We have reached the end of a very busy term.  In the last few weeks we have had the College production, Kindergarten Pyjama Day, Year One Career Dress-up Day, NEAS Soccer Final, Arts Slam and DaVinci Learning presentations.   At the end of term Assembly we commemorated NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated in Western Australia during the second week of the school holidays. We will celebrate NAIDOC Week with activities during Week One of term. Thanks to Mr McKern who has created a beautiful cross from the stones the College community painted during the Sorry Day liturgy in May.
I wish all students and their family a restful holiday.  Classes resume on Monday 16 July.



Last night over 120 students and staff slept out for LifeLink. It was a very cold night and the experience gave participants a small insight into homelessness, as well as raising money for LifeLink.  Students from Years 5 – 12 slept out and students from Years 3 and 4 attended the first part of the evening and participated in a number of activities to raise their awareness of social justice.  Dinner for the night was a soup kitchen experience.  During the evening students made up toiletry packs to give to organisations which support homeless people – thanks to all members of the community who donated the toiletries.  We gathered in The Olive Grove for prayer to commence the evening and it is here by the light of the campfires and candles we came together for our evening liturgy.  


This morning we had a College Assembly to reflect on and share the Sleep Out experience. 

We reflected on this Sunday’s Gospel and also on how Frederic Ozanam is a role model for us in living out Gospel values.  Frederic Ozanam said, ‘Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attack.’  The Sleep Out gives us an opportunity to offer charity; to do a little good by raising money for those in need.  More importantly we hope the Sleep Out plants seeds of Social Justice in our young people.  As they think of how hard it must be to ‘sleep rough’ every night, hopefully they will ask questions about why people are homeless and what can be done to address this issue.   Our College motto is Life to the Full’ and the Sleep Out contributes to our young people having life to the full and also to helping them understanding that each of us has a responsibility to work towards life to the full for all people.



Congratulations to Bradley Fisher who is the recipient of the 2019 Middle School Scholarship.  Bradley is currently a student at Aveley Primary School and will commence Year 7 at Holy Cross College in 2019.  We look forward to welcoming Bradley to our Annual Celebration Night to congratulate him on his achievement.


On Wednesday we held a Careers expo which was a great opportunity for our Senior School students to learn more about a variety of post-school opportunities.  Thanks to Mrs Susan Wilson for organising this event.  Following the expo we held an information session for Year 10 students and their parents as one of the steps in the process of subject selection for Year 11.  A highlight of this session was the panel discussion with six current Year 11 and 12 students.  These students were inspiring as through their candid reflections they provided insight into their own Senior School pathway.  Thanks to Meagan Jones, Riley Boyle, Tadiwanashe Chikwama,  Daniel Docker, Mya Ubalde and Caitlyn Scinto for sharirng their wisdom.



We were lucky to have a day of beautiful sunshine for our Middle and Senior Schools Athletics Carnival yesterday.  There was a great spirit among students as they competed in a variety of Athletics events.  Congratulations to Ozanam who were the winning House.  Thanks to Mr James Parsons and the Physical Education Team for their work in preparing for this event and to the grounds staff for their assistance.  Thanks to parents who came along to cheer and to the Friends of Holy Cross who organized the sausage sizzle.




On May 26,1997, the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, called the Bringing Them Home Report was presented. It included the sad and painful stories of the removal of thousands of Indigenous children from their families. The Report recommended that a Sorry Day should be held. A year later, 26 May 1998, over half a million people responded by signing Sorry Books and joining in ceremonies for the inaugural National Sorry Day. In response to this, members of the stolen generations came up with the idea of ‘A Journey of Healing’, a community initiative of Indigenous and non-Indigenous working together to help all who suffer as a result of the removal policies. Immediately following National Sorry Day, or Journey of Healing as it is now called, is National Reconciliation Week. The theme for National Reconciliation Week this year is: ‘Pathways to Reconciliation: Together We’re Doing It!’

We celebrated a Journey of Healing at Holy Cross College on Wednesday with a special liturgy which commenced with the following prayer :

God of justice and forgiveness, Guide us as we continue on our pathways to Reconciliation. Grant us the courage to speak out against the injustices that our Indigenous brothers and sisters continue to suffer. Help us to see with new eyes, to listen to the stories of our Indigenous brothers and sisters and to feel with a heart of compassion. Help us to build right relations with each other based on truth and justice. We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Year 4 students participated in a Eucharist Retreat on Wednesday.  They gathered with students from St Helena’s Catholic Primary School and the Parish Catechist Programme as part of the preparation for receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  The young people will receive Holy Communion for the first time during Parish Masses in June.  Please keep them in your prayers.

We were very excited to hear that Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Oscar Romero on 14 October 2018.  Canonization is the process through which  person is named a saint.  This will be a special time for our College community as Archbishop Romero is our College patron.

Today’s wet weather didn’t deter our cross-country squad who participated in the annual ACC Carnival at Perry Lakes Reserve. Well done to all of the cross-country squad for their great effort in wet and cold conditions. Thanks to Mr Parsons and Mr Falcone for coaching the team and to other staff who assisted.  Thanks also to parents who came along to support the students.

Extra Long Weekend
There will be no classes on Friday 1 June and Tuesday 5 June.  Students return to school on Wednesday 6 June.

Honouring our Mothers

On Sunday, 13 May 2018 we honour our Mothers and any significant women in our lives.

