Prendiville Catholic College

25 August 2017

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This week has been a wonderful celebration of books. The theme of Escape to Anywhere has echoed throughout Prendiville Catholic College this week. The week was highlighted by fun activities, guest authors and a colourful day of dress up on Friday, where our students and staff literally did escape to anywhere.

The following reflection was shared with our staff during the week. It is a compilation of quoted material and literacy licence from Mr Vivian.

We modern humans read all sorts of things and for all sorts of reasons. Reading newspapers to keep us informed, or once did. We read letters from those still dear, but no longer near, or once did. Lovers separated by oceans and continents once routinely bared their hearts to one another in passionately composed letters, or once did. As our ability to travel the world increased, reading took on ever-greater importance as a means of cementing and maintaining bonds of family and friendship, or once did.

These days the written word can travel at the speed of light. Therefore, instead of long delayed but eagerly anticipated letters, we keep up with distant friends and family, and even perfect strangers, via instantly received posts on Facebook, tweets on Twitter, e-mail and text messages, not to mention other undesirable social media platforms. Nonetheless, these short bursts of reading do have their place in our lives.

However, they are no substitute for more intense and challenging forms of reading. The commitment to reading is rewarded by a strengthening of the intellect and enhancing our knowledge, wonder and command of our language.

The act of reading exercises the mind in ways in which neither sound nor image can hope to match. A well-written book invites you to savour each word. Where a film takes over your imagination and relieves you of the hard work, a book offers mere hints and directions, and demands that you do the work of following through on the hints and direction for yourself.

Reading is essential for a well-lived human life. Indeed, it is one of the central pillars on which our capacity for an autonomous and independent lifestyle exists.



Our week was made extra special this week with students from Beagle Bay visiting our College and working with staff and students. Thank you to Mr Paddy Devlin who has worked with Beagle Bay teacher Ms Amy Christophers to bring the reality of this experience, which has been the dream of Sacred Heart School for many years. Next year Prendiville students will visit Beagle Bay to continue this special school to school relationship.

For your children

Mark Antulov



The Health Department of Western Australia has just been notified of the 3rd case of an individual diagnosed with Meningococcal W- strain this week in WA, bringing the state total to 11 confirmed cases of Meningococcal in 2017.

If your child is in years 10, 11 or 12 and they did not receive their Meningococcal Immunisation at the College on Monday 21 August, and you would like your child immunised, please feel free to contact Karyn Dore (the City of Joondalup school based Immunisation Co coordinator) on 08 9400 4938, and you can make an appointment at your convenience at the Joondalup clinic. The immunisation is free of charge.

Esther Stuart,

College Registered Nurse


Performing Arts Centre Carpark

Parents are kindly reminded that the Performing Arts Centre carpark is not to be used for student drop-off or pick-up between the hours of 7.45am and 4.00pm. The only exceptions are parents of children with the following instruments: Double Bass, Cello, Tuba, Euphonium and Baritone Saxophone. Visitors to the Performing Arts Centre or Uniform Shop are to park in the bays marked ‘visitor’.

Prendiville Avenue Medical Centre

Prendiville Avenue Medical Centre has again 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.


Happy Book Week One and All.

On Monday, we hosted award-winning author Norman Jorgensen for a book signing and a chat in the Library during lunch. Students were enthralled by recounts of his childhood and in particular his school days. We were very fortunate to have an author of this caliber join our Book Week celebrations. As well as signing some of his books, Norman also posed for photographs with some students.

During recess on Tuesday the staff enjoyed a Book Week cake in celebration of everything books and reading.

James Foley, a renowned author and picture book artist, spent Wednesday working with a group of Year 10 students in the Library to create a picture book. It was fascinating to watch the creative process in action. Once again, we are grateful to have such a talented author and illustrator join us for the day.

The Student Council in collaboration with the Library staff ran Staff Vs Student Book Charades in the Redmond Theatre during lunch. Fun and games were had by all.

