31 August 2018
Issue Sixty Six
From the Principal
Around The Primary
2019 Enrolment Information
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Music - Week 27
Pathways and Transition
Inspire: Parent Education
  Inigo Parent Talks
Men Of John XXIII College
Entertainment Books
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
John XXIII College Alumni 
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Our young leaders

I want to give something back to the College.


One of my more pleasant tasks each year is interviewing Head Boy and Head Girl candidates. Mrs Negus and I have the pleasure of meeting individually with Year 11 students who have expressed an interest in the role. This year we have had 27 interviews which is indicative of a vibrant year level and a willingness to be further engaged at the College. The candidates then have an opportunity of speaking to their peer group and voting occurs. The process is quite thorough and perhaps a little more professional than the recent parliamentary debacle in Canberra!


In many of the interviews, our prospective leaders tell us ‘that they love the College and want to give something back’. It is always refreshing to learn of their spirit of service and their wish to make John XXIII College a better school. I am also impressed with the maturity of our young people and their capacity to look beyond themselves with discussion of initiatives that would potentially benefit other students in our community.


Often when I listen to our students I reflect that they are much more composed and wise than I was at the same age. Much of that credit goes to our families for cultivating young people with a strong sense of justice and purpose. In an ever-changing world, one of our challenges is to bring the Mission and Vision of our College to life through the actions of our students, staff and wider community.

Our Mission statement has the aspirational aim expressed as follows:

 ‘In the spirit of John XXIII, Mary Ward and Ignatius Loyola, our College seeks to be people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others.’


Judging from the calibre of the students I have recently interviewed, the College is having some success.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This morning we were delighted by the presence of so many fathers and special father figures at our Mass dedicated to Dads. Many thanks to all our wonderful Dads for coming along to this celebration and for spending time at school with your delightful children. I am sure you will all be greatly spoilt on Sunday by the love and affection of your children.


Preparations are now being finalised for our Year 4 Musical, ‘Once Upon a Crime … Fairytales – The Real Story!


The Musical is a magical combination of singing, dancing, narration and wonderful projection of individual characters. The costumes and set design look amazing and allow the young performers to really shine on the big stage.


I particularly commend the expertise and enthusiasm of Mrs Cattapan who has been working throughout the year with the Year 4 students. She has developed the students’ confidence in themselves to the extent they now fill the stage with their presence. All Primary students will attend a Matinee performance next week.


I hope all fathers and grandfathers in the College Community enjoy a very special family day on Sunday.


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary





Find Your Treasure 

We had so much fun in the Library last week as we ‘found our treasure’ in books. The Book Fair was a huge success and it was wonderful to see so many families in the Library enjoying books. The students were so excited to see our Library transformed into a pirate ship and we even got a surprise visit from Clifford the big red dog!


Congratulations to all the students who entered the ‘Find Your Treasure’ poster competition, our winners and all the other entries can be seen on display in the Library. Some of our Year 6 Leaders dressed up as different book characters every lunchtime and performed little skits and songs in the Library for the rest of the Primary school. On Friday we had lots of Year 6 students reading books to the younger children at lunchtime. It was wonderful to see everyone so engaged in reading together. Our Pirate dress up day on Friday was a fantastic way to end an exciting week.


This week we welcomed author and illustrator, James Foley, to our school. The K – 6 students have thoroughly enjoyed his entertaining presentation about his books.  

Mrs Cattapan
Drama/Library Specialist

Future Scientists

On Monday the Year 2 Scientists went on an excursion to Scitech. They had lots of fun exploring the exhibitions, going to The Planetarium and watching a live science theatre show called ‘Power Trip’.  The students learnt about why the seasons occur, constellations in the night sky and different forms of energy. The students had a great time!

Mrs Ferraro and Ms Cooney

Year 2 Teachers

GATE is Great!

As members of Year 6 GATE, we would like to thank everyone for being such great consumers in our Giving Back Fundraising Project we conducted recently. Altogether, we raised a whopping $378 for Shopfront. Shopfront is an organisation which provides essential necessities to those in need. Again, we would like to thank all of you who either made a pet rock, bought a raffle ticket or participated in the Doodle Bug challenge. We thought this fundraiser was a big success. It exceeded our expectations!

