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Issue 106  |  30 August 2017
Featured Story
From our Principal

Excelling in Secondary School

I was reading an article the other day, it was written by a first year university student. She was reflecting on a question posed to her, “What advice would you give to someone wishing to succeed in their secondary education?” She gave the following advice in 10 “easy steps”.

  1. When it comes to VCE classes choose the subjects you are good at as well as those required as pre-requisite subjects.
  2. If a teacher is offering you or your class extra classes or help, take it. The teacher already knows what you don’t know so it’s no good hiding from it, your task is to overcome areas of weakness not ignore them.
  3. Join a study group – We call it Study Hub – these are particularly helpful in your more challenging subjects.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  5. Study consistently throughout the year – don’t cram.
  6. Identify your best study environment – this could be the school library, the local library or a designated study space at home.
  7. Don’t multitask when studying or doing homework – leave your devices in another room and don’t be tempted to access social media.
  8. Get involved in the co-curricular program at your school. It provides you with skills and confidence that translate into your learning – the most academically strong students are those that seem to be involved in the life of the school
  9. Sit with students in your class that you work with well and won’t distract your or others learning.
  10. Ensure you eat well, exercise regularly and avoid too many hours working your part-time job.

Some sound advice and a challenge for our students to take on.

Feast Day – St. Augustine

2017 Augustine Shield

On Monday of this week we celebrated the feast day of one of our house patrons, St. Augustine. Augustine of Hippo (354-430). Saint Augustine was the Bishop of Hippo. Accepted by most scholars to be one of the most important figure in the ancient Western Church, Saint Augustine was born in Tagaste, Numidia in North Africa. His mother was a Christian, but his father remained a pagan until late in life. Augustine drifted through several philosophical systems before converting to Christianity at the age of thirty-one. The crest that we see includes the arrow, piercing the heart and causing a droplet of blood. This serves to reminds us of the prayer of Saint Augustine, "Lord, you have wounded me with your Word". The book represents the teachings of the gospel, the writings of Augustine, and the commitment of the Order of Saint Augustine to learning. For it was Augustine who said that the whole world is our classroom for our whole life. The Keys represent St. Peter and the keys to the Kingdom of heaven and the cross represents Jesus dying on the cross. Augustine, you said in your prayer “My heart is restless O Lord until it rests in you”.

We pray that we may imitate you in seeking our rest in the heart of God.
May we seek as you did to establish the “City Of God” and to grow in faith all our days.
St. Augustine Pray for us.

SIS Athletics – Division A

The Division A Athletics was held on Tuesday of this week with St. Peter’s College co-hosting the day. It was a wonderful occasion with a great deal of school spirit shown by our team. Congratulations  to the team of athletes, ably and well supported by our PE staff. My thanks is also extended in particular to our two Sports Managers: Justin De Goldi and Chloe Maltar who this year had the additional responsibility of helping to organise and run the day. A number of other staff volunteered to support Chloe and Justin in this our role, my thanks to them also. St. Peter’s College managed to place 4th in Division A. This was a great achievement. Well done to all. 

Tournament of Minds

Last weekend, teams from both the East and the West Campus participated in the Tournament of Minds competition held at Mount Lilydale Catholic College. Led by Ms Connell, Ms Williams and Mr Constantinou a group of students have been meeting and preparing for the challenges presented on the day. The Tournament of Minds principles focus on creative thinking and co-operative learning with students having to work as a team to address an issue or solve a problem. Students participating were selected to form our HALO team based on their academic results, their ability to work in a team, the ability to articulate themselves and on their ability to solve problems. The teams are to be congratulated on their efforts.


Jackson Boyd (Year 12, West)

Jackson is currently representing Australia in Baseball. Competing against teams from Canada, Korea and the USA amongst others. Our progress reports to date are suggesting that Jackson is playing a pivotal role as our number 1 pitcher. Australia are currently undefeated after 3 matches. Keep up the good work Jackson.

Kay Bannon (Year 8, East)

Best wishes to Kay Bannan. Kay is representing Australia next week in golf, competing in the Asia-Pacific Golf Tournament. We wish her well.

I also wish to congratulate Jackie Barr, a staff member from the West campus on the safe arrival of Lily Isobel. Both mother and daughter are reportedly doing well. Congratulations Jackie.

