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Issue 47  |  13 April 2016
Featured Story
From the Principal

Welcome Back

I hope all families have enjoyed a wonderful Easter break and have returned refreshed and ready for the challenges of Term 2. I have placed on our website a copy of Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family’. Pope Francis has written on the topic of the family which is central to the health of our world, our communities and the source of great joy for us all. It recognises the challenges that all families have to stay together in a world that has so many pressures that can distract us and so little time to devote to building the foundations of a strong family unit. I encourage you to take the time to read and reflect on the very wise words of our Pope.

Solomon Islands Immersion program

Just before Easter I had the pleasure of interviewing 9 applicants from the East & West Campus for the Solomon Islands Immersion Program. They are impressive students who are eager to assist with the fundraising program for our sister school in the Solomon Islands before spending 10 days in the local community working in the school and staying with local families.

Our fundraising continues to focus on the development of a school library at Bishop Epalle College and our third term trivia night fundraiser will be a joint East & West Campus initiative to raise money for this purpose. In all 13 students from the East and West Campus will go to the Solomon Islands this year under the supervision of teachers Miss Karissa Robertson, Ms Caroline Angus and Fr Joseph. I thank the following students for volunteering for this program in 2016:

East Campus                     West Campus
Will Veenman                    Melissa Vezelici
Aaron Quintal                     Anastazya Staggard
Amer Athiu                        Natasha Xerri
Abigail Rook                      Mikayla Kidd
Dana Durbin                      Natasha Dakic
Stephanie Barnes             Vanessa Vong
                                          Bridget Wakartschuk

Congratulations Zachary Moroney 


During the school holidays Zachary was presented with the Australian Scout Medallion by his Majesty King Carl XV1 Gustaf of Sweden in a presentation attended by hundreds of people from across Victoria and International Guests from the World Scout federation.

Zachary is a member of the 1st Hampton Park Scout Group and earned this award through completing 3 different components where he was able to demonstrate leadership, organisation, drive, determination, resilience and high-level practical scouting knowledge including campcraft and hiking.

Congratulations Zachary on a wonderful achievement


As we begin the new term I bring to your attention the following staff changes for 2016 :

I welcome back from Maternity Leave Shannon Maher and thank Naomi Dewit for filling in for her so capably over the last 6 months. I also welcome Sara McLaren who has stepped into the IT role vacated by Mr Vaughan Anderson. Sarah will be teaching VET Information Technology and Mr Jim Constantinou will take on the responsibilities of ICT Coach at the West Coach.

At the East Campus Mrs Reshma Swarmy resigned from the College at the end of Term 1 to take up a part-time teaching position and I have appointed Mr Takura Macharaga in a replacement role until the end of 2017.

I advised last term of the ongoing Health issues of staff member Mrs Elizabeth Warde which will see her return to the UK for a bone marrow transplant. The prognosis is good for her recovery however the lengthy recovery time will see Mrs Warde restricted to the UK for a two year period. As a result she has indicated that she will be resigning from St Peter's and I thank her for her wonderfully passionate approach to teaching and working with our students. We keep her in our prayers for a full recovery and look forward to her return visIt to our school in the near future. Mr Daniel Coco will continue in his replacement role for Mrs Warde until the end of 2017.

Mr Simon Gardiner is also on sick leave awaiting an operation to remove a benign tumour. This is taking longer to schedule in the public health system than had been anticipated and as a result Mr Gardiner will be away on sick leave for Term 2. Mr Tom Myers will continue in his replacement role for Mr Gardiner for this term.

Long Service Leave 

The following staff are taking some well earned Long Service Leave for the first two weeks of term 2 and will not be available until their return:

Ms Debra Preston, Mr David Bardi, Mr Roger Hampson and Mrs April Hampson.

Administration Changes

With the expansion of the East Campus the following additions and restructure to our administration roles have taken place effective from the beginning of Term 2.

  • Ms Taryn Joniec has been appointed as the new Office Manger across the East & West Campus.
  • Mrs Carol Carter will take up administrative duties at the East Campus in replacement of Ms Leah Wheelock who has taken maternity leave. 
  • Ms Rebecca Ramsdale moves into the position of Timetabler and Vass Co-ordinator over the East & West Campus 
  • Ms Kerrie Birrel takes on the role of Registrar for enrolments. 
  • Ms Kelly Cooper has taken on the role of PA to the executive consisting of the Principal and Deputy Principals at the East & West Campus. 

Some roles will require personnel to move between campuses, however the central phone systems will be able to put parents in touch with the appropriate people whether they residing at the East or West Campus.

East Campus Administration Centre

Students and Staff have now moved into the East Campus Administration centre which will see classes housed temporarily over the next 18 months while our purpose built Year 9 centre is constructed. I thank the Mr Black, Mr Bonnici, Mr Mustey, the IT Team and Mr Phillips for their dedication and expertise in ensuring that this high quality facility is now available for use by students and staff. I also thank the administration staff of the East Campus for their patience as they have been working under pretty cramped conditions over the last few year.