Thank you

Year 6 GATE Students

Sports News

Last Thursday, John XXIII College competed in the IPSHA Cross-Country Carnival at Bunbury Grammar. Having postponed the event two weeks earlier due to storms in the South-West, the Carnival was held on a perfect day and our students performed magnificently. We had the most of our students finish in the top 20 in races that contained up to 56 competitors from ten participating schools. This was great reward for our students who had trained so hard throughout the Cross-Country season. The outstanding runners at the Carnival were as follows:

  • Year 3 Girls (1500m)
    • 4th Place: Isabella Stewart
    •  7th Place: Sarah Stewart
  • Year 3 Boys (1500m)
    • 1st Place: William Blaxell
  • Year 4 Girls (1500m)
    • 8th Place: Gracie Byrne
  • Year 4 Boys (1500m)
    • 5th Place: Harrison Pazin
    • 8th Place Oliver Wever
  • Year 5 Girls (2500m)
    • 11th Place: Mahalia Upton.
  • Year 5 Boys (2500m)
    • 1st Place: Jackson Bosnich
    • 7th Place: Gregory Briede 
    • 9th Place: Oliver Defrancesco
  • Year 6 Girls (2500m)
    • 1st Place: Amelia Mettam
    • 3rd Place: Tenley Burton
    • 9th Place: Maggie Pazin
    • 10th Place: Rebecca Litic
  • Year 6 Boys (2500m)
    • 4th Place: Freddy Gleghorn
    • 5th Place: Zachary Morphett

Congratulations to all these runners and to all our competitors who represented our College with great distinction on the day.


A special thank you to the many parents who travelled down to Bunbury to offer their support to our students and to Mrs Taylor and Miss O’Donnell for all their hard work on the day by assisting the competitors and acting as officials around the track.

John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator

Netball News

Congratulations to our Year 5 Netball team for winning their Netball division last weekend. Well done to all team members for playing great netball all season!



Dates to Remember

Monday 3 September                    Yr 4 Musical Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 4 September                    Yr 4 Musical Matinee for Primary students
                                                                      Yr 4 Musical Evening Performance 7:00pm
Thursday 6 September                  Yr 3-6 Athletics Carnival


Rowing Club Fundraiser - Weed Free Sheep Manure

$15 per 80L Bag

Home delivery included for purchases of six bags or more within 10 km of John XXIII
College, Mount Claremont.
Direct pick-up from John XXIII College (John XXIII Ave, Mount Claremont)

Tournament of Minds 2018

Congratulations to both John XXIII College teams who qualified for this year’s State finals to be held at Edith Cowan University on Sunday 9 September. The teams performed brilliantly at the Regional finals on Saturday 25 August and the result is a just reward to all team members and facilitators on their fantastic efforts, team work, respect and total enthusiasm that they demonstrated during the weekend.   There is more to the story than time and space will allow so please wait for the yearbook entry!


A big thank you to Miss Farley and Mr Connellan for the time in facilitating the two teams and to staff and families for their welcome support on Saturday and let’s see some strong support on 9 September!


Miss Farley’s Social Science team will compete against Esperance SHS and Georgiana Molloy Anglican School and Mr Connellan’s STEM team will compete against two Sacred Heart teams and Kalgoorlie-Boulder CHS, for a place in the National Finals.


There were over 73 schools entered in this year’s competition and from these schools there 70 Secondary teams across four disciplines. 


Please join me in wishing both teams well as they head towards the state finals.


Stuart Massey

Tournament of Minds Facilitator

Languages Week

'Learning a foreign Language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things that we can do to broaden the empathy, imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.' (Michael Gove)


This week we celebrated the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community and celebrated learning languages with a range of fun and engaging activities with the students. Our Year Sevens had a great time participating in the Tour de France; many of our Year Eights celebrated with a taste of Japan, Italy or France whilst competing in the Education Perfect Noongar Language Competition in which John XXIII College was ranked first in the world(!) for a short period.  

Year Nines were treated to International Language Quiz Competition and Year Tens played a range of traditional games such as boules from France, carte from Italy and kendama from Japan. The Year Elevens and Twelves continued to work hard whilst munching on an obento.


Big thanks to the Language Team for their brilliant, inventive and imaginative activities.

Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Year 11 Politics and Law Excursion

This Tuesday was the Year 11 Politics and Law Excursion. In the morning, students travelled to the District Court and had a private audience with Honourable Judge Levy which was then followed by watching a high profile criminal trial. Students then made their way to the Magistrates Court where they witnessed a video conferencing trial.


