Open Day

On Saturday 17 November, Corpus Christi held a College Open Day. With over 250 people enjoying the presentation, tours and morning tea, the event was a great success. Special thanks to all involved in hosting this event.

The next College Open Days are in March, during school hours. Regular tours are conducted throughout the year, with the next being on Thursday 22 November. If you, or anyone you know would be interested in a tour, or the next Open Day, you can register at

Brainways Quest

Congratulations to Year 10 students Edison Foo, Thomas Nicholls and Nicholas Ng who attended the BRAINWAYS Quest competition held this Monday and Tuesday at UWA. The students came first in Science, first in Mathematics and second in Humanities. Overall, the students came first in the Year 7-10 category. On the 8 December, the students will represent the College in the Finals which are being held in Queensland. We wish them all the best.

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eNews - Week 6, Term 4


From The Principal

Dear Parents 

In returning to Corpus after an extended leave with my family, I am grateful to Karen Prendergast and the Leadership Team who covered for me in the last month. We are now in the last remaining weeks of term…

Senior School News


Edith Cowan University- Careers in Sport Evening, Female AFL Talent Search, Arts Insight Evening

Information for each event attached. WA’s largest Careers in Sport Expo will highlight the diversity of jobs that are available in the industry and the opportunities to pursue these through the wide array and variety of courses on offer at ECU.

Middle School News

Resilience - A link to the Corpus Christi College Learner Profile

Resilience is the ability to meet and overcome challenges in ways that maintain or promote well-being. It incorporates attributes like grit, persistence, initiative, and determination…

Senior School News

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Open Days & Info Sessions

Edith Cowan University- Careers in Sport Evening, Female AFL Talent Search, Arts Insight Evening

Information for each event attached. WA’s largest Careers in Sport Expo will highlight the diversity of jobs that are available in the industry and the opportunities to pursue these through the wide array and variety of courses on offer at ECU. Hear inspiring presentations from industry leaders, meet with prospective employers, talk to current students and take advantage of the opportunity to speak with specialist lecturers about your specific interests.  Question and Answer panel session led by Kate Mac (Channel 9 presenter) with Adam Selwood (Head of AFLW at West Coast Eagles), Anthony Radich (GM Commercial Perth Wildcats & Perth Lynx), Stuart Dart (State Infrastructure Manager at WA Cricket), David Barrett (Presenter for Australian Strength and Conditioning Association & Australian Weightlifting Federation), Tyson Beattie (Partnership Manager, West Coast Eagles), and Sofia Nimphius (High Performance Manager at Softball WA).

The University of Notre Dame – Twilight Tour

November 22 | Fremantle

Exploring your uni options? Join us for a personalised twilight tour of our town university in Freo's historic West End. Our advisors will be there from 5pm to answer all your questions about our leading degrees and help you find the right program for you.

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The University of Notre Dame – 1 on 1 Advice Sessions

November 26 – December 6 | Fremantle

Considering your uni options but unsure of the right degree for you? Our advisors can introduce you to a range of programs that align with your strengths and interests to help you find the right degree for you.

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Curtin University – Fine Art Advisory Sessions

December 3 & 4 | Curtin University

January 8 | Curtin University

Our advisory sessions will help you to understand more about Fine Art at Curtin and will give you an opportunity to discuss you Fine Art interests.

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The University of Notre Dame – ATAR Advice Day

December 14 | Fremantle

Looking for the right degree for you? Come and chat to our advisors about your uni options at ATAR Advice Day. We’ll introduce you to degrees and pathways that align with your strengths and interests. I wonder where your studies could take you? There will be plenty of snacks, free uni advice and cool merch on offer plus the chance to go on a Campus Tour.  

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Fremantle Education Centre – Arrowsmith Open Night

November 21 | Fremantle Education Centre

The Arrowsmith Program strengthens your capacity to learn and makes you into a self-motivated and competent learner for life.  It also helps those people who are already good learners become great learners (think University students, getting ready in year 10 or 11 for year 12.

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Workshops & Courses


Perth Music School – 2019 Pop, Rock & Jazz Summer Music School

January 14 – 18 | Perth

Perth Summer Music School has designed this 1 Week Music School for Players with 1+ Years of Musical Experience or more, and all Instruments are more than welcome.

Tuition by WAAPA Trained Musicians.

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TAFE, VET & Apprenticeships


BHP – Apprenticeships

BHP are looking for apprentices to work at their new South Flank operations in 2019. South Flank will be part of the world’s largest iron ore operation integrating the latest advances in automation, digital connectivity and modular design.

