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Mana Ake Tuning into kids + Tuning into teens – Emtionally Intelligent Parenting courses Term 2 2023 (FREE)

Fri Mar 24 03:18pm

Tuning into kids (TIK) is a six-session programme for parents/caregivers of children aged 5-12 years. 

Tuning into Teens (TIT) is an option for parents/caregivers oftamariki in school years 6-8 (10-13yrs). 

TIK and TINT are evidence-based programmes that teach parents
• Awareness and regulation of their own and their children’s emotions
•To use children’s emotional experiences as an opportunity for closeness and teaching

• Skills in assisting children to verbally label and manage their emotions
• Skills in assisting children to problem solve, and guide children’s behaviour with appropriate limits

Sessions include:
• Watching video material
• Group discussions and exercises
• Role plays
• Home activities to practice different ways of responding to your child’s emotions
• Participants sharing their own experiences within the group

The attached image has information about dates, times and venues. Contact the facilitator listed by each option to enrol. 



Lost Property items available to be collected.

Thu Mar 23 02:46pm


These items of clothing are in the lost property bin by the school office. 

Term 1 Week 8 Newsletter

Wed Mar 22 11:06am



Susan Ross Uniforms Postponed today

Wed Mar 22 11:03am

We have made the decision to postpone Sue Ross from today due to the weather and re book her to come to the school with uniform on for Thursday 30th March. 2.30-3.30

Susan Ross Uniforms

Mon Mar 13 04:15pm

Susan Ross will bring the St Peters uniform into school to sell on Wednesday 22 March at 2.30-3.30pm. She will be set up under the verandah outside the staffroom.  

She will have some sizes in the winter pants available to gauge interest in these.

School Closed due to Teachers and Principals Strike

Mon Mar 13 02:09pm

REMINDER: This Thursday 16 March 2023, St Peters School will be closed

School closure due to strike – message from school board

Sun Mar 12 08:00am

Dear School Community, 

On Thursday 16 March, teachers and principals across the country will be on strike. Our board has made the decision to close the school for the day. 

We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this causes, however we stand beside teachers and principals.

Ultimately, their work conditions are our children’s learning conditions and we should all seek the best. Your ongoing support of the teachers and principals is greatly appreciated.

Yours kindly,

Paul Arthurs (Presiding Member – St. Peter’s School Board)

Playground use

Fri Mar 10 02:32pm

Kia ora,

Please ensure you stay with your children during collection (at the end of the school day). We require this active supervision of your children if they are still on school grounds. 

I know we are all aware that stone throwing, bad language, and the likes of this are unacceptable. It places families and staff in a challenging position if this happens while parents are on-site with their children but not closely monitoring behaviour. 

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 

Prayer in the church

Fri Mar 10 01:09pm

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from next week onwards, we are opening the church from 2.30 to 3pm. I have an amazing group of Mums who have volunteered to do this. A huge ‘Thank you’ to them in advance.

You are all welcome to simply come into the church and sit in prayerful silence before you pick your child /children up.

There will be prayer suggestions available for you or you may wish to sit gently and offer your own prayers to God.

Please remain silent for these sessions to allow all to find the peace they need in this sacred space.

The church will be closed at 3pm.

So please take up this opportunity to gentle yourself before the busyness of after school activities.

God bess

Sandra Shamy

My apologies the newsletter has had incorrect links for the below forms.

Fri Mar 10 12:42pm

2023 General Information form   Please click on this link to fill in the general information form. This form is required for all children attending school – it is vital for all our school students to have accurate medical and health and safety contacts on file. 

 2023 Digital Technology Form     For all students at  St Peters in year 4 – 8 please click on this link and complete the digital technologies form. Children in year 4-8 are not able to use a device onsite if this form is not filled in.

Funky Feet Friday (Walk and Wheel to school week)

Thu Mar 09 12:51pm

Friday is Funky Feet Friday. 

Students can dress their feet. Wear their funkiest footwear – think wheelies, gumboots, football boots or jazz up your trainers with glitter, tinsel, feathers – go wild!

