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Issue 51  |  11 May 2016
Featured Story
From the Principal

House Competitions

Our House lunchtime activities program has been in full swing this week with a mixed netball competition and a lip-sync battle taking place between the Houses. The competitions are keenly contested and played in great spirits and given the events of the past week it was wonderful to see staff and students enjoying some fun times together. 


Our students will be undertaking the NAPLAN tests this week along with students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 across Australia. The NAPLAN testing program has been around for 5 years now but continues to be a source of discussion in the media as to its value for student learning. 

All Catholic schools focus on the development of the whole child therefore testing which concentrates on literacy and numeracy will only give a limited view of the overall development of our students in much the same way that a Year 12 ATAR result does not adequately reflect the total achievement and skills of our students when they leave school.

However feedback on learning is fundamentally important for students, teachers and parents particularly around the foundational aspects of literacy and numeracy. From a classroom perspective the data we gain from testing both through NAPLAN and our own internal sources helps us to know our students better, their strength and weaknesses and what we should be doing to assist their learning. It also gives a yardstick by which we can evaluate the effectiveness of the programs we are using to improve student learning.

At St Peter’s College we are aiming to become more skilled in the use of student data so that it informs our understanding of how students learn and leads to better teaching. We are also conscious of the value we place on human dignity which reminds us that our student data has a name and a face and will guide how we cater for the needs of each student in our care.

Parents & Friends Association - Masters BBQ

This Saturday the Parents and Friends Association will be conducting a fundraising BBQ at Masters in Cranbourne. Our Staff & Student Leaders from the East Campus will assist our parents during the course of the day and I encourage anybody who is in the vicinity to drop in and purchase a sausage or two!

Australian Federal Election

Parents will be aware of the upcoming Federal election which will be taking place on the 2nd of July. Part of our approach to learning at St Peter’s College is to ensure a sense of citizenship and civic responsibility for our students so they understand the part they have to play in creating a fairer and more just society. This begins with exercising their right to vote which many of our Year 12 students will have for the first time this July.

I include this excerpt from the Australian Electoral commission which outlines their legal responsibility and the link to the web site at which our eligible students can enrol to vote. Students can enrol to vote for this election up until the 23rd of May.

Voting is compulsory by law for all eligible Australian citizens. You are eligible to enrol if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject,
  • aged 18 years and over, and
  • have lived at your address for at least one month

If you are 16 or 17 you can enrol now so when you turn 18 you'll be able to vote.

For information on how to enrol PLEASE CLICK HERE.

JACKSON Baseball pitch
Year 11 Avila West Campus student - Jackson Boyd pitching for Victoria at the Australian Under 18 Baseball Championships

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

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East Campus News

Last week we held the first of our Campus Assemblies, this combined the more formal assembly structure with a liturgy celebrating Catholic Education week.

During the Assembly I could not help but be struck with the opportunities presented to our students to get involved in a vast array of co-curricular program offerings.

Reports were presented, in the main by students, on a vast array of events already undertaken this year. Included were such activities as SIS Debating, the New Caledonian trip, Human Powered Vehicle events and opportunities, the upcoming Futures Expo and the CYSMA Project Compassion report.

Anecdotally it has been observed over many years that those students who choose to engage in co-curricular programs tend to perform better in their studies.

The reason for this can be explained in the skill-set that can be developed when participating in such opportunities. Skills such as problem-solving, working within a team, the development of confidence to speak out and effectively communicate with others, the connection and friendships formed and the sense of connectedness with the whole school community, all of these breeds confidence in students to participate fully in the life of the college and ultimately breeds self-confidence to manage more effectively the demands of secondary schooling.

My challenge to all students during this Assembly was to get involved with at least one co-curricular activity on offer between now and the end of the year.

Liturgy for Catholic Education Week

This was held as part of the Campus Assembly. Conducted by House Leaders on the theme of Catholic Education Week, the liturgy itself was around the statement ‘God’s Mercy is from age to age.’

The motto for the Jubilee Year, Merciful like the Father, serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of God who asks us not to judge or condemn but to offer love and forgiveness instead.

Students and staff in this liturgy were asked to respond to this invitation and be examples of love and forgiveness to others. To be that positive influence and at times to walk away or ‘turn the other cheek’, which is often challenging, but in many instances this very action can send a strong message of love and forgiveness that we are called to demonstrate in this our St Peter’s College Community and beyond.

Bullying – Sticks and Stones Well-Being session

On Wednesday of this week Brainstorm Productions will be presenting their Student Wellbeing Program ‘Sticks & Stones’ for our Year 8s.

Sticks & Stones explores issues surrounding violence and aggression and its devastating consequences. The play is performed by two highly trained actors who, as young role models, can genuinely connect with the audience. The production encourages teenagers to rethink their views about violence, abuse and controlling behaviour.

