Vision, Purpose and Values

Our Motto

Christus Pastor Meus – Christ is my Shepherd

The College motto, Christ is My Shepherd, reflects a strong emphasis on pastoral care. It is evident in feedback from students and parents that students feel happy and safe.

Christus – In a Catholic School, the message of Christ is central and the foundation of Catholic Education.

Pastor – Qualities such as love, trust, strength, security, compassion, friendship, warmth and acceptance are the type of qualities we aim to instil in our students.

Meus – A focus on the good that is in each and every one of us which means we must be committed to the needs and care of each individual all of the time.


Our Vision

 Students Reaching their Greatest Potential

We recognize that each child is unique and we are committed to nurturing the personal excellence of each and every learner, regardless of their learning ability. The College always maintains a focus on providing the best support for the intellectual development of every learner so each has the best possible chance to excel personally.

Therefore, our vision is to help our students reach their greatest potential.

We value diversity and the challenge to meet every child where they are at in their spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual development. We take a holistic approach to the development of our students, combining excellence in teaching and learning with strong pastoral care in a learning environment that is faithful to a Catholic heritage. We foster in our young people the desire to know more, see more and be more, in line with our Catholic values. Our College provides opportunities for students to learn and grow in a variety of settings so that they may become active and productive participants in society. We wish for our students to live faith-filled and Christ-centred lives with compassion for others and a sense of social justice based on real-world learning. We nurture our students to show mercy to others, promote justice and serve those in need as a demonstration of their Christian faith. Our contemporary Catholic environment is one that recognises the signs of the times.

Our students are encouraged to seek Christ in their personal and communal lives, to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic tradition, to grow in their faith and to seek opportunities to put their faith into action.


Our Purpose

Prendiville Catholic College is a contemporary Catholic secondary, co-educational College which provides a challenging education in an attractive environment. We will foster in young people the desire to know more, see more and be more. Ours will be an education that seeks Christ in our personal and communal lives.

Our purpose or mission is met by providing a curriculum that is driven by contemporary pedagogy delivered in a 21st century learning environment that creates lifelong, independent learners with the ability to think critically.

We offer a curriculum which:

  • Meets individual needs and is inclusive of a variety of learning styles;
  • Maximises the benefits of modern technology and learning spaces;
  • Empowers students to become independent learners;
  • Encourages students who show initiative and ingenuity;
  • Inspires students to strive to do their best and take pride in their achievements;
  • Integrates Catholic teaching and Christian values with the experiences of life;
  • Contains a balance of values, knowledge and skills;
  • Addresses justice and equity issues in our curriculum;
  • Takes full advantage of our coastal location and connectivity to the wider community.

Our Values

We encourage all members of the College community to uphold the following values:

  • Taking pride in oneself, pride in the College and pride in the achievements of others;
  • Living with integrity;
  • Displaying a sense of justice and service towards others;
  • Showing respect, tolerance, acceptance, forgiveness and compassion for others;
  • Aspiring to personal excellence;
  • Contributing to the College community;
  • Respecting the strength of diversity of gender, physical or mental ability, culture and background.

In 2015, the College introduced Spirit of Prendiville medallions and the Redmond Prendiville Award. These awards recognise Year 12 students who:

  • Display pride in being a student of the College (serve);
  • Display outstanding integrity, service and dependability (lead);
  • Enrich the lives of others and
  • Are a positive influence on our College community (inspire).

Each of our Houses has a specific value that it focuses on:

  • Brigid – Compassion: St. Brigid was a woman of rare ability, strength and kindness, was an early feminist and was known for her hospitality and her generosity to the poor.
  • Chisholm – Inclusion: Caroline Chisholm was a woman of vision, selflessness and perseverance who instilled in those around her a sense of equality, self-respect and generosity.
  • Francis – Stewardship: St. Francis of Assisi viewed all of God’s creatures as his brothers and sisters; his story is one of humility, stewardship of the earth and demonstrating a preference for the poor and the sick.
  • McAuley – Service: Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy to educate the poor, visit the sick and serve people in need; she had a close connection with the development of education in Western Australia and the provision of services for the needy.
  • McCormack - Courage: Irene McCormack was an Australian member of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and a popular teacher and Principal in Western Australia for 30 years. Irene became a missionary worker in Peru, showing bravery and courage as she continued her missionary work prior to her execution in Peru.
  • Romero – Liberation: Bishop Oscar Romero spoke out against corruption, the lack of democracy and human rights violations in El Salvador.
  • Salvado – Outreach: Bishop Dom Salvado arrived in Australia with a vision to live and learn from the Indigenous people of the country at the same time as spreading the values of the Gospels.
  • Xavier - Justice: Francis Xavier was the greatest Roman Catholic missionary of modern times and was instrumental in the establishment of Christianity in India and Japan. Francis left Rome for India in 1542 and spent the next three years on the south eastern coast of India where he continued to evangelize and baptise tens of thousands of people, always providing for the continuing pastoral care of the communities he founded. In 1927 he was named patron of all missions.


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