St. Peter's College e-Newsletter

06 December 2019
Issue Thirty-eight
From our Principal
Cranbourne Campus News
Clyde North Campus News
Learning & Teaching News
Mission & Catholic Identity News
Technology News
Careers News
General News
  Parents & Friends News
Parish News
Links
Upcoming Events
St. Peter's College
03 5990 7777
PO Box 615
Cranbourne, Vic, 3977
AU

From our Principal

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Welcome to the last edition of the school newsletter for 2019, we hope you have enjoyed gaining a snapshot of the events and happenings in our community throughout 2019. The essence of this edition surrounds our final events of 2019.

Presentation Night

A wonderful night was had by all on Tuesday night as we celebrated the achievements of 2019, both academically and the community focussed. The awards signify and celebrate high achievement across a broad range of categories. The theme of the night was gratitude where we gave thanks to the contributions of many.  Congratulations in particular to the following award recipients:

 

They are for the College Year Level Dux

Rhianna Lay Year 7
Bonny Cortese Year 8
Sudarshan Shorna Kumar Year 9
Milly Cortese Year 10
Ruby Smith Year 11

 

College Awards

First Name

Surname

House

Year

Award Type

Shahd

Mohamed

Romero

10

Sports Person - Female

Callum

Pola

Assisi

10

Sports Person - Male

Tamara

Taukiri

Augustine

7

Sports Person - Female

Hori

Schwalger

Kolbe

9

Sports Person - Male

Bonny

Cortese

MacKillop

8

Terry Feely Literacy Encouragement

Mikayla

Van Der Veldon

Glowrey

11

Terry Feely Literacy

Rhianna

Lay

Marian

7

Terry Feely Literacy Encouragement

Natalia

D'Rozario

Augustine

11

Terry Feely Literacy

Vasu

Kaushal

MacKillop

7

Debating Encouragement

Joshua

Bennett

MacKillop

11

Debating

Kaleb

Ward

Augustine

7

Debating Encouragement

Alliah

Garcia

MacKillop

10

Debating

Nadia

Karaan

Avila

11

Community Service

Jie Xin Ophelia

Heng

Romero

12

Community Service

Jonathan

D'Rozario

Augustine

12

Graduate

Maureen

Gabriel

MacKillop

12

Graduate

Mia

Clauscen

Assisi

11

SRC

Kartik

Pillai

Assisi

12

SRC

Sarah

Van Hamond

Glowrey

12

College Spirit

Sophie

Lingaya

Augustine

11

College Spirit

Ryan

Brack

Romero

12

Living Witness

Benjamin

Salu

Kolbe

12

Living Witness

Adelle

St Mart

Kolbe

10

Cranbourne Rotary Youth Award

Milly

Cortese

MacKillop

10

Cranbourne Rotary Youth Award

 

 

 

Year 7 Orientation Day

Our Year 7s of 2020 joined us on Tuesday for their Orientation day. We can sometimes take for granted how big the step up is from primary to secondary and as such it is an important step to assist with the transition. One of the important stepping stones is the connection made with the house which is going to be their “home” for the next 6 years. To this end a number of the transition activities on the day were house based. It was encouraging to see so many parents present. This contributed to an excitement filled atmosphere, mixed in with a few tears as well. We look forward to welcoming our Year 7s on day one of the new academic year.

 

 

Advent Mass

Our year concluded on Thursday as we came together for our advent mass. Our campus based masses signalled the end of the academic year but was also a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for his arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. May there be moments of peace and stillness for you and your families during this busy period of the anticipation of his coming.

