10 March 2017
Issue Six
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 6
Parent's Association
Health News
Uniform Shop
College Production
Committee Vacancy
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Welcome To A New Look

Our Newsletter has had a makeover!


Our new Marketing and Communications Manager, Mr Chris Richards-Scully, was keen to give our Newsletter a more contemporary look while also make it more tablet and smartphone friendly. We welcome Chris to John XXIII College and invite feedback on the new presentation mode.


If you have any comments, please feel free to send them to Chris at [email protected]

Why John XXIII College?

At the time of writing preparations are underway for this weekend’s Open Day. It is anticipated we will have approximately 500 visitors with 150 families having booked tours prior to the commencement of this week.

In our region there are many very impressive Catholic, Independent and Government schools so families are blessed for choice. So why choose John XXIII College?

First and foremost we are a Catholic College. The core spirituality of the College is Ignatian and we hope to bring each student to an awareness of God’s presence in all things. All staff play a role in witnessing the gospel values of love, patience, forgiveness, hospitality and service.

Secondly we are a Catholic co-educational College. We strongly believe that co-education provides a comfortable environment in which students learn and grow. Gender is a core element of our identity and the formative years of childhood and adolescence are the right time to establish respectful, collaborative patterns of understanding and behaviour. One of the reasons our students are comfortable and successful in the tertiary sphere is because they are accustomed to co-education.

A highlight of our Open Day is always the excellent interaction between current students, staff and families and prospective families. We look forward to another very successful event on Saturday. Currently we have an unprecedented demand for places so we strongly encourage the early lodgement of enrolment applications.


Yours sincerely 


Robert Henderson




John XXIII College 2017 Borneo-Anzac Scholarship

- proudly sponsored by the Borneo Exhibition Group (Perth)


Congratulations to Grace Olver winner of the John XXIII College 2017 Borneo-Anzac Scholarship.

Grace will travel with the Borneo Exhibition Group and other high school students from Perth to Borneo on the 13 April. She will be participating in a variety of cultural activities, memorial services in Sabah, Sarawak and Sandakan; culminating in the Anzac Dawn Ceremony on the 25 April in Labuan. We look forward to hearing about Grace’s experiences when she returns to Perth.


Dr Margaret Yoon and Ms Anna Gingell

Year 7,8 and 9 Leadership

To help develop leadership skills all elected student leaders from Years 7-9, attended the GRIP Student Leadership Conference for secondary students at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth on Thursday 9 March 2017.

Some of the leadership activities that students participated in were:

  • Developing a leadership plan
  • Leading a school assembly
  • Expectations of responsibility
  • Generating new ideas
  • Turning ideas into action, and
  • Seeking the support of peers

We will now conduct after school formation sessions with the students to develop the ideas from the conference.


Aaron Peters

Rita de Faria

Gemma Wooltorton

Assistant Deputy Principals

Around The Primary

Dear Parents,


Next Friday 17 March we are celebrating Primary House Day. This involves the students participating in activities to learn about the founders of John XXIII (Pope John XXIII, Mary Ward, Ignatius Loyola)and to commemorate the House to which they will belong throughout their time at the College.

The format of Primary House Day includes:

9.00am                   'House Day' Mass - All parents are welcome to join us in the Chapel

10:30am                 Students to visit the Year 6 Monster Cake Stall

11.00am                 House Day activities

12.30pm                 Lunch (BYO)

1pm onwards      Fun and Fitness Activities (Years 3-6)
                                   Suitcase Circus Show and Workshop (PP-Year 2)

On Friday the students are required to wear their House shirt, sports shorts and school hat. They will need to bring their lunch and water bottle.

As part of our celebrations for Primary House Day, our Year Six students are holding a 'Monster Cake Stall' to raise funds for Project Compassion.

The children are welcome to bring along a gold coin/s (prices range from 50c to $2.00) to buy a special treat for morning tea.

