Prendiville Catholic College

3rd March 2017

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a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition.

synonyms: winner, titleholder, defending champion, gold medalist…

a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else:

synonyms: advocate, proponent, promoter, supporter, defender, ... more

YEAR 12 RETREAT - Champions

Part of the joy of working in a Catholic school is the opportunity to endeavor to develop the whole person – intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. I thoroughly enjoyed a chance to be part of the team delivering the Year 12 Retreat experience at St John of God in Safety Bay and the opportunity to work with our Year 12 students and share a spiritual, reflective journey with them. This year the theme which focused on the word champion, allowing our students to explore the amazing potential they have. The possibility of each of them being recognised in a hall of fame.

The definition of the word champion as someone who argues for a cause on behalf of someone else suggests that a champion is like a hero, a person who makes a choice. This journey of being an advocate or standing up for a cause can often be counter cultural leading to questioning and interrogation of the culture in which one lives. Who am I? How do I find peace and happiness? What does it mean to live justly? These questions can disturb the champion or the hero who is suspicious of the easy answers that are readily on offer in the dominant culture. Prendiville Catholic College is in the business of creating champions! An exciting thought.

Thank you to Paul Williams for coordinating the experience across the three sites. Paul was superbly supported by site coordinators, Krystal Skelin at Swan Valley Adventure Centre, Nathan Pereira at Serpentine Camping Centre and Suzan Crompton at St John of God Retreat Centre. Thank you to our wonderfully committed staff who facilitated retreats and also the staff who remained at school and supported the process by covering classes.


The middle of Term 1 is always highlighted by Ash Wednesday which signals the start of the season of Lent on our Christian calendar. For our students the sacred ritual of having ashes placed on our foreheads was undertaken in pastoral care groups. As always, our students respect for the occasion is to be commended. I am always inspired by the reverence and participation of our students in College liturgies and whole school events.

An important aspect of Lent is personal reflection. It is a time we can try to stop a little to take stock of where we are at, what is flourishing in our lives, what can we do better for our personal growth as well as others. In my school days Lent was signified as a time to give up something. These days I try to reverse this and focus on something I will take up rather than give up. What can I do that can impact on others in a positive way. In this Lenten time in the lead up to Easter what can we all take up to impact others in a positive way. What is something we can pay forward to others. Lent is the perfect time for us all to practice being Big Hearted at Prendiville Catholic College.


The final draft of our annual school improvement plan is nearly ready for submission. Our ASIP guides our annual school improvement progress across all Quality Catholic Schooling components. The plan highlights our key initiatives for the year and links to our Strategic Plan 'BEYOND 30'. The 2017 ASIP can be accessed by clicking on the link below and provides an idea of the breadth and depth of focus for our College in 2017.

2017 Annual School Improvement Plan


Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe has this week released a Pastoral Letter and video to the Catholic community addressing the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the final hearings in the Catholic Church. The hearings of Case 50, which concluded last week, saw the five metropolitan Archbishops of Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and our own Archbishop Costelloe of Perth speak about their understanding of the causes of child abuse by members of the Church and what they intend to do in response. Watch the video here and read the PDF.

As Catholic educators and leaders we share the Archbishop’s sense of shame for the horrific wrongs that children and young people have suffered in the care of the Church and Catholic schools – we also share his responsibility to make our Catholic schools safe places where all students can flourish in their learning.


At Prendiville Catholic College the safety of every child is our prime directive. Our culture must be one where there is a relentless commitment to ensure that every child’s safety is paramount to all staff, parents and volunteers who are engaged in the education of our children. Over the coming weeks I will introduce our parent community to the system wide code of conduct and its elements that all staff, parents, guardians, volunteers and students must abide by. This code of conduct is a system wide policy that our staff have begun working on to ensure that the culture of working with our children and each other at Prendiville Catholic College aspires to the exemplary professional practice across all facets of College life. Over the coming weeks I will share aspects of the new policy as we work to embedding it into the DNA of our College. The following video is a short tutorial and introduction to the code of conduct policy. I encourage all parents and guardians to view the tutorial as it applies to everyone of us in the Prendiville Catholic College learning community.

For your children

Mark Antulov



Just a reminder to Year 7 families that the Year 7 Night on the Green is on tonight, Friday 3rd March. This fun event starts at 5.45pm on the oval. Hope to see you all there.


Final request for any siblings that may have forgotten to lodge their Enrolment Application for 2019.

Please call Reception for your enrolment pack today!


Our College Academic Captain, Harriet Brooke, had been working hard to develop an exciting programme designed to help Year 7 students with some of the challenges they face in high school. As part of this initiative, a group of Year 11 students has generously volunteered to give up their time to assist our youngest students on Monday afternoons in L4 in the Library, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

Each of these Year 11 students has been nominated by a teacher because of their academic ability and organisational skills. They will be available to assist the Year 7 students with such things as:

  • Homework
  • Organisation, and
  • Use of the iPad

All Year 7 students are welcome to attend these sessions. The programme has been deliberately designed to be flexible, allowing students to attend for all, or just part of the hour session. They can attend every week, or just when they feel that some extra assistance is required.

