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Issue 118  |  06 December 2017
Featured Story
From our Principal

Advent Reflection

Always at this time of year I feel conflicted. Advent is a time to stop and reflect and give thanks for the birth of Jesus in our world. Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. It is a season in which we focus on how we can get ourselves ready for Jesus’ return as we celebrate Jesus’ coming into the world. Yet it also seems to be one of the busiest times of the year. I was “forced” to go to a large shopping centre on the weekend and after searching for a carpark for 20 minutes and then walking into the shopping centre proper, all I wanted to do was turn around and get out of there. Where is preparing for Christ in that chaos? It is a challenge, but one I invite all to work towards. This could be in the form of a daily prayer, a quiet meditative moment or in stopping and sitting in silence for 5 minutes without the incessant noise of life influencing thought and action.

I was at St Thomas the Apostle mass last Sunday where Bishop Pat O’Regan was presiding, his first words were to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Last Sunday was the first week of the first season in the new liturgical year and the first of four weeks of Advent. The word “Advent” is derived from the latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. The Catholic Church therefore celebrates Advent as that period of the coming of Christ into our world. One of the symbols synonymous with advent is the advent wreath.

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The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Each candle represents a part of the journey towards the joy of the birth of Christ. The first candle lit on the first Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming. The second candle lit on the second Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. The third candle (the pink candle) is lit on the third Sunday of Advent symbolizing Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. The fourth candle lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
In a recent Christmas Card competition organised through the Catholic Education Office – Sale, two St. Peter's students were the recipients of awards for best design. Their images and the associated text can be found below. Both Alliah and Mariel Garcia are to be congratulated for not only their artistic talent but also their interpretation of the true meaning of Christmas.

… they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. 
Then, opening their treasure chests they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
                                                                     (Mt 2:11)

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My hope for all is that each of us experience the true joy of a hope-filled Christmas and that each and everyone of us can and will experience peace in our hearts and share this peace with those special people around us during this most special of times. Stay safe and I look forward meeting up with you again in 2018.

Reminder Notes:

  • Year 7s and 12s commence school on January 31st 2018
  • Years 8-11 commence school on February 1st
  • School Photos (in full summer uniform) occur on February 1st.

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Chris Black

Latest News
East Campus News

Year 7 2018 Transition Day

I have never seen our Discovery Centre – our library so full of students and parents. A wonderful day was held on Tuesday as we welcomed our 2018 Year 7 students and their parents, guardians, grandparents and carers to transition day. Transition day provides Year 7 students with a sample day of what secondary school is like but more importantly, it enables them to feel, see and experience the essence of St. Peters College. There were many nervous smiles from both parents and students as they were welcomed by our College Principal, Mr Black. In his address, Mr Black challenged the students to get involved next year in all that the College has to offer from SIS sports, to class room debates and the vast array of House Activities that are held throughout the year. Parents were also warmly welcomed to join the Parents & Friends Association as part of their ability to fully experience the life of their child at the College. By the end of the day our grade six students were very much year 7 students, who were able to speak confidently of their day and acknowledged the fun, the learning and the excitement of beginning secondary school. They were able to experience classes including Japanese, PE, Humanities and Science. I express my sincere thanks to Ms Jodie Connell, Ms Janelle McRae and our House Leaders for organising, developing and leading what was an excellent transition program for the 2018 Year 7 students. Again we welcome you and your families to our St. Peter's College family and look forward to seeing you again on first official day next year. 

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Students engaged in shared learning with some of our senior students, guiding them through a science experiment.

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Already our new Year 7 have the right attitude when it comes to learning and engaging in the classroom. 

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Hodgkin’s lymphoma essay: or one amazing boy’s journey to Health
In this next section of our newsletter I share with you a truly remarkable story of Jacob’s journey this year, it was not quite the year he or his parents had planned. And in response to Jacob’s courageous battle, his friends, the College student Leaders, his House leader Mr Furlong & Assistant House Leader Mr Green, the VCAL students and many staff and students put together a fund raiser for Cancer research at Monash. The theme: The Journey to Health. The theme identified that the journey to health can be difficult, frustrating and requires support, physically, mentally and spiritually.

