Newsletter Week 4 Term 3

St Peter's College 19th August 2022


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Kia ora e te whanau

It has been an eventful week with many team activities happening and opportunities to get together with young people and teacher colleagues from other schools. In the weekend 24 committed and very talented students along with their teacher coaches attended the 78th Bishop’s Shield hosted by Kavanagh College in Dunedin. It was a meaningful and memorable event especially as we stayed together at the old Priests seminary in Mosgiel, now an accommodation centre, Burns Lodge. We were looked after so very generously, and it was a pleasure to share the site with our competitors from St Kevin’s College. We look forward to hosting the Dunedin diocese secondary schools this time next year.

During the same weekend we also had a senior netball team playing in a tournament in Alexandra along with a year 7 & 8 team in Invercargill. These are wonderful experiences for our teams especially in the build up to tournament week in week 6 of this term. We also had our U16 boys’ rugby team in a semi-final. Congratulations goes out to our First XV Rugby team for making the finals of their grade this weekend against the Southland Boys High Red U18 team. It really goes to show that we are a small school that punches well above our weight, and I know our senior boys, along with all of our teams were proud to wear the St Peter’s College crest and colours every week. The game is at 11.45am this Saturday on our main field and I encourage all members of our community to come along and support.

I unfortunately will not be able to attend due to succumbing to Covid-19 yesterday, so I need you all there to cheer the boys along! I will hopefully be back and fighting fit on Friday the 26th of August which is a teacher only day for the school so look forward to seeing all of the students back the following Monday. Thank you all for your patience with the challenges Covid-19 and other winter illnesses continue to present. We are doing our very best to navigate our way through this with the support of our dedicated relievers and teachers picking-up additional lessons in order to remain open for on-site learning. As always if we have to roster year levels home it is because we have exhausted all other options.

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


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Career Pathways Department

Year 13's planning on studying next year?

Year 13's planning on studying next year? We have Chris Ridden, the Study link Liaison Officer, coming to talk to both students and parents on Tuesday, September 6th, at 5pm, about student loans and allowances. Chris will make a short presentation and there will be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. It will be held in the Hall at school.

This week the Lincoln University Liaison Manager spoke to a small group of students and started planning their courses for next year with them.

Also, for those preparing for NCEA exams, check out Money Hub for resources to get those Excellence and Merit endorsements.

They have published a fantastic new guide to help your students attain Merit and Excellence and prepare everyone for upcoming internals and externals.

The guide lists 10+ New Zealand and relevant overseas resources assisting NCEA preparation. It will update regularly.

Visit it here:

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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

Bishop's Shield – 12th August to 14th August

Imagine this... four schools competing throughout a weekend of fun, excitement, hyper competition and even better, making new friends and forming bonds with others. All this packed into three extremely quick days and still, it is a time that you would never forget.

Bishop's Shield is a public speaking competition between four Catholic schools for points and to compete for trophies. If your school has the most points overall by the end of the weekend, you win the beautiful Bishop's Shield.

Our journey began on Friday at 2:30pm on the dot; we all met outside with everything we needed ready for Dunedin. Everyone was pumped and excited to experience the Bishop's Shield. We stayed at the stunning Burns Lodge in Mosgiel for the next three days. That night we had to be at the Welcome at 7.00pm sharp. After dinner we rushed off to Kavanagh College for the ceremony. Isabella Gordon-Glassford did her amazing, prepared speech.

On Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and ready to load into the vans for a big day of cheering on, performing, speaking, and debating. Everyone was so excited to be a part of these events. St Peter’s first event on Saturday was the Junior Debate at 11:00am with Mikee Omega, Anna- Rose Shaw, and Grace Abernethy. It was amazing to watch and a hard topic, too. Time flew by and before we knew it, it was lunch time so we all headed down to the canteen for some sandwiches and a stroll through the mall. Soon enough we found ourselves back in the auditorium ready to watch the Senior Debate and let us tell you, it was one intense debate. Then it came time for Impromptu Speech where Seba Metzler did an outstanding speech about Fair Play and took first place. A lovely Mass soon followed, celebrated by Father Hook.

