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Issue 135  |  14 June 2018
Featured Story
From our Principal

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Reporting Process

As the end of Semester One approaches it is important once again to highlight the different reporting mechanism this year. At various times throughout this year we have briefed parents on the change. Most significant amongst these is the removal of the end of semester summary report. In its place will be two reporting themes. The first is a statement presenting the progression points, indicating where a student’s current level of achievement sits on the Victorian Curriculum standards. The second is a tutor group report written by your child’s Learning Advisor. All other feedback, including mid-year examination results will be found on our Learning Management System – Schoolbox. This process of continuous and regular feedback about the key assessment tasks enables parents to be kept fully informed throughout the semester on the progress of your child. As this is the first year of this new process, feedback from parents will be sought at some point in Term Three to ascertain both the strengths and areas for further development of this new approach.

School Improvement Framework – Parent Workshop

This week we invited all parents to contribute to a reflection process of the current strategic plan, as well as provide input to the priorities for the next four year School Improvement Framework. This took the form of a workshop where parents reflected on the St. Peter’s College they would like to see in the Year 2025. St. Peter’s College is committed to striving to further develop a culture that promotes learning. This can only be achieved through an explicit improvement agenda with all key stakeholders coming together. For those not able to attend the night and who still wish to provide input to the process, stay tuned for further information about how you can contribute.

St Peter’s Day - Tuesday, 26 June

On Tuesday, 26 June, the College community celebrates St. Peter’s Day. This is a special day on the College Calendar where we celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron, Saint Peter, and recognise our Catholic Ethos. This year for the first time we will commence the day at Casey Basketball Stadium with a mass of celebration. It will be an opportunity for the whole school (both the East and the West Campus') to come together. To do this on St. Peter’s day is very appropriate. I encourage all to ensure they fulfill the requirements on the CareMonkey invite to ensure everyone is able to be transported to the venue and no-one is left disappointed.

The Student Representative Council have been planning and organising activities to ensure the day is successful. Please note the following:

  • The day commences with normal Tutor Group at 8.45am, followed by a School Mass at the Casey Stadium. The Mass is a very important part of the day’s celebrations and is therefore compulsory
  • Students arriving late and therefore missing the Mass will NOT be allowed to partake in the activities for the rest of the day
  • After the Mass, the day will consist of a number of activities provided by Auscorp Amusements. The SRC, VCAL students and each House are also organizing various activities including food stalls and a talent quest.
  • The Parents and Friends Association will kindly provide a free BBQ lunch and can of soft drink for all students on the day
  • Some of the activities are free, whilst some activities and the food stalls will cost a small amount of money, with the proceeds going to charity. Students are advised to bring some gold coins on the day
  • The day will conclude with dismissal at 3.20pm
  • This is a compulsory school day and students should not be arriving late or departing early
  • Students who are absent are required to bring a parental note the next day
  • Students are required to wear the College Sports Uniform on the day. This is to assist us in complying with Child Safety expectations and to ensure the safety of all is not compromised
  • Current St. Peter’s students ONLY are permitted on the premises on the day

This really is a day of celebration and an opportunity for the whole student and staff community to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Thank you in anticipation of your support on this day.

Alliance Francaise – French Poetry Competition

Congratulations to a number of students who successfully participated in the Alliance Francaise Poetry Competition recently. There were some outstanding individual results with a number of our students moving through to the state finals. Congratulations to all and in particular to the following:
Aymeric Lenette-Kisnorbo 
Vance-Ivan Asirot 
Marie Townsend 
Laureen Laviolette 

Enjoy the week ahead

Mr Chris Black

Chris Black Signature

Latest News
West Campus News

Year 10 Work Experience

Our Year 10 students have begun their work experience and from all reports have settled in to working life quite well.  This is an excellent opportunity for students who have not yet experienced paid employment to get an insight into the expectations in the workplace.  One thing students typically notice is that the day is longer and employers can be less forgiving than teachers.  Even if students return to school with a renewed sense of wanting to do well and a new found appreciation of school then there has been success.

I hope that students can also use this opportunity to gain a deeper insight into a particular profession.  Whether it confirms their passion for the job or helps them realise that the occupation is not for them, students gain valuable information. 

Thank you to our Careers Counsellor Ms Melissa Dillon, our Pastoral Care Leader, Miss Fiona McKenna and the Year 10 teachers who go out to visit the students for making this program such a success.

