01 September 2017
Issue Twenty Seven
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 27
Seek Justice
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

A Touch Of Humility

At last week’s primary and secondary assemblies, we recognised students for outstanding achievements across academic, sporting and cultural activities. Over the past few weeks I have also been receiving regular updates on excellent musical performances by our students in the Catholic Performing Arts’ competitions and our Year 4s are busily preparing for next week’s production. It is terrific that so many of our students are receiving commendation.


During the secondary assembly, I acknowledged the demeanour of award winners and the generous praise of the student and staff audience. I related the following story on the importance of humility.


‘On the first day of Term Three I arrived at school a few hours’ late. The reason for my tardiness was that I had been invited to attend another Catholic school’s assembly. A friend and former colleague, Simon Harvey, was being commissioned as the new Principal of St Norbert College in Queens Park. It was an important occasion for that school and even more significant given that Mr Harvey is a former student.

‘During his first address to the school community, Mr Harvey acknowledged his parents whom were in attendance. He spoke lovingly of the huge sacrifices his Mum and Dad had made to enable their four sons to receive a Catholic education. He talked of his upbringing in Armadale and how difficult it would have been for his parents to send their sons to school via a long train ride every morning. Mr Harvey spoke of the privilege of working at St Norbert and how much he looked forward to the days and weeks ahead. His words were very much about service leadership which echoes the St Norbert motto of ‘Ad Omnia Paratus’ (Prepared for all good works).’


It was a delightful example of humble yet inspiring leadership.  I see many similar examples every week at John XXIII College.

Jesuit And Companion Schools Principals’ Meeting

Each term there is a Jesuit Principals’ meeting (our St Louis heritage) and a Loreto Principals’ meeting (our Loreto heritage) scheduled around the country. Where possible I try to attend but clearly eight annual interstate meetings are not feasible given I do not wish to be away from school for extended periods.


However, this term it is a little easier because it was John XXIII College’s turn to host a gathering (see photo above). As well as a productive meeting, it was also an opportunity for me to introduce the Principals and Rectors (Jesuit Priests) to our staff.



Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson



Around The Primary

Dear Parents


A huge thank you to all the Dads and children who joined us for Mass this morning. A great way to start the day!


Special thanks to Miss Graves and Year 5G for preparing the lovely Mass and delightful powerpoint tribute.


A big thank you to Miss Scally and the Year 11 students who got up early to get our delicious muffins ready for all our visitors this morning and to our Primary Mums who helped to feed the crowds.

Thanks to all Pre Primary Dads for being such good sports too! Bravo!!


We now look forward to seeing everyone at our Year 3-6 Interhouse Carnival next Thursday 7 September. Further details to follow.


Wishing all families a very happy and relaxing Father’s day on Sunday.


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



You are the smartest man around. Whenever I struggle with a question, you never hesitate to help me. You are the most generous, supportive and loving father around. You are so understanding even when I am angry. No wonder I feel so special.

Lauren McLernon (3G)


I love it when you cheer me on in footy and hockey. It feels so nice when you shake my hair and say ‘Good job bud’.

Raphael Budimlich (3G)


I know you love me and that’s what makes me warm and fuzzy inside. I love you to infinity and beyond. I am so proud that you are my dad and I have a feeling that you are proud of me too!

Devan Finn (3G)


I think that you are the nicest person I know. You are like popping candy with all your different types of ways to do things.

Tate Hewitt (3G)


I love how when life throws me challenges you help me adapt to those challenges.

James Miller (3G)


You have a huge heart as big as the shining moon!

Elise Kwei (3G)



Congratulations to all players, coaches and managers on completing another successful netball season. Special thanks to Mrs Joanne Barbour and Mrs Denita Slatter for their amazing commitment to Primary Netball over the years. We are so grateful for all your hard work and dedication over the years.



Monday 4 September                    Yr 2 Excursion to Art Gallery

Tuesday 5 September                    Yr 4 Musical Performance 7pm (Roncalli Hall)

Wednesday 13 September             Yr 5 Excursion to Brownes

Thursday 7 September                  Yr 3-6 Interhouse Athletics Carnival 

Friday 8 September                        PP Assembly 9am (Roncalli Hall)



Grandparents’ Picnic Lunch           Friday 13 October










Welcome to our Italian Exchange Group

A big warm welcome to our beautiful Italian Exchange group from POLO Scieintifico Statale Mattioli, Vasto, Italy. This year we have 24 students accompanied by our wonderful friend, Exchange Coordinator,  Ms Carla Orsati and teacher, Ms Marilena Sarchione. We hope that the group enjoys and engages in  many new experiences during their 3 weeks in Western Australia. Our students are all looking forward to speaking Italian and sharing lessons with the group.

