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Issue 97  |  21 June 2017
Featured Story
From our Acting Principal

Refugee Week

This week is refugee week and the Refugee Council of Australia has nominated the following text as the theme for 2017, ‘With courage let us all combine’. Does the phrase ring any bells? It should, it is a line from our national anthem.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas,
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair

The Refugee Week theme encourages Australians to celebrate the best aspects of our nation’s welcome of refugees, acknowledge unjust treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and commit to working together to ensure that we do better. In doing this, we celebrate the positive contributions to Australian society made over the past 70 years by the 800,000 Australians who once were refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was quoted on Monday as saying, “the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people around the world has topped 65 million”.
We at St. Peter’s College are enriched by multiculturalism with many of our families making a new home after being displaced. I can’t help but be drawn to the previous line of our national anthem to the line where it states: “We’ve boundless plains to share”. We pray that the level of displacement caused by war and famine can be reduced so that all can live in relative comfort and safety. The prayer below is one such prayer.

Compassionate God,
No one is a stranger to you
And no one is ever far from your loving care.
Watch over those who are separated from their loved ones and homeland, 
Those who fear persecution and hope for a better life in our community.      
May we reach out in welcome to all those who arrive as refugees, 
Embracing one another so that together your hope O God will be our future.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.


Staff Awards

Each year at this time, around the feast day of St. Peter, we take time out to acknowledge the significant contribution that staff have made to the college. In particular we recognise those that have contributed either 10 years or 20 years service. It is a testament to these dedicated staff that they have contributed so significantly to the life of the college. Our 10 year service award recipients include:

10 Years Service

  • Rhiannon Clark – Legal Studies and Humanities teacher
  • Cherie Dean – Education Support Office – Reception – West Campus
  • Carla Edgerton – Art and Visual Communication teacher
  • Luisa Jakubicki – Learning Support Officer
  • Nadia Picinali – Student Counsellor
  • Nicole Sides – Education Support Officer – Compliance Officer
  • Rosa Torelli – Learning Support Officer
  • Leah Wheelock – Education Support Officer – Timetable Assistant
  • Rose Williams – Maths Teacher

20 Years Service

  • Anita Carter – Student Welfare Co-ordinator

The variety of roles described here give a small insight to the multitude of roles that contribute to the make-up and fabric of the college. I congratulate each and every staff member listed above for their outstanding contribution and service to the St. Peter’s College community. Special mention must be made of Anita Carter’s contribution. With the school existing as the community of St. Peter’s College for 23 years, Anita is close to one of the foundational staff members and one who has contributed significantly to the well-being and pastoral program at the college.

Semester 2 Commences

Staff have spent the early part of this week finalising the Semester 1 reports. Soon enough, they will be made available to parents. A letter detailing this process will be distributed soon. This week however, we launch the new semester. Goal setting for Semester 2 will occur on the first day of term three, however some self-evaluation by students can happen ahead of this process. It is seldom the case for students not to be able to articulate what has gone right for them in respect to their learning throughout the semester, and what might be the areas of improvement. This would be a valuable discussion point for parents to engage with their children on. This could take place ahead of the report process so that grades aren’t necessarily the focus of all discussions.


Congratulations is extended to four high achieving students who are the recipients of the Monash Award and gain entry into the high-achievers program for 2017. These students are: Darcy Paulka, Naya Lay, Prerna Singh and Naomi Hind. The Monash high-achievers program provides opportunities to give high potential students a head start into university life. It provides opportunities for personal and academic development, give students the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the right study choices and enable them to build a network of peers and academic contacts.

Well done girls, we look forward to presenting you to the school community in the near future.

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black
Acting Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

Semester two begins: 

This week we began Semester 2. For many students this will mean new electives, new teachers and for our VCE unit 3 & 4 students, it marks the beginning of their final journey towards completing their secondary schooling.  A new semester, should bring new and fresh approaches toward study and a renewed commitment to doing our best in all aspects of school life. It is an ideal time to refocus and review the goals we set ourselves at the beginning of the school year. Learning Advisors will be working closely with students to identify key areas for potential growth and development during this semester.  

