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Issue 64  |  24 August 2016
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From the Principal

Athletics Carnival - East Campus

On Tuesday the East Campus headed to Casey Fields Athletics Complex for their 2016 House Athletics Championship. Blessed with beautiful conditions the staff and students gave their all, particularly in the Staff & Student Relay, which saw the students triumph over a fast finishing staff team. Romero House took out the overall House Athletics Championship and Glowrey House the shield for House Spirit.

I wish to acknowledge Miss Thomas, the PE team and all staff who put together a wonderful event for our East Campus students. Our Sports Co-ordinators Mr De Goldi (West) and Miss Thomas (East) now have the difficult task of selecting our overall SIS Athletics team which will represent St Peter's College at the SIS Division A Carnival next week at the Lakeside State Athletics Centre in Albert Park.

East aths carnival

House Lunchtime Competitions

The house lunchtime activities continue to be a great source of House Spirit and fun for our students and staff. The week the House Dodgeball Competition run by Kolbe House kicked off with some spirited matches between Romero, Assisi, Kolbe and MacKillop Houses. I am pleased that soft balls are used.... because they were certainly thrown with some vigour throughout lunchtime!

house comp

house comp 2


I thank for her service, Mrs Elizabeth Lucarelli, who has resigned from our staff while on maternity leave. Taking up higher duties, Mrs Lucarelli is looking forward to spending some time with her young family over the next few years.

I also welcome our new Assistant Office Manager at the East Campus Ms Mel Ryan. Ms Ryan comes from the legal industry and will be a great asset to our school community.


Congratulations to Jason and Bianca Blackburn on the birth of their beautiful daughter Grace Kathleen weighing in at 3.67kg last Friday. All doing well.

Soup Day East Campus

Congratulations to Mr Antoine, Ms Whimpey and the following student helpers who conducted the annual soup day at the East Campus. Through the production and sale of pumpkin soup over $400 has been raised for the St Vinnies Winter Appeal. Well done.

Soup Day

Bailey King                    Sara Elbazi
Michaela Adair               Dana Durbin
Sara Trew                      Salma Melhem 
Abigail Rook                   Danica Bitoin
Chelsea Talbot

Parents & Friends Meeting - August 30th (West Campus 7.30pm)

I invite all parents to come along to our regular Parents & Friends Meeting to discuss two important agenda items.

Firstly I have attached a draft copy of our Code of Conduct: Please click here to view:.

To view our Draft Child Protection Policy: Please click here:

This Code, once approved by the College Board will provide the guidelines by which all staff, volunteers and contractors will conduct their relationships with young people enrolled at St Peter’s College. This is a requirement of the new legislation around Child Safety which is being enacted by each school in Victoria. Parent input into the draft Code occurred at the last Parents & Friends meeting and I invite other interested parents to this month’s meeting to also contribute to this important document for our community.

The Parents & Friend Meeting will also contain an opportunity for parents to have input into the formulation of a P&F Uniform Sub-committee comprising of parents, students and staff. This committee will discuss issues related to uniform policy and make recommendations to the St Peter’s College Board, if and when required. To view Meeting Agenda: Please click here:

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

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East Campus News

Athletic Sports

The House Athletic Championships at East Campus were held under sunny skies with the participation of students at outstanding levels throughout the day. Mr Hogan has indicated in his section the winners of both the House Spirit Award and the Athletics Champions, but in my mind all were winners as the involvement throughout the day was extremely high and the behaviour of students was exemplary.

My thanks goes to Ms Thomas and her dedicated team of PE staff and also to all staff who actively supported the day. My thanks is also extended to parents who supported the HPV food tent, supplying food to hungry athletes throughout the day and at the same time raising valuable funds to support the HPV team.

Boys Talk/Girls Talk

Year 9 Students will be involved in a pastoral lesson on Thursday. The Pastoral Program at St Peter’s College provides opportunities and experiences to inform and provide a toolkit of strategies that enable students to become resilient and develop the necessary social skills to actively engage both within the school community and beyond the gates of St Peter’s College.

