08 March 2019
Issue Five
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Enrolments & Open Day
Music - Week 5
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Men Of John XXIII College
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

The winds of change

God of Yesterday

We knew you then:

Your promises;

Your words; your walking among us.

But yesterday is gone.

And so, today, we are in need of change.

Change and change us.

Help us see life now

Not through yesterday’s stories

But through today’s.


I enjoyed this prayer/reflection which I read earlier this week whilst attending a meeting of Jesuit and Companion School Principals in Melbourne. As we enter the Season of Lent, it is a time when we are asked to reflect on where we are in our life and with God. Lent is identified in three elements; prayer, penance and Almsgiving.


Prayer during Lent is where we are asked to stop and spend some time each day listening within and outside ourselves to God’s presence with us. We try to be honest with ourselves, to acknowledge areas of self where we have failed and think about where we want to improve the way we live.


Penance is often seen in the form of giving up something we enjoy during this period. Perhaps we can extend this element to include looking at the waste we have in our homes, schools and workplaces. Some questions we may like to pose include:

  • Can I use less and recycle more?
  • Can I reduce the amount of plastic I use?

Almsgiving is often through giving money to charities to help people in need. Maybe we can also extend our hand of generosity to organisations that care for our earth.


Easter is the foundation of our Christian faith. We pray that the Lenten period enables reflection, growth and change in our lives.


Robert Henderson


Open Day 2019



Year 7 - St Omer Camp

Last week the Year 7 cohort set off on to Woodman Point for our annual St Omer camp. This camp is named after St Omer in France where Mary Ward went to begin her vocation to religious life. Like Mary Ward the Year 7 students are beginning a new stage in their lives at John XXIII College.


We filled our three days together with exciting activities such as rock climbing and high ropes challenges, search and rescue missions, a bike ride along the coast and building rafts (most of which stayed together on the water!). We released our creativity and learned about Aboriginal culture through boomerang making. At night the students tested their general knowledge with a quiz night and pitted themselves against the guards in “Escape from Quarantine”. A highlight of the camp was our celebration of Mass with Fr Rodrigo on the beach at sunset.


All in all, this was a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to spend time bonding as the graduating class of 2024. Many thanks go out to the staff who gave their time generously for this camp and the students who participated wholeheartedly in the experience.


John XXIII College Italy Study Tour

By spending time with both a host family and participating in an Italian School, students have gained first-hand experience of the living culture of Italy and have travelled to cities such as Rome, Venice, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Milan and Vasto. Check out their awesome experience.


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

We are now in the first week of Lent. On Wednesday the Year 3-6 students gathered together to celebrate Mass for Ash Wednesday and our Junior classes participated in prayerful class liturgies. Lent is a time of getting ready for the celebration of Easter and one of the most important times on our liturgical calendar. Please take some time over the next forty days of Lent to pray as a family or maybe join us at our Community Mass at 8.00am on Friday mornings.


Special thanks to Ms Cooney, Ms Allen and Mrs Haydon and Year 3G for preparing our lovely Mass this week.


The Year One students have been talking about how to be more like Jesus and choosing good deeds to do during Lent. I hope you enjoy reading some of their Lenten promises.


 ‘I am going to help my Mum and Dad wash the clothes’  Daniel Tan (1G)

‘I am going to help my Mum and Dad pick the weeds in the garden’  Sebastian Hurley (1G)

‘I am going to help friends when they fall over’  Amelie Johnson (1G)

‘I am going to help feed the dog’ Harriet Allen (1G)

I am going to include people in my games’  Thomas Gibbings (1B)

‘I am going to help my mum do the dishes’  Samuel Travis (1B)

‘I am going to help my sister pack away her toys’  Alia Hartfield (1B)

‘I am going to help people when they are sad.  I will tell them to take deep breaths or get a drink.’

Preston Lip (1B)

Attendance at school is a critical factor in any child's academic success. Children should attend school every day, except in cases of illness or emergency. It is impossible to replace the learning that happens on any school day with ‘make-up’ work. Our teachers put a lot of time into the preparation of each lesson and children should be at school for the entire day. We are concerned that some children are being collected early so families can get an early start to events over the weekend. All lessons are valuable, and it is an expectation of the College that children are present for the full day.


Our Primary Photos will be taken next Tuesday 12 March and Wednesday 13 March. All students must wear their correct school uniform to school. If students have sport on Tuesday or Wednesday they can change into their sports uniform after the photo session or just bring their sneakers to school. The Photo schedule is attached for your information.

