13 April 2018
Issue Fifty
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Music - Week 11
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
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From the Principal

What is the story of the day?

At our wedding 25 years ago, the Priest reminded my wife (Robyn) and I to talk about ‘the story of the day’. It is a message that my wife constantly reinforces with our three children as we sit around the dinner table and share a meal. The television is off and mobile phones are out of sight as we share the family meal and more importantly tell ‘the stories of the day’.


There is a strong aspect of story-telling at our Year 12 Retreat. St Ignatius of Loyola gained most of his spiritual insights in the small village of Manresa in Northern Spain. In some European countries ‘to make a Manresa’ means to go on Retreat. It is within this context that our Year 12 students have attended their ‘Manresa Retreat’ this week.


Manresa is the Spanish town where St Ignatius Loyola stopped to pray on his way back from Montserrat in 1522 whilst on his Spiritual Pilgrimage.


We see the Year 12 Retreat as a place where students have an opportunity for spiritual reflection and discernment about their relationships with self, friends, family and God.  For them it forms part of their pilgrimage through life and faith, therefore aptly named ‘Manresa’.


The purpose of Manresa is to deepen the students’ appreciation of himself/herself as an individual and therefore a person of value to others and a person loved by God.  It is also an opportunity for the students to reach out to others in friendship and support whilst deepening their faith and spirituality. 

At the end of the three-day Retreat, attendees can be encouraged to ‘live the fourth’; the fourth day being the start of the rest of their lives. It is hoped that after appropriate prayer, reflection and contemplation, genuine changes can be made to lead a better life.


Thank you to our dedicated staff for guiding the process and congratulations to our Year 12 on their excellent participation in the ‘Manresa experience’.



Best wishes to all John XXIII College families for the school holidays. I would like to thank the following members of staff for their contribution to the College and wish them well for the future:

  • Ms Jane Hine – Library Assistant
  • Ms Nicole Gazey -  Head of Pathways and Transition
  • Mrs Kristy Raymond - Primary Music Teacher

We also extend our best wishes to Mrs Joan Davies (Campus Administrator), for her long service leave next term.


Robert Henderson



Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It’s been a busy term and we have a lot to look back on and be proud of so far this year. Examples include:

House Swimming Carnival (Yrs 4-6)
Primary House Day (including Monster Cake Stall)
Year 5 Zoo Camps
Easter Reflections
Coins for Caritas Fundraising Project
IPSHA Swimming and IPSHA Basketball (Year 6) Carnivals
Assemblies (Year 5B and 2B)


Most importantly, the students have learnt so much over the past eleven weeks. Congratulations to all the staff for ensuring the students have stayed focussed and work hard right until the end of a long term. All families and staff now need to enjoy a well-earned break from school.

Last week Year 5G had a great time on their ‘Roar and Snore Camp’ at Perth Zoo.  A big thank you to Ms O’Connor for putting together this ‘zootastic’ video.



The Zoo camp was an amazing once in a life time experience for everyone.
Jackson Bosnich (5G)


It was awesome to see an elephant walking right in front of me and the baby giraffe eating juicy leaves.

Oliver Defrancesco (5G)


I think visiting the Zoo and feeding the giraffes as a surprise was one of the coolest things ever.
Callum De Andrade (5G)


At Perth Zoo we were able to feed the giraffes. We climbed up the tall staircase and put branches through the bars for them to take. The giraffes ate all our branches and licked most of our hands too - the giraffes were amazing!
Caitlin Seery (5G)


As we approach the holidays, I encourage all parents to spend some time discussing personal safety with your children. Please take the time to read this article about keeping children safe and then discuss the information with your children..  


We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday 1 May. It is important to note that Monday 30 April is a pupil free day as staff will be participating in various professional development workshops.

Happy holidays!


