22 November 2019
Issue Thirty-five

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.

From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 35
Rowing Club
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
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From the Principal

Thanking our volunteers

Last week we hosted a function to express our thanks and gratitude to our parents who give so generously of their time for the benefit of the College. Our parents contribute positively in many facets of life at John XXIII College. At the function, we specifically acknowledged Sharon Aquino (Secondary Convenor), Simon Fracaro (President of the Parent Association) and Loretta Byrd (Coordinator of Inspire) as they concluded their period of service.


It is fascinating meeting with our parents and learning of their incredible professional and personal lives. However, there is no role more important than being a parent.


In addition to the wonderful love and support provided to their children, parental engagement is possible at the College through groups such as:

  • Parent Association including year level Parent Association Liaison (PALs)
  • Friends of Music and Drama
  • Rowing Club
  • Netball Club
  • Canteen
  • Uniform Shop
  • Men of John XXIII
  • College Council and Sub Committees
  • INSPIRE Group
  • Roncalli Care

In providing a gift of love and service, our parents set an outstanding example for their children. I also acknowledge the work of our dedicated staff as they create the conditions conducive to such positive interaction. The ubiquitous, Mr Ric Del Pizzo (Community Relations), is superb in his liaising role and his work is complemented by many other staff at the College.


This week we welcomed prospective Kindy and Year 7 parents and I am sure that the spirit of parental commitment will continue to be a hallmark of the College in the future.


Robert Henderson



Years 9 and 10 Outdoor Education Camps

Survive in the real world. Succeed in real life”. This is the philosophy behind the outdoor experiences offered by the Outdoor Education Group. Our Years 9 and 10 students were able to explore this philosophy over the past few weeks as they participated in their end of semester Outdoor Education camps.


The Year 9 overnight camp to the Manjedal Activity Centre in week 4 introduced students to new and memorable experiences. It was a fantastic way for the Outdoor Education students to develop friendships and build a stronger sense of community. The group embraced the activities and showed a positive attitude for the duration of the camp.


The Year 10 Expedition to Margaret River run by Explorus Adventure Learning and the Outdoor Education Group gave the Year 10’s an outlet from school and study. Students were encouraged to take ownership and engage with the learning process in an experiential, active way. Student relationships, resilience, self-confidence and wellbeing were all areas positively influenced by the challenging activities and communal living environments.


Students returned from their camps feeling more adaptable and with an increased sense of their own worth and ability to make a positive difference to the wider community. I am also confident that they have developed deeper connections to each other and with the natural environment.


Well done to all participants and thank you to all supporting staff and the external providers who assisted on our programs.


Mr Cameron Tremayne

Head of Learning Area - Health and Physical Education

Year 8 Food Technology

Students in Year 8 Food and Technology have been involved in designing and producing a novelty cake. Students learnt about skills in cake artistry, as well as vital knowledge in food hygiene practices.



Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Presentation Night

Our College Presentation Night will take place in the St Louis Sports Centre on Wednesday 27 November at 7:00pm. As this is an important community event for our College all students from Years 5 and 6 are expected to attend. The Primary Singers and Wanju Voices will be providing some special musical entertainment alongside the Secondary students.


Final Assembly

Please join us on Friday 29 November at 9.00am in Roncalli Hall for our final Primary Assembly of the year. The students of Year 2B are hosting this Assembly and we will also be farewelling our long-standing staff member, Mrs Morell.


Swimming Lessons

The PP–Year 3 swimming lessons commence on Monday 25 November. The children are certainly getting very excited about making a big splash at Claremont Pools.


Year Level

Lesson Time

Bus Departure Time to Pool

Year 3

12:15pm to 12:55pm


Year 2

12:55pm to 1:35pm



1:35pm to 2:15pm


Year 1

2:15pm to 2:55pm



Over the next three weeks we will be hosting a number of special events, please make note the dates/times of these events on your family calendar:

  • 5 December Pre-Primary Christmas Liturgy - 9:00am
  • 5 December Kindy Concert – 11:00am
  • 5 December Music Soiree – 6:00pm  Held in our beautiful amphitheatre, this is always a wonderful family event.
  • 6 December Christmas Liturgy – 9:00am (Hosted by 1G)
  • 10 December Year 6 Farewell Mass & Morning Tea – 9.00am

Christmas Hampers
We traditionally collect Christmas Food Hampers to St Vinnies for families in need. Families are asked to consider donating a special Christmas food item and placing it the baskets located in the classrooms or front office.



This Saturday Mrs Purcell (GATE Teacher/ICT specialist), Miss Graves (Year 6 Teacher) and our Year 4 and 5 GATE students are heading to Edith Cowan University for the Game Changer Awards. We wish our competitors every success in this exciting challenge.


