Term 2 Newsletter 2021

Cecil Andrews College

Principals' Address

I want to thank all of our students, families and staff for your support throughout the last week during the lock down, and what has been a different end to the Term than we hoped for. The COVID-19 pandemic, has presented us all with many challenges, we continue to overcome hurdles and are working together at the College to achieve the best outcomes for our students.  I am pleased that we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.


This term has seen us hold an ANZAC Assembly, run NAPLAN smoothly, our Performing Arts students have presented their Road Show, there have been many excursions for students, a Year 8 Lightning Carnival, various camps, auditions for next year’s Performing Arts intake, many sports events including Netball and AFL games, after school clubs, breakfast club, Year 10, 11 and 12 exams and of course our School Ball held at Optus Stadium which was an unforgettable night and I am so proud of our students who looked amazing, and behaved impeccably!


Many events have been postponed from this week including all of our NAIDOC events we had planned.  Here is a list of events that have been rescheduled:

·         NAIDOC week assembly deferred till Friday the 23rd.

·         NAIDOC week VIP morning tea, deferred to Friday the 23rd July.

·         Torres Strait Islander dance performance deferred TBA.

·         Parent Night deferred till 26th July.

·         RAC art exhibition deferred till the 22nd July.

We have taken a new approach with our Facebook page and this term have been giving our community regular updates including not only useful information about the running of the school, but sharing photos and stories about what our students have been doing, staff profiles, infographics, a weekly video update every Monday and much more.  If you haven’t already “liked” out page, please do so!


I wish you a safe and healthy break.  Take care of yourselves and your families.  Although I won’t be here next term, I know that Stella and the staff at Cecil Andrews College are looking forward to seeing our students back relaxed and recharged for what I’m sure will be a wonderful Term 3 of learning!


Kate Grayson

Important dates for Term 3

Students return to school                        Tuesday 20th July 2021

Complaints Process

Complaints Process

If you need to lodge a complaint at the College, please contact us on 9234 3400.

If the complaint is regarding a subject, your first point of call is your child’s teacher. 

If you need to escalate your complaint, you can then contact the Head of Learning Area, details are below:


Head of Learning Areas

Arts – Nathan Setzinger

English – Kerrie Mansell

Design & Technologies – Nathan Setzinger

HASS – James Charlesworth 

Home Econonomics – Nathan Setzinger

Maths – David Stivey

Physical Education & Health – Nathan Squires

Science – Amanda Lean

Vocational Education & Training – Steven Dimech

Follow The Dream – Kiarra Morrison 

For other general queries regarding attendance or behaviour, please contact Student Services, details are below:


Student Services

Year 7 Coordinator – Chidi

Year 8 Coordinator – Gemma Gorton

Year 9 Coordinator – Kim Boulton

Year 10 Coordinator – Jessica Murray

Year 11 Coordinator –  Sarah Humphries

Year 12 Coordinator – Kasie Franklin

Attendance Officer – Dana Whiteley

Student Services Manager  – Amy Blackley

If your complaint has not been resolved, please contact a member of our Executive Team, details are below:

Executive Team

Deputy Principal Middle School (Years 7-9) – Donna Paice

Deputy Principal Senior School (Years 10-12) – Nathan Morton

Principal – Kate Grayson


Heal Country, heal our nation.

Country is inherent to our identity.

It sustains our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

It is more than a place.

When we talk about Country it is spoken of like a person.

Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it has been this way since the dawn of time.

Through our languages and songs, we speak to Country; through our ceremonies and traditions we sing to - and celebrate Country – and Country speak to us.

Increasingly, we worry about Country.

For generations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of our culture and heritage for all Australians.

We have continued to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

We are still waiting for those robust protections.

Healing Country means hearing those pleas to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by Indigenous peoples over country.

Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians.

The right to protect Country and culture is fundamental.

Destruction and desecration of our sacred lands or ancient sites - some of the oldest human occupation sites on the planet – is an enormous loss for both our nation and the world.

