06 December 2019
Issue Thirty-seven

In the spirit of John XXIII, Mary Ward and Ignatius Loyola, we seek to be people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others.

From the Principal
Around The Primary
Primary Picnic
Music - Week 37
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
John XXIII College Alumni 
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From the Principal

Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF)

This weekend the ACYF comes to Perth. We will have student representation from Years 9, 10 and 11 and staff participation through Miss Ball, Miss Casey, Miss Worthy and Mr Thompson. It is an opportunity for our students and staff to interact with other young Catholics from around the country. Over 5000 young people will be in attendance and our College is hosting two groups from other Jesuit schools; St Aloysius from Sydney and Xavier College, Hervey Bay. We wish our participants and all other attendees well for a wonderful faith filled experience.

Winning with grace and losing with dignity

I have a close friend who is a New Zealander. Our friendship has spanned three decades which is quite remarkable given we have not lived in the same city since 1989. We often discuss the relative merits of our two countries and politics and sport are often the topics of conversation.


In recent times, I have deferred to the wonderful grace and dignity shown by prominent New Zealanders. The poise of their Prime Minister in dealing with conflict and tragedy has been matched by their cricket and rugby captains when losing World Cup matches. Dignity in losing is important. Winning with grace is equally important. Closer to home, I recall the Richmond AFL captain Trent Cotchin, picking up rubbish in the change room hours after his side had won its way through to an AFL grand final. He is a class act.


At the end of each school year, awards are presented to students who have excelled in various pursuits. We are always thrilled to acknowledge good performances and good efforts. It is also an educative experience for both the students being acknowledged and the students missing out on awards. In rehearsals we discuss shaking hands; looking up at the person presenting the award and saying thank you. For some students, it all comes very naturally. For others, it does require some training and support.


Congratulations to all our award winners this year and to all others who have contributed so positively in so many ways at the College. Ultimately, those with the best attitude and work ethic tend to be success stories of the future.


Robert Henderson


Christmas & New Year Closure dates

The College will be closing over the festive season from 10:00am Thursday, 19 December 2019 and reopening on Monday, 13 January 2020.

Term dates 2020

Term 1 starts
Monday 3 February for:

  • Years 7 & Year 12
  •  New students in Years 8-11

 Tuesday 4 February

  • Years 8-11

Term 1 ends
Thursday 9 April

Term 2 starts
Wednesday 29 April

Term 2 ends

Friday 3 July

Term 3 starts
 Wednesday 22 July

Term 3 ends
Friday 25 September

Term 4 starts

Tuesday 13 October

Term 4 ends

Thursday 10 December for

  • Kindergarten - Year 9


2020 Pupil Free Dates

Term 1 – Staff Return

Thursday 30 January & Friday 31 January

Term 1 – Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Friday 3 April

Term 2 – Staff PD Day

Monday 28 April

Term 3 – Staff Conference

Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 July

Term 3 – Catholic Holiday

Monday 24 August

Term 4 – Staff PD Day

Monday 12 October

Term 4 – Staff Week

Friday 11 December  – Wednesday  16 December
 (Staff Christmas Lunch)


Year 7 Visual Arts Day

For Year 7 Visual Arts Day, 25 gifted Year 7 Art Students created a collaborative artwork which will be hung on public display around the school. This year, students painted a colourful mural to be hung in the Textiles area of the College depicting Iconic Fabric Designs. The students involved are to be commended on their teamwork, artistic skill, and strong work ethic for an intensive day of art-making.


Second-hand book sale tomorrow Saturday 7 December

  • Those wishing to sell and those wishing to buy or exchange information. 
  • First in, best dressed.
  • Prices are usually agreed at half of the new price depending on the condition of the book.
  • Please ensure you have your own copy of your relevant booklist.
  • Saturday 7 December 2019 from 7.30am-11.00am
  • Chisholm Pavilion, John XXIII College
  • The College does not set prices or charge commission.

