Emmanuel Catholic College

College Newsletter - Term Two Week 4 - 19 May 2017


Dear Parents, Students and College Community,

Last week the College Year 9 students celebrated Mother’s Day. It is always a special day on the College calendar and whilst I wasn’t able to be at the event, I have heard many lovely stories from staff who were in attendance. My thanks to all who attended the Mother’s Day celebration, particularly the mothers, grandmothers and others who are significant women in the lives of our Year 9 students.

I am nearing the conclusion of my interviews with future families of the College. This process for Year 7, 2019 student entry will conclude in Week 8 of this term. Parents who have not yet submitted Enrolment Forms for siblings must do so immediately. It is wonderful to know that so many families want their children to attend Emanuel Catholic College, however, it is unfortunate that many families will miss out due to the College limit of 192 places.

This week the College held its annual Academic Scholarship Examinations for students commencing Year 7 in 2018 and 2019. There was a large crowd of students – just over 130 Year 5 and 6 students attempting these tough examinations. I wish them well with their efforts and will announce our Scholarship recipients by the end of this term.

Our Year 11 & 12 students commence their Semester examinations today. This is normally an anxious time for our Year 11 & 12 students, but good preparation and hard work normally assists in minimising nerves and stress associated with examinations. Some useful examination tips for students can be found at the link here. We wish all our students sitting exams well.

Finally, I am very much looking forward to the P&F Quiz Night held this evening. I am impressed and grateful to the many members of the College community who have supported this P&F event. There has been a lot of work by many members of the College P&F group and College administration staff to ensure a successful and enjoyable evening for all. Good luck to all the tables tonight!

God Bless,

Mr Leo Di Gregorio - Principal

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Here's a little story that might make you chuckle. See if you can spot the moral. Two friends, Elio and Bruno, were holidaying together and ventured into a forest. They were enjoying the beauty of their surrounds when they happened upon a large bear. They were terrified.

Elio, who was slimmer and more athletic, clambered up a tall tree. He didn't give a thought to poor Bruno who was too fat to climb a tree. Bruno thought for a moment, and remembered hearing that bears don't like dead bodies. So he fell to the ground and held his breath. The bear sniffed him and thought him dead. So he went away. Elio asked Bruno " What did the bear whisper in your ear?" Bruno replied "the bear suggested I keep away from friends like you."

Fr Bryan Rosling - College Chaplain


  • 22 - 26 May - Year 11 & 12 Semester One Exams
  • 24 - 26 May - Year 10 Bushrangers Camp
  • 24 May - Year 7 More House Mass
  • 25 May - Year 8 Retreat Day
  • 26 May - Year 9 Football v Aquinas

For our current College calendar go to: https://www.emmanuel.wa.edu.au/event
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A reminder that Year 11 and 12 Exams commenced today and students are only required to be at school when they have an assessment. The 2017 Year 11 Semester One Examination timetable is located here. https://goo.gl/MgcIlD

I know many students have spent a considerable amount of time during the semester preparing for their examinations. However, at times, the way we measure success does not necessarily equate to high scores.

Students need to ask themselves, “Have I really put in the required time and effort to succeed in the courses I have chosen?” If the answer is “yes” then we must look at the courses the students have chosen and may need to reassess the current pathway. In the end, all we want for our students is for them to achieve success! I wish all the students the very best during this examination period.

Mr Vince Bellini - Deputy Principal Year 11 & 12


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Friday 19 May 6.45pm start

18+ event

Dress up theme- favourite sporting team or legend

Questions will be general knowledge

Bar facilities BYO nibbles

ATM will be on site

Door prizes

Heaps of raffles, hampers and games

Silent auctions include;

• 2 nights stay Moonlight Bay Suites Broome

• 2 nights Karajini Eco Retreat 2 adults/1 child

• 1 night Crown Towers Perth

• 1 night Hyatt Regency Perth

Plus much, much more.