In the afternoon, students visited Parliament House and got a chance to sit in the Legislative Assembly. Students were then permitted to watch the opening of the Legislative Council where they could observe the real day to day running of Parliament. Member for Cottesloe, Dr David Honey was kind enough to put on some light refreshments and students were given token ‘Parlia-mints’, the pun was much appreciated. A memorable excursion which students found very rewarding.

Morgan Ball

Politics & Law

Canteen update

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 4.

There has been a very small price increase on a couple of items. 

We are making the transition to use sustainable and eco-friendly packaging for most, and hopefully all the food we produce in our kitchen, at school.  These do come at a higher cost, but we do feel it is necessary and important to play our part in looking after the planet.  The students and staff can help us, by having their own re-useable straws.


We thank you for your continued support and look forwards to being of service to you.


Dianne Combrink
Canteen Manager

Year 10

Elisabeth Hughes entered the recent Town of Cambridge Young Writers competition with a short story titled End and Begin. The story was shortlisted and, at the awards ceremony on Monday 27 August, Elisabeth was highly commended for her work and received a prize. Elisabeth is a talented writer and is congratulated on her achievement.

2019 Enrolment Information

To ensure accurate planning and to finalise enrolments for 2019 we would ask current families to please let us know if your situation has changed and you no longer require a place for your child.

Would you please be kind enough to inform the College in writing by Friday 21 September (end of Term 3) if there has been a change of circumstance to ensure that you are not charged a full Term’s fees. This will then allow us to plan, place and finalise our enrolments for the 2019 school year.


Please direct further questions to Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar or 9383 0449. We appreciate your help and co-operation.


ACC Athletics Team – Wednesday 12 September, State Athletics Centre

The provisional ACC team has been selected. Please find attached:

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

Students have received notification of the team and information about the carnival day via email as well as in homeroom.


A reminder that training is on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7am. 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.


Dates and times of training are below:

Week 8    

  • Tues      4 Sep    6:55am-8am
  • Thurs      6 Sep    6:55am-8am

Week 9    

  • Tues      11 Sep    6:55am-8am
  • Wed     12 Sep    ACC A Div Carnival - No training

Sunsmart WA School Surfing Titles 2018

On Wednesday 22 August, fourteen John XXIII College students participated in the Sunsmart WA School Surfing titles for the boys metro zone.


Junior Boys Surfing

  • Team 1: Oscar Line (St L 9) & Mason Crocker (Loy 9)
  • Team 2: Bailey Van Der Struyf (St L 8) & Hugo Croudace (Kooly 8)  Res Louis Wilmot (Kooly 8)
  • Team 3: Gabe O’Loughlin (St 10) & Thomas Edwards (Ward 10)

Junior Boys Body Board

  • Team 1  Max Clarke (Camp 8) & Zachary Thompson (Ward 8)

Senior Boys Surfing

  • Team 1  Beau Bevan (Wrd 12) Finn Rutherford (Kooly 12) & Res Riley Boult (Loy 12)

Congratulations to all teams for making it through to the second round and to Oscar Line, Mason Crocker, Beau Bevan and Finn Rutherford who made it to the Semi-Finals in their respective divisions. Thank you to Mr Ben Hayes and the boy’s parents for accompanying and supporting the boys on the day.

Cameron Haines

Assistant Sport Coordinator

Rowing Club Fundraiser - Weed Free Sheep Manure

$15 per 80L Bag

Home delivery included for purchases of six bags or more within 10 km of John XXIII
College, Mount Claremont.
Direct pick-up from John XXIII College (John XXIII Ave, Mount Claremont)

Years 7/8 Rugby fixtures - Term 3

 A copy of the fixtures is attached. All games kick off at 4:00pm. A reminder to students involved that training is on Tuesday morning at 7.15am.



Congratulations to the World Scholars, Tournament of Minds and Opti-MINDS teams on representing the College with distinction over the past week.


