Prendiville Catholic College

25 November 2016

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Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation to others. It is an act of giving. These days there is concern that people are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating many seek to be amused or entertained. To be entertained is a passive state. It is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle. At Prendiville our culture must strive to be giving to others and enjoying the success of others.

I love the photo which catches this spirit of celebration in the eyes of Ellie Leeming in the background as Amanda Odina, the 2016 Redmond Prendiville Award winner, celebrates receiving her award from the inaugural awardee Georgia Watterson.

Awards night provides another opportunity to show what we mean by excellence and how we measure it at Prendiville Catholic College. I quote again the words of one of our House Patrons Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who reminded us to “Judge not your success by your numbers or the quality of your building but by the quality of your hearts and your efforts to live the Call of the Gospel”. The Redmond Prendiville Award is an award which embraces these words of Oscar Romero. Congratulations to Amanda Odina who has been recognized as the student who is exemplary in what it is to be Prendivillian in 2016.

Our Awards night provided an opportunity to celebrate effort, commitment and achievement across all pillars of College life. A memorable part of our evening was the attendance of some of our foundation staff and students. It was so wonderful to meet the inaugural Head Boy and Head Girl and to see them with Foundation Staff 30 years on. Both Megan Woodall and Stefan Langton have written lovely responses to being part of the evening and both expressed a strong sense of pride and connection to the College.

Our evening was also highlighted by the giving of many awards. We celebrated the high end achievements of our Dux Elena Boothroyd, Runner Up Dux Dylan Francis and VET award winner Dylan Kent. Our evening concluded with the awarding of the coveted Spirit of Prendiville Awards to Neve Cunningham, Matteo Bresciani, Michaela Graziano, Jacob Langham, Ellie Leeming, Ellen O'Day, Amanda Odina, Ronald Rixer and Sean Wales and the Redmond Prendiville Award to a most worthy recipient in Amanda Odina.

I include below an excerpt from my address to the awards night attendees:

“Tonight is about honouring personal excellence. 2016 has been a year where, in terms of achievement, we have seen that anything is possible. A Western Bulldogs Premiership, Brexit, Cronulla Sharks and Leicester City wins, the first refugee team at an Olympics and still fresh in our memories, the political victory of Donald Trump.

We live in a world of constant change and complexity and it can get confusing when considering what true excellence looks like. In our school community we are blessed with a set of values and principles that have not changed.

This year, as a College, we have focussed on the characteristics of fortitude, accountability, creativity and excellence - our FACE values. Along with the gospel teachings, these foundational values have guided the pursuit of excellence at Prendiville Catholic College in 2016.

Excellence is about being the very best we can be in our relationships and in all the activities and endeavours we undertake. This is the culture we want permeating our corridors and classrooms.

In 2016 we continue to ask what it is to be a Prendivillian – what do we want our students to have a sense of when they graduate. The Prendivillian has been defined by our students as being of service to others and having pride in being a student of the College. They are leaders who display integrity, service and dependability. Each Prendivillian should enrich the lives of others and inspire our community in a positive way seeking personal excellence across the physical, spiritual, cultural and academic aspects of college life. Prendivillians seek to be more not want more.”

For your children

Mark Antulov



The Principal, School Board & Parents & Friends Association

cordially invite all parents and friends to the

Combined Annual General Meeting

of the School Board at 7.00pm and P & F Association at 7.30pm

on Monday 13 February 2017

in the Prendiville Centre

Please enter the school via Constellation Drive for this occasion.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meetings.

2017 P&F Nominations

Our active P&F invites Parents and Friends of Prendiville Catholic College to join the P&F Committee. This Committee meets once a month and drives our College community building events. All are welcome. Please email P&F President Denny Piovesan on to register your interest.

2017 School Board Nominations

Nominations are called for Parents, Guardians and Alumni to be part of the Prendiville Catholic College Board. In 2017 two places are available due to members retiring.

If you are interested and would like to serve the community, please contact Mrs Heather Downsborough to make an appointment with Mark Antulov to discuss the role, commitment and responsibilities.


In 2017 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 2017 can be made at our Finance Office.


Eligible cards must be in the name of the parent/guardian responsible for the payment of fees and list children covered by the card. A card in the name of the student is not eligible.

The following cards are NOT eligible:

DVA TPI & Gold, White or Orange Pensioner Concession Cards

Commonwealth & DVA Seniors Health Care Card

Carer Allowance Health Care Card

Mobility Allowance Health Care Card

Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card

Foster Child Health Care Card

ABSTUDY students who access alternative government support.


