16 August 2019
Issue Twenty-four
From the Principal
Parents' Party
Around The Primary
Music - Week 24
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII College
Event 11 September
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

Engaging with our faith

At the conclusion of a very successful and enjoyable John XXIII Day, twenty of our students returned to the College to join in the celebrations of ‘Veritas’, an event we hosted as a pre-cursor to the Australia Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) being held in Perth in December. More than 700 young people from around the state attended an evening of prayer, reflection, music and dance.  We are always looking at new ways of engaging young people with the Church and we will seek further opportunities in the future. The ACYF conference is accessible for young people aged 14-30 and we are encouraging the involvement of our students Interested students are invited to liaise with our Head of Faith and Mission, Janeen Murphy, who will assist with the registration process.


On the weekend we also farewelled our visiting Fujimi High School students. It was the 21st visit from the Japanese school and we are delighted to have had such a long and fruitful association. We are also very appreciative of all the support offered by our host families in providing a wonderful cultural experience for our visitors and our students and the superb coordination of Ms Shane Glass and other staff.


The weekend also included a Year 7 Magis Camp at Point Walter featuring excellent presentations from Lorian Marshall (Year 11) and Alice O’Sullivan (Year 9) and a Talent Show run by Daniel Doran (Year 8). Many of our students are also currently participating in the annual Catholic Performing Arts’ Festival.

Next week we look forward to the Year 4 Production and a Jazz Performance at the Ellington.


Congratulations to our Rowers on being named ‘All Schools Champions’ on the weekend. It was also an opportunity to farewell Mr Rob Thomas and wish Mr Jerram Gibson well in the Rowing Coordinator role. The growth in our rowing program over the past two years has been exceptional. Venturing onto the oval before school this week, I witnessed lots of enthusiastic Primary and Secondary students training for upcoming carnivals. It is a busy place and it is brilliant to see so many students positively engaged in their schooling programs.

We will be celebrating Father’s Day with Mass in our Chapel followed by tea/coffee on Friday 30 August at 7:30am.  All are welcome to attend - please RSVP via this link


Robert Henderson


Parents' Party


John XXIII Day

Every year the College set aside three weeks to celebrate our Founders; St Ignatius Loyola, Mary Ward and Pope John XXIII, this is known as Founders' Time. John XXIII day takes place on the final Friday and involves the entire school in the celebrations. The day begins with a Mass, followed by a variety of fun and games. It was great to see the magnificent celebratory spirit present on John XXIII Day. 


Book Week - Reading is my secret power

Get involved in the wonderful activities taking place at the College next week to celebrate book week from 19-24 August.


Activities include edible words competition &  book face photo competition. Drop off your cake on Thursday 22 August at the library and email your bookface entries to


There are also big games at lunchtime, Home Room quizzes and an author visit from A.J. Betts. Get involved and enter these fun competitions for your chance to win some prizes.



National Science Week

We have had a diverse range of fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the College for Science Week. 


2020 Year 8-10 Course Selection

Next week Years 7-9 parents and students will receive electronic access to the relevant Curriculum Handbook for 2020. This is an ideal time to read about the various courses available, in particular the Option courses that students may choose to study next year. Following on from this will be additional information emailed to parents regarding the specific dates when the Subject Selection Online (SSO) software will be available for students to use to select their preferred Option courses for 2020.


Heads of Learning Area (HOLA) for the Option courses will speak with each year group about the specific courses that are available for study in 2020. This will provide students with additional information as well as the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.


Jessica Bouwman
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Year 12 Coaching

Year 12 students will receive the allocated times for their second last coaching session in the coming weeks. It is important students review the goals they had previously set and celebrate their successes whilst also creating specific goals for the remaining five weeks of term. For all students there is still an opportunity to improve their academic results, regardless of their starting point. It is crucial for students, particularly those who are unsatisfied with their current level of achievement to ensure they are focused and have specific accountable strategies in place to maximise their class time as well as out of school time. One of the key messages from high achieving students is to ensure you understand a concept before leaving the class – class time is to learn and after school time is to revise!