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Apprenticeship Central – Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Apprenticeship Central is an initiative of BUSY at Work and has been created to promote apprenticeships and traineeships as a career path. It is more than a jobs board, it’s the bridge that connects both the job seeker and employer communities all over Australia.

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Competitions & Scholarships


Young Achiever Awards

The Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout Australia up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year.

No achievement is too small (or big!) and ALL young people should be applauded for their positive impacts on our local and wider communities.

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Resources, Guides & Other News


Beyond School Study Guide

The 'beyond school study guide' will help you when you're making important decisions about your future studies.

Check out the factsheets on each of the HELP loans, different pathways to university, and a comparison on what study might look like in the higher education sector or for vocational education and training (VET).

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From The Principal

Dear Parents 

In returning to Corpus after an extended leave with my family, I am grateful to Karen Prendergast and the Leadership Team who covered for me in the last month. We are now in the last remaining weeks of term. Our annual awards presentation for students from Year 7 to Year 11 will be held on Friday 30 November – please save the date in case your child will receive an award. I know someone from the College will notify you prior to the event.

This is also the time of the year we conduct our annual Vinnies Appeal through Homerooms. St Vincent de Paul Society have taken a different approach this year, with each Catholic school given a choice of a theme for the donated items. Our College has chosen ‘Treats - anything with a Christmas feel’

I invite our families to contribute to this annual appeal and purchase some ‘Christmas treats’ for Homeroom baskets over the weekend. I would hope students may also give up some of their ‘pocket money’ to purchase items for the appeal too. ‘A Christmas without joy is no Christmas at all. Help Australians living in poverty this Christmas’. Please give generously.


Christmas Carols Wed 5 December


The Parents and Friends are organising a Christmas Carols community event on Wednesday 5 December. This year, the evening will include performances from the Corpus Christi College Choir, the Yidarra Catholic Primary School Choir, and the St Thomas More Men Alive Choir. 

Please see the flyer below for more information. All are invited to come along and support this community event!

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Representing parents in strategic planning

The College Board of Management is entrusted to assist in the financial management of the College, its strategic purpose and in the planning of future capital works. Members already elected previously, come to the Board with a combination of skills, including in Business and Finance, ICT and technical, Risk Management and Building and Construction. As we have a full complement of Board members, we are not currently advertising for additional members. However, on occasions, I know parents will sometimes commence with an involvement in the Parents and Friends Association as a way of serving the College. I know the P&F will be looking for additional Executive members in 2019, so I invite parents to consider participation in 2019.

 At the end of this year, we have two elected Board Members retiring, Board Chair Greg LeGuier, who is our current Board Chair and former Chair of the Finance Committee, and Board Vice Chair and former Chair of the Risk Management Committee, Dr Tonia Girardi.

Greg has been on the Board since 2012 and has made an enormous contribution to the College, voluntarily serving and strongly committed to our community. During this period of time we have developed and implemented a new Capital Development Plan, ensuring we have been well-placed to provide the best of facilities which are also affordable for our parents. With an outstanding background in corporate finance and being fully committed to Catholic education, Greg has also provided support and advice, not only to the College, but also to the management at Catholic Education WA and many other Catholic schools across WA. On some occasions, I felt Greg spent more time in voluntary service at the college, fully committed to implementing our strategic goals, more in keeping with the commitment of a paid staff member! Greg has also been very supportive of me as Principal through some difficult periods of time for me personally, for which I am grateful.

Tonia commenced on the Board in 2015 and given her expertise in business and management, has provided strategic leadership support to the College and chaired the Risk Management committee, assisting Corpus to become one of the leaders in this field in Catholic schools in WA. I have appreciated her immense knowledge, business acumen and balanced approach when examining issues or discussing options during Board meetings.

Greg and Tonia have both made enormous contributions to these voluntary roles, both having served with distinction.


Acknowledgement in the Music Department


Yan Kee has conducted voice lessons for students since she commenced at the College in 2005. The numbers of students involved in school choirs have grown a great deal in the past few years, and I know many of our students have enjoyed their music lessons with Ms Kee.

Yan is a deeply committed and dedicated singing teacher who has used her experience as a classical singer in the professional music industry to support our students. She has developed strong, professional relationships with her students and will do whatever is necessary to ensure they are well supported. The majority of her students have also completed their AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) exams, which is a wonderful achievement, and she has also provided many opportunities for her students to perform in public. The staff and students alike will miss Yan’s enthusiastic approach and bubbly personality.  

