Newsletter Week 2 Term 4

St Peter's College 29th October 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

As a little child, it may not have made sense to you that you couldn’t have cake for every meal. By the time you reached a certain age, though, you understood the wisdom of this rule. Speed limits can feel like a nuisance, especially to a young driver, but as we gain experience, we appreciate the safety of slower moving cars in suburbs and around blind corners. So it is with God’s law. The more he illuminates our understanding, the more we understand that every command is handed down in love. Every rule is designed with our best life in mind.

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law – Psalm 119:18

This week has been a busy one with senior derived grade examinations beginning and with a short week we are all trying to fit five days into four. Thankfully in these four days we have been able to celebrate our Cultural and Sporting Blue’s awards in a small ceremony just for immediate parents, staff and students at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The recipients showcased what amazing talent we have in our small school. It shows us that we punch well above our weight in these areas.

Tara Quinney,


Cultural and Sporting Blues Awards

Cultural Blues


Abby Gutschlag

Abby Hailes

Seba Metzler

Somi Park


Abby Gutschlag

Performing Arts

Brianna Hedley

Jayden Wadsworth

Kapa Haka

Jak Henry


Maegan Mitchell

Nicola Mitchell


Lucy Wilson

Sporting Blues


Ben Aynsley

Adrianna Evans

Abby Hailes

Eden McPhail

Nicola Mitchell

Laura Perkins

MacLean Sharp


Emily Irwin

Katie King

Bridgette Shaw


Alice Napier


MacLean Sharp

Rugby League

Heamani Taufa


Lucy Wilson

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Youthmark Awards

Last night it was my pleasure to attend the Southland Youthmark awards where the top achieving students in their fields were awarded with their photo’s and citations that will soon adorn our school walls. These will be up in the Ascot Hotel foyer for another week if you are heading towards Invercargill and would like to see them:

Kiera Davis

Kiera Davis has a quick pair of heels. Kiera is an outstanding athlete renowned for her sheer pace, particularly on the netball court. Here, her speed, footwork and deft passing make Kiera a threat to any team. Kiera has been a member of the St Peter’s College Senior A team for the past three seasons playing as either centre or wing attack. This year she was honoured by being named Vice-Captain. Kiera regularly makes representative teams and this year she was selected for the Eastern Southland U18 team. Kiera also gives back to the game, passing on her skills by coaching junior teams. Kiera also knows how to chase down track and field titles. Kiera is the current Senior Girls Athletics Champion at St Peter’s College. From 2016 to 2020, Kiera powered her way to consecutive Southland 100m sprint age-group titles and this year she added ‘Southland Senior Girls Javelin Champion’ to her already impressive resume. As St Peter’s Deputy Head Girl, Kiera applies the same commitment not only to leadership of the student body, but also to her studies, gaining NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Excellence including subject endorsements in Physical Education and Religious Studies. Kiera plans on developing her love of sport by studying for a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Nutrition, at Otago University where she will pursue a career as a nutritionist or sports analyst.

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Lucy Wilson

Lucy Wilson prefers to let her achievements do the talking. Lucy is a genuine allrounder who is making a name for herself in Netball. A tireless and versatile player, Lucy is a natural leader on court who plays as either centre or goal defence. Lucy is the captain of the St Peter’s College Senior A Netball Team after making her debut in Year 10. Lucy has played representative netball for Eastern Southland since 2013. Among her many highlights are being named in the Otago Southland Secondary Schools Netball Talented Player squad in 2020 alongside being selected for this year’s Steel Steps Accelerator Camp. Lucy also stands out on the Basketball court. In 2020, she was awarded Eastern Southland’s Most Improved Secondary A Grade player. Lucy generously contributes to the development of junior players by coaching both codes. Given her ongoing dedication, Lucy was chosen as St Peter’s College Commitment Leader for Sport for 2021. Lucy’s drive is evident in all aspects of her life. Academically, Lucy is a high achiever passing both NCEA Level 1 & 2 with Excellence endorsements. She is a talented communicator having worked her way up to Grade 6 of the New Zealand Speech Board, including being awarded Honours-Plus for Communication and Leadership. Lucy has also obtained the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and is currently working towards Gold. Lucy’s actions have set her up for a bright future. Next year, she intends to study human nutrition at Otago University where she plans on becoming a dietician.

