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

My LIFE Launch Careers Expo, First Eucharist Performing Arts, NCCD and Australian Curriculum


Dear Holy Cross College Community

Some of Year Four students have received their first Holy Communion (Eucharist) recently, as part of their initiation into the Catholic Church. Jesus comes to us in our Eucharist. He is in our body and soul. This is a joyous time to celebrate the journey of faith and witness. We are in union with Christ. St. Mother Teresa said, ‘Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist.’

My LIFE Launch – Save the Date! Wednesday 28 July

My LIFE will provide each student, not only with guidance on the courses/subjects they choose going forward, but the program will also offer academic, social & emotional support as they progress through their program. This framework is unique to Holy Cross College, developed by leadership and staff to ensure individual student needs are met.

The development of the My LIFE program is appropriate to a rapidly changing, increasingly complex and diverse society. It is future focused and aims to engage, challenge and progress every student on their LIFE pathway. The My LIFE initiative has a unique focus for Senior School and responds to our own Vision and Mission, as well as to the needs and expectations of contemporary society.

The launch is not only for our Year 6 to Year 12 families; we encourage all our families to come to the launch and see what we currently have planned to offer your child in the coming years, as they progress to becoming young adults.

Oliver Twist

There is an atmosphere of excitement around the College, due to the performances of the production, ‘Oliver Twist’. Thank you to Mr Chris McRae, the Arts Team, and the many others who are working tirelessly to ensure the success of the play/musical. For those that have already seen the production, I hope you have really enjoyed it.

Spirit of the Arts

This year the Arts Department will be focusing on a statewide Catholic Education Arts celebration. This will occur from 13 to 17 September, with a final major concert at the Perth RAC Arena. The majority of Catholic schools in WA will be involved.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).

The Australian Curriculum: Public Consultation Opens

The Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum is our national curriculum which outlines the core content that all young people should be taught regardless of where they live in Australia. 

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) reviews the curriculum every six years and has consulted with 360 practising teachers and curriculum specialists to develop the proposed changes.

There are proposed changes across the whole of the curriculum including all eight learning areas with the aim of making the content clearer and better organized; also more concise, more specific and less cluttered. 

The proposals are not final but are now open to public consultation and feedback until 8 July. The feedback will be used to develop final revisions, which will be provided to federal, state and territory education ministers for their consideration. 

Visit the public consultation website to have your say www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/consultation.

Ms Julie Hornby

Principal