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Issue 130  |  10 May 2018
Featured Story
From our Principal

Dear Parents and Friends,

College Advisory Board

The College Advisory Board AGM was held this week. All current Board members will continue in their role for another term with the exception of the staff representative. The board welcomed Ms Vivienne Hayes as the new staff representative. Viv has a sound understanding of St Peter’s College, our directions and vision as well as the experience of being a staff member and curriculum leader on both campuses. Viv is currently the Arts Coach on the East Campus. Mr Ken Barnes was the outgoing Chair of the Board after his tenure expired, however, was elected unopposed for a further two year appointment. I thank Ken for his significant contribution to date and his preparedness to continue on in the role for a further two year term.

Items discussed at this week’s board meeting included:

  • Year 7 Enrolments 2019
  • Building Projects
  • National Consistent Collection of Data
  • Update on the School Improvement Framework process
  • Report on the 2017 Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project

Athletics – East Campus

It was unfortunate that the scheduled East Campus Athletics was not able to occur due to poor weather. I wish all the very best for the re-scheduled Athletics occurring next Monday, May 14th. Unfortunately due to a Principal’s briefing in Warragul I will not be in attendance. Best of luck to all competitors and may the best House win.

Mother’s Day Breakfast – St Agatha’s

My thanks is extended to a number of students and staff who went along to assist in the preparation and serving of breakfast to the mums who attended the St. Agatha’s Primary School breakfast today.  Our College is named after St. Peter the Apostle. His example of Servant Leadership is something we strive live out in our daily interactions. Our students are called to follow St. Peter’s example and be of service to others.  This is yet another example presented to students in leading the way.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our mothers and those that take on mothering roles a very happy Mother’s Day for Sunday. To our students the rule in my household is that on mother’s day the mum does no jobs and gets to put her feet up. I set that challenge to you all. Below is a prayer of blessing for all mothers.

A Prayer for Mothers

All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. 


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Mr Chris Black

Chris Black Signature

Latest News
East Campus News

We all want to be acknowledged. We all need to know that people see us. We want to know our presence matters, so…….
If we are lucky to travel overseas, one of the first foreign words we try to learn is Hello. One of the first words very young children learn is to say hello, and we encourage our children to be polite and greet adults to acknowledge them respectfully by saying hello. Yet in our busy day, how often do we actually say hello and make that verbal connection which can bring a lightness, a joy or a smile as we realise we have been acknowledged as a person. Hello is a powerful word, and it is important to show others they are deserving of this very simple yet potent greeting. It can have more impact when spoken than we may realise. One of the most enjoyable parts of my position as Deputy Principal is that I get to walk around the campus daily and greet and interact with our students and staff. I get to start my day with many hellos. Many students do laugh when I say goodbye to them at the end of the day, with the parting line, “don’t forget to come back tomorrow, it gets better”. 

The question I pose is, can saying hello do more than just raise a smile, and can it impact on how a student performs or behaves at school? Here is an extract from an article I found when researching this very question. I think you will find it an interesting and insightful read.

Recently, I listened to a news story about a young teen was bullied by his classmates. When his parents decided to enrol him in a new school, they were concerned that he would not know anyone. How would he make friends? The fourteen-year-old came up with his solution: Each morning at the new school, he held the door for his classmates. He greeted each of them as they entered the building. Propping the door and saying “hello” was a risk for an awkward adolescent. At first, the other students wondered what he was doing. Some returned his greeting or said “thank-you.” Others kept walking. Over time, the students anticipated his greeting. When he wasn’t at the door, they wondered if he was sick. By his senior year, this awkward, the once bullied teen became the homecoming king. This teen tapped into a need we all have.

Researchers in the US were looking at middle school student performance and discovered that simply greeting a student by name as he or she entered the classroom, increased student on-task behaviour. Therefore the lesson is simple, each day we have the opportunity to hold the door open, with a simple hello. By doing this we acknowledge those who enter our lives, and spread happiness by making it our role to be the greeter. There is the challenge for all of us; students, staff and parents to take on the experience of the teen in the story and hold the door open with a simple greeting, a hello. By doing this I believe we will find that the door opens far beyond the first hello. Who will be the first to say hello tomorrow, and how much stronger will our return greeting be to that first hello? Go on take the challenge and say hello.
Bonjour, Hallo/Guten tag, Ciao, Namste, Salaam, Adras-Tvuy-Te, Sawubona, As-Salaam-Aliaikum

Year 11 Girl Guides Mentor Breakfast 

Three of our Year 11 students embraced the opportunity of attending the Girl Guides Mentor Breakfast at Bunjil Place last week. The girls were highly motivated and organised their parents to ensure they were at the breakfast by 7am! Thank you parents. Upon their return to the college, the girls were very excited and clearly had been inspired by the event. They say it best themselves.

