21 June 2019
Issue Eighteen
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 18
Netball Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Men Of John XXIII College
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

A changing educational landscape

Recently I have had the pleasure of meeting with Academics from several prominent Western Australian Universities. The meetings reinforced the changing nature of learning at tertiary level and I have found the discussions quite energising as our College commences the next phase of our Master Planning.


In schools we often talk about a ‘blended’ approach when combining traditional texts and more modern modes of technology. I was fascinated that one of the universities now allocates 98% of its library expenditure to online resources. The Vice Chancellor of another University indicated that they were not interested in spending money on new lecture theatres. Significant emphasis is being directed to ‘flipped classrooms’ where students meet in smaller spaces to engage in discussion and problem solving having previously accessed materials online. The traditional learning model is said to be ‘flipped’ upside down.


Of course, universities educate adults and schools are places of learning for younger people. However, an awareness of trends in the university sector can help guide our future planning. Pleasingly, the University staff have also been very interested in engaging with our staff on educational issues and the interaction has been mutually beneficial.


Trends in the workforce are equally pertinent. According to Deloitte, there will be a projected skills' shift in the workforce ahead: from hands to heads to hearts. The movement from manual labour (hands) to cognitive skills (head) appears relatively logical but increasingly future employees are likely to be strongly reliant on soft skills (heart). Interpersonal skills and creative roles with customer service and care for others will be highly valued. These components have always been important at our College and will continue to be reinforced in the years to come.


Robert Henderson


Cyber security information

Further to our notice in last Friday’s College newsletter, there have been recent articles in the media concerning the targeted cyber-attack against Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA).


John XXIII College, in conjunction with CEWA, has systems and measures in place to monitor and respond to cyber-security incidents and we will continue to work closely with cyber-security experts to mitigate and address any potential breaches. In the instance where a cyber-attack may occur, the College follows a stringent reporting process including notification to those who may be affected.


Potential incidents of this nature are a timely reminder that cyber-security is something that all members of our community should be aware of.


As cyber-security incidents become more sophisticated, it is important to be aware that they may take the form of emails from people you don’t know, may appear to be from a person you may know or may be sent via individual accounts. It is important to be vigilant and take notice of the language used, the type of email (blank email body, or including links or attachments), and what the domain or the link points to.


To best protect the security of your personal information, it is suggested that online passwords are regularly changed, that you carefully review the sender of emails and be cautious of links and attachments. You may also want to consider checking that the anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on your electronic devices is up to date.


If you believe you have been impacted, or have clicked on a link that may have compromised your device:


Install an Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware tool on any computers/devices you regularly use: Examples or such tools include:

Review your email account for misuse and signs of intrusions: This may include unusual forwarded emails, mail rules being created, unusual activity in your sent items mail folder.


Check for signs your account has been hacked:

  • You may find you can no longer log in to services as your password may have been changed.
  • Unusual inbox activity – for example, if you stop receiving email to your inbox, but can send emails without a problem
  • You are receiving unexpected emails that appear different to your usual junk mail
  • People you know advise you about unusual emails and random links
  • Your system is acting up - redirected internet searches, unexpected installs, rogue mouse pointer activity etc.


If you discover you have been impacted:

  • Make sure you can still log in and change your password immediately. You should follow the relevant process to reset your password and ensure it is complex and meets minimum security standards
  • If the same password is being used to log into other services/applications, change your passwords immediately
  • If required, contact your internet service provider (email/internet)
  • Check and register email addresses and/or credentials at This will assist you in determining if your credentials have been reported as being breached in any cloud services (Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook etc)
  • Check sent items to see what emails have gone out and notify people if you are concerned that spam emails may have been sent to them from your account.


Mock Trials

Round 3 of the 2019 Law Society of Western Australia Mock Trial Competition was held on Monday night at the Supreme Court. Our team went up against Rossmoyne Senior High School - appearing for the Defendant in a civil case claiming damages after a defamatory Facebook post. The team persuasively argued that the defendant was justified in publishing the Facebook post consisting of text and a picture of the plaintiff.

The Judge commended the witnesses on their fastidious recollection and the barristers for their superb line of questioning and quick objections.


There is a lot of preparation involved in the lead up to trial, but coming off exams, we had only a week to prepare for this case. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students who, despite their busy schedules, diligently attended lunchtime and after school meetings. I would also like to thank the other members of our team who came along on the night to offer support.

