Year 7 Drama - Ancient Greek Masks

In Ancient Greek Theatre masks played a vital role in characterisation and performance.

Illustrations of theatrical masks from 5th century display helmet-like mask, covering the entire face and head, with holes for the eyes and a small aperture for the mouth, as well as an integrated wig. It is interesting to note that these paintings never show actual masks on the actors in performance; they are most often shown being handled by the actors before or after a performance, that liminal space between the audience and the stage, between myth and reality. 

This demonstrates the way in which the mask was to ‘melt’ into the face and allow the actor to vanish into the role. Effectively, the mask transformed the actor as much as memorisation of the text. Therefore, performance in ancient Greece did not distinguish the masked actor from the theatrical character.

Today in Year 7 Drama the students created and decorated their own Ancient Greek Masks, looking at simple designs as a starting point and discussing the effective use of masks in this traditional theatre style.


e-News 10 - 2017

From the Principal

There has been a myriad of events in the past fortnight: Titration Stakes, Girls’ Netball and AFL finals, Boys’ AFL finals, Touch, ‘Defining Moments’ Dance Performance Evening, Public Speaking events, Atwell Art Exhibition, Philosothon at John XXIII College, just to name a few...

Middle School News

Our Year 7 Art students have picked up an award from Atwell Gallery for their collaborative, artistic endeavours. Title of the work ‘Homage to Oldenburg’ Collaborative Pop Art Public Art installation...

Senior School News

On Tuesday 20 June two enthusiastic teams of Year 12 Chemistry students ventured off to compete in 2017RACI TITRATION STAKES in Resources and Chemistry Precinct at Curtin University of Technology between 5.00 - 8.00 pm...

Senior School News - e-News 10 - 2017

Titration Stakes

On Tuesday 20 June two enthusiastic teams of Year 12 Chemistry students ventured off to compete in 2017RACI TITRATION STAKES in Resources and Chemistry Precinct at Curtin University of Technology between 5.00 - 8.00 pm.

The competition is designed to encourage students who enjoy Chemistry, particularly its practical side, to develop their skills and to reward those who attain a high level of proficiency. Every Secondary School in the metropolitan area plus interested country schools was invited to enter two teams consisting of three members each.

Each team had one and a half hours to complete all titrations, carry out all calculations and hand in result sheets. Both of our teams performed well and competed successfully with a high degree of accuracy. One team compromising Olivia Mocerino and Hayley Zeller achieved 11th place and will go on to complete in the National competition in August.

Congratulations to:

Elish Lau, Alea Go, Olivia Mocerino and Hayley Zeller

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Magis Carnival

A Carnival Of Thought

“Thinking is impossible without any language” and “The law needs to recognise human rights and the fundamental interdependence of all biological (and some abiological) entities and their essential diversity” were just two of the topics tackled by Year Twelve students; Lila Rodari, Brittany Wassel, Emma Zanoli and Olivia Fudera in the annual philosophy event the Magis Carnival. The Magis Carnival is an event run by Dr Annette Pedersen of John XXIII College, where students from different schools gather together for in-depth, challenging and mature philosophical discussion. It is not a competition, it is a chance for young minds to have meaningful dialogue in an environment surrounded by intellect, thought and critical thinking.

Our students were split up into groups where they engaged in the philosophical talks with like peers from other schools. This event was not only a chance for them to practice their critical thinking, but meet students from other schools who, like them, are expressive, intelligent, and articulate. The sense of developing comradery was unmistakable.

Brittany, Lila, Olivia and Emma conducted themselves with respect, enthusiasm and passion and by the end of the night were humming with positive energy. They found the other students fascinating and engaging and in the break, were proselytising about the merits of their groups. At the end of the night it was obvious that they had enjoyed their time and that the experience was engaging and revelatory.

Mrs Filipa Carvalho our Head of Academic Excellence organised for our students to go and will be looking to find interested student to participate in the carnival next year. Congratulations to the girls for their outstanding efforts, and taking a break from their busy study schedules to participate in this amazing academic event.

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Badminton WA Open School’s Tournament

16 June marked the end of an era for Badminton in Corpus Christi College. It was the final Badminton tournament that our Year 12 students would participate in, and so it was with bittersweet feelings that we journeyed to Kingsway to play other schools in a round-robin tournament. Many of the Year 12 students who played in this tournament have participated in Badminton since they were in Year 7 and, lead by assistant coach Matthew Teo have helped to build Badminton into a feasible and popular sport in the College. Their graduation at the end of this year will be noticeable and will leave a real and tangible dent in the soul of the sport in the school.

In a difficult-to-miss prophetic coincidence, this tournament also saw the inclusion of one sole Year 7 student: Timothy Sentosa, who the Year 12 students have already dubbed: The Future Coach of Corpus Badminton. Together, he and Matthew made it all the way to the Semi-Finals of the tournament but were knocked out by two state players from All Saints' College. They played to a crowd of their peers who were especially enthusiastic in supporting their plays and while they did not progress to the finals, their efforts and the skills they displayed in the game – a palpable murmur of discussion was noted when Matthew almost went into the splits to make a shot - were a highlight of the day.

As always, our students behaved impeccably and you would have to search long and far for another group of students who could display the same about of respect, comradery, enthusiasm and sincerity for each other and the sport. The students are to be congratulated for their outstanding efforts and their conduct during the day.

Ms Elaine Liew
Badminton Coach

Year 10 Retreat

This year the Year 10 students at Corpus Christi College will be participating in a unique reflective and personal growth experience. This experience is titled “Corpus Compass 10” or “CC10”. 

‘Compass’ represents how, we at Corpus, embracing the Gospel values are called to set our compass in the right direction; directed towards God, and in doing so we grow as whole human persons who contribute positively to our community.

CC10 will run over two days during school hours (Thursday 22 June and Friday 23 June) from 8.30am to 3.15pm.

The cohort will be divided into two large groups and participate in two separate activities on each of the two days swapping over each day. Both days will be run by external providers ASPIRE (challenging leadership program) and ICEA (indigenous reconciliation).

The goal the two days is for students to reflect on self, their relationship with God and how they can implement learning from these two days to Senior School application. 

