03 November 2017
Issue Thirty Four
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Seek Justice
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
Men Of John XXIII
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

A Time For Prayers

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Year 12s this week as they commence important external examinations. As one year level concludes another one begins and we have already conducted a very successful Year 7 Orientation Day for next year’s students. Enrolments remain very strong at the College and I certainly encourage current and prospective families to lodge applications early to avoid disappointment.

It is also an important week in the Church’s year with the celebration of All Saints’ Day on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November. All Saints’ Day is an opportunity for us to remember all saints and martyrs throughout Christian history. In the year 609 Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs and it was later extended to include all saints. All Souls’ Day is celebrated on the following day and is an opportunity for us to pray for and remember all the faithful departed.


Most of us are familiar with the Ten Commandments. Last weekend in my parish, we were reminded that the first five books of the Old Testament (the Torah) contains 613 commandments. 248 were written in positive terms (‘thou shalt’) and 365 (‘thou shalt not’). In reply to a Pharisee’s question about the ‘greatest commandment’ Jesus mentions the love of God but also gives equal importance to the second commandment of ‘love your neighbour’ as yourself. A lovely message for all of us as the end of a busy year approaches!

Grounds And Maintenance

Our very professional Business Manager, John Cumming, leads a highly competent administration, community relations, and grounds and maintenance staff. John puts it well when he says that ‘our job is to provide support for the essential academic functions of the College’.


The smoothness of recent College functions is testament to the competence and commitment of all our staff in these areas. Using our Gymnasium as an example; in quick succession it was transformed from sport usage to a venue for our Year 12 Day of Invitation then a Formal Valete Dinner followed by a 40 year Anniversary Ballroom. The changes occurred in successive days and were completed with maximum efficiency and professionalism.


At our Anniversary Ball, the largest applause was reserved for Ric Del Pizzo and our staff for liaising so successfully with our Parent Committee to ensure the success of the evening.


Many visitors on these occasions were highly complimentary of our beautiful grounds and facilities. Interestingly, some of our support staff are also quick to assist with Christian Service programs including international pilgrimages. Our thanks and gratitude is extended to all!


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson

Around The Primary

Dear Parents


It has been another productive and busy week around the Primary school.

This week we celebrated two important feast days in the Church calendar -  All Saints Day and All Souls Day.


Special thanks to Ms Ilich and Year 1B for preparing a beautiful mass in honour of all the saints and to Fr Rodrigo for sharing his wonderful words about saints. Our students were reverent throughout the liturgy and prayed together for all the saints who have inspired us, especially St Ignatius Loyola and St John XXIII. We were also reminded to keep in our prayers the souls of Christians who have died during the month of November.


In preparation for next year, we invite all Year 4 parents to join us for an information session regarding the use of iPads and Digital Technologies in the curriculum. We hope all Year 4 parents will be able to attend this important session on Wednesday 22 November at 9am in the Lecture Theatre. More information will follow.


Just a reminder, all students from Pre Primary - Year 2 will be involved in daily swimming lessons at Claremont Pools from Monday 20 November to Friday 1 December. Details will be sent home shortly.


Kind Regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary









Around the World

This week the Year 5’s began their culinary journey in North America - first stop, Mexico! The students made tacos to experience Mexico’s delicious flavours, spices and fresh corn tortillas. Left overs were delivered to the Office staff who scored the tacos 10/10 for taste, presentation and authenticity. The next stop on the Year 5 journey is the home of the maple syrup, Canada!


Dates to Remember

Friday 10 November                       Remembrance Day Reflection







Photo: Sophie Durrant was presented her ACC Letters by Mr Kyle March ACC Director of Sport


Photo: Sophie Durrant was presented her ACC Letters by Mr Kyle March ACC Director of Sport

Year 12 ATAR Examinations

Our Year 12 students have begun their final ATAR examinations . Exams are being held in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre (TMEC) in the morning and afternoon. The ATAR examinations continue until 21 November.


If using the carpark in front of the TMEC for after school pick-up please be courteous of the students completing examinations. The afternoon examinations begin at 2:00pm and so any noise after school should be minimised to provide our students with the best possible environment to maximise their achievement in these final examinations.

I would ask for everyone’s support with this matter.


