28 April 2017
Issue Eleven
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Year 12
Music - Week 11
Uniform Shop
Parent Association
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Celebrating Our History 

The very first students attending a Loreto school in Adelaide Terrace, Perth commenced on 15 February 1897. Only two students attended on that first day with numbers swelling to 27 by the end of the first year. Mother Gonzaga Barry counselled patience and one of her favourite sayings was ‘your pupils will be your best advertisement’.


Four years after opening Loreto Adelaide Terrace, Mother Gonzaga bought Osborne Hotel in Claremont and the Loreto story in WA was well underway. This year we are celebrating 40 years as John XXIII College and we are justifiably proud of the students, staff and families that comprise our College.

Our Loreto and Jesuit heritage and the inspiration of Pope John XXIII are integral to our College. However, the death and resurrection of Jesus celebrated at Easter is what defines our Catholicity and is the essence of any Catholic school.


This week we have also celebrated ANZAC day with a ceremony at the school. It was a respectful acknowledgement of those that have served their country with distinction during difficult times. Our guest speaker spoke eloquently on the ANZAC message and of his own experiences as a current serviceman.


We welcomed nine new students to our College community this week and would also like to introduce the following new members of staff:

We trust that your association with our College will be fruitful and enjoyable.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

28 April 2017


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term Two! I hope that you all enjoyed a relaxing holiday with family and friends, and could celebrate Easter with its timeless message of hope and new life. It has been lovely walking around the Primary school this week, chatting to children, parents and staff and seeing the enthusiasm of everyone at the start of a new term. The children have certainly returned with lots of wonderful stories to share about their holidays.

We commenced our term with an Anzac Assembly for the Year 3-12. Special thanks to our guest speaker, POCD Nick for sharing his time with us and providing an insight into his experiences in the armed forces. The Junior students also enjoyed reading stories about the Anzacs, making poppies and writing prayers.

An important reminder, all Mothers are warmly invited to our Primary Mass dedicated to all our magnificent Mums on Friday 12 May at 9:00am. This will be followed by morning tea in the Exhibition Centre. Some mothers may prefer an early start to the day, you are welcome to come along to our 8:00am Community Mass with your children.

The Term Two Planner is attached for your convenience. Please check this document regularly to stay up to date with what is happening over the course of the term. We will keep you informed of any further updates.

Ms O’Connor and 4G are kindly preparing our first Assembly this term. We look forward to seeing many parents at 9:00am in the hall next Friday 5 May.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Duty of Care

At John XXIII we like to involve parents as much as we can in the life of our school. When working as a parent helper in the classroom or as a volunteer in our school, all parents and visitors are required to ‘sign in’ at the front office and wear a visitor’s sticker for their duration of their time around the College.

This is also a timely reminder that children are not to leave the school grounds during school without being accompanied by a parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to sign the children out from the front office before collecting the student from the classroom. Teachers cannot release a student to an adult without a ‘leaver’s slip’ from the office.

Finally, all PP-6 classroom doors are open from 8:35am each day. Students arriving after 8:50am need to report to the front office on arrival to sign the ‘late book’.

Super Swimmers

Four of our Primary students attended the Swimming WA Junior Long Course State Championships (representing UWA-West Coast Swimming Club) during the holidays and produced some amazing personal best times and awarded medals for their magnificent efforts, some of their highlights are provided below -  


Sylvia Czajko (4G)

50 Freestyle - Silver Medal

Girls 8-10 Medley Relay B Team - Silver Medal

Girls 8-10 Freestyle Relay A Team - Gold Medal


Bianca Petsos (4B)

50 Backstroke - Silver Medal

100 Backstroke - Silver Medal

100 Freestyle - Gold Medal

200 Freestyle - Gold Medal

Girls 8-10 Medley Relay A Team - Gold Medal

Girls 8-10 Freestyle Relay A Team - Gold Medal


Charlie Hodge (6G)

400 Freestyle - Bronze Medal

800 Freestyle - Silver Medal

Boys 11-12 Freestyle Relay A Team - Bronze Medal


Ben Mignacca (6B)

200 Freestyle - Personal Best 


Holly Denton (5B) recently performed in the West Coast Autumn Dance Festival and was awarded second place in the Music Theatre and Song and Dance sections. Congratulations Holly!




