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Issue 120  |  14 February 2018
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From our Principal

School Theme

Each year St. Peter’s College unveils a school theme. This is often initiated and created by the Leadership team, along with consultation with staff. Recently the question was raised in a forum as to why we have a school theme. It’s a good question. Usually a theme, and I include the 2018 theme in this category, has something to do with current challenges we face. These could be challenges within the school, challenges young people of today are facing or challenges we as a society might be facing. The school theme for 2018 is: “…but what I give, I give to you.” It is a scriptural piece from the Book of Acts and like most scriptural passages in seeking the meaning you must first of all read the passages prior or beyond. In this case Peter is going to temple and comes across a beggar man and states, almost as a challenge, look I have no silver or gold but what I do have I give to you. It is a healing story which is based around encouraging dialogue and healing. The message from this passage which we send to our students in 2018 is to look outwardly to those in need rather than inwardly to our own individual needs. It is an invitation to welcome all, both within the gates of St. Peter’s and also beyond, particularly the disconnected. The first step along this road is through dialogue because it is dialogue which encourages greater understanding. It is a challenge for all of us to co-create an environment of giving and of living in partnership with one another. I look forward to exploring this rich theme with our community as the year unfolds.

Opening School Mass

Our school theme was unveiled, most appropriately, at our opening school masses, this week. Both campuses held their masses at the West Campus Hall. Fr Antony and Fr Denis were our celebrants and both spoke of our school theme and the importance of Christ being at the centre of our lives. This was also an occasion to commission and welcome our new staff as they formally committed themselves to their work of supporting the learning of our students.

2018 East Mass Chris Black

2018 Ash Wednesday

 

 

 


 

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, this Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting preparing us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The invitation to our students is extended throughout these 46 days to reflect on areas or moments where they have let themselves or others down and commit to rectifying, repairing or changing the way they live their life. Lent offers us an invaluable opportunity to renew our love for one another. From this love flows our mission to be a sign of God’s presence in the world. Part of St. Peter’s College mission is to be an outreach to the vulnerable. To this end Project Compassion launches its annual appeal to raise alms (funds) to support Caritas’ work in places such as Cambodia, Mozambique and Nepal. We launched our own Project Compassion appeal with a Pancake Tuesday stall. I encourage all to contribute actively and generously to this most significant of causes.

Year 12 Retreat

Last week I was privileged to attend one of the three venues which hosted our Year 12 retreat groups for 2018. It was wonderful to observe, learn and share with our Year 12s of the role their faith has played in their life to date. The Year 12 retreat aims to provide students with a very rare opportunity, in a technology free environment, to stop and reflect on who has helped shape who they are today and the role God has played in their lives to date. It takes courage to share those often personal views with others and to that end I witnessed many courageous students throughout the three days. Congratulations to all.

2018 East Year 12 Retreat - Chris Black

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House Swimming Sports

Congratulations to both staff and students for the wonderful House Swimming Carnivals which were run this week. These events are a wonderful opportunity to develop a sense of house spirit as well as some healthy competition.

On the East Campus, Congratulations to Assis Swimming Champions and Glowrey for House Spirit award. 

2018 East Swimming Carnival Winners

2018 East Swimming Carnival House Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the West Campus congratulations are extended to MacKillip Swimming Champions and Kolbe for House Spirit award.

2018 West Swimming Carnival 1  2018 West Swimming Carnival MacKillop

 

 

 

 

Reminder: Date not to be missed

House Welcome evenings are coming up. Please make the effort to come. They are NOT the same every year and this year in particular there is some VERY important information around how your child will be assessed and reported on. A presentation on our new Learning Management System, Schoolbox, will also be given. Across our two campuses we have 9 out of 16 new House Leaders and it is critical that an opportunity like the House Welcome Evening is provided so that relationships between school and home are fostered and/or founded. I look forward to seeing you at our respective House Welcome Evenings:

  • East Campus: February 20th 
  • West Campus: February 22nd

All the best for the week ahead.

