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Issue 13  |  13 May 2015
Featured Story
From the Acting Principal


It is with sadness that I inform the College community of the passing of Tim Hogan’s mother, Mrs Xavier Hogan.  She dies peacefully late Monday night surrounded by her family.  I ask that you keep Tim and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
May the soul of Mrs Xavier Hogan and all the souls of the faithfully departed, rest in peace

Year 11 Retreat

Today we wish all our Yr 11 students and the staff accompanying them all the best as they head off on their retreat until the end of the week.  The retreats will happen across four sites and include East Campus students for the first time.  We see both the Year 11 and 12 Retreats as significant events in the lives of our students.  Retreats provide an opportunity to refresh and revitalize, while giving time away from our normal daily lives to contemplate and reflect on our relationship with God.  It is hoped that our retreatants will come away with a deeper understanding and realisation of how God fits into their lives, while experiencing a sense of growth both spiritually and personally.


2015 Naplan

Over this week, our Year 7 and 9 students have been undertaking national testing in literacy and numeracy.  The tests are important for us as a College as we believe that literacy and numeracy are essential foundations to success at learning and in a modern world.  The results provide valuable feedback to the College on a number of levels but most importantly as to whether our initiatives in the areas concerned are having a positive impact on improving student outcomes.  We look forward to sharing some of the data with you later in the year when available.

Co-curricular Involvement

During enrolment interviews I always ask of prospective students if they are involved in co-curricular activities either at school or outside of school.  I believe involvement in such activities whether they are sporting, recreational, community or performing arts based is important as they assist in the growth and development of students through the building of:
•    Confidence
•    Self esteem
•    Social skills
•    Teamwork
•    Life skills
In addition, we know that some students struggle to find success at school with their learning.  Involvement in co-curricular activities in an area they are interested in allows them to experience success and show off their God given talents and develop connectedness to the community.

Mr James Roberts
Acting Principal

Latest News
West Campus News

Year 11 Retreats

Our Year 11 students head off in their House groups on Wednesday for the annual retreat.  The aim of the Retreat is to enable students to reflect on their relationships with people in the differing groups to which they belong.   The students will then focus on their relationship with St Peter's College and its implication and finally focus on the students’ relationship in belonging to the community of God.

This retreat is a vital part of the students’ spiritual development and religious education hence regarded as a compulsory part of the curriculum. Parents accepted this as part of their child’s enrolment at St Peter’s.  It is an expectation that all Year 11 students attend this retreat and students who do not attend without a medical certificate will be suspended.

Work Experience

Work Experience for our Year 10 students begins for one week from Tuesday, 9 June.  A number of students are yet to return their forms which were due at the beginning of this term.  If students are having trouble organising a placement, then it is crucial that they see Ms Melissa Dillon this week for assistance.  Students who have not either submitted their form or seen Ms Dillon by the end of the week will begin a series of after school detentions until the issue is resolved. 

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus


HBCA Annual Youth Writing Competition

Secondary students Australia-wide are invited to submit short stories (up to 500 words) for the HBCA Annual Youth Writing Competition. First prize is $100, second prize is $50. Entry is free.
Closing date: Friday 26th June.

Please click here for more information:

Paper Cuts 2015 Competition

Paper Cuts is a competition for year 7 to 12 students as part of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Students can create a book trailer (like a movie trailer but to represent a book synopsis in video form) or design a book cover to enter. Prizes include an iPad and Penguin books to the value of $200, as well as a book voucher for your school. Students can enter individually, as a group, or as a whole class. The competition closes 31st July.

Please click here for more information: 

Video Matsuri Contest 2015

Produce a short film up to 3 minutes in length that includes the Japanese language. Entry categories range from primary to tertiary levels of education with only one rule: somewhere in the film must be a clock.
Entries due by Friday 25th September.

Please click here for more information:

Mission Australia Youth Survey 2015

Mission Australia’s Youth Survey is the nation’s largest online annual ‘temperature check’ of teenagers aged between 15 and 19. The aim is to find out what concerns young people have on a personal and national level.
The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete and will close Friday 31st July.

