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Message from the Principal

Robyn Sewter, a valued member of our Community lost her brief battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday. A devastating loss for her family and our College.

Robyn was a talented and dedicated educator with over 30 years of experience and commitment to teaching. Passionate about helping young adults with their future careers Robyn strived to provide excellence in the areas of Economics and Careers Advice. In 2012 whilst working in New Zealand, Robyn received the “Most Inspiring Teacher” award by the Young Enterprise Trust. In 2013 she joined the staff of Kennedy and quickly became well respected and loved by students and staff alike for her commitment to quality education services. This year Robyn was appointed to the position of Careers Development Officer, her dream job!

Robyn will be greatly missed at Kennedy. Her energy and enthusiasm in all that she worked on was greatly appreciated by everyone. Robyn’s faith in God and the hope provided by Christ was unending throughout her fight with cancer and has been an inspiration to many. Our thoughts and prayers are constantly with her husband Chris and children, Ryan, Mitchell and Olivia.

Mr Mark Ashby


A few years ago, when I was still working as a manager for a multi-national company, (Macca’s), one of the crew asked me,"How do you choose a career?" I believe my answer is as valid today as it was then. You choose a career that you are passionate about, or you choose one that pays for your passion. It was soon after that I applied to become a Chaplain. I had researched Chaplaincy while I was still at University (B.T.C.W.A) and knew then that this was what I wanted to do with my life but that I needed a few more life skills. After graduating from University I set about gaining those skills, which included working for a Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation facility, the running of a localized charity which helped families transition into housing and finally, working with a young crew at the aforementioned company.
Chaplaincy is my passion. I now work at two separate schools, Kennedy and a school which is as different from Kennedy as chalk is from cheese. Yet both places tick my boxes. I totally believe that teenagers rock. They are the ones who make me want to get out of bed and go to work.
I consider where I am today and it is nothing like the life I imagined when I was in my final year (Form 12) at High School in New Zealand, but it is exactly where I should be.

Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5 -6  (MSG)

When you acknowledge that God is sovereign, that He is in control, everything is simpler. Not necessarily easier, but definitely simpler.

Mother's Day Morning Tea

Our mums were treated to a special Mother’s Day Morning Tea on Friday 8 May.

The room was buzzing with the sound of happy mums enjoying each other’s company while being treated to a delicious range of sandwiches, savouries, cakes and freshly brewed tea and coffee. The event had a warm atmosphere with lots of laughter and happy recipients of door prizes and gifts.
Our guest speaker Jayne Crichton was encouraging and entertaining. Jayne shared with us from her demanding experiences as a mother and assured us all that there is life beyond the teenage years and to also believe beyond what you see right now.
Dads will be pleased to know that we haven’t forgotten about you. So, stay tuned for your event later this year.

Click here to read what some mums have to say about the morning tea

2015 International Study Tour

Four teachers and 28 students travelling through England, Belgium, France and Turkey over 18 days – what a mission!

After over 12 months of planning the group set off full of excitement and anticipation at what promised to be a fantastic educational tour. Our goal was to see as much of the world as we could in order to get a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live.

This meant visiting historical sites like the memorials and battlefields on the Western Front, the east end of London at night to see where ‘Jack the Ripper’ did his grisly work and the sacred ground of Gallipoli; absorbing the magnificent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Louvre in Paris; enjoying world class museums such as the British Museum and the Kabatepe Museum; and ‘watching’ the Lion King, having a dance off on the Bosphorus and practicing our French and Turkish language skills on too many unsuspecting people by way of cultural learning.

When we weren’t busy with all of these life enriching activities we managed to squeeze in a bike ride through Paris, crossing the English Channel by ferry, tasting some great food and just generally soaking up the sights and sounds of everyday life in Europe. And of course we had to do some shopping and visit Paris Disney.

We returned to Perth tired but with a richer understanding of the world, its histories and its peoples, and some memories and friends to last a life time. How Ms Liew can fall asleep so quickly, why Mr Markham is so good at travelling on the ‘Tube’ and the whereabouts of the coach taking us to the Eiffel Tower all remain a mystery.

A big thank you to all the people that helped make the tour a reality, the parents and guardians for their generous financial support, Mrs Linda Ang and Mrs Janet Hair for their administrative support, Mr Newell and Mrs Wood for their financial and administrative assistance and my wonderful colleagues Ms Jean Liew, Mr Justin Markham and Mrs Robyn Sewter. And of course last but not least the 28 intrepid students who travelled with us – I hope you had a great time travelling with the group and that your eyes, ears and hearts were opened just a little bit more. Thanks for the memories!

Mr Blaire Gersbach
Head of Learning Area -Humanities

Click here for photos

Bake for a Reason

On Wednesday 20 May, a “Bake for a Reason” stall was held to raise funds for the amazing work of the Cancer Council. Staff and students donated cakes, slices and cookies in support of our families who have been affected by cancer.

