10 November 2017
Issue Thirty Five
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 35
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

A Baggy Green Cap

On Sunday and Monday this week, I attended a meeting of Jesuit and Companion Schools (JACSA) at Ballina in Northern New South Wales. It is a long way to go for a meeting but I was able to break up the trip and spend time with my 20 year old daughter, Mia, in Brisbane on Saturday. 


Two reflections spring to mind. At John XXIII College we have a unique heritage and Charism inherited from the Jesuits and the Loretos. Secondly, my daughter is an example of the modern education system. Her secondary studies were undertaken across two states and she is now completing a Law degree in her adopted city of Brisbane. There are now incredible and exciting educational pathways available for students that move beyond the traditional 'go to school; get a good ATAR; stay in Perth and go to Uni'. I will elaborate more on that point next week.


The meeting I attended was at Xavier College, Ballina. Like John XXIII College, it is a Jesuit Companion School meaning it follows the Jesuit Charism but is not governed by the Jesuits.


One of the highlights of the meeting was a spiritual conversation led by Fr Tom Renshaw SJ.  Fr Tom guided the Principals through a three staged conversation starting and finishing with prayer. We were encouraged to listen intently to each of the participants without interruption. It was an excellent insight into prayer, reflection and active listening.


I was one of the last Principals to share. I articulated lots of benefits of John XXIII College belonging to both Loreto and Jesuit networks. However, I also presented some challenges. 


I likened our heritage to batting number six for Australia. We are thrilled to have a baggy green cap (presented to Australian test cricketers) but we need to be clear about our role in the team. Australian cricket selectors often pick a player in this position who is quite a good batsman, quite a good bowler and quite a good fieldsman. Unfortunately, in recent years they have rarely excelled but have been solid all-rounders and mediocre performers.


Our challenge at John XXIII College is to be far better than mediocre. Our challenge is to be authentically Catholic in the wonderful Ignatian heritage inspired by Ignatius of Loyola and Mary Ward. Fortunately, we are part of a wonderful community and up for the challenge.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This week the students have been learning about the significance of Remembrance Day and reminded that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an armistice was signed that stopped the fighting in World War I. Since then, and after World War II, this day of remembrance became known as ‘Remembrance Day’ so we can remember the people who have died in all wars.


 As a school we acknowledged this important occasion with an outdoor ceremony for Years 3-11. Special thanks to May Verleg (6B) and Tom King (6G) for both sharing their reflections for Remembrance Day. The Junior Primary classes also participated in a lovely Remembrance Day prayer time within their classrooms.


Next Thursday 16 November, the College is hosting a ‘Volunteers Thank You’ evening at Wembley Golf Club to thank all the parents who have assisted with school activities throughout year.  All parents who have helped in the canteen, classrooms, excursions, carnivals, music events or in any other way during the school year are invited to join us. We recognize that parents are a very important link between home and school and we greatly value and appreciate the support that has been provided to the staff and students of John XXIII.


We have a well-established 1-1 iPad Program within the Year 5 and 6 classes and the iPad has become an educational tool in the students’ toolkit to help meet curriculum requirements. To assist parents with this transition and to provide some further information and detail we will be holding a Parent Information Meeting for our current Year Four parents on Wednesday 22 November 2017. This will be held in the MacKillop Room commencing at 9.00am. All current Year Four parents are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. Information presented will include how the day to day use of technology enhances the learning for all children, an outline of the BYOD program and further information on Cyber safety. Jenny Jongste, a Leading Lights Consultant from CEWA will also be available on the day to answer any questions.


It is hard to believe that there is a little over 6 weeks until Christmas! Teaching programs, reports, end of year celebrations, parent information meetings are all happening this term!   As term 4 is so hectic, please make sure the following important events are included on your family calendar:


Kindergarten Parent Information Evening 2018

This will be held on Thursday 23 November in the Early Companions Centre commencing at 6.45pm.  This is for all parents of children attending Kindergarten in 2018. 


Pre Primary Parent Information Evening 2018

This will be also be held on Thursday 23 November. This is for all parents of children attending Pre Primary in 2018. Please meet in the MacKillop Room at 6.45pm.


