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Issue 89  |  28 April 2017
Featured Story
Acting Principal


It can be easy, in this day and age, to gloss over the significance of ANZAC day. I recall wondering just this Monday, as I walked across to the hall at the West Campus, what level of understanding students might have of the significance of the day and how this would translate in the ceremony that was to be held.

Any fears I might have had quickly dissolved as I scanned the room and observed the level of reverence the occasion was being held in by the collective, by each and every student and staff member. ANZAC day ceremonies are an opportunity, first and foremost to pay respect to our armed forces who have served in any capacity in any conflict.

It is also an opportunity for students firstly to reflect on the importance these historical events have made in shaping the world we have today and secondly, to not take for granted the sacrifices others have made so that we can live in relative peace and harmony.

Ms Jarrett, the Humanities Coach at West Campus, led a team of students through a wonderful reflection, inclusive of the unique elements that make up the traditional ANZAC observances. Our thanks goes to those involved.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Mr Greg Nelson and our College Captains (West), Emily Lace and Henry Cooke who represented the College at the Cranbourne ANZAC Day ceremony that included a laying of a wreath at the Cranbourne Cenotaph.

As the community of St Peter’s, it is important to recognise that we are part of a larger community and contribute to occasions such as commemorating the contributions of our fallen soldiers.
Anzac Day

Board Report

This week, the College Board held it’s Annual General Meeting. The board acts in an advisory capacity and plays a specific role in advising and offering support and advice to the Canonical Administrators and in turn to the College Principal.

The board also provides important linkages between College and Parish.

At this week’s AGM we farewelled Mr David Williams who has been a serving member of the board for 6 years. We thank him for his contributions, his input and advice over this period of time. David has been a strong advocate for the College and his support and expertise, particularly around the understanding  and promotion of  the Catholic ethos of the College will be sorely missed. Thankfully David will continue to be an active parent of St Peter’s College.

We welcomed Tony Coco who will replace David and we anticipate he will contribute greatly to the College in his capacity as a board member as the college continues to grow.

Stephen Van Der Velden has renominated to serve on the board and we thank him for his ongoing support.

Michele McArdle will serve another year as the staff representative on the board.

I thank all Board members for their ongoing commitment and support of the College through their involvement. The following members therefore constitute the College Board for 2017-18:

  • Fr Denis O’Bryan (Principal Canonical Administrator)
  • Fr Joseph Abutu (Canonical Administrator)
  • Mr Ken Barnes (Chairperson of the Board)
  • Mr Stephen Van Der Velden (Deputy Chair of the Board)
  • Ms Sharron Clover (Parent – West Campus)
  • Mr Tony Coco (Parent – East Campus)
  • Ms Michele McArdle (Staff Representative)
  • Mr Phillip Mustey (Business Manager, ex officio, Secretary of the Board)
  • Principal (ex officio) 

Year 11 Retreat

This week I have had the pleasure of visiting our Year 11s who have been on retreat. It is the first time these students have attended an extended retreat and this would no doubt challenge some. The life students experience today is one filled with busyness, of deadlines, of work and school commitments and one where technology often influences significantly the way we choose to live our lives.

Take all those away and be called, as our students are asked to do on retreat, to live simply for a few days and to pause and reflect on how our faith can, should and does or does not influence our lives; this can be a challenging experience.

The theme of the retreat is based around the theme: “Who are you, Who am I”. This links closely with the overall school theme for 2017, “After much debate….Peter stood up”. It is anticipated that students will be challenged to make these sort of links and gain a sense or understanding of the concept that what we value and stand up for speaks greatly of who we are and who we will become as individuals.

It is hoped also through this retreat experience that there becomes a greater awareness that as individuals we are always evolving with our faith a significant shaper of the person we were yesterday, we are today and will become tomorrow. We hope both students will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience and return to St Peter’s College renewed, refreshed and changed.

New Caledonia Experience

We welcome back to the college this week, sixteen students as well as Ms Olimpia Rosenblum (Exchange Co-ordinator) and Ms Christine Buhagier (French teacher) from their cultural immersion and language development experience.

For many of these students, not only were they challenged by their first overseas trip, they also were challenged by the fact that they had to converse and communicate largely in French.