Year 12


The Year 12s finished a busy Term One with the Manresa Year 12 Retreat. For the first time in many years the Retreat was held at one venue. The students participated in a wide range of activities including: High ropes, commando course, mask making, a Quiz Night, a presentation by Mr Henderson and an opening and  closing Liturgy. The Retreat focussed on a piece of scripture from Isaiah “I have called you by name, you are mine”. The students were able to reflect upon  their relationships with  their family, themselves and with God. It was a fantastic few days which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the staff and students.


Luke Bostelman and Janeen Murphy


Student Comments

"Manresa was a great experience to take time off from the busy Year 12 term and relax, reflect and engage in life both with others and family. It was so much fun and such a positive and warm experience."


"Manresa was a great experience which allowed me to connect to my family and look deep into my spirituality opening my eyes up to the world. It contained activities and experiences which I will carry with me through life."


"I really benefited from the whole experience. I came out of it feeling very content with life. It felt like my mind has really cleared, and refreshed. I feel like I have also realised how important positivity is in life. It was a great opportunity to step back from our busy lives, reflect on our own lives (relationships, family, friendship, spirituality) and consider the impact we make on other peoples lives." 


"It was eye-opening and a great way to get to know more people in my year. I learnt a lot about myself and my faith/spirituality."


"A time filled with a sense community and belonging. A great way to re-think who you are, your relationships with all. A great bonding time with students who you mightn't know well as well as teachers. You get to see all the positive things people think of you. Leaves you with a strong feeling of being content and at ease. One of my personal favourite schooling moments."

"I believe Manresa was a great experience. It not only allowed myself to broaden my friendship group, and grow closer to my close friends, but also allowed me to discover my own self. Manresa was a terrific experience, and occurred at a perfect time, where I think people needed time to reflect on their own self, family and grow closer with others, and away from the constant stress of achieving high academic results."


"It was an incredibly enjoyable experience! One I'll never forget. The people, the place, the message and the overall sheer brilliance of it is something that everyone needs to experience."




Year 12 Melbourne Drama Study Tour

During the first week of the first term holidays the Year 12 Drama students participated in a series of workshops run by tutors at the Victorian College of the Arts. Each day they were involved in improvisation, play building and performance tasks centred around physical explorations, performance making and rhythm and sound. These intensive workshops challenged the students to create work quickly, to trust their instincts and to move out of their comfort zones whilst working with students from other schools.


The group also viewed nightly performances and plays as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. One Stand Up Comedy show was performed by Alumni student Xavier Michelides (Class of 1999), who included references to his time at the College. At the end of the week, the students performed a sample of their work from the week to an appreciative audience of Arts Lecturers.


Once the workshops were over the students spent ‘Friday Fun Day’ together and then had a day of shopping before flying home on Saturday night. It was a highly successful week and the students were great ambassadors for the College. They demonstrated great passion, energy, focus, discipline, commitment and talent in all aspects of the week. Their performance work was mature and creative and full of joy.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Welcome To Our New Japanese Language Assistant

A big warm John XXIII welcome to Ms. Saaya Iwata from Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. Saaya will be joining our Japanese language classes to assist students in understanding more about Japanese culture and helping us to develop better communication skills.  Saaya loves learning languages. When asked what she wanted to do in the future she replied “I want to master six languages.” She is currently studying English, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Filipino.” The world is her classroom and it’s people are her teachers. Whilst in Australia, Saaya is looking forward to experiencing everyday home and school life  and speaking English with everyone.


We are really looking forward to hearing more about Saaya’s life and travels and feel fortunate that Saaya has volunteered to help us in Japanese. Whilst in Australia, Saaya is looking forward to experiencing everyday home and school life and speaking English. Thank you very much to our 3 host families who are so generously taking care of Saaya over the next 3 terms.


In addition, I would like to thank Mr Matt Onishi and Ms Melissa Luyke from the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre for coordinating the Japanese Assistant Language Program.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)



NAS trials are currently underway for Term Two, winter sports, from Year 7 to 12. A schedule of NAS trials can be viewed, on the College website, SEQTA notices or on the sport section of the College calendar. NAS fixtures begin Week 3 on Monday 8 May against Servite College. Fixtures and details for the season will be emailed to students once trials for their year group have been completed.


