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Issue 23  |  05 August 2015
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From the Principal

Solomon Islands Trivia Night

The 4th Annual Solomon Islands Trivia Night will be held this week in the Multi-Purpose Hall. With over 200 people coming along and more than $20,000.00 worth of Silent Auction items up for grabs, we hope to raise some much needed funds for the Bishop Epalle School Library.  

I thank our organising groups of students, Iesha Clarke, Joshua Dinuzzo, Rylee Hepburn, Charlotte Lampard and Breeanne Ashwood along with Mr Nelson, Miss Robertson and Marketing Manager Mrs Hampson for their outstanding preparation of this year’s event. Tables can still be organised for the night or lodging bids for silent auction items if you can’t make the night, in both cases please contact Mrs Hampson at the College. 

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I congratulate our very talented Arts Captain Hannah Kyberd who has performed with great distinction over the last two weeks in the Peninsula Light Opera Production of Legally Blonde. Hannah was also joined in the production by her teachers  Ms Karissa Robertson performing in the chorus and Ms Gina Goss who  took on the role of Assistant Director continuing her long association with the Peninsula Light Opera Society.


Courtney Jones continues her run of outstanding sporting achievement this year by being named in the All Australian U16 Girls football team. This was an honour awarded to her after her stellar performance for the Victorian U16 at the recent School Sport Australia event, which will be held in Geelong from the 18th to 25th of July.  


Our Prayers

We extend our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the following members of our community who are either recovering from surgery or battling illness.

Teacher Mrs Glenys Van Dorssen, Parent and College Board Member Mr Stephen Van Der Velden and student James Tharle.

To Boo or not to Boo?

The last few weeks have seen the polarisation of views surrounding the persistent booing of AFL star Adam Goodes as he has played football throughout this year. The debate has been confronting but also providing an opportunity to educate from the perspective of where do we stand on the issue as a Catholic school. 

First and foremost we reflect on Christ's teaching, in particular our belief that all human beings are made in the image of God. This forms our core belief that all people are entitled to be treated with Dignity and respect and gives us the authority to say that bullying and racial discrimination would not be acceptable. 

The strong opposing views in this case stem from a clash of rights, my right to freedom of speech as against my right to be treated with dignity and respect. A clash of rights often causes tension and debate within our community and people will argue strongly that their right is the more important in this issue, leaving us with the perplexing dilemma of who is right? 

Our church often asks us to inform our conscience, a process of education and reflection before determining moral choices, choices between right and wrong. 

Through education we are building a school community, a place where we learn how to treat one another before we take part in wider society. We need to consider whether the treatment that has been shown to Adam Goodes would be accepted in the playground, the classroom or the workplace. As a school community we have worked hard to ensure all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect, this is the foundation for our community.

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Mr Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

Good Bye

It is with mixed emotions that I write my last e-news as Foundation Head of East Campus, having been part of St Peter’s College for 7 ½ years.  

For schools to be truly successful, they must be dynamic in every sense of the word. Hence, the timing is right for a new challenge in a new setting, one that I am sure to get as Principal of Good Counsel College in Innisfail, QLD. 

We have achieved a lot in 4 ½ years, having started as just 39 students in Year 7, four teachers and one very talented support person, operating out of portables located on the West Campus.  

We have grown to in excess of 430 students (530+ in 2016), 32 dedicated teachers and 6 very talented support staff.  We have achieved in a number of areas, with our students accomplishing success in a variety of inter-school sport and cultural activities.  

We have placed significant importance on our Catholic Identity in all that we do and have been able to establish a very strong Social Justice Program.

We have been at the forefront in creating new Subjects that meet the learning needs of our students in a contemporary society and have won design awards for our buildings.  

We have come to rely less and less on the West Campus for support as we have gained more and more independence and hope to return the favour in coming years.

I would like to thank the entire College Community for its support over the years I have been here –students, parents and staff.  

I would especially like to thank Tim Hogan, Phil Mustey, Fr Denis O’Bryan, my colleague Deputies – Marlene Jorgensen and David Hansen and all of the members of the Leadership Team for the support and opportunities I have received during my time at St Peter’s College.  

I wish the entire College community every success and blessing in the years to come and look forward to returning to see the growth and achievements.


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Mr James Roberts
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus 

West Campus News

Year 10 Subject Interviews

Parents of Year 10 students have been able to speak to staff in interviews at the College on Monday and Tuesday this week, about subject choices for the VCE and VCAL courses.  Choosing Year 11 subjects is particularly important as poor decisions impact negatively on a student successfully attaining their certificate in the shortest time.  Late changes and lack of engagement really disadvantage a student and that is why it is so important to get the subject choice right prior to commencing Year 11.  