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


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



Rosanna O’Toole
Noah Wibrow
Amelie Johnson


Pearl Bovell
Leo Scott
Peyton Turner



Vivienne Barley
Mitchell Kavanagh


James Crawley
Ashleigh Gope


Alexa Kailis
Nicholas Maroni
Christopher Tan


Oliver Lulich
Georgia Walsh
Isaac McCready



Tahj Arundell
William Bahen



Brodie Stevenson


Taj Dorrington
Alice Travlos
Thomas Walsh
Patrick Morrisey
Raphael Budimlich
Zoe Cannon



Riley Schellack
Caitlin Bradock
Thalia Kurniawan


Bianca Petsos 
Mahalia Upton
George Griffiths
Bridget Owen
Stavros Karafilakis



Holly Denton
Tenley Burton
Charlie McGurgan



Jacinta Douglas
Connor Price
Asha Paton
Riel Abrio


Coins for Caritas

Thank you for participating in the Coins for Caritas project. The enthusiasm our school community has shown towards collecting coins each week, and filling jars for our pyramid, has been truly amazing. We are very proud of what we have achieved and cannot wait to count the coins. Early next term we will be able to reveal how many jars were collected and how much money we have raised for Caritas.



Year 6 Excursion

On Tuesday morning, the Year 6 students visited the Electoral Education Centre in West Perth. The excursion provided the students with the opportunity to explore Australia’s three levels of government and the preferential voting system. A highlight of our time at the centre was taking part in a mock vote. The students were given a voting sheet and used booths to order their favourite chocolate or lolly from 1 to 4, before placing their votes into a ballot box. From there, the votes were carefully counted under the watchful eyes of the scrutineers and all results were recorded. The Year 6s learnt that the preferential voting system means an absolute majority is required to be elected. For both 6G and 6B, Skittles won the election!



March Past

On 26 March, some students attended the Westfield Matildas vs Thailand soccer game held at nib Stadium. Our students were also invited to participate in the pre-game march past, where they did a lap of honour while the players warmed up. They also enjoyed watching our Australian women’s team in action as they defeated Thailand 5-0. The overarching messages of sportsmanship and respect conveyed by the players was inspirational. We look forward to watching our own students live out this message during their interschool sports competition which commences next term.



Sustainability and Year 6 Stem Program

The Year 6 students have embarked on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) design challenge in which the students been looking at waste recycling and the machinery that is used in the Canning Vale recycling depot. They have been building different types of machinery such as, rubbish trucks, compactors and conveyors whilst following the engineering design process, design plans from paper and tablets and finally building the machines with kits from Young Engineers.


Mr Wong from Young Engineers, with his mechanical engineering expertise is guiding the students and teachers through this exciting and challenging program. The students will now have to put all their skills and ideas together to design and build a prototype for the safe way to recycle batteries. The students are solving a real problem by working independently and collaboratively on different aspects of this project.


We are nearly half way through the program and we cannot wait to see what our creative Year 6 leaders produce with their prototypes.


Mrs Purcell, Miss Graves and Miss Nish



Mary Ward

It has been a busy term in Mary Ward Primary. A highlight of our term has been music lessons run by Mrs Joynt, a very talented and passionate Music Teacher from the Cottage School of Music Junior. The children participate in the lessons through song, dance, rhymes and story. The class incorporates elements of score reading, gentle singing, folk dance and conscious listening. It also provides the children with an opportunity to explore music from all around the world. The Music Program is highly engaging and specially designed for the children that participate. We look forward to continuing the program next term!



Dates to Remember
Tuesday 1 May                  Term 2 commences (K-Yr 6)

Thursday 3 May                Anzac Day Service 12:10pm (Chapel Lawn)

Friday 4 May                       Pre Kindy commences Term 2


Save the Date

Mother’s Day Mass         Friday 11 May 2018



Parent Teacher Student Interviews

The recent Parent Teacher Student Interviews held in the St Louis Sports Centre were a wonderful opportunity for our teaching staff to meet parents and students. The College appreciates the large number of parents that attended, noting that many made alternative arrangements with work to attend. In total over two thirds of our families booked interviews which reinforces the strong partnership the College has with our parents. The interviews are a meaningful experience for all parties with the focus being on implementing effective strategies to best assist our students to continue to develop to their full potential.


