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Issue 95  |  07 June 2017
Featured Story
From our Acting Principal


Last week the church celebrated its birthday. The beginnings of the Judeo-Christian religion were formalised on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost marks fifty days from the death and resurrection of Jesus. In last Sunday’s gospel reading, Jesus appears amongst the eleven disciples and sends this message to them all: ‘As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.’ Jn 20:21. An invitation was then extended to all to receive the Holy Spirit. Implicit to this is the strong message that in receiving the Holy Spirit we are invited to share in the mystery of the Holy Spirit with those we meet on life’s journey. The invitation is being extended to all to share the message of love, hope and forgiveness to all. The most telling message Jesus imparts in this exchange is in the following text, “Peace be with you” Jn 20:19. It is a message that is particularly cognizant as we hear of the devastation associated with the terrorist acts in Manchester and London over recent days and weeks. We don’t need to go overseas to hear of violence occurring in our streets and neighbourhoods here in Melbourne. Our school theme: “After much debate…Peter stood up” is a significant message here. It is time to commit as a society to zero-tolerance on violence, whether that be the acts of terrorism we are witnessing on our TV screens or the acts of violence in our community. It is time to stand-up against violence to women. It is time to stand-up to support the most vulnerable. On a local level the dignity and respect of each and every member of the St. Peter’s College community is sacrosanct and it is in this construct that the Gospel values of love, trust, respect and forgiveness are founded. Our students are the future and as such they hold the keys to unlock the cycle of violence that is shown regularly on our daily screens. Our school theme, “Be Not Afraid”, appears more than apt in this context.

Protecting your Digital Lifestyle

In this day and age the young (and not so young) are increasingly glued to digital devices. Guidance for parents is required to support their children as they are exposed to the digital world. As a parent, I know firsthand of the challenges of managing technology at home. Issues such as cyber-bullying, social networking, sexting and privacy are complex. I encourage all parents to continue to strive to sustain meaningful relationships with their children through open and honest dialogue on these particular issues. Managing technology is a critical discussion point. Too often the behaviours expressed through the digital world are brought to the world of school and can lead to disruption, anger and violence. The e-safety Commissioner has produced some wonderful resources to support both schools and parents. Please click here to access one such valuable resource: The message to parents is simple, you have the power to control your child’s digital usage. If it becomes a problem please feel free to contact your child’s House Leader or Learning Advisor for advice and support.


Students in Years 10-12 are busy either preparing for exams or in the middle of completing their exams. These are important times for our students. Reality suggests that for students to achieve in their VCE and obtain good study scores in their VCE, they need to be able to perform in an examination environment. Exams are generally not about rote learning information, rather it is about using the information learnt in the classroom and applying the higher order skills of analysing and evaluating to good effect in an examination environment. Those that perform well in an exam are those that are well prepared, possess a strong work ethic in their revision program and have worked consistently well throughout the semester. I wish all our students well during this peak assessment period.

Work Experience

We are told that our young will experience anywhere up to fifteen different jobs in their lifetime and that many may find themselves under-employed for a significant period of time. The essential skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and collaboration are therefore part of an essential skill-set. Experience in the workplace is also essential. It is within this context then that our Year 10 students go off to work experience next week. It is an important time to experience the workforce, to assess whether a career choice is the right one and to learn first-hand the important skills require to succeed in this environment. We wish our Year 10 students the very best for what we hope is a positive experience and remind all that you are ambassadors of St. Peter’s College.


Congratulations to past student Ryan Pola. Ryan is a part of the current exhibition being shown at the Flinder's Lane Gallery. Since high school Ryan has developed his practice with art. Having now finished a Bachelor Degree in Visual Art, Ryan has explored many artistic conventions and continues his practice focusing on figurative works. His works are currently on display with Flinders Lane Gallery in the exhibition Exploration 17, which runs until the 17th of June, 2017. This is a great opportunity for him so early in his career as he was invited to exhibit his work at this prestigious Melbourne gallery. He has already sold one of these works. It is very exciting and we wish him continued success.

