St. Peter's College e-Newsletter

29 November 2019
Issue Thirty-seven
From our Principal
Cranbourne Campus News
Clyde North Campus News
Learning & Teaching News
Mission & Catholic Identity News
Arts & Technology News
Careers News
General News
  Parents & Friends News
Parish News
Upcoming Events
St. Peter's College
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From our Principal

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

It’s hard to believe that the Christmas decorations are emerging, the shops are filling with Christmas shoppers and the carols are again being heard. I have to say that a large part of me is resisting the whole notion of Christmas as there is still so much to be done between now and the end of the school year. The message to students at this stage of the year is that with the commencement of Headstart it is business as usual and learning and teaching continues to be core business.


There is, however, some inevitability to the end being in sight as we celebrate, in a number of ways, the culmination of the year that has been.

Presentation Night

Is one such event and an important night to celebrate leadership, high achievement and engagement in learning. Significant work goes into the nomination and selection process. It is evidence-based and involves many discussions and much consultation. The night is not just a celebration of individual achievement but is also a showcase of the opportunities made available for students at St. Peter’s College. I look forward to catching up with many students and parents at Bunjil Place next Tuesday, 3 December 2019.

Solomon Islands

At the time of reading this our Solomon Islands Immersion experience will have concluded for another year. Tracking their journey on their Facebook page, the overall impression I am left with is that of smiling faces. Smiles on the faces of staff, St. Peter’s College students and smiles on the many faces of the Bishop Epalle College. There is a real sense of connection between our two schools. Whilst over there the students have experienced living with a Solomon Islands family and experienced the joy of a life lived with simplicity. They will have worked in the classrooms, attended beautiful mass services and visited traditional and historically significant sites. They will come back as different people with a greater appreciation of their own existence and perhaps a drive and desire to continue to make a difference in the lives of others they will meet beyond the gates of St. Peter’s College. This year the group have presented a cheque to the Bishop Epalle College for $13,000. Whilst only a few can experience the joy of the immersion experience, the school community have engaged with fund-raising throughout the past year. So to that end I give thanks to all those who have contributed to supporting our sister school in the Solomon Islands and special thanks to our Solomon Islands Immersion participants for 2019.

Shared Stories

The theme for our sixth year of involvement in this publication, Shared Stories, was 'Gratitude'. This year, over seventy of our students across both Clyde North and Cranbourne Campuses had their written or art work published. With some students receiving the exceptional honour of having both written and art works included. My congratulations to all for their contributions to an exceptional piece of Art and Literature.


Charles Nierves, a Year 10 Clyde North Campus student, was selected to receive the St. Peter’s College Student Encouragement Award, for his Artwork entitled, ‘Home’.  The Award was presented to him at the launch of the publication at the Xavier College Kosta Hall this week, along with other awarded students from many Catholic colleges and schools around Victoria. Congratulations Charles. The artwork is displayed below.


Year 12 Retreat

This week our Year 12s of 2020 have experienced their retreat. Designed to be held at the beginning of Headstart, it provides an ideal opportunity for students to reflect on the role faith has had in guiding their lives to date and how it can continue to guide them into the future. The busyness of the world we live in and the dependence on technology, particularly with our young, prevents any opportunity for quietness and stillness. The retreat provides one such opportunity. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their goals in 2020 as well as explore the legacy they wish to leave behind them at the end of 2020 through the medium of our annual school theme.

Enjoy the week ahead.








Mr Chris Black


Cranbourne Campus News


Students have now moved into the Headstart program that sees them going into their next year level and beginning their new work.  There is always a strong sense of renewed goals and enthusiasm as they rise to meet the challenges of a new academic year.  One of the concerns, however, is where students seek to change classes or subjects without giving things a genuine try.  A lot of time is spent counselling and assisting students in choosing subjects that are relevant to their career goals or what they are interested in or what they are good at.  The timetable and staffing are then constructed based on these choices.  Consequently, significant change is not possible and students and parents should be aware of this restriction.  The other issue is when students claim that they have no friends in their new class or that they are unhappy with their new teacher.  It is important that we build resilience in our students and that they learn to problem solve and cope with people (teachers and students) whom they might not naturally choose.  This is a life skill that we intend to teach our students and so our policy is not to change classes other than for the most serious pastoral reasons.


Another highlight of Headstart is the enrolment of new students and we are pleased to welcome 13 to various year levels from 8 to 12.  This indicates that we are a preferred school of choice for many parents in the local community.  In interviews, parents and prospective parents typically mention the positive feedback that current members of our school community give, the holistic nature of our pastoral care and the strong academic support for students who have a wide choice of subjects.

