School Holidays

School holidays are here!

The City of Swan have several events and activities happening at various locations over the break. If you are looking for something to do these holidays, why not check out the Community Noticeboard on the City of Swan website:

There are also lots of free events and experiences on offer in Perth City - discover and explore at

Stay safe over the holiday period everyone. 

Headspace Resources for Parents and Educators - Launch of Season 2 '13 Reason's Why'

Dear All,

As awareness is the first step in teen mental health, ahead of the launch of the second season of '13 Reason's Why', Headspace has provided resources for young people, parents and educators which can be found on the link below.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Jo Betti or myself.

Kind Regards,

Charisse Hay.

Hello from Charisse!

Hello to everyone,

My name is Charisse Hay and I’ve started at Holy Cross in the role of College Psychologist.  I work closely with College Social Worker Joanne Betti, College Nurse Grace Bradshaw and Vice Principal Peter Collins to assist student wellbeing.  For those that I haven’t met yet in the school community, I’m looking forward to meeting you really soon!  In the meantime, here are some links to assist student wellbeing.

The Black Dog Institute has a new online positive psychology  program for youth and adolescents.  This might be timely given exam time.  Students can register at:

The following information is courtesy of Kylie Henderson:

What upcoming programs are available ?

Social & Emotional Skills Weekly Program
Term 2 programs: 
  • 6-8 year olds age group Saturdays  9.00 - 10.30 a.m.   - Fully booked
    • Commencing 19th May and concluding 23rd June
  • 8-10 year olds age group -  Saturdays  11.00 - 12.30 p.m. - Few vacancies 
    • Commencing 19th May and concluding 23rd June
Term 3 programs: 
  • 7-9 year olds age group Saturdays  9.00 - 10.30 a.m.   - Bookings now open
    • Commencing 11th August and concluding 15th September 
  • 10-12 year olds age group -  Wednesday 4.00 - 5.30 p.m. - Bookings now open
    • Commencing 15th August and concluding 19th September 

Read more about Weekly Group Program, including Medicare & Private Health Rebates 

Read more about what happens at the initial appointment.

Important note: For the group to be beneficial to each group member, it is important that the participants have a sufficient level of skill to manage their behaviour, including attention, concentration, and ability to follow instructions cooperatively. If this is uncertain, we can discuss further over the phone, or at the initial appointment, as this is an important prerequisite of the program.  
Registration Form

Coffee & Conversation - 9th March 2018

Please join us this Friday 9th March for the first Coffee & Conversation of 2018!  This is an informal gathering at Holy Cross College, aimed at strengthening your networks, sharing parenting experiences, building new friendships and linking you to local services.  
Hope to see you there, from 9:15am – 10:30am in the College Café.  
From Jo Betti (College Social Worker) and Grace Bradshaw (College Nurse)”

City of Swan - School Holidays

The City of Swan is providing a number of leisure and youth development programs this school holiday period in the Ellenbrook Place area. All programs are either free or low-cost. 
City of Swan Youth Development Team - School holiday program
·         Activities are for 10-17 year olds, except the Scooter Clinic which is for all ages.
·         Places are limited so please fill out a registration form to secure your spot. Registration forms are available at Ellenbrook Library, above the library in the Ellenbrook Place Office or on Facebook at ‘Coolroom Ellenbrook’.
·         Completed forms and payments can be dropped off  at Ellenbrook Library.
·         If you’re facing difficulty making payments contact Erin to discuss payment plan options.
·         *NOTE* Adventure World is cash payment ONLY.

For further details contact Erin on 0427 597 093 or email

Free Incursion: Archery, provided by Archery WA.
Limited Spaces Available
When: Friday 12th Jan, 10am to 12pm  
At: Aveley Playing Fields, Bolero Road.
Snacks provided. Closed Shoes Required                                                                                

Free Scooter Clinic:  Provided by Freestyle Now Crew
Registration on the day
When: Monday 15th Jan, 4pm-6pm           
At: Ellenbrook Skatepark
Closed Shoes and Safety Helmets Required        