School uniform to be worn with Funky Footwear and/or socks. 


Thank you for the effort so far! Please keep up the amazing fun run fundraising efforts!

Wed Mar 08 02:40pm


Term 1 Week 6 Newsletter dropped at 2.19pm

Wed Mar 08 02:20pm



Violin Lessons now available

Mon Mar 06 11:01am

Dear families,

We now have a violin tutor available to teach at school. 

Rebecca McCartney will be offering weekly lessons on Tuesdays. She is a fantastic performer herself (playing regularly with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and on Saturday night performing Back to the Future at the town hall) and also has a young family so is very much in tune with understanding children in our school’s age bracket. 

People often ask what age is good for beginning violin. The answer is that some children are ready at 4, and others more like 10 years old. The most important factors early on include ability to stick at practising (15 mins a day minimum) and calm, focused listening skills. Parent support is vital. 

Lessons are $35 per week, and this is paid for privately (i.e. not through the school accounts). 

If you would like your child to begin violin lessons, please reply below by pressing the email button, and I will put you in touch with Rebecca directly.

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 

Email Reply

Alteration of Assembly Day

Mon Mar 06 10:20am

Kia ora e te whānau,

Assembly day is shifting from fortnightly on Tuesdays, to fortnightly on Mondays at 2.15pm. 

Our next assembly will be on 13 March at 2.15pm and is being run by Ms Burgess. 

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe

Safety at pick up and drop off

Fri Mar 03 02:16pm

Good morning families,

We are aware that because of renovations we have increased parking pressure. 

Please be extra careful – we have had a number of complaints around close calls with children and cars, largely due to double parking and u-turns on Fisher Ave and Beckenham Street, and use of neighbouring driveways. 

Drop off and pick ups at peak time should be limited to 5-10 minutes max unless you’ve a parent teacher meeting. 

We really appreciate your assistance in keeping our children safe. 

Kind regards,

St Peter’s School 

31 days to go!

Wed Mar 01 02:03pm

Kia ora e te whānau!

In 31 days, right at this moment, we will be in the middle of our school FUN RUN! 

This is going be the most wonderful afternoon. Please try and keep your diary free (MARCH 31 – FUN RUN) for a 1.30pm start because we would love for parents and wider family members to join in the fun. You are welcome on site from 12.30pm. There will be sausages and juices for sale as well. 

Please don’t forget to sign your child up for fundraising here. 

Congratulations to Maka and Inaka/Tuaki who have a combined fundraising effort of just under $1500 so far! 

Thank you very much for your support thus far, and please continue to help fundraising as much as you are able. 

Sarah Lowe 

PA to the Bishop – job opportunity

Tue Feb 28 10:54am

Kia ora all,

The Catholic Education Office have asked us to share this job opportunity. Please press here. 

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 

Bulb fundraiser update

Mon Feb 27 04:47pm


The bulb order form that was sent home doesn’t have some vital info on it. 

To clarify;
•Orders to be in BY Mon 27th March – either email through to OR pop your order form into the school office.
•Payment also made by the 27th March into the P.T.A. account 03-0866-0328568-00
•Please clearly reference your name & ‘Bulbs’ with your payment.

We suggest you collect the payment from friends and family yourself and then make the one bulk payment in your name at time of ordering.

All fundraising is going towards the enhancement of the outdoor school area including the re-surfacing of the sports court.

You may wish to use this document so that you can easily put up in the workplace to collate your orders more easily. 

Thank you! From the P.T.A.

Monday 27 March – Teacher Only Day. Enjoy the long weekend with your children and we will see you all on Tuesday 28 February.

Fri Feb 24 11:13am

Mr Shaw is singing this weekend!

Fri Feb 24 08:30am

Kia ora e te whānau,

Mr Shaw is singing with the St. Albans choir this weekend! It’s a ‘Romantic Musical Journey’.

Please click here for details.

