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Issue 131  |  17 May 2018
Featured Story
From our Principal

Dear Parents and Friends,

Whilst the rain was welcome last week it certainly reminded us that we are well and truly in the midst of Autumn. Before we know it the chills of Winter will be upon us. On the up-side this means our students have no excuse not to be working hard on their studies when they have to remain indoors for longer periods. May and early June mark one of the peak assessment periods and the time is ripe for students to be in study mode.

East Campus Athletics

Whilst the East Campus had to postpone their Athletics last week, there was no stopping them this week. It never fails to impress me as a spectacle, especially in observing the House Captains working tirelessly to ensure the day runs smoothly and that every race is filled. They cajole, encourage, enthuse and commiserate. Their abilities to effectively communicate, problem-solve and work collaboratively and collegially are on show for all to observe. They are wonderful role models of servant leaders. Congratulations to the House Captains, House Leaders, staff and students for a terrific day. Special congratulations to the victorious houses on the day.

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House Athletics Champions: Glowrey

House Spirit Award: MacKillop

Zane Hyde – Dux 2017

I had the privilege this week, together with Zane’s Year 12 Biology Teacher, Mrs Tania Brown to be present as Zane was presented with a Premier’s Award for receiving a Study Score of 50 (out of 50) for Biology. The Premier’s VCE Awards recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Victorian Certificate of Education. The prestigious awards ceremony, attended by 1,100 guests, saw Education Minister James Merlino present 320 awards to 287 students. It was a proud moment when our school was read out as the school Zane attended. Zane was recognised as one of the top ranked Biology students in the state with only six other students receiving this same honour.

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Campus Name Changes

Discussions are currently being held around making a name change to the campuses. The rationale for this includes: Pre-planning for our third campus, aligning ourselves more accurately with the parish names and also ensuring each campus is easily distinguishable from the other. At last week’s Advisory Board meeting discussions centred on two possibilities. 

Option 1

West Campus – to become St. Peter’s College - Cranbourne Campus
East campus – to become St. Peter’s College - Clyde North Campus
New Campus – to become known as St. Peter’s College - Clyde Campus

Option 2

West Campus – to become St. Peter’s College - Cranbourne Campus
East campus – to become St. Peter’s College – MacKillop Way Campus
New Campus – to become known as St. Peter’s College - Clyde Campus

Parents will soon be invited to indicate their preferred choice via a CareMonkey notification.

Staff News

There have been a few staff changes over the first few weeks of Term 2. This week we farewell Chloe Maltar and Mel Ryan who both begin maternity leave. We wish them both our best wishes and blessings as they await the arrival of their first borns. Chloe will be replaced by Rachael Hickey, with Shannon Samanarayke taking on the role of Sports Manager at the East Campus. Wendy Height is the replacement Assistant Office Manager taking on Mel Ryan’s cross-campus role.

High Achieving Students

Rachel Jayawardne – East Campus – MacKillop

Year 7 students Rachel Jayawardene in  MacKillop has been selected for the upcoming National Tour of the Australian Girls Choir. She will be one of only 15 girls selected from Melbourne to participate in this 14 day tour. The choir will travel to Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney, participating in workshops, performances, masterclasses and combined schools events. Rachel departs on June 21 and will return on July 6, I wish her all the best during this wonderful opportunity.

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Mr Chris Black

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Latest News
East Campus News

East Campus Athletics Carnival Monday 14 May

Last week we were all disappointed that our Athletics Carnival had to be cancelled due to poor weather, but Monday's glorious weather provided the perfect conditions for what was a wonderful event. The sun shone down on all athletes, student cheer squads and teachers as the East Campus took over Casey Fields’ main arena to showcase our talent, dedication and true St. Peter's College spirit. Records were broken, including Martin Tombra who smashed the previous record for the fastest 100metres sprint. It is probably best that Olympian Usain Bolt has retired! The day provides us with a break from our normal routine and the opportunity to unite as one and share the unique bond that is St. Peter's College. Through the lens of the colourful costumes worn by seniors, and the inspiring House Chants the day is brought to life.