Level playing field – if jobs count, then VET has the numbers

TUE 13 JUNE | VDC NEWS Edition 8, 13 June 2017

But there’s a mismatch between public perceptions of VET and the facts about what VET delivers

Australia is lucky to have an innovative, active organisation like Skilling Australia Foundation, firmly focused as it is on the benefits VET brings to young Australians and the national economy. The Foundation is a determined advocate for VET, as is amply demonstrated by its recent report which tackles head on a series of widely held opinions that VET is junior league when it comes to tertiary education.

Perceptions are not reality: Myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia (30 pages) zeroes in on three myths about VET:

  1. VET graduates earn low wages.
  2. VET graduates struggle to find work.
  3. VET is a thing of the past.

None of these is true, and with admirable ease the report debunks each of them.

 VET graduates earn high wages in occupations with high demand

Take Myth #1 – VET graduates earn low wages. Here are the Foundation’s countering facts:

‘The median full-time income for a VET graduate is $56,000. The median graduate salary for students completing a Bachelor’s degree is $54,000. VET graduates also have the capacity to earn higher salaries than many Bachelor degree graduates: the highest average starting salary for a VET qualification (Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas – Electrical at $85,4006) is higher than the highest starting salary with a Bachelor-level degree (Dentistry at $80,0007).’

The Foundation’s report bowls up plentiful evidence of buoyant demand for VET graduates. Based on national survey data the Foundation’s report tells us 59 per cent of Australians believe that ‘in a globally competitive world we need university education more than VET.’ In knocking down Myth #3 the report makes a simple case for VET:

‘According to the Commonwealth Government Department of Employment, the VET sector currently provides training courses for 9 out of 10 occupations predicted to have the greatest growth of new jobs over the next five years.’

VET is riding a wave of international and industry esteem

If you are looking for sound arguments about the individual, social and economic benefits of VET, Skilling Australia Foundation has assembled them all in one place in just 30 pages. The report takes an international perspective too, showcasing the role VET plays in nations like Germany, the UK and the US. Apart from government enthusiasm for VET as a valuable social and economic policy player, industry is onside as well. Globally, the report notes:

‘… there is a trend towards skills-based hiring, rather than recruitment weighted strongly towards academic qualifications. Ernst and Young (EY) in the UK have now removed degrees from their hiring criterion, like Nestlé and Barclays who are also moving to contemporary skills and strengths-based recruitment.’

This level of regard for VET is something we need to work harder to bring into public consciousness. The Foundation’s CEO, Nicholas Wyman, introduces the report by saying:

‘… among the Australian public, perceptions surrounding vocational education continue to be widely out of step with the reality of the sector and its achievements… public awareness and recognition of the crucial role that VET can play and is playing – in training the Australian workforce with the skills required to grasp future industry opportunities – is poor.’

It’s not just in Australia we need to market the facts. Skillset and match, a magazine published by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, reports that 87 per cent of VET students are happy with the work-related skills they developed, yet 1 in 3 European Union citizens do not think VET leads to well-paid or highly regarded jobs. Perhaps it’s time for an international campaign to reposition VET in the public sphere as a tertiary education pathway that holds great promise for all of us.

Reconsidering career advice to students.

Middle School News - e-News 10 -2017

2017 Atwell Youth Art Award Winners

Our Year 7 Art students have picked up an award from Atwell Gallery for their collaborative, artistic endeavours. Title of the work ‘Homage to Oldenburg’ Collaborative Pop Art Public Art installation. The students involved:

Zoee Cokcetin
Hudson Craig-Power
Molly Dawkins
Erin Doherty
Harry Dunleavy
Zak Grbelja
May Hopwood
Abriam Kalaiarasan
Hugh Livingston
Lucas Maghiar
Maisy Metcalfe-Gibson
Tia Monument
Erin Peters
Sinead Rego
Claudia Werch

Mark Parker has been nominated for a separate award, Title of the artwork ‘Preador’ Comic Painting.

National Programming Competition

Congratulations to the following Middle School students were competed in the University of New South Wales National programming competition on Friday 16 June.

Year 8

  • Thomas Erkes
  • Blake Chiera
  • Jacob D’Aurizio
  • Marius Rodari
  • Elijah White-U
  • Sanjeev Singh
  • Adriana Romeo
  • Annalise Fernandez
  • Leah Nigli
  • Jacinta Symons

Year 9

  • Edison (Mao Zhe) Foo
  • Thomas Nicholls
  • Adam Neri


Home study is seen as an integral part of the academic program of the College. It is recommended that all students should be engaged in consistent home learning. Regular, planned study timeslots organised around family, leisure and sport commitments are a guideline for success.

The guidelines below are average times recommended for 5 days/times per week (including weekends).

  • Year 7 - 30-60 minutes per day
  • Year 8 - 45-75 minutes per day
  • Year 9 - 60-90 minutes per day

What is expected of Teachers?

  • Homework should be issued with the intention to assist students consolidate their learning
  • Outcome of homework should be communicated to students
  • Provide suggested time to spend on set activities, e.g. (15 minutes)
  • Differentiate homework to appropriately challenge each level of learner
  • Homework should be entered on SEQTA.

What is expected of the student at home?

  • Ensure that all possible homework is completed
  • Work for short, concentrated bursts. Twenty to forty minutes of fully-focused effort interspersed with short breaks is recommended

Parents can help by?

  • Regularly checking SEQTA for communications from teachers
  • Providing a suitable environment for home study
  • Insisting on a high standard of neatness for all work in all subject areas
  • Providing firm support to follow a set study plan (thus helping the student to avoid overloading on any one night)
  • Providing resources (e.g. providing internet access, obtaining books, encouraging the use of the library)
  • Monitoring the effective use of the Internet
  • Being actively involved in the learning with students
  • If a student is unable to complete an ‘overnight’ learning task due to family reasons, please either email the teacher concerned or write a note in the Student Diary.