The themes of this pastoral session include: societies perceptions of men and women, body image and self-esteem, the importance of positive role models, expressing one’s feelings and the importance of friendships.

St Peter’s College is committed to the development of the whole person, academically, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally. This is just one of many programs, that together integrate to provide our students with the necessary social and emotional competencies to best cater for the current social societal challenges.

Winter Sleep-Out

Approximately 40 students together with 6 staff will be participating in the inaugural East Campus Sleep-Out this Friday night. Whilst students will be permitted to bring bedding and will sleep in classrooms, they also are required to sleep on cardboard. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness to the plight of the homeless as well as raise money to assist the homeless.

A guest speaker will speak to our students about the facts surrounding the homeless and this presentation will be followed by a film which follows the plight of the homeless. I congratulate Abigail Rook our Social Justice Captain on co-ordinating this initiative and for the students and staff who will participate in the night.

House Basketball Competition

A number of months ago the Year 10 Level participated in a Spirituality Day with a focus on leadership. Each group were required to come up with an initiative that demonstrated and showcased their leadership potential. One of the projects got off the ground earlier in the week with the running of a House Basketball Competition for our Year 7 and 8 Students.

The tournament was conducted over a two week period and it was a significant success with participation high, the standard of basketball high and plenty of spectators on hand to cheer on their House. Congratulations to Marian House who came away as overall winners. Congratulations also to Oliver Bana, Yohana Del and Solomon Alfons for their initiative and for demonstrating significant leadership skills throughout this process.

Parent Teacher Interviews

The Community Portal for Parent Teacher Interviews is open this Friday late afternoon, this follows hot on the heels of Interim Reports being available on Thursday. Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th September, and is a significant opportunity to connect in with Subject Teachers regarding your child’s progress. When meeting with parents, as I am often called to do, it never fails to surprise how many parents have not accessed their child/children’s reports.

These are critical stepping stones in our reporting progress and provides an important reference point for conversations with your child about what is working well and areas requiring improvement.

SIS Debaters Continue to Shine

East Campus has continued to experience success with the SIS Debating Competition. Round 2 took place this week and the following results indicated a strong showing. The results are as follows: Senior Debating Team had 2 very good wins. Intermediate Debating Team eam had 2 good wins and our Junior Debating Team won their Prepared debate. Awur Athiu was the Best Speaker in both of her winning Team Debates. Congratulations to everyone involved.

To all, enjoy the week ahead.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

McGuigan Shield House Competition

Assisi House Leader, Mr Peter Brannan organised the House Soccer Competition this term alongside House Captains Renee Allen and Matthew Harrison.  He filed this report:

The Annual House Soccer Competition took place from late in Term 2 and went early into Term 3 in the Hall at lunchtime. It was the first competition run by any House to require one person from each year level on the court at one time, thus seeing teams of 6 play 8 minute halves. Despite much talk of the Assisi Forum Leaders manipulating the competition the draw and new rules in their favour, karma quickly came back to bite them, as they were immediately bundled out by an inspired Kolbe House (who are taking all before them this year under the astute guidance of Miss McArdle). The reigning holders of the trophy, Augustine House, were dealt a blow with the new rules seeing a number of their best players in the same year level. This left the door open for the all-conquering MacKillop House to make their run to the Final. Along the way there were some thrilling finishes, but particularly those that involved the Kolbe House. They twice scored with less than a minute on the clock to advance in the competition. Rumour has it that it was the oranges at half time that gave them the extra energy to overcome their opposition. The oranges have been sent to WADA for analysis as a result!

The final saw MacKillop House gain the early advantage, but Kolbe House came back hard, as they had throughout the competition. MacKillop House then scored an absolute screamer of a goal against the run of play which seemed to break the Kolbe House team members hearts, they pressed forward in a valiant attempt to equalise, but unfortunately committed too many bodies forward and left themselves exposed, conceding a final goal with seconds to play. Final score was 3-1 to MacKillop House with handshakes and pats on the back a plenty afterwards. The game was a fitting end to a terrific competition whereby a number of close games were decided by less than a goal. When asked to comment on the win, Miss McRae, MacKillop House Leader, simply polished her nails and said, 'business as usual!' Plenty more opportunities for all Houses to chase down the mighty MacKillop House in the run down to the completion of the McGuigan Shield this term!!!

