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Issue 105  |  23 August 2017
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From our Principal

Trade Skills Centre Officially Opened

This week we had the pleasure of having the Trade Skills Centre blessed and officially opened. Presiding over the official proceedings was Bishop Patrick O’Regan who blessed the building. In his homily Bishop Pat spoke of the symbolism of the boat in Peter’s journey connecting this to the journey young people travel along as they develop an important skill-set to make a difference in the world. Bishop Pat also challenged us all that making a difference in a world is not all about skills but that it is also about contributing and working towards bringing peace in our world. Ms Maria Kirkwood, the Director of Catholic Education for the Sale Diocese extended on this theme by highlighting the importance of the development of the whole person within a Catholic school context. The Honourable Anthony Byrne, the Federal member for Holt spoke of his delight with the outcome of the $1.25 million dollars contribution of the federal government towards the project. Extolling the importance of making a positive contribution to the world we live in, Mr Byrne was excited by the possibilities for skill development created by such a facility. It was a wonderful and proud day as St Peter’s College – West Campus was on show to many official and invited guests. It was also great to catch-up with Mr Tim Hogan, our previous Principal who was instrumental in the development of the vision for this project.

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Winter Sleepout

Congratulations is extended to both campuses who held their winter sleepout events last Friday night. Congratulations in particular to both our Social Justice Captains, Sunishma Balla and Tiffany Forbes for spear-heading this very successful project. This is an initiative that serves two important purposes, firstly as a fund-raiser for the homeless and secondly as an awareness raising exercise for the plight of the homeless. To assist in this awareness raising campaign, the East Campus organised for Br Doug to speak to the group about his experiences working on the streets assist ing the homeless over countless years. Brother Doug, a Marist brother, was the founder of the Berwick Soup Van initiative. This provided a stark context to our students and a reality to the difficulties experienced by many 100,000 or so people who sleep rough each night. We speak often about the importance of living the Gospel values. Of more importance, however, is living these values through action. These students and the staff that supported them are not just “talking the talk”, they are actively engaged in enacting those Gospel values. Congratulations to all and a big thank-you to the staff that gave up their time to support our students.

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Migrant and Refugee Week

This week is Migrant and Refugee week. We, at St. Peter’s College are blessed to have within our community a rich tapestry of migrants including newly arrived and not so recently arrived refugees. Our community is if you like a microcosm of our society as it stands today. In the gospel of Matthew (25:35) it is written, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. Catholic Social Teaching teaches us all that the dignity of the human person is the most sacred of tenets and that each human person is born in the image and likeness of God. Solidarity with the poor, the right for all to be a part of a community and loving your neighbour as yourself are all aspects not only of Catholic Social teaching but at a more basic level, they are the means by which we are required to live our lives. I was privileged to listen this week to the work of an African support group known as Afri-Aus Care. Selba, the founder of this support organisation spoke to a number of African boys and their friends about the importance of being good role models and doing themselves and their families proud. Selba spoke of the difficulties associated with coming to a new country with a different culture and how parents have one set of values and expectations and how this provides challenges for the young who are learning to live in a new culture. The key message from this presentation was the importance of working together and accepting individual differences as blessings. A wonderful message for all to hear and to be striving to achieve.

RUOK? – Are you OK?

The RUOK national day of action is September 14th and in readiness for this students in their pastoral lesson will be addressing with their Learning Advisors and House Leaders this week the issue of mental health. Young people in growing numbers today are being exposed to or are indeed suffering from various mental health conditions. An important message to students around mental health includes looking out for each other. The RUOK campaign suggests a four-step process which includes: 1. Asking a friend RUOK? 2. Listening without judgement, 3. Encourage Action and 4. Continue to check-in. Mental Health well-being and resilience go hand-in-hand. A resilient child is better able to manage the challenges they might confront. The first message however and the most important one for our students to hear this week is that it is important to ask the question RUOK and equally important to share with a trusted person when you are not OK. At St. Peter’s College our vertical house system, where our Learning advisors and tutor groups remain the same throughout their six years together with our House Leader structure and the support of student counsellors and a visiting psychologist provides great levels of support to students who might require it.

Chess Heroes

Congratulations is extended to the St. Peter’s College – West Campus chess team who continue to excel. Further on in this newsletter there is a more lengthy account of their achievements of last week. Coming second at the Glen Eira Chess championships last week and qualifying a team of 8 into the State Championships is an outstanding achievement. Congratulations boys and keep up the great work.

