Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

St Peter's College 1st April 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

The Education Review Office, more commonly known as ERO is due for its third visit to St Peter’s College next week as part of the new ongoing partnership model- Te Ara Huarau. Under this model ERO is moving from one off event based external review visits to supporting each school in a process of continuous improvement.

Te Ara Huarau will use a developmental approach to evaluation that will reflect our school’s individual context, culture and needs. Their aim is to strengthen the capability of all schools through embedding a continuous improvement approach, strengthening our engagement with and accountability to whanau. We have an ERO evaluation partner who is working alongside us, Ms Christine Gold, to support us to be an even greater school and every child a success.

We are excited to share with you next week the schools new strategic plan for the next three years. This work is a culmination of board planning and leadership, community and student consultation involving 75 parents, 58 students and all teaching staff over the last 8 months. We hope this plan mirrors the dreams and wishes you have for your children, and you can see your feedback reflected back at you.

Covid continues to wreak havoc across the community, and we are continuing to roster senior students’ home to ease the pressure on staffing. This will be reviewed next week, and we will share the plan for the last week of term with you then. Some students have returned from isolation under the impression that they have had Covid now so they no longer need to wear a mask as they can’t catch it again. This is untrue and all students must please continue to always wear a mask when inside. Every day when I collate the statistics, I can assure you that those students who are wearing masks correctly and consistently are on the whole avoiding Covid. It is also ensuring the safety of our staff and keeping them at work every day.

We remember the special soul of Whaea Vanessa’s mother, Anne Whangapirita who went with God this week.

Oh God, Who has commanded us to honour our father and mother, have compassion in Thy mercy, on the souls of our fathers and mothers; forgive them their sins, and grant that we may see them in the joy of eternal brightness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Charity Fulfils the Law

Art Classses

Attention all junior and senior art students: please bring in old painting shirts to class so that you don’t get your uniform accidentally painted on during a painting lesson. There are also some old shirts in the Art room for you to use as well; please feel free to use them every lesson.

McKye Storer

Here is McKye feeding the deer at Bannerman Park whilst on a fun day trip.
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Robertson Street carpark

Please, when you are picking up and dropping your children off at school, follow the curved pathway in front of the staff cars. Please do not park in front of the garage doors or in front of the disability space near the front door. We will be repainting the yellow lines soon to make this more obvious. Also, please do not block off the student walkway through the front grassed area as this is where students walk through safely to get to the buses.

Surplus Equipment

We have many filing cabinets surplus to the school’s requirements that are available free of charge if anyone would like them. They also make great garage storage as well as still being functional for filing.

Currently we have 4 x 4 drawer units and 3 x 3 drawer units.

If you would like one of these please contact Paula Robertson or Ray Shanks via the School office.

Career Pathways Department

This week’s students on Gateway placement include Josh Davers who is at Regional Ford and James Mackereth who is at GWD Motors.

Both students are enjoying their placements, learning from experienced mechanics.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook page

There are part time opportunities, university info and great photos of our Gateway students and Trades Academy students featured every week.

Upcoming Events

April 1: Trades Academy Grass Karts (Gore Programme) travel to SIT Invercargill

April 4: BCITO (Building Industry Training organisation) working with Gateway Building students on their unit standard programme

April 7: Otago Polytechnic Liaison officer coming to school to talk to Year 13s.

April 8: Trades Academy Grass Karts (Gore Programme) travel to SIT Invercargill

Term 2: Defensive Driving courses start Course 1 now full, spaces in Course 2 (6pm-8pm) still available


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.

St Peter's Sports Council

Students, if you would like to join the Sports Council team, please click the link in this newsletter or check your email for the link.

Touch Rugby

Touch rugby has now finished for the season. A special thank you to all these coaches, as we really do appreciate your time.

Addie McHaffie & Bailey Smith

Taine Donnelly & Donna Wilkins

Jacob Walker & Luke Shallard

Melissa Proctor

Bradley Bridgman

Ben King & Dixie Burr

Lauryn Pinckney & Jacob Hayward-Waddell

Nia Robertson & Elliot McDiarmid

T20 Cricket

Here is the successful SPC T20 cricket team who won all of their games in a round robin competition against Blue Mountain College and Gore High School.

Thank you to both Norman MacLean and Mr Lynch for an outstanding job this season.


Volleyball on Wednesdays, for anyone to have a go. Meet in the school hall at 3.30 - 4.45pm.

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


Coming up.......

School Holidays - Term One finishes 14th April at lunchtime (12.50pm)

Term two begins - Monday 2nd May

Prohibited Fire Season

From 8am Tuesday 29 March 2022, a Prohibited Fire Season will be in place for all of the Southern District. This means open fires are not permitted (Gas appliances are allowed).

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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.