Prendiville News

8 May 2019


Phone: 9301 6270




Over the weekend I have been informed of the sad news of the passing of the College's Foundation Principal Mr William Woodruff on Thursday. Bill was 93 years of age and leaves a legacy of commitment to Catholic Education WA. Bill was the foundation Principal of Prendiville Catholic College and provided the initial vision for our College. From the sandy block and limestone laden area Bill laid the foundations for the development of the College campus and also a strong culture. Our College stands strong today on these foundations. The following is an extract about Bill taken from his written account of the history of Aquinas College where he also served as Headmaster.

William (Bill) Joseph Woodruff was born in Port Melbourne on June 3rd 1925. His primary school education was with the Brigidine Sisters followed by four years with the Christian Brothers – one year at St Colman’s (a scholarship class in Fitzroy), two at Parade College, East Melbourne, and the final year of Honours study at St Kevin’s, Toorak, then a central college for seven Christian Brothers schools scattered across Melbourne. In his final year he graduated with double First Class Honours in Mathematics.

Bill joined the Christian Brothers at the end of 1941. He taught at Waverley College (1943 – 1954) with a brief stint at Rostrevor College, Adelaide (1945), St Patrick’s College, Goulburn (1955 – 1959) and St Joseph’s College, Geelong (1960 – 1962).

In 1963, he was appointed Headmaster of Aquinas College, Perth, for a six year period, followed by nine years as a member of the newly appointed Provincial Council covering the Brothers’ schools in South and Western Australia. Six of those years were as a Provincial, followed by a sabbatical year when he studied overseas at the Catholic University in Washington. USA and at Loretta College, Denver, Colorado. Bill then served as an Assistant to the Superior General in Rome from 1980 -1984 where he travelled extensively across the major continents.

Bill is a Fellow of the Australian College of Education (F.A.C.E.)

In 1986 Bill withdrew from the Christian Brothers and married Gwen Crothers. He continued his involvement in education, firstly by developing as its initial headmaster, a new Catholic secondary school, Prendiville Catholic College, in Perth’s northern suburbs, then by coaching refugees, mainly Afghans, and now in retirement is still active working with St Vincent de Paul. Bill has retained a great interest in sports particularly, AFL, rugby union and cricket.

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May Bill rest in peace knowing he has left many a great legacy. His contribution and commitment to Catholic Education across Australia is one to proud of and celebrated.

For your children

Mark Antulov



Students will forget materials they need for school and parents often drop these off at Administration with an expectation that we will deliver them personally to the students. This is not possible as we cannot leave Administration unattended. We will, however, store these materials for the students to collect.

We ask you to SEQTA message your child and ask them to come to Student Administration to pick up their materials. Students are required to check their SEQTA messages during the day.


At the end of Term 1 the issue of Parents and the Code of Conduct was introduced. These statements guide how all members of the school community should conduct themselves. I will explore a statement each week in the newsletter.

Conduct Statement:

You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.

The following guidelines give you some detail about how you may behave with respect to this statement.

1. Your relationship with other members of the school community is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship. As a parent or acting in a parental capacity, your relationship with the school is determined by the student’s enrolment agreement.

2. If you witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code, whether in teaching, administration, school support services, or while engaging with students in person or via digital or other media, you have both a responsibility and an obligation to notify such conduct to the Principal or an appropriate authority and take other action as necessary to protect students.

3. Where you notify the Principal or a delegate of unsafe conduct, including breaches of this Code, and that notification fails to produce an appropriate response in the circumstances, you may take the matter to an appropriate external authority.

4. You respect both the person and property of students and their families, and of other members of the school community, and the property and finances of the school.

5. You use school property and resources responsibly and for the purposes of the school.

In practical terms this can mean:

· You follow the conditions as outlined in the enrolment agreement with regard to uniform, attendance at school and other school rules.

· You report incidents that place students at risk. This could include drivers who are reckless when dropping off or picking up students.

· Your conduct with all members of the community is respectful at all times. This may be as simple as how you communicate with others in both written and verbal form.

Simon Kanakis

Vice Principal


All students will be issued with an individualised examination timetable prior to the start of the exams. A copy of both the Master Timetable and the Examination rules are available on Seqta.

As a general rule students are only required to attend school when they have a scheduled exam. The exception to this is those VET students who have not met all Units of Competence. These students will be required to attend school unless the parents have been informed otherwise by their child’s VET teacher.

Full College uniform and grooming standards apply to all students whilst on College grounds during the exam period. Students should arrive at the exam a minimum of 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

If a student is absent due to illness a Medical Certificate will be required. Parents are also required to contact Ms Leck on the morning of the exam so that an alternative time to sit the exam can be arranged. Please note that this will be different to the normal before and after school times which are used for missed in-class assessments.

