09 February 2018
Issue Forty One
From the Principal
Charter Bus
Around The Primary
Save the Date: Primary Picnic
Netball Club
Music - Week 2
  Inigo Parent Talks
Sacraments Program
Pathways and Transition
Uniform Shop
Community News
Committee Vacancy
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Opening College Mass

A highlight of the new College year is the beautiful Opening Mass to ensure that we give thanks to God for the year ahead. Thank you to all our students, staff and families for such a reverent celebration this week. We pray for God’s blessing on all John XXIII College families throughout 2018.


Strategic Planning 2016-2020

“We need to be married to our mission/vision but just dating our model/strategy.” (Andy Stanley 2018).

In the first few weeks of term we have conducted many Parent Information meetings to make certain that there is good communication to commence the school year.


During the meetings I have provided some brief information on the strategic direction of the College with reference to objectives for 2018. However, it is the vision and mission of the College that remain at the forefront of our deliberations and conversations.


Our Vision

To be a pre-eminent Catholic Co-Educational College, where academic and personal excellence is the aspiration of every student.


Our Mission​

In the spirit of John XXIII, Mary Ward and Ignatius Loyola we seek to be people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others.​


Over the course of 2018 we look forward to working closely with our families as we strive to bring our vision and mission to reality.

Acknowledging Success

This week we also congratulated our high academic achievers from last year with a special assembly for the 2017 Year 12 cohort and a breakfast for high achieving students in other year levels.

At the assembly it was wonderful to recognize outstanding achievement from last year and also to have parents in attendance for this special occasion. Last year's Dux, Matthew Harms, provided an excellent message for current students with his encouragement to listen intently in class and to 'learn by teaching others'.

During the assembly I related a delightful story written by AFL player, Dylan Shiel. He told of developing close bonds with team mates when the new club of Greater Western Sydney (GWS) was created. In particular, he became very close with one of the other players and spoke of his devastation when that player was delisted.

The other footballer decided to revert to his other sporting love; cricket. Alex Carey has now represented Australia and is a rising star in that sport. Where possible, he wears the number 5 on his cricket shirt; a number he chose because it is his mate Dylan’s number at GWS.

Success comes to those prepared to wait. Dylan Shiel and our own Matthew Harms, spoke eloquently of the importance of collegial support.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Charter Bus

College Charter Bus


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It has been such a joy to have the Primary school filled with the laughter, excitement and enthusiasm of our students and staff. If our first 2 weeks are anything to go by, we are in for a wonderful year ahead!


This morning the whole school gathered in the St Louis Sports Centre to celebrate our College Opening Mass. These prayerful times are an important part of our building our community – it was great to see the Primary students celebrating alongside the Secondary students.


On Wednesday, 14 February you are welcome to celebrate Mass with us for Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of penitence leading up to Easter. The Mass is being led by 3G and will begin at 9:15am in the Chapel.


The teachers are now finalizing preparations for the Parent Information Evenings next week. I look forward to seeing all families represented at these important information sessions (see below for specific dates and times).


Monday 12 February

Year 1 – 6pm

Year 2 – 6pm

Year 3 – 7pm


Tuesday 13 February

Year 4 – 6pm

Year 5 – 6pm

Year 6 – 6pm

Please note the 6pm starting time to enable Year 4 and 5 parents to attend the iPad session.


Tuesday 13 February

Year 4 & 5 Parent iPad Workshop

7:00pm in the MacKillop Room


Our Year 4-6 students have certainly made a big splash by taking part in swimming lessons and swimming trials this week. We are also very impressed that so many students have committed to after-school swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr Alderman and the two coaches from Uniswim are very impressed by the fantastic efforts at these training sessions in the College pool.


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Important Reminders

Duty of Care


If your child arrives after 9.00am they must report directly to the Front Office.


If your child has a recurring appointment, such as, OT or Speech appointment etc please send an email to advising of the date/time of the appointment.


If your child is receiving extra tutoring, please book these sessions before school, lunch-time or after-school.


