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Issue 55  |  08 June 2016
Featured Story
From the Principal

Work Experience

During the week I had the opportunity to visit some of our year 10 students as they participated in our annual work experience program. The program is a valuable learning experience for our students and culminates in an opportunity for their immediate supervisor to provide them with some feedback on the work skills and behaviours they have demonstrated over the course of the week. 

Yr 10 w/e west
The Business Council of Australia also released this week the range of attributes which they believe make young people work ready. The attributes are listed below and consist of a combination of values, behaviours and skills that employers are looking for in addition to the specific qualification required for the role.

Values Behaviours Skills
Accountability Adaptable Buisiness Literacy
Continuous Improvement Authentic Critical Analysis
Honesty Business Minded Data Analysis
Knowledge Collaborative Digital Technology
Respect Customer Focused Literacy
Tolerance Flexible Numeracy
Work Ethic Globally Aware Problem Solving
  Self Aware Technical Skills


It is an interesting list and bears some reflection in terms of a school’s important responsibility to prepare students adequately for their future roles in the workforce. An analysis of our comprehensive curriculum and extra curricular program highlights many opportunities where our students are able to continually develop and improve the values, skills and behaviours identified above. 

School is the perfect environment for students to focus on the development of their work readiness and in many ways the job of our students each day is to seek continuous improvement in these areas. As a Catholic school we place great value on the unique dignity of each human person and understand that much dignity comes from our ability to find and enjoy the related benefits of sustainable and creative employment.

We also focus our development on the whole child, which encourages our students to consider other aspects of their life which give it purpose and meaning. Spirituality, the arts, health and wellbeing or social justice may not necessarily prepare students for work but give a richness and perspective to life which is essential to discovering our full potential and living life to the full. From the feedback of many of our employers this week St Peter’s is doing a good job in preparing our students for their future pathways, whatever that direction takes them.

VCAL Partnerships

Over the last week our VCAL students have been working on projects at St Agatha’s, St Theresa’s and St Thomas the Apostle Primary Schools.  As part of their Victorian Certificate of Applied learning the Year 11 students are involved in a number of projects which develop their skills in planning, design, budgeting, communication and practical completion. The projects are also of great benefit to our feeder primary schools and have been of an important factor in the strengthening of our educational partnership with these schools over the last few years. I thank our VET & VCAL co-ordinator Mr O’Hara and staff Ms Maher, Mr Brown, Mr Coco and Mr Brannan for their support, encouragement and challenge of these students.


St Peter’s Day BBQ

One of the highlights our St Peter’s Day Feast Day is the BBQ provided by our Parents & friends Association to all of our students at the east & West Campus. If you are in a position to offer some assistance in preparing our BBQ lunch between 10am and 2.00pm on the 21st of June at either the East or West Campus please contact the office.

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

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East Campus News

General Assessment Task

With the reporting period nearing completion, staff and students collectively have been working incredibly hard to complete assessments ahead of report writing. For our Year 12s and a number of Year 11s the GAT (General Assessment Task) was held this week. This is an important tool that can be used in a variety of ways to validate assessments and support any student who may experience significant hardship through the end of the year examination period. Year 12s have also been engaged in an internal exam program to conclude their Unit 3 Program. Important within this process is for our students to experience exams in the same space that will house their end of year program.

Year 7s are exposed to Cyberbullying

This week as part of St Peter’s College Pastoral Program, our Yr 7s engaged with an outside group to explore the topic of cyber-bullying. Social media is the “go to” forum for communication in this digital world in which we live. It has both advantages and disadvantages for our young. In particular for our Yr 7 students often we see immaturities come out with the inappropriate usage of social media. It begs two questions in my mind: firstly, are Yr 7s mature enough to be given access to social media? and secondly are parents fully aware of their children’s usage? Often school has to deal with events occurring on social mediaoutof school time but which impact on relationships currently in existence within school. With these thoughts in mind, “Cyberia”, presented by an external presentation group, exposed students to the pitfalls of cyber-bullying as well as the responsible use of the internet. The key themes included: the importance of fostering right relations, ensuring the integrity of internet security, and the value of reputation and dignity.

