10 May 2019
Issue Twelve
From the Principal
Parking and College Pick-up & Drop-off Guide
Around The Primary
Music - Week 12
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Who has dusty shoes?

Over the last week it was a privilege to witness the outstanding partnership between students, staff and families during our production of Mary Poppins. The 47 cast members worked tirelessly and behind the scenes they were supported by another 50 students undertaking a wide variety of roles. Our staff and parents completed the picture and the result was a superb production.


I love the story of Pope Francis in his earlier priestly life in charge of a Jesuit community. He used to encourage the young Jesuits to have an active presence with parishioners. After they returned from visiting families he used to check to see if ‘they had dusty shoes’ to determine whether the Jesuits had fully engaged with the lives of the parishioners and their daily routines and struggles. Another story related to Pope Francis being part of a community which had financial difficulties. He spoke to his fellow Jesuits and advised that they were going to have to become more involved in domestic duties. He then proceeded to take over the laundry and was up very early in the morning to ensure that this task was completed.


The theme of ‘servant leadership’ is often used. The Holy Thursday image of the Pope (and other priests) washing feet is powerful. Let us never forget that authentic power is service towards others.


Best wishes to our mothers on their well- deserved celebration this weekend. Parenting is such a pivotal role and the example provided by so many within our community is quite inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed attending our Primary School Mother’s Day Mass and thank all those involved in its organisation. It was beautiful to witness the interaction between our young students and their mothers.


We wish all our mothers a special weekend with their families.


Robert Henderson


Parking and College Pick-up & Drop-off Guide

Where to park on Campus

Early Years Car park

  • Available for parents with a child in Pre-Kindy, Kindy and or Pre-Primary. Access is via John XXIII Avenue (south of the main car park).
  • The vehicle gates to this car park are locked from 9:15am until 2:45pm each day to provide students with a safe and secure play area on the courts.
  • Please ensure you reverse park. Reverse parking helps keep our students safe as drivers have better visibility when exiting the car park.

Main Car park (off John XXIII Avenue)

  • Available for all families in Primary and Secondary School.
  • There are areas designated for pick up / drop off
  • Student parking is available in the Main Car park off John XXIII Avenue. This area is signed as being designated for students only.
  • Bays allocated for pick-up and drop-off are not parking bays on school days between 7:30am-9:00am and 2:30pm-4:00pm.

ACROD bays

  • Only vehicles with an ACROD permit may park in accessible bays and must clearly display the permit.

Staff Parking car parks

We have a number of Staff car parks across the College campus:

  • Staff car park that is accessible off Heritage Lane.
  • Staff car park that is accessible via the Main Car park off John XXIII Avenue between the Bus Shelter and St Louis Sports Centre.
  • There are also limited staff parking places available on the loop, accessible via Mooro Drive.

Visitor parking

  • There are limited visitor parking and reserved bays available on the loop accessible via Mooro Drive.

Pick-up & Drop-off Guide

The pick-up and drop off guide for the College are as follows:

The Loop (Mooro Drive entrance)

  • Available for morning drop off for Years 1-12 students.
  • Available for pick up for parents with a child in Years 1-3 (and their older siblings). Please have your surname sign displayed on your dashboard.
  • Teaching staff operate the loop for the afternoon pickup between 3:15pm and 3:30pm.

The Loop's Rules - Morning

  • Please drive all the way to the bottom of the loop (in front of the Administration building).
  • For safety, have your child exit from the non-driver (left) side of the vehicle.

The Loop's Rules - Afternoon

  • Try to keep Mooro Drive flowing:
  • Ideally, approach the loop from the west end of Mooro Drive. This allows an easy left-hand turn into the loop.
  • Smart queuing: When waiting for your child in the afternoon please drive all the way to the Administration building to queue (this allows more vehicles to queue off Mooro Drive).
  • Be easy to spot: Have your surname sign displayed on your dash board. The teachers will then call your child/children, ready for your approach.
  • Keep it moving: If your child isn't yet at the loop, then please 'keep looping'. This allows other parents (with children who are ready) to start pick up. Handy tip: If your child takes a little while to walk to the loop, then perhaps arrive a bit later. A teacher is on duty until 3:30pm
  • Keep it safe: Once you have stopped in front of the Administration building, please stay in your vehicle. Staff will help your child get into your car safely, from the non-driver side.

The Main Carpark

  • The main carpark off John XXIII Avenue is available for morning and afternoon drop off for Years 1-12 using allocated bays.
  • Bays allocated for pick-up and drop-off are not parking bays on school days between 7:30am-9:00am and 2:30pm-4:00pm.

