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Issue 124  |  15 March 2018
Featured Story
From our Principal

Bishop Vincent Long in August of last year stated the following:

We cannot be His disciples if we ignore the plight of the marginalised and the vulnerable. We cannot be salt and leaven, if we allow our Christian conscience to be desensitised by the inequality, injustice and inhumanity in our society and in the world.

With the men and women of goodwill, let us build a better Australia and a better world. May our endeavour to replace the culture of fear and indifference with that of encounter and acceptance be brought to fulfillment in accordance with God’s vision of the fullness of life for all humanity.

This week we have been blessed to experience two significant events and themes, Harmony Day and the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

Harmony Day

Bishop Vincent Long implores us all to recognise and then come together in solidarity to support the marginalised. It is a calling to look beyond our own selfish needs and open our arms and hearts to those that live on the margins. This includes focussing on those that may feel they exist on the margins of our own community. At our assembly on Tuesday all students were set the following five challenges:

  • Smile to those who cross your way
  • Make the effort to say hello to those you meet
  • Ensure no-one is sitting on their own in tutor group or the classroom 
  • Chat with someone who is on their own in the yard
  • Include someone into your group that might be feeling left out.

The Harmony Day assembly provided an opportunity for all to hear the story of Deng Chuor, our Pastoral associate and be inspired by his story. A story of resilience and faith. The school experienced a traditional Smoking Ceremony of Welcome from Adam of the Bunurong Land Council. We were also entertained by the many talents of the cultural groups and their traditional dances. At lunch-time we were treated to a smorgasbord of culinary delights again emphasizing the richness of cultures that we are blessed with here at St Peter’s.

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National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Students this Friday will have an extended Tutor group where they will re-commit to a Bully free zone at St Peter’s College. Students will be asked to contribute by way of poster designs to two prompts. The first encourages students to imagine what a bully-free world would look like and the second asks students to imagine the possibilities. The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is a significant day at St Peter’s College as it ensures this very important issue is discussed in a pro-active setting. Kids Helpline offer a wonderful resource for students, parents and schools.

Click here to access the Bullying section

In this web-site there is also some practical advice for when bullying occurs, the strategies are listed below:

What to do if you’re being bullied?

There’s always something you can do. Here are some ideas:

  • Keep your distance from bullying
  • Don’t bully them back
  • Tell them what they are doing is not ok
  • Talk to an adult you trust
  • Take time to do something nice for yourself
  • Have someone help you report cyberbullying or assault

The prevention of and responses to incidents of bullying, inappropriate use of technology and disrespectful behaviour are more readily achieved in a caring and supportive school culture that promotes positive relationships and reflects Gospel values. Bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, aggression and violence disregard core values of our faith, including dignity, respect, justice, equity, compassion, trust and courage. Importantly, such actions can adversely affect the wellbeing of our students and are therefore unacceptable.

Click on the link to access a copy of the St Peter’s College Anti-bullying policy.

Welcome to Sapporo Seishu High School

This week we have had 11 students and two staff from our sister school in Sapporo Japan. These types of programs provide both the host school and the visiting school enormous benefits, especially in language development as well as a different level of cultural immersion. I take this opportunity to formally welcome Mr Tarkus and Mr Miyake as well as the 11 visiting Japanese students to St Peter’s College and hope their stay is very rewarding. Special thanks is also extended to our St Peter’s College host families for giving so generously over the last week.

Japan Students

Congratulations and Good luck

Our best wishes are extended to Shahd Mohamed and Mohamed Mohamed as they compete in the coming week in the National titles. Our thoughts will be with you.

Chris with Shahd

Chris Black Signature

Chris Black

Latest News
Learning and Teaching News

Marlene Table

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 is structured as a continuum across levels of learning achievement not years of schooling. This enables the development of targeted learning programs for all students, where the curriculum is used to plan in relation to the actual learning level of each student rather than their assumed level of learning based on age.

The Rubrics which should start to come through to parents via our OnLine Reporting are NOT marked out of 10. The result that parents will see is a point along the continuum of the Victorian Curriculum. Each teacher is charged with the responsibility of assisting students to grow at least 12 months in 12 months of schooling. It is not so important were our students start. If they are below the age expected range then the important factor is GROWTH. Students who are more than 12 months below the expected range will receive modified and scaffolded learning to assist in their continued growth 

Students who are above standard will be given opportunities to depth their understandings and to also demonstrate growth.

