23 May 2018

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Serve - LEAD - Inspire

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This week’s Principal’s post continues with the theme of ‘Lead’. Like a dancer, a PRENDIVILLIAN is one who serves with pride, inspires others and leads with confidence. The spotlight will find you when it's your time to lead by example.


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This photo was sent through to me this week and it certainly made my day. Our SMILE theme is certainly captured so beautifully in this magic moment. How wonderful and inspiring are the students in this photo? A reminder of how lucky we are to work with such amazing students who bring joy to each other and our community everyday.


I love it when staff and students drop into my office. On Thursday, Michelle Bryant and Kim Stuart dropped by with Olivia Hauser (Year 8) with a magnificent piece of artwork. Olivia has captured the Prendiville Centre in her art piece. As well as the smile on Olivia’s face, the pride and joy of Michelle and Kim highlights their authentic commitment to bringing the best out of our students.

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There was certainly a happy Chisholm House this week with the announcement that they had won the Inter-house Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to everyone. The students and staff certainly were proud of this achievement.

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One of the College consultants, Mr Mike Nicholas, has worked his magic again with a wonderful billboard concept that has been placed at the Joondalup train station. The billboard features impressions of real students with a message to all to enjoy your journey. Can you pick the students in the billboard?

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The College is in the process of reviewing our current College pastoral structure. Our aim is to ensure that our pastoral structures ensure we can deliver the best pastoral practices and programs. We now have a prototype model that we would like to continue refining.

An invitation was sent to all parents, staff and the student leaders this week extending an invitation to be part of the focus groups to provide input into proposed initiatives aiming to enhance the Culture of Learning at Prendiville Catholic College.

STUDENT HOUSE COUNCIL: Monday 21 May in the GATEWAY at 12.55pm

STAFF: Wednesday 23 May in the GATEWAY from 3.40pm – 4.40pm

PARENTS: Monday 28 May in the GATEWAY from 5.30pm – 7.00pm

The focus groups will be facilitated by our external facilitator and the Pastoral Structure Consult group, who have invested great time and energy in developing a prototype to be presented at these forums.


At the end of term we will be celebrating significant staff retirements from the College.

Mr Stephen Blaney will retire at the end of term after 30 years service at the College. Mr Blaney’s gentle nature, authentic faith and commitment to our students has made him a special staff member.

Mr Greg Hunt’s time at the College will also be celebrated. He has also spent nearly 30 years working at the College as a close peer of Mr Blaney. We will celebrate their combined commitment together at the end of term.

Mrs Marie Graystone also retires at the end of semester after seven years as our front receptionist. We will miss the smiles and daily joy that Mrs Graystone brings to Prendiville everyday.

Mrs Heather Downsborough will also retire after a long career in Catholic Education. Mrs Downsborough has been the Executive Assistant to the Principal, a member of the College Leadership team and also the College Board secretary. Mrs Downsborough has been an exemplary staff member and her professionalism and wisdom will be missed.

For your children,

Mark Antulov



Wednesday 6 June this term is a very important day in our College calendar. While every day is open day here at Prendiville, our official biennial Open Day provides a special opportunity for students and family to visit our campus.

Year 4 and 5 students from St Simon Peter, Francis Jordan and Whitfords Catholic Primary will visit Prendiville over the duration of the day to get a sense of what life at Prendiville is like. There will be displays (practical and static), open lessons, productions and performances happening throughout the day. Families not attached to these schools can book a tour for 9am, 10am, 12 noon, 2pm or 4pm.

Please encourage families you know who have shown an interest in Prendiville to make an appointment for a tour. Phone Marie or Grace at the front desk on 9307 2000 to book a tour time. For further information, call Chris Greenwood on 9301 6249 or Stephanie Davies on 9301 6250 to discuss any matters of an Open Day nature.

Chris Greenwood

Community Engagement

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All students in Years 10, 11 and 12 have been issued with an individualised examination timetable. A copy of both the master timetable and the examination rules are available on SEQTA.

As a general rule students are only required to attend school when they have a scheduled exam. The exception to this is those VET students who have not met all Units of Competence. These students will be required to attend school unless the parents have been informed otherwise by their child’s VET teacher.

Full College uniform and grooming standards apply to all students whilst on College grounds during the exam period.

If a student is absent due to illness, a medical certificate will be required. Parents are also asked to contact Ms Leck on the morning of the exam. Students will be required to sit the exam once they are well enough to do so.

