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Events & News


Peter Carnley Anglican Community School was pleased to welcome Chaplains from across the Western Australian Anglican Schools Association (WAASA) to a gathering on the Wellard campus on Friday 2 June.

The WAASA Chaplains meet regularly throughout the year, and were joined on this occasion by the Administrator of the Diocese of Perth, The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, and by Mr Philip Goldsworthy, Director of Mission and Planning for the Anglican Schools Commission, and WAASA's Executive Officer.  Our guests were welcomed by PCACS Principal, Ms Felicity House, and, having celebrated the Eucharist together, enjoyed a tour of the School, before settling to the business of the day, and a fulsome agenda.

It is always a pleasure we welcome Bishop Kate, who is a regular guest here at PCACS, but we are especially pleased to welcome colleagues from our sister schools who have the opportunity to visit less often.  We trust the chaplains enjoyed there time with us, and will return again soon.


As part of their history work this semester, our Year 4 students have been looking at the First Fleet.  Not content with book work however, they then combined these studies with their work in Design and Technology, and commenced to build and test their own model tall ships.
Bottles and boxes, plastic and wood, and of course the inevitable duct tape, were all tested for their flotational, and waterproof properties, before a veritable fleet of boats set out to sail from one end of the classroom trough to the other.  Some of our ships made it all the way across.  Others, unfortunately, were not so lucky, and we had to report the loss of a variety of masts, sails, and at least three Lego explorers who had stowed away on the adventure of a lunchtime.  It was, nevertheless, a thoroughly enjoyable project, and a fascinating combination of two very different areas of study, which helped to put some of the practical aspects of the early exploration into context for us.

Enjoy Reading!

Our Year 5 and 6 students recently enjoyed a visit from award-winning author Justin D'Ath, author of the hugely popular 'Extreme Adventures', ' Mission Fox' and 'Lost World Circus' series of books.  Justin has a total of more than 50 publications to his name, and was more than happy to discuss his life as an author, and what makes for a good story, when he visited us from the eastern states as part of our Term 2 Literacy programme.

Justin's message was a simple one: "Enjoy reading!  I want children to become lost in my books; to experience the magic of the written word, and to see reading is not a chore, but the most exciting, imaginative thing you can do."

In the days immediately following his visit, each and every book by Justin held in the School's library was loaned out - a sure sign that his message was not wasted on his young readers here at PCACS!

Coffee to Go

A selected group of students in Years 9 through 12 - our real coffee aficionados - recently took part in a one-day barista course, on site here at PCACS, focusing on a combination of coffee art and its associated hygiene procedures.

Based out of our Italian Cafe kitchen, the students worked diligently through the Accredited Barista and Coffee Art course, and emerged with a good grasp of best practice within the industry, as well as some very practical - and extremely decorative - skills, as displayed in the pictures below.

Our budding baristas are now practicing their newly acquired skills in the Italian Cafe on week-day mornings, so parents can look forward to works of art as well as cups of coffee and coco when next they visit! 


Junior Cross Country

Congratulations to all our Junior School runners who took part in this year's Inter-House Cross Country Carnival on Friday 26 May 2017.  We were blessed with almost perfect running weather, and you all gave it your best - well done!  The tally was especially tight, but special congratulations to Moody House, who won through by a handful of points to claim this year's Shield.  Well done, Moody!


Year 9 Camp

Our Year 9 cohort recently enjoyed a three-day camp at Mornington Camp, working through a programme designed to focus on leadership, communication, trust, support and teamwork.  In spite of variable weather (from sunburn conditions on day one, through to torrential rain on day three), our students threw themselves into a range of activities, including archery, canoeing, high ropes, low ropes, and wall climbing.  Their energy and enthusiasm were palpable, and everyone - staff and students alike - came away from the experience with a fresh sense of purpose, and a determination to tackle the world head-on.


Principal's Commissioning & 10th Anniversary Service

Peter Carnley Anglican Community School had cause for a double celebration earlier this term, as it marked the 10th Anniversary of the School's foundation, alongside the Commissioning of its new Principal, Ms Felicity House.

Staff and students were joined by a host of dignitaries, including The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, Administrator of the Diocese of Perth, and The Right Reverend Dr Peter Carnley AC, our Patron.  They were joined by Mrs Barbara Godwin OAM, Chair of the Board of the Anglican Schools Commission, The Reverend Peter Laurence OAM, CEO of the Anglican Schools Commission, Mr Jeremy Ludlow, the newly installed Chair of School Council, and a number of Council members, all of whom were keen to welcome and encourage Ms House in her new role.

As part of the service, Dr Carnley blessed new 10th anniversary badges which were then distributed to all staff and students, and also blessed a gorgeous cake which was enjoyed by one and all.


Student Leadership Team Induction

Congratulations to our 2017 student leaders, who were inducted into their new roles at a recent Principal's Assembly.  Caitlin Gascoigne and Jarred Van Riel take up the newly created roles of Head Girl and Head Boy respectively, with Hannah Kruger and Max Riseley as their deputies.  We also inducted new House Captains, Courtney Monego for Lindbeck House, Matthew Ryan for Murray House, James Von Kelaita for Moody House, and Hollie Zaragoza for Laurence House.