Prendiville News

22 August 2018


Phone: 9301 6270




This week was an exciting week when two new mascots joined our current mascot team. At Prendiville we are a place of welcome for new people and we look forward to making our new mascots feel warmly welcomed along with their new Houses.

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This week saw the launch of the two new houses that will form part of the College’s new pastoral model. I am pleased to inform the community that the new houses are:

McCormack House

Value: Courage

Colour: Orange

Irene Mc Cormack was an Australian member of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. In her youth she was described as vibrant, determined, fun loving and an avid Australian Rules football fan. She was a student at Santa Maria College in Perth where she is said to have developed her two great loves, serving God and educating youth. Irene was a popular teacher and Principal in Western Australia for 30 years. After teaching in Australian schools for such a long period of time, Irene felt called to serve Latin America’s poor. She became a missionary worker in Peru where she continued her ministry of providing poor children with library facilities to aid their school homework, which they would not have had. Irene Mc Cormack showed courage throughout our life and ministry whilst also showing bravery and courage prior to her execution in Peru.

The McCormack Cross

The McCormack cross symbolises the reward in heaven, depicted by the crown and resulting from the trials in life, depicted by the cross. This can be related to McCormack, her commitment to the mission followed by her execution – she is now revered and rewarded in heaven for her courage shown during her life.

The McCormack Lion

The Lion is a leader of the animal kingdom and is a symbol of strength and courage.

Xavier House

Value: Justice

Colour: Black

The patron saint of Xavier House is Francis Xavier. He was the greatest Roman Catholic missionary of modern times and was instrumental in the establishment of Christianity in India and Japan. As a result of his preaching, sense of justice and care of the sick throughout central Italy, he and his group became so popular that many Catholics sought their services of Baptism and Confirmation. Francis left Rome for India in 1542 and spent the next three years on the south eastern coast of India among the simple, poor and pearl fishers where he continued to evangelize and baptised tens of thousands of people. He always provided for the continuing pastoral care of the communities he founded and mentored them after Baptism to action Gospel values in their world. In 1927 he was named patron of all missions. Those who become part of Xavier House will be inspired by Xavier’s values of justice, equality and care for all.

The Xavier Cross

Is inspired by the flaming heart which is often seen in icons and images of St Xavier. This is because the Jesuit order were sent to set the world afire with the passion and zeal for God’s Kingdom.

The Xavier Dragon

The Xavier dragon, named Flameheart, is symbolic of the passion and flame of fire that symbolizes the spreading of the Holy Spirit.

The new house Crosses and Mascots are in draft form and will be finalised by the students on their leadership day.


Students have been invited to consider moving House. Students may apply to move House through an invitation link. Students wishing to apply to move House are asked to discuss this with their parents or guardian prior to making their application.

It is encouraged that siblings stay in the same house and is the College’s default position on student placement in Houses. Siblings may apply to be in a different house with parent support.

Further updates will be provided as we continue the transition to our new model.


Over the past two weeks fun and focus has been on Maths and Science. Thank you to our amazing Maths and Science team for their creativity and activities they prepared to bring Science and Maths to life for everyone. A highlight of the weeks included the Maths Infinity Quiz evening and the display of inspiring science projects completed by our students.


The Catholic Performing Arts Festival is a wonderful celebration and showcases the wonderful student and staff talents not only at Prendiville but across all our CEWA schools.


This week our Art students excelled at Angelico and the longstanding reputation of PCC excelling in the creative arts was endorsed.

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The recognition at Angelico this year was simply outstanding and needs to be put into perspective to appreciate fully the achievements of students and staff.

There were over 150 artworks from 30 Catholic schools across WA on display. Each school puts their best six artworks forward, and to pick up a single award at this event is an achievement in itself. On Tuesday night, we received four awards, three of which were major category prizes. This was the highest collective total of any one school.

Olivia Hauser received a Highly Commended for her painting, Our Hearts our Grounded in the Roots, Madison Snelling won first prize for her Ukulele sculpture in the General 3D (Years 7-10) category, and Ella-Rae Studman received the first place award in the General 3D category (Years 11 & 12) and also the Phil Somers Sculpture Award for her stunning ceramic and glass work titled See Change. This is the second year in a row that we won the trophy (and the fourth time in the trophy's eight year history) that a Prendiville student has won the award).

