along and listen to the expert.

University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2023. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list.

Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.

For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

Vietnam Culture and History Tour 2024

Now that Covid has settled down and the world is opening back up again I have decided the time is right to attempt to get another tour together to Vietnam.

This trip will occur predominantly in the first term holidays in 2024. Usually these trips take around 12-15 days - scheduling and itinerary is still being tweaked.

The tour is open to students who will be Year 12 in 2024 (So 2022s Yr 10s)

As you are aware this is a big undertaking and requires a lot of planning and preparation. As a part of this process, I will be holding a Parent information evening with some of the details you will need to make an informed decision about whether this trip is something you want to investigate further.

The meeting is scheduled for: 7:00pm 6th September at St Peter's College - Room B5. Please register your interest in this meeting by emailing me at


Sam Sanson

Dean Year 10, H.E.L.A Social Science, Head of History Department

Duke of Edinburgh

Here we have Ophelia Nam who has gained her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, well done Ophelia.
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Eastern Southland Speech Competition

On Thursday, 25th August, four students (Eli Puna, Max McGregor, Jude Terry and Briar Sharp) went to Longford Intermediate with high hopes for the Eastern Southland Speech Competition. All students represented St Peter’s amazingly and can be proud of their achievements. Eli Puna coming 1st in the year 7&8’s, Max McGregor coming 3rd and Jude Terry coming 4th. All students presented their speeches with passion. The next round of the speech competition will be held at Gore Main school on Thursday, 7th September. We wish all the students representing St Peter’s College all the best in the next round!

Jude Terry, Year 8

From Left: Max McGregor, Eli Puna, Jude Terry and Briar Sharp.
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Deep Cove Camp

Below are a selection of some of the Deep Cove camp photos. Looks like they had a lot of fun and made some nice memories to last forever.

Deep Cove Camp 8C

Deep Cove Camp 8P

Deep Cove Camp 8S


Students - There will be a blue notice board in the fishbowl. This is where all your upcoming and current sport events notices can be found.

Please feel free to send in any of your child's sporting achievements if you would like them to appear in the newsletter. Email them to


Volleyball starts Tuesday, 13th September, please fill in the forms permission if your child would like to play

Touch Southland are now taking registration's for Junior Development teams for more information and to register your child click here

Eastern Basketball Team Tournament

Jack Wilkins, Max McGregor, Cooper Petterson and Cru Holland all play for an Eastern Basketball Team. At the weekend they played in a Dunedin tournament and won four games out of four. A huge congratulations to the team for an awesome result.

Term 3 - Sports Planner 2022

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Coming up.......

Rugby Coaching Course - Monday, 5th September to Wednesday, 7th September

Studylink presentation - Tuesday, 6th September at 5pm in St Peter's School Hall

Trades Academy Presentation - Wednesday, 7th September

Defensive Driving - Wednesday, 7th September at 5pm

Student Led Conferencing - Wednesday, 7th and Thursday 8th September

Barista Course - Thursday, 8th and Friday, 9th September

Athletics Day - Monday, 12th September (postponement 14th September)

PTFA meeting - Tuesday, 13th September

MCAT Exam - Tuesday, 13th September

Year 13 Geography Camp - Thursday, 15th and Friday, 16th September

Whanau Conferencing - Thursday, 15th September

Equestrian secondary schools team One Day Event - Sunday, 18th September

Year 12 Geography Camp - Monday, 19th - Wednesday, 21st September

Sports and Cultural Photos - Tuesday, 20th September

School Board meeting - Wednesday, 21st September

Taieri District Pony club, school teams event (primary and secondary) - Sunday, 25th Spetember

Derived Grade Exams - Monday, 26th September - Friday, 30th September

Term 3 ends - Friday, 30th September

Term 4 starts - Monday, 17th October

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.

Reminder - Rugby Subs need to be paid as soon as possible.