22 February 2019
Issue Three
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Enrolments & Open Day
Music - Week 3
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

A growth mindset

During our staff professional learning days prior to the commencement of the year, we engaged an excellent guest speaker for our staff. Dan Haesler spoke specifically on how mindset can shape day-to-day decisions.


Occasionally we hear comments like ‘I am weak at Mathematics’ or ‘I am not good at sport’. These sorts of comments can be reflective of a ‘fixed mindset’ where there is limited opportunity for growth. Such a way of thinking may lead people to:

  • Avoid challenge
  • Give up easily
  • Dislike effort
  • Ignore feedback/critique
  • Feel threatened by others’ success

Those with a ‘growth mindset’ will look for opportunities to enhance their skills. Typically, people with this mindset tend to:

  • Seek out challenge
  • Persist
  • Revel in the struggle
  • Learn from feedback/critique
  • Feel inspired by others’ success.

Dan Haesler related a terrific story from champion AFL player, Patrick Dangerfield. Like many professional athletes, he was a star in junior sport. However, when he was first drafted by the Adelaide Crows, he was surrounded by other very talented footballers. In early days at training he did not want the ball to be kicked to him because he was fearful of making mistakes.


Dangerfield had a choice to make. If he displayed a ‘fixed mindset’ there would be little scope for improvement. However, he chose to work hard on his game and within a few years he was a superstar of the competition.


Clearly, our focus will be developing a ‘growth mindset’ amongst our students and staff. That is certainly the message which we have been promoting at recent Parent Information evenings throughout the College.


Robert Henderson


Open Day 2019


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was fantastic to see so many parents attend the Parent Information Evenings this week. The opportunity for parents to be informed by their child’s class teacher about some key aspects of the particular year level is most valuable. In talking with parents over the course of the evenings there was a real sense of positivity and excitement. Many thanks to the teachers for their efforts in conducting these evenings.


If you were unable to attend the information sessions, the presentations can be located on SEQTA. Please take the time to read through the information provided by the teachers as it may answer any questions you have in the future.


A big thank you to parents for ensuring your children are in the correct uniform - the children looked very smart around Primary this week.


At today’s assembly we acknowledged our Year 6 leaders for 2019 and presented them with their Leader’s badge.  All of the Year 6 students are leaders in the Primary school and belong to a portfolio, such as ‘Community’, ‘Events’ and ‘Service’.  We also have 12 House Captains.


Being a Year 6 Leader is an honour and a privilege and provides the students with a great sense of responsibility and ‘service’ leadership in their final year of primary school. We wish them all the best as they undertake their leadership responsibilities and we look forward to seeing them hard at work in their various roles around our school. community.

We are very excited that over 670 tickets have been sold for our ‘Family Fun Picnic’ on Saturday. This occasion is a way of celebrating your child/ren’s first few weeks at the school, as well as, an opportunity to meet other parents and welcome new families to the John XXIII College community. Once again this promises to be a fabulous community gathering to start the school year. Special thanks to Mr Ric Del Pizzo for coordinating this event.


Just a reminder, please wear your parent badge to this event. Please email if you have not yet received your badge.


Kind regards, 


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Dates to Remember Week 4 & 5  2019


Saturday 23 February     Primary Picnic 5:00pm


Monday 4 March              Labour Day Holiday


Tuesday 5 March              Parent Association Meeting 7:00pm TMEC


Wednesday 6 March       Ash Wednesday Mass 9:15am Y3 to Y6 


Friday 8 March                  Pre-Primary Parent Literacy Workshop


SEQTA Handy Hints

To assist families navigating their way through SEQTA Engage, IT Help Desk have created a visual guide.  Please refer to the attached document. 


Photo Schedule - 3P Photography

School Photo Order Forms have been issued to all students.  Please complete and return to your child's classroom teacher as soon as possible as these are required by 3P Photography.  Photo Days are Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March, please refer to attached Timetable for Class Photo times including Sibling Photos.



Parent Information Evenings

Please log into SEQTA Engage for Parent Information Evening Presentations for Years 1 to Years 6. Presentations for each year group is located under the respective Year Group Tab. 