Each curriculum area includes content descriptions explaining what is to be taught and achievement standards describing what students are able to understand and do. The achievement standards are provided in 11 levels for English and Mathematics or in five or six bands for all the other learning areas and capabilities.  

Source; Please click here 

An example of a Science Standard may look like the following 

Scientific knowledge and understanding of the world changes as new evidence becomes available; science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas acrossthe disciplines and practice of science

  • Investigating how advances in telescopes and space probes have provided new evidence about space
  • Investigating how the development of microscopes has changed understanding of cell function and malfunction, and how this has led to improved medical treatments for disease
  • Investigating how knowledge of the location and extraction of mineral resources relies on expertise from across the disciplines of science
  • Considering how advances in technolog, combined with scientific understanding of the functioning of body systems, has enabled organ repair and replacement
  • Investigating how land management practices of Aboriginal and Tores Strait Islander peoples can help inform sustainable management of the environment

VCSSU089/Science/Levels 7 and 8/Science understating/Science as a human endeavour

Mrs Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

Catholic identity is like Football identity?

Part of my role as Deputy Principal – Mission and Catholic Identity, is to speak about Catholic identity and what it involves for a Catholic school such as St Peter’s College. On Wednesday March 14th, I was privileged to be the guest speaker at the Parents and Friends meeting, in which I spoke briefly about Catholic Identity.

Part of Catholic Identity I believe, is being connected to a larger story. 

With football season approaching, I am going to explain it through a means that most Victorians understand – football. Often people ask me why I support Richmond. My response to these envious people is that it is part of my identity. I enjoy the weekly ritual of watching the Tigers play. I enjoy the familiar sound of the Tiger hymn. I enjoy the sacred times in the Tiger calendar such as playing against some of the older clubs where tradition has been established, based on the religious affiliation of the clubs. Such as when Richmond with its origins as a working class Catholic club play close neighbours the Protestant club, Carlton. I enjoy knowing and learning about the significant characters that make the club what it is, the characters that have defined the culture and ethos of the club. If I miss a Richmond game I feel a little bit indifferent, like something was missing from my week. I think many people would describe their Catholic identity and the attending of Mass and the celebration of key liturgical calendar moments with the above comparisons.

Club patches

I have recently been involved with my parish with my son’s First Eucharist. He was asked questions about what he believes, his understanding of the Catholic Christian tradition and scriptural stories. The receiving of the sacrament is a little like gaining another club patch and becoming more of a member of the club. 

The older students are preparing for their confirmation. The candidates have to choose a special confirmation name from the ‘club’s history’ which is normally a saint’s name.  I was pretty adventurous when I made my confirmation and very ironic now. The name I chose was ‘The Rock’ or better known as Peter!

Romero House Mass

Next Friday, March 23rd at 9:15am in the Chapel (West) and 11:45am at the East Campus we celebrate Romero House Masses. All welcome to attend if your child is in Romero House.

For details email mwilliams@stpeters.vic.edu.au

Paving path Statue

Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal – Mission & Catholic Identity

East Campus News

It is hard to believe that we only have just over two weeks left in this term. Our weeks continue to be packed with diverse events and learning experiences, two of which are the focus of this week’s newsletter edition. A student webinar streamed live from Sydney showcased the diverse learning experiences that we strive to provide our students. And the other event is Harmony Day, a day where we are privileged to gain greater insight into the stories behind the lives of our families, students and staff.

Our new pastoral program to be launched soon is firmly focused on supporting our students to flourish. The two events this week, were indeed examples of students flourishing and more importantly striving to flourish. 

GenerationNext – a webinar for students.

Teachers are provide professional learning as part of ensuring that we are up to date and can provide best practice for our students learning and wellbeing. Well teachers are not the only ones at St Peters undergoing profession learning or PL as it is often referred to. 

On the 9th of March, students ranging from year 9 to 11 attended a webinar live streamed from Sydney hosted by Generation Next. The speakers discussed topics regarding health and well-being in adolescence. It was interactive as students were able to give their opinions via live polls. Students were given practical advice and tips about sleeping habits, technology addiction, dealing with discrimination and maximising study time. It was a rewarding experience as students reported that they had definitely learned something new.  Positioned in the Boardroom with morning tea provided, students rose to the occasion and displayed maturity in their discussions and feedback to the presenters via the live stream. 
It is anticipated that more of this type of professional learning experience will be available to our students on topics that interest and concern their age group. I would like to thank the students for their active participation and leadership in accepting this learning challenge.

