26 July 2019
Issue Twenty-one
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 21
Netball Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Parents' Party
Men Of John XXIII College
College Charter Bus
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
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John XXIII College Alumni 
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From the Principal

Fit for purpose

Traditionally, schools have been regarded as being part of the ‘not for profit sector’. Our Business Manager, John Cumming, uses a much more appropriate phrase of the College being ‘for purpose’. The theme of Mission (or purpose) resonated at a recent Jesuit Schools’ conference I attended with Mrs Bouwman (Deputy Principal) and Ms Murphy (Director of Faith and Mission).


One of the presenters posed some pertinent questions to the Jesuit and Companion School attendees:

  • Why were we founded?
  • What is our Mission?
  • Are our children safe?
  • What voices are missing?
  • What might unravel us?

We were asked to discern our responses to those questions. Discernment was beautifully described as where prayer and action meet. The questions are particularly relevant to our College at a time when we are strategically planning for the next decade. We require a coherence between our vision for learning and teaching ensuring that the essence of our Catholicity is maintained and enhanced.


With a Plenary Council to be conducted in Australia in 2020 the words of Pope Francis are particularly heartening:

The thing the Church needs today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.

I see the Church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if they have high cholesterol and about the level of blood sugars. You have to heal their wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.

Heal the wounds, heal the wounds... And you have to start from the ground up.

Welcome to the College

Best wishes to three new students joining the College for the first time, welcome back to Ms Wing Chi Chan from parental leave and to Mr Jerram Gibson our new secondary teacher and Rowing Coordinator.


Robert Henderson



Science Club

Science Club is open to all abilities and is an opportunity for students to explore, investigate and design. It is a casual club held on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Each term there is a different focus and activities occur around a theme. Last Semester the themes of 'design' and 'create' were the basis for the lunchtime activities. Patience and focus were required over a few lunch times to complete the tasks.

First up, an engineering challenge was set to design the highest spaghetti tower that could suspend a marshmallow. Students were given limited resources and a set time. Trials were made and improvements in the original designs occurred.


The next design challenge involved creating a balloon powered boat. Glue guns were put to great use as students came up with new ways to use old takeaway plastic containers. Students needed to think about what made a boat move further and faster in the water. Some had great success and managed to move the boats across the school pool whilst other boats spun in circles. This is all part of the life of a Scientist - not everything works out as planned!

A quick activity on how to heat a water balloon with a flame and not make it pop was next. This then led to another design challenge. A twist on the egg drop, students needed to come up with a container for a water balloon that when dropped from a high building prevented the balloon from popping. Students tested at multiple levels and redesigned original ideas to save the water balloon from destruction.

The first activity of the Create theme involved students creating simple motors using batteries and homopolar magnets. This required patience and many readjustments to get it to work.


By the middle of Term Two, students were feeling the stress of assessments and so it was appropriate that stress balls were created using slime as a centre filling. Students took the time to get the consistency of the slime correct and had to overcome the challenge of delivering slime into a thick balloon before sealing the final product. Much fun was had by all and was a favourite among students.

The next Create themed activity was a buzz game. Using electrical wiring and light, students made buzz wire games and were able to then test their skills and dexterity as they moved a wand around a wire bent in many directions. Students’ buzz wire games were much more difficult than the popular game Operation.


The semester was finished off with making propeller cars. Some setbacks occurred, with wound elastics flying off the cars. However, this creative activity had much potential!


This semester, Science Club will continue on Wednesday lunchtimes at 1:00pm. The next topic involves Science in Food. New members are welcome.

Mrs Bosnich and Ms Daga

St George's Art

St George's Art has become a premier annual event in art education in Western Australia, attracting schools from all sectors. Each year this exhibition gathers momentum as one of the most important art education events in the Western Australian student art calendar and provides an outstanding opportunity for secondary schools to present students’ work in the unique “gallery” of St George’s Cathedral, Perth.


Congratulations to Year 12 ATAR Visual Arts students; Eloise Levy, Ruby Monaghan, and Sashi Tandon on having their artworks selected for exhibition in the prestigious St George's Cathedral Art Awards. The exhibition is open to the public and runs until 28 July at St George's Cathedral on St Georges Terrace, Perth.


