29 March 2018
Issue Forty Eight
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Charter Bus
Music - Week 9
Pathways and Transition
John XXIII Alumni 
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

What is Faith?

Our Loreto and Jesuit heritage and the inspiration of Pope John XXIII are integral to our College. However, the death and resurrection of Jesus celebrated at Easter is what defines our Catholicity and is the essence of any Catholic school. First and foremost, we are a Catholic school inspired by the Gospel message of Jesus.


Holy week is the most important week in the Church. This week we have had a variety of celebrations as we engaged our students and staff in the Easter message. It is a time for faith and belief in the Risen Lord.


Some years ago, I heard a Priest relate a beautiful story at Mass. It was the story of a 13 year old boy attending a Catholic school. He loved his football (no cricket stories this week). His father attended every game his son had ever played. That, in itself, is not unusual but this particular father had a unique story as he had a serious illness which had resulted in the loss of his sight.


Unfortunately, the illness progressed and the father passed away.


The football coach was a great mentor for the young man and he gave the boy an opportunity to withdraw from the game following his father’s passing.


No, I would like to play’ was the young man’s response.


He then proceeded to play the best game of his young life. After the game he was congratulated by his team mates and family.


I had to play well today’, the young man explained.


It is the first game Dad has ever seen me play.


Now that is faith!


Best wishes to all our community for Easter. I strongly encourage our families to attend Parish services to be a part of the Easter message.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to see our Chapel full on Monday night for the Holy Week music concert. Many thanks to the Wanju Voices for their beautiful singing and to Ms Alexander for preparing the Primary choir so well for this special event.


Wanju Voices 2018


Gemma Bailey                         Jasper Bailey                                  Zoe Cannon

Carla Chipperfield                 Philip Costa Shrubsall             Holly Denton

Zach Ferguson-Allen            Isaac Foley                                     Caitlin Jackson

Thalia Kurniawan                   Rebecca Litic                                Matilda MacLennan

Gracie McCrae                         Sophia Negus                               Sofia Paolucci

Olivia Polini                                Ashlee Purnell                            Alice Travlos

Mahalia Upton                          Max Watt


Holy Week

This week we have gathered each morning to reflect on Holy Week through readings, prayers and song. Special thanks to Miss Graves, Miss Nish and the Year 6 leaders for preparing the re-enactment of Palm Sunday and the Last Supper. Heartfelt thanks to Ms Allen and the students from Year 3G for leading the school community through the Stations of the Cross in a meaningful, powerful truly prayerful way.



Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Parent Teacher Meetings

As part of the Pre Primary to Year 6 Assessment and Reporting process, Parent-Teacher Interviews will be taking place from Wednesday 4 April. This is a valuable time for you to spend with the class teacher to discuss your child's academic and social progress.


Your child is not required to come along to the interview as it will be a two-way process between teacher and parent/s. However, we encourage all parents to discuss their child's future goals with them at home after the interview.


All parents are required to book their parent teacher meeting online, (PTO). These bookings can be made online and the link can be found on the College Web Page under 'Quick links' and then 'Events-Online bookings'. Alternatively, you can click on the link below and it will take you straight to the log in screen.

Once you get to the log in screen you must click on 'Obtain Pin or Password'. Your password will then be sent to your email.


Once you have logged in, you can select a time that suits you to meet with your child's classroom teacher in the final weeks of this term. All interviews will be a maximum of 15 minutes.

If you would like to book an appointment to see a specialist teacher, please contact them directly via email to set up a mutually convenient time.


Beauty and the Beast Poster Competition

The Secondary Drama Department were very impressed that they received many entries for the Musical Poster Competition. After judging by Ms Moore (Art/Drama), Ms Green and Mr Tsakisiris (Drama), the Winner of the Pre Primary to Year 2 competition was Jacey Li (1G) and Runner up was Alila Iredale (1B). The Winner of the Year 3 to 6 competition was Gemma Bailey (6G) and the Runner up was Aria Macmillan (4B). The Winners will receive a family pass to the musical and the Runners up will receive two tickets to the musical. Congratulations to all our amazing artists! Their posters will be on display outside Roncalli Hall during the musical.


Also, for those coming to the matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday 5 May, students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from Beauty and the Beast. They are welcome to stay behind after the show to have a photo with one or more of the cast.


