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Issue 136  |  21 June 2018
Featured Story
From our Principal

Dear Parents and Students,

Refugee Week

This week we celebrate Refugee Week, which at St. Peter’s College takes on additional significance. Many of our families are either first generation refugees, with many more being second generation refugees. Our College is blessed to have many cultures making up one community and we are all the richer for sharing and learning of each others customs and ways of life. World Refugee Week brings an opportunity for us, once again, to show our love and support for refugees and make those who are living amongst us feel welcome into our school. A range of activities have been organised in the coming days to; reflect on the issues surrounding refugees, the importance of welcome and a recognition of the importance of celebrating the diversity that comes as a result. Below is a prayer that will be used in tutor groups throughout the week.

A Prayer for Refugees

Lord God, No one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care.

In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, those separated from loved ones, young people who are lost and those who have left home or who have run away from danger.

Bring them safely to the place they want to be and help us to show kindness
to strangers and to all in need.

Grant this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Active Learning

Monday we were not only witnesses to but participants in Active Learning Day. St. Peter’s College vision for learning is based around the theme of active learning, where student-led learning leads to more meaningful and stimulating opportunities to engage. For Years 7 and 8, students participated in a range of activities including Chess, Indigenous painting, Shark Tank, Maths Games, Science Challenge and Shakespeare Theatre, to name just a few. For Year 9 students it was Try a VET Day with a large variety of “hands-on” activities including, Building and Construction, Electro-Technology, Sports Fitness testing, Hospitality, Beauty and Make-up, Fashion, the list goes on. For Years 10-12 there was the opportunity to receive their exams back and more importantly have the opportunity to gain valuable feedback. The feedback thus far was that Active Learning Day was a wonderfully engaging day of learning, one which we hope mirrors student learning every day.
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St. Peter’s Day

June 29th is the feast day of St. Peter (and St. Paul). To mark the occasion of our patron saint two significant events are occurring in the next week. The first is our annual St. Peter’s College staff dinner and the second is St. Peter’s Day, to be held next Tuesday. The staff dinner provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge staff members who have served this community for a considerable amount of time. In this case we will be celebrating staff who have contributed either 10 years or 20 years of service. Congratulations to:

10 Year Service Recipients                      20 Year Service Recipients
Andrew Broadley                                        David Bardi
Danick Couty                                              Barry Fisher
Justin De Goldi
Wendy de Vries
Antonia Hemming
Luisa Jakubicki
Timothy Keegan
Karyn Munday
Trudy Perkins
David Stretch
Mark Sinclair

In reading the staff reflections two broad and consistent themes emerged. When these staff were asked what they enjoyed most they cited the collegiality of staff and the genuine, kind, sincere and unpretentious nature of students. 
I look forward to celebrating St. Peter’s day with students next Tuesday, particularly when we gather as one school for our mass at Casey Basketball stadium, the beginning of a new tradition. Parents are most welcome to attend the mass.

Enrolment Changes

To ensure prospective parents have a greater window of opportunity to enrol their child in Year 7 at St. Peter's College, the dates for enrolment have changed. Please see below for dates for the Year 7 2020 academic year:
          16 July 2018 – Year 7 2020 Applications Open
          17 October 2018 – Year 7 2020 Information Evening – West Campus
          30 October 2018 – Year 7 2020 Information Evening – East Campus
          04 March 2019 – Enrolments close for Year 7 2020
          25 March 2019 – Offers of places posted
          26 April 2019 – Acceptance and Deposit due

Please note that all applicants and their family will be interviewed as part of the enrolment process.  This facilitates the beginning of the transition process. Enrolment offers will strictly be in adherence with our enrolment policy.

Sad News

Please keep in your prayers this week Mikayla La Rocca (Year 9 – East Campus) and her family as they come to terms with the sudden loss of Mikayla’s mother, Laura Cherubin.


