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Issue 15  |  27 May 2015
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From The Principal

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday - 24th of May marks the end of the Easter Season in the Christian Calendar and celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the beginning of the church as we know it. The Holy Spirit changed the followers of Christ dramatically seeing them turn from a fearful and reluctant group of followers to an inspired and passionate group of Christian Leaders. In Galatians 5:22, the fruits of the Holy Spirit are referred to as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control. Pope Francis says that the gifts of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace. We need now more than ever the courage, hope, faith and perseverance of Christ’s followers so we can continue the work of building our World and our community in the image of God.

For the Spirit of Peace that calms our mind and stills our life,
we give you thanks.
For the Spirit of Love that touches hearts and reaches out,
we give you thanks.
For the Spirit of Joy that lifts our soul and gives us faith,
we give you thanks.
For the Spirit of Power, that gift of grace for this your church,
we give you thanks.

National Sorry Day - 26th of May

Throughout Australia, 26th of May is known as National Sorry Day. This day is a time for all Australians to reflect on the profound grief and trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. When Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued the public apology to the stolen generation in February 2008 he saw “a future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility. A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia.” 

The next stage in this journey for equality for all members of our great country is the campaign for Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First People. This bipartisan approach to Constitutional Recognition has identified the following amendments to the constitution :

  • Remove Section 25 – which says the States can ban people from voting based on their race; 
  • Remove section 51(xxvi) – which can be used to pass laws that discriminate against people based on their race; 
  • Insert a new section 51A – to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to preserve the Australian Government’s ability to pass laws for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Adding a new Section 116A that says Governments shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic or national origin; 
  • Adding a new Section 127A Recognition of Languages, that recognises English as the national language of Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages as the original Australian languages, a part of our national heritage.

History has shown that changes to our constitution are extremely difficult and last year, Prime Minister Abbott  nominated 27th May, 2017 – the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, which gave the Commonwealth the power to make special laws for Aboriginal people and count them in population statistics – as the appropriate time to modify our  constitution.

As we acknowledge today the power of pentecost in bringing about a more just world where all are treated with dignity and respect we highlight in particular this campaign for justice and recognition of Australia's first people. 


2015 Kay BannanI congratulate Kay Bannan from Augustine House at the East Campus who last Thursday played in the 2015 Victorian Junior Secondary (Years 7-9) Schools Golf Competition, held at Latrobe Golf Club. Kay shot 37 off the stick for 9 holes and came second, qualifying for the Regional Finals, held on October 30th later this year. On the following day Kay also competed in the Schools Sport Victoria Team  17 years and Under Boys and Girls Selection Trial Played at the Metropolitan Golf Club. A Golf Pro in the making - Well done Kay!

2015 Matt HoneymanI also congratulate Matt Honeyman whose team the Casey Cavaliers U14’s defeated Southern Peninsula last Friday night to gain a place in the Australian Junior Basketball Nationals which will be held in Perth during September. They are the first team from the Casey Cavaliers Club to ever achieve this goal. As a result of his recent success Matt has also been invited by Basketball Victoria to the training camp for the U14 Victorian Championships players which will then give him a pathway to the U16’s Victorian State team. Well done Matt!

Building Partnerships with St Agatha's, St Therese’s and St Thomas the Apostle Primary Schools

One of our stated goals of our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan is to build stronger partnerships with our primary feeder schools St Agatha’s, St Therese’s and St Thomas the Apostle as a way of sharing our resources and providing more engaging learning opportunities for students from both schools. Our Year 11 VCAL students have just begun garden design and construction projects at St Therese’s and St Agatha’s which will see our students working on a regular basis at the primary schools. After their first visit to St Agatha’s Primary School, Mr Paul Sharp, Deputy Principal sent through a short email saying “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”.

Later in the year the VCAL students will work with teaching staff to design and implement a grade 5 orientation day which allow grade 5 students to come and experience a day as a secondary school student at St Peter’s College.

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Mr Tim Hogan


Latest News
Teaching & Learning News


As part of our curriculum review process the Year 10 timetable has been aligned with VCE subjects.

This has allowed for Year 10 students to increase contact time in each of their chosen subjects and provide depth in studies.

As part of this move to a senior model Year 10 students will undertake VCE style examinations. The purpose of this examination practise is to prepare students for final VCE examinations.

Critical examination techniques should be honed during Years 10 and 11 in order to maximise student academic outcomes. Both Year 10 and Year 11 Exams will be held in the Hall and students are expected to attend in full College uniform, including Blazers.

It is the responsibility of each student to know their own individual exam timetable and to ensure they arrive at least 10 minutes before each examination scheduled start time.

All students should ensure they have the correct equipment for each exam and should be familiar with strict 'No Mobile Phone Policy' during examinations.

Year 10 and 11 students are only required to attend school during examination times. For those who wish to study at the College between examinations at the West Campus classrooms McGuigan 1 and 2 will be available for Year 10 students. Year 11 students may study in the Library.

