Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook
'I came that they may have life, and have it to the full' John 10:10


Congratulations to St Helena’s Catholic Primary School who celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Mass and BBQ last  night.  St Helena’s CPS was the first Catholic school in Ellenbrook and prior to our opening as a College we had our office at St Helena’s.  We value our relationship with St Helena’s as we work together as one Catholic community in Ellenbrook.

Last week were privileged to have a visit from John McCormack, brother of Sr Irene McCormack.  John visited Holy Cross with his cousin Graham Fisher.  It was a pleasure to be able to show them our College and to share our Faith story which has been strongly influenced by the faith-filled life of Sr Irene.  We heard stories of Irene growing up on the farm in Trayning and of her final years in Peru.  John also told us of a visit by his nephew to Huasahuasi and shared some photos of this small town, high in the Andes mountains where Irene was executed by Shining Path Terrorists.  Her crime – handing out Caritas food parcels.  Talking with John, it reminded me that in Irene was an ordinary West Australian who loved her job as an educator and was passionate about football.  She has had an extraordinary influence on so many people because of her courage in living out the Gospel message by working with impoverished villagers in Peru despite the danger to her own life.  We were delighted to be able to tell John and Graham that our new Gymnasium will be named Lima. This city is the capital of Peru, and a place where Irene also worked with the poor in Peru.  
We celebrated our Opening College Mass on Wednesday, coming together a College community to give thanks for the beginning of a new school year. At the beginning of Mass we had a special blessing for new staff and students, as well for Board members and the Executive of the Friends of Holy Cross.  Thanks to Mr Ben Bull for coordinating the organisation of the Mass and to our celebrant and Parish Priest, Fr Bona.
Years 4 – 7 enjoyed their swimming carnival yesterday. There was a wonderful sense of House spirit and a great level of participation.  The final scores were very close, with Ozanam taking the shield and Frayne a close second.  It was great to see many parents and family members at the carnival, as helpers and spectators.  Thanks to Mr James Parsons and the Health and Physical Education Team for their organisation of this event.