Students were very comfortable in the boardroom as they participated in the live webinar from Sydney. 

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Harmony Day Celebrations:

An explosion of colour could be seen throughout the East Campus as many staff and students embraced the opportunity to celebrate and share the cultural heritage through dress, dance, sport, craft and even cooking lessons. The beauty of the day is the joy that can be seen and felt through the exchange and celebration of the rich diversity that is our community. 

An assembly which welcomed guests from our Indigenous community, Japan, and our parent community.  The celebrations, activities and the assembled enabled stories from far and wide to be heard and shared, facilitating growth in understanding and knowledge and the development of empathy for all of us.

My thanks go to all of the staff and students who embraced the day and gave willingly of their time, energy and good humour to ensure all of us had a wonderful day. My thanks also go to our parents for supporting the day through donations of food, resources, participation in the assembly and activities. 

The highlights were many, some of which were:

  • Cultural dance was performed
  • A traditional Indigenous smoking ceremony – providing all of us the opportunity to celebrate, own and become part of our land, our country.
  • A cooking competition involving the expert advice and judging of our parent Mrs Ndebele, who was ably assisted by Ms Jorgensen.
  • A cultural dress parade involving both staff and students.

Harmony is in their smiles

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Staff and students share their cultural dress.

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Indigenous Tribal Elder Adam prepares the leaves and bush for the Smoking Ceremony. Ali and Jess support and participate in the preparations gaining more insight into their cultural heritage.

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The ceremony begins as students walk through the smoke.

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Students place orange dots on their country of heritage, highlighting our diversity. Once completed over the next few days, strings will be placed on each country leading back to the location that Is our shared Catholic home, St Peter’s College. A great initiative by our VCAL students.

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A cooking competition – more like a cooking lesson for me from Thamu and his mother Mrs Ndebele. I was hoping Ms Jorgensen as a co-judge would assist me – but alas the better cook one. Well done Thamu. Students were well fed on our Zimbabwean Sadza and relish. Our thanks to Mrs Ndebele for her wisdom, judging and supply of meali-meal and of course the relish. Delicious. 

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  • SRC – student representative council – training day on Thursday 22nd March – an important and fun training day for our SRC members. Both East and West SRC students will come together at the East campus. Students are to wear their sports uniform on this day.
  • Year 7 Immunisations – are a vital part of supporting the health of our next generation. Please ensure that you have returned all forms to enable you son/daughter to receive these important immunisations on Monday 26th March.

Wishing everyone a safe and productive week.

Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal – Head of East Campus

West Campus News


Last Friday, 26 of our Year 9 & 10 students engaged in a livestream conference on student wellbeing issues.  The program was delivered by experts in their field and was very relevant to our students. 

There were four 45 minute sessions with an opportunity for questions afterwards:

  • Dr Chris Seton - Healthy Sleep
  • Alpha Cheng and Matt X - Choosing Not to Hate
  • Andrew Fuller - Rewiring Your Brain for Better Mental Health
  • Associate Professor Michael Nagel - Who's in Charge? You or Your Smart Phone?

One student response was:

“I really liked what they talked about and that they told us some very interesting and fun stories.” 

Students obviously enjoyed the opportunity to interact via the technology while at the same time challenging on the responsible use of technology.

“The generation next livestream gave some important information of the much needed amount of sleep and the importance of turning your phone off every now and again.  I really liked the way they incorporated the audience with polls and quizzes.”

“During the livestream I learnt a range of different things but … this has made me re-think how far away from my bed my phone is during the night.”


On Tuesday we celebrated Harmony Day.  Many students participated through the wearing of cultural dress or national costume or simply wore orange – the colour of harmony day.

Harmony Day 2018

The Harmony Day Assembly was diverse in its focus and it was great to have a number of parents join us.  We welcomed our seven Japanese students, Mr Miyaki and Mr Tarkus Kouwenhoven from Seishu Sapporo High School. 

Our Pastoral Associate, Deng Chuor, shared his story as a young Sudanese boy escaping the atrocities of war via Ethiopia until he reached a Kenyan refugee camp. 

A group of about 20 students entertained and educated us with Polynesian dancing. Finally, we finished with an indigenous presentation and smoking ceremony led by Adam of the Bunurong Land Council along with our students Laura, Patrick, Sophie and Antony.

