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Issue 39  |  03 February 2016
Featured Story
From the Principal

Welcome Back

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After a wonderful summer holiday I extend a warm welcome to all of our students and families back to St Peter’s College for 2016, particularly those who enter our gates for the first time. I hope students were able to enjoy some great family time over the break and are now recharged and refocused on their job of learning.

This year our Annual Theme captures the conversation between Jesus and Peter at the end of a long and difficult day. A number of disciples desert Jesus as the difficulties of being a disciple weigh on them. Christ asks Peter will he go too and he responds “Lord to whom shall we go“ and then follows with the confirmation of his great belief in Christ “ for you have the words of eternal life.”

In this the Year of Mercy, as declared by our Pope Francis, our theme “to whom shall we turn“ challenges us to consider the many in our world both local and global who are unsure as to who they can turn to. How do we respond?

I look forward to meeting many of our families at the House Welcome Evenings over the next few weeks where we re-establish the vital communication link and educational partnership between home and school.

2015 Dux

Of the 131 Year 12 students in 2015, 22 successfully completed their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning and 109 students were awarded their Victorian Certificate of Education. Our Dux of the College was our 2015 College Captain Nathan Martens with an ATAR score of 97.25. Nathan will be commencing a Science Course at Melbourne University and I congratulate him on his wonderful achievement and the superb role model he has been for our students.  Nathan will return to address our students at the Opening Mass on the 11th of February.

I also congratulate Mikaela Tai who achieved an ATAR score of 97.05 and will be commencing Biomedical Science at Monash University this year.

Dux 2015

Overall our median study score of 28 and 4% of scores above 40 improved on previous years, through the hard work and determination of our students and staff. This year we have again set explicit goals for the Class of 2016 and last week we set the bar for them as a group to reach a median study score of 30 and over 5% of scores above 40. We certainly believe they are capable of achieving this and we will work to support and challenge them throughout this year. It will require our students to ensure that their final year of study in Secondary School is a priority for their next 9 months. 

Sometimes the financial reward of part-time work and a hectic social life that comes with turning 18 can take their focus away from what they are trying to achieve this year. I ask parents to join with us in providing our students with both high support and high challenge so that whatever the outcomes, our students can be proud that they have given their best.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish - Clyde North

On Wednesday the 20th of January 2016, the church of  St Thomas the Apostle  was officially declared  a Parish for Clyde North by Bishop Patrick O’Regan. I congratulate Fr Denis O’Bryan on his appointment as the inaugural Parish Priest for St Thomas the Apostle which will also see Fr Joseph Abutu appointed administrator for the St Agatha's Parish. Fortunately for us in these appointments, we will not lose either Fr Denis or Fr Joseph in their involvement with St Peter's College as they retain their official responsibilities as Canonical Administrators of the College. I also welcome Fr Peter Slater who will be stationed in the St Agatha's Parish for the next 6 months while he transitions to his new appointment at Warragul later in the year. 

East Campus  -  Art & Technology Opening and Unveiling of Sculpture of St Peter  

On the 11th of February at the Opening Mass of the school year, the new Art & Technology building at the East Campus will be officially named and blessed by Bishop Patrick O’Regan along with the unveiling of a new sculpture of St Peter completed by Artist Jenny Steiner. The Opening Mass, which will be conducted next to the new sculpture (weather permitting), will commence at 9.30am and be followed by the official blessing and opening. Parents of our East Campus students are most welcome to attend.

East Building Opening

Capital Works for 2016

Development continues at both the East and West Campus in 2016 as we look to expand the facilities and curriculum offerings for our growing number of students. At the East Campus, the new administration centre will be installed this week with its fit-out completed by the end of Term 1. The construction of Stage 3B which will see 10 learning areas added to the Art & Technology facility will commence in term 2 and be ready for use next year. At the West Campus, IT2 has been refurbished to allow for the introduction of VET Certificate II in Information and Digital Media while a number of classrooms have been refurnished to assist in the development of a more flexible learning environment. 

We await the confirmation of a number of Capital Grant applications, which if successful, will allow us to begin development of a Year 9 Centre at the East Campus and the expansion of the Arts Centre at the West Campus. Capital Grants for these projects will be confirmed in June of 2016 with construction to take place in 2017.

