Prendiville News

19 June 2019


Phone: 9301 6270



It was a pleasure to share Mass with the Year 9 and Year 12 students this week. After the Mass, Year 12 students were presented with a special keepsake badge with the words 'Prendiville Forever' etched into it. The badges are to be a reminder that as part of this learning community we care, support and take interest in them forever.

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Margaret Tavelli and I attended the annual Marian Lecture at Newman College during the week. Theologian Dr Bonnie Thurston was the presenter this year. An aspect of Dr Thurston's lecture focused on the importance of finding stillness - in her words, time to ponder. Bonnie's focus on finding stillness in this noisy world brings us to a narrative of the need for our classrooms to also be reflective.

I strongly believe that reflection must be an integral part of our way of being at Prendiville Catholic College. Providing space for our students to reflect on their learning is so important. If we are to be reflective educators and parents, we must guide and provide students space to look back before they move forward. They need to take a break from what they have been doing, step away from their work, and ask themselves, "What have I (or we) learned from doing this activity?" We, as staff and parents, need to do this too.

Researchers Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick inform us that, in the reflective classroom, teachers can invite students to make overt meaning from their experiences both in written and oral form. Taking the time to invite students to reflect on their learnings, make comparisons of intended with actual outcomes, to analyse and draw causal relationships and to synthesise meanings and then apply their learnings to new and novel situations. In this reflective climate, students do not 'fail' or make a 'mistake' as those terms are generally defined instead they know they can produce personal insight and learn from all their experiences.


Thank you Stephen O'Connor for sharing the amazing photos taken in photography class this week. They invoked many emotions and thoughts. For me they resonated the theme of stillness again. We find magic when we take time to observe the stillness. The stillness after the stormy and windy weather provided some beautiful images. The key to seeing them was in stopping to observe. When you rush by with heads down or are not aware, or are focused on your ICT device, you will miss the wonder. It is when you stop and ponder, you capture the small detail and beauty. The following images capture the stillness.

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OPEN DOORS - Redmond Theatre

An important part of our College is having our doors open to the external community. The community use of the Redmond Theatre plays an important role, allowing local community groups to bring their passions and interests to life without the hurdle of prohibitive cost. The theatre hosted many visitors last weekend in the wider dance world. Thank you to Ben Collins and Chris Greenwood for the way they welcome and look after the visitors that make use of our theatre after hours.

GUARDIAN ANGELS - big kids looking after little kids

Thank you to Sue Crompton for her commitment to providing student empowerment opportunities. From piloting the Peer Support Program which is now an important part of Prendiville to the formation of the College Guardian Angels, our theme of creating a culture where our big kids look after little kids is being fostered.

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Following the exam period, the Year 10's will be available around school at recess and lunchtimes and the Year 11's will be available in the library at lunchtimes. They are identifiable by the Angel Wings badge and are happy to offer support, answer questions and give advice.

For your children

Mark Antulov



Thursday 15 August is Assumption Day and Prendiville Catholic College will be celebrating a Whole School Mass during the day. To cater for this, we will run the times of the day the same as we do on Wednesdays. School will close early at 3.10 pm. Buses will run at regular times.


School fees can now be paid via the Prendiville Online Store, please see the below link.

Other payments that can also be made include events, locks, printer credit, smart riders, tours and excursions.

Access to the store is via the Prendiville website.


All grandparents are invited to Prendiville Catholic College on Friday 2 August to share in the life of the College with their grandchild.

Activities will include:

  • Mass with grandchildren
  • Concert
  • Morning tea

The day will commence at 10.00am with Mass in the Good Shepherd Chapel and conclude at approximately 12.00pm after morning tea. If you wish to take part in Grandparents Day, please make sure you RSVP by email to Dawn Toomey. Please indicate student’s name/s and the number of grandparents attending.

We look forward to seeing you all on Grandparents Day.

Karen Rice

Director of Missions and Identity


Over the past twenty years, Prendiville Catholic College has hosted visits from groups of Japanese students from Sagami Girls Junior High School. The visiting girls are billeted with Prendiville students' families. Those families that have participated in the past have found the experience very enjoyable. Many friendships have been developed and it is an excellent opportunity for our students to gain an appreciation and understanding of Japanese culture.

With the success of previous tours, the College will host a visit of students from Sagami from Thursday 25 July to Tuesday 6 August 2019. There will also be some students wishing to stay longer until 20 August 2019. The students will undertake tuition at the College to improve their English skills with organised activities and sightseeing being arranged at the College. The visiting girls are aged between 14 and 16 years. Families that can help by accepting students into their home will be compensated $350.00 per student.

