16 March 2018
Issue Forty Six
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Charter Bus
Music - Week 7
  Inigo Parent Talks
Pathways and Transition
Visual Arts
Men Of John XXIII
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Learning From Mistakes

It was Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States (1901 to 1909), who once said if “he could be right 75 percent of the time, he would reach the highest measure of his expectation”. There can be a magic, a positive magic, in admitting that we can sometimes make mistakes. Roosevelt also had a great skill in showing interest in people. Stories are told of him preparing diligently for guests in the White House by reading up on topics that were of interest to the guest. It enabled him to show genuine interest and knowledge of the problems they wished to discuss.


I had a similar experience recently on visiting a doctor for a minor leg injury. I had not seen this doctor since I returned from Queensland. During the consultation, the doctor enquired about my family mentioning my wife and children by name without reference to notes or a computer screen. It was very impressive.


At Open Day, last weekend, we had 825 guests visit our College. The feedback that we have received has been very positive. It is not our beautiful campus that received the most accolades or the quality of our learning and teaching programs. Most guests commented very favourably on the poise, competence and enthusiasm our students display for our College.


Our Prime Minister recently urged that attention be given to bullying in schools. At John XXIII College, we have registered for today’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. All schools have some issues related to bullying and John XXIII College is no exception. We look forward to working with our community to refine and develop our practices and procedures in this area. Like Theodore Roosevelt, we acknowledge that we do not always get it right but it is our aim to have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of all our students, staff and families.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was a pleasure to watch our staff, student and parent community engage with prospective parents and future students on Open Day last Saturday. Seeing our Year 6 students beam with joy as they talked about our school was great to see. It showed us that they are feeling proud of their school, they feel safe within their school to be themselves and pursue interests that excite them, and they feel comfortable in a co-educational setting. It is not easy for a child of 11–12 years of age to talk to and engage with complete strangers for up to half an hour. Opportunities like this develop the students’ communication and interpersonal skills, not to mention their confidence levels. We are indeed very proud of the Year 6 cohort of students and commend them for the way in which they represented our Primary School.


Congratulations and special thanks to all our Year 6 Tour Guides and Sport Monitors.


Tour Guides:

Emilee Paterson

Eloise Loveridge

Asha Paton

Gabby Watts

Asha Paton

Eliza Brown

Alice Griffiths

Amelia Mettam
Conny Jansen
Georgie Tudori


Freddy Gleghorn
Angelique Watson


Sport Monitors:

Wim Parker

Jarvis Davies

Leo Bergomi

Myles Lawrence

Braden Fynemann

Harry Martin


On these Open Days I am often asked to describe the academic program of our Primary School. The answer I always give is that we believe in the development of the whole child and our teaching and learning programs provides a broad range of educational experiences which will enable each child to develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. We aim to create the very best educational environment for students from Pre-Kindy to 12 and to assist each child reach their personal best.  


We work in close partnership with all our families to provide various opportunities for children to flourish. For instance, in Literacy Support in the Primary school we are currently using a number of intervention programs from the MultiLit suite. MultiLit is a research initiative of Macquarie University. These research based programs have been extensively trialled to ensure effectiveness and have been identified Australia wide as excellent programs that offer a structured and synthetic approach for those students who experience difficulties when learning to read. Organisations such as the Dyslexia Foundation have also endorsed these programs as effective interventions for children diagnosed with specific learning difficulties.


MiniLit is used with children in the early years whereas MacqLit is targeted at students in Year 3 and above. These programs are only available for use in schools, and require specific training for those implementing them.


Our Literacy Support teachers, Mrs Burke, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Rowbottam (Education Assistant) have all completed this training and work with small groups of children for up to 50 minutes a day and up to four times a week on these programs. During each lesson phonics, text reading and comprehension are targeted. Our records indicate that these programs are definitely adding value to the students’ learning.


I look forward to seeing many families at the Picnic on the Green this Saturday 17 March on St Patrick’s Day!


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Special thanks to Mrs Goss and 5B for preparing this week’s Assembly.


Well done to all the students who received a certificate for their fantastic achievements.



