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Issue 79  |  08 February 2017
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From the Acting Principal


Welcome to our first edition of the newsletter for 2017. A special welcome to those receiving this for the first time. This includes 291 new Year 7 students, 56 new students in Years 8-12 and 18 new staff. 

I was privileged to address our new Year 7 students at the West Campus on their very first day at St Peter’s College. It is easy to take for granted what a big step it is to transition from primary to secondary school and therefore we acknowledge the significance of it here. We wish all new members to the St Peter’s College community, both students and staff, the very best and hope they feel a sense of welcome and their learning and teaching experiences here are stimulating and rewarding.

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Below is a link containing a list of staff, which campus they teach at, their qualifications as well as the role and responsibility each staff member has. I encourage all parents to retain a copy of this as a reference point and to utilise it, when required, if contact with an individual staff member is required. Much evidence exists that the better the communication channels between home and school the more likely better educational outcomes will be achieved. 

Click here for Staff Qualifications and Contacts:

VCE Results 2016

Will Veeman

Congratulations to the class of 2016. Special congratulations is extended to our College Dux, Will Veenman. Will, our College Environment Captain at East Campus in 2016, achieved an ATAR score of 96.02. An outstanding achievement, particularly considering Will was one of our foundation members of the East Campus and therefore a member of the first group of students to attempt Year 12 at this campus. Will is to study Science at Monash University (Clayton Campus).



Further Mathematics 38



Chemistry 37
English 37
Specialist Maths 37
Physics 37
Mathematical Methods 38


He is to be acknowledged at our Opening School Mass later in February. Will was not the only student to achieve an ATAR in the 90s and it was pleasing to also note an increased number of students achieving ATAR scores in the 70s and 80s. In analysing the tertiary offerings there is much to celebrate with a large number of the cohort receiving their first preference. Courses where offers were made included: Engineering, Science, Arts, Law/Arts, Nursing, Teaching, Business/Commerce, Biomedical Science.

Coffey Centre Open for Learning

Over the course of the second half of 2016 work progressed on the extension to the Coffey Centre for at the East Campus. It was with great delight and considerable excitement that we were able to welcome students into this newest addition to our buildings this week. This double story extension is to house 3 general purpose classrooms downstairs as well as a textiles room and an ICT (Computer) Lab. Upstairs contains 5 general purpose classooms.

This area will primarily deliver learning to our Year 10s and 11s and it will also be the location of the Houses of Romero and MacKillop. This stage marks the completion of major general purpose classrooms with the next stages focussed on specialist spaces. 

Opening Building East

Capital Works 2017

Building will continue unabated in 2017. At the East Campus we have been fortunate to receive a capital grant of 2 million dollars to contribute towards the construction of a purpose built Year 9 Learning Centre and a Science Superlab. The anticipated project cost of the centre is estimated to total 5.1 million dollars. Work will commence on this project in the next two weeks and is due for completion in late August of this year. Preliminary planning has also already begun on a future Hospitality Centre, a staged project which will also encompass a performing arts centre and a multipurpose gymnasium.

Work has also commenced at the West Campus on a Masterplan. A work in progress, the Masterplan aims to identify future planning and works to cater for teaching and learning within a 21st century context. Money has been allocated from within this year’s budget to commence works within a targeted area yet to be determined. It is hoped that this will be the beginning of a number of such projects over the next few years aimed at providing our students with modern learning facilities.

School Theme – “After much debate…Peter stood up”.

During the professional learning days to commence the year, staff were able to start unpacking the school theme. This was then introduced to students on their first day back at school. It seems that both staff and students have embraced the theme with students in their Houses exploring how they might be able to “stand-up” and make a difference. It seems these days that all too often the news is full of bad news stories. Media outlets seem to thrive on it. Our theme is very much focussed on making a positive difference with a strong message that this can only take place if we commit to action. This aligns very much with our own mission as a school of “Journeying together in Hope” and of our vision of “aspiring to lead in faith, guide with love and inspire through learning”. I very much look forward to witnessing students standing up to be counted in many positive ways and as a consequence making a positive difference to the St Peter’s College community and beyond.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse

Below is a link containing the letter from the Most Reverend Patrick O’Regan, the Bishop of the Sale Diocese. This letter was written and distributed prior to the latest figures released early this week. Bishop Pat has followed up this week with further statements one of which I have included here: "at this particular time, my first thoughts and prayers are with the many victim survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by members of the Catholic clergy. I have no doubt that the next few weeks would be a time of distress for them in the recollection of their stories and the memories that would be invoked. “We can only pray that this public drawing together of the tragic and disgraceful history of abuse in the Church assists in a tangible way to lead the survivors to some sense of peace and healing.” 