Chris Black Signature
Mr Chris Black
Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

Welcome Evening – a must event

We warmly welcome all parents to attend our House Welcome & Information Evening on Tuesday 20th February. Parents we encouraged to take this opportunity to meet with your son/daughter’s House Leader and Learning Adviser. 2018 has seen five new House Leaders and a number of new Learning advisers due to the student population of the Campus growing creating the need for new staff.

The evening begins at 5.30pm for Year 9 students and their parents to launch the Year 9 Program in our first class state of the art Year 9 Building. Year 9 students will launch their Passion Projects that characterise active and innovative learning, the hallmark of 21st Century Learning & Teaching. This will be a truly exciting event. 

The social gathering for all parents of Year 7-12 students will begin with the House areas at 6.30pm with finger food and drinks, providing an informal way to meet and greet our House Leaders and their teams. Following on will be an address by our Principal Mr Chris Black.

Following will be Ms Marlene Jorgensen Deputy Principal Learning & Teaching to launch our new online continuous reporting – a critical information session for all parents of students in Year 7-12 to gain a comprehensive understanding of our new Reporting and Assessment program. Full details of times and events have been included at the end of  this newsletter.

A Care Monkey invitation will go home to each family shortly. Please RSVP for catering purposes. The program below indicates that the launch of our Online Reporting is very important for all parents to know about.

2018 Care Monkey

Parents/guardians are reminded that for all excursions and College events they will receive an eForm requiring a response – there are cut off times so please ensure you have responded to all permission requests by the due date.
We still have some families who are yet to sign on to Care Monkey and create profiles for each child. I ask all parents to attend to this, if you have any concerns or issues in using Care Monkey please contact our office as soon as possible.       

VCAL – Food Safety is their business

Australians love to eat out and this has become one of our fastest growing trends in the 21st Century. Therefore any skills and qualifications our young people can gain in this industry, the more likely they are to have access to gain part-time work and career pathways in hospitality. Last week our VCAL students were given the opportunity to complete a food handling course and obtain a recognised certificate providing them real currency in future workforce opportunities. External providers put the students through both a theory and practical course and I am thrilled to announce that all students successfully passed the Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety SITXFSA001.  Well done to all. Over the coming year, VCAL students (team) will be providing great support in our fund raising activities and campaigns. We look forward to celebrating more of their accomplishments.

2018 East VCAL Pancakes

Year 12 Retreat

A very successful three day retreat was held in picturesque Millgrove for our year 12 students. The retreat provides students with a unique opportunity to focus on their individual spiritual, personal and mindful experiences and attributes. Leadership, specifically servant leadership is explored at a deeper level to build personal and spiritual growth. With greater awareness of oneself, students were able to articulate what they value and need to do this year to fully achieve their goals and develop greater resilience as faithful members of our global community. We were very fortunate to have 4 of our former Year 12 College Leaders, Tais, Emily, Tiffany and Nikita join us on Retreat working closely with the 2018 Year 12 students. 

We were also fortunate to have Deng Chuor, the College Pastoral Associate attend the retreat. Deng too was able to support the spiritual aspect of many of the retreat sessions. Thank you Deng.

One of the more funny memories our students and staff will take away from the retreat is the fashion parade. Resourceful, creative and innovative were the skills required to take fashion to the next level with old newspapers and tape replacing traditional needle, thread and fine fabrics.

The retreat was a wonderful experience, our thanks go to Roger Hampson for his tremendous preparation and to all the staff who attended supporting our students with their time, care, and good humour.

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2018 East Year 12 Retreat 3 01

2018 East Info Night Table

For more East Campus News including Swimming Carnival, Opening Mass & Ash Wednesday, please click here.

 

Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus

West Campus News

YEAR 12 RETREAT

Year 12 students enjoyed the retreats at Shoreham and Flinders last week. A number of teachers commented on the fantastic attitude of our students and their willingness to enter into the experience. I would also like to thank all our staff who attended the retreat and in particular Miss Fiona McKenna who did so much of the organising of the sites and Mr Matthew Williams, our Deputy Principal – Mission and Catholic Identity who organised the program.

