Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

St Peter's College 24th September 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

I received an email recently where the writer noted that “old-fashioned is in fashion.” What an interesting statement! Generally, we associate fashions as moving quickly and we discard things, not because something is broken or worn out, but because someone says we need to – it's out of fashion. We don’t have time to get bored, every season we’re convinced the “new look” is what we need to have, and we believe it. Thinking back to the baggies, mullet hairstyles and camel nomads (all the rage in 80’s), perhaps this is a good thing! But what else is being promoted as unfashionable?

It is timely, as we come together to celebrate our Mercy Day today, to reflect on this. Catherine McAuley, founder of the Mercy Sisters, was called to educate poor girls, to leave school “Caring for the poor, uneducated and disadvantaged in whatever cultural or social context it operates.” While a philosophy forged some 200 years ago, it is every bit as relevant today as it was then. At St Peter’s, this informs what we teach our young people as being “in fashion.”

A St Peter’s student….

  • Demonstrates self-discipline and responsibility – avoiding impulsivity
  • Commits to events and activities – your name is your word
  • Sets high expectations for attainment and spends time preparing to be a winner – not leaving things to chance
  • Appreciates service to others as fundamental and rewarding
  • Has self-belief and is true to themself
  • Looks and advocates for the voiceless
  • Has a balance of interests – is well rounded through involvement in music, culture, sport, and academics
  • Can communicate confidently in any setting
  • Ensures God has a place in their life and prayer is something they do everyday

Our Mercy traditions, built on the foundations laid by the many outstanding Sisters and lay staff and supported by families who are involved, as well as the wider St Peter’s community, are acknowledged and celebrated today. As a College, we are confident that if our graduates leave having achieved the things listed above, they will be able to stand tall in any situation, and certainly, we will have succeeded in growing a great adult – something which will never be out of fashion!

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney


Eastern Southland Speech Competition

On September 15th, Eli Puna and Max McGregor competed at the Eastern Southland Speech Competition which was held at Longford Intermediate. They prepared a 3-minute speech with their own choice of topic. Max had a speech on, “Why Maths Is So Amazing,” and Eli did a speech about, “Adults Contradicting Themselves.” They had to convince the judges about their topics and deliver their speeches in a way that engaged the audience. Max did a great job and came first for Eastern Southland so represented our cluster at the Central Southland round where he came a very credible 4th. This was a great experience and taught both of them a lot about resilience and being humble.

Secondary Schools One Day Equestrian Competition at Oreti

On Sunday, 19th September, members of the St Peter's Equestrian team competed in the Secondary Schools One Day Event competition at Oreti. A one-day event includes competing in three phases: dressage, show jumping and cross country. The team consisted of Hannah O'Connor, Sophie White (on her two ponies) and Holly McGowan, and they were joined by draft rider Brooklyn Neiman from Northern Southland College. Although the team as a whole didn't finish live there were several individual placings for the day. Hannah placed second in her class and Sophie fourth. The competition was won by South Otago High School. The St Peter’s Equestrian Team look forward to their next competition, Secondary Schools Show Jumping, at Gore Showgrounds on 28th November.

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Year 12 DVC Graphics

Y12 DVC Graphics students Nicola Mitchell and Dylan Bullied are busy making their presentations for the main design project they have already completed. The presentations gives the students an opportunity to show their designs to others.


Congratulations to Ella King and Neve Borlase

Congratulations to Ella King and Neve Borlase who have both been nominated by the Eastern Basketball Association to take part in the upcoming Basketball New Zealand U15 Regional Selection Camp.

Basketball New Zealand is excited to offer the Regional Selection Camps as they look to identify athletes for the U15 Junior National teams which are looking to compete in the 2022 U15 FIBA Oceania Championships. This is the first step of the qualification process for the 2024 U17 FIBA World Cup.

These camps are invitation only; well done Ella and Neve.

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Neve Borlase

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

Touch Rugby, Term 4 – All students in Years 7-10 wanting to play touch rugby; this will be starting in Term 4 and will go for 6 weeks. Please fill in the online forms on Facebook, school website or the school app.

Any senior students wanting to coach a touch team please see Jess Young in the PE office or email

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.

Basketball and netball uniforms are due back now. Please return to Jess Young in the PE office.

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.......

Student School Board Election - 27th September

PTFA Meeting - 7pm, 28th September

Catholic Schools Day - 29th September

Term 3 ends - 1st October

Term 4 begins - 18th 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.