Whilst there will be adult supervision in the Library, the programme is run entirely by Harriet and the Year 11 volunteers. Year 7 students will be required to sign in, as this is a requirement of all students attending the Library after school, but they will be free to leave whenever they wish.

I would strongly encourage any Year 7 student who would like some extra assistance to attend at least some of these sessions. If any students have specific queries about the programme these should be directed to Harriet Brooke (FR5).

The programme will commence on Monday 20th March.

Fiona Leck

Deputy Principal


Year 8 immunisations will take place at the College on Thursday 9th March from 9am.

The immunisations will take place upstairs in the Gym Function 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-I’. 9am- 9.20am

Group 2: Females ‘J-Z’. 9.20am- 9.40am

Group 3: Males ‘A-J’. 9.40am- 10am

Group 4: Males ‘K-W’. 10am- 10.20am

For more information click on Childhood Immunisations.

If you have any questions regarding the immunisations, please feel free to contact the College Registered Nurse on 9301 6269.

Esther Stuart

Registered Nurse


At peak times, those wishing to enter the southern car park when approaching from the south are requested to go further north along Constellation Drive, around the round-about and then enter the car park making a left turn only. This will prevent you waiting for an excessive period of time to enter the car park and also enable those making a right turn to exit the car park more readily.

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Parents are also asked to park in the bays when collecting their children after school. They should not queue on the roadway of the car park as this prevents others from leaving the bays and creates congestion.


Swan Valley

The Year 12 students attended a three day retreat in which through a variety of activities and games provided many with new friends and diverse experiences which will help us deal with the stress of Year 12. I believe that this retreat was incredible on multiple levels. Year 12 retreat was very important for my own personal discovery, as well as presenting remarkable opportunities to learn about people, whom I may have not spoken to throughout the five years of being at Prendiville, or enriching existing relationships.

The Swan Valley Adventure Centre was absolutely beautiful and was definitely not afraid in providing food (6 meals a day!). The overall theme of the retreat was to 'Be A Champion' which caused us to realise the many connotations the word 'champion' could hold. As an activity we were partnered off at random to make masks by placing clay onto your peer's face. This activity taught us to trust. The situation did start off awkward as one had to work with someone that they may not have spoken to much, however as the activity folded out, we gained confidence in our partners and made a new friend.

Another activity entitled the 'Story of my Life' forced us to open up to others whom we wouldn't usually. We were split up into organised small groups and were assigned a teacher. Each person had time to reflect on their own lives and share important aspects with their group. This activity caused us not only to learn more about different people but provoked us to entrust others with personal matters that have been embedded into our lives.

My experience on retreat was extraordinary. I have taken away many important lessons which I will apply to my future studies as I finish high school and life beyond that. Those three days were life changing. I truly believe that Year 12 Retreat is the best part of these six years of high school.

Kiera Ross

Swan Valley Retreat

St John of God

The retreat was absolutely life changing and blew away any expectations that I'd previously had. My only criticism, shared with my peers, was that it hadn't been longer as the following weekend led to the longing of retreat. Thank you to all of the staff that not only made retreat possible but assisted our development as individual human beings.

Tristan Muggridge

St John of God Retreat


The Year 12 Retreat was one of the highlights of my entire high school experience. I was able to understand my fellow peers on a more personal level and had the opportunity to talk to and get to know the students that I didn't know as well. We were provided with an endless supply of food and participated in many bonding activities run by the teachers. There was an abundance of free time in which we could spend at the gym, in the pool, on the rope swing, playing card games or even just laughing, dancing and talking with friends. Retreat was an emotional yet incredibly fun time that completely surpassed all expectations.

Madison Poole

Serpentine Retreat

The annual Year 12 Retreat was highly anticipated throughout the entirety of the cohort, primarily due to glowing reviews and experiences of the preceding year group. Retreat, in its entirety, was a significant spiritual and metaphysical experience for all. We were able to connect and relate to students alongside teachers on an emotional basis, thus gaining a wider perspective and understanding into issues or events that do not commonly effect us all. We intensified ongoing friendships, and formed new relationships with students whom we may have not had much contact with under school circumstances. The emphasis upon team bonding and acceptance, enabled these relationships to be formed and furthermore strengthened. All students were able to internally reflect upon matters that may subconsciously affect them, and were given the opportunity to reconcile and connect to themselves, alongside God. Overall, every student of our Year 12 cohort were blessed with a gift they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, the gift of both internal and external contemplation.