Owen Burns
Charlie MacLennan
Emily Archibald


Lucy Nientiedt
Archer Anning


Charlotte Fry
Isaac Nikoloski
Olivia Pronk


Charles O’Toole
Abigail Prosser
Scarlett Melbin
Gus Lennon


James Berinson
Sade Hewes


Nada Jakovich
Blake Kavanagh
Rose Townsend


Georgette Watson
Matilda MacLennan


Christopher Cesare
Nicholas Skerratt
Renazia Tringas


Miranda Clyne
Dylan Betts
Hunter Bovell


Luke Edwards
Callum de Andrade


Georgie Tudori
Aidan Kavanagh


Jacinta Douglas
Massimo Torre


Swimming Carnival


Last week the Years 4 to 6 students participated in the Inter-House Swimming Carnival at Claremont Pool. There was some outstanding swimming from the competitors on the day. The winning House for the second year in a row was Koolyangarra (264 points). In second place was Ward (221), third was Loreto (210), St Louis (178) came fourth, Campion (165) finished  fifth and Loyola (83) was in sixth place.


During the afternoon five records were broken by two Year 5 swimmers. Sylvia Czajko (Campion) set three new records for the Year 5, 50m Girls Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke events. Bianca Petsos (Loreto) finished second to Sylvia in the Freestyle and Backstroke races but she also broke both records. Congratulations to these super swimmers on their outstanding performances.


The Carnival ran smoothly due to the superb efforts of staff, the Year 6 House Captains and parent helpers and, of course, all the swimmers who were great participants in all of their races. The skill, enthusiasm and sportsmanship displayed by the competitors was terrific and everyone should be congratulated on a very successful Carnival. A big thank you to Mr Glenn Mitchell for his wonderful commentary throughout the carnival.


The Interschool Swimming Carnival was held today for the very first time during school hours at a new venue, Wesley College. Details to follow in next week’s newsletter.


John Alderman
Sports Coordinator


Sculptures by the Sea

Students from Year 3-6 visited ‘Sculptures by Sea’ and participated in Focus Tours, where an expert tour guide helped them to view, discuss, think and learn about many of the sculptures in the exhibition. Some of the tour guides are sculptors themselves and all of them had a fountain of knowledge to share and spark the students’ interest in sculpture. All the tour guides and some members of the public had such positive feedback about the students’ engagement, participation and excellent behaviour, which made the staff really proud. We are so lucky to experience art on an international level in our own environment and from our follow up activities back at school. The students have been enriched and inspired by this excursion. Many thanks to the parents and teachers who helped and supported the students on this excursion.


Fiona Blaauw
Art Specialist




On Monday, March 12, two teams of Year 6 students participated in the West Coast Futsal School Titles held at Kingsway Indoor Stadium. The students played in the 12s category and demonstrated an excellent level of skill, as well as fantastic sportsmanship off the court. For many of our students, the tournament was their first time participating in an indoor soccer competition. For some, it was their first time even playing the sport! They are to be commended for dedicating themselves to early morning training sessions and for representing John XXIII College with pride on the day of the competition. Congratulations to JTC Blue who finished third overall and to Leonardo Bergomi, Aidan Kavanagh and Wim Parker who were invited to try out for the National School Futsal Championships to be held in Brisbane later this year.


Special thanks go to Mark Bauersachs, Luca Matthews and Rory Betts (Year 8) who helped coach and prepare the teams and to Lena McLernon for her assistance on the day. Well done to our two teams.

JTC Blue: Leonardo Bergomi, Dylan Betts (Year 5), Aidan Kavanagh, Charlie McGurgan, Luke McLernon and Wim Parker

JTC Gold: Zachary Ferguson-Allen, Braden Fyneman, Freddy Gleghorn, Myles Lawrence, Finn Levy and Massimo Torre


Talea Graves
Year 6 Gold Teacher



Dates to Remember
Saturday 17 March          Primary Picnic on the Green - 5:00pm
Friday 23 March                Primary House Day Mass followed by Monster Cake Stall
                                                     (organised by the Year 6 Leaders)






Year 7 to 9 Leaders

The Year 7 to 9 House Leaders met for the first time this year on Wednesday afternoon. After  having an opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ‘interesting facts’ about one another they got down to their first major focus for the year. The leadership group will be promoting the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. The Student Leaders will distribute orange ribbons and pins for all students to wear on the day as an act of solidarity against bullying. Each leader will also present to their homeroom a video and some information under the heading ‘Bullying No Way’. We look forward to many more important initiatives to come from this leadership group in the year ahead.


