LIFE this Week! Autumn Term  

Thu 19 July Catholic Performing Arts Festival Opens

Fri 20 July Year 6 Bibbulmun Track Pilgrimage

Mon 23 July Friends of Holy Cross Meeting 6:30pm

Tue 24 July CPSSA Inter-School Junior School Cross Country Carnival


LIFE Week is almost upon us for 2018. It's an exciting time, with many wonderful opportunities on offer for our students across the College.

Letters were sent home with your child on Friday Week 1 and reply slips are due back to the College before August 10.

Should you have any queries or questions, please direct these to your child's teacher if you are in the Junior School, or the staff member who prepared the letter, if in Middle or Senior School.

We anticipate a wonderful week.

Ms O'Donohue
Deputy Principal Learning

Year 12 Geographers explore Perth.

Today, the Year 12 ATAR Geography students completed primary data collection through fieldwork in and around Perth. They are studying various challenges facing Perth, including transport, congestion and urban sprawl.

The day started with a passenger count at Bassendean station, before exploring how Urban Sprawl is being addressed through in-fill in Maylands.

We then had a meeting with a team of planners working on Metronet, and students were able to complete a mapping activity, explaining their preferred transport method and route to link Ellenbrook with Perth. The meeting was extremely interesting, as the planners explained all of the factors that they have to take into account.

We continued to explore Perth by completing a case study of Subiaco, which is a transit oriented development.

After lunch back in the CBD, students explored St George's Terrace and Elizabeth Quay before making their way home.

Catholic Performing Arts Festival Commences

The 2018 Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges commences today with a large number of students participating in various categories in Music, Drama and Dance over the next 8 weeks in venues throughout Perth. This Term will also encompass the Angelico Exhibition and Catholic Carnevale. The Opening Mass for the Festival will be held tomorrow at Infant Jesus Church in Morley and Holy Cross will be represented by College representatives and Drama students performing the Dramatisation of the Gospel. The festival has already commenced for the College however with Year 4 students Lindy-Louise Papenfus and Ruby-Briggs Dyer representing the school with pride in the opening section, Primary Bible Reading at the CEO Chapel in Leederville earlier today. The College Production of Villain School was also adjudicated back in late June. We look forward to what is set to be a great festival with the College's best representation yet!

Mr Chris McRae
Learning Area Coordinator- The Arts

New Children's Crossing - Strathmore Parkway

The new Warranted Children's Crossing on Strathmore Parkway begins operating from the commencement of the Winter Term, Term 3. Please read the notes below to ensure correct use is made of the facility and the relevant road rules are followed.

Student safety is paramount and it is critical that parents, students and staff adhere to the appropriate road rules and extend the expected courtesies.

Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated.

Peter Collins
Vice Principal

Italian - Language Perfect World Championships

Congratulations to all the students at Holy Cross College who participated in the Language Perfect World Championships Competition 2018.
Students have been working very hard in Italian classes, as well as before school and during lunch, in order to achieve Gold, Silver, Bronze and Credit Awards. Well done to Everyone! What an amazing effort! Bravissime and Bravissimi!

Congratulation to the following award winners:

Year 6 Debora Thuch                    Score 3,745 Gold
Year 5 Saskia Derries                    Score 3,712 Gold
Year 5 Taj Beaton                          Score 2,653 Silver
Year 5 Monika Hawser                 Score 2,271 Silver
Year 7 James McGowan               Score 1,746 Bronze
Year 6 Mary Zeredah Danoyo     Score 1,740 Bronze
Year 8 Hannah Vidich                   Score 1,668 Bronze 
Year 4 Jemimah Mayawa            Score 1,242 Bronze
Year 3 Sophie Hawser                  Score 1,008 Bronze

