Prendiville Catholic College

21 February 2018

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It has been a special week at Prendiville with our Ash Wednesday Mass and Academic Excellence assembly. Our College Mass signalled the beginning of Lent which is a time of reflection in the lead up to the Easter Period. Lent is often recognised as a time of giving something up or fasting. This year Pope Francis has asked that Lent is a time where whatever we give up or give should bring kindness, compassion and justice to others.

Thank you to Marg Tavelli for facilitating the Mass. Fr Cyprian certainly made an impact and to have the beautiful liturgical banner unveiled provided another symbol and story for our students. I am always inspired by the student participation and reverence of our students at these events.

A special part of the Mass was the commissioning of our student Special Ministers. These young adults must be recognised for their courage to show their faith in such a public way. Thank you again to Marg for growing the numbers of students involved in this important ministry. Congratulations to the following students for modeling their faith commitment through the role of Special Ministers:

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At Prendiville Catholic College we make it no secret that our aspiration to excel is a high priority for everyone. Excellence at Prendiville is aspiring to be the very best we can in all the activities we do and also the relationships we are in.

To help us achieve this aim, the College has a StAR reference group facilitated by Mrs Fiona Leck (Deputy Principal Curriculum and Academic Standards). This group has successfully introduced a consistent awards criteria to acknowledge excellence across all facets of College life. At the full school assembly last week the following awards of excellence were presented:

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The Prendiville Catholic College Colours Awards are a prestigious achievement and were presented at the College assembly on Wednesday 14 February. The College Colours Awards serve to acknowledge the achievement of excellence in College activities. The awarding of Colours aim to enhance College spirit and student pride and dedication to academic excellence, sporting and cultural endeavours and service to the community. The Colours Awards recognises consistent and sustained application and effort in all areas of College life. Recipients of the College Colours Award embody College Spirit in their awareness of others by being empathetic and displaying initiative in the positive development of the College culture.

Congratulations to the following worthy recipients of College Colours:

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Attaining an ATAR above 98 is an outstanding achievement as it places the student in the top 2% of all Year 12 students. Both Dylan Burwood and Cris Macaraig were formally recognised and inducted into the 98 Club at the College Assembly on Ash Wednesday. Not only were both boys high achievers academically during their time at Prendiville but they were also heavily involved in sporting and leadership activities at the College.


Friday is PRENDIFEST. If you have not got your ticket it is not too late. Come and be part of this special community event organised by our amazing and active P and F. Prendifest is the perfect family fun event and an opportunity for families and friends to share in active fun together.

Tickets can be purchased from the trybooking site: Prendifest


I encourage all parents and children to sign up for the the College Facebook Accounts and Instagram Accounts. Along with our newsletter these two communications platforms share lots of current news and information on a regular basis. On Mondays I will also send out a small motivational post to our students through these social media platforms. This week's post is a simple one and reminds everyone to just take small steps at a time to excellence.

Thank you to everyone for a positive start to the school year. A new term, new classes and new situations, whilst bringing new opportunities, can sometimes be daunting and it can take some time to adjust.

Remember to take things one day at a time, one step at time. This approach gives you time to reflect and enjoy each school moment as it happens. Engage and enjoy every moment. Principal Post #1 2018

You can sign up to the official Facebook and Instagram sites at the following links:



For your children

Mark Antulov



Communication with the school:

We encourage open and honest communication between parents and the school. I understand that at times it is difficult to know who to speak to when you have a concern or a question. Here is a guide.

1. If you have an issue that is curriculum based, please direct your enquiry directly to the classroom teacher. They are best placed to deal with any concerns that have happened in the classroom.

2. If these concerns are not addressed then direct your enquiry to the relevant Head of the Learning area.

3. Issues of a pastoral or general organisational matters are best directed to the students' Pastoral Care Advisor (PCA). They meet with the students everyday.

4. The next avenue for communication is then the Head of House.

As teachers spend most of their day with their classes the best form of communication is through SEQTA. A follow-up meeting or call can then be arranged if required.

Staff will attempt to get back to you in a timely manner. Teachers are not expected to respond to emails over the weekend.

Year Assemblies

We have had the opportunity to speak with all of the students at the College during their opening year assemblies. Each assembly had a flavour that is specific to the respective phase of development of the child and I had an opportunity to speak with a number of the Year groups. I spoke of two things;

1. Taking advantage of the opportunities presented to students at Prendiville Catholic College. We want the students to use the great gifts they have.

2. Show respect. Respect for themselves, to each other, to the school and to the traditions of the school.


Schools are very complex organisations. In an effort to simplify the organisation of events that occur within the school context, Prendiville has entered into an agreement with Consent2Go. Consent2Go is a powerful data management system that allows schools to more efficiently manage the organisation of events at school. The package has been implemented in a number of schools, both Government and private, across the state with great success. This link takes you to the Company website where you can learn more about the software.