Parent Student Teacher interviews

The Parent Student Teacher interviews held this week in the St Louis Sports Centre were a wonderful opportunity for parents, students and teachers to engage in the valuable exercise of reflection and feedback. The interviews provided to students the experience of celebrating their strengths from last semester as well as indicating the areas that require additional focus for this semester. The importance of feedback for students to assist them in their future learning, to highlight the ‘gaps’ in their knowledge and skills and therefore indicate the target areas is essential in order for students to maximise their achievement.

Pilgrimage Movie night

The John XXIII College Pilgrimage program offers our students and staff the opportunity for growth and transformation through the experience of service, reflection and prayer. Forty-seven Year 11 students and 12 staff members will have the opportunity to travel to Beswick in the Northern Territory, Cambodia, India and Timor Leste in September to broaden their world view and discover how they can become ‘men and women for others’ and ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’. 


The funds raised in the Solidarity Walk, Movie Night, Raffle and Sausage Sizzles will be donated directly to the communities that we visit to help support their programs related to health, education, building enterprises, income generation activities etc.


Please support the program by attending the Pilgrimage Movie night on 7 August at 7:00pm in the GBLT.

If you would like more details, please contact Janeen Murphy, Director of Faith and Mission. 

Encounters with the Holy Land 

Rita de Faria shares her recent journey to Jerusalem to the Tantur Ecumenical Institute undertaking bible studies and visiting the Holy Land as part of the annual John XXIII College Study Scholarship. 

The Scholarship offers staff the opportunity to gather information or to acquire skills in an area of importance to the College, focusing on any aspect of College life – Academic, Spiritual, or Pastoral.


Rowing Club Fundraiser

Home delivery included for purchases of 4 bags or more
(within 10km of John XXIII College, Mount Claremont)
→ Direct pick-up from John XXIII College ovals
→ Pick-up/delivery on Saturday 31 August 2019

Transperth - Route 27

Please note a change to Transperth Route 27 which will now serve the school from Monday 22 July.


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 3!


It has been a delight to see the students and hear their happy voices filling the classrooms and playground once again. We have had a great start to the term, with our usual action-packed pace. Staff have been busy preparing the learning program for term 3. We started the new term with our annual Staff Conference and the staff are looking forward to another wonderful term of teaching and learning.


I hope the school holidays have given your children time to rest, relax and have some fun but now is the time to support them to get back into the swing of a good school routine. Some important reminders:

  • Please make sure your children are eating breakfast, sleeping well and have healthy food choices in their lunch boxes.
  • It is important that students arrive on time to each day. Classrooms will open at 8.35am for children to get organised for the day ahead.
  • It is also essential that children are wearing the correct school uniform and have a neat and tidy hairstyle.


Later in the term we will get to view the Year 4 production, ‘Dogs! The Musical’. Under the expert direction of Mrs Cattapan and Mrs Haydon, the Year 4’s are busy rehearsing their lines, learning songs and practising dance routines.  Further details to follow.


Over the next few weeks many students will be also be participating in the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival. The festival incorporates students from Catholic schools around the state. Many students will represent the school in the Choral (School Choir) and in the Liturgical sections of the festival.  It is a time of great excitement for our budding musicians as they will share their hard work and talent, through voice or upon dedicated instruments, with the wider community.  

In addition to this we have a number of sporting events this term. The students have been training hard for our Years 3-6 Interhouse Cross Country Carnival scheduled for Tuesday 30 July. The Carnival begins at 12.10pm and we hope many parents and grandparents can come along and cheer on our enthusiastic runners.


Year 3G are preparing our first Assembly for the term. Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday 2 August at 9am in Roncalli Hall.


Please check the College Website for Term 3 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.


At the end of last term, Semester One reports for Pre-Primary to Year 6 students were made available through the College’s online communication platform SEQTA. Hopefully all parents have had the opportunity to discuss the reports with their children and affirmed them for their efforts, as well as, looked for areas of development and improvement over the next six months. It is important that teachers and parents work together to ensure the best outcomes for the students at our school. As we begin a new semester, let’s all continue to encourage the children to work hard and apply themselves to achieve their personal best.