Year 12 Exams: Monday 27 May – Friday 7 June

Year 11 Exams: Tuesday 4 June – Friday 14 June

Year 10 Exams: Monday 10 June – Friday 14 June

Please also note that all Year 12 students have a study day on Friday 24 May.

Fiona Leck

Deputy Principal

Curriculum and Academic Standards

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Throughout Term 1 a total of 69 Year 10 students participated in the Peer Support Program an initiative which has been running at the College since 2017. These students were selected to serve as Peer Mentors to an eager Year 7 cohort, aiding students in their transition to high school. To this end, Peer Mentors facilitated weekly activities designed around building resilience, developing and affirming sense of self, and building peer connectedness.

Participating in the Peer Support Program is a great responsibility and I am proud to say that the students who were selected as Year 10 Peer Mentors this year certainly rose to the challenge. It was a pleasure to see the sincere relationships built between the Peer Mentors and Year 7 students. These students are to be commended for their efforts in striving to ensure that all the Year 7 students in their groups were supported and given a voice. The response of the Year 7 students to this program was likewise wonderful to see; their energy and the enthusiasm with which they approached each weeks Peer Support session was infectious.

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Special thanks go to Mrs Suzan Crompton, Mrs Leigh Barber, Mrs Julie Mernagh, Mr Ben Ingram, Mrs Sally Olvr, Mrs Karen Peters, Miss Eva Kennelly, Mr Zane Lao and Ms Jade Charles for their efforts as supervising teachers.

Paige Warner

Peer Support Coordinator


Staff and students were greeted after the holidays to the Science installation outside KS2/KS1 that has replaced the garden bed. The installation Is called

“Explore, Innovate, Discover and then there is Opportunity

It has been inspired by the great scientist, Johannes Kelper, who the Science Centre is named after for his work on planetary motion, and also the two NASA missions – the Kelper Space Telescope that discovered literally thousands of exoplanets outside of our solar system and the highly successful Opportunity Land Rover mission to Mars that finally was completed last year.

Some key points are..

a. The Red Dirt Represents the Mars landscape around where Opportunity explored the planet.

b. The crater represents the Eagle Crater where Opportunity landed.

c. The volcano represent Olympus Mons on Mars – the biggest in the solar system.

d. The three set of spheres represents three star systems in the Milky Way Galaxy – Solar , Gliese and Kelper Systems. Note more than nine worlds going around our solar system!

e. The while Pebbles strip represent the Milky Way Galaxy in our night sky or the asteroid belt.

Come over and have a look when you have time.

More details on what the installation means can be found on the window looking into KS2.

A special thanks to Jim Gault, College Gardener, for his amazing work in getting this completed and allowing for our vision to be illustrated.

Gerard Giannasi

Head of Science

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NASA/Orlando/Washington Tour

Over the school holidays, eighteen students with three staff completed our second very highly successful, educational tour to NASA , Orlando and Washington in the USA. The following is a brief account of what the tour party did in the 13 days. A special thanks to Dr Michael Van der Kwast who coordinated the tour, Margarita Tranquille and Marie Jovanoski for all their work in getting this up and running. From all accounts the students had a great time and learnt a great deal:

Over the April school holidays, a collection of keen Prendiville students commenced the second ever USA Science Tour. Leaving at midnight after a full Prendiville Day of activities, 21 hours of travelling eventually brought us to sunny Los Angeles. A 10-hour layover was a great excuse to jump on a bus and tour the local scenes including Santa Monica and Venice Beach. After quickly dipping our toes into the other side of the Pacific Ocean, we departed via a five-hour flight to Orlando. It was here that the science started, with a STEM focused session at ifly on forces and acceleration followed by an exciting practical component where students simulated the freefall experienced by skydivers. Next, a tour of the fragile ecosystem that is the everglades yielded the rare site of a family of otters and bald eagles, as well as the traditional alligators which infest that swampland.

The next two days focused on space. Kennedy Space Centre is a unique museum which holds the Space Shuttle Atlantis as well as a rocket garden holding real rockets used in space. It included a tour of the launch pads as well as the Saturn V rocket used to send humans to the moon. This also included a half-day astronaut training where simulations proved that it was the students, not the teachers, who would be best prepared for space travel. A quick trip to Cocoa Beach for a cool down proved the best way to de-stress after this intense training session.

