Newsletter Week 2 Term 2
St Peter's College 13th May 2022
Kia ora e te whanau
It is great to see so many of our students back at school, wearing their uniform correctly and following the wearing of masks expectation. We do not feel that we are ready to make mask wearing optional yet. There is still a long tail of Covid cases in the south and we are hearing from schools that have lifted the mask mandate that Covid cases are rising again. More than anything we really want to avoid any further rostering of year levels home, school closures and most of all sick students and staff members. Even if we have already had Covid, I am sure we all have family members and friends who may be immune compromised who we want to keep safe. Our case numbers are getting very low, and we are hopeful that we can be back in whole school assemblies and gatherings soon.
It was lovely to be able to celebrate the Academic Blues recipients yesterday in person at the Blessed Sacrament Church. These achievements have placed our students as top academic leaders within the region and well above the Government’s measures of student success in NCEA and University Entrance. These achievements and experiences in and of themselves are special and deserved today’s accolades. We are very appreciative of the work and encouragement that you as parents put into these students to bring them along with us on this journey.
Next Friday is Pink Shirt Day in NZ schools and we encourage our students all to wear something pink to school that day just not hair dye or nail polish please. This will be a free mufti day to raise awareness of anti-bullying in our society. No school is immune to bullying and we take it very seriously when students are experiencing any form of bullying. At this week’s assembly I talked about cyber bullying in particular. Our young people spend a lot of time on phones, tablets, social media sites and messaging apps, so they are more likely to come across it. A survey in 2020 found that seven out of ten children aged 10 to 15 years who experienced online bullying said that it was by someone from their school. Nearly the same number were emotionally affected by the online bullying behaviour that they experienced.
Just because the bullying is taking place online does not make it any less harmful. Cyberbullying can have devastating and sometimes long-lasting effects on the person involved. It is important to know the signs so that we can put a stop to it. Anyone who makes threats to us on the internet could be committing a criminal offence. In NZ, it’s against the law to use the phone or the internet to cause alarm or distress to others. If we post abuse online about anyone or send threats, our internet provider has records of our activity. The police can require internet providers to share this information. Cyberbullying can have a massive impact. It can cause a range of emotions and feelings, including embarrassment, worry, loneliness, hopelessness and feeling overwhelmed. As soon as a message has been sent, it cannot be taken back, so it is important to consider the effect that our message or post could have on others. Cyberbullying often starts behind a keyboard, which may lead the bully to think that they are untraceable, giving them further confidence to post abusive comments.
When cyberbullying continues, it can feel relentless. It may result in victims not wanting to come to school or go about their usual activities. They may withdraw from friends and family, and sometimes, their feelings can even lead to self-harm and suicide. The most important thing is not to ignore or hide what is going on. Otherwise, the bullying may escalate. If students are being bullied, whether it is happening online or in person, they must tell an adult whom they can trust. This could be a parent, a member of school staff or a helpline advisor. There are actions available to put a stop to bullying; we do not have to put up with it. Most social media sites have a button for reporting abuse; making a report can result in the perpetrator being blocked or deleted from the site anonymously. We can also block anyone on social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram so that they cannot message us again. It is a good idea to take a screenshot of any abusive messages to use as evidence.
We wish Mrs Kate McGowan all the best as she goes on maternity leave and we know her year 7 homeroom class will be in capable hands with Mrs Liza Wilson coming back to teach this class until the end of the year. We will be re-advertising the Learning Support Coordinator role later in this term.
NCEA Information Evening for Whānau of Year 11 Ākonga
Parents and caregivers of all Year 11 students are invited to an information session on Level One NCEA. This will be on Thursday 19th May at 7pm in the College Chapel. Understanding the NCEA qualification is important for students and families alike, so parents are urged to bring their students with them to this session.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Bridget Ryan, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning and Louise Grogan, Year 11 Dean
Career Pathways Department
Otago Polytechnic visit
This week we had the Otago Polytechnic Liaison Officer speak to the Year 13’s regarding next years study options. Ten students gathered to hear from OP Liaison Officer, Carly Nesbitt. Carly spoke about programmes available at Otago Polytechnic, the Halls and Scholarships.
University Scholarships for Year 13 Students
MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2023. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list.
Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.
For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page
The scholarship page is free to use and always will be, students can access the information at home and on their mobiles etc. We have published a number of tips for application success as well, designed to make the application process less stressful for your students.
Nursing Information Evening
Come along to SIT School of Nursing Information Evening on Wednesday, 1st June 2022, from 7pm – 9pm at Hansen Hall.
Talk to our friendly tutors and staff about ways to kickstart you career in Nursing! And discover why SIT School of Nursing is considered one of the best places in New Zealand to study nursing.
No registration required.
Face masks are required indoors.
This week we have Shiya Roger who is undertaking her Gateway Placement at Gore Preschool.
Southland Secondary School Cross Country
The sun was shining in Te Anau and all of our St Peter's students gave 150% in the Southland Cross Country. Results are below:
Millie McFadzien - 1st U14 girls
Mikaela McRae - 4th U14 girls
Jaxon Friend - 4th U14 boys
Hannah Hargest - 4th U15 girls
Sophie Aynsley - 4th Over 16 girls
Ruby Taylor - 5th Over 16 girls
Ethan Friend - 2nd Over 16 boys
Southland Squash Championships
Last Friday, 6th May, three St Peter's students competed in the Southland Squash Championships -
Mason Hanson, Max Milliken and Jak Henry. They were placed 2nd in the competition. Fantastic results - well done boys.
This year we are lucky to have the Football Winter Tournament in Invercargill. Dates will be from Monday, 29th August - Friday, 2nd September. As we do not have a St Peter's Football team, but realise we have some amazing football players, we would like to send a boy's team. Please fill in the form if your child is interested. This is for students in Years 9-13.https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=g0fDlKVwlEOMkqSDU_gMAOgG6SokDrhEvWrtCj6tomtUMFIzSUM4VUpFNFpCNzJDWk5DV1dCTEs3OS4u
Junior Quad tournament
This will be held in Dunedin on Thursday, 9th June, I am currently getting teams organised for this.
Teams we will be taking away are:
We need some futsal players. Please let Jess Young know if you are interested.
Our first Sports Council is underway. Our council is going to come up with some fresh new ideas for lunch time activities.
Basketball is well underway and we are hearing some great results and sportsmanship. Please send in any photos of the games and teams to Jess Young - firstname.lastname@example.org
St Peter's College Sports Hoodies
Students - There will be a blue notice board in the fishbowl. This is where all your upcoming and current sport events notices can be found.
Southland Bowls Championships -Thursday, 26th May
Otago/Southland Road Teams Relay, Milton - Wednesday, 1st June
Student Coaching Course - Wednesday, 1st June
Eastern Primary Cross Country - Wednesday, 8th June
Junior Quad Tournament - Thursday, 9th June
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