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HPV achieves great things in Bendigo

Congratulations also to the HPV teams who competed at Bendigo last weekend. The senior team placed 4th and our second team 19th, after having to “pit” for sometime to repair damage caused during the course of the race. My thanks is extended to Mr Wolinski and our parents who continue to contribute to and support this wonderful program.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black

Latest News
East Campus News

Mentoring Program - STRENGTH in UNITY Project purpose
As part of our extracurricular activities throughout August, a group of students participated in an exciting, new initiative our ' Unity in Diversity' Mentoring program with the years 3 & 4, St. Thomas the Apostle primary school students. 
The mentoring Program enabled new learning experiences, as our students taught the junior students cultural dances -African and Haka as well as the traditional stories behind the dances. All of which focused on the 2017 Catholic Education theme: Unity in Diversity. In recognising and celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity the Program’s main objective was to support and raise awareness for our need to foster inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Our students were thrilled and excited to take on the role of Mentors to their younger counterparts. The St. Peter's College students were amazing mentors and leaders as they led and taught the primary students with enthusiasm, commitment and support, forging positive relationships with their mentees. 

In every corner high and low the students whether mentors or mentees were buzzing with enthusiasm and zest. It was fantastic to see them dancing and performing with such passion and excitement.  We are very proud of the excellent leadership shown by all our St. Peter's College Mentors in the project and congratulate them and look forward to their final showcasing of their teachings when they perform at both the St. Peter’s College and St. Thomas the Apostle schools’ assemblies. 
Ms Anthea Zafiropoulos

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Year 9 2018

We have been updating you on the progress of the new Year 9 Building but what is the new year 9 program?? Please enjoy the following presentation from Mr Orwin De Krester our Year 9 Program Leader.


2017 Learning Community

The Year 9 program is an exciting addition to the East Campus. Using the latest research and best practice to engage middle years’ students in their learning, the program aims to cater for a wide variety of learning styles and abilities. This student centred model sees Problem Based Learning underpinning the Science and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum and Inquiry Based Learning underpinning the English and Humanities (HUME) curriculum. Physical Education will include a teamwork and self-challenge focus (CHALLENGE) and Religious Education will incorporate a service to the community (REC). In Inquiry and Problem based learning teachers plan carefully to develop well-crafted units that include the skills and knowledge identified by the Victorian Curriculum Standards. This approach acknowledges the interests of students and encourages them to apply their learning multiple times throughout the unit; this cements their learning and allows students to develop a deep understanding. Inquiry still involves explicit teaching and skills development, but students apply these skills in an authentic and meaningful context.

2017 Physical Environment

Students, parents and the planning team have been following a clear process to develop the flexible spaces and furniture required to assist the teaching and learning practices for the Year 9 Program.

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Poorab, Ryan, Andrija, Justine, Nathan, Ella and Renee choosing furniture and colours for the Interactive/Creative space.

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House Competition: Limbo                                                                

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It's been great to see over the past fortnight so many students getting in the spirit and having a little extra fun at recess and supporting their House's Spirit by' 'having a go' at the limbo challenge.  It's not to late to get involved...bring your friends and enjoy good times with the "limbo challenge" and see your House Points total sky rocket.  You've got to be in it to win.  

Star performances in the practise trials indicate that we may have a showdown between MacKillop (Levi Henderson-Gillespie) and Avila (Nyamal Guandong).

There's still time to limber up for "Limbo".  We will have 'last chance' practise on Thursday at recess at the back of the graham building.

Double points are awarded per round to staff for who successfully complete each level. So get your House Teachers on board too!

So come and be part of the fun....and the finals Thanks to all: Ms Barrett
Date: Friday 25th August
When: Recess
Where:  Statue of St Peter

Final reminders:

  • Year 9 Camp permission slips are well overdue. Permission forms need to be returned to the College as soon as possible.
  • Year 12 formal & informal photos are available to order at Student Reception. $19 each. Closing date is 1 September.

Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Girls Talk/Boys Talk

This week, Class Act Theatre visited the school to present separate sessions for our Year 8 boys and girls.  

GIRLS TALK is based on real life accounts from real women. In particular the presenters examined issues that face girls today including:

  • Identity;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Body image;
  • Sexuality and pregnancy;
  • Self-esteem;
  • Peer pressure;
  • Drugs and alcohol;
  • Homophobia and homosexuality;
  • Identity, masculinity and male role models;
  • Friends and Relationships;
  • Parents; and
  • Puberty & menstruation.