“It was a great and eye opening experience, it inspired young women to pursue their careers and to not feel discouraged by rejection. Being around so many successful women was very empowering and encourages young women to go forward”.  Ophelia Heng

“It was a pleasure to be able to attend the Women's Mentor Breakfast 2018. Being surrounded with successful women really inspired me to be the best I can be." Tenneale Pietersz

“Attending the women’s mentor breakfast was a privilege and an eye opening experience. Meeting a lot of successful women motivated me as a young aspiring female”.  Awur Atiu

This term, the VCAL students have been studying an integrated unit on the ANZACS, the unit included a variety of experiences including completing The Kokoda Memorial Walk (1000 Steps) in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Along the walk, students had the opportunity to study informative plaques about the different aspect of the Kokoda track. For example, did you know that the trees along the track were so dense and dark that most soldiers could not see more than 10 meters in front of them? The following day, students had the pleasure of meeting Barry Rogers, a veteran and Secretary of the Dandenong and Cranbourne RSL. We would like to thank Barry for giving up his time to share his own experiences and explain the role of the RSL. His key message was to always listen to advice and to make every experience a learning experience; this is an appropriate message for all our VCAL students.

Rosemary Graham Shield Update before the big Athletics Carnival.

Augustine has thrown down the challenge!

2018 Rosemary Graham Shield Results

Campus Assembly @ East

Our first Campus assembly this term showcased the leadership, sporting talent and resilience of our students. I commend the way in which our College Captains lead and run these assemblies. They are an enormous source of inspiration and embody true servant leadership. Servant leadership was very much the focus of our guest speakers, Emily Hoyle and Emily Lace, (Year 12 2017) who spoke of their experience gained from being involved in our Solomon Island immersion program. The personal growth and development that both girls have clearly gained from this experience was evident in their confident, reflective and insightful presentation. We thank them for taking the time to share their experiences with us.

We were also delighted to have been awarded the privilege of hosting a sporting champion, Melissa Duncan, as a result of our wonderful Active April efforts. Melissa is a 1500m runner, who has competed at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 World Indoor Championships. Melissa’s inspiring message was very simple but highly effective: find something that you love and are good at and then persist no matter what setback come your way.

Finally we are so very lucky to be able to celebrate the feast day of our House patrons with mass in our newly designed Prayer room. We are so fortunate to have Father Denis lead us in our spiritual celebrations. This week we celebrated the feast day of Mary Glowrey.

I wish you all a safe and happy week. And remember to say Hello.

Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus

West Campus News

Mental Health Increase calls to Emergency depts.

The media reported this week that there has been a drastic rise in the number of young people seeking help for mental health issues at Victorian  emergency departments, with many families unaware their children are suffering until they experience physical symptoms, a study has found.

The Murdoch Children' Research Institute in Melbourne found mental health
presentations at Victorian emergency departments tripled for children aged between 10 and 19 between 2008 and 2015. While the number is shocking, the fact that there has been an increase is probably not a huge surprise to a number of parents and teachers who find themselves dealing with our teenagers experiencing poor mental health.

Some of the more common disorders included self-harm, drug and alcohol issues, anxiety, and depression. Researcher and paediatrician, Professor Hiscock said “…a grassroots approach was vital in helping tackle the issue. The more support we have from health, from education sectors, from families, from our social care sectors as well … the better."

It is for this reason that we at St Peter’s are emphasizing working with parents to support any students with mental health issues. Some of the strategies we are using include:

  • Student Wellbeing Team of three student counsellors.
  • All House Leaders and Pastoral Care Leaders trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
  • A Positive Education program delivered through Tutor Group and Pastoral Periods that aims to be preventative by teaching students about gratitude, empathy and mindfulness and so enabling them to achieve happiness and thrive.
  • A MindMatters Team that seek a whole school approach to student wellbeing and a Student Wellbeing Advisory Committee that aims to make the vision of flourishing student mental health a concrete reality.

