18 August 2017
Issue Twenty Five
From the Principal
Important Notices
Around The Primary
Seek Justice
Music - Week 25
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Founders Time

The first five weeks of term has seen a flurry of activities with last week’s John XXIII Day a highlight for students and staff. A beautiful Mass was complemented by homeroom and classroom activities with our senior students also engaged in netball and AFL fixtures against Alumni. Our day concluded with a very professional concert showcasing the talents of our students and staff. The support and encouragement from the audience was outstanding and indicative of superb spirit amongst our pupils.


During our Mass, short video clips were shown highlighting the excellent work of Loreto and Jesuit Ministries. It was important to show our students that funds raised on John XXIII Day would provide valuable assistance to the international work done by these Ministries.


John XXIII Day concluded with an afternoon tea for current and former staff. Seventy former staff members, including Principal Mr Greg Clune (1994-2005), joined our existing staff for a wonderful event. I have spoken to each of my six predecessors this year as we honour the past and look forward to the future in our 40th year. I know Mrs Anne Fry would have loved to have joined us last week but commitments at her Sydney school precluded her attendance.


Over the past few weeks I have often mentioned to our community the importance of ‘telling the stories of the past’. It helps keep the John XXIII, Loreto and Jesuit stories alive and vibrant at our College.

Survey Instrument 

In the coming week, I will be meeting with the Consultancy Group that conducted our comprehensive survey of students, staff and parents. I have seen a draft of the final report and it will provide excellent data for future strategic planning purposes. I look forward to elaborating in due course.

Angelico Art Exhibition 

Congratulations to the following three Art students recognised with awards at this week’s annual Catholic Arts’ Exhibition


Mia Davis

Year 11 ATAR Visual Arts Student

Winner 1st Prize Year 11/12 3D Category


Siobhan Waller

Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Student

Winner 2nd Prize Overall Year 11/12 Category


Jessica Low

Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Student 

Winner Highly Commended Award Overall Year 11/12 Category

Father's Day Mass

All Dads are welcome to attend Mass dedicated to Fathers on Friday 1 September at 7:30am in the College Chapel. Muffins and Tea/Coffee will be served in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre after Mass. To assist with catering please advise of your attendance via


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Important Notices

Laneway Entry Restrictions Near Gymnasium

Parents may be unaware that the laneway leading towards the St Louis Sports Centre from the main John XXIII Avenue car park is a pedestrian thoroughfare and for safety reasons is not for vehicle access for picking up and dropping off students. We have observed several recent incidents where student’s safety has been put at risk by vehicles traversing this laneway.


Changes have now been made to restrict vehicle access to this area and signage has also been installed as a visible reminder.


We ask that in the interests of student safety, all pick up and drop off be kept to the main car park areas only.


Thank you for helping us keep our students safe.

2018 Enrolment Information

Demand for places at John XXIII College is currently unprecedented with prospective families on our growing waiting lists and current families with siblings trying to find a place.  For us to ensure accurate planning and finalise enrolments for 2018 we would appreciate your notification if you no longer require a place for your child due to a change of circumstances. 


Kindly inform the College in writing by Friday 22 September (end of Term Three) to avoid being charged a full term’s fees. Please contact Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar or 9383 0449. 

40th Anniversary Ball

Don't forget to get your tickets for the 40th Anniversary Ball.  Tickets are selling fast, so to avoid disappointment get yours soon.


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

On Tuesday morning our Years 3-6 attended Mass with Fr Greg Donovan to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. It was a lovely liturgy and we thank Fr Greg, Miss Dernie and Year 5B for all their efforts and preparation involved.

What is your favourite children’s book from your own childhood, or the one you enjoy reading to your own children the most?


Books and story-telling are such an important part of our daily life in the Primary school. A love of books and stories is critical for children’s language development, as well as developing an understanding of culture and history.


Every week the children visit the Library to choose new books – fiction or non-fiction. The children all delight in the ritual and routine of returning and choosing a new book. At lunch time each Monday and Wednesday the children also have the opportunity to join Mrs Cattapan in the Library for story time.