Belinda Colpitts - P&F President 2017


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Renowned author and illustrator Matt Ottley visited the College on 4 May to present a talk to our Year 10 Literature students. The students have been studying his work Requiem for a Beast, a text which combines words and pictures in interesting and challenging ways. The author’s visit to the College enabled students to learn about the background to the book, the process of writing and publishing it, and much more besides. It was an invaluable opportunity for these Year 10's to interact with a writer and they took full advantage! The students were fascinated by both Matt Ottley’s stories of his experiences which lead to writing the book, and by his insights into the Australian outback and the life of a stockman.

Matt Ottley has visited the College annually for a number of years, and is always well received by our students. He spoke highly of the Year 10 class and of their engagement with his presentation. The students’ comments were equally enthusiastic. Briar Norman said that the presentation was “engaging and eye opening…and gave us all an amazing idea of his life and his struggles from his past living in rural Queensland. Matt Ottley's presentation allowed us all to have a deeper understanding of Requiem for A Beast.” Adrianna Rivera summed up the feeling of the whole class when she said, “It was an honour to have him come to our school and I hope for future incursions similar to this one.”

Dr Lynette Field - Teacher & More House Coordinator


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On Thursday 11 May, the Year 12 Business Management and Enterprise ATAR class had the opportunity to visit both Austal and Ikea, to discover the inner operations of their business and workforce. The day began with a 30-minute journey to Austal, where we were greeted by Christine, who accepted us with open arms and hospitality. During the Austal excursion we discovered that Austal is 'The Australian Shipbuilder,' prime defence contractor and Maritime Technology partner "Of Choice," which is involved in designing, constructing and supporting defence and commercial vessels for global leading operators. Austal were more than kind to provide refreshments for us all as well as give us a tour and intellectual overview of Austal 's operations and partnerships within foreign countries.

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After the excursion to Austal, Ikea was the next destination. Whilst the bus-ride there was long, it was well and truly worth it. When we arrived, we were greeted by Anna, and one thing that is certain is that IKEA's professionalism was outmatched by their generosity, as they were kind enough as to provide vouchers for a free lunch. Afterwards, the various staff and team leaders provided an in-depth presentation on Ikea's inner workings and operations. Whilst at Ikea, we discovered that Ikea takes great pride in caring for people with diversity and inclusion being embedded in their vision and values. Ikea see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. Ikea also believed that recognising co-workers’ differences contributes to creativity and supports growth. After the presentation, we were taken on a tour of the store and we had the opportunity to go on a shopping spree, which included the purchasing of a large picture frame, and an enthralling wine rack.

On behalf of all the students in the Year 12 Business Management and Enterprise class, we would like to thank both Emmanuel Catholic College and Mr Hall for this rare opportunity.

Year 12 Student - Allessandro Manica


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On Tuesday the Enviro Club went to Bunnings in Bibra Lake for an excursion to learn more about the different tools they have and ways to save the environment. We started off by being greeted by two lovely staff members who lead us on a tour around Bunnings, showing us the different power saving tools they have and the ways they recycle and have respect for the environment.

After that, we started painting some gardening pots with chalkboard paint so when they dry we could write whatever we wanted on them! When the pots were dry we got to choose what type of herb we wanted to put into our new chalkboard pots we made! It was so much fun learning more about Bunnings and growing some new plants. We would like to thank the staff at Bunnings Bibra Lake for running this workshop for us.

Year 7 Student - Madison Loreto


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The EELS have been busy this term with a number of events and campaigns up and running. We started the term in Week Two by hosting a number of teachers from various schools for a Keep Australia Beautiful Introductory Workshop. The EELS took them on a tour around the College whilst sharing our litter and waste journey. We need to say a massive thank you the Year 11 Hospitality students for serving an awesome afternoon tea to the participants.

We also welcomed our new Year 7 EELS - Grace Constantino, Kaylah Kamid, Isabella Lavery and Madison Loreto. We had a number of students nominate for positions which was fantastic to see. At the assembly this week Sage launched our latest campaign, Rid the Raven. We have all sat in a test or an exam, sitting in silence concentrating on that question we have been practicing in our study, when all of a sudden the crows and ravens start their annoying calls. With exam time coming up, I’m sure we would like to rid these awful sounds that force some of us into madness. We are introducing a campaign to ‘Rid the Raven.’ For those of you that have found yourselves at school during the holidays you would have noticed that there are no crows/ravens around the place. The only noises you will hear are the native birds around the College. So why do the crows take a holiday when we do? It’s because all the food is gone! The rubbish that students leave behind is an easy source of food for the crows, so when we leave the food source leaves, so the crows leave. We hope to encourage people through incentives and a school media campaign. More information coming soon!

