LIFE this week.   2017 Autumn Term 

Mon 26 June End of Term Assembly and Yr 11 2018 Subject Selection Interviews

Tue 27 June Yr 7,8 & 9 NEAS Finals and Jr School Assembly

Wed 28 June Parent Camino Section 2 and Middle School Learning Conversations

Thur 29 June DaVinci Programme Learning Journey and Middle School Learning Conversations

Fri 30 June School Holidays at the end of the day!

Junior School Athletics Carnival - NEW DATE

The new date for the Junior School Athletics Carnival is Thursday, 20 July (Week One, Winter Term).

More information regarding times and events will follow.

Mrs Vanja Basell
Assistant Principal, Junior School

Opening Night an Unspeakable Triumph!

The 2017 Senior College Production of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' opened to the public yesterday with two performances. The opening matinee was presented for staff and students from Swan Valley Anglican Community School along with Aegis Aged Care Facilities in Ellenbrook before an evening show for a public audience.

The production has so far been received with overwhelming positivity with Vic Principal Mr Collins labelling the show as 'brilliant'. Swan Valley Drama Teacher Meredith Corr could not speak highly enough about the cast, saying that "all cast members created quirky characters brilliantly". She also said that her students left buzzing, wanting to perform the show themselves.

The cast and crew will perform two more public shows tonight and tomorrow night for sold out audiences! 

We thank all audience members who have supported the production so far and can't wait for the rest of the performance run. 

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

Junior School Update

Year 2
As part of our Religious Education unit of work, ‘Joining in the Lord’s Meal’, the students in Year 2 explored the Sacred Vessels seen in Church and what they are used for. Throughout the second half of term, we have been learning about the Last Supper and how we remember this special time during the Eucharist each time we go to Church. We created our own special information sheet, so we can share what we learned with our friends and family.
In Mathematics, we have been immersed in exploring the features and properties of 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional shapes. One of our favourite tasks has been getting creative with magformers, box construction and playdough. Experimenting with magformers helps us to build a better understanding of symmetry and tessellation. We are also gaining hands-on practise with investigating the effect of flips, slides and turns on various shapes. We have also been having fun building our own shapes with playdough and pop sticks. This is a great way to get us thinking about how many faces, edges and corners different shapes have.
Mrs. Hayley Sheppard
Year 2 Teacher

Year 6

Over the past few months, we have been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. As a class, we have discussed different topics including how decimals, percentages and fractions are related. We have been learning how to convert fractions into decimals and percentages. We have been working in groups and pairs to complete activities. We have also been practising how to add and subtract decimals. We brainstormed a variety of strategies to use which helped us understand. Then we moved on to dividing and multiplying decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 and rounding decimals to the nearest tenth.
In English, we have been working on our persuasive texts and explanation texts. We used descriptive words to make sure that the reader would be interested enough to keep reading. Everyone came up with an exciting idea to write about so that we would have lots of texts to display.
Big Ideas
We are working on a project called 'Dragon's Den' at the moment. In groups, we have come up with our own designs, inventions and products which we think would be useful in today's society. We need to make a presentation explaining what our creation does, how it will help the world today and why we have chosen it. Next week we will be presenting our ideas to our three judges who will decide if they want to 'invest' in our ideas or not! This project will involve using the 6 C's which are communication, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, character and citizenship. Some of our products include apps, websites, vehicles and other creative ideas.
Religious Education
We have been learning about The Passover and key events from the Last Supper. We have been searching for parable stories in the Bible, learning different things from each one. We have also learned about moral choices and how Jesus always made the right choice. In class, we were given dilemmas and also came up with our own dilemmas in pairs. With these dilemmas, we had to discuss what we would do and what would be the right choice to make.
In Geography, we worked collaboratively on Indigenous Projects. Half the class researched Maori people of New Zealand and the other half researched Orang Asli people of Malaysia. We have also been focusing on Civics and Citizenship. In Civics and Citizenship, we have been learning about Australia's system of government and how it works. Next, we learned about the three levels of government in Australia. These three levels are Federal, State and Local. Everyone searched for what each one was responsible for. We are looking forward to learning more on this topic!

Year 6 student

Junior and Middle/Senior School Athletics Carnivals

Thursday and Friday will see the 2017 editions of our Junior School Athletics Carnival (Thursday 22/6) and Middle/Senior School Athletics Carnival (Friday 23/6).

First events commencing on 9am on Thursday and 9:30am on Friday. Presentations of Champion House (Thursday and Friday) and Individual Award Winners (Friday only) will commence at 2pm.

Parent support and attendance is strongly encouraged and we look forward to seeing as many people there as possible to support what will be two great events.

A Sausage Sizzle will be available to purchase on both days, kindly run by the Friends of Holy Cross.

In the event of bad weather, there is a possibility of either or both Carnivals being re-scheduled. This will communicated as quickly and efficiently as possible.

May the best House win!

Senior Production Opens Tomorrow!

The 2017 Senior Production of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' opens tomorrow with a matinee performance for guests from Aegis Care and Swan Valley Anglican Community School before three public shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Last minute tickets can be purchased from and we can't wait to bring this hilarious show to the College community!

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director

What's happening with the College Board?

Keep up to date with the work of the College Board. Click the link below to see the most recent article from the Board Chair.

Upcoming Career Events

Alcoa Apprenticeship applications for 2018 are now open.

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Production week has arrived for 2017! Students and staff spent all day yesterday perfecting the show in preparations for four performances later this week. The highly physical and comedic nature of the show became apparent as students ran the full show close to three times over six hours with some frenetic energy and the comedy building each time. A behind the scenes trailer will be released in the next couple of days in anticipation of this year's performances.

"What I wouldn't give to fly"
Tilly (Chloe Ryan) and Samson (John Botha)

'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' will be performed by the Holy Cross College Senior School Drama students over three days this week in the New Norcia Performing Arts Building. An opening matinee on Thursday will presented for residents from Aegis Aged Care Ellenbrook and students from Swan Valley Anglican Community School before three public evening shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday commencing at 6:30pm.

"I thought I smelled something amateurish" 
Svetlana Gustarfson (Zophia Paluszak) and Samson (John Botha)

Limited tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available as well as good seats for Thursday from

"I've been working on my own show"
Bob (Calvin Thiel)

We look forward to presenting this madcap comedy to the College Community in 2017!

"I'm an unstoppable zombie" 
Delilah (Brianna Armstrong), Tilly (Chloe Ryan) and Audrey (Laila Davies)

Mr Chris McRae
Production Director
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