Recent Bomb Hoaxes

The recent bomb hoaxes at a number of schools across the country has caused significant anxiety to students, parents and staff.  We are fortunate not to have been targeted as yet.  However, it is important to remain vigilant and ensure we have a very good emergency management plan in place.

Given the current situation, we will hold a practice lockdown and evacuation next week for the whole school.  This will involve both East & West Campuses at the same time.  A text message from the school will be sent next week to all parents and guardians to warn them of this event.

I alert you to this practice evacuation so that no panic or undue anxiety is caused next week.


We have a number of new staff to the College this year who I warmly welcome and look forward to their contribution to our learning community over their time at St Peter’s College. The staff directory attached will provide an outline of their role at the College and which Campus they are permanently located at.

I advise that due to health concerns Mrs Elizabeth Warde and Mr Martin McGrath are on sick leave for an indefinite period of time and we pray for their speedy recovery. In their absence I welcome Mr Daniel Coco who joins our Music department and Mr Conor Bourke who will be teaching Humanities. In addition I welcome Ms Sophie Macreadie who was employed late in 2015 to replace Miss Krystel Samios.

2016 Staff List

Please click here for our Staffing list for 2016


hannah Kyberd

Congratulations to Hannah Kyberd (Class of 2015) who successfully auditioned with the Disney Company over the school holidays and has been accepted to play the role of  Elsa in their production of Frozen. Hannah leaves shortly for Hong Kong as part of her six month contract. I am sure it will not be the last time we'll hear of the very talented Hannah Kyberd.

I also congratulate Ms Maureen Goodman, who has worked at St Peter’s College for a number of years in the school Uniform Shop, on being appointed to Life Governor of Peninsula Health. This honour recognises her many years of voluntary service to the community in health care. Congratulations Maureen.


We pray for Robyn Griffith who passed away during the school holidays after a long battle with cancer. Her funeral held on the 22nd of January was a wonderful celebration of her life and we extend our deepest sympathies to husband Lee and children Austin and Tyler at St Peter’s College and Chelsea-Lee, Jessica-Lee and William who attend St Agatha's Primary School.

I would like to keep our new staff member, Christine Buhagier in our prayers  after the loss of her partner over the christmas break.

We also pray for ex-student Aaron Reece, class of 2005, who passed away during January.

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.


Mr Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News


There was much excitement at St Peter’s College Cranbourne East Campus as we welcomed the commencement of a new academic year. This year has seen approximately 130 new students commence their schooling at East Campus across Years 7 – 12, with our biggest cohort of Year 7's to date. This wasn’t the only difference. Many new staff members have also joined the staff on the East Campus to support our growth.

As one of these new staff members, it has been a pleasure to meet students and parents, as well as getting to know the staff. My name is Chris Black and I have been appointed the Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus. Communities develop and thrive when significant and meaningful relationships are formed. This can only occur, whether it be student to student, student to staff member or staff member to parent, if we take the time to get to know one another. In this first edition I feel it is important for you to know a little about me. Through the course of our time together it will be just as important for me to get to know something of you. 

Much of my experience and background in Catholic Education stems from my time at Killester College. During my time there I held Positions of Leadership in the following areas: Curriculum, a variety of pastoral positions, VCE and Senior Pathways Leader, School Co-ordination, Community Development and for two years was Acting Principal. I am married (to a teacher) and we are blessed with 4 daughters who have either just completed university, currently studying in university, recently completed Year 12 and in the case of our youngest, completing Year 12 this year. As parents we recognise and have embraced the joys and challenges of supporting our children through their secondary schooling. 

As both an educator and a parent it is abundantly clear that the better, the clearer and the more meaningful the connection points created between home and school and between school and home the greater the chance for student learning outcomes to be maximised. Much recent research points to this very fact and therefore I encourage all parents to consider ways to make contact and play a role in your child’s education. Over the coming week, Learning Advisors will be making contact with all parents of our new students, ensuring that their transition to East Campus is going as smoothly as possible. 

East Campus News cont.

House Welcome Evening

Coming up on Tuesday, February 16th there is a Welcome Evening for all parents and students and an opportunity to continue to develop key relationships with House Leaders and your child’s Learning Advisor. The program currently being planned for this night is looking both stimulating and informative, one not to be missed. My experience and observations, over a long period, is that parents that make a conscious effort to attend these types of nights have children that are more focussed in their learning.

