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Issue 65  |  31 August 2016
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From the Principal

Catholic Identity Project.

Over the next three weeks our Religious Education Leader Mr Stephen Nash will be attending Catholic University Leuven, Belgium as part of the Catholic Identity Project sponsored by the Diocese of Sale and ArchDiocese of Melbourne. Mr Nash will work with other Leaders from Catholic Schools in Victoria and from around the world, as they consider how, in an ever-changing society, we can continue to engage with our community about our story of faith and belief and its relevance in their lives today. On his return Mr Nash will share his learnings with our Leadership Team and staff as we look to put in place strategies that continue to build our Catholic Identity. Strategies that acknowledge the context and time that we live in, but that also grow our faith community on the foundation of its rich Catholic Traditions.

Steve Nash

VCE French

A week ago our Year 12 French students entered the Alliance Francaise Berthe Mouchette as part of their VCE UNIT 4 studies. This competition gives our students much needed practise before their Oral Exams in October.  Students from the East & West Campus entered the competition and I congratulate the following students on their outstanding results:

From the East Campus, Sarah Newlands with a score of 20/20 and Tiffany Forbes with a score of 19/20

From the West Campus, Mary Chang Kee with a score of 20/20 and Britney Philips with a score of 17.5/20

Several other students also received a score of between 14-16.5 indicating the high standard achieved by many of our students.

As a result of their scores Sarah and Tiffany have been asked to return to the Alliance Francaise Institute  to compete in the finals in September.
I congratulate all of our Students and their Language Teachers throughout their Year 7-12 studies in particular Mr Couty and Ms Rosenblum.

French oral

Parent Teacher Interviews

Interviews take place on Wednesday of next week at both the East & West Campus and I encourage all of our parents to book times to discuss the growth in their child's learning that has been taking place over the course of this Term. Besides our Interim Reports I advise our parents to also bring along their child's Naplan Report which was sent home last week for students in Years 7 & 9. This report based on National Testing conducted in May will indicate a student's progress in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy and can be a source of informative discussion between student, parent and teacher about growth and learning.


I advise that Ms Janine Dissegna has resigned from the East Campus effective from the end of this school year. Ms Dissegna over her term as VCE Curriculum Leader has contributed strongly to the growth of the East Campus as it expanded into the VCE over the last two years and she has also been a foundation member of the St Peter’s College HPV team which continues to grow from strength to strength. Ms Dissegna is looking forward to spending some more time with family in the next stage of her journey and we wish her well. 

Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

Winter Sleepout

Sixteen brave souls and three staff members experienced less than hospitable sleeping arrangements last Friday to participate in the East Campus Inaugural Winter Sleep-Out. Students were permitted/invited to sleep on cardboard as their only form of comfort. The aim of the Winter Sleep-Out is to raise awareness, (and raise some funds for the local St Vincent De Paul branch), to the plight of the homeless. Current statistics suggest that over 100,000 people in Melbourne sleep rough each night with a staggering half of these under the age of 24.

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Whilst the conditions slept in on Friday night were more favourable than those experienced by the homeless, there was enough discomfort experienced by all to drive home the feelings of isolation and desolation that must be experienced on a daily basis by the homeless. Congratulations is extended in particular to Abigail Rook, our Social Justice Captain, for her leadership and determination to get this event off the ground.

Year 11 Leadership Day

Students and parents are reminded that this coming Monday, September 5th, our Year 11 Students will be involved in our Student Leadership Day. This commences our formal Leadership Election Process for 2017. Much emphasis is placed on the importance of leadership in all walks of life. Politics, sporting teams, business all place significant importance on the impact leadership has on the success, or otherwise, of their organisation. Here at St Peter’s College particular emphasis is placed on the importance of Servant Leadership.

Following the example set by Jesus, leadership traits we would wish to witness in our students include, service to others, humility, selflessness, integrity and the willingness to work alongside both staff and students in achieving negotiated goals. In 2017 two new positions will be added to the existing College Student Leadership Structure. Two Sports Captains will be added, one female and one male. These roles will support the Sports Co-ordinator in assisting with sports carnivals and improving the overall participation rates of students in organised sporting teams. Year 11 Students are required to wear their sports uniform on this day.

Student Success at Alliance Francoise Competition

Congratulations to Sarah Newlands of Year 11 who recently competed in the senior section of the Alliance Francoise French competition. Competing along-side Unit 4 VCE students Sarah achieved a perfect score of 20/20. Sarah is studying VCE (Year 12) French as a Year 11 student, and we wish her well, together with all other Unit 4 students, for her Language Orals coming up soon. Congratulations Sarah.

