Newsletter Week 7 Term 3

St Peter's College 9th September 2022


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Kia ora e te whanau

Today the world mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. As many tributes flow and our governments flags fly at half mast, we can reflect on the words of Cardinal Nichols, The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. He recalled the Queen's promise, on her 21st birthday to devote her life to the service of her people. "Now, seventy-five years later, we are heartbroken in our loss at her death, and so full of admiration for the unfailing way in which she fulfilled that declaration," stated the Cardinal.

He expressed his sorrow and his gratitude "for the gift to the world that has been the life of Queen Elizabeth II." He continued, "Our prayer is that she is now received into the merciful presence of God, there to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip," before concluding his message with a prayer for His Majesty the King, "as he assumes his new office even as he mourns his mother."

"God save the King", concluded the Cardinal.

We are nearing the end of Term 3 and our young people have endured the many hurdles to get to where they are in their academic, cultural or sporting achievements. Over the latter part of this term, it is absolutely essential that all students take stock of what they have achieved and look to work on what needs to be achieved in the very short time left to them. There is no opportunity for delays, but the strong need to show their endurance to reach the goals they have set for themselves.

We have seen many sporting achievements over tournament week and beyond, and it has been great to have the Netball and Rugby prize giving’s back on the agenda this year. All sporting participants have shown endurance and a strong belief in themselves. They have practised hard and reaped the rewards for the efforts they have put into all sporting codes.

They have been guided by expert coaches who have believed in their abilities and strengths and who have given them the opportunity to pursue their goals of reaching the top.

I would put before our young people the challenge of working with the same passion and enthusiasm for their academic achievement so that they can attain the prize of academic success that will open doors for their future careers. It is my desire that every young person who leaves St Peter’s College at Year 13 has obtained University Entrance and has the ability to choose a pathway through Tertiary Study if they so wish. This is to enable them to prepare themselves for a career of their choice well into the future. Our teachers are working tirelessly to ensure that all students have the right guidance, skills and tools to enable them to reach their potential. I urge our parents and caregivers to take the time to speak to your young people about their future and the pathway they are going to choose for themselves. Your advice and guidance is as important for these young boys and girls as they traverse through their secondary education here at St Peter’s College. We are working with you to enable the best outcome for them.

We acknowledge that the paths may not be easy, that there will be obstacles, there will be disappointments, but also know that only through endurance can positive outcomes be possible. We believe in the abilities of our young people and will work alongside you to encourage them to succeed in everything they undertake. We want them to run the race with confidence knowing that all their efforts focused on the goals they set themselves, will see them reach the podium of a successful future.

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


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Athletics Day Monday 12th September

Monday, 12 September, 2022 is Athletics Day. At this stage the weather is looking a little dodgy so please keep on eye on the school app, facebook and Hokonui Gold for postponements. If there needs to be a postponement we will advise on these platforms by 7am Monday.

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

Class Act 2022

Congratulations to the Class Act recipients Seba Metzler and Anikah Moody who were fortunate enough to have met the Prime Minister at a ceremony in Dunedin on Wednesday this week.
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Career Pathways Department

This week was another busy week as we head into the business end of the year for our students.

A Rugby Coaching course was held Monday – Wednesday where students learnt the fundamentals and H&S of coaching a rugby team. A big thank you to Pioneer RFC for giving us the space to run this course and to Justine Abernethy for organising the clubrooms.

On Wednesday Defensive Driving’s four-week programme began.

Also, on Wednesday we hosted Trudy Brown from Murihiku Tertiary Academy, who spoke to Years 11 and 12 about the Academy and options for next year. Students will be bringing home enrolment forms for both the Academy and Gateway. An explanation is also part of the enrolment process, so parents can understand the difference between the two programmes.

Due to it being a snow day on Tuesday we thought it wise to cancel the Study link presentation. We can now confirm it is on this coming Tuesday, 13 September, at 5pm in the school hall.

If you are a Year 12/13 parent, please come along to find out more about the student loans and allowances scheme. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, too.

Please check out our Facebook page and keep liking it. This is where all vacancies and part time jobs are posted.

Photos from Rugby Coaching course

Southland Speech Competition - good work and well done, Eli Puna

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On 7th, September, I competed in the Semi-Finals of the Southland Speech Competition at Gore Main School. There were eight students in the Year 7-8 section and Year 5-6 section from Central Southland and Eastern Southland.

It was an entertaining night, and everyone had great speeches. Only three students are chosen to go through to the Southland Speech Competition Finals from each section, which this year is being held in Winton. This round is the finale so it will be a hard competition. I placed 1st in my section and will be representing St Peter's College in the Finale of the Southland Speech Competition at Winton School on 19th, September.

Written by Eli Puna, Year 8

Deep Cove Poem

A lovely Deep Cove poem, Written by Matilda Macleod, Year 8
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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.

