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Issue 17  |  10 June 2015
Featured Story
From The Principal

Pat Grant Shield

Last Thursday the East and West Campuses of St Peter’s College played off for the Pat Grant Shield at the Casey Indoor Sports Centre. This competition honours the legacy for fair play in sport established by long time Cricket Coach at St Peter’s Mr Pat Grant and allows our SIS teams from each campus to compete against each other at the end of their season. The matches are eagerly looked forward to and very competitive.

Last Thursday I saw a fantastic game of Netball between our East and West Junior girls teams with the East coming out victorious by 1 point. The boys basketball was played after the girls and this time the West Campus team came out on top scoring 59 to 16. I congratulate all participants on the way the two games were conducted and also the respective coaches and Mr Justin De Goldi for organising the competition.

2015 tim 10 june 

Science Lessons with St Agatha’s

Last week our Year 8 students worked with the Grade 2 students from St Agatha's Primary School under the watchful eye of teachers Mr Beutelschiess and Mrs Brown. The Year 8 students have now prepared 3 separate educational  sessions  for the St Agatha's students which have involved an induction into the various components you will find in a science laboratory and a simple experiment to open their eyes to the wonders of science. 

10 june St Agatha\'s Yr 3


Art Teacher Miss Leah Murphy will be leaving us at the end of Term 2 as she moves to a new position closer to her home in Coburg. I thank her for her enthusiasm and passion for artistic studies which she has passed onto our students and wish her well in the next stage of her career.

I also advise that Senior Visual Communication Teacher Ms Glenys Van Dorssen will be taking a medical leave of absence for Term 3 with preparations in place for her to return in Term 4 of this year. Replacement teacher positions for both Miss Murphy and Ms Van Dorssen will be confirmed over the next week.

St Vinnies Winter Appeal

As the winter temperatures continue to drop we bring our attention to the St Vinnies Winter Appeal which is seeking donations to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people all around Australia. The Winter Appeal is run by the St Vincent De Paul Society which was established in 1833 by a 20 year old French Student, Frederic Ozanam who was inspired by the compassion of Jesus Christ for all people and in particular those on the margins of society.

The society today operates in 149 countries around the world with over 950,000 members who are committed to rebuilding lives through donations, providing hot meals and volunteering their time in a range of activities which assist disadvantaged people not only with their immediate needs but also raising awareness of issues of injustice affecting their plight which need to be altered at a Government policy level. At St Peter’s over the next month our VCAL and CYSMA students are calling for donations to assist with the Winter Appeal and conducting a winter sleepout to raise awareness of the number of people in Melbourne who face this prospect each day.

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Mr Tim Hogan


Latest News
Teaching & Learning News

We wish all Year 12 students and Year 11 students who are involved in the Accelerated Program all the very best of luck in the GAT this week. 


The GAT is a three-hour test of student’s general knowledge and skills in Written Communication, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Humanities, The Arts and Social Sciences. 


The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment process. While it is important that you attempt the GAT, the test does not count directly towards your VCE. However, GAT results play a very important part in determining your final assessments for the VCE. GAT results are used to check that your VCE external assessments and School Based Assessments have been accurately and fairly assessed.

EDROLO back on-Line 

After positive feedback from students and staff regards the EDROLO trial the College will purchase the program for the remainder of the year. Unit 4 Study Notes, Exam Practice Questions and Videos will be available for the commencement of Semester Two for any Unit 4 Subject. As Examinations approach, students are reminded that Unit 3 Videos and Study Notes are also available to revise and consolidate Semester One topics. There is  new Unit 1 and 2 Physics and Chemistry Units to trial for 2015. I hope that all students enrolled in Unit 4 subjects will log-on and take advantage of this resource for the remainder of the year. 

Ms Marlene Jorgensen

Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Our Annual Futures Expo is St Peter's College 'One Stop Shop' for students and parents for all your Curriculum and Careers information.

Everything you ever wanted to know about: 

Navigating VCE
Careers and University Pathways
Maximising your ATAR  
Acing a Job Interview 
Subjects Selections in the Junior Years 

Taking the time to be fully informed of all the choices available will ensure a smooth transition through the Senior Years of school and will maximise both your enjoyment and achievement.

Monday 27th July at West Campus, Multi-Purpose Hall

Students and parents are reminded to save the date for our upcoming Futures Expo. All students from Year 8 through to 12 in 2015 are expected to attend at some point during the day. Enrolment information and individual logins for subject selection will be distributed during the Expo.