Conversations @ East

This week I thought it more appropriate and enlightening for the conversations I shared with students this week to come directly from them. 
1.    Year 11 Fit2Drive & Safe Partying 

Student reflection:  Sara & Amour Year 11

Last Thursday Year 11 students participated in two seminars which focussed on two important topics, driving and safe partying. The Fit2Drive seminar enabled us to work in groups to participate in a variety of activities that assessed the risk associated with driving and having the ability to overcome any distractions that drivers may face. Leading police officer David Smith was a fantastic speaker who shared with us statistics, facts and stories involving road accidents. The message of road safety was made real to us as Leading officer David Smith explained how families have to live with the traumatic consequences and sadness that so often accompany road accidents. We were left with no doubt about the need to follow all road rules especially those involving speed, alcohol and the use of mobile phones. Many of us are starting to learn how to drive and it is crucial that we understand our responsibility to contribute to the safety of our roads.

Our second seminar led by Sonya Karras resonated with a lot of us as it was a very honest and open conversation about safe partying and the dangers associated with underage drinking. Sonya shared many real life examples of how families and teenagers’ lives had been affected through the abuse of alcohol and drugs. She presented both facts and statistics to highlight the reality of the associated dangers. What we enjoyed most was her ability to present this topic with humour, seriousness and in some instances sadness. It was a most reflective and effective message to all of us as teenagers to be mindful of our actions and attitudes towards our personal safety when it comes to going out and enjoying ourselves.

Overall both seminars we really great and truly valuable.
2.    Work Experience – Year 10 

Student reflection. Monica Ghoebriel 

From the 13th to the 16th June, I participated in the school’s Work Experience program at Courtenay Gardens Primary School in the field of education. I assisted in classrooms ranging from prep to Year 2. I completed daily tasks many of which a teacher would normally perform. These included supporting the children with their readers, homework and class activities. My favourite part of working at a primary school was getting to interact with younger children which is something I have not had the chance to experience before. Working in education was very rewarding for me and it gave a clear insight into the career path that I would like to follow. 

More conversations 
-    this time from the Work Experience Employers – Here is just a snap shot of the wonderful feedback we received about our amazing students – Well done to all.

Abbie Cranbourne West Primary
Abbie was a delightful worker who happily engaged with fellow staff members & students throughout her placement. Very professional and respectful!

Anna (Booksellers)
Anna was a pleasure to have for work experience & will clearly succeed in any industry she chooses.

Zac (Metal Fabrication)
Zac thinks about the job, shows initiative and would gain a part-time job here if he wanted it.

Lachlan  (refrigerated commercial systems)
Lachlan's safety awareness was good, he is able to think in advance for tasks & complete them easily.

Guandong (Tiling)
Excellent initiative skills, good with clients regarding communication. Listened to instructions & remembered safety aspects. He is a strong boy for his age!

Jasmine (JMC Academy)
Jasmine is such a pleasant student & a delight to work with. So friendly, she gets along with everyone.

Alexi (Bailieu Holst- stockbroker)
Alexi was given an OUTSTANDING rating for; Safety, communication, teamwork, decision making, self-management, personal appearance, reliability & attitude.

Cooper (Chisholm Institute)
Cooper was great all round. He follows instructions well and shows strong work ethics. He was a pleasure to have.

Year 11 Holocaust Museum and Temple Beth Israel visit.

2017 RE Exc.

Last Friday saw the Year 11 students spend the day visiting the Holocaust Museum and Temple Beth Israel as part of their RE studies.

For many of the students, it was both a new experience and one which gave them an insight into a dark period of the world’s history. A time in history which was filled with enormous sadness and loss and one which saw the terrible consequences of racism and the destruction that it caused.

They were also able to reflect on the greatness of humanity, the compassion, the coming together of people and ultimately the triumph of good over evil. It was to the credit of each of the students present, that they listened with empathy to the stories told by the survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen –Belsen and they asked questions framed with thoughtfulness. 

