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Issue 27  |  02 September 2015
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From the Principal

Migrant and Refugee Sunday

Last Sunday the Catholic Church celebrated the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees under the banner “Church without frontiers, Mother to all “. It says a lot about our church and its responsibility to reach out to those who find themselves in a position where they cannot live in safety in their homeland. We witness this desperation in the Middle East on a nightly basis on the news and our Pope calls for us to stand in solidarity and acceptance with all who find themselves in this plight.

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM CONV is the Bishop Delegate for Migrants and Refugees and himself a recipient of the compassion and generosity of our community many years ago.

‘As a refugee myself, along with several members of my family seeking shelter and security, Australia has always been generous. It is now again the time to show the same kind of generosity that was shown to the Vietnamese refugees 40 years ago, to our Middle Eastern brethren as well as those in our Asia-Pacific Region seeking asylum.’ ‘Migrants in our communities often go through challenges and difficulties that are unseen. Simple things, which many of us either growing up or living in Australia for a long time, often forget or simply don’t notice, can be a challenge for new migrants. Things such as language, culture or customs can bring about hardship and anxiety.’ ‘It is precisely here, in these everyday situations, that Christ is calling us to move beyond ourselves, and express solidarity to our fellow brothers and sisters. To lend a helping hand, just saying hello or even just a simple smile.’ ‘This is the beginning of encounter. From here, we can move together in solidarity. Many of us may never change the world, but let us not forget that we can change the world around us.’ 

I include these photos of the Winter Sleepout which occurred last friday night in the College Hall in admiration of our young people who so easily move to stand in solidarity and acceptance of those on the margins of our society.

winter sleepout 2

winter sleepout 1

Global Classroom

I had the pleasure of visiting Ms Keswani’s Year 7 Japanese last week as they were conducting a quiz on Japanese language to strengthen their vocabulary. A standard activity in most language classes the only difference being that the quiz was being conducted by a teacher in Tokyo using skype technology over the internet. The engagement of our students was very high and with a one hour time difference between Japan and Australia it highlighted the possibilities that technology can bring to our students learning. We look forward to developing these opportunities with our sister schools in Japan and New Caledonia over the next few years.

Selina\'s class

Parent teacher Interviews

I look forward to seeing our parents and students at Parent Teacher Interviews next week. As we move into the last stage of the school year it presents an opportunity for parents to gain feedback on student progress especially around the work habits and competencies that will underline a student's academic success over the next few years. For our Year 12‘s it is particularly important that they receive an assessment of where they are at and what they need to do to prepare for their fast approaching final exams.

House Spirit 

This term although a very cold one has seen many house based competitions being held during lunchtime to create a friendly spirit of competition and teamwork among students of each house. With points allocated for the McGuigan Shield at the West Campus and the Rosemary Graham Shield at the East Campus, students have enjoyed putting their best performances forward in the Lip Sync, Spelling Bee, Dodgeball and Indoor Soccer competitions over the last 6 weeks.

Our lunchtime house activities program engages our students and gives them a sense of connection and security within our school community. These are important factors in not only building resilience in our students but also ensuring that they understand the benefits for their own well-being that come from belonging to community long after they leave St Peter’s. I thank our house leaders and their respective student leaders for the wonderful environment they have created over these cold winter months.


Mr Tim Hogan

Latest News

Re: Unit 3 and 4 End Year Examination Requirements 2015

Any student who is currently undertaking a Unit 3/4 VCE study will be required to participate in practice exams in each subject. These trial exams provide valuable exam technique practise together with timely feedback from staff to assist all students in preparing for their final Year 12 exams.
These practice examinations will take place in the College Hall under strict examination conditions. As such students will be required to wear full College uniform.

Key dates please click here:

Attendance will be compulsory for all eligible students in the above periods. Students will be required to remain in the Multipurpose Hall for the entire allocated time (of their exam) and will not be able to exit the Examination room prior to the conclusion of their Examination.

Formal VCAA Examination conditions will be applied. Students will need to attend with the correct approved materials such as pens, pencils and calculators (where appropriate). For details of the official procedures for VCAA Examinations and dates for the official VCAA Examinations please refer to the VCAA web site indicated below. 


Click here for attached Table for subject details.  