OPENING MASS 

Our Opening Mass was held on Tuesday morning led by Fr Antony from St Agatha’s. It was pleasing to see a number of parents join us on this occasion. This is something we hope will continue to grow, having parents at our significant events and celebrations. The more parents are part of our school community, the better the educational outcomes for your children.  So thank you for sharing this important occasion with us.

SHROVE TUESDAY & ASH WEDNESDAY

Both VCAL students and Social Justice Team worked together on Tuesday to prepare and sell pancakes at lunchtime. With a great selection of toppings, including extreme toppings, it did not take long to sell all of them.  All proceeds went to our first term charity Caritas. Thanks to Ms Gonsalvez and Ms Mansfield and then many staff who generously donated pancake mix and condiments.

2018 West Shrove Tuesday

The beginning of Lent was marked by short House liturgies during Tutor Group on Wednesday. Fr Joseph blessed the Ashes for the teachers just as an almighty storm hit the school. You could be forgiven for thinking it was the Holy Spirit descending upon the school.

House Leaders and in some cases student leaders led these services and students were given the opportunity to receive the ashes and reflect on the significance of this Lenten period. In preparing for the Easter Season, we ask all our students to think about not just giving up something but also “taking up” something. The launch of Project Compassion on Shrove Tuesday considered some practical ideas of how students can make Lent real. Students could use the daily reflections in their Student Record Book to consider the importance of Empathy. We encourage all our students to be practical in their support of one another.

SWIMMING CARNIVAL

The West Campus Swimming Carnival  happened this Thursday at Doveton Pool. There was a great atmosphere. Mackillop House were victorious in the swimming competition. Other Houses that impressed on the day included Kolbe House which won the House Chant and House Spirit and Avila House who won Best Dressed House. Thank you to Mr Justin De Goldi, PE Staff and House Leaders for their organisation. 

2018 West Swimming Carnival

A few of the exciting improvements that have come through the Student Representative Council include:

  • A ride on the water slide as reward for competing in an event.
  • House points and pennants for the house with the best chant and the best dressed cohort.
  • House points and iTune vouchers for the best dressed individual male and female students in Years 11-12.

VCAL students are again providing food and drink with the running of a BBQ.  Profits will go to Caritas.
Parents are welcome to attend but reminded of the need with new Child Safety legislation that they will be required to sign in at the front entrance and stay within the defined parent zone.

HOUSE WELCOME & INFORMATION EVENINGS 

On Thursday, 22 February we will conduct a House Welcome & Information Evening for parents and student in all 8 houses. ALL students (not only those new to the College) and their families are encouraged to attend this evening to build House spirit and receive some important information. It is also a great opportunity to meet your child’s House Leader and Learning Advisor on an informal basis. A social gathering for all who attend will take place at the beginning of the evening (6.30 pm) with finger food and drinks.

2017 care monkey

A Care Monkey invitation will go home families shortly. Please RSVP by the due date with parent and children number for catering purposes.The program below shows there is something for parent of students in all year levels. However, of particular importance is the launch of Online Reporting and parents would benefit from understanding how this new initiative will operate this year.

2018 West Info Night Table 01

EVACUATION & LOCKDOWN DRILL

Every year we practice a school lockdown and evacuation as part of our Emergency Management Plan. This will be conducted on Thursday, 1 March during period 1. I alert parents of this drill so that if you hear that the school is in lockdown or has been evacuated, you do not need to be concerned.

Mr David Hansen 
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching News

Support your child's learning at home

Once our students reach high school, parents sometimes feel they are less involved and not needed as students transition to more independent young people who will soon make their own way in the world. Nothing is further from the truth .

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Many studies have shown that the level of interest that Parents take in their child’s learning relates closely to the child’s success at school. This interest is even more critical in Secondary school as students learn to navigate the demands of school, part time work, sport and socialising .

On Year 12 Retreat last week I listened as many Year 12 students told of their plans to work hard this year and to have no regrets. Completion of Year 12 is a Marathon, not a sprint and parents have a huge part to play in assisting students to maintain their energy levels throughout the year. Similarly, our Year 7- 11 students need to develop study routines NOW that will support them in their future years.