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 

‘DRESS IN BLUE’ DAY FRIDAY (tomorrow) – if you are able, please send a gold coin with your child, to support those affected by the cyclone.

Thu Feb 23 08:51pm

Newsletter Term 1 week 4 Feb 2023.see link below

Thu Feb 23 12:21pm

Non-uniform BLUE day Friday

Mon Feb 20 09:26am

Kia ora,

Non-uniform day – Friday 24 February 

On Friday, Catholic South schools are joining together in support of those affected by the cyclone, by dressing blue and bringing a gold-coin donation. 

Please press here for the Christchurch South Poster, and support as you are able. 

We pray for all those affected. 

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 

COFFEE / HOT CHOC tomorrow!

Wed Feb 15 07:34pm

Hi all,

Tomorrow – Thursday 16 February – looks a bit miserable! Need a coffee or hot chocolate? Whanau are warmly welcomed in from 8.30am to order a coffee/ hot chocolate and relax inside your classrooms, with your child, until 8.55am. 

Usually we don’t allow drinks inside, but we think tomorrow feels like a reasonable exception! You are very welcome. 

Hot chocs: $4, small coffee: $5, Large coffee: 6

Liquid Velvet will be all set up and ready to take your order! 

Sarah Lowe 

Mobile phones and Pokemon Cards

Wed Feb 15 02:36pm

Kia ora,

Mobile phones on site:

A reminder that only children whose parents have ticked the ‘yes’ button in our Digital Technologies form are allowed to bring a mobile into school. If you’ve yet to fill in this form, please do so by pressing this link. 

If a mobile phone is coming to school with a student, it needs to be turned off and handed to the classroom teacher at the beginning of each day. If mobile phones are cited (having not been handed in), they will be removed and given to Mrs Addei in the front office. It can be collected by a parent.

Pokemon Cards

Pokemon cards are not permitted on site. 

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 







School renovation project beginning tomorrow 9.30am – details for access provided below

Sun Feb 12 07:17pm

Good evening all,

Tomorrow begins the start of our renovation project. Arriving to school will be as usual, however from tomorrow afternoon please note:

– Beckenham St will continue to operate as normal through this build

– Fisher ave pedestrian access will still be used, however the children will cross the car park and walk along to the far end of Tangaroa block and enter from these gates – this will be a fenced pedestrian walk way

– children will not be allowed to walk up or down the driveway access (no change from the usual here) and we need to be especially mindful of large vehicles that will be entering in and out of the site 

– Please drop your children off on the school side of the road.

Hann Construction have put together a detailed health and safety plan and we are confident we have all measure in place. Thank you for working with us through this period of exciting change. 

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 

Notice from Bishop’s office

Fri Feb 10 03:14pm

Kia ora e te whānau,

Please find linked a reminder notice about attendance dues, which has come from the bishop’s office.

Kind regards,

Sarah Lowe 

PTA event – Waltham Pool Party

Fri Feb 10 08:29am

Please press here for a PTA connection event.

Thank you to the Parent Teacher Association for their efforts in helping us get to know our new families and to reconnect after the break – this will be fun! 

Important note: this is not an official school event and each family is fully responsible for the care of their children. Since this event is around water, this is incredibly important. School staff are not managing this event. 

Family Whanau Meetings Click on this link or use the button on your APP to book a meeting

Thu Feb 09 11:03am

St Peter’s School Weet-bix Kids Tryathlon school group link 2023 – Sunday, 26 February 2023 at Jellie Park, Burnside from 9:00am

Tue Feb 07 08:57am


A St Peter’s School Weet-bix Kids Tryathlon 2023 School Group has been registered for the Christchurch morning event on Sunday 26th February 2023 at Jellie Park, Burnside from 9:00am.

A link for registering students under the St Peter’s School school group is below. 


We currently have a team of three students registered.

Anyone is welcome to enrol their child under the St Peter’s School Group. Entry is open to all 6 to 15 year olds. School Group provides a number of benefits including the chance to win awesome prizes for our school.

