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Issue 50  |  04 May 2016
Featured Story
From the Principal

Mother's Day

I hope all of our mothers are taking a well earned rest this Sunday and get to enjoy the fruits of their children's labour at least for one day. We extend our love, best wishes and thank you's for the care extended to us all.

Our Prayer of Thanksgiving

Loving God, we thank you for mothers – for all they mean or have meant, 
for the love they have shown and the care they have given. 
We thank you for the qualities of mothers – 
their patience, their kindness,
concern and understanding. 
We thank you for the part they play in our lives,
and we thank you for this day of saying ‘thank you’
this opportunity to say what we so often mean to say but so rarely do.
For mothers and motherhood, for children and families 
we bring you this day our grateful praise.


Child Safety Standards 

Seven new Victorian Child Safe Standards (the Standards) came into effect on 1 January 2016 and apply to all organisations involved in child-related work in Victoria, such as schools, churches, kindergartens, children’s services, out of home care services, youth services, local councils.

On 22 December 2015, the Victorian Minister for Education provided Ministerial Order 870 which provides the framework for how school will be required to comply with the standards. This ministerial Order requires schools to be complaint as from 1 August 2016 and overall responsibility for ensuring compliance rests with the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority.

Over the coming months we will be working through a consultation process with our staff, parents ( Parents & Friends Association ) and students (Student Representative Council) as we develop two important policies ; a Child Safe Policy  and A Code of Conduct that will allow us to meet the standards set out in legislation. We value and look forward to your feedback through the consultative processes that will see a number of new policies and procedures guide the work of staff and volunteers with the children in our care.

Funeral of Nicholas Sangston

On Thursday of this week members of our community will attend the funeral of Year 11 student Nicholas Sangston. Our students, staff and families have been wonderful in expressing their support for Nicholas, his family and each other at such a sad time. The wider community has also played a part with extension of support, flowers and messages of condolences which all helped to reassure us that we are never alone when faced with the tragic loss of a loved one. We pray that our loving God will embrace Nicholas, his family and our community as we come to terms with our grief and say our farewells.

VCE Performance Evening

A wonderful VCE Performance Evening was held at the West Campus on Tuesday Night with students from Year 9 to 12 performing in the areas of Dance, Music and Drama. It is always inspiring to see our students performing with such passion and talent and I commend our Performing Arts Staff, Ms Quirillo - Drama, Miss Robertson -  Dance and Mr Carter for the way they have prepared and inspired our students. I also thank Mr Jason Blackburn, Mr Daniel Coco and Ms Sarah McLaren for Front of House and Mr John Phillips, Riley Byl, Rossi Halipilias, Anghelo De La Cruz and Bradley Gillard for their set-up of the hall and professional stage management.

VCE Performance 1

Vce Performance 2

Catholic Education Leadership Dinner

Catholic Ed Award

Mr Steven Nash receives his Spirit of Catholic Education Award from the Director of Education Maria Kirkwood and Bishop Patrick O’Regan alongside 25 Year  Service recipient Mr Greg Furlong. 

Appraisal Process for Mr David Hansen 

From time to time members of the College in positions of leadership undergo a process of formative appraisal. This year, Mr David Hansen, Deputy Principal Head of Campus – Cranbourne West, is undertaking this process on May 16 and 17 and a Panel has been appointed to conduct this process.  The members of the panel are:

  • Mr Sam Cossentino, Deputy Principal , Padua College Mornington
  • Mr John Kennedy, former Principal Loyola College  
  • Mr Oronzo Farina, Education Consultant – Secondary, CEO Sale, Executive Officer of the Panel.

The role of the Appraisal Panel is to interview key members of the College Community, including a selection of staff, parents and students who may wish to contribute to the process of appraisal.

A random selection of parents and students will also be asked to complete a questionnaire.  If you are not in the sample, then a copy of the survey is available at the College office from 6/5/2016 to 12/5/2016 and we ask that the questionnaire be returned by 13/5/2016.

If you wish to be interviewed by the Panel, you are most welcome to make an appointment through Ms Kelley Cooper by May 13th. If it is not possible to speak personally with the Panel, then a member of the Panel would be happy to contact you by phone.