VCAL students excelled at producing a great selection of different foods such as Parma Wraps, Tacos, Pastizzi, Loaded Fries, and Paella.  They organised activities such as a mini golf course with a cultural theme, photo booth and the annual staff V students soccer match for the Harmony Shield. 

At full time the score was 1 all, with Mr Andrew Moore scoring the goal for the staff team.  In the penalty shoot out, there were 9 saves in a row before Mr Andrew McMellon bent it like Beckham to see the staff team victorious.

Activities that were organised by other groups included the Year 10 Japanese students cooking Gyooza on the BBQ. The Student Representative Council organised some of our parents to supply Polynesian food which was enjoyed by a large number of students.

Many house groups organised activities such as origami (Augustine), writing in different languages (Avila), Cultural Triva (Glowrey), Spice Out Activity (Kolbe), Guess the Flag competition (MacKillop), and Japanese Cartoons (Marian).

During lunch in the Central Courtyard students enjoyed the food and some beautiful African dancing before moving to the Hall for the fashion parade and more dancing.

Our students were fortunate in experiencing a vast array of different cultures and appreciating that we can indeed all live together in harmony.


Mr Chris O’Hara filed the following report:

“The Patrick Grant Oval was once again home to the traditional battle of the staff versus students cricket match in the battle for the Mitch Rabot shield. This year saw the game take place on Harmony Day.

Staff skipper Peter Brannan won the toss and elected to bat. In true leadership spirit, Brannan also led his troops into battle by opening the innings along with staff newcomer, newly appointed Deputy Principal; Matt Williams. Brannan and Williams displayed a very steady opening partnership with Brannan working the ball to all areas of the oval.

Williams who had not picked up a bat for several years started a little rusty like his hair colour but eventually found some old form.  Student Captain, Mitch Tharle, was struggling to find answers to stem the run flow and continually rotated his bowlers to find a solution.

In a match that required a reduction in the number of overs to fit time constraints saw the staff creep to a solid 1/45 off their allotted overs. Onlookers would have thought this target was easily attainable for the student cohort but the timely sounding of the school bell saw the team numbers dissipate. 

Students Captain, Mitch Tharle and school captain Cambell Bryan stood up when the students required leadership to face the music. Chris O'Hara opened the bowling for the staff and kept things very tight.

On only the third delivery of the students innings, panic set in amongst the students with Bryan and Tharle taking a risky run to Gerard Brown who was able to fire in a throw over the stumps to run out Bryan.

Hysterical scenes followed as the staff realised they had claimed victory due to the fact there was no more students to bat. Match referees awarded victory to the staff due to forfeit by the students.”

Cricket Match


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, then follow this link


As we do every year, our campus marks this important day by saying no to bullying and violence.  On Friday, all houses will mark this with assemblies in the morning where they will share various posters done in Tutor Groups this week.  They will also receive their wristbands and cards inviting all to take a stand against bullying.  

We have recently been making a concerted effort to remind our students of the importance of the role of the bystander.  The action of the bystander can put an end to bullying by their courage or at the very least their willingness to speak to an adult.  

If your child talks to you about bullying, please consider the following 6 points:

  • Listen calmly and get the full story.
  • Reassure your child that they are not to blame.
  • Ask your child what they want to do about it and how you can help.
  • Visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au to find some strategies.
  • Contact the school.
  • Check in regularly with your child.

Please remember that your child’s Learning Advisor is the first person you should contact if you are concerned about issues with your child at school.  If there are more serious concerns then the House Leader would become involved.

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal – Head of West Campus

Meet our College Captains - West Campus

Introducing Our College Captains 2018

Brooklyn Faamausili
College Captain, West Campus

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

I began my studies at St. Peter’s College In year 7, 2013.

Tell us about your family?

Family is a big part of my life, as I’m sure it would be for many people. Coming from a Polynesian culture, I have a big family consisting of 6 children, including myself. My parents, Faletasi and Debbie Famausili, were blessed with three boys and three girls, me being the second youngest. We have a dog, named Snooki also. Our wide personalities connect us all with a strong bond. Family is the centre of my life, and where I believe my morals, standards and strength comes from.

Tell us about your other interests?

I have always had a passion for public speaking and providing a voice for those who feel that they are unable to voice their own. Sports has also been a big part of my life, I often enjoy playing volleyball. Food is one thing I have no limit on. Whether it be at home, school or anywhere else I always have food.