At this time in the school year, many Year 12 students struggle to maintain their motivation – they know they should be motivated as it is so close to the end however they struggle to find that inclination! There are many strategies students can use to help themselves such as ensuring their goals are very specific and therefore they can be held accountable; making all study focused on an explicit part of the course, for example a syllabus point from the course; plan time and be realistic – it is important students have a balance in their lives and include exercise, social, family and recreational time; if appropriate study with others – collaboration is an important life skill to develop; at the end of every study session have produced something, for example notes, a mind map, palm cards; ask questions in class of the teacher and other students to clarify understanding; celebrate all successes, don’t dismiss a good assessment result, affirm the good work you are doing as confidence breeds further success.


Jessica Bouwman
Deputy Principal, Teaching & Learning

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

On Thursday morning the Year 3-6 students attended Mass to celebrate Mary’s Assumption into heaven.  The students have been learning about how Mary receives fullness of life in the Risen Jesus – just as all of us will receive that gift.  Our celebration of the Eucharist was beautifully prepared by Mrs Lumley and Year 3B.



It is hard to believe that there are only three more sleeps until ‘Dogs! The Musical’.  The Year 4 students under the expert direction of Mrs Sasha Cattapan, have been working hard to perfect their roles.  It has all the signs of being a magnificent and fun production.


It was wonderful that many grandparents and special guests come along to the Dress Rehearsal – they were certainly amazed at the talents of our young students.


Just a reminder, next Wednesday 21 August, all students are invited to come to school in their school sport shorts and house shirt with a cape and/or mask.  Capes that are made with recyclable materials are encouraged. 





Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Please check the College Website for Term 3 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.


Dates to Remember

Monday 19 August

Primary Musical Evening Performance - 7pm

Tuesday 20 August

Y3 Book Week Excursion Nedlands Library

Pre-Primary Parent Maths Workshop MacKillop Room

Wednesday 21 August

CPAF Primary Singers Performance - St Benedict's Church

Book Week Dress Up Day

Book Week Sausage Sizzle

Parent's Association Meeting TMEC - 7pm

Thursday 22 August

IPSHA Cross Country Carnival

Y5 Book Week Excursion Nedlands Library

Friday 23 August

Y6 Confirmation Retreat 24.7 Youth Ministry

Y4 Book Week Excursion Nedlands Library

Monday 26 August  Catholic Day - NO school on this day


Pre-Primary Math Workshop

All Pre-Primary Parents are invited to attend a Mathematics Workshop.  This workshop will provide parents with valuable information, as well as, hands-on ideas on how to support your child in their Numeracy development on next Tuesday 20 August 9am to 10.15am in the MacKillop Room.  Please RSVP to

Angelico Exhibition

A group of Year 5 students have had their artwork selected as winners of the Group Submission Award, in the Primary Angelico Art Exhibition 2019.


Congratulations to Oscar Croudace, Poppy Finucane, Elizabeth Levey, Aria MacMillan, Nicholas Skerratt and Cate Thomasz.

Bookface Competition

We are delighted that so many Primary students have participated in our Book Week Bookface competition.  It’s not too late to get your entries in, please email



Sports News


Athletics training is well under way with students practising their technique for a range of track and field events.  Athletics training continues each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. 



Steve Williams

Primary Sport Coordinator


Can you help?

The Secondary Religious Education Department are collecting the inner tubes from glad wrap, foil and the like (no toilet rolls please).  The Year 8’s are going to make Aboriginal rain sticks as part of their curriculum.


Please hand these in to Mrs Petsos at Main Administration.


Athletics training

Athletics training is up and running from 7:00-8:00am every Tuesday and Thursday up until Tuesday 17 September. All students are invited to attend and learn from our dedicated and professional athletic coaches.

Rowing Club Fundraiser

Support our Rowing Club Fundraiser and purchase your Weed Free Sheep Manure today! Not only will your garden love it, so will our Rowing Club. Please place you orders here  before 31 August.


Music - Week 24

Jazz Night at the Ellington

John XXIII College's annual Jazz Night at the Ellington will be held on the night of Monday 19 August. Always one of the most popular concerts at the College, the night will feature performances by the Swing Band, Senior Voices, Barbershop, Saxophone Ensembles and selected ATAR soloists and ensembles. Tickets are always in high demand for this concert and are available via the following link: .