Mrs Kate Oeij, the stall coordinator, said "I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for your generosity and support for the Bake for a Reason. I have been totally blown away by our College and the support from both teachers and students. We raised $1284.35 from the bake sale today which was just incredible. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness".

Photo left to right: Mrs Kate Oeij, Hudson Oeij, Mrs Gail Ashton, Mrs Valme Batley, Miss Jean Liew

Research and Study Centre News

On Wednesday 20 May, in extended Form, the Year 8s and 9s all gathered in the Lower Foyer for a presentation on ‘Study skills and exam preparation’.  The students all were given a note taking sheet and took notes throughout the session.  We covered:

• Taking and using notes
• Study Planners
• Using timers
• Study tips and strategies
• The exam
• Relaxation

The full presentation is available on Coneqt under ‘Form’.

If any students would like a follow up, there is ‘Study and Organisational skills’ tutoring every Wednesday after school.  Students (and parents) can also request an individual appointment through the Centre.

Claudia Hart
Head of Research and Study Centre

Sports at Kennedy

Lightning Carnival

The Lightning Carnival was a huge success, with some exceptional talent displayed in a variety of sports. The students represented Kennedy with the highest of standards, interacting positively with students from other schools and supporting and cheering on their own teams.

The top performing teams are included below:

Female:  Touch Rugby & Soccer
Male:   Rugby & AFL

Click here to view more

Inter House Cross Country Carnival Correction

With reference to the Inter House Cross Country Carnival held on 5 May, we wish to advise the following correction:

The top female and male runners for Year 9 were:

Giverny Dodds, Piper Irwin, & Mitchell Thomas

Congratulations and well done on a well-earned result.


40 Hour Famine Update

We are delighted to announce in partnership with World Vision that the total raised over the past few years from our students is now over $135,000 through participation in the 40 hour famine.
This has made a real difference for children living with poverty and hunger.

P&F News

We'd like to extend a big thank you to Student Councillors, Mr Pether, Tom Moyes, parents and teachers who helped out at the Bunnings sausage sizzle last weekend. The weather was awful but the time and effort everyone put into the day was very much appreciated.  Sales were a little lower than expected but hopefully we will have better weather conditions and therefore a better result at the next sausage sizzle scheduled for early August.

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books are back - including the digital version which downloads straight to your smartphone (have it with you no matter where you are). Click on the link below to order.

Anyone who wants to receive correspondence direct from the Kennedy Parents and Friends Association, please email us at: and we will add you to our email list. If you have previously asked to be on our list and are still not getting our emails, please email us again (there has been a technical issue).

Order the 2015 Perth Entertainment Book Now

School Attendance

The school day starts at 8.15am and finishes at 3.15pm, and students are reminded that punctuality is expected at all times including co-curricular and extra-curricular commitments.

Students should arrive by 8.10am for an 8.15am Form start. It is important students attend Form as important information, news and forms are distributed during Form Time.

Students arriving late must report to Student Services and sign in, as this means we have accurate records and can ensure your child’s safety in the case of an emergency.

Sausage Sizzle

Newman Indigenous Tour Sausage Sizzle

Date: Sunday 24 May
Time: 10.30 am - 2.30 pm
Location: Office Works, O'Connor

Come along to Office Works, O'Connor, and help support the Year 11 students attending the Newman Indigenous Tour by buying a sausage sizzle and a drink. Kennedy Baptist College would like to thank Spud Shed, Jandakot for generously donating the food for this event.

Beedawong News

The chilly weather is upon us and there is something very comforting about good hot food and beverages.

Our luscious hot chocolate is available for just $3.00 a serving and is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart and is proving to be very popular with our students . 

Beedawong is open from 7.30am for breakfast and provides healthy satisfying menu options for the whole day .

 View Menu

In the photo: Renee Anderson, Rikki Glen, Josephine Yeow, Stephen Visser, Marylou Ado

Volunteer at Beedawong

Stephen Visser our only DAD volunteer. If you are avaliable to help, give us a call at 9314 7722.

