LIFE this week.   2017 Spring Term 

Fri 10 Nov Pre-Kindergarten Orientation

Remembrance Day Commemoration

Friends of Holy Cross Quiz Night

Mon 13 Nov Senior School Parent Info Evening

Wed 15 Nov Orientation & Parent Information Day

Junior School Orientation and Transition Day

A wonderful day was had by all today with new and existing students meeting each other and spending time in their year levels for next year.

The teachers and education assistants for each year level in 2018 are as follows:
Kindergarten H: Mrs Borg, Mrs Hasleby and Mrs D'Andrea
Kindergarten C: Mrs Pecherczyk, Ms Mathews and Mrs Gorton
PrePrimary H: Mrs Wright and Ms Cooke
PrePrimary C: Miss Rowlands and Mrs Hilton
Year 1H: Miss Sibbald
Year 1C: Miss Keating
Year 2H: Mrs Sheppard
Year 2C: Miss Barron
Year 3H: Mrs McKinnon
Year 3C: Miss Edwards
Year 4H: Miss Russo
Year 4C: Miss Dunstan
Year 5H: Miss Armenti
Year 5C: Mr Davis
Year 6H: Miss Hickey
Year 6C: Miss Brown

Learning Enrichment Team (across the College)
Ms Lennon
Ms McMahon
Mrs Ryan
Mrs Fretwell
Miss Ravenscroft
Mrs Bowden
Mrs McCarthy

We farewell Mrs Bloxsom who is moving on next year.

Teachers will contact families over the holidays to indicate which classes students will be in.  We look forward to an exciting year next year!

Mrs Vanja Basell
Assistant Principal, Junior School

Junior School Update


This term in Pre-Kindergarten we farewelled Mrs. Pring who commenced maternity leave and welcomed Miss Edwards in her place. The children have enjoyed having a new face in the classroom. Welcome also to the new families joining us at Holy Cross College this term, we are excited to have you!

We have had a strong focus on learning the familiar nursery rhymes, Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider and Baa Baa Black Sheep. The children have enjoyed singing and learning the matching actions to go along with these. Please continue to practise the words to these songs at home as they are full of rhyming, rhythm and repetition. By singing songs containing these core elements it is helping boost children’s language, communication and literacy development.

The children have been practicing identifying their name and developing their independence skills is preparation for Kindergarten next year. We have also been exploring our inquiry skills through a range of experiments. The Children enjoyed predicting and reflecting on the results.

We are looking forward to the rest of the term and would like to thank all parents for their support. Keep an eye on Seesaw for further snapshots of your Child’s learning and also for some very important events coming up very soon.

Amy Edwards and Natalie Pecherczyk
Pre-Kindergarten Teachers


Wow! What a wonderful year we have had in Pre-Primary.

In English, students have been working very hard on their sight words, reading and sentence writing. We absolutely love the confidence students have gained in their ability to read and write sentences. This week we have started exploring how to write sentences on the iPads. We definitely have some technology experts in Pre-Primary. Everyone loved learning how to add capital letters and full stops to their writing.

In Big Ideas this term, students have been exploring the question ‘How do you get from A to Z?’. We started exploring this question by challenging students to move through an obstacle course tied to a partner. This task challenged students to use their communication and collaboration skills. Students have also explored movement through constructing different paths for marbles, ping pong balls and cars. Constructing different paths encouraged children to be creative and innovative. 

Finally, we would just like to say a big thank you to our wonderful families for your consistent help and support throughout this term.

Mrs. Dorota Fretwell, Miss Abbey Rowlands and Mrs. Natalie Pecherczyk.

Pre-Primary Teachers

Junior School Update


The Kindergarten students have been very busy over the last few weeks investigating the question, ‘How do things work?’ Every Thursday morning, Mr. Gerber comes in and shows us amazing science experiments and explains why things happen. We couldn’t believe what was happening before our own eyes with the elephant toothpaste, explosions, fizzing and popping!

We have also been enjoying the Spring weather with lots of music, dancing and dress ups. Last week we even had our very first Rock Concert performed with some children on the maracas, drums, tambourines, triangle and bells. The band even had their own dancers who enjoyed twirling, spinning, jumping and moving with their colourful scarves and ribbons to the music. 

Kindergarten is definitely the place to be if you would like some extra colour, laughter and fun in your life!

Mrs. Jo Borg and Mrs. Emma Pring

Kindergarten Teachers


We are pleased to announce the 2018 Holy Cross College Production of VILLAIN SCHOOL!

The show is set at The Villains’ Institute for Learning Evil (V.I.L.E.), where all the famous storybook villains go to learn their wicked ways.  Like any school, V.I.L.E. has its own social groups:  The Monsters, who are always hungry and love to scare people; the Witches, who make a mean brew; the Convicts, who are expert thieves and con-artists; and the Misfits, who just don’t fit in.  There are also the Evil Geniuses, who rule the school and are at the top of the food chain.  But everything is turned upside down when the smart and talented new student, Frank Stein, shows up and challenges the status quo.  Things get even worse
when he falls head over heels in love...  because love is strictly forbidden at Villain School.  That’s why Heidi Jekyll, the object of Frank’s desire, wants nothing to do with him.  That is, until the potion she concocts for the science fair goes awry, transforming her into a sugary sweet princess.  Faced with potential expulsion and certain embarrassment, will the forces of evil ultimately tear them apart, or will true love prevail?