Students performing are required to arrive at 5:30pm, in uniform, ready to set up and soundcheck. Doors open to the public at 6:30pm, for a 7:00pm concert.


For parents and guests in attendance, the Ellington is a fully licensed venue. We look forward to a fabulous night of entertainment and look forward to seeing you there!

Catholic Performing Arts

The Primary Singers and Wanju Voices will be representing the College at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival over the next two weeks. Both choirs are performing in the Sacred Choral Primary Section on Wednesday 21 August at St Benedict’s Church, Applecross (11:30am-12:45pm session) and the Primary Choral Section on the Wednesday 28 August at the Vasto Club, Balcatta (9:30-10:45am session). The students have been working hard throughout the year to prepare for these events. This is a very exciting opportunity for our students to perform for other schools in different venues as students learn a great deal not only from performing themselves, but by watching others. Family and friends are welcome to attend these performances. For further information, please contact the Music Department.


Congratulations to the Retro Rock Band, Alex Henderson and Holly Denton for being awarded Certificates of Excellence in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and, to the Year 9 Rock Band for their Certificate of Merit. Well done!

Performance Uniform Sizing

Trousers for Performance Uniforms are now ready to be sized, for any students who have not yet done so. Please visit Ms Gratton in the Music Office early next week.


Coming soon in drama

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – performed by Year 11 Drama students in the Performing Arts Centre at 7:00pm on Thursday 29 August.
  • Charlotte’s Web – performed by Years 8 and 9 students in the Roncalli Hall at 7:00pm on Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September.
    Book tickets here:



The Magis Year 7 Camp  held at Point Walter over the weekend was a wonderful  success, with four outstanding presenters, David Castellani from Alpha Motivation,  Kathy Boyatzis from Creative Edge Thinking, plus brilliant presentations from Year 11 Lorian Marshall who spoke on Leadership, and Year 9 Alice O’Sullivan who focused on overcoming adversity. Completing the emphasis on development of Magis leadership was Year 8 Daniel Doran who organised the Talent Show.  Warmest thanks to these superb presenters, to the students whose enthusiasm enhanced the camp enormously, to Mrs Alison O’Connor for her great work assisting with organisation and supervision, and to Mrs O’Sullivan for her valuable assistance. A full separate colourful pictorial PDF report including results of the camp academic challenges is attached.

Magis captain Rory Hewson excelled to win third place in the grand final of the Secondary Catholic Schools’ Speak For Faith competition at the CEO on Monday.  Rory was the only male student to reach the grand final and performed superbly against the five outstanding girls in the final.

Our Year 7 debating team of Meg Derbyshire,  Wesley Soares, Hannah Johnson and Maya Mintz, which won their division in the WADL division at Christchurch, was defeated by Hale in the Octofinals at Perth College last Tuesday but are to be congratulated on a wonderful season.


Warmest thanks also to Mr Peter Mazur has been working hard with the Year 7 Opti-MINDS Science-Engineering team.  Good luck to the John XXIII Tournament of Minds and Opti-MINDS teams as they prepare for regional finals on 31 August.  The Current Magis Academic Challenge running at present is Creativity which involves brief mini-challenges from these prestigious competitions.


The three John XXIII College World Scholar’s Cup teams are currently competing in the Global round in Sydney. The students are from Years 7-10, and Ms Kirralee Dawson and Mr Christian Thompson are assisting me with this event. There will be a full report in next week’s newsletter.


Two other exciting Magis highlights coming soon will be the famous Bell Shakespeare Company who will perform at the College on 28 August, and the John XXIII College Chess Championships. Full details will be distributed when I return from Sydney.


Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator

Netball Club

Final rounds of competition

NetSetGo:                             23 & 24 August

Junior Years 5 & 6:              30 & 31 August


As we approach finals it's a good time to be reminded that this is a game and that players and supporters are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. Please remember that parents are not to harass or approach umpires, they too are someone’s daughter and without them there is no game. If there is a valid concern the Coach will handle it. Harassing or intimidating umpires from the sideline only adds to their stress and makes their job that much more difficult. 


