Newsletter Week 9 Term 1

St Peter's College 8th April 2022


Kia ora e te whanau

I write before the beginning of Holy Week when we remember and celebrate Jesus’ passion, and the mystery that is, his death and resurrection. It is a time for prayer and reflection of who we are as a Catholic school. “Charity Fulfils the Law” our school motto, comes from the Rosminian tradition and also reflects the charism of the Sisters of Mercy. Charity Fulfils the Law can also be translated as Love Fulfils the Law. The “Law” of Jesus Christ is the commandment to love God and love thy neighbour. Love is about acting in a way that is consistent with the Ten Commandments. Our challenge is to reflect on this as we enter this holy period.

It is my very great privilege to share with you all the schools new strategic plan for the next three years. Our plan is a result of a joint effort of students, parents and teachers. Thank you to our staff for the dedication and professionalism they bring to St Peter’s College, and for the encouragement and care of the students they connect with daily. Thank you also to whānau for supporting the college, and the investment in your children’s learning. We hope you see the hopes and dreams you have for your children reflected in this plan. The strategic plan can be viewed via the school website:

Supporting busy young men and women who balance schoolwork, after school activities, part time jobs and a growing interest in having ‘a social life’ has its challenges. However, I am sure you will agree it brings a huge amount of satisfaction. Each one of our students possess God-given gifts and talents and it is our job, and our privilege, to help them become the very best version of themselves aiming high in their aspirations. Early next term we will have our Academic Blues Assembly where we will recognise last year’s senior student success for those who achieved Merit and Excellence endorsements. This will be an opportunity to recognise those students who achieved in the academic sense, on a par with the best in the country. The young people who will be acknowledged are examples of students who live our school motto through taking every opportunity to learn. This is a habit that has been nurtured, nourished, and formed over time. It has involved learning how to prioritise, be organised, make best use of class time and teacher availability and how to balance a busy life.

We certainly hope that here at St Peter’s, the education of the students is a partnership and that our desires as parents and teachers complement our Catholic tradition which aims to form young adults who will make a difference. One of the ways we develop these relationships is through our Parents, Teachers and Friends association (PTFA). This group helps support us to complete and fund key work in the College community. Today a special fundraising request will be going out to each and every family in our school community to further help support this key work. Recently the PTFA purchased more outdoor seats for staff and students which has been greatly appreciated, especially while we are still in the red traffic light setting and are encouraged to eat outside.

Winter is fast upon us and please note: winter uniform is compulsory from the start of Term Two this year. Winter uniform means no hoodies or puffer jackets (school related or not) as they are NOT part of the school uniform. Thank you for your continued support ensuring that our students present themselves with pride in the Blue Blazer. This will be our last newsletter for the term due to the short week next week. To our students, I always say at this time of the school term, travel safe and don’t take risks over the holidays. Think before you act. I look forward to seeing you all next term, winter uniform, hair neat and a desire to learn. These are all key aspects to our way of following our school motto, “Charity Fulfils the Law.”

Tara Quinney


Duke of Edinburgh Award

Jenny Mitchell, former St Peter’s College Head Girl (2016), is now working as ‘Campaigns, Publicity and Digital Media Advisor’ for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. You can read about her latest tramp here:

Jenny discusses using the ‘Plan My Walk’ app to prepare and keep safe while exploring.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a great way to build skills and confidence in the outdoors. It’s not too late for students in Year 10 and above to register for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Just go to and enter your details.

Second-hand Uniform for Sale

Girls short sleeve blouse - size 8 - $40 excellent condition

Summer skirt - size 8 - $50 excellent condition

Summer skirt - size 10 - $60 worn one term, excellent condition

Hooded softshell jacket - size small - $60 excellent condition

P.E top - size 9-10 - $20 good condition

P.E top - size11-12 - $20 good condition

P.E top - size 13-14 - $20 good condition

School sports hoodie - size medium - $50 excellent condition

Girls blazer - size 10 - $150 good condition

Girls blazer - size 14 - $120 average condition

Boys blazer - 100cm - $170 excellent condition

Boys blazer - 104cm - $150 good condition

Boys blazer - 108cm - $150 good condition

Boys blazer - 116cm - $120 good condition

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above listed items or wanting to advertise uniform for sale, please ring the school office or email

Thank you,

Leiza Egan

Uniform Shop Manager

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.

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.

Career Pathways Department

This week we are checking in with the Trades Academy. Students from the Gore Grass Karts programme travelled to Invercargill to start learning how to weld in preparation for putting their karts together.

Here Jacob Hayward Waddell and Ben King are dressed ready to weld.

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Our Gateway students this week are on local building sites.

Luke Shallard is working with JW Building and Taine Donnelly is working with JC Building on Gore’s new library.

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Taine Donnelly

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Upcoming Events

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

May 2nd: (Monday Term 2) Lincoln University Liaison visit.

May 6th: Trades Academy Grass Karts (Gore Programme) travel to SIT Invercargill.

May 10th: Otago Polytechnic Liaison visit (note change of date).


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.

Vipers Basketball Easter camp

Womens Basketball development in Eastern Southland. Glen Perkins & Tia Tuhakaraina are excited to launch Vipers Basketball Easter camp in Gore with sessions for females aged 9-18 on Friday, 15th to Sunday, 17th April, and a single session for females aged 5-8 on Monday 18th April.

Session costs for ages 9 - 18 (3hr sessions) are $30 for a single session, $45 for 2 sessions and $60 for 3 sessions. Session costs for ages 5 - 8 are $15 for a single session (1.5hrs).




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.


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 Thursday, 14th April at lunchtime (12.50pm)

Term two begins - Monday, 2nd May

Cross country - Wednesday, 4th May

Southland Cross Country - Wednesday, 11th May

Southland Indoor Bowls - Thursday, 26th May

Otago/Southland Road Teams Relay - Wednesday, 1st June

Student Coaching Course - Monday, 20th June

Matariki Sport and Rec Festival Day - Thursday, 23rd 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.