16 November 2018
Issue Seventy Five
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Music - Week 36
Pathways and Transition
Men Of John XXIII College
  Inigo Parent Talks
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Wellness Programs

As part of our Master Planning process discussions have occurred on attending to ‘wellness’ programs for students and staff. In all facets of life there is now a greater awareness of promoting mental health and ensuring that initiatives are developed to look after well-being.


At John XXIII College we are keen to explore ideas to support student learning and promote mental health. Tonight, I am joining a panel of Dads at a Men of John XXIII event which will consider ways guidance can be provided for our young people.


This year I have had my eyes opened as a parent of a Year 12 student. My youngest daughter is the first of my three children to experience external Year 12 exams given my older children studied in a different education system. It has been interesting to observe the stresses associated with our assessment regime and the support that is required. My older children are studying at University and seem far more relaxed with final examinations. It has been good learning for me as a Parent and a Principal.


Engagement with the Plenary Council

In the coming weeks and months our students and staff will have an opportunity to engage with the questions being posed by the 2020 Plenary Council. It is important to provide an opportunity for members of our opportunity to present ideas on the future of our Church.


This week I read a lovely reflection from a colleague reflecting on his twenty year tenure as a Catholic Secondary Principal across two states:

‘The greatest reward for me over my time as an educator has been the privilege of journeying with young people in their great adventure called life.  Young people now are more in touch with their spirituality than ever before.  One of the most urgent and confronting challenges we face as faith and educational leaders is the challenge to give them a model of faith, spirituality and church that avoids the traps of an abuse of power and safeguards them from the sin of clericalism.  As leaders, we need to provide an alternative model of leadership that is not dominated by hierarchy and control.  Our young people need to be empowered to create for themselves a future whereby they know they are truly loved and accepted for who they are, regardless of their race, gender, colour of their skin or their sexuality.’


Some excellent food for thought for all of us involved in Catholic education!


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This morning the Years 3-6 students celebrated Mass in our beautiful College Chapel and it was wonderful to have many parents and grandparents join us too. Special thanks to Miss Dernie, Mrs Haydon and Year 4G for preparing the special prayers, songs and reflections about the importance of family and how God created our families to love and care for each other.


The Plenary Council 2020 is an opportunity for all Australians to listen to God by listening to one another. The Church wants to hear from all Australians and it is vital that our young people, who are the future of the Church have their say.


Our Years 5 and 6 students were supported by the Year 10 Student Leaders in a process of listening and dialogue and have provided their feedback to the Plenary Council. More information about the Plenary Council 2020 can be found here:

On Wednesday 21 November at 6:00pm the ensembles of the Primary will perform in the beautiful surrounds of the Primary Amphitheatre. Featuring performances from Wanju Voices, Primary Singers, the Year 5 and 6 Bands, string orchestra and Mini Minors – as well as some Christmas Carols – this concert is not to be missed! Everyone is welcome to come along!!


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


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Super Slime

On Tuesday this week, both Year 4 classes had the experience of making two different types of slime: Fluffy slime (from a Youtube clip) and the proper chemical slime using borax and guar gum. Fluffy slime uses shaving cream, bathroom foaming soap, craft glue and moisturiser.

We took notes from the Youtube clip about the procedure to make fluffy slime to make sure we got the steps correct. Each one of us was able to make a sample of both fluffy slime and chemical slime.


My mum, Chrissy (Mrs Holly) generously organised the activities for us and brought in student teachers from Edith Cowan University. Some kind Year 4 parent helpers also assisted in guiding our groups. We all made amazing slime and it was so much fun!

Maddy Holly (4B)


The Future is Solar

On 13 November Mr McGlew (my Dad) visited our school to teach us about solar panels, including how they are made and how they work. After learning about solar panels, we were lucky enough to build a solar powered race car. After building and testing our cars, it was race time! We went outside onto the basketball court and raced them three times. We were surprised at how fast the cars went when they were put in direct sunlight. 


Thank you to my Dad for taking the time to share your knowledge and expertise with Year 4. We had such a wonderful time!

Joshua McGlew (4G)


Young Engineers

Every Wednesday after school, a small group of Years 4-6 students gather in the ICT lab to learn about engineering and robotics. This extra-curricular opportunity known as ‘Young Engineers Club’ is provided by Chee Wong from e2 Young Engineers Perth. In Term 4, our students have been learning about the mechanics and programming of sand strainers, carousels, metronomes, cars and forklifts. For the rest of Term 4, they will be working on cranes, a Lego maze and a very complicated lottery machine (think Bingo!).