Ms Gemma Wooltorton ADP Yr 9, Ms Rita de Faria ADP Yr 8, Dcn Aaron Peters ADP Yr 7



Year 7 St Omer

Our Year 7 students recently attended the St Omer orientation camp. This was an enjoyable and challenging time for most students. Many new friendships were formed as students had an opportunity to mix with the wider year group. Activities on the camp included raft making, high ropes, search and rescue and designing boomerangs. This experience has provided all of us with a solid foundation on which to build a wonderful first year of secondary school.



Hass News Open Day Display

Year 9 HASS students created and manned the Anzac Museum display on Open Day, which showcased the most recent Year 9 History assessment. All students in Year 9 were asked to:

  • Use online databases to research a World War I Australian soldier. 
  • Construct a museum display about their chosen soldier.
  • Write letter to a defence force member outlining the importance of the Anzac legend, what students have learnt from their research and what students think about the work they are doing.

Students engaged wholeheartedly with the three tasks, especially the museum display. As illustrated by the photos, the amount of time and effort afforded to creating the displays was inspiring. Some students were able to track family experiences of World War I and delve into family genealogy as a bi-product of the task.


I would like to thank the students who contributed to the event, either through the outstanding work displayed or by volunteering to assist on the day. Special thanks to Ms Alison O’Connor, Ms Rita de Faria and the amazing HASS staff who spent an extraordinary amount of time setting up the display, organising prizes and giveaways, and encouraging visitors to engage with the displays.


Mr Andrew Osnain


Head of Learning Area, Humanities and Social Sciences


Caption: From left: Year 9 students Joel Khoo, Finn Thurston, Bethanie Newton, William Vardanega, Kiran Tandon, Lucy Gleghorn and Mr Robert Henderson (Principal).




Koolyangarra House Day

On Thursday 8 March, Koolyangarra House celebrated its annual House Day. Koolyangarra is an Aboriginal word that means the ‘meeting place of happy children’. On our House day we came together to give thanks for being part of such a wonderful house.


We started our House Day celebration with a liturgy in our College Chapel led by our students. We followed this by a slip and slide and pool time for all students in the House before sharing a pizza lunch together. This was a lovely opportunity to celebrate being part of our House and to strengthen our bond with other House members. All students thoroughly enjoyed this fun filled day.



Koolyangarra Cooking for Shopfront

As justice is a part of our House motto, it was fitting to finish our House Day by cooking meals for a local charity, Shopfront. Shopfront is an organisation that provides support for those in need in our community. This year, our House cooked over a hundred meals for Shopfront. I would like to give a special thanks to all students involved who were exemplary in carrying out this initiative. I would also like to thank Mrs Murphy, Miss Toleman and Miss Casey for their help and organisation. It was a wonderful way to finish our House Day celebration.




NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport (19 to 21 March)

Next week we have our annual bye/training days for NAS Sport. Teams will train on their usual NAS afternoon. As we will start at 3.30pm, most teams should be finished earlier than normal at approximately 4.30pm.


All results and ladders for the season to date can be found via the following link:

Please use the column on the left of the page to navigate.


After our bye round, teams that have finished first to fourth will be involved in finals. Teams finishing first or second will play off for the NAS title. Teams that have finished third or fourth will play off for third position. Details of finals will be available via the daily notices in SEQTA.


ACC Swimming Team – Wednesday 21 March HBF Stadium

Good luck to all students competing for John XXIII College in the ACC A Division Swimming Carnival at HBF stadium on Wednesday 21 March. A reminder that students are required to meet in the gym at 7.45am on the day of the carnival. Please find available for download the ACC team by age division, information letter and ACC program booklet. John XXIII College finished second in 2017, hopefully we can emulate that performance or even go a position better in 2018! Results will be posted in the newsletter when available.



Cross Country Training (Year 7 to 12)

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 7.00am to 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 four to seven kilometres depending on ability level.

Netball Club

Club News

Thank you to all the players that have registered for the 2018 netball season and attended grading and fitness sessions over the past few weeks. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule and weekends to accommodate these sessions which are important to the start of netball.


Now that grading has been completed teams will be looked at by the grading/coordinators.

Minor variations to teams over the first couple of training weeks is to be expected with final teams announced in April.


The club’s grading policy can be located on our website


Games commence weekend of the 4th and 5th of May.


If you have any enquiry please email us on


Training for years 7 – 12 commences next week.


Tuesday 20th March 3.30 – 5.30pm Years 10, 11 and 12.

Thursday 22nd March 3.30 – 5.30pm Years 7, 8 and 9.


Training is a compulsory component of netball.