After-School Pick Up

Please be especially vigilant driving into the drive through - go slow, be patient and have your family name sign ready to go!


Parents with children in Years 1-3, need to display their 'family name' sign on their wind-shield or on the back of your car sun-visor. This visual reminder helps the teacher to call for children quickly and greatly assists with the flow of traffic. If you have lost your name sign or need another one, please contact Tracey McGann ( in the office. All students not collected by 3.30pm will be waiting in the front office for their parents.



We really rely on the cooperation of families when it comes to children wearing their correct uniform to school. Our school policy is clear, that a neat haircut is expected and that long fringes are not acceptable. Also, all children need to wear predominantly white sneakers with white shoe laces on allocated sports days. We thank you for your co-operation and support in regard to this matter.


Family Picnic

Please also keep free Saturday, 17 March for our Annual Primary Picnic. More details will follow soon.


Healthy Foods

As the staff have been on duty at recess and lunch time this week we have seen some fabulous examples of food that really gets children's brains ready for learning. Thank you to all the parents who have set their children up so well for a full day of learning by packing a healthy lunch box. As we are an ‘Allergy Aware’ school,  please do not put any products containing nuts (including Nutella) in your child’s lunch box. We ask that you help us educate the children on the importance of not sharing food with other children and washing hands after eating.

Coins for Caritas

This year’s Caritas Project Compassion theme is “A Just Future”. During Lent we would like to work together to raise awareness and funds for those who are in need.

On Ash Wednesday each student will receive a coin bag in which they are asked to collect silver coins. When the bag is full, the student can empty it into the class coin jar. Once the class jar is full it will be labelled and delivered to the front office to become part of our ‘Coins for Caritas Pyramid.’ An empty jar will be taken back to the classroom and the process will start again.



In week 4 and 5 students to collect 5c pieces

In week 6 and 7 students to collect 10c pieces

In week 8 and 9 students to collect 20c pieces

In week 10 and 11 students to collect 50c pieces


With the help of mums, dads, nannas, grandads, aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters we hope to collect many 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces during Lent.

Together we can make a difference.


Year 3-6 Primary Choir

A new vocal group will be starting this term called ‘Primary Singers’. They will perform at various concerts throughout the year and rehearse every Thursday from 8:00am -8:30am in the GBLT. (Lecture Theatre).


All boys and girls who enjoy singing and are keen to be involved in the choir are encouraged to join this new and exciting , fun group of singers .


All students who enjoy singing are welcome and no audition for this group is required.


Sign up on Thursday 15th February, 8:00-8:30am GBLT


Come prepared to have fun and enjoyment through music.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at

I look forward to seeing many of your children on Thursday 15 February ready to participate in this new and exciting choir.


Mrs Kristy Raymonds
Music Specialist

Dates to Remember

Monday 12 February            Wanju Voices rehearsals begin

                                                           (3:30pm GBLT)
                                                            Parent Information Meeting in classrooms
                                                            Yrs 1-2  6pm
                                                            Yrs 3     7pm

Tuesday 13 February            Parent Information Meeting in classrooms
                                                           Yrs 4-6   6pm
                                                            iPad Parent Workshop for Yrs 4&5
                                                           7pm MacKillop Room

Wednesday 14 February    Ash Wednesday Mass 3G
                                                           Yrs 3-6 (9:15am Chapel)

Thursday 15 February        Primary Singers rehearsals begin

                                                          (8am GBLT)


Save the Date: Primary Picnic

Save the date: Primary Picnic

Please save the date for the following event:


John XXIII College Primary Picnic

Saturday 17 March 2018

5.00pm to 8.00pm


Further Information to Follow



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

NAS trials are currently underway for Term 1, summer sports, for Years 7 to 12. A schedule of NAS trials can be viewed via the following links, on the College website or on the sport section of the College calendar. Once trials and teams are finalised students and parents will receive information, fixtures and venues for the term. NAS fixtures begin in Week 4 on Monday 19 February. Training will be organised by teacher in charge of the team. A draft copy of the fixtures will be published on the College website soon.