BOYS TALK is based on real life accounts from real men, presented in a series of monologues. The play examined crucial issues for boys in the 21st century, including:

  • Academic performance;
  • Forming and maintaining relationships;
  • Disruptive and anti-social behaviour, violence and self-harm;
  • Sexuality;
  • Managing emotional and psychological stress;
  • Alcohol and substance abuse;
  • Relating to females and other males;
  • Bullying, harassment and homophobia;
  • Identity, masculinity and male role models;
  • Communication and self-expression; and
  • Transition to manhood.

I always encourage parents to use this as an opportunity to discuss some of these issues and ensure your values are shared with your children.

Chess Competition

Our House Chess Competition is drawing to a conclusion with semi-finals having been played earlier this week.

Congratulations to Augustine and Romero Houses who have made it through to the Grand Final next week. Avila House was amazing in drawing with Augustine in the semi-final and was only beaten on countback because of Augustine’s higher placing throughout the tournament. Avila will play Marian for third place.  

It is no wonder that the high quality of chess being played over the last few weeks has seen our students qualify for the state championships.

Please read our Chess Co-ordinator’s article in this newsletter for the detail.

Environment Trophy

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Congratulations to Romero House on winning the Environment Trophy for Term 3. The competition was a combined Arts and Environment activity that had students using photography to capture an important message or theme about our environment. The final results were:
Romero: 45
MacKillop: 40
Assisi: 5
Augustine: 5
Glowrey: 5
Avila: 5
Marian: 0
Kolbe: 0

McGuigan Shield

Only 5 weeks to go in the competition, but still with results to be entered for House Chess, Marian Spelling Bee and Augustine’s Hungry Hippo.

Not only do these lunchtime activities promise to be entertaining, but it may yet determine who gets the coveted second place pizza lunch!

The progressive ladder is:

  House Points
1st Mackillop 1898 
2nd Glowrey 1553
3rd Kolbe 1374
4th Assisi 1273
5th Marian 1239
6th Avila 1229
7th Augustine 1078
8th Romero 1068


Alcohol and the Adolescent

I was heartened by reports in “The Age” (22 August) from Drinkwise of a significant shift in the attitudes of Australians towards alcohol over the past 10 years.  20% of Australians are abstaining from alcohol all together (an increase from 11 per cent in 2007), while "more people are drinking moderately and less people are drinking to excess". 63 % are rarely drinking more than two standard drinks (up from 48 per cent in 2007). GP and DrinkWise ambassador, Dr Andrew Rochford identified that “…the conversation around alcohol now is very different to what it was and it's evolving to be a more mature conversation.”

Fewer young adults are drinking to excess to (59 per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds said they had never consumed alcohol while 18 to 24-year-olds were drinking less overall). There is evidence to suggest that social media is having a positive effect here as young people are becoming more concerned about what may get posted on line.

"It's no longer a badge of honour to post images of yourself being wasted, doing stupid stuff," Rochford says. "People are trying to project a more positive image of themselves, especially people who are in the high-risk drinking age." 

There appears to be a growing trend towards healthier, "cleaner" living and this has made less or no alcohol more socially acceptable. The CEO of DrinkWise John Scott suggests that the good work of parents and schools in changing young people’s attitudes are also having an impact.

However, Scott maintains that the battle has not been won yet insists that alcohol still poses a problem for emergency departments, individuals and our broader community alike.

"But this research tends to suggest we're more defined by moderation than excess – if you went back 30 years ago most people thought Australia had a very boozy culture – it was almost like a badge of honour that we went 'yeah, we're big drinkers here in Australia and we're proud of it.' I think that's changed," Scott says.

"We still tend to associate Australia with having a drinking culture but it's about what type of culture is that – is it one where we drink to socialise with our friends, we don't drink to excess, we enjoy life, it's a part of us being a sociable country versus a drinking culture where it's 'guess what? we can drink more than anyone else on the planet'," Rochford asks. "That's the difference; it's having a positive, healthy attitude towards it rather than an unhealthy, immature attitude towards it. 

"You're no longer the leper, the outsider if you're the non-drinker or the driver."  

I implore all parents to discuss this important issue with your teenager. Research also shows that if our young people and parents realise that teenagers drinking alcohol is the exception rather than the norm, this further empowers our young people to be able to say no and parents to encourage and support their decision.

Resilience in your Children.

