24 November 2017
Issue Thirty Seven
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 36
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Pathways and Transition
Men Of John XXIII
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Acknowledging Our Volunteers

Last week we conducted a function to acknowledge the hard work of the many parent volunteers who add so much to the fabric of our College. On the morning of the function, our Business Manager, John Cumming and I attended a breakfast which focussed on leadership in the ‘Not for Profit Sector’. There were 200 guests at the breakfast with representatives from corporate and not for profit groups. Interestingly, all three speakers had a John XXIII College connection. Professor Bruce Robinson (former parent), James McMahon (current parent) and Christian Golding (alumni) discussed partnerships between the sectors and drew on experiences from the Fathering Project and John XXIII College.

We often borrow from the Jesuits and talk of developing our students as ‘men and women for others’. The breakfast was a classic example of committed adults using their skills and talents to help make the world a better place for others.

I told the story of the breakfast to our volunteers whilst acknowledging all our amazing parent helpers. The gift of time that we can give to our children and to their education is priceless. The rhetoric of ‘men and women for others’ is best exemplified through the positive actions of parents, teachers and other adults guiding the young people in our care. We are blessed to have so many parents willingly give of their time, expertise and wisdom.

Marketing Of The College

This year we have improved our marketing of the College through a strategic use of social media. Last week we were advised that our ‘Autumn Mornings’ video was successful in gaining an industry award.


Congratulations to all involved.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely

Robert Henderson

Around The Primary


A time to reflect...

“Would you drop the kids off at school this morning? I’ve got a lot of shopping to do ande rrands to run”.

“Well, I’ve got a pretty hectic day myself (sigh) …  OK I’ll do it.  But hurry, up kids!”


So Dad and his children jump into the car and they’re off. The busy father glances at his watch. “Why is traffic so slow this morning? Certainly people should drive safely, not speed, but this little old man in front of us must be sight-seeing! I’ll pass him as soon as I can...maybe I can take a short cut… Oh, no!!” Wouldn’t you know it! The car approaches a railroad crossing just as the lights begin to flash and the safety gate comes down. Dad’s first thought: “Darn it! We’re going to be held up by a train and be late.”


So, as Dad is fuming in the front seat, anxiously tapping his fingers on the steering wheel, reviewing, in his mind, how to make up some time, a sweet, childish voice calls out from the backseat: “Daddy, Daddy, we’re so lucky! We get to watch the train go by!”


Dear Parents

This week has been a very busy one around the Primary school as many important parent events have taken place. We really appreciate parents taking the time to attend the Year 4G Mass, Year 4 BYOD iPad Meeting, the Kindy 2018 Information Meeting and the Pre Primary 2018 Information Meeting. We also appreciate the time that staff spend preparing for these informative sessions and the time they provide at the end of their teaching days.


As we head towards the end of the term there is certainly a lot to celebrate. A great example of celebration and acknowledgement was the Primary Music Ensemble Concert which took place on Wednesday night in the Amphitheatre. This concert featured and celebrated the students’ learning for the year through many musical items. It is the last performance for some of our Year 6 students, and we especially thank them for their contribution to Music in the Primary School over many years. Thank you to Mr James Kros and all our Music staff and tutors who work very hard behind the scenes to make this event happen.


Presentation Night

Our College Presentation Evening will be held in the St Louis Sports Centre next Wednesday beginning at 7pm. As this is an important community event for our College, all students in Years 5-11 are expected to attend.


All Primary students are required to meet in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre by 6:30pm. Parents are to be seated by 6:45pm for a 7pm start.


Students are to wear their full school uniform and hair needs to be neat and tidy.

The Presentation Evening is scheduled to conclude at 9pm.


We look forward to seeing many families on the night.


Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


The Year 3’s have been focusing on procedure writing. After learning about this genre the children wrote their own procedures for making fairy bread. 3B handed over their recipes to 3G so they could make the fairy bread! The recipes were all unique as each of everyone had their particular had preferences for fairy bread! They learnt how language must be precise (or they might not get enough sprinkles!) and how the steps must be in order, so others can follow it easily. Of course, they loved eating the final product!