If  parents would like a family photo to be taken, please take your children to the Exhibition Centre at the following times:

  • Tuesday 12 March - 8.00am to 8.30am and from 3.15pm
  • Wednesday 13 March – 8.00am to 8.30am

Next Thursday 14 March our Interhouse Swimming Carnival (Years 4-6) will be held at Claremont Pool. The students have worked very hard during their recent swimming lessons and many have been training after-school too in preparation for this event. It is hoped all families will come along to the Carnival and support all of our students while they compete.


Kindy 2021 enrolment interviews for siblings commence in Term three.  Please ensure you have submitted an enrolment form for your child to begin Kindy at the College. Please contact Laurence Dubuisson, our school Registrar if you have any queries


Ms Tracey McGann has resigned from her Administrative position.  We will miss Tracey and wish her well with her future endeavours.  Please contact Nancy Petsos if you have any Primary queries.


This Saturday morning, 9 March we will open the doors of the College for prospective families. We encourage families from the Primary school to come along and see the wonderful facilities in the Secondary school.


5G have been busy preparing for next Friday's assembly. Everyone is welcome to meet us in Roncalli Hall at 9.00am.


Kind regards, 



Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Dates to Remember Week 6 2019


Monday 11 March           Futsal Tournament Year 6 (selected students)

                                                     Sculptures by the Sea Years 3 & 4


Tuesday 12 March           Primary Photos Day 1

                                                     Sculptures by the Sea Years 5 & 6


Wednesday 13 March    Primary Photos Day 2


Thursday 14 March          Years 4-6 Interhouse Swimming Carnival, Claremont Pool


Friday 15 March                5G Assembly




Google Calendar 

Commencing in Term 2, we will be communicating all Primary school key dates on the College Calendar via the College Website.  Please use the following link  Primary School events are displayed in light blue.   


College Musical - Mary Poppins

Tickets are on sale now for the College Musical, Mary Poppins!


There is a very exciting Poster Challenge open to Primary students.  All the details are on the flyer, make sure you get your entry in by by Friday 29 March to Main Administration.


You can also meet the cast of Mary Poppins and have your photo taken at the Matinee performance on Saturday 4 May at 2:00pm.  See the attached flyer for more details!



Sports News

Minkey Registrations are now open for Primary students from Kindy to Year 4.  Early bird registrations must be finalised by 8 April 2019 via the club website


Enrolments & Open Day

Enrolment applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 in 2022 and Kindergarten in 2021.   If your child is:

  • currently in Year 4, not yet enrolled at the College, and you are interested in a Year 7 position in 2022  or
  • two years old and to be registered for Pre-Kindy next year or Kindy in 2021

Please contact the College Registrar, Mrs Laurence Dubuisson, on 9383 0449 or for more information.


Open Day 2019

We would like to invite all parents, students, family and friends to our Open Day being held on Saturday 9 March 2019 from 9:00am.


Walk through WA’s leading co-educational Catholic college, where academic excellence goes hand in hand with humanity.


Discover our extraordinary facilities, programs and opportunities, and, get a sense of our welcoming community that truly lives its values.


At our open day, families will have the opportunity to:

  • Investigate the great things our students are doing
  • Explore our magnificent College grounds and extraordinary facilities
  • Be entertained by our talented musicians and performing artists
  • Speak with our Principal, teachers and parents
  • Meet our students and see learning in action

Tours every half hour, with the final tour at 11:00am. Principal’s address at 9:30am.

Please register at



Music - Week 5

Open Day

The College’s annual Open Day will feature performances by a number of talented ensembles. The Senior Guitar Ensemble, Senior String Quintet, Swing Band and Senior Clarinet and Saxophone Ensembles will perform at the Registration Tent and in the Library Courtyard between 9:00am and 11:30am – everyone is welcome to stay and listen!

Twilight Recital

The first solo performance opportunity of the year is on the horizon! On Wednesday 27 March the Twilight Recital will be held in the GBLT from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, featuring soloists from Pre-Primary to Year 12. Entry forms can be obtained through the Music Office and instrumental tutors. We encourage students of all ages and experiences to perform!

Music Tour

A reminder that Consent/Medical forms for Music Tour are due today. Any students who have not completed and returned these forms and their rooming preferences must contact the Music Office on Monday morning. All instruments must be weighed and measured!



Last Thursday evening the Information Evening  for Space Camp 2020 was held at Corpus Christi College, and information packages were distributed.  Via the daily notices this week the opportunity for more students to nominate has been highlighted, and any student who now wishes to be involved in this outstanding program must submit a form no later than Tuesday 12 March.  Those who have already taken the questionnaire forms are reminded that they are due on Monday.