The team put together a fun day of lunch time activities. House teams of 5 students ranging from Years 7-12 were led by our College Captains, Eddie Elbazi and Natalia Girvasi. The task was an obstacle course, pushing each team to their limits, demanding creativity teamwork and sheer determination to complete obstacles, as a representation of the many obstacles that Jacob had to face on his journey to health. The key was teamwork, representing Jacob’s family, friends and the medical profession who worked so hard to support his journey. 
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The journey to health can feel like you are travelling blind, but with guidance and support you can make it through.

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Teamwork – makes the load much easier to carry and so our burdens seem lighter.

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Following on from the obstacle course was the staff vs student netball match. Valiantly played by all, however the end result was a draw. Staff were pushed to their limits, while the students seem effortless in their approach. It was a pity that two key goals, one from Ms Jorgensen and the other from Ms Ross were not counted due to hitting the back board, I may need to change this rule!

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Prior to the activities the students enjoyed a sausage sizzle run by our VCAL students and Mr Woodbridge who immediately offered to help support the day. The day aimed for us to come together as a community and like Peter, after much debate, stand up. The money raised, over $800 (and still counting) will go to support and stand up for others who are challenged by cancer, so they too can begin a journey of health. A huge thankyou to all staff, students and Mr Furlong and especially to Jacob, his parents and family for sharing their inspiring journey with us. 

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Enough to feed a small army! Better hurry they are on their way.

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Jacob’s story – an extract from an essay Jacob wrote about his journey.

It all started in October when I caught what I thought was a cough. We went to the doctors and they gave us antibiotics. After a week I finished the antibiotics. We did this process about 4 times. It was the 2nd of February. It was the first day back at school and it was a normal day at school. School finished and we went to our GP. Our GP sent us to have an x-ray and a blood test. We had the x-ray and the person told us to go back to the GP with the photos. After waiting for about an hour, he finally had a look at the pictures. He had a look and he told us to go to the hospital. We went home, got ready and we went straight to the Monash Hospital in Clayton. When we got to the hospital we went straight to emergency. When we got through, we went into this room where there were many doctors that would come and see us and talk to us. Then one of the doctors came and took my parents out of the room. My mum and dad came and sat next to me. They never do that unless something is terribly wrong. The last time they did that they told me my best friend passed away. My dad said “ The doctors think that you have Hodgkin’s lymphoma” I said “what’s that?” My dad said “ It’s a type of cancer” I immediately burst into tears as did my mum and dad…..

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To read more on Jacob's brave journey, please click here.

As we move closer to the end of term, and the shops start displaying Christmas decorations, I wish everyone a safe and Holy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Ms Julie Banda
Acting Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus

West Campus News

2018 Year 7 Orientation Day

Over 160 Year 6 students and numerous parents gathered in the Hall on Tuesday morning to begin their Orientation Day.  Miss Fiona McKenna, the Pastoral Care Leader, did an amazing job in welcoming students and ensuring they knew their houses and House Leaders.  While parents learnt about the new laptop support from Trident and Care Monkey, students got to know their House Leaders and did a tour of the school.  The rest of the day was experiencing some classes and meeting other students in their classes.

At the end of the day the students gathered in the Hall to debrief and receive their showbags.  This included an orientation booklet which contains important information for parents and students to help navigate their way around their new school.  Welcome to our new Year 7s.

Willow Wood Aged Care Christmas Carols

On Wednesday afternoon, Ms Marissa Joyce, Ms Maria Gonsalvez and Ms Laura Appleby took 7 students to Willow Wood Aged Care Facility in Cranbourne to entertain the senior citizens with a selection of Christmas Carols.  This was the first opportunity that the new Year 10 & 11 Religion class learning liturgical music was able to showcase their talent.   Thanks to Suvansh Khanna (Kolbe), Shae Le Gall (Glowrey), Mia Clauscen (Assisi), Nadia Karaan (Avila), Laureen Laviolettte (MacKillop), Jade Thomas (Assisi) and Josiah Lynch (Glowrey).   This group was then able to follow up the next day by leading the singing in our Thanksgiving Mass in the Hall.

