Newsletter Week 3 Term 3

St Peter's College 13th August 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

Outside the family, there isn't any other youth institution that equals sports as a setting in which to develop character. All of our sports teams help to build the culture of our school and wearing the St Peter’s College crest on the turf, field or court is a positive, character-building experience. The school and sporting culture is the same here. Sport culture is school culture. We value excellence in sports, but we value attitude over aptitude. We reinforce our school's values through sports. At St Peter’s College it is not about winning at any cost, and it is most certainly not about playing for other clubs or entertaining thoughts of merging with other schools to be “better,” “seen,” and “number one.” Our students want to play with their friends, and they are proud to wear our school colours. We see this in the haka before a game, in the practices and through the many warm up hoodies and tops that are designed with our school crest front and centre by our students.

The values we are teaching in our curriculum are complemented by what happens in sports. These teachable moments come when players achieve or fall short of their sporting goals, and when coaches help them process the cause and effect of what they have just done. But teachable moments also come in the interludes, in practice, during team travel, while troubleshooting or even shooting the breeze — when coaches can teach students life lessons in persistence, teamwork, sacrifice, effort, discipline, leadership, and in overcoming adversity.

I have coached many sporting teams over my years in education because I am thankful for the teachers who did that for me when I was at school. I want to pay this kindness forward, but I also have a passion for seeing kids improve and achieve success no matter how small. As all good teacher coaches know, relationships are built on the court, turf or field and the students you coach are always the best behaved in our classes. They work harder for you knowing you work hard for them.

Students might be able to learn the value of teamwork in a lab setting, but it's easier to teach the value of teamwork through sports. You get immediate feedback to reinforce your lack of preparation, for example, or the value of hard work. When you get that publicly, maybe in the media, and on the scoreboard, it brings the lesson home even quicker.

Therefore, sports are a fundamental part of the total curriculum at St Peter’s College, fulfilling our motto of 'Charity Fulfils the Law.’ The objectives of coaches and teachers are identical: to help young people reach their fullest potential intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Accordingly, sportsmanship, the demonstration of appropriate conduct, honest rivalry, and graceful acceptance of the outcome is as important as the full development of athletic skills. Critical to these teachings is the expectation that our community as well as our athletes will demonstrate respect for everyone involved in athletic competition. This is why I am extremely proud of all of our rugby teams this year for ranking highly on the STAG awards this year. STAG stands for “Spectator and Team Award for Great Behaviour.” Rugby Southland put this incentive in place this year to encourage positive team culture and behaviour in our secondary school competition. Our U17 and U15 teams came in second and our U14 team came in third. Culture determines behaviour and this is evidence that we have a fantastic school and sport culture. I would like to thank all of our spectators, supporters, managers and most importantly our coaches as we look towards the end of winter sports season. I wish all of our teams the very best of luck in their semi finals and finals but most of all I wish for them to display our culture with pride and with fair play.

Lastly a reminder that to conclude our community consultation on the strategic plan I would like to specifically invite parents and caregivers of our Maori families to a whanau hui on Wednesday the 18th of August in the staffroom at 7pm to share some kai and have a shared dialogue on the direction you would like to see the school go in over the next three years. All parents and caregivers welcome, not just Maori.

Tara Quinney,


Year 7 – 13 Specialist Teacher Whānau Conferencing

Tēna koutou te whānau,

The academic year is moving along swiftly. Our senior ākonga have approximately forty-five school days left this year and the new semester is well under way for our junior ākonga.

It is with this in mind that I would like to invite you to come in and meet with the relevant kaiako next Wednesday. This time last year Covid meant that we held virtual conferencing but fortunately this year we are back in the Hall on Wednesday, 18th August, from 2pm until 7pm.

To book your appointments, please go to and use the code dy8zm.

Please note these meetings are for Years 9-13 all subjects and Years 7-8 specialist subjects (ie the subjects they don’t have with their Form Teacher)

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Ngā mihi nui,

Bridget Ryan

Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning.

