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Issue 62  |  10 August 2016
Featured Story
From the Principal

World Youth Day

Staff member Miss Maria Gonsalvez returned from World Youth Day in Poland this week. Over two million young Catholics from around the World attended the event which is described as a 'Pilgrimage to a sacred place with the purpose of coming to know God better'.

During the course of the week all pilgrims attend a catechetic session with visitors from around the World to learn more about the process of transmitting the Gospel within a Christian community, how we communicate it, understand it, celebrate it, and live it. The photograph below was taken by Maria at the very special Evening Vigil with Pope Francis at Campus Misericordiae which means 'Field of Mercy'. 


Pursuit of Excellence Awards

Last week we acknowledged Year 12 students from both the East and West Campus on their Pursuit of Excellence in their VCE and VCAL studies over the first semester. These students were nominated by their teachers for the way they have applied themselves to their studies and their performance across all assessment tasks. Their names will be placed on the Pursuit of Excellence Honour Boards at each Campus as a reminder to all of our students, of the dedication and sacrifice, that is required to achieve excellence in whatever pathway they choose.

East Campus

Will Veenman                     Vandita Awasthi
Edeser III Monseratte          Ben James
Aaron Lillo


West Campus

Morgan-Lee Davies                Natasha Xerri
Rachel Affas                           Max Collins
Jason Danielidis                     Perry Zorotheos
Danielle Angus                       Victoria Hitchcock                             Brendan Octaviano                Dylan Davidson                       Karena McNeely

exllence west

Gifted and Talented Program

Last Wednesday, under the direction of Ms Helen Smith, students at the West Campus who are involved in our Gifted and Talented Program came together for a problem-solving day. Working in small groups the students had to create something that they believed would be of value to humanity. The open ended task required them to use their imagination, research, problem solve, and communicate their ideas to an audience of teachers and students. The levels of engagement and creativity were high throughout the day and it was great to see the variety of ideas and inspired thinking in their final products.

gifted students

Solomon Islands Trivia Night

Over two hundred people attended the 5th Annual Trivia and Silent Auction Night for the Solomon Islands with more than $15,000 raised for our sister school Bishop Epalle Catholicv School in Honiara. Over the last five years our community has raised a total of $65,000 with the majority of these funds going towards the construction of new facility at their school, which will house a Library, IT room, and classrooms.

Our students will travel to Honiara in November after their final exams to assist in the Primary classrooms and stay with local families, in what will be a wonderful experience of the Solomon Islander culture. I wish to thank all of our students and their families listed below who worked to generate many of the donations for our Silent Auction on the night.

I also wish to thank the staff who are leading the tour with our students, Miss Karissa Robertson and Ms Caroline Angus, who have been a wonderful support to our students in the preparation of the Trivia and Siulent Auction Night, Quizmaster Mr Hansen, Auctioneer Mr Hampson and a special thanks to our Marketing Manager Mrs Hampson who has grown this night over the last five years into a very special community event for St Peter’s College .

trivia night
A big thank you to our students and their families:

Melissa Vezelici                 Anastazya Staggard 
Natasha Xerri                    Mikayla Kidd
Natasha Dakic                  Vanessa Vong 
Bridget Wakartschuk        Amer Athiu 
Abigail Rook                     Dana Durbin 
Stephanie Barnes

Science Experiments!

Last week students from St Agatha’s Primary School travelled to the West Campus to experience the wonder of science with students from our Year 10 science class. After a brief introduction by science staff Ms Brown, Miss Lomas and Mr Elwood our senior students kept our young guests entertained and enthralled with some simple 'hands-on' experiments to give them their first experience of working in a fully functioning laboratory. You will be pleased to know that all of our young guests made it home in one piece.

st Agatha\'s visit

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RIO here we come!

Not quite the Olympics but maybe someday. Student Jamie Keenan is captured representing St Peter’s College in the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Grand final with her horse 'Firetruck'. Jamie competed in the Show Jumping and Dressage events and although she did not finish in the medals she was very pleased with the way Firetruck performed given this was only his second event after six months training. Congratulations Jamie.


