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Issue 43  |  02 March 2016
Featured Story
From Our Principal

St Peter’s College Board - AGM

At the Annual General Meeting of the College Board on the 20th of April, the term of two of our Parent Representatives will expire. Mr Robert Carboon will step down as the Chair of the College Board after 10 years and I thank him for his wonderful contribution to the Board over that time. Mr Ken Barnes term as an East Campus Parent Representative on the College Board expires at the AGM and he is fully eligible to re-nominate as a Parent Representative for a further 3 year term. Consistent with the Constitution of the Board, other parents who are members of the Parish Community may also wish to nominate.

In accordance with the constitution Mr Stephen Van Der Velden is understood to be entering the second year of his three year term as Parent Representative as is Mr David Williams.

Nominations for the two vacant Parent Representatives on the College Board will open as of today and close on the 16th of March. Nomination forms are available from the College office and from St Agatha’s Parish Office until the 16th of March. Nominations forms can be submitted to the Administration centre of the East or West Campus and also to the Parish Office at St Agatha’s which is open from 8.30 am to 3pm Monday to Friday. In accordance with the constitution of the College Board, the newly elected Parent Representative must be a member of St Agatha’s or St Thomas the Apostle Parish community and have a son or daughter enrolled at the College. 

Polling if necessary will take place at Parish Masses on the weekend of the 19th & 20th of March.

Robotics in the Curriculum 

An exciting addition to our curriculum this year has been the introduction of Robotics at the East and West Campus. Students can elect to take up an introductory unit to Robotics in Years 9 followed by the more advanced subject of Robotic Vehicle Systems in Year 10.  Pathways subjects for students wishing to pursue this career focus are also available in Years 11 & 12 through VCE Systems Engineering as well as our VET certificates in Electro Technology and Engineering.

tim 2 march

24 Hours for the Lord

This week students from the East & West Campus will make time for adoration and prayer as part of the St Agatha’ Parish initiative for the Year of Mercy. Our Catholic tradition is strong in setting aside time for prayer and meditation in building a personal relationship with Christ. This is a fundamental purpose for all Catholic schools to provide opportunities for all of our students to discover the relationship that Christ is calling us into as we journey through life.


I congratulate staff member Mr Vaughan Anderson who leaves the West Campus staff after a number of years teaching Information Technology and providing a great leadership in his role of ICT Coach. Mr Anderson will move to St Leonards in Brighton as their Digital Program Director at the beginning of Term 2.

Advertising to replace Mr Anderson has already begun and an appointment to fill the ICT Position will be made before the close of Term 1.

I also thank Ms Yolanda Bonica for her fine Curriculum Leadership over the last 3 years. Ms Bonica has chosen to step down from her role as Languages Coach at the West Campus and will be replaced for the remainder of this year by Ms Melissa Faulkner.


The Human Powered Vehicle team kicked off their racing year with their first event at Casey Fields on the weekend. Over the year a number of 24 hour events are entered into where our students compete in a team event against students from other schools in racing their human powered vehicle.
The team is always looking for more students from the East and West Campus and trains regularly at Casey Fields on a Friday Night. It provides a wonderful opportunity for making new friends, leadership, teamwork and fitness and any students who are interested should contact Mr Wolinski at the East Campus.

Study Hub

As VCE students enter the routine of the school year I encourage them to attend the after school classes provided by a variety of Year 12 teachers. Some extra one on one time can be of great assistance to the comprehension of new concepts and also honing the good study techniques required throughout the year. The Library Hours have also been extended from 4.30 to 5.30pm at the East and West Campus to allow students to maximise their study opportunities while at school.

study hub

Bunnings BBQ

I thank the Parents & Friends Association for staging a fundraising BBQ at Bunnings on the weekend. College Student Leaders from West Campus worked with House Leaders to serve a mountain of sausages and raise fund for a variety of student based projects throughout the year. Student Leaders from the East Campus will run a similar fund raising BBQ at Masters in Term 2.


