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Issue 53  |  25 May 2016
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From the Principal

Semester One Exams

Over the next few weeks we move into the examination period for students in Years 10 & 11 to round off their Semester 1 learning. Our Year 12 students will also be completing a set of practise exams as a means of formative feedback at the halfway mark of their studies which will also give them some experience in the mode of assessment they will face in November.  

No doubt examinations can be a stressful time for students however I encourage students to put in a thorough preparation for their exams as the most effective way to alleviate their stress during this period. From an educational point of view there is evidence that both studying for and sitting exams deepens learning.

Studying is like exercising. When one exercises, the muscles in use grow stronger. Likewise, the process of searching through one's memory and retrieving the relevant information strengthens that memory pathway for future uses. This means that when newly qualified teachers, doctors, electricians, or builders are able to retrieve information when they need, it is – as a consequence of having been practised previously –  easier to access.
So, how can we best make use of this 'practice effect' for memory?

Research tells us that learning is particularly strong when students self-test. Rather than passively reading and remembering by rote, we want our students to study by forming appropriate questions, searching memory for relevant responses, and knitting this information together into an appropriate answer. Through this approach we find that exams don’t just provide a targeted, fit-for-purpose, opportunity for students to demonstrate what they know: they also have the power to enhance what students know.


Islam & Christianity

As part of our Year 12 Ethics course we invite guest speakers from the Islamic Tradition and our own Parish Priest Fr Denis to speak about various aspects of Catholicism and Islam, so that our students can compare and contrast, working towards an understanding of both the similarities and differences between these two major world religions.

The '8 Aspects of a Tradition' that we use as a basis for comparison include our beliefs, the myths and stories associated with the tradition, the sacred texts, rituals & symbols, social structure, source of ethics and the lived religious experience and spirituality that members of the religion live out on a daily basis. Our guest speakers this year focused on the different rituals we can find within each religion, providing clarity around their purpose and structure. Sherene Hassan from the Islamic museum, and Asa Katar, talked about the once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj within Islam, and Fr Denis spoke about his experience of walking the Camino pilgrimage within the Christian context.

At a point in time where we could easily distance ourselves from Islam, we have chosen to investigate and deepen our understanding of this major world religion through building connections with local Islamic communities. Our students appreciate a perspective which comes from knowledge, relationship and understanding, rather than one which can be formed by ignorance and fear. 



Wihan Erasmus, a Year 9 student from the East Campus has just been awarded the Australian Scout Medallion which is the highest award for a 11 to14 year old scout in Australia. Wihan is a member of the Narre Warren South Scout group and had to demonstrate a range of qualities and skills including leadership, organisation resilience, and a high level of practical scouting knowledge in order to gain this award. Wihan will now be moving into the next age group of scouts known as the Venturers. Congratulations Wihan.

wihan erasmus
I also congratulate our Senior Boys Basketball Team from the West Campus who qualified for the State finals of the Victorian College Basketball Championships. They did this by beating Hallam Sports Academy and Heritage College, initially drawing with Woodleigh School and then beating Woodleigh in the final last week. The Victorian College Championships of Basketball will be held at MSAC on the 20th of July and we wish the boys and senior coach Mr De Goldi all the best at this next level of competition.


Tim Hogan

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East Campus News

We are getting into the business end of a peak assessment period. Year 10 and Year 11 exams commence next week and Year 12s the week after. Exam programs are essential assessment tools designed to measure levels of understanding. The ATAR calculation in Year 12 is weighted heavily towards the exam program. As such the more practise, simulated in the same exam conditions as students will experience at the end of Year 12, the better students will be prepared. Further information is provided in this newsletter. Parents and students will also receive a letter and exam timetable in the coming days. For Years 7 – 9 many assessments will be taking place over the next month and the keys here are to stay on top of work, be organised and work productively in class to ensure the best quality work is consistently being produced

Top 5 Tips for Preparing for exams

1.    Ensure a study timetable is created
2.    Ensure a quiet place is created where study can be optimised
3.    Attempt as many sample and previous exam questions as possible
4.    Minimise work and social commitments
5.    Limit use of social media

Appropriately using Social Media

Whilst social media is blocked through the school’s IT network, students access social media through their phones (at recess and lunch-time) and of course through their electronic devices out of school hours. The inappropriate use of social media can be identified as the single most significant factor in causing disharmony in many schools. This disharmony can and does impact on student’s learning by distracting students from the core business of learning. It has the added concern of often bringing other students into the fray that have no business in being involved. So what is the solution? Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist who works extensively with young people. Offers the following advice in the form of the acronym STAND:

    S – Silence – do not respond to abusive messages
    T – Take a copy of all abusive messages
    A – Accept that bullies don’t think like you do – trying to sort it out often won’t work
    N – Never deal with this problem alone – get help – ask your teacher/house leader
    D – Don’t be provoked. Some cyber-bullies play “the baiting game”

The message is simple what goes on social media stays on social media. Once words are written they cannot be taken away. So” think before it goes in ink”.