Jessica Bouwman

Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

Important Dates For Year 11 Students

Year 11 Exams 

Monday, 6 November - Friday, 17 November 


Year 11 Students Return to the College for Exam Feedback, Homeroom and Periods 1-6

Wednesday, 22 November  - Thursday, 23 November 


Year 12 Transition Day, Homeroom and Periods 1-3

Friday, 24 November  (last day for Year 11 Students)


College Presentation Evening

Wednesday, 29 November 


Dirk Gleghorn

Assistant Deputy Principal - Year 11

People’s Choice Award

John XXIII College Visual Arts Exhibition 2017


The People’s Choice Award is decided by the John XXIII College community. All those who visited the Visual Arts Exhibition were invited to view all of the secondary artworks on display and vote for their favourite. The artist with the most number of votes wins this award.


Congratulations to the recipient of the People’s Choice Award 2017, Jasmine Koong for her artworks ‘Barely’ (Ceramics), ‘Heritage’ (Oil on Canvas), and ‘Laugh’ (Soft Pastel).

Kiri Moore

Visual Arts Teacher

2018 French Exchange – Host Families Wanted

The College looks forward to welcoming our international exchange group from our sister school Notre Dame de Sion in France. In 2018, we have 16 students arriving at the start of the school year. The students will arrive on Thursday, 15 February and leave on Wednesday, 1 March 2018. 


We would like to invite your family to host one of our exchange students for two weeks. The French Exchange Programme provides our students with the opportunity to connect with people from other cultures and to make lasting friendships. 


The Exchange Programme could not continue without the wonderful support of our host families. Many of the past exchange students have written that their most enjoyable experience is spending time sharing everyday family life and being involved in activities around the home.


Host students will also be awarded community service hours in 2018.


Merci beaucoup


Ms S Glass and Ms D Lucas


ACC Letters

Congratulations to Sophie Durrant. Sophie was awarded her ACC Letters in the thirteenth round of qualification following the 2017 Athletics carnivals. To achieve letters a student has to be selected in the ACC All Star team for Swimming, Cross Country or Athletics for at least four years. Well done Sophie.


Dave Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

Chamber Of Commerce And Industry Youth Hackathon

On Monday 30 October, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCIWA) alongside the Political and Legal Educators Association of WA (PLEAWA) invited a select group of Year 10 Civics and Citizenship students to attend the 2017 Youth Hackathon. Those chosen to represent John XXIII College included: Cullen Binet, Dara Fournier, Rory Hewson, Charlie Richards, Sashi Tandon and Olivia Torre.


The Hackathon is a State forum for students to brainstorm ideas in response to issues facing youth today. The event served as a challenging enrichment and extension program for students particularly gifted and talented within the area of politics and law. Students were placed into groups with students from other schools, to problem-solve issues and learn how to pitch and present ideas.

Students presented their findings to the Minister of Youth, The Hon. Peter Tinley. All groups were commended on the creative and articulate nature of their ideas – however, there could only be one winner. Congratulations to Charlie Richards and Cullen Binet who, along with two students from Wesley College and Chisholm Catholic College, won the award for Best Pitch.

The Minister praised the students on their brave choice of topic – Teen Pregnancy. “I was impressed with their pitch and the difficult questions they posed…They weren’t afraid to challenge the system – to question the status quo…Their passion for change and for making a difference shone through”.


The Minister has since written to the school to congratulate Charlie and Cullen on their win and to invite them and members of the winning team to lunch at Parliament House later this month.

We congratulate all the students on their impressive work!


Daisy Farley

Humanities and Social Sciences

Seek Justice

Christmas Appeal And Anti-Poverty Week Mass

On Wednesday, five of our students represented the College at the Archdiocesan Anti-poverty week mass celebrated by Bishop Sproxton.

At the mass we were reminded that approximately 2.99 million people in Australia live in poverty. That is over 13% of our population. 17.4 % of our children live below the poverty line in Australia. The global statistics were also very sobering. 836 million people live in extreme poverty. 663 million people cannot access safe drinking water and 2.4 million people lack access to basic sanitation.


As a community we have much to be thankful for and are in a good position to be able to help our neighbours. The readings from the Anti-poverty mass reminded us that each of us should give to the poor as God loves a cheerful giver.


Students and families are asked to donate toiletry items (smaller sizes are optimum), Christmas treats and cash to help with vouchers for Shopfront and St Vincent de Paul. Please give generously.


Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission


The Year 9 Drama Night

A Spanner in the Works is on Thursday 9 November at 7:00pm in Roncalli Hall.

