Prendiville Catholic College

17th March 2017

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YEAR 10 – A time of formation and transition

One of the highlights of my role is to meet prospective new students and their parents. We meet in groups of about eight to ten students along with their parents and have a relaxed and hopefully informative conversation. Each session is different because every student and their parents are different. About 20 of these sessions are conducted over a ten week period. I am thankful and appreciative of our College Registrar, Mrs Kim Craig, who diligently looks after our future students and enrolment process. The real stars of these sessions are the students who are invited to meet the prospective students and parents. In particular, it is our Year 10 students who shine this day. As Ambassadors these students answer questions and lead an informal tour of the College. There is not a session where the prospective parents do not applaud and affirm our students. I am always inspired in a positive way by the growing confidence of these Year 10 students.

Year 10 is often a complex year for students as they transition and grow into their young adult world. Programmes such as peer support highlights the wonderful capacity of our Year 10 students to stand tall and provide confident leadership and support for our younger students. We affirm ninety Year 10 peer leaders this year who have helped our Year 7 students’ transition into secondary school.

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At Prendiville we are continuing to develop our Vision for Learning. This vision for Year 10 includes a focus on mastery, future pathways, independence, leadership and service in a faith enriched environment.

For your children

Mark Antulov



At Prendiville Catholic College, we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone. Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents or guardians to know what to do when their child talks to them about bullying. You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone.

If your child talks to you about bullying:

Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need to: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.

Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not fair at all’.

Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option. It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.

Visit to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.

Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the relevant Deputy Principals. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety.

Check in regularly with your child. Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings. Your ongoing support is important.

If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the Bullying. No Way! website for parents. (

Please contact the school if you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing bullying.

Thank you for your support in making our College community a happy, safe and inclusive environment.

Karen Black

Director of Mission, Identity and Pastoral Care.

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Each year during Lent we are called to reflect on our lives and, as a Catholic school, we support Caritas Australia's Project Compassion. During this time of preparation for Easter we are asked to help support and empower those in the world who are vulnerable and build a better future for them and their communities. Caritas is an organisation that works throughout the world to achieve a better life for many people through aid and development. Through PCG's and fundraising events throughout Lent we ask people who are able to, to contribute to the fundraising for Project Compassion. The theme this year is 'Love Your Neighbour' and so far we have raised just over $500.00.

If you would like to know more about Caritas or Project Compassion, please go to

Paddy Devlin

Service Learning Coordinator


Attention Siblings

Applications closing. Please call the College Reception for your enrolment pack.


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WA Health has recently launched the Meningococcal W Immunisation program in Western Australia. This program will be implemented in schools and community centres for those aged between 15-19 years of age.

What is the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination Program?

The Meningococcal ACWY vaccination program is in response to a recent increase of meningococcal infection caused by a particular type of the bacteria, ‘serogroup W’. Individuals aged between 15-19 years within the WA community will be targeted to receive this vaccine in order to reduce the spread of this disease.

Why is the program targeting 15-19 year olds?

This age group experience some of the highest rates of meningococcal carriage and illness. Once infected, they can transmit the bacteria to people who are at increased risk of infection, including young children. It is expected that providing the meningococcal W (Men W) vaccine to this age group will reduce the spread of this potentially life threatening infection within the WA community.

Which vaccine will be used?

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be used. This vaccine protects against four groups of meningococcal bacteria: A, C, W and Y. The conjugate meningococcal ACWY vaccine Nimenrix®, supplied in Australia by Pfizer will be used in this program.

How will the program work?

In 2017, WA Health and local council nursing teams will conduct the vaccinations at schools to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. In 2018 and 2019 the program would target incoming Year 10 students only.

Information packs will be distributed to students next week. Please feel free to contact Esther Stuart (College Registered Nurse) or Karyn Dore (Immunisation Nurse for the City of Joondalup) for more information regarding the Immunisation.


Just a reminder to parents that your son or daughter can pay for their café purchases from the College Café via their smart card. Parents can load money on to this by visiting

Daily limits can be set on the smart card as well as access to purchases.

For any questions or queries regarding this, please contact the number on the website.

The Cafe Team


Year 12 ATAR Earth and Environmental Science Excursion to Rottnest 10 March 2017

How lucky were the Year 12 EES students last Friday, who visited Rottnest Island on a beautiful sunny day?

