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Issue 121  |  22 February 2018
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From our Principal

Dear Parents and friends,

House Welcome Evenings

It was wonderful to see so many parents attend our East Campus Parent Welcome evening this week. I'm sure the attendance at the West Campus will be equally positive. As was mentioned on these nights, parents are critical partners in a child’s education. I was talking to one of our parents not so long ago who told the story of how the family regularly sat around the table and debated a current issue, some family members on the affirmative and some on the other side. It’s a terrific example of a family connected and one active in supporting their children’s education. Another parent not so long ago spoke about purchasing audio books of the Year 11 English texts so that she can share in her daughter’s learning.  Another wonderful example. In doing some reading on this very topic this week, I came across the following principles which underpin effective Family-School Partnerships:

  1. All families and schools want the best for their children.
  2. All children have the right to the opportunity to reach their full potential.
  3. Families are the first and continuing educators of their children.
  4. Effective schools provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment.
  5. Families and schools value quality teaching and respect teachers’ professional expertise.
  6. Families and schools value the diversity of families and use this as a resource for building  partnerships and communities.
  7. Family-school partnerships are based on mutual responsibility, respect and trust.
  8. Leadership is critical to building, maintaining and renewing partnerships.
  9. Family-school partnerships improve student motivation and learning.
  10. Family-school partnerships strengthen the connections between schools and their communities.
  11. Partnerships can involve all organisations that support families and schools. 

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New Governance

From the beginning of the school year St. Peter’s College, along with all other Catholic Primary and Secondary schools in the Sale Diocese, became part of a new governance model. Previously our Parish Priests, known as canonical administrators, had been the local governing authority. Bishop O’Regan instigated an investigation into an alternative model of governance. Embraced by all Parish Priests from the diocese, the governing authority known as the “Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) came into effect from the first day of the academic year, 2018. Ms Maria Kirkwood has subsequently been installed as the Director of Education for the Sale Diocese. In respect to the role/s of Fr Denis, Fr Joseph and Fr Antony, these now take on a much more pastoral perspective, a role which is central to their ministry. Fr Joseph and Fr Denis will continue to be members of our advisory board and together with Fr Antony, will also continue to be a strong presence for liturgies, masses, in classes and as spiritual advisors. We continue to be blessed by their active presence in our college.

Building Update

A number of building projects are at various stages of completion across both campuses. These include:

  • Landscaping Project (East) - This project will be ongoing for most of this year and will provide a central focal point and a central gathering place for the school community. The conclusion of the project will signal the end of our temporary pathway structure.
  • Hospitality Centre and Music/Dance and Drama Learning Centre (East) - St. Peter’s College was fortunate to receive a Federal Government Grant of $2 million dollars at the end of last year. Plans are being drawn up and it is anticipated that construction will commence in the second half of this year. A school canteen will also be contained within this complex.
  • Arts Precinct (West) – planning for a refurbishment of Art rooms, Visual Communication Rooms, an exhibition space and Media is continuing, with building to commence sometime in the second half of the year. As a part of this project the Kolbe House area will also be re-designed.
  • VCAL Centre (West) – planning for this refurbishment will commence once the Art Precinct gets off the ground

These contemporary design “builds” demonstrate a commitment to providing students and teachers with a 21st century learning and teaching environment. As such there are some exciting times ahead as each of these projects take shape.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Chris Black Signature

Mr Chris Black
Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

Another busy and highly productive week @ the East Campus. 

One of the highlights in my day is always the conversations I am able to share with the students during recess, lunch and when I pop into their classes. Our students are incredibly warm and engaging and provide me with great conversation and indeed valuable critical feedback on how things are going at the East Campus. It is vital that all students have a voice and know that they are heard. 

SRC @ St. Peter's College

With the servant leadership of Peter as our model, we aspire to strengthen the qualities of all those in our community so that they may lead with wisdom, compassion and courage.

Student voice has always had the opportunity to be expressed and heard through our SRC. This week was the second meeting of our new 2018 SRC and I was particularly impressed at the clarity expressed by the team in relation to what they want to see the SRC stand for, become and achieve. On the 22nd March the SRC Training Day will be held at the East campus for all members of both the East and West SRC teams. This day is an important part of their leadership formation whilst providing great opportunity for shared ideas, voice and opinions as well as great fun through team building tasks. I look forward to their individual and group reflections on the direction they want to take SRC in 2018. As yet the Year 7s have not had a chance to be part of this year’s SRC, as their Forum Leaders election will take place after their Camp (7th March to 9th March) and from there SRC selection will occur.