“I learnt we have to put a lot of detail in procedures.” Chloe Zhou (3G)

“I now know how to write a procedure.” Christopher Cesare (3B)

“I learnt how to make Fairy Bread and how to write a recipe.” Jack Gregory (3B)



On Thursday 23 some of our Year 6 Boys and Girls participated in a Milo T20 Big Bash Cricket Carnival at Melvista Oval, Nedlands with teams from Loreto, Carmel and Sacred Heart. The students played four rounds each being the second time that the College had a girls’ team and they were terrific, winning one of their four games and very competitive in the other three. The boys had a fabulous day of cricket too - winning all four games by hitting numerous boundaries, especially sixes and capturing plenty opposition wickets. Many of the students held great catches and caused sensational run-outs from enthusiastic fielding. In each round all players face 6 deliveries, rotate through all fielding positions and each has an over to bowl.


Our players were highly competitive against all teams. Overall, it was a fantastic day for our 19 players who, I am sure, felt like they were a Perth Scorcher’s player, playing in the Big Bash League! A big thank you to Ms Ruth O’Donnell and Phebe Harvey (Instep student) for their assistance on the day. Thank you also to the many parents who came along to support the students.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator


Dates to Remember

Monday 27 November                  Kindy B & G (Group 2) Orientation

                                                                Final day of Pre Kindy G

Tuesday 28 November                  PP 2018 Orientation & Transition for PP to Yr 1 2018

Wednesday 29 November           Presentation Evening 7pm (SLSC) Yrs 5-11

Thursday 30 November                 Kindy celebration with parents

Friday 1 December                          PP Christmas Paraliturgy 9am

                                                                Transition Sessions for Y1-6

                                                                PP – Yr 2 Swimming lessons conclude

                                                                Final day for Pre Kindy B





Water Polo Competition

Congratulations to our Junior Boys, Water Polo team who finished third overall at today's School Sport WA (SSWA), Junior Water Polo Competition.


The team finished second in their Pool to the eventual overall winners CBC Fremantle A. John XXIII comprehensively beat CBC B 13-2 to secure 3rd place from 11 teams.


A big thank you to Mr Doug Watson (Grounds and Maintenance staff) who kindly gave up his time training and coaching the boys on the day.


Cameron Haines

Assistant Sport Coordinator

Year 7 Camp

Last Wednesday 179 excited Year 7 students and 14 staff members headed off to Woodman Point Recreation Camp for the annual Year 7 Camp. Everyone who went enjoyed a wonderful three days of activities such as climbing the vertical challenge, search and rescue and designing their own boomerangs. There was also welcome relief from the heat with a couple of refreshing swims in the ocean.

A highlight of the camp was Mass, celebrated by Fr Rodrigo, on the beach. The cohort returned on Friday afternoon more than a little tired, but also aware of having faced some personal challenges and having straightened friendships that will last their time at John XXIII College and beyond. Thank you to all involved in making this camp such a wonderful experience.


Deacon Aaron Peters

Assistant Deputy Principal - Year 7

Bye Bye Birdie

The Year 9 Musical is Bye Bye Birdie and it is on Tuesday 28 November at 7:00pm in the Roncalli Hall.

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


A Field Of Colour

As part of the Year 9 HASS Geography program, Global Interconnections, all Year 9 students participated in a kite making and flying workshop in Week 5.

Students learned about the history of kites and the significance of kites in different cultures. Each student made and decorated a kite and tested their kite flying skills out on the oval.


Andrew Osnain

Head of HASS

Youth Politics Hackathon Winners Lunch at Parliament

A few of weeks ago, seventy two Civics and Citizenship students from across Perth participated in the inaugural Youth Politics Hackathon. The Hackathon, which is an initiative designed to develop knowledge and an understanding of civics and citizenship in a democratic society,  was jointly presented by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and the Political and Legal Educators Association of WA.


