Newsletter Week 10 Term 2

St Peter's College 8th July 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

Following in the footsteps of St Peter after whom our college is named, we are encouraged to be humble. The Feast of St Peter was celebrated on Wednesday 29 June, and it is essential that we take time to reflect on his life and honour his martyrdom. St Peter was leader of the Apostles and first Bishop of Rome (Pope). According to the Gospel, a fisherman known as Simon was called to follow Jesus, who gave him the name Peter and declared him "The rock upon which I will found my Church." Though Peter was his closest disciple, Christ prophesized his betrayal. Following the Resurrection, Peter preached extensively and became the first leader of the Church in Rome. He was martyred by Emperor Nero, reportedly asking to be crucified upside-down, for he was not worthy to die in the manner of his Saviour. We are called to follow in St Peter’s footsteps by never giving up on our faith despite all the many mistakes we may make along our journey. Coming together as a whole school for Mass this week to celebrate this feast day after many months of restrictions was a very special way to move forward.

On this last day of term two, we need to take the time to think about all that we have achieved despite the waves of COVID and winter illnesses. Our school, though it needed to roster at times, stayed open through many staffing challenges. I have witnessed many parents and teachers focus on reengaging students and supporting wellbeing. Teachers have been assessing where learning is at and just picking up from whatever place students are up to despite their absences. We have endeavoured to maintain school trips, assemblies, sports events and community events. The way so many of our schools recently celebrated the Matariki festival with students and families was truly inspirational. As we wind down for the holidays it is a timely reminder for all of our students to relax and rejuvenate themselves as we take on the second half of the academic year. There are innumerable events and occasions ahead of us and we look forward to our young people continuing to engage and enjoy what the school year has to offer.

We take this opportunity to thank all our parents and the wider community for their continued support and involvement in the life of our students at the college. Your support on the side-lines of sporting codes has not gone unnoticed, and on behalf of our young people, we sincerely thank each of you for all you do. We also thank all academic and sporting volunteers who give so much of their time and energy and make a huge difference in the lives of all of us.

Tara Quinney,


St Peter’s College School Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are open for the election of five parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form and a notice calling for nominations – you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the School Office.

Nominations close at noon on 3rd August, 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on 7 September, 2022.

Signed Julie Henry

Returning Officer

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Career Pathways Department

Money Hub has published a fantastic new guide to help your students attain merits and excellences and prepare everyone for upcoming internals and externals.

Their guide lists 10+ New Zealand and relevant overseas resources assisting NCEA preparation. We will be updating it regularly. Check it out and prepare for upcoming internals and externals with confidence.

Last week we delivered two picnic tables to the children at Hope Preschool in Mataura and Gore Preschool in Gore.

Pictured below are Luke and Luca both from St Peter's College, with their tables they have created while studying here at SIT.

Great to see the students giving back to their community.

Luke Shallard

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Luca Patching

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Sacramental Programme

We are looking at running a school-wide sacramental programme beginning in early Term 3. If you would like your son or daughter to be baptised, confirmed or receive their first Holy Communion, or would like to learn more about the programme, then please contact our Director of Religious Studies, Mr Brendan Terry, at

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Year 9P Food Technology Class

Year 9P Food Technology class had a blast designing and creating their own cupcake creation for an assessment.

PJ Mufti Day at school

The Student Executive asked for a free Mufti Pyjama Day on Thursday this week, just to finish off the week with a bit of fun.

Good Luck to the Young Farmer's Agriboys off to Whangarei

We have Theo Dynes, Jud Duffy and Will Bensemann on their way to Whangarei to compete at the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final today. We wish you luck boys.


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

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.

Weekly sports photos

If you have any sporting photos you would like to share please email these to Jess Young and we will put them in the newsletter for you.

Well done to Henare Robinson

Congratulations to Henare Robinson who is representing Southland in the Under 14's Rugby League team in Christchurch, in the school holidays. All the best, Henare.


Thank you to all the players that gave it their best this season for basketball. It's been a very fast 10 weeks. A special thank you too all the coaches and managers that made the teams possible.

Intermediate girls have sent in a couple of photos of their last game where they came 2nd in their grade. We'll done girls.

St Peter's Year 12 PE vs Verdon Year 12 PE

Both schools played off at the ILT Stadium on Monday afternoon for an achievement standard in Social Responsibility. Both classes were challenged physically and mentally and put their sporting abilities, sportsmanship and leadership to the test, competing in wheelchair basketball and netball. It was a great afternoon with healthy competition and fun!

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Coming up.......

End of Term 2 - Friday, 8th July

PTFA meeting - Tuesday, 2nd August

Life Education Bus - Wednesday, 3rd to Friday,5th August; Monday, 8th August, Tuesday, 9th August

School Board meeting - Wednesday, 10th August

Bishop's Sheild - Friday, 12th, to Sunday, 14th August

Year 8 Deep Cove Camp - Saturday, 20th August - 28th August

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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.