Please click here for more information:  

Ms Melissa Dillon
Careers Co-Ordinator

Congratulations to our East Campus Students and Staff on raising the wonderful total of $5,575.00 for the 2015 Project Compassion fundraising campaign, which equates to over $13.00 per student.

“As St Peter’s College Social Justice Captain I am proud of the whole Colleges effort to make a difference in this world”.
“With the hard work and effort by students and teachers we have produced a fantastic accomplishment that everyone in the College should be proud of”.


EAST Campus $5,574.65
WEST Campus $4,071.20
East Campus Best House Result
Glowrey House  $   730.65
West Campus Best House Result
Assisi House      $1,019.35

Congratulations to all our Students and Staff on their efforts in 2015.

Scott Werkmeister
St Peter’s College Social Justice Captain

On May 13th, 1917, just outside of the Portuguese village of Fatima, three children saw an apparition of Our Lady. At the time, Europe was in the grip of World War I, there were ominous signs of the impending Communist revolution in Russia and Portugal was undergoing a time of anti-clerical and anti-Catholic sentiment.

The children were told that the Lady would appear each month for six months on the thirteenth day of the month. As may be imagined, the children’s version of events received a mixed reception by both the village people and the leaders of the Church.

The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is May 13th.

Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us.   

St Peter, Pray for Us.

Mr Greg Nelson
Assistant Religious Education Leader


St Agatha's Parish News

Healing Mass with Fr Mike Barry SSCC

On Sunday 17th May at 6.00pm, Father Mike Barry, a priest of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and president of Mary’s Mercy Centre in San Bernardino, California, will celebrate a healing Mass for us.  Father Barry has been involved in healing ministry for over 30 years.

RCIA Inquiry Night

An inquiry night will be held for those who may be considering becoming Catholic or for adult baptised Catholics who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation on Wednesday 24 June at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.  For more information 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 9.30am in the Parish office.

Mr Greg Nelson
St Agatha's Parish Representative

Courtney Jones helps bring the AFL National Championship back to Victoria.
St Peter’s College student Courtney Jones, returns to Victoria as part of the AFL Youth Girls National Championship side.

Courtney had a great campaign being named in the best players in two of the lead up games.
Congratulations Courtney!

Congratulations to Assisi House Winners of the West Campus Environment Shield Term 1, 2015

The focus for Term 1, was on conserving energy, by turning off electrical equipment including lights when not needed. Students and staff were asked to consider this throughout the term culminating in the Earth Hour, which is a worldwide event first started in Australia, in Sydney in 2007 with now attracting 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses in Australia turning off their lights to show their support for action to tackle global warming. In 2015 Earth Hour will sweep across twenty-four time zones and six continents.

Students were asked to turn-off lights and take a photo of their home in darkness and send the picture to build points for their House on the first Saturday of term 1 break, March 28th.

Chloe Anderson
St Peter’s College Environment Captain.

Environmental Trophy Term 2 Challenge

The St Peter’s College students studying Cert 11 in Carbon Management are conducting Term 2 focus and activities. Students and staff are being asked to collect unwanted Electronics goods: old mobile phones, laptops, computers, IPod, Gaming consoles, video players etc for recycling.

Students must in the first instance collect a permission form from their House Leader, which their parent must sign, agreeing to the donation of goods. Collection points are in every House.

Random draw for $100.00 experience to be won by one lucky student.
The House that collects the most will win the Environmental Shield for Term 2, 2015

To download Parental Permission slip please click here:

Good Luck!

Chloe Anderson
St Peter’s College Environment Captain.

The 2015 West Campus Inter-House Photography Competition theme for this year was "New".

The House finalists were Kolbe House, Assisi House and Glowrey House. 

Congratulations to Glowrey House who won ‘Best House’ entry 
Glowrey House team chose to photograph set utilising images of our new Trade Skills Centre building and made a connection to new flowers. The Glowrey team was Bonnie-Lee Hovey, Lucy Burmeister and Mikayla Van Der Velden.

Year 11 Kolbe House student Minoli Gallage won Best Individual Photograph for the second year running.