According to Thomas Scotson FR5 and Sanju Sibichan BR8…

‘…not only was the trip informative, it was also spectacular!

We learned of the salt lakes and how they give an indication to the previous sea levels of the past when the WA coast was 12km westwards. We visited the Rottnest Museum learning more of the geological history of the island.

The highlight of the trip was the Eco Express Speedboat to explore Rottnest offshore and experience some exciting ‘rollercoaster ride’ boating. We observed some of Rottnest’s wildlife including seals, osprey eagles, dolphins and sea lions (see pics attached).

On our Sustainability Challenge, we rode around the island to learn of wind turbine that generates 35% of the islands electricity, and diesel generators as backup. We passed by the water treatment plant and desalination plant and learned of the various processes to produce fresh water for the community.’

My students were a wonderful group to take to Rottnest. We were on the go from 7am until after 5pm and for this time, they were engaged, well-behaved, motivated and cheerful. Despite getting a bit hot from the sun, and tired from cycling, they worked collaboratively and bonded well together. I’m so proud of them all.

Mrs Judy Georgiu

Year 12 ATAR EES teacher

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On 7th April at 11.55 pm, 25 excited Year 10 and 11 students with four Science staff will fly out on the Inaugural Science Tour to the USA. This thirteen day tour will be taking in sights in Florida and Washington with the highlights including NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Epcot Centre, Universal Studios and Washington museums not to forget Disneyland.

An information night was held on the Wednesday 15th March 2017 to give parents and students final instructions for the trip and to make sure all is ready to go for what will be an amazing trip. A special thanks to Ms Krystal Skelin (Tour Co-ordinator), Mrs Judy Georgiu , Mr Paul McAuley for their ongoing hard work, preparation and support for me for the tour.

Hopefully this will come a biennial event with students in Year 8 and 9 being involved in 2019.

Mr Gerard Giannasi

Head of Science


On Friday 10th March, two teams of Year 11 and 12 students represented Prendiville Catholic College at the annual Have Sum Fun Mathematics Competition. 32 teams from 20 schools north of the river took part in the competition, which was held at Hale School. The competition takes the form of a Quiz Night, where teams of students work together to solve four rounds of eight challenging problem solving questions.

The Year 11 and 12 team members for 2017 were:

Team 1 – Brittany Fitzgerald, Cooper Francis, Cris Macaraig, Samantha Irwin, Tessa Piovesan, Megan Ogle

Team 2 - Madison Poole, Millie Bacon, Tayla Blomme, Kristian Rados, Gavin Day, Alana Celenza.

The students worked well together in their teams, and are to be commended for their enthusiasm and fantastic efforts on the night. Team 1 and Team 2 achieved 16th and 26th place respectively - a considerable achievement given the level of questions and strength of competition.

It was an enjoyable experience had by all, and they did indeed have a lot of fun at the

competition. Best of luck to the Junior and Intermediate Have Sum Fun teams for their competitions this Friday.

Tam Nguyen

Mathematics teacher


On Friday 3 March, the Year 11 ATAR Politics and Law class were privileged to welcome guest speaker Mr Gary Bonney. The students had been studying the origins of Australia’s system of law and wanted to learn about the first existing law of this country. Mr Bonney, who has a background in teaching, social work and film making, spoke to the students about Aboriginal culture, language and customary law. The students had the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal language groups, custom and societal structure. Mr Bonney then spoke on the over-representation of Aboriginal young people in our juvenile justice system, Aboriginal customary law and the conflict that can arise between Aboriginal customary law and Australia’s legal system. Finally, the students learned about opportunities to overcome some of the challenges raised such as, Circle Sentencing (a combination of Aboriginal and Western Law) and Justice Reinvestment (a move from a punishment approach to a prevention approach). We thank Mr Bonney for taking the time to meet with us and share his wealth of knowledge with our staff and students.

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Year 11 Visual Art Birds of Prey Presentation.
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Year 11 and Year 12 Visual Art and Year 11 Photography

City and Cottesloe Excursion

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At this year’s Swimming Carnival, there was an increase in the number nominations and final participants on the day from previous years, which was fantastic to see! Our experienced swimmers demonstrated maturity and built on their past performances, taking it to the next level. Students who have also been attending swim training regularly were very impressive on the day, with all their hard work paying off. Finally, it was nice to end the carnival with all the anticipation of the relays and ESU 25m swim which definitely had the biggest cheers and support on the day.