Project Rockit

All Year 8 Students this week are engaged in a Pastoral Program known as Rockit. This youth driven program delves in, and exposes students, to the problems associated with bullying. Themes of Safety, Respect and Acceptance are key themes delivered in a very engaging and interactive way with students. Our Pastoral Care Program is driven on the premise that, providing students with tools and information improves the chance that issues such as bullying can be minimised at school, and if they do surface, they can addressed quickly and efficiently. This Program aims to empower students to lead change in school and on-line by building empathy and connections. We look forward to seeing the outcomes played out in the form of consistently positive relationships being witnessed at school.

Book Week

Throughout this week we have celebrated book week. For Year 7 Students we welcomed highly acclaimed author Morris Gleitzman. Morris is a well-known, and much-loved children’s author, who engaged the students throughout his one hour presentation. English Teachers are also linking into the theme of 'Story' with their students, by asking them to write a story highlighting the experiences of a family member growing up. Much emphasis is placed on the development of literacy skills and indeed here at St Peter’s College improvements in literary skills is a 'Whole School Goal'. Research suggests that reading improves the development of language comprehension, oral skills and listening skills. Parents are encouraged to play a role in supporting the school focus on reading for pleasure.

Year 9 Assembly – Work Experience

Year 9 Students met on Tuesday of this week to begin the process of securing a Work Experience position in 2017. This is often a difficult process to complete for a variety of reasons. Some students struggle with the confidence it takes to seek out a position. Some students might struggle to articulate themselves or have the presentation skills necessary. For others the type of work experience they are seeking is very difficult to access. Whatever the reason, school and home need to work together to support students in seeking the right kind of work placement, one which will assist in informing them about possible future study and carreer pathways.

Cyclists Beware

There are a number of students riding bikes to and from school and it is encouraging to see students using this healthy form of transport. However, ALL students are required to wear helmets. This is a law, as well as a key safety strategy. We ask parents to support us in policing this expectation. Students seen not wearing a bike helmet will be unable to access their bike until a helmet is produced.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Students Signing In & Out of School

Students are to use their Student ID Card when signing in and out.  This makes the process quicker and easier for our office staff.  For Health and Safety reasons, students must always sign in at reception and never leave school grounds early without parental permission and signing out.

Signing In:

Notes or a phone call from parents is required. Otherwise we assume that a student is late without parental permission and as such they will be given a Lunchtime Detention.

Signing Out:

Students should not call or text parents/guardians to pick them up if not feeling well. Instead, they should go to sick bay and Administration Staff will call on their behalf.  We can then ensure that the student is ready and waiting at the front office for collection and we know whom to expect.

Parents are also reminded of 'communications from home' section in the Student Record Book. If you do not know at the start of the day what time your child will be collected, you are welcome to call the office with as much notice as you can. Office staff will then write up a grey slip (give to student at recess or lunch) and have the student in the General Office waiting with their bag for the appropriate person to collect at the agreed time.

Inter House Chess Competition

Over the previous four weeks, students have represented their House on a Thursday and Friday at lunchtime to take on rival Houses and in turn earn points toward the McGuigan Shield in the Inaugural West Campus Inter-House Chess Competition. 

The Champions were Augustine House. Congratulations Students and Staff!

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2016 Inter-House Chess Championship West Campus 04

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Dodgeball Final

Congratulations to Romero House on winning both the Kolbe House Dodgeball Final and the Marian House Spelling Bee.  They are demonstrating the great diversity of talent their House extends to sporting and academic pursuits. More details will follow next week. 

Congratulations Students & Staff of Romero House!

house comp

Spelling Bee Shield

McGuigan Shield House Competition

Mackillop House 2138
Romero House 1688
Kolbe House 1482
Glowrey House 1436
Augustine House 1399
Assisi House 1323
Marian House 1053
Avila House 1034


McGuigan Shield

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday 7th September is a Student Free Day

Parent & Teacher Interveiws are now available to book from 9.00 am to 8.30pm via our Community Portal.

The Community Portal was opened on Friday 26th August for parents to view thir Child/childrens Interim Reports and commence booking Parent Teacher Interviews.

Details on how to book were emailed to all parents. Any families who do not have access to the on-line booking system are welcome to call our College General Office for assistance. Parents are asked to read the Interim Report results and to prioritise interview bookings.

Click here to enter the Community Portal:

Year 12 Trial Exams

This week, all students who are studying a Unit 3/4 subject should have received details of their Trial Exam Timetable in their Tutor Group. These Trial Exams are an invaluable opportunity for students to prepare 'under test conditions' for their upcoming VCE Examinations. Teaching Staff will provide guidance and feedback to their students in regards areas for growth and areas of strength early in Term 4. 