Uniform and Grooming

Parents are urged to ensure that their children’s uniform and grooming is perfect for the start of the Term Three.  It is expected that the College uniform is to be worn with pride and for students to ensure that they are fully compliant with all College regulations.  While holidays may be a time for more extreme hairstyles and casual dress, this should not be carried over into the school environment. It would be most unfortunate if your son’s or daughter’s start of Term is marred by failing to comply with the College’s requirements and the consequences which would flow from this.

Home-School Communication

Parents are reminded that in the first instance, if you have concerns about your son’s or daughter’s progress, it is always appropriate to make direct contact with the relevant class teacher.  If there is no resolution to your concerns, the College’s protocols require the Head of Year or Learning Area Coordinator to be contacted.

As our teachers have full time teaching loads, please note that any return of parental contact may not be possible until the following day.  You are also encouraged to use Direct Message in SEQTA to bring matters to the attention of staff.

The eNews is a fortnightly communication which provides our College community with important information.  You will receive an e-mail providing a link to the College Website.   The eNews is available electronically through the College website.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews - Tuesday 25 July

Interviews for Years 7 to 12 will be conducted on Tuesday 25 July from 12.30pm to 7.30pm. There will be a thirty minute break from 5pm to 5.30pm. 

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 teachers directly to arrange a meeting on another date.

If your child’s teacher has indicated ‘Interview requested’ in his/her Semester One Report, it is highly recommended that you book an interview with the relevant teacher(s), even if the PTO 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).

PTO will be made available to parents for bookings on Wednesday 19 July at 8.00am and will close on Monday 24 July 8.00am (one day before the interviews).

Please contact Sara Tuson at Student Services on 6332 2505 or

if you need further assistance.

Year 9 Pastoral Session - Amy Coombe

Yvette Pearce
Head of Year 9

Having worked with over 20,000 Teens, Teachers and Parents across Australia in relation to all things mental health, wellbeing and body image, Amy knows that there has never been a time when caring about mental health and wellbeing has been so important. Amy shares her professional and personal tools, strategies and stories, to help teens cope in a world where they are switched on 27/7 both mentally and physically.

Amy presented to the Year 9s in Monday’s Pastoral Period and gave them some valuable advice, real life experience and contacts to help them manoeuvre through the complicated world they live in today. For students who are needing further support Amy and the College recommend, and as well as the opportunity to meet with one of our College Counsellors; Mrs Goodchild or Mrs Rossi. 

Digital Citizenship and Digital Footprint

Digital Citizenship and Digital Footprint

Mr Daniel Budd
Director of Learning Technologies

On Wednesday 21 June, Mr Budd revised what it means for students to have a respectful digital footprint and the responsibility of digital citizenship. He discussed that we all should all be aiming for a digital footprint that is representative of how each individual would like to be perceived by their peers, family and community today and in the future.

Mr Budd reminded Year 9’s of the expectations, College policies and benefits of their internet accessibility. Digital communication was also a focus of the presentation, as students are interacting with the wider community to complete their Personal Projects and need to remember appropriate communication at all times. If students or parents have any questions regarding the College ICT policy or ICT questions in general they are encouraged to contact Mr Budd.

Careers Week - Week 10

Rachel Burke
Careers Coordinator

As a part of 'Careers Week' at the College in Week 10, teachers of Years 7-12 will generate a whole school conversation about different career pathways. Each teacher will briefly speak to their classes about: 

  • Occupations their subject area can lead to
  • Transferable skills learnt in their subject area
  • Subject area industry trends
  • Their own career journey
  • How career paths can change with time and experience
  • Starting out in their career- part-time jobs, internships, networking, interviewing etc.

A range of non-teaching professionals at the College including an Accountant, School Psychologist, Chef, Nutritionist, Carpenter, Horticulturalist, IT Technician and Business Administrator will briefly visit a range of classes to talk about their own job, career pathways and experiences. 

Conversations beginning in Years 7-9 relating to possible future careers, pathways and individual experiences, form a part of the foundation on which senior students deepen their knowledge of Career Development and make decisions about future subject selections, course pre-requisites, university and TAFE pathways. 

Students in Years 7-9 have the opportunity to establish their own career exploration profile through using their school email address. This subscribed website allows students to; complete quizzes based on their interests and strengths, match strengths with possible occupations, view videos of a range of occupations, and future job prospects. 

From the Principal - e-News 10 - 2017

Dear parents

There has been a myriad of events in the past fortnight: Titration Stakes, Girls’ Netball and AFL finals, Boys’ AFL finals, Touch, ‘Defining Moments’ Dance Performance Evening, Public Speaking events, Atwell Art Exhibition, Philosothon at John XXIII College, just to name a few. With music students preparing for the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges in WA, and Visual Arts students preparing for the Catholic Schools Angelico Exhibition, Term Three will continue to be filled with many opportunities for students.

Child Protection

From time-to-time, I receive ‘alerts’ from Catholic Education WA. Last week, a female student from a school in Success reported an incident in which a man driving a white sedan approached her asking if she wanted a lift to school. He was persistent so she informed him she would call the police, and as the man stopped the car, she ran away. The matter was reported to police, but I tell this story in the newsletter to invite parents to discuss ways to protect themselves from such incidents.

In light of this incident, I asked Homeroom teachers to urge all students to take care when going to and from school, and to report anything suspicious to parents, school and the police – call 131 444 or the local station to report an incident to police (and only use 000 in an emergency), or 1800 333 000 to reach Crime Stoppers.

Offenders and potential offenders are extremely mobile across the metropolitan area – we continue our professional vigilance in protecting your children during school time and at excursions and camps as much as we can. This is one of the reasons we have been thorough with requesting updated information prior to such learning activities via MCB.

With regards to coming to or from school, here are some simple suggestions to help your child stay safe. Please ask your child to:

  • Always travel with company
  • Walk on the right hand side of the road so you face oncoming traffic
  • Wherever possible, leave space between yourself and the roadway
  • Stay in areas that are well lit
  • Stay in view – avoid going into areas that are hidden from view (such as parkland bush or behind shopping centres) and plan trips to avoid such locations
  • Be alert – earphones and headphones can reduce your awareness considerably
  • If you have a mobile phone, have it turned on and ready to dial an emergency number
  • If a passing car stops nearby never get too close
  • Do not hesitate to run from a situation in which you feel at risk
  • Provide this advice to brothers and sisters, especially if younger
  • Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police
  • If you can get it safely, try to photograph or remember the number plate of the car
  • Report numbers plates of cars and the clothing or distinguishing features of individuals to police.

