Prendiville News

31 October 2018


Phone: 9301 6270




This week was highlighted by the Year 7 2019 Parent Information evening and Year 7 Orientation Day. Both events were wonderful and so many people helped make our new families and students welcome.

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A special part of the Orientation Day is the large number of volunteer students who help with the day. One of the characteristics of our College is a culture of big kids looking after little kids. This was certainly apparent on Tuesday with our volunteer students really shining in their ambassador roles. This is a part of our College culture which we must be proud of. In 2019 we will continue to promote this through our new pastoral framework, in particular on Fridays where we want our senior students to shine as mentors for younger students. This week's cartoon captures this theme highlighting that younger Prendivillian's need for guidance from those who already know the Prendiville way.

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The two events signalled the transition to our new pastoral and well being framework. At the Parent Information evening the value and importance of having a Head of Year 7 was seen, felt and heard as Paul Lenaghan began his new journey. The connection Paul made through his wholehearted presentation was strong. Paul relayed a true sense of care, comfort and realness of what students and parents are to expect at Prendiville. The experience Paul brings from both his primary and secondary teaching is invaluable to the role.


“The only way to get started is to quit talking and get doing”

Walt Disney.

It is fantastic watching the reviewed pastoral structure start to come to fruition over the last few weeks. There is a buzz amongst the Head of Year and House Leader teams as they intensely plan for next year. Both teams are shifting into the finer details of the planning, bringing to life the vision of the pastoral structure changes being implemented in 2019.

In Week 5 all staff will be informed of their Year group and House group allocation. The general staff meeting in Week 6 is dedicated to discussions about the pastoral structure plan for 2019 and what this will look like for all staff.


On Monday during PCG, students who have been selected in the new Houses were informed. The assemblies were followed by an email to both parents and students congratulating them on being accepted into their new House, informing them that their free House shirt will be available at the beginning of next year.


Our process for collating data for the strategic plan continued this week. Focus groups have been conducted for staff, students and parents and we are getting close to analysing the data to bring our themes, goals and strategies together.


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It was wonderful acknowledge the talents and commitment of Paula O'Donnell on Friday as the recipient of Professional Teachers Council award for outstanding commitment and achievement in Italian Teaching. Paula's dedication and commitment to teaching Italian not only at school but her generous commitment to supporting the wider Western Australian Italian teachers network is so well deserved. It is wonderful to be able to share this celebration with Paula who we know is wholeheartedly committed to our College and the interests of our students.


Our thoughts and prayers are with our Year 12 students who begin WACE examinations this week. We wish all students the very best as they complete the final stages of secondary schooling.

For your children

Mark Antulov



Just a reminder to all parents/guardians that if you do not have arrangements in place, the final payment of your College fee and charges account is now due. If you have genuine financial concerns regarding this, please contact Mrs Naomi Agosta in the Finance Office on 9301 6242 to discuss.

Thank you to all the families that have completed their payment obligations, it is really appreciated.

Terry Raphael

Business Manager


In 2019 Prendiville Catholic College will again be welcoming applications for the Health Care/Pension Card Tuition Discount Scheme. We are pleased to advise that commencing from now, applications for 2019 can be made at our Finance Office.


Eligible cards are: Centrelink Health Care Card (Family Card only NOT Student card); Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card; and Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Card (Blue card only-expires Dec 2019).


Applications need to be made every year. All applicants must bring their current Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card in person to our Finance Office. Once deemed eligible, claimants will be asked to complete an application form.

Please note: In order to continue to qualify for the Health Care Card Tuition Fee Discount for all of 2019, parents/guardians must provide a valid card throughout the year. If you are not re-issued with a card or do not provide the new card when requested then your account may be adjusted accordingly.

The Finance Office will be open 8.00am to 4.00pm weekdays until 12 December 2018.


Forms are also available for the Secondary Assistance Scheme. To be eligible for this allowance, your Health Care/Pension Card must be valid at some point between 4 February and 12 April 2019. The Secondary Assistance Scheme consists of two allowances: $235 Education Program Allowance (payment made to the school); and $115 Clothing Allowance (payment made to the parent/guardian and paid directly to their nominated bank account).



Applications close 12 April 2019.


Prendiville Catholic College now has Online Shopping facilities available to families. To access, please use the link ‘Shop at Prendiville’ located on the College website.