Amanda Alexander will be taking a well-deserved break after working with hundreds of students in Acoustic Guitar, both individually and as ensembles, since 2008. Many of these students have performed with distinction, winning many awards with her students performing at multiple eisteddfods including the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and the Fremantle Eisteddfod. Amanda is a very talented musician in her own right with an extraordinary ability to inspire this same level of professionalism in her students. They attribute their passion for music and their growth in guitar musicianship to Amanda, who is also particularly gifted at working with students who may be quite reluctant in the first instance. Amanda often volunteers to accompany students outside her normal schedule, including attending numerous music camps. I am grateful for her thorough preparation of her students for multiple College recitals and performances and preparation for ATAR exams. As a committed and devoted tutor focussed on getting the best out of her students at all times, Amanda encourages and inspires her students to aim high in terms of their expectations of their musical ability. Amanda has been a highly valued and much loved guitar teacher at the College and will be missed by both staff and students alike

On behalf of the College, I wish both of these tutors all the best in the future.

Best wishes and God Bless.

Mrs Caroline Payne


Visual Arts Tour

On Thursday 8th November Corpus Christi Year 12 ATAR class took the opportunity to visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The current show was the Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly exhibition and Black Swan Portrait prize. Both shows were inspiring with the famous Kelly series explained in depth to the student groups from the two tour guides. Painted in the 1940's the images depicted Ned Kelly as the hero outlaw and continued to explore his legendary status. The group was also fortunate enough to meet Patrick Doherty, one of the subjects in the Black Swan portrait prize. Even though it was a brief meeting and visit the varied approaches to portraiture left an impression on the students to test and trial new ideas back in the class room.

Middle School News

Resilience - A link to the Corpus Christi College Learner Profile

Resilience is the ability to meet and overcome challenges in ways that maintain or promote well-being. It incorporates attributes like grit, persistence, initiative, and determination.

We build resilience when we push students gently to the edges of their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical comfort zones. Our support and encouragement as they take risks, overcome challenges, and grow from failure helps them learn to bounce back from life's ups and downs.

Some useful resources may be found at:


Corpus Christi College Library

CCC library is a dynamic centre of inquiry, imagination, discovery and creativity supporting and enriching all aspects of college life and learning.

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday    7.30am-5.00pm

Friday                          7.30am-4.00pm

Homework Club:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30pm-5.00pm

Virtual library resources:

24/7 via the Intranet: Overdrive eBooks, databases, video resources and study support.


iPad Purchases 2019


 Corpus is a one-to-one iPad school and we use iPads extensively in our teaching and learning programs. 

Corpus Christi College has partnered with Winthrop to provide iPad bundles which will be pre-configured and setup with the required College Software,

Below is a list of supported iPad models,

·       12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)

  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro

  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro

  • iPad (6th generation)

  • iPad (5th generation)

  • iPad Air 2

We will be closing the purchasing portal on 7th January 2019 to avoid delays in delivery before the start of the new school year.

If you have any questions about which device to select or about the ordering process please email

If you would like more information or options on ordering please select the link below.

Special Effects Make Up Club

The Corpus Christi Special Effects Makeup Club runs on Thursday afternoons (3:30pm- 5:00pm). The group is open to all students from years 7-12 and participants workshop special effects and theatre make up skills with a professional make-up artist.

So far, they have been able to put their creative stage makeup skills into use by assisting with the College production of Animal Farm. They were challenged to create a contemporary interpretation of traditional animalistic makeup which relied on bold contour lines and effective shading to create an ultra-modern aesthetic.

 More recently, the students have been working with materials such as bruising wheels, stage blood, latex and wax to mould realistic cuts, bullet wounds, burns and bruising with great success.

They are becoming an experienced make up troupe which the Arts department can depend on as a useful resource with the opening of the new theatre getting closer. Their confidence to use new materials and test out industry relevant skills is growing with every session. Their work speaks for itself!

An Evening with Rotarians

On the evening of Tuesday 6th October, the Rotary Club of Booragoon hosted the first of the heats in the 4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition for 2018. This Competition brings together Year 10 students to speak on a topic of their choice in which they need to relate to Rotary’s 4 Way Test. Corpus Christi College was fortunate to enter four students in the competition this year: Isabella Cuocci, Mosaia McDonald, Konrad Rucki and Sophie Steel.

Rotarians use the 4 Way Test as a guide for their dealings in business. The questions they ask themselves are:

.    Is it the truth?

.    Is it fair to all concerned?

.    Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

.    Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The aim is to promote to young people the ideals and ethical values of Rotary by drawing attention to the wide applications and implications of the 4 Way Test.

