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Issue 123  |  08 March 2018
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From our Principal

As I write this week’s newsletter the West Campus Year 7s are enjoying their camp experience. In the second half of this week, it will be the East’s turn. The Year 7 camp is an important stage which often marks the end of the transition into St. Peter’s College. Part of the experience will be the election of the Year 7 forum leaders for each house. The camp is an important opportunity for staff to engage in a more relaxed forum and nourish important staff-student relationships. It is also a time for students to establish new friendships and consolidate existing ones. It is often the case that friendships formed on Year 7 camp are sustained throughout secondary school and result in life-long associations.

Commissioning Mass at St Agatha’s

Both staff and student leaders attended a commissioning service at Mass at St Agatha’s last Sunday. Fr Joseph was our celebrant. This Mass also brought together staff and tudent leaders from two of our neighbouring parish primary schools, St Agatha’s and St Theresa’s. The link between parish and school is critical as it is this link which is a core ingredient in promoting our Catholic Identity. Fr Joseph took the opportunity of thanking staff, student and parents for the ongoing commitment and contribution made to our schools and the students who are in our care.

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School Improvement Framework

Throughout this year there will be a number of opportunities for all key stakeholders, Staff, Students, Parents and the College Board to contribute to a review of the strategic plan that has guided us over the past four years. 2018 is the final year of the current strategic plan and this year we will be undertaking a newly structured School Improvement Framework. The bulk of this work will be a review under the following headings: Catholic Identity, Learning and Teaching and Leadership. One forum for these discussions will be the Parents and Friends meetings. I encourage you to look out for these dates and make the effort to come and contribute to the future directions of the college. The next P&F meeting is next Wednesday, March 14th at the West Campus.

Caritas

Each year during Term 1, St. Peter’s College fund-raising efforts are focussed on Caritas and Project Compassion. St. Peter’s College commits to not only raising awareness of the disadvantaged but also encourages action to encourage change. Each house goes about raising money in a variety of different ways. Not only does this encourage students and the community as a whole to look outwardly it is also a wonderful community building activity. Below is the story of  Rattanak from Cambodia.

   Rattanak is a skilled young barber, living an independent life in rural Cambodia. But it wasn’t always that way. As a child he contracted polio and also became deaf. Like many people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Rattanak faced isolation at home, with a lack of opportunity to escape poverty.

   His sister discovered the Deaf Development Program (DDP), run by Caritas Australia partner, Maryknoll Cambodia. It provides sign language, job training and interpreting services to people aged 16 and over who are deaf or hard of hearing and aims to raise awareness about deafness in the hearing community.

   So far, it’s helped over 430 deaf or hard of hearing people with their education and more than 200 people to find jobs.  It has also trained more than 300 people without deafness as sign language interpreters.

   Rattanak graduated from its education program in 2010, returning the following year to train as a barber. The DDP then helped him to set up his shop in his parent’s house in the village. Having emerged from his isolated world at home, Rattanak is now running a successful business, supporting himself and his wife...and now a baby.

   Only $65 will fund support to help deaf people in Cambodia learn how to use sign language. Please support your child who might be asking for a donation in the coming weeks.

High Achieving Students

Congratulations to Jasmine Rubillar (Year 11 Augustine East) and Hayley Garnham (Year 9 Avila West). Both girls have made it in to the ensemble cast of Grease - the Arena experience at Hisense Arena. They are performing 4 shows between 13-15 April.

Well done girls a fantastic effort.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Mr Chris Black
Principal

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Latest News
East Campus News

March has begun with the realisation that we are more than half way through first term already. Our Year 12s are now well acquainted with the words SAC and outcome. SIS sport has become a regular feature of the week, SRC meetings are taking on firm direction and House Activities are beginning to emerge working towards the ultimate prize: the Rosemary Graham Shield. The ladder as it currently stands is featured at the end of this report. As summer moves into Autumn the sun continues to shine, a source of energy for the continued enthusiasm of staff and students in all that they do. 

Harmony Day:  What and why?

Held every year on 21 March. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, the Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster sense of belonging for everyone. Since 1999, more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

“Our diversity makes Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.” 