Senior Social

Our Year 11 & 12 students finish the year by celebrating their Senior Social at Amberlee Receptions, Cranbourne from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm.  Thanks in particular to our VCAL students who have done a lot of the organising for this event.  We expect about 100 students at the event and if last year is any indication it should be a wonderful night.

Activities Day

Thanks to Miss McKenna once again on organising so much at this busy time of the year.  With the help of House Leaders, four different venues have been organised with 2 houses attending each event.  Though this is not compulsory and there is the $25 cost which does not quite cover the expense of venues and buses, it is an important opportunity to build house spirit and relationships between students and staff.  We hope all members of the house enjoy the day and finish the year well.  

Assisi & Augustine Houses: Kemizo Entertainment Centre, Pakenham

Avila & MacKillop Houses: Melbourne Star & Ice Skating, Docklands

Glowrey & Marian Houses: Melbourne Zoo, Parkville

Kolbe & Romero Houses: Gravity Zone, Seaford

Students are to wear sports uniform for the day.

McGuigan Shield

Congratulations to Avila House on organising and winning the Mixed Basketball Competition.  Avila defeated Augustine House 38-22 in the final.  It started with both teams lining up and “joining in” an excellent rendition of the National Anthem.  The whole school was able to watch the match on the last day of formal classes.

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The final results for the Mixed Basketball Competition:
1. Avila
2. Augustine
3. MacKillop
4. Assisi
5. Kolbe
6. Romero
=7. Marian
=7. Glowrey

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The Kimbe Project also proved to be an exciting house competition as well as collecting numerous books, stationery and school shirts for the less fortunate students in New Guinea.  Congratulations to Marian House who narrowly defeated MacKillop by just 5 items and so wins the Term 4 Environment Shield.

Final results

1st Marian 578
2nd MacKillop 573
3rd Glowrey 316
4th Romero 284
5th Kolbe 266
6th Assisi 252
7th Avila 98
8th Augustine 93

The last day of classes finished with the traditional Tug of War.  Along with Term 4 attendance and Activity Day attendance, these were the last points of the year to go towards the McGuigan Shield.  Congratulations to Avila House who twice in one day were victorious.  Mr McMellon (House Leader) and all the Learning Advisors were certainly celebrating along with the students on a day that has thrust them to the top of the House Ladder.

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The current 2018 ladder is as follows:


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Care Monkey

St Peter’s College families will have received an email recently 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 in the Care Monkey profile.  It will also be important for all parents to have up to date email details.

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Because only one email address can be used for a Care Monkey profile it is important that the primary caregiver should be responsible for the profile.  If the email has been sent to a parent or guardian who families would prefer not to set up the Care Monkey profile, then it is important that you contact the school to inform us of the preferred email address.  

Safe Holiday and Happy Christmas

I wish all our staff, students and families a very happy and holy Christmas.  May the celebration of Christ’s birth remind us of the goodness of our world and the great love that our God has for us.  May it be a safe holiday for all and I look forward to seeing all our students in 2018.

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West St Peter

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, The Australian Catholic Bishops have identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning today, the first Sunday of Advent, as a national Year of Youth. 

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, marking one year to go until the Sydney event said the theme would be, ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’. 

The Year of Youth invites the church into dialogue about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church.

I strongly encourage all our young parishioners to join the youth group and take active part in all the activities line up this year as we continue to answer the call of God in this modern and challenging world.

This Friday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mass will be celebrated at 9.30am and 7.30pm in the Church. During the 7.30pm Mass there will be a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for individuals and families.

WEEKDAY MASS: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary this Friday Mass at 9.30am & 7.30pm. SAFE SCHOOLS: A speaker will be talking on the topic of Safe Schools, after the 7.30pm Mass this Friday evening.

