06 September 2019
Issue Twenty-seven
From the Principal
Parents' Party
Around The Primary
Music - Week 27
Pathways and Transition
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII College
Event 11 September
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
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From the Principal

A generosity of spirit

When speaking to staff this week, I referred to a ‘generosity of spirit’. It is a term I have borrowed from our Vice Principal, Mrs Kath Negus, to describe situations when our students, staff and parents go well beyond the usual expectations of life at John XXIII College.

It is a busy place and so many members of our community give so generously of their time. If students just attended classes; teachers just worked from 8:30am - 3:30pm and parents were only involved in ‘drop off and pick up’ we would be a very ordinary school. Instead we have a culture with a wonderful ‘generosity of spirit’.

This message was complementary to Luke’s Gospel last weekend. It was Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast and guests were advised ‘not to take the seat of the guest of honour’. A more humble approach was proposed. The value of humility suggests that we look out for the well-being of others rather than being engaged in self-promotion.

At last week’s Father’s Day Mass, our community joined in singing the verse from ‘little things big things grow’. It was a lovely metaphor for family life and also reinforced the Jesuit mantra of ‘developing men and women for others’. It is a blessing being part of such a wonderful John XXIII College community.


Robert Henderson


Parents' Party


Welcome to our Italian Exchange from Vasto

2019 marks the seventh visit to John XXIII College for teacher Carla Orsatti and students from Polo Liceale Mattioli from Vasto, Italy. The group of 20 students is also accompanied by fellow teacher Orsolina Colonna, who is on her first visit to Australia.

The John XXII College community has once again welcomed them warmly to our school and into our homes. The ‘Vastesi’ were greeted by surprisingly warm August weather and quickly became acquainted with the John XXIII story and our campus. They’ve dived head-first into Australian culture with lessons in Western Australian history, Aussie slang, footy and cricket and a visit to the iconic Fremantle Prison and surrounds. This week they are off on an adventure ‘up north’ before returning to Perth for a final week.


Grazie mille to Prof Olivia Green, Prof Monica Smokrovic and Prof. Melissa Polizzi for all their hard work in co-ordinating this exchange.

Shane Glass
Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Tournament of the Minds - Regional Round

On Saturday 31 August the John XXIII College, STEM Tournament of the Minds team ventured to Edith Cowan University for the Regional Round. The team’s performance ran very smoothly, with outstanding clarity and teamwork. The team of Akash Parekh, Cohen Rafiq, Gabriel Kaye, Jack Brett, Tiffany Cesare, Campbell Riley & Josh Leong managed to finish in the top two teams out of nearly 20 from through out the city schools. The next step is the State Final to be held on 15 September against Sacred Heart College & Esperance Senior High School.

Damien Connellan

Forza Italia! Ganbatte Nihon! Allez la France!

Over the past week, we celebrated Languages Week to thank God for the “astonishing and wonderful variety and blend of races, languages and cultures in our world” (Prayer by Monica Smokrovic).

Both students and staff were able to engage in a range of fun activities from “The Tour de France” on scooters with the Year 7s to a taste of France, Italy and Japan at recess or lunch with staff and students in Years 11 & 12. All the lucky Year 10 Language students had an enjoyable afternoon playing petanque from France, carte from Italy and kendama from Japan, followed by a delicious gelato. The Year 9 Language students tested their knowledge and understanding of our global world at an International Quiz Show. The Year 8 Language students are all looking forward to playing “World Cup Bubble Soccer” in Week 10.

None of this wonderful array of activities would be possible, without the planning, effort, commitment and generous spirit of our Language Team. Many, many thanks to Ms Helen Aghdasi, Ms Desa Lucas, Ms Monica Smokrovic, Ms Heather Charly and Ms Olivia Green. In addition, a special thank you to Manesh Nguyen for preparing a video of some of the staff at the College speaking a second language. We are lucky to such depth and variety of languages and cultures in our midst.