The select group of top Year 10 students bounced their ideas off one another during the event to develop a range of suitable policy solutions to the issues they deemed most important to Western Australia’s young people. They presented their solutions to a panel made up of the Minister of Youth, the Honourable Mr Peter Tinley, and business sector representatives.  Two John XXIII College students, Charlie Richards and Cullen Binet, and two students from Wesley College and Chisholm Catholic College, won the award for Best Pitches.

On Wednesday,  the winning teams had the honour of lunching with the Minister as his invited guests. They dined in the prestigious surroundings of the Parliamentary Dining Room, which is only bestowed on those lucky enough to be invited as guests of a Minister.


While their classmates back at school had canteen fare or lunch packed from home, Charlie and Cullen savoured the silver service, three course meal reserved for Parliamentarians.  The conversation flowed with Minister Tinley asking for their opinions on a range of subjects.  When the bell rang for Parliament question time, members of the Minster’s staff escorted the students to the Public Gallery where their presence was acknowledged before the house.

“It is wonderful to see young people so passionate about issues, so keen to share their ideas and so eager to create positive change," Minister Tinley said.


I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations Charlie and Cullen on a wonderful achievement.  This opportunity will be offered to next years, Year 10 students.  So to the Year 9’s reading this article, if this appeals to you, work hard next year in Civics!


Daisy Farley

Humanities and Social Sciences

Music - Week 36

Music Tour - July 2019

The Music Department is excited to announce a prospective Music Tour to Sydney, in the July school holidays of 2019! Students from Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra will have the opportunity to perform during the Australian International Music Festival, in locations such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and City Recital Hall, as well as visiting some of Sydney’s famous cultural and historical landmarks. An information night regarding the 2019 Music Tour will be held on Monday, 27 November, at 6:30pm in the GBLT. All parents and musicians who will be eligible for Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra in 2019 are invited to attend.

Music Enrolments and Withdrawals

Applications for individual instrumental or voice lessons in 2018 are available via the College website or the Music Office. Please note that Withdrawal Forms for lessons in 2018 are due by 24 November.


James Kros

Head of Music


Important Dates For Year 11 Students

On Monday 20 November, the Rowing Information night was held for all prospective Year 8 and Year 9-12 Girls rowers for 2018.


The new Year 8 Rowing program for 2018 will be run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons during Term One and Two, from 3:30-5:30 PM. Giving the students more formalised training than their Learn to Row program, we attempt to develop a positive attitude towards hard work whilst still maintaining a great sense of achievement and enjoyment for all involved.


The 2018, Year 9-12 Girls Rowing program will begin earlier than previous years. Starting in Week 1 of Term One, we will commence phase 1 of our three-phase plan towards IGSSA Head of the River and All Schools State Championships.


With such a great amount of excitement around the Rowing Club now it is such a great time to join.

Any questions please email 


Please see below the following documents for your information.




‘GOOD NEWS’ for the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“He will take his seat on his throne of glory” (Matthew 25:31-46)


The reflection is Fr Richard Leonard's homily for this Sunday. It is printed here with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.


The Roman Emperor Constantine was baptised in 337. He put it off for years. In the early Church Christians could only confess their sins once in their lives, so Constantine remained a catechumen until he was nearing the end. When he thought his death was imminent, and that he could probably sin no more, he asked for baptism, received Holy Communion and later confessed his sins. It was a watershed moment for the Church.

In 313 Constantine declared that Christianity was to be the new state religion. No one could hold any other belief. It was meant to unify the Empire as trade, law, taxation and Roman culture had done. I think we should admit that this move has been a mixed blessing for the Church ever since.


On the positive side of the ledger it finally sealed the end of the persecution of the earliest Christians. The blood of the martyrs had been so eloquent that their witness caused even a few emperors to ask what sort of love would see so many followers be prepared to die for their beliefs. It also saw the Church become a significant player in shaping the values of society, especially in the West. There is no question that Christianity moderated, cultivated and humanised some of the worst Roman excesses.