Year 11 Student Wellbeing Day

On Thursday, the Year 11 students will participate in two valuable activities.  Most of the day is the Fit2Drive program.  This workshop is based on research, evidence and best practice principles in the areas of behaviour change, peer facilitation, education, engagement with young people and appropriate road safety messages for the target audience, Since the launch of the current program in 2014 F2D workshops have delivered to over 85,000 Year 11 Victorian students (December 2017).

Delivered by university students who have undertaken VicRoads training program, F2D provides a peer facilitation model encouraging engagement and participation.

A key point of difference of the F2D workshop is the focus on the behaviour and responsibilities of all road users.  F2D workshops do not utilise any scare tactics or driving instruction, and the development of a personal safety plan encourages young people to consider how they will travel at all times.  In particular, it gets them to consider what they will do if they faced with a risky situation or are feeling unsafe.

After lunch the students will listen to a presentation from Rhiannon Tracey called “My Wheel Life”.  A young women who always had dreams and aspirations set about to find a way to achieve them even though they had to be slightly modified due to her physical disability. She was destined to show the world that there are far more abilities in her disability. Since Rhiannon’s accident, her story has been an inspiration to many people, both affected by disability or injury, as well as giving everyday people a healthy serve of motivation. Please ask your Year 11 child what they learn from Thursday’s program.

On Friday, they will then participate in an excursion to the Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick and visit a Melbourne Synagogue.  This dovetails with the work the students are doing in their Religious Education course and also is a crucial reminder to us of the importance of learning from history so that the terrible acts that have occurred in the past are never repeated.

Important Upcoming Dates


  • Monday, 18 June: Active Learning Day (Years 7-8); Try a VET day (Year 9); Examination Feedback Day (Years 10-12)
  • Tuesday, 19 June: Student Free Day
  • Wednesday, 20 June: Semester 2 Begins

Mr David Hansen
Deputy Principal - Head of West Campus

East Campus News

2018 Refugee Week

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Celebrated since 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). In 2018, Refugee Week will be held from 17 June to 23 June.

Refugee Week provides us the opportunity to recognise and better understand the courage and contribution of refugees. Australia like many countries has become home for people across the world seeking safety, and a purposeful future for themselves and their children. Let us challenge ourselves during Refugee Week to seek out and listen to the rich stories of refugees.  Hearing their stories is a reminder that their strength ensures that they are not defined by their past but by their future and the valuable contributions to our society, and their courage and resilience. Next week students will be invited to discuss, explore and share in various activities and forums relating to Refugee week.

The theme for Refugee Week 2018 is #WithRefugees. This means we stand together, and support all people fleeing their homes so that they can live with dignity and with hope.

Below is an extract from Pope Francis’ message for the World day of Migrant and Refugees 2018.  To read the full message click here. 

 “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43).  The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future.”

Making Character strengths part of everyday.

A great way to support your child’s resilience and confidence is to celebrate and explore their character strengths. So here is quick and easy way to do just that.

1. Appreciate Your Child’s Strengths – for example: Is your child high in…

  • Curiosity? If so - Spend time asking questions together. Ask your child what he/she thinks about TV shows, foods they eat, people they interact with, places they visit, etc. Feed their curiosity!
  • Honesty? If so - Take time to discuss things that make you unique from others and why these qualities make you happy. Model their authenticity and openness!

By exploring even 1 or 2 of your child’s character strengths through simple questions or a chat, will help to build their confidence in using their character strengths more productively.

Building Update

Our central courtyard landscaping continues to move ahead and while it might look like a lot of dirt at present, we can now start to see the pathways that will connect the main avenue to the St Peter statue. The emergence of the foundations of the amphitheatre are also taking shape. This will be an amazing centrepiece for the Campus.

2018 Building Update

2018 Building Update

Finally…Before the term disappears, a word of thanks to our support staff who work tirelessly to ensure that teachers and students can enjoy the campus environments both inside and outside; support us to locate, organise and use valuable learning resources, and assist us in connecting and communicating with each other from the passing on of the forgotten lunch money, or PE uniform to helpful event reminders and updates.  We appreciate and value all that you do, which enables our community to flourish.

I wish you all a happy and productive week.

Mrs Julie Banda
Deputy Principal - Head of East Campus

Learning and Teaching News

Congratulations all around !!

