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Issue 75  |  23 November 2016
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From the Principal

2016 Presentation Night

Congratulations to all students who were acknowledged with awards or performed at Presentation Night last Wednesday evening. It was a wonderful evening and a celebration not only of excellence at St Peter’s College but also of our mission to educate the whole child which is the central purpose of all Catholic Schools. I thank all the families, students and staff who attended and in particular acknowledge the dedicated team who brought the story of our school year to life: Mr Brian Wallwork, Mr Frank Carter, Mrs April Thompson, Ms Melinda Quirillo and Mr Duane Cox . 

Kwong Lee Dow Scholars - East Campus & West Campus

One of the highlights of Presentation Evening was the announcement of the Kwong Lee Dow Scholars for 2019  Sheridan Kraszka & Edmond Elbazi .Over the next two years Sheridan & Edmond Elbazi will attend a number of event and activities staged by Melbourne University  ranging from motivational speakers to study skills sessions that will prepare and assist them in their transition to further study and their chosen career path. 


Sheridan Krazska



Edmond Elbazi


Congratulations to our HPV team who achieved an overall 2nd placing in the Triathlon Event at the Maryborough HPV last weekend. This event attracts competitors from all over the state and our students have been preparing for some months to achieve a personal best result. They certainly achieved that and more with their best ever result in this competition. I congratulate staff members Ms Janine Dissegna, Mr Ziggy Wolinski and Miss Karen Williams for their ongoing support and passion for the HPV team and our dedicated students and wonderful families whose continued support will see our HPV team grow to a third vehicle in 2017. Well done to all concerned.

HPV Maryborough

Staffing 2017

As we draw to the close of the school year I wish to confirm the following appointments to Positions of Leadership and Teaching Staff for 2017 and the departure of staff at the end of 2016.

East Campus:

Integrated Curriculum Coach Miss Karen Williams
Humanities Teaching & Learning Coach Ms Gabriella Spano 
Technology Teaching & Learning Coach   Mr Tom Myers   (Ex West ) 
Maths Teaching & Learning Coach   Mrs Radha Nadan
Health & PE Teaching & Learning Coach Ms Sarah Slykerman (Ex West)
Languages Coach  Mr Andrew Mitchell
Learning Enrichment Coach    Ms Margaret Anthony
English Coach   Ms Helen Smith (Ex West)
Assistant House Leader  Ms Olivia Barrett
ICT Coach   Mr Damian Cardona


West Campus:

Languages Teaching & Learning Coach   Ms Melissa Faulkner
Pastoral Leader Ms Fiona McKenna
House Leader Mr Andrew McMellon 
Learning Enrichment Coach  Ms Ann Jeans


Permanent Teaching Staff :

East Campus

Mr Michael Ling  Maths & Science
Mr Paul Woodbridge   VCAL
Miss Elouise Johnson    English, RE , Sose
Miss Nicole Green English , SOSE
Ms Kate Bracegirdle  Psych , Maths , RE  
Ms Patricia Lochland    Science , Maths
Miss Kara Patrick Art
Mr Paul Gyulavary   Maths ( Ex West)

West Campus

Ms Izabela Bratek  Senior Maths
Miss Sophie Macreadie  Maths
Mr Calen Robertson  VET IT , VCE IT
Mr Chris Windley Commerce , Maths
Ms Laura Appleby Music , RE


Staff Leaving St Peter’s at the end of 2016 

I wish to thank and acknowledge the following staff who will be leaving St Peter’s at the end of 2016. I am most grateful for the years of service they have given to our community whether that be 1 year or 10 years and they can be rightfully proud of their contribution to the fine school that we are today. We wish them well on the next stage of their careers.

Ms Mona Esmaty, Mr Duane Cox, Mrs Kay Anderson, Ms Janine Dissegna, Mr Takura Macharaga, Miss Sarah McLaren, Mr Daniel Coco, Mr Conor Bourke,  Ms Shirley Innes,  Ms Janelle Martin

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

Headstart Off and Running

It was a wonderful start to Headstart last week. To see students actively engaged in their learning was a wonderful sight and can only enhance student learning outcomes. Both core group and tutor groups have been altered after much deliberation from Learning Advisors and House Leaders.