 

 

Staff Farewells

The mass also gave us an opportunity to farewell and publicly thank a number of staff who will not be returning in 2020. From the Clyde North Campus these include: Ms Gayle Athanasiadis, Ms Helen Brown, Ms Jodie Connell, Mr Stephen Grcic, Mr Ben Hillard, Mr Stephen Lipton, Mrs Samia Masters, Mrs Karyn Munday, Mr Alan Stafford, Mr Chris Windley and Mr Ziggy Wolinski. From the Cranbourne campus we farewell Mr Mark Robinson and Aswathy Ottur. We were also able to acknowledge the significant contribution Ms Marlene Jorgensen has made in leading the teaching and learning program at St. Peter’s College for the past 6 years in her role as DP – Learning and Teaching. Ms Jorgensen is leaving us to take up the role of Principal at CRC Melton in 2020. We wish her well in her new role.

High Achievers

Well done to Mitchell and Blake Keel who became the Junior Victorian Bowls Champions for 2019 over the weekend. Congratulations to them both.

 

 

First Day Arrangements 2020

Just a reminder of the following return dates in 2020:

  • Year 7s and 12s return on Thursday, 30 January 2020.
  • Year 8 – 11s return on Friday, 31 January 2020.
  • VCAL – Years 10 and 11 on Monday, 3 February 2020.

Wishing all a hope-filled and blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Chris Black

Principal

Cranbourne Campus News

Cranbourne Campus Master Plan

No doubt, many of you noticed a change over the last week to the front of the school as our “temporary” portables were moved from this rather prominent position.  This move to the Navarre Drive entrance is primarily about child safety.  It will ensure that our Administration building and Uniform Shop can be moved out of the centre of the Campus and closer to the entrances.  The buildings requiring access primarily by parents and visitors are positioned without adults having to wander through the school grounds and are clearly more convenient.

 

It has also cleared the area for the next group of builders to establish their site office to begin work in the new year on the Donnelly Building refurbishment.  This will be established as a state of the art VCAL Centre.  The growing cohort of Year 10, 11 & 12 students doing the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning will benefit enormously from their own space that will enable better access to the tools of their trade and an environment established for their own unique style of “hands on” learning.

 

Next year will also see the beginning of the new Administration Building which has become essential as the College continues to grow in size and will in the years ahead, add a third campus.  This building will be established where the portables were sited and take up some of the front car park area.  This will mean that the front car park will not be accessible to parents for drop off and pick up for a period during 2020.  A new car park will be established near the Navarre Drive entrance and uniform shop.

 

Finally, it is worth celebrating the hand over of the Florence Williams Arts Precinct building. Though the building refurbishment is impressive architecturally and in the quality of the work, it is when you see the learning space being used creatively that we teachers truly celebrate.  Well done to our Art & Technology teachers who have already getting the best out of their students in this space.

 

 

Avila Mixed Basketball Competition

This week the semi-finals for the Avila House Mixed Basketball Competition ran in the Multi-purpose Hall.  They were very well attended by an enthusiastic crowd and this energy was matched on court.  Congratulations to Avila House Leader, Mr Andrew McMellon and the House Captains, Deandra D’Penha & Matthew Khorani) and the Student Forum on running a terrific event.    The results were:

  

Assisi 28 were defeated by Augustine 35

Best on Court:

Assisi - Matt Ludlow and Darcy Honeyman
Augustine - Fogi Obai, Matthew Khorani and Chuel Chuol

 

Avila 30 defeated MacKillop 19

Best on Court:
Avila - Akau Majok, Jok Jok, Kyar Javier

Mackillop - Zaquain Makiri and Darcy Fox

 

The Grand Final is taking place on the last day of classes at lunchtime between Augustine and Avila.  These two houses have been power houses over the last 2 years and it augers well for an exciting competition in 2020.

 

Other McGuigan House results that will be added over this last day to determine the house standings include the Inter-house Tug of War (period 5, Thursday), Term 4 attendance, uniform & punctuality, Term 4 Environment Shield and Activity Day participation.  The ladder at present is as follows:

 

 

Presentation Evening

Congratulations to all our Cranbourne Campus prize winners at the Presentation Evening on Tuesday night.  This event held at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren is an impressive event showcasing a wonderful array of talent.  We celebrate not only those students who have achieved academically but also those who display enduring characteristics that translate into house spirit and growth and development of the whole person.