All members of the World Scholar's teams performed very well in Melbourne in this amazing international event which involved 1600 contestants from 27 different countries over the 5 days.  Three of our teams, one senior and two junior have qualified for the Tournament of Champions in Yale, USA later this year, a splendid achievement.  Oscar Hegge (Junior) and Emily Tyson (Senior) were our top performing individual students in these sections, whilst our junior team 341 (Oscar Hegge, Caitlin Green and Grace Barbour) finished 22nd and senior team 221 (Ben Linsten, Alex Panther and Emily Tyson) finished 35th overall, outstanding in a total field of over 530 teams. A most notable performance was the third place overall in the Junior debating (against nearly 300 rival teams from around the world) by the team of McKenzie Richardson, Gabriel Kaye and Skye MacMillan. Overall the four John XXIII College teams  won a total of 40 gold and 28 silver medals, a superb effort.  The full report in booklet form and PDF has been circulated.  Congratulations to members of all four John XXIII College teams, and warmest thanks to Ms Lisa Martella, Ms Milissa Jagers and Ms Stacy Tyson for their wonderful efforts assisting the students in Melbourne. This Magis Tour included a number of other highlights including Mamma Mia at the Princess Theatre, an AFL  game between Richmond and Essendon at the MCG,  a visit to ACMI including the superb Alice in Wonderland Exhibition, the Victorian Art Gallery, the amazing Eureka Skydeck, and of course Melbourne City shopping.

The Year 7’s became the first John XXIII College Team to compete in the Opti-MINDS Gifted and Talented competition at Curtin University on Saturday. Jenna Whiston, Leila Barker, Aurelle Vidyagiri, Quin Binet and Conor McCormick put on a really creative, entertaining performance. There were a huge number of students involved, and news about whether the team reaches the WA finals will be released after Opti-MINDS Regional finals over the next two weekends.  Our two John XXIII Tournament of Minds teams

have reached their WA finals.

Round three of the chess began this week, whilst our nominations for the British Parliamentary debating have now be confirmed, and three senior teams will represent the College next Sunday at All Saints College


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis Camp - Point Walter

The Ignatian Tradition of striving for the Magis (the more) is embedded in all our learning areas and has a special focus in our John XXIII College Magis Gifted and Talented Program. One of the many new ventures in the Magis program this year to maximise the education opportunities for gifted students at John XXlll College was the recent Magis Camp at Point Walter, where highlights included outstanding presentations from directors of  Alpha Motivation and W.A. Creative Edge Thinking, both experts in the motivation of secondary students.


Netball Club


The Year 5 & 6 competition is now over, to all of the girls and coaches I hope you had a fabulous season, we look forward to seeing you back on court next year.


Congratulations to Tahlia Burgess, Isabella Desiati, Sofia Lamattina, Matilda Laver, Lana O’Gorman, Jennifer Ong, Madison Pruiti, Caitlin Seery & Ruby Verleg, Coach Sarah Fitzhardinge, assistant coach Emily Tyson, the Year 5 team PREMIERS in their division.  



Congratulations to the following teams that have made it through to the finals.

Years 7-8                                             Years 9-12

ONYX                                                    CRYSTAL

PERIDOT                                             AMETHYST

JADE                                                     CRYSTAL

GARNET                                               SAPPHIRE

JASPER                                                ALUMNI 2


Please note the game times are different from the regular season games.


Wednesday 5 September

Thomas More Exhibition Centre

6:00pm - 8:00pm



Wednesday 5 September

Circle of Friends Cafe

6:15pm - 6:45pm

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK! We are a team of hard working parents that love to help out.

We have several positions on our committee that will be vacated at the end of this season. If you would like to get involved or would like more information please contact us at


Positions available:

  • Registrar
  • Secretary
  • General Committee
  • Year 9 - 12 Coordinator


Thanks to all the teams that have submitted your “TEAMS GOT TALENT” video. If you haven’t done so yet please get them in by this Sunday. We are looking forward to seeing all of the videos at the windup.

There will be prizes for the best videos.



Team bags need to be returned to the cage at PNA for stocktake. If you need a bag for Spring competition you can pick it up on the afternoon of the first game. 


Good luck to all of our finalists this weekend.


Milissa Jagers


Rowing Club

Rowing Club Fundraiser - Weed Free Sheep Manure

$15 per 80L Bag

Home delivery included for purchases of six bags or more within 10 km of John XXIII
College, Mount Claremont.
Direct pick-up from John XXIII College (John XXIII Ave, Mount Claremont)

Music - Week 27

Spring Soiree

The annual Spring Soiree will be held on the evening of Sunday, 9 September at 5:30pm, with refreshments served in the Pavilion from 4:30pm. This concert is the biggest of the College year, featuring performances from the Concert Band, Wind Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Swing Band, Senior Flute Ensemble, Treble Choir and Chamber Choir! Graduating Year 12 musicians are also honoured on the night for their years of musical service to the College. Tickets are free, with a gold coin donation at the door, and are available via the following link: 

Year 12 Recital Night

We are delighted to announce that entries are now being accepted into the Year 12 Recital Night, to be held in the GBLT on Wednesday 12 September. All Year 12 students who take tuition on an instrument or voice are invited to perform to a welcoming audience of peers, family, friends and staff. For many Year 12 students, this will represent their final performance opportunity at John XXIII College and is always a fabulous night of entertainment! The Year 12 Recital Night will be followed by a fully catered supper, and all participants and audience members are invited to attend.


