Prendiville Catholic College

16 September 2016

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There has been a great deal of activity at Prendiville both in and out of the classrooms in the past two weeks. As our Year 12 students enter their final week of formal schooling, I am sure there are a number of students who can’t quite believe their time at Prendiville is coming to an end – I would certainly imagine there are some parents who are wondering where that time has gone too. The final days of teaching and learning will help the students prepare for their last assessments and I would like to acknowledge the extra special efforts of the Year 12 teachers who will be active at the College over the holidays finalising examinations.

We are planning a wonderful final Friday for our graduating Prendivillians next week. It will be a day of respect, dignity, pride and celebration. Our students have a history of entering into this day in an exceptional way. On the evening of Monday October 24, our Year 12 students will formally conclude their secondary schooling at Prendiville Catholic College. The Graduation process will commence at 7.00pm sharp with the Graduation Mass, followed by the Graduation Ceremony and then a sharing of a delicious supper to conclude the evening. This will be a memorable occasion for students and their families.


An incredible term for the Arts team culminated in a phenomenal Art Exhibition which opened on Wednesday. We have had so much to celebrate across Term 3 and it was super to see all the wonderful creativity of our students contained in one space.


Our entire ACC Athletics team shone brightly at the State Athletics Centre on Thursday. Our Senior Boys team came first and won the ACC Senior Boys shield. The team effort was the result of dedicated efforts from the students, coaching staff, consistent training amongst our athletes and a desire to ‘compete’ and ‘achieve’. The athletics team is one of the hardest whole college teams to assemble and we applaud our amazing PE and Health staff who work tirelessly to bring this together. Athletics is not everyone’s sport and requires students to participate often out of their comfort zone.


There was a special moment this week when one of our beautiful glass crosses was delivered to the hometown of our College Patron Redmond Prendiville. Philip Rice (accompanied by his niece Ellie) delivered a glass cross to Sacred Heart College, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. Principal Mrs Leoni Carroll and Deputy Principal Mrs Susan Campbell were thrilled to receive the beautiful glass cross all the way from Australia.

This was indeed a unique moment for Phillip who has designed and constructed our beautiful chapel furniture and casing for our Chapel Cross. We are grateful for the creativity and talents of Philip who has played a major part in transforming the Good Shepherd Chapel into a contemporary sacred space.


Over the first weekend in September over 150 students from Year 7 to 12 combined to field 18 teams which competed in the Schools Cup. We had 8 of those teams make the finals achieving two silver medals – the Year 9 boys and Year 11 boys and one gold medal – the Year 8 boys featured below. PCC also finished third in the Presidents Cup which indicates the overall ranking of schools. We finished behind Rossmoyne SHS and Greenwood SHS (both volleyball schools).

Thank you to Ryan Lockyer for his ongoing commitment and expertise with the volleyball program – Ryan invests both heart and soul and his generosity is certainly appreciated. Our volleyball program is strong and this comes from staff commitment and student enthusiasm.

INCLUSIVE SPORTS - Offering hospitality, aspiring to be our best

Prendiville has been the host school for every Inclusive Carnival this year – both an honour and a responsibility. Congratulations to all staff and students including the whole ESC Team plus Jamie Birrell along with the Year 10 students who have been the host support team. All students tried their very best and it was great to see all students help one another and volunteer to do extra events.

CELEBRATING 30 – recording for prosperity

Today the students and staff have combined to create a enormous ‘30’ on the oval to mark our thirtieth year allowing us to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and look to the future.

SCHOOL CYCLICAL REVIEW - time for reflection

The College will undertake its School Cyclical Review in the last week of term. This review is undertaken by a panel of external CEWA staff who will have focus group conversations with different groups of people in our community. Our Panel will consist of Michael Ciccarelli (CEWA), Marie Barton (Principal), Paula Power (CEWA), Paul Hille (Principal) and Dan Wood (SIA for PCC). This is a wonderful opportunity to converse about our ongoing school improvement processes.


The Year 10 students will complete formal classes on Friday 2 December (end of week 8). The Year 10 students will then participate in practical camps, excursions and tours commencing on Saturday 3 December (the start of Week 9). Experiential activities to be conducted include: Italian Study Tour, Melbourne Volleyball and Basketball tour, Surf Science Camp and Dance Excursion.


Given this is our final newsletter for the term I would like to express a big thank you to Samantha Thompson who will take Long Service Leave at the end of this term and complete her time at PCC. She has been a wonderful Mathematics teacher and, as McAuley House Coordinator, a great pastoral leader. Her love of students, attention to detail, generous leadership and total commitment to PCC will be missed. She is going to an exciting leadership role as Head of the Mathematics Learning Area at Holy Cross in Ellenbrook. I would particularly like to acknowledge her commitment and support of our Wednesday Community Mass. It would be a lovely gesture to come along to Mass next Wednesday at 8.00am in the Good Shepherd Chapel, and celebrate a final Mass with Samantha Thompson.