Leah Maccione                              Score  827  Credit
Louie Lambert                               Score  735  Credit
Arok Thuch                                     Score  680 Credit
Michelle Owusu                            Score  615  Credit
Miriro Sanyika                               Score  600  Credit
Emma Bolger                                Score  599  Credit
Ruby Briggs–Dyer                         Score  538  Credit
Ryleigh Davis                                 Score  507  Credit

Mrs Morlotti, Mrs Amatulli and Mr Smiroldo

Italian Teachers


NAIDOC Week celebrations will be conducted across Australia during the school holidays to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Holy Cross College will have a number of different activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week running at the beginning of Winter Term. Dom Rosendo Salvado, one of our College Patrons had a deep love for his Indigenous brothers and sisters. Salvado lived a life devoted to building relationships with the custodians of this great land of the Holy Spirit. 

In Autumn term we celebrated the National Sorry Day, and during the Sorry Day liturgy each member of the community completed a dot painting on stones as a symbol of moving forward with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Now, with NAIDOC week approaching these stones have been transformed into a cross in the form of a Mandala. A mandala symbolises that life is everlasting.

The mandala cross has been created with the arrangement of the stones from the Sorry Day liturgy into 4 sections representing the compassion of each of the houses across the College towards our brothers and sisters. These stones have been placed on an earth base that was a sifting together of different sands collected from around the state celebrating the Aboriginal peoples connection to the land including locations such as, Swan River, Norseman, Toodyay, Nullarbor, and Kalgoorlie. There is also salt from Lake Tyrell in Victoria that represents the purification received through reconciliation. 

Thanks to the members of the community that worked together in producing this deeply symbolic cross to encourage us all to live life to the full

Catholic Primary Schools Sporting Association (CPSSA) Winter Carnival

On Thursday, 21 June Holy Cross sent three netball teams and two soccer teams, comprising of all of our Year Six students as well as a small number of Year Five students, to compete in the CPSSA Winter Carnival.  Holy Cross competed against teams from 15 other CPSSA schools and had a truly wonderful day of competition.

Team spirit and collaboration at both sports was exceptional with students cheering each other on throughout the day.  Two highlights from the soccer were when Cooper Smith scored a great goal off of the opposition keeper's nose, checked that the player was not hurt and then celebrated the goal.  Also worth mentioning was the resilience of students who after feeling anxious about participating initially, overcame their nerves and thoroughly enjoyed kicking the ball around on the soccer pitch.

The netball teams competed bravely against teams with much more experience playing as a group and came away with three wins.  The team chants, support and teamwork were impressive and everyone was able to walk away knowing they had represented Holy Cross well.

Overall, the day was a huge success with all of the students going home worn out but having had a terrific experience.  Thank you to all those involved in coaching, training, umpiring and assisting in the lead up to the carnival and on the day.

Mr Brendan Buckley
CPSSA Co-ordinator for Holy Cross College

Junior School Update

Year 4
The Year 4 students have been very busy this term, with our preparation for the celebration of First Eucharist. We were lucky enough to have Mr. Shelton take us on a visit to the Church and explore the sacred symbols and objects in there. 

We participated in a wonderful Eucharist Retreat Day with St. Helena’s Catholic Primary School and learned a lot about the ways God shows love for us through the Eucharist.

The Year 10 students visited us to talk about Religious Education - we were able to teach them a thing or two about the Eucharist! They were very surprised and impressed.

We have been sharing our wisdom with the Pre-primary and Year 1 students. They visited us and we read them our individual ‘Poetry Anthologies’, surprising some of them with our haiku poems where they had to guess the cryptic clues to find out the topic. That was a lot of fun!

We also mentored the Pre-primary students in using the app ‘Puppet Pals’. They needed to explain to us recounts of their morning and their learning over the term.

We’ve been exploring non-fiction texts and have worked on sharing our thoughts and ideas in Reciprocal Teaching sessions. Look at how many contributions we each made to the groups’ discussion!

Miss Kate Dunstan and Miss Deanna Russo

Year 4 Teachers

Villain School A Wicked Smash!!