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

1st XV Dinner

The Progressive Livestock St Peter's College 1st XV had their annual dinner at the Croydon Lodge on Friday 2nd September. A great night was had by all.

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South Island Secondary Schools Mixed Hockey Tournament in Gore

Last week the St Peter's College hockey team were very privileged to play in the SISS tournament in Gore.

St Peter's were in a pool with Mount Aspiring College, East Otago High and South Otago High.

Game One vs Mt Aspiring College - MAC was the first team to score in the 10th minute of the first quarter. The SPC team dominated most of the game and had numerous chances to score in the third quarter. It was not until the first few minutes of the last quarter that MacLean Sharp slotted the ball into the goal after an attacking penalty corner (PC), making it 1-1. The game continued to sway from end to end with MAC eventually scoring with a nice drive into the circle making it 2-1. We had a few more chances to score but the ball just did not want to go in the goal! Captain, George Hedley was excellent on defence plus some great skills on display from the SPC players. This was a hard loss first up.

Game 2 vs East Otago. This was an awesome attacking game by the SPC team winning 12-0. Sophie Aynsley was first to score in the first three minutes of the game. Connor Sharp then used his skills on an attacking PC with a drag flick to secure the second goal. By the end of the second quarter SPC were winning 5-0. The third quarter SPC added on another three goals and then four goals in the last quarter. Goal scorers - Sophie Aynsely (1), Connor Sharp (5), Eden McPhail (3), MacLean Sharp (3).

Game 3 vs South Otago High. It was another great game by the SPC students with a convincing win over SOHS 11-0. It was great to see scoring opportunities taken with the attacking PC's, great 1-2 passing driving into the circle and using space to break behind the defence. Goal scorers were Connor Sharp (4), MacLean Sharp (3), and Abby Hailes, George Hedley, Ava Wiegersma and Sophie Aynsley with 1 each.

Quarter Finals vs Gain College - Garin was the winner of their pool and the SPC team knew this was not going to be an easy game. However, SPC came out strong to slot three in the goal in the first quarter giving them a comfortable lead of 3-1. The second quarter was a hard-fought match with excellent defence by the SPC team and great clearing by James Mackereth in the goal. By the third quarter SPC were hungry for a goal and there were great attacking chances by Anna Aynsley and Ava Wiegersma before MacLean Sharp scored off an attacking PC.

The final quarter saw Connor Sharp making an excellent drive into the circle where he was rewarded with a penalty stroke and slotted the ball in the goal. Winning 5-1, SPC had made it to the semi final against St Kevin's College.

Semi-final vs St Kevin's College. The SPC team had a very convincing win against St Kevin's 12-2. Unfortunately, for St Kevin's the attack of the SPC team was too strong. Sam Clarkson and Adriana Evans were strong on attack in the first quarter and goals scored by Ava, Connor and MacLean taking the lead to 3-0. Ruby Taylor didn't hold back in the second quarter scoring SPC's first goal straight after quarter time. With a number of attacking PC opportunities George and Connor made sure of their chances by scoring. By half time SPC were up 6-0. In the third quarter St Kevin's were able to score two goals, however, Connor responded to this by scoring two more goals, taking SPC to 8-2. In final quarter the SPC team continued to fight for the ball and for goals with Ruby, Abby and Connor (2) scoring. This was a superb semi-final.

Finals vs Mt Aspiring College. The SPC team knew this was going to be a tough game. Having played MAC in pool play was an advantage and the team were ready to give it their all. In the first quarter MAC came out strong to score in the first three minutes which meant SPC needed to readjust their defence. James blocked many attempts on goal and was supported by the defence team. SPC had a number of attacking PCs awarded but were unable to make the most of these. The second quarter saw MacLean use his skills with a drag to Connor, to score the first goal for SPC. Unfortunately, MAC responded with a goal not long after. At half time it was 2-1 to MAC and the SPC team were determined to get back out on the field to take the lead. The third quarter was a great attacking quarter for SPC with over five attacking PC's, however the ball would not go in the goal. By the last quarter SPC was back defending MAC on numerous occasions and unfortunately couldn't hold them off with MAC scoring. Final score 3-1 to MAC.

The SPC team fought hard in the final and should be extremely proud of their efforts over the whole tournament. There were great skills on display, superb teamwork and lots of fun.

A huge thank you to coaches and ex- St Peter's students Liam and Aimee. Their expertise and time was much appreciated. Thank you to Wendy Shanks for managing the team, your organisation and support was fantastic and thank you to Gillian Evans for being the team's sideline physio when we needed it. Also, a huge thank you to the support from families, staff and students; this was definitely appreciated by the team.

Term 3 - Sports Planner 2022

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Superhero School Social - Tickets can be purchased from school office -$5 CASH SALES ONLY and no door sales on the night

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Coming up.......

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

Term 4 starts - Monday, 17th October

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.