Newsletter Week 3 Term 3

St Peter's College 12th August 2022


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Kia ora e te whanau

I have written in a past newsletter about “Raising the bar” in regard to students not just settling for Achieved grades when they are capable of Merit and Excellence. One of our challenges as parents and as a school is to focus on doing our absolute best. Merit’s and Excellence’s however do not fall out of the sky and they most certainly do not happen if the student only completes the tasks set in class spoon fed to them by the teacher. Merit’s and Excellence’s happen when students are self-disciplined and have a learning ethic that is embedded outside of the classroom. This means putting time aside after school, in the evenings and weekends to study and read.

“Raising the Bar” means to do our best as opposed to just doing enough. We all know when we have worked really hard to achieve something or when we have just done enough and our students know this too. Talk with them about their classes, the assignments they are doing and ask them to articulate the learning process for you. Read the fortnightly ATL reports and talk with your children about their academic progress and their attitude to learning. Often students will say they have no homework, or they completed all of their work at school. There are always extra reading and practice tasks that can be done to consolidate the learning that has taken place in class that day.

You will have no doubt heard the good news in the media this week around Learning Recognition Credits for senior students sitting NCEA. This boost alleviates some of the stress and pressure teachers and students were feeling around their progress due to disruptions in teaching and learning because of ongoing absences this year. In summary the changes are:

Students will be entitled to 1 Learning Recognition Credit (LRC) for every 5 credits earned through assessment, up to a maximum of:

NCEA Level 1 - Maximum LRC’s 10

NCEA Level 2 - Maximum LRC's 8

NCEA Level 3 - Maximum LRC's 8

To receive a Certificate Endorsement, students will need 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, instead of the usual 50.

To be awarded University Entrance, students will need 14 credits in each of two UE Approved Subjects, and 12 credits in a third UE Approved Subject (they will also need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet the regular literacy and numeracy requirements).

The risk in these changes is that students may rest a little further on their laurels and do even less work in and outside the classroom. If we never expect our children to attempt more than they currently can do, while giving them certainty, it won’t lead to them fulfilling their potential.

I encourage all our students to treat their studies just as they would their sports or cultural endeavours. Being prepared to win requires preparation, it can’t happen on a whim the night

before. Our young people must continue to strive to be independent learners, self-motivated and driven. Not doing just enough, not just doing their best but doing what is required.

Charity Fulfils the Law

Tara Quinney,


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Edge School Accounts and Payments

All school accounts are now up to date with the information we have for subject donations, uniform and sports charges. Requests for payments are emailed out at the beginning of every month.

All uniform and sports are goods and services already paid for by the school, and as such are chargeable and recoverable items that we require prompt payment for. If you have outstanding uniform or sports on your account from this year, please pay this as soon as possible.

Prior Year Outstanding Accounts

If you have previous years chargeable items on your school account that have not been paid, please pay these immediately. We will be following these up over the next few weeks and if these remain unpaid you can expect to receive an email or phone call requesting payment.

The school’s bank account details are as follows:

St Peter’s College BOT

12 3434 0012635 000

Reference: Your child’s name

If there is a specific item you would like to pay for, please also use this in the reference. Otherwise, we will allocate the payment at our discretion. If you have more than one child you are paying for, we encourage you to have separate payments for each child to ensure correct payment allocation. Please also update any existing automatic payment references with the correct reference details, particularly if one child has now left school.

Thank you

Paula Robertson

Executive Officer

Career Pathways Department

This week we have students out starting new programmes which help towards them building their skill base and investigating the world of work.

Caleb McRae is undertaking a Service IQ programme at Noel Leeming, Gore.

Chloe Taylor is working at the Warehouse on a Service IQ programme.

Luca Patching is at Hokonui Kitchens on the Gateway programme

Ryan Fitchett is also on the Gateway programme and undertaking a placement at Power Farming in Invercargill.

Tristan Takuta-Harvey is at Roofcraft undertaking work experience.

University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2023. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list.

Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.

For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

DanceNZMade Interschool Competition

Dancers from St Peter's College attended the DanceNZMade Southern regional Competition in Invercargill.

Four students participated in a range of dance workshops throughout the day and eight students competed in a range of categories at night.


