If you are experiencing difficulties viewing this email click here to view in your browser.
Issue 98  |  28 June 2017
Featured Story
From our Acting Principal

St. Peter’s Day

St. Peter’s feast day is on June 29th. In Rome St. Peter’s (& St. Paul’s) feast day is celebrated by a public holiday and as this holy day falls in the summer months, I am certain it is an easier celebration to be had. Notwithstanding this, our own celebrations were significant. As tradition dictates the day commenced at both campuses with a mass. At the West Campus this was celebrated by Fr Denis and at the East campus (who, as a campus travelled to St. Agatha’s), mass was celebrated by Fr Anthony. The theme of this mass was a celebration of what Peter stood for. Our college theme for 2017, “After much debate, Peter stood up…” was central to that message. At West the mass began with a musical and dance interpretation of “You’re the voice”. Having a voice is significant and dialogue is critical in the sustainment of right relations. Peter standing up after significant debate illustrated the stand Peter made at the council of Jerusalem. He had a voice and used it to great effect. Much of the challenge Jesus gave Peter was around the question: “Are you a leader or a follower?” St. Peter was a significant leader in the establishment of the Church. He didn’t always get it right and it is this very message which is important to share with our students, as is the very question asked of Peter: Are you a leader or a follower? It is the same question we ask our students. Our expectation is that all students respond by stating they are striving to be leaders.
St. Peter’s day was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate as a community. The carnival like atmosphere took the edge off the cold day and the involvement by staff and students alike was inspiring. My thanks is extended to the staff for their enthusiasm and efforts, particularly after a long term. Thanks is also extended to the large number of parents who gave up their time to assist on the day.

Northern Territory Experience

Forty-four students and four staff headed off on their Northern Territory experience very early on Wednesday morning. Highlights will include visits to Coober Pedy, Uluru, the Olgas, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Daly Waters, Katherine Gorge and Kakadu. What a wonderful opportunity for these students. We look forward to hearing of their adventures upon their return.

Building Update

i.    Administration Centre – Staff refurbishment

Approval has been granted to refurbish the temporary Year 9 classroom spaces, located in the new Administration Centre at the East Campus, into a staffroom and staff resource centre. Tenders will be called for in the coming month. We hope that this will ensure that, commencing the beginning of 2018, staff will have these facilities available to them 

ii.    Yr 9 Learning Centre – East Campus

The building is starting to take shape with the steelwork erected and roofing commencing. This centre will house our exciting Year 9 program. Further details will be made available at the beginning of Term 3.

iii.    West Campus Masterplan

The final touches of this is occurring this week. This is ahead of a staff presentation at the beginning of Term 3. Parents will be provided with the outcomes of this plan and the intended stages of our building program. 


1.    Last day for students for Term 2 is: Thursday June 29th
2.    Staff will not be present at the East campus on Friday June 30th
3.    Office Hours during the term break are: 9.00am – 4.00pm
4.    First day of school, Term 3 is: Monday July 17th
5.    Futures Expo: save the date, July 25th – compulsory for Years 8-12

Enjoy the week ahead and have a safe holiday period.

Chris Black
Acting Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

End of Term Approaches

As Term 2 draws to a close this week, we could not have had a more fitting celebration than what we shared on St. Peter's Day. The day began with a beautiful and moving mass at St. Agatha’s church. Our student leaders under the guidance of Mr Roger Hampson and Miss Williams, performed an inspirational and reflective drama that reignited and energised our commitment to this year’s college theme; After much debate..Peter stood up. Father Antony challenged us to stand up and commit our love for Jesus through our daily actions, words and deeds. The choir and band were skilfully lead by Mr Brian Wallwork and further supported the congregation’s rich spiritual experience. I am extremely proud of the respect for our Catholic identity illustrated so strongly through the participation and reverence shown by our students throughout the mass. 

2017 East Mass

Activities @ St. Peter's Day

After the mass we headed back to the East Campus for the fun, games and exciting activities of the day. Activities included a Bungy Run, Human Foosball, a Bouncing Castle, a Giant Slide, Hungry Hippos, a Photo Booth, Golf challenges, Mug painting, Water Ping Pong and my personal favourite the Haunted House. Both staff and students, put in an enormous about of time and effort into planning and hosting these wonderful events. The true spirit of a unified campus was felt throughout the day.

