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24 MAY, 2018

Dear Parents and Friends,

Plenary Council 2020

An opportunity to contribute to the Bishops Plenary doesn’t come along very often. The last Bishops Plenary was held in Australia 80 years ago in 1937. The Plenary Council has recently been established and will be held in Adelaide. The Plenary Council is the highest gathering of churches in one place and has been called by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. It will be held in 2020.

A Plenary Council has legislative and governance authority. Decisions are voted and become binding on the Catholic Church. Everyone has been invited to contribute to dialogue and reflect on the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. You have your chance to contribute to this dialogue and in doing so you will be invited to think about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia to form your contribution to the Plenary Council. Bishop Patrick O’Regan will be coming to the two Cranbourne parishes next week. Below are the details and you are warmly invited to attend either session.

  • St Thomas the Apostle Parish – Tuesday, 29 May, 7.30pm at St Thomas the Apostle Primary School
  • St Agatha’s Parish – Wednesday, 30 May, 7.30pm in the St Agatha’s Hall

School Improvement Framework

2018 marks the end of one Strategic Vision and Plan, a four year program of school improvement strategies. It is a time to reflect, celebrate and analyse the achievements; it is also a time to embark on a new four year plan, setting goals and targets to meet. The Sale Diocese have developed a School Improvement Framework to guide and support this process. Three distinct areas are required to be addressed: Catholic Identity, Teaching and Learning and Leadership. Throughout this term staff meetings have been dedicated to sourcing input from staff. Prior to the end of term students will be asked for their reflections and input. Parents are a significant stakeholder and to this end a special meeting is to be held on June 13 at 7.30pm at the West Campus to hear the views of parents and to gather your input regarding priority areas to be considered over the next four years. Please put this date in your calendar. More details will be provided at a later date.

St Agatha’s Retreat 

It was wonderful to welcome the Grade 3 students from St Agatha’s to spend a day with us this week. The relationship between our three Parish Primary schools and St. Peter’s College is valued highly for, amongst other things, the shared learning opportunities which are presented to both the primary schools and ourselves. A number of Year 10 students were involved in the St Agatha's retreat on Wednesday, 23 May. Workshops were created and planned by the Year 10 Youth Ministry class. Workshops ran from 10.00am with a whole group prayer the culminating event. My thanks is extended to Ms Maria Gonsalves, the Assistant RE leader at the West Campus as well as the 20 or so Year 10 students who developed the day.

Staff Changes

There have been a number of staff changes over the past few weeks. We extend our good wishes and blessings to Chloe Maltar, Sports Manager (East) and Mel Ryan (Assistant Office Manager) who commence maternity leave and await the birth of their first-borns. Chloe is replaced by Rachael Hickey with Shannon Samaranayake taking on the role of Sports Manager whilst Chloe is away. Mel is replaced by Wendy Height. We welcome both Rachael and Wendy to St. Peter’s. Mary Martin, our Financial Accountant is retiring and leaving us at the end of this week. Mary has played a significant role in the finance area at a time of rapid growth in the college. My thanks is extended to her for her visionary work and for the dedication she has consistently demonstrated. We wish her well in her retirement. Mary has been replaced by Sonia McQuilten who has had considerable experience in the tertiary sector around Financial Manangement. We welcome Sonia to our team. 

Pentecost

Last weekend we celebrated Pentecost. The word Pentecost is Greek and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. It is often referred to as the birth-day of the Church.

A Prayer for Pentecost

Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity.
Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus' way of love.
Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy in our everyday dealings with one another.
May we respect life as we work to solve problems of family and nation, economy and ecology.
Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love into new action each day.
Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence which penetrates all creation.

Amen.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Mr Chris Black 
Principal

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