Newsletter Week 11 Term 1

St Peter's College 16th April 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

Term one done and dusted! What an amazing number of events we have been able to fit into term one- from sports trials, tournaments, production try outs and practices to NCEA internal assessments, PAT testing, athletics competitions, retreats, the senior ball and Masses to name just a few. Term one is often our busiest time of the year and it sets the scene for how we go forward. A huge thank you goes out to all our staff, parents and volunteers who make these events so successful and smooth running.

With great beginnings there also comes sad endings and farewells. Today we farewell two very special teachers, Mrs Janine Heads who has been here for eight and a half years, and Mrs Jan Bridgman who has served for an outstanding 44 years. Last night staff had the opportunity to attend a dinner in honour of them both and hearing their journeys one last time was a privilege for us all. Janine will be sadly missed by us all but in particular by her Science teachers and students. Her leadership, knowledge and qualities have enabled eight years of strong senior Physics, Science and Chemistry results and a long list of students who have continued on in life with a passion for Science and learning. Jan’s commitment to Catholic education for 44 years is almost unheard of in educational institutions and is a testament to her dedication, wisdom, abilities and kindness to the teaching profession. This lengthy service has meant that Jan has taught three generations of some of our families. We also farewell our school chaplain today, Fr Damian Wynn-Williams, who is retiring from the Gore Parish. Fr Damian has been a leader, model and servant to us all. We give thanks to God for you and wish you well in your retirement.

Recently we had our senior ball, and it was a magical evening for our students and families who attended but it is time to re-evaluate how this is run, in particular who attends. Please click on the link below if you would like to have a say in how our ball is run in future years:

Term one has had many highlights but most of all I would like to recognise the individuals who received Excellence endorsements at our Blue’s Assembly this term. These students worked hard and set goals to achieve their very best. Academic excellence is our core business, and these students epitomise all our efforts:

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With $70,000 in scholarships being given out to our year 13’s of 2020 just from Otago University, it is well worth the effort!

Tara Quinney



All start of year forms have now been processed, donations charged to accounts and request for payments emailed for all students.

  • If you have ball tickets outstanding please pay these immediately.
  • If you have items on your account from last year (uniform, sport etc) please also pay these now – these will be followed up with reminders as they are chargeable goods and services already paid for by the school.
  • Grease production tickets – no tickets will be charged to school accounts unless the account is in credit sufficient to cover the ticket purchase.

Please ensure you use the following details when making payments:

St Peter’s College BOT


Reference: Student Name – please reference what you are paying for to ensure correct allocation

Please direct any queries to:

Paula Robertson

Executive Officer

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Career Pathways Department

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On Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th May, Otago University and Otago Polytechnic are hosting Year 13 students for the annual Dunedin Tertiary Open Days. Instead of being just one day, as in the past few years, it has been extended to the Sunday so that parents and caregivers can also attend. It is a huge financial commitment for families, and this is an important opportunity for parents to help in the decision-making process. University Halls of Residences will be open on the Sunday. We understand that many parents will be keen to take up this opportunity. All Year 13 students can travel by bus on May 24th to attend the Open Day, if not accompanying their parents to Dunedin.

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MoneyHub has updated its comprehensive directory of student jobs. With 50+ well-known employers listed and links to their student job application details, getting a part-time job is a lot easier with this guide:

Like our scholarship page, this guide is free to use, download and take action on. We have published a number of tips for job application success as well as a CV guide and interview tips, designed to make the application process less stressful for your students.

Trades Academy has had a great start to the year. St Peter’s College has 29 students undertaking various programmes at SIT Gore, Invercargill, and Telford. The two Gore programmes are Salon Skills and Automotive.

Below are students Emma Greenfield with tutor Bridget Phillips starting to tint Jenna Scott’s eyebrows as part of the Salon skills programme and Jenna Scott with Bridget working on Emma’s eyebrows.