Year 12 Studies:

This year I am studying Religion & Society, English, Legal Studies, Psychology and Music.

Have you already completed any of your VCE Studies prior to this year?
Prior to Year 12 I was able to complete unit 3/4 Health and Human Development in year 11. This great opportunity, although it was not easy, was a good eye opener to see how I could best prepare myself for my studies this year in Year 12.

2018 College Annual Theme:

but what I do have, I give to you

What does this mean to you?

On a personal level this statement holds many different sentimental meanings. It means for me that we are all individual human being’s, and we are not perfect. We are not perfect in everything we do and say, because that’s our human nature. I can’t do everything, and often that can be a hard concept to accept, especially when considering my role within the College community. But through the skills, knowledge, sacrifice and dedication that I can offer, I can give. 

How will you live this statement throughout the year in your role?

This statement when viewing It through the way I live and perform my role as College Captain teaches me that I may not be able to provide everything, but with the things that I am able to, I should and can offer to the entire cohort. Sacrifice and dedication is how I strive to emulate this statement, not only within my own role with Cambell, but hopefully to also reflect it upon the entire school, both staff and students. One school and one community. 

What are your goals for 2018?

For yourself in your role?

To be able to uphold the promised legacy within the College community and for the next College Captains. 

To graduate with positivity and be happy with the effort and work that I perform throughout the year. To be able to connect with as many students as I can, with a special aim towards the Junior Year levels. To create a positive and safe environment for all, staff and students. Empower others to come along for the ride. Empower students to step up and out of their comfort zones. Empower each individual to feel that they belong to the school community. 

For yourself as a Year 12 student?

To graduate and be happy about the effort and results of my studies.  To perform each subject equally with the same dedication and effort. To be able to connect with my teachers who are my mentors. Find a balance between my studies and responsibilities.


To get a part time job. Continue with my studies after school. Complete my diploma in Religion and Seminary. Serve a fulltime mission for the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints.

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

Legacy is a big word, but this word is something that I often think about. Taking it back to my College Captain interview I was presented with the same question, which is, “what legacy would you like to leave behind at St. Peter's College?” I will reply with the same response that I gave to the panel. I have been attending St. Peter's College since Year 7 and over the years I have felt nothing less than safety, happiness and security. School is a place where we come to learn and explore our skills and interests. But it also is a place where we as teenagers develop friendships and bonds. I have been lucky enough to feel acceptance and belonging within the school community and that’s what I hope everyone would be able to also say. If I can, one day before I graduate, come to school and know that I have influenced some students to feel that they belong to a community, then I will be happy. School is six hours of our day, where we students come, to not only learn, get told to tie our hair up, shave our beards, wear our uniform correctly, but to develop skills that no other environment can provide for us. Your home is your first foundation core where you develop your primary skills and standards. I hope to also make school a second home. A place where we, all of us, staff and students, parents and friends, feel like we are learning with our peers, with our family, in our second home. So, my legacy, is to make St. Peter's College everyone’s safe haven, just like it is mine.

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

To become a flight attendant - Travel with family and friends  - Serve a full-time mission of 18 months for my faith. Further my studies at university studying midwifery or a Bachelor of Criminology.

What are your long-term life ambitions and aspirations?

Become a flight attendant, have a family and kids, return to St. Peter's College for a reunion, and to continue studying.

In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in your College, yourself and those around you?

Brush up, look sharp and be ready for the game. Continue to flourish, make mistakes but take the time to learn from them. We are one school and one community, through love and support we can win the game. 

Meet our College Captains - West Campus

Introducing Our College Captains 2018

Cambell Bryan

College Captain, West Campus

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

I have been at St. Peter’s College since Year 7.

Tell us about your family?

I live with my nan, pop and sister, we also have a cat called Mia. I’m very close with my aunty as is my family.

Tell us about your other interests?

I love sport and would participate in sport as often as I can, I play cricket and AFL and am a massive supporter of the Essendon FC. I also enjoy debating at school.

Year 12 Studies:

I am currently studying English, History:Revolutions, Literature, Religion & Society and PE

Have you already completed any of your VCE Studies prior to this year?

I completed Further Math and Sport & Recreation both last year.

2018 College Annual Theme:

but what I do have, I give to you

What does this mean to you? 

This means giving whatever is possible back to the community instead of keeping for yourself. In Romero house last year our theme was “aspire not to have more, but to be more” and these two themes are very similar in that they are about selfless acts. 

