Start to 2024

Almighty ever-living God, we humbly implore your majesty that,

just as your Only Begotten Son was presented on this day in the Temple in the substance of our flesh,

so, by your grace, we may be presented to you with minds made pure.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God,

for ever and ever


Today the Church celebrates the ‘Feast of the Presentation of the Lord’ which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas Day. Founded by Pope St. John Paul II in 1997, today is the ‘World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life’. He attached it to “Candlemas Day” because the consecrated men and women are to be the light in the world, imitating Jesus, the Light of the World. 

Welcome to the 2024 school year, especially to our new staff members, students and families. I hope the transition into our Holy Cross Community has been a seamless one and that you have felt warmly welcomed.

I hope you have had an enjoyable summer break and are ready for another engaging year at HCC, taking on the opportunities that come your way. This includes the ability to demonstrate our eight values – dignity, personal best, compassion, connection, justice, service, gratitude and stewardship, throughout the year. These values are what shapes our College culture, and our individual actions impact upon our school environment, and help form that culture.

Thank you all for a vibrant and positive start to the term, despite the heat wave. Our combined Welcoming Mass to commence the year set the tone for staff with Fr Felipe’s homily on the vocation of teaching. Staff have been busy with the organisation of the events ahead. Our Commissioning Mass, inductions, staff planning, leadership planning, the Year 12 Ball and our first assembly have already taken place.

I thank our Grounds and Maintenance team for ensuring our school is ready for the new year – the care for the grounds, furniture set up, repairs and maintenance and the list goes on…… Thank you!

Our Finance and Administration Team have also been back for a few weeks already ensuring our process and procedures are set and we are well resourced. The IT Team have worked hard to ensure the seamless roll out of the new devices and also to ensure that we are effectively connected with our technology.

High Achievers 2023

We are all not perfect, but we can strive to be the best versions of ourselves. A group of 2023 graduate students, who have done just that were acknowledged today in the area of ‘Academics’ at our assembly.  

Our high achieving students have reached their personal expectations and goals. They made many sacrifices with their time in order to reach their goals; These sacrifices demonstrate that these students have taken the ‘long view’ and are indeed, visionary young people who are embracing our changing world. 

I thank all the staff involved, that have influenced and shaped the formation of these high achieving students and I thank their parents for their partnership over the years.

Congratulations to these students:

ATAR Above 90

Therese Topliss

James McGowan

Ella Collopy Champness

Nicholas Goimil

Eloise Ham – UWA, Master of Architecture

Certificate of Distinction

Therese Topliss – Notre Dame studying Teaching.

James McGowan – Curtin University: Engineering

Certificate of Excellence

Therese Topliss – RE

Certificate of Merit 

Ella Collopy Champness – Murdoch University, studying a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Biology and Conservation.

Nicholas Goimil – UWA, study a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Psychology.

Violet Ham – Curtin University, Nursing

Chelsea Bull – ECU Joondalup, Double Degree in Law and Criminology

Daniel Tassell – Taking a gap year this year and is working in order to travel Europe later in the year. In 2025 he is planning a career pathway in the Air Force or a Travel and Adventure Guide.

 Lidia Company – Lidia accepted an early offer to study Anthropology at Curtin University

Year Twelve Ball

Thank you to Christina Davini, Georgina Pratt, Simon Falcone and all staff involved with the organisation of the Year 12 Ball. Melissa Gregory – IRL (12) – took the time to introduce herself to the students on the evening.  Our Year 12 students, were respectful and responsible and they enjoyed a wonderful evening of dancing, singing and socialising.

LIFE Leaders for 2024:

Year 8 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader:                                          Isaac Evans                                          

Inter-relationships Leader:                         Kyana Martin

Faith Leader:                                                Faith Juru             

Enrichment Leader:                                     Max Carr              

Year 9 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader:                                          Aiva Bolton

Inter-relationships Leader:                        Annaliah Palm    

Faith Leader:                                                 Theodore Gomes-Sebastiao         

Enrichment Leader:                                      Keenan Delauney             

Year 10 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader:                                           Gurroopdeep Sangha

Inter-relationships Leader:                        Lilly Callisto         

Faith Leader:                                                  Tammin Dobby  

Enrichment Leader:                                      Indiana Sirolli

Year 11 LIFE Leaders

Learning Leader:                                           Paige Bolton

Inter-relationships Leader:                        Johan Cairo         

Faith Leader:                                                  Ella Goodenough              

Enrichment Leader:                                   Thomas Jacklin 

Secondary Staffing Information

Senior Leadership Team

Principal:                                                                                   Julie Hornby

Vice Principal:                                                                          Christina Davini (Term One) Albert Borrello

Assistant Principal PK-2:                                                  Sascha Saulsman

Assistant Principal 3-6:                                                     Linley Waters

Deputy Principal – Learning:                                        Greg Quinn

Deputy Principal – Inter-Relationships:                Simon Falcone (Term One) Christina Davini

Deputy Principal – Faith:                                                  Daniel Bateman

Deputy Principal – Enrichment:                                 Paul Murphy

Ass. Deputy Principal – Digital Architecture:    Stewart Crainie

Principal’s PA:                                                                         Melanie Whitton

Business Manager:                                                               Jean Topliss

Secondary Inter-relationship Leaders (IRL’s)

Year 7:                    Georgina Pratt

Year 8:                   Lisa Walton

Year 9:                   John Dautopulos (Term One) Simon Falcone

Year 10:                  Chris Spencer

Year 11:                  Ashton White

Year 12:                  Melissa Gregory

Secondary Learning Area Leaders (LAL’s)

Religious Education:                       Melissa Cartner

Arts:                                                             Chris Gooch

English:                                                      Toni Strong

HASS:                                                        Karen Taylor

Mathematics:                                        Shiny Joseph

PE/Health:                                             Jemma Ogilvie

Science:                                                    Sarah McBride

Technologies:                                       Janet Flametti

VET Coordinator:                                                       Orilee Ryan

Careers and Transition Coordinator:                      Jodie Reynolds

Leader of Inclusive Education:                                Christine Hayes

Leader of Tarma – Learning Support:                   Iona Scott

House Patron for 2024 – Salvado!

In 1846 Dom Salvado, made the journey from Subiaco to establish the New Norcia mission with a primary concern for the care of the Aboriginal peoples. This is now known as the Camino Salvado, one in which you will experience over your years here at HCC. It is in the quiet times of the journey that you will walk with just the rhythm of your heartbeat, experiencing a new silence with no external influences.

From the poet John O’Donohue:

When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing. Just as Dom Rosendo Salvado journeyed; navigating his way over 170 km, I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best on your new journey as we navigate our way through the 2024 Salvado College year together.

Ms Julie Hornby