Below are some ideas on how parents can assist their sons and daughters throughout 2018 .  

  1. Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children. What we say and do in our daily lives can help them to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school. In addition, by showing interest in their children's education, parents and families can spark enthusiasm in them and lead them to a very important understanding-that learning can be enjoyable as well as rewarding and is well worth the effort required.
  2. Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school-and in life. The importance of reading simply can't be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning. Read the novels that your child is reading. This is a great way to start conversations about the text and will assist in student understanding.
  3. Talk with your child. Talking and listening play major roles in children's school success. It's through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that young children begin to pick up the language skills they will need if they are to do well. 
  4. Encourage your child to use the library. Libraries are places of learning and discovery for everyone. Helping your child find out about libraries will set him on the road to being an independent learner. Remember that libraries also offer a quiet place for students to complete homework, and are often open in the evening. Last week’s newsletter provided opening times at each Campus. To read more click here.

What are we Reading?

West Campus 

Yr 12: Extinction by Hannie Rayson

Yr 11: The Reluctant Fundementalist by Mohsin Hamid

Yr 10: this varies from class as the teachers choose for Term 2. Choices include: Of Mice and Men.To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm
Yr 9: Deadly Unna
Yr 8: Sister Heart 
Yr 7 Boy

Mrs Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal - Learning & Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

Wander into the unknown

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. A season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. It is common for people to surrender a particular vice such as favourite foods as a reflection of Jesus' deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline.
Ash Wednesday liturgies were held at the West Campus with Fr Joseph and East Campus with Fr Denis.

2018 East Ash Wednesday Students 01

2018 East Ash Wednesday Teachers

A theme for me during this Lent is to be more aware of others. To purposely do more listening than speaking. To participate in experiences that others take joy in and in turn experience that joy myself. Lent to me is also about compromise or putting others first more often than is the normal.

Lent has also been a traditional time of helping the poor and doing acts of charity and mercy. One of the best ways to give alms is by volunteering for a charity. We have had students recently involved with the local St Vincent de Paul shop which serves Cranbourne’s most needy. We also had student and staff representation at the Sale diocesan Caritas Project Compassion launch with Bishop Pat O’Regan at St Francis Xavier College on February 13th. Raising funds and awareness for Caritas will be a focus for St. Peter’s College during Lent.

See the Caritas website for more information about where our fundraising will go, click here

Our Opening School Masses - ‘but what I do have, I give to you’

On Tuesday February 13th we celebrated our Opening School Masses. West Campus celebrated Mass with Fr Antony in the morning then West celebrated their Opening Mass with Fr Denis in the afternoon. A running theme through the Masses was our 2018 motto; ‘but what I do have, I give to you’ from Acts 3:2-7. We were privileged to have our new Year 10/11 Religious Education class Madjitil Moorna, which specialises in liturgical music lead our Masses.

2018 East Opening Mass 01

2018 East Opening Mass Group 01

Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, Thank you to everyone who assisted in the preparation for St Agatha’s Feast Day particularly the Parish Pastoral Council members and to all who attended, it was a wonderful day filled with parish community spirit. This Wednesday, is Ash Wednesday it marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is season of serious Prayers, Fasting and Almsgiving. Several Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9.30am, 12 Noon & 7.30pm at St Agatha’s Church and 2.30pm at St Therese’s School, during which Ashes will be distributed. This is not a holy day of obligation; however, it is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat. Catholics who have completed their 18th year and have not yet begun their 60th year are obliged to Fast. In addition, all Catholics who have completed their 14th year are obliged to Abstain from meat. I encourage you as individuals and families to try and attend Mass and receive the Ashes on Wednesday. Pope Francis has proclaimed 23rd February, a Day of prayer and fasting for peace, in particular for the populations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan. In his Lenten message this year, the Holy Father wants all Christian to do three things namely; prayer, almsgiving and fasting. By devoting more time to prayer, he expressed, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then to find the consolation God offers. Almsgiving, he continued, sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbour as a brother or sister, whereas fasting weakens our tendency to violence. “It disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth.” The Australian Catholic bishops have proclaimed the days from Ash Wednesday until the following Saturday (February 14-17) Days of Fasting and Reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and the healing of victims. In addition to the work that has been undertaken in the area of the protection of children and vulnerable adults, the Days of Fasting and Reparation are an authentically Catholic response to supplement those efforts. Copies of this letter are available in the Church foyer. For more information click here God bless Fr Joseph.