Please speak with your child’s Learning Advisor, House Leader or Ms Anita Carter (Student Wellbeing Leader) if you are concerned about your child’s mental health. It can at times be difficult to distinguish erratic teenage behaviour from developing mental health disorders.

Campus Assembly

There was much to present at the West Campus Assembly this week. Our
Environment Captain, Imogen Stoneman, announced an upcoming tree planting excursion that the Environment Group will participate in at Yellingbo State Park. Ms Stephanie Lomas has been doing wonderful work inspiring this group and presented badges to the members. Likewise, our Social Justice Captain Emma Pocock reported on the activities on the Social Justice Group including the visits to Willow Wood Aged Care and Vinnies in Cranbourne and the work of the Breakfast Club. Ms Maria Gonsalves has motivated this team and presented them with their badges.

We were blessed by the return of former students Emily Lace and Emily Hoyle who spoke about last year’s Solomon Islands visit and gave us an insight into the assistance that St Peter’s community has been able to provide.

We also heard about the visit of students on the New Caledonia study tour and met our Japanese Intern Ms Ryoko Nishiyama. Ryoko will assist in the Japanese classrooms over the next few months.

Kira May, our Arts Captain, captivated the assembly with her rendition of “She Used To Be Mine”, delivered with great poise and an even greater voice.

Students reported on Swimming and Cross Country Awards, SIS Public Speaking, Romero’s European Handball and Kolbe’s Goalball Competition. Upcoming events were also advertised such as the Glowrey Lip Sync Battle, the Assisi Soccer Tournament, Saint Peter’s Day Talent Quest and the Mixed Netball Competition.  Students were left with a clear indication that there is plenty happening at the West to keep them involved. Please encourage your child to participate.

House Cross Country Results

Thanks to Mr Justin De Goldi, our sports captains, Tahlia Coates and Mitchell Tharle, the PE staff and House Leaders on running our most popular Cross Country event to date. Over a quarter of the Campus competed at Casey Fields and this strong participation is what contributed to the success of a number of houses. The final placings were as follows:

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Kolbe Goalball Results

Kolbe House wanted to offer a competition that was inclusive and with a number of vision-impaired students amongst them, it was impressive that the students suggested Goalball. All players on the court are blindfolded and then have to roll a ball along the ground to score a goal while a blindfolded opposition try to prevent that goal being scored. The ball has a bell inside it, however, it proved very challenging for the teams to hear this over the roar of the crowd who flocked to the Hall to see the event. While it was difficult to score goals, the houses were separated on a
number of other factors including diversity.
The final results were:

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Thanks to Ms Michele McArdle, the Kolbe House Captains, Ebony Scott and Brandon Smith and the Kolbe House Forum on conceiving of and running an excellent new competition.

Happy Mother’s Day

May all the mums have a restful day this Sunday and may your children truly celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful gift you are in their lives.

West St Peter

2017 West College Captains with David Hansen


David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching News


Article’s and conversation about the value of the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Test abound in the media. Whichever side you stand, the test is at present compulsory for all Australian students.  For St. Peter’s College the information that can be gleaned from our NAPLAN results is triangulated against several other pieces of information. PAT tests over time and teacher judgment are all considered when teachers build a picture of the learning needs of students . The focus of Learning for the past three years has been to use this data to better inform our teaching and to provide students with a more personalised learning plan which suits were they are positioned on the Learning Continuum. The results of NAPLAN are just one piece of the puzzle which helps teachers to know their students.

As this important work continues, I encourage parents to talk to student about the usefulness of this test. Yes, it is just one test on any given day but this data is used together with other information to build a picture of both individual students and the College as a whole. Important whole school strategies are initiated based on the data and the effect size we observe as a result.

Year 9 results are particularly important as these are an indication of the value and growth that the College has contributed to a student’s learning. 

I encourage all students then, especially Year 9 to apply themselves seriously to each NAPLAN test.

For those who may be feeling anxious about taking the NAPLAN test Andrew Fuller provides some excellent tips on Preparing for tests & exams. Please click here for tips.

