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Issue 52  |  18 May 2016
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From the Principal

Mary Glowrey - Our Next Saint

At the assembly to celebrate Catholic Education, held last week, I spent some time reflecting on the life of one of our House Patrons; Mary Glowrey, whose anniversary takes place on the 5th of May. Mary was elected the founding President of the Catholic Women’s Social Guild (now known as the Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga) in 1916 but her legacy to the world is evident through her extraordinary missionary work in India from 1919 to 1957.

During that time working in appalling conditions she became the world’s first nun-doctor missionary, she alleviated the physical and spiritual suffering of countless thousands, she conceived and executed a revolutionary vision of how health care could be provided to the some of the most needy people in the world, she lay the foundation of the Catholic Medical and Nursing Colleges in India, and in 1943, she founded the Catholic Health Association of India, which now auspices the care of about 21 million people each year.

We hope that Mary Glowrey will become our next Australian Saint after Saint Mary Mackillop. She was declared a Servant of God, the first of four official approvals to be met on the path to sainthood, in March 2013. Catholic Schools are built on the three pillars of faith, education and service, the same values that Mary lived her life by. We give thanks for her faith filled and inspiring life.

Mary Glowrey

Cross Country Results

On Tuesday of this week our St Peter’s College Cross Country team took out the Division B title at the SIS Cross Country Championships held at Baxter Park. On the day we also took out the U/17 Female pennant, U/17 Male pennant, U/15 Male pennant and Intermediate Shield and the following students were recognised as top 3 placegetters in their events.

Shima Mohammed - 1st Place Open Girls
Natalie Jenner  -1st Place U.17 Girls
Britney Phillips - 2nd Place U.17 Girls 
Henry Cooke - 1st Place U.17 Males
Tahlia Coates - 1st Place U.15 Females
Oliver Bana  - 2nd place U.15 Male
Tom Ryan  - 3rd place U.15 Male
Shuhad Mohammed - 1st place U.13 Female

I wish to thank and acknowledge all of our competitors for their first class participation on the day, which greatly contributed to our overall win. I also thank Mr De Goldi and all the College PE staff who prepared our students at the East & West Campus for this event. We now look forward to taking on the competition in Division A in 2017.



Masters BBQ Fundraiser

I thank the Parents & Friends association for staging a fundraising BBQ at Masters on the weekend in very windy conditions. Student Leaders from East Campus worked with House Leaders and parents to serve a mountain of sausages and over $750.00 was raised for a variety of student based projects throughout the year.

I acknowledge the following students, parents and staff for generously donating their time to make this the success it was:

Jodie Connell, April Hampson, Mairi-anne Macartney, Karen Walker, Ellinor Allen, Roger Hampson, Lachlan Buckanen, Nikita Mascurine, Simon Ruei, Christine Rook, Abigail Rook, Greg Furlong, Nadia Carosella, Stephanie Barnes, Ken Barnes, Meaghan Winter, Emily Hoyle, Luke Garcia, Will Veenman, Marlene Jorgensen, Jean-Paul Antoine, Elizabeth Sum, Christian Dinglasan, Dana Durbin, Naomi Barlett, Chris Black, Emil Mathews, Amer Athiu, Dan Green, Shantelle Lazarus, Austin Hour,  Peter Woodhouse, Sara ElbaziPatrick Garcia, Maureen Gabriel, Trisha Granada, Dayne Carron, Alicia Sieben, Loretta Faalili and Ziggy Wolinski   


Tim Hogan

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East Campus News

We have been fortunate with the weather of recent times to be experiencing some wonderful autumnal weather. This provides great opportunities for students to be engaged in lunch-time activities. Whilst some students take up the opportunity to involve themselves in sporting activities, whether on the Basketball courts, playing 4 square or on the Oval, for many others lunch-time is an unstructured and idle time.

Over the coming weeks students will have the opportunity to contribute to ideas regarding lunch-time events. Activities that can generate House Spirit, teamwork and co-operation will be considered closely.

I’m looking forward to the ensuing discussions.

Masters BBQ Fund-raiser

Congratulations and our thanks is extended to both staff and students for assisting with the BBQ fund-raiser on the weekend. Through the generosity of the staff and student leaders we were able to raise $750.00 for the College Parents and Friends. We are fortunate that our Parents and Friends are getting ready to donate $1,000.00 to East Campus. Over the coming week’s students and staff will be asked to come up with ideas as to how the campus can benefit from this donation and what improvement/s can be made as a result of the generosity. We thank the Parents and Friends in anticipation of this donation.

masters bbq

Pastoral Period

This week during pastoral period, students will be working through a series of activities under the broader theme of giving students a sense of the purpose of Pastoral Care at St Peter's College and the key role the Tutor Group and all its members play in looking out for one another across the journey of secondary education.