But to truly heal Country we have more to do.

Our lands will continue to burn from bushfires, droughts will continue to destroy our livelihoods, without using traditional practices that have protected this country for centuries.

For generations, our Elders and communities have advocated, marched and fought for substantive institutional, structural and collaborative reform.

The aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the culmination of generations of consultation and discussions among our nations on a range of issues and grievances.

Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of our people.

It must be a fair and equitable resolution.

Fundamental grievances will not vanish. In the European settlement of Australia, there were no treaties, no formal settlements, no compacts. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people therefore did not cede sovereignty to our land. It was taken from us. That will remain a continuing source of dispute.

To Heal Country, we must properly work towards redressing historical injustice.

While we can’t change history, through telling the truth about our nation’s past we certainly can change the way history is viewed.

After 250 years, our children and our future generations deserve better.

For generations we have repeatedly called for just recognition of our right to participate on an equal basis in economic and social terms.

Yet such participation cannot be successful unless, first, there is formal recognition that Indigenous people have been dispossessed and, second, definite, specific steps are taken to redress the grave social and economic disadvantage that followed that dispossession.

Healing Country is more than changing a word in our national anthem – it is about the historical, political, and administrative landscapes adapting to successfully empower and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, nations, and heritage.

We are all looking for significant and lasting change.

We cannot afford to let pass the very real opportunity that now presents itself for reform based on a fundamental change in the relationship Australia has with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Heal Country, heal our nation

Student Services

Keeping Our School Community Safe

It is a priority at Cecil Andrews College that every member of our community feels safe and empowered to engage in a positive, stable learning environment. To ensure that we keep our school community safe we have aligned the school’s policies and expectations with the Department of Education policies and expectations. As such, abuse, harassment and intimidation of staff and students will not be tolerated. The Department of Education has developed a plan to support staff and students to create a safe learning environment that explained in the Minister’s Statement on School Violence – ‘Let’s Take a Stand Together’. This document can be found on the Department of Education website. The actions in the plan include students to be suspended who attack other students or start fights, Principals to automatically move to exclude students who physically attack school staff and ‘good standing’ requirements to be added to school behaviour policies.

Currently Cecil Andrews College is reviewing the behaviour policies of the school to align it with the Department of Education’s plan. Furthermore, a good standing policy is being created and will be available for review when the draft is finalised. Our current Bullying Policy and Positive Behaviour Support policies can be found on the Skoolbag App, Facebook and School website. Can you please take the time to discuss these policies and the new Department of Education plan with your child to ensure all members of our community have an understanding of behaviour expectations at Cecil Andrews College. Together we can ensure that our school community members feel safe and empowered to engage in a positive, safe learning environment.


The uniform shop will be closed for the holidays but open on Monday 19 July from 8am to 11am and then every Monday morning for Term 3.

Parents can order online at tudorschooluniforms.com.au

The uniform of a Cecil Andrews College student is a symbol of membership of the School community.  It promotes a sense of pride and identification with the School. It assists students to develop a sense of unity and belonging.  Wearing a uniform encourages a sense of pride in appearance. This Uniform and Dress Code applies at all times when students are required to wear their school uniform before, during and after school - no exceptions. NO Denim NO Hoodies NO Leggings 

All students, parents and teachers have a role to play in uniform management.

·         STUDENTS—must be fully aware of the Uniform Code, Uniform Difficulties Procedure and sanctions which apply for a uniform digression.

·         PARENTS—must be fully aware of the Uniform Code, check students at home and respond to School communications.

·         STAFF—all School staff share co-responsibility to manage the Uniform and Dress Code.

 Thank you to all members of the school community who are assisting the school in upholding the dress code. 


It is important for children to attend school all day, every day.

When is it OK to not go to school?

