Prendiville Catholic College

12 May 2017

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I love the week of the Musical. It is a week where we can be inspired by the many hours of work, talents and commitment of so many staff, students and parents. I hope that the experience for all those behind the scenes was as enjoyable as it was for those lucky enough to be part of the audience. The Musical this year has been another wonderful community event. I acknowledge all the staff who have helped in some way whether it be from car park attending, ushering, backstage or part of the production crew. It is hard to recognise so many individuals but please know that each person's contribution is valued.

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Another big event on our calendar is Prendiville Day. The College has developed a wonderful all day program for our students and staff. A key aspect of the day is the fundraising stalls to support LIFELINK. The students who attended the Lifelink launch last week are very keen to highlight this to our community. They shared with me how surprised they were with the amount of Catholic agencies associated with Lifelink that provide care and support for marginalised groups and charitable associations. In a time when our Church as an institution can receive negative press, the good work done by so many good people must continue to be celebrated.

ATAR excel

As part of our College commitment to providing extended service and opportunities to our students to be their very best, we have entered into a partnership with Mastermind Australia to provide tutoring and study sessions during the school holiday period and lead up to ATAR exams. The programs will be advertised to our students and the wider community under the banner of ATAR excel.

ATAR excel is a specialist program which will deliver a July ATAR revision course, hosted by Prendiville Catholic College, from Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for Year 12 students to enhance their knowledge and EXCEL in reaching their greatest potential.

I encourage you to view the ATAR excel website for further details relating to the curriculum delivery of available courses. These courses are a positive way to support preparation in the final stages of Year 12. Enrolment is available online.

The Future You

Pope Francis gave a TED talk at the end of April - here is the video of the talk.

Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at the TED 2017 conference as he spoke about power, interaction and the future. His talk, titled 'The Future You', was filmed in Vatican City and debuted at the conference in Vancouver. The future - like life - is shaped by interaction, the pontiff said.

"Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly," he said.

Pope Francis ended his talk saying "The future of humankind isn't exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies."


NAPLAN testing was conducted last week. 100 percent of our students who are required to sit NAPLAN tests did. This is a result to be very proud of. The following media release was received from Dr Tim McDonald about the use of NAPLAN in Catholic Education Western Australia:

NAPLAN testing aligns with CEWA focus on data

As students across the state prepared to participate in the annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) testing this week, Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has highlighted the benefits of using data to inform the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes for students.

Dr Tim McDonald, CEWA Executive Director, said NAPLAN testing was one of many tools Catholic schools used to chart the development of students.

“NAPLAN aligns with an increasing focus by CEWA on data analysis to deliver improvements in teaching and learning practices. NAPLAN testing is not intended to fully measure all aspects of students’ learning, but it does provide students across the country with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in numeracy and literacy on the same day, in the same test,” he said.

“CEWA assists schools with analysis of NAPLAN results to ensure each school is able to make the most of this data, including trends in results they may want to focus on,”

“While NAPLAN provides data on literacy and numeracy, CEWA is implementing data analysis to deliver benefits in a variety of ways in our system. This includes a new digital learning platform, that enables educators and students to benefit from analytics on learning content in their classrooms, as well as work by our Teaching and Learning Team to analyse a variety of data on schools across the system provided by school staff,” Dr McDonald said.

Catholic schools have shown sustained improvement in student outcomes in recent years, which Dr McDonald attributed both to this use of data in decision-making, as well as schools promoting cultures where each staff member is responsible for the success of each individual student.

“We have terrific staff working in schools throughout WA who are committed to delivering a Catholic education that supports students in their spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional, physical and creative development,” he said.

“CEWA schools aim to prepare students to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Preparing students to be confidently literate and numerate is an important part of this development, and NAPLAN testing is one way in which Catholic schools meet this need,”

* NOTE – Comments are provided by Dr Tim McDonald in his capacity as CEWA Executive Director. Dr McDonald is also a board member of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

For your children

Mark Antulov



Easter is a slowly fading chocolatey memory for us all and Lent is but a blur as part of last term. However, it is worth remembering back that far because of Project Compassion. Once again, the generous Prendiville community has raised much needed funds of the fantastic global work of Caritas Australia. This year we collected $6130 so congratulations all round to those who donated and also thank you for all the hard work that went into organising a wide variety of fundraising endeavours.

Next Lent we will do it all again......

