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Issue 114  |  01 November 2017
Featured Story
From our Principal

Good luck to our Year 12s

This week we have seen the Year 12s commence their final examination program. We wish them well. Many of our Year 11s are also involved in a Unit 3/4 study and will also be involved. The Year 10 and Year 11 examination program commences next week. For Year 10s and 11s it is a crucial time to develop and then consolidate sound study habits and examination techniques. I encourage all Year 10s and 11s to use this examination program wisely and to maximise their work output so as to set themselves up for the best possible outcomes when Year 12 comes along.

Art and Technology Exhibition – East Campus

What a wonderful showcase of student creativity and achievement we observed on Monday of this week. The Coffey Centre for Creativity was the perfect venue to display our student’s talent. A large appreciative audience was also on hand to congratulate the many students who received prizes of acknowledgement for outstanding achievement. As is the tradition a Principal’s prize for Art and a Principal’s Prize for Technology are awarded each year. It was indeed a challenging job to select the eventual winners. Anyone of the short-listed would have been worthy winners.

An honourable mention in the Art category goes to Jessica Hogan and honourable mentions in the Technology section go to Ben Salu and Rhys Davidson. Congratulations are extended to the Principal’s Art Prize winner: Yevgeniya (Eugena) Medvid and the Principal’s Technology Prize winner: Natasha Clayton.

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Now is the perfect time to talk about Sunsmart awareness. I was privileged to go along to a presentation by four Year 10 Health students at the East campus last week. Mikaela Gardner, Alex Graca, Derek Lay and Jessica Visser had researched current St. Peter’s College policy and practices regarding Sunsmart, including a risk assessment and an assessment of the communities awareness to best practise.

Their recommendations included:

  1. Build a healthy public policy- Not only adopt, but implement, publicise and review the St Peter’s College SunSmart Policy for Staff, Students and Outdoor Workers.
  2. Create supportive environments for health- Build shaded areas at St. Peter’s College East Campus to reduce harmful sun exposure.
  3. Strengthen community action for  health- Ensure staff, students and on site visitors adhere to the policy, wear hats during Terms 1 and 4, and periodically apply sunscreen which is provided by the College.
  4. Develop personal skills- Educate students about the benefits of wearing a hat, the times to apply sunscreen and what the UV index means, through School Box.
  5. Reorient health services- Raise awareness and the profile of the policy within the College, in order for that message to be effectively communicated to parents and families.

It was an informative and timely presentation. The recommendations will now be taken to both the Leadership team and the SRC.

All Souls Day

All Souls’ Day, together with All Saints day (November 1st) marks a period in the Catholic Church, to remember the saints in Christian history and to pray for people. All Souls’ Day is a time to remember deceased family members and friends. This was celebrated at The West campus with a mass in the Chapel. It was an invitation for students to attend, reflect and give thanks for the life of recently departed. There are a number of our students and families that are experiencing loss at this time and we offer prayers for them and to the recently departed.

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.”


The inappropriate use of technology, Cyber-bullying, breaching individual’s privacy, these are all issues that confront our young people everyday. The solution should always be around education, particularly with our young people when their brain is still developing and the chances of making a poor decision are greater. Our Year 7s at both campus were involved in a workshop designed to be a springboard for discussion about cyber bullying, internet safety, digital citizenship and protecting our online reputation. It also explores the effects of violent video games and excessive screen time. Our experience would say that the more both parents and the school are doing in relation to monitoring and discussing the dangers with our young, the better the outcome should be. This is an issue which will be a constant presence and an approach which has school and parents as partners is best practice.

Note: Due to the short week there will be no Newsletter next week.

Enjoy the long weekend ahead

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Chris Black

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East Campus News

The excitement of the last day celebrations for Year 12 students has begun to settle with the reality of the written examinations, which commenced on Wednesday 1st November. The task for these students is abundantly clear, but what are the goals for students in Years 7-11. Quite simply, it is to value add to their learning and development so that they will be able to approach Head Start (begins 21st Nov) with confidence and courage to take up the challenge of entering their new year level.  How to do this? To learn well, stay focused, get to school on time, get to class on time, bring all materials for all classes, and remember it is never too late to try to do your best. One of the best resources available to students at the College to support them in this challenge is their Learning Advisor.