  • These are kids 
  • This is a game 
  • The Coaches are volunteers 
  • The Umpires are human 
  • This is not the ANL Championships 

Netball Club Wind-Ups

Primary School Wind-Up

  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre 
  • 3:30pm


Senior School Wind-Up

  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre 
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm 


Annual General Meeting 

  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Circle of Friends Cafe 
  • 6:40pm - 7:10pm 

We encourage parents to come along and see what we've been doing over the past year.  We will be looking for volunteers to join our committee as some long-term volunteers leave us this year. If you are interested in joining us and would like some information, please contact us via email

Team photos

Please could each team send through a maximum of 15 team and individual action photographs to for use at the end of season wind-up.

Spring Netball

As the end of the season is getting closer we look toward the Spring Competition. Registrations are now open for all age groups and are done on a team basis directly with Perth Netball Association. Details can be found on their website

Junior goal shooting competition

Junior goal shooting competition this Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August.


This will be held on the astro turf next to the State Netball Centre.  PNA will have staff to assist and run this event.  The winner of this competition will be presented at the end of season presentations.

Western Roar Retball pre-finals up skill clinic
Registrations open

On Sunday 5 August 2019, Western Roar Netball Club is holding a Pre-Finals Up Skill Clinic at Belmont Netball Association, 2 – 4pm


See attached flyer for details.

Here’s hoping the weather is kind to us all over the weekend. Best of luck to all teams.

Rowing Club

All Schools State Champions 

Saturday 10 August saw John XXIII College compete in the All Schools State Championships, which was also the final regatta for the season.  This proved to be a historic day as John XXIII was awarded 1st place overall.



Later in the evening, we returned to the College for presentations to celebrate the successful day and season that we had shared together. 


I would like to thank all the parents for their amazing support throughout the season, the coaches for providing guidance and mentorship, and the rowers for taking on the challenge.  All contributed to an amazing team win on the day.


Finally, I would like to thank Mr Rob Thomas for his tireless efforts building the John XXIII Rowing Club, and his pivotal role in the strong and proud family it is today.



Jerram Gibson
Co ordinator Rowing

Pathways and Transition

The SkillsWest Careers Expo

The SkillsWest Careers Expo opens next Friday, 16  - 18 August at Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Further event details at


Open Day & Events



Events for future students
Open Day Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 11 August 
South West Sunday 25 August
Events for future students



Events for future students
Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  2019


Events for future students


Open Day  Peninsula Saturday 3 August
Caulfield & Clayton Sunday 4 August
Parkville Sunday 18 August


Events for future students



Further information available here:

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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


Mean girls on social media: The worst thing - and the best - parents can do to help

It’s a fact. Your daughter is being bullied more often than your son is. So what can you do about it?

A recent study from Rutgers University found girls are more often bullied than boys and are more likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide. 


While pointing the finger at Instagram and Snapchat is too simplistic, the evidence shows social media is increasingly aggravating the risk. 


Why girls are more vulnerable

Why? Simply because girls are more prone to ‘relational bullying’ - social exclusion, rumour-spreading - and the online world is the perfect platform for it. 


Relational bullying is invisible, which means it can go on for a long time before being discovered. And social media provides the perfect cover. As one expert noted, “It’s a grinding down process that can span years.”

Girls are more prone to ‘relational bullying’ - social exclusion, rumour-spreading - and the online world is the perfect platform.  

So what can parents do to help? 

What NOT to do

First, you need to know what will NOT help. Number one on this list is telling your daughter that bullying or harassment is a normal rite of passage. It’s not. Telling her “Hey, everyone gets bullied. Don’t let it get you down. Just stand up for yourself” will do nothing to solve the problem. In fact, it can actually compound the harm.


It’s important for parents to realise that today’s bullying - which largely plays out online, in secret, on social media - is very different to what they themselves may have experienced as young people. 

How? In a nutshell, it’s the relentlessness of social media in a world of mobile devices. That means there’s nowhere to hide from the torment - it follows the victim around the schoolyard, on the bus, at home and right into her own bedroom. 

What you can do to help

There is no magic bullet that will protect your daughter against online abuse or harassment. But there is plenty you can do to empower her. Here are the top tips cyber experts recommend:


Start early. The best thing you can do to inoculate your daughter against online harm - as victim or as perpetrator - is to raise them with compassion and respect. Sure - easier said than done. And yes, we all have moments where we lose it. But think about it. If you routinely discipline your children by yelling, name-calling or belittling them, aren’t you teaching them that bullying is okay?


