Prendiville News

17 October 2018


Phone: 9301 6270




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Our Graduation Mass and Ceremony will be conducted this coming Thursday. We will celebrate the fruits of our work with our community as we formally graduate our young adults. At Graduation we work to bring honour to our students and to give them a strong sense of their achievement, of empowerment, of our pride in them and of the love and support that goes with them to their new stage of life.

This year's Graduation extends on the Year 12 Retreat theme this year 'Be a friend of mine'. It is a wonderful theme and our hope is that many of the graduating class can maintain their personal friendships and be long life friends through the notion of being 'Prendiville Forever'.

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It is always challenging to describe a Graduating Class. The Class of 2018 are a wonderful group of individuals but combined they have an incredible wealth of gifts and talents. When the Heads of House were asked what is at the heart of this year's graduating class the responses included:

Mrs Sharrett: This group has been tenacious in its desire to achieve their goals regardless of the academic pathway chosen.

Mrs Wolfe: I feel this is a group who rise to the occasion when asked.

Mrs Crompton: The Year 12’s are accepting of individuals and are inclusive to ensure a strong sense of belonging.

Mrs Lombardi: Gentle and compassionate

Mr McAuley: Generous, laid-back and have great potential.

Mr Lenaghan: They have met all challenges and welcome those that aren’t ‘like them’. They have a strong sense of social justice.

These collective qualities certainly echo the characteristics of a Prendivillian. We wish our Year 12 students all the best for a hopeful, optimistic and happy future where the time at Prendiville has helped prepare them in some way.


As part of the Year 12 final days our year 12 students participated in a fun team event we hope becomes a legacy event for our students. For the inaugural event the running of the ways provided a meaningful and energetic event for our students as part of their conclusion to secondary school. Thank you to Ms Sarah Fogliani for coordinating the event which our Year 12 students participated in with great energy and teamwork. Our thanks also go to Baker’s Delight for their kind generosity in supplying the rolls for the sausage sizzle. Congratulations to McAuley House who won the inaugural event.

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Over the past term our staff have been working hard to prepare students and staff for restructured Pastoral Framework. Leadership from staff and students will be central to our new model. The key staff leaders for our new model are:


The Head of Year assumes responsibility for the culture of learning and pastoral care in their allocated year group.

  • Year 7: Paul Lenaghan
  • Year 8: Linda Lombardi
  • Year 9: Stephen Hunter
  • Year 10: Sue Crompton
  • Year 11: Margarita Tranquille
  • Year 12: Del Sharrett


The House Leaders are an important team in our new pastoral model. They are the new custodians of the House System and will continue the development of House spirit, belonging and participation.

  • Brigid: Nathan Pereira
  • Chisholm: Kate Raphael
  • Francis: Jeremy Broderick
  • McAuley: Leigh Barber
  • McCormack: Ryan Lockyer
  • Romero: Paige Warner
  • Salvado: Boston Williamson
  • Xavier: Paddy Devlin
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Over the past three years our College development has been guided by the document Beyond 30: Strategic Directions 2016 - 2018. With the goals and strategies of 'Beyond 30' nearing completion, it is time to set the College’s Strategic Priorities for 2019 – 2021.

The College identifies six overarching Strategic Priorities as the scaffold for strategic action from 2019.

1: Discipleship – Mission and Catholic Identity

2: Learning – Teaching and Learning

3: Accountability - Well-being

4: Engagement - Community Engagement and Partnerships

5: A Catholic Professional Learning Community

6: Stewardship and Sustainability

The first four priority areas are guided by the Catholic Education Western Australia’s system focus on Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship (LEAD). The College has added the additional priority areas of:

  • A Catholic Learning Community which focuses on priorities for addressing staff performance and development in the context of a Catholic school.

  • Stewardship and Sustainability which incorporates our commitment to long-term sustainability through responsible strategic thinking, planning and action.


Parents and guardians are invited to participate in two important parts of the strategic planning process:


Parent/Guardian engagement is an important component of the planning process and an invitation is extended to parents and guardians to attend focus group planning sessions. Thank you to those that attended the first session on 16 October. The second date for the focus groups is:

Wednesday 24 October (repeat session) from 6.00 to 7.00 pm in the Gateway.

