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Issue 128  |  26 April 2018
Featured Story
From our Principal

Dear Friends,

Catholic Education Week: ‘Come and See’

Welcome to Catholic Education Week. This year’s theme is titled: ‘Come and See’. The title comes from a scriptural passage from the Gospel of John 1: 39 and is very apt emphasizing the welcome that all receive as they enter into the gates of a Catholic school. It is an invitation for current students to open their eyes to the endless possibilities presented to them to engage in the rich learnings that are on offer. 

Foundational to a Catholic school is the emphasis on the development of the whole person: academically, socially and emotionally and spiritually. Faith development is a cornerstone of our mission at St. Peter’s College and our Catholic Identity is central to our existence as a secondary school. Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale, Maria Kirkwood, encourages everyone involved in Catholic education to be open to the invitation to respond to the personal call of Jesus to ‘Come and See’ and embark on a journey where they grow in knowledge of how God is active and present in their lives, calling them to enter into a living relationship with God.   

Here at St. Peter’s College we continue to strive to provide a learning environment where the potential in each child is realised and the learning opportunities are endless.

Catholic Education Week is launched this Friday evening with a leadership mass in Traralgon followed by a dinner. It is in this forum where high achieving students will be acknowledged. 

Congratulations Mikayla Van der Velden

One such student is Mikayla Van der Velden. Mikayla is to be awarded the Fr James Wall Bursary. This is awarded to a Year 10 Catholic secondary school student who demonstrates leadership potential in a range of areas, including science, arts, public speaking, sporting activities, community service and social justice activities. Mikayla will be awarded a $4,000 bursary through the generous support of the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) in conjunction with the Catholic Education Office Sale.

Key selection criteria includes, leadership in school and community. The successful candidate demonstrates inclusivity, cooperation and a commitment to making a difference. They have demonstrated leadership potential with a willingness to coordinate and organise activities. They possess a strong emphasis on helping others and providing service to others. Mikayla  was selected from a very strong field of candidates, across three Diocese, Melbourne, Sale and Bunbury.

She is a deserved recipient. Mikayla has undertaken leadership roles since she first arrived at the College. She has been a Forum Leader during all of her school years and served as Student Representative Council in 2017. She has also held the role of student representative on the College Uniform Sub-committee. She is active in all areas of College life including: sporting, academic; expressive arts; community service; social justice; and mentoring. Mikayla has been recognised previously through awards for poetry and creative writing, sporting accomplishments, art, and leadership. Mikayla has been an active member of the College Youth Ministry Program, where she aims to achieve multiple goals with one activity. She drove the ‘Bike & Blend’ initiative that raised money for Caritas while promoting healthy living and stewardship for the Earth. Mikayla is active in her parish volunteering as an altar server and undertaking assistant work in the piety store. She is involved with the City of Casey youth outreach service and has been a key organiser of youth arts events providing an outlet for young people to use their gifts and talents within their community”.

The St. Peter’s College Community warmly congratulates Mikayla on her Award.

2018 Mikayla Van der Velden


It is easy, one hundred plus years later, for the ANZAC message to be lost, particularly in our young people. The message of, “the world we live in today has much to do with the sacrifice made by both fallen and surviving soldiers”, can ring a little hollow for those that have not experienced the loss and devastation of war. Thankfully we have many reminders of those that sacrificed their lives. This week, at both the East and West campus we have honoured those that gave of their life through war with moving ceremonies. This included attendance of members of the Botanic Gardens Aged Care facility who had previously shared of their stories and memories of war. A moving wreath laying ceremony together with the playing of the last post and both the Australian and New Zealand national anthems were other features of the presentations.

School captains (East), Eddie Elbazi and Natalia Girvasi represented the college, together with staff member, Mr Greg Nelson, at the Cranbourne RSL ANZAC day ceremony laying a wreath at the Cranbourne cenotaph. My thanks all involved in these wonderful and moving occasions.

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Bunnings BBQ

Last weekend students, parents and staff of St. Peter’s College came together to raise funds for the Parents and Friends association. Each year the P&F will allocate a minimum $1,000 to each SRC (East and West) to purchase an item which adds value to the campus. In addition the P&F will also offer support to the fund-raising  program which raises monies for the Solomon Islands program. Just over $2,000 dollars was raised on the day with an additional $500 of Raffle ticket sales. A great result. These types of events have many benefits, none more than the manner in which parents, students and staff reflect the true meaning and sense of community in action.