Simon Kanakis

Vice Principal


Application for EXTRA time on Timed Assessments

Where a student has a temporary or permanent disability, a medical condition and/or a specific learning difficulty that may disadvantage the student in demonstrating his/her knowledge or skills in school-based assessment tasks, parents/guardians are invited to apply to the College for special assessment arrangements to be made for their son/daughter.

Parents/guardians should appreciate the following:

The guidelines are in accordance with those outlined by the Schools Curriculum and Reporting Authority.

• The granting of special assessment arrangements is not necessarily automatic, but subject to the provision of medical and/or psychological evidence to support the need for the accommodation to be made. The supporting documentation must indicate a functional impact that impedes the student's performance in timed tasks. This evidence is to be arranged by the parents/guardians and provided to the College as required.

• The criteria for awarding grades remain fixed for all students.

• Students with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements within the spirit of the assessment parameters.

• When in Year 12, students who have a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition that may disadvantage them in demonstrating their knowledge and skills in the ATAR Examinations, will need to apply to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority {SCSA) by the due date for special examination arrangements. The school will support the application process. The SCSA application form requires the history of special school-base d arrangements to be noted. SCSA also requires that psychological assessments, where appropriate, be at least 2 years current.

• Students with disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties have the right to reject the offer of alternative assessment strategies to accommodate their disabilities or specific learning difficulties. Students should understand, however, that such a rejection is likely to have an adverse effect on the final grades awarded to them.

Where the application is successful, arrangements will be made so that a student with a disability and/or specific learning difficulty will not be disadvantaged under normal assessment procedures.

Applications for special assessment arrangements are to be made by completing the appropriate application forms, with any necessary supporting documentation attached. New applications for this year should be directed to Mr Scott Kinner, Director of Diversity and Excellence. Application forms are available at Student Admin through Mrs Grace Cassidy.

Where the application is successful, arrangements will be made so that a student with a disability and/or specific learning difficulty will not be disadvantaged under normal assessment procedures.

Scott Kinner

Director of Diversity and Excellence


Prendiville Catholic College is committed to delivering the Keeping Safe: Child Safety Curriculum recognizing all children and young people have a right to:

» be treated with respect and to be protected from harm

» feel and be safe in their interactions with adults, other children and young people

» understand as early as possible what is meant by feeling and being safe

» receive the support of counsellors or staff in their education or care setting who are responsible for their safety and wellbeing.

Source: Child Protection in Schools, Early Childhood Education and Care Services Policy (2011)

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum teaches all children from a young age, in an age appropriate way, to recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it.


The curriculum is based on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities.

· Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe

· Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.

Focus Areas

The two themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the learners.

1. The right to be safe

2. Relationships

3. Recognising and reporting abuse

4. Protective strategies.

Please click on the relevant link to access the KS:CPC brochure that summarises curriculum content covered.

KS:CPC Year 6-9 Concept Summary

KS:CPC Year 10-12 Concept Summary

More information can be found on the DECD website:

If you have any questions regarding the delivery of KS:CPC at Prendiville College, please contact Mrs Fiona Leck (Deputy of Curriculum and Academic Standards) or Mrs Antonette Fazzari (Director of Pastoral Care).

Antonette Fazzari

Director of Pastoral Care and Formation Years 9, 10 and 11


Sometimes it may be difficult to determine if your child is well enough to come to school. Please click here to help you determine whether your child should stay home or if they are OK to return to class.

If you have any questions, please email

Esther Stuart,

College Registered Nurse


2018 kicked off to a great start in actioning the Brigid House Theme of COMPASSION!

As a part of celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Brigid (February 1), students in Brigid House were asked to donate a box of breakfast cereal in support of Foodbank WA. This great organisation provides 60 million meals a year to over 2400 charities and 1000 schools around the country.

Staff and the House Council were overwhelmed with donations of 174 varieties of breakfast cereals collected throughout the 8 PCG’s in a one-week blitz. The initiative really showed some real Brigid spirit and competitive drive; Brigid 8 collecting a total of 27 boxes, donating the largest quantity. The local Foodbank Hub in Joondalup were grateful recipients of the cereals donated.

Brigid Day of Compassion, held on Wednesday 7 February, was celebrated with 8am Mass in the Good Shepherd Chapel with wonderful attendance from staff, students and parents. Brigid staff and students were then invited to attend a light breakfast on the front lawn area before commencing the school day.

A huge thank you again to all the Brigid families who helped out in support of such a great cause. We made a great difference to those in need with a small notion.

