Newsletter Week 1 Term 3

St Peter's College 30th July 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

Welcome back to term 3! This term promises to be jam packed with sports finals, tournaments, curriculum trips and many other community events. It will be a busy time for our students, so it is important to monitor the time spent at home catching up on study and homework to ensure they do not fall behind on their school work which must come first.

Sports is an integral part of the holistic education here at St Peter’s College. We strive to nurture and educate the whole child and by providing opportunities to participate and compete in many teams we believe we are preparing our young people for life. Representing the school is more than just playing a sport, children learn a sense of pride, respect, discipline and a camaraderie with their peers that helps build up a strong school culture. Sometimes our students are invited to play in teams away from the school, sometimes our students are even offered spots in other schools to play in their teams because they are seen as better. I am deeply proud of our students who commit to wearing our school crest on their chest when they go out to play and represent. Our students are a community who want to play together and live our values out on the field, court and turf with pride. I would like to thank the many coaches, managers and committee members who support our teams. These are the adults in our community that continue the seamless Catholic values in their coaching and leadership that we also work so hard to instil in the classroom. It is a partnership that ensures our students can be the best they can be in all areas.

I hope you have been enjoying watching the Olympic games on TV at the moment. Despite the pandemic, we are so lucky to be witnessing some excellent examples of what can happen when you work hard towards your goals, and it has been impressive to see so many teenagers compete in this year’s games. The International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee are committed to building a better world through sport. They aim to ensure that the spirit of fair play prevails, and to act against any form of discrimination that affects the Olympic movement. They also encourage and support the development of sport for all. It is good to compete. When we take part in sports at school, regional or national level, or even just in competition among friends, it is important to remember the ethos of the very first Olympic Games of Ancient Greece: to follow the rules and to compete fairly without cheating. The Bible also reflects this by telling us “anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2.5).

Thank you to all of you who shared your views on the proposed amendment to our uniform policy on students getting Ta Moko or or other cultural tattoo’s like Pe’a. Over 150 students responded, 40 staff and 23 parents with the overwhelming majority of you being in favour of students being able to display their culture in this way. Consultation also took place at the Board level and with the local runaka, and after much research and dialogue we will be adding the following to our uniform policy:

The St Peter's College uniform policy will allow for students who wish to have visible (partially or fully) traditional cultural tattoo Ta Moko, Pe'a etc whilst at school, to do so, however all cultural tattoos must comply and adhere to established cultural values and tikanga. St Peter's have engaged Mana Whenua (Hokonui Runanga), student, staff, and community voice to establish what this tikanga will be for our school, and any student wishing to have such a tattoo, will need to satisfy the below pre-conditions.

1. A student will need to establish lineage or whakapapa back to a known Hapu or Iwi.

2. A student must have the permission of both caregivers.

3. A student will also require the permission of their Koro, or person acting in that capacity. This elder will need to be able to grant permission on behalf of their Hapu or Iwi (or be able to seek such permission from the appropriate person), for the use of the design and placement of the tattoo by the student. This is to ensure Hapu or Iwi ownership of designs have been protected. Where the tattoo artist or other person has developed their own design, permission must still be gained in the same way.

4. A meeting will be held involving the student, caregivers, and Principal to discuss the features and the whakapapa that the Ta Moko represent.

Where one or more of these conditions cannot be met, in extenuating circumstances an application may made to the Principal and BOT who will consult Mana Whenua Tikanga.

Failure to comply with this policy will result in the student being required to cover up the tattoo or tattoos while wearing the school uniform and/or representing the school in any sporting or cultural events and activities. If the student refuses to cover up this refusal will result in disciplinary actions including stand down and/or suspension to the Board of Trustees.

Mana Whenua stress that Ta Moko should only be considered for those students at the end of a journey of cultural self-discovery as they represent a whakapapa and connection that needs to be established and well considered.

We will also be amending the same uniform policy to reflect our stance that all students may wear the girls or boys uniform depending on their preference and comfort.

Dear God,
We pray that our dealings with others will always be accompanied by respect and fairness.
Having ambition is important, but in our desire to be the fastest, highest and strongest,
Let us not forget that true success cannot be achieved at the expense of others.

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney


Attendance Dues payments to the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin

The payment of attendance dues to the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin is a legal requirement for state-integrated Catholic schools in this area. All parents and caregivers who have enrolled students here at St Peter’s College have signed the agreement to pay these attendance dues. This money goes towards building and maintenance projects for our school. If parents choose not to pay these then building and maintenance projects slow down and we struggle to provide the modern 21st century education we are so very proud of here. Unlike the state system we cannot ask the Ministry of Education to fund these building and maintenance projects and rely heavily on you as members of our Catholic community to pay towards this fund.