Some of the key points include: 

  • Our College motto ‘Be Not Afraid’ reminds us and empowers us to place our trust in God
  • There are times when we need to reach out to others to give and receive support
  • Learning Advisors and Tutor Group is a structure designed to celebrate achievements and to support students in the stormy, tough times in life 
  • Every student in a Tutor Group has qualities and skills to contribute and share. These personal strengths can assist others, again, in the stormy, tough times in their lives

The House System and the Pastoral Program is significant in ensuring students are connected to a significant adult and a significant group of peers and thus is an essential plank to the development of the whole person.

Naplan Wrap

Year 7's and 9's were engaged with the Naplan Assessment Program last week. Whilst the results can inform policy direction and curriculum planning, both at state and local level, it is important to highlight that it is one assessment, in one moment in time, for one student, as part of a collective. Therefore results achieved and reported on in the months ahead are just that; 'a snapshot in time'.


Over the coming week, parents of bus users will be sent a letter outlining some of our current concerns. Some of the issues we currently are experiencing include: students not travelling on the correct bus, students entering on the buses without their bus pass and students disembarking at incorrect bus stops. We ask all students to ensure they abide by the expectations outlined in their signed contract. At some point in time this year we will be seeking feedback on the services provided to assist with the planning for next year.  


We continue to field concerns from parents and staff about the Heather Grove carpark, particularly in the afternoon. Please do not double-park or stop in the carpark until your child appears, as this causes considerable frustration to parents waiting to exit. Please consider waiting for your child by parking on the street, waiting 5 or 10 minutes before picking up, or collecting your son or daughter from the MacKillop Way exit.

Enjoy the week ahead

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Lip Synch Battle

Last Thursday, the Campus came alive with some serious lip-synching.  Mr Blackburn, the Glowrey Learning Assistants and Student Leaders did an amazing job in organising the annual Lip-Synch Battle.  There were some impressive individual performances from Assisi’s House, Harrison Smith and Rachel Ward, in their 'Grease' Mash-Up. George Madul from Marian  House also inspired with his 'Let it Go' from Frozen.  

However, it was unanimous amongst the judges that Glowrey and MacKillop Houses were destined for the Grand Final.  Glowrey’s Emily Lace and Nicola Van Hammond led their fellow students (Brad Gillard, Sasha Shashkoff, Austin Yarde, Keely Stafford, Cameron Stafford, Elizabeth Lupeamanu, Tatiayna Kann, Devish Singh, and Mary Chang Kee) as they danced and mimed through the inspirational 'Holding Out For A Hero'. MacKillop’s Stephen De Paoli and Daniel Edward made us laugh (and a little bit scared) as they lead their team (Jessie McGuigan, Gerfraine Abraham, Andrea Thaithong, Alyssa Di Nuzzo, Prateeksha Prasad, Jade Irvin, and Britney Phillips) and brought 'Priscilla' to St Peter’s College with their rendition of 'I Will Survive'. 

It was a hard fought final contest, and in a 3-2 split decision the judges awarded the 2016 Lip Synch Champion Shield to MacKIllop House, who reminded us that it really is 'All About That Bass'.  Glowrey House certainly did not disappoint with their presentation of Outkast’s 'Heya' and a brilliantly organised House activity.

Mixed Netball

Our second week of mixed netball has almost been completed and will ensure that all the teams within the two pools have competed against each other.  The pool ladders are currently:

Pool A

Team         Points   For   Against   %  

MacKillop    7          29       21      138  

Kolbe          6          40        6        667  

Glowrey      5           20        43       47 

Assisi          2            6         29       21                                                   

Pool B 

Romero       8         26       15         173

Marian         7         40        15         267

Augustine     3           5        26          19

Avila              2           8        23          35

Next week we will have the semi-finals on Monday between the top two teams in each pool.  The Grand Final will be played on Tuesday between the winners and on Wednesday, the top House will play the Staff for overall West Campus bragging rights.