Our Round 3 Team included: 

  • Barrister 1: Charlie Richards
  • Barrister 2: Rory Hewson
  • Solicitor: Sam Falzun
  • Witness 1: Liam Hurley
  • Witness 2:  Reuben Patchett
  • Judges Associate:  Cullen Binet
  • Reserve: James Langton & Alex Panther.

Congratulations to our 2019 Mock Trial team on another win (three for three) – and best wishes for the next round. In omnia paratus.


Daisy Farley

Morgan Ball

Politics & Law

Building a wall of welcome during Refugee Week

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict has risen to a 70 year high with close to 71 million people being displaced from their homes.


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Global Trends report, shows that roughly 37,000 people were forced to leave their homes every day last year because of war.


Around half the world’s refuges today are children and of those almost 140,000 were unaccompanied or separated last year, which means that they are either travelling alone or without a parent or adult family member and that makes them highly vulnerable.


Reconciling God,

we pray for the day when all Australians stand together

recognising that we are called as one people to compassion and justice.


You call us to stand in solidarity with those who are most vulnerable,

especially refugees and asylum seekers who risk all

to find protection and a secure future for their families.


In this Refugee Week, open our hearts

so that Australia is kind and welcoming

to those who have journeyed to find a safe place to call home.


Hear our prayer offered in the name of your son, Jesus,

who was himself a refugee.


Year 7 retreat

This week the Year 7 students participated in their retreat experience. The theme of the retreat this year was experience God in our communities. Through an energetic and engaging series of games, talks and opportunities to share in small group discussions the students explored both faith and life. They thought about how the love we find in our families and the friendships we develop at school are reflections of the love that comes from God. They were reminded that this is also the foundation of our membership of the Church, that we are all known and loved by God and each other. The day ended with a wonderful Mass celebrated by Fr Rodrigo.


A huge thank you goes out to the 24/7 Youth Ministry Team who so ably facilitated the day, to Fr Rodrigo for joining us and especially to the students themselves who entered into the day with a positive and engaged attitude.

Here are some quotes  from the students:

"The Year 7 retreat day 2019 enabled us to bond with our friends and other students we may not have met before. This retreat day taught us how to bond with God and let us understand different communities and what relationships we build within them."


"The Year 7 Retreat Day was an amazing experience because it taught me a lot about trust and teamwork. I learnt about God and how he created love."


"Our retreat day was a fun and exiting way to connect with God and learn about all the different communities we are a part of; our family, school and parish communities. The way we learned about these aspects were through entertaining activities with friends in our cohort."


"I would say it was very good bonding experience, to become closer to God and all our Year 7 friends. I would highly recommend it to other kids of our age."


"It was a good way to connect with God and have a think about life."

Aaron Peters

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 7

Year 11 Dinner Dance

Last Friday night the Year 11’s had their Dinner Dance at the Bendat Basketball Centre. It was fantastic to see the students dressed up for the occasion and celebrating together post exams. The dinner plates had barely been cleared when the dance floor became packed, and stayed that way for the remainder of the night.


Special thanks to Jeff Jansen and his team for doing an amazing job of glitzing the venue up in the Great Gatsby theme; Sam Tout for photography; and all of the staff that joined us on the evening to celebrate with the students.

James McLaughlin

 Assistant Deputy Principal Year 11

Year 8 Guest Speaker- Paul Litherland

Paul Litherland from Surf Online Safe was welcomed back to the College speaking to the Year 8 students on Thursday 20 June during their year assembly. With a wealth of experience having worked as a WA Police Officer for 20 years, including within the Technology Crime Investigation Unit, he spoke about the damaging nature of Cyber Bullying and the new Intimate Image Abuse legislation. A number of engaging, real life stories and examples were shared throughout the presentation, as well as offering advice and solutions. Paul hopes to make the online world safer by sharing these stories with students and making a difference in their lives.

Kalo Bell
Assistant Deputy Principal   Year 8

Open your heart and home to hosting a student from Japan

Many thanks to the families that have so generously offered to host one of your young Japanese students for two weeks in Term 3.