An OK reason is one that prevents your child from getting to school. This could include:

•    when your child is sick or unwell

•    attending cultural or religious observances such as sorry time and funerals

•    an unavoidable natural event such as flood waters or a cyclone

•    an unavoidable medical appointment

The principal decides if the reason given for your child’s absence is acceptable.

 It’s NOT OK to miss school if your child:

•    is celebrating a birthday

•    is going on a family holiday

•    is visiting family and friends

•    has slept in or had a big weekend

•    is looking after other children

•    has sport or other recreational activities that have not been approved by the school

•    has appointments such as haircuts and minor check ups

If possible, routine medical and other health appointments should be made either before or after school, or during the school holidays.

Do you need to let the school know if your child will be away from school?


Yes, you need to let Student Services know on 9234 3401 the reason why your child is going to be, or has been, absent from school as soon as possible. Where possible, please discuss any upcoming absences in advance so we can let you know of important learning or activities your child will miss out on.

This requires a responsible person, usually a parent, to provide a reason for the absence within three school days.

Having information about why your child is missing school helps us plan for their return to school and work out whether we can provide any further help to you.

Why is going to school so important?

•         At school, many concepts such as literacy and numeracy are taught in a sequence. Missing school means missing out on learning – which can often make it difficult to catch up later

•         Going to school every day helps children learn the important life skill of ‘showing up’ – at school, at work, to sport and other commitments.

•         Research from the Western Australian Telethon Kids Institute shows that every day at school counts towards a student’s learning. Students who attend regularly, generally do better at school and in life.

It is important to contact Student Services on 9234 3401 to advise why your student is absent.

NAIDOC/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

We want to change the way Australia talks about Aboriginal people. A leading Aboriginal education company. Wingaru develops and delivers programs and resources to support schools and teachers in the classroom as well as organisations waning to increase cultural competency in the workplace.

A website to accompany the 8-ways pedagogy by Tyson Yunkaporta. It is recommended that you read Aboriginal pedagogies at the cultural interface by Tyson Yunkaporta

  • https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/10974/4/04Bookchapter.pdf     before engaging with this website. The 8-ways pedagogy is intended to be used across the curriculum. It focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander processes of learning, not necessarily limited to learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content. 


The Indigenous Weather Knowledge website was launched in 2002 as a joint partnership between the Bureau, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and Monash University's Centre for Indigenous Studies. The website is a formal recognition of traditional weather and climate knowledge that has been developed and passed down through countless generations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Potential resources for Science, HASS (Geography) and English. 


Requires teachers to sign-up with an email. Provides curriculum-aligned resources/lessons to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and epistemes across all learning areas. Lessons are created by or in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 



The Our Knowledge Our Way in caring for Country Best Practice Guidelines, gives a voice to Indigenous land and sea managers who have found good ways to strengthen their knowledge and build partnerships for knowledge sharing in caring for Country. The website provides a wealth of knowledge and specific education resources to use across the curriculum. 


Requires teachers to sign-up with an email. Provides curriculum-aligned resources/lessons to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and epistemes across all learning areas. Lessons are created by or in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

See: Narragunnawali Info flyer for more information.  


The South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council recognised the importance of documenting and capturing stories of Noongar people. Kaartdijin Noongar site shares Noongar history and culture with the Noongar community and the wider world. The information on Kaartdijin will provide a strong reference for our future generations and others to learn about the living culture of Noongar people. Potential resources across the curriculum. 


This resource will support schools with pathways, strategies, tools and resources to improve the mathematics and numeracy outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. Based on the work of the eight Make it Count clusters around the country during 2009-13, the resource  is organised around the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching of Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement. 


Chaplain's Update

I have learnt over the years that the help received from a volunteer is PRICELESS,  as we who are staff would get paid for the job we are required to perform, whereas a volunteer serves out of pure love and commitment of seeing the best for those whom they are helping. 