Zoo Camp

Last night Year 5B attended the ‘Roar and Snore’ camp at Perth Zoo: Mrs Goss, Mrs Gardner, Miss Joyce, Miss Moore, Mr Fromm and I and the thirty students had a ‘zootastic’ time! More details about this wonderful experience will follow next week.



Best wishes for a happy and holy Easter.



Dates to Remember
Friday 30 March                Good Friday

Monday 2 April                  Easter Monday

Tuesday 3 April                  Easter Tuesday

Wednesday 4 April         Primary Pupil Free Day
                                                    Primary Interviews (PP- Yr 6)

Thursday 5 April               5G Zoo Camp





Live Simply Day

On Friday, 23 March we had 430 students participate in our Live Simply Day. Students raised close to $6500 by gaining sponsorship from family, friends and teachers by committing to living simply for the day.


Students were encouraged to ride to school, eat plain bread for lunch, reduce their electricity consumption, become waterwise and limit their use of social media. Funds raised will go towards Caritas Australia and their annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, Project Compassion, which brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.


What slavery-free Easter eggs will you enjoy this Easter weekend?

Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”


Big supermarkets will be ordering their 2019 Easter chocolate products soon, so keep the issue going in your community. And today, only eat chocolate featuring  the Fair Trade, UTZ Certified or Rainbow Alliance labels and tell people why. Happy Easter.


Serving up Mexican flavours

As part of their Certificate II in Hospitality the Year 12 students had a successful first service of delicious food at the Circle of Friends Cafe this week.


Students have decided to theme each cafe service. This week's theme was Mexican. Dishes prepared and sold included naked chicken burritos, Jamie Oliver’s chilli con carne nachos and homemade orange lemonade.


All meals were served using take away containers made from sugar cane in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.  


Koolyangarra House Car Wash for Project Compassion

On Thursday, 22 March, Koolyangarra House held a staff car wash to raise money for Project Compassion. Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, Project Compassion brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.  Koolyangarra House raised $240 for Project Compassion during their annual car wash. All students are commended for fully embracing and engaging in this activity to raise much needed funds for a great cause. We would like to thank all staff who entrusted us with their cars and who donated money, as without your help, this event would not be a success.


Jo Anne McLoughlin

Koolyangarra House Coordinator



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

All students have received an email with details regarding NAS Sport nominations for Term 2. Students need to please fill out the form via the link provided. NAS trials for Term 2 will take place after the Easter holidays and early in Term 2.


Download the NAS schedule for trials:


Cross Country Training: Year 7 - 12 

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 – 7:50am meeting in the College pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term 1 and into Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4 - 7 kilometres depending on ability level.

Netball Club

Competition Commences 

  • 5 May: Years 7- 12 & Alumni
  • 11 May: Years 3 - 4
  • 12 May: Years 5 - 6

There are no games on the June long weekend (1 & 2 June).

There are games on the first weekend of the June/July school holidays (29 & 30 June), for all teams from Year 3 to Alumni. Please consider this if you are booking a holiday.

If you are a member of the school musical cast, backstage or makeup crew can you please advise the club ASAP as disruptions due to the matinee on Saturday 5 May will be expected for round 1.


If you have any questions please email us on


Training has commenced for senior school.

  • Tuesday - 3.30 – 5.00pm Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Thursday - 3.30 – 5.00pm Years 7, 8 and 9.

Primary school training will begin in the next couple of weeks. You will be advised through the school on the days/times.


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.


Teams will be announced next week. Once teams are announced they are final. Refunds for withdrawal will no longer be given.


The official game day netball uniform for senior school is our dress available at the uniform shop and the blue and yellow bloomers.


PNA can issue uniform violations to players not wearing the correct uniform.


The bloomers and jackets will be available for sale at the final training session for the term –  10 and 12 April.


There is stock of the netball dresses, so please get in early to the uniform shop and ensure that you have one ready for the start of the season. A new order can take up to eight weeks.


Bloomers can be purchased from the club at a cost of $15 each, cash only.

Jackets can be purchased from the club at a cost of $100, cash only. 

Netball dresses can be purchased at the John XXIII Uniform Shop.


All players are to note that under no circumstance can jewellery be worn on court during game play. Umpires will ask players to leave the court and injury substitution rules will apply.

We look forward to seeing you all on court and wish you a wonderful and fun netball season.

PNA April Holiday Clinics 

Have a wonderful Easter break.


Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus


Music - Week 9

Catholic Performing Arts

Applications to perform in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival are now open! Further information and entry can be organised through the Music Office. Please note that applications are due by May 6.