Harriet Brooke

Serpentine Retreat


CAS Sport

After three rounds our season is well and truly underway with positive numbers in all teams. We have one more round to play before a double bye occurs in Weeks 7 and 8. It is important that students follow the instructions of their coaches when it comes to training during these times to ensure we are able to field our full teams in our final round in Week 9. All fixtures, venues, coaches and results can be accessed through the SPORTAL page on SEQTA.

Swimming Season

We are well and truly counting down now. The Interhouse Carnival will take place on Monday 13th March and the ACC Carnival the following week on Tuesday 21st. Any parents who are able to assist as an official at either of these events, particularly in the role of a timekeeper are asked to contact me at the College as your earliest convenience. Before school swimming training is continuing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning right up until 20th March. Please see the information sheet on the schools SPORTAL page for more details.

SSWA Interstate opportunities.

Nominations and subsequent trials are approaching for the following Interstate teams. Please click on the links for more information on individual opportunities.

U18 Boys Basketball nominations close 8/03/2017

U18 Girls Basketball nominations close 8/03/2017

U17 Girls Softball nominations close 10/03/2017

Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements in the chosen sports at representative level.

Fabiano De Abreu (Year 7) is jetting off to Portugal in April to train and compete in association with Porto FC in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Kieran Coyne (Year 10) will represent WA in the U15 State Schoolboys Cricket Team in Brisbane later this month.

Owen Vorster (Year 12) and Darcey Brooks (Year 10) both completed the Rottnest Channel Swim last weekend. Owen as a duo with his dad and Darcey paddled the 21km accompanying a solo swimmer. Congratulations both of you.

Darcey along with Ben Hillen (Year 10), Neve Macleod (Year 9) and Zara Martin (Year 9) have all medaled in the WA State Surf Lifesaving Championships that have been held over the past few weekends in various events.

If your son/daughter is selected or achieves highly in a representative sport setting please notify me so they may be recognised. All information can be forwarded to me.

Jamie Birrell

Sports Coordinator


Italian film afternoon - Sunday 19 March 2pm.

Come and watch a hilarious, multi awarding winning Italian comedy and help fund raise for the Italy Study Tour in December this year.

Tickets only $10.00 each. Stay tuned for more details.



On Monday 27 February our lucky Year 10 Drama students were treated to a full-day incursion by Into the Mask practitioner, Shane McMullan. Together, Shane and the Year 10 participants explored Commedia dell ‘Arte, a 16th century style of (largely) improvised comedy. We workshopped the stock characters, masks, slapstick, lazzi (comic stage business) and scenarios that could be used in upcoming assessment. A ball was had by all!


Musical Tickets On Sale SOON!

Taking place in New York City in 1922, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever.

Tickets to Thoroughly Modern Millie go on sale at 7am this Tuesday, 7 March via Try Booking and prices are $30 Adults, $25 Concession and $99 Family (2 Adults and 2 Concession). Please mark this in your diaries/calendars now, because our previous two musicals have sold out in less than a week! Show times will be:

Wednesday 10 May 7:30pm

Thursday 11 May 7:30pm

Friday 12 May 7:30pm

Saturday 13 May 1:30pm

Saturday 13 May 7:30pm

Please be ready to book your tickets on 7 March to avoid disappointment!

Steve Marshall




What is the Prendiville Dance Company?

The Prendiville Dance Company is a dedicated group of dancers from Year 8-12, who successfully gain admission into the group via a competitive audition process. The Company’s focus is to provide students with extended opportunities to expand and develop choreographic, technical and performance skills. Dance Company members also have the opportunity to dance alongside, learn from and create new friendships with students from other year levels. The company is under the direction of Mrs Johnson and the students are exposed to a range of dance styles as well as external professional choreographers.

Where does the Dance Company perform?

Catholic Performing Arts Festival – August

Prendiville Dance Showcase – August

Prendiville Awards Night – November

**Other possible performances might include school events such as Grandparents Day**

When does the Dance Company rehearse?

Rehearsals operate on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 – 5:00pm during the following times:

Term 1: Week 9 - 10

Term 2: Week 1 - 10

Term 3: Week 1 - 6

Term 4: Week 4 - 5

How do I become a Dance Company member?

The audition process commences on Wednesday 8th March from 3:30 – 4:30pm where the students will learn a sequence of choreography. The applicants then return to the actual audition on Wednesday 15th March from 3:30 – 5:00pm, where they will perform the choreography as well as a short improvisation (to showcase their own skills) in small groups in front of a panel of judges.

What costs apply to being a member?

There is next to no cost involved for each student. Competition entry fees, transportation costs and costumes are provided by the Prendiville Dance Department as well as jazz shoes if the student does not have their own pair. There may be some basic things that a student would need to provide for themselves such as tan fishnet stockings, black shorts etc.


