Newsletter Week 6 Term 2

St Peter's College 11th June 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

The wellbeing of all students is at the heart of every Catholic School. We enable a learning environment which promotes and provides for the spiritual, physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of the entire school community. We do this in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our greatest model. There is safety and peace in spending time with him in our hearts and minds and this is a gift only schools like ours can offer. For us, it is not about one aspect of a student’s life, where we use the young persons talents and gifts for what they can give to us. We care deeply about providing a learning environment that cares and grows all aspects of the person. We may not have the top-rated sports teams in the country year in and year out, but we do nurture well rounded, caring and kind young adults who will be successful in any endeavour or career path they choose.

Wellbeing is best promoted in a safe and supportive school environment, and at St Peter’s College wellbeing is characterised by positive relationships, resilience, the opportunity to maximise strengths and high levels of satisfaction, and connectedness with learning. The links between learning and wellbeing are well researched and are clear. The responsibility for enhancing and promoting student wellbeing is shared by the community. We want our students to thrive in all that they do.

In the areas of behaviour, emotions, thoughts, learning and social relationships, a thriving student may do the following and much more:

  • Be resilient and manage stress and challenges in a productive way
  • Be interested, curious and absorbed in learning and pursue learning goals with determination
  • Maintain positive and supportive peer relationships

I am pleased to be welcoming back to our school John Parsons, who will be spending time with each split gender year level to raise awareness of and provide strategies for our young people navigating a 21st century technological age that they are sometimes not emotionally or mentally equipped for. More information and dates are in this newsletter, and I strongly encourage all parents and caregivers who can make the evening session to attend.

Yesterday we had an absolutely fantastic day in Dunedin at the Junior Quad Sports Tournament. All of my day was spent on the rugby side-line watching some excellent examples of sportsmanship, heart and courage. It was also great to catch up with ex-principal, Mrs Kate Nicholson, and share in the comradery between our Catholic schools, with Kavanagh College hosting an outstanding event for our young sports people. A big thank you also goes out to the many parents and other relatives who came and supported and coached our teams. I was particularly proud of our senior students who give up their time to coach our junior students. Congratulations to Verdon College for taking home the Bishop Boyle trophy for being overall winners of the competition.

We offer many sporting opportunities here at St Peter’s College, whether they be season length or one-off tournaments. All of these occasions cost money to register, run and transport. Please understand that going forward, once a student has had their permission slip signed by a caregiver or parent to attend, they are then liable for the fees associated with that event. If a student pulls out because they can’t be bothered going anymore or they have accidentally double booked themselves, they will still need to pay for what they have signed up for. Only a medical certificate will allow non-payment or a refund.

Charity fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney


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The annual diocesan review of attendance dues rates has been completed, and after taking account of roll numbers, school mortgages and additional insurance costs, small adjustments have been made for 2022. Increases have been kept to a minimum and are in line with increased costs at a national level.

For 2022, the following rates will apply:

Primary Rate: ( Year 1 - 8 pupils) $465.00 per annum, incl. 15% GST. ($116.25 per term)

Secondary Rate: ( Year 9 - 13 pupils) $900.00 per annum, incl. 15% GST. ($225.00 per term)

Attendance Dues are paid to the Proprietor (legal owner) of an Integrated School because the provision of land, buildings and associated facilities are our responsibility as a Catholic community.

What does the State fund from taxation?

The State is responsible for providing funding for salaries, school operational grants and major maintenance of integrated school buildings. These expenses for our 28 schools, paid by the State, cost $30 million per annum.

The Board of Trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the good governance of a school, and administers such funds (including minor maintenance) on behalf of the State.

The Government grant for major maintenance (Policy One) is administered by the Proprietor.

What does the Proprietor fund from Attendance Dues?

The Bishop, as Proprietor, and acting on our behalf as a Catholic community, must meet from Attendance Dues the annual servicing costs of existing mortgages on all 28 diocesan owned schools, insurance costs, and other associated cost as agreed to with the Minister of Education as part of the Integration of each school into the State system.

Payment of attendance dues is a legally binding condition of enrolment at a Catholic school.

While some parents may prefer to pay a lump sum, many choose an instalment plan and make regular payments throughout the year. For example, weekly instalments in 2022 will be Primary: $8.94 and Secondary $17.31. (incl. GST)

Whenever difficulties arise and new arrangements need to be discussed, please refer to the new Rebate Process Guidelines, which have been sent out to all schools.