2017 J Barr - Lily

On behalf of all at St. Peter's, best wishes and prayers of thanks are etended to our fathers or father figures as we pause to celebrate and give thanks to Fathers this coming Sunday on Fathers Day.

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Chris Black

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East Campus News

Week 7 and the end of term is approaching.

This Term is moving very quickly and before we know it, holidays will once more be upon us. It is during these last few weeks, when enthusiasm and energy can start to wane. Senior students will have an increased workload as their Semester two studies start to enter the final assessment stages. It is however important that we encourage our young people to stay energised by eating well, getting enough exercise and critically sufficient sleep. It is also important that we stay in a positive state of mind.

I attended a presentation recently called the Resilience Project, which was focused on helping young people build their resilience and capacity to deal with the ordinary and those events that can leave us feeling overwhelmed, lost and fragile. The Project focussed on three simple steps to reset our brains and to look for the positive in the world rather than the negative.

The project invites people to take their 21day challenge to rethink in the positive by practising:
Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) each day.

  • Gratitude – ask yourself the simple question what three things went well for me today?
  • Empathy – random acts of kindness, simple things we do that makes other happy
  • Mindfulness – taking time to be present, without the distraction of mobile phones, technology etc.

The presentation by Hugh van Cuylenburg the founder of the Resilience Project was excellent and incredibly motivational. More details for those interested can be found at: theresilienceproject.com.au

More support for St Vinnies Winter Appeal Fund: - Soup Day.

It never fails to surprise me just how caring and generous our families, students and teachers are when it comes to giving of time, money, food and labour to ensure that people in need are remembered and cared for. Last week it was the Winter Sleep out which heightened our awareness about those who are unable to find shelter, warmth, community – a home. Money was raised and blankets were purchased and sent out into the community to support the homeless. This week it was Soup Day – an activity to bring us together as a community to serve the needs of others by simply sharing a cup of soup. As always the St. Peter’s College community provided the ingredients, food, time and expertise to produce large quantities of quality soup to feed the staff and students. Money raised would go to support the great work of St Vinnies. The soup was hot, flavoursome and quickly sold out. The parishioners of St Thomas the Apostle also supported this event by donating a grand total of $113.60 for the left over pumpkins. The final total raised for the St Vinnies Winter Appeal Fund was $544.65, an outstanding amount. I would like to thank Mr Jean-Paul Antione, Mrs Carol Whimpey and Mrs Delwyn Gillman, and all the student helpers who continue every year to make this a most effective and special social justice event, and lead us to be like St Peter, servant leaders.

House Competition: Limbo 

On the 25th August St. Peter's College East Avila House hosted a House Competition. The theme: Limbo.  Points were awarded to all individuals at the completion of each level, the further students successfully progressed as the limbo stick was lowered the greater the points they earned for their House. All points awarded contributed to the annual House’s total for the Rosemary Graham shield competition, which will be awarded at the end of the year. Limbo practise was held regularly during recess and lunchtimes in the fortnight preceding competition day with many students getting into the spirit and having a little extra fun at recess and supporting their House's Spirit by' 'having a go'. Stella performances in the practise trials indicated that we may have a showdown between MacKillop (Levi Henderson-Gillespie) and Avila (Nyamal Guandong). 'Last chance' practise the day before saw the limbo line extend back 10 meters with everyone having multiple attempts in seeing 'how low they could go' under the limbo pole and getting into the spirit in limbering up for "Limbo". The incentive for Houses of double points awarded per round to staff who successfully completed each level added to the competitive spirit between the Houses for staff to be involved too! The event was well represented by all Houses and challenged the students' flexibility, balance and determination to conquer each level as the limbo pole was lowered. The event proved to be a great success making our lunchtimes more entertaining and promoting enhanced student relationships, uniting students across all 7-12 Year levels. 

Honourable mentions go out to the following students and staff for their stellar performances during the limbo challenge:
Lachlan McDougall- Augustine, Isabella Duiker- Glowrey, Lee-Ann Tang Yan Wo- Augustine, Sedonia Koudi Arad- MacKillop, Levi Henderson-Gillespie- MacKillop, Nyamal Guandong- Avila, Mr Michael Ling- Romero, Mr Jean-Paul Antoine- Assisi, Mrs Olivia Barrett- Avila 

Congratulations to AUGUSTINE victorious on the day!!!! 