 With the help and support of the Youth With A Mission team of 9 persons, teachers Virginia and Darryl,  the 4 students - Haile, Elijah, Jaynay and Blessing, doing the breakfast club for our students is such a joy.  I am so grateful for every bit of help we get from each of them..


During Term 1 the goal was to create a "Happy Place" for the students with safe,  non-confrontational and upbeat vibe resonating to young people and now, we can attest to the fact that we are well on our way on that journey. 

  A big thank you to other teachers and staff members who have at come at different times in the last term to enjoy a toasty and support the students by chatting with them.

 Monique Govender- Chaplain

School Nurse


Upper respiratory tract infections or colds are everywhere, especially in winter, so it is almost impossible to stop children from catching them. Here are some points which may help:

  • Teach your child to cover his/her nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and to wash hands straight afterwards.
  • Hands should be washed after blowing noses and before eating.
  • Use tissues once and then throw them in the bin. (Avoid using handkerchiefs.)
  • Keep your child home from school if he/she has a cold/cough/fever/pain.
  • Make sure that your children eat a balanced diet of plenty of healthy foods.
  • Keep children away from smoke – it irritates their eyes and nasal passages, making it more likely that they will catch a cold. 

What to do if your child gets a cold

No treatment will cure a cold or make it go away more quickly, but you can help your child feel more comfortable:

  • Rest: This need not be in bed.
  • Provide extra drinks: If your child doesn’t want to drink much, try giving lots of small sips of water, milk or juice, or iceblocks to suck for older children.

Lisa Ferguson

School Nurse

Aboriginal Flag

The Aboriginal Flag was designed in the 1970s and its colours represent different aspects of Aboriginal Life.  The black symbolises Aboriginal people, the yellow represents the sun and the red presents the earth and the relationship between people and the land.



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Torres Strait Islander Flag

The Torres Strait Islander Flag was designed in the 1990s and features a white dharri or deri (a type of headdress) with a five pointed star representing the different island groups.  The white represents peace, the green represents land, the black represents the people and blue represents the sea.


STEM Excursion

On Tuesday 22nd June, the digital technology and food technology class were together on this trip to the Perth Exhibition/PECC and Convention Centre.  Our first stop was at the Resource Technology Show Case held at PECC, and it included future technological equipment.  They highlighted innovations such as a plant rover, an underwater diving robot, and the infamous VR.  Our class was excited and engaged with the various activities around the exhibition.  The careers in the centre were intriguing as they included programming and technological automation. 

After the ordeal at the convention centre, we were to have lunch at Belmont KFC.  The food was amazing ; we did not want to leave, but the teachers had to drag us out.

We handed to the Construction Future Centre, our next stop in the excursion.  We went in and had to do different activities about the construction and learn the different careers in the industry.  Overall, the whole experience was fun and it made us hopeful about the future of technology with employment for the younger generation.

Influential Indigenous People

  • David Unaipon was a writer, inventor, public speaker and preacher.
  • Neville Bonner was Australia's first Aboriginal politician
  • Vincent Lingiari AM was an Australian Aboriginal rights activist and member of the Gurindji people.  Vincent lead 200 courageous Indigenous stockmen and their families to walk off Wave Hill Cattle Station protesting against the work and pay conditions.
  • Eddie Mabo is remembered for his efforts to secure Indigenous land rights. He led a 10-year battle through the Australian legal system, but sadly, passed away just months before the courts ruled in his favour in 1992 — paving the way for the Native Title Act.
  • Lionel Rose was a bantamweight and later a lightweight boxer who was the first Indigenous Australian to win a world battle
  • Adam Goodes was leading scoring AFL player of his time and was named Australian of the Year 2014
  • Cathy Freeman was an athlete, Australian of the Year 1998 and Sportswomen of the Year 2001
  • Samantha Harris is a model and was on the front cover of the Australian Vogue magazine
  • Bronwyn Bancroft A Bundjalung woman, artist and fashion designer, Bronwyn Bancroft is revered as the first Australian to have fashion designs shown in Paris.
  • Albert Namatjira was a watercolour artist that dedicated most of his life to raising awareness of the social injustices imposed on Indigenous communites.