The format for these sessions will be a structured SWOT analysis and online survey. Please RSVP your attendance to these sessions by email to


In addition to the focus groups, all parents will be invited to participate in the Vision for Learning Online Survey called the Diagnostic Inventory of School Alignment (DISA). This survey has a focus on the strategic priority of Learning. Parents will receive an email with instructions for participation in this survey which will be open from Monday 15 October until Monday 22 October.

On behalf of the College Leadership Team and College Board I warmly extend an invitation to participate in the two important processes outlined above.

For your children

Mark Antulov



Current families - do you have your sibling listed for the Year 7 2021 intake? The enrolment process starts in February 2019. Please complete an application on the College website or contact Kim Craig by email to confirm.


The College Board developed a flexible solution for families to meet their child’s education costs by spreading the payments throughout the year. Unless arrangements have been made with the Finance Office, College fee accounts must be finalised by 31 October 2018. The College has an obligation to meet their costs and requires parents to honour their commitments to payment of their fee accounts.

As per the College Board Policy, outstanding accounts with no arrangements in place, may reluctantly be sent to a private debt collection agency. This course of action may incur additional fees and charges that are payable by the family. I urge any family that are currently experiencing genuine financial stress and are unable to meet their commitment to contact the College Finance Officer Mrs Naomi Agosta on 9301 6242 to arrange an appointment.

Terry Raphael

Business Manager


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.


Year 8 immunisations will take place at the College on Thursday 25 October from 9am. The immunisations will take place upstairs in the Prendiville Centre. Year 8 students are to wear their sports uniform to school for the day.

Year 8 students will be split into 4 groups based on their last name. Please make sure that your child is aware of their Immunisation time.

  • Group 1 Females ‘A-K’. 9am- 9.20am
  • Group 2 Females ‘L-Y’. 9.20am- 9.40am
  • Group 3 Males ‘A-H’. 9.40am- 10am
  • Group 4 Males ‘J-Z’. 10am- 10.20am

More information about childhood immunisations can be found in the following link:

If you have any questions regarding the immunisations, please feel free to contact the College Registered Nurse or you can call Karyn Dore, City of Joondalup Immunisation Coordinator, directly on 94004938.

Esther Stuart

College Nurse


St. Simon Peter Production of 'The Little Mermaid'

Earlier in Term 3, St. Simon Peter held its spectacular Disney Junior production. In close partnership, Prendiville students gave graciously of their time and spirit in the areas of photography, video, dance choreography, makeup, prop construction, backstage management and the painting of a large banner for the foyer of the Performing Arts Centre.

It was very endearing to have many former St. Simon Peter students wanting to 'give back' service in gratitude to assist Mrs Natalie Templeton and Mrs Michelle Oliver. Well done to everyone involved, it was a superb production. The Redmond Theatre truly came to life with the magic of theatre, song and dance.

Michelle Bryant

Creative Arts

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Creative Arts - 2018 Yolande Frank Art Award Winners

We were fortunate to have four students chosen as finalists by the judging panel of the United Nation’s Association of Australia (WA Division), Yolande Frank Art Awards. Caitlin Nihil (Year 8), Mija Belamide, Nicola Grobbelaar and Madison Snelling (Year 10) were selected by Creative Arts staff to represent Prendiville at the annual awards and all four girls made the final group of twenty-two students.

We are thrilled to announce that at the start of the school holidays, Madison Snelling was awarded first place and Nicola Grobbelaar was runner-up at the awards ceremony in Subiaco. This is the second year in a row that Madison has won the Yolande Frank Art Award, a fantastic achievement. The artworks by all four students will be published in the 2019 Human Rights Education Calendar. Congratulations girls, as the Program Director, Mr Rees Barrett, commented, “the diversity and quality of student creative voices were most impressive.”

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Creative Arts Exhibition

The 2018 Creative Arts Exhibition was held last month in the foyer of the Performing Arts Centre and showcased the exceptional work of our talented students from Years 7 to 12.

It was an excellent display, and it was terrific to see so many members of the Prendiville Community come through to view the exhibition throughout the week. Thank you to guest judge Miss Verity Palmer, the music students who performed on the night, the Creative Living staff and students for catering the event and Ben Collins and the Creative Arts staff and for setting up the showcase and for their assistance on opening night. Congratulations to all the students who received awards.

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Eamon Matthews

Head of Creative and Digital Arts


Congratulations to Year 11 students Jayde Abbott and Harry Sinclair for recently representing Western Australia in the Australian Goalball Championships and winning the bronze medal. Goalball is an inclusive team sport for the blind and visually impaired. A link to a news item on the Championships is below. Well done Jayde and Harry.