To get the latest community safety information from police, visit WA Police on Facebook or online at

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me at the College.

Appointment of Deputy Principal Senior School

After an extensive process, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Damian Scali as the College Deputy Principal Senior School. Mr Scali is currently Acting in this role and was selected unanimously by the Interview Panel for this senior executive role at the College.

Mr Scali was Acting Vice Principal at Servite College, holding the position as Assistant Deputy Principal at Servite for six years, when he joined us in 2014 as a Head of Year. Mr Scali was attracted to Corpus Christi College due to our reputation for developing leaders who are change agents, making a positive difference to student learning and engagement. Mr Scali was keen to ‘work at a college that strives for a culture of excellence, whilst providing all students with a well-rounded education with the support of the parents and wider community...’. In recent times, Mr Scali was accredited by CEWA to conduct professional development in schools, including CBC Fremantle, John XXIII College, Mazenod College and St Norbert’s College, as part of the implementation of a Child Protection Curriculum across the Catholic system. Prior to his appointment at Servite College, Mr Scali was also a Head of House and the Acting Head of Science at Kolbe Catholic College, having taught Religious Education, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in a range of schools including Mazenod College and Nagle Catholic College.

Mr Scali holds a Master of Religious Education from the University of Notre Dame, having also completed a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) specialising in science and mathematics, and has achieved the Accreditation to Lead Religious Education qualification.

As an experienced and highly committed educational leader, I am confident that Mr Damian Scali will contribute a great deal to continuing the wonderful work that has made Corpus Christi College a leader in the education of students in the Senior School.

Staffing Matters

After nearly four years, serving the marketing and public relations arm of the College Cam Allen has concluded his contract. He has had an enormous impact on the College which will be ever-lasting, particularly in the design of our House crests, flags and banners, part of the ‘soul’ of the College. Cam has been involved with Corpus Christi College since he was enrolled in 1988 as a student, was appointed as Head Boy and House Captain in 1992, then returned in 2000 as an Art teacher. After three years, he left to pursue a career as a graphic designer, then returned to Corpus, initially contracted to prepare and print our Yearbook, along with other publications. Although it may be time to pursue other avenues, Cam will always be part of the fabric of the College and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

After nearly three years at Corpus Christi College, specialised Literacy teacher Mrs Christine Gecas has accepted a position in Deaf Education, commencing next term.

Other staff who are leaving us after covering staff on leave include Indonesian Teaching Assistant Mrs Nurmala Simbolon who was employed via a CEWA grant and Education Support Teaching Assistant Mr Luke Walkey.

We wish staff who are on leave all the best: Ms Tamar Caro in Semester Two, Mrs Anna Triscari, Mrs Chanel Fenwick, Mr Linda Kenton and Mrs Kathleen Davey in Term Three.

As is our custom, we will wish our staff leaving farewell at a special morning tea on Friday in the staffroom.

We commence Term Three with a Staff Professional Learning Day, with a focus on our Catholic Identity. We have asked the Reverend Dr Elio Capra sdb to facilitate the day. Like our Archbishop, Fr Elio is a Salesian priest. More information about Fr Elio will be sent to all staff during the holidays however, in the meantime, I include a short biography from his university below:

Reverend Dr Elio Capra sdb
BTheol (MCD) MTheol (Berkley) MTheol (MCD) DTheol (MCD)

Department of Systematic Theology
Department of Pastoral and General Studies

Reverend Dr Elio Capra is a lecturer at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne and is a member of the Department of Systematic Theology and Department of Pastoral and General Studies.  He lectures in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology.  He is a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco (sdb).

The Final Word

High achieving students will be acknowledged and presented to the community at the Whole School Assembly on the Tuesday of the last week of term. A complete list of those who received Academic Awards and Colours Awards will be acknowledged on the website. I congratulate these students for their dedication and commitment to their studies, which has contributed to their high achievement.

Students will commence Term Three on Tuesday 18 July, after staff participate in a Professional Learning ‘Catholic Identity’ Day on Monday 17 July.

For all parents, students and staff, please have a wonderful winter holiday break and return refreshed and ready for the challenges and opportunities that will form part of Term Three.

Best wishes and God bless

Mrs Caroline Payne

Senior Boys Football

Australian Rules Football at Corpus Christi College has always had a focus on developing strong character and leadership. Football is simply the conduit to which these skills can be cultivated.

This year our Captain, Gavin Thompson, supported by the Year 12s in the team, were given even more responsibility. This was the first year that these students decided who would play where and what strategies and tactics would be used in the upcoming games. The team embraced this model of increased student independence, which translated into wins on the football field.

The season presented many 'on and off field' challenges. They were met with integrity and tenacity and as a result, these challenges were overcome and the whole team continually improved. Unfortunately, the boys winning season came to an end in the semi-finals with a gut-wrenching last minute loss to the football specialist school, Cecil Andrews. The boys conducted themselves with dignity amidst the disappointment, and have gained far more than they have lost from the experience of being a part of the Senior Boys Football team.

Stephen Kingwell 1st XVII Coach

'Defining Moments' - Dance Open Evening 2017

On Wednesday 22 June the College Dance Team hosted Defining Moments’ , the Dance Open Evening for 2017. This was a rare opportunity to showcase our new Performing Arts space to the families and friends of the dance students who have the pleasure of using it on a day-to-day basis.

‘Defining Moments’ was an exciting new format for our annual College Dance Performance that invited the College community into the Dance classroom for an intimate look behind the scenes. In traditional dance performances, the audience sees only the finished product: the glitter, the lights and the smiles of the performers. The audience doesn’t get to see the preparation that goes into this final product – neither the countless hours students dedicate to improving their dance technique in class, nor the slow rehearsal process as students collaborate to create and learn the dances for performance. This is the process and development that we want to share with our Dance families and the College community as a whole.