Semester 2 Commences

A reminder that semester two commences on June 14th. This provides students with a full fortnight of classes prior to the semester break to re-engage back into their learning after a significantly heavy assessment period. Students will receive new timetables towards the end of this week. Please note that next week is week 1 for those following the school calendar.

School Masses Resume

Each fortnight on a Thursday commencing this week mass will be held upstairs in the Lyons building. Fr Denis, Parish Priest of St Thomas the Apostle will preside over the fortnightly mass. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend and are required to obtain a Chapel Pass from Student reception. Mass will commence at approximately 9.15am

Enjoy the long weekend when you get there and also the week ahead.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Pastoral Period

Last Thursday’s Pastoral Period enabled a number of year level based activities to take place.  Year 7 students participated in a Police Presentation which addressed a number of topics including cyber issues and the law.  Year 8 students were presented with a class about anger, aggression and assertiveness.  Year 9 students undertook drug education and Year 12 students listened to a powerful presentation from Michelle Newland.  Michelle told her story of a severe asthma attack that left her with an acquired brain injury and the path she has taken in being able to achieve so many of her goals. Hers is a message of courage, determination and faith as she had to reappraise her goals.  Michelle’s advice to our Year 12 students was that no matter what setbacks or adversity you suffer - do not give up.

michelle Newland

Year 11 Post Examination Student Program.

Fit 2 Drive & Safe Parying Workshops. Click here for full information:

On Friday, 10 June, the Year 11 students have a compulsory excursion to the Holocaust Museum and a Synagogue.  This is a very valuable experience and I ask parents to ensure that they complete the permission forms promptly for return to the school.

Key's Please, Wednesday 15 June Parent Information - Click Here

City of Casey Teen Youth School Holiday Program - Click Here

City of Casey Youth Action Committee - Click Here

Those wishing to apply for the new Youth Action Committee will need to email their application to: cmckenna@casey.vic.gov.au

Click here to down load application form: 

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Learning & Teaching

VET at St. Peter's College - Information, Digital Media & Technology

This semester we have a small group of students that are undertaking a Certificate II in Information, Digital Media & Technology (IDMT) at the West Campus. So far the students have had the opportunity to explore different computer hardware components, install software onto their own desktop computers which they have built themselves from scratch. 

Students have spent their time creating unique movies by filming clips which are then edited. These are then skilfully integrated into PowerPoint presentations.

vcal 8 june

Completion of this certificate gives students excellent knowledge, skills and understanding of the IT Industry. I highly recommend any students who are interested in a career in IT to speak to Miss McLaren, Ms Cardamone, Ms Dillon or myself about the pathways this subject may lead to.

Chris O'Hara
VCAL / VET Co - Coordinator

Work Experience Year 10

This week sees the commencement of Year 10 work experience. The benefits of this program for students are numerous. It is an opportunity for students to test out thoughts of future career pathways. Hopefully most will be excited about the possibility of a future career in the industry that they work in during work experience.  As staff we often observe a noticeable growth in maturity as Year 10 student’s return from their work placement. They have experienced the realities of the workplace and tend to appreciate the school environment. Students who have at least some sense of where they are heading are often more focused and motivated as they continue their studies. We wish all Year 10 students well as they venture into the world of work 

The Work Experience block is the first stage in planning for subject selection. On 26th July the College will host the FUTURES EXPO. On this day the College will open for Parent and student visits from 11.00am until 8.00pm. Students from Years 8- 12 are expected to attend at some stage throughout this event.  University representatives, apprenticeships centres and Industry representatives will be available to speak with parents and students about possible future pathways. Staff will also be available at the various subject stalls to discuss subject selection. Parents and students are encouraged to sign up for the various information sessions and to ask questions of staff regards the various subjects on offer at the College. Various information sessions will be run over the day. Parents will be able to book into sessions via our online booking site with sessions repeated throughout the day and evening.  This Futures Expo then leads into the subject selection process. 