NCEA Evidence for Assessment in the Event of a Lockdown

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Minister Chris Hipkins indicated this week that in the event of a Delta variant infection in New Zealand we could go into lockdown at short notice. There is of course no predicting when this might happen or how long the lockdown might last for.

Senior students are therefore reminded that every single piece of work that they do, including classwork, needs to be done properly. If the system used last year comes back into play, in the event of a prolonged lockdown, this work may be used as evidence for awarding credits.

Please be in touch if you need further clarification on this.

Ngā mihi nui,

Bridget Ryan

Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

Please see links below from articles recently featured in the Southland Times

John Parsons is here today to talk to students about some of these issues.

A Big Thank You from PTFA

The PTFA would like to thank the families that kindly supplied baking for the morning tea that was given to O'Connor Richmond Ltd for checking our annual accounts.

Career Pathways Department

This week we feature two of our students who are undertaking the Red Shirts programme at the Warehouse. Not only does it provide students with credits towards NCEA Level 2 but through workshops run the by Service IQ training provider, students learn the basics of customer service, communication, and presentation in the workplace.

We are getting to the business end of the year. On Wednesday, Greg Heller, from Otago University spent time with students planning on attending Otago, to complete their course planning for 2022. This is an exciting time as students plan subjects and majors they will be studying as they begin their degrees. Below is Greg discussing with Business Studies students possible course options.

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Now is also a good time to log onto Money Hub; they have a comprehensive list of scholarships and guidance on how to apply and maximise the chances of success. Check it out at

Don’t forget our Trades Evening is coming up on Thursday, 24th August. A great chance for parents and students from Year 11 up, to come along and hear about the different trades available locally.

Trades Evening 26th August at Gore Town and Country Club

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Maths Week

What a great cake made by Charlotte McVicar and Thea Manoop (both in Year 7) to celebrate Maths Week. Well done girls.
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How clever is Charlotte Hunt; these cupcakes look delicious, (made and decorated at 6am on a school morning). Well done Charlotte.
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Above: Two more gorgeous cakes made by Ella Smith and Katie King. Masterchefs in the making!

Queen of Hearts Dress

Below, Matilda Gemmill and Jessica Love have made a Queen of Hearts dress for Maths Week. How amazing does this look!

Years 7 & 8 Maths Quiz

Look at all these students busy competing in the Maths quiz held in the hall on Thursday.
Below are a few of the competitions that students have been entering this week as part of Maths Week.

Results of these competitions will be in next weeks Newsletter.

Dance NZmade Interschool Competition

The DanceNZ made Competition was in Invercargaill last week.

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All of these girls achieved very well, with very high marks and grades. It was a tough competition.

Back row from left: Mackenzie Herrick, Abby Gutschlag, Abby Hailes

Middle row: Somi Park, Samantha Marsh

Front row: Annie Moody and Mikaela McRae

2nd runner up in Year 11-13 - Somi Park, Abby Hailes and Abby Gutschlag

2nd runner up in Open Duo/Trio - photo from left: Somi Park and Samantha Marsh
Photo from left: Mikaela McRae and Annie Moody


Impact Dance Experience - Invercargill

Aotearoa Spelling Bee Semi Final

Well done to Mikee Omega and Liana Abuel who competed at the Spelling Bee semi-final in Dunedin on Monday. The girls qualified for the semi-final after placing in the Top 40 Year 9 and 10 spellers in Otago-Southland from the open round in Term 2. The girls showed poise and great sportsmanship in the face of a tough competition. While neither competitor gained a place in the final, it was a great learning experience. We look forward to giving it another go next year and hope that more students will get involved.

Laura Thomas,

English Teacher

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TeenAg Quiz

On Friday, 6th August, seven members of our Young Farmers club travelled to Lumsden to take part in a Quiz Night hosted by the Northern Southland College TeenAg club. We split into a girls team and a boys team. Both teams gave it their best, competing against thirty other teams from the community. Well done to the girls for winning a special prize for guessing the ponderous puzzle, and thanks to NSC TeenAg for hosting a great event.