Yesterday, many of our students were saying at lunchtime “The Italians are so lovely!”


The Italian Exchange Group will be participating in many Aussie adventures and experiences! Lesson include many opportunities with our students to practice Italian, boomerang making, Aussie cooking, Australian History, surfing and art. The excursions include going to Fremantle, Lake Vasto, Perth Mint, Caversham Wildlife Park,  AQWA and a meeting with the Deputy Lord Mayor to welcome our visitors from Perth’s sister city, Vasto.

Thank you to our host families for your generosity and time. For our exchange program, this is the most valuable of experiences. Living with members of our local community allows us to ask questions about each other’s culture, learn about each other’s traditions, customs at home, share food over at a dinner and practice speaking in another language. This is truly the beginning of life-long friendships and meaningful learning.


A big thank you, grazie mille, mille to Ms Carmelina Grassi for all her hard work and endless effort in co-ordinating this exchange. In addition, many thanks to Ms Glen James for her support and care in ensuring that all will run smoothly.


It has been ten years since our relationship with POLO Scieintifico Statale Mattioli commenced and we look forward to continuing this wonderful exchange programme in future years.

Languages Week 2017

in Languages Week 2017 we engaged each year level in something special to celebrate the gift of languages and cultures that make our community an exciting place to live.


Morning prayers were in different languages and homeroom quizzes and videos had an international theme. Year Sevens participated in a “Tour de France” (or Tour de Netball Courts on scooters); the Year Eights played a range of language based games with a taster from France, Italy or Japan; The Year Nines tested their knowledge of France, Japan and Italy in a mighty Kahoots Quiz Game followed by a mini ice-cream from Italy, the Year Tens pitched their skills against each other in traditional games from France, Italy and Japan and tasted Italian ice-cream; The Year 11s and 12s shared picnics consisting of local cuisine whilst continuing their studies.  

Heartfelt appreciation to the Language Team for contributing so much towards the success, enjoyment and engagement of all our students. Well done! Bravo! Bel lavoro! Yoku dekimashita!


To thank all the staff at John XXIII College for their continued support of second language learning and our exchange program we celebrated at recess with a taste of France, Italy and Japan.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area - Languages



Stanley Yelnats has been unjustly sent to a detention centre, Camp Green Lake, where the delinquent kids build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?


This year’s 8/9 Play is Holes, a comedy-drama based on the novel by Louis Sachar. The performances, featuring 30 Year 8 and 9 students will run over two nights in Week 9, Thursday the 14 and Friday 15 September. Tickets available now through Trybooking.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Athletics Squad

Athletics training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the term until the ACC carnival on 13 September. Training will be from 7.00 - 7.55am meeting in the College pavilion. Whilst training is focused towards performance at the ACC carnival, training is open to students of all ability levels. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. The preliminary ACC squad has been sent to students. Students involved are asked to make an effort to attend training where possible. Remember to receive your recognition you need to attend a minimum number of trainings.  Only three trainings to go until ACC.

ACC Athletics Team

On Wednesday 13 September the College will compete at the ACC A Division Athletics Carnival. The draft team has been selected and students placed in their events. Students will also receive a copy of this in homeroom. Students are asked to check carefully and contact Mr Maxwell if there are any queries.


Student Success

Congratulations to James Hackett who has been selected to represent Western Australia in the Boys 16s Team, competing at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December. 

Senior Netball News

The end of the netball season is fast approaching. Congratulations to the teams who have managed to make the finals this year. With the change from six teams in finals to eight teams this year, it has proven to be much more difficult to make the finals.  Many teams have just fallen short and finished fifth on the ladder. We have had five teams finish 5th on the ladder and just missing out on making the the finals.


The Netball Club would also like to congratulate the following girls who were selected to represent the Perth Netball Association at the State Championships. Lucy Taylor, Shenae Baker, Emily Bantock, Gabby Smith, Aneka Johnston.


Congratulations to Sophie Durrant who was selected into the Perth Lions Under 18 State League team that won the under 18 WANL grand final .

The netball Cub would also like to acknowledge all the Year 12 players who on the weekend played their final game for the school. We had 27 Year 12 girls playing this season for the club and that is a record and we really do appreciate these girls commitment to the netball club.


