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Issue 69  |  12 October 2016
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From the Principal

West Campus Art & Technology Exhibition

On Tuesday evening of this week at the West Campus we celebrated the wonderful skills, talents and gifts of our students in the area of creativity, innovation and imagination. In a world that is changing so quickly and proving even harder to predict its direction it is these skills that will be sort after by all aspects of society to solve the problems that rapid change brings.

Parents and students enjoyed touring through the gallery of displayed student work from the areas of Visual Arts and Technology. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of Principals Prize for art to Latisha Dalton and the Peter Young Award for Technology to Madison Byleveld. I congratulate both of these students and their teachers on the standard of their finished work but also the collaborative creative process that produced these outstanding pieces.

Principals Art Award

Tech Award

I congratulate all the House award winners listed below who were recognised for their outstanding work and thank the Arts and Technology team consisting of T&L Coaches Ms Vivienne Hayes (Art), Mr Glenn Collings (Technology), Ms Glenys Van Dorssen, Ms Carla Edgerton, Miss Kara Patrick, Ms Michelle Kollarics, Mr Tom Myers and Mr Steven Stergiadis for their preparation of this wonderful evening and their ongoing support and development of our students. The East Campus Art & Technology Evening will take place on Monday the 24th of October.  

Year 7, 2018 Enrolment Information Evening - West Campus

A large number of prospective new parents and students toured the West Campus on Wednesday of this week, as they work through that difficult process of deciding where to send their son or daughter for their secondary education. The tours were conducted by our new 2017 Student Leaders and gave parents an opportunity to tour our facilities and meet both teachers and students at work in each of the Key learning areas. The enrolment process for 2018 opened on the night, however opportunities still exist for enrolments at both the East and West Campus for 2017 and all enquires in this regard should be directed to the school registrar, Mrs Kerrie Birrel. A reminder that our East Campus information evening for 2018 Enrolments will take place on Tuesday the 25th of October.

Yr 7 2018 info night

Head Start - Student Free Day

Our Head Start program provides an opportunity for students to begin next year's academic program in the last three weeks of this school year. Traditionally we have only placed our Year 10 & Year 11 students into this advanced program but the benefits our students have gained from this Head Start into their next year's program has lead us to make the decision to accelerate all year levels on the 15th of November. The transition into the Headstart program will take place in week 7 of this term, once all assessments and coursework for the 2016 school year have been completed. To ensure that adequate preparation time is given for both the completion of the 2016 academic school year and the transition into the 2017 academic program, the Student Free day scheduled for the 28th of November has been reallocated to the 14th of November, the day before the Head Start program commences. The 28th of November will now revert to a normal school day. No doubt there will be some teething problems in the first year of this program, but we are determined to ensure that the final weeks of the school year provide a strong focus on learning for the benefit of all of our students.

marlene 17 march

Welcome Home

Our travelling party to Japan arrived home exhausted but safely on Sunday. My thanks to our students for the wonderful ambassadors they were for St Peter’s throughout the trip and to Mr Black and Ms Jorgensen for navigating all things Japanese over the last 2 weeks. Welcome Home. 