Basketball Tour

Best wishes to our students that departed this week on our John XXIII College Basketball Tour. Students will be touring for 15 days through the United States of America. 


They will be playing four games against Rio Hondo High School, Polytechnic Pasadena High School, Whittier High School and Bonita High School. They will also have the opportunity to visit the schools and attend dinners with the players.


Students will have the opportunity to watch a College basketball game and attend a NBA game as well. They will also be undertaking many cultural activities, including visits to San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Alcatraz and California Academy of Sciences.


Year 9 Geography 

As part of the study of Global Interconnections, Year 9 HASS students have been doing origami in their classrooms over the past week. They have had a lot of fun and gained an understanding of a different culture. In this fast-paced digital world, it has been terrific to see students getting a lot of enjoyment out of a piece of paper! 


Linda Beech
Teacher - HASS

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Wow!  What a busy time it is at this stage of the school year!  We hope you are all managing to stay calm and happy amidst it all, as we are also aiming to do.


We are now in the Season Advent – a time of patience and expectation as we await the wonderful event that took place over 2000 years ago in the little town of Bethlehem. The challenge for us all is to support our children amidst the hustle and bustle, to slow down… to listen with our hearts… to try to act with kindness, gentleness and integrity.



The Kindy, Pre-Primary and Year 1 nativity plays and Christmas liturgies have brought much joy to our school community this week as the younger students shared the wonder of the very first Christmas – the birth of Jesus.



On Thursday evening we also hosted our Music Soiree in the Primary amphitheatre and this is always a very special musical event and this was no exception.



Over the next week students and teachers are finishing off the year and we are of course also busy preparing to farewell our wonderful Year Six leaders.


In regards to next year, we cannot stress enough, the importance of downplaying who your child’s teacher will be and which of their peers may or may not end up in your child’s class. While staff have once again worked very hard on creating class lists that take a myriad of factors into account, in the final analysis, all children need to learn to navigate their way through different teaching styles and different class make-ups.


It was great to see so many excited and happy faces at the end of the day as the children shared the good news of who their teachers and classmates were going to be.  Our job as significant adults in a child’s life, is to model confidence in their ability to work through any perceived worries or challenges and to let them know we are all here to support them. 


Everyone is welcome to come along to our End of Year College Mass next Thursday, 12 December at 9:00am in the St Louis Sports Centre.


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Students are welcome to wear a Christmas themed t-shirt and accessories with their College sports shorts on Thursday 12 December!


Semester Two Reports 

Semester Two reports for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students will be available through the College’s online communication platform ‘SEQTA ENGAGE’ from 3:30pm on Thursday 12 December.



i. Please login to your SEQTA Engage account at:

ii. Click on the REPORTS link located on the menu at the left side of screen

iii. Select Student

iv. Select 2019P, 2019 S2


Mobile Devices

*It is also possible to download the SEQTA Engage App from your provider (e.g. Google Play Store; Apple App Store) if you wish to do this.