If you do not attend training you are letting down your team and your coach.

Coaches go to significant effort to plan training sessions and game day strategies.

If you do not attend training you cannot expect to take the court on Saturday.

If you have a valid reason for not attending a particular training session please contact your coach or email the club at


School sports uniform and appropriate sports shoes are required to be worn to training sessions.



The official game day netball uniform for senior school is our dress available at the uniform shop and the blue and yellow bloomers.


PNA can issue uniform violations to players not wearing the correct uniform.


The bloomers and jackets will be available for sale at the final training session for the term – the 10th and 12th of April.


There is stock of the netball dress so please get in early to the uniform shop and ensure that you have one ready for the start of the season. A new order can take up to eight weeks.


Bloomers can be purchased from the club at a cost of $15 each cash only.

Jackets can be purchased from the club at a cost of $100 cash only. 

Netball dress can be purchased at the John XXIII Uniform Shop.


All players are to note that under no circumstance can jewellery be worn on court during game play. Umpires will ask players to leave the court and injury substitution rules will apply.

We look forward to seeing you all on court and wish you a wonderful and fun netball season.


Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus


Music - Week 7

Saxophone Workshop

Saxophone students of the College recently had the opportunity to engage in a masterclass with world renowned saxophonist Sebastian Pottmeier, visiting Perth as part of the Alliage Quintet. Mr Pottmeier passed on breathing and posture exercises, tips to improve playing technique and advice on how to ‘perform’ – not just play. John XXIII College is extremely grateful to Mr Pottmeier for his time and expertise, and our saxophone students had a fabulous and engaging experience!



Holy Week Concert

The College’s first major concert of the year – Holy Week Concert – will be held on the evening of Monday, 26 March from 7:00 to 8:00pm in the College Chapel. This beautiful concert celebrates the beginning of Holy Week and the coming of Easter, and features stunning sacred music from across the ages. Holy Week Concert features performances by the Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Wanju Voices, Senior Flute Ensemble, Senior String Quartet and Year 9/10 Clarinet Ensemble. This concert is not ticketed, and is free to attend. All members of the College community are welcome to join us in the Chapel.


For more information, please contact the Music Office.

Catholic Performing Arts

Applications to perform in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival are now open! Further information and entry can be organised through the Music Office, and are due by 6 May.


Community Liturgy Special Event

Next Friday, 23 March the Liturgy will commence at 7:30am in the Library Courtyard with a blessing of palms, followed by procession to the Chapel for the Eucharist. The Mass will be prepared by Campion House, and Campion family and supporters are especially welcome.


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.


Except: Friday 23 March

7:30-8:00am – Library Courtyard, for blessing and procession of palms

8:00-8:30am – Chapel, for the Passion of the Lord and celebration of the Eucharist.



Sacrament program

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

Is your child already enrolled in a Parish Sacrament program in your own ‘home’ parish for Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation?


Need help with this?

  • 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.

Updates from local parishes

Holy Spirit, City Beach

Registration forms are available from Cathy Gawen,

Alternatively phone Parish Priest, Fr Emmanual-tv Dimobi, 93413131.


Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Sacrament enrolments close: Today - Friday 16 March.

Registration forms are available from


Star of the Sea, Cottesloe

Enrolment form on the College website.

Further information:


Saint Cecilia, Floreat

Further information: Prue Pupazzoni,


St Joseph, Subiaco

Applications for Eucharist and Reconciliation will be invited in terms 2 and 3 respectively.

Further information:

GOOD NEWS for 5th Sunday in Lent

“If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest.”  John 12:20-33


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard, and is printed here with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

… There are good reasons to believe that the Gospel of John, from which we have just read, was written in Ephesus, 70 years after Jesus’ death. I like to think about the context in which the Scriptures were written, not just because it helps me understand some things in the text, but also to appreciate that our Scriptures were inspired by the experience of a flesh and blood community.


Ephesus was a centre of learning, trade, government and religion in the ancient world. We also know that the early Christians were greatly persecuted and martyred there. The early church was filled with stories of betrayal, torture, death and heroic witness to the faith. The stakes for believing in Jesus were very high. And it was the heroic witness of these martyrs that eventually led to the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity. It should come as no surprise to us then that John's Gospel should have a special focus on sharing in the sufferings of Jesus and the glory to come.