Samantha Marsh: Heart of Dance award

Mikaela McRae and Annie Moody: 2nd runner up Duo/Trio Years 9 & 10: 2nd runner up Overall for ALL Duo/Trios

Somi Park, Abby Gutschlag, Abby Hailes: 1st runner up Duo/Trio Years 11-13

Open Troupe: Olivia Popplewell, Somi Park, Abby Gutschlag, Abby Hailes, Samantha Marsh, Mackenzie Herrick, Mikaela McRae, Annie Moody: 1st Open Troupe:

Overall Regional Champion Troupe.

Seussical Jnr

“Oh the things you can think when you think about Seuss!”

Some of us were lucky enough to be a part of Gore Musical Theatre’s ‘Seussical Jnr’ that was held at the St James Theatre last weekend.

Getting to our performances was quite the journey starting in April when we auditioned followed by months of rehearsals which were 3 times a week. This was a big commitment, but being able to sing, dance and act with friends and making new friends was so worthwhile.

We are very proud of the final product, and we know the audiences had a fantastic time. Jude Terry, Alexander Geddes, Samantha Marsh, Aria Wilson, Arayah Davie, Issy Dickson, Finn Kelly, Matilda Gemmill and I appreciate the support of the St Peter's community and we hope this encourages others to give productions a go.

“A person’s a person no matter how small”

Olivia Kelly, Year 9

Eisteddfod Festival

Our annual Eisteddfod is an opportunity for students to show off their God-given gifts and talents, and to explore new creative opportunities. It is a highlight of the year, and we are so excited to see this event going forward after we had to postpone in Term 2.

The events this year include singing, speeches, scripture, expressive reading, instrumental, composition, dance, entertainment, and a new short film category. We also eagerly anticipate the House Waiata and folk song competitions. Every student is expected to participate in the House events as well as at least one festival event. They are rewarded with house points for every event they participate in and extra points for placings. These points go towards the overall house competition for the year, and the awarding of the Eisteddfod champions.

Entry forms open on Monday 15th August and close after two weeks. For details of all the events, students can follow this link: Eisteddfod Entry Guidelines 2022.docx

Mark your calendars! The festival will run during school Wednesday, 19th to Friday, 21st October, with the Eisteddfod Invitational Concert at the SBS St James Theatre on the evening of Tuesday, 25th October.

Laura Thomas, TIC Eisteddfod

Life Education Trust

From 3rd to 9th August we had the Life Education Trust Bus here working with our Year 7 and Year 8 students.

Below are some photos of a Year 8 in session.

Year 10 Market Day

Last term on the 29th June our Year 10 Commerce class held a market day in the school hall at lunch time. Market day, is a day where students spend their own money to prepare food such as: hot chips, ice cream and drinks. The market day was very popular with students who lined up to buy the goods. We had a lot of fun and learnt valuable skills such as: teamwork, money handling, customer service and food preparation. Excess profits raised were donated to charity, making for a great day of good food and giving back.

Laiken Trainor, Year 10


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.

Weekly sports photos

If you have any sporting photos you would like to share please email these to Jess Young and we will put them in the newsletter for you.

Southland U16 Squads 2022

We are very proud to announce that Jake Evans and Crenshaw Conroy have made the Southland U16 Squad. Dylan Holland and Austyn Turnbull have made the Southland Spikers U16 Squad. What a great achievement, well done boys.
Photo from left: Crenshaw Conroy, Jake Evans, Austyn Turnbull and Dylan Holland
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Term 3 - Sports Planner 2022

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Coming up.......

Bishop's Shield - Friday, 12th, to Sunday, 14th August

Southland Multicultural Festival - Thursday, 18th August

Year 8 Deep Cove Camp - Saturday, 20th August - Sunday, 28th August

Polyfest - Thursday, 25th August

Teacher only day - Friday, 26th August

Winter Tournament week - Monday, 29th August - Friday, 2nd September

Student led conferencing - Wednesday, 7th and Thursday 8th September

Athletics Day - Monday, 12th September (postponement 14th September)

PTFA meeting - Tuesday, 13th September

MCAT Exam - Tuesday, 13th September

Year 13 Geography Camp - Thursday, 15th and Friday, 16th September

Whanau Conferencing - Thursday, 15th September

Year 12 Geography Camp - Monday, 19th - Wednesday, 21st September

Sports and Cultural Photos - Tuesday, 20th September

School Board meeting - Wednesday, 21st September

Derived Grade Exams - Monday, 26th September - Friday, 30th September

Term 3 Ends - Friday, 30th September

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.

Reminder - Rugby Subs need to be paid as soon as possible.