Catholic Special Character
Catholic schools are different and Catholic Character is at the heart of St Peter’s College. It sets the standard by which all things are measured.
At St Peter’s College we aim to create a worshipping community where a personal faith in Jesus Christ is reflected in all aspects of College life. This means that our values and beliefs influence everything that we do. From our Board representatives right down to the students, this shapes the manner in which we build relationships and partnerships with everyone within our College community. This challenges us to reach out to all people seeing the best in them as we are all “made in the image and likeness of God.” (Genesis 1:27)
Our onsite Chaplaincy Team is an integral part of our Catholic Character, linking our students with the wider Catholic community – local parishes, the Massey University Chaplaincy and the Diocesan Youth Ministry.
Students participate in the planning and leading of liturgies at both form and whole-school level. Parents and caregivers are always welcome, and are encouraged to attend these where possible. The St Peter’s Feast Day Mass, followed by the Dramatised Parables competition, is a particular highlight of the year.
Students and staff are always excited to be involved in the O’Shea Shield Competition, along with the other Catholic Colleges from the lower North Island and upper South Island. Religious Drama, Scripture Reading, Oratory and Debating have always been strong components of our team performance and it is a great weekend gathering of Catholic Youth.
Students engage with activities that promote social justice such as Keys to the Kingdom, support for the work of Caritas through activities such as Survive a Slum, various forms of prayer, liturgies, cultural activities, retreats - and our Seekers Programme, which covers sacramental preparation. We want our students to have a relationship with Christ and a sense of belonging to the Catholic Church and not just a building. We want our students to have lives that make a positive difference to the communities and world in which they live.
Our School Prayer
You call us to live lives that matter, lives that change our world for the better.
Give us eyes that see the needs of others and hearts that reach out to fill those needs.
Help us Lord, to recognise and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses
Of those we live and work with.
May Your Spirit move through each of us to strengthen and enrich
Our St Peter’s College faith community. Amen.