If your child will be in Years 4-6 next year and would be interested to participate, please make contact directly with Chee on 0423 267 517 to make arrangements. There is a fee for participating.


Dates to Remember

Monday 19 November                  PP – Yr 3 Swimming lessons commence                

Wednesday 21 November          Primary Music Ensemble 6pm (Primary Amphitheatre)

Thursday 22 November               Pre Primary 2019 Parent Information Evening Meeting 6:45pm
                                                                    (MacKillop Room)

                                                                    Kindy 2019 Parent Information Night 6:45pm (Kindy Classroom)

Friday 23 November                     5G Assembly 9am (Hall)

                                                                   Kindy G 2019 Orientation (9:00-10:00)


Beyond the classroom and into the community

Students volunteer for Coffee Club at Mercy Place Mont Clare, a residential aged care facility in Claremont. This placement is part of the John XXIII College’s Christian Service Learning program, Roncalli Service. One of the highlights of the program is the sense of reciprocal learning.


Year 8 News

Well done to Year 8 students who donated generously to the St Vincent De Paul and Shopfront Christmas Appeal. It was great to see the College as a whole, support this initiative to help those less fortunate during this special time.

The best of luck to Year 8 students who will sit their examinations next week. All students were reminded of different study tips and techniques during their assembly on Monday.


Our final community gathering will be a Liturgy of the Word for Year 8 on Friday 30 November at 8:00am in the College Chapel. All are most welcome to come along.


The school year finishes at 3.10pm on Friday December 7 and I am sure all students are looking forward to the commencement of their summer holidays.


Ms Rita de Faria

Assistant Deputy Principal Year 8

Men and Women for Others

Thank you to all who have contributed goods or money to the Shopfront Christmas party.

Your generosity is very much appreciated.


Year 7 Learn to Row & 2019 Rowing Information night

Over the last four weeks 85 Year 7 students have been participating in a Learn to Row program. Persevering through some strong afternoon winds and warm days, our resilient Year 7 students have learnt the art of sculling in Quads, Doubles and Singles at the John XXIII College shed, located at Canning Bridge.


The Learn to Row program offers the Year 7s an opportunity to try rowing before signing up as members of the 2019 Year 8 Rowing Squad.


To hear more about the 2019 Rowing Program, all Year 7s and their parents, regardless of participating in the Learn to Row, are invited to the information night held at the GBLT on Monday 19  November, starting at 7:00pm.

School drop-off and pick-up -  making it active and safe

John XXIII College endeavours to ensure the safety of our students and wider John XXIII College community, especially during drop-off and pick-up times.


All parents and child care providers should be familiar with the Colleges pick-up and drop off practises, parking rules and routines. As well as discuss and practise safety rules with your children.


Our students also play an active role in ensuring safety of others as well. We love that we have some active commuters to the College, including many cyclists.  However, they have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our John XXIII College Community, and we would like to take the opportunity to remind cyclists that they should be adhering to the following:

  • Children on footpaths can be unpredictable. Cyclists should slow and cycle to the conditions.
  • Cyclists must ride in single file on footpaths.
  • Pedestrians, including mobility scooters and motorised wheelchair users, always have right of way.
  • Cyclists should use their bell to alert other shared path users that a bicycle is approaching.
  • Drivers must give way to cyclists at driveways, but cyclists should slow down to ensure they have been seen.

We want to ensure that all members of our College community can arrive and leave safely. We thank you for your cooperation.

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 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 - cyber safety webinars

Family Zone have some upcoming cyber safety webinars: 

First up is an Instagram special - Wednesday 21 November at 6.30pm WST 


Are you kids obsessed with likes & followers?? 
In this free webinar, Jessica Hill from Family Zone & cyber expert Pete Brown from Cyber Safety Teacher discuss not only what Instagram is, what parents need to know, PLUS give some practical tips on how manage it in your household.

Join other parents and register for this webinar now to learn;

  • What is Instagram, why its so popular & what parents need to know
  • Is your child Insta-ready? 
  • Cyber Bullying and Instagram; Why has it become the number one app used to bully?? 
  • Selfie-esteem; Instagram and body image 
  • How to use Family Zone to balance screen-time and social media such as Instagram 
  • How a cyber expert can help keep your family safe

Register to attend here


Please find attached a digital flyer with further details. Those interested in participating will need to register via the link in the flyer.