 

The combined choir, musicians, dancers (Hayley Steny & A J Wilkins) and an actor (Mikayla Van Der Velden), entertained us periodically.  Thank you to our talented students and the teachers who have brought these students so far in the development of their talent.

Thank You

This will be my final newsletter article as Head of the Cranbourne Campus.  Next year I will return in my new role as Deputy Principal – Learning & Teaching.  While, I am nervous about following in the footsteps of Ms Marlene Jorgensen who has done such an incredible job implementing massive change over the last 6 years, I am excited by the challenge ahead.  At the end of Presentation Evening, I was able to thank the parents who are indeed the first teachers of their children – our students.  You entrust them to us and it is our privilege and responsibility to lead, guide and accompany on their educational journey.  Hopefully, we develop in them an independence and resilience that will make them life long learners.  So I do want to thank you, our wider St. Peter’s College community for the incredible respect and support you give us as staff and in particularly have given me as Head of Campus.

 

I look forward to continuing the work next year in my new role and know you will continue to support Mr Jeremy Wright as new Deputy Principal – Head of Cranbourne Campus.

 

May you all have a restful holiday period and remember to celebrate Christmas with the joy of knowing that Jesus Christ is God dwelling amongst us.

David Hansen

Deputy Principal - Head of Cranbourne Campus

Clyde North Campus News

Wishing you all a holy and blessed Christmas

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the campus community; staff, students and parents. It is the collective efforts, guidance and faith of this community that supports our students to flourish in all aspects of their lives. 2019 has been a truly productive and happy year so as we move toward 2020, let us rejoice in the glory of the coming of our Lord and embrace the New Year with hope, optimism and faith.

Year 12 Retreat

I was very lucky to have been able to visit the year 12 students on retreat last week. It was clear from the outset that they were having a wonderful time as evident in these photographs. My sincere thanks go to Ms Caroline Angus and her team who gave so generously of their time away from their families to support what is a critical spiritual and leadership formation experience for our students.

 

Please enjoy Ms Angus’ reflection:

Year 12 Retreat 2019

 

"The Clyde North Year 12 Retreat was held at Rawson Village last week.

 

What an honour it was to be part of this experience with the 2020 Year 12 students. The time together was filled with a sense of great community and faith as the students worked together to produce their House banners and create their House prayers for the coming year.

 

Time was spent on reflection, and planning for their future role as leaders of the School.

 

It was also a time of a renewal of faith, and this was nowhere more apparent than in the very moving Liturgy conducted by Mr Deng Chuor. There was no shortage of volunteers to be part of the Service which was held late afternoon, as the sun was setting. It was rewarding for the staff to see the students responding so willingly to the homily by Deng, as he spoke about the need for compassion and understanding for those in need, in a society consumed by the need to acquire materialistic possessions and controlled by the ever present social media.

 

On the final evening, a talent quest was held and this proved to be a great success. A group of students led by Tham Ndebele produced an original song complete with original lyrics and accompanied on the piano by Tham, this was followed by Tom Ryan singing John Williamson’s song, ‘True Blue’.

 

The respect and enjoyment shown by all the students throughout the performances highlighted the true community spirit that exists within this remarkable group of young people.

 

The 2020 Year 12 students at Clyde North, I have no doubt, will lead the School with both respect, and a deep sense of commitment to the values of the St Peter, and their own sense of what it means to a student at St Peter’s College."   

Ms Caroline Angus

 

 

Year 7 Orientation Day

We welcomed our new 2020 Year 7 students on Tuesday 3rd December with their first full day experience of Secondary School. There may have been some anxiousness among both the students and their parents, but this quickly disappeared thanks to the comforting presence of Mr Peter Brannan, our Pastoral Care Leader. Mr Brannan plays a critical role in the transition for all new students and their parents. His calm and welcoming nature enables children and parents to relax with confidence that they all will be well.  The choice of schools is a difficult and complex task for parents today, and we never underestimate the level of time and consideration that goes into the decision to send your child to St Peter’s College. We thank you for entrusting us with the honour of caring for and education your children.