Why have an SRC: Two very good reasons: Student voice and improved learning outcomes

  1. Students are more likely to develop a strong commitment to the community and its future if they are able and permitted to take part in determining its direction. Participation in decision-making at the school level is a means through which students are able to develop responsibility and experience the democratic process. DEECD Guidelines for Student Participation Policy (Office for Government School Education, January 2008). 
  2. Research has shown that student learning and school results are improved in schools where students are actively represented in decision making. In particular, students’ learning about being an active and informed citizen is improved when opportunities are made available for students to experience active citizenship within the school.

We look forward to our 2018 SRC showcasing their talents, commitment and critical voice throughout the year. Watch out for their contributions to the newsletter throughout the year.

In focus this week – The Student Record Book

The student record book is collaborative tool used to support and promote the engagement of parents, students and teachers in active communication. Effective communication supports the learning and wellbeing of our students, your son/daughter. The Record book has changed somewhat from previous years, specifically with introduction of The Resilience Project Student Planner. The planner focuses on providing students with daily reflections and a wellbeing tracker that they can actively use at home and at school. The tracker prompts students to become more aware of their physical self-such as sleeping, diet, exercise and even their moods. Reflective tracking allows students to become more mindful, which supports better mental and physical health. 

The Resilience Project features in many primary and secondary schools, promoting strategies and professional development for teachers and parents on teaching and supporting positive mental health. Here at St. Peter's College we are incorporating aspects of this project into our Strive & Thrive Pastoral Program which will be launched to students in the coming weeks. Students will be well supported and guided through this program during both Tutor Group and Pastoral periods by their Learning Advisor and House Leader.  Research aligns positive mental health with improved learning outcomes. Tools such as the practice of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness including reflective tracking will be explained and explored in our Strive & Thrive Pastoral program aimed at supporting and building resilience within our students. I invite all parents to take a closer look at the Resilience Project Planner in your son/daughter’s Student Record Book to start a conversation about resilience, and reflective tracking. Join in with your child and track your own daily reflections. 

Finally: A very special thank you to all the parents, carers, and family members including students and staff who came along to our Year 9 Passion Projects Launch and the Welcome Evening this week. Your valued presence confirms the strength of the caring community that is St. Peter's College. 

I wish you all a very safe, mindful and productive week.

Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus

West Campus News

MindMatters

2018 mindmatters

This week the College MindMatters Team met to review the work so far and begin discussing our goals and strategies for 2018. MindMatters is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing for young people. It is called a ‘framework’ in that it provides structure, guidance and support while enabling schools to build their own mental health strategy to suit their unique circumstances.  MindMatters provides school staff with blended professional learning that helps us to help your children in our care. 

The 2018 MindMatters team is Julie Banda, Anita Carter, David Hansen, Emma Lloyd Smith, Janelle McRae, Louise Overberg, Nadia Picinali, Ernie Rijs, Rosa Torelli and Clare Ziino.

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Did you know that 1 in 7 secondary school aged children has a mental health problem? Only 1 in 6 of these currently receives help. At St. Peter’s  College we have taken these statistics seriously and that is why we surveyed staff, students and parents back in 2016 to learn more about our own particular circumstances.   Two significant pieces of information were:

  • Staff (99.5%), Parents (98.8%) & Students (90.1%) agree about the importance of mental health & wellbeing and impact on participation, learning and academic outcomes.
  • Staff (43.2%), Parents (65.6%) & Students want more emphasis on teaching of stress management (42.7%) & resilience skills (56.5%).

Last year we explored ways in which we could respond to this data and it is from this that two main ideas were born:

 

2017 resilience project

  • The Resilience Project as presented in your child’s Student Record Book is a wellbeing tracker and opportunity for your child to undertake daily reflections. There is the opportunity in morning Tutor Group to do this and the research is clear that if it is undertaken seriously, then it will have a positive impact on your child’s wellbeing within weeks.

 

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  • A program that is delivered in the Tuesday, Week 2 Pastoral Periods which will utilise the ideas and practices of Positive Psychology and Education. We are calling it our Strive & Thrive program and believe that this will also assist with stress management and resilience in our students.

Please ask your children about this and encourage them to trust the program so that they benefit fully in terms of their mental health and wellbeing.