Presently we are able to accept credit card payments for College tours, Year 12 Dinner Dance, Family Fee accounts, SmartRider cards & printing credits. In time, Uniform Shop items will also be available to order from the store. Parents will also be able to pay for student excursions and events as they occur. You will be provided with a link to make these payments on the Consent2Go permission form.

We encourage you to take a few moments to view the store to ensure you are able to freely access it. In time, the store will become populated with more items available for purchase. Should you have any concerns or difficulties with payments, please contact Mrs Dianne Doick on 9301 6216.


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.


It is with great pleasure that the 2018 TIDE students extend an invitation to attend the opening night of the Technology Innovation Design and Enterprise exhibition on 9th November from 6.30pm - 8pm in the Prendiville Gallery. The exhibition will be open until the 7th December between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm on school days.

All exhibition work has been created by the Year 10 Jewellery, Glass-working and 3D Design course students and the Year 11 and Year 12 FlexEd students. The student group has been involved in all aspects of the organisation of this exhibition and we would appreciate your attendance to celebrate the time and effort we have put in over the year.

We are pleased to announce that that Mr Roy Mellon, a past Prendiville student (2002), has made himself available to open the exhibition.

Please RSVP to

I am looking forward to seeing you on the night.

Bailey Williams, Year 11,

on behalf of T.I.D.E. 2018

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On the first weekend of the holidays an excited group of eight students and two staff departed on the 2018 Japan Tour to visit our sister school in Sagami. The first part of the tour was spent travelling in the south with our group based in a hotel in the city of Kyoto. Time was well spent training up the students so that they would be ready to embark on their adventure with their host families later in the week. It wasn’t long before they had the money sorted, could work the vending machines with ease and could tackle the local convenience store with confidence. They were also ready to take on Shinjuku Station which has 200 exits, with 3.64 million people passing through it every day.

The students enjoyed exploring temples and the bamboo groves of Kyoto. It was an emotional day visiting Hiroshima and the Sadako memorial. This was balanced in the afternoon with the beauty of Miyajima and looking back at Hiroshima across the Inland Sea. All of the students took on the local festival food such as takoyaki, mochi and okonomiyaki. Eating a meal together, making our own okonomiyaki at the table, was certainly an experience. Another highlight was trying to navigate the haunted houses together at Universal Studios. We emerged with hearts racing but we certainly grew closer and built a sense of team in those moments.

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For the second week of the tour we headed north to visit Sagami Girls High School where students would be staying with host families. This was the second time that we had visited, the first tour being in 2015. We were welcomed with an incredible sense of warmth by our hosts who extended hospitality with a very Japanese level of detail. Students had lots of amusing moments fitting into slippers that were to be worn at all times inside and coping with their celebrity status as screams emanated from classrooms as we passed by. The students at Sagami were very excited to see us!! Over the next few days we participated in lots of different activities. We listened very closely about how to assemble a Japanese bento and the precision required to complete the tea ceremony correctly. We discovered that calligraphy is very difficult as we tried to imitate the real thing. As well as spending time at the school, we also visited the Tokyo Skytree which is the second highest building in the world. It is scary how tall it is and the views from the top were awe inspiring. We were lucky enough to watch some sumo wrestlers training which was an amazing privilege and they are incredibly disciplined. Furthermore, we were able design and make our own pot noodles at the Pot Noodle Museum.

The tree that we planted on our last trip in the school grounds has flourished. Some strong bonds were further cemented with our sister school and the farewells were very emotional. The students were all at their classroom windows waving at us as we disappeared over the horizon to walk to the bus station. Students commented that staying with their host families was the absolute highlight of the tour and they wished they had spent longer with them. Planning for the next tour in 2020 will begin in Term 1 next year.

Steve Webber

Japan Tour Coordinator


Upcoming exams – After-school Maths help

Years 7 to 11 exam weeks are approaching – Maths help is available!

If you feel like there are gaps in your exam preparation or want some help with certain practice questions or concepts, come to the Origin (formerly known as the Mathematics Breakout Area) on Thursdays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. There will be teachers in attendance that will be more than happy to help with your queries, just ask!

Did you know? Uses of statistics in jobs.

Statistics is a highly-useful strand of Mathematics as it deals with analyzing data.

Some of the common jobs that involve statistics include:

  • Sports statisticians (counting disposals, runs or average points)
  • Meteorologists
  • Environmental sampling and testing
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Politics and polling
  • Marketing and research

The list really is endless….

Try the following logic question:

Peter is twice as old as Paul was when Peter was as old as Paul is now.