 

By the end of a very busy and exciting day nervousness had transformed into confidence. There is much work that goes into this day, many hours and days organising students into houses, designing an engaging timetable for the day and aligning the teachers and students helpers who lead and support the activities throughout the day.

 

The stars behind this day are Mr Peter Brannan and our wonderful College leaders and student helpers. A big thank you to you all.  I am also very thankful to the parents and guardians that came along for the assembly and stayed for a cuppa and cake. Without your support our ability to build a strong, healthy and purposeful community is not possible. We welcome you today, tomorrow and always into the life of your son/daughter at St Peters College.

 

Please enjoy some memories through these photographs and student reflections.

 

"Helping out with the 2020 Year 7 students was really fun and it was a great opportunity to get to know some of them. They seem really nice and they seemed to like the school."

- Abbie G Assisi House yr 8

 

 

"On Tuesday we welcomed the 2020 years 7's who will be joining Augustine House and showed them around the school. It was wonderful to meet them including Bradley, Tahji, and Missy who were have great personalities and will make a great addition to the Augustine family. With our tour around the school we showed them the buildings and classrooms. They seemed very interested in how the school is placed, and we even got to know a little about them. Tahji actually plays basketball at the same stadium as me which is great. We hope they had a great time and we look forward to seeing them next year."

- Deng M - House Captain Augustine Year 12

 

Students enjoyed a quiz at the end of the day, where even our College Captain 2020, Jaden got involved.

 

 

Friday, 6 December 2019 is our last student day for 2019. This day was historically known as Picnic Day, as it provided both staff and students to spend the day together enjoying activities and lunch. Today we refer to it as Activities Day, but the aim and benefit of the day remains the same. The true spirit of the day is celebrate the year with each other acknowledging that we are a united community beyond the classroom. This year students and teachers will enjoy one of the following: Rides at Luna Park; Popcorn and a Movie; the Zoo and Rush HQ.

Advent Mass

We began our year celebrating the Eucharist and it is only right that we finish our year coming together to celebrate the Eucharist through our Advent Mass. The reverence that our students bring to these occasions is testimony to their faith, love and support of our College Community.

Thank you and God Bless.    Merry Christmas.

Julie Banda

Deputy Principal - Head of Clyde North Campus

Learning & Teaching News

VCAL

This week our VCAL Coordinator, Mr Chris O’Hara sent me an article that talks about the benefits of VCAL. The story is an important one as many parents did not have the opportunity to study in a hands on program when they were at school so may not realise the benefits of this type of learning. While some students are suited to textbook study and university, others learn better by doing. St. Peter’s College VCAL program is second to none and offers amazing opportunity for students to experience real world  workplace learning . I include an extract and a link to the full article in this week’s newsletter.

 

"Kids of VCAL shrug off its 'dead-end' reputation and get down to work"

 

“I spoke to friends who wished they did VCAL but couldn’t because of pressure from parents or whatever, and they were very stressed because they couldn’t cope with VCE,” she says.

 

Toby Notsis always had his family's support to pursue an electrical career through VCAL, including from his father, a lecturer at Deakin College.

 

Just days after having graduated from East Doncaster Secondary College, he already has a full-time job.

 

"A lot of people that decide to do a trade but finish VCE first, they come out with no work experience and find it harder to get a job," he says.

 

- Adam Carey ("The Age")

 

To read the full article by Adam Carey ("The Age") please click here.