The words of Jesus in today’s Gospel must have been very important to a community that was awash with the blood of their fellow believers. Our foremothers and forefathers in the faith counted themselves blessed to die as Jesus died, alive in the faith of God's love for the world. Just imagine how that community of martyrs first heard these words, ‘Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.’


By comparison we have it easy today, but martyrdom comes to all believers in different ways. In the broadest sense a martyr is one who is prepared to pay the price for holding true to Christ. For us now this might mean making serious choices about the company we keep, the business ventures we enter into, the non-violent protests we mount, foregoing luxuries so that others in our world might have necessities, and even remaining faithful to the vows and promises we have made. Christian faith sometimes bites hard, and when it does we know we are sharing in the martyr’s lot.


And what should be our response when our faith in Christ costs us something big? Jesus models it for us in today’s Gospel, ‘…what should I say? “Father, save me from this hour.” No, it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’


May this final week of Lent, then, see this flesh and blood community be like our forebears in Ephesus and actively seek out ways of sharing in the martyr’s lot by letting go of what is not essential and focusing on the One who loved us to the end.

© Fr Richard Leonard SJ




Inigo Parent Talks




This year’s College musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will open on 1 May. The cast from Year 10 to 12 have been rehearsing hard since the start of the year. The backstage crew have been painting the sets, the costumes are being made, the musicians have been rehearsing the score and the Make Up girls have been practising the make-up. Over 90 students have been working hard on stage and off to ensure the musical is ready for opening night. The classic family musical is full of great acting, singing and dancing. Songs include Be Our Guest, Gaston, Belle, Somewhere There and Beauty and the Beast. You can purchase tickets at Get your tickets before they sell out!


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama




Pathways and Transition

Pathways and Transition




Defence Force Gap Year Program

The Defence Force Gap Year program gives young Australians, who have completed year 12 (or equivalent), the chance to experience a year in the Navy, Army or Air Force with No obligation to commit beyond the 12 months. 


A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a way to experience a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, while gaining life skills, making new friends and developing leadership qualities you can take anywhere.

Applications for the 2019 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are now open. 


For more information

Gap Idea – Volunteer Overseas

Some students opt for a break from formal study after Year 12 and consider travelling overseas and volunteering with organisations. We have had several students in previous years register with LATTITUDE Global Volunteering ( There will be a lunchtime presentation for interested students in March.

Health Services School-Based Trainee Progress

The Aegis and John XXIII College pathway to nursing kicked off in style on 16 February with the Year 11 school-based trainees Anabel Stefels, Blake Mitchell and Skye Willson, commencing the very important first aid and emergency care training which included checking vital signs, treating an asthma emergency and performing CPR.


Our nursing pathway superstars are enjoying the combination of school, training and work – especially the fact that they are paid to learn in the industry they intend to go into once they leave our school. By the end of Year 12 they will have hundreds of hours of experience in health services and be able to transition into tertiary nursing studies at University or TAFE.  They will also be qualified to work in a hospital as a Nursing Assistant. Now that’s what we call a win/win!

Interesting Reads

New Work Smarts: Thriving in the New Work Order


By 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. To prepare young people for this future we must shift our understanding of what it will mean to be smart in the New Work Order. Based on an analysis of 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians each year, this report reveals the most important skills we will need to be work smart in the future


Read the report here:

These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future

While emerging technologies will replace many jobs, they will also create many new ones. In fact, over half of the jobs current middle school students will be doing in the future do not even exist today. Widespread innovation is continuing to give birth to exciting new industries, all of which are sources of new jobs.


Read more here:


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Careers newsletter is accurate. 
The material may include views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect our views. The listing of an organisation in this newsletter in no way implies any form of endorsement by us of the products or services provided by that person or organisation. Links to other web sites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service. From time to time this newsletter will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.












Pop Up Book Shop

The Library will be hosting a Pop Up Book Shop on Tuesday 27 March. Come along and select a book to add to the Library collection, or buy one to take home. We’ll be open before school, at recess, lunch and after school until 4.00pm.


Open to all students – Primary and Secondary. See you there!


Ali Carlton

Library Technician




After a very successful Magis Seminar Breakfast talk from WA Creative Edge and Opti-MINDS Director Kathy Boyatzis, next Tuesday sees another major event with national public speaking champions Sophie Helleman and Pauline Chiwawa giving keynote addresses on 'Public Speaking skills'. This Magis event is open to all, but students must have completed the nomination form. The event is designed to assist interschool competitors in events like WADL Debating, Law Mock Trials and the various public speaking competitions, as well as the Magis-run John XXIII Public Speaking competition at the start of Term 2.


