Newsletter Week 2 Term 1

St Peter's College 17th February 2023

Principal's Message

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Kia ora e te whanau

At our school, we strive to instil the value of Commitment in our students, as we believe it is an essential aspect of personal growth and success in all areas of life. As a Catholic school, we are inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his mission of spreading love and compassion to all. His commitment to his mission was evident in the way he lived his life, even in the face of immense challenges and opposition.

We believe that a commitment to one's values, goals, and responsibilities is crucial for personal growth and success. It requires discipline, perseverance, and sacrifice, but the rewards are significant. As students, commitment is essential for academic success. It means showing up to class on time, completing assignments on time, and putting in the necessary effort to achieve your goals. It also means taking responsibility for your actions and accepting the consequences of your choices.

Commitment is also critical in extracurricular activities, whether it is sports, music, or other clubs. It means showing up to practice, working hard to improve your skills, and supporting your teammates or fellow club members.

As we look beyond our school community, commitment is a value that extends to our relationships with others and our role in the world. It means being committed to treating others with respect and kindness, and making a positive difference in the world. At St Peter’s College, we aim to foster a culture of commitment by encouraging our students to take responsibility for their choices, to strive for excellence in all areas of their lives, and to be compassionate and supportive of others. At this weeks student assembly we learnt about potential and how you need commitment to reach it.

As we continue on our journey, let us remember the example set by Jesus Christ and strive to be committed to our values, our goals, and our responsibilities. Together, we can make a positive impact on our school, our community, and the world.

You are all warmly invited to our opening Mass this Tuesday the 21st of February at 11am at the Blessed Sacrament Church where our theme is Commitment. Year 13 parents, caregivers and students are invited to a cup of tea afterwards at the Senior Citizens. Back at school the rest of the school body will partake in free pancakes for Shrove Tuesday- a final feast before we go into the season of Lent.

Charity fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


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The start of year subject donations and cost forms were not mailed out at the end of last year with all the usual paperwork. This is because we have changed from our Edge student management system to KAMAR. In line with this we will be doing things a little differently in the finance area going forward.

Normally we would send out those forms at year end and ask them to be returned when the students started back for the year. Unfortunately, not everyone returns the forms in a timely manner and sometimes not at all. When this happens, it proves to be really quite difficult when we are trying to load all those subject donations and other charges onto student accounts and we were finding we were still doing this process well in to the middle of the year.

This year with the implementation of KAMAR we will wait until the timetable settles, usually around the beginning of March, and then we will load on all the student subject donations and other usual charges like the rock magazine etc to the school accounts. The timetable is linked to each student account to ensure the correct donations/amounts are charged. Request for payments will then be emailed out for payment or part payment by instalment. If there is an item on the request for payment that you do not wish to pay for (donation) or receive (Rock magazine) then you will need to contact me, and we can remove those charges.

All the balances and credits from Edge have been transferred over to KAMAR and any payments since December have now been allocated in KAMAR. You can continue to make regular payments/instalments to school, and these will be allocated to school accounts. The account will sit in credit until such time as this year’s items are charged and we will then allocate the credit balance to those items and in due course send out requests for payments.

Paula Robertson

Business Manager

Career Pathways Department

Gateway started early for the students this year with a Health and Safety course this week. This two day course covers all aspects of safety in the workplace and, together with a First Aid course, prepared the students for their work placements. Sam from The Learning Place makes the course engaging and relevant.

Don’t forget to go and follow our Facebook page:

On here we post photos, updates of what our Gateway and Murihiku Trades Academy students are up to, employment opportunities and apprenticeships.

Work Day - 8th March

St Peter's College Annual Work Day is being held on Wednesday, 8th March. This event is a great opportunity for students to support worthy causes both locally and abroad by doing paid work for the day. Students will be receiving their Work Day forms next week which will contain all you need to know.

If you know of any available jobs or projects, please let us know as we are always looking for ways to involve our students in this worthwhile tradition.

Brendan Terry

Director of Religious Studies

Sacramental Programme 2023

As a Catholic school, we believe that the sacraments are an important part of our students' spiritual growth and development. In partnership with St Mary’s School and the Gore Parish, we are offering the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion to students.

If you would like to know more about the programme, please contact our Director of Religious Studies, Mr Brendan Terry at
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Whanau time

Here are Rosmini 1 competing in a bottle flipping, tic tac toe competition during whanau time.