Bishop Patrick O’Regan

Click here to download letter:

House Welcome Evenings

Advertised within this newsletter is a significant upcoming event, the House Welcome Evenings. Research tells us that the more connected family is with school and school is with home the greater the possibility for students to maximise their learning outcomes. Connection for families with their child’s Learning Advisor and House Leader is essential to ensure the pastoral wellbeing of your child.

For Year 7 parents this night is critical to commence establishing the important connection points to ensure your child’s successful transition. A presentation to Year 7s will also focus on transition and the delivery of Mathematics here at St Peter’s College.

For parents of Year 8 – 12, an inspiration presentation on growth versus fixed mindset is a must experience. Please ensure you make the effort to come.

West Campus: February 21st
East Campus: February 23rd 


I pass on the sad news of two recent deaths. Michael Jensen-Schmidt was a past staff member from 1996 until 2006, teaching primarily in the Technology area. Of recent times Michael was a regular CRT at West. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his wife Barb and family.

Likewise our prayers are with Jenni Cottrell, a current staff member at the West campus whose partner Malcolm Pyke passed away suddenly in January.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Is extended to Meaghan Winter (staff member, East Campus) and husband Brad on the safe arrival of Toby Lenard born on December 23rd. Family doing well.

Enjoy the week ahead

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black
Acting Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

“After much debate, Peter stood up..” this is our College theme for 2017. Therefore our task is to consider what it is we as a Catholic school community will stand up for, in both our words and actions throughout 2017. 

We do not have to look very far for inspiration from people both ordinary and those charged with official titles to find examples of great leadership in standing up for causes ranging from social and economic justice through to environmental awareness and action. For it is St Peter who encapsulates the very essence of leadership, through service. 

At their first assembly, the Year 12 students were asked what will their legacy, their footprint or their by-line be at the conclusion of their final year at St Peters College, 2017. They were asked to think about a word that could best describe them as both a collective and as individuals. One word that would also support this year’s College theme. The word that I felt fit each and every one of them was Leader. 

St Peter himself did not become a leader overnight. Rather it was through continual reflection on his own growth, from the haste of wanting the title Leader, that transformed him into the committed and servant leader that Jesus knew Peter was destined to be. So too will it be a complex journey for our Year 12 students to develop into charismatic, transformational and servant leaders. A journey that will be well supported by the College theme, ‘After much debate, Peter stood up…’ A journey that will inspire and lead all students.

What prompted my choice and challenge to the Year 12s was a proposal sent to Mr Black late last year from the incoming Year 12 Leadership Team to run an activities session with the 2017 Year 7s on their first day.  Whilst many of us were enjoying the holidays this group were busy emailing the relevant teaching staff seeking support and resources in preparation for this activity. Needless to say the activity was a huge success and I believe many parents would have been heartened by the excited conversations with their Year 7 son or daughter about the fun and laughs they had experienced with their Year 12 buddy during the last session of their first day. The journey to stand up and lead has certainly began for our Year 12 students. 

Our 2017 theme provides us with enormous scope for action plans and deeds. House Assemblies have generated lively discussion about the numerous possibilities in which to stand up.  

Kolbe and Marian Houses are further examples of leading inspiration into action. Students have already made a public and personal commitment to adopt a cause or action that they felt appropriate and relevant to both the school community and themselves. They will begin to explore with their Learning Advisors and House Leaders the elements required to action their plans to stand up.

This year will be full of exciting times and even some challenges. However every day will be an event, a debate and an opportunity to stand up. I wish all of the St Peters College Community a wonderful 2017.

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Ms Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

The Beginning of 2017 

The academic year has begun with enormous energy from staff and students and this is in part because of the HeadStart Program last year that had our students begin their 2017 courses.

I sent out a letter before school began to outline the College expectations. Some issues that still need attention include the dress length (must be knee-length), boys who are unshaven, facial piercings, new shirts for boys and extreme haircuts (minimum is number 2).  In terms of punctuality, I would remind parents that students who come late to school without any parental explanation will be placed on a lunchtime detention.

New beginnings invite students to develop new goals and renew commitment to their studies.  Please sign off on your child’s goals, as they have worked with their Learning Advisors in developing these Semester 1 goals and have written them in their Student Record Book.  Students have also been reminded of the agreements on Student Rights & Responsibilities, Cyber Safety and Social Media User.  It is important that students revisit these documents that are in the Student Record Book.  