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Latest News
East Campus News

After two weeks of exams it was time for some mental and physical activities to reset ourselves in preparation for the commencement of Semester Two on Wednesday 20th June.  Events included, Year 10 work experience, active learning launch, try a VET day, and Year 11 SWAC seminars.

Work Experience:

One of the highlights for Year 10 students this year is Work Experience. Whilst some students found it a challenge to find their own work placement, other students had been planning since Year 8 the type of work experience they wanted to do. The experience provides students with a realistic idea of both the environment and duties associated with the career path they are interested in. We have had students go and secure part-time work from these placements, and for many the experience confirms the desire to enter this career after VCE.  
Kynan and Abhishek debate the merits of the BMW as a reliable car.
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Year 11 SWAC Seminars:

a. Fit2Drive   
This was a critical seminar for Year 11 students as they will become our next generation of road users. We all know the statistics surrounding serious or fatal road accidents involving young drivers. It is our responsibility as a community to support young people with the knowledge and skills required to develop into safe and responsible road users. The feedback from our students was extremely positive. Students felt not only did they learn critical information, but gained a better understanding of what their responsibility as road users.

The Fit2 Drive program is delivered by university students who have undertaken VicRoads training program, F2D provides a peer facilitation model encouraging engagement and participation in the half day workshop. A key point of difference of the F2D workshop is the focus on the behaviour and responsibilities of all road users, F2D workshops do not utilise any scare tactics or driving instruction, and the development of a personal safety plan encourages young people to consider how they will travel at all times and in particular what they will do if they faced with a risky situation or are feeling unsafe.

b. Rhiannon Tracey – an inspirational speaker about spinal cord injury.

Students found Rhiannon’s story, sad, funny, but truly inspiring. During the year we have been working toward building resilience by getting students’ to understand and develop their character strengths. Rhiannon’s story presented our students with the perfect example of how great things can be generated when we fully utilise our character strengths and build resilience.

Rhiannon Tracey looks to help and inspire people with spinal cord injuries, Rhiannon is determined to see change, and options given to people with spinal cord injury. She is the Founder of The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Centre, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing the best recovery options in Australia.
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Coming events: 

St. Peter’s Day 26th June: Please note we start the day with a whole school mass at Casey Stadium. Students will be transported to and from the Stadium. St. Peter’s Day is a wonderful celebration and every student is expected to be in attendance for both the mass and the day’s activities. PE uniform is to be worn.
Term 2 ends on Thursday 28th June @3.20pm

I wish you all a happy and productive week.



Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus


West Campus News

Riding to School

A recent article in the Royal Auto magazine asked why our kids don’t walk to school anymore or for that matter ride?  It was noted by the Australian Heart Foundation that our children are among the “most chauffeured” in the world.  Our Year 12 exit survey indicates that only 20% of our students walk or ride to school. While distance from school is a significant factor there are other barriers preventing our students from actively making their way to school.  These include that some parents believe it is too hazardous.  Furthermore, some parents believe it is faster for them to drive their kids to school even when they live close.

However, the evidence shows that parents recognise the many benefits of their children walking, riding or scooting to school including:

  1. Improved health. 70% of Australian children do not meet the recommended guidelines of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Physical activity in the morning has an impact on a child’s concentration and their ability to understand the curriculum up to 4 hours afterwards.
  2. Greater independence. Clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller says that an essential part of a child’s development is to learn how to negotiate the wider world, and to develop an ability to recognise genuine dangers.  He says “If you grow up thinking everything is a threat, then you don’t react when there is a real threat.”  We need to find the middle ground between wrapping our children in cotton wool and being negligent of the genuine risks.
  3. Improved understanding of the road rules. Student riding to school and safely wearing a helmet develop a road sense and greater understanding of the rules.  We have recently added another bike rack near the Navarre Drive entrance to encourage our students to take their bike to school.  Ensure your child uses a bike lock.
  4. Easing traffic congestion.  School pick-up and drop-off account for 5% of all peak time trips in Melbourne.  This is significant not only around the roads but within the school grounds, especially in the afternoon.  It would be good if we could reduce the number of vehicles on the road at these peak times.