Tips for Parents

As we begin the school year there is much written about supporting our Year 7's in their transition to Secondary School. This week in The Age there was an excellent article that presented some top tips for parents. These tips are relevant not just for our Year 7 parents and I present them here as sound pieces of advice:

  1. Stay involved in your children’s education;
  2. Keep informed about school policy, practice and expectations;
  3. Talk to them about school, particularly about subject teachers, new friends and academic challenges;
  4. Talk to them about the future, it’s never too early to talk about your child’s aspirations, their strengths and interests;
  5. Be flexible and open minded to your child’s aspirations and achievements;
  6. Encourage your child to take advantage of the opportunities to expand their interests – there is no coincidence that the more engaged students are with the extra-curricular and leadership programs on offer at school – the more successful they seem to be; and
  7. Be practical – if your child struggles.

It has been both a busy and hectic start, most beginnings are. My overwhelming observation, however is that students appear to be very happy to be here, this in itself is a core ingredient to a successful year.

New Building & Landscaping Update

Added to the hectic beginning is the excitement surrounding the arrival of the administration centre on-site. Travelling on 13 separate semi-trailers, the building was connected together in 48 hours! Whilst the fitting out will take some time still, it is an exciting time.

Installation of our statue has also taken place ahead of our Blessing Ceremony next week. These two latest projects are just another sign of the growth we continue to witness at St Peter’s College, East Campus. 

Mr Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Cranbourne Blue Light Disco

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2016-SRC Leadership Training Day 

In December last year, we ran the Leadership Training Day for our 2016 Student Leaders. It was an historic occasion as it was the first time East and West Student Leaders trained together, with the advent of Year 12 at our East Campus. This allowed the students to participate in some team building activities, increase their skills and knowledge on good leadership practice and to set goals and begin planning for a successful 2016. 

I would like to congratulate all of the College and House Captains who attended as they prepare for a busy year ahead.  In the next month they have commitments at the Opening Mass, the House Welcome and Information Evening, St Agatha’s Parish Leadership Mass and BBQ and the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle.  

In particular I would like to thank Ms Mona Esmaty, Ms Jodie Connell, Miss Janelle McRae and Mr Peter Woodhouse who ran the sessions. 

The commitment and energy of the group was impressive, and I have no doubt that they will form two wonderful Student Representative Councils. 

The Beginning of 2016

I sent out a letter before school began to outline our College expectations and was pleased to note that, in the main, students responded positively, presenting neatly and well groomed for photos, and punctually to classes. Some issues that still need attention include the dress length (must be knee-length), boys who are unshaven, facial piercings, new shirts for boys and extreme haircuts (minimum is number 2). In terms of punctuality, I would remind parents that students who come late to school without any parental explanation (note, phone call or presenting in person) will be placed on a lunchtime detention.

New beginnings invite students to develop new goals and renew commitment to their studies.  Please sign off on your child’s goals, they have worked with their Learning Advisors in developing these Semester 1 goals and have written them in their Student Record Book.  Students will also bring home a booklet of agreements that need to be signed off by parents and students.  Previously these agreements on Student Rights & Responsibilities, Cyber Safety and Social Media User have been in the Student Record Book for annual signing.  While the agreements will remain in the Record Book for reference, the agreements will be placed in student files and not need to be signed annually.  Students not signing the computer agreements will be denied access to the school network and so it is important that they commit to returning this booklet as soon as practical.

Year 12 Retreat

This week our Year 12 students are going on retreat to locations in Merricks, Shoreham and Blairgowrie. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to not only deepen their faith but simply develop new and closer friendships with their peers.  Past students frequently identify the Retreat as the highlight experience of Year 12. This is a compulsory College event and a medical certificate is required for any student unable to attend.  TAFE providers have been notified that St Peter’s College students will be absent from Friday classes. 

Swimming Carnival

The West Campus House Swimming Carnival will take place at the Doveton Pool on Tuesday, 9th February. This is a compulsory College event for all students. Any student who is absent will need a medical certificate. Parents are most welcome to attend. 

A letter outlining the details of the Carnival has already been sent home with students and parents are asked to sign these and return them promptly. 

As it is Shrove Tuesday, our VCAL students will be selling pancakes and drinks all day and students are encouraged to bring some money. All funds going to our Project Compassion fundraising.