The Escape to Everywhere mystery book lucky dip ran throughout the week. Students selected mystery books to borrow which were wrapped in brown paper and which enabled them to escape to wherever!

This year the Student Council, once again in collaboration with the Library staff, organised the Inaugural Whole School Book Week dress up, raising funds for Indigenous Literacy. Staff and students alike were encouraged to dress up in costumes related to the Escape to Everywhere theme. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed staff and student individual and the best dressed staff and student group. Well done to the following winners of the Book Week dress ups.


Best Dressed Individual

1st Mr Steve O’Connor as a Scary Clown. He was scarier than usual!

2nd Mr Nathan Pereira as a Tyrannosauras Rex. That’s the first time we’ve seen a T-Rex do the Sign of the Cross!

3rd Mrs Beverly Reed as Cleopatra. Such elegance!

Best Dressed Group

1st Witches: Who shall remain nameless!

2nd The Mad Scientists: Mad as in Crazy!

3rd The Air Hostesses: Who were ready to take off at a moment’s notice!


Best Dressed Individual

1st Joe Fernandes as a Clown~'Pennywise' from Stephen King’s It

2nd Sam Marshall as Death stroke a fictional supervillain from comic books

3rd Tom Norman as a Droog from A Clockwork Orange.

Best Dressed Group

1st Keira O’Flaherty, Valerie Gergis and Tamara Cleary as Alice In Wonderland

2nd Andreia da Cunha and Jasmine Decke from 101 Dalmations

3rd Ceilidh MacLean, Andrea Mascarenhas, Ella Swailes, Anna Znidarich, Nyssa Belamide, Ashley Stott and Annalie Stone as Minions.

We were all led by the wonderful example of our esteemed leader, Gandalf, Mr Antulov!

Congratulations to the following students who won prizes in the annual Year 8 Art Book Covers competition.

1st Tahlia Baldock

2nd Jade Ryan

3rd Jacinta Jensen

Year 8 Book Covers Raffle

1st Erin Daly

2nd Becky McHugh

3rd Ella Holmes

Grateful thanks to Campion for donating book prizes as well as to the Art Department staff for their help with the Year 8 Book Covers and to the English department, for their help in organising our guest speakers and prizes for the games and competitions, especially Mr Garth Harris. Thanks also to Mr Ben MacNaughton and the Reef Break Café staff for providing an Escape to Everywhere menu over the week, and to Mrs Sue Turner-Morris for her escape to childhood soup on Wednesday. Thanks to Mr Ben Collins for setting up the Redmond Theatre for book charades, Bailey Porro for all his help over the week, Mrs Stacey Walker for counting the gold coin donations, Mr Chris Greenwood and Miss Miah De Francesch for taking photos over the week and finally, a HUGE thank you to everyone who got into the spirit of the occasion by either entering into a game, competition or getting dressed up in celebration of Book Week. A great time was had by one and all!

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More than 170 artworks by Catholic school students were showcased at this year’s Angelico Exhibition. Now in its 24th year, the exhibition is the biggest event on the Catholic schools Visual Arts calendar, displaying creative works by students from across Western Australia.

Jenna Newton (Year 12) and Madison Snelling (Year 9) both won awards at the presentation evening last night. Madison received a Highly Commended for her pastel and acrylic portrait 'Industrialised Immaturity' and Jenna won her second major award for the year, taking out the highly prestigious Phil Somers Sculpture Award for her artwork 'Bleached, Black & Bagged'. A close up of Jenna's work is featured as the background to this newsletter.

Based around the theme of Western Australia, the Phil Somers Sculpture Award recognises excellence in the production of a creative and original sculpture using any material of the student's choice. Jenna's stunning sculpture series, created using resin, glass, hebel stone and found objects, was a stand out for the judge.

Well done to Paulina Gamez-Villarreal (Year 12), Sofia Ampil (Year 11), Olivia Hauser (Year 8) and Angel Benoy (Year 8) for also being selected for the exhibition.