I encourage all our parents and students to consider the best option for how our students come to and go from school.

Year 11 SWAC Program

Last Thursday afternoon, Year 11 students listened to a presenter, Rhiannon Tracey speak on resilience.  Rhiannon is in a wheelchair but focusses on her abilities not her disability to ensure that she lives life to the full and challenges those around her to do the same.

In the morning the students participated in the Fit2Drive program.  Students have been asked to fill in the online survey to give important feedback. The survey is available at the following link or on The Fit to Drive Foundation’s home page.

They have asked the students if they would like to provide contact details in case a follow up evaluation or youth forum is conducted in our area at a later stage. It is completely up to the students whether or not they choose to leave their details or remain anonymous.  Please encourage your Year 11 student to provide feedback.

Students worked in groups to develop a Personal Plan to transfer their learning into everyday strategies to stay safe as road users. The Fit to Drive Foundation’s approach is about empowering students and helping schools and communities to develop their own road safety culture. The three Community Plan ideas developed by our students at the workshop were:

  • social media posts about key messages 
  • presenting at assembly
  • publishing about F2D in the school newsletter. 

We will look forward to hearing more from students soon about their experience and ideas regarding road safety.

Indoor Soccer Competition

The Assisi House Indoor Soccer Competition begins this Thursday at lunchtime.  It was good to get some recent feedback from our Parents and Friends about what they wanted more of for their students.  One thing that was mentioned was sporting opportunities outside the regular but important SIS competition.  The McGuigan Shield Competition provides just this sort of opportunity and is especially important at this time of year when the weather outside can be so bleak. 

Please encourage your child to sign up, represent their House, compete and cooperate with other students and get fit and healthy.  Thanks to Mr Peter Brannan and the Assisi Student Forum for their work in organising this event.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, 20 June: Semester 2 Begins.
  • Tuesday, 27 June: St. Peter’s Day (All students arrive by 8.30am in Sports Uniform)
  • Wednesday, 28 June: Year 11 Northern Territory Expedition Leaves
  • Thursday, 29 June: Final day of Term 2
  • Friday, 30 June: Student Free Day. Staff Professional Learning

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

Learning & Teaching News

Active Learning Day Launch

On Monday of this week, we launched our Vision For Learning to our students;

St. Peter’s is an ACTIVE Learning Community.

Year 7 students participated in an Indigenous Culture Incursion which saw students explore Indigenous weaponry, storytelling, didgeridoo playing and stone painting. Following this all of Year 7 were able to learn the age old game of chess. Students were introduced not only to the rules of the game but to the skills of planning ahead and strategizing. I observed a number of up and coming Uzi Geller’s or Bobby Fishers.

Year 8 students were able to self-select into a sustained activity that they worked on over a number of lessons. The Shark Tank pitches were innovative and demonstrated the creativity of our students. The East Drama Challenge saw Shakespeare’s Mid Summers Night’s Dream spring to life and the Design Challenge presented a number of professional standard visual representations of our Learning Vision which will be used in promoting our vison.

Year 9 Students rotated through a variety of Vocational subjects and gained a deeper understanding on the VET options available both at the College and from outside providers.

Well done to all the staff and students who actively participated in our Inaugural Active Learning Day. 

2018 Active Learning Marlene

Quality Teachers – Quality Learning 

In this week’s Newsletter I congratulate Mr Andrew Mitchell, who has been selected to speak at the National Symposium for Japanese Languages Education. Andrew’s topic will be the innovative CLIL program which will be trialled at St. Peter’s at both Campus’ during Term 3 in Year 9.

Both Languages Coaches have undertaken further studies in 2017 to enable them to  implement the CLIL Program within St. Peter’s languages classes. CLIL stands for Content Languages Integrated Learning.  Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) has become the umbrella term describing both learning another (content) subject such as physics or geography through the medium of a foreign language and learning a foreign language by studying a content-based subject.