A big congratulations to all students who had a go and participated for their House on the day and were very respectful, demonstrating the Prendiville spirit.

Ultimately, it was SALVADO HOUSE who took out the Champion House trophy for 2017, making it back to back wins! The Golden Bear will be announced at the next whole school assembly.

Well done to all the Individual Age Champions listed below:

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Lastly, a big thank you to the many staff, parents/guardians and Prendiville Alumni who assisted with various roles throughout the event. This year we had the most number of parents come down and assist us throughout the day and also had a record number of parents supporting the kids from the stands. It was proven once again that such events would not happen or run the way it did without the support of the College community. Thanks to everyone involved!

Special mention to these members of the community for assisting us on the day:

Tristian De Villiers, Tarnica Golisano, Paolo Da Silva, Adam Bevan, Ruby Cunningham, Paisha Sabouri, Louise Richards, Candy McKnight, Kate Westcott, Steph Michielsen, Kathy Aylward, Harold Crosby, Cathy Lusk, Sandra Vines, Janice Fitzgerald, Shelley Hazell, Michaela Bevan, Jo Lewis, Anna Hancock, Jacqueline Martin, Annette Rampant, Melanie Arnison, Kim Spyvee and Sandra Kent.

Marius Ndiaye

Head of Physical Education

ACC Swimming Carnival

Thank you to all parents and students for your support and participation through what has been a long swimming season in 2017. All of these collective efforts will culminate at the ACC B Division Carnival at HBF Stadium in Mt Claremont on Tuesday 21st March. Irrespective of the final result, it has been a season filled with positive signs through our 7 weeks of training and Monday’s Interhouse Swimming carnival at HBF Arena. Congratulations to all those students who were named in the final team for 2017. All information has been sent out to these students and their parents, including permission slips, however these along with programmes, event allocations and other useful information can be found on the school’s SPORTAL page on SEQTA.

CAS Sport

While our swimming carnivals are taking place in Weeks 7 and 8 we have back to back bye weeks for all CAS teams. Coaches have notified individual teams of their intended training times during these two weeks and I would ask all students and parents to please support these where possible to maintain some continuity in the season. All teams will return for their final game in Week 9 against St Stephen's Duncraig before finals take place in Week 10. Please visit the SPORTAL page to check results, up to date ladders, venues and fixtures. It has once again been a very successful season with large participation numbers in all teams and it is important we maintain this right through until the end of term.

100K Club/ Cross Country Season

The 2017 Interhouse Cross Country carnival will take place after school on 28th April - Friday Week 1, Term 2. Immediately following the conclusion of the swimming season, 100K Club will commence on Friday 24th March. Students who wish to attend will need to collect a permission slip from the PE Office that must be signed and returned before they are eligible to participate.

The 100K Club gives students of all abilities and fitness levels an opportunity to participate in structured running/fitness sessions. Sessions include various courses around the school, shorter sessions conducted on the school oval and beach sessions in some cases. The name 100K club is derived from the goal of accumulating 100km through regular participation in these sessions where the total number of kilometres are recorded for each individual student. These records carry over from year to year and we have had some students who have moved on to become members of the 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700K clubs throughout their 6 years at Prendiville. Current leaderboards and highest tallies can be viewed on the school’s SPORTAL page. Students receive a certificate outlining their achievement of each milestone as they are achieved.

The 100K Club will recommence in Term 2 and carry on up until the ACC Cross Country Carnival in Week 5 and potentially beyond if the number of students in attendance support it. In a similar fashion to the swimming training that was available in Term 1, it is not compulsory or exclusive. Students can attend 1, 2 or 3 sessions a week or have breaks as they need it throughout the term. Attending one session a week regularly will improve the endurance and running ability. I would highly recommend attending one session a week to those students who play in a sport team whether it be at school or at community level. The improved endurance may often assist in performance in various other sporting endeavours such as AFL, soccer and netball. Running loads and distances can be reduced or increased for individual students very easily particularly if they are already training for other sports.

SSWA Interstate Teams

A list of current School Sport WA Interstate teams are active on the SPORTAL page in SEQTA. Direct links are provided to important information about the event, the trials and the nomination form itself. Currently boys U12’s/ U15’s AFL, Girls U15’s AFL and Boys & Girls U12’s Hockey are all available with nominations closing over the next couple of weeks. The school endorses students participation in these teams and students are encouraged to nominate for the relevant trials.