2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

Our Campus Assembly held last Thursday was a combination of celebration and of awareness raising of Social Justice initiatives. Of particular significance was the announcement and presentation of five high achieving students, who were awarded the Pursuit of Excellence Award for 2016. This is the first time these were awarded to Year 12 students at East Campus.

The award is based on students efforts and results over Semester One and acknowledges the hard work exhibited on a consistent basis across the Semester. During the assembly, Anna Meares was identified as an inspirational person who has always strived to pursue her dreams for excellence.  Anna’s training program, as outlined in this forum, is a reminder of how important a good work ethic is in achieving goals. It is also a reminder of the time it takes to get good at something, hours and hours of practice. Anna’s tips for success are these:

  • Have goals
  • Be consistent
  • Be positive and have a circle of positive likeminded people surrounding you to lean on when you need to. You can’t do it alone and you’re never in it alone
  • Believe you can do it. Back yourself
  • Attention to detail, even the littlest thing can make a huge difference
  • Be patient
  • Dig deep. There is always that little bit more in the tank to give when you think there is nothing left

These same goals can be applied to any student who is serious about striving for excellence in their studies.

Our award winners have demonstrated similar qualities. We see it in the way they dedicate themselves to their studies, the sacrifices they have made so that their studies come first, their ability to listen and ask for help with their learning and in their ability to persist till they get it right despite the inevitable setbacks along the way.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Pursuit of Excellence awards:

  • Vandita Awasthi - Asissi House
  • Ben James - MacKillop House
  • Aaron Lillo - Romero Housde
  • Edeser III Monserrate - Kolbe House
  • Will Veenman – Assisi House

These students names have now been placed on our Pursuit of Excellence Honour Board downstairs in the Lyons Building. 

Honour Board

The Pursuit of Excellence Honour Board was not the only board that has recently been established. The Administration Centre has recently erected a College Honour Board.

This recalls and records the College Captains, the Principals, Canonical Administrators, Board Chairs and the Dux of the College. This is an important historical record as well as a means of recognising high achievement alongside individuals who have contributed significantly to the establishment of and the ongoing works of St Peter’s College.

Victorian Netball Championships

This week, combined East and West netball teams participated in the Victorian Schools Netball championships. St Peter’s College fielded a Junior, an Intermediate and a Senior side. The competition was tough, but the students showed resilience by sticking at the task throughout the day. Winning their last three games was a testament to their 'never say die' attitude. Well done.

Environment Week

Our Environment Captain, Will Veenam launched the East Campus’s Environment Week at last week’s Campus Assembly. The Environment Club has worked tirelessly in the last few years in raising community awareness to the significance of caring for the environment. St Peter’s College refers often to the rights and responsibilities of all who belong to this community.

There is considerable work that needs to be done in awareness raising and in changing behaviours detrimental to our immediate environment. All community members need to work together in demonstrating respect to the wonderful facilities and environment being developed for them and for future student bodies. The first place to start is to reduce significantly the issue of litter. This week the environment group has planned a number of events aimed at bringing interested students together to tackle these issues. I commend the group in anticipation of their work.

Solomon Islands Presentation

After the very successful Trivia and Sulent Auction Night held last Friday evening, our three Year 12 students Stephanie Barnes, Abigail Rook and Dana Durbin, who will be travelling across to the Solomon Islands at the end of this year, met with their counterparts from West for an information briefing this week. It was a fascinating insight into the customs and traditions of this small island community. Students were exposed to and began practising Pijin English and learnt a little of the culture that they will be entering into. Students and staff came away with many useful insights and a great deal of excitement about the adventures ahead.

Hairspray – The Musical

Finally there is much anticipation ahead of this week’s performances of Hairspray. The reports back have been very positive and the cast, crew, and staff involved are excited to be presenting this quality production to all of you. Please consider supporting this whole school event. Your attendance at one of the scheduled shows would be greatly appreciated.

Wishing all a wonderful week ahead. 

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Student Activities

House Indoor Soccer concluded on Monday with MacKillop House defeating Kolbe House in a hard fought battle.  It was a fitting way to celebrate the MacKillop Feast Day.  Thanks to Assisi House, especially the House Captains, Renee Allen and Matthew Harrison for making this activity happen and Mr Brannan who inspired and umpired so many matches since the end of Term 2. 

