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Issue 14  |  20 May 2015
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From The Principal

Year 11 Retreats

Our Year 11 students from the East and West Campus have just returned from retreats and I wish to thank the staff and students lead by our RE Team of Mr Steve Nash, Mr Peter Woodhouse and Mr Greg Nelson for their wonderful participation in the 3 day program. The opportunity at retreat to reflect and talk about one's experience of faith in small groups has been at the heart of our Catholic tradition for 2000 years. It is a tradition that encourages us to educate the whole child by providing time for our students to explore their inner spirituality and contemplate Christ's invitation to us all to live life to the full.

2015 Yr 11 retreat


I welcome new staff member Anthea Zafiropoulos who will begin work next week at both the East and West Campus of St Peter’s as our EAL & Refugee Support Program Co-ordinator. 

Anthea is currently working at Chisholm Institute of Tafe teaching English to EAL students. EAL students are those whose first language is a language or dialect other than English and Government funding has allowed us to employ Ms Zafiropoulous to provide additional support to assist students from a EAL or refugee background to develop proficiency in English. 


Two outstanding achievements by our students which I missed over the last couple of weeks and wish to add my acknowledgement and congratulations to. 

2015 Tess Macartney

Firstly to Year 12 student Tess Macartney, our Student Leader for Marian House who was nominated for the Australian of the Year Award for her voluntary work with Diabetes Victoria and JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation) in raising awareness for type 1 Diabetes. Tess is an outstanding young leader and highly deserving of the nomination for this prestigious award.

  2015 Courtney Jones Landscape

I also congratulate Courtney Jones on her representing the Victorian Under 18 girls football team in the National Championships held in Perth just recently where they successfully took out the National title. Courtney has also been selected to represent Victoria in the Girls Under 16 State football team, which gives you an understanding of her great talent.

Well done to both girls, like your families we are very proud of you.

Solomon Islands Immersion & Cultural Exchange Program

I congratulate the following students who will be participating in the Solomon Islands Immersion and Cultural Exchange program  for 2015. Year 12 students Joshua Dinuzzo, Michael Curmi, Breeanne Ashwood, Iesha Clarke, Charlotte Lampard and Rylee Hepburn have all given up time to attend "schoolie" celebrations in November so they can be part of our 5th Immersion program to Bishop Epalle College in Honiara.

The students, accompanied by staff members Mr Greg Nelson and Miss Karissa Robertson, will assist with fundraising for Bishop Epalle College through the running of the Solomon Island Trivia Night which will be held on the  7th August in the Multi-purpose Hall.

2015 Solomon Island


I express my heart-felt appreciation for the many kind messages and prayers of support I received on the passing of my mother Xavier Hogan. She will be missed terribly but I am very grateful to belong to a community where there is a real sense of care for one another in times of need. Thankyou.

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Mr Tim Hogan


Latest News

Reporting in the Digital Age 

This semester, St Peter's College will move to an electronic presentation of student reports. PDF copies of all student reports will be available at the end of semester one via the College Community Portal. Details of how to access the St Peter's College Community Portal and passwords were sent home at end of Term 1 with Parent Teacher Interviews.

New Curriculum Offerings 2016

The Curriculum Handbook is currently under construction and will contain several new courses of study.
Most recent are the new VET or Vocation Certificates. As part of the College expansion of VET programs three new Certificates will be offered in 2016.

  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II in Outdoor Education
  • Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

GAT (General Admission Test)

On Wednesday the 10th June all students at both East and West campus who are studying Unit 3 and Unit 4 subjects this year are required to sit the GAT Test. The GAT is a compulsory requirement of VCAA for all Year 12 students. While students can not study a particular subject they are able to practice GAT questions. Sample questions are available on both the College Moodle page and the VCAA website. Students are asked to take the time to become familiar with these questions so as to maximize their final ATAR scores . 