The following webinar is about  Fortnite and will take place on Wednesday 5 December at 6.30pm WST.  We will share further information on this closer to the date.


These are two are very topical webinars that are available to you from the comfort of your own lounge room

Music - Week 36

Primary Soiree

On Wednesday 21 November at 6:00pm the ensembles of the Primary will perform in the beautiful surrounds of the Primary Amphitheatre. Featuring performances from Wanju Voices, Primary Singers, the Year 5 and 6 Bands, String Orchestra, Mini Minors and Primary Guitar Ensemble – as well as some Christmas Carols – this one-hour concert is not to be missed! Please note that performers are required to meet at 5:15pm in the following locations:

  • Mini Minors and String Orchestra – MacKillop Room
  • Wanju Voices and Primary Singers – GBLT
  • Years 5 and 6 Bands, Primary Guitar Ensemble – Undercover Area (Rear of Stage)

Reminder – Instrument Storage

A reminder that all students – Primary and Secondary – are to keep their instruments in the locked Music Storeroom (PAC) during school hours. The College cannot guarantee the safety and security of any instruments left in lockers or outside classrooms.

2019 Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

Applications for instrumental and vocal lessons in 2019 are currently open. Forms are available in the Music Office, via the College website and on SEQTA. Current enrolments will automatically renew for 2019.



Coming soon

  • Year 10 Drama Night – Quality Assortment
    Tuesday 20 November, Roncalli Hall, 7pm
  • Year 9 Musical – Hairspray
    Tuesday 27 November, Roncalli Hall, 7pm
  • Year 8 Drama Night – Let’s Play
    Monday 3 December, Roncalli Hall, 5pm



John XXIII College students performed extremely well at the Quest Gifted and Talented  Competition at the University of Western Australia. One of our Year 8 teams came second overall out of the 13 colleges competing, and second in science. The second Year 8 team finished second in mathematics. 

The World Scholar's Tournament of Champions team has flown to the USA, to Yale University and the Program begins this Saturday.  We wish them good luck and safe travels. 


Here is a story about the team that was published in the Post Newspaper.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

TAFE Applications Now Open    

UWA Design Studio for students  - Now Open  

ConocoPhillips Science Experience at UWA – Now Open  

The University of Notre Dame – Twilight Tour   22 Nov & 6 Dec  

Uncovering the UCAT – UWA: 29 November (Formerly known as UMAT) 

Curtin University – Fine Art Advisory Sessions: 3 & 4 December

The University of Notre Dame – 18 December 

Perth Music School – 2019: 14-18 January


Students applying for medicine in 2019 and beyond

2019 Year 12 students who intend pursuing medicine at UWA and Curtin University will need to sit a UCAT exam in July.  It was previously known as UMAT.  The UCAT will be like UMAT but it will now be a two-hour computer-based test.   UCAT will assess a range of mental abilities identified by universities as important to practicing in the fields of medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences.  Students should prepare for the test using free official practice materials which have been developed by the UCAT Consortium of Universities to support test preparation.  See - 

Registration opens on the 1 March. For more information go directly to the UCAT official website -

USQ Aviation Camp – EOI for 2019

Two Day Experience was a major success in 2018 with 25 school students taking two days out of their school holidays to attend the aviation focused experience. Students immersed themselves in leadership, communication, team building workshops and had the opportunity to fly USQ's 737 simulator.  Express your interest to receive an invitation for our 2019 holiday aviation experiences via 

Year 10 School Entrepreneurship Program

In Term Two, Year 10 students were given $20 of start-up capital to create, launch and operate their own venture over the course of a school term.  Fifty-six students successfully completed the program.  Students had to complete a Business Plan and learn a range of other important enterprise skills such as managing finances, marketing a product or service and teamwork. 

Below are photographs of the top performing group setting up before 7.30am each morning. 


Students who participated were asked what they learnt from the program.   Some comments were:

“There was a lot more work that goes on behind the scenes.” 

“Understand and know your market.”

“Hard work pays off.”

“People more health conscience than thought.”

“If you don’t look professional you don’t get customers.”

 “That running a business is hard.”

“It is challenging to get everyone in the group to agree.”

“We learnt that we need to put in a lot of effort, and to make sure we have a good team.”

“The importance of ordering products earlier.”


Those students who successfully completed the program gained the following enterprise skills: project management, financial literacy, teamwork, communication, global citizenship, creativity and innovation, problem solving, critical thinking and digital literacy.