This statement has been become the major focus for our senior VCAL students planning for our Harmony Day celebrations on Tuesday 13th March. They have a sourced a giant map of the world and will invite all students to place a harmony dot identifying the country/city of their cultural heritage. Once all harmony dots are placed on the map, the students will attach strings linking each country and city back to the location of St. Peter's College, signally that we are joined in Harmony. This promises to be a powerful representation and reminder of our diversity and our united community.

A sample of some of the other activities planned by the VCAL students include; international food stalls; mini Olympics for Year 9 students; lessons in origami; a lunchtime rugby match; and cultural dancing. I congratulate our VCAL students, on their commitment and the energy that has already gone into their preparations. Let the celebrations begin.   

As always we will have a campus assembly focusing on everyone belongs, including guest speakers who will share their stories, passions and hopes for a global cultural of respect and acceptance of all. And we must not forget one of the traditional highlights the grand parade celebrating the wonderful colour and costume that is cultural dress. 

Students are encouraged to wear cultural dress or the colour orange which is the colour of Harmony Day.  Sports uniform is also an option for those students who do not wish to wear cultural dress or orange. A gold coin donation is asked of all students to raise money for our Project Compassion fund. Parents are welcome to come and celebrate our Harmony Day – a care monkey e-form will be sent out, please complete it if you wish to attend so we can have an idea of numbers. Parents attending the day are requested to sign in at the campus reception. A student dress code for the day has been included in this newsletter.

2018 East VCAL Map

A world of Harmony is what our VCAL students are striving to achieve.

Pastoral Program 2018 

Over the coming weeks we will be launching our Strive and Thrive pastoral program which is designed to focus on building resilience, encapsulating positive education. For a very quick guide to what is positive education click here. Our program will incorporate aspects of positive education with our focus on supporting students and their ability to flourish – to strive for the best they can do and thrive on the challenge to do the best they can do. Lifelong skills for lifelong learners. 

Students have already begun to explore with the use of their Student Record Book the ability to practice Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, known as G.E.M. Research is very clear that practicing gratitude daily supports positivity and creates a shift in thinking to a healthier more confident state of mental health. We encourage parents/guardians to talk to your children and explore the student record book with them as they begin to track their experiences and practice of G.E.M. More details of the new pastoral program will be presented in various platforms and communications throughout coming weeks, and terms.

Year 7 head off for Camp

I wish all of our Year 7 students and teachers a wonderful time as they head off for camp on Wednesday. Camp is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience new activities, new challenges and where new friendships will be forged, and existing ones renewed, and strengthened. We look forward to their reflections upon their return. I will be visiting the camp on Wednesday afternoon and look forward to sharing their first evening meal on Camp.

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Clothing Guidelines for Harmony Day - 2018

These guidelines are the same across both East and West Campus. Please see "West News" for full details. 

Ms Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus 

West Campus News

Year 7 Camp

This week 160 Year 7 students have joined 20 staff on camp at Forrest Edge, Neerim South.

I know it can be difficult for students and parents to be apart and I was aware of some anxious students and parents on Monday morning. It was great also to hear the excitement in the voices of many students too, some of whom, proudly told me it was their very first school camp. It is good to be reminded that of the benefits of a school camp for you child: 

  • Improved social skills with their peers.
  • Insights into the diversity of other people and a different approach to how things can be done.
  • New positive experiences to help develop a sense of adventure and self-confidence.
  • Innovative educational experiences appealing to different learning styles.
  • Development of greater independence.

Thanks to Miss Fiona McKenna who has worked tirelessly in preparing a safe and exciting camp and to the staff who generously give up time with their own families to make this opportunity possible.

Harmony Day

On Tuesday, 13 March, we will celebrate Harmony Day. This is a very important day on our school calendar and acknowledges the rich cultural diversity at St Peter’s. It also reminds us all that, unless we are indigenous, we are all migrants or descended from migrants. Consequently, we all belong and so being welcomed into our community is a strong message on this day.