CAROLS RAFFLE TICKETS will be on sale for $2.00 per ticket, selling after Masses this weekend. 3 great prizes!

CAROLS AT TWILIGHT: Next Saturday 9th December at 7.00pm, St Agatha’s School Hall. A fun night with beautiful music to sing along, raffle and Santa. Battery candles will be sold on the evening. Bring some money to purchase candles and food: BBQ sausages & drinks, cakes, etc at reasonable prices. Wear something Christmas.

YEAR OF THE YOUTH: The Year of the Youth begins Sunday 3rd December. Starting Sunday 17th December at the 10.45am Mass all Youth members will be inducted for the year of the Youth and be volunteering at every 3rd Sunday of the month at 10.45am. For more info call Sr Mary on 5996 1985.

HOUSE FOR RENT: If you have a house for rent for a parish family of four close to the Church and shops, please contact Fr Joseph or the Parish office on 5996 1985.

WORKING BEE: In preparation for Christmas we are in need of volunteers to help set up the Crib & Christmas Tree on Saturday 16th December after the 9.30am. There will be no Adoration or Reconciliation on that day.

RECONCILIATON: In preparation to celebrate Christmas, Parish Reconciliation will be celebrated on Tuesday 19th December at 7.30pm in the Church, with numerous priests on the night. HEALING MASS:1 st Sunday of the Month today.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: The Piety Stall has Nativity Sets of all sizes and prices. Columban Calendars, raising funds for the Missions. Religious gifts for Christmas gifts for your family and friends. Please come support St Vinnies fundraising efforts for the poor in your Community.

SVDP SOCIETY: Christmas is quickly approaching and we are preparing to provide our Christmas Hampers and toys to the people we who will have no celebration of Christ’s birthday without us. We invite parishioners to donate a toy for the children. For a boy or girl any age up to 14 years, there is no need to wrap it. Please leave the toys in the baskets next to the Sanctuary. Save the dates on your calendars Wed 20 Dec & Thurs 21 Dec, to help prepare our hampers and will need lots of helpers to make light work for all. More details will be provided closer to the day. Bless you for your ongoing support of the poor.

St Agatha's Parish 

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

WE WELCOME AS CHILD OF GOD: Penelope Hinchliffe, child of Christian & Nadia.

With speakers including Fr Rob Galea, Dr Brendan Triffett, Fr Max Vodola, Leeanne Grima, Sr Katherine Stone & Fr Dan Serratore this is a Summer School not to be missed! Next weekend at Masses parishioners, with a special collection, will be given an opportunity to sponsor young parishioners who will be attending the Summer School of Evangelisation. The cost for those attending is $400. More info: melbourne@summerschool.org.au or summerschool.org.au or 0467 092 091. 

ADVENT PRAYER & DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS: This Advent use your subscription to Formed.Org to access films and materials for weekly Advent prayer at home. Why not invite another family, your friends or neighbours to join you in sharing faith, praying together and spreading the Good News!

YEAR OF YOUTH: The Australian Catholic Bishops have called us all to participate in a Year of Youth which commences this Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent. All parishioners are invited to pray for, encourage, and be inspired by our young parishioners. During this year there will be many particular opportunities for our young people: some this week will travel to Sydney to participate in the Catholic Youth Festival; others will be participating in the Summer School of Evangelisation in January; and all our young parishioners who will be in secondary college, university or TAFE or working, are invited to participate in our own St Thomas the Apostle Youth Festival on Saturday 20th January from 10.30am to 5.30pm, our parish second birthday. If you are Youth aged 14+ and are interested in being part of the drama team for the day, please contact Christine at the Parish Office 5998 0947.