Mr Roger Hampson
Assisi House Leader
Co-ordinator of Photographic Competition

Year 12 Health and Human Development staff and students took part in an informative incursion surrounding Medicare on Monday 11th of May, delivered by Joanne Browne, a Medicare Service Officer of 25 years. Joanne engaged the students with an informative history of Medicare, discussed the purpose of Medicare as Australia’s universal healthcare system and elaborated upon how the Medicare levy surcharge works in relation to taxation. Joanne went on to explain the threshold of the Medicare Safety Net and described the purpose behind the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) which now contains 4000+ medications. 

Mrs Sarah Slykerman
Health and Human Development Teacher

SIS Intermediate Girls Soccer Report

SFX 5 – 0 St. Peter’s

After the defeat to St John, Chairman DeGoldi cracked the whip and decided to take the reins himself for the ‘derby’ match at SFX. Having been overheard in the staffroom quoting “What can be so hard about this Pommy game”, he put the girls through a vigorous warm up ….. to the extent that they were cooked as the game kicked off. The 5 – 0 defeat (the biggest of any Intermediate/Senior Girls team in my 5 years) has led to a stream of distraught players pleading for me to be re-instated ! With a bye this week, I should be back to guide the girls to victory in their final 2 games of the campaign.

Mr Andrew Broadley
Soccer Coach



SIS Junior Girls Football

The Junior Girls football team played SFX Officer at home last Thursday afternoon. Despite wet and windy conditions, the girls combined well to produce some great football. Excellent individual contributions came from Hailey Cummins, Shantelle Mattei and Lusia Samuelu. Well done to all the girls who braved the cold conditions to come home with a win. 

SIS Intermediate Girls Netball

Congratulations to the Intermediate Girls team who produced a solid display of netball last Friday. In the game against St Johns at home, the girls combined well to win the match in convincing style. 

Congratulations to Assisi House, overall winners of the recently held West Campus Cross Country event.

Glowrey House come in 2nd with Romero House coming a very credible third.

Congratulations to all students who participated on the day.

Also to all those students who won their age Championship.

A full list of all students who won their age Division Championship are attached via the link to our website News item.

Donations of fabric being sought

St Peter’s College VCAL students are again running a market day, with several student groups that are making products to sell on the day. 
Our group is making heat/cold packs with wheat or rice, we would appreciate it, and we are seeking donations of suitable fabric that we can us to make heat/cold packs.
All donations can be left at College Reception for our attention
Thank you 

Daniel Rohan & Matthew Marotta 

VCAL Students

2015 Marian House Captain, Tess Macartney has been nominated for “Australian of the Year 2015’ for her voluntary work with Diabetes Victoria and JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) in raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

Marian House Leader, Mrs Romi Bennett states “Tess has demonstrated a commitment to educating and working with people affected by diabetes for a number of years. Her commitment is outstanding and this award nomination is testament to her hard work”.

Congratulations Tess!

College Uniform Shop

For all students and parents who have been awaiting supply of the College Tie, we have been advised that they are now available from the Perm-a-Pleat College Uniform Shop.

All students will be required to wear the tie with their winter uniform as of Monday 18th May at the latest.

College Uniform Shop is open this week on Thursday 8.00 am to 12 noon and on Saturday from 8.00 am to 12 noon or you can order on line and have student pick up the required item.

To visit our College Perm-a-Pleat Online shop click here:

Items of Interest

NEW St Peter's College Website

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St Peter's College Community Portal

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Solomon Islands Fundraising

2015 Trivia and Silent Auction Night

Friday August 7th August

For further information please click here:

To donate goods or book your seat please click here:

To download donation form please click here:


Library News

West Campus Library has extended its opening hours.

8.00 – 5.30pm - Mondays to Thursdays


Catholic Life 

To veiw the latest edition online please click here:

Parents & Friends Association


2 June 2015

Guest Speaker - Mr David Fini

Literacy Coach, HALO Program CoOrdinator


2015/16 Entertainment Books now available

To order your Membership please click here:

Memorial Pavers

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