04 May 2018
Issue Fifty One
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Music - Week 12
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
Men Of John XXIII College
John XXIII College Alumni 
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
Entertainment Books
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

The importance of listening

Like many Australians, I have an engagement in social media. I utilise various platforms for both professional and personal use and for the most part I find it a positive experience.

Having grown up in quite a different technological world, I sometimes turn to my three daughters (aged 20, 19 and 17) for their reflections on how younger people utilise various forms of technology. Their insights are often enlightening as they share their experiences - both positive and negative.


Listen to our young people; really listen!’ That was the fundamental message I took away from a recent meeting of Loreto Board Chairs and Principals that I attended in Sydney with our Council Chair, Mr Julius Matthys.


The presenter was focusing on responses to cyber bullying and the importance of listening carefully to student concerns. I learned that research is suggesting that young people are becoming proficient in protecting their online identities from strangers. The message is being heeded in that area. However, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of ‘friends’ on social media, it can be far more difficult for young people (and adults) to engage productively with others.


There were no quick fix solutions presented during the meeting. However, the message for parents and teachers was to listen to concerns and work collaboratively with each other. It is not a case of the school blaming the home or the home blaming the school, but trying to work together to resolve issues that arise.


It is certainly an aspect of teenage and adult life where our College is constantly learning about appropriate parameters and guidelines. We look forward to sharing further insights and ideas in this area.



We were delighted to welcome three new students to the College for the commencement of the new term. In addition, we wish the following staff members well as they join the College staff:

  • Mr Joshua Pauley – Mathematics
  • Ms Catherine Haydon – Liturgical Music​
  • Ms Tania Papalia – Year 7 English​
  • Ms Hiromi Takano- Japanese Language Assistant ​

Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term Two!


The staff are feeling rejuvenated and really looking forward to all that lies ahead! We hope that you are all safe and well and enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with your delightful children over the school holiday break.


Yesterday the students participated in a Prayer Service to mark ANZAC Day. It was a very special way for our school community to remember, honour, pray for and reflect upon the sacrifices made by so many. It is important that children have opportunities to identify with significant events in our history and that they listen and learn from past stories.

Welcome back to Term Two!



Just a reminder, our John XXIII Mothers are warmly invited to attend a Primary Mass dedicated to Mothers next Friday at 9:00am in the gym. Following this all Mums are invited to morning tea in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. Please email to let us know you will be joining us for this special celebration. On the day extra parking will be available on the lawned area off Mooro Road.


On these beautiful autumn days, our Pre-Primary students are thoroughly enjoying playing outside on the new monkeys bars. Our future astronauts are now in training for their mission to the moon and beyond!


A big thank you to the Parents' Association for funding this fantastic new play-equipment. Special thanks to Ms Wooltorton and the Year 11s for the great costumes they purchased whilst on the Space Camp at NASA.



Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Holiday News



Five of our Primary students attended the Swimming WA Junior Long Course State Championships (representing UWA-West Coast Swimming Club) during the holidays and produced some amazing personal best (PB) times and awarded medals for their efforts. Some of their highlights are provided below : 


Matthew Mignacca (Year 4G)


100 Breaststroke - PB



Sylvia Czajko (Year 5G)
50 Freestyle - Silver Medal

50 Butterfly - PB

50 Breast - PB

100 Free - PB


200 Individual Medley - PB
Girls 9-10 200 Freestyle Relay - Silver Medal
Girls 9-10 200 Medley Relay - Silver Medal
Bianca Petsos (Year 5G)
100 Freestyle - Gold Medal
200 Freestyle - Gold Medal

100 Backstroke - Silver Medal

200 Backstroke - Silver Medal

50 Freestyle - Bronze Medal


200 Individual Medley - Bronze Medal
50 Backstroke - PB
Girls 9-10 200 Freestyle Relay - Silver Medal
Girls 9-10 200 Medley Relay - Silver Medal


Tayleah Dorrington (Year 6G)
Girls 9-10 200 Medley Relay - PB


Braden Fyneman (Year 6G)

50 Freestyle - PB

800 Freestyle - PB

200 Individual Medley - PB

Boys 11-12 Freestyle Relay - PB

Boys 11-12 Medley Relay - PB


Coins for Caritas 


Our ‘Coins for Caritas’ fundraising project last term was extremely successful. As promised we are now able to reveal how many jars were collected and how much money was raised for Caritas.