2017 Romero West

How will you live this statement throughout the year in your role?

I will aspire to give back as much as I can to the school that has given everything to me, whether this giving is to my peers or any help the teachers need I will try my hardest.

What are your goals for 2018?

For yourself in your role?

To ensure everyone feels like school is a fun, welcoming place instead of a chore to come to every day, I want to encourage everyone to step up and participate in everything that they can. 

Cambell Bryan 2018

For yourself as a Year 12 student?

My biggest goal is to challenge myself as much as I can and to leave the College knowing that I worked as hard as I can, I don’t want to leave anything on the field.


I want to grow as a person, my main goal is to improve all the aspects of my personality that I need to.

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

I want to leave St. Peter’s College as a school that is welcoming and warm to be at. I have always felt welcomed and I want everyone to feel that way as well, I want to be remembered as someone that had fun because I try not to take life too seriously and this is a large part of my personality. 

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

I want to study straight away, I hope to get into a law course at university.

What are your long term life ambitions and aspirations?

Complete a Masters in Law and travel the world

In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in your College, yourself and those around you?

I have as much pride in the St. Peters as I possibly can, I will be proud of my studies here and everyone else should.

2018 Captains

West St Peter

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, The Holy Father, Pope Francis has added a new Marian celebration to the Church calendar. It is a memorial of Mary Mother of the Church. This memorial will be celebrated annually on the day after Pentecost. This memorial will be celebrated on Monday 21st April this year. The annual 190 Hours of Grace will start Saturday 17th March. Hours of Grace (HOG) is a 100 days Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament across Australia from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost. During these moments of grace, Jesus invites each one of us to his peaceful presence where we are always welcome and where we can truly experience comfort of his loving embrace. I encourage every parishioner to join in as we prayerfully prepare ourselves to enter the celebration of the Paschal Mysteries with Jesus Christ as we make our way towards Easter. God bless Fr Joseph

Holy Week/Easter Services

Tuesday 27 March - 7.30pm Tenebrae and Parish Reconciliation (several Priests available)

Wednesday 28 March - Mass 9.30am

Holy Thursday 29 March - Mass of the Lord's Supper 7.30pm, Adoration at the Altar of the Respose until Midnight

Good Friday 30 March - Morning Prayer 8am Stations of the Cross 10.30am (School Oval) reconciliation 11.30am - 12.30pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord's Passion 3pm

Holy Saturday 31 March - No morning Mass or Holy Hour Easter Vigil 8pm (Candles will be supplied by parish)

Easter Sunday 1 April - Mass 7.30am, 9am, 10.45am & 6pm

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

THE HOURS OF GRACE: 100 days of Perpetual Adoration begins at 9.00am on Saturday 17th March -24th March 2018. This time is time set aside by this parish every year to reflect on the word of God, listen to various spiritual talks, pray for various intentions, celebrate Mass every morning and evening and adore the Blessed Sacrament day and night 24/7 for the period of one week. I invite every parishioner to make good use of this period and receive abundant Grace from God. A roster will be in the foyer to place your name with a dedicated time before the Blessed Sacrament

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St Agatha’s Parish

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Message from our Parish Priest
Dear Parishioners,
Over the past few months we have made an effort at our Masses to enhance the Communion Procession. I ask every family to take home a copy of the document “Reception of Holy Communion”. About ten years ago the Australian Catholic Bishops gave directions for how Catholics in Australia should receive Holy Communion. This document reminds us both of the importance of the Communion Procession and how we are asked to Receive Holy Communion. We can be very individual in the expression of our faith, but in the Mass we are called to set individualism aside. It takes a certain humility to do this but reminds us of the dignity of this sacrament.  also enables us to become what we receive, The Body of Christ. St Augustine (Sermon 372) teaches us: “If then you are the Body of Christ and its members, it is your own mystery that you receive …. You say Amen to what you are and in saying Amen you subscribe to it. Be a member of Christ’s Body then so that your Amen may ring true.” 
May God bless you all, Fr Denis       

Holy Week/Easter Services

Holy Thursday 29 March - Mass of the Lord's Supper 7.30pm

Good Friday 30 March - Stations of the Cross 11am The Passion of the Lord 3pm

Holy Saturday 31 March - Easter Vigil 8pm

East Sunday 1 April - Mass Times 9am & 10.45am

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

CHRISM MASS (Mass of the Oils will be concelebrated by Bishop Patrick with the priests at St Mary’s Cathedral Sale, on Tuesday 27th March at 11.00 am. This is always a beautiful occasion when the Oils being blessed and consecrated and distributed to parishes for use in the celebration of the sacraments. The Chrism Mass is also the occasion where the clergy recommit to priestly and diaconal ministry.  You are invited to participate in this Mass at the Cathedral. 