From previous experiences many students who have been given this type of opportunity return with greater levels of confidence and maturity. Reports back have indicated that they collectively were true ambassadors of the college displaying exemplary behaviour and a positivity and enthusiasm to depth their knowledge and improve their French speaking language skills.

Congratulations to all and special thanks to Ms Rosenblum and Ms Buhagier for leading and supporting the students.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black
Acting Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

Every Day Counts

Holidays and the importance of regular school attendance and routine.

It has been wonderful catching up with many students during the past week, and discovering what they did during their holidays. Activities ranged from playing sport, going to films, and just hanging out with family and friends. We all agree that holidays are great, and how it can be a little difficult getting back into the routine of school, especially as the cold weather begins. However, every school day counts.

Daily school attendance is an important factor in ensuring young people succeed in their education and ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Research identifies clear links between better health and employment outcomes including higher incomes across their lives, for young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or equivalent. 

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things are school every day – missing school puts them behind. 

Did you know? (source: Victorian Education Department)

  • Patterns of late arrival at school or missing classes are early warning signs
  • Missing one day of school each week adds up to 2 months missed over a year
  • Each day absent in high school has an impact on skill development and social connections

We know that adolescences in particular strive to be more independent and think they know best, including when to go to school. If you are experiencing difficult or tricky conversations with your son/daughter about the importance of regular school attendance access the following:  please click here   for helpful tips and tools, in getting your teenager to school from the Victorian Education Department. Some tips have been listed below.
What you can do – helpful tips from Victorian Education Department

  • Act early
  • If your teenager wants to stay home to finish an assignment, rather than letting them stay home, expect them to go to school – make attendance the number one priority. Later, you can discuss with them how they can improve their study habits or adjust their schedule.
  • Help your teenager maintain daily routines such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep. On average, teenagers need 8-9 hours sleep to be healthy and alert.
  • Monitor their use of the Internet, mobile phone and TV at night to ensure they are not staying up too late or being disturbed while sleeping.

There are also some very useful strategies and practical ideas to help young people fully engage in their learning especially those who may be struggling with anxiety that can be found at the DEECD website. Remember every school day counts.

Active April continues – inspiring us to be in school, and active!

Both staff and students continue to track their activity during the month of April. There is a real buzz around recess and lunch times due to the wonderful activities running for Active April. Activities this week included: Before school: Run Club 8am Oval, Basketball, House v House three legged race, Staff v Students Push up challenge. Don’t forget if you are interested in joining Active April, see the Sports Captains for details. Special thanks to all staff and students involved in this wonderful initiative. 

Active April


Following on from holiday conversations with students, I have included a reflection from two students on what they did, one Sunday during the holidays. 

On the 9th of April we attended the ‘2017 Walk for Refugees’ to show support for refugees in Melbourne and spread awareness about the harsh and punitive treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in the custody of our government. Due to the uncertainty about the proposed resettlement deal it was important that we attended representing the school to show that as a Christian community, we value the lives of others. The event started at 2pm and over 10,000 people gathered at the State Library. Some were by themselves and some with their family and children. Although the weather was not the best, the number of people who came to support and walk for the refugees was astonishing. There were several speakers who spoke about their own personal struggles, inspiring and challenging everyone present. Some also spoke about the unfair system that we currently have in action in Australia. Following the speakers, we began the walk at the State Library, through Swanston Street, Little Bourke Street, Elizabeth Street and back to the State Library. 

It was not just a time to show that we are standing up for the refugees, but a time for reflection about how other people in the world have no home, and are seeking help and refuge from danger. As Christ’s eyes, voice, and hands, we are called to help and live in solidarity with each other.

Tais Lildaree  & Nikita Mascurine     

Walk for refugees

Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal. Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Year 11 Retreat

Students left for the Year 11 retreat on Wednesday, 26 April and will return Friday, 28 April.  

Students are given a great opportunity to reflect on their faith, friendships and family in this valuable time away together in Safety Beach or Yellingbo.

I thank the generous staff for their commitment to the retreat program and Miss Fiona McKenna and Mr Steve Nash for the work they have done in preparation.

Student Wellbeing

A number of important presentations are occurring this week for our students in terms of their wellbeing education.

