Year 8 Students Meet a Holocaust Survivor

On Wednesday the 16th of May Corpus Christi College Year 8 students had the opportunity to meet Hetty Verolme, a Holocaust survivor of the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp.

Students had the privilege of listening to Mrs Verolme’s firsthand account of her extraordinary struggle and survival. She shared with the students how her family was torn apart following the 1940 German Invasion of the Netherlands: rounded up by the Nazis, her and her two brothers were separated from their parents and sent to the ‘Children’s House’ in Belsen Concentration Camp. As one of the eldest, Hetty became the ‘Little Mother’, helping to care not only for her younger siblings but another 39 children as well.

“Our beds had to be perfectly straight, no wrinkles or bubbles, or our rations were confiscated; 70 years later I can still make my bed straight.” Hetty reminisced over the vivid memories that are still with her today.

She recounted the events that took place at Normandy in 1944, which led to/brought about their eventual salvation. Amazingly she eventually was once again reunited with her family – they had made it. But of course, many others had not been so fortunate.

“Forgive but never forget” are words that will forever ring true for Hetty and other Holocaust survivors.

Amazing Achievements by our Corpus Public Speakers

On Saturday May 12th, eight students represented Corpus in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking semi finals in Floreat. The students represented the College with confidence and great ability and it made me so proud to be associated with these young people.

All students needed to present a prepared speech (6 minutes Junior/ 8 minutes Senior) as well as delivering a 3-minute impromptu speech after 15 minutes preparation with no access to information.

Congratulations to each of the following participants:

Junior Section

Year 8

Olivia Dellaca

Emma Garland

Hugh Livingston

Year 9

Gianni Petta

Chelsea Fuderer

Senior Section

Year 10

Mosaia McDonald

 ear 11

Ike Adesanya

Rachael Dellaca

The students’ speeches were truly inspirational but, as one would expect, the competition is intense at this level. However, I am delighted to inform you that we have 4 students proceeding to the State Finals. Gianni Petta, Mosaia McDonald, Ike Adesanya and Rachael Dellaca will deliver a new speech in the state competition on the 23rd June at The Cambridge Library at the Floreat Forum.

Olivia, Emma, Hugh and Chelsea narrowly missed out on progressing through after facing tough competition in their heats. However, for all these students, it was their first attempt at this level of competition and I am confident that the experience they gained on Saturday will stand them in good stead.  

Thank you to all the students for their commitment and enthusiasm in taking up the challenge of public speaking. I am so grateful to the parents and families of our competitors who came along to support and encourage them. This support made all the difference on the day.

If you would like to hear them, along with the speeches from all our talented public speakers, come along to the Corpus Christi College Public Speaking Competition which is being held on Wednesday 27th June at 6.30pm for a 7.00 pm start in the Sadler Centre. Please email me if you would like to attend.

Mrs Noreen Stevenson     

Public Speaking Coordinator

Mother's Day High Tea

On Saturday 12 May, the College hosted its annual Mother’s Day High Tea, welcoming 66 attendees to celebrate the mothers and grandmothers of our College community. The staffroom was transformed into a busy tearoom, complete with white linen tables topped with designer teacups, bright flowers, and cake stands of delicious sweet and savoury treats. The room soon filled with the festive sounds of clinking china and laughter – it was smiles all round, especially for the lucky raffle winners!

Proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle will go towards the Cambodia Immersion Tour scheduled for the Term 3 holidays. While the final figures are yet to be confirmed, it appears as though $2,700 has been raised, with the raffle alone making just under $500. This is a fantastic result, demonstrating the generosity of our community. We know the ‘Cambodia Crew’ of interested Year 8 and 9 students, parent volunteers and staff will be very grateful.

The College would like to thank everyone who attended, as well as all the staff who helped put this wonderful event together. And a special thank you to all mums!

Steve Angrisano visits Corpus

On Friday 11 May, students in Years 10 and 11 started the school day with a special visit from internationally renowned ministry leader Steve Angrisano.

Part of the College’s Year of Youth celebrations, the double-period session commenced with audience participation as Steve engaged the year groups through his unique blend of interactive humour and song. Anyone present in the College gymnasium would be able to speak to the energy and gamesmanship of the Corpus students during these activities, showing a true community spirit and warm welcome for our US-based guest.

Steve then began to share his message of hope, faith and love, speaking to students about his experience as a community member at Columbine High School during the time of the 1999 massacre and its aftermath. In an honest and respectful manner, Steve recounted firsthand accounts of the shootings, as described by students he knew, and shared his own experiences in assisting grieving families. Through these stories, Steve highlighted the miracles of faith even in the face of evil and darkness. He reminded us that in this world human beings are unlike any other species, capable of destroying each other in calculating and cruel ways but also capable of incredible love and life-giving presence.

By the time Steve invited students to help him sing ‘Stand By Me’, marking the halfway point of the session, he had already prompted the students to consider the power of our faith and our worship. In life, there is both levity and sorrow, peace and crisis. In practising our Catholic faith and following Christ’s teachings, we can empower ourselves and others to even in the most trying of times.