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We are thrilled to announce that Byron Reid has won first prize in the Year 12 Furniture category in the ‘Out of the Woods’ Exhibition. This exhibition is an annual event held by the Fine Woodwork Association at the Claremont Showgrounds.

Byron’s work, titled Chuditch Hollow, is a finely crafted entrance table inspired by Western Australian flora and fauna and was created using reclaimed jarrah and Western Australian blackbutt timber together with kiln formed fused glass panels. The title of the work makes reference to Western Australia’s largest carnivorous marsupial, the chuditch, which was once found in large numbers throughout the southwest jarrah, blackbutt and karri forests but is now listed as endangered. The ‘old growth’ reclaimed timber used to construct the work can also be considered as a remnant of an endangered species.

Byron is enrolled in both the Materials, Design & Technology – Wood and the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals courses. Chuditch Hollow was created in the TIDE Studios (Technology, Innovation, Design & Enterprise) where Byron has successfully utilised his time in both courses to design and create this award-winning work.

‘Chuditch Hollow’ is currently on display in the Prendiville Gallery.

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Warrick Palmateer

Head of TIDE


The Science Department's second annual Science Project Night during Science Week for students in Year 7 to 9 was another resounding success this year. All students in Year 7 had to submit a project that had to be displayed on the night while we only selected the best in Year 8 and 9 due to lack of space.

We had a huge number of proud parents as well as equally proud grandparents and siblings of the students in attendance. Each lab was crowded with many trying to see all the projects and being involved in our community voting.

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Some of the projects were simply amazing with students using a great deal of imagination and effort to get their projects working. It was pleasing to see how many students used scrap materials such as plastic bottles and boxes, wires, pipes etc to come up with such interesting models. We congratulate all students for their efforts and hard work and thanks to all parents for coming along on the night.

A very special thanks to all Science staff who helped support this major endeavour and took on proactive roles in getting their students to produce such astounding work and helping making the night such a great success.

Gerard Giannnasi

Head of Science


Our Adventure to Hills Forest

On our overnight camp to Mundaring we were educated on the conservation of today’s native animals in the Perth region. We explored Karakamia, an enclosed conservation reserve, for a night walk where we saw many native animals such as woylies, tamar wallabies, quendas, quacking froglets and bush tail possums. The conservation reserve was built to protect locally extinct animals from predators such as feral cats and foxes so they could repopulate their communities. Overall, other than the cold night, it was a very good experience.

The next day, we got to learn a lot about trapping and releasing animals and the different plants and trees that help sustain the environment. We got to help out planting trees and moving cut down logs which was actually quite fun. At the Hills Forest Conservation Centre we got to experience some of the native wildlife by holding joeys, touching stimsons python’s and giving belly rubs to ‘Lulu’ the echidna. Most of these animals were rescued from motor vehicle accidents and due to their injuries could not be released back into the wild.

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We all got to know each other better and grew closer together as a class. We learnt how to assess the biodiversity through things like the tree canopy and the amount of leaf litter. We met people who had a great knowledge of the native trees, such as marri and jarrah, and animals and who were passionate about protecting them. Our thanks to Mr Devlin for organising the camp and Mrs Relo-Fisher for driving the bus. Also thanks to Mr and Mrs Giannasi, Ms Skelin and Ms Smith for attending the night walk.

The Year 11 Biology Class


The 2017 Prendiville Paideia Parent Evening was held on Tuesday 8 August in the newly furbished Gateway Centre. It was a very successful and lovely event which served to welcome the new Year 7 students and their parents as well as affording the Year 8 students the opportunity to showcase their Passion Projects.

Our special guests included Wendy Manners, principal of Francis Jordan Catholic Primary School, Denny Piovesan, Chairperson of the P&F and Jacob Sullivan’s grandparents and extended family from Melbourne. Our Academic Captain, Harriet Brooke, made a brief speech and assisted in the distribution of certificates for the da Vinci Decathlon, our academic competition held earlier on in the year. We feasted on delicious nibbles, conjured up and professionally served by the Prendiville Year 11 Hospitality students.

