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Issue 26  |  26 August 2015
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From the Principal

Year of Mercy 

Our Pope has declared a jubilee year of Mercy which will run from December 2015 to November 2016. The act of mercy brings into focus God’s ability to console,  pardon and instil hope in each one of us.  In our Biblical tradition, Christ through mercy brings “good news to the poor, proclaims liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restores sight to the blind.” By proclaiming a year of Mercy, the Pope challenges our church to become a witness of mercy to all and reminds us of the depth of God’s love, a love that excludes no one and can transform the world through forgiveness. I include Pope Francis’ prayer that we may come to know, feel and be God’s Mercy through this Jubilee year.

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Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.  
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


We send our best wishes to staff members Ms Rivonia Pereira and Mr Justin De Goldi who were married on the weekend with beautiful weather to mark the wonderful occasion.

East Campus Athletics Carnival

The East Campus bravely soldiered through cold conditions on Tuesday  to complete their 2015 Athletics Carnival. Students competed strongly throughout the day and were supported by their House members through the chanting of war cries and the wearing of costumes in house colours by the senior students. Final results saw Romero take home the Athletics Shield for 2015 with the Shield for House Spirit being awarded to Assisi House. The West Campus Athletics Carnival will take place on the 11th of September and once completed will see the SIS Athletics Team selected to represent St Peter’s College at the SIS Carnival in Term 4. I thank Sports Manager, Miss Chloe Thomas and all the staff from the East Campus for their organisation and enthusiasm on a very cold day.

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Winter Sleep Out

Our VCAL students have been doing some wonderful work this year, incorporating a variety of different social justice projects into their coursework. This weekend a number of staff and students will be involved in the St Vincent De Paul's Winter Sleepout to both raise awareness of the plight faced by many in our community but also to raise some much needed funds to assist St Vincent De Paul. I thank staff members Mr Shafton, Mr Brown, Mr Nash and Mr Brannan along with the following students for organising this important fundraising event:

Hayden Bower, Matthew Clarke, Callum Gracie, Chloe Harris, Daniel Jenner, Bailey Kilmartin, Joshua Loos, Liam Manning, Matthew Shaw, Juliet Thomas, Monique Totaro, Tayla Whedlock, Stephen De Paoli, Bryce Doyle, Breeannon Flaherty, Kirra Jankovic, Emmanuel Jones, Bridgette Kuusela, Myles Lucas, Shaye Martin, Madeline O'Brien, Dylan Porter, Chelsea Price, William Sawko, Melissa Vezelici, Breanna Virga, Brodie White, Nathan White


Mr Tim Hogan

Latest News
Teaching and Learning News

Save the Date 

Wednesday 9th September is Parent Teacher Interviews.

Staff will be available in the Multi-purpose Hall at the West Campus and in the Lyons Building at the East Campus from 9.00am until 8.30pm 

Traditionally these Term 3 Interviews are not as well attended as early in the year.

Like any relationship, the collaboration between school and home takes effort if effective communication and ultimately best possible outcomes for our students are to be achieved. 

Parents are encouraged to make interviews and to check on the progress of their sons and daughters. 

This Semester Interim Reports will be available via the Community Portal and will NOT be posted home. The same password that was used to access Mid Year Reports will be required to check Interim Reports.  If parents have misplaced or forgotten their Password they are asked to call the College as soon as possible to avoid congestion during the reporting period.

Time to shift to Top Gear!

With only six school weeks until Year 12 students finish its time to pull out the big guns and prepare for final exams.

This year the College has introduced a number of resources to assist students in preparing for final exams. These include: 

  • VCE Study Hub – Each Tuesday in the Library a staff member is available to assist students in exam preparation; 
  • 40 Plus Club – Each Thursday afternoon in the Global Learning Centre various staff are available to again assist with examination preparation;
  • EDROLO – all students who study a unit 3/4 sequence this year have an EDROLO account. Students are encouraged to watch the videos and answer the exam practise questions;
  • The Library opening hours have been extended to 5.30 each afternoon for private study;
  • The Mathematics department offer Maths Club on a Monday to assist with revision;
  • In other subject area, staff offer lunch time and after school tutorials;
  • During the school holidays the College will run Practise Exams under examination conditions to prepare students for the final VCE exams.

All up considerable effort, time and resources have been devoted to providing a variety of opportunities for students in their final year.

Now it’s up to each individual to take up these opportunities that are presented, to make the most of these last precious weeks with staff to assist and to ensure that when they look back at their 2015 Academic Year each person can say they gave it their best shot. The time for Carpe Diem is NOW.

Good Luck to the Year 12 Students of 2015 and to the Year 11 students who have undertaken an accelerated unit. We wish you well as you embark on final preparations for VCE Examinations.