In preparation for Book Week, the children have also enjoyed looking at the books that have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards with Mrs C and their classroom teachers. During their weekly visits to the library the children are introduced to various authors and illustrators, and discuss elements of the book – developing some of the concepts of critical literature. Did they like the book, why, why not, what about the illustrations? Have they read any other books by this author?



Despite many parents’ frustrations of reading the same book over and over to your child, it is an important aspect of language development. Through the repetition, children learn the rhythm of a language, they learn the colloquial use of language, and they develop an understanding that the words on the page say the same thing no matter who reads it. They begin to learn about different prints, expression, punctuation in some texts, rhyme, and patterns of text. There is a point where all children will ‘read’ a book from memory, because they know the story and text so well from so many important repetitions. Even when children are able to read themselves, it is still wonderful to have shared reading times. I encourage all parents to make a family visit to our school Library before or after school and enjoy a story together. Our library staff are also very happy to help you choose suitable literature for your children.


Book Week is almost here and we have an eventful week planned! The theme of this special week is ‘Escape To Everywhere’Josh Langley, author and illustrator will be running workshops for Years 2 -6 and talented storyteller, Rebecca Flanagan will be entertaining the Kindy to Year with picture books and music. Our goal is to enthuse our students to read, to ignite an excitement for books and to appreciate that through reading we can ‘escape to everywhere’.


Finally, just a reminder Monday 21 August is a Pupil Free Day for all students.


 Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



Last Sunday afternoon Alyssa, Matthew and Ben Mignacca each performed at the Twilight Recital. Well done to this talented trio!


Matthew Mignacca – Year 3G (Piano)
Alyssa Mignacca – Year 2G (Piano)
Ben Mignacca – Year 6B (Saxophone)



After months of early morning training sessions, the Cross-Country season concluded with the Interschool Carnival last Thursday on the College ovals. Our athletes performed very well amongst the twelve schools competing at this Carnival. Below is the list of our outstanding top 10 performers.


YEAR 3 GIRLS (56 runners)- Poppy Finucane 5th Place & Sophia Negus 7th Place.

YEAR 3 BOYS (63 runners)- Thomas Walsh 6th Place, Harrison Pazin 7th Place & Oliver Wever 9th Place.

YEAR 4 GIRLS (63 runners)- Bianca Petsos 3rd Place, Olivia Lim 4th Place, Ruby Verleg 8th Place & Hannah Lim 9th place.

YEAR 4 BOYS (71 runners)- Jackson Bosnich 1st Place, Archie Ryan 4th Place & Oliver Defrancesco 8th Place.

YEAR 5 GIRLS (54 runners)- Amelia Mettam 1st Place, Tenley Burton 4th Place & Tayleah Dorrington 8th Place.

YEAR 5 BOYS (66 runners)- Frederick Gleghorn 7th Place.

YEAR 6 GIRLS (53 runners)- Elizabeth Edwards 7th Place.

YEAR 6 BOYS (73 runners)- Lawrence McNeilly 8th Place.


Parents can access all the results using the link


Special thanks to all the children who represented the College and who regularly attended the training, as well as, all the parents who encouraged and supported their children during these training sessions.


I would also like to acknowledge the fantastic Primary teachers who assisted with the early morning supervision and also helped on the day. Finally, thanks to the Grounds and Maintenance Staff who once again prepared the ovals so well for this event.


Mr John Alderman
Primary Sports Co-ordinator



Congratulations to Bianca Petsos (4B) who has been selected to represent WA in the 2017 Swimming Team. Bianca is training hard as she will be competing at the School Sport Australia National Championships in December. Well done Bianca!



Monday 21 August – Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 22 August – URSTRONG Parent/Child            Workshop – 6pm start (GBLT)

Wednesday 23 August – 6G Hyogo Cultural Centre   Excursion

Friday 25 August – 3G Assembly







The Angelico Exhibition

John XXIII College Award Winners and Exhibitors


The Angelico Exhibition for Catholic Students is a prestigious annual event on the Catholic school art calendar; the Secondary Angelico Exhibition celebrates its 24th year in 2017. The exhibition provides a broad public forum through which Catholic students throughout Western Australia are able to exhibit their dynamic artistic talent.