The performance is followed by an after-show discussion that examines student’s attitudes, challenges stereotypes and aims to breakdown any pre-conceived ideas about violence being acceptable.

Sticks & Stones is part of our Student Wellbeing Curriculum and the program has been developed in consultation with teachers, psychologists, as well as real-life student experiences. The methodology of the program is safe, supportive and non-judgmental and designed to provide students with positive and useful tools that they can use in their everyday lives. 

Master’s BBQ – This Saturday, May 14th

East Campus are holding a BBQ fund-raiser this Saturday at Master’s Cranbourne. The address is Thompsons Rd & Springhill Drive, Cranbourne. More volunteers are required to assist on the day. Please contact Mairi-anne Macartney at school by phone on 5990 7777 if you are able to assist. 

Yr 7 Immunisations

Reminder: the second scheduled dosage for Year 7s is taking place this coming Friday.

Upcoming Federal Election

A reminder to our senior students that it is not too late to register to vote at the upcoming federal election.

Applications to enrol close on May 23rd. If you are 18 years of age and an Australian citizen you are eligible to enrol and to vote. Details can be found at the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.Click here

Have a good week.

Chris Black 
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Campus Assembly

Our school week began with an assembly that celebrated Catholic Education Week and the many good things that are happening around our diocese and within our College.  It is good to stop and reflect on the positive stories and I appreciated some time to reflect on the great work of Sr Mary Glowrey, our very own Australian doctor who may one day be canonised a saint.  

At the assembly, we also celebrated our champion Swimmers from Trem 1 and our champion Cross Country runners from Term 2.  We heard from Mikayla Van Der Velden about the cultural study tour to New Caledonia and about the upcoming opportunity for our Japanese students to travel to Japan.  Our Japanese intern at the west, Midori Yamashita was introduced to the school and impressed us with her fluent English.  Gemma Clover and Tom Kelly also impressed us with their singing and guitar work.  We were told about Human Powered Vehicle and congratulated Damon Quirk on his success.  I would hope that more students from the West Campus may get involved in this fantastic opportunity. We awarded the Environment Trophy for first term to MacKillop House and watched them move further ahead on the McGuigan Shield House Ladder.  Which house will step up and reign them in?

House Activities

With the celebration of Mary Glowrey’s feast day, this week Glowrey House will be running the famous Lip-Sync Battle at lunchtime on Thursday.  Mr Jason Blackburn and the Student Leaders have certainly got into the spirit of fun and the competitiveness of the Houses should result in some talented performances.

Mixed Netball has also begun this week at lunchtime and all teams have played their first match.  Houses are divided into two pools and each team will play every other team in their pool in two 10 minute halves.  The top two teams from each pool then go into semi-finals and then the winners meeting in the Grand Final.  This will occur over the next 3 weeks and culminate in the awarding of the inaugural Mixed Netball Shield.  We also hope to finish with a Staff versus Students Mixed Netball match during that week.  Thanks to students Chloe Harbour and Mikaela Dakic and staff, Ms Janelle McRae and Sophie Macreadie for umpiring these games.

Year 8 SWAC – Sticks & Stones

SWAC is our Student Wellbeing Advisory Committee and are responsible for organising activities and the Pastoral Program to address issues of student wellbeing.  On Wednesday, our Year 8 students enjoyed a performance of Stick & Stones. This is educational theatre that addresses anti-bullying in schools and provides strategies for conflict resolution and breaking the cycle of violence. 

Two energetic young performers explore the different forms of bullying in the playground, in the street and at home. It provides strategies for conflict resolution, anger management, assertiveness, and breaking the cycle of violence.

School yard scenarios are used to encourage students to have empathy and understanding: invading people’s personal space, homophobic and racist remarks, domestic violence and intimidation in person or on the internet are all illegal and have serious consequences. 

This award winning show shines a spotlight on negative patterns of behaviour through inappropriate modelling from peers, family members, TV and computer games. It examines the link between hormones, adrenalin, the 'fight, flight' response and alcohol fuelled violence. 

We will follow this event with some educational input in a Pastoral Period with the Year 8 students, but I encourage you to talk with your child about the show and what they got out of it.

Alcohol – Should parents let their children have a sip?

The issue of alcohol fuelled violence and the problem of alcohol abuse in our region raises an important issue about what we can do as a College community to address these issues.  I am conscious that even recently, the media focussed on the number of outlets for alcohol in the City of Casey.  

They also raised the strong link with domestic violence and how this was significantly higher in our municipality.  I know we cover these topics in our Health and PE Curriculum and the Religious Education courses discuss good choices and ethical decision making. 

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David Hansen

Deputy Principal – Head of West Campus

Learning and Teaching

ACU Mentoring Hub – Building Community Partnerships 

On Saturday 7th May twelve St Peter's College staff, together with staff from Hillcrest College and Nepean School met to develop skills in mentoring Pre-Service Teachers. Professor Jillian Fox and Colleagues from the Australian Catholic University delivered the first of two modules designed to build capacity in staff to mentor beginning teachers. The group explored the importance of quality mentoring in the early years of teacher training and examined the qualities required of an effective mentor.