My suggestion to best guide a student in subject choice is that they opt for:

  • Subjects that they enjoy;
  • Subjects in which they are successful;
  • Subjects that will assist them in a later course that the student wants to do.

This criteria will help to keep your child engaged at school.  Subject selection forms for all students are due on Friday, 7 August.

Campus Assembly - Environment Day & Pursuit of Excellence

This week at our assembly we will be focussing on two important issues. Firstly, we will celebrate Environment Day and, apart from awarding the Environment Trophy for the term, there will be a presentation from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC).  Click here to read more:

The second important focus of the Campus Assembly is the Pursuit of Excellence of Awards.  The Year 12 students who have worked hard and excelled in their VCE and VCAL studies this year will be acknowledged and celebrated.  This year, we have seen a number of students work particularly well as they participated in after school classes, VCE Study Hub and some excellent VCAL projects.

Students are reminded to wear Sports Uniform on Thursday.

SIS Teen Chef 

I would like to acknowledge the work of Ms Annette Marschner and the following students who represented the school at the recent SIS Teen Chef Competition:  Bonni-Lee Hovey (Year 9, GLB), Natalie Bara (Year 9, GLF), Lucy Burmeister (Year 9, GLF), Emma Pocock (Year 9, ASF) and Daniel Edwards (Year 11, MKD).  

Ms Marschner and the students have even attended school over the holidays and a student free day to fine tune their recipes and complex skills required for the competition. 

Inter-House Indoor Soccer Competition

Assisi House has organised an indoor soccer competition for students this week that will culminate in a grand final next Monday.  Thanks to Mr Roger Hampson and the Assisi Captains Meg Horlock and Mitchell Halstead on making this happen.  

Term 3 is a particularly good time to provide plenty of opportunities for our students to become involved in the co-curricular life of the College. To read more click here:

Uniform Issues

Students are reminded that despite the cold weather, non-uniform items must not be worn with the College uniform.  Furthermore, students are not to wear their sports jacket with the normal uniform.  A blazer is more than adequate in the cold weather. Students who feel the cold weather are encouraged to wear undergarments that cannot be seen.  

Our Zero Tolerance approach to uniform means that students in Years 7-10 will be kept out of class if they cannot fix an incorrect uniform item.  Year 11-12 students will be sent home to rectify any uniform issue.  Students who break uniform rules will be instructed to immediately fix the problem and then be placed on a lunch time clean up detention.  

We ask parents to assist staff in maintaining the high uniform standard that we have come to expect of our St Peter’s College students.

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Teaching and Learning News

Subject Selections 

A final reminder that subject Selections for 2016 are due by this Friday 7th August.

All students should hand their completed Web Preferences receipt to their Learning Advisor. Learning Advisors will double check the preferences and submit to the front office. As was mentioned in last week's newsletter, student choice drives the 2016 timetable so timely submission of all student preferences is vital. Thank you in anticipation for meeting this important deadline.

Windows 10 Free Update 

The IT Department advise that Windows is currently offering a free update to Windows 10 until July 2016. All students are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer.

Why should I upgrade to Windows 10?  

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  • Windows 10 is compressed and so takes up less space on the hard   drive 
  • Windows 10 is faster and more efficient
  • Running Windows 10 reduces battery drainage
  • Windows 10 is a more secure system
  • Windows 10 is free until July 2016
  • Windows 10 upgrade provides improved compatibility with College resources 

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Head of Teaching and Learning

St Agatha's Parish 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 began on 2nd August at 9.30am in the Parish office.  Classes will be held every Sunday in preparation for them to receive the Sacraments at Easter

Youth Retreat Registration Launch: Youth Retreat will be held on Saturday 29th August 10.00 – 4.00pm.  Age group is for Year 7 – 12 and young adults. Don’t miss out on this exciting event.  For more information please call Christine on 0433 041 577 or see Mr Nelson.

World Youth Day 2016 Information Evenings:  Are you interested in attending World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2016?  Would you like to find out more information including pilgrimage options and pricing?

Then come along to your local World Youth Day information evening to find out more and have your questions answered. Please contact Cassie Gawley via email: cassieg@salecatholic.org.au  All welcome!

St Agatha's Parish


Religious Education

The first week of August marks the celebration of a number of important feast days in the life of the Catholic Church. The 3rd of August is the feast day of Saint Dominic, 4th of August Saint John Vianney, 6th The Transfiguration of the Lord and finally the feast day of Saint Mary of the Cross on the 8th. 

Saint Dominic (1170-1221) was a Spanish Priest and founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). His ideal was to link organically a life with God, study, prayer and ministry to others. Saint John Vianney (1786-1859) had a dream of becoming a priest but had to overcome an inadequate education as a child, failing subjects many times. 