Ms Marlene Jorgensen

Deputy Principal, Head of Teaching & Learning


Inspirational Teachers

It was good to read an article in The Age this week investigating a number of quality teachers making a significant difference in the classroom.  Briony Hutchison-Pepper who is a former St Peter’s College student had the following written about her: Briony has wanted to teach "for as long as I can remember", with her ambitions cemented by her inspiring Year 12 English teacher at St Peter's College, Cranbourne. As educators, we celebrate the successes of our students.

Click here to read full article:
Work Experience

Another reminder that work experience for our Year 10 students begins from Tuesday, 9th June for four days. Prior to this students will undertake  a compulsory OH&S Certificate and SELLEN will present “Work Matters”.

Graffiti Education

This week Year 8 students will engage in Graffiti Education.  Please read the flyer to assist you in chatting with your child about this.  

Click here to view City of Casy Flyer:


Respect is something that we are keen to challenge our students to think about during our Term 2 & 3.  We are called to respect one another not because we earn it, but because as persons created in the image and likeness of God we are owed respect. I am currently concerned that a lack of respect between students is manifesting itself in how students speak to one another and in how they are physical with one another.

It is particularly important that students are reminded of the importance of respecting one another’s personal space. Students can use words to defuse rather than inflame situations, choose to walk away rather than aggressively confront, can decide to seek assistance from staff rather than take matters into their own hands.  

Here at St Peter’s College we model our lives on Jesus who taught us to love our enemies and turn the other cheek.  

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Students Unwell at School

The correct protocol for students when they are unwell at school is to present to sick bay for assessment by our trained First Aid staff. After assessment, staff will call parents to let them know what is happening and if required advise them to come and collect them.  This process is to ensure the safety of all students and also to prevent undue stress on parents when they get a call from their child in the middle of the day.

Recently, we have had a number of situations where parents have turned up at school to collect a sick child (thinking we knew all about it) only to be told that we knew nothing of it.  

Attendance at School

All parents are reminded that should students not be required at school for the full day that you will be notified formally by the College, either by the newsletter, an SMS or a letter home.

Yr 10 Work Experience

There are still a number of students who are yet to finalise their Work Experience placements which occurs from the 9th -12th of June (Week 9). We see work experience as a vital element to students’ education and should your child not have finalised their placement, your support is asked in getting this done.  Please note there are no classes for Year 10 students during this week.

Mr James Roberts
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus  

What is your reality? Embracing mental health in our community

On a cold and dreary Wednesday the 6th May, Year 10 CSYMA students Chloe Harbour, Hollie Jones, Olivia Trebilco (pictured) with Emily Lace and Miss McRae with coffees in hand, ventured to Abbotsford Convent to be part of the St Vincent de Paul School Conference Day. The Conference Day was all about coming together as a community of vibrant young people to support mental health. More than a learning experiencing around mental health, this day was aimed to empower us to take positive action in support of those dealing with mental health problems. 

We learnt that 1 in 5 Australians are affected by some form of mental illness in their lifetime. It is likely that we all know someone who has suffered mental health problems. It could be a parent, a sibling, a friend or classmate. 

Stigma is a problem facing all those who are dealing with mental illness in our communities. Often, the biggest obstacle for people recovering from mental illness is the negative attitudes of others.
So let’s start… ‘Embracing mental health in our community.’

Read what our students say about their experience:

Ms Janelle McRae
MacKillop House Leader

Thanks to the weekly dedication of staff at St Peter’s College, particularly Mr Martin McGrath, Year 12 students are able to put their learning about Social Justice into practice, by attending the Frankston City Life Café to help dozens of homeless men, women and children. City Life Café supplies not just a meal when required, but a place where people can come and sit inside, have a hot meal, and if required pick up some food supplies for the next few days.

Each week the College receives positive feedback, not only from the City Life Café staff but from our students who attend, who often put their hand up again and again to help out.

Recently Kiandra Nash and Bridgett Kuusela attended. “Both Kiandra and Bridgett did really good work yesterday evening and we at City Life Café were very appreciative of their help". It makes a big difference to those who are less fortunate, sometimes going back out onto the street or beach to sleep the night.

Thank you to Mr McGrath for his many years of service to this project.