The important messages for parents on this day are:

  1. Please encourage your child/children to dress up. Ideally, it would be good to have some cultural dress or national costume that is in some way linked to your family. None of us have to look too far back to find something.  If this is difficult, then encourage them to wear an orange top as this is the colour of Harmony Day.
  2. Please allow your child some money. There is a magnificent diversity of food for sale on the day that has been prepared by VCAL students and some of our parents. Furthermore, we ask all students make a gold coin donation for the activities on the day and this money is going to our Term 1 charity – Caritas. Caritas is an international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia. They deliver long-term development programs, help people regardless of ethnicity, religion or political beliefs, work with the poorest of the poor and help people help themselves.
  3. Please feel welcome to join us at our Harmony Day Assembly. Parents are welcome at all our assemblies, however, this one will include some Polynesian dancing from our students and an Indigenous presentation and smoking ceremony. The assembly will run from 11.20 am until 12.50 pm.
  4. Growing up African in Australia

In keeping with the Harmony Day theme, I would like to alert our African community of the following. The publishers of 'Growing up Asian in Australia' are creating a new anthology called 'Growing up African in Australia' and they are currently taking submissions.
If you are interested, please click here.

 

Clothing guidelines for Harmony Day - 2018

Students are encouraged to wear clothing unique to their own culture or another culture to which they have a connection. This includes clothing commonly worn in that culture such as a kimono for students that have been on Japanese exchange or a salvar if the student has Turkish family background. National sports teams like the Socceroos or clothing that represents a country such as a top with their country name or their flag on it are allowed.

If students do not have any cultural clothing they may wear an orange shirt or top as orange is the official colour of Harmony Day and is a symbol which promotes cultural diversity. All money raised goes to Project Compassion.

Summary

  • National dress of country of your heritage and/or ancestry and/or which you have some connection.
  • Day respecting our cultural diversity - NO disrespect to any culture, race or religion.
  • You may wear something orange or wear a top with you country’s name or flag printed on it. If you choose this option, then you may wear shorts/jeans/pants/skirt.
  • Do not mix and match school or sports uniform with non-uniform clothing.
  • No less than a T-Shirt (ie no singlets).
  • No Footy shorts.
  • No Footy Jumpers (Unless national colours - eg Australian Soccer Team, All Blacks Rugby Team). This means NO AFL Team Footy Jumpers.
  • No Thongs- appropriate footwear must be worn.
  • No Flags.
  • No Face Painting.
  • Lunchtime parade in Central Courtyard.
  • Don’t forget to bring money for the wonderful selection of food and events at lunchtime.
  • If you are NOT wearing Harmony Day clothing...you are to wear full sports uniform as it is Tuesday, Week 2.
  • Gold Coin donation requested from everyone for Project Compassion.

Students are not permitted to wear any clothing that is not considered national dress such as AFL shirts, casual clothing or any clothing which may be considered offensive. 

Students can check with their Learning Advisor if they are unsure if their clothing is appropriate for the day.
 

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

Mission & Catholic Identity News

Belongers

A key arm of our mission as a place of Catholic education is how we ‘befriend’ or ‘welcome’ people into our St. Peter’s College community. How we make people feel that they ‘belong’.

A well-worn book on my bookshelf is Richard Branson’s on ‘the secrets they won’t teach you at business school’. Branson speaks of the first visual that visitors see on arrival at his home, the British Virgin Islands, are signs in the airport arrivals area that designate the immigration channels. Unlike the rest of the English-speaking world, the signs read ‘Belongers’ and ‘Non-Belongers’ rather than ‘Residents’ and ‘Nonresidents’.

He speaks about the term ‘belonger’ being amazingly powerful. When a nation embraces its own as ‘belonging here’ as opposed to just living there, it breeds a different form of loyalty. It reminds us that this is where we belong, and so our efforts are not just on our own behalf, but also to benefit the community.

Coming up soon in March is Harmony Day, a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Such days help us at St. Peter’s College to learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

Let us on this day share a warm ‘failte’, the Gaelic word for welcome, with members of our College community.

Voice of the voiceless

On March 23rd Romero House will celebrate their Feast Day with among many exciting things, a House Mass at both campuses.

I have always enjoyed teaching and learning about former Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero. He was a model Christian. It was on March 24th, 1980 that a marksman’s bullet killed him in the middle of a Mass. No one was ever prosecuted.

One of the many Romero quotes that we hear often is:
'The ones who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless'.

Vision and Mission of Catholic Education

On March 2nd, seven staff participated in a 5 hour session on what is the Vision and Mission of Catholic Education. We thank Mr Jed Wright, the Sale CEO Education Officer – Catholic Identity & RE (Secondary) for leading this very worthwhile professional learning experience.