ALTAR SERVERS PIZZA NIGHT: Friday 8th December 6.00pm at St Peter’s College

AUSTRALIAN NATIVITY SCENE: ST ELIZABETH'S, DANDENONG NORTH Monday 11 December to Friday 12 January at St Elizabeth’s parish, 107 Baker Road, Dandenong North Local artist Wilson Fernandez has been creating his stunning nativity scenes for the past thirteen years. This is regarded as one of Australia’s best nativity displays and is months in the making each year. It has steadily grown into the largest of its kind in Australia. Wilson artistically creates the village and township with handmade huts, stables, buildings, bridges, palaces, houses and temples surrounded by mountains, rocks, lakes and rivers. Each week the nativity scenes change to reflect the story of the birth of Christ. It features scenes starting with Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay, finding only a stable free, the birth of Jesus, visits from the shepherds, the three kings and ends with the holy family fleeing to Egypt. This event is open to everyone (children to be accompanied by parent or guardian).  Cost: Free and open to all age groups Viewing times: After Mass and any other time by appointment
Details: Wilson on 0428 927 110 or parish office on 9795 6217 Website: click here

POSITION VACANT: Sacrament Co-ordinator – Our Lady Help of Christian Parish, Narre Warren. As a result of internal appointment, the position of Sacrament Co-ordinator has become available. The role will be 4 days per week. Suitable applicants can forward their resume via email at olhc@olhc.org.au addressed to the Parish Priest, 496 Princes Highway, Narre Warren by 3pm on Thursday 7th Dec 2017. Please contact Parish Office on 9704 7935 for a position description.

RELIGIOUS SHOP: The shop will be open after all weekend Masses next week for parishioners to purchase religious items and other beautiful gifts for all occasions.  

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Learning & Teaching

Subject Changes 

Any Year 11 or 12 student who wished to change VCE subjects should have completed this process during HEADSTART. Any student who has made a change should have made contact with new subject teacher’s regards holiday homework.

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Completion of holiday homework is an expectation and gives students a flying start to 2018. This early organisation and discipline to study sets the tone for the 2018 Academic year. It is important that all VCE students take the time to focus on this homework and to begin the year on the front foot.  

Christmas Greeting 

On Sunday 3rd December I ran my first 10km Fun Run. As I rose at 5.30 to a bleak, windy and wet Melbourne morning, I was cursing that I had agreed to participate in the mother daughter bonding exercise. As we drove to St Kilda I was still unimpressed as the wind blew off Beach road and the rain continued to fall.

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What I discovered however, after completing the run was an exhilaration at having achieved a milestone. An incredible excitement at having overcome my fears that I would run last or worse still not finish. And a sense of accomplishment at having tried something outside my comfort zone. 

As the holidays approach I encourage all our students to take up a new hobby, to exercise, read a book, apply for part time work and step outside your comfort zone. 

You may be surprised how renewed and refreshed you will feel when you return to study in 2018.

As we prepare reports for 2017, I would like to congratulate all those students who applied themselves to the best of their ability and who will receive a report of which they can be proud. To those who have not applied themselves, 2018 is a new year full of potential and opportunity. 

What you do with the opportunities presented will be up to you. 

To those who are moving on to apprenticeships, I wish you all the best as you embark on your first career. May your work always bring you fulfilment as well as financial freedom.

To all our College families I would like to thank you for your support during the year. The education of the young men and women in our care is only possible with the support and encouragement of families. The season of Advent is a new liturgical year. A time to take stock and start afresh. May this season bring you renewal and energy.

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Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal - Learning & Teaching

Religious Education News

The Solomon Islands Immersion

As part of the landscape of the Catholic Education project (for both St Peter's and for Bishop Epalle) the Solomon Islands Immersion program is an experience in making sense of the world for all - students and staff in Australia and the Solomons. It was an exercise in "solidarity" - in being with each other. It was an exercise in acknowledging how our faith can bring us together and build something special.

For St. Peter's College students too, the world opened up. It got bigger. More complex. More amazing. There are clearly some different realities: roads that you travel on, the way you celebrate and pray, the food you eat, the way you relax and have fun, what you study, how you get around, and  how families relate. St Peter's students all remember raising money but now that they have got to know the people those efforts have a whole new context. This place and these people have touched their soul.