Enjoy the week ahead. 

Mr Chris Black

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Latest News
West Campus News

Youth Mental Health First Aid

This week the West Campus is hosting 24 teachers who are undertaking a 2 day Youth Mental Health First Aid course.  6 of our new House Leaders across the College are undertaking this course to further develop their skills in working with students who are battling mental health issues. 

We cannot ignore the statistics that warn us that 1 in 4 Australians will experience a mental health issue and half of these emerge by 14 years of age.  I am grateful that our senior staff are so willing to be trained to work with our vulnerable students.


The Year 11 VCAL students organised a moving ANZAC Day service on Tuesday out on the soccer pitch for the students, staff, parents and some residents of Botanic Gardens Retirement Village.  The scene was set beautifully with white crosses adorning the soccer pitch as students gathered in their houses around the stage.  Our guests and parents were able to view the scene from the relative comfort of the decking. 

To the song, And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, played by Alan Lazarus of Botanic Gardens, wreaths were laid by student leaders, our Principal, Mr Black and Mr Graham Jerome.  Prayers and readings enabled us to ponder the significance of the sacrifice of so many and the songs and trumpeting of The Last Post and Reveille added a sombre note to the ceremony.  

It was good to have a former serviceman, Mr George Broad, also a resident at Botanic Gardens, speak briefly and then read the poem In Flander’s Field and The Ode.

Thanks to Mr Chris O’Hara and Ms Louise Mansfield who organised the VCAL students, Ms Laura Appleby who led the choir and Mr Black’s daughter, Eliza, for playing the trumpet.

Character Strengths in the Home

In the Pastoral Period on Tuesday, students continued to unpack the importance of their own character strengths and a strength based approach to their learning.  Please ask your child what they did and learnt in the Strive & Thrive Pastoral Program.

Character strengths differ from talent.  A good footballer may have strong marking and kicking skills and can read the game well.  However, if they are loyal to the team, committed to training we might say they have signature strengths called persistence, teamwork and self-control. A strength is valued for moral and intrinsic reasons whereas talents are valued for their tangible outcomes.

We encourage our parents to take time to invest in your relationship with your child by highlighting what is going well and share in the strengths you observe in your child.  Please ask them what they have learnt about themselves and their signature strengths and celebrate that with them at home.

Another great activity families can do at home is to share the three best things that happen to them every day. It is a wonderful opportunity to foster gratitude and is a strength based approach to boosting positive emotions and wellbeing.

One of the character strengths that Year 9 & 10 students looked at this week was kindness.  This linked in with our “Random Acts of Kindness” week leading into Saturday being “Pay it Forward Day”.  Evidence based research shows that people who act helpfully and generously are happier and less likely to be depressed. 

This is because the brain releases a hormone into the bloodstream called oxytocin.  This makes us feel better about ourselves.  This is the reward we get for kind behaviour.  Researchers also have discovered that people who are treated with kindness are more likely to pay it forward.  

Please encourage your children to participate in these random acts of kindness (maybe even to their parents and siblings) and remind them to use their pay it forward cards.

David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

Mission & Catholic Identity News

What makes St. Peter’s College a Catholic School?

Starting on April 27th through to May 4th is Catholic Education Week in the Sale diocese.  I am frequently asked from people both within and outside our College, about what makes St. Peter’s College a Catholic school? 

It is always beneficial to reflect on what makes a Catholic school. A key is that we must have an understanding of our human condition before God who calls the whole curriculum and pastoral care of a Catholic education to reflect and promote three commitments:

  1. To affirm students and staff basic goodness, to promote their dignity, to honour their fundamental rights and to develop their gifts to the fullest - as God reflections;
  2. To educate people to live responsibly, with God’s help, for the fullness of life that God wills for self and others - as responsible partners;
  3. To empower and mould people to live as if their lives are worthwhile and have historical significance, that their every good effort advances the well-being of all - as history makers.

Who holds the key?

Another question frequently asked by people from outside the College is about our symbolic use of ‘keys’ that are vividly seen around St. Peter’s College. Ask any staff member or student and they will be able to explain the symbolism of the keys with being part of our Petrine charism.

You can see the Keys on the blazer pocket of the students. You can see the Keys on the badges proudly worn by staff and students. You can see the Keys on the gates as you enter the College grounds. Why?