Welcome home

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

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East Campus News

For the past two weeks, Ms Jorgensen and myself have had the pleasure of guiding and supporting 13 students as they participated in a cultural immersion program to Japan. Along the way, students developed life skills as well as be exposed to the culture, beauty and language of Japan. In respect to life skills these included: problem solving, planning, teamwork and communication skills. Japan has a complex transport system and it was wonderful to see the students grow in confidence as we travelled from place to place. Students were required to be responsible for their finances, their passports, tickets and ensure they arrived punctually as we scurried from place to place to ensure we saw as much of the country as possible. In homestay and the school environments they were required to become Japanese daughters and sons and fit into another culture. In all scenarios the students conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion and they are to be congratulated for the manner in which they represented St Peter's College. The first week was spent immersing ourselves in Japanese culture and visiting areas such as Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Tokyo. In the second week students became students in two Japanese schools, Wako Kokusai and Sapporo Seishu High School. Days were spent in classes, both normal classes and also specially designed classes including Calligraphy and Kendo. Often students were praised for their language skills. At the end of the school day students went home with their homestay sister and brother and experienced being in a traditional Japanese home environment. Their experiences will, we are sure, benefit both the Japanese language skills as well as their development as resilient and problem-solving students. For three students their stay is to be extended: Sarah Trew and Jessica Hogan from East and Kobe Souvannasing from West will depth their language development further over the coming months. We look forward to hearing of their experiences. In the meantime, elsewhere in this newsletter is a summary of some of the events students were engaged in, together with some further images. Again we congratulate each and every student for their exemplary behaviour and approach to this study tour. 


Year 12s Final Days

It is with mixed emotions that our Year 12s enter their final week of formalised classes, this after 13 years of education. There will be both joy and sadness, especially because this particular group will go down in the history books as the inaugural Year 12 group for East Campus. Throughout their 6 years they have been called upon to show leadership, from Year 7 with 40 enrolments until this point in time with an enrolment of 540. They have seen a lot of changes during this time and the week ahead will be full of remembering, particularly of those early years. It is a great effort by all, but of course there is still a lot of hard work to come. One Year 12 student I spoke to today described his current status as “stretching before the final sprint”. I encourage all to sprint hard and leave nothing in the tank by the time exams come around. There will be lots of celebrations over the coming week but importantly the beginning point was a shared liturgy, held on Monday. Students were issued with a card that stated: “Go out and nourish the soul of the world, because there is a force within you, born of this place. Everything you need to know, you have learned from your journey. Now live it ….” We wish all our graduands a positive and fulfilling last week/s of their journey at St Peter’s College. Parents of Year 12 students are reminded to RSVP their intention to come to the final assembly and BBQ on Wednesday October 19th at 11.30am.

Health and PE Week

This week we have celebrated Health and PE week. Unfortunately Australia is one of the leading industrialised countries in the world when it comes to Obesity and Cardio-vascular disease. The leading causes of this is two-fold: a sedentary life (absence from regular, proper exercise) and poor diet. The PE department have structured a range of events over the week to highlight the significance and importance of a healthy lifestyle. These include: clinics with local NRL team Melbourne Storm and AFL players, a staff breakfast, Health and PE quizes, staff versus student netball match, morning fitness class, the plank endurance challenge and tutor group healthy eating breakfast. Congratulations to all students who have played an “active role” (pun intended) in the week’s activities. A healthy lifestyle is a life-long committment, the challenge can be two-fold, making the committment and maintaining the committment.

Congratulations to the HPV Team

The HPV team participated in an event at Casey fields last Saturday. As we were the local team we were also asked to be a part of the catering for the day. Congratulations to the teams who participated in the day and a special thanks to our parents who contributed so much to the success of the day. Well done in particular to “Team Phoenix” who placed 6th overall. Thanks is also extended to Mr Wolinski and Mrs Dissenga for supporting our teams on the day.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Year 9 Camp

Our first Year 9 camp of Assisi, Augustine, Avila and Glowrey students have headed off to Anglesea with great excitement and from all reports, enjoying the aquatic activities despite the poor weather.  I will visit the camp on Thursday and see first-hand the excellent program that Mr Gerard Brown and Mr Matt Laurie have organised for the students.

The next camp of Year 9 Kolbe, MacKillop, Marian and Romero students departs on Tuesday 25 October.

Student Leadership

Now that the 2017 College & House Captains have been chosen, we move to the election of our Year Level Forum Leaders for each house.  From this group the SRC will be chosen.  The development will ensure that our SRC is truly representative across all houses and year levels.  In previous years we believe that the representation has been heavily concentrated on our senior students and this does not allow us to hear an authentic student voice or build capacity amongst our younger students to the extent we would like.  Furthermore, with the expansion of our McGuigan Shield House Competition and the wonderful energy that has created in the student body, there are more opportunities for student leadership than ever before.