Learning Advisors - In focus:

It is the Learning Advisor who, over the course of this year (for Year 7 students) and over many years for other students develops a very clear understanding of each of their Tutor Group students’ learning, talents and interests. It is this understanding that enables the Learning Advisor to properly support and guide both the learning and pastoral needs of each student within their Tutor Group.

Crucial to the heart of our Pastoral Care Program is the Learning Advisor working closely with the House Leader to ensure that each student is always seen, heard and valued as an individual. The Learning Advisors, each year, undertake with their students a series of programs aimed at assisting with their psychological and social and emotional development. These programs include developing positive relationships, assertiveness and conflict resolution skills.

This term I invite all parents to make contact via email or a quick telephone message to your child’s Learning Advisor for a quick catch up, especially if you were unable to touch base with them during last term’s parent-teacher interviews. The key focus for Learning Advisors this term is to support students as they strive to achieve the goals they set at the beginning of semester two and each student’s transition into next year during our Head Start Program which begins on 21st November.

Parents can be very confident that each day there are many teachers actively supporting the learning and pastoral needs of your children, with the Learning Advisor being centrally and critically placed as the first point of contact and support for each student at the beginning of each school day. So if you can call or email and catch up with your child’s Learning Advisor soon.

The Great House Challenge – is on…..

The challenge has been set by Romero, Assisi, Avila, Glowrey, Augustine, Marion and Kolbe determined that the 2018 Rosemary Graham Shield House Competition will be taken away from MacKillop the 2017 winners.  The challenge started with great vigour two weeks ago and continues this week, with the Great House Challenge. In a series of creative, active, very funny but also highly skilled activities, every member of each House has been put through their paces. Scoring points for participation and victories created a shared sense of determination and team work from every House. Who will win this first round of House Competitions, will be revealed next week as will the first edition of the Rosemary Graham Shield Ladder.

Skill and nerves were the key ingredients for this challenge – note the blindfold!

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Is that a new way of washing in buckets?

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Tips for Raising Happy Children: 

Raising happy and healthy kids is no easy task. We all strive to do our best and we can all use a little help. I have included an extract from the website Live Happy www.livehappy.com – which looks at simple ways to help all of us raise happy kids. 

Create a loving, positive and safe environment at home

If there is one thing on which all parents can agree it is—they want their kids to be happy. While you cannot control the happiness of your kids, you can increase your chances of raising happy children by creating a loving, positive and safe environment at home. Here are 7 easy tips to support raising happy children.

  1. Be a happy parent. If you ignore your own happiness, you could be teaching your child that personal happiness doesn’t matter. You cannot raise kids to value their happiness if you don’t value your own. 
  2. Feel your feelings. Having a joyful life doesn’t mean being happy 100 percent of the time. In fact author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, Christine Carter argues that by acknowledging our negative feelings can help both children and adults move on quickly to learn resilience.
  3. Play games. Bruce Feiler, author of The Secrets of Happy Families suggests families create fun by playing games, inventing goofy traditions and or singing favourite songs . This builds family time into quality time.
  4. Demonstrate empathy. Whether it’s charitable works, giving back or volunteering, doing good deeds with your children teaches them that making other people happy can make them happy too. Being helpful to others can also lead to meaningful conversations about empathy.
  5. Lighten up. Research suggests that joking, and laughing supports our children’s development of a healthy social life by learning creativity and having fun.
  6. Show self-compassion. Be kind to yourself so your children learn self-compassion. When you are always beating yourself up or self-critical, you are inadvertently teaching your children that they should be able to control things that they cannot—such as the reactions of others or losing a team sport. Show your children how to keep perspective and treat themselves kindly.
  7. Encourage your child to keep a journal. Have your children start a gratitude journal, recording a favourite part of the day, the best memory, a new experience or discovery. You will be teaching your child gratitude and how to absorb the joy in small moments. 

As we teach your children the skills they need to be happier, you also will be teaching them about resilience, and bonus still, we will become happier too as happiness is contagious. Click here for more information. 

Have a wonderful, productive and happy week.

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Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Examination Time

Year 12 students have begun exams this week and Year 10 and 11 students will begin next week after the long weekend.  It will be no news to many parents that this time can be very stressful for students and consequently parents and families. The following information from parentline website is very useful.  Click here for more information.  

Exam stress is 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them'. A certain amount of stress is important or else students will not try to achieve their best, however, if it is prolonged and not managed properly it can impact negatively on a person’s mental and physical health.