Teams and arrangements have now been completed for Interschool debating and Da Vinci Decathlon.  Interschool debating commences on Tuesday 19 March, and preparation sessions will commence on Monday 11 March from 3:15pm - 4:30pm, although some teams will have sessions at different times during the week. A Debating Breakfast with a guest speaker from the W.A. Debating League is also being organised. Debating Handbooks have now been circulated, and whilst these contain fixtures, it is critical that all 11 teams carefully check the WADL website as changes are likely to occur occasionally throughout the season. Warmest thanks to Deacon Aaron Peters, Ms Kirralee Dawson, Mrs Mary-Anne Lumley, and Ms Bonita Devanand who are assisting as team managers and/or coaches.


Da Vinci Decathlon teams have now been finalised and preparation has commenced.  Special thanks to Mrs Jo McLoughlin and Ms Bonita Devanand (Mathematics), Mrs Joan Davies (Coding), Ms Morgan Ball (Cartography) and Mr Gerry Cotter (Science) who will be providing practice sessions for the Da Vinci sections at designated times leading up to the events at Winthrop Hall, UWA on 2 & 3 April.


Other Magis events coming include Creative Edge at Curtin University on Saturday 30 March, and Debating and Creative Edge seminar breakfasts in the next few weeks.  This week is the final chance for any students who have not yet completed the Academic Spelling challenge to do so. Placegetters will be listed in next week’s newsletter, and currently we have one student who has achieved 100% in this very difficult challenge – Congratulations to Natalie Ong from Year 9.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term One

  • March 12 - WADL Debating begins
  • March 15-16 - Creative Writing Camp
  • March 30 - Creative Edge at Curtin Uni
  • April 2-3 - Da Vinci Decathlon at UWA
  • April 9  - Short Story Entries due

Term Two

  • May 1 - Magis Public Speaking Breakfast
  • May 6 - Magis Public Speaking Heats
  • May 10 - Julie Arliss G/T at St Hilda’s
  • May 14 - Magis Public Speaking Final (GBLT)
  • May 17-18 - World Scholar’s Cup Camp
  • May 23 - Mental Maths Challenge
  • May 31 - J1 World Scholar’s regionals SHC
  • June 12 - Magis Academic Knowledge
  • June 26 - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

All results and ladders can be found via the following link

Please use the column on the left of the page to navigate.


Round 3 NAS will see John XXIII College take on Servite College.

A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice. Good luck to all teams.


Interhouse Swimming Carnival Age Champions

The Age Champion and Runner Up Champion Boys and Girls from the Interhouse Swimming Carnival were recognised at an assembly this week.


Congratulations to the students that received medallions.


Year 7

  • Year 7 Champion Girl                                      Angela Williams
  • Year 7 Runner Up Champion Girl               Louise Tana


  • Year 7 Champion Boy                                     David Webster
  • Year 7 Runner Up Champion Boy               Braden Fyneman


Year 8

  • Year 8 Champion Girl                                      Asha Huggins
  • Year 8 Runner Up Champion Girl               Morgan Stevenson


  • Year 8 Champion Boy                                     Charles Hodge
  • Year 8 Runner Up Champion Boy               Austin van der Struyf


Year 9

  • Year 9 Champion Girl (3-way tie)               Neve Fyneman, Asher Stevenson, Lily Johnson
  • Year 9 Champion Boy                                     Owen Lilleyman
  • Year 9 Runner Up Champion Boy               Bailey van der Struyf


Year 10

  • Year 10 Champion Girl                                   Madeleine Parchewsky
  • Year 10 Runner Up Champion Girl             Grace Barbour
  • Year 10 Champion Boy                                   Jacob Bell
  • Year 10 Runner Up Champion Boy            Oscar Line


Year 11

  • Year 11 Champion Girl                                   Tiala Slatter
  • Year 11 Runner Up Champion Girl             Emily Bantock


  • Year 11 Champion Boy                                   Hamish Ryan
  • Year 11 Runner Up Champion Boy            Tim Gillman


Year 12

  • Year 12 Champion Girl                                   Ella Fracaro
  • Year 12 Runner Up Champion Girl             Jamie Cannon


  • Year 12 Champion Boy                                   Aleksandr Bell
  • Year 12 Runner Up Champion Boy            Scott Lilleyman



There were seven records broken at this year’s carnival.

Congratulations to the students that set new record times.