How does CLIL work?

The basis of CLIL is that content subjects are taught and learnt in a language which is not the mother tongue of the learners.

  • Knowledge of the language becomes the means of learning content
  • Language is integrated into the broad curriculum
  • Learning is improved through increased motivation and the study of natural language seen in context. When learners are interested in a topic they are motivated to acquire language to communicate
  • CLIL is based on language acquisition rather than enforced learning
  • Language is seen in real-life situations in which students can acquire the language. This is natural language development which builds on other forms of learning
  • Fluency is more important than accuracy and errors are a natural part of language learning
  • Reading is the essential skill.

To read further information click this link

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Languages staff who have spent considerable time preparing for the trial in Term Three.

Mrs Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

Peter, what a rock star!

Next Tuesday (June 26) we celebrate St. Peter’s day. Peter was a humble fisherman who lived on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, which is a beautiful place. One of my fondest memories, is from a few years ago when I was privileged to be part of a study trip that spent some time near Peter’s hometown. I went for a jog at sunrise around the Sea of Galilee and on return jumped in. Watching the sun rise over Syria and the Golan Heights.
St. Peter's life shows a person of simplicity and faith. He suffered from a common human problem, in that he wanted to do and be good, but was not always able to live up to his goals. Jesus called him the rock which is an odd choice of name since Peter seems to have been passionate and impulsive rather than rock-like. But, Peter did stick with Jesus through his travels and was rock-like in his loyalty.

At our St. Peter’s Day Mass, a staff member will give a short reflection of who their St. Peter is. 

Who is the rock star in your life that is passionate, lives simply and steadfastly loyal?

Peter was a Jew: recognising our Jewish heritage

A student reflection… by Ryan Brack (West Campus)

On June 14 and 15, all Year 11 students travelled to the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Temple Beth Israel synagogue in Elsternwick. At the start of the day we were sorted into two activity groups with Group 1 being taken to the museum while Group 2 were taken to the Temple Beth Israel synagogue. 

The museum’s Director discussed our knowledge of the horrific genocide of European Jews, and then showed us a quick contextual film that lasted 10 to 15 minutes to remind us of some of the key events and ideologies that were relevant during the time of Nazi takeover. We were then touring the three levels of the museum in various groups by second generation Holocaust survivors, in my case the tour guide was called Mich. 

We then got to hear the story of a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor who was lucky enough to migrate to Australia called Andy. He included his experiences before and after the Nazi takeover until 1938 and explained the effect some of the experiences had on him. The most intriguing moment, however, was when a person asked him ‘what could we do to stop racial genocide?’ and his answer ‘If you ever experience discrimination, don’t tolerate it . . . its poison and we are all human beings’.

After such strong words we had an early lunch and switched activity groups to go to the Temple Beth Israel synagogue. Upon arrival we were greeted by a Progressive Jew, Sue, who discussed how Judaism influences her community and other communities in the world. From historical periods such as the Middle Ages onwards, we were getting an understanding of the basic outline of her faith. 

The overall excursion to both activities provided me personally with further knowledge of the number of people who suffered from anti-Semitism during 1933 and 1945, and to para-quote the museum by saying ‘.... making the numbers [less] numb’. 

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Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Princiapal - Mission & Catholic Identity


Careers News

Futures Expo

Tuesday 24th July – West Campus


Please click here to view the full suite of workshops and to register:  

Families can also access the registration site directly from the Career page of Schoolbox.  

Please register the number of people attending the workshops to ensure enough seating is available.

Tertiary and Employment Providers will be available in the
Hall between 4.00 to 6.00 pm.

Year 12 interviews will be held upstairs in the
Benedict Building between 3.00 – 6 pm.