Alisha Allen

Netball Coordinator


Music - Week 27

Spring Soiree

The final large ensemble concert of the year will be held this Sunday, 3 September, at 6:00pm in Roncalli Hall (please note: students are to report to their ensemble room at 5:00pm). In honour of the coincidence of dates with Fathers’ Day, John XXIII College will be serving complimentary light refreshments for all guests in attendance from 5:00pm, in the Pavilion.


The Spring Soiree will feature performances from the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Wanju Voices, Treble Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as honouring Year 12 musicians for their service to the College. As one of the most popular concerts of the year, complimentary tickets are available online: . This is a concert not to be missed!

2018 Music Subject Selection

Subject selection for Years 7 – 9 will shortly be underway, and with a talented cohort of musicians in these years we hope to see many of you in the Music Classroom in 2018!


Classroom music offers a fantastic way for young musicians to further their skills and understanding of music, and utilising their performance skills learned in lessons and ensembles. Students learn to compose and understand music, looking at famous artists and composers, and performing original arrangements together. New musicians are welcome, too! For any questions regarding Music courses, please contact the Music Department – 9383 0440 or


Week 9 (September 11 – 15) is Auditions Week for Concert Band, Wind Band and Chamber Choir. Students auditioning for these ensembles should collect excerpts from the Music Office and select an audition time. Good luck!

Seek Justice

City to Surf.

Year 9 girls from the Rite Journey Classes volunteered to support the Chevron City to Surf on Sun 27 August.

They very capably organised a water station for the Marathon and Half Marathon runners and provided the participants with a lot of support and encouragement.

Pilgrimage Fundraising.

Many thanks to all the staff and families who have supported the Pilgrimage Fundraising.


We have raised more than $23,000 for our Pilgrimage partners. The funds will be used to support health and education programs, micro-finance initiatives, building programs and cultural awareness projects in India, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Beswick in the Northern Territory.

Refugee Support

On Migrant and Refugee Sunday, 27 August 27, it was announced by the Federal government that around 100 asylum seekers, brought to Australia for medical reasons, were to have their income support stopped and their government supported accommodation vacated in three weeks. This is the first group and it is likely an additional 400, including 37 babies and 60 children, will receive similar treatment.


CARAD in WA (Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Detainee’s) is seeking support with the following:

  • Donate Smartrider cards with added value
  • Donate Supermarket vouchers
  • Donate Food and Toiletries to help keep our Foodbank stocked
  • Donate money to help us cover living costs including prescription medications and emergency accommodation
  • Write, email or meet with your local Member of Parliament to ask that these people not be sent back to harm
  • Sign the petitions being lunched by Get Up! this week
  • Give mobile phones: Where/How you can Donate
    If you have any old mobile phones and chargers in good condition, with or without a camera that you no longer need please contact us.
  • What happens with your donation: We provide these to our clients so that they can keep in touch with us and to help them keep connected to their community supports, any phones without a camera we are able to provide to some of our clients in detention centres.



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.
























































National Asthma Week 1 – 7 September

The Asthma Foundation is highlighting the seriousness of asthma this National Asthma Week.

  • 1 in 9 people have asthma, that’s more that 2.5 million people.
  • People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers which causes the airway muscles to squeeze tight, the airways to swell and become narrow, and mucus to build up making it hard to breathe. This is called a ‘flare up’. An asthma flare up can occur at any time without warning and can be life-threatening.
  • Symptoms vary over time and person to person, but they are most commonly:
  • Breathlessness
  • Wheezing
  • Tight chest
  • Cough (tends to be a dry, persistent cough)

Taking your medication, having an asthma management plan, knowing first aid and regular check-ups with your GP are the most important steps you can take to improve your asthma control.

Please check attached Asthma First Aid Poster.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse



Sacrament Program 

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


Many students have already had the sacraments conferred in Parish celebrations. If you have not already enrolled your child in a parish program, it may still be possible to enroll in some parishes. 

The following people can assist you:

  • Your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website:  here

  • Information from parishes on the College website.

‘GOOD NEWS’ for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny themself.” (Matthew 16:21-27)

The reflection is from Fr Michael Tate’s homily for this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Michael Tate is currently a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.   


At Easter, we celebrated the great victory of Jesus Christ over the annihilating power of death. He emerged a glorious bodysoul. Human nature was redeemed from the ultimate inky blackness of the tomb.


This is a victory in which you and I and every person who has lived, is living or will live, can share. We can share the resurrection life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But, in today’s gospel, Jesus Christ tells his followers that he must suffer and be put to death first. Why?