ACC All Stars Netball

Each year the ACC puts together an All Star Team to compete against a combined Government schools team. The team is open to all girls in years 9-12 however nominations close soon. A link to the team’s information page is available on the SPORTAL page.

Sporting Excellence

Madison Poole (Year 12) has been named in the Australian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team. She will be competing in Korea at the end of March in the World Championships.

In more news from the State Surf Lifesaving Championships Ben Hillen (Year 10) picked up a bronze medal in the 2km beach run and Owen Vorster (Year 12) a gold medal in his race. Owen was the first person across the line from all age groups including the open competition. Neve Martin (Year 8) picked up 3 bronze medals in various competitions also.

Darcey Brooks (Year 10), Neve Macleod (Year 10) will be heading off to Queensland to compete in the National Surf Life Saving Championships.

Ben also picked up a silver in the 3000m and a gold in the 2000m steeplechase events. Jenna Newton (Year 12) also competed and won a silver medal in the 800m event.

Jamie Birrell

Sports Coordinator


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Tuesday 4th April, 6.30pm

Entrance Gardens, Prendiville Catholic College

An evening of jazz, contemporary and acoustic performances under the stars

Featuring Senior Jazz Band, Year 10/11/12 VET Music bands and small contemporary solos/duos

BYO picnic rug/chairs and drinks/snacks

Don’t miss out on this highly popular event

Tickets now available from

Adults: $10.00

Student/concession: $5.00

Children 6 and under: Free


Some of the outstanding photographs taken by our Photography classes. The first 'Frog on a Twig' was taken by Year 10 student Mikayla Fernandez and 'Bee on a Flower' was taken by Year 9 student Georgia Cutler. Congratulations to you both on your beautiful images.
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Opening Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7.30am – 5.30pm

Friday: 7.30am – 4.00pm

Recess and lunch every day.

Research Databases

Students please note the internet is only one tool for research. We encourage use of all the tools available to you. The following research databases are on your iPads.

Britannica Encyclopedia




Library Search Websites

These can all be easily accessed. Remember the Internet is merely one tool and you should not rely on Google in particular. We suggest that if you have searched for ten minutes unsuccessfully, it is time to find another resource, or ask for assistance.

Year 7 Homework Club

Each Monday in L4 in the Library a homework club will be run by the Student Councillors for Year 7’s ONLY.


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What a wonderful, wet and successful Friday night the 3rd March was had at PCC. The eastern oval came alive with music, lights, blow up obstacle courses, sports events and the sound of laughter – lots of laughter.

The Year 7 Night on the Green was a resounding success – for the third year in a row. This P and F event is becoming one of the events of the year that new students are embracing and the student leaders look forward to with anticipation. There was much fun, water, challenges, lollies and laughter. The Year 7’s showed their muscle against the teachers in winning the first few tug of war challenges. It did however end with the teachers having to save their pride and they won the last bout. The Jumping castles had lines waiting to have a go and the water balloon races – well, what can we say?

The fathers, student leaders and teachers had a great 80’s dance off which saw the last 3 year leaders still rocking it out at the end. We also discovered a few teachers (Ms Moore, Ms Black and Ms Lombardi) who have some dance moves that are very impressive. Mums got to have a rest and chat – new friends were made and parents got to meet each other and make contact with their children’s new friends families.

The P and F would like to thank the following people for all their help:

The P and F committee for all their organising – specifically Sam Bresciani, Mandy Brooks, Sam Lenaghan and Jo Lewis.

To the new committee members that just jumped in at the end to help – Louise Sherwin Salter, Bridgette Hannaire, Stephanie, Annabella Watson.

The fantastic College staff for attending the event. The P and F really appreciate your support. Specifically:

  • Mr Antulov for his constant ongoing support

  • College leadership for their enthusiasm and for attending – Mr Watson, Ms Leck, Ms Black, Ms Moore and Mrs Tranquille.

  • The whole sports department for setting up – a HUGE thank you Marius Ndiaye for putting up with us all and never letting us down, Mr Lockyer and Mr Baddock for their expertise in testing out the jumping castles. It would also be remiss of us to not mention Ms Fog.

  • Mr Greenwood for taking photos on the night.