Donate to the Cause

A key focus of our College until the end of term is supporting Caritas Project Compassion. Please hand over any spare coins you may have to be included to your child’s Homeroom Project Compassion box or donate directly to our St. Peter’s College Team page. For information please click here:

Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity

Prayer, Meditation & Worship at East Campus

Friday Prayer Group Meeting

Please note that every Friday at 2pm during the second half of Lunchtime, students and staff are invited to come together and take a moment of silence and Prayer to be grateful for the week and for God's blessings in our life. This is a great platform to help pray together for our College Community, our families and for special intentions.  

10 Minutes for Jesus - House Led Prayers

Every fortnight as from this Friday 2nd March, one House will be invited successively to gather around the St. Peter's College statue to pray together as a Community in Faith. This Friday Assisi House will lead the Prayers for all of us. Students and staff from other Houses are most welcome to join in too. 

2018 East 10 Minutes for Jesus

 

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Family Prayer Meeting

Once a month, (generally on the last Friday of each month), students and staff of St. Peter's College and their families are invited to come and spend one hour together to pray and reflect on the following Sunday's Gospel. Songs and inspirational video clips are also part of the Prayer Group Meeting. Our second Family Prayer Group Meeting for 2018 is scheduled for Friday 27 April at 7.30p.m upstairs in Lyons Building.

We also invite families of St. Thomas Parish as well as St. Agatha’s, St. Therese’s and St. Thomas the Apostle’s Primary schools to join us to build a stronger partnership between St. Peter’s College, our Parish and our feeder primary school communities.  

We look forward to welcoming you to one or more of the opportunities offered for Prayer and worship at St. Peter’s College in our endeavour to promote our Catholic Identity and build a stronger Faith Community. 

Please click here for the Family Prayer Meetings Calendar for 2018.

Mr Jean-Paul Antoine
Assisi House Leader – East Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

PARISH OFFICE HOURS: The Office will now be closed on Monday mornings and will reopen at from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, starting Monday 19th March.

LECTORS & MUSIC MINISTRY PLEASE NOTE: The Gospel Reading for the 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays of Lent will be taken from Year A at the 9.00am Mass only.

HEALING MASS:1st Sunday of the Month, today Sunday at 6pm Mass led by Fr. Joseph.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place this Friday at 7.30pm in the Church.

FIRST RECONCILIATION PARENT & CHILD WORKSHOP: A reminder to all parents with children preparing for Reconciliation, that our Parent & Child workshop will be held on Tuesday 13th March at 5.00pm & 7.00pm & Wednesday 14th at 5.00pm & 7.00pm. Children must attend this workshop with their parents’ this is to allow children and parents to learn about Reconciliation together. Preference dates will be in the children’s folders this weekend. Please note: No follow-up meeting. The list of children for this Workshop will be sent to schools. Please bring your pencil case and a glue stick.

LECTORS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS: Please collect your Certificates from the Altar Servers Sacristy. The certificates are for those who attended the last meeting and put their name on the list.

BAPTISM PREPARATION: The Baptism Preparation Session for April will be held on Sunday 25th March.

OLD ST. AGATHA’S 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. 

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: Will commence on Wednesday 14th March 2018 in “Providence House”. What is Spiritual Direction? Spiritual Direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with God, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality with God in their everyday lives. For an appointment ring Ruth on 0477 800 161.

WORKING WITH CHILDREN: 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.

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St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

RCIA FIRST SCRUTINY at 10.45am Mass today, we pray for Amanda Ah Colt and Sala Fatialofa who today will celebrate their First Scrutiny with prayers of healing, exorcism, forgiveness and strengthening. For them this is an act of self-search and repentance, an act of surrender and trust in the living water of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

RCIA PRAYER CARDS TO PICK-UP – Our RCIA team has prepared some prayer cards to request your prayers for Amanda Ah Colt and Sala Fatialofa.  Please pick-up one from the entrance tables. We ask God his blessings over you and to pour his grace on Amanda and Sala leading them in their preparation during the Lent season.

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

BAPTISM PREPARATION: This Sunday at 2.00pm at St. Peter’s College.

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.

