Last week nearly 100 students and staff ‘slept out’ to raise money for the Archbishop’s LifeLink Appeal. Some Junior School students participated in the event at the beginning of the evening, joining in activities to learn more about social justice, including eating from a ‘soup kitchen’.    Students from Years 5 – 12 participated in activities led by representatives from the Young Vinnies, learning about what it means to be homeless.  They had their dinner at the ‘soup kitchen’ before making up packages of food and toiletries to donate to people in need.   Evening prayer was held in ‘The Olive Grove’, our beautiful reflection garden.  Year 5 and 6 students slept on the floor in classrooms in the New Norcia building, while Middle and Senior School made shelters in which to sleep  in the Undercover area under San Salvador.  They woke to one of the coldest mornings of the year. Thanks to Mrs Kelly Bond for her work in organizing the Sleep-out, supported by Mr Muller and Ms Henderson.  Thanks to all staff who assisted and to the Year 12 students for making the soup.  A huge thanks to all the students who participated, raising money for the much needed services of LifeLink.



Many of our Year Four students will receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist during June.  Please keep these children in your prayers at this important time in their faith journey.



Ms Christina Davini, Frayne House Coordinator commenced commence maternity leave on Friday.  On behalf of the College community, I wish Mrs Davini  all the best at this exciting time.  Ms Laura Billington will take on the role of Frayne House Coordinator while Mrs Davini is on leave.



Year 10 students are preparing to select subjects for Year 11.  On Wednesday parents and students gathered for an Information Evening.  They also had the opportunity, along with other students, to attend the Careers Expo at the College.  Thanks to Mrs Susan Wilson for organizing the Expo.



Year 5 students spent yesterday walking a section of the Bibbulmun track in Paulls Valley.  They had the opportunity to learn about the long distance track and its symbol the Wagyl, a snake or rainbow serpent in the Aboriginal dreamtime.  The students learned about the special connection of Aboriginal people to the land.  Along the track they had the opportunity to see one of the Bibbulmun Track huts.  The students rose to the challenge of hiking the track and had a wonderful day in the bush. Thanks to Ms McMahon for organizing the hike and for other staff who assisted.  In Year 6 students walk a section near the end of the Bibbulmun track in Albany.



The Friends of Holy Cross are organizing Parent Caminos on 28 June and 28 July.  This is a beautiful time of the year for the pilgrimage walks. Information has been sent out to parents, but if you require more information or another copy of the letter, please contact the College Office.




I wish to advise you of some changes to staffing:

  • Mrs Amatulli is currently taking a period of sick leave.  Italian classes will be taught by Mrs  Koren Bryan and Mrs Serena Georgiades during Signora Amatulli’s absence.  Signora Amatulli is continuing to assist with some of the language lessons. 
  • Mr Gareth Elliott is taking leave until the end of 2017..  On Wednesday we will welcome ​Marnie Barrett to the College to take over Mr Elliott’s classes. 
  • The following staff will be commencing maternity leave - Mrs Christina Davini (End of Week 8); Mrs Sarah Knoblauch and Mrs Jacinta Tucker (End of Autumn Term).
  • Next term we will welcome Mrs Natalie Pecherczyk to take over Mrs Tucker’s classes and Mrs Kristina Crocksford to take over Mrs Knoblauch’s classes.
  • The following staff will return to the College at the commencement of Winter Term – Mrs Fiona de Courcier and Mrs Orilee Ryan.  Mrs de Courcier will return as Salvado House Coordinator and will take over Mrs DaVini’s classes.  Mrs Orilee Ryan will be supporting Students With Disability.
  • Miss Antonia Ravenscroft will be taking Long Service Leave next semester and we will welcome Mrs Gabrielle McKinnon to teach Year 3.



Well done to the cross-country squad for their efforts in the ACC Cross-country Carnival today.  There was a great spirit of participation among the students. Well done to Cian Guest who placed fourth in the under-19 boys and Makayla Pugliese who placed 36th out of over 300 students in her age group.



A City of Swan requirement of our building programme is that we commit 1% of the project cost to public art.  You may have noticed a cross has been installed on the west wall of Fitzroy.  This cross reflects the Vision of our College through its colours and the flames, The style of the cross captures elements of the Mercy cross with a cross inlaid within a cross and, also the El Salvadoran ‘Romero crosses’, with their primary colours. 


Today a sculpture of Oscar Romero was installed on the boulevard between Fitzroy and New Norcia.  The sculpture is the work of artists Joan and Charlie Smith.  It is a magnificent piece of work, depicting Romero ‘walking his faith’.  The sculpture is positioned with Romero walking from the Church to engage with the world, just as Romero himself journeyed to walk with the poor of El Salvador.  


Tomorrow, art will be installed above the fence between Fitzroy and the Church.  This artwork will tell the story of our House patrons.  The theme of pilgrimage is central to both the sculpture and the artwork on the fence.  Each of our patrons journeyed to live out their faith – Romero walked with the poorest of the poor in San Salvador; Ursula Frayne travelled to the Swan River Colony to provide education; Frederic Ozanam journeyed from his home in Lyon to Paris where he established the St Vincent de Paul Society and Rosendo Salvado travelled from Spain to Australia where he journeyed through the bush to work with aboriginal people in the place now known as New Norcia.   The camino shell, the symbol of pilgrimage is visible on each of the patron stories depicted on the fence panels.  Artist, Tony Pankiw, has done a wonderful job in capturing the story of our patrons and the way in which they lived out Gospel values.  Tony also created the cross on the wall of Fitzroy.