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In celebration of National Language week, we started the evening with our prayer in eight different Languages: Arabic, Malayalam, Polish, Spanish, Slovenian, Italian, Portuguese and English. The Year 8 Passion Projects were of a very high standard and the students were on hand to discuss their project and the research they had conducted. Three students, Jacob Sullivan, Jerome Leung and Dylan Hollywood were invited to exhibit their Passion Projects at the Prendiville Science evening last week.

A most sincere thank you to all the parents and staff for their support in making this a warm and thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Lynn Gray

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


The last three weeks have been a busy time for the Italian Department. To begin with, the annual Year 12 Italian Immersion Camp was held at Camp Leschenaultia in Chidlow along with students from Holy Cross College, CBC Fremantle and the Italian exchange students. This two day outing started with the students banding together to cook their own authentic Italian dinner - handmade pasta, homemade sauce and polpette (meatballs) followed by Nutella tart. The following day was a mixture of formal assessments, exam tips and some fun language activities. We also managed to squeeze in a quiz night and two Italian movies. The aim of the camp is to give students practice and confidence in their oral skills and they all engaged fully in the spirit of attempting to only speak Italian for the duration.

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Last week the Year 9 classes spent the day at the Laguna Veneto Bocce Club in Dianella. The morning started with a meet and greet with the club members who spoke of the club’s origins and the history of bocce. After a few warm up language activities, students were taught how to play bocce by Italo (coach of the Australian Para-Olympic bocce team) and then spent an hour perfecting their newly found skills. This was followed by a delicious lunch of bread and cheese followed by the “best pasta ever” prepared by the lovely ladies of the club and washed down with a tub of gelato. After lunch there was time for a quiz and then a few quick hands of scopa, an Italian card game the Year 9’s have recently learnt.

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Monday this week saw the departure of our 3 lovely exchange students, Alessia S, Alessia M and Angela, after their 8 week stay with us. The girls loved every aspect of their cultural exchange including wearing a school uniform for the first time! They commented that all the teachers and students at Prendiville made them feel welcome and they loved the diverse curriculum they experienced at our College. They all expressed their gratitude to their host families at the farewell function last Saturday and vowed to return to Australia. A huge thanks from the department goes to the Irwin, Williams and Politi families for taking these girls into their homes and making their time so special.

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Paula O'Donnell

Head of Languages


The Prendiville College Jazz Band represented our school at Hale School on Sunday 13 August with a fine performance of a challenging Jazz Repertoire. Not only did they demonstrate outstanding talent and musicianship, they showed professionalism and maturity amongst their peers from other schools.

A panel of adjudicators from New York had the honour of providing feedback to the performing ensembles and there were bands from schools representing the entire state of Western Australia.

The performance featured soloists Jessica Mullen (vocals), Justin Farinosi (Tenor Sax), Brendan Arbuckle (Trumpet), Dylan Holden (Vibes) and Moritz Bergemann (Trombone), under the direction of Mrs Kathryn MacNeil (Music).

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Students in the Jazz Band are looking forward to performing at the up coming Music Presentation Night in September, and various events in Term 4. Thank you to parents and friends for your continued support.

Kathryn McNeil

Music Teacher


Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges

Secondary Concert Band section – Junior Winds and Concert Winds

Friday 25 August, 7.00pm

Newman College

Small entry fee payable at door. No prior booking is required.

Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges

Secondary Choral Section – College Choir and SSA Chamber Choir

Monday 28 August, 7.00pm

Trinity College

Small entry fee payable at door. No prior booking is required.