Student Wellbeing Activities

On Thursday, 11 June, Year 11 & 12 Students will participate in a Student Wellbeing Activity involving two very worthwhile presentations. Sonya Karras on the issues of Safe Partying, Drugs and Alcohol.  

I noticed in media on the weekend there was an important article about our use of alcohol and drugs.

Click here for the whole article 


The other Year 11 activity on Thursday is the Fit2Drive program. This aims to assist our students to be Road Ready and further develop an awareness of safe driving.

Keys Please Program

St. Peter’s Day 2015

Tuesday 23rd June, is a special day on the College Calendar, where we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint Peter and recognise our Catholic Ethos. For full details of student requirements and activities please click 'Read More'.

  • 8.45am. Tutor Group & Mass. Students missing the Mass will NOT be allowed to participate in activities throughout the day.
  • Dismissal is at 3.00pm.
  • Students are advised to bring loose change on the day for fundraising.
  • This is a compulsory school day.
  • Absent Students are required to bring a parental note the next day.
  • Students are permitted to wear casual clothing on the day. 

Amstel Golf Club Carpark

Parents are agian reminded of the last weeks request in relation to the use of Amstel Golf Club carpark.

Mr David Hansen

Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

East Campus News

End of Semester Reports

Teachers are currently completing Semester One Reports which will be available in the first week of the holidays.  

These reports are summative in nature and provide feedback to families on what has been achieved over the Semester.  

The second element of the reports are the recommendations for future learning.  This section is extremely valuable as it provides strategies for students further success in their learning.

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.

Commencement of Semester Two

Semester Two classes commence next week – Monday 15th June.  

All students will receive new timetables. New learning as well as new work/assessments will begin at this time, it is therefore important students remain at school attend all classes, right up to the end of the Term on Thursday 25th June.

St. Peter’s Day

The Annual Feast Day of St Peter’s College will be celebrated on Tuesday 23rd June.  

It is one of the most significant days on the College calendar and provides us with an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate being part of a great community.  

All students are expected to attend on this day.

Mr James Roberts
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Volunteers Urgently Needed

St Peter's Day Celebrations

Tuesday 23rd June

Each year our Parents & Friends Association supplies lunch to each of our Students and Staff members by way of a Sausage Sizzle and soft drink.

We urgently require Volunteers for both the East Campus and West Campus.

You can either help from 10.30am in the preparation of the food and cooking of the BBQ's, or arrive for the lunchtime serving from 1.00pm, of course if you are able you can do both shifts that would be great!

It's a great opportunity for parents to participate in our Students celebration day.

Please contact April Hampson at the College or Mairi-Anne Macartney at the East Campus to register your ability to help out. 5990 7777.

Remember many hands make light work! and it will never be truer than when we are trying to feed 1,400 plus.

The State Government has announced a new initiative to assist students to participate in school camps, sports and excursions.  $225.00 will be paid to eligible secondary school students to assist them in participating in these activities.  The money will be paid to the school and can only be used for camps, sports and excursions and will be deposited against the Student's Fees.

Parents/legal guardians who hold a valid means-tested concession card are able to make application for the CSEF allowance.

The application needs to be completed and returned to the College General Office, together with a copy of your concession card, by the 26th June 2015.


Medical Diagnostic and Research Laboratories Tour

RMIT University is pleased to offer students in Years 10 through to 12 the chance to visit medical diagnostic and research laboratories in hospitals across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The free tours are ideal for students interested in laboratory investigation, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease, and who want to learn more about the role of medical scientists.

Tech Games Fest

Interactive student event returns to Chisholm Institute.  The event will provide High School students the opportunity to engage directly with leading representatives from Industry and Education. Tech Games Fest (TGF) is an initiative of the Department of IT, Chisholm Institute. If your students are interested in Games Development, Multimedia and Information Technology this is the event they should attend! 

  • The event is free to attend,
  • Date: Tuesday 30 June – Thursday 2 July 2015

Library Update

Author Mark Greenwood Entrances Year 7 students.

Year 7 students were spellbound by visiting author, Mark Greenwood’s stories of iconic Australian figures and historical events last Tuesday. Their entranced responses were a reminder of how powerful and important storytelling is to human beings, even in this technological age.