A total of 107 jars of coins were filled to the brim with coins. Congratulation to our top three ‘class collectors’ - 3G who collected eleven full jars, 1G who collected ten full jars and 3B who collected nine full jars. A big thank you to Mrs Greed (from the Accounts Department) who spent time during the holidays counting the coins and also to Mr Pearson (from the Maintenance Department) who delivered all the coins to the bank. We are proud to inform you that we raised $2220.95 for Caritas – a super effort from everyone!


Special thanks to Ms Allen for coordinating this fundraising project.


Dates to Remember

Friday 11 May                    Mothers’ Day Mass (Prepared by Year 1 B/G)




HASS - Year 12 Geography Fieldwork

On Wednesday 2 May, Year 12 Geography students battled wind and rain to complete fieldwork activities at the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary in Maylands. They examined the positive impact the restoration project is having on biodiversity and water quality.


The students worked very well and learnt a lot about this program and how it is addressing the impacts of landcover change on the local environment.

Linda Beech

HASS & Geography Teacher

ANZAC Ceremony 2018

Although ANZAC Day fell during the school holidays, the College considered it important to honour this event through story, scripture, prayer, music and traditions.


The College ceremony, for Years 3 to 12, was respectfully and graciously led by some of the Student Representative Council and took place on the Chapel Lawn.


The ceremony honoured the Australian troops who served in World War I, and several other conflicts and peacekeeping missions. A highlight was the speech by Faith & Mission Captain, Grace Olver, who shared some of her experiences last year in Borneo. Grace was the 2017 recipient of the John XXIII College Borneo ANZAC Scholarship, sponsored by the Borneo Exhibition Group. 


On behalf of the College Community Primary student, Joshua Pruiti, laid a wreath with Head Girl,  Aoife McCallion, accompanied by drumming of a Year 10 ensemble. College teacher, Lance Corporal van Duyn, Royal Australian Corps of Transport, Australian Defence Force, raised the flag, accompanied by traditional bugle call played by Peter Chan. Head Boy, Luke Ranalli  Luke Ranalli, recited the Ode and the Treble Choir led us in the Anthem.


Faith and Justice Captain, Isabella Holland, with students from various year levels, reverently led the community in prayer for those who have died or suffered through wars and conflicts as well as in prayers of hope and gratitude for peace in our world and for the freedom with which we are richly blessed.


Year 7 Family Picnic

Date: 5:00 pm Friday 11 May
Where: Year 7 Lawn area

BYO your family, picnic blanket, food and drinks

Tug-of-war starts 5:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!


NAS (Northern Associated School) Nominations Term 2 – Winter Sport

NAS fixtures begin week 2 on Monday 7 May with our fixture against Newman College. Year 7 students play on Monday, Years 8 and 9 students on Tuesdays and Years 10 – 12 students on Wednesday. A copy of the fixtures, team lists, information and venues has been sent to students. If teams are training this will be organised by the teacher in charge of the team. A copy of the fixtures, venues and information regarding NAS Sport are available below.


Cross-Country Training - Year 7 – 12

Based on the Interhouse Cross-Country results student will be invited to compete for the College in the interschool events in Term 2. Training will still be open to all students. However, students in the interschool team are encouraged to attend. A schedule for training during Term 2 is available for download.


Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching

There will be an opportunity for any students in Years 7 to 12 interested in attending basketball coaching and training sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage during Term 2. Sessions will run on a Monday morning from 7am – 8am. Starting on 7 May. There are limited places available.


Parents will need to register and pay for the program here. For more information visit 


Giving our hockey players an edge

Beginning in week 3 of this term, Kate Starre AOM and Claire Richichi will be running hockey skill acquisition and training sessions twice weekly at the College. All levels of hockey development are covered during the sessions allowing students to build knowledge of hockey while having fun. Sessions will be held before school, so stay tuned for further details to be provided by Mr Cameron Tremayne. 