The Keys are significant to the story of St Peter, coming from the Gospel of Matthew (16:19), whereby Jesus says to Peter, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven."
It is this symbolism that leads to the legend of Peter as the keeper of the “pearly gates “of heaven.

The keys of the kingdom is also a Christian concept of church authority and can be seen on the coat of arms of the Holy See and Vatican City State, that include an image of crossed keys to represent the metaphorical keys of the office of Saint Peter, the first Pope and the rock that the Church will be built on.

With the Keys of St Peter, often one key is gold and the other silver. The first represents the power to bind and loose in heaven, spiritual authority, while the second represents the power to bind and loose on earth, temporal authority. 

Jesus gave Peter “the keys of the kingdom of heaven,” not the keys to heaven. A key was a badge of authority (Luke 11:52 ) and then as now was used to open doors.

Our hope at St. Peter’s College as a Catholic school, is that we give the keys for our students to open the doors of faith. That we give the keys for our students to open the doors of education. That we give the keys for our students to open the doors of service.

A key point of our Catholic education and key objective of our Catholic Christian faith is to hand over the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, given through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, so that our students have:
Wisdom. To see God in everyone and everything everywhere.

Understanding. The ability to comprehend that we are followers of Christ.
Right Judgment. The ability to know right from wrong and to choose to do what is right.

Reverence: The ability to have deep respect for God and the Church.

Knowledge: The ability to understand the meaning of God.

Courage: The ability to overcome fear and to stand up for what is right in the eyes of God.

Wonder and Awe: The ability to be aware that God is all-loving.
The above is what we see as the keys to a holistic education at St. Peter’s College. A proud Catholic school.

Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal - Mission and Catholic Identity

East Campus News

ANZAC Day Service

On Tuesday 24th we held a brief but poignant service to commemorate ANZAC day.  Our College Captains lead a prayerful service in our own Flanders Field high on the hill, our flags in the background awaiting to rise in honour of our service men and women. English Coach Mr Justin Dee gave an insightful and thoughtful reflection which enabled us to honour the past, be mindful of today and be hopeful and peaceful people of tomorrow. Here is a short extract. 

As you know, ANZAC Day - April 25th we are all able to enjoy a public holiday on what is clearly one of the most significant national days on the Australian calendar.

An interesting reflection is to think, why. Why that day? Why does it hold such prominence and is the day chosen for us to commemorate Australian servicemen and women who served and sacrificed life and limb in WWI and all subsequent conflicts

A most moving service culminating with a solitary bugle playing the Last Post and The Rouse by our Principal’s daughter Eliza Black. As the Last Post played, white doves seem to appear from nowhere as if they were being called by the sacredness of our space to honour the ANZACs. Our sincere thanks to Eliza for giving of her time so generously and to Mia (Year 7) embracing her character strength of courage and natural gift of voice, leading us in the National Anthem.  Thank you to students who helped prepare the poppies for our Flanders Field.

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Pastoral Program

The second session of our Strive & Thrive Pastoral program got underway on Tuesday. Year 7 & 8 Students’ focus was Gratitude and the benefits of practising gratitude daily. Year 9 & 10 students’ focus was on Kindness and the act of paying it forward by random acts of kindness towards others. Pay it Forward Day is April 28th and is a growing trend where people adopt a more positive and caring attitude towards others. For more information about paying it forward click here.

Year 11 & 12 students’ focus was on the character strength of self-regulation or control. A key aspect of this pastoral session was to provide students with the opportunity to examine their own capacity for self-regulation, and its relevance as to flourishing in VCE.  A novel way of doing this was by playing the card game SNAP- it was very interesting and a lot of fun to see impact of trying to balance being competitive whilst trying not to  lose a little self-regulation/control. 

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Active April

Ms Slykerman has done it again. Getting staff and students to sign up for Active April 2018. After the success of last year, the East Campus has more than doubled the numbers of participants this year. We are already in week 2 with a very Active April schedule as listed below. 

Active April - Week 2 Program.

Monday - PT Session upstairs Coffey Recess and Pilates Graham Lunch

Tuesday - Metafit Madness Lyons before school, Foursquare outside Coffey Recess and Staff v Students Soccer Oval Lunch. – all of these events were highly successful and provided both staff and students with great fun and laughs. The absolute highlight of Tuesday was the staff vs student soccer match. Final score was students 1 staff 0 which is a tremendous effort from the staff given the youth, vitality and expert skills of the students. Staff played a strong game and were every bit the winners, up until the final moments when a student goal was kicked. Mr Myers fought valiantly, but alas victory was gone. Congratulations to all for what was a very enjoyable way to spend our lunchtime.