There are some interesting, entertaining and relevant parent information presentations on the subject of resilience being offered with a 30 minute drive of Cranbourne that I would recommend.

Please look at the attached information on:

I hope you can make some of these presentations.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Practice Examinations 

The purpose of practice examinations is to ensure that each student who plans to sit a VCE exam this year feels confident that they are well prepared and able to achieve the very best possible result. The College has therefore arranged Practice Examinations during the upcoming September school holidays.

Exams will take place in Week two of the holidays from Tuesday 3rd October – Friday 6th October

Any student who is currently undertaking a Unit 3 /4 VCE study will be required to participate in Practice exams in each subject. These trial exams provide valuable exam technique practice and together with timely feedback from staff to assist all students in preparing for their final Year 12 exams.

These practice examinations will take place in the College Hall for West students and the Discovery Centre for East students, under strict examination conditions. As such students will be required to wear full College uniform. Timings for each examination are set out below.

Attendance will be compulsory for all eligible students in the assigned periods. Students will be required to remain in the examination for the entire allocated time and will not be able to exit the Examination room prior to the conclusion of their Examination. Formal VCAA Examination conditions will be applied. Students will need to attend with the correct approved materials such as pens pencils and calculators (where appropriate). For details of the official procedures for VCAA Examinations and dates for the official VCAA Examinations please refer to the VCAA web site indicated below. 


If you have further questions please contact Mr Barry Fisher at the West Campus, Ms Emily McClelland at the East Campus or myself at the College on 5990 7777.

Congratulations to our Year 11 Business Management Students 

Well done to both staff and students who were awarded first place in the iPAB competition. The results were announced last Wednesday night at the Victoria University Campus on Flinders Street. There were 170 participants and around 40 to 50 schools across Victoria participated. Our students came first among the 9 finalists and received a $500 voucher.  

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Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

Religious Education News

2017 East Campus Social Justice Winter Sleepout

Twenty Five Year 12 and 11 students gathered in the Graham Building of the East Campus on Friday night.

It was a night set aside for Social Justice Awareness, with the aim to expose our students to the basics needs of the homeless: dignity, companionship and hope.

The students also raised funds to purchase blankets to go towards their aim of supplying fifty blankets to the Vinnies Winter Appeal. They will follow up with their Annual Soup Day next week.

The night started with 2016 College Social Justice Captain, Abigail Rook, returning to talk to the students about her travels overseas, and how that had changed her world view and life view. Then on to some fun for all, with guest Trivia Master from the College IT Staff, Brad, where it was a hotly contested competition between teams of students and staff team, it was decided that no winner would be announced, to preserve everyone's dignity.
Marist Brother Doug, former Manager of the Vinnies Soup Vans, generously gave his time, travelling from the other side of the city, to show three short videos about the homeless in Melbourne, and to tell some very moving and poignant personal stories about his times with those on the streets,(even those in homes, who could not afford to feed their families, even if they could keep a roof over their heads).

He finished with some very practical advise on what young students of Senior Secondary School and University age could achieve, with just the right approach and the giving of time and companionship to those living on the streets.

Students and staff slept a little rough in the cold building and had a very welcomed warm breakfast in very cold and wet conditions.

Thanks to 2017 Social Justice Captain, Tiffany Forbes, for all her work on bringing this wonderful experience together. Thanks also to the staff who supported the event.

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For more photos please click here:

Roger Hampson
RE Assistant Coordinator, East Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

Justice, integrity, faith and love are central to our readings this weekend. Like the Canaanite woman in our gospel today, God is ever ready to grant whatever we ask Him in faith. What identifies us as Christians most fundamentally is our faith, our hope and our love. I would like to thank you for your attendance and reverence at the Masses of Tuesday for the Solemnity of the Assumption. From Monday Fr Antony will be on holidays, visiting his mother and family in India. We wish him a very deserved holiday, and a very happy and safe trip catching up with family and friends. In October, I will be holding two new groups of Bible Study sessions, on the 1st & 3rd and 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month, for those who are interested to join. With best wishes,

God bless you all Fr Joseph

ASSISTED DYING LEGISLATION: The State parliament is set to decide in the coming weeks on a regime where a person could be helped to suicide (assisted suicide) and, in some cases, the doctor would inject the lethal dose – killing (euthanasia). We will be having a guest speaker Xavier Symons at all of our Masses this weekend (Aug 19/20) to talk to us about this subject and then to invite us to participate in a letter writing campaign to our Parliamentarians immediately after each Mass. This a chance to have your say, and to stand up for life!