Australian Goalball Championships


Term 4 Sport Clubs

Prendiville has a number of sporting opportunities available to students in Term 4 if they would like to keep active in some way. Sports include:

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Renea Mayer

Acting Sports Coordinator


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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


P&F Update – What’s on and Expressions of Interest for Treasurer Required

The P&F are in full swing, planning for a busy few months to close out this year and to kick start 2019.

Term 4 is the time where we call for requests from school departments for specific funding to support some of the unique requirements they have. Earlier this year the P&F funded whiteboard tables for the Mathematics Department, a laser cutter for TIDE and fitted out the Gateway with AV equipment so that it can be used as a presentation centre. Determining how the funds are distributed is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a member of the P&F as we can make meaningful, long term contributions to improving the school and the learning experiences our children have every day. We look forward to receiving the funding requests over the next few weeks and reviewing these early in Term 1.

The planning of the P&F events for 2019 is well underway also. Given the success of the inaugural Prendi Summer Fest in Term 1, we will be doing this again next year as well as the Easter Raffle and the Quiz Night in Term 3. The focus for 2019 is about consolidating the work we’ve done to date and to focus on building community through successful events and interactions. If you have attended a P&F event over the past few years you will know that they’re excellent opportunities to meet up with other families and friends and have fun. We are always looking for volunteers to help out so if you have some time to give please reach out to a committee member to discuss where you can contribute.

We’ve had the wonderful support of Sam Bresciani as the Treasurer for the P&F over the past six years. Sam has been instrumental in ensuring that the P&F budget is tracked effectively and has provided insight on all aspects of our financial responsibilities. Sam would like to hand the portfolio over as she has increased responsibility at work so it is time for us to find a new Treasurer so that an effective handover can be completed through Terms 1 and 2. If you have an accounting or bookkeeping background and would like to volunteer for this role, please contact Denny Piovesan on to discuss.


Opening Hours MacKillop Library

Monday-Thursday: 7.30am – 5.30pm

Friday: 7.30am – 4.00pm

Recess and Lunch every day

Please note there is no supervision of students outside of these hours.

Study Tutors

Study tutors are available to help with schoolwork on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the Library between 3.30pm – 5.30pm.

New Resources:

Escape from the pressures of homework with a book from the library! New titles are constantly being added to your library and online resources – so curl up with a good book today!

Both fiction and non-fiction resources are included in the latest additions including:

Circus Science by Marcia Amidon Lusted.

Ever watch the circus and wonder, "How do they do that?" Find the answers in this book! Readers will learn about some of the most mind-bending circus acts, from contortionists to human pyramids and the science that makes them possible. Short, simple activities help demonstrate the science for readers. (Goodreads) Find this title in the Non-Fiction!

The big, fat, totally bonkers diary of a pig (Pig Diary #4) by Emer Stamp

I is Pig. This is my diary and I doubts you will believe any of it. In fact, if you is the kind of farmer what finds it hard to believe unbelievable stuff, you should put it down RIGHT NOW. It's all 1000% true and 10,000% BONKERS! (Goodreads)

The lie tree by Frances Hardinge

When Faith's father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. The bigger the lie, and the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. But as Faith's untruths spread like wildfire across her small island community, she discovers that sometimes a single lie is more potent than any truth.


You will find a link to the Wheelers eLibrary on the Prendiville Catholic College Dashboard. Your login is the same as your normal school computer user name and password. Access to the Wheelers platform can be gained anywhere and anytime. If you are experiencing difficulties logging in please come to the Library for assistance.

These are some of the latest titles in your Wheelers eLibrary:

The Ring of Solomon: The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud

We find everyone's favourite irascibly insolent djinni serving at the court of King Solomon in 950 BC Jerusalem, where he is causing his customary chaos and must help a girl assassin sent by the Queen of Sheba steal the all-powerful ring of Solomon.

Obsidio: The Illluminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The 3rd and final book in “The Illuminae Files” trilogy. Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall and hearts will be broken.