To many of the students, it was the first time that they had met someone who had survived such terrible hatred and lived to bring their stories to the next generation. Each of the survivors told their story as a warning to future generations. Our students listened and learned about the pain of being shunned and hated for being born Jewish. 

I was extremely proud of the students. They were encouraged to write their reflections on their visit as they left and to light candles in memory of those who had died at the hands of the Nazis.

As I was leaving, one of the survivors pulled me aside, and commented on the respectful behaviour of the St. Peter’s College students and that they would be welcome at any time. The final part of the day saw us at Temple Beth Israel, a Progressive Synagogue in Elsternwick. Here they were able to read from the Torah and listen to the rich history of Judaism. 

The students are to be commended on the way in which they listened with reverence and the respect which they showed to those that they met. 

A few reminders:
1.    St. Peters Day on Tuesday 27th June – please return permission slips for attendance at St. Agatha’s for mass. Also please note early dismissal on this day is 3pm.
2.    Meningococcal cards – please return asap completed – this is for all Year 10,11 & 12 students only.
3.    Pick up and drop – please do not enter the car park at Mackillop Way entrance to pick up or drop off your children. This is becoming a safety concern for our students. 
4.    Last day of Term 2 is Thursday 29th June at normal dismissal time.

Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Refugee Week

Last week I accompanied Year 11 students on an excursion to the Holocaust Memorial in Elsternwick. In the afternoon we went to a progressive Synagogue to learn about Judaism.  

It was very moving to hear a survivor, Jack speak of his experience in being forced into a ghetto in his small hometown of Turek, shortly after the Nazis invaded Poland. From there he was snatched from the street by soldiers and made to work in a labour camp until being moved to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943. He worked through to early 1945 in a nearby coal mine which was administered by the commandant at Auschwitz. Before the Russians liberated the camp, he was forced on a death march before being loaded onto a train and taken through Czechoslovakia and Austria to southern Germany. Eventually, he was taken all the way to a northern German port on the Baltic Sea, where he was effectively put on a prison cargo ship. The British liberated the Jewish survivors there, three days before the end of the war.  His family of two parents and four siblings were never seen again.

What impacted me greatly was how thankful he was that Australia welcomed him as a refugee in 1948.  He spoke of the warmth and tolerance of the Australian people despite his poor English. He was not only given a chance to work, but welcomed the opportunity to be a productive member of our community. He was so appreciative that he was not once again detained behind barbed wire.  

People at the Holocaust Memorial reminded me of the importance of learning from history. Of speaking out against injustice when it first begins.  Of being wary of people such as Hitler, who in promising to make Germany great again, was demonising a small section of the community (Jews made up just 0.08% of Germany). Of being not just tolerant but indeed accepting and welcoming of people who are different because of race, religion, culture, sexual orientation or identity, socio-economic status and political ideology (all attributes that were targeted by Hitler). I was reminded that for evil to prosper, all it takes is for good people to do nothing.

During Refugee Week, I will be reminding our young people the lesson of the Holocaust, so that we are not destined to repeat history. Welcome the refugee. It is not only just and ethically correct, but it makes sense economically. The cost of running detention camps and legal payouts for those locked away indefinitely compared to the taxes that employed refugees could be paying back into community is very compelling evidence. A compassionate response is what is demanded by our Catholic faith. I will finally remind our young people that Jesus and his parents were once refugees when they fled persecution into Egypt.

To our refugee students and parents at St. Peter’s College, I say welcome and thank you for all the blessings you bring to our community.

St. Peter’s Day– Tuesday, 27 June

On Tuesday, 27 June, the college community celebrates St. Peter’s Day. This is a special day on the College Calendar, where we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron Saint Peter and recognise our Catholic Ethos.

West St Peter

The Student Representative Council have been planning and organising activities to ensure the day is successful. Please note the following:

  • The day commences with normal Tutor Group at 8.45am, followed by a Campus Mass in the Multi Purpose Hall. The Mass is a very important part of the day’s celebrations and is therefore compulsory. 


