Term 4, Week 8 2023

Principal’s Address

Welcome to our Week 8 bulletin which I am writing from the 2024 SLT camp at Woodman Point. Today is the second day of the camp at which our leaders are preparing for their various roles next year. It has been a pleasure to work with these talented and committed young people over the past couple of days and I am confident that they will lead our student community with distinction next year.

This week we held our Annual College Awards Ceremony, recognising the outstanding performance of our Year 7 to 11 students across a number of areas of college life. It was a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of so many of our students who have worked hard to achieve their best throughout the year.

During Week 7 we were delighted to welcome our 2024 Year 7 students and their parents for their orientation. It was pleasing to see so many parents at the Parent Information Night and to witness the enthusiastic and respectful way in which the students engaged during their Orientation Day. We look forward to welcoming them into our college community when they join us in Year 7 next year.

After a lengthy campaign, the Year 9 HASS elections have finally concluded after 4 weeks of collaboration and campaign development. The students showed great enthusiasm throughout the campaign and developed a much greater understanding of the electoral system through their participation in this learning activity.

Next Monday, 84 of our Year 9 students, and 11 college staff, will head over to Canberra for a HASS tour of the nation’s capital. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to visit a range of venues across the city, including the war memorial and federal parliament.
As we enter the last week of the academic year, preparations for our Illumenating Christmas community event are in full force. This event takes place on the evening of December 6th. We look forward to seeing you there.

As the holidays approach, on behalf of all College staff I would like to wish you and your families the love, peace and happiness that the joy of Christmas brings. I hope that you enjoy spending this valuable time with family and friends.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer break with your children, and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2024.

God Bless

Karen Prendergast
College Principal

College Awards Ceremony

In the spirit of celebrating the College’s Guiding Lights, we extend congratulations to our award winners from the recent College Awards ceremony. These exceptional students have showcased remarkable dedication and talent throughout the year. The ceremony acknowledged those who completed the year as the highest achieving student in each course, along with specific awards for students in each year recognising the Dux, Proxime Accessit, Leadership and Service & Ministry. The College also introduced a Guiding Lights Award for a student in each year who embodies the College values in their attitude and conduct.

To view the complete list of award recipients, please visit here.

To each student recognised, your hard work and achievements inspire us all, shaping our school community with a commitment to success. Congratulations to all who were involved in the ceremony, through entertainment items, or receiving an award. We have been proud to acknowledge your achievements from the 2023 academic year.

Peter Sackett
Vice Principal

Year 7 Orientation 

On 17 November, the school welcomed the new Year 7 cohort to an orientation day planned to give the students a glimpse of high school life. The day began with a warm welcome from the Leadership Team. The students, through various planned activities, were given the opportunity to connect to their peers in their dedicated house group. The students then rotated through PE, Science, Food Science and an amazing race around the school. The day was filled with fun activities that provided students with an insight into what 2024 Year 7 will be like. Students also developed strong connections with staff and student leaders who all look forward to guiding the Year 7 cohort next year. We cannot wait to help them make their first steps into high school. 

James Castiello
Head of Year - Year 7

UWA Aspire Day

Last Friday, 30 Year 9 students participated in the UWA Aspire Day where they were able to take part in the ‘day in the life of a university student.’ During our time there the students attended a mini expo, saw the layout of lecture theatres and classrooms, participated in activities from various facalties such as Commerce, the Arts and Engineering.

Ana Frankovic
Head of Year - Year 9


TAFE Testers

In Weeks 5 - 7 the Year 9 students had the opportunity to take part in a range of TAFE Tester courses. Some students participated in a day of learning about building and construction on the Bricklaying Tester. Others took part in the Horticulture Tester at Murdoch University where they learnt about Australia’s vast array of plants and crops and students were able to take some succulents home for them to nurture. Lastly, some students opted to take part in the Automotive Tester at Kwinana TAFE where they spent the day revving engines, doing some experiments and working on cars. The days were a great opportunity for some hands-on learning experiences for the students and were enjoyed by all those who participated.   

Ana Frankovic
Head of Year - Year 9

Year 9 HASS Elections

After 4 weeks of planning, and campaigning, we have a winner for the annual Year 9 HASS elections. Congratulations to The People’s Protectors Pros with running candidate, Charlie Dixon. The party’s platform was based on reducing bullying and promoting inclusion within the community. The PPP party have won themselves a pizza lunch.

The Year 9 HASS election activity immerses students in the real-world context of democracy through collaboration and acting on feedback from their peers to cross the line in preferential voting. Congratulations to all the Year 9 students for your enthusiasm and engagement in your learning. All are welcome to visit B Block to view the outstanding campaign posters produced by the students.

Mrs Pirie

Vinnies Youth Conference Corner

As the year is beginning to slow down and we think about preparing for our Christmas celebrations please remember to take some time to think about how you can assist those in our communities less fortunate. We are still collecting food for the Christmas appeal through homerooms AND there will be boxes available for other donations during Illumenating Christmas 6 December 4:30- 6:00pm.   

Vinnies Youth are selling tickets for the Christmas raffle. Tickets can be purchased through the Discovery Centre during breaks AND at IlLumenating Christmas.

First prize - $50 Rebel sports gift card,

Second prize - $30 Teen gift card and

Third prize - $20 Coles Myer gift card.

During IlLumenating Christmas there will also be some small gifts for purchase on the evening.

Coming events 

Vinnies Youth look forward to continuing to provide a service to the community with the following events:

T4 Weeks 5 – 8 Christmas food appeal Homerooms and illuminating Christmas

T4 Week 8 – 29 November Soup Kitchen

T4 Week 9 – 6 December Illuminating Christmas stalls

Thank you for supporting the Vinnies Youth Conference in the Christmas Appeal activities.

Ms Creighton
Vinnies Youth Coordinator


2024 School Fees 

School fees for next year are now available on the College website. 

Fees and Charges

Parents and Caregivers who hold a valid concession card are requested to complete and return the Application Form to receive the Health Care Card discount, no later than 28 March 2024 (last day of Term 1)  


Monday, 4 DecemberYear 9 Canberra Tour
Wednesday, 6 DecemberIl-Lumen-ating Christmas
Wednesday, 8 DecemberFinal College Assembly
Monday, 25 DecemberChristmas Day
Monday, 1 JanuraryNew Years Day
Wednesday, 31 January First Day Year 7,11 & 12 Students
Thursday, 1 February First Day Year 8,9 & 10 Students

View the College Calendar