Storymaze 1: The Ultimate Wave by Terry Denton

OK! So you're not sure whether you want to read this book or not. I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON if you don't read it. (You won't believe me anyway.)(Besides I haven't read it.) I'm not going to tell you how FUNNY this BOOK is or that it was not TESTED ON ANIMALS or that 16 DOLPHINS DIED when the forests were cut down to make the paper for this book. I'm not GOING TO tell you that this book is about SURFING and that it contains a story with heroes of either SEX; it looks at parallel universes, BLOOD, VIOLENCE and stuff. (If read backwards it makes no sense at all.) The Venuzuelan Tribune said: 'We don't like books with lots of pictures!' The Daily Bugle said: 'Why bother reading it? None of it's real.' The Flying Scotsman wrote: 'I read it from cover to cover but didn't worry about the bit in between.' The Egyptian Mummy wrote: 'I was wrapped!'

Paper Planes by Steve Worland

Dylan is an imaginative twelve-year-old boy who discovers that his talent for folding and flying paper planes could take him to the World Paper Plane Championship. With a great challenge soaring ahead and a goal to fly into the number one spot, there's no telling how far he can go.

Art Display

Come and have a look at Madison Snelling’s award winning art installation 'Empire: Another Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure' which is being displayed in the library. Madison won first prize in the 3 Dimensional category of the Angelico Awards for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. The sculpture won the prize under the title 'Sound Fragmentation' and is a statement about the impact of commercialism and capitalism on weaker members of society. Well done Madison!

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A huge congratulations to the following Prendiville Catholic College students who have received an early offer to study at Notre Dame University in 2019:

  • Molly Gerrans - Bachelor of Science
  • Megan McGloin - Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Megan Ogle - Bachelor of Laws

This year, Notre Dame received over 500 applications for the Early Offer Program making this a huge achievement. Well done and congratulations again.

Apprenticeship, Traineeship & TAFE News

Free Resume Writing, Job Applications, and Career Development Workshops

These free workshops are held monthly at various TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres, including Rockingham, Thornlie, and Peel Campuses. Other campuses also offer similar free support.

Find out more -

Directions – Workforce Development, Apprenticeships & Training - WA

You don’t have to go to a college or university to gain a qualification. Traineeships in Western Australia provide a fantastic pathway to a nationally recognised qualification plus you are gaining invaluable work experience while you learn. Traineeships can be full-time, part-time or even school-based and are usually 12 months to 2 years in duration.

Find out more -

Water Corporation – Apprenticeships – WA

We offer an opportunity to get paid while gaining your trade qualification in Mechanical, Electrical, Fitter/Machinist and Welding/Boiler-making disciplines.

Find out more -

Traineeships for young people in the WA Public Sector

Many traineeships in the Western Australian public sector are facilitated through the Public Sector Commission’s ‘Public sector traineeship recruitment and referral service’. This service offers opportunities for young people to be selected by public sector agencies for both school-based and full-time traineeships.

You must register to receive traineeship job alerts as they are advertised - there are no set recruitment dates for traineeships. Registering will ensure that you will be notified of any traineeship opportunities as they arise within the WA public sector.

Register here -

University Information

WACE YEAR 12 RESULTS ONLINE | Monday 17 December 2018

All 2018 WACE students with at least one scaled score, will be able to access their TISC Universities Admission Advice Letter information (including scaled scores and ATAR) via the TISC website at Results will be available from Monday 17 December 2018. Offer round dates are changing for this cycle. There will be a major round of offers available on Friday 21 December, shortly after Year 12 results are released, with another major round of offers available on Tuesday 22 January 2019

Applications are still open at A late processing fee of $160 now applies.

Change of Preferences - Once they have applied, students may change preferences as many times as they wish, subject to closing dates, without incurring any extra charge. Applicants should be aware that there will be a limited period after the release of Year 12 results for them to change preferences for the December offer round. Preference changes for the December round will close at 11.00pm on Tuesday 18 December. Read more -

Study Medicine

New updated information has been added with 3 new degrees leading to medicine including La Trobe University's rural medical pathway. Study Medicine now details 60 degrees

See also the latest listing of deadlines (end September and October) for all medical programs in Australia You can find Study Medicine on Twitter, Facebook or email:

MedView – Medicine Interview Taster

November 14 | Perth

Secured an offer to Interview for Medicine in 2019?

Give yourself the best opportunity at securing a medical school place. In this 2-hour session, we’ll give you a crash course on the Medical School Interview including covering the core skills and techniques to succeed in the Interview and MMI scenarios.