For your children

Mark Antulov



On the evening of Monday 24 October 2016, our Year 12 students will formally conclude their secondary schooling at Prendiville Catholic College. This is a special occasion for students and their families and the College endeavors to make this evening memorable for all. It is with pride I share information with you about the 2016 Graduation evening.

The College is happy to hold Graduation without placing a limit of numbers on family numbers. A warm welcome is extended to students and their family members to share the graduation experience.

THE CEREMONY - Celebrate

Graduation will commence with the Graduation Mass, followed by the Graduation Ceremony and then a sharing of a delicious supper to conclude the evening. Graduation Mass will commence at 7.00pm sharp.


Graduates no charge. Adult Guests, and friends $20 per person attending (Graduates are not required to purchase a ticket for themselves). No charge for siblings.

TICKETING – trybooking

Tickets are available for purchase via

All tickets must be purchased on or before Friday 14 October 2016, in order to finalise catering arrangements.

We look forward to sharing in a very special evening together.

Ms Karen Black

Director of Mission and Identity


A reminder to all families that students are to return for the commencement of Term 4 on Monday 10th 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.


Science USA tour – Movie Night

On Wednesday 7th September the Science USA tour group held a very successful movie night in the Redmond Theatre. Over 150 students and parents turned up to watch and enjoy the movie “The Martian”. Proceeds to the evening will go to covering some of the cost of the tour that will go ahead next year in April.

A special thanks to all the staff and parents that came along to support the evening and also to parents that donated prizes. We also acknowledge the Perth Wildcats who donated four tickets to their opening game of the season for our raffle draw. Go Wildcats in 2017/2018.

Year 11 Human Biology Excursion to Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

On the 6th and 7th September 2016 the Year 11 Human Biology cohort embarked on a trip of a life time to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, to develop a better understanding on the world of stem cells and research on how to cure life long diseases. The day was split into two sessions. The first of the two session was in a Level 2 biological hazard laboratory (wet laboratory) where we learnt how to thaw, prepare and stain liver stem cells to learn how we may one day cure particular liver cancers. All of the students gained a lot of insight into pathways they may take as the next generation of biological scientists. The second session was in the dry laboratory (a classroom) where we learnt about how stem cells specialise into other cells and the signals that influence their differentiation process. This led to fun and challenging interactive games. The entire day was engaging, exciting and educating. Our favourite part of the day was getting to work with the equipment and applying our knowledge of stem cells into a real world scenario. The Human Biology students would like to extend a thank you to Mrs Jovanoski, Miss Skelin, Mrs Tranquille our Human Biology teachers and also to Mrs Harrison, Mrs Speed and Mrs Twort for assisting them the day.

Ashleigh Cloughley, Year11


Interactive Glass Working showcased at ‘Carnevale’

Our Year 11 Certificate III in Design Fundamentals students were thrilled when the organisers of the Catholic Arts Festival invited them to showcase their glass working talents through an interactive display at ‘Carnevale’ this year.

Carnevale is a day-long colourful and dynamic event held in the city each September. Primary and secondary school students showcase the vast depth of creative talent that exists across the Catholic Education sector.

Our students were allocated two marquees. One was set up as a temporary studio where students demonstrated glass working by creating 25cm crosses for the ‘aCROSS the World’ project or plates and ornamental artworks. The second marquee showcased completed, kiln fired glass projects and included a 53cm fused glass plate that was raffled on the day.

It was an action packed day where we were able to simultaneously share the wonderful talents of our students, interact with the general public and showcase the unique educational opportunities on offer at Prendiville Catholic College.

Warrick Palmateer

TIDE (Technology, Innovation, Design & Enterprise)


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ACC Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all of the students who represented Prendiville at the ACC B Division Athletics Carnival on the 16th September. Detailed results will be published in the next edition of the newsletter.

Northern Schools Rugby Cup

Congratulations to both our Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 teams on your performances this year in the NSRC. Special thank you to Mr Broderick for all the guidance and knowledge you have provided to the boys this season and for the assistance you have provided me. I would also like to thank all of the parents who have supported the boys at all their games throughout the season.

Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to Alyssa Burgess (Year 8), Makayla Ince (Year 8), Jessica Barnes (Year 11) and Aimee Lea (Year 11). The 4 girls all competed at the recent State Short course Swimming Championships and as a cohort came away with 2 Gold Medals, 5 Silver medals & 2 Bronze medals. Alyssa and Aimee were also selected to represent WA and the upcoming National Championships.