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Chris Black
Acting Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

Taking time to smell the roses – well at least see the sun and stay positive

As first semester draws to a close, junior students are busy finishing assignments and class work, whilst our seniors complete exams and the final assessment tasks/sacs of their VCE Unit 3 studies.

For many students, the last two weeks of Semester 1 can feel heavy with workloads and the concern for grades and midyear reports. That is why we have decided to actively promote a state of positivity. 

The mental health of students affects all aspects of the school community – from student engagement and academic achievement, to social adjustment and staff morale. Schools that promote a positive environment perform better, attract and retain more students and build a strong reputation in the community. The mental health of all students is a key foundation for the school success.  Source: Mind Matters: https://www.mindmatters.edu.au/

At St. Peters College, we incorporate many aspects of the Mind Matters framework as a whole school approach to support and promote the development of a healthy mental health of all our students. In support of this, our focus this week is to highlight the importance of positivity.

Positivity defined as: - the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.    

At St. Peters College: pupils draw power from the positivity of their teachers and teachers draw inspiration for the positivity of their students.

As a college community we acknowledge, praise, encourage and celebrate all of the individual and collective strengths, talents and efforts of our students.

Therefore, over the next few weeks and throughout the remainder of the school year, I ask parents/carers to look out for those special messages of positivity that both teachers and students share in order to join us in building a community of positivity and celebration.

Why the focus on positivity? It is simple, research informs us that there is a crucial link between the importance of a positive mindset and a healthy mental health. Unlike in primary school, where families are often closely involved, in secondary school parents can fade into the background.

And there are good reasons for this: high school is more specialised so it can be harder for parents to participate; parents themselves are busy— and their children are getting older and more independent.

But the research shows that despite what the average adolescent says, they are still heavily influenced by their families. Therefore when schools and families work together in a positive and effective way, student mental health improves. A positive mindset can emerge and develop, equipping young people with the mental fortitude they will require to develop a sense of self efficacy that will support them throughout their journey into adulthood. 

A positive mindset is what we focus and aim for not just in the last few weeks of term, but always. Pastoral activities that will be held this week are aimed specifically at building resilience and a positive mindset.

These activities include:

  • Year 7 – a conversation with our Police Youth Liaison Officers about young people and the law – always an engaging conversation.
  •  Year 8 – Verbal Combat – how to navigate your way through the traps of social media and the like.
  • Year 9 – Drug Education Program to engage students to discuss wise and lifelong choices. 
  • Year 12 - Team Building – a series of fun activities to strengthen the bonds already established among our senior students. Some time out to tend to and develop a positive and healthy mental health.

As Year 10 and 11 are on exams this week, they will enjoy their pastoral activities next week. 

The positive power of Music, Dance and Song.

Recess and lunch times have become popular informal jam sessions for our talented musicians, dancers and singers ranging in ages from Year 7-VCE. The students with the support and guidance of Mr Brian Wallwork, have established a collaborative culture to bring together their own unique and diverse music interests, and talents. The vibe in these sessions is certainly one of fun, positivity and acceptance.

A great way for students to spend time together. I encourage all budding young musicians, dancers, singers and all who enjoy music to pop in and have some fun.

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Other activities that are planned to support positivity among our students this week are a Pop Up Music Event (not to be missed) and Fun & Games Friday organised by our student leaders.

Next week, I hope to bring you student reflections and conversations about positivity and developing a healthy mental health. As partners; families and schools can provide the environment, support and expertise in ensuring our young people are well equipped to develop a healthy and positive mental health.

A couple of reminders…

  • Year 11 students need to return their permission slips for the Holocaust Excursion asap.
  • 12th June – Queens Birthday holiday
  • 19th June – Student Free Day.

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Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News


Year 10-12 Students - Meningococcal Immunisations

Please ensure that all immunisation forms are in by Friday to assist office staff in processing them.  This will help the process of immunising all Year 10-12 students with the free vaccine on Monday, 26 June. These forms can be handed in on the day, although this will slow down the process and so we seek your co-operation with the return of the forms. Students absent on the vaccination day or who have not submitted a form can still access the vaccination through their local council. Please click here to find where and when to attend.  Alternatively, you can visit your local GP, but this vaccine could cost up to $150.  We are not aware that this program will be funded next year.

