Newsletter Week 1 Term 3

St Peter's College 29th July 2022

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Kia ora e te whanau

As we begin Term 3, we continue to face many challenges. Challenges from Covid and winter colds and flus, challenges from the weather and challenges in our daily and personal lives for a whole range of reasons. However, our core business of being a school with a vision that focuses on empowering our students to develop into a person of spirit and character who will pursue actions of community, compassion, and commitment and be prepared to challenge and shape the future, remains at the heart of what we do.

St Peter’s College is a place where not only textbook knowledge is received to gain the qualifications that determine whether or not students are academic and therefore successful. I believe we are so much more, we play a much larger part in providing the basis for a student’s future. Our school is a stepping stone to our students future. Our role is to ensure that the stone our students step from out of secondary education is as high, balanced and as wide as it can be so that when a young person leaves St Peter’s College they are empowered through their Catholic education in the Mercy and Rosminian traditions to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God while pursuing their personal excellence, with the confidence to challenge and shape their future. We are not the end point for the student, for their education, for their development, but we are responsible for assisting, developing, educating and ensuring that our part in their journey allows them to sit up above the water, giving them the best platform from which to step into their future.

At St Peter’s College we want education to open opportunities and pathways for our students. We want to see students leave our school empowered to challenge and shape their future whilst being a person who lives by our values whereby they are compassionate and respectful, where they seek justice for others and themselves, and where they have the courage to pursue their ambitions.

For term 3, I encourage all of our students to make the most of their time and opportunities at school, both inside and outside of the classroom. In every lesson, to engage with their teacher and their learning, ask questions, challenge their thinking and understanding, and outside the classroom have a go and participate in at least one of the wide range of activities and opportunities available from the sports field to the arts and cultural stages. I also encourage our students to contribute outside the classroom and to support one another by taking time to watch one another on the sports fields or arts and cultural stages. We are one community in Christ where we must also strive to give back and serve.

Charity Fulfils the Law.

Tara Quinney,


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Sacramental Programme

We are looking at running a school-wide sacramental programme beginning in early 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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Welcome to Lisa Sanson, our new Learning Support Coordinator for both St Mary's School and St Peter's College

I am thrilled to be an official part of the St Peter's community again. Learning Support Coordinator is an exciting position that I feel I'm a good fit for. I have a passion for working with schools, families and other organisations to get the best for students. I am looking forward to working again with some dear friends and colleagues, our awesome students and great families across both schools. Our two local catholic schools are a really special community that I'm proud to be a part of.

Lisa Sanson

Agrikids NZ Grand Final – 6th July

On Wednesday, 6th July, Theo Dynes, Jud Duffy and Will Bensemann left to go to the AgriKids NZ Grand Final. We took a flight to Auckland and the next day we drove to Whangarei for the Opening Ceremony, where we got to meet the other teams in our region. Friday was competition day, and it was pouring down with rain but that made us feel at home. We competed against teams from all over New Zealand. First, we had the seven modules in the morning where we had to do a range of activities like identity the seeds used to make guacamole, and fix a motorbike.

Next, we had the race-off, which was a series of tasks that challenged us a lot - we had to build and irrigate a planter box, identify cuts of venison, and strap quad bikes onto a truck. In the afternoon we had the written quiz which was tough. Friday night was the Awards Ceremony. Unfortunately, we came away empty handed, but we learned heaps and had a lot of fun. We would like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors for supporting us to get there; it could not have been done without you. Also, thank you to Mrs Thomas for organising everything.

Theo Dynes, Will Bensemann and Jud Duffy

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St Peter's Stilt group

St Peter's Stilt Group - "Walk Like An Angel" performed at the Dunedin Midwinter Carnival during the holidays. They did very well and we are proud of them.

St Peter’s College School Board of Trustees Election

Nominations are open for the election of five parent representatives to the Board of Trustees.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form and a notice calling for nominations – you can use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the School Office.

Nominations close at noon on 3rd August, 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on 7 September, 2022.

Signed: Julie Henry, Returning Officer

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Weekly sporting achievements/photos

Please feel free to send in any of your child's sporting achievements or photos if you would like them to appear in the newsletter. Email them to

Congratulations to Anikah Moody and Molly King

Congratulations to Anikah Moody and to last year's Head Girl, Molly King for being selected in the U18 Southland Country Netball team. They played in the national tournament in Christchurch last week during the school holidays. Coached by Reinga Bloxham and assisted by our very own coach Gray Breen, the team created an amazing positive culture, focused on learning, commitment and fun. They placed 21st out of 38 teams and we are very proud of both Anikah and Molly.

Please like the 'St Peters College sports page on facebook' for all current events and upcoming events

Thank you to all the students who came and trialled on Monday. We have a lot of talented hockey players at St Peter's College; this was a hard decision.

These are the students who will be playing in this year's Mixed Hockey Winter Tournament Team:

Sophie Anysley

Adriana Evans

Abby Hailes

George Hedley

James Mackereth (Goalie)

Eden McPhail

Sam Clarkson

Olivia Shanks

Conner Sharp

MacLean Sharp

Jacob Hayward-Waddell

Ruby Taylor

Charleigh Sanson

Nicola Mitchell (Goalie)

Ava Wiegersma

Maddie Sanson

Anna Aynsley

Emma Shanks

Congratulations. First practice will be Monday, 1st August 6pm - 7.30pm (this will be a game against Southland Senior Womans) and Tuesday, 4pm - 5pm. All players must attend all practices unless arranged otherwise.

Congratulations to Mason Hansen

In the holidays Mason Hansen competed in the South Island Squash Age Group Championships, where he was Runner-up in the Under 13 Age Group.
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Well done Ava Wiegersma who competed at the South Island Short Course Swimming Championships

Ava Wiegersma competed in the South Island Short Course Swimming Championships in Christchurch at the end of the holidays. She had a successful meet after coming back from injury. She produced some really good PB's and highlights for her were 7th in the 100m Butterfly, 7th in the 200m Backstroke and 4th in the 400m Individual Medley.

In this photo she is pictured with her coach, Mariano Garcia Nani.

Term 3 - Sports Planner 2022

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Coming up.......

PTFA meeting - Tuesday, 2nd August

Life Education Bus - Wednesday, 3rd to Tuesday, 9th August

Year 13 PE Camp - Sunday 7th - Tuesday, 9th August

School Board meeting - Wednesday, 10th August

Bishop's Shield - Friday, 12th, to Sunday, 14th August

Teacher Only Day - Friday, 26th August

Year 8 Deep Cove Camp - Saturday, 20th August - 28th August

Tournament Week - Monday, 29th August - Friday, 2nd September

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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.

Reminder - Rugby Subs need to be paid as soon as possible.