1st Augustine 2213 5th Glowrey 956
2nd MacKillop 1763 6th Romero 697
3rd Marian 1484 7th Kolbe 406
4th Avila 1350 8th Assisi 340

Mrs Olivia Barrett (Assisi Assistant House Leader)

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House in Focus: MacKillop House                                  

2017 Mary MacKillop

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop was born on 15th January 1842 in Fitzroy, Victoria. She was the first of eight children to parents Flora and Alexander MacKillop who were Catholic immigrants from Scotland. From a young age she wanted to live for God alone by serving those in the greatest need. With Father Julian Tenison Woods, her mentor and spiritual guide, Mary opened the first free Catholic school in Penola, South Australia, in 1866. This was followed the year after by the establishment of the Sisters of St Joseph, the first Catholic order founded by an Australian. As well as schools for the poor, Mary MacKillop and the sisters opened hospitals, orphanages and shelters for the homeless, former prostitutes and unmarried mothers. The motto of MacKillop House is “Lead with courage and compassion”. Members of MacKillop House are challenged to look to Mary as a sure guide of how to live this out each and every day. Mary had a strong sense of duty – that there were certain things which she simply had to do, even if she didn’t want to do them, even when she found them difficult. We can find great strength in this when we encounter difficulties in our own lives. We in MacKillop House are always striving to imitate Mary in never seeing a need without doing something about it (Mary MacKillop, 1871). MacKillop House is led by the dedicated team of Mr Peter Woodhouse (House Leader) and Mr Ziggy Wolinski (Assistant House leader).  St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Pray for us.   

Important reminder this week. Going home sick or leaving school early:

Students and parents are reminded that the correct and most efficient procedure for going home ill, is for the student to come to sick bay and office staff will contact parents to come and collect the ill student. We ask that students do not directly text or call their parents to collect them from school. Also parents are asked to provide the front office with prior warning if they require the collection of their child during the school day. 

Have a wonderful week.

Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Year 9 Swimming Program

This week, Year 9 students have been bussed down to Casey RACE to participate in swimming assessment in preparation for the Year 9 Aquatics Camp in Term 4. A significant amount of time and money goes into the organisation of this assessment into each student’s ability to swim.

This is designed to assist us in managing the risk of sending Year 9 students with a vastly different array of swimming capabilities on a camp that involves activities such as surfing, boogie boarding and canoeing. While this experience can be challenging for some of our students, the benefit of safe participation is enormous in helping students to acquire new skills, foster further friendships, address anxiety and develop resilience.

I mention this because of the poor response that we have had to returning permission forms for the Year 9 swimming assessment.

Furthermore, a number of students have recently expressed a reluctance to attend this camp. This rise in anxious young people is consistent with what we are observing across our country.  However, I implore adults to hold our ground with our young people and not allow them to take the road of least resistance.  We will not be preparing them for life after school if we fail them on this.  

The Year 9 camp is important for the holistic education of our students and as such is a compulsory part of the school curriculum.

Yr 9 Camp

Yr 9 Camp East

2016 West Year 9 Camp

I ask you to support us (and indeed your child) in attending the camp, just as you pledged to do so when you originally enrolled your child at St. Peter’s College.

Year 11 Student Leadership Training Day

Next Monday, 4 September, our Year 11 students will participate in a Student Leadership Training Day. The goal of the day is to train our students in the model of servant leadership as taught by Jesus and practised by St. Peter.  

At the end of the day, our hope is that a number of young people will be willing to nominate themselves for leadership positions for 2018 Year 12. Your child may bring home a nomination form and we ask you to discuss the seriousness of this decision.

Please encourage your son or daughter, but ensure that they have given the particular position some thought so that they understand what is expected of them. The student leadership booklet that they will be given that day will contain information about what each role entails.

Please feel free to read this to understand our student leadership structure.

Positions that can be applied for include:

  • College Captains (1 female, 1 male)
  • Sports Captains (1 female, 1 male)
  • Arts Captain
  • Liturgy Captain
  • Environment Captain
  • Social Justice Captain
  • House Captains (1 female, 1 male) for each house

The process will involve the College Captains giving a 2-3 minute speech next Thursday to the whole campus assembly. All students and staff will vote to determine who is interviewed by a panel. This panel then appoints the College Captains. Other positions are filled after a short speech to Year 12 students only and then the students who are chosen are interviewed by a panel of teachers for the position.

House Captains give a speech to their assembled house who vote and at a later date and are then appointed by their House Leader.

