Prendiville News

5 September 2018


Phone: 9301 6270




Student leadership at Prendiville is very important. I believe the spirit of the school is driven by the spirit of the students. It will always be the student choices and actions that define the spirit of the College. Our staff and parents can provide wonderful opportunity and commitment, however it is the way students respond that will define Prendiville Catholic College.

The type of leadership we want modelled is not a leadership defined by power but a leadership defined by service to others and actions that inspires others in a positive way. Service focused leadership has a focus primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong.

In 2019 we will challenge our student leaders more to impact our College in a positive way. Student leaders must set the bar high for themselves and others. Student leaders must work in a way that our College’s core values are more than just aspirational words. They must be lived and breathed and considered in every aspect of College life.

How do we continue to bring compassion, outreach, service, stewardship, liberation, inclusion, and our new house values of justice, and courage to life in all we do? Our values must not be aspirational, they must be lived. All students inspired by our student leaders must bring these aspirations to life.

Congratulations to all students who had the courage to nominate for an office and to the following students who have been appointed to the position of student leader for 2018/19.


Head Boy and Head Girl: Callan Williams and Rosy Allen

Sports Captains: Grace Lenaghan and Jacob Pidhirnyj
Academic Captains: Tom Wilding and Martina Veneracion
Arts Captains: Bianca Porro and Ciaran McChord
Ministry Captains: Nicole Bowman and Jason Mule

McAuley: Chloe Manning and Ben Hillen
Francis: Sienna MacKay and Brandon Malicia
Romero: Chloe Duncan and Steven Miranda
Brigid: Rachel Noris and Mark Cooper
Chisholm: Jessica Marchesani and Branden Greipel
Salvado: Jade McManus and Bailey Cheshire

McCormack: Dean Ferro and Kate Avery
Xavier: Darcey Brooks and Ethan Sewell

Student Leadership Coordinator: Ryan Lockyer

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The transition to the introduction of two new Houses to the College is now in full swing. Last week the crosses of the two Houses were finalised and the inaugural House Captains were appointed.

McCormack House


Mascot: Lioness

House Captains: Dean Ferro and Kate Avery

Xavier House


Mascot: Dragon

House Captains: Ethan Sewell and Darcey Brooks

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For your children

Mark Antulov



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.


On behalf of Francis and Salvado House, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the Prendiville community for your kind donations for both the Ronald McDonald House Donation drive and the Salvado Kalgoorlie School Supplies Drive. Overall we managed to raise $350 to contribute to purchasing iTunes vouchers for the older children in the hospitals and over 5 buckets of stationary for both the sick children and schools in remote areas of WA.

This drive has proven how together as Prendivillians we can do something truly good for the benefit of the broader community. Once again, thank you and we truly believe this act of kindness will impact the lives of less fortunate children and their families.

Madi Snelling

Year 10


College Art Exhibition - Next Week

Come along to our annual showcase night next week and view the collection of work from our award-winning Art and Photography students. The exhibition includes work from Creative Arts students in Years 11 and 12, as well as selected artwork from lower-school students.

The catered event starts and 6 pm. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Eamon Matthews

Head of Creative and Digital Arts

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Black Swan Portrait Prize Finalist

Congratulations to Olivia Hauser (Year 9) for being selected from over 160 entries as a finalist in the 2018 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture - Youth Exhibition. Only thirty students were named as finalists in this highly prestigious portrait prize. Olivia’s work will be on display at the College exhibition next week.

Black Swan Finalists 2018

Italian/Art Italy Tour 2019

The Prendiville Catholic College Italian Department, in partnership with the Creative Arts Learning Area, is in the process of planning a cultural tour to Italy in December 2019. The trip will be open to students in Years 10 and 11 (2019) who are enrolled to study Italian or Art.

The tour aims to expose students to Italy’s rich heritage, and students will visit cities of significant cultural and artistic importance such as Rome, Florence and Venice. We envisage that the tour will last approximately sixteen days (returning just before Christmas).

