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Issue 25  |  19 August 2015
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From the Principal

Appointment of Head of East Campus

The position of Head of East Campus replacing Mr James Roberts has been finalised and it is pleasing to announce that Mr Chris Black has been appointed to the position for the next three years. Mr Black is currently Deputy Principal at Killester College in Springvale where he has held several leadership responsibilities in both Pastoral Care and Curriculum. I look forward to his involvement and contribution to the College and in particular his leadership of the East Campus as it expands to accommodate over 500 students through year levels 7-12 in 2016.

Science Week

I congratulate our students who were involved in Science week at both the East and West Campus. An array of science experiments were conducted and presented during the science fair which required students to explain their hypotheses and learnings from the experiments they had conducted over the last 4 weeks. Year 7 Parents who were able to attend on the day thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm and insights articulated by our young scientists. I particularly thank our Science - Teaching & Learning Coaches, Mrs Brown and Mr Barber, our Lab Technicians, Mrs Selfridge, Mrs Stavrou and Mrs Bramble along with all the science teachers who challenged and encouraged our students.

Science fair 1

Book In a Day

The Book in a Day competition was held for the first time as part of the Southern Independent Schools Association cultural events programs last week. The original idea for this event came from former St Peter’s Staff member Ms Tracy Lockley who was always looking for opportunities to foster the creativity and writing talent of our  students. A number of schools gathered at John Paul College to develop their plot and storyline, with our students from the East Campus writing and illustrating “Wonders of the Wood” and our students from the West Campus completing a piece titled "Clownfedential". The results of their hard work will be reviewed in English classes and can be viewed on the school internet. 


We keep in our prayers staff member Mr Frank Carter whose brother Tom died suddenly last week. 

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Elizabeth Hunt Scholarship -2016

The Diocese of Sale provides two scholarships each year to students who are undertaking a Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor of Teaching at ACU National, Melbourne or Ballarat. Scholarship recipients receive $1500 per year for the years of their course. It is expected that the Elizabeth Hunt Scholarship holder upon graduation will teach for at least three years in a Catholic School in the Diocese of Sale.

The scholarship is named after Miss Elizabeth Hunt who was a teacher at St Patrick’s Pakenham from 1905 until 1934 when the Presentation Sisters established a convent. She was a legend among teachers in the Pakenham area, being much loved and respected.

Students who are currently in Year 12 are eligible to apply for this scholarship which represents a wonderful opportunity for those considering the teaching profession as a future career. Interested students and families can obtain further information and application forms from our school website.The closing date for applications is Friday the 16th of October.


Appointment of Padua College Principal

I congratulate former staff member Mr Anthony Banks who has been appointed to the role of Principal of Padua College in Mornington. Mr Banks is currently Principal of St Joseph’s College in Mildura and was Deputy Principal at St Peter’s College from 2009 to 2013.


Mr Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

Today, we live in a growing secular, individualistic and consumerist society, Pope Francis reminds us in his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, that we, all human persons, have the responsibility to care for earth, our common home. He states that ‘we need one another … we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it’ (Laudato Si’, no. 229).  We are reminded of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and are called to respond collectively to the need and care of God’s creation and others. ‘Persons ought to have access to all that is necessary for the proper development of life’ (Vatican II, The Church in Modern World).

Our faith calls us to act, to care, to participate, to work for the common good and to commit to the integrity of the ecosystems and the dignity of the human person.  I congratulate Mr Jean Paul Antoine, Miss Carol Whimpey, Mrs Delwyn Gillman, the Environment Club, the Social Justice Group and the staff and students at the East on their fine efforts last week with the fundraising of Soup Day and the Tree Planting that took place at the back of the oval.

It is evident that the East Campus, its students and staff, are responding to the call of Pope Francis to take responsibility, to care and to act for our environment and the common good, ensuring dignity of all human persons. Social justice is at the heart of Catholicism and this is affirmed in Pope Francis’ recent encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and actively lived out at the East Campus.

Marjorie\'s article 19 Aug

Ms Marjorie Canal
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Religious Education

Wednesday 19 August is World Humanitarian Day which is a global celebration of people helping people. It is a time for us to recognise those people who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) to coincide with the anniverary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. 

This year, the UN and its humanitarian partners invite us to inspire the world’s humanity. The theme class us to join any of the world’s humanitarian organisations and become an active messenger of Humanity. In an effort to build a global sense of momentum, the UN are calling on all Messangers of Humanity to take an important social action this week and share this theme on your social networks to amplify the message. 

On a local scale, we at St Peter’s are Messengers of Humanity on a daily basis. One example is the continued support of the St Vincent de Paul Soup Van’s. 2015 has seen the first Year 11 students from East Campus volunteer on a fortnightly basis. They join a long history of student involvement from the West Campus and are bringing a message of hope to those struggling in our society. 

soup van 19 aug

Mr Peter Woodhouse 
Assistant Religious Education Coordinator-East Campus


West Campus News

Athletics Carnival

Unfortunately the West Campus Athletics Carnival scheduled for Monday was cancelled owing to the cold and wet weather.  Though disappointing for many students and staff, we are attempting to reschedule the event for later in the term.  Heavy bookings at Casey Fields Athletics Track and bus availability limit the possibility of another date being chosen but this is not out of the question.  We will do what we can to get this event happening.

My David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus


Year Seven Science Fair 2015 - West Campus

The St Peter’s Annual Year Seven Science Fair happened on Friday 14th August throughout lunchtime in the Science laboratories. The day was a celebration with the showcasing of the student’s hard work. Congratulations and thanks go to all the year seven students and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to the science fair for this year. There were some wonderful posters and models on display and as usual, the students work was outstanding.  Well done to all who participated in the Year Seven Science Fair.