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama





For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:


Anna Gingell


Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 


Or refer to the College Website.















































































































‘GOOD NEWS’ for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

“They do not practise what they preach.” (Matthew 23:1-12)



This week’s gospel is a lesson on leadership. The gospel writer has Jesus offering a very strong criticism of the religious leadership of his day as exemplified by the scribes and Pharisees. He accuses them of not practising what they preach – a rather familiar criticism often levelled at politicians, teachers and church leaders in our own society today. When the criticism is used today it often implies that if the person fails to practise what they preach then what they have to say carries little weight. But rather than totally rejecting the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus cautions his listeners to take notice of what they have to say – as their teachings were always grounded in scripture and tradition – but not to follow their example of behaviour.


Image © Jenny Close,

The greatest among you must be your servant.


Throughout Matthew’s gospel we encounter criticisms of the scribes and Pharisees. This example is of the same nature: they were too caught up with rules and obligations and did not approach life with compassion and concern for the individual. The community for whom Matthew’s gospel was intended was struggling with being both Jewish and Christian. They were coming to realise that to be followers of Jesus’ way they needed to cast aside some of the attitudes and behaviours of their Jewish tradition. That applied particularly to the model of leadership that they had inherited from Jesus: a model of leadership through service, not power and authority. This gospel passage makes it very clear for that original community as well as ourselves that true leadership is provided through service to others and through humble action. Unlike the Pharisees of Jesus’ time, Christian leaders are called to do away with the trappings of power and prestige and, instead, be of service to those whom they would lead.



The Christian model of leadership often flies in the face of societal concepts of leadership. Many of the models of leadership we witness in society focus on exerting power over others. People are praised for showing ‘strong’ leadership when they manipulate situations, bully less powerful people and bulldoze their way through others’ opinions. Whilst this model of leadership may have a certain effectiveness in the short term, there is certainly nothing ‘Christian’ about its operation and ultimately it forces a wedge between the leader and the led. Christian leadership focuses on empowering all parties and rather than power over others, it embraces power through and with others. ©Greg Sunter

Community Liturgy 

Community Mass is celebrated every Friday morning at 8:00am in term time. Next Friday, 10 November, the liturgy will be prepared by Year 10 students.  All Year 10 students, whether or not they are ‘leaders’, as well as their families are especially welcome! During the month of November, we continue the tradition of remembering in a special way our loved ones who sleep in Christ. As always, there is an open invitation to our celebration of the Eucharist and to the café afterwards, for those able to stay. Further queries about Community Mass: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel




Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Murray Graham by email or Ph: 9383 0444.

Pathways and Transition



Curtin University

Curtin University

  • The minimum ATAR for Oral Health Therapy (CUHHS) at its Bentley campus is 83.00
  • The majors being offered in Engineering (CUBEE) at its Bentley campus
  • Pharmacy (CUHPS) has been approved as an embedded honours program for 2018 entry

The University of Western Australia


The Guaranteed ATARs for the following Law (Juris Doctor) Direct Pathway codes (UWLWA, UWLWB, UWLWC and UWLWS) will be 96.00 instead of 97.00


Courses unique to CQUniversity – Perth Campus.

Many Year 12 students worry about their university preferences.  It’s not unusual to have a change of heart.  Remember when you begin a unit at university you have a ‘period of grace’ where you can withdraw before the census date.  Find out from the university at the start of your course when is the latest or cut-off date that you can withdraw out of a unit before being charged.



A school based traineeship is available for interested Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Students will complete a Cert II in Hospitality while working and earning a wage. 

Students must be: -

  • prepared to work a minimum of 8 hours/week and available weeknights, weekends and school holidays.
  • committed to the traineeship – minimum 12 months. 

All training is provided on the job, and assessments and support given by a trainer.This certificate will be handy for students when they are at uni or TAFE and looking for a part-time job. For more information can be found on the website


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Pathways 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 the newsletters will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.

Parents' Association

What is the Parents’ Association?

The Term Four, Parents' Association meeting and AGM will be at 7:00pm 20 November in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. 


The role of the Parents’ Association is to support the College.  It primarily does this by administering the funds raised from the annual family levy (approx. $72k per year). The money is generally spent on:

  • assets and resources required by the College;
  • engaging speakers arranged by INSPIRE; and
  • funding social events to promote interaction between parents/guardians. 

All parents/guardians of students attending the College are deemed members of the Parents’ Association and are therefore welcome to attend meetings which are generally held on the Monday of week five of each term.