Holy Week Concert

Families and friends of John XXIII College enjoyed a concert of sacred music from across the ages to celebrate Holy Week with performances by the Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Wanju Voices, Senior Flute Ensemble, Senior String Quartet and Year 9/10 Clarinet Ensemble. The evening was a musical journey of reflection for Lent, culminating in the joy and celebration of Easter.


Thank you to the 130 students involved in the concert, as well as the College Music Staff, parents and all involved in making the concert a great success.



Community Liturgy

Our next community celebration of the Eucharist – the first in the season of Easter – will be Friday 6 April.  The Mass will be prepared by students from Year 7, and families of Year 7 students are especially 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.

Easter in Parishes 

The three-day feast of Easter is the highlight of our Church year, and in parishes around the world people will gather in prayer, song and ritual in celebration of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. 


Some of our local parishes have kindly supplied details of their Easter liturgies, which you can find on the College website:


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

Holy Spirit, City Beach

Registration forms are available from Cathy Gawen,

Alternatively phone Parish Priest, Fr Emmanual-tv Dimobi, 93413131.


Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Registration forms are available from


Star of the Sea, Cottesloe

Further information:


Saint Cecilia, Floreat

Further information: Prue Pupazzoni,


St Joseph, Subiaco

Applications for Eucharist and Reconciliation will be invited in Terms 2 and 3 respectively.

Further information:


GOOD NEWS for Easter

Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, has risen (Mark 16).


The reflection from Easter is from Jesuit priest, Fr Andy Hamilton, and is printed here with kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian, a writer and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.


The stories of Easter are like the stories of Jesus’ birth. Both stories focus on a small place: a manger and a tomb. They are also full of extraordinary events: the guiding star, the stone mysteriously rolled away from the tomb, and Jesus’ habit of passing through locked doors.  Both stories, too, are richly peopled by angels busily delivering messages to the chief players.


The heart of both stories, however, is wrapped in mystery. We are told that the Holy Spirit overshadows Mary in Jesus’ conception, but do not know how. We are told also that Jesus rises from the dead, but we are not told how. All we have is a birth in a field and an empty tomb together with mysterious appearances. In both stories, of course, there are angels, but their role is to shroud the events in mystery.


In fact different observers will see in both Christmas and Easter evidence for the absence of God as well as the presence of God. It takes faith to see God as present in Jesus.  For Mary, whom the angel had promised the birth of the Messiah as the climax of God’s plan for us, the process leading to the birth was of one forced absence after another – absence from family and home when travelling heavily pregnant to Bethlehem, absence of the relative comfort of a roof over her head in an inn, of a birthing place worthy of God in a feeding place trodden by animals, and absence of the company of angels among disreputable shepherds.  It would take faith to see in all this God’s presence and not God’s absence.


Similarly at Easter the disciples have to grapple with an absence: a tomb that is empty, and a Jesus who comes and goes, who is seen by some and not by others.  It takes faith to see this as a sign of God’s presence rather than a sign that someone has taken away the body or that people were seeing things that were not real. Above all, too, the disciples had to grapple with the absence of hope that they had experienced in Jesus’ death. They had hoped that he would set Israel free, but had seen him taken, tortured, dead and buried.  It was natural that they, like Thomas, should see only absence when told of visions of his presence.


Yet they found Christ present when he appeared to them, when they heard the stories, and when they saw the effect that Jesus’ rising had on those drawn into it.  They recognised that God’s presence and love were found even in the hardest events and the places that seemed derelict – in fields and tombs, the places of no hope. Angels could appear in the most desperate of places.  And so it is in our lives.


We all need to deal with the apparent absence of God in the events of our own lives or of those of others, near and far. At Jesuit Social Services we need the strength to keep hoping in the face of the despair of many of the young people with whom we work and the cruelty which they so often meet in society. We need Easter. 

© Andrew Hamilton SJ



This year’s College musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will open on 1 May. The cast from Year 10 to 12 have been rehearsing hard since the start of the year. The backstage crew have been painting the sets, the costumes are being 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 opening night. 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. You can purchase tickets at Get your tickets before they sell out!


Cast make surprise appearance

Last week some of the cast of Beauty and the Beast visited the Primary School to promote the College musical. The cast was a big hit with the students. Get your tickets before they sell out to any of the performances from 1 to 5 May. You will be guaranteed a great production.

Book your tickets today!