On the cost side, the Church became very powerful very quickly. Bishops started to wear the purple robes of the senators. Churches took on the shape of the Roman basilicas, while the government of the Church mirrored that of the Empire. Our liturgy imported all sorts of practices that were popular in the Roman temples. Tragically, for the next few hundred years, conversions were demanded at the end of a sword. No religious dissent or pluralism was tolerated. It’s in this context that Islam arises against Imperial Christianity in the 6th Century.

Image © Creative Ministry Resources


It cannot surprise us that after Constantine’s conversion the image of Christ the King becomes one of the most popular ones used in religious art. Up to this time the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was the most represented. After 313, however, Jesus is dressed in royal robes, with a crown, sceptre and orb. Mary is often presented in similar dress and starts to be called the Queen of Heaven.


The problem with all this is not that imperial language was now being used in reference to Jesus. He described himself as a King. The problem comes in how Christianity starts to forget that Jesus also pointed out that his kingdom was ‘not of this world’ and that his courtiers could be recognised by how they feed the hungry, water the thirsty, welcome strangers, clothe the naked, care for the sick and visit prisoners. Jesus’ reign, and his courtiers, are of an altogether different order to that usually prized in worldly kingdoms.


That’s why today’s feast is so important. On the last day of the Church’s year we are challenged by Christ our King to give our true allegiance to what really matters. Not ambition, greed, status and power, but the quiet revolutionary work of making the world a more just and peaceful place for everyone to live.


To the degree that we do this we are co-heirs to the Kingdom Jesus lived, died and was raised for, and we are witnesses to the real meaning of Christ’s reign in our lives.

©Richard Leonard SJ            

Community Liturgy 

The final Community Liturgy for 2017 will be celebrated next Friday, 1 December and will be prepared by Year 8. All Year 8 students, whether or not they are ‘leaders’, as well as their families are especially welcome! The invitation is extended to everyone in the College extended community to join this joyful celebration which continues in the café afterwards for those able to stay.  Further queries about Community Mass: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel

Parish News

Next Sunday marks the beginning of the season of Advent and many parishes will celebrate special liturgies and events. Please see information below for ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ an annual celebration of music and scripture in the parish of St Thomas, Claremont.


Next week there will be further information from some of our local parishes. 




For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:


Anna Gingell

Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

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Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Murray Graham by email or Ph: 9383 0444.

Pathways and Transition



Curtin University

Curtin University

  • The minimum ATAR for Oral Health Therapy (CUHHS) at its Bentley campus is 83.00
  • The majors being offered in Engineering (CUBEE) at its Bentley campus
  • Pharmacy (CUHPS) has been approved as an embedded honours program for 2018 entry

The University of Western Australia


The Guaranteed ATARs for the following Law (Juris Doctor) Direct Pathway codes (UWLWA, UWLWB, UWLWC and UWLWS) will be 96.00 instead of 97.00


Courses unique to CQUniversity – Perth Campus.

Many Year 12 students worry about their university preferences.  It’s not unusual to have a change of heart.  Remember when you begin a unit at university you have a ‘period of grace’ where you can withdraw before the census date.  Find out from the university at the start of your course when is the latest or cut-off date that you can withdraw out of a unit before being charged.



A school based traineeship is available for interested Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Students will complete a Cert II in Hospitality while working and earning a wage. 

Students must be: -

  • prepared to work a minimum of 8 hours/week and available weeknights, weekends and school holidays.
  • committed to the traineeship – minimum 12 months. 

All training is provided on the job, and assessments and support given by a trainer.This certificate will be handy for students when they are at uni or TAFE and looking for a part-time job. For more information can be found on the website


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Pathways newsletter is accurate. 
The material may include views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect our views.

The listing of an organisation in this newsletter in no way implies any form of endorsement by us of the products or services provided by that person or organisation.

Links to other web sites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.

From time to time the newsletters will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.


Allergy Awareness - Insect Allergy

The most common causes of severe insect allergy in Australia are: bee sting (Honey Bee and Native Australian Bees), wasp sting (Paper Wasp and European Wasp) and ant sting (Jack Jumper and Green Ant). Other insects such as bull ants, ticks and caterpillars can also cause severe allergic reaction but are less common. This reaction is called Anaphylaxis, and requires urgent treatment.