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 2017, 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 15th December 2016.


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 1st February and 7th April 2017. This provides families with a Clothing Allowance of $115 paid directly to their nominated bank account. PLEASE BRING YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS.


Applications close 7th April 2017.


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Parents dropping students at school in the morning at the main entrance will have noticed yellow banding on the corner that indicates “No Stopping”. It is very dangerous to stop on this blind bend to drop off students. Also, the practice of pulling in to visitor bays to drop off students is causing congestion. When dropping students off in the morning, please drive to the full extent of the driveway to the main College entry. This will allow other vehicles behind you to move along and ease the congestion. We will be relying on your support to follow these expectations. Unfortunately, if parents continue to stop on the blind bend to drop off students, thus endangering students alighting from vehicles, the whole car park area will be closed to morning traffic.

Bus bays and picking up students

Parents are also requested to observe the "bus only" lane at the front of the College when collecting students in the afternoon. In order to ease congestion on the entry, please drive as far as possible to the end of the pick up area in the car lane. To enable buses to collect students, vehicles are not permitted to use the lane on the left marked for buses only. Your support with these initiatives will help reduce traffic congestion.


Roy Mellon graduated from Prendiville Catholic College in 2002. Roy is an entrepreneur who has had a varied career pathway culminating in building a very successful business venture. Roy is a great success story that highlights commitment and perseverance anything is possible. Read Roy Mellon's story.


Arrivederci……E Buon Natale!

It’s that time of the year again when we wish our intrepid Italian exchange students farewell and good luck as they head off to spend their summer holidays in Italy. This year five Prendivillians will join a group of 50 young Western Australians on an eight week linguistic and cultural exchange in Italy - literally a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

The 2016/17 exchange students are Alicia Politi and Tessa Piovesan (Year 10) and Storme Williams, Brittany Fitzgerald and Amy Groenewegen (Year 11). The girls will spend their time being hosted by an Italian family and immersing themselves in the language and culture. During their stay in Italy they will attend school (Italians only have a 10 day holiday over Christmas and New Year) and experience the life of a real Italian teen.

A special thanks to Prof Green who coordinated this part of the exchange programme and spent countless hours chasing up and collating forms, medical certificates, passport copies and all the rest of the documentation required.

We wish the girls all the best of luck and look forward to hearing them speak italiano perfetto when they return!

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Year 12 Perspectives 2016

Year 12 Perspectives is a showcase of the best work from Year 12 Visual Arts students from across the state. Some of the most talented high school artists feature in the annual display. Prendiville will again be represented at this prestigious exhibition, but this year we've made it a double! Harry Tatchley's Human Impact and Jess McGaw's #CapitalisedCruelty were both selected by this year’s judging panel and will feature at the Art Gallery of Western Australia when the exhibition opens in January. Congratulations, Jess and Harry!

Eamon Matthews
Art Coordinator

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The Outdoor Education Department have had a big Term 4! We started the term off in Week 2, with the Year 10’s completing their 5 days Expedition. Students completed 2.5 days on the Munda Biddi Trail (Mountain Biking) and 2.5 days on the Bibbulmun Track (Bushwalking). Due to DePaW back burning, logistics had to be changed at the last minute, meaning students weren’t able to complete the intended 100km mark. However, a solid 90Km is still a cracking effort! All students were able to test their physical and mental thresholds. Everyone should be proud of their efforts!

In Week 5, the Year 9’s completed their 4 day, 3 night bushwalking expedition of Yanchep National Park. All students achieved the mark of 50kms over the week. An effort that saw students fight tears, frustration, soreness and tiredness. Though when completed, the joy of completion was evident on every student's dirty face!

Besides bushwalking the challenging trails, students were able to put into practice their bushcraft and cooking skills as well as trying their hand at adventure caving. Students represented the College beautifully when they paid their respects at the Remembrance Day Memorial held at Yanchep on the 11th November.

In Week 3, the Year 8’s had a great end to their Roping Unit. Completing a full day at Stathams’ Quarry in Gooseberry Hill. Students and staff were able to try their hand at a 50m high, 100m long flying fox over the quarry, rock-climb a 25m cliff face as well as abseil cliff faces of 20-35m in height. It was amazing to witness students achieve all components of the day. Though more importantly, when some faced a challenge that was outside their comfort zone, the encouragement and positive support by every ‘Outdoor Edder’ was a true highlight and a testament to the year group.

