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Issue 21  |  22 July 2015
Featured Story
From the Principal

Solomon Islands Fundraiser

On August the 7th the Annual Trivia Fundraiser for our sister school  Bishop Epalle College in the Solomon Islands will be held in the Multi-Purpose Hall. Year 12 students, Iesha Clarke, Rylee Hepburn, Josh Dinuzzo, Breanne Ashwood and Charlotte Lampard have been working hard over the last month contacting local businesses to donate items for the silent auction which will be held on the night. All funds raised this year will assist Bishop Epalle in the construction of their Library which at this stage consists of a concrete foundation in the pictures below. Since we have begun an ongoing relationship with Bishop Epalle our fundraising has been used to assist in their purchase of a vehicle to assist in the transportation of students to and from school as well as the concreting of their staffroom after flash floods washed away the original stone floor surface. If any families would like to form a table for the night or would be willing to donate items to the silent auction please contact Marketing Manager - Mrs April Hampson through the front office.

library 1 22 july

Future Bishop Epalle Library

transport vehicle

      Transportation Vehicle

staffroom floorConcreting the Staff Room Floor


Congratulations to Georgia Thornton from Assisi House who has been picked to represent Australia in the sport of Karate at the World Championships to be held in India during the month of September. Georgia combines her studies with 4 nights a week of training to reach the elite standard she performs at. We extend our support and best wishes on the exciting challenge ahead of her.

Georgia Thornton

ICON- Integrated Catholic ONline Network

The Catholic Education System has been developing for several years an online network (ICON) for all Catholic Schools throughout Victoria. It is envisaged that ICON will support student learning and enable school administrative processes to be more efficient and effective by providing a technology platform which all Catholic schools can access. The ELearn Module within ICON will provide teachers and students with tools to support collaboration and content creation as well as the ability to track assessment and report student learning to parents in a timely manner. In the future this will see reporting on student learning shift away from a semesterised reporting model to one where students and parents can gain timely access to feedback on student learning so that it can be used to assist and develop their learning. 

The rollout of ICON across the Diocese of Sale will begin in December of this year with services being switched on in middle of 2016.


I congratulate the Catholic Education Office Representative on the St Peter’s College Board  Mr Michael Hanney who has been appointed to the role of Principal of St Peter’s Primary School  in East Bentleigh. Mr Hanney will take up his appointment at the end of this term and I thank him for his great support of our school and wish him well on his new challenge in Catholic Education.

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Mr Tim Hogan, Principal

Latest News
Teaching and Learning News

One of the lovely things about winter school holidays for me, is the ability to take time to relax and read a book in front of a warm fire. This past holidays I picked up a publication entitled Catholic Education Today and was fascinated by an article on Homework.

The first thing that struck me was the title. Homework – which once inspired dread and loathing in many parents has been relabelled. Home Learning, Continuation of Learning or Ongoing Growth Activities were just a few of the new names mentioned in the article. I think this renaming speaks volumes about the nature and purpose of homework. The phrase Continuation of Learning or COL acknowledges the vital part that parents play in the ongoing and continual education of their students. Regardless of how we label it, Home Learning provides an opportunity, which is often rare in the secondary years, to connect with young people around their learning.

Taking time to be involved in a regular study program with your sons and daughters, demonstrates a genuine interest in their wellbeing and academic success. When home and school work together as partners in a child’s education the outcomes are maximised.

This parent participation in home learning should support the autonomy of the student. Guidance and support rather than an over controlling and interfering participation is required if students are to develop into the active, ethical future citizens that we aim to develop.  

The establishment of regular study routines beginning in Year 7 and increasing throughout the secondary years creates an understanding that learning does not stop once the student leaves the classroom. Students develop greater self-discipline and develop their independent problem solving skills. I encourage all parents to go that little bit further this semester than simply asking 

“Have you got any homework?” The answer is often an inaccurate no! 

