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Issue 108  |  13 September 2017
Featured Story
From our Principal

Student Leadership

In last week’s newsletter I spoke of the Year 11 Student Leadership Training day. The follow-up from this is the student leadership nomination process, student leader speeches, voting and interviews. These parts of the process have taken place over the past week. What has transpired in this time has been nothing short of inspirational. For the first time the school community was able to hear the nominated College Captain speeches and contribute by way of voting for their preferred candidate. The school community heard from those who wished to take on the role of school captain. This included, their reasons for nominating and what they could offer to the role by way of qualities and ideas. The concept of servant leadership appeared in many of the speeches indicating a clear understanding of the model of leadership embraced by the St. Peter’s College community. Student’s, not just those aspiring to leadership roles, were presented with a view of leadership which we subscribe to at St. Peter’s College. This included: Asking the key question: What makes a great leader?

Students were challenged  to think of “Leadership” not about a title or a designation but about impact, influence and inspiration, where Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading your passion, and inspiration is about the innate ability to encourage others to walk side by side you. Leadership it was suggested is the unlocking of people's potential to become better, to have the humility to continue to get feedback and to try to get better. The community was also presented with the qualities we are looking for in our own student leaders as they go about serving the needs of others and inspire in others to contribute purposefully and meaningfully to our community here at St. Peter’s College. These qualities included:

  • Empathy
  • The ability to effective listen
  • The commitment to growth of people
  • The ability to heal
  • The ability to build community
  • The ability to persuade by word and action not by position or power
  • The preparedness to walk side by side with the people they lead rather than decree from above

The interviews for the Student College Executive were held earlier this week and it was a privilege to be part of these. The passion in each and every one of the candidates was inspiring. Listening to the  pride each had in St. Peter’s College and their wish to leave a lasting legacy was both energizing and moving. I am proud to announce the following students have been successful in being selected to the St. Peter’s College Student executive for 2018. Congratulations is extended to:

  East Campus West Campus
College Captain - Female Natalia Girvasi Brooklyn Faamausili
College Captain - Male Edmond Elbazi Cambell Bryan
Liturgy Captain Krystal Johnstone Celeste Hill
Social Justice Captain Arizona Durbin Emma Pocock
Arts Captain Eugena Medvid Kira May
Environment Captain James Wang Imogen Stoneman
Sports Captain - Female Nyakuar Wunbil Tahlia Coates
Sports Captain - Male Connor O'Riordan Mitchell Tharle


Congratulations and commiserations also to those students who nominated yet were unsuccessful. We know that you will contribute in many and varied ways to the College as leaders in a variety of other ways. Our student leadership election process continues with House Leaders being elected in the next week. We wish all students nominating the best of luck.

2017 CE Captains

2017 CW Captains

Japan Trip 

Eight students and two staff members will be travelling to Japan at the end of this week for our annual cultural immersion program. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in Japanese culture and language. Included in their two week trip is a host family experience with students from our sister school Sapporo High school. This particular experience ensures our students experience living with a Japanese family and having a lived experience of the Japanese way of life. Other highlights will include: a cultural experience of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as a moving trip to Hiroshima the site of one of the atomic bombs. Best wishes are extended in particular to Naomi Hind (West Campus) who will be staying on at Sapporo for the remainder of the year.

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RUOK Day                                                                                                      

2017 RUOK

On September 7th St. Peter’s College recognised RUOK day. This occurred within the campus assemblies but also through a range of VCAL related activities. What is R U OK? It is an awareness raising campaign aimed at inspiring and empowering everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. The key messages are these:

  • Help create a more connected world by having regular, meaningful conversations
  • Meaningful relationships with family and friends boost our wellbeing and happiness
  • You don’t need to be an expert to have a conversation
  • Ask, listen without judgement, encourage action, and check in
  • Start a conversation and help make a difference
  • Ask somebody today

These are strong messages that help build our community as well as important messages aimed to support the vulnerable. Our school motto: “Be Not Afraid” calls on all of us to look outwardly and be open to hearing or seeing the needs of others and then responding in the appropriate way.

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black

Latest News
East Campus News

The past two weeks we have had a significant focus on leadership, specifically servant leadership. Students have explored the many ways in which we are called every day to be true servant leaders.