We still require another 20 families, so if your family is able to host a female student from Japan from 28 July to the 10 August, then please do not hesitate to click this link for further information. Please complete the attached Host Family Application Form and return it to me at at your earliest convenience.


Opening your heart and home to someone from another country is a wonderful opportunity to expose your family to understanding another culture.


This will be our 21st exchange with Fujimi High School! The length of our relationship reflects the loyalty, strength and success of the program.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was lovely to see some parents and grandparents joining us at Mass this morning.  Special thanks to Ms O’Connor and the Year 5G students for preparing the readings and prayers and to Fr Rodrigo for his spiritual guidance.


Even though it has been so cold, many students have braved the elements and participated in Cross-Country training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. A big thank you to Mr Williams for training the students and to all the students for their dedication to coming to training each week. Special thanks to the staff and parents who have assisted with these fun and energetic training sessions.


We recognise that whilst email is a wonderful way to communicate, it is not always the most effective. The best way to have a discussion is to meet face to face or via a phone conversation. Teachers can be emailed to book a mutually convenient meeting time. When contacting teachers via email, please keep the emails brief. Teachers are in class during the day and also do a playground duty each day so please do not expect an immediate response. If it is an urgent matter please phone the school office.


It has been great to see parents wearing their badges around the College – thank you! Just a reminder, all parents and visitors also need to ‘sign-in’ using the iPads located in the front office or in the Early Companions Centre when volunteering around the College.


Kind regards, 


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Congratulations to Lisa and Paul Ferraro on the safe arrival of their beautiful daughter, Aurelia Anna Ferraro born on Monday 17 June.


Dates to Remember

Monday 24 June

Y2 Excursion Peninsula Farm

Tuesday 25 June

Y5G Music Concert, Music Room 9.45am

Wednesday 26 June

Y5B Music Concert, Music Room 8.50am

Y4 24:7 Eucharist Retreat

Thursday 27 June

IPSHA Winter Lightning Carnival

Friday 28 June

Mass 1B

Y5 Excursion Parliament House

Sports News

Year 5 and 6 Interschool Sport

The Year 5 and 6’s had their final matches before the Year 6 Winter Carnival next Thursday.  They took on Carmel School in netball, soccer and AFL whilst the hockey team had an exciting floorball tournament


Cross Country

A reminder that there is no cross country training next Thursday 27 June due to the Winter Carnival.  Otherwise meet outside the gym each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:30 rain, hail or shine!


Steve Williams

0477 970 099

Mini beasts Mania

On Wednesday Year One students came up close with some spineless wonders. They were able to hold and observe some magnificent mini beasts. The students were so amazed by them and there was lots of giggling and gasps as they gently touched them. Our parent helpers were brave too and encouraged the students to have closer look even if it was a little scary at times.



Marvellous Mathematicians

Last term some Year 5 and 6 students took part in a Problem-Solving Mathematics competition that runs Australia wide. The students were faced with tricky real-world problems which challenged their mathematical knowledge and understanding. The students have received their certificates from their class teachers this week.  Congratulations to all our marvellous mathematicians!


Certificate of High Distinction

Y5 Devan Finn

Certificates of Distinction

Y5 Carla Kavanagh, Elise Kwei, Thomas Walsh & Georgette Watson
Y6 Jackson Bosnich & Isabella Desiati 

Certificates of Credit

Y5 Thomas Beach, Gracie Byrne, Christopher Cesare, Oscar Croudace, Poppy Finucane, Catherine Gazia, Lauren McLernon, Matthew Mignacca & Lucy Morgan
Y6 Greg Briede, Sylvia Czajko, Oliver Defrancesco, Olivia Gardner, George Griffiths, Sofia Lamattina, Ella Matthews, Jennifer Ong, Bianca Petsos, Thomas Townsend, Joshua Tyson & Austin Vujcich

Certificates of Participation

Y5 Luca Robson & Oliver Wever
Y6 Hunter Bovell, Christian Buzzard, Amelia Hennessy, Khyan Mann & Lana O'Gorman


Family Zone for Free

All families are encouraged to 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



Sacramental Certificates

As your children celebrate receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, please email copies of these certificates to for College records.


Can you help?

The Catholic LifeLink Agency, ‘The Shop Front’ provides meals for those in need who call in and has shower facilities for those who are homeless.