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

Religious Education News

Abigail Rook our Social Justice Captain organised the Inaugural East Campus Sleep-Out on Friday, August 26 where sixteen Year 11 and 12 students were joined by Mr Christopher Black and Ms Jodie Connell for a 'night of sleeping rough'.

We arrived at the College at 7.30pm and settled into several activities including a reflection on the homeless and a trivia competition.

Students also donated to the homeless, raising $110.00.

Lights out at by 10.00 pm and we slept in sleeping bags on cardboard boxes in the Graham Building. It would seem that one night owl was still talking late into the night until she realised she was only talking to herself.

At 7.00 am on Saturday morning we were awoken by an out of tune nightingale (Mr Hampson) singing "Oh what a beautiful morning" and asking us to join him for breakfast, which he had prepared for us all.

We then had a team photo to record this special occasion and then packed up and headed for home.

Students were asked to make a comment on the night and here a few:

“The Winter Sleep-Out was a great experience…. It opened my eyes to see what the homeless face each night”.

“It was amasing and rewarding, and it allowed us as a senior cohort to raise awareness and funds for the homeless”.

“The sleep out helped us all to appreciate what we have and not to take things for granted.”

“The sleep out enabled me to get a glimpse into the daily hardships the homeless endure”.

“The Sleep-Out was amasing, fun, and an unexpected experience”

In closing, thanks to Abbie for her determination and organisation to make this event happen, and to the generosity of the staff who supported us and gave up their time.

Nikita Mascurine, Year 11 Student, Augustine House, East Campus

For more pictures click here:

Winter sleepout

Roger Hampson
Assistant Religious Leader, East Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

This weekend, and in the coming weekends, children will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time at our Weekend Masses.  Please keep them and their families in your prayers.  

Also this week is the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis message focuses on the theme: Migrants and Refugees Challenge us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy. This year St Agatha’s will be hosting Migrant Sunday on 18th September, with Bishop Patrick celebrating. 

With best wishes, Fr Joseph.

Important notice to all Parish Volunteers

Please collect the notice from the foyer table, (it is also available on our Parish Website under the resources tab). It is very important that all volunteers obtain a Working with Children card and all current card holders update the parish name and address online to the following.

St Agatha’s Catholic Church-Cranbourne
1 Scott Street
P.O. Box 95
Cranbourne Vic 3977
Phone: 03 5996 1985

We ask that volunteers attend to this request before Wednesday 21st September.  We ask that you also notify the Parish Office of your email address. You can email parishoffice@stagthas.org.au or call the office on 5996 1985. The Parish will receive a notification of your application or updated details. St Agatha’s Parish Office staff will gladly assist parishioners from either Parish who need assistance with their online application. 

St Patrick’s Pakenham 

150th Anniversary Reunion, Mass Sunday 23rd October 10.30am. All former and current students, teachers, parishioners and friends welcome! 136 Princes Hwy, enter off O’Shannessy Street or The Avenue.  Followed by a free sausage sizzle.  See notice board for more details or contact Pakenham Parish on 5940 2888.

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Fathers’s Day Appeal

Supports the priests of our diocese in times of sickness or retirement.  At present we are supporting eight priests and three deacons in retirement and we are also responsible for the other priests, including our overseas priests, in time of sickness.  The budgeted expenditure for them over the next year will be about $180,000.

Envelopes are available in the Church for the Special Collection to be taken up next weekend to assist the Priests' Welfare Foundation of the Diocese of Sale.  All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.  If you require a receipt for taxation purposes, please print your name and address clearly on the special envelope and a receipt will be issued in due course.

SRM Prayer Group

Invites you all on Thursday 1st September to listen and be blessed. We have Fr. Joseph Ajunwa, Cathedral Administrator, Otukpo Diocese, Nigeria; a powerful preacher sharing the WORD of GOD.

Prayer starts at 7.30pm at Keogh Room, OLHC parish, Narre Warren. "Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life” (Rev 22:17)  

First Saturday Devotion

In honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which will take place next Saturday 3rd September, after the 9.30am Mass.  This devotion includes the reciting of 1 Rosary and meditating on the other 3 Mysteries of the Rosary and concluding with a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All Welcome.

