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Issue 61  |  03 August 2016
Featured Story
From the Principal

Solomon Islands

This Friday Night over two hundred and fifty guests will gather for our Annual Solomon’s Island Trivia & Silent Auction Night. This is the fifth year the fundraiser has been held to support our sister school, Bishop Epalle Catholic School, in Honiara and the team of staff and students have again done a wonderful job in ensuring that we be able to send much needed funds to support the students and staff of that community.

All proceeds from the night will go towards the new Library Project for Bishop Epalle Catholic School and I thank all those who have donated items for the Silent Auction or who are coming along to support and enjoy a fun filled evening under the guidance of Quiz Master, Mr David Hansen. 

In particular I wish to acknowledge and thank our enthusiastic organising team Ms Karissa Robertson, Ms Caroline Angus, Mrs April Hampson and students  Melissa Vezelici, Anastazya Staggard, Amer Athiu, Natasha Xerri, Abigail Rook, Mikayla Kidd, Dana Durbin, Natasha Dakic, Stephanie Barnes, Vanessa Vong, and Bridget Wakartschuk and their wonderful families.

Opening Night of  Hairspray

The Opening Night of our College Musical Production 'Hairspray the Broadway Musical' is now only a week away. Our students and staff have been working hard for over three months to bring this wonderful musical to life. As always some wonderful talent will be on display over the four performances at the George Jenkins Theatre including a matinee performance for our primary schools Years 5 and 6 students from, St Agatha's, St Therese’s and St Thomas the Apostle.

My thanks to the dedicated and professional staff assisted by some wonderful staff & students listed below:

Director : Melinda Quirillo
Assistant Director : Karen Williams
Producer and Musical Director : Frank Carter
Choreographer : Karissa Robertson
Production Manager : Duane Cox
Stage Manager : Nicola Van Hamond (Year 12 student)
Assistant Stage Manager : Anghelo De La Cruz (Year 11 student)
Sound Design : Spiros Halipilas (Year 12 student)
Band : Jason Blackburn & Brian Wallwork

This wonderful team of people have spent many hours at lunchtime and after school coaching, supporting and inspiring our students in their pursuit of excellence and from all reports this performance of the musical Hairspray will be amazing, so don’t miss out. Ticket are still available through the George Jenkins Theatre website. Please Click Here:

Hairspray rehearsal

East Campus Capital Works
Bishop Coffey Centre for Creativity- Stage 2 

The Chair of our College Board, Mr Ken Barnes, turned over the first sod of dirt for the expansion to the Bishop Coffey Centre for Creativity last week with a completion date set for the end of this school year. At an expected cost of $4.1m including landscaping the project will see eight additional classrooms, Textiles and IT facilities in a two story addition to this Arts & Technology Centre.

Coffey Centre

Stage 5 - East Campus Year 9 Centre

Through the course of last week we received official confirmation of a $2m Capital Grant from the Victorian Government to assist with the development of the Year 9 Centre. At a total cost of $5.1m,  this project will begin in Term 4, be completed in 2017 and open for student use in 2018. To guide the development of the Curriculum and Staff team for this new facility, Mr Orwin DeKrester has been appointed as the Year 9 Program Facilitator for 2017.

Yr 9 centre

floor plan

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

It was exciting to see the trucks roll in this week as the first diggings commenced on the next stage of our building works. Stage 3B is the extension to the Bishop Coffey Centre for Creativity (Arts/Technology) Building. Housed in this new building will be general purpose classrooms providing learning spaces for our Year 10 and 11 students. In addition two specialist rooms will accommodate the delivery of Textiles and Information Technology studies. The latter, an IT Learning Hub will provide our VCE Information Technology in particular with the necessary resources to support their studies.

Yr 10 Social Justice Camp

Pope Francis this week spoke to hundreds of thousands of youth pilgrims in Poland. He spoke about the young not becoming ‘Couch Potatoes’ to technology and emphasized that ‘youth cannot respond to challenges by texting’. Ten students from East are this week responding to the Pope’s call as they join with many other students from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale for a two-day Social Justice Camp at Rawson. The theme of the camp is ‘System Change not Climate Change’ with members of Caritas leading the program. We look forward to hearing of their experiences and learnings at our campus assembly on Thursday. Hearing is one thing though and the question which will be asked of this group upon their return is “What have you heard and learned?” and “What are the actions that can emanate from your experience?”

Subject Selection

Following on from the very successful Futures Expo, students this week are submitting their subjects on-line. This is a critical process from the College's perspective, as it provides the first set of data which shapes the planning and staffing arrangements for the following year. The process has been clearly outlined to both students and parents and the expectation is that by now ALL preference sheets should have been submitted. It is also important to note that the Campus works hard to accommodate all student requests but regretfully we cannot guarantee all subjects chosen.