Please send us an email if you are interested in your son or daughter participating in this trip.

Paula O'Donnell (Italian) & Eamon Matthews (Creative and Digital Arts)

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Enjoy a challenge? Often it can be difficult for teachers to extend mathematically gifted students in a classroom setting. In the past, many students, parents and the teachers of these students have found the Western Australian Mathematics Problem Solving Program (WAMPSP) has met the considerable needs of the children. The Mathematics Association of Western Australia (MAWA) will be running the WAMPSP again in 2019 with classes at various levels:

Junior – for Year 7 students (fortnightly on Tuesdays)

Euler – for Year 8 students (weekly on Thursdays)

Gauss – for Year 9 students (weekly on Wednesdays) and

Noether – for Year 10 students (weekly on Wednesdays)

The fees for the program are $540 for Junior or $690 for Euler, Gauss or Noether.

Students wanting to join the program should go to the website below and complete the application problems in their own time and on their own. Solutions should be submitted by post to Dr Hoffman at the postal address found on the website with the student’s name, address, phone number, school and year level clearly stated. The solutions should reach the address by 14 September, 2018.

Further information can be found at

Did you know? Uses of trigonometry in jobs.

Trigonometry may seem abstract to many students, but it has many real-world applications. Some common and interesting jobs that use trigonometry on a daily basis include:

  • Architects
  • Radiologists
  • Navigators
  • Land Surveyors

Trigonometry is especially useful in architecture because it allows the architect to calculate distances and forces related to diagonal elements. Radiologists use trigonometry in the medical field through medical imaging through CAT scans and ultrasounds. Navigators use trigonometry to determine locations, to chart paths, or to determine how far a ship or a plane is away from land. Surveyors use the tangent function often to figure out the distance across a river or a canyon to figure out the total distance surveyed.

Try the following logic question:

Working at the stable there are a number of lads and lasses looking after the horses. In all there are 22 heads and 72 feet, including all the lads and lasses plus the horses. If all the lads and lasses and all the horses are sound in body and limb, how many humans and how many horses are in the stable?


I travel all around the world, but I always stay in the same place. What am I?

Solutions from last newsletter:

Logic question – 121.

Riddle: All ten are still in the tank. The fish cannot swim away or drown.


ACC Athletics Carnival

Students have been training extremely hard throughout the term in preparation for this year’s biggest ACC event, the Interschool Athletics Carnival. Prendiville will be competing in B Division this year in hope to place in the top 5. Last year, Prendiville finished 6th so the challenge this year is to aim for a higher position. Students have seen improvements in all events that they have trained for which is a great reward for those training consistently. Students have also been rewarded this year with an ACC training shirt if they have attended 50% of training sessions. Lyn Foreman has been an inspiring addition to the training squad, preparing our hurdlers. She has also offered some students the opportunity to train with her outside of school time. Kylie Wheeler has also been an energetic and skillful coach to the students, preparing them for the field events throughout the term. It has been great having ex-students Jenna Newton and Matt Seitz back assisting with field events and giving handy tips to those training. We had more than 70 students compete at the Athletics Twilight meet on Thursday 23rd August which provided more accurate results for the carnival events as well as an opportunity for students to practice in a competitive environment. I wish all students the best of luck at the Carnival next Thursday 13th September. All parents are welcome to attend the event at the State Athletics Centre from 9am - 2pm.

Renea Mayer

Acting Sport Coordinator


On Tuesday 28 August the Year 12 ATAR Human Biology classes and three staff members went to the Perth Zoo to study primates by observation and learn about evolutionary trends. Here is what some of the students thought about the day when reflecting on their experiences.