Final Standings: 1st Mackillop House, 2nd Kolbe House, 3rd Avila House, 4th Romero House, Equal 5th Augustine House, Marian House, Assisi House, and Glowery House.

Stay tuned for the report next week from Kolbe House who have organised the final in the House Dodgeball to be played between Assisi House and Romero Houses on Monday, 29 August.  We should also have the result of the Marian House Spelling Bee and the House Chess Competition.

McGuigan Shield Ladder (West Campus)
House Points

MACKILLOP House 1890
ROMERO House 1363
KOLBE House 1332
GLOWREY House 1306
ASSISI House 1103
AUGUSTINE House 1036
MARIAN House 953
AVILA House 944

Casey Leadership Program

Ten students began the Casey Leadership Program this week.  This Program will run throughout lunchtime and into Period 5 for the remainder of this year with a view to targeting a diverse range of students (age, gender and culture) who have displayed leadership qualities.  Youth workers with the City of Casey have successfully run this Program in other secondary colleges in the region and we look forward to them developing the leadership skills of our students.  

SIS Debating

This week, a number of our students attended the second round Debating at John Paul College in Frankston.  Our West Campus students performed very well and though they will not progress through to the final deserve our congratulations on their achievements.

Junior Debating West 2 came sixth out of 26 teams and Intermediate Debating West 2 came sixth out 28 teams.  Thanks to Mr Greg Nelson for organising the students.

Year 9 Girls Talk & Boys Talk

This week, Class Act Theatre  presented two shows for our Year 9 Students – one for the females and one for the males. The topics covered include important issues about sexuality and respect.  They are sensitive to our Catholic beliefs that place the dignity of the human person front and centre. In the current climate of important debate about violence against women, revenge porn and sexting, it has never been more important for us to educate our young people about respectful relationships.  Please take the opportunity this week to speak with your Year 9 child about what they learned from the show. It could be an important opportunity for you to share your values with your child.

Parenting Tips for Teenagers.

I was fortunate to attend a seminar in which a medical doctor and parenting expert gave her top 6 tips on how to support your teenagers growth. Please click here for more information:

I wish you all the best in that exciting and exhausting of missions we have in raising a teenager (or teenagers).

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching News

Parents as Partners in Learning

Engaging parents as active partners in their child’s learning is one of the most effective strategies to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes. Children spend the majority of their time outside of the classroom with parents as the primary educators. Rather than parents as observers in student learning, parents can become partners with the College to achieve the students’ learning goals. The key is to focus the relationship on the child’s learning. (Parent Engagement in Action, CEM ).

In consultation with staff after Semester 2 Parent Teacher Interviews a number of refinements have been made to our process.

These include:

  • Ensuring there is more space around the interview tables ensuring privacy
  • A digital clock on display to encourage interviews to remain within the 5 minute time allocation
  • A parent help desk, to help with any issues regarding your interviews
  • A bell rung 10 minutes prior to the staff dinner break to inform all that there is only 10 minutes remaining before the staff break
  • The booking process will remain open until 9.00am, the morning of the interviews
  • Parents who have more than one child being taught by the same teacher are asked to make multiple bookings with that teacher rather than try to squeeze more than one child into a five minute block
  • Parents who feel they will require more time than the allocated 5 minutes with any staff member are invited to make an appointment at another time to ensure any issue can be more thoroughly discussed

Thank you in anticipation for your consideration of these changes to how we conduct these important meetings. 

On-line booking will open on Friday 26th August. Please contact the Front Office if you require assistance with your passwords.

Interveiws for Year 12 students will not be available as these interviews were conducted during our recent Futures Expo. 

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

Religious Education News

Ozanam House

Students from East and West Campus joined together on Wednesday of last week to serve dinner to the residents at Ozanam House in North Melbourne.