Student drop off at the front of the school

Please do not drop off students in the bus zone or car turning zone on Cranbourne-Frankston Road. Please turn fully into the college to ensure students are delivered safely to or collected from the College grounds. I also encourage you to drive at walking pace through the school grounds and park safely. We ask that all members of the College community show courtesy and respect in the car parks and roadways.

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching News

Pathways to success – What is your plan?

This week a number of our students completed their University Orientation before commencing their University studies whilst completing Year 12. Students have been accepted into Federation University to study Marketing and Economics and into Deakin University for a variety of courses.

The benefits of this alternative pathway are significant and include reduced cost of further university studies, contribution towards an ATAR and early entry into Courses.

The major benefit however is early exposure to university life. Speaking to Akash, a Year 12 Marketing students today – it was evident that the “laid back” university style together with the access to all university clubs and facilities was exciting and engaging for our students. His enthusiasm to succeed at university was palpable and is certainly a wonderful motivation in this final year of studies at St. Peter’s College.

Year 11 students who wish to apply for University studies in the future should consider carefully their current work habits, study routines and engagement with lessons and ensure their results open doorways to success in the future.

Before School VCE Classes 

During the first week of Year 12 for 2018 I challenged all students to “have no regrets” Already we are in week 4 with Term 1 almost over. My challenge to Year 12 students was to make the most of every opportunity that was presented, to do their best and have NO REGRETS. This morning, in preparation for an upcoming Health and Human Development SAC, large numbers of students were certainly making the most of their opportunities by attending a before school SAC study lesson. Large numbers of students turned out to revise , ask questions and work with teachers to ensure they are well prepared for this week’s SAC.

2018 Before School classes

I congratulate those students who have taken up the challenge. No Regrets.

WHAT ARE WE READING AT EAST CAMPUS?

  • Year 7:  Term 1  Long Walk to Water. Term 2  Bend it Like Beckham (film study). Term 3 Grimsdon. Term 4 Poems assorted.
  • Year 8: Term 2 The Outsiders. Term 3 Sister Heart / Whale Rider (film study).
  • Year 9 Term2 Deadly Unna. Term 3 Romeo and Juliet.
  • Year 10 Term 2 Of Mice and Men. Term 3 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime/ The Black Balloon (film study).
  • Year 11 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid.
  • Year 12 Extinction by Hannie Rayson.

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Mrs Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal - Learning & Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

Easter is finals time

Easter in the northern hemisphere is in their spring. Many of the key concepts with Easter come from spring themes, as where the traditions originated. When I think of spring in Australia, I think of finals fever – AFL finals time. You could say that Easter and the season of Lent, which begun on February 14th is like the finals for the Catholic Christian Church. It is the most important time of the liturgical year. 

At St. Peter’s College we celebrated across both campuses, Ash Wednesday liturgies by Fr Joseph and Fr Denis and heard what Lent is all about and the powerful story of Jesus in the desert for 40 days. It vividly brought me back to the privilege I had of spending some time in this Judean desert in 2014. 

A desert spirituality calls people into the desert, as a testing ground where they may experience a change of heart. May we all think of what ‘you’ can do during this Lent - that can be a test and bring upon a change in your heart.

The Chapel at West – an interesting history

On Friday February 16th, I had the privilege of listening to long serving staff member Mr Greg Nelson speak about the history behind the St. Peter’s Chapel at the West Campus, to our new Year 7 students. Very interesting.

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Did you know that the Chapel that resides at St. Peter’s College was the Catholic Church in Tooradin and coming up to being 100 years old? And that it was pure luck or some might say a greater hand at work that led past Principal Mr Terry Feely to take a Sunday drive and saw the Church being de-commissioned, being prepared for demolition and thus putting an enquiry in to have it moved to St. Peter’s College in 2003? That the stain glass widows behind the altar were already in the College colours and had the keys of St. Peter in them! That it was by coincidence called St. Peter’s Church with no link to the College! They say some things are meant to happen.

It’s all about Youth

In this ‘Year of Youth’ it is appropriate that I attended on February 20th a meeting at Lavalla College in Traralgon to talk about ministry opportunities for youth in our Sale diocese. I will speak about some of the thoughts that came from this meeting in future newsletters.

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

On Thursday February 22nd we celebrate the feast of the Chair of St. Peter which commemorates his teaching ministry as first among the Apostles, sitting in the office of bishop of Rome, and celebrates the successors of Peter who have held that sacred office. For more information on this feast click here.