Steve’s next story conveyed a dual message of friendship and redemption. Students on a boating activity were quick to exclude a boy with Down Syndrome. It was only when a popular, burly football player volunteered to sail with the boy did the rest of the students stop and take notice, rethinking their treatment of their peer. In leading by example and surprising himself, the football player demonstrated that we are all capable of compassion, change and connection. With the students then including the boy with Down Syndrome in their activities, a self-described ‘mean girl’ took the opportunity to get to know the boy, someone she had easily shunned in the past. In changing her behaviour, she was able to see the boy as a fellow member of the community, a student just like her. We are all created in God’s image and it is never too late for us to learn new lessons and open our hearts to others.

Like the song Steve sang to close, we encourage all Corpus students to “Go make a difference”. The College sincerely thanks Steve for visiting the College, and we look forward to continuing to celebrate the Year of Youth throughout 2018.

Mother's Day Breakfast

On the stunning morning of Friday 11 May, hundreds of Corpus community members enjoyed a Mother’s Day breakfast at the Mater Christi Centre. Guests were treated to delicious food and enjoyed live musical entertainment. Special thanks to all the staff, students and volunteers who made this annual event a great success.

English teachers exploring new mediums

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As an Apple Distinguished School our staff often challenge the status quo and push themselves to try new things in and outside of the classroom. Over the past term; Jamie Clark, Tessa Johnson and Michael Royall have been exploring Australia fastest growing broadcast platform by producing a podcast during their free time.

The Staffroom is an education podcast which takes a look into the world of pedagogy.  Michael and Tessa meet talk with expert educators locally and around the world to discuss about teaching and learning and share outstanding classroom practice.

The team is aiming to produce eight episodes in the first series and the first two episodes are already live on iTunes.

VET and Transition Services - General WACE

Students at Corpus Christi College have an opportunity to enrol in a course on a Campus at South Metropolitan TAFE. Applications for Year 11 and 12 students to attend one day per week while at the College are available in the coming weeks. It is helpful for students on a General  WACE pathway to consider the range of training options listed below. 

The opportunities for students to access accredited courses are extensive. Highlighted are new facilities and opportunities for our students.

·         Aviation VETiS students score Qantas jobs

·         Logistics VETiS students get a view from the top

·         Murdoch building now open

·         Applied Engineering now at Munster campus

·         New to SM TAFE: Marketing qualification

·         New to SM TAFE: Cyber security qualification

·         Important information about entry requirements to nursing courses

·         Calling all green thumbs to the next Murdoch Plant Sale

·         SM TAFE 2018 Student Awards winners announced

·         Women in Engineering scholarship program now open

Aviation VETiS students score Qantas jobs

Five ex VETiS Cabin Crew students now employed with QANTAS visited our VETiS class in April to give them valuable knowledge on the recruitment process, explained what life is like as Cabin Crew and told the students how much our course prepared them for entering into the industry.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the students (and for the Lecturers) to hear the up to date recruitment information, and so rewarding to see how well they have all done in securing jobs.  They gave the new generation of VETiS students a clear goal to work towards!

Logistics VETiS students get a view from the top

In March the Certificate II Logistics VETiS class were treated to an exclusive view from the top of the Fremantle Port Authority headquarters. The view takes in the Fremantle port and wharves.

Michael Pal, Fremantle Ports Principal Logistics Analyst revealed his first hand experience on how goods are transported into and out of WA and discussed issues including multi modal transportation and the impact ships, trucks and rail has on Australian businesses and consumers. The students were surprised to learn that one out of every two sea containers we receive is shipped back empty!

Murdoch building now officially open


The new ‘T block’ was officially opened by Minister for Training and Workforce Development, Sue Ellery MC in March. Guests in attendance were treated to a tour showing off the new facilities including:
•    Hair, beauty and massage student clinic
•    Business simulation office
•    Gym
•    Library
•    Classrooms featuring security and networking equipment

The Murdoch campus is conveniently located in the health and knowledge precinct, including Fiona Stanley and St John of God hospitals and Murdoch University. Parking on campus is extremely limited so please encourage students exploring Murdoch campus courses to consider access to the many public transport options in the precinct.

Applied Engineering now at Munster campus

Late last year the Applied Engineering training area moved into their new home at Munster campus. The new ‘C block’ features mechatronics labs, and equipment perfect for learning 3D printing, CNC-milling, circuit production, laser, precision milling and vinyl cutting. 

Applied engineering courses have settled into their new space well, enjoying the brand new facilities, and tapping into the industry collaboration FabLab, also now installed at Munster campus.

New marketing course at Bentley campus

The state of marketing has changed with more convergent and digital technologies changing the way customers interact with businesses.

To tap into this trend, SM TAFE is pleased to offer the Certificate IV in Marketing and Communications for the first time at Bentley campus in Semester 2. Available as full-time for one semester duration, part-time or as a traineeship, graduates will be able to enter into exciting careers such as community relations, marketing and events, sales and advertising, and branding.

New cyber security qualifications to address skills shortages

Over the next decade the Australian cyber security industry is forecast to almost triple in size, with revenue soaring and additional IT specialists required. The federal government has established the Australian Cyber Security Centre and has identified training as a key component in attending to the impending skills shortage. SM TAFE has heard the call, with the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (Cyber Security) at Murdoch, Thornlie and Rockingham campuses starting in Semester 2, subject to numbers.

