Prendiville News

19 September 2018


Phone: 9301 6270




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On the theme of appreciation, I received an email and photo from Lily Walsh. Lily captured the wonderful rainbow over Prendiville on her way between classes. Her message sent with the photo highlighted this week's theme of appreciation:

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“Coming across this rainbow at school really shows that the aftermath of rain can put anyone in a good mood and appreciate what we have. The rainbow kept me motivated for the whole day.”

Lily Walsh, Year 7


This last week has been a blessed one for our community through the sharing of God given gifts. The activities and sharing of gifts spread far and wide this week. We have had music, art, sport, ministry and academic highlights throughout the week.


The music at the Music Performance evening was entertaining and inspiring.

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An amazing term in the area of Visual Art culminated on Thursday. The Art Exhibition was stunning with art being represented in so many mediums. The whole Visual Arts team must celebrate and be proud of what has been a very creative term of art excellence.

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Our ACC Athletes performed with grit and wonderful team spirit. Renea shared with me the amazing commitment of both staff and students. The Athletics season can be frustrating but this year was one to celebrate. A feature of the season was the impact and leadership of our Year 12 students. I loved this photo and words sent to me while in Kalgoorlie from Renea:

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"The kids were fantastic today. The photo attached is my favourite from the day with the team on the field and our Year 12's in the middle. The Year 12's led the team with pride, guiding and encouraging the younger students throughout the day. "

Renea Mayer


Our students and staff are working with open hearts and minds with Fr Renald in Kalgoorlie. Thank you to Karen Rice who, although she did not attend the immersion, planned all facets of the program ably supported by Dawn Toomey.

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End of Term 3 signals the conclusion of formal secondary school classes for our graduating students. Our students will participate in some significant activities which will celebrate this important milestone.

TOUR de VILLE - this Thursday

On Thursday they will participate in the inaugural Tour de Ville. The new honour board is now installed along Prendivillian Way. Following lunch provided by the P and F, our students will participate in a Year 12 run performance assembly. On Friday the day will start with breakfast at Joondalup Resort followed by their formal farewell assembly.

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Our special celebration for our graduating students is Graduation. Margaret Tavelli and Stephanie Davies are bringing the Graduation evening together for our Class of 2018. Thank you in advance to Marg and Steph for their commitment to making the evening special for our students.

We wish our Year 12 students all the best for their remaining time at school. It is a special time of reflection and celebration as they get closer to graduating a Prendivillian – one who serves with pride, leads with confidence and inspires others in a good way.

For your children

Mark Antulov



There have been a number of incidents where students at the College have made contact directly with parents using personal electronic devices. Parents are then acting on this information. We ask that parents who receive a message contact the College before acting. This allows the College to better manage the well-being of the students.

If required, students can contact their parents during the day but must do so through either Student Administration or the Prendiville Centre. The College’s policy on mobile phone use is very clear, phones must not be seen or heard during school hours.

This process allows us to better manage the well-being and safety of the students.

Simon Kanakis
Vice Principal


Year 12 written examinations commence on Wednesday 3 October (Week 2 of the school holidays) and conclude on Friday 12 October. All students have been 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.

Fiona Leck

Deputy Principal


A reminder to all families that students are to return for the commencement of Term 4 on Monday 8 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.


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.


ACC Athletics Carnival

Prendiville took 140 students to the ACC Athletics Carnival held on Thursday 13th September. Every student played an important role in the team and all should be proud of their efforts. We saw an increase in numbers of students regularly attending training sessions throughout Term 3 and this was evident in the students' results on the day. Our Year 12 students were fantastic role models who lead with pride, determination and enthusiasm. This behaviour transferred to the younger students and all displayed a high level of sportsmanship. The carnival was close between all eight schools throughout the day, making it a very competitive carnival. Prendiville finished in 6th place and were only 20-30 points off 5th and 4th place. This gives the team an incentive to work even harder next year and eliminate small mistakes to ensure we move up the leader board. Well done to all involved this year and thank you to the staff and coaches for all of the time and commitment. Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 4 for their age groups on the day:

  • Logan Foley U16 Boys 1st

  • Dean Ferro Open Boys 2nd

  • Mia Scroop U15 Girls 4th

Renea Mayer

Acting Sport Coordinator

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Northern Schools Rugby Championships

Both the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 teams saw many new faces join the squad leading into this year’s competition. With many students unable to play due to other commitments and injuries, Prendiville had a rebuilding year. This year we 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. Both 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 in, not only their own ability, but the team's ability as the season progressed. Unfortunately, both teams missed out on finals but were competitive and showed some very encouraging signs for next year. A huge thank you to Mr Paul Stenner for all your help, leadership and guidance over the course of the season.

