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Issue 18  |  17 June 2015
Featured Story
From The Principal

National Refugee Sunday

On Sunday 21st June all Australian Churches will raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees both on mainland Australia and in offshore detention centres through a variety of events and activities including a national day of prayer and fasting, media campaigns and rallies in each capital city. The Catholic Church over the last few years has continued its strong support for refugees and asylum seekers by encouraging parishes to take on active support of refugees. The Parish Refugee Support Program which is run by Catholic Social Services, challenges parishes to extend a warm welcome to our new neighbours by providing the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Friendship to asylum seeker families
  • Volunteer for English language conversation
  • Assisting with opportunities for employment
  • Supporting community programs which focus on the needs of refugees.

The Parish Refugee Support Program is proving to be a very successful Grassroots Program in ensuring a successful transition of refugees into our society. The feedback from many of the volunteers involved is that it has been life giving and transformational for their parish life with the benefits far outweighing the costs. In our community of St Peter’s College, we have a number of students who have arrived from other countries as refugees. They are enjoying being part of our community, have formed strong friendships and look to make the most of the opportunities our school and their new country can provide them.

A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee
and had no place to call his own;

look with mercy on those who today
are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; 
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



Ethan Davis from our West Campus competed in the National Bowling Championships in Queensland last week. Ethan finished as the 9th best bowler in his Division in Australia, a fantastic achievement given that he was competing against older and more experienced bowlers. His best performance was in the singles event where his second placing earned him a Silver Medal. Congratulations Ethan. 


I welcome Miss Kara Patrick to the staff of St Peter’s College for the beginning of Semester 2. Miss Patrick will be taking over the Art and Visual Communication teaching responsibilities of Miss Leah Murphy for the next 6 months. I also welcome back Ms Michelle Kollarics and Ms Debra Round former Senior Art teachers who will be covering Ms Glenys Van Dorssen during her absence in Term 3.

St Peter’s Dinner & St Peter’s Day

The annual St Peter’s Dinner will take place this Friday Night in the Multi-Purpose Hall. This night precedes the feast Day of St Peter which will see the school stop to celebrate our Patron Saint on Tuesday the 24 June. A highlight of our dinner will be the acknowledgment of a number of staff who have given 10 and 20 Year Service to St Peter’s College. As a young school we have relied on the professionalism of our long serving staff to develop our fine reputation in this community. The Awards presented on the night are our way of saying thank you and expresses the gratitude that all of us at St Peter’s College have for their commitment and hard work in developing our school.

Our Service Award Recipients

10 Year Service Awards

 Ms Fiona Gallagher        Ms Margaret Rowland            Miss Rivonia Pereira

10 yr

20 Year Service Awards

   Mr Frank Carter          Mrs Annette Marschner            Mrs Dianne Warr

2015 20 yr award


2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Mr Tim Hogan


Latest News

St Peter’s Day

Next Tuesday we celebrate our annual feast day with the day a highlight in the annual calendar.  The day will commence with mass at St Agatha’s Church before returning to the East Campus for the Carnival and Talent Quest. It is a compulsory day and as such all students are expected to attend.  Students arriving late and missing the bus for Mass will not be able to be involved in the remainder of the day, as Mass is the most significant part of the day.  Students are allowed to wear casual clothes for the day but are reminded that this must be appropriate for where they are going and keep in mind the weather.  Below is a summary of the details.

8.45 am   – Tutor Group
9.10 am   – Mass St Agatha’s Church
11.15 am – Carnival
2.00 pm   – Talent Quest
3.00 pm   – Dismissal

  • All students to arrive on time 
  • Casual dress must be appropriate for both school and mass.  Students should dress for warmth
  • The College P&F will be providing a free sausage sizzle lunch and drink 
  • Some activities will be free while others will require a gold coin to participate.  