What happens at Parents’ Association meetings?

  • Updates are provided by leadership staff (including the Principal) and organised groups within the College. 
  • Funding Proposals are discussed and voted on. 
  • There is sometimes a guest speaker who comes to speak on a topic of interest.  For Term 4's meeting, Rob Henderson will be talking about the results of the School Survey and how the Strategic Plan is progressing.
  • Funding proposals and key agenda items are outlined in the school newsletter on the Friday prior to the meeting.

Funding Proposals

Funding proposals can come from anyone in the John XXIII community eg. staff, parents, students. If you have an idea for how the money can be spent to improve things for students or the College, we encourage you to submit a funding request.

 Funding Proposals & Expenses that have been approved so far in 2017:

  • $15k towards the construction of a new playground for Pre-Primary.
  • $10k for window tinting and black curtains for the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.
  • $4.4k for six spin bikes for the school gym.
  • $1.3k for the purchase of Minkey equipment and materials for hockey goals.
  • $10k for the John XXIII Parent Ball to celebrate the school’s 40th Anniversary.
  • $8.5k for computer and robotics equipment for Primary IT classes.
  • $8.5k for new shelving in the Primary section of the library.
  • Various amounts have been spent on guest speakers, events (eg. welcome functions) and Men of John XXIII.

There are currently funds available for worthy projects/ideas.

Parents' Association Committee

In Term Four there is an AGM and all the roles on the Committee will be up for election and we welcome nominations.  You can nominate for any of these positions.  We are in need of a Secretary in 2018, so if you are interested please get in contact.


The Roles on the PA Committee

  • President: Chairs the meetings, discusses proposals with Principal prior to meetings, organises Committee meetings.
  • Two Vice Presidents: Fills in for the President when they are unable to attend meetings.
  • Treasurer: Works with Head of Business at JTC to prepare the PA financials and presents them at PA meetings.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes at meetings and circulates to attendees, prepares agenda, organises notices in the newsletter and electronic noticeboard etc.
  • General Member: Does not have any specific responsibilities but attends Committee meetings and assists when required.

If you would like further information on the Parents’ Association please refer to the John XXIII website or email


Kind regards,


Simon Fracaro

President of the Parents’ Association


Year 8 Vaccine Catch-Up

The Department of Health Immunisation team will visit the College on Wednesday 15 November to administer final HPV (Gardasil) vaccine to Year 8 students who missed this vaccine last visit.

Students will be informed


Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and most types of infectious diarrhoea. Some forms of gastroenteritis can cause serious complications, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system. Drying your hands properly is as important as washing them.

To minimize the germs passed around the family, make frequent hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After going to the toilet or changing nappies
  • After touching animals, including family pets
  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends and relatives
  • After using a tissue or handkerchief
  • After handling rubbish, working or playing outside
  • After smoking
  • After cleaning the house
  • After touching garbage
  • After playing sport
  • At any other time when hands are soiled.
  • Remember to keep finger nails clean.

How to wash your hands properly:

  • Wet hands with warm water, cold water is better than no water at all for a ‘one off’ hand wash.
  • Apply liquid soap and lather for 15 to 20 seconds. Have your child sing “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Liquid soap is better than bar soap.
  • Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists. Don’t forget the backs of hands, your wrists, between fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse and dry hands well using a paper towel or single use cloth towel.
  • At home, give each family member their own towel and wash them often.
  • Hot air driers can be used but, again, you should ensure your hands are thoroughly dry.
  • Alcohol-based liquids or gels can be used if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Hand gels are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty.

Take care of your hands

Hand washing is only one part of hand hygiene. Looking after your skin generally is important, as your skin is the perfect barrier against infection. You can help to look after your hands by:

  • Apply a water based absorbent hand cream three to four times a day, if your hands are constantly in water.
  • Use gloves to wash dishes to protect your hands.
  • Use gloves when gardening
  • Consult a doctor if a skin irritation develops or continues.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.




“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII

Uniform Shop

Uniforms For 2018

Appointments are currently being made for outfitting students new to John XXIII College in 2018.  If you currently have children at our school (for example in Pre Primary or Year 6) and would like help with purchasing uniform, then you too are most welcome to make an appointment.  


Please fill in the attached form and email it to us as soon as possible.



Community Notices


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585



Inigo - amended info for parents 2017.pdf
October .pdf
Appointment request for students starting in 2018 .pdf