Further qualifications in the pathway are being planned to enable students to apply for credit from networking and security qualifications and to build specialist skills in this industry.

In terms of addressing skills shortages, the good news is that our Certificate IV Programming and Digital and Interactive Games courses now attract Priority Industry subsidies from the WA State Government as these are directly tied to skills shortages. 

Nursing courses now have new literacy entrance requirements

For students considering a career in (enrolled) nursing, entrance requirements have changed, affecting Semester 2 applications into the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing. The changes mean students will need to demonstrate an even higher English language ability than other courses and literacy, comprehension and numeracy tests are required as part of the application process. 

Please note: nursing is a popular course and applications will be ranked with only top applications receiving offers. Students should bolster their application before finalising by 11 June.

Calling green thumbs to the next Murdoch Plant Sale

Did you know horticulture students work in our accredited retail plant nursery at Murdoch campus to produce quality plants for sale to the public?

Students propagate and nurture natives, herbs and a selection of exotic plants. Then they prepare their species for sale, including merchandising, pricing, packaging and promotions of their plants. The sales run twice a year, with the next event planned just prior to Mother’s Day, Saturday 12 May, 10 am to 3 pm and on selected days and times for the following week. This year, floristry students are getting in on the action, producing arrangements for sale for lucky mums on Saturday sale day.

If you love cheap plants, need to buy something green for a nature-loving mother, or want to support our students in their horticulture learning journey, the sale is definitely worth a visit.

SM TAFE 2018 Student Awards Winners Announced

The highest academic achievers of 2017 were celebrated recently at the SM TAFE Student Awards ceremony at Bentley Pines Training Restaurant. Graduates from a diverse range of training areas won in categories aligned to the WA State Training Awards, with the below winners now progressing to state level.

Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Diego Correa Mendonca
Graduate, Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
Winner: Susan Jetta
Graduate, Certificate IV in Leadership and Mentoring

Cultural Diversity Training Award
Winner: Linda Hannah Thompson
Graduate, Certificate IV in Mental Health

Vocational Student of the Year
Winner: Esther Amito Onek
Graduate, Certificate II in Leadership

Trainee of the Year
Winner: Angelee Flaherty
Graduate, Diploma of Leadership and Management

International Student of the Year
Winner: Phattraporn Siriluk
Graduate, Diploma of Nursing

School Based Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Joshua James Semper
Graduate, Certificate II in Engineering

Women in Engineering scholarship program now open

Chevron Australia partners with SM TAFE each year to provide scholarships to 14 women to study the 20-week Certificate III in Process Manufacturing in a supportive environment, plus gain access to women mentors in industry as a pathway to further work or study in the oil and gas industry.

Applications are now open for the next intake, and require a short questionnaire to be completed by 28 May to be considered for this valuable opportunity. Classes start 16 July at Munster campus, where our Oil and Gas courses are delivered in state-of-the-art facilities.

Students with year 10 level mathematics and English are eligible to apply. The program is designed to assist women to enter the industry, and is structured to provide a high level of support to assist with the demands of formal study and to provide an alternative university pathway.

Defence and shipbuilding pre-apprenticeships in Semester 2

Do you know a student who would suit a career in fabrication and mechanical engineering?

Applications are now open for our pre-apprenticeships, which commence in Semester 2 at Peel, Rockingham, and Thornlie campuses.

Pre-apprenticeships are a great way for students to learn the fundamentals of a trade, and also place them ahead of the pack when the time comes to seek apprenticeship opportunities.

Mechanical and fabrication engineering is also projected to be a growth area, with these skills required by the shipbuilding and defence industry.  We are delighted to have formed a partnership to harness this growth as part of a new national shipbuilding college. 

Space Camp 2018

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Space Camp 2018 was a fabulous Educational experience for all that attended, and I can’t speak highly enough of our students in the way they conducted themselves and got involved with all activities undertaken. On numerous occasions, people that we encountered commended our group on their maturity and behaviour which was so pleasing to hear. The mixing of JTC and CCC students was great, with genuine friendships being formed.

Space Camp is located in Huntsville Alabama where America’s Space Program was born and is the second largest research park in the United States of America.  Students were immersed in group and team building activities whilst on Space Camp where they undergo various Astronaut training exercises and engineering challenges which culminate in an extended- duration simulated space mission, which was the highlight for many of the students.


 Our itinerary of Space Camp, Washington and Orlando not only focused on STEM but STEAM- which catered for a wider variety of interests and experiences. Washington was a great addition to our itinerary and the highlight of the trip for me- even though we didn't get to see President Trump when we visited the White House!

The various Smithsonian’s we visited include: The Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, Holocaust Museum, the more recent Newseum and the Art Museum. Many hours were spent learning about history and appreciating natural wonder. The Monument Night Tour of Washington took us to some of the city’s most popular monuments and transported us back in time as we drove along the same streets the Presidents have travelled and heard historical tales and anecdotes about the city’s fascinating history. 

•    World War II Memorial

•    Jefferson Memorial

•    FDR Memorial

•    Lincoln Memorial

•    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

•    Korean War Memorial

•    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Orlando was our final destination and home to the wonderful Kennedy Space Centre which houses the original Atlantis Shuttle- seeing this vessel takes your breath away… We were fortunate enough to go on a tour of the facilities and even got to go inside a Mission Control Room. We enjoyed a lunch with returned Astronaut Don Thomas who gave us an insight into food and nutrition whilst in space and showed us photos of some very unappetising food!!