Classroom Teachers 2020

Mrs Amanda Kounis

Pre-Kindy B

Mrs Cath De Campe

Pre-Kindy G

Mrs Emma Distante

Kindy B

Mrs Cayley King

Kindy G

Mrs Claire Peirce

Pre-Primary B

Miss Hannah Kolbusz

Pre-Primary G

Ms Maggie Crowley

Year 1B

Mrs Sonia Thomas

Year 1G

Mrs Jessica Edwards

Year 2B

Miss Lauren Nish

Year 2G

Mr Dustin Fromm

Year 3B

Miss Jacqui Cooney

Year 3G

Mrs Teresa Fontaine

Year 4B

Miss Claire Dernie

Year 4G

Mrs Sonja Goss

Year 5B

Ms Jacqui O’Connor

Year 5G

Miss Georgia Gillen

Year 6B

Miss Chelsea Hubbard

Year 6G



Dates to Remember

Monday 9 December

PKG 2020 Meet & Greet

Tuesday 10 December

Year 6 Farewell Mass & Morning Tea TMEC

Year 6 Big Day In

Kindy Vision Rechecks

Wednesday 11 December

Year 6 Big Day Out

Thursday 12 December

Last Day for Term 4

PP-Year 9 End of Year Mass



2020 Primary Term Dates


Term 1 Starts – Monday 3 February

Term 1 Ends – Thursday 9 April

Term 2 Starts – Wednesday 29 April

Term 2 Ends – Friday 3 July

Term 3 Starts – Wednesday 22 July

Term 3 Ends – Friday 25 September

Term 4 Starts – Tuesday 13 October

Term 4 Ends – Thursday 10 December


2020 Pupil Free Dates


Term 1 – Staff Return

Thursday & Friday 30-31 January

Term 1 – Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Friday 3 April

Term 2 – Staff PD Day

Monday 28 April

Term 3 – Staff Conference

Monday & Tuesday 20-21 July

Term 3 – Catholic Holiday

Monday 24 August

Term 4 – Staff PD Day

Monday 12 October

Term 4 – Staff Week

Friday 11-Wednesday 16 December (Staff Christmas Lunch)


Save the Date - 15 February 2020


3D Printing

This term the Year 4 students have been learning about 3D modelling and design. We started by exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and making 3D shapes out of paper and blocks. We then moved to the digital design, using an app Shapr3D. We learnt how to use different tools such as extrude, intersect and offset. We then planned, created and modified our designs before they were ready to print. We were very fortunate to learn about 3D printing and enjoyed making our designs.  Cara Bradley and Edward Brown 4G



Solar Cooking

Year 5 students have had the perfect weather this week for testing their solar ovens.



PAL 2020 Coordinators 

A very warm welcome to our Primary PALs for 2020.



Rochelle Fennessy, Mimi Vujcich, Kathryn Horlin & Jemma Fleay


Kelly Edward, Sacha Free, Bianca Cloghan & Philippa Chapple


Renee Bowers, Jane Douglas, Mimma Nikoloski, Vanessa Reside & Amanda French


Cate Young, Emma Smith, Jessica O’Hara, Jessica Parker & Kristy Paolucci


Elle Rohr, Rachel Hurley, Caroline Di Costa & Ari Anning


Linda Rogers, Melanie Stephenson, Hayley Wibrow & Helen Crawford


Liz Blaxell, Kylie Chamberlain, Gosia Barley & Jo Cooney


Kevin Hewitt, Jackie Walsh, Mary Jane Thomasz & Prudence Wever


Sports Update

PP-Year 2 Swimming


The Pre-Primary to Year 2 Swimming Program was a great success with lots of progress made by the students.  We finished on Tuesday with some fun games and jumps!


Keep swimming over the holidays but remember to be sun smart and slip, slop and slap!



Primary Picnic


Congratulations to all students who have participated in the Magis Gifted and Talented Program in 2019, and to the Years 7 and 8 students who completed the Magis option.  There have been many successes throughout the year,  but overall key areas of development have included the significant  growth in the number of teams in WA Gifted and Talented competitions,  the wonderful increase in staff support and participation with 33 staff assisting with Magis events and competitions in 2019, and the vital development of the leadership and service elements of the program. Please follow the links below to the Magis 2019 Chronicle and the Magis video for detailed coverage of this year’s program.


2020 will be an exciting year for Magis including major developments such as awarding of House points for some of the major Magis competitions,  an enhanced program adding several major Australian gifted and talented competitions we have not done before to the Magis Challenge program,  and a significant development in the role of the Magis Student Committee. The 2020 committee is almost finalised and it has been extremely pleasing to see an  outstanding response from those invited to fill this role next year. The new committee  led by Ben Linsten will be announced at the beginning of next year, along with several other significant amendments which will be highlighted in the 2020 Magis Handbook.