We were well fuelled by the VCAL run BBQ, and the endless cups of tea & coffee as provided to staff by our LEC team of students. The highlight for myself is always the ability to meet and celebrate with students no matter whether they receive a first place ribbon or a congratulations for participation and judging the House Spirit Award. However this year a special highlight was afforded to me as a part entrant in the staff vs Year 12 relay event.

Our sincere congratulations and thanks go to Mrs Chloe Maltar and her amazing team for the organisation and running of this first class event. Mrs Maltar leaves us shortly on maternity leave, and thus this was her last Athletics Carnival for some time. We will miss her and we wish her all the very best.

Final Athletics Results:                                    

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Glowrey win the Athletics and MacKillop win for House Spirit.

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Pastoral Care – Strive & Thrive

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Incorporated into our Strive & Thrive program are speciality topics and events run by external providers which addds to the richness of our program. Our next pastoral session on Tuesday, 22 May will see each year level from 7-12 engaged in events tailored for the needs, interests and concerns. The program is outlined below and students are to wear their PE uniform for this day. Student reflections from each year level will be included in next week’s newsletter.

22 May Period 4:

  • Year 7 – Police Talk presentation
  • Year 8 – Discussion and activities related to the issue of sexting
  • Year 9 – Class Act presentation- relates to issues concerning boys and girls
  • Year 10 – Road Smart presentation
  • Year 11 & 12 – will meet Michelle Newland and her story about resiliance

Grounds & Landscaping works @ East

Students were somewhat baffled this morning as they watched a huge pipe pumping concrete into the ground – for what purpose? After the completion of our Year 9 Building, work has been steadily moving on the development of our main landscaping area. This exciting area will feature an ampithreatre and an inviting pathed area with planted greenery. This area will become a focal point for the campus with many student based activities including lunchtime music concerts, and impromptu performing arts presentations.

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The landscaping has been completed around the year 9 building providing staff and students with a multi-purpose areas that can host a variety of activities during recess, lunch and class time.

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Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus

West Campus News

The Value of Volunteering

A recent article I read in The Age claimed that “a joint study by the London School of Economics and Harvard University, Simple Changes, Big Rewards: A Practical, Easy Guide for Healthy, Happy Living, reveals the odds of feeling "very happy" rose 7 per cent among those who volunteer monthly, 12 per cent for those who volunteer every two to four weeks and leaped to 16 per cent in volunteers who give back every week.”

To put this into economic terms, this happiness spike is comparable to having an income of $100,000 versus $20,000.

It did make me think that as we encourage our young people to practise GEM (Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness) through our positive education program, we also need to remind them of the great opportunities we provide for volunteering.

At the West Campus, students can join the Social Justice Group or the Environment Team and get involved in:

  • Breakfast Club
  • Vinnies visits
  • Willow Wood Aged Care visits
  • National Tree Day Excursion (26 May)

Of course there other ways of volunteering around the school including through student leadership positions.
I must admit that the students I see who reach out and do things for others without expecting anything in return are actually happier people. So please encourage your child to get involved and volunteer today.  It not only helps other people in the community…it really will helps them to be happier, healthier human beings. Read more: 

Mixed Netball Competition

The McGuigan Shield’s mixed netball competition began this week and will play out over the next 3 weeks.  Only two games have been played so far but it has attracted great interest from the students.  Generous staff and students are umpiring and our sports captains, Tahlia and Mitch are assisting with the organisation.  Next week’s newsletter will publish some of the progressive results and ladder. 

Student Representative Council

Our SRC have met a number of times this year already to provide important input on a number of important issues.  These have included:
• The content and layout of The Rock, our school magazine published at the end of each year
• Placement of picnic tables and some shade sails in the school grounds
• Activities on St Peter’s Day
• Design and colour of College hats and/or caps and sports uniform

I would like to acknowledge the good work they do, and that of Miss Fiona McKenna, in giving up their time to discuss and debate these issues.

Valedictory Dinner Survey

Year 12 students and their parents have been invited to complete a survey over the last week regarding this year’s Valedictory Dinner.  For many years the Valedictory Dinner was held in the school hall, however, with the increasing pressure on the use of the Hall and staff to organise the event, it was moved to Cranbourne Racecourse in 2016.  This has been the venue for the last 2 years.  While there has been no dissatisfaction expressed by staff or students with this venue, current Year 12 student leaders indicated concern that the size of the venue limited the number of tickets that families could purchase.  