Ryan McGloin (Year 7) has just been named the WA State Player following his trip to Canberra for the NRL State 12’s championships in Canberra earlier this term.

Andy South (Year 11) has been named in the U17’s State Cricket and will play in the National Championships in Queensland at the end of this term.

Sarah Bevan (Year 10) has been named in the WA 15’s Netball Team who will compete in the National Championships in Melbourne later this year.

Jamie Birrell

Sports Coordinator


Year 12 Drama Night

This exiting event showcases a variety of scripted monologues and original solo productions which will be performed by the Year 12 ATAR Drama class.

On behalf of the Year 12 ATAR Drama class, this invitation is extended to the Prendiville Catholic College community.

When: Wednesday 21st September (Week 10)

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: Redmond Theatre, Performing Arts Centre, Prendiville Catholic College.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Warning: May contain mild coarse language and adult themes.

The Year 12's and Miss Sorgiovanni look forward to seeing you there!

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Catholic Performing Arts Festival 2016

The Catholic Performing Arts Festival runs for six weeks in Term 3 and involves over 19,000 students from primary and secondary Catholic schools across Western Australia. 2016 saw yet another successful year for Prendiville Catholic College, with a large number of entries across Music, Drama and Dance. Congratulations to all students involved and special congratulations to those who received an award. We were very proud of all entrants and pleased with the standard and quality of performances that Prendiville continues to produce.

Honourable Mention

The highest award achievable in the festival. In recognition of being one of the top performances in the section.

Concert Band Prendiville Catholic College Concert Winds

Concert Band Prendiville Catholic College Junior Winds

Dance Prendiville Dance Company

Instrumental Solo (Woodwind) Eva Bollen, Year 7, SA7

Instrumental Solo (Woodwind) Olivia Howell, Year 7, RO8

Instrumental Duet (Woodwind) Ashleigh Taylor, Year 7, BR8

Instrumental Duet (Woodwind) Kyla Clark, Year 7, MC7

Instrumental Solo (Woodwind) Niamh Davidson, Year 9, SA3

Instrumental Solo (Woodwind) Justin Farinosi, Year 11, CH8

Secondary Solo Drama Phoebe Parker, Year 12, MC6

Certificate of Merit

The second-highest award achievable in the festival. In recognition of a highly commendable performance.

Instrumental Ensemble Woodwind Prendiville Catholic College Flute Ensemble

Instrumental Ensemble Woodwind Prendiville Catholic College Saxophone Quartet

Secondary Sacred Choral Music Prendiville Catholic College Chamber Choir

Secondary Vocal Solo Ciara Malone, Year 8, BR2

Secondary Piano Solo Luca Vines, Year 9, CH2

Secondary Piano Solo Rhys Isaac, Year 11, CH7

Instrumental Solo Secondary Woodwind Isabella Winterbourne, Year 8, SA4

Instrumental Solo Secondary Woodwind Lucy Langham, Year 8, CH5

Instrumental Solo Secondary Woodwind Bianca Porro, Year 9,MC5

Instrumental Solo Secondary Woodwind Whitney Brodalka, Year 11,BR7

Instrumental Solo Secondary Woodwind Georgia Bradley, Year 12, RO7


Congratulations to the following students for achieving perfect scores in the National Computer Science School Challenge. The Challenge is a computer programming competition for secondary school students. It has been running in Australia for the last 11 years.

Year 10

Matthew Allen, Moritz Bergemann, Jacob Carnevale, Blade Harrington, Campbell Mai, Daniel Pallot, James Wang

Year 11

Cullen Brown, Ben Grant

Year 12

Michael Stone, Alexander Vermeulen


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Welcome to our TechSpot. This section of our newsletter is for students and staff to share tips, tricks, ideas and apps to do with technology at Prendiville.

This week, we look at social media. While we have dedicated several posts to responsible social networking, it warrants another closer look at Australian teenagers’ browsing habits. We are very interested in what the research says about technology, young people and the impact this can have on their learning.

Last year, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) published a study called Aussie Teens and Kids Online. It had some interesting findings – some of these are detailed below.

“At June 2015, over 935,000 teens had gone online in the previous four weeks. That’s 82 per cent of all teens, up from 74 per cent four years earlier. Teenage girls are more likely to have been online than boys, while those living in cities were more likely to have accessed the internet than their regional counterparts.

Eighty-six per cent of all teens have home broadband access, a rise from 69 per cent in 2011 (Figure 1). Home is still the most common place for teens to go online, with 98 per cent of internet users connecting from where they live.