Even asking R U OK? involves a type of leadership.

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East Campus launched R U OK day during the Campus assembly on Thursday 7th September. We hope to extend the R U OK conversation right through and beyond the actual date of September 14th. 

The concept and message behind R U OK day is that we, each and every one of us, can make a difference to anyone who is struggling. How? Through a conversation – one that just may change a life. Talking is a powerful way for us to understand one another and let people know that we care.

By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help a family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow with the conversation steps depicted in the picture to show them they are supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load.

If they are ok, that person will know you are someone who cares enough to ask. 

It all starts with a conversation: R U OK?

College Leaders 2018 – speeches, voting and interviews.

Last Thursday our College Leader candidates presented to the campus community very passionate and articulate speeches. Each speech clearly identified the reasons why they wanted to be part the College leadership team for 2018 and the goals they hoped to achieve. After the speeches, student voting and interviews followed and then began the nervous wait for the announcement of the College Captains and Leaders for 2018.

All candidates are to be congratulated on the dedicated and responsible manner in which they approached both the challenge of standing up to nominate to be a leader and the way they handled the pressures of the process. 

Further Leadership opportunities are available as we continue now with seeking nominations:

1. House Leaders, 2018. A combination of Year 11 and Year 12 Students (2 positions available for each House). 

Assisi House
Augustine House
Avila House
Glowrey House
Kolbe House
MacKillop House
Marian House
Romero House

2. Student Representative Council – 24 students supported by Staff Mentors (Head of Campus and 1 nominated House Leader)

College Captains x 2 
Liturgy Captain
Social Justice Captain 
Arts Captain
Environment Captain    
Sports Captains x 2
Selected Year Level House Forum Leaders x 16 (2 from each House) 

3. Forum Leaders:

These elections will occur after House Captains have been elected. Students from Years 7 to 12 in each House will nominate for the position of Year Level House Forum Leader. Therefore each House Forum will be made up of:

  • Female & Male House Captains, Senor Forum Leader (Year 11 or 12 student), Year 10, 9, 8, & 7 Forum leaders.

Student Leadership at the East Campus is developing and evolving as a most critical factor in the development of positive student relationships, voice and confidence. It is not surprising that Student Leaders generally experience more success in terms of academic achievement because of the skills, and confidence gained from the challenges and opportunities presented.

I encourage all students to look for ways to seek leadership roles, including those that do not necessarily have a public title.

After much debate…what will you stand up for… to lead? 

Behind the scenes of Social Justice @ Vinnies Cranbourne.

The Winter Sleep out and Soup Day were very effective and visible ways to raise both money and awareness of the most vulnerable groups within our community. What may not be so visible is the work that is done behind the scenes to enable charity groups such as Vinnies to carry out their mission and reach those that are most in need.

As part of our Social Justice Program supported so strongly by Mr Roger Hampson our students visit the Cranbourne Vinnies store weekly and work back of house to sort through and organise the huge variety of goods that have been generously donated by the community. It is this work where our students gain a unique understanding of what charity really involves far beyond the donation of money. 

I am told that our students thoroughly enjoy this process and quite often have to resist the temptation to purchase for themselves many of fine items such as clothing, jewellery and books that been donated. This experience provides the students with further opportunities to develop as servant leaders of the wider community.

Last week our students delivered the money raised from the Winter Sleep Out and Soup Day to Vinnies, which will support the purchase of much needed blankets for those without homes or safe places to sleep.

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2017 Vinnies Winter Blanket Appeal

Leadership – pursuing your talents.

During our assembly for the Student Leadership speeches last week, we were thoroughly entertained by the talented singing voice of Lara Bravo. Showcasing her own brand of leadership Lara put her faith in her talent and took the opportunity to challenge herself to perform in front of a large audience, something she has not done before. Her performance at the both assemblies was wonderful, and courageous.

I am delighted to announce that Lara with the help of Tanya Asuncion accompanying her on keyboards, will now perform in the Semi-Finals of the Fast-Track Singing Competition, a public event on Sunday. We wish her every success.

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Rosemary Graham Shield Winner….is

And finally the much anticipated announcement of the winning house for the Rosemary Graham Shield is MacKillop – congratulations to Mr Peter Woodhouse House Leader, Mr Ziggy Wolinski, Assistant House Leader, House Captains Natalia Girvasi and Edmond Elbazi and all of the students of MacKillop House – a wonderful prize awaits.