Warmest thanks to the 125 gifted students involved in Magis this year, and to the staff and parents whose support has also been so critical to the success of the program.


Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator

Music - Week 37

Final Performances

With the Primary Soiree and Year 9 Musical held during Week 8, the Music Calendar for 2019 has officially concluded! Congratulations to all music students on an amazing year of music making at the College, in the community and away from home. As both musicians and students, you are a credit to the College. We look forward to new adventures with you all in 2020!

Enrolments and withdrawals

A reminder that forms for enrolment for and, withdrawal from instrumental and voice lessons are currently being received by the Music Department. While enrolment forms are able to be received over the holiday break, withdrawal forms are due by Thursday 12 December (last day for students). Any enrolments not withdrawn by this date will be automatically carried over into 2020.

Student Achievements

Congratulations to the following students who recently completed their Australian Guild of Music Education Pianoforte exams: Holly Martin, Raphael Budimlich (Honours), Henry Gooch (Distinction), Thalia Kurniawan (Distinction) and Matilda Martin. Well done!

Primary Soiree

It has been an amazing year of music for our students and at their final performance of the year, the students were delighted to share their talents and skills in front of an enthusiastic audience. At the end of the Primary Soiree everyone happily joined in singing some joyful Christmas carols.




Year 10 Drama Night

The Year 10 Drama night was a fun evening attended by family and friends of John XXIII College. The evening included a mash-up of comedies all sorts.


Coming soon in Drama


  • Year 8 Drama Performance, Play Time
    Monday 9 December & Tuesday 10 December, 5:00pm, Roncalli Hall

Coming in 2020




Calling all sailors interested in taking part in Interschool sailing in Term 1, 2020. The Interschool team racing competition involves your team trying to get your three boats around a set course before the other team. The competition involves strategy as well as sailing skills. If students are interested they must be available to train once a week after school at Nedlands Yacht Club and be available in the first week of the Easter school holidays for the event. Contact Mrs Taylor on for further details.

2020 Summer NAS


Community Liturgy

Thursday 12 December, the last day of term, students from Pre-Primary to Year 9 will celebrate the Eucharist together in the gym at 9:00am. Parent are most welcome to attend also.


Thanks to Year 9 students who prepared the Community Liturgy this morning. Community celebrations of the Eucharist will resume in February.


Community Liturgy summary

  • Where:                College Chapel
  • Time:                    8:00am – 8:30am
  • When:                  every Friday in term time


Do you have a child currently in Year 2, 3 or 5? Next year the children will be respectively preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. While the students will learn the appropriate content in their Religion classes, they celebrate the sacraments with their family in their parishes. 


The archdiocesan Sacrament Policy is ‘family-focused, parish-based, Catholic school supported’, so it is the right of the parents to enrol their child in a parish program – usually, but not necessarily the parish closest to home.  Some of our local parishes have begun the enrolment process.


Please see here for schedules and other information which has been supplied by parishes. 



If you have any further queries please contact Mary-Anne Lumley:

Parish Connections

During this season of Advent, some of our local parishes warmly invite families to some special celebrations.  Please refer to details below.


GOOD NEWS for the 2nd Sunday in Advent

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.

Matthew 3:1-12

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is from Father Michael Tate and is used with permission. Rev. Prof. Michael Tate was a Senator for Tasmania from 1978-93 and Ambassador to The Hague and the Holy See from 1993-96. He is currently Vicar-General in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania where he lectures in International Humanitarian Law.




John proclaimed that the reign of God was ‘at hand’ as he immersed and plunged followers into the waters of the Jordan River. (His nickname was John the Immerser, or ‘baptiser’ in the Greek.) He used flowing water to symbolise the washing away of the past for those who repented so that they could be totally focused on the ‘at hand’ person who would inaugurate God’s kingdom.


