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Issue 45  |  16 March 2016
Featured Story
From Our Principal

Parent Teacher Interviews

Next week we have our first opportunity to talk with parents and students about the progress that has been made during Term 1. I expect this to be a good exchange and process of two-way communication between parents, staff and students as all three participants have information that can assist the student in developing their learning. This year we are focusing very much on the growth we expect from each student in each year they are at the St Peter’s. The Term 1 interviews are an opportunity to establish at what level students are at with their learning and identifying the goals and strategies that will develop their learning over the next 3 terms.

To assist in this process of supporting growth in learning for our students, we will be switching away from the A-E grade reporting format to a numerical system linked to the Victorian Curriculum Standards. This change allows us to identify the progress that students are making in their learning rather than a focus on a level of achievement like an “A” which can sometimes  mask a student who is actually plateauing and not growing and vice versa “D” result not reflect an accurate picture of growth for another student.

The new system of numeric reporting will give us a more accurate picture of the level at which students are working at, the progress they have made and the next level of knowledge and skill  they should be aiming to continue their development as a learner.

Sapporo Welcome

This week we are hosting two staff members and 8 students from Sapporo Seishu High School for a week long stay. During the week they will participate in classes and visit some of the sights of our local region. At the end of Term 3 our students will travel to Japan and stay with the families of our sister school before they visit some of the historic and cultural sights of Japan. I encourage students to consider the exchange program to Japan or New Caledonia as a way of furthering their study of language and making new friends. I thank our Exchange Co-ordinator Ms Olimpia Rosenblum and all the LOTE teachers and hosting families for extending such a warm welcome to our guests.

St Patrick's Day

I wish all those of Irish descent a very happy St Patrick's Day for Thursday of this week. Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17th March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. In all part of the world this particular day is celebrated with great gusto and is symbolic of what Irish migrants have contributed to many different countries around the world. Within our own country we recognise the many religious orders of Priests, brothers and nuns who left their own country and travelled around the world to assist in the establishment of a wonderful Catholic Education System that we are part of today.

May God give you …
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.



Kay Bannan is our very talented golfer from the East Campus who last weekend represented Victoria in a golf competition held in South Australia. Kay and her team finished in second place over all continuing on her good form from the RACV Junior Master held in February where she shot 78 of the stick in competition against girls from Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. Kay’s hard work and hours of practise is playing a big part in her continuous improvement. Well done Kay

Kay Bannan


Our HPV team will be racing their new vehicle, called Phoenix, at Wonthaggi this weekend and we wish the team every success in their first 24 hour race of the season. All students are welcome to join the HPV team which trains each Friday after school at the Casey Fields HPV track. Contact Mr Wolinski at the East Campus if you are interested in keeping fit and joining a fun team environment. 


Tim Hogan


Latest News
East Campus News

Learning comes in all shapes, sizes and by different means. Often learning takes place external to the classroom and learning often involves a lived experience. This was certainly the case last Thursday as we celebrated Harmony Day. It was wonderful to see so many students dressing in cultural costume, these were on display particularly during the Harmony Day fashion parade.

The liturgy reflected well the key message addressed in the 2016 theme – “Our Diversity is our Strength”. Our diversity was displayed and celebrated with 10 different languages sharing the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Derek Le and Loic Tang Yan Wo are also to be congratulated for the creation of a video presentation that was displayed as a part of the liturgy and which presented their interpretation of the importance of celebrating diversity. The liturgy and assembly concluded with a vibrant and energetic performance by two African drummers. This led into a shared lunch where students shared foods from different cultures. Foods included; Indian curries, Mexican nachos, Italian spaghetti and the Aussie BBQ. Lunch also was a time to celebrate different cultures through the medium of dance. Dances of the world included dances from India, Africa, New Zealand and Samoa.

Much talent was on show and a great level of participation was witnessed, both in performances displayed and the enthusiasm of spectators. The student SRC are to be congratulated for their enthusiasm, dedication and for their organisational abilities. It was wonderful to see students and staff working collaboratively together to create a wonderful celebration. The money raised, a total over $500, will go towards money raised for Project Compassion (Caritas).