Universal Studio’s was the last activity on our itinerary. This action packed 12 hour day begun at 8.30am with a real life educational physics experience- using iPads to calculate the velocity of the Riptide Rock-it Roller Coaster along various parts of the ride. Once calculations were done, it was time to get aboard the roller-coaster!!  This ride wasn't for the faint hearted, and the screams of exhilaration could be heard from those on board. Students had a great day exploring Universal Studio’s and the Islands of Adventure- and got to experience the rides of Spiderman, The Hulk, The Mummy, Transformers, King Kong and many more.

The Space Camp Tour is an action packed, once in a lifetime opportunity that our students get to enjoy, and I would recommend it for any student with an interest in STEAM.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Chanel Fenwick

Space Camp Coordinator

Dance Tour 2018

The Melbourne Dance Tour was a fantastic educational and cultural experience for all that attended. The students participated in four days of dance workshops, gaining skills that will assist them with their curriculum Dance studies.

Our first full day in Melbourne we were lucky enough to work with two professional dancers from Chunky Move dance company. In the 4 hour workshop the students were taken through a contemporary dance class and then were taught repertoire from Chunky Move’s recent work ‘Anti-gravity’. The choreography was very challenging but all the students gave it their best. By the end of the workshop they were performing it with confidence and all had some really lovely moments. The final part of the workshop saw the students selecting a rock, getting acquainted with it, and then improvising with, and around it. This was the first time many of the students had taken part in an unusual contemporary dance improvisation like this and I was very pleased with how they accepted the challenge and 'weirdness' of it to produced some creative and original movement. 

The second day we had a change of pace by visiting Dance Factory, a dance school that has been running for over 30 years and is well known for producing highly talented commercial dancers. The students participated in a 30 minute warm up class which helped develop physical skills of strength, flexibility and endurance. They then participated in hip hop and jazz classes, learning and performing advanced routines. We also gained an insight into the commercial dance industry through a talk with Dance Factory's Artistic Director, Mark Laguerre, who told us stories about his prior career as a professional dancer, tips on how to get into the industry and what to expect from it.

Our third day was probably the most challenging for the students, as they worked with professional dancer and choreographer Daniel Jaber who facilitated the students through a process of collaboratively creating an original contemporary dance work. It was a potentially daunting task for the students as they were required to improvise and be creative, but everyone embraced the opportunity and by the end of the 5 hour workshop we had created a strong basis for a dance work that will be performed at the Term 2 Dance Open Evening. The dance work is based around the idea of organisation, and we used props to figuratively represent different facets of this idea: balancing responsibilities, being overwhelmed and weighed down by them, and what happens when chaos strikes and our carefully organised world collapses. The students were given many different tasks to do with their props, ranging from solo work to duo, trio and group work. Much of the day was spent exploring these ideas and tasks before putting them all together into a structure to create the dance work itself. We will continue to work on this throughout the term in preparation for performance.

After three full days of dancing, the students were relieved to have a break, explore the sights of Melbourne and do some much anticipated shopping! Other tourist activities we did throughout the tour were to go up the Eureka Skydeck for some amazing views of the city, have dinner at many delicious restaurants throughout the central city district, attend a musical theatre production and a ballet performance, and explore Federation Square, where some students even joined in with a dance flashmob!

To finish out tour, the students had one more day of dance workshops, this time at The Space Dance & Arts Centre where they were taken through four different dance styles: hip hop, dancehall, Broadway jazz and commercial jazz. All the teachers were fantastic, not only teaching fun dance sequences to learn but they provided information and tips on the commercial dance industry, as well as an overview and brief history of dancehall and other South American dance styles.

It was a huge amount to pack into only 5 full days in Melbourne but I could not be more proud of the students and how they acted throughout the whole tour: accepting challenges, being open to being creative, and exploring their own unique ideas and ways of moving.

I would like to thank the following for all their support in the planning of the Dance Tour. Myself and all the students involved really appreciate having had this opportunity:

o   College Leadership for allowing this trip to take place

o   Michelle Hunt: she has been part of the process from the beginning, helping to plan and organise all aspects of the tour, as well as attending the tour itself. The students and myself greatly appreciate all the work she did and her company on the tour.

o   Mr Michael Royall: when he was asked to attend the tour at the last minute he agreed without hesitation. The students loved having him on the tour, as he went out of his way to accommodate the student’s wishes to ensure they had the best possible time. The students also appreciated him helping me navigate Melbourne’s public transport system so that we didn’t get lost too many times!

o   All the parents of the students for trusting us with their children for a week – we got them all back safely!

o   And last but not least, the students themselves. I loved being able to provide them with this opportunity and seeing them enjoy themselves while learning new skills.

