Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

St Peter's College 26th March 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

It is hard to believe that this time last year we went into lockdown- at the time we did not really know what that meant, and we certainly did not know that we would be stuck at home for the next 7 weeks. Some people may say that looking back on experiences isn't helpful and the emphasis should be on moving forward. However, taking the time to reflect on what happened, how we felt and reacted to situations, and what helped us to cope, provides us with key skills to move forward with confidence. Using the knowledge we have gained helps us feel more in control and ready to take on even bigger challenges in the future, especially if we find ourselves in lockdown again.

Some people might say that there were no positive experiences with lockdown, but we need to look further than the restrictions and the difficulties. Finding positives such as spending more time with our families and finding new ways to be entertained has given us vital life skills and developed our resilience to cope in difficult situations. We have learned to cope with change and challenges quickly and effectively.

The children’s commission put out a survey and here some real quotes from teenagers around New Zealand about lockdown:

- “I liked spending my time alone and was able to indulge in hobbies that I wouldn’t normally do because I normally don’t have the time.”

- “I loved spending time with my family because I feel I could relate to them more than I could before.”

- “How nice it is to have some “me” time and not worry about being able to do something, when you have all the time in the world to do it.”

- “COVID19 itself and the learning curve it gave us including that we let the earth repair itself as humans are somewhat destroying the earth.

- “…. I also learnt that I can learn by myself and that it’s easier to ask questions and generally feel more connected with my friends family and teachers.”

- “Sleeping in was great, I never have to get up at 6 for school it was awesome and I did school at 10 not 8.30.”

- “How lucky I am and that I have things that other people might not have eg. my own computer to do school work.”

This weekend is Palm Sunday and that means Holy week has begun! Everything that was done or said throughout history and Scripture has led to this moment, this week. We are able to walk alongside Our Lord as He marches toward His tragic death at the hands of those He has come to save, and His victorious resurrection from the grave, opening the doors to heaven and eternal life.

For many of us, Palm Sunday has become just another part of the routine. We show up to Mass, grab the palms, fold them into crosses and think about the senior ball clean up instead of listening to the homily, and head home secure in the knowledge that Lent will be over soon. We let the Passion narrative pass us by, overlooking the profound and beautiful mystery that we are invited to enter.

So, as we enter into holy week today on Sunday, let’s do so with one eye on everything that has led to this moment and the other on the victory that is to come. Let us raise our voices and declare Jesus as King, and teach our children to do the same. Let us be praying to endure this week with Jesus, to walk with Him experiencing His joys and sorrows. Let us suffer and pray well with the knowledge that as we press on toward the tomb with Jesus, we also prepare to be resurrected and remade.

Tara Quinney


School Ball Payments


All ball tickets have now been charged on to school accounts. If you have not yet paid please do so immediately.

Please ensure you use the following details when making payments:

St Peter’s College BOT


Reference: Student Name – Ball

Please direct any queries to:

Paula Robertson

Executive Officer

After ball parties

Please note that St Peter's College does not endorse any underage drinking nor the promotion of any after ball parties in private homes. The law states that alcohol can only be served to young people under 18 at a private party if they have express consent from a parent or guardian and it is served in a safe and responsible manner. Express consent is such that it leaves the adult in no doubt that they can supply alcohol to specific underage youth in a responsible manner. If these conditions are not met, the person supplying the alcohol can be fined up to $2000. To be a private party, guests need to have been personally invited and no alcohol can be sold.

Tara Quinney


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Southern District Health Board


The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health team, Southern District Health, will be visiting your school to screen all Year Seven students for distance vision on Tuesday, 13 April 2021.

Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia)

This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart.

(This free vision check is not required if the student wears glasses and/or is currently under care of an optometrist or eye specialist).

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip, which are available at the school office, before our visit.

Academic Blues

7JB busy in the workshop during Materials Technology lessons

Emily Hoar came up with a fantastic idea to run a "Best Library Display" competition and the winner was Jude Terry, for the "burger" prize.

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Touch Southland Prize Giving

Touch Southland Prize Giving last Friday, where three St Peter's students walked away with prizes for their age groups.

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From Left: Maia Petterson - Most valuable player - Eastern Y7/8 girls team

Second Right: Cru Holland - Most valuable player -Eastern Under 12 years boys team

Far right: Bain Turnball - Most valuable player -Eastern Under 11 years boys team

Children are pictured here with Southland Stag, Scott Eade.

Caritas Justice Leadership Day

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Career Pathways Department

This week our Gateway students featured are:

  • Charlie Stevenson at Dave Stevenson Automotive Repairs
  • Jenna Scott at Gore Preschool
  • Josh Lawton at Jones and Cooper
  • Eden Robertson at Carpentry South

Local employers often contact the Careers Department with information on part time jobs or apprenticeships. Make sure you like our Facebook page as this is where the positions are posted.

Indoor Bowls equipment donation

The PE department has been donated 6 indoor bowls mats and sets of bowls for our students to use as part of the PE programme. We are delighted to have received these and would like to thank Eastern Indoor Bowls sub-branch and Mr Mike Dowling for making this happen. A generous donation which is much appreciated.


Southland Primary Athletics

Tomorrow March 27th at Surrey Park. Good luck to all the students participating!!!

Golf Tournament

Held last Monday March 22nd, in Winton. All students competed in the Ambros competition. All had a lovely day in the sun.


MacLean and Conner Sharp competed in the Otago Southland Waterski Championships at Millers Flat on Sunday March 21st coming away with a 1st and 2nd in the U16 Category, which was a fantastic result by the boys. Well done!!

Quad tournament

An Email has been sent out with forms for all the students participating in the Quad. Can I please get this back ASAP as we need numbers for catering purposes.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help for the Quad Tournament April 11th & 12th, that would be greatly appreciated. Please email Jess Young .

St Peter's Sports Uniform

Can we please have all athletic singlets and touch tops back.

Swimming Tournament

Please come to the PE office if you are wanting to compete and swim in the relay team for the Swimming Championships on Sunday April 11th.

Upcoming Events

Southland Primary Athletics- 27th March

Southland Island Athletics- 9th & 10th April

Senior Quad Tournament- 11th & 12th April

Southland Swimming Championships- 11th April

International Sports Day- 15th April.

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.

Eastern Southland Junior Hockey Registration

Welcome to Eastern Southland's Junior Hockey registration. This year all age groups will again play on the turf. Please complete the following form to register your child for the 2021 season.

Please note registrations MUST be completed by the 9th April (Yr 0 - Yr6). Any registrations after these dates will not be possible.

  • Yr 1 & 2 Fridays 3:30 - 7pm Subs $40 Julie Bensemann 027 233 5673
  • Yr 3 & 4 Fridays 3:30 - 7pm Subs $55 Maria Hansen 027 208 0101
  • Yr 5 & 6 Monday 3:30 - 7pm Subs $70 Nic Roy 027 233 4728
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Young Farmers Club

Whanau and students, save the date: Interclub Faceoff, Saturday April 17th. Like our Facebook page to keep updated with events and opportunities.

Coming Up......

Board of Trustees meeting - 31st March

Easter Break 2-6th April

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.

School PickUp Weekly Specials

Use them in the fridge or take them on holiday - our reusable bags have 15% off this week.

Stop paying for bags at the supermarket or using clingfilm to store food. Our range of reusable bags can do it all. Grab a couple of small ones to leave in the car, they will always come in handy.

The food storage zip lock bags are great. They work very well and can easily be cleaned, so you can use them over and over.

Help do your bit to end single use plastics with our range or styles and uses - have a look

Use the coupon code REUSE15 at the checkout to claim you discount.