We have to get one terrible thought out of our heads. It is quite common among some Christians. That is, that the Heavenly Father of Jesus wanted him to suffer such a tortured, agonising death. What sort of God, a cruel despot, would that be? God never wills suffering or pain. I certainly could not worship a god who organised the world so that an innocent man would die in such a barbaric fashion.


And yet, relying on Our Lord’s own words, we do say: ‘It was necessary that Jesus suffer and die.’ What can this mean? I believe this refers to the necessity of divine mission and the necessity of divine love.



It was the Father’s will that Jesus remain true to the mission entrusted to him – a mission to preach and embody the gospel of mercy and forgiveness, and justice for the poor and the marginalised. It was inevitable that powerful elites, both religious and political, would find this intolerable and have Jesus eliminated. The way in which Romans did this was to crucify the troublemaker.



Image © Jenny Close, Creative Ministry Resources

 Jesus foresaw with great clarity the consequence of remaining true to this mission and warned the disciples that that is the way it would be. There was a dreadful necessity to it all. Peter could not accept this and protested mightily ‘God forbid, Lord. This will not be so for you.’ To which Jesus responded in the most vehement terms: ‘Get behind me, Satan.’



Why such vehemence? I think because there was an even deeper reason why it was necessary that Jesus suffer and die: the necessity of love.


I am good friends with a young couple who have two lovely children, but the young son has had a series of about twenty hospitalisations, many in life threatening circumstances. They love their child without reserve. What makes this love the most distinctive is that those parents, indeed any parents, would willingly take on the situation of the child, be substituted for the child, would rather suffer and die than see the infant flesh of their flesh suffer or die.


That is the sort of love which God has for you, has for me, has for every human being who has lived or will ever live. God so loved the world where suffering and wrenching death ravages human beings, that God determined to take on the situation of human beings, to substitute for the whole of human nature, to absorb the suffering and pangs of death… to change that destiny so that we might share in the Resurrection victory over the seeming annihilating power of death.


So, Our Lord had to die through the necessity of love, and he foresaw that, given the forces opposing him, this would be by way of crucifixion.



Peter did not want to hear or accept that this would be the necessary path that the Christ would have to tread…Eventually, of course, Peter did follow Jesus the Christ, precisely to be crucified at the foot of the Vatican Hill.


Let us recall Christ’s love for us and his persevering in his mission every time we make the sign of the Cross, his Cross: ‘In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’© Michael Tate

Community Liturgy 

Warmer, brighter spring mornings bring the opportunity to attend the joyous, ‘user-friendly’ Friday Community Mass at 8:00am, followed by coffee in the Circle of Friends café. Everyone is always welcome – whether you are one of the regulars or a first-timer. Next Friday, 8 September, Mass will be prepared by Pilgrimage students. or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel




Pathways and Transition




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.

Parents' Association


The next Parents’ Association meeting will be in Term Four at 7:00pm Monday 6 November 2017. All

funding proposals must be submitted by Friday 20 October to be considered at this meeting. This final Parents’ Association meeting for the year is also the AGM and new committee members will be elected. If you have an interest in becoming a committee member or would like to submit a funding

proposal, please email



A big thankyou to those who braved the cold and came along to hear our guest speaker Sue Byrne (ex-student) talk to about 80 Parents and secondary school students on Tuesday 01/08/17.  Sue talked about Body Image and Eating Disorders and then answer questions on the topic.  The talk was “informative and thought provoking”.  As promised we have attached a list of WA services (counselling and helplines) currently available in this important area.


For further enquiries please contact Loretta Byrd, Inspire Sub-Committee.


Uniform Shop

Tracksuits For Secondary Students

The Uniform Shop has had an unprecedented run on tracksuits in the last month and consequently there are some sizes not currently available.


If your children have outgrown their tracksuits  we would like to hear from you.  Please bring them to the Uniform Shop, if the tracksuits are still in good condition we will purchase them from you.



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.


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

Save The Date

Loreto Federation 2018


Loreto Normanhurst NSW is the proud host of Loreto Federation 2018.  We extend a warm welcome to all of the Loreto and John XXIII College Community to join us for a weekend of vision, inspiration and action.


Come, Be the Change.

Loreto Federation Committee 2018 

Click here for the invitation.

Registration and details will be available from Mary Nicholls in Perth after  November  08 9386 1175

Eating Disorders - WA Services.pdf
Parent Ignatian Induction Talks.pdf
Greatest of all Arts 300817 (003).pdf
Men ACYW consent form.pdf
current asthma poster.pdf
John XXIII College ACC Team 2017.pdf