Jessica Bouwman

Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning

Winter uniform

From the start of Term 2, students wear winter uniform. If the weather is particularly hot, students will be informed (through the SEQTA notices) that the blazer is not required. Without this notification, it is assumed that all students will wear blazers to and from school.


It is so fortunate that we have a contemporary uniform that students enjoy wearing. We request that students wear this uniform in manner that portrays them at their best. The photos below illustrate College expectations regarding how the uniform should be worn.


From the beginning of Term 2, trousers will be an option for girls. Girls who wear skirts should note the length of the skirt and the fall of the pleats. If the pleats of the skirt fan out, the skirt is too small. Families are asked to ensure that all girls’ skirts comply with these requirements.


Boys should note hair length, that a belt is part of the uniform and that the shirt is tucked in during winter.


Our ANZAC Assembly will be held on Thursday 3 May. All students will require a College cap or hat on this day.


We request that all sections of the community work together so that our College uniform is worn well and with pride. The College Uniform Shop will be open Monday April 30 from 8am to 5:45 pm to help ensure all students are presented in a suitable fashion.


Kathleen Negus

Vice-Principal - Head of Secondary


ACC Inclusive Swimming Carnival

Our Mary Ward students participating in the ACC Inclusive Sports Program and swimming carnival at Claremont Pools. The program provides students with a disability equal access to sporting and recreational opportunities.


It was the ACC's final swimming carnival for 2018 and 300 students from 13 schools took part in both swimming and novelty events.


Gill Lyon

Head of Mary Ward Secondary


Year 11 and 12 ATAR students

The Term One break is an ideal opportunity for our senior students studying ATAR courses to consolidate their study notes from the content taught this term. Whilst the College acknowledges the need for students to have a break from their study routines, the message of finding a balance during this time away from school is equally important. We would encourage our students enrolled in ATAR courses to ensure they plan time during the break to collate, and in some cases create study notes for each of the SCSA syllabus points that have been learnt this term.


The College has focused on the value of feedback for our students through both formal and informal means. It is important for students to read the feedback that teachers have provided on formal assessments to ensure they understand how they can improve their learning and consolidate their understanding of a topic. When students create study notes, in the form that best suits them it is important that they seek feedback regarding the comprehensive nature of these notes. They can do this through collaborative learning with their peers or seeking feedback from their classroom teachers.


If students are struggling with establishing a study routine or finding an efficient and effective means of studying the College encourages them to speak with their Assistant Deputy Principal. There are a wide variety of study techniques and it is important that each student finds the method that is most effective for them. For many students they have a pre-conceived idea of what study should look like, however this may be ineffective for them. Some students study best by producing hand written or typed notes, whilst others create palm cards or mind maps. For some students they learn best when discussing the content in small groups whilst others prefer an individual approach. The array of possibilities can seem daunting however procrastination will not result in the creation of effective study habits!


Jessica Bouwman

Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning

Creating mouthwatering culinary delights

Desserts don't get more decadent or fun than a traditional croquembouche. Our Year 11 students have learnt about the choux pastry while making these delicious profiteroles, that they have then created into a pyramid held together with a caramel glaze and decorated with spun sugar.  


Kathryn Casey
Home Economics Teacher


Eagle Insight

Eighteen Year 12 students and three staff were fortunate enough to experience an “inside” into the workings of a professional AFL Football club, as part of Eagle Insight, a program that provides an insight into the training requirements of an AFL player. The program is designed for Senior PE students and focuses on components in the curriculum such as Exercise Physiology, Motor Learning and Coaching and Sports Psychology.


Feedback from students was very positive, however, they were somewhat jealous of next year’s cohort who will experience the new WCE facilities at Lathlain in 2019.


Many thanks to Mr Justin Mann and Mr Luke Chapman who assisted in supervising the group.