Year 12 Exams: Monday 28 May – Friday 8 June

Year 11 Exams: Tuesday 5 June – Friday 15 June

Year 10 Exams: Monday 11 June – Friday 15 June

Fiona Leck

Deputy Principal


As of Monday 11 June, Year 12 students parking on College grounds will require a permit to do so. Only students displaying the permit on their windscreen may park in the allocated student parking area. Once all bays are occupied, students will be required to park off campus.

Applications for permits can be obtained from Student Administration. Students are encouraged to submit their forms well in advance of 11 June in order that they receive their permits prior to that date.

Parking on College grounds is a privilege extended to Year 12 students only.

Fiona Leck

Deputy Principal


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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This is an issue of student safety and parent convenience – it requires the compliance of all drivers. 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. Parents usually soon realise that picking up their children 10 minutes after the end of the school day saves a lot of hassle – students waiting for a few extra minutes will survive the wait!


Over the past twenty years, Prendiville Catholic College has hosted visits from a groups of Japanese students from Sagami Girls Junior High School. The visiting girls are billeted with Prendiville students' families. Those families that have participated in the past have found the experience very enjoyable. Many friendships have been developed and it is an excellent opportunity for our students to gain an appreciation and understanding of Japanese culture.

With the success of previous tours, the College will host a visit of students from Sagami from Thursday 26 July to Tuesday 7 August 2018. The students will undertake tuition at the College to improve their English skills with organised activities and sightseeing being arranged at the College. The visiting girls are aged between 14 and 16 years. Families that can help by accepting students into their home will be compensated $350.00 per student.

If you have any queries regarding the arrangement, please contact Mrs Leishele Pearce or 9301 6221.


For the first time, this year the Interhouse Athletics Carnival was held earlier in the year which proved to be a great decision as the weather on both days was glorious! The participation and attendance were also very impressive which is a credit to all the House Event Coordinators, Head of Houses and student leaders.

In the tabloid format, students were given the opportunity to participate in an unlimited number of events in a bid to maximise participation among all year groups. Students excelled on both days, demonstrating a high level of athletic prowess across the day of events. The carnival concluded with the relays and Education Support Race on the Friday which was a fitting end to what was a successful carnival.

This year’s results were even closer than last year’s with 8 points separating first and second and 58 points separating second and third. But, unfortunately, we can only have one winner. A big congratulations to CHISHOLM HOUSE for winning the 2018 Inter-house Athletics Carnival! The Golden Bear winner will be announced at the next whole school assembly.

A big thank you to the many staff, parents (Denny Piovesan, Sam Lenaghan, Sandra Kent, Marianna Powell and Veronica Robert) and Prendiville alumni who assisted with various roles throughout the event (Tristan De Villiers, Ellie Leeming, Caitlin Anthony, Jamie Anthony, Jessica Barnes, Aimee Lea, Michaela Graziano, Ronald Rixer, Mikolaj Goscicki, and Matteo Bresciani).

It was proven once again that events such as the Inter-house Athletics Carnival would not happen or run the way it did without the support of the College community. Thanks to everyone involved!

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Marius Ndiaye

Head of Physical Education


ACC Cross Country

Prendiville will be competing in the ACC Cross Country carnival on Thursday 31 May. The carnival is held at Alderbury Reserve with the first race commencing at 9.30am. 74 students have been selected to represent Prendiville in the most exclusive carnival of the three ACC events. Students have been training consistently in preparation for their races and should be proud of their efforts during the Cross Country season so far. Parents are welcome to come along to the carnival. Event times can be found on the ACC website:

Parking can be difficult and therefore spectators are recommended to park in the following areas: the car park behind the YMCA hockey clubrooms (before 9.15am), on the temporary grass car park off Alderbury Street and street parking in the residential area to the east of Alderbury Street in marked areas only. I wish all competitors the best of luck and look forward to seeing how Prendiville places in the event.

Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to Benjamin Hillen (Year 11) and Makayla Street (Year 9) for representing Prendiville Catholic College at the All Schools Cross Country competition on Friday 18 May. Ben competed in the 6km 17 Years and Over race and placed 13th out of 98 students. Makayla competed in the 14 Years race and placed in the top 80 out of 180 students. The distance of these races require high physical fitness as well as mental strength. Both Ben and Makayla should be proud of their efforts and for putting themselves in such a competitive competition.