Lastly we would like to thank all the people that have been using their reusable cups to purchase their hot drinks from the ECCpresso café. This week we had the first Coffee Cup Hunt where students searched the school grounds to find a coffee cup of their own to use at the ECCspresso Café. We will be hosting another event later in the term – so if you missed out on a cup you will have another chance to get one.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in our programs to reduce the amount of litter and waste the College produces. This is the responsibility of everyone in the College community.

Year 8 EELS - Lillian Sharp & Andie Johnson


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1st XVIII v Darling Range

Our next opponent, in Darling Range, are a renowned government sporting school and they have won the Cable Division in the past. For our school to now be competing against such quality opposition speaks volumes of our school’s progress in Australian Rules Football.

We went into this game with a few injuries to quality players but this did not deter the 23 players that represented our school. After a tough starting 10 minutes, our quality started to shine through to kick six goals to Darling Range’s solitary point. Blake Lawton and Lachlan Feeney finished off the great work of our midfielders with five goals between them.

The second half was very scrappy but we continued to work hard winning the half by a goal. Our defence and midfield were superb again with Brodie Plunkett, Lachlan Feeney, Guy Barnes, Kayne Ferraro, Joshua Grant and Brodie Bates making valuable contributions. Special mention needs to be made to our solitary Year 10 student in Blake Lawton whose skill and speed was electrifying with 3 goals.

The final score was Emmanuel 9.9 – 63pts defeating Darling Range 2.4 – 16pts.

We currently sit with 3 wins from 3 games with our two toughest opponents in CBC Fremantle and Comet Bay to come. Bring it on!!!

Mr Steven Pendleton - Teacher AFL Coordinator

Junior Boys v Willeton

In Round Three the team played at home against Willeton Senior High School. Willeton were yet to have a win for the year but we still knew it could be a danger game after playing so well in the first two games of the season. The first half was dominated by our boys with the ball in our forward line for the majority of the half – yet we were unable to convert, kicking a multitude of points. At half-time we re-grouped and re-focused our minds to improve our kicking skills and keep the defensive pressure on the opposition. Our team executed this perfectly, led by the Year 8 boys through the midfield. We came away strong winners keeping Willeton scoreless. The final score was Emmanuel 14.15 – 99pts defeating Willeton 0.0 – 0pts.

Mr Jarrod Parry - Teacher

Other Football News:

Female Footballers Wanted

If you are a girl in Year 7 to 9 that loves her footy, why not get involved in Junior Girls Football. Jandakot Jets Junior Football Club are looking for girls to play for their Under 15’s Girl side in 2017. If you are interested register via their website http://www.jandakotjetsjfc.com/ Or if you want more information head down to Atwell Reserve on Thursdays from 4.30pm till 5.30pm or contact them via email at mailto:jandakotjetsjfc@gmail.com


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There are lots of opportunities for you to participate in music at the College. Students can join an existing ensemble or create their own musical ensemble. Nothing to do before school, at recess, at lunchtime and after school? Try a music activity.

Over 100 students are now participating across the following up and running “Music Ensembles”

1 Rock Band

2 Rock Band

3 Rock Band

4 Rock Band

5 Rock Band (Mass Band & Singers)

6 Rock Band


Ukulele Ensemble

Vocal Group 1

1 Vocal Trio

1 Vocal Duet

2 Vocal Duet

3 Vocal Duet

4 Vocal Duet

5 Vocal Duet

Emmanuel Choir

Cups Team

Mr Peter Legg - Music Teacher


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@SchoolDrugEducationRoadAware are hosting a FREE ‘Talking Drugs’ information session at 6.30pm on Wed 14 June. Learn about the role you play in drug education including how to open up a dialogue with children of all ages. We encourage all parents to attend. For more information visit www.sdera.wa.edu.au/news-events/events/

Website event information

Parents, teachers and school staff have a crucial role to play in the prevention of young people’s risk of harm from alcohol and other drugs. School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) are hosting a FREE Talking Drugs information session to help parents understand the role they play in school drug education. Parents will learn the real picture of illicit drug use and how to open up a dialogue with their children about drugs.