Please encourage your child to consider stepping forward, not being afraid, and try for a leadership position.  It is one of the qualities we want to develop in all our students as we prepare them for an ever changing workforce and life outside school.

Head Start Program

Please note the following dates for the Head Start Program which is the move of your child into the next year level for the 2017 program.  The actual dates vary from those published in the Student Record Book and it is important to note the start dates, the finish dates and the student free day.  This is an important time for students to start their new work and it is important that students do not take an early holiday during this period.

Monday, 14 November: Student Free Day
Tuesday, 15 November: Head Start begins.
Friday, 2 December: 2017 Year 11 & 12 students finish. Year 11 Celebration.
Tuesday, 6 December: House Activities Day. Students Finish.

2016 Year 12 Term 4 Program 

I spoke to our Year 12 students at the conclusion of their final liturgy during the week.  The celebration, organised by Mr Stephen Nash, focussed on those values of faith, hope and love.  My message to the students was that as they leave this community that has been a place of stability and support for so long to them they may well feel a sense of loss or grieving despite the excitement of what lies ahead.  We have faith that they will move out with this hope, but they must always know that though the relationship changes, they are part of the wider St Peter’s College family and that in love, we always welcome them back to visit.  And our faith and hope is that they will continue to find that loving support in this broader St Peter’s community if and when times are tough.  

We wish our Year 12 students all the best for the celebrations in the coming week and remind them to keep safe.

Week 3

Mon 17/10         
  • Tutor Groups 
  • Period 1 & 2 : Normal Classes
  • RECESS: Yr 12 Morning Tea with staff in the staffroom (extended by 20 minutes)
  • Period 3: (40 mins) - Graduation Mass & Valedictory Dinner Practice
  • Period 4: Normal Classes
  • Period 5 : Normal Classes
Tues 18/10 Final Day- Yr 12 Graduation Mass and Valedictory Dinner
  • Period 1: House Assemblies (House farewell to Yr 12s) 
  • Period 2: Yr 12 SWAC Presentation (Dave Smith-Cranbourne Police on Safe Partying/Schoolies) McGuigan 1 & 2.
  • Period 3:  CAMPUS ASSEMBLY (parents invited)
All students to Tutor Group first.
Yr 12 students to perform various musical items
Yr 12s singing “Be not Afraid”
Final ringing of the Bell, releasing of Balloons
  • Period 4: BBQ on soccer pitch (parents invited), students to leave by 1.00 pm          
  • Graduation Mass: Arrive St Agatha’s 5.45 for 6pm Mass 
  • Valedictory Dinner: At the Cranbourne Turf Club: 7.00 for 7.30pm dinner

•    From Wed 19/10:  STUDY and Exams

Year 7 Orientation Day – Wednesday, 30 November

A reminder for any parents whose child will be starting Year 7 at St Peter’s College in 2017 that Orientation Day is on Wednesday, 30 November, 2016. Parents are asked to drop their child at the Multi-Purpose Hall between 8.30 and 8.45 am.  Students can be collected at 3.20 pm.

Student ID Cards

Parents are asked to remind their children to have a current student ID card. The student card is important for examinations, signing in and out of school, book hire at the library and photocopying.  A replacement card costs $5 and can be organised through the IT helpdesk. 

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Congratulations to our budding novelists

I am proud to announce that we have just received notification that St Peter’s College has won the SIS Book in a Day competition. Competition this year was fierce and I congratulate both the students and their mentor, Mr David Stretch for the lunchtimes spent in preparation. This dedication and determination has paid off. 

The Title of the novella was "The Forgotten"

The Forgotten

Clare Halifax who is a publishing director at Scholastic Books had this to say about the winning novella:

I selected “The Forgotten” as the winner. I thought all the entries of an excellent standard, but “The Forgotten” stood out in terms of pacing and structure – which added to the sense of intrigue. The writing showed a good understanding of using dialogue, description and action to tell a story.

