Prendiville Catholic College

7 February 2018

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Thank you to all students, parents and staff for what was a wonderful first week back at school. It is a wonderful sight when the students return and our College comes to life. All staff have been impressed with the positive energy of all students as they have returned to school with a sense of purpose. Three highlights of our starting weeks were:

  • The beginning of secondary school for our Class of 2023 (Year 7). It was wonderful to see our Year 7 students embrace their new school environment and interact with the senior students.
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  • The Year 12 Ball was held on Saturday evening at Frasers Restaurant in Kings Park. It was a beautiful night where our students were exemplary in their participation, behaviour and dress.
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  • Brigid House celebrated their patron’s day which highlights the theme of compassion. The celebration began with a beautiful mass in the Good Shepherd Chapel inspired by the following prayer:

A Prayer to St Brigid

Brigid, you were a woman of peace

You brought harmony where there was conflict.

You brought light into the darkness.

You brought hope to the downcast.

May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious

and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.


I draw your attention to the community letter which has been distributed to all parents, students and staff. The community letter provides a snapshot of our year ahead. The letter can be accessed from the following link if you have not received it:


Our word theme for 2018 was launched at the first assembly. The word SMILE captures the following actions we want all Prendivillians (students, parents and staff) to bring to action in 2018:


Our Parents and Friends Committee have at the heart of their mission community building. Each event that they organise aims to develop community spirit and friendship. This year’s special event is PRENDIFEST and is the sequel to the amazing Prendiville Plunge held 2 years ago. PRENDIFEST will have something for everyone and I encourage all families and children to come and join in the fun and excitement of the event. I look forward to seeing everyone at the PRENDIFEST.

Prendiville Summer Fest

I wish everyone a wonderful year as we work together to promote service, leadership and inspiring actions of all our students.

For your children

Mark Antulov



The role of the College Board in supporting the Principal is vital and our community is blessed to have a talented and committed Board.

Thank you to Mr Kevin Peterson, Board Chair, Mr David Villa, Mrs Julie Foster, Mrs Denny Piovesan, Mrs Brooke McFarlane, Mr Craig McEvoy, Mr Stephen Harris, Mrs Anabela De Abreu (Retiring Member), Mr Terry Raphael (Ex Officio) and Mrs Heather Downsborough (Board Secretary) who served as our College Board in 2017. Mark Antulov is grateful for their support and expertise.

Mark Antulov and the College Board Chair have met with all nominees for Board positions. Endorsement of members will be undertaken at the College AGM on Monday 12 February 2018. All parents are encouraged to attend. The AGM will be held in the Prendiville Centre (upstairs) commencing at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting.

Please note the change of date. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience.


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Health Care/Pension Card Tuition Discount Scheme - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 13 APRIL 2018.

A reminder to eligible families who have not yet done so, to complete their applications for the Health Care/Pension Card Tuition Discount Scheme. This discount is applied to student’s tuition fees.

All applicants must provide a current Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card in person and once deemed eligible, will be asked to complete an application form. Please note: In order to qualify for the Health Care Card Tuition Fee Discount, parents 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 will be adjusted accordingly.

Forms are also available for the Secondary Assistance Scheme which provides families with a Clothing Allowance of $115 paid directly to their nominated bank account so lease bring your bank account details with you. To be eligible for this allowance, your Health Care/ Pension Card must be valid at some point between 31st January and 13th April 2018.

Applications for 2018 can be made at the College Finance Office. The Finance Office is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm weekdays during school terms. Enquiries can be directed to Mrs Kylee Hernon 9301 6242.


As of the 1 January 2018 Prendiville Catholic College will have a new BPAY Biller code.

The new BPAY Biller Facility are as follows:

· Biller ID No: 280636

· Long Name: Prendiville Catholic College Ocean Reef

· Short Name: Prendiville CC

Please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Office for further assistance.

ENROLMENTS FOR 2020 (Attention siblings)

The enrolment process for the 2020 intake starts in early February. Please complete an online application to register, if you have not already done so, and the College will be in touch February/March.

Kim Craig

College Registrar



Parents or guardians of students who are unable to attend school for any reason must contact the College as a courtesy on the absentee line – 9301 6270 before 9.30am on the day of absence.

Whilst we appreciate you may have contacted the College by phone, legislation requires written confirmation with a reason. This can be sent via the link provided on the Welcome page (preferable) of the SEQTA Engage Portal to PCC ABSENTEES or via email to If an email has been forwarded by 9.30am a phone call is not necessary. Absentee SMS messages are sent mid-morning to parents of students who have not attended school and no notification has been received.