2017 Rosemary Graham Shield

House in focus: MARIAN

Mary of Nazareth was indeed fortunate to be chosen as the Matriarch of the blessed order as mother of Jesus. Indeed the motto “Strongest of Heart” provided inspiration for women around the world to give of themselves and say yes to God’s word. This also contains a powerful message to all Catholics to give willingly to present as the authentic faith of generosity and courage.

Students in Marian House are reminded of this virtue and we seek to accede to God’s will every day in providing hope, support and encouragement of all students within our community.

Like Kolbe House students were invited to complete scripts in which the mantra “I Stand up for” was completed with zeal, thoughtfulness and inspiration.

Our Recent House Feast day was a reflective and empathic journey of faith through the Para liturgy and corresponding House luncheon.

2017 Marian Shield

I wish everyone a most productive and happy week.

2017 East Cross

Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

RUOK? Day – Thursday, 14 September

This week we mark RUOK? Day with a heightened sensitivity to the mental health and wellbeing of those in our St. Peter’s College community. The VCAL students have been working on a number of projects and spoke at last week’s assembly to raise awareness amongst our students. We will be prompting all our students to genuinely ask their friends if they are OK and then listen to the response.  

Among a number of activities happening on the day, the Year 12 students going to the Solomon Islands will be running a BBQ on the day. This will not just be for fundraising, but as a focal point in our Central Courtyard to gather students together to be one together and look out for each other.

REACH Heroes Day

On Wednesday this week, our Student Wellbeing Leader, took 16 of our students to a REACH Heroes Day in Collingwood. Heroes Days are high-impact workshops that ask students to explore their world, challenge their perceptions and find meaning and purpose in their lives. Students explore their lives using the powerful metaphor of the Hero’s Journey, which is used to motivate them and reframe the challenges they may be facing. The aim of the day is to help students to have:

  • Enhanced feelings of meaning and engagement.
  • Improved self-awareness and optimism.
  • Enhanced social and emotional skills.
  • Greater empathy among students.
  • Adoption of positive coping strategies in response to challenges in life.

Car Safety

Our recent West Campus Master Plan recognised the problems associated with our drop off and pick up of students within the campus. The primary concern is always the safety of our students and indeed all members of the College community. Over the next 12 months we will be working to facilitate better and safer drop off of students and movement of vehicles within the school.
Until that time may I remind all drivers in and around the College to exercise caution and drive to the conditions. In particular I would ask that drivers:

  1. Obey the 10 kph speed limit.
  2. Ensure they do not stop in the left hand turning lane into the College on Cranbourne-Frankston Road to let students out of the car.
  3. When dropping off or picking up students inside the school, move as far as possible into the college to ensure following cars are not queued across the intersection.

I will also remind our students of their responsibility to be careful and alert around traffic at these busy times and to use appropriate pedestrian exits and crossings.

2018 Year 12 Student Leadership Process

The process for choosing our Year 12 leaders is continuing since the Leadership Training Day on Monday, 4 September. Students have nominated and then last Thursday delivered speeches outlining why they would like the opportunity to serve as student leaders. The students nominating for Arts, Environment, Liturgy, Social Justice and Sports Captains all spoke to the Year 11 cohort. The students then voted which determines which students are interviewed by the panel and appointed by the principal. For the first time, candidates for the role of College Captain spoke to the whole Campus and then all Year 7 – 11 students and staff voted for their preferred candidate. The speeches were of a very high quality and the students took their role seriously. 

The aim was to give greater voice and empowerment to all students and not just the one year level. It would appear to have been a very successful change and I am pleased the students understood and valued their democratic role.

Interviews conclude on Tuesday this week and all candidates and then students will be notified of the result this Thursday morning. Thank you to all students who have had the courage and generosity to put themselves forward for student leadership positions.

Head Lice

Parents are reminded of their responsibility to check their children regularly for head lice. Students are reminded that one of the reasons that we ask long hair to be tied back is to reduce the chance of head lice being spread amongst students. Please read the attached fact sheet as head lice is occasionally an issue at the school.