Opening Mass and Assembly

We will have our Opening Mass and Assembly next week on Thursday, 11th February at 9.15 am.  Parents are welcome to join us in the College Hall for these celebrations.  The Assembly should be finished no later than 11.00 am.  Please remind your students that even though this is a Thursday Week 2, full school uniform is to be worn.  Sports Uniform must NOT be worn to the Opening Mass and Assembly.


I would like to remind parents who are parking on the school property to do so courteously and carefully, and drive at the designated speed limit to ensure the safety of all our staff and students. When parking in the streets around the school, please do not block driveways or the roadway. Our neighbours have already expressed concern and are likely to notify the council if drivers are parked illegally.


West Campus News cont.

House Welcome & Information Evening

On Thursday, 18th February we will conduct our House Welcome & Information Evening for all of our eight Houses. All students and their families are encouraged to attend this evening to build House Spirit and receive some important information. It is also a great opportunity to meet your child’s House Leader and Learning Advisor on an informal basis. A social gathering of the House will take place at the beginning of the evening (6.30 pm) with finger food and drinks.

A letter of invitation will go home to each student next week. Please RSVP for catering purposes ASAP. The program below shows that there is indeed something of great value for every year level.

Please click here for the program.

In particular, I would draw your attention to the Cyber Safety Presentation with Mr Brett Lee.  Though he is not the famous cricketer, he is impressive in his own area of expertise, that includes topics such as internet & mobile phones, cyberbullying, MSN Messenger, chatrooms, social networking sites, online gaming, child pornography, and peer to peer identity protection. The Year 8-10 students will listen to him during the day and it is very important that parents hear a similar message in the evening to maximise the support and protection of your children.

Additionally, I would implore all parents of VCE students to attend the Elevate Education presentation in the evening.  During the day, Year 11 & 12 students will be taught some very useful study techniques.  The value of these presentations for individual students is increased significantly when their parents receive the same information to support their child.  Please come along and I am sure we will see significant improvements in the care and education of your children.

Uniform 2016

At the beginning of the school year, please be reminded of our uniform standards at St Peters College. All families and students should be aware that St. Peter’s College has a Zero Tolerance Policy with regards to uniform. This means that certain standards are set and if a student fails to meet these standards, they are then either placed in isolation (Years 7 to 10) or sent home (Years 11 and 12) until the problem is rectified. If this does happen, parents will receive a phone call to notify them of the situation at the earliest possible time. 

Students who disregard these rules will be told to fix the issue and be placed on Lunchtime Clean-Up Detention.

Please note that over the first few weeks, student’s uniform will be inspected and letters will be sent home with each student who had a uniform or appearance matter that needs attention. 

If you have any queries regarding your child’s uniform, please contact their House Leader. 

Student Medication Policy

St Peter’s College recognises that students may need to take prescribed and/or non-prescribed medication(s) during school activities (internal and external) and that student's continued attendance at school and benefit from education may be dependent on this therapy.  The College Student Medication Policy aims to ensure the physical wellbeing of students who may need to take medication during school activities (internal and external).

It is important to note that staff at the College are not health professionals and are not permitted to distribute prescribed or over the counter medications without permission signed by parents and doctor. Subsequently this requires parents to:

  • Provide written instructions for medication(s) (Student Medication Management Plan) from the student's doctor indicating:
  • The usual treatment needed by the student at school;
  • The medical treatment and action needed if the student's condition deteriorates;
  • Specific times at which the student should self-administer medication(s)
  • Dosage of medication(s) required.
  • Ensure the medication(s) is delivered to the College Office with the instructions (student's name, dose required, time to be given) written on the container by the Pharmacist at the Medical Practitioners direction.
  • Ensure that any change to the student's condition is conveyed  to the College Office in writing

Saturday Morning Detentions

After a review of our Saturday Morning Detentions, we have decided to change these to Friday Afternoon Detentions from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm.  The reason for this change is to ensure greater immediacy in the consequence received by students, reduce inconvenience for parents and ensure the restorative element associated with detentions (community service) can occur on both the East and West Campus. These Friday Afternoon Detentions will be given as a condition of re-entry after suspensions from school and therefore for serious offences.  Additionally, failure to attend Tuesday After School Detentions (1 hour) will result in a Friday Afternoon Detention.

I hope 2016 is a happy and rewarding year for you and your family and I look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming events.

Mr David Hansen

Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Teaching and Learning News

Technology Bringing our Students Together 

This week we have launched our first Video Conference Cross Campus class.