Year 7 students will meet our police liaison, Leading Senior Constable David Smith who will speak to them about the law, especially in regard to use of the internet and violence.  

The Year 8 & 9 students are being separated into male and female groups and our House Leaders are facilitating some learning around sexting – the electronic sending of inappropriate or sexually explicit material to others. 

The Year 10 students are participating in the normal Keys Please program during pastoral period.  For more information, click here.  

keys please

Our Year 12 students will be listening to a presentation from Rhiannon Tracey called My Wheel Life.  For more information, click here.

Practical Safe Driving Program (Psdp) Pilot - Year 11 Driver Education

Vic Roads

Last week I mentioned that St Peter’s College is part of an exciting new pilot program in Term 3 called the Safe Driving Program.  

Permission slips will be coming home next week for you to sign.

In-School Workshops: 18th May, 2017

4 Facilitators will run 2 hour workshops for students in their house groups.
METEC Driving Sessions: 24th and 31st May, 2017

Students will be divided into three groups of 45 and transported to Bayswater by bus for a half day program.  

Consequently, two of the three groups will need to be at school early enough to leave by 8.30 am

For each session of 45 students, they will be divided into group A and B and then further divided into teams of 2 or 3 per car. 

Students will have an hour break before or after their driving session. There is an expectation to bring equipment required for students to complete any work during this hour. They will be in a classroom.


As this is a pilot program with the possibility of it being extended to all Victorian schools, VicRoads is seeking permission to carry out evaluation activities with students and staff members who participate in the PSDP.

These activities will allow them to determine how well the program was implemented, knowledge gains for students, and receive feedback on the program.

The evaluation activities staff and students are asked to participate in include:

  • Teacher feedback surveys (provided during session) for all observing teachers
  • Student feedback surveys (collected at the end of the session) for all participating students
  • 25 Students (1 class) pre and post session surveys
  • Pre surveys collected before the session begins by a program coordinator
  • Post surveys collected at METEC by a program coordinator
  • Teacher focus groups held Thursday 1st June, 3:30pm – 4:30pm with up to 10 teachers
  • Student focus groups held Thursday 1st June, 2:20pm – 3:20pm with 10 students
  • In-car recording of driving lessons (selected vehicles only – students are not obligated)

I ask that you sign both the permission form for your child’s attendance and also their participation in the evaluation to ensure the most thorough assessment of the program can occur.  

For more information, please click here.

Preparing For Naplan

Naplan testing will happen from Tuesday 9 May to Friday 12 May.  

This need not be an anxious time for parents or students as you prepare for this week.  

2015 Naplan


Please click here for some wise advice and guidance from Andrew Fuller.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus 

Introducing our College Student Leaders 2017

emily lace

I have been at St Peter’s College since 2012 and am a pioneer of the Colleges House System, which I have come to greatly appreciate throughout my years at the College.  Over the past five years, with the help of my peers and teachers, I’ve had so many positive experiences, both academically and socially. My hobbies include coaching my basketball team, going to gym and spending time with my family and friends. 

My VCE studies are:

  • English 
  • Further Mathematics 
  • French 
  • Biology 
  • Health & Human Development 
  • Physical Education 

My Goals:

My personal goals for this year is to always give 100%, no matter challenges I may face, inspire others around me and to build others up. These values I believe are encapsulated in our College Annual Theme for 2017 "After much debate...Peter stood Up".  This year for me is all maintaining a healthy balance and enjoying the little things in life, taking risks I may not always take and encouraging not only myself but others to have a positive approach. Our Student Motto “Be Not Afraid” is something as an individual I have embraced as I embark on my final year and is something I will always remember as I step into adulthood. My future ambition is to become a secondary school teacher and teach the subjects that I have come to love whilst being at this college. 

Emily Lace
College Captain, West Campus

Introducing our College Student Leaders 2017

henry cooke


I started at St Peter’s College back in 2012, when I was in Year 7.

I am a member of West Campus Augustine House.

I have a family consisting of my mum and dad, and I have a younger sister.

Outside of school I enjoy playing soccer, running and spending time with my friends.