Shane Glass
Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Year 11 Politics and Law Excursion

Last Wednesday was the Year 11 Politics and Law Excursion. In the morning, students attended a high profile criminal trial at the District Court of Western Australia and watched a number of cases listed for sentencing in the Magistrates Court.


In the afternoon, students visited Parliament House – where emotions were running high on the first day of passionate debate over the new voluntary assisted dying (VAD) bill. The public gallery was packed with protestors and supporters from both sides of the argument.


Parliamentary discussion was then put on hold for Question Time - which never fails to disappoint and is always a spirited occasion – particularly when the words ‘Lenin’ and ‘socialist agenda’ are thrown around. Such is the joy of parliamentary privilege! A memorable time was had by all!


Many thanks to Ms Hannah Robinson for accompanying the class on the excursion.


Daisy Farley

Politics & Law

Year 7 Campion Bake Sale

Staff and students flocked across the Chapel Lawn at lunchtime to purchase delicious treats baked by students in the Year 7 Campion Homeroom. Giant cookies, honey joys, chocolate brownies and doughnut sticks were just some of the many sweets purchased by the College community. Funds raised from this event will be donated to Mary Ward International and the Jesuit Mission. By supporting these Catholic organisations, vulnerable individuals will be provided with pastoral care, social inclusion and advocacy. The event was a warm and friendly gathering of young citizens in support of the Ignatian mission of being ‘men and women for others’. 

Thank you to all Campion families who supplied baked goods for this successful event.

Ms Carla Tripi

House Coordinator


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This morning we had a wonderful turn out for our Year One Assembly.  Many thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came along.


Special thanks to Ms Crowley, Mrs Thomas and Ms McKeague for preparing the children so well.


To see the big smiles on the children’s faces is of course what we all enjoy and celebrate at opportunities such as this.  It was a wonderful experience for the young students and we are so proud of each one of them.



Our Primary Open Night is on Monday 23 September from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  All classrooms will be available for parents to visit and to celebrate with your children their learning journey.  Feel free to browse every room not just your own child’s classroom because there are wonderful things to see in every space of the school.  Please extend the welcome to your wider family, it would be great to see grandparents too. 


It was a pleasure catching up with many Dads and special father figures last week.


Mrs Edwards (2B) has kindly put together this slideshow that depicts the love, kindness, humour, goodness and wisdom that you share with your delightful children.



We look forward to seeing many parents at the Interhouse Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival next Thursday.  Please remember to wear your badge!


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Super Stars

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



Luella Fennessy

Callum Marchant

Thomas Tandy



Thea Barboutis

Elizabeth Cawley

Axl White



Lucy Bahen

Jayan Davies

Melody Paolucci



Sebastian Hurley

Amelia Moloney

Xavier Xu



Amelia Biagi

Charlotte Blaxell

Noah Donald



Archie Anning

Georgie Gleghorn

Sophia Levey

Jacey Li


Erin Ralph

Abigail Stephenson

Layla Travis



Elsa Engelbrecht

Wren McGlew

Isaac Nikoloski



Myles Cabassi

Christopher Cooney

Sophie Litic



William Bahen

Jayden Gope

Joshua Standen

Isabella Stewart


Tom Beach

Christopher Cesare

Poppy Finucane



Annie Annan

Oscar Croudace

Genevieve Ford

Jack Gregory


Henry Gooch

Tilly O’Connell

Riley Schellack

Caitlin Seery


Dylan Betts

Ella Matthews

Thomas Townsend



Raphael Budimlich





Dates to Remember

Tuesday 10 September

Kindy Health Checks

Wednesday 11 September

Y2 Scitech Excursion

Thursday 12 September

Y3-Y6 Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Kindy Health Checks


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


Good Sports!

Pre-Primary hosted a special Father’s Day Mini-Sports Morning in the Gym.  The children enjoyed showing their Dads around our classrooms and their beautiful work before they headed off to the gym for fun and fitness.