Entry fee TRYathlete pack will include the following:

Complimentary Breakfast at the Weet-Bix Better Brekkie Breakfast tent.

Official Bib Number.

Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-Shirt.
Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Swim Cap.
Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Drawstring Bag.
Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Finishers medal.

Miscellaneous offers and giveaways from sponsors.

All TRYathletes are eligible for spot prizes but they must attend the prize giving at the end of the event.



Splash & Dash 6 years
Individual TRYathlon 7 – 15 years


Junior Team* 7 – 10 years
Senior Team* 11- 15 years

*Both team members must meet age requirements. Teams can be mixed gender (i.e boy / girl). One team member completes the swim, one team member completes the cycle and both complete the run.

Further information including entry fees

Online Entry Closes: 9am on 23rd February 2023

On the Day entries are available unless the event sells out prior.

If you have any questions send a reply email. 

Email Reply


Thu Feb 02 02:49pm

Kia ora e te whānau,

This letter is a fun and exciting one! I hope your children come home today filled with positivity around this event. 

We want you involved as well – as in, literally getting painted! Please read this letter to find out more. 

Our school’s fundraising portal goes live tomorrow (3rd February) – feel free to look up the general site to get an idea, but use the weekend to begin the process of logging in, adding avatars etc! 

Click here for the digital letter explaining the event in full. 

Have fun – I’m really excited by this day and know it will be a great community event, Sarah Lowe 

Christchurch Girls Choir

Tue Jan 31 02:26pm

Attached is a PDF flyer of the audition notice for Girls’ Choir Ōtautahi, Christchurch’s auditioned choir for girls between the ages of 10 and 17.

View PDF

Message from Father Peter – would you like to become part of a Passionist Family Group?

Tue Jan 31 11:43am

If you would like to become part of a Passionist Family Group with the St. Peter’s School Parish, please use this link to connect. 

Second hand uniform shed open Tuesday afternoon from about 2.40pm

Mon Jan 30 03:10pm

Kia ora whānau.

I’ll be in the second hand uniform shed Tuesday afternoon from about 2.40pm having a clean up and re-sort. If there is anyone still in the old uniform and you need to restock, feel free to pop in. If you have anything to donate, bring it along tomorrow or drop it in the office anytime.

Many thanks

Claire Bartlett


As a reminder of uniform see below (from the website)

St Peter’s New Unisex Uniform
(reviewed by the BoT 2021 – a combination of the new and  existing uniform is acceptable until Jan 2023). 

Polo top navy short sleeve with white trim and school embroidered logo 
Skort OR culotte (existing)  in black watch Tartan
OR Skirt in black watch Tartan
OR Navy drill shorts – (Juniors) ½ elastic waist with logo
OR Navy drill shorts – zip fly, side tabs and logo
Bottle green – wool jersey NZ made, with logo embroidery
AND/OR Navy soft shell jacket with school embroidery logo (see year 7 & 8 jacket information below)
Sox –navy ankle
Black – school shoes
Bottle green – wide brim hat  – These can be purchased at the school office. Hats will be worn outside for morning tea/lunch/outdoor activities until the end of the school day every day during Term 1 and Term 4. Caps are not acceptable for our ‘sun smart school’.  
Children who are not wearing a hat will play in designated areas only, under the umbrellas outside Inaka and Tuaki. Parents will be contacted if children continually arrive without hats.

In 2023 we will no longer accept a mix together of the old and new uniform 

St Peter’s older uniform items are still able to be worn ​as a set (not a mix of old and new) ​until 2024​:​

Boys grey drill winter and summer shirts.
Boys grey drill winter and summer shorts.
Girls Tunic in black watch check.
White summer and winter blouses.
Boys grey knee high winter and summer ankle grey socks.
Green wool jersey.
Green polar fleece.

2023 – Beginning year letter

Sat Jan 21 12:00pm

Kia ora e te whānau,

Welcome to 2023!

Please click here for our Beginning of Year letter.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 31 January. 

God bless,
Sarah Lowe 



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Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.


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