Mr Cameron Haines




La Chandeleur Celebration with Year 7 French

Year 7 French classes have had a belated 'La Chandeleur' celebration this week. Pupils found out about the French celebration which happens on the 2 February. In the fifth century, La Chandeleur became a Christian religious event to celebrate the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary.


Pupils learnt that the crêpes are eaten at this time because their shape is symbolic of the sun and of the days becoming longer and brighter in France as spring arrives. Students also tried some of the delicious French crepes and had fun filling with traditionally eaten sweet toppings!


Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area - Languages


Un Défilé de Mode with Year 9 French

Year 9 students presented a fantastic fashion show in French on Tuesday to our Language students. The students organised their costumes, wrote scripts to describe their outfits in French, chose music to accompany their stroll down the catwalk. In addition, they practiced the vocabulary they have being studying this term for clothing, fabrics, styles, prices and opinions. They put on an stunning show for their peers. Bravo la classe!


Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area - Languages



Cross Country Training: Year 7 - 12 

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 – 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 4 - 7 kilometres depending on ability level. Training will continue during the Term 1 holidays in readiness for the House Cross Country Carnival on Friday 4 May. Please download the schedule for training during the holidays and into Term 2.


NAS (Northern Associated School) Nominations Term 2 – Winter Sport

NAS trials for Term 2 will take place after the Easter holidays and early in Term 2. A schedule for trials is attached.


Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching

There will be an opportunity for any students in Year 7 to 12 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage during Term 2.

Sessions will run on a Monday morning from 7am – 8am commencing on 7 May.


There are limited places available. Parents will need to register for the program here


For further information go to the website: 

Netball Club

Competition Commences 

  • 5 May: Years 7- 12 & Alumni
  • 11 May: Years 3 - 4
  • 12 May: Years 5 - 6

There are no games on the June long weekend (1 & 2 June).


There are games on the first weekend of the June/July school holidays (29 & 30 June), for all teams from Year 3 to Alumni. Please consider this if you are booking a holiday.


If you have any questions please email us on


Training has commenced for senior school.

  • Tuesday - 3:30 – 5:00pm Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Thursday - 3:30 – 5:00pm Years 7, 8 and 9.

Netball is a team sport, and it is the expectation that all players attend training during the season.

Absences from training will mean that a player has less court time on Saturdays. It is a matter of courtesy to let the club know if your daughter cannot attend.


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 all training sessions.


Year 11 teams would love to have a couple more players if you played last year (Year 10 netball) and would like to still register could you please advise the club as soon as possible.


The 2018 team lists are now available on the John XXIII College netball website. The club will now proceed with allocation of team manager. If you are interested in fulfilling the role for the team please advise the club by email


All parents and players are encouraged to read both the club’s trial and grading policies also located on the website.

Music - Week 11

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. Please note that applications are due by May 6.

AMEB Awards

The Australian Music Examination Board is introducing a new award system for students who undertake AMEB exams, and contribute to their school’s Music Program. Any interested students should contact the Music Department or ask their music tutors.

Music Tour 2019

The dates for the 2019 Music Tour to Sydney, as part of the Australian International Music Festival, have now been confirmed as Thursday, July 4 to Thursday, July 11. Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir will audition for the tour in Week 9 of Term 3. Any questions regarding the tour can be directed to the Music Department


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






Community Liturgy

Our next community liturgy will be Friday 4 May and will be prepared by Year 11s.  Year 11 students are encouraged to attend, and families are especially welcome. Everyone – student, family or staff – is always welcome, to our joyous, ‘user-friendly’ liturgy.


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.

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

Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

CONFIRMATION – please enrol as soon as possible, if you are hoping to celebrate the sacrament at St Thomas Apostle this year.

Registration forms are available from


St Joseph, Subiaco

EUCHARIST – applications for First Holy Communion invited in Term 2.

Further information:

GOOD NEWS for the season of Easter

It was written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.

 (Luke 24:35-48).

The reflection for this week is from Father Andrew Hamilton SJ and is printed here with kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian, a writer and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.