Healing Mass

1st Sunday of the Month, next Sunday 4th September at 6pm Mass led by Fr. Joseph Ajunwa.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish 

Careers News

Work Experience 2017

Please be aware the current Year 9 cohort have been briefed about the Year 10 Work Experience Program for 2017.  As a College we introduce this requirement well in advance because of the competitive nature of confirming particular placements of interest.  In addition, a number of other secondary schools in the region conduct Work Experience at the same time. For example, there are 5 Vetinarian Clinics in Cranbourne and working with animals is a student high interest area.  Students need to make these arrangements early if they wish to secure a position.

All Year 10 Students in 2017 will be required to undertake a mandatory week of Work Experience from Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June (please note: Monday 12th is a poublic Holiday).  There is another opportunity for students to complete a second week if they wish. The dates for this would be from Monday 3rd July to Friday 7th July, (first week of school holidays).

Deakin Creative Arts Folio Info Evening

15th September, 5pm @ Melbourne Burwood campus
These sessions will provide information to prospective students of Deakin’s Creative Arts courses on how to prepare and submit a folio. Click Here:

Femmes in STEM

Fri 23rd September, 11am – 2:30pm
This event is run by Monash University’s Pharmacy Faculty for girls in Years 10–12. Be inspired by women changing the world through Science, hear about Career Paths, and meet other girls interested in Science. Click Here:

Monash: Take CTRL

Tuesday 27th September, 10am – 4:30pm
This event is for Year 11 and 12 Students who are interested in a career in IT. Learn how IT and entrepreneurism go together, take part in an App Development Workshop, and hear from students and lecturers from Monash’s IT courses.  Click Here:

RMIT Flight Training Open Day - 11th September 2016

If you would like to know what is involved to become a Commercial Pilot please visit the RMIT Flight Training Open Day on Sunday 11th September between 10 am - 4 pm.  For more information Click Here:  

Jobs of the Future

This Canadian website has come up with job descriptions for careers that may exist in 2030. This includes changes to current career paths as well as new jobs that will develop over time. Click Here:

RMIT and ATAR Notes FREE  Exam Revision Lectures

This Lecture Series, running during the upcoming school holidays, will help students prepare for Units 3 & 4 exams across many subjects. Lectures are also offered in some Units 1 & 2 studies. 

Lectures are held at RMIT’s City campus, and tickets are very limited. We encourage students to register soon if they wish to secure a place. Registrations can be made through ATAR Notes’ Eventbrite page.

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

Science Week Wrap, West Campus

Stem Challenge Winners 

Congratulations to the winning team from Romero House: 
Dylan Davidson, Victoria Hitchcock, Madeleine Smith, Sheridan Kraszka, Janielle Aruelo and Alexander Raso

Year 7 Science Fair

The following students Experiments were judged best in the class and presented at special display open for all staff and students to view:

  • 7A Joint Winners

"Archimedes Screw", Georgia Davies, Italiah-Magdalene Lutu & Joyce Looker

AND "Plant Growth", Claudia Berke & Eloise Crabtree 

  • 7B

“The 5 Second Rule”, Indyanna De Vries, Hannah Magsanoc & Rubi Rose

  • 7C 

“Which Paper Towel Is Most Absorbent”, Erin Wareing & Chandana Arun

  • 7D

“Exploding Soda”, Emily Andrew

  • 7E

“Magentic Slime”, Selini Abeyratne & Gerlfraine Abrahams 

  • 7F Joint Winners

“Plant Growth”, Carissa Doyle, Janielle Aruelo & Jasminder Gakhal
AND “Kerosene Tubes”, Charlette Cowan, Tiana Sinclair & Adelle St Mart

Congratulations to everyone!

Science week west

Science week west 2

Mrs Tania Brown
Teaching and Learning Coach Science, West Campus

Inter House Chess Competition

Over the previous four weeks, students have represented their House on a Thursday and Friday during lunchtime to take on rival Houses and in turn earn points toward the McGuigan Shield in the inaugural St. Peter's College Inter-House Chess Competition. The participation from students was excellent with both male and female competitors from Years 7 to 12 representing their Houses.

Last Thursday saw the Final of the Inter-House Chess Competition at the West Campus. A packed courtyard saw MacKillop House Representatives Stevan and Nathan take on Augustine House Represntatives, Anthony and Sandeepa, in the Grand Final. Romero House Representative, Darcy, took on Assisi House Representative, Kyle, in the Semi Final. The winners were Augustine House, as Overall Chess Champions, West Campus and Romero House won their Semi Final.

The Inter-House Chess Competition has been a great “pre-season” into next week’s S.I.S. Chess Championship, to be held at Woodleigh School. 

