Prendiville Catholic College

19 August 2016

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Endless Possibilities – Unbounded Creativity

This past fortnight has been one that has highlighted and celebrated the vast talents of both our students and staff particularly across the Arts, Science and Dance aspects of College life. Our students have been challenged to express themselves creatively. Experiences like preparing for a performance, exhibiting an art piece or displaying a science project call forth a determined attitude and level of endeavour that perhaps regular assessments, assignments and tests may not. The public nature of the events places a different pressure on students and staff and, I am certain, the families at home. The College is glad to encourage these experiences and is thankful for the wonderful support the students receive from home.

At this week’s Angelico Exhibition for Catholic Secondary Students the College submitted five individual artworks by Sienna Zorde (Year 10), Cristina Fernandes (Year 10), Hailey Wellsted (Year 11), Neve Cunningham (Year 12) and Jess McGaw (Year 12) along with a Year 8 group artwork piece.

Jess McGaw was awarded first place for her amazing 3D digital art work. This was a fantastic achievement in such a strong exhibition. This is the second year in a row the College has been awarded first place for this category. This is testament to the abilities of our students and also the commitment and mentorship of our staff, in particular Mr Eamon Matthews, Mr Chris Longshaw and Mrs Judith Robinson.

Last Wednesday evening many of our Science students from Years 7 – 10 displayed their personal science projects. This was an exhibition of creativity, innovation and invention. Mr Giannasi described the exhibition night as one of his greatest moments in his long tenure as Head of Science (over 20 years). The drive and teamwork of the Science team deserves celebration as does the ingenuity of the students.

This weekend was highlighted by our Annual Dance Showcase – Infinity. Students from Years 7 to Year 12 inspired audiences in two performances which were held on Saturday and each was simply stunning - a true showcase of our student's infinite creativity and talent.

FlexED Enterprise Learning Program 2017.

The College will introduce a unique Enterprise Learning Program in 2017. This is an exciting venture that sees learning redesigned and conducted through enterprise learning in a flexible environment. This week we will confirm student enrolment in the program. The program design enables students to achieve their WACE by participating in a suite of Year 11 and 12 courses linked to running of a school based art gallery which will be open to the public. Mr Stephen Lynch has accepted the role of mentor teacher for the program which will be ably supported by Mr Warwick Palmateer and Mrs Lyn Vroombout.

Community Engagement

We have had many opportunities to celebrate community over the past couple of weeks. Within our extended Prendiville community we enjoyed the P & F Quiz Night and also welcomed a large number of grandparents to Grandparent’s Day.

The annual quiz night was another wonderful event organised by our very proactive Parents and Friends group. It was super to see the range of ages in attendance and the level of participation and healthy rivalries that were on show. Support of these events is appreciated. It was a fun night with a large turn out of parents, students, staff and College friends. Yet again, the P & F delivered the goods – we are blessed to have such a determined and hard working team so committed to PCC. A huge thank you to Lindy and Craig McQueen who were the engine room for the night. It was a family affair with Lindy and Quiz Master Craig organising all the questions, competitions and logistics of the evening along with their children doing the marking and audio visual aspects of the evening. Thank you to everyone who attended to make the evening a fun and enjoyable friendship-raising event.

Grandparent’s Day is always special and I delight in seeing the proud faces of both the grandparents and students as they participate in various activities around the College. Mrs Margaret Tavelli coordinates the day which is well supported by our Performing Arts and Hospitality students and staff.


At the recent CEWA awards breakfast I was very proud to join Mr Greg Hunt and Mrs Sue Hamilton. Mrs Sue Gianassi (Mr Gerard's Giannasi’s wife) to be recognized for 30 years service in Catholic Education. Mr John Aldous received acknowledgement for an amazing 40 years of service in Catholic Education.

Another highlight of the breakfast was the acknowledgement of all those involved on the aCROSS the World Project with a LEAD Merit award for the initiative. This award came with $1000.00 to go towards the project. Congratulations to Mr Terry Raphael, Ms Karen Black, Mrs Lynn Vroombout, Mr Warwick Palmateer, Mr Stephen Lynch, Mr Kate Raphael, Mrs Marg Tavelli and Mrs Vanessa Lyon who meet regularly to support the project.