Free Incursion: Gello Comedy Club, Provided by Professionals in the Industry
Limited Spaces Available       
Opportunity to learn new skills in Stand-up/Sketch Comedy
When: Friday 19th Jan, 1pm-3pm           
At: Ellenbrook Library
Snacks provided              

Excursion: Adventure World
$20 (Cash Payment Only)
Limited spaces available.                                                            
When: Tuesday 23rd Jan, 8:30am-5:30pm                
At: The Cool Room 8:30am.
Bring swimwear, change of clothes, towel and closed shoes. Lunch Provided.                                                                                              
Free Incursion: Summer Party!
Not to be missed
When: Wednesday 24th Jan, 1-4pm
At: The Coolroom (Bonney Lane)
Experience Harm Reduction Workshop
Fun and Cool Tips on How to Stay Safe!
DJ act, Live performances , Sausage Sizzle, Free Giveaways and Water Fights.
Outside service providers attending for the young people of Ellenbrook

City of Swan Ellenbrook Sports Hub - School holiday activities
·         Activities are for a range of ages and all take place at the Ellenbrook Sports Hub (Synthetic Playing Fields and Southern Pavilion) – 107 Verbana Drive, Aveley.
·         Registrations required for all programs. Registrations can be made by emailing or by calling 9207 8777.

For further details contact Matthew on 9207 8777 or email

Mini Swans
Kindy Dance (2-4 year olds)
Tuesday 9th, 16th and 23rd January
$9 per session

Kindy Gym (1-4 year olds)
Friday 12th and  19th January
$13 per session

Junior Swans
Ellenbrook Sports Day (5-10 year olds)
*try a bunch of different sports*
Wednesday 10th and 24th January
$9 per child

Teen Futsal Kick About (11-15 year olds)
Monday 8th and 15th January
$9 per session

Summer Series
Bubble Soccer Tournament – December Edition
Saturday 30th December
$65 team entry fee

Fast 5s Netball Tournament
Tuesday 2nd January
$65 team entry fee

Futsal 5s Tournament
Tuesday 2nd January
$65 team entry fee

Touch Rugby Cup
Thursday 11th January
$65 team entry fee

Dodgeball Tournament
Thursday 24th January (AUS Day Eve)
$65 team entry fee

FIFA Tournament
Friday 19th January

$13 entry fee

Mercy Care

Mercy Care and Ellenbrook Youth Services are remaining open during the school holiday period, offering free assistance to youth aged 12-20years and connecting families with services in the area and helping young people stay happy, healthy and connected over the Christmas Season and beyond. 

Located at the Ellenbrook Place Office, upstairs in the Ellenbrook Library. Call 1800 800046 to make an appointment.

Junior School Coffee Conversation

Please join us in the College Cafe this Friday 3rd November for our next Junior School Coffee Conversation - a great opportunity to connect with other parents and carers in our wonderful Holy Cross College community! 
From Jo Betti, College Social Worker

Maggie Dent: Masterclass on Raising Teens TONIGHT!

I've just learned that there's still some tickets left for Maggie Dent:  Masterclass on Raising Teens, tonight at the Perth Convention Centre!

"This very special, one-night-only parenting gala is a fundraiser celebrating the 50th birthday of the Telethon charitable trust, of which Maggie is an ambassador."

Go online to book your tickets!

From Jo Betti
Social Worker

Parents of Children with Challenges

There is a new group in Ellenbrook for Parents of Children with Challenges that supported by People at Place in Ellenbrook.  In this group, we share our experiences/support for disabilities, developmental delays, complex health conditions, and any concerns of the children (any ages).

The next catch up is Friday, 21st July (every odd week during school term) at Ellenbrook Community Library.

Search the facebook page, Parents of Children with Challenges for more information.  It is free to join.

Girls school holiday programs with STANDING STRONG

Standing Strong offers four main program areas for young girls:  Junior Club for 8-10 year olds, Teen Club for 11-16 year olds, Online Club for girls around the world and Private One 2 One sessions for girls and families looking for a more personalised support.  Through a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, Standing Strong programs help to "encourage, motivate, uplift and empower girls to live happy, healthy and inspired lives".  For more information see:

There's a variety of activities and events offered through the school holiday at Standing Strong:

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