The Bells are Tolling

This week we are trialling music to signify the commencement of classes. The feedback thus far has been positive and the observation already is that students are displaying more purpose in arriving to class on time. Next week we will be trialling both music and bells in a different model. Feedback will be sought at the end of the trial before a decision is made moving forward.

Project Compassion

Students and staff continue to work at raising money for Project Compassion. This week’s activities include: a coin race and Lip Sync competition. Next week will be the final week of effort where a raffle will be one of the major focuses.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Reminder that Parent Teacher interviews are next Wednesday and Thursday, with Thursday being a student free day. This is an important time to discuss your son or daughter’s progress to date. The venue for this will be upstairs in the Lyons building. I look forward to meeting many of you during this time.

Year 12 SACs

Our inaugural group of Year 12 students are experiencing the full complement of “SAC’s” this year, including some after school SAC’s. It is an extremely busy year and students are finding that an organised approach to their studies and working beyond their existing capacities are two skills required to approach each of these assessments fully prepared. The opportunities presented by the VCE study hub, the afterschool additional classes and the extended hours in the discovery centre are a constant source of support.

Year 12 students must ensure their focus is on their studies primarily and therefore students need to continually re-assess their life balance. Considerations such as minimising part-time work commitments, reducing exposure and use of social media and reducing expectations in the home need to be continually addressed to ensure maximising their study program is the priority. 

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus


West Campus News

Social Media

We all know how our children and students love their social media.  Though I acknowledge how our teenagers have greatly matured in their use of technology, it is still an area that causes great problems and dangers for our youth. To read the advice by Andrew Fuller that can help students manage their use of social media and parents wisely guide their children, Please click here

Palm Sunday – Walk for Justice for Refugees

On Palm Sunday, 20 March, the 2016 Walk for Justice for Refugees will take place in Melbourne.  It begins at the State Library, corner of Swanston & La Trobe Streets, Melbourne at 2.00pm with music and speeches.  The walk will then proceed south down Swanston Street to Queen Victoria Gardens - opposite the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on St Kilda Road. This is about 1 kilometre.  There will be further speeches and some activities at the Queen Victoria Gardens.

I invite any staff, students or family members of St Peter’s Community to walk under the St Peter’s College banner to express their conviction that the Australian government should close Manus Island and Nauru detention centres and free the refugees.  Furthermore, we should offer permanent protection of the refugees seeking asylum in our beautiful country that has “…boundless plains to share.”

Please note that this is not an official school excursion and no supervision of students before during or after the walk is being provided.  Parents who are not comfortable with their child attending this walk unsupervised should ensure a responsible adult is sent with the student.

If you are interested in joining this walk, I invite you to meet me (Mr David Hansen) at the front door of St Francis Church, corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne between 1.00pm and 1.30pm.  I will have the St Peter’s banner as the meeting point. At 1.30pm we will make our way to the State Library.  I would advise catching a train to Melbourne Central Station or alternatively a train to Flinders Street Station and taking a tram north up Elizabeth Street to St Francis Church.

As a Catholic community, I look forward to us commemorating Palm Sunday when Jesus entered into Jerusalem on his journey to bring salvation to a world crying out for justice.  We remember also that Jesus himself was a child refugee who sought safety in a foreign land.  
I hope you can join me on Palm Sunday. 

Car Parking Outside the College Grounds

Many parents choose to park outside the College Grounds when picking up students at the end of the school day.  Additionally, as more Year 12 students gain their licence they choose to drive to school and are required to park outside the College.

May I suggest that to minimise the impact or inconvenience on our neighbours, people follow the following guidelines:

  • Park on one side of the street only.  Previously, I have suggested the side closest to the College.  This avoids blocking the street to larger vehicles.
  • Do not park across driveways.