‘Defining Moments’ is not designed as a polished performance, but instead it is an intimate and raw look at Dance at the College. The first part of the evening was presented in an ‘open day’ style where guests had the opportunity to see students actively learning new skills and discuss their experience of Dance at the College. 

Between Dance Teachers, Ms Fuhr and Mr Bain, they focussed on Contemporary and Jazz techniques, additionally, Mr Pidd guided those interested in fitness warm ups and the safe use of fitness equipment.

In the Art Foyer, guests could read about some of the theoretical work to dance, look at stunning costumes and photography from previous dance shows and listen to video interviews from students, discussing their experiences and philosophies of dance.



Corpus Year 8/9 AFL Boys win East Fremantle District Shield

On Monday 19 June the Years 8/9 Boys hosted Willetton SHS on our home turf as the culmination of the 2017 Eagles Cup Home and Away Season. It was another beautiful afternoon for footy and both teams displayed impressive skills, plenty of run and ferocious attack on the ball. The first half was very even before the Corpus lads found another gear and kicked away to win by 14 points.

It was a tremendous team effort with all boys demonstrating courage and a willingness to play for and with each other.

Outstanding individual efforts came from Jace Barnard who was ‘rock-like’ in defence, Joshua Browne, Jacob Gough and Kobe de Rosario who were fearless in the mid field engine room.

Final Score Corpus 4.6 30 defeated Willetton 2.4 16

The boys were presented with the East Fremantle District Shield post-match by Sharks District Development Officer Darren Bell who was very complimentary about the standard of the match and spirit in which it was played.

The boys progress to an inter-district final now where they will come up against Churchlands SHS who were winners of the Claremont District. This match is scheduled for late July in Term 3 with the date to be confirmed.

James Howard
Years 8/9 Boys Coach

Instrumental Music Night 2017!

The Corpus Christi College Music Department have the pleasure of presenting to you Instrumental Music Night 2017. This is an exciting format for us to showcase our talented instrumental students – soloist, duets and ensembles.

The following ensembles will be performing on the night;

Clarinet Choir
Jazz Band
Junior and Senior Concert Bands
Junior and Senior Flute Ensembles
Junior and Senior Guitar Ensembles
Junior and Senior Saxophone Ensembles
Strings Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
Plus, several soloist and duets to be selected the ensemble directors.

This year's performance will be held in the James Nestor Auditorium on Tuesday 27th of June 2017. The performance will commence at 6:00pm, and conclude at 9.00pm.  Please note that doors will open to the public promptly at 5.40pm and tickets must be presented for entry.

Early bookings are essential due to limited seating.

The link for booking tickets is and the cost will be $10.00 per person.

Light refreshments will be available.

We hope to see you there!

Year 12 Psychology Visit

The Corpus Christi College Year 12 Psychology class recently visited Yidarra Catholic Primary School to explore 'Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory'.

The students played a variety of games with a Pre-Primary and Grade 6 class. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the visit with the highlight of the Year 6 class being able to show our students their beautifully presented workbooks and receive feedback.

Our young artists do it again!

Congratulations to the 2017 Atwell Youth Award winners! Corpus students entered 5 categories and managed to achieve an award in each category. An exceptional feat!

The Atwell Gallery in Applecross is a great supporter of the artistic endeavours of young people. For the past 15 years the gallery has provided students from different schools across the metropolitan area an opportunity to showcase artwork to the general public. This provides students with an outside audience, which is a valuable experience for emerging artists! Viewing the variety of exceptionally high standard artworks exhibited is always a marvellous experience.

Once again, the College received commendable acknowledgements for the artwork of some of our students. Judges commented on the contrast shown in each of the artworks, stating they were truly amazing. The traditional use of drawing media was absolutely breathtaking and the young artists were commended for the high degree of skill achieved, particularly in relation to the large-scale works.

As a College, we are very proud to announce the following awards winners.

Year 12 Rachel Raphael: Highly Commended Medium Pencil drawing. Title ‘Jalan Penang’
Year 11 Tyler Sandon: Winner First Prize: Medium Pencil drawing. Title ‘More than meets the Eye’
Year 10 Amy Riordan: Medium Ceramic sculpture. Title ‘Contemplation’
Year 7 Mark Parker:  Medium painting. Title ‘Preador comic’

Year 7 Group work –  Medium Polystyrene.  Title ‘Homage to Oldenburg’

  1. Zoee Cokcetin
  2. Hudson Craig-Power
  3. Molly Dawkins
  4. Erin Doherty
  5. Harry Dunleavy
  6. Zak Grbelja
  7. May Hopwood
  8. Abriam Kalaiarasan
  9. Hugh Livingston
  10. Lucas Maghiar
  11. Maisy Metcalfe-Gibson
  12. Tia Monument
  13. Erin Peters
  14. Sinead Rego
  15. Claudia Werch

Touch Carnival

On Thursday 8 June, two  Middle School Touch teams represented the College in a Champion Schools Touch Carnival at George Manning Reserve. In what was perfect weather, both teams performed admirably against tough competition.  A handful of the opposition were Specialist Touch Schools so we knew the day would prove to be a real challenge.

The boys were in a tough pool which included Lakelands A, Thornlie A, Willetton A, Atwell C, Mandurah and All Saints.

We won 3 and lost 3 with the following results:

WON 3-0 v Atwell C
LOST 8-0 v Thornleigh A
LOST 4-1 v Lakelands A
WON 3-2 v Willeton A
LOST 2-1 v Mandurah
WON 4-2 v All Saints

The boys played well all day and while the scores were pretty indicative of the games, the Mandurah game could easily have gone our way and we were very competitive against Lakelands. Thornlie looked to be a class above and the talk leading in was that they would probably play Aranmore A in the final.  

Liam guided the team as coach and Byrone Devene was nominated as Captain for the day and served as our most consistent player.  He was well-supported by Cullen Devene, Chase Bourne, Nayan Brown and Jack Clutterbuck who all played a good brand of Touch. The entire squad improved as the Carnival progressed and players started to work well as a team.  The bonus was that no players suffered any injuries.

The girls team also drew a tough pool playing 7 games in total, winning 2 games, losing 4 (narrowly losing 2) and drew 1 (on the siren).