Kate Starre has won gold medals at both Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympic Games and also played in the 1992 Olympic Games. To add to her Olympic success she won a Commonwealth Games gold medal and gold medals for two world cups and four Championship Trophy events. More recently she has coached at the top level in English hockey and in men's hockey in Perth. She holds a Masters of Strength and Conditioning.


Claire Richichi is an experienced exercise physiologist, for many years she has been an exercise physiologist in the Hockeyroos programme. Holding a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and Honours in Sports Physiology, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement. Claire has been a high profile coach in several disciplines including water polo. She was key staff support at the 2016 Rio Olympics for the hockey programme.



Our students competed in the 2018 WA School's Team Regatta held over the school holidays at Nedlands Yacht Club. The team sailed well throughout the regatta. Thanks to the team and coach for their time, commitment and for representing the College. Stay tuned for 'Learn to Sail' classes coming up in Term 4. 


Netball Club

Competition Commences 

Years 7-12 and Alumni take the courts for grading round 1 this Saturday and from all of us on the Committee we look forward to seeing you play and wish you and your daughters a fun and successful 2018 season.


Team Managers have been assigned to each team and communication regarding the games will be distributed by your team manager each week.


All teams have now been graded into divisions which can be found on your Team List on the Club website: .  

The fixtures are now available via

Details of how to use this website and the My.Netball app for your mobile device can be found on our website.


Netball is a team sport, and it is the expectation that all players attend training during the season.

Absences from training will mean that a player has less court time on Saturdays. It is a matter of courtesy to let the club know if your daughter cannot attend.


If you have a valid reason for not attending a particular training session please contact your coach or email the club at


School sports uniform and appropriate sports shoes are required to be worn to all training sessions.


Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary

Music - Week 12

AMEB Awards

The Australian Music Examination Board is introducing a new award system for students who undertake AMEB exams and contribute to their school’s Music Program. Any interested students should contact the Music Department or ask their music tutors.



This year’s College musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opened  on Tuesday 1 May. The cast from Years 10 to 12 have been rehearsing hard since the start of the year. The backstage crew have painted the sets, the costumes have been made, the musicians have been rehearsing the score and the make-up girls have been practising the make-up. Over 90 students have been working hard on stage and off to ensure the musical is ready for this week's performances. Thanks to all those involved in bringing our school production to life. 


The classic family musical is full of great acting, singing and dancing. Songs include Be Our Guest, Gaston, Belle, Somewhere There and Beauty and the Beast. 



George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama




Community Liturgy

Next Friday’s community liturgy at 8:00am will be will be prepared by Year 8s.  As well as Year 8 students and their families, mothers and mother-figures are encouraged to attend, and they will receive a special blessing. The liturgy is a joyful celebration and all are welcome.


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.


Primary are also celebrating a Mass dedicated to mothers – see Primary section of the newsletter for further details.

Sacrament program

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

Is your child already enrolled in a Parish Sacrament program in your own ‘home’ parish for Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation?


Need help with this?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Locate information from your parish on the archdiocesan website
  • Use the College website to find information, including diary dates, supplied by some local parishes

Updates from local parishes

Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

CONFIRMATION – please enrol as soon as possible, if you are hoping to celebrate the sacrament at St Thomas Apostle this year.

Registration forms are available from


St Joseph, Subiaco

EUCHARIST – applications for First Holy Communion invited in Term Two.

Further information:


GOOD NEWS for the season of Easter

No one can have greater love than to lay down their life for their friends. (John15:9-17).

The reflection, on the readings for this Sunday, is part of a longer homily by Benedictine theologian and liturgist, Father David Barry OSB. Father David is a member Benedictine Community at New Norcia. The reflection is published in Pastoral Liturgy, Vol 48:2 of 2018 and is reprinted here with kind permission of the School of Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame Australia. 