Tips to make it safe for everyone

The beginning and end of the school day are busy times for pedestrians and drivers outside our school campus. You can help keep students safe by remembering the following:

  • Slow down around the College and drive safely.
  • Be aware, be courteous and be responsible.
  • Drop your child off and pick them up in designated pick-up areas (see below for further details).
  • Always take extra care in 40km school zones.
  • Observe and adhere to all regulatory signage and follow all parking signs - these help keep your child as safe as possible.
  • Never double park - it is illegal and puts children at risk.
  • Model safe and considerate pedestrian and driver behaviours.
  • Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.
  • Please make sure you carefully read the parking signs before you park your vehicle.
  • Vehicles on the College campus must be parked within marked bays at all times.
  • Vehicles may not park in no parking areas, no stopping areas, access ways or any area not officially set aside for parking, including verges, gardens and pathways.
  • Please use the John XXIII College carparks only. We need to respect our neighbours, as parking, even if for five minutes during morning or afternoon pick-up is causing inconvenience.


Year 11 ATAR Geography Fieldwork

On Monday 6 May Year 11 Geography students travelled to the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring to investigate the impact of bushfires on our environment.


The students did a case study of the high intensity Parkerville fire of 2014 that impacted severely on both the natural and built environment.


They also examined different areas of bush that had experienced low intensity prescribed burns and evaluated the impact of these fires on the natural environment.


Finally the students did an assessment of the built environment to determine how fire safe the area is and looked at preparation, mitigation and prevention strategies that could be implemented.


Thank you to Mrs Kalo Bell who assisted with her expertise on the day.


A very productive day – well done.

Linda Beech

HASS & Geography Teacher

Year 11 and 12 Examinations

The Semester One Year 11 and 12 Examination timetable has been released to students via the Documents tab in SEQTA. The examinations will be held from Monday 27 May to Friday 7 June. Students will receive a personalised examination timetable next week that they are required to bring to each examination. This replicates the process required for the WACE examinations held at the end of Year 12.


All examinations, except for languages and Music will be held in the lower A Block classrooms. Languages and Music will be conducted in the Learning Enrichment Centre. Students with special arrangements for their examinations are asked to confirm these with Mr Stuart Massey, Co-ordinator of Learning Enrichment prior to the examinations.

Year 12 Coaching

The Year 12 Coaching program began last week with the majority of students having completed their first coaching session. The feedback has been positive with students embracing the opportunity to speak about their academic goals. The clear focus of the coaching program has assisted students to clarify strategies they can implement to assist themselves to achieve their nominated goals.


Students and parents can view their goals in SEQTA via the Goals tab. These goals will become the reference point for the second coaching session, with students asked to reflect on their progress prior to the next meeting. Parents are also able to engage with their son/daughter about the goals and discuss any specific support they can provide to enhance the learning opportunities for their child.


The student presentation and list of coaches is available for viewing in the Documents tab in SEQTA.

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN

NAPLAN is commencing for Year 7 & 9 students Week 13, Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 May.


If a student misses a test on a particular day, they will be able to catch up the following day and go into week 14 if need be. Please note, that no student will be sitting more than one test per day.

As all testing is now online, please ensure your child has installed the Locked Down Browser App.

Practice online tests can be found at the NAPLAN Public demonstration site.


Please note, that headphones are essential and must be supplied by the student and checked beforehand. As the locked down browser is designed to shut other functions down once in the test, students must check that their sound is not muted and at an audible range. The recommended sound level is ¾.


If a student doesn’t have headphones, they must seek out their ADP prior to testing and a replacement cost will incur.


If you have any further queries please contact either (Assistant Deputy Principal Year 7) or (Assistant Deputy Principal Year 9)

Campion House Lap-A-Thon

Congratulations to the students of Campion House who participated in their annual Lap-A-Thon fundraising event on Thursday 9 May. The money raised will support LifeLink, a Catholic fundraising and promotional arm which supports and assists the work of social service agencies established by the Archdiocese of Perth. Campion students and staff were encouraged to run or walk as many laps of the College football field as they could in 30 minutes. While students participated in the Lap-A-Thon, they were asked to think about those in neighboring communities who are in need of practical care and assistance, encouraging Campion students to be ‘men and women for others’ 


Thank you to our Campion families and friends for your ongoing support and generosity toward such a successful and meaningful event on the Campion calendar. Students should hand in their donations to their Homeroom leaders over the coming week. 


We look forward to announcing our overall total raised! 