 

Farewell

Since this will be my final newsletter at St. Peter’s College before moving to Catholic Regional College – Melton, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and guardians for their support throughout my six years as Deputy Principal. Whenever we have met to discuss the learning program of your sons and daughters I have always felt encouraged and supported by parents who know that at all times the Learning and Teaching decisions are made with the best possible outcomes for students at our core. I will miss St. Peter’s College. I have often said that our students are our best assets. They are warm, welcoming and authentic. I can still recall my first day on the Cranbourne Campus as I arrived for my interview. I was lost as I wandered across the quadrangle. A lovely young lady asked if I was Ok and escorted me to Front Reception. This is just one example of the care and warmth that our students provide each and every day to both staff and each other.

 

With a strong improvement agenda in place and the dedication of staff I predict even more wonderful outcomes for St. Peter’s College moving into the future. I leave secure in the knowledge that you are in good hands with Mr David Hansen taking over as Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching.

Wishing you all the very best for a happy and holy Christmas and a restful New Year.

Ms Marlene Jorgensen

Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

Summer Reading…

In many publications, as the season of gift-giving and relaxing days for reading looms, I see numerous articles about what people will be reading over the Christmas break. I see that Victoria Beckham will read The Parrots by Alexandra Shulman over her break. Unlike the Beckhams, our family doesn’t have nannies, so I have to be particularly picky with my choice of summer reading, with three kids running around!

 

I have bought Not in God’s Name by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I selected this book to help me understand the religious based tensions that I see every time I turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper. We live in a very tense world at the moment– not a world of love.

 

I read recently that the Palestinian Authority have asked again for Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem to be toned down amid escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis. I cast my mind back to when I visited the Basilica of the Nativity, on the Manger Square and how fortunate I was to be able to experience a place so central to Christians. I heard recently from a person I travelled with in Israel, who has kept in contact with a local from Bethlehem, of the hardships that especially Christians are experiencing in this part of the world.

 

My prayers and thoughts for this summer is that it is a summer of love. Not one where I awaken to see or read daily of a world caught up in bigotry, mixed with ignorance. May the core message of Rabbi Sacks, and of Jesus and Christianity and of Judaism and Islam and of other faith traditions and philosophies ring out – for us all to stay true to the Golden Rule that promotes a giving of oneself or the living out of a ‘do unto others’ ethos.

Christmas Time!

When I was a kid or even to a young adult age, the part that annoyed me most about Christmas was having to go to church for the extra-long services and multiple times in a few days. This took me away from the backyard cricket with my cousins that were much anticipated over the year.

 

Recently, I read that the most popular answer to the question 'what do you expect to be doing on Christmas day?' was the response 'watch TV’. The article then mentioned that approximately only 8% will be going to church.

 

As I have got older, more mature and wise, I can see more clearly the purpose of religion in our lives, the beauty of ritual and how religion can give us an understanding to our place in the cosmos.

 

Like many parents, now that I have children I seem to be morphing into my own parents and making my children do the things that I despaired. Like going to church more at Christmas and talking more about the deeper meaning of Christmas, than the message they might be getting from the advertisements on TV.

 

Although it is hard to pull yourself away from the family gatherings, the good food and the kids away from new gifts – have a think about attending a service at St Agatha’s or St Thomas the Apostle this Christmas.

 

Leave the TV watching to the Boxing Day Test.

Christmas services:

St Agatha’s Church:

Christmas Eve – 7pm, 9pm, midnight

Christmas Day – 7:30am, 9am, 10:45am

 

St Thomas the Apostle:

Christmas Eve: 7:30pm, Midnight.

Christmas Day: 9:30am.

 

Matthew Williams

Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity

Technology News

Technology Subjects – A Year in Review

Design & Technologies and Digital Technologies has continued to flourish in 2019 across both the Clyde North and Cranbourne Campus with our commitment to developing a student centric, active learning program for all the subjects across both strands with a focus on developing 21st Century skills like Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Problem Solving.

 

Our commitment to empowering students with skills in digital systems and coding languages continued in the form of Web Publishing, Game On, Robotic Vehicle Systems, Systems Engineering, and Computing: Informatics.