Date: Wednesday 14 June

Time: 6:30pm - 8:15pm

Where: Emmanuel Catholic College, 122 Hammond Road, Success

To book this FREE event and for more information please contact Kelli Dawson at SDERA on 9402 6267 or kelli.dawson@education.wa.edu.au Please RSVP by Monday 12th June.

Spaces are limited. Book now! For more than 19 years, SDERA have been supporting school communities with successful, evidence-based drug and road safety education programs.

Link to information on SDERA’s website:



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Following the success of students participating in the Rostrum Voice of Youth competition, I am calling all students interested in participating in the up-coming debating competition for schools across the metro area. It will be held on a Wednesday evening at Perth College, beginning in July (dates to be confirmed). There are opportunities for novice (Year 7), Juniors (Year 8-9) and Seniors (Year 10-12) teams. We will be meeting weekly (initially) during lunch time in A3 on a Wednesday.

I cannot stress how valuable this experience is for all students, both in their lives and for academic success. You will learn how to write and structure arguments in debates and in speeches, how to think ‘on your feet’ and how to see a multitude of perspectives on many issues in today’s society. You will have the opportunity to deliver these in a public forum and in competition with many different schools. These abilities are imperative to success in many subject areas, particularly English. Please contact Ms Gratton in person or via direct message.

Mrs Donna Gratton - Head of English

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Please note that students with any requirements or queries are to go to the Student Services counter, not front reception. Front reception is for parent queries only. Thank you for your support.

Services available:

• Student attendance

• Late arrivals or early collections

• Extended, planned or unplanned leave

• Messages for your students throughout the day

• Student ID letters

• Secure storage area for medication, e.g. Epipen’s and Diabetic supplies.

• All First Aid - Sickbay and Student room

• Updates and logging of Action Plans

• Changes to medication information for students

• Pastoral Care and information point for students

Please contact Student Services on:

Student Services direct telephone number - 9414 4051

Absentee email – absentee@emmanuel.wa.edu.au

Student Services SMS number - 0418 605 675

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Emmanuel’s Online Ordering and Cashless Canteen

Our school has a new and convenient online ordering and cashless system for our College Canteen called FlexiSchools.

This system also utilises students current Transperth SmartRider cards for payment and purchases. You will need to link your child’s SmartRider card to your Flexischools account and nominate a payment option. Any balance currently on your child’s SmartRider is for travel only. Once you have linked this to FlexiSchools, you will have a separate canteen account and you will also have your existing travel account. These are two independent card balances on the one card, and operate separately. Travel account funds cannot be utilised for canteen purchases and vice versa.

*Please note, cut off time for online orders is now 8.45am.


• Go to www.flexischools.com.au


Enter your email

You will be emailed a link to an online form - follow the link

Choose a username and password and complete the form

Add each student and their class

Top-up the account - VISA or MasterCard preferred

Please find the menu on the following link...


Mr Roger Spong - Canteen Manager



Enrolments at Emmanuel have become very competitive and places for 2018 are now full. Interviews for 2019 commenced at the beginning of this year and places are expected to be full by end of Semester 1. If there are any Siblings that haven’t enrolled for Year 7 2019, applications will need to be submitted as soon as possible for us to allow enough places. Sibling applications not received by the end of Term 1, run the risk of missing out on a place.

For further information, please email Kelly Lister, our Registrar on enrolments@emmanuel.wa.edu.au or call on 9414 4055.

Catholic students will be given preference as per our Enrolment Policy.




To improve the online payment process we have an added feature to our gateway, the option to select your payment category.