Mixed Netball

The McGuigan Shield Ladder is as follows, after the mixed netball finals last week.  

  McGuigan Shield Ladder  
  House Points
1st Mackillop 1315
2nd Kolbe 1069
3rd Glowrey 1041
4th Assisi 933
5th Marian 918
6th Avila 854
7th Romero 812
8th Augustine 749

Though there was no change to the order, the battle for second position is getting very tight.  MacKillop House have extended their lead after their strong victory over Glowrey House (9 - 8).

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

The winning House then challenged the staff netball team at lunchtime on Friday before a passionate crowd of vocal spectators. Some students were also in attendance. The staff team were under pressure before they took to the court with star recruits Robyn Young and Justin DeGoldi unavailable due to SIS commitments. The tall man up forward, Gerard Brown, was a late withdrawal due to unknown reasons. Some suggestions were that Langwarrin Football club would not release their champion and risk injury against a student netball team known for their questionable tactics. Finally, Sophie Macreadie, who had done such a brilliant job in running the Mixed Netball Competition, was out due to a netball injury (fractured finger). Aware that Fiona McKenna was above reproach and just could not be bribed, the staff cleverly moved Macreadie to a position on court that could maximise her influence – umpire. There was a strong belief that by replacing the student umpire (the very honest Chloe Harbour) we would gain a cunning advantage. Oh how mistaken we were! Despite these setbacks, the staff started strongly with Matt Laurie impressive up front displaying some amazing aerial skills and athleticism. Student, Joseph Mammone had his hands full, although we thought this was excellent training for him before he embarks on a one month tour of the USA in the hope of College Basketball selection. We wish you every success, Joseph. The staff continued to stretch their lead in the first half with Justin Dee dominating the centre, and Naomi De Wit, Laura Appleby and Amanda Kerr solid in defence. Caitlyn Jarrett and Steph Lomas were wreaking havoc in attack by sending lightning passes to Matt Laurie who just could not miss. So what happened? The wily Janelle McRae showed MacKillop House trumps collegiality and with some inspired changes watched the students fight back and take the lead in the second half. Students were leading 16-15 in the final minute when Jarrett was about to put the ball in the air for Laurie to complete the alley-oop, but Umpire Macreadie blew the whistle for stepping. A collective gasp from the crowd followed by cries of outrage could not sway the young umpire who saw the MacKillop student team rush the ball down the other end and score. Then with the advantage of the next play, added a further goal to crush the despondent staff 18-15.

Congratulations MacKillop House. Our team of champions were defeated by a champion team.
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Good luck to our senior students undertaking examinations this week and next. Year 10 – 12 students are reminded that during this exam period, they may remain at home or study at school when they are not actually attending an examination. They are not to wander around the school but must be in study hall. We also ask students to refrain from wandering around in public while in uniform. It is preferred that students go straight to and from school.

Work Experience

We wish our Year 10 students all the best for work experience next week. It is an important opportunity to have that experience of the workplace even if it is not in a career that the student intends to follow. The expectations of an employer and the learning that takes place next week can be beneficial in encouraging a student’s current goal or in helping to plan a new direction. Often, the decision to refocus on school with a new enthusiasm can be the result of work experience. Thank you to Miss Melissa Dillon on all the work she has done in making our students work ready.

West Campus Masterplan

As explained in a previous newsletter, the work of the West Campus Masterplan Committee continues with a view to initiating some work for the Arts and VCAL facilities this year.  Additionally, a lot of thought is going in to making the campus safer for your children, our students, particularly with respect to the traffic management. We welcome any submissions or ideas that you as parents may have with respect to making the campus child-safe and pedestrian friendly.

