Prendiville News

14 August 2019


Phone: 9301 6270




On Friday I had the privilege of being invited to listen to Nance Adler speak at Notre Dame University.

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Nance Morris Adler is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Nance’s specialty is the Holocaust. Since 2005, she has taught at the Jewish Day School (JDS) in metropolitan Seattle. Nance created her own curriculum for teaching fifth graders about the rise of Hitler and Nazism in the 1930s and her work was published in English and Russian. Multiple articles about her work teaching Jewish history have been published. She has co-authored a chapter on creating Upstanders in her classroom for the book called 'It Is Being Done in Social Studies'.

Nance shared an inspiring story of William Cooper, an Aboriginal man in Victoria, who was horrified by the treatment of Jews in Germany in 1938. William initiated a petition, which he took to the German Consulate in Melbourne. The Consul refused to see him, however this remains a story of a brave principled man from one repressed group 'standing up' for another oppressed group.

At the school level, Nance explained how her program at her school inspired students to be upstanding on school expectations, bullying, use of social media and aspiration. She cited the term what we walk by we standby. The voice of our students has great capacity to build strong community cultures where community members set the standards by being upstanding. In her lecture she related the idea of the need for Upstanders to be a part of our school mission and cultures.

It is in the voice of students Nance believes this can be achieved and to achieve this she has developed a curriculum in her school focused on developing an 'upstanding' culture. Upstanders are those who see wrong in the world and have the confidence to stand up and make their voices heard to stop the wrong particularly any form of oppression or prejudice. Bystanders, Nance describes as those who see the wrong but do nothing.

The lecture provided me with time to reflect on my confidence to be an Upstander and also consider how strong is the confidence of our students at PCC to be upstanders. The notion of developing young men and women to be Upstanders must be part of our mission at Prendiville. It is something which is central to our Christian Faith.

The lecture by Nance was very affirming of many of the activities we are initiating at Prendiville. Prendiville Time this week was significant as our students began discussions about being upstanders and expressed their student voice focusing on the code of conduct sessions and the student IDEAS session. These activities really excite me as they do something different to drive the culture of our College. Student voice is so important and providing opportunity for our students to influence deep culture at PCC is at the centre of our faith inspired community. For our school to be an outstanding school it must first be an upstanding school.

Nance Adler's visit to Australia was sponsored by the 'We Are Here' Foundation. The title refers to people who are Upstanders rather than Bystanders. The Founder of the Foundation is Eli Rabinowitz who is based in Western Australia and I look forward to the College engaging further Eli in the future.

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Congratulations to Cheryl Lennox Bradley and Stephen Harris who were supported by Marg Tavelli and Karen Rice in completing the unique Stations of the Cross project. The project was recognised for a LEAD Award of Excellence in the area of Discipleship. This is wonderful recognition of such a sacred, unique and special project which took over 18 months to complete.

This award was announced at the CEWA breakfast at the Crown last Thursday. It was certainly a proud moment for our College and all those involved.

Paul Williams was also recognised for 30 years of service to Catholic Education. Paul has been a dedicated teacher and leader in our system. This has included a large commitment at John Paul College in Kalgoorlie as Deputy Principal and also Deputy Principal at John XXIII College.


The Envisioning stage of the IDEAS project continued this week with both student and staff sessions. Thank you to the IDEAS team for facilitating the process. A special mention to Ravdip Rihal for being the main host of the session. The focused participation of all staff in the process is really valued. Each whole staff collaborative session is so important and the data received is critical for the envisioning process. The data received from both staff sessions and student sessions are creative, reflective and well thought. At the end of the session, Simon Kanakis shared how great it is to work with our staff as a collective group. This is a characteristic of our staff culture we must treasure, develop and maintain. Well done to all.


Thank you to Ms Louise Clarke for her organisation of a very successful and well attended Careers breakfast. A highlight of the breakfast was having twelve alumni attend and share their career journey with our students. It was also wonderful to have Matt Priddis return to the College to share his story which is one of persistence and always giving your very best at all times.