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

VCAL/Vet News

Year 11 VCAL Projects

The Yr 11 students have been busy planning and completing different projects for project week. The projects included:

Group 1. St. Agatha's - Laying of mulch and painting of a buddy bench.

vcal bench

Group 2. St. Therese - Construction of pathway and shaping of mounds

VCAL Mulch

Group 3. St Thomas the Apostle - Construction of pathway and building a vegetable and compost garden

St Thomas Comp

Group 4. Mums Supporting Families in Need (MSFIN) and Vinnies, Cranbourne - Working in the warehouse and store to sort out donated goods and organise packs.

vcal needy
Students within this group also undertook fundraising to purchase much items for donation as well as collecting items gifted from staff.

Please visit www.msfin.org.au - This is a most worthy program that was initially started by a mother who wanted to support a local family in need with donated goods. They have now grown in 3 years to be supporting numerous organisations to support families in need in our local community.

May I congratulate the students worked tirelessly to complete the projects and undertook all tasks responsibly and I'm sure felt a sense of achievement and pride in the work they completed. These experiences within the VCAL program enable students to develop many life long skills but reinforce the applied learning within the VCAL program.

Could I also thank Ms Maher, Mr Brown, Mr Coco and Mr Brannan for their outstanding supervision during the project week.

Chris O'Hara
VCAL / VET Co - Ordinator

Religious Education News

Jim Quillinan is a former Principal, CEO consultant and has done some work with us at St Peter's College staff.  

He regularly writes a column called, "On the Track."  Here is a snippet from one of his latest:

"As I write this, we have been enjoying a beautiful day – no wind, a clear sky and, unexpectedly for this time of the year, around twenty degrees. So I went for a walk, as did many others. It was so interesting to greet others with ‘What a beautiful day’ and the most common response was ‘Yes, but it is not going to last!’ or ‘But it’s going to rain tomorrow!’ ‘Winter is on the way!’ I wonder why we don’t just rejoice in the present sometimes, why we don’t take the present moment as a gift, which is what it is meant to be.

If you have never read John O’Brien’s poem, Said Hanrahan, a treat is in store. If you do know it, it is worth reading it again. Hanrahan expresses unconquerable Irish pessimism about the prospects down on the farm. The poem describes the recurrent natural cycle of droughts, floods and bushfires in rural Australia as seen by ‘Hanrahan’. No matter what happened, ‘we’ll all be rooned’, said Hanrahan in accents most forlorn, outside the church ere Mass began one frosty morn."

It reminds me of just the other day when Michelle Newland spoke to our Yr 12's. Here was a young woman who (after achieving 94 on an ATAR)  had her life ahead of her. She suffered a severe asthma attack which left her with Acquired Brain Injury. She could have given up but she is an inspiration in the way she fights on. No sense of ‘we’ll all be rooned’ from Michelle. Asked what was the one thing that got her through - she answers, "My faith."

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader


Our Vision Slideshow

St Peter's Day

St. Peter’s Day 2016 – Tuesday, 21 June

This is a special day on the College Calendar, where we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint Peter and recognise our Catholic Ethos.
The Student Representative Council have been planning and organising activities to ensure the day is successful. Please note the following:

  • The day commences with normal Tutor Group at 8.45am, followed by a Campus Mass in the Multi-Purpose Hall. The Mass is a very important part of the day’s celebrations and is therefore compulsory.
  • Students arriving late and therefore missing the Mass will NOT be allowed to partake in all of the activities for the rest of the day.
  • After the Mass, the day will consist of a number of activities provided by AusCorp Amusement; including a bucking football, gladiator challenge, human wrecking ball, zorb soccer, bungee run and dunking machine. Each House is also organizing an activity including food stalls and there is a talent quest at the end of the day.
  • The Parents and Friends Association will kindly provide a free BBQ lunch and can of soft drink for all students on the day.
  • Some of the activities are free, whilst some activities and the food stalls will cost a small amount of money, with the proceeds going to charity. Students are advised to bring loose change on the day.
  • The day will conclude with dismissal at 3pm.
  • This is a compulsory school day and students should not be arriving late or departing early.
  • Students who are absent are required to bring a parental note the next day.
  • Students are permitted to wear casual clothing on the day. Please wear sensible, warm clothing and be prepared for cold weather. Open toed footwear is not permitted.
  • Current St. Peter’s students ONLY are permitted on the premises on the day.