One of the questions occasionally asked is why has my son/daughter been moved. The obvious answer is that all students have moved, but it is a pertinent question nonetheless. Research suggests that students in the 21st century classroom and workplace need to be adaptive and flexible problem solvers and that the critical skill to survive and thrive is to be able to develop the relational skills to communicate effectively with both the familiar and unfamiliar people we come across.

To not provide opportunities to develop these skills and attributes would limit the resilient learner to achieve and adapt to an ever-changing world. I can’t help but be excited to think that the minor timetable and subject selection issues that are synonymous with the commencement of the academic year will all be behind us by the end of this year and therefore the commencement date for 2017 will see students engaged in their learning from day 1 without the added anxiety or distraction usually associated with the beginning of the year teething problems.

HPV Success

Congratulations is extended to all involved in the Human Powered Vehicle program for 2017. The culminating 24 hour endurance event was held at Maryborough last weekend. This event attracts entrants from across Australia and a small number of overseas entrants. As I have written in the past, St Peters has over a number of years developed a well-established program. The success of the program comes from the impressive partnership of parents, students and St Peter’s staff who together support students in their quest for continual improvement.

Having seen the partnership working first-hand it can only be described as an exemplar of the benefits of staff, students and parents working effectively together in their bid to improve their previous personal bests. They are lessons that we should take heed of as we continue to explore ways that building community can help shape the learning outcomes of our students. Congratulations to all for the outstanding achievement of gaining second place in the tryathalon section of the event. An outstanding achievement.

Presentation Night – Awards

Presentation Night and the handing out of awards is a special time and an important time as it acknowledges the hard-work and dedication of high achieving students. I would like to particularly acknowledge those students at the East Campus who have received awards for the first time. Awards in themselves and the allocation of these however are only a part of the story. The most important question to reflect on at the end of each academic year is this, “have you given 100% effort and dedication to your academic development and 100% effort in involving yourself in the life of the school?” If the answer to these two questions is “Yes” then you can be very proud of your achievements. If the answer to one or both questions is “No”, then some further reflection is required.

I would be asking as follow-up questions: 1. What prevented me from reaching my full capacity this year? And 2. What do I need to do to improve my efforts in 2017? A significant support person throughout the year and at times when this type of reflection occurs is a student’s Learning Advisor. Their role is to nurture the pastoral and academic needs of the students in their care. To students I encourage you to utilise your Learning Advisors, they are there to talk to, to offer words of encouragement and provide you with advice when necessary.

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Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

Learning & Teaching

EDROLO Ready to Roll for HEADSTART

The College has once again purchased EDROLO for all students enrolled in Unit 3/ 4. Edrolo is a comprehensive, premium, online, interactive video and exam simulation resource for the VCE. Edrolo is currently used by over 50,000 students across 250 schools, and we are confident it is an extremely valuable investment, providing our students with a differentiated and targeted level of support as they prepare for their most important examinations. 

What exactly is Edrolo?

Edrolo is an extensive study and exam revision resource crafted by outstanding VCE teachers (including exam assessors, textbook authors, and department heads). Edrolo is built in accordance with the VCAA Study Designs to guide through their coursework during the year and final exam preparation.

Edrolo is broken up into two key elements:

  • Theory Master: Interactive video courses mapped to each subject’s Study Design and presented by proven expert teachers. Each subject’s Theory Master has 100s of videos and interactive quiz questions for students to learn from and test themselves on. 
  • Exam Master: Online simulated practice exams offering video solutions for every single exam question, incorporating unique insights and diagnostic study tools enabling students to identify and target their individual areas of weakness. 

Sitting behind Edrolo are rich analytics that our teachers will use to understand, in greater detail, the learning needs of students, and thereby be able to provide more targeted support than has ever been possible with traditional resources.  

How will students use Edrolo? 

Our teachers will guide students to make full use of Edrolo in a range of ways across the year, including: 

  • holiday homework;
  • pre-class work; 
  • post-class consolidation;
  • assessment preparation; and,
  • exam revision.  