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary

Dates to Remember

Monday 25 November

Kindy (Gold) 2020 Orientation


PP-Year 3 Swimming Lessons begin at Claremont Pools

Wednesday 27 November

Presentation Evening Year 5 & 6 St Louis Sports Centre 7:00pm

Thursday 28 November

Year 6 IPSHA Big Bash Cricket Carnival Melvista Park

Friday 29 November

Kindy (Blue) 2020 Orientation


Assembly hosted by 2B Roncalli Hall 9:00am


Please check the College Website for Term 4 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.

Cultural Excursion 

Last week the Year 3 students visited the Hyogo Cultural Centre.


Students learnt about the shichi go san (7 5 3) festival which is celebrated on 15 November celebrating children turning 3, 5 and 7 years old.  Students made their own chigiri e which is a collage picture using Japanese paper and wrote the numbers shichi go san (7, 5 and 3) using the calligraphy brushes. They particularly enjoyed eating their obento for lunch.



Rowson sensei

Japanese Teacher

Super Scitech

It was probably the best excursion ever and I am looking forward to going there again later in life. Visiting Scitech was a cool experience that I will remember for a long time. Luca Robson 5G


The highlight of the excursion was the Science Fiction section, where we got to see lots of possibilities the future could offer us. There were mind control games and you could draw what you thought the world would look like in 2099! Watching the Maths and Explosions show was great too. The presenter combined maths and explosions by creating a rocket and putting it at different angles to hit a target. The planetarium was awesome as we got to see so many cool planets and what space looks like. It made me dizzy! Raphael Budimlich 5B


A highlight was when we played with little micro coding devices and we were given the task of designing and building a machine that could draw. We used Lego and little device called Mini Bits. This was such a fun experience and we could share our ideas in a group. Sophia Negus 5B



Cookie Creations

As a part of the Design and Technology unit, the Year Fives have been busy researching, designing and creating their own biscuits. Students were lucky enough to use the Secondary Domestic kitchen for the baking experience.  The real challenge was to make the actual biscuits look like their initial designs and the students had a great time decorating their biscuits.  Everyone was very excited about the final stage of the project - the taste testing!



Ms O’Connor and Mrs Goss

Year 5 Teachers

Counsellors Corner

It’s hard to believe we are so close to the end of the school year. I hope you and your children are feeling proud of a what has been achieved this year and confident of the move forward. If you have any concerns about your child please don’t hesitate to contact me. Information about an upcoming parenting webinar which is part of our Parenting Ideas membership is outlined below for those interested.


Kind regards


Anne Murphy

Primary Counsellor


Attend a webinar for parents at no cost
Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia's most trusted sources of parenting education and support.  Great news - through this membership, you can attend all of their webinars for parents in 2019 at no cost! Here is the information about the next upcoming webinar:

Brave parenting in a culture riddled with worry
Join Lenore Skenazy, President of Let Grow, in this webinar that explores;

  • Why treating our kids as physically and emotionally fragile is bad for their future
  • That your kids are not in constant danger
  • How independence impacts children
  • How to raise nimble problem solvers
  • Ideas to know how safe, smart and capable your kids can be

Wednesday 27 November 2019 8:00pm AEDT. If you are unable to make the scheduled time you can simply register and access the recording later. 

How you can register

  1. Click this link:
  2. Click ‘Add to cart’
  3. Click ‘View cart’
  4. Enter the voucher code BRAVE and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 27 December 2019.
  5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
  6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your parenting material
  7. Click ‘Place Order’


This voucher code is valid until 27 December 2019, so we encourage you to redeem it right away to secure your free webinar.



John XXII College performed very creditably at the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University and returned last week with all five team members receiving medals,  a total of  seven gold medals and nine silver competing against about 1000 of the best students around the world, representing 60 different countries.  Congratulations to the Junior team of Yvette Rigg, Ann Cullity and Spencer Burchett, and the seniors Bella Pether and Eve Cullity, on representing the College so well.  Yvie Rigg was the outstanding individual performer with seven medals including four gold, and had the distinction of winning a major trophy for third place overall in the debating, an excellent achievement against scholars from all over the world.  The team enjoyed three excellent tour days in between the competition, with two days in New York highlighted by visits to the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, Times Square, Broadway, the top of the Rockefeller Building, and MOMA, whilst the tour of Boston also included visits to the famous Harvard and MIT Universities, which along with Yale meant tours of three of the world’s greatest universities. Special thanks to Ms Kirralee Dawson for her wonderful assistance on the tour.



The Year 7 Personal Project Breakfast saw 20 students exhibiting an amazing range of projects including themes connected with music, art, science, technology, literature, sustainability, dreams, family history and sport. Congratulations to all students on the high quality of the projects, and warmest thanks to the parents and teachers who supported the event. A video of Magis 2019 Program highlights was also shown. Copies of the video are available to students and families.


