From the Board Chair

As we rapidly approach midyear, it’s an opportune time to reflect on our achievements as a school community and to look forward to our future. I was privileged to recently attend the Chairperson Conference hosted by Catholic Education WA, and it provided much food for thought regarding our future direction, from a local school community level right up to our place within the broader Catholic Education WA system. On a personal level, I was very pleased to see that our College Mission to empower our students to live ‘Life to the Full’, is aligned with the Catholic Education WA vision, to provide an environment that enables our children, staff and systems to flourish.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)

Holy Cross College embodies these words on so many levels, from our strategic compass “The Long View’, to our building, construction and planning of purpose built, state of the art learning environments, to innovative teaching methods, to our rich culture centred around the four Life Pillars, and of course, to the wonderful community events hosted by the Friends of Holy Cross.

In aspiring to their vision, the Catholic Education WA system is evolving and embarking on digital transformation through LEADing Lights, a digital ecosystem designed to connect students, teachers, principals, resources, support networks and parents. LEADing Lights will foster a powerful social learning community and equip students with 21st century technologies and learning skills.

Our future is about enabling our children to engage, be empowered and grow within a connected Catholic Education community and a world class education system. Our College embodies these values in our Vision, and as we face a future with many changes at both a local and broader level, Oscar Romero inspires us to flourish and grow as “A Community of Transformation in the Spirit of the Risen Christ”.  

Adam Bolton
College Board Chair

College Board 2017

The Holy Cross College Board operates under the Catholic School Board Constitution WA and is accountable to the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia.

The Board is responsible for the present and future planning of the College, including the management of finances, capital development and Government and System compliance requirements. The College Board has developed the Strategic Compass to guide its deliberations and set the priorities for the Annual School Improvement Plan. From time to time, the Board’s functions may also include membership on selection panels for School leaders, including the appointment of the Principal.

The composition of the 2017 College Board is:
  • Mr Adam Bolton – Board Chair
  • Mrs Jean Topliss – Treasurer
  • Mr Chris Sorenson
  • Mr Shane Adams
  • Louise Breadsell – Friends of Holy Cross nominee
  • Ms Mandy Connor – Principal
  • Fr Bonaventure – Parish Priest
In Attendance:
  • Mr Peter Collins – Vice Principal
  • Ms Jacquie Sanders – Business Manager
  • Mr Paul Murphy – Deputy Principal, Enrichment

Message from the Board Chair

This year is going by so quickly and there has been much activity at Holy Cross College.  This is the first opportunity I have had to sit back and take a few moments to reflect on the past, the present and the future -  as a parent and as a member of the College Board. 

Before I take this opportunity to share with you a little about the Board I just wish to reflect very briefly on the past few years.

Many of the parents and teachers will remember the original College foundations - small, in comparison to the size the College has grown into today.  This was no small feat, nor planned by accident. As with life there is a beginning, and the foundations and building were the seeds.  The seeds we planted, nurtured, loved and watched grow, knowing that one day they hold a future promise.  Using the words from our College Patron Oscar Romero “We plant seeds that one day will grow.”

Holy Cross College has grown to a school of over 700 children from Kindergarten To Year 12 and is continuing to grow.  Watching the school grow, and our kids grow, is the future promise that our children have the best possible start in life.  To empower our children to let them live life to the full through learning, inter-relationships, faith and enrichment.

Stage 4 is nearing completion and Stage 5 of the College building programme has now commenced.   This includes the construction of a Junior School Learning Centre, a Arts Performing Arts facility, Undercover Area and converting the temporary music room into a food science room. Work around the reflection garden is nearing completion and the College oval is actually looks like a school oval.  If you have the opportunity to have a look and walk through some the College grounds you will be amazed at what has been accomplished. None of this would be possible without the dedication from Ms Connor, College staff, and you, guiding our children. 

As parents, we play an interactive part on the College Board.  The College Board is comprised of  members of the Parish, parents and the wider community. Our role on the Board is to support and assist the College and the Principal, Ms Mandy Connor, to help fulfil its educational responsibilities in accordance with the Board Constitution, the policies and practices prescribed or recommended by the Catholic Commission of Western Australia.

Board Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Spring Term. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. If wish to nominate as member on the College Board or wish to contribute in any other way, please let the College know.

The current Board Members are Mandy Connor(Principal), Marko Pasalich (Board Chairperson), Adam Bolton (Treasurer), Shane Adams, Chris Sorenson, Father Bonaventure (St Helena of the Cross Parish Priest), Louise Breadsell (Friends of Holy Cross representative) College Staff reporting and attending the Board Meetings are Peter Collins (Vice Principal), Jacqueline Sanders (Business Manager) and Paul Murphy (Deputy Principal).

As a parent I would encourage everyone, when the opportunities arises, to be involved and support the College in its meetings, activities and fundraisers.  In the end, our school is a building made of brick and mortar, it’s the young people and our commitment and spirit of giving that gives it life.

On behalf of the College Board we look forward to seeing you at the next College event and to your support of this great College.

Marko Pasalich
Board Chairperson

27 June 2014 - Week 55

20 June 2014 - Week 54

12 June 2014 - Week 53

6 June 2014 - Week 52

23 May 2014 - Week 50

16 May 2014 - Week 49

9 May 2014 - Week 48

2 May 2014 - Week 47

11 April 2014 - Week 44

4 April 2014 - Week 43

28 March 2014 - Week 42

21 March 2014 - Week 41

14 March 2014 - Week 40

7 March 2014 - Week 39

6 March 2014 - Opening of Early Learning Centre

28 February 2014 - Week 38

21 February 2014 - Week 37

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