  • Students arriving late and therefore missing the Mass will NOT be allowed to partake in all of the activities for the rest of the day.


  • After the Mass, the day will consist of a number of activities provided by Auscorp Amusements; including gladiator challenge, bungee run and a UFO thrill ride. The SRC, VCAL students and each House is also organizing various activities including student radio, food stalls and a talent quest.


  • The Parents and Friends Association will kindly provide a free BBQ lunch and can of soft drink for all students on the day.


  • Some of the activities are free, whilst some activities and the food stalls will cost a small amount of money, with the proceeds going to charity. Students are advised to bring loose change on the day.


  • The day will conclude with dismissal at 3pm.


  • This is a compulsory school day and students should not be arriving late or departing early.


  • Students who are absent are required to bring a parental note the next day.


  • Students are permitted to wear casual clothing on the day. Please wear sensible, warm clothing and be prepared for cold weather. Open toed footwear is not permitted.


  • Current St. Peter’s College students ONLY are permitted on the premises on the day.

This really is a day of celebration and an opportunity for the whole student and staff community to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Thank you in anticipation of your support on this day.

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David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning – VCAL 

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning or (VCAL) Certificate is a course which provides students with a “hand on”, practical option for students in Years 11 and 12. The VCAL Course gives students practical work-related experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills and the opportunity to build personal skills that are important for life and work. Like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), VCAL is an Accredited Secondary Certificate.

While undertaking a VCAL program students complete one day work placement and one day's training in their chosen field such as at Chisholm or our Trades Skills Centre. Students completing a VCAL program must have a VET Course so students considering this value added pathway should begin to think about the possible VET course they might undertake.

Already this year students in our VCAL class have established a Café at our West Campus where staff and students enjoy fresh baked goods or homemade pumpkin soup and excellent barista coffee. Students have presented to the leadership team on their area of research into Sustainability goals and have followed up with organising an excursion to a local recycling centre. In all cases, the students are honing skills which will see them well placed to enter the workforce once they leave school. 

The VCAL class at our West Campus has grown over the past five years as parents and students have come to understand the real benefits of this style of learning and the application of the skills learnt to the workforce. Many students commence employment or an apprenticeship as soon as they leave school after completing their VCAL course. In these days of low employment, it is vital that all students plan carefully for life after school and ensure they are well placed to face the future world of work. The VCAL program was introduced at the East Campus in 2017 and will expand in 2018 to offer both Year 11 and 12 VCAL. Parents or students wishing to find our more about our VCAL pathway should speak to the careers Advisors, Mr Chris O’Hara ( VCAL / VET Coordinator) or myself.

Semester 2 Commences this Week 

In order to balance out the teaching year and to ensure all units receive equal teaching time, the College plans for Semester 2 to commence this week. For Year 12 students this is the commencement of Unit 4 Studies and the final units of the VCE Certificate. I wish all of our VCE students the very best and encourage them to dig deep over these last few weeks. It is not too late to make a significant difference to your final results. Students are encouraged to take the time now so that the best possible ATAR is achieved – this way the possible options for University are enhanced. 

For students in Years 7- 11 it will mean a new timetable, possibly some new teachers and different subjects for Semester 2. This change over is an OPPORTUNITY. Students should reflect on how they have travelled this first semester and reflect on what they could do to make semester two EVEN BETTER.

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching

Religious Education News

2017 CEO Symbol

These next four weeks will see some of our staff join with teachers from across the diocese in the revision of the RE Curriculum.

One of the benefits of belonging to the larger group is that you get to share in the wisdom of the greater whole. When you get teachers together like this, you realize, in that moment, how amazing these people are and what an incredible venture that they are on. Yes! I am talking about RE. Religious Education is not a static, dull set of statements or standards or beliefs or whatever other thing you might think.

Religious Education is a dynamic exploration of the world, its relationship with its maker and its inhabitants. Religious Education has direct reference and relevance to the real lives of us all but particularly the young people that enter our school.