Pilgrimage is an important faith practice at Holy Cross College and all students participate in a pilgrimage each year.  This week the Year 6 students participated in a pilgrimage to South Perth, walking in the footsteps of Sr Irene McCormack.  The Sisters of St Joseph have a convent in South Perth where there is a memorial for Sr Irene.  The Year 6 students were very fortunate to have Bernadette McCormack, sister of Irene, speak to them.  It was a very special experience which they will always remember.  Students in Years 8, 9 and 11 have walked sections of the Camino Salvado during the past week and tomorrow Year 10 students will walk a beautiful section of the Camino through the Julimar forest.  A group of students and staff will walk Section 1 of the Camino Salvado on Saturday in order to complete this section of the pilgrimage. Thanks to Mr Harry Muller for organizing this opportunity for students to complete sections of the Camino they may have missed.


Long Weekend

Next Friday 2 June is a professional learning day for staff and there are no classes on this day.  Students will have an extra long weekend as there will also be no classes on Tuesday, 6 June, the day after the Foundation Day holiday.  The College Office will close at 4.00pm on Thursday 1 June and reopen at 8.00am on Wednesday 7 June.  The days with no classes provide an excellent opportunity for students to complete ‘Giving Life’, Christian Service hours.





Our Camino de Santiago pilgrims returned from Spain at the beginning of term.  It was wonderful to travel with this group of young people and to walk in the footsteps of Dom Rosendo Salvado.  I was very impressed with the students’ reflections each evening and it was clear this was a deeply spiritual journey for them.  Thanks to Mr Simon Falcone, Mrs Geraldine Nolan and Mrs Susan Wilson for all their work in preparing for the Camino Europe trip and for all their work during the time we were away.


Today Year 7 students commenced the Camino Salvado.  They started their journey in Subiaco, visiting the site of the Benedictine monastery, and also St Joseph’s Church, where they received a blessing from Monsignor Kevin Long.   From Subiaco the group walked to Victoria Square where they visited St Mary’s Cathedral and saw the original Convent of the Holy Cross and the 400 year old bell from Santiago de Compostela.  When they reached Maylands the students had their pilgrims’ passports stamped before gathering to give thanks as they prayed the Pilgrims’ Prayer.



At the beginning of this term the following new staff joined our College:

-          Grace Bradshaw – School Nurse

-          Edwina Bowden – Teacher – Supporting Students With Disabilities

-          Tara Grey – Administration Assistant

We are pleased to welcome them to our Holy Cross Community.


Opening of Performing Arts Facilities

We have now taken possession of New Norcia, which houses facilities for dance, drama and music.  Students and staff are enjoying having access to these beautiful learning and performance spaces.  Students also now have access to the play area between Fitzroy and New Norcia.  The slide, which runs between the upper level of the College and the lower, is very popular!


Visitors from Thailand

Yesterday we welcomed visitors from Maryvit Education Centre in Thailand. The visitors were accompanied by Sr Petra Likhittam, a Presentation Sister, educated in Australia and the USA, who has worked in a number of Thai schools.  Mr Terry Palmer, foundation Principal of St Helena’s Catholic Primaty School, organised the visit.  The group visited a number of schools in Perth during the week and gathered ideas to enhance education in their own College.







On Friday we had a very special liturgy to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Oscar Romero and to celebrate the life of this courageous man.  The liturgy took the form of a pilgrimage with students from Years 2 - 12 and staff walking a journey past scenes from Romero"s life, represented in tableau.  The scenes showed Romero's transformation as he became convinced he must use his role as archbishop to stand up against the violence, poverty and injustice in El Salvador.  Romero said, 'I do not believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I'll be resurrected in the Salvadoran people.'  Romero was assassinated, while saying Mass, on 24 March 1980.

Thanks to all students and staff who worked to make this liturgy a prayerful celebration of the life of a man who lived out Gospel values and who truly lived 'life to the full'

Thanks to staff, students and parents who assisted with Open Day on Wednesday. It was a big day with many visitors to the College. Thanks also to parent who supported the day by providing food for morning and afternoon tea.

Our student leaders did an amazing job in their organisation of Harmony Day activities on Tuesday.  The multi-cultural lunch was the real highlight with students across the school enjoying a range of delicious dishes from around the world.  Thanks to College Captains, Rebecca Hughes and Caitlin McKenzie, and to all the student leaders who assisted with this event.

A reminder we are   currently enrolling students for Kindergarten 2018 and Year 7 2019. In addition, we are accepting enrolments for Years 3- 6 2018, as all Junior School year levels will be double stream.  if you have a child who you wish to enrol at HCC, please contact the College Office for an application pack. 

The final College Assembly for this term will be held at 9,00am on Monday 3 April.  At this assembly will bless and farewell the pilgrims who will leave for Europe the following day to embark on the Camino de Santiago.

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