In this passage, John does not identify the ‘Someone’! But he realised that this ‘Someone’ would have divine power to affect the future by immersing, baptising, his followers with the Holy Spirit and with fire.


At this stage of Advent, we should be like John’s disciples, filled with a sense of anticipation, looking forward to the coming towards us (‘Advent’ in Latin) of the One who can flood our minds and bodies with the Holy Spirit and can immerse our hearts in Divine Fire.


We could pause for a moment to thank God that, even though we are unworthy to carry His sandals, there is One who is coming towards us wanting to transform us with Divine Power.


© Fr Michael Tate

Family Zone & Cyber Safety

Download Family Zone 

Make use of the Family Zone Accounts which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free, as part of our College contract negotiations until April 2020.


By setting up a private Family Zone account, you can apply age-appropriate parental controls on every device your child has access to, in any location. To find out more visit



Family Zone Webinar recordings

For those that were unable to make the Family Zone webinars, we have recorded both sessions for you to view in your own time, and they are available here:

 Webinar topics are:

  • Getting Started with Family Zone 
  • Advanced with Family Zone

One mum's jaw-dropping journey through TikTok

It’s just kids making music videos, right? Wrong.

TikTok (formerly is also millions of strangers uploading live-streamed content - and porn and predators may be the least of its risks.


Mum and journalist Anastasia Basil decided to download the app on her own phone when her 10-year-old daughter asked for it. Her verdict? 


“One word sums up my experience: Nowayismykidgettingthisapp.”

TikTok - the world's most popular app - is a social network that allows users to lip sync to songs, create short videos, and stream themselves live, as well as view the videos and livestreams of others, and to comment and chat.

Sexualisation of children

Most disturbing of all, Basil found, was watching children as young as eight sexually objectify themselves.


“The kids who get it right - the tweeny Kardashians - gain followers,” she notes. Those who aren’t “sexy” enough are bullied and abused in the comments section.


Even worse, their content may be added to one of the “TikTok Cringe Compilation” videos on YouTube - some of which have north of five million views.


The harm is not limited to the children whose images are exploited, but extends to every child who watches these cruel, crude videos, whether on YouTube or TikTok.

Secret codes


Among other discoveries, Basil found out about TikTok’s “code language” that’s used to bypass the platform’s filters. 


“Some kids hashtag their videos with words like thot, which stands for That Ho Over There, or fgirl, hottie, sxy, whooty or sin,” she explains. “But good luck keeping up, the code changes week-to-week.”


TikTok’s staple fare is kids lip-synching to popular songs. If that sounds pretty harmless, consider that this inevitably means children “mouthing words about rough sex.”

“Some kids hashtag their videos with words like thot, which stands for That Ho Over There, or fgirl, hottie, sxy, whooty or sin. But good luck keeping up, the code changes week-to-week.

Self-harm content

Basil was also shocked to find #killingstalking TikTok videos showing boys putting knives to girls’ throats, and #selfharm images showing an endless array of suicide options, in addition to over 11,000 #selfhate videos.


The risk to children is particularly terrifying, because their undeveloped brains lack the capacity for impulse control.


Targeting undeveloped brains

Family Zone cyber expert and child development specialist Dr. Kristy Goodwin echoes these views. 

“The frontal lobe of the brain, which is responsible for impulse control, isn’t fully developed in our kids or teens (in fact it isn’t developed until the twenties for most kids). 


“The limited impulse control skills they do have are compromised when their brains are flooded with dopamine, as this neurotransmitter literally hijacks the logical part of their brain, making it even more challenging to resist urges.


“I’ve been asked by so many parents recently about TikTok and whether it’s appropriate for primary school aged children. My answer is an emphatic no.”



Handwashing – why it’s important

Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and most types of infectious diarrhoea. Some forms of gastroenteritis can cause serious complications, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system. Drying your hands properly is as important as washing them.