Students involved were:  Mikayla Van Der Velden (Year 9), Brendan Quintal (Year 8), Naya Lay (Year 9), Ryan Brack (Year 9), Millie Cortese (Year 7) and Ashwin Palanisamy (Year 9).

Digital copies for those who may like to read the text will be available via the Library page.

Dear Parents and Guardians 

The allocation of subjects for 2017 is determined by student choice via Web Preferences subject selection. I am delighted to announce that the College will offer the following subjects in 2017.  As we continue to grow as a College we will endeavour to continue to offer an expanded range of options for our students.

Because of the extremely low numbers of students wishing to complete Religion and Society (unit 3-4) at the East Campus, this subject will be offered via Video link across campus.  Students will have contact time with their teacher spread across the 9 periods allocated and will undertake incursions to the respective Campus throughout the year.  

If you have any further questions regards these subjects or other curriculum matters, please do not hesitate to contact myself at the College on 5990 7777.   Click here to view the 2017 VCE Subject Allocations:

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

Religious Education News

Baptism, Graduation and Beyond

This week begins in earnest the ceremonial events to farewell our Yr 12 Students.  The completion of Secondary education is an interesting moment in life. In real terms each person leaves the school to forge their own path in life.

I thought I would reflect briefly on the nature of this school and its connection to the students it farewells. It begins with the Catholic nature of the school. The Catholic or Christian element is begins with baptism. A Catholic School is a school based on that baptism and tries to build up those who come, both baptised and not baptised according to the spirit of that baptism.  Baptism is about light and life. The life of Christ comes to the baptised person and that person becomes a full member of the community. That community (eg St Peter's College) is a group of people who try live by the spirit of the gospel. They try to love each other, they try to seek justice, they press for a better world… The Christian/Catholic thing often attracts parents to a school like ours.

They often associate this with the values that the religious traditions represents. The key thing about baptism, however, is not the values but what we might term the paschal mystery. This is the idea that in Jesus what was dead comes alive. It is the belief in Jesus, a belief in hope, a belief that however bad things look, there is always life. When a person is baptised they receive a candle that is lit.  It represents the light of Christ in that person. It is hope that the all-powerful God will bring light and life and peace and joy to the world and to the life of each person.

This and next week many small and big celebrations of our Yr 12's will be occurring. On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week the Graduation of Yr 12 takes place. Each of the graduating students will process out of the Church with their lit candle. We beg them as they leave the doors of St Agatha's Church that they leave the "light" burning on in them.

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

We welcome back Fr Herman Hengel who is celebrating some of the Masses this weekend. 

We have received news that Sr Lucy Viashima will be arriving in the parish on Friday 21st October. We look forward to welcoming her to St Agatha’s. 
Again this week I ask for those who have not yet attended to the request to apply for a Working with Children card to do so immediately. It isn’t for just a requirement for those working with children but it is for all who assist in the parish in any way. The secretaries will now begin ringing people so please make their job a bit easier by calling into the parish office to get help to apply online or to update the parish details. I thank you all for your cooperation. 

With best wishes, Fr Joseph.

October, Month for Marriage and Families.

We are asked to attend Mass, fast, pray the Rosary and spend some time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the special intention of marriages and families in mind. We are also asked to pray for people who are sex attracted or gender questioning, and their families. The Australian Bishop’s Commission has released a brochure “What is Marriage”. A copy is available in the Church foyer.

Feeling Stuck?

We all feel weighed down or held back when life gets challenging. If you find yourself sad or stuck, it’s OK to ask for help. With support to work through your issues, you can find ways to make life more manageable. You can get your life and relationships back on track. CatholicCare Pakenham is available for counselling for all members of the community (not just Catholics!) five days (and one evening) per week. Call 1800 522 076.