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Footy Colours Day – Tuesday, 19 September 

As we approach our first weekend of football finals, I am reminded to announce our upcoming Footy Colours Day.

Here is some early warning of what the day entails and what students are permitted to wear:

  • Students are encouraged to wear a jersey/polo of the SPORTS team of their choice (eg. Australian Rules, Netball, Basketball, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Soccer). If you wear a Footy Guernsey, you must wear the PE Shorts/Tracksuit pants. 
  • Students may also wish to wear a football scarf or beanie, but this is to be worn with full PE uniform 
  • Any student in footy colours (including scarf or beanie) is to make a gold coin donation 
  • This money will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and to the Bishop Epalle School in the Solomon Islands.

Our VCAL students have been hard at work organising a number of lunchtime activities and healthy eating options. Students can order Subway for $5 beforehand and pick it up on the day. Encourage your child to bring some coins to participate, knowing that all money raised will go to a good cause.

Activities at lunchtime include:

  • Bubble Soccer
  • DodgeBall
  • Basketball
  • Longest kick
  • Yoga
  • Bike & Blend

Summer Uniform

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2017 Sports Uniform

The staff in the uniform shop have asked me to remind all parents of the changeover to summer uniform at the beginning of Term 4.

One can only hope that this will encourage the return of warmer weather!

Please use the next few weeks to go to the uniform shop and purchase any items required for the summer uniform.

Uniform Opening Hours

Tuesday 1pm - 5pm

Thursday 8am - 12pm 

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Parents as partners.
Traditionally, the Semester Two Parent Teacher Interviews are less well attended than earlier in the year. The pace of life has picked up for parents, we are all busy and the last thing we want to do is come out on a potentially dark and cold night. 
But this extra effort that parents make to dig deep speaks volumes about how much we care about what our students do each day at school. John Hattie, a renowned Educational researcher suggests that engaging parents as active partners in their child’s learning is one of the most effective strategies to improve student learning and wellbeing outcomes. Rather than parents as observers in student learning parents can become partners with the College to achieve the students’ learning goals. The key is to focus the relationship on the child’s learning. (Parent Engagement in Action, CEM ) .

Parents are encouraged to book a Parent Teacher Interview with relevant teachers. Parent Teacher interviews will take place on 
Wednesday 13th September from 9.00am – 8.30p.m.
The College has put in place the following protocols to ensure the smooth running of the day.
 These include:

  • Ensuring there is more space around the interview tables to ensure privacy
  • A digital clock on display to encourage interviews to remain within the 5 minute time allocation.
  • A parent help desk for any issues regarding your interviews
  • A bell rung 10 minutes prior to the staff dinner break to inform all that there is only 10 minutes remaining before the staff break
  • Parents who have more than 1 child being taught by the same teacher are asked to make multiple bookings with that teacher rather than try to squeeze more than 1 child into a five minute block.
  • Parents who feel they will require more time than the allocated 5 minutes with a staff member are invited to make an appointment at another time to ensure any issue can be more thoroughly discussed.

Thank you in anticipation for your consideration of these important meetings. 

Online bookings will open on Friday 1st September from 3.30pm. Please contact the Front Office if you require assistance with your passwords. Year 12 Teachers will not be available as Interviews were conducted during the Futures Expo. 

Save the Date Year 7 2019 Information Evenings

West Campus - Wednesday 18th October, 2017

6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start Approx finish 8.30 pm

East Campus - Tuesday 31st October, 2017 

6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start Approx finish 8.30 pm

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching

Religious Education News

2017 Shine Conf.

On Friday this week we will have the Shine Conference.

This is a gathering of senior students from the various schools in the Sale Diocese. All of the students are Youth Ministry students are are coming together for the day. It will be held at the West Campus.

Bishop O'Regan will be present for Mass at the beginning of the day and then there will be a presentation and various workshops happening.  

The theme of the day is Making Connections.

It is a spirituality day but it is a day when the various experiences of life are pulled together with our faith. Our students are hosting the day, providing some hospitality and some of the input.

It is an amazing thing when students come together and meet.  

Something happens that is engaging, energizing and enlightening. Somehow a light gets turned on. It will be a great day ...