Year 10 Peer Support

132 Year 10 students gathered on Monday morning with Miss Fiona McKenna, Pastoral Care Leader and Mr David Bardi, Marian House Leader to run the Peer Support Training.  This is important leadership training that all the Year 10 students do in preparation for running the Peer Support program for Year 7 students in 2020.  Not all Year 10 students will necessarily lead the program, however, all should benefit from this leadership training.  Some current Year 11 students who were Peer Support Leaders this year did a great job in helping train the students included Gurvisha Singh, Aishwarya Jaganathan, Sofia Santos, David Lee and Hayley Burd.


"Helping out with the peer support training on Monday allowed me to share my experiences with the year 10’s of what worked and what didn’t work when I did peer support." 

Sofia Santos


During Monday's Peer Support Training session all of the year 10's, were actively involved and showed a lot of interest in the idea of Student Leadership.  To be asked to Help with such an enjoyable day, was really a privilege as I loved being a Peer Support Leader in 2019."

- Hayley Burd

Careers Seminar

Year 10 students also participated in an afternoon of careers training.  This involved some preparation for work experience in June next year.  Although this may seem a long way off, it is important that students start actively seeking and securing some useful work that will assist in preparing them for the workforce.  Some external trainers were also present to practise employment interviews.  Students reported this experience as very worthwhile.

Avila Mixed Basketball Competition

The Mixed Basketball Competition run by Avila House began this week. Congratulations to Mackillop who won against Kolbe, 32-6. Avila defeated Marian with the scores ending at 28-22. Assisi beat Glowrey, 24-10. Augustine were too strong for Romero with 26 points to 6 (and a special mention to Tietdong Chuol for his efforts).  A special thanks to the Avila forum and Learning Advisors and especially Mr Justin De Goldi for help with scoring, timing and organisation as well as being a referee. 



The semi-finals will be held next week on Monday leading to a Grand Final on Thursday, 5 December. The semi-final matches will be:
Avila v MacKillop
Assisi v Augustine

Final School Week

I would like parents to be aware of a number of activities in the final school week for the calendar year.  The Environment Team is reminding students to recycle any of their stationery and books that they would otherwise throw out. These can be donated to disadvantaged schools in the Diocese of Kimbe in Papua & New Guinea.  The Social Justice Group is encouraging our students to bring in any non-perishable food for donation to the Society of St Vincent de Paul.  Vinnies puts together hampers that are then distributed to local people in need this Christmas. 


Advent Mass

On Thursday morning, 5 December 2019, we will have our Advent Mass in the Multi-Purpose Hall at 11.30am.  All parents are invited to join with our students in celebrating a year of hard work, growth and achievement.  It will of course also be a liturgy in which we prepare ourselves for the coming Christmas season. It will be a chance to reflect on the miracle that is God dwelling amongst us, as one of us.


Senior social

On Thursday evening, our Year 11 & 12 students will be celebrating their Senior Social at Amberlee Reception. This event will run form 7.00pm until 11.00pm.  When collecting your child, parents are reminded to park at the rear of the reception centre and come to the front entrance to collect their child.  If a parent is collecting a student other than their own child, then they will need to produce a written note signed by the student’s parent granting them permission to do so.  Please ensure this occurs, as it can become inconvenient for staff, parents and students when we insist on enforcing these rules for the protection of your child and our staff from a legal perspective. 


For catering and organisational purposes it is important that we have a definite idea of numbers no later than Friday, 29 November 2019.  After this date, students will be unable to purchase a ticket.  Students will collect tickets from their House Leaders on this last day of classes, Thursday, 5 December 2019, straight after the Tug of War.  It is important for students to be there to collect their ticket.


Activity Day

Activity Day is happening on Friday, 6 December 2019.  This day is an opportunity for students to further build relationships with staff and students in their house through a series of enjoyable events.  The day is not compulsory and the cost is $25.  Payment can be made by credit card or by cash to the Office no later than Friday, 29 November 2019. 

David Hansen

Deputy Principal - Head of Cranbourne Campus

Clyde North Campus News

Thinking Errors

This week students engaged in conversations during Tutor Group with their Learning Advisor about thinking errors. What are these and how do they impact on our perception, outlook and even wellbeing? More importantly how do we correct this errors?


Our self-talk guides our behaviour and influences the way we interact with others. It also plays a major role in how you feel about yourself, other people, and the world in general. There are situations where our thoughts are not a realistic representation of what has happened and this can lead to misunderstandings, miscommunication, and conflict with peers and even unhealthy decisions. Whether you're striving to reach personal or professional goals, the key to success often starts with recognizing and replacing inaccurate thoughts.


Here are some of the common thinking errors, for more details go to Beyond Blue. Parents and guardians I encourage you to share in this discussion and how all of us may at times default to some type of thinking error. 


