Newsletter Week 5 Term 4

St Peter's College 19th November 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

I have been privileged to have had many leadership roles throughout my career and when I was young my focus wasn’t initially on serving people, it was on doing big things and getting ahead. Working in Catholic schools I was always being challenged to think more with my heart than my head, but the many years of training give you a hierarchical approach to leadership. Over time and with good guidance I have learnt that my core focus needs to be on serving people. If you give people what they want, they will help you get what you want. Trying to get others to help me and do things for me, instead of trying to help them meant my attitude wasn’t right.

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Servant Leadership is leading not through power and force of position, but by serving others and setting an example they choose to follow. There have been many great Servant-Leaders throughout history, but Jesus Christ is the greatest example, since He not only served, but laid down His life for His friends. Servant Leadership is important, because it changes other people, impacting them for service on their own. People will do something if they have no other choice, but true influence occurs when people willingly serve because of the example set by others. How we choose to lead changes the world around us. So, if we want a world where people love one another and are willing to sacrifice, we must create that world by leading the way.

This week the Year 12 students came together for a day long retreat at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament where we experienced liturgy and activities all centred around the concept of Servant Leadership. It is those qualities we are looking for in our Student Executive Leadership Team for 2022. We have already begun this journey from changing our Student Council who looked to see what the school could do for them, to a Servant Leadership council where members seek to serve the school. Next year St Peter’s College will change the leadership structure to better suit this model. We will have one head boy and one head girl, no deputies, and one leader for each of our school values: Compassion, Commitment and Community.

This team of 5 that will also include the student BoT representative will lead the student body next year with support from all the Year 13 students. All Year 13 students will have a leadership role in being the leaders for the new whanau groups in each house. Effectively making all Year 13’s, house leaders. During this retreat the students spent some time putting together their applications for why they believe they have the qualities of servant leadership and how they show them in their everyday lives. They also nominated other students they thought exemplified these qualities. At St Peter’s College we are looking for servant leaders with the following qualities:

- They listen.

- They have empathy for others.

- They seek to heal, not wound.

- They are aware of those around them.

- They are able to persuade, rather than force others to their side.

- They are good stewards of what has been given to them.

- They are committed to the growth of other people.

- They are able to build community around them.

Over the next fortnight we as a staff will vote on who has earned these positions and I would stress that these positions are not earned through how many prizes, trophies and accolades students have achieved over the years. It is a balance of showing servant leadership qualities and having the confidence, strength and resilience to lead. There is no criteria for this and I know it is hard for parents and students to accept the final decisions each year. We must pray for and support those students who are chosen and help all of our Year 13’s to show leadership through their role as whanau house leaders. The 5/6 leaders will be informed no later than Friday, 10th December if they are in the Student Executive Team for 2022, they will not know their role until next years Powhiri on Tuesday, 8th February. The team will lead and plan for the new student orientation on Wednesday, 3rd February after which we will make our final decision on the roles each will fulfil.

A successful servant leader listens to other people, empathizes with the hardships and challenges of others, is committed to win-win-win situations, and builds true friendships wherever he or she goes. Perhaps, the greatest summary of servant leadership is found in Jesus' so called Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (see Matthew 7:12).

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


Year 13 Mass

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Borland Camp highlights

We travelled to Borland on Tuesday morning at 10:30am in different cars and vans. We arrived around 1:30pm, and once there, we unpacked, were assigned our rooms and groups we would be in for the week. After we had put all our stuff into the selected rooms we went straight into our activities. After we had completed them we had dinner, then we had supper and off to bed we went. We all woke up at around 7:30am and had breakfast. Once we had finished we were told what duties every group was on and what days. After the cleaning was done we were told our activities for the week and they were tramping, kayaking, rafting, biking, orienteering, rock climbing, bush bashing, bow 'n' arrow shooting, and skeet (clay bird shooting) as well as our night activities such as caving and solo reflecting. After the week was done we all pitched in to clean and pack everything away so we could all go home.

A big thank you to Mr Kotkamp for organising, all the accompanying teachers and parents and the staff at Borland Lodge for the fabulous week.

Taine Grant, Year 10

Year 11 and Year 12 Materials Technology final outcomes

Amazing examples of some of the talents and skills displayed by Years 11 and 12.

Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy

A huge congratulations to Abby Gutschlag for being accepted into the Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy for the 2022 academic year. The judges were impressed by her application essay, so well done Abby.

The Advanced Science Academy will involve two science camps in Dunedin (23rd-29th January and 10th- 16th July 2022) where she will be living on site at the University of Otago and working with scientists and researchers, as well as an online Science communications project that will run between the two camp dates.

Abby is lucky enough to be able to choose the projects she will be taking part in during her camps; she has selected anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, genetics and pharmacology.

This was a fantastic opportunity, and we are thrilled that Abby is able to take it up.

Year 13 leavers

Congratulations to the Year 13 students who left school this week.
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Fr Michael Hill Book launch

Fr Michael Hill is launching his third book “The Preacher - Angelo Maria Rinolfi”

Tuesday, 23rd November, at the Eastern Southland Gallery between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

He would be delighted to see you over light refreshments.

For more information: 0274782782

St Peter’s College Caritas Challenge

I just wanted to send a quick thank you to St Peter’s College for the Caritas Challenge donation that we received today. How awesome! These funds will go towards the countries we are supporting as part of the He Oranga Taurikura programme and your $2,000 will become $8,000 of support (due to matched funding). It will make a great difference to many families.

Michael Stewart

Education Co-ordinator

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

New School bucket hats ready for summer

These hats can be purchased for $25 through the Uniform shop. Available in two sizes.
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St Peter's College Target Shooting team

St Peter's Target Shooting team, starts next February. We need parents help to get this started. A meeting will be held on Wednesday, 1st December, at 4pm in Tara Quinney's office.

Cricket T20

The result of the game on Tuesday afternoon was a win by one run to James Hargest College. It was a very close game. SPC/Menzies batted first and scored 112 all out in the last over. Connor Sharp scored 70 runs for SPC/Menzies including 7 sixes. Hargest then scored 113 on the last ball of the 20th over. They needed to score 3 off the last ball of the game and were fortunate to get a 4 with their last batsmen at the crease.

Norman McClean, Coach T20 Cricket Team.

Upcoming Sporting Events:

Southland Junior Adventure Race - Thursday, 25th November (date has changed)

Gore Pony Club Interschools Show Jumping – Sunday, November 28th

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.

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.......

NCEA Exams begin - 22nd November

School Board meeting - 24th November

Teacher Only Day (NCEA Accord) - 29th November

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.