Some of the causes of exam stress include:

  • Inability to accept failure or uncertainty
  • Pessimism or negative self-talk
  • Unrealistic expectations (either of the student or the parents)
  • Unpreparedness
  • Life transitions
  • Family issues and/or relationship difficulties
  • Performance anxiety.

One of the best things parents or carers can do if their child is experiencing exam stress is to try to be as supportive and tolerant as possible.
Some ideas on how parents can help their child manage exam stress include:

Effective study and learning habits

Parents and carers can help reduce the exam stress of their child by helping them establish effective study and learning habits:

  • Help your child find a quiet place to study without distractions. 
  • Encourage your child to find out exactly what the test involves - are there past test papers they can look at to help them understand what to expect?
  • Encourage your child to ask for help or ask their teacher for clarity if they are unsure of something or if they feel confused.
  • Help them to plan their study schedule early on so they have sufficient time to study. It can be helpful to develop a clear, realistic plan of what they want to cover in each study session. Can they break it down into small chunks?
  • Remind your child to take a short rest and encourage them to move around.
  • Offer help sometimes. It can be useful having someone to listen or practise with

Healthy sleeping and eating habits

  • Encourage your child to stick to a routine of going to bed at a reasonable time. They need to avoid late night TV shows or movies.
  • Motivate them to eat regularly and make time to have fun and exercise.
  • Help them to cut back on coffee or any other stimulants which they may be using, as these can increase agitation. Encourage them to drink lots of water instead.
  • Remind them to take time out when they eat, rather than carrying on with study.
  • Encourage them to eat fresh fruit, veggies, cereals, grains, nuts and protein - they are all good for the brain and blood sugar levels.
  • Encourage them to eat when they get hungry. This keeps blood sugar and hydration levels steady.
  • Avoid junk food if possible. It will bring a sudden sugar high which will fall away quickly, leaving a person feeling tired.

Relaxation ideas to help your child cope with exam stress

  • Always encourage your child to relax before they go to bed after concentrating for long periods of time. Activities such as reading a short story may help them unwind and sleep better.
  • Encourage them to go out for a walk, run or do some other exercise they enjoy.
  • Teach them relaxation techniques such as listening to some gentle music, getting them to lie down, closing their eyes and taking a deep breath while visualising a calming scene such as a deserted beach.
  • Help your child to develop a positive mindset by encouraging them to visualise success - this can really help with self-confidence.
  • Avoid rushing on the day of the exam by organising and packing everything they need to take with them the night before.

Ideas for exam day

Talk about these ideas before exam day so as not to add to anxiety levels.

Suggest to your child that they:

  • Eat a good and light breakfast - something that will sustain them and help them concentrate.
  • Try to arrive at school or the exam venue early.
  • Go to the toilet before the exam starts.
  • Keep away from people who may agitate them before the test or may say unhelpful, anxiety-provoking comments.
  • Take time to slow their breathing and relax when they first sit down in the exam room.
  • Skim over the exam paper, underlining key words and instructions.
  • Work out how long they have for each question or section.
  • Watch out for the wording of the questions - they need to understand and address what the question is really asking.
  • Answer the questions they find easiest first to build their confidence, then as they relax more move on to more difficult ones.
  • Don't worry about how long others are taking but keep an eye on the clock to ensure they have enough time to answer the more difficult questions.
  • Re-read answers if possible and make any changes that are necessary - correct spelling, check workings.

Year 9 Camp

The second group of Year 9 students have departed for Anglesea for their outdoor education camp. While the weather does not look as idyllic as the first group, I have already heard marvellous reports back from the teachers about how well things are going. I hope parents are also enjoying the break!

Year 7 Cyberia

On Tuesday, Year 7 students saw a production called “Cyberia”. This is an entertaining investigation into the pitfalls of technology including cyber bullying at school, stress, lack of privacy and de-sensitisation. It was well received by staff and students and I encourage you to talk to your son and daughter about what they learnt from the show.

Next week on Thursday, Year 8 & 9 students will have Cybersafety talks that will also alert them to some of the dangers online and best practice to ensure they are safe online.

Student Leadership

House Forums are important leadership structures within houses allowing students to represent the various year levels and tutor groups within the House. They are the students who also make things happen within the house working closely with House Leaders and Learning Advisors. On Thursday this week they will deliver their speeches to their House and then students will vote accordingly. Where competition is strong, students may also have an interview with staff members. House Leaders are also able to appoint some discretionary Forum Leaders. Good luck to all students who have put themselves forward. It is always greatly appreciated when students have the courage to put themselves out there and deliver a speech to their peers. Being willing to serve within their house is also very generous.

