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The heat and hot blistering sun filled Monday was Sancta Maria's school athletics day.  After a few rain checks due to weather, we finally had a day filled with sporting activities where students could choose to compete with others for some friendly competition or to do it socially to gain as msny house points as they can. Students were given different choices on a variety of sporting activities during the day leading up to the house races and relays.

Read more: Athletics Day 2016

“I’m just hoping I don't drown, or fall into the long drop,” laughs John, a Year 12 P.E. Studies student, as he explains what he and the other students are expecting for their upcoming camp this week. Four days and three nights at the Tawharanui Regional Park, plus a side trip for a snorkelling session at Goat Island with your friends sounds amazing, especially if you’re missing school in the process. Each day’s itinerary is jam-packed with activities that will test their limits physically, and their ability to co-operate within a team. From fitness classes and kayaking, to paddle boarding and surfing, this camp will be a truly great experience.

Read more: Year 12 PE Studies Camp 2016

After a week of tiring trials, the College’s senior netballers for the year were exhausted, yet hopeful  and excited for the season to come. The girls went through three trials where they were put into teams based on agility, skill and vision. Everyone put a large amount of effort and hard work into their games and were extremely pleased with their performance. The premier team, announced this Wednesday includes the following players: Kelsey Evans, Charli Milne, Caitlin Couchman, Chelsea Gee, Alice Stonehouse, Georgia Dance, Zoe Bradley, Ashley Vercoe, Natasha Griffin, Telesia Male, Adi Tuineau and Kendra Williams. The girls are all looking forward to a busy season, with hopefully plenty of success in their games and endeavours.

 

Kendra Williams

"Peace is inner tranquility reflected in our actions". Christina from the Peace Foundation taught the Year 12 peer support leaders the right skills and qualities to successfully assist, encourage and support students in our school.

During the day we learnt our personality types in conflict and in turn, those of our peers. We learnt how to show peace through dialogue  and came up with some projects to help communicate peace during peace week. These included compliment chains, quotes around the school, 'happy videos' to encourage peace, as well as bake sales and other various fundraising activities to go towards raising money for schools in Pakistan and other countries in need.

Overall, the day opened our eyes as peer support leaders and as mentors, so that we may use these skills in future.

 

Kendra Williams and Gemma Deftereos