Mrs Tania Brown
Teaching and Learning Coach – Science (West Campus).


Environmental Sustainability Project

Earlier this year, Casey Council approved a $2000 grant geared towards promoting Environmental Sustainability at School.  I seize this opportunity to thank the Environmental Committee at Casey Council for supporting us in our endeavour to improve our school environment and the global ecosystem. 

In this context, a ‘Tree-Planting Activity’ was organised last Tuesday 11th August at St Peter’s College East Campus which involved the Environment Group members, the House Captains as well as the Principal, Deputy Principal and Acting Deputy Principal. Students and staff were also present on the occasion to support our effort to reduce our Carbon Footprint.  The two tree species selected were the Flame Tree and the Lemon–Scented Gum Tree. 

This is part of a series of Environmental Sustainability activities programmed for this year. As a Catholic School Community we respond very positively to Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ which urges us to save our ecosystem by preserving our biodiversity and by learning to reduce, reuse and recycle our wastes.  There is an “urgent challenge to protect our common home”  … and work “together to seek a sustainable and integral development.” (Laudato Si- #13)

The Family and the School are the best platforms to pass on the right message to our young generation in the hope of a better future for our planet and to make life more liveable especially for the poor who are the most affected by the degradation of our environment. 

Last, but not least, I wish to extend my thanks to Mr Adam Bonnici and Mr Alex  May for all their effort to order the plants and get all the holes dug,  the topsoil and other planting materials and equipment  ready to make of this planting activity a success.  

Environmentally yours

Mr Jean-Paul Antoine 
Environment Group Coordinator


Backpacks 4 Vic Kids


Often children are placed quickly into foster care without much more than what they are wearing at the time. 

They need our help.

Backpacks 4 Vic Kids is a Cranbourne based community group but supports children in foster care throughout Victoria.  They are a registered non-profit community group run by volunteers. 

They assist by providing quality Back Packs and Nappy Bags to children ages 0-17 years entering in foster care in Victoria. Backpacks or Nappy Bags contain size and gender appropriate contents including essential items (such as toiletries), clothing, pyjamas, a torch, blanket and a toy or activity which will belong to the child and will stay with them should they be relocated.

As a community I think we can assist Backpacks 4 Vic Kids in providing the items or backpacks to help support the children being placed into foster care. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like for these children to be placed into care & not having anything of their own. We can assist by making a small difference to these children lives. 

Thank you to all those who have made contributions already.

We have until end of Term 3, Friday 18th September. Items can be left at College Reception. If you would like more information or have any questions please don’t hesitate contacting me.

Mrs April Hampson
Marketing Manager

HPV News

HPV Team – Zone Cycling Event

On Friday 7th August, two members of the St Peter’s College Human Powered Vehicle Team waited nervously on the start line for their age category heat, at the Zone Cycling Event. Rhys Davidson and Sean Humble (both in Year 8 at the East Campus) braved not only the cold and wet weather, but also the unknown, as the first riders from St Peter’s to enter this event. The Zone Cycling Event is held at Casey Fields each year and was entered by cycling competitors from the South Eastern region of Melbourne.

In an event where Rhys and Sean were riding bikes instead of the usual HPV’s, they performed extremely well, with Rhys leading the pack almost all of the way and Sean not letting go of his position in the pack most of the way. Congratulations to Rhys on placing 4th (which means he now goes on to compete at state level) and Sean on placing 8th. The St Peter’s College HPV Team are very proud to have been represented by these boys at such a competitive event and look forward to continued commitment to achieve success.

Ms Janine Dissenga
HPV Coach

Staff vs Augustine House Indoor Soccer Champions

Having won the indoor soccer House competition, the Augustine students arrived to the 6-a-side challenge against the staff with an air of confidence. As referee Parton (as mobile as ever – sat on a chair on the sideline!) blew the whistle, this soon began to fade as they realised they were up against some serious competition. O’Hara in his now customary “Viduka role” up front, provided a constant threat and could have easily added to his 2 goals by hitting the target with the other 13 one-on-one opportunities he had. DeGoldi provided plenty of flair, Laurie was wholehearted as he flitted between game time and the sipping his Latte on the bench.

Nash was like a rampaging bull, Brown a steadying influence, Hogan talked a good game and Broadley was like Fabien Barthez in his prime between the sticks. While the students tried hard, they could not match the class, experience, nous and psychological toughness of the staff who went on to record a 6-4 victory. The highlight was undoubtedly Dakic’s pass flush into the face of Augustine House Leader, Brown – which provided some consolation for the students. The game was played in great spirits and at least provided some warmth from the elements for the big crowd watching! Until next year!

Mr David Fini 
Staff Team Coach / Literacy Coach / HALO Program Coordinator

Carry On (Victoria) Secondary Education Grant 2016

Are you Ex Navy,Army or Air Force?

Then Carry On (Victoria) may be able to help you with education costs if you meet our eligibility criteria.  If you have served in the Australian Defence Forces or Allied Forces and wish to apply for a secondary educatioin Grant for 2016, please telephone Carry On (Victoria) on 9629 2648 to establish eligibility and request an application form.

Carry On (Victoria) assists Secondary School students in Years 7 - 12 with grants for expenses such as fees, books,uniforms,excursions etc.  For those students going on to Tertiary Education a grant may also be available. Children who's Parent/s or Legal Guardian/s have a need for financial assistance and comply with our eligibility criteria may apply.  All grants are income tested and applications should be submitted by 29 October 2015 

Monday 17 August

Science week Starts

Thursday 20 August


Friday 21 August

East Campus Tour

Tuesday 25 August

Aths Carnival - East Campus

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