Click here for further information from Andrew Fuller 

SIS Sport

We are nearing the end of the SIS sport competition for term 2, it has been a particularly successful term for our junior AFL team. This Thursday is the final game. Currently the junior boys are undefeated. We wish them well for Thursday’s game as they strive to finish top of their division. It is a home game so parents are most welcome to attend.

Visit to St Thomas the Apostle Primary School

I had the pleasure this week of visiting St Thomas the Apostle Primary with three of our Year 7 students and Ms Connell. We were met by a keen group of Grade 5 and 6 students who were interested in hearing from our students about what it is like to be a secondary student at St Peter’s. For St Thomas this session launches their focus on getting ready for secondary schooling. It was interesting to hear of the primary student’s fears and concerns, but more interesting was the way our Year 7s were able to allay their fears, leaving the students excited about making the transition. In particular, our Year 7s were able to articulate clearly the value of our house system and how that helped them settle in quickly.

The peer support program and the assistance of the Year 12s on their very first day were also identified as important. Making connections with their peers was also mentioned as important as well as the need to have an organised approach to their learning. Congratulations to our three ambassadors:  Joshua Campbell, Maria Catticaran and Lea Law Wai-Lodoiska who did both their old primary school and their new secondary school proud as they articulately and confidently presented their views of life at St Peters.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead 

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Learning and Teaching

GAT and Mid-year Examinations for Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

1.    GAT (General Admission Test) For all students completing VCE Units 3 & 4 studies in 2016.

On Tuesday 7th June, from 10.00am – 1.15pm all students at both East and West campus who are enrolled in a Unit 3 and Unit 4 study this year are required to sit the GAT.  The GAT is a compulsory requirement of VCAA for all Year 12 students. This includes students who may have completed the GAT before as well as those students completing a non-scored VCE. VCAL students who are enrolled in a VCE Unit must also sit the GAT.

Students completing the GAT will need to be at school by 9.45am and may leave the College at the completion of the GAT. Students will receive a GAT information brochure this week. It is in every student’s best interest that they:

  •     Perform as well as possible on the GAT
  •     Do not breach VCAA rules
  •     Arrive on time and only have the approved equipment, such as the           correct type of dictionary (no thesaurus), no calculator, mobile phone,       smart watches or any other electronic device.

While students cannot study a particular subject in preparation for the GAT they are able to practice GAT questions. Sample questions are available on both the College Moodle page and the VCAA website. Students are asked to take the time to become familiar with these questions.

2.    Midyear Examinations for Years 10, 11 & 12 

Next week marks the commencement of Year 10 & 11 Exams on Monday 30th May and concluding Monday 6th June. 
The Year 12 practice examinations will commence on Monday 6th June and conclude on Friday 10th June. These examinations are compulsory as they provide our Year 12 students with valuable exam technique practise together with timely feedback from staff to assist all students in preparing for their final Year 12 exams.

Year 10 and 11 students completing an accelerated VCE program, involving a Unit 1 or Unit 3 study will complete the relevant unit exam during the examination period for Years 11 and 12.

Year 10,11 and 12 students will receive their examination timetable this week during year level assemblies and parents will receive via email a letter confirming all examination details.

For further details please contact Mr Barry Fisher at West Campus or Mrs Julie Banda at East Campus 


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Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

West Campus News

Recognising and Supporting Students Experiencing Grief – Parent Session

On Monday, 30 May, Headspace has offered to run an information session at the West Campus assisting parents in recognising and supporting their grieving child.  A number of our students have recently been impacted by the sudden and tragic death of a student.  We understand that while our counselling staff have done a wonderful job with our students, it is parents who know their child best and are left to support them of an evening and early morning.  We can always benefit from the latest professional guidance on recognising when our child is grieving and the different forms this may take.  Furthermore, we can adopt certain useful strategies to assist our young people in living with the pain of loss and grief.  Please let the administration staff at St Peter’s Office know if you intend to come to this information session.

Venue: West Campus Staff Room
Time & Date: 7.30 pm, Monday, 30 May

Click here for more information

This is a parent only session and it is not appropriate for students to attend.