2017 SPD Pic.3

2017 SPD Pic.1

2017 SPD Pic.2

Talent @ St. Peter's College

One of the major highlights of the day was the talent quest. We were awash with amazing singers, dancers, musicians and even a magician! The level of talent was extremely high and it became very difficult to separate a number of acts. To this end we decided that a Grand Final needs to be held where the top 5 acts will battle it out for the ultimate title of Best Talent 2017. Mr Wallwork and Ms Molesworth will be the deciding judges. The finalists are:

  1. Ethan Moss
  2. Lowella and Sophie
  3. Dora and her explorers
  4. Bless
  5. Christian and Pritisha

All performers on the day, proved yet again that at St. Peter's College we live by the motto be not afraid – let your talents and efforts shine for all to see. How brave to stand up before your peers and sing, dance and entertain. The audience respected each and every artist through cheering, clapping and singing along to many of the well-known song choices. Even staff joined in with a special drumming solo from Mr Greg Furlong! The judges, Luke, myself and Ms Caroline Angus, may not have been quite as skilled as the artists themselves, all agreed that the Campus came alive in celebration of the rich talent of our students. RJ and Miguel were brilliant as the compares. Overall a fantastic way to conclude a highly joyful and successful St. Peter's Day. Special thanks must go to Mr Wallwork, and Miss Molesworth who produced this wonderful talent quest.

2017 Talent Pic.1

2017 Talent Pic.2

Finally: A very special thank you to the wonderful members of our Parents & Friends for providing the delicious BBQ throughout the day. Also I must acknowledge all members of the Campus community, including our wonderful office administration staff, learning support staff, and all support staff including maintenance and the teachers who work so tirelessly to ensure that days like St Peter's Day are such huge successes. Thank you again.

Sports News: St. Peter's College East Campus Win Pennants.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that two of our SIS teams won Pennants; Junior girls netball and Intermediate boys basketball. After the long training sessions and the hard fought matches throughout the season, our teams were crowned Pennant Champions.

The junior SIS girls netball team were undefeated winning all 5 games to win the flag for St. Peter's East. A very dedicated group of girls from Year 7 & Year 8 who played to each other’s strengths, were positive and encouraging to one another. They displayed excellent sportsmanship, leadership and improved their strategy with each game. They were excellent ambassadors for St. Peter's College.  

The winning team members are:
Maddison Rose, Taneisha Handyside, Teynesiha Lebon, Alana White, Leilani Gardner, Zoe Hendriks, Samantha Butler, Izzy Pottery, Lesina Cordtz, and Iesha Boavida
Special thanks go to Kamaya Liyanage  & Salfia Koudi Arad (Assistant Coaches) and to Ms Olivia Barrett (Coach).

The intermediate SIS boys basketball team displayed determination, skills and played as a winning team throughout the whole season. A great effort for all of the team.  Special thanks to Mr Daniel Green (Coach) and Chris Veerapen Chetty (assistant coach).
The winning team members are: Josh Abaloz, Brad Fielden, Guandong Guandong, Thamu Ndebele, Charlie Ratten, Abhishek Singh, Trae Spruit, and Liam Wong.

An incredible effort by all. Congratulations on your well-deserved victories. 

Special Congratulations to St. Thomas the Apostle

Sunday marks the 5th Year St. Thomas the Apostle Parish has been celebrating Mass at the East Campus. We sincerely thank Father Denis and the Parish community for being such an important part of our spiritual growth and identify as a Catholic community. 

Reminders this Week:

Meningococcal Vaccination - This free vaccination will be offered at St. Peter’s College East Campus on Friday, 21 July.  These immunisation forms were given to your child last week in Tutor Group and should have been delivered to you.  If not, please ask your child to go to Student Reception.  Please fill these forms in and return them promptly to the school granting consent to have your child immunised.  This vaccine could cost up to $150 from your local GP and so we would encourage all parents to take advantage of this opportunity as they are currently free and there is no suggestion that it will be funded next year.

