Prendiville Catholic College

3 November 2017

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Our annual awards and presentation evening will be conducted in the College Gymnasium on Tuesday 14 November at 7.30pm. The awards night provides another opportunity to reflect on what excellence is at Prendiville Catholic College. We must measure excellence of our College beyond our buildings, academic results and first places in competitions. Let us be guided by the words of one of our House Patrons, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who reminded us to “judge your success by the quality of your hearts and your efforts to live the call of the Gospel”. The following definition of excellence from the Virtues Project is a definition we could consider at our College:

‘Excellence is doing your best, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition. Excellence is the key to success.’ (The Virtues Project)

For the third year we will present our ‘Spirit of Prendiville Awards’ and ‘The Redmond Prendiville Award’ which capture the essence of what it is to be an exemplary ‘Prendivillian’. The award criteria set by this Year 12 cohort seeks to acknowledge the student or students who:

· Display pride in being a student of our College (serve)

· Display outstanding integrity, service and dependability (lead)

· Enriches the lives of others, and;

· Is a positive influence on our College community (inspire)


Our Year 12 students participating in ATAR pathways are currently sitting their ATAR examinations. This can be an anxious time for our students as they bring their formal secondary schooling to a close. We wish all our students the very best for these examinations.


I am proud to share that our WACE Graduation rate for the second year is outstanding. This is to be celebrated and is a result of staff commitment and student effort to meet the high standards required for WACE graduation. Our aim is for Prendiville Catholic College to be a high achieving College in terms of graduation rate and we are very pleased to achieve such a high ranking in 2016 and 2017.


This Friday will be a historic moment at the College with the opening of the Prendiville Gallery and launch of our unique FLEXed Business Enterprise Program. We believe this is a world first with a WACE achievement being possible through the power of real life education. In 2018 we will have 21 students participating in the FLEXed pathway. Thank you to Mr Stephen Lynch, Mrs Lynn Vroombrout, Mr Warwick Palmateer and Mr Leandro Martins for their commitment and energy to bring this initiative to reality for our students. Look out for the new opening hours for our Prendiville Gallery.

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I am pleased to announce that Mr Simon Kanakis has been appointed to the significant role of Vice Principal at Prendiville Catholic College. Mr Kanakis will replace Mr Paul Watson who has been appointed to the position of Vice Principal at Mater Dei College. Mr Kanakis is an experienced Deputy Principal. He is currently the Head of Secondary School at Newman Catholic College in Wembley. He has a proven history of strong educational leadership at Sacred Heart College, Aranmore College and Newman College. He is a faith filled man who is well loved and respected for his positive contributions not only to the schools he has worked in but also Catholic Education in general.


This week, we celebrated the invaluable contribution that teachers make to the faith formation and education of students and our broader society, through World Teachers’ Day. CEWA Acting Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce emailed all teachers this week, expressing her gratitude for the work they do. In her email, she quoted Pope Francis, who summed up the role of a teacher in this wonderful manner:

“About 2,000 years ago, the world’s most important teacher worked to make our world a better place. In the words of Pope Francis, Jesus ”is a teacher of truth and life who shows us the way to truth and happiness”.

Today teachers and support staff are in the privileged position of being able to help form the lives of over 77,000 young people and their families who are part of the community of Catholic schools in Western Australia. We all appreciate that the role of educators is now far more complex than past times. It extends well beyond academic learning to embrace all those skills and values which make life a happy and fulfilling place for students. We acknowledge the work of all educators, especially those who work in difficult geographic locations and those who work with the most needy. On behalf of the Bishops of Western Australia, who have mandated us to promulgate the work of Catholic education, I offer my sincere thanks for the outstanding work all educators undertake to create the thriving system we are all part of. World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in over 100 countries and is a fitting acknowledgement for the efforts of teachers globally and offers an opportunity for students, parents and community members to demonstrate their appreciation for the incredibly important work of teachers.

Our graduating class of 2017 provided a special morning tea this week on behalf of the community, acknowledging the efforts of our staff.”

On behalf of Prendiville Catholic College, I congratulate all our staff for their dedication and commitment to the students in their classes in a wide variety of contexts, keeping them safe, guiding their learning, challenging their students to excel and giving them hope and optimism for the future.


As a result of the College’s association with Beagle Bay and the recent Beagle Bay secondary school experience I have been approached about the possibility of enrolling two students from Sacred Heart School Beagle Bay into year 10 next year. Enrolment with the appropriate support in place will not be a problem. The big hurdle is accommodation and family support for the students during the working week. For the students seeking enrolment care and support will be provided by extended family on weekends.