Chris O’Hara
Chess Coach, West Campus

Useful Links

2017 Curriculum Handbook

e-book version now available. Please Click Here:

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 Community Portal

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Catholic Life 

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St Peter's College Uniform Shop

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Second-Hand Uniform Sales, Calculators & Textbooks 

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College Student Calendar for Term 4, 2016 and Term dates for 2017

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Sports News

On Monday 29th August, Tom Ryan, Kay Bannan, (East Campus), and Mat Phillips and Jonah Rokodi (West Campus) represented St Peter's College at the  SIS Golf Championship held at Cornish College.

The format was 9 holes, playing Canadian Foursomes. Overall our Team finished in 3rd place out of 7 schools which was a great effort. Congratulations!

"Thanks to Mr Brannan and Miss Thomas for assisting and allowing us to participate and represent our College".

Chloe Thomas
Sports Coordinator, East Campus

Summer Uniform Reminder

A reminder that students will be required to wear Summer Uniform on their return in Term 4.

Please check that all items of uniform items meet College standards prior end of Term 3 to allow time, (if required), for purchases and/or repairs and alterations.

Past experience tells us that particular attention should be given to the Girls Summer Uniform Dress length, which is required to be on the knee or below. 

To read full College Uniform Regulations Please click here:

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

Thurs 1st September 8.00 - 12 noon
Tues 6th September 1.00 - 5.00 pm
Thurs 8th Sept 8.00 - 12 noon
Tues 13th Sept 1.00 - 5.00 pm
Thurs 5th Sept 8.00 - 12 noon

To order new items on line please click here:
To purchase second-hand items on line please click here:

Fundraising 2016

East Campus and West Campus Pavers NOW AVAILABLE

2016 Year 12 Graduates orders now being taken. Your name can go down in history. 

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 at either the East or the West Campus.

Click here to download East Campus Order Form:
Click here to download West Campus Order Form:

Entertainment Book 2016/17

Holidays fast approaching…..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! Click here to order yours today:

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 to our P&F Association. 
Thank you all for your support.

Kolbe Feast Day

'Willingness to extend our hands to help others'

The week beginning Monday 8th August saw Kolbe House, West Campus, begin their week long acknowledgement and celebration of St Maximillian Kolbe, with a laying of painted students’/teachers’ hands onto calico to symbolise our willingness to extend our hand to help others. This will be hung up in the Kolbe House, West Campus, to remind us all of our commitment as we build our vision for the future.

Forum Leaders held morning quizzes to build our knowledge of St Maximillian and his contributions, students gaining Tutor Group points. Our week long celebration culminated on Friday with a beautifully prepared liturgy by Alysse Peney under the guidance of Mr Lawrence. Thanks also to Jayde O’Riley and Chloe Harbour.

Through the generous donations from Woolworths, Langwarrin, Marshall Meats, Langwarrin, and Mr David Harbour, Kolbe House came together to share lunch, including hotdogs, jelly in cups, chocolate frogs and cordial.

It was a wonderful opportunity for teachers and students of Kolbe House, West Campus, to spend time together.

Kolbe Feast Day

Michele McArdle
Kolbe House Leader

Parents & Friends Association

Next Meeting

Tuesday 8th November 2016
7.15 Tea and Coffee
7.30-9.00 pm St Peter’s College EAST CAMPUS
Administartion Bld. 55 MacKillop Way, Cranbourne East
Enter via MacKillop Way Gates please.

Guest Speaker – Mr Owrin De Kretser

de krester

 B.Art: Dip. Ed

Owrin, who will take up the position of Year 9 Program Facilitator from 2017 will present to us the College’s Vision for our specific Year 9 Curriculum Program to be introduced in 2018, along with the plans for the ‘Purpose Built’ Year 9 Complex at the East Campus due for completion for the 2018 school year.

"Research shows that during adolescence, students are experiencing, profound physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development changes. 

While added responsibility and expectations can assist learning and growth.

It is at Year 9 when feelings of dissatisfaction and disengagement peak and levels of resilience are at their lowest".

'DEECD Report 'Understanding Year 9 Students 2009'

2016 Schedule of Meetings & Guest Presenters

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Minutes of 26th August Meeting

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Friday 2nd September

Afternoon detention 

Monday 5th September

Year 11 Leadership Training Day

Visiting Staff & Students from New Caledonia arrive

Tuesday 6th September

West VCE Study Hub


Wednesday 7th September

Parent Teacher Interviews

9.00 am to 8.30 pm

SIS Chess Championships

Thursday 8th September

Are U OK? Day

West Parish Mass

SIS Debating Championships Semi-Finals

East Campus Year 9 Swimming Program


Friday 9th September

Campus Tour - West Campus

East Campus Year 9 Swimming Program

Grade 5 Orientation Day


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