A good read

The New Work Reality, June 2018 

The transition for young people between full-time education and full-time work is increasingly uncertain.   Following the journeys of 14,000 young people over a decade, the New Work Reality report reveals the factors that accelerate the transition to full-time work, including the skills, mindset and confidence young people need to navigate our changed world of work.  Read the full report here ..\..\REPORT\FYA_2018TheNewWorkReality_sml.pdf


Community Liturgy

Next week’s Community Mass will be prepared by students in Year 7. As always families are especially welcome. 


During this month of November, we join with the Universal Church in praying for our beloved dead.  There is a Remembrance book in the Chapel for writing the names of people we have known and loved who have died and we pray especially for those people at our Friday liturgies. 



  • 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.


GOOD NEWS for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 13:24-32


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a longer reflection by Greg Sunter.  Greg Sunter is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education. He has extensive experience with young people and is the author of books on adolescent faith. 


The whole of chapter 13 in the Gospel of Mark is devoted to a discourse about the future. In the section preceding this week’s passage, Jesus has foretold the destruction of the Temple and the fall of Jerusalem. He has also predicted war on a massive scale and the persecution of his followers. Now, in this passage, Jesus predicts the return of the Son of Man and the fulfilment of the kingdom of God.


Why does the gospel include such an extended description of the collapse of the world as it was? Because that’s exactly what was going on around the community of this gospel writer! This gospel is understood to have been written somewhere in the period 70-75 CE. In the year 70 CE the city of Jerusalem was besieged by Roman troops who stormed the city and destroyed it. As a sign of complete disdain for the people of Jerusalem and a mark of overwhelming victory, the Romans burnt and completely destroyed the Temple in the heart of Jerusalem. For the entire Jewish community, this was absolute devastation. The destruction of the Temple surely marked the coming of the end times – the day of judgment and completion of this world. The community gathered around this gospel writer were no less affected. On top of this, the Roman Emperors were reaching new heights (or depths) in their persecution of the followers of Jesus.


In the midst of this despair and fear, the followers of Jesus are challenged to remember the teachings of the one they follow. This passage is written for them as an encouragement to not give up in the face of what appears to be overwhelming odds. It is a call to hope. Although we can understand the context in which it was originally written, we are also challenged to apply its message of hope and perseverance to our own lives.


© Greg Sunter


Men Of John XXIII College


Inigo Parent Talks

More Peace and Joy in our Family

The General Public and John XXIII College Parents  are Invited to Attend

More Peace and Joy in our Family presented by Murray Graham (M.Ed)  Inigo Centre Director

  • Wednesday 21 November 2018
  • 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Cost: Donation
  • Mackillop Room, John XXIII College

The evening includes:

  • Better communication through Ignatian personal prayer
  • Transforming emotional wounds and resentment
  • Ways to nurture deep life in the Family
  • Care-fronting rather than Confronting
  • Nurturing compassion and service
  • Your child is welcome to attend

Murray Graham (M.Ed) is Director of the Inigo Centre, John XXIII College, whose objective is to enrich Adults in Spirituality and Relationships. Murray has given the 9 hour, 6 module, ‘Ignatian Induction’ program to groups of Staff and Parents during the last five years. Murray also gives Talks to Teachers in other Schools and to Parishes in the City and Country.

Further Details and Registration contact Murray Graham on 9383 0444 or email 

Rest, Relaxation and Restorative Personal Prayer

The General Public and John XXIII College Parents  are Invited to Attend

Rest, Relaxation and Restorative Personal Prayer presented by Murray Graham (M.Ed)  Inigo Centre Director

  • Saturday  24 November 2018
  • 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Cost: Donation
  • Mackillop Room, John XXIII College


The morning includes:

  • Formal relaxation (bring a head rest)
  • Some ways to pray besides petition
  • Prayer when I don’t feel like praying
  • Removing some blocks to prayer
  • Searching for deeper life and Joy (Ignatian Prayer)
  • Prayer of the heart (Desert Fathers)
  • Experiencing Contemplative Prayer (Apophatic and Katophatic)

Murray Graham (M.Ed) is Director of the Inigo Centre, John XXIII College, whose objective is to enrich Adults in Spirituality and Relationships. Murray has given the 9 hour, 6 module, ‘Ignatian Induction’ program to groups of Staff and Parents during the last five years. Murray also gives Talks to Teachers in other Schools and to Parishes in the City and Country.

