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Year 9 to 10 parent information evening will be held on Tuesday 14th August at 7pm in the James Nestor Centre.

A Parent Information Evening – Managing Exam Stress is being held on Murdoch’s South Street Campus this Wednesday 15th August at 6:00pm.

Parents of Year 10 -12 students are invited to join us to learn about helping their child manage stress as the examination period can be a challenging time for all students.

Registration is free and light refreshments will be provided on the evening. To register, please visit the Parent Information Evening – Managing Exam Stress event page.


You'll learn about:

  • Understanding your child's exam stress
  • What to expect during their exam period
  • Different techniques to help your student manage their stress


Hear from Murdoch University's Gaston Antezana on the night. Gaston has worked as a clinician in Australia and overseas in different settings including schools, universities, mental health agencies and private practice for over 15 years. He is currently a lecturer in the Master of Counselling at Murdoch University and manages the clinical placements, including providing clinical supervision at Caladenia Counselling clinic.

Attached you will find an electronic advert and poster which include the dates of our remaining Parent Information Evenings. We’d appreciate your support in distributing this information to your school community.

Our Parent Information evenings aim to provide you with the right tools and information to confidently support your child’s journey into tertiary education. To see the full list of Parent Information Evenings visit



On Tuesday 19 June two enthusiastic teams of Year 12 Chemistry students ventured off to compete in 2018 RACI 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.

Congratulations to Jonathan Lim, Domenico Rotendo, Sarah Ho and Sammy Taylor.

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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

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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 –
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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

English teachers exploring new mediums

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

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

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

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2017 Youth Census - SkillsRoad

  • If we want Australian Youth to thrive, we must help them see the bigger picture and encourage them to invest in career pathways that give them passion and purpose.
  • Choosing a career is stressful for young Australians. They worry they will make the wrong choice or not like what they choose.
  • Australian youth are most likely to turn to their parents for career advice, amplifying the need for parents to boost their career knowledge.

The VET and Transition Services Department looks forward to working with parents and students in overcoming the main issues affecting young people in the College community.

Careers & Courses Information

Open Days & Info Sessions

Defence Info Sessions

Perth: Army Careers Information Session

14 December 6.30pm

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VET, Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Australian Training Awards Winners and Finalists

If you want to see which RTOs and businesses are the best at what they do in Australia, check out the winners of the Australian Training Awards, awarded last week.

See them here – 

University Info

US & UK University Admissions

Are you curious about studying in the US? Don't make the mistake of thinking all you need to get in is your ATAR! Read this blog from US and UK admissions experts, to start planning ahead.

Murdoch University Summer School for students moving from Year 11 into Year 12

All students undertaking ATAR studies in 2018 are welcome to attend. The program aims to maximize your Year 12 experience, experience university life while still at high school, receive credit points towards a Murdoch degree, and study in a supportive learning environment in state-of-the-art facilities. Dates: 5th January- 24th January

Find out more: Email: Phone: 9360 6078

 Workshops & Courses

FREE Coding Workshop

Saturday, 9 December, 10AM - 1PM, Perth

Our workshops are designed to show entry level coding while having fun. It gives you a taste of what coding is all about. It’s an easy, risk-free introduction to programming. 
So why not come and join us for a FREE one day workshop and see if you've got what it takes. 
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Get Coding. Dojos are fun, free and social coding clubs for young people aged 7-17. Dojos are not classes or workshops. There is no curriculum. Instead, a Dojo offers an unstructured open free learning environment where young people can meet others with similar interests and advance their 21st century skills by working on creative digital projects of their own choice.

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 Fashion Illustration Workshop Whitehouse Institute of Design

9 & 10 December

The two-day workshop is a recommended starting point for those wishing to develop their illustration skills in the fundamental areas of fashion illustration.

No drawing experience is necessary to undertake this program.

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 SAE Summer Series

23- 25th January, 2018, 10am to 4am daily

Are you creatively inclined and thinking about studying creative media? We are offering a 3-Day workshop event in the January holidays – get behind the scenes and pursue your passion! 

SAE Perth campus is opening its doors this January for the SAE Summer Series, a three-day program for anyone who wants to work on inspiring creative projects in Animation, Audio, Film or Games. 

Early Bird Bookings Close 10th December

Book now -

 Art for Teens at Fremantle Arts Centre

School holiday options for resume building (and something to do)

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NIDA School Holiday Classes

Screen Actors Society, Grades 11-12

Mon 08 Jan - Fri 12 Jan 2018 @ Subiaco Arts Centre, Perth

Acting Boot Camp, Grades 11-12

Sat 13 Jan - Sun 14 Jan 2018 @ Subiaco Arts Centre, Perth

Stage and Screen School, Grades 7-10

Mon 08 Jan - Fri 12 Jan 2018 @ Subiaco Arts Centre, Perth

Musical Theatre Boot Camp, Grades 7-10

Sat 13 Jan - Sun 14 Jan 2018 @ Subiaco Arts Centre, Perth

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Competitions and Scholarships

The Hope Prize Short Story Competition

This is a short story prize for writers to explore people’s resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage. There is a prize specifically for writers aged under 18. Entries close 31 January 2018.