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Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning


West Campus News

West Campus Athletics Carnival Rescheduled

After the disappointment of the cancellation of the West Campus Athletics Carnival, it is good to be able to announce its rescheduling for Friday, 11 September. New permission slips have been sent home and we ask parents and guardians sign these promptly for students to return them to Learning Advisors. You will note that there is a tick box on these forms asking if students require transport back to school after the carnival. We envisage that most students will choose to be picked up at approximately 2.45 pm or make their own way home from the athletics. Please indicate, if your child requires transport back to school in the afternoon. All students are required to start the day at the College.  

Rice Day

Last Thursday, the VCAL students ran Rice Day in which staff and students could buy a cup of plain cooked rice for $1 at recess or lunchtime. This was an effective way of raising consciousness of the poverty in our world that results in so many people living on just one cup of rice a day. This challenging insight was made all the more real to those of us who could appreciate that a small bland meal to us was in fact a delicious feast to those who were hungry. Money made from the day was then donated to charity.

Winter Sleepout

The VCAL students have also been busy preparing for the Winter Sleepout.  This is an opportunity for awareness to be raised of the local rather than the global poverty.  Our regular visits to the Vinnies Soup Van, Ozanam House and City Life Café are regular first hand experiences that allow students to work with and for the poor, however, it is good to challenge all our senior students to think about the needs of some of our most vulnerable in society.  During this particularly cold winter, our students are challenged to sleep in a cold hall on this Friday, 28 August.  The new heating will not be turned on as the students gain a small insight into how tough it can be when you are homeless.  A representative from City Life Café will visit to give a brief talk and receive a donation of blankets from the school.  

Year 9 Girls Talk/Boys Talk

This Thursday, our Year 9 students will be split into males and females to listen to some gender specific presentations about male and female issues. These talks are designed to challenge our youth to be able to celebrate and embrace who they are, while developing a deep respect for members of the opposite sex. This will hopefully further support our theme for the current pastoral periods on respect. While the pastoral period “infomercial” will be targeting all forms of discrimination, my hope would be that students will particularly become aware of and sensitive to the gender inequality and discrimination that exists in our society.

Please chat with your Year 9 child to tease out what they may have learnt or any questions they may have arising from these presentations. Parents are the first and most important teachers of their children and hopefully this activity may prompt some discussion at home that encourages further exploration. Click here to read more:

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

East Campus News

East Campus Athletics Day

The East Campus Athletics Day was held on Tuesday 25th of August at Casey Fields and despite the rain and winds, it was a day of much community, school, House, and of course competitive spirit. Students took part in many field and track events and I’m pleased to say there was a significant improvement in the overall engagement of students on the day. The day is all about participation, and this year that was particularly prevalent as the results for many of the Houses had improved. The House Captains worked tirelessly, ensuring most students were competing and contributing to their House. Students competed in many events and many proudly beat their personal bests. I congratulate all students on the manner in which they participated and supported each other; in particular their House members on the day. 

Champions on the day were ‘the mighty mighty Romero’. In the spirit of Oscar Romero, they displayed determination, courage and a positive House spirit that could be seen and heard from afar. Congratulations to Ms Passagne and Romero House Captains Natasha Pineda and Aaron Quintal, who rallied their fellow house peers together to ensure maximum participation and a spirit of excitement that filled the air. Marian House came in second place followed by Avila House. Assisi House was awarded the Rosemary Graham House Spirit shield for supporting and cheering all members of their house, the energy and enthusiasm they displayed in their House chants and their overall participation on the day. 

Finally, I would like to thank Miss Thomas, Ms Stewart, Ms Atkins and Mr Green for the planning, organisation and conducting a fantastic Athletics Day. Thank you to all staff for assisting, counting, marshalling, supervising, singing, cheering, announcing, recording, catering, judging, photographing and first aiding.

The day was a testament to the St Peter’s spirit of engagement, sportsmanship and the House system at its very best. 


Ms Marjorie Canal
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus


With your help we raised over $10,000.00!