At the East Campus the Discovery Centre will be available.

These venues are for individual, quiet study and will be supervised by staff. During class times no student should be wandering around the school, disrupting the learning of others.

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Year 10 & 11 Exams

Next week marks the commencement of Year 10 & 11 Exams, with them concluding on Wednesday 10th June for Year 10 students and Friday 5th June for Year 11 students. During this exam period there will be no scheduled classes for Year 10 or 11 students and they will only be required to attend school for their exams. 

Exam guidelines:

  • Students must attend all exams in full school uniform including blazer
  • Students should arrive 15-30 mins before their exam
  • Students remaining on-site outside of exam times (with the exception of   recess and lunch breaks) are to remain in the supervised area of the Discovery Centre
  • Students using the study hall in the Discovery Centre must be full school uniform
  • Further Year 11 Requirement: students absent from exams MUST produce a medical certificate

At the conclusion of exams for Year 10 students on Wednesday June 10th, students will be involved in the following activities:

  • Thursday 11th June - Safe Partying & Fit2Drive Seminars at the West Campus (all day)
  • Friday  12th June - Religious Education – Holocaust Excursion (all day)

Commencement of Semester Two

Semester Two classes and work commence on 15th June. This is two weeks before the end of term.  We do this to ensure equal time is given to Semester One and Two courses. Therefore, it is vital that students are not taken out of school before the commencement of the school holidays.

Mr James Roberts
Deputy Principal, Head of  East Campus 

Are Parents Responsible for their Children's Actions?

Recently one of my daughters was given the debating topic: “That parents should be responsible for their children’s actions”. 

Parents often feel that they have to apologise for what their child has done when his or her actions fall short of the responsibilities that they have assumed as members of the St Peter’s College Community. 

However, in the transition from childhood to adulthood we expect students to gradually take on greater responsibility for their own actions. 

As parents our responsibility is not for their behaviour but our own.  We are required to be the best parents that we can be. I am reminded of a wise passage of writing. To view this please click 'Read More' at the consulusion of this Article.

Pastoral Period

Last week in Pastoral Period, the students undertook House Building Activities. An opportunity, half way through a tiring term to have some fun and focus on building relationships. Some Year 10 students in  preparing for Work Experience undertook Occupational Health and Safety Certificate. 

The students studying VCE Unit 3 & 4 subjects were given advice regarding the General Achievement Test (GAT).  Students were reminded that with a fortnight left of Unit 3 Subject class time that students who have not satisfactorily completed outcomes, attend Redemption and SAC Resit Classes after school and/or speak to their teachers.

Uniform Shop

With the supply of outstanding uniform items Learning Advisors and House Leaders will be applying a Zero Tolerance Policy to uniform infringements. If there is something that is outside your child’s control, please give them a signed note explaining the issue.

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Career News

Gaining recognition in the Fine and Creative Arts Industies

Being recognised for your talent can be very challenging and simply being talented is not enough. Unfortunately you need to have the support of the industry in order to break into it. One way for students to gain support while in secondary school is through industry competitions.  If you are successful in the competition you can put the details in your Resume under Achievements.  It also increases your networks in the field which is the best way to access future opportunities.

Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

For Australian students to design and build a video game using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) principles individually or in groups of up to 4. The Challenge is free to enter, registrations close 19th June with submissions due 21st August.

Please click here for more information:

Solo: A Monologue Writing Competition

This competition is for established and emerging playwrights. Entrants are invited to submit a work, to be performed by one actor, of 3 – 10 minutes duration (1000 – 4000 words). There is a high school category. Entries close Friday 5th June, 5pm.

Please click here for more information

Write Across Victoria

Victorian students in Years 7 – 9 are invited to submit stories of up to 500 words to the Write Across Victoria writing competition. Entries close 5pm, 29th June.

Please click here for more information

Grieve Writing Competition 2015

The Grieve Writing Competition 2015 invites entries of prose to 500 words and poetry to 36 lines. The competition is open to all Australians and has a $10 entry fee. Entries close Monday 1st June.

Please click here for more information

Ms Melissa Dillon
Careers Co-Ordinator

Enviromental Trophy Term 2 Challenge

The St Peter’s College students studying Cert II 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 a $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
College Environment Captain

Humanities Year 7 Update

Class 7A was lucky to be treated to an authentic ancient Roman feast recently when a class member, Brad Thompson, chose to research and present information on the food eaten by ancient Romans. Wealthy Romans showed off their power and money by adding unusual and exotic foods to the table like ostrich, alligator and stuffed dormouse (luckily our dormouse was made of cheese!). Our feast also included grapes, dates, bread, honey, wheat pancakes and other tasty treats. 