Kind regards, 


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary

Dates to Remember

Monday 29 July

Y3 Reconciliation Retreat

Tuesday 30 July Y3-Y6 Interhouse Cross Country Carnival
Wednesday 31 July Y5 & Y6 Growth and Development Talk
Friday 2 August Primary Assembly hosted by 3G, Roncalli Hall 9am



Father's Day Mass, Friday 30 August 7.30am


Sports News

Y3-Y6 Interhouse Cross Country

This event will be held on Tuesday 30 July.  All students must wear their house, and school sports shorts.  Please bring a water bottle and warm clothes.


Parents are very welcome to come and cheer on their children.


The interschool team will be selected from the long course races.



Running group

Long Course

Short Course


Year 3 girls




Year 3 boys




Year 4 girls




Year 4 boys




Year 5 girls




Year 5 boys




Year 6 girls




Year 6 boys






Athletics Training

Afterschool athletics training will commence on Thursday 1 August and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. These will be open sessions for all Y3-Y6 students.  Each session will focus one track event and one field with an emphasis on technique.  The particular field events chosen will depend on the weather. 


Dates to Remember

Year 3 – 6 Interhouse Athletics Carnival, Thursday 12 September

Year 3 – 6 Interschool Athletics Carnival, Thursday 19 September



Steve Williams

Primary Sport Coordinator



This term the students will be participating in dance sessions, run by Footsteps Dance.


The students can wear their school sports shorts and house shirt on their nominated dance days.


PPB, PPG and 2G


3B, 3G, 4B, 4G, 6B and 6G


1B, 1G, 2B, 5B and 5G


The dance sessions will culminate in a Dance Showcase involving all the Pre-Primary to Year 6 students on 27 September at 1.30pm in the Gym.  Everyone is welcome to come along.




Sacramental Certificates

As many children have now received the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, please email copies of their certificates to for our College records. 

Counsellor's Corner

Welcome back everyone to Term 3. I hope everyone had an enjoyable break from the school routine and your children are happy to be back at school.


Parenting Ideas experts Michael Grose and Jodi Richardson have recently launched their book “Anxious Kids; How children can turn their anxiety into resilience”. As part of the book launch they are touring Australia on a seminar tour. Christchurch Grammar are hosting the seminar in Perth on 27 August; 7pm -9pm.  Tickets are $39:95. I have included the details below for anyone interested.


Parenting*ideas link


If you have any concerns about your child please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Kind regards

Anne Murphy


Primary School Counsellor




Music - Week 21

Music Tour

For a week during the school holidays, 95 students and nine staff attended the Australian International Music Festival in Sydney. It was a jam-packed eight days for the Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band and Chamber Choir, with all three ensembles performing at some incredible venues including the Opera House, City Recital Hall, Maritime Museum and St James’ Church. The students represented the College beautifully and apart from the odd reminder about noise after curfew in the hotel, they were really well behaved and great fun to be around!


Musically, all three ensembles really excelled in their performances and the improvement in their playing was obvious as the week progressed. There were hundreds of ensembles participating in the festival from Asia, America and Australia, ranging from school to university to semi-professional groups. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to witness the work of other musicians from around the world.


Each ensemble involved in the festival was adjudicated by a panel of world-renowned judges and received a ‘gold’, ‘silver’ or ‘bronze’ award. The Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band both received silver awards, which was a very pleasing result! The Chamber Choir were one of only two choirs out of over 20 choirs involved in the festival to receive a gold award. The only other choir to receive a gold award was the Auckland Youth Choir, which was made up of young adults aged 18-30. A very impressive result for our Chamber Choir!


The Music Department extends their thanks to the College for their support of the Tour; it was a really wonderful experience for our musicians!



St George’s Cathedral Concert

Senior small ensembles of the College, including the Senior Clarinet Ensemble, Senior Flute Ensemble, Senior Voices, Senior String Quintet and Barbershop – alongside selected soloists – will perform to a public audience at the beautiful St George’s Cathedral on Wednesday 7 August. As part of the Cathedral’s Concerts at One series, this concert is open to all members of the public and College community – all are welcome!

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.