Expressions of interest are called from anyone in our community who would like to consider hosting these students for 2018. Interested families can simply email me at the college through Mrs Heather Downsborough.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - Prendiville Catholic College Board

The College Board of Management is entrusted to assist in the financial management of the College, its strategic purpose and in the planning of future capital works. Parents who have one or a combination of the following are strongly encouraged to apply:

· Active in their parishes

· Building and construction

· Business and Finance

· ICT and Technical

· Legal

· Marketing and PR

· Professional

· Risk Management

· Senior management experience

· Tertiary or Secondary Education

The AGM of the Board and Parent Council will be held next year. At this meeting new Board Members are appointed to the Board. The College is entering a challenging and exciting time of capital development planning and a new strategic plan for 2019 and beyond. Interested parents are invited to nominate for the College Board. If you would like to consider joining the College Board please email your interest to Mrs Heather Downsborough with a short description of your interests and experiences.

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 Hernon 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



Please make sure you have enrolled your children for 2020 intake.

Kim Craig

College Registrar


Dinner Dance tickets for Year 11's are on sale now until Friday 17 November 2017. Please purchase tickets from the College Finance Office. More information is below:

Dinner Dance 2018 Letter

Jade Charles

Mathematics Teacher


Madison Snelling wins Yolande Frank Art Award
The Yolande Frank Art Awards is a competition for WA students and has been run annually since 2010. The Award, organised by the United Nations Association of Australia - WA Division, is in memory of Holocaust survivor, Yolande Frank, who held a passion for ensuring that children understood about universal human rights. Madison (Year 9) impressed the judges with her creativity and effectiveness in conveying this year's focus, humans have the right to belong to a country.

Madison won the major prize (Years 7 - 9) and received a cheque for $150. Nicola Grobbelaar (Year 9) was also awarded a prize, receiving a highly commended for her entry. Congratulations!

Eamon Matthews
Head of Creative Arts
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Year 9 Drama Night

On Thursday 2 November our talented Year 9 Drama students presented their class plays, Welcome to Nosedive Airlines and Alone at Last. These two short plays were well received by their audience and justly so! The performers were slick, professional, focused and funny!

Year 10 Musical Spectacular

One of the highlights in the Drama programme is our Year 10 Musical Spectacular which will be held in the Redmond Theatre on Thursday 9 November in the Redmond Theatre at 7 pm. The students will be performing Broadway and West End hits from some of their favourite and lesser known musicals. Expected to last around 90 minutes, tickets at $5 a head represents stunning value, and can be purchased online.

Year 10 Drama Students rehearsing Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee from Grease


Term 4 Sports

There are a number of opportunities for students to participate in sport/ physical activities throughout Term 4. These include running club, swimming sessions, volleyball club and the soccer club. Extra opportunities may still be added as the term progresses. For days and times and the organizing teacher, please see the Term 4 Sport Calendar on the SPORTAL page.

Rugby 7’s Night Carnival.

Unfortunately, the carnival has been cancelled for this year. It was still going to be several weeks before we would be able to utilise the facilities at Arena and this has caused many of the schools involved to pull out. Apologies to the many boys and indeed girls who will obviously be disappointed by this outcome as it is a fantastic event. Hopefully we will be able to make this happen again in 2018.

Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to Ben Hillen (Year 10) who after a number of impressive performances last weekend, has been selected in the State Athletics team who will compete in Adelaide in December.


The uniqueness of Prendiville’s FlexEd Program caught the eye of Channel 7 this week. News reporter Joey Catanzaro talked with students Kirk Russo, Ella Cooper, Principal Mark Antulov and teachers Steve Lynch and Lynn Vroombout about a course which has giving a new dimension to education at the College. Joey was particularly impressed with the passion expressed by Kirk and Ella about the opportunities FlexEd has given them. With the imminent opening of The Gallery, Friday 3 Novemebr this was a particularly key time to expose the many positive aspects to FlexEd. A Channel 7 news item will appear on screen within the next 7 days, stay tuned for an alert via facebook.
Year 11 student Kirk Russo talks on camera with Channel 7 reporter, Joey Catanzaro.
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Coding Competition

This is the second year Prendiville Catholic College Year 10 and Year 11 students have participated in the coding NCSS Challenge which is conducted by Grok Learning from the University of Sydney.

The following students received special recognition for their achievements in the competition:

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Bronwen Hyde and Helen Connor

ICT and Digital Technology Teacher


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Year 7 and 9 Incursion - Together for Humanity

Last week students from Years 7 and 9 took part in a presentation from Sydney based organisation Together for Humanity. The presenters who represented very different faiths and backgrounds discussed the importance of unity and togetherness in multicultural Australia. After they shared their own personal stories, the students where given the opportunity to ask any questions they wished. These were answered in an open and honest manner. The incursion was successful in both providing the students with an insight into the lives of people from other cultures and dispelled a number of media promoted myths.