Teach your daughter that bullying is about POWER. That means it’s not about her. It’s about the bully - and specifically about her need for confirmation that she has the power to hurt. If she gets that confirmation, you can be sure the behaviour will escalate. Discuss with your daughter - preferably before she experiences any bullying - what kinds of responses can de-fuse the situation. (See Tip #4, below, for ideas.)


Consider not reporting the bully. Surprised by this one? Family Zone cyber expert and clinical psychologist Jordan Foster explains. 


“Research tells us that only 37% of young people who are bullied in Australia report or follow up the bullying occurrences. Why? Possibly because they’re aware that 'threatening to take it further' behaviour can simply provoke more bullying. What’s more, young people often feel as though schools don't do anything if they do report it.”


Remember, Foster says, bullying is dominance behaviour - an attempt to elicit a reaction in order to gain or maintain power. From this point of view, the decision not to report the bully may actually short-circuit the behaviour, because it removes her from the centre of power and dominance to the margins. 

Teach your daughter first-response strategies.  Research shows bullying begins with verbal harassment - and how the target responds to the very first instance of that will determine what happens next: whether the bullying will stop in its tracks, or continue and escalate. 


So how to respond? A negative retort will generally invite further hostility. On the other hand, silence may be interpreted as weakness. Foster offers two alternative strategies:


“Acting as if you don't care takes the power away from the bully’s words. So, if a bully says 'Jordan, you're really ugy,’ I could shrug and respond 'Damn, I really tried today too!'


“Alternatively, a positive response such as 'But you look great today!' disarms bullies. They may continue to tease, but by ensuring that victims don't give the response the bully wants (ie. an emotional reaction or negative retort), then the bully loses power and (hopefully) will get bored of antagonising the same person.


Will the bullying stop immediately? Probably not, Foster says. But after a few unsatisfyingly  neutral or positive responses, even the most determined bully is likely to back off. 


Use parental controls. A recent study showed 7 out of 10 teens actually want parents to use parental controls to help them set boundaries around their social media use and general screen-time. Your daughter may not come out and say it, but she still relies on you to keep her safe, online as well as off.


Community Liturgy

Thank you to Ward House and Mr Deurloo for preparation of this week’s Community Liturgy.   


Our Liturgy next Friday will be prepared, for the last time, by the Year 12 students. Friends and families are very welcome. 


Friday 30 August there are three changes:

  • Mass commences at 7:30am
  • Mass will be in the St Louis Sports Centre
  • Our community will be augmented by dads, grandads and other father figures – as well as students from Primary and Secondary.

Community Liturgy summary

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


  • Week 6 – Mass dedicated to Fathers – 7:30am in the St Louis Sports Centre

GOOD NEWS for: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 12: 49-53

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard. 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.


In our desire to affirm that the scriptures are inspired, it can be easy to forget that they come out of the lived experience of a community of faith. Indeed, one of the things that is wonderful about our belief in God's revelation is that it occurs within human experience. Today's Gospel is an excellent example. Jesus predicts that one of the consequences of believing in him is that divisions will follow.


We can tell from the whole text of Luke's Gospel that these divisions were certainly a part of the earliest Christian community which wrote this book and that their faith in Christ led them to confront some very tough issues: how could Gentiles inherit the promises made to the Jews; why the rich members of the community had special responsibility to the poor; the centrality of forgiveness in the Christian life; and what leadership role women should have in the earliest Church. We know that fights over these issues and faith in Jesus as the Christ or the Messiah, divided families and villages, cities, nations and a religious tradition.


This gospel is both a stark reminder of the costs involved in following Jesus and a comfort to us in the church today. Sometimes we can domesticate the Christian community into a ‘feel-good’ society. Our religious words and actions, however, are always meant to have an edge; our faith should ‘afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted’. If Christians at home, at work, in society and on the international stage just go along with what is trendy or current because we’re frightened of conflict or because we want to be seen to be part of the crowd, then we are not worthy of this Gospel.