 

 

Product Design embraced the exciting possibilities of the 21st Century by giving students a solid understanding of the design process and the sustainable challenges that face us in the modern world.

 

 

Our Basic Construction course developed student knowledge and understanding of Computer Aided Design programmes in relation to rendering, planning and structural integrity of their architectural designs.

 

Metal Fabrication students engaged in a variety of practical projects with a specific focus on the manipulation and fabrication of metal material.

Textiles students investigated the Fast Fashion industry and explored the concept of sustainability by engaging in a project where an existing garment, otherwise destined for landfill, is repurposed or refashioned to give it new life.

 

 

Food Technology subjects empowered students to develop their food knowledge and skills through the lens of health and wellbeing. The focus is on planning, preparation, evaluation and enjoyment of food, including the principles and practices that ensure the safety of food.

 

 

Mr Robinson and Mr Myers would like to take this opportunity to thank the Technology Faculty staff for all their hard work and dedication. The commitment of this amazing team of individuals keeps the faculty running so successfully.

Mr C. Robinson

Technology Teaching & Learning Coach - Cranbourne Campus

& Mr T. Myers

Technology Teaching & Learning Coach - Clyde North Campus

Careers News

Work Experience 2020 Change of Dates

Monday, 1 June 2020 – Friday, 5 June 2020

The 2020 College Calendar has been tweaked and now allows for a full week of work experience to take place.  Dates were originally promoted as Tuesday, 9 June 2020 –  Friday, 12 June 2020 though this has now changed and all Year 10 Work Experience placements will take place from Monday, 1 June 2020 – Friday, 5 June 2020.

 

Parent information packs will be distributed this week.

So you think you know I.T? Think again!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Online

 

What does it mean to study I.T? Do you know the difference between data science, computing and software engineering?

 

Join us for an online session with artificial intelligence expert, Associate Professor Tim Miller, as he answers your questions and discusses the different ways you can study I.T. disciplines starting from your first-year within your undergraduate degree at Melbourne.

 

Find out more click here.  

RSPCA Animal Career Discovery Day

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

RSPCA Burwood East

 

Gain insight from current industry specialists and unlock pathways to a fulfilling career with animals.

As the leading animal welfare organisation in Victoria, RSPCA utilise a range of skilled staff to care for animals and campaign for better animal welfare. RSPCA invite all those interested in a career in the industry to come and learn about working in animal care and talk with skilled professionals who are actively working in animal care and protection.

 

What you will learn:

  • Unlock pathways and learn how to succeed in an animal care profession
  • Gain industry insights from professionals actively working in animal care and protection
  • Hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes tour

What you will get:

  • Informative and fun sessions with industry specialists and skilled professionals
  • Q&A sessions with presenters including Vets, Vet Nurses, Behaviourists, Inspectors, Animal Attendants, and Customer Care Officers
  • Hands-on activities and a behind-the-scenes tour at RSPCA Burwood East
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Complimentary morning tea

Find out more click here

Whitehouse Institute of Design | 1 Day Illustration and Portfolio Presentation Workshop

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 10:00 am -  3:00 pm

Whitehouse Institute of Design

 

This workshop will explore drawing and rendering techniques fundamental for budding designers. This workshop is available for 1 day, in which you will gain an understanding of rendering and illustration techniques, experiment with different materials and learn techniques for presenting your creative ideas in a portfolio. This is a recommended starting point for those wishing to develop their skills in the fundamental areas of illustration and portfolio presentation.

 

Find out more click here

7 ways volunteering could benefit you

Volunteering your precious free time to help worthy causes is a really noble undertaking. You won’t earn big bucks, but there are plenty of other ways that becoming a volunteer could be of value.

 

1.  Learn new skills

No matter where you decide to volunteer, there will always be an element of training. While the skills may seem basic or trivial, they could be essential building blocks for future careers.