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Year 7 reflection on the incursion by Cloe Sture

On the Tuesday 24 October, all Year 7's and 9's had an incursion. People from an organisation came to the Redmond Theatre to teach us about their different cultures and religions. There were four visitors and they each told stories of some things that happened to them. Some of these incidents included: people talking slowly to them when they have very good English. At the incursion we played a game where we had to guess the item and who it belonged to. These visitors who came to the College feel better because they were able to tell us about their culture. We learnt about what it is like in third world countries. We watched a video about African men travelling to Los Angeles. I think those who watched it can agree that it was sad because of the poverty they live in. A big thank you to our visitors for coming to talk to us about unity and their cultures.

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Student achievement

Congratulations to Monet Porter in Year 7 for her outstanding piece of work on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. It was wonderful to see the imagination and effort she put into her work. Well done Monet you greatly impressed the Humanities team.

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Year 11 Holocaust Institute visit

Earlier this month the Year 11 Modern History class accompanied by Mr O'Mara and Mr Greenwood visited the Holocaust Institute in Yokine. The students first learnt about the history and progression of the Holocaust. Before they were privileged to have the opportunity to listen to a talk from a Holocaust survivor. The experience brought the tragic events to life and provided the students with a real insight into a story of survival. A valuable lesson for all.

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Paul Stenner

Head of Humanities


On Wednesday 1 November, students explored and engaged in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) during their visit to Scitech. Some the exhibits and hands on activities included the Rio Tinto Innovation Central exhibit and `Maths and Explosions’ Theatre Show. We were `blown away’ by the different sized explosions created in this presentation, one of the biggest being a garbage bin sized container of coloured balls which was blown apart by a liquid nitrogen bomb. The `Planet Pioneers’ feature exhibit taught about all the problems facing humans in our preparation for settling onto another planet. Astronomy featured heavily throughout the day’s activities with the highlight being the Planetarium Feature movie `Faster than Light’ which explored interplanetary flight in the past and future. A great day was had by all and special thanks to Ms Fiona Owen for assisting on the day.

Ms Marie Jovanoski

Science Teacher


Opening Hours

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.

Year 7 Homework Club

Year 7 Homework Club, which is held each Monday in the Library, will only run for the first five weeks of Term 4. The last session will be on Monday 13 November, 2017.

Check out our new range of Wheelers audio books, which are now available to browse and borrow 24 hourly. These can be accessed via the student dashboard using your usual school user name and password. Hint: If you have problems playing the audio books update your Wheelers App which should solve the issue.

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Prendiville students represented our College at the City’s 2017 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast this month. The focus of the City’s 2017 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast was celebrating the importance of giving and reaffirming the local community’s commitment and dedication to looking after others. Christian leaders joined local school students - the future leaders of the community - to pray for the City and its 161,000 residents.

The theme of the 2017 Mayoral Prayer Breakfast was the Power of Giving – a theme close to the heart of the event’s keynote speaker, Dr Ros Worthington. Dr Worthington has touched the lives of many through her significant charity work in Western Australia and is often recognised and celebrated for her compassion for others. Dr Worthington spoke inspirationally about the need to connect and support our young.

It was also the 12th and final Mayoral Prayer Breakfast officiated by Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, who is stepping aside at the 2017 Local Government Elections to be held on October 21.

“I will miss the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast as it’s an important annual event that brings our community together in prayer,” Mayor Pickard said. “It’s often been said that no-one has ever become poor by giving and the theme of the Power of Giving resonates with what we aspire to be as an active and engaged community.”

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Prendiville students Ella-Rae Studman, Miesa Grobbelaar, Molly Gerrans, Jacob Sujkowski with Mr Troy Pickard.

Margaret Tavelli

Acting Director for Mission and Identity


On Sunday, Gardening Club members, Jade McManus, Amber McManus and Pia Finn, spent the day volunteering at the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre. Twice a year Kaarakin opens its doors to welcome the public and offer guided tours to raise much needed funds.

Kaarakin is a wildlife refuge in the Perth Hills for sick and injured Black Cockatoos, but they also have other native animals that they work with to conserve. Their team of volunteers work to rescue, rehabilitate and release black cockatoos back to the wild in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Perth Zoo.