The combined ages of Peter and Paul is 56 years.

How old are Peter and Paul now?

Riddle: Feed me and I will thrive, but give me a drink and I will die. What am I?

Solutions from last newsletter: Logic question – there were 14 horses and 8 stable hands.

Riddle: A postage stamp.


High Schools Beach Volleyball Cup

Over the course of two weekends, seven teams ranging from Year 8 to Year 11 competed in the High Schools Beach Volleyball Cup at City Beach. The perfect weather made for a great day of Volleyball from all students involved. Well done to the Year 8 girls, Year 10 girls and Year 11 girls who all progressed through to the finals. A massive congratulations to the Year 10 girls team for winning a silver medal against a very strong Penhros team.

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Sporting Achievements

Leah Martin (Year 9)

Leah competed in the Surf Board Riding State Championships earlier this month. Leah won a Silver medal for the Under 17’s age group which is a fantastic achievement. Leah trains consistently and to a high level for her Surf Lifesaving competitions and shows determination in all competitions. Well done Leah.

Term 4 Sports

Below is an outline of the sporting clubs available in Term 4 for all students:

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Renea Mayer

Acting Sports Coordinator


Synthesis Film Festival - St Stephens School, Duncraig.

Opening Night - Wednesday, 17 October.

Madison Snelling (Year 10) received the second prize in the Middle School category at the Synthesis Film Festival for her short film, 'It's All in My Head'. Films by Ann Jobi and Devona Sabu (Year 9) were also shortlisted for the festival. Congratulations to Madison, Ann and Devona.

A playlist of screened films are available at the below links:

2018 Year 7-10:

2018 Year 11-12:


University News

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Twilight Tours

22 Nov 2018 & 6 Dec 2018 5 -7pm

Discover the Notre Dame difference on a personalised twilight tour of our historic campus in Freo's West End.

Program Advice sessions from 5pm. Campus tour 6-7pm.

Please register for this event at:

For further information please contact us on 08 9433 0533 or email

Notre Dame 1-on-1 Advice Sessions

26 Nov 2018 - 06 Dec 2018 9:00am - 6:30pm

Considering your uni options but unsure of the right degree for you? Our advisors can introduce you to a range of programs that align with your strengths and interests to help you find the right degree for you.

Book a 1-on-1 Course Advice session at:

Can’t make it? Contact us on 08 9433 0533 or email to arrange an alternative time.

Notre Dame ATAR Advice Day

Tuesday 18 December 9am - 4pm

Need some help now you’ve got your ATAR? Come and meet with our friendly Prospective Students Advisors, who can talk you through Notre Dame’s programs, admission pathways and the application process.

No RSVP necessary.

For further information please contact us on 08 9433 0533 or email

Notre Dame Cultural Decoding

January 29 - 31 Fremantle

The University of Notre Dame Australia invites gifted and talented students who will be in Year 11 and 12 next year to participate in the 2019 program of Cultural Decoding. This three-day experience will help unlock the ideas that define who we are. With a mixture of art, archaeology, history, philosophy, theology, this experience will intellectually challenge and enrich students and prepare them for further study.

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Curtin University

New Design Courses at Curtin

From Semester 1, 2019 Curtin will be offering a new Bachelor of Design

Students can choose to study a single or double major in:

· Animation and Game Design

· Creative Advertising Design

· Digital Design

· Fashion Design

· Graphic Design

· Photography

You can download our Bachelor of Design course guide here.

New Associate Degree in Agribusiness - Muresk Institute from 2019.

Curtin University is offering a new Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk Institute from 2019.

The two-year associate degree will be a pathway into the full Bachelor of Agribusiness, providing up to 24 months credit. Pathways into other bachelor programs will also be available.

There will be admission pathways for a broad range of students, including applicants with vocational education and training, work and life experience and recent secondary education.

Express your interest to receive information on the confirmed full entry requirements and admission criteria.

Woodside Scholarships

The Woodside Indigenous & Women in Science and Engineering Scholarships have been developed by Woodside Energy Ltd in conjunction with Curtin University to encourage and support students to consider a career in science and engineering or a discipline aligned to Woodside's business needs. Up to four scholarships will be offered to undergraduate students who will be or are currently enrolled full-time in an eligible course at Curtin.Applications close 8 March 2019

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Edith Cowan University

ECU Careers in Sport Expo Joondalup Campus

Wednesday 7 November 5.30pm - 8.00pm

Sport and recreation is part of the fabric of Australian life. Sport plays an important role in society and contributes to our lives in many ways – it helps improve our well-being, can increase productivity, it may prevent at-risk behaviour, provides entertainment and social benefits for our communities, and offers a variety of job opportunities in various sectors.