NAPLAN will commence next week and will be conducted electronically at the West Campus and via pen and paper at the East Campus. Please ensure your son and daughter has the required equipment to complete the test. For questions regards NAPLAN, please contact Mr Michael Dalley at The West campus or Ms Emily McClelland at the East Campus.

NCCD – National Consistent Collection of Data

All school in Australia participate in the NCCD annually. The NCCD collects data about school students with a disability across Australia in a consistent, reliable and systematic way. In practice, such students will be receiving reasonable adjustments from the school so that they can participate in education on the same basis as other students as required by the Disability Standards for Education. Click here for more information. In order to support provision of accurate Data the College has put in place several measures 

  1. Establishment of an NCCD Team
  2. Provision of Professional Learning for Teachers around the Disability Standards
  3. Appointment of a Learning Adjustment Teacher at both the East and West campus 

St Peter’s is continually working towards providing more personalised learning plans for all of our students and we look forward to the opportunity to move forward in providing best practice education for all of our students. 

Schoolbox Rollout

I would like to thank Parent’s who have emailed and called to alert the College about issues involving our rollout of SchoolBox and the SchoolBox parent application. This helped us identify a number of “Glitches” with the "Due Work" section together with other areas of SchoolBox.  The IT Department has now resolved most of these so if you have had any issues in the past I would encourage you to get back onto the site and try again.  

Please continue to raise any concerns or questions with individual teachers or myself if you see any areas that are still causing issues for you.

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

What is it about 40?

The Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday, May 13th. The Catholic Church in countries such as Australia, where we do not observe this feast as a public holiday, have obtained permission from the HQ in Rome to move observance of this feast from the traditional Thursday to the following Sunday. Although, in some states we do have public holidays for horse racing or agricultural shows! Got to love living in Australia!

This feast is around the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. As mentioned above, Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the 40th day of Easter.

What is it about 40?

40 is a commonly found number in sacred texts, for our tradition and in other faith traditions. We have just recently celebrated Lent, remembering when Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights in the Judean desert.

40 can also be seen in Genesis where rain fell for 40 days and 40 nights during the Flood. Goliath challenged the Israelites for 40 days before David defeated him.

40 is also significant in other religious traditions such as in Islam with Muhammad being 40 when he first received the revelation delivered by the archangel Gabriel. Muhammad also prayed and fasted in a cave for 40 days. Sounds very similar to Jesus in the desert. 

We at St. Peter’s College give our best wishes to those who belong to the Islamic tradition in our community, who are about to observe their special time of Ramadan (from May 16th).

Give Mum an extra ‘40’ winks.

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a chance for us to honour our mothers. So if your mother or the significant female in your life, does way above a 40 hour week, let’s allow them an extra 40 winks this Sunday, to show our love and appreciation.

2018 Blessed Oscar Romero

2017 East Cross

West St Peter


Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity

Meet our Sports Captain - West Campus

Introducing Our College Captains 2018
Name: Tahlia Coates
Role: Sports Captain Campus: West

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

Tell us about your family?
My family consists of my dad, mum and brother.

Tell us about your other interests?

Outside of school I play and train for netball most days. On the odd occasion I will spend my downtime with my friends either shopping or seeing a movie.

Year 12 Studies:

My current Year 12 studies are Business Management, Physical Education, Health & Human Development, English and Ethics.

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

Yes, In year 11, I completed my second year of Sport & Recreation.

but what I do have, I give to you

What does this mean to you?

The phrase “but what I do have, I give to you” means to me allowing and supporting other students to have the support and a back bone they need, just like I have at the College

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

I will live this statement through my role by giving opportunities to students who may be to afraid to stand out in the crowd.

What are your goals for 2018?

For yourself in your role?

For my self in the role of Sports Captain I want to have full participation and encourage other students to step outside their comfort zone and give everything a go. 

For yourself as a Year 12 student?

As a Year 12 student my goals are to work hard and hopefully be rewarded with a good Atar Score and that it will reflect my hard work.


Personally, I want to make myself proud. I want to always be happy and strive to be my best.

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

To create an environment that allows other students to feel safe and be given the opportunity to learn and participate.

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

After Year 12 I want to take a few years to work and hopefully travel. I don’t really have a plan after that but I will see where life takes me. 

