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Issue 101  |  02 August 2017
Featured Story
From our Principal

Staffing News - Deputy Principals Appointed

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I announce the appointment of two Deputy Principals who will begin with us from the commencement of the 2018 academic year. The first appointment relates to the current vacancy of DP - Head of East Campus and I have much pleasure in announcing that Ms Julie Banda has been offered, and has accepted this position. Julie is the current Acting Deputy Principal – Head of East Campus, a position she has held this year, a role she has fulfilled with distinction. Previously at St. Peter’s College, she has held the position of Senior Curriculum leader and prior to this Humanities Learning Coach. I'm sure you will join me in congratulating Julie on her appointment. Secondly, after discussions at both Board level and also with our Canonical Administrators, Fr Denis and Fr Joseph, it was felt the time was right to advertise for the position of Deputy Principal – Mission and Catholic Identity. The Religious dimension of our school is a critical and central core to who we are as a Catholic school. This position is a significant appointment and worthy of the title Deputy Principal. As the name suggests, the role plays a central role in leading and supporting both the Mission and the Catholic Identity of the college. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading an evangelising mission to develop and nurture spirituality and faith in the context of a Catholic school to all at St. Peter’s College. This role is one of witness and service to the community. The successful candidate was required to: Have demonstrated recent and exceptional leadership experience in education and in particular Religious education leadership. To this end I have much pleasure in announcing Matthew Williams to the position of Deputy Principal – Mission and Catholic Identity. Matthew is currently the Director of Identity and Mission at St. Mary’s College in Hobart and has held several other senior Religious Education positions of leadership prior. Matthew holds Masters degrees in Education (RE) and Business Administration as well as a Graduate Certificate in Governance and Canon Law. Matthew has a rich set of experiences which we expect will enable him to make a significant contribution to the St. Peter’s College community. We look forward to welcoming Matthew next year.

Insight SRC Survey

This week staff and students have been asked to complete a survey providing us with valuable information that we use in determining the success or otherwise of meeting our College's strategic goals. The overall Vision statement of our current Strategic Vision is: “As a Catholic Community, we aspire to lead in faith, guide with love and inspire through learning”. From this a number of strategic goals have been crafted and fall under the headings of :Catholic Identity, Teaching Learning and Well-Being, Leadership and Sustainability and Growth. As well as staff and student feedback it is critical that we also gain feedback from our parents. Many parents have already received the survey, your feedback is valuable and therefore we would appreciate your responses returned as soon as possible and prior to Monday.

National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

All schools in Australia in all sectors are required to participate in this process of data collation. The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on School Students with Disability is an annual data collection that counts the number of school students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustments they are provided. It is important to note that active parent consent to include students in the NCCD collection is not required as per the Australian Education Regulation 2013. Of equal importance is the fact that the information provided does not identify any individual student. Below are two links. The first is to the consent letter itself and the second is a link to the NCCD web-site which provides a resource for parents wishing to seek additional information. It is important to note that you need only respond if you are a parent of a child who is receiving extra support AND if you do NOT consent to information regarding your child being sent to the Catholic Education Office. 

2017 NCCD CECV Consent Form (1).pdf   Please click here 

Building Update

One of the Strategic Vision goals is to build and maintain sustainable facilities that reduce our Carbon Footprint. It is with this goal in mind that I am pleased to announce that a loan approval has been granted for the installation of Solar Panels at both the East and West Campus as well as the replacement of all lights at the West Campus with LED lights. The loan of just over $500,000 will have both an immediate as well as long term effects. The immediate benefits include a reduction in power costs. The long term benefits include the school starting down the road of servicing their own power needs from their own resources. It is a win for the College and definitely a win for the environment. Within 12 years the loan will be paid back simply from the savings received through reduced power bills. Work will commence on the Solar panels in the next month and the LED light replacement is likely to occur in the next school holidays.

Solomon Islands

It was wonderful to receive a cheque for $4,000 dollars this week from one of the students as an outcome of our participation in the annual car raffle. Emily Hoyle, who will be participating in the immersion experience this year presented the cheque to both Ms Angus, the Solomon Islands Leader for 2017 and myself. Just a reminder that it is not too late to organise a table for the trivia night to be held next Friday. Please refer to the college web-site for further information.

