Enrichment activities are an important part of LIFE at HCC.  This week a group of students competed in the Mock Trials Competition.  Sponsored by the Law Society, these are simulated court cases in which teams contest a fictitious legal matter presented in the Western Australia court system. Thanks to Mr Jamie Gotti, Humanities Teacher, for preparing the students for this event. 


The Swim Squad competed in the Associated and Catholic Colleges Swimming Carnival today.  There was a great spirit of participation among the team.  Well done to all swimmers on their efforts.  Congratulations to the Senior Girls who placed second in their category.  Thanks to Mr James Parsons and the staff who coached the swimmers for their efforts in helping the students prepare for this event.  Thanks to Mrs Kristina Croxford and the Hospitality students for catering for the breakfast for swimmers on Monday.


Students have the opportunity to participate in many other Enrichment activities at the College.  Rehearsals are well under way for the College Production and Film and Art Clubs have also commenced.  Middle and Senior School students are also involved in a number of sports events as part of the NEAS Inter-School Sports Competition.  Homework Club is also offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week.




Last weekend a number of students attended the Enrolment Masses for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Preparation for sacraments is family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.  During the year students will prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  


Friday 2 March was a Professional Learning Day for teachers.  Staff worked on our Vision for Learning and Student Engagement, which are part of our Strategic Plan. Thanks  to students in Junior School and Senior School student leaders for their input into this day.  Some Junior School students have explained what they think the world will look like in the future and Senior School students have explored qualities they would like to have as a graduate of Holy Cross.



There was a great spirit of participation at the Years 4 - 7 Swimming Carnival on 23 February.  Thanks to Mr James Parsons and  the Physical Education Team for their work in organising this event and to all staff for their assistance.  Thanks also to parents who attended.  This was a real community event.



The College Open Day will be held on Friday 16 March.  Tours for prospective students and their parents will be held on this day.  For bookings please contact the College Office.  We are currently enrolling students for Kindergarten 2019 and Year 7 2020.  If you have a child eligible for these year levels and you intend to apply for them to attend school at Holy Cross College, please contact the Office for a Prospectus.  



Easter is less than four weeks away now. A reminder that there will be no classes on Friday 30 MarchMonday 1 April and Tuesday 2 April.  Classes recommence on Wednesday 3 April.



On Wednesday we gathered together as a College for our Opening Assembly, followed by House games and morning tea.   We welcomed new students and staff and we also farewelled Fr Alexis who is moving to the Broome Diocese.  I  thank Fr Alexis for his support of Holy Cross College during his time in Ellenbrook and wish him well for the next stage of his journey. One of the highlights of our Opening Assembly each year is congratulating the high achievers from the previous year’s graduating class.  This year we congratulated the following students:


  • Logan Kain received an outstanding ATAR score of 99.55 and was also awarded a Certificate of Distinction by the Curriculum and Standards  Authority.   Logan has been offered a place in Engineering at the University of Western Australia.
  • Caitlin McKenzie, Arjuna Leach and Bianca Sumich also received ATAR scores above 90. Caitlin, who was also awarded a Certificate of Distinction, will study a Bachelor of Education at Curtin University.   Arjuna has enrolled to study Forensic Biology, Toxicology and Chemistry at Murdoch University.  Bianca has been successful in receiving entry into Medicine at UWA, an outstanding achievement, as this is an extremely competitive course with very limited places for direct entry.
  • Bianca Sumich, Rebecca Hughes, Sally Reyes and Keely Prasalowski were awarded Certificates of Merit for their WACE results.

Congratulations to these students and to all students who worked hard to achieve their goals.


This year our Patron focus will be Frederic Ozanam, founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society.  The values for Ozanam House are compassion and connection.  This sense of a connected community was very evidenton Wednesday evening as students, parents and staff gathered for our Welcome BBQ.  Thanks to Friends of Holy Cross for organising this event and also thanks to members of our College Alumni who came along to assist.  It is wonderful to have students who have graduated returning to help at College events.



Over the past two days we have welcomed students in all year levels back for the 2018 school year.  We have grown considerably with the addition of the double stream from Years 2 – 6 and additional enrolments in the Middle and Senior Schools.   As a result we have a number of new staff.  I welcome new students to Holy Cross College and also the following new staff:

Annette Barron – Junior School Teacher

Megan Brown - Junior School Teacher

Anthony Davis - Junior School Teacher

Kate Dunstan - Junior School Teacher

Amy Edwards - Junior School Teacher

Sharna Gregson - Junior School Teacher

Leanne Murphy – Middle and Senior School Teacher

Natalie Pecherczyk - Junior School Teacher

Georgina Pratt – Junior, Middle and Senior School Teacher

Rachel Rafferty - Middle and Senior School Teacher

Deanna Russo - Junior School Teacher

Richard Smiroldo – Junior and Middle School Teacher

Judith Sharper - Middle and Senior School Teacher

Jessica Vaini - Middle and Senior School Teacher

Rachel Whan - Middle and Senior School Teacher

Joanne Wright - Junior School Teacher


I also welcome back Miss Antonia Ravenscoft and Mr Gareth Elliot who have returned from leave.