Paddy Devlin

Service Learning Coordinator


The Archbishop’s Forum for Secondary Schools for Lifelink Day 2017 was held on Tuesday May 2nd. Thank you to Marg Tavelli who took several students to represent our College at this forum. This was an opportunity for the Archbishop to speak directly with students on matters of faith and other issues as well as providing an opportunity for students to seek answers to questions they may have for him, Bishop Sproxton and Dr Tim McDonald.

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Both primary and secondary schools in Western Australia raised more than $109,770.08 in support of Archdiocesan welfare agencies through Lifelink Day 2016. We as a College community contribute greatly to LifeLink, generously donating the proceeds of Prendiville Day to this very worthy cause.

Thank you to the following students who represented our College with pride at the event:

Melissa Van Blomestein

Molly Gerrans

Aidan O’Sullivan

Will Preedy

Trent Duncan

Jessica Watson


If a student requires an early departure from school, the College must receive prior notification from a parent by either a direqt message, email or signed note to Student Administration as early as possible. Students are required to sign out at Student Administration on their departure from school.

Only in emergency situations are parents permitted to take their child out of school without previous notification.


Year 8 immunisations will take place at the College on Tuesday 30th May from 9am in the Gym Function Room. Year 8 students are to wear their sports uniform to school for the day.

Year 8 students will be split into 4 groups based on their last name. Please make sure that your child is aware of their Immunisation time.

  • Group 1 Females ‘A-I’. 9am- 9.20am
  • Group 2 Females ‘J-W’. 9.20am- 9.40am
  • Group 3 Males ‘A-L’. 9.40am- 10am
  • Group 4 Males ‘M-W’. 10am- 10.20am

Please read the following link for more information about childhood immunisations.

If you have any questions regarding the immunisations, please feel free to contact the College Registered Nurse.

Esther Stuart

Registered Nurse


Prendiville Medical Centre has requested that parents do not park in their car park when picking up children from the College. This area is a private car park and is reserved for patients attending the Medical Centre only. Please be considerate of our neighbours.


On Tuesday 28th March, we participated in the West Australian da Vinci Decathlon, an academic competition held at Wesley College. It is an amazing competition that tests all aspects of academic life. The ten categories were Art and Poetry, Science, Maths, Engineering, English, Creative Producers, General Knowledge, Code Breaking, Cartography and Ideation.

The day was divided into three sessions. In the first section, we had Art and Poetry, Science and Engineering. During this time, we had to split up and tackle the tasks and, to be honest, some of our end results were nothing to look at but we worked well as a team and gave it our best shot.

The second section was our best section. It included Maths and Ideation, where we were ranked fourth out of 23 schools, English and Creative Producers. Unlike the other tasks, Creative Producers meant two people had to leave the area and create a performance. After the first and second session, we were served delicious cooked food that everyone enjoyed. In the third and final session we had General Knowledge, Cartography and Code Breaking. We enjoyed Code Breaking the most because it was challenging and exciting.

Overall this experience is one we will never forget as it gave us an opportunity to meet like-minded students from all over Perth and it brought the whole Prendiville Paideia team closer together as we put our minds to work and collaborated on interesting and challenging tasks. We arrived at school all tired and flat but we knew we had done well.

Year 8 Prendiville Paideia students


Alicia Spyvee

I had an amazing experience on this tour bringing back with me memories that will last forever. I had a fantastic time getting to know people that I hadn't spoken to before and exploring the other side of the world with some of my closest friends. It was great getting to know the teachers better and meeting Brenda, our tour guide. She was amazing! This trip filled my mind with so much information but it was such great fun as well. The theme parks were really fun and so creative. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who has the awesome opportunity as I did. Thank you for taking us and guiding us through our amazing trip.

Jade McManus

The trip has given me a different outlook on the world and who I am. I feel like I have become a more independent individual and I have a new found perception on the world around me. I have seen things that you wouldn't ordinarily see in the city of Perth (e.g. snipers on top of buildings, non-violent political protests and significant historical buildings such as the White House). I've met people I wouldn't have ordinarily met (e.g. Brenda, our tour guide, who I will cherish forever) and I've been places I ordinarily wouldn't have gone (Disney World, i-Fly, NASA etc.). This has been one of the most amazing and incredible experiences I have had in my short 15 years and will be something I know I will forever remember. I cannot express my gratitude enough to all the teachers, parents, tour guides and students who made this trip truly magical, we wouldn't have been there without them. This trip is the experience of a lifetime and as a member of the inaugural tour, I encourage all students who wish to participate in this tour in the future not to hesitate and go for it! It truly was amazing!