This week our Year 12 students are on Retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to not only deepen their faith but simply develop new and closer friendships with their peers.  Past students frequently identify the retreat as the highlight experience of Year 12.  


The House Swimming Carnival will take place at the Doveton Pool on Monday, 13 February. This is a compulsory College event for all students. Any student who is absent will need a medical certificate. Parents are most welcome to attend. Please return Permission letter promptly if not already done. VCAL students will be selling food and drink and students are encouraged to bring some money that will support our Term 1 charity, Caritas.


On Tuesday, 21 February all students and their families are encouraged to attend this evening to build House Spirit and to receive some important information.  A social gathering will begin in each of the House areas at 6.30 pm with finger food and drinks.  A letter of invitation will go home to each student shortly. Please RSVP for catering purposes. The program includes something of great value for every year level. Click here:

In particular, I would draw your attention to the Growth Mindset Presentation of Mr Darren Pereira.  This is a very worthwhile explanation of the mindset our students need for a modern educational setting and will hold them in good stead for a rapidly changing workplace.

UNIFORM for 2017

All families and students should be aware that St. Peter’s College has a Zero Tolerance Policy with regards to uniform. Click here to view Uniform Policy:

Students who disregard these rules will be told to fix the issue and be placed on lunchtime clean up detention. Over the first few weeks student’s uniform will be inspected and letters will be sent home where a uniform or appearance matter needs attention. 

Student Medication Policy

It is important to note that staff at the College are not health professionals and are not permitted to distribute prescribed or over the counter medications without permission signed by parents and doctor. Click here to read more:

Opening Mass and Assembly

We will have our Opening Mass and Assembly next week on Thursday, 16 February at 9.15 am.  Parents are welcome to join us in the hall for these celebrations. The assembly should be finished no later than 10.45 am. Please remind your students that even though this is a Thursday 2, full College uniform is to be worn. 


I remind parents who are parking on the school property to do so courteously and carefully, and drive at the speed limit to ensure the safety of all our staff and students. When parking in the streets around the school, please do not block driveways or the roadway. Our neighbours have already expressed concern and are likely to notify the council if drivers are parked illegally.

I hope 2017 is a happy and rewarding year for you and your family and I look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming events.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Welcome back to 2017 and a warm welcome to all our new families. As I wandered around the College these past few days, it has been wonderful to see the settled and dedicated start most students have made to the year. In reality with our HeadStart Program commencing in 2016, most students are well into their courses and should be beginning to revise notes and prepare for upcoming assessment. Parents are asked to continue to communicate through our Student Record Book with Learning Advisors to ensure all Holiday homework and study habits are maintained.

Academic Excellence At St Peter's College.

During Year 10 a large number of our students have undertaken Accelerated Studies and completed Year 11 Units during Year 10. As a result, in Year 11 they undertake Year 12 Exams and receive a study score that contributes towards their ATAR.

I am so pleased with many of our current Year 12 students who have achieved outstanding Year 12 results already. Some of these students have been successful in gaining a place at a variety of Universities and will undertake University study while in Year 12.

Chloe Shrimpton will study first-year university Biology at Monash. Tiffany Forbes will study International Studies at Monash, while Britany Phillips will study Criminology at Deakin. Zheirraly Bondad has also been accepted into the VCE Achievers (extend) program at RMIT.  All of these students had a clear plan from Year 9 and worked diligently to achieve these wonderful results.

We wish them well as they commence thier University Studies.

ENGLISH Scores continue to climb.

Over the past three years, the Medium Study Score for students in English has increased by 1 point each year. This excellent result has been due in part to the dedication of students and staff but is also attributed to several strategies that have been implemented by the English Department.

More rigorous SACs, SACs conducted in the Hall under exam conditions, changes to the curriculm design, analysis of VCE Data, EDROLO, Extra English classes and the use of Year 12 Data to Moderate results.

The College has worked hard over the past three years to analyze results, develop strategies and evaluate results. The entire English Department is to be congratulated for their hard work and persistence in demanding and facilitating academic excellence in our students .  

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal , Learning and Teaching

Religious Education News

Vinnies Scramble – Thanks!

Each year the St Vincent de Paul Society holds an event for younger children called the ‘Amazing Vinnies Scramble’. The day provides the chance for children to have some time out from their everyday life and participate in fun activities they otherwise may not have had access to. 

Three Year 12 students kindly volunteered to be leaders at the event which was held during the school holidays. Sunishma Balla, Raphael Kostopoulos and Jacob Ralston travelled into the city to support other Vinnies volunteers and ensure the day was a success.