"Mark told stories that I really enjoyed. The stories were filled with so much adventure and history. Overall I really enjoyed the presentation and I hope I will get to read his books!" Zoe Fitzsimmons

"Mark has been on adventures all around Australia and even to Gallipoli. He told us of his adventures and artefacts he picked up and the stories behind them. He has worked with great illustrators such as Terry Denton. He was very interesting and it was great having him come!"  Josh Bennett

"He went to many places like Gallipoli to write one of his great books about Simpson and his donkey. He goes to such places to get inspired and to think about how to write his stories. He told us of his amazing travels around Australia and overseas. From each of his travels came some amazing items and they led to the creation of his books….. He writes many of his Australian books from history. I hope you go crazy reading his ‘historical non-fiction’ and ‘narrative fiction’".  Anirudhh Kaushal

Mrs Angela Gargano


Environmental Sustainability Grant Success

Congratulations to Mr Jean-Paul Antoine and his team at our East Campus in securing a City of Casey Sustainability Grant.

Each year the Council provides a number of opportunities for numerous local organisations and/or community groups to access funds to support their projects, services and initatives.

The focus of our application was three fold:

  • Recyle focus via reduction in wrapped food bought to school, use of recyle bins, and compost bins for biodegradable;
  • Indigenous Plant Program within Campus grounds;
  • Reduce energy waste via a campaign to sensitise students on energy saving actions.

The $2,000.00 Grant will go a long way to completing all of these Programs

Well done!


Religious Education

Pope Francis is writing a letter to the Catholic world on ecology and the climate.

"The encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people's life and health," Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, told Catholic News Service.

"Pope Francis has repeatedly stated that the environment is not only an economic or political issue, but is an anthropological and ethical matter," he said. "How can you have wealth if it comes at the expense of the suffering and death of other people and the deterioration of the environment?"

Pope Francis is saying that we already produce enough for the world now and for the future.  The problem is that we don’t share our resources well enough. The Pope will talk about “stewardship” of the environment goes hand in hand with the option with the poor.?

Mr Stephen Nash

Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's News

Fr Denis will be returning from his Sabbatical for Masses next weekend the 13th and 14th June.

Sacrament of Confirmation

There will be a retreat day on Wednesday 17th June for all children enrolled for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 


On Saturday 20th June at 11.00am and Sunday 21st June at 12.30pm, seventy two children will be confirmed.  

RCIA Inquiry  Night 2015

If you've been coming to Mass for a while, but are not Catholic.  An Adult Baptised Catholic who has not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation. Parishioners are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Wednesday 24th June at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.  All Welcome!  For further information contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

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. Classes will be held every Sunday in preparation to receive sacraments at Easter.

Invigorate Youth Group

Our next meeting will be on Friday 12th June at 7.30pm at the Parish Hall.

St Agatha's Parish


Lucas Campbell, St Peter's College 2010 Graduate.

In May of this year at the RMIT Academic Excellence Prizes & Awards, Lucas received two Awards:

  • Automotive Engineering: Final Year Prize - Best Overall Achievement. Awarded to the graduating student who has achieved the highest cumulative GPA in the Automotive Engineering Degree
  • Final Year Automotive Project Prize - Overall Academic Achievement Awarded to the Automotive student with the highest academic excellence in a final year project.

Our congratulations to Lucas from everyone at St Peter's College.

Alumni Mentoring Program

Our new website has the much anticipated St Peter's College Alumni section and each and every past student is encouraged to register their details. 

Graduating Class of 2005 
Ten Year Reunion

•    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

Items of Interest

St Peter's College Community Portal

To visit please click here:


Solomon Islands Fundraising

2015 Trivia and Silent Auction Night

Friday August 7th August

To donate goods or book your seat please click here:

To download donation form please click here:


Catholic Life

To veiw the latest edition online please click here:

Next Meeting:

Tuesday 21st July 2015, 7.15 pm

Venue: East Campus Discovery Centre

New Building Tour from 7.00pm

Guest Speaker - Ms Robyn Cardamone

Education Support Officer, EAST Campus

VET, VCAL & Careers 

2015/16 Entertainment Books 

To order your Membership please click here:

Memorial Pavers

To download your Memorial Paver Order form please click here:

St Vinnies Winter Appeal

At St Peter’s College over the next month our students, in particular those students involved in our VCAL Study Program and CYSMA Study are calling for donations to assist with the St Vinnies Winter Appeal and conducting a Winter Sleepout to raise awareness of the number of people in Melbourne who face this prospect each day.

They are also undertaking money raising initatives, including lunchtime Sausage Sizzle BBQ's and Hot Chocolate and Cookie Sales.

Click 'Read More' to find out more about Vinnies Winter Sleepout and other Appeals and to donate directly to Vinnies.

Thursday 11th June

  • Redemption

Friday 12th June

  • East Campus Tour

Monday 15th June

  • Semester 2 Begins

Tuesday 16th June

  • VCE Study Hub - West Campus

Wednesday 17th June

  • Student Free Day

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