This really is a day of celebration and an opportunity for the whole student and staff community to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

David Hansen, Deputy Principal West Campus

Chris Black, Deputy Principal East Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Healing Mass & Healing Service

Spiritual Renewal Ministry (SRM) invites you to a Healing Mass and Healing Service led by our spiritual director and a powerful deliverance minister Fr. Lawrence Mascarenhas, this Thursday 9th June 2016 from 8pm – 10pm in the Our Lady Help of Christian Church, Narre Warren. Contact Rony: 0421 125 239 or Michelle: 0426 232 346.

European Pilgrimage

Departing 22nd August for 16 days to Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain & Portugal. Bonus - Canonisation of Mother Teresa.  Package includes return economy flights, coach transfers, 3 meals daily, 3* plus accommodation, guides, taxes & entry fees. Price $5990.  Place are limited, for more info please contact Karen Heiden on 0424 988 117 or Regina Abraham on 0433 156 419.  See notice board for more details. 

RCIA Sponsors

Have you thought about becoming a Sponsor? The RCIA requires Sponsors to journey with RCIA inquiries.  A sponsor is a practicing Catholic who has received the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation), who is a spiritual companion and support on the journey, and serves as a mentor in the Christian life. A sponsor actively participates by attending regular meetings and helps the RCIA candidate to become familiar with the Mass as they attend together. The sponsor talks regularly with the RCIA participant about his or her ongoing process of faith development. The sponsor should be a good listener. If feel called to be a sponsor please contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

St Agatha's Charimatic Prayer Group

THE GIFT – IT IS FREE: . Friday: 10th June in the Parish hall at 8.00pm. For more info: John on 0448 343 074 or Beth 0437 587 216. 

St Agatha's Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Dear Parishioners

I thank all parishioners who have pledged to support the new Stewardship Program which begins on the 19th June. The envelopes for the current campaign finish this weekend so we have one week (next weekend) where we do not have a Stewardship envelope.

We are asking if parishioners would kindly continue to give for one extra week without a numbered envelope.  You can do this by placing next week’s giving either in a plain envelope (or there are blank envelopes in the foyer) or by placing your normal offering on the first collection plate.  The new envelopes will be available for collection next weekend to begin using them on the 18th /19th June. 

St Thomas the Apostle Church Building Committee meeting scheduled for this Thursday evening has been cancelled.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

Change of Heart

This contemporary musical adaptation of the “Prodigal Son” parable is being put on by the Moe & Newborough Parishes.  It will be held at Lowanna College Auditorium Moe on Friday/Saturday 24th & 25th June at 8.00pm and Sunday 26th June at 3.30pm.  Tickets $20 [$15 Concession] available from St Kieran’s Parish Office, Moe  on 5127 1057 Mon & Thurs 9.00am to 3.00pm.  

St Thomas the Apostle Parish


Careers News

Part Time Positions at Toys R Us - Fountain Gate

Toys R Us - Fountain Gate? are looking to hire casual staff in Customer Service and Merchandising.  Initially they want 3 or 4 staff to start with. There will be a larger recruitment drive in August to train up staff for Christmas.  If you are interested in applying please visit the store to provide your Resume and complete an Application Form.  See Miss Dillon if you have any questions.