All players contributed well and set up some good plays to score. They need to be commended on their sportsmanship and support for each other throughout the day. We had one injury with Bianca Liedtke badly rolling an ankle in the last game to All Saints'. It was an enjoyable but very tiring day for all the players.

Year 9 – Grace Kingston, Mosiai McDonald, Jenna Tupuhi, Rachel Ledo, Isabella Castillo, Indiana Mastaglia, Bianca Liedtke, Sophie Jones 

Year 8 – Alira Malan, Carly Pizzuto

Instrumental and Vocal Music Tuition

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to let you know that we are now accepting enrolments for Instrumental and Vocal Music tuition in Term Three.

If you would like to learn any instrument, please look on the Community Portal under 'Instrumental Music Program Portal'.  There you will find an information brochure, enrolment form and details of our instrumental tutors.  Please let Mrs Michelle Hunt the Arts Administrator know of your wishes and we will enrol your son/daughter at the earliest opportunity.  Forms can also be collected from the Art's Office.

May I also encourage all Corpus Students with an interest in Music to participate in the College Music program.  We run 4 choirs and 15 music ensembles representing music of all kinds, and for all levels of expertise. We also run a Rock School and extra Music Theory classes. Please note that at present only 3 of the 19 music groups are auditioned. Details can be found on the Community Portal (under 'Instrumental Music Program Portal'), or from Mrs Hunt or the Head of Music, Mr Harries.

We will be taking on all-comers at the Catholic Performing Arts (August) - please join up before it's too late, and let's show them what we can do!!!

If you are currently enrolled, you will be automatically re-enrolled for Term 3.

Michelle Hunt
Arts Administrator

Corpus Cross Country - Committed Connected and Courageous!

Thursday 1 June 2017 felt more like late Spring than the first day of winter. Conditions were ideal early but soon became unseasonably warm and challenging for the eighty-five-strong team of committed Corpus athletes who competed in the ACC Cross Country Carnival at Perry Lakes Reserve. The event brought together 67 ACC member schools to compete in the biggest event of its type in Western Australia. 

After a slow start in the U13 events, Corpus stamped her authority in the remaining races and the class and courage of our well-prepared team became obvious to all that were fortunate enough to witness the magnificent celebration of young sporting talent. 

Corpus won the U14 Girls Division, Open Girls Division and The Overall Girls Division. 

In the Overall Combined Division Corpus finished the day 3rd. 

Of the 67 schools competing, Corpus ranked Top 5 in 7 Categories.

Category   Ranking

U14 Girls    1
U14 Boys   3
U15 Girls    2
U16 Girls    5
U19 Girls    1
Overall Girls    1
Overall Combined    3

It was another stunning performance from Kayla Van der Linden of Year 8 who won the U14 Girls Division and was not only the fastest female overall from over 1800 girls, but also the third fastest athlete overall on pace at 3:11 min/km from over 3,300 boys and girls. 

Taylor Kroyer won the U15 Girls Division and was the 6th fastest female overall. 

Despite being unwell during the week prior, our female Captain Brooke McCoy demonstrated wonderful courage after collapsing from exhaustion just metres before the finishing line and picking herself up to finish 6th in the U19 Girls race. Combining with fearless team mates Kayla Weekes and Claire James who both finished top 15, our U19 Girls sealed their age group and the Overall Girls Trophy. 

Other outstanding individual performances came from Isabella Cross Year 7, Sienna Andritsos, Carly Pizzuto, Cade Ravlich, Jaren Carr Year 8, Holly Van der Linden Year 10 and Liam Hislop of Year 12 who all placed top 15 in their age group category. 

With around 300 competitors in each race, finishing in the first 50 was a marvellous achievement and so we have listed those in the ‘Corpus Top 50 Club 2017’ below. 

Massive thanks to our dedicated coaching team headed by Mr Reno Sinagra and supported by Mr Mark Green, Ms Tessa Johnson and Ms Cara Wright. The commitment of these staff to the running program has enabled many team members to achieve their goals and all have been key players in the success of our 2017 campaign. 

We encourage keen runners to continue attending running club and to maintain their fitness for the impending Athletics season. 

The team results and raw individual results from the Cross Country are available on the ACC website as an Excel file. Click this link to download the XC Team Results2017v1 file. 

This Excel file has a listing of all team points for Overall (summary table), girls points, boys points and points for each gender age group (i.e. p13G). The file also includes the raw results for all individuals (Girls tab and Boys tab). To access the different results just click the tabs on the bottom of the workbook to open each sheet. 

The raw individual results (Girls tab and Boys tab) has all the columns filtered and you will see a small triangle (filter symbol) at the top of each column. If you click the triangle you can select the information that you want to filter and view. As an example, if you click the filter symbol for the School column you can just select Corpus Christi to see all our student data. This can be further filtered by the category column (Age Group) to select specific age group information. 

To view pics from the day, please click on the link below:



e-News 9 - 2017


From the Principal

Dear parents, Although the actual feast is not celebrated until Sunday 18 June, we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi last Friday after the examination period for Senior School students concluded.  In addressing the College community, I shared a story from our most recent Associated and Catholic Colleges of WA (ACC) Carnival...

Middle School News

At the request of the Western Australian Bishops, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 students in Catholic schools across Western Australia will take part in The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) from the week commencing Monday 31st July...

Senior School News

On Tuesday 30th May , the Year 12s took part in some sessions based around Financial Literacy, a topic that will prove very important in 2018 and beyond...

Senior School News - e-News 9 - 2017

Term 2 and 3 Dates

As always, please refer to the College Calendar for the most up to date details of College events.

Please note:

Term 2 concludes on Friday 30 June
Term 3 commences (for students) Tuesday 18 July

Year 12 Pastoral Session - Financial Literacy

On Tuesday 30th May , the Year 12s took part in some sessions based around Financial Literacy, a topic that will prove very important in 2018 and beyond.

Paralegals from Consumer Credit Legal Services took the students through bite-sized buzz sessions on:

 Credit and Debt

  • Students were taken through a brief narrative of how young people can get into debt.
  • The topic explored the concept of interest, and what happens when a debt is not repaid. 
  • Credit reports were also briefly discussed. 