GUEST SPEAKER: Christina King will be visiting St Agatha’s Parish and speaking on God’s Plan for Love and Marriage on Friday 23rd February at 7.00pm in the Church. Christina is the mother of 8 children and a wife of 22 years. She is the host of “Embracing Your Greatness” on Radio Maria, the largest Catholic Radio Affiliate in the World broadcasting to over 162 countries, a weekly program helping people to see the world through the lens of Divine Mercy and Theology of The Body. She has been featured on “Women of Grace” on EWTN, Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, St. Josephs Communications and Parousia Media to name a few. 

LECTORS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS ROSTERS: Rosters have been emailed to you, if you did not receive a roster and would like a roster emailed please email the parish office so we can add your email to the list. Copies of the Rosters are available from the table in the foyer.

RE CLASSES: Do your children who attend Government Schools Grades 1-6? If so you may wish to enrol them for the Catechetical Program which is held on Wednesday’s during school terms 4pm to 5pm in the hall. Please note new enrolments for 2018 will make their sacraments in 2019. Please collect enrolment forms from the parish office. 

THURSDAY EVENING MASS focuses on a special intention of the week, praying for different needs within our families, parish and the wider community. Intentions for the month of February: 15th For couples praying for a child & 22nd For those who celebrated their birthday in February. 

FAMILY PRAYER PLACE MATS are a great way to encourage praying together at meal times. Our Diocese has produced place mats with a double-sided design which feature traditional and contemporary prayers for before meals. Laminated to be easily wiped clean after eating, they are an ideal way of introducing simple prayers to children. A perfect gift for families, birthdays, grandchildren, students commencing school or preparing for Sacraments. Just $2 @. Available from the Parish Office! 

RCIA RITE OF ELECTION: Will be celebrated by Bishop Pat O’Regan Sunday 18th February at 3.00pm in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sale. 2.00pm Bishop Pat warmly invites catechumens, candidates and their families, sponsors and RCIA teams to meet him at the Chapter House. 3.00pm The Rite of Election of Catechumens and Formal Recognition of Baptised Candidates in the Cathedral. 4.00pm Afternoon tea. Please bring some food to share. 

St Agatha's Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

WESTERN REGION YOUTH CONFERENCE is on Saturday 17th February 8.30am – 4.00pm at St Agatha’s, Cranbourne. It will be a day for claiming your Mission in Faith with other youths! Please see flyer on the notice board. Registration form is available at the back of our worship place.

COMBINED PARISHES RAFFLE 2018 – There are still individual tickets available for $2 after Masses over the next few weekends.  These are selling fast.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win these fabulous prizes, including 3 Suzuki cars!! For all those with booklets, please return them as soon as possible ensuring that they are placed with monies ($20 per book) in a sealed envelope.  These can be placed on the collection plate or returned to the parish office. Please do not remove the staples which holds the books together.

THE RITE OF ELECTION FOR CATECHUMENS will be celebrated on 18th February at 3.00pm at St Mary’s Cathedral Sale. Our Rite of Sending will be celebrated in our church at 9.00 am Mass on the 18th of February. Celine will accompany Amanda, Sala, their families and sponsors to this celebration. 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: 7.30pm at St. Peter’s College each Friday in Lent.

ASH WEDNESDAY & GOOD FRIDAY are days of fast and abstinence from all meat. The law of fasting binds those who have completed their eighteenth year, until the beginning of their sixtieth year; the law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year.

DAYS OF FASTING AND REPARATION: The Australian Catholic Bishops have declared the days from Ash Wednesday to next Saturday (February 14-17) as Days of Fasting and Reparation following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. This will include the Holy Hour on Saturday morning, and prayers for families to use at home. Please take home the letter from the bishops and prayers to use at home. Resources can be accessed at www.catholic.org.au/fastingandreparation

GERRARD’S CHOIR RECRUITMENT: Our choir is singing this weekend on Saturday and we are currently looking to recruit a few more youths aged between 10 and 18. If you have any queries or would like to come see what the choir is like, please contact Sheryllin at 0479151173.