2017 Solomon Islands Chq

High Achievers 

Congratulations Joe Arnold

Last week Joe Arnold (Year 12 MacKillop A) achieved an incredible feat competing in the Australian Outback Marathon. Although this race is popular with local runners, for most, it's a once in a lifetime experience. It's not every day marathoners get to take in the stunning views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta as the kilometres tick by. Most of the half marathon course was on unsealed roads, bush tracks and soft-sand trails with a few small sand dunes and plenty of Australia's famed red earth. Joe has been training for this event for over 12 months and has worked every day towards accomplishing this goal. In the Under 21 division, Joe achieved an incredible 3rd place completing the 21km course in 2 hours and 8 minutes. He also achieved 43rd out of a total of 670 competitors. 

Congratulations Joe on your perseverance, your self-belief and your determination to achieve your personal best. Your efforts are certainly an example of MacKillop’s House motto to "lead with courage".

2017 Joe Arnold

In other news

Laura Wooton (Year 12, East) has been selected to join other students in a city event next Monday to interview Tony Abbott. Congratulations Laura.
Nathan Martens (Dux 2015) has been selected to join a small group of other Monash Science Students to participate in a research project in Germany in Nov/Dec. Well done Nathan.

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black

Latest News
East Campus News

Our Year 10 students will be involved in a Reflection & Leadership Day this week. This program will provide a great opportunity to develop both knowledge and skills to build their leadership capacity.  With this mind I am reminded of the lessons we can learn from St. Peter about leadership. St. Peter was to some not an obvious choice to lead, but Jesus saw in Peter the true servant leader.  During his time with Jesus, Peter was confronted with situations in which his human fragilities and limitations prevented him from truly understanding the concept of servant leadership. Jesus persisted and thus Peter was nourished with opportunities to learn and become the faithful leader that supports and guides us today.

Lessons for St. Peter and us.

  1. Jesus overcomes fear. Whether stepping out of a boat onto a tossing sea Peter found courage in following Christ. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).
  2. Jesus forgives unfaithfulness. After he had boasted of his fidelity, Peter fervently denied the Lord three times. It seemed that Peter had burned his bridges, but Jesus lovingly rebuilt them and restored Peter to service. Peter was a former failure, but, with Jesus, failure is not the end. 
  3. Jesus patiently teaches. Over and over, Peter needed correction, and the Lord gave it with patience, firmness, and love. The Master Teacher looks for students willing to learn. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8).
  4. Jesus sees us as He intends us to be. The very first time they met, Jesus called Simon “Peter.” The rough and reckless fisherman was, in Jesus’ eyes, a firm and faithful rock. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6). 

There are many opportunities for our students to lead, such as SRC, Forum Leaders and College and House Captains. However leadership can be shown every day through every action. We do not need a title to be a leader. Therefore like Peter we too should try our best to be fearless, faithful, and patient and learn by not being afraid to become true servant leaders within our community. 

Shine a light on our House System and our Houses:

At St. Peter's College students are allocated one of our eight Houses during their time at the College. This House is for all children within a family that attend St. Peter’s College.  It is essentially your Family’s House, and your primary link with all aspects of your children’s College life.

Each House is overseen by a House Leader, who has overall responsibility for the students in their respective House and who will work closely on a day to day, indeed hour to hour, if required basis, with your child's Learning Advisor to ensure the best possible Academic and Pastoral Care outcome for the students in their House.

Extensive study and practice has shown that the House system delivers many positives including:

  • Increased connectedness and engagement in students to their House and the College
  • Learning Advisors and House Leaders feel they are building long term relationships.
  • Consistency of contact for parents over the student’s time at the College, especially for ongoing welfare and academic needs of students.
  • Increased participation in extra-curricular activities promoting House Spirit because of the sense of belonging to that House
  • Enhanced Student Leadership.
  • Positive Peer influence. Relief from peer pressure that can occurs amongst same age groups

Over the next few our weeks the East House Leaders will provide a snapshot into the life of their House.