Dion Berry, BR6

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The three weeks spent travelling Italy last December are now a distant memory but one that will remain with us forever.

The Italian tour for me was wonderful. I loved the places we went, the people we met and I actually learned a lot. I enjoyed the Vatican, small little Pesaro, snowy San Marino and all the food I devoured. Definitely going to remember this trip :) Julia Hanlon

The Italian tour of 2017 was a trip to remember. Florence was my favourite place, one that I could easily see myself living in, yet the homestay in Pesaro was the greatest experience, opening new friendships. However, the amazing snow in San Marino trumps both Florence and Pesaro - the freezing cold was worth withstanding for the snow alone. Jason Mule

The Italy tour was one of the highlights of my life. I got to understand and see the amazing culture that is famously known around the world. My favourite experience was seeing the thousand year old buildings, and the shopping in Florence. Sienna Buttsworth

The highlight of my trip to Italy was the first time I had Italian gelato in a beautiful piazza in the evening of our second night in Italy. Chelsea Taggart

It was a brilliant trip filled with many memories. Some of my favourites were visiting the Colosseum, meeting my host family, experiencing the Italian culture and eating the yummy food!!! Amelia Foster

This trip to Italy was a memorable trip. The highlight of the trip was staying in the host family's house. I learned a lot about the Italian culture as well as developed friendships with the other students on the trip as well as the family we stayed with. The trip nicely complemented my studies in Italian resulting in an experience that will stay with me forever. Sarah Curran

During our Italy trip we had the pleasure of meeting a handful of Italian students from the various schools around the town of Pesaro. It was interesting to learn about the differences in our lives and the things they enjoy doing during the week. Gemma Boothroyd

The trip to Italy was amazing. Whilst I was there I saw many exciting sites such as; the statue of David, the Vatican, the colosseum, the Roman forum and many other things. We travelled to Assisi, Florence, Rome, Venice and San Marino. And best of all, in San Marino, it snowed! It was a beautiful sight to see snow in the flesh and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Thomas Wilding


Over the Christmas holidays Dion Berry, Samantha Irwin and Kayla Monte spent eight weeks on a full immersion exchange programme in Italy. The girls returned bubbling with enthusiasm and speaking beautiful Italian. Here are two accounts:

Over the two month break, myself and two other Prendiville students along with almost 50 other Australians travelled to Italy for the WAATI Exchange program. It was an unforgettable experience; I was so lucky to have been able to go. I travelled north to Cuneo where I stayed with a family. They have two daughters, who I am now really close to, and I'm planning on returning to visit everyone I have met. My exchange experience was amazing, I had a lovely family, great classmates, a dedicated volunteer and I met other exchange students from all over the world while improving my Italian. There, of course, were a lot of cultural differences but over time I grew used to them having learned a lot about Italian life at school.

One of the highlights of my experience was Christmas which my family spent having a family lunch. It was great to see and my family were very inclusive, making sure I was happy and comfortable over my stay. My other favourite moment was New Year’s Eve which I spent with exchange students from all over the world. Although there was some homesickness at the beginning, there were a lot of people to help me so it went away very quickly making the time even better. I am extremely lucky to have gone and built so many new friendships and I cannot wait to return and see everyone again. The trip was definitely worth it. I brought a lot away and learned many things about Italian life. On my return to school it was my pleasure to go to the Year 7 Italian class to share my experiences in Italy. They had lots of great questions and were very interested.

Dion Berry, Yr 12

I was lucky enough to spend two months of the summer holidays on exchange in a small town named Piacenza in Italy. It was an experience of a lifetime that allowed me to learn more about the Italian culture, their way of life and it helped me improve my Italian significantly. I attended an artistic school that had subjects like architecture, multimedia, cinematography and design. I couldn't believe how different school was in Italy compared to Australia. I met some of the most amazing people in Italy that I can't wait to go back and see because they made the experience so much better. If I could go again, I would because two months definitely wasn't long enough.

Sam Irwin, Yr 12

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CAS Sport

The CAS season has commenced with great enthusiasm from the students. Thank you to the teachers that have dedicated their time to support these students in the sporting field. We were able to fill all teams in the CAS competition again this term which shows students enjoy participating in a fun and active environment with their peers. The link to fixtures and results for each CAS round can be found via the SPORTAL page.

Swimming training

The number of students participating in swimming training has been impressive and has gradually increased throughout the term. Students see improvements in their fitness and technique at all ability levels. We have fantastic energetic swimming coaches again this year who are all ex-Prendiville students. These include Tarni Golisano, Paolo Da Silva, Tristian De Villers, Jessica Barnes and Aimee Lea. Coaches are divided up amongst the students to ensure that training sessions are differentiated depending on the learning needs of the students. It has been great to see the large amount of Year 7 and 8 students at training, however it would be pleasing to have more senior school students participate as the Inter-House Swimming Carnival is less than a week away. If students are interested in attending training they will need to collect a permission slip from the Phys Ed office. Students are reminded that they need to get changed into their full College uniform when they return back to school.


