Newsletter Week 9 Term 2

St Peter's College 2nd July 2021


Kia ora e te whanau,

Once again, Eisteddfod week and St Peter’s College feast day is upon us, and it is fantastic to see the students involved take on the challenge of entering events that may take them outside of their comfort zones. It is also amazing to see the more established talent from students in our school who are really able to showcase their gifts. A huge amount of organisation goes into this event, from the lighting and sound to the crowd control and timetabling. We are so lucky to have such generous support from within our community in attending to many of these areas, as well as those people who come in and judge each section. My sincere thanks also goes out to the many school staff that spend a lot of hours outside their teaching load to ensure this event is successful and supportive of all students, especially Mrs Laura Thomas our new Eisteddfod coordinator, who has worked tirelessly. And last but not least without our Year 13’s taking a lead role across the many duties required, including delivering morning teas to the judges, keeping guard on doorways and cheering on our younger students, the Eisteddfod would not be as special as it is.

It is also the time of Matariki in New Zealand, and it is great to see many of our junior classes embracing this celebration in their learning programmes. Staff have also gotten involved with a special professional development session being run for us last week by our Kaiawhina, Whaea Vanessa. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki, also known as the Seven Sisters or Pleiades, traditionally signals the Māori New Year under the Maramataka, or lunar calendar. In general, the celebration of Matariki starts when the first new moon can be seen following the rise of Matariki. Traditionally Matariki was both a time to commemorate those who had passed on and to celebrate a time of plenty when stores were abundant from horticulture, hunting and fishing. I am sure we all look forward to this being recognised as a public holiday next year!

Lowness of winter sun,
thin-ness of shadows,
paleness of winter sky,
now praise the Lord.

Bareness of cherry tree,
seed-seeking silvereye,
spent husks of harakeke
now praise the Lord.

Now in the dropping,
now in the deepening,
now in the loosening,
God’s name be sung.
Now in the leaving,
now in the losing,
now in the ending,
God be our home.

Whirring of tui-wings
chirping of sparrows,
wheeling of seagulls’ flight
now praise the Lord.

Squelching of muddy grass,
yielding of sodden moss,
puddles and dripping blades,
now praise the Lord.

Now in the star-rise,
now in the Little Eyes,
now in the dawn-watch
God’s name be known.
Now in the story-ing,
now in the sky-gazing,
now in the waiata
God’s love be sung.

Coldness of shadow,
lateness of light
swiftness of sunset,
now praise the Lord.

Fierceness of frosty night
hardness of icy earth,
wildness of southerly,
now praise the Lord.

Now in the grounding,
now in the falling,
now in the dying,
God’s Name be known.
In the remembering,
in the relinquishing,
in the returning,
God be our home.

Adrienne Thompson

Tara Quinney


Sacramental Programme

We are looking at running a school-wide sacramental programme beginning early in Term 3. If you would like your son or daughter to be baptised, confirmed or receive their first Holy Communion or would like to learn more about the programme then please contact our Director of Religious Studies Mr Brendan Terry at

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Career Pathways Department

Scholarships are starting to come into the department. All students are emailed with notifications about scholarships. For students it is worthwhile taking the time to check out the scholarships to see if they fit the criteria.

Recent scholarships include:

  • PwC
  • Keystone
  • Gore Garden Club

Also check out MoneyHub; their details are below:

The team at MoneyHub, a personal finance website, has overhauled our comprehensive guide to school leaver university scholarships. The resource is extensively for 2021's Year 13 students: It also has extensive guidance about how to apply and maximise the chances of success.

Also at MoneyHub is a CV builder for students needing a summer job before university next year check it out at:

Otago Polytechnic Future Students Facebook Group

The Otago Polytechnic Liaison team are really excited to bring you up to date information that is relevant to school staff and students with our new Otago Polytechnic Future Students Facebook Group. In this group, we will regularly post programme updates and stories about current students and graduates that can be shared amongst your networks. Simply click the link and join the group.

Otago Polytechnic Future Students

Gateway students out and about this week

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Charlie Stevenson at Base Metal Engineering

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Eden Robertson - Kinectic Electrical South

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Eisteddfod Concert, St. James Theatre - 8th July, 2021

Tickets go on sale from Friday, 2nd July; available online from iticket. Click on the link below for further details.

St Peter's College, Gore, presents our 2021 Eisteddfod Concert.

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Materials Technology Year 8 Projects

Some wonderful examples of pewter pendants and wakahuia/jewellery boxes completed by Year 8 in the Materials Technology class.

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On Sunday, 27th June, at the Southland Pony Club Prize Giving, Sophie White was awarded the Junior Eventing Trophy (awarded to the Junior 14 years and under with the most points in eventing) and also her C+ Certificate which she passed in December (aimed at ages 14-16).

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With winter upon us we have had a few requests for our female students to wear trousers and/or shorts as part of the uniform. Female students are allowed to wear the trousers/shorts that our male students wear and get them tailored to fit. We are looking at some suppliers of female trousers and shorts and hope to have these options available in the near future. It is an expectation that all students are in winter uniform (with the exception of those students still awaiting kilts) and if help is needed in purchasing these items due to financial constraints, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Principal.


Hockey Winter Tournament:

St Peter's students (Years 9-13) who are wanting to trial to play in one of three St Peter’s Hockey Winter Tournament teams during tournament week, please fill in the sporty form below.

The tournament is held from 29th August - 3rd September. Closing date for registration, Monday 5th July.

Southland Secondary School Badminton Championships

Being held on Thursday 12th August in Invercargill. Please come see Jess young or email if you are interested in being in a team of four.

Recreational and Wellbeing Day:

The Recreational and Wellbeing Day is held in Gore at the MLT Stadium, 5th August, for students in Years 11-13.

A survey will go out to all student in these years asking them to submit which sports they would like to participate in.

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:

Senior Netball Tournament – Sunday, 4th and Monday, 5th July

Junior SISS Netball Tournament – Sunday, 11th – Wednesday, 14th July

Cheap Skiing opportunity at Cardrona – Saturday, 24th and 25th July

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Recreational and Wellbeing Day – Thursday, 5th August

Badminton Championships – Thursday 12th August

Southland Table Tennis Championships – Monday, 16th August

Years 7/8 Netball Tournament – Wednesday, 18th August

SISS Winter Tournament Week – Sunday, 29th August – Friday, 3rd September

International Sports Day – Thursday, 19th August

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.......

Rosmini House Open Day (Hostel) - 3rd July

Eisteddfod Concert - 8th July

School Holidays - last day of term, 9th July

Back to School - 26th July

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.