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Issue 77  |  07 December 2016
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From the Principal

Student Leadership Training Day

Our 2017 Student leaders enjoyed an excellent leadership and training day with their House Leaders on Tuesday of this week. Giving up the first day of their school holidays, our students from the East & West Campuses worked to deepen their understanding of servant leadership as well as develop their skills in planning, goal setting and teamwork. I wish them all the best as they take on the important challenge of becoming and encouraging an active student voice at St Peter’s College next year. I also thank Mr Hansen, Mr Black and House Leaders Mr Blackburn, Ms Connell, Miss McCrae, Mrs Mcardle, Mr Woodhouse and Assistant House Leader Mr Green for their great work in preparing the student leadership program.


Leadership Day dec 2

Leadership Day dec


I farewell Mr Alex Prins from the East Campus who will be leaving St Peter’s College at the end of this year to work with Federation University in the Outdoor Education Faculty. Mr Green will take on the role of Assistant House Leader next year and interviews will take place next week 

Congratulations to Dylan Davidson awarded Biology Extension Dux at Monash University

Monash University was proud to present St. Peter's College student Dylan Davidson the award of Dux of Biology at the Monash Extension Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 1 December. Dylan completed his Unit 3&4 Study of Biology in 2015 which allowed him to enter the Monash Extension Program this year.

The Monash Extension Program allows high achieving Year 12 students to experience university before finishing secondary school and extend their knowledge in an area they love. Dylan completed two first year university subjects in biology as part of his Year 12, and achieved the highest score of the Biology cohort. Congratulations to Dylan on this fantastic achievement.  

Dylan Davidson Dux award. Monash University

Merry Christmas

I pray for Jesus Christ’s wish of Peace and Joy for all members of our community as we move into the wonderful celebration of Christmas and the Holiday season ahead. I also extend the traditional Irish Blessing of farewell as I leave this community with many wonderful memories and much gratitude and appreciation for all the support and friendship I have received here over the last 17 years. God Bless you all.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face; 
the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

2015 Tim Hogan Signature

Tim Hogan

Latest News
East Campus News

The Advent Season

Merry Christmas to all. The advent season is upon us and in the Christian tradition it is a time of anticipation for the coming of baby Jesus into the world. It is a time to pause and to give thanks to God in bringing the gift of Jesus into our world. I spoke last week to the student group and suggested to all that they look at gifts from a different light. We all like receiving gifts but the suggestion was made that perhaps each and everyone of our St Peter’s College students is a gift themselves. The question was asked to all: What gift are you going to share with the St Peter’s College community?


The Year in Review

There has been much to celebrate at East Campus throughout 2016. These are but a few of the milestones:

  • The first group of Year 12 students graduated
  • The Coffey Centre was blessed and extensions to this same building are near completion
  • The St Peter’s College statue was commissioned and blessed
  • The Cross installation was completed
  • The Administration centre was opened
  • A wonderful Harmony Day was celebrated

These were but a few. What has been impressive is the willingness to be involved. This provides a wonderful platform for engagement and participation in the any number of learning activities.


The traditional and annual Tug-Of-War was held on the final day. Points are awarded for the Rosemary Graham Shield. In a closely fought contest the placings are as follows:

  1. Augustine
  2. Avila
  3. Romero
  4. Kolbe
  5. Glowrey
  6. Assisi
  7. MacKillop

  8.  Marian

tug of war

tug of war 2

tug of war 3

Congratulations to all for their participation

Important Dates

Dec 13th – Staff finish
Dec 20th – Office closes
Jan 11th – Office re-opens
February 1st – Year 7 & Year 12 students commence
February 2nd – All students return to school

Farewell to Mr Hogan

I’m sure you will join me in wishing Mr Hogan all the very best as he continues his professional journey at St John’s Dandenong. 17 years as a leader of St Peter’s College, 8 as Principal, is a significant legacy. His tireless work, vision and dedication to the St Peter’s College community and in particular his vision of a second campus at East should not go unmentioned. It has been through his energy and enthusiasm that the East Campus stands as it does today. It will stand as a wonderful testament within his portfolio of achievements in his time as principal and leader of St Peter’s College. Please join me in wishing him well.

Chris Black
Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Year 11 Celebration

On Friday, 2 December, the Year 11 & 12 students celebrated the end of school and the Head Start program with a celebration at Amber Lee Receptions in Cranbourne.  Over 100 students gathered to socialise and dance for a solid 3 hours plus.  They dressed beautifully for the evening and all the reports from the students indicated the evening was a great success.  It was particularly pleasing to hear compliments from the staff at the venue on our student’s behaviour and attitude.  It is no surprise that they have invited students from St Peter’s to submit resumes for employment opportunities.