REMINDER Term Two school fees are now overdue!! We are confident that all of our parents appreciate the necessity and expectation in regards to paying school fees on time. With this in mind it is expected that if you have not yet paid please make every effort to pay your account as soon as possible so that future plans and developments at the College are not affected.

If you are on a scheduled payment arrangement with the College, we advise you to monitor your payments to ensure your account will be finalised by the end of October 2017. A large number of families set up their arrangements based on the fees and charges set at the commencement of the year, but fail to include additional charges – VET charges and Instep. It is imperative that all families check their fee statement every term and make the necessary adjustments. It is distressing for families to get to the end of the year and find that the school fee account is in arrears. It is not the responsibility of the College to manage your school fee account.

If at any time you find that you are not able to manage your current repayment schedule, immediate contact must be made so that a meeting can be held to discuss the account. Likewise if you are experiencing any financial hardship please contact the College as we are quite amenable to making realistic payment arrangements for parents who find themselves in such situations, rather than making no payment at all.

Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.



On enrolment of your child at Emmanuel Catholic College, it is a requirement that you grant or deny permission for your child's photographs to be used in College publications and on social media (ie College website, newspaper articles, College Facebook page and Digital signs).

If you do NOT want photographs of your child published online or submitted to the print media and you are not sure if you made this clear on your enrolment from, please notify the College's Marketing Officer Ms Gabrielle LeBeck on 08 9414 4096 or email lebeck.gabrielle@emmanuel.wa.edu.au immediately.

Parents are also reminded that the College does not authorise the publishing of photographs taken at College events, in which students other than your own child are included.

Permission of the other students' parents/guardian is required.



Uniform Shop Normal Trading Hours

Tuesday 7.45am - 1.00pm & Thursday 12.00pm - 5.00pm

For fittings please call 9414 4017 to book a time.

Uniform Booking forms for both girls and boys are also found on the College website Uniform Shop page.

Your Emmanuel Uniform Shop Team



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Emmanuel Catholic College P&F Fundraising is raising funds. Here's how you can help...

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Available early May, the NEW 2017 | 2018 Perth Entertainment™ Memberships sell for just $70 and you’ll receive over $20,000 in valuable offers you can use until 1 June, 2018. For further information visit: www.entbook.com.au/8y4392

Emmanuel Catholic College P&F Fundraising

Contact: Beverly Sweetman Phone: 0419907040 Email: sweetos37@gmail.com

To order your Book or your Digital Membership securely online visit:


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RSCPA’s Million Paws Walk is taking place on Sunday May 21 in South Perth. With distances of 1km, 2.5km and 5km, this family friendly event is suitable for people of all ages, and dogs of all sizes!

On the day, you and your four-legged friend will be treated to entertainment, displays, stalls, giveaways and a host of other fun activities, you could even meet an RSPCA Inspector and some dogs that are currently looking for their forever home.

It's a great day out for the whole family while raising funds for animals in need!

Register online at https://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/WA/home or call 9209 9300 for more information.

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West Leederville

· Parent-Child Connection 4 x weeks -Tues 6 - 27 June

· Parent-Teen Connection (DAYTIME) - Sat 10 June

· Kids and Technology - Thurs 22 June

· All About Anger – for Parents of Teens - Wed 28 June

To enrol in these courses go to www.relationshipswa.org.au or ring 6164 0200.

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Enrolments are now open for Three-Year-Old Kindergarten to Year 5

Please contact HPCPS for enrolment information or to book a school tour: admin.hpcps@cathednet.wa.edu.au or Tel: 6595 6100

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Mater Christi Parish - Yangebup

Liturgy Times

MONDAY: 9am Mass

TUESDAY: 9am Mass

WEDNESDAY: 8.15am Mass at Emmanuel Catholic College

5pm Eucharistic Hour & 6pm Mass

THURSDAY: 9am Mass

FRIDAY: 9am Mass

SATURDAY: 5pm Reconciliation & 6pm Mass

SUNDAY: 8am Mass, 10am Mass & 5pm Mass

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Emmanuel Catholic College

122 Hammond Rd


PO Box 3102


Phone: 9414 4000

Fax: 9498 5864