On this day our normal nutrition guidelines are relaxed but parents may like to provide instructions on the day for their children regarding their purchases. If you prefer you are welcome to send along a snack for your child to enjoy at recess rather than making a purchase at the cake stall.

Congratulations to Miss Graves and the students from 5G for sharing some pearls of wisdom about resiliency. Here at John XXIII we continue to work closely with children to help them as they navigate their way through the ups and downs of school life. We assist children to maintain perspective, to ‘shrug off’ the little things and be proactive in regards to seeking assistance and support in dealing with any bigger issues that may be troubling them. Please take some time to read the attached article as parents play such a vital role in building resilience in children.


Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Year 1 Lenten Promises


Congratulations to our Merit Award Recipients

Nicholas Maroni
Charlotte Fry
Thomas Pavlinovich

Isaac McCready
Emily Rintoul
Matteo Desiati

Ben Engelbrecht
Joshua Standen
Angie Gardner

Alyssa Mignacca
Elle Paolucci
James Bradock
Campbell Tonkin

Matilda MacLennan
Oliver Wever
Poppy Finucane
Joseph Scott

Raphael Zidar
Thomas Walsh

Madison Pruiti
Liam Pietrzak
Greg Briede

Tahlia Burgess
Henry Gooch

Holly Denton
Charlie McGurgan

Zachary Morphett
Connor Price
Georgie Tudori
Harry Martin

Nicolas Reading
Mia Serra
John Edwards

Delia Lamattina
Jake Burgess

Building Resilience

This week Michael Grose offers a really great article on helping children change their perspective when things go wrong. As much as we would always like to protect our kids from difficult situations  it is not always possible or desirable . What we can do is help them to cope well when things don’t go their way and use these situations as opportunities to empower children by teaching them the social skills needed  to create positive outcomes. At a workshop recently Donna Cross from the Telethon Institute reiterated how important it was to learn problem solving skills in childhood. Parents and adult care givers can be instrumental in helping children to develop optimistic ways of understanding challenges thus helping them to see them as temporary and in the most part solvable. If I can be of any assistance with this or you have any concerns about your child please don't hesitate to contact me by email: [email protected]  or phone 9383 0469.


Mrs Anne Murphy
Primary Counsellor


Sports News

Last Thursday evening, J College Primary School held its Years 3 to 6 Inter-house Swimming Carnival at Claremont Pool.

In warm conditions the children participated with great skill, enthusiasm and tremendous sportsmanship.

The winning house this year was Koolyangarra (298 pts) who narrowly edged out Ward House (266 pts) Loreto finished 3rd (252 pts), 4th was St Louis (214 pts). Loyola (212 pts) and Campion House (170pts) filled 5th and 6th positions.

It was really pleasing to see such a large number of spectators who gave the swimmers fantastic support throughout the event. A special mention to the House Captains who did a wonderful job. A big thank you to all the officials who made the night so enjoyable.

Next Tuesday, 14 March the College will compete in the IPSHA Inter-School Swimming Carnival at Newman College.  Good luck to our school team!


Mr John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator


Music - Week 6

Open Day

All aspects of the Music Department at John XXIII will be on full display during the Open Day on Saturday 11 March. Performances of the Chamber Choir, Senior Flute Ensemble, Clarinet and Saxophone Ensembles, String Quartets, Swing Band and Guitar Ensembles will be scattered across the grounds, filling the air with beautiful sounds! Wander through the new Performing Arts Centre, the Library Courtyard and Chapel Lawn to hear some of the College’s senior ensembles perform.

Twilight Recital

The first Twilight Recital for the year is to be held on the evening of Sunday 26 March at 5:30pm. Students in all years who are enrolled in instrumental/vocal lessons (through or outside the College) are invited to perform in a relaxed environment to a welcoming and supportive audience. Entry forms are available in the Music Office and through College Music Tutors from Thursday, 2 March and close on Tuesday 21 March.