Politics and Law

Year 10,11 and 12 students attended an excursion on the 17th of June 2021, visiting Government House and meeting with the Honourable Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia.

Whilst visiting, the students were given an in depth tour of the house, including the office of Mr. Beazley. The Governor also entrusted the students with the opportunity of holding a decommissioned Civil War musket, and was increasingly open to many questions, where he provided in depth answers, leading to a further understanding of the proceedings of the Governors job role for the students. James Perez was gifted a commemorative coin for his increased efforts in assisting the Government House staff

After concluding the visit at the Government House, students travelled to the Supreme Court, as well as the ‘Old Courthouse Museum’. Students gained knowledge of the Supreme Court processes, and were allowed to act out the functions of a court case in a free courtroom. 

Health Physical Education


On Thursday 13thMay, AFL Academy teachers Kimberley Boulton and Jarrod Wayne took 2 teams of Year 8 students to compete in a fantastic day of football down at Sutherlands Park. After some deliberation, the Year 8 AFL Academy students agreed on a theme of ‘selflessness’ for the day of the carnival, which proved to carry the student’s decision making throughout each of their 7 games on the day. The students exceeded our expectations on the day, demonstrating selflessness not only on, but also off the field. Each student proudly lived up to our school wide values in STARR on the day, and competed to the best of their ability. Some of our highlights included the incredible shepherds that laid, the willingness to share the ball to provide teammates with the opportunity to score a goal, and the genuine care and respect was displayed on the day. The AFL Academy would like to give a big shout out to Terry Patrick, Jacob Bather, Dean Pankhust, Aiden Statham, and Rhiley Smith who not only assisted with umpiring, scoring, water running, and equipment pack up, but who also upheld the STARR values consistently throughout the whole day. We honestly cannot thank you enough, having fantastic helpers like you at these events ensures the smooth running of a successful carnival and we hope you enjoyed the day out.



After missing our AFL competitions in 2020 due to COVID, our AFL Academy students were raring to go for our afterschool football competitions, which commenced at the beginning of Term 2. Throughout the term, we have managed to successfully participate in three competitions, the Year 10, 11, 12 Simply Energy Cup, the Year 8 & 9 Eagles Schoolboys Cup, and the Year 10, 11, 12 Freo Dockers Schoolgirls Cup.


The AFL senior boys were undefeated in the group stage of the Simply Energy Cup against Willetton, Emmanuel and Leeming. Three wins resulted in Cecil Andrews progressing through to the quarter finals against Corpus Christi, unfortunately injuries, absences and a quality opposition resulted in an unfavourable outcome. The boys played a solid brand of ‘Cecil’s footy’ throughout the competition, demonstrating selflessness, leadership and team work to a high standard. The team was led by our head boy, Zac Willis and the general, Ethan Farrell. Mitchell Western was a standout up forward finishing with 12 goals across the four games and Jordan Douglas kicked two barrels from outside 50m. Our year 10’s made up the majority of our team which puts us in a good position moving forward into 2022. Honourable mentions: Ashton Potter, Rhiley Smith, Israel Bucktin, Terry Patrick and Zachary Warner – Who each played a role for the team.


The Lower School boys team also came away proud with a few wins, and unfortunately lost their crossover finals against Melville Senior High School. The Upper School girls only competed in 2 games this season and did not register a win, but are looking forward to redemption in the coming year.


The AFL Academy would like to extend a huge thank you to all the students, staff, and parents who came out to support and assist with the running of the competition. It is not an easy feat running three afterschool competitions in conjunction with one another, and your ongoing support is greatly appreciated and does not go unrecognised. Thank you again and keep an eye out for fixtures for the Year 8 & 9 Freo Schoolgirls Cup upcoming in Term 3.