Mr Baddock and Mr Broderick’s Year 8 Outdoor Education Classes held their Masterchef Challenge during the past 2 weeks. I can honestly say, over the past four years I have been at this College, the standard these two classes brought to the challenge, is the best I’ve seen!

The presentation of meals, the ability to start a fire or Trangia stove, prepare, cook then present four meals to the staff that volunteered as taste judges was outstanding! Special mention to Mr Baddock, who provided the official Masterchef soundtrack while students were preparing their meals.

Sarah Fogliani

Outdoor Education Coordinator


Year 10 Musical Spectacular

The Year 10 Drama class studied the style of Musical Theatre this Semester. They worked on a large group production number- learning singing, performance skills and choreography- known in the business as “the triple threat”! For many of our students this was their first time performing Musical Theatre- an exciting but nerve-racking experience.

As well as learning a large group production, the Year 10 class were also required to form small groups to re-create a scene from a musical of their choice. They were required to select their own song and find the music, choreograph their piece and source their costumes. Musical numbers from Grease, Legally Blonde, High School Musical II, Annie, Wicked and Hairspray were among the items performed for an appreciative crowd on the evening. Several Year 11 and 12 students joined in the fun with a few of their own performances.

Special thanks to Ben Collins (Theatre Technician), Jordan Gibbs and Miss Baltovich for their help and support with sound and lighting. Ingrid Parkin (Costume Co-ordinator) also did an outstanding job at helping the students to design their individual costumes and assist them by sewing and fitting them all – they looked fantastic on stage! A final thank you to the family, friends and staff who came to support the students on the night (and put up with hours of rehearsal at home!), they really appreciate it.

Ms Carey would like to congratulate all of the Year 10 Drama students for their energy, commitment and willingness to be a part of this fantastic evening. We hope that you enjoyed yourselves and learnt a lot from this experience.

Helen Carey and Annalisa Sorgiovanni

Drama Teachers


Guitar Concert

On Wednesday 2 November, our guitar students performed for their family and friends in the Redmond Theatre, showcasing what they have been working on in their lessons and ensembles this year. The concert was run by our fantastic acoustic guitar tutor Mr John Ralph, with each student performing a solo on the main stage. Well done to all students involved.

Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

The Prendiville Jazz Band had the incredible opportunity of performing at the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast at Joondalup Resort on Thursday 3 November. The students and their ensemble director Mrs Kathryn MacNeil worked extremely hard rehearsing for this prestigious event, and had a very early start that morning at 6am. Jazz Band opened the breakfast performing two 15 minute sets, plus the national anthem. Thank you to our Jazz Band director Mrs Kathryn MacNeil, Head of Music Miss Ellen Broderick, and Mrs Kim Williamson for driving the bus.

Primary Schools Tour

Jazz Band had a very busy couple of days, on Friday 4 November they set off with Mrs MacNeil, Miss Broderick and their bus driver Mrs Hyde to our three feeder primary schools. Jazz Band performed a number of fun and interactive songs, which had the students of Whitford CPS, St Simon Peter CPS and Francis Jordan CPS up on their feet and dancing along. The students and teachers were absolutely “jazzed” with the performance, and many students are looking forward to the possibility of attending Prendiville in a few years.

VET Music Lunchtime Concert

The Year 11 VET Music Students put on a lunchtime concert in the Redmond Theatre on Monday 7 November. Students were performing, assisting backstage, and in the bio box running the sound and lighting. Students had been learning about stage management, lighting and audio this term with Ellen Broderick and Ben Collins the Theatre Manager, therefore putting on a concert was the perfect opportunity to put their new skills into practice.

PTech Live! Showcase

On Monday 7 November, the Year 9 and 10 Music Performance and Technology students’ end of year showcase was held in the Redmond Theatre. Students had been working hard all semester to prepare for their performances. As well as performing, the Year 10 students coordinated the event; organising the acts, running list, sound checks, backstage, finances, and advertising. The Year 10s would like to thank Miss Broderick for stage managing the concert, Theatre Manager Ben Collins for the sound and lighting, Year 11 student Byron Reid for assisting with audio, and all who attended to support the performers.