Occasionally our neighbours request that we advise the school community of these guidelines in preference to them ringing the council and requesting that the by-laws officer issue infringement notices.

I would also advise parents not to stop in the turning lane on Cranbourne-Frankston Road to drop off or pick up students.  This is particularly dangerous as well as inconvenient for drivers trying to turn into the school.

Live Out Loud, Stand Up, Stand Strong

A parent and community bullying event, Thursday 17 March. Click here for more information

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Teaching & Learning News

The Community Portal will be the access point for parents wishing to clarify information regarding their son or daughter. Currently, student timetables, attendance records, teacher contacts and Parent Teacher Interview bookings are all available through the Community Portal. The unique password and login will remain with each family for the six year journey through St Peter's.

Parent Teacher Interviews 

During last week all new families should have received an information letter regarding Parent Teacher Interviews. The letter includes a password and login detail for the St Peter's Community Portal. Interview times are Wednesday 23 March 4.00pm - 8.30pm and Thursday 24 March 9.00- 1.00pm

Click here to go to Community Portal:

East Campus Interviews will be conducted upstairs in the Lyons Building.

West campus Interviews will be conducted in the Hall.

Any family who does not have access to the internet and would like to book Parent Teacher Interviews are asked to contact reception who will arrange interview times.

All families are encouraged to take the time to speak to teachers regards the progress of your sons and daughter.

marlene 17 march

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Religious Education News

Student Leaders Meet the Bishop

Our College Leaders from both the East and West Campuses spent a day with Bishop Pat on Friday, the tenth of March at MacKillop College, Leongatha. The day was run by the Archdiocese of Sale.

After a number of "meet and greet" activities, followed by opening prayers students had the opportunity to make presentations to the Bishop on what they thought were the key issues facing the youth of their respective Colleges.

Students spoke about a number of pressures such as fitting in with peer groups, body image pressures, keeping up with parents and College expectations, finding balance in life, gender stereotypes, drugs and alcohol, social media and the need for adults to listen compassionately to teenagers.

Bishop Pat responded to the students in a most compassionate way and addressed many of the concerns raised by students. In his closing address he reflected on the Year of Mercy and asked students to look at local issues (whilst not dismissing global issues) where students could be involved and encouraged them to help (in whatever way) those in our community who needed acts of mercy. He also asked that students be compassionate and keep in mind in their prayers those who need our mercy.

After his response to students Bishop Pat presented students with Leadership Badges and closed the day with a short prayer liturgy. Lunch followed and Bishop Pat was besieged with many asking for a photo to remember this special day.

On the way back to St Peter's our leaders spoke about how friendly and welcoming they found Bishop Pat and how they felt he genuinely listened and responded to their concerns.

bishop meeting

Roger Hampson
Assistant Religious Education Leader, East Campus

St Agatha's Parish

Prayer cards

Please collect a prayer card from the foyer after Mass and pray for a child making their First Reconciliation this week.

Mass Times

Please note there will be no evening Mass this Thursday because of First Reconciliation.

Would You Like To Become An Extraordinary Minister Or Lector

An information/training session for parishioners who would like to assist in these important ministries will be held on Monday 21st March at 7.30pm in the Church. The new Extraordinary Ministers and Lectors will be commissioned at Holy Thursday Mass. We would encourage those already on the rosters to come along for a refresher. Enquiries to Sr Mary on 5996 1985

International Guest Speaker - Sarah Swafford On Emotional Virtue

Sarah is one of the most engaging Catholic voices of our time. Her speaking and writing is both challenging and encouraging, practical and inspiring. She is from the US and has presented on EWTN, as well as to a number of schools, parishes and universities. For years, the message of chastity and relationships has focused on physical boundaries, without adequate attention being given to the importance of emotional virtue.

Sarah Swafford is a pioneer in this field and she is a tremendous gift to the Church and to all the young people who hear her message. All are invited and entry is free: Sunday March 20th 3:30pm-5:30pm in the Parish Hall.