These Year 12 students have shown leadership in exploring other options and are to be thanked and congratulated on contacting Pakenham and Sandown Racecourses to gather information on them as potential Valedictory venues.

This is the reason that College Leadership have decided to survey the Year 12 cohort and their parents to ascertain the preferred venue.  We have also used this opportunity to determine what factors are most important to you in choosing a suitable venue.  We will publish the results of the survey in next week’s newsletter.

Year 12 Tops

Year 12 students are granted the privilege of designing and purchasing a top as a memento of the year. This is facilitated and organised to a great extent by Miss McKenna, the pastoral care leader.  The Year 12 tops are not compulsory; they are not an official uniform item and they are not sold through the Uniform Shop.  The College view is that this top is an item of clothing that will be worn long after our students leave St. Peter’s College.  Our Year 12 Student Leaders have done a particularly good job this year in designing excellent tops that have understandably been very popular.

The College reserves the right to determine when and if the top can be worn at the College.  It is typically allowed to be worn on days when students have a Pastoral Period which is Tuesday, Week 2.  There are exceptions to this when students are required to wear full College uniform for Campus Assemblies or Masses.

When students are cooperative in following these expectations, the Principal has been willing to allow further opportunities to wear the Year 12 tops.  When there is a lack of cooperation, the whole Year 12 cohort can lose this privilege.

With the sudden change in cold weather, a significant number of students have chosen to disobey clear instructions that have been conveyed via assemblies and emails, by wearing the tops when not permitted.  To make matters worse, some have even refused to follow teacher instructions when challenged not to wear them.  

We do not wish to be put in a situation where the choice is for a student to remove the Year 12 top and be too cold or be sent home under our zero tolerance rules for wearing incorrect school uniform.  If students are cold, they may wear the school jumper and blazer.  They may also wear t-shirts, which are not visible, underneath their uniform to keep them warm.  We seek parental support in this matter.

Year 12 students are not to wear these Year 12 tops to school until further notice.  This rule will be relaxed if the students show significant compliance and my hope is that this would happen quickly.

Good Teachers Are Good Learners

The West Campus Staff Association have been providing some opportunities for staff after school to learn a number of different skills.  

While the aim is to provide opportunities for an enjoyable and interesting activity with our colleagues that helps develop our own positive mental health, it also gives that important experience of being a learner.  A good teacher will be a good life long learner who is constantly reminded what it is like for the learners in their own classroom.  

Thanks to Ms Nadia Picinali who organised Zia Rose to teach staff this week how to make pasta. Buon Appetito!

David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

Learning and Teaching News

Education as key to Freedom

This week I read a wonderful article about the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave whose thirst for knowledge ultimately led him to freedom. In his play about his life as a slave Frederick is frustrated by the fact that he does not know his birthday while all the white children seem to know and celebrate when they were born. This search for knowledge of a simple fact leads him to learn to read which opens up a world of knowledge. In our privileged 2018 lives we may take for granted the importance of learning and the freedom that this brings.

To view the article, please click here.

Freedom to enrol in an apprenticship or University course, freedom to understand our rights and responsibilities, freedom to understand our democratic political system, freedom to gain work that gives us meaning and purpose. We should never underestimate the passion of teachers to pass on this freedom to our students and to offer them the greatest possible choices for their life ahead.

It is in this spirit that we are proud to announce our SEASON of EXCELLENCE SERIES.

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Season of Excellence Workshops

These workshops will be conducted by volunteer teachers and will support students in being the very best version of themselves. The aim is to provide students with every opportunity to achieve success in their studies.
Workshops will include: 

  • Stress and VCE
  • Study Techniques that really work
  • Planning for the future
  • Revision Techniques to get you through the upcoming exams 

Workshops are open to all Year 10 - 12 students and commenced at the West Campus Tuesday from 3.30 - 4.30 p.m.

The first workshop was directed by the senior English team and was entitled 

MAC TIGER – Unpacking the Creative Writing task.