  • Year 8 – Charlie Hodge
  • 50m and 100m Freestyle


  • Year 10 – Madeleine Parchewsky
  • 50m Breaststroke


  • Year 12 – Aleksandr Bell
  • 50m Breaststroke


  • Year 8 - Koolyangarra girls relay team
  • Yvie Rigg, Coco Boshard, Ella Hugo, Marie-Claire Hickling


  • Year 9 - Campion girls relay team
  • Charlotte Moody, Victoria Reading, Laura Bantock, Sophie Baron-Hay


  • Year 12 - Loyola boys relay team
  • Aleksandr Bell, Scott Lilleyman, Zac Thomas, Lachy Leggett


Cameron Tremayne

Head of Health and PE

ACC Squad & Swimming Training (Years 7 -12)

Students in the John XXIII College ACC Swimming Squad have been notified in homeroom. Students in the ACC squad are encouraged to attend training. Especially if they do not train elsewhere.


Swimming training is open to students of all ability levels. Training is on from 7:00am - 7:50am at the College pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Monday 25 March. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the days you can make it.

Cross Country Training Years 7 – 12

Cross Country training will commence on Thursday February 21 from 7:00am - 7:50am meeting in the College pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term 1 and into Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4km to 7km depending on ability level.

Netball Club

2019 Netball Registrations 



  • Year 7 - Limited availability, please email the Club. 
  • Year 8 - CLOSED 
  • Year 9 - Limited availability, please email the Club. 
  • Year 10 - CLOSED
  • Year 11 - Limited availability, please email the Club. 
  • Year 12 - Limited availability, please email the Club. 
  • Alumni registrations open until 8 March 2019



  • Players can register via the John XXIII Netball Club website  under the Information and Registration tab. 
  • Please ensure you answer all of the questions.
  • To complete the registration process you will need to pay online via credit card. So please have your Visa or MasterCard ready.
  • Please contact us via email: if you need assistance.
  • Link to website: 


The cost is:

  • $235 for Primary School players.
  • $310 per Secondary player
  • $220 for Alumni players.
  • This fee covers all registrations, grading, insurance, umpiring, specialist training, fitness sessions, coaching, windup and equipment costs for the year.
  • As the Club is run by parent volunteers, there are no other costs passed on to parents.



Years 10, 11 & 12  


  • Saturday 16 March 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Tuesday 19 March 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Year 9

  • Saturday 16 March 7:30am to 9:00am
  • Thursday 21 March 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Year 8

  • Saturday 9 March 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Sunday 17 March 9:30am to 11:00am

Year 7

  • Saturday 9 March 10:30am to 12:00pm 
  • Sunday 17 March 7:30am to 9:30am


All grading will be on the school netball hard courts (next to the Year 7 block).

The girls are to wear their school sports uniforms to grading, no jewellery is to be worn.


Players MUST attend all grading sessions. If your child is unable to attend, please advise the Club via email at

The John XXIII Collage Netball Club Grading Policy can be found on the Club website.



  • Training is a compulsory and integral part of playing Saturday netball.
  • A register of training attendance is kept.
  • All training is on the school netball courts next to the Year 7 block.

Years 7, 8 and 9 training is on Thursday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, commencing on Thursday 28 March.

Years 10, 11 and 12 training is on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, commencing on Tuesday 26 March.



The netball uniforms are available for purchase in the John XXIII College Uniform Shop.



If you have any questions or concerns, please email us on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Remember that parent volunteers run the Netball Club and we have work commitments ourselves, so our responses are not immediate but usually within 48 hours.

We hope you enjoy the 2019 Netball season.

NEW - PNA Boys Competition

Perth Netball Association (PNA) would like to notify you of a fantastic opportunity for you to participate in male only netball competitions.


In 2019, PNA will be introducing a pilot season of boy’s only secondary school competitions. 

PNA will offer competitions in Years 7/8 and Years 9-12 age groups.  


It is currently proposed that both competitions will be held on Friday evenings (7:15pm game) at the Matthews' Netball Centre in Jolimont.


For more information, please click on the link below:


Michelle Paterson

Netball Club Registrar

Rowing Club

Regatta 5 Pasta Night

Before the last PSA Regatta 5 we will be holding a Pasta and Pizza night at Claremont Pizza on Friday 15 March from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Entry via Claremont Showgrounds Gate 10.


It would be great to have all the rowing boys and teams attend. Please RSVP to your year group coordinator if your son is attending.  More information will be sent out soon.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 16 March - PSA Regatta 5  'Head of the River', Champion Lakes
  • Sunday 31 March- South West Schools Head of the River, Bunbury Racing Course
  • Friday 26 – 28 April - JTC Girls Rowing Camp, JTC Campus
  • Saturday 4 May -  IGSSA Regatta 1, Champion Lakes
  • Saturday 11 May - JTC Rowing Club QUIZ night fundraiser, John XXIII College 

Pathways and Transition


For further details on the above events and links, please download the attached pdf.