Congratulations to Sophie Allen, who has been successful in her Monash Scholars application. Each year, with the assistance of House Leaders and our Careers advisors students submit an application to Monash University to participate in the Monash Scholars program. This prestigious program offers high achieving students the opportunity to gain access while still in high school to a variety of events and activities at Monash University. The program offers a head start to university life and offers students a clearer understanding of potential career pathways while developing study skills, academic skills and personal confidence. The program requires a commitment of approximately 20 hours outside of school and I encourage other high achieving students to strive for this amazing opportunity.

Congratulations to Sophie once again who has worked hard from day one at St Peter’s and who richly deserves this honour.

Active Learning Day

This week staff have been planning activities for our active learning day launch next Monday 18th June. During 2017 a Vision for Learning was developed which states  ;
 St Peter’s is an ACTIVE learning community. 
While staff have been provided an opportunity to explore what this vision means, students have not as yet had the opportunity. With this in mind Monday 18th is devoted to the student launch of the College Learning Vison. Activities will include team building games, indigenous presentations, Shark Tank, Film in a Day, Chess and many other hands on active learning activities. 

For students in Years 10 – 12 , staff will be providing valuable feedback regards the most recent Examinations. Studies suggest that practice exams are one of the most effective preparation for VCE examinations.  I encourage all students to participate actively in this important feedback session .

2018 Active Learning

2018 Active Learning

Year 11 Subject Changes 

A final reminder that all Year 11 Subject Changes must be completed and handed into the Front Office by Friday 15th June. Any Year 11 student wishing to change subjects is asked to see their House Leader as soon as possible.



Ms Marlene Jorgensen
Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching

Mission & Catholic Identity News

Out and About

St. Peter’s College students have certainly been out and about in the last week. 

All 250 Year 9 students across both campuses have had the opportunity to travel into the city for a reflection day. The reflection day included a guided social justice walk around key spots in the CBD attached to homelessness and an explanation given by members of the Urban Seed company as to why people are living rough and to break down some of the stereotypes that we have of these people. A core part of their presentation comes from their Christian platform, to live and teach as followers of Jesus.  

After the social justice walk students where then guided through Chinatown and onto beautiful St Patrick’s Cathedral. An interactive tour was completed using the Cathedral’s APP and then we celebrated Mass together.

Acknowledging our Jewish roots

Also this week we have had all Year 11 students across both campuses make a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick followed by a visit to the Temple Beth Israel, Jewish synagogue.

Learning about other faiths is very important for our St. Peter’s College students.

Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) said “we are all called to interfaith dialogue, but not all in the same way.” Some would argue that the call to interfaith dialogue has never been more urgent. Among the world religions, there are many stereotypes, prejudices and misconceptions that serve to produce suspicion and fear, and to justify exclusion and hatred.

In Australia, a multicultural, multi-faith society, we are challenged to engage in some form of interreligious dialogue: the 'dialogue of life', the dialogue of everyday relations sharing our common humanity; the 'dialogue of action', the dialogue of collaboration to build a better world of peace and justice; the 'dialogue of theological exchange', the dialogue of formal discussion on religious themes; or the 'dialogue of religious experience', the dialogue of sharing the spiritual riches of our Tradition in an atmosphere of respect, gratitude and reverence before the mystery of God at work in all religions (See: Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, May 1991, “Dialogue and Proclamation”, n42).

Christians share in the ‘manifestation of the sacred’ in other religions without imagining they are betraying their own faith. Interreligious dialogue is not an option but a necessity, because it is an important way in which something of the ‘mystery of God at work in the world’ can be discovered, and the unity willed by God can be achieved.

Vinnies Appeal at St. Peter’s Day Mass

We are all getting excited about celebrating our first St. Peter’s Day Mass as a whole college. To not let the golden opportunity of having all members of our St. Peter’s community under the same ‘roof’ go to waste, we are challenging students and staff to donate one winter item, that will be brought with them to Casey Stadium, the venue for our Mass, with items then collected by St Vincent de Paul, Cranbourne at the venue. 

Imagine if we can get 1800 items donated to SVDP at this crucial time of the year…

Mr Matt Williams
Deputy Principal - Mission & Catholic Identity


Solomon Islands Immersion Program Fundraising

Solomon Islands Immersion Program Fundraising Update!

Our Year 12 students will be putting on further fundraising initiatives throughout Terms 1, 2 & 3 and your support is warmly welcomed.