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The remaining days were spent relaxing at some of the Orlando must-sees - Disney and Universal Studios. We managed to fit some science in with the Disney YES programme where we conducted experiments to show how the imagineers (Disney Engineers) alter ride conditions to maximise thrills and safety. Aside from this, students were free to roam the amazing rides and sights which included Space Mountain, Disney Castle, Harry Potter World, Jurassic Park, Hulk Roller Coaster and many more.

With Orlando finished, we had a quick flight over to Washington DC. With our hotel in the heart of the city, we spent the remaining days of our trip walking to some of USA’s best-known landmarks. For many the highlight of the trip was standing in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, overlooking the Vietnam and Korean War monuments to the setting sun behind us. For others it was seeing the Wright Brothers’ plane, or the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane or the walk through the Holocaust Museum or meeting Henry the Elephant in the Natural History museum or touching a piece of the Berlin wall. Needless to say there were a lot of memorable moments in Washington.

Throughout the trip it was a pleasure to be the focus of locals who went out of their way to ask where we were travelling from and to tell us how fantastic our students were. It was a privilege for all to attend what is a very large and densely filled trip which will surely influence the outlook on science for all now that we have seen the incredible and real-life applications of what we learn in school. All students enjoyed the trip so much that they gave it the highest possible rating - worth the combined 50 hours travel time!


ACC Championships- Senior Girls and Boys Basketball

Congratulations to the Senior Boys and Senior Girls Basketball teams for making it through the ACC Championships.

The boys finished second in the Summer CAS competition which gave them the opportunity to compete in the ACC championship. They boys had a fantastic CAS season with some outstanding games of basketball played. Unfortunately the boys lost to Sacred Heart in the ACC competition however should be proud of making it this far and the level of skill displayed through the season. Coach Trevor Pugh said that the boys were a pleasure to work with, respectful and good sportsmanship.

Senior Girls

The senior girls had an undefeated CAS season and won their CAS Grand final in Term 1. The girls progressed into the first round of the ACC Championship and defeated Mercy College 43-16. The girls progressed into the quarter finals against Newman College on Tuesday 7th May however they were defeated on this occasion. The girls have had a very successful season and have demonstrated fantastic spirit of the game.

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ACC Cross Country Training

Cross Country training continues through Term 2 until the ACC Cross Country carnival in week 5. Students who placed in the top 6-8 in their year group have been invited to train in order to be selected for the ACC team. All students are welcome to attend Cross Country training for fitness if they wish to. Trainings occur on Monday and Friday mornings from 7.30am-8.15am.

Sports Achievement

Alyssa Burgess

Alyssa competed in the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships on Monday 15th - 22nd April. Alyssa competed in her age competition as well as the open division. Alyssa achieved 3 personal best times, a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke and a gold medal in the 200m backstroke. The 100m and 200m backstroke times have qualified Alyssa for the Junior World Championships which will be held in Budapest in August. Congratulations Alyssa!

Neve MacLeod

Neve travelled to Queensland to compete in the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships this year. Neve competed in a number of events including the ironwoman, surf race, board race, ski, board rescue, Taplin and Champion Lifesaver. The conditions were very testing some days due to the large swells. Two of the days were cancelled as the conditions were too dangerous. Neve had to qualify through many heats in these events to reach quarter finals, semi-finals and finals. Neve's best result was 5th in Champion Lifesaver. Well done Neve.

Heath Chapman

Congratulations to Heath who has been selected for the 2019 U18 State AFL Academy Squad.

Kane Bevan

Congratulations to Kane Bevan 2019 15’s State School Boys- Kane Bevan -School Sport WA

Renea Mayer

Sports Coordinator


Congratulations to Sienna Mackay who competed in the 2019 West Coast Dance Festival over the April school holidays. Sienna won the Senior Dancer of Festival as well as the Senior Theatrical Championship. Well done Sienna, a fantastic achievement.
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Western Australian Careers & VET Expo

The 2019 Western Australian Careers & VET Expo is being held from 16th -19th May at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre.

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For more information on this and other Careers items click here

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Kelvin Woods (father of Alyssa, Year 12) and Russell Clayton set off on the Cancer Council Rally this week, driving from Perth to Sydney (via Uluru) in their 1966 Humber Super Snipe. Kelvin and Clayton have already raised over $15000 for charity, and we applaud their efforts and wish them the best of luck for the rally ahead.

Alumni & Community Hub Coordinator, Chris Greenwood recorded an insightful interview with Kelvin last month. With the help of Theatre Manager, Ben Collins, we can now share this recording with the Prendiville community for the first time (link below).

Kelvin Woods Interview

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It's still not too late to donate to team Thunderbox, and the Cancer Council via the following link:


Eamon Matthews

Head of Subject Area - Creative and Digital Arts


We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program and would like to make this our best ever.