Joel Wynn

Head of Pathways and Transition

(08) 9383 0416

Family Zone & Cyber Safety

Download Family Zone 

Make use of the Family Zone Accounts which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free, as part of our College contract negotiations until 2020.


By setting up a private Family Zone account, you can apply age-appropriate parental controls on every device your child has access to, in any location. To find out more visit


Swipe right for trouble: Six teen dating apps parents need to know about

Written by Family Zone Team

Is there such a thing as a dating app that doesn’t spell danger for teens? Frankly, we don’t know of any - but here's a roundup of some of the worst of the worst.


If you find your child is using one of them - don’t panic and try not to judge. You want to open up a conversation, not to send your child deeper into hiding.


How? In a follow-up blog, we’ll give you advice from Family Zone’s top digital parenting experts on how to manage that tricky balancing act.


Yubo (formerly “Yellow”)

Often called “Tinder for Teens,” it invites kids to swipe right to “like” and then communicate with other users. Widely alleged to be a magnet for sexual predators.

13+ (no age verification)





The first sentence of its description in the App Store is “Spotafriend is not a teen dating app.” Except that’s exactly what it is. Kids swipe to become “friends” and start private chatting with strangers in their vicinity - located with GPS.


Spotafriend website content features “more than a friend” topics like “How to seduce a girl online.” Just friends, eh? 

17+ (no age verification)



“Networking” and dating app supposedly restricted to users age 19 and under but notorious magnet for adult users plus explicit photos. Profiles can include pictures, sexual orientation and videos.


“Privileged Members” pay for features like “Know who votes, winks and visits you.”


Warnings and controversy have surrounded MyLOL since its debut - most troublingly adults using the site to prey on children - yet it remains one of the top sites for teens. 

17+ (no age verification)


The Game by Hot or Not

“Hot or Not” - and the name says it all - was one of the first hookup apps. In its latest incarnation as “The Game” it works in much the same way: users rate others’ attractiveness using a heart or an X. Matches can exchange messages.


One of the most disturbing apps for teen meet-ups.

17+ (no age verification)





Parents have described it as a “creepy social network that features racy photos and suggestive talk.” Meetme was sued in 2014 for “lax privacy protections [that] give sexual predators a high-tech tool to exploit kids under 18.” Enough said?

17+ (no age verification)






Described by its developers as a “flirting” app, Skout presents users with potential matches by preference and proximity, and promises to be “so much fun, you won’t be able to stop.” Teens earn points through creating a profile, uploading a pic and  downloading advertised apps. Those points are used to to explore prospects in more distant localities.


After widespread criticism that the app posed a danger to teens, Skout tightened safety protocols in 2012, but ages remain unverified and many teens simply enter a false birthday at registration. 

17+ (no age verification


Community Liturgy

Thank you to the students and staff in Year 10 who prepared our liturgy this morning.


Next week the Church begins the liturgical season of Lent. Students in Koolyangarra House will be preparing the liturgy for our College community next Friday, 15 March.


During Lent, as well as ‘giving up’ something, some families choose to ‘give back’ by attending the Friday liturgies as part of their commitment to prayer. Throughout the Lenten season, the scripture readings are particularly rich – and provide food for thought and reflection. 


New families welcome! If you have not previously attended Mass or are not Catholic, just come to the Chapel at 8:00am.  There are no reserved seats or special places and, as all the responses are on a PowerPoint, it is quite user-friendly. 


Community Liturgy summary

  • Where:                 College Chapel
  • Time:                     8:00 – 8:30 am
  • When:                   every Friday in term time


Sacrement Program


What happens in the Sacrament Program?

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish. 


How are the children prepared?

The Religion curriculum in Catholic schools includes a unit of work on the sacrament in the relevant year level. Once the students have completed the unit of work they are awarded a certificate, which is required by the Parish.


Some parishes provide additional classes for students attending Catholic schools.

Last, but not least, parents are the children’s first teachers in Faith. The program in the Perth Archdiocese is ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.’


When will the sacraments be celebrated?

Each parish is different; refer to your local parish for dates and times. Some information from local parishes is provided below – and you can find more detail on the College website.  


Why are there differences from parish to parish?

Each parish is a unique Faith community and the Parish Priest responds to the needs of the parish, within the context of the wider Church. No two parishes are the same – so there will be some variation in how the parish Sacrament Program is administered. As a regional College we are enriched by families from a diversity of parishes.


If I have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6, when should I enroll in my parish program?

Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible


Parish updates from Local Parishes

A brief summary of dates are provided below. For more detail, please check the College website or approach the Parish Priest or parish sacrament coordinator directly.