I spoke to the principal, Deputy Principal and the Chairman of the Board at Bishop Epalle Catholic School. They reflected on how having Australian students come to live with them for a short time was so beneficial for their community. One thing the visit does is to give the school an international flavour.  The relationship built has an impact more broadly on Solomon Islands life and culture. The Government is aware of such programs and sees the broad  benefits that can be achieved. Of course, they want their students to do well in the local Solomon Islands exams but this exchange exposes them the world beyond their shores. Hosting an Australian student is an honour.  One only needs to witness the Solomon Islands families farewelling their Australian "brothers" and "sisters" to understand how deeply they feel for their new friends. For them, they also described the experience as eye opening. Such experiences, according to the Bishop Epalle community, enlarges the possibilities in life for the local students. It gives them hope that there is more. The friendship created goes well beyond the experience through Facebook. These friendships are not virtual ones but real and lasting.

From the point of view of teachers who accompany the students on this adventure, we can only say what a great program this is. Did the world get smaller or larger - I am not sure.  I do know that a small part of the world that was very distant in my consciousness is now so dear to my heart and will always be.

Mr Stephen Nash
RE Coordinator - Cross Campus

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

The seven students and two teachers (Mr. Roger Hampson and Ms. Janelle Mcrae were blessed as pilgrims at the Saint Thomas the Apostle mass on Sunday, December 3rd.

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Our party left on Wednesday and joined 18,000 other students from around Australia who are travelling to Sydney for the ACYF. Cambell Bryan has been chosen to have dinner with 25 Bishops on Friday, which will be a special occasion for him. Our students will also be assisting Bishop Pat in a workshop on the Liturgy where I am sure he will enjoy their support.

The festival opened with the Festival of Lights in Sydney, which highlighted Saint Mary’s Cathedral with Father Rob Galea entertaining all those who were fortunate enough to be there. This was a great start to the ACYF.

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Mr Roger Hampson
Assistant RE Coordinator - East Campus

2018 Compulsory Uniform Changes

A reminder that we change to Summer Uniform as of Term 4, 10th October
Please take this opportunity to check that your students have all of the required items for the change over, and in particular that any Girls Summer Uniform Dress lengths meets required uniform standards ‘knee length’.

The Uniform Shop will be open each Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning for the remainder of the Term.

We advise that if you require new uniform items for 2018, that you consider purchasing the correct 2018 product, which is now available from our Uniform Shop.
Please be aware of these changes if purchasing via the second hand market, whether it be through the Sustainable Schools Shop or the several Facebook selling groups set up locally.

All Parents are advised of the following changes:

  • All Boys to wear the SPC Boys White Monogrammed Pocket Shirt in the Summer and for the Winter with the addition of the SPC Tie
  • All Girls Winter Uniform. All Girls to wear the  SPC Girls White Monogrammed Pocket Blouse, which is worn with the  SPC Tie
  • NEW SPC Scarf in 2018. To be worn as part of the Winter Uniform ONLY
  • All Students. Sports Polo Tops. ONLY House Sport Polo Top
  • All Students. Sports Rugby Top. If worn ONLY the current design must be worn
  • All Students. Sports Tracksuit Pants. SPC design ONLY to be worn
  • All Students. SPC Wet Weather Jacket OPTIONAL with Sports Uniform as of 2018. Can also be worn OVER Blazer to and from school with Winter Uniform
  • SPC Sports Bag. Compulsory, if students are not using their SPC Backpack for their Sports Uniform

To order online please click here:

Second-hand Uniform Sales

The College Uniform Shop does not hold and sell Second-hand uniform. St. Peter’s College parents can utilise the service of Sustainable School Shop for the sale and purchase of second-hand uniform and stationery items.