During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources for the Endeavour Centre with the points we earned, thanks to you.

From now until June 25th 2019, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker sheet. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school or you can drop them into your local Woolworths collection box. The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and English resources, art & crafts materials and much more!

Lets stick together and try to make this one the biggest yet!

We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at school.


Welcome back to Term 2 from the P and F - we hope that you had a blessed Easter break.

We would like to thank all the parents and students that donated Easter eggs and purchased raffle tickets in the Easter Raffle last term. Without your support this event would not occur or be the success that it is.

The Endeavour Centre along with the P and F worked together on making the raffle a great success with 137 prizes being handed by the Endeavour Centre students to the winners on Thursday 11th April.

Sara George and the amazing staff at the Endeavour Centre worked tirelessly with the P and F volunteers on pulling the raffle together. The students at the Centre used the Easter Raffle planning process as part of their curriculum. The teachers incorporated it in to their classroom programmes and the students were very enthusiastic in making it all come together. They designed posters, collected the raffle tickets, did the administration and purchasing of items needed and sorted and wrapped the prizes on the day. They all assisted in the raffle draw with much enthusiasm and excitement. It is such a wonderful and exciting event.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the following people for everything they have done for the Easter Raffle:

Sara George and the staff at the Endeavour Centre for their enthusiasm, understanding and the amazing work they do on a daily basis – you are a very special group of people.

To the students at the Endeavour centre – you are so enthusiastic and hard working it is a privilege and a pleasure to be invited to work alongside you on this project. The parents love being with you for the day.

From the Committee - Annabelle Watson and Natalie Calnon – thank you for all you hard work from the P and F side and for all you have done in making the project a success. To the rest of the committee thank you for all the work you always do for the College and the support you give the staff and students – a special thank you to Amanda Mulligan and Michael Castlehow – for your hard work on the day and your enthusiasm and support. Mike Nicholas, Steph Davies and Catherine Kolomyjek – thank you for your support and hard work in making this event a success. Finally - Mr Antulov and Leishele Pearce – thank you for your support and time you spend always assisting the P and F.

Denny Piovesan

P & F President


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Jackie Gill


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Thursday 9 May - Years 7 - 9 Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Friday 10 May - Years 10 - 12 Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 May - NAPLAN

Wednesday 15 May - School Photo catch up day

Wednesday 15 - Saturday 18 May - School Production - High School Musical


St Simon Peter Parish, Ocean Reef

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am, 10am and 5pm

Our Lady of the Mission Parish, Whitfords

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 8am, 9.30am, 11am and 5.45pm

St Andrews Parish, Clarkson

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 5.30pm

St Luke's Parish, Woodvale

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am and 9.30am

St Anthony's Parish, Wanneroo

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 6pm

All Saint's Parish, Greenwood

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am, 10.30am and 5.30pm

St John Paul II Catholic Primary School, Banksia Grove

Mon to Sat - 8am, Sat - 6pm, Sun - 9.30am


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Prendiville Gallery Instagram

Follow this account for a better look at everything that goes on in our gallery!


Check out the latest alumni news:
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The College is hosting a 10 year reunion for the Class of 2009 on Saturday June 1st in THE CELLAR of The Oxford Hotel. The word is out and most of that year group are aware. If you know a Prendivillain from that year group then please pass on the following links. We should have the whole class covered if that’s the case.


Kelvin Woods, father of Alyssa (Y12), and The Hub had an idea to publish something that highlighted the unique connection he and his affiliation with a major annual fundraising event had with The College through the last 7 years. Using the skills of Chris and Ben (The Hub) he devised a podcast giving a snapshot of that unique partnership. Enjoy the fruits of their labors.


If you have an idea to capture a memory or simply to tell a story then contact Chris at The Hub on 9301 6249. He and Ben will make your idea come to life.

Coaching Cricket

Coaching Cricket are launching their website and social media links in preparation for the coming season (still a while away) but lots of off season events happening. The website is still a work in progress but will be fully functional by the start of June 2019. The link to the website is HERE. Subscription to the newsletter is free so sign up and stay informed on events, training tips and hints and more. We also have a large collection, growing by the day, of second hand (some almost new) cricket books for sale at the shop so for all you cricket 'tragics' have a look through and see if there are any you would like to add to your collection.

Our Facebook page is HERE please feel free to like and follow as it will have heaps of information of upcoming events and all matters cricket related.

Our Instagram page too will have snaps of events, information etc. You can find it HERE. Any questions or feedback on the website and or social media is welcome.

Paolo Franzoni - 0430344122

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