CITY BEACH: Holy Spirit

For families already enrolled in the program, the schedule is on the College website.

Further information:


CLAREMONT: St Thomas Apostle

Registration for all Sacraments

Friday 15 March

Celebration of the Sacrament

First Communion:            Sunday 5 May 9:30am

Confirmation:                    Friday 9 August 6:00pm

Reconciliation:                  Wednesday 23 OR Thursday 24 October after school

Further information:


COTTESLOE: St Mary Star of the Sea

Registration for all Sacraments

Tuesday 12 March 2:30-5:00pm Cottesloe Parish Hall

Further information:

Registration Form:     


DOUBLEVIEW: Our Lady of the Rosary

Registration for all Sacraments

Saturday 16 March at 6:00pm Mass OR 17 March at 10:00am Mass

Celebration of the Sacrament

Confirmation:                   Saturday 8 June at 6:00pm Mass

First Communion:           Saturday 21 September at 6:00pm

                                                Sunday 22 September at 10:00am

Reconciliation:                 Saturday 26 October at 5:00pm

Further information:


FLOREAT/WEMBLEY: St Cecilia’s/Our Lady of Victories

For families already enrolled in the program, a reminder that the Commitment Masses will be held Saturday 9 March 6:00pm or Sunday 10 March 9:30am or Saturday 16 March or Sunday 17 March.

NEDLANDS: Holy Rosary

Commitment Mass

Sunday 10 March 8:45am

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Term 2 – date to be finalised 

First Communion:            Sunday 16 June 2019,  8:45am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Saturday 3 August 2019, 6:00pm Mass 

Further information:



Registration form

Available from parish website:

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Saturday 30 March, 2:00pm 

First Communion:            Sunday 30 June 2019,  9:30am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Sunday 22 September 2019, 9:30am Mass 

Further information:

Contact: John Edwards 0438 527 050


SUBIACO: St Joseph’s

Expression of interest for all Sacraments

Please send an email to Bart Welten before 20 February 2019


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for the 1st Sunday in Lent

“Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led by the Spirit through the wilderness where he was tempted.” (Luke 4:1-13)



The following is a reflection for the First Sunday in Lent.  It is part of a homily by Fr Michael Tate and is reprinted here with permission.  Fr Michael Tate is a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.   



At his baptism in the River Jordan, Jesus clearly had a great religious experience. ‘You are my beloved son, my favour rests on you.’ He was confirmed in his sense of identity. But what then?


Listen to what happened: Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where the devil was waiting to put him to the test. What was the test?

The test was to realise that, even as the Beloved Son, he was not to be insulated from all the struggles and difficulties and setbacks of life. He would be challenged to live a life in harmony with the will of God, in which there would be no shortcuts to success.

Jesus was offered three shortcuts:

  • When he was hungry: bread out of stones, using miraculous powers for self-interest, to satisfy his own cravings.
  • When he wanted to change the world: absolute political power, to be handed to him by the devil to whom he should bow the knee.
  • When he needed to take risks: that angels would keep him safe – that the ordinary rules of gravity would be suspended just for him!

These were the three Temptations of Christ.  And His answer? ‘I will persevere in my ministry, not expecting exceptional powers for myself. I will hold on to what I realised in a special way at my baptism. I am precious and loved by my Heavenly Father.


Each of us at our baptism heard those same words in the depths of our hearts – the core of our emerging personalities.

‘You are my beloved son.’

‘You are my beloved daughter.’

‘My favour rests on you.’

This does not insulate us from the difficulties and hardships of persevering and trying to live a life in harmony with God’s will. Which means that you and I can expect temptations… Think of any temptation in an important matter and look for this pattern:

  • I want the whole world to change to satisfy me, or
  • I want to exercise power over others, coercive or manipulative, or
  • I want to take stupid risks and come out unscathed/unharmed, or all three!


What must we do when such temptations assail us? First, realise that such temptations come from an enemy already defeated by Christ – in his own time of temptation and definitively on the Cross…

Second, really believe that you are a beloved child of God through the gift and privilege of the Sacrament of Baptism.


Imagine if you and I really believed that and integrated it into our lives… In the presence of temptations, hang on to the belief/faith in your true identity. I am, you are, we are, beloved daughters and sons of God. 


© Michael Tate


Year 8 Vaccines

The Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College this Wednesday 13 March to administer the first round of Vaccines to Year 8 students. Information and consent package have been sent home with your child. Parents can return consent forms up to the day of vaccination.

Handwashing – why it’s important

Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and most types of infectious diarrhoea. Some forms of gastroenteritis can cause serious complications, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system. Drying your hands properly is as important as washing them.


