LIFE this week.   2017 Winter Term 

Fri 11 Aug Junior School Coffee & Conversations with College Social Worker Jo Betti

August to September Catholic Performing Arts Festival

Mon 14 August to Thur 17 August Book Week

Tue 15 August College Mass Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Wed 16 Aug McCormack House Mass & Feast Day Celebrations

                     Sacrament of Confirmations Workshop

                     Yr 12 Parent Information Evening Leavers 2017


Parent Coneqt IOS App

An IOS app is now available for use for Parent Coneqt as an alternative to using a web browser. 

Please click on the link below for instructions on how to install the app on your iPhone or iPad.


There is currently no Android app available, if you are using a device with another operating system you will need to continue to use a web browser to access Parent Coneqt.

Paul Murphy
Deputy Principal
31 July 2017

Romeo and Juliet Rewind (Bell Shakespeare Incursion)

Year 10 English and Senior School Drama Students were lucky enough to have The Players from the Bell Shakespeare Company visit the College today for a performance incursion. The three very talented performers presented a version of 'Romeo and Juliet Rewind', a 50 minute version of the famous Shakespearean tragedy told in reverse and intertwined with the actors questioning the idea of 'who was to blame' for the famous tragic end. They presented the performance in a very engaging and highly entertaining manner with audience interaction, highly physical characterisation and an incredible knowledge of Shakespeare's famous text.



Students gave feedback throughout the performance, acting as the 'Citizens of Verona' and Mr McRae was called on for a cameo as The Prince. This was a fantastic opportunity for all involved and we look forward to some more involvement with the Bell Shakespeare Company in the future.

Holy Cross College English and Performing Arts Departments

Junior School Update

Pre-Primary

It has been another wonderful start to the term! We have welcomed Mrs. Pecherczyk into the team and we are straight back into the swing of things. This term promises to be a busy one as usual, with the PPH assembly, Book Week, LIFE Week, College Feast Day and much more. Please keep an eye out on the College website as well as communication from the College regarding the events. 

The children were super excited that News finally commenced this term and have been proudly sharing in front of their peers. They have also been enjoying our Guided Reading sessions and it has been amazing to see them reading, blending words to sound them out and identifying sight words in the texts. 

As usual, we have our rosters up on the door and would love to see as many parents and grandparents on the roster. This term we will be asking parents to listen to a small group of children read in the mornings. If you aren't available to stay the whole morning block but are available just for the morning reading, please let us know. 

Looking forward to a wonderful Winter Term.

Miss Abbey Rowlands, Mrs. Natalie Pecherczyk and Mrs. Dorota Fretwell 
Pre-Primary Teachers 


Year 4

This term, Year 4 were given an opportunity to have their work submitted to the Western Australian Newspaper.

Students were asked 2 questions and a representative from the Western Australian chose which answers were to be printed.

Question 1: Where would you love to tour on a bike?

These were our answers…

   

Question 2: If you could volunteer your time what would you do?

These were our answers …

Well done to the students whose answers were chosen. Superstars!

Mrs. Pieta Bloxsom

Year 4 Teacher

Catholic Performing Arts Update (Week 2 Winter Term)

The 2017 Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges is underway and already, Holy Cross College has been particularly busy with participation in Drama Production, Christian Drama and Primary Piano already taking place.

DRAMA PRODUCTION: An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance 
(New Norcia Building, Holy Cross College)

In Week 9 last term, adjudicators from Catholic Arts travelled to Holy Cross College to view the Senior Production of 'An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance' as part of the Drama Production category. Adjudicator Rosalind Jennings described the production as "a great night's entertainment" and applauded the timing, pace and energy of the performance. Congratulations to Calvin Thiel (Bob), Zoe Paluszak (Svetlana) and John Botha (Samson) who were considered stand out performers.

Overall Ratings: Choice of Script (Very Good), Staging/Blocking/Direction (Excellent), Teamwork/Communication/Focus (Excellent), Characterisation/Physicality (Excellent), Vocal Projection and Clarity of Speech (Very Good), Timing/Pacing/Energy (Excellent), Costumes/Make Up (Very Good), Set Design (Very Good) and Lighting/Special Effects (Very Good)

CHRISTIAN DRAMA: The Story of Oscar Romero
(Chapel of St Brigid, Mercy College)

Using the Romero liturgy tableaux's as a starting point, students and staff further developed the story of College patron Oscar Romero into a scripted Drama for performance at Mercy College. They presented a very moving performance on the day and in a first for a Holy Cross College group, they swept Excellent rankings in every category! Adjudicator Kaye Hurd described the performance as "strong, compelling and passionate". Huge congratulations to the students involved.