We are collecting travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, as well as, tooth brushes, toothpaste and combs/brushes. Many of these items are often provided by hotels and are a suitable size for distribution by the volunteers at The Shop Front. Donations can be placed in the basket in the front office.

As The Shop Front is a special place of hospitality and sharing they would also greatly appreciate any donations of blankets or sleeping bags (new or pre-loved).




Music - Week 18

Music Camp

Good luck to the 220 Secondary Music Students who will spend the weekend rehearsing in New Norcia! These students will present a special concert in the Monastery township on Sunday 23 June at 2:00pm – all families and friends are welcome to attend.

Performance Uniform Sizing

All Secondary Music Ensembles will transition to a Music Performance Uniform over the course of the following term. Students attending Tour will premiere the uniform in Sydney while, all other ensembles will perform in the new uniforms for Spring Soiree in Term 3.


Sizing and purchasing uniforms can be arranged through the Music Department up until the end of Term 2 for $125 (which includes a jacket and trousers), after which they will be available through the Uniform Shop (prices at this later stage may be subject to change). Students may attend the Music Office during any out-of-class time to try on uniforms. All secondary students in a large ensemble should size their uniforms by the end of Term 2.


Please contact the Music Department with any questions.


Coming soon in Drama


  • Year 8 Drama Performance
    And Now For Something Completely Python
    Monday 1 July
    5:00pm, Roncalli Hall

  • Year 10 Drama Night
    Show Bag
    Wednesday 3 July
    7:00pm, Roncalli Hall

Senior House Theatre Sports competition

Congratulations to Campion and Loyola who came equal first in the 25th annual Senior House Theatre Sports competition this week. Loreto was second. It was a very entertaining night of theatre sports games where every team shone and the standard across all teams was high. It was a tight competition and a close finish.

The winning teams consisted of:

Milla Rahaman

Gabrielle Seah

Nick Huston

Paul Nedelkos

Jordan Lummis

Ellie Rahaman

Conor Doyle

Lucy Lalor



Junior House Theatre Sports competition


George Tsakisiris
Head of Drama


Next Wednesday 26 June will see the combined Magis Awards Breakfast and Personal Project opening take place in the Library commencing with a light breakfast at 7:30am.  About 50 Magis and Altiora students will be receiving awards in areas including Da Vinci Decathlon, Academic Spelling and Mental Maths Challenges, Creative Edge Challenge at Curtin University, John XXIII Public Speaking and Creative Writing competitions, World Scholar’s Cup and several special awards.  Following this there will be the Opening of the Years 7 and 8 Magis Option Personal Project display. Thirty projects will be on display, and a colourful Project catalogue booklet will be distributed. There are many fascinating projects, and these will be on display for other students at recess and lunchtime.  Congratulations to all students on the creativity they have shown.


The final round of the WADL Debating League Schools’ competition was held at Christchurch College on Tuesday. It was  very  successful with all our Years 12, 11, 10 and Year 8 teams winning, along with two of the Year 7 teams, whilst our Year 9 teams debated extremely well, losing narrowly against strong opposition.  The WADL make-up round takes place this Wednesday evening, and results will determine whether a couple of teams make the finals.  However, congratulations to the Year 7 team of Maya Mintz, Wesley Soares, Hannah Johnson and Meg Derbyshire who won again on Tuesday to complete their qualifying rounds undefeated and win the zone pennant.  Congratulations to all teams and special thanks to our many supportive parents and the teachers, Ms Kirralee Dawson, Ms Maryanne Lumley, Deacon Aaron Peters, Ms Bonita Devanand and Ms Debra Needham for their great assistance to the teams.


Our senior Mock Trials team, headed by Magis leaders Rory Hewson, Charlie Richards and Cullen Binet had another great win against a strong Rossmoyne Highschool team last Monday at the Supreme Courts, and is undefeated after three rounds. Congratulations to the team and to Ms Daisy Farley and Ms Morgan Ball for their outstanding work with   the students.  Rory, Charlie and Cullen are key members of the Year 12 Interschool debating team and Rory and Cullen will team up with Aden Cleghorn and Xavier Carr in the Jesuit National Debating Championships at Xavier College in Melbourne at the start of the coming holidays. World scholar’s Cup teams for the Global round in Sydney next term are also being finalised, and  further details will be in next week’s newsletter.



Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term Two

  • 26 June - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast


Hotspurs Hockey Game

A combined senior hockey team made up of the strongest male and female hockey players in Years 10, 11 and 12 played an exhibition match against the Hotspurs Hockey team on Tuesday June 18. The Hotspurs are a team made up of current and former Premier League, State and National level players. They aim to promote and develop junior hockey in Western Australia.


With an experienced and talented opposition that included a number of former Hockeyroo and Kookaburra players it was always going to be a difficult game for the John XXIII College students.


The JTC team opened the scoring early in the first quarter but this prompted the Hotspurs into action, and they scored the next two. To their credit the JTC students didn’t give up and continued to attack and use their pace to advantage. The game ended with a final score line of 6-5 in favour of the Hotspurs. It was a free-flowing, action-packed game and a great learning opportunity for each of the students involved.


The game against JTC is a new initiative and will hopefully become an annual event. Thanks to Mark Pownall (current parent) for his involvement in getting this fixture organised.

Mr Cameron Tremayne

Head of Learning Area - Health and Physical Education


Congratulations to Aislinn Morris, Year 11, for being selected as a member of the 2019 Australian U17 Girls’ Squad for softball.


Netball Club

Looks like we may be in for another wet weekend!  Netball is a winter sport and games will be played in the rain. If there is any chance that a game is cancelled, you will be notified by your Coach and or Manager. Any forfeits from today will attract a fine from PNA.


Please remember the umpires are someone’s daughter and one day it could be your daughter.  Derogatory comments of any sort are intimidating.  The umpires are doing their best and are often making thousands of decisions per game.  Without them the games cannot be played. Many of them are training for qualifications so please understand that it is their job to enforce the rules even if it may seem harsh. 


Coaches and parents are not permitted to run up and down the sidelines of the courts or stand behind the goal posts along the base line. 

Code of Conduct

When you signed up for netball you agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct. Some key points are:


  • Play by the rules and spirit of the game
  • Bullying of team-mates is not acceptable
  • Never argue with an official
  • Control your temper
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team
  • Cooperate with your coach
  • Respect the rights and dignity of all participants
  • Never consider cheating
  • Learn to accept both victory and defeat with good grace
  • Social media comments regarding anyone should always be positive.

Parents & Spectators

  • Support all the players in the team
  • Be positive about the coaches and umpires and behave accordingly 
  • Do not question coaches or umpire’s decisions if you have an issue contact the coordinator relevant to your age group
  • Do no coach from the side-line
  • Offer help to the coach if the girls are not listening or behaving appropriately
  • If you have an issue regarding the standard or manner of coaching or umpiring speak to the coordinator relevant to your age group to discuss it.

The full Code of Conduct can be found on the Club website.


Here’s hoping the weather is kind to us all over the weekend. Best of luck to all teams.

Pathways and Transition

Training Direct – Aegis Montgomery House

John XXIII College students are completing a workplace training at Aegis aged care facility at Montgomery House and on completion will receive a nationally recognised Certificate III Health Services Assistance qualification through Registered Training Organisation Tubal. 

Students are able to earn while they learn with this school-based traineeship, giving them valuable paid experience in the workplace, as well as an opportunity on completion to transition into nursing studies diploma, or to use their qualification to work in a hospital as a Nursing Assistant.


School holiday events at The University of Notre Dame

1-on-1 Advice Sessions – 8-12 July

Considering your uni options but unsure of the right degree for you? Our advisors can introduce you to a range of programs that match your strengths and interests to help you find the right degree for you. We'll answer your university questions and you can even submit your application on the day! 



A Day in the Life of a Uni Student – Friday 19 July

For Year 10, 11 and 12 students

Experience what uni life is like at Notre Dame – where you are trained in critical thinking – so you can separate real news from fake news, truth from lies and information from knowledge. Get a taste of our degrees by taking part in lectures and activities, meet current students and academics, and check out the facilities with a campus tour.


Register now at

Call 08 9433 0533 or email for more info

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



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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


Three safe social messengers for kids

There are lots of good reasons mainstream social media platforms aren’t appropriate for kids under 13. But that doesn’t stop them wanting to connect with friends online.

The good news is there are some great options for safe social sharing for the younger set.

Here are three you might like to test-drive.