Ms Anita O’Donohue is on Long Service Leave during Summer term.  During this time the following people will take on new responsibilities :

Mr Paul Murphy : Deputy Principal - Learning

Ms Kelly Bond : Assistant Deputy Principal – Enrichment

Miss Emilie Reynolds : Learning Innovation Coordinator


Thanks to Middle and Senior School Student Leaders for their assistance yesterday. They did a great job assisting with parent sessions and helping new students settle into the College.



On Wednesday 7 February we will hold our first College Assembly.   At this Assembly we will congratulate high achievers from our Class of 2017.  We will also farewell Fr Alexis who will be moving to take up a position in the Broome Diocese. The Assembly will be followed by House games.  At the conclusion of the games students will be provided with a snack and a drink for morning tea.



Parent information sessions for Junior and Middle School will be held on Wednesday 7 February.  Friends of Holy Cross will also be hosting the Welcome BBQ commencing at 5:30pm on this day.   A letter with full details has been emailed to all parents.  If you have not received this, please contact the College Office. I look forward to seeing all parents of Junior and Middle School students next Wednesday.




On Thursday  night we held a wonderful end of year celebration with our Carols by Candlelight.  Thank you to Friends of Holy Cross and all of those involved in organizing this great community event.   The festive spirit was a reminder that now we are in Advent, this is the time of preparation for Christmas, which is just over two weeks away.  As we prepare for Christmas let us remember that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and make this part of our celebrations.  We celebrated our Gratitude Mass on Wednesday and Christmas should be about gratitude too – remembering all the good that has come into our world as a result of the first Christmas in the stable in Bethlehem.

Thank you to all of you for your generous donations to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.  These gifts will help someone who may have little to know that someone cares enough to help them celebrate the Christmas season.  As the year ends let us not forget to give thanks for all that has been good about this year.

One of the hard things at the end of each year is saying goodbye to people who are part of our College community and who will be moving on to new opportunities.   I wish students and families who will be leaving Holy Cross us all the best for the future.

Some of our staff will also be leaving Holy Cross to move on to the next stage of their journey :

Ms Jayne Hill has been with us for just a term. I thank her contribution, particularly to the Technologies Learning area.

Mrs Serena Georgiades came into the College in Term Two to assist while Signora Amatulli was on leave.  She has been flexible and generous in supporting the College and we will miss her wonderfully positive presence.

Mrs Marnie Barrett has taken on a short term contract this year while Mr Elliott was on leave.  I thank Mrs Barrett  for her generous commitment to Health and Physical Education and Science, as well as to inter-school sport.  Mrs Barrett also took on the role of Health and Physical Education Learning Area Coordinator for a short time while Mr Parsons was Acting Assistant Deputy. 

Mrs Pieta Bloxsom will relocate to Karratha with her family next year.  I thank Mrs Bloxsom for her work as a Year 4 teacher and with the Sacramental programme.  Mrs Bloxsom has also been involved in a number of extra curricular activities including the College Sleep Out.  I wish her well in her move north.

Mr Liam Benton  joined the staff of Holy Cross in the Spring Term of 2014.  Mr Benton has taught Chemistry, Science, Big Ideas and Maths.  He has been a great contributor in many areas of College life, including working with the band.  Last night Mr Benton shared his own musical talents as part of Christmas Carols.  I thank Mr Benton for his generous contribution to HCC and wish him well as he returns to his family in Melbourne.

Mrs Debbie Boylen joined the College in 2012.  She has taught predominantly in the middle years in Religious Education, English and Humanities and has played a key role in literacy support.  Mrs Boylen has also been involved in many extra curricular activities, these include coaching the swimming team and being a hairdresser for College productions.  When Mrs Boylen joined Holy Cross, this was a much smaller school and I thank her for her contribution to the growing College. Mrs Boyen will take her experience form HCC to Mother Teresa College as they take on their first Year 7 students.

Mrs Jacqui Sanders, our College Business Manager, is returning to live in London next week.  Words cannot express my gratitude for all she has done for this College.  Her commitment to Holy Cross has been tireless and her management of the last three stages of the building programme has resulted in amazing facilities that all of us enjoy every day.  We will miss her ‘can do’ attitude, her dedication to HCC and her positive spirtit.  I wish Mrs Sanders all the best as she returns to be closer to family in the UK.

Mr Harry Muller was the third staff member and the first teacher to join the staff of Holy Cross.  He commenced in 2009 before students started in 2010. At that time we had an office at St Helena’s CPS as we worked to establish the College.  Mr Muller established the Da Vinci programme, the academic extension programme, for students in Catholic primary schools.  At that stage having our own Junior School section of the College was just a dream – which has now come true.  Mr Muller has taught Religious Education, Science and Human Biology at Holy Cross.  He has also been our first Ministry Coordinator and has established ‘Giving Life’, the College Christian Service Learning programme.  He will leave a legacy at Holy Cross through the role he played in establishing our faith story.  Mr Muller has played a key role in developing the culture of pilgrimage at Holy Cross and was part of the first group of staff and students who walked a section of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  

Ms Anita O’Donohue will be on Long Service Leave in Term One.  Ms O’Donohue has made a huge commitment to Holy Cross since our opening in 2010 and I wish her a well deserved break.

I would like to say a huge thank you to our awesome staff who do so much to make this a great community.  

Finally, thanks to our student leaders who have made a great start in their leadership roles, and to all of the students and parents in the College for your contribution to HCC this year.  Have a happy Christmas, a great holiday and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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