21 September 2018
Issue Sixty Nine
From the Principal
Employment Opportunity
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Music - Week 30
  Inigo Parent Talks
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Planning for the future

Over the course of 2018 we have been undertaking a master planning process for the next two decades. It is an exciting time as we envisage a Catholic College of the future. Planning is much more than buildings and facilities; it is re-imagining what a Catholic education in the Ignatian tradition may look like in the years to come.


Several concurrent processes have been occurring. Our Academic Leaders have been focussing on an ‘Educational Vision’ for the College. We are looking at what our students learn and how they learn. The Jesuit mantra of ‘the grad at grad’ is important. What attributes, values and skills do we want from our ‘graduates at graduation’? This message is particularly pertinent this week as our Year 12 students complete their final week of formal classes prior to examinations. Similarly, we are examining our timetable structures to ascertain what works well for our student learning and what needs to be adjusted. I was fascinated visiting very creative classrooms this week as part of our Primary Open Day. There is excellent integration of technology in the learning process and a constant assessment of the appropriate technology to assist learning.


Part of the ‘grad at grad’ discussion will revolve around educational outcomes. Examinations and standardised testing are important and provide one measure of academic performance. However, even more significant are the stories behind the individuals. Everyone has their own unique story and it is often an appreciation of our own personal narrative that enables us to ascertain the success of education.  As I write, Year 11 students are on pilgrimage at international and Northern Territory destinations. They are pilgrims rather than tourists as they seek an enhanced awareness of the world beyond John XXIII College.


Currently we are inundated with enrolment applications for next year and the years to come.  However, we also recognise that there is considerable scope for growth and improvement. That is what our master planning will be about.


 When I conclude enrolment interviews, I often tell the prospective student that 'John XXIII College is a good school if you make it a good school’. I am thrilled that so many of our students at all year levels take advantage of the opportunities that are presented at the College.


Robert Henderson


Employment Opportunity

John XXIII College Foundation Inc - Executive Officer

JOHN XXIII COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC is seeking a passionate, dynamic and innovative,
Executive Officer who demonstrates proven operational and administrative experience,
gained in a similar role. This position forms part of an inclusive, supportive and values
based environment, reporting to the Business Manager of John XXIII College and the
Board of the John XXIII College Foundation Inc.


To find out more and to apply please download the pdf.


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

On Monday night it was wonderful to see so many families visiting our classrooms. Open Night is such a great occasion for children to share their learning with their family and also a wonderful opportunity for parents to affirm and encourage their children.


The staff put a lot of time and effort into setting up for Open Night and it was lovely that many families have taken the time to thank staff for their efforts. 


Here are some snippets from emails we received from parents the week:


‘I was thrilled to see the variety of the work that the children are doing and how engaging it can be. Thanks.’


‘Loooove the teacher professionalism and care for the kids!!’


‘Love everything, especially the wonderful and appropriate use of the iPad and technology.’


‘Amazing progress from start of year.’


‘Great to see the variety of work and the use of technology’.


In addition, the following message was received from an experienced relief teacher:


At John XXIII I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the wonderful teaching and learning in the classrooms. They are certainly very lucky kids!’



I wish to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful staff, who give so much to your children and our school, in so many different ways.



From the start of the Footsteps Finale, it was obvious that John XXIII really has got talent!

From our young Pre-Primary children through to the Year 6 Leaders, the huge audience was absolutely ‘wowed’ and thoroughly entertained by each performance.

The staff were certainly the stars of the show with their incredible dance moves too!

Special thanks to Taryn and Tina from Footsteps for bringing the dance showcases together so creatively.



Enjoy the holidays!


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Important Reminder

Students return to school on Tuesday 9 October.