Drone Flight Incursion

Last week, some enthusiastic Year 9 students were entertained, enthralled and educated by Dr Stephen Van der Velden of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation who brought a hex-drone to school. Stephen is a board member and father of a former student Stefan (2015) and current student, Mikayla (Year 9. Glowrey). The topic of the activity was "The physics and mathematics of flight" and it literally grew wings as Choatlang Gony, Bilal Abdul-Hak, Anthony Ouch and Simon Gatuz, watched, learned and then were able to fly the drone around the football oval.  We are appreciative to Stephen for the generous commitment of his time not only to the Year 9 boys but also to the Extension group after school where he presented further on Physics and Mathematics.  

Mixed Netball

Our final week of mixed netball has now been completed and congratulations to Kolbe House who have dominated the competition and convincingly won the inaugural shield against MacKillop House.  The final score was Kolbe 11 defeated MacKillop 5. 

In the play off for the bronze medal, Marian House narrowly defeated Romero, 7 goals to 6.  Congratulations to all the students who participated and supported their teams and to House Leaders who coached, inspired and cajoled their players to participate in what was an exciting competition.

The final ranking of teams was:

1    Kolbe
2    MacKillop
3    Marian
4    Romero
5    Avila
6    Glowrey
7    Augustine
8    Assisi

We look forward to the Kolbe champions playing the St Peter’s Staff All-Stars team this week in what will surely be a very competitive match.  Stay tuned for the result.

Parking in Scarborough Avenue

Students and parents parking in Scarborough Avenue are requested to park courteously so as not to cause inconvenience to our neighbours.  In particular, our neighbours have asked us to remind our College community not to block driveways or make exiting or entering driveways difficult.

Furthermore, we ask that people park on one side of the road only to ensure that traffic is still able to negotiate the avenue.  I have suggested that if all people park on the school side of the roadway, this may assist in this matter. 

West Campus News cont

School Backpacks

The St Peter’s school backpack has been chosen because the strongest muscles in the body — the back and the abdominal muscles — support the weight of the bags.

When worn correctly, the weight in a school backpack is evenly distributed across the body, and shoulder and neck injuries are less common than if someone carried a briefcase.

As practical as school backpacks are, they can cause the following problems if not used correctly:

  • Students can strain muscles and joints and may develop back pain if school backpacks are too heavy or are used incorrectly. 
  • Students who carry large packs often aren't aware of how much space the packs take up and can hit others with their packs when turning around or moving through tight spaces, such as the aisles of the school bus.
  • Students can be injured when they trip over large backpacks or the backpacks fall on them.
  • Carrying a heavy backpack changes the way students walk and increases the risk of falling, particularly on stairs or places where the backpack puts the student off balance. 

We offer the following advice on how you can help your child avoid injury, particularly back pain.

Using Backpacks Wisely

To help students prevent injury when using a backpack:

  • Lighten the load. No matter how well-designed the backpack, doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry packs of no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight — but less is always better. If you don't know what that 10% to 15% feels like, use the bathroom scale (for example, the backpack of a child who weighs 50 kg shouldn't weigh more than 5 to 7.5 kg).
  • Use and pick up the backpack properly. Make sure kids use both shoulder straps. Bags that are slung over the shoulder or across the chest — or that only have one strap — aren't as effective at distributing the weight as bags with two wide shoulder straps, and therefore may strain muscles. Also tighten the straps enough for the backpack to fit closely to the body. The pack should rest evenly in the middle of the back and not sag down to the buttocks.

What Students Can Do

A lot of the responsibility for packing lightly — and safely — rests with the student:

  • Make sure students don't carry unnecessary items —mobile phones, and games can add extra weight to a school bag.
  • Encourage students to bring home only the books needed for homework or studying each night.
  • Ask about homework planning. A heavier pack on Fridays might mean that a child is procrastinating on homework until the weekend, making for an unnecessarily heavy school bag.
  • Picking up the school bag the right way can also help kids avoid back injuries. As with any heavy weight, they should bend at the knees and grab the pack with both hands when lifting a backpack to the shoulders.
  • Use all of the backpack's compartments, putting heavier items, such as textbooks, closest to the centre of the back.

If your child does have an injury and cannot carry weight in a backpack, please contact your Learning Advisor or House Leader to alert them to the need for your child to use a bag on wheels.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West 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.