Discipline and tough love

Last weekend I read an interesting article by Annabel Crabb in The Age that was entitled “How the humble rubber band is saving lives”.  What follows is an excerpt:

“Three weeks ago, nine cane-toad-proofed quolls were released into the Kakadu National Park. Cane toads, advancing into Kakadu, are decimating quolls who eat them unaware that they are poisonous. But these quolls have been trained at the Territory Wildlife Park to avoid toads; they've been fed a diabolical sausage made of horse paste with enough minced toad and a touch of emetic to make them feel temporarily awful. After a few doses, they associate toad smell with nausea and avoid it, teaching their offspring to do likewise.Additionally, these pioneering quolls were trained to avoid cats; this was achieved by putting a cat within sniffing distance of a safely partitioned-off quoll, then flicking rubber bands at the quoll so it associates cat smell with a sore nose. And to the spectacularly cack-handed importation, eight decades ago, of just 102 cane toads from Hawaii; toads who were supposed to eat cane beetles but ate northern Australia instead. Against this history of large-scale human carelessness are set these small but sparkling tales of contemporary innovation and cunning that are about quite the opposite; an abundance of human care. 

This story made me think of the tough love that we as parents and teachers are called upon to deliver at times. Like the human story of caring for the environment, we don’t always get it right.  Think of the introduction of the cane toad into Australia. However, with a bit of more careful research and evidence based data, we can address the problems we sometimes create. This may involve handing out a consequence that is not always terribly palatable to our child or students.  Nor should it be if it is to be a learning experience that prepares them for survival when they leave the home or school.  Our responsibility is to prepare them for the world and we do them no favours if we do not show them that tough love.

My hope and prayer is that we have a long term view in the care of our adolescents and the courage of our convictions so that we are able to do the best by our children and students even when it may hurt us to do so.

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David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus 

Learning and Teaching

VET at St Peter's College - Sport & Recreation

This semester we have around 60 students undertaking a Certificate III in Sport & Recreation across both the East and West Campuses.

Students initially undertook a battery of fitness tests to assess their own fitness and analysed areas that they could improve and investigated methods by which this could be done.

More recently, students have had a focus on coaching which has required them to plan and instruct their peers to develop skills from specific sports. Students will soon undertake First Aid training and will receive a Level 2 First Aid as part of their qualification.

Vet/Vcal 18 May

Next year, students will have the option to sit an Examination and receive a study score for this subject which could be most beneficial for their ATAR score. Completion of this certificate gives students excellent knowledge and understanding of the Sport and Recreation industry. I highly recommend any interested students to talk to Mr Laurie, Mr DeGoldi, Mrs Winter, Ms Cardamone or Ms Dillon about the Pathways this subject may lead our students to.

Chris O'Hara
VCAL / VET  Coordinator

Religious Education News

Social Justice Art Competition

'Just Art' is an annual art competition organised by Vinnies which makes advocacy accessible to secondary school students.

The theme this year is ‘Asylum Seekers–Stories of Humanity’. Submissions are invited from people who are passionate about entering the discussion about Asylum Seekers in a way that promotes the values of compassion, respect, integrity and courage.

Submissions can take the form of: film, animation, photography, painting, sculpture, graphic design, music, drama, poetry, or short stories. This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents in the Arts, Media and Literature by producing work for a worthy cause.

Entries close Tuesday, 28th June 2016 so students are encouraged to start thinking about what they would like to enter now. They should speak with their teachers and seek advice on how to approach the theme and on their final presentation. Students at West Campus can speak to Miss Joyce, Deirdre Peterson (Arts Captain) or Nicola Van Hammond (Social Justice Captain) for more information. At East Campus, students should contact Mr Hampson or Abigail Rooke (Social Justice Captain) for further advice.

Good luck to all those who enter!

social justice

Marissa Joyce
Assistant Religious Education Leader, West Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

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. 

An Evening With Dr Massimo Faggioli

The Catholic Church and Francis in the International Situation Today. Massimo Faggioli is regarded as one of the most significant commentators on the Catholic Church in the Post Vatican II era. His books - Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning (2012), Sorting out Catholicism: A Brief History of The New Ecclesial Movements (2014) and A Council for the Global Church: Receiving Vatican II in History (2015) have each received significant acclaim.  Thursday 21  July 2016 at 7:30 pm,  St Carthage’s Church Parkville, 123 Royal Parade, Parkville 3052 Admission: $20.00 

Discover New Depths To Your Faith

Yarra Theological Union, a Catholic College of the University of Divinity is taking enrolments for theological study in second semester. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available. Enrolment appointments are from Monday 6th June 2016 until Thursday 24th June 2016. Phone: 9890 3771 or click here for an appointment. For other details online click here 

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

This weekend there was a special collection at Mass for Trinity Families. This collection was 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.

