A Week of Exciting Events and Notable Announcements

International Women’s Day

On Friday 8 March we celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD). The 2024 theme is ‘Inspire Inclusion’. When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. World-renowned feminist, journalist and activist, Gloria Steinem, reportedly explained: “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

The HASS Learning Area is celebrating IWD by launching a competition to design a new Australian $1 coin to celebrate the life and achievements of a significant Australian woman. The competition is open to students from Year 3 – 12 and prizes include iTunes vouchers and Easter hampers! Students need to submit their entry by 3:00pm Wednesday 27 March, to the competition box in San Salvador Learning Resource Centre.  

Clean Up Australia Day

Congratulation to McCormack House who last Friday 1 March, took out the Clean Up Australia Day race with a massive total of 14.1kg of rubbish collected across the House. McCormack students were rewarded by earning 18 points towards the Championships House Shield as well as earning themselves a Zooper Dooper! Well done to the other Houses for their contributions too (Salvado 12.4kg, Ozanam 9.9kg and Frayne 7.6kg).

Thank you to Mrs Skye Hannd, Student leader Representative, as well as the Executive Student Leader and Junior School Leaders for running their first event as a team this year. To all students thank you for doing our part for Australia, now I challenge the College Community to continue to keep Holy Cross College clean!

Junior School Years 4 – 6 Inter-House Swimming Carnival

Thank you to Mrs Jemma Ogilvie (LAL HPE), Mr James Kerr (Sports Coordinator), Mr Glen Downing & Mrs Kate Hasleby for their organisation in their preparation and for the day of the IH Swimming Carnival. A special mention to Mrs Ogilvie, who was quick to find an alternative venue after the original booking fell through. Without Mrs Ogilvie’s determination the Carnival may not have been possible. I would also like to thank all staff and parents for their assistance in making the day an enjoyable one for the Junior School students.

Congratulations to the victorious House, Frayne! Ozanam secured the second position, followed by McCormack in third place, and Salvado in fourth place. A commendation is also extended to all our outstanding Year 4 – 6 swimmers who participated and exhibited their best efforts.

Junior School Years 3 – 6 Leaders 2024

Last week, we announced the Junior School Leaders for the year 2024. This week, during the Junior School Assembly, these students were formally acknowledged in front of their peers. We extend our gratitude to all the students who put themselves forward for leadership roles, and we assure them that there will be many opportunities for leadership in various capacities throughout the year.

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected as the 2024 Junior School Leaders:

Junior School House Representatives

Frayne House: Zandrene Sadural and Caleb Fong                     

Ozanam House: Addison Boyd and Gurfateh Singh                               

McCormack House: Abby Wilkin and Joel Murphy                                   

Salvado House: Willow Hague and Michelle Dendere 

Junior School LIFE Leaders

Year 3 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader: Cooper Palmer

Inter-relationships Leader: Sasha Wilkin            

Faith Leader: Jay Geel     

Enrichment Leader: Olivia Tufoua         

Year 4 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader: Xavier Kimber

Inter-relationships Leader: Anna Company    

Faith Leader: Eden Kerry

Enrichment Leader: Lily Rondero

Year 5 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader: Gabrielle Whisenhunt

Inter-relationships Leader: Madeline Warner

Faith Leader: Ashlee Lindley      

Enrichment Leader: Amelia Locatori   

Year 6 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader: Ava Phillips

Inter-relationships Leader: Shanay Singh Chauhan

Faith Leader: Kushleen Kaur       

Enrichment Leader: Pia Kenny   

Colour Run 2023 Prizes

During this week’s Junior School Assembly, The Friends of Holy Cross recognised the top three students who raised funds for the Colour Run held last December. Raleigh Mulry achieved an outstanding fundraising amount of $2,140, followed by Gianna Holben with $1,290 and Chase Gasteen with $1,080. Additionally, all students who participated in fundraising were entered into a raffle draw for a final prize. We are pleased to announce that Elena Dundas was the fortunate winner of this draw.

We extend our congratulations to these students for their exceptional efforts and contributions. We also extend our gratitude to all students who participated in this significant event organised by the Friends of Holy Cross.

This terms fund raising activities are the Easter Egg Raffle and the Hot Cross buns drive. Please click here to purchase your Hot Cross Buns and Raffle Tickets.

College Communication Survey – Parents

As a valued member of our College community, your input is incredibly important to us. Your feedback helps us better understand your needs and allows us to continually improve our communication channels. With this in mind, we kindly invite you to participate in a short survey.

The purpose of this survey is to gather insights and perspectives from our parents and caregivers to ensure we are providing the best possible support to our families. Your responses will remain anonymous and confidential, and all information provided will be used solely for the purpose of improving our communication strategies.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey: Communication Parent Survey

NEAS Basketball Years 11-12 Winners

We extend massive congratulations to our Year 11-12 NEAS Basketball team for securing a big victory in the grand final against SVACS this week! Your remarkable dedication and perseverance are truly commendable, and we couldn’t be prouder of your achievements. A special acknowledgment goes to Mr Ryan Hill for his steadfast commitment to training and coaching this team to success.

Mock Trial Competition – Round 1 Winners

This week, a group of Holy Cross College students engaged in a thrilling Mock Trials competition against Corpus Christi College. The team emerged victorious in both of their cases, securing a triumphant round! We extend our congratulations to the following students: Bradley Fisher, Luke Chappell, Louie Lambert, Sheridan Spencer, Joshua Moss, and Ishika Khanna. This impressive start to the competition is a testament to their hard work and dedication. Additionally, we express our appreciation to Ms Karen Taylor, HASS LAL, and Mr Daniel Tobin for their invaluable assistance in preparing the students for this endeavour.

da Vinci Decathlon

Selected students from Years 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 proudly represented Holy Cross College in the da Vinci Decathlon competition held at the University of Western Australia. Competing in teams of eight, they showcased their academic talents across ten disciplines, engaging in stimulating challenges to celebrate their academic gifts. We extend our gratitude to Mrs Gabbrielle McKinnon and Ms Iona Scott for their support and guidance throughout the two days of the da Vinci Decathlon event.

NAPLAN – 13-25 March

NAPLAN commences next week. Please ensure your children have the correct materials required and information that is needed for the testing period. Thank you to Ms Linley Waters, Junior School Assistant Principal, Mr Paul Murphy, Deputy Principal Enrichments, Miss Tara Gray, Administration Assistant, and the IT Team who have assisted in the preparation for NAPLAN to run smoothly.

Mrs Christina Davini

Vice Principal