All students who have sized uniforms through the Music Office will have their uniforms ordered and collected early in the term. All students who have yet to try on uniforms can organise purchase through the Uniform Shop.


Please contact the Music Department with any questions.


Coming soon in drama

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – performed by Year 11 Drama students in the Performing Arts Centre at 7:00pm on Thursday 29 August.
  • Charlotte’s Web – performed by Years 8 and 9 students in the Roncalli Hall at 7:00pm on Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September.


Year 7 Drama

Year 7 drama classes performed Revolting Rhymes for John XXIII College primary audiences.


Year 8 Drama Night

Great performance and work from the 116 Year 8 students who performed ‘And Now For Something Completely Python’ at their recent drama night.


Year 10 Drama Night

Year 10 students performed Showbag at their recent end of semester drama night. It was an entertaining show and students were able to showcase their talents in front of friends and family.



Congratulations to the Jesuit debating team which represented the College at the National Championships in Melbourne in the holidays, and warmest thanks to Ms Farley who went with the team after I ended up in hospital on the last day of term. Congratulations to Rory Hewson on making the Australian team for the second year running!


Term 3 began  with the Magis Mass.  Warmest thanks to students who took lead roles in the Mass, and to all Magis and Altiora students and parents who attended. Term highlights include many important gifted and talented events with three of our teams competing in the World Scholar’s Cup Global round in Sydney, the Year 7’s competing in WADL finals, seniors in the next round of Mock Trials, and of course the Tournament of Minds  and Optiminds teams preparing for the regional finals in August. In addition there is the John XXIII Chess Championship, and Magis academic Challenges in Creativity and General Academic Knowledge.  The current Leaderboard for the Magis Champion at each year group is attached below, whilst the Magis term three calendar has been emailed to students.


There has been a good response for the Magis Camp at Point Walter on 9 & 10 August, but there are still a few places available, so students are reminded to email me and get a camp form from the Magis office if you are interested. It should be a great event.


Finally a reminder of payments now due or overdue for those involved in the Space Camp 2020,  the World Scholar’s Cup Global round in Sydney  or  the Magis Camp.  Best wishes to all students for a happy and successful third term.

Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator

Champion 2019 Leaderboard
Semester One


Year 12


1. Rory Hewson

2.  Charlie Richards

3.  Cullen Binet

4. Sam Falzun

5.  Aden Cleghorn


Year 11


1. Ben Linsten

2.  Lorian Marshall

3.  Nick Brennan

4.  Alex Panther

5.  Shaun Raj


Year 10


1.  Caitlin Green

2.  Bella Pether

3.  Grace Barbour

4.  Alex Somlyay

5. McKenzie  Richardson






Year  9


1.  Alice O’Sullivan

2.  Genevieve Ferguson-Allen

3.  Natalie Ong

4.  James Green

5.  Sophie Chew

6.  Bella Boley


Year  8


=1.  Yvie  Rigg   

        James Mitchell

  3.  Rob Brigg

  4.  Nicolas Carello

  5.  Ann Cullity

  6.  Jack Brett


Year 7


1.  Maya Mintz

2.  Meg Derbyshire

3.  Jonathan Hie

4.  Massimo Torre

5.  Maddie Boley

6.  Bella Samson



Points have been gained from:


John XXIII Competitions

Magis Challenges

Interschool Competitions


Public Speaking

Creative Writing

Personal Project  7/8

Academic Spelling

Mental Maths

Da Vinci decathlon

Creative Edge

Mock Trials

WADL Debating

World Scholar’s Cup WA

Academic performance

Goal-setting challenge

Academic Service (Seniors)


Competitions for points in Semester 2:


John XXIII Competitions

Magis Challenges

Interschool Competitions



Personal Project 7/8

Creative Thinking

(Tournament of Minds/Optiminds)


Academic Knowledge


Tournament of Minds

World scholar’s Cup Global


(Students may also gain points from any  external competition associated with any learning area.

Attendance at Magis Events (Camp/Breakfasts)


Best Assessment

Academic Service


Magis Awards Semester 2:  All Magis Awards for Semester 2 plus whole year major awards will be presented at the Magis Awards Breakfast in Term 4.