Please feel free this semester to contact teachers via email, via student diary or via telephone, to discuss homework expectations and to become fully aware of the requirements and expectations for all students regards Home Learning. 

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Head of Teaching and Learning

East Campus News

Central Australia Trip

This week we welcomed back staff and students from the Central Australia Trip – a first for our growing campus.  I would like to thank the teachers from the East Campus, who gave up their time to allow this trip to happen – Jo Porch, Elouise Johnson, Duane Cox.  They joined staff from the West Campus - Cathy King, Mona Esmaty, Peter Brannan, Michael Mulcahy and Tour Organiser Paul Gyulavary. Mr Gyulavary was assisted by Jodie Connell here at the East with preliminary behind the scenes preparation.  It is through the support and dedication of teachers that experiences like this can happen and enhance the school life of students.

Central for East

Sign in –Sign out procedures    

We have introduced a new automated sign-in and sign-out procedure for students that arrive late or leave early.  Students swipe their library ID card and then get a receipt to hand to their Learning Advisor – as simple as that. This system significantly speeds up the process of signing in and out of students and allows our office staff to attend to more pressing matters.

There is an expectation that all students will carry their ID card on them at all times.  Lost cards can be replaced from the IT department at a cost of $5.  Consequences will commence next week for student who sign in late and do not have their ID card.

Building Update

Landscaping works continue around our Arts/Technology building and are approximately three weeks from completion.  Focus will then shift to the avenue which will feature our entrance gates and our statue of St Peter that artist Jenny Steiner has commenced work on.  Later this month work will commence on our next building project – the Administration and Year 9 Building.  This has been designed as a modular building which will allow the majority of work to be completed off-site free of weather delays.  Installation on site will commence towards the end of Term Four ready for use at the beginning of 2016.

Mr James Roberts
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus 


West Campus News

Both Year 11 groups have now returned from the camps to the Northern Territory and all have spoken of the great experiences they enjoyed.  Travel is a terrific educator and the memories with friends will be lifelong as they no doubt recount first views of Uluru (or was it Mt Connor?), watching sunsets on the beach at Mindil Market, the serenity of Ubirr Rock at Kakadu or the refreshing swim at Edith Falls.

This trip cannot happen without the generosity of Mr Paul Gyulavary who organised both tours and the many staff who gave up family holiday time to supervise our students. Thanks to Mr Peter Brannan, Ms Mona Esmaty, Mr Michael Mulcahy, Mrs Cathy King, Ms Jo Porch, Mr Duane Cox and Miss Elouise Johnson for supervising and contributing to what were two very successful camps.

Year 9 Reach Foundation

Last Friday, our Year 9 students engaged in a Student Wellbeing activity challenging students to find their voice and reconcile with one another. Young people from the Reach Foundation facilitated the morning’s workshop.  Our students were amazing through the manner in which they participated openly and honestly.  I do not doubt that they are all richer for the experience.


The more students participate in co-curricular activities the greater sense of belonging students feel toward the school community.  It is therefore pleasing to see students involved this week in a range of activities beyond the sporting opportunities.  Students are participating in SIS Theatresports Championships, Debating and engaging in extra hours outside the classroom preparing for the SIS Teen Chef Competition.

Student Cards

We always want our students to be at school no later than 8.45 am and not to leave prior to 3.20 pm.  In the event that a student is late or must leave school early, we have a new automated system that requires the use of the student card to sign in and out.  These student cards are also required for borrowing books or printing at the college.  Students are issued with these cards at the beginning of each year and when enrolling.  If they are lost or damaged through student misuse, then students will be required to pay $5 at student reception to replace them.  Otherwise students who do not yet have these cards can go to the IT helpdesk and organise a replacement card immediately.

Parents are reminded that when students are late or leaving early a note is required.  Students who are late without a note are issued with a lunchtime detention.