I ask for your support in this important process, and trust that it is a positive and encouraging experience for both Mr David Hansen and the College community.


Tim Hogan

Latest News
Learning and Teaching

VET at St. Peter's College - Electro Technology

This semester we have around 40 students undertaking a Certificate II in Electro technology here at the West Campus in our purpose built Trades Skills Center. 1st Year students have recently completed their White Card training which gives them knowledge of the operation of a work site as well as essential Occupational, Health and Safety hazards which they are required to implement. Students are also developing introductory skills to domestic wiring as well as a wide range of basic pre-apprenticeship skills. 

2nd Year students have begun developing more advanced skills. They have begun to construct basic switchboards which gives the students an understanding of contactors and electrical relays. Completion of this certificate gives students excellent pre apprenticeship skills as well as developing knowledge and learning for students with an interest in this industry. I highly recommend any interested students to talk to Mr Cranswick, myself or Ms Dillon about the pathways this subject may lead to.

electro Technology

Chris O'Hara
VCAL / VET Co - Ordinator

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2016 for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be held on Tuesday 10 May, Wednesday 11 May and Thursday 12 May 2016. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.

The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals which can be used to improve student achievement.

All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN tests. During test week, catch-up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days. These students may undertake catch-up tests on the days in the test week after the scheduled test, up to and including Friday 13 May 2016. Please click here for the NAPLAN timetable

If your child is eligible for support due to disability or an exemption, you should discuss this with the Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Anthea Zafiropoulos at the East Campus and Kay Anderson at the West Campus. Parental consent is required before any support due to disability or exemption is granted.

Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. This is a matter for consideration by parents and carers in consultation with the Deputy Principal and Curriculum Leader. If, after consultation, you decide to withdraw your child, you must sign a Student Withdrawal form. These forms are available at school.

Later in the year you will receive your child’s personal NAPLAN report. The report will describe your child’s particular skills in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards. These describe the minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia. The data provided also allows your child’s teachers to address their strengths and weakness to continue in their academic development. 

St Peters College is confident that the information you receive as a result of your child’s participation in the NAPLAN tests will be valuable in helping you to understand your child’s progress in literacy and numeracy. At St Peters College we look forward to using the NAPLAN data to continue to improve the learning of our students. 

For more information about the tests, click here to visit the VCAA website  or the NAP website. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the Curriculum Leaders; Debra Preston West Campus or Emily McClelland East Campus. 

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching

East Campus News

This week we celebrate Catholic Education Week. Why celebrate it? A reasonable enough question. It could be successfully argued that every week is Catholic Education Week. A more significant question is what makes a Catholic education unique? Catholic education provides the opportunity for students to grow in their faith, with a specific focus on the spiritual development of those in our care. It provides the opportunity for students, through social justice events and activities to look beyond their own world and learn to recognise the importance of looking outwardly and supporting those that are less fortunate. A Catholic education is about recognising, developing and actioning gospel values such as love, hope, peace and forgiveness. We are indeed privileged to teach in a Catholic school like St Peters and it is hoped that students also recognise the privilege of learning in such an environment.

Catholic Education Week Liturgy

The most significant event to mark Catholic Education Week is to be our liturgy. Scheduled for Thursday, this year’s theme is ‘God’s Mercy is from age to age.’ Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which began on December 8 last year and will end on November 20, the feast of Christ the King. It is hoped that this will be a special time for us as the Church. Just as Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God, so we are called to be the face, voice and hands of Jesus to others. Jesus asks us to forgive and to give, to be instruments of mercy because it was we who first received mercy from God. We are called to be generous with others, knowing that God showers his goodness upon us with immense generosity.

Casey Youth Summit

Four students from East as well as four students from West participated last Friday in a youth summit conducted by the City of Casey. The East students were: Angelin Tom, Nyakuar Wunbil, Natasha Clayton and Jack Johns. The students joined with students from secondary schools across the local government area to provide advice and suggestions as to how youth could be better serviced and catered for. It was also an opportunity for our students to share in what ways we currently contribute to the local area. We thank these students for being wonderful ambassadors throughout the day.