First up is Assisi House: 

Assisi Crest

Assisi House Crest  


St. Francis (Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone) was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, born in Assisi in Italy in 1181. Originally from a wealthy family, he received the divine call to live in poverty and simplicity. He founded the Franciscan Order and was renowned and admired for his compassion and care for the less fortunate. He also showed deep respect and concern for animals and the environment.  Francis was canonized on the 6th July 1228 and is his feast day is on the 4th of October. St. Francis is referred to as the Patron Saint of animals and ecology. 

The motto for Assisi House is Peace, Love and Unity which represents what St. Francis always strived for. As members of the Assisi House, we aim, like our House Patron, to be a channel of God’s peace, to show love and compassion, to give and to forgive, for “it is in giving that we receive and in pardoning that we are pardoned.”   

House Leader Mr Jean-Paul Antoine and Assistant House Leader Mrs Olivia Barrett lead a wonderful group of students who strive to model the qualities and humility required of leaders in faith, service and like St. Francis care for all of God’s creatures. 


  • East Campus Athletics Carnival – Tuesday 8th August – please ensure permission slips are returned to the office as soon as possible. 
  • Year 9 Incursion- Author Visit on Monday 7th August – period 3 in DC
  • Science Week will be running from Monday 8th August to Friday 18th August.

Have a wonderful week.

Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Students and Work

Many of our students, once they turn 15 years of age, begin part time employment. While work is often a positive experience for adolescents, recent research does warn us that there may be significant negative impacts upon the quality of life of teenagers who are younger or who work many hours per week.

The research from Washington State into almost 10 000 student in Years 8, 10 and 12, indicates there are a number of positives for our employed students such as gaining important job skills including time management and interpersonal relations. However, the danger is that the short-term consequences may outweigh the long-term benefits.

Students have to give up things when they take on paid employment. This may be sport, a hobby, sleep, energy, relationships, exercise, breakfast, a social life and, of course, homework. We know that all of these sacrifices can also generate positive outcomes.

The findings revealed that among students in Years 8 and 10, those who were working had a significantly lower quality of life. In contrast, there was not a significant difference among the Year 12 students. This suggests "employment among younger adolescents may prove more problematic … It is possible that older students are more mature and thereby better prepared to cope with work-life stressors."

The researchers also explain the still-evolving adolescent brain is less capable with decision making. Teens are therefore find it harder to deal with hazardous work environments, negative situations, or even to ask for help when needed. This affects their quality of life.

Of course this is not to say that teenagers should not work. Indeed, "adolescence is a challenging and exciting time, and for many young people attaining employment is a significant developmental milestone". It just means we need to put precautions in place – and two are suggested.  

The first is to ensure that our teenagers are not working to excess. The findings revealed, for example, that quality-of-life scores worsened the more secondary schoolers worked. The second is that those who also maintained extracurricular commitments such as music, sport, social activities and community involvement were able to preserve their quality of life despite the demands imposed by the pressures of a job. It is about balance.

It's important then for us as parents and teachers, to work together to make sure those interests of our children and students are not neglected.

Year 10 Subject Selection

Year 10 students and parents have been attending subject selection interviews this week which is so important in selection of courses (VCE or VCAL) and subjects. Parent involvement is important in asking questions that challenge your child to think about his or her choices. Subject selection forms are due on Tuesday, 8 August. A final reminder for students in guiding their choices.

  1. Choose a course/subject you enjoy.
  2. Choose a course/subject at which you are good.
  3. Choose a course/subject that will help you with your goals (or that will keep your options open).

SIS Debating

On Wednesday this week, we will send a number of teams out to John Paul College to compete in the SIS debating. We thank Mr Greg Nelson for his involvement and wish our students every success. May they argue as well with their competitors as they no doubt to with their parents and teachers!

House Indoor Soccer

The indoor soccer competition concluded on Tuesday in an exciting Grand Final that resulted in Assisi 4 defeating MacKillop 0. Congratulations to Assisi House and Mr Peter Brannan on not only running the first exciting house activity for the term, but also in taking out first place.