 Volunteering is an Asset to Build your Resume

A recent survey found:

  • that 82% of employers said they are more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience, AND
  • that only 30% of resumes list volunteering experience

Which means that by simply including volunteering in your resume, you’ll be ahead of 70% of other candidates, who don’t have volunteering experience.

Rio Tinto Earth Assist - January school holiday program for school students over 15 years; participate in hands on conservation based activities such as tree planting, land maintenance, wildlife surveys and bush walks. 

Find out more -  

You can find many more volunteering opportunities suitable for young people at Seek Volunteer – or Go Volunteer –

Resources, Guides & Other News

Fair Work Ombudsman Workplace Myth Busters YouTube

Workplace Myths Busted, Ep 1 -

Finding out about company culture

The concept of company culture can be confusing. This article from this. demystifies it a little.

Read it –


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Year 11’s, 

Murdoch University has a new Year 12 Summer School program that aims to maximise your Year 12 experience. It runs during the next school holidays and you can complete a summer school unit of your choosing and receive 3 points of credit towards a Murdoch degree (that’s the equivalent to one Murdoch subject or unit). You get to experience university life while still at high school and study in state of the art facilities. More info below.

Chickenpox case

Dear Parents/Carers

We have been advised of a case of chickenpox in Year 11. Please refer to for further information on this disease.

If you notice any symptoms or are unsure, then please consult your GP. 

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The aim of the RACI Australian National Chemistry Quiz is to prompt an interest and appreciation of the role of chemistry and chemists in our society, and engendered a better understanding of the nature and relevance of chemistry amongst students.

We have now received the results of the Australian National Chemistry Quiz that was conducted in August 2017 for some Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students. This year there were entries from Levels 7-12, representing 930 schools throughout Australia and many schools from 17 other countries including Germany and Vietnam.

Again students from Corpus Christi College have achieved very creditable results. The school average in both Year 10 and Year 11 was well above state average. The Year 12 average was also above the state and Australian average.

Students from this school were awarded 8 High Distinction Certificates (within the top 10% of the state), 17 Distinction Certificates (within the top 10% - 25% of the state), 5 Credit Certificates (within the top 25% - 40% of the state) and 23 Participation Certificates.

In Year 12, congratulations for achieving a High Distinction to JACK MAGUIRE.

In Year 12, congratulations for achieving a Distinction to PHOEBE HOLMES, BROOKE MCCOY, ALEA KAYE GO.

In Year 12, congratulations for achieving a Credit to LEMAR HADDAD, ASHLEY TAYLOR and STEPHEN THORNETT.

In Year 11, congratulations for achieving a High Distinction to JASON HOLLOWAY and OWEN THAMRIN.


In Year 11, congratulations for achieving a Credit to JOSHUA NG.

In Year 10, congratulations for achieving a High Distinction to BRETT NIGLI, BRODIE PARSONS, COLBY PETTERSON, MATTHEW ROSSI and OSCAR WEHR.

In Year 10, congratulations for achieving a Distinction to HOLLY VAN DER LINDEN, MIA CHAN, HARRY REGAN and JAYE KEMBER.

In Year 10, congratulations for achieving a Credit to JOSHUA WONG,.

Finally, well done to all those who committed themselves to the extra work required studying for this competition.

NATIONAL TITRATION CHAMPIONSHIPS – held at Murdoch University in late August

Congratulations to Olivia Mocerino, Phoebe Holmes and Hayley Zeller who represented Corpus Christi College at the RACI National Titration competition at Murdoch University in August.

Each member of the team was required to complete their own analysis of an unknown (over a two hour process) with the final results judged on their combined results. Overall our team achieved very well with each team member being awarded with a silver medal for their efforts.

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On Monday the 18th September, the Year 10-12 students had the pleasure of attending a talk on drug and alcohol education conducted by Paul Dillon.

Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) he has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across the country to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.

In recent years, he has worked extensively with a range of sporting organisations including the Australian Cricketers Association, the Rugby Union Players Association and the Football Federation of Australia to provide training workshops to elite athletes on a range of alcohol and other drug issues. In 2009 his best-selling book for parents was released titled ‘Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs‘. With a broad knowledge of a range of content areas, Paul regularly provides media comment and is regarded as a key social commentator in Australia, appearing on a wide range of television programs including Sunrise, TODAY and The Project discussing topical issues.  Paul also had a regular spot on a national radio program on Triple J for seven years where he dealt with current youth drug issues. Paul also has a blog where he discusses topical issues of the day, as well as addressing some of the questions and queries he is regularly asked by those attending his presentations.

Device configuration for CEWA migration

Over the long weekend we went through a significant migration of our services to Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). Due to this students and staff will need to configure their devices when they return to school on Tuesday 22nd August.

Select the icon below to download the instructions appropriate to your device.  Please note these changes will need to be done on-campus.


