Newsletter Week 4 Term 4

St Peter's College 12th November 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

The world Climate Change Conference gathering in Scotland has just recently taken place. We are being challenged to face the urgent Ecological calls as our world is at a tipping point in terms of the catastrophic effects climate change is having on Mother Earth. It is hard to face this reality and easier for us to bury our heads in the sand and think I can’t make a difference all on my own. Our young people however have a much bigger sense of urgency than we do and know that small actions make all the difference. It is their future that is in jeopardy.

I was lucky to be able to go out to the Year 10 Borland Camp this week for a few hours with Year 10 Learning Tutor, Mrs Louise Grogan, and it was great to see our students, parents and staff communing with nature. Putting their devices, creature comforts and materialistic ideals to the side and just enjoying what our beautiful country has to offer. Opportunities like this can really make us see how important the care and preservation for places like this is.

Not all of us can go bush every week but what little steps can we take to fulfil Pope Francis calling in Laudato Si to care for God’s creation? We can take some time each day to take a contemplative walk outside in nature. All of us need this loving, reverential intimacy with nature to help in this environmental crisis we currently face. Such transformative, loving intimacy with God’s magnificent creation will deepen our care for our suffering Mother Earth. There are also practical ways we can preserve our environment. In the spirit of us all being urged to recycle – reuse – reduce – remind.

I take some time to gaze around my own room: what do I see that I no longer need or use, and I could give away to someone in need, recycle, or reuse in some other way? Around our house or shed or workshop etc there will be many other such unused items we could also suggest we do something about. Can we be more attentive to what we can reuse? For example, paper, plastic, bottles, cloth bags, How can we personally reduce the amount of water we use, especially hot water, our use of electricity, use of vehicles rather than public transport, the amount of money we spend, finding ways to reduce food wastage and reuse left-overs? Growing personal awareness of such practical actions may also encourage us to remind our community to work together more in taking such actions.

Charity fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


Rotary Young Achievers

Millie McFadzien

Millie is a very caring and compassionate young lady, who is humble with her achievements.

Millie is a successful young horse rider. She is a member of the St Peter's College Equestrian team and the Mataura Pony Club. Millie has received numerous accolades over the last two years for her contribution to the Mataura Pony Club. In 2020 she received the Attendance Trophy, Turnout Trophy and Best Pony Trophy. In 2021 she received the Show-jumping Trophy, Turnout Trophy and Most Improved Rider Trophy. Millie has also gained many first, second and third placings at the Mataura Gymkhana over the last two years. Millie was awarded first place for show jumping in 2020 and 2021 and received first placings at the 2020 West Otago and Wyndham A and P Shows. In 2021 she received first place at the Gore A and P Show. This year Millie was awarded the Ridgeway Kilkelly Memorial Perpetual Trophy, recognising her for the most points overall for a sport registered pony by CPSNZ.

When Millie isn’t with her pony, she is a keen netballer who has played for the St Peter's College Year 7A and 8A teams. In 2020 she was awarded the 7A Netball Trophy for Junior Team Player displaying the School Values throughout the season.

Millie also enjoys the challenge of long distance running and has represented St Peter's College at the Eastern Cross Country. She won this race, taking her to Southland where she crossed the line in second place.

Millie is a fantastic role model who participates eagerly in all facets of school life. She has participated in the annual Eisteddfod events taking part in Scripture, Entertainment, and Impromptu Speech. Millie is a member of the Young Farmers Club and is the 8AK Commitment representative on the Servant Leadership Council. In 2020 Millie received a Diligence award for her learning and this year has been a member of the Otago Problem Solving group.

Millie has volunteered her time to the Gore Baptist Church café as a server and helped with the Mataura Pony Club Vintage Car Rally Fundraiser.

A very quiet and respectful young lady, Millie is an outstanding Young Achiever. We are proud to acknowledge Millie as a Rotary Young Achiever for St Peter’s College.

Maia Petterson

Maia is a very committed young lady in all areas of her life. Her successes and achievements in and out of school are certainly reflective of the time and dedication she puts in.

Maia is a national representative for Figure Skating. Over the last two years she has been a member of the New Zealand International Figure Skating team, and the NZ Development team. She was selected to attend the 2020 Australasian National Figure Skating Championships and received second placings at the South Island and NZ Nationals in the Basic Novice Ladies Grade for figure skating. Maia has also volunteered her time to help coach Kiwi Skate and has been a participant in the Ice Sports Southland ice-skating show.

When Maia is not on the ice, she is a keen sportswoman. She has been crowned the St Peter's College Athletics Champion two years in a row. Even setting a new school record for discus in Year 8. In 2020 and 2021 Maia attended Eastern and was placed first in discus, 1500m and the 100m relay. She then went on to represent Eastern at Southland in 2021, where she was second in discuss, 100m relay, and third in long jump and the 1500m.

As well as athletics, Maia has proven her ability on the touch field playing for Eastern as part of Southland Touch Rugby. In 2020 she received the MVP award for her team and was also the top try scorer.

This year Maia was placed third in the school Cross Country and was a member of the St Peter's College triathlon team that gained a third placing at the Southland Triathlon Champs.