I wish all staff, students and parents a very restful, safe and happy holiday. We look forward to Term 3 which will be another exciting, energetic and purposeful term.

Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

St. Peter's Day Celebration

Tuesday was a wonderful celebration of St. Peter's Day. We started with a Mass in the Hall that took up the important annual theme of “After much debate, Peter stood up.” The homily, the songs and the prayers all called our students to have a voice, stand up for what they believe and speak out whether it be from their religious faith or social justice. It was great to have Fr Denis join us again. Ms Laura Appleby organised an amazing choir with talented musicians. Miss Karissa Robertson had four of our students Elizabeth Lupeamanu, Naomi Hind, Kobe Souvannasing and Charbel Karaan dance beautifully to John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice”. Thanks to our Religious Education team of Mr Steve Nash and Ms Marissa Joyce for organising the magnificent liturgy.

Students appeared to enjoy the vast array of activities on offer. The Student Representative Council chose the amusements which consisted of the Spinout Thrill Ride, Gladiator Challenge and 4-way Bungee. The House Leaders and their student forums organised a host of activities including the AFL longest kick (Assisi), FIFA X-box tournament (Augustine), Basketball shooting (Avila), Photo Competition (Glowrey), Photo Booth (MacKillop) and even our own mini golf course and pitch-n-putt challenge (Romero). Thanks to Mr John Toffolon and Mr Pat Hayes from maintenance for their work here. Thanks also to Mr John Phillips who organised the student radio run by Tom Kelly, Joshua O’Brien, Lachlan Le Grand and Gehan Pereira.

Food was organised by Kolbe house who made milkshakes, MacKillop house who had a Mega Lolly Bar and Marian who sold pizzas. VCAL ran their newly introduced VCAFE and they sold out most of their food and hot chocolates. Ms Pina Marciano from food technology was ever reliable in providing popcorn and fairy floss.  

If all this food was not sufficient, every student was provided with a sausage in bread and drink by our Parents and Friends Association who gave up their valuable time to cook the BBQ. Thanks to Mrs April Hampson who organised our generous parents Ellinor & Brett Allen, Penny East, Briony Molloy, Mandy Madill and Jodie Redman.

All funds raised in Term 2 are donated to the Bishop of Sale’s Trinity Family Charity. All these events enabled us to raise $1999.40 should not be ignored. We should be able to find the extra 60 cents to bring our donation to the Trinity Families Charity to an even $2400!

St. Peter’s Day Fund Raising    

Mackillop - Photo Booth Lolly Bar $569.50
RE - Breakfast $120.30
Avila - Basketball $40.20
Kolbe - Milkshakes $770.10
SRC - Bean Bag Toss $15.50
Marian - Pizza $219.50
Assisi - Longest AFL Kick $50.50
Food Tech - Pina $525.30
Romero - Golf $88.50
Total: $2,399.40

All money raised from St. Peter's Day is distributed to the Bishop of Sale's Trinity Families charity.  It is good for us all to know how this money is spent on helping people in the Diocese of Sale. For further information, please go to the website:   http://www.trinityfamilies.org.au/

About 60 different charitable organisations have received funding from Trinity Families since its inception, sharing in about $1.2 million to run programs to aid families.
Here is a summary of those charities that they helped in 2016:

  • $60,000, CatholicCare Gippsland, family counselling in Sale and Pakenham.
  • $20,000, Olivia's Place, Warragul, mentoring program for families.
  • $10,000, Barrier Breakers, Traralgon, employ advocate to combat problem gambling.
  • $10,000, FareShare, providing free meals to needy in Gippsland.
  • $8000, Cardinia Combined Churches Caring, crisis support for families in need.
  • $7500, Youth InSearch Foundation, support for youth ast risk.
  • $5000, Baw Baw Combined Churches Foodbank, food items for the needy.
  • $4000, Gippsland Women's Health, transport and accomodation support for breast cancer patients.
  • $4000, A Better Life for Foster Kids, providing basic needs for foster children.