Caroline Fuhr

Middle School News

Term Two Important Dates

Monday 14 May:                              Photo catch up day

Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May:     NAPLAN Years 7 and 9 Testing

Friday 18 May:                                 Pastoral Period

Thursday 31 May:                             ACC Cross Country Carnival

Monday 4 June:                               Public Holiday

Friday 8 June:                                  Pastoral Period

Monday 11 June:                               STEM – Year 9 all week

Friday 22 June:                                Corpus Christi Day

Tuesday 26 June:                             College Awards Assembly

                                                         Quest Retreat Catch-up – Year 7


Friday 29 June:                                Term Two concludes

                                                          Personal Project Planning – Year 9

New members of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP)

Each year, all Year 7 to 9 students undergo some standardised tests. Year 8 and 9 students completed these tests at the end of 2017 unless they were new to the College. In which case, they would have undergone the testing at the start of this year. All Year 7’s undertook the testing at the start of Term 1.

 The tests measure student aptitude or ability in numeracy, literacy and abstract reasoning.

Based on the test results the students who performed in the top 10-15% are selected and invited to become a member of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP).

 As part of the program students:

  • Meet with me formally and informally on a number of occasions throughout the year in order to set themselves iSMART goals- that being inspirational, specific, measurable, achievable, results driven goals that are time bound to a particular term or semester.
  • Set themselves specific actions to put into place to achieve their goals and later in the term or semester review their goals, setting themselves new ones.

 In addition, students:

  • Are invited to take part in various incursions and excursions during the year
  • Are offered a student mentor to provide them with support
  • Are invited to take part in the Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP) which runs during Terms 2 and 3.

The following students are now members of the AEP.

Year 9

Christopher Bardill

Ashley Morgan

 Year 8

Jacob Allanby

Chloe Duxbury

Alyssa Slaim

Christopher Shanahan

Christophe Yao

Year 7

Riley Baginski

Keerthana Binu

Noah Brown

Jared Budiman

Florence Chapman

Marcus Dalley

Bridget Dass

Michela De Boni

Jayden Fung

Justin Fung

Zac Hampel

Josh Laboudeuse

Yusay Li

Cambell Orazi

Isaac Pavy

Lachlan Putt

Hayden Treby

Angelyne Varen

Cohen Vescio

Elia Woods

Isabella Zammit

Filipa Carvalho

Head of Academic Excellence


Mothers’ Day Breakfast

We invite mothers and your children to a Mothers’ Day Breakfast on Friday 11 May, 7.15am to 8.00am.

Click on the link below to RSVP your interest (Including how many of your children will be in attendance).  Please provide accurate numbers to we can cater accordingly.

RSVP no later than 5.00pm Wednesday 9 May

Tea, coffee, juice and fruit will be provided and bacon and egg rolls can be pre-ordered. (Follow the booking link below for information)

We look forward to seeing as many Mothers and their children as possible.

Link to booking Here.

NAPLAN YEARS 7 and 9 - 2018

NAPLAN will be occurring in week 3 at the following times:

Tuesday 15 May: Periods 2 and 3 (Language Conventions and Writing)

Wednesday 16 May: Extended Homeroom and Period 1 (Reading)

Thursday 17 May: Periods 1 and 2 (Numeracy both calculator allowed and non-calculator – no break between the two parts)

Friday 18 May: Periods 2 and 3 (Catch up)

If you teach Year 7 or Year 9 during the above times, you will be allocated NAPLAN supervision at that time. Staff will be provided with a supervision schedule closer to the dates. A copy of the test administration handbook and instructions will also be provided.

More information or additional NAPLAN resources can be found at

Parents and Friends

The Parents and Friends (P&F) Year 7 Sundowner will be held on Friday 18th May. The event provides Year 7 parents with an opportunity to meet each other and socialise in a relaxed environment.  Please click here for more information, and to register.

Smart Goals

As we move into Term 2, every student should be setting new iSMART goals in SEQTA.  They will be timely, measurable and subject specific.  Students are encouraged to share these goals with parents and work towards their completion. 

Revision Strategies

Students are encouraged to use a variety of revision strategies including:

·       Popplet

·       Padlet

·       google docs

·       quizzes

·       practice questions

·       summary sheets



Year 9 Retreat

A couple of great days have been spent giving the Year 9’s the opportunity to interact with each other and think about the community with the Kindness Programme and the Schoolbags for Jesus activity.

The students have also been involved in the Youth Mission Team Retreat Day of ‘Relationships’. Here they focussed on:

Students who are free from pressure to conform to the expectations of others

Students who can identify how they have hurt others and how they themselves have been hurt and seek the strength to overcome these tendencies, and

Students who recognise that coming to know God more personally in our lives increases our capacity to love others.

These two days have been a great chance for the Year 9’s to settle back into the term, work with their peers, develop relationships and provide service to others. These skills help to empower the students and engage them in their community.

Yvette Pearce

Head of Year 9

West Coast Eagles visit Corpus Christi

On Monday 7 May, West Coast Eagles players Dom Sheed, Jack Redden, Will Schofield, Fraser McInnes and Tony Olango paid a visit to Corpus students from the Education Support Centre. The morning began with an entertaining question and answer time, morning tea and then photo and signing opportunities. The students and players then engaged in some on field activities, skills sessions, games and even a football match. 

A special thank you to the Eagles players who represented their club so well. The engagement with students, and their willingness to serve the community along with the gentle, kind nature exhibited made for a truly memorable day for both staff and students.

Will Schofield commented on a recent post by a students parent, writing "Best bunch of kids we have all had in a long time. An absolute pleasure. You should be very proud of him and all the rest of his class mates."