French Exchange

Our students have returned safely from New Caledonia as part of our French Exchange Program. Our students spent 8 days altogether in Noumea studying the French Language and being hosted by students from Magenta College Noumea. I thank staff members Ms Olimpia Rosenblum and Ms Emma Van Rens for their supervision of this successful exchange which will also see 25 students from Noumea return to St Peter’s later in the school year.

New Caledonia TIM


2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

Welcome back to a new term. I hope all students and their families had a chance to rest, relax and re-charge their batteries over the Easter break. For students this was an ideal opportunity to reflect on the term just passed and ask the question, “How am I tracking with the goals I set at the beginning of the year?”

Yesterday all students were given some additional time in tutor group to reflect on this very question. Students also had the opportunity to re-assess and to tweak these goals to ensure they were relevant and challenging. Many students attended Parent/Teacher interviews at the end of last term and this would have provided important additional feedback to assist in re-setting those goals for the term ahead. Term 2 is traditionally one where there is a heavy focus on assessment with one of the two major reporting periods concluding at the end of this term. For Year 12s, 11s and 10s exams will loom large and it is never too early to commence the revision program and process required to find success in this assessment form.

The Administration Centre is open for business

Whilst Mr Hogan has outlined earlier in this newsletter much of the detail surrounding the opening of the Administration building, the Year 9s (as well as a number of Year 10 and Year 12 classes) will reap the benefit of brand new learning spaces. Whilst these are temporary classrooms, they are wonderful learning spaces and provide an outstanding learning environment for teaching and learning. Modelled on a more flexible and open plan model, students will be challenged to work in a more collaborative and student centred way. The twenty-first world requires for its citizens to work collaboratively as well as independently, develop effective communication and problem-solving skills as well as being able to think critically and be creative and innovative. This new learning area provides the opportunity to develop these skills. Please find attached some photos of the new area.

new building 2   new building

Obesity in Children

Over the holidays it was reported that Australia’s children had risen to second in the world rankings in respect to obesity. It has been recorded that 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese. This is one record that we should not be proud of. Overweight and obesity can lead to a number of medical issues including: type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and kidney disease. From a psychological perspective, obesity and being overweight causes low self-esteem issues that can lead to depression. Amongst the behaviours that reduces the risk of obesity are dietary factors and regular exercise patterns. An increasing factor to account for the rise in obesity is the sedentary factor of the amount of screen time that the young are exposing themselves to. Medical practitioners are recommending no more than two hours of screen time a day, inclusive of TV, the internet, mobile phone and social media forums. It is disturbing to witness the anxiety experienced and expressed by students when they are separated from their mobile phone. Parents, just like schools, must play a role in monitoring their children’s behaviours, particularly in relation to screen time. One practical guide is to insist that all electronic devices are brought to parents by 10pm at night and/or deposited in the family room for charging by 10pm. 

The Perils of too much screen time

Research says that too much screen time (over two hours in a day) can lead to some or all of the following:

  • Sleep Deprivation – which can lead to many social/emotional disorders and impact on their learning
  • Obesity
  • Vision Problems
  • Aches and Pains – fingers, wrists, neck and shoulder issues
  • Loss of Social Skills
  • Aggression

As adults it is incumbent on all of us to take a lead role in insisting that excessive screen time is not acceptable and be consistent in our approaches when dealing with those young who rely too heavily on their devices.

School Bus back on the road

From Wednesday this week we will have the St Peters bus back on the road completing both the morning and after school bus runs. We thank parents and students for your patience during the time when the bus has been off the road for repairs.  

Punctuality to commence each day

A focus of House leaders and Learning advisors in Term 2 is to monitor the punctuality of students to commence each day. For those who consistently arrive late to school consequences including detentions (lunch-time and after school) will be enforced. Parents are asked to ensure their sons and daughters are leaving enough time to arrive at school no later than 8.45am. Students arriving after 8.50am are required to go to the student reception to obtain a late pass, this is not an option but an expectation as rolls can be rectified within this process.

Have a good week.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Opportunities Galore

Term 2 has only just begun and already the calendar is showing plenty of opportunities for our students to get involved.  We all need to remind them that the more they put into their school life, the more they will get out of it.  It may sound cliché, but the reality is that your child will feel a greater sense of belonging and enjoy school even more if they get involved.  So what are some of these opportunities coming up?