Year 12 Food Technology

Year 12 Foods class began the year by making foccacia bread and decorating the top with fresh herbs.

Welcome to Wendy Blythe - Teacher Aide for McKye Storer

Kia Ora, my name is Wendy. I grew up in Gore and moved away and travelled for a while. I met my husband, Kyle, 20 years ago and we have been married for 5 years. We moved back to Gore in 2011 just before I had my eldest son Deegan. Then my daughter Medina arrived about 3 years later.

I was working at Sushi Today (so that's why I look familiar to some of you).

I'm looking forward to working with the tamariki and look forward to the challenges that may bring.

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Congratulations to Alexander Geddes

Year 9 student Alexander Geddes, was nominated for the prestigious Otago Southland Theatre Awards (OSTA's) for Best Cameo in Gore Musical Theatre’s production of "Seussical the Musical Jr.”

Alexander’s delightful portrayal of a snake in the musical was truly outstanding, capturing the attention of audiences and clearly impressing the judges. We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Alexander for this well-deserved nomination.

While Alexander didn’t win his category at last Saturday’s awards, Seussical won OSTA's for Best Hair and Makeup, Best Properties and Best Youth Production. Seussical featured many talented students from St Peter’s. Their commitment and passion for the theatre are an inspiration to all of us.

Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award

Reminder that registrations for the Award can be made at any time through the website:

This year at St Peter's, students can sign up for the 'Bronze' Award from Year 9. You can also begin 'Silver' and 'Gold' at any point from Year 11 or above. More information available from Mr Ryan or Mrs Thompson.

Spare gear for the outdoors: if you happen to have raincoats, boots, packs, sleeping bags or other 'outdoor' items that are surplus to your needs, why not drop them off to us?

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Uniform Shop

You are able to purchase St Peter's College sunhats from the Uniform shop for a price of $28 each.
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Canteen for Athletics Day on Monday 20th February

Canteen will be outside on the field for Athletics day on Monday 20th February and eftpos will be available.


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

Rugby League

Looking for boys interested in playing Under 14 and Under 16 League for the Eastern Western Titans. It is played on a Sunday in Invercargill for 6 weeks. Practices will be in Gore once a week.

Boys must be 13 or younger, or 15 or younger as of 31st December, 2022.

Meeting at Albion Rugby clubrooms at 6.30pm, Monday February 20th, to have a get together and gauge interest. Any questions, or if you can't make it, please phone Richard Robinson, 0272889041 or Clint McIvor, 0273836487


For new students interested in playing netball please join the St Peter's College Netball Page as this is where all the important information will go. It will also be displayed in the Fishbowl so to please keep an eye out.

Netball AGM

Netball AGM will be on Wednesday, 22nd February 5pm in A4 classroom

Equestrian achievements

NZ Pony Club Championships were held in Gore in January. Sophie White made the Otago Southland team for dressage and show jumping. Well done Sophie awesome achievement.


Eilish Greene made the Otago Southland dressage team. Eilish’s team placed 2nd in the South Island and 3rd nationally. Eilish scored the highest in New Zealand for her second test. Well done Eilish thats an amazing result.

Sophie White's team placed 4th in South Island and 8th Nationally.

Show jumping

Sophie White made the Otago Southland show jumping team. Sophie's team places 1st in the South Island and 1st Nationally.

Nationals in Christchurch

Charlotte Davie was at the Nationals in Christchurch and Charlotte placed 3rd on her pony in the 90cm emerging talent class and 9th on her horse in the 1m -1.1m class. Well done Charlotte.

Sophie and her pony Poppy also competed at Nationals in Christchurch. It was a tough competition with five rounds of jumping over three days. Sophie was in the 1m -1.1m class and placed 3rd. Sophie also won the equitation award. Well done Sophie.

Such incredible results achieved, well done to all those involved.

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Coming up.......

Southland Tennis Team Championships - Wednesday, 22nd February

Southland Triathlon Championships - Friday, 24th February

Year 12 Biology trip to Grants Bush - Wednesday, 1st March

Year 7 & 8 Retreats - Friday, 3rd March

SISS Triatholon - Sunday 5th March

Year 12 PE Surf Camp - Sunday, 5th to 7th March

Southland Touch Tournament - Tuesday, 7th March

Southland Athletics - Saturday, 11th March

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.