Prendiville Catholic College
28th April 2017
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome back for Term 2. Week 1 was certainly a week with a difference. A rich day of conference activities for our staff, a public holiday, parent-teacher interviews, a shared morning tea, careers expo, our Anzac Assembly and finishing the week with great energy at the House Cross Country Carnival. It will be settling in Week 2 to return to our first full week of classes for quite a while. Our students have had a big break and need to establish/reestablish good routines.
Starting the term with our ANZAC ceremony is always special and it was wonderful to have parent Bruce McDonald as our special guest. Mr McDonald shared his story as an active soldier in modern day war. Our assembly reminded us of the need to promote peace in our world and the place to start is in our own backyards with our own families and friends.
I am very proud of the large voluntary turnout of students who participated in the House Cross Country on Friday. Approx 400 staff and students participated in the run which was conducted in perfect weather and great spirit.
TERM 2 – much to look forward to
We are set for a really nice term. A highlight will be the opening of a refurbished P Block which will be home to a new learning enrichment centre, a study centre, two FlexED classrooms and a fully working Artisan Gallery. The refurbishment will provide a wonderful facility to further support and meet our student needs. The working artisan gallery will be a first of its kind in a school setting and our developing FlexED program will allow senior students to complete their WACE through participation in a real life Business Enterprise experience.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE – fun, entertaining, energetic
The College Musical is nearly here and I encourage parents and students to treat themselves to an amazing musical theatre experience. 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' will bring our College alive with the excitement and fun of the roaring twenties and a story line rich with the themes of love, commitment and courage. Tickets are available through trybooking.
GREG HUNT – end of an era
After 28 years of service to the College Mr Greg Hunt has retired. Mr Hunt has been a committed teacher in the area of Manual Arts and has witnessed much change and growth over many years. Mr Hunt was a gentle teacher who worked diligently with students through a pastoral lens. Students loved his classes and he challenged them to be creative and discover practical skills they were not aware they had. Mr Hunt was a gentleman of Prendiville and leaves a wonderful legacy of his time at the College. He is very proud of the College and will continue to stay in contact as a relief teacher. We will celebrate Mr Hunt's time at the College with a special farewell at the end of the year. In the mean time Mr Hunt will enjoy fishing and sharing time with his grandchildren.
Mr Mark Cusworth will continue at Prendiville to cover Mr Hunt's classes. Mr Cusworth worked in a temporary capacity in Term 1 and quickly made his mark with his innovative and creative teaching style.
I wish everyone an enjoyable and productive term.
For your children
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Welcome back to Term 2. Rehearsals for our College production resumed on ANZAC Day and we are grateful to the parents of our cast, crew and orchestra who aided us in achieving 100% attendance. The students worked tirelessly, and we were able to successfully run Acts 1 and 2 by day’s end. The sets and props are all but complete, with only a few modifications and coat or two of paint to be applied.
At the time of going to press we have less than two weeks till opening night on Wednesday 10 May (this is our last pre-show newsletter item!), so I urge you to get your tickets now via www.trybooking.com/262484 where there are plenty of good seats left, but these won’t last!
For a behind the scenes look at all the action, check out the Prendiville Performing Arts Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/prendivilleperformingarts/
INAUGURAL USA SCIENCE TOUR 2017
The College’s first USA Science Tour with 25 Year 10 and 11 students along with 4 staff came back safely last Thursday from their hectic 13 days trip to the eastern coast of the USA that included Florida and Washington DC. The tour was a fantastic success with many highlights.
These included (among many others) visiting the NASA Kennedy Space Centre where students had lunch and a photo with renowned astronaut Mark Lee who travelled on four space Shuttle Missions. Seeing the Saturn V rocket and Atlantis Space shuttle were sights to behold. For us Science teachers, having shared this experience with our students, it is a dream fulfilled.
Other highlights included.
- Visiting Disney’s Epcot Innovation Theme park along with the other theme parks Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios.
- The Airboat ride in the Everglades at Boggy Creek amongst a huge variety of animals such as alligators, snake and birds species not to forget the fun we had in taking that photo of the group with Cate Graham getting her leg bitten off by an alligator!
- The fascinating talk on Indian culture in Southern Florida by an Indian elder gave us another perspective of the region and this was enjoyed by the students who kept conserving with her on many aspects of the her culture.
- The Smithsonian Museums in Washington especially the Air and Space Museum and American Natural Museum, a photo together on the Einstein Sculpture along with visiting the many famous monuments such as the Lincoln and Roosevelt memorials was quite emotional to many of us.
- Celebrating Easter at Saint Patricks Cathedral (where the Pope celebrated Mass) in Washington where Alana Celenza presented one of our ‘aCross the World’ crosses to Father McKee. It was a fitting way to start Easter.
Special thanks goes to Miss Krystal Skelin our Tour Coordinator, Mr Paul McAuley and Mrs Judith Georgiu for joining me on this amazing tour and for their hard work both beforehand and on the tour.
To the students, what an amazing group we had. They gave us no trouble at all. They arrived on time to all check points and we were so impressed on how they used their phones to text in when we needed to contact them. Our Year 11 students especially embraced all opportunities that came their way in such a mature way. We are truly blessed to have such students. We have many future leaders amongst this group. In the next College newsletter we will include some small snippets from the students on their experiences of the tour.