The exhibition opens to the public on Monday the 14 August and runs until 25 August at the Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth. Congratulations to the six talented College Art students who had their artworks exhibited-


Mia Davis

Year 11 ATAR Visual Arts Student

Winner 1st Prize Year 11/12 3D Category

Mirror Image


The contemporary social environment in which we live has invented a mould that all must conform to. A single figure resists however, symbolic of hope and the notion that we can break free of constraints and instead embrace each other’s worth and dignity.


Siobhan Waller

Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Student

Winner 2nd Prize Overall Year 11/12 Category

Self Portrait – Bowerbird

Oil on canvas and found objects


My whole life I’ve been what most people call a hoarder; I prefer the term ‘bowerbird’. The artwork shows the bowerbird, a spiritual representation of myself, with each object in the bird’s nest symbolising memories of significant times in my life.


Jessica Low

Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Student

Winner Highly Commended Award Overall Year 11/12 Category

High Rise 

Acrylic and soft pastel on canvas


My work explores the rise of capitalism in contemporary society. The Perth cityscape represents the achievement of private enterprise; however the transparent reaching hands convey the longing and need of the less fortunate, forgotten in the shadows of the prosperous.


Rachael Mitchell

Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Student



Oil and gold leaf on canvas

Imagine having no choice in who you marry. Not knowing where your life will lead, or if you will be able to lead it. Thousands of women everyday are forced into arranged marriage. This especially effects young women who are expected to suddenly fulfil the roles of a wife so young.



Scarlett Townsend

Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Student


Urban Sprawl

Oil on canvas


This artwork conveys the impact of urban sprawl on birdlife. The diptych composition displays the Western Rosella, native to Western Australia, present in a tree amongst an endless spread of suburban buildings. Overall, this composition creates a confronting suggestion of the diminishing habitat of the Western Rosella.


Jasmine Koong

Year 11 ATAR Visual Arts Student




My artwork references the vulnerability of polar bear populations; a victim of global consumerism and our poor stewardship of the earth. Depleting polar bear populations expose how human greed has destroyed the earth, through our treatment of nature as a commodity.


Kiri Moore

Art Teacher


Australian History Competition Results

On 24 May, our Year 8 students participated in the Australian History Competition. The Competition is prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom. The primary goal is to provide an interesting and challenging competition for students and support the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum: History. It provides a quality resource that demonstrates approaches to the assessment of knowledge, skills and understandings.


Each student is recognised for their participation on the day with a certificate which will be distributed in class. Congratulations to the following students who received a Credit (Mark between 74%-80%), Distinction (82%-88%) or High Distinction (90%+). Special mention to Declan Carroll, who achieved the top result in Western Australia. Declan will also receive a medallion recognising this achievement. The following students will be formally recognised at the next Year Group Assembly.


Australian Geography Competition

Year 10 students tested their geography skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2017 Australian Geography Competition. Over 70,000 students from 743 schools entered the competition so the results give us an external benchmark as to how our students are going in certain aspects of geography.

Each student is recognised for their participation on the day with a certificate which will be distributed in class. Congratulations to the following students who received a Credit (65%-70%), Distinction (73%-75%) or High Distinction (78%+).


Special mention to Sashi Tandon, who placed in the top 1% of students in Australia. To be eligible for this accolade students must score a least 88% in the competition. The following students will be formally recognised at the next Year group Assembly.


Andrew Osnain

Head of Learning Area, Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 10

The Year 10 students will be responsible for organising the community Mass on Friday 25 August. All students and parents are invited to join the celebration and show support for the student leaders who will take on various roles in the Mass.


Damian Owen

Assistant Deputy Principal - Year 10


Vivre Ensemble Winners from our French Classes

Madame Leckey’s Year 7 and 8 French classes and Madame Grassi’s Year 9 French class participated in a sticker competition organised by TOFA (Teachers of French Association in WA). The theme of the competition was " Vivre ensemble/ Living together". Each student had to design a sticker which encapsulated the idea of tolerance, peace, unity, harmony and respect with a French word of encouragement. 