Swimming Training (Years 7-12)

Swimming training will commence on Wednesday 7 February from 7.00-7.50am at the College pool. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Monday 19 March. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it.


Cross Country Training (Years 7-12)

Cross Country training will commence on Tuesday 20 February from 7.00-7.50am meeting in the College pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term 1 and into Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4 to 7km depending on ability level.


Dave Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator


Netball Club

Netball Registrations Closing Today!

Players can register via the John XXIII Netball Club website www.johnxxiiicnc.wa.netball. and click on the Information and Registration tab. Please answer all of the questions.

To complete the registration process you will need to pay online via credit card. Please have your Visa or MasterCard ready. Please contact us via email:  if you need assistance.


The netball uniforms are available for purchase in the John XXIII Uniform Shop.


If you need a special order on your netball uniform i.e. extra length or shortening the sizing for these orders will be completed on Monday 12 February during the lunch break in the uniform shop.

Grading *(Starts Sunday 11 February)

Year 7            8.00am – 9.30am

Year 8            9.00am – 10.30am

Year 9            10.00am – 11.30am


All grading will be on the school netball hard courts (next to the Year 7 block).

The girls are to wear their school sports uniforms to grading.

Players MUST attend all grading sessions. If your child is unable to attend, please advise the Club via email at


Training is a compulsory and integral part of playing Saturday netball. A register of training attendance is kept. All training is on the school netball courts next to the Year 7 block.

Years 7, 8 and 9 training is on Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.00pm, commencing on 22 March.

Years 10, 11 and 12 training is on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.00pm, commencing on 20 March.

Pre-Season Fitness

The Club runs a separate preseason fitness program targeted specifically at improving the fitness and skills of players. Interested girls are encouraged to attend. No need to register - just turn up on the days that you can manage it!

Pre-season fitness is on the oval in front of the netball courts from 7:00am - 8:00am, Wednesdays & Friday.
14th & 16th Feb
21st & 23rd Feb
28th Feb & 2nd March 7th & 9th March

The school canteen is open after morning training sessions to purchase breakfast, if required.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us on and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Remember that parent volunteers run the Netball Club and we have work commitments ourselves, so our responses are not immediate but usually within 48hours.

We hope you enjoy the 2018 Netball season.


Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary

Music - Week 2

Ensemble Commencement

While many ensembles will commence regular rehearsals this week, please note that certain small and Primary ensembles will not start until Week 4. Emails will be sent to students and parents directly, informing them of the commencement of rehearsals.




Magis in 2018

Many exciting changes and developments are planned for Magis in 2018. Whilst most of the opportunities offered in 2017 will remain, many new ones are planned. Details of these are contained in the Magis 2018 Handbook, but some of the key foci will include:

  • Creation of a new Magis Student Committee which will include two students from each year from Year 7-12.
  • The introduction of the Altiora Programme with its competitive academic challenges. This will be open to Magis and other gifted students at John XXIII College.
  • Greater acknowledgement and recognition via badges, prizes and certificates for both Magis and Altiora.
  • Magis Tours:  Three tours will be offered in 2018, including a World Scholars Cup Tour, a Jesuit Debating Championship Tour, and an America Tour at the end of November with an exciting program in New York and Washington. Full details will be communicated in the next few weeks. These will be open to Magis and other gifted students at John XXIII College.
  • Magis academic breakfasts with a range of guest speakers.
  • Three Magis enrichment camps: Year 11 and 12 at Rottnest (Geordie Bay chalets), Years 9 and 10 at Point Peron, and a Creative Writing camp at Annapana. Dates are in the Calendar.
  • Magis service including the Magis students running secondary public speaking and creative writing competitions.
  • Extension of John XXIII College involvement in gifted and talented competitions, with Magis and Altiora students being expected to enter in at least one per semester which may be one of those already run by different learning areas or departments, or new competitions run directly under Magis, including da Vinci Decathlon, Opti-MINDS, Catholic Colleges Mooting and Creative Edge Challenge at Curtin University.