If you are able to assist by billeting a student or have any queries regarding the visit, please contact Mrs Leishele Pearce by email at or by phone on 9301 6221.


Our newsletter background this week was taken by Year 9 Photography student Molly Draycott. Photography classes this past week having been exploring the theme of rain. Some more great photos from Mr Todd's and Ms Whitby's classes are showcased in the collages below.

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Immunisations will take place upstairs in the Prendiville Centre on Thursday 20 June from 9am. Students will be split into the following groups, based on alphabetical order of their last name.

Group 1: Males ‘A-L’ 9.00am-9.20am

Group 2: Males ‘M-W’ 9.20am-9.40am

Group 3: Females ‘B-J’ 9.40am-10am

Group 4: Females ‘K-W’ 10.00am- 10.20am

Students are asked to assemble quietly outside the Prendiville Centre at their allocated time. Year 10 students being immunised are required to wear their sports uniform on the day.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Karyn Dore (City of Joondalup Immunisation Coordinator).


Prendiville Catholic College is hosting a Vinnies School Sleepout on Friday 2 August. Hosting a Vinnies School Sleepout gives students and school communities a glimpse into the reality and complex issues of homelessness on a personal level by ‘sleeping rough’ for a night. The Vinnies School Sleepout not only raises awareness and provide vital funds to support people experiencing homelessness, but also encourages students to work whilst gaining a deeper understanding of this serious issue.

Help us be the change.

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From Monday to Thursday in Week 10, the Prendiville Student Council will be fundraising for the annual campaign, Live Below the Line. Each councillor will be participating in the campaign which centres around the concept of surviving on only $2 a day for five days to bring awareness and raise funds for the three billion people worldwide who live below the poverty line. Funds raised will go towards the non-for-profit charity, The Oaktree Foundation; an Australian-based foundation that has a mission to have young people leading and creating a more just world. We see this challenge as a small sacrifice to make in an effort to make a real difference in this world. On each day in Week 10 there will be activities around the College to draw attention to our fundraising goals. We hope that everybody in the College community gets involved and supports us over the next two weeks by participating in our events, heading to the link below to donate or simply by leaving a message of support.

Thank you in advance!

Your 2019 Student Council

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Throughout Terms 1 and Term 2, Alpha Motivation have been engaged to provide four sessions on self development to our Year 8 students. The Alpha Motivation ‘Wolf Pack Program’ is a leading program for high school students in the self-development space. Year 8’s participated in four workshops sessions:

1. Goal setting and core values – assisting students to find purpose, passion and focus for their learning to assist in setting them up for success.

2. Time management – providing students with organisational systems to allow them to work smarter not harder and assist productivity.

3. Emotional intelligence and teamwork – teaching students how to work more collaboratively as a year group and how they can better develop their empathy and ability to relate to others.

4. Social media – teaching students how to reduce procrastination and negative use of their phones and social media.

It is hoped that throughout further Prendiville Time sessions the students will continue to be reminded of some of the strategies and techniques shared in each of the sessions, together with revisiting some of the additional resources shared.

Congratulations to Lucas Eames-Butcher and Amara Ross who received a box of Krispy Kremes last week, delivered especially by David Castelanelli, co-founder of Alpha Motivation and key presenter. Students were asked to complete an online survey and provide feedback on the sessions covered. Amara and Lucas provided the most constructive responses to win the competition!

“I learnt how to use my emotional intelligence. It is really important to talk about others rather than yourself and listen to what they are saying. It has a really big impact and can affect the person. You don’t actually realise how much of a difference you are making by asking someone a simple question such as “How was your day?”

From the time management session, I have learnt to use a timetable to be more organised and feel less stressed. I used to procrastinate but now, by using a simple timetable that takes only five minutes to make, I feel more productive and feel less ‘busy’.

From the social media distractions workshop, I have considered to not look at my phone and check social media when I wake up because it basically sets my mood for the day. I want to feel happy and excited for the day ahead but if I look on social media in the morning and see something sad, it makes me sad for the rest of the day. I have also learnt not to check my phone before I go to bed at night. By not checking my phone at night, I can now fall asleep faster and not feel tired the next day!”

Amara Ross

Year 8

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Last week in Prendiville Time the Year 9 students were fortunate to have ex Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter, Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei, speak to them on mental health. Soa’s heartfelt presentation highlighted his difficult childhood, his rise to the top of the UFC and the subsequent fall, his struggles with mental health issues and the battle to return to the UFC.