Year 8 into 9 – East Campus Pathway Planning
11.00 – 11.30 am click here
4.00 – 4.30 pm click here
6.00 – 6.30 pm click here 

Year 8 into 9 – West Campus Pathway Planning
11.00 – 11.30 am click here 
4.00 – 4.30 pm click here
6.00 – 6.30 pm click here


Year 9 into 10 – So many options
1.00 – 1.30 pm click here
5.00 – 5.30 pm click here

VET and School Based Employment Opportunities – Start your Career Now (includes tour of Trade Skills Centre)

2.00 – 2.30 pm click here

Study Tours and Student Exchange at St Peter’s College

12.00 – 12.30 pm click here
5.00 – 5.30 pm click here


VCE, VET, VCAL – What is the difference and how can this work for me?

12.00 – 12.30 click here
2.00 – 2.30 pm click here
3.00 – 3.30 pm click here
6.00 – 6.30 pm click here

VET and School Based Employment Opportunities – Start your Career Now (includes tour of Trade Skills Center)

2.00 – 2.30 pm click here

How to access full time Apprenticeship/Traineeship opportunities

3.00 – 3.30 pm click here 
Study Tours and Study Exchange at St. Peter’s College

12.00 – 12.30 pm click here
5.00 – 5.30 pm click here


VTAC – Your guide to course research and applications

3.00 – 3.45 pm click here
Pathways to Monash

4.00 – 4.30 pm click here
Destination Federation University – Berwick Campus and beyond click here

How to access full time Apprenticeship/Traineeship opportunities

3.00 – 3.30 pm click here
Study Tours and Study Exchange at St. Peter’s College

12.00 – 12.30 pm click here
5.00 – 5.30 pm click here

Solomon Islands Immersion Program Fundraising

Solomon Islands Immersion Program Fundraising Update!

Our Year 12 students will be putting on further fundraising initiatives throughout Terms 1, 2 & 3 and your support is warmly welcomed.

Trivia and Silent Auction Evening.  Fri 3 August

Why not get a group of 10 together and join us on the night, $20 per person. Great fun as we battle it out to see who will be 2018 Trivia Champions and to pick up a bargain. No Reserves, everything will be sold!
Check out our Facebook Event notice for more details. Book you tickets at College Reception NOW on 5990 7777. 

We are currently seeking donations of goods and services that can be auctioned on the night.

To donate Goods and Service for our Silent Auction please contact April Hampson, Marketing Manager on 5990 7777 or email ahampson@stpeters.vic.edu.au

Outlet Shopping Tour. Saturday, 25 August

NEW DATE: A full day of shopping at some of Melbourne premium outlets. Pick up and drop off in Cranbourne. $60.00 per person. Pick up and drop off in Cranbourne.

See more details on Facebook and register your interest. Places are limited so reserve you place now at College Reception on 5990 7777
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Hoyts Movie Fundraiser- Incredible 2. Saturday, 23 June

Look out for our Facebook Events notice for more details, for our private screening of this family friendly movie. Book via College Reception on 5990 7777.
Our Solomon Islands Immersion Program is the pinnacle our Social Justice programs here at St. Peter’s College and includes the students initiating a number of fundraising activities throughout the year, with the aim to raise much needed funds for our sister school Bishop Epalle Catholic School in Honiara. 
Follow all of our activity via our Facebook account

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General News

Melbourne Football Club Welome Round

2018 Welcome Game
The Melbourne Football Club have a Welcome Round coming up, this will take place on Sunday 1 July at the MCG at 1.10pm against their local rivals St Kilda. 

The Welcome game is an inclusive event that promotes a message of welcoming everyone to Australian Football and the Melbourne Football Club. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Casey’s diversity and inclusiveness and helps by creating a sense of belonging for our residents.
As part of this Welcome Game, MFC are providing residents with a free ticket to attend the game so we need your help to spread the word.

Residents are encouraged to register for their online ticket on the following link.

Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club

Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.
Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food preparation as well as animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the
environment. For ages 7-14 years.
Winter 2018 school holiday dates:

  • Week 1: Monday, 2; Tuesday, 3; Thursday, 5 & Friday, 6 July
  • Week 2: Monday, 9; Tuesday, 10; Thursday, 12 & Friday, 13 July
  • 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $80.00 per day, or $220 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days).
Maximum 16 children per day.
Bookings essential as spaces are limited
Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and remember your hat or raincoat. BYO lunch or purchase at the café.