The most recent development in our courses has been the effort to work out how the religious dimension fits into our lives now. The truth be known, many good RE teachers have been doing that forever. We now have a name for it - Recontextualization. It is the process of making RE real and come alive.

Next week, we celebrate St. Peter's Day.

RE Classes will explore him a little bit more.  We celebrate on the Tuesday nearest the 29th June, which is the annual feast of Saints Peter and Paul. It is interesting that St Peter and St Paul share a feast day. They weren't always on the same page.  It seems from the Acts of the Apostles that they were often travelling different journeys to different places with different ideas. Peter is often described as the brawn and Paul the brains. I am not sure that is fair. Both were clever, both were strong and together they have given us an incredible foundation of faith and life.

There is no doubt that Peter amidst great difficulty "stood up" and brought people together. He seemed inspired by Jesus to take a stand. It is a unity our modern world could do with.
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Hopefully, we can all see that Peter was not great because he was incredible but because he was one of us. We will all be enriched in the process.

2017 East Cross

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners

Today is the solemnity of the Most Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ called “Corpus Christi”. This celebration is dated back to the 13th Century but it is a celebration of something much older. The church is body of Christ and as members of the church, we are part of Christ’s body. Therefore, today we are celebrating what we are, the body of Christ. We welcome and thank Bishop Patrick O’Regan who will be visiting our parish this week for the Sacrament of Confirmation and next Sunday at the 9.00am Mass to confer to the Ministry of Acolyte, two Seminarians of the Diocese of Sale (Avinash George and Hiep Nguyen). We also congratulate all the Confirmation candidates and their families. May God bless them abundantly.

God bless you Fr Joseph

New Parish Pastoral Council will be having their first meeting this Tuesday 20th June, at 7.30pm in the Parish Office. Election of new officials will take place during this meeting. 

Sacrament Of Confirmation Ceremonies: Bishop Patrick will be Confirming children this Thursday 22nd June at 7.30pm and Saturday 23rd June at 11.00am & 2.00pm. A reminder to parents and children to arrive 20 minutes before Mass and remember to bring your completed Confirmation Card.

SVDP Society: We will be holding our annual Masses for the Poor Appeal next weekend 24th - 25th June and we seek the continuing support of our Parishioners. As we have this enormous growth in our Community of Cranbourne so we have an ever-increasing number of calls for assistance with occasions of close to 100 calls a week. We would appreciate your donation to our Church collection, donations of blankets and not perishable foodstuffs. If you can help by giving of your time to help with visitations we would be grateful, it can be any day or time, training is provided. If you can help please ring 5996 1758

Save The Date: Supporting eleven of our Year 12 Students fundraising for our sister school, Bishop Epalle Catholic College, in Honiara. St. Peter’s College Solomon Island Immersion Program Trivia & Silent Auction Evening, Friday August 11th 7.00pm, West Campus Multi-Purpose Hall. $20.00 per person, Tables of 10 $200.00. BYO food and drink. DONATIONS FOR OUR SILENT AUCTION. Please forward to April Hampson at St. Peter’s College West Campus. Any items, large or small, expensive or non-expensive, all will be appreciated. Thank You. April Hampson, St. Peter’s College

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. 

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. 

Junior RCIA: For older children who have not completed their Sacraments. Classes have started now till Easter 2018. Participants attend Mass at 9.00am followed by classes at the end of Mass in the Parish Office. For enquiries contact Sr Lucy on 5996 1985

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Message from our Parish Priest

Dear Parishioners,
In these coming weeks I urge all parishioners to renew their prayer and encouragement for all our younger parishioners. Some are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Many are invited to participate in a youth survey in preparation for an international conversation to be led by Pope Francis at the Vatican next year. We have so many terrific young people in our parish, involved in various parish ministries and committed to their faith. They constantly give a wonderful witness to all of us, so let us be quick in our encouragement and prayer for them.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

Confirmation: Bishop O’Regan will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation in St Thomas the Apostle Parish on Sunday 25th June. On that weekend there will be two Sunday morning Masses, the regular Mass at 9.30am and the Confirmation Mass at 11.00am. All parishioners are very welcome to attend the Confirmation Mass as it is also a parish Sunday Mass.