Resources already created for Gifted students in 2018 include the Magis Handbook, an Academic competitions handbook with details of most academic competitions available to Australia students, and a resources booklet with Information to assist the Magis and Altiora Programs and learning in general. There is also much more extensive Magis Resources folder set up.

All Magis and other gifted students are encouraged to join up for 2018. Forms are being distributed via Year assemblies and homerooms, or are available directly from the Magis office in the Xavier Wing.

I look forward to a very exciting year and challenge all gifted students to participate and serve your community with great vitality of spirit.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


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.


Sacraments Program

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish. Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible, if your children are not enrolled.



When will the sacraments be celebrated?

Each parish is different; refer to your local parish for dates and times.


How are the children prepared?

The Religion curriculum in Catholic schools includes the required content. Some parishes will also request that students attend some or all of the sessions they provide for students not attending Catholic schools. Last, but not least, parents are the children’s first teachers in Faith. The program in our archdiocese is ‘family-focused, parish-based and catholic school supported.’


Why are there differences from parish to parish?

Each parish is a unique Faith community and the parish priest responds to the needs of the parish, within the context of the wider Church.


I have not already enrolled my child and need help with this?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website:

  • Information from parishes will be on the College website as it becomes available.


How soon do I need to decide?

The sooner the better! Some parishes have already closed their enrolments. Some parishes need to know number well in advance in order to provide resources/other materials.



Updates From Local Parishes

Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 16 March.

Registration forms are available from


There will be further updates next Friday.

Good News For Ash Wednesday and Lent

(Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a longer version written by Joe Tedesco. Joe is a teacher of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and The Centre for Faith enrichment. The reflection is published in Pastoral Liturgy, Vol 48:2 of 2018 and is reprinted here with kind permission of the School of Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame Australia. 


Prayer, fasting and good works: an invitation to experiencing creation as God intends

Lots of things give us joy and happiness in our lives. Fine food and drink in a pleasant setting, a great movie, a day watching our favourite sport, or a special occasion where we dress to impress and catch up with friends. When we reflect on the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent which opens with the call to humble fasting, prayer and works for God, the tendency might be to become suspicious of those things in life which give us enjoyment especially if they are a little ostentatious. If something is pleasurable or obviously entertaining, then maybe we should distrust such activities lest they distract us from the serious business of religious devotion. The truth is more complex and deeper than that.


The readings of the Ash Wednesday liturgy point to a recognition that it is often not what activity is being performed that matters, but how, to what end and with what sort of inner disposition it is being done. Indeed, numerous times through the Scriptures we are reminded that all of creation, as well as our place in it, is good and pleasing …


However, our brokenness and sin means that this goodness is, at times, tainted and damaged by our action and inaction. Our connection to God, our most vital relationships with each other and our engagement with our world are all subject to our mistakes, poor judgment, and immorality; in a word, sin. But God loves creation and loves us. If there is any authority on what would be considered good it is Goodness itself and God has no intention of letting it be destroyed. Because of this, God is always drawing creation back to Godself.


The ultimate expression of this is, of course, found in the salvation of Christ. However, this call to return to God does not just ‘happen to us’, we are invited to ‘repent’; to turn and journey back to God and back to goodness. When we fast, pray and engage in good works during this time of Lent, we do so not to escape the world, but to be party to its transformation. It is a special season where we actively reorder our lives and the things in it to bring them back into line with God’s intent and to allow it to be ‘good’ again.


It is this which sits behind Jesus’ words in the Gospel. Such spiritual disciplines are about coming back to God and, by virtue of being in right relationship with God, discovering again just how beautiful and wonderful our creation is. It is little wonder that Jesus warns against the dismal figure looking so pretentiously pitiful while fasting. Such a figure, as well as the other characters Jesus cautions against, are engaging in a hypocritical show. Their spiritual activities which should, ultimately, be ‘others centred’ are self-indulgent and their reward has already been had because it comes from that self-satisfaction. It is a form of happiness that operates in a very small circle of the self. The readings of Lent remind us that prayer, fasting and good works open us up to a goodness and happiness far greater than that. They allow us to take in God’s intent for creation and the goodness behind it and, further, to get in rhythm with it. Then our 'reward becomes complete. It is fullness of life that lasts an eternity because it is woven into the goodness of God.