I thank the following parents, staff and students for giving up their time on Sunday to assist with this fundraiser:
April Hampson, Mark Redman, Karen Walker, Mark Walker, Cameron Walker, Renee Allen, Mark Allen, Mairi-anne Macartney, Tahlia Schrapel, Avi Tess Araneta-Puyat, Deirdre Peterson, Natalie Cerda-Lizama, Harrison Orchard, Jason Blackburn, Emily Lace, Bradley Gillard, Nicola Van Hammond, Michele McArdle, Bethany Dodgson, Matthew Simpson, Natasha Xerri, Kerrin Laws, Sammy Laws, Janelle McRae, Britney Phillips, Stephen De Paoli, Matthew Pask, Bridget Wakartschuk, Nicholas Russo, Michael Prinzi, David Hansen, Mark Sinclair, Caitlyn Van Der Westhuizen, Karena McNeely, Matthew Harrison,  and Roger Hampson

Parents & Friends

This year we again have a wealth of wonderful Guest Speakers for our Parents & Friends Meetings.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 15th March at our EAST Campus

Guest Speaker - Chris Black                        

Deputy Principal, Head of Campus - East                        

Chris Black joined the College in 2016, taking up the position of Head of Campus - East, a role he is very excited about. Chris has been involved in Catholic education for nearly 30 years, spending a considerable period of time involved in girl's education. Chris's leadership experience includes leading in curriculum and pastoral positions, senior pathways roles and school organisation. For two years he held the position of Acting Principal at Killester College. Over the past 5 years Chris has led the establishment and development of a Family Learning centre and has spent much time fostering school and family partnerships. It is this work together with his role as a parent of four children that Chris recognises the significance and importance of fostering such relationships. Chris will be focusing his presentation on the importance of school and family partnerships.

The evening will begin with a viewing of our newly completed Avenue and installed Sculpture of St Peter.

Please click here to view our full year Schedule of Meeting Dates and Guest Speakers:


Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

Here at St Peter’s College we “strive to recognise the dignity of each person and provide a caring and supportive environment for each student to develop to their full potential.” To this end it is timely in this piece to remind students of the basic rights of all staff and student, these being: the right to learn, the right to teach and the right to feel safe. The underlying value which underpins all our connections with each other in our community is the value of respect.

Relationships are formed, developed and nourished through mutual respect, through open and honest communication and by a shared trust of one another. Relationships cannot be formed and sustained through the use of social media. In fact the use of social media reduces and impedes the opportunities young people have to develop essential communication tools required to be a twenty-first century citizen. It has been concerning to have to manage, over recent days, the level of conflict that is generated, usually between girls, by the inappropriate use of social media. Issues that have their starting point out of school hours can quickly invade the learning environment at school. This is not a problem that can, needs or should be managed by school alone and I encourage parents to play a shared and active role as partners with St Peters in educating and supervising students and their use of social media.

St Peter’s Opens its Gates

2016 East Campus Gate Opening 2

2016 East Campus Gate Opening 5

Last Thursday, School Leaders, House Captains and Forum Leaders came together for the official opening of the “Gates of St Peter’s”. The installation of the gates occurred at the same time as the statue of St Peter and was blessed earlier in the term by Bishop Pat. The gates depicting St Peter’s net were opened by our school captains Lachie and Amer, together with our Principal Mr Hogan, after a small ceremony including a blessing. The words of the blessing are included below and are an attempt to capture some of the symbolism of this beautiful structure:
Lord, as we open St Peter’s gates for the first time, may they be a symbol of welcome to all
As we open these gates, may they be a sign of the opening of new opportunities.
As we open up these gates may they be a source and sign of your embracing love and
As we open up these gates may they be a symbol of opening all up to the learning opportunities that are presented at St Peters
We ask this Jesus Christ our lord and carer.

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Harmony Day

Harmony Day celebrates the country’s cultural diversity and it coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. At St Peter’s College we are blessed with a great array of cultures blending into a rich diverse community. This year we will celebrate Harmony Day on Thursday March 10th with a program of events including a Liturgy, a Fashion Parade, Lunch-time activities and pre-purchased food items on sale. The liturgy will be occurring at approximately 11.30am and parents are very welcome to attend. Students are encouraged to wear clothes depicting their, heritage, ancestory, nation or culture. (No AFL jumpers allowed). If students aren’t in costume they must be in full sports uniform. If any parent is willing to assist on the day, particularly in the preparation of food, please contact me, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Students will receive further information in respect to how to order food in their tutor group over the coming days.

