20 July 2018
Issue Sixty
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Music - Week 21
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks
Parents' Association
Inspire: Upcoming Event
Founders' Parent Party - All welcome
Men Of John XXIII College
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
John XXIII College Alumni 
Entertainment Books
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

A positive start to the day

It is up to me to present a cheerful smile and be a positive influence on others’ Lyn Alexander, Teacher, John XXIII College.


Our annual staff conference occurs each year at the beginning of Term 3. It is a valuable and important period for our dedicated staff to enhance our own professional learning and to enjoy each other’s company. Each year we construct a program where we invite experts to work with our staff on a variety of spiritual, educational and wellness activities. Some of the best professional learning is when we learn from each other and a highlight of this year’s conference was a panel of staff relating stories of their time at the College.

Lyn Alexander is an excellent teacher and a person of integrity. Her comment above is reflective of the positive and engaging characteristics we wish to develop amongst teachers and others employed at the College. This year’s staff ‘panel’ was expertly chaired by Ms Veronica Brennan-Poland (English) and included wonderful input from Ms Alison O’Connor (Humanities), Mr Doug Watson (Logistics Coordinator), Mrs Cayley King (Kindergarten) and Mrs Lyn Alexander (PE, RE and Careers). Everyone has a story and it was wonderful to hear the tales of staff dedicated to our students and the school. Serious learning and teaching moments were interspersed with good humour with the best interests of our students always at the forefront.

This week we have also had the benefit of some outstanding external presenters. Mr Ric Del Pizzo, Community Relations, was largely responsible for Fr Tom Scirghi SJ visiting the College. Fr Tom is a prominent theologian based at Fordham University in New York. We partnered with Catholic Education Western Australia and Notre Dame University in bringing Fr Tom to Perth and we benefited greatly from his expertise at the staff conference as well as being integral to the Mary Ward Justice Lecture and working with students and the College Council. I look forward to sharing some of Fr Tom’s insights and our other presenters in the weeks to come.



We receive excellent support from our parents with the education of their children. I encourage our families to join in the celebrations of our Founders’ Time where we celebrate our Jesuit, Loreto and Pope John XXIII Heritage.


Get your tickets to John XXIII College Founders’ Parent Party!  Saturday 4 August, $75 all-inclusive food, drinks & great entertainment. Purchase tickets online here:


I look forward to seeing you there!


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a new term everyone! We hope that you were all able to enjoy some special time with your children. It has been wonderful catching up with the students after their holiday break and they all appear to be very excited and happy to be back at school, ready for another ten weeks of learning and fun!


Teachers have spent much time planning the learning opportunities ahead for the good of each child’s learning and well-being. We will continue to monitor each student’s academic progress and their social and emotional needs throughout the semester. As always, our goal is to support their learning and well-being to enable them to be positive, confident, cooperative, creative, kind and responsible individuals. Of course, with the wonderful support of parents, our students have the amazing opportunity to really flourish!


Time certainly flies, so let us all make the most of the time we have in this second half of the year. Term Three is can be a considered a big Performing Arts term – a time for our students to showcase their fabulous talents in the Arts Learning Area. We are very much looking forward to our Year 4 Musical, the Footsteps Finale and the choir, instrumental and band performances on Open Night. Attached is the Term Three Calendar for your convenience. Please note that any changes will be advised via the Weekly Newsletter.

Our Interhouse Cross-Country Carnival is to be held next Tuesday 24 July – please see below information from Mr Alderman regarding details of this event.

Just a reminder, our John XXIII College Founders’ Parent Party is Saturday 4 August. The tickets include food, drinks and entertainment and can be purchased at


We are looking forward to a great term!


Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



This term we welcome Lydia Burg and Arielle Nunis from Notre Dame University. They are completing their final Teaching Internship in Year 6G and Pre Primary G.





This Carnival will be held next Tuesday, 24 July commencing at 12.30pm. Please note that lunch for Years 3 to 6 classes will be at 12.00pm on that day. If any parents would like to help me at the Carnival please let me know by next Monday next (I need about 4 or 5 parent helpers for each race).


To cater for the range of abilities in distance running, there will be two courses provided for each year level, the LONG COURSE where children can compete for a place in the Interschool Team and a SHORT COURSE. Each of the courses will provide a suitable challenge for runners of all abilities. We encourage the children to enter the course that best suits their individual level of skill. Both the long and short course runners will commence at the same time. All year level races will be held on the top ovals, starting and finishing in front of the Gymnasium.