Carla Tripi  

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

There are times when only a mother's love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a mother's love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we've dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a mother's faith
Can help us on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a mother's heart and a mother's faith
And a mother's steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels
And sent from God above.

- Author Unknown


Today we celebrated a Mass dedicated to all our wonderful Mothers.


Thank you to Miss Dernie, Mrs Fontaine, Mrs Lumley and the Year 4 students for preparing the liturgy. A special thank you to Fr Greg Donovan for sharing God's blessings with our community.


A great sense of community was felt having our Mums gather together for Mass and morning tea. Those Mums who could not come along today, were also in our thoughts!



We wish all of our mums a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday and hope that they are surrounded by family and friends who show them how grateful they are for their unconditional love. We also keep a special prayer in our hearts for the families for whom Mothers’ Day may be challenging and difficult.



Kind regards,


Kylie Allen and Jodi Joyce

Assistant Principals Primary

Dates to Remember

Monday 13 May                      Pre-Primary Mother's Day Pamper Morning

Thursday 16 May                   Kindy OT Speech Information Evening (Part 2)


OT Night 

Last night our Kindy parents participated in an informative and interactive workshop presented by Sue Beurteaux, an Occupational Therapist. Sue provided a wonderful insight into how children learn and in particular why setting up strong foundation skills in the home and school are imperative and also important factors in fine motor and learning outcomes.


We look forward to seeing parents back for part two, next Thursday 16 May at 6:30pm in the MacKillop Room. Don't forget to bring your homework task along!


Amanda Kounis & Cayley King

Kindergarten Teachers



The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The assessments will be conducted throughout Week 3 and 4 of this term.


Assessments are a normal part of the teaching and learning cycle so there is no need for students to feel under added pressure during NAPLAN. Year 3 and 5 classroom teachers have spent time with their students teaching them how to navigate the screen when using the new Online assessments. We encourage all students to do their personal best, read questions carefully and to check over their work.


Monday 13 May Tuesday 14 May Wednesday 15 May


Y3 (paper test) & Y5 

Monday 20 May Tuesday 21 May Wednesday 22 May


Yr3 & Yr 5


Yr 3 & Yr 5


Yr 3 & Yr 5


Scribblers Writers Festival

Year 4 students attended the Scribblers Writers Festival at Scotch College on Wednesday.


During the day, they enjoyed listening to authors including Kristy Burne, Matt Stanton and Megan McDonald. Each author shared their writing journey and inspired the students in different ways. After each session, the students were given the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books signed.  


Reflections of the day:  

  • I was inspired by Matt Stanton because he was entertaining. We got to listen to him read a passage from his book ‘Funny Kid’ and he drew an illustration for us. Isabella Stewart  4B 
  • I enjoyed listening to Kristy Burne because she is so talented. She is a scientist and an author and writes non-fiction books. She writes about science facts I would never have known! Lydia Defrancesco 4G 
  • I really enjoyed listening to Matt Stanton because he was funny. I’m now excited to read his books! - Eliza Owen 4B  

The students really enjoyed the excursion and it has inspired them to create their own books in the future.  The Scribblers Writers Festival is open to families over the weekend, we certainly recommend it! 


Claire Dernie & Teresa Fontaine

Year 4 Teachers


Sport Update

What a great start! Student engagement in Physical Education lessons and their eagerness to play and improve is impressive.  


Next week our Year 5 and 6 students will begin the IPSHA winter sports competition when we host Loreto Nedlands Primary on Thursday afternoon.  I am looking forward to seeing our students in action and representing the school with pride. 


Steve Williams

Primary Sport Teacher


Swimming Stars

Five of our Primary Students participated in the Swimming WA Long Course State Championships over the school holidays. They produced some amazing personal best times and were awarded medals for their magnificent efforts.  Some of their highlights are provided below:


Sylvia Czajko (6B)

50 Freestyle – Bronze Medal

Girls 11-12 Freestyle Relay – Silver Medal

Mixed 11-12 Freestyle Relay – Silver Medal

6 Personal Best times from 8 individual events swum

Taj Dorrington (5G)

50 Backstroke – Gold Medal

Boys 9-10 Medley Relay – Bronze Medal

3 Personal Best times from 4 individual events swum

Matthew Mignacca (5B)

2 Personal best times

Bianca Petsos (6G)

800 Freestyle – Gold Medal

400 Freestyle – Gold Medal

200 Freestyle – Silver Medal

100 Freestyle – Bronze Medal

200 Backstroke – Bronze Medal

200 Individual Medley – Bronze Medal

Personal Best times in all 9 Individual events swum

Archie Ryan (6B)

50 Freestyle


Counsellor Corner 

I hope everyone has had a great second week back at school and that your children have adjusted happily to the school routine. It has been wonderful to see so many happy faces in classrooms and in the playground. If you have any concerns about your child please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available at school each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and also in the morning every Thursday. You’re very welcome to pop into my office in the primary quadrangle, give me a call or send an email.