Holy Week Concert

All members of the College community are invited to attend a celebration of sacred music as part of the Holy Week proceedings. Performances from the Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Senior String Quartet and selected soloists will take place in the reflective setting of the College Chapel on the evening of Monday 3 April at 7:00pm. This beautiful evening concert is a perfect way to celebrate the coming of Easter!

Notice of Missed Lessons

For all students taking lessons on an instrument or voice at the College, please be reminded that notification of a child missing a lesson must be provided by 3:00pm the day before the scheduled lesson. Notification should be given directly to tutors, or to the Music Department. If sufficient notice is given for a valid absence, the lesson can be rescheduled by the tutor. For clarification on any policies, please refer to the Music Handbook, available in the Music Office or on the school website.


James Kros

Director of Music


Sporting Successes

Congratulations and good luck, George Dale (11 Loyola) and Sarah James (11 St Louis)

The Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships are an annual event, which is a recognised FIE (International Fencing Federation) Zone championship. This means that it attracts World ranking points, which will be important to George and Sarah as they head off to the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the end of March. They have both been selected to represent Australia at the world championships for the Under 17 Team. Good luck George and Sarah.


Congratulations to Eve Cohen (Yr 11, Loreto) who has been included as a Development Player in the Western Australian Junior State Golf Team.  

Eve will be playing in the WA State Amateur tournament next week, and travelling to NSW in April to compete in the Australian Amateur.  

Good luck Eve!

Congratulations also to Lachlan O'Callaghan who was chosen in the combined ACC Representative Cricket team to play a combined Government Schools Team at the WACA Ground on Wednesday 8 March.


Congratulations to James Hackett has been selected to represent Western Australia in the National U15 Hockey Championships to be held in Sydney during April 2017.  Good luck James!

(Northern Associated School) Sport

Our next NAS fixture is against Newman College, Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 March. A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice. Results, fixtures and ladders for the NAS competition can be viewed via the iScore website - use the menu on the left. Details are also available via the College website.    

Swimming Training
(Year 7-12)

The 2017 ACC Swimming team has been selected. Students selected have been notified with a letter in home room and via email with details of their events. Students are asked to check this carefully, please see Mr Maxwell if there are any concerns. Changes will be possible until Wednesday 15 March. Students are encouraged to attend training where possible. A reminder that to be eligible for an ACC swimming badge students must attend at least 4 school training sessions along with the ACC carnival. Training will remain open to students of all ability levels, and continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7.00 - 7.50am at the College pool until Monday 20 March. 

Cross Country Training (Year 7-12)

Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term One and into Term Two, 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 One and into Term Two. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4 - 7km depending on ability level.


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coodinator


Inigo Parent Talks

The remaining Inigo Parent Talks this term are:

Wed 15 March Murray Graham "Enriching Family Life"
Wed 22 March Margaret Yoon "Enhancing Brain Power"

All Talks are presented in the MacKillop Room, John XXIII College commencing at 7:00pm.

Parent 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 in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


The remaining modules in Semester One are:
Module 3 - 9 March - Ignatian Process
Module 4 - 18 May - Ignatian Prayer
Module 5 - 25 May - Relationships
Module 6 - 1 June - Highlights of Ignatian Spirituality for the home and College and insights into founders, John XXIII and Mary Ward.

Refer to the attached for further information.

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


Sacrament Program

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


Students in these classes are excited about preparing for the Sacrament this year. It is a great privilege for this task to be shared among parents, the parish and our College. In our archdiocese it is known as ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported’.


If you have not already enrolled your child in a a parish program it is important to do that immediately. 

If you need support in this, there are several people available to assist:

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison [email protected] 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?

Updates From Local Parishes

Holy Rosary, Nedlands

Registration forms and dates and full details are now available on the parish website  in the church porch, or from the parish office.


St Cecilia’s, Floreat & Our Lady of Victories, Wembley

Contact: [email protected]

Download information or enrolment form:


Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 17 March.

Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or kinder.silvia


Our Lady of Grace, North Beach

Eucharist Faith formation for parents:  Tues 14 or Thur 16 March, 7:00pm.