Fixing Thinking Errors:   Once you recognize your thinking errors, you can begin trying to challenge those thoughts. Look for exceptions to the rule and gather evidence that your thoughts aren't 100% true. Then, you can begin replacing them with more realistic thoughts.


The goal doesn't need to be to replace negative thoughts with overly idealistic or positive ones. Instead, replace them with realistic thoughts. Changing the way we think can take effort and may seem difficult but with practice we become better at identifying the thinking error and correcting it.

Year 10 2020

As the 2019 year 9 students moved into the senior space of year 10 (2020) they underwent two important and formative activities this week; Peer Support Training and Career Planning. Peer Support is a critical program which supports year 7 students’ transition into secondary school. The training provides year 10 students will strategies and skills in supporting this transition. For those year 10 students who will go on to become full peer support leaders, I look forward to seeing how you guide and mentor the year 7 students of 2020. My thanks to Mr Peter Brannan and the House Leaders who organised and lead this program.


The Career Planning Seminar organised by Mrs Robyn Cardamone was a wonderful opportunity for students to gain insight into what companies and corporations such as Macdonald’s look for when hiring young people. It is critical that students take every opportunity provided by the College to develop their knowledge and understanding of planning the steps involved in developing a career plan. My thanks go to Robyn for all of her hard work in developing this critical program.

Our Final Week

Tuesday,  3 December 2019:      Pastoral period – our final Strive & Thrive session – PE uniform 

                                                                  Presentation Night at Bunjil Place.

Thursday, 5 December 2019:    Advent Mass will be held at the Cranbourne Campus (Hall)

                                                                  commencing at 9.45am  – please see caremonkey notification.

Friday, 6 December 2019:           Last day and Activity day for all students – Please see caremonkey


I wish you all a safe and productive week.

Julie Banda

Deputy Principal - Head of Clyde North Campus

Learning & Teaching News


Once again in 2020 the College has purchased the EDROLO package for each Year 12 VCE student. I include details in this week’s newsletters to assist parents in partnering with their sons and daughters through this important year of study.


What is Edrolo?

Edrolo provides interactive videos and exam questions for Year 12 students. Edrolo is currently used by over 800+ schools and 160,000+ students in Victoria.

For some subjects,  Edrolo’s textbooks will also be provided. These new texts do everything a traditional textbook does with the added benefit of several innovative features to better support teachers and students.


You can find out more about how Edrolo will support your child in their VCE in this short video.


How will our students and teachers use Edrolo?

We will use Edrolo as a teaching and learning tool to further enhance what our teachers and students are doing day-to-day.


Our teachers have been provided with training on how to best utilise the resource, and will guide students to use Edrolo in a range of ways across the year, including:

  • holiday homework;
  • pre-class work;
  • post-class consolidation;
  • assessment preparation; and
  • examination revision.


All students have been emailed details of logging in to EDROLO. They are encouraged to use the resource over the holidays to kick start their studies. Students are able to move ahead and complete all the units prior to returning in 2020.


Edrolo has been deemed an outstanding support resource, providing our students with the best opportunity to perform to their potential. Please encourage your sons and daughters to take full advantage of this opportunity.


Students at St Peter's are lucky that the college is invested in the program and will be moving forward. I think parents need constant reminders that VCAL is a legitimate pathway for their children. 


For more information please click here.

Ms Marlene Jorgensen

Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

The Season of Advent

Coming up soon towards the end of November - is the season of Advent.


A reflection on Advent…

A Pointing to the star by Joan Chittister

Advent is the season of waiting.


Its function is to remind us what we’re waiting for as we go through life too busy with things that do not matter to remember the things that do.


When year after year we hear the same scriptures and the same hymns of longing for the life to come, of which this is only its shadow, it becomes impossible to forget the refrains of the soul.


Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world.


It slows us down. It makes us think. It makes us look beyond today to the “great tomorrow” of life. 

Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control this life that we fail to develop within ourselves a taste for the spirit that does not die and will not slip through our fingers like melted snow.


It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realise that its coming depends on us. What we do will either hasten or slow, sharpen or dim our own commitment to do our part to bring it.


Advent stands before us, within us, pointing to the star for which the wise ones from the East are only icons of ourselves.


We all want something more.  Advent asks the question –

  • What is it for which you are spending your life?
  • What is the star you are following now?
  • And where is that star in its present radiance in your life leading you?


Upcoming Events:

  • Solomon Island Immersion, 20 November 2019 to 28 November 2019.
  • Year 12 Retreat (2020 cohort), 27 November 2019 to 29 November 2019.
  • Advent Masses – 5 December 2019 CLN (period 2) & CRA (period 3) in the Cranbourne Hall.
  • St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. To donate goods please email  here.
  • Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth 8 December 2019 to 10 December 2019 (6 students, 1 staff member attending).