This week I have included an article from Parenting expert Michael Grose celebrating the essential parenting of Mothers. I hope all of our Mothers have a wonderful day on Sunday and are really appreciated for the amazing job they do.


Anne Murphy

Primary Counsellor 

9383 0469



Parking Protocols

Please remember that the car park outside of the Pre-Primary playground is strictly for the use of Pre-Kindy, Kindy and Pre-Primary parents to drop off and pick up their children.  It is essential that we all show courtesy to other drivers and watch for pedestrians and cyclists so that everyone is safe.  Please reverse park in to the bays and observe that the blue bays are allocated to drivers with a disability.


Music - Week 12

Autumn Soiree 

The annual Autumn Soiree will be held on the evening of Friday, 24 May at 7:00pm in Roncalli Hall. Featuring performances from Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Swing Band and Treble Choir, the Soiree should be a night to remember! Tickets are essential for this popular concert featuring over 200 students and can be booked via the following link:


All students are to arrive at the Performing Arts Centre (Instrumentalists) and GBLT (Singers) by 5:30pm on 24 May in order to sound-check on stage. Students have the option of remaining at the College after school on the Friday, where they will be provided dinner. For student catering and supervision purposes, please complete the following form by Friday, 17 May: 


Dress for the evening is full College Winter uniform. 


Please contact the Music Department with any queries. 

Music Eisteddfod 

The John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod is now open for entries!  Held over two days – Sunday, 9 June (12:00pm - 6:00pm) and Monday, 10 June (9:00 am-1:00pm) - the Eisteddfod is open to all musicians at the College in a variety of categories. Entry is free and can be made through the following form: or, through College instrumental tutors. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to perform, with the chance to earn points for the Music Shield – won by Ward by a single point, last year! 


Categories include: 

  • Winds and Brass (Primary and Secondary of all levels) 
  • Piano (Primary and Secondary of all levels) 
  • Strings (Primary and Secondary of all levels) 
  • Voice (Primary and Secondary of all levels) 
  • Percussion (Primary and Secondary of all levels) 
  • Guitar (Primary and Secondary of all levels) 
  • Small Ensembles (Primary and Secondary of all levels) 


Please contact the Music Department with any questions. Entries for the Eisteddfod close on Monday, 27 May. 

Performance Uniform Sizing 

All students attending Music Tour must size a Performance Uniform by visiting the Music Department. All non-Tour, Secondary Music Students in an ensemble will be required to purchase the uniform in time for the Spring Soiree. Purchasing uniforms can be arranged through the Music Department up until the end of Term 2 for $125.00 after which they will be available through the Uniform Shop (prices at that later stage may be subject to change). 


Please contact the Music Department with any questions. 



Year 12 Drama study tour

The Year 12 Drama students spent a week in Melbourne during the holidays. They attended workshops run by the Victorian College of the Arts and also went to see plays in the evening, including performances at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The workshops were rigorous and very practical, focusing on voice, movement and play building skills. At the end of the week, the year 12’s performed, for an audience, a 20 minute piece based on the work they created during the week.  The students also had a session with Alumni Hamish Johnston (class of 2014), who talked about his experience auditioning and studying for an acting school, followed by the audition process for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, his first professional role. The students had a fantastic week, enjoying everything Melbourne has to offer. It was a very positive and enriching experience and the students worked brilliantly.

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Congratulations to all students who competed in the 2019 heats of the John XXIII Public Speaking Competition, and special thanks to the judges and officials, Ms Katie Imhoff, Ms Kalo Bell, Ms Mary-Anne Lumley, Ms Heather Charly, Rory Hewson, Charlie Richards, Eve Cullity and Nick Brennan.  Twenty-two students from Years 7-12 will compete in the Grand final on Tuesday, which will commence at 6.30pm (not 7pm as originally indicated). Our judges for the grand final will be Magis Captains from 2017 and 2018, Tom Paparo and Bella Spiro-Harrison, and 2018 Year 12 Public Speaking winner Kinia O’Brien. Good luck to all finalists. Judging from the quality of the heats this should be an outstanding evening.