Please note: Sending absence messages via direct messages on SEQTA to Marie Graystone or via email are no longer in use.


Students are expected to be on the school grounds from 8.40am to 3.25pm.

Late Arrivals

For late arrivals parents are required to contact the office as above for ABSENCES or phone the main line 9307 2000 and this call is to be then followed up by an email.

Students Arriving During PCG (8.45am-8.55am): All students are to go straight to PCG, where their Pastoral Care Advisor will mark them late to Pastoral Care Group (PCG). Students do not go to Student Administration in this instance.

Students arriving After PCG (8.55am onwards): All students are to report to Student Administration on arrival and before going to class. Students must have a signed note from their parents if there has been no prior written notification.

After three late arrivals within a term, where no acceptable reason has been given students will be issued a D5 lunchtime detention. Parents will be notified of the student’s lateness. If a student continues to arrive late to school, then they will receive an after-school detention arranged by the Head of House.

Early Departures

Students departing school early are required to present to Mrs Cassidy in Student Administration before school to present a signed note that indicates the reason and time of departure. If a parent or guardian has already sent written notification as stated above for ABSENCES, the student is still required to present to Student Administration to confirm this has been received before leaving the school grounds.

When a student is leaving during the day and will return to school it is essential that they present to Student Administration in the morning and on return to the college before going to class.

If a student is unwell during the day they are to present to the Health Centre. If the student needs to go home, a call will be made by the College Nurse. They can then be collected from the Health Centre located in the Prendiville Centre. There is no need to provide a note under these circumstances. Please note that students are not permitted to call parents and arrange to be collected. This must be done in consultation with the College Nurse, Head of House or Deputy Principal.


Attendance at school and the completion of assessments is an important part of a student’s academic programme. Absences from school during term for non-health related reasons should only be for exceptional circumstances.Matters of this nature should be discussed with the deputy Principal well ahead of time. Teachers will not set work or provide alternative assessments/examinations for students going on holidays during school time and no credit will be given for any missed assessments (please refer to the College Assessment Policy). Other assessments and assignments must be submitted on or before the due date in order to be given credit for that assessment or assignment (technology issues would not be an acceptable reason for non-submission).

Please note: Where student leave is required during school time parents are required to send notification in writing as above for ABSENCES.


At peak times, those wishing to enter the southern car park when approaching from the south are requested to go further north along Constellation Drive, around the round-about and then enter the car park making a left turn only. This will prevent you waiting for an excessive period of time to enter the car park and also enable those making a right turn to exit the car park more readily.

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This is an issue of student safety and parent convenience – it requires the compliance of all drivers. Parents are also asked to park in the bays when collecting their children after school. They should not queue on the roadway of the car park as this prevents others from leaving the bays and creates congestion. Parents usually soon realise that picking up their children 10 minutes after the end of the school day saves a lot of hassle – students waiting for a few extra minutes will survive the wait!


We are very fortunate to have the following staff support the Catholic ethos of the College in the implementation and promotion of House PARTICIPATION, SPIRIT and IDENTITY.
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JEREMY BRODERICK Francis House STEWARDSHIP (absent from photo)

I am interested in assisting students to become better leaders and want to help them to bring out the best in one another. I have very fond memories of my time as a student house leader and would encourage students to assist and support each other in a positive environment, encourage leadership and challenge students to do their best. St. Francis of Assisi viewed all of God’s creatures as his brothers and sisters; his story is one of humility, stewardship of the earth and demonstrating a preference for the poor and the sick. I think this accompanies our motto for this year “United We Stand” and hope we can use this to bring up our participation levels in House events.


My name is Boston Williamson and I am the Salvado House Events Coordinator. I am looking forward to working with the other House Event Leaders and the students in Salvado House to create, promote and organise interesting House activities, masses, Patron Days and build the mission and identity of Salvado House. My goal is to ensure students develop strong connections with each other, a deep sense of belonging and pride and most of all have fun!


I believe the House Events Coordinator have two main goals: To improve House spirit and identity, and to increase student participation in House events. Through an improved house spirit, students will hopefully want to represent their House, and not feel like they are being coerced into it. I am looking forward to working with the McAuley House Council to promote our motto for McAuley House for 2018 - “Live to inspire".


Serving as a Romero Pastoral Care Advisor for the last 7 years, I have come to appreciate the important role the House system plays in uniting students so that they can strive to be ‘better together.’ In the role of House Events Coordinator, I look forward to not only encouraging students to represent their House with pride, but to reflect on the collective responsibility that all Romero students share to ensure that every student’s individual gifts are accepted and appreciated.


