Prendiville Catholic College

30 June 2017

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I often use periods of silence at the start of a meeting, in the middle of a class, especially in an open discussion when the words start to out upon each other and the problem we are trying to unravel is getting more tangled. I try to help the students spot those moments and settle into a time of quiet reflection in which the knots become untied. We need to abandon the notion that “nothing is happening” when it is silent, to see how much clarity a silence often brings.

Thank you to staff, students and parents collectively for another productive term at Prendiville Catholic College. It certainly has been an active one which requires commitment and energy from everyone. It is important for everyone to enjoy the mid year break, take some rest and reset for term three.


This week has been highlighted by the attendance of our students at the Catholic Youth Summit at Notre Dame University. The summit provides an opportunity for our future leaders to be called to action through their faith. The keynote speaker was Fablice who has become an inspiration to youth all over Australia. An added bonus for our students was that Fablice was able to share a whole day at Prendiville Catholic College on Friday visiting classes and sharing his amazing story.

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It was also exciting to have so many students attend our LINKed Pathway presentation held at Edith Cowan University on Tuesday. A partnership between Edith Cowan College and Prendiville Catholic College will allow our students to pursue University entrance via an alternative pathway that will begin in Year 11. The LINKed pathway now completes our offering of four senior school pathways for students in Years 11 and Year 12. Our Year 10 students are in a very special time of course selection and pathway counselling over the next few weeks.

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We farewell two very special staff members who will take up new journeys.

Emily Edgar will conclude her time working in the Library at the end of term. Emily has been accepted into law at Notre Dame University and will take up full time study starting semester two. Emily has been a delight to have at PCC and her positive and can do attitude is wonderful to witness. Emily has provided great service in the library and has forged wonderful relationships with all the library team. I acknowledge all the library staff for the way they have embraced Emily providing her with support and guidance whilst she has been at the college. We wish Emily all the best for her new journey into the world of law.

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Kaye Moran concludes her time at PCC this week and will return to Majella Catholic Primary School. Kaye has been a sensational Finance Officer at Prendiville. Her gentle manner, professionalism and diligence to a her role is admired and will be missed. Kaye has been a great team member and we will miss her humour, early morning greetings and her genuine warmth to everyone she comes into contact with. Kaye has worked at Majella before and they are so happy to have her return.

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Congratulations and thank you for a positive term, enjoy the coming break. I hope it is a time for everyone to rest, find some silence and reset for term three.

The following photograph was taken by Hugo Uys, Year 9 this week and is a wonderful image to take us into the holiday break.

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For your children

Mark Antulov


If a student requires an early departure from school, the College must receive prior notification from a parent by either a direqt message, email or signed note to Student Administration as early as possible. Students are required to sign out at Student Administration on their departure from school.

Only in emergency situations are parents permitted to take their child out of school without previous notification.


If you are travelling to Bali these holidays, please be aware that the incidence of travellers returning from Bali with measles has increased, with seven confirmed cases in WA this year alone. Anyone born since 1966 should have received the measles vaccination.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that is usually spread through airborne droplets of the virus. It can have serious complications and is one of the most easily spread of all human infections. Just being in the same room as someone with measles can result in transmission of infection.

If, upon your return from Bali, anyone develops a fever with other symptoms including cough, runny nose, sore red eyes and a rash – within two to three weeks – they should consult their doctor. Please DO NOT send your child to school if upon return from holiday they are unwell.

Please see the sheet for measles advice.

Mrs Esther Stuart


The 2019 offers have been posted. Any siblings who have not applied it’s very important to contact Kim Craig now via email.


Just a reminder that your child can pay for their food and drinks at the Reef Break Café via their smartrider card. You can load money on to this by visiting Flexischools.

For any questions or queries regarding this please contact the number on the website. Daily limits can be set on the smart card as well access to purchases.

