Prendiville Catholic College

16 June 2017

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As the enrolment interviews conclude for our Year 7 cohort to start in 2019 I take time time to reflect on what makes Prendiville Catholic College different.

I am a strong advocate for all Catholic Schools and wholeheartedly believe all Catholic Schools are similar and good. They are equally good across the general mandated requirements - our curriculums are the same, our sport competitions are the same, our arts and spiritual programs are very similar. However, at each school’s core, there are subtle differences. So what is it that inspires a choice to be made in favour of Prendiville?

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We are slowly defining and developing the senior school pathway opportunities we are making available to our students as they transition from Year 10 to Year 11. At Prendiville we are entering into an exciting time for our senior students as we now have four pathways to offer our students. We are the first school to offer such diversity of pathway for senior students.

The four senior school pathways that will be on offer to our students for 2018 are:

ATAR Pathway

This is the most direct pathway for University entry. Requires a minimum of 4 ATAR courses in Year 12 with scaled score of 50 or more in Year 12 English ATAR or Literature ATAR. This pathway requires students to sit the external WACE exams and meet entrance criteria for University.

LINKed Pathway

This alternative pathway to university has been developed in partnership with Edith Cowan College as an alternative entry pathway into Edith Cowan University. It is designed for those students who aspire to go to University but who are unlikely to achieve an ATAR of 70 or more.

General Pathway

For students aspiring to enter the workforce, TAFE or University via an indirect entry method. Students must complete a Certificate II or higher and students sit an Externally Set Task in Year 12.

FLEXed Pathway

This pathway is for students on a general pathway who thrive in a practical learning environment. It provides opportunity to participate in real life learning through the running of an enterprise and will be unique to PCC. The FLEXed pathway is learning reimagined. Students study a suite of General courses that are integrated and linked to the running of the onsite gallery as a viable business onsite at the College.

Our Year 10 students will enter into a very important period of time as they begin to discern their pathway of choice for Year 11 and 12. Each student will receive one on one counselling, along with their parents, to ensure they enter their senior school years with a focus on their goals, interests and areas of success.

P Block Refurbishment - a new era

The refurbishment and handover of P Block is very close. A tour of the refurbished building reveals a transformed building that will provide for new learning spaces for our students. New facilities for Learning Enhancement, a Study Centre for our senior students, FLEXed pathway classrooms and a working gallery all will add to the opportunities we can offer our students. I acknowledge the efficient project management of Mr Terry Raphael who has now overseen two major building refurbishments in the last three years. Terry’s capacity to bring old spaces back to new life and with new identities is not surprising given his track record at Prendiville Catholic College to develop learning spaces and facilities of the highest order. We all look forward to the functions and learning in the new P Block to grow and develop over time.

Senior School Examinations

It is that time of term where there is a major focus on examinations for our students and staff. It is a busy and at time anxious time for many. We keep our students in our prayers during this time and also our committed staff who mark exams with diligence and care in a very short turn around time.

Prendiville Day

In the last newsletter we shared how wonderful Prendiville Day was and that central to the day was an amazing commitment to raise funds for LIFELINK – a series of Catholic Support Agencies. On behalf of the student body we can announce the amazing figure of $15,000 was raised and will be forwarded to LIFELINK. This is one of the highest totals raised. More incredible is the fact that the fundraising stalls and activities is internally generated and all happens in the space of two hours. Thank you and well done to everyone for such a generous result.

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For your children

Mark Antulov


If a student requires an early departure from school, the College must receive prior notification from a parent by either a direqt message, email or signed note to Student Administration as early as possible. Students are required to sign out at Student Administration on their departure from school.

Only in emergency situations are parents permitted to take their child out of school without previous notification.


Just a reminder that your child can pay for their food and drinks at the Reef Break Café via their smartrider card. You can load money on to this by visiting Flexischools.

For any questions or queries regarding this please contact the number on the website. Daily limits can be set on the smart card as well access to purchases.

The Cafe Team

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I would like to thank the 17 families who have generously offered to host one or two students. We still require, however, 1 family who can host 2 girls and 3 families who can host one girl. Families that can help by accepting students into their home will be compensated $350.00 per student.

