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Issue 12  |  06 May 2015
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From the Principal

As we celebrate Catholic Education week in our Diocese it is important to acknowledge the contribution that Catholic Schools have made to Australian education for over 175 years. Enrolments continue to grow in Catholic Schools throughout Australia and this is a reflection of the quality education provided and the high public esteem in which they are held. I outline some of the key contributions that our Catholic schools make to our local and national communities through the education of the children in our care.

What contribution do Catholic schools make?

Catholic schools:
educate young Australians to be highly skilled, informed, tolerant, open and just;

  • enhance, by emphasising the common good, the development of Australia and the building and improvement of a socially just Australian society that is multicultural and multi-faith;
  • offer a voice which challenges current and future generations to reflect on their world in the light of Christ’s message;
  • provide a perspective which extends beyond national and temporal borders, encouraging students to have an open mind on contemporary issues as a foundation for becoming good Australian and world citizens;
  • provide the potential to combine the spirituality of our Indigenous people and the different spiritual traditions of the various migrant communities since 1788, as a basis for valuing our diversity and promoting social justice; and
  • encourage and provide a basis for students to seek to develop their relationship with their God and to continue their faith journey throughout their lives.

National Catholic Education Commission

Catholic Education Week - Annual Leadership Dinner

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Director of Catholic Education Maria Kirkwood congratulates Mr Jean-Paul Antoine on his spirit of Catholic Education award and the 25 year service awardees from St Peter’s College: Head of East Campus Mr James Roberts, Glowrey House Leader - Ms Gina Goss, Religious Education Leader Mr Steve Nash and Principal Mr Tim Hogan

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Mr Jean-Paul Antoine celebrates with his family on receiving his Spirit of Catholic Education award for his significant contribution to the development of students’ faith lives. This has included his exemplary work in Religious Education and the involvement in the school’s spiritual life through social justice activities and day-to-day exemplification of Gospel values.

To read more on Mr Jean-Paul Antoine Award Nomination click here:

Performance Evening

On Tuesday Evening of this week the VCE Performance Evening was held to assess the Performance Skills of our students completing Unit 3 in Music, Dance and Drama. The night also provides our year 11 students who are completing Units 1 & 2 in the same disciplines an opportunity to develop their skills for the following year. It was a wonderfully entertaining evening and I congratulate our students on the creativity, disciplined effort and passion they have applied over many months to achieve the excellence that was achieved on the night. I also commend our Performing Arts teachers, Ms Goss- Drama, Miss Robertson - Dance and Mr Carter -  Music who prepared and inspired our students.

2015 Diocesan Learning Expo – “Moving with the Spirit”

On Friday of Catholic Education week staff members Ms Amanda Kerr and Mr Steve Nash will be presenting at the Diocesan Learning Expo, to be held at St Thomas’ Primary School in Sale.

Like previous Expos, the 2015 Diocesan Learning Expo aims to highlight:
how leaders, teachers and students shape their own learning
how schools are engaging in forms of collaborative learning and reflective practice
how schools use feedback and evidence of change to support and understand the learning process.

Ms Kerr will be presenting a workshop on how assessment  data can be used to reflect on students learning and inform teacher practice while Mr Nash will showcase the Catholic Youth Ministry course which is growing in popularity at St Peter’s and giving our students an opportunity to put their faith into action.

Mother’s Day

As we highlight the successes of Catholic Education this week we pause also to remember our first teachers in love and life who will be celebrated and spoiled this Sunday. May God Bless them all.

Hold My Mother Close

Heavenly Father, hold my mother close to your heart as we hold her close to mine

Let her know today and everyday how much we love her

Lord, comfort her mind and reassure her that her motherly care was everything we needed and wanted and that we love her dearly

Lord, comfort her body as she ages and grant her health and vitality as she goes through her days here on earth

Bring all good things to my precious mother, dear God, and bless her every day, in every way Amen!

Mr Tim Hogan


Latest News
From the Deputy Principal - Head of Teaching and Learning


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Congratulations to our Quality Teachers

The College wishes to congratulate Mrs Sarah Slykerman. Sarah graduated last week receiving her Masters in Health Promotion. She receives a prestigious Course Leader’s Award for most outstanding Master's thesis and was ranked in the top 15% of her course. Congratulation on the hard work and the commitment to lifelong learning. Sarah is one of several staff who will graduate from a variety of Masters courses this year. We look forward to the benefits that this increased knowledge and expertise will bring to our students.

  • David Hansan, Masters in Well Being
  • Mona Esmaty, Masters in Well Being
  • Gina Goss, Masters in Well Being
  • Annette Marschner, Masters of Educational Leadership
  • Tania Brown, Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Duane Cox, Masters of Educational Management
  • Jodie Connell, Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Roger Hampson, Cert IV in Pastoral Care

Ms Marlene Jorgensen

Deputy Principal, Head of Teaching & Learning

ANZAC Day Service

On April the 24th we commemorated the 100th anniversary of our Gallipoli ANZACS along with all of those that have served our country since and continue to do so with a Campus Service in front of the Flagpoles.  I was impressed with the solemnity of the students as we all paid our respects to our diggers.  Significant for me was the leading role that the House Captains willingly took up and the laying of wreaths at the base of our flagpoles.