Moonlit Sanctuary
550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale
Phone 5978 7935
Web: www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au
Open daily between 10am and 5pm

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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 have a membership your current Entertainment Book membership runs out on the 31 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.

Parents Building Solutions Evening Program
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VCAL Legacy

Each year students studying VCAL undertake a major project during the College Project Week. In 2018 the VCAL students at St. Peter’s College East Campus worked together to do a complete makeover of the St Agatha’s Primary School Edible Garden. The garden project was designed to improve the current garden and to better serve as a different place of learning for the students.

What was required from your class as a part of the Garden Makeover Project?

Upon arrival, we were shown around the existing garden area. We were shown what space we had and told what sort of ideas they had to maybe implement into the garden. Once we got the gist of what ideas, we then decided that it was best to firstly remove all the waste and rubbish from the area. With the help of a digger/ excavator that helped level the ground we had a clean site. We then dug 6 holes, about nearly half a metre into the ground, for our decorative poles.

After all the poles had been put in, we laid the sleepers to create a garden bed, securely bolting and fastening into the ground before we filled them up with scoria and soil, which also included a pipe, used for the water. We then spread out crushed rock onto the ground surrounding the beds evenly and added a picnic table, built by Ryan Pulley. We also used three posts originally made by the students of St Agatha’s PS, and placed them into the extra space on the right hand side of the garden for decoration.

By the end, we had a total of 2 garden beds. We knew how important teamwork was and how it was an essential factor needed in order for us to complete the project properly and on time.

Loretta Faalili

How did you go about the brainstorming process for your project?

As a class we were told that we would be re-designing the vegetable garden at St Agatha's PS. The eight students in Senior VCAL spent a few weeks drawing the to-scale drawings of the garden, working out area and costing and working around obstacles. One design got chosen by the Deputy Principal from St Agatha’s PS, Mr Sharp,for the new garden. Although in the end we had to change a few things around in order to accommodate specific needs of the garden space (e.g. we had to place posts where fruit trees were supposed to go, we had to build two new beds rather than three, we had to deal with different sized timbers, different materials, etc.)

Kyle Henderson Gillespie

What was the most difficult element of the garden makeover project?

During our time at St Agatha’s Primary School the hardest part of our job was at the start with our limited space. Then came the digging which was a problem because of the clay soil. It was hard and not easy to do what we needed to do. We broke a shovel, broke a drill, broke a wheel barrow and a tape measure. We learnt about the quality of tools because they kept either breaking or they were not able to be used because of their quality. We had to watch out for the Primary students and try keep them away from our area for their own safety. We had to work quickly to meet our deadline.

Ryan Pulley

What are your long term goals for the gardens?

Long term, we hope that the school can regularly harvest from their new vegetable garden, as well as maintain the garden for years to come. We hope that this project can create a long lasting tradition of helping each other between St. Peter’s College VCAL and St Agatha’s Primary School.

Michael Miller

What advice would you give to young students who might be considering VCAL as a pathway?

VCAL offers a lot of opportunities that VCE does not offer. When you sign up for VCAL make sure you sign up for a course outside of school that will lead you into (qualify) what you want to do in the future (future job). VCAL is about being more hands-on and putting your knowledge into action. VCAL gives you a chance to have more of an idea of the real world as you are at school 3 days a week doing your normal VCAL classes and 1 day working (in relation to your course, work placement), 1 day doing your TAFE course.

Speak to Miss Cardamone (email / her office) for more advice, pathway choices, and course choices.

Jordan Cairns & Matt Lenette

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Volunteers Needed

Parent Volunteers Needed

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St. Peter’s Day BBQ Lunch

Tuesday, 26 June
Can you spare an hour or two from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm to help St. Peter’s College Parents & Friends with their student BBQ and Drink lunch at either the West Campus or the East Campus?