After a delicious dinner at the Dome Café in Mount Pleasant, the students held their audience spellbound with the delivery of their persuasive speeches. Isabella presented her ideas about the urgent need to address gender inequality in our world; Mosaia discussed the complex issues related to juveniles in detention, whilst Konrad spoke about the necessity for America to accept more Syrian refugees, and Sophie convinced the audience that the objectification of women is both immoral and does not benefit them or the rest of society.

All four students incorporated the 4 Way Test into their speeches superbly. The adjudicators commended each student on the outstanding quality of their speech, both in content and delivery.

Congratulations to Sophie Steel who won the evening’s competition. Sophie will now progress through to the next level of the competition which will take place at a later date.

These students can be very proud of the way in which they participated and represented the College. Thank you to parents for their ongoing support of their children in this activity. On behalf of the College, I would also like to extend my gratitude to John Tuffin and to the Rotary Club of Booragoon, for their generous sponsorship of our students.

Noreen Stevenson


Year 8 Languages Excursion

On Tuesday 6th November the year 8 cohort attended the Languages excursion.  The three languages  French, Italian and Indonesian had organized the three excursion to intergrate with their learning experiences at the College. The excursion went from Periods 1 -4.

The Indonesian students were fortunate enough to visit the Indonesian Consulate.  The Consulate General of Indonesia, Ibu Dewi greeted the group.  The students were able to view some traditional dancing and also to take part in a Gamellan Orchestra and to also wear traditional costumes.  They were also treated to some snacks at the College before their journey to the Consulate.  It was an immersion of culture and language for the group.

 The French Students journeyed to the Maritime Museum in Fremantle where there is a presentation of the French explorer Nicola Baudin “The Art of Science Baudin’s voyagers 1800 -1804.”  The students started some activities at the College relating to the French named cities in Australia, realizing that the French had explored our country earlier.  The students then went on to enjoy some traditional crepes at “Pancake talk”. 

The Italian students toured Fremantle with a booklet.  They explored the Italian influences in Fremantle, namely the Welcome walls and the Maritime Museum, the Fisherman’s wharf and of course the Cappuccino strip.  This all related to what they have been learning in their classes.  The morning culminated with a traditional lunch at Sandrino’s.

It was a morning of culture and language for all.  We take this opportunity to thank those staff that helped supervise the day, and also all the support given in providing this rich and relevant excursion for our students.

Languages at Corpus

Each year our Year 9 to Year 12 Language students take part in external examinations that are run by the various language organisations. These organisations include:

WAATI,  Western Australian Association of Teachers of Italian,

TOFA, Teachers of French Association,

ALC, Australian Languages Certificate.

Each year our students have done very well and this year is no exception.  In the ALC examination the Year 9 Indonesian students did extremely well with a number of students getting distinctions.  In the WAATI exams there was one place winner in the year 12 exam and 2 place winners in the Year 11 exams, in total 6 High distinctions and 8 distinctions.

The Alliance Francaise exams were also well done with 13 high distinctions and 5 distinctions but most importantly the achievement of Victoria Ann Chong.

Victoria was placed first in the State for Year 9 French.  Her prize was a reciprocal exchange to Paris fully paid for 6 weeks.  An excellent prize for an excellent effort.  Well done Victoria.

Orana Students Visit

On Wednesday 7 November, Art Teacher Julie Pannell hosted a workshop for students from Orana Catholic Primary School as a part of their Skills for Life program.  The workshop involved each student hand painting a small ceramic vase inspired by the work of the French Impressionist Monet. The students works will also be fired and glazed.

Year 10 Basketball

On Tuesday afternoon the two Corpus Basketball teams consisting of a Year 10 girls and a Year 10 boys team took part in the annual All Saints College Year 10 Basketball Round Robin Competition.

Six schools bought strong teams to the competition this year which provided some terrific entertainment a high level of basketball.

The girls team finished 4th with one win and a couple of close losses and the boys finished second after just  losing their only game for the day against eventual winners Kennedy Baptist College.

All in all some great comradery and team spirit was formed within our Corpus teams which bodes well for the future of Basketball at the College.

Congratulations to all players for doing themselves and Corpus proud.

Triathlon Superstars!

Our triathlon superstars had a fun and successful day out at Champion Lakes on Thursday, November 1st. With some questionable weather in the lead up to the event, our students were blessed with blue skies and little wind resistance, crafting prime conditions for a great event. 

