LIFE this week.   2017 Winter Term 

Last week of Winter Term .

Arts Showcase All Week Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September.

Junior School Learning Conversations Wednesday 20 September and Thursday 21 September.

School Holidays start Friday afternoon 22 September. 

Return for Spring Term Monday 9 October.

Year 5 and 6 Italian Excursion

Yesterday, the Year 5 and Year 6 students had the opportunity to participate in an Italian excursion.

The students travelled to the City on Riverside drive to Visit Lake Vasto and the Italian monument, dedicated to Italian migrants who came to Australia from one of Perth’s sister City: La Citta` di Vasto”, in  Abruzzo region in the centre of Italy. Students had the opportunity to learn about the Italian migration to Western Australia.

Students also had the opportunity to learn about the Italian Culture at the Laguna Bocce Club in Dianella. The Laguna Bocce Club represents the Region of Veneto in North of Italy. The members of the Club taught the students, parents, and teachers how to play Italian Bocce. Everyone really enjoyed the challenge and the experience. It was so much fun! All the members of the Laguna Club were amazing and made us feel very welcome

After, the students enjoyed a delicious Italian home-made lunch provided by the Club!
It was a cultural and memorable experience!

Natascia Morlotti and Anna Amatulli
Italian Teachers

Sacrament of Confirmation

Last Sunday, over seventy candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation. This year, for the first time, the Sacrament was split across two Masses, 11:30am and 3:00pm. This was a joyous occasion where the candidates came together with their sponsors and families to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Congratulations to our five Year 6 students who received the Sacrament. The parish will celebrate as a community on Sunday 15 October, at the 9:30am Mass. Certificates will also be presented as part of this Thanksgiving Mass.

Miss Kylie Henderson

Assistant Principal, Junior School

Performing Arts Festival Concert and Carnevale Congratulations

This week has been a particularly busy one as the 2017 Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges concluded with the Festival Concert on Monday at the Perth Concert Hall and Carnevale on Thursday in the Perth Cultural Centre. Special thanks to Calvin Thiel (Year 12) who represented the College with pride at the Festival Concert as the student representative for the Shield winning 'The Story of Oscar Romero' in the Christian Drama category. This shield will be presented at next week's assembly. Secondly, congratulations to our Senior Band (John Topliss, Anthony Menegola, Owen Fisher, Riley Boyle, Pearse Topliss and Calvin Thiel) who yesterday acted as Stage Crew as well as performing three sets throughout the day at the Catholic Schools Carnevale. It was a vibrant day of Music, Dance and other cultural displays and the boys are to be commended on their performances and the manner in which they represented HCC!
Congratulations to all students who participated in the Festival over the past 8 weeks. All awards will be presented at the final assembly on Monday next week.
Mr Chris McRae
Performing Arts Teacher

Senior School Transition

2017 is coming to a close for our current Year 10-12 students and the transition into 2018 classes is soon to begin.

This week, all students in Year 9-11, will receive a transition letter, accompanied by their booklist.

It's a very exciting time at Holy Cross and we hope our transitioning students are looking forward to stepping up a year.

Senior School classes will begin in Week 3 of next term, but before this exams are happening across the College.

Information coming home this week, outlines both the exam schedule for the next few weeks and includes a full outline of activities happening each day.

Any questions can be directed to myself or Mrs Pastorelli (Acting Deputy - Enrichment)

Ms Anita O'Donohue
Deputy Principal - Learning

Woolworths Earn and Learn

We have one week left to collect and submit our sticker booklets for the Woolworths Earn and Learn Promotion.

If you are collecting stickers and still have them at home, please bring them in by Tuesday, 19 September.

Thank you for all of the stickers we have received so far.

Vanja Basell
Assistant Principal, Junior School

Chittering Landcare Expo

Last Wednesday, the Year 3, 4 and 5 students were very fortunate to be invited to participate in the Chittering Landcare Expo. The aim of the day was to raise student awareness and learn about land care issues. Students rotated through seven fun, interactive and educational activities. They heard from presenters from a range of environmental agencies, including Eco Fairies, Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise, Jane Goodall Foundation, Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre, Perth Zoo and Wonderful Worm Waste.

The students enjoyed learning how to sort rubbish into the correct bins, decorated rocks, engaged with animal rescue animals, heard stories from volunteers on how they care for animals, but most importantly the students learned how they can make a difference in the world today.

Miss Kylie Henderson
Assistant Principal, Junior School

Junior School Update

The Kindergarten children celebrated Father’s Day early with their dads, grandfathers and uncles. The night began with a sausage sizzle, drinks and games before we headed inside to put on a concert for the favourite men in our lives. After the concert, both Kindergarten classes were open for lots of fun and activities which included painting, a shaving session, construction, tie making, photo booth and paper aeroplane making to name a few. All of the children loved spending one on one time with these special men. It definitely was a night to remember! Happy Father’s Day!

Mrs Jo Borg and Mrs Emma Pring
Kindergarten Teachers

Year 4

During Life Week, the Year 4 class had a visit from Olman Walley. Olman brought in a range of ancient indigenous tools, spears, boomerangs and his collection of didgeridoos.

Olman taught us traditional indigenous dance, songs, and celebrations. This was a fantastic celebration of culture. The students loved learning about the Aboriginal culture and experiencing their traditions first hand.

Mrs Pieta Bloxsom

Year 4 Teacher

Junior School Learning Conversations

A reminder that the Junior School Learning Conversations will be taking place on Wednesday and Thursday of Week 10.

Students in Junior School will finish school at 12.00pm on THURSDAY, 21 September.

Bookings will be available for Wednesday, 20 September from 3pm and on Thursday, 21 September from 12.30pm - 7.30pm.  Booking information will be communicated next week.

Refurbishing City Streets in Year 9 Big Ideas

During Winter Term, Year 9 students have been exploring the big question: 'How can cities preserve migrant legacies?' Throughout LIFE Week, students explored either Perth or Melbourne and Canberra and gained a range of ideas about the important legacies and contributions of migrant groups to Australian cities. During the last few weeks of term, students have been designing a refurbishment of a street or public space in a city to better celebrate these legacies.

Students are producing a virtual tour of their refurbishment idea and preparing to present their work to an audience of invited guests and parents during the Transition Weeks next term.

Ms K Taylor
Year 9 Learning Innovator


The opening night of the Arts Showcase will be held on Monday, 18 September from 6.00 – 8.15pm in the New Norcia Performing Arts Building and all parents/guardians are invited to attend. This year the Arts Showcase has expanded to integrate both Arts and Technologies disciplines including:

·       Visual Arts and Photography exhibitions
·       Fashion Parade (Senior School Textiles garments)
·       Dance items
·       Musical performances
·       Drama act
·       Short film
·       Woodwork/Metalwork/Jewellery

This exciting event will be a celebration of The Arts and the talents of our students, with the Art and Photography Exhibitions remaining on show until Friday, 22 September.

Miss Sara O'Neill
Visual Arts Teacher
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