Teddy Bears Hospital

Kindy students brought their teddy bears to school to visit the Teddy Bear Hospital. They met students from the Western Australia Medical Students’ Society (WAMSS) who were the Teddy Doctors. Each teddy bear spent time in the waiting room while their  kindy carers completed their patient details.  All teddy patients saw a doctor who did an x-ray and listened to their heart beat with a stethoscope. This hospital familiarisation program helps children feel more comfortable when they need to see a medical professional. Our young  students loved taking care of their teddy bear and many of these furry friends went home with bandages!


Mrs King and Mrs Young
Kindy Teachers



Literacy Investigation

This week the future authors and illustrators of Year One visited The Literature Centre in Fremantle. The children were able to view and discuss the incredible original illustrations from amazing picture books. They were asked to be detectives and search for items and clues in the illustrations. It was a fantastic opportunity for the young students to see the process of how a story is created.


Ms Ilich and Miss Saraco
Year One Teachers


Sports News

Last Thursday, over sixty students participated in the IPSHA Athletics Carnival at All Saints College. Our team achieved some outstanding results. With forty top three finishes from 86 individual events, including 16, first places. In the six relays that were run, we won both Year 6 (A and B) mixed relay races and was placed second in both the Year 3 and Year 4 mixed relays. Given that there were 10 schools participating at the Carnival this was a very good result for our athletes.


Below, is a list of athletes who received a 1st Place ribbon for their individual events:


Year 3:                  Isabella Stewart – Turbo Jav. (New Record)

                                  William Blaxell – 60m Hurdles (A), 80m Sprint (A) & 200m (A)

Year 4:                  Jackson Watts – 60m Hurdles (A) & 200m (B) (New Record)

Year 5:                  Miranda Clyne – 400m

                                  Mahalia Upton – 400m (A) & 200m (A) (New Record)

Year 6:                 Tenley Burton – 400m (B)

                                 Ella Matthews – Long Jump & 100m Sprint (B)

                                 Amelia Mettam – 400m (A) (New Record) & 200m (A)

                                 Luke McLernon – 100m Sprint (A) & 200m (A)


Well done to all of the athletes who received a 1st Place ribbon in their relay races:


Year 6 Relay Team (B) – Tenley Burton, Aidan Kavanagh, Emilee Paterson & Zach Morphett

            Relay Team (A) – Tayla Matera, Wim Parker, Amelia Mettam & Luke McLernon


Congratulations to all our athletes who have worked extremely hard over many weeks and have been rewarded with fantastic performances. Thank you to the many parents who attended the Carnival and assisted on the day. Finally, special thanks to Mrs Gardner & Miss  O’Donnell for their hard work on the day.


Kindy to Year 2 Carnival

This wonderful Sports Carnival will be held on the Junior Primary Oval on Thursday 25 October. More information will be made available early in Term 4.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator

Dates to Remember

Tuesday 9 October                          Term 4 begins

Thursday 11 October                     John XXIII Feast Day
Friday 12 October                            Grandparents’ Picnic


Year 11 Hospitality - High Tea

Year 11 Hospitality students hosted two exceptional high teas for staff members at the Circle of Friends café in the last two weeks. Students produced delicious food and decorated the cafe to create a regal ambience. The selection of food included cappuccino cupcakes, mini lemon meringue pies and classic scones with jam and cream. Students were also responsible for serving coffee, and worked on upholding professional service standards.


Year 12 Marine and Maritime Studies

Students in Year 12 Marine and Maritime Studies put their practical boating skills to the test when heading out in unprotected waters during their day sail to Garden Island. The journey took 90 minutes before John XXIII College boaters anchored on the sandy beach of Herring Bay. Crew members encountered crystal clear water, sea lions, and stingrays. 


Term 4 Sailing Lessons 

Calling all students keen to learn to sail

During Term 4 John XXIII College is offering a six-week sailing course for those wishing to learn to sail or for those wanting to improve their sailing skills.