Youth Survey: Young people across Australia are being called to share their views about life, faith, and their experience of the Church through an online survey being conducted by the Catholic Bishops of Australia. Bishop O’Regan, invites all young parishioners aged 16-29 to participate and make their voices heard.The survey seeks to capture the opinions and perspectives of young people as part of a national consultation process that will inform an international conversation in Rome next year. Pope Francis will lead the international conversation at the Vatican. This is a unique opportunity for young people to have their voice heard upon a range of topics. The Australian bishops see the potential of young people; they seek to listen to young people. Pope Francis has called young people to join this inclusive journey saying that the Church “wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities”.The survey can be completed online at: https://www.catholic.org.au/youthsurvey. The closing date for responses is midnight on Sunday 2nd July 2017.

SVDP Society: We will be holding the annual Masses for the Poor Appeal on the 24th - 25th June and we seek the continuing support of our Parishioners.  As we have this enormous growth in our Community of Cranbourne so we have an ever-increasing number of calls for assistance with occasions of close to 100 calls a week.  We would appreciate your donation to our Church collection, donations of blankets and non perishable foodstuffs.  If you can help by giving of your time to help with visitations we would be grateful, it can be any day or time, training is provided.  Come and join the Lord’s team of helpers serving the poor.  If you can help please ring 5996 1758 to talk to us.  God bless you all for your ongoing support and prayers.

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 would like St Thomas parishioners to visit parishioners in their local area.  For more details contact Sr Faustina on 5996 1985

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

2018 Compulsory Uniform Changes

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

To order online please click here:

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.

To read more about purchasing second-hand uniform items please click here:

To see what second-hand uniform items are currently listed for sale please click here:

Careers News

Work Experience

Year 10 Students were out on work experience June 13-16. This provides students with the opportunity to gain some valuable insight into particular industries and assisting with future course and career decisions.  Once again this year our students have organised some great placements in such areas as: Accounting, Aged Care, Acting, Bakery, Carpentry, Chemist, CSIRO, Childcare/Kinder, Dental, Education (University, Secondary & Primary), Farming, Golf, Horticulture, Hospital, Hairdressing, I.T, Magistrates Court, Police, Real Estate, Retail, Solicitors, Travel, Veterinary etc .

Students can investigate chosen pathways and get real tangible experience and insight into those areas. Spending this quality time, especially with people working in the field may make all the difference in subject choices, University/Tafe choices even career direction and more. Make the experience a meaningful one!

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Robyn Cardamone
Careers Coordinator East

Futures Expo Save The Date

Futures Expo. Study and Career Pathways

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Our Annual Futures Expo is St. Peter's College 'One Stop Shop' for students and parents for all your Curriculum and Careers information.

Everything you ever wanted to know about: 

Navigating VCE
Careers and University Pathways
Maximising your ATAR  
Acting a Job Interview 
Subjects Selections in the Junior Years 

Taking the time to be fully informed of all the choices available will ensure a smooth transition through the Senior Years of school and will maximise both your enjoyment and achievement.

Tuesday 25th July at West Campus, Multi-Purpose Hall

Students and parents are reminded to save the date for our upcoming Futures Expo. All students from Year 8 through to 12 in 2017 are expected to attend and sign-in at some point during the day and evening. 

Enrolment information and individual logins for subject selection will be distributed during the Futures Expo.

Mind Matters @ St.Peter's College

Mind Matters at work…

Resilience refers to the ability of an individual, family or community to manage change (life challenges or adversities) so as to maintain mental well being. A young person’s ability to be resilient can depend upon many things, particularly their relative balance of risk and protective factors. Depending upon their situation, young people’s resilience may vary. Importantly, specific situations or events that one person may find challenging, another may not.