Kate Lockhart

There is no possible way you could summarise everything I've done for the past two weeks into a paragraph. I'm so unbelievably blessed to have had that opportunity presented to me. I'm so thankful of everyone that assisted in running this tour as well as all my other classmates that experienced this with me. I can openly say that my life, both educationally and socially, will never be the same after that trip. The things we did changed my perspective on everything. I have never had as much fun in my life as I did on this trip. It didn't even feel like a school trip, more like a educational holiday. The people we met and things we did will forever hold a place in my heart. I now want to strive to become something more than amazing so I can experience things like that every day. Now, as I prepared to buckle down in my schoolwork and work hard, I will always have that to reflect upon when looking for inspiration.

Adam Franchina

My experience of the Science Tour was amazing. I felt so lucky to be able to go to America on this tour and I felt like I learned invaluable things and made invaluable memories I won't forget. America was truly amazing and nothing equates to the things we did and the people we met in America. Whether it was riding the rides at Universal Studios, going on a tour of the Kennedy Space Centre, eating dinner or even just sitting in my room. I thought this tour was a once in a lifetime chance and it's changed my view on a lot of things.

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On May 3rd 2017, the Year 12 Biology class attended an excursion to Perth Zoo. Focusing on the evolutionary mechanisms that resulted in the species we see on Earth today, the students explored the zoo discussing why each of the animals would have evolved the features that they currently have. Of particular discussion were the long necks of giraffes which some saw up close while feeding them the leaves of their favourite trees. Overall, it was a great day, and to put the rumours to sleep – nobody got banned from the zoo for being sick in a pond!

Krystal Skelin

Year 12 Biology Teacher

On the 3rd May the Year 12 ATAR Biology class took our long awaited trip to the Perth Zoo. The purpose of this trip was to find an animal whom we would research its evolutionary history once we got back to school but honestly we were more excited about seeing all the animals. As someone who has been to the zoo many times in her life, I thought I would be seeing the same thing I always would; lots of empty cages and sleeping animals. Luckily for us, we arrived at the time where many of them were being fed so we got to see many examples of how the zookeepers interact with the animals and how they stimulate them with different activities. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the Perth Zoo has started expanding in many ways; there is a new reptile area where you could get close many of the creatures and a new tiger enclosure. They are also in the process of expanding the lion area, which made me very happy as a big cat fan, and also expanding the primates home. It was nice to see that Perth Zoo is doing all they can to make life for their animals as enjoyable as possible and it was great to listen to the keepers joke and laugh among themselves while they work, it is clear they enjoy their jobs. Perth Zoo continues to be a place great to learn about the creatures that roam our earth, the Biology ATAR class was able to both have a break from our hectic Year 12 lives and we were able to fulfill the purpose of the trip and have an enjoyable, educational day.

Wendy Anderson


CAS Sport

The first week of Winter CAS Sport got underway during Week 3. Thank you to all students, staff and parents for your support in getting the season up and running during what has been an extremely busy beginning to Term 2. The sheer number of students who signed up was overwhelming for coaches and although it is disappointing a number of them have missed out, it does give us confidence that we will be in for a successful season overall. It is important that students continue to liaise with their individual coaches with regards to training and game availability throughout the season. A list of coaches is available on the SPORTAL page through SEQTA as well as fixtures, venues and links to the ladders/results pages that I encourage all parents to view for up to date information.

Interhouse X Country Carnival

After taking place on the Friday of Week 1, the results have been finalised and verified. In all, 367 students completed the course and we had over 50 staff giving up their Friday afternoon to support the event in numerous ways. The addition of the new electronic timing system was a huge success and, with a few minor adjustments next year, will further improve the professionalism of the event. Congratulations to Chisholm House on taking overall honours for the day. Also, congratulations to the following champions and runner up’s in each age group.

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School Sport WA Interstate teams

Please see the SPORTAL page on SEQTA for nomination links for upcoming interstate teams in Soccer and Basketball.

Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to Sheridan Cresswell (Year 8) on securing a gold medal in the Junior Perth Cup Gi State Brazillian Jiu Jitsu competition last fortnight.

Jamie Birrell

Sports Coordinator


Thank you to Mrs Suzan Crompton and the College staff involved in the Peer Support Program that concluded at the end of Term 1. The Year 10 Peer Leaders were awarded a certificate for their participation for their incredible generosity of time and spirit in assisting the Year 7 students adjust to College life at Prendiville. Wonderful ‘Peer’ friendships have been formed through this process!