Final placings were:

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

House Chess

The House Chess competition began this week and Mr O’Hara has already fired up the students to attend the library over lunchtime to engage in this battle of wits.  After starting strongly, last year’s champions Augustine have faltered and undefeated Romero have moved to first place on the ladder.

Over the next three weeks, we expect a number of students to compete every Monday and Tuesday to determine the 2017 House Chess Champion while honing their skills for the SIS Championship on Tuesday, 12 September.

Progressive House Chess Ladder

2017 Chess Table

McGuigan Shield Ladder

There are numerous activities still to come this term including the inaugural “Nun on the Run” hosted by MacKillop House. We are all very excited to see exactly what this entails.

The progressive ladder which will be determined by the end of this term is:

  McGuigan Shield Ladder  
  House Points
1st Mackillop 1433
2nd Glowrey 1143
3rd Kolbe 1129
4th Assisi 1023
5th Marian 987
6th Avila 917
7th Romero 868
8th Augustine 823


West St Peter

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Maximising your Potential 

For students who show a particular talent in a subject area, enhanced studies is an opportunity to maximise ATAR scores. A student would complete Units 1 and 2 in Year 11 with a view of undertaking Units 3 and 4 in Year 11. This then allows students to enrol in extra units and to gain extra points towards their ATAR. This enhanced study does not lead to a study line in Year 12. The Year 10 /11/12 Timetable has been specifically aligned so that any subject that is offered at VCE level may be undertaken as an Accelerated Unit. Alternatively, many of the VET course also provide a contribution towards a study score. The enhanced study program is seen as an opportunity to maximise potential ATAR scores and therefore provide many extra options of study for students. This study program also sets students up for the commencement of University units while still at school. An example of this is the Designation Fed Uni scheme which was discussed in last weeks newsletter.

Accelerated Learning Programs are only available to Year 10 students who show aptitude in their Year 9 studies. To apply for the program, students must select this option in Web preferences and include in their application a letter indicating the units they wish to study. Follow up information is then sort from subject teachers and House Leaders.

Students will then attend an interview with the Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching and will be notified if they are successful. Subject selections must close Tuesday 8th August or sooner if all selections are received.  Any subject selections not received after 8th August will automatically be allocated subjects. For further information regards Accelerated studies, please contact Mr Fisher or Ms McClelland (Senior Curriculum Studies Coordinator) at the College, our Careers advisors – Ms Cardamone, Ms Dylan or myself.

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching

Religious Education News

Recently on Twitter I came across an article in relation to Pope Francis. There is no doubt that Pope Francis has captured the attention of the world. Part of his nature that people really like is his smile and joy - I am not sure if you saw him with the little child on the podium he was on a couple of years ago.

Part of it is his care for the less well off - he continually calls for all people, all countries to care for the poor. Part of it is that he seems real and in some ways ordinary - which is ironic because he is really an extra ordinary man.

The article I read reflected on where Pope Francis grew in his understanding of the world.

The suggestion is that he learnt these five things from the Jesuits who are the religious order that he joined as a young man. These are the five things that he learnt:

  • To look for God in all things.
  • To assume the best possible intention of others.
  • To accommodate to the needs and context of the unique person in front of us.
  • To present the faith with joy.
  • To go to the fringes of faith.

Possibly the most significant of all of these is the connection of faith with joy. It is not always the way we see our faith.  However, when we live the faith in its most authentic and proper way joy is the result. I encourage all to reflect on Pope Francis' learnings.

The end result being like him and living life with such joy would be a good result.

2017 East Cross

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

Bishop Patrick is still recovering after his operation. In September, I will be holding two new groups of Bible Study sessions, on the 1st & 3rd and 2nd & 4th of the month, for those who are interested to join. I invite parishioners to share the story of our Holy Land pilgrimage experience, showing pictures and video on Friday 18th August at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

God bless you all Fr Joseph

PETITION AGAINST EUTHANASIA: We strongly encourage everyone to sign the petition in the foyer this weekend against the introduction of euthanasia. Petitions to be returned by 1st August

ST. MARY MACKILLOP NOVENA: Tuesday the 8th August is the Feast Day of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, one of the Principal Patron Saints for Australia. A novena prayer to St Mary of the Cross MacKillop will be prayed at all Masses leading up to her Feast Day.