Subject Changes.

As discussed in previous newsletters, subject changes for Year 8- 10 students are not possible due to staffing and timetabling.

Students in Year 11 or 12 who have completed 4 days of HEADSTART are now able to consider subject changes if they feel they have made a serious error in subject selection. All subject changes should be carefully considered.

The process requires students to: 

  1. Collect a subject change form from their House Leader and discuss the change.
  2. Have subject teachers sign off on the change.
  3. Speak to the Careers staff to advice on career pathways.
  4. Obtain parental signature.
  5. Submit forms to the Front Office no later than close of business Friday 25th November.
  6. Applications after this date cannot be processed.

Subject changes cannot be guaranteed at this late stage and will be dependent on class size and lines


Booklists were emailed to all parents. Any parent who has not received a booklist is asked to contact the Front Office. Hard copies are also available in Front Reception.

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

HPV News

Human Powered Vehicle – Maryborough Energy Breakthrough 2016

On Thursday 17th of November thirteen riders, (Riders: Joshua Bartlett, Michael Miller, Tim Miller, Damon Quirk, Rhys Davidson, Justine Davidson, Charlie Ratten, Sean Humble and Dylan Powell, Allysa Kupke, Ryan Pulley, Mackenzie Buckanen, Emily Coco three teachers, (Mr Ziggy Wolinski, Mrs Janine Dissegna and Miss Rebecca Crozier), many parents with Phoenix and Shadowcat travelled to Maryborough for the annual 24 hour Maryborough Energy Break though held in the town.

This year 61 primary and secondary school teams made the pilgrimage to compete in the HPV Tryathalon. The area quickly became a tent city with riders and crews setting up pits and camp site and preparing for the coming race on Saturday. The St Peter’s HPV Team (with students from years 8 to 11) would be competing in the HPV Open Category with Phoenix (students from years 7-12) and HPV B/C Category in Shadowcat (Years 7-12, at least 50% female riders).

The event was broken up into Presentations, Obstacle Course, Time Trial and Endurance Race. Both teams did well in their presentation, but it was in the Obstacle Course that things became interesting. Shadowcat’s ride went well, but for Phoenix there was an incident where another vehicle, Jaffa, hit the back of Phoenix and became jammed into its faring. It took over half a minute to separate the two vehicles. In the time trials Shadowcat once again had a smooth run, but Phoenix once again had a run-in with Jaffa as the two raced around the track and was beaten by half a second due to a slower vehicle getting in the way.

Finally, it was time for the 8 hour endurance race. Jaffa had qualified with exactly the same time and Phoenix and Jaffa were sitting side-by-side at the start line in position 3 and 4. The race began and the vehicles were off. For four hours the two teams were neck and neck until just as the evening was setting in, Phoenix edged into the lead and pulled away from Jaffa. The riders then realised they were close to catching the next team and over the next three hours they closed and then passed them. Now in second place, the riders gave everything they had, but by the end of the race just could not catch the race leaders and came in a close second place.

To conclude, both the teams of Phoenix and Shadowcat rode brilliantly during the event and deserve to be proud of their Achievements. Phoenix came 2nd in the Open Category competition and Shadowcat came 13th.

I wish to thank all the students, parents and teachers for all their time and effort that was put in to make this event a great success. Without it this team would not be possible.

HPV Maryborough

Mr Zygmunt Wolinski
HPV Coordinator


Religious Education News

The Time of Advent 

Christmas symbols:

  • Christmas Tree
  • Advent calendar
  • Christmas Carols
  • Christmas gifts
  • Kris Kringle
  • Christmas cards
  • Season of Advent
  • Christmas dinner
  • Christmas drinks
  • Midnight Mass
  • Reindeer
  • Leaving gifts out for the Santa and the reindeer
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Christmas lights
  • Bells
  • Santa Claus
  • Candy Cane
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Angels
  • Candles
  • Christmas Star
  • Doves
  • Cribs
  • Shepherds
  • Snowflakes
  • Wise men
  • Baby


The above list is to name just a few symbols that we will regularly see at this time of year. When my children were younger there were regular trips around the streets to see all the Christmas lights. Yes you will be bombarded with Christmas images if only to sell you stuff. It is all about getting us ready for the occasion of Christmas. In the Church we call it Advent.