Year 11 Student Wellbeing Seminars

Throughout the year all students participate in Wellbeing Seminars that aim provide learning that doesn’t necessarily fit into a standard subject or classroom environment.  The focus is to provide skills and knowledge that assists students’ mental and physical health as they tackle their adolescent years. Over the last week Year 11 students have attended three such seminars that were significantly different to seminars that they attended in Year 7-10.  These seminars were, Safe Partying, Fit2drive and Keys Please, and reflect their growing independence and the associated responsibility as individuals and as a group to be trustworthy and respectful. I would encourage all families to take the time to discuss these seminars with their young adult.

Building Update

Landscaping around the Arts/Technology building continues to progress slowly with approximately 50% of hard landscaping completed.  Then the landscapers will progress onto the completion of the Avenue.  In recent days the remainder of the permanent fencing has been completed with design work on the permanent gates for our MacKillop Way and Heather Grove corner entrances well underway.  Final design work is nearing completion on the new Administration and Learning Area Building.  This facility will house the Administration functions of the Campus as well as provide five Learning Areas until our Year 9 Centre is built.

Mr James Roberts
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus 

Year 10 Student Wellbeing Presentations

The VicRoads Keys Please Program is an education session that offers information and practical ideas on how to use the Learning to Driver Period, get 120 hours of practice and become safer drivers.

Click here to read the parent information to find out how you can help your child be safer on the roads.

Next Monday, 22 June, the Year 10 students will participate in a reflection day. “Finding Your Voice” where they will tackle issues such as self-esteem. The College Religious Education Staff have also developed a program where students will reflect on Reconciliation and Healing.  Please discuss with your child anything they may have taken away from the day.

St Peter’s Day 2015 – Tuesday, 23 June

This is a special day on the College Calendar, where we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint Peter and recognise our Catholic Ethos. The SRC have been planning and organising activities to ensure the day is successful. Please note the following:

  • The day commences with normal Tutor Group at 8.45am, followed by Mass. 
  • Students arriving late and therefore missing the Mass will NOT be allowed to participate in any of the activities for the rest of the day.
  • This is a compulsory school day and students should not be arriving late or departing early. Parental note for absence is required.
  • Students are permitted to wear casual clothing on the day. Wear sensible, warm clothing. Open toed footwear are not permitted.
  • Current St Peter’s Collge students ONLY are permitted on the premises on the day unless specifically invited by the College.
  • Dismissal at 3.00pm

Tackling Anxiety and building Resilience in young people

Anxiety in children is a normal part of childhood development. But it’s estimated that 8-22% of children experience anxiety more intensely and more often than other children, stopping them from getting the most out of life. This presentation will discuss what is normal anxiety and what is not, what are the common anxiety disorders and what parents and carers might do to build happy and resilient young people.

For details please click 'READ MORE


Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Teaching & Learning News

Year 11 Students

A reminder to Year 11 students that fully completed Subject Selection Change Forms are due to the College front office no later than Friday 19th June. Forms may be obtained from your House Leader.

Futures Expo:- 27th July 

'One Stop Information Shop'  

In the past St Peter's College has conducted several Information Evenings, catering for the needs of the various Year levels. In an effort to reduce the demands on families, in 2014, the College developed the 'St Peter's College Futures Expo' concept. This idea has been further expanded in 2015 to include sessions from 11.00am through to 8.00pm.

This is a Student Free Day to ensure that every Student will attend the Futures Expo at some point throughout the day. Attendance is compulsory for Students in Years 8 -12. Students will receive their '2016 Subject Web Preferences' log-in at the Registration Desk. This log-in will be required by all students in order to complete subject selection for 2016.


Semester Two Reports will be available for parents to view via the College Community Portal on Tuesday 30th June. Any parent who does not have access to the internet is invited to request a Hard Copy of Reports from the Front Office via a written note. If parents have misplaced their Log-in details for the Portal please call the College to request a Password Reset. 