Jeremy Broderick

Volleyball Schools Cup

Over the course of two weekends, eight teams ranging from Years 10 to 12 competed in the annual WA Volleyball Schools Cup at Warwick Stadium and Loftus Recreation Centre. The students' sportsmanship, behaviour and attitude were fantastic throughout the tournament. Whilst every team was playing to improve and develop their volleyball skills, it was great to see four of the teams make the finals in their division. Special congratulations must go to the Year 12 boys team who won a gold medal in a very tough Open A Division. This is only the second time that Prendiville has won a gold medal in this division in the last eight years of competing in this tournament. Well done to Tom O’Donnell who won the MVP for the Grand Final.

Preparing for tournaments like this can’t go ahead without the many people willing to put their hand up to help. A huge thank you to staff members Mr Ndiaye and Miss Sharp, ex-students Cara Schofield, Amy Hayes, Matteo Bresciani and Mikolaj Goscicki and current student and Head Girl Tyrah Spencer for giving up many hours coaching the students in preparation for this competition.

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The focus for Term 4 now goes on to the Melbourne Volleyball Tour in December. 41 students from Year 10-12 will be competing in the Australia Volleyball Schools Cup which is the biggest school sporting event in the southern hemisphere. The students will be training and preparing in what will be a busy time of the year with exams and graduation. Students in Year 7-9 will also get the opportunity to train and play next term. Students need to keep an eye on the Daily Notices for more information.

Ryan Lockyer


Excursion to John Forrest National Park and Boya Quarry

On Friday 7 September, the Year 11 ATAR EES students took a trip to the Perth hills to learn about the origin of the Darling Scarp. The students were lucky enough to be taught by a guide from Earth Science WA who informed them that the geological setting was formed approximately 460 million years ago, and the scarp formed when the Darling fault was reactivated during splitting of Gondwana, (when the Indian plate pulled away from the Australian plate) approximately 260 million years ago. The students observed evidence of this geological time frame, by inspecting the various igneous rocks in the region. The highlight of the day was a scary walk through the very dark Swan View Railway tunnel where our guide frightened the daylights out of the group! As usual, the Year 11 ATAR EES class enjoyed the day and represented our College beautifully.

Judith Georgiu

Science Teacher

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The Year 7 Science club had Amy Wilde come and present to them about reptile conservation and survival. After the session students had the opportunity to have a close encounter with the reptile of their choice. The evening was informative and engaging. The Year 7 group really enjoyed the evening and asked some amazing questions. Thank you to Mrs Owen who organised the evening and Mrs Jones and Ms Leck who attended. Stay tuned for next term’s Night Bush Walk.

Margarita Tranquille

Acting Head of Science

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Monday 22 October, 6.30PM


Tickets $10 (includes lolly bag)

Tickets available on Trybooking

Raffle, drinks and chocolates for sale

Link for tickets


On the 6th September, the Year 9 Italian students went on an excursion to the Laguna Veneto Bocce Club to learn how to play the traditional Italian game of bocce, talk to native Italian speakers and eat homemade Italian food. It filled us with joy and satisfaction to see students striving to speak Italian and enjoying this unique experience.

I had lots of fun playing bocce with my friends as everybody was in a competitive spirit and we were all practising our Italian at the same time. We had a bocce professional helping us and he was very sweet, encouraging and funny. Everybody was very welcoming. Then for lunch we had pasta all together and it was “deliziosa”. Then we played quizzes and dictation games in between which were fun and we all collaborated and worked together and I feel as if our Italian class has bonded today. Grazie!

Ellen Wsolak

Year 9

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This term, the Performing Arts proudly announced that the College Musical for 2019 will be High School Musical. Teachers from all learning areas came together to announce the 2019 musical by wowing an unexpecting audience during a whole school assembly that showed it’s not only the students who have the dance moves. The Broadway sensation, High School Musical, takes us to East High where Troy, Gabriella and the other students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Based on Disney Channel's smash hit movie, this family favourite now comes to life on stage!

Auditions took place on Saturday 1st September and from the minute the doors opened and registration started, there was an immediate buzz of energy that filled the room. Auditions kicked off with a group vocal warm-up and not long after that, the singing auditions begun. Students sung a prepared song for the role that they were auditioning for and then followed this with a dance they learnt the week prior. The audition panel was overwhelmed by the fantastic turnout with over 107 students applying and auditioning.

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After many discussions and multiple ‘call-backs’ the finalised cast list was produced and announced during lunch on Monday 10th September. This was certainly a strenuous process but the outcome couldn’t be more phenomenal. The High School Musical team of staff are very excited about this production and we look forward to bringing our own flare and flavour to this already well-known musical!