For your children

Mark Antulov



Visual Arts - 1st Prize, Angelico Art Exhibition

Jessica McGaw (Year 12) won 1st prize in the General Exhibition (Years 11 and 12) 3 – Dimensional Category last week at the annual Angelico Art Exhibition. Her artwork, ‪#‎CapitalisedCruelty, amazed the judges with confronting imagery and technical skill.

Artist Statement:

My artwork explores the issue of animal abuse and exploitation. Animals, in many industries, are still regarded as commodities and their welfare is only considered when discussing profit and productivity. My intent was to raise awareness to the fact that animals, regardless of their economic value, are still sentient beings. Through humanising their appearance; I wanted to draw comparisons between animals and humans concerning the ability to perceive and feel things.

More than 130 works by Catholic school students are showcased alongside Jessica's work at the Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Tce, Perth. Now in its 23rd year, the exhibition is arguably the biggest event on the Visual Arts calendar, showcasing creative artworks by students from across Western Australia. The Angelico Exhibition continues until August 26th.

Well done to Sienna Zorde (Year 10), Cristina Fernandes (Year 10), Hailey Wellsted (Year 11) and Neve Cunningham (Year 12) for also having work selected for the exhibition.

Eamon Matthews

Art Co-ordinator


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On Friday 5 August we celebrated with grandparents at Prendiville. Again our talented students and staff prepared treats of various kinds. There was Mass with Father Renald, a concert from our Performing Arts students and a magnificent morning tea created by the Year 11 Hospitality students. Thank you to all who participated in the wonderful morning celebrating these special people in our lives.

“It was great to have the opportunity to invite my grandmother to school. I really value that I have her in my life and I am privileged!”

Abbey Knox, Year 11


The Caucasian Chalk Circle - By Bertolt Brecht (live performance)

The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht (based on an old Chinese fable The Circle of Chalk) is a production based at the core of a morality tale. The first half of the play follows the story of the peasant girl Grusha, who rescues the Governor’s infant son and flees across a war-torn country in search of safety; and in the second the corruptible, comic and politically incorrect judge Azdak, who devises a scenario to settle the dispute on who is the rightful mother of the child. The plays’ central themes of motherhood, ownership and identity are universal and a potent reminder as to how we behave as individuals, how we govern and contribute to building a just society.

On Tuesday 9th August the Year 10, 11 & 12 Drama students had the chance to view this spectacular live performance at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. This was a rare opportunity for our Drama students to view an epic piece of work reinterpreted for the modern day. The Caucasian Chalk Circle was designed in a ‘Beijing Opera’ style with over 60 masks and 80 costumes sending many of our students on a theatrical and cultural journey. The purpose of this excursion required students to critically analyse and write a review based on the many aspects that make up a performance (acting, plot line, costume design and set design – just to name a few!).

Students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and they are to be commended on their exceptional behavior that they displayed on the evening.

Year 7 Melodrama Performances

This term our Year 7's in Drama have been busy learning about the dramatic style known as Melodrama (a sensational form of drama made up of exaggerated characters and exciting plot lines). Through a variety of practical and engaging activities students have worked towards their final assessment where they had to perform a short scripted Melodrama in groups. Students displayed a great deal of effort in their ability to learn lines and convey the key conventions of this style (over exaggerated voice and movement, strong emotion and detailed characterisations). Students have mostly enjoyed taking on the many well-known stock characters such as the hero, villain, villain’s assistant and damsel in distress.

Annalisa Sorgiovanni

Teacher in charge of Drama


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Best wishes to the Prendiville Dance Company for their upcoming performance next week 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 three-part performance including Lyrical, Jazz and Hip-Hop styles choreographed by Mrs Johnson and guest choreographer Taihla Saunders. This event will be held on Wednesday 24 August at 7:00pm and tickets may be purchased at or by calling ticketek on 132 849 (Adults $22 and Students $18) from Monday 25 July.


