Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

St Peter's College 23rd September 2022


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Kia ora e te whanau

A research study in the States on graduates of Catholic schools, found that the educational outcomes were similar to many other schools except in one area of life. Graduates of a Catholic school with a sense of community and purpose had a significant higher “Hope” factor in its graduates.

Hope” that life is ok, and we can get through the struggles and pain.

Hope” that we can be grateful for the gifts of this world and life in general.

This factor is reinforced to me every day when I see and experience our students and family members participating and supporting each other in school activities and events. Our rugby prize giving this week was an example of this. Selflessly organised by Mrs Julie Watkins and the Rugby Committee of parents we had an evening of abundant food, speeches about gratefulness and sportsmanship and we recognised the commitment and achievement of all of our players, both boys and girls. Gratitude was expressed for what our small school has achieved this year despite the many barriers and reasons to do less. How true.

Hope is the quality of seeing in the dark and getting on with life. Day after day despite all that has happened. It is the opposite of optimism which is often a mask for depression.

The last three years have been the ideal place to practice “Hope”. Nothing has gone well in terms of health, livelihood or planned events. So can a College practice Hope like one would practice rugby, reading or rhythm in music? Yes we can.

At St Peter’s College we practice Hope by normalising routines and with courage as a foundation.

We practice Hope by expecting all students will achieve to something beyond them.

We practice Hope by expecting all activities have a quality of depth and excellence.

Congratulations to seven of our year 7 and 8 students this week who qualified for the finals in the Otago Problem Solving competition, many with Excellence. These students are Max McGregor, Lachlan Gray, Oliver Gray, Eli Puna, Jack Wilkins, Harry Hoyle and Anthony Lambert. Our head of year 7 & 8 Mrs Julie Burrows is extremely proud of the boys hard work and shared with us yesterday that the last student to qualify in this competition was Connor Watkins who is now in year 13!

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


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Exam Timetable

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Edge School Accounts and Payments

All school accounts are now up to date with the information we have for subject donations, uniform and sports charges. Requests for payments are emailed out at the beginning of every month.

All uniform and sports are goods and services already paid for by the school, and as such are chargeable and recoverable items that we require prompt payment for. If you have outstanding uniform or sports on your account from this year, please pay this as soon as possible.

Prior Year Outstanding Accounts

If you have previous years chargeable items on your school account that have not been paid, please pay these immediately. We will be following these up over the next few weeks and if these remain unpaid you can expect to receive an email or phone call requesting payment.

The school’s bank account details are as follows:

St Peter’s College BOT

12 3434 0012635 000

Reference: Your child’s name

If there is a specific item you would like to pay for, please also use this in the reference. Otherwise, we will allocate the payment at our discretion. If you have more than one child you are paying for, we encourage you to have separate payments for each child to ensure correct payment allocation. Please also update any existing automatic payment references with the correct reference details, particularly if one child has now left school.

Thank you

Paula Robertson

Executive Officer

Career Pathways Department

Congratulations to Eli Puna

We are very proud of Eli Puna who came 3rd in the Grand Final of the Southland Interschool Speech Competition. Well done Eli.
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Year 11 Materials Technology Class

A lovely piece of furniture cleverly crafted by Jordon King.
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Year 13 Material Technology Class

A fine example of craftsmanship, made from recycled mahogany, by Nicholas Roy.
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Vietnam Trip 2024

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Monica Moore - Girls Breakfast, Friday 16th September

We had the priviledge of having Monica Moore come to speak to us here last Friday at our Girls Breakfast. It was a fun and motivational talk enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to Albert Dennison - past student of St Peter's College

Albert has been chosen out of hundreds for a leadership programme. Click link below for more information.


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.

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

Apologies - more Athletics Day records broken

Apologies - we have missed off a couple of records broken on Athletics Day.

Congratulations to Max Wiegersma who broke two records:

U12 Boys High Jump Record -1.40m: Previous - K Devery - 1.37m

U12 Boys 800m record - 2:35.25: Previous - T Adams - 2.37

Awesome results; well done Max.

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Coming up.......

Taieri District Pony Club, school teams event (primary and secondary) - Sunday, 25th September

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day. No school on this day - Monday, 26th September

Derived Grade Exams - Friday, 23rd September - Friday, 30th September

Term 3 ends - Friday, 30th September

Term 4 starts - Monday, 17th October

Eisteddfod Festival - Wednesday, 19th October - Friday, 21st October

Eisteddfod Concert - Tuesday, 25th October

Year 10-13 Boys Breakfast - Wednesday, 26th October

Sports and Cultural Blues Ceremony - Wednesday, 26th October

Eastern Primary Athletics - Thursday, 3rd November

Southland Secondary Athletics - Saturday, 12th November

Southland Primary Athletics - Saturday, 19th 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.