Corpus Students Excel at Atwell Youth Awards

Once again, Corpus students have been chosen to exhibit their artwork at the annual Atwell Youth Awards, held at the Atwell Gallery in Alfred Cove. This year, we achieved a number of Highly Commended awards across the various categories, as well an overall prize winner in Year 12. Of the seven entries submitted by the College, five received awards – this is a fantastic achievement for both the Visual Arts students and the Visual Arts staff (teachers Julie Pannell and Gaby Fabris, supported by art technician Trevor Bly).

The entries were innovative and creative, showcasing the highest standard of work across all visual arts disciplines and year levels. Exhibiting and showcasing student artwork outside the immediate College community provides an opportunity for students to strengthen their creative spirit. Exhibitions such as the Atwell Youth Awards allow the community-at-large to engage with student work and celebrate local talent. The Visual Arts team believes these opportunities continue to build resilience and confidence amongst the students.

Congratulations to the following students for their awards:

Highly Commended:

Year 7 Art Project:  Finlay Snooks, Alessia Andritsos, Natasha Bozanich, Christian DeAbreu, Monet Grader and Fletcher Tennent for their acrylic piece, "Where the Wild Things Are"

Ellessea Martincic (Year 12), for her graphite piece, "Strength Hidden within the Shadows" 

Amy Riordan (Year 11), for her painting "Beauty in Time"

Hayden Tarzia (Year 11), for his intricate wood/paint piece, "Portrayal of Society"


Samantha Thomas (Year 12), for her piece "The Unseen Faces that See Too Much"


Corpus String Recital

The Corpus Christi String Recital took place on the evening of Tuesday 12th June, and was a showcase of our very promising violin and cello students. The students displayed a variety of wonderful solo performances, demonstrating their individual abilities. 

The evening concluded with the Corpus String Ensemble performing the items from the Fremantle Eisteddfod, and they showed great improvement and enthusiasm.

Thank you to the tutors Miss Gardiner and Miss Kotze for all their hard work with the students this semester, and to David Harries for accompanying the students. Thank you as well to Michelle Hunt and Abigail Radford for all their hard work in setting up behind the scenes.

We look forward to another successful semester in the String department, with plenty of performance opportunities!

Middle School News

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:

Corpus Christi Day Friday 22 June

Semester One Awards Assembly Tuesday 26 June

Term 2 concludes on Friday 29 June

Term 3 commences (for students) Tuesday 17 July

Year 9 Connections Retreat Commitment- donated items for schoolbags


Earlier this term, the Year 9 students had the opportunity to participate in a Retreat experience that focussed on Connections where they explored relationships that connect them to people in the human family.

As part of this experience the students were made aware of the lack of educational resources in many communities around the world. In response to the needs they witnessed, each student was asked to make a commitment to bring in some stationary item or any materials that would usually be part of a school bag.

These items will be donated to the charity ‘Schoolbags for Jesus’ and also be gifted to communities in Beagle Bay and Cambodia when the College sends representatives on their respective immersions.

All students are kindly requested to bring in their donated items by the end of Week 7 this term. These can be brought in to Homeroom or Religion class or dropped into the Ministry Office at any time.

The donations and the completion of the reflection sheets form part of the Service Learning component at the College for the Year 9 cohort.

For further details or any queries please contact either Katrina Thomas or Judy Coelho.


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 30th July in Term Three. For Year 9 students at Corpus Christi, the BRLA will be held on the morning of Wednesday 1st August. The assessment will be accessible to students only online.

Students enrolled in Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 who are following a regular classroom program are expected to participate. Students with disability are also entitled to participate in the assessment. Exemptions may apply.

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) tests developed and marked by the Office of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by the Office and will become available to schools in Term Four.

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 in 2018.

Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP)

Filipa Carvalho

Head of Academic Excellence

Each year, members of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP) are given the opportunity to take part in the Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP). Students can work either individually or collaboratively on a project of their choice. At the end of the 10 weeks, students will present their work to guest judges, parents and friends during the Celebrating Excellence evening

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: 5 June 2018

Time: 7.30am- 8.30am

Venue: TCC

Exhibition evening: Thursday 23 August 2018 (Celebrating Excellence Evening). Student projects will be exhibited and showcased to parents and friends later in the year.

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. Students are encouraged to have regular contact with their staff superior.

On the final day of Term Two, students will be given direction and time to work on their reports and exhibition. In Term 3 students will work on fine tuning their project, writing their report and designing their display.


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.


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.



“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein

Year Nine students across Mathematics, Technology and Enterprise and Science have been collaborating on the current STEM program. It has been running smoothly and the students are working on some great stop motion animations.  Many of the students asked if an extension could be made as they have realised how much work and effort has to go into a stop motion animation. 

The project manager of each student group will be asked to email their Mathematics, Technology and Science teachers with access to their portfolio by this deadline.  The STEM Team will nominate the top animations and then choose some winners in terms of their final product. 


Senior School News


Careers & Course Update

Curtin University- Student Box

Student Box is a place where students can chat with other year 10,11 and 12 WA students, while also accessing study tips, exam tips, past WACE exams and advice from university advisors. You must be a current year 10, 11 or 12 student and use your SCASA number to register Registration may take 24 hours to activate.

 UWA Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

10th July- 12th July

10:00am- 7:00pm (by appointment)

They’ll be discussing UWA courses, admission requirements and more. Register here: Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

Curtin College

Based at Curtin University with similar benefits of a university student, Curtin College offer Diploma courses that automatically gain direct entry into the second year of many Curtin University bachelor degrees. The diploma comprises Stage 1 and Stage 2. Year 12 students with a low ATAR can apply directly to Stage 2, while students who have completed Year 11 can apply directly to start Stage 1. Offered are:

  • Diploma of Commerce
  • Diploma of Arts & Creative Industries
  • Diploma of Information Technology
  • Diploma of Engineering
  • Diploma of Health Sciences
  • Diploma of Built Environment

More information here:

Notre Dame University- A Day in the Life of a Uni Student

Friday 6th July 9:30am (during school holidays)

Notre Dame Drill Hall (ND25) corner of Croke & Mouat Street

Year 10, 11 and 12’s can experience what university life is really like at Notre Dame. Get a taste of their programs, take part in lectures and activities, enjoy a campus tour, and meet current students and academics. Year 12’s are invited to attend a workshop at 2:30pm to be stepped through application process. Register for a personalised university timetable for the day here:

Murdoch University- Murdoch Horizons Year 12 Summer School

January 4th- 25th 2019

The Murdoch Horizons Summer School prepares students who are transitioning from year 11 to year 12, for their year 12 studies. Over three weeks you’ll participate in lectures, workshops and labs to experience university life and study. Find out more-

Australian National University- Perth Information Evening

June 28th

Novotel Perth Langley

This presentation will include information about programs offered at ANU, move to the East Coast and Canberra. Please come along with any questions you may have. Find out more-

Year 12 ATAR Enrichment Program at UWA

July School Holidays 2018

More information here:

Year 11 & 12 ATAR Revision Program

July School Holidays 2018

Rossmoyne SHS, Perth Modern, Perth College, Churchlands SHS

More information here:

College of Electrical Training Open Day- Jandakot Campus

Saturday 23rd June 11:00am- 2:00pm

The College invites students and their families to visit their campus to find out how they can study an electrical pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship at CET. Register here- http://www.CET.ASN.AU/OPENDAY

 Apprenticeships Western Australia from Apprenticeship Central

Find current vacancies -

Curtin University: Girls Focus on Mining Camp 2018- Registrations Open Now

Come on an adventure and discover the world of mining in the historical town on Kalgoorlie!
There are all sorts of exciting jobs for girls in the mining industry. The Girls' Focus on Mining Camp is an opportunity to visit different mine sites and participate in a range of university and career workshops.