WEEKDAY MASS: Please note Mass this Wednesday will be at 8.00am.

THANK YOU: The members of the Sydney Youth Mission Team are eternally grateful for St. Agatha's generous contribution to their work this year. As volunteer youth missionaries, any contribution towards our mission is greatly appreciated but the generosity of St. Agatha’s parishioners has completely overwhelmed us. Please continue to pray for us as we head into more high schools and run more retreat days and camps. Thank you all so much and God bless!

ST. AGATHA’S SCHOOL/CHURCH CARPARK: Will be closed on Friday’s   4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August and 1st September for InterSchool sports from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, please do not park there during these times.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place this Saturday 5th August, after the 9.30am 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.

MONTHLY ALL-NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL will take place this Friday 4th August. It will begin with Divine Office at 7.00pm, Mass at 7.30pm followed by a spiritual teaching by Fr Antony and All-Night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Vigil will conclude on Saturday morning with Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.00am, followed by Mass at 9.30am. The all-night Prayer Vigil is held on the first Friday of each month. All Welcome!

HEALING MASS 1 st Sunday of the Month, next Sunday 6th August at 6pm Mass led by Fr. Antony.

BRIGADIERS OF LOURDES: During the 100th Centenary Year – On the 13th of each month till October 2017. Except in August which is the 19th . After 9.30am Mass, Veneration to Our Lady of Fatima, the Rosary and a short talk on the Fatima Apparitions will be held all day until 3.00pm at 134 Sladen Street, Cranbourne. All Welcome! For details contact Lorraine on 5996 8771.

MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY MASS will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Parish Pakenham, Sunday 27th August at 2.00pm concelebrated by Bishop Patrick and diocesan clergy. Mass will be followed by afternoon tea in the parish hall. All are welcome!

PARISH VOLUNTEERS: All volunteers must now have a Working with Children card that has St. Agatha’s listed as an organisation. Also, a signed Code of Conduct. If you have not done so, please contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

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 1 985. 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.

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 August 3rd – For Carers, 10th For SVDP Festival Mass, 17th For people suffering domestic violence, 24th For protection of children & vulnerable adults, 31st For those born in August.

TRIVIA NIGHT FUNDRAISER: St. Peter’s College, 6th Annual Solomon Islands 2017 Trivia & Silent Auction Evening to support Year 12 Students, all funds raised on the night go to Bishop Epalle Catholic School in Honaira. Friday 11th August, West Campus Hall. 6.45pm for 7.15pm start. $20 per person. Bring your own catering & beverages. For more info see notice board in the foyer or contact Mrs Hampson on 5990 777 or email ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au

St. Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Message from our Parish Priest

Dear Parishioners,

During this coming week, I will complete my course of radiotherapy. It’s been a bit challenging at times and I wish to express my gratitude to each one of you for your prayers, encouragement and kindness. It has made a big difference to me over the past few months.

After next weekend, I will be taking a short break, from Monday 7th August to Saturday 19th August. Fr Tony Spierings will provide Masses on the weekend on which I am away and also for the Feast of the Assumption.

During the past week, our parish leadership groups met with Law Architects to continue the process of building our parish church and parish offices and meeting space. It is a very exciting time for the parish and it will also mean a very busy time over the coming two years. This will involve design work, consultation with parishioners, and approvals to be gained both from Bishop O’Regan and local Council authorities. At the same time, the parish will embark on a major fundraising campaign to make this huge project become a reality. More than anything, this is an act of faith for our parish, and I urge all parishioners to help us make our faith and prayer a true foundation for the whole project. Our patron, St. Thomas the Apostle, gives us a wonderful example, and we ask him to pray for us on this journey of faith.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

NEW ALTAR SERVERS: There will be a short practice for new altar servers next Saturday evening at 5.30pm. I do ask all families to try to come early for this practice. 

