“SRC…Giving our Students a Voice”
“The enthusiasm of youth is infectious”
The SRC contributes to the College Community in many ways. Their organisation and involvement in Harmony Day and St. Peter’s Day, Campus and House Assemblies, Forum and SRC Meetings, the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser and as guides at our Campus Tours and Year 7 Information Evening.
SRC Cranbourne Campus News
2019 Harmony Day
Harmony Day is an annual celebration at St. Peter’s College. Throughout the day, students get to experience the culture of many different countries. Students at St. Peter’s College come from many different backgrounds, and Harmony Day is a chance for students to show others what the culture is like of the country they are from. The activities and events of Harmony Day are great learning opportunities for students to get a taste of what it is like in other places around the world.
Harmony Day is mainly led by students and largely organised by VCAL students, but the SRC and House Forum groups also have the chance to run their own stalls. Food stalls are very common, with many cultures represented by different foods, and other activities are now becoming more prevalent each year. This year, students were treated to different cultural dances, as well as the annual Mitch Rabot Staff versus Students cricket game (see below).
The outcome of Harmony Day was outstanding and very enjoyable for all students. Sales at the different stalls were great which made it even better! All the profits of Harmony Day are donated to Project Compassion, making it an even greater day to celebrate.
An important tradition on the Day is the Staff versus Students Cricket Match named in honour of a former teacher, Mitch Rabot. Mitch was responsible for writing the College History for our 20th Anniversary. Unfortunately, ill health kept Mitch away from umpiring the match this year however, it was wonderful to have his grand-niece, Stacey Rabot playing for the student team.
It was certainly one of the more entertaining matches played in quite a while, and the crowd on the hill added to the atmosphere. Even Yabba, (Stephen Harold Gascoigne, renowned Australian sports fan & heckler), would have been proud of the witty repertoire of sledges from the assembled staff and students.
The students led by Sports Captain, Damon Quirk, won the toss and elected to bat. The staff struggled to initially organise themselves as new captain, Mr. Ehsanullah Islami, attempted to control some of the bigger egos in the team. The fact that keeper, Mr. Matt Williams, was unable to find gloves and instead turned up with a baseball mitt did not do much to enhance the staffs team reputation!
Damon and College Captain, Jonathan D’Rozario, opened the batting and set about building a big target in a very short time. Numerous sixes by Jonno certainly kept the crowd watching the game carefully, if for no other reason than their own safety. A controversial wicket was that of Marian House Captain, Ashwin Palanisamy, who was run out by Mr Calen Robinson, disguised as a Scottish photographer. Calen threw down the stumps after the student attempted a quick single. After Jonno retired and Damon Quirk was caught behind (owing to some brilliant off-spin bowling), the staff were into the tail end. The pace bowling of newcomer Mr. Mark Robinson (we did recruit well this year) helped restrict the students to 73 runs. Social Justice Captain, Ryan Brack, (Student Score Keeper) was the only student the staff would trust to keep an accurate scorebook, and when a recount found the score added to 75, the staff reluctantly accepted the tougher run chase.
Mr. Chris O’Hara and Mr. Andrew Broadley began solidly, keeping the scoreboard ticking over and the target always seemed within reach. O’Hara retired, but Broadley refused to go even when given out controversially for a handled ball. Mr. Gerard Brown enjoyed a short but significant innings with some big hitting before new Sports Manager, Mr. Leigh Murphy and Avila House Leader, Mr. Andrew McMellon ensured victory with just 2 balls to spare. While scorer Mr. Barry Fisher (Staff Score Keeper) cast doubt on the result by questioning whether an extra over had been bowled by the students, staff quickly discredited this claim and celebrated their victory. After all, what would a Physics teacher know?
2019 St. Peter’s Day
This year, the College community celebrated St. Peter’s Day over two days, where we could acknowledge the Feast Day of our Patron, Saint Peter through prayer and activities.
On Monday, 24 June, we celebrated a spectacular whole school Mass at Casey Stadium.
The following day, Tuesday, 25 June, the usual celebration was held. Students were particularly excited to be able to attend in casual clothes after the Student Representative Council made a strong submission for a return to this tradition.
