Prendiville News

25 September 2019


Phone: 9301 6270



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This week our Year 12 students enter their final week of formal secondary schooling. It is a time of celebration and reflection for our students, their parents and also all staff who have been involved in their journey. Each year we aim to create meaningful and memorable moments for our students as they prepare to leave the College.

In the coming week ahead the Class of 2019 will participate in the following rite of passage activities:

• TOUR D'VILLE which is a symbolic running of the Ways.

• Writing of special messages on message stones to complete their garden of inspiration.

• Leavers 2019 drone photo on oval and a full year photo at the breakfast.

• Year 12 Breakfast at Joondalup resort and the Year 12 farewell assembly.

We wish all our Year 12 Prendivillians all the best as they now transition to the next exciting part of their life journey.

Student Leadership

From the start of a student’s education at Prendiville Catholic College, students are offered opportunities to experience and explore the many facets of leadership. At Prendiville each Leadership position must begin with identifying and understanding our values and the culture we are trying to develop. Our student leaders work closely with and for the College community encouraging an ethos of service and commitment. They help to create an atmosphere that supports and promotes and seeks opportunities to learn about the many ways individuals and groups can create change, inspire action and represent ideas and opinions.

In 2020 we will continue to empower our student leaders to set the standards, expectations and spirit of our College. We are learning more and more the positive impact of student voice. Having had the chance to meet each of the 2020 Senior Student Leaders I am very confident that they will be an amazing group who will exercise their commitment to serve, lead and inspire and our community in a very special way.

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AARE AWARDS 2019 celebrating faith inspired teaching
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It was really special to attend the 2019 AARE Awards and share inspiring moments with ten teachers being recognised for their amazing commitment to Religious Education, Service Learning and faith inspired education.

For the large PCC representation who shared the evening, we were all inspired by the stories and work of Cheryl and Paddy. Paddy, as always, spoke to the audience from his heart and highlighted how he loves his work and the difference he can make in the life a student. Cheryl, like Paddy shared how proud she was to be part of the PCC community and shared the importance of family, faith and being true to living in the shelter of each other. It was one of those evenings that is hard to explain how wonderful it was.

It was indeed a proud evening for PCC and a reminder of our commitment to ensure that Religious Education by its nature is the College's first Learning Area with capacity to enhance deep learning across all learning areas.

Thank you to everyone for a positive and productive Term 3. Have a safe and enjoyable Term 3 break.

For your children

Mark Antulov


As per the College Board Policy, Parents are reminded that unless alternative arrangements have been made, all fees and charges are payable by the 31st October 2019. Many thanks to all those families that have honoured their agreements for the timely payment of their accounts.

If you are experiencing any difficulties in meeting your final payment, please contact Mrs Naomi Agosta at the College Finance Office on 9301 6242.

Terry Raphael

Business Manager.


A reminder to all families that students are to return for the commencement of Term 4 on Monday 14 October dressed in full summer uniform. Please ensure all dresses have been altered over the holiday period so they are worn to the top of the knee. Boys’ shorts need to be fitted so they are worn on the waist not the hips.

Students are asked to return to school well groomed with haircuts and styles in accordance with the College policy.


Year 12 written examinations for ATAR courses commence on Monday 7 October (week 2 of the school holidays) and conclude on Wednesday 16 October.

All students will be issued with an individualised examination timetable. 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.

If a student is absent due to illness a Medical Certificate will be required. Parents also need to contact Ms Leck on 9301 6293 on the morning of the exam. Please leave a message if unattended. Students will be required to sit the exam once they are well enough to do so.

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This year, the Year 11 Leadership process looked different from previous years. In late Term 2, Year 11 students took personality tests and discussed how their own individual attributes would allow them to lead others or lead as part of a team. The importance of service, compassion and teamwork were key elements of these Prendiville Time sessions. Students also discussed the different types of leaders and what qualities make a good leader.