St Agatha’s Parish


St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

St Gerard’s Parish Family Weekend

15th - 16th October. On the Saturday, there will be a range of speakers speaking on pornography (Dominic Meese), natural fertility practices and awareness (Dr Lucia Murnane), end of life issues (Fr Paschal Corby) and discerning God's will in difficult life choices (Fr Dominic Murphy). Young children will be looked after by the LIHM Sisters and NET Ministries will run talks and workshops for teenagers. Sunday - High Mass at 10:30am followed by a beautiful Eucharistic procession in the streets of Dandenong. Young girls are invited to wear white dresses and be a part of the procession to drop rose petals for Jesus. The weekend will end with lunch after the procession. Cost $15 single, $25 Couple, $35 family. To register 9792 4422.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend:

Invest in your most precious asset......Your Marriage! Forget life’s tensions and interruptions and rekindle the closeness, intimacy, love and romance that brought you together. Recharge your relationship batteries and explore the precious nature of your marriage, allowing you both to share your feelings, hopes and dreams with each other in ways that normal, daily living tends to inhibit.

There is no group sharing. Couples and a priest present the weekend. It is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome. 11-13 Nov Starts 7pm on Friday. Ends 5pm Sunday.

Accommodation and all meals provided. Information/Bookings: PH:Marianne/Marcel 9733 0997.

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. Followed by a free sausage sizzle.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish


Japanese Exchange Trip


We were greeted by a lively Japanese tour guide and an air conditioned bus that was referred to as ‘paradise’ in the 30-degree humidity. Our first stop was Nijo Castle that was built by Tokugawa Shogun during the 17th century and became the property of the Imperial family during the 19thcentury. The location featured a wide, one level building with basic black and white tones and empty rooms that had walls designed with significant meanings used by Shogun and The Emperor and peaceful gardens surrounding the building. A highlight of the building was that when you walk in a certain area, the floor creaks and creates the sound of chirping birds so as you’re walking past the rooms, you’re able to go back in time and feel what it was like to live in the footsteps of superior Japanese people. Our next stop was Golden Pavilion where we were able to see a three levelled part of a temple that was covered in gold foil on the upper two levels. The building was situated on a pond with surrounding trees and a distant view of the mountain tops covered by fog. 

As the day proceeded, we reached our next stop which was Kyoto Imperial Palace. This building was where the Emperor used to live and was regarded as a ‘residence for retired emperors’ before Tokyo became the capital city of Japan. The location included many gates that were used for specific people, depending on your role and had much room for the Emperor to walk around. 

Today we packed our bags, left them in the foyer and met for breakfast at 7am. We then made the journey to the Kyoto station to find that the trains heading to Inari station were not running today due to the weather. We quickly decided to take a bus and prepared for the trip across the city. When we finally arrived we walked to Fushima Inari Taisha which is the head shrine of Inari. This shrine is home to 1000 Torii gates situated upon a mountain. Since early Japan, Inari was seen as the patron to many merchants and businesses thus all these gated being individually donated by local businesses. The mountain also has many trails that lead to smaller shrines which span to 4 km and take up to 2 hours to walk up. After our exploration of the shrines where scenes of 'Memoirs of a Geisha' were filmed we walked through a food market. and came to a cat cafe where most students took part in feeding and petting cats. After this unique experience we headed back to the hotel where we checked out and made our way to the Kyoto station to board our first Shinkansen (bullet train)! This was an exciting experience as the bullet train reaches speeds of up to 300km per hour and it feels as though you are hovering above the tracks.


Japanese Exchange Trip Cont:


Once arriving at the Hiroshima peace park the mood of the group quickly changed after seeing the last and only remaining building from the atomic bombing in 6th of August 1945. We were then able to go look around the peace park at our own pace and judging by the faces of others everyone was touched by the sights. Although I think it was the museum that really hit everyone hard. With graphic images and actual artefacts from the bombing, it was hard to leave without feeling upset. This was a huge eye-opener to the group as we had only really seen the story from an American point of view.