DIACONATE ORDINATION INVITATION: Parishioners are invited to the Ordination to the Diaconate of Avinash George & Hiep Nguyen, by Bishop Patrick O’Regan on Saturday 2nd September at 11.00am, at St Mary’s Cathedral Sale. Light refreshments after Mass

FIRST COMMUNION MASSES will be held on Sunday 3rd, 10th and 17th September at 2.00pm. Parishioners are invited to be part of the First Holy Communion ceremonies for our parish children. All Welcome!

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 24th For protection of children & vulnerable adults, 31st For those born in August.

CELEBRATING MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY: All with a migrant or refugee story, indeed all parishioners, are invited to celebrate the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, with Bishop Patrick O’Regan, next Sunday, August 27th Mass is at 2:00pm, at St Patrick’s Church, 142 Princes Highway, Pakenham. Mass will be followed by refreshments in the parish hall. Please bring some food to share and wear national dress if you can. All are welcome!

BRIGADIERS OF LOURDES: During the 100th Centenary Year – On the 13th of each month till October 2017. 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.

RCIA DIOCESAN WORKSHOP: Refresh and Renew! Clergy, RCIA Teams, Parishioners and school staff are invited to participate in this Diocesan Refresher Day. Saturday 16th September 10.00am to 3.00pm Oblate Hall, St Kieran’s Parish, Lloyd St, Moe. $10 per person. See notice board for more info, to register contact the Parish Office.

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.

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

ST. PETER'S COLLEGE WEST CAMPUS: is launching a 'Student Breakfast' prior to school starting next week. We know a number of our students arrive at school, without having breakfast, and research tells us, that this may have a negative impact of their studies. As we don't want to discriminate, this will be offered to students at no charge. This is a student led initiative and we ask you to consider supporting them. In this set-up stage, we need to collect donations of crockery, including plates, bowls and mugs and cutlery, which can be left at the College Reception. We also need set-up and ongoing donations for food items suitable for breakfast, (butter, spreads, cereal, bread, milk etc.) Thank You 

St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Prayer of Saint Thomas the Apostle

Glorious Saint Thomas, Your love for Jesus and faith in him as Lord and God are an inspiration for all who seek Jesus. You gave up your life as an Apostle and as a missionary. You encourage us to be courageous in giving witness to faith and in proclaiming the gospel. You lead us to be missionary in our endeavours. As our patron, pray for us as we build a new catholic church in Clyde North. We ask your intercession that we may spend ourselves in the service of Jesus and his Mission. Under your watchful care may we grow in faith and generously use our talents, gifts and vision in the service of Christ Jesus and in love for our neighbour.

St Thomas the Apostle  
Pray For Us

CELEBRATING MIGRANT AND REFUGEE SUNDAY: All with a migrant or refugee story, indeed all parishioners, are invited to celebrate the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, with Bishop Patrick O’Regan, next Sunday, August 27th. Mass is at 2:00pm, at St Patrick’s Church, 142 Princes Highway, Pakenham. Mass will be followed by refreshments in the parish hall. Please bring some food to share and wear national dress if you can. Pope Francis has written, “Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions.”  There is much to pray about as this World Day comes around. All are invited!

RCIA DIOCESAN WORKSHOP with Bishop Pat on Saturday 16th September 2017 at St Kieran’s Parish, Moe. This workshop is for Clergy, RCIA teams, parishioners and school staff interested or involved in the RCIA. Cost: $10 / person. Call Christine at the Parish Office to reserve a seat by 8th September.

DIACONATE ORDINATION FOR HIEP AND AVINASH: Parishioners are invited to attend the Ordination to the Diaconate of Hiep and Avinash on Saturday 2nd September, 11.00am at St Mary’s Cathedral Sale. If you do plan to attend, please inform our Parish Office as the Cathedral Parish will be providing catering and a hearty welcome for all who attend.

CHILD SAFE BULLETIN When you complete your application for your Working With Children Card (WWCC) online or at the Post Office, please be aware that you need to contact the Parish Office and advise us of your contact details. The simplest way to do this is through completing a Volunteer Application form. We are not forwarded these details by the Department of Justice, for privacy reasons. 
This week I have included another Tip sheet from the Commission for Children and Young People. This time we look at “What to look for in a child safe organisation”. Please pick-up a Tip sheet before you leave. There are lots of tips here for parents to be aware of to ensure that their children are safe. I will point out that you are able to take note of a person’s full name on their WWCC Card and their card number and go to the Working With Children website Check status’ service please click here
Corralee Floyd
Parish Safety Officer

RCIC: For older children who have not completed their Sacraments. Meeting: every Sunday 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

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.