 

For example, if you’re collecting, organising, accounting for, and distributing donations from school fundraisers, you might be learning more than you think about finances, budgeting and inventory. Skills useful in almost all jobs including management, accounting, or running your own business.

Then there’s the other skills that you might not even realise you’re working on, like communication, teamwork, independence, problem solving, and customer service – the list goes on.

 

2.  Give your resume a boost

If you have lots of part time or summer work experience on your resume that’s fantastic.

Got computer skills? Excellent.

 

But adding a few more lines will never hurt. Showing commitment to community efforts, or any kind of voluntary work, will speak volumes about your personality. If you’re happy to keep showing up without getting paid, you must be dedicated and motivated,  all qualities that universities and future employers will look favourably on.

 

3.  Make you stand out in admissions

Whether you’re applying to uni, TAFE, or looking for work, chances are you’ll be up against a lot of other applicants. Some might have a higher ATAR than you, some may have relevant work experience.

 

How will you stand out? Well, what you choose to do outside of the classroom could make all the difference.  Volunteering is a great way to show you care about others and that you can manage your time well enough to balance a volunteer job with your other commitments.

 

4.  Form connections and networking contacts

Volunteering could introduce you to people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.  Those people could become friends, mentors, or your inspiration.  The more you get involved with projects outside your school, the wider you’re casting your net.

 

You’ll end up with more contacts that could be helpful in providing you with paid holiday jobs, work experience, references, and even full-blown job offers.

 

If you already know what you want to study at uni, try finding volunteer opportunities in those areas. For example, if you’re interested in politics, see if you can volunteer with your local politician. There’s every chance your volunteer experience could help you in your future endeavours.

 

5.  Personal development

When you’re at high school, chances are that you’re operating within a fairly limited social circle. You’ll be engaging with your family, school friends and teachers, possibly a few friends outside of school.

 

Volunteering will introduce you to new situations and people, potentially really different to what you’ve known up until now.

 

You could:

  • Increase your confidence
  • Learn to communicate more effectively with different audiences
  • Become a better listener
  • Learn about your personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Be more aware of and active about social justice issues.

6.  Positive impacts on your health

Studies have shown that volunteering could contribute to improved mental and physical health.

 

Increased physical activity, providing a sense of purpose, kicking goals, achieving good things, and focusing on other people’s problems rather than your own can create a “helper’s high”.

 

You could feel happier, less stressed and be fitter as well.

 

7.  Feel great about yourself

So this is a bit cheeky, as it kind of ties in with number 6, but we felt it deserved its own spot.

 

When you volunteer, you’re not only benefiting yourself, you’re having a positive impact on lots of other people around you too.  Potentially you’ll be helping an individual and an organisation, your community and subsequently you’re contributing to the wealth and health of a nation.

 

When you realise that your actions are so widespread, you might feel humbled and you should definitely feel proud of your contribution, it could definitely improve your self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.

 

Find a volunteering position that works for you

It’s ok if you’re not ready to commit yourself straight away. Start by having a look around your community, find out what the options are near you. See how much of commitment you’ll be asked to make, then decide if it’s something that you can fit in (and that you’d like to do).

 

Maybe you’d love to volunteer, but you can’t fit it in to your busy school term schedule.  Why not see if there’s a way you can offer your help during the school holidays.

Melissa Dillon and Robyn Cardamone

Careers & VET Coordinators

General News

 

2020 College School Fees

Please note that the 2020 fee information pack was distributed on Friday 18th October via email (and hard copies were posted for those that specifically requested it).

 

If you have not received the email, please check your junk or spam folder in the first instance,  or if you had requested a hard copy pack and do not receive to your address by the end of this week, please give the Finance Office a call on 5990 7777 (menu option 2 then 1) or email finance@stpeters.vic.edu.au.  Alternatively, you can visit the Administration Office at each campus where some spare hard-copy information packs will be made available.