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Prendiville Rugby Club

Well done to both teams on their progress so far this season. We have seen some excellent performances against schools that would consider themselves to be Rugby specialists. I understand there has been some frustration with the numbers being fielded by opposite teams and in some cases the quality of the opposition. This is out of our control and it was not very long ago that Prendiville would be considered in the same group. I would like to stress to both students and parents to remain committed to both training and games so we may replicate the success of last year. Teams such as St Marks, Quinns Baptist and LJBC are generally quite strong in both ability and numbers and it would be a shame to not be able to field our best teams in the second half of the season against these opposition. Mr Broderick and I will continue to pass on as much information as we can relating to weekly fixtures should any changes occur.


Training is well and truly underway and there is a fair bit of excitement from all the coaches given the attendance levels we have been seeing at training. I continue to encourage all students to attend the training sessions that occur on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:00. The final team will be selected in 3 weeks following our two annual twilight meets.

The twilight meets will take place on Thursday Week 7 (1 Sept) and Tuesday Week 8 (6 Sept). As we do not have the usual trials day this year, the twilight meets will be the last opportunity for students to perform and therefore compete for a spot on the final team.

I have fielded many queries from both parents and students worried about clashes between athletics training and other school community commitments. Training is not compulsory and students should be honouring the commitments they have made to these other endeavours. Furthermore, students who are only able to make one training session because they train elsewhere on the other days should also not feel like they have to attend as we do not want our students to risk injury/burnout. Non-attendance will not directly affect a student’s selection in the team, obviously those students who do attend are giving themselves a better chance of being selected through improvements they may be showing.

In my conversations with numerous parents, a compromise some are considering is to arrange with relevant coaches/employers that students may miss their external commitments to attend the twilight meets. This will provide the student with the opportunity to register a more recent throw/jump/time than the Interhouse carnival and will also provide the opportunity to perform in a more competitive environment.

Finally, I am imploring parents to support myself and the Athletics programme we have in place at Prendiville. Students who are selected should feel excited about representing their school. They have been selected because they are quite simply the best that we have. In the past, students have opted out of competing and it was this attitude that saw us relegated from A Division to B Division last year. Furthermore, the final team will have the opportunity to compete on the same track that is used for state and national championships. This opportunity will not exist following school for the vast majority of students so it should not be discounted.

Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to Nino Karow (Year 7) who has returned from the National Karate Championships in Melbourne with a bronze medal.

Jamie Birrell

Sports Coordinator


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This week we celebrate Book Week in the College Library. The theme this year is Australia! Country Story. Keep an eye out for the week long celebrations in the daily notices. We have Boomerang Painting in the Library MakerSpace at lunch time on Monday; Australian Book Charades in the Library foyer at lunch time Wednesday; lucky dip borrowing of an Australian title every day, a daily PCG Book Quiz and a People’s Choice Year 7 Indigenous Art Award Competition. Stay tuned for photos of our celebrations in the next week or so!

Over 1000 new eBook titles added last week

Wheelers eBooks are available through the Student Dashboard under the Library tab. New titles are continually being added to our Wheeler’s Platform eBooks…check them out through the student dashboard on your iPads. Go to Student Dashboard~Library~Wheelers. Tap the ‘Sign In’ tab and use your PCC User Name & Password to sign in. Once you’re signed in tap ‘Browse’ then scroll down until you see a book you want to read; tap on it then tap ‘Borrow Now’.

***Hint faded out books are already on loan and so not available. A ‘Loan Successful-Ready to Read’ message will come up. Tap ‘Read Now’ and you’re away. Happy Reading!!!

If you have any problems getting onto the ePlatform please come to the Library for help.


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Welcome to Tech Spot for 2016! This section of our newsletter is for students and staff to share tips, tricks, ideas and apps to do with our all things technology at Prendiville.

This week, we look at diaries. It is very important that all students have a way in which to record tasks, ideas and deadlines!