On the morning of Wednesday, 9 May 2018 the College came together in the Parish Church to celebrate our Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunties and the many women who care for us and shape our lives. Mr Shelton, Director of Faith, began by highlighting the place of Mary, the Mother of our Church, our Mother, and the inspiration we can draw from her life as Mothers, sons and daughters.

In the Gospel reading of Luke 1:39-56, we heard of the happiness of two expectant Mothers as they meet, and the way Elizabeth’s baby “leaps for joy” in the presence of Mary who is bearing Jesus in her womb. What a joy it is to share in the events associated with having a baby. What a joy it is to bring new life into the world.

Mr Gooch prepared a wonderful video of students giving homage to their Mothers, with students describing the things they most valued about their Mothers. Particularly moving and inspiring was the refection on motherhood by the Pindolia family. We are grateful to Mrs Manisha Pindolia, Ashni and Dhirian, and Nana K for their courage in sharing their story of the love and respect they have for each other. There was a great buzz in the air when all students and their Mothers had the opportunity to share their own personal reflections on motherhood.

The angelic voice of Ms Emilie Reynolds accompanied on the piano by Ms Laura Goodwin created a reverent ambience for reflection.

Mothers and families were invited to make their way to the College Café to share in a light breakfast with their children. Each Mother received the gift of a chocolate heart as a symbol of love and respect and the high esteem in which they are held.

Thank you to Mrs Lewis and Mrs Vagg for providing a wonderful breakfast.

We wish our Mothers and all significant women in our lives a very happy Mothers’ Day and pray:

Heavenly Father, hold my mother close to your Heart
As we hold her close to mine. Let her know today and every day
How much we love her. Lord, comfort her mind and reassure her
that her motherly care was everything we needed and wanted
And that we love her dearly.

The magic of Mothers
How Explaining Something To Mum Helps Children Learn

Does asking children explain something to their others make a difference to how well they learned it and whether they could apply their learning to a new situation? Children were divided into three groups: those in the first group were asked to explain the problem and its solution to their Mothers, who were instructed to listen and not prompt or correct; those in the second group were asked to explain the solution to themselves, (speaking into a tape recorder); and those in the third were asked to repeat the correct answer without explaining it.

What did the researchers find? Children who explained the problem to their mothers performed better than the other two groups when they were asked to solve another problem similar to the initial problems. And mum-explainers were significantly better able to transfer what they had learned to new and more challenging problems. By the way, children in the second group did better than those who weren't asked to explain to anyone.

What does this prove? Explaining their thinking helps even very young child think through and absorb their learning. Explaining to another person enhances this effect, as long as the other person is listening, and we know that mums are good listeners.

Explaining to their mums may prompt children to be more explicit and to generate more generalisable rules. The presence of a listener may provide a natural context for helping children to stay motivated and to integrate knowledge across multiple dimensions of a problem.

The general lesson for children might be that if they are having difficulty in understanding something, they should try explaining it to their mum (or dad or sibling or grandparent).

Explaining to someone who is truly interested in listening to you is the key.

Ask your child to explain the lessons they are learning in school each day. Your listening may be the best way for them to understand and retain their new knowledge.

Acknowledgement: "Learning from Explaining: Does It Matter if Mum Is Listening?" by Bethany Rittle-Johnson, Megan Saylor, and Kathryn Swygert in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2007 .

 Peter Collins
Acting Principal

Learning from dogs

When I was young, my family always had dogs. Some were working dogs, as my father had a sheep trucking business, and others were pets, mongrels and pure breeds alike. I loved them - when I was young. Now, I am not really a dog person and I am always astounded how so many people have dogs and love them so much.

We often say that dog-owners look like their dog. Whether this is true or not, I think we influence the character of our dogs and, in turn, they can influence us.

We can learn some important lessons from our dogs. Watch them in the morning. The first thing they do is have a good stretch. Then they walk, and breathe deeply. They sniff the air. They pick up on a scent.

A good walk makes dogs happy. Rolling in the grass makes them happy. Rolling over in the grass after a good walk and having a drink of water-that's the ultimate happiness.

Shakespeare said there were “tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones".

We are animals too. So ease yourself into your day the way dogs do. Take the time to enjoy getting the day started, the walk to school, seeing the world coming awake around you, inhaling the scents and sounds of the new day.

Work like a dog. Not straining and forcing yourself to do things you hate but by learning to enjoy your work and looking forward to each new day. Once you have decided on your goals, practise every day and make the most of simple things to help you.

For instance, like dogs use the support of your pack - your family and your friends Listen to what they can teach you. Dogs listen a lot. "Many dogs can understand almost every word humans say, while humans seldom learn to recognise more than half a dozen barks, if that". (101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith)

Take the help of your pack. And help them in return.

Relax. Look at dogs when they are most involved in an activity. They are also at their most relaxed, their muscles loose, their movements fluid. Humans tense up. Dogs relax.

"He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own heart that they walked to. (Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer)

If you don't accomplish your goal - or if you do - just keep going. Dogs, whether they win or lose, still celebrate. "Wise dogs smile you know “(The Wizard's Tears by Maxine Kumin and Anne Sexton) And enjoy a roll in the grass.

So, when you get out of bed tomorrow morning, have a good stretch, go for a walk, breathe deeply and sniff the air. It’s going to be a wonderful day!
Acknowledgement: Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer; Martha Beck.

Peter Collins
Acting Principal
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