With the success of previous tours, the College will again host a visit of students from Sagami Girls Junior High School from Thursday 27 July to Tuesday 8 August 2017. The students will undertake tuition at the College to improve their English skills with organised activities and sightseeing being arranged by the College. The visiting girls are aged between 14 and 16 years.

For students interested in the Japanese Tour 2018, this would be a great opportunity to gain an understanding of Japanese culture and language, if your family circumstances permit I would urge you to host a Japanese student.

If you have any queries regarding the arrangement, please phone or email Mrs Heather Downsborough on 9301 6221.

Terry Raphael



It is not every day you get to hear the splash of a penguin as it dives into the water, the creak of a rope as an orang-utan climbs to its lookout or the throaty roar of a lion as it reasserts its dominance over its surrounds. But last week, the Year 7’s got to experience all this and more as they headed to Perth Zoo to discover magical creatures and how to name them!

The students explored a variety of habitats and the animals that call them home as they moved around the Zoo, discovering how scientists name and classify living organisms. There were cries of delight as they came face to face with their favourite animal and many photos were taken too!! They also had close encounters with a python, a bobtail and even a giant stick insect as the zoo staff gave a very informative presentation about classification.

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A fantastic and educational day was had by all, with many students (and staff) saying they wanted to stay for longer and continue to explore.

Paddy Devlin

Year 7 Science teacher


In Paideia, the gifted and talented program, we learn and experiment together. Currently, we have been focusing on some of the world religions. As a group, we learned and experienced some aspects of the religions of Rastafarianism and the Islamic religion.

Rastafarianism is not a common religion. This made the experience just that little bit more amazing. We learnt that it originated in Ethiopia in Africa. Bob Marley was a supporter of this religion and he died as he refused to have his toe amputated due to his beliefs in the religion. In this religion, they participate in many customs like the smoking of cannabis and not cutting their hair as it is an alteration of their bodies. The class then participated in traditional dancing, along to music very popular amongst believers. At the end of lesson, we put on some costumes and summed up what we learnt about the amazing religion that is Rastafarianism.

Another religion that we learnt about was the Islamic religion. This religion is a very popular religion as well as a religion that can receive criticism. Sadly, some people, because of world events, perceive negativity associated with the religion. This comes from the spread of terrorism in our society today.

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In Paideia, we learnt that the Islamic religion does not include the taking of others’ lives. The religion instead insists on modesty, and religion. What would an interesting and informative lesson be without interaction? The girls dressed up in the modest clothes that girls in this religion would wear. We could experience a full 55 minutes in their shoes. We didn't look too shabby if I do say so myself! I processed the idea of being married at a very young age and not being able to look at or touch another person of the opposite gender until I was married. Ms Gray showed us the Quran which is their holy book. She also read us a prayer in Arabic to further help us grasp the religion that is Islam.

Matilda Akpo

Year 7


CAS Sport

Following our 2 week bye that coincided with exams for our senior students, the final round of fixtures will be played out against Irene McCormack in Week 9. Those teams that finish in the top 2 will then play off in the Grand Final in Week 10. Ladder positions can be viewed via the link in the Winter CAS Section on the Sportal Page on SEQTA. Continued thanks to all parents, students and officials for your on going support of the CAS competition.

Prendiville Rugby Club

Nominations have now opened for the 2017 Prendiville Rugby Club. Prendiville has been a powerhouse in the Northern Schools Rugby Championship since its inaugural year in 2014 and we are looking for that to continue in 2017. The competition not only provides the opportunity for rugby players but also caters strongly for students who may not have had much experience in rugby but want to give it a go.

The competition currently supports both a combined Year 7/8 boys team and a Year 9/10 boys team. Both teams play on a Wednesday afternoon after school. This year we are also looking at the possibility of introducing a Year 9/10 girls team should the interest levels be there. All students interested should nominate using the link below and more information will be sent to students at the commencement of Term 3.

Rugby Nominations

ACC X Country

Congratulations to the 54 students who represented PCC at the ACC X Country carnival back on the 1st June. The X Country carnival is unique in that it brings together all ACC schools on the same day to compete as opposed to the divisional format used at both the swimming and athletics. The result this year was over 3000 students from 67 separate schools. In order to qualify for the overall aggregate competition, schools are required to register 3 finishing students in each of the 10 age group races throughout the carnival. Prendiville was once again able to do this again finishing 15th out of the 35 schools who qualified for the overall aggregate competition. Congratulations to the following students on their excellent individual results.