This day commenced with normal Tutor Group and first period, followed by a Campus Assembly in which students were addressed by joint 2019 Australian of the Year, Mr Craig Challen. Craig was one of the divers instrumental in the rescue of the Thai soccer team from a flooded cave in 2018. Students were amazed by the presentation and the courage displayed. The message that was clearly presented was about taking every opportunity that is presented to you and clearly to “Be Not Afraid”.
After the Assembly, the day involved a number of activities and rides including an enormously tall Surf Shack Slide, and Egyptian Jumping Castle and 4 Way Bungee. One of the very popular activities was the dunking machine and a number of students lined up to send their favourite or not so favourite staff into the chilly water below.
The SRC and each House organized various activities including food stalls (hot chips, lolly bags, bake sale, pizza and fairy floss) or activities (longest kick, UNO masters tournament, Karaoke, Polaroid Portraits, Tetris/Connect 4 game and a Hole in One Competition. Student Radio ensured that the Central Courtyard was kept rocking.
Some tried and true perennials included the provision by the Parents and Friends Association of a free BBQ lunch and can of soft drink for all students. Finally, the day finished with a number of entertaining acts for the Talent Quest. The impressive array of acts included:
- Charbel Karaan & Tameika Harris Hallam performed “Another Empty Bottle” (piano/voice)
- Jason Chan played the Kirby Theme Song on piano.
- Harmanpreet Kaur sang “Scars to Your Beautiful”
- Rostan Danile did a Magic Show
- Suvansh Khanna played the Piano
- Dylan Hind played the Electric guitar
All money raised went to the Sale Diocese Trinity Families charity. However, the other great beneficiaries of the day was the school community who thoroughly enjoyed these mid-year celebrations of our patron Saint Peter.
2019 SRC Training Day
Each year the Student Representative Council takes part in a Training Day to prepare for the year ahead. Both the Cranbourne and Clyde North Campuses come together to help the SRC groups get to know each other better. This year the training day took place on the Cranbourne Campus, and each SRC member took part in many different activities to further hone the skills they needed to be an active member of the SRC.
To start the morning off, multiple games were played which were a great way to break the ice and to step outside their comfort zone. The games chosen were very enjoyable and everyone got involved. The next session on effective communication was run by the College Captains of the Clyde North Campus, Maureen Gabriel and Kartik Pillai. The aim of this session was to teach people better ways to communicate in different situations, a necessary skill for a Student Leader.
After a short break, the SRC took part in a Survivor Challenge. Participants were split into teams named after different countries and competed against each other to be the winner. This activity was a great way for people to get to know each other and for both Campuses to work together to reach one common goal. The aim of this challenge was to teach leadership and teamwork Skills.
Everyone met in the Library for the last session of the day, which was run by the College Captains of the Cranbourne Campus, Elizabeth Lupeamanu and Jonathan D’Rozario. The SRC were asked if there were any issues in the school that they would like resolved. Small groups were put together and asked to write an action plan on how the certain issues could be dealt with. These topics were then discussed with the SRC as a whole, and decisions were made on which issues they felt were most important to follow up. These where then discussed within the SRC at their scheduled meetings throughout the year.
Overall, the SRC Training Day was a very enjoyable event. Each session had a clear reason for its inclusion, and all were informative without being boring. Each member of the SRC participated in all the activities, contributing to the success of the day. Feedback from the SRC has been positive, indicating that this Training Day was very beneficial for all.
Media Liasion Representative. Cranbourne Campus
Mia Clauscen, SRC Media Liaison Cranbourne Campus
Each Campus Student Representative Council would be made up from a selection of Forum Leaders and the eight Year 12 College Captains:
- Male College Captain
- Female College Captain
- Arts Captain
- Environment Captain
- Liturgy Captain
- Social Justice Captain
- Male Sports Captain
- Female Sports Captain
The House Leaders, Pastoral Care Leader and Deputy Principal nominate & vote on two Forum Leaders from each House to fill the following positions:
- Year 7 SRC students (at least two)
- Year 8 SRC students (at least two)
- Year 9 SRC representative (at least two)
- Year 10 SRC representative (at least two)
- Senior (Year 11/12) SRC representative (at least two)
- Some year levels will have three student representatives as the number of Forum Leaders, but the number of Forum Leaders on the SRC will be fixed at 16 students.
- House Leaders may choose up to five other Forum Leaders
- Two Middle School SRC students representatives (Year 8-10) will be elected as Uniform Committee Representatives
- This gives a total number of students on the SRC as twenty four student