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Dear fellow community member, 

Together, the YMCA and Doveton College are hosting an information evening in honour of International Men’s Health Week in June 2017. 
During Men’s Health Week, communities across Australia reach out to men, boys, and their families to promote health and wellbeing.
This event will create the right setting for conversations about the elements that make us healthy - life, purpose, health and wellness and everything in-between. This year’s theme “HEALTHY BODY – HEALTHY MIND: KEEPING THE BALANCE” explores the different ways men and boys are managing to keep healthy, physically and emotionally, in a busy and sometimes challenging world. Balancing these challenges means doing things that are nourishing and good.
With our guest speaker Ted Witten Jnr coming along to share his insight on this subject its a night not to miss!

When: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Where: Theatre at Doveton College 
Time: 6:30pm arrival for 7pm start
Cost: FREE 

To register please click here  Lots of prizes and giveaways! 

For more information please contact tori.norris@ymca.org.au

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

This week I have asked members of Ms Slykerman's Year 10 Health class to write about their recent Health assessment. The article which I include here speaks volumes about the learning that is taking place at our College. I would like to commend all students involved in these real life projects and wish them well in achieving their aims, all of which have real benefits for the health and wellbeing of our community.

Community Health Projects

Throughout Term 2, students of the Year 10 Health and Human Development class have been designing programs that are aimed at decreasing the health concerns within the St. Peter’s College Community. Nicole, Kamis and I focused our program on littering within St. Peter’s College, and after sending out a survey to our target audience, we established that they were highly concerned about this health issue.
Our program was aimed at our cohorts, the Year 7's of St. Peter’s College community, East Campus. The purpose behind our program was to reduce the severity of littering in our school and provide the Year 7's with strategies to combat against this major problem.
Our program took place in the form of an assembly on Friday 19th of May, during Tutor Group. We organised a PowerPoint presentation to provide the Year 7's with images depicting the severity of littering in St. Peter’s College as well as statistical evidence of the effects littering has on the environment. We prepared engaging discussion questions and an online quiz where they could compete to get the best score on their developed knowledge on littering.
Our program provided our cohort with strategies to combat against littering, such as nude food, which is simply bringing your food to school with no packaging or in recyclable packaging like a lunchbox.
On the day of our assembly we experienced some technical difficulties while conducting our presentation, despite this, we persevered and improvised, continuing on with our assembly.
This Community Health project taught my group and I, that it is crucial to always have a backup plan for everything just in the case such a situation was to occur.
Through this Community Health Project, we were provided with a hands-on experience. We as a group developed a deeper understanding of the material we are currently learning about and our teamwork skills and independent learning skills were also developed. This was due to the control we had over the topic and the type of program we were able to conduct. The freedom of choice in the project was very refreshing and provided my group and I with the ability to focus on what interested us most.
Overall, this project was very enjoyable and provided the Year 10 Health and Human Development class with a personal experience on our topic of the models of health.
Anna Andronis, Nicole Madrissa and Kamis Kelei

Year 12 Examinations

Year 12 Examinations will run from Tuesday 13th June to Friday 16th June. Students are only required to attend the College during examination times and are required to be in full College uniform. The Library is open at the West Campus for students who wish to study, and the Coffey building for those students at East Campus. Students are responsible for knowing when their exams are held. A reminder that no mobile phones are to be brought to any examination.

Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews.

All Year 12 Parents are encouraged to attend the Year 12 Parent Teacher interviews to be held Tuesday 25th July. Please keep the date free. 

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching 

Religious Education News

The Gospel for Thursday

One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him,
‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ (Mark 12)

The last week has been one of trauma. Bombings, killings, terror.

Thursday's Gospel has a message, "Love God... Love your neighbour!" If one loves truly loves God one will love your neighbour. This is what a Catholic School tries to live by.

Our students do that in their work with the elderly, with St Vincent de Paul, in our local community and in the hundreds of little ways here at school. It is not always easy and it is not hard to find times when our Catholic Community has failed.

However, we believe in a God who demands of us to live those two realities. We have wonderful students and wonderful staff trying all the time to live these two ideals.

A prayer for peace. From Pope Francis:

Dear Lord, Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation.

In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman.

Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands.

Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam.


