Built on the confidence of a community that is rapidly growing and changing, St. Peter’s College treasures its proud history within the Cranbourne region.
We commit ourselves to embracing the opportunities which enable the appropriate expansion of resources that meet the needs of our 21st Century Community.
History of St. Peter’s College
St. Peter’s College began in 1987 as the Cranbourne Campus of St. Francis Xavier, Beaconsfield with 49 students in Year 7. A year level was added in each of the two subsequent years, with Year 10 first being offered in 1992. Fr. James McGuigan, who was Parish Priest of St. Agatha’s since 1980, was a driving force behind the establishment and development of the Campus. An Interim Board of Management was formed which determined that the campus would become independent from the beginning of 1994, and be known as St. Peter’s College. Mr. Terry Feely was appointed as the Principal and Mr John Clancy became the first Chairperson of the College Board.
In 1994 St Peter’s College commenced as a Year 7 to 10 Campus with 280 students. A rapid phase of growth and development commenced with the VCE being introduced and the first Year 12 group graduating in 1996. The Curriculum diversified to a great degree with particular expansion in areas such as Technology, Sciences, Visual Arts and Languages Other than English.
The person and story of St. Peter greatly contributed to a distinct character and ethos, expressed in symbol, art work and the liturgical life of the College. A reputation for excellence in the Performing Arts was quickly achieved, and in 1998 the College was recognised in the Federal Parliament for its work towards Aboriginal Reconciliation. By that year the student enrolment had grown to 624, with 41 teaching staff, and 11 non- teaching staff. This growth was supported by continued curricular expansion and a succession of new buildings: the Library (1995 and further extended in 2006), the Breen Building (1998), the Clancy Building (2000), Multi-Purpose Hall (2000) the Tarraville Building (2002), the Florence Williams Building (2003) and the Benedict XVI Building (2008). In February 2003 in its tenth year, the College received, relocated and began to refurbish the Chapel of St. Peter’s from Tooradin. This magnificent bequest, including the contents, was blessed and re-dedicated by Fr. Andrew Wise the Parish Priest of St. Agatha’s. In 2000 Mrs. Marleen Ling succeeded Mr John Clancy as Chairperson of the College Board. In May of 2004, Mrs. Julie Kelly became the Chairperson. Mr. Robert Carboon, was elected in 2006 Board Chairperson. In April of 2009, Founding Principal Mr Terry Feely resigned. Mr. Tim Hogan who took over as Acting Principal was appointed to the position in June of that year.
In 2009 we saw the purchase of land in East Cranbourne for a future campus. The Clyde North Campus of St Peter’s College was officially opened by Bishop Christopher Prowse and Federal MP Anthony Byrne on February 24th, 2012 with the Stage 1 buildings named in honour of Bishop Lyons, the First Bishop of the Sale Diocese, and Bishop Corbett who oversaw the development of the Parish of St Agatha’s Cranbourne. In 2011 the Library at the Cranbourne Campus was renamed the Terry Feely Learning Centre in honour of the Foundation Principal who passed away in May 2011. In June of 2012, as part of the St Peter’s Day Celebration, the Sculpture of St. Peter, produced by artist Bart Sanicolo, was blessed by Bishop Prowse at the Cranbourne Campus. In 2013 we saw the opening of the Stage 2 Graham Building at the Clyde North Campus, named in honour of Sr. Graham, Foundation Principal of St Agatha’s Primary. In 2014/15 we saw the construction of Stage 3A at the Clyde North Campus (Bishop Coffey Centre for Creativity) with a Trade Skills Centre being constructed at the Cranbourne Campus.
Board Chairman, to be known School Advisory Committee from 2019, Mr Ken Barnes, was elected in 2016. Early 2016 the Clyde North Campus Administration building was completed with the installation of the Statue of St Peter, commissioned by artist Jenny Steiner and blessed by Bishop Patrick O’Regan.
2017 saw the completion of the classroom building phase at the Clyde North Campus, with the second Stage of the Coffey Centre of Creativity building operational, and the building of a Year 9 Curriculum specific space. Mr Chris Black was appointed to the role of Acting Principal in January and Principal as of July 2017.
In 2018 the College come together for the first time as one to celebrate St. Peter’s Day Mass. This involved over 1,600 Staff, Students, and Invited Guests coming together at the Casey Basketball Stadium, with the Mass celebrated with Fr Abutu and Fr O’Bryan.
2019 will see the beginning of the redevelopment program for the Cranbourne Campus, with the completion of the new Arts Centre, and a VCal specific learning area. A new Administration building will also be started, due for completion in 2020. Clyde North Campus opening the Piazza Area with a majority of the landscaping work now completed for this campus. The installation of the Piazza Cross was unveiled and blessed by Fr Denis O’Bryan with all students and staff present. Stage 3 to be built in 3 stages, with Stage 3A, Performing Arts, and Food Technology started during 2019 with completion in 2020.
The present enrolment, as at March 2019, stands at 1,648. Clyde North Campus has grown to 809 students, with 839 students at the Cranbourne Campus. Planning for the Clyde Campus, has begun with expected opening for students in 2023.