A night like that cannot work without generous staff who gave up a Friday night with families to ensure that our young people can celebrate a great year in a responsible manner.  Thank you to staff Marlene Jorgensen, Janelle McRae, Michele McArdle, Maria Gonsalvez, Stephanie Lomas, Caitlyn Jarrett, Robyn Young, Greg Nelson, Louise Overberg and Jason Blackburn.  I would particularly like to acknowledge Jason Blackburn for his organisation of the event which began with helping the students with their initial proposal.  Student voice is important and the process of working through a system to get an event happening was a valuable learning experience for our student leaders because of Jason.  The fun photos throughout the night and the particularly impressive “mannequin challenge” would not have happened without Jason’s inspiration.

Year 10 Careers Incursion

On Monday, 5 December, the new Year 10 students participated in a particularly valuable careers incursion to help them become work ready. Thank you to our Careers Co-ordinator Melissa Dillon who organised a presentation from the Commonwealth Bank, safe at work training and certificates and outlined and helped to prepare for work experience in June next year.

Tug of War

Our final event for the last formal day at school this year was the annual Tug of War competition for points towards the McGuigan Shield.  It is often argued that this is more a test of attendance than student strength, and perhaps there is truth to that.  Matt Laurie and Chris Landman did a great job organising the event and it was a hard fought competition.

Congratulations to Avila House who narrowly defeated Marian House.  Avila House literally pulled together to give their House Leader, Mona Esmaty a fitting farewell.

The House Competition for the McGuigan Shield is now looking like this for the end of Term 4:

McGuigan Shield Ladder

  House Points
1st MARIAN 359
2nd KOLBE 358
4th ROMERO 317
5th AVILA 304
6th GLOWREY 232
8th ASSISI 213

Activity Day

On Tuesday, 6 December, students finished the year with a trip to the Enchanted Maze in Arthur’s Seat.  The day is designed to relax, celebrate in a fun way the year that we have just enjoyed in the company of your House. It is about building house spirit and that sense of belonging.  In a move from tradition, all houses went to the one venue. Students told me that they particularly enjoyed the tube slides. Thank you to all the staff who supervised on the day and in particular to Michele McArdle who organised the event so meticulously.

2016 Community Spirit & Leadership Award 

This Monday, 12 December, Chloe Harbour (Year 12, Kolbe) will receive a City of Casey Community Spirit & Leadership Award 

Chloe is an outstanding member of St Peter's College. She leads by example and through her participation in many College and house activities throughout the year. She has been a superb role model for fellow students. She makes an effort to get to know other students and is always willing to lend a hand. Chloe is not one who seeks an audience, she prefers to go about her ways discreetly. 

Outside St Peter’s College, Chloe is active in contributing to her local community. She donates her time as a volunteer netball coach and also organises fundraising for her local club. With her family she contributes to the fundraising efforts of Caritas Australia by donating items.

Chloe has been elected Kolbe House Captain for 2017 through a pitch to encourage participation and the further fostering of community spirit in Kolbe House. The St Peter's College staff and students all have great confidence in Chloe’s leadership and community spirit to inspire Kolbe House and the College in 2017.

Safe Holiday & Christmas

Once again I wish all our students a safe holiday and a holy Christmas.  I pray that all will experience the true joy of Christmas in knowing that we are deeply loved by the God of Jesus Christ.  I wish our Year 12 students of 2016 all the best as they anticipate their VCE results on Monday.  Be assured that staff are available at the College that day for students who would like to seek us out.

I will send out for a letter in January with information about photos next year and reminding all students of our expectations for 2017.  School begins on Wednesday, 1 February for Year 7 & 12 students and on Thursday, 2 February for Years 8 to 1).  Have a Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal – Head of West Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

What a wonderful send off for Sr Mercy last Sunday. The youth groups are to be commended and thanked for their wonderful organisation of the day. There were so many parish groups and parishioners from both St Agatha’s and St Thomas the Apostle who helped on the day, many of you supplied food for the occasion. We say a big thank you to all who assisted in any way and to all who attended.

Next Tuesday, 13th December, at 7.30pm in St Agatha’s Church there will be a big parish celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas, and to close the Jubilee Year of Mercy. There will be numerous priests there. The Catholic Bishops of Victoria have recently launched a statement on domestic violence. “We must always say ‘no’ to violence in the home”. This is timely, as the joys of Christmas can be challenged in some families by the reality of violence. A flyer is on the notice board in the foyer. More information will be available in February 2017. 

With best wishes, Fr Joseph. 

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 on the sanctuary. Toys will be accepted until Sunday, 18th December 2016.

World Day of Prayer - Focus On The Philippines

St Agatha's will be hosting this ecumenical service on 3rd March 2017. Will you help us prepare for this event? Please meet in the church crying room on Saturday 10th December at 10.30am.

For more info contact Beth on 97756360. 

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Message From Sr Mercy

I want to express my deepest gratitude to each one of you who made my day last Sunday. Thank you for the love expressed in the cards and videos put together by individuals and groups of St Agatha and St Thomas's.