If you have any concerns regarding the above process please contact Mr Fisher or Ms Jorgensen

Interim Reports 

Interim Reports for each student are now available via the Community Portal. Reports will not be posted home in hard copy. Parents are asked to view the Report and to make appointments for Parent Teacher Interviews on 9th September via the PTI tab in the same portal. Please use the same Password and Username that was distributed for the end of Semester 1 Reports. Any parent who has lost or forgotten their password is asked to contact the Front Office. Parents may also request a hard copy via the Front Office staff. Instructions for accessing the Interim reports was emailed home on Tuesday 1st September. 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Staff will be available in the Multi Purpose Hall at West Campus and upstairs in the Lyons Building at East from 9.00am until 8.30pm. Please take this opportunity to meet with staff to discuss the progress of your sons and daughters and to strengthen the partnership between College and home. Parent Teacher Interviews are an important signal to students regards the value parents place on education. Please take the time to send a strong message of support.

To veiw Interim Reports and make appointments for Patent Teacher Interveiws enter our Community Portal here:

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Teaching and Learning

West Campus News

Year 9 Swimming Assessment

This week our Year 9 students are travelling to Casey RACE for a swimming assessment in preparation for the Year 9 Camp next term.  This initiative is part of our risk management to ensure that we know our student capabilities when it comes to the water activities on camp, particularly in the Torquay surf. The Year 9 PE staff have updated their AUSTSWIM qualifications to ensure that they can accurately assess our students’ ability to swim and be safe in the water.  Consequently, it is very important that all the Year 9 students return permission forms promptly and attend their designated swimming assessment.  There will be a make-up day early in Term 4 for any students who are unable to attend this week.  Students who deliberately avoid meeting this very important safety requirement, will be given a consequence.  They will still be required to attend the Year 9 Camp, as this is compulsory.  However, until an individual’s swimming ability can be assessed on the camp, it will be assumed that they are unable to swim and this will restrict the level of participation in water activities.

Year 8 - Project Rockit

This Friday, Project Rockit will be working with our Year 8 students on cyber bullying issues. Project Rockit was launched in 2006 by Rosie and Lucy Thomas, two Australian sisters who saw the opportunity to create real social change by tackling the issue of bullying in school communities. To put it simply, Project Rockit builds spaces where imagination, leadership, creative expression and acceptance are available to all young people, regardless of their social label, grades, gender, sexuality or cultural background. Project Rockit has now worked with hundreds of thousands of school students and presented at major national and international conferences as (cyber) bullying experts. In 2012, PROJECT ROCKIT launched an innovative online anti-bullying curriculum, which is an Australian first in the fight against (cyber) bullying.

West Campus Athletics Carnival Rescheduled – Friday 11th Sept.

As noted in last week’s e-newsletter, the West Campus Athletics Carnival has been rescheduled for Friday 11th Sept.  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 2.45pm 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. Students are to wear their Sports Uniform.  Year 11 & 12 students may dress in the house colours.  VCAL student are not required at the carnival because of their Friday outside school commitments.

To download and print the Permission Slip please click here:

New Concrete Pathway

Later this week, contractors will begin construction of a new pathway from the back pedestrian gate on Navarre Drive into the College grounds.  This path will ensure students can avoid the difficult choice they face on wet days - either get wet feet from walking across a saturated oval or unsafely share a drier driveway with vehicular traffic.  While construction is taking place, students will have to use the back gateway alongside cars.  We will ensure staff are at hand to minimise this risk and ensure the safety of our children.  We do ask all drivers using this back gate to be particularly careful during the pathway construction.

Mr David Hansen

Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

East Campus News

Science Fair & Week

We would very much like to congratulate our Year 7 Science students for their wonderful experiments and projects they made for the “2015 Science Fair”. 

For Science Week large number of students came into the Science laboratories and looked around a range of activities based on the theme of “Making Waves – the Science of Light”. Every day something different.

To view full details and see our student pictures please click here:

To view details and see pictures of our Science Activities with our local Primary Schools please click here:

SIS Book in a Day

On Tuesday the 11th of August five students went to John Paul College, Frankston, for the SIS ‘Book in a Day’ Competition. The participants were Nivya Benny, Paayal Naidu and Sonita Kong from Year 7, Morgan Kemp from Year 9 and Emilyn Moroney from Year 10. "It was a long day, to say the least, but it was also a very enjoyable day. We were given a prompt and we had the whole day to write and draw about it, and at the end of the day when we had finished proofreading, there was the excitement of watching our book being printed and bound so that other people could read it. I highly recommend doing Book in a Day next year to anyone, it’s an amazing experience for anyone who wants to be an author."