A production like High School Musical is a collaborative community event and we would like to invite all staff, parents, students, and the wider community to lend a helping hand in some way. If you can build, sew, paint or have any other creative abilities up your sleeve, please feel free to email me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cian McDonald

Musical Director


The Steps You Need To Know To Apply For University.

Each state in Australia has a different body for processing University Applications, which can make things a bit confusing. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you take control.

NOTE: You can find links to every state’s application service, as well as the key dates you’ll need to know on our previous blog at

Choose What You Want To Study

Before you do anything else, decide on the subject you would like to study. For example, do you want to study medicine, marketing, or management? What gets you excited and motivated for uni?

Then, research all the different courses available in that field. If you want to study medicine, then learn about the different types of medicine courses, from biomedicine through to nursing, pharmacy, and even physiotherapy.

If you have an idea about what you might like but don’t know the specifics, then it’s a great idea to choose a general degree – you can always change your major after first year if it turns out to be not your cup of tea.

For example, if you wanted to study marketing then you may pick a Bachelor of Business and intend to major in Marketing. But the first year subjects for all the majors are the same, so if you get through first year and decide you’d prefer to do Economics instead then you haven’t lost any time.

You can search for undergraduate courses here:



South Australia and Northern Territory

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

Western Australia


Find Somewhere To Study It

Once you have narrowed down the field of study you would like to apply for then you can start to look for institutions that offer courses in that area.

Start by checking if that study area is covered at the universities you’d most like to attend:

Here’s how to find out - each university produces a Handbook, it’s a comprehensive guide to the university, its structure and details about admissions, enrolments and studying at that institution. Go to their website and enter “handbook” into the search box or google e.g. JCU University Handbook and click on the relevant link.

If you’ve got any questions just get in touch with the university – they’ll be more than happy to help explain how their courses work and tell you what you could be eligible for.

If you only want to choose institutions from the one state (as in, everything you want to study is in Melbourne), then you only need to submit the one application. But if you’d like to widen your options you could apply for university in different states – technically this would increase your chances of getting an offer, but you’d have to be willing to move interstate.

Click on the links here for lists of all the Australian Universities, Private Colleges, TAFEs and Apprenticeships/Traineeships.

Make a list of EVERY course you’re interested in, then cut out courses until you have the right number to fit into your preferences. It’s a good idea to list some courses you really want, a few that are more realistic, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

Congratulations! You’re now ready to start your application.

Here you’ll find the application info for YOUR STATE ONLY. If you want to apply in another state then you can find all the info on our blog.

Read it here:

How to Apply

Western Australia

Step 1

First you need to register with TISCOnline, that way you can log on, lodge an application and use all their online resources.

Go to the Registrations Check Page & check your status, then head to the registration page to get your 8-digit user ID and password. We’ve already double checked all the important dates, deadlines and application fees, you’ll find them listed here.

Step 2

Once you’ve got your log in details go to the login page, then follow the step by step instructions on the Welcome page.

Answer all questions with a red Asterix (*) beside them, the other questions are optional.

If you need to supply TISC with any documentation they will let you know as part of your application.

Tip: use the “Next Page” and “Previous Page” buttons on the application to move through the application - if you don’t then the details you’ve entered might not be saved.

Step 3

List your preferences, SIX is the maximum number allowed on your application. Always list the maximum number allowed to improve your chances of getting an offer.

Step 4

Submit your application and pay your processing fee before 11pm on the 28th September 2018. Your application will only be processed once you’ve paid the fee and filled in the declaration step.

If you miss the 28th September cut-off date, don’t panic, there’s another chance to apply by 11pm on the 12th December but you’ll have to pay much heftier application processing fees.

Step 5

Once you’ve lodged your application you can still make changes through your TISCOnline account to your preferences and contact details.

Tip: Nothing else can be changed though, so if you’ve forgotten something or made a mistake you’ll have to submit the changes in writing. You’ll need a TISC Application Change Form to do that.

So now, hopefully, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to apply for Uni. There’s a little bit of work involved and some of the first round closing dates are coming up soon.

It’s a great idea to submit your applications before these cut-offs dates because:

  • You’ll have more time to focus on completing your Year 12 studies and getting the best ATAR / OP results you can.
  • And another bonus is that you’ll only have to pay the lowest level of processing fees, whereas applications submitted after the initial cut-off date can increase quite significantly.

So what are you waiting for, get excited about the next step in your future. Choose your courses, find the institutions you’d like to study at and get your applications in as soon as possible.


The Steps You Need To Know To Apply For TAFE

Applications open Friday 31 August 2018

Applications for round 1 and change of preference close: Friday 7 December 2018

Applications close for round 2 Wednesday 2 January 2019

Offers (non-competitive course) Friday 31 August 2018 to Tuesday 8 January 2019*

Offers (competitive course): Round 1 – Tuesday 8 January 2019**

Offers (competitive course): Round 2 – Tuesday 22 January 2019**

Expression of interest applications will be accepted after the closing date

*Non-competitive courses: offers are made throughout the intake; these are available online at and will be emailed.