Solomon Islands

Expression of interest close soon. Please contact me for details or email mwilliams@stpeters.vic.edu.au

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Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, What a great start to Lent. I thank the huge number of people who attended Ash Wednesday Masses, and helped give the parish itself a prayerful beginning. This weekend we pray for those in the parish RCIA groups who will travel to St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale, for the Rite of Election. This is their beginning of a special time of preparation for the Easter Sacraments, and we pray for them and we are encouraged by them. I encourage everyone to attend the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings during Lent. This Friday Guest speaker Christina King will be visiting our parish to speak after Stations of the Cross, in the Church at 7.00pm. The Diocese of Sale and the Syro Malabar Eparchy Community have made arrangements to celebrate regular Masses at St Agatha’s Church on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm starting on 21st February. God bless Fr Joseph

INTERNATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER: Christina King will be visiting St Agatha’s Parish and speaking on Friday 23rd February at 7.00pm in the Church. “God’s Plan for Love and Marriage - We are not angels, we are embodied spirits. That means we are called to love in and through our bodies. What was Gods original plan for love? Discover how Christ’s coming “in the flesh” reveals who God is and His call to love and be loved in and through our bodies. Get a complete overview of St. John Paul the Great's Theology of The Body and why it is an antidote to a culture of death and relativism that no longer seems to understand what it means to be male and female.” Flyers are available from the foyer.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place every Friday during Lent at 7.30pm in the Church. On Friday 23rd Feb Stations of the Cross will begin at 6.15pm followed by guest speaker Christina King. OLD CHURCH PHOTOS: If you have photos of the old St Agatha’s Church on High Street, Cranbourne could you please contact the parish office on 5996 1985.

PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL: Meeting on Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm in the Parish Office.

VOICE FOR LIFE will be going to pray at the 150m zone for the abortion clinic. We will pray there for 1 hour each Tuesday during Lent. This is a peaceful prayer time. Anyone wanting to join us is welcome, contact the office or Maria if you would like to carpool with us.

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.

CAR RAFFLE ON SALE THIS WEEKEND: 3 new Suzuki Baleno cars to be won & 11 Coles/Myer gift cards on offer in this amazing raffle. Tickets $2.00 each or $20 a book. Vic permit 10849/17. Drawn on 2nd June 2018. If you would like to help sell tickets please contact the Parish Office ASAP on 5996 1985.

COLLECTORS: If you are a collector at Mass, you are required to have a current Working with Children card. Anyone who volunteers in the Parish is required to have current WWC. If you would like help with registering for the Working with Children card, please see Sue or Tina in the Parish Office for more details.

MOBILE PHONES: Many people have found the use of Smartphones and mobile phones by people during Mass to be very distracting. I know there are many useful Christian apps, but I ask that people please refrain from using them in the church. Parishioners should try to be present during Mass, by giving their full attention to the entire Mass including the Word of God, the priest and his homily, the prayer petitions, Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and also to be present to those around us.” If you do have to make a phone call, please do it outside the church.

St Agatha's Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

RCIA - RITE OF SENDING AND RITE OF ELECTION - these two rites will take place on 18th February 2018, as follows:
RITE OF SENDING: at 9.00 am Mass at St Thomas the Apostle Church
RITE OF ELECTION: at 3.00 pm at the Diocese of Sale. 
Dear Parishioners, we ask you to continue praying for Amanda Ah Colt and Sala Fatialofa who today take the next step in the Adult Christian faith; Amanda as a Catechumen, and Sala as a Candidate. To send a catechumen and a candidate to our Bishop means that the parish has discern that the person is ready to enter the Catholic faith fully. At the Rite of Election in Sale, Amanda will confirm to Bishop Patrick O'Reagan her readiness to answer the call by Christ and her decision to become Catholic through Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at this Easter Vigil. Our Bishop is inviting us to take part in this joyful celebration at St Mary's Cathedral Sale at 3 pm - 47 Foster Street, Sale. All welcome.

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

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.

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.