Tuesday 19th May saw Grade 2 students from St Agatha’s Primary School combine with two St Peter’s College Year 7 Science Prac lessons.
“Our main aim is to introduce the St Agatha’s students to Science Laboratory teaching, giving them a very productive teaching environment to complement their studies in Science. We also introduce them to our College”,   Mrs Tania Brown, Teaching and Learning Coach - Science.
Each St Peter’s College Year 7 student was assigned two Grade 2 students with the classes being led by St Peter’s College Science staff.

The St Agatha’s students undertook an experiment, helped by the older students. There were many "Oohs" and giggles when they could see their success. 

We believe that St Peter’s College Year 7 students learnt more than they would have by just doing the Prac lesson. We are already planning more visits.

Mrs Tania Brown
Teaching and Learning Coach - Science

The Year 11 VCAL Class are undertaking some exciting community based projects this semester. 

Students will be constructing a  garden bed at St Agatha's Primary School and St Therese's Primary School. 

Other students have chosen to raise money and awareness for charity groups. Students are currently in the planning phase of their community projects. 

Mr Paul Sharp, Deputy Principal, “just want to compliment your students from their visit the other day on how keen and eager they seemed with the project. They were all very polite and enthusiastic which is a credit to themselves, your team and the College. We look forward to working with them”.

Mr Peter Brannan
VET/VCAL Co-ordinator

Religious Education

Year 11 Retreat

Last week our Yr 11 students went on retreat.  Retreat is a time to think and reflect. Socrates suggests that a life without reflection is a life not lived.  Students were asked to reflect on the nature of God.  One student created a clay model of a puzzle with a piece missing. The suggestion was that God is mystery.  We search for this mysterious God and never quite get the whole thing.  Having said that it was great the way students entered into the mystery of God, each other and themselves. 

The hope is that this exploration of the world in a deeper way is a process that continues to stay with them. Another student created a magnificent eagle. The idea being that the eagle is the most majestic of all creatures.  Somewhere in that is the inkling of God. Being created in the image of God we spent time appreciating each other and the great dignity and beauty that is in each of us. It was a great couple of days.  May its glow remain with us.

Mr Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader



St Agatha's News

RCIA Inquiry Night 2015

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. Parishioners who would like further instruction in their faith or also invited to attend. Wednesday 24th June at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

For more info contact the Parish Office. Phone 5996 1985

St Kevin's Hampton Park

Celebrating their Silver Jubilee on Sunday 31st  May,  Mass at 11.00am, 120 Hallam Rd, Hampton Park. Details on Parish notice board.

Junior RCIA 

A program for students aged 12 to 18 who would like to be Baptised or who would like to complete their Sacraments will begin on Sunday 2nd August at 9.30am in the Parish Office. Classes will be held every Sunday in preparation for them to receive their sacraments at Easter.

St Agatha's Parish Office

On behalf of our Parents & Friends Association

If you haven't had an Entertainment Book membership before and would like to consider it, consider these testimonials:

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"We use it for heaps of kids activities....saving hundreds of dollars" This year I'm getting the Geelong & Ballarat one as well, for holidays next Christmas" Rebecca Ramsdale

I use it for a host of different thing, accommodation, restaurants, flower deliveries and movie tickets. I would have saved over $600.00. Jo Hart

By clicking on the link below you will ensure that the fundraising dollars comes to St Peter's College


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

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Library News

West Campus Library has extended its opening hours.

8.00 – 5.30pm - Mondays to Thursdays


Catholic Life 

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Parents & Friends Association


2 June 2015

Guest Speaker - Mr David Fini

Literacy Coach, HALO Program 


2015/16 Entertainment Books now available

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Memorial Pavers

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College Alumni News

Graduating Class of 2005 

‘Save The Date Notice’

•    Date:      24th October 2015
•    Time:      7.15 for 7.30pm
•    Venue:   St. Peter’s College Hall
•    Dress:     Formal
•    Food and Drinks and Entertainment 
•    Full details in Term 3

To update your contact details please click the link and update via our website Alumni Section.

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