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Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

Introducing our College Student Leaders 2017

2017 Sports Captain Tom Kelly

Some sports that I have participated in throughout my life are soccer, swimming, athletics, basketball, and football. As you may guess from this, I love sports and I wanted to make a positive impact as the College Sports Captain for 2017, which is why I was so thrilled when I was appointed to the position at the end of 2016.

During my time at the College, I have made friendships that will last a lifetime, funnily enough, some of these great friendships were made while participating in sport events across the College and within my House. Sports is a great way of making new friendships, and gaining new leadership skills, as well as increasing health and physical activity.

This outlines only few of the many reasons why I wanted to apply for the position of College Sports Captain for West campus in 2017, aside from the obvious love of sport, this role has allowed me to gain qualities that I could not have procured without it and my sports participation. 

In 2017, I also wanted to see a change in the participation level for sport across the school as a whole. I wanted students to give it a go, and have an attitude that could be passed down to students in all levels leaving a positive and lasting note about sports and physical activity in our school. 

As well as wanting the levels of participation to rise in our College, I wanted everyone to feel more involved and to “Be Not Afraid” of having a shot at all sorts of sports so they could possibly gain the passion that I have for sports.

Our annual theme “After much debate. Peter stood up” was shown to us last year, and it sent a message to not only the executive student leaders of the College, but our whole student population. With this message, we could take from it that it’s okay to “stand up” and give it a go, even if you may not be the best at sport or the most confident, having a go is a start.

Thomas Kelly, West Campus Sports Captain

Introducing our College Student Leaders 2017

2017 Sports Captain Myra Wood

From the early stages of high school, I developed a love and passion for sport and fitness which in turn led me to become very determined to undertake the role of the 2017 College Sports Captain at the West Campus.

Throughout my years at St. Peter’s College, I have played in as many of the S.I.S sports as possible, even if they were on at the same time. Not only was this a way of showcasing my skills and passion for sports. I always had the chance to give it my best shot and contribute to St. Peter’s College good name in our region for sports.

As the 2017 College Sports Captain, My aim is to motivate and expand the participation in sports across all year levels. I believe that sports in one of the most important parts to an individuals development, and I would love to help others get involved for their own benefit and to raise the reputation of sport in our College.

From our Annual theme; “After much debate…Peter stood up”, I will stand up and provide motivation and enthusiasm towards sports in our college.

I will stand up to help produce strong, determined attitudes for sports across all year levels.

I will stand up and build a high reputation for sports in St. Peter’s College.

West St Peter

Myra Wood, West Campus Sports Captain

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners:

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost literally means 50th. It is a feast celebrated on the 50th day after the Passover feast by the Jews and a feast celebrated on the 50th day after the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus by the Christians. On the day of Pentecost: 1) The Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary as fiery tongues. 2) The frightened apostles were transformed into fiery preachers and evangelizers and were given the gift of tongues by a special anointing of the Holy Spirit. Up to fiftieth day, the apostles had been very pious. They were seen in the Temple every day, praising the Lord, sharing the stories and breaking the bread. But without that Spirit in them, nothing much happened, Jerusalem did not notice them. It was only at the moment the Spirit descended on them that they and everything else started to change. They caught fire, divine fire; they went off to preach, to heal, to prophesy and to change the world. That is what they did after having been changed. What do we do after the celebration of Pentecost?

God bless Fr. Antony

Volunteers Needed For Godstart: Do you have some spare time each month to take a birthday card and some birthday cheer to children of our parish ages 1 to 5? Sr Faustina is calling for volunteers to help in this wonderful ministry. Contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

Volunteers Needed For Children’s Liturgy: The parish is looking for volunteers to share the Word of God with Children during the 10.45am Mass. Handout materials are prepared for you to lead the session. Contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

Jesus Youth Australia is organising a One Week National Training (named Trendsetters) for University Students. The purpose of Trendsetters is to equip university students to stand strong for Jesus, particularly whilst on campus. 10am on Monday 10th July till 3pm Sunday 16th July. Don Bosco Centre (Goyura) 465 Lysterfield Rd, Lysterfield. Guest speakers Most Rev Mark Edwards OMI, Fr Alex Vickers OP, Fr. Dan Serratore MGL, Ellen Hayes, Alyssa Crawford, Dony Peter Chacko & Jethin Thottan. For Uni Students 18 and above. Log on to https://jesusyouth.org.au/TS17. Reg Fee $700. RSVP: 1st June 2017 or contact the Parish Office for a booking form.