It was a big challenge and pleasure to choose ten favourites from our school to go to the second round of the competition where the judges from TOFA selected the best designs in each of the four categories: Years 1-3, Years 4-6, Years 7-10 and Regional WA.


We are absolutely delighted that two of our students are among the final twenty participants whose artwork is being made into stickers to be sold to schools in WA. 


Well done to Abbey Chapman in Year 8 who won first place in her category and to Emilie Roe in Year 8 who was runner up. (see attached)

Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area - Langauges

Seek Justice

Pilgrimage Program

The John XXlll College Pilgrimage program offers our students and staff the opportunity for growth and transformation through the experience of service, reflection and prayer. 41 Year 11 students and 12 staff members will have the opportunity to travel to Beswick in the Northern Territory, Cambodia, India and Timor Leste in September to broaden their world view and discover how they can become ‘men and women for others’ and ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’.


The funds raised in the Wine Drive, Movie Night and Quiz Night will be donated directly to the communities that we visit to help support their programs related to health, education, building enterprises, income generation activities etc….


Please support the Pilgrimage program by engaging with one of our fundraising activities or making a direct donation to the program.


Wine Drive: Wine can be purchased at the following link until the end of July.


Quiz Night: Saturday 26 August at 7:00pm. Tables of eight will be sold for $200 at the following link:




Champions League Girls Soccer

Our Champions League girls soccer had another impressive victory. On Wednesday 9 August they were 2 – 0 winners over Holy Cross. The girls have now made it to the quarter-final stage of the competition where they will play Woodvale Senior High School on Wednesday 23 August. To make it to the final 8 is a fantastic achievement, as most of the schools still involved have specialist soccer programs. Well done girls.

Senior Rubgy v Scotch College

- Captains Report by Chris Fairweather


On 1 August, the combined John XXIII/Newman College first XV embarked on a mission to regain the Scotch Cup for the first time since 2014. Going into the match heavily as the underdogs, the team certainly had a lot to prove against a classy Scotch outfit.


Josh Lynn, Rob Line and Matt Lloyd led strong from the forwards, making big moves and crucial tackles. Our forwards were very competitive at the rucks, scums and line-outs. The Backs were led by Lachy Leggett and Zac Barrett, an ultimate combination. Throughout the game our backs were hitting the line and making fast breaks. Callan Reynolds played a crucial role of scrum-half, bringing both the forwards and backs together; Callan was very competitive in giving the team fast and clean ball.  


After a gruelling and physical encounter, the team prevailed, running away with the match 20-10.


None of this would have been possible without superb coaching from Critter Golding and Tim Casey. Critter gave us the skills, tactics and teamwork needed. Tim kept our fitness levels remarkably high and ensured we were ready for the physical challenge ahead.


I recommend anyone from Year 10 and above to seriously consider being a part of the JTC 1st XV, the coaching staff are incredible. If you're interested in advancing your current rugby skills I recommend coming down to 2018 pre-season.

Athletics Squad

Athletics training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the term until the ACC carnival on 13 September. Training will be from 7.00 - 7.55am meeting in the College pavilion. Whilst training is focused towards performance at the ACC carnival, training is open to students of all ability levels. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. The preliminary ACC squad has been sent to students. Students involved are asked to make an effort to attend training where possible.

NAS Athletics Meet

Tuesday 22 August, Year 7 to 10


Year 7 to 10 students will be involved in the NAS Athletics day on Tuesday 22 August. Whilst students will be competing against athletes from other NAS schools (Sacred Heart, Newman, Chisholm and Servite), there is no scoring on the day or champion boy/girl competition. The day is a chance for students to improve their result from the House Carnival day. Selections for the ACC team will be compiled following the event.

Fr Kevin King Cup 2017

Many fingers were crossed in the hope of a dry day for our 2017 Fr Kevin King Cup. Although temperatures were at a chilly low throughout the day, this did not deter the efforts and enthusiasm by all students involved.