  • Travel to Kalgoorlie with a bunch of like-minded girls and get a real life insight into what working in the mining industry is like.
  • Visit the Curtin WA School of Mines (WASM) which is ranked #2 in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering and find out what university life on campus is like.
  • Stay at the Kalgoorlie camp school, explore the historic town, meet WASM students and women working in the industry.

When: 24th September - 28th September (School holidays)
Where: Curtin University, WA School of Mines (View Map)
Who: Girls in year 10 in WA schools
Cost: Completely Free of Charge - This camp is sponsored by mining companies and WASM. All travel, meals and accommodation is provided. Please register Here. Applications close Friday, 20 July, 2018.

Rio Tinto Apprenticeships – 2019 Intake Applications Open July
Applications open soon for Rio Tinto's incredible apprenticeship program. If you're interested, then do your research and start putting your documents together to apply. The 4 year program offers qualifications in the following areas – electrician, heavy duty diesel mechanic, mechanical fitter, and light vehicle maintenance.
Applications will be advertised here –
Find out more -

Curtin University: The ConocoPhillips Science Experience with Engineering

The 2018 ConocoPhillips Science Experience is four days of engaging hands-on science and engineering lab sessions, expert speaker presentations, information on studying at university and careers in Science and Engineering, engrossing challenges, and more. Explore the fields of Agriculture, Medical Science, Chemistry, Spatial Science, Molecular Genetics, Robotics, Physics, Maths and Chemical Engineering. You may watch our event promotion video via this link.

Date:          6th, 7th,10th and 11th December 2018
Location:   Curtin University, Bentley Campus
Cost:          4-day program $260 (includes GST) Please Note: these fees do not cover any transport, meals or accommodation costs
*** Best apply before 31st October 2018
Please follow the below link to find out more about the event and apply!

UWA Young Leaders Council

The University of Western Australia is looking for current Year 12 Head Prefects, Head Boys and Head Girls to join the UWA Young Leaders Council. A new offshoot of the UWA Student Guild, the Council will be made up of young leaders from high schools throughout Western Australia, and will give them the chance to share ideas between schools, network with other pacesetters and develop leadership skills for the future. Head students who would like join the council just need to complete our registration form by Friday 22 June.

UWA Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

10th July- 12th July

10:00am- 7:00pm (by appointment)

They’ll be discussing UWA courses, admission requirements and more. Register here: Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

Notre Dame Early Offer Applications Close 31st July

Drop into the Careers Office to pick up application forms and make appointment for Mrs Burke to complete page 4 of your application.

Year 12 ATAR Enrichment Program at UWA

July School Holidays 2018

More information here:

Year 11 & 12 ATAR Revision Program

July School Holidays 2018

Rossmoyne SHS, Perth Modern, Perth College, Churchlands SHS

More information here:

Australian Defence Force – 2019 Gap Year- Positions still available
Air Defence Operator
Airbase Protection and Security
Artillery Operator
Warehouse Storeperson
Find out more -
There are 3 ways to study at ADFA- UNSW Canberra
1) ADFA Trainee Officers study Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science, or Technology degrees (while receiving military training and subsidised accommodation and living costs)
2) Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship students study Computing and Cyber Security or specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical (with full tuition fee scholarships and stipends) 
3) Non-Defence Undergraduate students study specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical or Engineering / Science double degrees
Find out more -

Curtin University: Fun Maths Excursions

Engage your students with fun and interesting Mathematics during Curtin STEM Outreach Excursion Program.
The typical Activities including in an Excursion Day are as follows:

  • Introduction to what university is 
  • "About me" presentation from a current university student 
  • Recess and lunch breaks 
  • A tour of campus 
  • On campus fun and hands on activities depending on the ages, skills level and number of students

Three activities are on offer - Math Break Out BoxesGameshow Maths and Life Expectancy Calculator. Our staff will guide your students through these hands-on activities whilst raising awareness and students' interests of Mathematics. If you have students that have a strong interest in maths, then this excursion program is for them!
When:             Ongoing throughout the year at a negotiated time
Where:            Curtin University Bentley campus
Duration:        ~ 4 hours for the full excursion (including 1 hour math activities)
Cost:               Free
Who:               Students who are currently attending Year 9 - Year 12