In today’s Gospel Luke describes the last appearance of Jesus to his disciples after his Resurrection. We normally think of the Resurrection as a time when the mood shifts decisively after people hear that Jesus has risen.  It is all away with sin and sorrow, and in with generosity and hope. A time of unstinted celebration.


Today’s story is full of shadows.  Even though Jesus’ disciples have heard that Jesus had appeared to Simon, and more recently to two travellers, they are off balance and think he is a ghost. Jesus has to eat with them to convince them he is real, and even then they are all over the place. Jesus has to spell out the connection between the tortured death that still haunts them and his rising from the dead. Only then can he give them their mission of spreading the Good News. 


The mood of the Gospel matches that of today’s church and world. We too may have heard that Jesus rose from the dead, but our hope that Jesus’ rising has made a difference to us is often stretched tight. All the signposts in the world, locally and internationally, may seem to be pointing away from happiness to brutality, division, self-interest and isolation.


In the church, too, the signposts may seem to have swung back from reconciliation and serene faith in the Gospel to shame, betrayal, self-interest, desertion and cowardice by the gate keepers, and mediocrity. If we sense that these things have won the battle with reconciliation, our hope in Christ will be a hope against hope. The power and even the reality of Jesus’ Resurrection come under heavy pressure.


We are then in the same position with the disciples at the beginning of today’s Gospel story, the leaderless mob who had fled.  We seem far from those to whom Jesus had appeared. We then ask how can we, who are so divided and drowning in our troubles, communicate to the world the Gospel of reconciliation through the risen Jesus.  This mood on the edge of discouragement is familiar to all who care for and accompany people who are disadvantaged in our society, among them Jesuit Social Services. The bad news often seems to run swifter than good news.


 The disciples in the Gospel had heard rumours of a rising from the dead, they had seen a vision of the risen Jesus, but even that vision battled with their gloom.  Ultimately, however, the presence of the Risen Jesus and the assurance of God’s love for each person, no matter how desperate their situation, led them to share their joy with others. That is Christ’s invitation to us today.


© Andrew Hamilton

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.












John XXIII College fielded three teams in the prestigious Da Vinci Decathlon competition held at Wesley College over the past week.  Competing against about 30 top schools in each age-group, the Year 7, 8 and 9 teams all represented the college admirably.  A full report will be released when the final complete results are received, but two outstanding successes were winning both the Year 9 Mathematics and the Year 7 Creative Producers sections. Congratulations to all three teams, and special thanks to Ms Kath Negus, Mr Simon Carello, and Ms Wing Chan for their splendid assistance with training the students for several key sections of the Decathlon.


Warmest thanks to everyone who has contributed to the development of Magis and Altiora this term, especial the Year 12 leaders Bella Spiro-Harrison, Amelia MacMillan, Roberto Vitali, the Magis committee, and the teachers who have been involved in the wide range of different gifted and talented programs offered within the school.  Pleasing achievements this term have included the setting up of a Magis committee, two excellent Magis Academic Breakfasts, the first with WA Creative Edge Director, Katthy Boyatzis and the second with National public speaking champions Sophie Hellemans and Pauline Chiwawa,  the outstanding Year 12 victory in the WA Creative Edge competition at Curtin University and strong performances in the Da Vinci Decathlon, as well as initiation of the Magis competitive  academic challenges program with Academic Spelling, Goal-setting and Learning Styles challenges being offered.

Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Public Speaking and Creative writing competitions

Entries for the John XXIII Public Speaking and Creative writing competitions, both run by Magis, close this week. Winners  of the short story section will be announced after the holidays, whilst Public Speaking heats for each year group will take place in week 12 next term. The Grand final will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday 9 May, and will feature the top three speakers from each age group and  adjudicated by three national public speaking champions.