Exit Procedures

Parents are reminded that the St Peter’s College Policy and Procedure regarding exiting school includes an exit interview with the House Leader and Head of Campus. If a student is exiting the College, discussions first should be had with their House Leader, an interview will then be scheduled.

SIS Teen Chef

Two teams of two students participated at the SIS Teen Chef Competition earlier this week. This was the first time that East has entered two teams. They were up against stiff opposition on the day, but stuck diligently to the task of creating a restaurant quality meal. Students came away with many learnings and had a fun day exploring new methods of cooking. Thanks to Ms Whimpey for her support of the students.

Farewell to the Students and Staff from Wako Kokusai High School

Over the past two weeks we have been in the fortunate position of hosting fourteen students and two staff from Wako Kokusai High School. Wako Kokusai is the second of our sister school relationships in Japan. This has been a wonderful cultural experience for our visitors, and for us it has been an opportunity for our Japanese Language students to get some extra support in their language skill development. In a few months time students from both the East and West Campuses will be travelling to Wako Kokusai High School to continue our shared Cultural and Language Immersion Program. Thanks is extended in particular to Ms Rosenblum, our Exchange Co-ordinator, for her support, guidance and leadership of this program.

The Campus Assembly held this week presented a wonderful array of Reports about activities held or activities and events being planned. Engagement in the total life of the College is critical for students to maximise their learning opportunities. It was wonderful to hear of the student’s trip to Central Australia and the Northern Territory. It was also important to hear of some of the Social Justice initiatives occurring including the Soup Day, the Social Justice Camp, the blanket donation and of the plans for the Winter Sleepout. Also presented was a sneak preview of the upcoming College Musical Production, 'Hairspray the Broadway Musical'. Based on what we witnessed in this preview, it would appear it is a show that is not to be missed,

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

MindMatters Survey

At Futures Expo, approximately thirty parents fully completed our MindMatters Survey.

The survey has been issued by the school Leadership Team, which is gathering parent and family opinions as part of the Colege's involvement with MindMatters, a mental health initiative for Secondary Schools. These responses will help inform the College's future work on mental health. 

We are still interested in getting more responses to ensure that we have the best data available on which to base our decisions.  We have emailed this survey home to parents in the hope that you will complete it. There are twenty eight questions and will take about five to ten minutes to complete. Your response will not identify you and it will be confidential. Click Here go to the Mindmatters website:

Student Activities

This week we saw students go off to a Justice Camp.  Our High Achieving & Learning Organisation (HALO) students completed a day activity in the Library where they had to research a topic and present a model solution and poem to the other students.  All had to be completed in the difficult timeline of only five periods and they did brilliantly.  

Indoor Soccer continued in the Hall, House Chess in the Library and the House Volleyball Competition begins on Thursday. Please encourage your child to be involved in the co-curricular life of our College.  A students sense of belonging in their House increases their level of success at school.

Environment Day

Our Campus Assembly on Environment Day this week coincides with an announcement from the Federal Government that funding for CSIRO research into climate change will receive a significant boost.  

This is great news for our world and for our students of Science, who should be aware of the opportunities that lie ahead for any of our creative minds in finding significant solutions to the problems of our times.

At this assembly we will hear from some of our students on their passion and concern for the environment, including some practical projects from our VCAL students on what we intend to do to address some environmental concerns.

Trivia Night

This Friday, I am looking forward to our Solomon Islands fundraiser by asking the questions at the Trivia part of our Trivia & Silent Auction Night.   Not only should this be an enjoyable evening, but an important way of assisting a poorer school in our Pacific Region and educating our young people to develop an even stronger sense of Social Justice.

I look forward to seeing some of our parents there and promise the questions will not be too hard!

Understanding and Supporting Children with Anxiety  

Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 7pm to 9pm.
Entry: $20

The Bentleigh Club 33 Yawla St, Bentleigh.
FREE onsite car park / Bistro open before event.

Secure your place!
Click here to email: 

Include your name, venue and number of tickets required at $20 each.

Collect and pay for tickets on the night. No EFTPOS

Enquiries:  Ph 0433 616 771

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Religious Education News

CSYMA Applications Now Open

St Peter’s College has offered CSYMA as an alternative to the core RE subject for a number of years now. With three classes at both Years 10 and 11 across the East and West Campuses this year, it is an increasingly popular option for students looking to be challenged in their personal faith development.

The RE Department at both the West and East Campus are now accepting applications from Year 9 students wishing to be a part of the CSYMA Year 10 class in 2017. Students must complete a form, answering questions about themselves and why they want to be included in the CSYMA Program. 

There are a number of advantages to being a part of CSYMA, particularly for students who are keen to explore their faith and to experience how they can make a difference.