Duplo Drive

Alex Sefton nee Botcher (Class 1986) is a public librarian in Perth and travelled to Dili, East Timor recently. She will return to Dili in early March with a container of near new books and DUPLO. Alex's crusade is to encourage children to attend the library and thru play also learn to read. If you are able to assist, please drop off your donation to the College Administration off Mooro Drive or bring directly to the Alumni Office in the Library.

Sports News

John XXIII College Netball Club 2019 Player Registrations are now open for Primary students from Years 2 to 6.  Registrations are open until 28 February 2019 via the club website:


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


Joey Soccer Registrations are now open for Primary students from Pre-Primary to Year 3. 

Registrations close 6 March 2019.  To register online




Year 12 Ball

The Year 12 Ball was a successful evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The theme “Met Gala” provided the glamour for the evening and the Garden Wall was a huge hit for the students. I would like to congratulate the Year 12s on their excellent behaviour and for the way they approached the formal aspects of the evening. Thank you to our Events Captains Brianna Judge and Grace Thomas for their hard work and organisation in the lead up to the event. Official photos from the evening will be released shortly.



Year 12 Community Mass

Year 12 students and parents are invited to the Community Mass on Friday 1 March at 8:00am in the Chapel. Please join us afterwards for a coffee in the Circle of Friends at Café.



Years 10-12 Assessment Policy

As discussed at the recent Parent Information Evenings our College Assessment Policy is based on creating a fair and equitable learning environment for all students. As such it is timely to remind all Year 10-12 students, given many courses will conduct their first assessment in the coming week that students are required to submit a medical certificate if they are sick on the day of an assessment. 


Students are also required to complete any missed assessments, whether for valid or invalid reasons the following Tuesday morning at 8:00am or Thursday afternoon at 3:15pm in the Learning Enrichment Centre. Students and parents will receive an email from the relevant Assistant Deputy Principal informing them of specific details.


If you have any queries please contact your child’s Assistant Deputy Principal.


Mrs Jessica Bouwman

Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning

Years 11-12 Study Strategies

It is important at this stage of the academic year that all students have settled in well to school. Particularly for our senior students, it is essential they have created a realistic study timetable that assigns blocks of time, approximately 45 minutes per course to study and other time to the completion of homework. The inclusion of other activities, such as sports training, socialising and family time are equally important and should be allocated time in the study timetable.


Once a study timetable is created, the next hurdle is to ensure that students adhere to it! Given our students are all individuals this next step can be different for each student – for some students they like their study timetable displayed publicly so they are held accountable for it whilst others prefer to manage this themselves. The key is that students are actually devoting time to study each of their courses to ensure they are reinforcing the knowledge and skills they learn each day to prepare them for the following lesson. Study also enables students to deepen their understanding of concepts and develop links between topics. This means students are thinking at a higher order rather than rote learning information. This consistent application to their learning is the best way for students to gain confidence in a course and avoid cramming two nights before an assessment.

Greenbatch Plastic Recycling Launch

GreenBatch is Western Australia's first plastic recycling facility and has partnered with John XXIII College to give waste plastic a new life by reprocessing plastic bottles into 3D printer filaments. Watch the video and learn more about the program. Read more about this under the Sustainability section of the newsletter.


John XXIII College Japan Study Tour

The Japan Study Tour explored both modern and traditional aspects of Japan. Students were able to experience what daily life and school is really like, see many beautiful places and broaden their knowledge of Japanese language and culture first hand. Students stayed with host families and were able to use their language skills when visiting many places.


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 3

Year 3 Strings Program

Lessons for students participating in the Year 3 Strings Program commence this week! Instrumental tutors for violin, viola and cello will be in contact directly with parents to communicate when lessons will be held. Instruments and tuition books will be distributed at this time. Please note that Mini Minors, the Year 3 ensemble, does not commence until Term 2. With any queries, please contact the Music Department.

Year 5 Band Program

Lessons for students participating in the Year 5 Band Program commence this week! Instrumental tutors for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion will be in contact directly with parents to communicate when lessons will be held. Instruments and tuition books will be distributed at this time. Please note that Year 5 Band does not commence until Term 2. With any queries, please contact the Music Department.