Charlie Stevenson, Catherine Brady (Gore High Student, Sean Anderson) and Blake Nicholson working on their grass kart. Dylan Bullied is at the tool bench working on his kart.

Kids’ Lit Quiz 2021 Report

By the Lit Quiz teams and Mrs Heslip

On Thursday, 8th April, St Peter's took teams to the Southland regional heat for the International Kids’ Lit Quiz:

Jocks/SPC1 (Dexter Goater, Olivia Kelly, Charlotte Malcolm, Pippa Chamberlain)

Rox/SPC2 (Matilda Macleod, Amy Davidson-Watts, Oliver Gray, Max McGregor)

Fox/SPC3 (Matilda Gemmill, Lachlan Gray, Harry Hoyle, Emily Hoar)

Reserves (Jude Terry, Eli Puna, Will Sanson, Melissa Steeghs, Kody Turner)

When we arrived at Longford we went to the library to warm up our brains and refresh our knowledge. When we got back to the hall it was a bit overwhelming seeing so many teams all gathered together. There was even a team from Stewart Island. The Quiz Master, Wayne Mills, looked unusual in a black top hat and shirt. We were amazed that all the questions were based on books that he had read. (There were one hundred questions!). He was a New Zealander who started the Quiz nearly thirty years ago. Now it runs in sixteen different countries. He explained there wouldn’t be a world final this year because of COVID, but the day's winning team would go to Wellington for the National Final.

The quiz had ten rounds of ten questions. Each round had a different theme. We had to pick one round for double points before we started. No one picked ‘Farming’ because we couldn’t think of many books based on a farm, but most scored high in it. Other rounds included ‘Spies’, ‘Symbols’, ‘Unusual Names’ & ‘Zoos’. Between rounds the Quiz Master would give the teams and the audience a chance to answer a question for a spot prize. Congratulations to Matilda Macleod; she won some stationary and a voucher for being the first student out of 124 to guess which literary characters lived at 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey. Do you know?

During the morning tea break some of us sat in the sun and brainstormed the five rounds coming up. This turned out to be useful for a couple of answers. Others met some of the competitors from other schools. Afterwards we had lunch at MacDonalds.


Getting first equal in a round’' Max

Trying something new’ Kody

Meeting new people’ Will

‘Spot prizes’ Matilda M

‘Challenging ourselves and giving it a go’ Melissa

‘The answers themselves; they were good questions’ Dexter

‘I had a brain freeze and missed the odd question’ Matilda G and others (There was no time to second guess).

‘It was frustrating when the answer was on the tip of your tongue’ Amy

‘I felt excited to be there, & afterwards thought that it was really fun’ Max

The Quiz master told us about a lot of great-sounding books that we want to read, including ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’, ‘Department 19’, and ‘Choose your Own Adventure’ series.

If anyone gets a chance to be involved in a Lit Quiz, we advise reading more books and taking note of the details, reading older series as well as the trending ones and try to cover any holes in your own reader preferences (eg: animal books). Also, pay close attention to the questions.

Results: First place went to James Hargest College 1, who were awarded $250 each, then Longford Int. 3, Tokanui & Verdon College 3. Our teams placed 11th, 16th and 18th out of a possible 32 placings. They also tied for top marks in a round three times.

Our reserves formed their own team in the audience and also scored some impressive individual talleys.

Special thanks to Mrs Kotkamp and Mrs Heslip for organising the outing and getting us ready for the Quiz. A big thank you also to Jacqui Byars for helping us out with transport on the day and to parents who came along to support our teams.

We decided that our weekly Quiz prep meetings were a lot of fun, testing our knowledge and finding out about new stories, plays and genres so next term we are starting a weekly Lit Club to carry on what we started. You are welcome to join us in L3 during Thursday lunchtimes.

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MLT Scholarship for Fashion

MLT is going to award a scholarship of $1500 per year for three years, for a student attending a Fashion Design School in New Zealand, to assist with their studies. This will be open to any student in the MLT catchment area who submits an entry into the 2021 Hokonui Fashion Design Awards and our judges will choose the successful applicant for the scholarship.