REHEARSALS FOR GOOD FRIDAY: Any youth that would like to help out at our Good Friday service, come along to the rehearsals on the 18th  and 25th of March at 10am. This will take place between the 9 and 10:45am Sunday Masses. For those who have joined the drama team, your rehearsals will take place on the 17th and 24th of March at 4:30pm before the Saturday 6pm Mass. If you have joined the Music Ministry, rehearsals will take place on Fridays, 16th and 23rd of March at 6pm. More information will be sent out by email this weekend. We are still looking for more youth to join up and if you would specifically like to join the drama team or music ministry, please email sheryllin.tan@gmail.com. 

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

Important Uniform Changes

Change Over to Winter Uniform

Change over from Summer to Winter Uniform is due for Term 2, Tuesday 17 April.

Please check you have all uniform items prior to the end of Term, as the Uniform Shop is not open during the School holidays, with the exception of Monday 16 April which is a Student Free Day.


Important changes to the St Peter's College Winter Uniform:

  • Boys are to wear Monogrammed St. Peter’s College Short sleeve or long sleeved white shirts with the College Tie
  • Girls to wear St. Peter's College Girls White Monogrammed Pocket Blouse, which is worn with the College Tie
  • Girls Winter Trousers are now available in the Uniform Shop. These are not a compulsory item the choice is between skirt of trousers. Trousers are to be worn with black socks.
  • 2018 sees the Introduction of our College Scarf. Availability will be announced over the coming weeks.
  • College Waterproof jackets are available from the Uniform Shop, and can be worn to and from the College, but must be worn over the blazer.

Uniform Shirt

Uniform Pants


  • Thursdays: 15 March, 22 March and 29 March – 8.00 am to 12 noon
  • Tuesdays: 20 March and 27 March - 1.00 pm to 5 pm
  • Saturday 17 March, 8.00 am to 12 noon
  • Monday16 April. Student Free Day Extended Trading 10.00 am to 5 pm.

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Second-hand Uniform Sales

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

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

Year 7 Camp - East Campus


On the 7th of March, all of the Yr 7 East students were on buses heading for Forest Edge Camp in Neerim East. When we arrived we were so happy, excited and nervous. On the camp, we experienced lots of different activities. They included Oval Sports, Hut Building, Rock Climbing, Scavenger Hunt, a Disco, House Trivia and creating a Time Capsule. One of the best activities was River Sledding because it was so relaxing, the water was calm but we got pushed by the current. Another great activity was watching the Talent Show which was so exciting because we didn’t know what would happen next. The singers were all talented and so were the musicians, dancers and the brain teaser act. The funniest judge was Mr Mitchell who was the ‘mean’ judge. He gave a lot of honest comments and always had a low score to give. We all had such a fun night with lots of singing and laughter. 

The activities brought everyone together as a year level and a lot of us made new friends. The teachers made the activities fun and enjoyable and were very helpful. Thank you to all the teachers and the Forest Edge staff for taking care of us and being so happy. An extra special thank you to Miss McRae for organising our camp. Year 7 Camp was AWESOME!
By Cameron Benson (Marian G) and Tyler Handyside (Kolbe G)

Aymeric Lenette – Avila G
The highlight of camp for me was going River Sledding in the morning because of the relaxing sound of the flowing river; it was pleasant and calm.
The thing I learnt about myself on camp is that I should try to learn and try new things.

Maddy Gaspar – Assisi G
The highlight of camp was making friends and hanging out with everyone. The thing I learnt about myself on camp is that I like sport activities.

Ryan Mule- Marian I
The highlight of camp for me was the second night at camp when me and my friends ate a whole bunch of lollies and had fun. The thing I learnt about myself was that I do not like heights (flying fox).

Riteek Pillan – Assisi G
The highlight of camp was hanging out with my friends, doing the River Sledding and Flying Fox. What I learnt about myself is that I am not so good at drawing but it was fun anyways!