Highlights of all Magis Awards, competitions and events will be featured  in the hard cover Magis Chronicle 2019 which will be available to purchase in Term 4 (All students will receive a free PDF version).


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Fr Kevin King Championship Cup
Interhouse Athletics Carnival

A reminder that our the 2019 Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 2 August at the State Athletics Centre. Nominations for these events are underway through the school House Coordinators and Homeroom teachers. We are praying for lovely weather.


Athletics training started up again this week with our specialist coaches. It was very impressive to see such strong numbers at training after the holiday break. Training will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:00am up until the ACC B Division Carnival on Thursday 19 September. Selection in the Interschool Athletics team is based on student performance at the House Athletics Carnival and training performance. Training is open to all students wanting to improve their skills in the athletics events below:

  • Throws (javelin, discus and shot put)
  • Jumps (high jump, long jump and triple jump)
  • Sprints (100m, 200m, 400m)
  • Long Distance (800m and 1500m)
  • Hurdles


Northern Associated Schools (NAS) Sport

Our NAS Senior Girls Netball Team were our only team to progress into the Round of 16 play offs. Our girls played their game against Mercy College on Wednesday 24 July at the State Netball Centre. They played incredibly well and were victorious against Mercy College with a score of 47-23. This team will now progress into the Quarter Finals. We wish them the best of luck.

Netball Club

Welcome back, I hope you all had a restful break. 


There are only five weeks left of the season for our NetSetGo Teams, and six weeks of the regular season for all other teams. Finals begin on the 7 September for Years 7 - 12 & Alumni.

Code of Conduct

As the season intensifies into finals time I would like to remind all parents, players and spectators of the Code of Conduct that you have agreed to. All comments should be positive and encouraging of good play. There is not to be any coaching from parents on the sideline. Refrain from any comments of the umpiring.


A coach’s and umpire's decision is final. There is no excuse for back-chatting or arguing with a coach or an umpire. Coaches and Umpires at John XXIII Netball Club are an invaluable asset to our Club and your team, without them our Club doesn’t function. You may not always agree with their decisions but at the end of the day their decision is final. Please talk to your daughters about respecting their coaches and thank them for the time and effort they put in to coaching your team.


Over the holidays 14 players from Years 10 & 11 went to Singapore for some friendly competition. Over the course of six days we played against St Andrews Jesuit College, Eunoia Catholic College, Singapore Sports School, Chinese Girls School, Singapore Netball Academy and SportsReady Netball Academy. The girls did very well playing at a variety of venues including OCBC Arena and Kallang Netball Centre. It was a mixture of indoor and outdoor games in the Singapore summer. Most of the games went our way, a couple were very close, but our second game on Sunday in the heat, with two defenders down was brutal. The girls played their absolute best and gave it everything they had to the very end and we are incredibly proud of them. There was also a great training session with Coach Mel from SportsReady where the girls learned some new techniques and drills.


In between all of the games we managed to fit in a few fun activities including Singapore Night Safari, Sentosa Island, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Gardens by the Bay & The Jewel at Changi Airport, with a bit of shopping thrown in.


A huge thank you to Jacinta Smith and Ms Power for their support and help.

Good luck to all teams for the rest of the season. Remember “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.” Jim Valvano.


Yours in Netball 

Milissa Jagers


Pathways and Transition

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


FaceApp facing privacy backlash

It’s more or less a digital party trick: an app that uses artificial intelligence to produce plausible alterations to facial characteristics - either ageing subjects’ images or making them appear younger.

But ever since the age filter on top-ranking photo-altering app FaceApp debuted a few weeks ago, it's been ageing disgracefully, as privacy concerns mount.


RUSSIANS NOW OWN ALL YOUR OLD PHOTOS, one tabloid headline screamed this week. It was a reference to the app’s Russian-based developers, Wireless Lab of St. Petersburg - and the fear that the app was uploading unsuspecting users’ entire photo galleries.


Fake news? Mostly yes - but a little bit no.


When a photo is uploaded to the app’s servers, other information gets passed along as well, including the user’s device model, device ID and version. That’s pretty normal for most apps.


But in the case of FaceApp, the photograph the user wants to alter is also stored on the app’s servers. 