We would like also thank the other members of the Science Department who supported the tour by attending information nights, helping with fundraising and just simply encouraging and supporting. To Marie Jovanoski and Anita Relo-Fisher thanks for initially being on the committee and having an important role in getting the tour off the ground.
CREATIVE ARTS CLUB - A great success!
Throughout Term 1, students from Years 7 - 12 who are undertaking subjects in Technology, Photography & Media were invited to join the Creative Arts Club on a Tuesday or Thursday to improve their skills as well as working on current projects and assignments. The students have provided such a great response and have displayed an eagerness to learn new things which is very pleasing to see.
In conjunction with Mrs Kim Williamson of the Mathematics Department, I am very pleased to announce that I will be working closely with four teams of budding film-makers and mathematicians to participate in the 2017 ‘Choose Maths’ Awards. Our students will be working throughout Term 2 to produce a 3 – 5 minute video exploring the theme ‘Maths Is Our Future’. Students have been working hard in the last two weeks of Term 1 by attending the Creative Arts Club sessions to kick start their post-production planning. I wish our teams all the best and I look forward to seeing the finished product.
Lastly, I would like to thank Mr Steve O’Connor and Ms Helen Connor for assisting me throughout the term in the running of the Creative Arts Club. It will continue to run throughout Term 2 every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm inside classroom T3.
ICT, Media & Humanities Teacher
Term 1 CAS Sport Results
In the the final week of Term 1, five teams competed in the CAS grand finals. Well done to these teams on making it into the grand finals and in particular to the three teams who won.
Senior Boys Volleyball lost to St Marks
Senior Girls Basketball lost to St Marks
Year 8/9 Boys Tennis beat St Marks
Year 8/9 Girls Tennis beat St Stephens Duncraig
Year 8 Boys Basketball beat St Stephens Duncraig.
Congratulations also to the following students on winning the MVP and coaches awards for their respective teams.
Term 2 CAS Trials are commencing in Week 2 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. At present we have had an unprecedented number of students nominating for the various team (over 300 so far). This is a fantastic position to be in and suggests we are in for a highly competitive and successful season as a College. The downside of this is that there will be a large number of students who will miss out on the opportunity to play.
Individual coaches will relay information to students at the relevant trials sessions regarding the option of attending training if they are not chosen in the initial playing squad. Students have been notified via the Daily Notices which day each team is conducting their trials and the importance of notifying the relevant coach should they not be able to attend prior to the trials. Emails/messages sent to me will not be accepted. The list of coaches is available on the Gym noticeboard or can also be accessed on the SPORTAL page for students and parents to view.
100K Club/ACC Cross Country Training
Training will recommence on the Monday of Week 2 and is open to all students. A training programme has been added to the SPORTAL page. This year changes have been made by the ACC that only allows schools to take a maximum of 6 students per age group/gender instead of 8. As a result training will play a larger role in the final team selections with much tougher competition for spots.
Should students wish to attend or if they have been invited to attend following the Inter House XC they will need to return the signed permission slip prior to their first session.
SSWA State Team Trials
The following State representative teams have their trials/closing nominations approaching. Students are encouraged to attend these trials in the relevant sports as they can be a great learning experience on how to improve in their chosen sport even if they are unsuccessful at the trials.
A full list of upcoming dates can also be viewed on the SPORTAL page as well as the links to approaching sports trials.
Nino Karow (Year 8) picked up 2 Gold Medals at the 2017 State Karate Championships at the end of March.
Charlotte Ray (Year 7) picked up a Bronze Medal in the High Jump at the State Championships.
Luke McChord (Year 7) picked up 2 Silver and a Gold medal at the Junior Surf Lifesaving championships that were help through March.
Jaimee Adams (Year 11) has once again been named in the WA Calisthenics team who will compete in the National Championships that will bee held in Sydney in July.
Join us on the first Friday in May at 7pm for a night of laughs, drinks and fun with old friends and schoolmates. If you know anyone from these graduating classes, please let them know!
Book your tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=268426
Confirmation Classes for high school students.
Classes to prepare students for Confirmation will commence on Tuesday 2nd May @ 6.30-7.30pm in the Our Lady of the Mission parish centre. For further information contact Donna - 0434 637 355.
24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group
Next meeting is on 30th April!
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
REGULAR MASS TIMES
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
Fiddlestix Craft Markets is coming to Prendiville Hub
Commencing each term from Saturday May 20th, Fiddlestix @ Prendiville Hub promotes only 100% local art, craft and business, from jewelry and craft to fresh produce and music! Students, staff and parents are invited to come together with the public to sell their products, hold demonstrations, and collaborate with others in a vibrant, festive atmosphere.
The Markets provide an opportunity for employment, business, entertainment, networking and sales for anyone interested. Individuals are encouraged to exercise their entrepreneurial skills by holding their own stalls, whether it be art, cooking or woodwork. Those interested in art, dance, music and drama can also use this opportunity to perform in public, busk, or sell live cartoon drawings. Community hours are also on offer for any student interested in volunteering to help with things like parking attendance.
So come on down to the upper oval at the College on Saturday May 20th from 9am to experience all the fun and flavour that Fiddlestix @ Prendiville Hub has to offer! If you're interested in getting involved, whether it be hosting a stall, performing or busking, or simply volunteering to help, applications are still open! For guidelines and application forms, email Hilary at firstname.lastname@example.org