There may be someone at home keen to design and enter in their own right, it doesn’t have to be through the schools.

If you have any questions or any student would like to get in touch with me please contact me at

Many thanks

Sheree McIntyre


Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

Ph: 021 159 6608

Year 9 Science Experiment

On Friday, Year 9 were visited by chemists from Otago University. The pupils learnt accurate measuring and separating techniques and grew some beautiful green crystals. Prizes were awarded for the most accurate measuring and for the most attractive crystals. Thank you to the teachers of Year 9 for giving up their classes to enable this to happen, to Otago University Outreach department and to Kiera and Zoey Davis who volunteered as extra helpers.


Kilt Orders

Apologies, there is a delay with the kilts and they will be handed out to students as soon as they arrive.

Winter Uniform

Students will be required to wear winter uniform next term. Long sleeve blouses are available from

H & J Smith and The Warehouse. If kilts have not arrived by next term, students can wear their summer skirts with the winter blouse.

Aqua Van

Aqua Van from Portobello Marine Study Centre came to visit Year 8 to talk about the importance of looking after our waterways and the impact on biodiversity and ocean health.


Senior Quad Tournament

What a week of sports we have had!

I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who was involved in the Quad Tournament; students, parents, teachers, officials, Gail from the hostel for the lovely Sunday night meal, Netball committee for the Monday lunch. A special thank you to the basketball boys.

Students had a great time participating in their sport.

Here are the results from the four schools.

4th – Verdon College- 21 points

3rd – Kavanagh College- 23 points

2nd – St Peter’s College- 29 points

1st – St Kevins College- 32 points

Boys Hockey - 1st equal St Peter’s, St Kevin’s

Girls Hockey – 1st equal St Peter’s, St Kevin’s

Netball – 1st St Peter’s.

Well done to all the students.

Southland Swimming Sports

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the swimming sports at Splash Palace on Sunday, 11th April.

Top Row: Daniel Kovarski, Mitchell Vetters, Grace Abernethy,

Ava Wigersma, Ellie Haisman

Front Row: Nikayla Vetters, Trelise Mitchell, Amelia Brotherston, Charlotte McVicar

South Island Secondary Schools Athletics

Well done to the students who participated in the SISS Athletics in Christchurch on April 9th and 10th. Here are the results:

Heidi Clarkson:

Girls U15 High jump - 2nd, Girls U15 Triple Jump – 5th, Girls U15 Long Jump – 8th

Ethan Friend:

Boys U16 800m – 3rd, Boys U16 1500m run – 6th

Cross Country

SPC Cross Country is the first Wednesday back at school. Try to get outside on a nice day and head for a run, making it much easier on the day for you.

Upcoming events:

SPC Cross Country – 5th May

Southland Squash Championships – 7th May (Permission forms on Facebook and School Apps nz)

Southland Cross Country – 12th May

Southland Squash Champs – 7th May

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.

Balance is Better webinar: Mastering the art of sports parenting

On Wednesday, 21 April, 7.30 - 8.30pm we have another Balance is Better webinar: Mastering the art of sports parenting, featuring special guest, Professor Camilla Knight. Camilla, is an internationally renowned expert in the space of parental influence in youth sport, and co-authour of “Parenting in youth sport: From Research to Practice”.

This webinar is targeted at parents, but coaches and other volunteers will no doubt benefit from some of the messages.

Registration is free and details can be found here:

We would welcome and encourage you to share details about the upcoming webinar with your wider community. Feel free to do so by using the link above or this Facebook post.

Ngā mihi nui | Thanks very much

Hamish Rogers

Sport Development Digital Communications Consultant

MOBILE +64 27 55 66 356

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Coming Up......

School Holidays - 19th - 30th April

Term 2 begins - 3rd May

Year 12 PE Track Cycling - 4th May

Cross Country - 5th May

Southland Squash Championships - 7th May

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