LENTEN REFLECTION (prepared by the Diocese of Sandhurst) – “…the kingdom of God is close at hand.” 
Imagine: Being there when Jesus, a carpenter from Nazareth, comes back from days alone in the desert. He begins to teach everyone, including you, that God’s kingdom is close to you. He asks you to look at your life’s direction, be sorry for any kind of sin, let your heart be changed, healed, and believe the Good News: God forgives you and loves you as a beloved son or daughter.
Translate to life: Is there anything you would like to change in your life? How might you hope to find and create ‘new horizons for spreading joy’, this
week and through Lent and Easter 2018?
Express the heart: Find words or an image for

  • Insights gained from these readings and reflections
  • A hope or intention for the future.

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Library News

2018 Readarama Roller Coaster Launch:  2018 Library I love Reading

Surprised Year 7 students were ushered into the hall and DC to the rousing tune of Everyone’s a Winner and delighted by the antics of colourful carnival characters at the Readarama `Roller Coaster Launch this week.

Readarama is the reading program implemented by the English Department and Library as an alternative to the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Everyone is a winner with Readarama as every student is expected to complete the Readarama Roller-Coaster Ride.

Students read for 25 hours between now and the end of Term 3. Of course, many students will want to complete more than one Ride and have set themselves their own challenging goal. The biggest readers in each class and year level will receive some great prizes. The competitive streak in both students and teachers will most likely come to the fore as the Year 7 and 8 classes which read the most will win a free pizza lunch. 

2018 West Readorama

Another great feature of Readarama is that students can read whatever they like: fiction, information books, magazines or newspapers in print or electronic form.

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Parents and guardians are encouraged to ask their student what they are reading and help them by regularly signing the Readarama Record Sheet in the Student Record Book. Happy Reading!

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Year 12 Luncheon Launches Lunchtime and Afterschool Study Opportunities: St. Peter’s College Growing a Study Culture!

At a scrumptious lunch hosted by the Library, students were encouraged to take advantage of the lunchtime and afterschool study opportunities offered at East and West. 

2018 VCE Luncheon

Study experts emphasise how important it is for students to have dedicated study spaces and time. They also stress the role that effort, revision and practice play in student achievement. We look forward to working with students at the Library, Discovery Centre and Lyons Building where supervised study take place at various times during the week.

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East:

  • Quiet Study and Reading Lunchtime in Library Tuesday and Thursday - Year 12 and others
  • Study Hub Wednesday 3.30-4.30pmin Lyons - Year 12 -supervised by teachers for Year 12 (tea, coffee, Milo provided)
  • Study Zone Monday Tuesday and Thursday 3.30-4.30pm (part of Homework Club) in DC

West: 

  • Study Hub Tuesday in the Library 3.30-4.30pm-supervised by teachers for Year 12
  • Study Zone- Monday -Thursday 3.30-5.30pm (tea, coffee, Milo supplied for 12s)-supervised by Ms Parfett LSO
  • Maths Help 3.30-4.30pm Monday DC East or Breen West supervised by Maths teachers for all students in Breen or Library

Homework Club for all Students 3.30-4.30pm DC East or Library West Monday to Thursday

Mrs Angela Gargano
Library Manager

Sports News

Tennis Program - East Campus

Bouncing balls, sprinting and a good back hand were just some of the obstacles students overcame as they brought some or no experience to the game of Tennis at our first Sporting Schools session on Monday evening. Students came with their game faces on and their agility in check as they were taught the basic skills of Tennis by professional Coach Paul Kleverlaan at Clyde Tennis club. 

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Students started the session with learning and practicing the fundamentals of holding the racquet, forehand, back hand and volleys in order to master the basics of the game. Application was certainly the name of the game as Paul ran students through a range of minor games applying these skills, ensuring all had equal time on the court and were given a range of situations with which to apply these new found skills. 

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The fifty minute session ended with some sweaty students and staff outlining their best moments of the session;

  • “I loved participating in the Volleying” Rachel Jayawardene
  • “I liked the back hand and forehand shots” Ella Jardine
  • “It was fun running back and forth when people missed shots. This showed us how bad some people are but they still had fun” Angelina Nou
  • “Getting into the little games was enjoyable, as well as having fun and laughing with new friends” Sophia Cabador
  • “I liked playing on the boys team” Dominic Rode

2018 East Tennis Program

Sporting Schools Tennis will continue to run with the next session on Thursday 22nd of February before school at 8am on the Lyons Basketball Courts, Tuesday 27th of February at lunch time on the Lyons Basketball Courts and Wednesday 28th of February at Clyde Tennis Club. Students are still eligible to sign up, please just email or come and see Mrs Slykerman or Miss McClelland.