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Laura Perkins

Laura Perkins takes competition in her stride. A dedicated sportsperson, Laura's natural ability and commitment span a range of disciplines. Laura is an accomplished rider with a string of placings in equestrian events across the South Island. Laura excels in the Show and Hunter jumping disciplines. Achievements that stand out for her include 2nd place in the Open Lightweight Worker Hunter section of the Upper Clutha A & P Show, 1st in the Otago Show Jumping 1 metre Horse, and 4th placing in the 95cm division of the South Island Pony Club Jumping Championship. Laura’s achievements extend beyond the showjumping arena. Equally sure-footed on a hockey turf, Laura is a tenacious defensive mid-fielder. Laura plays for the Riversdale Women’s Division 1 Team where she was acknowledged as the Club’s Most Valuable U18 Player in 2020. This year, Laura represented Southland in the Vantage National U18 Women’s Tournament in Wellington. At St Peter’s College, Laura’s drive and talent are evident. Laura is a four-time athletics champion and she was awarded Academic Blues for gaining Excellence endorsements in NCEA Level 1 and 2. A role model for other students, it was fitting that Laura was chosen as the Leader of Pompallier House. Next year, Laura’s plans on beginning a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University, after which, she dreams of working with horses and owning a farm.

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Sexuality and Relationships Education

Across Term 4, students from Years 7 - 13 will be completing Sexuality and Relationships Education during their Religious Education classes. These classes will be delivered by your child’s Religious Education teacher in conjunction with other professional external providers.

Should you have any questions about any of these programmes, or should you wish your son or daughter to be withdrawn from all or any of the classes, please contact me and we will make alternative learning opportunities available.

God Bless.

Brendan Terry,

Director of Religious Studies

Period Items

The Ministry have started a scheme where schools are able to provide free period items to girls. Our girls have been given some of these to take home and being told that they are always available at the school office.

Tara Quinney,


NIWA Visit

Mike Kotkamp (Mr Kotkamp’s brother) from NIWA Lauder, came in on Tuesday to talk to the Year 8 classes about his experiences in Antarctica. As part of their Social Studies curriculum all three classes have been studying Antarctica, especially looking at those people who live and work in this environment. They have also, looked at the science and environmental sustainability of the continent. One of the highlights was getting some of the students putting on the Antarctic clothing and finding out how the clothing works.

Well done to Abby Gutschlag

Abby Gutschlag has been selected as one of 50 Year 12 students throughout New Zealand to attend the Otago University Advanced Schools Science Academy for 2022.

She will attend week long camps in January and July school holidays.

Y11 Materials Technology

Students have been busy and are nearly finished their practical. Some great pieces of work in progress. Well done.

This is a great site for senior students studying for their NCEA external examinations. Please encourage your students to set aside time at home for study this year in preparation for the exams starting on November 22nd.

Dont forget your water drink bottles

Please remember to send your child to school with a water drink bottle to avoid dehydration and headaches, etc.

Absences from school

A polite reminder - please remember if you child is going to be absent from school to please notify the school office, either by telephone, text or use the Schools Ap.

Thank you


Eastern Primary Tennis Tournament

Cooper Wilkins, Amelia Brotherston and Mason Hansen competed in the Eastern Primary Tennis Tournament on October 28th held in Gore.

Mason - first in Year 7 & 8 Boys

Cooper - fourth in Year 7 & 8 Boys

Well done to all the competitors.

Cricket, Term 4 – Please fill in the online forms on Facebook, school app or the school website to play cricket in Term 4.

if there are any parent/student coaches who would like information on coaching to please email

Southland Junior Adventure Race - Held at Sandy Point, Invercargill, November 26th. Teams of four. Please fill in the forms below if you would like to enter.

Touch - Please go to the Touch Southland website each week for the draw for your child's team.

Upcoming Sporting Events:

Southland Junior Adventure Race - Friday, 26th November

Secondary School Teams Show Jumping – Sunday, November 28th

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.

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.......

Derived grade exams - 28th October to 3rd November

Year 12 Retreat - 4th November

Year 7/8 Swimming - 8th November

Year 13 End of Year Mass - 16th November

Year 12 Retreat including End of Year Mass - 17th November

Year 11 Leavers Mass - 18th November

Year 10 Borland Camp - 9th to 12th November

Teacher Only Day (literacy PLD) - 5th November

Teacher Only Day (NCEA Accord) - 29th 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.