Resilience, like mental health, is not static but is something that can change over time due to experiences and circumstances
Here is an article by Andrew Fuller, a leading psychologist in the area, which looks at 10 tips that families can consider in encouraging resilience. 

  • Promote Belonging
  • Have some mooch time
  • Rediscover some family rituals
  • Spontaneity and curiosity
  • Love kids for their differences
  • It is clear who is in charge
  • Consistency
  • Teach the skills of Self-esteem
  • Know how to Argue
  • Parents are reliably unpredictable

Please click here for the full article

Nadia Picinali
Student Wellbeing Team

Save the Date for Graduating Class of 2007

SPC Alumni News

Graduating Class of 2007

Save The Date Notice

  • Date:     28th October 2017
  • Time:      7.15 for College Tour
  • Start       7.30 pm; finishes 10.00pm Last Drinks
  • Venue:   St. Peter’s College Hall. Navarre Drive entrance
  • Dress:     Formal
  • Food and Drinks and Live Entertainment 
  • $70.00 per person
  • Partners invited to attend with you

Intention to Attend
Please send an email to April Hampson, Marketing Manager, ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au with your intention to attend (or your inability to attend) response.

This will allow us to keep you up to date with all activities in relation to this very important evening, regardless of whether you can attend or not.
If you know of any classmates who may have changed address in the last ten years, please ask them to contact the College Office by phone 5990 7777 and send an email to officew@stpeters.vic.edu.au so we can update our address files and get in contact with them.
If you wish to be part of the organising of this event please let us know.

Please contact the College or phone April Hampson ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au
We look forward to celebrating ten years on from Year 12 with you!

To register as part of St. Peter’s College Alumni 
Please Click Here:

Trivia Night Save The Date

Solomon Islands Trivia Night


Our 6th Annual Solomon Islands Trivia Night will be held early in Term 3.

Friday 11th August

West Campus, Multi-Purpose Hall, Bring your own catering and beverages.

7.00 pm start.

$20.00 pp / $200 Teams of ten

Later this year eleven Year 12 students from the West & East Campus, will travel to Honiara in the Solomon Islands to give much needed help and support within our sister school. These students pay their own travel costs, and give up the opportunity to join their fellow students in Schoolies week celebration.

They are working hard to attract over 300 people to come along and to secure up to $20,000.00 worth of Silent Auction items, which will be up for grabs on the night. All items will be sold!

They aim to raise much needed funds for our sister school, Bishop Epalle Catholic School, in Honiara two storey building that will house their New Computer Lab, New Library and much anticipated New staffroom.

Over the last five years our St. Peter’s College community has raised over $63,000 towards this project. 

Tables Sales or donations of goods or services, 

(nothing is too small or too large, too expensive or inexpensive, all will be appreciated). 

Please contact Mrs Hampson at the College. 

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 down to help out.

Thank You

April Hampson, SPC Parents & Friends

20 JUN

VCE Study Skills - West

21 JUN

Year 9 REACH & Reconcilliation Day East Campus
VCE Study Skills - East

22 JUN

Campus Assembly
SIS Junior Sport

23 JUN

SIS Intermediate Sport
St. Peter's College Staff Dinner

24 JUN

Saturday Opening Uniform Shop

26 JUN

WC Year 10 - 12 Immunisations

27 JUN

St Peter's Day Celebrations - Casual Clothes

28 JUN

Northern Territory Trip #1

29 JUN

Pastoral Period
House Assemblies

30 JUN

End Term 2 Student Free Day

01 JUL


Parents & Friends Committee


Your P&F Committee supports numerous student initiatives at both Campuses throughout the year. To enable us to continue this we need your help to raise funds.

Hurry before we sell out!

There are only a couple of books still available, but the Digital Version is still available, and you get the benefit of having it with you as an app on your phone all the time.

By purchasing the Entertainment Book not only can you save money, particularly through the school holidays with lots of activities and food saving vouchers, you will be helping us fundraise, with all funds going directly back to Student Representative Council requests.

Click here for details and to purchase 

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. 

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