  • This course will be run at Nedlands Yacht Club each Wednesday afternoon during Term 4 starting Week 2 Wednesday 17 October from 4:00 pm till 6:15 pm. 
  • This course will be offered at the hugely discounted rate of $200 per student and is available to students in Year 6 and above. 
  • Parents interested in enrolling their child in this course are asked to contact Mrs Taylor at for further information about the course and how to register with the Club.
  • Please note as there is an enrolment capacity for the course you are advised to express your interest as soon as possible.



Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching

Again in Term 4 there will be an opportunity for any students in Years 7 to 10 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage. 


Years 9/10 boys water polo

Congratulations to our Years 9/10 water polo team. The boys were the winners of the one day competition that was held at HBF Stadium on Thursday 20 September. It was an outstanding effort given they played eight games on the day. All team members showing outstanding spirit and determination and represented the College with distinction. Well done boys.

  • Charlie Lennon
  • Patrick Williams
  • Tim Gillman
  • Dom Hampton
  • Angus Long
  • Hamish Ryan
  • Jack Stacy
  • Alex Dewar
  • Blake Mettam
  • Myles Allert


Term 4 Sailing Lessons 

Calling all students keen to learn to sail

During Term 4 John XXIII College is offering a six-week sailing course for those wishing to learn to sail or for those wanting to improve their sailing skills.

  • This course will be run at Nedlands Yacht Club each Wednesday afternoon during Term 4 starting Week 2 Wednesday 17 October from 4:00 pm till 6:15 pm. 
  • This course will be offered at the hugely discounted rate of $200 per student and is available to students in Year 6 and above. 
  • Parents interested in enrolling their child in this course are asked to contact Mrs Taylor at for further information about the course and how to register with the Club.
  • Please note as there is an enrolment capacity for the course you are advised to express your interest as soon as possible.



Congratulations to the John XXIII College students that were part of the winning team in the Junior Division 1 Premiership at Perth Netball Association on Saturday. Congratulations to:

  • Tiala Slatter (Year 10)
  • Jessica Matera (Year 10)
  • Ruby Nichols (Year 11)
  • Ella Matthews (Year 11)

Here is a write up about them in the Western Suburbs Weekly.

Netball Club

Well it was beautiful weather for netball last Saturday with a number of very close games, all of our teams did themselves proud. 


  • Year 9 Team AMETHYST: Grace Barbour, Grace Budimlich, Grace Edgely, Sophie Flack, Skye MacMillan, Abbey Merdith, Charlotte Preston, Alessandra Rizzi, Grace Soutar, Coach Dani Richardson & Manager Chelsea Preston. It was a tense game against Scarborough 6 who were much older opponents, mostly Years 11 & 12 girls. It was close throughout the match but they went on to win 32 to 24.
  • ALUMNI 2 on their fabulous 50 - 35 win against Scarborough 9.


If you need an umpire or a team bag for Spring season could you please let us know ASAP via 




Applications are now open to current Years 9 & 10 girls for our trip to Singapore in July 2019.

  • Information and applications forms are attached. 
  • Application forms and deposit are due in by 12 October 2018.
  • Please contact the Club if you have any questions.



  • Years 7 - 12 will open on the 28 January 2019.  Grading will commence on the 16 & 17 February 2019.
  • Years 3 - 6 will be advised early in February 2019.


Thank you to the 2018 Netball Committee for their hard work and support over the last year. As in all things, running the Club takes a team. I would particularly like to thank our outgoing members, Angela Allerding, Tanya Psaila-Savona & Terri Thornton for their amazing efforts over the last few years. 



  • PRESIDENT - Milissa Jagers
  • TREASURER - Joanne Barbour
  • REGISTRAR - Michelle Paterson
  • SECRETARY - Natasha Boshard
  • EQUIPMENT  - Nancy Hart
  • Yr 10 - 12 COORDINATOR - Lisa Baker
  • Yr 7 - 9 COORDINATOR - Sally Harrison & Sonja Cavallaro
  • Yr 3 - 6 COORNINATORS - Elizabeth Negus & Janelle Kavanaugh
  • CLUB COORDINATOR - Alisha Allen


PNA Fake Instagram Account

Please be aware that there has been a fake account called netball.wa. This account is fake and the moderator has attempted to contact some members.  If you come across this account please report and block.