After missing last year’s soccer competitions due to COVID we entered a team in the Year 9-10 Intermediate Boys Soccer Regional Pennants competition, which was played throughout Term 2. The team competed exceptionally well considering we had a team made up of students ranging form Year 7 to Year 10 playing in a Year 9 -10 competition. From our 4 games we won 5-2 against Lesmurdie and put up a brave fight in our 3 losses. Due to the lockdown at the end of Term 2, the teams’ last game has been postponed until week 1 of Term 3. A special mention goes to captain Bishop Johnson, Emmanuel Wordu and Antony Tucker who were some of the better performers over the games. We would like to extend a thank you to all students, staff and parents who assisted with training and games



With applications now open for our AFL Academy for 2022, we were lucky enough to be approached by Byford Primary School who sought assistance in the running of their Year 5 & 6 AFL Winter Carnival at Mundijong Town Oval. Events such as these provide our AFL Academy students with the opportunity to engage in additional roles within the AFL community, as well as, develop their leadership skills. Whilst this is not an event we have been involved with previously we were keen to select a number of students from Year 8 to Year 11 to take along with us for the experience. Students that were selected to attend this event have demonstrated strong leadership skills within our AFL Academy and have the knowledge required to successfully assist with the running of an AFL Carnival. It was a day that tested our AFL Academy students Koby Millington, Graham Bennell, Malik Arnold, Tyler Yappo, Terry Patrick, Jacob Bather, Aiden Statham, and Rhiley Smith, as they were left with the task of running the carnival. They displayed great initiative on the day, rotating through various roles such as field umpiring, goal umpiring, scoring, and time keeping. Additionally, several of our students elected to assist the various primary schools by running warm-ups for their students, which was greatly appreciated by all.


Post carnival day we have received some incredible feedback about our students, which we could not be more proud of; the following was sent by Daniel Way, Byford Primary School Teacher and Event Coordinator. “Your help and support was much appreciated. It was so great having your students so involved in not only umpiring, scoring and time keeping, but also interacting and helping out with some warm up drills with each school throughout the day. We have received a range of positive feedback about the standard of umpiring, the fairness, consistency of umpiring and the extra effort your students went to to stop the game, coach and explain some of the umpiring calls and decisions. Thank you so much and well done to your students.” As a result of fantastic feedback from the Primary Schools involved we are now attempting to forge an ongoing partnership with Byford Primary School and to setup the AFL Winter Carnival as an annual event for our AFL Academy. Once again we would like to thank these students for their work and dedication to our AFL Academy.


Upcoming HPE events

GOALS Program - Year 9

The GOALS program is an initiative of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN), and is designed to encourage students in their middle years of high school to continue with their studies, whilst also widening the aspirations of these students beyond the classroom. Throughout the program students are provided with mentoring from professional role models who share their journeys and challenges regarding their career pathways. In previous years we have found the program successful in helping students identify a range of personal, educational and vocational choices through structured sessions by business people, within a group environment. In 2021 we have decided to once again run the GOALS program alongside the ABCN in the hopes for another very successful year. Of our cohort of roughly 130 students, just 17 students were selected to participate in the GOALS program for 2021. With the program kicking off at the College on the 28th of May the students have participated in two sessions with their mentors in which they have begun some personal development and goal-setting for the months ahead. So far the students have had the opportunity to go venture to Macquarie Bank where they were in ore of the incredible views and inspired by some of their mentors stories. With three sessions still to go, Year Coordinator Kimberley Boulton and the Year 9 students are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. 

Cecil Andrews Clontarf Academy Alumni Update

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.


Term 2 has provided a great opportunity to continue building upon the work done since the start of the year. The majority of boys are into the swing of things with regards to Academy activities and have a better understanding of the lay of the land in terms of what’s expected from them. We continually work to develop and build the capacity of all boys, focussing on communicating and reinforcing our key messages and expectations.