Saint Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop) is Australia’s first, and only, recognised Saint in the Catholic Church. She is also the House Patron of MacKillop House. Here is a reflection on her generosity:

Mary MacKillop had a heart big enough to enclose the troubles of all those who sought her assistance. No-one was excluded. She knew how to stand in the shoes of another. Sr Annette recalls: ‘She had the greatest compassion and love for the poor girls and the poor orphans’. There was no wound that she did not reach out to. It was in the environment of her home life that the seeds of compassion were sown. Mary wrote to Monsignor Kirby: ‘My home when I had one was a most unhappy one”.

This week as we commemorate and remember the lives of these great saints, may we recognise that each saint the Church honours responded to God’s invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint. 

Mr Peter Woodhouse
Assistant Religious Education Coordinator, Cranbourne East


On Monday our Teen Chef Team West this year has just completed a successful day’s competition. In its second year, teams must adhere to a strict listing of allowable ingredients to produce their dishes within 90 minutes before judging by a panel of three Chefs from the Australian Culinary Federation.

The St Peter’s College Team for 2015 proudly included Natalie Bara, Lucy Burmeister, Bonnie-Lee Hovey and Emma Pocock from Year 9, with Daniel Edwards of Year 11 acting as emergency. The students had the vision of what they wanted to make. From scratch they learnt how to make flaky pastry to achieve a minimum of nine layers, how to make a meringue that was neither too firm nor so soft, and how to bone lamb sirloin.

The dishes produced for the competition included Lamb, Rosemary and Pumpkin-filled Flaky Pastry Cradles for the main course and Floating Meringue Islands in Honey Cream with Chocolate Sauce, as the dessert. Chef Dale Prentice, said that ‘the food today was at an exceptional level and all students did amazing jobs of being orderly and neat in their practice". Other panel judges acknowledge that all had shown "talent and promise to pursue a career in the food industry at the end of secondary school life".

We scored a Silver Medal with only 5.6 points between St Peter’s College and this year’s top scorers. The team should be extremely proud of their efforts and achievement. We would like to sincerely thank our butcher, Brian, of Brian’s Meats, Marriott Waters, for his kind and generous donation of lamb back straps and for giving up his time to meet with us for one of our after school practice sessions, to demonstrate the boning of lamb sirloin.

Mrs Annette Marschner
SIS Teen Chef Co-Ordinator

SIS Intermediate Boys Soccer

St Peter's College 0  

St James 9

In what was an incredibly challenging first up game, the boys showed excellent effort and commitment against quality opposition. Campbell Bryan was the standout performer, Damon O'Loughlin stuck the task admirably in defence and Henery Apai's attempted overhead kick provided the comedy moment of the match.

Another tough assignment lies ahead next week against SFX.

Mr Broadley, Soccer Coach



SIS Intermediate Girls Football

On Friday the 24th of July St Peter’s College played Padua in the first SIS intermediate girl’s football game of the year. The final scores were SPC: 2.1.13 and Padua Mornington: 5.5.35

It was a very close game in the first three quarters but Padua took home the win in the fourth quarter with a strong wind at their back. Both teams represented their schools well by playing a great game.

The best players on the day were Eugenie, Joanna, Abbey M and Shantelle. The two goal kickers of the day were Shantelle and Eugenie. Even though SPC didn’t win the game all the girls played hard until the very end. 

Hayley Tisdale Student, ASC 

French Poetry Competition

During Term 2, East Campus Year 7 French students competed in the Alliance Francaise annual French poetry competition. We are thrilled to announce that Joshua Bartlett received a perfect score and was called back to the State finals which took place at the beautiful historic "Eildon Mansion", the Melbourne headquarters of the Alliance Francaise.  

The finals took place on Sunday 2nd August, the results will be announced in September.

C'est formidable!

Ms Olimpia Rosenblum, French Teacher & Exchange Coordinator

Year 7 Annual Science Fair

Year 7 Students will be participating in the St Peter's College Annual Science Fair on 14th August 2015.

Students are required to prepare there projects and bring them to school on this day to present to the school community.

Looking forward to an innovative and exciting Science Fair.

Mrs Tania Brown
Teaching and Learning Coach, Science

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. 

To find update your details and register for our Alumni Mentor Program please click here:

Graduating Class of 2005 
Ten Year Reunion

•    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:

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:


Parents & Friends Association


7.15pm Tea and Coffee

7.30 - 9.00pm 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:

Thursday 6 August


Friday 7 August

Solomon Island Trip Trivia Night

Saturday 8 August


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