11 August 2017
Issue Twenty Four
From the Principal
Important Notices
Around The Primary
Seek Justice
Music - Week 24
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parents' Association
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

John XXIII Day

As I write preparations are underway for our Mass and other celebrations at the culmination of our Founders’ time. It is always an important time of the year and this year has special significance being our 40th year as John XXIII College.

It really is a time of celebration. Due reverence and respect was afforded on the Feast of St Ignatius last week and a delightful sense of community and fun was evident at our Secondary House Athletics’ Carnival. Check the following link for an excellent clip made by Year 12 student, Sam Tout:


One of our guest speakers this week was Mrs Kim Nass, Executive Officer, Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA). This important initiative from the Loreto Sisters focuses on the empowerment of women and children, community development, social justice, poverty reduction, healthcare and protection against violence and trafficking.

The types of projects MWIA support include:

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary education for children and young people.
  • Adult education, such as life skills, vocational training, literacy and numeracy.
  • Community development, including leadership and organisational training.
  • Rural development.
  • Community savings and micro-credit schemes.
  • Health assessments, medical and surgical care, therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Hostel accommodation and other support to enable access to health and education for people from remote and conflict areas.

Mrs Nass enlightened our students and staff on many of the overseas projects and ways in which John XXIII College can contribute beyond the Western Australian borders.


John XXIII Day is a great day and I thank all our students, staff and families for making it a special time for our community.



One of the many lovely traditions we have at the College is the acknowledgement of long serving staff. Congratulations to the following wonderful people for their contributions to John XXIII College and to Catholic Education in WA.


30 Years Contribution to Catholic Education in Western Australia: Recognised at Catholic Education Annual Staff Breakfast

Kathleen Negus, Vice Principal K-12, Head of Secondary

Joan Davies, Campus Administrator

Thomas Mowbray, Groundsman


20 Years at John XXIII College: Recognised at John XXIII Day

Helen Aghdasi, Language Teacher

John Alderman, Primary Sports Teacher

Annette Carnemolla, Education Assistant

Sarah den Haan, Secondary English Teacher

Lorraine Holmes, Teacher Librarian

Beverley Sainsbury, Uniform Shop

Janette Watkins, College Receptionist


10 Years at John XXIII College – Recognised at our annual Staff Conference

Teresa Fontaine, Primary Teacher          

Liz Gardner, Primary Teacher

Jennifer Glass, Learning Enrichment Assistant

Carmelina Grassi, Secondary Language Teacher

Cameron Haines, Coordinator of Loreto House and Secondary Sports Teacher     

Elizabeth Jennings, Music Teacher           

Allan Newell, Groundsman         

Jacqueline O'Connor, Primary Teacher   

Jim Pearson, Property Manager

Daniel Platts, Physical Education Teacher             

Rebecca Shaw, Canteen Assistant            

Bianca van Duyn, English Teacher


We are blessed to have so many dedicated staff at the College.


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

Today our whole school community commenced our celebrations for John XXIII Day with a beautiful Mass and this was followed by the blessing of the new Founders’ Playground in Pre Primary. Our visiting priest, Fr Tom Renshaw SJ was very impressed with the way our children conducted themselves so reverently throughout the liturgy and blessing ceremony.


We were blessed with perfect winter weather to be outside and to be involved in the range of activities on offer. The students had lots of fun with friends and teachers at the 'mini-fete', superbly organised by our Year 5 and 6 students and their teachers. We finished the day with a hip-hop dance workshop or team games at Revolution Sports.


It is always wonderful to watch children having a lot of fun and experiences like John XXIII Day are a terrific opportunity for them to be with friends in a different environment, dancing with gusto, singing at the top of their lungs and laughing and zooming around the College or on the sports courts! 


The proceeds raised through the mini-fete will go to the Mary Ward International and Jesuit Missions. Special thanks to all the staff and parents for their hard work behind the scenes to ensure we celebrated John XXIII Day in style!


We now look forward to the weekend to rest and relax in readiness for another busy week in the Primary School.



 Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



Nature provided the playgrounds of our three founders - Ignatius Loyola, Mary Ward and Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII). The rocks, running water, caves, and hills of Basque Spain. Yorkshire England and Northern Italy provided the freedom and created the learning environment that was at the core of their early childhood formation. In naming our playground in honour of our three founders we also celebrate all who nurtured and educated these three remarkable individuals who have been such a gift to the world and especially the Church. Those early childhood experiences helped our founders develop into courageous, determined, resilient and adventurous people who were always aware of the presence of God in all things. It is our hope that the Founders’ Playground will provide a similar environment for the Pre Primary children of John XXIII College.


Hidden in the playground are spaces and places that were important to each of our founders. We hope the children love finding them and through their play that they come to know something of the story of each of these three wisdom figures.


St Ignatius loved the rocks of Monserrat and spent time in a cave at Manresa.


Mary Ward walked the pathways of Europe as a pilgrim and valued her circle of friends.

Angelo Roncalli spent time in the fields as a shepherd and treasured the Roncalli family home.

As the children use their imagination to explore and discover in this playground they will come to learn more about themselves and others. This is the beginning of their awareness of their uniqueness and giftedness and their joy will be our way of expressing gratitude to the three founding patrons of this College.


The College gratefully acknowledges the funding of the playground through the generosity of the Parents’ Association, and all families who contribute to the Capital Levy.





This term we have started the 'JTC Coding Crew' for Year 3 – 6 students who wish continue their coding journey in a small group environment. 

Our 'coding crews' are held twice a week for Year 3 students (Wednesday before school and Friday at lunch time) with Miss Dernie and myself in the library and the Year 4 – 6 students meet on Tuesday and Thursday before school in the Primary Lab. 

We have also Year 9 mentors to support the students and we are very excited to see where this coding adventure will take us! 


Tara Purcell 

ICT Teacher



Congratulations to our Interschool Cross Country team for the spirited participation at the carnival on Thursday. Stay tuned for more details from Mr Alderman.



After school athletics training sessions will begin next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.


All Years 3 to 6 students are invited to attend these sessions.


Correct training gear and appropriate sports is to be worn. All children attending the afternoon sessions are asked to meet on the grassed area near the gymnasium.


Please remind your child that whilst they are at the training they, are expected to fully participate in all the activities.


Parents are required to pick up their children promptly at 4.30pm from the oval.


Please Note:

The Interschool Athletics Carnival is scheduled for Thursday 15 September at All Saints College.


Mr John Alderman
PE Specialist


Dates to Remember:

Monday 14 August                          Pre Kindy G Class Photo
                                                                Parent Association Meeting 7pm (TMEC)

Tuesday 15 August                         Feast of the Assumption
                                                                5B Mass

Wednesday 16 August                   6B Hyogo Cultural Centre Excursion






The Angelico Exhibition

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.


This year John XXIII College has six students exhibiting work at the Angelico Art Exhibition. Congratulations to Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts Students Jessica Low, Rachael Mitchell, Scarlett Townsend and Siobhan Waller, and Year 11 ATAR Visual Arts Students Mia Davis and Jasmine Koong on their entries.


The exhibition opens to the public on Monday the 14 August and runs until the 25rd at the Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth.


Kiri Moore

Art Teacher


Speak for Faith Competition

Three budding politicians Rory Hewson, Charlie Richards and Cullen Binet, spoke in the ‘Speak for Faith’ Competition at the Catholic Education Centre, Leederville last Tuesday 8 August. The students presented a five minute prepared speech and a two minute impromptu speech. Rory spoke compellingly about Australia’s inadequate structures to integrate refugees and how that contributes to negative perceptions of the asylum seeker crisis. Charlie joined in the current debate on same sex marriage, arguing whether the change in law would really make same sex couples happier in light of Natural Law. Cullen diagnosed the worrying signs of declining Mass attendance, calling for a frank conversation in the Church to stem the tide. Well done to our students for their enthusiasm and efforts and a thank you to the Catenians who sponsored the event.