As the Chisholm House Coordinator, I am excited to work with the students of Chisholm and promote our House Patron Caroline Chisholm. In 2018, I hope to continue to develop a strong sense of belonging and inclusion amongst the House and into the wider community and to encourage students to participate wholeheartedly in the many opportunities available at the College. My goal for the role is to work to inspire students to continually work to achieve their very best and recognise that this can be achieved from successful collaboration with those around them. I am excited at for the opportunity to develop in this role and hopefully retrieve those trophies from Salvado!


As Brigid House Events Coordinator I’m looking forward to working with the staff and students of Brigid to build up the identity and culture of the House. My goal for the year is to increase the levels of participation and engagement among our students at every event, and hopefully move out of last place in the House Competition this year!

Karen Rice

Director of Mission, Identity and Staff Formation


It is with great pleasure that we welcome two new staff members to the Mathematics faculty for 2018. Mrs Leigh Barber and Mrs Sally Olver have settled in well to the busy and exciting life of Prendiville Catholic College – we wish them every success and look forward to the excellent contributions they will make to Maths at Prendiville.

This year is shaping up to be another positive one in Mathematics. Our first event is the Have Sum Fun Mathematics Competition. Maths staff will be contacting students to form teams in the next week or so who will represent our College. We hope to have two teams in each of the categories – Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Let your Maths teacher know if you are interested as soon as possible and keep an eye on the notices.

If you have not activated your Mathematics Digital Textbook Code – ordered online through the Campion website and received from Campion via email – and are unsure how to go about this, please find the information to assist on our Mathematics Portal in Seqta: - portal?page=portal-11

Finally, Mathematics After School Help starts Week 4, Thursday 22 February, in The Origin (formerly known as the Maths Break Out Area).

Kim Williamson

Head of Mathematics


The Year 12 Politics and Law students are ready and raring to go. They have their work cut out for them in 2018 as the course requires an in-depth understanding of the complexities of contemporary political and legal issues. The students worked extremely hard in Year 11 and are well prepared for the challenge ahead of them. With a strong focus on Constitutional Law, the course covers issues of political and legal power, accountability of government and the rights of the individual.

Last year we had the privilege of welcoming Dr Anne Aly (Federal MP and counter-terrorism expert) to speak at the college. In addition, Gary Bonner spoke to the students about Indigenous Customary Law and the students had a Q&A session with a practicing solicitor. As we continue to welcome politics and law experts to Prendiville, we had our first guest presenter on Friday 2 February; Mrs Lisa Belde from the Constitution Centre gave the students a refresher course on the Constitution and key players in our federal parliament.

Prendiville Politics and Law students have also been selected to compete in the the inaugural Catholic Schools’ Mooting Competition at Notre Dame University. Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have to appearing in court. This experience is usually reserved for university students but our students are lucky enough to have the opportunity to compete with their peers at select Catholic schools including John XXIII College and Corpus Christi College. The Mooting Competition Final in will be heard by Supreme Court Judges in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. We look forward to reporting back on the students’ progress and wish them the very best for the year ahead.

Siobhan McCarthy

Politics and Law Coordinator


With the Interhouse Swimming Carnival (26th February, Week 5) fast approaching, we have sent out information to all students and parents/guardians via Direqt Messages regarding the nomination process. Students who want to participate can nominate themselves in as many events as they would like. In the process, getting as many points as possible for their House and competing for a place on the Final Swim Squad that will represent the College at the ACC Swimming Carnival. Nominations close Monday 12th February at 5pm.

The carnival programme of events will follow once the nominations have been completed and organised.

We are also looking for some parent helpers to assist us on the day. At this point, we are pleased to have a handful of parents who have already put their hands up to help this year and we would love to have more. If you would like to be involved, please contact me at

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Marius Ndiaye

Head of PE


Welcome back to all members of the Prendiville Catholic College community for 2018. There will be many opportunities for students to immerse themselves in sporting life at the College and I encourage all students to pursue these where possible. The commencement of the new school year brings a sudden start to both our after school sports competition and our swimming season.

Costal Associated Sport (CAS Sport)

Term 1 CAS has commenced. Trials for Years 8-12 teams were held this week for Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Touch Rugby and Volleyball. Coaches will now make their team selections ready for our first game in Week 3. Please note that in some cases these initial selections will change once coaches have had a better chance to view all players. Those who originally missed out may find themselves in the team and likewise initially selected players may not play the following week. Games will continue throughout the term on Tuesday afternoons for Seniors and Wednesday afternoons for Juniors. Finals are played in Week 9 for those teams who finish in the top two. All important information such as fixtures, venues, coaches and much more will be available on the schools SPORTAL page.