Our fabulous carnival began with a vibrant, energetic entrance parade by our wonderful Year 12 cohort. Their outfits looked stunning and their performances were a great indication of what was in store for the rest of the day. Congratulations to all students for raising the bar and making it difficult to top in the future.


With record participation levels from students across all events, meant that the day was going to be a race to the finish. Each House was fighting tooth and nail to be awarded the Father Kevin King Cup. Koolyangarra were vying for their 10th consecutive win of the carnival, however, the other Houses could smell a change in the air.


The winning House was not consolidated until the very end of the Carnival. With anticipation of a new reigning House in the air, it was the year that we saw an end to the strangle hold that Koolyangarra had held.

Congratulations to St Louis for taking out the top prize and winning the Father Kevin King Cup.  In addition to the overall winner, Loreto took out the Spirit award for the day. Congratulations Loreto.  All Age Champions and Runner Up Age Champions will be announced during our Secondary Assembly in Week 6.


 Overall a fantastic day was had by all and many thanks to our Staff, Parents and Students for their contribution on the day.

Sunsmart WA School Surfing Titles

Well done to all competitors listed below who competed in very challenging conditions at South Trigg on Wednesday 16 August.  For our first-time competitors, the day proved to be a great experience in terms of how difficult competitive heats can be with limited time, strong winds and messy swell.


Congratulations to our Junior Surfers Tom Edwards (Ward 9) and Gabe O’Loughlin (St Louis 9) who made it to the semi-finals on the day.

Our Senior Surfer’s Robert Line (St Louis 12) and Beau Bevan (Ward 11) once again won their division for the third straight year, securing a place in the state finals next Friday 25 August. A massive achievement!


We wish both Rob and Beau all the very best in the State Finals.


Junior Boys Surfing

Team 1 Tom Edwards                        Ward 9

Gabe O’Loughlin                                 St Louis 9


Team 2  Louis Wilmot                        Kooly 7

                  Zac Thompson                   Ward 7


Junior Boys Body Board

Team 1 Bailey Van Der Struyf         St Louis 7

                  Max Clarke                           Campion 7

Team 2 Louis Wilmot                         Kooly 7

                  Zac Thompson                   Ward 7


Senior Boys Surfing

Team 1 Robert Line                            St Louis 12

                  Beau Bevan                         Ward 11

Team 2 Finn Rutherford                   Kooly 11

                  Riley Boult                           Loyola 11


Senior Body Boarding

Jesse Dorrington                                  Kooly 10

Daniel Reynolds                                   St Louis 10



The John XXIII College Rower is a different type of person, they endure multiple hours of training before most their peers wake up from their warm beds. They preserve through the longest racing season any rowing school participates in with 14 regattas entered in 2017 alone. They are dedicated to their crewmates and rowing family, who are in turn dedicated to them.

Last weekend saw the 2017 Rowing Season draw to a close. The 2017 season has seen 28 new rowers join the club, a Year 9A Eight take the course at IGSSA Head of the River for the first time since the early years of the rowing club, 44 entries in our final Championship regatta resulting in a second place overall with 178 points- 61 points more than 2016, our Open mixed eight taking out 1st place and every single division we entered we had at least one crew make the final. This all with multiple crews rowing up a year level and in some cases rowing up two year levels.

On Sunday 13 August, we were able to celebrate together as a family at our Presentation Luncheon, in the Roncali Hall. Our rowers were presented with their well-earned medals for their efforts over the course of the season. As 2017 saw a new era of John XXIII Rower, we introduced the new College rowing zoot suit to take the water in 2018.


Rob Thomas

Rowing Coordinator

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Chloe Margaria who recently was awarded the Mary Ellen Holland (MEH) Memorial Cup for best performance at state level. She also won the Preliminary Division at the same event.

Chloe is now preparing for the state titles in September and Club Championships in October.  

Great work Chloe!