Program of races                             Long course                         Short course

12.40 pm Year 3 Girls                         1500m                                Approx. 800m

1.00 pm Year 3 Boys                           1500m                                Approx. 800m

1.25 pm Year 4 Girls                           1500m                               Approx. 800m

1.40 pm Year 4 Boys                           1500m                               Approx. 800m

1.50 pm Year 5 Girls                           2500m                               Approx. 1200m

2.05 pm Year 5 Boys                           2500m                              Approx. 1200m

2.20 pm Year 6 Girls                           2500m                              Approx. 1200m

2.35 pm Year 6 Boys                           2500m                              Approx. 1200m

2.50 pm Presentation of ribbons


Please note:

  • Students must wear their HOUSE SHIRT
  • Students not participating must have a MEDICAL NOTE.
  • Please ensure your child brings any necessary medication.


It would be great to see many parent spectators cheer on the runners.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator




This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Find Your Treasure’ and we will be having a pirate dress-up day on Friday 24 August. We hope everyone will become pirates for the day and help us to find many treasures in books!




The Pre Primary children have been learning all about the parts of a plant. They planted beans before the holidays and they cannot believe how tall they have already grown!



Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday 24 July                        Interhouse Cross-Country Carnival (Years 3-6)
  • Thursday 26 July                     Cross-Country Training
  • Friday 27 July                            Assembly (Prepared by 6G)


Pilgrimage Movie Night

A 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Date: 31 July at 7:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre

A Donation of $20 will support the communities that we visit whilst on Pilgrimage.

Mary Ward Secondary-MasterChef

Come and enter our MasterChef competition. There are two entry categories:

  • Cake Art
  • Tasting

 All year groups welcome.
John XXIII Day - 10 August

Entry forms available from the Mary Ward Secondary

Year 10 Course Counselling

Course counselling will take place on Wednesday 25 July in the College Library. Parents are encouraged to attend, with appointments from 7:30am to 7:00pm. Appointments are made through SSO, which is accessible from the ‘SEQTA Learn’ coverpage. If you have queries, please direct them to your child’s course counsellor or to Damian Owen.


Damian Owen

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 10

St Georges Cathedral Art Exhibition 2018

ATAR Visual Arts Students, Jasmine Koong, Sophia Johnson and Eloise Levy, represented the College at the Gala Awards Night of the annual St Georges Cathedral Art Exhibition on Thursday night. Their artworks were displayed in the unique setting of the Cathedral alongside the works of senior school students from 54 participating schools.


Inspired by the Renaissance era, Jasmine’s oil painting Assimilate presents the marginalisation of Asian culture within a context of European origin, portraying the characteristic drama of traditional paintings.  Sophia’s oil painting Toasty celebrates comfort, peace and little indulgences within the safe confines of a warm bed. Eloise’s ceramic sculpture Baby Boomer makes comment on the uncertainty and oppression of children born into war and conflict.


Congratulations to the girls for having their artworks selected for exhibition.



  • Time/Date: 10.00am-4.00pm daily, Saturday 14 - Sunday 22 July 2018 (12.00 noon opening on Sundays)
  • Venue: St George's Cathedral
  • Entry: Gold coin donation
  • Further information: or (08) 9325 5766

Louise Hoy

Visual Arts Teachers


NAS (Northern Associated School) Term 1, Term 2 and Overall Results

Congratulations to all staff and students who represented the College in a NAS Sport during Term 1 and 2. We had some excellent results over the two terms. Attached is a summary of NAS results for summer, winter and overall. John XXIII College finished third overall, a pleasing result, especially from our girls with strong performances across  both summer and winter seasons.


Good luck to our Champions League 'A' Netball girls, as winners of NAS they have now progress to the SSWA knock out competition. They also get the chance to play the winner of the Southern Associated Schools (SAS) on Tuesday 24 July at 1:30pm in the College gym.


Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching

There will be an opportunity for any students in Years 7 to 12 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage during Term 3.

Sessions will run on a Monday morning from 7am – 8am. Starting on 23 July.

There are limited places available. Parents will need to register and pay for the program via the following link;

They can also go to the website for more information and to register.


Congratulations to Ryan Tan

Congratulations to Ryan Tan in Year 11 and the WA team who have clinched the bronze medal in the recent U19 Badminton Nationals held in Hobart, Tasmania from 7-15 July. They came in third after New South Wales and Victoria.