Application forms for performers are available from Music Staff, or through the Music Office. Please contact the Music Office with any questions.

Singing in the City – Treble Choir

The dates for the annual Singing in the City festival have been announced as Sunday 21 October. The John XXIII College Treble Choir will be performing a half-hour program of choral works at Wesley Church in the heart of the city, from 2:00pm. This performance is unticketed, with free entry on the day, and all parents and family friends are invited to attend.

Senior Small Ensemble Soiree

Please note that the Senior Small Ensemble Soiree advertised for Sunday 26 August has been merged into a concert with other small ensembles on Sunday 28 October (Term 4). Senior small ensembles will perform at this concert, with Year 12 groups performing at the Year 12 Recital Night on Wednesday 12 September. Please contact the Music Department with any questions.


Upcoming performances


Year 8/9 production
Thursday 13 September and Friday 14 September
7pm, Roncalli Hall


Year 11 Drama Production

The Year 11 Drama class performed to a large audience of family and friends, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, bringing Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill- equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, his detective work to identify the true culprit, takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

Congratulations to all the students who have shown excellent commitment in their rehearsals and who gave outstanding performances on the night.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Community Liturgy

Next Friday 7 September Year 9 students will prepare our Community Liturgy.  Parents and families of Year 9 students are especially encouraged to attend our joyful Friday morning liturgy – however everyone is welcome!

  • 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.


Sacrament Program - Congratulations

… to the Primary students who have completed the ‘family-focused, parish-based, Catholic school-supported sacrament program’ so far this year. As John XXIII is a regional College, the students have celebrated the sacraments in a number of parishes including:

  • City Beach – Holy Spirit
  • Claremont – St Thomas Apostle
  • Cottesloe – St Mary Star of the Sea
  • Floreat – St Cecilia’s
  • Fremantle – St Patrick’s
  • Leederville – St Mary’s
  • Mirrabooka – St Gerard’s
  • Mount Lawley – St Paul’s
  • Nedlands – Holy Rosary
  • North Beach – Our Lady of Grace
  • North Perth – Monastery
  • Subiaco – St Joseph’s

Year 6 Confirmation has been completed. Congratulations to all the Year 6 students, their families and their teachers.


During Terms 2 and 3, First Reconciliation and First Communion have been offered in some parishes.  Other local parishes are offering these sacraments in Term 4.


Congratulations to the Year 4 students, and their families, who have so far made their First Communion in their parish.

Antoina Annan

Ayva Baker

Carla Chipperfield

Taj Dorrington

Gen Ford

Catherine Gazia

Jack Gregory

Maddy Holly

Elise Kwei

Bridget Lilleyman

Matilda MacLennan

Chloe Menzies

Matthew Mignacca

James Millar

Sophia Negus

Sofia Paolucci

Izaac Paton

Harry Pazin

Liam Ptolomey

Jon Rintoul

Luca Robson

Joseph Scott

Alice Travlos

Tom Walsh

Kate Wagner

Georgette Watson

Ollie Wever

Raph Zidar


Congratulations to the Year 3 students, and their families, who have so celebrated their First Reconciliation in their parish.


Tahj Arundell

Arabella Buzzard

Myles Cabassi

Lola Denton

Janaya Douglas

George Foster

Sam Gooch

Callan Griffiths

Blake Kavanagh

Sophie Litic

Xavier Parker

Klara Travlos

Campbell Tonkin

Sacrament program

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6 and have not yet enrolled in the Sacrament program in your ‘home’ parish?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Locate information from your parish on the archdiocesan website
  • Use the College website to find information, including diary dates, supplied by some local parishes

GOOD NEWS for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

‘You forget the commandments of God and hold on to human tradition.’  Mark 7:1-23


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.


I read a terrific book the other day entitled ‘Shadows and the Dark’ by Australian Jesuit Fr John Cowburn. This book explores how we can hold to a loving God in the face of evil.