21st Century Real Estate Cranbourne, Ability Press, Access Direct, Alan and Di Tyndal, Amstel Golf Club, Andrea Mitchell, Angela Gargarno, Angus & Robertson Books, Anthea Zaxiropiulos, April Hampson, Ashwood Family, Beacon Lighting Cranbourne, Beacon Lighting Cranbourne, Beacon Lighting Frankston, Berwick Family Butcher, BJ Electrics, Carol Carter, Casey Indoor Sports, Cathy King, Cavalier Art Supplies, Claire Ziino, Clarke Family, Corsair Cleaning Service, Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, Cranbourne Golf Course, Cranbourne Toyota, Cricket Australia, David Hansen, David Lawrence, Deb Preston, Dinuzzo Family, Elegant Hair By Naomi, Finnings First National, Fiona Gallagher, Frame Up Mornington, Frank Sedgman, Frankston Arts Centre, Frontier Touring, Gina Goss, Glenn Collings, Go Ride A Wave, Godfreys Cranbourne, Greg Nelson, Hair Warehouse Centro, Hardie Grant Books, Hepburn Family, Horseback.com.au, Janelle McRae, Japan Package Tours, Jo Hart, John Ferguson, Jo Lorton, Julie Banda, Kay Anderson, Kelley Cooper, Kelly's Motor Club Hotel, Konstruct Recyling, Kevin Cooper, Lampard Family, La Porchetta, Lamont Books, Lauren Turnbull, Leah Wheelock, Le Mans GoKarts, Liz Warde, Loch Sport Caravan Park, Lombard Party Supplies, Luna Park, Lunar Drive-In, Main Resturant Berwick, Mairi-Anne Macartney, Margaret Rowland, Mark Shafton, Marlene Jorgensen, Mary Martin, Masters - Carrum Downs, Mates Carpet Central, McPhersons Consumer Products, Medichill, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne River Cruises, Melissa Dillon, Mr and Mrs Wilson, Nova Pharmacy Langwarrin, Pauline Books and Media, PJ & J Cochrane, Plants for Hire, Playground Shopping & Retail, PLOS, Product Dynamics, Rebecca Ramsdale, Roger Hampson, Ross Faulkner, Rotary Club of Waverley, RSL Cranbourne, Schuers Vegetable Growers, SE Juniors Football, SeaRoad Ferries, Settlers Run Golf Club, Shad Watson Photography, St Peter's College, SPC Staff Association, Spotless Catering, Spotlight, Stuff N Nonsense, Ted's Camera Store  - Fountain Gate, The Party Man, The Party Place Mornington, The Rabot - Fragola Family, Tides of Tooradin, Tim Hogan, Trident, Verst, Vicki Young, Vital Office Supplies, Viv Hayes, Vortex Basketball, VRC Public Dining, Wendy DeVries, Woods Furniture, ZART Art Supplies.

Apologies if I have missed anyone, as a number of donations were delivered without names for me to acknowledge.

Mrs April Hampson,
Marketing Manager


University Workshops

ATAR Notes Free VCE Revision Lectures

These free VCE revision lectures are being hosted at RMIT during the September school holidays. Lectures will be held for year 12 Psychology, Business Management, Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and English and Year 11 Maths Methods and English. Register soon on the website – the January and July lectures were booked out. 

Swinburne Advice Nights – Discover More

Come with questions, leave with clarity.

  • Wantirna Campus Wednesday 9 September, 4pm–6pm. All study areas
  • Hawthorn Campus Monday 14 September, 4pm–6pm. Aviation, Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies, Science
  • Hawthorn Campus Tuesday 15 September, 4pm–6pm. Design, Film and Television, Games and Animation
  • Hawthorn Campus Wednesday 16 September, 4pm–6pm. Business and Management, Law
  • Hawthorn Campus Thursday 17 September, 4pm–6pm. Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Health, Media and Communications, Psychology

Swinburne: Fundamentals of Animation
Thurs 17th September, 10am–4pm Hawthorn Campus $20, including lunch and materials. A one-day workshop exploring the fundamental practices and traditional processes in stop-frame animation. The workshop is aimed at current VCE students and recent graduates, but is open to all. 


University of Melbourne JD Information Session
Tue 13th October, 6pm–7pm Melbourne Law School. This event for prospective students and their parents will provide information about the structure, entry requirements and benefits of the JD at Melbourne. You will hear from current JD students and staff, and advisors will be available to answer any questions.


Employment and Work Experience Opportunities

Qantas Apprenticeship Program

Applications open in August/September of each year.  Qantas Engineering offers a number of aircraft maintenance and other trade apprenticeships based at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Airports. Each year, apprenticeships are offered in a range of fields including Aircraft Instrument Systems, General Electrical Systems and Environment Control Systems.


Bricklaying Apprentices

Bricklaying apprentices are currently in short supply. This brochure provides information about pre-apprenticeship programs available at Chisholm, and outlines a possible career path following a bricklaying apprenticeship.


Zoos Victoria Work Experience Program

Zoos Victoria run a competitive work experience program for high school students. Students can apply for placement at one of Zoos Victoria’s three properties: Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo, or Werribee Open Range Zoo. Students need to be aged over 15 to apply for the program. Applications for the 2016 program are open from Mon 24th August to Fri 18th September.


