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


Last night 133 students and staff slept out to raise money for LifeLink.  Members of our College community slept on cardboard in the under-cover area to raise awareness of homelessness and to raise money for LifeLink.  This has become a College tradition with our SleepOut being held each winter.  It has expanded to include our Junior School students in their own activities.  LifeLink is an organisation of the Perth Archdiocese which models faith in action, as its agencies support thousands of West Australians in need each year.  Thanks to all staff and students involved in the SleepOut and to Friends of Holy Cross for their support in organising breakfast. This year’s LifeLink SleepOut has raised over $10,000.  This brings the total contributed to LifeLink in the last nine years, through our Annual Sleep Outs, to $52,000.  This is a fantastic effort by the Holy Cross College community.


During June many of our Year Four students will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time at Parish Masses.  Please keep these young people in your thoughts and prayers at this important time in their faith journey.


In 2014 and 2017 students and staff from Holy Cross College travelled to Spain to walk a section of the Camino de Santiago.  We are offering Senior School students the opportunity to participate in the Europe Camino tour in 2020.  This tour will include walking a section of the pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, from Tui in Spain, where Dom Salvado was born, to Santiago de Compostella, where he trained as a Benedictine Monk.  The route starts at the border with Portugal and involves a six day walk. Students would carry a day pack and luggage would be transferred each day to the place where the students would spend the night.  Along the route, students will have the opportunity to experience pilgrimage, to see some of the Spanish countryside, experience local life and spend time in some lovely villages and towns. At the completion of the pilgrimage on arrival in Santiago de Compostella the group will spend a couple of days of rest and relaxation. The tour will then continue to include a couple of days in Barcelona including an opportunity to see the Basilica of Sagrada Família, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and other sights of Barcelona.   Students who are in Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve in 2020 are eligible to participate in the Europe Camino tour.  Information regarding applying for this opportunity was distributed to these students last week and applications close on Wednesday 19 June.  Copies of the information letter are available from the College Office.


Last week students from Kindergarten to Year Nine ‘danced the night away’ at the College socials.  Thanks to all staff involved in the organisation of the socials.  A special thank to Mr Ben Bull, Assistant Deputy Principal – Faith, who shared his talents as a DJ for three of the socials.


Thanks to Mr James Parson and the Health and Physical Education Team for organising yesterday’s Middle and Senior School Sports Carnival.  Details of results will be published on the LIFE@HCC blog.


I will be on Long Service Leave from today until 5 August (Week 3, Winter Term).  During this time Mr Peter Collins will be the Acting Principal.  Mrs Kylie Day and Mrs Vanja Basell will take on the role of Vice Principal in Weeks 8 and 9 (Autumn Term) and Week 10 (Winter Term and Weeks 1 – 3 of Winter Term) respectively.  Miss Aoife Hickey and Ms Kelly Bond will take on Acting Assistant Deputy Principal roles during this time.  Mr Mark Potts will be the Acting Ozanam House Co-ordinator while Ms Bond takes on the Assistant Deputy Principal role.

Ms Mandy Connor – Principal