The Dads had a great time joining in on all of the games and activities.  It was lovely to see them meeting other Dads and making new friends too. A big thank you to all the Dads, Grandads and special friends who joined us for the morning.


Mrs Alison Dillon & Mrs Chiara Bennett

Pre-Primary Teachers




The Confirmation retreat was run by an organisation called 24/7. Their purpose was to teach us more about one of the seven sacraments, Confirmation. They taught us the importance of Confirmation through fun and games. We had an awesome and exciting day and learnt so much more about this special sacrament. I loved the experience and would definitely enjoy doing it again!

Thomas Townsend (6G)


Our amazing retreat was all about Confirmation. We did multiple activities that related to Confirmation and played games. One game we played was where we went into small groups and did a relay to dress one of our group members up like they were a mannequin.  We each took turns to put a piece of clothing on them, then take the items off again. This taught us that we receive many gifts in our lives but sometimes we throw them aside until we want them again. We learnt about how we must appreciate the gifts given to us at Confirmation.

Bridget Owen (6G)



Sports News

There is much anticipation around the Primary and during Sports lessons for the upcoming Y3-Y6 Interhouse Athletics Carnival on Thursday 12 September.


Tuesday 10 September will be the final day of Athletics training after school (3:30pm-4:30pm) to fine tune your skills before the big day!


Students are to wear their House shirts and bring a water bottle and lunch (please note there are no lunch orders available on this day).


It will be wonderful to have many parents supporting and cheering the students.


For your information, please see the attached Schedule of Events.


Congratulations to our Year 6 Netball team, who after an awesome season and lots of really hard work, won the Premiership for their Division.  Well done girls!



Steve Williams

Primary Sport Coordinator


Can you help?

The Secondary Religious Education Department are collecting the inner tubes from glad wrap, foil and the like (no toilet rolls please).  The Year 8’s are going to make Aboriginal rain sticks as part of their curriculum.


Please hand these in to Mrs Petsos at Main Administration.


ACC Athletics

The ACC athletics team has been selected. I would like to congratulate all selected to represent the College in the 2019 B Division ACC Athletics Carnival. Please find attached:

  • Team in age group
  • Information letter 
  • The ACC B Division program 

A reminder that training is on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7.00am. Whilst students in the team are encouraged to attend, training is open to all students. A reminder that students need to attend the ACC carnival and a minimum of five training sessions to receive an ACC Athletics badge.


Sara Kononen

Head of Sport

Music - Week 27

Spring Soiree

The annual Spring Soiree – a celebration of the College’s large ensembles – will be held on the evening of Friday 13 September from 7:00pm in the St Louis Sports Centre. Featuring the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Treble Choir and Chamber Choir, this is one of the College’s premier music events! At the Soiree, Year 12 Musicians of the College are honoured on stage to recognise their many commitments and contributions to Music at John XXIII College.


Students performing are required to attend a rehearsal at 5:30pm but, are welcome to remain on College grounds after school for a free pizza dinner. In order to accommodate dietary requirements and catering, please complete the following survey if students are requiring dinner:


Tickets for this event are free, with a gold coin donation for programs and, can be booked via the following link:


With any questions, please contact the Music Department.

Year 12 Recital Night

The College’s annual run of concerts dedicated to each Year Level commences on Wednesday 18 September with the Year 12 Recital Night. This event is always a special celebration of the College’s senior musicians, many of whom are delivering their final performance at John XXIII College. Parents, family, friends and staff are all invited to attend this free event, which runs from 7:00 – 8:00pm with a complimentary shared supper afterwards.

Applications to perform in the concert are available through music tutors and the Music Office. All applications are due by Friday 13 September. Please contact the Music Department with any questions.

Catholic Performing Arts

Congratulations to students in Wanju Voices and Primary Singers for being awarded certificates of Merit for their recent performances in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival! Special thanks to Mrs Haydon and Mr Johnston for leading the ensembles and preparing the students for such a fantastic result.


