Newsletter Week 8 Term 3

St Peter's College 17th September 2021


Kai ora e te whanau

This week all around the motu (country) we celebrated Maori language week, and the theme was ‘Te Kupu o te Wiki’ – “The Word of the Week.’ We have had many opportunities this week to broaden our horizons and cherish the language and we will continue to work towards a more equal partnership and relationship with Mana Whenua.

Each week all teachers commit to a professional learning session that we call ‘tikanga time’ and this is led by Mrs Victoria Kelly with assistance from our Kaiawhina, Whaea Vanessa. Almost all teachers are now able to recite their pepeha without reading from a piece of paper and we enjoy incorporating our Catholic traditions with Maori history. We had a particularly special session this week run by Mrs Bridget Ryan on Bishop Pompallier’s arrival to Aotearoa’s shores in the Hokianga, our Catholic birthplace in New Zealand.

It was timely then this week that we welcomed the Catholic special character review team to St Peter’s College. The team consisted of retired principal, Mr Paul Richardson, Catholic schools’ manager, Mr Callan Goodall and Director of Religious Studies from Kavanagh College, Mr Pesamino Tili. Our Kapa Haka group welcomed the team on Monday in a Mihi Whakatau with haka and waiata. The review team praised us for the bi-cultural strength and flavour in the school.

We will receive their full report and recommendations in due course, but some highlights fed back to us already include:

- “Inspired by the student executive team. Excellent engagement from the servant leadership council”

- “A community of volunteers- that’s just what we do”

- “Strengths come through from St Mary’s”

- “Emphasis on the whole person. Excellent pastoral care.”

I am very proud of the way the students have returned to school from lockdown, happy to see each other and re-engage with their teachers. Seniors are committed to achieving enough credits to pass this year and move on to their next goals in life. With this type of disruption and uncertainty however, there is more room for the dangers of anxiety and depression creeping in for our young people. Their sense of hope for the future has been rocked again and it can be easy to dwell on the terrible statistics we see coming out of many countries around the world in relation to Covid deaths and so forth, not to mention the worrying trends of climate change and other natural disasters around the world.

There is no doubt that depression and anxiety abound in most young people’s lives. The WHO reports that "by 2023 depression will be the second most common cause of premature death world wide..." We know that depression and feelings of helplessness are real and all-consuming to our young people.

+ Being a little stressed is healthy

+ Being a little anxious is ok
+ Being depressed is NOT ok

There is a reason why the phrase

“Be Not afraid”

occurs 365 times in the scriptures! Fear is a daily activity.

Tara Quinney


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Awesome opportunities in Science for Years 12 -13

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Nanocamp 2022- 16-21st January at University of Auckland

Open to all Year 12 and 13 students who have a strong interest in Science. A week long experience of laboratory work, social experiences and lectures where you live in at the University. It’s free; all flights, accommodation and meals are covered for the lucky successful applicants.

Discovery Camp 2022- 16th- 21st January at Wellington

Open to all Maori and Pasifika Year 12 and 13 Students with a passion for the Sciences. A week long live-in experience in Wellington working hands on with New Zealand’s top researchers. You will experience a range of topics such as electron microscopy, laser Physics and nano-electronics.

All flights, accommodation and meals are paid for.

To apply or for more information, see Ms Carter. Applications close soon.

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Touch Rugby Term 4

All students in Years 7-10 wanting to play touch rugby, please fill in the online forms.

Senior Students

Please get in touch with Jess Young in the PE office, if you are able to be a coach for a Touch Team Games will be played on a Thursday for six weeks, starting in Term 4.

Otago/Southland Motocross

Otago/Southland Motocross is in Tapanui (West Otago) in the school holidays, Friday, 10th October. This will not be a school event but if you would like to enter a student/s please email Jessica Young or come and see me in the PE office.

Netball Eastern Southland

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following in their netball achievements.

75th Jubilee Trophy - Coaching Achievement - Janelle Conlan

Dianne Dickens Trophy - Student Coach Contribution to Coaching - Bethany Coghlan

Corry Family Trophy - St Peter's B

Lani Frankie Broek Memorial Trophy - St Peter's 7A

Gore New World - 1st Reserve

Runner up, Heather Cullen Trophy - St Peter's Int A

Stirling Sports - Fourth Grade

Winner, Fourth Grade Trophy - St Peter's Int A

Runner up - June Wilson Trophy - St Peter's 8A

New basketball uniforms

Thank you to the PTFA for the money for the new basketball uniforms. Don't they look great!

Upcoming Sporting Events:

Southland ODE Equestrian Event – Sunday, 19th September

Otago/Southland Motocross (West Otago) – Friday, 10th October

Eastern Schools Tennis Tournament (Years 7 & 8) - Thursday, 28th October

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.

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Coming up.......

Sport & Cultural Photos - 21st September

Year 12 Geography Field Trip - 22nd, 23rd & 24th September

School Board Meeting - 22nd September

Student School Board Election - 27th September

PTFA Meeting - 7pm, 28th September

Canterbury University visit - 29th September

Term 3 ends - 1st 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.