Congratulations to Eve Cohen (Year11), who represented John XXIII College at the School Sports WA (SSWA) Golf Tournament held at Mt Lawley Golf Club on Monday 14 August.

Eve was the Overall Girls winner on the day, shooting a round of 75.  She was also selected as part of the Girls' SSWA team that will travel to Adelaide in December to compete in the Austalian Schools National Tournament.

Great work Eve!

Music - Week 25

2018 Music Subject Selection

Subject selection for Years 7 – 9 will shortly be underway, and with a talented cohort of musicians in these years we hope to see many of you in the Music Classroom in 2018! Classroom music offers a fantastic way for young musicians to further their skills and understanding of music, and utilising their performance skills learned in lessons. Students learn to compose and understand music, looking at famous artists and composers, and performing original arrangements together.


New musicians are welcome, too! For any questions regarding Music courses, please contact the Music Department – 9383 0440 or


Senior Small Ensemble Soiree

n a celebration of the College’s elite small ensembles, all are welcome to attend the Senior Small Ensemble Soiree on Sunday, 27 August at 5:30pm. This concert, held in the GBLT, will feature the Senior Flute Ensemble, Senior Saxophone Ensemble, Senior Clarinet Ensemble, Senior String Quartet, Small Combo, Barbershop, Madrigals and more. This concert stars some of the College’s premier instrumental and vocal talent, and is not to be missed! 


Please book your tickets through our trybooking page:


Music Ensemble Photos

Photos of the College’s musical ensembles have been rescheduled to Tuesday, 29 August, commencing at 7:00am, in Roncalli Hall. All musicians are to meet in the Pavilion 15 minutes before their scheduled photo, in full College uniform (no performance uniforms, with blazers). Instrumentalists should have their instrument with them. A timetable for ensembles is included, below. For any queries regarding photos, please contact the Music Department.


Music Reports

We apologise for technical difficulties that have resulted in some students not receiving their Semester One Music Reports.  We hope to have these available in the very near future.


James Kros

Director of Music



We are always keen to hear about what our Alumni are doing and with the focus on Science Week this seemed very appropriate.  Associate Professor Amanda Salis (Class of 86) features in this University of Sydney documentary series, which follows five Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellow and the work they are doing in their areas of expertise.


For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:


Anna Gingell


Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 


Or refer to the College Website.




























Fun In The Library

When we asked the Pre-Primary students to pose for a photo in front of the castle display for Book Week, some of our Year 12 students were also studying in the Library at the time.  We thought it would be good for the Year 12s to join us and so did Pre-Primary.  In a slightly orchestrated way, as a group the Pre-Preprimary kids shouted, "Come on Year 12s".  There was much laughter and smiling, for how could they resist such a request?   And, they all lived happily ever after.


Lorraine Holmes

Senior Teacher Librarian


Meningococcal Vaccine Catch-up day Years 10, 11 & 12

Students who were absent for the Meningococcal Vaccine day on Wednesday 9 August will need to attend catch-up vaccine day at the College on Monday 18 September.


If you did not return a completed vaccine form and you would like your child to receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, please complete attached consent form and return this to the College nurse by Wednesday 13 September.


Please note: Alternatively, students can receive the vaccine by appointment at the Central Immunisation Clinic, 16 Rheola St, West Perth,  phone contact:  9321 1312.







Head Lice Awareness Secondary School

There has been reported cases of head lice in Year 7.


Could parents please check their child for signs of head lice.

Head lice information and management attached.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse



Sacrament Program 

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?

Already this year, several students in Primary have made their first Reconciliation and first Holy Communion, or have been confirmed. There have even been a couple of Baptisms! Look out for the list of students in next week’s newsletter.


If you have not already enrolled your child in a parish program, it may still be possible to enroll in some parishes.  It is important to do so immediately. 

If you need support in this, there are several people available to assist:

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website:  here

  • Information from parishes on the College website.

Congratulations to the following Year 4 students who have made their First Communion so far this year. 