The Cafe Team


All grandparents are invited to Prendiville Catholic College on Friday 4 August to share in the life of the College with their grandchild. Activities will include:

  • 9.00am Mass with grandchildren

  • Concert

  • Morning tea

The day will commence at 9.00am with Mass in the Good Shepherd Chapel and conclude at approximately 11.30am after morning tea. If you wish to take part in Grandparents’ Day please make sure you RSVP by email to Mrs Marg Tavelli by Friday 28 July. Please indicate student’s name/s and the number of grandparents attending.

We look forward to seeing you all on Grandparent’s Day.


The Prendiville P&F will be hosting the "Prendiville Swing into Spring" on Friday 1 September. 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 inflatables, games, raffles, music and dancing to celebrate the start of spring. More information including how to RSVP will be available at the start of Term 3 so keep an eye on the newsletter, Facebook, Instagram and SEQTA for more details. Hosting this event is the result of feedback from students that they would like to be part of a whole school event. It promises to be a fantastic night for all of our Prendiville families and we hope to see you there.

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The Prendiville Dance students are back with a spectacular new show that’s better than ever! The showcase ‘ELYSIAN’ will be presented on Saturday 19 August with two performances, a matinee commencing at 3pm and an evening show at 7pm. The showcase will be presented by Years 8-12, exhibiting a number of exceptional acts and complex choreography that is sure to entertain all ages. Book your tickets from Monday July 17 (Adults $15 and student/concession $10).


Best wishes to the Prendiville Dance Company, Prendiville Tap Troupe and Prendiville Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble for their upcoming performances during Week 5 of Term 3 at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, as part of their entry in the Senior Creative Dance section of this year’s Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The Dance Company have been rehearsing every Wednesday since the start of the year and have put together a routine with a fusion of contemporary and hip-hop styles choreographed by Mrs Johnson and guest choreographer Taihla Saunders. The Tap Troupe have been busy rehearsing at lunch times for the past two terms and their routine has been choreographed by Dance Prefect, Amelia Nutini (Year 12). The Year 8/9 Dance Ensemble has been rehearsing every Tuesday morning before school for two terms and will be performing a Broadway jazz routine choreographed by Mrs Johnson. This event will be held on Wednesday 16 August at 7:00pm and tickets may be purchased at ticketek or by calling ticketek on 132 849 (Adults $25 and Students $20) from Monday 17 July.

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The Children, Family and the Community Year 11 General class, have been researching the impact and organisations that assist individuals and families in our Community who are living in poverty or in crisis.

After a presentation from Juliette Taylor from Manna Industries, the class decided to make the focus of their ‘Care Package' Emergency Toiletries – consisting of the basic essentials (toothbrush, toothpaste, small packs of tissues/wipes, personal care items).

Prendiville has had a long standing supportive relationship with Manna Industries an organisation that provides meals to homeless and disadvantaged people in Perth.

The class also made and sold baked Brownies to supplement the donations and raised $200 the proceeds helped to make up 70 Care Packages.

Ms Sue Turner-Morris

Home Economics Teacher


As the semester draws to a close the Maths Department is pleased to feedback to our community on the great things that have been happening both inside and outside the class room.

Our Year 11 and 12 Maths Methods students have taken advantage of the expertise of our 2016 College Dux in after school sessions run by Elena Boothroyd; we thank Elena for her time and efforts towards this initiative.

Our Year 7 students have engaged with and thoroughly enjoyed the numeracy lessons prepared by their teachers to supplement the syllabus. We look forward to working with these students next semester with an inquiry approach to STEM projects and Math challenges to further enhance their problem solving skills.

A group of three Year 10 boys: Miguel Da Cunha, Aidan O’Sullivan and Jason Mule have worked hard throughout this term, under the guidance of the wonderful Miss Vaini from our Creative Arts Team to submit an entry to the CHOOSE Maths Awards.

You can view their video at the public portal.

What a fantastic job they have done creating this piece with a powerful message of the importance of mathematics to our world. We look forward to the judging process and wish the boys luck.

As always, the maths staff has dedicated extra time to the very popular after school help sessions this Semester – I thank the teachers for their efforts and commend all of our students who attend regularly to practice and improve their mathematical skills and understanding.