SRC Report

The SRC is a wonderful forum to share ideas and make suggestions for improvements at East. It is also a wonderful opportunity for students to develop important leadership skills including: active listening, collaboration, collegiality and problem solving. Skills such as meeting protocols, how to run meetings, minute taking and ensuring all have a voice are also important skills. This week’s meeting included topics such as: litter, uniform, winter sleepover and St Peter’s day to name just a few. As the meeting finished the overwhelming conclusion I had was that our students care very strongly about our school and are wanting the best for each and every student who is part of our community. We are blessed to have such passionate students


One issue the students were very passionate about in the SRC meeting was how our student body is currently wearing their uniforms. Mentioned in particular were the following concerns:

  • Grey socks only for boys
  • Black tights for girls should be a minimum 70 denier thickness
  • Socks should NOT be visible over stockings
  • No visible t-shirts or any other garment to be worn under the blazer or shirt
  • Girls wearing the new shirts must be wearing the Bow Tie, even under a jumper

I ask parents to support the school in ensuring a high standard of uniform is observed at all times. The uniform shop opening hours can be found on the College web-site


An extensive consultative process resulted in an overwhelming response, particularly from students, for the introduction of a bells system. Whilst the choice of music has created some debate, we are already observing the benefits of increased levels of punctuality to class. Being on time and having an organised approach to meet the demands of a lesson or day are essential life skills and it is pleasing to observe students making a much more concerted effort to arrive to classes in a timely manner.

Masters BBQ

The Parents and Friends are holding a fund-raiser on May 14th at Masters, Cranbourne. This fund-raiser is calling specifically on east parents as earlier in the year west parents participated in a similar day at Bunnings. The request is for parents to contribute an hour of their time to assist the SRC and staff in running the BBQ. The hours of operation are 8.00am to 5.30pm. If you are able to assist please make contact with Mairi-anne Macartney on 5990 7777 or to email click here

Have a good week

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

It has been a difficult week on the West Campus with the tragic loss of one of our students Nicholas Sangston (Year 11, KLE).  If anything good can come out of such a tragedy, then it is in experiencing the tremendous outpouring of love, support and compassion from our St Peter’ community.

Students were not just looking out for each other, but showed a deep concern for their teachers which demonstrated the beautiful caring nature of our young people.  

All grieve differently, but all treated each other a little more gently and sensitively.  I think we are all reminded to reappraise our values and realise that it is our relationships with our family, friends and God that are our priority.

Catholic Education Week

Our celebrations for Catholic Education Week have involved students going with Mr Andrew Moore to a Mass at the Cathedral in Sale and a St Vinnies Youth Conference with Ms Marissa Joyce.  

Our Campus Assembly has been moved to Monday, 9 May when we will continue to mark the great contribution of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale.  

Please note that this Thursday, 5 May, students will be required to wear full winter uniform. Sport uniform must be worn on Monday, 9 May.

VCE Performance Evening

Our VCE performing arts students and some courageous Year 9 dancers entertained us all on Tuesday evening at the 2016 VCE Performance Night. It was an entertaining concert from our best talent in dance, drama and music that allowed our students to fine tune their acts prior to assessment at the end of the Semester.  

It reminded me also of the therapeutic value of the arts as students, who may sometimes be quieter or more introverted around the campus, absolutely shone on stage.  Well done to Ms Karissa Robertson, Ms Melinda Quirillo and Mr Frank Carter in preparing the students; to Mr John Phillips in transforming a gymnasium into a concert hall and Mr Blackburn, Ms McLaren and Mr Coco for attending to the front of house.  It was wonderful to see so many supportive staff and parents at the evening also.

May you have a peaceful week and wishing all mothers a very happy and relaxing Mother’s Day on Sunday.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Religious Education

This week we celebrate Catholic Education Week. On Friday, school leaders from across the diocese of Sale got together for the annual Catholic Leadership Dinner. Our CSYMA students are producing a short video for their classwork which includes students from every level - Prep to Year 12. There was a real sense that the primary and secondary schools are in this work together. 

This sense of being together ought to be a characteristic of our school. It seems to be the obvious extension of the sort of spirit that the original disciples created right back at the beginning (see Acts 4). Whether it is being together in our school work, in the building up our school, when things are hard or sad, or in our achievements. A Catholic School is and should be a supportive community where we know we are in it together with so many others.