SIS Chess Competition

On Tuesday, Mr Chris O’Hara again took the St. Peter’s College Chess team to compete in the Southern Independent Schools Chess Competition. After last year’s first place, the team were eager to achieve back to back success. Unfortunately, it was not to be, however, we are once again very impressed with the team’s second position. They lost narrowly to Nazareth College (23-22).  Individually, the stand out players were:

2017 Chess Flacing

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Marian Spelling Bee

The annual Marian House Spelling Bee was once again a successful and enjoyable event. House teams of 8 students (4 from Years 7-9 and 4 from Years 10-12) took turns to spell challenging words from Mr Laurie’s secret dictionary. It was envisaged that this would only take one lunchtime, however, with a minute remaining on the clock and seven houses tied on 4 points, Romero had the chance to win the trophy. Alas, they fell at the final hurdle and teams had to return the next day for more rounds to determine the final winner. Congratulations to MacKillop on their first place.

2017 Spelling Bee

McGuigan Shield Competition – Congratulations MacKillop House

The only house activity left to run is Augustine’s revamped Hungry Hippo Competition this week on Thursday. This looks to be a lot of fun as the game, many of us played as children, will be made life size in the Multipurpose Hall. Points will be allocated for this activity, Term 2 participation and attendance before the ladder is finalised.

No matter what the outcome of these events, it is abundantly clear that MacKillop House has once again won the McGuigan Shield. To celebrate, they will spend the first day of Term 4 at Rush HQ enjoying rock climbing, a ropes course and trampolining. They will also have a lunch together as part of their reward for the huge commitment throughout the year. Miss McRae and all the Learning Advisors, Ms Cummings, Mr O’Hara, Mr Nelson, Mr Bassett, Mr Mikkelson and Mrs Hayes are to be commended on the way they have brought the best out in the students through participation, growth and achievement. Well done MacKillop House on being back to back winners and taking home the 2017 McGuigan Shield.

The current ladder is as follows.

2017 McGuigan Shield

2017 Footy


  • Students are invited to wear a jumper/top of the SPORTS team of their choice (eg. Australian Rules, Netball, Basketball, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Soccer, local sports team). 
  • You may also wear casual pants/skirt with a SPORTS jumper/top.
  • Students may also wish to wear a football scarf or beanie, but this is to be worn in addition to any SPORTS jumper/top
  • Any student wearing SPORTS jumper/top 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.
  • Please note that students using this as an opportunity simply to wear casual clothes will be sent home.  Mr Black has warned that if students fail to follow the dress code for the day, they run the risk of losing the privilege next year.

Activities at lunchtime include:

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

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

Over the past week I have had the opportunity to meet with some of the students who have applied to study a VCE subject out of sequence. I have been very impressed with the amount of detail and planning students are putting in to looking at career paths and planning for their future. Those interviews will continue into next week as well. 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Many thanks to all who attended parent teacher interviews this week, these interviews are a great way to have meaningful communication with families. For parent teacher interviews to succeed, parents need to follow up matters discussed in those meetings. Talk to your son/daughter about his/her strengths and celebrate these. Ask your child where improvements can be made. Negotiate a plan with your child that encourages them to take responsibility for their own learning. 

Year 12

As a community we encourage and support our Year 12 students to continue to strive for their best as they complete their final school assessed coursework and start to prepare for their end of year exams. Families are encouraged to support their Year 12 students by encouraging regular and focussed study. Providing a focussed study space is more important now than ever. Now is not the time to wind down, now is time to build up. Working hard to ensure that all the effort they have put in throughout the year is accurately reflected in the final Examination period. 

Free Study Skills Day

Get prepared for the VCE exam season. Federation University in Berwick are running a FREE VCE Study Skills day for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The day will run from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm and will cover study tips that work, exam preparation, proofreading and polishing and give students the experience of life as a uni student. You can find out more and register at federation.edu.au/VCEstudyskills 

Destination Fed Uni (VCE Advanced Studies Program)

Over the course of the next week I will be interviewing students who have applied for the Destination Fed Uni course. Destination Fed Uni gives students an opportunity to start studying first year university units as part of their VCE. The results will count as a credit towards their VCE, and will give students the opportunity to discover all that uni has to offer. Students have the opportunity to study units in Marketing, Accounting, Philosophy and Health. The program is delivered in a flexible structure involving online delivery as well as face to face tutorials. The classes will all run out of Berwick campus, and the bonus is they are FREE. For more information speak with Ms Connell or visit federation.edu.au/destination

Jodie Connell
Acting Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching

Religious Education News

Saint Vincent's Winter Appeal

Students at East Campus raised funds for the St. Vincent's Winter Appeal by running a Sleep Out and a  Soup Day this term.