Missed Auditions

If any students missed auditions for Treble Choir, Wind Band, Wanju Voices or Primary Singers, please contact the Music Department.



This coming week sees several highlights for Magis, commencing with the Alpha Motivation Breakfast on Tuesday  which is open to all Magis and Altiora students and should be a very exciting event.  Then on Thursday there will be a very special Magis Breakfast open to all Year 11 and 12 students. This will feature the outstanding speaker Fr Michael McMahon delivering a keynote address on Secularism, one of the key topics in the Religion and Life courses in senior school.  Both Breakfasts are free and will be held in the library commencing at 7:30am.


Another major event this coming week is the Space Camp 2020  Information evening  at Corpus Christi College on Thursday evening. Twelve students have submitted expressions of interest.  Nominations for the prestigious Da Vinci Decathlon Gifted and Talented Program have been submitted and John XXIII College has nominated one team (the maximum allowed) in each year level from Years 7 to 12.  Students are reminded to submit your forms if you wish to compete for your school.  Training arrangements for this and for the 11 Interschool debating teams will be finalised by the end of week 4. Nomination forms for another outstanding Gifted and Talented program, Creative Edge, which our Year 12 team won last year, will be distributed this week.  The program is only for students in Years 10-12.


The first round of the Academic Spelling challenge was run this week, and make-up rounds will be held in week four for the  students who were unable to take the challenge last week. Results will be in the Week 5 newsletter.  Meanwhile in the Year 7 and 8 GATE programs students are currently commencing their International Baccalaureate style personal projects,  and preparing for the debating program.

Nominations  for the Magis Program are still open to all qualifying  students,  and other high performing, motivated students may join as Altiora students and have available most of the Magis-run competitions, events, challenges, breakfasts and tours.  Magis and Altiora badges for all students who have signed up as active members maybe picked up from the Magis office.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term One

  • February 26  - Magis Breakfast Alpha Motivation
  • February 28 - Space Camp 2020 Meeting
  • March 8 - Debating Seminar
  • 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



Only three weeks into the school year and already there is much to report on and even more to look forward to around Sustainability at the College. With several activities already on offer and many more exciting initiatives planned throughout the year, students from across all year levels are encouraged to join the ‘Green Revolution’ and play their part in making a difference at the College and in our world.

Sustainability Club

The Sustainability Club meets for the first time in 2019 at lunchtime on Tuesday 26 February. Students can join our new Sustainability Captain Harry Sapsworth at the science block gardens and mix with peers from across year groups. They will be able to engage in fun sustainability focused activities and join the strong student movement working to promote positive attitudes towards the environment at the College.

Greenbatch Plastic Recycling Launch

Yesterday Darren Lomman and Rachel Leigh from Greenbatch visited the College to give keynote presentations to all secondary students and formally launch John XXIII College as a pilot school for the Greenbatch Schools Recycling Program. Our students were highly engaged with the talks:  shocked by the facts around plastic pollution (by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish!) and inspired by the vision of Darren and his Greenbatch Company in opening WA’s first plastic reprocessing plant.


The students received enthusiastically the news that John XXIII College will be working in partnership with Greenbatch through its pilot school program. The College has situated four distinctive purple bins in key areas around the College to act as collection points for students to dispose of plastic bottles (and now also aluminium cans). The bottles will be periodically collected by Greenbatch and taken to their reprocessing plant nearby, where they will be turned into 3D printer filament and given back to the College for use in student projects.


The College is excited by this partnership with an innovative and socially conscious company such as Greenbatch and wishes to encourage all in the John XXIII College Community to help make it as successful as possible. Families may wish to bring bottles from home to place in these bins and they are certainly welcome to do so.


Greenbatch Bin Design Competition

John XXIII College is running a competition for students to create a funky, creative and impactful design that can be placed on the Greenbatch bins to make them stand out and encourage correct use. If any student would like to submit a design for consideration template sheets are available from Student Reception, the RE office or the library. Designs can be submitted at these places or given to Mr Thompson.


Closing date for entries to be submitted is Friday , 8 March and the winner will receive a $50 JB Hi Fi Gift Card and have their design printed large and featured on all Greenbatch collection bins throughout the College.