Project Compassion

A number of initiatives and events are running both within our Houses and student groups to raise funds for Project Compassion and Caritas. To date these events have included: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Stall, the Avila Bake Sale, Coin Race and the Easter Egg raffle. Congratulations to Avila House who raised over $660 with their bake sale last week. Keep up the good work and stay tuned for more project compassion events in the coming weeks. 

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Year 7 Camp

On Monday morning, 160 excited Year 7 students gathered in the Multi-Purpose Hall to set off on their camp to Forest Edge in Neerim East.  Over three days, our students have undertaken a number of activities such as bushwalking, bumper balls, climbing wall, flying fox, raft building, river sledding, mountain boarding, low ropes course, riddle rogain and trampolines.  I mention all these things so that when your child returns from camp exhausted and says that they “didn’t do anything”, you can ask about some specific activities!

The Year 7 camp is an opportunity for students to learn more about the culture and ethos of St Peter’s College. When students enrol at St Peter’s College they agree to take on all of the responsibilities of being a member of this community. Attending College Camps and Retreats is one of these responsibilities. 

While students are on Camp they participate in, and experience a range of activities which will support their learning in Religious Education, Physical Education and Pastoral Care, as well as have the opportunity to develop friendships with other students in the year level. Thanks to the 23 staff members who so generously gave up family time to be with our young people on camp and especially Ms Janelle McRae and Ms Sarah Slykerman  who have skilfully organised the event.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

The annual Bunnings Sausage Sizzle took place last Sunday. A combination of generous parents, students and staff rallied to raise funds for the College Parents & Friends Association.  I would like to acknowledge the work of our Student Representative Council who formed the majority of the student attendees.  However, two notable additions were Cameron Walker (Year 11), and Sammy Laws (Year 7) who were great workers also.  

Harmony Day – Thursday, 10 March

All students and parents are reminded that Harmony Day will take place on Thursday, 10th March.  We will celebrate a Campus Assembly during Period 2 and this will include a visit of talented African drummers.  Students are encouraged to bring money for lunch as there will be numerous stalls selling a variety of international foods at lunchtime in the Central Courtyard, all proceeds go to our fundraising efforts for Project Compassion.

After school, there will be the annual Mitch Rabot Shield, which is the staff versus student cricket match.  The teachers have been eagerly honing their skills under the watchful eye of Captain-Coach Mr Peter Brannan (Assisi House Leader).  We are hoping Callum White (Year 12) can cobble a team together to avenge the students 2015 loss to the teachers.

On this day all students are encouraged to wear clothing from their country of origin. At recess we will enjoy a parade and encourage participation with various prizes.  Please take note of the dress code for Harmony Day.

Dress Code for Harmony Day 

Day respecting our cultural diversity - NO disrespect to any culture, race or religion. 

  • National dress of country of your heritage and/or ancestry.
  • Either national dress or full sports uniform- no combinations;
  • No less than a T-Shirt (ie no singlets);
  • No Footy shorts;
  • No Footy Jumpers (Unless national colours-eg Australian Soccer Team, All Blacks Rugby Team). This means no AFL Team Footy Jumpers;
  • No Thongs - appropriate footwear must be worn;
  • No Flags;
  • No Face Painting;
  • minimum $2 Coin donation for Project Compassion.

While the main fundraising effort in first term is for Caritas and their mission for the poor in developing nations with Project Compassion.

There will also be some interest in the Shave For a Cure. Augustine House Leader, Mr Gerard Brown and our College Captains, Matthew Pask and Karena McNeely are bravely using lunchtime in the Central Courtyard to raise some money for cancer research by undergoing a shave.  Of course they will be keeping within the school policy of a number 2 haircut!  We acknowledge this important charity given the two members of Augustine House affected by cancer, James Tharle (Yr 8) and Ms Liz Warde (Learning Advisor).

McGuigan Shield Ladder (West Campus)

House Points

  • MacKillop    594
  • Kolbe           505
  • Romero       460
  • Assisi          389
  • Glowrey      386
  • Avila            386
  • Augustine    266
  • Marian         261

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Religious Education News

During February and March we are raising funds for Caritas and their Project Compassion at both our West and East Campuses as part of our Lent Program.

What is Caritas & Project Compassion?

Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, bringing thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Running through the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of caring supporters, all in the name of justice and peace. It is the lifeblood of Caritas Australia; without it, we could not do the vital work we do. 
The theme for Project Compassion 2016 is:

“Learning more, creating change”.

As Pope Francis says “Education is an act of hope”, so this year Project Compassion celebrates the power of learning, and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice.

Throughout Project Compassion 2016, inspiring stories from Malawi, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Cambodia and India will show how education, training and sharing knowledge can empower individual communities to transform their futures and create lasting change.

Together we can empower the world’s poorest people with the opportunity to learn, grow and create change."

Bishop Greg O’Kell

East Campus Project Compassion Raffle 

Tickets 20 cents each or ten for a $1


Taylor Swift Pack (Value $100)

Easter Hamper (Value $75)

4 prizes of Sherrin/Ross Faulkner Footballs (A Grade) value $80 each.

2 prizes of Ross Faulkner Netballs (A Grade) value $50 each

Tickets available from Nikita /Simon/Abi/Lachlan from Augustine House before school.

Roger Hampson, Assistant RE Leader, East Campus

2016 raffle


Next Meeting

Tuesday 15th March

7.15 Tea and Coffee

7.30-9.00pm St Peter’s College EAST CAMPUS

55 MacKillop Way, Cranbourne East

Enter via Gates on Heather Grove please.

2016 Chris Black P F Meeting

 Guest Speaker – Mr Chris Black, Deputy Principal, Head of Campus - East

 B.Ed.; Grad.Dip.RE; M.Ed.Leadership                   

Chris Black joined the College this year taking up the position of Head of Campus - East, a role he is very excited about. Chris has been involved in Catholic education for nearly 30 years, spending a considerable period of time involved in girl's education. Chris's leadership experience includes leading in curriculum and pastoral positions, senior pathways roles and school organisation. For two years he held the position of Acting Principal at Killester College. Over the past 5 years Chris has led the establishment and development of a Family Learning centre and has spent much time fostering school and family partnerships. It is this work together with his role as a parent of four children that Chris recognises the significance and importance of fostering such relationships. Chris will be focusing his presentation on the importance of school and family partnerships.

Evening will begin with a viewing of our newly completed Avenue and installed Sculpture of St Peter.

2016 Schedule of Meeting & Guest Presenters

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Minutes of Meeting

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2016/17 Entertainment Book - Online Version & Book available soon

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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.

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Ritchies Community Benefit Cards

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

Applications for Year 7, 2017 are closing very soon.  

Enrolment application packs are available from the Office of either the West or East Campus.  

Please contact our Registrar Kerrie Birrell on 5990 7777 or email registrar@stpeters.vic.edu.au

if you have any questions regarding the enrolment process.  

Applications close on Friday 11 March 2016.

Mrs Kerrie Birrell


Year 7, 2016 Enrolment Process

Year 7 - 2016 Enrolment Applications currently being accepted for both the West and East Campus

Year 7, 2017 Enrolments Open

  • 15th October 2015

Initial Enrolments close

  • 11th March 2016  

 *after this date enrolments will be accepted if places available.

Offers of Student Places

  • April 2016

Year 7, 2017 Orientation Day

  • 28th November 2016

Year 7 students commence school

  • 2nd February 2017


Library News

Readarama Launched at the East Campus, Happy Reading!

Luncheon to launch Year 12 Library Study 

Library Luncheon

Angela Gargano, Librarian

Overdue Book Hire Resources

Letters requesting the return of all overdue Book Hire Resources have been sent to families this week.These resources were due back at the College at the end of the 2015 school year. Families are asked to return overdue books promptly to avoid invoicing for the loss. 
Any queries relating to this letter should be directed to:
Ms Margaret Rowland via our Contact Us Page

St Agatha's Parish News

Hours of Grace 2016

100 days of Perpetual Adoration started on 27th February and will continue till 5th March 9.00am. Bishop Patrick O’Regan will be celebrating Mass and giving a talk on the 3rd March at 7.30pm. The day of prayer and penance, declared by Pope Francis also falls during this week. Mass will be celebrated in the morning and evening during this week. I invite all Parishioners to spend some time with Jesus in Adoration.