Click here to visit College Community Portal:

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Language & Exchange News

It’s not often that we have the opportunity to take part in Language Competitions. However, during the month of May, all St Peter’s College Language Students participated in the latest Language Perfect World Championships.  Language Perfect is a web-based program that St Peter’s College introduced in 2014. The Language Perfect World Championships involved students competing online for individual points whilst learning French or Japanese vocabulary. This was our very first Championship and here are our very impressive results:

  • St Peter’s College came 354th globally out of 1077 schools.
  • In Australia, we placed 251 out of 737 schools.
  • St Peter’s College came 238th in Japanese out of 878 schools and 151st in French out of 905 schools.
  • In Victoria, St Peter’s College came 83rd in Japanese out of 203 schools and 26th for French out of 167 schools.

These results are truly outstanding and are a credit to all our students.

Congratulations to all involved!

Exchange News

Over the next few weeks, information will be sent out to our French Students (Years 8–11) regarding Expressions of Interest for the French Exchange Program in 2016. An information evening will be held early in Term 3. 

Ms Olimpia Rosenblum

Teacher & Exchange Coordinator


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.

To contact us via email please click here:

Ethan Davis Awarded A Silver Medal in Nationals

Ethan had a fantastic time participating in the National Tenpin Bowling Championships.

He's meet some fantastic people & made plenty of new friends.

Unfortunately Ethan didn't the win the Masters this year. He played really well & kept his own amongst the other bowlers who were much older & much more experienced than Ethan. He was the youngest participant out of all of the states in all of the leagues. 

But he did score a wonderful 9th place! Meaning of course that in his Division he is the 9th best bowler in Australia. 

During the Championship Ethan bowled in three leagues as well as the Masters. He bowled in Singles, Doubles & Trios. 

Ethan came in Second Place in the Singles earning himself a Silver Medal.

Congratulations Ethan!

Items of Interest

NEW St Peter's College Website

To visit please click here:

St Peter's College Community Portal

To visit please click here:

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:

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:

Catholic Life

To veiw the latest edition online please click here:

June Edition NOW available.

Read about two fo our current students, Tess Macartney on Pg. 2 and Callum McGregor on pg. 12

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.

Religious Education

Sunday 14th June marked the beginning of Refugee Week.

Refugee Week is always held from Sunday to Saturday of the week which includes 20 June (World Refugee Day). Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. 

This year, Refugee Week is based around the theme ‘With courage let us all combine’ and celebrates the courage of refugees and of those people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our Nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

Refugee Week is a unique opportunity for us all to experience and celebrate the rich diversity of refugee communities through theatre, music, dance, film & other educational or cultural events which take place all over Australia.

May we recognise that refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.  

Mr Peter Woodhouse 

Assistant Religious Education Coordinator

Royal Commission

Bishop Partick O’Regan has issued a statement from the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, please see the notice board in the foyer.

RCIA Inquiry Night 2015

St Agatha’s Parish will soon begin a new journey in faith to share the richness of the Catholic Church and our parish family.  An inquiry night will be held for those who may be considering becoming a Catholic. Please click 'Read More' for more details or contact the Parish office on 5996 1985.

World Youth Day 2016

The Victorian Diocesses are celebrating the official launch of World Youth Day 2016 with a “Festiwal” (that’s Polish for Festival) to celebrate One Year to Go until WYD in Krakow, Poland. There will be your chance to win one of 2 x $2000.00 grants to go towards your pilgrimage.  For more details please click 'Read More'

St Thomas the Apostle Church Community

The popular “Cent Night” will be held in the St Agatha’s Primary School Hall on Friday 17th July at 7.00pm with a gold coin donation on entry.  Bring your own drinks & nibbles, we will have tea/coffee and cakes for sale. Bookings to Vivian on 0423 584 230. Support St Thomas the Apostle Church Community!

St Agatha's Parish

Parents & Friends Association

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:

Thursday 18th June

  • Redemption

Saturday 20th June

  • Uniform Shop Open 8am - 12noon
  • Saturday Detention

Monday 22nd June

  • Immunisations Year 7 East Campus

Tuesday 23rd June

  • St Peter's Day Celebrations
  • Casual Dress
  • Coins for Fundraising
  • P&F BBQ Sausage Sizzle plus drink supplied for Lunch


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