SIS Debating

On Wednesday the 29th of August fifteen students from the East campus participated in the SIS Debating competition held at John Paul College, Frankston. Students were required to debate one prepared topic and one unprepared topic which they received on the day. 

Two teams, consisting of Michaela Adair, Charlotte Dabb, Paige Dabb, Alex Johnson, Alica Sieben, Glen Sieben, Angelin Tom and Emily Wooton, competed in the junior division, arguing the topics ‘That we should stop testing on animals’ and ‘That contact sports should be banned at school’. 

Another two teams, consisting of Dakota Dempsie-Cotterell, Sheena Luthra, Erin Manaog, Felicite Nguyen, Tiffany Forbes, Sarah Newlands and Laura Wootton, participated in the intermediate division, arguing the topics ‘That humanity has gained more from science than the arts’ and ‘That Australia should accept far fewer migrants’.

East Campus News continued

All of our students enjoyed the challenge of debating and benefitted from the valuable feedback provided by the adjudicators. We had a number of wins on the day as well as some narrow defeats. The students, many of whom are new to debating, have shown great improvements over the competition and should be very proud of the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm they have shown.

Our intermediate team of Tiffany Forbes, Sarah Newlands, and Laura Wootton not only won both of their debates but also finished first on the ladder. They will progress to the semi-finals to be held on Thursday the 10th of September. Good luck to these girls and congratulations to all students who participated on the day.

Shine Conference 2015

Shine Gatherings are regional events where youth ministry students from CSYMA Schools connect in a faith and ministry experience. This year 45 CSYMA students from St Peter’s joined 320 CYSMA students from other secondary schools in the Sale Diocese. The conference was held at St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield Campus and the theme of the day was ‘The greatest among you will be your servant’ (Matthew 23:11).

The day consisted of presentations from the CSYMA National Team with a focus on ‘we are all created to do great things and to serve others’ and workshops on music ministry, liturgy, parish connections, global poverty, meditation and dramatizing the Gospel. The day finished with a mass celebrated by Bishop Pat. I thank Mr Peter Woodhouse, Mr Mark Shafton and Ms Janelle McRae for encouraging and accompanying our students on the day. The Shine Gatherings form young people in their faith, equip them for ministry and provide an opportunity for students to connect together so they can truly experience belonging to something bigger, the Church. 

Ms Marjorie Canal
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Term 4 Tues 6th October

A reminder that students will be required to wear Summer Uniform on their return for Term 4.

Please check that Uniform items meet College standards prior end of Term 3 to allow time (if required) for purchases and/or repairs and alterations.

Past experience tells us that particular attention should be given to the Girls Summer Uniform Dress length, which is required to be on the knee or below. To read full uniform standards please click 'READ MORE'

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

Thurs 3rd September 8.00 - 12noon

Tues 8th September 1.00 - 5.00pm

Thurs 10th Sept 8.00 - 12noon

Tues 15th Sept 1.00 - 5.00pm

Thurs 17th Sept 8.00 - 12noon

To order new items on line please click here:

To purchase secondhand items on line please click here:

Portrait Summer Uniform

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.

To veiw and print sample lists please click here:

Mrs April Hampson
Marketing Manager

Parents and Friends Donation

Every Wednesday during lunch, students and some staff have gathered to battle it out in a friendly game of chess. Numbers have been very encouraging and recently we found that we were limited by our resources. However, thanks to the generosity of the hard working Parents and Friends Committee we were able to purchase more equipment. Students who were previously sitting and watching are now participating.

Chess Club is held every Wednesday in the library at lunchtime. Please encourage your child to attend.        

Chess Tournament at St. James College

A group of talented chess players travelled to St James College recently for a warm up tournament for the S.I.S. Chess tournament. All students played a round robin style tournament where they played 7 games against students of similar ability. The competition was fierce and St Peter's College was able to represent themselves with pride. 

Final Placings from the competition were;
1.    St James College     (19 1/2 points)
2.    Mazenod College     (18 ½ points)
3.    Huntingtower School     (15 ½ points)
4.    St Peter's College     (14 ½ points)
5.    Cornish College         (10 points)    

On Wednesday 9th September, the College S.I.S. Chess team will travel to John Paul College to play for the S.I.S. Shield. 

chess news

Mr Chris O'Hara
Chess Club Co-ordinator

“Chess teaches things; to think, to plan, to concentrate and to strategise”

Students Reflect on Migrants & Refugees theme

Diocesan Celebration of Migrants and Refugees

World Day of Migrants and Refugees was celebrated in Catholic parishes around Australia on Sunday 30th August, 2015. The theme for this year was ‘Church without frontiers, Mother to All’. East Campus Yr11 RE students reflected on the theme and what it means to them in our current context.