  • SIS Swim Carnival. This takes place this Thursday.  Mr Justin De Goldi will be taking 44 students from East and West Campuses to MSAC to compete against other schools.
  • Peer Support. On Friday, Ms Sarah Slykerman will co-ordinate the first Year 7 Peer Support for Term 2.  This program began in Term 1 and will be completed at the end of this term. We believe this is just one of the things that help make St Peter’s a child safe school. Ask your child about their experience of the Peer Support Program that:
  • Is a skills based experiential learning program
  • Empowers young people to support each other and contribute positively to society
  • Provides students with a supportive learning environment in which to develop the skills, understandings, attitudes and strategies to improve their mental, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Develops key skills in resilience, assertiveness, decision making, problem solving and leadership
  • Utilises a whole school approach to support positive cultural change
  • Provides authentic leadership opportunities for our Year 11 Peer Leaders.
  • Try a Trade Expo.  Next Tuesday, 19 April, Year 9 students will go to the Cranbourne Racecourse for the Careers and Try a Trade Expo.  This is always a valuable experience in helping students determine what pathway they may like to take.
  • Year 11 Retreat.  On Wednesday, 20 April, all Year 11 students will leave at 5.00 pm for their compulsory 3 day school retreat.  This is an important part of the Religious Education program of the College and a wonderful opportunity for students to celebrate their faith, friendships and families.  Please note that students unable to attend must provide a medical certificate or face suspension from school.  External TAFE courses or work placements are not a valid reason for non-attendance at the retreat.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

Winter Uniform

A reminder that winter uniform is to be worn from the commencement of Term 2. Due to Term 2 commencing in early April, there will be some flexibility to be able to wear either summer or winter uniform for the first week only of Term 2. Parents and students are reminded about our zero tolerance policy to students not wearing school uniform correctly. Click here if you require further information about Uniform expectations and requirements.

Easter Reflection 

Sometimes we may feel a little like Peter. Not because we are holy, but because Jesus has given all of us the chance to admit our past mistakes, correct them, and use them to build up God’s Kingdom on Earth.
Jesus offered Peter that same opportunity in last week’s Gospel. Peter denied Jesus three times. So Jesus invited Peter to repent and be forgiven by expressing his love three times. Peter had the chance to repair the damage his denials caused. Repentance can free us from the guilt that keeps us from fully loving ourselves and others. We can’t really be free until, like Peter, we try to correct the damage of our negative behaviour.
Easter is a good time to correct and learn from our mistakes. The Risen Christ offers us all the opportunity and the courage to look honestly at our mistakes, repair damage they have caused in our relationships, and use what we have learned to help others. Let’s try to take up Christ on this offer and follow him.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Teaching & Learning

Maximising Your Chances - Acceleration for Year 10 students

For students who show a particular talent in a subject area, enhanced studies is an opportunity to maximise ATAR scores. Students complete Units 1 and 2 in Year 10 with a view of undertaking Units 3 and 4 in Year 11. This then allows students to enrol in extra units and to gain extra points towards their ATAR. Studying an accelerated unit also exposes students to the academic rigor of the senior school.

This enhanced study does not lead to a study line in Year 12.  Accelerated Learning Programs are only available to Year 10 students who show aptitude in their Year 9 studies. Application to learning together with academic results and attendance are all considered during the application process. 

EDROLO Trial for Year 11

EDROLO is an online educational resource that provided video explanations, topic quizzes and practise exams for students studying VCE subjects. The College has purchased EDROLO for all Year 12 students to supplement their learning resources.

For Term 2, EDROLO will be available for Unit 1 Subjects and available for use by Year 11 students. All Year 11 students have been sent email instructions to log on to this resource. Please make the most of the Term 2 trail by viewing the materials available. 

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Teaching and Learning

R.E News

On Thursday morning, Fr Peter celebrated Mass with about 50 students together with staff and parishioners.  Fr Peter was reflecting on the reading from the Acts of the Apostles about St Phillip talking to a man about Jesus. Fr Peter's question was, "How would you tell people about the Good News?" 

I am sure that many students were hoping that Fr Peter was not going to ask them to answer. However, it is a good question. There is a fascinating show on the ABC where advertising gurus are asked to sell a particular idea. They are very clever.  I wonder how they would go with this one. There are many positives in the Jesus story. The existence of St Peter's and schools like ours is just one piece of evidence of the Good News of Jesus. 

The final days of Jesus life on earth are the key for me. No matter how bad it gets, even death itself, there is life. I am involved in the revision of the RE Curriculum which should be completed by the end of this year. The final aim of the RE Program: to radiate an atmosphere of hope and joy. We have a lot to be grateful for in the Good News of Jesus.

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Co-Ordinator

St Agatha's Parish News

Sacrament of Confirmation

If your child is in Grade 6 and has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion and would like to make their Confirmation. An Information Session and Parent Workshop will be held on Tuesday 19th April or Tuesday 26th April at 7.30pm.  Parents need to attend only one session.  Attendance is essential for parents who wish to prepare their child for Confirmation [failure to attend means postponing Confirmation to 2017].  This information Session is also for children from government schools and in high school who have attended classes with us since 2015.  For more information please ring Sr Mercy on 5996 1985.