Essentially, the College won every 3D and sculpture award on the night, a massive achievement considering the competition.


Our Music students also performed with amazing performances at Newman College. At PCC our philosophy is one of participation and opportunity for all students. This non-selective philosophy has over 119 students actively participating in a Concert Band at PCC. This number in addition to the Jazz Ensembles, choirs and other performers is a wonderful number of students involved in music. The two concert bands performed at Newman:

The Concert Winds - our Yr 8-12 “Senior” concert band

The Junior Winds – our Yr 7 & 8 “Intermediate” concert band

Congratulations to the talented and hard-working Mr Warren Bracken who conducts both these bands and is doing a superb job. He is so enthusiastic and loves working with our students. His passion and enthusiasm is recognised by our students.

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Last Saturday our Performing Arts team hosted the annual Prendiville Dance Showcase. The performances included 21 amazing dance pieces. Congratulations in particular to Kathryn Crocker and Hayley Martin who provided leadership to produce a classy, talented and entertaining showcase.


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Grand Final glory fell just short for our Year 8/9 boys. After a very fast start the strong Corpus Christi team sporting names of Carr, Yeo and McManus on the team sheet came home strong to take the Eagles Cup and the championship. Congratulations to Mr Ryan Lockyer and Taj O'Hayon for their coaching and support of our students on what has been a wonderful season.


The new process for student leadership appointments continued this week with the Head Boy and Head Girl speeches and many rounds of student interviews. It is wonderful to see the increase in nominations, in particular with our boys. The quality of the speeches and the attention of students listening to the speeches of their peers were fantastic. Our students really rose to the importance of the occasion.


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On Monday our staff participated in a faith based Accreditation day with Fr Richard Leonard sj. Fr Leonard kept us all engaged and focussed with his stories, wisdom and challenges. On the Tuesday a small number of staff participated in a session on prayer.


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GRANDPARENTS' DAY REPORT from Trent's grandparents
Friday 10 August 2018

The following message captures the heart of Grandparents Day 2018.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the Prendiville Catholic College in arranging and co-ordinating a memorable Grandparents Day last Friday morning for all the Year 7 students.

We were all most impressed with everything we attended and enjoyed during our visit from the parking attendant, the Mass service, theatre entertainment and the Home Economics quality food offered and coffee.

Our grandson Trent was so proud and honoured in showing his 4 x Grandparents around the campus, we all dearly love and support our “Trent” & his younger Brother “James" wherever possible.

Additionally, Trent's teachers we met and spoke to including the well-mannered and respectful students all communicated with us very well.

The viewing the of College facilities available onsite were also very impressive. On reflection the morning left us with a very positive feeling about Prendiville Catholic College for our grandson Trent to further develop his skills and knowledge, now entering his formative years of development.”


Last week a group of excited Prendiville students met with members of the Bankwest Graduate Innovation Team to collaborate on a project to design a Prendiville College App.

This project is the first driven by the Innovation Project Committee of the College Board. The goal of this project is to forge links between the school and an industry partner that will extend the learning and opportunities of our students. Bankwest are seeking to ensure students graduating from schools have skills that allow them to thrive in the modern organisation.

For your children

Mark Antulov



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Please note that all absentee, early departure and late arrival emails should only be directed to

Please do not email or send direqt messages to individual staff members. Links to the absentee email address can be found at the top of this newsletter, on the SEQTA Engage splash page and on the College website under Contact.


Now in its 25th year, the Angelico Exhibition is the most significant event on the Visual Arts calendar for Catholic schools, showcasing creative artworks by students from across Western Australia.

There were over one hundred and fifty artworks from thirty Catholic schools on display. Each school enters six artworks, and to pick up a single award at this event is an achievement in itself. Last Tuesday night, for the six artworks we put forward we received four awards, three of which were major category prizes, the highest collective total of any school.

Olivia Hauser received a Highly Commended for her painting, Our Hearts our Grounded in the Roots. Madison Snelling won first prize for her Ukulele sculpture in the General 3D (Years 7-10) category, and Ella-Rae Studman received the first place award in the General 3D category (Years 11 & 12) and also the Phil Somers Sculpture Award for her stunning ceramic and glass work titled See Change. It's the second year in a row that we've won the trophy and the fourth time that a Prendiville student has won the prize in its eight-year history.