In 2016, we have not yet mandated a particular app for a diary because we want students to choose one that works best with their thinking – but one MUST be used. This includes a paper diary. Here are some diary options:

Coneqt: Organise your To-do list in the dashboard. Using the dashboard, you can make a personal checklist – benefits are that it is accessible anywhere on the Internet. Drawback is that it needs access to the Internet, and that the customisation is simplistic.

Reminders: A free, default app that can send alerts and colour-code your subjects. (This one is the most popular at Prendiville among students). Use Reminders to set up a list for each subject and send notifications for you to complete tasks.

Calendar: Set dates and alerts on another popular default app. Easy to operate and use; can also be synced across multiple devices.

MyHomework or iStudiez Pro: Paid, specialist homework apps with a ton of features. We recommend iStudiez Pro because it allows a user to set push notifications and integrates with Calendar!

A Paper Diary: Yes! You can use a paper diary if preferred. Make sure it has clear sections to write (perhaps a day to a page) and use colour to help set out your notes and organise study time.

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.

Mrs Melissa Marshall

eLearning Coordinator


Year 9 student Eoin Hoey has made a few life enhancing decisions over recent months. He is a compassionate young man with a big heart; a heart which should hold him in good stead over the week-end.

Over the Friday 19 and Saturday 20, Eoin will attempt to cycle 160 kilometres along the John Forrest Heritage Trail from Mundaring to Northam all in the aid of cancer (melanoma) research.

Eoin’s uncle, Mark Williams, father of Lennon (Year 10) and Ami (Year 8) Williams, is currently fighting a battle with Metastatic Malignant Melanoma and hopes to complete some of the ride with his nephew. It is a real family affair as Eoin’s dad Adrian and mum Sarah will be right by his side riding and acting as support crew respectively.

Eoin has set himself a target of $2000 as an incentive to achieve his goal and is nearing his mark. Please feel free to contribute using the link below. So, good luck young man and we look forward to your stories of this adventure on your return.


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St Simon Peter 24:7 Ocean Reef Youth Group

Meets Sunday – 28 August 6-8pm

For all youth in Years 6-12

Come along to our “Back to the Beginning” night full of fun, faith and friends.

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

Ignite Live and World Youth Day Reunion

Ignite Live is a unique Catholic youth event known for drawing a large crowd and taking a modern approach. The upcoming event is also the reunion for those who attended World Youth Day in Poland, where many of them will share their experiences with hundreds of others who were not able to attend. Archbishop Costelloe will be the main speaker on the night. Attend as a group or attend on your own, all are welcome on September 2 at Chisholm College. The main event is 7-9pm with additional entertainment before and afterwards. To get an idea of what to expect at this free event visit the website:

Whitfords Catholic Primary School Commemorative Brick Pavers

As a permanent record of the lives and history of past and present students and staff of Whitfords Catholic Primary, for the first time, WCPS is offering engraved (or personally drawn) brick pavers for purchase at $50 each. These brick pavers will be laid at the school this summer with the current construction under way. Order forms and templates will be available on the school website.

The offer will remain open till September 16th. For further information contact Ines Elloy on or 0448 800 471.


Are you Female and aged 40-60 years?

Would you like 12 weeks of FREE Exercise Training?

We are offering you the chance to train with expert trainers in our facility at ECU Joondalup as part of a ground-breaking research study. After completing 2 weeks of minimal activity, you will get 12 weeks of free exercise training you will also receive free bone/muscle scans, blood analysis, performance data and nutritional feedback.

We are researching the combined effect of exercise and a milk powder supplement on women's mobility, muscle strength, bone and joint health, flexibility and well-being. To find out more and to see if you meet the entrance criteria (for example, you need to be able to consume dairy and fish products, please contact:

Dr Joanne Trezise

Ph: 0447 124 756



Mon 22 August - Fri 26 August Book Week

Wed 24 August P & F Meeting, 6.30pm

Thurs 25 August Year 7 -12 Athletics Twilight Meet, 3.30 -5.30pm

Mon 29 August - Wed 31 August OLNA Testing

For further information visit


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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