What are your long-term life ambitions and aspirations?

In the long term run, I want to be happy with life, have a good stable job, a happy family. I want to live a healthy life and live up to my full potential.

In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in your College?

Don’t be afraid of working hard because in the end of the day your results will show how hard you’ve worked.



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Meet our Sports Captain - West Campus

Introducing Our College Captains 2018
Name: Mitchell Tharle
Role: Sports Captain Campus: West

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

Tell us about your family?
I live in a family of five with my mother Rachael, my father Chris, my brother James and my sister Catherine and then obviously myself. 

Tell us about your other interests?
Outside of school I have many other interests, many of which are sports or sports related. I play AFL for the Cranbourne Football Club, Cricket for the Tooradin Cricket Club and regularly go the Gym with my mates and my brother. Apart from this I also enjoy playing my Xbox regularly as well as watching spart, particularly the NBA. 

Year 12 Studies:
At St. Peter’s College I am currently studying Business Management, English, Religion & Society, Further Maths and History

Have you already completed any of your VCE Studies prior to this year?
Yes, last year I completed Units 3 & 4 for Physical Education. 

but what I do have, I give to you
What does this mean to you? 
For me this means that no matter who you are, you can always give something, this may not be in the form of monetary wealth but may be in the deeds you do or the time you give up helping those that truly need it. 

How will you live this statement throughout the year in your role?
I will live this statement by giving my all to it and helping anyone that asks or that I may see that needs help, this may not be in the form of giving them physical items but maybe helping them with some problem they have or maybe even something as simple as showing someone new to the school the way to a building. There will always be something to do at school and someone that needs help and I strive to be there to help. 

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

I want to try and make St. Peter's College a school that not only succeeds in all sporting events but more importantly that all who participate enjoy them and want to do them. In the past, I have seen that many people tend to avoid doing sporting activities as they believe they won’t succeed or enjoy themselves and are missing out on activities that could help develop as a person. That is what I want to change as Sports Captain. 

For yourself as a Year 12 student?
As a Year 12 student my goals are to do well and get a good ATAR but more importantly to do the best I can do and not leave anything behind that may make me regret how I attacked my studies. 

Personally, there are multiple goals, firstly to get my license as soon as I turn 18 to try and reduce the load on my parents, and increase my freedom. To try and become the best person that I can, both physically and mentally, and this for me starts in the Gym which is a very important part of my life, I have always been quite lanky and skinny. 

What would you like your legacy to be for St. Peter’s College?
I’m not too focused on my legacy at St. Peter's College as I believe it doesn’t properly define the good things I do here at the College whilst completing my studies, but if there was one thing that students remember me for I would want it to be a positive reflection on what I have brought to the College. 

What are your immediate life ambitions and aspirations once you complete your studies at St. Peter’s College? 
My immediate aspirations are to go to university next year and study a Business Degree, but after that I am quite unsure. Next year I also want to be able to save up some money to allow me to go on a holiday with my friends or family that I can remember for the rest of my life. 

What are your long-term life ambitions and aspirations?
My long-term ambitions are to have a job that I am happy to go to everyday and have family and friends surrounding me that are supporting me in everything. I just want to generally be happy and content with my life.

In one sentence what would you like to say to your fellow students about your Pride in your College?
Don’t be afraid of failure, it may seem negative but in the end you will see how much it has shaped your character and also in the end how much your ATAR score does not define you and that there are plenty of career paths for everybody. 

Careers News

8th May 2018

ACU Passion 4 Business Program is now open
ACU’s Passion for Business (P4B) program offers students an early competitive edge. We know there’s more to you than your exam results and your passion and commitment counts. P4B is a guaranteed early entry program designed to nurture your learning potential and give you a step up in your future business career.
Find out more 

ACU Passion for Law Program is now open
If you’re currently in Year 12 and passionate about studying law, ACU’s Passion for Law (P4L) program offers you an early competitive edge.
P4L is an early entry program designed to nurture your learning potential and give you a step up in your future law career. We know there’s more to you than your exam results and your passion and commitment counts.
Find out more 

ACU Community Achievers Program
Have you volunteered in a sporting or cultural group, parish or community service activity? We'd love to hear about your experiences. ACU's Community Achiever Program is designed to acknowledge commitment to our local communities.
A successful CAP application means you could receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU. Being part of this CAP group also offers unique opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills, while you study with us.
For more information or to apply click here