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

Year Eleven Retreat East Campus

Students in Year Eleven attended a retreat  at Golden Valley Lodge, Finders. The retreat started with a mass led by  our parish priest Father Denis in a beautiful outdoor setting. This was a great way to start the retreat and in the Year of Mercy gave a strong focus for the retreat.

Over the three days students were involved on a number of workshops that helped students to develop their spirituality. It was also an opportunity for students to get to know each other and staff members  who were attending the retreat.

Parents are also involved on the retreat by sending letters of affirmation of their children to be read privately by their son/daughter at one of the final workshops. These letters prove to be highly valued by the students and help develop a stronger spiritual bond between students and parents.

Thanks go to Father Denis, staff in attendance, in particular, Mr Peter Woodhouse who organised the  retreat  for the students.

Roger Hampson
Assistant RE Coordinator East Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Monthly All Night Prayer Virgil

Will take place this Friday 6th May.  It will begin with Divine Office at 7.00pm, Mass at 7.30pm followed by a spiritual teaching 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!

First Saturday Devotion

In honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place next Saturday 7th May, after the 9.30am Mass.  This devotion includes the reciting of 1 Rosary and meditating on the other 3 Mysteries of the Rosary and concluding with a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All Welcome.

Mary Mother of Mercy

Come spend a day with us to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Saturday 4th June from 8.00am till 3.00pm in the Church and Parish Hall. Please see notice board for more details.  

Right to Life

Life Hike 3 days trekking in spectacular scenery in the Grampians, to raise money for the prolife cause 26th, 27th & 28th May.  For more details contact Mary Collier on 9385 0100, www.righttolife.com.au or email mary.collier@righttolife.com.au  

Parish Information Meeting 

A reminder that all parishioners are warmly invited to the Parish Information Meeting on Wednesday the 18th of May.  This is the key meeting of our Stewardship Program and we will gather as a parish community to celebrate our achievements and plan for the future.  Light refreshments will also be provided.

St Agatha's Parish

St Thomas the Apostle News

Thank you to all those who participated in the “Called & Gifted” Workshop. The Stewardship Renewal is underway. All parishioners are invited to participate as fully as possible in all aspects of the Stewardship Renewal.

Help Needed!!

After this Sunday’s Mass help is needed from all parishioners to deliver letters to parishioners. We hope not to have to mail any letters. I would ask you to assist with delivering letters not only in your own street but throughout the parish. THANK YOU in anticipation!

Bishop O’Regan has also asked all parishes in the Sale Diocese to assist the Australian Military Diocese with a special collection. This will be taken up next weekend. All over Australia for the first four weekends of May there will be an attendance count taken at every Saturday evening and Sunday Mass. It begins this weekend.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

Blue Hills Mass 

Mass will be celebrated at Blue Hills Chapel this Wednesday 4th May at 2pm, with Anointing of the Sick. All Welcome!

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Library News

Monty Pryor, Story teller and Performer Extraordinaire Enchanted Students and Staff 

Students held their breath in anticipation and laughed with delight at Monty Pryor’s stories during last Wednesday.  They were also awed by his soulful didgeridoo performance. Monty Boori Pryor’s Aboriginal heritage was evident in the perspective and imagination he brought to his stories. It was a privilege to have such an acclaimed Australian author and performance artist visit our school as part of the English and Library Program.


The following are some student responses:

He mixed reality with over exaggeration along with suspense, entertainment and information. It was also amazing the way he played on the Digeridoo. I could relate to his relationship with his siblings, like when he said he always got the blame for anything that went wrong at home, or anywhere for that matter…  Rubi Rose 

Monty’s storytelling was awesome because he told his stories in a very unique way. He talked differently for each character… One of the funniest parts was when he was fighting the Hairy Man and he said it was the Hairy Man vs him and his Kung Fu frog!   Thiviru Ranatunga 

I could easily relate to all the fights he had with his siblings…I liked it when he built up the suspense and then yelled and scared everyone.
Thomas Muir 

I really enjoyed Monty’s story-telling because it included humorous and entertaining stories about him and his siblings. I feel like he engaged the audience when he exaggerated details. I also liked his timing, for example, when he screamed and we all jumped. 
Josie Keri 

Angela Gargano  
Head of Library

VCE EAST – Past College Captains inspire our VCE students

A week ago Nathan Martens, 2015's school captain and Dux visited the East Campus to speak with our year 12 students to pass on some guidance, advice and tips.