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.

Our Stewardship Program continues this week as we focus on how Our Parish Communities Value Engagement. Some of our parishioners will speak at Masses over the weekend and will share with us the importance of our parishes in their lives. They will discuss their own experiences and encourage us all to be actively involved in parish life by joining and participating in our parish groups and ministries.  We thank them for sharing their stories.

Ministry Expo

As part of our Parish Stewardship Program please join us at the Ministry Expo in both St Agatha’s, and St Thomas the Apostle, for a celebration of the ministries supported by the many stewards in our parishes.  We are showcasing the different ministries and groups of our Parishes so you can consider ways that you can be more fully involved in the life of our parishes or consider new opportunities.  Please review the list of ministries found in the ‘Time and Talent Sheets’, visit the Expo and then prayerfully discern what special skills and talents God might be calling you to share in our parishes or communities. 

Through the gifts of time and talent that our parishioners so generously share, we are able to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ around us. Many thanks to all those faithful and generous stewards in our parishes!

May God bless you all,

Fr Denis
St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Exchange News

We are looking for non-speaking French and non-speaking Japanese families to assist with hosting international students who will visit St Peter’s College in July and in September this year.

Families are often reluctant when deciding whether to host an international student, as they are concerned about the language barrier.  However, it is a better outcome for an exchange student to be in a situation where they can improve their skills in the language they are studying.  

When St Peter’s College students travel to Japan or New Caledonia, it is expected that they will improve their Japanese or French.  Helping an exchange student improve their English is the main goal for families hosting students visiting our College from other countries.

Currently, St Peter’s College is working with two schools in Japan (Tokyo and Sapporo) and with a French school in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Our arrangement with these schools is to extend to ours and their respective students the opportunity of spending a week at a foreign school where they are hosted by families and where they are able to participate in many different cultural experiences.

Without the support from host families, the existence and ultimate success of the College’s Exchange Program would not be possible.

Please consider this wonderful experience by filling in an expression of interest form before the 31 May. Click here for the form  

Olimpia Rosenblum
Language Exchange Coordinator


On the 12th of May our year 12 VCAL class headed off to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens to give back to the community by volunteering their time. We assisted by repotting plants (kangaroo paw) The grand plan is to plant the kangaroo paw in a garden display that will be in full bloom late spring through to summer. It was a great day giving back to the community and enjoyed by many of the VCAL students.

Mellissa Vezelici & Chloe Harris


Chris O'Hara
VCAL / VET Coordinator

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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Thursday 19th May

SIS Jnr Sport

Friday 20th May

SIS Int Sport
East Campus Tour

Saturday 21st May

Uniform Shop Open, 8.00 - 12noon

Tuesday 24th May


Thursday 26th May

SIS Jnr Sport


Friday 27th May

SIS Int Sport


Useful Links

College Alumni

2016 will see us hold our 10 Year Reunion for our Graduating Class of 2006

To register your interest and details please visit our Alumni Section of our website

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St Peter's College Website

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St Peter's College West Campus Canteen Pricelist

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St Peter's College Community Portal

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Catholic Life 

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St Peter's College Uniform Standards

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St Peter's College Uniform Shop

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Second Hand Uniform Sales via Sustainable School Shop

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Secondhand Calculators and Text Books

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College Student Calendar

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Uniform News

Second-hand Uniform Trading

Change of season has arrived and it’s time to think about those second-hand uniform items you no longer need but are perfectly good and could be used by another family at the College.

List the items on the Sustainable School Shop website: Click here

The service provides access to second-hand uniforms, calculators, musical equipment, etc all year round.

For the best results:

  • Register on the Sustainable School Shop website
  • List your second-hand uniform items for sale
  • List wanted ads for those items you are looking to buy
  • The College’s uniform lists are loaded into the system to make listing ads easy
  • The system matches the ads of buyers with sellers and notifies the buyer via email
  • Buyers contact sellers and arrange where and when to trade.
  • The College is not involved in the transaction

Parents are well supported via Sustainable School Shop’s telephone (1300 683 337) and email help lines

The system is simple and easy to use - If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance

To see all the uniform items currently for sale please visit the second-hand uniform stocktake report.

Second-hand uniform stocktake report Click here

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