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ST PETER'S COLLEGE CRANBOURNE e-News
Issue 38  |  02 December 2015
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From the Principal

Farewell

It is always sad to farewell those staff who are leaving us at the end of school year. I am most grateful for the years of service they have given to our community. They leave this school in a better place than when they started and they should be rightfully proud of their contribution to the fine College that we are. They move on to the next stage of their careers with our best wishes: 

Ms Tracy Alles, Mr Pat Grant, Ms Romi Bennett, Miss Elouise Johnson, Ms Marjorie Canal, Ms Caroline Jeremiah, Miss Jessica Chakman,  Ms Jo Porch, Ms Gina Goss, Miss Krystle Samios, Mr Mark Shafton, Ms Belinda Ladouceur and Ms Larissa Schoormans.

Note also that the following staff are transferring between Campuses for the 2016 School Year:

Mrs Julie Banda, Mr Roger Hampson and Mrs Radha Nadan have transferred to the East Campus and Miss Maria Gonsalvez has transferred to the West Campus for 2016.

Shared Stories

Last Friday over 30 students from the East & West Campus travelled to Star of the Sea College in Brighton to attend the launch of the 2015 Shared Stories Anthology. This 500 page anthology contains student stories and works of art from 21 schools, including our own, which are published and housed in the State and National Libraries.

It is a wonderful achievement that our students can then say that they are a published writer or artist and I thank teachers Ms Viv Hayes, Ms Jo Lortan, Miss Rebecca Crozier, Miss Kirsty Molesworth, Mr Orwin De Kretser and Marketing Manager Mrs April Hampson for their encouragement and support of this wonderful project. Year 8 student Mikayla Van Der Velden was acknowledged for her work of art capturing the theme of remembrance in relation to our soldiers sacrifice at war.

shared stories

Solomon Islands

I welcome back our touring party of Miss Karissa Robertson, Mr Greg Nelson, Fr Joseph, Iesha Clarke, Bree Ashwood, Josh Di Nuzzo, Charlotte Lampard, Rylee Hepburn and Perri McLean who have all returned safely from the Solomon Islands. The students were able to immerse themselves in the life of the Bishop Epalle Community through assisting in the primary school, maintenance programs and staying with local families.

The fundraising efforts of the St Peter’s College community over the last 2 years allowed our students to present a cheque for $20,000 which will go towards the building of a library at the school. Next year our Year 12 students from both the East & West Campus will have the opportunity to participate in the Immersion Program in November 2016. 

Opening & Blessing of Stage 3A - Art & Technology

The Opening Mass of the 2016 school year at the East Campus will see the blessing of the new sculpture of St Peter produced by Artist Jenny Steiner, as well as the official opening and naming of the Art & Technology Building. The new pedestrian gates of the East Campus featuring the symbolic fish netting of the fisherman will open out onto the new sculpture of St Peter and provide a warm welcome to new and old members of our community.

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. This year 5 students from the East Campus: Abigail Rook, Dana Durbin, Amer Athiu, Caitlin Romero and Aaron Quintal and teacher Ms Rebecca Crozier have joined with students from Nagle College in Bairnsdale to travel to Adelaide for the 3 day conference from the 3rd to the 5th of December. All up 3,000 young people are expected to attend the festival to share their faith experiences.

End of Term

I extend all the joy of the Christmas and holiday season ahead to all of our families and look forward to everyone's safe return in 2016.

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Mr Tim Hogan
Principal

Latest News
East Campus News

Thank You & Good Luck

I would like to take this opportunity to say my heartfelt thanks to Ms Marjorie Canal and Ms Caroline Jeremiah, two great women who are leaving us at St Peter’s at the end of this Year. My sincere thanks also go to Ms Jo Porch, our fantastic Assisi Learning Advisor and Music Teacher.

First of all, I have been delighted to work with Ms Canal as pioneer Teacher at the East Campus since 2011. She has put in so much energy and passion in her work and has very professionally undertaken all the leadership roles assigned to her. Her students and colleagues think highly of her and it was very emotional to see how sad they were to farewell her at our last Campus assembly. I would like to congratulate her on her appointment for a leadership role at Killlester College and wish her all the success she deserves there too. It has been enriching to have you as a friend and colleague during these past five years and may Jesus continue to be your guiding star in your new endeavour. 

I would like also to congratulate Ms Jeremiah on her appointment at SFX and wish her the very best in her new position. She has been a very reliable colleague and was always ready to give some good advice and support whenever asked to. She was much appreciated by her students and fellow colleagues too. She is to be commended on her dedication and professionalism at work and she is worthy of our respect. 

Last, but not least, I wish to say a big thank you to Ms Jo Porch, our lively and dynamic Learning Advisor of Assisi house for her great contribution to Assisi House, to her students and to the whole school. I would like to wish you all the success you deserve in your new endeavour.

Dear Marjorie, Caroline and Jo, we will miss you so much at the East campus. We wish you both all the best life can offer and may God bless you always. 

Mr Jean-Paul Antoine
Acting Assisi & Avila  House Leader, East Campus

Religious Education

Last Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent. We are, therefore, in a new Liturgical Year. At St Peter’s we begin speaking about Advent earlier than the First Sunday so that the story can be fully told. What story? I am glad that you asked.

Advent is a two pronged period of preparation that is observed prior to Christmas. One direction is the preparation for Christmas. We listen to the stories of the Jewish people yearning for a Messiah, John the Baptist preaching in the desert and the anticipated birth of the infant Jesus.
We light the Advent Wreath and reflect on different aspects of the story: prayer, penance, preparatory sacrifices, and, on Gaudete Sunday (the Third Sunday of Advent) we rejoice for the time is getting near.  