  • Students were introduced to consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law.
  • Students took part in a short role play demonstrating how these guarantees affect them
  • A short quiz then highlighted some common consumer law issues faced by young people.

 Buying a car

  • Students were taken through some of the financial elements of purchasing a car. 
  • The topic included the dangers of purchasing a car privately.
  • A role play taught students how to protect themselves when buying a car from a dealer. 

Middle School News - e-News 9 - 2017

Year 8 Vaccinations

The second round of vaccinations for Year 8 students will be occur on Tuesday 13 June in the Foundation Block classrooms.

Term 2 and 3 Dates

As always, please refer to the College Calendar for the most up to date details of College events.

Please note:

Term 2 concludes on Friday 30 June
Term 3 commences (for students) Tuesday 18 July

The Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment 2017

At the request of the Western Australian Bishops, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 students in Catholic schools across Western Australia will take part in The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) from the week commencing Monday 31st July. For Year 9 students at Corpus Christi, the BRLA will be held on the morning of Wednesday 2nd August. The assessment will be accessible to students only online.

The Nature and Role of the BRLA

The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment is a large-scale, standardised assessment program that consists of a series of Religious Education (RE) assessments. The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. The test items in the BRLA are developed and mostly marked by the Office of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). Formal school and student reports are produced by the CEWA for students in Year 5 and Year 9.

The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school based assessment programs in RE.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any inquiries regarding the administration of The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment 2017.

Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP)

Each year, members of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP) are given the opportunity to take part in the Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP). This year we already have 50 students who have registered to take part in the program.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Empower students to strive for excellence and achieve at their true potential.
  • Maximise the potential of all students, converting gifts into talents.
  • Provide students with a positive environment as a result of being involved in unique opportunities whereby they can pursue their interests.
  • Offer students the opportunity to work with like-minded students.
  • Train gifted and talented students to ensure correct attitudes and approaches to learning.
  • Maintain academically able students, motivated.
  • Cater for academically able students who are often self-directed learners.
  • Ensure selected students excel at the attributes identified in the Corpus Christi College Learner Profile.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to apply 21st Century skills including working collaboratively and communicating with others, nurturing student creativity and problem solving skills.

Students can select from a wide range of projects. Click below to access the website with information relating to the program and past projects and the available projects.

Additional Details:

When: Every Tuesday
Start Date: 23rd May 2017
Time: 7.30am- 8.30am
Venue: TCC

Exhibition evening: 31st August 2017 (Celebrating Excellence Evening). Student projects will be exhibited and showcased to parents and friends later in the year.

Murdoch mentors: Year 9 and 10 students have been given the option to have a Murdoch University Student Ambassador mentor them.

Year 7 - Pastoral session - e-safety

Mr Mark Barron
Head of Year 7

As the Year 7s work towards the end of another busy term they are working hard to complete assessments leading up to the reporting period.

Students have been actively engaged with their SMART goals throughout this term, they should see improvements in their academic results because of this. I have been working closely with a group of students to ensure that these goals are met and I have already seen positive outcomes. I encourage parents to monitor and discuss the iSMART goals with their children, it's a clear motivator for students when parents become involved.

In pastoral periods, we have been looking at the importance of e-safety with a focus on the use of social media.  Students are beginning to understand the implications of their online behaviours and the impact that it can have on others.

I am very much looking forward to next week’s Year Assembly as our student leaders deliver for the first time. Their leadership skills are already developing as they oversee the organisation of Corpus Christi Day.  From discussions with the students I am confident that the day will be very successful.

Year 8 - Pastoral session on bullying

Mrs Jen Overend
Head of Year 8

Last week the Year 8’s experienced a pastoral session led by well-being coach, Amy Coombe. The students were made aware of the definition of bullying behaviour. Incidents of bullying include all 3 of these characteristics: 

  1. INTENTION TO HARM: the behaviour was aggressive and a deliberate attempt to hurt another person
  2. REPEATED AGRESSION: these aggressive actions occur repeatedly over time to the same person or group of people
  3. IMBALANCE OF POWER (REAL OR PERCEIVED): the person bullying has more physical or social power than the child or children being bullied

Four types of bullying were identified that can occur separately or together. They are:

PHYSICAL BULLYING - such as kicking, punching or pushing
VERBAL BULLYING - such as name-calling or yelling
RELATIONAL BULLYING - such as excluding or rumour-spreading
CYBER BULLING - such as text messages, e-mail, and material posted on social media sites.

Given the way that technology is used these days it is not surprising that we are seeing an increase in the occurrence of Cyber Bullying. Students were educated on the bullying cycle, as well as how to break this cycle. They were taught the ‘bystander’ has the most important role when bullying behaviour occurs and they were given some tips as to what to do when they see or hear of bullying behaviour:

  1. Plan what you’re going to say. Rehearse it with someone you trust.
  2. Practice how you’re going to stand. Strong. Confident. Powerful. Show them through your body that you mean what you’re saying.
  3. Try and have the conversation 1 on 1. If they have their ‘team’ with them, they have more power.
  4. If you don’t feel comfortable/ safe doing it by yourself, use an Adult as they automatically have more power over the Bully.
  5. No matter what your body does in reaction to your nerves/ fear/ anxiety – SPEAK UP ANYWAY

Please take this opportunity to speak with your son or daughter about bullying behaviour and the role that they can play if they do see or hear or such behaviours. Corpus Christi has a zero tolerance towards bullying. The Year 8 students were made aware that their homeroom teachers, class room teachers, and all other staff are here to support them and want to make their school experience as safe and enjoyable for them as possible.

Year 9 Pastoral session and Personal Projects

Mr Yvette Pearce
Head of Year 9

 Pastoral session - ALPHA MOTIVATION

Week 6 saw the second presentation of Alpha Motivation to the Year 9 group.