Is it easy? No, not necessarily. The self-satisfying tendency which Jesus is warning against is ever drawing our attention from what really matters. However, such acts that the Gospel asks us to engage in are not to break the spirit either and, moreover, they are not simply external shows of religious prowess. They are an inward journey (found in prayer and fasting) that impacts our outward reality (in good works and almsgiving). They are an opening up to the transformation that occurs within, where only the Father sees. © Joe Tedesco

Community Liturgy

Community Mass is just that – a celebration of the Eucharist with students, teachers, family and friends. Everyone is invited and welcome to the Mass to continue the celebration in the café if you have the time. Next Community Mass Friday 16 February.


Each Friday a House or year group takes responsibility for preparing the Mass, and family are especially welcome to celebrate with the students. Next Community Mass is Friday 16 February, Mass will be prepared by Year 12.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel

If you have any queries about Community Liturgy, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.

Pathways and Transition

Pathways and Transition

The quarterly newsletter from the Pathways and Transitions Department contains relevant information for Year 10-12 students and their parents. During the year the newsletters will include important dates of career-related activities, such as Career Expos, Open Days hosted by tertiary institutions and careers information sessions held by various organisations. Year 12 students will also be reminded about important deadlines relevant to them during the year. The newsletter will also include information about occupational resources and current employment trends and recent research articles related to the world of work. Students who have good self-knowledge and are well-informed about their post school options are likely to make better quality post-school study and career decisions.

Our department currently comprises two part-time staff.

Ms Nicole Gazey, Head Pathways and Transition:

Mrs Margi Watson, Careers Counsellor:

Attention John XXIII Community – We Need Your Support

At John XXIII College we strive to cater to the needs and aspirations of all our students by offering a range of pathways to our senior secondary students. In 2018 we are delighted to report that we have a growing number of students engaging in nationally recognised training at various Perth providers including:


  • North Metro TAFE
  • South Metro TAFE
  • College of Electrical Training
  • Tubal Workplace Training
  • International Institute of Business and Technology
  • Fremantle Education Centre.


These students will be working hard to complete industry recognised qualifications to assist them in their transition to further education and training. To assist in the completion of their qualifications and to strengthen the relevance to the real world of work many of them are required to find work placements.


We are looking to our wonderful school community business owners, or those with links to industry, to assist by offering structured workplace learning placements. Workplace learning can contribute to the students’ WACE, make them eligible for the prestigious state VET awards, help them be competitive for post-school employment or further study and assist them to meet the requirements of their qualification.


Specifically, we are looking for placements for:


  • Year 12 Certificate IV Business students – these students require placement in a business environment to apply mid-level business administration skills.
  • Two Year 11 Electrical Pre-apprentices
  • One Year 11 Tiling Pre-apprentice
  • One Year 12 Conservation and Land Management student interested in both land and marine conservation.


Your assistance will make a significant impact to these students’ outcomes. Please contact Nicole Gazey, Head of Pathways and Transitions to find out more or to register your interest:, or 9383 0417.

Year 10 Career Education or Personal Planning Program (P3)

The future of work is changing. Economic changes are transforming work through automation, globalization and more flexible work. We have designed a wonderful program to help our Year 10 students learn the skills to be digitally-literate, financially-savvy, innovative and adaptable and help them navigate complex careers of the future. Our new program will cover topics such as World of Work (WoW), Work Ready Skills, Individual Personal Plan, Post-school Pathway Planning options, the $20 Boss and some study skills. Information that students gather over the next two terms will benefit them when they must make their subject choices for Years 11 and 12. It is essential that students make informed decisions based on factors such as their interests, ability and levels of achievement.

Work Experience

Our students will have the option to go out on work experience this year. The dates set for students to go out on work experience will be either in Week 9 or Week 10 in Term 1 and Week 1 in Term 3. All students are encouraged to source their own work experience through family members and friends.