West St Peter

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Mind Matters @ St. Peter's College

Mind Matters @ St. Peter's College

St. Peter’s College students develop their knowledge and understanding of wellbeing concepts through a variety of means including Workshops and Wellbeing focus weeks in the year.

Upcoming Items…

2017 Canteen

‘When Cancer Comes Along,’Workshop

CanTeen’s Secondary schools Cancer education program

Monday 28 August 2017 @ EAST Campus

2017 Love Your Body

Love Your Body Week

Confident Me Workshop

Monday 11 September 2017 @ EAST Campus

2017 R U OK

Clare Ziino
Wellbeing Team

Solomon Islands Immersion Program Shopping Tour Fundraiser

2017 Shopping Tour

Saturday 16th September 8.30 am to 6.00 pm Cranbourne pick-up 
9.00 am to 5.30 pm Doncaster Pick-up

Brought to you by Melbourne Shopping Tours, providing your own Shopping Hostess, who can show us the best bargains around, on an air-conditioned and heated bus with a professional driver.

$60.00 per person includes morning tea and afternoon tea. Non-Refundable.

Bring your own lunch, or buy lunch near one of the outlet stops (Brunswick)

Pick up and drop off at St. Peter’s College, West Campus or Doncaster Park & Ride. When booking you must nominate your pick-up point.

Fundraising on the bus will include, raffles, soft drink and maybe a glass of wine or two sales.

At each outlet we will be earning Commission which will go directly to the Solomon Islands Fundraising of our Year 12 students for Bishop Epalle Catholic School in Honiara.

Get your friends together, get your comfy shoes organised and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

To book contact April Hampson at St. Peter's College on 5990 777 or email ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au

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SIS Chess Tournament

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In what was a high quality field at the Glen Eira Tournament last Thursday, our mighty "White Knights" of St. Peter's College came second, which means that we have qualified a team of 8 for the State Championships in September! This result is on top of our 3rd place at De La Salle College in Term 2.

Battling it out against some big named schools from Melbourne, the St. Peter's College team took on the challenges before them.

The overall results were;

  1. Melbourne High School
  2. St. Peter's College
  3. Mazenod College
  4. St. James College
  5. St. Leonard's, Brighton

In what will be a huge week in September, our students will battle it out to go back to back at the SIS tournament followed by the State Championship. We wish the "White Knights" well.

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Chris O’Hara
Chess Master

St. Peter’s College Hosts ‘SIS Book In A Day’.

As 2016 ‘SIS Book In a Day Champions’, the West Campus played host to their Zone 1 rivals for 2017. The abundant space of the Terry Feely Resource Centre proved to be an excellent site for what proved to be intense and creative collaborations from all the participating teams. 

Faced with a prompt that included an older homeless man, a ten-year old boy, a teddy bear missing an eye, the Sydney CBD, and a city disappearing down a sinkhole, the West Team launched what appeared from the outside to be an ostentatious and thrilling devised plot. After an irrepressible 8 hours of work, the team produced what it claims is its most restrained but confronting masterpieces yet. 

The finished product just snuck under the maximum limit of 6,000 words with predominant authors Milly Cortese, Hannah Magsanoc, Brendan Quintal, Ashwin Palanisamy, and Naya Lay working intuitively to combine a multitude of creative ideas and concepts. Editing machine Ryan Brack ensured that the final product was clear, cohesive, and well formatted. The narrative was aptly complimented by many outstanding illustrations produced by water colouring genius Trinity Lee. The mesmerising charcoal cover sleeve produced by three time inspirational team leader Mikayla Van Der Velden leant eclectic vision to the novella’s ultimate title ‘Those Beneath Us’.    

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Whilst the final result won’t be announced until the 10th of September, all team members are to be congratulated for an outstanding display of critical thinking and creative collaboration. 

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Mr D.J Stretch
SIS Book in a Day Coach ~ West Campus

Alumni Save The Date

SPC Alumni News

Graduating Class of 2007

Save The Date Notice

  • Date:     28th October 2017
  • Time:      7.15pm for College Tour
  • Start       7.30pm; 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!

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2017 East Statue 1

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 Chris 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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