About this time of year, probably a decade ago, my sister was at a bar with some friends. The TV was on and a Channel 9 presenter came on to wish everybody a happy Christmas. The presenter happened to mention Jesus and wished everybody a happy and holy Christmas. A character nearby put his drink down, leaned over and commented, "For Goodness Sake!!  They bring religion into everything these days!"

I beg of you to stop a moment to reflect on what Christmas means for you and your family… Essentially it is a time when we celebrate that God gives to the world God's self.

In the spirit of that it is not too far a stretch to take a moment to reflect on how each of our family and friends is a gift to us, that there is a spirit of giving that enters the world at this time that should be encouraged, that powerful salvation can come in the smallest and most vulnerable of packages - a baby. Let's look for the wonder in each other, for opportunities to be the gift of God to those around us and to the world…


Happy Advent and Happy Christmas

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

We welcome Fr Herman Hengel to St Agatha’s Parish, as he will be filling in for me in my absence. Today the “Year of Mercy” will come to a close. To acknowledge its closing, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm, please mark this date in your diaries. Sr Mercy has worked in this parish for the past nine years and will be returning to Nigeria for good. We will formally farewell Sr Mercy next Sunday 27th November at the 10.45am Mass. A collection will be taken up for Sr Mercy this weekend. Bishop O’Regan announced that two priests who have been assisting in the Sale Diocese will be returning to their home countries in early 2017. Fr Prasanna Warnakulasuriya will be returning to Kandy in Sri Lanka and Fr Dominic Matthews SDB will return to his Salesian Province in India.

Anne Hassell Principal of St Agatha’s Primary School has been successful in applying and receiving an Australian Government Capital Grant of 1.3million to begin building a two storey, eight classroom block at the end of the administration building. This will mean knocking down the four senior classrooms at the end of the building. 

With best wishes, Fr Joseph.

St Peter’s College

Fr Joseph Abutu and I wish to inform the parishioners of the Parishes of St Agatha’s Cranbourne and St Thomas the Apostle Clyde North that Mr Tim Hogan, the Principal of St Peter’s College has been appointed to a new position as Principal of St John’s College, Dandenong, commencing at the beginning of 2017. He will conclude as Principal at St Peter’s College at the end of this year. We wish to congratulate Tim on his new appointment. Tim has been Principal of St Peter’s College since 2009 and has been an outstanding leader in a time of great growth, including the establishment of the new campus at Clyde North.

His gift for leadership in a Catholic college, his great personal qualities, his prayerfulness and faith, and his utter dedication to students, staff and families is something that we have greatly cherished and will sorely miss. We pray God’s blessing for Tim in these coming months, and we reflect with a spirit of gratitude to God upon the countless ways we have been blessed through the years in which Tim has been Principal at St Peter’s College. The process for appointing a new Principal to St Peter’s College will begin in due course. Fr Denis O’Bryan & Fr Joseph Abutu. (Canonical Administrators for St Peter’s College Cranbourne.)

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Enrolment For The Brown Scapular

Fr Joseph will be having another enrolment for the Brown Scapular, if anyone missed the recent one. This will occur on the solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm Mass. If you are interested, you need to contact Lorraine Dunkley 59968771 or Helen O’Loghlen 0437198863, to receive an enrolment form and relevant information, by Thursday 1st Dec. 

St Vincent De Paul-Christmas Toy Appeal

Cranbourne Conference is requesting toys for children aged between 1-12 years old who, without your generosity would go without a present this Christmas. Toys can be placed (unwrapped) in the baskets in the sanctuary. Toys will be accepted from this weekend until Sunday, 18th December 2016. Thank you.