PROJECT COMPASSION: Caritas Australia Lenten fundraising project work with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Please take home a box today and donate generously.

PLENARY COUNCIL 2020: The Australian Catholic Church is to hold a Plenary Council in 2020. Bishop O’Regan has established the “Gaudium et Spes” committee in the Sale Diocese to assist us in getting prepared for the Plenary Council. The members of the committee include Bishop Pat, Frs Peter Slater & Brendan Hogan, Deacon Mark Kelly, Mrs Jennifer Fitzgerald (Sale), Mrs Michelle Grimsted (Bairnsdale), Mrs Jenifer Hanratty (Traralgon), Mr Michael Hansen (Traralgon), Mrs Sophy Morley, Mr Dominic Ryan & Mrs Ann Taylor (Cathollic Education Office). Bishop Pat will be visiting every parish to introduce the preparation for the Plenary Council, coming to Clyde North on 29th May.

PARISH SINGERS AND MUSICIAN WANTED FOR RITE OF ELECTION on 18th February. Rehearsal starts at 1.30pm. To register your interest and receive the music pack, please contact Sophy Morley at smorley@sale.catholic.org.au as soon as possible or phone 5622 6677. 

BISHOP O’REGAN HAS MADE THE FOLLOWING CLERGY APPOINTMENTS to take effect from Thursday 1st March: Fr Manny Lomagno to be PP at Cowes; Fr Darren Howie to be PP at Wonthaggi; Fr Jenish Jose CMI to be PP of Yarram & Foster (resident at Yarram); Fr James Fernandez to be PP of Morwell & Churchill; Fr Siju Xavier to be PP of Maffra & Heyfield. Fr Saji John will become assistant priest at Narre Warren and will also be available to the Syro Malabar community. Fr Malcolm Hewitt is retiring. The Leongatha and Traralgon parishes will no longer have an assistant priest.

PIETY STALL: Holy Beginnings will be at our parish this weekend at all Masses for you to purchase all your religious & personalised items. 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK!! Find out what’s happening in our parish. ‘Like’ us here

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Careers News

UMAT 2018

Registrations for the 2018 UMAT are now open. The UMAT is required to get into medicine and some health sciences courses around Australia.  Register for the test here – https://umat.acer.edu.au/

Work Experience Opportunities

This is your chance to see what the real world is like in a setting of your choice. You won’t get many opportunities like this in your life, so grab the chance to try something new.  

There are many options when it comes to choosing a work place for your week of work experience.  This week Year 10 students have been emailed a list of possible opportunities for organisations such as: South East Water (STEM Careers), Defence, CSIRO, Council services - Library and childcare, AIE, Bureau of Meteorology, Dept of Human Services and many more.

ALL Work Experience forms are well overdue. Please return your completed forms to avoid consequences.

Showcase your writing talent through competitions
A great way for industry to discover your writing talent is to enter writing competitions.  There are many competitions advertised online with prize money usually attached!!  Here are some to consider:
ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – Open ($7,000)
Laura Literary Awards – Young Adult ($50)
Future Leaders Writing Prize – Year 11 & 12 students ($1,000)
Mudgee Valley Writers Youth Literary Award – up to 18 years ($2,000)
They all close within the next couple of months, so get writing!

For a summary of writing competitions available in Australia click here

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

This challenge is for students in Year 10 to learn more about the brain and neuroscience. Students take part in an online quiz and will move onto further competition rounds if successful. Teachers can register as many students as they like before 9 March. More details please click here

Ms Melissa Dillion
Careers Coordinator - West Campus

Health and PE News

With excitement, the Sporting Schools Tennis Program commences next week. As we’ve had an increased amount of interest from many Year 8 students, we have decided to open this up to any Year 7 OR Year 8 students. As such, an email has been sent to all Year 8 students with information about the program and a sign-up sheet has been placed next to the S.I.S sign-up sheets down stairs in the Coffey building. Students have until end of business Wednesday 14th of February to sign up. There is no cost for this event and all equipment is provided. 