Reconciliation Faith formation for parents:  Tues 21 or Thur 23 March, 7:00pm.


More detailed information is available on the College website here.

GOOD NEWS for the Second Sunday in Lent

“His face shone like the sun” (Matthew 17:1-9)


The reflection is a section from Fr Richard Leonard's homily for this Sunday. It is printed here with kind permission. 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.


… One of the refrains of the entire Gospel (of Matthew) is that Jesus is the New Moses, the fulfilment of the law and the light that illuminates the darkest night. As interesting as the similarities are between Moses on Sinai and Jesus on Tabor, the differences are even more revealing for us on our Lenten journey.


Moses goes up the mountain alone, Jesus takes companions with him who share in the experience and witness to it. The face of God is hidden from Moses whereas on Tabor Jesus is given to us as the face of God for the world. On Sinai Moses receives a code of law and is told to make sure the people obey it. On Tabor Jesus receives a proclamation of God’s love and we’re told to listen to him. While Moses’ face shines, Jesus’ whole body is transfigured with light. Moses descends to enforce the law; Jesus comes down to die that we might live.


Just when some of us think Lent is a grim season of self-denial, the Church gives us the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration to put our sacrifices in context. The only reason we deny ourselves anything or commit ourselves to actions of service for these 40 days is to grow more deeply in love with the God who loves us into life. Penance is not meant to attack our self-esteem, it’s intended to help us sort out what really matters, to cast some light in the darkness of our lives and to focus on the relationship which gives meaning and purpose for this world and the next.


The God of Mount Tabor is not interested in each of us feeling isolated as we fulfil the letter of a legal code. He wants all of us to have hearts that listen to the Gospel of love so that we can gain the power to transform the world through the sacrifices of our daily lives.


On a much gentler scale, Sunday Mass is meant to be a weekly mountaintop experience for us where we hear God call us by name and confess his love for us; where we feel re-energised for the commission we have to bear his light to the world. In this context anything we can do this Lent that helps remove the blocks in our full response to his love, must be worth effort. ©Richard Leonard SJ

Community Liturgy

Thanks to Koolyangarra House for preparing Mass this morning.  This morning we also prayed a blessing on our Chapel Choir, which is a great gift to our College community and our weekly liturgies. 



Next Friday, 17 March, we will celebrate the feast of the day – Saint Patrick.  It is appropriate that at this Mass, we will also remember past pupil, Owen Burke, whose first anniversary occurs around this time.


If you have never attended Community Mass before, you are very welcome. Some people commit to Community Mass as part of their Lenten practice. People are welcome to attend on a regular basis – or less frequently, depending on personal schedules.

For any enquiries concerning the Community Mass, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: [email protected] or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays during the term

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel


Parent's Association

INSPIRE - Parent Education presents


Health News

Health Centre Relocation

Please note: As from Monday 13 March the Health Centre will relocate to the Demountable building situated at the main entrance to the College.

Year 8 Vaccines

The Department of Health Immunisation Nurses will be visiting the College this Monday 13 March to administer the first round of vaccines to Year 8 students.  The schedule will be HPV (Gardasil) and diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis vaccines.

The Nurse’s will return to follow-up any students absent on the day.

Prevent Flu And Other Infections

There are many simple things everyone can do to help prevent you from getting the flu or other infections. These include:

  • Hand hygiene;
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette;
  • Standing or sitting away from other people;
  • Household and workplace hygiene; and
  • Knowing what to do when you are sick.
  • To minimise the spread of infection or illness staff and students should stay at home if you are unwell.
  • If you are concerned about any symptoms, seek medical advice.

These steps will help you avoid getting sick and passing infection on to others.

Hand hygiene

The thorough washing and drying of hands is an important activity in the prevention of getting sick and spreading illnesses. Our hands collect bacteria from everything we touch and carry them to new places. Try and remember not to touch your face with your hands.