James Chua

Head of Learning Area (Religious Education) 



Sayonara to our Fujimi Exchange group and thank you to our host families


The Fujimi International Exchange has been two weeks of engaging, sharing and an interactive experience here at the College. They had opportunities to fully immerse themselves in our Japanese classes. The exchange group shared an origami class with our Pre-Primary students, created a range of musical performances with our Year Six students, danced the “Matsuri Dance” with the Year Nines and had a conversation class followed by traditional Japanese games with the Year Ten students.  A big thank you to the Japanese Language Teachers, Mrs Aghdasi and Mrs Rowson for providing such enjoyable lessons. The Fujimi students loved meeting and interacting with our students.


Highlights during the school day included a Welcome to Country by Mr Neville Collard who regaled us with Aboriginal yarns, bush tucker and some Nyungar language. The group were then treated to boomerang making by Mr Robert Deurloo and dot-painting with Mrs Kiri Moore. Other classes included Outdoor Education with Mr Tremayne, Drama with Mrs Green and Art with Miss Hoy.  Thank you to these teachers for welcoming the exchange group into your classes.


A glimpse of our beautiful city and surrounds was organised by Ms Glen James.  Excursions included Kings Park, the City of Fremantle, Caversham Wildlife Park and the City of Perth. Despite all the rain and cold weather over the past two weeks, the group was lucky with a little ray of sunshine when needed. Their most memorable excursion was playing golf with the Year Tens in the Swan Valley.


Again in 2017, the most rewarding experience has been sharing time with host families. A big thank you for showing the exchange students around, cooking and sharing all those meals, watching TV together, going for a walk in the park, music lessons, ballet classes, taking them to the beach and all those club activities. Every one of us has learnt about a different culture and lifestyle.


The success of the 2107 Fujimi Exchange is the result of the whole College community. In particular, we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to staff from Maintenance, Canteen, IT Department, Sound and Lighting, Bus Drivers, Administration and Accounts.


The Fujimi Exchange will conclude on Saturday with a thank you party hosted by Fujimi. Come and enjoy the music and Japanese traditional dance and light refreshments.


We wish the 2017 Fujimi Group  a safe journey home to Tokyo and remember “Everywhere you go becomes part of you”.


Ms Shane Glass and Ms Glen James

Co-ordinators of the Fujimi Exchange in 2017

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 Netball

Well done to our Champions League netball team in the knock out rounds of the SSWA (School Sport WA) competition. On an extremely challenging day with heavy rain to contend with most of the day, the girls did an amazing job in reaching the quarter finals. Unfortunately the girls went down by the barest of margins, one goal after double extra time. Congratulations girls on a fantastic season.

Athletics Training

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 will be sent to students during homeroom early next week.

Music - Week 24

Twilight Recital

The final Twilight Recital of the year will be held in the GBLT this Sunday, 13 August at 5:30pm. All members of the College community are invited to attend this one hour concert of solo performers of all ages and instruments, in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Students requiring piano accompaniment can book rehearsals with Mr Dockery in the Music Office. A light, shared supper will be served following the recital.


Music Ensemble Photos

Photos of the College’s musical ensembles have been rescheduled to Tuesday, 29 August, commencing at 7:00am. A timetable for ensembles and required uniform for the photos will be distributed to each ensemble electronically, in the coming week. For and queries regarding photos, please contact the Music Department:

Senior Small Ensemble Soiree

In 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!


James Kros

Director of Music



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.









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.


Please note, 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 to the College nurse by Wednesday 13 September.



Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Gastroenteritis Alert

There have been reported cases of Gastroenteritis in Primary classes.

I have attached Gastroenteritis fact sheet from Department of Health for your information. Please encourage thorough hand hygiene with your child.


 It is advised that your child not return to class for 48 hours after symptoms have finished.  If you are concerned about your child, please seek medical advice.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse


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


The next Parents' Association meeting will be in Term Three on Monday 14 August 2017 at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.  All John XXIII parents and guardians are welcome to attend.  

Come hear updates from the leaders of the school and vote on funding proposals.  If you have any questions or would like to submit a funding proposal, please email  



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.



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
Parent Ignatian Induction Talks.pdf
Enriching 17 corrected[1].pdf
Men ACYW consent form.pdf
Gastroenteritis info sheet 20160706.pdf