Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

St Peter's College 20th May 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

We are built for connection. We are not solitary people. We are connected in families, in partnerships and marriages, in friendship groups, in teams and by many other social links. When we are disconnected, we feel lonely, and it isn’t a pleasant feeling. This week is Anti-bullying awareness week. It’s an issue that has grown in significance during the pandemic. When we feel left out or are purposely excluded from friendship groups it can be extremely lonely and it is a form of bullying.

- We can feel lonely when we are with our friends, our family or our social group - even when we are in a crowd.

- We can feel lonely or detached if we feel left out of certain conversations or activities.

- We can feel lonely because we have no one to discuss a problem with, in confidence. This can make us realise that the relationships that we have are fairly shallow.

- We can feel lonely if we sense that we’re out of tune with others’ expectations because ours are starting to drift in a different direction.

There are probably some members of our community reading this who would describe themselves as feeling lonely right now.

In terms of our mental health, loneliness can result in depression, sleep difficulties, anxiety and low self-esteem. Over time, loneliness can also affect our physical health. We lose fitness, our energy levels reduce and even our immune systems can be impaired. This is why it is important for us to learn some strategies to handle loneliness.

Jesus had times when he was lonely. The Bible uses words from an Old Testament prophecy to describe his experience, particularly at the crucifixion: “We despised him and rejected him; he endured suffering and pain. No one would even look at him – we ignored him as if he were nothing.” (Isaiah 53.3) Jesus’ final words as he died - ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Matthew 27.46) - indicate the total loneliness that he felt. Christians believe that this is a sign of how closely Jesus identifies with us and sympathises with us when we experience loneliness. I overheard a group of year 7 students discussing why Jesus would like pink shirt day this week- they said: He would like it because he was bullied too!

This is why, in creating his Church, Jesus emphasised that it was to be a community of people in relationship. St Paul expands on this by likening the Church to a body, with many different limbs and organs connected together. We are built for connection.

Loneliness has always been around; it isn’t a new phenomenon. To alleviate it, we can try some of the following:

- Volunteering at a local charity.

- Doing an unexpected favour for someone in our community.

- Smiling and saying hello to complete strangers.

- Exercising. Our bodies will automatically produce endorphins and we never know who we might meet at the gym, on a walk or on a run.

Tara Quinney,



We still have quite a number of students who have not handed in their start of year forms.

This is the form that indicates the subject donations and extra costs that need to be loaded onto school accounts. Until these forms are handed in we cannot complete this process and school accounts will not be accurate and up to date. Please also ensure that the students name is on the form – we have some forms returned unnamed that we also cannot process.

The form must be returned even if you do not wish to pay the donations, indicating this is the case. If forms are not handed in by 31st May, we will load any subject donations on to school accounts according to the students timetables.

Please return all forms as soon as possible.

Paula Robertson

Executive Officer

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Pink Shirt Day

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Its great to see so many St Peter's College students wearing some fabulous pink outfits.

Year 13 Geography Field Trip

On Monday, 16th May, the Year 13 Geography class went on a field trip to test the water quality of the Mataura River. Our first stop was to Parawa, Mataura River site. This site was important to us as it was the closest we got to the river's source. Here we began our testing which included testing water clarity, Ph levels, water temperature, velocity of water and the group favourite, invertebrate testing. After an hour of testing, we drove to the Coffee Bomb in Garston where the whole group stopped for refreshments. Once finished, we drove to our second site which was just out of Riversdale. Here we repeated the same testing to measure if the water quality had changed. After finishing the testing and skipping some stones we drove back to Gore to end up at our last site. This site was located a couple of hundred metres away from the Gore bridge. Here we repeated the same testing to measure the water quality. Our findings were that the overall quality of the Mataura River was quite high. However we did find that the further down we went from the source, the lower the quality of water was.

Flynn Chamberlain

Year 13

Year 10 Foods Class

The Year 10 Foods class have been working on an International Foods unit where each student had to research a dish from a different country and then create it.

We also had Mikee demonstrating and cooking pork dumplings, which the class then later made with great success.

Y11 Materials Technology

The Year 11 Materials Technology class have handcrafted some beautiful boxes with individual resin designs.

PTFA Bidvest Fundraiser

Apologies but there has been a hold up with the croissants and cling wrap. Unfortunately the cling wrap will not arrive in New Zealand until 23rd June. The remaining items will be at the hostel on Thursday 2nd June for distribution on Friday 3rd June.


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

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.

Sausage sizzle, raising funds for new basketball uniforms

We had a sausage sizzle this week, to raise funds for the new basketball uniforms. The sausage sizzle was a huge success, raising $332.18.

Big thank you to Cody Newton for donating the sausages, from Good Meats here in Gore.

Also thank you to the staff and students who helped, along with Justine Abernethy.

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Coming up.......

Year 11 Commerce Field Trip - Monday, 23rd May

Southland Bowls Championships -Thursday, 26th May

Student Coaching Course - Wednesday, 1st June

Queen's Birthday, Public Holiday (no school) - Monday, 6th June

Otago/Southland Road Teams Relay, Milton - Wednesday, 8th June

Eastern Primary Cross Country - Wednesday, 8th June

Junior Quad Tournament - Thursday, 9th June

Southland Primary Cross Country - Friday, 17th June

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.