COMBINED PARISHES RAFFLE 2018 –For all those with booklets, please return them as soon as possible ensuring that they are placed with all monies ($20 per book) in a sealed envelope.  These can be placed on the collection plate at Mass or returned to the parish office. Please do not remove the staple which holds the booklets together.  Please note that these must be returned by Friday 20th April regardless of whether or not they have been sold.

LENTEN REFLECTION (prepared by the Diocese of Sandhurst) for more resource click here.
“For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” 
From the readings: Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:22-25, John 2:13-25
From your reading: What important messages for Christian living can you find?
Translate to life: 
Is there anything that can steal your real freedom and joy?
How could you realistically put these messages into action in your own life?
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

Meet our College Captains - East Campus

Name: Edmond Elbazi 
Role: College Captain Campus: East

When did you start your studies at St. Peter’s College?

I started my studies at St. Peters College in 2013 when I was in Year 7

Tell us about your family?
I come from a family of 5 which consists of my two sisters, my mum and dad. My sister just recently finished her Year 12 studies at the East Campus last year. 

Tell us about your other interests?
Ever since I was young I have loved sports. On the weekends you can either find me at the MCG or at AAMI park cheering on my teams. I am a die hard Hawthorn and Melbourne Victory supporter. 

Year 12 Studies:
At St. Peter’s College this year I am studying Economics 3/4, business 3/4, English, Further Maths 3/4, Religious Education and I am doing an Accelerated Uni subject at Deakin University called ‘Management' 

Have you already completed any of your VCE Studies prior to this year?
In Year 11, I completed units 3/4 in Sport and Rec.

but what I do have, I give to you
What does this mean to you? 

The quote “but what I do have, I give to you” means quite a lot to me and I think is a great quote to have in my final year at St. Peters College. To me it means to spread and give what you can to those less fortunate than you. Ever since year seven, we the students have been taught that giving back to people in need is one of the most pleasurable and satisfying things you can do. Through fundraising events such as Caritas, St Vinnies Appeal and going to the soup kitchens we have learnt to give back because we are lucky to be born with a roof over our heads. We always try to give back as much as we can and I think this ties in greatly with the quote “but what I do have, I give to you”. This quote speaks significantly about the culture we have fostered at St Peters and will be embedded into the school for many years to come. 

How will you live this statement throughout the year in your role?
This statement will be carried with me in everything I do this year. I believe that God has given me the values of what being a true leader is. He instilled servant leadership into me which I will try to spread around through my actions. What I do have is knowledge and a kind heart which I will try to spread around the College. I will give my all back to my College as it has been apart of my life for the past five years and it has taught and given me lessons that you can find no where else. 

What are your goals for 2018?

For yourself in your role
My goal as College Captain this year to make others around me leaders. Everyone is a leader with or without a title but people have trouble noticing it inside themselves. I want to empower my fellow students to be the best they can be. 

For yourself as a Year 12 student
This year as a year 12 student I just want to enjoy myself and my last year at St. Peter’s College.  I want to have a great last year with my friends and look back and have no regrets

Personally
This year, personally, I want to find more about the kind of person I am. I want to know what limits I can be pushed too and how far I can go as a person

What would you like your legacy to be for St. Peter’s College?
I want to be known as the guy who made the people around him feel comfortable and happy and the person who bought good vibes where he went. I want younger students to see me as a role model and someone they can look up to

What are you immediate life ambitions and aspirations once you complete your studies at St. Peter’s College? 
After my year 12 studies I want to study Commerce and Business Sport Management 

What are your long term life ambitions and aspirations?
Hopefully work for an AFL club one day

In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in your College, yourself and those around you?
St. Peter’s College to me is like a family, a place which I will never forget and always feel privileged to say I went to St. Peter’s College.  

Meet our College Captains - East Campus

Name: Natalia Girvasi
Role: College Captain  Campus: East

When did you start your studies at St. Peter’s College
I started my studies at St. Peter’s College in Year 7 in 2013.

Tell us about your family
I live with my dad, stepmum and stepsister. We have two dogs and a turtle.

Tell us about your other interests
I love public speaking. I am also involved in a Council run Youth Group called Casey Youth Action Committee (CYAC) which identifies some issues the youth in Casey are faced with and work towards improving/fixing those issues.

