Newsletter Week 4 Term 1

St Peter's College 4th March 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

This week began the Church season of Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday which leads up to Easter and the Resurrection, the greatest feast of the Church.

In this time, we are asked to put a greater focus and effort on prayer, fasting and giving to others, often referred to as almsgiving (Matthew 6: 1-8). These three things are not ends in themselves but a means of deepening faith, personally and communally through repentance, sacrifice, self-giving and prayer. Of Lent, Pope Francis reminds us, “It is time to reconsider the path we are taking to find the route that leads us home and to rediscover our profound relationship with God, on whom everything depends…It is an exodus from slavery to freedom.”

Since the very early days of the Church, ashes have been put on ones forehead in the sign of a cross with words uttered, “Repent and believe in the Gospel" or more traditionally, "Remember that you are dust and unto dust, you shall return." While some might interpret the latter as somewhat morbid, it is both realistic and a reminder of our eternal destiny.

While we were not be able to distribute the ashes as normal, we can still remember what they signify and take on the challenge of Lent encouraged to draw closer to the One who made us. We celebrated Ash Wednesday in our whanau classes with a liturgy led by the Year 13 house leaders. It was a lovely service that enabled our Year 13’s to show true servant leadership and for their younger brothers and sisters to experience prayer and reflection in a respectful and faith filed way.

There are six weeks left of the school term to go and preparations are in place for winter sports to get going in term two. Trials and trainings are starting up and we encourage you to check out our sport Facebook pages for updates and information. Registrations have only just taken place and with committee meetings only able to take place over Zoom at the moment please be patient with us. We are still weeks away from naming any teams and we have a lot of time before this is necessary. We will share this information with you when we have it and please know a lot of work is going on behind the scenes from our sports coordinator, code convenors, committees and teachers in charge.

Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.


Tara Quinney,


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On Ash Wednesday, and every Friday's during lunchtime in Lent, we will be praying for peace and the Ukraine people.

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Lilly Marsh receiving her certificate for her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award from Mrs Thompson. Well done Lilly.

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8P working on their Maths programme

As part of our Maths programme last week, we looked at a collaborative exercise whereby the students needed to create certain shapes using rope/twine. There were certain rules, like every team member needed to be holding the rope.

Year 11 Materials Technology

Some great projects underway.

Some of the Year 7's enjoying the cheese scones they made for morning tea

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Together with Tonga Fundraiser

On Tuesday to show our support to Tonga, we had a red and white Mufti Day to fundraise money. We managed to raise $769.10 and Caritas will kindly give $3 for every $1 we donate. Thank you to everyone who has donated.

Thomas McKenzie - Ex St Peter's student chases NRL dream across Ditch.

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The Vision Hearing Technicians from the Population Health team, Southern District Health, will be visiting school to screen all Year Seven students for distance vision on Tuesday, 22nd March, at 11.10am.

Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia)

This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart.

(This free vision check is not required if the student wears glasses and/or is currently under care of an optometrist or eye specialist).

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip, which are available at the school office before our visit.


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 fishbowl. This is where all your upcoming and current sport events notices can be found.


Pre-season rugby fitness for all St Peter’s College Rugby Players

This has been changed to Wednesdays. This is for all players (boys and girls. Year 7 to Year 13) and will be 3.30 pm on the main field. Get fit for the coming season.

Club Hockey

Clubs links for boys: Eastern United Men - Stephen Hook 021 999 176

Clubs links for girls: Mataura - Aimee Heaps - 027 631 3610

Riversdale - Jo Clarkson - 027 319 1277


Netball - Registrations need to be completed by Friday 4th March and the link for this can be found on the St Peter's College Netball Facebook page (this is for all age groups)

Senior Trials (Year 11,12,13): Tuesday, 15th & Thursday, 17th March at MLT Stadium; 3.30 Warm Up, 4-5.30pm Trial

Intermediate Trials (Year 9,10): Wednesday, 23rd & Thursday, 24th March at MLT Stadium; 3.30 Warm Up, 4 - 5.30pm Trial

Junior Trials (Year 7, 8): Wednesday, 30th & Thursday, 31st March at MLT Stadium; 3.30 Warm Up, 4-5.30pm Trial

All new students and Year 7 parents of students wishing to play netball please join the St Peter's College Netball Facebook page.

Netball registration-

Any questions please see Mrs Conlan.

NZ National Championships

Grace Roy and her pony won the Cat B (show hunter) rising start class at Nationals - this involved a judged jumping round and a call back class on the flat with the winners of the Cat A and Cat C as well to determine the overall winners. This was very exciting,

She also won the Cat B Otago/Southland show hunter series.

Well done Grace, what a fantastic ahievement.

MacLean Sharp

Last weekend MacLean went to the Canterbury Slalom Championships and finished 2nd in U17 males. An awesome result. Now he hopes to go to the Nationals in Canterbury at the end of March.
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Southland swimming championships

Sunday, 13th of March. Please fill in the form to enter.

Click here for permission form


T20 Cricket

We had 10 players at the game at Hamilton Park. We had a convincing win against Menzies. We batted first and scored 187 runs and Menzies got only 103. Connor Sharp scored 78 not out including six 6's, Callum Boult O'Neill scored 37 and MacLean Sharp, 35 not out. It was a good team effort.

Coming up.......

Year 12 PE Surf Camp - Sunday, 6th - Tuesday, 8th March

Touch Tournament - Tuesday, 8th March

Teacher Only Day (no school) - Wednesday, 9th March

Southland Swimming Championships - Sunday, 13th March

Southland Golf Championships - Monday, 28th March

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.