Congratulations, also, to Daniel Corvaia, McKenzie Richardson and Michael Woo, all of whom were awarded Outstanding Awards for their individual performances! Bravo!

Change of Dates

Please note the following changes to the Performing Arts Calendar:

  • The Small Ensemble Soiree will not be held this year, due to ensemble commitments to Pilgrimage and Year 12 Exams. These ensembles will perform, instead, in the Year Level Recitals commencing in Term 3 Week 9.
  • The Year 11 Recital Night has been changed to Sunday 27 October, from 5:00pm in the GBLT.

Performance Uniform Sizing

Trousers for Performance Uniforms are now ready to be sized, for any students who have not yet done so. Please visit Ms Gratton in the Music Office to do so.


Charlotte’s Web

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. Book tickets here:

Rehearsals are well underway for Years 8-9 upcoming performance of Charlotte’s Web. Get a sneak peak of our cast in rehearsals. 




Two John XXIII Year 7 teams competed in the Opti-MINDS regional championship at Curtin University last Saturday.  Both the Language-Literature and Science Engineering teams worked hard to prepare for the event and performed well.  We will not know until next week whether either team made the WA finals because country Opti-MINDS regionals including Bunbury are still to be completed.  Special thanks to Mr Mazur for his excellent work with the science team. John XXIII also fielded one team, Science-Engineering, in Tournament of Minds last weekend and the team excelled to make the state finals. Congratulations to Mr Connellan for his great work with this team, and to all students who represented the College in Opti-MINDS or Tournament of Minds. Warmest thanks also to parents who supported all three teams. Tournament of Minds WA finals are on Sunday 15 September, and Opti-MINDS on Saturday 21 September.


It is hoped to send two teams to Yale, USA, for the 2019 World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions after all three of our global round teams qualified in Sydney.  Further details will be in subsequent newsletters.  Parents of qualifying students are reminded that nomination forms must be returned by Monday.


Top gifted students and debaters in Years 10-12 have been informed of the opportunities to participate in the ECU Cyber Conference next Saturday, 14 November, or the WA Debating League’s British Parliamentary Debating on either 14 or 15 November. Further information is available from the Magis office.


This week has seen the commencement of the John XXIII Chess Championship run by Magis and final opportunities to take the Magis Creativity Challenge.  Meanwhile Magis Year 7 Option students have produced some terrific performances with the Opti-MINDS Social Sciences Challenges on masks for their current assessment.  The final Magis Academic Challenge for the year, the Academic Knowledge Challenge, will be held over the next fortnight for the different year levels.

Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator

Pathways and Transition

Murdoch University
Admission Pathways Open Night

Plan your pathway to university - Wednesday 25 September

Whether you're looking for a Plan B, looking to move from TAFE to university, or don't have an ATAR, we'll help you find your pathway to Murdoch and support you along the way. 



  • Hear about our enabling programs, OnTrack, OnTrack Sprint and FlexiTrack. These programs can help you qualify for entry into a course at Murdoch University
  • Learn about gaining entry into the first or second year of a bachelor's degree via Murdoch Institute of Technology
  • Explore how your TAFE qualification (Certificate IV or higher) can get you into university
  • Learn more about the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and the additional academic, social, cultural and emotional support networks available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This includes hearing about our award-winning K-Track program
  • Find out about the Media Portfolio Entry Pathway, and how you can enrol in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Creative Media or Bachelor of Communication based on your potential for creative aptitude
  • Hear first-hand from our students who came through our enabling programs and are now studying in their chosen fields
  • Ask questions about the application process, scholarships and support services.