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Wednesday - ANZAC DAY – we are all encouraged to continue to be active whilst spending time with family and friends on this very important day.

Thursday - House v House egg and Spoon race downstairs Coffey Recess and Golf Oval Lunch

Friday - Hopscotch/ Skipping outside Lyons Recess and House v House 3 legged race Coffey downstairs Lunch

Students are encouraged to note down the activities of interest, including their location and continue to track their active hours. Currently, we are sitting on 320 hours at East Campus, we are chasing 1200+, so if you are yet to join, it is not too late. If you do not sure how to join, please come and see your PE teacher or Mrs Slykerman.

The success of last year’s Active April will see a very special and talented elite sportsperson be our special guest at the upcoming Campus Assembly. The identity of this sportsperson will be announced closer to the assembly date. I wonder who it could be?

Sincere thanks to Mrs Slykerman and all of the Health and PE team who work tirelessly to provide both staff and students with positive, active and fun ways to share our time at the Campus.

Special reminder

Carpark safety – parents are again reminded not to drive their cars on to Campus grounds to drop or pick up their children. Staff on morning and afternoon duty are there to protect your child as they arrive and leave, and need the support of parents, by not driving onto the campus grounds.
I appreciate and value all parents/guardians support in this area.

Have a wonderful week. 
Lest we forget.

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Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus

Health and PE News

Active April

Student engagement was at an all-time high throughout week 1 at St. Peter's College due to the Premier's initiative, Active April. Each day before school, at recess, lunch and after school activities have been run at both the East and West Campus to promote students being physically active together as a community. Alongside the business of our usual Physical Education classes, staff from the Health and Physical Education department, along with other keen members of the College community have created an interactive and engaging program with a range of activities to suit all physical ability levels. The start of the week saw some keen participants skipping, playing 3v3 basketball and crunching their abdominals in an Ab Blast session, and the week ended in table tennis and a circuit class out in the sunshine.

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This coming week, we have another jam packed timetable with activities planned throughout the day including PT sessions, Pilates, House v House events and golf- closest to the pin. Students and staff are encouraged to participate in as many opportunities inside and outside of school to be active, this includes within their organised sporting clubs, completing every day activities such as gardening and activities that are out of the box such as roller-skating and trampolining. We are chasing our 2017 total of over 2000 hours across our St. Peter’s College Community, and with 8 days to go, we are collectively siting on 528 hours for 2018. With plenty of activities planned for the final count down, we are sure to smash the 2017 total and set a new record and pace for being active during April at St. Peter’s College.

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It is not too late to sign up to Active April, simply click on the link attached to the newsletter to visit the Active April website click here and create an account for free, download the app and join the correct team:
St Peter’s College East: st-peters-college-east
St Peter’s College West: st-peters-college-west

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Sporting Schools Netball

The Health and PE Team are very excited to announce the East Campus have been awarded another Sporting Schools Grant for Term 2. This grant is designed to help schools to increase children's participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities. Research shows that an early connection to sport can positively influence participation and encourage a lifelong love of sport. 

This term we will be running a junior girls Netball Program. Students don’t need to be playing Netball outside of school, or know how to play Netball, they simply need a desire to want to have fun, learn a new sport and increase your physical activity. There are six sessions offered for girls only across Term 2; 

  • 3rd May: St Peter’s College East Campus. Starting at 8am until 8.45am.
  • 8th May: Casey Indoor- 65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East VIC.
  • Departing East Campus 10.15am and returning to East Campus 11.10am.
  • 14th May: Casey Indoor- 65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East VIC.
  • Departing East Campus 11.30am and returning to East Campus 12.30pm.
  • 21st May: St Peter’s College East Campus. Starting at 1.40pm until 2.20pm.
  • 29th May: Casey Indoor- 65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East VIC. Departing East Campus 12.40pm and returning to East Campus 1.40pm.
  • 4th June: Casey Indoor- 65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East VIC.

Departing East Campus 2.00pm and returning to East Campus 3.15pm.
Students will be bused to and from Casey Indoor, all equipment and accredited coaches will be provided. It is preferred students commit to as many sessions as possible over the term, but if all sessions cannot be attended, this can be negotiated with the supervising teachers.

