Newsletter Week 8 Term 3

St Peter's College 16th September 2022


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Kia ora e te whanau

You will be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand. This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate. The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, students who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health We also have a supply here at school for all students and staff. Mask wearing is also no longer required.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Now that the restrictions have dropped, we have many more opportunities for our students to be engaged, active and involved in different activities, both in and outside of the College. It is through these opportunities that students develop and make new friendships and connections with others that may last a lifetime and it is through these connections that we will continue to develop and grow as a community. As our wider Catholic community grows stronger, we are in our best position to support our young people and empower them to shape and challenge their future.

Recently we farewelled our Accounts Administrator, Adele Horne, who is leaving to work more hours in her family business. Adele worked here with us for three years and her expertise and friendly and helpful personality will be great missed. We warmly welcome Lisamarie Harvey who comes to us with many years of medical accounts administration experience.

Today we had our first Girls Breakfast, after a hiatus of a few years, with the wonderful Monica Moore. It was a very special event where female empowerment was at the forefront. Our Catholic faith is at the heart of our school community, and it is through our Mercy teachings that we have the desire for our girls to be empowered Mercy women of spirit and character who will shape their future. Wonderfully, our community extends beyond just our students’ years here at the College and we are excited to have past pupil Tori Peeters coming for a special visit early next term.

In the early beginnings of the College, when the Mercy Sisters were invited to come and help staff St Peter’s College, the vision of our school was highlighted with regards to the importance of ensuring that our young women are empowered, and that this comes from providing opportunities where students can develop a connection and commitment to our faith and to our school community.

You will be aware that the Government has announced Monday, 26 September 2022, as the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day. This will mean that all schools will be closed for instruction that day.

A reminder that the senior NZQA derived grade examinations are coming up and due to the public holiday the first day of exams will now be Friday, September 23rd ending on Friday, 30th September. If you have students preparing for end-of-year exams in NCEA Levels 1 to 3 English, Maths or Science, let them know that StudyIt forums have reopened:

NCEA help from real students and teachers – StudyIt

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

A lot was packed into our calendar this week. We started on Tuesday with both Otago University and Otago Polytechnic visiting our Year 13 students to help with course planning. Greg Heller, from Otago University, and Carly Nesbit, from Otago Polytechnic, worked with our students to firm up their study plans for next year.

Later that day we took a small cohort to the Speed Networking event at Gore High School. This was a great event with lots of hands-on activities for students to try and discussion around job opportunities in the various local trades at the event.

Later that evening we hosted a combined event with Gore High School, where Chris Ridden, the Study Link Liaison officer, spoke to parents and students around how to apply for a student loan or allowance, the difference between them and the importance of starting to apply now so that you have your money for next year. We have been told December 15th the cut-off date if you wish to have your money for the start of next year, so it is never too early to start the process.

Year 13 Biology making potato tools

The class has been learning about early human evolution and the development of Homo sSapiens from ancient times. They have learnt about the different types of tools used in pre history and had the opportunity to attempt to replicate the shapes of the tools using a stone cutter and a potato.

This was trickier than it sounds!

Congratulations to Dixie-Leigh Burr

A great achievement Dixie-Leigh; well done. We wish you luck.
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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

Athletics Day 2022

Monday, 12th September, was Athletics day. We were so fortunate with the weather.

Well done to all those who participated in their events; a fun day was had by all.

Congratulations to those students who managed to achieve a record on this day.

Max McGregor, U13 Boys 3000m - 10.56 min: previous - T Adams - 11.56 min

Daniel Nelson, U14 Boys 3000m - 11.14 min: previous - F Ditchfield - 11.42 min

Millie McFadzien, U14 Girls 3000m - 11.47 min: previous - K Johnston - 12.17 min

Max McGregor U13 Boys High Jump - 1.51m: previous - S Cormack/S Crowther - 1.50m

Seba Metzler, Senior Boys High jump - 1.74m: previous - P Naruma - 1.73m

Dylan Holland, U16 Boys High jump - 1.66m: previous - M Petterson/B Adams - 1.65m

Noe Nunez, U14 Boys Javelin - 31.87m: previous - L Roughan/T Peterson - 28.5m

Maegan Davis, U16 Girls, Shotput - 10.70: previous S Cormack 10.40

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Superhero School Social - Tickets can be purchased from School Office -$5 CASH SALES ONLY and no door sales on the night

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Coming up.......

Equestrian Secondary Schools Team One Day Event - Sunday, 18th September

Year 12 Geography Camp - Monday, 19th - Wednesday, 21st September

Sports and Cultural Photos - Tuesday, 20th September

Rugby Prizegiving - Wednesday, 21st September

School Board meeting - Tuesday, 20th September

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

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

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.