NAS v SAS Boys Touch Rugby Interzone Final

Congratulations to our Champions League boys touch rugby team. Unfortunately the boys won their game via a forfeit against Kennedy Baptist. 

Holiday and Term Two Cross Country Training (Years 7-12)

Term Two cross country training will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  A copy of the training schedule is attached. The Interschool team will be selected from the results of our House Cross Country Carnival. Students will be notified early next week in homeroom.


John XXIII College Rugby - Open Boys

Fixtures for the open boys rugby are on the online College calendar, under sport. Games for open rugby will be Wednesday afternoon during Term Two.

John XXIII college AFL - First XVIII

Fixture for the 1st XVIII AFL are on the online College calendar, under sport. Games will be Wednesday afternoon in Term Two. Training is on Wednesday mornings from 7:00am–8:00am.


Ryan Tan for his recent success at the recent Australasia Under 17 National Badminton Championships.  Ryan and his doubles partner Romy Puhalovich made it to the semi finals of the competition and finished ranked top four for Australia/New Zealand and top two in Australia.  In the singles competition, Ryan finished 16th from over 100 competitors.  Well done Ryan.


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

Music - Week 11

Autumn Soiree

One of the largest concerts of the year – the Autumn Soiree – is fast approaching! On Sunday, 21 May the College’s Senior Large Ensembles will be performing in Roncalli Hall. The concert features performances by the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Senior Guitar Ensemble and Swing Band on a night packed with incredible music and talent. Entry will be via gold coin donation with no booking required, and refreshments served beforehand. All are welcome!

Catholic Performing Arts Festival

The Music Department welcomes all individual applications for the 2017 Catholic Performing Arts Festival. This year’s festival runs from Monday, 24 July to Friday, 25 August, with categories for Vocal and Instrumental solo performances. For more information about how to enter, please contact the Music Department or speak to your Music Tutor. The closing date for entries is Sunday, 7 May.

Term Two Ensemble Rehearsals

Please note the following weeks for commencement of rehearsals for Term Two.

  • Week 1

Chamber Orchestra, Treble Choir, Senior String Quartet, Swing Band, Primary Singers, Chapel Choir.

  • Week 2

Concert Band, Wind Band, Year 5 Band, Primary Band, Wind Band, Junior String Quartet, Wanju Voices, Rock Band, Saxophone Ensembles, Barbershop, Senior Madrigals, String Orchestra, Mini Minors, Percussion Ensemble, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Clarinet Ensembles, Flute Ensembles.


James Kros

Director of Music


Songs For Jess

A Fundraising Concert for Jessica Bosch (married to Saul Bosch Class 2002)

3:00pm Sunday 11 June 2017

Roncalli Hall John XXIII College


John XXIII College Alumni

WAAPA Graduates

Professional Australian Opera Singers

Accompanied by Concert Pianist David Wickham


Tickets $45.00 (Children under 14 only $15.00)


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4oth Anniversary Ball

Tickets on sale for the ‘Through the Decades’ 40 Year Celebration Ball from 24 May 2017

Please gather your classmates and make up tables of 10.


This is a formal occasion and open to Alumni in conjunction with the College Community.


Enquiries :


Anna Gingell (Class 1978)

Alumni Development

Uniform Shop

Secondhand Blazers Anyone?

Do you have an unwanted College blazer?  The Uniform Shop has experienced a high demand for  secondhand blazers so if you have an unused one in the cupboard, please give it a wash and bring it into the Uniform Shop.  Someone will really appreciated it.



Parent Association


Community Notices

Year 10 Parents Event


Rotary Cambridge Guest Speaker

Managing the social and emotional impact of living with food allergies.


Relationships Australia

West Leederville course timetable.


Yr 7 NAS trials schedule Term 2 2017.pdf
Yr 8 NAS trials schedule Term 2 2017.pdf
Yr 9 NAS trials schedule Term 2 2017.pdf
Yr 10 NAS trials schedule Term 2 2017.pdf
Yr 11 and 12 NAS trials schedule Term 2 2017.pdf
JOHN XXIII 2017 Cross Country training program for Term 2.pdf
Year 10 Parents Event 5 May.pdf
Rotary Cambridge Press Release Coping with Allergies 2017 05 17.pdf
WEST LEEDERVILLE Parenting Courses for May 2017.pdf