Boomerang Bags Group

The first Boomerang Bags session for 2019 was held after school on Wednesday. The group is part of a nationwide movement, working together to create reusable shopping bags out of sheets, blankets, curtains and other unlikely materials. This year the bags are being made with the intention of donating them to Shopfront, a Catholic organisation working with those who are struggling in society. The Boomerang Bags will be put to good use by Shopfront to enable its clients to take meals away with them and carry what possessions they do have more easily.


In 2019, the group is looking forward to welcoming new members to the fold and increasing attendances at the their bag making sessions. if you are interested in helping to make some environmentally friendly Boomerang Bags please come to the Textile rooms on Wednesday 6 March from 3:30-4:30pm.

Donations of Material

The Boomerang Bags group is urgently requesting donations of any materials like sheets, pillow cases, blankets etc. from families in the College community. These will be used to make the bags and can be left at student reception.


NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

Trials for Term 1, summer sports, from Years 7 to 12 have been completed. A copy of the team lists for each year group, information for NAS Sport, fixtures and venues for the respective sport can be viewed below or on the College website. Students should have already received this information. NAS fixtures begin next week on Monday February 25 – Wednesday February 27 against Chisholm College. If training is to occur it will be organised by teacher in charge of the team.



Swimming Training - Years 7 -12

Swimming training will commence on Wednesday February 13 from 7:00am - 7:50am at the College pool. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until Monday March 25. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) 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 
  • Year 10 - Limited availability 
  • Year 11 - Limited availability 
  • Year 12 - Limited availability 
  • Alumni registrations open until 1 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 23 February 7:30am to 9:30am
  • Saturday 16 March 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Tuesday 19 March 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Year 9

  • Saturday 23 February 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Saturday 16 March 7:30am to 9:00am
  • Thursday 21 March 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Year 8

  • Sunday 24 February 7:30am to 9:00am
  • Saturday 9 March 8:00am to 10:00am
  • Sunday 17 March 9:30am to 11:00am

Year 7

  • Sunday 24 February 9:00am to 10:30am
  • Saturday 9 March 10:00am 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 Club runs a separate pre-season fitness program targeted specifically at improving the fitness and skills of players.
  • Interested girls are encouraged to attend.
  • No need to register - just turn up on the days that you can manage it!
  • Pre-season fitness is on the oval in front of the netball courts from 7:00am-8:00am, Wednesdays and Friday.
    • 27 February & 1 March
    • 6 & 8 March

The school canteen is open after morning training sessions to purchase breakfast, if required.



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.  We 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.


This initiative by PNA follows the move by Netball WA to include male divisions in the new Metro League competition from 2020.  This will provide a unique opportunity for talented male players to play representative netball for PNA in a high-quality competition against other metropolitan associations.


PNA is excited about the prospect of introducing boys’ competitions and the opportunities available to boys interested in taking up netball.  


If you are interested in nominating a boys’ team (minimum of 7 players) in a Years 7/8 or Years 9-12 competition please contact the PNA office 9387 7011 or email at


Alternatively, if you are interested in playing, however are unable to source enough players to fill a team. Please email the following details to be placed on a list to join a team. 


Players Name:

Players DOB:

Players: Year at School

Parent Name: 

Contact Number:

Would you be able to be the team contact for a team?

*Team Contact (being a team contact would involve being the direct point of contact between PNA and the team in relation to registrations, competition regulations and fixtures ect)


Michelle Paterson

Netball Club Registrar

Rowing Club

John XXIII College Rowing Club

The John XXIII College Rowing Club has enjoyed strong growth through the leadership of Rob Thomas over the past three years.  The club now has the largest membership of any rowing club in Western Australia and competes in the largest number of Regattas of any WA School.  With the addition of our new Head Coach Steve Saunders with over 20 years of experience coaching at an elite level, we are offering a great sporting experience to our students and heading for a wonderful season of rowing.

The start to the John XXIII College Boys Rowing season has gone at great pace with many outstanding events organised for the boys (and girls) and success at the first PSA regatta last Saturday.