South Metropolitan Tafe
Trades Open Day - 11 September 2019


Open Day & Events



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



Events for future students
Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  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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Netball Club

Netball Club Wind-Ups

Senior School Wind-Up

  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre 
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm 

Please note new time of meeting

  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Circle of Friends Cafe 
  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm 

We encourage parents to come along and see what we've been doing over the past year.  We are currently looking for the following volunteers to join our committee

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Publicity & Communications Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator

If you are interested in joining us and would like some information, please contact us via email

Congratulations - Year 6 Premiership team

Year 6 Blue - Division 5 Premiers - Thalia Burgess, Sylvia Czajko, Isabella Desiati, Sofia Lamattina, Matilda Laver, Lana O’Gorman, Jennifer Ong, Madison Pruitti, Caitlin Seery, Ruby Verleg & Coach, Sarah Fitzharding.


Good luck

Good luck to the following teams playing semi-finals this weekend

  • Jnr Years 7/8 - Team Jade
  • Year 9 - Teams Topaz, Emerald, Tiger Eye & Amethyst
  • Year 10 - Team Pearl
  • Years 11/12 - Teams Gold & Diamond
  • Alumni Team 3

We would like to remind parents and spectators that these games will be tense, but comments and support are always to be positive.


The blue and yellow bloomers are compulsory.  Girls playing in finals must have on the correct uniform or they will not be able to take the court.


Best of luck to all teams this weekend.

Rowing Club

Rowing Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting is on the 29 October 7:00pm in the Circle of Friends Café.  We will call for nominations to committee positions prior to this meeting.

Post season land training available

If your child is wanting to continue some training over the off season and also hang out with their rowing mates; Jerram Gibson has organised three land training sessions a week after school on a Monday (Boys), Tuesday (Girls) and Wednesday (Boys) for Rowing Students.  Your child should have all the details.

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


Cyber Safety Webinar: Advanced with Family Zone
7pm, Tuesday, 10 September

If you've been using Family Zone for a while and are keen to learn more about our advanced features, then this webinar is for you!
Features, such as;

  • Locations
  • apps
  • Reports
  • Age profile Controls
  • Routine overwrites
  • Website whitelisting
  • Shared Parenting

The College has partnered with Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety and digital-awareness services, Family Zone. As part of our contract negotiations until 2020, we have managed to secure a number of Family Zone Accounts (Family Packs) which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free for a trial period.


Webinar will take place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, 10 September 2019.

Register here: 



PUBG Mobile v Fortnite: The latest battle royale

In the battle royale for our kids’ gaming attention, a new version of PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds) has already knocked Fortnite off its perch. If your child is part of the trend, what do you need to know about this latest challenger?


The makers of Fortnite earned $2.4 billion last year. Not bad going for a “free” game. So it’s no wonder that other developers have followed the money and are starting to release free versions of their own games, optimised for the devices kids are most likely to have in their back pocket: mobile phones.

PUBG Mobile, from Chinese developers Tencent, is one of them. A slimmed-down version of the highly popular massive multiplayer online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, which launched in 2017, PUBG Mobile has already grabbed the top spot. In 2018, it was the most installed battle royale game in the world, with nearly 300 million downloads. That’s 200 million more than Fortnite.


PUBG’s basic outlines will sound suspiciously familiar to Fortnite fans. Basically, it’s a winner-take-all, kill-or-be-killed scenario where the endgame is to be the last player standing. And yes, you also parachute onto an isolated island, where your survival skills and talent for weaponry will be tested constantly. Every player is both the hunter and the hunted in PUBG Mobile, with 99 others just itching to put a target on your back, or destroy you in a hail of bullets.


Deja vu for Fortnite fans

Also like Fortnite, it’s free to play. But in-app purchases ensure it will be a goldmine for developers - and a potential nightmare for parents’ credit card accounts. PUBG also features in-game chat, which is typically rife with obscenities and offensive remarks. It is completely unmoderated. (Chat can be easily turned off in settings. But then again it can also be easily turned on.) 


But how is PUBG Mobile different?

In a nutshell, it’s the violence - or more specifically the realistic depiction of violence. In  Fortnite, killing and weaponry - and the overall design of the game - are unmistakably cartoon-like. Fortnite does not attempt to make bloodshed or the battleground look or feel authentic.