…We read just four verses from the fourth chapter of John's First Letter. But what verses! They are packed with food for the believing mind and the thoughtful heart. For example: 'Beloved, let us love one another because love comes from God and everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.'…


Many folk are burdened with the thought that they have to earn God's love. Wrong, says John by implication in this same Letter. 'This is the love I mean,’ he writes: 'not our love for God, but God's love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.' And some verses later he writes: 'Let us love, then. because he first loved us.' It is only by God's grace through faith that we can come to a deep conviction that God loves us…


What said about the verses from John's First Letter is true also of the nine verses from chapter 15 of John's Gospel. They are rich in material for the believing mind to ponder and the thoughtful heart to linger over. Remember that we hear these words as addressed not only to the disciples present with Jesus at the Last Supper but to all those who would come to believe in him through their witness. ‘As the Father has loved me so I have loved you. Remain In my love.' And much more along these lines. 'Love one another, as   have loved you.'


Our love for one another is not just a cosy inter-family or inter-community or inter-circle-of friends kind of love, but it is to be like Jesus' love – ‘as I have loved you’ – like God's love, knowing no bounds, extending to stranger, refugee, enemy, persecutor. From being servants, who are not privy to their master's business, the disciples, and we, are called friends. Not because we had done anything to deserve it. 'You did not choose me, no, I chose you.'


There is no room for us to boast in our relationship with God. We don't stop with being chosen. We are commissioned to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Saint Augustine assures us that the fruit we are to bear is love, love for God above all, which is the first step in true love for ourselves, and love of neighbour as ourselves, for love of God. ‘And then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.' And the only thing ultimately worth asking for is that all-embracing God-like, Jesus-like love. It is offered to us without limit, and received by us according to the limits we place on it.   

©David Barry OSB

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 9 May University of Western Australia - Year 10 & Year 11 Course Information Evening
  • 9 May University of Western Australia - Year 12 Course Information Evening
  • 10 May Curtin University - Science Information Evening
  • 17-20 May Perth Careers Expo – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • 21 May Monash University  Information Evening,  Novotel Perth
  • 23 May Curtin Business and Humanities Career Info Evening
  • 6 June  Curtin Uni Parent Info Evening
  • 14 June Melbourne University Information Evening, Hyatt, Perth
  • 2 July  30 September NIDA (NSW) Applications for 2019 Bachelor & Diploma Courses are open 
  • 6 July  A Day in the Life of a Uni student, The University of Notre Dame
  • 9-13 July Course Advice Sessions, The University of Notre Dame 
  • 10 July  ECU Mt Lawley Campus Tour 
  • 11 July  ECU Joondalup Campus Tour      
  • 20 July  Notre Dame Early Offers
  • 22 July  ECU (Joondalup) Uni Open Day 
  • 27 & 28 July Clarkson Trade Campus Open Day            
  • 28 July Murdoch Uni Open Day 
  • 29 July  Curtin Uni Open Day      
  • 12 August  UWA Uni Open Day        
  • 12 August ECU (Mt Lawley) Uni Open Day 
  • 23 August  CQU Open Day 
    Download the PDF below for a more detailed list of events and registration details.


Year 12 - Registration for UMAT

A friendly reminder for those students who are interested in applying for a Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine at UWA, registrations for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) close on 1 June 2018. To register for UMAT and for access to UMAT preparation materials, click here.

Year 12 - University of Notre Dame: Early Offer Program 2018

High achieving Year 12 students can apply for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program. This program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school, community or church. The program rewards academic and non-academic achievements by issuing university offers prior to the final WACE exams. Applicants will need to demonstrate a predicted benchmark ATAR of 93 for the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Physiotherapy; and a predicted benchmark ATAR of 90 for all other undergraduate programs. For academic capability, all offers are made based on Year 11 and Year 12 reports to date.


To apply for the Early Offer Program, you must be nominated by your school and application packs will be available for students in June.


All applications must be handed in to Mr Bostelman no later than the 20 July.  The College will forward all applications to Notre Dame.  For more information about Early Offer, go to

Year 12 Exit Plans

All Year 12 students will be meeting individually with the Career Counsellor after the May exams.  The meeting will be to discuss their plans for next year and to offer any guidance or additional information concerning their options.  Please discuss your child’s exit plans with him or her now and encourage those who have vague plans to see me prior to the exams so we can work together on developing clear goals and action steps.  


Year 10 students - online Career Assessment tool

This term Year 10 students will complete an online Career Assessment tool that will help them match their strengths and personality with an array of jobs.   Personality is only one consideration in finding a rewarding career, other personal characteristics such as interests, values, natural ability, skills and academic are also important.  Students will also complete their individual resume and look at the different options and pathways available to them after Year 12.  This information will assist them with their Year 11 and Year 12 course selection at the end of the term.