Jacob Oskam has been invited to participate in an exciting cricket competition this year. He will be representing the Mediterranean Cricket League in a T20 tournament in Split, Croatia in early June. This will be the third year the competition has been held, with Simon Katich as the MCL's ambassador. Jacob is part of an invitational team from Australia, made up of local WA cricketers from the Croatian community as well as some up and coming district cricketers from the northern suburbs. There will be teams competing from Croatia, Australia, Estonia, India, Thailand and UK. The aim of the tournament is to grow the game within Europe by developing local cricketers. This is a great opportunity for Jacob and we cannot wait to hear about his experience.

Renea Mayer

Acting Sports Coordinator


Community Radio 89.7FM went to air last Wednesday at 2PM with the voices of Year 10 students Jacob Murray, Olivia Stuart, Mitchell Rigney and Hayden McQueen on the mic. The four produced an enlightening half an hour of radio shedding light on the importance of decades 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s in shaping our future then rounding each segment off with a song from that era. Our students kicked off the station’s innovative School Of Thought sequence of programs happening across the northern suburbs throughout Term 2. Delivering live radio is all about taking risks; all four of our students should be commended on their courage. Feel free to use the link below to listen in.

School of Thought - Prendiville Catholic College

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School of Thought: Round 2

Following the success of our radio jocks from May 16, Mathew Morritt, Caleb Mills, Jacob Vanderwiel and James Rampant (Year 10s below) will be on air this Wednesday with their program highlighting odd news stories you might never hear. You'll need to tune in on Wed @ 2.00PM on 89.7 FM to listen to their very original show. Good luck gentlemen!
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On Tuesday May 15, 27 Hospitality students were fortunate to have an excursion to the Crown Resort Perth. We were privileged to be shown around the front of house, comprising of some of the different rooms available at the Crown Metropol, together with the new Crown Towers, looking at the facilities and advanced technology available in the hospitality industry. We were also able to see a side of the Crown that many never get to experience: back of house. This was an a guided tour through many of the different kitchens, stores and staff areas – we certainly got our step count up that morning and we were all ready for our lunch at the Atrium which was another highlight enjoyed by all. WOW—what an experience!

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Sue Turner-Morris

Home Economics Teacher


In the past, the School Calendar has been found on SEQTA under Documents as a pdf. Prendiville College has progressed its Whole School Calendar into a Digital format, providing access to a live calendar for staff, students and parents. Parents can continue to access the Digital School Calendar through SEQTA:Engage by clicking on the Calendar Icon on the splash page.

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You have the option of printing the calendar by:

  • Selecting Month on top right hand side
  • Choose range of required dates
  • Font size: smallest
  • Orientation landscape
  • Click off all other options

Students also have access to the digital calendar on their splash page through SEQTA:Learn.

If you have any queries, please contact the ICT Department at the College.


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.

Wheelers eBooks

Please visit our Wheelers eBook platform to access recently purchased new titles, including many new audio books. Remember to keep your Wheelers App updated for ease of use. You can access the Wheelers eBook Platform via your student dashboard.

Year 7 Homework Club

Each Wednesday, from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in ML1 in the Library there is a Year 7 Homework Club run by Year 11 & 12 students. Come along with your homework and if need be get help with anything you are struggling with.

Study Tutors

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

West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award [WAYRBA]

WAYRBA books are now on show in the display cabinet in the Library. WAYRBA is an annual book award competition where the books are nominated by students as being red hot reads. These books are available for loan immediately to all students.

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Careers Information

Feel free to browse the Careers Information in the Library. There is a noticeboard in there as well as two display areas with up to date information about Apprenticeship pathways, TAFE and University entrance, Defence Force Recruiting, Gap year options plus much more.



Australian Apprenticeships Pathways Flowchart

This flowchart is a great resource for job hunters and students, demonstrating the steps involved to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Good Universities Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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MEGT Australian Apprenticeship Opportunities

Information and job vacancies for students, job seekers and employers.

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HIA Apprenticeships Australia

HIA Apprentices will help you make a smooth transition from school to the workforce – we will be with you every step of the way. You will be carefully matched to a host trainer who is looking for an apprentice in the trade you have chosen. We work closely with trade schools across Australia and will help you with your training plan.

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Water Corporation – Western Australia

They have state wide opportunities in a range of operational areas. Get paid while gaining your trade qualification in Mechanical, Electrical, Fitter/Machinist and Welding/Boiler-making disciplines.