PUBG takes an entirely different tack. Weapons like rifles, machine guns, grenades and crowbars are realistic-looking - and so is the blood spatter. (In a strange twist, the game was actually shut down in China - its country of origin - for too-realistic depictions of gore, prompting a version of the game using green blood.)

If your child is playing, or wants to play, PUBG Mobile, Family Zone cyber experts recommend 


Talking about the violence. You don’t necessarily need to forbid your child to play shooter games. But you do need to talk him or her about on-screen violence, and its possible impacts on real-life behaviour.

For example, some observers have pointed to a relationship between the mass shootings plaguing the US, and the popularity of violent online shooter games. What is the evidence for such claims?

How does your child feel after spending time playing a battle royale game? How if at all does it affect his or her mood? You  might suggest keeping a “mood log” to help understand what effect gaming may be having.


Talking about bullying, harassment and other toxic online behaviour. We know for a fact that any game that includes live chat will attract inappropriate and possibly harmful encounters with other players - some of them adults. It’s best to prepare your child for this before he or she encounters it.

Together, brainstorm some ways to deal with offensive chat, and discuss ways for  your child to be a considerate online gamer … even when they’re shooting the enemy!

Family Zone has rated PUBG Mobile “Be Careful.” 


Community Liturgy

The Sustainability group will prepare our Community Mass next Friday, 13 September.  This coincides with the church Season of Creation during September.  Liturgies during the Season of Creation are an opportunity to remember that God’s grace is active in creation. It is also a time to offer thanks and intercession on behalf of the earth and the poor of the earth.


Warmer, brighter spring mornings encourage some families to get to the College a little earlier in time for Mass. Don’t worry if you have not previously been to a Mass; it is joyous and user-friendly!


Community Liturgy summary

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

GOOD NEWS for the Season of Creation

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.


Last month Australians learned how seriously the Pacific Island nations take climate change, and what they expect from Australia and from other developed nations. At a time when the Australian Government fears the long-term effects of Chinese diplomacy in the Pacific on Australian security, it has discovered that many of the Island leaders are more afraid of the shorter-term effects on their survival of Australian irresponsibility on climate change. 


The urgency with which the Island nations addressed climate change evoked Pope Francis’ pleas to take seriously the threat to our environment. It is important enough to him to set aside this month for the Catholic Church to reflect and act in response to it.  In his Encyclical Laudato Si’ he insisted that action to protect the environment and to address climate change is as much an issue of justice as is providing shelter and food for the poor.  The effects of neglecting and exploiting the environment fall heaviest on the poor. They also threaten the future of the planet and betrays the trust by which we hold our world for our children and grandchildren.


Pope Francis offers a vision of an interrelated world in which what we do well or badly in one of our relationships will affect all our other relationships. Our environment is not part of the world; it is our whole and only world. If we exploit and pollute the natural world, we shall also foul and put at risk our entire human world.


This vision is challenging but it is also reassuring. Many of us find it difficult to make care for the environment a personal priority because there seems to be such a large gap between anything we can do and the large realities of the environment – global warming, desertification, rising sea levels, the tension between the need for power and the threat to the environment posed by fossil fuels, and so on. But when we see the world as a network of relationships in which all is interconnected, we can work at seeking integrity in the relationships that shape our own lives.


From this perspective our commitment to address the big environmental issues of our day begins with the small details of our daily life. We attend to the power we use, to the packaging we accept, to composting our food scraps for the growing of herbs, and to the ways we travel, for example. Attention to small details is not an attempt to look good but an expression of respect. Like the disciplines of fasting and of prayer that have traditionally undergirded a life lived to God, they form the matrix of a life that takes the environment seriously. As we pay attention to small things, we can recognise more clearly the character of our culture with its generous and reckless elements, its extravagance and its modesty, its destructive and its healing elements.


