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The School

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. 
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 Project

In February, as part of Red Room Poetry's New Shoots project proud Gunai poet Kirli Saunders guided Year 8 students from St Peter's College Cranbourne through a series of poetic workshops with Aunty Faye Stewart-Muir at the Cranbourne Gardens in Victoria. The workshops, in association with Cranbourne Gardens, were divided between these poetic exercises and programs exploring health and wellbeing in nature.  

Read the workshop poems here soon!

The Poet

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led Red Room Poetry's Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.



Taking a dream from conception to delivery – Poetry in First Languages – Kirli Saunders