Public Speaking News

Year 11 students Ike Adesanya and Erin Martin participated in the Plain English Speaking Competition on Saturday 9th June at the Australian Britain Society rooms in Shenton Park. Both students were required to deliver an 8 minute prepared speech and later, a 3 minute impromptu speech on an unseen topic with no access to technology and only 5 minutes preparation time. The conditions of this impromptu section make this one of the toughest competitions in Public Speaking. Although the students were well prepared, neither Ike nor Erin progressed to the final. However, they enjoyed the experience of the competition and mixing with the other six competitors who were representing various schools around the Perth area. They are both keen to enter again next year.

On behalf of the College, I would like to congratulate Ike and Erin on their dedication and hard work in the lead up to this competition as well as the way in which they conducted themselves on the day. They represented Corpus Christi College with poise and confidence and are a credit to their school.

Mrs Noreen Stevenson

Public Speaking Coordinator

Corpus girls make touch rugby semi-final

Despite the freezing temperatures and relentless rain, the girls put on a sunny performance. They blitzed their three games to make it straight to the semi-final, but unfortunately Aranmore proved to be too strong to allow them to go any further. Even though they were very cold at times, the girls should be commended on staying positive and showing solid teamwork throughout the day.

Corpus Defeats Seton in South Freo Final of Schoolboys Cup

On Wednesday 6 June the Corpus 1st XVIII boys football team took on Seton Catholic College at home. These top two placed teams battled in cold, windy and slippery conditions for the right to take on the winner of the Peel District in the WAFC Senior Schoolboys Cup.

Despite the tricky conditions, the Corpus run, skill and share was dominant in the first half.

The undermanned Seton team showed no signs of fatigue and capitalised on the assisting breeze and inaccurate kicking from Corpus forwards during the second half.

To their credit Corpus banded together, intensified the pressure and managed several impressive forward entries during the final stages of the game.

Final scores: Corpus Christi College 8.12 (60) def Seton Catholic College 7.4 (46)

Best on ground for Corpus: Tristan Crouch, Thomas Bendsten, Liam Donaldson, Eric Delpup, James Ingram, Zach Fuller, Levi Burns, Tyson O’Brien.

We wish Mr Jackson and the boys all the best as they progress through to the next round of finals.

Mr James Howard
Sports Coordinator

Year 9 Gifted & Talented Art Group

A small group of Year 9 students took to the 5 week "still life" drawing program using ambitious lines and mark making. Exposed to traditional mediums of charcoal and oil crayon the students explored these formal mediums with modern aerosol spray paint. 

The focus of each workshop was to enjoy drawing, practicing foreshortening techniques, contrasting weight lines and compositional designs on large brown paper.

With the lesson broken down to quick 15min drawing sessions the aim was to capture enough information without being too laboured in the process. The highlight of the lesson was drawing from their favourite personal items; shoes, purse and hat. 

Corpus welcomes Indonesian students

On Tuesday 5 June we welcomed a group of students and teachers from Kolese Santo Yusup, Malang, East Java to our school for 2 weeks.  They were greeted with excitement enthusiastic hugs by the students who had met them while on the Indonesia Tour in April.  Corpus Christi is sharing the group with Bunbury Catholic College, and all Kosayu students are being hosted by students from our two schools.  It’s a wonderful experience for both hosting families and visitors and we hope the rain holds off enough during their visit for them to appreciate our beautiful city and state!  During their stay they will be trying out horseriding, visiting Mandurah to catch up with the rest of the group, and enjoying the delights of the Swan Valley, as well as having an interesting program at school.

WRAP UP: ACC Cross Country

Thank you to all our gutsy athletes and their families who came out in force on Thursday 31 May to support the Corpus cross country team during very trying wet, cold and muddy conditions at Perry Lakes Reserve.