Adam Butler – Assisi H
The River Sledding was my highlight of camp because it was cool on a hot day and at the end, Mr Dee tipped us into the water. Something I learnt was that squirting water onto dry dirt made mud which made the Scavenger Hunt easy.

Toby Durbin – Avila I
I really enjoyed the Riddle Rogaine because you had to work out the puzzles and they all had a hidden meaning. I learnt that camp is fun and interesting to just try different things.

Mehak Kaur – Augustine H
It was awesome to do some activities which were varied, fun and enjoyable. I was always positive and in a good mood on camp. I learnt that I am more energetic than I thought and should just do things anyway.

Vishrutha Raghavendra Rao – Mackillop H 
The highlight of camp was hanging out with my friends, the food was great and the activities were really fun. I learnt that I should never give up because I can always do the activity if I try.

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Yr7 Camp East Pic.1

Health and PE New - East Campus

Active April

Throughout the month of April, St Peter’s College East and West will again be taking part in the Premier’s Active April for our second year. This is a government initiative to increase the amount of physical activity we are undertaking, increase socialisation and are proving a range of free activities to members who sign up. All you need to do is sign up to the Active April website download the app and join the correct term:

St Peter’s College East: st-peters-college-east

St Peter’s College West: st-peters-college-west

All members who sign up are entitled to:

  • 10 free YMCA passes or access to a local government recreation facility
  • 15% off at Sportsmart in store and online
  • A 2 for 1 pass to the Sea Life Aquarium

and many more great offers as outlined on the website

During the month of April, you track your physical activity on the App and enjoy being active with friends and family. In the first two weeks of Term 2, a range of activities will be offered to students during Recess and Lunch to encourage students to be physically active. It would be great if parents signed up to this initiative also, to encourage and support your children, whilst being eligible to win great prizes for yourselves and our school.

If you would like to know more, please head to the Active April website listed above or contact the College.

Coles Sports for Schools Tokens

We would like to extend a massive thank you to all the families who have been collecting tokens for our College in the Sports for Schools promotion. We are half way through this initiative and have been overwhelmed with the contributions being made to St Peter’s. With the growing number of tokens, we will be able to gain some great sporting equipment to enhance the educational experience of children and increase their capacity to be physically active through an engaging and motivational curriculum. 

Please continue to bring in your tokens throughout the month of March, placing them in the box either in the Discovery Centre (DC) or the Coffey Building down stairs at East Campus or the front office at West Campus. We appreciate the continued support of our community at St Peter’s College.

Active April

Thank you

Sarah Slykerman
Teaching and Learning Coach- Health and Physical Education

Library News

Steven Herrick Poet and Author Rescues Year 8s!  (At both Campuses!)

Steven Herrick wowed his Year 8 audience with his Poetry to the Rescue Show last Thursday. He visited as part of the Library and English Author and Poets Visit Program. 

Here are some student responses:

I found the performance to be a very entertaining, interesting, and hilarious act. I could laugh at every joke and appreicate the thought that goes into them, as well as his poems. I loved that he could use humour in even such a sophisticated form. It makes me believe that poetry can be more than just another thing that you have to learn and comprehend in Year 7 English.        Jorja

I liked how he made it very entertaining while teaching us on poetry. It made me think that poetry might be more entertaining then I thought.                       Arish

Steven Herrick is a wonderful poet with a creative mind, his performance of poetry was funny and enjoyable! This makes me want to read his books even though I hate reading books. This was a great experience of poetry.      Sinchana 

Steven’s performance made me happy because he was really funny. I liked it when he said funny things about Lachlan and Donald Trump.                      Chelsie Fielden 

I thought he was really funny! Definitely inspiring for young writers!  Ethan M

Author Visit Pic.2

Author Visit Pic.1

Author Visit Pic.3

Author Visit Pic.4

Angela Gargano
Head of Library

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.

summer Uniform

Mrs Kerrie Birrell

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Parents and 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

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Upcoming Events

15 Mar
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
WC VCE Study Hub
21 Mar
EC VCE Study Hub
Year 7 2019 Enrolments Close
22 Mar
SIS Senior Sport
SRC Training Day
 23 Mar
Romero House Feast Day
SIS Intermediate Sport
SRC Photo's

26 Mar
Year 7 Immunisations

27 Mar
Pastoral Period - Sports Uniform
WC VCE Study Hub
SIS Performing Arts Concert Evening
28 Mar
Campus Assemblies - Full College Uniform required
Stations of the Cross

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