FORMED.org is a revolutionary online platform featuring the best Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks and movies from trusted partners like the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press and Word on Fire. Catechism and Personal Faith Formation are at the fingertips of every parishioner. St Thomas the Apostle parishioners are very privilege to have free access to this website and request that this access be only for St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners. To gain access to this website please get the parish code from Christine at the parish office: 5998 0947 or email: parish@stthomasap.org.au.          

VIANNEY DAY: St. John Vianney is the patron saint for diocesan priests, and in the week of his feast day (4th August) there is a gathering of the Sale Diocese clergy each year. This week we will again welcome Dr David Leary OFM to direct us in a day of formation for our ministry as bishop, priests and deacons.

EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL: A community seminar on the topic ‘Should Victorian Law be Changed to Permit Assisted Suicide? – the arguments for and against’ will be held on 6th August at 6.30pm at the Bishop John Wilson Education Centre, 27 Childres St, Cranbourne. The presenter, Dr John Buchanan has practiced as both a Consultant Physician and a Consultant Psychiatrist, and has worked in Oncology and Palliative Care. Enquiries: 5995 9364. More information can be found in the flyer at the back of the worship space.

CHILD SAFE BULLETIN Our Safety Officer, Corralee Floyd, has provided a Tip Sheet on how to ‘Teach your child how to keep themselves safe’ and a message about volunteering within the parish. Please pick up a copy today.

RCIC: For older children who have not completed their Sacraments. Meeting: every Sunday at 10.00am at St Agatha’s Providence House, Cranbourne. Enq:  Sr Lucy 5996 1985.

RCIA: For adults interested to join the Catholic Faith. Meeting: every Tuesday at 7:30pm. For enquiries contact Celine on 0417 145 616.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (R.E.): For children who are in non-catholic schools. Every Wednesday at St Agatha’s Parish Hall, Cranbourne, 4.00pm – 5.00pm. Enq: Sr Lucy 5996 1985

NEW ALTAR SERVERS: There will be a short practice for new altar servers next Saturday evening at 5.30pm. 

VOLUNTEERS: People who represent the church in any way MUST hold a WWCC and complete a Volunteer Application form. Instruction sheets and forms for these are available at the entrance of our worship space and the Parish Office. If you need any help Corralee Floyd is available in our Parish Office on Wednesdays. This relates to any form of volunteering for the church at all. 

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish 

Mind Matters @ St.Peter's College

‘Mindfulness’ means paying attention to the present moment. Our lives can become so busy and scheduled that we lose our ability to celebrate ‘what is’ because we are so focussed on ‘what will be’.

2017 Mindfu Monday

Practising mindfulness can help students to cope with everyday life and deal with tough times. 

This can help to improve focus and concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, and to improve mental and physical wellbeing.

A simple way to practise Mindfulness is to identify an inspirational or wise quote and look for opportunities to notice situations and people who exemplify these values through each day. Additionally, we can use this quote as a personal challenge to try a new behaviour or adopt a new way of thinking about a situation, an attitude or relationship.

St. Peter’s EAST Campus Tutor Groups will be trialling Mindfulness in Term 3, 2017. Learning Advisors will share the focus for each week.  Students will be encouraged to review their progress and to share valuable thoughts and insights with others.

2017 Hello

2017 Proud

Challenge: Challenge: How?
Have Positive Thoughts about the week ahead.
There is a week of opportunity ahead.
Embrace the new week and consider how you can make the most of it!

Clare Ziino
Wellbeing Team

SRC West Campus

On the 27th June we celebrated St. Peter’s Day. This day was full of many new things, joy and excitement for both the staff and students.

2017 Choir

To start off our day, we had an amazing Mass filled with many hymns sung by our VCE students and inspiring teachings from our Parish priest, Father Denis. As an SRC Member this year it was mine and my fellow members duty to make sure St. Peter’s Day was a day to remember.

To ensure this, we all went out of our way to arrange new rides, new food stalls and an amazing DJ. 

Throughout the day you could see many new things and we had student after student come up to us saying what a great job we did this year. 

St. Peter’s Day may be a day full or rides, food and music but aside from all of that we dedicated this day to our patron saint St. Peter. 