PSA Regatta 1 -9 February

Saturday 9 February was the first in four PSA Regattas which our rowing boys will be attending. The conditions were not perfect, however our JTC rowers showed incredible grit to row in the difficult hot and windy conditions against formidable competition.  The outcome of the regatta was very positive for our JTC rowers where they were always in with a chance up and close to the winners. More specifically with our Senior A eight placing second in the 4th eight race and completing the race in the fastest time any John XXIII Crew has ever gone. This regatta proving to be an important marker of the boy’s potential and more positive results to come.

PSA Regatta 2 – 16 February

This Regatta again proved to be very successful for our JTC boys rowing team.  It was terrific to see our Senior A eight improving their personal best (set at Regatta 1) by another 17 seconds in the second coxed eight: This is a 2km race and the boys finished in the time of 6:39.33 mins only behind first place by 16 seconds, a margin of a mere 2%.  How much faster can these boys go! We will see this weekend at Regatta 3 ….


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 23 February - PSA Regatta 3, Champion Lakes
  • 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 

New Zealand Rowing Tour

Twenty-four senior students attended the inaugural overseas rowing trip to New Zealand last month.  It was a great way to train for this upcoming season with training events twice a day and terrific team building events also included.  It was an amazing experience with tough competition from the local New Zealand rowers, however, our students did the College proud in the local school competitions. The New Zealand schools were extremely hospitable and made the tour a delight.  John XXIII College will definitely be returning to such a wonderful and beautiful place for rowing.


Pathways and Transition

GREaT Work Experience

The Get Real Experience And Try (GREaT) - Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience Program has been developed to encourage Year 10 high school students to experience nursing or midwifery prior to studying it with a state training provider or at university. 

This exciting five day program provide students with a unique opportunity to:

  • Experience the many aspects of nursing/midwifery in a clinical setting
  • Observe the nursing/midwifery team in action
  • Decide whether the nursing/midwifery profession is the right career choice. 

Applications Close on the 8 March. To apply please follow this link


University Open Dates

  • Curtin University: 21 July. Find out more here.
  • Murdoch University: 28 July. Find out more here.
  • University of Notre Dame: 11 August
  • Edith Cowan University: (ECU) 28 July (Joondalup). Find out more here.
  • Edith Cowan University (ECU): 11 August (Mount Lawley). Find out more here.
  • University of Western Australia (UWA): 4 August
  • CQ University: 24 August

Joel Wynn

Head of Pathways and Transitions

(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


Study calls for return to old-school parenting

Written by Family Zone Team 

Keeping kids constantly entertained with screen-based distractions is eroding children’s physical and emotional wellbeing, according to a major report on Australian families.


The study Little People, Big Lives, conducted by the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, identifies five “action areas” where change is needed in the way Australians parent - and screen-time is implicated directly or indirectly in all of them.


And little wonder. The average Aussie kid now spends more time interacting with his devices than with his own parents. According to a YouGov Galaxy study, mums and dads now spend an average of 9.3 hours of dedicated time with their children weekly - compared to the nearly 15 hours their kids spend online, watching TV and gaming.


What it all adds up to is an awful lot of sitting around, but not nearly enough sleeping or healthy eating. Most worrying of all, modern parenting has also put the quality of family relationships at risk, researchers warn, with kids’ feelings of security and love taking a direct hit.


The five “action areas” where, according to researchers, parents need to lift their game include:


Active play

“Active play is an essential foundation for healthy growth and development with physical, behavioural, social and emotional benefits,” insist the authors of the Little People, Big Lives study. “Current trends that steer child behaviour away from active play and physical activity, including more screen time, seriously jeopardise the establishment of these benefits.”


Less than a quarter of Australian children now meet minimum physical education requirements. To restore the balance, researchers recommend that kids walk or ride to school as part of their daily routines.


Healthy sleep

Researchers identified the use of devices at bedtime as the major obstacle here, pointing out that games, TV, social media and other online activity “provide visual and cognitive stimulation that increases heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels, making it more difficult to fall asleep.”


Yet almost half (43%) of Australian children regularly use screens at bedtime. 

The solution is so simple it should - but clearly doesn’t - go without saying: “Remove all electronic devices from bedrooms.”


Healthy eating and drinking

“Eating meals together as a family and helping in the preparation of family meals, can enhance both important physical and social development,” the study authors noted.