With some 70 schools competing and around 3,500 competitors we were very pleased with our Overall Combined 4th Place.

Special mention going out to the following outstanding individuals who finished Top 25 in their category:

U13 Boys Darren Fernandez 4th

U14 Girls Matilda Reynolds 25th

U14 Boys Christophe Yao 23rd

U15 Girls Kayla Van der Linden 1st

U15 Girls Sienna Andritsos 4th

U15 Girls Carly Pizzuto 16th

U15 Boys David Smith 4th

U15 Boys Cade Ravlich 11th

U16 Girls Taylor Kroyer 1st

U16 Girls Sophie Jones 16th

U16 Girls Andrea Fernandez 25th

U16 Boys Casey Scott 9th

U16 Boys Matthew Wesley 20th

U19 Girls Holly Van der Linden 17th

U19 Girls Amelia Swan 24th

U19 Boys Harry Cormack 25th

Congratulations to our gold medallists in Kayla Van der Linden, Year 9 and Taylor Kroyer, Year 10, and also to Sienna Andritsos and Carly Pizzuto who secured the U15 Girls champion Team Shield for the College.

In addition to these sensational individual performances, the most pleasing aspect of the day was the positive 'team first' attitude, along with the grit and determination demonstrated by each and every one of our athletes. 

You all made all of our coaches proud!

We hope to see most of you continuing with Running Club each Friday morning and maintaining your fitness in preparation for the exciting upcoming Athletics season.


Mr James Howard
Sports Coordinator

Middle School News

Academy Conferences for Gifted and Talented Senior Students

On the Tuesday the 8th of May, 12 Corpus students from the Academic Excellence Program had the opportunity to attend the Gifted and Talented Academic Conference held at St Hilda’s. The day was filled with engaging talks that presented us with challenging and abstract ideas. In the morning Julie Arliss spoke to us about the concept of truth and logic, and logical reasoning in a post-modern world. Jeffrey Hodges also talked to us about having a ‘Gold medal mindset’, and how to make dreams into achievable goals. Dr Mark Lewney explained string theory and other physics concepts with his guitar and exciting discoveries and experiments in the world of physics.

In the afternoon Julie Arliss discussed the idea of the afterlife and multiple beliefs regarding the mind and body. At the end of the day, we were able to use concepts and ideas that we had learnt throughout the day in a debate about whether people should always tell the truth or not. We were able to see many perspectives on the debate and engage with other students about their beliefs.

Siobhan Stevens, Year 10.


Public Speaking Success


 Gianni Petta, Emma Garland, Chelsea Fuderer, Olivia Dellaca and Hugh Livingstone competed in the Rostrum Voice of Youth semi-final on Saturday 12 May. Gianni will now represent Corpus Christi College in the State Final which will take place on the 23rd of June.

All of these students are to be commended for their dedication and hard work in the lead up to the competition and the way in which they represented the College. It is also important to acknowledge Noreen Stevenson for supporting these students. 


Year 9 - Do you need some help with your studying?

1. Have a look at ELES Study Skills Handbook for some ideas and help!


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2. Go to Homework club on Tuesday or Thursday in the Library. We have ex-students there to help you out.

3. YouTube the topic you don't understand or need help with for videos that may be helpful.

Mrs Yvette Pearce

Head of Year 9


Year 9 English – Community Services Guest Speaker

 On Wednesday 16th May, the Year 9 Consolidated English classes were privileged to have Mrs Donna Smith as a guest speaker. Mrs Smith shared about her background and the influences her early life and experiences have had on her current work and her values. The students were able to formulate and ask questions, and also engaged in a ‘knowing your own values’ activity, which helped to highlight the choices we all make in life.

The students enjoyed this period and learned a great deal from the things Mrs Smith shared. In particular, people were inspired by her ongoing work in the community, in the way disadvantaged people are being considered and cared for, and they were also inspired by the way every person is treated with dignity and that all are valued, regardless of their circumstances.

The students are currently interviewing older family members and are constructing biographical presentations dealing with life, experiences, values, and the way we can all make a difference in our communities.