Year 12 Studies:
I am currently studying

  • VCE Economics Unit 3 & 4
  • VCE English Unit 3 & 4
  • VCE Health and Human Development
  • VCE Further Mathematics Unit 3 & 4
  • VCE Ethics & Morality

Have you already completed any of your VCE Studies prior to this year?
Whilst in Year 11, I completed Year 12 (3/4) Legal Studies. This allowed me to see how much effort needs to be put in to achieve a good score.

but what I do have, I give to you
What does this mean to you?

Giving is not necessarily giving something material in nature, it could be kindness, love, respect, friendship etc. Even if you aren’t giving something material in nature, you can give someone love, respect, kindness etc. 
It also means that even if I do not have much to give/share, I still will give what I can to help someone else out.          

How will you live this statement throughout the year in your role?
I will live this statement throughout the year in my role by dedicating my time, effort, kindness and support to the members of our college community. Although I cannot give everyone what they may need or want, I will try to give as much as I can to make the members of our community to feel happy, loved, and supported on their journey this year.     

What are your goals for 2018?
For yourself in your role

  • Empower others to step up and be leaders
  • Promote positivity
  • Encourage students to participate in events in school 

For yourself as a Year 12 student

  • Work to the best of my ability
  • Have a balance

 Personally

  • Be more giving
  • Volunteer in the community a bit more

What would you like your legacy to be for St. Peter’s College?

  • That we have created more leaders within the school 
  • Students are more involved
  • That St. Peter’s College is a family not just a school community

What are you immediate life ambitions and aspirations once you complete your studies at St. Peter’s College?

  • Go on a holiday
  • Undertake some work experience in the family court.
  • Either go to uni to study legal & dispute studies or get a job in the family court

What are your long term life ambitions and aspirations?

  • To be successful
  • To buy a house
  • To get married
  • To have children

In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in your College, yourself and those around you?
Have pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. Our school is a place for learning, growing and coming together to empower one another to be the best people we can be. 

Careers News

AIE Online Experience Day

Saturday 26 May, 12pm – 4pm AEST
Find out about studying 3D animation, game design or visual effects at AIE. This day is perfect for people who can’t attend an on-campus open day or just want to find out more.
More details please click here.

Australian Apprenticeships: Practice Aptitude Quizzes

If you’re planning to undertake an apprenticeship, you’ll most likely need to undertake an aptitude quiz to demonstrate you have an appropriate level of literacy and numeracy. This site from Australian Apprenticeships Pathways has practice quizzes you can do to test yourself against the standard.
See them here.

Youth for Human Rights Summit

Friday 4 May, ACMI, Melbourne
This event is run by the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, and is for 12–25 year olds to learn about human rights and global citizenship.  Find out more please click here.

Green Army Program

Are you aged between 17 and 24 and interested in gaining practical training and experience while being paid to work in your local environment?

The Green Army is open to school leavers, gap year students, graduates, and job seekers.

While the Green Army Program will close on 30 June 2018, there are still opportunities to engage in Green Army projects that were previously announced. Find out more please click here

AusID Personality Quiz

This fantastic quiz only takes a few minutes and it will show you what makes you tick. You get an answer which correlates with the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator results, which tells you a lot about how you work and the kind of things you prefer.  Take the quiz here.

A-STAR Subject Finder App 

Working out what subjects you should do is hard, and it’s a problem that deserves serious consideration. 

Our new Subject Finder app can help you do just that. Take the quiz now to help figure out what Area of Study is best suited to you, and what subjects you need to choose now to make sure you get a spot in the right course after school. Please click here. 

Job Jumpstart

A government initiative that’s been around for a little while - Find new ways to explore careers and prepare for work by reading articles and using the tools provided. All the information on Job Jumpstart fits into three themes: Looking for a job; Building a career; and At work. Visit the website here

Work Experience Forms - Well overdue

Another reminder to families with Year 10 students, about our Work Experience program that will be conducted from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th June.  This requirement was introduced to students in August 2017 and we feel ample time has been allocated to complete this task.  All forms are well overdue and must be returned to the office.

Students have received yet another reminder to access support from the Careers Office if they are having difficulties confirming their placement. Support workshops will be available next week at both campuses. East Campus on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March in Portable 1.  