I have included some of their reflections.

‘The celebration on Sunday 30/08/15 highlights the individuality of our backgrounds and the importance of acknowledging our heritage. But most importantly it identifies the strength that God has given us in order to migrate into suburbs/countries of peace and acceptance without further violence, which is displayed in other countries’ - Linda Johnson

‘The Church is like everyone’s mother and it doesn’t matter if you are an asylum seeker, migrant, refugee or where you are from in the world, the Church has no boundaries and looks after everyone’ - Brodie Turner

‘We are the Church and without us there would be no Church. For the Church is like a mother, who respects and loves us all despite our differences’ - Nyabuom Ruei

‘Mother to All’ means the Church will never leave anyone or disown anyone, migrant, refugee or local’ - Peter Del

‘The Church reaches out globally without any borders to help migrants and refugees. However, this does not mean we leave this task to the Bishops, we take it upon ourselves to help even in small ways’ - Joseph Araniakulathil

‘Migrants and refugees are accepted into our community and we hope they have a new sense of belonging’ - Stephanie Barnes

We give thanks to God for the rich contribution of migrants and refugees to our Australian Society and we pray for all refugees especially those who seek safe haven in Australia.

Ms Marjorie Canal

Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Religious Education

Last Friday a strong group of staff and students gathered for the annual Winter Sleepout. It is conducted to build awareness of the situation of many people in our society in relation to homelessness. We invited Sue and Mark from the City Life Cafe to give us an insight into what homelessness is, how people get to be homeless, and what sorts of things lead up to someone being homeless.  We discovered that there are many people in our society who struggle in this way, that often conditions beyond their control lead them to this situation. 

St Peter's students show a great deal of empathy for those in our society less well off.

This week is the inaugural Prayer for the Environment Day.  Below is the prayer for the environment given to us by Pope Francis.

A prayer for our earth - Pope Francis

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Mr Stephen Nash
Religious Education Co-ordinator

St Agatha's Parish News

Monthly Healing Mass  

Next Sunday 6 September at the 6.00pm Mass led by Fr Denis.

St Vincent De Paul Society

Cranbourne continues to assist over 1200 families and 700 individuals each year through personal and financial support such as home visitation, Vinnies shops, visits to the sick and elderly and many others.  We are seeking volunteers to help us in our work, come and see how you can help us to help others at an information session on Tuesday 15 September at 7.00pm in the Parish Hall

Agape Youth Meeting

New meeting days will be 1st and 3rd Tuesdays starting September.  Holy Hour will be on selected Sunday night

Spread Joy Youth Camp

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

St Agatha's Parish



7.15pm Tea and Coffee

7.30 - 9.00pm St Peter's College EAST CAMPUS

(Enter via Heather Grove Gates please) 

Cert. lll Children’s Services, B.A., Dip. Ed., B.Ed.(Hons) VCE French, Integrated Learning, French

Ms Olimpia Rosenblum joined the College in 2014 and this year has taken up the position of Teaching and Learning Coach – Languages at our East Campus, as well as continuing her role as Exchange Coordinator. The role of Exchange Coordinator encompasses both our East and West Campus. Olimpia has a strong background in languages and the Arts, having lived and worked in Paris for over 9 years. Olimpia will focus her presentation on the College Exchange Program for the meeting.


2015/16 Entertainment Books 

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Memorial Pavers

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Thursday 3 September

Book Week - East Campus


Saturday 5 September


Monday 7 September

Yr 7 Immunisations - West Campus

VCE Performance Night - 7.00pm in the College Hall

Wednesday 9 September

Student Free Day

Parent Teacher Interviews - 9.00am - 8.30pm

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Expression of interest forms have been distributed to all Japanese teachers on both campuses for travel to Japan in 2016. Please be sure to return this slip as soon as possible. 

Forms can also be obtained from the Office at both campuses.  

An Information evening will be held during Term 4.

To view and print the Expression of Interest Form please click here:

Ms Olimpia Rosenblum
Exchange Coordinator

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 

Invitations have now been sent, if you haven't received yours please contact the College Office on 03 5990 7777

•    Date:      24th October 2015
•    Time:      7.15 for a 7.30pm start

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Catholic Life 

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