My VCE studies are:

  • Further Mathematics
  • English
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Physical Education 
  • Health and Human Development 

My Goals:

As the West Campus College Captain, I would like to be a leader amongst my peers and a role model to younger students.

Encouraging others to step outside of their comfort zones to achieve their goals. 

I aim to be a leader who sets an example, to inspire and influence others.

2017 is a year in which many challenges will be faced; and this year’s theme, “After much debate, Peter stood up...” speaks to me in encouraging me to stand up for my values and beliefs even when others around me do not. 

Henry Cooke 
College Captain, West Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

We warmly welcome Bishop Patrick O’Regan to our parish today.  The Samoan Divine Mercy Prayer group invite all parishioners to join them, with the Bishop, for lunch in the school hall after the 10.45am to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. 

I thank all who joined in the Masses, rosary and talks while the statue of Our Lady was with us during the week.  I especially wish to thank Merina Iverach and Lorraine Dunkley who assisted with catering and other duties and also Theresa & Milo Alefosio and family or providing the singing.  We were blessed to be able to have the international Centennial Pilgrim statue in our parish.

After completing a discernment process, our new Parish Pastoral Council has been elected, chosen by those who were nominated.  I thank the committee established to assist with the planning process and congratulate those who have accepted a position on council.  Our new Parish Council members are:
Parish Priest:  Fr Joseph Abutu
Pastoral Associate/Business Manager:  John Duiker
Pastoral Associate: Sr. Mary Olofu
St Therese’s School Principal:  Terry Cahill
St. Agatha’s School Principal:  Anne Hassall
St. Peter’s College Representative: Greg Nelson
St. Agatha’s Youth Representative: Maria Hughes
Leo Fosio, Dominic Abraham, Shyam Cheruvillil, 
Angela D’Mello, Raelene Holsinger, Binnu Vechoorettu

On Sunday evening I, along with 23 parishioners, will set off on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  The pilgrims will return on the 6th May but I will continue onto Nigeria for my holidays and will return to the parish on 2nd June. I will visit my family and also spend time with Sisters Anna, Grace and Mercy. As we will be praying for you all while on pilgrimage please also keep us in your prayers.  Please also support Fr Antony in my absence.

With God’s blessings, Fr Joseph.


Prayers will be offered this Thursday evening at 7.30pm for all those who have celebrated their birthday in April.  Come and give thanks to God and receive a special blessing.  Happy Birthday!

St Agatha’s Parish

Uniform News

2018 Compulsory Uniform Changes

We advise that if you require new uniform items for 2017, that you consider purchasing the correct 2018 product, which is now available from our Uniform Shop.

Please be aware of these changes if purchasing via the second hand market, whether it be through the Sustainable Schools Shop or the several Facebook selling groups set up locally.

All Parents are advised of the following changes:

  • All Boys to wear the St Peter’s College Boys White Monogrammed Pocket Shirt in the Summer and for the Winter with the addition of the St Peter's College Tie
  • All Girls Winter Uniform. All Girls to wear the  St Peter's College Girls White Monogrammed Pocket Blouse, which is worn with the  St Peter's College Tie
  • All Students. Sports Polo Tops. All students to wear their House Sport Polo Top
  • All Students. Sports Rugby Top. If worn ONLY the current design must be worn
  • All Students. Sports Tracksuit Pants. St Peter’s College design ONLY to be worn

Winter uniform2017 Sports Uniform


  • Thursdays:– 8.00 am to 12 noon
  • Tuesdays: - 1.00 pm to 5 pm

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East English News

Year 10 English Novel Study

As part of their novel study of 'To Kill A Mockingbird', the Year 10s were asked to choose a symbol or theme from the text and represent this in a visual image.

Cassandra Guevarra chose to represent justice with the following artwork of Tom Robinson facing his judgment.

To explain her choices she wrote “the white people in front of Tom represent a wall, to give the impression that Tom is talking to a wall.

The white grass beneath his feet represents that he is in white people’s territory.

The colours are contrasting to specifically single out Tom Robinson.

Handcuffs are on Tom to show that he had no freedom from the moment he walked into this territory.”

cassie artwork

This powerful image is a wonderful representation of the important issues within the text.

Well done, Cassie!