Communion To The Sick: If you are unable to attend Mass due to illness or frailty and would like to receive communion in your home, please contact the Parish Office to arrange a visit on 5996 1985. If you are in hospital and would like to receive communion please talk to the hospital chaplain or staff, so the hospital can arrange for a visit.

RCIA Inquiry 2017: An inquiry session will be held for Adults who may be considering becoming Catholic or for Adult Baptised Catholics who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation on Sunday 25th June after the 9.00am Mass in the Parish Hall. For more info please contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985

Thursday Evening Mass: We would like to focus on praying for different needs within our families, parish and wider community. At the Thursday evening Mass at 7.30pm there will be prayers offered for the special intention of that week. The last Thursday of the month will be offered in thanksgiving for birthdays. This is the list of intentions for the month of June 8th – For those in Parish singing ministry, 15th – For new Parishioners, 22nd – For those in special needs, 29th – For those born in June.

St. Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called a Plenary Council to be held in 2020.

This will be only the fifth time a Plenary Council has been called in Australia’s history, and it will be 79 years since the previous one.

In the lead up to the Plenary Council Bishop O’Regan is forming a group to be known as Gaudium et Spes.

This group will comprise no more than seven people. Gaudium et Spes will take the place of the regular gatherings of the Regions of the Diocese and will have two main responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Sale Diocese, in conjunction with the Bishop, to prepare for the forthcoming Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia. This will include a Diocesan Assembly in 2019.
  2. With the Plenary Council having been concluded, to then suggest what implications the Plenary Council might have for the structures of the Diocese.

As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost this Sunday we pray that we may be inspired and guided in the major process by the Holy Spirit and that it will truly bear the fruits of joy and hope.

May God bless you all. Fr. Denis

Parishioner involvement is needed: As our parish develops pastorally I wish to invite parishioners to offer their assistance in the following ways. If you can, please contact Fr. Denis or Christine at the parish office.

Sacramental Preparation for school aged children: This year we have once again joined with St. Agatha’s Parish for the preparation of children for their First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.

From next year St. Thomas the Apostle Parish will take responsibility for preparing children for these sacraments within our parish.

We do have the assistance of the dedicated and gifted staff of St. Thomas the Apostle School, but I am also seeking 3-4 parishioners who would be willing to work as part of a parish sacramental preparation team. 

Baptism Preparation: It is the desire of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish to form its own Baptism Preparation Team this year. We already have a parish RCIA team who assist adults to prepare for baptism, but most of our baptisms are for babies or very young children.

I invite couples, perhaps with young children, to volunteer to assist with this important ministry. Formation will be given to a Baptism Preparation Team to prepare its members for this ministry. 

Catechists: We seek parishioners who would be willing to commit to provide religious education for school age children. 

The parish of St. Thomas the Apostle is committed to upholding all child safe standards, and all volunteers will require a Working With Children Check applicable to our parish, and to have committed themselves to abiding by the parish Code of Conduct.

Junior RCIA: Class start on 4th June at 10.00am at St. Agatha’s Parish Hall. For enquiries, please call:  Sr Lucy 5996 1985.

RCIA: For adults interested to join the Catholic Faith. For enquiries, please call St Thomas the Apostle Parish Office 5998 0947.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

East Campus News

Year 8 Literacy Students - Zoo Excursion

Last Friday June 2nd, both classes of the Year 8 Literacy attended an excursion to Melbourne Zoo.

We all met at Cranbourne Railway Station at 8.30am and we commuted in on the train. On arrival at the Zoo, we were met by one of the education officers who spoke to the students about endangered species. The students then began a walk around the Zoo with the focus of finding out a bit more about the different animals and their plight in the wild. One of the experiences, students will never forget patting a snake.