Netball Club

I hope you all had a restful break. Thank you to all of the girls who filled in over the holidays and all of the girls who are filling in for this weekend. We really appreciate your commitment to the Club. 


It looks like we are in for some wet weather this weekend so please come prepared. Netball is a winter sport and we do play in the rain.

Westcoast Fever

We were fortunate to have Shannon Eagland, Ingrid Colyer, Jhaniele Fowler come and train with our Years 10, 11 & 12 girls this week. It was a great opportunity for the girls to get some specialist training in their area of the court from these professional players. We finished off putting everything learned into some match play at the end of the session. Thanks to our Coordinator Alisha Allen for organising the Fever girls.


SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday 12 September

The Netball Club End of Season Windup for the High School Teams will be in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre from 6pm - 8 pm. 

The AGM will be in the Circle of Friends Cafe from 6:10pm - 6:40pm.

We encourage all parents to come along and get involved. More details will be available closer to the event.

Music - Week 21

Music Camp

For parents attending the Music Camp concert in New Norcia, please note that the concert commences at 2:00pm in St Joseph’s Hall, located in the main campus. Seating is very limited, so arrive early to reserve your seat!


Mr James Kros

Head of Music


Coming soon in Drama

  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    Year 11 production
    Thursday 23 August
    7pm, Loreto Drama Centre
  • Unreal!
    Year 8/9 production
    Thursday 13 September
    Friday 14 September
    7pm, Roncalli Hall

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


About 115  people attended the Magis Awards Breakfast and Years 7-8 Magis Personal Project display Opening  in the final week of Term 2, a terrific response. Congratulations to Magis and Altiora students who received awards, and to the Years 7 and 8 students whose projects were on display, and warmest thanks to parents and teachers who supported this event.  The Personal Project Certificates will be presented at Year Assemblies.

Congratulations to the John XXIII Mooting Team who performed magnificently to win the inaugural final at the Supreme Courts on the final Thursday of last term.  The team of Cullen Binet, Caitlin Egan-Martinez, Rory Hewson, Charlie Richards and coach Ms Daisy Farley was superb.


Cullen, Charlie and Rory teamed up with Kinia O’Brien to perform with distinction in the Jesuit Debating Championships at St Ignatius College in Riverview, NSW, during the holidays. It is a truly elite standard competition. John XXIII College finished second in their division, then narrowly lost their semi-final against  Xavier College, Melbourne.  Congratulations to Rory Hewson who had the honour of being selected in the Australian Jesuit Debating team, and Kinia O’Brien who won the Loyala Spirit Award.

On Monday afternoon the famous Bell Shakespeare Company  will present a spectacular  introduction to the works of William Shakespeare 'Shakespeare Is Dead’ in the GBLT in periods 5 and 6. There will be a 15 minute question time at the end of their 60 minute performance. All Magis Years 7 and 8 students will attend, along with other gifted students including drama specialists who may gain great benefit from this exciting program.

There has been a good response for the inaugural Magis Middle School Camp to be held at Point Walter on 10-11 August. Among the outstanding segments  of the Camp will be presentations by Alpha Motivation and Creative Edge Thinking, whilst fun activities will include the Flying Fox and camp sporting activities.


The handbook for the World Scholar's Global Round will be distributed next week. It is pleasing that we have four strong Years 9 and 10 teams representing the College in this major event. The rich range of Magis activities for the term is highlighted in the Magis calendar emailed to students this week.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Community Liturgy - some FAQs

Thank you to the Year 11 students who prepared our Community Mass this morning.  Visiting professor from Fordham University New York, Fr Thomas Scirghi SJ, was our guest presider. 


Next Friday’s Community Mass will be prepared by students in Loyola House. Loyola parents and families are especially welcome, as we approach the feast of St Ignatius and ‘Founders Time’ in the College.

  • When: Fridays in Term Time
  • Time: 8:00-8:30am
  • Where: College Chapel

If you have any queries about Community Liturgy, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.


Sacrament program

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6 and have not yet enrolled in the Sacrament program in your ‘home’ parish?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Locate information from your parish on the archdiocesan website
  • Use the College website to find information, including diary dates, supplied by some local parishes

GOOD NEWS for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is by Father Andrew Hamilton SJ and is printed here with kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian, a writer and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.

Greater affluence for some, and greater anxieties for most characterise our society. Ordinary people must to work harder for longer hours in order to support their families. People are time-poor in a world where time ought to be more richly at our disposal.