Sitting in the library, in period two, stressed and unmotivated, Nathan shed light with a most uplifting talk a year 12 can ever hear. Nathan spoke about trusting and being confident in our own ability when the stress begins to overwhelm us. He highlighted the need for us to stick together as a year level for extra support and comfort. Hearing those words from a former student that went through it and came out stronger really made us reflect upon our own ambitions and efforts towards this our last year of High school. Nathan definitely reassured us of the value of year 12 not only at an educational level but also at a social level.

Nathan Martens

He went on to say that it is our last year so we need to give it our all and especially to take advantage of Study Hub and the extended library hours. Nathan spoke of the importance of not burning out and the need to find time to clear our minds and find some peace. We as the first year 12s of the East Campus are truly thankful that Nathan took the time to come out and set us back on track. (Amer Athiu – College Captain East Campus)

Mikaela Tai visits Legal Studies Class

We had the unique and wonderful opportunity to have Mikaela Tai visit our Year 12 Legal Studies class last week. Mikaela shared with us her VCE experience and specifically the study habits and techniques she used to secure and A+ on the Legal Studies Examination.

The way Mikaela was able to explain how to study and how to answer particular examination questions gave us greater insight into applying the knowledge we have already gained this year. The experience of having Mikaela in the classroom has given us a lot more confidence that we can do this and to keep positive during the year. We would like to thank Mikaela very much for giving so generously of her time to come and speak with us.  (Ben James Yr12)

Julie Banda
Senior Years Curriculum Leader

East Campus Payments

East Campus Parents 

If you wish to make an appointment with someone from our Finance Department to discuss your child's school fee payments a staff member will be available at the EAST CAMPUS every Wednesday(commencing from Wednesday 11th May) between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm.

Please call in advance to make a booking.

Cash Payments East Campus

We are now accepting small cash payments at the East Campus.

The maximum amount for cash payments is $20.00.

This will cover the cost for replacement Student Record books, padlocks, and ID Cards.

We have full Eftpos and Credit Card facilities available at both campuses for your convenience.

Any cash payments greater than $20.00 will still need to be made at the WEST campus. 

Finance Department

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Uniform News

Boys White Shirt

Any parent who has ordered boys shirts and not picked them up, please do so by next Thursday, or else they will need to be returned to stock, in preparation for stocktake.

All shirts that were ordered and paid for, should now have been delivered to the student.

Girls Blouse

Uniform Shop currently has more stock of the girls blouse for those of you who were waiting to order more stock.

Uniform Shop

Wednesday 4 May

Catholic Ed Week

CE VCE Study Hub

Thursday 5 May

Catholic Ed Week


Friday 6 May

Catholic Ed Week

Saturday 7 May


Tuesday 10 May

NAPLAN Years 7 & 9

CW VCE Study Hub


Next Meeting

Tuesday 31st May
7.15 Tea and Coffee
7.30 – 9.00 pm Meeting
West Campus 1005 Cranbourne Frankston Road, Cranbourne 
Enter via Navarre Drive Gates please.

Guest Speaker: Mrs Helen Smith

Helen Smith
West Campus Gifted and Talented Coordinator
Teaching Staff, English
Learning Advisor, AVILA
B Arts; Grad Dip Ed; M Ed Leadership

Mrs Helen Smith joined St Peter’s College in 2015. This year she has taken up the newly created role of Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator. Helen will share with us a little of her teaching journey which includes her publishing several English text books. Helen was awarded ‘The National Excellence in Teaching Award, Victoria in 1994, as well as being a nominee for Herald-Sun ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 2004. She will talk about her passion for this newly created role at St Peter’s College, after her input into initiating our 40+ VCE Study Hub in 2015 for our senior students. She will also outline how she sees our Halo Program developing over the next few years, as junior students of today move into our VCE Study Hub.

2016 Schedule of Meeting & Guest Presenters

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Minutes of April 19th Meeting

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Useful Links

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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