This workshop focussed on creative writing skills with reference to Macbeth and White Tiger.

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The provision of these workshops demonstrates our staff commitment to offer students the best possible opportunity to success I encourage students to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity and look forward to chatting with you at the workshops.  

Next week's workshop is entitled: 

Learning, Memory, Stress and Sleep

Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Mission and Catholic Identity News

How would Jesus have gone at NAPLAN?

As you may or may not know, many thousands of students in Australia will be sitting national standardised testing this week. The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Always gets me though, why the second capital A! NAPLAN has been around a while, created in 2008 by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA). Or should it have been by MCOEETAYA? If we were to have sound literacy skills.

Begs the question. How would Jesus have gone at NAPLAN?

We learn at St. Peter’s College much about Saint Peter and know that he regularly wrote and read a lot.

Did Jesus have the ability to both read and write? Unlike many well-known philosophers or significant people, Jesus did not often put pen to paper. As Jesus lived in a primarily oral culture we should not be surprised by this. Some scholars estimate that literacy in the world of Jesus was around 5 percent. Again, it’s not surprising then that a carpenter from Galilee, didn’t often put pen to paper!

Don’t think that Jesus couldn’t read or write. There is evidence in the New Testament that Jesus was capable of reading for example in Luke 4:16-21. There is evidence that Jesus was able to write in John 8:3-9.

Jesus didn’t need to write. His mission was built around relationships, through dialogue and presence.

NAPLAN caters best for students who have strong literacy skills. Weaker readers and students with English as a second language may perform poorly. For some students, those new to Australia, or disadvantaged may not relate to some of the test content as it is so unfamiliar to their life experience.

This Sunday is Pentecost. Very appropriate that Pentecost is at the end of NAPLAN week.

On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered believers in Jesus to praise God in many languages that they had not learned in the ordinary manner (Acts 2:5-13).

Symbolically, this reinforces the multilingual, multicultural, multiracial mission of the Church. We are to be a community in which all people are drawn together by God’s love in Christ. As Paul writes in Galatians 3:28: ‘There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.’

Pentecost presents us with an opportunity to consider how we are living each day. Are we attentive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

In regard to NAPLAN. I think my son’s Year 3 teacher says it well in a recent email.

‘I have stressed to all of my students that what I see in the classroom through conferencing, discussion, written responses, pre and post testing and observation tells me far more than one test on one day’.

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Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity

10 Year Reunion for Graduating Class of 2008

SPC Alumni News

Save the Date 

  • Date:     27 October 2018
  • Time:      7.15 for College Tour
  • Start       7.30 pm; finishes 10.45pm Last Drinks
  • Venue:   St. Peter’s College Hall. Navarre Drive entrance
  • Dress:     Formal
  • $70.00 per person, Food and Drinks and Live Entertainment included
  • Partners invited to attend

Intention to Attend

Please send an email to April Hampson, Marketing Manager, ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au with your intention to attend (or your inability to attend) response. This will allow us to keep you up to date with all activities in relation to this very important evening, regardless of whether you can attend or not.

If you know of any past classmates who may have changed address in the last ten years, please ask them to contact the College Office by phone 5990 7777 or send an email to so we can update our address files and keep in contact with them.

We look forward to celebrating ten years on from Year 12 with you!

To register as part of St. Peter’s College Alumni please click here.


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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 13 June 2018
St. Peter’s College West Campus
Staff Room, via Navarre Drive gates, Cranbourne
6.30 – 7.15 pm Solomon Islands Immersion Program Fundraising
7.15 pm Tea and Coffee
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm General P&F Meeting
Special Presentation from our Principal, Mr Chris Black

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School Improvement Framework (SIF)

What do we want our College to look like in 2025? 

Throughout this year there will be a number of opportunities for all key stakeholders, Staff, Students, Parents and the College Board to contribute to a review of the strategic plan that has guided us over the past four years. 2018 is the final year of the current strategic plan and this year we will be undertaking a newly structured School Improvement Framework (SIF) resulting in our strategic plan 2019-22.