The Get Real Experience and Try (GREaT) – Nursing and Midwifery Year 10 Work Experience Program is supported by the WA Department of Health. The program allows Year 10 students seriously thinking of a career in the Health sector to experience nursing firsthand. It is a five-day work experience program during school term. If a student is accepted into the program it is up to the individual student to ensure there are no exams, work or holiday commitments that may clash with the given placement date. Students must get the Year 10 ADP’s approval before accepting the placement. Unless there is medical evidence to the contrary all students will be required to have the 2018 flu shot. Applications for GREaT are now open and can be accessed via the following link:

Applications open Thursday Feb 1 until March 9.

For more information, students are encouraged to talk or email the Careers Counsellor ( or click on


It is a requirement that all Year 12 students visit Mrs Watson, the Career Counsellor, at least once during the year to discuss possible study, work or GAP options next year. Most students prefer to make a time with the Career Counsellor once their May exams results are known. Students are welcome to come earlier to explore their options as the more informed they are, the more confident they will be with their choices.

Please discuss your child’s exit plans with him or her and encourage those who have vague plans to see Mrs Watson so that we can work together on developing clear goals, action steps and a possible back-up plan.

Students Applying for Medicine in 2019

Students who intend pursuing medicine at Curtin University or applying for the Direct entry into medicine at UWA (predicated ATAR 99) will need to sit a UMAT exam on the 25 July 2018.

Students must read the UMAT2018 Information Booklet  and complete the UMAT Registration Tutorial before you register for UMAT 2018. Some universities in other states also require students who intend studying medicine/dentistry/health sciences to sit the UMAT exam.

Please notify Mrs Watson once you have registered for the UMAT exam so additional information on studying for the UMAT exam can be sent to you.

Notre Dame Medicine Course Information Session is usually held mid- March.

UWA usually hold a Medicine Course Information Evening at the beginning of May.


Defence Force Gap Year Program

The Defence Force GAP Year program gives young Australians, who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent), the chance to experience an exciting and rewarding year in the Navy, Army or Air Force with NO obligation to commit beyond the 12 months.

A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a way to get a feel for a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, while gaining life skills, making new friends and developing leadership qualities you can take anywhere.

Applications for the 2019 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program will be opening in March 2018. For more information,

Gap Idea – Volunteer Overseas

Some students opt for a break from formal study after Year 12 and consider travelling overseas and volunteering with organisations. We have had several students in previous years register with LATTITUDE Global Volunteering ( If students want to find out more about volunteering overseas they should speak to the Careers Counsellor.

Studying Overseas

A representative from Crimson Education will be holding an information session at lunchtime on 13 March for students interested in studying at a university in the United States or United Kingdom. There will be a public session on Monday 12 February at 6pm at Trinity of Hampden, Hampden Road, Crawley. Read the following link for information on studying overseas  ..\A Guide to US, UK and Canadian Universities - Digital Version.pdf

News, Articles & Resources

World Economic Forum: 7 skills your child needs to survive the changing world of work


What is Being a Forensic Scientist Like?

It sounds like the coolest job in the world – find out what it involves from a forensic scientist over at Careers with STEM.



As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Careers newsletter is accurate.
The material may include views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect our views.

The listing of an organisation in this newsletter in no way implies any form of endorsement by us of the products or services provided by that person or organisation.

Links to other web sites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.

From time to time this newsletter will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research. In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.


Welcome back to the new school year. It’s been fantastic meeting Alumni who have chosen to send their children to John XXIII College in 2018 and being warmly greeted by so many students as they embark on another year.


Some of you may remember Jim Miller, he has come back to teach the gifted and talented students (remember the long white socks and short shorts?). Or if you went to Trinity or Sacred Heart, Bill Quartermaine, Director of Innovation and Inquiry. So good to have them on board.


Thanks to Suesanne Sawyer, who kindly filled my shoes a few days a week while I was on Long Service Leave. Please remember to log on to the Alumni Facebook page for updates about your classmates, reunions and events coming up in 2018.