House Volleyball has begun and promises to be just as intense and competitive.  MacKillop House Leader, Ms Janelle McRae and House Captains, Britney Phillips and Stephen De Paoli have organised this event to run over the next fortnight.

House Chess continues on Thursday and Friday this week and we look forward to finals next week.

SIS Book in a Day

On Tuesday, Mr David Stretch took six St Peter's College students to the SIS Book in a Day Competition at John Paul College. Our students were given the following parameters for their story:

Primary Character 1: New teacher
Primary Character 2: Student new to Australia
Non-Human Character: Laptop
Setting: Country High School
Issue: Fitting in

5 Random Words: Refugee, Individuality, Demise, Aspiration, and Joy.

Congratulations to the following students who showed great creativity in producing a beautifully illustrated five thousand word novella.  By all accounts they enjoyed this activity immensely:

Year  7: Milly Cortese 
Year  8: Brendan Quintal 
Year  9: Naya Lay, Ashwin Palanisami, Ryan Brack 
Year 10: Mikayla Van Der Velden 

Hairspray the Musical

Students have been very busy this week working on the production 'Hairspray The Broadway Musical', that opened on Wednesday with a matinee for a number of our local Catholic Primary Schools.  The students have had to balance their commitment to the production, school, family, work, and social life and are understandably under immense pressure.  

I trust that we can all give them the space and understanding that they require during this week. They have been doing amazingly well and we wish them all the best in their roles, be it Acting, Dancing, Singing, Sound, Lighting, Stage Props, Programs, or Front of House.  

5 Useful Facts to Help You Understand Boys

I would like to share with you some wisdom from parenting expert Michael Grose about raising boys.  I think this is invaluable information for parents of teenagers when dealing with teenage boys. Those adults who have a significant understanding of the physiology and psychology of boys will do best at raising and educating them.

1.    Boys are wired for activity

It seems boys’ brains were designed by a different architect than girls. While girls develop verbal, social, and fine motor skills quite naturally boys are wired to be more active, boisterous, competitive, and territorial, which is one of the reasons why parents are usually kept busy raising boys in the early years.

2.    Boys are slower to mature

The maturity gap between boys and girls of anywhere between twelve months and two years seems to be consistent all the way to adulthood. Parents should take this into account when deciding the school starting age of their sons. This maturity gap is also evident when kids finish school and move into tertiary studies or the workplace.

3.    Boys want approval

Most boys ache for approval from their parents, their fathers in particular. Wanting the best for their boys, some dads can be too hard on their sons. Better to foster a strong relationship than drive them too hard.

4.    They want to blend in

Boys just want to fit in. They are group-oriented by nature, and tend to be very loyal to their friends. As a rule, they don’t like to stand out from the crowd, so they respond best to private praise and won’t respect you if you embarrass them in front of their friends.

5.    They need a disciplined approach

Boys usually like limits and boundaries. This make them feel safe and secure. They also like to know that a parent will enforce the house rules, so don’t be afraid to be firm, although you don’t have to use the same authoritarian methods as parents in the past may have used. 'Firm, fair, and consistent' are the keys to effective discipline for boys.

All the best with raising your boy, if you are blessed with one, and I hope to see some of you at the St Peter’s College Musical Production.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching News

Accelerated Studies.

The purpose of Accelerated Studies is to provide students with an opportunity to extend themselves in an area of study in which they excel. Year 10 Students who undertake an Accelerated Unit gain experience and understanding of the rigours of a VCE Unit and have the advantage of a possible bonus to their final ATAR score.

Accelerated Studies however, are only available to those students who have a proven record of dedication to their studies along with a recommendation from their teacher.

Currently, I am arranging interviews with Year 10 Students to discuss their application for an Accelerated Unit. Students should check their emails for details.

Once these interviews have been completed, if accepted, students will receive a letter outlining the obligations of studying an Accelerated Unit.

These include the commitment to select a 6th Subject in Year 12 and attendance at September School Holiday Exams. 