“We were able to apply our knowledge practically and see the differences between many different primates such as gibbons, marmosets, lemurs, orangutans, baboons and ourselves.” (Michelle Taylor)

“Observing the different primates and each of their physical characteristics and behavior was very helpful in improving our understanding of the different species, how they have evolved overtime and how they have adapted to their environment.” (Lily Redfern)

“The Human Primate Talk we attended was very engaging and actually helped very much in my study of the topic” (Emma Landrum)

“The talk given by the Zoo Education Officer was very helpful as revision for the test I had the next day.” (Kyle Nissen)

“Hanging out at the zoo with the primates was a valuable, interesting and fun experience.” (Cooper Williams)

“It was a bonus that my 18th birthday was on that day because I love the zoo even if I have to wear a raincoat.” (Abbey Burgess)

“Overall it was a great day, despite the somewhat ‘unlucky’ weather, we were exposed to a side of the zoo not many have the privilege of seeing” (Kate Lockhart)

“A big thank you to Mrs. Tranquille, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Grasby for their amazing organization and running of the day.” (Tom O’Donnell)

Lauril Jones

Science Teacher


The Yr 10 STEM students have been expanding their critical thinking capabilities using the Sphero Robots. One of their tasks was to create a “contraption” to make their robot travel faster through water. The students ventured to Craigie Leisure Centre to test their contraptions and hold the 20m Sphero time trials.

Kerrie Beech

ICT Teacher

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On Saturday 26 August the Paideia students took part on an exciting and eventful day at Curtin University as part of the Opti-MINDS challenge. The Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge is an inclusive team challenge which empowers participants to think, create and communicate. Opti-MINDS is a creative problem-solving event for teams of participants where they are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories: Language Literature, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences

While the Year 7 students took on the Science Engineering challenge with much innovation and ingenuity, our Year 9 students boldly competed in the Language and Literature component, much to the delight of the judges for the creativity, craftsmanship and comedic elements which they so cleverly embedded in the production. It was a stellar performance. Bev Reed and Lisa Wolfe were notably impressed with all of the students who did PCC proud. The initial anxiety associated with being first time entrants in this state wide competition soon dissipated and our students boarded the bus back to PCC after a long and fun filled day feeling very proud of their efforts.

Scott Kinner

Director of Diversity and Excellence


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.

Book Week

'Find Your Treasure' Book Week 2018 was celebrated in the MacKillop Library during Week 6 (20 – 24 August).

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards were announced on Friday, 17th August, 2018. The Older Readers Book of the Year was won by Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood and Simone Howell for their novel “Take Three Girls” and Honours went to Charlie Archbold for “Mallee Boys” and Cally Black for “In the Dark Spaces.”

The Younger Readers winner was Ben MacDibble for his title “How to Bee”, while Honours went to Martine Murray for “Henrietta and the Perfect Night” and “Marsh and Me.” All of these books are available for loan from the MacKillop Library.

Winners for other awards can be found at:

Prendiville staff and students got into the spirit of Book Week with displays of Concertina Picture books from Year 8 Art students in the Library. Students could also have a 'Blind Date” with a Book' (lucky dips of books covered in paper). A Treasure Chest of Inspirational sayings was also on display throughout the week.

During Wednesday lunch time there was a game of Book Charades, which proved to be very popular. A Poetry Slam was held in the Library at lunchtime on Thursday. There were many worthy participants where students either chose a poem to read or created their own.

On Friday, the whole school was a colourful display of costumes from literary characters. There were Three Little Pigs, Indiana Jones’, Pirates, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter characters (with Invisibility cloaks that seemed to be 'Out of Order' on the day), The King’s Treasure and many more. Staff and students were rewarded for the best dress ups and it was good to see so many get involved in this year’s Book Week.

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Year 7 Homework Club

Each Wednesday in ML1 in the Library there is a Year 7 Homework Club, which is run by Year 11 & 12 students from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

Study Tutors

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

Year 7-10 Library Forums

Keep an eye on the Year 7-12 Library Forums which are a useful way to recommend books to others, as well as find a good book to read for yourself. There is also other useful information on the forums to do with all things Library, Literature and Research. The forums can be found in SEQTA Learn~Forums.


