11 September 2019
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
CEWA CHILDSAFE FRAMEWORK
THE POWER OF STUDENT VOICE
I am proud of progress at Prendiville with the implementation of strategies guided by the CEWA Childsafe Framework. Antonette Fazzari has been instrumental in the leadership of these initiatives. As a result of this commitment, the College was invited to speak at the Archbishop's Child Safe Breakfast.
Sophie talked to the slide above - here are some highlights of Sophie's presentation:
"Our College is constantly looking at ways to keep our community connected.
We always tie back to our Catholic faith and beliefs as a Christ-centered College. We feel it is important to create a sense of belonging for our students and help them to become a part of a community where they have a place and a purpose.
I had a role to play in guiding our student voice by listening to the student perspective of how they would like Prendiville to look and feel. Along with other Year 10 students, I have been leading the process to develop a student code of conduct with students represented from every year group.
We have found that these four words: safe, inclusive, happy, respectful are what students feel are most important to them. Taking the time to listen to what our students have to say, teaches us how to best support them, creating a true culture of care.
At Prendiville, we create a sense of belonging in a number of different ways. For example, this year we added two new Houses, to increase the opportunity for students to connect with others and establish new and healthy relationships.
Another initiative has been to establish a ‘Student Community Group’ to start a conversation about our College and wider community. Recently we have had landscape architects meet with us. They wanted our input for the new, local Ocean Reef Marina development, beginning construction in 2020. This included our students’ ideas for creating a safe environment for children and how to bring spaces to life at the new marina. We have now participated in a second workshop with the architects to apply these ideas to our own College grounds. We are now calling this project ‘Prendivillage’.
These are just a few steps in our journey to continue to grow Prendiville Catholic College as a supportive and a more connected community, for our current and future Prendivillians."
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 EXAMINATIONS
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.
During HASS Week at the College, Year 8 students had the opportunity to have some special effects makeup applied to help manifest the symptoms of the bubonic plague. Allowing students to experience plague symptoms helps develop empathy for the experiences of people in the fourteenth century.
Also, during HASS week, a group of Year 7 students got to work with Cheryl Lennox-Bradley, our Transforming Lives Engagement Officer, at being immersed in Aboriginal Dot Painting. There the students got to learn about this style of art and its importance to Aboriginal culture in passing on stories, deep knowledge and history through generations.
Head of Humanities
Over the past five weeks, the Year 9 Computer Science students participated in the NCSS Challenge. The programming competition is run by the Australian Computer Academy, at the University of Sydney. The challenge, introduces fundamental computational thinking concepts and teaches students to code in Python 3.6. Running for five weeks, students can access notes and problems containing the information they need to complete the week’s programming challenges. Congratulations to Connor McCafferty (Year 9) who was awarded a high distinction.
YEAR 12 CERT III IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
On the 29th August, the Year 12 Cert III Music Industry class travelled to Sumo Sounds Recording Studio in Osborne Park. The purpose was to record the songs they have been working on in a professional setting. Students were able to experience both multi-track and ‘live’ recording and working in different combinations of instruments and personnel. Students also got a look into the mixing and editing side of music and how many hours of work go into recording and producing just a few minutes of music. Some of these students were brand new to performing and music-making at the start of Year 11 and it’s great to see how far they’ve come in just 18 months.
The track provided 'Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You' was recorded by Mikayla Fernandez, Kaitlyn Stewart, Aisling Forbes and Adam Morgan on vocals, Eloise Whibley on keys, Mai Mackie on bass, Xavier Russell on saxophone, and Joel Dunn on drums. These students also performed at the recent Catholic Performing Arts Festival where they received a Certificate of Merit. Well done Years 12's!
Head of Performing Arts
Northern Schools Rugby Competition
This year we were given the opportunity to field three teams in a Rugby Sevens Competition. We again brought in professional coaches to help facilitate training and it was fantastic to see the players working hard, having fun and refining their skills during these sessions. All teams competed well throughout the season and can be proud of their achievements especially as many had never taken part in a rugby game before. It was fantastic to see the confidence and skill level increase as the season progressed.
The Year 11-12 & Year 7-8 teams made finals this year with the Year 7-8 team managing to come out victorious. They played a fantastic team game during the final to beat a more fancied opposition on the day. Our senior team played well against some tough opposition but unfortunately did not come away with the victory.
It was great to see the way the students conducted themselves both on and off the field and fantastic to see our teams come together and play so well. A huge thank you to senior student Antonio Tasselli for all his help, coaching and guidance of our Junior team through-out this season.
Physical Education Teacher
Alyssa competed in the Swimming World Championships in Budapest last month. Alyssa qualified for this event at the Australian Championships earlier this year. Alyssa met 95% of her personal best times in the tournament. This is Alyssa’s first international swimming competition and we are all very excited for her success.
Heath has been selected into a representative AFL team who will play before the AFL Grand Final at the MCG this year. Heath has had a successful year playing for the West Perth Colts and the State Schoolboys team. This is a very exciting opportunity for Heath.
Kane has been selected into the School Sport Australia All Australian Football Team. SSA wrote to the school highlighting Kane’s football skills as well as his understanding of the game, his coachability and his ability to act as a role model to his peers. Well done Kane.
The FlexEd class participated in a very interesting excursion to the Perth Culture Centre. They were guided around the North Metro TAFE, the Aberdeen St Campus, by a variety of lecturers who were all very enthusiastic about their departments. The tour lasted for two hours with all students encountering a number of areas that piqued their interest. It was such a positive experience for them to see such creative TAFE students engaging in their work and showing such passion in the course. A big thanks to Warrick Palmateer, who as a sessional lecturer there, knew everyone and spoke knowledgeably about the opportunities that TAFE can provide.
CHALLENGE AND CHANGE
A number of Year 10’s have stepped up to the theme of ‘Challenge and Change’ this term to enjoy the ropes assault course and zip-lines at the Yanchep Tree Adventure. Well done to all those students who participated and a special thank you to Miss Fogliani for driving the bus and supporting the activity.
My experience at the Yanchep Tree Adventure park was fantastic. I was expecting there to be helpers at each section showing you what to do and clipping you on to the next obstacle but you worked at your own pace and clipped yourself in, making you feel so good and independent. It is extremely safe, with no possible way to fall so even those afraid of heights can do the tough obstacles. The combination of zip-lining and climbing made it extra exciting as you don’t know what’s around the corner. I loved it so much; you can hear the birds chirping and see the kangaroos grazing on the grass - a very natural and calming environment.
Head of Year 10
YEAR 12 HUMAN BIOLOGY EXCURSION
The Year 12 Human Biology cohort had the wonderful opportunity to go to Perth Zoo. It was especially great seeing the primates, and how similar they are to us. We got to study our closest living relatives and relate this knowledge to human evolution. We were given a very enthusiastic talk about primate evolution and got to see some models of the skulls of our primitive ancestors. It was an excellent chance to apply the knowledge that we have accumulated during class.
Isabelle Nath and Nicole Bowman
2019 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
THANK YOU P & F
A big thank you to the P & F for their generosity in supplying five new outdoor tables that have been placed around the College recently. The students have enjoyed using them in the beautiful spring weather this week.
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