Arts & Technology Building

This week we took over the Arts & Technology Building with classes moving in over the coming days.  Given the specialist nature of the building, the setting up of equipment has been fraught with complexities which have required us to think on our feet to come up with solutions that didn’t compromise the design, appearance or functionality of the facility.  The result is a facility that is equal with the best available and with the potential to influence design of similar educational facilities in the future.  

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Mr James Roberts

Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Catholic Education Week

Our celebrations for Catholic Education Week began on the West Campus on Monday morning with some of our CSYMA students attending an assembly at St Agatha’s Primary School.  It is wonderful to see the links with our Primary Schools being continually strengthened.  We will continue to mark this important week by having a Campus Assembly on Thursday celebrating our Catholic faith along with many of the exciting things that have happened or are yet to happen this term.  Sports uniform is to be worn by students on this day.  Our special guest at the end of the week will be Sr Brigid Arthur who is an expert in refugee issues.

Every Day Counts

Last week, I attended an important conference on the issue of promoting school attendance.  If you are having trouble getting your child to school, it is important that you let us know.  I know it can be embarrassing for parents when students refuse to come to school, however, we understand and are here to try to help NOT judge.  However, the message was very clear for parents and teachers:

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things are school every day – missing school puts them behind.

Mr David Hansen

Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Congratulations to our Year 12 students who have been accepted to be part of the St Peter’s College Solomon Island Fundraising and Immersion Trip 2015.

Breeanne Ashwood, Assisi House, Rylee Hepburn, Glowrey House, Charlotte Lampard, Kolbe House, Joshua Dinuzzo, MacKillop House, Michael Curmi, Marian House and Iesha Clarke, Romero House.

Perri McLean, 2014 Graduate has also indicated she will join the Program in 2015, after being unable to undertake the actual Immersion Trip in November 2014, due to the Trip being cancelled by the College.

We wish these students and the accompanying teachers, Mr Greg Nelson and Miss Karissa Robertson, all the very best in their fundraising.

In our first year of fundraising students raised just on $10,000.00 in this one evening, which was used to purchase a School Bus for Bishop Epalle Catholic School in Honiara, and in the next two year just under a further $30,000.00 has been raised which was used for much needed building and ground repairs after the flash flooding to the island in 2015.

Save The Date: August 7th. 7.00 pm. Trivia & Silent Auction

Auction Donations currently being accepted &

Tickets for table bookings are available, table for 10 at $200.00.



Round 2: The Junior Boys Basketball team made it 2 from 2 with a tough 2 point win against St Johns on Thursday. The team was definitely undersized, coming up against a team that had several students well over the 6ft mark, but some excellent outside shooting saw the team come away with a 43 - 41 win. 
Best players: J. Jakubenko, M. Honeyman

Round 1: The season got underway with a dominant victory over Padua Mornington, the final score was 61-22. The game was won on the defensive end, with our full court man to man causing numerous turnovers leading to fast break points. Another impressive stat was that not one 3 point shot was attempted throughout the course of the game.

Best players: C.White, M.Honeyman, S.Akawaq

Justin De Goldi

VCE P.E Teacher

SIS Intermediate Girls Soccer

St John 3 – 1 St Peter’s College

Missing our defensive linchpin and captain, the girls put in a committed, battling performance against a determined and competitive opponent. Juric deputised excellently in the centre of defence and probably was the pick of the players, while Dakic scored again and provided a constant threat with her pace and direct running. All the girls gave 100% but we went down in the end – Chairman De Goldi blaming the Maccas last week for the defeat!  Next week sees us on the road again to face SFX.

Mr Broadley


Read about our Purpose Built Trade Skills Centre and our plans for the future courses to be offered in this area, as an alternative stream of education for your child in the latest edition of Catholic Life (Page 11).

The multi-award winning Catholic Life is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Sale. It has consistently proved to be a leader in its field by being judged the best regional religious publication in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Religious Press Association on three occasions since 2004. It has also won 17 other awards over the past 14 years.

The name Catholic Life was adopted because is summed up what the newspaper would be about - the life of Catholic parishes and people and those associated with our extensive Catholic school system.

Link will take you to the on-line Catholic Life.

HPV News

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the third HPV race of the year at Knox on Sunday 25 April.

The team managed to continuously race their vehicle against a range of other school and community teams, placing 7th in their division. It was a cold and wet day, and the students put in an outstanding effort throughout the event.

I congratulate Sian Willett, Charlie Ratten, Glen Sieban, Nathan Willet, Tim Miller, Sean Humble and Maurice Garnett, supporting students Michael Miller and Mikayla Hardy along with staff members Mrs Dissenga and Miss Williams and all parent helpers for their participation and support of the event.