Open Days & Information Sessions

University of Notre Dame Admissions Information Evening and Expo

Wednesday 5 September | 6pm | Fremantle

At Notre Dame, we know you're a person, not a number. That's why our admissions process goes beyond a single score. Entry to Notre Dame is based not only on your academic record and potential. We also consider your personal qualities, motivation to study and contribution to your community.

Find out all you need to know about how to apply direct to Notre Dame at our Admissions Info Evening. We can provide you with feedback on your application and personal statement if you bring it with you also. You can even apply on the night!

Have your questions answered about our degrees and alternative pathways at our Program Expo.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 are due Friday 28 September.

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Murdoch University – Parent Information Evening – Supporting your girls’ development in STEM

September 5 | Murdoch University

This evening will give you the information you need to understand the diverse, exciting and secure career paths available to girls who study STEM.

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University of Western Australia – Future Leaders Professional Development Day

October 2 | TBA

The University of Western Australia has designed a unique and exciting leadership development program, specially developed for current Year 10 and 11 student leaders and representatives.

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South Regional TAFE – Open Day

October 13 | Albany Campus

A TAFE qualification can help you into the job of your dreams! Join us to find out about courses starting in 2019. Find out more -

Workshops & Courses

Art of Resilience – Teen Hub Artspace – WA

September 28 | Loftus Community Centre, Leederville, WA

October 5 | The Artspace Collective, Scarborough, WA

We invite girls aged 11 – 15 to join us for a day of ‘Strong Bodies and Healthy Minds’. We present a day of movement, fun and activities.

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Click here to find out how you can earn while you learn, get workplace experience in addition to gaining new skills. You can work directly with employers or through organisations who arrange it all for you, and you might even have a job lined up before you finish. You can start an apprenticeship while still at school in Years 11 & 12, as a school-leaver or if you are just seeking a career change later in life. A secondary school certificate or other qualifications may not be required to secure a traineeship.

Additional University Information

Deakin University – How to Ace Year 12

Year 12 can out a lot of pressure on you but think about this: whatever your goals may be for the future, keep in mind that there are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is the same. Read more -

Study Medicine - FREE Trial

A new free trial feature has been added to Study Medicine. See how medical degree and degrees leading to medicine are structured and compare degrees to maximise your chance of becoming a doctor using Macquarie as an example

See also the latest listing of deadlines (September) for all medical programs in Australia

You can find Study Medicine on Twitter, Facebook or email:

Resources, Guides & Other News

New Series - The Employables

Starts 22 August 8.30pm

One of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs launches a unique social and business experiment taking people from groups who are more likely to face discrimination when looking for work and helping them start their own business.

Watch it here -

Conservation Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers welcomes people with a love of the outdoors and interest in the environment to take part as a volunteer.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and you don’t need any prior skills or experience. To volunteer on an overnight project you need to be over 17.

Projects run from one day to residential programs of 4 weeks or longer.

Learn more about some of the types of projects we offer in each state and territory:

New South Wales & ACT

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

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Vinnie’s Youth

Vinnies Youth is term given to Young Adult members and volunteers of St Vincent de Paul Society. We offer a number of opportunities to serve people in your local community. These include Kids Days Out, Buddy Camps, Home Visitation, Tutoring and Mentoring, Vinnies Shops, Soup Vans and even school’s engagement.

One common way people get involved in Vinnies Youth is by joining a conference – a group of vibrant and talented people, who meet regularly to plan activities, reflect on social justice, pray and support each other in the work they do. Find out more -

Teens and Anxiety – Information Session – WA

September 10 | Peppermint Grove, WA

High School can be a time of excitement, fun and new experiences. It can be challenging and worrying too. Find out more -

Go Volunteer – Animal Welfare – Western Australia

Various animal welfare organisations and multiple positions are available across Western Australia. Find out more -


Support Prendiville Catholic College and you’ll be rewarded!