Trivia and Silent Auction Evening.  Fri 3 August

Why not get a group of 10 together and join us on the night, $20 per person. Great fun as we battle it out to see who will be 2018 Trivia Champions and to pick up a bargain. No Reserves, everything will be sold!

Check out our Facebook Event notice for more details. Book you tickets at College Reception NOW on 5990 7777. 

We are currently seeking donations of goods and services that can be auctioned on the night.

To donate Goods and Service for our Silent Auction please contact April Hampson, Marketing Manager on 5990 7777 or email [email protected]

Outlet Shopping Tour. Saturday, 25 August

NEW DATE: A full day of shopping at some of Melbourne premium outlets. Pick up and drop off in Cranbourne. $60.00 per person. Pick up and drop off in Cranbourne.

See more details on Facebook and register your interest. Places are limited so reserve you place now at College Reception on 5990 7777

2018 Shopping Tour Poster

Hoyts Movie Fundraiser- Incredible 2. Saturday, 23 June
Look out for our Facebook Events notice for more details, for our private screening of this family friendly movie. Book via College Reception on 5990 7777.

Our Solomon Islands Immersion Program is the pinnacle our Social Justice programs here at St. Peter’s College and includes the students initiating a number of fundraising activities throughout the year, with the aim to raise much needed funds for our sister school Bishop Epalle Catholic School in Honiara. 

Follow all of our activity via our Facebook account

Careers News

Save the Date

Futures Expo 2018 - 24 July West Campus

SkillsOneTV – Australia

SkillsOne is a video platform with over 1500 short video stories about getting a trade or skill. Videos are intended for career counsellors, parents, students and anyone looking for inspiration or information about careers and the diversity within vocational education. SkillsOne Television is broadcast on Foxtel, Austar & TV4ME daily around Australia.

See more at the website.

Jobs Victoria Cadetships for Young People

If you're aged between 15 and 24, you can get paid work experience with the Victorian Government while you study for a qualification. You can also go on to a two-year cadetship.
The cadetships offer eligible YES graduates entry-level positions in Victorian government departments and agencies. At the same time, you will study a Certificate IV in Government.
Youth Cadetship Scheme positions are advertised by Victorian Government departments and agencies. 

Find out more at the website.

Australian Apprenticeships – Become a Bricklayer

Australia wide … Just like other Australian apprenticeships, you’ll earn good apprentice wages while working towards your trade certificate qualification. After that, the sky’s the limit! You can become your own boss, hire other bricklayers as part of your own bricklaying gang – and even progress further, with a successful career in the building and construction industry.

Find out more at the website.

SAE Qantam – Melbourne Study for A Day

July 7 | Normanby Rd, Sth Melbourne
Come and study with us for a day, and experience student life at our state-of-the-art Melbourne Campus! Learn from our industry-experienced academic staff and get hands-on training with actual coursework from our degree programs. Find out what student life is like at SAE!

Find out more at the website.


General News

Melbourne Football Club Welome Round

2018 Welcome Game

The Melbourne Football Club have a Welcome Round coming up, this will take place on Sunday 1 July at the MCG at 1:10pm against their local rivals St Kilda.

The Welcome game is an inclusive event that promotes a message of welcoming everyone to Australian Football and the Melbourne Football Club. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Casey’s diversity and inclusiveness and helps by creating a sense of belonging for our residents.

As part of this Welcome Game, MFC are providing residents with a free ticket to attend the game so we need your help to spread the word.

Residents are encouraged to register for their online ticket on the following link.

Moonlit Sanctuary Keeper Club

Kids enjoy environmental activities, animal encounters and native animal care.

Day includes: interactions with dingo, python, off-limits animals, feeding animals & food preparation as well as animal enrichment activities. Learn about our animals, their conservation and the
environment. For ages 7-14 years.
Winter 2018 school holiday dates:

  • Week 1: Monday, 2; Tuesday, 3; Thursday, 5 & Friday, 6 July
  • Week 2: Monday, 9; Tuesday, 10; Thursday, 12 & Friday, 13 July
  • 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $80.00 per day, or $220 for 3 days (pro rata for additional days).
Maximum 16 children per day.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited

Dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and remember your hat or raincoat. BYO lunch or purchase at the café.

Moonlit Sanctuary

550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale
Phone 5978 7935
Web: www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au
Open daily between 10am and 5pm

2018/19 Entertainment Books are now available

Order online via our link here or from College Reception.

All funds raised by our Parents & Friends Committee go to support our students extracurricular activities.

