Newsletter Week 4 Term 2
St Peter's College 28th May 2021
Kia ora e te whanau
This weekend gone was Pentecost. The Advocate promised by Christ enters the believing community to guide and protect it until the second coming. Apart from being a very beautiful feast, the day of Pentecost is a celebration of God's hand guiding the Christian community through the trials and decisions that are presented to it. The Education and Training Act 2020 now requires us to consult with students, staff and our parent community around any major changes we make to our rules and policies. Recently we included a survey in the newsletter about student attendance at the School Ball; this decision is currently going through consultation with the staff and students and today we include a survey on our Uniform Policy around tattoos and, in particular, Ta Moko. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in your discernments at all times, and we look forward to receiving your feedback. I will let you know the decision on Ball attendance in due course.
It has come to our attention that there is increased vaping use among students here at school. We know it is happening in the toilets at break times and several students have been caught with vapes in their bag or in their pockets at school, already this year. We know that the main users are boys, and we know that it is the vapers who are breaking the toilet seats in the boy’s toilets causing the school hundreds of dollars in damage each time, due to boys standing on them to keep watch. These hundreds of dollars could be spent on better things around the school like sports equipment. As of November 11th last year, it became illegal for anyone to vape on our school grounds, either during school hours or after. It is also illegal, as I am sure you are aware, for anyone under the age of 18, to vape.
We know the consequences of smoking cigarettes and today for a young person to take up that habit, they do that knowing it can lead to lung cancer etc, later in life. Vaping and e-cigarettes were originally invented to help addicted smokers give up, not to give people a healthier alternative. At assembly this week I focussed on educating students around the health risks, but as a further deterrent I need all parents and caregivers to understand the consequences if a student is caught vaping or caught with a vape in their bag or on their person. In the first instance, parents will be called and students will receive an internal stand down where they will be removed from classes and given different break times from their peers. If students are honest and hand in their vaping equipment before being caught, they will receive a warning and home contacted. Further instances could lead to external stand downs and/or suspension to the Board of Trustees. All vaping equipment will be destroyed and not returned to the student or parent.
I apologise for the negative tone in this week’s newsletter but I feel I need to draw attention to all of our community to this growing concern.
Lastly, I would like to thank the St Peter’s College Rugby Committee and Mrs Julie Watkins, our Rugby Administrator on staff, for organising an outstanding Quiz Night last Friday at the Town and Country Club. We could also not have envisioned the huge support we received from all of our community in attending, spending and quizzing! Thank you all for helping us raise over $21,000 for our rugby students.
Link to the uniform policy survey:
Career Pathways Department
On Monday, the Year 13 students travelled to Dunedin to take part in the Otago Tertiary Day where both Otago University and Otago Polytechnic were hosting Open Days. Below are accounts from two students about the day.
"On Monday May 25th, all the Year 13’s travelled to Dunedin for the University Open Day. We were given the opportunity to listen to lectures, look around University Halls and talk to many students attending the University. It was a great day and it helped many of us choose our careers. Thank you to Mrs Perniskie and Mr Kotkamp for taking us up there for the day".
Kiera Davis, Year 13
"On May 24th, the Year 13 class attended the Otago University Tertiary Open Day in Dunedin. Course presentations, a university expo and tours of residential colleges were all available which allowed us to have a good look around. Otago University had a pretty amazing setup for prospective students, which we are very appreciative of. Overall, the Year 13’s had some great insight of what lies ahead for them in the near future".
Alice Napier, Year 13
There are still some kilts to come. As soon as they arrive they will be handed out.
For these cooler days, woollen vests ($80) and scarfs ($25) can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.
Long sleeve winter shirts and blouses are available at H & J Smith and The Warehouse.
Pink Shirt Day
School Lunch heat ups
Please do not send pottles of noodles or food that need hot water as Office Staff do not have easy access to hot water.
Eastern Cross Country
Please note that Eastern Cross Country is now on June 10th.
Junior Catholic Schools Tournament
Junior Catholic Schools Tournament is in Dunedin on Thursday, 10th June. All forms and permission slips need to be sent back for your child to to be able to play in the tournament.
Opportunity for cheaper Skiing rate
There is an opportunity to take advantage of cheaper Skiing on July 24th and 25th at Cardrona. If you would like to get the school rate of $100, this covers lift pass, lessons and rental, please email email@example.com.
Please note this is not a school event and it is up to you to find accommodation and travel.
Competition time for students!! Students to suggest ideas of recreational activities at lunch times or after school. You can win our school a sports balls pack - it doesn't take long to fill in. Click the link below.
Under 18 Women's Hockey
Nicola Mitchell (GK)
Under 18 Men's Hockey
James Mackereth (GK)
Nairn McBeath (GK)
Otago/Southland Cross Country – Wednesday, 2nd June
Junior Catholic Schools Tournament – Thursday, 10th June
Eastern Cross Country – Thursday, 10th June
Southland Primary Cross Country – Friday, 18th June
SISS Swimming Championships – Saturday, 26th - Sunday, 27th June
Sports Registrations/ Events/ Draws will be online!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or come and see Jess Young in the PE office.
Teacher Only Day (no School) - 4th June
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.