If you can stay longer that would be great!
All volunteers need to register with the College and have a current Working with Children Card. We can explain how you can apply for this if you need help.

For more details and to register please contact the College on 5990 7777 or email officew@stpeters.vic.edu.au


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Parents and 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 18 July 2018
7.15 pm Tea and Coffee
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm St. Peter’s College EAST Campus
Administration Centre, MacKillop Way, Clyde North
GUEST SPEAKER – Mr Michael Dalley, Yr 7-10 Curriculum Leader          B.A.(Hons);Grad.Dip.Ed.; Postgrad.Dip.Animateuring; M.Ed.

Michael started at St. Peter’s College at the beginning of 2018, taking up the role of Year 7 to 10 Curriculum Leader at the West Campus. Michael will introduce himself and tell us a little about his journey in life, and in particular his journey in Education.

He will also tell us a little about his role, and the ongoing developments within our Curriculum.

With our Futures Expo the following week and students needing, maybe for the first time, to select their subject preferences for 2019, I am sure Michael’s presentation will be very informative and helpful to all parents and in particular our parents of Years 7-10 students.                                  


St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, 

I wish to inform parishioners that the school carpark gates are locked from 9.00am during the school week so please do not park in the rear school carpark when attending weekday Mass. Please also keep the driveway in front of the church clear. We have erected new ‘no standing/no parking’ signs to remind parishioners.

I request that If you wish to speak with the priest after Mass that you stand outside the Sacristy door in the foyer and wait for the priest to greet you when they leave the sacristy.  I ask that you be patient and do not enter the Sacristy. I thank you for your cooperation with this request. God bless you all, Fr Joseph                                     

WEEKDAY MASS TIMES: Please note Confirmation Masses will be celebrated at 6.00pm on Thursday and Friday, there will be no 7.30pm Mass on Thursday.  There will be No 9.30am Mass on Saturday morning but a 11.00am Confirmation Mass.

CONFIRMATION MASSES:  There will be a small number of children being Confirmed during the 10.45am Mass on Sunday 24th June.  The other Confirmation Masses will be on Thursday 21st at 6.00pm, Friday 22nd June at 6.00pm & Saturday 23rd June 11.00am.

CHURCH FLOWERS: If you would like to make a donation towards Church flowers please place the money in an envelope marked “Flowers” in the second collection.  Thank you.

AMENDED LECTOR & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS ROSTER: We have had to amend the roster, new rosters have been emailed, if you did not receive a copy please collect your amended roster from the table in the foyer.

CHURCH CLEANING ROSTER: New rosters will soon be compiled, if you would like to join this ministry or be removed from this roster please contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

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 June: 28th For those who celebrated their birthday in June.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CARE GROUP: Care Group provides support to our catholic families following a funeral of a loved one, by offering assistance with light refreshments after the Funeral Mass/ Service.    We are need of helpers and warmly invite parishioners to join the Care Group ministry.  How can you help? We need helpers to set up the hall, serve and tidy up after.  And or you can help by donating a plate of sandwiches or cake for the funeral.  If you can help please phone Barbara on 5996 3562 or 0423 483 998.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION:  Is available in our parish at Providence House, 135 Sladen Street. Each session is totally confidential and is for approx. 1 hr by appointment only.   Contact Ruth 0477 800 161

JUNIOR RCIA: For older children who have not competed their Sacraments. Children attend Mass at 9.00am followed by class in Parish Hall on Sunday’s during school terms.  Please contact Sr Lucy for more info or collect an enrolment form from the office.

VOICE FOR LIFE GROUP would like to say a very big thank you to all parishioners who supported our Mother’s Day raffle. We raised just over $600. The money raised will help us maintain the memorial garden as well as the work we do in the parish. The prizes were won by the following people: 1st Prize Denise De Graaff, 2nd Roger & 3rd Jayden Desmond. Congratulations to all the winners.