Save the Date

7th September – Parent Teacher Interviews

John Hattie, respected Educational Researcher, who was recently featured in the Revolution Schools Series, has developed a list of one hundred and fifty factors which effect student learning. Of these one hundred and fifty, Parental Involvement is listed as having a significant influence on student learning outcomes. Students who see that their parents are interested in their learning, who care about growth, and support academic success, achieve greater success in lifelong learning endeavours. 

St Peter’s College is committed to working in partnership with parents who are the primary educators of their children. Working collaboratively, as a team, creates a synergistic effect, which maximises student outcomes.

For this reason St Peter's College will no longer distinguish between, 'Welcomed and Required' for Parent Teacher Interviews. All students will receive an Expected Invitation. This indicates the commitment to Parent Partnership that the College expects. We look forward to conversations around learning for each and every student during this Semester 2 interviews. 

The Parent Teacher Portal will be open for bookings on Friday 26th August. Please take the time to book with as many of your students teaching staff as possible.

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching


Religious Education News

Social Justice Camp

The 2016 Social Justice Camp (SJC) was held at Rawson Village in Gippsland on August 6th and 7th.

Ten students from St Peter's College attended the SJC with Mr Roger Hampson. Six other Colleges from the Archdiocese of Sale also attended.

The objective of the Social Justice Camp was to create awareness of 'CLIMATE JUSTICE' in our lives, and in the life of the College Community from which we come.

The aims of the SJC were to:

  • To develop leaders in the Catholic Social Justice Tradition
  • To learn about current issues, local and current
  • To develop skills necessary for leading Climate Justice activities
  • To celebrate and have fun together
  • To develop a Diocesan Climate Justice Network

We spent the two days involved in a number of workshops that centred on:

  • Seeing the Climate Justice Issue
  • Judging the Climate Justice Issue
  • Acting on the Climate Justice Issue

The camp gave us the opportunity to share a number of action plans that we could try to introduce at our respective Colleges. It also gave us a great opportunity to meet students from other Colleges, and to hear, and share ideas about Social Justice and how we could be agents of change in our College and the community at large.

In closing, on behalf of the students I would like to thank St Peter’s College for sending us to this camp, which gave us an opportunity to see our world in a different light, and to challenge us to make the world a better place for generations to come.

Arizona Durbin, East Campus Student

Social Justice Camp 2016

Roger Hampson
Assistant Religious Education Co-ordinator East Campus


St Agatha's Parish News

Next Monday 15th August, is the Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation.  There will be three Masses offered for the Assumption: Monday 9.30am, 12 noon and 7.30pm in St Agatha’s Church.

Thank you to Fr Tony Spierings who has given so generously of his time to help celebrate Masses with us during my absence, also thank you to Fr Tony Cox and Fr Ray Scanlan for their help with weekend Masses.

I have returned from doing the Footsteps of St Paul and World Youth Day yesterday.  It was an amazing experience.  Thanks to all for your wonderful prayer support.

Fr Joseph Ajunwa’s will be visiting St. Agatha’s Parish Cranbourne, he will arrive on Friday 12th 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 our Parish. 

With best wishes Fr Joseph 

First Communion 2016

Parents please check the list in the Foyer for the time slot allotted to your child for their First Communion. There is also the Parent and Child Workshop coming up on August 16th and 17th. 

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

Parish Music Ministry

A music workshop will be held for all our Choir Members, and for anyone else 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.

St Vincent De Paul Society

Our Annual Winter Appeal will be held on the 20th & 21st August.  A special collection will be taken up at all Masses. Envelopes will be available the week prior for those who wish to receive a receipt or pay by credit card.  All donations over $2 are tax deductable.  

Also we would welcome donations of blankets and not perishable foodstuffs.  We still need volunteers to help with visitations in the evenings and on the weekends.  If you can help please contact us on 5996 1758. When our blessed Mother appeared to the children at Garabandal in Spain one of the young girls Conchita said she was so happy that she could go to heaven with her right then.  Our Lady said “that she could not, because her hands were empty. She said that when she went to heaven, her hands had to be full of good deeds”.  Are your hands full?, come and join us and we will help you fill them with good works for the poor.