Last week Year 9 students Bela Boley, Sophie Baron-Hay and Charlotte Moody participated in Brainway’s Quest Competition at UWA , an exciting event which features instruction from university lecturers on the first day and competition on the second. In next week’s newsletter I will be highlighting some excellent opportunities for students going to Years 11 and 12 next year, including two top events during the holidays.


The Magis Chronicle will be available next week in PDF version, whilst the hard cover version will be available for purchase and should arrive early in December. The chronicle includes accounts of all Magis and associated competitions throughout the year, along with colourful pictorials on all special events including breakfasts, camps, gifted and talented programs and tours. Summaries of results for the year will also be included. This 44 page book contains about 100 photos.


Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator



Our Years 7 and 8 students represented John XXIII College this week at the School Sport WA Water Polo Competitions. Our girls were up first on Wednesday where they displayed incredible skill and sportsmanship in all games. As a result, they were undefeated throughout the day to finish up as the overall champions. Thank you to their coach Mr Doug Watson for all of his time coaching and preparing the team this year.


Next up were our Years 7 and 8 boys on Thursday. The team started the day strong with three wins and two losses to finish up third in their pool  and play for bronze medal in the finals. The final game was a battle until the end where our boys unfortunately ran out of time to take out the win against Melville Senior High School. All team members were still extremely proud to finish in fourth position overall.  Thank you to Phil Scales for all of his time assisting with trails and coaching our junior boys team.


Congratulations to all of our junior students for a successful Water Polo season.



Year 9/10 Girls Fitness

For the remainder of the term, every Wednesday afternoon, John XXIII College will be running an afternoon fitness program for our Years 9 and 10 girls. The sessions will run from 3:30pm - 4:15pm. All Year 9 and 10 girls are welcome to attend and take advantage of this opportunity.

Music - Week 35

Montgomery Hall Concert

*Please note: amended starting time*

This year, the traditional Christmas Band and Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concerts will be held in the amazing Montgomery Hall on Tuesday 26 November, from 3:00pm. Parents and friends are invited to attend this free concert and, to bring a plate of afternoon tea to share, following the concert.


All students performing are to meet in the Gym at 2:25pm (start of Period 6) with their instruments, to make their way up to Montgomery Hall. Please refer to emails sent to ensembles for further details.

Presentation Night

Students performing in Presentation Evening have rehearsals scheduled in the Gym on Tuesday 26 November at the following times:

  • 12:00pm – Chamber Choir and Instrumentalists
  • 12:45pm – Swing Band
  • 1:30pm – Combined Choir (Wanju Voices, Primary Singers, Treble Choir) and Instrumentalists

Students are to meet their directors in the GBLT on Wednesday 27 November at 6:15pm.


Coming soon in Drama


  • Year 10 Drama Night, All Sorts
    Tuesday 26 November, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 9 Musical, Seussical
    Thursday 5 December, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 8 Drama Performance, Play Time
    Monday 9 December & Tuesday 10 December, 5:00pm, Roncalli Hall

Coming in 2020



Community Liturgy

Thanks to the students of Year 8 who prepared the Eucharist this morning.


Next Friday’s liturgy will be prepared by the incoming Homeroom leaders. It will also mark the beginning of the season of Advent, and the beginning of a new year in the Church’s cycle.  Families are especially welcome to this penultimate Community Mass for 2019.


Thursday 12 December, the last day of term, students from Pre-Primary to Year 9 will celebrate the Eucharist together in the gym at 9:00am. Parent are most welcome to attend also.


Community Liturgy summary

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


Do you have a child currently in Year 2, 3 or 5? Next year the children will be respectively preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. While the students will learn the appropriate content in their Religion classes, they celebrate the sacraments with their family in their parishes. 


The archdiocesan Sacrament Policy is ‘family-focused, parish-based, Catholic school supported’, so it is the right of the parents to enrol their child in a parish program – usually, but not necessarily the parish closest to home.  Some of our local parishes have begun the enrolment process, including City Beach, whose enrolment date is next Thursday.


Please see  information which has been supplied by parishes on the College website: 

Parish Connections

Preparations have begun in parishes for the seasons of Advent and Christmas – with Advent beginning next Sunday, 1 December. Some of our local parishes warmly invite families to enter into this season with some special celebrations.  Please refer to details below.


GOOD NEWS for the Feast of Christ the King

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

Luke 23:35-43

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is from Father Michael Tate and is used with permission. Rev. Prof. Michael Tate was a Senator for Tasmania from 1978-93 and Ambassador to The Hague and the Holy See from 1993-96. He is currently Vicar-General in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania where he lectures in International Humanitarian Law.