Find out more -

Special Consideration & Educational Access Schemes

If you’ve experienced something that’s had a negative impact on your marks in Year 11 & 12, DON’T GIVE UP! There are schemes designed to help you gain recognition for your work, so read on:

Special consideration isn’t designed to give you an advantage and it’s not a privilege. It simply makes applying to University fair for everyone.

These schemes give universities the opportunity to assess the impact of your individual situation on your studies and results, and if they consider that you’ve been negatively impacted, but still shown determination and hard work, an adjustment or change your ATAR or OP results may be made.

So if you’ve been sick, injured, grieving, live in a regional or remote area, or spent time caring for another family member applying for special consideration could help your chances of being offered a spot at uni.

You can apply directly to individual institutions (details can be found on their websites), but often you can simply include the application as part of your general application to University.

We know how hard it can be to understand the process – that’s why we’ve done the hard work, read through all the relevant information and called the processing bodies themselves to clarify what you need to do. This blog covers what you need to know, but if you’re confused or want more help please get in touch with the processing body in your state or university directly to find out more.


TISC does this process for you automatically. Fill in your course application (remember to answer all the questions), and the information you’ve provided is used to work out any ATAR adjustments you’re eligible for.

Current Year 12 students will receive a University Admission Advice Letter (UAAL), it’ll tell you if you’re eligible for a pathway for one or more universities, and what your Selection Rank(s) for each university will be.


You won’t be notified of a YES or NO response to your application; you’ll just get an offer as part of the undergraduate offer rounds. Here’s how the system works:

1. Once you’ve submitted your application for special consideration, the processing bodies will check that the forms have been filled out correctly and that all the necessary documentation has been supplied and matches the requirements.

2.Then your ATAR/OP results are published your special consideration application along with the course application will be forwarded to the Universities you’ve applied to on your preferences list.

3.Universities have their own weighting systems that they apply to each category / section / reason of the special considerations application. They will increase your selection rank for the course you have applied for (this is called an equity adjustment), OR they will allocate you a place reserved for EAS students.

4.So, your university choice + course choice + special consideration category + number & quality of applications in your cohort = the adjustment to your ATAR / OP score

What does all this mean? You won’t be told about any adjustments made to your score, but if, for example, you applied to do a Law degree at Monash University which required an ATAR of 95 and your ATAR result was 94, yet you receive an offer, you can assume that your special consideration application got you over the line.


  • Make sure you allow yourself enough time to complete special consideration applications.
  • Getting together all the documentation / supporting information can take several weeks and the cut-off dates aren’t too far away. So get cracking.

Special consideration probably won’t apply for things such as:

  • not completing secondary school
  • changing school subjects by choice, resulting in you not meeting entry requirements
  • missed time from school for activities that are a personal choice (for example, sport, musical or cultural activities)


TISC have made it easy so there’s no need to apply separately – just make sure you answer all the questions on your course application and provide full and accurate details where necessary.

Want to apply for uni in a different state? You can find all the same details for every state and territory on our blog – Study Work Grow.


WA – 11pm on 12 December 2018 is the cut off for first main round applications, and if you’re applying through TISC your special consideration is automatically part of this application.

Resources, Guides & Other News

Year 13 – 6 Questions You Need to Ask your High School Careers Advisor

Turns out only 26% of you are turning to your careers advisors for advice or asking them questions. This means most of you aren’t going to the one person whose job is dedicated to helping you make post school decisions….

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Find out about Careers with WA Health

Watch this video to find out more about working with WA Health


US Sport Scholarships – Info Sessions with Crimson Education

Row, swim, run and score for top US colleges! Learn how to get recruited for universities like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, UCLA and the importance of academics at this free US Sport Scholarship info session. Perfect for students who are in the 1st teams at school or have competed at state level in any of the 24 scholarship eligible sports. Register today!

Perth - October 20


WAAPA Summer School 2018/2019

This summer WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley is offering an exciting performing arts program for students from Years 1 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in RAP, Acting, Dance, Drama, Screen Performance, Music Theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at


Thursday 18 October - Year 12 Graduation. 7pm, College Sports Centre

Monday 22 October - Science USA Movie Fundraiser, 6.30pm. Redmond Theatre

Tuesday 23 October - Year 7 2019 Parent Information Night

Wednesday 24 October - Year 7 2019 Orientation

Thursday 25 October - Year 8 Immunisations

Friday 26 October - Year 9 Retreat

Monday 29 October - Year 11 River Cruise


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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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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