If this interests your child please encourage them to sign up on the board next to S.I.S in Coffey.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Mrs Slykerman (sslykerman@stpeters.vic.edu.au) or Miss McClelland (emcclelland@stpeters.vic.edu.au) or Miss Ross (cjross@stpeters.vic.edu.au).
All students will need to complete the permission form on Care Monkey. 
Expressions of interest close Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

2017 East Cross


Sarah Slykerman
Health and Physical Education East Campus

Meet our Environment Captain - East Campus

Introducing Our College Captains 2018
Name: Yujian (James) Wang
Role: Environment Captain Campus:  East

When did you start your studies at St. Peter’s College?
Ever since Year 7, around five years ago.

Tell us about your family?
I’m from a family of four, mum, dad and a little brother, he’s five and is pretty annoying already.

Tell us about your other interests?
My interest is pretty dry, dryer than the Sahara desert. But I do enjoy listening to music, mainly EDM and sometimes others.  A few of my favourite artists are Logic, Imagine Dragons, and every meme music. I also enjoy designing, if you look around the East Campus this week you’ll probably see some posters of the Environment Club Art Competition, I formatted that, rate it out of 13.

Other times I play video games, watch what ever is on youtube, especially the weird side. And I explore memes, all the time.

Year 12 Studies:
English, Business Management, Economics, Math Methods and Specialist Math. My favourite one (so far) is Economics. 

Have you already completed any of your VCE Studies prior to this year?
I actually did two Year 12 subjects last year, they were Further Maths and Chinese Second Language Advance. 

2018 College Annual Theme

but what I do have, I give to you
What does this mean to you?
Not everyone is born equal, but everyone is capable of being compassionate, to give what you have. It doesn’t matter how much you give, what matters is giving those in need what you can give. To me, “but what I do have, I give to you” reflects the core meaning of compassion; everyone has their own limits, after all the resources aren’t free and we have to take care of ourselves right? But what is important is to hold this selfless idea up high, and do what you can. You don’t have to donate money or food to be “giving”, that’s just part of it. The act of giving doesn’t have to be a direct item, it could be your time, your talents, your knowledge. Volunteering yourself in a soup kitchen is an act to giving, and it is just as important as giving anything else.

How will you live this statement throughout the year in your role?
I have no money, all I can give to you is my time, talent, and energy, so that’s what I’ll do. Together with the Environment Club, we will strive to provide a cleaner and better learning environment for all our peers. There isn’t a lot of members yet, that’s even more reason why I need to dedicate my time and effort to mange it, and hopefully, we can make the world a better place, starting from our College.

What are your goals for 2018?
For yourself in your role?
As the Environment Captain, there are quite a few things I need to address, but if you ask me what’s the number 1 priority? ..... Rubbish.

It should be no surprise that the rubbish in our College is one of the biggest environmental problems we have,  and as a community we should focus on this issue. 

While we’re at it, if you have some ideas, please do email me at wangj10@stpeters.vic.edu.au. Also remember that the Environment Club is always open to new members.

For yourself as a Year 12 student?
Like most other Year 12 students, the one and only goal is to get a good study score. Personally, the aim is at a 95 for a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University, but maybe the chance of that is pretty slim. The second goal is a 90 for a Bachelor of Commerce in Monash University, but if not a goal of 80+ for a Bachelor of Business in Monash, which I think I can get.

Literally the same as what said before, all about that ATAR. But if I had to pick something, it’d be to work on my self regulating skills. As of current, I get distracted very easily, so I’ll have to work on that.

What would you like your legacy to be for St. Peter’s College?
The Environment Club, I want to bring it to the top and have it stay there for years to come. I want everyone to be aware of the Environment Club, I want it to be there after I graduate. I want the Environment Club to always be there and regulate the College so it’ll be always clean.

What are you immediate life ambitions and aspirations once you complete your studies at St. Peter’s College?
Take a deep breath, relax, think about the meaning of life and our purpose on earth and be and be very, very, very anxious about my ATAR. After that? I don’t know.

What are your long term life ambitions and aspirations?
I want to make money, lots of money. After that I think I’ll take that money and give it back to the society, but that’s only if I can make enough money.

Meet our Environment Captain - West Campus

Introducing Our College Captains 2018
Name: Imogen Stoneman
Role: Environment Captain Campus:  West

When did you start your studies at St. Peter’s College?
I started my studies in 2013 as a Year 7 student only knowing two people at the school. 