Term 3 started with an assembly addressing our uniquely Catholic context for Leadership. Mrs Rice challenged students to use the two day retreat to discover their gifts and talents and to also recognise the gifts and talents in others. The retreat provided the students time and space to embrace team activities and share stories about what it means to be a Year 11 student in 2019.

Week 4 this term saw the nominees for Head Boy and Head Girl give a speech to their peers on how they might best serve, lead and inspire the Prendiville community. Following speeches both staff and students had the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate. Interviews for all captain positions were held in Weeks 5 and 6. I wish to thank all staff and students involved in this process for their time and energy and, in particular, Mrs Fazzari who over saw the process.

In Week 8, this term after input from multiple sources the captains were announced to the Year 11 students.

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Margarita Tranquille

Head of Year 11


The 2019 Kalgoorlie Immersion program saw a small group of our Year 9 students embark on a spiritual and enlightening experience of authentic culture in Kalgoorlie. Students had the opportunity to provide support to East Kalgoorlie Primary school staff and students whilst on this program. Students also had the opportunity to connect with the local Kalgoorlie Parish of St Mary's as well as explore the natural beauty of the Goldfields.

Thank you to Mr Antulov, Mr Kanakis and Mrs Monaghan for the generous time and effort they gave to this special immersive experience.

Karen Rice

Director of Mission and Identity

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ACC Athletics Carnival

150 students represented Prendiville at the B Division ACC Athletics carnival on Thursday 19th September. The students showed fantastic team spirit from start to finish. The ACC live streamed the carnival this year which was a new initiative and created an exciting buzz around the college. Over the eight week athletics season, 90 students attended training which was evident in our final results. Prendiville left the carnival with the Junior Girls Champion trophy which is a fantastic achievement.

There were eight Prendiville records broken this year and some outstanding individual performances. Congratulation to Michael McDonald who set the new ACC record for the U14 Boys Shot Put and Discus for the F56 classification.

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Prendiville finished in fifth position, which is one position higher than last year. Prendiville were in the running for the top three positions for most of the day, however just missed out with few points separating 3rd to 5th. This is exciting for the Prendiville Athletics team in future as we can see the areas requiring improvement and the potential the team has.

Congratulations to all competitors. We are extremely proud of your perseverance, determination, hard work and positive team spirit. The possibilities for the 2020 team is something to look forward to.

Renea Mayer

Sports Coordinator


Zahra Bryant (Year 7), Jemma Foley (Year 9) and Madison Snelling (Year 11) were all chosen as finalists by the judging panel of the United Nation’s Association of Australia (WA Division), Yolande Frank Art Awards this year. After the presentation ceremony on the weekend, we're thrilled to announce that Madison Snelling was awarded first place, and Jemma Foley was runner-up in their respective categories. This is the third year in a row that Madison has won the Yolande Frank Art Award, a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to all three students.

Eamon Matthews

Head of Subject Area - Creative and Digital Arts

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Australian Mathematics Competition

2019 proved to be a successful year for our Australian Mathematics Competition entrants, with 21 students receiving a Distinction Award for their results. I would like to acknowledge Year 7 student, Jake Bevan, who has been recognised as the ‘Best in School.’ Jake achieved a score that placed him in the top 9% of all Year 7 students who competed in the competition nationally. An additional 20 students achieved a result that placed them in the top 15% of their respective year group nationally. I would like to make a special thanks to our maintenance team for arranging the classroom space to make this competition possible, and also a huge thank you to all the participants in the 2019 Australian Mathematics Competition. It is exciting to see our students challenge themselves to dip into their problem-solving abilities and answer questions which require them to use different strategies to ‘think outside the box’. Well done!

Leigh Barber

Mathematics Teacher

Think 2 Infinity

The annual Think 2 Infinity evening was another huge success this year, with the event being close to sold out! 8 tables of students and staff worked their way through rounds of problems designed to get tables working in teams using everyone’s strengths. Participants raced against the clock in the fast round, solved boxes full of puzzles and codes in another round and ended the evening with their very own spaghetti towers, built to hold a single marshmallow (harder than it sounds!)