EduDance Showcases

All ‘G’ classes will be showcasing their dance moves on Monday 4 December at 2.00pm in the Gym.

All ‘B’ classes will be showcasing their dance moves on Wednesday 6 December at 2.00pm in the Gym.


Swimming Lessons

The Junior Primary swimming lessons begin on Monday 20 November. See below for lesson times at Claremont Pools.

Year 2                   12.45 – 1.25            

 Pre Primary       1.25 – 2 05              

Year 1                   2.05 – 2.45


 Yesterday our Year 6 students represented the College exceptionally well at the IPSHA Touch Rugby Carnival.  Special thanks to all the students involved in this sporting event.


JTC 1 BLUE                                                          JTC 2 BLUE

Alex Petsos (Co-Captain)                               Charlie Hodge (Co-Captain)

Summer Burton (Co-Captain)                     Charley Laver (Co-Captain)

Lawrence McNeilly                                           Elizabeth Edwards

Gus Kenny                                                            Emmeline Bosnich

Joel Margaria                                                      Evelyn Arundell

Amelia Worner                                                   Conor McCormick

Jessica Jahn                                                       Patrick Eastwood

Amerie Chai                                                        Bryn Chapman


JTC 1 GOLD                                                          JTC 2 GOLD

Marshall Lalor (Co-Captain)                            James Mitchell (Co-Captain)

Marie-Claire Hickling (Co-Captain)              Jasmine Slatter (Co-Captain)

Luke Seery                                                               Lux Quinlan

Ben Mignacca                                                         Thomas King

Elizabeth Newton                                                 Sophia Defrancesco

Liam Stewart                                                          Sandy Smith

Tiffany Cesare                                                        James Brierley               


This Sunday Mrs Purcell (GATE teacher/ICT specialist), Mrs Gardner (Numeracy Specialist) and our Year 6 GATE students are heading to Curtin University for First Lego League Hydro Dynamics Challenge. We wish our competitors every success in this exciting competition.


Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Dates to Remember

Thursday 16 November                 Volunteers Thank You Evening

Friday 17 November                       3B Assembly 9am (RH)


This week the Year 5 children continued their food journey to Canada, home of maple syrup. The maple tree is a symbol of Canada and the maple leaf can be found on the Canadian flag.  As well as cooking and enjoying some delicious pancakes with maple syrup, the Year 5’s trialled a variety of different maple syrups which can be purchased at the supermarket, learning that some are not maple syrup at all! They investigated how food packaging and labelling can influence consumers, as well as the importance of checking ingredients when purchasing food items. Next week the Year 5s’ are off to Venezuela to try “La Tizana’, a traditional drink enjoyed by Venezuelans in summer. 




Congratulations to Joel Margaria (6B) who won a prize in the Colour Your Classroom Writing competition. The students were required to write about an invention that would improve the world in some way and Joel wrote a wonderful piece about an ocean gate that filters rubbish out of the sand and water.


Joel wins a prize for himself and the school also wins a prize hamper worth $1000 of our writing products.

Well done Joel!


Reflections for Remembrance Day

This year, Year Six went to Canberra on a camp. While we were in Canberra we visited the Australian War Memorial. At the War Memorial we learnt about the many soldiers who were killed or injured during World War I and the importance of remembering the many heroic deeds they did for our country. From their constant fear for their lives and surviving the horrible conditions of the trenches with minimal supplies of food, if it wasn’t for their bravery and sense of spirit, our country of Australia and the wonderful life we live today would be very different. We are forever in their debt and keep them in our hearts each Remembrance Day.

May Verleg (6B)


On our Year 6 trip to Canberra, we visited the Australian War Memorial and learnt about Australia's contribution to several wars and how much the soldiers had to undergo to protect our homeland. We found out about the heroes who went out into the frontline of war and fought for our freedom as a country. We saw pictures of trenches in World War One where inexperienced young men and women had to live and sleep to give us the luxuries that we take for granted. I can only imagine the suffering of not seeing your comrades come back from the wilderness of war at the end of the day. One of the most important things going to the War Memorial taught me was that our freedom came at a price, and those that paid that price are heroes and will never be forgotten.