Ten top senior students have just attended the Julie Arliss Gifted and Talented Conference at St Hilda’s School this Friday with gifted students from most top colleges in W.A. There will be a further report and photos in next week’s newsletter and Magis Memo.


After the successful Public speaking Breakfast last week, the next Academic Seminar Breakfast will be this coming Thursday at 7.30am in the College Library. This will be part of the training program for our twelve 2018 World Scholar’s Cup teams,  and will feature talks from our senior team which competed with great success at the 2018 World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University in America, and the current year ten team which finished third in the World in debating at the 2018 Global Round.  World Scholar’s sessions with teachers began this week with introductions to the special area (unsolved mysteries) and Literature. Teachers assisting me at both the Regional and Global rounds in 2018 will be Mr Christian Thompson and Ms Kirralee Dawson.


Interschool debating preparation recommences this coming week on Monday morning at 7.15am in preparation for round 3 of the WA Debating League fixtures in week 4. Warmest thanks to the teachers assisting with this important program.


There have been some excellent entries for the John XXIII Creative Writing competition, and entries will be accepted up to this coming Wednesday, 15 May. The competition is run by Magis but like the Public Speaking is open to all students.


Finally, I am advertising each week a range of excellent Gifted and Talented Programs our Magis and Altiora Students may be interested in. It is recommended that students consider these carefully and nominate for one or two during the year. These are external events for individual gifted students but can also gain points towards the Magis Champion Award for each year group. As an example, Alice O’Sullivan from Year 9 has excelled in the Golden Pen Creative Writing Award with her manuscript ‘Table Mountain and Me’ being  shortlisted for the Award, a wonderful achievement.  We have 11 students attending the 2020 Space Camp Tour to America, but other students may wish to consider the exciting five day Space Program ‘Mission Discovery’ at Curtin University in the coming July holidays. A NASA Astronaut is one of the key facilitators of this program. Information brochures are available from the Magis office.   Also occurring in the July holidays is the Jesuit National Debating Championships, and we will be sending a senior team to Xavier College, Melbourne to compete.

Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term Two

  • May 14 - Magis Public Speaking Final (GBLT)
  • May 17-18 - World Scholar’s Cup Camp
  • May 23 - Mental Maths Challenge
  • May 31 - J1 World Scholar’s regionals SHC
  • June 12 - Magis Academic Knowledge
  • June 26 - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

Those involved in NAS  Sport, the following schedule usually applies; 

  • Monday ‐ Year 7 
  • Tuesday ‐ Year 8 and Year 9 
  • Wednesday ‐ Year 10 and Years 11/12     

All fixtures finish by 5:15pm, 5:30pm for cricket. Please note that you will need to take into account  the time it will take to travel back to the College for away fixtures. 


Approximate return to John XXIII College arrival times are; 

  • Newman College – 5:30pm
  • Chisholm College – 5:45pm
  • Sacred Heart College – 5:45pm
  • Servite College – 5:30pm 

Occasionally fixtures need to be rescheduled due to exams, holidays and school events.  A copy of the sports fixtures can be viewed on the college website.



Senior Boys USA Basketball Tour – December 2019

Due to a late withdrawal there is a position open for a year 10-12 student willing and able to play basketball in the upcoming Senior Boys USA Basketball tour in December of this year. Please contact Mr Simon Carrello (Tour Manager) or Mr Andrew Osnain by the conclusion of Week 3 to express your interest.

Cross Country Training Years 7 – 12

Cross Country training is still underway with an impressive amount of students showing their commitment to the sessions over the school holidays. Training requires no nomination and is open to students of all ability levels. Training is scheduled on every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-7:50am up until our Interschool Carnivals have taken place.


Congratulations to Leila Barker (Year 8), Lucas Russell (Year 10) and Jenna Russell (Year 7) who have all been selected into the Gymnastics WA State team and will be competing at the 2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne later in May.


Also, congratulations to Charlie Hodge (Year 8) who has been nominated for the Westpac 2019 Junior Swimmer of the Year Award.


Further congratulations to Kyle Yeo who was part of the team that represented Western Australia in the Under 17 Badminton National Championship held in Adelaide in April 2019, where the WA Team won the Bronze Medal.


Netball Club

Years 7-12 and Alumni took to the courts last Saturday for grading round 1.  Well done to all the players for their enthusiasm and sportsmanship.


Good luck to the Years 2 – 6 teams this week.  


Team Managers have been assigned to each team and communication regarding the games will be distributed by your team manager each week.