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TAFE – North Metropolitan Open Day

July 27-28 | Clarkson, WA

Did you know that if you have completed Year 10, you can start your exciting career in trades in 2019?
Come to our OPEN DAY — you can talk to lecturers, see our Clarkson campus, and sign up for a pre-apprenticeship.

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Curtin University – Pharmacy Info Evening

May 24 |Bentley

Come along to our Pharmacy information evening or webinar, where you’ll gain a unique insight into our accredited courses and the many rewarding career paths they can lead to.

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Curtin Uni Parent Info Session

Wednesday 6 June | 5.30pm | Bentley Campus

Are you a parent of a year 10, 11 or 12 student? Come along to our Parent Information Evening to find out everything you need to know about university. Learn about our wide range of innovative courses, scholarships, fees and support services available. Our friendly staff and students will be available throughout the night to answer your questions.

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Curtin Open Day

Sunday 29 July |10am to 4pm

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Edith Cowan University Campus Tours

  • Wednesday, 4 July | South West (Bunbury) Campus
  • Tuesday, 10 July | Mount Lawley Campus
  • Wednesday, 11 July | Joondalup Campus
  • Wednesday, 26 September | Joondalup Campus
  • Tuesday, 2 October | South West (Bunbury) Campus
  • Wednesday, 3 October | Mount Lawley Campus

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ECU International Night

Thursday 12 July | 6pm | Mt Lawley Campus

This is for International students:

  • who aren't Australian citizens or permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, or Humanitarian Visa holders
  • thinking about studying their first degree or undertaking postgraduate study
  • wanting to better understand what ECU offers students

Our International Nights introduce you to our wide range of courses and the excellent support services you can expect as an international student. We'll cover topics such as course entry requirements, how to apply, fees and scholarships, student accommodation and more. And we'll show you the impressive facilities you can expect at our eight teaching schools.

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ECU School of Medical and Health Sciences Info Session

Wednesday 22 August | 6pm | Joondalup Campus

If you have a passion for enhancing the quality of people's lives, this is a study area that offers you a variety of employment opportunities.

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ECU School of Science Info Sessions

  • Science Showcase Evening

Thursday, 23 August, 6.00pm, Joondalup Campus

  • Security and Computing Information Evening

Wednesday, 19 September, 6.00pm, Joondalup Campus

Our Science graduates keep their career options open by studying emerging disciplines like Counter Terrorism, Sustainability, Cyber Security, or Environmental Management.

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ECU School of Nursing and Midwifery Info Session

Friday 24 August | 6pm

ECU has the largest Nursing program and the only dual Nursing/Midwifery degree in Western Australia – and our facilities are hard to beat too!

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ECU Open Day

  • Joondalup - Sun 22 Jul 10am - 3pm
  • Mount Lawley & Waapa - Sun 12 Aug 10am - 3pm
  • South West - Sun 26 Aug 12pm - 3pm

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Murdoch Uni Open Day

Saturday 28 July | 10am to 4pm

Join us at Open Day 2018 to explore your Think. Discover our wide range of courses and find the one that’s right for you. Academics, students and staff are available all day to answer your questions, show you around and help you uncover where your Think could take you.

More detailed information, including the full program, will be available closer to Open Day 2018.

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University of Notre Dame Perth – Program Info Evening

May 30 | Fremantle

Whatever your aspirations, Notre Dame has a range of programs that are sure to suit your interests. We invite you to join us on campus to find out more at Notre Dame’s Info Evening. Find out what makes Notre Dame unique, chat with our academics and students.

For further information please email or call (08) 9433 0533.

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University of Notre Dame Perth – A Day in the Life of a Uni Student

July 6 | Fremantle

Experience A Day in the Life of a Uni Student at our beachside campus in Freo and discover why students say their Notre Dame education experience is #1 in WA.

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University of Notre Dame Perth – Open Day

August 19 | Fremantle

Discover the Notre Dame difference while exploring our Campus in Freo’s West End on Open Day. There will be delicious eats, live music, course advice and more!

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University of Notre Dame Perth - Admissions Info & Expo Evening

September 6 | University of Notre Dame Fremantle

A Notre Dame student panel which will provide first hand insight into what it is like to study and be part of the Notre Dame community.

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UWA Campus Tours

Join us for an informal morning tea after the tour. Our Future Students team will also be available to answer questions on courses, entry requirements and the UWA student experience.

Can't make it to one of our campus tours? You can still view the UWA Perth campus via our virtual tours.