 Vanessa Christie



Late in Term One, the students were involved in a presentation from Taryn Wren – Director at Y-Safe. Taryn spoke to the Year 8’s about a number of topics relating to Cyber Safety which included:

 Cyber Bullying

Being a victim of cyber bullying can contribute toward long-term mental health and social issues including (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, low self-esteem, and poor health.

Cyber bullying can also have negative social and emotional impacts on the bully. Cyber bullying can be a crime under state and national law. The following may be unlawful: using the internet or a phone in a threatening or harassing way; stalking others; accessing internet accounts without permission; defamation; and/or encouraging a person to harm themselves.

A bystander is someone who witnesses bullying behaviour. Positive and constructive bystander intervention can assist victims of cyber bullying and discourage bullying behaviour.

Positive and constructive bystander intervention should strive to support to the victim of bullying and discourage the bullying behaviour without the use of aggressive and/or insulting actions/words.

More information regarding the law around sexting and bullying can be sourced from


Online Wellbeing

On average, millennials check their phone 157 time per day. Social media and digital gaming platforms have been designed with the intention of encouraging us to spend time on them.

Using technology is not a bad thing but we need to be aware of the impact excessive use can have on our mental and physical health.

Whilst phones, social networking, and online gaming platforms allow us to be in constant contact with our friends, online interactions do not satisfy the same psychological needs as face-to-face interaction. Spending too much time on technology and not enough time physically interacting with others can have a detrimental impact on our mental health (e.g. increase feelings of loneliness and isolation).

Some warning signs that we may be spending too much time on technology include: taking your phone to the bathroom; using your phone in social settings; checking your phone immediately before and after sleep; feeling false phone vibrations; being unable to be apart from your phone; and feeling anxious if you’re are unable to check your phone for an extended period.

Things we can do to help regulate our technology use include: be selective with the notifications that are switched on; turn-off blue light at night; take note of when being on technology stops feeling good; monitor how much time you’re spending on your phone (this can be done using an app like Moment or Checky, or under the battery icon in settings on an iPhone); set an off time when going to bed.


Digital Footprint

Your digital footprint is made up from all the information available about you online. This includes things posted to and from your social media accounts (including ghost accounts), external websites, others social media accounts, etc.

Your digital footprint can be positive or negative. It matters because it lasts forever and can impact you down the track when you’re applying for jobs, TAFE or university. A 2017 Australian study indicated that 70 percent of employers now use social media to screen job candidates before hiring them.

Googling yourself regularly is one way to remain informed on what is publicly available about you on the internet. To obtain the most accurate result when googling yourself, follow the formula: ‘first and last name’ AND Perth

You can also use reverse Google image search (which uses facial recognition software) to look for publicly available images on yourself. To do this, go to Google, select ‘Images’, click the camera icon in the right-hand corner of the search bar, and upload an image that clearly shows your face.

The following can have a negative impact on our digital footprint: cyber bullying and trolling; posts showing unruly or unlawful behaviour; links to offensive information; swearing, profanities and/or harassment; and explicit photos.

If there’s something about you on the internet that you think could have a negative impact on your digital footprint, you may consider the following: Remove/unfollow the damaging material, page, or person; check your social media settings are set to private; conduct regular checks of google and social media profiles; remove any old posts, comments, or profiles which may be damaging; report the item to the platform it’s posted on and request that it be removed; seek help where needed; and add positive content to your digital footprint.

Taryn has also provided us with some useful information for parents about apps we should all be aware that our children could/are currently using. The following will likely be the most helpful (and least overwhelming) resource: 

Y-Safe recommend using this in conjunction with the Common Sense media app review website, which provides parents with a brief overview of app features, associated cyber safety risks, parent and educator age recommendations, and reviews:

Some specific examples include:




Yubo (formerly Yellow):

KiK messenger:

Some of the app features that Y-Safe recommend parents pay particular attention to include: geolocation tracking, open chat forums, linked accounts, and hidden and/or disappearing content. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, we do tend to see a higher incidence of risky/problematic online behaviours associated with these features in high school settings. It is important to note that this is by no means the case with all students using apps containing these features, many of whom exhibit responsible use with adequate safety settings/protocols.


