Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

St Peter's College 6th May 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

Refreshed and refocused. That’s how we hope to begin this school Term under new Covid requirements. It would be great to be able to say that this Term will be less disrupted by illness and home isolation than last Term, but we must not become complacent. Covid is still very much active in our community. We are hopeful the main ‘Covid surge’ will be behind us soon. Masks continue to be one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of air borne infections and all staff and students will continue to wear these next week, when it will be re-evaluated again next Friday.

Case numbers in the South are still high and Dr Michael Butchard, the Medical Officer of Health for the Southern District Health Board shares this statement strongly encouraging the wearing of masks:

“When you leave your home, wearing a well-fitting mask when indoors is still one of the very best ways to protect yourself, your whānau, and those around you from Covid-19. The Southern DHB region currently has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 in New Zealand, higher than all of the North Island DHBs and the larger South Island DHBs, so please still keep up your mask wearing.”

Dr Michael Butchard, Medical Officer of Health

This Term, we will begin to move towards more in-person gatherings, in well ventilated and larger venues, for our students. We know that the opportunities to get together, as larger groups, have been very limited over the past three Terms and we want to ensure we can continue to build community, especially for our younger students who have just joined our learning community. We will have whanau conferencing later this term in school and more information about this will be available in the coming weeks. We were so thankful to be able to run our annual cross country this week and it was lovely to have parents back onsite again showing the children encouragement. We look forward to celebrating the Academic Blues Excellence recipients next week at the Blessed Sacrament Church and welcome all family members and supporters to attend.

Encouragement is an important word and concept in our vocabulary. In an online dictionary, it is defined as, “the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.” It is the action of cheering someone up, uplifting them. By encouraging others, we are giving them “courage.” We are scaffolding others’ self-esteem and belief in themselves as being able to keep going and slog on through. Runners of marathons often say that it is the encouragement and cheers from the crowd that keep them going even when it is hard.

By giving encouragement, we embolden and empower people to know that they are doing a good job, or they are doing all right and their efforts are appreciated. Everyone thrives on praise and on being told that they are doing a good job, they are good at something. Who doesn’t like to get a smiley face or positive comment on their work or even a sticker?

Why is it, then, that, most of time, the first thing we say is a negative word or a criticism? If we include our own self-talk in this, then I have no doubt that you are your own harshest critic. Why so often when we are given compliments do we simply shrug them off and find something negative to say about ourselves or our performance instead. Words of affirmation and encouragement are so important – in the way that we speak to ourselves, but also in the way we talk to others. I encourage all of our students to talk nicely to themselves and use encouraging words:

When you get a test result back and it’s a high grade, don’t think, “I’m so rubbish, I should have got the top grade”, try to think of something positive. Remember, there may be someone sitting next to you who is not capable of getting the grade you got, let alone the top grade.

Try to encourage your siblings if you can or even tell your parents what a good job they’re doing (even though it might not always feel like they are). I am sure they’re probably being negative enough about themselves so don’t need you to be!

Try to catch those negative thoughts before they cause you to spiral into a day of negativity.

If all else fails, take a deep breath and focus on one good thing that you can see. If it’s not you, it might be your friend. If that’s the case, tell him or her. Give your friend some encouragement.

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


Second hand School Uniform for sale

Girls short sleeve blouse - Size 8 - $40 Excellent condition

Summer skirt - Size 8 - $50 - Excellent condition

Summer skirt - Size 10 - $60 - worn 1 term - excellent condition

Kilt - Size 77cm - $150 - Good condition

Hooded softshell jacket - Size small - $60 - Excellent condition

P.E top - Size 9-10 - $20 - Good condition

School sports hoodie - size medium - $50 - Excellent condition

Girls blazer - size 10 - $150 - Good condition

Girls blazer - size 14 - $120 - Average condition

Boys blazer - size 100cm - $150 - Excellent condition

Boys blazer - size 100cm - $170 - Excellent condition

Boys blazer - size 104cm - $150 - Good condition

Boys blazer - size 108cm - $150 - Good condition

Boys blazer - size 116cm - $120 - Good condition

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above listed items or wanting to advertise uniform (blazers/kilts) for sale, please ring the School Office or email

Thank you,

Leiza Egan

Uniform Shop Manager

Year 7 Easter Artwork

Here are some beautiful pieces of Easter artwork produced by Year 7 students.

Career Pathways Department

Lincoln University visited us at the very start of Term 2. Eight Year 13 students gathered to hear from their Liasion Officer about the programmes avaliable to students next year.

This week we feature two students with photos from their work last term.

Luca Patching is working with Carpentry South and Tom Saludar is working at Rosehill Farm.

Luca Patching

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Tom Saludar

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The St Peter's College PTFA is holding their AGM on Tuesday, May 10th at 7pm in the school staff room. Please feel free to come along and see what the PTFA is all about and what we do to support the students and teachers of the school. All welcome.

The MLT Hokonui Fashion Awards 2022

The MLT Hokonui Fashion Awards is looking forward to hosting another awesome show in July 2022. Model Auditions (for those 15 years and over) are coming up on Sunday May 22nd and applications are now open for our new MLT Young Designer Mentor Programme. If your young person is interested in Design, the HFDA are looking to support them in entering a garment for the 2023 show. This would be an amazing opportunity. For more information on the MLT Hokonui Fashion Design Awards for 2022, Model Auditions and the MLT Young Designer Mentor Programme please go to: or or email:


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

St Peter's College Sports Hoodies

St Peter's College sports hoodies are available to purchase for $68.50. Payment must be made prior to receiving the hoodie. Forms should be completed and signed by a parent/caregiver. These forms are available at the School Office.

Cross Country Results

We had some records broken at Cross Country this year. Well done to all the students that took part.

After the competitive section of the cross country, the students took part in a fun colour run.

A big thank you to all the staff involved in organising it too.

Years 7/8 boys

1st Max McGregor - Record Breaking time - 9.34.91

2nd = Mason Hanson and Dan Horrell

Year 9/10 boys

1st Daniel Nelson, Record Breaking time - 17.03

2nd Thomas Smith

3rd Jaxon Friend

Senior boys

1st Ethan Friend

2nd MacLean Sharp

3rd Oliver Anderson

Years 7/8 girls

1st Courtney White

2nd Ella Smith

3rd Jessica Drummond

Years 9/10 girls

1st Millie McFadzien

2nd Mikaela McRae

3rd Isabel Dickson

Senior girls

1st Sophie Aynsley

2nd Anikah Moody

3rd Ruby Taylor

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.

Coming up.......

PTFA meeting - 10th May

Southland Cross Country - Wednesday, 11th May

Academic Blues - 12th May

Southland Indoor Bowls - Thursday, 26th May

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.