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama





Pathways and Transition

Pathways and Transition




Defence Force Gap Year Program

The Defence Force Gap Year program gives young Australians, who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent), the chance to experience a year in the Navy, Army or Air Force with No obligation to commit beyond the 12 months. 


A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a way to experience a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, while gaining life skills, making new friends and developing leadership qualities you can take anywhere.

Applications for the 2019 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are now open. 


For more information

Gap Idea – Volunteer Overseas

Some students opt for a break from formal study after Year 12 and consider travelling overseas and volunteering with organisations. We have had several students in previous years register with LATTITUDE Global Volunteering ( There will be a lunchtime presentation for interested students in March.

Health Services School-Based Trainee Progress

The Aegis and John XXIII College pathway to nursing kicked off in style on 16 February with the Year 11 school-based trainees Anabel Stefels, Blake Mitchell and Skye Willson, commencing the very important first aid and emergency care training which included checking vital signs, treating an asthma emergency and performing CPR.


Our nursing pathway superstars are enjoying the combination of school, training and work – especially the fact that they are paid to learn in the industry they intend to go into once they leave our school. By the end of Year 12 they will have hundreds of hours of experience in health services and be able to transition into tertiary nursing studies at university or TAFE.  They will also be qualified to work in a hospital as a Nursing Assistant. Now that’s what we call a win/win!

Interesting Reads

New Work Smarts: Thriving in the New Work Order


By 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. To prepare young people for this future we must shift our understanding of what it will mean to be smart in the New Work Order. Based on an analysis of 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians each year, this report reveals the most important skills we will need to be work smart in the future


Read the report here:

These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future

While emerging technologies will replace many jobs, they will also create many new ones. In fact, over half of the jobs current middle school students will be doing in the future do not even exist today. Widespread innovation is continuing to give birth to exciting new industries, all of which are sources of new jobs.


Read more here:


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Careers 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 this newsletter will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.












Pop Up Book Shop

The Library hosted a Pop Up Book Shop on Tuesday 27 March. Students came along and selected books to add to the Library collection. We had over 200 students participate in the Pop Up Book Shop, and we will purchase 50 new books as a result of the student's selection.

 We look forward to hosting further Pop-up events in the future.




The past week has seen two great successes for Magis, the Creative Edge WA Challenge at Curtin University, and the National Champions Public Speaking Seminar. Competing by invitation only against ten excellent teams, our Year 12 Creative Edge team performed superbly to win the event against very strong opposition including Perth Modern School, Mercedes and St Brigid’s. Congratulations to Bella Spiro-Harrison, Amelia MacMillan, Roberto Vitali -Lawn, Kinia O’Brien, Callan Brogan and Hannah Flavell on representing the college with such distinction.  The Magis Mooting team with Ms Farley had a training day at Notre Dame University on Saturday, and we look forward to this new competition later in the year.


Da Vinci Decathlon teams have now been finalised and Year 7, 8 and 9 teams will compete  at Wesley College on the following dates: 

  • Thursday April 5 – Year 7
  • Monday April 9 – Year 9
  • Tuesday April 10 – Year 8

Congratulations to all students selected in the final teams, and warmest thanks to those in the squad who missed out.


Special thanks to Ms Negus, Mr Carello and Ms Chan for their excellent assistance to the teams.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Magis Creative Writing competition

All students from Year 7-12 are invited to participate in the inaugural Magis Creative Writing competition in 2018.  This involves submitting a short story on any topic before the end of term. The suggested length is one to five A4 typed pages.  There will be prizes and certificates for the best short stories, and these will be published in a booklet next term.  To enter students simply submit their entry with name and year group on it.


Magis Public Speaking competition

Next week we will be calling for nominations for the Magis Public Speaking competition to be held at the start of next term. This event is again open to all students in Years 7-12.  Students must speak for no more than three minutes on a topic of their choice. Heats will be held at lunchtime, and there will be a Public Speaking grand final evening where the top three students in each year level will compete for the major awards. I am delighted that two of the judges on that evening will include the national public speaking winners who gave the keynote addresses at this week’s Magis Breakfast. There will be nomination forms for the public speaking competition.

Mooting Masterclass

Last Saturday, four talented Year 11 Politics and Law students took part in a Mooting Masterclass at Notre Dame’s Law School, in preparation for the 2018 Catholic Secondary Schools Moot. For Cullen Binet, Rory Hewson, Caitlin Egan Martinez and Charlie Richards, it was not only an opportunity to experience life as a law student but to enhance their legal skills and education. Students attended a lecture on criminal law, followed by a session in advocacy, and legal research and writing.