Conflict is normal part of growing up but left alone can create friendships problems, cause emotional stress and affect a young person’s confidence and learning. Last week the Year 8’s took part in a pastoral session which provided an opportunity for them to develop skills around Conflict Resolution. The objectives of the session were:

  • Identify feelings and needs behind conflict
  • Explore techniques to deal with conflict
  • Generate creative solutions for resolving conflicts cooperatively

This pastoral session aimed to give our students the opportunity to be problem-solvers and take some responsibility for dealing with one another when they are upset. These are skills that will serve them well for a lifetime.

 Simon Messer

Head of Year 8



 The last two Pastoral Programme sessions have focused on the cyber world that your children are often quite engaged in. Below are a few websites, questionable apps and links to resources that may be useful to you as parents and guardians. I hope that they are useful in facilitating you to help guide your children to be responsible digital citizens.

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Games, apps and social networking:

Some of the app features recommended for parents to pay particular attention to include: geolocation tracking, open chat forums, linked accounts, and hidden and/or disappearing content.

A popular Netflix series in 2017, ’13 Reasons Why,’ has now released Season 2 . The link below has some Headspace resources and advice on talking to teens who watch this series.

Please contact the College if you have further concerns with your child’s online relationships

and activities.

High School Cup Netball Carnival

Both the Yr 8 and Yr 10 teams dominated their zones, winning the majority of their games on a beautiful day. The Yr 10’s won convincingly against Heritage College, Ocean Reef SHS, Roleystone SHS and Thornlie SHS. Their last game was always going to be a tough one against Darling Range SC. The girls were down 1 at the break but managed to turn that around to play an exciting 2nd half to win by 2. It was the same scenario for the Yr 8’s where their games against Melville SHS , Serpentine Jarrahdale GS and Southern River C were won easily. Unfortunately, they lost their last game against Ursula Frayne CC by 4.

Both teams will progress through to the Cross Over Finals which will be played by the end of Term. They both had a great day and played some very good Netball at the Carnival.  

Congratulations to their coaches, Ms N Larsen (Yr 10) and Ms T Johnson (Yr 8). Thank you to Niamh Pivac and Holly Hughes for umpiring the girl’s games.

Mrs Santaromita

Romero House Patron Day

On Wednesday 23 May, Corpus students celebrated Romero House Patron Day, acknowledging the life and service of Blessed Oscar Romero, who will be ordained as a Saint by the Pope on 14 October this year.

Romero students wore their House uniform with pride and ran stalls at recess and lunch selling tacos, chips, soft drinks and baked treats to raise funds for Hogar Padre Vito Guarato, the Romero House Charity. 

House Patron Days are an excellent opportunity to show not only House spirit but community spirit, and we thank the College community for their involvement in the celebrations.



Year 7 Parent Sundowner

On Friday 18 May, parents of Year 7 students gathered for the annual Corpus Christi Year 7 Sundowner. With delicious food and drinks, and entertainment from our amazing music students, the night was a great success.

Special thanks to the P&F for organising the event, and to the staff and students who contributed to the evening.

Homework Club

Corpus Christi College provides a Homework Club for current students to attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm. The College employs some of our former students to assist at the Homework Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing free academic assistance to those students who take advantage of the service. Two former students will be available every Tuesday and Thursday, assisting with a wide range of academic subjects across the week. Our current tutors are Shannon Kelly, Eamonn Kelly, Katrina Gan and Julianne de Souza. Each tutor was an exemplary student whilst at the College and will be able to assist the current students in the majority of their chosen subjects.


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

Emma Garland

Hugh Livingston

Year 9

Gianni Petta

Chelsea Fuderer

Olivia Dellaca

Senior Section

Year 10

Mosaia McDonald

Year 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.