Altar Servers

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

Alter Server's Rosters

New rosters for August have been emailed, if you did not receive your roster please collect a roster from the foyer after Mass.

Church Cleaning

Thank you for volunteering for this important ministry.  Please collect your new roster for the table in the foyer.  If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office on 59961 985. 

St Thomas the Apostle Parish


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 College Enrolment Policy.

Kerrie Birrell

Upcoming Events

Thursday 11 August


  • SPC Production - Hairspray The Broadway Musical Opening Night George Jenkins Theatre, Frankston 7.30 pm
  • East Campus Tour

Friday 12th August

  • SPC Production - Hairspray The Broadway Musical George Jenkins Theatre, Frankston 7.30 pm

Saturday 13th August

  • SPC Production - Hairspray The Broadway Musical Closing Night George Jenkins Theatre, Frankston 7.30 pm

Monday 15th August

  • Science Week

Tuesday 16th August

  • West Campus Athletics Carnival
  • Detention
  • West Campus  VCE Study Hub

Wednesday 17th August

  • East Campus VCE Study Hub

Careers News

ACU Early Achievers’ Program

Students who have made contributions to their community or shown leadership potential can apply to ACU’s Early Achievers’ Program. Successful applicants will receive an offer before the usual tertiary offers round. Applications open 8th August and close 17th October. Click Here: 

Schindler Lifts Apprenticeships 2017

Electrical apprenticeships for 2017 offered in Victoria. Applications close 31st August. Click Here: 

Australian Government Cadetships, Scholarships and Work Experience Opportunities

The Australian Government has a number of cadetship, scholarship, and work experience opportunities within Australian Government Departments and Agencies. To view these opportunities: Click Here:

Employment Outlook to November 2019

The Department of Employment’s annual employment projections forecast the job outlook by industry, occupation, skill level and region for the following five years to November 2019. Click Here:

Young Carer 2017 Bursary Program

Young carers who will be at secondary school in 2017 can apply for this bursary program. It is intended to ease the strain of part-time work for people who are carers and also attending school. Applications close 14th September. Click Here: 

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

Science week

Science Fair

Our wonderful Year 7 Students have been busy working on a range of experiments for our 'Science Fair'.

Just like real scientists they are trying to experiment with a range of team directed discoveries in science, to try to work out how, or why, things work from homemade electric motors, and lip gloss, to mind experiments, and more.

We would dearly love to see you come along at lunchtime to see what they have been up to.

Mums, Dads, Brothers and Sisters, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, are all welcome!

When: 1.30-2.20pm, Thursday 18th August 

Drones, Droids & Robots!!

Science week

Calling all budding scientists! This year Science Week runs from Monday 15th August until Friday 19th August. Here at St Peter’s College we will be running, at both campuses, a range of activities throughout the week for students to take part in. It should be heaps of fun! The theme this year is “Drones, Droids & Robots” We will have flying drones, having fun activities in the lab, and robotic tooth brushes. Come and have some fun!

The X2 Factor

Do you like Mathematics? Friday 19th August is National Mathematics Day. We are also running a fabulous lunchtime full of activities for students to take part in. Lots of fun! From forming teams and answering riddle questions, throwing protractors into a target, to mathsball and prizes galore. 

Brett Barber
Science & Mathematics Coach, East Campus

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.

2016 Michelle 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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Year 12 VCAL students recently completed Ten Minute Interviews with a variety of staff, including our Principal, Mr Hogan and Deputies Mr Hansen and Ms Jorgensen, as part of their Sustainable Development Goals Project.

In 2016, the United Nations has adapted the original Millennium Goals from 2000 to develop a new Sustainable Development Agenda.

There are seventeen goals in total, but the primary focus across all the goals, is to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

As part of the task, students had to research the history of the Sustainable Goals and select one focus area. Students will then develop a Project where they try to make a difference and raise awareness for the Sustainable Development of the Global Nation.

Overall, our students presented themselves in a professional manner and demonstrated they had invested much time, and thought into their Projects. Students will be asked to present a short snap shot of their Projects throughout the term,...... so watch this space.

vet 10 aug

Chris O’Hara
VET/VCAL Co-ordinator, West Campus


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