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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 will guide 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, will be divided between these poetic exercises and programs exploring health and wellbeing in nature.  

The Poet

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley was selected for Bologna Book Fair and is published internationally. Her second picture book Our Dreaming will be released by Scholastic in July 2019, Happy Ever After will follow in February 2020. Kirli’s First Poetry Collection, Kindred is to be released by Magabala in 2019, it was Highly Commended in the 2018 Black&Write! prize. Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Kirli’s poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and has embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’.