  • Age 4+
  • Cost: One-week free trial, monthly $7.49 subscription fee thereafter.
  • In-app purchases

Azoomee combines features of a learning app, an entertainment app and a safe social media platform offering age-appropriate games, music, stories, videos, drawing, and chatting with friends.

Parents start by creating a master account, and specifying an age for each child’s account.  Kids can connect with friends by swapping their unique friend codes, but parental approval is necessary for all friendships. Users get access to a wide range of video, audio, gaming and creative content - all of it hosted by Azoomie. That means kids aren’t using YouTube or other outside tools or sites.

Since the subscription rate covers all of the child accounts on a log-in, families with multiple kids will get more bang for their buck.

VERDICT: Fun, safe space to learn, connect and have fun.



  • Age 4+
  • Cost: Free

An ideal social network for families, GeckoLife has been designed with kids' safety and privacy in mind. Parents create accounts and receive notification of their kids' activities - which can include approving posts and follows, depending on how the account is set up.

The app is organised into “canvases,” each with its own privacy setting. This allows parents to customise exactly who can see a canvas, which can include pictures, posts, and comments. Videos can’t be shared on GeckoLife.

VERDICT: A great introduction to social media for kids that allows parents to model and teach responsible habits.


Girl2Girl Wall 

  • Age 4+
  • Cost: Free
  • In-app purchases

Designed for girls 7 - 15, Girl2Girl invites users to chat about “boys, makeup, friends, crushes, cliques, bullying, celebs” and also to join interest groups (writers, animal lovers, nutrition, etc) and find penpals. But what really sets this platform apart is that ALL user-generated material is screened by real-life (that is, human) moderators to ensure content is bully-free and age-appropriate.

The app itself is free but there are pop-ups, links to other social media, quizzes and product surveys that may pose a risk to children’s privacy.  


VERDICT: Bully-free starter social networking for girls. Be careful for younger users.


Community Liturgy

Community Mass is a joyful gathering of students, parents, staff and friends who make up the John XXIII College family.  All are welcome, just come to the Chapel at 8:00am. 


Thank you to Pilgrimage students for preparing today’s liturgy.  Next Friday, students in St Louis will prepare our Mass, in honour of their patron, St Aloysius Gonzaga.  Families of St Louis House – you are particularly welcome!

Community Liturgy summary

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

Sacrament Program 



… To these students in Year 6 who recently made their Confirmation and celebrated the sacrament with their family in their parishes.


Callum de Andrade

Oliver Defrancesco

Amelia Hennessy

Torren Jakovich

Tom Townsend

Ruby Verleg

Ethan Williams


A number of students in Year 4 will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time this weekend.  Let us keep all these students and their families in our hearts and in our prayer at this special time. 


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for: Feast of Corpus Christi

“They all ate and were filled.” – Luke 9:11-17

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is an extract from a longer 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.

… The devotion we as Catholics have to Christ's presence in the Eucharist is precisely caught up in the meal Jesus left us. Therefore it is right that the food we share and venerate should look inviting and be broken, for this is what Jesus did at his final supper and what he offers us as gifts – himself, broken and poured out in love.


… Not only in grand cathedrals or libraries of words does God visit us. Not only in prophets' speeches or laws set in stone. But in simple gifts of broken bread and poured wine. The action of being broken and poured out is the core of what we believe: our God poured himself out in love for us in Christ; Jesus was broken unto death for us so that we might be made whole; the Spirit gives us strength and courage to face the daily breakings and pourings that make up our lives and every time anyone, anywhere shares bread or passes a cup with those in need, our God is really present.



Following the Trinity's example, this pattern is repeated in all faithful Christian lives too. The martyrs, the saints and all of those we know who have gone before us, having led lives of selfless devotion, continue to embody the Body and Blood of Christ we venerate.


And so to us. When we come forward, when we say ‘Amen’ and receive into our hands the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation we too take on to ourselves the invitation to become what we receive: a body broken in love, blood poured out in hope that the world may be saved from itself and find life to the full in Christ.


© Richard Leonard


Teenagers and sleep

Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between nine and 10 hours of sleep every night. Yet most adolescents only get about seven or eight hours. Some get less.


Regularly not getting enough sleep leads to chronic sleep deprivation. This can have dramatic effects on a teenager’s life, including reduced academic performance at school.