All teams have now been graded into divisions which can be found on your Team List on the Club website:


The fixtures are now available via


Details of how to use this website and the My.Netball app for your mobile device can be found on our website.


If you are unbale to make a game, please let the coach know in advance as they will need time to adjust their game plan and find replacement players.  Team Managers, if you need fill in players please let the club know and we will make arrangements for you.


Netball is a team sport, and it is the expectation that all players attend training during the season.  Coaches put in a lot of effort to plan these sessions.  If you have a valid reason for not attending a training session, please contact your coach. 


As we are a school club and training sessions take place on school grounds the girls are required to wear school sports uniform and appropriate sports shoes to training sessions.


The official game day netball uniform for senior school is netball dress and blue and yellow bloomers.

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


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

Rowing Club

Rowing Club Quiz Night

We look forward to seeing you at the quiz night this Saturday, 11 May 2019 

Venue: Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College
Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
A bar selling wine, beer, cool drinks and snacks will be open
(Great prices) and BYO Food
On the night there will be raffles, games, silent auctions and a fun filled quiz!


  • A weekend away
  • A paint and wine night for a group of friends
  • A session with an Olympic rower
  • Original JTC oars
  • A Private Dining experience

Pathways and Transition

Careers and Vet Expo

As part of the Year 10 Pathway Planning Program students will visit the Careers and VET Expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre next Friday, 17 May. The Expo is Western Australia’s leading careers and education expo featuring representation from the State’s key education, training and employing organisations. In addition, there is representation from local and interstate universities and vocational training colleges.


The Expo commences on Thursday 16 May and runs for four days. There is no admission charge.

Dates and times

  • Thursday 16 May 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Friday 17 May 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Saturday 18 May 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday 19 May 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm


Fogarty Scholarship

The UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program is enriching our community by investing in exceptional young people who use their skills, abilities and commitment to lead positive change in our community, State and nation.


Established in 2004, the Program is a joint initiative of the Fogarty Foundation and The University of Western Australia and is one of Australia’s premier scholarship programs, awarding 10 new scholarships to students each year.


Each scholarship is valued at $10,000.

Further information:

Applications close on 26 May 2019

Open Day & Events


Open Day

Sunday 21 July 10:00am - 4:00pm
Events for future students


Open Day Joondalup Sunday 28 July
Open Day Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 11 August 
South West Sunday 25 August
Events for future students

Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 4 August 9:00am to 3:00pm


Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  2019
Open Day Sunday 28 July, 2019
Events for future students
Open Day  Peninsula Saturday 3 August
Caulfield & Clayton Sunday 4 August
Parkville Sunday 18 August
Events for future students



Further information available here:


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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 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


Do we need to scrap the whole notion of "screen-time"?

Some recent research condemns the category “screen-time” as too broad and ill-defined to be meaningful. The World Health Organisation begs to differ. Its new guidelines, released late last month, recommend strict screen-time limits for children - no matter what they’re viewing or how they’re viewing it in.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll examine the screen-time debate in detail. Today: the case for a more nuanced understanding.


Screen-time ain’t screen-time

According to this view, engaging with a screen can be a positive, negative or neutral experience, depending on the content and the context. Or, to put the same idea more simply, “screen-time ain’t screen-time.”


Playing Fortnite for hours, or wandering through the endless corridors of Instagram, cannot and should not be equated with spending the same amount of time composing original music on Garage Band, say, or creating a personal website. In the same way, the screen-time that consumes an increasing part of the school day is one thing. And zoning out with an endless YouTube loop of unboxing videos is quite another.

We all need a way to unwind - whether with Peppa Pig or Bachelor in Paradise. But that doesn’t make it a high-quality experience.

Quality over quantity

In other words, it’s not a matter of quantity, but of quality. Experts point to several dimensions that we should consider when distinguishing between low-quality and high-quality screen-time. First, is it interactive or passive? Games and sites that encourage users to create rather than simply watch score high on the interactivity dimension.


The educational value of screen-time is another critical dimension - although in practice it’s far from clearcut. Watching anime may seem passive, but if it leads to a lively interest in Japanese language, art and culture - well, not so much.


Finally, there’s the dimension of engagement versus disengagement. Screen-time that’s all about zoning out would rank high on the disengagement scale. That doesn’t make it dangerous. After all, we all need a way to unwind - whether with Peppa Pig or Bachelor in Paradise. But that doesn’t make it a high-quality experience.


No simple yardstick

Even within a particular content category - say, social media or gaming - a simple yardstick approach to screen-time may be of limited use.