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Congratulations to all the students, and thank you to Miss Whitby, Mrs Bryant and Ms Stuart for your continued guidance and support of our Visual Art students. Well done to Ebony Edward (Year 11) and Helena Medic (Year 10) for also having work selected for the exhibition.

The Angelico Exhibition continues until the 24th August and can be viewed at the Forrest Centre, 221 St. Georges Tce, Perth.

Eamon Matthews

Head of Creative and Digital Arts


National Science week is an Australia wide event to promote Science and Technology. There were many activities and events that allowed the Prendiville community to celebrate Science in everyday life.

The week began with the launch of Staff Science Quiz. This year, with the introduction of Psychology to the ATAR pathway, the quiz subject was Personality Theory. Winners will be announced this week.

In an attempt to continually integrate technology to enhance learning, Year 7 classes participated in the Education Perfect Science Championships. Prendiville Catholic College did an amazing job and placed 3rd overall in Australia for participation and engagement.

The highlight of the week was the Year 7-9 Science Project Evening. The night saw over 240 projects on display and over 400 visitors to the Kepler Science Discovery Centre. All Year 7 students show cased their amazing work and selected Year 8 and 9 projects were also on display. Thank you to the wonderful Science staff who worked tirelessly for this evening to take place. Thank you to all the family and friends who attended the evening, it was wonderful to see the joy that students felt when showing their family and friends their hard work. The votes for the best projects are in and winners will be announced this week. Special thanks to the Year 10 and 11 students who helped set up for the evening and the USA Tour students who ran the sausage sizzle. Thank you also to Mr Gerard Giannasi for attending the evening along with Mr Simon Kanakis, Ms Fiona Leck and Mrs Antonette Fazzari.

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Thank you to Mr D’Amico who ran the student Quiziz on Friday lunchtime. The competition was fierce but eventually we had two clear winners Jasleen Hundal and Arwen Huttner. Well done girls.

Special thanks to Mr Devlin planned and organised our Year 11 Biology Camp to ensure students develop their skills in fieldwork. Thanks also to Mrs Gregor who attended the camp.

A number of students attended the SCITECH Science Festival over the weekend and experienced Science on a large scale. I hope this may have inspired some future budding scientists!!!

Margarita Tranquille

Acting Head of Science


Thursday 9th August marked the second annual Think 2 Infinity event as part of Mathematics Week. Six tables of minds of all ages competed in varied challenges to see who could complete the most successful puzzles including Have Sum Fun style questions, an Escape Room, Kahoot and ‘thinking outside the box’ logic. The Chisholm table was the overall winner, with the Science department coming a close second and a table of Year 10 girls coming a very close third. The night was a huge success and was thanks to the Maths Department for putting it all together with many hours spent in preparation.

On Tuesday, Manjaree Place hosted a lunchtime Rubik’s cube challenge, with Year 8 student Lachlan Stapleton completing the Rubik’s cube in 16 seconds! Well done to all the students for having a go and testing their logic and reflex skills.

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Try the following logic question:

My house number is the lowest number on the street that, when divided by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, will always leave a remainder of 1. However, when divided by 11 there is no remainder. What is my house number?


Ten fish are in a tank. Two die, three swim away and four drown. How many are left?

Solutions from last newsletter: 45 handshakes in total. The man is short and can’t reach the number 10 on the elevator, but if there are others in the lift they can press the 10 for him.



How time flies…it seems only yesterday that our six lovely Italian exchange students arrived, yet eight weeks have passed and they leave on Thursday 23 August with suitcases full of Tim Tams and memories. Here are some messages from some of them to the Prendiville community:

I can’t believe these two months have already gone by so fast and the only thing I’m thinking about is if only I could stay longer. Australia has a piece of my heart and for this I must thank all the Aussies I met, you are all such amazing and nice people. Thanks to Prendiville – the Principal, Mrs O’Donnell, Ms Amato, all the teachers and students because you made my experience unforgettable. I’m sure this is only the beginning of a long bond between me and this breathtaking country. I’m looking forward to returning.

See you later,


Anna Moro

Thank you Prendiville for welcoming us in a really kind way. Thank you to all our teachers for integrating us into their classes. Thank you to all the Australian students for accepting us and helping us in difficult moments. We will never forget the amazing canteen muffins, the bus that exploded on biology camp, making our own pyjamas and pouring slime on the teachers and deputies - which is something we would NEVER be allowed to do in Italy. We will always keep you in our hearts…until we can come back one day.