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For your children

Mark Antulov



Thursday 15 August: Assumption Day Mass - Early Finish 3.10 pm

Monday 19 August: Pupil Free Day - Staff Professional Learning.



The 23rd August marks the last day for another group of amazing young exchange students from Italy. Here they reflect on the past six weeks at Prendiville and how different it is to their school life in Italy:

Life in Australia, at Prendiville, is completely different than life in Italy. Here students have school uniforms, lockers, they have to change class every hour, have lunch at school and they don’t have to go to school on Saturday; everything is different and also better. Teachers are more friendly, all the people here are nice, there are lots of open areas and lessons are more interesting and relaxing. Being a student here is very, very nice. It’s something that all the Italian students want, a school where you can learn but at the same time enjoy yourself, it’s really amazing. In Italy we would never have something like a spaghetti contest in front of the whole school! GRETA

School in Australia is completely different from school in Italy. Starting from the classrooms to the approach students have to school itself. The atmosphere at Prendiville has always been welcoming since the beginning, everything felt new and fresh to me, from the subjects to the teachers, who are way less strict than in Italy. Despite being new to all of this, everyone, students and teachers, never made me feel like I was out of place or alone. CRISTINA

All the people in this school are friendly and kind and also the staff and all the teachers are very kind and smart. There’s a lot of green and I think this helps the students. You can do lots of different sports. School is really different from Italy. Here you have to wear a school uniform but I think that here is better for all the things that I said before. SAMUELE

So much has happened since I have been in Australia, I can’t believe there are only 2 weeks left. Prendiville is the best school in which I could stay. The students are fantastic, everyone is nice with me and the teachers always help me. Thank you Principal, you allowed us to stay in Prendiville. Thank you Mrs O’Donnell and Miss Amato who organised everything for us. FRANCESCO

It sounds like these young people have had an amazing time and this would not be possible without their host families and the support of the Prendiville community. A huge GRAZIE to all from the Italian Department.

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Last week we celebrated National Languages Week in a variety of ways. Morning prayer in the staffroom was led by different staff members in their mother tongues – including French, Greek and even ‘Strine (Australian). The café served a different country’s cuisine every day and students and staff participated in a quiz based on the ethnic and language backgrounds of our school population. The student winner of the quiz was Rhys Blomme (yr 10) and the staff winner was Mr Todd.

The culmination of the week was the spaghetti eating relay race between staff (Mr Ingram, Mr D’Amico and Mr Giannasi Snr), Year 12 students (Sienna Buttsworth, Thomas Wilding and Miguel Da Cunha) and the Italian exchange students Samuele, Francesco and Davide. The Year 12's put in a valiant effort but could not beat the spaghetti eating power in the DNA of the Italian students. Sad to say the staff team didn’t stand a chance.

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Thank you to Prof Amato for all her assistance and enthusiasm in making the week a memorable one.

Paula O'Donnell

Head of Languages


Interhouse Surfing Carnival Results

On 3rd August 70 students competed in the Interhouse Surfing Carnival at Trigg Beach. Parents, students, staff and other members of the community gathered to watch the event. We were blessed with beautiful weather and surf conditions. Students displayed fantastic behaviour and effort throughout the day. Congratulations to McAuley who were the winning House and to the individual champions on the day. These students will compete in the Sun Smart Western Australian Surfing titles in Week 5. Well done to Matt Coulter for judging the most heats during the carnival and Callum Hopkins who was awarded the ‘Biggest Frother’ on the day.

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ACC Championship- Senior Girls Soccer

Well done to Mr Ndiaye and the Senior Girls Soccer team as they have continued to progress through the ACC Championship. The girls defeated Sacred Heart in the semi-final last week 3-2. The girls will verse Emmanuel Catholic College in the Grand Final this Wednesday 14th August at John XXIII College at 4pm.