For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership from us, you’ll receive a BONUS $10 Woolworths WISH eGift Card! What a win!

PLUS, if you're looking for the perfect gift for Dad this Father's Day, FREE DELIVERY is still available, but only for a limited time!


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Prendiville Catholic College

Jackie Gill





With the help of our volunteers, the Pastoral Care Program at the St Simon Peter Parish will offer short-term emergency care for anyone who lives in the community.

To enquire about these services please contact:

  • Bereavement - Angela (0422 341 312)
  • Family Support/Meals - Bea (0427 064 511)
  • Gardening/Handyman - Russell (0405 274 790)
  • Home Help - Gerry (0408 990 417)
  • Transport - Paul (0407 483 420)
  • Visitation - Henry (0467 731 653)
  • Visitation - Liz (0412 679 829)
  • Parish Office 9300 4885 Mon-Tues 9am-12pm


Open to all secondary school students!


Next meeting 9 September from 6pm until 8pm.


Prendiville Creative Living staff member Sue Turner-Morris will be taking part in Up All Night to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Australia (RMHCWA).

Sue says that walking in an overnight marathon isn’t going to be easy but it’s nothing compared to being the parent of a sick child. Every day, families from across WA come to Perth so that their child can receive emergency medical treatment. Ronald McDonald House is their home away from home during the most difficult time of their lives. Sue is stepping up to show the families at Ronald McDonald House that they aren’t alone. Join Sue on her journey. Donate to her page today. Good luck Sue.

Sue Turner-Morris - Up All Night


Practice! Practice! Practice!

You wouldn’t go into a grand final without training, so to ensure success with your ATAR exams, it’s important to practice for the big day, under game day conditions!

ReviseOnline offer practice tests and exams, set to a timer, with all questions aligned to the curriculum for your chosen course. Complete with sample answers and marking keys, you can discover exactly how to maximise your scores. Huge range of Year 11 and 12 courses available. Check us out at Further enquiries welcome at



Subject Revision & Exam Preparation

For all students in Year 11 and 12

The September/October Final Exam and Revision Program offers ATAR students comprehensive subject revision and prepares students for their final ATAR Exams.

Course will be conducted at:

Week One

(Saturday 22 September to Thursday 27 September)

Mindarie Senior College/Peter Moyes Anglican Community School

Week Two

(Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October)

Hale School

For further information contact Dr. Robert Hallam at Master Mind Australia on 9486 1377 or visit


A free seminar for parents and caregivers who want to improve their relationship with their teenagers. Adolescence is a time of great transition and challenge for young people and their families alike. Conflict, communication difficulties and a lack of understanding may often occur. At such an important time it can be easy to lose confidence in the ability to parent successfully.

This group is designed to assist you:

  • increase your understanding of adolescence;
  • improve your relationship with your teenager; and
  • learn new ways of communicating.

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 24th October 2018

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration is 15 minutes prior to the seminar.

Cost: Free of charge

Venue: Centrecare Mirrabooka

12 Brewer Place, Mirrabooka

Bookings Necessary

For further information or to register, please call: 9440 0400

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Wednesday 12 - Monday 17 September - Kalgoorlie Immersion Programme

Wednesday 12 September - Music Presentation Evening, 7pm, Redmond Theatre

Thursday 13 September - ACC B Division Athletics Carnival

Thursday 13 September - Creative Arts Exhibition, 6pm - 8pm, Redmond Theatre

Friday 14 September - CEWA Carnevale

Friday 14 - Sunday 16 September - WA Volleyball Schools Cup


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!


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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Mastermind Seminars for ATAR students during the holidays.

While The Hub is no longer hosting these seminars in 2018 the comprehensive program is still operating up here in the northern suburbs. The brochure is printed below.
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Keep up to date with all the things happening around the College by following us on social media! Our channels are filled with regular photo, video and news updates from vibrant and exciting life at the College, focusing on students, staff and our wider community!

Click the images below to check us out on our official social media channels!

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