Callan Goodall

Manager of Catholic Education

4 June 2021

Sacremental Programme

We are looking at running a school-wide sacramental programme beginning early in 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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John Parsons talk on 17th June

St Peter's College is excited to be hosting internationally renowned speaker John Parsons, for a one night Parent Information Evening on Thursday, 17th June in the St Peter's College Hall. Any parents in the Gore or surrounding area who would like to hear John speak are warmly invited to attend. John will share with us tips and strategies to help parents navigate through the particularly problematic world of children requesting or receiving sexually explicit images online. Come along and hear what you can do to help keep your children safer online.

Thursday 17th June 2021


St Peter's College Hall

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Awards

Congratulations to the following students who took part in the Gold Guitars:

Rachael Miller and Maegan Mitchell

MLT NZ Gold Guitar Intermediate Awards

Rachael Miller



Maegan and Nicola Mitchell

Intermediate Duet Winners


Intermediate Gospel, NZ Song

Nicola Mitchell


Country Rock

Brianna Hedley


Vocal Solo

Maegan Mitchell


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Career Pathways Department

This week Greg Heller, Liaison Officer at University of Otago, and Andy Walne, Warden at University College, came and spoke to students planning on attending Otago University next year. Greg spoke about scholarships and Andy spoke about Hall applications. Worthwhile knowledge for our students as they plan their next move.

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Students are still starting their Gateway placements out in the community. Dakota Shute has recently started with Fuller Fencing.

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Nga Manu Korero

Last Thursday some of our students travelled to the Nga Manu Korero speech competition at the Town Hall in Dunedin.

Well done to Isabella Gordon-Glassford who competed and came 2nd in the Impromptu Speech section.

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Kapa Haka Hokonui Hikoi

Last Thursday the Kapa Haka Hokonui Hikoi went up East Peak (Hokonui Hills).

Thanks to Riki Parata and Shelley Karena for leading this day.

Luma Light Festival

The International Students enjoyed an overnight trip to Queenstown to see the Luma Light Festival.

Our first stop was Lazer Tag at Frankton. We then checked in to the Queenstown Camping Ground.

Weather conditions were perfect and we set off all rugged up to visit the lights which can only be described as “Magical”. Favourites were the water features on the lake and the lights amongst the forest.

We also enjoyed a fabulous meal at Paddy Gaddy’s Asian infused restaurant in the mall. The night was completed with a visit to Patagonia Chocolate.

The next day was spent shopping and enjoying some more of the foods that Queenstown has to offer.

What a great escape for part of Queens birthday weekend!

Lisa Perkins, International Director


There are still some kilts to come. As soon as they arrive they will be handed out.

For these cooler days, woollen vests ($80) and scarfs ($25) can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.

Long sleeve winter shirts and blouses are available at H & J Smith and The Warehouse.


Junior Quad Sports Tournament

We all had a fantastic day at the Junior Quad Sports Tournament, the students represented the school very well.

Here are the results:

Basketball – 4th

Netball – 2nd

Rugby 1st

Futsal – 1st

Overall we were placed 3rd.





Eastern Zone Cross Country Results 2021

Well done to all our students who competed in the Eastern Cross Country this week.

We had 10 students attending who all did very well and enjoyed themselves.

Here are the results. These students will qualify for Southland Cross Country

12 yr Boys

Max McGregor – 2nd

12 yr Girls

Sara Aynsley – 1st

Charlotte McVicar – 4th

13 yr Boys

Thomas Smith – 1st

Jaxon Friend – 2nd

13 yr Girls

Millie Fadzien – 1st

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A SOUTHLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETITION We are after some creative ideas to liven up your school spaces and encourage students in your school to get active during lunchtimes and after school. WE NEED YOUR HELP!! The winner will receive a $100 voucher of their choice sponsored from Southland Secondary School Sport and your school will win a prize pack of balls - netball, touch, football and basketballs sponsored by the ISport Foundation. A spot prize of an All Blacks tee shirt signed by Dan Cater and Richie McCaw will be drawn from all entries. We will then work with your school to ensure your ideas are put into action. COMPETITION CLOSES ON THE 30TH JUNE

Upcoming sporting events:

Southland Primary cross country – Friday 18th June

Junior Netball tournament – Sunday 4th July

SISS Junior netball tournament – 12th – 14th July

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.............

Southland Ki O Rahi Tournament - 22nd June

Feast Day Mass - 30th June

Eisteddfod Eliminations - 30th June to 2 July

Board of Trustees meeting - 30th June

Feast of Antonio Rosmini - 1st July

Eisteddfod Concert - 8th July

School Holidays - 2 weeks from 12th July

Back to School - 26th July

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.