Patrick Barry visits Corpus


Barrister Patrick Barry visited the College on Monday 7 May to talk to students in Years 9, 10 and 11 about bullying in the context of greater society and our legal system. Speaking frankly of his own experiences attending a Catholic college in Victoria, Patrick reminded students of their obligations to contribute to the safety of the College environment, including the responsibility to act in a safe manner, stop others from acting in an unsafe manner, and report any unsafe behaviour to College staff.

Through the identification of three groups – those who bully, those who witness bullying and those who are bullied – it was reiterated that not only is bullying not tolerated at the College, it is not tolerated at law either. In what may have been a surprise to some students, Patrick advised that being of school age is not a barrier to being prosecuted for your actions. Bullying is damaging in its effects, and it is up to the current generation to lead the way by treating others with respect. Patrick advised that being of good character and reputation is key to being a productive member of society, especially when students transition to their post-schooling years. He also encouraged students to not change who they are if they are subject to bullying behaviour; stay true to yourself and know you are in a supportive community.

Based in Sydney, Patrick operates a national legal practice and has been instrumental in helping the College craft its new and improved safety framework. The College thanks him for his time and encourages all students to learn from the messages shared with them during the session.


What an amazing time our combined group of 15 Corpus Christi and Bunbury Catholic College students had on the recent Indonesia Tour!  While suffering a little from heat, food and culture shock in the first few days, they quickly melded into a sociable, happy group.

During our three days in Yogyakarta we took in lots of traditional culture – for example the Kraton (palace) of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, and his ancestors’ beautiful water palace, Taman Sari.  As well as experiencing the traditional Javanese arts of silver jewellery making, shadow puppets and batik, students also visited Borobudur, the breathtaking world-heritage Buddhist temple.  On another day, they cycled through local villages, stopping to look at rice farming and cottage industries such as tempe and bitternut crackers, and playing some traditional games.  We also managed to fit in the obligatory visit to famous Jalan Malioboro and its mall, riding home on andongs (horse carts).

Then it was on to Malang dand 9 nights in host families via a comfortable 8-hour train journey aboard the Malioboro Express.  Our sister school, Kosayu, had prepared an excellent programme for us, including school lessons with host siblings, learning Indonesian, bargaining in the local market, cooking and selling food, playing traditional gamelan instruments, making ceramic pots, playing basketball, visiting a kindergarten and performing a Javanese dance for host families.  The teachers and some students got to go to the Prom Night as well, attended by Year 12 graduands, some of whom we had welcomed at Corpus Christi in 2017, and dressed to the nines.  What a production it was!

In between all these school-based activities we went on excursions with various Kosayu students and staff to do a high ropes course, visit a huge waterfall, learn about bees at a honey-making centre and visit an innovative centre for poor and orphaned kids called “Kampung Kidz” which aims to produce well-balanced, creative, business-minded young people.  The highlight of that visit was a “Wipeout” style competition in teams where we ended up … quite wet.

Students very much enjoyed their stay in host families, making good friends with their host siblings.  The host families themselves were lovely and we are so grateful for their kindness and care for our students.  All round it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn a lot about each other and to stay in touch.

It is hard to believe how much we packed into two short weeks, and yet it is a life-changing experience for our students who will never be quite the same again.  We hope those who attended will tell as many as possible what a fantastic time they had on exchange!

Sue Cooper & Lidia di Giuseppe

From The Principal


Dear parents

We welcome the return of Andre Papineau and Derek Bickford from leave last term, as well as the return of Karen Rourke who will be teaching the Physics senior school classes.

With Scott Connery on secondment to Beagle Bay in Terms Two and Three, we welcome Tim Bottrell who will cover Scott’s classes and Chanel Fenwick who will cover the Head of Year Ten role during this time.

We also welcome Caroline Stevenson who will be teaching Dance for the remainder of the year, whilst Melissa Baines is commencing the term as the Mackillop House Coordinator.

Catholic Education Commission of WA Strategic Directions Survey due Friday 11 May

I commence the term by inviting parents to take part in a survey of our system, which is due this Friday 11 May. The information from the Executive Director follows:

The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) has a strategic purpose to ensure that Catholic education is delivered and managed through the system of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) in a responsible and effective manner, working within the Catholic Mission, appropriate standards and regulations.

The CECWA has commenced the process of developing the strategic direction for Catholic education in Western Australia from 2019 to 2021. This fundamental work will enable the CECWA to consolidate and communicate our key objectives for coming years.

The first phase of this consultation involves gathering feedback from our Catholic education community that will inform the draft Strategic Directions 2019 - 2021.

We would like to invite you to complete a survey to provide your valued input. Visit to complete the survey, open for participation until Friday, 11 May. There are hard copies available at reception should you wish to complete one.

The CECWA is eager to listen to our community through this important process and I thank you in anticipation for your participation in helping to shape the future direction of Catholic education throughout Western Australia. 

We haven’t had a great deal of time to respond, but if you could do so during the week, it would be appreciated.

Tours over the holidays

We welcome the return of the staff who accompanied various tours attended by students held over the holidays. In hearing of the opportunities our students have experienced, we are appreciative our staff have made them possible. Well done to:

·       Chanel Fenwick and Scott Connery who oversaw the Space Camp to NASA in the USA, having combined with the John XXIII College students. Events at Universal Studios and in Washington were also highlights of this tour.