Any interested students are more than welcome to join the HPV team, email for details.

To send an email please click here

Mrs Janine Dissegna

HPV Team Co-odrinator

Humanities Corner

VCE Business Management

As part of Unit 3 VCE Business Management course our students need to understand how large scale organisations manage their operations. To facilitate this understanding, our sixty VCE Business Management students visited the Yakult factory in Dandenong on Friday 24 April.

In groups of twenty students toured the Yakult factory, gaining valuable insight into the key operations of this business. They were able to see the three key elements of operations, inputs, process and outputs.  Students were also able to view the stringent quality control processes that the product must adhere too.  The tour concluded with a taste testing of Yakult.

Students will continue their study of Yakult as part of their school assessed coursework and as a valuable case study to use in the end of year examination.

Ms Julie Banda

Teaching & Learning Coach, Humanities

Religious Education

As mentioned by our Principal Mr Tim Hogan, this week we are celebrating Catholic Education Week for 2015. Catholic Education Week is an opportunity for all Catholic schools to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. The theme for celebrations this year in the Diocese of Sale is: Moving with the Spirit. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. During Catholic Education Week this year we are focused on being open to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in our school and parish communities - the Spirit of God sent to transform our hearts and build up the communion and harmony of the people of God. A special Parish Mass will be held at both Campuses this Thursday 7 May at 9.15am.

Mr Peter Woodhouse

Assistant Religious Education Coordinator, East Campus

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Parents Workshop on 12 May at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

SAUSAGE SIZZLE: Youth Group will be hosting a Sausage Sizzle after morning Masses on 10 May to help fund youth from our Parish who wish to attend the Sale Youth Games event on 5 – 8 June. Contact Gavin on 0431 108 887 for more info.

RCIA INQUIRY NIGHT 2015: An inquiry night will be held for those who may be considering becoming Catholic.  Wednesday 24 June at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.  For more info please contact the Parish office on 5996 1985

JUNIOR RCIA: For students aged 12 to 18 who would like to be baptised or make their Sacraments.  Sunday 2 August at 9.30am in the Parish office

INVIGORATE YOUTH (Yr 7 – 12): Welcome to join in the Invigorate Youth meeting on 8 May at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall

Mr Greg Nelson

St Agatha's Parish Representative

Year 9 SELLEN CAREERS EXPO: Tuesday 21April, 2015

Students from both East and West campuses attended the SELLEN Careers Expo at the Cranbourne racecourse. The expo allowed students to interact in a wide range of careers activities and investigate industries such as: Bricklaying, Horticulture, Outdoor Education, Interactive gaming, Agriculture, Art, Hairdressing, Cooking, Defence Force, Police, Building & Construction, Music, Fitness and many more, as well as University representatives.

Student Responses include:

“Last week Year 9’s travelled to a Career expo through periods 4 & 5. During this we learnt and got to take part in helping out with different occupations. Overall it was very educational and very helpful for the future.”

“There was a lot of great expos on the day and I found it very well run. I liked the City of Casey stall, I found it very interesting.”

Ms Melissa Dillon

Careers CoOrdinator

The Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation (MSRF) is a charitable institution dedicated to the needs of rural and regional Victorian communities.

One of MSRF's key activities is our Foundation Scholarship program. This program offers scholarships to year 12 students from rural/regional Victoria to enable them to participate in tertiary study after they complete their VCE studies. Our scholarships provide financial support of $15,000 per annum for three years, and also participation in mentoring and leadership development programs. The main selection criterion for the scholarship is "demonstrated leadership capacity or potential".

Each scholarship application requires the endorsement of the applicant's school principal. A maximum of 2 applications may be endorsed by any single school/principal in any given year. The process to select two applicants for endorsement is entirely at the discretion of each school principal.

Perm -A-Pleat Uniform Shop

Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Shop 

Parents and students will be notified when Blazers, Track Suit Jackets, Ties and Skirts arrive into the College Uniform Shop.

All Pre-paid orders will be sent home with your student as soon as they are available.

We expect delivery of all of these items will be completed by the end of May early June.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.   We are doing everything possible to ensure an achievable turnaround time for future deliveries.

Patricia Henry

Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Store Manager

Click here to visit St Peter's College Online Uniform Shop

Head lice have been reported to the school - please check, and if necessary treat your family for head lice.  There is no need to treat everyone if no head lice are found but you need to look for the head lice.

If you find head lice in your family please tell anyone who has had head to head contact with the family member.

Remember keep a balanced view and don’t put your child’s health at risk.


2 June 2015 - Guest Speaker - Mr David Fini, Literacy Coach, HALO Program CoOrdinator


2015/16 Entertainment Books now available

Library opening hours

West Campus: 3.30 – 5.30pm - Mondays – Thursdays

East Campus: 3.30 – 4.30pm - Mondays – Thursdays

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