As one Year 10 student recently wrote, “In CSYMA you can actually get involved in activities and tasks that help you not only grow as a Christian Leader but also as a person.”

CSYMA students have the opportunity to attend various Retreats and Conferences and to get involved in a range of Social Justice activities throughout the year.

With its focus on Social Justice, leadership and action, it also offers an excellent pathway into both VCE and VCAL studies.

Any 2016 Year 9 student wishing to apply to be part of the CSYMA class in 2017 on the West Campus should pick up an application form from the RE Office in the Florence Williams Building.

2016 Year 9 students on the East Campus students should pick up a form from Student Reception and speak to Mr Woodhouse.

CYSMA 2016

Marissa Joyce
Assistant Religious Education Leader, West Campus

Careers News

ACU Passion for Business – Early Entry Program

If you are a domestic or international student currently studying Year 12 in Australia and have completed, or are completing, a business related subject in Year 11 or 12, you are eligible to apply for entry to ACU through the P4B Program.  Applications close 14th September 2016. Click Here: 

ACU Passion for Law & Commerce – Early Entry Program

If your passion is Law & Commerce, we will show you how to combine the two, to provide you with the skills and opportunities to work in both the courtroom and the boardroom. Applications close 16th September 2016. 

Click Here: 

Billy Blue/CATC Day in the Life Workshops - Sat 3rd September

These workshops are for students in Years 9–12 who are interested in a creative career in industries like graphic design, interior design, fashion, digital media, or photography. Click Here for Billy Blue: or Click Here for CATC:

Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Photo Comp

The ATOM Photo Comp provides primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to submit a set of three photographs adhering to a theme and win fantastic prizes in the process. This year’s theme is ‘A Sense of Place’.Entries close Mon 19September,midday AEST. Click Here:  

Sharp Airline Cadetship

Applications are now open for the 2017 Sharp Airline Cadetship. The program is the first step in becoming a commercial pilot or applying for an Airline Cadet Program.  Click Here:

Powercor Apprenticeships

Powercor are now taking expressions of interest for their 2017 Apprenticeship Program. They offer apprenticeships as a Powerline worker, Electrical Fitter, Meter Technician or Cable Jointer. Click Here: 

Reece School Based Apprenticeships

Reece offers a School Based Apprenticeship Program which students can commence in Year 10 or 11. Click Here:  

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

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

Fr Joseph Ajunwa’s will be visiting St. Agatha’s Parish Cranbourne, he will arrive on Friday 11th Aug, and will return back to Nigeria on 19th Sept. 2016.

Born in Benue State Nigeria, Joseph Ajunwa is a priest of Otukpo Diocese, Nigeria where I came from. After his ordination twelve years ago, Fr Joseph worked for four years in Lafia diocese, one of the local dioceses in Nigeria. He lived in Egypt and Rome for two years respectively, where he did his Islamic studies. 

Fr Joseph speaks English, Arabic and Italian. He also speaks four other Nigerian local languages. Fr Joseph is currently the Cathedral administrator of his Diocese. He is also the Parish Priest of the newly established St. Agatha’s Church Otukpo. Fr Joseph is here on holiday for a period of five weeks. Please make him feel welcome to the parish. 

With best wishes Fr Joseph 

The First Saturday Devotion

The First Saturday devotion is deferred to the second Saturday, the 13th   August, as there is no Holy Mass and Adoration on the 6th of August the First Saturday of the month.  The conditions of the First Saturday will still be fulfilled by completing the devotion on the second Saturday. 

Thank you

We sincerely thank all parishioners who have supported us at the sausage sizzle and have contributed so generously towards Blessing Okpe’s surgery. The sausage sizzle made $1970.30.  We will keep you informed when she starts treatment. We keep you all in our prayers.  May God bless you abundantly.

Migrant and Refugee Sunday Mass

Will be held on Sunday 18th September, 2.00pm at St Agatha’s Parish. Bishop Pat O’Regan will be concelebrating.  All Welcome! Afternoon tea will be held in the school hall after Mass. 

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Message from Fr Denis

Thank You for you many prayers, best wishes, visits and care of me.  I am recovering well from my surgery and I look forward to celebrating Masses with you again next weekend.  God bless from Fr Denis

Monthly All Night Prayer Vigil

Will take place this Friday 5th August.  It will begin with Divine Office at 7.00pm, Mass at 7.30pm followed by a spiritual teaching given by Fr Anthony Rebello and All night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  The all night Prayer Vigil is held on the first Friday of each month.  All Welcome!

Parish Music Ministry

A music workshop will be held for all our Choir Members and for anyone interested in the Music Ministry in the Parish, on Sunday 21st August at 2.00pm in the Parish Hall.  Speaker Sophy Morley, Diocesan Liturgy/Music Coordinator.  For more info contact Sr Mary on 5996 1985.