Please join us at this event to hear inspiring presentations from industry leaders, meet with prospective employers, talk to current students and take advantage of the opportunity to speak with specialist lecturers about your specific interests.

Register HERE.

ECU Admission Pathways Information Evenings Joondalup Campus

Tuesday 27 November 6pm

If you didn't get a great score in Year 12, haven't been at school for a while, or don't have any formal qualifications, this could be your chance to change your future.

At our Admission Pathways Information Evening you'll find out more about our UniPrep program and Experience-based Entry Scheme. These options can lead to studying an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree.

After the presentation we'll have a question and answer session plus some light refreshments. Register HERE.

Murdoch University

Murdoch Myth Busting - Careers in the Arts and Business

Wednesday 7 November

This event is designed for parents and family members of Year 10-12 students who are interested in careers in the Arts.

You will learn about:

  • Experiences and opportunities available to School of Arts and School of Business and Governance students
  • The stereotypes of various vocations, and dispelling the myths surrounding graduate employability in the Arts and Business
  • Opportunities available for our students and how they can set themselves apart from other graduates

Register HERE

University of Western Australia

UWA Public Lectures

Each year the Institute of Advanced Studies hosts public lectures by distinguished visiting and local scholars, artists, writers and public intellectuals. These events contribute to their goal of sharing current research, new ideas and encouraging discussion and debate within the broader community. More info here: UWA Public Lectures Series 2018-19

UWA Engineering Scholarships 2019

Students who achieve a minimum ATAR of 98.0 will receive $25 000 ($5000 per year for 5 years. Students who achieve an ATAR of 96-97.95 will receive $5000 in the first year. Students are not required to apply for the scholarship, they will be automatically awarded based on above criteria. See full list of terms and conditions.

The Australian National University [ANU] Online Information Week

19-22 November

Ranked #1 in Australia and #24 in the world, join us live to find out more about what studying at The Australian National University (ANU) is all about!

Whether you are about to come to ANU, still deciding or just interested, we encourage you to register and join us online. You can register to attend as many online sessions that interest you.

Your ANU Student Experience & Accommodation Options 19 November | 2.30–3.30pm

Register Now

International Students: Admissions & Alternative Pathways to ANU

Monday 19 November | 4–5pm

Register Now

Study at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Tuesday 20 November | 3–4pm

Register Now

Science & Environment Fieldwork: student panel Tuesday 20 November | 4–5pm

Register Now

Hear from our students Wednesday 21 November | 3–4pm

Register Now

Everything you need to know about Law at ANU Wednesday 21 November | 4–5pm

Register Now

Experience Business and Economics at ANU Thursday 22 November | 4–5pm

Register Now

Undergraduate Engineering and Computer Science at ANU 22 November | 4–5pm

Register Now

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Alternative Pathways

Up until the last 10 or 15 years most people followed the same path for their careers:

School > Uni or TAFE (or job) > work

Times have changed.

You can still follow the same pathway, but if that won’t work for you then you have options.

If you have an idea of what you want to do, but can’t follow the most obvious path to get there, then you need to know about alternative pathways.

Reasons why you might follow an alternative pathway:

  • You didn’t get the results you needed
  • You missed a prerequisite subject (or failed it)
  • You need to move a long way to follow your dream and you’re not ready for that yet
  • You’ve had enough of study for now and want a break before uni

Here are some alternatives:

  • University pathways
    • Choose a course with a lower ATAR/OP in the same field
    • Do a uni pathway course
  • Take a bridging course (find out more about them here)
  • Study at TAFE or through a Registered Training Organisation [RTO]
  • Get an apprenticeship – you can always go to uni later on to consolidate your skills
  • Find a job and gain work experience, preferably in the same field
    • Wanted to be a lawyer? Lots of legal secretaries become lawyers, plus they’ve got support while they study.

UMAT replaced by UCAT from 2019

Register here to receive updates on the new UCAT website. UCAT is now required for entry to Medicine and Dentistry courses at universities including UWA and Curtin University, replacing the UMAT from 2019 onwards.