$800 was raised and donated to our local St. Vincent DePaul Society in Cranbourne.

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Soup Day

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Students while working in the Cranbourne St. Vincent's Opportunity Shop last week took the opportunity to present blankets given by families at the College and presented the donation.

2017 Vinnies Winter Blanket Appeal

It is in giving that we receive and our students have done us proud in their giving of time and donations.

Thanks go to all students who participated in these fundraising activities.

In closing, students in Years 10-12 who want to help out in the St. Vinnies Opportunity Shop please see Tiffany Forbes our Social Justice Captain.

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Roger Hampson
Assistant Religious Education Coordinator

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to the children from our parish who will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time today at 2.00pm. Please keep them and their families in your prayers. We welcome back Sr Faustina who has returned safely from her holiday in Nigeria. Fr Leo would like to thank the parishioners of St Agatha’s for making him feel welcome during his stay at St. Agatha’s. 

With Best Wishes Fr Joseph

NEW ALTAR SERVERS: A training session will be held for Altar Servers on Tuesday 19th September at 4.00pm in the Church.

ITALIAN MASS: Parishioners are invited to celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Italian Community Masses at St. Agatha’s on Sunday 8 th October at 2.30pm at St Agatha’s Church. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Frank Bertagnolli in Italian & English. For more info contact Teresa on 5996 1845 or Filomena on 5996 4803.

DIVINE MERCY SEMINAR: 30th September in the Parish Hall, starting with Mass at 9.30am, Morning Tea 10.30, First Guest Speaker 11.00, Second Guest Speaker 12noon, Lunch 12.30pm, Praise & Worship Songs & Rosary 1.30pm, Third Guest Speaker 2.15pm, Divine Mercy Chaplet 3.00pm & Afternoon Tea. See flyer on the notice board. 

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP AT ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL: Sunday 17th September 2017 1.30pm, led by Bishop Patrick, the pilgrimage will depart from Cathedral Hall Sale. See flyer on the notice board

SOLOMON ISLANDS IMMERSION SHOPPING FUNDRAISER: Join us for a wonderful day of great bargains and lots of fun. Saturday 21st 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 on 5990 777

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 1985. 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 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. 

DIOCESE OF SALE ON FACEBOOK: You can now find the Diocese of Sale on Facebook. Search for ‘Catholic Diocese of Sale’ on Facebook or go to www.facebook/dioceseofsale to ‘Like’. You do not need to log in or join to see what is on the Facebook page. The page will have news and information from around the Diocese and supplement the news coverage provided by our Catholic Life newspaper. Recent posts have included photos from the recent Diaconate ordinations in Sale and the Migrant Sunday Mass in Pakenham.

St. Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Message from our Parish Priest

As always seems to be the case, there’s a lot happening in our parish, diocese and wider community. Whilst last weekend we rejoiced at the Ordination of Deacon Avinash and Deacon Hiep.
This Sunday is Child Protection Sunday. I wish to thank Corralee Floyd, our Parish Safety Officer, for the abundant work she has done to help us develop and maintain a culture in our parish which cherishes the safety of all children and vulnerable adults. This continues to be at its best only when we are all committed to upholding this culture. This year is the 27th year in which this Sunday has been commemorated, and during the past week in our schools and at Masses this weekend we are stressing the importance of listening to our children, with the theme, “See Me, Hear Me”.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

The website address is: www.stthomasap.org.au

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY – We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 24 September. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’. The Statement calls for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person. For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website (www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au) or call (02) 8306 3499.