Personal attention to our domestic life, however, opens out into the larger relationships to people and to groups that are part of our lives. We begin to see the links between the neglect of the environment and the neglect of Indigenous Australians, people who seek protection and people who are disadvantaged. We begin to long for integral justice.


At Jesuit Social Services we have made this commitment to embody respect for our environment in all our processes and policies. It is a work in progress, involving review of the way we live, purchase and act in all our programs. We hope that it will contribute in some small way to encourage urgency in our society and nation. 


© Andrew Hamilton


Allergy Awareness

The College has some students who have severe allergic reaction to nuts and other allergens. This reaction is called Anaphylaxis.  It is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening and requires urgent treatment.


Our school does its best to be an “Allergy Aware” School. The College can never totally eliminate the risk of an anaphylaxis and we cannot guarantee a totally allergen free environment.  The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of the student who has been diagnosed as at risk, awareness of allergens, prevention and avoidance of exposure to those allergens and action in the case of a reaction.


As a preventative measure could we please ask you to consider the students in our College who are at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • Avoid sending food to school which has nuts or nut products in.
  • Teach your child to respect children who have food allergies.
  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers with anyone.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands after eating.
  • Ask your child to get help immediately if their allergic schoolmate becomes unwell.


If your child has a severe Food Allergy:

  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers.
  • Teach your child to wash hands after eating.
  • Food for your child should be supplied from home.
  • We request your child’s food allergy is stated when ordering food from the Canteen.
  • Parents are advised that your child should carry their Epipen and Action Plan  on them when age appropriate to do so.
  • It is recommended that students with severe food allergies wear a medical alert bracelet/necklet.
  • Educate and empower your child to manage his/her allergy and to get help immediately if feeling unwell.
  • For more information on allergies go to: and


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Source:  Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

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


Have you got the Horizon West Bus App

The Horizon West’s bus tracking app will help to revolutionise morning routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus locations across our three John XXIII College bus services.


The app is free in the App Store and Google Play. If you’re ready to simplify your mornings and get a little peace of mind at the same time, simply download the app to show the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map.


Further details are available in SEQTA.

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 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

Sale of Secondary School Girls’ Winter trousers

Buy now while stocks last.   
Sale price $30. 

Other ways to shop with us

Having difficultly getting to us during our opening hours, here are a few suggestions on how to shop with us if our hours don’t suit you:


1. Student to shop

Ask your child to come to the shop during recess or lunch time and we can help him/her with their requirements.  If you don't want to send cash or credit card details with them, then we can ring you when they have finished shopping and we can get credit card details directly from you . Or lately some students have been using their own bankcards to pay.


2.  Email

Send an email to with your order. If you are unsure of a size we can check our records to find out what size you had last time – this information can be emailed back to you.

We can then call you for credit card details.

Either pick up from the counter next time you are at school during our opening hours or ask your child to come and collect.


3. Phone call

Ring us when we are open, but please remember that if the shop is busy then we cannot take your call, in which case you will need to email a request to ring you.


4. Want more info?

If you have any questions about the above, please feel free to send us an email.

Men Of John XXIII College

Adventure Quest
Sunday 15 September 10am to 1pm

Form a team and compete in the Men of John XXIII Adventure Quest. This scavenger hunt activity merges relationship building and technology into a fun outdoor “Adventure” that will create lasting family memories, leaving you laughing and reminiscing for weeks to come. Win the bragging rights and team photo on the John XXIII College newsletter.


Using the interactive app that operates on GPS technology and image recognition functionality, families / teams will need to unlock a variety of challenges on their journey. This fun activity is a combination of scavenger hunt and amazing race, and the excitement starts all with the click of a button.


Teams will be on the edge of their seat as they answer questions, complete video and photo tasks, get hit with problem-solving activities and random on the spot challenges all in the quest to earn as many points as possible. Adventure Quest ticks all the boxes for fun and provides you with complete flexibility. So, are you ready to get out and about to explore, learn and compete against other teams in a quest to become champions?