After breakfast we got a train to Odaiba which is a man made beach. The train we caught had no driver so it was a little scary but interesting.  After arriving we were lucky to see the end of a small wedding ceremony which was very cute. Later, we made our way to Miraikan which is a science and technology museum. Here we were able to talk to robots, see them dance and walk around in the inside a space shuttle. Japan is very advanced in its technologies compared to Australia so it was very interesting to see what inventions they had contributed to in the past.

From the 3rd to the 5th of October we stayed with our Wako Kokusai High School (Tokyo) host families. My host sister was Saki Shoda and as soon as we saw each other she gave me a big hug and said that she was glad to finally meet me. After a short welcome we moved off to lunch with our students, introducing ourselves and making some new friends. When lunch was finished we had our first class with the students (their 5th class) which for Kayla, Chloe, Kisharn and myself was health education. We then hurried to the English expression class, where we watched our hosts give speeches in English about their chosen topic. Our last class for the day was maths, where we attempted and failed at trigonometry. When school finished a small group of us went into a gaming arcade to have photos with the photo booth. When we had finished at the arcade, Saki and I began the journey back to her apartment (arriving at about 7pm, as the journey took 80 minutes) and her mum welcomed me, giving me a hug and saying how she was so glad to finally meet me, I was showed to the tatami room where a futon was set up and was told that this would be my bedroom.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Kolbe House News

Do it in a Dress Fashion Parade

In term 2 Chantelle Baxter-CEO from One Girl spoke to Kolbe students and teachers about her personal journey and her inspiration for starting One Girl (not-for-profit). Chantelle set us a challenge to create a fundraising event that would enable Kolbe to raise funds so that girls in Sierra Leone, West Africa could have access to education. Our challenge was the Kolbe ‘Do it in a Dress’ Fashion Parade!

One Girl believes that EVERY girl on this planet has the right to an education. No matter where she is born, how much her family earns, what religion she adheres to, or what her culture says – EVERY GIRL deserves an opportunity to learn, grow and be the best she can be.  One Girl has supported the education of over 12,000 women and girls through their programs like: scholarships, school awesomisation, business brains and Launchpad. In Kolbe we know that education can change everything and we wanted to give one girl the opportunity to attend school.

On Thursday lunch time, there was a buzz in the Kolbe building as the red carpet was rolled out, students and teachers donned school dresses, Mrs Overberg was poised to snap some pics, while our MCs (Matt Simpson, Beth Dodgson, Chloe Harbour and Luke Farrelly) got the event under way. Kolbe students were challenged to move out of their comfort zone but recognized that feeling uncomfortable was a small price to pay in order to raise awareness and funds so that we could achieve our goal to raise $300. This $300 would send one girl to school. It was an audacious target but as the cat walk came alive students and teachers dug deep and learnt about the challenges for girls in Sierra Leone to attend school. Suvi Khanna, Ben Lineman, Ella Martin, Taylah Harrison, Jayde O'Riley, Rachel Affas, Luke Schreurs, Oliver Williams, Campbell Bryan, Damon Quirk, Varun Dinesh, Mr Lawrence, Mr Bourke and Mrs McArdle strutted their stuff on the cat walk to the delight and cheers of the crowd!

Kolbe students recognise and thank the generosity of teachers and students as we surpassed our goal of $300. We have provided an education to one girl and that is awesome!