Soa has been visiting schools around Australia educating students on mental health issues. He shared his own experiences and talked about living with depression the majority of his adult life. Soa’s goal is to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and disadvantage, providing the hope and resilience necessary to move forward, both as individuals and as a society.

Accompanying Soa was Thomas Christiansen who spoke to the students on making choices, the consequences of one bad decision and overcoming adversity. Thomas spoke of the decision he made as a thirteen year old which nearly cost him his life, his road to recovery and how it has affected him.

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Kate Avery has successfully landed the traineeship of her dreams. Kate loves everything about the ocean, having attained her skippers ticket, loves snorkelling, has SCUBA dived and is an enthusiastic member of the Marine and Maritime Studies class. After recently applying for a traineeship with the Department of Transport in marine operations, the news soon followed of her successful application. Only one traineeship is given every two years, and from a field of several interviewed applicants, Kate was successful. They have also agreed to allow Kate to complete Year 12 and graduate with her class mates.

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The program will enable her to develop the skills, qualifications and knowledge, through on the job training and attending training courses, to play a key role in a team who undertake the following key functions:

  • Crew patrol vessels and conduct vessel and vehicle compliance monitoring and educational patrols to ensure safety on the water
  • Promote boating safety through liaison, presentations and providing advice
  • Issue infringement notices and cautions and attend court as a witness where required
  • Respond to marine emergency situations
  • Ensure the section’s patrol vessels, trailers and equipment are maintained to a high standard.

The Marine Trainee participates in a structured, accredited training program enabling the incumbent to undertake the role as Marine Officer. Provides a front line regulatory enforcement and educational role and represents the Department as a professional, credible and highly skilled Marine Officer.

Congratulations Kate on such a wonderful achievement and all the best for an exciting future!

Anita Relo-Fisher

Year 12 Marine & Maritime Studies Teacher


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Check in the Careers area of the Library for Career Information.

Click here for this week’s Careers news.


We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program and would like to make this our best ever.

During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources for the Endeavour Centre with the points we earned, thanks to you.

From now until 25th June 2019, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker sheet. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school or you can drop them into your local Woolworths collection box. The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and English resources, art & crafts materials and much more!

Lets stick together and try to make this one the biggest yet!

We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at school.


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Catholic women are warmly invited to a free panel discussion with theologian Dr Margaret Scharf OP, Anglican priest Rev Tess Milne and religious studies scholar Scilla Stack discussing the role of women in the Christian church and their thoughts on the way forward followed by an open discussion.

Date: Wednesday 26 June, 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

Light refreshments served from 6.00pm - 6.30pm.

Venue: Trinity College, 2 Trinity Ave Perth

Parking available, red & yellow CAT buses travel to Hale St.

RSVP by 23 June to Kerry, ph 9397 5988 or SMS to 0400 886 835 or email

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Thursday 20 June - Year 10 immunisations

Tuesday 25 June - Year 10 Parent Information Night, Redmond Theatre, 7pm

Thursday 27 June - LINKed information evening, Edith Cowan College, 6pm

Tuesday 2 July - FLEXed information evening, Gateway, 7pm

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

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, Sat - 6pm, Sun - 9.30am


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So you’ve had a hankering to try your hand at jewellery making. You’ve thought how wonderful it would be to make something for someone special; a lasting memory for you both. Or maybe you’d simply like to make something decorative for yourself.

Well, starting on Tuesday 30 July from 6.00pm till 8.30pm and running for eight consecutive Tuesdays until September 17th, you have the opportunity to make something special. Jewellery artist and teacher Teresa Edwards is offering eight classes at a cost of $300. Tools, resources and materials all included. The classes take place in the Glass and Jewellery studio on campus. Places will be limited to 14 budding jewellers.

Teresa is offering two projects including a twist ring and a cabochon set ring but is flexible to other ideas. Earrings, pendants and a chain bracelet are other options.

The Hub is pleased to be supporting Teresa with these classes. For any queries please phone Teresa on 0421 815 432 or contact Chris Greenwood at The Hub on 9301 6249 or via email

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Is this on your 'must get around to doing' list? “I must capture the memories of my grandparents or mum or dad or even a long lost aunt or uncle one day”; is what we here at The Hub are talking about.

The Hub offers that opportunity now using the facilities (green screen and sound mixing) at the College for you to do just that.The Hub offers this service @ half the rate of other studios. Contact us here at The Hub and we’ll assist you to grab those memories before it’s all too late! or

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