Newsletter Week 7 Term 3

St Peter's College 10th September 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Kia ora e te whanau,


Welcome back to school at Level 2! It was so great to see the students and staff back yesterday and while not all teenagers will admit it, I think they were pretty happy to be back too. Thank you to all of you parents and caregivers who have been the “home school teachers” over the last three weeks. Parents are the unsung heroes of lockdown. Navigating the varying challenges of each Alert Level has at times been difficult for New Zealanders, and we can all be proud to have successfully navigated these challenges in our community.


Like last time, I am very mindful of the extra time our students and staff have been glued to their computers and how unhealthy this can be. While we are lucky to live in the 21st century and have the technological advances that enable us to connect via distance to learn from anywhere, this is not without its dangers. Recently a parent shared with me a Radio NZ article that spoke of a new study that links digital devices to poorer achievement. International data is showing us that an over reliance and use of computers to learn in the classroom is leading teenagers to do worse in reading, maths, and science. Now that we are back in school it is important that we find the right balance, use technology well and appropriately. This means not using computers for gaming and time filling activities like scrolling through social media.


St Peter’s College teachers have met countless expectations over lockdown by going above and beyond, many with their own children they were also trying to “home school” while teaching yours. They did this with aligned purpose and passion, exceeding the daily expectations of teachers. They have made me very proud, and I am lucky to work with such committed people every day for your child. Please know that while I hold high expectations for our teachers, they hold even higher expectations for themselves. This often leads to late nights and weekends away from their families.


We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy.

Bless us as we return to school to be with our friends and teachers. Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start afresh.

May we show love to one another and to all. May the new beginning of this week remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again.

Help us to forgive others as we receive your forgiveness. Help us to learn and to work together.

Help us to listen when we should and to know the best words when we speak and when it is better not to speak.

We thank you for our friends: Help us to be good friends this year.

Help us to be patient with ourselves and with others.

Bless our school and keep us safe. Be with us as we travel each day.

Help us to be aware of your love shown to us in the people around us. Bless all those who care for us in school and at home. Help us show our care for them and to say sorry when we need to.

May the Blessed Mother Mary protect us

“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed,

for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


Tara Quinney,

Principal

Further changes to NCEA for this year’s students.

Students disrupted by 16 days of alert level restrictions this year (St Peter's College meets this threshold):

Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs)

  • for every five credits a student earns, they get one extra LRC
  • students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to eight additional credits
  • students at NCEA Levels 2 or 3 are eligible for up to six additional credits.

Endorsements

  • no change to normal requirements.

University Entrance

  • no change to normal requirements.

In addition to this, students disrupted this year by 16 days of alert level restrictions and who experienced an additional four or more days of school closures due to building issues or natural disasters (St Peter's College does not yet meet this threshold):

Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs)

  • for every five credits a student earns, they get one extra LRC
  • students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to 10 additional credits
  • students at NCEA Levels 2 or 3 are eligible for up to eight additional credits.

Endorsements

  • for Certificate Endorsements, a threshold of 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, instead of the usual 50
  • for Course Endorsements,12 credits at Achieved or Merit or Excellence level in a course rather than 14, but at least three credits must come from external assessment and three from internal assessment (where these requirements usually apply).

University Entrance

  • to be awarded University Entrance, students need 12 rather than 14 credits in each of three University Entrance Approved Subjects
  • students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements.



Tara Quinney

Principal

Teaching and Learning Update Post Lockdown

Tēnā koutou katoa,


Judging by the smiles and chatter around the school and staffroom yesterday our ākonga and kaiako were pleased to be back which is great! I did have some students who were sad to see their time on farm or their late starts come to an end which is understandable.

As always, our number one priority is the wellbeing of our rangatahi. I’m sure you will understand that the time away from school has necessitated some changes to our processes and events as we seek to ensure stability and normality without additional pressure on ākonga and kaiako.


Whanau Conferencing

Lockdown began on the day of our planned year 7 – 13 Specialist Whanau Conferencing. Holding an afternoon and evening of conferencing entails a disruption to the school day. Mindful of this we have decided not to reschedule this event. Similarly, we will not run the year 7 and 8 Student-Led Conferences this term. Our kaiako will continue to provide fortnightly information via the Attitude to Learning reports so that you are kept abreast of your student’s learning. Obviously, we would still like to hear from you if you have any concerns about your tamariki’s learning. If this is the case, the best way to proceed would be to contact the teacher concerned by email.


NCEA

As you will be aware, there has been a lot of concern across the motu about how the lockdown might impact senior achievement. Please be reassured that there is no reason to be concerned about this. I personally track each student’s progress on a regular basis and the Learning Tutors at each year level do an outstanding job of putting plans in place for all of our rangatahi to help them to do the best they can.


You will have heard overnight that Learning Recognition credits have been put in place, effectively giving all year 11s up to 8 credits and year 12 and 13 students 6 credits, depending on their achievement by year’s end. In addition, kaiako are putting in place evidence gathering processes which will allow them to report Derived Grades to NZQA in the event that our Derived Grade Exams are unable to run because of any further disruptions. These Exams have been moved back to week two and three of Term Four to ensure adequate time for teaching, learning and revision.


Our ākonga are aware of these processes and hopefully understand the need for consistent application and the importance of doing every piece of work well as evidence is gathered. This will alleviate the need for any pressure or stress closer to the end of the year.

If you have any concerns or queries about any of this, please do email me.

Kia pai ō rā whakatā!



Bridget Ryan

Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning.

Year 10 Camp at Borland Lodge

The Year 10 Borland Camp will run during Week 4 in Term 4 (Tuesday, 9th to Friday 12th November). A letter and medical forms will be given out at Form Time Friday 10th September.


Camp Donations:

Providing school camps to our school community as you will be aware, is heavily reliant on the contribution of donations being made by parents/caregivers towards the cost of organising these. Without these contributions for each attending student, the school would simply not be in a position to provide the outdoor experiences in our own amazing backyard that we have always had the privilege of being able to undertake.


We thank you and appreciate your donation towards the $270 per child required to run this camp. The donation amount has been added to your child’s school account for full or part payment. Please contact the Executive Officer, Mrs Paula Robertson if you have any questions about this.


As always, we are looking for a group of parents to come with us and so far, there have been some parents who have expressed an interest already. However, if you are keen to help could you please let me know asap by writing a brief note about what experience and skills you could bring to the camp (e.g. current 1st Aid, experience in the outdoors, etc...) This needs to be emailed to the School Office or me at: ronniekotkamp@stpetersgore.school.nz by Friday, 17th September at the latest.


Ronnie Kotkamp

Sports

If any Year 7 & 8 students would like to play Touch in Term 4, please go and see Jessica Young in the PE office.

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 jessicayoung@stpetersgore.school.nz or come and see Jess Young in the PE office.

Coming up.......

Year 13 Geography Field Trip - 15th & 16th September

Student School Board Election - 20th September

Sport & Cultural photos - 21st September

Year 12 Geography Field Trip - 22nd, 23rd & 24th September

School Board meeting - 22nd September

PTFA meeting 7pm - 28th September

Canterbury University visit - 29th September

Term 3 ends - 1st October

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.