Aging and Awakening

Are you interested in living well in your 70’s, 80’s 90’s? Do you see aging as a call to richer life? God’s Surprising Gifts is the theme for a series of sessions conducted by Kerin Caldwell sgs, commencing Friday 29th April, 13th May, 10th & 24th June & 8th July. In the Parish Hall from 10.00 to 12.30pm. RSVP by Friday 22nd April to Maria on 0409 563 864 or the parish office on 5996 1985. Morning tea provided.

World Day of Prayer

World day of prayer this year will be held at the Uniting Church, Cranbourne on Friday 4th March at 10.00am. If you are attending and willing to read
please contact the Parish Office. All Welcome!

Monthly All Night Prayer Vigil will take place this Friday 4th March. Mass at 7.30pm followed by a spiritual teaching given by Fr Peter and All night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Vigil will conclude on Saturday morning with Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.00am, followed by Mass at 9.30am. The all night Prayer Vigil is held on the first Friday of each month. All Welcome!

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

On the First Sunday in March Bishop O’Regan will celebrate Mass at 2.00pm to officially inaugurate the new parish. On that day there will not be a Mass at 9.30am for St Thomas the Apostle Church.

Blue Hills Masses

Mass will be celebrated at Blue Hills Chapel this Wednesday 2nd March at 2pm with Anointing of the Sick. Friday 4th March at 9.30am with Reconciliation.

Casey Multi-Faith Network

The Network is comprised of individuals from diverse religious and faith backgrounds who share a common vision of practising their
faith with integrity, whilst living in harmony with one another and the broader community and promoting social cohesion in the City of Casey. Contact Casey Multi Faith Network, PO Box 2574, Fountain Gate 3805.

Training for new Alter Servers

An Altar Servers training session will be held for new Altar servers from both St Agatha’s and St Thomas the Apostle Parish on Tuesday 15th March at 4.00pm in the St Agatha’s Church.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish


Melbourne ADF Careers EXPO 2016

Considering a career in the Australian Defence Force?

Come along to the Melbourne ADF Careers Expo and check out a number of displays including The Australian Federation Guard and other exciting military equipment, vehicles and capability demonstrations.

We will have a number of ADF personnel who will be available to talk to you about the exciting career options available in the ADF including: Combat and Security; Aviation; Engineering; Health; Officer Roles and so much more.

This is your opportunity to find out more, get your questions answered and see first-hand some exciting military equipment. So whatever you do, don’t miss it!  This event is FREE to attend, no registrations required.

Melbourne ADF Careers Expo
Saturday, 5th March 2016
10am - 3pm
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.

Click here for more information

Melissa Dillon – Careers Coordinator West Campus

Robyn Cardamone- Careers Coordinator East Campus

During Term 2, Week 1, students can wear either their Summer Uniform or their Winter Uniform.

Change over from Summer to Winter Uniform to to be complete by Term 2, Week 2, Monday 18th April.

2016 winter uniform

Please note the important changes to the St Peter's College Winter Unform.

  • ALL Boys will continue to wear the Boys White Monogrammed Pocket Shirt with the addition of the St Peter's College Tie.
  • Year 7 Girls ONLY have a compulsary change  to the St Peter's College Girls White Monogrammed Pocket Blouse, which is worn with the St Peter's College Girls Bowtie.
  • Year 8 to 12 Girls can choose to make the change or to continue to wear the Girls White Shirt with the St Peter's College Tie.

Please Note that they must wear the appropriate tie with the appropriate Shirt/Blouse.

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Wednesday 2 March

  • Year 7 Camp - West Campus
  • Year 7 Camp - East Campus

Thursday 3 March

  • Year 7 Camp - East Campus
  • Redemption

Friday 4 March

  • Year 7 Camp - East Campus
  • St Agatha's Parish - 24 Hours for the Lord

Monday 7 March

  • SPC Musical Production Auditions - West Campus

Tuesday 8 March

  • VCE Study Hub - West Campus
  • Detention
  • SPC Musical Production Auditions - West Campus

Wednesday 9 March

  • Peer Support - East Campus
  • SPC Musical Production Auditions - East Campus
  • VCE Study Hub - East Campus

Useful Links

Parents & Friends Meeting and Guest Speaker 2016

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College Alumni

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 West Campus Canteen Pricelist

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St Peter's College Community Portal

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Catholic Life 

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St Peter's College Uniform Standards

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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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College Student Calendar

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