Kolbe do it in a dress

Year 10 Reflection Project – Dream BIG

Kolbe has been inspired this year to dream big through our participation in a variety of events. This has helped Kolbe to develop a sense of belonging and has taught us to give back to our community. We are reminded of St Maximillian Kolbe in that he has taught us to give and to sacrifice our personal wants for the greater good of our Kolbe community. He also served as an inspiration for the design by artists Cinnamon and Rowan Stephens.
In Kolbe we have focused on building good mental health in order to create positive well-being, confidence and self-esteem through our participation in inter house activities, tutor group activities and in the way that we interact with each other. This has enabled us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day-to-day life and our environment in Kolbe. When we are mentally healthy we can;
•    Form positive relationships
•    Use our abilities to reach our potential
•    Deal with life’s challenges

In consultation with the Year 12 students we developed a project where we recognised the contribution our current Year 12 students have made to Kolbe. Our project was a sculpture that will grow over time and represents our place of belonging and well-being in Kolbe. The stainless steel shields represent that every student is known and valued.

On Tuesday 4 October in our Kolbe house assembly the year 10 students Oliver Williams, Alyse Penney, Jayde O’Riley, Nathan Peipers, Tom Poultan, Cloe Westerway, Chelsi Allman, Rohan Loew, Duane Tanjuco, Brooklyn Faamausili, Tahlia Virga, Elisha Cayley, Sam Riggio, Jawal Daoud and Brandon Smith,  presented and unveiled the shields and marked the place that our Year 12 students will always have in Kolbe. We would like to acknowledge and thank CDE Computer management for their sponsorship of this project.

Kolbe House news

Michele McArdle
Kolbe House Leader

Careers News

2016 WORLDSKILLS Australia National Competition

Melbourne Showgrounds October 6th

Both East and West Students were very fortunate to attend this amazing and informative excursion. Around 500 Secondary School Students/ Apprentices were competing for National champion in their field, competing in such things as; Automotive (all areas), Baking, Beauty, Building, Business, Butchery, Bricklaying, Carpentry, Construction, Cookery, Electrical, Engineering, Fashion, Floristry, Gaming, Hairdressing, Health, Hospitality, I.T, Jewellery, Marine, Manufacturing, Mechatronics, Painting, Primary Industries, Refrigeration, Retail, Signage, Tiling, Tourism, Welding  and many more. Besides the displays of abilities there were information stalls, competitions to join in and try a skill opportunities. Champions will be competing in Workskills Adu Dhadi 2017.

For more information Click Here:

La Trobe ATAR Video

This video provides information about what an ATAR is, how it’s calculated, how it gets you into uni, and other aspects of the application process.
Click Here:

Study at Melbourne October Webinar Series
17th – 19th October

These webinars are for prospective students to find out more about the faculties and graduate schools at the University of Melbourne. There will be in-depth information about different disciplines from current staff and students.  Click Here:

University of Melbourne Extension Program

The Extension Program allows students to study a university study as part of their VCE. Applications close 15th December. Click Here:

Careers with Woolworths

Woolworths Limited (Woolworths, Big W, BWS, etc) has a range of job options available, from apprenticeships & trade roles to casual, part time or full time positions.Click Here: 

Women in the Army Q&A
13th October, 6:30pm – 8pm @ Online
Click Here: 

Employment Opportunities

Kelly’s Hotel

2 part time front of house positions are available for immediate start.  The ideal candidate should have or be enrolled to complete RSA and RSG. Please take a Resume in to be considered.

Planet Surf

Christmas casual positions are available for customer service staff. Positions will start in November and run through to mid February.  Please take your resume directly to the store.

Full Time Concreting Position

A full time concreting position is available for the right person.  Applicants must be reliable and have a licence or very close to getting it.  For more details about this position please see Miss Dillon in the Careers office.

2017 Work Experience Program

All Year 10 students in 2017 will complete a Work Experience placement from Tuesday 13th June to Friday 16th June.  Monday 12th June is the Queens Birthday public holiday.  If the employer of choice works this day students should attend with them.  Students have been emailed all of the resources in August and should be well on their way to confirming their arrangements.  

Local employers fill their placements very quickly and students should be making contact now to avoid disappointment.  Please note this requirement is due on Tuesday 6th December 2016.

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

Library News

Theb participating in the library lunchtime Poetry Slam.