La Trobe Aspire Program
There’s more to being a good student than marks alone. Aspire rewards the skills and knowledge you’ve gained through your community contribution with a conditional early offer into your chosen course at La Trobe.
Applications Open 1 June – you can register now to find out the latest.
Register here

General News

Assisi House News

Congratulations to Tyler Irving of Assisi House on being selected as a part of the Mornington Peninsula Youth Girls Representative Team who recently traveled to New Zealand to take on their Women's AFL side. Tyler will now be a part of a Youth Girls AFL Development Squad as she continues on her journey to the AFLW in 2022!!! 

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Mr Peter Brannan
Assisi House Leader


Women’s Welcome Cafe
Please let your networks know that Merinda Park is starting a new Women’s Welcome Cafe on Mondays 9.30-12.30pm, beginning 14th May.

All women are welcome to drop in and say hello. Please include this in your newsletters as appropriate.
Hopefully we will all find good friends and feel that we belong.

Elaine Smith
Women's Association - South East Melbourne Australia

Health and PE News

Netball Program

The birds were chirping, the sun was shining and East Campus was very quiet at 8:00am on Thursday, 3rd May, yet the sounds of the morning were cut quite short with the giggling murmurs of 12 excited girls who were eager to begin the Sporting Schools Netball Clinic. The session began with some warm up activities led by Miss McClelland with a few laps of the Lyons Basketball Courts, some stretching of the core muscle groups and while bodies were warm, their skills were put to the test.

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In pairs and groups of four; students practiced passing, jumping whilst catching, working as a team, building communication skills and calling for the ball as Miss Ross led the girls through their drills in order to enhance their team spirit and understanding of the game. Towards the end of the session, students broke into two teams and played a short Netball game, which scored quite closely. This clinic gave the girls confidence to work together with their peers, taught them new skills surrounding Netball and ensured all students were being physically active in order to build spirit and community participation. 

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The momentum continued on Tuesday, 8th May, as 38 junior girls were bussed off site to Casey Indoor to build upon their training and skill development from session one. No time was lost once the clinic started, with two courts in circulation, our brand new netballs were flying in every direction as the girls learnt the rules, techniques and court line markings very quickly. Although the level of skill between the girls varied, it was their sense of community and willingness to help others that saw each participant rise to their full potential in order to gain the most out of their time together.

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We are excited to have four more sessions on offer this term;

  • 14th May: Casey Indoor - 65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Departing East Campus 11.30am and returning to East Campus 12.30pm.
  • 21st May: St Peter’s College East Campus. Commencing at 1.40pm and concluding at 2.20pm.
  • 29th May: Casey Indoor - 65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Departing East Campus 12.40pm and returning to East Campus 1.40pm.
  • 4th June: Casey Indoor - 65 Berwick Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East.

Departing East Campus 2.00pm and returning to East Campus 3.15pm.

The Coaches; Miss McClelland, Miss Ross and the assistant to the Coaches, Mrs Slykerman, are looking forward to the upcoming clinics and developing the skills of our passionate young athletes at St.Peter’s College East Campus further as the term progresses. It’s not too late to sign up if your child has missed out, simply email Mrs Slykerman or speak to your child’s Physical Education Teacher.

Ms Sarah Slykerman
Health and Physical Education - East Campus

Library News

Library Chat

Luka Slams Poetry Lesson to Year 10s!

Luka Lesson, Slam poet and Spoken Word Performance Artist wowed Year 10 students at both campuses. He moved and inspired them with his passionate and skilful performance of original poems. His session was part of the Author Visit Program organised by English and the Library.
The following are some student responses.
"I learnt so much from Luka. I consumed so much information about poetry. He also gave us good advice about our future, warning us to expect the unexpected whilst trying to accomplish our goals in life, especially what you want to do when you leave school. Luka made me see Slam Poetry or Poetry itself with a much more open and wider mindset then I did before the session. I am excited for what’s coming next year." -  Eneleisha Sitagata

"I really enjoyed Luka because I found his works to be very deep and meaningful. I feel like I gained a lot of insight on how to write poetry through him coming to our school and it helped inspire me to make my own poetry. I am grateful for the experience." - Shae Le Gall

"His style is nice. I liked how he went from talking to singing to rapping." - Jok 

"I thought he was interesting."  Alisha Oskan 

"Luka’s poetry was unique and I enjoyed it." Keuen Diu

We look forward to hearing the poetry created by students inspired by Luka’s work.