Futures Expo

Parents and students are reminded that next Monday, 27 July is a student free day, but that it is compulsory for students to attend school at some time between 11 am and 8 pm for the Futures Expo.  It is crucial for students to collect their subject selection form and enormously beneficial for them to attend the various presentations.  I would also ask students and parents to engage with staff in the hall about various pathways and discover what different subjects are all about.  Proper preparation for the following year begins with correct subject choice that considers the following three things: 
•    what a student enjoys
•    what a student is good at 
•    what a student needs for a future course or career.  

I look forward to meeting many parents at the Futures Expo.

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus


Families can now register for their Workshops of interest via the College Website.  Please use the quicklinks at the bottom right hand corner to access the Futures Expo site.  Please note students will be provided with their Web Preference Subject Selection Log In Details on this day only. Please visit the Registration Desk when you arrive to collect this.

To veiw and register for sessions please click here:

IT Employment Opportunity

Australian Government ICT Entry-level Program

The Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Programme is for students who are currently completing their Year 12 Certificate, and people with a passion for ICT who are looking for a new and exciting career change.

As an ICT Apprentice you will work the equivalent of 4 days per week within an Australian Government agency, with the remainder of your time dedicated to completing a Certificate IV (2 years) or a Diploma (3 years) in IT.

The course fees for your qualification will be paid by your agency, which means no out of pocket expenses! You will also be provided with paid study leave in order to attend your classes.

Applications for the 2016 program open Monday, 13 July 2015.
There is also a cadetship program for university students who have completed their first year at university.

Click here for more information 

Rail Inspirations Work Experience Program

A 3 day Work Experience program giving an insight into the many career opportunities in the Rail Industry.  Year 9,10,11 & 12 Students welcome to apply

Date; Mon 10th August, Tues 11th August (3rd day tba)
Cost: Free of charge
Location: Dandenong (close to station)

Please see the Careers Coordinators Miss Dillon at West or Mrs Cadamone at East.  

Click for Further information available on the website.

Melbourne Careers Expo - 24 - 26 July - Free Passes

20 FREE passes to the Melbourne Careers Expo are available through the front office.  This is a great event with many providers and employment organisations available to assist with your inquiries. 

La Trobe Young Writers’ Award

Victorian students in year 10 are invited to submit a piece of creative writing to this competition run by La Trobe University. Pieces should be 800-1000 words and have been written this year. Students may submit up to two entries – entry is free. This year’s theme is “home”: entries open 13th July and close 21st August.
Click here for more information

Ms Melissa Dillon
Careers Co-Ordinator


7.15 Tea and Coffee

7.30 - 9.00 pm St Peter's College WEST CAMPUS

(Entre via Navarre Drive Gates please) 

B.Ed., Grad. Dip. R.E., Grad. Dip. Ed. (Tech), Grad. Dip.  (Student Welfare), M. Ed. Leadership
VCE Health & Human Dev., VCE RE, Food & Nutrition, Food Technology, & New 2015 Subject; Textiles


2015/16 Entertainment Books 

To order your Membership please click here:

Memorial Pavers

To download your Memorial Paver Order form please click here:

Items of Intrest

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:

Graduating Class of 2005 

‘Save The Date Notice’

•    Date:      24th October 2015
•    Time:      7.15 for 7.30pm
To update your contact details please click the link and update via our website Alumni Section.  Click here:

St Peter’s College is offering two exchange programs to students in 2016, however, only one program can be confirmed and this will depend on final numbers. One program is exchange in New Caledonia and the other is in France. 

Further information about both programs will be given out at an information evening to be held on Wednesday 29 July from 7pm – 8pm in the Global Learning Building.

Click here to email the College for more information or to register your interest:


Thursday 23 July

Redemption 3.30 -4.30pm

Friday 24 July

East Campus Tour 9.30 - 10.30am

Monday 27 July

Futures Expo Yr8 - Yr 12 2016 : 11 00am - 8.00pm

Student Free Day / All Students Yr 8 -12 Must Attend Futures Expo 


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