To minimise the germs passed around the family, make frequent hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After going to the toilet or changing nappies
  • After touching animals, including family pets
  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends and relatives
  • After using a tissue or handkerchief
  • After handling rubbish, working or playing outside
  • After smoking
  • After cleaning the house
  • After touching garbage
  • After playing sport
  • At any other time when hands are soiled.
  • Remember to keep fingernails clean.

How to wash your hands properly:

  • Wet hands with warm water, cold water is better than no water at all for a ‘one off’ hand wash.
  • Apply liquid soap and lather for 15 to 20 seconds. Have your child sing “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Liquid soap is better than bar soap.
  • Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists. Don’t forget the backs of hands, your wrists, between fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse and dry hands well using a paper towel or single use cloth towel.
  • At home, give each family member their own towel and wash them often.
  • Hot air driers can be used but, again, you should ensure your hands are thoroughly dry.
  • Alcohol-based liquids or gels can be used if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Hand gels are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty.

Take care of your hands

Hand washing is only one part of hand hygiene. Looking after your skin generally is important, as your skin is the perfect barrier against infection. You can help to look after your hands by:

  • Apply a water based absorbent hand cream three to four times a day, if your hands are constantly in water.
  • Use gloves to wash dishes to protect your hands.
  • Use gloves when gardening
  • Consult a doctor if a skin irritation develops or continues.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

College Charter Bus

John XXIII College offers Horizons West private bus services taking children to and from school. Currently we run a Southern route through Swanbourne, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, North Fremantle and East Fremantle. We are pleased to extend this service to the north (Floreat, City Beach, Wembley Downs, Scarborough, Doubleview, Woodlands) and the east (Floreat, Churchlands, Wembley, West Leederville) to allow more families the opportunity to make use of this private, safe and convenient bus service.


The service is safe and an affordable option for all primary and secondary students.


Tickets are available for purchase for $2.50 each way from the main administration reception on Mooro Drive, Mount Claremont.


To find out more information about the specific stops and times in your area please view the PDF below


Have you got the Horizon West Bus App

The Horizon West’s bus tracking app will help to revolutionise morning routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus locations across our three John XXIII College bus services.


The app is free in the App Store and Google Play. If you’re ready to simplify your mornings and get a little peace of mind at the same time, simply download the app to show the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map.


Further details are available in SEQTA.



End of Term

The canteen will start to run down certain slow moving, food items, in preparation for year end.  We will make them unavailable on the online ordering system. If a product is ordered that is not available we will substitute for a similar product, taking special dietary requirements into consideration. You are very welcome to get in touch with Dianne Combrink on 9383 0424 if you have any queries.


We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Term 4 Summer Menu 2019

Please find below a link to the menu change for Term 4.


Canteen opening hours

  • Breakfast: 8:00am to 8:45am
  • Recess: 10:40am to 11:00am
  • Lunch: 12:50pm to 1:25pm

Ordering online

How to get started:

  • Visit
  • Sign up by completing the registration form
  • Receive a confirmation email with activation link
  • Activate your account and login to the website
  • Add your children and credit to your account
  • Order at your convenience (up to four weeks in advance)

How to activate your Smart Rider card:

  • Log on to your account
  • Go to the ‘Students’ tab and select the student
  • Select ‘Register Students Card’ and complete the fields

Uniform Shop

During the Term  we are open the following hours:

  • Monday 8:00am to 5:45pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am to 4:15pm 
  • Friday 8:00am to 11:45am

The Uniform Shop closes for the year on Friday 6 December at 11:45am.


The Uniform shop will re-open on Monday 13 January on our usual days and times. It will however be closed on Monday 27 January for the public holiday.

Second-hand uniforms

We will be accepting second-hand items from January 13 onwards next year.


John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Nedlands

  • Monday 16 December at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College
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Term 4 Summer 2019 Menu.pdf
MagisChronicle2019 (1).pdf
MagisChronicle2019 (1).pdf