Newsletter Week 7 Term 4

St Peter's College 3rd December 2021


Kia ora e te whanau

It is hard to believe we have reached the season of Advent already- only 4 weeks till Christmas!

During Advent we await the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ, born in a stable at Bethlehem. We hear in the Old Testament readings during this season of a Messiah who would come to help us live in peace.

Henri Nouwen was once asked: “Are you an optimist?” His reply: “No, not naturally, but that isn’t important. I live in hope, not optimism.” Hope is not simple optimism. Take for example the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid was not brought down by guns or violence or even by changing the politicians. It was changed by hope. How? In the face of racial injustice, people of faith began to pray together and, as a sign of their hope that one day the evil of apartheid would be overcome, they lit candles and placed them in their windows so that their neighbours, the government, and the whole world would see their belief. And their government did see.

They passed a law making it illegal, a politically subversive act, to light a candle and put it in your window. It was seen as a crime, as serious as owning and flaunting a gun. Eventually those burning candles, and the prayer and hope behind them, changed the wind in South Africa. Morally shamed by its own people, the government agreed that apartheid was wrong and dismantled it without a war, defeated by hope, brought down by lit candles backed by prayer. During the season of advent, Christians are asked to light candles as a sign of hope. But lighting a candle in hope is not just a religious act; it’s a political act, a subversive one, and a prophetic one too. To light an advent candle is to say, in the face of all that suggests the contrary, that God is still alive in this world, and, because of that, as Julian of Norwich is famous for saying, “all will be well”, irrespective of the evening news. Adapted from Ron Rolheiser.

Term 4 is a unique time of the year for a school. It is a time for celebrating all of the achievements of the past year. It is a time for looking forward to the New Year. We have not been able to celebrate in all of the ways we would have liked or have in the past but this does not take away the many fine successes and steps forward made by all of our students. I would like to sincerely thank all the parents and members of our community that have taken these disappointments on board with grace and with an unwavering support for what we do here. True leadership does not lie in pleasing everyone, it is in making the best decisions for the majority at the right time. It is in putting all of our students first. Jesus Christ did not leave one sheep behind to please the whole flock.

God of hope, be with us as we begin this Advent journey. Increase our faith, show us your ways, teach us your paths, that we might walk with you more closely, our hand in your hand, our feet in your footsteps. Like Mary and Peter, may we show our compassion and love for others. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


Materials Technology - Year 10

More amazing examples of great craftsmanship
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Ryan Davers

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Ledrick Delos Reyes

Star Dome

Each year we have Richard Parkinson, from Astronomy Fiordland, visit with his inflatable star dome to talk to Year 7's about the solar system and space. He is very knowledgable and engaging.

International Students

So many activities as we near the end of the school year. Year 13 had a "uniform swap" day and the traditional last drive around the quadrangle following the Year 13 Leavers Mass. Our International young ladies had a special afternoon tea to farewell Chiyume who is heading home to Japan (exciting!!) and to wish Minjeong a Happy Birthday. The International Department also had a Christmas function which included a scavenger hunt around Gore, a pizza tea, presentation of Leaving Certificates from Mr Jack, presentation of St Peter's medallions from Mrs Ryan and a Christmas treat from Mrs Pearce (Mrs Claus).

NCEA exams are well under way and then the students can all have a well deserved summer holiday.

Yamada O'Regan Secondary School Scholarships.

Tēnā koutou,

From today, we will be accepting Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarship applications to support the upcoming school year. Applications will close on 11 February 2022.

The Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarships aim to support registered Ngāi Tahu secondary school students in completing the school year and or successfully attaining a secondary school qualification.

Scholarship Eligibility/Criteria

To be eligible for a Yamada O’Regan Secondary School Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a registered Ngāi Tahu member
  • Be enrolled at a secondary school studying in Years 10, 11, 12 or 13
  • Be achieving academic success in at least three school subjects
  • Be involved in Ngāi Tahu whānau, hapū or iwi-related activities
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Be able to explain the difficulties/hardships that may prevent them from completing their current school year and or successful attainment of a secondary school qualification.