St George’s Cathedral Concerts at One

Lunchtime concert performance by the Prendiville Catholic College Choir, chamber instrumental ensembles & soloists

Wednesday 30 August, 1.00pm

St George’s Cathedral, Perth CBD

Entry is free, with a retiring collection taken at the cathedral. No prior booking is required – all welcome.

Year 12 ATAR Music Recital Night

Solo recitals presented by the senior students of Prendiville Catholic College, Lake Joondalup Baptist College and Ellenbrook Secondary College

Monday 4 September, 7.00pm

Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College

Entry is free. No prior booking is required.

Music Presentation Evening

Presentation of the three college Concert Bands, Senior Jazz Band, awards and leadership roles

Wednesday 13 September, 7.00pm

Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College

Tickets:, $10 Adults, $5 Student/Concession, Children 6 and under free.


ACC Athletics Season

With the final carnival approaching fast, the first of our two twilight meets has been run. The 2nd meet on Tuesday 29 August will give students trying out for the 100m, 400m, 800m, Shot Put, Javelin and Long Jump one final opportunity to put forward their case to be selected in the final team. I would like to remind all students and parents that attendance at the twilights is not compulsory for final selection nor does attendance guarantee selection in the final team. The process of selecting the ACC Athletics team is an arduous task each and every year and the more information we have to assist this process, the more accurate our coaching staff can be in making what are always difficult selections.

Information for the final ACC Carnival will start being posted on the SPORTAL page on SEQTA this week including programme booklets and event times should any parents be wishing to attend to watch certain events. We will aim to have the final team selected and posted by the commencement of Week 8 to give parents enough time to make these arrangements if need be.

Sporting Excellence

Lachlan Hall (Year 7) and Madison Large (Year 11) have been selected in the Western Australian Golf team. They will be competing at the Pacific Schools games in Adelaide in December as part of the WA Boys U12 side and WA Girls U17 side respectively.

Also selected to attend the Pacific Schools games was Fabiano De Abreu (Year 7) who will be part of the 12 and under Soccer team.

Congratulations to all three students.

Jamie Birrell

Sports Coordinator


Year 12 students please note that TISC is now open for your applications!

Please also note the important future University and TAFE student information below:

30 August - Murdoch Pathways and TISC Information Evening South Street Campus

30 August - Curtin Social Work Information Evening

1 September - TAFE applications open

5 September - Notre Dame Admissions Information Evening & Expo

5 September - ECU Teacher Education Evening

6 September - ECU Media, Communications, Arts and Design Information Evening

7 September - ECU Pathways Information Evening

9 September - CQU Open Day

12 September - Curtin Psychology and Speech Pathology Information Evening

13 September - ECU Pathways Information Evening

14 September - WAAPA Arts Management and Live Production Info Evening

19 September - 2017 Abilities Expo

20 September - ECU Security and Computing Information Evening

21 September - ECU Business and Law Information Evening

18 - 28 September - Notre Dame Course Advice Sessions

27 September - ECU Joondalup Campus Tour

27 - 28 September - Murdoch A day in the Life of a Uni Student Year 9 and 10

September - Notre Dame Applications Close

29 September - TISC Applications Close

3 October - ECU South West (Bunbury) Campus Tour

4 October - ECU Mount Lawley Campus Tour

12 October - ECU WAAPA Production Tour

15 October - ECU WAAPA Production Tour

31 October - WACE exams start

December - TAFE Full Time Applications close.

Apprenticeship Pathways

Looking for an apprenticeship? Check out the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways site which is really easy to use.

Also, the Australian Apprenticeships website that provides a lot of information on how to find an apprenticeship, Australian skills shortage needs and who provides apprentice support services in WA.


Congratulations to Eoin Hoey (Chisholm 8) for completing the Ride to Conquer Melanoma. He raised $2436 for the cause and many of the adults he met on the 184km ride commented on his excellent attitude and deep sense of empathy he has for others. Congratulations Eoin you have really made a difference to the lives of those who are touched by this disease.