Further Details and Registration contact Murray Graham on 9383 0444 or email 

Parents' Association

Thank you to all the parents and staff that attended our Term 4 Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting. We are pleased to announce the funding proposal of $10,807.50 for seven sewing machines for the Technologies and Enterprise Department was passed with a significant majority.


In addition the roles of the Committee were put up for re-election and we are proud to present below your Parents’ Association Committee for 2019, with a particular welcome to  Sharon Aquino and Jason Waller as our incoming Vice Presidents.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee:

President: Simon Fracaro

VP Male: Jason Waller

VP Female: Sharon Aquino

Treasurer: Matt Edmondson

Secretary: Paula Hackett

General: Celia Gardner

General: Catherine A-King

General: Lucette Quinlan

General: Caroline Ireland

General: Kerry Tudori


We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Liz Blaxell for her year as Vice President whilst heading up the Parents’ Association Liaison. Any Committee is only as strong as the people who are on it – and we have been very fortunate to have such an organised, professional and personable members on our team.


We wish you all a safe and happy remainder of the Term and look forward to seeing you at our meetings next year.

Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee


Importance of breakfast

Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. A good breakfast improves concentration, memory and mental performance.


Whether it’s due to lack of time, a dislike of traditional breakfast foods or not feeling hungry in the morning, many people can miss out on important vitamins and minerals that can be gained from a healthy breakfast.


Why not try some of the following suggestions:

  • Healthy whole-wheat or wholegrain breakfast cereals (heart tick)
  • Porridge or quick oats
  • Fresh fruits
  • Wholemeal or multigrain bread or toast
  • Raisin bread or fruit loaf topped with ricotta cheese and banana
  • Muffins or crumpets
  • Toast toppings, such as baked beans, Boiled or poached eggs, cheese  and tomato
  • Plain yogurts with fresh fruit
  • Fruit smoothies

Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Resource:  Nutrition Australia, Better Health Channel

Uniform Shop

During Term 4 we are open the following 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

New sports shorts for boys

We have introduced new sport shorts for boys in secondary school.

These are now available at the shop for $35.

As usual there will be a two year phase-in period for this new item.

Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Summer Canteen Menu 

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

Running down of Canteen Food stock in preparation of year end

We will start to run down our stock items in preparation for year end closing, which is only four weeks away.  As certain items are depleted we will remove them from the menu. During the last week of term and especially the last few days of term, some items may be substituted for a similar food item, if large volumes are ordered. We will do our best to accommodate everyone and apologise ahead of time, should someone not receive exactly what they have ordered.


Dianne Combrink
​Canteen Manager

John XXIII College Alumni 

Loreto Past Pupils - Wine fundraiser

Families are invited to participate in a fundraising drive to raise funds for a Women’s Safe House in Fremantle. Also to enable us to provide school books to be sent to Zambia for the Loreto Sister who have set up a small school in an isolated village in Africa.


The wine being offered are quality Margaret River wines made by Hay Shed Hill Winemaker Michael Kerrigan. Hay Shed Hill is rated a Red Five Star James Halliday winery rating. The wines are offered at a generous discount and Hay Shed Hill will donate $40-$50 for every dozen sold.


Loreto Past Pupils Association - Annual Loreto Mass

  • Sunday 18 November 2018
  • 10:00am
  • Loreto Nedlands Chapel
  • Webster Street, Nedlands
  • Open to all
  • Followed by morning tea

CINI Australia Movie Night

Windsor Cinema, Nedlands
"The Children Act" with Emma Thompson
Tickets $25
Book now:
We are fundraising for CINI Australia's village development programs in India

TWO MOVIE TICKETS will give nutritional support to four children for a whole month

EIGHT MOVIE TICKETS will cover a month's salary for our outreach workers who work in 12 villages to improve the health of the children  

 6 pm for drinks, nibbles and raffle
 6:30 pm screening of "The Children Act"

We look forward to seeing you there !

Community Notices


On the 24 November ICEA will be hosting a festival celebrating all things that make West Australia the best state. ICEA is a youth run reconciliation organisation that focuses on creating positive experiences for all Australians. Come down to be involved in all the festival activities: live local music, market stalls, petting zoos, surfing, skating, basketball and most importantly heaps of Noongar cultural activities. Head to the ICEA Foundation website for more details and to register to compete, or check it out on Facebook.



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Canteen Term 4 Menu 2018.pdf
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Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
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