Sometimes when we hear Jesus use the metaphor of a blazing fire we can see a violent image, but I am not sure if it has to be exclusively interpreted this way. Fire is sometimes necessary and good to clear out the layers of undergrowth built up over time that smother the soil of a forest and prevent new growth. Fire is a beacon that gives guidance and attracts attention. A blazing fire can attract everyone to its light, warmth and power. So maybe this Gospel is a call to purge the weight of old growth that can stop fresh thinking. Maybe it gives guidance to us in the justice we are meant to live and the attention we must call to the needs of all God’s children. And maybe it is a reminder that the life of our Christian community is meant to be attractive through its gentle power and warmth. If the price we pay for witnessing to any of these values is that we divide the crowd, so be it.


What’s comforting about this gospel is that it recognises conflict as a necessary part of the Christian life. There are some who want to pretend that the followers of Jesus should never disagree with one another or with those outside the Church. Conflict in itself, Jesus teaches us today, is an element of our commitment to the kingdom of God. What marks out the way we should disagree with one another inside and outside the Church, however, is that it is conducted with charity, dignity, careful listening and compassion. Christians always look to put the best possible interpretation on the opinions of those with whom we disagree and to be reconciled to those we have hurt, to heal divisions where we can.


May our celebrations of the Eucharist give us the courage to divide the crowd for the right reasons. May we be a blazing fire that casts light on darkness where people are exploited and injustice smothers the growth Christ wants to see in the human family.


© Richard Leonard


Prevent flu and other infections

There are many simple things everyone can do to help prevent you from getting the flu or other infections. These include:

  • Consider having the Flu Vaccine;
  • Hand hygiene;
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette;
  • Standing or sitting away from other people;
  • Household and workplace hygiene; and
  • Knowing what to do when you are sick.

To minimise the spread of infection or illness, staff and students are requested to stay at home if unwell or still recovering from a recent illness. If you have suffered from vomiting, diarrhoea, the “flu”, chest infections, chicken pox and other contagious conditions, please stay at home until completely recovered.

Seek Medical advice if concerned.


These steps will help you avoid getting sick and passing infections on to others.

  1. Hand hygiene
  • The thorough washing and drying of hands is an important activity in the prevention of getting sick and spreading illnesses. Our hands collect bacteria from everything we touch and carry them to new places. Try and remember not to touch your face with your hands.
  •  If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol based hand rub

When to wash hands

  • After toileting
  • Before eating
  • After you blow your nose, sneeze or cough
  • Before, during and after handling or preparing food
  • After changing a diaper
  • After scratching hair, nose or other body parts
  • After smoking
  • After handling animals, their toys, leashes or waste
  • After touching something that could be contaminated (such as rubbish bins, cleaning cloths, drains or soil)
  • Before and after dressing a wound, giving medicine or inserting contact lenses.
  • After shaking hands with someone.
  • After contact with blood or body fluids(like vomit, nasal secretions or saliva)
  • Wash hands more often when you, or someone you come in contact with, is sick.

How to wash hands:

  • Wet hands with water and apply liquid soap
  • Rub hands together briskly for at least 15 seconds
  • Cover all surfaces of the hands and fingers
  • Rinse hands well under water
  • Dry hands using paper towel, clean towel or air dryer
  • If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the water.If using latex gloves, wash hands before applying gloves and after discarding the gloves.


2. Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, turn away from people and cough into your shoulder or the crook of your elbow.


3. Standing or sitting back from other people

A very simple way of reducing the chances of being infected or passing on respiratory viruses is to stand or sit back from other people in public or in the workplace. You should try to maintain a distance of one metre, where possible.


4. Keep your home and work space clean

Clean your home and work spaces regularly with water and detergent. Regular cleaning is best for most homes and workplaces.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Resource:  Department of Health WA

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


Have you got the Horizon West Bus App

The Horizon West’s bus tracking app will help to revolutionise morning routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus locations across our three John XXIII College bus services.


The app is free in the App Store and Google Play. If you’re ready to simplify your mornings and get a little peace of mind at the same time, simply download the app to show the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map.


Further details are available in SEQTA.

Updated Bus Routes




Canteen Menu

Please see menu attached.


Canteen opening hours

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

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 the Term  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

Cleaning your blazer

Did you know that you don't need to spend a fortune to have your blazer dry cleaned?