A prayer for the day:
May our work excite our hearts,
and kindle in our minds a creativity
to journey beyond the old limits
of all that has become wearisome

May our work challenge us towards
new frontiers that will emerge
as we begin to approach them
calling forth from us the full force
and depth of our undiscovered gifts

(adapted from John O'Donohue in Benedictus: a Book of Blessings)

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2017 East Cross

2017 CE Avila Pic.1

Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

Today is Migrant Sunday and I encourage you to attend this celebration today at St. Patrick’s Church Pakenham, commencing with Mass at 2.00pm. Next weekend, for 3 weekends the children from our parish will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time on Sundays at 2.00pm. Please keep them and their families in your prayers. Soon you will be receiving ballot papers to vote on ‘same-sex marriage’, I would strongly encourage you to vote NO, to keep marriage between a man and a woman.

With best wishes, God bless you all Fr Joseph

POSTAL PLEBISCITE ON “SAME-SEX MARRIAGE”: The Australian Government has announced there will be a postal plebiscite on whether the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to include “same-sex marriage”. Ballot papers will be sent out to households on Tuesday, 12th September and all votes must be received back by Tuesday, 7th November. “Vote No”, to keep marriage as a unique relationship between a woman and a man.

ASSISTED DYING LEGISLATION: This is your chance to have your say and to stand up for life! You are invited to a letter writing campaign, sample letters are still available in the foyer, this weekend.

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

FATHERS DAY APPEAL: Priest’s Welfare Foundation of the Diocese of Sale, supports the priests of our Diocese in times of sickness or retirement. A special collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend. Envelopes are available in the foyer for this collection, if you require a receipt for taxation purposes. All donations of $2.00 or over are tax deductible, please print your name and address clearly on the special envelope and a receipt will be issued in due course.

FIRST COMMUNION MASSES will be held on Sunday 3 rd, 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!

PRAYER CARDS: Parishioners are invited to choose a prayer card from the table in the foyer to pray for one of the First Holy Communion candidates

MONTHLY ALL-NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL will take place this Friday 1st September. It will begin with Divine Office at 7.00pm, Mass at 7.30pm followed by a spiritual teaching 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 allnight Prayer Vigil is held on the first Friday of each month. All Welcome!

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place next Saturday 2nd September, 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.

SOLOMON ISLANDS IMMERSION SHOPPING FUNDRAISER: Join us for a wonderful day of great bargains and lots of fun. Saturday 16th September 8.30am to 6.00pm. Pick up from St. Peter’s College Cranbourne West. $60 per person. For more info or to book contact April Hampson on 5990 777 or email ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au

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.

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

ST. AGATHA’S SCHOOL DEMOLITION: Please note the Parish Office, School and Church carparks will be closed for a week from Monday 25th to Friday 29th September as demolition of St. Agatha’s school will begin. For SAFETY REASONS, it is important that no one uses these carparks, if you need to visit the Parish Office then please use the gravel carpark between the Parish Office and Providence House.

St. Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Message from our Parish Priest

Dear Parishioners,
During this past week, Kevin Lawlor (Chairperson of Church Building Committee) and I met with Law Architects to further progress the design process for our new church. We will be meeting again in mid-September and we hope that we will then begin to have some design proposals which we can share with all parishioners. This is a very detailed process; it’s exciting, but needs above all our prayer as we work with parishioners and Bishop O’Regan to develop the plans for our new church. The site planning will also include the planning for parish offices and meeting space.
At the same time, we will also need to launch a major fundraising appeal which will require the support of every possible parishioner. As the process for this appeal is developed all parishioners will be informed. There will also be scope for many and varied fundraising projects in which parishioners will be invited to participate.
As we contemplate these major parish projects, we also give our attention to and our prayers for the children who will make their First Communion over the coming three weeks, and Avinash and Hiep who will be Ordained as Deacons this week.
May God bless you all, Fr Denis

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CREATION: Pope Francis has designated 1st September as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. He desires that this day will be a time for individuals and communities to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork he has entrusted to our care.”

SPECIAL COLLECTION: Next Sunday is Father’s Day, and the annual collection to support sick and retired priests and deacons of the Sale Diocese will be taken up at all Masses in the Diocese. All donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.

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.

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.

SOLOMON ISLAND IMMERSION PROGRAM has organise a Shopping Tour fundraiser on Saturday 16th September. Pick-up: St. Peter’s West Campus Cranbourne 8.30am, return 6.00pm and Pick-up: Doncaster Park & Ride 9.00am, return 5.30pm. $60 per person includes morning and afternoon tea. BYO lunch. For more information, please refer to flyer at both entrances.