 

Forms are only required to be completed by families commencing at the school, and only in certain circumstances for existing fee accounts i.e. if you wish to update payment details, advise of new health care card details to include a sibling starting at St Peter’s College in 2020, or advise of children at Parish Schools for sibling discount.  Any required forms are due back to the office by 30 November 2019.

 

 





 
Parents & Friends News

Next Meeting

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

 

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

7.15p.m. Tea and Coffee 7.30p.m. - 9.00p.m. St. Peter’s College Cranbourne Campus Staff Room.  Please enter via Navarre Drive gates

 

2020 Meeting Dates

Wednesday, 2 February 2020 - 7.30pm Cranbourne Campus

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - 7.30pm Clyde North Campus

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 - 7.30pm Cranbourne Campus

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - 7.30pm Clyde North Campus

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 - 7.30pm Cranbourne Campus

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 - 7.30pm Clyde North Campus

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 - 7.30pm Cranbourne Campus

Wednesday, 9 December 2020 - 7.30pm Christmas Dinner

 

Guest Speaker – Jeremy Wright

Deputy Principal – Head of Cranbourne Campus
M.Ed. (Student Wellbeing), Grad.Dip. Education, Grad.Cert. Religious Education, BA.


Following a career spanning 25 years, across a number of different learning environments, Jeremy would like to share the lessons learned from the simple knot.

 

Principal's Report

Our Principal attends each of our Parents & Friends Committee meetings, and gives us all an up to date and first hand report of what is happening in our College. By attending these meetings you will be given the opportunity to ask any pertinent questions directly to our Principal.

Fundraising

Throughout the year we do a small number of fundraising activities with all funds going to our student led initiatives at the College.


We currently have three Fundraising Activities:

  • 2018/19 Entertainment Book
  • Memorial Pavers
  • Ritchies Community Benefit Card
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzles (Cranbourne and Clyde North stores)

To Purchase the Entertainment Book and ensure we receive the fundraising rewards please click here.
 

To Order your families Memorial Paver please see below:

 

Parents & Friends Committee Executive

President: Ms Naomi Bartlett

Treasurer: Mrs Marzena Manzilla

Secretary: Mrs Sharon Clover

To contact St. Peter’s College Parents & Friends Executive please click here.

Minutes of Meeting

To read our most recent Meeting Minutes please click below

 

Parish News

St Agatha's Parish

To access Parish News, please click on the above PDF link.  Unfortunately this is only available for online viewing.

 

 

 

 

St Thomas the Apostle Parish

To access Parish News, please click on the above PDF link.  Unfortunately

this is only available for online viewing. 

 

 

 

Links

Quick Links

College Alumni

Please click here

St. Peter's College Website

To visit please click here

St. Peter's College Community Portal

To visit please click here

To View Past e-Newsletters

Please click here

Subscribe to St. Peter's College E-Newsletter

To visit please click here

St. Peter's College Uniform Shop

To visit please click here

St. Peter's College Online Uniform Shop

To visit please click here

Second-Hand Uniform Sales, Calculators & Textbooks 

To visit please click here

To see what is currently available for sale click here

 

Like us on Facebook

Please click here

Upcoming Events

Monday, 9 December

   

Tuesday, 10 December

College & House Captains Training Day

Wednesday, 11 December

  

Thursday, 12 December

   

Friday, 13 December

   

Saturday, 14 December

   

Link to Events Page

 

St. Peter's College e-Newsletter
St Agatha's Parish News Edition 37.pdf
St Agatha's Parish News Edition 38.pdf
St Thomas Parish News Edition 37.pdf
St Thomas Parish News Edition 38.pdf
St Thomas Blessing of the Advent Wreath.pdf
2019 Paver Order Form Cranbourne Campus.pdf
2019 Paver Order Form Clyde North.pdf
P F Minutes 6Nov2019.pdf
David 38.6 2019 Award Recepients.pdf
David 38.6 2019 Award Recepients.pdf
David 38.6 2019 Award Recepients.pdf