The idea for the book came when Fr John fell from his bicycle, broke his collarbone and was awaiting surgery in hospital. While there, an old religious sister came to his room to give him Holy Communion before going to the operating theatre. Fr John told her about the accident. Sister said, ‘Well Father, God must have known you needed a little holiday, so he arranged for your fall’. John replied, ‘If that's true Sister I'm pleased God didn't want me to take a sabbatical!’ From Jesus' day to ours, when bad things happen to good people it seems easier to blame God or Satan. By his own admission Fr John had an accident because he didn't take enough care on his bike. End of story. That God can bring something good out of such an accident is grace building on nature. What Jesus confronts in today's Gospel is ‘The-devil-made-me-do-it’ theology. And his response is as challenging now as it was in first century Palestine.


For as long as we blame our most destructive behaviour on evil acting upon us in all its guises, empty promises and powers, then we remain some way from taking the sort of responsibility for the condition of our hearts that might see them fully converted by Christ's saving love. This is not to say that evil does not exist or that it cannot have a powerful effect upon us, quite the opposite. Just as grace builds on love and goodness, evil grows out of estrangement and hatred. As Christians we hold that God has given us free will, and evil's hold on our hearts is often the result of the poor choices and smaller compromises we have made along the way.


The way we look at the evil in our lives and the world also affects our compassion. For if we're not in touch with the greed that leads to theft, the anger that leads to murder, the desire for power that leads to rape, or the alienation that leads to terrorism, then it's hard for us to be compassionate toward the perpetrators of these evil acts. The degree to which we know what our hearts are capable of leads us to be grateful for the graces we receive and cultivate, and to be compassionate toward those who have missed out on this good news and who, by nurture or free will, have chosen evil as their fundamental option.


May our celebration of the Eucharist enable us to take in the broken body of Christ because we know we are a broken people in need of its power, and as Christ's blood is poured for us, may we be poured out in love, so that, through us, others might hear His call to a conversion of heart.


© Richard Leonard SJ

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 6 September ECU Alternative Pathways Information
  • 13 September WAAPA Arts Management Info Evening
  • 24-28 September ATAR Revision Sessions
  • 7 November ECU Careers in Sports Expo

Download the PDF below for a more detailed list of events and registration details.



Try-A-Trade is an excellent opportunity that assists students in making an informed decision about a career in the building and construction industry. Programs are available to students in Year 10 who have shown an interest in a trade but are unsure if this is the career they wish to pursue.


Try-A-Trade programs provide students with hands-on experience in a range of building and construction trades. Programs are delivered offsite by registered training organisations during normal school hours. The duration of the courses range from 1-3 days.


For further information contact Kelli Beaton at


myfuture - assist your child

New to myfuture, is a dedicated page for parents and carers looking to support and encourage young people with their career making decisions.


Assist your child feature page contains links to articles that provide tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development. Our College has registered and paid an annual fee for the use. To log in, students need to use their school email address.



Curtin's Scholarship email service

Sign up for Curtin's Scholarship email service and receive an email alert whenever a scholarship that matches your criteria is opened for applications. You'll also receive a reminder email one week before applications close.


US Sports Scholarships

If you are good at a sport and want to see if it can help you pay for a college degree, visit this link to schedule a meeting with past student-athletes from Crimson Athletics. Find out more - 

Interesting reads

Future skills: Report reveals tools schoolkids will need to thrive in jobs market of 2030
The skills required by workers in the future will be very different to those of today, a report has predicted, as well as warning education systems need to change to prepare schoolchildren for their future. 


Financial and Insurance Services

Financial services are the economic services provided by the finance industry, which encompasses a broad range of businesses that manage money, including credit unionsbankscredit-card companies, insurancecompanies, accountancy companies, consumer-finance companies, stock brokeragesinvestment funds, individual managers and some government-sponsored enterprises.


This industry includes banking, insurance and superannuation funds, as well as financial brokering services. Most jobs are in Sydney and Melbourne. There are fewer young people than in other industries, and part-time time work is uncommon. Many workers in this industry have a university degree. The largest occupation, Bank Workers, doesn't require a degree and may provide a pathway into the industry.

New Jobs and Skills Centres in WA

The Department of Training and Workforce Development have opened five new Jobs and Skills Centres at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses. 


The JSCs offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and employers and businesses.


Visit the Jobs & Skills WA website for more information.




Good Universities Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Read the guide - 



Were you the kid who loved Lego and building forts in the yard? If you love building, creating and working with your hands then a career in construction might be a good fit.