Insights For Women & Reproductive Health

If you are looking for natural alternatives for family planning and/or help to conceive a child then this is for you! Knowledge of this concept is given to us by the late Australian Catholic doctors, Dr John & Dr Evelyn Billings. Please come to an information session this Wednesday 23 November at 10am–11am in the Parish Hall. Morning tea provided. Contact Sharon Duiker 0448 343 084. 

Carols Volunteers Required

We need lots of helpers for our Parish Christmas Carols. If you can assist in any way please place your name on the clip boards in the foyer or contact Sr Mary. 

Carols At Sunset

St Agatha’s Parish Music Groups presents Carols at Sunset on Saturday 3rd December, at 7.00pm at St Agatha’s school oval. BBQ & drinks, Raffle, Santa, Sisters’ Act. Bring a picnic blanket and wear something Christmas. 

International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

On 25th Nov raises public awareness of violence against women in all countries around the world and at all levels of society. We can help through prayer and increasing public

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Exchange News

Interested In Going To Japan in 2017

An Information evening for the Japan Study Tour will be held on Wednesday 30 November from 7.30 – 8.30pm in the Global Learning Building at the West Campus.  Please enter the school from the gates at the Frankston-Cranbourne Road school carpark.

If you would like to attend the evening, please email Miss Rosenblum, Click Here: 

The Information session will cover the school’s purpose in offering this program, the itinerary and the approximate cost.  There will also be time for you to ask questions.

Olimpia Rosenblum
Exchange Co-ordinator

Student End of Year Exits

Could you please contact our College Registrar if your child is not returning to St Peter's College in 2017.

This will allow us to conduct the formal exit procedure and process incoming applications for places next year.

Thank You

Kerrie Birrell

Careers News

Studying Law at ACU

A YouTube video about what it’s like to study law at ACU. The video includes interviews with students. Click here:

UMAT 2017 Registrations Open Soon

Registrations for UMAT 2017 open early December 2016 and close 2nd June 2017.  The test takes place nationally on the 26th July 2017.

UMAT is a test that is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website. Click Here:

University of Melbourne VCA & MCM Summer School

The Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music are offering summer school classes to students entering the VCE or undergraduate study in 2017. There are 3- and 5-day workshops running between 11th and 22nd January in subjects including Dance, Visual Art, Gaming, Pop Song Writing, Music Theatre and more. Click Here:

Tractor Free Online Course

Tractor Design School is offering a free online short course in typography so that you can get a taste of what they offer.  Click Here:

Whitehouse Institute Summer Holiday Workshop Dates

The following dates are for summer holidays workshops at Whitehouse’s Melbourne campus.

Image Styling and Creative Direction: 9th – 13th January 2017
Illustration for Interior Design: 9th – 13th January 2017
Illustration for Fashion Design: 9th – 13th January 2017
Click Here for Tickets: 

Air Force Flight Camp

This camp is for young women aged 16–24 to experience Air Force aviation careers and opportunities. The camp will take place in East Sale on 7th – 10th March 2017. Applications close 15th February 2017. Click Here:

ASIC: MoneySmart Financial Literacy for Young People

This page set up by the Australian Government includes a bunch of tips for under 25s about credit and debt, getting a car, your first job, moving out of home, mobile phone plans, online transactions and more. Resources are also available for teachers. Click Here: 

Getting a Tax File Number: Tim’s Tale.  Click here: 

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 29 November

West VCE Study Hub

Wednesday 30 November

2017 Year 7 Orientation Day
East VCE Study Hub
Japan Study Tour 2017 Info Evening

Thursday 1 December

Yr 11 & 12 2017 VCAL students finish

Friday 2 December

Yr 11 & 12 Students Finish
CW Yr 10/11 Social

Tuesday 6 December

Yr 8, 9, 10 Activity Day
End of Term 4


We have now completed our Meeting schedule for 2016.

Thank you for all the parents who found the time to join us on one or more of our evenings. For those of you who couldn't join us, I know many of you follow us via the Newsletter and website.

2017 Meeting Program will be published in early 2017.

If you have any suggestions for Topics and Guest Speakers please contact us via this link 'Contact Us'


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

The Holidays are 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:

2017 Curriculum Handbook

e-book version now available. 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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