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

Quiz Night & Camino Salvado

Sorry Day Prayer

Dear Lord

We pray today with heavy hearts, to seek your guidance and solace, as we remember and reflect on the pain and suffering, inflicted upon our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

We acknowledge the wrongs of the past, and humbly ask for your forgiveness, for the injustices committed against them.

Grant us the strength to learn from history, to embrace unity, understanding, and reconciliation.

May this day serve as a reminder, of the need for healing, respect, and compassion.

May your divine love guide us towards a future of true equality and harmony.

In Your name, we pray.


Sorry Day is a significant day of remembrance and reconciliation observed in Australia. It is officially known as the National Sorry Day and is held annually on the 26th of May. This day carries deep meaning for the Indigenous peoples of Australia and all Australians as they acknowledge the historical injustices, trauma, and profound suffering endured by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


We are keeping our Senior Students in our prayers as they navigate their way through their exams. This is the time where students are required to make sacrifices to ensure they have studied well, maintaining good sleep patterns to ensure that they are best prepared on the day of the exam. Please contact us if any mental health / wellbeing support is needed during this time. Best wishes to you all.

LifeLink 2023

Student representatives attended the Archbishop’s Forum for LifeLink Day, with a focus on ‘Synodality’. The Forum was held at Aranmore Catholic College with students attending from many schools. LifeLink Day provides a wonderful opportunity for students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Perth to join together to show their support for the Church’s social service agencies – agencies which on behalf of us all, reach out to provide practical care and direct assistance to thousands of people in need each year.

Many thousands of Western Australian families and individuals each year depend on our LifeLink agencies being there for them at their time of need. Thank you to Mr Bateman for organising this event.

Mock Law Trials

Recently, Holy Cross College’s ‘Mock Law’ team had another incredible win against a competing secondary school. The team was very well prepared and looked so professional in the new college blazers.  The team have progressed to the next round against Corpus Christi. Thank you to our students and to teacher, Mrs Bull.

Quality Catholic Education School Review (QCESR)

Recently the College was part of a review. The QCESR was a two-part process consisting of the School Improvement Context and the Principal Leadership Context.

School Improvement Context

The School Improvement Context focused upon the school’s improvement journey and the Principal Leadership Context evaluates the principal’s leadership. Catholic education Commission’s Strategic Directions, priorities, and elements inform our school improvement and strategic planning processes and assisted the QCESR Panel in the external validation. This involved a survey to representatives of all sectors of our school community, as well as targeted interviews with key groups and individuals.

Principal Leadership Context

The second part of the review focused on the principal’s leadership through the lens of the ‘Quality Catholic Education’ framework. The review was informed by the data and conclusions from the first session. This was progressed with conversations with stakeholders around the principal’s leadership and inclusion of the Educator Impact (EI) 360 survey data. Fundamentally, the focus was on supporting the principal with faith formation and professional growth and development.

I am pleased to report to our Community that the process was very affirming, and our strategic directions are well supported in our growing school, ensuring that the best outcomes for students are always the priority. Thank you to all those involved. I appreciated your time and effort with your responses.

Quiz Night and Friends of Holy Cross (FHC)

Thank you to Chair – Eva Gomes-Sebastiao and the FHC Executive, Vice Principal – Albert Borrello, Deputy Principal – Ben Bull, EA – Christobel Thaung, Business Manager – Jean Topliss and the team, staff, parents and students for a successful Quiz Night, combined with our Parish, Emmaus CPS and St Helena’s CPS. We had almost 300 people attend. Feedback indicated an enjoyable night was had by all. Well done!

Camino Salvado

Congratulations to all of our staff and students who completed the Camino’s yesterday.  The students are reminded that the hike along the Camino Salvado is more than just a walk; on pilgrimage, we encounter God, nature, others and self as we journey – it is liturgical, it is prayerful, and it is real. It is a journey of spiritual reflection and renewal, a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Spanish Benedictine monk, Dom Rosendo Salvado. Thank you to Camino Coordinator, Tracey Trist, Deputy Principal, Ben Bull and staff that ensured the day was a successful one.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms Julie Hornby