Laura Thomas,

TIC Young Farmers Club

Wanted More Reader Writer Assistants

We want more reader writer and/or supervisor assistants to help with individual students to do the best they can in NZQA/ NCEA assessments November- early December 2021.

You do not need to have a specialist area of knowledge of Agriculture. Physics, Geography etc.

However, we do require you: -

  • To be able to write legibly
  • To be able to read aloud clearly
  • To feel confident supervising a student or a group of students during an assessment
  • Be able to give up from 1-3 hours of your day
  • Be prepared to undergo some training either as a group or individually online
  • Be prepared to undergo a Police vetting procedure – mandatory


Some of these requirements may vary from student to student depending on their needs.

Please contact Prue Scorgie via email by Friday 20th August.

Please apply in writing and/or a CV.


Winter tournament is only just over three weeks away. Please remember to hand in all student contracts and medical forms.

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Here are our second place B Grade secondary men's team. Our boys worked hard and grew and developed their skill set through the duration of this season. Unfortunately, injuries to Connor and Crenshaw meant the rest of the team had to step up! A gutsy Gore High team came out firing this evening and our boys were unable to make precious baskets count on the scoreboard. Final score 31-28, so it was a close battle. Huge thanks to our fabulous St Peter's coach, Brodie Andrews. Our boys really enjoyed your coaching expertise. We appreciate your dedication and energy. Thanks also to our local Whanau supporters. These young men represented St Peter's with pride and passion. Awesome way to finish the season; well done to the team.
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SPC Bulls intermediate Boys basketball team

A big congratulations to the SPC Bulls intermediate Boys basketball team. They won the ESBA 2021 intermediate grade. Cooper Wilkins also won top points scorer. Well done Cooper.

Photo from left: Jud Duffy, Josh Thompson, Elliot Wilson, Wilson Borlase, Cooper Wilkins, Cru Holland.

Congratulations to the Women's A Grade Basketball team

A big well done to the Women's A Grade Basketball team who won their final; awesome effort.

Congratulations to all the St Peter's students who played an awesome season of basketball, particularly; these students:

Top scorer Intermediate Boy - Cooper Wilkins

Teams who won their grade:

Intermediate Boys - SPC Bulls

SPC A Grade Womans

Most Promising Intermediate Boy - Cooper Wilkins

Most Promising Sec B Boy - Crenshaw Conroy

Most Promising U18 Girl - Mary Salvana

Murial Archer Scholarship Recipient- Mary Salvana

U14 Eastern Southland Netball Team

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Girls from Blue Mountain College, Gore High School and St Peter's College made up the team. We played in a tournament in Invercargill and then this tournament was competed in on Sunday in Dunedin. We won 4 out of 5 games and were second to Dunedin A. This included beating Invercargill A by 3 goals.

St Peter's College girls in the team - Ella King, Addi McHaffie, Gemma Rae, Courtney Scanlan, Neve Borlase and Molly Cook (non-travelling reserve).

Southland U15 Girls Gold Hockey Team

The following girls have been selected into the Southland U15 Girls Gold Hockey Team. Well done girls and good luck.

Photo from left: Penny Sloper, Ericka Patterson, Ava Wiegersma, Emma Shanks, Anna Aynsley

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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.

Upcoming sporting events:

SISS Winter Tournament Week – Monday, 30th August – Friday, 3rd September

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.......

Bishop's Shield, Oamaru - 13th August - 15th August

Teacher Only Day - 16th August (Monday)

Whanau Conferencing, Years 9 - 13 & Years 7 & 8 Specialist - 18th August, 2-7pm - school finishes at 12.50pm

Otago Polytechnic visit at 10am - 18th August

International Sports Day - 19th August

Year 8 Deep Cove Camps - 25th August - 3rd September

Trades Evening at Gore T & C - 26th August, 5pm

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.