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Jenna Newton and Ben Hillen have once again been named as ACC All Stars for finishing in the top 5 in their respective races. Ben has also been awarded ACC Letters for achieving All Star status for the 4th time.

Sporting Excellence

Nino Karow (Year 8) has continued to achieve great things in his chosen sport of Karate. Following his Gold Medal performance in the State Championships, Nino has been selected to represent Australia at the World Championships in Vancouver, Canada later this year. Best of luck Nino.

Trent Ostler (Year 10) is currently training at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra with the U16 Australian Soccer team. Fingers crossed Trent can become yet another Prendivillian to represent their country.

Logan Foley (Year 10) has been selected to represent Western Australia in the 2017 AFL 15s Team and will compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships in July. Good luck Logan.

Jamie Birrell

Sports Coordinator


Opening Night Tonight - Friday 16 June

5pm - 6.30pm

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Our annual Music Soloist Evening will be held in Redmond Theatre (PAC) this coming Tuesday evening 20 June starting at 6.30pm.

This event will showcase many of our young musicians from Year 7 PSM to Year 12 ATAR and will also feature the Prendiville Percussion Ensemble. The music is shaping up to be equally diverse with classical, music theatre, jazz and contemporary solos/duets on the program. There is something for everyone!

Tickets are $5 (payable at the door) which will include complimentary tea/coffee. Drinks and light refreshments will also be available for purchase.

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Wheelers Audio eBooks

We are pleased to announce that our Wheelers ePlatform now has audio books available for loan. You will have to download the Wheelers app before you can access the audio books on your iPad. You will NOT be able to access the audio books from the Prendiville dashboard without the app.

Accessit Library Management System

Keep an eye out early next term for Accessit, our new Library Management System, which we are in the process of setting up. Accessit is a cloud based system which is used in 30 countries worldwide. It is a modern, dynamic system which integrates all of our Library IT systems. For example, our EBSCO and eLibrary databases as well as our Wheelers eBooks. It will give our Library users 24-hour access to all resources from any device. It simultaneously searches across multiple online content providers. As well as being more user friendly than our current system it is also more aesthetically pleasing.



Students in Year 11 and Year 12 are reminded of the lunch time visit from Hannah Murray, a Notre Dame representative, on Monday 19th June in the Careers area of the Library. The talk will start promptly at 1.00pm so please bring your lunch from home on the day and come straight to the Library as soon as possible from your class.

Future University and TAFE Information


20-27 Notre Dame Symposiums

21 Murdoch Engineering and Information Technology Careers Evening

22 ECU WAAPA Arts Management and Live Production Info Evening

27 ECU Teacher Education Information Evening, Joondalup Campus

28 Murdoch Health Careers Evening


3-14 Notre Dame ATAR Express Workshops

3-7 Murdoch ATAR Prep and Revision Week

3-12 Notre Dame Course Advice Sessions

3-14 Muresk Winter School Agriculture Skills Set

11-13 July UWA Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

11 ECU Mount Lawley Campus Tour 11.00am - 12.00pm

12 ECU Joondalup Campus Tour 11.00am - 12.00pm

13-14 Agribusiness Uni Experience Muresk Institute

14 Notre Dame - A Day in the Life of a Uni Student

14 UWA Campus Tour

23 ECU Joondalup Open Day

26 UMAT Exams

30 Murdoch Open Day


Saturday 17 June - Interhouse Surfing Carnival.

Monday 19 June - Year 10 Parent Information Night. 7pm. Redmond Theatre.

Tuesday 20 June - P & F meeting.

Thursday 22 June - Friday 23 June - Year 10 Retreat.

Monday 26 June - Surf Safe Online - all year levels.

Monday 26 June - Surf Safe Online Parent Information Night, 7pm, Redmond Theatre.

Friday 30 June - Term 2 concludes.

Monday 17 July - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 18 July - Parent-Teacher Interviews, 1pm - 7pm, Gym (pupil free day).

Wednesday 19 July - Term 3 commences.



Next meeting is on 25 June, 6-8pm @ St Simon Peter Parish meeting room.

All youth in Years 6-12 are invited!