Overall Ratings: Suitability for age level and maturity of performers (Excellent), Variety of Presentation (Excellent), Clarity of Presentation (Excellent), Dramatic Interpretation (Excellent), Suitability for didactic/liturgical use (Excellent), Appropriateness of Music to Drama (Excellent)

PRIMARY PIANO PERFORMANCE
(Zenith Music, Claremont)

The first of our Junior School performances took place in Week 2 with Kiera Perks (Year 5), Sylvester Thaung (Year 4), Erin Butterworth (Year 4) and Sienna Lonergan-Smith (Year 6) taking part in the Primary Piano Solo and Duet category at Zenith Music in Claremont. All students did Holy Cross College proud and achieved some excellent feedback which will assist them in developing their musical skills.


UP NEXT

Friday 4 August 6:30pm: Junior Band and Senior Band (Contemporary Band Section- Corpus Christi College, Bateman)
Tuesday 8 August 10:00am: Zophia Paluszak and Abbey'Lee Quantock (Secondary Monologue Section- Chisholm College, Bedford)
Wednesday 9 August 1:00pm: Junior Choir (Primary Sacred Choral Section- St Benedict's Church, Ardross)

Success in the Australian Geography competition!

A few months ago, students from years 8 to 12 tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2017 Australian Geography Competition.

I have recently received the results, and I am really pleased with how the students have performed.

We have a number of student geographers at our school who performed to a very high level in the Competition this year with Ethan Smith in the top 1% of Year Eight students across Australia, 6 students gaining high distinctions, 5 gaining distinctions and 10 gaining credits.

Special mention must also go to Cameron Peachey, Joshua McKenzie, Alex Rankin, Jayden Minus, Nicolas Baxter and Nicholas Vagg, who all achieved results in the top 10% of their respective year levels.


Over 700,000 students from 743 schools across Australia entered the Australian Geography Competition, so these students should be incredibly proud of their results.


Book Fair




Volunteers Wanted!
Please support our Literacy Resources Fundraiser

This year’s theme is Reading Rainforest.  Go Wild for Books!

The Holy Cross College Book Fair starts in Week 3! 

The 2017 Book Fair will be running every morning from Thursday, 3 August until Wednesday, 9 August in San Salvador (the LRC).  This event is our main literacy resources fundraiser; last year we raised over $7000 with 60 books donated – a terrific result!  We want to better that this year!

Book Fair opening hours are:
Thursday, 3 August
Rainforest Reading Adventures Family Night
5.00pm – 7.00pm
Friday, 4 August – Tuesday, 8 August
8.15am – 9.00am
2.30pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday 10, August
8.15am – 9.00am

We will be seeling books, stationery and posters.  Books will include ‘mature readers’ which are aimed at children aged 12+.

The “Rainforest Reading Adventures” on Thursday, 3 August from 5.00 – 7.00pm is a pyjama night.  Families are invited to come along and enjoy some hands on activities, including story telling, and a light supper.

Each class will create a ‘Wishlist’ of books they would like for their classroom, these can be purchased and donated at the Book Fair.  Students will also have the opportunity during class time on Thursday, 3 August to complete their personal ‘wishlists’ to take home prior to the pyjama night.

Help Wanted

The Friends of Holy Cross (along with Mrs Colleen Azzopardi) will be running the Book Fair and we need your help!
Decorating Items:
We will be decorating the LRC (San Salvador) in a Rainforest theme.  If you have any of the following items you would be happy to lend us, plese make sure they are labeled with your child’s name and class and give them to Mrs Azzopardi in the LRC. 
-        Rainforest animal toys eg: toucans, colourful birds, frogs, snakes, monkeys, lizards, lemurs, butterflies, crocodiles, sloths etc

-        Artificial leaves or plants or real potted plants that would suit a ‘Rainforest’ theme. 
We will return them at the end of the Book Fair.