2015 roman feast 1

Mrs Louise Overberg


SIS Intermediate Girls Soccer

St Peter’s  2 – 1  Padua

After what has been labelled “the darkest day in Australian sport” the previous week, in which Mr DeGoldi led the team to a crushing 5-0 defeat, the girls breathed a collective huge sigh of relief as I was re-instated as coach for the remaining 2 fixtures. With numerous last minute withdrawals (thanks for the notice girls!), there was a mad scurry to find replacements – a big shout out must go to Joanna Picerni and Teaghan Morris for stepping in.

The first half was pretty even, but we found ourselves 1-0 down at the break and moral was at an all time low. In a coaching masterclass, Wood was moved into central midfield and Juric into the centre of defence, which freed up Dakic to provide more thrust up front. The top scorer duly obliged with a brace (we won’t mention the easiest chance of the day she had with virtually an open goal 3 metres out!) to see out a 2 – 1 VICTORY ! Well done girls on a great all round team performance.

Mr Andrew Broadley
Soccer Coach


On a recent Monday evening, West Assisi House Captain Mitch Halstead and College Captain Nathan Martens ventured to Fitzroy with staff member Mr Greg Nelson.

On arrival the students first undertake about 15 minutes of briefing, and then help with any final preparation of the food. Then it’s on to a ‘Boarding House’ where they spend their time talking with the residents and helping to distribute the food.

Both Mitch and Nathan, say they will be volunteering again during the year, talking to the residents put a bright light on others plights in the world, whether it be from substance abuse, breakdown of the family unit or unemployment, to name just a few.

“We met and talked to a variety of different characters, all with their own story, some were just down on their luck, others had much deeper issues, but all were very appreciative of the help they were getting.
Both Mitch and Nathan say it was an eye-opening experience, and very rewarding. Something they won’t forget in a hurry.



Humanities Update - VCE

Pre-service Teacher  A Student’s Reflection

At St Peter’s College we have recently had a pre-service teacher Miss Sophie Macreadie join us to teach aproportion of the area of 'Operations' in VCE Business Management.

Miss Macreadie has had several years of experience within the business world and also gathered a vast knowledge of the content from her business degree.

The real life experience that Miss Macreadie brought to the teaching environment was extremely valuable to the students which made the content easily relatable to any real life situation.

Her application of knowledge was at an impressive standard, with no shortage of the actual content that was being taught. Miss Macreadie answered questions asked by the students well and passed on questions to her supervising teacher Ms Julie Banda, relating to the study design and exam tips. Her experience at AGL has provided students with a valuable insight into how a business operates and what one can expect once leaving high school.

Miss Macreadie’s skill of teaching would be an asset to those looking to improve the quality of education at their school and an asset to those looking to be more productive in the working environment. Miss Macreadie would be a valuable resource for students leading into an exam and has the ability to access a wide range of other resources to maximise the learning experience. Thank You Miss Macreadie!

Mitchell Halstead

Assisi House Captain

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 

To veiw the latest edition online please click here:

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.  Click here:

Religious Education

Last weekend the Church celebrated the Pentecost and the weekend before we celebrated the Ascension of the Lord. After Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter day, he spent 40 days with his disciples – being with them as the Risen Lord. At the time of his Ascension he said to them, “I will be with you always, to the end of age. The Holy Spirit will come to you and fill you with power.”

Ten days later the Holy Spirit did indeed come and filled each one their with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit gave them the ability to speak in such a way that all could understand - a shared, common message. At St Peter's we are often looking at the charisms of our House names and each of them, in their own unique and special way, shared their gifts with others. We too have been gifted with Holy Spirit and have great gifts to offer others. May we each share our giftedness with one another. 

Mr Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader


St Agatha's News

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 2016.

Parish Prayer Book

The Parish Prayer book is available from the Piety stall at a cost of $10 each.

St Kevin's Hampton Park

Celebrating their Silver Jubilee on Sunday 31st May.  Mass at 11.00am, 120 Hallam Road Hampton Park.  Details on the noticeboard.


A parent and child workshop will be held on Tuesday 2nd June at 5.00pm or 7.30pm respectively in the Parish Hall.  Attendance is vital as there will be lots of activities for both parent and child.  Note that there is no follow up for this workshop. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sr Mercy on 5996 1985.

St Agatha's Parish


College Uniform Shop

A Reminder for all students and parents who have been awaiting supply of Pre-Ordered and Pe-Paid uniform items….. ALL ITEMS SHOULD NOW BE AVAILABLE.

If your student has not been called to collect them, you will need to contact the College Uniform Shop this Thursday morning 8.00am to 12.00 noon.

If you have not Pre-Paid your order, you will need to do so now, again by contacting the College Uniform Shop.

Parents & Friends Association


2nd June 2015

Guest Speaker - Mr David Fini

Literacy Coach, HALO Program 


2015/16 Entertainment Books now available

To order your Membership please click here:

Memorial Pavers

To download your Memorial Paver Order form please click here:


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