2016 Schedule of Meeting & Guest Presenters

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Minutes of April 19th Meeting

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Religious Education News

City Life Café Visit 

The City Life Café is located in Frankston and was founded in 1988. It has been established to provide the homeless and less fortunate with food and daily meals and it is a place where people can go and receive hot meals and talk to others in the same or similar situations. The City Life Café operates on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. While they rely heavily on donations from supermarkets and retailers for food products, all the meals are prepared and cooked by volunteers alongside all the washing up and cleaning. As well as providing meals, The City Life Cafe also provide a small library for the homeless, which they are they are allowed to borrow freely. Over the course of one month, the City Life Cafe produces 9000 meals for the homeless in Frankston. 

On Thursday 12th of May, we together with Mr Hampson visited the City Life Café located in Frankston and took part in the serving of food and cleaning up. It was a really good opportunity to experience helping people who were less fortunate in our community. What we realised and witnessed throughout the whole night was how grateful the homeless were  to have us volunteering and that was something that made us feel good about ourselves. The volunteers from the night were really helpful and friendly, and were always willing to have a good chat. 

This experience has opened our eyes to the reality of how many people are struggling around in our community let alone the world because they are homeless.  For more information about City Life, Click here

Dana Durbin and Abbey Magill

Roger Hampson
Assistant Religious Education Leader, East Campus

St Agatha's Parish News


A farewell morning tea will be held for Fr. Peter on Sunday 12th June after the 10.45 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 

Classes for older children who wish to become Catholic or to complete their sacraments begins on Sunday 5th June until 15th April 2017.  Participants will attend Mass at 9.00am followed by classes at the end of Mass in the Parish Hall.

Alter Servers Roster

New rosters have been emailed to you, please check your email inbox and junk mail, if you did not receive your rosters please collect a roster from the foyer after Mass.

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

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

Dear Parishioners, The Stewardship Program reaches its focus this weekend as we are invited to pledge to our parish our commitment in time, talent and financial support. I pray that our collective commitment may reflect the loving kindness of the heart of our God. We are all called and gifted, and the witness we give will reveal the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who dwell within us and unite us in love to one another and in love for our whole world.

On Tuesday we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians who has been honoured as a Patron of Australia since 1844. Mass on Tuesday will be celebrated at the Blue Hills Chapel.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Careers News

Year 10 Work Experience 6 – 10 June

Both East & West Year 10 students will undertake Work Experience from 6 – 10 June.  Many exciting placements have been arranged and despite some anticipated nerves I’m sure the students will have a great time exploring an industry of choice.  During the placements each student will be contacted to discuss their progress. No Year 10 classes will be running during this week

RMIT Experience Days

These events are designed for Year 10 -12 students to participate in hands on workshops and explore the campus.  Registrations can be made online

Holmesglen Open Day

16 June 2016 : Click here for more information

Chartered Accountants Cadetships

The Chartered Accountants Employment Guide 2016 contains information on firms offering cadetships to Year 12 leavers.  If students are interested, they ought to be applying for cadetships as soon as possible.  Download the guide here. 

Legal Studies and Australian Politics Workshop Program

1 July, 10am – 4.30pm @ Victoria University Law School.  Applications close 26 June This program is aimed at Year 10 – 12 students who are interested in a career in the legal profession.

Click here 

My Big Tomorrow

My Big Tomorrow aims to demonstrate how important developing sound literacy and numeracy skills are for future careers.  The website features over 90 different career choices with students able to search careers based on their hobbies and interests or search for random careers. Click Here 

Melissa Dillon
Careers Co-ordinator, West Campus
Robyn Cardamone
Careers Co-ordinator, East Campus

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

Sydney Opera House

Japan stamp image

Olimpia Rosenblum
Language Exchange Coordinator

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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.

Sustainable School Shop’s telephone 1300 683 337

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

Second-hand uniform stocktake report Click here

Monday 30 May

Year 10 & 11 Exams begin

Tuesday 31 May

VCE Study Hub West
Parents & Friends Meeting

Wednesday 1 June

VCE Study Hub East

Thursday 2 June

SIS Junior Sport

Friday 3 June

West Campus Tour
SIS Inter Sport
After school Detention

Monday 6 June

Year 12 Exams Begin
Year 10 Work Experience begins


On Tuesday the 17th of May, our VCAL Religion class took a lovely walk in the rain down to Willow Wood to visit the elderly who live there. Our experience there was really good, the people were so welcoming and happy and the elderly were so sweet and kind! The reason why we went was because we were studying “making links in the community” and “discipleship”.

vet 25 may

Chelsea Price, Shaye Martin and Tayla Whedlock.

Chris O’Hara
VCAL/VET Co-ordinator


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