McGuigan Shield – Minute to Win It

The first activity of the 2018 McGuigan Shield competition gets underway this week with Minute to Win It. Newly elected College and House Captains and some SRC members have organised six different fun activities that each Tutor Group will compete in to find out which House will be crowned the Minute to Win It Champions.

Care Monkey

Parents will receive an email this week asking them to create a profile on Care Monkey. This will be a priority for parents as from 2018 we will be using this company to communicate with parents about camps, retreats, excursions and various other events or activities at the school. It is therefore important that parents update any student medical details for each of their children at St. Peter’s College in the Care Monkey profile. It will also be important for all parents to have up to date email details.

Parents of current Year 11 students will soon get an e-Form to order the 2018 Year 12 top. This will be the only way in which these tops can be ordered and payment will be online. We encourage parents to set up their Care Monkey profile as orders for these tops will only be possible up until Thursday, 16 November.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal, Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching

All the Very Best of Luck to our students undertaking examinations.

This week’s Learning and Teaching segment is a huge thank you to all our dedicated VCE staff. I know that they have all spent considerable time over and above expectations to prepare our students for the VCE Examinations which commence with English this Wednesday.

I sincerely thank staff who have run after school and morning sessions, answered late night emails from students, sat up late marking practice answers and staffed the English writing room over this past week. They have cajoled, encouraged and harangued students to always strive for their best and I thank them for their persistence and dedication.

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Recently I saw a billboard which said “Whats our secret – the best teachers" This is no secret at St. Peter's College. I have known for a long time that teachers are those that make the difference to student learning. The staff at our College are without exception the most dedicated and professional teachings that you as parents could hope for.

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I wish all of our VCE students the very best of luck in their examinations and look forward to celebrating your success once results are released.  

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It seems like only a very short while since I was meeting with Year 9 students who wished to undertake an Accelerated Unit. And now in the blink of an eye, many of those students are preparing to sit their Unit 3 / 4 Examination while in Year 11. These units will contribute towards a student’s ATAR and will assist in gaining the best possible outcome in Year 12 for these students. Only students who show diligence, application to studies and aptitude for a particular subject will be considered for Accelerated studies. Therefore, Year 9 students commencing from HEADSTART should begin to consider their attitude and behaviour in class. Good choices now lead to improved outcomes in the future.

Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal, Learning & Teaching

Religious Education News

The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on 2 November.

The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls of loved ones can be helped by the faithful on earth  by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass. In our case, we will remember them on Thursday at our College Parish Mass at the West Campus.

The idea of praying for people who have died has long been part of our history. In the early days of Christianity the names of the departed brethren were entered in the diptychs. Later, in the sixth century, it was customary in Benedictine monasteries to hold a commemoration of the deceased members at Whitsuntide. In Spain there was such a day on Saturday before Sexagesima or before Pentecost, at the time of St. Isidore (d. 636). In Germany there existed (according to the testimony of Widukind, Abbot of Corvey, c. 980) a time-honoured ceremony of praying to the dead on 1 October. This was accepted and sanctified by the Church. St. Odilo of Cluny (d. 1048) ordered the commemoration of all the faithful departed to be held annually in the monasteries of his congregation.  In Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, priests on this day say three Masses. A similar concession for the entire world was asked of Pope Leo XIII. He would not grant the favour but ordered a special Requiem on Sunday, 30 September, 1888.

Of course it is related to the feast of the previous day, All Saints.  All Saints has been overshadowed a bit by the celebrations of Halloween.  One might argue that Halloween has lost a bit of its origins.

In any case these are great days in which we remember.  In particular I would like to remember Terry, Sally, Justin, Rebecca, Courtney and Nick, who all passed away as students or staff of our College community. It is a good time to remember all our loved ones who have gone before us.  May they rest in peace.

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Stephen Nash
Religious Education Leader

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, Our parish has been blessed in many ways both in the past and present. The presence of the Nativity Sisters in our Parish has been a wonderful blessing to all of us. For this reason, we are thankful to God as we celebrate their 10th anniversary in the parish. I invite all of you to be part of this great celebration on Sunday 12th November 2017, after the 10.45am Mass in the school hall. Please join me to congratulate Sisters Mary and Lucy who also will be celebrating their 50th birthday on the same day. Sister Grace who worked here in the parish for over 7 years will be visiting us sometime next week for a couple of weeks. Please keep her in your prayers.