The day started with the individual events, with Taylor Kroyer taking out the Senior Girls’ win, and Calum Milne the win for the Novice Boys. Other stand-out individual performances were David Smith, coming in 5th in Intermediate boys, and Thomas Erkes, placing 8th in the Novice event for his first Triathlon. As the day continued, Corpus triathletes continued to shine, with strong performances across all teams, in particular our Year 9 Boys, who placed 4th and 5th.

The attitude and manner in which the students conducted themselves throughout the day was nothing short of exemplary, with many smiles, high-fives and cheers being shared across the event. Congratulations to all our fabulous Runners, Riders and Swimmers!

Vocal Recital

On Wednesday 24 October the College had a beautiful and touching vocal recital. Special thanks to Jonathan Bradley for accompanying all the singers. Thanks also to Michelle Hunt, Selena Barrett and Abigail Radford for all their help with the recital and Yann Kee for the tutelage of the students.

The Games Guy AEP Incursion

On Thursday 25 October, Andy Kirker, the Games Guy returned to the College to once again to play games with the Academic Excellence Program students. His games are based on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) general capabilities of ethical understanding, critical & creative thinking, and personal & social capabilities. The games involve collaborative strategic thinking within groups without technology.

Year 7 students played Revival, which is a competitive game set in a post-apocalyptic world, where teams try to improve the wellbeing and liveability of their clans by improving their toxic environment, salvaging technology, and trading with or stealing from other clans.

Year 8 students played Foreign Affairs, which is a rule-the-world type game with trading, influencing via diplomacy and includes international meetings. Each country is different, wars are difficult (as they should be) and students will have to deal with existential threats as well as direct problems with their neighbours.

Year 9 students played a logic puzzles game called Time Lords, whereby students act as time-travelling agents, who visit 3 historical periods to solve puzzles and discover the identity of the evil time lord.

Students were engaged and challenged during all sessions.

Update on CSL

This year the students in year 10 have been outstanding with their efforts with helping those in the community to complete their CORE Hours. Many students have started their own fundraising activity for an organisation or volunteered their time with a community event. Below are some examples of these students, if you see these students, please congratulate them as I have had wonderful reviews.

Ciara Thornett raised over $1500 for the Cancer Foundation by holding a Biggest Morning Tea. She with the help of her parents, planned, baked, set up and held the event. Ciara has worked very hard to prepare for this event throughout the month of June and then held the event in the beginning of July. Below are some photos from the event.

Jami Brandhoff and Grace Dunleavy volunteered their time at the Medina Community Festival. This event has been celebrating for 9 years and involves the local community of Medina. There are a large number of different cultures in this area including Australian, Indigenous Australian, French, Italian, Spanish, South African and Indian to name a few. The students started with organising the tables, cook the food, serving food and then clean up. There were also activities for the younger members which the girls were involved in too. For both Jami and Grace I have received some warm and genuine thanks for their efforts on the day from the organiser and the major, as this is their second year of volunteering at this event. See below for the images.

Thomas Nicholls and Theo Pascoe volunteered at the local Bateman Primary School where they helped to create a Nature Play area for the students of the school. These students volunteered on a Saturday morning from 8 to 12 noon. The organiser of the event said “outstanding young men Theo and Thomas were. They have exceptional manners and worked extremely hard and are a great credit to themselves and your school.” Such beautiful words that explain why service is important for our students to complete.

Many other students have completed the following activities during Term 3 through the College:

1. 40 Hour famine backpack challenge

2. City 2 Surf

3. Perth Running Festival

4. Vinnies Bed Making Challenge

5. Variety Toy Warehouse

6. St Patrick’s Community Centre

7. Regents Garden Aged Care Facility

A big thank you to all the staff who help to facilitate these activities without your generous support the students would not be able to attend these activities. Through the CSL Program students are able to interact with others in the spirit of the Gospel, to live and serve as Jesus commanded.

eNews - Week 4, Term 4


From The Principal

We recently farewelled our year 12 graduates of 2018, with a beautiful Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, followed by a reception at the Novotel, where 800 members of the College community came together to wish the Year 12s God’s blessings to be able to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.

Senior School News

he graduating class of 2018 had their official goodbye at Corpus last week. Events ranging from a breakfast with their peers and homeroom teachers, to a whole school assembly and awards ceremony, to a formal mass and presentation of certificates at St Mary’s Cathedral and a cocktail…

Middle School News

Year 7 Pastoral program - Achieving Excellence

Year 7s have completed a Mental Well Being unit and are now moving into the Achieving Excellence section of our Pastoral Program. This is a natural progression from the Growth Mindset session that was recently delivered to Year 7’s…