The SPORTAL page is continually being updated with information regarding all levels of sport at the College. SSWA opportunities, CAS results, fixtures, programmes and team selections are all available for both parents and students to access at any time. I encourage all to check the SPORTAL to familiarise yourself with it as it is a valuable resource.

Sporting achievements

Congratulations to Grace Lenaghan (Year 11) who has been selected to represent Western Australia in the School Sport Western Australian Triathlon team for 2018. The team will be travelling to Penrith in April to compete against the other States. We wish Grace all the best in the SSWA competition and congratulate her for the perseverance, effort and dedication placed into training in order to be successful at this level.

Congratulations to Neve MacLeod (Year 10) who was selected to represent WA in the Surf Life Saving team as part of the U/15 Squad. Neve competed in NSW during the summer holidays in the Youth Cup, Freshwater and Manly Open. She participated in the board race, surf race, run-swim-run, board relay and ironman. Neve placed in the top 10 for some of her events and came 1st in the board relay at Freshwater Beach. WA finished third overall. This is an exceptional achievement Neve. Well done.

Renea Mayer

Acting Sports Coordinator


Lori-Mae McLaughlin graduated from Prendiville Catholic College in 2016 with a dream of entering the hospitality industry, an industry she was partially skilled in due to her in-College training. Finding work was difficult, that was until Lori participated in a two week work experience at Prendiville’s Reef Break Café. Café chef Ben MacNaughton-Cox was pleased to offer Lori-Mae a job. With sales increasing in 2017, Lori-Mae was the obvious choice to ease the workload. “I love the idea that we can offer one of our own a job”, commented Ben “And Lori-Mae has a great personality and helps us all work better as a team”. As for Lori-Mae, she just loves her work. “I’m so happy to come to work with Ben and Sally at my old College, it’s fun” says Lori-Mae with a broad smile. Lori-Mae is employed on a casual basis for now. Ben hopes there will be other opportunities for Lori-Mae to work at other sites in the near future to broaden her work skills.

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The first ball was bowled in the senior boys 20/20 cricket season last Wednesday afternoon on our newly named Priddus Oval. While Mater Dei College held the edge all day there were times when the gallant Prendiville boys got a 'sniff' but unfortunately faulted. A highlight of the afternoon was having Prendivillian Filipe Franzoni (2013) involved as the match umpire. Filipe is a member of the Perth Cricket Academy; the academy conducts many of their clinics here on our fields. Our partnership with the Academy is a strong one thus Filipe was more than pleased to offer up a snippet of his expertise to our senior cricketers. Thanks again Filipe. It was a pleasure having you back at the College.

Filipe is pictured with both team captains before taking the field.

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Apprenticeship News

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.


UMAT Registrations Open

Year 12 students interested in studying medicine or dentistry in 2019 must register to sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test). UMAT 2018 will be held on Wednesday 25 July 2018. UMAT is offered once a year only.

Registrations will close at 5.00pm AEST 1 June 2018. Late registrations will then be accepted until 5.00pm AEST 15 June 2018, on payment of a late fee of $65 in addition to the registration fee. No further registrations are accepted after this date.

UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships

Applications are now open for 2019 scholarships and close on 30 April 2018. The UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships provide senior secondary students who show significant academic potential, together with a strong sense of community involvement and responsibility in Year 11 and 12, with an opportunity to undertake an undergraduate degree of their choice at The University of Western Australia. There are 10 scholarships available and each one is worth $10,000. Fogarty Foundation Scholarship information is available on the UWA website below.

Career Events Calendar March 2018

7 March - Notre Dame Parent Information Evening

19 March - UWA Year 10 – 11 Course Information Evening

19 March - UWA Year 12 Course Information Evening

25 March - Notre Dame Medicine Course Information Session


Prendiville Summer Fest
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Friday 23 February - Prendifest, 5.30pm

Monday 26 February - Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 28 February - Friday 2 March - Year 12 Retreat

Monday 5 March - Labour Day public holiday

Wednesday 7 March - Salvado Day of Outreach. Mass 8.00am, Good Shepherd Chapel



All past priests and current and past parishioners are invited to celebrate a special Mass of thanksgiving for St Mary’s Leederville Parish on Sunday 4 March.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB will celebrate the Centenary Mass at 10.30am. This will be followed by refreshments in the Aranmore College Centre for the Arts and Sports Science CNR of Franklin and Oxford St Leederville.

No RSVP is required, just come along.


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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