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Dear Parishioners, Thank you to the many parishioners from both St Thomas the Apostle Church and St Agatha’s Church who joined together last weekend with Bishop O’Regan for the Mass celebrating the beginning of the new Parish of St Thomas the Apostle. It was indeed a day to give thanks for a multitude of blessings already received, and to pray that God will renew the blessings for our parishes as we embrace our whole community with the Good News of the mercy and compassion that Jesus Christ reveals for all people.

From this weekend there will be a second Mass each weekend. Mass will be celebrated at 6.00pm each Saturday evening as well as at 9.30am on Sunday. The Holy Week Liturgies will also be celebrated for the first time at St Thomas the Apostle Church.

Parish Census 

We need to update our Parish records! We ask all parishioners to kindly fill in a census card, if you have not done so already. Please assist by completing your family details clearly on the census cards and stating in the comments area which Parish you wish to be involved St Agatha’s or St Thomas the Apostle. Census cards will be available on the table in Church foyer

May God bless you all

Fr Denis O'Bryan
St Thomas the Apostle Parish



Fundraising 2016

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Monday 11th April, 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Pick-up of all outstanding Boys White Shirt Orders and Sales

Change Over to Winter Uniform

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

Change over from Summer to Winter Uniform 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.

To order online please click here:

2017 Enrolments Still Being Accepted

Enrolment application packs are available from the College Office of either the West or East Campus.  Open 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

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.  

We are still accepting applications to fill any vacancies for 2017.

Mrs Kerrie Birrell

Next Tour Dates

WEST Campus - Friday 15th April 

EAST Campus - Friday 22nd April

OR by individual appointment

Next Meeting


AGM (Annual General Meeting)

7.15pm Tea and Coffee

7.30-9.00pm St Peter’s College WEST CAMPUS

1005 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Cranbourne
Enter via Navarre Drive Gates please.

GUEST SPEAKER – Miss Karissa Robertson, Teaching Staff, Media, Dance and Drama. Learning Advisor Glowrey House West.

SPC Musical Production 2016 - Choreographer

 B.Film&Media; Grad.Dip.Ed.; Crad.Cert.RE

2016 Schedule of Meeting & Guest Presenters

To view please click here:

Minutes of Meeting

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East Campus Payments

A reminder to East Campus Families:

The East Campus does not have receipting facilities to process cash or cheque payments. 

However, EFTPOS and credit card payments can me made via the East Campus General Office in the Discovery Centre. 

All cash and cheque payments must be made through the West Campus General Office.  

Thank you for your understanding.

Student Welfare

Tuning into Teens

A six session parenting program for parents of 11-15 year olds.

This proven program helps you:

  • Be better at talking with your teen;
  • Be better at understanding your teen;
  • Help your teen learn to manage their emotions and conflicts;
  • Help to prevent behaviour problems in your teen.

Click here to learn more:

Clare Ziino, Student Counsellor, East Campus

Thursday 17th March

  • Redemption

Friday 18th March

  • City of Casey Mentor Breakfast
  • Yr 7 Immunisations
  • SIS Intermediate Sport
  • HPV Wonthaggi

Saturday 19th March

Uniform Shop open 8am - 12noon

Monday 21st March

  • Peer Support West P4

Tuesday 15 March

  • SRC Meeting
  • SIS Performing Arts Rehearsal Day
  • After School Detention
  • VCE Study Hub West
  • SIS Performing Arts Concert

Wednesday 23rd March

  • House Assemblies
  • Peer Support East P5
  • Parent, Student & Teacher Interviews 4.00pm-8.30pm

Thursday 24th March

  • Student Free Day
  • Parent, Student & Teacher Interviews 9.00am-1.00pm

Friday 25th March

  • Good Friday

Monday 11th April

Uniform Shop Open 1pm - 5.pm

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

Please click here:

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 

To veiw the February 2016 edition online please click here:


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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To see what is currently available for sale:

Secondhand Calculators and Text Books

Secondhand Text Books and Calculators please click here:

College Student Calendar

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