Tell us about your family?
My immediate family consists of my mum, sister Rhiannon, two brothers Aaron and Trent and my nan who has moved in with us due to the onset of dementia. My house is always busy with friends and partners popping in and out. 

Tell us about your other interests?
I love to travel and be able to discover new places around the world. International adventures are my favourite as you get to immerse into a different culture and see the world from different perspectives.  

Year 12 Studies:
At St. Peter’s College I am currently studying five VCE Subjects, English, Further Maths, Health & Human Development, Religion & Society and Business Management. After Year 12, I am hoping to make it to university and complete a Bachelor of Education. 

Have you already completed any of your VCE Studies prior to this year?
Yes, in Year 11. I completed Unit 3/4 Geography and I also completed Certificate lll in Retail Operations.

2018 Annual College Theme

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

To me this means that we may not be fortunate enough to have all the necessities needed for everyday life, so while we have the opportnites to give to others we should act on that. In return when we face struggles in our life someone will be there to support us. 

How will you live this statement throughout the year in your role?
As a student of Mackillop House, I follow in Mary Mackillop footsteps and never see a need without doing something about it. As the West Campus Environment Captain, I will step up to any environmental concerns within our College and give what I can. As stewards of the earth, we need to care for and acknowledge the precious earth we were given as a result of Jesus’ sacrifice. 

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

To make more students in our College more aware of the environmental issues and what part they can play in making a change.

For yourself as a Year 12 student?
To finish the year off with no regrets and pride in the work I submitted.

To save enough money so I can travel new places once school is finished. 

What would you like your legacy to be for St. Peter’s College?
For my legacy, I would love for the Enviroclub to be full of members ranging from all Year levels. 

What are you immediate life ambitions and aspirations once you complete your studies at St. Peter’s College? 
My life ambitions and aspirations are to go to university, complete a Degree and then get a full time job so I can properly start my adult life. 

What are your long term life ambitions and aspirations?
Long term life ambitions and aspirations are to live a happy and healthy life with my loved ones close by. 

In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in your College?
Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone takes you places you’ve never been before, you’ll never know if you don’t try! 

West St Peter


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Career News

Inside Monash 

Faculty specific 2 hour workshops facilitated by the course coordinator, a current student and a past student.  These workshops will provide with with a deeper understanding of the courses available.  For details on the workshops visit: www.monash.edu/inside-monash


Melbourne Burwood Campus - Tuesday 3 July 2018

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus - Thursday 5 July 2018

DeakInspire will unleash ideas to transform your way of thinking. Aimed at Year 10, 11 and 12 students, it’s designed to empower you to reach your potential and inspire you with exciting ideas of how your future could look. Be there to hear inspirational stories and connect with meaningful experiences – be there to discover the future YOU.
DeakInspire is a FREE event! Lunch and entertainment will be provided.
Find out more here.

Deakin University Info Sessions

Exercise & Sport Science - 18 July
Social Work  - 19 July
Nutrition Sciences – 18 July
Health Sciences – Waterfront Campus – 19 July
Health Sciences - Burwood Campus – 19 July
Health Sciences – Warrnambool Campus – 25 July
Exercise and Sport Science - Waurn Ponds Campus – 21 July
Occupational Therapy – 24 July
Psychology - Waterfront Campus – 24 July
Psychology - Burwood Campus – 24 July
Psychology - Warrnambool Campus – 25 July
2018 Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Degrees – 28 July

Aviation Australia – Flight Attendant Sessions

At Aviation Australia, we understand the challenges and uncertainties that may arise with pursuing a dream career as a flight attendant. Our industry experts are here to explain your options as well as guide and assist you in deciding upon the pathway best for you.  Thursday 3 May 2018  Register Or find out more here.


May 3 – May 6 | Caulfield Racecourse
Australia’s biggest education and careers expo.
Find out more here.

Ms Melissa Dillon
Careers Coordinator - West Campus

Parents & Friends Committee News

The Parent and Friends Committee holds meetings twice per term.
Throughout the year these meetings include guest speakers from the College Teaching community.