Fr Rob Galea will be in our parish on Friday 3rd November for our First Friday devotion. Please bring your family and friends to come and experience God through worship and inspirational songs. God bless you. Fr Joseph

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ANNUAL ROSARY & BLESSING OF THE GRAVES at Cranbourne Cemetery will take place next Sunday 5th November at 1.30pm.

MONTHLY ALL-NIGHT PRAYER VIGIL: FR ROB GALEA IS BACK! This Friday 3rd November we will be extremely blessed to have Fr Rob Galea come to our parish. As part of the 1st Friday celebrations he will

be here for the evening prayer of the Church at 7:00pm, he will then celebrate Mass at 7:30pm and then follow that up with a talk which will
incorporate some of his songs that he has written. The Vigil will conclude
on Saturday morning with Morning Prayer of the Church at 9.00am, followed by Mass at 9.30am. The all-night Prayer Vigil is held on the first Friday of each month.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION: Mass of Reparation to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary will take place Saturday 4th November, 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.

MASS OF THE ANGELS: Annual Mass will be on Friday 17th November
at 7.30pm. This special Mass is for all those that have suffered the loss
of an infant due to stillbirth, miscarriage or sids. Please put this date in
your diary and tell others about it.

FOR ALL LECTORS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS: Fr Joseph will be holding a meeting for ALL Lectors & Extraordinary ministers, after 7.30pm Mass on Thursday 30th November.

A DAY WITH BISHOP PATRICK: ‘Death where is Your Sting’, a Christian Reflection on Life and Death. St Joseph’s Church and Marian, room. Warragul. Sat 11th Nov 2017. 9.30am-4.00pm. Day will conclude with Mass at 2.30pm. BYO your lunch or some to share. Tea and coffee provided. All Welcome! Enquires Michael Power 03 56782271

INVIGORATE: Our next meeting will be on the 10th of November, with a guest speaker.

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St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

WE WARMLY WELCOME Deacon Avinash to St Thomas the Apostle Parish.

CATHOLIC MISSION SUNDAY Appeal helps support catholic missions around the world. In Pope Francis’ World Mission Message, he reminds us all that mission is at the heart of our faith. A separate collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Please support generously. More information can be found here.

BAPTISM PREPARATION: From next month Baptism Preparation will be held for families on the first Sunday of each month. Next Sunday, Baptism Preparation will take place at St. Peter’s College at 2.00pm. Families are asked to register at the Parish Office.

NEW MASS TIMES: From the last Sunday in November, there will be two Sunday Masses. To enable this the time of the present Mass will change. The Saturday Mass time will not change. Beginning on Sunday 26th November the new Sunday Mass times will be 9.00am and 10.45am.

BISHOP PATRICK O’REGAN will celebrate the 10.45am Mass for St Thomas the Apostle Church on Sunday 3rd December. At that Mass one of our students for the priesthood, Stanley Devasia, will officially become a Candidate for Ordination as a Deacon. All parishioners are welcome to this Mass.

STEWARDSHIP: A Mid Term Renewal of our current Stewardship Program will take place at Masses on the weekends of 11/12 and 18/19 November. All parishioners who currently participate in the Stewardship Program will be invited to renew their commitment, and new parish families will be invited to join the Parish Stewardship Program.

SISTERS OF THE NATIVITY: On Sunday 12th November at the 10.45 am Mass in St Agatha’s Church, with a function following in St Agatha’s School Hall, Sr Mary & Sr Lucy will celebrate their 50th Birthdays, and the Sisters will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the coming of the Sisters to Cranbourne. One of the original team of Sisters, Sr Grace, will be returning for the occasion. St Thomas the Apostle Parishioners are invited.

‘DEATH WHERE IS YOUR STING’ a Christian Reflection on Life and Death with Bishop Patrick at St Joseph’s church and Marian, meeting room. Warragul on Saturday 11th November 2017 from 9.30am-4.00pm. The day will conclude with mass at 2.30pm. BYO your lunch or some to share. Tea and coffee provided. All welcome. Enquiries, Cathy McLure 03 51743001 or Michael Power 03 56782271. For more information please refer to flyer which can be found at both entrances.  