This year funds from the sale of the Entertainment Book, will go towards supporting the cast and crew of our Bi-annual Musical Production, High School Musical, for their weekend dress rehearsal.

If you have a membership your current Entertainment Book membership runs out on the 31 May. Even if you think you don't want a membership please forward this link to family and friends in case they do.

Also each year our Student Representative Council at both the East and West Campus are given a grant from our Parents & Friends Committee of up to $1,000 for them to spend on any item or equipment that directly supports students activities outside of the classroom.

In the past these items have included, chess sets for our Student Chess Club, Practice Soccer Goals for our new Soccer enthusiasts.  Tables and chairs and benches have also been purchased for around the College grounds, where students prefer to gather and spend time.

Parents Building Solutions Evening Program

2018 Anglicare

Year 11 Chemistry Excursion

Year 11 Chemistry Excursion


On Wednesday, 23 May, the Year 11 VCE Chemistry classes from the East and West campus along with Mr Fisher, Mrs Joseph and Mrs Theodore were given the opportunity to visit Melbourne University and analyse water samples for organic compounds using HLPC, UV-Visible Spectroscopy and Atomic Absorption.  The East campus Chemistry class used Ultra Violet- visible Spectroscopy in particular, to detect the concentration of iron present in creek water. Iron is a very important nutrient that is essential for humans, but is very toxic in high concentrations. To detect iron, we relied on spectroscopic instrument, which monitor the way that light or other forms of electromagnetic radiation interact with the atoms, molecules and subatomic particles in a sample. These interactions can be used to quantitively identify the different molecules.

Before we were to start the experiments, we made sure to be equipped with safety goggles, gloves and a lab coat, which we wore at all times to ensure our safety throughout our time in the labs. Equipped with the right safety gear, we began by creating a standard solution. A standard solution is a solution that contains a known and accurate amount of a substance. In our case, we used very specific amounts of nitric Acid, potassium thiocyanate, hydrogen peroxide and the creek water sample. This was because, to detect all the iron in the creek water sample, we didn’t just rely on spectroscopic instruments but the reactions between these chemicals and the creek water sample.

The process of making the standard solutions was very tedious, as the amount of each substance was incredibly precise and had to be filled up to a line marking the flask. Filling above the line meant you had to completely restart the solution, as the concentrations weren’t exact. On top of that, this had to be done 5 time for different concentrations of the creek water! But the result was worth it, as the reaction, gave the solutions a red shade. The red shade was due to the iron in the solution reacting with potassium thiocyanate, getting darker as we went up each solution with a higher concentrations of creek water, the first solution having no color and the 5th having a light red shade.

Next, we had to find out the wavelength at which the maximum amount of light was absorbed 3rd solution, as it had an equal amount of every solution. This was done using an astrophotometer, and the resulting wavelength we got was inputted into the spectrometer along with each different solution. Giving us the amount of iron in each solution. The experiment was very interesting and we were also given a tour of the campus and its facilities as well as its instruments. Some of which were worth millions of dollars. All in all the excursion was fun and very informative.

2018 Chemistry excursion

2018 Chemistry excursion

2018 Chemistry excursion

2018 Chemistry excursion

Krishna Chatapuram Subramanian
Year 11 Student - East Campus


Parents and Friends Committee News

The Parent and Friends Committee holds meetings twice per term.

Throughout the year these meetings include guest speakers from the College Teaching community.

Wednesday 18 July 2018
7.15 pm Tea and Coffee
7.30 pm - 9.00 pm St. Peter’s College EAST Campus
Administration Centre, MacKillop Way, Clyde North
GUEST SPEAKER – Mr Michael Dalley, Yr 7-10 Curriculum Leader          B.A.(Hons);Grad.Dip.Ed.; Postgrad.Dip.Animateuring; M.Ed.

Michael started at St. Peter’s College at the beginning of 2018, taking up the role of Year 7 to 10 Curriculum Leader at the West Campus. Michael will introduce himself and tell us a little about his journey in life, and in particular his journey in Education.

He will also tell us a little about his role, and the ongoing developments within our Curriculum.

With our Futures Expo the following week and students needing, maybe for the first time, to select their subject preferences for 2019, I am sure Michael’s presentation will be very informative and helpful to all parents and in particular our parents of Years 7-10 students.                                  