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And from the Italian Department, an immense thank you to the host families - Hopkins, Irwin, Lizzi, Boothroyd, Whiting, Berry and Foster. We are sure beautiful friendships and bonds have been forged.

Paula O'Donnell

Head of Languages


Eagles Cup- Year 8/9 Boys AFL

Congratulations to the Year 8/9 CAS AFL team who went through the CAS season undefeated and made it through to the Eagles Cup Grand Final. The team has gelled together exceptionally well and have committed time to training and games over the last five weeks in the Champion Schools Competition. Prendiville defeated all CAS schools, Belridge SHS, Carine SHS and Clontarf Aboriginal College to get to the Grand Final. Unfortunately the boys could not match Corpus Christi College in the Grand Final and were defeated by 19 points at McGillvary Sports Park. The support from parents and staff has been fantastic throughout the season. The students could not have done this without the time, commitment and motivation from the coach Ryan Lockyer as well as the assistant coaches Taj O’Hayon, Jacob Pidhirnyj and Etienne Charette. Well done to all involved for representing Prendiville College with pride and exhibiting fantastic sportsmanship.

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SunSmart School Surfing Titles

This week Prendiville will be taking the best bodyboarding and surfing students from the Interhouse Surfing carnival to compete against other surfing students from around the state in the Annual SunSmart School Surfing Titles. The boys will compete on Wednesday 22 August and the girls on Friday 24 August. The event is held at Trigg Beach and commences at 7.30am. All parents are welcome to attend the event. Students who place in this competition will have the opportunity to qualify in the state finals the following week. Success at this competition may result in selection in the Interstate team to compete at a national level. We wish all competitors the best of luck.

Athletics Twilight meets

Each year, Prendiville holds an Athletics Twilight meet in preparation for the ACC Athletics carnival. This is an opportunity for students to practice in a competitive environment before the Interschool carnival. This is also the last opportunity for students to compete prior to the final selection of the team. All students are welcome to attend including students who have been training over the last five weeks, students who have been selected in the Athletics training squad and students who would like to compete for the opportunity to make the 2018 ACC Athletics team. The twilight events will occur on the following dates:

Thursday 23rd August 3.30pm-5pm

Tuesday 28th August 3.30pm-5pm

Interhouse Volleyball Competition

This week Prendiville will be running the Interhouse Volleyball competition. This is the last Interhouse event for the year and the last opportunity for the Houses to compete for final points towards the Sports House Cup. This competition runs at lunchtimes with different year groups competing on different days. This is an inclusive event where we encourage as many participants as possible. This is a great opportunity to get to know more students in your House, build friendships and have some fun. Specific information for this event will be provided in PCG’s and in the Daily Notices.

Renea Mayer

Acting Sports Coordinator


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Jackie Gill





With the help of our volunteers, the Pastoral Care Program at the St Simon Peter Parish will offer short-term emergency care for anyone who lives in the community.

To enquire about these services please contact:

  • Bereavement - Angela (0422 341 312)
  • Family Support/Meals - Bea (0427 064 511)
  • Gardening/Handyman - Russell (0405 274 790)
  • Home Help - Gerry (0408 990 417)
  • Transport - Paul (0407 483 420)
  • Visitation - Henry (0467 731 653)
  • Visitation - Liz (0412 679 829)
  • Parish Office 9300 4885 Mon-Tues 9am-12pm


Open to all secondary school students!


Next meeting 26 August from 6pm until 8pm.

Our theme for the night is "Questions?”

Year of Youth Mass 26th August

An Invitation especially to our future Church leaders, our youth!

An invitation to attend a Mass for the Year of Youth

at St Simon Peter Catholic Church

on Sunday 26th August at 5pm.

Prendiville students will be assisting with various parts of the Mass.

“Christ our Joy” was painted by artist Amunda Gorey, Alice Springs.

The copyright holder is the ACBC

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Thursday 23 August - Athletics Twilight Meet

Friday 24 August - Book Week Dress-Up day

Friday 24 August - WA State Girls Surfing Zone Titles

Monday 27 - Thursday 30 August - OLNA testing

Tuesday 28 August - Athletics Twilight Meet

Monday 3 September - Senior Music Recital Evening 6pm


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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