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Library News


Ms Angela Gargano 
Head of Library

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, we welcome Fr Tony Spierings back to St Agatha’s this weekend, Fr Tony will be helping celebrate weekend Masses while Fr Antony is away. Fr Antony and Sr Anna have arrived safely at their destinations, please continue to keep them in their prayers. No Thursday evening Masses will be celebrated during the month of May while Fr Antony is away.

Congratulations to Mikayla van der Velden, one of our young parishioners, on being awarded The Father James Wall, Bursary. Mikayla is a Year 10 student at St. Peter’s College, West Campus and an Altar Server at St Agatha’s Parish. Thank you and God bless you all, Fr Joseph

SPECIAL COLLECTION will be taken up next weekend for the Education of Seminarians Bursary Fund.

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 website  

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.

THE TALK: Information night for parents. A 6-week program for parents. The whole sex talk. Empowering parents to be the educators of their children. Guiding your adolescent with healthy ongoing conversations. Giving parents the motivation, confidence and tolls to talk to their kids about sex. Biblically based program. Information evening 25th May at 7.30pm in St Agatha’s Church, program will begin on 6th June in Providence House till 11th July 7.30pm to 9.00pm. For more information contact Maria on 0409 563 864 or the parish office.

TEA & COFFEE: We are compiling a new tea & coffee roster and are in need of new helpers. Would you like to join in helping this ministry, serving a cuppa and having a chat? Please contact the parish office on 5996 1985 or email parishoffice@stagathas.org.au

THE FULL SPIRITUAL EXERCISES IN DAILY LIFE - A journey that is life-giving, healing and transformative. You are given material to pray with over the whole experience of the Spiritual Exercises and meet with a spiritual director. Just as we are required to keep healthy by walking, food, etc., so we are called to grow deeper spiritually in our daily life of prayer with God. Please ring Ruth on 0477 800 161

OUR LADY OF FATIMA: Into the Future? The Ordinariate of The Most Holy Family invites you to come spend a day to celebrate Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday 12th May at St Brigid’s Church, Church St, Cowwarr. 9.00am to closing after the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3.00pm. For more info see the notice board or contact Pat Crozier on 0400 218 417 OZ ROSARY #53: A virtual Rosary around Australia on Sunday 13th May. There are 53 Hail Mary’s in the rosary and we are looking for 53 or more locations across Australia from coast to coast. This Great Southland of the Holy Spirit needs the Rosary. For more information see the flyer in the foyer or to make our Church a location contact the parish office or ozrosary53@gmail.com or Jane on 0476 535 595.

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THE L.A.M.P. MUSIC FESTIVAL - Come join us at St. Patricks Parish Pakenham, on Saturday May 12th 2018 from 12 pm to 7 pm, for a day filled with music, fun and games, ending with a 6 pm mass with youth (13 years and above) from all over the diocese. Our Special Guest for the day is Hip Hop artist and Catholic Missionary Joshua Angrisano. For more information and registration, visit the website.

CHOSEN: Jesus Youth Australia decided to organise an annual Youth Conference that helps young people to encounter Jesus in a life changing way. Conference will encourage young people to take bold commitment to live as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. For more information, please visit the website or email: info@chosenconference.org.au. Flyers are on display at both entrances.

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 website 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. Register at the website  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.  
*RAFFLE BOOKLET beginning with 027601: If you have this booklet in your possession, please contact the Parish Office immediately.*

OUR LADY OF FATIMA: The Most Holy Family Parish, Cowwarr, invites you to come spend a day with them to celebrate Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday 12 May at 9.00am. Enquiries: Pat Crozier – 0400 218 417. Please see flyers at either entrances.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES - Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. Praying the rosary together, as a family, is very beautiful and a source of great strength!  And also praying for one another! The husband for his wife, the wife for her husband, both together for their children, the children for their grandparents….. praying for each other. This is what it means to pray in the family and it is what makes the family strong. Prayer. (Pope Francis)

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. 

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