Located opposite the Royal Children’s Hospital on Flemington Parade, Ozanam House offers accommodation to men over the age of 18 who would otherwise be homeless. It is one of the many housing services run by VincentCare, a specialised agency of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

St Peter’s College has a long-standing relationship with Ozanam House and our students, accompanied by a staff member, regularly make the journey to the facility to help serve residents their evening meal. Those students who have been fortunate to take part have described it as "a rewarding experience because it is a chance for them to give back to the community".

Any senior student interested in taking part in the Ozanam House Program or learning more about the social justice opportunities offered at St Peter’s College should speak to Mr Nash, Mr Hampson or Miss Joyce.

Oznam House

Marissa Joyce
Assistant Religious Education Leader, West Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

I would like to thank you for your attendance and reverence at the Masses on Monday for the Solemnity of the Assumption. 

The Australian Catholic Bishops have announced the ‘Year of the Youth’ to mark the 10th Anniversary of the World Youth Day in Sydney 2008.  The celebration will begin at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in December 2017 in Sydney.

I wanted to share a portion of a letter I received from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia conveying its deepest condolences to myself and St Agatha’s Community on the brutal killing of Fr Jacques Hamel in France.

They have been left in shock and devastated and considers this to be an outrageous and evil attack that can never be justified.  They offer their sympathies to Pope Francis, the people of France and the family of Fr Hamel.   

They would like to visit our Church to show solidarity and respect so I would like to invite them to one of our Sunday Masses in the coming weeks.  I will give more details when this will happen.

With best wishes, Fr Joseph. 

St Vincent De Paul Society 

Our Annual Winter Appeal collection will be taken up at all Masses. Envelopes are available for those who wish to receive a receipt or pay by credit card.  All donations over $2 are tax deductable.  We also 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.  

First Communion 2016

Parents whose children are receiving Communion next weekend are to ensure that their child go to Confession/Reconciliation this coming Friday or Saturday 10:15am -10:30am.

St Agatha’s Parish


St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Diosean Pilgramage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

At St Mary’s Cathedral Sale, Bishop Patrick O’Regan will lead the pilgrimage, from 1.30 pm on Sunday 11th September. The pilgrimage will commences from Cathedral Hall (cnr of MacAlister & Pearson Sts, Sale) with the journey continuing to the Port of Sale, passing by the edge of Lake Guthridge, continuing to Ramahyuck Aboriginal Centre and arriving at the Cathedral where there will be a 'Ritual of Entry' through the Door of Mercy and a 'Liturgy of the Word' in the Cathedral.

Afternoon tea will follow at the conclusion of the Liturgy. Please bring a small plate to share. For further information, please contact Sophy Morley, Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator on 03 5622 6677.

Agape Youth

Bible Study led by Sr. Mercy, THIS Sunday at 7:15pm in the Parish Hall. Call Sr Mercy on 0403423021 for further inquries.

Migrant and Refugee Sunday Mass

To 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. 

Italian Mass & Procession

The Italia Committee invites the community of Cranbourne to Mass, in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrated by Fr Frank Bertagnolli in Italian & English on Sunday 9th October at 2.30pm in the Church.  For further information, contact Teresa on 5996 1845 or Filomena on 5996 4803.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Soup Day 2016

Like every year, St Peter's College East Campus organised it's Annual Soup Day last Thursday to raise funds for the St Vinnie's Winter Appeal.

I would like to thank all parents for their kind contribution through the ingredients they sent and for the donations they made through their children.

It was fantastic this year to see a parent joining us to cook the soup.

Thank you to all the students and staff who have kindly contributed to make this event possible. A big thank you to Miss Carol Whimpey and her team who took the challenge again this year, and also to each and everyone for their support for a good cause.

Soup Day

Jean Paul Antoine
Assisi & Avila House Leader, East Campus

Friday 26 August

Augustine House Feast Day
Winter Sleep Out

Tuesday 30 August

CW VCE Study Hub
Parents & Friends Mtg

Wednesday 31 August

CE VCE Study hub

Thursday 1 September


Saturday 3 September



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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.

Guest Speaker – Ms Michele McArdle
2016 Michelle 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.

Next Meeting Agenda Items:

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

2016 Schedule of Meetings & Guest Presenters

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Fundraising 2017

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