This is the world in which priests are called to minister. Pope Francis urges them to go out to the margins of the Church (where people who are time-poor can’t help living) and as shepherds to smell like the sheep. If they do that wholeheartedly, of course, they will find themselves time-poor, too.


Mark’s Gospel discusses in homely terms many of the dilemmas that face us as human beings and as followers of Jesus. In today’s Gospel he explores being time-poor. The apostles have been sent out to preach and heal, and have come back exhilarated by the experience but also tired.


They find Jesus hard at work speaking about God’s promises to a crowd and overrun by people who want to talk and be healed.  The apostles are drawn into his activity, and so are working overtime.  So Jesus calls it a day, telling them to row him a little down the coast to a place where they can rest.  But as soon as they arrive, they find that the crowd has come along the shore, wanting more. So much for their RDO. What should they do?


Their eyes and ours are on Jesus.  What matters to him are the people. He has compassion on them because they are like sheep without a shepherd. He will be their shepherd. So the lesson for the disciples is that they, too, are to be with the people in this isolated place and to smell like the sheep.  In this situation compassion will trump their desire for rest.


But Mark also reminds us that it was Jesus who took them to the deserted place in order to rest. He was no advocate of being time-poor. In fact the disciples were to find time for the people who needed them. But he knew that shepherds needed time out.


As in so many Gospel stories this one is about priorities, and Jesus’ highest priority lay in compassionate relationships. To build such relationships you need to take time to notice the world around you and to attend to the voice of God in your own heart.  He would have had little time for a society that forced people to slave at work in order to make massive profits for their employers.


For us at Jesuit Social Services the Gospel speaks to the need both to go out to accompany people who are disadvantaged and to take time to reflect and to develop our relationships. At the heart of all relationships lies compassion.  
© Andrew Hamilton

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 22 July  ECU (Joondalup) Uni Open Day 
  • 27 & 28 July Clarkson Trade Campus Open Day            
  • 28 July Murdoch Uni Open Day 
  • 29 July  Curtin Uni Open Day
  • 6 August TISC presentation for Year 12
  • 8 August Curtin University visit      
  • 12 August  UWA Uni Open Day        
  • 12 August ECU (Mt Lawley) Uni Open Day 
  • 13 August ECU / Murdoch Visit - Year 12 students
  • 15 August UWA Visit - Year 12 students
  • 17-19 August - Skills West Careers Expo
  • 19 August University of Notre Dame Open Day
  • 22 August University of Notre Dame Visit - Year 12 students
  • 23 August  CQU Open Day 
  • 6 September ECU Alternative Pathways Information
  • 13 September WAAPA Arts Management Info Evening
  • 24-28 September ATAR Revision Sessions
  • 7 November ECU Careers in Sports Expo

Download the PDF below for a more detailed list of events and registration details.


myfuture - assist your child

New to myfuture, is a dedicated page for parents and carers looking to support and encourage young people with their career making decisions.


Assist your child feature page contains links to articles that provide tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development. Our College has registered and paid an annual fee for the use. To log in, students need to use their school email address.



Curtin's Scholarship email service

Sign up for Curtin's Scholarship email service and receive an email alert whenever a scholarship that matches your criteria is opened for applications. You'll also receive a reminder email one week before applications close.


US Sports Scholarships

If you are good at a sport and want to see if it can help you pay for a college degree, visit this link to schedule a meeting with past student-athletes from Crimson Athletics. Find out more - 

Interesting reads

Future skills: Report reveals tools schoolkids will need to thrive in jobs market of 2030
The skills required by workers in the future will be very different to those of today, a report has predicted, as well as warning education systems need to change to prepare schoolchildren for their future. 


Financial and Insurance Services

Financial services are the economic services provided by the finance industry, which encompasses a broad range of businesses that manage money, including credit unionsbankscredit-card companies, insurancecompanies, accountancy companies, consumer-finance companies, stock brokeragesinvestment funds, individual managers and some government-sponsored enterprises.


This industry includes banking, insurance and superannuation funds, as well as financial brokering services. Most jobs are in Sydney and Melbourne. There are fewer young people than in other industries, and part-time time work is uncommon. Many workers in this industry have a university degree. The largest occupation, Bank Workers, doesn't require a degree and may provide a pathway into the industry.

New Jobs and Skills Centres in WA

The Department of Training and Workforce Development have opened five new Jobs and Skills Centres at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses. 