Upcoming events in Term 2 

Highlights for next term include senior students attending the Julie Arliss Gifted and Talented program at St Hilda’s,  middle school teams representing the College in the World Scholars Cup at Sacred Heart College in June, the new Catholic Schools  Mooting Competition at Notre Dame, the Magis and Altiora Senior Camp at Rottnest after the exams, our   participation in the Commonwealth Public Speaking and Leadership competition, and of course the  next rounds of  two major events, the WADL interschool debating, and Mock Trials.


Just a reminder to all students to return any overdue library books before the end of term.


You are also welcome to borrow books over the April holidays - please come to the library during the last day of term to select books.


Kindergarten and Pre-Primary ACWY Meningococcal vaccine

On 23 January 2018, WA Health introduced a program to provide free meningococcal ACWY catch-up vaccine for all children aged 12 months to less than 5 years.


This MenACWY vaccination program was initiated because of the rising number of meningococcal infections in WA and last year children in this age group had more than twice the number of meningococcal infections compared to any other age group.


Parents of age-eligible children should not delay because the WA catch-up vaccination program is time limited and will end on 31 December 2018.


Consult your Doctor or immunisation provider if you would like your child to receive this vaccine.


For more information visit:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Reference: WA Department of Health

Parents' Association

Notice of Change to Term Two Meeting Date 

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term Two will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday 5 June in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are invited to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on how our Parent Association funds are allocated.


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or you can download one from the school website, or below. The deadline for Term Two Funding Proposal submissions is 12 May.

All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at the Term Two meeting will be advertised in the newsletter on Friday 1 June.


We hope you all have a safe and happy April Holiday break.


Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee

Have your contact details changed?

Are your contact details up to date?

Keeping your contact details up to date is important. Please take the time to ensure you notify us if your details change.  You may have moved home, switched mobile numbers or changed your email address. It's important to update these contact details with us so that you don't miss out on any important information. Please call us at the College on 9383 0400 or email us at with your updated details.

John XXIII Alumni 

Loreto Federation
18– 20 May 2018

We are delighted that the 30th gathering of Loreto Federation will be held at Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney and we extend a warm invitation to join us!


The coming together of past students, family and friends from Loreto Schools (including John XXIII College) around Australia.


‘Be the Change’ Celebrating the 30th  gathering of Loreto Federation

For speaker profiles and further information please go to

To register please visit

For travel and accommodation, please email or call 02 9418 2546

IGGSA Old Girls Tennis Competition

The IGGSA Old Girls Tennis Competition was held at Reabold Tennis Club, the Loreto Past Pupils came second to PLC, and played extremely well.

CINI Australia Mother’s Day Celebration High Tea and Fundraiser

You are invited to attend the CINI Australia Mother’s Day Celebration High Tea and Fundraiser taking place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College from 

 2.00 – 5.00pm. 

 To secure your table click here.


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

The shop will be open from Monday April 30:

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

Please note the Uniform Shop will be closed on Monday May 21 for stocktaking.


Secondary students will wear winter uniform when they return from the holidays.


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.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Term 2 winter menu

Our Term 2 winter menu is available for download.

Our Online Canteen is an online ordering system that is a safe and convenient way to order school meals and now you can use your Smart Rider to order from the canteen. 

  • Place your canteen order online
  • Mobile friendly site.

For more information visit the College website.

Dianne Combrink
Canteen Manager

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                                  

Brockway Road closure

Do you use Brockway Road in Mt Claremont?

The City is progressing with the closure of Brockway Road works between Lemnos Street and Underwood Avenue from Monday, 9 April for a period of four weeks. The road closure has been reviewed and the following will occur during this time:

  • Monday, 9 April to Friday, 13 April - full road closure for 24 hours
  • Monday 16 April to Friday, 4 May - full road closure between the hours of 7am and 5pm
  • Weekends: The road will be open to traffic

Please note that for operational reasons, the Lemnos Street intersection with Brockway Road will need to be closed for works on Tuesday 17 April and Wednesday 18 April between 9am and 5pm. Another closure will be required on Friday 27 April between 7am and 5pm.


Signage is on display at the works site advising of motorists of the road closures and detours.

Visit for more details and project updates.


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