CHILD SAFE BULLETIN Could all parishioners who have lodged applications for Working With Children Check (WWCC) Cards please contact the Parish Office with your contact details as we are not sent these details from the Department of Justice. As a follow up to last week’s Tip Sheet on Child Safe Organisations, I have decided to remind everyone this week on what the process is if you have a concern about a person within our Parish. Please pick up a Tip Sheet before you leave or go to website  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

West St Peter

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish

Mind Matters @ St. Peter's College

Student Wellbeing  -  The Porn Factor 

Sex education by Porn? Why Pornography is an issue schools and families can’t afford to ignore.

At St. Peter’s College, we believe that all human beings are made in the image of God and are therefore entitled to be treated and to treat others, with dignity and respect.

Recently I attended a seminar given by Dr. Maree Crabbe, who coordinates the community education project Reality and Risk: young people and sexuality. I thought that I would share some of the insights into how the rise of Porn on the internet and the almost unlimited access it can be possible for children and adolescents to now have, has changed the understandings youth now have about sex and relationships.

The Porn industry makes in excess of 30 Billion Dollars per year profit, in Western countries. In Australia, recent studies have shown that 10% of boys aged 10 – 16 years view Porn every day and 63% of this age group view it every week. The average age for both boys and girls to view Porn, is 12 – 13 years. (Crabbe et al, 2016.)

The nature of contemporary Porn is that it is more violent, graphic and hard core than that which was produced before the 1990’s. In 1979, where there were only hundreds of films coming into or produced in Australia, today there are between 8000 and 12000 every year. Scenes of physical aggression directed at females are now common place. The message given is that ‘girls like it’.

Lots of research has been done on the adolescent brain and we know that the earlier certain messages are given, the easier it is for them to be believed and retained. The analytical process and impulse control functions are not well developed in people under the age of 18 and so the consequences for decision making and actions in this area of life and relationships, could be cause for concern. Kids can end up with distorted views about what is real and what is ‘ok’ in relationships.

We know as adults that Porn misrepresents reality ~ that discomfort, pain and performance are not realistically represented, but how many young people can make that judgment? Porn can lead to young people, but particularly young girls, feeling pressured to submit to activities which cause emotional, physical and even social harm. The use of ‘revenge porn’ to hurt others via social media is now also a sad reality. It can also have implications for sexual assault and relationship violence, as well as damage to reputations and future job prospects.

Please click here for more information

Mrs Anita Carter 
Student Wellbeing Leader

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.  

To all our dad's at St. Peter's College, The Parents and Friends Committee wish you a Happy Father's Day on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

2017 Fathers Day

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

Victorian Schools Cycling Competition at East Campus

On Friday 25th August we had a small group of east students from the HPV team competing in the Victorian Schools Cycling Competition at the Casey Fields Criterion. This was a very prestigious event and was also a qualifier for the state finals in Bendigo later in the year.

For most of the students this was their first individual cycling competition. We had the following students competing; Rhys Davidson, Joshua Bartlett, Charlie Ratten, Emily Coco, Ryan Pulley and Dylan Powell.

All rode very well and represented the college exceptionally well. They competed in their designated age groups and we saw some excellent results with Charlie Ratten placing 6th, Emily Coco coming 4th and Ryan Pulley placing 3rd which was a great result. Unfortunately Rhys got a punctured tyre during the race which affected his ride but will be competing in an upcoming competition in the Yarra Bend in September which should will him another chance to qualify for states.

Congratulations to all involved. 

2017 Cycling

Chloe Maltar
Sports Manager

30 AUG

VCE Study Skills - East

31 AUG

SIS Debating Round 2

SIS Junior Sport

SIS Senior Sport


01 SEP

CSYMA Shine Gathering

SIS Intermediate Sport

04 SEP

Book Week

05 SEP

Year 11 Student Leadership Day


VCE Study Skills - West

Parents & Friends Meeting

06 SEP

CSYMA St. Agathas Retreat

VCE Study Skills – East

07 SEP

Pastoral Period

College Captains Speeches & Voting

Campus Assembly

SIS Junior Sport

SIS Senior Sport



08 SEP

SIS Intermediate Sport

11 SEP

College Captains Interveiws

12 SEP

SIS Chess Championship

Year 9 Swimming Compencies East



13 SEP

CEO Year 11 Leaders Day

Student Free Day

Parent & Student Teacher Interviews

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