The bulk of the work will be a review under the following headings: Catholic Identity, Learning & Teaching, and Leadership. One forum for these discussions will be the Parents and Friends meetings. I encourage you make the effort to come and contribute to the future directions of the College. 


General News

Year 7 2019 - Forms of Acceptance

A reminder that Forms of Acceptance for 2019 are due back to the College office by Monday 28th May. Places are not confirmed until all paperwork is received at the College office. 

If paperwork is not received and prior arrangements have not been made with the College, places may be offered to families on the waiting list. Please contact the College Registrar should you have any queries.

Kerrie Birrell - College Registrar

2018/19 Entertainment Books are now available

Order online via our link here or from College Reception.

All funds raised by our Parents & Friends Committee go to support our students extracurricular activities.

This year funds from the sale of the Entertainment Book, will go towards supporting the cast and crew of our Bi-annual Musical Production, High School Musical, for their weekend dress rehearsal.

If you haven't had a membership before and would like to consider it, consider these testimonials:

"We use it for accommodation and each year save over $650.00 on accommodation bookings alone. While in Cairns we purchased the local one and again saved on local attractions and restaurants." Roger Hampson

"We use it for heaps of kids activities....saving hundreds of dollars" In the past I have also bought the Geelong & Ballarat, as we head off there for holidays" Rebecca Ramsdale

"I use it for a host of different thing, accommodation, restaurants, flower deliveries and movie tickets. In a year I have saved over $600.00". Jo Hart

If you have a membership your current Entertainment Book membership runs out on the 31st May.

Even if you think you don't want a membership please forward this link to family and friends in case they do.

Also each year our Student Representative Council at both the East and West Campus are given a grant from our Parents & Friends Committee of up to $1,000 for them to spend on any item or equipment that directly supports students activities outside of the classroom. In the past these items have included, chess sets for our Student Chess Club, Practice Soccer Goals for our new Soccer enthusiasts. Tables and chairs and benches have also been purchased for around the College grounds, where students prefer to gather and spend time.

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VCE Performance Night

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Education Week 2018

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Pamela Fox - The Arts Coach West Campus

Health and PE News

Eager to start the term off the right way, St. Peter’s College encouraged a significant amount of students to sign up for Active April prior to the end of Term 1 through our promotional efforts, but also in our Physical Education classes, attempting to embed the initiative into the curriculum. Through our efforts, we won a prize for being the largest school in Victoria with the most amount of participants signed up prior to the commencement of the initiative. The prize involved having Melissa Duncan, a Victorian athlete come to the college to provide a motivational talk to our students surrounding her journey, the trials and tribulations she has endured to get to the point she is at today.

Melissa spoke of her passion for Art and Textiles as a young girl, with little interest in sport or her athletic abilities. She would spend her time in primary school at her grandmother’s house using her sewing machine to make clothes that she would wear to parties on the weekends. Throughout her primary years, her older sister showed interest in a range of sports and physical activities and as such was dragged with her sister to try a range of activities also. Yet, it was not until she hit high school where Melissa’s dad and sister started running and would encourage Melissa to come along.

At first, Melissa would take every short cut imaginable, she would cheat and run up the embankment to avoid the long and enduring task of keeping up with her family. However, over time, Melissa began to change her attitude towards being active, as the perseverance and determination of her family to keep her running, ignited a spark of passion within that drove Melissa to train morning and night, to set records and push her limits beyond compare.

Throughout the motivational talk, Melissa gave two key messages to our students; try a range of activities, sports and genre’s throughout your life, as you never know what will ignite the senses without giving everything a go and even though life knocks you down a time you should never give up. The second message comes after Melissa sustained an avulsion fracture which comprised of both a foot fracture and a torn ligament. This came as a heavy blow to Melissa as she had just finished 6th in the 1500ms at the World Indoor Championships in Oregon which gave her a personal best of 4:05.56 resulting in her being 5th on the Australian all-time list.

Melissa continued her path to success without letting this one hiccup knock her down, with time spent rehabilitating after surgery, hours spent swimming to build muscle strength and light training before she could delve back into her normal routine. She was fighting fit once more and was on the way to the Rio Olympics, when the same injury re-occurred resulting in her pulling out of the Olympics. Again, after surgery and months of rehabilitation, her foot came back from the injury and she was able to work through the discomfort and heart ache of letting go of her Olympic dream. 