"When you're 80, and you still want to go to Hogwarts." There's no doubt the FaceApp age-filter is huge fun, but experts say users need to face up to some uncomfortable facts.


In a statement, the company insists that “most images are deleted within 48 hours” of upload. Nor are the servers in question located in Russia but in the US.


But that hasn’t stopped US lawmakers from demanding both the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission investigate the app.


Some independent experts insist that the panic is overblown. There is no evidence that FaceApp is somehow secretly uploading entire photo galleries, they say. 


But other concerns remain. One is that the app - like so many others - failed to alert users about how their data was being stored. 

Your face is now a form of copyright where you need to be really careful who you give permission to access your biometric data."

More worrying still is the clause in FaceApp’s terms and conditions that grants the company worldwide rights to user photographs. So of course do many other services and apps - Facebook included. (And Facebook has nearly 2.5 billion monthly active users to FaceApp’s 80 million.)


Where’s the danger in that, you ask? 


Technology experts point out that facial recognition will be used increasingly to gain access to  critical private information, such as banking credentials.


“Your face is now a form of copyright where you need to be really careful who you give permission to access your biometric data,” one specialist told journalists this week. 


“If you start using that willy-nilly, in the future when we’re using our face to access things, like our money and credit cards, then what we’ve done is we’ve handed the keys to others.”


Community Liturgy

Thank you to Magis students and Mr Miller who led this morning’s liturgy. 


Wednesday 31 July is the morning on which we gather for Community Liturgy next week.  It is the day on which the Universal Church celebrates the feast of one of the College founders, Ignatius of Loyola. 


Students from Loyola House will prepare the liturgy, prior to celebrating their House Day on Thursday.  On Friday Secondary students participate in the Athletics Carnival.  The winning house is awarded a cup in honour of another wonderful Jesuit, and the former chaplain and friend to the college, Fr Kevin King SJ.

Community Liturgy summary

  • Where:                 College Chapel
  • Time:                     8:00 – 8:30 am
  • When:                   every Friday in term time (see exceptions this term)


  • Week 2 Community Mass – Wednesday 31 July (no Community Mass 2 August)
  • Week 3 – John XXIII Day whole College Mass (no Community Mass)
  • Week 4 Community Mass – Thursday 15 August, to celebrate Feast of the Assumption (no Community Mass 16 Aug)

Sacrament Program 



… to the students in Years 6 who have recently celebrated their Confirmation with their families in their parishes

Jackson Bosnich

Miranda Clyne

Callum de Andrade

Matthew Gillman

Sofia Lamattina

Matilda O’Connell

Liam Pietrzak

If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for: Feast of Saint Ignatius

31 July 2019

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

Most stories of St Ignatius’ life focus on the twenty years of his life from his conversion to the founding of the Society of Jesus. These were indeed rich and adventurous years of radical choices, seminal experiences, large desires and commitment to a radical way of life. Ignatius, however, lived for another fifteen years. In these he set into the institutional ways of living and acting in the new Society of Jesus all that he had discovered. He faced new situations and had to find a way of adapting to them while being faithful to his initial vision.  His way of doing this is reflected in the recently formulated Apostolic Preferences* that will shape Jesuit life and choices today.        


Ignatius’ distinctive gift was to combine a passionate desire to serve God through following Jesus’ way with prayerful reflection about how to adapt his service to the diverse and changing situations of his age. That required being open to change. His initial vision was for himself and his companions to place themselves at the service of the Pope in demanding missions. They were to be like a troop of lightly armed troops running solo missions behind enemy lines, travelling light and moving fast.  Francis Xavier’s journeys to India and beyond, Faber’s work in Germany, the delegation to the Council of Trent, and the Jesuit mission to Ethiopia are some of the faces of this dream. 


Key to this dream was flexibility and freedom from responsibilities to sustain large institutions. But as the number of Jesuits grew and Ignatius was constantly asked to staff Jesuit schools, he saw the importance for the church and society of forming future leaders with a gift for service and discernment. Schools and universities spread through Europe and beyond. Jesuits spread, so did the demand for education and the opportunities for serving God through forming future leaders.  Ignatius focused on providing new schools and universities through Europe and beyond. Each step along the way involved reflection in the light of Jesus’ values, recognition of new possibilities, and an enthusiastic response to the way seen best to respond to God’s will. In Ignatius’ word, discernment.