Wishing you all the best until next season.


Milissa Jagers


On behalf of the Netball Committee

A sincere thank you is extended to our club president, Milissa Jagers, for her tireless hard work behind the scenes in making sure our wonderful John XXIII College Netball Club runs smoothly through the season.


The Committee contributes their part but without Milissa’s dedication to netball, the girls and the school the club would not have gone from strength to strength this year.


On behalf of all the players, families and support staff a very big thank you to Milissa for a wonderful 2018 season.

Music - Week 30

Grandparents Picnic

The following Primary Ensembles will be performing at the Grandparents Picnic on Friday 12 October in the Library Courtyard. Please listen to the announcements and meet your ensemble director 5 minutes before the performance time to set up and be ready!


Singing in the City – Treble Choir

The dates for the annual Singing in the City festival have been announced as Sunday, 21 October. John XXIII College Treble Choir will be performing a half-hour program of choral works at Wesley Church in the heart of the city, from 2:00pm. This performance is unticketed, with free entry on the day, and all parents and family friends are invited to attend.


Year 8/9 Production - Unreal

A huge congratulations and well done to the cast and crew of the Year 8/9 Production, Unreal. The lighting, sound, set and costumes were all outstanding, making the production a very professional looking play. The acting by all involved was dynamic, engaging and polished. The cast were truly magnificent. Congratulations to Miss Green and Miss Moore for the very entertaining play and for their work with the large group of students during the term of rehearsals.



Bailey Arundell, Laura Bantock, Ailish Beckwith, Kyle Blake, Jemima Broderick, Cormac Chamberlain, Tomas Clifford, Hugo Croudace, Sam Eastman, Olivia Eastwood, Harry Flynn, Caitlin Green, James Green, Rebecca Harsanyi, Oscar Hegge, Alex Henderson, Gabe Kaye, James Kirwan, Isabella Lindsay, Mary Majok, Rebecca McGurgan, Charlotte Moody, Jasper O’Brien, Daniel Paramor, Charlotte Preston, Jude Quinlan, Eloise Roberts, Allie Simpson, Chris Verity, Imogen Walsh  , James Wearden, Georgia Wholley, Alice Williams.       




Community Liturgy

Our College celebrates Founders’ Time in August. However, in the ‘official’ church calendar, the feast of Pope Saint John XXIII is celebrated on 11 October (date of the opening of Vatican II). The College community will honour Pope Saint John XXIII in our first Community Liturgy for Term 4, Friday 12 October.  The Liturgy will be prepared by Year 9 students. All members of the College community are welcome – and especially Year 9 parents and friends.


For parents who like to plan ahead, the Term 4 schedule for classes/groups preparing the liturgy follows.

  • 12 Oct   Year 9 
  • 19 Oct   Year 8
  • 26 Oct   Teachers
  • 2 Nov    2019 SRC 
  • 9 Nov    Year 10 
  • 16 Nov  Year 9 
  • 23 Nov  Year 7
  • 30 Nov  Year 8
  • 7 Dec     Whole College end of year Eucharist (no community 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 and have not yet enrolled in the Sacrament program in your ‘home’ parish?


In the Perth Archdiocese the Sacrament Program is ‘family-focused, parish-based, Catholic school-supported’.

Some parishes (e.g. Subiaco and Claremont) are offering Sacraments in Term 4.  For further information:


  • 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

GOOD NEWS for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

‘…The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of humanity … All who wish to be first must make themselves the servants of all.’ Mark 9:30-37


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard. 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.