The Diocese have been contacting families for payments, some going back many years in arrears and have successfully increased payments by 7% which is great news for us in planning future projects. Despite this success there are still many families who are in arrears and some who have made no payments at all this year. We need all families to uphold the commitment made to paying these upon enrolment to ensure the future of our school. Very soon the Diocese will be sending out communications to all families in arrears and with non-payments. The goal is to receive payment in full or have a payment plan set up.

Dunedin Diocese banking details are:

Bank: ANZ Account Name: Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunedin

Account Number: 06 0901 0252926 00

Reference: Enter Dues Account Number eg. AB12345

If you have any queries regarding this process, please contact our office directly on: Email: or telephone 03 2220006

Financial assistance is available through the rebate system by contacting the principal on Email to set up a meeting:

If you are unsure of any amounts outstanding you can contact the Principal directly or the dues office at the Email and number above.

New Board of Trustees Proprietors Representative - Bernadette Hunt

Bernadette has been farming at Chatton with her husband Alistair since January 2007 when they moved to the District from the North Island.

As well as being heavily involved in their farming business, Bernadette has a varied career history, including roles in television production, IT, primary school teaching, Parliamentary Service and most recently on social capacity projects for Gore District Council and Community Networking Trust. Bernadette has also had extensive community involvement, most notably through her volunteer roles in Gore Parents Centre, the Gore Kids Hub and Federated Farmers.

Bernadette and Alistair have two daughters – Charlotte who has just begun her St Peter’s journey in 2021, and Hannah who will move from St Mary’s to St Peter’s in 2025.

Career Pathways Department

Well done to Ted Nelson

Ted Nelson in Year 13 who recently sat a University of Canterbury distance paper - Astronomy 109, The Cosmos: Birth and Evolution. Ted achieved a B+ in his exam. We are delighted for Ted who took the opportunity to extend his learning.

Hokonui Fashion Awards

Well done to Viv Tamblyn (one of our teacher aides) who entered and won a number of catergories in the Hokonui Fashion Awards

Winner of the Peroni Open Nightlife Award (modelled by Abby Gutschlag)

Runner up in the FMG/Farmlands Open Natural Fibres Award

Winner of the O'Connor Richmond - Best use of Wool Award (Open Section). Modelled by Ex St Peter's College student - Lucy Swain

Merit in Indulge Beauty Therapy Open Street wear Award

It was great to see so many students from St Peter's College at the Hokonui Fashion Awards this year.

Models who were featured in the awards as follows:

Photo: back row from left to right

Jay Wadsworth

Seba Metzler (performed a dance routine)

Rose Perkins

Bethany Coghlan

Lucy Wilson

Molly King

Fraser Wilson

Rocco Saunders

Front row:

Abby Gutschlag

Abby Hailes

Lucy Morrison

Not featured in the photo:

Ex St Peter's College Students

Isabella Burns

Lucy Swain

Trelise Wadsworth

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Big Day Out (Recreational and Wellbeing Day)

All year 10 students will be attending the big day out which will be held at the MLT in Gore Thursday 5th August. This will be filled with a variety of sports activities playing along side other schools from around Eastern Southland.

Congratulations to Ava Wiegersma

Ava Wiegersma travelled to Blenheim in the last weekend of the holidays to represent Southland at the South Island Short Course Swimming Champs. She had a great weekend, swimming PBs in all her events. Her best result was 7th in the 200m Backstroke with a 10 second PB. Here she is pictured with her Coach Mariano Garcia-Nani.

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Congratulations to Jaxon Friend and Izzy Arthur

Both Jaxon and Izzy competed in the South Island Championships 17th July for Wrestling and both placed - Jaxon came 1st in his division and Izzy placed 2nd.
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Please come along and support our Senior A Basketball girls who are in the Finals night

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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.

Upcoming sporting events:

Big Day out (Recreational and Wellbeing Day) – Thursday, 5th August

Badminton Championships – Thursday 12th August

SISS Winter Tournament Week – Monday 30th August – Friday 3rd September

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.......

Big Day out (MLT Centre) Year 10 - 5th August

Year 13 PE Camp 8th August - 10th August

PTFA meeting - 10th August

Board of Trustees Meeting - 11th August

Bishop's Shield Oamaru - 13th August - 15th August

Teacher only day - 16th August (Monday)

Whanau Conferencing Year 9 - 13 & Year 7 & 8 Specialist - 18th August

Year 8 Deep Cove Camps - 25th August - 3rd 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.