Year 12 Specialist Maths at the East and West Campus have conducted classes via the new College video link.

For the first few lessons I sat in on the class to see how the technology operated and I am amazed at the clarity of sound (we could hear Ms Nadan’s bangles as she wrote on the board ), and by the clear picture that is streamed across both Campus.

Ms Nadan will be based at both West and East Campus and will conduct classes from either the West or the East to ensure students receive personalised attention for at least half of their lessons.

The class will also come together as a group throughout the year. This new technology opens up many exciting possibilities for both cross campus and International communications.

I have also been able to conduct several Cross Campus meetings this week using the video link. The savings in time for staff who do not have to travel from Campus to Campus is wonderful.

Thank you to Mr John Phillips and the IT team who installed the Video Conference link over the holidays.

It is a great step forward towards bringing our two campus sites together as one College. I look forward to the many possibilities that this raises for improved communication in the future.

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Parents & Friends Association

Your chance to meet with our Principal in an informal setting, listen to Guest Speakers from our College Staff, ask questions relative to your students along with other Parents from the College in an informal meeting setting. 

Thank you for all those parents who found the time to join us one one or more of our evenings in 2015. For those of you who couldn't join us, I know many of you follow us via the Newsletter and website.

2016 Meeting Program 

We meet on a Tuesday evening, twice a Term, either at the West or East Campus as notified.

Join us at 7.15pm for a cup of tea or coffee.

Meeting starts at 7.30pm and is usually concluded around 9.00pm.

Tuesday 9th February,Tuesday 15th March

Tuesday 19th April, Tuesday 31st May

Tuesday 19th July, Tuesday 30th August

Tuesday 8th November, Tuesday 29th November. Committee Christmas Dinner

Minutes of Meeting:

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2015/16 Entertainment Book - Online Version is still available

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Memorial Pavers

Your Name Can Go Down in History!
Engraved pavers to be laid in St Peter's College Sculpture Garden.

To download your Memorial Paver Order form please click here:

Ritchies Community Benefit Cards

All new families to the College will receive their Community Benefits Card in the next few weeks.

Public Transport Victoria

Please find below some important information regarding Victorian students and concession travel ticketing arrangements for 2016:

Proof of Concession Entitlement

All students aged 17 and over or those requiring a half yearly or yearly Student Pass are required to obtain a 2016 Victorian Public Transport (VPT) Student Concession Card as proof of their concession entitlement.  It is important to note that school issued Student ID Cards are not acceptable as entitlement to concession travel on public transport.

2016 Victorian Student Pass

The Victorian Student Pass provides travel for students on metropolitan trains and buses.  The Victorian Student pass is issued on a Myki.

How to Apply for a 2016 VPT Student Card:  

Can be obtained from metropolitan premium train stations,

PTV call centre: 1800 800 007 or

online at :ptv.vic.gov.au.



Parents or Guardians  who are holders of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or a holder of an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC)  must complete the CSEF form :

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and return it to the office ASAP (with a copy of your Card)  - no later than 19th February 2016.

The CSEF amount, $225 per child, will be allocated towards your student's 2016 fees.

Please contact Mary Martin or John Hockley on 5990 7777 if you require assistance with this matter.

Upcoming Events

Friday 5th February

  • West Campus Enrolment Tour

Monday 8th February

  • West Campus VCE LIbrary Study Luncheon

Tuesday 9th February

  • Project Compassion Launch
  • Pancake Tuesday
  • West Campus Swim Carnival
  • Parents & Friends Meeting 7.15pm West Campus

Wednesday 10th February

  • Ash Wednesday

Thursday 11th February

  • East Campus Opening Mass
  • East Campus Blessing and Naming Ceremony
  • West Campus Opening Mass
  • Redemption

Friday 12th February

  • East Campus Enrolment Tour
  • Friday Afternoon Detention 3.30 - 5.30 pm


Useful Links

College Allumni

2016 will see us hold our 10 Year Reunion for our Graduating Class of 2006

We will also be holding our Inaugural 1 Year Reunion for the Graduating Class of 2015

To register your interest and details please visit our Alumni Section of our website

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St Peter's College Website

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St Peter's College Community Portal

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Catholic Life 

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2016 Book List Ordering

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St Peter's College Uniform Shop

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Second Hand Uniform Sales via Sustainable School Shop

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Secondhand Calculators and Text Books

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