Angela Gargano

Student End of Year Exits

Could you please contact the College Registrar if your child is not returning to St Peter's College next year. This will allow us to conduct the formal exit procedure and process incoming applications for places next year.

Kerrie Birrell

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.

Human Powered Vehicle – Casey Fields Round 5 Competition

On Saturday 8th of October the St Peter’s College HPV Team competed at Casey Fields in Round 5 of the Jet Couriers Human Powered Vehicle Competition. This event the team was competing with two vehicles, Phoenix and Shadowcat. Phoenix was ridden by Tim and Michael Miller, Charlie Ratten, Dylan Powell, Joshua Bartlett, Rhys Davidson, Jack Johns and Ryan Pulley.

The riders for Shadowcat were Emily Coco, Maddy Johns, Justine Davidson, Allysa Kupke, Alexandra Mule, Meckenzie and Cooper Buckanen, Damon Quirk, Maurice Garnett and Samuel Rook. The competition involved an eight hour endurance race where the teams needed to complete as many laps as possible in the given time. Racing against 85 other teams the riders completed 121 laps (271km) in Phoenix, placing them 6th out of 17 in the Open Category (27th  overall); and in Shadowcat, 80 laps (179km) placing them 84th overall. For Phoenix, this was the highest placing the team has achieved so far as they grow in skill and ability.

This competition the two teams had 18 riders between them with 5 new riders in the two teams making this the largest team to participate in the HPV competitions so far. It is hoped that next year may see the introduction of a third team as the rebuild of Stripy Tiger is completed.

The competition was also an opportunity for the team to cater the event. Parents of the students organised and ran a BBQ that supplied approximately 900 people and raised in excess of $2100. Overall the event was a great success and could not have happened without the support and hard work of the parents, (with special mention to Mrs Sharon Miller); and teachers Mrs Janine Dissegna, Miss Karen Williams, Miss Rebecca Crozier and Mr Duane Cox.

Zygmunt Wolinski
HPV Coordinator


Japanese Speech Contest

On Friday the 2nd of September eight St Peter’s College students bravely stood in front of a Monash University lecture hall and recited a speech off by heart in Japanese. The speeches were only three minutes each but the hours of preparation were significantly longer. Each lunch time and recess for about a month the students dedicated their time to rehearsing with their favourite intern Midori and Japanese teacher Miss Bonica. Not only was it important to remember the speech but to learn the meaning and correct intonation to deliver it well. There were many laughs but also tears. The students were nervous and didn’t think it possible to succeed. The feeling of great accomplishment when the evening was over and the realisation that each student had done what they thought impossible is exactly the experience our students need to increase their confidence and resilience. It may have just been a speech contest, however it provided much more than vocabulary.
I congratulate the Year 8 students; Brianna Coombs, Sherisse Dubier, Joan Graeson, Brendan Quintal and Year Ten students; Natalie Bara, Tin Tran, Kobe Souvannasing, Kaitlyn Tai for participating in the Frankston Susono Friendship Association, Japanese Speech Contest 2016. Special mention to Joan for receiving second place and Kobe for receiving third place.

I couldn’t be more proud.

Japanese Speech Contest

Yolanda Bonica
Japanese Teacher


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.
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Guest Speaker – Mr Owrin De Kretser
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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Upcoming Events

Thursday 13 October


Friday 14 October

East Campus Tour
Friday Night Detention

Tuesday 18 October

West Campus Year 12’s last day
Dismissed at 1.15pm
Graduation Mass 5.45pm at St Agatha’s
Valedictory Dinner 7.00pm 

Wednesday 19 October

East Campus Year 12’s last day
Dismissed at 1.15pm
Graduation Mass 5.45pm at St Agatha’s
Valedictory Dinner 7.00pm 

Thursday 20 October



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2017 Curriculum Handbook

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College Alumni

2016 will see us hold our 10 Year Reunion for our Graduating Class of 2006
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Catholic Life 

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