New Jobs and Skills Centres in WA

The Department of Training and Workforce Development have opened five new Jobs and Skills Centres at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses. 


The JSCs offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and employers and businesses.


Visit the Jobs & Skills WA website for more information.


Charles Sturt Uni Engineering Course Named Top Four in WORLD by MIT

Students don't sit a single exam throughout their degree and instead of lectures, engineering students at Charles Sturt University have Netflix-style on-demand classes.


The students spend four years of their five-and-a-half-year degree doing paid engineering work and are assessed on portfolios of their real-world projects.


Find out more -


Future job openings for new entrants by industry and occupation

New research shows that while employment continues to shift towards higher skilled jobs such as professionals and managers, many other job openings in the Australian labour market are due to the need to replace departing employees.


Some of these jobs traditionally have low entry requirements and a high turnover, such as checkout operators and fast food workers. However, some of this attrition is also due to older workers retiring or moving on to different careers, potentially creating a shortage of experienced workers able to supervise and train younger employees.


Information on future job opportunities can help students make choices about training pathways.


Australia’s Booming Industries

SEEK has revealed the Australian industries that boomed in the last 12 months. We look to the data and speak to industry experts about the trends that will shape the year ahead.


Read the article -


They’ve also got a resource that shows how hard it is for employers to fill jobs across lots of different industries -





Sports physios need strengths in the following areas:

  • Patience to deal with multiple clients and both players and coaches under stress
  • Strong interest in sports and physical fitness
  • Ability to handle the physical demands of the job, including treating clients
  • Good communication skills

Become a volunteer Club Trainer

Sports Trainers and First Aiders volunteer and provide player support and safety. While most AFL and NRL Sports Trainers already have qualifications in the medical field, your local clubs are likely to depend on volunteers with basic first aid qualifications.


Find out more -

Tips for getting a sports physio job for the team of your choice from My Health Career


Margi Watson

Career Counsellor


Public Speaking Competition

This week has seen final organisation including heats for the John XXIII College Public Speaking Competition run by the Magis committee. Eighteen students will participate – the  top three from each year group  -  in the Grand final in the GBLT at 7pm next Wednesday, 9 May.  The judges will be  national public speaking champions, Sophie Hellemans, Pauline Chiwawa, and last year’s Magis Scholar Tom Paparo.  Family and  friends of the students and all who are interested are invited to attend. The evening should conclude by 8.45 pm. 


Short Story Writing competition

There have been some outstanding entries in the John XXIII College Short Story Writing competition, and results for Year 7-12 will be announced late next week.


Da Vinci Decathlon

At the end of last term John XXIII College Year 7, 8 and 9 teams  participated in the prestigious Da Vinci Decathlon at Wesley. Competing against gifted students from about 30 top schools John XXIII College performed very well with all three teams having some fine results. 


Our best sections were Creative producers where John XXIII College won the Year 7 section, were fourth in Year 9 and in the top ten in Year 8; Mathematics where we won the event at Year 9 level  and finished fourth in Year 7, and Science in which we were strong at all year levels.  Other strong performances included the Year 8 team in Ideation and Year 7 in General Knowledge and English.


Special thanks to Ms Kath Negus, Mr Simon Carello, and Ms Wing Chan for their superb efforts assisting the mathematics and science teams.


Other events in Term 2

Entries for the World Scholars Cup to be held in June are now being finalised and currently we expect to have one Year 7 team and two each from Years 9 and 10. The event will be held at Sacred Heart College on 1 and 2 June. The WADL Interschool Debating continues with round 3 on 15 May, and Law Mock trials and Catholic Schools Mooting  Competition teams are preparing for their next events later this term. 


We also have two Year 12s, Amelia MacMillan and Kinia O’Brien competing in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Speech and Leadership program at the Constitution Centre on 18 May.  Participation in any of these events gains students points for  Magis Champion in each year group,  and the next Magis Academic Challenge in the series of competitive intra-school events will be  Mental Mathematics which will take place next Friday.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator



Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY school based immunisation 2018

Year 10 students in 2018 will be offered ACWY Meningococcal vaccine as part of the school based Immunisation program.

Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Monday 25 June to administer this vaccine.

Information sheet and consent forms have been sent home with your child this week. Completed consent forms must be returned by Tuesday 8 May.

You are also able to download information and consent forms below:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Parents' Association

What the Parents' Association is

There are four main aims of the Parents' Association: 

  • Firstly, to help promote social interaction amongst parents – which is done by the parent reps.
  • Secondly, to provide pastoral care through Roncalli - which is where parents are asked to be part of a meals roster for a family that is going through some sort of crisis or difficulty.
  • Thirdly, to provide education to parents through the provision of guest speakers throughout the year.
  • And finally the Parents’ Association provides financial support to the school.  Each family is charged $75 a year and those funds collectively come to about $70,000.  Parents and staff are welcome to submit funding proposals if they have ideas for how things can be improved. 


There is a Parents' Association meeting on the Monday of Week 5 of each term.  All parents are welcome to attend.  At these meetings the leaders of the school provide an update, including Rob Henderson, and we vote on the funding proposals presented.  We encourage ALL PARENTS to come along as it is a great way to find out about what is going on at the school and it gives you a chance to have your say on how the funds are spent. 

Notice of Change to Term Two Meeting Date

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term Two will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday 5 June in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are invited to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on how our Parents’ Association funds are allocated.


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or you can download one from the school website, or below. The deadline for Term Two Funding Proposal submissions is 12 May.

All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at the Term Two meeting will be advertised in the newsletter on Friday 1 June.


Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee

Men Of John XXIII College

Calendar Dates for the 2018 Fathering Presentations

Put them into your calendar now!

  • Term 2 - 25 May
  • Term 3 - 24 Aug
  • Term 4 - 9 Nov

Year Group Father Liaison still sought

The Men of John XXIII College Committee is looking to improve communication across the school. Often this is done best by the people who know the year group. If you are available, or know someone, then email me their details for inclusion in Committee emails so that they can keep situational awareness and support for upcoming events.

25 May – The Online World

A Presentation by Paul Litherland, who has 20 years’ experience in the Western Australian Police Force as a Technology Crime Investigation Officer, working with children and families of online crime.

  • Gain an insight into the pitfalls of an online world and take precautions with your family.
  • Location - Cambridge Bowling Club 7 – 10pm
  • Cost - $20 entry includes pizza and pasta
  • Bring your best dad jokes for more prizes.

23 March Fathering Night

Paul Valentino of the Fathering Project provided some valuable lessons and insights. His main takeaway is that there is no right answer to all the questions that we raise about parenting. Some of the main qualities that are important to parents are:

  • Listening without judgement – hard at the best of times!
  • Spend quality listening time with your children – what is important to them.
  • Use this link to find out more:
  • Reliability – live up to your promises and this acts as a great role model for them to live up to theirs.
  • Find a common ground of interest with them – use sport or any common interest to keep in touch and get your child used to communicating with you.

Winning Dad Joke from 23 March Fathering Project Night

The man who invented “Fairy Bread” had his funeral today……..

Apparently, it was attended by hundreds and thousands!


Humour is a great icebreaker in most situations and a dad joke can open the way to a dialogue with your child. Challenge them to the 2 minute joke contest. Sit opposite them and use some of the jokes listed below that were donated from the last Fathering activity. Pick out your favourites and start the clock. If you lose, then walk the dog to the local coffee shop with them for a hot chocolate and an ANZAC biscuit? Don’t like these? A simple search on the internet will give you hundreds of them to trot out.


Dad Jokes shared at the 23 March Fathering Night:

  • Why did the boy take his ruler to bed? – To measure how long he slept…
  • Why did the monkey run around with a piece of steak on his head? – He thought he was a griller…
  • Two cows standing in a paddock, one says “Moo!” – The other looks over and says, “Damn I was about to say that!”
  • What did the fish say when it hit the wall? – “Dam!”
  • What is brown and sticky? - a stick! 
  • What is red and bad for your teeth? – A brick!
  • Our neighbour got a new dog and named it Minton – He stole my shuttlecock so I called “BAD MINTON!”
  • What did the green grape say to the purple grape? – “breathe man breathe!”