The JSCs offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and employers and businesses.


Visit the Jobs & Skills WA website for more information.




Good Universities Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Read the guide - 



Were you the kid who loved Lego and building forts in the yard? If you love building, creating and working with your hands then a career in construction might be a good fit.


Whether you’re building a house or an airport, just about every trade is represented on each worksite so it’s smart to get an idea of how they all fit together.


Check out the Construction Bullseye from MyFuture here.



From the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW – “A career in surveying can be very diverse and involves travelling and the use of specialised technology.  Surveyors can be involved in making measurements in the outdoors or indoors, processing data and creating plans and maps.”

Surveyors measure and map things then provide the information to people like engineers, architects and developers.  


You could work in the office or in the field, using high-tech equipment and sophisticated software to put together measurements that are needed by other design professionals.

Without their work it would be impossible for engineers and architects to accurately design and construct buildings.


Salary: Starting salary around $42k for an Assistant (Cert III level) to $64k for a Draftsperson with 5 years’ experience. Those with a university qualification may earn $90k plus as a Licensed/Registered Surveyor.

Qualifications: From TAFE, start with a Cert III and work through to a Diploma to become a fully qualified draftsperson, you need a university degree to become a surveyor.


Where do I start? Check out A Life Without Limits, they have heaps of fantastic info and a list of all the courses at TAFE and university level in Australia.


Margi Watson

Career Counsellor


Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY catch-up day

The Department of Health Immunisation team will return to the College this Tuesday 24 July to vaccinate students who missed the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine day in June


Updating student medical information College medication procedure

MEDICAL INFORMATION:  Please inform the College Nurse if there are any changes to your child’s medical information.


MEDICATION: If a parent requests the College Nurse administer medication to their child, they must complete a Medication Request Form, this is available from the Health Centre. The medication must be in its original container or packaging and clearly labelled with the following:   

  • Child’s name
  • Name of medication              
  • Expiry date
  • Dose and time to be given
  • If a student is required to carry and self-administer medication while at school, only a single measured dose for one school day can brought onto the College premises. Medication must be locked in that student’s locker.
  • Students with diagnosed asthma must carry their reliever medication with them at all times.
  • Students with diagnosed anaphylaxis are advised to have their Epipen (adrenaline autoinjector) with them at all times, if age appropriate.
  • Students with diagnosed Type 1 diabetes must carry their “hypo Kit”at all times.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse


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.

Parents' Association

Parents’ Association Term Three Meeting 7pm Monday 13 August

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term Three will be held at 7pm on Monday 13 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 Parents' Association funds are allocated. Last term we funded the Annual 2018 Parent Party (coming up on Saturday 4 August) and a Baritone Saxophone for the Music Department.


As a member of the Parents’ Association, if you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term Three, please complete the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or you can download one from the school website, or below. The deadline for Term Three Funding submissions is 27 July.

All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at the Term Three meeting will be advertised in the newsletter on Friday 10 August.


We hope you have had a smooth start to Term Three and look forward to seeing you at our Term Three meeting.


Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee

Inspire: Upcoming Event

Founders' Parent Party - All welcome

Men Of John XXIII College

Calendar Dates for the 2018 Fathering Presentations

Put them into your calendar now!

  • Term 3 - 31 Aug
  • Term 4 - 9 Nov

Year Group Father Liaison still sought

The Men of John XXIII College Committee is looking to improve communication across the school. Often this is done best by the people who know the year group. If you are available, or know someone, then email me their details for inclusion in Committee emails so that they can keep situational awareness and support for upcoming events.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening 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

The Uniform Shop is now accepting secondhand uniform items. Please remember that all items must be freshly cleaned and ironed and in perfect condition to be accepted for sale.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Term 2 winter menu

Our Term 2 winter menu is available for download.

Our Online Canteen is an online ordering system that is a safe and convenient way to order school meals and now you can use your Smart Rider to order from the canteen. 

  • Place your canteen order online
  • Mobile friendly site.

For more information visit the College website.

Dianne Combrink
Canteen Manager

John XXIII College Alumni 


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Primary Parent Term 3 Calendar 2018.pdf
NAS Sport Results winter 2018.pdf
NAS Summer Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
NAS Winter Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
NAS Overall Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
NAS Overall Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
John XXIII Term 3 2018.pdf
Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
Personal Project 2018 Display Catalogue.pdf
John XXIII College Parents’ Association (PA).pdf
John XXIII College_Inspire.pdf