Daniel Willuweit patting a snake

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Alisha Trew with Butterflies

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Overall a good day was had by all
With Best Wishes,

Ms Margaret Anthony
Learning Enrichment Coach, East Campus

SRC Training Day

On Monday 22nd of May, the SRC were given the opportunity to attend a training day for both the West Campus and East Campus SRC Representatives.

The day was an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to each other and participate in team building activities. Students were required to form groups with students from both East and West Campus and discuss things we have in common. 

We were also given the privilege to have people from ‘Survivor’ come in and host Team Building Competitions. We formed teams of six and were given a flag to represent a country. Students then developed a team chant to perform and came up with a team name. 

We were then spit into half and competed against other teams. One of the most favoured team building activities was when everyone in the team had to build a tent, blindfolded within 15 minutes. A Team Captain was decided and they weren’t blindfolded and had to guide us through every step, but they were not allowed to touch the tent. 

The aim of this activity was for us gain trust in each other and learn how to work as a team, while being disadvantaged. Throughout the day we all made new friendships and got to familiarise ourselves with other SRC students and teachers, as well as learning skills to assist us to be a Leader.

On behalf of the SRC, a special thank you to Miss McKenna, Mr Hansen, from the West Campus, and Mr Woodhouse from the East Campus for organising the day as well as our College Captains for their valuable participation on the day and lunch.

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Rutendo Pasura, SRC Media Liaison, West Campus

Plain Speaking English Competition

On Tuesday the 23th May 217, Emily Lace (West Campus) and Laura Wooton  (East Campus) represented St. Peter’s College at The Plain Speaking English Competition at Toorak College.

This contest focused on engaging speeches based on contemporary and relevant topics. Both students spoke eloquently and were praised by the judges for their poise and confidence. 

Emily Lace was placed as Runner up and has a possibility of competing in the Regional Finals in August. Her speech, “An Attar does not define you” resonated with the audience. 

Well Done Emily!

Emily Lace

Jo Lortan
English Coordinator

Volunteers for St. Peter's Day BBQ


Volunteers Required

2017 Sausages in Bread

St. Peter’s Day BBQ Lunch

Date: Tuesday 27th June

Time: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Where: Both East Campus and the West Campus 

Can you spare an hour or more at your child’s Campus to help prepare, cook and serve the Parents & Friends Sausage Sizzle BBQ lunch during our St. Peter’s Day celebrations?

You will need a Volunteer Working With Children Check, which you can apply for on-line at no cost: Click here

Please contact College Reception and ask to have your name put done to help out.

Thank You

April Hampson, SPC Parents & Friends

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 SPC Boys White Monogrammed Pocket Shirt in the Summer and for the Winter with the addition of the SPC Tie
  •  All Girls Winter Uniform. All Girls to wear the  SPC Girls White Monogrammed Pocket Blouse, which is worn with the  SPC Tie
  • NEW SPC Scarf in 2018. To be worn as part of the Winter Uniform ONLY
  • All Students. Sports Polo Tops. ONLY House Sport Polo Top
  • All Students. Sports Rugby Top. If worn ONLY the current design must be worn
  • All Students. Sports Tracksuit Pants. SPC design ONLY to be worn
  • All Students. SPC Wet Weather Jacket OPTIONAL with Sports Uniform as of 2018. Can also be worn OVER Blazer to and from school with Winter Uniform
  • SPC Sports Bag. Compulsary, if students are not using their SPC Backpack for their Sports Uniform


  • Thursdays:– 8.00 am to 12 noon
  • Tuesdays: - 1.00 pm to 5 pm
  • Saturday:- 3rd Saturday of the month, during Term, 8.00 am to 12 noon

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Second-hand Uniform Sales

The College uniform shop does not hold and sell Second-hand uniform. St. Peter’s College parents can utilise the service of Sustainable School Shop for the sale and purchase of second-hand uniform and stationery items.