Throughout all of the processes, Melissa remained patient and positive, she was committed to her dream and although she had those minor setbacks in life, she re-focused her energy and enthusiasm to ensure the spark stayed alive. This is a key message for our students as no matter the setbacks, no matter the hurdles, it is the passion and drive to do more and to be more that motivates us to reach our dreams. We hope that after hearing Melissa’s story and heart felt messages, our students refocus during a long term, are reminded of what is important to them and use their passion and drive to reach their dreams at St. Peter’s College, and be not afraid to overcome hurdles in order to succeed.

Congratulations St. Peter’s College on a very successful Active April.

2018 Melissa Duncan Active April

Sarah Slykerman
Teaching and Learning Coach
Health and Physical Education East Campus

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Suicide Awareness and Prevention – 13 Reasons Why – Season 2

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Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students’ lives is vital to this responsibility.(National Association of School Psychologists, NASP; 2016). The trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, is raising such concerns. The series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts such as HEADSPACE; BEYOND BLUE and the BLACK DOG Institute, about the potential risks posed by the sensationalised treatment of youth suicide. The series graphically depicts a youth suicide death.

St. Peter’s College is committed to promoting student wellbeing in all its forms: Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and Mental. The Catholic Education Office notes that when the first Season was released ‘there was significant demand on the mental health sector, and concerns from schools and families across Australia about the show’s content.” (CEOM, 2018)
St. Peter’s College, in conjunction with the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, would like to advise parents and guardians of some key information and some helpful guidance with respect to the program and with respect to educating your child about how to safely broach the topic of suicide.

Main Points:

  • We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those with any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. ( NASP)
  • The Netflix program directly exposes viewers to very risky suicide content that may lead to distressing reactions. (CEOM)
  • National and International research clearly links the impact of harmful suicide exposure to increased risk and possible suicide contagion amongst young people. (CEOM)
  • Engaging in thoughtful conversations with youth about the show, if they watch it, is vital. Doing so helps them process the issues addressed, consider the consequences of certain choices, and reinforces the message that suicide is not a solution to problems and that help is available.( NASP).
  • In preparation for Season 2, HeadSpace and Netflix have collaborated to develop resources and discussion guides for young people, parents and schools to assist them to have safe conversations about the confronting themes associated with suicide depicted in the series.
  • All resources and discussion guides will be available on the headspace website and the 13reasonswhy.info website on May 18, prior to release of Season 2.
  • Headspace in schools and eheadspace are urging school communities, parents, guardians and mental health services to be aware of the associated risks and dangers for children and young people who may be exposed to the content of the Netflix program.
  • Crisis Support: If anyone is in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to themselves or others, contact emergency services on 000.

Advice Services:

  • Life line 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service (24/7)  1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Eheadspace 1800 650 890

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The well-being team of Anita Carter and Nadine Picinali at the West Campus and Clare Ziino of the East Campus are also important contact points.

Career News

Save the Date

Futures Expo 

Tuesday 24th July 
11 am to 7 pm
West Campus

The annual Futures Expo is our event to gather all the important information about subject selections and pathways for the coming years.  Families can speak directly with the staff from our Key Learning Areas, attend workshops to hear the relevant Year Level information and have questions answered from our Tertiary and Employment Representatives about future options beyond school.

Displays will be set up in the College Hall from 11 am with workshops available on the hour.  Tertiary Providers will attend between 5 pm – 7 pm.  The timetable of our workshops will be available in the coming weeks, with details on how families can register their attendance, at the workshops, through Eventbrite.



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

La Trobe

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

Work Experience

A reminder for all Year 10 students that Work Experience will take place between June 12–15.  All forms should be completed and returned to your relevant Careers department. 