When to wash hands

  • After toileting
  • Before eating
  • After you blow your nose, sneeze or cough
  • Before, during and after handling or preparing food
  • After changing a diaper
  • After scratching hair, nose or other body parts
  • After smoking
  • After handling animals, their toys, leashes or waste
  • After touching something that could be contaminated (such as rubbish bins, cleaning cloths, drains or soil)
  • Before and after dressing a wound, giving medicine or inserting contact lenses.
  • After shaking hands with someone.
  • after contact with blood or body fluids(like vomit, nasal secretions or saliva)
  • Wash hands more often when you, or someone you come in contact with, is sick.

How to wash hands

  • Wet hands with water and apply soap
  • Rub hands together briskly for at least 15 seconds
  • Cover all surfaces of the hands and fingers
  • Rinse hands well under water
  • Dry hands using paper towel, clean towel or air dryer
  • If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the water.
  • If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol based hand rub eg. Aqium You can purchase small containers of this and carry it in your bag, briefcase, pocket and school bag.
  • If using latex gloves, wash hands before applying gloves and after discarding the gloves.

Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, turn away from people and cough into your shoulder or the crook of your elbow.

Standing or sitting back from other people

A very simple way of reducing the chances of being infected or passing on respiratory viruses is to stand or sit back from other people in public or in the workplace. You should try to maintain a distance of one metre, where possible.

Keep your home and work space clean

  • Clean your home and work spaces regularly with water and detergent. Regular cleaning is best for most homes and workplaces.
  • Avoid sharing of cups and cutlery.

If you are sick yourself, stay away from other people until you stop coughing and sneezing

If you have a contagious sickness like the flu or a cold, do your best to stay away from other people, especially those who are:

  • Elderly;
  • Very young (babies and children);
  • Have a chronic lung disease; and
  • Pregnant

Good nutrition and general health are important in maintaining an efficient immune system.




Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Department of Health WA

Uniform Shop

Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform is to be worn by secondary students from the first day of Term Two.   Please purchase yours before the end of this term. Boys winter uniform includes long trousers, belt, blazer and tie.

Girls require a blazer, tie and tights.


Students can visit the Uniform Shop at recess or lunch time on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday and there will be a staff member available to help them.  Payment details can be taken over the phone.  


College Production

Committee Vacancy

The College Council's Finance and Risk Committee

The College Council is establishing 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 Thursday, 30 March 2017.


Email:     [email protected]

Mobile:      0429 113 500

Community Notices

UWA Junior Rugby

UWA Junior Rugby Football Club is offering a free rugby skills program for all boys and girls new to rugby, running from Thursday 9 March at 5:00pm, at UWA Rugby, McGilvray Oval behind HBF Stadium.  Refer attached for further information or contact Barry Cahill at [email protected] or call 0408 952 080


ACC All Stars Netball

Player nominations for the ACC All Stars Netball Match are now open to all ACC school students (flyer attached). The ACC All Stars netball team will play against the SSWA team at the State Netball Centre on Sunday 27 August 2017 @ 10:00am.  The game will precede the WA Netball League grand finals.


The cost of nomination is $15.00 per person, John XXIII College will cover the nomination for any player that trials.  Players are to nominate by completing the online nomination form on the ACC website at


**Nominations close on Friday 24 March**


Team selection trials will be held March/April at Corpus Christi College gymnasium (dates/times TBC).  Coaches will initially select a squad of players.  This squad will not need to meet until 2-3 weeks prior to the competition date in term 3.  A trial match will be scheduled at this time and the final team will be selected from the squad.


JTA Hockey Club

The JTA Hockey club is looking for new players for the 2017 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 40’s and over 50’s). 

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.

For further information, contact

Giles Nunis (0427 461 331 or [email protected])

Darren Miller (0417 092 120 or [email protected])

Girls Soccer At Subi

Registrations now open.


Help children change their perspective when things go wrong.pdf
Junior UWA Program.pdf
Netball player flyer 2017.pdf