What is the Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble?

The Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble is a dedicated group of dancers from Year 8-9, who successfully gain admission into the group via a competitive audition process. The Ensemble’s focus is to provide students with extended opportunities to expand and develop choreographic, technical and performance skills. This Ensemble was created for those students who cannot be a part of the Prendiville Dance Company as a result of having other afterschool activities that clash with the Wednesday afternoon rehearsals. Although, students can be a part of both the Dance Company and the Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble. The ensemble is under the direction of Mrs Johnson and the students will learn and perform a Broadway Jazz style routine this year.

Where does the Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble perform?

Catholic Performing Arts Festival – August

Prendiville Dance Showcase – August

Prendiville Grandparents Day – August

Prendiville Orientation Day – October

When does the Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble rehearse?

Rehearsals operate on Tuesday mornings from 7:30 – 8:15am during the following times:

Term 1: Week 10

Term 2: Week 2 - 10

Term 3: Week 1 - 6

How do I become a Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble member?

The audition process commences on Tuesday 21st March 7:30 – 8:15am, where the students will learn a sequence of choreography. The applicants then return to the actual audition on Tuesday 28th March 7:30 – 8:15am, where they will perform the choreography as well as a short improvisation (to showcase their own skills) in small groups in front of a panel of judges.

What costs apply to being a member?

There is next to no cost involved for each student. Competition entry fees, transportation costs and costumes are provided by the Prendiville Dance Department as well as jazz shoes if the student does not have their own pair. There may be some basic things that a student would need to provide for themselves such as tan fishnet stockings, etc.


Prendiville eBooks

New titles are continually being added to our Wheelers Platform eBooks…check them out through the student dashboard on your iPads. Go to Student Dashboard~Library~Wheelers. Tap the ‘Sign In’ tab and use your PCC User Name & Password to sign in. Once you’re signed in tap ‘Browse’ then scroll down until you see a book you want to read; tap on it then tap ‘Borrow Now’. A ‘Loan Successful-Ready to Read’ message will come up. Tap ‘Read Now’ and you’re away…Happy Reading!!!

If you have any problems getting onto the ePlatform just come to the Library for help.

Year 7 Homework Club

Each Monday in L4 in the Library a homework club will be run by the Student Counsellors for Year 7’s ONLY.

iPad Recharge Station

For your information we have a small recharge station for iPads in the Library for use in an emergency. Please don’t rely on this everyday but if you are desperate to recharge your iPad come to the Service Desk and we’ll see if there is a spot available to ‘charge you up’.


Welcome to the first edition of Careers News. I am Louise Clarke and I am one of the Prendiville Catholic College Careers Counsellors for 2017. I will be involved with the students in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, visiting Careers classes, providing Career guidance, subject selection help etc. I will provide Careers information of interest and importance to students and parents.

For your Information

UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships for 2018 Applications open 1 February Close on 30 April 2017 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. Fogarty Foundation Scholarship information is available on the UWA website.


Austal Shipping Apprenticeships Austal recently announced its plans to significantly increase its apprentice intake to accommodate skills needs for future navy ship building contracts. Details about Austal work experience program or about how to apply for Austal apprenticeships are available on the Austal site.


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The Uniform shop is in need of good quality secondhand clothing. Please make sure all items are in good condition. Items should be clean with no holes, stains or fraying. Blazers should have been dry-cleaned. Clothing can be delivered to the Uniform Shop.

Kaye Thayer

Uniform Shop Manager


Friday 3 March - Night on the Green 5.45pm

Tuesday 7 - Thursday 9 March - OLNA testing

Thursday 9 March - Year 8 immunisations

Monday 13 March - Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 15 March - USA Science Tour Parent Information Evening 7pm


24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group

Next meeting is on 12th March!
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



Parents, guardians and students in Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to attend Notre Dame’s Parent Information Evening to discuss subject selection, course information, the transition from high school to university, and how to apply to Notre Dame.

Wednesday 8 March, 6:00pm Refreshments, 6:30pm Presentation

Malloy Courtyard (ND2), 23 Mouat Street, Fremantle.


Students interested in studying Medicine at Notre Dame are invited to attend a Medicine Information Session. Learn about the Doctor of Medicine, Pre-Medicine Certificate, the application process, and hear from current Medicine students about their experience.

Sunday 26 March, 10:45am start for an 11:00am presentation

Drill Hall (ND25), corner of Croke and Mouat Street, Fremantle


Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their parents and guardians are invited to Notre Dame’s Have a Yarn event. Have a chat about Notre Dame courses, bridging pathways, hear from current students and enjoy a barbeque dinner.

Tuesday 14 March, 5.30pm

Carolyn Tannock Courtyard (ND42), 6 Cliff Street, Fremantle

To register or contact the Prospective Students Office on 9433 0533

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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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