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For teens accessing the internet outside of home, school was the top place of access (64%). 88% of teen are accessing the internet more than once, The report goes on to detail the sheer number of hours that young people are on the Internet for and at what times of the day (peaking between 5pm and 10pm) and lists the single biggest factor for multiple, longer access period is the rapid rise of mobile phones.

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Is this all bad news? Absolutely not. For one thing, the survey does not measure what the teens are learning during the process, nor does it focus on the technology used in school. But we need to be very careful of ‘junk’ screen time that involves mindless scrolling or whiling away the hours. Parents and teachers need to model the best use of technology in their own lives.

For more info and to see the full report, go to

If you are interested in the topic of digital addiction and the Internet generation, Brad Huddleston has written two books: The Dark Side of Technology: Restoring Balance in the Digital Age and Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance. Both publications and his DVD are available at his website. He spends most of his time speaking at conferences, events, parent meetings, schools, education events and churches.

If you need help with iPads or just want to ask a question, feel free to drop into the iPad Helpdesk in the library at lunchtimes. We will be happy to give you assistance.

Mrs Melissa Marshall

eLearning Coordinator


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St Francis is remembered as having a strong affinity with nature and environment. It was therefore a proud moment for me to take the first group of Francis students to complete conservation volunteer work at Kaarakin Cockatoo Conservation Centre. The students spent their Saturday, clearing weeds and planting close to 100 trees around the 38 acre site. They also got a chance to interact with two adorable dingo puppies, cockatoos and enjoyed the opportunity to feed the kangaroos. I look forward to continuing our support of Kaarakin in the future and commend our Francis students on their commitment to community service.

Suzan Crompton

Francis House Coordinator


Calling all Animal Lovers, YCS Needs You!

YCS is calling for donations for the local animal shelter at Malaga. This shelter looks after animals who are waiting to find their forever home. These much needed donations include chew toys (new or second hand), animal treats such as pigs ears or dentastix or even old blankets and towels. All donations can be placed in the basket in the Prendiville Centre until the end of week 10. Thank you in advance for your kind donations – The YCS Team

Relay for Life Movie Fundraising Night

Relay for Life will be taking place next term on the 22nd – 23rd October at the Arena Joondalup. It promises to be a great night for all staff, students and parents involved. To help raise money for Relay for Life and the Cancer Council the Year 11 students have organised a movie night in the Redmond Theatre on Tuesday 20th September where they will be showing "Benchwarmers". Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to Relay for Life and the Cancer Council. If you are interested in coming along please purchase tickets from the trybooking link below:

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We are thrilled to announce that Whitfords Catholic Primary School, a Mercy School, have purchased the 700mm fused glass cross made by our Year 8 glass work students for the Angelico Art Exhibiton (pictured below). We are excited by the purchase as some of the students who worked on the Cross attended Whitfords Catholic, one of our feeder schools. The Cross will be on permanent display in their refurbished Administration building from the start of Term 4.

The Cross is titled 'Mercy' as it was created in 2016, Pope Francis' declared 'Year of Mercy'. Stylised hands can been seen linked through the centre with the colours of 'Mercy' featured throughout the Cross.

Lynn Vroombout

TIDE (Technology, Innovation, Design & Enterprise)

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The feedback we have been receiving, far and wide, in relation to our two short 15 second advertisements appearing on screen at the Grand Cinemas Currambine has been overwhelming. Many thanks for the positive feedback. If you haven’t managed to catch a glimpse then here is a taste. Feel free to pass the link on to friends and family to let them share in the punchy, brief window into all that is Prendiville; ENJOY.

Prendiville Catholic College


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Playing at the Redmond Theatre September 27th 2016
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Relationships Australia

Parenting Seminars – West Leederville Branch

· Mums Raising Boys Monday, 10 October $30 read more

· Fathering After Separation Tuesday, 11 October $30 read more

· Dads Raising Boys Wednesday, 12 October $30 read more

· Partners becoming Parents Wednesday, 12 October $30 read more

· Kids and Today’s Technology x2 Wednesday, 12 & 19 October $35/50 read more

· Parent-Teen Connection x4 Tuesday, 18 Oct-8 Nov $50/75 read more

Ring 6164 0200 to enrol


Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September Year 10 Retreat.

Wednesday 21 September Year 12 Drama Night, 7.00pm (Redmond Theatre).

Friday 23 September Year 12 Breakfast and Final Day.

Friday 23 September Term 3 concludes.

Monday 10 October Term 4 commences

For further information visit


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

Mon to Sat - 8am, Sun - 9.30am

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