Thank you to our environment captain Raphael Kostopoulos who worked with Mr Anthony Beutelschiess to recycle 16 kg of aluminium cans and to the many students who worked hard at the end of the day to clean up the litter. I hope this is a renewal in the care we have towards our school environment.

Finally, thank you to Miss Robertson, Ms Quirillo, Ms Appleby, and our Arts Captains, Latisha Dalton, Jessica Le Gall and Sasha Shashkoff for organising and running a great Talent Quest. Congratulations to our prize winners:

1st place - Britney Philips who sang "Make You Feel My Love".
2nd place - Lizzy Lupeamanu who danced to "You Don't Own Me".
Wildcard prize - Justice Molloy who did a dance mashup.

It was a great way to finish the day by celebrating our student’s giftedness in music and dance.

Meningococcal Immunisations

On Monday, most of our Year 10-12 students received their free Meningococcal vaccination provided through the City of Casey. This is an important preventative health measure and I encourage parents of any student who missed out on this vaccination to contact their local council to try and organise a time for their child to be vaccinated.

End of Term 3

Students will finish term on Thursday with House Assemblies in Period 2. This should be a time to acknowledge success and reflect on a busy first half of the year. Students will be tired after the long 11 week term and it is important that they get their rest and recuperation over the next fortnight. It will hopefully be a time where all students can recharge, renew and perhaps rethink some of their goals. All students will do goal-setting on the first day of Term 3 and it is important therefore that they read and listen to what teachers have recommended in their school reports. Please find the time to sit down with your child and read through these important documents. Sometimes they are reason to celebrate and other times they will be challenges to improve. In any case they become more valuable reports when parents read them with their child.

Screen Time

An Australian Child Health Poll, organised by the Royal Children’s Hospital, found that half of children used screen-based devices at bedtime, despite the evidence clearly showing use can affect quality of sleep. Also teenagers who used screens in bed are more likely to experience online bullying.

Paediatrician, Dr Anthea Rhodes was the director of the poll said that teenagers are spending almost 44 hours outside school hours on screen-based devices, which is more than they would spend in a full-time job. Part of the concern is that the survey also found that children’s screen use mirrored the use of their parents. Parents who are heavy users are more likely to have a child who uses screen devices heavily.

Of particular concern to educators is that this screen use is at the expense of homework, study and quality sleep. This ultimately impacts on student’s ability to perform well at school. Furthermore, I would suspect that there is bound to be other negative impacts on our students such as relationships with family and peers and physical and mental wellbeing declining.

Solutions to this problem will require a whole family approach. In our home, we have implemented what my four teenage children affectionately refer to as iPad prison. Screen devices are locked in a metal box for charging from 9 pm to 7 am each night. After the initial howls of protest, children soon adapted, adjusted homework priorities and are achieving well at school. I encourage parents to try this approach.

I pray that all our students have a safe and happy holiday, and that parents and guardians are able to enjoy the company of their children at this time.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal – Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Recently, students from both the East and West Campus participated in the Alliance Francaise Competition. Once again our experienced staff have provided active learning opportunities which assisted students to see the real-life application of the skills they are developing. Below is a piece written by a student who attended. We look forward to hearing the results of the competition!

This is about the time a handful of students travelled far to the Alliance Française in St Kilda. There were many memorable moments during the trip like strolling around St. Kilda with friends. There were also some moments that were nerve-racking such as reciting the poem. Though, for partaking in the competition, we had to say the pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) were a well-deserved and tasty reward. Walking around the Alliance Française was also an amazing experience mostly because of the surroundings. There is not a single English word said anywhere throughout the building and even everything on the TV is French.
If you do French be sure to enter the competition next year because it will be well worth it! ( Vance- Ivan Asirit Year 8 Student  ) 

2017 French Excursion

2017 CE French Excursion

Year 12 Interviews 

Week 9 all students undertaking Unit 3 courses sat practice examinations. Feedback from these exams will be important in identifying gaps in knowledge and areas that could still be improved before the final end of year examinations. This feedback will occur for all students undertaking a Unit 3/ 4 in 2017 on Tuesday 25th July during our FUTURES EXPO. Interviews will take place in the Benedict Building at the West Campus between 12.30pm – 3.30pm. 