**Competitive courses: offers will be available online at at 12 pm on Tuesday 8 January 2019 for round 1, and Tuesday 22 January 2019 for round 2, and will be emailed.

Entrance requirements

Entry to full time study can be achieved in a number of ways depending on an individual’s circumstances. The requirements, and how these can be met, are outlined in the TAFE admissions guide for entry to full time courses for entry to full time courses.

In short, entrance requirements set the minimum literacy and numeracy skills or AQF qualification levels required for admission to a course. School students who do not achieve an Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, are encouraged to find out about alternative pathways to TAFE. Entrance requirements only apply to non-competitive courses, which attract lower numbers of applications.

Competitive courses are of high demand and require applicants to meet selection criteria in addition to the entrance requirements.

Some courses may also have specific entry requirements, such as higher levels of maths to those indicated in the TAFE admissions guide, or a folio, or may require students to commence at a level specified in the training package. Details for specific course entrance requirements can be checked with your preferred TAFE college.

Alternative pathways for school students who do not meet the OLNA standards

An OLNA is an Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment designed to enable students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

There are several alternative pathways to TAFE for school students who do not achieve an OLNA:

  • Vocational pathway (VET in schools): school students who complete a vocational course while at school can rely on their AQF qualification to demonstrate their literacy and numeracy skills (this is included in the guide) i.e. students can achieve an OLNA or a Certificate I, II or III to gain entry to a TAFE course (with the exception of qualifications within the Foundation studies training package (FSK);
  • TAFE Admissions testing: TAFE Admissions adopted the reading and numeracy modules of the OLNA as its literacy and numeracy testing tool. Subject to verification with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, school students may be eligible to register for TAFE Admissions testing if they have not sat the OLNA at school within the six months preceding TAFE Admissions testing and if they have not exhausted their maximum six attempts at the OLNA;
  • Alternative assessment: students can be referred to the learning area at their preferred TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment;

Students can enrol at any Certificate I level as there are no entry requirements (this is included in the guide); and

Students can enrol into one of the foundation skills and equity courses.

A prospective student who has not achieved an OLNA and submits an application to TAFE Admissions will be guided into a learning pathway.

For more information, download the TAFE admissions guide for entry to full time courses for entry to full time courses.

Contact TAFE Admissions

TAFE Admissions

Locked Bag 16

Osborne Park DC 6916

T: 6212 9888

F: 6212 9880


TAFE Admissions Guide 2018



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 23 September from 6pm until 8pm.


Prendiville Creative Living staff member Sue Turner-Morris will be taking part in Up All Night to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Australia (RMHCWA).

Sue says that walking in an overnight marathon isn’t going to be easy but it’s nothing compared to being the parent of a sick child. Every day, families from across WA come to Perth so that their child can receive emergency medical treatment. Ronald McDonald House is their home away from home during the most difficult time of their lives. Sue is stepping up to show the families at Ronald McDonald House that they aren’t alone. Join Sue on her journey. Donate to her page today. Good luck Sue.

Sue Turner-Morris - Up All Night

STUDY FOR A DAY: Saturday 20th October 9am-4pm

Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film or Games?

Come and study with us for a day, and experience student life at our exciting Perth Campus! Learn from our industry­ experienced lecturers, and get hands­ on training with actual coursework from our degree programs. Study For A Day workshops are a fantastic way to experiment with the creative media fields and your area of interest. Our lecturers introduce you to technical skills in your discipline of choice, and provide insight into careers in your chosen field.

Tickets are $35.00 per person (incl. bf + gst). Limited spaces available.

Head to for more details.

INFO NIGHT: Thursday 22nd November 5-7pm

Find your true calling with the leading global specialist in Creative Media Education. We're opening the doors of our state-of-the-art, Perth campus on Thursday, 22 November, from 5pm-7pm as an opportunity to visit your classrooms before the next intake in February. If you're considering studying creative media, Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games, now is the time to speak to our experienced team, your future mentors, and discover how you can pursue your passion in these dynamic and expanding industries.

Info Night is a FREE event and is highly recommended for Year 11 & 12 students.

Find out more here


Friday 21 September - Year 12 Final Breakfast

Friday 21 September - Last day of Term 3

Monday 1 - Friday 12 October - Year 12 College Exams

Monday 8 October - Term 4 Commences

Thursday 18 October - Year 12 Graduation


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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Prendiville Gallery Instagram

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The Hub: A Home For Bright New Ideas!


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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