An Invitation to each person – You are Called and Gifted!

The Diocese of Sale is embarking on a process whereby every person in the Diocese is invited to deepen their spiritual life and to discern God’s call for them. The workshops, presented by the Catherine of Siena Institute, encourages all to discover God’s call for their life through the discernments of the gifts and charisms received from God. Through Baptism, God has gifted each person for a unique vocation, enriched by gifts and charisms to be used to show God’s love to world in serving others.  The workshops assist in discerning how our spiritual gifts can change the world and spread the Gospel, and how using our gifts together can transform and renew our parishes and diocese.  Each parish and school is invited to participate in one of four Called and Gifted Regional Workshops. Participants will be given take home materials for reflection and personal use at home. 30th APRIL: ST PATRICK’S PARISH CENTRE, PRINCES HWY, PAKENHAM. Parishes are encouraged to send a MINIMUM of 10 people from each parish to one of the Regional workshops. Please click here for Bookings and payment. For Info Sophy Morley on 5622 6600. 

St Agatha's Parish

St Thomas the Apostle News

Dear Parishioners, On Saturday 30th April, Bishop O’Regan has asked parishioners from our parish and the other parishes of the Western Region to gather at St Patirck’s Church, Pakenham, for a “Called & Gifted” workshop. This will help us to identify the particular gifts that God has given to our parishioners, and to learn how to bring them to the mission of the church in our parish. I do ask you to make the best effort to be able to attend as all parishes are asked to have at least 10 people in attendance, and hopefully a good many more than that. There is information regarding how to book for this workshop available at all our weekend Masses. Booking is done online and there is a cost of $10 for the day. If you have booked in please notify the parish office as well so that we are aware of who is attending from our parish.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

Special Collection

A special collection will be taken next weekend to support the Education of Seminarians, Bursary fund.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

College Exchange Program – New Caledonia

On Easter Monday, a group of 8 students accompanied by Miss Van Rens and Miss Rosenblum set out on a week’s exchange to New Caledonia.  

Students attended French classes every day from 8.15 – 11.45am at CREIPAC, a French language centre which is located on a very historic site – the original buildings from the first penal colony of the French expeditions from the mid 1700s.The afternoons were spent visiting sites around Noumea including the Aquarium, St Joseph’s Cathedral, the Latin District and the city centre.  For some students, it was their first every overseas experience, for others it was their first experience in a country where English was not the first language.  For everyone, the week turned out to be a truly memorable experience as students discovered a new way of life provided so graciously by their French host families.

There were many significant moments during the exchange.When visiting St Joseph’s Cathedral, students sat quietly gazing at the stainglass and the paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross.  To their amazement, a magnificent male voice began to sing out in prayer.  There were only 2 other people in the Cathedral, a woman and the man who was chanting.Our students found coconuts on the doorstep of their French classroom and were even taught how to correctly open them and check if they were okay to eat!  

New Caledonia 12 aPRIL
The highlight for most students came at the very end of the trip when the group took a 45 minute boat cruise for a day’s outing at the Amadee Island, a small island, complete with lighthouse and surrounded by coral reefs. After enjoying a delicious buffet lunch and a spectacular Tahitian dancing display, students hired masks and snorkels.  To their delight, as they swam amongst tropical fish and precious coral, a giant green sea turtle appeared. The students formed a circle around it and swam with it for a good 15 minutes. Such a memorable day!

Details of the 2017 French exchange program will be made available late in Term 2. In the meantime, we would welcome families who would like to host a student from College Magenta.  Please complete the host family profile by clicking on this link or alternatively,contactMiss Rosenblum at arosenblum@stpeters.vic.edu.au

Olimpia Rosenblum
College Exchange Coordinator

Parents and Friends Association

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

2016 Karrisa Robertson

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

Miss Karissa Robertson has, in 2016, taken on the role of Choreographer for the St Peter’s College Musical Production 2016, HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL’ which will be staged at the George Jenkins Theatre in Frankston over four performances, starting with a Matinee Performance on 10th August, followed by three evening performances from Opening Night on Thursday 11th August through to our Closing Night Performance on Saturday 13th August. Karissa has extensive training and experience in Film, Drama and Dance. She will share with us the inspiration behind her passion for Production, both within the Education Sector and privately with a local Production Group.

2016 Schedule of Meeting & Guest Presenters

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Minutes of Meeting

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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.

Next Tour Dates

WEST Campus - Friday 15th April 

EAST Campus - Friday 22nd April

OR by individual appointment

Mrs Kerrie Birrell

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.

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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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Catholic Life 

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Secondhand Calculators and Text Books

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