Wednesday 2 May 2018
St. Peter’s College East Campus
Administration Centre, MacKillop Way, Clyde North
6.45 – 7.30 Solomon Islands Immersion program Fundraising
7.15 pm Tea and Coffee
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm General P&F Meeting


Mrs Julie Banda, Deputy Principal, Head of East Campus
B.Arts, B.Ed, CertIV Training & Assessment; M.ED (Student Wellbeing)

 2017 Julie Banda
Julie will share with us her journey in life and teaching so far and her vision for the future.


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St Agatha's Parish News

SPECIAL COLLECTION: Will be taken up at all Masses this weekend for the Military Ordinariate. The Catholic Military Ordinariate of Australia is responsible for the pastoral care of uniformed members of Australia’s Navy, Army and Air Force, their families and of the civilians employed by the Department of Defence, serving those who serve.

NEW PRESBYTERY CARPARK: Our new carpark has some final works to be completed but is now ready for use. Parishioners are asked to enter and exit from the Presbytery driveway. You may also drive through the carpark and exit onto Scott Street, but this will be a left turn only exit. This will assist with traffic flow so traffic won’t build up because of the lights. Please do not block the entry into the adjoining Providence House carpark. We do not want cars exiting near the traffic lights so a front fence will soon be erected to block this driveway. A walkway will be created along the rear fence near the presbytery garage. Please help by parking in the designated parking spots only and keep all other areas clear.

PROJECT COMPASSION: THANK YOU for supporting Project Compassion. Boxes and envelopes can be returned and placed in the basket on the Sanctuary or visit www.caritas.org.au to make your donation online. Receipts will be available shortly.

ALTAR SERVERS: We are in the process of compiling new rosters, in the meantime please serve at the Mass you are attending. Could all the new Altar Servers please return their permission/consent forms ASAP so new rosters can be compiled for the coming months. Any Altar Servers wishing to change your Mass preference please contact the parish office immediately.

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: St. Agatha’s invites a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 28th April to 11th May 2019 with Fr Joseph Abutu. Magi Pilgrimages. For more info see flyer in the Church foyer. Parish Office on 5996 1985 or Rebecca on 0421 521 550 rebeccadaly19@gmail.com

PLENARY COUNCIL 2020: OPEN PARISH MEETING WITH BISHOP PATRICK O’REGAN. As the planning for the 2020 Plenary Council of the Church in Australia gets underway, Bishop Patrick O’Regan will be hosting meetings with parishioners throughout the diocese. Our parish meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 7.30pm, St Agatha’s School Hall. This meeting will introduce parishioners to the concept of Plenary 2020, initiating dialogue, explaining the Plenary process and most importantly, listening to the people. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting as it is a great opportunity, please keep this date free and mark your diaries. For more info please go to the Diocese of Sale please click here.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: If your child is in Grade 6 and has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion and wishes to be Confirmed, an Information session and Parent Workshop will be held Tuesday 24th April at 7.00pm and repeated on Tuesday 1st May at 7.00pm in the Parish Hall. Parents need to attend only one session. Attendance is essential for parents who wish to prepare their child for Confirmation [failure to attend means postponing Confirmation to 2019]. This information Session is also for children from government schools who have attended classes with us since 2017. For info call Sr Mary on 5996 1985.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY: Is for school aged children from Prep upwards as age-appropriate versions of the readings are presented to children in a relaxed and engaging environment in order that children comprehend the stories at their level. Children then re-join the congregation to participate in the rest of the Mass with their families. Please do not send young children to the group.

CAR RAFFLE: If you have any outstanding books please return them ASAP so we can finalise the tickets and send them off for the draw.

CHILDRENS LITURGY LEADERS: Children’s Liturgy leaders meeting will be held at 11.00am on Saturday 28th April at St Patrick’s Pakenham. Please bring a plate to share for lunch. Leaders please collect your new rosters & materials from the usual folder on the cupboard in the foyer. For inquires contact Sr Faustina.

THURSDAY EVENING MASS focuses on a special intention of the week, praying for different needs within our families, parish and the wider community. Intentions for the month of April: 26th for those who celebrate their birthday in April.

VOICE FOR LIFE MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE: Tickets are selling after all Masses from this weekend until Mother’s Day. Come and check out the great prizes.1st Handmade Quilt, 2nd Wok & 3rd Hamper. Tickets are $2.00

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: is available every week at Providence house. Each session is totally confidential and is for approx. 1 hr., by appointment only. Contact Ruth on 0477 800 161

CHILD SAFETY: St Agatha’s Parish is committed to creating a caring, nurturing and safe environment for all, where the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is paramount. This is a fundamental responsibility of our parish and inherent teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.