UWA Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

10 July | 10am – 7.30pm (make an individual appointment)

These school holiday sessions are designed to help answer your questions about future study.

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

Bookings are essential due to a limited number of sessions.

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UWA Open Day

Sunday 12 August | 10am to 4pm

Whether you're a future student, parent, teacher or member of the community, there will be so much for you to discover, experience and enjoy on the day.
Explore our amazing campus while you chat to current students, meet our world-class teaching and research staff, and take part in a huge variety of entertainment, activities, tours, displays and information sessions on offer during the day.

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CQU – Open Day

Perth – 23 August

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Endeavour College of Natural Health – Open Day

Perth - June 16

Natural Health Open Day is an opportunity to be immersed in the Endeavour College experience. Speak with lecturers and students, find out all about our Bachelor degree courses, explore our campuses, learn about educational pathways and study options, and find out if a career in natural health is for you.

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In the recent P & F Committee meeting it was decided that there would be a newsletter update published after every meeting. This is to keep the PCC community briefed as to what is happening in the P and F. The main purpose of the P and F is to build a strong PCC community and in order to do this, it is important to keep that community informed. We hope that you find this feedback informative and should there be any further questions you have or information that you require, please do not hesitate to send an e mail to P and F.

From Term 2, the P&F SEQTA portal will also be updated, along with the school website.



Every year the P&F ask for applications from the College staff for items or projects they would like the P&F to consider for funding. Following a lengthy approvals process, the P&F has contributed to 8 projects this year to the total amount of $42,894.30.


The Easter egg raffle was a great success. 116 prizes were handed out on 29 March. One of the most important things in the P&F is inclusivity. The Education Support Centre students were central to the raffle this year. The students assisted with the assembly of the raffle envelopes, they helped wrap and order the prizes and also helped with drawing the raffle. P&F members and students had the most wonderful time together preparing the event for the PCC community.


This was a resounding success. Yvonne Hawke and her team put together an excellent event. 800 tickets were sold and fun was had by all. The staff members were amazing and students' behaviour was exemplary.


Annual Quiz night – SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY AUGUST 3 for this event. Please start looking around for prizes that you can donate to the P and F for the evening. There will be notices in the newsletter and letters sent out requesting donations in Term 2.


Please don’t forget to order your entertainment books – see advert below.


  • 2017 student results were pleasing across all pathways, particularly the increase in FlexEd graduation rates and that Year 12 ATAR results have seen PCC's ranking lift to within the top 13 Catholic schools and top 50 high schools.
  • The committee discussed the potential benefit of a parent Q&A – Discuss and demystify the language around ATAR, Pathways and WACE. What it all means in language parents can understand. (Concept event requiring further work).
  • Pastoral Care Structure at the College with regards to changes that are being instigated or trialled. Mr Kanakis said that this was being looked at closely by the CLT and staff and parents would be informed.
  • The issue of succession planning for the P and F was tabled as a number of current executive members will no longer have children at PCC within 2-3 years.


- TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018. 6.30 pm – GATEWAY. All welcome.


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We invite all high school students to a northern zone/suburbs Catechesis session by Bishop Don on Saturday, 4th August at 7.30pm at the Vietnamese Community Centre in Westminster. This is in preparation for the Australian Youth Festival to held in Perth in December 2019.

Father Cyp

Whitford Parish

St Simon Peter Parish Quiz Night

The major fund raising event for the Parish this year will be a Quiz Night to be held in the Prendiville College Gymnasium on Saturday, 30th June at 7:30pm. Get your friends together to make up tables of eight. Tickets are $15 per person and are available after Masses at St Simon Peter or from the Parish Office contact 9300 4885. Drinks will be available for sale on the night, BYO finger food. Please come along for a fun night and to support the Parish.

WAAPA Winter School 2018

WAAPA at ECU is offering an exciting performing arts program for children and young people these July school holidays. For the first time, we are including courses for students from Years 1 to 12. The Winter School includes classes in drama, acting, screen acting, dance, musical theatre and RAP. For information about the many courses on offer, please visit Winter School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.


Thursday 24 May - Friday 25 May - Year 8 Retreat

Thursday 24 May - Year 10 immunisations

Monday 28 May - Year 12 exams commence

Friday 1 June - Staff and pupil free day

Monday 4 June - Western Australia Day public holiday

Tuesday 5 June - Year 11 exams commence


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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