If you memorise a tune or your 'times tables', you are said to 'know it by heart'. The sort of person who will always remember me is someone who 'knows me by heart'.


Here, a tortured criminal starts his plea: 'Jesus . . . '. This is one of only two instances where Jesus is addressed by his name which means 'The Lord saves'. The good thief went on: 'remember me when you come into Your Kingdom'. Jesus 'knows him by heart' and promises that He will re-member him in Paradise.


This is an exercise of sovereignty which befits 'Christ the King'. This is all the Kingly power which you or I will ever need, but to confidently invoke it we need to position ourselves alongside Jesus, like the 'good thief'. We do this by our practical concern for the poor and by coming to Mass which re-members the Body of Christ.


We could pause for a moment to pray: 'Jesus, remember me, know me by heart, for when you do I will be in Paradise.'

© Fr Michel Tate

Rowing Club

SunSmart Elizabeth Quay Night Sprints Regatta

On the 16 November John XXIII College participated in the Rowing WA Night Sprints Regatta held at Elizabeth Quay.  John XXIII College entered one crew into the Open Men’s 8+ event.  Our boys brought their best, qualifying for the ‘B’ Final after a win against Trinity’s 2nd crew and a narrow loss against Trinity’s 1st crew.  JTC finished with an overall 3rd place after defeating UWA in the final.  We are very proud of our boys and will look to add this unique Regatta to our season calendar.


Jerram Gibson
Co-ordinator Rowing

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 April 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



Family Zone Webinar recordings

For those that were unable to make the Family Zone webinars, we have recorded both sessions for you to view in your own time, and they are available here:

 Webinar topics are:

  • Getting Started with Family Zone 
  • Advanced with Family Zone



Colour blindness

The words ‘colour blindness’ are misleading. People who cannot see all colours are not ‘blind’ – they can see things as clearly as people who are not ‘colour blind’. Colour blindness means that a person cannot ‘see’ some colours or sees them differently from other people. Very few people who are colour blind are ‘blind’ to all colours.


The usual colours that they see differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds.


It can be worth knowing if a child is colour blind because he may have difficulty at school, especially in the early years when many activities use colours, such as drawing and sorting blocks. Using a computer can be a problem too for someone who is colour blind.


For further information about colour blindness please read attached pamphlet.

If you are concerned your child may have colour blindness, you can visit an Optometrist for a check.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Source: Department of Health

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.



End of Term

The canteen will start to run down certain slow moving, food items, in preparation for year end.  We will make them unavailable on the online ordering system. If a product is ordered that is not available we will substitute for a similar product, taking special dietary requirements into consideration. You are very welcome to get in touch with Dianne Combrink on 9383 0424 if you have any queries.


We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Term 4 Summer Menu 2019

Please find below a link to the menu change for Term 4.


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 8:00am to 5:45pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am to 4:15pm 
  • Friday 8:00am to 11:45am

The Uniform Shop closes for the year on Friday 6 December at 11:45am.

Please bring your secondhand items in before this date. Following this date, we will not be accepting any more secondhand items until mid March 2020.


The Uniform shop will re-open on Monday 13 January on our usual days and times. It will however be closed on Monday 27 January for the public holiday.

Parents' Association

Thank you to all the parents and staff that attended our Term Four Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting on Monday. 


We are pleased to announce that the two funding proposals below were unanimously passed: 

  1. $1,449 for a trial registration for the whole College community to Sustainable Schools Shop for 2020; 
  2. $10,000 contribution towards the Mary Ward outdoor space upgrade.

We are also pleased to present your 2020 Parents’ Association Committee:

  • President: Paula Hackett
  • Vice President Male: Simon Fracaro
  • Vice President Female: Lisha D’Souza
  • Secretary: Olivia Watson
  • Treasurer: Matt Edmondson
  • General Members: Kerry Tudori and Caroline diCosta


A huge thank you to outgoing President Simon Fracaro for his many years as President - his thoughtful, empathetic and respectful direction of discussions has ensured the meetings under his tenure have consistently been both both enjoyable, incisive and productive. Catherine Anderson-King is retiring as General Member and we would like to thank her for her thoughtful and relevant prayers over the many years of her service. We would also like to thank retiring Vice Presidents Sharon Aquino and Jason Waller for their time and effort during their tenure, and General Members Lucette Quinlan and Celia Gardner for their services to the Association. 


A Committee is only as good as its membership and we have been very lucky to have such an excellent calibre of members in 2019. 


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.

John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Nedlands

  • Monday 16 December at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College
St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal.pdf
current colour blindness pamphlet.pdf
Jenny Close
191108_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V8.1_LR.pdf
Term 4 Summer 2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Refilling our inner well 19.pdf