Find some great ideas for parenting at:


David Thompson
Email: or
Mob: 0412 366 417

John XXIII College Alumni 

Loreto Federation
18– 20 May 2018

We are delighted that the 30th gathering of Loreto Federation will be held at Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney and we extend a warm invitation to join us!


The coming together of past students, family and friends from Loreto Schools (including John XXIII College) around Australia.


‘Be the Change’ Celebrating the 30th  gathering of Loreto Federation

For speaker profiles and further information please go to

To register please visit

For travel and accommodation, please email or call 02 9418 2546

Dom Mckee for MP - featuring John XXIII Alumni

The University Dramatic Society presents its centenary year comedy musical, "Dom Mckee for MP".

Australia, 1961. The town of Wolobolee lies in the middle of the Australian desert, vastly isolated and obscenely wealthy. Disillusioned by its lethargy, local retiree Dom Mckee sets about changing things for the better, but gets himself in hot water when he accidentally accuses the government of being infiltrated by Communists. Unfortunately it's easier to tell a fib than to come clean.

Media viper Vicky Smethick runs with Dom's lie and whips the idiotic Australian public into a frenzy. Before he can backtrack, the whole farce has tangled up a catchphrase spouting politician, an out of work actor, and the nation's geriatric prime minister. The people march on Canberra proclaiming their lord and saviour Dom Mckee. Knock-knock. Who's that? It's Mother Russia and Uncle Sam, they've heard about this little mess in Australia and it's about time they got a piece of the action.

Featuring a cast of young performers and a ten piece band, 'Dom Mckee for MP' pokes raucous fun at Australian parochialism, mob mentality, and silly Communist hats.

WHERE: Dolphin Theatre, UWA
WHEN: 9  - 12 May 
Ticket available via .


CINI Australia Mother’s Day Celebration High Tea and Fundraiser

You are invited to attend the CINI Australia Mother’s Day Celebration High Tea and Fundraiser taking place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College from 

 2.00 – 5.00pm. 

 To secure your table click here.


Loreto Nedlands Past Pupils Event


Loreto Past Pupils - Wine Fundraiser


Uniform Shop

Secondary Winter Uniform Items Available Now

The Uniform Shop has a full selection of Secondary School winter uniform items in stock now. Now is the time for Secondary students to purchase winter uniforms. Don’t leave it until the last minute!

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

  • Monday 8:00am to 5:45pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am to 4:15pm 
  • Friday 8:00am to 11:45am

Please note the Uniform Shop will be closed on Monday 21 May for stocktaking.


The Uniform Shop is now accepting secondhand uniform items. Please remember that all items must be freshly cleaned and ironed and in perfect condition to be accepted for sale.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Term 2 winter menu

Our Term 2 winter menu is available for download.

Our Online Canteen is an online ordering system that is a safe and convenient way to order school meals and now you can use your Smart Rider to order from the canteen. 

  • Place your canteen order online
  • Mobile friendly site.

For more information visit the College website.

Dianne Combrink
Canteen Manager

Entertainment Books

Help John XXIII College raise much needed funds

Help us raise funds for our fundraising by buying an Entertainment Membership from us. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. Hurry, Entertainment Memberships sell out quickly.


Order here:


Community Notices

Enrolment Applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 2021 and Kindergarten 2020. For more information, please contact Mrs Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar on 9383 0449 or                                  

For parents of students with disabilities - preparing for life after school


Heritage Lane construction work continues

We would like to remind you to be cautious when dropping off or collecting students near Heritage Lane.  Construction work at the top of  the street continues and there is added traffic and heavy load vehicles movement which increases risks and the need to be more vigilant.  Your assistance in keeping our students and staff safe is greatly appreciated.

Insight - Keep Children safe in public.pdf
Year 7 NAS Fixtures Term 2 2018.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 2 2018.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 2 2018.pdf
NAS WINTER VENUES as at 24 January 2018.pdf
Information for students involved in Northern Associated Schools.pdf
JOHN XXIII 2018 Cross Country training program Term 2.pdf
March 02 Final.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
pa funding guidelines 2015.pdf