Matthew Williams

Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity

Arts & Technology News

Textiles during Headstart

The rollover from the 2019 classes to next year’s 2020 ones provides a unique opportunity for outgoing students to showcase their work to their peers just starting out in Textiles. In turn, having this opportunity provides valuable insight and motivation to those just beginning their design journey.


Already the students have launched themselves into their first design challenge of making a themed, hand-sewn felt sewing accessory. Novelty pin cushions, needle cases and novelty pattern weights are popular choices. Whilst this year’s theme is ‘Bugs and Insects’, previous themes have included Cacti Gardens and, Food and Sporting Goods. This simple task provides invaluable experience by taking students through each stage of the design process and building student’s confidence with practical skills. This knowledge and skill acquisition is then be applied to assessment tasks that commence in Week 4 of the course, the commencement of the new calendar year.


At the same time as students begin working through the stages of the design process, they also learn the parts of the sewing machine by completing simple exercises in operating and controlling them. We look forward to next year’s Art, Design & Technology Exhibition where, items from the creative class of 2020 will be exhibited.



Ms A. Marschner

Textiles Teacher - Cranbourne Campus

Careers News

Google Code-in 2019

Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in: Our global, online contest introducing teenagers to the world of open source development. With a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills they have.


Mentors from our participating organisations lend a helping hand as participants learn what it’s like to work on an open source project. Participants get to work on real software and win prizes from t-shirts to a trip to Google HQ!


The competition opens on Tuesday 3 December 2019 and runs until Friday 24 January 2020.


Find out more here.

iCanMed | Free UCAT Workshop, Melbourne

14 December 2019, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

CQUniversity Melbourne


Medical and dental schools are continually finding new ways to identify the candidates who are most likely to become successful health professionals in the future. The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) is the latest addition to the selection process used by thirteen universities in Australia and New Zealand. Some universities weight your UCAT score just as heavily as your ATAR when deciding on final offers, while others won’t even give you an interview offer unless you achieved a UCAT score in the top 10% of the cohort. This means that doing well in the UCAT is a make-or-break for prospective candidates.


This workshop will address all the must-know information you need to effectively prepare for the UCAT. If you want to receive the insights, experience and expertise that will help you get ahead of the competition, this is a workshop that you cannot afford to miss.

In this 3-hour workshop, we will:

  • Discuss the methods/formulas that medical and dental schools use to select top candidates
  • Highlight all of the critical mistakes that students made when preparing for and sitting the 2019 UCAT
  • Offer game-changing strategies that helped almost 400 iCanMed students score 3000+ (96th percentile or above) on the 2019 UCAT
  • Sit a mini mock exam that contains questions with the same difficulty, format and style as those found in the official 2019 UCAT
  • Teach the correct methods to solve major Section 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 question types, with a focus on achieving top speeds without compromising accuracy

Find out more click here.  

Chisholm TAFE | Intensive Interview Training Workshop

19 December 2019, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Chisholm TAFE 311 Lonsdale Campus


Have you been to multiple job interviews without any success in gaining employment? The Chisholm Skills and Jobs Centre is here to assist!


In this Intensive Interview Training Workshop, we will be providing:

  • Comprehensive practical assistance with interview techniques
  • Interview role plays and demonstrations
  • A simulated “employer experience” where you can practise applying your interview skills in a “speed interviewing” setting

Find out more click here

Career Insights:  Monthly Digital Workshop

19 December 2019, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Join us for a monthly interactive workshop where we cover various economic and technology trends as they impact your career.


This month’s topic is “How to increase your value and worth in less than a year”.

Find out more here.  

Engineering Quiz

With so many different types of engineering available to you, it can be hard to decide which one is best for you.  Take the RMIT interactive quiz to discover which engineering courses or double degrees are matched to you. We also have the new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course for students to be introduced to a wide range engineering in first year before specializing.

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  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.


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. 





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Upcoming Events

Monday, 2 December


Tuesday, 3 December

Pastoral Period Sports Uniform Day

CRA P2 Strive & Thrive

CLN P4 Strive & Thrive

Year 7  2020 Orientation Day

Presentation Night 6.15pm for 7.00pm Bunjil Place City of Casey

Wednesday, 4 December

P&F Dinner

Thursday, 5 December

CLN P1 & 2 Advent Mass

CLN P3 House Assemblies

CRA P2 House Assemblies

CRA P3 Advent Mass

VCAL & VET Finish

CRA 7.00pm Senior Social

Friday, 6 December

LAST DAY  Year 8 - 12   2020

Students Finish

House Activities Day

Saturday, 7 December


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2019 Paver Order Form Cranbourne Campus.pdf
2019 Paver Order Form Clyde North.pdf
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