To be able to keep the boys engaged there needs to be a vibrant academy program that encourages boys to keep attending and doing the right thing in the classroom and around the school. Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles, life skills and sport.


Some of the highlights of our Term 2 Academy program are listed below:


·         Year 10 boys commencing the Extended Bronze Medallion program with RLSWA

·         Year 8/9 Kulbardie Klassic carnival and camp in Northam

·         Year 9/10 Busselton camp

·         Super Training at Belmont College

·         IFLY & Cockburn Ice Arena excursions

·         Bunnings Armadale worksite visit

·         Clontarf Table Tennis Championships

·         A number of boys representing the schools Year 8/9 & Year 10-12 interschool football teams

·         Todd Bennell, Adrian Winmar, Damien Lopez and Jack Blurton getting their P Plates

·         Hosting two staff morning teas in the Academy Room

·         Year 11/12 Employment Forum at Optus Stadium

·         School Ball

·         Watching the Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs match at Optus Stadium

·         Academy visits by Clontarf Partners Target, Metal Manufacturers & Australian Gas & Infrastructure Group


Lane, Joseph Kickett and I look forward to continuing to work with the College staff, parents/guardians and the broader school community to help improve the educational outcomes of the boys and provide them with a range of development, training, employment, sporting and broader life opportunities.



Darren Davis


Cecil Andrews Clontarf Academy



National Sorry Day


Eleven Stars students from Year 7 to 9 were chosen to attend the Sorry Day event at the Champion Centre on Wednesday 26th of May. A Welcome to Country was conducted by a local Noongar Elder and Cecil Andrew’s students presented the National Apology to the Champion Centre for them to display in their hall. The girls were able to interact and have morning tea with Elders and then be involved in a workshop where they made natural bath salts and body scrubs. All the girls represented the school in a professional manner and enjoyed being out in the community, connecting with their culture.



Stars Inter-Academy Basketball Tournament


As Stars is still very new in Western Australia, this was our first opportunity to be involved in Inter-Academy Tournament, along with 7 other Academies from all across the Westcoast.


The tournament was open to Year 7 to Year 9 girls, giving them an opportunity to play basketball, spend time together and make new connections with other academies. We left after school on Wednesday June 16th to Camp Wattle Grove where we stayed the night in dormitories before the basketball tournament the next day. All the girls and staff from all 8 Academies had dinner together and were involved in team games to get to know each other and step out of their comfort zones.


On Thursday, we all had breakfast and then made our way to Ray Owen Basketball Stadium in Kalamunda in preparation for games. The girls played really well as a team, showing great commitment, behaviour and sportsmanship. Unfortunately, we were only able to win 2 games out of the 7, but all of our games were within 5 or 6 points and the girls always played hard until the end.


Shante Anderson was one of our youngest players but played extremely well and was chosen as part of the All-Star team, along with only 7 other girls out of the 70+ students involved. She was acknowledged and awarded with a trophy for displaying all the values of the Stars program; Respect, Honesty, Commitment and pride.


Stars vs Clontarf


Every term we get together with Clontarf to run a sporting game after school, enabling the Indigenous boys and girls to connect and work together. On June 2nd we played basketball, splitting teams so they consisted of boys, girls and staff members. These events help students to build relationships with our students and staff members, but of course, both sides are always very competitive. All students involved had a great time and we are looking forward to our Term 3 match in week 6 on Wednesday, August 25th.


Year 12’s


This Year our Stars program has three Year 12 students, Akeira Collard, Martika-Rose Yappo and Tamielle Ogilvie, that have started off the year very well. All of the girls are involved with the SMYL program, which assists in helping students to transition from school to employment opportunities. The girls attend school 4 days a week and then paid employment for the other weekday, with every 3 weeks being a training day to connect with other students around Perth in similar pathways.


These girls were also able to celebrate their final year of high school by attending the school ball on Friday June 18th. This allowed them to take time away from the stress of school and really enjoy one of their last events together as a student. They all looked absolutely stunning, and Martika-Rose Yappo was awarded Belle of the Ball.