2017 Lip Sync Pic 9

In the afternoon we had our annual St. Peter’s Day Talent Quest. Thank you to all those students who put themselves out there and preformed for us all.

This was a great way to end a full but tiring and long Semester 1 and for that we as the SRC want to thank all the teachers who helped make this day happen and our College Captains for devoting time and effort to ensure everything went well.

Now as we enter Semester 2 we have our Athletics Carnival coming up! As we all know this is a compulsory school event which will be happening on Thursday the 3rd of August at Casey Fields Athletics Track.

We hope to see everyone put in the same amount of effort as last year and to see which house will take home a win! 

Last year we had the mighty Romeo walk away with the overall win, but Assisi House won the House Spirit Shield! (GOOOOOO ASSISI!!!!). 

Let’s all give it our best shot and ensure we turn up in FULL sports uniform on the day.

2018 Acceptance of Enrolment

A reminder that if you have not returned your 'Form of Acceptance' for your child's place in Year 7, 2018 these forms are now overdue. Please return these forms ASAP to secure your child's position for next year.

Places are NOT confirmed until these forms are received by the College.

Winter uniform

Kerrie Birrell

Engraved Pavers

Year 12 Students and Families

Why not mark your last year at St. Peter’s College with an individual or family Engraved Paver.

Year 7 Students and Families

In the past couple of years we have started a Memorial Path at both the East Campus and West Campus, with Engraved Pavers highlighting, our staff, student and family involvement with the College.

Opportunity is again open in 2017 until November 1st for you to purchase either an individual, family or group Engraved Paver.

Order forms are available on our website, at College Reception or you can download and print from these links.

West Campus Order Form: Please click here

East Campus Order Form: Please click here

03 AUG

Athletics Carnival West Campus
Year 10 REACH & Leadership Day East Campus
SIS Junior Sport
SIS Senior Sport

04 AUG

SIS Intermediate Sport

07 AUG

SIS Teen Chef Competition
Year 9 Aurthor Visit West Campus

08 AUG

Athletics Carnival East Campus
Subject Selection Due
MacKillop House Feast Day West
VCE Study Skills - West

09 AUG

MacKillop House Feast Day East
VTAC Applications Open Year 12
Year 10 Justice Camp
VCE Study Skills - East

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Woolworths Earn and Learn

2017 WW Earn & Learn

This year St. Peter's College East and West Campus will be taking part in the Woolworths Earn and Learn Promotion.

If you shop at Woolworths, could you please assist the college in collecting the stickers and pass these on to either your Learning Advisor or the front office.

The more stickers we collect, the more resources we can collect for the College.

Please click here for Letter to parents

Thank you in advance of your assistance :)

Sarah Slykerman
Health and Physical Education Teaching and Learning Coach (East Campus)

Parents & Friends Committee

The Parent and Friends Committee holds meetings twice per term.

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

Tuesday 5th September, 2017
7.15 pm Tea and Coffee
7.30 pm-9.00 pm St. Peter’s College WEST Campus
Staff Room, enter via Navarre Drive Gate Please

  2017 C Windley
GUEST SPEAKER –    Mr. Chris Windley
B.Bus (Acc) Grad Dip (Teaching & Learning)

I began teaching at St. Peter’s College in 2017, following seven years on staff at De La Salle College in Malvern. Given my business background, my subject specialties include VCE Accounting, Business Management and Economics as well as Junior Mathematics. I was also VCE Co-ordinator at De La Salle in 2015 – 2016. My current teaching load this year includes VCE Accounting and Year Eight Mathematics.

As a mature age entrant into the teaching profession, I bring many years of business experience to the classroom, having run my own accounting practices in both Australia and New Zealand, and consulted to many large scale organisations such as Racing Victoria and Sky Channel. 

While the business world was my early career path, teaching was always my passion.

In 2010 I was fortunate enough to be offered a position in the Learning Enhancement Centre at De La Salle as a Learning Support Officer. Working on a one on one basis with students with special needs further fuelled my passion for the teaching profession and I completed a Graduate Diploma of Teaching in 2011. 

At the upcoming meeting I will elaborate further on my journey from Accountant to Teacher.  

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