After ongoing battles between Chisholm House and the Staff Xavier House took out the win with an impressively built spaghetti tower.

Thank you to the Mathematics staff for their dedication and creativity in making this night another success and an even bigger thank you to the participants who provided the most entertainment on the evening. We can only hope 2020 is as exciting!

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This year, students were asked, ‘What does Maths Meme?’ and had to design and submit their very own memes that answer the question. It was great to see the number of students who got involved in the event, both in their submissions and in voting! Congratulations to Braden Parry (Year 8) who won the competition after receiving the most votes.

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Jade Charles

Head of Mathematics


On Friday 30 August, the Year 11 Biology Class attended the annual excursion to the Perth Discovery Centre, Mundaring where they experienced direct hands-on work in investigating populations of animals in our Jarrah Forest. A special thanks to Mrs Josephine Storch for running the field trip and to Mrs Belinda Speed for driving the bus and support.

The following is a small article of the day by one of the students.

The activities were very helpful in learning hands-on the importance of biodiversity in ecosystems, such as the Mundaring Forest. It gave us the opportunity to go into an environment where it wasn’t just writing down from a book and gave us more knowledge of the work that goes into maintaining populations in Western Australia. For some, such as myself, it allowed us to see what we could possibly aspire to do in the future and, despite it not being a follow on to camping and the night walk, it was still an informative day. The activities in which we participated, such as the setting up of the traps allowed us to experience the seeming difficulties rangers and volunteers have to face in their efforts of trying to assess where the species are classed (e.g. endangered) based on populations they have found. The final activity of the day was listening and having the opportunity to speak with someone who works with rescued wildlife. It was very inspiring, and adorable experience, in the case of Lulu, the echidna, who was relatively domesticated and loved belly rubs despite it being the most vulnerable part of her body. The day altogether was good and allowed for new experiences and memories to be made.

Lucy Langham

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Josh Purwien drove to victory in the McLaren Shadow Project and Singapore Tourism Board “Race to Singapore” live virtual racing event, hosted at the MARQUEE Singapore, Marina Bay Sands in front of a crowd of Asia Pacific’s most avid gamers.

The event saw the region’s eight fastest gamers battle it out on F1 2019, following weeks of fierce online competition. Josh Purwien will now take one of the coveted slots at the McLaren Shadow Project Grand Finals, which takes place at the McLaren Technology Centre in the UK in December.

Josh said: “To win the McLaren Shadow event was absolutely amazing! Getting the trophy presented by Lando Norris was truly a special and unique experience. I had a bit of pressure coming into the tournament with the fastest qualifier time, but winning all three races was completely unexpected and I was really relieved when I crossed the line.

"The thought of heading to the McLaren HQ for the finals in December is a once in a life time opportunity and I’m really, really excited to go and explore the HQ and compete against some of the most talented sim racers in the world!”

Congratulations Josh.

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Jackie Gill



Friday 27 September - Year 12 Breakfast and last day

Friday 27 September - End of Term 3

Monday 7 October - Year 12 Semester 2 exams commence

Monday 14 October - Term 4 commences

Wednesday 23 October - Year 12 Graduation and Awards Night

Every Friday - Mass, 8am, Good Shepherd Chapel


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

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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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Get all your HUB and ALUMNI news, updates and information from our newly created website.

Highlights include:

Class of 1999 Reunion

Alumni group return for Careers Breakfast.

The Fringe comes to The Hub in 2020.

Jewellery Classes are a big hit.

Prendiville’s preeminent scientist realizes his dream.

Be a part of our thriving Business Community

Perth Cricket Academy Workshops

Photography Exhibition Sept 17th 6PM

Art Exhibition Oct. 21st 6PM

Drama Night PIECES Monday 16th 7PM

Coming Soon

Every page of every Yearbook ever published on Alumni buttons

New screening sessions for Mums, Bubs and Friends cinema mornings.

New programs via Perth Cricket Academy.

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