Emma van Rens
English Co-ordinator

Student Welfare

An upcoming program that Angel Light Link is running at Oakgrove Community Centre for girls struggling with stress and anxiety.

The 6-week support group is free to attend and we still have four places available – see info below and on the attached flyer.

 Stress Dump Flyer
Term 2 Stressdump program

  • Open to girls in Year 8, 9 & 10
  • 6-week after school program
  • Wednesday afternoons 4pm – 5:30pm
  • Wed 3rd May – Wed 7th June
  • Venue: Oakgrove Community Centre – 101 Oakgrove Drive, Narre Warren South

Our support groups are facilitated by counsellors and are focused on improving well-being, helping teens learn coping skills and understand how to manage stress and anxiety in a safe and friendly environment.

Parents or young people can self-refer and we can also take referrals from school staff or agencies.

Bookings are essential – call 9796 5054 to make a booking or for more information.

Clare Ziino
Wellbeing/Student Counsellor 

Equestrian News

Jaime Keenan competed at the Victorian Interschool State Championships at Werribee for three days with her horse Fire Truck on the holidays. 

Jaime competed in the 1m showjumping, where she placed 6th out of 40 riders. She also competed in the combined training. She was placed 2nd after dressage but because the showjumping was held on the grass and the grounds were completely flooded she decided to withdraw to reduce the risk of injuring her horse. 

It was an extremely hard decision as the top 2 riders qualify for Nationals to represent Victoria in Queensland but the welfare of her horse was far more important. 

Congratulations Jaime on a fantastic effort! 

jamie Keenan 2 show jumping

Justin De Goldi
West Sports Co-ordinator

Wednesday 26 April

Year 11 Retreat
EC VCE Study Hub

Thursday 27 April

Year 11 Retreat

Friday 28 April

East Campus Tour
Year 11 Retreat
Yr 7 Author Incursion

Monday 1 May - Friday 5th May

Celebrating Catholic Education Week,
Unity in Diversity'

Tuesday 2 May

West VCE Study Hub


Bunnings Fundraising Event

Bunnings Fundraising Event

Bunnings Cranbourne, corner Thompsons Rd and South Gippsland Highway

9.00 am to 5.00 pm Saturday May 5th

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Win A Car Raffle for Solomon Islands - GWS Mazda 2 Raffle

To volunteer to help on the day please contact April Hampson at the College office on 5990 7777

Come along to support of Senior Students on the day by purchasing a sausage and raffle ticket, or just to say hello.

The Mazda 2 will be onsite for viewing, generously supplied by Garry Warren Smith, 715 Springvale Rd, Mulgrave

Entertainment Book 2017/18

Entertainment Book 2017/18

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! 

Books can be ordered on-line and collected from College Reception, or you can purchase and collect direct from College Reception. Or order an Entertainment Digital Membership on-line and it will be loaded straight to your phone to use right away - now that's something worth telling your friends about!

Click here to order yours today:

Parents & Friends Association

Key Dates and Guest Speakers 2017

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Next Meeting:

Tuesday 2nd May, 2017
7.15 pm Tea and Coffee
7.30 pm-9.00 pm St Peter’s College EAST Campus

Administration Centre, 55 MacKillop Way, Clyde North, 3977

Come and meet our Acting Principal, Mr Chris Black with our Guest Speaker Ms Fiona McKenna

GUEST SPEAKER –   Ms Fiona McKenna

2017 Fiona McKenna

B.Arts (Hons); Grad.Cert.RE: Dip.Ed (Sec); M.Ed.Leadership    

Fiona joined the St Peter's College community as Pastoral Care Leader (West Campus) this year. Having worked as a Legal Clerk before commencing her teaching career, she has held a range of leadership positions in her time at both Emmaus College and Presentation College Windsor. Fiona is very passionate about the unique role of Pastoral Care in a Catholic setting. She will share her perspective on this aspect of Catholic education with you, as well as discuss the importance of the Parent and Friends working in partnership with the school, as we all work to support students through their secondary education. 


Volunteers Required
Contact April Hampson at the College
Saturday 6th May Bunnings Cranbourne Sausage Sizzle
Tuesday 27th June St Peter’s Day College Celebrations BBQ Lunch

Minutes of 21st March Meeting, 2017

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