For more information, please visit the Work Experience folder in the Schoolbox App under “Careers”

Ms Melissa Dillon 
Careers Coordinator - West Campus

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, we wish all mothers a Happy and blessed Mother’s Day. It is a special day to appreciate mothers or mother figures, including stepmothers, relatives, guardians, close family friends and those who would be mothers. We express our love and gratitude and thank you, our mothers. This weekend we pray and offer our Eucharistic celebration on Mother’s Day for our mothers, expectant mothers and our mothers who have died and remain so close to us in our memories. Thank you and God bless you all, Fr Joseph

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA: We will not be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, as the feast of the Ascension falls on the same day and takes precedence.

ALTAR SERVERS: We are inviting Altar Servers to help serve at a Confirmation ceremony in June. Do you have a sibling that is making their Confirmation in June and would like to serve? If you would like to serve at a Confirmation on Thursday 21st June at 6.00pm, Friday 22nd June at 6.00pm or Saturday 23rd June at 11.00am please inform Fr Joseph or contact Sue or Tina at the Parish Office on 5996 1985 or email parishoffice@stagathas.org.au

CHILD SAFETY: To satisfy the requirements of keeping our children and vulnerable adults safe, it is imperative that all groups organising events, where guests be they speakers, musicians and/or volunteers are involved, liaise with the Parish office at the planning stage as all involved including all guests are required to have a current Working With Children check as well as to have signed the Parish Code of Conduct. This is to avoid disappointment of postponement or cancellation of the planned event due to the failure of any guest obtaining or qualifying for a Working with Children Check.

ALL GROUP LEADERS are reminded to ensure that all members of their respective groups including new members have obtained their Working With Children Check and signed the Code of Conduct before they can begin any activity in that particular ministry. Please inform the Parish Office of the inclusion of any new member. Should any member have difficulty in applying or renewing their Working with Children Check, please contact the Parish Office for assistance.

STEWARDSHIP GIVING: Everyone in the Stewardship Program is reminded to collect their statement and letter from Fr Joseph from the foyer. Parishioners giving by Direct Debit, please note giving for April will be included in your next giving statement. Some parishioners may notice that on the 22nd April there is no pledge amount showing, but if you have given on this day it has been recorded. We have reported this issue to the program developer for rectification. A reminder to all parishioners that your contribution to Stewardship is not tax deductible.

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.

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St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

SPECIAL COLLECTION on 20th May: Trinity Families was established by the Diocese of Sale to provide support for families within our region.  Trinity Families is a charity for other charities operating within our diocese and have distributed more than $1.4 million over the past 14 years to assist families and individuals. But unfortunately many other worthy programs could not be supported because of lack of funds. We ask that you please support our charity work in the diocese. Donation envelopes are available at both entrances and to be placed in the collection plate. Thank you.

CHOSEN “You did not choose me but I chose you, and I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” - John 15:16.
The Chosen Conference is a national conference of young people and young adults (aged 18 - 30 years) which will be held at Mannix College Clayton, Melbourne from 12th - 15th July 2018. As our Church in Australia is celebrating 2018 as the Year of Youth, Jesus Youth, an International Catholic Association, is organising this conference with a focus on evangelising young people and nurturing their missionary initiatives. Come and experience amazing youth rallies, up-lifting talks, workshops, Theatre, Eucharistic celebrations, Vocation & Mission Expo and Live music by 'Master Plan' (a band which has performed at the last two World Youth Days). If you are interested and wish to register, please visit the website. For more information about registrations and group discounts, please contact register@chosenconference.org.au  or call 0403 709 531 / 0491 002 081.

DEATH OF ARCHBISHOP LEONARD FAULKNER, aged 91. Born 5th December 1926 and ordained priest on 1 January 1950, Len Faulkner was Bishop of Townsville 1967 – 1983, Coadjutor Archbishop of Adelaide 1983 – 1985, and Archbishop of Adelaide 1985 – 2001.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings is at our parish this weekend for you to purchase your religious items and gifts. Holy Beginnings will be at our parish every 2nd weekend of the month.  

PLENARY 2020: 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. All parish families of St Thomas the Apostle are called to attend the Open Parish Meeting with Bishop O’Regan to be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29th May at St Thomas the Apostle School. 

Visit the Plenary Council website for more information.

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 here.

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”. To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each one must show concern, not only for his or her own life, but also for the lives of the other members of the family: their needs, their hopes, their ideals. (Pope Saint John Paul II) 

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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