Auditions will be taking place later this term for all Year 7-12 students and we look forward to presenting Villain School to the College Community in 2018!

Mr Chris McRae
Drama Teacher

Junior School Inter-School Athletics Carnival

Friday, October 27 saw the HCC Junior Athletics Team for 2017 represent the College in the B Division CPSSA Athletics Carnival.

Students from Years 3 to 6 committed to two weeks of intense training in the lead up to the carnival, training nearly every day before school. The effort and dedication from the team of just over 50 students was fantastic and with the guidance of the equally committed coaches made some great progress before final spots were selected.

The team, led by Junior Athletics Captains Geah Kot and Brooklyn Stainforth arrived at the WA Athletics Stadium filled with anticipation and perhaps a little overwhelmed at the size of the venue. We were very excited but knew some great challenges awaited us.

The students represented the College brilliantly as we experienced a fantastic range of excellent performances, resilience, team work, sacrifice and genuine joy for the success of all members within the team. The cheering and support of each other was clearly our biggest strength.

As this was the first ever Junior Inter School carnival that Holy Cross has attended, enjoying the experience and giving our very best individual effort was the biggest focus for the day. The students exceeded expectations in this area implementing their training to perfection. 

Unfortunately, we finished in 8th place, but have lots of areas to improve on for next year. The day was a great introduction to the competitive environment of inter school sport and the effort and behaviour of the students through out the day was fantastic.

I would like to extend my thanks to Marnie Barrett, Simon Falcone, James Parsons, Margaret McMahon, Jessica Armenti and Aoife Hickey for their expertise and time during the training phase and to Jo Borg and Orilee Ryan for their assistance on the day. The students are extremely lucky to have your skills available to them and their performance on the day was testament to this.

We look forward to 2018, with more training, increased familiarity of the venue and expectations of the day we will definitely improve.

Great work HCC.

-Mr Brendan Buckley

Anti-Poverty Week Mass

Last Wednesday, the Year 3-6 Faith Leaders attended the inaugural Anti-Poverty Week Mass at Infant Jesus Church in Morley. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Donald Spoxton, together with other priests and chaplains.
It was a wonderful opportunity for students across Perth to give thanks for the fundraising and awareness-raising activities that Catholic primary and secondary schools in our Archdiocese have undertaken in response to the enormous issue of poverty and inequality in our world today.
Miss Kylie Henderson

Assistant Principal, Junior School

Junior School Update

Year 2

In Year 2, we have had an exciting and positive start to Spring Term.
This week, we have been busy consolidating numeracy concepts, holding class debates and learning to think creatively.

In Mathematics, students have been actively exploring the concepts of measurement using hands-on materials. We measured our feet and estimated their size using paper clips, large dice and unifix cubes. We also ordered the length of various classroom stationery and labeled them in units of measurement.
In writing this term, we will be learning to write a persuasive text. To prepare for this we have held some class debates. We had to decide if we were “for” or “against” each topic and created three arguments to support our point of view. We worked in groups to plan our debate and then presented it to the class. The class then got to vote on each topic.
The students decided that:

·      Winter is better than Summer
·      We should have a school uniform
·      Cats are better than dogs
·      It is better to go away on the holidays.

Here we are presenting our debates to the class.


In Big Ideas, we are developing our skills in character, through exploring our own strengths. We then had to come up with a Christmas market stall idea and choose our preferred product. This is going to be a very engaging, personally informative and fun term in Big Ideas!

Mrs. Hayley Sheppard

Year 2 Teacher

Italian Week

On Wednesday 20 September, at the end of school day, students, teachers, and parents came down to the oval to watch the display of two Lamborghini cars and a Ducati motorbike.  The students appreciated taking photos and asking lots of questions. 
This was the final event of an intensely cultural HCC Italian week.
Looking forward to next years event!
Grazie a tutti e arrivederci!

Signora Amatulli

Italian Teacher

Junior School Update

Year 6

Find out what the awesome Year 6 class are up to in room PA-LS7!

In Year 6, we have been working very hard with group projects and preparing for the transition to Middle School. In Physical Education this term, we have been learning how to play floorball, a very similar game to hockey – but much safer! In Science, we are learning all about electricity and what it’s made up of. Did you know, that everything is made of atoms and hundreds of electrons spin around inside a tiny atom? Those electrons are what generate electricity!

Big Ideas
Last term, our Big Ideas inquiry question was ‘How can we make a difference?’ This linked with our camp to Albany, as well as integrating with our HASS learning. Each group of students chose one of the places we visited during LIFE week such as; the Old Gaol, the Wind Farm, ANZAC centre, or Whaling Station. We displayed our excellent technology skills by creating QR codes which linked to our videos and keynotes. We explored our creative skills by designing 3D models and hosting a Big Ideas Exhibition for younger classes and parents.

In Mathematics, the Year 6 class are exploring the strand of Measurement and Geometry. We have learned how to measure different angles using a protractor and have designed Mini Golf Courses in groups which included a variety of angles, shapes, parallel lines and perpendicular lines. We are continuing to use problem-solving skills by demonstrating a variety of methods to work out problems involving the four operations.

The Year 6 students are currently learning about Poetry in writing. We have been exploring the different types of poetry, as well as coming up with our own poems. We have identified what constitutes a poem and the various elements of poetry that are used,  such as; rhythm, rhyme, sound devices, figurative language and structure. We have differentiated between fixed verse and free verse and have created our very own fixed verse poems.

Year 6 student

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