The sessions were an opportunity to build partnerships with local schools as well as partner with ACU. Participants will now be paired with a Pre-Service teacher from the ACU in their subject area and will work with the beginning teacher to ensure they are “classroom ready” upon graduation. It is a credit to our staff who willingly gave up their lovely autumn Saturday to invest in the support of those just commencing their teaching career. 


Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching

Religious Education News

On Wednesday 4th May, nine Year 10 CSYMA students were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the annual Vinnies Youth Conference. This year it was set in the picturesque Abbotsford Convent and, despite the 7am start and the Monash Freeway traffic, the students were full of enthusiasm. 
The Keynote Address was given by Australian, Simon Lewis who used his training as a surf lifesaver to establish a rapid response rescue team in Greece where Syrian refugees have been fleeing to.

Many of these refugees travel in unsafe water vessels, wearing fake life jackets given to them by people smugglers. Needless to say that the team established by Simon has saved many lives in the Aegean Sea and will continue to do so, as long as there are people in need.

His message for the audience was powerful: "it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you use your talents to help the people who need it".

The day continued with workshop sessions where students heard from a range of organisations and individuals who work with people in need. The students who attended returned to school inspired by the presenters and are keen to put their ideas into action.


Marissa Joyce
Assistant Religious Education Leader, West Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Special Collection

A special collection was taken up at all Masses this past weekend for Trinity Families May Appeal. 

National Mass Attendance Count 

All over Australia, for the four weekends of May, there will be an attendance count taken at every Saturday evening and Sunday Mass.

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. 

RCIA Inquiry Night 2016

An inquiry night will be held for those who may be considering becoming Catholic or for Adult Baptised Catholics who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation on Wednesday 13th July at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.  

For more info please contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

Junior RCIA

Starting the 5th June 2016 to 15th April 2017.  Participants will attend Mass at 9.00am followed by classes at the end of Mass in the Parish Hall.

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle News

Trinity Families Collection

Next weekend there will be a special collection at Mass for Trinity Families. This collection is taken up only in the Sale Diocese to support what was originally known as the Bishop’s Family Foundation. For the last 15 years the proceeds of this collection have been assisting families in need throughout Gippsland.

Stewardship Renewal

The Stewardship Renewal continues, and I do encourage parishioners to give it their full attention and support. The combined parishes meeting in St Agatha’s Church on Wednesday 18th May will give all parishioners a great opportunity to understand our plans for the coming three years.

Frs Joseph, Peter & Denis will speak to us about the significance of how our Parish comes together as a community to celebrate the Eucharist.  To quote Pope Francis in the National Catholic Reporter: “Celebrating the Eucharist should make a difference in the way a parish community lives.  At Mass, Christ gathers people around him to nourish us with his word and his life. This means that the mission and identity of the church begin and take form at Mass”.

Parish Information Meeting

At all Masses this weekend RSVP cards will be distributed for parishioners to indicate their attendance at the key meeting of the Stewardship Program. Please show your support of our parish by making one hour available to come and participate at this special event

May God bless you all,

Fr Denis, St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Sports News

Golf Victoria Team Championship

On Friday the 6th May Kay Bannan, Tom Ryan and Nathan Willett from the East Campus competed in the Golf Victoria Team Championship Competition. It was a very early start with us departing the College at 5:30am to be at the Metropolitan Golf Club for registration and warm up at 6:30am.

With a 7:30am tee off our students then made their way to their designated areas on the green and commenced the tournament. They played a full 18 hole game with some excellent shots but the winds were definitely a challenge for all players throughout the day. They finished up by 1:30pm with a delicious lunch at the clubhouse and presentations. Our students were competing with some of the best golfers in the state and finished up equal sixth overall which was an incredible achievement.

These students were the first to compete in a competition at this level and should be very honoured to represent our College at such a prestigious event. Well done Kay, Tom and Nathan! 

Kay BannanThomas RyanNathan Willett

Chloe Thomas
Sports Manager East Campus 

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.

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Thursday 12 May

  • NAPLAN Year's 7 & 9
  • Redemption

Friday 13 May

  • West Campus Tour
  • Year 7 Immunisations:
  • CW - Periods 1 & 2
  • CE - Periods 3 & 4

Saturday 14 May

  • Uniform Shop Open 8.00 - 12 noon
  • P & F Masters Cranbourne BBQ

Tuesday 17 May

  • West VCE Study Hub
  • Detention

Wednesday 18th May

  • East VCE Study Hub

Thursday 19th May

  • SIS Jnr Sport
  • Redemption

Friday 20th May

  • SIS Int Sport
  • Detention
  • East Campus Tour

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