Alpha Motivation presented ‘The Motivation Hour’ to empower students to start taking action towards their longer term goals. It is heavily focused on the concepts of self-awareness, passion and building confidence. This innovative workshop is made up of, Motivational Games, Interactive Activities and Powerful Presentations. This presentation contributes to the Year 9 Pastoral Programme, working to assist the students to Strive for Excellence and also helps them to continue to work on their Personal Project,that should now be in the process of production.

Personal Projects

Some amazing projects are taking place and being produced. Students are encouraged to keep working on achieving their goals and to remember that they should be aiming to have their project complete by the end of the Term 2 holidays. In Term 3 students will work on fine tuning their project, writing their report and designing their display.

From the Principal - e-News 9 - 2017

Dear parents

Although the actual feast is not celebrated until Sunday 18 June, we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi last Friday after the examination period for Senior School students concluded.

In addressing the College community, I shared a story from our most recent Associated and Catholic Colleges of WA (ACC) Carnival. As the students are aware, I will often ask them after they have run for the College, whether they have been able to achieve a personal best, a credible goal for each member of the team. However, it was at the end of the Senior Girls race that we witnessed a true act of heroism. A few metres from the finish line, one of our girls who was coming second in the race was completely exhausted. Having started the race feeling unwell and experiencing un-seasonally warm conditions, Brooke McCoy fell to the ground completely spent, but dragged herself up and moved slowly towards the finish line, obviously in pain, finishing the race an amazing 6th place and named by the commentator as ‘hero of the day’. This courageous finish led to our girls winning the aggregate shield, and an overall 3rd place on the day, a feat we will recognise at our next assembly.

Why tell this story on Corpus Christi Day?

I paraphrased from the second reading on Pentecost Sunday from St Paul to the Corinthians 12:3-7.12-13. Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit, because all these parts though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. We are one body, made of many parts, every single person before me is gifted by God, but we are together, always one spirit.  ‘…there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of you.

We have many analogies to the concept of us all working together towards one common purpose. The individual runners who formed the ACC Cross Country team….the students who have helped each other to prepare for tests and examinations in the past few weeks…the staff who have served the College since 1983, including our former Principals, each working towards ensuring our students received the best education we can provide…..the Board members, Project manager, EIW Architects and Metrocon Pty Ltd (builders) who have worked together to provide the best facilities for our students. There are many examples of courage made by individual members in the community – the sacrifices parents have made to enrol students at Corpus Christi College, the sacrifices we make to take part in immersion programs to Mulan in the Easter Kimberley region or to Cambodia; maybe standing up for our friends against those who bully, or the students who perform in bands and choirs to lift our spirits and those of our community. We all have parts to play to make our world a better place.

On behalf of the students, I acknowledged Board Chair Mr Greg LeGuier who represented our parents who provided the funds to be able to undertake our ongoing capital works. Funded by the Building Levy, the $1.5 million redevelopment has transformed our former College gymnasium into a cutting edge facility that will complement our successful programs in music, dance and drama. The James Nestor Performing Arts Centre features two drama suites, two dance studios, an arts gallery space and reception area, and will double as a green room when an adjoining 400-seat theatre is built later this year. In line with the College’s status as an Apple Distinguished School, the facility is compatible with the latest digital technology. It has also been fitted with LED lighting, full surround sound, acoustic paneling and sprung floors. The James Nestor Centre is also a flexible learning space, used as an examination centre for the first time this term. Later in the year, the Centre will house our Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition, and is also able to accommodate a range of assemblies and gatherings, including hosting our Tour Days.

Along with Project Manager Ms Patricia Rodrigues, Mr Peter Quake representing EIW Architects, Mr Ross Leighton representing Metrocon Pty Ltd, a facility that is the envy of other schools has been built – many parts working together.

I concluded my speech with an invitation to our senior students. The Church has identified the liturgical year of 2018, beginning on 31 December 2017, as a National Year of Youth. Pope Francis wishes to hear from the youth of Australia (16–29 years) about their views on life, faith and experiences of the Church.

‘Every young person has something to say to others…all of us need to listen to you! Even young people who consider themselves agnostics, even young people whose faith is lukewarm; even young people who no longer go to Church; even young people who consider themselves atheists’. – Pope Francis

 The thoughts of young people will contribute to the international conversation led by Pope Francis as part of the General Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment to be held in Rome in October 2018. The link for the survey is provided within this copy of the e-News.

We concluded the formal proceedings with recognising our former and current staff who had served the College for more than 20 years, followed by a morning tea for special guests, whilst all students continued with various competitions, Homeroom stalls and the Annual talent quest.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Payne


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Dear Young People,

This is your chance! Be a part of an international conversation and have your voice heard!

Pope Francis wishes to hear from YOU, the youth of Australia (16 – 29 y.o) about your views on life, faith and experiences of the Church. The Australian Bishops published this online survey to provide them with feedback. Your thoughts will contribute to the international conversation led by Pope Francis as part of the General Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment to be held in Rome in October 2018.

Click HERE to start the survey and be on your way to WIN one of three ‘Dr Dre Solo 2.0 On-Ear Headphones’! Details at the end of the survey.

More details

What's a Synod? 

A Synod is a special meeting of bishops from around the world who assist the Pope by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church. But it’s more than a meeting – it’s a way for the Pope to hear from the whole church on an issue. After the Synod the Pope usually writes a special document for the whole of the church.

Who is this survey for?

This survey is for Australians aged between 16 to 29 years. This survey isn’t just for practicing committed Catholics, Pope Francis wants to hear from all young people! So please pass this survey on to all your friends and family, the more the merrier!  Note: if you are under 18, you may wish to discuss the survey with your parents.

How do we do this?

This survey should only take about 10-20 minutes. There are no right or wrong answers, just answer each question as honestly as you can. If you do not want to answer a question, just move on to the next one. In each question, simply click on the number or item which best represents your response, and then move on to the next question.

For more information please click HERE

 ‘Every young person has something to say to others…all of us need to listen to you! Even young people who consider themselves agnostics, even young people whose faith is lukewarm; even young people who no longer go to Church; even young people who consider themselves atheists’. – Pope Francis

Please feel free to forward to any young people, or others who can share this message with young people.

God bless,

Anita Parker
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry
Archdiocese of Perth

 PLEASE NOTE: my new direct email address is