The four Apostolic Preferences reflect this process of discernment. Jesuits around the world were invited to pray and speak together about where they see the Society called to focus today.  These conversations took place at the level of communities and ministries and then at Province, Regional and International level.  The Four Preferences reflect the directions taken in these conversations and on the places where people found life as they prayed.


The preferences named are for the Spiritual Exercises, for people on the margins of society, for the young, and for the World, our home. They are not defined areas of work, but are better understood as rivers of the heart that flow into one another and carry people and ministries on them.  On them Jesuits and the people with whom they work are asked to feel carried, finding enthusiasm and joy in making them part of their lives, whether directly through their ministry, or as one aspect of their lives, or as a focus in their prayer. 


When these preferences inspire individual Jesuits and communities, they will inevitably flow into the ministries undertaken by Jesuits around the world and to the way they engage in them.


© Andrew Hamilton


*Further information regarding Apostolic Preferences:



Year 10 Meningococcal Immunisation Program

The Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Wednesday 31 July to administer the ACWY Meningococcal Vaccine to Year 10 Students who have consent from their parent.


If you have not returned consent form for your child, please return by this Monday 29, regardless of whether your child is to be vaccinated or not.


For more information visit


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Parents' Party

Men Of John XXIII College

WAFL games through The Fathering Project

There is an opportunity to attend WAFL games through The Fathering Project (TFP).

Below is the flyer for the WAFL Round on 10 August 2019.


Attending Dads don’t need a ticket or even register…they just need to show up promptly at 1:30pm at the Main gates on Goddard St at Lathlain Oval and register their names with the “The Fathering Project” (TFP) rep at the designated marshaling area then get free entry (if accompanied by a child).


We will have a designated location inside the ground where a TFP representative will welcome them and guide them during the day.


Dads can turn up as a group or individually…it doesn’t matter, just need to be accompanied by their responsible children.


There will be another WAFL opportunity on Aug 24 at East Fremantle.



David Thompson


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



Parents' Association

Parents’ Association Term 3 meeting

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term 3 will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday 21 August in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are invited to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on how our Parent Association funds are allocated.


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 3, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or you can download one from the school website, or below. The deadline for Term 3 Funding submissions is Friday 2 August.


All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at the Term 3 meeting will be advertised in the newsletter on Friday 9 August.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee


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 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


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 


50 Year Class 1969 Reunion (Loreto)

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College
  • Monday 11 November at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 

Community Notices

Youth Encouragement Grants

The Youth Encouragement Grants are an exciting youth initiative offered by the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council (MPYAC) and are designed to assist young people to achieve their goals and participate in the community.

Not only for high achievers, these grants are aimed at assisting young people to reach the goals they have set for themselves and the money can be put towards a variety of areas including tuition, coaching and purchasing specialised equipment.

There are four $1,000 grants available and applications can be made in any of the following categories:
• Academic Study
• Sport and Recreation
• Music and the Arts
• Community Service
• Leadership

To be eligible for a Youth Encouragement Grant, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 24 years inclusive at the time of the closing date and must either reside in Mosman Park, study in Mosman Park, or actively participate in the Mosman Park community.

The grants are presented annually with 50% payment on being awarded the grant and the remaining 50% paid following a 12 month commitment to the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council (MPYAC) and minimum attendance and reporting requirements being met.


The closing date for these is Friday 9 August 2019. Attached is the application form, which can also be found on our website -

Father's Day Invitation.pdf
Y4 RE Xavier Parker.pdf
Information to host a family.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.pdf
Rolling Tears by Alyssa Mignacca.pdf
Insight-Reading your childs report.pdf
St Ignatius experiences a vision on the banks of the river Cardoner. Artwork by Mr Mark Esquibel.
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Personal Project 2019 Display Catalogue & Results.pdf
Magis Awards List Semester One.pdf
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Open day progam FINAL.pdf
2019 Letter inviting families to host.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.docx
Letter and Appication Form for Host Families Vasto.pdf