A large-scale study published this month in the prestigious journal of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the impact of social media screen-time on British tweens and teens and found that, on the whole, the impact on their wellbeing was “trivial.” Overall, the study found, it accounted for less than 1% of their life satisfaction.


Not so fast!

The research had some serious limitations. For one thing, the sample included an odd age range: 10 to 15 - and responses dated back as far as 2009, when the social media world was ruled by the now-defunct MySpace platform, and well before the advent of Instagram and Snapchat.


More importantly, it relied solely on self-reports by children themselves. In other words, kids told researchers how much time they were spending and how they believed their life satisfaction was being impacted. Researchers took those responses at face value.

We need to retire this notion of screen-time.” 

Nevertheless, co-researcher Andrew Przybylski concluded that the findings constituted robust proof that “we need to retire this notion of screen-time.” He told the BBC “The results are not showing evidence for great concern.”


An experimental psychologist affiliated with the Oxford Internet Institute,  Przbykski and colleague Amy Orben have also disputed the nearly universally held view that screen-time before bedtime has negative effects on teens’ psychological wellbeing. They made the claim on the basis of another self-report study in a paper that received extensive media coverage after it was published last month in Psychological Science.


Alarmist headlines!!!

Family Zone cyber expert and clinical psychologist Jordan Foster of ySafe agrees that the category of screen-time can be overly broad.


“Much of the initial research and commentary about this topic has been alarmist, and stating that 'screen time is bad' is too simple and therefore inaccurate to accept this as a conclusion,” she observes.

“What we can say with confidence is that there are positive and negative elements to screen time, both in how much time kids are having and what they are actually doing on their screens.


“Parents who are actively involved in their kids’ digital lives can make more informed judgements about the impact of screen time on their individual child, and make adjustments as needed.”


Next week, we take a look at the other side of the screen-time debate - exploring the latest World Health Organisation guidelines that maintain that, in fact, screen-time is screen-time.


Community Liturgy

Students in Year 12 will be preparing the Community Liturgy next Friday at 8:00am. All are welcome: if you are new to the College or have not previously attended the Friday Liturgy, just come to the Chapel at 8:00am.  There are no reserved seats or special places and all the responses are on a PowerPoint.   


Community Liturgy summary

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

Sacrament Program - Congratulations


…to the following students in Year 4 who made their First Communion in the parish of St Thomas Apostle Claremont last weekend.  It was a beautiful celebration for the children, their families and their parish. 

  • Christopher Cooney
  • Stella Fullerton
  • Charlie Lennon
  • Campbell Tonkin

Information from Local Parishes

A brief summary of dates are provided below. For more detail, please check the College website or approach the Parish Priest or parish sacrament coordinator directly.


CITY BEACH: Holy Spirit

For families already enrolled in the program, the schedule is on the College website.

Further information:


CLAREMONT: St Thomas Apostle

Celebration of the Sacrament

Confirmation:                    Friday 9 August 6:00pm

Reconciliation:                  Wednesday 23 OR Thursday 24 October after school

Further information:


COTTESLOE: St Mary Star of the Sea

Registration for all Sacraments

Further information:

Registration Form:     


DOUBLEVIEW: Our Lady of the Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Confirmation:                   Saturday 8 June at 6:00pm Mass

First Communion:           Saturday 21 September at 6:00pm

                                                Sunday 22 September at 10:00am

Reconciliation:                 Saturday 26 October at 5:00pm

Further information:


FLOREAT/WEMBLEY: St Cecilia’s/Our Lady of Victories

Upcoming dates:        Thank you to those families who have completed the enrolment process. For those who have yet to do so, please provide us with your nominated dates with regards to workshops, reconciliation, rehearsals, etc. Email the Parish Office.  Further info:

NEDLANDS: Holy Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Term 2 – date to be finalised 

First Communion:            Sunday 16 June 2019,  8:45am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Saturday 3 August 2019, 6:00pm Mass 

Further information:



Registration form

Available from parish website:

Celebration of the Sacrament

First Communion:            Sunday 30 June 2019,  9:30am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Sunday 22 September 2019, 9:30am Mass 

Further information:

Contact: John Edwards 0438 527 050


SUBIACO: St Joseph’s

Expression of interest for all Sacraments

Contact: Bart Welten


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for the Easter Season
 “I give my sheep eternal life.” 

(John 10:27-30)

(While Easter Sunday was 21 April, the season of Easter continues until Pentecost, 29 June).


The following is an extract from a reflection by Greg Sunter for this Sunday’s Gospel.  Greg Sunter is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education and is the author of books on adolescent faith.