And the first of four key actions recommended?  “Schedule unrushed family meals that are ‘electronic free’ zones.”


Positive screen time

“The screen in every child’s pocket can become a captor rather than a liberator, with screen usage developing into patterns of addictive behaviour and screen time becoming the dominant activity of every day.”


Research shows that  60% of primary school aged children and 85% of high schoolers exceed Australian Government recommendations for daily maximum screen-time.


The study authors made a strong call for “appropriate controls,” noting that in the absence of boundaries and limits, “children can become hyperconnected and hyper-alert, continually waiting for any new social media message, a state that is detrimental to focus, attention and mental wellbeing.”


Safety, security, love and belonging

“Children feel loved when they are given time and attention. Love and laughter is expressed through loving eye contact, hugs and smiles, by talking, listening, playing and singing and sharing stories together,” the study noted. Is screen-time eroding these fundamental and time-honoured ways in which families bond?


The very strong implication of researchers is that yes, in the absence of boundaries for both parents and children, that’s exactly what is happening. 


Community Liturgy

Thank you to HomeRoom leaders, SRC members and Deacon Aaron Peters who prepared our Community Liturgy this morning.


Next week the Community Liturgy will be prepared by students in Year 12.  All are welcome – even if you don’t have a son or daughter in Year 12.  If you are new to the College or have not previously attended Mass, 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
Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?


Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish.  Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible.


Some of our local parishes have supplied information for parents. A brief summary of dates is provided below, but please check the College website or approach the Parish Priest directly for more detailed information and requirements.  No two parishes are the same – so there will be some variation in how the parish Sacrament Program is administered.


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

Dates will be published soon

Further information:


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, the Compulsory Parent Information Night is on Wednesday, 27 February at 7:00pm in St Cecilia’s.


NEDLANDS: Holy Rosary

Registration for all Sacraments

Enrolments still being accepted for a short time.

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:


Allergy Awareness

The College has some students who have severe allergic reaction to nuts and other allergens. This reaction is called Anaphylaxis.  It is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening and requires urgent treatment.


Our school does its best to be an “Allergy Aware” School. The College can never totally eliminate the risk of an anaphylaxis and we cannot guarantee a totally allergen free environment.  The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of the student who has been diagnosed as at risk, awareness of allergens, prevention and avoidance of exposure to those allergens and action in the case of a reaction.


As a preventative measure could we please ask you to consider the students in our College who are at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • Avoid sending food to school which has nuts or nut products in.
  • Teach your child to respect children who have food allergies.
  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers with anyone.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands after eating.
  • Ask your child to get help immediately if their allergic schoolmate becomes unwell.

If your child has a severe food allergy:

  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers.
  • Teach your child to wash hands after eating.
  • Food for your child should be supplied from home.
  • We request your child’s food allergy is stated when ordering food from the Canteen.
  • Parents are advised that your child should carry their Epipen and Action Plan  on them when age appropriate to do so.
  • It is recommended that students with severe food allergies wear a medical alert bracelet/necklet.
  • Educate and empower your child to manage his/her allergy and to get help immediately if feeling unwell.
  • For more information on allergies go to: and

Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Resource: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Parents' Association

Term 1 Meeting - Tuesday 5 March

As previously advertised, the Parents’ Association meeting for Term One will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday 5 March 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.


The deadline for submission of Funding Proposals at this Term’s meeting has now passed: all further funding proposals will be considered at the Term Two meeting. All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at our Term One meeting will be advertised in next week’s newsletter.


We hope to see you at the meeting on Tuesday 5 March.

Your 2019 Parents’ Association Committee

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

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

We are not accepting your secondhand items until mid March. After this time we will be very happy to receive them. Please remember that they must be freshly laundered and in good condition for us to be able to buy them from you.

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.

John XXIII College Alumni 

Class 1966 lunch - St Louis

  • St Louis
  • Class 1966 lunch
  • Wednesday 6 March 2019
  • Please RSVP as soon as possible to Bernie Masters
  • or call 0408 944 242


Community Notices

Plenary Council Discussion


Rotary Event



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
Parent Access to SEQTA.pdf
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Yr 7 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 8 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 9 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 10 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 11 to 12 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.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