VATICAN YOUTH SURVEY FOR 2018 SYNOD OF BISHOPS: We extend an invitation to post-school youth to complete the Vatican survey click here.  This survey is in addition to the survey of youth undertaken by the ACBC earlier this year. Survey ends 30th Nov.

PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTS 2018: From next year, St Thomas the Apostle Parish will be conducting the preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation, separately from St Agatha’s Parish. We ask all families whose children are not in St Thomas the Apostle Primary School, and who wish to prepare for these sacraments to please register at the parish office before 25th Nov so that we have a clear idea as to how many children will be involved. 

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Health & Human Development - East Campus

For the past six weeks my group and I have been working on our Health and Human Development Community projects. As a group, we brainstormed different health issues that we have observed to be a concern in our school. We conducted a survey with Year 11 students as they are the future leaders of our College. The survey was conducted to assess their opinions on health issues such as littering, bullying, stress and motivation to ensure we chose the right program and targeted this to the right audience. From the survey results, it was decided our group would focus on and address the issue of stress within St. Peter’s College VCE students. 

From research conducted, it has been shown physical activity can be an effective method of reducing stress by releasing endorphins which are a chemical in the brain which simulates happiness. Therefore, with the assistance of Mr Samaranyake and Miss Van Gisbergen our group put together a circuit class entitled Beastmode which ran during Health and Physical Education week on Thursday 19th of October at recess in the Drama rooms (due to the wet weather). The circuits offered included push ups, sit ups, agility ladder, skipping, weaving cones and ropes. Students were given 45 seconds to complete each station and rotated through all the circuits offered. 10 students took advantage of this project stating they felt energised and ready to tackle the periods to follow that day.

Overall, our health project was a success as the participants in the project felt they could maintain and use some of the circuits in their everyday life such as the push ups, sit ups and weaving cones. We would like to thank the participants that turned up to our project, for those who responded to our survey and particularly to the teachers who assisted in the project's success. We encourage future students to consider taking Health and Human Development as this hands on class made our learning more fun and proactive.

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Martin Tombra
Year 10 East Campus

Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge

The Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge (GAC) is an annual competition run by the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) in conjunction with the Education in Games Summit and Melbourne Games Week. The challenge is to come up with a concept for a game or application that increases awareness of, provides strategies for and/or creates empathy with a particular issue or problem in society today. Year 10 VET Information, Digital Media & Technology (IDMT) students Ethan Redman, Stevan Trajkovski, Natasha Karishna, Ethan Davis and Damon Quirk and Year 10 VCE Computing student Mitch Flyger collaborated and devised an environmental awareness game called The END? 

These talented students worked tirelessly on a comprehensive design brief and demo version of their game that they submitted for consideration. All their hard work paid off as their game was shortlisted for the finals. The students went to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and spent half a day working with TedX presenter Jon Yeo to refine their presentation before pitching their idea to a panel of experts including industry leaders at Microsoft. The St. Peter’s College team was one of five finalists in the senior age category. They delivering a highly polished and professional pitch and should be congratulated on their efforts.

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Calen Robinson

Parents & Friends Committee

2018 Compulsory Uniform Changes 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.


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The VET Building Students have completed their yearly project of a Shed these are for sale at $450.
This is a substantial saving on the cost of the materials for the shed which is $1800. The Shed is 1900mm X 2500mm.

Outdoor Table 4 sale

Made of Cypress Pine they will last forever.
2600 X 1600 $350  less than the timber costs.

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Contact: Mr Collings VET Building Department St. Peter's College

Mind Matters @ St. Peter's College

Thankfulness is a very attractive personal quality. Having an appreciation of what is good in our lives whether big or small is definitely a habit worth cultivating.  Yes, it requires effort, but having an attitude of gratitude is one of the most impactful habits for a fulfilling and healthy life. It is a great way to counter feelings of anger and negativity. Taking the time to express gratitude in words and actions engenders feelings of happiness in others, builds positive relationships and there is the added bonus that others may want to do more for you since you are so thankful!

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Clare Ziino
Wellbeing Team

SIS Art & Technology Exhibition 2017

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General News


In preparation for the Head Start program, could parents please contact the relevant House Leader if your child is not returning to the College in 2018. The process of an exit interview and relevant documentation needs to be completed to officially withdraw students from the College. Fees will be charged until a completed exit form has been received. 

Kerrie Birrell
College Registrar


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