I cried my way through immigration and cried myself to sleep on the plane as we took off from Melbourne.

You made my homecoming a Success story. Thank you. God bless and reward you all. My apologies to John Duiker for leaving his name out of the office staff as I thanked them. He knows I care! 

Caritas Australia

Discover the true spirit of giving, and the community joy it brings. Each Global Gift, you choose brings change to some of the poorest people in the world. For more info see the notice board in the foyer or Click Here: 

Voice For Life Memorial Garden 

Plaque 2016/2017. Anyone wishing to order a plaque for the loss of an infant can contact the Parish Office, for details and costs of the plaques. To have plaques placed on the Memorial wall for Mass of the Angels 2017. Orders need to be in by September 2017. 

Summer School Melbourne

8th to 15th January 2017. Registration Now Open! Join other young people aged 16-35 for a powerful week of teaching, live music, sacraments, prayer, praise and great speakers.

Register before 15th Dec for early bird rates and/or register as a group of 4 to save $100 (3 participants must be new to Summer School). For more info contact 0490 157 556 or Click here:

St Thomas the Apostle Parish 


St Vinnie 's Hamper Appeal

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's St Vinnie's Hamper Appeal. Very much appreciated.

St Vinnie\'s Helpers

Roger Hampson
Assistant Religious Education Leader, East Campus

Library News

Library and DC Holiday Opening Hours

The DC will be closed from Dec 14 and Open and 2017 from January 16 9am -3.30pm

The Library will be closed from Dec 19 and Open from January 11 9am-3.30pm 

Please call 5990 7777 to confirm opening or for queries.

Angela Gargano

TAFE Project

The VET Building Students have completed their yearly project of a Shed these are for sale at $500
This is a substantial saving on the cost of the materials for the shed which is $1800.
The Shed is 1900mm X 2500mm


Outside table
Very Solid and made of Cypress Pine they will last forever  
2500 X 1600
TAFE Project    
$350  less than the timber costs us.

TAFE Project
Contact Mr Collings VET Department, St Peter's College

Walk with me Launch

Walk With Me

The launch of Walk With Me was held at the Catholic Diocese of Sale at Warragul on November 30th.

Bishop Patrick O'Regan is seen above presenting the manual to Tim Hogan and Steven Nash.

The new program will be introduced into our College in 2017.

Roger Hampson
Assistant Religious Education Leader, East Campus

Careers News

Monash College Maths Bridging Course

Students who narrowly miss out on the maths prerequisite for a Monash course can take the summer bridging course to achieve the prerequisite. Students who achieve a study score of 20–24 in Mathematical Methods can participate in this course. Applications close 20th December. Click Here:

University Pathways – The Facts

Click Here:

Five Advantages of Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Click Here for more information:  

Herald Sun 2017 Work Experience

Students who will be in Years 10–12 in 2017 can apply for work experience with the Herald Sun. The programs will take place during the school holidays next year. Applications close 31st January 2017. Click Here:

The Women’s Secondary School Work Experience Program

Work experience at the Royal Women’s Hospital is open to students in Year 10 in 2017. The programs will run 26th – 30th June and 3rd – 7th July. Selection is competitive, so apply today!  Click Here: 

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

Solomon Island Immersion Programme 2016

As the plane dropped below the clouds, many of us caught our first glimpse of what was to be our home for the next eight days.

The Solomon Islands is a tiny group of islands situated in the Pacific Ocean, 3,282 kilometres from Australia. It has a rich and varied history, one, which saw it become an important strategic island during World War II. The excitement of the students was palpable as we walked towards the Arrivals gate in the unfamiliar heat and oppressive humidity. There we were met by the host students and the staff from the Bishop Epalle School in Honiara.

The St Peter’s College students who came this year to the Solomon Islands; Vanessa, Melissa, Tash X, Tash D, Bridget, Mikayla, Anastazya, Stephanie and Abigail were exemplary role models. They threw themselves wholeheartedly into the experience, keen to develop an understanding of a hitherto unknown culture. 

They conducted themselves with warmth and sensitivity at all times and won the admiration from both staff and students alike. If, however, you were to ask them, I think you would find that the very best thing about their trip to the Solomon Islands were the wonderful bonds that were created with their families, but even more profoundly was the enduring friendships that were formed  and which will fittingly mark the end of their years at St Peter’s College.

To read about our trip, Click Here:

Caroline and Chris

Caroline Angus
Assisi Learning Advisor

Parents & Friends Association

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:


Upcoming Events

Tuesday 13 December

Teaching  Staff finish

Tuesday 20 December

Campus Office closes

Wednesday 11 January

Campus Office re-opens

Wednesday 1 February 

Year 7 & Year 12 students commence

Thursday 2 February

All students return to school

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