The Prendiville Gardening Club support the centre by setting up native plant display on tour days and talking to the public about the best species to provide food sources for black cockatoos. Money raised through the sale of plants are donated to Kaarakin. In addition to selling native plants, the girls also had a great time making Moss Balls which are ferns surrounded by soil and sphagnum moss and set onto small metal and recycled jarrah stands.

At the end of the day Melissa Marshall, ex Prendiville teacher, took Jade, Amber and Pia to meet and cuddle the four new Alpine Dingo pups born twelve weeks ago at Kaarakin. Alpine Dingos are an endangered species. These pups, along with their parents will remain at Kaarakin as a pack to be part of an important study of dingo behaviour. Fund raising has begun to raise the $100,000 needed to build a large enclosure complete with hills and dens.

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Lynn Vroombout

Garden Club Coordinator


The Prendiville P&F will be hosting the "Prendi Summer Fest" on Friday 23 February 2018. Commencing at 5.30pm and concluding at 9pm, all students, teachers and their families are invited to attend a night of fun and entertainment on the eastern oval. There will be a water park, inflatables, giant games, raffles, music and dancing to celebrate the start of new school year. More information can be found on the P&F home page on SEQTA. Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook and Instagram too!

Tickets are just $10 per person plus the booking fee and can be purchased here

This is closed school ticketed event and numbers are strictly limited so be sure to purchase your tickets soon! It promises to be a fantastic night for all of our Prendiville families and we hope to see you there.

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Career Events Calendar

1 November - 17 November WACE exams.

December - TAFE Full Time Applications close.

Apprenticeship Pathways

Looking for an apprenticeship? Check out the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways site which is really easy to use.

Also the Australian Apprenticeships website that provides a lot of information on how to find an apprenticeship, Australian skills shortage needs and who provides apprentice support services in WA.


Wednesday 1 November to Friday 17 November - WACE Exams

Monday 6 November - Contemporary Music Showcase 7pm

Wednesday 8 November to Friday 10 November - ESU Camp Year 10, 11, 12

Thursday 9 November - Year 10 Musical Spectacular

Monday 13 November - Year 11 Thanksgiving Mass 2.30pm

Tuesday 14 November - Last day of formal classes for Year 11


24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group

Meets on 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays of the month
6-8pm @ St Simon Peter Parish meeting room

All youth in Years 6-12 are invited!

For more info call Amanda 0421 144 992 or Samuel 0474 310 944

City of Joondalup Youth Services

The City of Joondalup Youth Services Team run Drop In Sessions on Wednesday (4-6pm) and Friday (5-9pm) nights at Anchors Youth Centre at Heathridge Leisure Centre on Sail Terrace, Heathridge. A free chill out space with access to mentors, free WiFi and technology, recreational activities, kitchen facilities and more is available.

Bookings are also open for the Youth Events Series Spring 2017 - A jam-packed program of events for young people aged between 11 and 18 years these upcoming holidays with water activities, bubble sports, mountain biking, star gazing, go-karting, movies, laser tag and the Royal Show.

Master Mind Australia

January 2018 Jump-Start Programs

OLNA - Study Skills – Essay Writing – Subject Revision & Preparation

For all students entering Year 7 – 12 in 2018

The January Preparation Program aims to prepare students for Term 1 (2018) before the academic year begins. The classes will revise those important components from the 2017 syllabus that are vital for success in the new-year. The program will also preview what students can expect in their courses in 2018.

Courses will be conducted at:

Christ Church Grammar School and Hale School

Monday 15 to Saturday 20 January 2018

Dr. Robert Hallam at Master Mind Australia on 9486 1377


St Simon Peter Parish, Ocean Reef

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am, 10am and 5pm

Our Lady of the Mission Parish, Whitfords

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 8am, 9.30am, 11am and 5.45pm

St Andrews Parish, Clarkson

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 5.30pm

St Luke's Parish, Woodvale

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 8am and 9.30am

St Anthony's Parish, Wanneroo

Sat - 6.30pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am and 6pm

All Saint's Parish, Greenwood

Sat - 6pm, Sun - 7.30am, 9am, 10.30am and 5.30pm

St John Paul II Catholic Primary School, Banksia Grove

Mon to Sat - 8am, Sun - 9.30am

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The Hub: A Home For Bright New Ideas!


He’s back! Tim O'Magic returns to his favourite theatre, the Redmond Theatre, with his break-out Christmas Special Magic Extravaganza. Two exclusive shows in December stay tuned. Dates and Booking details to follow.


On Friday 15 November to Sunday 17 November, WA's First South African Film Festival playing out of the Redmond Theatre. Blockbusters, shorts, documentaries and the next new wave of film makers from South Africa all brought to you by The Hub.
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