The College has several students who have severe allergic reactions to insect stings. Like food allergy, there are several actions or strategies that can help reduce the risk of an insect sting but we can never make an environment risk free.


Children who have a severe insect allergy and are at risk of anaphylaxis need to have their  

Epipen (adrenaline autoinjector) and Anaphylaxis Action Plan for Insect Sting easily accessible at all times.


Strategies that may reduce the risk of insect stings can include:

  • Using insect repellents that contain DEET (Diethyltoluamide, N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide)
  • Wearing light coloured clothing that covers most exposed skin
  • Avoid wearing clothing with ‘flower’ type prints
  • Wearing shoes at all times
  • Avoiding perfumes or body creams/deodorants which have a scent
  • Wearing gloves when gardening
  • Avoid picking up rubbish which may attract insect/s
  • Being extra careful where there are bodies of water i.e. lake/pond/swimming pool. Chlorinated pools attract bees
  • Drive with windows up in the car or windows closed in a bus
  • Keep your drink (glass/bottle/can) indoors or covered. Always check your drinks before you sip
  • Keep garbage bins covered – lids on
  • Keep grass areas mowed (reduce weed such as clover which attracts insects)
  • Wear boots and thick clothing such as denim jeans if ant sting allergic and in an area known to have specific ant. Avoid ant mounds
  • Not provoking bees, wasps or ants
  • Have mounds/nests removed by professionals
  • Students at school must report bee/wasp nests to a teacher immediately

Severe allergic reactions to stinging insects are usually lifelong. Some people who have severe insect sting allergy may be able to access effective treatment called immunotherapy or desensitisation. Those who are allergic to bee or wasp stings can discuss a 3 – 5 year program, which can  help ‘switch off’ the allergic reaction, with a recognised specialist in the field of clinical immunology and allergy.


For more information on allergies go to:




Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.




“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII

Uniform Shop

Last day of trading this year for the Uniform Shop is Friday, 1 December.  The shop closes at 11.45 am on that day.


We will open again from Monday 15 January.  We will then be open on our regular days and times for the remainder of the holidays.


Secondhand items need to be dropped at the shop before 11.45am on Friday, 1 December.  After that date we will not be accepting any more secondhand goods until March, 2018.  This includes blazers.  All clothes must be freshly laundered and in very good condition.  Remember that blazers can go in a gentle machine wash.


Girls sport shorts (secondary school only) are now available.  $35

Caps for secondary students only are also on sale now for $20.




Price Increase

There will be an increase on some Canteen Prices as of the first day of  Term One, 2018.

Dianne Combrink


Community Notices


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585

Join The St Vincent De Paul Society Volunteer Family 

St Vincent de Paul Society is seeking people to join their volunteer team. Your efforts will help to support their good works, such as the provision of bedding, clothing and food to those experiencing hardship, and providing shelter for the homeless. In turn, you can enjoy a range of benefits proven to be associated with volunteering, such as an increase in well-being, happiness, health and longevity! There a number of diverse, interesting and stimulating roles available, at a range of locations, on a range of different time commitments. To name a few,  you could try your hand at sorting material donations, providing customer service in our retail stores, assisting truck drivers to collect donations, assembling furniture and helping with store displays. To find out more or to express your interest, call Sarah on 6323 7531 or email



WAAPA Summer School

This summer WAAPA is again offering exciting school holiday courses for students in Years 4 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in dance, acting, drama, screen performance, music theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School  or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.

EduDance Costume List.pdf
Inigo - amended info for parents 2017.pdf
chris gardner 2017.pdf
October .pdf
Rowing Handbook 2017_18.pdf
2018 Year 8 Program.pdf
2018 Year 8 Registration form.pdf
2018 Year 9 Girls Program.pdf
2018 Year 10-12 Girls Program.pdf
2018 Year 9 Girls Program.pdf
2018 Year 10-12 Girls Program.pdf
Rowing Handbook 2017_18.pdf
Copy of Menu 2018(1).pdf