Maia’s dedication to her sports has been tough this year as she had a terrible fall in April while on the ice, which caused 2 stress fractures in her back as well as a pars defect of her L5. Maia is currently working on being able to get back into sport with no pain and is swimming and cycling to maintain her fitness and health.

Academically, Maia received a Diligence and PE award for 7KP in 2020 and is excelling in all her 2021 school subjects. Maia takes part in the annual St Peter's College Eisteddfod, and she is the Compassion Leader for 8KS on the School Servant Leadership Council.

Maia is a wonderful role model to others. She is a resilient and determined young lady and we are proud to acknowledge Maia as a Rotary Young Achiever for St Peter’s College.

Aria Wilson

Aria is a highly motivated student who embraces all our College has to offer. Her enthusiasm for learning and cheerful attitude is infectious and a wonderful quality to have.

Aria is no stranger to the stage. This year she dedicated her time to the West Otago Theatrical Society production of “Annie”, where she played “Tessie” the orphan, and was also given the understudy of Annie. Aria has also had success with her singing being placed 1st in 2020 and 2021 at the Dunedin and Green Island Vocal Competitions, age 12 and under 14.

Aria is an eager participant in our annual Eisteddfod. In 2020 she gained 1st place in Entertainment, Duet Singing, Solo Singing and 2nd place Prepared Speech. She was also awarded the Eisteddfod "Best of the Rest" Overall Winner Prize. In 2021 she was crowned Junior Year 7 & 8 Champion gaining first place in Duet Singing, second place in Entertainment and Dance and third place in Poetry.

Aria attends Kelly School of Dance whereby in 2020 she received Grade 2, Honours with Distinction, in jazz and highly commended in Level 4 contemporary. Aria also does Grade 3 ballet through the Ainge School of Ballet.

When Aria is not involved in the performing arts, she can be seen playing tennis down at the local Citizens Tennis Club.

Academically, Aria embraces our school value of commitment by giving her best effort across all the curriculum areas. Last year she gained a Diligence award at the end of year Prizegiving and has attended the Southern REAP art courses.

Aria is a high achieving young lady, but what sets her apart for her peers is her willingness to give back to the school community. Aria wrote and delivered a speech to the visiting Year 6 students on Orientation Day, about all the wonderful cultural opportunities St Peter's College has to offer.

This year she is the 8KS Commitment representative on the School Servant Leadership Council. Aria is also a member of the SPC Kapa Haka group and Choir.

Aria is an outstanding Young Achiever. She lives out the school values of commitment, community and compassion in her daily school life and the commitment she has shown to all aspects of her life is a credit to her.

Year 12 Retreat

This year’s retreat for Year 12 students will be held on Wednesday, 17 November. The experiences on retreat have been developed to support students in their role as school leaders in 2022.

The retreat starts at 8:45am and will be held at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Gore. The day will conclude at no later than 3:00pm. Please make suitable arrangements if this time impacts upon after school employment.

Please note:

  • Students are to wear appropriate and respectful mufti
  • Students are to bring their own lunch, including sufficient snacks & water for the day
  • Attendance is compulsory

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Brendan Terry via

Sexuality and Relationships Education

Across Term 4, students from Years 7 - 13 will be completing Sexuality and Relationships Education during their Religious Education classes. These classes will be delivered by your child’s Religious Education teacher in conjunction with other professional external providers.

Should you have any questions about any of these programmes, or should you wish your son or daughter to be withdrawn from all or any of the classes, please contact me and we will make alternative learning opportunities available.

God Bless.

Brendan Terry,

Director of Religious Studies

New School bucket hats ready for summer

These hats can be purchased for $25 through the Uniform shop. Available in two sizes.
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Cricket, Term 4 – Please fill in the online forms on Facebook, school app or the school website to play cricket in Term 4.

if there are any parent/student coaches who would like information on coaching to please email

Southland Junior Adventure Race. Friday 26th November 2021, Sandy Point. $40 per team ($10 per person) plus travel.

Touch - Please go to the Touch Southland website each week for the draw for your child's team.

Dixie-Leigh Burr

Congratulations to Dixie-Leigh who was awarded the Southland U19 Women's Rugby Most Promising Player of the year.

Eastern Southland Basketball Association

At a recent Apples tournament in Queenstown, Bain Turnbull was selected as a part of the Under 13 tournament team. This Under 13 team won the Apples tournament, which was a fantastic result. These talented lads played up a grade to challenge themselves and were very competitive.

Throughout this basketball season, all boys represented St Peter's with pride and demonstrated positive fair play and sportsmanship skills.

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Upcoming Sporting Events:

Southland Junior Adventure Race - Friday, 26th November

Gore Pony Club Interschools Show Jumping – Sunday, November 28th

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.

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.......

Year 13 End of Year Mass - 16th November

Year 12 Retreat including End of Year Mass - 17th November

Year 11 Leavers Mass - 18th November

NCEA Exams begin - 22nd November

School Board meeting - 24th November

Teacher Only Day (NCEA Accord) - 29th November

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.