STARS Foundation 




It has been full steam ahead for the FTD students during Term 2! We were extremely saddened to say goodbye to our long-standing FTD Coordinator, Sue Gilbert, in Week 3 of this term. The students hosted a wonderful surprise farewell party for her on her final day. Sue was welcomed, by students, families and staff, with a standing ovation followed by a BBQ and a photo presentation in the STEM centre. It was a wonderful send off and Sue was very grateful to all that attended. Sue now joins us on a Monday afternoon as a tutor. 

The students are continuing their hard work this term, with tutoring sessions on Monday-Thursday. The students are demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication to their studies, often sacrificing leisure activities to ensure they are completing homework and assessments to a high standard. A big thank you as always to all teachers, tutors and families for their team effort in helping our students succeed.

On the 11th of July, students from the Follow the Dream program were visited by the Dandjoo Darbalung students from St. Catherine's College to design and create a giant canvas painting which will be displayed at Cecil Andrews College. 

The FTD students worked with the mentors from Dandjoo Darbalung to design a concept that reflected their cultures, families and identities. The project was then led by the FTD students, who taught other students from Cecil Andrews College how to create symbolic art pieces to be added to the painting. We are very excited to see what the students produce! The finished painting will be presented at our NAIDOC assembly.


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Come to School Every Day!

Why….…because school enables children to build on their knowledge and skills each day, each week and each year.

Why……because children can miss out on the basic skills and may experience difficulties later with their learning.

Why……because school helps children build confidence in areas such as communication, teamwork, organization and social skills.

Why……because going to school is a legal requirement and there are fines associated with this.

The law states all children from Pre Primary to Year 12 must attend school (or have an alternative educational or workplace arrangement).

Under the law, you are responsible for making sure your child goes to school on ALL school days.  You must not keep your child away from school for minor reasons.

Don’t be soft on school attendance… because we want all children to be their best.

 What the law says:

Under Western Australian law (School Education Act 1999), parents must send their children to school unless:

·         They are too unwell.

·         They have an infectious disease.

·         The principal is provided with a genuine and acceptable reason.

You must let the school know within three days why your child is not attending.

Under the law, schools must:

·         Monitor attendance of students.

·         Follow up with parents and caregivers on student absences.

What happens when your child misses school without a valid reason?

·         Your school will ask you for an explanation.

·         Your school will meet with you to discuss ongoing issues and plan a response.

·         A School Attendance Panel will be set up to review the steps taken and provide advice.

·         In some cases, you might be fined.

Support and help for families

If your child is reluctant or refuses to go to school, or is missing school without you knowing, there is support and help available.  Contact your school or South Metropolitan Education Regional Office for information/assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  What should I do if my child is unwell?

A:  Inform the school and provide a medical certificate if requested.

Q:  What should I do if my child refuses to go to school?

A:  Contact your school as soon as possible and the school will arrange advice/support.

Q:  What should I do if we are going on holiday during school time?

A:  Holidays during school time are detrimental to your child’s learning.  The Principal of your school will not consider this an approved absence.  Arrange your holidays during vacation periods.

Q:  Can I take my child out of school for social occasions?

A:  No.  This is not considered reasonable. You should arrange social occasions such as personal shopping trips and birthday celebrations out of school hours.

Q:  Will my child be marked absent from school if he/she is doing a VET, Registered Training Organization program?

A: No as long as this is part of the school program.  Attendance at these programs is also monitored.

Further Information & Support:

Talk with our Student Services Team about your child’s attendance or any support you may need.

Contact number: 9234 3401

Absentee SMS: 0408 099 112

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The Department of Education’s South Metropolitan Education Regional Office in Beaconsfield also has trained staff that will be able to provide relevant information and support.

Contact number: 9336 9563

A reminder that Cecil Andrews College has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, violence, and drugs.