The Adventure Quest will start at John XXIII College and lead you on a merry chase through Fremantle and  Perth City, finishing at Kings Park Lotterywest Parklands.


Stay for a BBQ or picnic at the playground. Find the MOJTC Banner and compare trials and tribulations of the competition!


Only limited places are available so book early!

Join the John XXIII College Community and the Men of JTC for this fantastic fun day out.

  • Date: Sunday 15 September
  • Time: 10:00am till 1:00pm
  • Venue:               
    • Meet at the carpark off John XXIII Avenue, John XXIII College for “le Mans Start
    • Finish approximately 1:00pm at “Stickybeaks Café” in Kings Park.
  • App:  Registered teams will receive a login email sent to them, on the email used to register teams through the Trybooking link, one week before. Install the app and meet at the carpark ready for the start.
  • Food: Bring a BBQ to the park or take away from Stickybeaks Café and compare scores!
  • Cost: $20.00 per team of 5 people
  • Book here: 

Event 11 September

Anxious Children: Turning anxiety to resilience at home

Our kids are suffering from anxiety in record numbers. One in fourteen young Australians (6.9%) aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015. This is equivalent to approximately 278,000 young people. When we look at mental ill-health more generally, the numbers double to about one in seven primary school kids and one in four adolescents. Resilience levels decline as our kids get older. Fears and worries become a dead weight our kids can’t lift. Our children are enduring panic attacks, stress, and we are watching their confidence levels drop. Parents want, so badly, to help. But they often don’t know how. And sometimes their well intended attempts to help only hurt. This presentation is designed as a specific talk for parents about what anxiety looks like, and provides simple strategies for parents to implement at home that are empirically and clinically proven, but don’t require a PhD in psychology to practice. 


Suitable for parents of primary and high school aged children.

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting
authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience; and he is the founder of ‘Happy Families’.

Dr Coulson earned his PhD in Positive Psychology. He holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Centre for Positive Psychology, and he is a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.


Parents' Association

Parents’ Association - 11 November 7:00pm

Our Term Four meeting will be held on Monday 11 November at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. This will be the 2019 AGM for the John XXIII Parents’ Association and all members are welcome to attend. It is also the meeting at which Committee positions for next year are voted on. If you would like to be involved in the Parents’ Association at a committee level, watch this space as further information about what positions are available next year will be posted in the next few weeks. 


In addition, if you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 4, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed (you can download one from the school website, or below). Submit to . The deadline for Term 4 Funding submissions is Friday 1 November.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee


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.

Living more Alive

Inigo Centre Director



The evening includes:
The Spirituality of Awareness (Mindfulness)
Jesuit Anthony DeMello SJ

More ‘Attention’ and less ‘Distraction’ in our daily living

Mystic Simone Weil and Jesuit Greg Boyle SJ


Not ‘to serve’ but ‘HOW to serve’ for real happiness.

Christian humanitarian Albert Schweitzer and St Theresa of Calcutta

Murray Graham (M.Ed) is Director of the Inigo Centre at John XXIII College, whose objective is to enrich adults in spirituality and relationships. Murray has given the 9 hour, 6 module, ‘Ignatian Induction’ program to groups of staff and parents during the last six years. Murray also gives CEO Approved Professional Development Talks to teachers in JTC and other Schools and to Parishes in the City and Country.


MacKillop Room, John XXIII College

7:00pm to  8:30pm

Cost : $10 ( Donation unwaged)

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Further Details and registration contact Murray Graham on 9383 0444 or email


John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

60 Year Class 1959 Loreto Claremont/Nedlands

  • 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 


45 Year Class 1974 St Louis Reunion

  • Friday 18 October at 1:00pm
  • Cottesloe Hotel
  • For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Claremont Reunion 

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Nedlands

  • Monday 16 December at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College
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