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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, with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. She currently resides on Dharawal Country. Kirli is an international children’s author, poet and emerging playwright. She manages Poetry in First Languages and Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. Her picture books include CBCA nominated and internationally published, The Incredible Freedom Machines (Scholastic) and forthcoming, Our Dreaming and Happy Every After (Scholastic) and Afloat (Hardie Grant). Her poetry Collection, Kindred was Highly Commended in Black&Write 2018. She was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize 2018. Her poetry has been published by a number of journals (Cordite, Overland, Planthunter) and commissioned for public art. She is co-writing her first play, Dead Horse Gap. 

In 2019, you can find Kirli at NT Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Enough Said and Word in Hand. She returns as writer in residence at The Literature Centre, Fremantle this year where she will perform The Incredible Freedom Machines with Matt Ottley and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in rural WA, at Coco’s Island and Christmas Island.



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