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Year 8/9 AFL

The Year 8/9 AFL team will play in the Eagles Cup semi-final this Thursday 15th August against Chisholm College. This will be a home game at 1.30pm. Well done to Mr Hunter and the team for all of their efforts this year.

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Sporting achievement

Grace O’Shae

Congratulations to Grace who has made the U14 state Hockey team.

Reuben Dickson

Congratulations to Reuben who represented Western Australian in the Australian junior Rugby competition.

Kane Bevan

Kane has been selected into the all Australian AFL team for the 15 year old age group. Kane was selected into this team when he was representing Western Australia in the 15’s state team at the national competition.

Renea Mayer

Sports Coordinator


Congratulations to Zac McCulloch (Year 10), Ashley Stott (Year 10) and Kayla Stott (Year 7) on being selected to perform in the upcoming musical The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz musical is an impressively lavish production with a cast of over 200 performers, a spectacular set, dazzling costumes and many magical surprises along the way! The Wizard of Oz is showing at the Regal Theatre from August 17. Best of luck to our three stars.

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The SkillsWest Careers Expo is being held this weekend. To find out more important information regarding this and other careers news click here.

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The Prendiville Dance students are back with a spectacular new show that’s better than ever! The showcase ‘DUENDE’ will be presented on Saturday 7th September with two performances, a matinee commencing at 3pm and an evening show at 7pm. The showcase will be presented by Years 8-12, exhibiting a number of exceptional acts and complex choreography that is sure to entertain all ages. Book your tickets NOW (Adults $15 and student/concession $10). We hope to see you there!

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Jackie Gill



Thursday 15 August - Whole School Mass

Friday 16 August - Year 7 English Incursion

Thursday 15 August - Assumption Day Mass - Early finish 3.10 pm

Monday 19 August - Pupil Free Day - Staff Professional Learning.

Wednesday 21 August - Athletics Twilight Meet

Every Friday - Mass, 8am, Good Shepherd Chapel




(For Year 12 students only)

The September Holiday Program offers all ATAR Year 12 students comprehensive subject revision and prepares students for their final ATAR Exams.

Course date:

Week One

(Saturday 28 September to Thursday 3 October)

Mindarie Senior College

For further information contact Dr. Robert Hallam at Master Mind Australia on 9486 1377

Or visit

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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, Sat - 6pm, Sun - 9.30am


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The Year 11 Careers breakfast has become an annual highlight in the College calendar and Wednesday’s event was no exception. Nine alumni, including from the left Claire Hewitt (1994), Alison Romagnolo (1998), Conrad Natoli (2000), Roy Mellon (2002), Matt Priddis (2002), Jonathan Yoong (2006), Rachel Hunter (2009), Ciaran Salinger (2014) and Dylan Kent (2016), gave generously of their time to sit at designated tables to share their wisdom with our Year 11 students. Matt Priddis (2002) gave an inspirational keynote address highlighting the ability for students to be persistent in their ambitions. Matt spoke from experience having suffered 4 rejections (4 years) from AFL clubs before getting his chance with the Eagles as a rookie in 2005. And so while Matt is one of our higher profile alumni, his humble attitude towards his achievements spoke volumes about gaining a great grounding in life within the bounds of our college. Nine acceptances for the breakfast from our alumni in 2019 is our new record. Thank you Prendivillians, your input was greatly appreciated!

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The Hub presents ………. Mums, Bubs and Friends

Tully starring Charlize Theron @ 10AM next Friday Aug 23rd in the Redmond Theatre. $5 for the lot including a cuppa or juice, cake, biscuit and movie. Click the link and book a seat. We are fancy and we are cheap. Join the fun. Parking on the tennis courts adjacent to the theatre. Ring Chris on 9301 6249 for enquiries. Sneak Peak ….

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The Simplicity of B2me ...... click on the fun Youtube demonstration.

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