The Law Mock Trial team performed extremely well to win its first round at the Supreme Courts on Tuesday evening, whilst WADL Interschool debating teams fared well with three teams victorious in the first round at Christchurch. Congratulations to all teams, and warmest thanks to coaches, managers and team supporters.


Next week sees two very important events with a strong Year 12 team representing the College in the Creative Edge Challenge at Curtin University, and the four Magis Mooting students having their induction day at Notre Dame University being tutored on this exciting new program.


This week Magis committee badges were presented to the new Magis committee which was listed in a recent newsletter. Honour certificates were presented to winners of the inaugural Magis-Altiora  Academic Spelling Challenge, Grace Olver (Year 12), Rory Hewson (Year 11), Shaun Raj (Year 10), Grace Barbour (Year 9), Kirsten McCormick (Year 8) and Daniel Doran (Year 7).


Finally, expressions of interest will go out next week for the 2018 inaugural Magis overseas tour at the start of December. Open to Year 10 to 12 students, it will be a comprehensive tour of New York and Washington which I have organised and led at my previous college. Details will be on the Expressions of Interest form, and if sufficient students do show interest, a meeting  of parents and students will be held.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Mock Trials

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team that participated in the Supreme Court this week. They faced Safety Bay SHS in Round 1 of the competition and won both their case and the round! Our students put forward a great case for the Prosecution against our ‘face cream thief’. The team was made up of some ‘old’ and ‘new’ members who enthusiastically attended lunch meetings in preparation of the case. The team included:


Barrister 1:             Rory Hewson

Barrister 2:             Roberto Vitali Lawn

Solicitor:                 Liam Hurley (who kindly stepped in at the last minute)

Witness 1:               Charlie Richards

Witness 2:               Cullen Binet

Court Orderly:      Toby Morgan

Reserve:                  Samuel Falzun


Thank you to Jim Miller and his family members who came along on the night to offer support.

Daisy Farley, Morgan Ball, Rita de Faria

Visual Arts

Rachelle Dusting Visits the College

Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts students participated in an oil painting workshop last week with Perth- based artist, Rachelle Dusting.


Rachelle began the workshop with a temperature exercise where students experimented with warm and cool colours to emphasise three-dimensional form, depth and reflected light. This was followed by an intensive portraiture study where the students focussed on developing realism using diverse skin tones and a limited colour palette.


Our students thoroughly enjoyed Rachelle’s visit and were left feeling very inspired by the realism in her paintings and her warm and creative persona. If you would like to see Rachelle’s wonderful artworks visit her website


Rachelle graduated in 2013 with a BFA(Hons) from the University of Western Australia. From realistic painting and teaching fine arts to whimsical illustration and murals, Rachelle's passion for the visual arts is entwined throughout her creative career and persona. Rachelle has created works for multiple profiles of Perth’s community, including Former Deputy Premier and Current Member for Scarborough, Liza Harvey and West Coast Eagles player Luke Shuey.


Thanks for visiting, Rachelle!


Louise Hoy

Visual Arts Coordinator




Head Injury/Facial Injury Alert

Should your child be referred to a Medical Practitioner or Emergency Department during school, after school, on the weekend or during school holidays following a head injury, neck or facial injury and your child is diagnosed with concussion, it is imperative that parents submit a Medical Clearance Certificate to the College Nurse stating when your child can return to sport or other activities at the College.


For more detailed information on concussion, refer to the AFL brochure Management of Concussion in Australian Football under the AFL’s Community Development website:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Men Of John XXIII

Uniform Shop

Secondary Winter Uniform Items Available Now

The Uniform Shop has a full selection of Secondary School winter uniform items in stock now. Now is the time for Secondary students to purchase Winter uniforms. Don’t leave it until the last minute!

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday 8.00am to 5.45pm

Wednesday 8.00am to 4.15pm

Friday 8.00am to 11.45am


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.

All tracksuits are now available.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Community Notices

Enrolment Applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 2021 and Kindergarten 2020. For more information, please contact Mrs Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar on 9383 0449 or                                  

March 02 Final.pdf
ACC carnival letter 2018.pdf
ACC Swimming Booklet 2018.pdf
ACC Swimming Booklet 2018.pdf
John XXIII College ACC Swimming Team 2018.pdf
March 02 Final.pdf