St Cecilia’s, Floreat

Jackson Bosnich

Harrison Cabassi

Sylvia Czajko

Henry Gooch

Cooper Matera

Ella Matthews


St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Cottesloe

Amelia Hennessy

Ruby Verleg


Holy Spirit, City Beach

Greg Briede

Matthew Gillman


St Thomas the Apostle, Claremont

Sancia Annan

Caitlin Bradock

Tahlia Burgess

Oliver Defrancesco

Luke Edwards

Daisy Fethers

Olivia Gardner

Lucas Hillbeck

Coco Kenny

Lola Kenny

Lana O’Gorman

Olivia Polini

Genevieve Price

Tom Townsend

Violet Worner


St Joachim’s, Victoria Park

Callum de Andrade


… And congratulations to Year 3 students, Ayva Baker and Oscar Croudace, who were baptised last term. 

‘GOOD NEWS’ for 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time    
“Woman, you have great faith.” (Matthew 15:21-28)

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is a homily by Rev. Prof. Michael Tate. Fr Michael Tate is currently a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.      


In our Lord’s time, the division between Jews and Pagans was very profound. Pagans (most often called gentiles), were outside the chosen people, the children of God, and there was a long history of antagonism.

This is the setting for this remarkable gospel story.


A pagan woman approaches a Jewish man: Jesus. The disciples react to a woman causing a commotion.

She is causing a commotion, but for a good reason. She begs Jesus to heal her daughter with whom she maternally completely identifies: ‘Have mercy on me.’

He comments: ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ He is confirming his healing mission to the Jews. She and her daughter don’t qualify!

What is going on?


We know that the Prophet Isaiah was a great favourite and exemplar for Jesus. Jesus could open a scroll and quote passages which guided his own understanding of his mission. Jesus had evidently taken Isaiah’s picture of a transformed Jewish people being a light to the pagan nations who would then be attracted to worship God in the right way.

That is the two-stage sequence which Jesus has embarked on.


Jesus therefore gives a very dismissive answer to the woman: ‘It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the house dogs.’ The children are obviously the Jewish people, and so Jesus’ response is very confronting.

This remarkable woman, this remarkable pagan woman, stands her ground and engages in a verbal joust with Jesus! She decides to give him as good as she got! She argues: ‘Yes, Lord, but even the house dogs get the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.’

What a fantastic response!

Jesus recognises her faith and the daughter was healed.

What a fantastic woman!

She, a pagan woman, helped Jesus see that his liberating mission, his healing, saving mission, was not a careful two-stage affair, Jews first, pagans later. His saving mission was for all those who had faith in him – wherever and whenever.


This story was treasured and remembered in the early church and then put into writing in the Gospels. Why?

Because the biggest crisis facing the early church was relations between Jewish Christians and possible pagan converts who wanted to be followers of Jesus. This story would have been told to show how Jesus extended his saving mission to non-Jews in Pagan territory.


That is good news for us, Gospel for us, Gospel for billions of non-Jewish people over the course of history since then and into the future. That is why we are truly ‘Catholic’, which, as you know, is the Greek for ‘universal’, ‘world-wide’.

This woman is the one whose story was treasured as opening up the Church to being truly universal – a home for all people – a place where the ‘whole’ of humanity can be made ‘whole’ in every way.  That is what it means to be ‘Catholic’.

Could this Canaanite woman be celebrated as the first ‘Catholic’?

© Michael Tate

Community Liturgy 

Next week’s Community Mass will be prepared by students in Year 10.  Families are especially invited – and, as always, everyone is welcome!

For any enquiries concerning the Community Mass, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel

Note a special change this term: Friday 1 September - Fathers’ Day Mass, 7:30am start time.

Pathways and Transition




Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


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

Parents' Association


Thanks to all the parents and staff who braved the cold and wet weather to attend Monday's Parents' Association meeting.  


A big thank you to Chris Richards-Scully, Manager of Marketing and Communications, who came to speak to us about the school's digital strategy.


One funding proposal was presented - a request for $8.5k for new, movable shelving in the Primary section of the library.  This proposal was put to a vote and passed unanimously.   