Next Term will begin with some excitement also:

Our top mathematicians across all year groups will participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition on Thursday 27 July leading us into Maths Week 2017.

Look out for our individual treasure hunt competition that will be open to all of our families during Week 3 next Term.

House competition: “THE AMATHZING RACE” will run through lunch times with teams of 4 students from each year group in each House combining their totals and times to secure the Maths Week House Trophy (currently held by Chisholm College).

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Prendiville Catholic College Maths Week invite you to join us in the Redmond Theatre for an evening of logic, games, strategy and vision. With a range of fun family games and challenges, puzzles and prizes.

This is a free event book now to secure your general admission
get one of the limited tickets for the Special Escape Room Game Challenge!
Only 6 Teams of 4 Eligible (6:00 pm start required)

All bookings include a free screening of the Academy nominated film: Hidden Figures. (7:15pm)

Book Now!

Ms Kim Williamson

Head of Mathematics


CAS Sport

Congratulations to all teams on a successful Winter CAS Season. Overall results, MVP’s and Premiership winning teams will be published in the next edition of the Newsletter once finals results have been finalised. The following teams all played in Grand Finals in week 10:

  • Sr Boys Soccer against Peter Moyes
  • Year 7A Netball against Peter Moyes
  • Year 7B Netball against St Marks
  • Year 7 AFL against St Marks
  • Year 8/9 AFL against Irene McCormack

I would like to echo previous sentiments to all students, coaches, officials and parents for their support of the CAS sporting programme once again in 2017. Not just throughout this Term 2 Winter season, but indeed throughout the Term 1 Summer competition also. Our ability to deliver what we think to be high quality sporting opportunities for our students is entirely dependent on the work and sacrifices of so many individuals and for this can I say Thank You. Hopefully this will continue again in 2018.

PCC Rugby Club

We have had strong numbers already signing up for the 2017 Northern Schools Rugby Championship however there is still plenty of room for other students who have not already expressed their interest at playing. This season provides a great opportunity for non Rugby students to try their hand at the sport against schools/ students similar in ability to ourselves. Please contact me for more information if your son is thinking about playing but is still a bit unsure. The nomination link is located below for boys in years 7-10.

2017 Rugby Nominations


Under the Umbrella of Diversity and Excellence, Prendiville Catholic College were invited to attend the 2017 Magis Carnival.

On Thursday 22 June, five literature students from Year 11 and 12 represented our College at the annual Magis Carnival held at John XXIII College. We first worked in small groups followed by a whole group discussion where we were encouraged to examine our own thought processes and to consider different ways of viewing our world.

The Magis Carnival provided each of us with irreplaceable insight into the world of philosophy. We tackled complex questions that challenged our individual ways of thinking, in turn allowing us to develop an in depth understanding of the values and attitudes we possess. We interacted with likeminded students from other schools, allowing us to understand a plethora of opinions and mindsets, either challenging or endorsing our own views. The carnival was a supreme representation of intellectual thought and philosophy, and was an experience that we will always hold in high regards.

The Year 12 Literature students


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.

29 July Notre Dame Fremantle Campus Early Offers Close 2017

The University of Notre Dame Australia introduced the Early Offer Program in 2006 to acknowledge and reward the achievements of outstanding Year 12 students by simplifying their access to courses at our University. One of its benefits to the recipients has been that it has allowed them to face their final WACE examinations with reduced stress and added confidence.

Get the Early Offer Program Booklet. If applicants have any queries regarding the Early Offer Program, please contact the Admissions Office on 08 9433 0537.


Notre Dame ATAR Express Workshops

3 - 7 Murdoch ATAR Prep and Revision Week

3 - 12 Notre Dame Course Advice Sessions

3 - 14 Muresk Winter School Agriculture Skills Set

11 - 13 UWA Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

11 ECU Mount Lawley Campus Tour 11am to 12pm

12 ECU Joondalup Campus Tour 11am - 12pm

13 - 14 Agribusiness Uni Experience Muresk Institute

14 UWA Campus Tour

23 ECU Joondalup Open Day

26 UMAT Exams

30 Murdoch Open Days


Holiday Reading

Don’t forget to organise your holiday reading as soon as possible. You can borrow print books from the Library before 4pm Friday 30 June. These will be due back Term 3 Wednesday 19 July. You can also borrow eBooks from our Wheelers Platform, any time during the holidays, available on the dashboard and using your school user name and password.