Australian Government Cadetships, Scholarships and Work Experience Opportunities

The Australian government has a number of cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian Government departments and agencies. 



Ms Melissa Dillon,

Careers Co-ordinater

Enrolments for Year 7, 2017 will open in October with Information Evenings, including student lead tours, and classrooms in-action displays being held at each campus on the following dates:

West Campus:

Wednesday 14 October @ 6.30pm

East Campus:

Thursday 22 October @ 6.30pm

Bookings are not required for these events, but if you want to book or to gain more information please do not hesitate to contact the College Registrar.  

All welcome.  

Please pass this information onto friends and family who are or maybe looking to enrol their child into Year 7, 2017.

Contact our Registrar Kelley Cooper for all enquiries regarding enrolments phone : 5990 7777 or


Fathers Day Entertainment Book Offer

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So no matter where Dad lives there is a Book for Him!

Take advantage of FREE standard postage in Australia when you order your Entertainment Book before 31 August!

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Remember each book sold raises funds in support of our students extracurricular activities.

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Religious Education

You may be familiar with the parable of the Unforgiving Servant that is found in Matthew 18. It follows on from Peter’s question, how many times must I forgive? This was last year’s school theme.

In the parable the king brings to account one of his slaves who owes him a large amount of money. Unable to pay the king threatens the slave and his family with imprisonment. The slave begs for, and receives, mercy and is forgiven his debt. Outside of the king’s judgement area the slave finds a fellow slave who owes him a small amount of money. The second slave cannot pay the first and is thrown into prison by the first slave. Many of their fellow slaves witness this injustice and bring it to the notice of the king. The first slave is summoned again and the king says, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’  And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt (Matt 18: 33-34). 

Acknowledging the importance of Mercy, Pope Francis nominated 2016 as a Year of Mercy. Pope Francis says, “We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.” (Misericordiae Vultus #2) With this desire of the Pope’s in mind let us pray for the strength to show mercy to others. May we, in turn, also be shown mercy.

St Peter Pray for Us

Mr Greg Nelson
Assistant Religious Education Leader, West Campus 


St Agatha's Parish News

Agape Youth Meeting

New meeting days will be 1st and 3rd Tuesday, starting in September.  Holy hour will be on selected Sunday night.

Migrant and Refugee Sunday

The Diocesan celebration of Migrant and Refugee Sunday will be celebrated by Bishop Pat O’Regan with the priests on 30 August at 2.00pm at Our Lady Help of Christian Church, Princes Highway, Narre Warren.  

Spread Joy Youth Camp

A school holiday camp for teenagers in Yr 7 – 10 about how to be your true self and share your God given gifts with the world. 7.00pm Monday 28 September – 11.00am Wednesday 30 September, the Island Christian Youth Camp 41 – 53 Church Strret Cowes.  $60.00pp and registration forms can be downloaded from www.sale.catholic.org.au/youth or call Cassie on 5622 6686

St Agatha’s Parish

Winter Sleepout 2015

The Winter Sleepout is an annual event that St Peter's College West Campus holds to raise awareness of homelessness.

It is encouraged that students donate $5 that will go towards helping the less fortunate. It will start at 7:30pm Friday 28th - 9:00am Saturday 29th, it will be held at the St Peter's College Cranbourne West Multipurpose Hall. Students will need to bring the following:
Sleeping bag
You are welcome to bring your own snacks.

It is advised that students have dinner at home, as there will be no dinner provided.

The school will provide breakfast for the students. There will be activities and a guest speaker during the night. Students from both campuses in Years 10, 11 and 12 can attend. Permission slips are available from Student Reception. 

We encourage students to participate in this wonderful annual event and have an experience of a lifetime.  

Year 11 VCAL Students 

Items Of Interest

NEW St Peter's College Website

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St Peter's College Community Portal

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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.  

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Catholic Life 

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St Peters College Uniform Shop

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Second Hand Uniform Sales via Sustainable School Shop

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Donations of Uniform Items in Good Condition are able to be left at our College Reception for use within our Community.

Thursday 27 August


Tuesday 1 September

Parents & Friends Meeting

Saturday 5 September

Saturday Detention

Wednesday 9 September

Student Free Day

Parent - Teacher Interviews

Friday 11 September

Re-scheduled West Campus Athletics Carnival

Year 7 2017 Enrolments & Information Evenings

Enrolments for Year 7 2017 will open in October with Information Evenings, being held at each campus:

West Campus -Wednesday 14 October @ 6.30pm

East Campus -Thursday 22 October @ 6.30pm

Parents & Friends Association


7.15pm Tea and Coffee

7.30 - 9.00pm St Peter's College WEST CAMPUS

(Enter 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 

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Memorial Pavers

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