…In describing himself as the good shepherd, Jesus joined a distinguished list of biblical shepherds: Abraham, his son Isaac, and grandson Jacob were all shepherds; Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, when God appeared to him in the burning bush and revealed God’s name; and the great King, David, began life as a humble shepherd-boy. So, despite the poor reputation of shepherds in Jewish society, some of the greatest leaders of the Jews began life as shepherds.


Today’s gospel passage follows the famous ‘good shepherd’ passage in the gospel of John and continues on the image. The passage portrays Jesus as ‘claiming’ his flock; guaranteeing them not only safety but also eternal life….


In the gospel passage, Jesus says of the sheep that belong to him, ‘I give them eternal life.’ He does not say, I give them the promise of eternal life. The message that comes through the gospel of John is clear that eternal life is not some future existence, but rather a new way of being in the here and now. But that is not to suggest that there is not an ‘eternal’ quality to eternal life. The gospel of John makes clear that eternal life begins in the here and now but has no end.


© Greg Sunter



Winter sun protection

As the weather starts to get cooler many people start wondering if there is a need to protect themselves from the sun’s damaging rays. The answer is yes. There is still a need to protect ourselves, even in winter. It is important that SunSmart behaviour becomes a consistent lifestyle choice and is not solely associated with summer activities.


You can get burnt on windy, cloudy and cool days.


 Sunburn is caused by UV radiation (ultraviolet radiation), which is not related to temperature – a cooler or windy day in summer will have a similar UV index to a warmer day. If it’s windy and you get a red face, it’s likely to be sunburn. There’s no such thing as ‘windburn’.


You can also get sunburnt on cloudy days, as UV radiation can penetrate some clouds, and may even be more intense due to reflection off the bottom of the clouds.


Check the SunSmart UV Alert every day and protect your skin when UV levels are 3 or above, even when you are in the sun for short periods. The SunSmart UV alert is available at and in the weather section of most daily newspapers. A SunSmart app for iPhones that predicts the UV level for each day can also be downloaded from the iTunes App store.


So, whenever you’re outdoors don’t forget to cover up. Slip on a shirt, Slop on SPF 50+ sunscreen, Slap on a sunsmart hat, Seek shade and Slide on some sunglasses.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Cancer Council WA

Parents' Association

Term 2 - Monday 27 May

The Term 2 meeting will take place between 7:00pm-8:00pm on Monday 27 May in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. 


The deadline for submission of funding proposals for the Term 2 meeting has now passed. New proposals can be presented at next term's meeting. 


The funding proposals to be presented and voted on at this Term's meeting will be listed in next week’s newsletter.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee

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


Updated Bus Routes




Change in Canteen Menu

Parmalat have been unable to supple the 300ml Oak light milk.  We have changed over to the Milky Max chocolate and strawberry milk.  Please see new menu attached.


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 Term 2 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

Please note the uniform shop will be closed  for stocktaking on Wednesday 22 May.  Open as usual on Friday 24 May.


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.

John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

Ron Logan Cup (Football) – John XXIII Day


Theresa Elliott Shield (Netball) – John XXIII Day


1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 


10 Year Class 2009 Reunion


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion

For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 

Community Notices

Davies Road Redevelopment

The Road Redevelopment Project for Davies Road between Lapsley Road and Alfred Road is scheduled to commence on Monday 6 May 2019. The Council hope to have works completed before Friday 14 June 2019, weather and contractor availability permitting.
The proposed sequence of works is:

Week 1 - 2: from Monday 6 May until and including Friday 17 May. 

  • Remove the existing kerb, remove existing median island, install drainage pits, install retaining walls where applicable.

Week 3-4: from Monday 20 May until and including Friday 31 May. 

  • Remove existing road surface, install new kerbs and median islands, install new asphalt road surface, backfill behind kerbs, plant new street trees.

Week 5-6: General clean up and reinstatement.
Works are expected to occur during normal working hours between 7:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays. Some Saturday work may occur to complete the project on time.
Some crossovers may need to be modified by the Town’s contractor to better match any new road or kerb levels. 



Invitation with TryBooking.pdf
Insight-Mum's the work.pdf
Insight-Mum's the work.pdf
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
NAS Year 7 Fixtures.pdf
NAS Year 8&9 Fixtures.pdf
NAS Year 10 to 12 Fixtures.pdf
Guidelines, Process and Template for Funding Proposals.pdf
Davies Rd notification letter - 23.4.19.pdf
FAQ Road Rehabilitation.pdf