The next Parents’ Association meeting will be in Term Four at 7:00pm Monday 6 November 2017. All

funding proposals must be submitted by Friday 20 October to be considered at this meeting. This final Parents’ Association meeting for the year is also the AGM and new committee members will be elected. If you have an interest in becoming a committee member or would like to submit a funding

proposal, please email



A big thankyou to those who braved the cold and came along to hear our guest speaker Sue Byrne (ex-student) talk to about 80 Parents and secondary school students on Tuesday 01/08/17.  Sue talked about Body Image and Eating Disorders and then answer questions on the topic.  The talk was “informative and thought provoking”.  As promised we have attached a list of WA services (counselling and helplines) currently available in this important area.


For further enquiries please contact Loretta Byrd, Inspire Sub-Committee.


Uniform Shop

Tracksuits For Secondary Students

The Uniform Shop has had an unprecedented run on tracksuits in the last month and consequently there are some sizes not currently available.


If your children have outgrown their tracksuits  we would like to hear from you.  Please bring them to the Uniform Shop, if the tracksuits are still in good condition we will purchase them from you.



Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.


Community Notices



Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.


With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is a must for all families.


Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons conducted at pools and open water venues across the State. VacSwim is for all children - from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.


Your children can learn to swim for just: 

  • $7.00 per child for a five day short program
  • $13.00 per child for all other programs.


It's even cheaper if you have three or more children:

  • $18.00 a family for a five day short program
  • $35.00 a family for all other programs.


To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585

The Walker Trio


Catholic Mission presents three of WA’s leading musicians – Jessica Gethin, Ray Walker and Sophie Curtis – all from the Walker family.
Performing an eclectic mix of well-loved classical to swinging jazz, Irish ballads and contemporary favourites.  Proceeds to support maternal and child health in Uganda.

Grateful thanks to our generous concert sponsors: Iona Presentation College, St John of God Healthcare and COMO The Treasury.

Don’t miss out - be sure to bring your family and friends!

TICKETS ($25 for adults, $15 concessions, 12 and under free) from / at the door.

Rotary Cambridge Parents Programme

Next session will be held on Wednesday 23 August, about Dyslexia.  See attached flyer.



City of Nedlands notice

The City of Nedlands advises that as of 28 August 2017 all turf areas within parks and reserves throughout the City will commence treatment for the control of broadleaf weeds. 


Due to the unpredictable nature of weather conditions, exact dates for spraying cannot be confirmed. Appropriate signage as required by the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011 will be clearly displayed during the application. Treatment will be undertaken by licensed contractors under the supervision of City staff.


Signage will be placed at each location. The operations will be monitored by City officers in accordance with safety guidelines and the City asks the public not to enter onto the area whilst the signs are displayed. When the surface has dried the signs will be removed and the public will be free to enter the area.


City staff in attendance during and after treatment will be able to assist the public with any questions they may have.


The product to be applied is a weed specific selective herbicide consisting of the active chemical combination:


  • MCPA - 300 g/L + Clopyralid - 20 g/L + Diflufenican - 15 g/L.


The product is to be applied in accordance with the product label as is required by state and federal laws.


Further details may be obtained by contacting:                    

Manager Parks Services

City of Nedlands

71 Stirling Hwy

PO Box 9


Save The Date

Loreto Federation 2018


Loreto Normanhurst NSW is the proud host of Loreto Federation 2018.  We extend a warm welcome to all of the Loreto and John XXIII College Community to join us for a weekend of vision, inspiration and action.


Come, Be the Change.

Loreto Federation Committee 2018 

Click here for the invitation.

Registration and details will be available from Mary Nicholls in Perth after  November  08 9386 1175

VS OCT2017_A4 POSTER.pdf
2017 08 23 Rotary Cambridge DYSLEXIA Flyer.pdf
Eating Disorders - WA Services.pdf
Parent Ignatian Induction Talks.pdf
Enriching 17 corrected[1].pdf
Men ACYW consent form.pdf
Gastroenteritis info sheet 20160706.pdf
head lice current fact sheet.pdf
Abbey Chapman.PNG
Emilie Roe.PNG