7 DAYS WALKING RETREAT FROM SAN REMO TO WELSHPOOL - With the Being with God in Nature Ministry Team. Sunday 8 October – Sunday 15 October Cost: $ 1500 (plus cost of own meals). An eight-day walking retreat from San Remo to Welshpool along the George Bass Coastal Walk and the Great Southern Trail. Bus pick up and return to Narre Warren. The disciples on the road to Emmaus contemplated their own journey, having walked with Jesus in their lives. This Guided Retreat is an opportunity to spend some reflective time walking as a group. In a similar manner, you will be invited to explore your own journey, walking with Jesus. This Guided Retreat is an opportunity to spend some reflective time walking as a group. A reasonable degree of fitness is essential with daily walks between 13 and 22 kms. Please contact us on 03 9854 8110 or secretary@campion.asn.au for the Application Form.

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.  

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

Careers News

Year 12 VTAC Applications
A reminder to Year 12 students and families, VTAC applications are due by 5.00 pm on Thursday 28th September. Support is available from the East and West Careers Departments 4 days per week up until the end of term on Friday 22nd September. Please contact your Careers Coordinator to make an appointment.

Vantage Automotive 2018 Apprenticeships Applications Open
Applications are now being sought from students that are interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician or Parts Interpreter. Both male and female candidates from all over Australia are invited to apply for the Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program and, if selected, will be offered full time employment at a dealer close to their home and flown to Sydney for block training.?

This is a funded program with minimal cost to the student.
Please click here 

Change of Date – VU Law and Justice Open Day will now be held on Sunday 17 September from 11am until 2pm, at the City Queen Campus.

  • meet our illustrious academics, Adjunct Professors and legal professionals
  • observe a live moot court with spirited legal argument
  • check out our heritage-listed buildings in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct
  • tour our dedicated Law Library, computer labs and lecture theatres

Please click here  

University Extension Units
Many Universities now offer an opportunity for Year 12 students to undertake 2 units from an Undergraduate Degree as part of their VCE studies. There are ATAR bonuses available for these studies.

Click here for a full list of the programs

TAFE and University School Holiday Programs
Click here to view the large range of programs available to students over the holidays.  Some programs do have a small cost. 

Work experience at AIE
Students in Years 10–12 who are interested in interactive entertainment and digital industries might want to apply to do work experience at AIE.

Please click here

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Melissa Dillon
Careers Coordinator

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.

2017 Canteen

‘When Cancer Comes Along,’ Workshop
CanTeen’s Secondary schools Cancer education program

On Monday 28 August 2017, Joel Taylor from CanTeen spoke to an interested group of students at EAST Campus. Students had different motivations for attending the workshop; a cancer diagnosis and treatment themselves or, a friend or family member affected by cancer.

2017 Mobile/Ipad

Topics included, 

  • what cancer is,  
  • how you can lower your risk of cancer in later life, 
  • the kinds of impacts cancer can have on individuals and families and 
  • practical skills to help someone you know affected by illness

Joel provided information about CanTeen Counselling Services.

You can access counselling through online chat, phone or email seven days a week. Register online to chat to a counsellor now, email us or call 1800 835 932.

CanTeen can help you work out what type of support you would like and need, then work with you to make it happen.  CanTeen Counselling Services are confidential and completely free.

Joel encouraged students to seek help. Talking about everything you are going through might seem hard, but it can make a huge difference. CanTeen counsellors are trained to understand the challenges cancer brings and you can talk to them about thoughts or feelings that you might not want to tell other people in your life. They will also help you develop strategies to deal with the impact cancer is having on your life – and just listen.

Clare Ziino
Wellbeing Team

Solomon Islands Fundraiser

NEW DATE: Solomon Islands Immersion Program
Shopping Tour Fundraiser

NEW DATE Saturday 21ST October 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 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 on College @ 5990 777 or email ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au

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Year 7 2019 Information Evening

Campus Tours & Year 7 2019 Information Evenings

Developing the skills today to thrive in tomorrows world.....
Innovation surrounds us.. technology drives us further.. we live globally.. opportunities abound.. for those who are ready

Help your child 'be ready' at St. Peter's College

Equipping your child now demands innovative teaching, a broad curriculum and more than ever - a focus on natural gifts and career aspirations

Campus Tour with the focus on our Learning & Teaching Program will be led by our students at the conclusion of the information sessions.

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

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Mrs Kerrie Birrell
St. Peter's College Registrar
Email: registrar@stpeters.vic.edu.au
Phone: 03 5990 7777 

CYC Ministries Holiday Program

Dear St. Peter's College Families,

CYC Ministries run Holiday Camps each school holidays, and we would like to extend the invitation to the parents and children at your school for the upcoming school holidays. 