Mid Year School Holiday Events and Programs


In years eight to ten? Interested in art, design or architecture? Taking place during the school holidays, MADE@MADA is a one-day creative workshop where you can experiment with a variety of forms and contribute to a collaborative work to be exhibited on Open Day. 7 July, $65 per person. Details and registration Click here:

Melbourne Zoo Holiday Program

The following programs are designed for students in Years 7-12:  Click Here:

Chisholm Institute

Tech Games Fest  and School Holidays Program. Click Here:


RMIT offers a number of free events for students in Years 10-12 to engage in hands-on workshops. Click Here:

Melbourne University

Hands On Engineering and VCE Winter School. Click Here:

Monash University

The CGBC - Computer Games Boot Camp. Click Here:


Experience uni before you start.  Click Here:

Melissa Dillon
Careers Coordinator, West Campus
Robyn Cardamone
Careers Coordinator, East Campus

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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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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Moonlit Sanctuary is a Wildlife Conservation Park located in Pearcedale.  It is a place where people can experience the rare and unusual animals that once roamed the Australian Bush.  We are committed to raising awareness and educating people about these wonderful creatures and the need for their conservation.

One of the educational programs we offer is our Junior Ranger School Holiday Program.  This is run by our Education Officers and offers children hands on experience with environmental activities, native animal care and other fun activities. 

We operate without government support, and are entirely dependent on funds raised to support our work.  The income from our holiday program, and visits to the Sanctuary in general help support our conservation, breeding and education programs.  

Click here for more information:

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 8 June

Year 12 exams
Year 10 Work Experience
East VCE Study Hub

Thursday 9 June

Year 12 exams
Year 10 Work Experience
Mass, East Campus
SWAC Year 11

Friday 10 June

Year 12 exams
Year 10 Work Experience
Year 11 Holocaust Museum Excursion

Monday 13 June

Queen’s Birthday Holiday

Tuesday 14 June

Semester 2 Begins
West VCE Study Hub

Wednesday 15 June

SWAC Year 10, Keys Please

Fundraising 2017


Entertainment Book 2016/17

Order an Entertainment™ Membership and support St Peter's College P&F Association

We're very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships from us today, and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards our fundraising

Entertainment™ Memberships are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, café, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and much more! Available as a traditional Entertainment Book - or - Digital Membership on your smartphone, your Membership gives you over $20,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2017!

Click here to ORDER from us today

Memorial Pavers

Your Name Can Go Down in History

Engraved pavers to be laid in St Peter's Sculpture Garden.
We continue our Fundraising Program to secure enough pavers to complete the pathways around the St Peter's Sculpture Gardens.
Cost of your personalised paver, is $30.00 including engraving.
Pavers are available with up to 34 characters including spaces, so you can choose to have a student name or family name immortalised in the garden.

Click here to download Order Form:

Ritchies Community Benefits Card

St. Peter's College is a member of the Ritchies Community Benefits club which donates 0.5% of the money you spend on groceries and liquor to the club, school or charity of your choice. Parents can collect a membership tag from the College office.

Please let friends and family know, and encourage sales and fundraising results for the St Peter's P&F Association. 

Thank you all for your support.

Next Meeting
Tuesday 19th July
7.15 Tea and Coffee
7.30 – 9.00 pm Meeting

Administration Building, 55 MacKillop Way, Cranbourne East
Enter New Gates on MacKillop Way please.

Guest Speaker: Mr Damien Cardona

Teaching Staff – Technology, Learning Advisor, Augustine House
B.Visual Arts; Post. Grad. Ed.

Mr Damien Cardona joined the East Campus of the College in 2015. Damien will share with us a little about his journey to teaching at St Peter’s College. He will also speak about Art & Technology in the Bishop Jeremiah Coffey Centre for Creativity. Damien comes to St Peter’s College with vast experience and A passion for the teaching of Visual Arts, Wood Technology, Electronics, Visual Communications. 

Evening will include a Tour of our Bishop Jeremiah Coffey, Centre for Creativity facilities.

2016 Schedule of Meeting & Guest Presenters

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Minutes of  May 31st Meeting

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