Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

St Peter's College 25th March 2022


Kia ora e te whānau

Once again, I'd like to express my gratitude for the seamless transition to online learning for all students isolating at home either as positive cases or household contacts. Everyone has experienced significant disruption since the start of 2022, and disruption will continue over the next few weeks as the Omicron outbreak reaches its peak in the South.

We are committed to caring for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and student body within the limitations we have to work. For the rest of the term while the virus peaks, we are preparing for the possibility of a number of staff and students being away. We have now reached the point where we cannot staff all timetabled classes face to face.

Therefore, starting on Monday 28 March we are going to have senior students doing home learning, for two consecutive days per week. This means that all year 7-10 students will come to school as normal. Senior year levels will be rostered home to continue their learning. All learning will be prepared for them the day before they are rostered home by their teachers and further instructions and tasks will be put up on Microsoft Teams. For the two days students are at home they will not have any contact with their teachers so self-management and discipline will be required. Whanau can help by providing a quiet study space and checking in with your child to see they are working on their lessons. These dates will be reviewed as we progress.

Our hybrid teaching and learning plan is based on having a sustainable, practicable and proactive response. It is sustainable because teachers and students know what they can expect from each other. It is practicable because it means that we can offer flexibility in the case of staff shortages. By taking this approach, we hope to be able to keep the school running smoothly. We will keep you informed as to any changes to this plan or developments.

Our plan will be discussed with students today in their subject classes and in Microsoft Teams.

· Year 13 - Monday 28th March and Tuesday 29th March

· Year 12 - Wednesday 30th March and Thursday 31st March

· Year 11 - Friday 1st April and Monday 4th April

· Year 13 - Tuesday 5th April and Wednesday 6th April

· Year 12 - Thursday 7th April and Friday 8th April

We are continuing to follow our NCEA assessment policy, in line with guidance from NZQA. Should we be closed for a period when assessments were going to be set, we may defer assessment and alter deadlines. We will work to ensure that assessments continue to be reliably and consistently managed.

Our approach to teaching and learning is centred on student wellbeing. Please contact your child's whanau teacher if you require assistance at home, as well as the subject teacher if you have any concerns about learning in a particular subject. Please also note however that these teachers may also be isolating so a wait time of 24-48 hours for a response can be expected.

Finally, we know how hard the impacts of COVID-19 have been for many families. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Bridget Ryan (DP of Learning and Teaching) in the first instance.

Tara Quinney


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.

Library News

We now have in place a three-step notification process before a library book/resource is billed to a student's fee account:

  1. ‘Underdue’: student receives a friendly reminder e-mail three days before their book is due.
  2. Overdue 14 days: student and caregiver receive an overdue notification e-mail.
  3. Overdue 21 days: student and caregiver receive last notification that the overdue item will be added to the student's school fees in two weeks if the book is not returned.

We are happy to refund book charges if a lost item is later found, provided the borrower brings the book to the attention of Ms Heslip rather than just dropping it in the returns box (as it will have been removed from circulation and from the borrowers issue). Also a simple apology from the borrower to Ms Heslip (Library Manager) & Mrs Robertson (Executive Officer) is appreciated for their time spent processing the lost item/s.

Fletcher Patterson, Melissa Steeghs & Amy Davidson-Watts preparing a pile of new books for your reading pleasure...

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Young Farmers Club

Registrations for the Duke of Edinburgh Award are still open

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

The Award is open to all 14-24 year olds regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives.

Today more than 130 countries have adopted The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme with over 8 million young people having participated worldwide.

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections - Skills, Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

To register, go to

Career Pathways Department

MoneyHub has published a money guide for students to give you the tools and information so you can develop a great relationship with money. Check it out here:

Don’t forget to like the Murihiku Trades Academy page at Already some student’s artwork is featured as they start their Gaming Art and Design programme.

Despite Covid disrupting the start of some placements, we still have students going out to local employers to start their programmes. We are forever grateful to our local employers for taking our students on in these uncertain times.

This week we have Ben King who is working at Ewan Allan Honda
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Pi Day in the Mathematics Department

March 14, written as 3/14 in the US, is celebrated globally as International Pi Day. This number π is a very important number in Mathematics, commonly associated with circles and circular measurements. It has the value of 3.14159265…… and continues infinitely without a repeating pattern.

Students here at St Peter’s College took a break from their regular learning programme to focus on π and completed a variety of activities.

Some of these included:

  • Dice game – where students had to collect the first 10 digits of pi, in order.
  • Watched and read the story “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi” and then looked at the language of mathematics in the story before creating a poster.
  • Measured different sized circles, using string, to then look at the relationship between the circumference and diameter.
  • Represented the first 100 digits of π using a different colour for each digit.
  • Pi Fun Facts – researched to find nine important facts about π.
  • Attempted to write a Pi-ku or a sentence with words containing the same number of letters as the digits in π.
  • Found the words shown in the Pi diagrams – see if you can guess the one below.

Carolyn Hunter

HELA Mathematics

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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.

Extreme Tag

On Wednesday lunchtime the students were lucky enough to have Active Southland come along and set up a fun activity called Extreme Tag , involving lots of obstables and challenges. The students enjoyed the activity, it's such a great way to have some fun fitness.

Basketball registrations are now open


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

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


Netball - Registrations needed to be completed by Friday 4th March and the link for this can be found on the St Peter's College Netball Facebook page (this is for all age groups)

Netball Trials:

Intermediate (Yr 9&10) Wednesday, 30th March

Junior (Yr 7&8) Thursday, 31st March and Wednesday, 6th April

All new students and Year 7 parents of students wishing to play netball please join the St Peter's College Netball Facebook page.

Netball registration-

Any questions please see Mrs Conlan.


Coming up.......

Southland Golf Championships - Monday, 28th March

Southland Lawn Bowls Championships - Monday, 28th March

Otago/Southland Cycling Championships - Wednesday, 30th March

School Board meeting - Wednesday, 30th March

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.