The second direction is, I think, a little more difficult: we think of the end of time and the Second Coming of Christ. In theological terms this is called the ‘Parousia’.  The gospel of last Sunday spoke of this time. It was from Chapter 21 of Luke’s Gospel and describes the signs of the end of days.
So whilst we are preparing for the joyful season of Christmas, we also acknowledge that there will be a time of judgement. This is not meant to terrify us, rather it is to encourage all of us to live the best possible life we can.

I pray for all families at this time of the year that they may experience the love and joy of the birth of the infant Jesus. 

May your Christmas be holy, joyful and bring you all the peace of the Lord.
St Peter, Pray for us.

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Mr Greg Nelson
Assistant Religious Education Leader

Parents & Friends Association

Thank you for all the parents who found the time to join us one one or more of our evenings.

For those of you who couldn't join us, I know many of you follow us via the Newsletter and website.

2016 Meeting Program will be published in early 2016.

If you have any suggestions for Topics and Guest Speakers please contact us via this link 'Contact Us'

Minutes of Meeting:

Please click here:

Fundraising:

2015/16 Entertainment Book - Online Version is still available

Buy now so you can get the full benefit of saving on a host of activities during the upcoming School Holidays.  

Going away this Christmas, why not look and see if their is an Entertainment Book available for your destination. You could make great savings on all of your holiday activities.

To order your Membership please click here:

Memorial Pavers

Your Name Can Go Down in History
Engraved pavers to be laid in St Peter's Sculpture Garden.

We continue our Fundraising Program to secure enough pavers to complete the pathways around the St Peter's Sculpture Gardens.

Cost of your personalised paver, is $30.00 including engraving.

Pavers are available with up to 34 characters including spaces, so you can choose to have a student name or family name immortalised in the garden.

To download your Memorial Paver Order form please click here:

Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year

St Agatha's Parish News

LIFTED CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Lifted, a music ministry from St Agatha’s featuring John Duiker, Mark Scarfe & Jason Hummel will be performing Christmas Carols in the Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre from 7pm-8pm on Friday 11th December. Please come along and support them!

ST NICOLAS DAY MASS

St John’s Parish, Koo Wee Rup celebrates St Nicolas Day Mass at 7.00pm on 6th December at Anglican Church, Tooradin. Join us for supper afterwards. All Welcome!

ST VINNIES

We would like to remind you that our Piety Stall is filled with lovely gifts for your loved ones for Christmas. We have lots of stocking fillers, Columbian Calendars, Scripture Diaries, cards and much much more, come and see. Finally we are seeking some gentlemen who would like to join one of our
evening visitation teams. We are still a bit short and perhaps if you could spare an evening after work it would be great. Please ring Mary on 5996 1758. Many thanks & God bless

HEALING MASS

1st Sunday of the Month at 6.00pm Today, Sunday 6th December at 6pm Mass led by Fr Joseph.

POSTION VACANT

Volunteer Diocesan Director for Caritas Australia in the Sale Diocese. This position is approximately one day per week, but more focused on promoting Project Compassion. Please note this is primarily a promotional position and the majority of administration will be provided by the Diocesan Finance Office. For those that wish to be considered for this volunteer position, we ask that they email their Expression of Interest to the Bishop’s Office by email at pa@sale.catholic.org.au.

St Agatha's Parish

Japanese Exchange Prorgam

WHY NOT HOST A JAPANESE EXCHANGE STUDENT IN 2016

Expressions of interest are now being sought for any families who would like to host a Japanese exchange student in 2016.

The students will be arriving on 15 March and will be at St Peter’s for 6 days. We also have some students arriving on 23 July for 10 days. Families from both East and West campuses are welcome to apply.

Please click on the link below to complete the host family profile. Further information can be obtained by emailing arosenblum@stpeters.vic.edu.au

Ms Olimpia Rosenblum
Exchange Coordinator

Uniform Shop

On-Line Uniform Sales

Second hand please click here:

Perm-a-Pleat on-line sales ordering please click here:

Uniform Shop located at the Cranbourne West Campus.  

Holiday Opening Hours

Tuesday 8th December 9.00am to 5.00pm

Tuesday 19th January 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Wednesday 20th January 9.00am to 5.00pm

Thursday 21st january 10.00am to 6.00pm

Wednesday 27th January 10.00 am to 4.00pm

Thursday 28th January 10.00am to 4.00pm

During School Term

Tuesday 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Thursday 8.00am to 12noon plus

Saturday 8.00am to 12 noon as advertised.

Uniform Shop staff will be on hand to assist with measuring and sales.  All major credit cards, EFTPOS and cash will be accepted. 

 

Student Achievments

Congratulations to Brooke Rackham (Yr9 - MKA) who competed in the National Cheerleading Championships last weekend at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Her troupe won their division and the title of National Champions Open Co-ed Level 2 Division!

Miss Janelle McRae
Mackillop House Leader, West Campus

Library News

LIBRARY OPENING HOURS

West Campus Library will be open for the return of library books, textbooks and the collection of textbooks up until 17th December 2015.

Opening again from January 12th 2016.

Our opening hours will be 9.00am to 3.00pm during this time.

If you are waiting for books to arrive at the College we suggest that you please call the College first for updates on its availablility.

During the holidays can all East Campus students please return books to the West Campus Library.

Thank You & Merry Christmas.

Library Staff

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