Volunteers Needed

Parent Volunteers Needed

2017 square college logo

St. Peter’s Day BBQ Lunch
Tuesday, 26 June

Can you spare an hour or two from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm to help St. Peter’s College Parents & Friends with their student BBQ and Drink lunch at either the West Campus or the East Campus?
If you can stay longer that would be great!
All volunteers need to register with the College and have a current Working with Children Card. We can explain how you can apply for this if you need help.

For more details and to register please contact the College on 5990 7777 or email [email protected]

2018 Sausage Sizzle

St Agatha's Parish News

Dear Parishioners, I wish to thank the many parishioners who have generously answered my call for financial assistance for projects around the parish.  Through the generosity of parishioners both through donations and regular support through the Stewardship Program we have been able to purchase a new laptop for the church and install additional lighting in the carparks. We will shortly erect a front fence in the new presbytery carpark and begin works on the new ramp to the upper carpark. Additional lighting will also be installed near the Presbytery garage.  All this would not be possible without your continued support. Thank you.
Bishop Michael Apochi will be coming to Australia for one month to visit his priests in the Sale Diocese and also the Archdiocese of Canberra/Goulburn. Bishop Michael will visit our parish this week and will celebrate some Masses next Sunday.
God bless you all, Fr Joseph                                     

AMENDED LECTOR & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS ROSTER: We have had to amended the roster new amended rosters have been emailed this week, if you did not receive a copy please collect a roster from the table in the foyer.

ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY: Fr Antony will be celebrating his anniversary of Ordination to the priesthood on Sunday 17th June, please continue to keep him in your prayers.

SAUSAGE SIZZLE: Youth group will be hosting a sausage sizzle next Sunday after 9.00am & 10.45am Mass. Please bring some money and enjoy a sausage and support our ministry.  Thank you!

CONFIRMATION MASSES:  There will be a small number of children being Confirmed during the 10.45am Mass on Sunday 24th June.  The other Confirmation Masses will be on Thursday 21st at 6.00pm, Friday 22nd June at 6.00pm & Saturday 23rd June 11.00am.

PRAYER CARDS:  Parishioners are encouraged to pray for a child preparing for Confirmation and for their family during this special time.  Prayer cards are available from the foyer after Mass.

COMBINED PARISHES CAR RAFFLE: Unfortunately, there were no winners from our parish, please see the notice board in the foyer for 2018 prize winners. 

ALTAR SERVERS: Are you able to serve at one of the Confirmation ceremonies in June?  If you have a sibling that is making their Confirmation in June Altar servers are invited to serve at that Mass?  Confirmations on Thursday 21st June at 6.00pm, Friday 22nd June at 6.00pm or Saturday 23rd June at 11.00am please inform Fr Joseph or contact Sue or Tina at the Parish Office on 5996 1985 

CHURCH CLEANING ROSTER: New rosters will soon be compiled, if you would like to join this ministry or be removed from this roster please contact the Parish Office on 5996 1985.

THURSDAY EVENING MASS focuses on a special intention of the week, praying for different needs within our families, parish and the wider community.  Intentions for the month of June: 14th For all those in parish choirs. 21st For new parishioners. For all those in special needs. 28th For those who celebrated their birthday in June.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CARE GROUP: Care Group provides support to our catholic families following a funeral of a loved one, by offering assistance with light refreshments after the Funeral Mass/ Service.    We are need of helpers and warmly invite parishioners to join the Care Group ministry.  How can you help? We need helpers to set up the hall, serve and tidy up after.  And or you can help by donating a plate of sandwiches or cake for the funeral.  If you can help please phone Barbara on 5996 3562 or 0423 483 998. 

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION:  Is available in our parish at Providence House, 135 Sladen Street. Each session is totally confidential and is for approx. 1 hr by appointment only.   Contact Ruth 0477 800 161 

JUNIOR RCIA: For older children who have not competed their Sacraments. Children attend Mass at 9.00am followed by class in Providence House on Sunday’s during school terms.  Please contact Sr Lucy for more info or collect an enrolment form from the office.

R.C.I.A. INQUIRY NIGHT: St. Agatha’s Parish will soon begin a new journey in faith to share the richness of the Catholic Church and our parish family. An inquiry night will be held for those who may be considering becoming a Catholic. Or are you a baptised Catholic Adult, but have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation? Come and See this evening on Wednesday 18th July at 7.30pm. Providence House, 135 Sladen Street.  All welcome! For more information contact Tina at the Parish Office on 5996 1985 

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE BOOK LAUNCH: Faith and the Political in the Post-Secular Age.  Tuesday 19th June at 5.30pm 278 Victoria Pde, East Melbourne.  RSVP Rose 9412 3307.