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Mind Matters @ St.Peter's College

2017 Brain

It is that time of year when many students are preparing to sit Exams.  It is normal to feel anxious ~ imaginations run wild trying to second-guess the contents of the Exam Paper! What if I have revised and forget it all, on the day? ‘What if I don’t know any of the answers?’ If your teenager is feeling overwhelmed or nervous, it can help to talk to them; keep the conversation positive by reminding them that Exam results are just one component of assessment.  Young people should remember that their marks do not define who they are and it is helpful for parents and teachers to remind them that exam scores are not the only path to their chosen career and life choices.

So how can adults support young people during this time and help them remain positive and motivated?

  • Encourage your student to talk and reassure them that failing an exam does not mean he or she is a failure. Dealing with life’s ups-and- downs is central to the resilience building we focus on in MindMatters. 
  •  Put things into perspective. Reassure the teenager that failing an exam is not the end of the world. He or she could re-sit and do better; or decide to go a different route next time.
  • Remind students to take care of themselves. Exercise, sleep and eating well can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

2017 Mindmatters pic

Reference: MindMatters News October 8 2015.

Clare Ziino
Wellbeing Team

City of Casey Youth Services School Holiday Activities

RE: City of Casey Youth Services School Holiday Activities

The July school holidays are fast approaching, which means City of Casey Youth Services are gearing up for another exciting program of excursions and activities for the school holidays. 

Teenage School Holiday Program:

Attached are the booking forms and information on the July Teenage School Holiday Program. This school holidays we will enjoy ice skating, laser tag and rock climbing amongst other activities. This July we will also host Teen Mudder, an obstacle course where participants will compete against each other to make it through the course, and then finish off the day with a barbeque at Blind Bight Pier. Bookings open next Wednesday 14 June. Please click here for Teenage School Holiday Program Flyer

Art Workshops:

In addition to the TSHP, Youth Services are also offering art workshops in conjunction with the Winter Arts Festival. Over two days during the Textile Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to screen print their own fabric and then stitch it to a purse or wallet. In the second week of the school holidays, learn how to use resin to create 2D works of art in this exciting one-off Resin Art Workshop. Attached are booking forms for both the Resin Art Workshop and the Textile Workshop. Please click here for Resin Art Workshop or 2-Day textile Workshop

If you require any additional information regarding any of these programs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Upcoming Events

06 JUN

SWAC Year 8 East Campus
VCE Study Skills - West
P&F Meeting

07 JUN

VCE Study Skills - East

08 JUN

Pastoral Period
SIS Junior Sport

09 JUN

Campus Tour - West
SIS Intermediate Sport
Parents & Friends Meeting

12 JUN

Public Holiday Queens Birthday

13 JUN

Exams Year 12
PAT Year 7-9 Grammar & Punctuation
Work Experience Year 10
VCE Study Skills - West
Solomon Island Parents & Students Fundraising Mtg

14 JUN

Reach Reflection Day Year 9
VCE Study Skills -East

Parents & Friends Association

The Parent and Friends Committee holds meetings twice per term.

Throughout the year these meetings include guest speakers from the College Teaching community.

Tuesday 1st August, 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 
GUEST SPEAKER –    Ms Gabriella Spano           
 2017 Gaby Spano         
Ms Gabriella Spano 
B.Arts;Dip.Ed. B.Ed

I began teaching at St. Peter’s College in 2016. In my first year I taught VCE Legal Studies, Year 10 English, and Junior Humanities. Curriculum had always interested me, and being able to be part of the development of curriculum at St. Peter’s College, was something I was interested in.
At the end of 2016, I successfully applied for the Coach of Humanities, East Campus.

2017 has seen me work with the Coach of Humanities at the West and with East teaching staff, to deliver a relevant and interesting curriculum which comprises subjects such as History, Geography, Legal Studies, Economics and Business Management.

It is our aim to provide the students with a variety of subjects, so that they are able to choose areas of learning that interest them. By doing this, we hope to encourage the students to develop a broad range of subject interests, which will enable them to make informed decisions about which subjects they may like to pursue in VCE.

At the upcoming meeting in August I will be taking some time to talk about my Teaching and Learning journey.  

Please click here for minutes of June 2017 Meeting

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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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SPC Futures Expo
Save the Date. Tuesday 25th July

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Second-Hand Uniform Sales, Calculators & Textbooks 

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