After dinner came the amazing Drama. The Junior performance was outstanding, hilariously funny, and amazing improvising when their music started skipping. Senior Drama was amazing too and was such an awesome storyline with some great expressions on all the faces. I think it was just our luck their drama music started skipping too. However it was an amazing way to finish the night and we are all so proud of them for their improvisation and determination. The whole crowd loved it!

Sunday, August 3rd, and our last day. As we wake up, pack our bags, and say goodbye to Burns Lodge, we jumped into the school vans at 8:30am ON THE DOT (Mr Terry made that very clear) we head to Kavanagh for the Junior and Senior Scripture and Closing Ceremony and the best part, Prizegiving. As we got through the day it was truly clear that this magical time was sadly ending. As lunch came around a very intense rap battle occurred (while we also made great use of the basketball hoop). We headed into the hall for the Closing Ceremony and the Prizegiving. We walked out of there happy, tired, and sad that it was over. We loaded up the vans to head home and we said goodbye and thank you to Kavanagh for this wonderful time. Oh, and of course we had to stop at the Night and Day diary before we left.

It was a truly awesome and unforgettable experience and on behalf of all the students who participated we would like to thank Mrs Quinney, Mr Terry, Mr Ryan, Mrs Ryan, Mr Blakie, Mrs Pearce, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Sorrell, and Mrs Kelly for all the hard work and time that they put in to make us look and feel our best on the stage. We truly could not have done it without you all. We all thought that it was an awesome and fun time, and we thank you all for that.

Aria Wilson and Grace Abernethy, Year 9

Senior Debaters

Well done to the Senior detaters who gave their all in the debates on the topic of social media and the environment.

Junior Debaters

Well done to the Junior detaters who gave their all in the debates on the topic of social media and the environment

MathsWeek 2022

Maths classes in Year 7 & 8 were a hive of activity last week, as students participated in a number of MathsWeek activities.

Congratulations to the following students, in the different competitions:

Postcards – Ben Topp, Lia Soriano, Lauren Love

Keno Numbers/ Numbers all around us – Amy Davidson-Watts, Addison McGarry

MathsWeek website: various challenges – Melissa Steeghs, Mason Newton, Fagan Bryan

With more than 200 entries, from students and staff, congratulations to Hannah McKee, (photo to the right) who guessed the correct number of jellybeans - 208.

Unfortunately, due to staff absences, and Years 9 & 10 students rostered home during the week, some activities did not run. Roll on MathsWeek in 2023.

Carolyn Hunter

HELA Mathematics

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SMAC Maths Competition Winners

On Friday, 12th August, the Year 7's gathered together to participate in our annual Maths Week Quiz. The students worked in teams of four to answer a variety of maths problems. The room was abuzz with mathematical talk and there was much excitement to see who would come out on top.

The engagement of all was outstanding and it even came down to a tie-breaker for second place. Congratulations to everyone for their participation and postitive attitude. Maths was the winner on the day.

Julie Burrows and Eileen McCabe

Career Pathways Department


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

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.

Weekly sports photos

If you have any sporting photos you would like to share please email these to Jess Young and we will put them in the newsletter for you.

Term 3 - Sports Planner 2022

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Equestrian upcoming events

Equestrian - Secondary schools teams One Day Event - Sunday, 18th September

Taieri District Pony club, school teams event - primary and secondary that will be held on Sunday 25th September - Please see Jess Young or email - for more information

Eastern Basketball Tournament

Well done to the following boys who made it through to the Eastern Baskeball tournament:

U13 Boys (A) Basketball Team:

Jack Wilkins

Bain Turnbull

Cru Holland

Cooper Petterson

Max McGregor

U13 Boys (B) Basketball Team:

Mason Newton

Mason Williams

Will Sanson

Southland Under 16 Girls' Rugby Squad

Congratuations to Millie Corcoran and Addi McHaffie who both made the Southland Under 16 Girls' Rugby Squad.

Photo (from left) is Millie Corcoran and Addi McHaffie.

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Congratulations to Sophie White

Well done to Sophie White for winning a trophy for the best junior eventing score for Otago Southland Area.
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Coming up.......

Year 8 Deep Cove Camp - Saturday, 20th August - Monday, 29th August

Polyfest - Thursday, 25th August

Teacher Only Day - Friday, 26th August

Winter Tournament Week - Monday, 29th August - Friday, 2nd September

Student led Conferencing - Wednesday, 7th and Thursday 8th 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

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.