Celebrating the Term

Yesterday we gathered for our final assembly for the term.  We congratulations award winners and  presented badges to Year 7 LIFE Leaders.  We also presented medals to champions and runners-up in the Middle and Senior School cross-country competition.  Last week all students in the College participated in cross-country events.  Thanks to Mr Parsons and the Physical Education staff for their work in organising out College Cross-country Carnival and to all staff who assisted.  At the end of the assembly we had a preview of this year’s College production, ‘Villain School’, with the performance of one of the dances from the show.  The production cast and crew are working hard to prepare for the College production and on the weekend they participated in a drama camp which provided them with an intense period of presentation.  Thanks to Mr Chris McRae.  Miss Sophie Lester, Mr Guy Jackson and Miss Georgina Pratt for their work with the students in preparing for this significant event. I am looking forward to seeing the performance in June.

Congratulations to Ms Kelly Bond who has been selected to take part in a China Study Program through the Asia Education Foundation and University of Melbourne.  Ms Bond will travel to China later this week for what should be a wonderful educational and cultural learning experience.

One of our staff members, Mrs Karen Dennett, will be leaving at the end of this term to pursue new opportunities.  Mrs Dennett has played a significant role in establishing Business Education at Holy Cross.  She has been a keen supporter of extra-curricular activities at Holy Cross College and an enthusiastic member of Ozanam House.  I thank her for her contribution to Holy Cross and wish her all the best for the journey ahead.

The following staff members will commence work at Holy Cross College at the beginning of next term :
Mr Mark Potts – Middle and Senior School Teacher
Mrs Charisse Hay – School Psychologist
With the addition of Mrs Hay to the staff we will expand our student support services.

This term Ms O’Donohue has been on leave and during this time Ms Bond has taken on the role of Assistant Deputy Principal, Miss Reynolds as Innovation Coordinator and Miss O’Neil as Ozanam House Coordinator.  I thank them for the wonderful work they have done during this time. Thanks also to Mr Murphy who did a role swap and took on the position of Deputy Principal-Learning for the term.  Ms O’Donahue will return at the beginning of next term, but as I will be on leave for the first two weeks and Mr Collins will be Acting Principal Ms Bond and Mis O’Neill will continue in their roles for the first two weeks of term.

Learning Conversations will take place this week.  They are an excellent opportunity for students to reflect on their learning with their parents and teachers.  We are coming to the end of a busy term.  Classes finish this Friday, 13 April, and commence on Monday 30 April.  


Congratulations to Daniel Docker, Year 11, who today was presented with the Simpson Prize at Parliament House in Canberra. Daniel is the WA winner of this national history competition.  Daniel was flown to Canberra to spend two days visiting  a number of national memorials, dining at the Royal Military College, Duntroon and attending the awards ceremony.  In addition Daniel will join the winners from the other states on a tour which will include London, Paris and the battle fields of the Western Front in Belgium and France.  On ANZAC Day he will attend the Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux.  It is an outstanding accomplishment for Daniel to receive this award and his prize promises to be the trip of a lifetime.  This year there were over 1100 entries in the  competition.   This is the second time in four years that a Holy Cross student has been the WA winner of the Simpson Prize.  In 2015 Bianca Sumich travelled to Gallipoli for the centenary of ANZAC.  In 2017 Miss Emilie Reynolds was one of two teacher prize winner and travelled as a chaperone with the Simpson Prize group to Europe.  Thanks to Miss Reynolds, for her great work with the History students and in  supporting the students in entering the Simpson Prize.



Enrichment activities are an important part of LIFE at HCC.  This week a group of students competed in the Mock Trials Competition.  Sponsored by the Law Society, these are simulated court cases in which teams contest a fictitious legal matter presented in the Western Australia court system. Thanks to Mr Jamie Gotti, Humanities Teacher, for preparing the students for this event. 


The Swim Squad competed in the Associated and Catholic Colleges Swimming Carnival today.  There was a great spirit of participation among the team.  Well done to all swimmers on their efforts.  Congratulations to the Senior Girls who placed second in their category.  Thanks to Mr James Parsons and the staff who coached the swimmers for their efforts in helping the students prepare for this event.  Thanks to Mrs Kristina Croxford and the Hospitality students for catering for the breakfast for swimmers on Monday.


Students have the opportunity to participate in many other Enrichment activities at the College.  Rehearsals are well under way for the College Production and Film and Art Clubs have also commenced.  Middle and Senior School students are also involved in a number of sports events as part of the NEAS Inter-School Sports Competition.  Homework Club is also offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week.




Last weekend a number of students attended the Enrolment Masses for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Preparation for sacraments is family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.  During the year students will prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  


Friday 2 March was a Professional Learning Day for teachers.  Staff worked on our Vision for Learning and Student Engagement, which are part of our Strategic Plan. Thanks  to students in Junior School and Senior School student leaders for their input into this day.  Some Junior School students have explained what they think the world will look like in the future and Senior School students have explored qualities they would like to have as a graduate of Holy Cross.



There was a great spirit of participation at the Years 4 - 7 Swimming Carnival on 23 February.  Thanks to Mr James Parsons and  the Physical Education Team for their work in organising this event and to all staff for their assistance.  Thanks also to parents who attended.  This was a real community event.



The College Open Day will be held on Friday 16 March.  Tours for prospective students and their parents will be held on this day.  For bookings please contact the College Office.  We are currently enrolling students for Kindergarten 2019 and Year 7 2020.  If you have a child eligible for these year levels and you intend to apply for them to attend school at Holy Cross College, please contact the Office for a Prospectus.  



Easter is less than four weeks away now. A reminder that there will be no classes on Friday 30 MarchMonday 1 April and Tuesday 2 April.  Classes recommence on Wednesday 3 April.



On Wednesday we gathered together as a College for our Opening Assembly, followed by House games and morning tea.   We welcomed new students and staff and we also farewelled Fr Alexis who is moving to the Broome Diocese.  I  thank Fr Alexis for his support of Holy Cross College during his time in Ellenbrook and wish him well for the next stage of his journey. One of the highlights of our Opening Assembly each year is congratulating the high achievers from the previous year’s graduating class.  This year we congratulated the following students:


  • Logan Kain received an outstanding ATAR score of 99.55 and was also awarded a Certificate of Distinction by the Curriculum and Standards  Authority.   Logan has been offered a place in Engineering at the University of Western Australia.
  • Caitlin McKenzie, Arjuna Leach and Bianca Sumich also received ATAR scores above 90. Caitlin, who was also awarded a Certificate of Distinction, will study a Bachelor of Education at Curtin University.   Arjuna has enrolled to study Forensic Biology, Toxicology and Chemistry at Murdoch University.  Bianca has been successful in receiving entry into Medicine at UWA, an outstanding achievement, as this is an extremely competitive course with very limited places for direct entry.
  • Bianca Sumich, Rebecca Hughes, Sally Reyes and Keely Prasalowski were awarded Certificates of Merit for their WACE results.

Congratulations to these students and to all students who worked hard to achieve their goals.


This year our Patron focus will be Frederic Ozanam, founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society.  The values for Ozanam House are compassion and connection.  This sense of a connected community was very evidenton Wednesday evening as students, parents and staff gathered for our Welcome BBQ.  Thanks to Friends of Holy Cross for organising this event and also thanks to members of our College Alumni who came along to assist.  It is wonderful to have students who have graduated returning to help at College events.


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