We thank Sunishma, Raphael and Jacob for volunteering and representing St Peter’s College proudly! Of course we have many more exciting opportunities at St Peter’s College for students who would like to take part in extra-curricular social justice activities.

If students would like to take part in events, such as this one, they should speak to Miss Joyce or Sunishma (Social Justice Captain) at the West Campus or Mr Hampson or Tiffany (Social Justice Captain) at the East Campus.

Year 12 Retreat

The Year 12 Retreat occurred this week, in a number of different venues. The West Campus students were all near the Mornington Peninsula, and the East Campus were in the Dandenongs at Millwood, with the wonderful weather, time for our students to take the time-out to review and set their goals for the year.

Reflection, Planning, Identity, Faith, Friends, Family

The big questions……. So much stuff

A retreat is all of those things. The students gather as a large group and in smaller groups and move through the Program. One of the goals is to prepare students for their big year ahead.  Everyone is aware of Year 12 is important.

Our students are able to spend time thinking about what they want from the year. They also have time to consider where they were in relation to family, friends, God and the world.

Part of our advantage as Catholic Christians is the expectation to explore faith.  Exploration of faith allows for time, for spaces, for activities, for symbols to be accessed so that students have the chance to see what faith means in their everyday lives.

The Year 12 students engage in the experience, enjoy the experience and bring back the tools and outcomes to help them form their year ahead.

Marissa Joyce
Assistant R.E Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners 

Congratulations to everyone on our Parish Feast of St Agatha. This weekend we officially welcome Fr Antony to our Parish and farewell Mark Hughes as he enters Corpus Christi College, the Diocesan Seminary on the 19th February to discern God’s call for him.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support to Natalia Abraham. Natalia’s Youth Mission Team placement is in Sydney. If you collected a sponsorship form to support Natalia in her Youth Ministry, you are encouraged to return it by Friday.

Bishop Patrick O’Regan has sent a letter to the Parishioners of Sale regarding the final hearing involving the Royal Commission responses to Child Sexual Abuse commencing this Monday 6th February. See notice board in the foyer or take home a copy from the table in the foyer.

With Best Wishes Fr Joseph

Weekday Mass Times

Mass on Monday mornings will be celebrated at 8.00am and weekday Masses at 9.30am in the Church. Thursday evening Masses will be celebrated again at 7.30pm. Please check the bulletin in case of any changes to Mass times.

Sacrament Of Reconcilation Information Session & Parent Workshop 

A reminder to all parents with children preparing for Reconciliation, that our Parent Workshop will be held on will be held this Tuesday 7th February at 7.00pm or Tuesday 14th February at 7.00pm in the Parish Hall. Parents need to attend only one session [no need to bring your child]

Religious Education Classes

Do you have children who attend Government Schools Grades 1-6? If so you may wish to enrol them for the Catechetical Program which is held on Wednesday’s during school terms for 4pm to 5pm in the hall. Please note new enrolments for 2017 will make their sacraments in 2018. Please collect an enrolment form from the parish office. Classes begin this Wednesday 8th February 2017.

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

World Day Of Prayer Planning Meeting

St Agatha’s Parish will be hosting the World Day of Prayer this year. If you
would like to be involved, a planning meeting will be held this Saturday 11th February at 10.30am in church foyer. Contact Beth on 9775 6360.


All volunteers in the Parish were asked to apply for a Working with Children card. If you do not have a Working with Children card, with the Parish as a listed organisation, you will not be able to fulfil any ministry in the parish until you have one or have updated the details. All current card holders must update the parish name and address by phoning the Department of Justice on 1300 652 879. Thank you to all who have already complied. 

St Agatha’s Catholic Church-Cranbourne
P.O. Box 95 Cranbourne Vic 3977

Phone: 03 5996 1985

Rite Of Election For Catechumens And The Formal Recognition Of Baptised Candidates

An invitation is extended to all catechumens, candidates and their families, RCIA team members and parishioners to the Rite of Election celebrated by Bishop Pat O’Regan on Sunday 5th March at 3.00pm in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sale. 2.00pm - Bishop Pat warmly invites catechumens, candidates and their families, sponsors and RCIA teams to meet him at the Chapter House (at the rear of the Cathedral precinct) 3.00 pm -The Rite of Election of Catechumens and Formal Recognition of Baptised Candidates in the Cathedral. 4.00pm - Afternoon tea in the Cathedral gathering space. Please bring some food to share.