Altar Servers

A training session will be held on Tuesday 23rd August at 4.00pm in the Church.

Youth Meetings

Agape Youth has Bible Study led by Sr. Mercy next Sunday at 7:15pm in the parish Hall. Call Sr Mercy on 0403423021 for further inq.

Festival of Our Lady of Madhu

Mass celebrated in Tamil, Sinhala & English on Sunday 21st August 2016 at 4.00pm seated by 3.45pm at St Paschal, Seminary Church, Yarra Theological Union, 100 Albion Rd, Box Hill. Contact William on 0409 027 134 or Lucas 0421 448 753. 

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Thank You!!!

A huge thank you to all our host families who looked after our Japanese students from the Wako Kokusai High School over the past ten days.

Your kindness and generosity, in opening your homes, is greatly appreciated. Our College Exchange Program couldn't operate without the assistance of host families.

Host Families needed from  5 – 14 September

We are now preparing for the arrival of students from New Caledonia who will be arriving on 5th September for a nine day visit.  We are still in need of host families who can host male students aged 13 – 15 years old.  Please let me know if you can help out.  Click Here to download a form 

Students interested in travelling to Japan or France in 2017?

We are now accepting applications from languages students wishing to study in New Caledonia or Japan in 2017.  Please ask your Language Teacher for a form or click here to download a form 

Thank you

Miss Olimpia Rosenblum
College Exchange Coordinator

SIS Sport report

SIS Senior Girls Footy

St Peter’s College  5   9   39           
Padua College       3   4    22

(Goals: Brierley 2, Worsteling 2, Dodgeson)

After a rigorous selection process, the girls lined up against Padua College well drilled – each knowing their own individual roles, positions and expectations. Coach DePereira produced an inspired move in playing the first five minutes with only seventeen on the field, thus conserving energy for later in the game.

This worked a treat as the girls, down at both quarter and half time, overran the opposition late, to run out deserved victors. Indeed, self-proclaimed “Langy Legend” Mr Brown cast his expert eye over proceedings and was suitably impressed by the coaching prowess on show. The only thing to eclipse this, was perhaps, Mr Laurie’s squat/burpee/sprints routine visible on the basketball court – so impressive that he required the footy water runner to bring him refreshment.

The girls can now move on with confidence for next week’s tough encounter away to SFX.

Andy Broadley
Assistant Football Coach

Enrolments for 2017

Year 7/2017 Enrolments

There are currently a limited number of 2017, Year 7 places available at the Cranbourne West and East Campus'.

Once this have been filled all Year 7, 2017 admission applications will be placed on a waiting list and will be allocated any available places according to our enrolment policy.

Kerrie Birrell

Upcoming Events

Thursday 4 August


Friday 5 August

Trivia Night 7.00pm

Saturday 6 August


Tuesday 9 August



2017 Curriculum Handbook

e-book version now available. Please Click Here:

Also note that individual Year Level Curriculum outlines are available to view and download from our website Teaching and Learning section. Click Here:

Please find our individual Year Level Curriculum Outlines as listed below:

Year 7 2017 Curriculum:
Year 8 2017 Curriculum:
Year 9 2017 Curriculum:

Year 10 2017 Curriculum:
Years 11 & 12 Curriculum:

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
Please click here:

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 

To veiw the May 2016 edition online please click here:

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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To see what is currently available for sale click here:

Secondhand Calculators and Text Books

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College Student Calendar

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Next Meeting

Tuesday 30 August 2016
7.15 Tea and Coffee                    
7.30-9.00 pm St Peter’s College WEST CAMPUS
1005 Cranbourne Frankston Rd, Cranbourne 
Enter via Navarre Drive Gates please.

Michele McArdle
Guest Speaker – Ms Michele McArdle
Kolbe House Leader
Teaching Staff, Humanities & English  B.Ed.

Ms Michele McArdle joined St. Peter's College in 2016, as our Kolbe House Leader, at the West Campus. Michele will tell us a little of her journey to St Peter’s College and her role as House Leader, and the importance of St Peter’s College philosophy in ‘Educating the whole child’, which includes the all-important Pastoral Care Program, delivered by our House System. Michele has had a full and varied career to date, encompassing Head of Media Studies, Year Level Co-ordinator, English Convenor and English, History, PE and Religious Education teacher. Michele will also share a little of her role as Ambassador for One Girl.

2016 Schedule of Meetings & Guest Presenters

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Minutes of July 19th Meeting

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Next Meeting Agenda Items:

Guest Speaker: Ms Michele McArdle
College Child Safe Schools Policy and Conduct Presentation.
College Uniform Sub-committee formation

Fundraising 2017

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