R.C.I.A. INQUIRY NIGHT: St. Agatha’s Parish will soon begin a new journey in faith to share the richness of the Catholic Church and our parish family. An inquiry night will be held for those who may be considering becoming a Catholic. Or are you a baptised Catholic Adult, but have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation? Come and See this evening on Wednesday 18th July at 7.30pm. Providence House, 135 Sladen Street.  All welcome! For more information contact Tina at the Parish Office on 5996 1985

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A SPONSOR? Sponsors are Catholics in good standing who have completed the Sacraments of Initiation. Sponsors accompany someone who is not Catholic on their journey into Catholicism OR someone who is Catholic who wishes to complete the Sacraments of Initiation; Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Additionally, the sponsor invites and befriends the RCIA candidate to parish activities so as to help them feel fully included in the community.  We are always looking for people who would like to be a Sponsor. Please pray and discern if this is a ministry that the Holy Spirit is inspiring you to do. We welcome you with open arms!

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 call Rebecca on 0421 521 550

St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

Next Saturday we will welcome Bishop O’Regan to our parish for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This year has seen our parish begin its own preparation, separate from St Agatha’s Parish, for children and families for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First communion. I wish to express the gratitude of our parish to Leah Hirt (Religious Education Leader) and staff at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School, Fiona Goh (Parish Office), and Mary Cooke (Catechist) for their dedication to establishing this important formation for the sacraments. I also urge you to continue to pray for the Confirmation candidates and their families.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be conferred by Bishop Pat O’Regan during Mass at 2.00pm on Saturday, 23 June.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): The RCIA is for any of the following: An unbaptised adult seeking to become a full member of the Catholic Church; a baptised adult of another Christian Church desiring to be in full communion with the Catholic Church; A Catholic who has not been fully initiated into the Church and needs suitable preparation prior to the celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist; A Catholic seeking to be renewed in his/her faith; a non-Catholic who just wants to know more about the Catholic Church. Now is the time for people who wish to participate in the coming RCIA group to contact Fr Denis at the Parish Office. We invite every family to invite one person or family to join the RCIA. St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is always delighted to welcome and assist those who wish to know more about the Catholic faith.

PARISH FEAST DAY MASS with Bishop Pat on Sunday 1st July at 10.45am.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES: Please collect your envelopes at the back of our worship space. It is now arranged in street order. We would appreciate it if you could help to distribute to parishioners on your street. Thank you.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPE #82 – Would the parishioner who uses envelope #82 for Stewardship giving please contact Christine at the parish office on 5998 0947.

PIETY STALL – Every 2nd weekend of the Month. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

FAMILY PRAYER MEETING: Last Friday of every month at St Peter’s College, Clyde North 7.30pm – 8.30pm. For enquiries, contact Jean-Paul Antoine 59907777 or the parish office. Month of June is on 29 June.

YOUTH GROUP meets twice a month. For enquiries, please contact the parish office.

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE (CTC) is offering Intensive mode from July. For enquiry, please contact the Registrar on 9412 3309  or email: registrar@ctc.edu.au.

Discover new depths to your faith. Yarra Theological Union, a Catholic College of the University of Divinity, is taking enrolments for theological study. Enrolment appointments are from 25th June until 12th July 2018.  Phone 9890 3771 or admin@ytu.edu.au for an appointment. See the website.

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.

ALL ADULT PARISHIONERS - The Parish Council has updated our Parish Code of Conduct for the Safety of Children and Vulnerable Adults within our Parish and feel that in order to truly create a child safe environment it is necessary for all adult parishioners to read, understand and sign that they will adhere to all aspects of the Parish Code of Conduct. If you have any questions about this, please contact our Parish Safety Officer at the Parish Office.

FORMED.org is a revolutionary online platform featuring the best Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks and movies from trusted partners like the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press and Word on Fire. Catechism and Personal Faith Formation are at the fingertips of every parishioner. St Thomas the Apostle parishioners are very privilege to have free access to this. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email: parish@stthomasap.org.au.       

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