Please note that CAS Sport is generally not available to Year 7 students in Term 1. The reason being is to give these students a chance to adjust to the demands of high school. In some cases however, Year 7 students may be allowed to play in the event of low numbers in a particular team. Year 7’s will not be able to play if it means an older student will miss out on a place in the team. Should any Year 7 students be interested in in potentially playing in a Term 1 CAS team they will need to come and see me in the PE Office to discuss this possibility.

Swimming Training

Swimming training is open to all students of Prendiville. It takes place every Monday, Wednesday & Friday morning between 7:30 and 8:10 at HBF Arena. A bus leaves from the front of the school at 7:10 sharp for those students who are unable to make it to the Arena themselves and will provide transport for all students back to the College in time for their morning Pastoral Care Groups. Swimming training gives students an opportunity to work with specialist coaches to improve technique as well as improving their fitness in the lead up to both the Interhouse and Interschool carnivals later this term. Students who are interested in attending swimming training will need to collect a permission slip from the PE Office. This must be returned before they will be allowed to participate.

Sporting Excellence

Prendiville has a rich history of sporting achievement and has produced some outstanding athletes. Amongst our current students we have many high level achievers at state, national and international level. Should your son/ daughter excel in their chosen sporting field please notify me so they may be recognised appropriately.

I am looking forward to the year ahead and being able to provide the opportunity to our students to grow and develop through their sporting endeavours.

Renea Mayer

Acting Sports Coordinator


Opening Hours

McKillop Library

Monday-Thursday: 7.30–5.30pm

Friday: 7.30am–4.00pm

Recess and lunch every day

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Study Tutors

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

New Fiction Titles

Check out our new Fiction hard copy titles on the bay ends in the Fiction section of the Library or for those of you who prefer to read eBooks try our Wheelers eBooks. These are available on your iPads through the Student Dashboard under Library Resources. New titles are continually being added.

Year 7-10 Library Forums

Year 7-10 Library Forums were opened this week. They are a useful way to recommend books to others, as well as find a good book to read for yourself. There will be other useful information on the forums to do with all things Library, Literature and Research. These can be found in SEQTA Learn~Forums.


Gardening is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages. At Prendiville we have a Gardening Club that runs every Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. We meet in the Glass and Jewellery Studio in TIDE (Technology, Innovation, Design & Enterprise). Members have an interest in gardening and the group includes students from all year levels, family members (including younger siblings) and Prendiville staff.

Our tasks vary depending on the seasons, the different interests of members and requests from College staff. Last year we focused on creating two fern gardens; one outside T2 and another at the entry of the M2 Woodworking Studio. We also helped with the maintenance and development of vegetable and herb gardens behind the Science Block and had a lot of fun making moss balls. As with all gardens, weeds are a constant problem so we do our best to help the maintenance team to keep them under control.

The Garden Club works continuously on the native gardens in and around the College. This year we will be checking on the 3000 natives that were planted in 2015-16 and funded through a $5000 environmental grant provided by the City of Joondalup. Some areas will require replanting and some will need tidying up. We are also going to create vertical gardens using wooden pallets and develop a dedicated propagation centre that will be attached to the TIDE Studios at the front of the College.

There are no fees charged, and no obligation to attend weekly, just turn up when you feel like participating.

Lynn Vroombout

Gardening Club Coordinator


Welcome back to another school year! To celebrate this, the P & F would like to invite you and your family to the Prendi Summer Fest on Friday 23 February. This is a fantastic opportunity for all of the Prendiville Community to get together and have an amazing, fun filled night on the eastern oval. So far 500 tickets have been sold so be sure to book your tickets before Friday 17 February to ensure you don’t miss out. This is a ticketed event for Prendiville families only. You will be required to bring your tickets to gain entry so please keep them somewhere safe. For more details refer to the FAQs on SEQTA Engage. We hope to see you there!

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Tuesday 13 February - Year 10 RAC Parent Presentation, Redmond Theatre, 3:45-4:45pm

Tuesday 13 February - Combined Board and P&F AGM, Prendiville Centre, 6.30pm

Wednesday 14 February - Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 14 February - Opening School Mass, Periods 1 and 2, Gymnasium


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!


The Hub has been proud to support The Perth Cricket Academy during the Summer break. Our grounds and practice facilities have become synonymous The Academy and we are proud of our partnership with PCA. Enjoy their latest newsletter and perhaps there is a clinic suitable for yourself or a family members. is a simple link to make contact with Paolo at The Academy.

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