Book Week Celebrations

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This year we celebrate Book Week during Week 6 of Term 3 beginning Monday 21 August. Watch out for more information on this in coming newsletters BUT start brainstorming for a costume over the holidays because this year we are planning a whole school Book Week dress up.


Friday 30 June - Term 2 concludes

Monday 17 July - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 18 July - Parent-Teacher Interviews, 1pm - 7pm, Gym (pupil free day)

Wednesday 19 July - Term 3 commences

Wednesday 19 July - Head boy/girl nomination forms due at 3.25pm.

Thursday 20 July - Inter house Athletics Carnival Year 7-9

Friday 21 July - Inter house Athletics Carnival Years 10-12

Monday 24 July - Bishops Literacy Equating Week

Friday 28 July - Inter house Athletics Relay



Remember the early days of your marriage. Just being together was most important. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend has the same focus. The weekend centres entirely on your relationship. It is a positive and private experience between you and your spouse, that can help see again those loving qualities in each other that you may be taking for granted. Take a weekend out of the busyness of your lifestyle, where there is just the two of you, free of distractions. We invite you to join us on our next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, 11 – 13 August or 13 - 15 October 2017. For information or booking contact George or Monica on 0424 220 625.


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 is an ever updating venture which offers a series of events from fun holiday activities, community events and even academic seminars.

With new events, such as Fiddlestix Variety Markets @ The Hub, Monthly Matinee: Best Years of Our Lives & ATAR Excel Revision Programs we invite you to check out what is new @ The Hub.

Whatever takes you fancy we’d love to see you, bring a friend & spread the word...

All details are below...

For any inquires, contact
Chris Greenwood - 93016249

The Hub: A Home For Bright New Ideas!
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ATAR Excel

The range of seminars contain content designed to make students feel more confident in tackling assignments and better prepared for their exams. Relevant information and content can be found on ATAR Excel's brochure outlining all of their seminars and topics throughout their week @ The Hub. Enrolling in their seminars is an easily accessible process through their website.

When: Monday 10 July - Friday 14 July
Where: Redmond Theatre, Prendiville Catholic College

All details to book a place in these seminars are on our website.

For any inquires, contact Chris Greenwood - 93016249

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Unstoppable! - Momentum Dance

Momentum Dance presents an ambitious triple bill of choreography for life-long dancers.

Featuring commissioned works by Israeli choreographer, Jin Plotkin and Australian choreographers Daryl Brandwood and Phillippa Clarke. Poetic and visually stirring, the choreography explores the sensations of hanging over the edge, crashing waves, muscle memories and the tender relationship between parent and child.

Momentum Dance is unstoppable. It provides opportunities for dance practitioners to continue to grow, no matter how old. The heart of Momentum Dance challenges stereotypes about what it means to be an older dancer.

We acknowledge the generous support of Claudia Alessi and The Chapel Space’s Artists-in-Residence program, Ausdance WA, WAAPA Dance and Prendiville Catholic College.

Tickets Pricing;

Adults = $25

Concessions = $20

Under 18s = $15

For any queries contact Julie Doyle on 0405 376 529

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Notting Hill

A great event to enjoy at The Hub is our monthly movie screening in the Redmond Theater, complete with complimentary morning tea and cake before the screening. Enjoy a classic and enjoyable range of films each month.

This month enjoy a terrific film: William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss that blossoms into a full-blown affair. As the average bloke and glamorous movie star draw closer and closer together, they struggle to reconcile their radically different lifestyles in the name of love.

Don't miss out on a ticket!


To view the upcoming films in our great roster check out the Monthly Matinee page

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