  • A very special and heartfelt thank you to Neill Dale and Tom Gunn from the maintenance department who help set every bit of the evening up and were there from 3.30 to 9.30pm just working and keeping things going. These gentlemen are part of a team of people who make up the quiet soul of our school, who keep it looking beautiful (did you see the grass on the oval) and do their jobs with little complaint. They are always there for the P and F and we really appreciate their support.

  • We would like to give a very special thank you to both Ms Rachel Moore and Mr Ryan Lockyer for guiding the student leadership team in coordinating the event and the time they gave towards it all.

  • To the student leadership team and student leaders at PCC – you were incredible – thank you. Bailey Porro and Hannah Wilkinson lead their team with aplomb, there was a lot of 1980’s enthusiasm and spandex. It is wonderful to see these students coming in to their own as young adult leaders of the PCC community.

  • And FINALLY a thank you to all the Year 7 students and their siblings for the excellent behaviour and fun that you had on the night. We hope your time and journey at Prendiville Catholic College has begun with joy and is fruitful and a great experience for you all.

Warm regards

Denny Piovesan and the P and F Committee 2017

Lost Property

A blue windcheater and a pair of socks were left at the jumping castle. Please collect from Mrs Thayer in the Uniform Shop.


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Lost Property

An extra small sports jacket has been handed in. It belongs to a girl. Please come to the Uniform Shop to collect it if you think it may belong to you.

Secondhand Clothing

The Uniform Shop is in need of good quality secondhand clothing. Please make sure all items are in good condition. Items should be clean with no holes, stains or fraying. Blazers should have been dry-cleaned. Clothing can be delivered to the Uniform Shop.

Kaye Thayer

Uniform Shop Manager


Sunday 19 March - Italian language film afternoon, 2pm, Redmond Theatre.

Tuesday 21 March - ACC B DIvision Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 22 March - Prendiville Day of Liberation, Romero Mass, 8am, Chapel

Thursday 23 March - Paul Dillon talks, Yr 10 -12 students, Redmond Theatre

Wednesday 29 March - Prendiville Day of Inclusion, Chisholm Mass, 8am, Chapel


WACE Plus Education

April Revision Program

Naplan – Study Skills – Essay Writing – Subject Revision & Preparation

For all students in Year 7 – 12

The April Revision Program aims to prepare students for Naplan and first semester exams as well as revision consolidation.

Course will be conducted in the April school holidays at:

Hale School

Monday 17th April to Friday 21st April 2017

Students receive discounted price of $180.00 from $260.00

For further information contact Dr Robert Hallam at WACE Plus Education on 9486 1377 or visit


Next meeting is on 26th March!
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


Youth from all 24:7 Youth Groups are invited to Adventure World on the 1st April! For more information & to get a permission slip, please contact Amanda 0421 144 992 or Samuel 0474 310 944

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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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This Month @ the Redmond Theatre

Monthly Matinee; The Incredibles!

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

$10 Movie, popcorn and drink deal.

This month enjoy a great family movie, The Incredibles, about a family of undercover superheroes who are trying to live the quiet suburban life, yet find themselves forced into action to save the world.

When: Wednesday 19th April, 10:30am

Where: The Redmond Theatre

Ticket Purchase:

Contact Details: Ben Collins - 9301 6292

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The Magic Spectacular: Tim-O-Magic - Your Eyes Are Telling Lies

Enter into the world of magic and mystery! Be prepared to have your minds blown and witness the incredible powers of Tim-O-Magic.

With Vegas style illusions, amazing escapes and incredible close up magic in a special LIVE 1 hour magic spectacular. Brace yourselves for some awesome family entertainment this Easter holidays. Tim-O-Magic presents his latest and greatest show 'Your Eyes Are Telling Lies', which will leave you mesmerised.

Venue: Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef (GYM)

Dates: 9th, 10th & 11th of April

Show Times: 2pm & 7pm

Price: $10 adults and $5 for kids (10 and under)

Ticket Purchase:

Contact Details:

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Roving Reporter for a Day Workshop

Could you interview a sports star, a You-tuber and a politician all in the same day?

Can you create a story for TV, radio and print?

Will you get it all done before the boss fires you?

Do you have what it takes to be a 'Roving Reporter for a Day'?

What you will need: Smart phone or tablet, water bottle, snack and a good imagination!

When: Wednesday 19th April 9.30 – 12.30 (Registrations at 9.15am)

Where: Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College

Who: Children aged between 11-14

Price: $35 (payable by Weds 12th April)

Ticket Purchase:

Contact Details: Linda – 043594987

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