Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

St Peter's College 7th May 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

Welcome back to Term 2! We were able to pack in a huge amount of extra curricula activities in term one and term two is looking to be just as busy with our School Production coming up next week and the beginning of our weekly winter sports codes. Fast forward 9 weeks and our annual Eisteddfod competition will round up what I know will be a fun, challenging and successful term for all. It is important that our students balance their extra curricula activities with their academic studies. At St Peter’s College we expect all students to give their very best to achieve their goals in all aspects of life. For our seniors, the learning challenge is not to collect credits like a lolly scramble but to aim for excellence in the areas they are capable of. For our juniors the learning challenge is to set goals and work tirelessly towards them. For all students, the learning challenge is to commit every day to learning deeply - excellence is a consequence of this commitment.

I have been particularly impressed with our Year 10 students for setting SMART goals in Term One and focussing hard on achieving these. Their teachers are in partnership with them in co-constructing these goals and we are seeing some awesome examples of improvement and success. Year 10 Learning Tutor, Ms Louise Grogan and Learning Support Coordinator, Ms Liza Wilson have been central to leading this initiative and we acknowledge and thank them for their commitment and hard work.

I wish all cast members of “Grease” all the best for their last week of rehearsals and for their performances next Thursday and Friday nights. Please come along and support our students, I promise you, you will not be disappointed!

Congratulations to Ms Jo Carter who has been appointed acting Head of Learning Area for Science until the end of the year. We are in the middle of recruiting for a new Physics and Chemistry teacher but are lucky to have Mr Brad Lamb and Ms Ann Callahan filling in for the next few weeks.

Message for our students from their teachers:

Dear students, always believe in yourself. You have the ability to do any kind of work whether it is easy or tough. So be confident and work hard to achieve your dreams.

Be a good human who helps everyone. Be a good partner, a good friend, a good soul who is honest, trustworthy and responsible. Happiness will find you.

You are the person who can change the world. You have a big responsibility to make the world better. We know you can do this very well.

True success will be seeing you in a better position. That will be the best gift for us. So work hard and achieve your success.

In your life, you will face many hard times. Never lose hope in the bad times. After the heavy rain, we can see the sunshine. Always be positive.

We are proud that we got the chance to teach you. You all are very brave and active. Always keep this spirit up.

Failure means you have been given another opportunity to do the task but with more experience and knowledge. Ace the situations and achieve your goals.

If you have willpower, courage, and determination- no one can stop you from becoming the person you aspire to be. Start believing your ability and success will come along.

Tara Quinney


Career Pathways Department

University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

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For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page


All students are required to wear the winter uniform during Terms 2 and 3.

The girls' kilts have been delayed; however, as soon as they arrive, I will get them handed out.

Woollen vests can be purchased from the Uniform shop for $80.

The following uniform items are available at H & J Smith and The Warehouse (not the Uniform Shop):

  • Long sleeve grey shirts
  • Long sleeve white shirts
  • Tights or over the-knee black socks
  • Grey shorts
  • Grey trousers

Arohanui Winners

The Arohanui award is given out at the end of each term to celebrate students who have gone above and beyond and helped another person, whether it be in a big or a small way, without any desire for recognition therefore celebrating the values of our school.

Year 8 Deep Cove Camp 2021

A letter will be emailed to all parents/guardians at the beginning of June.


8AK – Wednesday 25th August – Saturday 28th August (Mr Kotkamp and Mrs Kotkamp)

8KS – Saturday 28th August – Tuesday 31st August (Mr Kotkamp and Mrs Sinclair)

8SN – Tuesday 31st August – Friday 3rd September (Mr Kotkamp and Mr Nikiforuk)

Classes will be leaving the College at 8.15am and will arrive back at approximately 3pm.

If there are any students that cannot make the set dates, it is very important that you contact Mr Kotkamp or the Main Office ASAP.

Camp Donations

Providing school camps to our school community is heavily reliant on donations being made by parents/caregivers towards the cost of organising these. Without financial donations for each attending student, the school would simply not be in a position to provide these outdoor experiences in our amazing own backyard that we have always had the priviledge of being able to undertake.

We thank you and appreciate your donation toward the $265 per child required to run this camp. The donation amount has been added to your child's school account for full or part payments as you choose.

The weather is often wet and cold at Deep Cove and the students need to be equipped to dress warmly, as most of the activities are outdoors and will go ahead regardless of the weather. Inadequate clothing presents a safety risk to the student and the group. It is therefore very important that parents ensure their child is equipped with the appropriate gear/clothes for this type of environment. A comprehensive list will be in the June letter. If students do not have the correct equipment, please let us know as we do have some gear that can be loaned out. Any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact any of the staff going on camp.

Parent Supervision/Helpers:

At this stage we require up to five parent helpers for each group, especially one who is willing to be camp cook. There has been some interest from parents already. However, if you are interested in helping, could you please let Mr Kotkamp know ASAP by emailing or writing a brief note about what experience and skills you could bring to the camp (e.g. current First Aid, etc.). This needs to be handed into Mr Kotkamp or the Main Office by Monday, 14th June, at the latest.


Cross Country Results

Girls Year 7 & 8= 1st Bella Moody, 2nd Millie McFadzien, 3rd Maia Petterson

Boys Year 7 & 8 1st Max McGregor, 2nd Thomas Smith, 3rd Charlie Walker

Girls Year 9 & 10 1st Harriet Baker, 2nd Hannah Hargest, 3rd Mikaela McRae

Boys Year 9 & 10- 1st Daniel Nelson, 2nd Jordan King, 3rd Adam Kelly

Senior Girls - 1st Sophie Aynsley, 2nd Katie Kelly, 3rd Ruby Taylor

Senior Boys - Ethan Friend, 2nd Cody McMillian, 3rd MacLean Sharp

Junior Sports Tournament:

Please fill in the forms that will be on Facebook, School Apps Nz and the St Peter’s website ASAP if your child will be attending the tournament.

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.

Upcoming Sporting events:

Southland Badminton Championships – 9th May

Southland Cross country – Wednesday 12th May

Southland Indoor bowls Championships – 20th May

Otago/Southland Cross Country – 2nd June

Eastern Primary Cross Country – 9th June

Junior Catholic Sports Tournament – 10th June

Please get in touch with Jess Young if you are interested in any of the above.

Sausage Sizzle - Fundraiser for St Peter's College Rugby

There will be a sausage sizzle fundraiser ($2) on the St Peter's College Rugby Grounds this Saturday. Special thanks to the generosity of Churchy's supplying us with sausages.

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Coming Up......

Year 11 PE Camp - 9th - 11th May

Grease (School Production) - 13th and 14th May

Teacher Only Day (no school) - 14th May

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.