Thank you 

Sarah Slykerman
Health and Physical Education Coach- East Campus

2018 WEST SWIMMING CARNIVAL - West Campus

The Annual Swimming Carnival was held on February 15th at Doveton Pool in the Park under sunny blue skies. House Spirit was clearly on display with houses creating new chants and senior students getting dressed up in some fantastic costumes. Competition was extremely close for most of the day, at the halfway point only 17 points separated the top 4 houses. In the end it came down to the relays to decide the champion house for 2018. Unfortunately for Avila House who led for the majority of the day, they slipped away and Mackillop came storming home to be crowned House Swimming Champions. 

Special mention must go to Scarlett Bastow who broke the U/13 Female Breastroke record with a time of 44.60s

Final Standings:

  • 1st Mackillop 414 points
  • 2nd Assisi 409 points
  • 3rd Avila 382 points
  • 4th Augustine 317 points
  • 5th Glowrey 313 points
  • 6th Kolbe  309 points
  • 7th Romero 279 points
  • 8th Marian 265 points

Congratulations also goes to those who were crowned age group champions – 

  • Under 13 Female – Scarlett Bastow
  • Under 13 Male – Akash De Zoysa
  • Under 14 Female – Hayley Burd
  • Under 14 Male – John McManus
  • Under 15 Female – Adelle St Mart
  • Under 15 Male – Abhikesh De Zoysa
  • Under 16 Female – Loredana Picerni
  • Under 16 Male – Alex Raso
  • Under 17 Female – Tahlia Coates
  • Under 17 Male – Brayden Tisdale
  • Open Female – Kira May
  • Open Male – Daman O’Loughlin

Mr Justin De Goldi 
Sports Manager - West Campus

General News

A big thank you for Kimbe 2017

St. Peter’s College has been supporting the Kimbe Assistance Project for a number of years now, with every year the generosity of our staff and students continuing to grow. In 2017 the EnviroClub and members of St. Peter’s College community collected over 2400 stationery items for those in Catholic Schools across Papua New Guinea. We would like to extend our thanks to those who gave their time as well as their used, unused or unwanted stationery items. A special thank you is extended to three young ladies, Courtney Hogg, Sarah Van Hamond and Jade Williams who came into the College during their summer holidays to help pack the final items and load them on a truck for shipment. The gratitude from Barbara and Adrian – project coordinators - was overwhelming. Thank you again to all those involved and we look forward to running the project again in Term 4, 2018. Keep a hold of your stationery for when the project calls this year! 

2018 Kimbe Project

Miss Steph Lomas and Miss Maria Gonsalvez 

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

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

WELCOME TO OUR PARENTS & FRIENDS COMMITTEE

Next Meeting
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
7.15 Tea and Coffee
7.30-9.00 pm St. Peter’s College WEST CAMPUS Staff Room
Enter via Gates on Navarre Drive please.

Guest Speaker:
Mr Matt Williams, Deputy Principal Mission & Catholic Identity, Cross Campus
BA, GradDipEd, GradCertRE, GCGCL, MEd(RE), MBA

2018 P&F Matt Williams

I begin at St. Peter's College this year in the newly created position - Deputy Principal, Mission & Catholic Identity. I am from a family of educators, born and bred in God's country (Tasmania). My wife is also a teacher in Catholic Education and we have three beautiful children. We are all Richmond supporters. 

I commenced teaching on the North West coast of Tasmania as a 22 year old. Realised I needed a bit more life experience and so headed to the UK to teach in a Catholic High School for two years. I am very curious by nature, so loved teaching north of London where I learnt much about other cultures. Something that has stuck with me having written some basic resources for Upper Primary aged students on World Religions. 

I came back to Australia and taught in Melbourne for a number of years and held senior leadership positions such as REC, House Leader, Director of Mission at schools in the western and northern suburbs. Moved back to Tasmania with a young family and was  APRE/ Director of Identity and Mission in a K-12 school in Hobart. 

I love to learn and have completed a Master of Education (RE), MBA and most recently a Graduate Certificate in Governance and Canon Law. 
An area I like to think and talk about is the coming together of Catholic Identity in a Catholic education context through a marketing mix lens. So I will speak to you about - what is Catholic Identity in a contemporary context? What is the Catholic school of the future? The school that my own children will go through. The school that your children are/will go through.

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  • Principal’s Report, Mr Chris Black

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