St Agatha's Parish


St Thomas the Apostle Parish News

Dear Parishioners,

During the coming weeks St Peter’s College will celebrate its Feast Day with Mass and a day of celebration, the St Peter’s College Dinner, and the church all over the world will celebrate the Feast of two great saints together, Saints Peter and Paul.

I wish to renew our deepest expression of gratitude for the depth of relationship between our parish and St Peter’s College, and the practical and generous support we receive for celebrating our Sunday Masses. I urge all parish families to regularly pray for St Peter’s College in your family prayers.

May God bless you all, Fr Denis       

Parish Notices

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be conferred by Bishop Pat O’Regan during Mass at 2.00pm on Saturday 23rd June. There will be only one celebration of Confirmation this year. 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): The RCIA is for any of the following: An unbaptised adult seeking to become a full member of the Catholic Church; a baptised adult of another Christian Church desiring to be in full communion with the Catholic Church; A Catholic who has not been fully initiated into the Church and needs suitable preparation prior to the celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist; A Catholic seeking to be renewed in his/her faith; a non-Catholic who just wants to know more about the Catholic Church. Now is the time for people who wish to participate in the coming RCIA group to contact Fr Denis at the Parish Office. We invite every family to invite one person or family to join the RCIA. St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is always delighted to welcome and assist those who wish to know more about the Catholic faith.

PARISH FEAST DAY MASS with Bishop Pat on Sunday 1st July at 10.45am.

SPECIAL COLLECTION: St Vinnies Annual Mass for the Poor Appeal will be collected next weekend. 

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES: Please collect your envelopes which are placed at the back of our worship space. This would include those who contribute through Direct Debit and Credit Card. Thank you.

STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPE #82 – Would the parishioner who uses envelope #82 for Stewardship giving please contact Christine at the parish office on 5998 0947.

PIETY STALL – Holy Beginnings piety stall is here this weekend for you to purchase all your religious items. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558. 

YOUTH GROUP: Next meeting on 15th June 7.30pm at St Peter’s College. For enquiries, please contact the parish office.

FAMILY PRAYER MEETING: Last Friday of every month at St Peter’s College, Clyde North 7.30pm – 8.30pm. For enquiries, contact    Jean-Paul Antoine 59907777 or the parish office. Month of June is on 29th June.


Discover new depths to your faith. Yarra Theological Union, a Catholic College of the University of Divinity, is taking enrolments for theological study. Enrolment appointments are from 25th June until 12th July 2018.  Phone 9890 3771 or [email protected] for an appointment. See the website.

PROCLAIM 2018: Bishop Pat is encouraging parishes to consider sending representatives to Proclaim 2018. This national conference in Brisbane will engage parishes and faith communities in a conversation focusing on five key areas: Leadership, Culture Change, Young People, Belonging and Evangelisation. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Make your home in me” (Jn 15:4) and the conference aims to assist Catholic communities in preparing for the Plenary 2020. Register at the website.  Please see notice board for additional information.

ALL ADULT PARISHIONERS - The Parish Council has updated our Parish Code of Conduct for the Safety of Children and Vulnerable Adults within our Parish and feel that in order to truly create a child safe environment it is necessary for all adult parishioners to read, understand and sign that they will adhere to all aspects of the Parish Code of Conduct. If you have any questions about this, please contact our Parish Safety Officer at the Parish Office. 

FORMED.org is a revolutionary online platform featuring the best Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks and movies from trusted partners like the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press and Word on Fire. Catechism and Personal Faith Formation are at the fingertips of every parishioner. St Thomas the Apostle parishioners are very privilege to have free access to this. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email: [email protected].        

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Upcoming Events

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15 JUN

EC Year 11 SWAC Fit to Drive

15 JUN

East Campus Tour

15 JUN
SIS Intermediate Sport

15 JUN
WC Year 11 Holocaust Museum Excursion

16 JUN
Uniform Shop Open 8.00 - 12 noon

18 JUN
Active learning Day.

18 JUN
EC Year 9 Assembly - Tutor Group

18 JUN 

18 JUN
Year 9 Try a VET Day

18 JUN 
Refugee Week

19 JUN
Student Free Day

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