Newsletter Week 8 Term 2

St Peter's College 25th June 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

It’s easy to feel happy on a sunny day. When all is well, the birds are singing, and life is going along swimmingly. But what happens when waters are rougher, bad news comes, or the long winter days feel just plain hard? God wants us to feel gladness when times are good. He has made each and every day. We are called to rejoice in all of them whether good or bad. Happiness is determined by our circumstances, but true joy comes when we can find the silver linings, hidden in our darkest hours. Our challenge is to sing God’s praises no matter what.

It is no secret that young people today undergo a lot of pressure to achieve in life and when you add on the anxiety that goes with technology today, and the constant notifications and demands on their time, it is easier to fall into a downward spiral. We are all here to support our students, but it really does take a village to do this. We need our parents support to ensure students attend school every day on time and to complete homework and study at home every night. Parents need our support to ensure students are on task and learning in the classroom. It is a partnership.

This week I have been at the presbytery with Fr Jaime and Eileen Hickey meeting prospective parents for the enrolment of their child into St Peter’s College for next year. It has been such a positive experience hearing about their dreams and aspirations for their children and we look forward to meeting our new students later on in the year for their one to one interviews. Enrolments are once again looking strong, and we will have three year 7 homeroom classes again for next year.

I would like to congratulate Ms Juliet Sorrel on being appointed a permanent Technology and Art teacher here. Juliet has been filling in on a fixed term contract and has brought vibrancy, and a calm and caring nature to the department and her classes. She also contributed to the successful production this year with the fantastic backdrops and props and has many exciting ideas going forward.

We have also permanently appointed Mr Borom Blakie as our new Science, Physics and Chemistry teacher beginning in term four. Borom comes to us from Geraldine High School and has family in the Balfour/Riversdale area, so we welcome him to our school family. Mr Tristan Lawrence who has been filling in, in this area and doing an amazing job, will stay on with us until the end of the year to ensure our senior students’ stability and continuity.

In the day of prosperity be joyful,

and in the day of adversity consider;

God has made the one as well as the other,

so that mortals may not find out

anything that will come after them.

Ecclesiastes 7:14

Charity fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney


Sacremental Programme

We are looking at running a school-wide sacramental programme beginning early in 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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Winners of Drummer of the Year and Piper of the Year 2021. Awarded at the Annual General Meeting.

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Chloe Taylor - Piper of the Year, and Oliver Anderson - Drummer of the Year

"Annie" at West Otago Theatrical Society

As the song says, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”. This is how we’ve felt for the last two months. We have all been involved in the musical Annie at West Otago Theatrical Society (WOTS) in Tapanui. Two months ago, we all stepped into the theatre to audition, and were all successful. Aria was cast as Tessie and Annie’s understudy, Emma as Dot and then re-casted as Duffy and Olivia as Polly. We started on a Monday night meeting people and singing. From then on, most Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays were all spent at the theatre learning lines, dances and songs. A few weeks ago, we started doing whole show run throughs. Now, we have performed three shows and have five to go. All the shows have been great so far and we have loved it! So come and watch us on stage!

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Photo from left: Olivia Kelly, Aria Wilson, Emma McGregor

West Otago Theatrical Society – ‘Annie’ drawing competition winners

Congratulations to these three winners from St Peter’s College who took part in the West Otago Theatrical Society drawing competition.


With winter upon us we have had a few requests for our female students to wear trousers and/or shorts as part of the uniform. Female students are allowed to wear the trousers/shorts that our male students wear and get them tailored to fit. We are looking at some suppliers of female trousers and shorts and hope to have these options available in the near future. It is an expectation that all students are in winter uniform and if help is needed in purchasing these items due to financial constraints, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Principal.


Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Southland Primary Cross Country at Waimumu last Friday, 18th June. Here are the results from the day:

Boys 12 Years:

Max McGregor – 1st

Girls 12 years:

Sara Aynsley – 3rd

Charlotte McVicar – 19th

Boys 13 years:

Jaxon Friend – 6th

Thomas Smith – 7th

Girls 13 years:

Millie McFadzien - 2nd

Hockey Winter Tournament:

St Peter's students (Years 9-13) who are wanting to trial to play in one of three St Peter’s Hockey Winter Tournament teams during tournament week, please fill in the sporty form below.

The tournament is held from 29th August - 3rd September. Closing date for registration, Monday 5th July.

Recreational and Wellbeing Day:

The Recreational and Wellbeing Day is held in Gore at the MLT stadium 5th August for students in Years 11-13.

A survey will go out to all student in these years asking them to submit which sports they would like to participate in.

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.

Upcoming sporting events:

Senior Netball Tournament – Sunday, 4th and Monday, 5th July

Junior SISS Netball Tournament – Sunday, 11th – Wednesday, 14th July

Cheap Skiing opportunity at Cardrona – Saturday, 24th and 25th July

Recreational and Wellbeing Day – Thursday, 5th August

Term 3

Badminton Championships – Thursday 12th August

Southland Table tennis Championships – Monday 16th August

Years 7/8 Netball Tournament – Wednesday 18th August

SISS Winter Tournament Week – Sunday 29th August – Friday 3rd September

International Sports Day – Thursday 19th August

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.

Coming up.......

PTFA Meeting - 29th June in school staff room at 7pm - all welcome

Feast Day Mass - 30th June - Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 10am; all welcome

Eisteddfod Eliminations - 30th June and 1st July

Eisteddfod Best of the Rest - 2nd July - 1.35pm - 3.15pm

Board of Trustees meeting - 30th June

Rosmini House Open Day (Hostel) - 3rd July

Eisteddfod Concert - 8th July

School Holidays - last day of term 9th July

Back to School - 26th July

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.