The 2018 College Production of Brian D. Taylor's Villain School has wrapped with a sensational final performance on Saturday night to a packed house of family, friends, staff, students and members of the local community. The colourful spectacle was performed to over 600 people across the four shows and stands as HCC's most successful production to date.

Frank Stein (John Botha) faces off against the Invisible Man whilst Sasquatch (Jordan Reith) watches on

The process began back in October last year with the Harry Potter and Descendants inspired script selected before auditions took place in December and rehearsals commencing in February. A five month rehearsal process which included line learning, characterisation work, choreography, set and prop building, ambitious tech planning, promotion, our production camp at Swan Valley Adventure Centre and many rehearsals culminated in four stunning performances last week!

Witches Gretty (Madison Reith) and Betty (Therese Topliss) brew up some trouble

A huge congratulations to our student cast and crew: John Paul Botha, Breannah Rigoli, Abbey'Lee Quantock, Chloe Andrews, Ethan Armstrong, Iestyn Devenport, Rowan Paluszak, Finn Doust, Jordan Bailey, Madison Reith, Ashtyn Ford, Therese Topliss, Jordan Reith, Makayla Pugliese, Samantha Evans, Luke Riedel, Sam Pascoe, Gurleen Dhillon, Eva Ladyman, Bailey Fry, Nikolas Dragicevich, Olivia Feszczur, Tiara D'Lima, Samantha Cosmas, Brinda Jhaya, Bianca Scinto, Alex Smilovitis, Jasmin Baker, Letisha O'Neill, Amy Van Der Wiede, Mia Butterworth, Amelie Ladyman, Cortney Sleath, Laila Davies, Chardonnay Mitchell, Zac Smilovitis, Nhial Tap, Ephraim Makani, Pearse Topliss, Chloe Ryan, Caitlyn Scinto, Brianna Armstrong, Alanah D'Evelynes, Kamilla Kacjsca, James Evans, Darrell Chiu, Mya Ubalde, Lucas Sharp, Kerry McDonnell, Hannah Schnell, Zophia Paluszak, Anthony Menegola, Isobella McPherson, Kayla Herden and Angela Gethin.

Heidi Jekyll (Breannah Rigoli) takes the High Performance Performance Enhancer...or so she thinks

Our largest cast and crew to date put a huge amount of energy and effort in to make this show look and sound as good as it did and they are to be congratulated for their efforts and talents.

Villain School wouldn't have happened without the amazing work of the incredible staff team. A huge thank you and well done to the core staff team of Miss Georgina Pratt, Miss Sophie Lester, Mr Guy Jackson, Miss Rachel Rafferty, Miss Laura Goodwin and Mrs Colleen Azzopardi for their tireless efforts in bringing this show from a series of ideas to a fully realised spectacle.

Villain School 2018 Staff Team

Special thanks to our amazing support team who also had a huge hand in elements of the production. Mr Matt Smyth and Mr Roger Newton for set building, Mrs Kristina Croxford for her coordination of the Hospitality students and catering and Mrs Carolyn Jess, Mrs Tracy Papenfus and Mrs Jean Topliss for their work with finance and promotion.

Parents Mrs Lisa Reith and Mrs Renae O'Neill also played a major part in assisting on performance evenings.

Thank you to our sixteen Year 12 production students who have given so much of themselves to the College production culture over the years. We hope they take away some wonderful skills and memories from their time in the HCC Productions.

2018 Production Year 12's

Thanks also goes to all staff who assisted on production evenings and the members of the HCC Senior Leadership team for their support of each performance.

We are extremely proud of the final result of Villain School and now look forward to a small scale Senior School Production next year as the cogs start turning for our special 10th Anniversary Show in 2020! Until then, signing off from VILE and stay wicked!

Cast and Crew of the 2018 College Production 'Villain School' 

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director and Learning Area Coordinator (The Arts)
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