·       Caroline Fuhr, Michelle Hunt, and Michael Royall accompanied the Dance group who participated in a range of experiences in Melbourne,

·       Sue Cooper and Lidia Di Giuseppe accompanied the Indonesian Language students on a Language immersion tour of Indonesia – a Youtube video of a TV segment of this tour which is on our Facebook site was well worth watching. Joelle L'Aiguille and Jean-Paul Papineau also accompanied a group of French students who went to Reunion Island, also for a Language immersion tour.

It was wonderful to see so many parents attend the Parent-Teacher-Student interviews held last week. I hope Term Two brings us many blessings as we enter a busy first few weeks, having already commenced with our Year 12 students sitting first semester examinations this week


Community events in the next fortnight include the P&F Meeting at 7.00pm on Tuesday 8 May in the staff room; all Corpus mums are invited to the Mothers’ Day Breakfast to be held from 7.15am in the Mater Christi Centre on Friday 11 May, and the Cambodia Immersion High Tea in the Staffroom will be held on Saturday 12 May from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. Please generously support one of the major fundraisers for our Cambodia Immersion Program, the High Tea, by contacting the College. Details have been included in the information in the more extended copy of the e-News, this week.

Our Parents and Friends Association has requested assistance from parents in the community in preparation of the up and coming Quiz night, to be held on Saturday 4 August (the night before the next AFL derby between then Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles). Please contact the P&F if you can assist with the following:

·       Prize donations and vouchers

·       Various roles prior, such as wrapping donations for prizes

·       Roles during the night, such as selling Raffle Tickets, setting up the gym prior or cleaning up afterwards

If you can be of assist in any way, please email

The focus for the fundraising will be the electronic equipment for the Aquatic Centre to be built soon.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Payne


Parents and Friends meeting


The next Corpus Christi Parents and Friends meeting will be held on Tuesday 8 May in the College staff room at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we encourage those interested to come along, and contribute to this important part of the college community.

The agenda for the evening is below.

1.     Welcome and Opening Prayer

 2.     Apologies

 3.     Acceptance of Previous Minutes – 20th March 2018

4.     Business/Actions arising from Previous Minutes

            4.1   Volunteer electronic form – inclusion of subcommittee information

5.     Correspondence IN/OUT  

6.     Principal’s Report - Mrs Caroline Payne

7.     Treasurer's Report – Mrs Shelley Hill

            7.1 PFFWA Affiliation Invoice

 8.     P&F Board Representative Report – Mrs Kate Trainor

9.     Sub-committee and Year Group Reports

            9.1 Friends of sub-committees reports

            9.2 Year Group reports

            9.3 Year 7-12 Education Support

10.  Upcoming P&F Events/Support

            10.1 Year 7 Sundowner – Friday 18th May 2018

            10.2 Music Night – Tuesday 26th June 2018

            10.3 Quiz Night – Saturday 4th August 2018                                                                                                                                                

11.  Recent events

            11.1 College Tour Days – 26th March 2018

12.  Other Business

13.  Next Meeting –  Tuesday 24th July 2018

Cambodia Immersion High Tea

You are cordially invited to a 

Mother's Day High Tea

Saturday 12 May, 2018

2.00pm - 4.00pm

in the Corpus Christi College Staffroom 

Cost: $30.00 per head (6 per table), which includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, followed by a selection of beautiful nibbles and a variety of fresh tea. Tickets are available online, and can be found by clicking here.

All proceeds go to the Year 9 and Year 10 Cambodia Immersion 2018.

Public Speaking

On Sunday morning April 8th, eight students represented Corpus Christi College at the Preliminary Heats of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition at City Beach.

The topics they spoke about were varied, ranging from “No Joking Matter” and “In Your Wildest Dreams”, to “Make Every Step Count” and “Set the Wheels in Motion”. Students are able to interpret these topics as they wish. The selected foci which Corpus Christi students chose to speak about, was broad. Some of the subjects included, use of technology, inappropriate humour, landmines, gun control and the need for feminism in our modern world.

I am delighted to announce that all eight students progressed through to the semi finals which will be held on Saturday 12th May:

Emma Garland         (Year 8)

Hugh Livingstone     (Year 8)

Olivia Dellaca           (Year 9)

Chelsea Fuderer      (Year 9)

Gianni Petta             (Year 9)

Mosaia McDonald    (Year 10)

Ike Adesanya           (Year 11)

Rachael Dellaca      (Year 11)

In the run up to the competition, along with the scheduled Tuesday afternoon sessions, these students have also met with me at various times before school, at recess and lunchtime. They represented the College with poise and confidence. They are dedicated, generous and courageous individuals and we can be very proud of them.

Thank you to all who supported the students along the way, particularly parents. Without your support, these achievements would not be possible.

Mrs Noreen Stevenson

Middle School News

Winter Uniform Term Two

Given Term Two commences on Tuesday 1 May, there will be no uniform transition period necessary. Therefore, all students will commence Term Two in full winter uniform. Given Photo Day will be on the second day of term, Wednesday 2 May, parents are reminded of the importance of checking the sizing of uniforms well before the end of Term One.