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Year 8 student Jade Ryan FR6 recently travelled to Ireland to compete in the Irish Dancing World Championships. Jade was recalled to perform her final round and placed 37th in the world. Congratulations Jade on this amazing achievement.

Another of our talented Year 8 students, Zac McCulloch CH7, has just finished performing in the Perth leg of the Matilda the Musical to sell-out crowds. Next stop, Adelaide. Wishing you the very best of luck Zac!


Opening Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7.30 – 5.30pm

Friday: 7.30am – 4.00pm

Recess and lunch every day

Thank you to Sophie Szalai, Maja Wasowicz Dakota Stanes and Akailah Fernando who, under Mrs Vroombout’s direction in TIDE classes, made the beautiful cross which now adorns our Library’s walls.

Study Guides

Year 11 & 12 study guides, in most ATAR courses, are available for loan from the Library.


Careers Expo 2017

Careers Expo 2017 is being held from 25th May - 28th May 2017 at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. This event involves nearly 100 exhibitors participating and promoting their diverse range of career and employment pathways to potential students. All local universities and many tertiary educational colleges, tafes, government agencies, registered training organisations [rtos] and prospective employers will be brought together under one roof to provide visitors with a unique opportunity to investigate, learn and engage with all things careers.

Target your Career!

Check out the new bulls-eye posters in the Careers area of the Library which link your favourite school subjects to careers you may enjoy. If you find a career that is linked to your interests, there is more chance you will enjoy doing it for a living.


Interested in an apprenticeship? Go to the website below to see the steps involved in securing an apprenticeship. Once there click on Career Resources then scroll down to The Pathway to an Australian Apprenticeship.

University Open Days

Please note the following University Open Days in your calendar…

ECU Joondalup 23rd July, 2017

Murdoch Open Day 30th July, 2017

Curtin Open Day 6th August, 2017

ECU Mt Lawley/WAAPA Open Day 13th August

UWA Open Day 13th August, 2017

Notre Dame Open Day 20th August, 2017


The Prendiville Catholic College Gardening Club was thrilled to once again be invited to participate in the biannual open weekend held at the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre located in Martin. The College provided a variety of native tube stock on the day, selling the plants to visitors and donating the funds generated to the Centre. It was wonderful to link up with ex-Prendiville teacher and inaugural member of our club, Melissa Marshall, who volunteers at Kaarakin and introduced us to this dedicated group of conservationists.

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Olivia Stuart is pictured above with Mel and Rex, a female Carnaby cockatoo, who was injured by a car when she was a baby. Rex can’t fly however she has lots of outings and is extremely friendly. She visits schools and other organisations as part of the Education Programme run by Kaarakin to highlight the importance of maintaining habitat for this threatened species.

Olivia talked very confidently to visitors about the benefits of planting native plants, answered questions relating to height, width, form and flowers. She also provided advice to customers as to which plants best suited their requirements. She was an amazing ambassador for our College.

Kaarakin is open to the public twice a year where visitors are taken on tours of the aviaries, meet and pet Amy and Alex the Victorian Alpine dingoes, interact with bobtail lizards and visit the kangaroos, emus and peacocks who are all cared for by the Kaarakin volunteers.


Last Friday night was our annual May Day reunion. This year we invited all graduates from the classes of 1992, 1997, 2007 and 2012 to join us at our Prendiville Centre to reunite and catch up in celebration of their respective milestone reunions. There were smiles all round and many were wowed by the new facilities at the College which they were shown during their campus tour.

We wish to extend our thanks to all who helped prepare and host the reunion. We also want to thank all those who came along to make the night such a success. It was so lovely to catch up with old friends and peers, and to see how life—and you—had changed since your days at the College.

We wish you all the best for your futures and we hope to see you again at your next milestone!


Just a reminder that your child can pay for their food and drinks at the Reef Break Café via their smartrider card. You can load money on to this by visiting

For any questions or queries regarding this please contact the number on the website. Daily limits can be set on the smart card as well assess to purchases.

The Cafe Team


Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May - Year 8 Retreat.

Tuesday 23 May - P & F meeting.

Friday 26 May - Prendiville Day.

Tuesday 30 May - Year 8 immunisations.

Thursday 1 June - ACC Cross Country.

Friday 2 June - Catholic Day (Staff and student free day).

Monday 5 June - WA Day Public Holiday.