Whether you’re building a house or an airport, just about every trade is represented on each worksite so it’s smart to get an idea of how they all fit together.


Check out the Construction Bullseye from MyFuture here.



From the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW – “A career in surveying can be very diverse and involves travelling and the use of specialised technology.  Surveyors can be involved in making measurements in the outdoors or indoors, processing data and creating plans and maps.”

Surveyors measure and map things then provide the information to people like engineers, architects and developers.  


You could work in the office or in the field, using high-tech equipment and sophisticated software to put together measurements that are needed by other design professionals.

Without their work it would be impossible for engineers and architects to accurately design and construct buildings.


Salary: Starting salary around $42k for an Assistant (Cert III level) to $64k for a Draftsperson with 5 years’ experience. Those with a university qualification may earn $90k plus as a Licensed/Registered Surveyor.

Qualifications: From TAFE, start with a Cert III and work through to a Diploma to become a fully qualified draftsperson, you need a university degree to become a surveyor.


Where do I start? Check out A Life Without Limits, they have heaps of fantastic info and a list of all the courses at TAFE and university level in Australia.


Margi Watson

Career Counsellor


Year 8 vaccines​

The Department of Health Immunisation Nurses will be visiting the College on Monday 3 September to administer the final dose of HPV vaccine (Gardasil) to Year 8 students.


The Nurses will return to follow-up any students absent on the day.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Inspire: Parent Education

Social Media Distractions - Parent Seminar

"Put your phone down!"

This is something that parents have to say far too often. Distractions from Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube never seem to stop.


Having recently returned from studying at Harvard University, join David Castelanelli (WA Youth Ambassador 2018), as he dives into the world of social media distractions.


This workshop will outline just how much time and focus students are losing through their phones. 


David will be teaching new strategies to…

  1. Minimise your children's social media/phone usage (without the screaming or shouting)
  2. Combat social media addiction and a fear of missing out (FOMO)
  3. Maximise your children’s productivity and focus

When: Wednesday 19 September 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre, John XXIII College, John XXIII Avenue, Mount Claremont


About David

David Castelanelli is the WA Youth Ambassador for 2018, a young entrepreneur and motivational speaker in the area of modern self-development. 


Having just turned 20, David has been voted as one of Australia's Top 100 Young Leaders and has recently completed studies in Leadership & Public Speaking at Harvard University on scholarship.


David is one of WA's most booked youth speakers, having delivered over 150 presentations to 80+ high schools in the last year alone through Alpha Motivation. He is the youngest Youth Ambassador to ever be selected by the Minister for Youth and is a highly sought after speaker (having spoken in Australia, America & Asia). 


David's main area of focus is modern self-development, concentrating on social media reduction to improve students productivity and focus. David has demonstrated social media reduction results through 'The Wolf Pack Program'; an 8 week self development that he runs in WA high schools. 


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.

Men Of John XXIII College

Entertainment Books

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Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening 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

The Uniform Shop is now accepting secondhand uniform items. Please remember that all items must be freshly cleaned and ironed and in perfect condition to be accepted for sale.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Summer Canteen menu for Term 4
Small price increase / sustainability

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 4.

There has been a very small price increase on a couple of items. 

We are making the transition to use sustainable and eco-friendly packaging for most, and hopefully all the food we produce in our kitchen, at school.  These do come at a higher cost, but we do feel it is necessary and important to play our part in looking after the planet.  The students and staff can help us, by having their own re-usable straws.


We thank you for your continued support and look forwards to being of service to you.

Term 3 winter menu

Our Term 3 winter menu is available for download.

Our Online Canteen is an online ordering system that is a safe and convenient way to order school meals and now you can use your Smart Rider to order from the canteen. 

  • Place your canteen order online
  • Mobile friendly site.

For more information visit the College website.

Dianne Combrink
Canteen Manager

John XXIII College Alumni 


Footsteps Costume Requirements (1).pdf
Canteen Term 4 Menu 2018.pdf
Nonngar Competition.PNG
Year 7and8 rugby fixtures 2018.pdf
John XXIII College ACC Team 2018.pdf
ACC Letter Team 2018.pdf
ACC A Division athletics program.pdf
Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
MPA Skills 2018 Try-A-Trade Information.pdf
NECA Try-a-Trade Flyer.pdf
SMTAFE Try a Trade.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
Canteen Term 4 Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
2018 Hong Kong Invitation.pdf