To read more about purchasing second-hand uniform items please click here:

To see what second-hand uniform items are currently listed for sale please click here:

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

Stolen Bicycle

On the night of Wednesday 22nd November, a black 'Diamond Back' mountain bike was stolen from the West Campus. The bike features white lettering and forks, and a green pinstripe. It is similar to the bike pictured. If you have any information relating to this theft or you know the whereabouts of the bike could you please contact the College. 

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Presentation Night

Presentation Night was held on Wednesday, 29th November 2017 at the Frankston Arts Centre. It was a wonderful night to showcase not only some great talent at East & West Campus, but to acknowledge our students achievements from 2017. Thanks to all that attended and gave their time. 

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For the full list of award winners, please click here.

Romero House News


Earlier this term on October 19, some 250 students and staff took on the challenge to walk a 3.5 kilometre course around the school. The students of Romero House were joined by those from Assisi and Marian Houses, to walk to gather donations for and awareness of the need to find a cure for the life threatening Mitochondrial ‘Mito’ Disease.

We had a visit by Mr and Mrs Quirk along with their 17year old daughter, Lani, who was only diagnosed with the disease 4 years ago. Their presence and the enthusiasm displayed by Damon Quirk and the year 10 students of Romero House, in organising this event was an inspiration. The target was to raise around $600. After the totals from sponsorships, sale of Green Ribbons and “Drinks for Mito” were accounted for, in excess of $1200 was raised to go to the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. We would like to say a big thankyou to all the students, parents, families and staff of St. Peter’s College who contributed in any way to this event. 

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Not long after our school ‘Walk for Mito’, a group of four year 10 students took on the AMDF “Bloody Long Walk” challenge. Early on Sunday, November 5, Damon Quirk, Efthemia Kostopoulos, Clorinda Bignoux and Olivia Polydor, ably supported by Mr Mark Sinclair and Mrs Anne Quirk struck out to walk the 35km route through the streets of inner Melbourne. The team made a fantastic effort and after 7 hours of relentless walking from Fairfield to St Kilda, the goal of completing the challenge was realised. A special mention should go to Damon Quirk who also raised over $2000 on his own and thanks to Lara Breen for organising “Romero for Mito” shirts to wear on the walk. We hope this inspires the community to continue to look out for those less fortunate than ourselves. “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”

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Mr Mark Sinclair 
Romero House Leader


Work Experience Requirements for Year 10 students

On Monday 4th December our West Campus Year 10’s completed their final Work Experience session, which saw most students finish their Occupation Health and Safety Certificates (Safe@Work) and finalise their Work Placement arrangements.  Please note all Work Experience requirements (Arrangement form and Safe@Work Certificates) must be completed and returned by Friday 2nd February 2018.  Students have been emailed the resources to complete this task.  Please note students will be given a detention for any work requirements not submitted by the due date.

Our East Campus students will complete their final session early in Term 1 and the due date to return forms has been extended to Friday 23rd February 2018.

Work Experience positions in our Hospitals

Please note that our local Hospitals are now taking requests for their Work Experience positions.  You can apply for Work Experience positions with Peninsula Health, Monash Health and St John of God in Berwick.  All applications are accessible on their websites, see below.  Students have been emailed these details. 

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Click here to search for positions at Peninsula Health.


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Click here to search for positions at Monash Health.


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Click here to search for positions at St John of God Berwick Hospital


Change of Preference Support for completed Year 12 students

Our Year 12 ATAR results will be released on Friday 15th December at 7.00 am.  Please note Change of Preference support will be available at both campuses on Friday 15th December between 9 am and 12 noon and on Monday 18th December between 10 am and 3 pm.

Ms Melissa Dillion
Careers Counsellor - West Campus 

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Upcoming Events

07 DEC
Last Day VCAL Students Year 10 & 11 2018
House Assemblies
Year 11 & 12 2017 Last Day
Advent Liturgy West Campus
Year 11 2018 Celebration

08 DEC
House Activities Day
Last Day Year 8, 9, 10 2018

12 DEC
College & House Captains Training Day

31 JAN
Year 7 & 12s start school

01 FEB
Year 8, 9, 10 & 11s start school


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