The parent portal for viewing of reports will be open on Thursday 29th June from 4.00p.m. If any parent would like the instructions for accessing reports translated to a language other than English, please contact the Front Office on 5990 7777.

Library at East Campus will close at 4.30pm in Semester 2. Commencing this week.

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching

Religious Education News

St. Peter's Day

Before the Mass of St. Peter's Day, the West Campus began with a flashdance version of John Farhnam's You're the Voice. Mr Chris Black introduced it with these words:

Our Liturgies express something of who we are and who we want to be. They try to place our religious elements into our everyday lives. The presentation you will now see before Mass starts shows the place our annual theme has, “After much debate, Peter stood up…” in the life of each of us.  Jesus message to us today is strong - Don’t turn our backs, include others and like Peter Stand up.

The ideas being presented were that we can include others and make them welcome, that we (all of us) have a voice, that we can stand up and make others feel part of our group.

Fr Denis O'Bryan reflected on this element of the voice. He spoke about us speaking "the voice of God." He reflected that it was pretty easy to work out if it is the voice of God or not. If you a speaking for others, for the good of others there is a fair chance it is the voice of God. If the voice we speak is mainly about and for ourselves, we shouldn't be too sure. It will probably be some other voice.

St. Peter's Day is a great day in the calendar.  It is a community day. It is a day of fun with others. It is full of food, activities and at the end of the day performances. People sharing their talents with the wider group. It began with a religious celebration with a message based on our annual theme, "Don’t turn our backs, include others and like Peter Stand up." We prayed that the presence of God in our lives helps us bring this about.

2017 Mass Photo

2017 East Cross

West St Peter

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

We congratulate the young people in our parish who were Confirmed this week. We pray God’s blessing for them and their families, and we thank God for the many gifts and talents they bring to the life of the Church in Cranbourne. We welcome Bishop Patrick O’Regan, Paul Zaher, Jithin Anto and their families to St. Agatha’s Parish. This weekend at the 9.00am Mass Bishop Patrick will be conferring to the Ministry of Acolyte, two Seminarians of the Diocese of Sale, Congratulations and God’s blessings Paul and Jithin. During this week St. Peter’s College will be celebrating their annual Masses to celebrate the Feast of St Peter. We acknowledge the wonderful service that St. Peter’s College provides, and we pray for them at this time of their celebration. St. Peter’s Mass on Tuesday will be at 9.45am.

With best wishes Fr Joseph.

St. Agatha’s are extremely blessed to have Fr Rob Galea come to our parish on Friday July 7th. He will be here for the evening prayer of the Church at 7:00pm, he will then celebrate Mass for us at 7:30pm and then follow that up with a talk which will incorporate some of his songs that he has written. All Welcome!
Fr Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic Priest and is currently serving in Sandhurst Diocese, Victoria after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with an international fan base. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr Rob has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences. Please click here for flyer

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 this Sunday 25th June after the 9.00am Mass in the Parish Hall. Regular Meetings start 16th July. For more info please contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

PARISH OFFICE: The Parish Office will be closed this Friday 1st July from 10.00am to 2.00pm. 

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place Saturday 1st July, after the 9.30am Mass. This devotion includes the reciting of 1 Rosary and meditating on the other 3 Mysteries of the Rosary and concluding with a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All Welcome. 

HEALING MASS: 2 nd Sunday of the month, 9th July at 6.00pm Mass

ease don’t be left out.

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

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. 

THURSDAY EVENING MASS at 7.30pm focuses on a special intention of the week, praying for different needs within our families, parish and the wider community. Intentions for the month of June 29th – For those who celebrated a birthday in June. 

TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED: Boarder seeking rental opportunities close to St. Peter's College. A new arrivals support leader has just been employed and is seeking some short-term accommodation. Please contact Deng Chuor on 0481 968 610 if you are able to assist.

praying hands

St. Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

Next week we will celebrate five years since the Foundation Mass for St Thomas the Apostle Church. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Christopher Prowse, and 30-40 parishioners who had moved from St Agatha’s Church to establish the new church. From its beginning St Thomas the Apostle Church has focussed on being welcoming and one that encourages the participation of all in its ministry, especially the young people who are such an important part of our church.  Along the way we have celebrated the first baptism of a baby at Mass; there have been many more Baptisms since then. We have welcomed adults to the Easter Sacraments through the RCIA, and again we have more enquirers this year. It is with joy that we welcome Bishop Pat O’Regan to our church this Sunday for the first celebration of Confirmation for children to take place in our parish. As a church we treasure our life in Christ in communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We treasure the mission of evangelising which is at the heart of our life, and the occasions on which we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation. 

We pray God’s continued blessings for our parish.  Fr Denis.

ALTAR SERVERS: There will be training for new altar servers during the school holidays. The date and time is still to be arranged. I invite those who wish to become an altar server to please register their interest at the parish office in the coming week. Altar servers may ne from either primary or secondary schools, or young adults at college or work. Those aged 18 years and older will require a Working With Children Check.

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.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL (SVDP) SOCIETY: We seek the continuing support of our Parishioners as we have an 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.

TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED: Boarder seeking rental opportunities close to St Peter's College. A new arrivals support leader has just been employed and is seeking some short term accommodation. Please contact Deng Chuor on 0481 968 610 if you are able to assist.  

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 East Campus. Any items, large or small, expensive or non-expensive, all will be appreciated. Thank you. April Hampson, St Peter’s College.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Mind Matters @ St.Peter's College

Technology is just part of life for young people

Young people today have grown up in a world where technology is a core part of their lives.

Internet connected devices are likely to have been in their homes and schools since birth and they have been shaped by this presence. For these young people, technology is a way of expressing creativity, socialising, developing their identity and finding out stuff.  More and more, young people go to the internet for help with important issues in their lives. One of these important issues is their mental health.

The number of mental health sites on the internet has exploded in recent years. In addition, specialised apps, social media sites and online support services are evidence of massive engagement on this topic. In fact, research statistics show that young people are increasingly using mental health sites and services as a first, and sometimes only, port of call when navigating their mental health needs.

Some ideas: 

2017 Beyond Blue

Going through tough times?  Stress, anxiety and feeling down can affect anyone, and in fact happens to a lot of us at some point in our lives.  We all have good days and bad days. However, if you are feeling sad, down or anxious and these feelings have started to affect what you would normally enjoy or do, then it is important to find out what is going on and what you can do about it. https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/

2017 The Brave Program

The BRAVE program is an online program that provides teenagers and their parents with information and skills to help cope with worries and anxiety. https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/teen-program

2017 Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and app-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. https://smilingmind.com.au/

School holiday activity to raise money for Headspace please click here for flyer

Clare Ziino
Wellbeing Team

Mind Matters @ St.Peter's College

2017 CEO symbol

Advance Notice

National Child Protection Week CEOSale Poster Competition

Dear Parents/Students,

We are excited to announce the National Child Protection Week 2017, CEO Sale Poster Competition.

National Child Protection Week commences on Sunday 3 September 2017, culminating in Child Protection Sunday on 10 September.

This competition provides a way to deepen the awareness of child safety and promote the participation and empowerment of children (standard 7).

This year’s theme is: ‘See Me, Hear Me’

  • This competition is open to all students from Prep to Year 12
  • Students can enter individually or in groups.
  • Schools are invited to submit their top five entries.
  • Entries are to be submitted on A3 paper.
  • Two designs from each category will be chosen to be produced into posters to be distributed to schools from the promotion of National Child Protection Week.
  • Successful posters from the following categories will be published:

Best of primary school individual entry

Best of secondary college individual entry

Best of primary school group entry

Best of secondary college group entry

Entries close Friday 28 July 2017 -    Further details to follow –

Marianne O’Rourke
Education Consultant

Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Sale

PO Box 322 Warragul Vic 3820

Phone: 5622 6658  

Email: morourke@ceosale.catholic.edu.au

2017 CEO Symbol

Anita Carter
Student Welfare Leader

Futures Expo Save the Date

Futures Expo. Study and Career Pathways

2015 Futures Expo 14


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.