Important Information

  • We encourage all applicants to seek-out other forms of funding where possible, such as the secondary school scholarships that are available through the Māori Education Trust, Toitū Kaupapa Māori Mātauranga
  • For financial support towards secondary school boarding fees, please visit the Ministry of Education website or email:

For more information about these scholarships or to see if you or someone you know is eligible to apply, please contact the Ngāi Tahu Grants team by calling: 0800 524 8248 or email: Or click HERE to apply.

Mauri ora!

Ngāi Tahu Grants Team

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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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Gore Pony Club Interschools Showjumping

The Gore Pony Club Interschools Showjumping was held at the Gore Showgrounds on Sunday, 28 November.

St Peter's College fielded two teams of five riders from its strong equestrian team. Eleven teams competed for top spot over two rounds of showjumping for each combination.

SPC Red consisting of Zoey Davis, Brylea Eaves, Taysha Chittock, Sophie White and Clodagh Greene secured third and SPC Blue with Laura Perkins, Hannah O’Connor, Sophie White, Millie McFadzien and Anikah Moody finished fifth.

This year the SPC equestrian team farewells four of its senior riders and their parents who have all contributed to the success of the team over the years.

SSS Adventure Race

On Thursday, 25th November, 28 students attended the Southland Secondary Schools Adventure Race, at Sandy Point. Students competed in teams of four, taking part in four disciplines – Mountain Biking, Trekking, Kayaking and Navigation. This day can be very challenging, but a day where the students can learn and have fun.

The weather played the game as the sun was shinning . The students were all very excited to start the race. While we didn’t have any students place in the top three, Mr Kotkamp, the parents and I were all very proud, as the students gave it their all and worked as a team.

Jess Young,

Sports Co-ordinator


Congratulations to the following boys who have been selected into our ESBA U15 Boys Squad for the 2022 season.

Joshua Heenan, Cooper Wilkins, Elliot Wilson, Wilson Borlase, Noe Nunez.

Tournaments dates for your reference:

Pre-Season - Invercargill, 7th & 8th May, 2022

Qualifying - Dunedin, 11th & 12th June, 2022

Your next training will be Wednesday, 8th December, 2021.

Coach: Peter Howes.

Congratulations to the following U15 Girls who have been selected to represent Eastern Southland for the 2022 season.

Ella King, Neve Borlase.

Tournament dates for your reference:

Pre Season - Invercargill, 7th & 8th May, 2022

Qualifying - Dunedin, 11th & 12th June, 2022

Coach: Dailey Christie

We had an awesome turn out for the Eastern U17 Boys rep trials over the last two weeks. Thank you to all that attended.

Congratulations to the following U17 Boys on being selected for the 2022 season.

Crenshaw Conroy, Ryan Davers.

Trainings for this week are:

Tuesday, 30th November, 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Thursday, 2nd December, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Tournament Dates for your reference:

Pre Season - Invercargill, 7th & 8th May, 2022

Qualifying - Dunedin, 11th & 12th June, 2022

Head Coach: Nich Nunez

Assistant Coach: Sean Heanue.

Congratulations to the following U17 Girls on being selected for the 2022 season.

Maegan Davis, Mary Salvana.

T20 Cricket

The St Peter's College/Menzies team had another good win on Tuesday at Winton, against Central Southland College.

We had twelve players present! Seven from Menzies and five from St Peter's College.

They scored 111 all out in the 20 overs. We scored 117 in 14 overs and lost only one wicket. Callum retired for 24 after facing 20 balls, Connor retired after facing 18 balls for 48, and Joss was 22 not out.

Norman McClean


Please can all entry forms be in by Friday, 10th December. Only one entry per student.

Wanaka Challenge

If you would like to enter a team of 3 into the Wanaka Challenge which is held on Thursday, 17th February, and are in Years 9-13, please enter using the form below

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.

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Coming up.......

NCEA Exams begin - 22nd November end 10th December

End of Term 4 - 10th December; school finishes at 12 noon

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.