We believe that camps are a great way for children to explore new opportunities, build their confidence and self-esteem and make new friends, all while having lots of fun in a safe, supportive environment! It is also great option for those parents who are working during the school holidays.

Please click here for flyer. 

Thank you for your time and for all you do in your school and your community. 

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VET Project Outdoor Tables for Sale

For Sale

VET Project  Outside Tables

Very Solid and made of Cypress Pine. 
2500 X 1600 Seats 8 Adults

2017 Wooden Table

$350  less than the Timber costs us.

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Contact Mr Collings VET Department

13 SEP

CEO Year 11 Leaders Day
Student Free Day
Parent & Student Teacher Interviews

14 SEP

College Captains Announced
RU OK? Day
SIS Debating Semi Finals

15 SEP

Grade 5 Orientation Day
Japan Exchange
Campus Tour West

16 SEP

Uniform Shop Saturday Opening

18 SEP

Drama, Dance, Music Solo Performances Year 12

19 SEP

Footy Colours Day
House Captains Speeches & Voting
VCE Study Skills - West

20 SEP

VCE Study Skills - East

21 SEP

Pastoral Period
House Assemblies
House Captains Announced

22 SEP

End Term 3
Valedictory Dinner RSVP Close
Campus Tour East

26 SEP

Exams Year 12

09 OCT

Oral Exams Begin
Student Free Day
Term 4 Starts

10 OCT

All Students Return 

Assisi House Feast Day
VCE Study Skills - West

11 OCT

VCE Study Skills - East

12 OCT

SIS Debating Finals
SIS Team Photo's West

13 OCT

CEO Year 9 Gathering
Campus Tour - West

14 OCT

HPV Casey Fields

16 OCT

Avila House Feast Day
Health & PE Week
EC Year 9 Sink or Swim Program
Author Visit - West Campus Year 7
Art & Technology Exhibition - West

17 OCT

SIS Team Photo's East
Year 9 Camp 1 - West
Vcal Project Evening West Campus

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Library News

Library Chat September 2017

Escape to Everywhere! Book Week 2017

Where do you escape to when you read? That was the question asked of all Year 7 and 8 students in Readarama lessons leading up to Book Week. Other members of the College Community also answered the question in a Vox Pop style video interview. 

Students overcame their self-consciousness and responded thoughtfully. We had fun watching the videos during Book Week and learned that people like to escape to all kinds of worlds when they read.

Alternatively, some students shared their responses by writing them on the windows with chalk pens.

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Some written responses included the following: 

When I read I escape to a land where magic exists and fantasy fills my imagination as well as my determination.

When I read, I escape to the scary world of horror.

I feel like I’m there with them when I read.

I escape to the world of fantasy, romance and adventure.

Year 9s at East Escaped With Romeo and Juliet!

The audience was enchanted when Year 9 students performed their Romeo and Juliet recitations in the DC at lunchtime during Book Week. The students’ passion for the play and excitement was obvious in their delightful performance. 

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Students at West Escaped to the talented and brave Open Mike World!

Budding poets, singers and comedians entertained an expectant and delighted audience at the Open Mike Session held in the Library during Book Week. It was wonderful to see students encourage one another to be courageous and step up to the microphone to display and develop their talents.

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Happy Reading and Escaping everyone….

Ms Angela Gargano 
Head of Library

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 14th November, 2017
7.15 pm Tea and Coffee
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm St. Peter’s College East Campus
Administration Centre, MacKillop Way, Clyde North

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GUEST SPEAKER  –  Miss Marissa Joyce
B.A., Grad.Dip.Ed.

Social Justice ‘The Way of the Lord’
Marissa joined the St. Peter's College community as a classroom teacher in 2015 and Learning Advisor for Romero House. She expanded her role to include Assistant RE Leader in 2016. 

Marissa is very passionate about Religious Education (RE) and, in particular, Social Justice advocacy.

Marissa will share your journey in teaching and in particular the work that has been undertaken over the past two years in this area in the College with you, as well as discuss the importance of offering students the opportunity to engage in social justice and how the Parents and Friends can continue to support the college in this area in the future. 

Please click here for September Minutes

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