Causes of sleep deprivation

  • Hormonal time shift – puberty hormones shift the teenager’s body clock forward by about one or two hours, making them sleepier one to two hours later. Yet, while the teenager falls asleep later, early school starts don’t allow them to sleep in. This nightly ‘sleep debt’ leads to chronic
  • Hectic after-school schedule –homework, sport, part-time work and social commitments can cut into a teenager’s sleeping time.
  • Leisure activities –the lure of stimulating entertainment such as television, the internet and computer gaming can keep a teenager out of bed.
  • Light exposure – light cues the brain to stay awake. In the evening, lights from television, mobile phones and computers can prevent adequate production of melatonin, the brain chemical  (neurotransmitter) responsible for sleep.
  • Vicious circle – insufficient sleep causes a teenager’s brain to become more active. An over-aroused brain is less able to fall asleep.
  • Social attitude – in Western culture, keeping active is valued more than sleep.
  • Sleep disorders – sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnoea, can affect how much sleep a teenager gets.
  • Some effects of sleep deprivation:  concentration difficulties, mentally ‘drifting off ‘ in class, shortened attention span, lack of enthusiasm, moodiness and aggression, depression, slower physical reflexes, reduced sporting performance, reduced academic performance, increased number of ‘sick days’ from school because of tiredness.

Preventing sleep deprivation

Some suggestions include:

  • choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.
  • Avoid using mobile phone, computer, loud music, homework, or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep-wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain.
  • Avoid having any food or drink that contains caffeine after dinnertime. This includes coffee, tea, cola drinks and chocolate.
  • Avoid recreational drugs (including alcohol, tobacco and cannabis) as they can cause you to have broken and poor quality sleep.
  • Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.
  • Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work.
  • Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference.
  • See your doctor if self-help techniques don’t increase your nightly sleep quota.


For further information go to:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Resource: Better Health Channel

Men Of John XXIII College

Men of John XXIII College Social Night

How do you balance being a father, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and MC. Peter Rowsthorn will bring his unique sense of humour to our “End of Financial Year” Fathering Project Social Night. Peter is a long time JTC Dad and supporter of the Fathering Project. In-between a few laughs, enjoy his experiences of fathering and lessons he has learnt along the way.

Date:                  Friday 28 June

Time:                  6:30 -7:00pm Meet for drinks. 7:00– 10:00pm

Venue:               Cambridge Bowling Club, 39 Chandler Ave West, Floreat

Drinks:               Purchase at the bar

Food:                  Pizza and Pasta supper

Cost:                   $20.00

More info:


“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII

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




Canteen Menu

Please see 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.

New school skirt

The shop now has full stock of the new school skirts for both primary and secondary.

Come and try them on.  


We have a special offer for those who recently purchased (from late October 2018) our old skirt design. If you bring back your skirt, we will refund you half the cost of the skirt, so you can put this towards the purchase a new school skirt.


Chat to our friendly team at the uniform shop for further information.


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 

‘Save the Date’ 60th Reunion Loreto Claremont Class 1959

  • A lunch will be held on Thursday 17 October, 2019. 
  • To register interest or for further information, contact 
  • Liz Prendergast 0412 642 256
  • Mary Graeme 0428 338 285



10 Year Class 2009 Reunion


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion


40 Year Class 1979 Reunion

  • Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:00pm
  • Athol Hobbs Room, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 


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

Community Notices


Women prompting change in the Church
Wednesday 26 June, 6-9pm

Catholic women are warmly invited to a  free panel discussion with: Theologian Dr Margaret Scharf OP;  

Anglican priest Rev Tess Milne; and  Religious Studies scholar Scilla Stack discussing the role of women

in the Christian Church and their thoughts on the way forward, followed by an open discussion.

Date: Wednesday 26 June from 6.00pm - 9:00pm. Light refreshments served from 6 - 6.30pm.

Venue: Trinity College, 2 Trinity Ave Perth (parking available, Red & Yellow CAT buses travel to Hale St).

RSVP by 23 June to Kerry phone 08 93975988 or SMS to 0400 886 835 or email


Y4 RE Xavier Parker.pdf
Information to host a family.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.pdf
Image Source:
Image: Philip Rawlings
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
2019 Letter inviting families to host.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.docx