It is washable.  Wash the same way you wash your school skirts and school trousers - blazers are made of the same fabric.  Use a warm, gentle wash and don't spin for too long.  Give blazer a good shake and hang up to dry.  Do not use dryer. Ironing is usually not necessary.

Men Of John XXIII College

A Night with Timothy Ian Britten C.V.

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


Tim is a Senior Sergeant in the Western Australia Police. He is one of the five recipients of the Cross of Valour, Australia's highest civilian bravery decoration. He was awarded the Cross of Valour for his actions in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombings.


He has been a Police Officer for over 22 years and has worked in a large variety of locations including a six-month deployment to East Timor as part of the Australian Federal Police peace keeping mission and ten years with the Tactical Response Group. Prior to joining the WA Police, Sergeant Britten served as an infantry solider in the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment from 1988 to 1991 followed by a further 6 years with the Army Reserves 11/28 Battalion in West Australia.


For his actions on the night of the Sari Club bombings Tim Britten was awarded the Cross of Valour on 17 October 2003, and was presented the medal by the then Governor-General of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery.


Tim is an Ambassador for a number of different organisations across Australia including; Vice Patron of the Australian Bravery Association, Ambassador for Soldier On, Trustee of the ANZAC Day Trust in Western Australia and Ambassador for Blue HOPE. Come and hear what happened on that fateful night in Oct 2002 and how he balances fatherhood with so many different competing roles.


Date: Friday 6 September
Time: 6:30 -7:00pm meet for drinks. 7:00– 10:00pm.

Venue: Cambridge Bowling Club, 39 Chandler Ave West, Floreat, WA 6014

Drinks:  Purchased at the bar
Food:    Pizza and Pasta supper
Cost:     $20.00

Book here: 



David Thompson


Event 11 September

Anxious Children: Turning anxiety to resilience at home

Our kids are suffering from anxiety in record numbers. One in fourteen young Australians (6.9%) aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015. This is equivalent to approximately 278,000 young people. When we look at mental ill-health more generally, the numbers double to about one in seven primary school kids and one in four adolescents. Resilience levels decline as our kids get older. Fears and worries become a dead weight our kids can’t lift. Our children are enduring panic attacks, stress, and we are watching their confidence levels drop. Parents want, so badly, to help. But they often don’t know how. And sometimes their well intended attempts to help only hurt. This presentation is designed as a specific talk for parents about what anxiety looks like, and provides simple strategies for parents to implement at home that are empirically and clinically proven, but don’t require a PhD in psychology to practice. 

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting
authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience; and he is the founder of ‘Happy Families’.

Dr Coulson earned his PhD in Positive Psychology. He holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Centre for Positive Psychology, and he is a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.


Parents' Association

Parents’ Association Term 3 meeting

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term Three will be held from 7:00pm-8:00pm next Wednesday 21 August in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are invited to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on how our Parent Association funds are allocated.


At the Term 3 meeting we will be voting on the following funding proposal:

  • Men Of John XXIII 2019 Annual Funding Application: $6,300

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting if you can make it.

2019 Parents’ Association Committee


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.

John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 

‘Save the Date’ 60th Reunion Loreto Claremont Class 1959

  • A lunch will be held on Thursday 17 October, 2019. 
  • To register interest or for further information, contact 
  • Liz Prendergast 0412 642 256
  • Mary Graeme 0428 338 285



10 Year Class 2009 Reunion


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion


40 Year Class 1979 Reunion

  • Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:00pm
  • Athol Hobbs Room, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 

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


50 Year Class 1969 Reunion (Loreto)

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College
  • Monday 11 November at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 

Community Notices

Re-Viewing Women and the Bible: A Jewish Perspective

The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite women to join us and Rabbi Sheryl Nosan to “re-view” women and the Bible.The roles of women in the scriptures are varied and complex and include women as challengers, change agents, and as inspiration for those working towards greater understanding and equality of ministry.  

Wednesday 21 August 2019, 6:00-9:00pm in the Staff Room Trinity College, 2 Trinity Ave, Perth.

Light refreshments will be served from 6:00pm-6:30pm.

Parking is available and the Red & Yellow CAT buses travel to Hale Street.

RSVP by 18 August:Email phone (08) 9397 5988 SMS 0400 886 835

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