It’s hard to see what the disciples don’t get when Jesus tells them in fairly plain language that because of the way he lives and what he says he will be put to death by the power barons of his day. The disciples seem to think the Passion is going to be an event out of Boy’s Own Annual, where the ensuing campaign will see greatness thrust upon them. In this context, Jesus takes the smallest and most vulnerable of people in their society and teaches the disciples that greatness comes through care of the least.


This is a powerful lesson. Greatness in the world – power, connections, wealth, influence, reputation and learning – only counts for something in the Kingdom of God when put at the service of the most vulnerable of our society. Greed, riches and pride are so alluring, so seductive for us in the Church, as much as for those outside it, that we need to regularly examine our consciences to assess the motivations and results of what we are doing, and why we are doing it. When I read today’s Gospel, however, I also feel sad. I cannot help but reflect on how unintentionally prophetic Mark was being in linking the prediction of Jesus’ passion with the status of a child.


The safeguards now needed in response to the criminal and scandalous behaviour of a very few leaders in the Church, means that many bishops, priests, religious and teachers can no longer follow Jesus’ example and take children in our arms. I fully understand why this is the case, but the fact that we have to be so careful about the care of our children and have strict protocols and legislation that covers such behaviour toward children is a necessary and, nonetheless, tragic moment. It’s also a moment for us to remember the passion of those who have had to endure the trauma of destructive behaviour. As the Jews say of the Holocaust, ‘to forget is to commit the same mistake again’. At its most basic level the latter part of today’s Gospel reveals what we would expect of Jesus – he likes children and they like him.


It’s amazing how a couple of pieces of information can sometimes change the way a scriptural story is read, and its importance for our lives today. We know from other documents of the same period as the New Testament that children in first century Palestine had no rights. They were possessions of their fathers, and they could be bought and sold, exploited and even killed without any recourse to the religious or civil law.


One way in which a child was publicly claimed in this society was that only their immediate family could touch them. The story, then, of Jesus embracing the child in public was in itself a social challenge to accepted customs. But it’s much more than that. In taking the children in his arms, Jesus declares that they are possessions of no one, but they belong to us all as gifts. In the family of God, children are accorded the dignity and respect we would give to God.


Today’s Gospel tells us that those who deserve our attention and esteem are the ones who are the least, the most at risk or those who put their talents and gifts at their service by making the world a better place for them. Just as he did in the market place of Galilee when he took the children in his arms, Jesus has a habit of turning our world’s values upside down.
© Richard Leonard


Pre-Kindy and Kindy ACWY Meningococcal vaccine program​​

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 Meningococcal ACWY 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 Dec 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


Inigo Parent Talks

Ignatian Induction Program for Parents

All John XXIII College staff and parents are given the opportunity to participate in the Ignatian Induction Program.

The modules aim to provide staff and parents with the essence of the ethos of John XXIII College. They are a great opportunity to learn about lgnatian Spirituality and meet other parents to explore spirituality within an lgnatian context.


The program consists of six independent content modules with a certificate issued upon completion of all six modules.

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

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours during holidays

The Uniform Shop will be open on one day only during the school holidays.

Monday 8 October from 8:00 am to 5:45 pm.


During the Term we are open the following hours:

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

Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Summer Canteen Menu for Term 4

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 4.

There has been a very small price increase on a couple of items. 

We are making the transition to use sustainable and eco-friendly packaging for most, and hopefully all the food we produce in our kitchen, at school.  These do come at a higher cost, but we do feel it is necessary and important to play our part in looking after the planet.  The students and staff can help us, by having their own re-usable straws.


We thank you for your continued support and look forwards to being of service to you.

John XXIII College Alumni 


Community Notices



JTC Term 4 2018 Flyer .pdf
Canteen Term 4 Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
2018 Hong Kong Invitation.pdf
singapore 2019 - information for parents.pdf
singapore 2019- application form.pdf
Singapore OS tvl authority.pdf
Executive Officer.pdf
Executive Officer.pdf