New Rosters

For Lectors & Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Eucharist are available for collection in the foyer. If your name is no longer on the roster, it is because we do not have a Working with Children registered at the Parish. Please contact the Parish Office if you have any questions or would like more information.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish


Next Meeting

Monday 13th February, 2017
7.15 Tea and Coffee
7.30-9.00 pm St Peter’s College EAST CAMPUS
Administration Centre
55 MacKillop Way, Cranbourne East
Enter via Gates on Heather Grove please.

Agenda Items Include

  • We Welcome all Parents & Friends to our first meeting for 2017
  • Welcome to our Acting Principal, Mr Chris Black
  • Tour of the newly opened Stage 3B Bishop Coffey Centre for Creativity
  • 2017 Schedule of Meetings & Guest Presenters
  • Uniform Sub-Committee Update
  • Fundraising Update

Minutes of November 8th 2016 Meeting

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Next Meeting

Tuesday March 20th, West Campus

Save The Date Notice

Student Seminars & House Family Welcome Evening

Save the Date    

West Campus Tues 21st February
East Campus Thurs 23rd February

6.30 to 8.30 pm. Finger food and drinks served from 6.30-7.00 pm

“Where there is effective engagement with families, schools and communities the quality of schooling improves, students enjoy more satisfying educational experiences, and communities are strengthened. Partnership and collaboration between educators and parents is critical to student success and improved learning outcomes”.

Mr Chris Black, Acting Principal

The Winning Mindset. A must for all Parents and Students from Year 8 to 12
Conceive, Believe, Achieve…….Darren Pereira

Darren Pereira runs most of his seminars at top secondary schools & universities around the world. He has spoken to approximately 350,000 students and is considered to be one of the foremost speakers in Australasia.  Click here:

Year 7 Parents & Students Seminar

Successful Transition to Secondary School
Visit Homerooms and meet your child’s House Leader & Learning Advisor

Careers News

Year 10 2017 Work Experience Forms - Now Overdue

All Years 10 students will undertake Work Experience from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th June.  Congratulations to the students who have confirmed their Work Experience Arrangements and returned the forms. 

There are still a large number of students who have not confirmed placement and returned the form.  This task is now overdue and we urge students to comply. Students are welcome to research and contact employers with their Careers Coordinator.

Big Science Competition

This is a science competition for students in Years 7–10. and can lead to invitations to exclusive science camps. Ask a teacher about getting involved. Click Here to register before Wed 19th April.

Camp Leaders Australia: Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for Camp Leaders for the summer season in the USA.  Click Here:

Careers in Maths

Visit the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s website to view a range of career profiles where mathematics is a necessary part of their everyday jobs. Click Here for Information:

My Big Tomorrow

You can find out about a career you didn’t know existed and see what a day in the life of your dream job is like. Click Here for Information:

Aviation Australia Cabin Crew Career Sessions

Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations) at the Qantas Flight Training Centre in Airport West. Wed 8th March 2017, 6:30pm & Wed 10th May 2017, 6:30pm Click Here for information: 

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

College Alumni

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Graduating Class of 2007

10 Year Reunion Details and Registration

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2017 Curriculum Handbook

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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 1, 2017 and Term dates for 2017

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Applications are invited for the following part-time 12 month position,
commencing at the West Campus (date by mutual agreement)


Flexibility in availability of days of work will be required (In 2017 the requirement is for availability on a combination of Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
Applicants must provide the following:

  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Current National Police Check
  • Current Food Handlers Certificate

Letter of application & current CV to be emailed to:

The Executive PA, Kelley Cooper

Applications close Friday 10 February 2017
There is the possibility of an ongoing appointment in 2018.

The St Peter’s College community promotes the safety, wellbeing 
and inclusion of all children.

TAFE Projects

Sheds For Sale

The VET Building Students have completed their yearly project of a Shed and 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 For Sale

Very Solid and made of Cypress Pine it 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

Monday 13 February

West Campus Swimming Carnival

Thursday 16 February

West Campus Opening Mass
East Campus Opening Mass
VCE Study Hub

Friday 17 February

East Campus Tour
Friday Afternoon Detention

Monday 20 February

East Campus Swimming Carnival

Tuesday 21 February

West Campus House Family & Welcome Evening

Thursday 23 February

East Campus House Family & Welcome Evening


East Campus Textile Classes

Here at the East Campus we have 2 new Textile Classes.

We are looking for Materials for the class.

If you have any scraps/off-cuts of fabric at home, or know any friends and family that do we would be more than happy to take them off your hands!

We are focusing on sustainability in Year 9 at the moment.

Please bring them to the Administration Centre at the East Campus.

Many thanks

Karen Williams

Teacher East Campus

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