2017 Exchange Student Symbol


St. Peter’s College Exchange Program Information Sessions at Futures Expo.

Information sessions about the St. Peter’s College Exchange program will be held on Tuesday 25 July at the Futures Expo.

The sessions will include general information about the School Exchange Programs including hosting a student from Japan and New Caledonia as well as specific information about the 2018 Study Tour to New Caledonia.

In order to book online, please follow the link on the school website under “Futures Expo 2017”

There will be three Information Sessions, one at 12pm, at 2pm and at 5pm in Breen 1 at the west campus.

If you are interested in travelling to New Caledonia in 2018, you are strongly advised to attend one of these sessions as these are the only Information Sessions that will be held for next year’s French Exchange Program. Please contact arosenblum@stpeters.vic.au if you are unable to attend and request information. 

Olimpia Rosenblum
College Exchange Coordinator

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. 

Winter Coat Apeal

St. Peter’s College Winter Coat Appeal

2017 Winter Coat

Students at our East Campus are collecting second hand coats for those that need it most this winter!

If you, your family and friends have unneeded coats that you would like to donate, please drop them in to the College Front Office, either West or East Campus. 

Your contribution will be greatly appreciated and all coats will be donated to a local homeless shelter in Narre Warren. In the next couple of weeks.

All sizes (mens/womens/childrens) are welcome and must be in clean, wearable condition. 
Thank You

Tiffany Forbes
Social Justice Captain, East Campus

Careers News

FUTURES EXPO Just around the corner

As you would be well aware, the Futures Expo will be held on Tuesday 25th July.  

It is compulsory for all students in Years 8 – 12 to attend this event and we encourage families to attend with their children. In order to facilitate student attendance, the College has scheduled a Student Free Day.  

A number of workshops are available to assist students and families through this interesting time of subject selection and future course options. Please click here to access a complete list of the workshops.

Families must register the number of attendees for each workshops of interest. Simply access the link on our College website or click here.  

Don’t miss your chance to attend the one stop shop event for all your course enquiries. 

2015 careers 2

Melissa Dillon
Careers Coordinator


Wet Weather Jacket now is stock

Children Size - $43.00

Adult Size - $54.00

Uniform Policy;

Winter Uniform, Male and Female:

College Waterproof Jacket (optional) (does not replace Blazer and must be worn over Blazer)

Physical Education Uniform Male and Female:

St. Peter's College Waterproof Jacket (optional)

2017 Waterproof Jacket

28 JUN

Northern Territory Trip #1

29 JUN

Pastoral Period
House Assemblies

30 JUN

End Term 2 Student Free Day

01 JUL


17 JUL

Start Term 3
Student Goal Setting

18 JUL

VCE Study Skills - West

19 JUL

VCE Study Skills -East
Solomon Island Parents & Students Trivia Night Mtg

20 JUL

Pastoral Period

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.

Useful Links

College Alumni

Please click here:

Graduating Class of 2007
10 Year Reunion Details and Registration

Please click here:

To Download Save The Date Notice 

Please click here:

2018 Curriculum Handbook
e-book version now available.

Please Click Here:

St. Peter's College Website

To visit please click here:

St. Peter's College Community Portal

To visit please click here:

To View Past e-Newsletters

Please click here:

Subscribe to St. Peter's College E-Newsletter

To visit please click here:

SPC Futures Expo
Save the Date. Tuesday 25th July

Click here for more information:

Uniform St. Peter's College Uniform Shop

To visit please click here:

Second-Hand Uniform Sales, Calculators & Textbooks 

To visit please click here:
To see what is currently available for sale click here:

College Student Calendar for Term 3, 2017 and Term dates for 2017

To view please click here:

Catholic Life

To view June edition click here:

West St Peter

2017 East Cross

We hope you value this email. However, should you no longer wish to receive this eNewsletter,
please unsubscribe via the following link: unsubscribe