If you are a VOLUNTEER in our parish, you are required to have signed a Code of Conduct. And a current Working with Children card. To apply online is a very easy process online and there is no fee for registering. Please go here.

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St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: The first workshop for the parents of Confirmation Candidates is to be held at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School at 7.00pm on Tuesday 24th April. The next meeting is on Wednesday 2nd May at 7.00pm. All parents must attend one of the Parent Meetings. For further information please contact Leah at St Thomas the Apostle School or Fiona at the Parish Office.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK: At the 10.45am Mass on 29th April, Staff and Student Leaders of St Peter’s College will be celebrating Mass with the Parish to mark the beginning of Catholic Education Week.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Next weekend, there will be a special collection for the Education of Seminarians Bursary Fund and on 5th/6th May a special collection for the Military Ordinariate.

RCIA MYSTAGOGIA MASS, This Sunday at 2.00 PM: this "Mass of Thanksgiving" will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick at St Mary's Cathedral, Sale. This is a special event in the RCIA calendar - a time of thanksgiving for our new members Amanda Ah Colt and Sala Fatialofa who became part of our Catholic community at the Easter Vigil. Parishioners, especially Amanda and Sala with their Sponsors, families and Team members are invited to attend this Mass. We continue praying for these ladies and Tominiko Sagele to support their growing faith in our Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

CALLING ALL YOUTHS: Hi guys! We’re setting up a new Youth Group this term and we would love for any youths in high school or older from the parish to join. Our first gathering will happen on the 4th of May from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at St Peter’s on the 1st level of our worship place. Come and have some fun! If you’re interested, please send an email to Sheryllin at parish@stthomasap.org.au.

FR BERNARD BUCKLEY: Please remember Fr Bernard (Pakenham) in your prayers as he continues to have medical treatment following recent surgery.

WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS: Stanley Devasia will speak about this call at all Masses. He is a student for the priesthood for the Diocese of Sale and is due to be Ordained as a Deacon this year. Today is the World Day of Vocations. Pope Francis tells us: 
We will never discover the special, personal calling that God has in mind for us if we remain enclosed in ourselves, in our usual way of doing things… We could lose the chance to dream big and to play our part in the unique and original story that God wants to write with us. 
God calls young people from our local communities to serve as priests and consecrated religious. We all have a role to play in helping young people to ‘dream big’ and hear this call. What can I do to foster vocations from this community? 

On Pentecost Sunday this year (May 20th) the 3-year process towards the Plenary 2020 will be launched in Catholic parishes around Australia. The journey commences with Open Dialogue and Listening Encounters for 12 months from 2018-2019. More details of launch resource materials and ongoing resources for this 12 month process will be supplied by the Plenary Council Executive and the Plenary Facilitation Team.
In the meantime, you can stay up to date by visiting the Plenary Council websitehttp://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au and subscribing with your email address for the latest updates.

PROCLAIM 2018: Bishop Pat is encouraging parishes to consider sending representatives to Proclaim 2018. This national conference in Brisbane will engage parishes and faith communities in a conversation focusing on five key areas: Leadership, Culture Change, Young People, Belonging and Evangelisation. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Make your home in me” (Jn 15:4) and the conference aims to assist Catholic communities in preparing for the Plenary 2020. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES April 22 and there are also group discounts (5 delegates for the price of 4). Register at http://proclaimconference.com.au/  Please see notice board for additional information.

COMBINED PARISHES RAFFLE 2018 booklets are due back now regardless of whether or not they have been sold. Please ensure 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.  

HOLY MASS ENVELOPES: The Parish has ordered envelopes for you to offer Mass booking for the faithful departed. You can return the envelopes in the collection plate or to the Parish Office. We do request that you write your phone number so that we can contact you should the Mass you request is not available. 

PALMS AUSTRALIA: Communities in Myanmar, PNG, Samoa, Timor Leste, Kiribati and Kenya seek volunteers to mentor locals and build capacity. Palms volunteers don’t do quick fixes, but immerse themselves in overseas communities for long-term skill exchange. If you have teaching, medical, business, admin or trade skills, share them with our global family!  Go to  www.palms.org.au/volunteer or Contact Palms on 02 9560 5333.Come to the Palms Info Session: Saturday 5 May 10:30am Ross House, Jenny Florence Room 247 Flinders Lane, MELBOURNE

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