 Term One Interim Reports

Students are to be congratulated on their achievements so far this year.  Overall, the Middle School students have performed well both academically and in the way they apply and conduct themselves in class. It is pleasing to see the students achieving outstanding results for important attributes such as communication and work ethic.  I commend the students on their efforts and hope they continue to apply themselves in class throughout Term Two.

 Parent Teacher Interviews

The Year 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher/Student (P/T/S) Interviews will be held on Tuesday 1 May from 12.30pm to 7.30pm in the Sadler Centre (normal classes will conclude at the end of Period 3 – 11.56am on this day).

Please note that there may be a limited number of timeslots available.  To help with this, please ensure you only book ONE timeslot with your child’s teacher, even if they teach your child in multiple subjects. If you are unable to secure a timeslot during this round of P/T/S interviews, you may contact the relevant teacher(s) directly to arrange a conversation on another date.

If your child’s teacher has indicated ‘Interview requested’ on his/her Term One Progress Report, it is highly recommended that you book an interview with the relevant teacher(s), even if the Edval booking system does not specify that an interview is requested. If your child does not have any interview requests, then your discretion should be used as to whether or not you book an interview with their teacher(s).

Your PIN has been emailed to all families, which will enable you to use the Edval system to book your interviews.

You will be able to book interviews for your student(s) from 1.00pm Wednesday 11 April until 9.00am on Monday 30 April. 

If you have any queries or are having problems using the Edval system, please do not hesitate to contact Sara-Ann Tuson

Winter Uniform Term Two

Given Term Two commences on Tuesday 1 May, there will be no uniform transition period necessary. Therefore, all students will commence Term Two in full winter uniform. Given Photo Day will be on the second day of term, Wednesday 2 May, parents are reminded of the importance of checking the sizing of uniforms well before the end of Term One.

Mothers’ Day Breakfast

We invite mothers and your children to a Mothers’ Day Breakfast on Friday 11 May, 7.15am to 8.00am.

Click on the link below to RSVP your interest (Including how many of your children will be in attendance).  Please provide accurate numbers to we can cater accordingly.

RSVP no later than 5.00pm Wednesday 9 May.

Tea, coffee, juice and fruit will be provided and bacon and egg rolls can be pre-ordered. (Follow the booking link below for information)

We look forward to seeing as many Mothers and their children as possible.

Please click here to book.

Year 7-10 Da Vinci Decathlon

 On the 6th of April, eight Year 10 students from the Academic Excellence Program (AEP) took place in the annual Da Vinci Decathlon Event. This event is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of high achieving students. The competition involves 10 categories; Engineering, Mathematics, Code breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge. This year the theme was “Expect the Unexpected”.  From our school, groups of 8 students from Years 7-10 competed in each of these categories against other schools. The winning teams have the chance to represent their school in the National da Vinci Decathlon. 

During the lead up to the Da Vinci Gala, we attended training sessions for each of these categories to help us bond as a team and be able to answer questions relating to the themes under pressure. These training sessions were held before, during or after school and were a key part in the preparation for this amazing event. Thank you to all the teachers who took time out of their busy schedules to run these sessions. This included Mr Matthews, Mrs Di Giuseppe, Mrs Davies and Mrs Coma. We would like to especially thank Mr Clark and Mrs Carvalho who played a key role in our success.

On the day 18-28 schools including Corpus were at the gala and as a student who had taken place in this even once before in year 9, it was really great to see the same students competing again. The day started out with the formal introductions and then we started competing. The engineering task was to produce a jack-in-the-box or a paper airplane that travelled the furthest. Art and Poetry was based on the whole theme “Expect the Unexpected”. Science and Mathematics involved answering and solving complex problems. Ideation involved coming up with a solution to a problem. One team had the problem: “What would we do if Alien came to earth?”. English was made up of spelling, poems and a passage from ‘Frankenstein’, that needed to be interpreted. Code Breaking involved deciphering various codes, Cartography involved having extensive knowledge of maps of the world and the General knowledge questions were based on current affairs.

There was some tough competition from all the schools, however, our teams took home some places in the various sessions. The Year 8 team came 4th in Creative Producers. The Year 9 team came first in General Knowledge and Code Breaking and 6th place in Ideation and English. Finally, the Year 10 team came third in Engineering.

Overall this was a really rewarding day in which we learned the importance of team work, the key to our success. As a Year 10 student this is my last Da Vinci Decathlon which is a disappointing thought. However, it has been a great opportunity to take part in the Da Vinci Decathlon throughout the years.

 Mary Alamyio (Year 10)

NAPLAN – Years 7 and 9

Please note that this year the NAPLAN will be taking place on 15, 16 and 17 May for Years 7 and 9, with catch up tests (for students absent for any tests) occurring on Friday 18 May.

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. NAPLAN performance is now also linked to secondary graduation so it is critical that all students do their very best. NAPLAN will take place in Week 3 of Term 2.

At the College we recognise the importance of NAPLAN but it certainly isn’t the exclusive focus of our learning programs or our teaching. However, leading up to the tests, students will have been familiarised with the tests and, in many cases, have completed practice papers to reduce anxiety and ensure students are comfortable with the process.

More information or additional NAPLAN resources can be found at