TAFE, VET & Apprenticeship News

North Metropolitan TAFE – Jobs & Skills WA Centre

Check out the Jobs & Skills WA Centre located at North Metropolitan TAFE for lots of useful Career Information.

South Metropolitan TAFE – Building & Construction Future Trades Open Night

November 7 | Rockingham

If you are looking for a pre-apprenticeship or an apprenticeship, or maybe you are considering your study options for 2019, then we want to meet you. You can walk through our trade workshops and see our showcase of student projects, get expert advice from our building and construction lecturers on our courses and pathways, and network with our industry partners. Find out more -

South Metropolitan TAFE – Resume Writing Workshop

November 5 | Thornlie TAFE

November 5 | Rockingham TAFE

November 5 | Mandurah TAFE

Looking for work and live in one of these areas? Let us help you create a winning resume, as a best first impression with employers.

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South Metropolitan TAFE – Interview Skills Workshop

November 19 | Rockingham TAFE

November 19 | Mandurah TAFE

November 19 | Thornlie TAFE

Let us help you win the interview, we can assist you to prepare, develop your job interview techniques and evaluate your performance.

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Monadelphous – Apprenticeships - WA

Monadelphous will provide structured on and off the job training while you complete your apprenticeship. You will be supported on site by experienced trades people, strong construction and project management teams and a dedicated Apprentice and Trainee Coordinator.

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LD TOTAL – Landscape Apprenticeships

If you love the outdoors and are committed to your studies, an apprenticeship in landscaping may be for you. LD TOTAL usually advertises for an apprentice intake in November/December each year. Find out more -

XLT – Apprentice & Trainee Training

With campuses in QLD and WA, XLT are the best, most advanced, welding, engineering and Technology Training Institution in the world.

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Rio Tinto Apprenticeships 2019 – Residential Port Hedland (Dampier Salt)

We’re looking for talented people who are eager to learn and develop in various career paths through our unique apprenticeship programs.

  • Mobile Equipment Mechanic – Heavy Duty Diesel Fitter
  • Fixed Plant - Mechanical Fitter
  • Electrician

Applications will close on the 9th of November 2018.

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Academic Taskforce

January ATAR Head Start Program with Academic Task Force Increase your confidence and start your Year 11 and 12 studies with a boost with our Head Start Courses. We offer 6 hr subject courses in Year 11 and 12 ATAR subjects, Essay Writing and Study Skill during the summer holidays from Thursday 17th Jan – Wednesday 30th Jan 2019 at Rossmoyne SHS and Churchlands SHS. Enrol online today at or call 9314 9500 or email

January Year 7-10 Head Start Program with Academic Task Force. Courses in NAPLAN Preparation, GATE and Scholarship Exam Preparation, Intermediate English, Advanced Maths, Foundation Maths and English, Learning Skills and Essay Writing. Classes will run from Thursday 17th Jan – Wednesday 30th Jan 2019 at Rossmoyne SHS and Churchlands SHS. Each subject is six hours over two days. Enrol online at or call 9314 9500 or email



OLNA – NAPLAN -- Study Skills – Essay Writing – Subject Revision & Preparation for all students entering Year 7 – 12 in 2019

The January Preparation Program aims to prepare students for Term 1 (2019) before the academic year begins. The classes will revise those important components from the 2018 syllabus that are vital for success in the new-year. The program will also preview what students can expect in their courses in 2019.

Courses will be conducted at:

Christ Church Grammar School and Hale School

Sunday 20th to Friday 25th of January, 2019

Contact Dr. Robert Hallam at Master Mind Australia on 9486 1377

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Tuesday 6 Friday 9 November - Year 9 Outdoor Ed Camp

Thursday 8 November - Year 10 Music Spectacular

Friday 9 November - TIDE Exhibition, Prendiville Gallery, 6.30pm - 8pm

Monday 12 November - Year 11 Thanksgiving Mass

Tuesday 13 November - Awards Night

Thursday 15 - Friday 23 November - Year 11 exams


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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Prendiville Gallery Instagram

Follow this account for a better look at everything that goes on in our gallery!


The Hub: A Home For Bright New Ideas!
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Coming to our College Soon B2Me

An electronic directory for enterprises within our college community. Encouraging people to do business with one another. The Hub, thanks to The College Board and the P&F, will be inviting business's on-board over the coming months, ready for launch in Feb 2019. Jump aboard now, be one of the first. Visit , click free sign-up and follow the prompts. A gift from The College to you!


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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