Justin Maquire (Class 1985) has returned to Claremont from the country where he has been teaching young adults how to drive. He is now offering some great discounts. See below:

JTA Hockey Club

The JTA Hockey Club is looking for new players for the 2018 season. The season starts in April and goes through to August, with breaks for the school holidays.

JTA is based at the School grounds (which are some of the best grass pitches in the state) and has men’s, women’s and veteran’s teams (over 40s and over 50s). 

Our players include past students, parents of current or past students and friends. Playing fees are some of the cheapest in the state.


If you have had a few years off, now is the ideal time to get back into hockey.


Comments from 2017 Season

“The JTA Women’s Turf team finished second on the ladder, beating first (Newman Knights) in the semi-final to go straight through to the grand final where we had a 1-0 win over Joondalup – our first win against them all season (had drawn both other games). A tough game with some very tense moments like Joondalup getting a short corner in the last 30 seconds of the game. This is the team’s second premiership in a row. The team consists of players that have played for JTA since the late 90s some starting as recently as last season, three of which are past JTC students.”


“JTA Mens Metro 3 took out the premiership with a 2-1 win over the top team Whitfords. Going into the last round in fifth place the team required a win plus other results to go their way to make the finals. The team snuck into fourth by a point and proceeded to win three game straight to take out the flag. The team is made up of a mixture of players including past students and parents, some of whom have played for the JTA for up to 30 years while for some it was their first season back since the 90s. A great effort from all.”


For further information, contact:

Giles Nunis: 0427 461 331 or

Darren Miller: 0417 092 120 or



Updating Medical Information and Medication Procedures

Medical Information: Please inform the College nurse as soon as possible if there are any changes to your child’s medical information.


Medication: If you request the College nurse to administer medication to your child, you must complete a Medication Request Form – available from the Health Centre. The medication must be in its original container or packaging and clearly labelled with the following:   

  • Child’s name
  • Name of medication              
  • Expiry date
  • Dose and time to be given

If a student is required to carry and self-administer medication while at school, only a single measured dose for one school day can be brought onto the College premises. Medication must be locked in that student’s locker.

Students with diagnosed asthma must carry their reliever medication with them at all times.

Students with diagnosed anaphylaxis are advised to have their Epipen (adrenaline autoinjector) with them at all times if age appropriate.

Students with diagnosed Type 1 diabetes must carry their ‘hypo Kit’ at all times.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop can provide jumpers made from synthetic fibres for those students who are allergic to wool, but they must be ordered.


Orders must be placed before the end of February and will then be available by the end of March. 


Please contact the shop (either in person or by email) for more details. The shop is open on:


Monday 8.00am to 5.45pm

Wednesday 8.00am to 4.15pm

Friday 8.00am to 11.45am



Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Menu Price Changes

Please note there has been a small price increase on some canteen items this term.



Avocado Supply

As you may be aware, avocados are currently very expensive, so there may be times when the canteen will not have stock and when in stock, only a little will be put into orders.


Lunch Order Reminders

A reminder to make sure year group, and if applicable, class groups are written on lunch order bags. Without this, canteen staff have no way of knowing if a student is in pre-primary, primary or secondary school and do not know where to send the lunch order. Orders without year groups on, will be kept in the canteen for collection by the student.

Secondary school students are reminded to bring some form of ID when collecting their lunches.


Dianne Combrink

Canteen Manager



Community News


Committee Vacancy

The College Council's Finance and Risk Committee

The College Council is updating a pool of qualified and interested College parents from which to seek members for the Finance and Risk Committee, as positions become available. A specific skill set in the area of risk management is sought. Given the College’s focus on gender equity, we encourage all parents with the relevant skill set to express their interest.


The Committee's responsibilities are to provide support to the Council and College Principal in monitoring and reviewing the College budget, accounts, risk management and other financial matters. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the governance of the College. 


Expressions of interest and initial inquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee, Mr John Bouffler by Friday, 23 February 2018.



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