For more info call Amanda 0421 144 992 or Samuel 0474 310 944


Remember the early days of your marriage. Just being together was most important. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend has the same focus. The weekend centres entirely on your relationship. It is a positive and private experience between you and your spouse, that can help see again those loving qualities in each other that you may be taking for granted. Take a weekend out of the busyness of your lifestyle, where there is just the two of you, free of distractions. We invite you to join us on our next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, 11 – 13 August or 13 - 15 October 2017. For information or booking contact George or Monica on 0424 220 625.

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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, Sun - 9.30am

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The Hub is an ever updating venture which offers a series of events from fun holiday activities, community events and even academic seminars.

With new events, such as Fiddlestix Variety Markets @ The Hub, Monthly Matinee: Best Years of Our Lives & ATAR Excel Revision Programs we invite you to check out what is new @ The Hub.

Whatever takes you fancy we’d love to see you, bring a friend & spread the word...

All details are below...

For any inquires, contact
Chris Greenwood - 93016249

The Hub: A Home For Bright New Ideas!
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ATAR Excel

The range of seminars contain content designed to make students feel more confident in tackling assignments and better prepared for their exams. Relevant information and content can be found on ATAR Excel's brochure outlining all of their seminars and topics throughout their week @ The Hub. Enrolling in their seminars is an easily accessible process through their website.

When: Monday 10 July - Friday 14 July
Where: Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College

All details to book a place in these seminars are on our website.

For any inquires, contact Chris Greenwood - 93016249

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Fiddlestix Variety Markets @ The Hub

Now a fixture here at the Hub, Fiddlestix will be running each month;

Fiddlestix @ Prendiville Hub promotes only 100% local art, craft and business, from jewelry and craft to fresh produce and music! Students, staff and parents are invited to come together with the public to sell their products, hold demonstrations, and collaborate with others in a vibrant, festive atmosphere.

The Markets provide an opportunity for employment, business, entertainment, networking and sales for anyone interested. Individuals are encouraged to exercise their entrepreneurial skills by holding their own stalls, whether it be art, cooking, or woodwork. Those interested in art, dance, music and drama can also use this opportunity to perform in public, busk, or sell live cartoon drawings.

Community hours are also on offer for any student interested in volunteering to help with things like parking attendance.

So come on down to the Upper Oval Space at the College on Saturday 24 June from 10:30am to experience all the fun and flavor that Fiddlestix @ Prendiville Hub has to offer!

If you're interested in getting involved, whether it be hosting a stall, performing or busking, or simply volunteering to help, applications are still open!

For guidelines and application forms email.

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Unstoppable! - Momentum Dance

Momentum Dance presents an ambitious triple bill of choreography for life-long dancers.

Featuring commissioned works by Israeli choreographer, Jin Plotkin and Australian choreographers Daryl Brandwood and Phillippa Clarke. Poetic and visually stirring, the choreography explores the sensations of hanging over the edge, crashing waves, muscle memories and the tender relationship between parent and child.

Momentum Dance is unstoppable. It provides opportunities for dance practitioners to continue to grow, no matter how old. The heart of Momentum Dance challenges stereotypes about what it means to be an older dancer.

We acknowledge the generous support of Claudia Alessi and The Chapel Space’s Artists-in-Residence program, Ausdance WA, WAAPA Dance and Prendiville Catholic College.

Tickets Pricing;

Adults = $25

Concessions = $20

Under 18s = $15

For any queries contact Julie Doyle on 0405 376 529

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Save the Date!

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Monthly Matinee; Best Years of Our Lives!

A great event to enjoy at The Hub is our monthly movie screening in the Redmond Theater, complete with complimentary morning tea and cake before the screening. Enjoy a classic and enjoyable range of films each month

This month enjoy a classic movie: Fred, Al and Homer are three World War II veterans facing difficulties as they re-enter civilian life. Fred (Dana Andrews) is a war hero who, unable to compete with more highly skilled workers, has to return to his low-wage soda jerk job. Bank executive Al (Fredric March) gets into trouble for offering favorable loans to veterans. After losing both hands in the war, Homer (Harold Russell) returns to his loving fiancée, but must struggle to adjust.

Don't miss out on a ticket!


To view the upcoming films in our great roster check out the Monthly Matinee page

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