Newsletter Week 5 Term 2
St Peter's College 4th June 2021
Kia ora e te whanau
Today you are enjoying a day with your children while us staff members of St Peter’s College focus on wellbeing and catching up on the educational changes that are coming our way. To name some of the ones that will directly impact our teachers and students, there is a new curriculum refresh across all subject areas, beginning with the History curriculum with the incorporation of more local and national histories this year. There is a review of NCEA underway with many changes already being signalled, we have Treaty of Waitangi obligations and new Wellbeing, Relationship and Sexuality guidelines. The Education Review office (ERO) have also begun their new evaluation partnership work with us this year. Our evaluative partner is Mrs Christine Gold, and we look forward to sharing with you soon what our agreed focus for academic improvement will be over the next few years.
We hope this long weekend is spent in peace and is a time for all families to connect, speak about their greatest concerns with each other and come back to work and school on Tuesday refreshed. We are now embarking on winter, a time of hibernation and short days. Children and adults are tired, and silly behaviours and mistakes are sometimes made. We understand this and we are here to support our young people on their journey to adulthood, but we do this expecting all interactions to be entered into respectfully and the dignity and mana of all people is upheld.
Thank you to those of you who responded to the survey on the school ball recently and after further consultation with our staff I have decided that our senior ball will be for year 12’s and 13’s only going forward, with year 13’s only having the privilege of bringing an outside ball partner. Students can attend two balls here during their time at school and hopefully this minimises some of the financial and social pressures we have been witnessing.
The words of Christ in the story of the loaves and the fishes where He tells His disciples, "Bring them here to me" and “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted,” reminds us to bring what we have. These words are so relevant to our St Peter’s community – bring what you have. Being concerned about the needs of others is different from doing something about it. While we may feel that we may not have much to bring, if we hold back and keep what we have to ourselves, who knows what opportunities – maybe even miracles - may be stopped from happening!
Enrolments for 2022 are currently coming in, once again we are in a privileged position to have more enquiries than we can fill. Our enrolment policy is on our website and clearly states that St Peter’s College is a Catholic school for Catholic families. We strive to provide a holistic education of excellence in all areas whether academic, spiritual, sporting or cultural. To do this well we need our families to commit to 7 years of education here from Year 7 to Year 13. We are not an intermediate school that serves as a training ground for non-Catholic boarding schools in Dunedin. The concept of “enrolling the family,” which is central to our approach at the College, means that each family is asked to bring what they have and to add it to what other families bring. This is community. This happens in many ways and collectively makes a significant difference.
Every contribution, big or small, matters – nothing is wasted. It is so heartening to see so many events at the College which show this in action:
- Our families coming to the Whanau conferences and the Year 7 & 8 student led conferences and showing a genuine interest and concern for their child’s education and wellbeing.
- The nearly $22,000 raised at the recent Quiz Night.
- The number of families meeting attendance dues and school contribution commitments which allow us to develop programmes to liberate our young people.
- The number of students completing Duke of Edinburgh awards, volunteering their time to provide opportunities for students in other schools like the Young Farmers club.
- The number of students involved in at least one winter sports code and seniors giving up their time to coach the junior teams.
- Parents and students who attended the Kapa Haka hui on a late Monday evening.
- The Servant Leadership council working together to improve the school community.
- Our PTFA committee who are doing so much to ensure annual events take place and are memorable for all.
- Students and staff preparing for the upcoming Eisteddfod concert.
- The number of students taking a stand and participating in the pink-shirt day recently as a sign of solidarity against bullying.
- The number of students raising awareness for mental health needs in our country by wearing gumboots to school and running a gumboot throwing competition at lunchtime.
- Staff and students giving up their time to walk the Hokonui hills and learn more about our local heritage.
- The number of staff, parents and community members volunteering and assisting be it through coaching, drama productions, transporting or simply being a presence...the list could go on.
Thank you to the St Peter’s community for what you bring and do!
Charity fulfils the Law.
Year 9MM and 9PS Science
If you are squeamish please look away! This week 9PS and 9MM were dissecting lamb brains to study the structure and function of the brain. We have been learning some neuroscience and about growth mindset. We are hoping that our pupils will understand that with effort studying challenging ideas they can succeed and grow their brains. A huge thank you to Bronwyn Cairns and her team at Silver Fern Farms, Waitane and Finegand plants for supplying the brains to give our classes this valuable learning opportunity.
Louise Grogan and Darren Jack
There are still some kilts to come. As soon as they arrive they will be handed out.
For these cooler days, woollen vests ($80) and scarfs ($25) can be purchased from the Uniform Shop.
Long sleeve winter shirts and blouses are available at H & J Smith and The Warehouse.
Gum Boot Friday 28th May
"I Am Hope Foundation" which provides counselling and mental health services for youth.
Whole school gum boot throwing competition went down well at lunchtime (organised by Young Farmers Club). A big shout out to Hannah Hargest, Olivia Shanks, Emily Irwin and Sophie White from the Young Farmers Club for planning and helping out on the day.
Here are the results from the gum boot throwing competition:
Junior Girl - Taysha Chittock & Junior Boy - Henare Robinson
Intermediate Girl - Maegan Davis & Intermediate Boy - Dylan Holland
Senior Girl - Dixie-Leigh Burr & Senior Boy - Jacob Hayward-Waddell
Female Teacher - Mrs Thomas & Male Teacher - Mr Jack
Quad Tournament is on Thursday 10th June. All information for this has been emailed or in the form of a hard copy newsletter. If you have not received this information, please get in contact with Jess Young firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunity for cheap skiing – 24th and 25th July
If you would like to get the school rates of $100 per person per day, this covers lift pass, lessons and rental please email email@example.com. Please note this is not a school event and it is up to you to find accommodation and travel. Please email by June 11th if you are interested.
Otago/Southland Cross Country Relay
Congratulations to Harriet Baker, Hannah Hargest, Addison McHaffie, Mikaela McRae placing 2nd in the Girls U15 Cross Country Relay race. Racing against the biggest schools in Otago and Southland. They have all done extremely well.
Junior Catholic School Tournament – Thursday 10th June
Eastern Primary Cross Country – Thursday 10th June
Southland Primary Cross Country – Friday 18th June
Matariki Traditional Games Day - 1st July - Years 9-13 at Stadium Southland (contact Jess Young for more information)
Sports Registrations/ Events/ Draws will be online!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or come and see Jess Young in the PE office.
School Lunch heat ups
Please do not send pottles of noodles or food that need hot water as Office Staff do not have easy access to hot water.
Queens Birthday (no school) - 7th June
Southland Badminton Championships - 9th June
Junior Catholic Sports Tournament - 10th June
Eastern Primary Cross Country - 10th June
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