College Fees

Unknown Deposits

The following deposits have been made to the College's bank account. Details are as below:

  • 13/4  2588594 School Fees                                          
  • 12/5  2742008 School Fees

If you have made either of these deposits please contact Mrs Gill Wood in our Finance Dept 9314 7722 or email

Amended Uniform Shop Hours

Please note that the Uniform Shop has amended trading hours from week commencing 18 May to 19 June. Opening hours are as follows:

Monday and Tuesday
8.00am – 12.30pm
1.00pm – 3.45pm

Upcoming Events

The list below shows the upcoming events for the next 2 weeks. Please visit our website for more dates and events

Thursday 21 May
Year 10 Photography Excursion

Sunday 24 May
Newman Indigenous Tour Sausage Sizzle

Sunday 24 May - Sunday 31 May
Year 12 Outdoor Education Sailing Expedition

Monday 25 May - Friday 5 June
Year 11 & 12 Exams

Wednesday 27 May
Year 10 Photography Excursion

Thursday 28 May
ACC Cross Country
Year 7 Community Service

Monday 1 June
WA Day

Tuesday 2 June - Friday 5 June
Year 8 - 10 Exams

Thursday 4 June

After School Tutoring Times

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All About Parenting

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Community Events

We accept notices from parents, and advertisements from local companies and businesses for a small fee and reserve the right to accept the application for advertisement to be placed in the Newsletter or Notice board. Please email for more information.


At Rossmoyne Senior High School, Willetton Senior High School & Canningvale

• Small class size – individualised program
• Experienced and qualified teachers
• Structured worksheets individualised to suit each student
• Preparation  for class tests, investigations and exams
• NAPLAN/Sem Exam/WACE Preparation

Enrolments are now being taken for Term 2 2015

Regular weekly classes for:

• Year 4 – 10 Maths and English
• Year 11 Maths (Appln,Methods , Specialist)
• Year 11 Physics & Chemistry
• Chemistry 3AB
• Year 10 Physics & Chemistry
• Year 11 & 12 English
• Physics 3AB

Call 9455 6808 / 0410 121 509 or visit



Want to improve your marks?
Join our Weekend Help or Master Classes. Available for all year levels.

Yr 11 & 12 WACE and ATAR Master Classes
Classes available Sundays and afternoons after school
Be inspired by expert subject specialist teacher who will give you fresh insights into course concepts and learn how to achieve maximum marks in your exams.
Yr 11 & 12 WACE and ATAR Weekend HELP Classes
Various classes available Saturday and Sunday from 9am up to 3pm
Receive weekly help in your areas of need in your courses from experienced WACE and ATAR teachers. In the class you can ask questions about your school work and get one-on-one help to strengthen your understanding.
Yr 7, 8, 9 & 10 Weekend HELP Classes:
Various classes from 9am up to 1pm every Saturday and Sunday
Experienced teachers work with students to build their skills and understanding in Maths, Science or English in a small group environment.


Venues: Churchlands SHS, Rossmoyne SHS, Perth Modern School and our Applecross Office. 
For a brochure visit or speak with your Year Coordinator.
Phone: (08) 9314 9500

Master Class flyer attached.




 Drivewell Driving Academy aims to teach students driving skills that will not only enable them to pass their Practical Driving Assessment, but also establish good habits for safe life long driving.

At Drivewell we teach driving in a manual car as we believe this can open up more opportunities in the future for our students.

Adrian Yurisich is an experienced trainer who teaches in a calm, supportive and encouraging manner. He has a proven strategy for success which will take students step by step from a beginner through to a confident driver. Phone Adrian on 0431 657 566 or click here for more information




Cybersafety “Real Wired Child” - Michael Carr-Gregg
Michael will present a practical and highly informative and
entertaining session highlighting the latest news from the
science of positive psychology applied to bringing up children and teenagers. He will cover the topic Cybersafety “Real Wired Child”

Thursday 28 May 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Aubin Grove Primary School
Tickets $30 (earlybird tickets $25)
Tickets can be purchased online. Limited cash sale tickets are available from Aubin Grove Primary school office.

Sportsplus Camp

Students interested in basketball, soccer, netball, footy and tennis. Why not come along to a 6-day residential, specialist sports coaching camp for young athletes (school years 7-12), who love competitive sport and want to explore the Christian faith. It will include top level coaching in your sport, various sporty team challenges, Kennedy PE teacher Mr Miles as one of the leaders of the camp and plenty of fun sports banter.

When: 5 July to 10 July. 1st week of the school holidays.
Where: Guildford Grammar's sports facilities
For more information and sign up  


As Marcel Proust, a late 19th Century novelist wrote : “ the real voyage of discovery  consists not in seeking new landscapes but having new eyes” . Volunteer to host an international high school student arriving into Australia in July 2015 through Southern Cross Cultural Exchange and prepare to be amazed at the way this unique and rewarding opportunity helps your family to become closer, to understand themselves better and see the world in a new light.

Carefully selected students will arrive in July for one term , one semester or two semesters from France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. They will attend a local High School, arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive health insurance cover – all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. To enquire about becoming a volunteer host family visit us at email or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our international student profiles and capture the spirit of family and friendship.


The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation

The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation has some exciting news which we would like to share with your school community. We have just released our full voyage program for 2015. Another season packed with ocean adventures; a unique experiential learning program not only endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority but we are proud to now also count towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Queen’s Scout Award.
For more information call 9340 4105 or email 
or click here