Awards Night

The annual Awards Night on Tuesday 15th November was an opportunity for the Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and College Choir to perform for the College community. Conducted by Mrs Kathryn MacNeil, Jazz Band opened the evening with a half hour set, playing some of their favourite pieces. The Percussion Ensemble dazzled the audience with an impressive drum line, led by percussion tutor Mr Chris Marquand. The evening closed with a collaborative performance by the College Choir and Percussion Ensemble, performing Adiemus by Karl Jenkins. Both ensembles had rehearsed extremely hard to bring this piece together so magnificently; with over 70 students and 8 staff members involved. Thank you to Ellen Broderick who directed the piece, Ms Anne-Marie Duce and Mr Chris Marquand for preparing their respective ensembles, accompanists Miss Agnes Kang and Mr David Hicks, vocal tutor Mark Alderson, and Miss Lisa Baltovich, Mrs Kim Williamson and Ms Helen Connor for singing with the choir.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Christmas Concert on Thursday 8th December at 7pm in the Redmond Theatre. Featuring performances by chamber ensembles, all three College Concert Bands and the College Choir. Tickets are available at


Congratulations to Brody Kenney, Year 11, for the completion of his Aboriginal School Based Traineeship in 2016. Brody completed the Certificate II in Business while working with the WA Police Academy in Joondalup. While there he had the opportunity to work with the Police Cadet Unit which gave him an insight into a possible future career opportunity. Brody is the first student from Prendiville Catholic College to complete a traineeship of this kind.

Congratulations also to Nic Paneccari, Ben Leigh, Gareth Fowles Year 12 and Tijanah Fahie Year 11 for the completion of their school based traineeships all within the Hospitality Industry.


Opening Hours

Please note a change to the Library Opening hours for 2017:

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7.30 – 5.30pm

Friday: 7.30am – 4.00pm

Recess and lunch every day.

Holiday Reading

Don’t forget to organise your holiday reading as soon as possible! We have many new print titles available for loan from the Library, as well as new Wheelers eBooks waiting to be borrowed via the staff/student dashboard.

Mine Craft Competitions

Students come join in the fun on Monday and Tuesday at lunch time in L3 for Mine Craft competitions.


Welcome to our TechSpot. This section of our newsletter is for students and staff to share tips, tricks, ideas and apps to do with technology at Prendiville.

This week we look at apps that are not Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. You may not have heard about them, but they are trending now, and causing issues for students (and we are starting to see them appear at school). allows users to upload music videos of themselves singing to music, karaoke-style. The account automatically makes all accounts searchable and public, often linking users’ Snapchat, Kik and Instagram accounts to make them easy to find. The opening screen features videos that often include explicit lyrics or inappropriate content, even though this app is aimed at tweens and young teens.

A comprehensive review of for parents can be found here.


Meetme is a dating app – it allows user to connect and have conversations with any other random people who are online at that time. It places teenagers at risk of cyberbullying, predatory behaviour and inappropriate content. You can use in-app purchases to boost your popularity.


This app keeps popping its head up and has been labelled as ‘Tinder for teens,’ matching users together and allowing them to communicate. It can integrate with Snapchat and Instagram to increase followers and allows images to be saved, shared and distributed. This app has multiple warnings associated with its use, especially for young teenagers. News article on risks of sexting with Yellow available here.

If you need help with iPads or just want to ask a question, feel free to drop into the iPad Helpdesk in the Library at lunchtimes. We will be happy to give you assistance.

Melissa Marshall

eLearning Coordinator


Monday 28 November Student Leadership Day.

Wednesday 30 November Year 9 RE incursion.

Friday 2 December Year 7 Retreat.

Friday 2 December End of term for Year 10 students.

Friday 9 December End of term for Year 7 - 9 students.

For further information visit


24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group

For all youth in Years 6-12

Remaining dates for this term: 27 Nov & 11 Dec 6-8pm @ St Simon Peter Parish meeting room

Come along and bring a friend!

For more information call Paul 0430 636 274 or Amanda 0421 144 992

Perth Children’s Hospital Volunteers

Since 1929, the volunteer presence at Princess Margaret Hospital has been extremely important to the experience that our patients and families have during their time here. Their concern for people and their ability to create an atmosphere of friendliness and goodwill is invaluable. With the exciting move to Perth Children’s Hospital we are expanding the volunteer team and we are recruiting now for various roles. If you want to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families who visit the hospital then we would like to hear from you. Please contact Andy Wahid, Coordinator Volunteer Services 08 9340 8716 or email for further information.

WAAPA Summer School 2017

This summer The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is offering an exciting school holiday program for children and young people. The Summer School includes classes in drama, acting, screen acting, musical theatre, Shakespeare and theatre production. For information about the many courses on offer please visit or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.

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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

Mon to Sat - 8am, Sun - 9.30am

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