Set Up, Run and Pack Down:
We also need parent volunteers to help us set up, run and pack down the Book Fair.  The dates and times we need helpers are as follows:

Date
Times
Activities
Wed, 2 Aug
8.30+
Set Up
Thurs, 3 Aug
From 9.00am
Complete set up and help with ‘wishlist’ creation
Thurs, 3 Aug
5.00pm – 6.00pm
OR
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Pyjama Night
We would ideally like to have 3 volunteers for each time slot
Fri, 4 Aug
Mon, 7 Aug
Tues, 8 Aug
8.15am – 9.00am
and
2.30pm – 4.00pm
Book Fair Stand
Wed, 9 Aug
8.15am – 9.00am

9.00am+
Book Fair Stand

Pack Down
A parent volunteer is also requested to dress up as ‘Cranky Bear’.  The volunteer needs to be quite tall and we provide the costume.
We will also be looking for volunteers to help with covering any books purchased for the College.

The Book Fair is a wonderful opportunity to instil and encourage a love of reading in our children but we cannot do this without your help.  Please join us in helping make this a wonderful event for our children.

Please contact Jo Davies on 0430 220 095 or jo.davies@westnet.com.auif you can help with any of these. 

Thank you.




Woolworths Earn and Learn 2017




This year we will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths.
From Wednesday 26th July to Tuesday 19th September, we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers.  You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent. Please place your stickers into one of the Collection Boxes which are located in Tui DaVinci, Holy Cross Administration or outside Woolworths in Ellenbrook. 
At the end of the promotion, we will be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students – including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft, Sport and for our library. 

For more information, please click on this link: https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/discover/earn-and-learn

Online Literacy & Numeracy (OLNA) Dates

The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment will be taking place at the College on the following dates below. Students who are in Year 10-12 are required to sit the OLNA if they have not yet passed the assessment/s. Parents would have received a letter from the College if they have a child who has not yet passed one or more of the components of the assessment earlier this year.

Students will be given their individual time to sit the assessments by the end of week 3 Winter Term.

Assessment Dates:
Writing - Tuesday 5 September
Reading - Tuesday 12 September
Numeracy - Wednesday 13 September

Mr Paul Murphy
Deputy Principal
26 July 2017

Angelico Exhibition

Each year Catholic Arts presents the prestigious Angelico Exhibition, an exhibition where Catholic secondary schools across Western Australia enter 6 of their very best student artworks. This year Catholic Arts is also holding its inaugural primary school Angelico exhibition. Both exhibitions will be held at the Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace Perth; dates/times are as follows:

Primary School Angelico Exhibition - 24 July to 11 August 2017, 9am-5pm weekdays
The 24th Secondary Angelico Exhibition - 14 to 25 August, 2017, 9am-5pm weekdays

Congratulation to Alyssa Cosmas (year 3)Ashni Pindolia (year 3), Sara-Lili Kajcsa (year 4), Emillie Parsons (year 5), Isabele Sparkes (year 5) and Daniel Tassell (year 6) for having their artwork entered into this year’s primary school Angelico exhibition.

In addition, I am very excited to announce that this term we will have our very first ‘Artist in Residence’ Alexis Winch-Buist working with our year 7 Visual Arts students in the creation of 14 large scale ceramic tiles that will depict scenes from the Stations of the Cross. These tiles will be installed on our College buildings and will form part of our Easter Liturgy in years to come.  

As a final note, keep an eye out for information in the coming weeks regarding our annual Arts Showcase which will take place in Week 9 of this term.

Miss Sara O'Neil
Visual Arts Teacher
23 July 2017

Sacrament Update

Sacrament of First Eucharist

Candidates who received their First Eucharist last term and their families are invited to come to a Thanksgiving Mass on Sunday July 23rd at 9:30am. During this Mass, the candidates will be celebrated together as a group and will be presented with their certificates. It is strongly encouraged that all families attend this special Mass.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament enrolment will occur for Confirmation on the weekend of July 29th and 30th. You can attend any of the following Masses to enrol your child - Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 9:30am or 5:45pm.

Please bring along a copy of your child's Baptism, Reconciliation and First Eucharist certificates. Staff will be in the foyer of the Church to receive forms before and after Mass. All children enrolling will be presented to the parish community as part of the Mass and will recite a prayer of commitment together.

Miss Kylie Henderson

Assistant Principal, Junior School
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