Tom King (6G)








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

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


State Selection

Congratulations to Alexandria Henderson on her selection as Goal Keeper for the U15 WA Hockey Team.  Alexandria will be representing WA in Wollongong in April 2018.  


Cameron Tremayne

Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education Teacher

Music - Week 35

Music Tour - July 2019

The Music Department is excited to announce a prospective Music Tour to Sydney, in the July school holidays of 2019! Students from Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra will have the opportunity to perform during the Australian International Music Festival, in locations such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and City Recital Hall, as well as visiting some of Sydney’s famous cultural and historical landmarks. An information night regarding the 2019 Music Tour will be held on Monday, 27 November, at 6:30pm in the GBLT. All parents and musicians who will be eligible for Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra in 2019 are invited to attend.

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Aerin Chai (Year 9 Loreto) on the premier performance of her composition for String Orchestra, entitled Dark Forces. Aerin’s piece was recently performed by the West Australian Youth Orchestra’s Collegium Ensemble at the Perth Concert Hall!

Year 7 Recital Night

Please note that the Year 7 Recital Night will be held this coming Monday, 13 November 13 at 7:00pm in the GBLT. All guests are welcome to attend an evening of solo performances by a talented Year 7 cohort.


James Kros

Head of Music


Year 7 Learn To Row

Over the last four weeks 74 Year 7s 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 2018 Year 8 Rowing Squad.

To hear more about the 2018 Year 8 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 20 November, starting at 7:00pm.


2018 Girls Rowing

As commencement of the 2018 Girls Rowing Season is Week 1 Term One, all girls thinking about rowing in 2018 and their parents are invited to the information night held at the GBLT on Monday 20 November, starting at 7:00pm


Rob Thomas

Rowing Coordinator



Last Saturday night the College hosted four reunions, Class 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 with a fabulous turn out from all year groups. 

Alumni gathered in the College Chapel for a celebration of song, prayer and scripture, followed by quiet reflection and the lighting of candles as we remembered those who had departed.


As guests gathered in the Pavilion for refreshments after each year group's photos, it became very clear that the bonds and friendships made at John XXIII College are as strong now as they were then. 


These events don't happen on their own and I would like to sincerely thank all those who helped to make the 10, 20, 30 and 40 year reunions such a success.


A special mention must go to Mary-Anne Lumley, who once again, created such a special celebration in the College Chapel.


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: 

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‘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


Gastroenteritis Awareness 

Please note there have been some students presenting with Gastroenteritis symptoms.

Symptoms can include: nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain/cramps, fever, generally feeling unwell, including tiredness and body aches. It is important to practice good hand hygiene and it is advised not to return to school for 48 hours after symptoms have finished.

If you are concerned  please consult your Doctor.


Please read Gastroenteritis fact sheet attached from Department of Health.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Price Increase

There will be an increase on some Canteen Prices as of the first day of  Term 1, 2018.

Dianne Combrink


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.



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

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

Join The St Vincent De Paul Society Volunteer Family 

St Vincent de Paul Society is seeking people to join their volunteer team. Your efforts will help to support their good works, such as the provision of bedding, clothing and food to those experiencing hardship, and providing shelter for the homeless. In turn, you can enjoy a range of benefits proven to be associated with volunteering, such as an increase in well-being, happiness, health and longevity! There a number of diverse, interesting and stimulating roles available, at a range of locations, on a range of different time commitments. To name a few,  you could try your hand at sorting material donations, providing customer service in our retail stores, assisting truck drivers to collect donations, assembling furniture and helping with store displays. To find out more or to express your interest, call Sarah on 6323 7531 or email



WAAPA Summer School

This summer WAAPA is again offering exciting school holiday courses for students in Years 4 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in dance, acting, drama, screen performance, music theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School  or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.

Inigo - amended info for parents 2017.pdf
Gastroenteritis info sheet 20160706.pdf
October .pdf
Appointment request for students starting in 2018 .pdf
Copy of Menu 2018(1).pdf