Becoming Catholic

If you are not a Catholic but are interested in becoming Catholic, or would like to know more about the Catholic faith, come to our Enquiry Night at the Our Lady of the Mission Parish Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday May 25th. No obligation! For more information call Ann 0410 616 517 or the Parish Office 9307 2776.

24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group

Next meeting is on 28th May!
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

Veritas Youth Festival

Veritas Youth Festival is a local festival which aims to provide young people in Western Australia with an opportunity to deepen their faith and their relationship with Jesus. It is a collaboration of the Perth Catholic Youth Network and the WA dioceses to connect and form young people in WA. The event includes music, speakers, workshops, prayer and a youth discussion forum with our local Bishops. It will be engaging for both teens and young adults with specific topics designed for them.

Date: Friday, 30 June to Sunday, 2 July 2017

Location: University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

Age: 13 -30

Registration Cost: $50 for a 3-day pass (includes workshops, food & festival pack)

*discounts for groups: register 10 people, the 11th person attends for free.

Check out for the full conference program and testimonies.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF)

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a nation-wide gathering of young Catholics established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to empower young people to be disciples in the world today.

Date: Thursday, 7 December to Saturday, 9 December 2017

Location: Sydney

Age: from year 9 (in 2017) to 30 years of age

Registration Cost: Early bird rate $190; Normal rate $220 (Estimated)

*travel, food and accommodation cost not included

Estimated amount of all-inclusive charges will be $2000 - $2500 based on a week in Sydney with group travel, touring, flights, accommodation & food. This can be cheaper with a shorter itinerary and groups can develop their own itinerary based on preferred budget.

Registration: Registration is now open! Groups registering more than 10 people before the end of May will receive one complimentary group leader registration. Registrations will close on 22nd September 2017. Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) is here to help! To register your interest to this event, please go to our website and our friendly team will get in touch with you.



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

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

· Kids and Technology Read Thurs 22 June

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

Go to Relationships WA or ring 6164 0200 to enrol

Parents and Friends Federation WA

The PFFWA are excited to announce that Dr Debbie Pushor will present a workshop entitled 'Leading the Way in Parent Engagement'. Debbie is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and is a passionate advocate for authentic parent partnerships. For further information email or phone 9271 5909.


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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The Hub is an ever updating venture which offers a series of events from fun holiday activities, community events and even academic seminars.

With new events, such as Fiddlestix Variety Markets @ The Hub, Monthly Matinee: Sully & ATAR Excel Revision Programs we invite you to check out what is new @ The Hub.

Whatever takes you fancy we’d love to see you, bring a friend & spread the word...

All details are below...

For any inquires, contact
Chris Greenwood - 93016249 or email

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Fiddlestix @ The Hub

Commencing each term from Saturday May 20th, Fiddlestix @ Prendiville Hub promotes only 100% local art, craft and business, from jewelry and craft to fresh produce and music! Students, staff and parents are invited to come together with the public to sell their products, hold demonstrations, and collaborate with others in a vibrant, festive atmosphere.

The Markets provide an opportunity for employment, business, entertainment, networking and sales for anyone interested. Individuals are encouraged to exercise their entrepreneurial skills by holding their own stalls, whether it be art, cooking, or woodwork. Those interested in art, dance, music and drama can also use this opportunity to perform in public, busk, or sell live cartoon drawings.

Venue: Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef (Gym)

Date: 20th May

Time: 9.00am - 2.00pm

Price: Free admission

Contact Details: Hilary Mann
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If you have an interest in what The Hub has to offer please send Chris Greenwood an email and he will send you a formal invitation to the sundowner.
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This Month @ the Redmond Theater - Monthly Matinee: Sully

A great event to enjoy at The Hub is our monthly movie screening in the Redmond Theater with complimentary morning tea and cake before the screening. Enjoy classic and enjoyable range of films. This month come and enjoy 'Sully'.

  • $10 Movie, popcorn and drink deal

This month enjoy this true story; On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.

When: Wednesday 17th May, 10:30am
Where: The Redmond Theatre
Ticket Purchase: Try Booking

Contact Details: Ben Collins - 9301 6292

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ATAR Excel

The range of seminars contain content designed to make students feel more confident in tackling assignments and better prepared for their exams. Relevant information and content can be found on ATAR Excel's brochure outlining all of their seminars and topics throughout their week @ The Hub. Enrolling in their seminars is an easily accessible process through their website.

When: 10th July - 14th July
Where: Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College

All details to book a place in these seminars are on our website.

For any inquires, contact Chris Greenwood - 93016249

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