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The P and F Committee ask for the support of all Prendiville Catholic College families for the upcoming Quiz Night. We would like all families to send in an item suitable to use as a prize on the night. (Wine, chocolates, beauty products, gift cards, etc...)

If your family is in the position to provide vouchers for goods and services for your business, we would love to have your support and we thank you for your generosity. All donations can be sent into the front office by Monday 18 September.

The aim of the night is to build community spirit within the school and we hope that you are able to join us for a fun evening on Friday 13 October. Tickets will be available soon from

Thank you for your support

P and F Committee


The Woolworths Earn and Learn Program is on from 26 July to 19 September. The Education Support Centre will be participating again this year. This is a great opportunity for our Centre to claim some great educational resources.

If you would like to support us, you can collect Earn and Learn stickers from any Woolworths store. Stickers can be deposited into our bins which will be located at Woolworths Currambine and also here at school in front of Student Admin. Stickers can also be dropped off to the Education Support Centre.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

Education Support Team


An associate of Prendiville Catholic College, studying to become a social worker, has initiated a program called 'The Cinderella Project'. The project aims to help girls from other schools who are unable to go to their school balls for different reasons, mostly because they can’t afford to buy a dress, shoes, etc. Donations of dresses, shoes, handbags and dress jewellery to assist the project would be greatly appreciated and can be handed in to the Administration office. Ms Jade Charles has generously offered to co-ordinate the project at Prendiville.


Dear Parents

Since March 2015, the Parish of St Simon Peter in Ocean Reef have run a Youth Group on every second and fourth Sunday of the month in the evenings from 6pm to 8pm for the ages of 12yrs to 17yrs.

The Youth Group is facilitated by 24:7, a Catholic Youth organisation which also runs in other parishes in Perth.

Belonging to our Youth Group is a place where the youth can build relationships, share in fellowship, learn more about their Faith in a fun and relaxed friendly setting and have opportunities to be involved in the wider community.

This year on the 1st Sunday of Advent will be the launch of the ‘Year of Youth’.

The Australian Catholic Bishops invite the Church in Australia to engage in a 'Year of Youth' in 2018 and stated that the Year of Youth reminds us that young people must be at the centre of any renewal strategy for the Church. We must work in partnership with young people’s passion and energy to assist us to become more fully alive as the body of Christ.

Marking the ten-year anniversary of WYD 2008 Sydney, the Year of Youth invites the Church to nurture the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of young people.

This letter is an invitation to attend an information evening on Monday 28 August at 7pm in the Parish Centre where you will have an opportunity to meet our Youth Leaders and learn more about our Youth Group!

Yours in Christ

Fr. Francis Kot SDS

Parish Priest


After the overwhelming success and glowing feedback from the participants, The Prendiville Hub will be hosting another ATAR Skills Revision program for Year 11's and 12’s, during the first week of the September holidays. This will be the perfect time to up skill in the run up to the final exams. Scroll down to What’s On At The Hub for brochure details. Phone or email Chris Greenwood on 9301 6249, he’ll be able to answer any queries.

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High school students interested in an intensive introduction to Theatre performance skills lead by theatre professionals covering an introduction to Acting, Movement for Performance, Story Telling and Improvisation need to note these important dates. The intensive workshops will run twice, on consecutive Saturdays 9 September and Saturday 16 September from 9.30am to 4.30pm here in The Redmond Theatre. Students who have experienced these workshops are blown away with the new skills they acquire. Scroll down to What’s On At The Hub for further details.


Tuesday 29 August - Athletics Twilight Meet

Wednesday 30 August - Prendiville Day of Compassion

Thursday 31 August - OLNA Round 2 Practice Test.

Monday 4 - Wednesday 6 September - OLNA testing.

Wednesday 13 September - Music Presentation Evening, 7.00pm

Thursday 14 September - ACC B Division Athletics

Thursday 14 September - College Art Exhibition Opening, 6.00pm


24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group

Next meetings are on 27 August & 10 September
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


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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