To minimise the germs passed around, make frequent hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After going to the toilet or changing nappies
  • After touching animals, including family pets
  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends and relatives
  • After using a tissue or handkerchief
  • After handling rubbish, working or playing outside
  • After smoking
  • After cleaning the house
  • After touching garbage
  • After playing sport
  • At any other time when hands are soiled.
  • Remember to keep finger nails clean.

How to wash your hands properly:

  • Wet hands with warm water, cold water is better than no water at all for a ‘one off’ hand wash.
  • Apply liquid soap and lather for 15 to 20 seconds. Have your child sing “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Liquid soap is better than bar soap.
  • Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists. Don’t forget the backs of hands, your wrists, between fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse and dry hands well using a paper towel or single use cloth towel.
  • At home, give each family member their own towel and wash them often.
  • Hot air driers can be used but, again, you should ensure your hands are thoroughly dry.
  • Alcohol-based liquids or gels can be used if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Hand gels are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty.

Take care of your hands

Hand washing is only one part of hand hygiene. Looking after your skin generally is important, as your skin is the perfect barrier against infection. You can help to look after your hands by:

  • Apply a water based absorbent hand cream three to four times a day, if your hands are constantly in water.
  • Use gloves to wash dishes to protect your hands.
  • Use gloves when gardening
  • Consult a doctor if a skin irritation develops or continues.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Men Of John XXIII College

A Night with Glenn Mitchell

A life of opportunities and challenges.

For more than two decades from early 1990, Glenn Mitchell lived a life that many envied. As a sports commentator for the ABC, and married to fellow sports broadcaster, Karen Tighe, he travelled the world covering elite level sport.


Not long after joining the ABC legendary broadcaster, George Grljusich dubbed him “The Oracle” due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of sport.


During his tenure with the national broadcaster Glenn commentated on four Olympic, four Commonwealth and two Paralympic Games. As one of the ABC’s senior cricket commentators he called over 200 international matches, covering 13 overseas tours.


Back home, he commentated more than 900 AFL and WAFL games, was the host of the iconic Saturday Sportstalk, and throughout his career commentated more than 20 different sports on both radio and television, including world championships in triathlon, cycling and water polo.


In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal by the Governor-General for his contribution to sport, one of numerous awards he garnered during his broadcasting career.


It is a story laced with poignancy, humour and, above all, hope for those who suffer the anguish of mental illness or know people who do. Glenn’s goal is to encourage everyone who is or has been touched by the scourge of mental illness that help is at hand. His story is one of inspiration and shows that with the right help and persistence there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


Join Glenn and the Men of John XXIII College for this memorable night.

  • Where: Wembley Hotel Cambridge Street Floreat
  • When:  Friday 29 March 2019
  • Timings
    • 6:30pm gather
    • 7:00pm pizza and snacks
    • 7:30pm Glenn Mitchell
  • Cost: $20.00 for pizza and snacks
  • Book online:


The Fathering Project


College Charter Bus

John XXIII College offers Horizons West private bus services taking children to and from school. Currently we run a Southern route through Swanbourne, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, North Fremantle and East Fremantle. We are pleased to extend this service to the north (Floreat, City Beach, Wembley Downs, Scarborough, Doubleview, Woodlands) and the east (Floreat, Churchlands, Wembley, West Leederville) to allow more families the opportunity to make use of this private, safe and convenient bus service.


The service is safe and an affordable option for all primary and secondary students.


Tickets are available for purchase for $2.50 each way from the main administration reception on Mooro Drive, Mount Claremont.


To find out more information about the specific stops and times in your area please view the PDF below


Bus Routes




Summer Canteen Menu 

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 1.

Please could the secondary students bring some form of identification when collection their
lunch orders. A labelled book or item of clothing is acceptable until such time as student cards are

Canteen opening hours

  • Breakfast: 8:00am to 8:45am
  • Recess: 10:40am to 11:00am
  • Lunch: 12:50pm to 1:25pm

Ash Wednesday

The secondary students should try to adhere to a meat free day on Wednesday 6 March. There are numerous fish and vegetable options available to order. The menu cannot be changed, as there is no way to separate the primary and secondary menu with the online ordering system. The onus is therefore on the student and not on the canteen to order meat free items. We will have our usual Wednesday menu available with the addition of Nachos.


There will be pancakes available for sale on Tuesday morning for breakfast.