If your child has already signed up, please ensure you complete the permission form on Care Monkey by Friday 16th of February. Students will be bussed to Clyde Tennis Courts on Monday 19th of February for our first session and will return to the college by 4.30pm to be picked up by parents.

Our second session is Thursday 22nd of February before school, so students will need to arrive promptly at 8am at the Lyons Basketball courts for training. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Physical Education team.

Secondly, St. Peter’s College East Campus has signed up to the Coles promotion ‘Sports for Schools’. If you shop at Coles, for every $10 you spent, you will be given a token which can be used to redeem sporting equipment at the end of the promotion. Please get on board and bring in as many tokens as you can to support our College community.

Thank you 

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Sarah Slykerman
Health and Physical Education Coach - East Campus

Music News

Madjitil Moorna's Debut Mass

The Opening Mass for St. Peter’s College highlighted the the latest addition to senior curriculum: Madjitil Moorna. This exciting new class is a combination of both Religious Education and Music, allowing students to utilise their creativity and have an enhanced involvement in the Catholic life of our school. The combined East/West choir was well recieved at both Masses on February 13, with students coming together in a show of unity and Christian fellowship. We look forward to many combined choirs this year, and thank students for their enthusiasm, energy and talent.

Any Year 10 or Year 11 students who are interested in joining this spiritually rich and engaging class are invited to do so at the start of Semester 2.

2018 music

Mrs Laura Appleby - West
Mr Brett Barber - East

St. Peter’s College 2018 Production Announcement 

Every two years during Term 3, St. Peter's College presents a full College Musical Production. It is my pleasure to announce that this year the Production will be Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.
The production will take place in week 5 of Term 3 and will involve 4 performances at the Monash University, George Jenkins Theatre in Frankston.

Auditions for all roles for this production will take place in week 5 and 6 of Term 1 with rehearsals commencing in Term 2. Please check SchoolBox regularly for updates on when and where to sign up for these auditions.

The College Production is an exciting time for all students and staff involved and I encourage you to join us on stage as "We're all in this together"

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Mr Brian Wallwork - Music Coordinator - East Campus

General News

Host an Exchange Student

Making friends with people from other countries has so many rewards.

New relationships with people from other countries enrich our lives and make us good global citizens.

This year our first hosting opportunity is from Friday the 9th of March to Saturday the 17th of March. The students are from our sister school, Sapporo Seishu, in Japan. One student would like to stay longer, 7thMarch to the 28th March.

These young people want to experience everyday Australian life. You do not have to speak any Japanese or even be studying Japanese. Host families will be well supported by the College and are only expected to care for our Japanese students as they would their own children, bed, food, transport to school, conversation and care.

If you are interested in becoming a host family please contact Miss Yolanda Bonica at the college on (03) 5990 7777 or ybonica@stpeters.vic.edu.au

Thanking you all in advance for your true generosity and hospitality. 

Ms Yolanda Bonica
Exchange Coordinator

Maths Pathways Parent Portal Access Year 7 - 9

As you are aware, St. Peter's College teaches maths with an individualized approach, this enables us to tailor your child's learning in maths to a far greater extent than ever before. You now have continuous feedback on your child's progress in maths by visiting the Parent Portal of Maths Pathways at anytime by clicking on the parents link at the top right hand corner of the home screen. You are also able to register for email updates to get results of your child's latest test delivered to your inbox. You can access the Parent Portal by using your child's log in details.

Please see below a copy of how to access your child's results at any time via the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal will enable you to access test history and overall growth of your child. 

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In the meantime, if you have any further queries please contact your child's teacher to discuss this with them.

Mrs Tania Brown
Teaching and Learning Coach - West

2019 - YEAR 7 ENROLMENT 

A reminder that applications for Year 7 2019 are due in at the College Office by 16th March 2018.  

Applications forms are available from the College office or can be downloaded from the College website.

Mrs Kerrie Birrell - Registrar

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