As this is a mandated requirement for the College and due dates have long passed, our Policy for non submitted work will be implemented with your child if a placement is not confirmed by 19th March.

Ms Melissa Dillion
Careers Coordinator - West Campus

Ms Robyn Cardamone
Careers Coordinator - East Campus

Health and PE News

Tennis Program

After two busy weeks of stretching, hitting, swinging and chasing those flying balls around the court, Tennis lessons came to a close on Wednesday 28th of February. Students enjoyed many aspects of the game including playing a game, being competitive, making new friends and learning to work together as a team in doubles matches. 

2018 Tennis Program 1

Over the four sessions of the program, an overwhelming 85 students participated in a range of matches building skills, game sense, agility, coordination and team building thanks to the empowering coach from Clyde Tennis Club, Paul Kleverlaan. Students expressed how empowered they felt under Pauls coaching, stating he was funny, easy to get to know and had an approachable coaching style.

To finish off the program, we will run a Staff versus Year 7 and Year 8 students Tennis match playing doubles on Thursday 15th of March at lunch time on the Lyons Basketball courts to give students the opportunity to practice their new skills and give a staff a run for their money. 

2018 Tennis Program 2

We would like to thank all of the students who brought their enthusiasm and positivity to the program, along with the staff involved; Miss McClelland, Miss Stewart and student teacher Miss Murphy. The funding from Sporting Schools Victoria has given us such a wonderful opportunity and we hope to be successful in our application for funding to run sports in future terms at St. Peter’s College East Campus. We look forward to some competitive matches and are excited by the opportunities for future sporting.

2018 Tennis Program 3

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Thank you
Ms Sarah Slykerman
Learning & Teaching Coach - Health and Physical Education

Parents & Friends Committee News

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
  
I began 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.
Agenda Items Include:

  • Principal’s Report, Mr Chris Black
  • Mobile Phone Policy

Minutes of Last Meeting
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12 MAR
Labour Day Public Holiday

13 MAR
Detention
Harmony Day
Harmony Day National Dress or Orange or Sports Uniform required
WC VCE Study Hub
WC Mitch Rabot Staff v Student Cricket Match

14 MAR
EC VCE Study Hub
Parents & Friends Mtg
Events

15 MAR
SIS Performing Arts Rehearsal
SIS Senior Sport
Year 7 Forum Leaders elections

16 MAR
East Campus Tour
No Way! National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence
SIS Intermediate Sport
After School Detention
SIS Swim Relay Competition 5.00pm

17 MAR
Uniform Shop Open 8.00 - 12 noon

20 MAR
Solomon Islands Immersion Program Parents and Student Briefing
Detention
WC VCE Study Hub

21 MAR
EC VCE Study Hub
Year 7 2019 Enrolments Close

22 MAR
SIS Senior Sport
SRC Training Day
Redemption

23 MAR
Romero House Feast Day
SIS Intermediate Sport
SRC Photo's

26 MAR
Year 7 Immunisations

27 MAR
Pastoral Period - Sports Uniform
SRC Mtg
WC VCE Study Hub
SIS Performing Arts Concert Evening
Detention

28 MAR
Campus Assemblies - Full College Uniform required
Stations of the Cross
Parent, Student & Teacher Interviews 4.00pm-830pm

29 MAR
Parent, Student & Teacher Interviews 9.00am - 1.00pm
Student Free Day
End of Term 1

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Parent Volunteers Needed

St. Peter’s College SRC Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Can you spare 1 Hour?
Date: Saturday April 21st
Where: Bunnings, Cranbourne, Thompsons Rd & Sth Gippsland Hwy
Time: Anytime from 8.00 am to 4.00 start times
Our Solomon Island Immersion program students will also be in attendance, selling ‘Win A Car’ Raffle tickets.
A reminder to all parents volunteering at school or any school events, that they need to have an up to date Working With Children Card. This is free and you can apply here. Thank you.

Teenage School Holiday Program

As April school holidays are fast approaching, I thought it would be beneficial to forward you relevant information on our upcoming Teenage School Holiday Program.

The Casey Teenage School Holiday Program is for teenagers aged 10 – 17 years and offers fun, age-appropriate activities at reasonable prices.

Contact our Youth Services team on 9705 5200 for further information or alternatively you can look at our website here or Facebook page here.

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