Ordering online

How to get started:

  • Visit
  • Sign up by completing the registration form
  • Receive a confirmation email with activation link
  • Activate your account and login to the website
  • Add your children and credit to your account
  • Order at your convenience (up to four weeks in advance)

How to activate your Smart Rider card:

  • Log on to your account
  • Go to the ‘Students’ tab and select the student
  • Select ‘Register Students Card’ and complete the fields

Uniform Shop

During Term 1 we are open the following hours:

  • Monday 8:00 am to 5:45 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm 
  • Friday 8:00 am to 11:45 am

Acrylic Jumpers

If your child is allergic to our woollen jumpers you will need to order an acrylic one.

Orders need to be placed by 1 March. 

Please contact the uniform shop as soon as possible regarding these.

Secondhand items

Secondhand uniforms will be accepted on and after Friday March 15. Items must be freshly cleaned and pressed.  Only clothing in excellent condition can be accepted for sale.

New sports shorts for boys

We have introduced new sport shorts for boys in secondary school.

These are now available at the shop for $35.

As usual there will be a two year phase-in period for this new item.

Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Inigo Parent Talks

Ignatian Induction Program for Parents

All John XXIII College staff and parents are given the opportunity to participate in the Ignatian Induction Program.

The modules aim to provide staff and parents with the essence of the ethos of John XXIII College. They are a great opportunity to learn about lgnatian Spirituality and meet other parents to explore spirituality within an lgnatian context.


The program consists of six independent content modules with a certificate issued upon completion of all six modules.

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

Enriching Family Life talk

  • Presenter: Murray Graham (M.Ed), Inigo Centre Director
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019
  • 7:00 pm TO 8:30 pm
  • Mackillop Room (Multi Purpose Room)
  • Cost : Donation

This Talk brings the fruits of 27 years of Inigo Speakers and my 'too many to count’ years as an Educator, Parent and Grandparent to the ‘coal face’ of your home.


The talk includes: -

  • Rules versus Relationships.
  • Providing a practical spirituality platform for a more loving and ‘happy’ home.
  • Dealing with anger and hurt.
  • Sibling rivalry – some insights on managing.
  • Care- frontation and boundaries.
  • Communication improvement.
  • Discipline that ‘Works’.


Talk format:

  • Input and forum discussion to share ideas
  • Talk is for PARENTS ONLY.


Murray Graham (M.Ed) is Director of the Inigo Centre, John XXIII College, whose objective is to enrich Adults in Spirituality and Relationships. Murray has given the 9 hour, 6 module, ‘Ignatian Induction’ programme to groups of Staff and Parents during the last 6 years.  Murray also gives Talks to Teachers in other Schools and to Parishes in the City and Country.


Further Details and Registration contact Murray Graham on 9383 0444 or email



John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

Class 1969 Loreto 50 Year Reunion

  • Cottesloe Hotel 
  • Saturday 9 March 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • No need to RSVP


College Cup Sailing Regatta

  • Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Peppermint Grove
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • 8.30am
  • Sailing experience preferable but not necessary
  • Young Guns and Oldies
  • RSVP essential for catering purposes


CINI Australia Afternoon Tea

  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • 2.00pm
  • Booking essential
  • Tickets: $55 Full, $45 concession, $400 table of 8. (wine extra)


Ron Logan Cup (Football) – John XXIII Day

  • 1st XVIII vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated.
  • Jumpers provided
  • Refreshments following the game


Theresa Elliott Shield (Netball) – John XXIII Day

  • Current Netball team vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated
  • Bibs provided
  • Refreshments following the game


1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 

  • Circle of Friends Café, John XXIII College
  • Thursday 5 June
  • 6.00pm
  • Beverages and food provided
  • Bus to Claremont following the event
  • $10 RSVP essential


10 Year Class 2009 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • ​​​​​​​5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Mosman Park Bowling Club

For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 

Community Notices

ASBA (WA) An Evening with Sir Bob Geldof

The Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA) are promoting a Community Event with keynote speaker, Sir Bob Geldof, supported by Chandler Comerford (ex-Navy Seal)


Date Wednesday 13 March 2018
Time 18:00 to 21:00  
Location Joy Shepard Performing Arts Centre
St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls
26 Bay View Terrace
Mosman Park WA 6012 


Cost $75 per person



Please see link and information and to book tickets:


2019 JTC Timetable for Parents.pdf
Poster Challenge Flyer.pdf
Meet and Greet.pdf
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Image: Dagmar Anders – Christ on the way to the desert
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Enriching Family Life.pdf
Information for students involved in Northern Associated Schools Sport.pdf
NAS SUMMER VENUES as at 17 January 2019.pdf
Year 7 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 7 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
Year 8 NAS team lists.pdf
YR 9 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
YR 10 to 12 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
Events Calendar 2019.pdf
MOJTC Adam Simpson Social Event 161118.pdf