Opening Mass, 28th Annual Performing Arts Festival

On Friday 21 July, staff and students from various catholic schools and colleges gathered together at Infant Jesus Parish in Morley to celebrate the official opening of the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and College. Led by Most Reverend Donald Sproxton VG, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, the mass was an uplifting celebration of Catholic Education WA’s commitment to fostering the talents of its students.

Performers and readers proudly represented their respective schools, sharing their liturgical and performance skills with the congregation. However, a special congratulations must be given to the Corpus Christi Choir, whose incomparable vocal talent demonstrated the true value of song as a form of worship. Their voices added an extra dimension to the mass, encouraging full participation and genuine reflection. A special thanks to Head of Music David Harries, the Music team and all choir members for their commitment in practice and on the day.

St George’s Art Exhibition 2017

Each year, secondary schools around Perth are invited to enter three artworks each into the St George’s Art Exhibition, which showcases the best work from local students aged 16-18. Corpus Christi College congratulates the following senior school students on their selection for this year’s exhibition:

  • Rachel Raphael, Year 12
  • Tyler Sandon, Year 11
  • Lloniq Lai, Year 11

Exhibitions are an excellent opportunity for students to see their work in a gallery format, and many students exhibited at St George’s go on to be contenders for the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia following their graduation. Art serves as an important vehicle for expression, portraying the thoughts, emotions and reflections of today’s youth. Many of the pieces in the 2017 exhibition touched upon identity, heritage, social awareness, and environmental consciousness, amongst other themes.

Rachel, Tyler, Lloniq and their classmates in Visual Arts have already commenced work on new projects. The College thanks Gaby Fabris, Julie Pannell and the Arts team for helping our students embrace their creative talents.

The chosen artworks are currently on display at St George’s Anglican Cathedral in the city through to Sunday 23 July.

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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

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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.

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

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.

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

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. 

Year 11 Budding Artists

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The Year 11 ATAR Art class are currently working on a colour pencil drawing where they have to interpret 'differences'.  

From surrealistic desert landscapes to lush foliage and warped bodies, the class have really embraced the brief and are producing some intriguing artworks.

Later in the year, the Visual Arts and Technology & Enterprise Learning Areas will be combining efforts in the 2017 exhibition, 'Kaleidescope' -  A Celebration of Colour and Light...


Metamorphosis - Year 10 Drama

On the 2nd of June, the Year 10 Drama class performed their own adaptation of Steven Berkoff's 'Metamorphosis'. Prior to the performance, each student researched a drama practitioner and were then placed into groups with people who had researched different practitioners. This enabled them to draw on all five practitioners in creating their scenes and as a result, the group performances were inspired by the likes of Steven Berkoff, Jacques Lecoq, Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski and Bertold Brecht. 

Drama as a subject is a great way to widen one's creative boundaries. Through the process of preparing and performing the play, the Drama class built on their communication and interpersonal skills in working with others and creating their unique compositions. Drama is a great way to work on effective communication skills as it is used and worked on constantly.

The Drama course that Mr Dove has been working on has been beneficial in teaching students the different aspects of drama. They have worked on developing and exploring skills such as proxemics, tension and status, improvisation, developing characters, writing a script, performing a scene, researching styles of theatre, and performing and adapting text from a play.

The overall feedback from the night was very positive and the parents and students who came really enjoyed the show. It was the inaugural performance in the brand new James Nestor Performing Arts Centre, and even though the performers were all still getting used to the space, the performance ran smoothly and everything went well.

There is no doubt that there will be many more amazing performances in the James Nestor Performing Arts Centre!

Annabel Biscotto (Year 10)

Senior School News - e-News 8 - 2017

2019 University Entry Pre-Requisites

Please find attached at this link the 2019 University Entry Pre-requisites. This document is relevant for the current Year 10 cohort and will be essential for those students considering an ATAR pathway in Year 11 and 12 during the upcoming subject selection process.

Homework Club

Corpus Christi College has provided a Homework Club for current students to attend on Tuesdays and Thursday form 3:30-5:00pm. This club has been staff by our teachers on a voluntary basis aiming to assist the students who attend with any academic questions they have.

As of the 9th May, we will be employing some of our ex-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 ex-students will be available every Tuesday and Thursday assisting with a wide range of academic subjects across the week. Staff are still encouraged to attend when they have a chance as to provide further help to the students at Homework Club. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Shannon Kelly, Eamonn Kelly, Hayden Richards, Julianne de Souza and Clara Lingoh as our initial tutors at the Homework Club.

Fare Evasion

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Recently, Swan Transit undertook an audit to determine the extent of the number of passengers deliberately avoiding pay fares on their services.  The data collected identified afternoon school services from the College, as a higher than normal incident rate of fare evasion.

They have requested that we remind all students of the requirement to have a valid ticket for travel at all times or be tagged onto a service if using a SmartRider Card.  Anyone found not to have a valid ticket is subject to being issued a $100 infringement.