Over the next few months, students will work on preparing their written submissions; building their case – with the final round of the competition to be held at the Supreme Court of Western Australia and judged by The Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin.


Watch this space.


Daisy Farley

Politics & Law



The 2018 Debating season has got off to a fantastic start with 12 John XXIII College teams competing at Christ Church Grammar School on a Tuesday night over two terms. We have five debates during Semester One.


We have six teams in the Novice division which consists of Year 7 and 8 students. These teams are new to debating so we are very proud of their efforts as they learn the art of debating.  Our teams have had a very good start to debating and as a result have learnt valuable lessons from their opposition and in particular from the adjudicators. We are using this information to help us improve our arguments. These students although a little nervous have shown great enthusiasm, determination and tenacity as they debate some interesting topics. Over the two weeks we have had a mixture of wins and losses. Our topics have been:


NOVICE Division

Round 1: That we should ban smoking.  We had 3 teams arguing the affirmative and 3 teams arguing the negative of this topic. There was much discussion at our preparation meetings around the health issues concerning smoking.


Round 2: That we should have a quota of women in Parliament. This was an interesting topic when confronts with boys telling the girls they are misguided in their belief around the issue of equality. We had 3 teams arguing the affirmative and two teams the negative and one team having a bye.


 Our Year 7 teams are made up of the following students:

Team 1:                Eliza Smith, Sophie Gazia, and Sebastian Raj

Team 2:                Delia Lamattina, Lottie Berinson and Maggie Costa Shrubsall

Team 3:                Zac Schollum, Andoni Karafilakis, Spencer Burchett and Joseph Panetta


Our Year 8 teams are:

Team 4:                Keeva Kirwan Lily Convery and Bella Boley

Team 5:                Ashleigh Laurance, Gabby Panther, Thea Whitby and Alice O’Sullivan

Team 6:                Art Walsh, Will Hart, James Green and Timothy Gardner


JUNIOR Division

In our Junior division we have three Year 9 teams and one Year 10 team. Out of all these teams we have one Year 10 student Nick Brennan who debated last year so we are excited to have other students joining us and learning to argue a variety of topics whether they agree or disagree with the topic. The topics we have covered so far have been:


Round 1: That all media outlets should be bound to adhere to a minimum standard of truth.

We had 2 teams debating the affirmative and 2 arguing the negative case. An interesting argument took place as students battled out what is truth.


Round 2: That we should abolish the Senate.

This provided lots of discussion in the preparation meetings especially for the Year 9s who were trying to understand our political system. Lots of research, discussion and arguing took place in the lead up to the debate night. We had 2 wins and 2 losses.  One of our losses was to A John XXIII team. We had 2 teams arguing the affirmative and 2 teams arguing the negative case. Some interesting facts were raised during the debates especially about representation.


Our team Year 9 and 10 teams consist of:

Team 1:                Rebecca Harsanyi, Skye MacMillan and Ella Aquino

Team 2:                Eve Cullity, Eve Pownall, Andy Priestly and Alex Owen

Team 3:                Eloise Roberts, Amalia Olsen and Ashlee Harris

Team 4:                Alex Panther< James Langton, Nick Brennan and Lorian Marshall


SENIOR Division

We have two teams in the Senior Division. These are made up of Year 11 and 12 students. The seniors have two prepared debate topics then they move into spontaneous debating where they receive the topic an hour before and are sent to a room to prepare. The only resource they can have is a hard copy dictionary. So, this debating relies on students have a broad knowledge of what is going on in the world in a variety of fields. Senior debating also allows the opposition team to interrupt the debater asking for a ‘Point of Information’. Students must accept at least 2 of these throughout their 7 minutes of arguing. It is really exciting to see this in action as students continue their argument without losing their train of thought. It is a skill that requires lots of practise.


Our senior debating teams are:

Team 1:           Cullen Binet, Rory Hewston and Charlie Richards. These boys have been debating together since Year 9. This team is yet to debate as they had to reschedule their first debate then they had a bye. However, they have been working on honing their skills of Point of Information with Tom Paparo (Magis Captain 2017) coming in to coach them. Tom is an experienced debater, an amazing third speaker and had developed the skill of POI. His expertise is greatly appreciated by our senior teams.


Team 2:          Bella Spiro-Harrison, Amelia MacMillan, Roberto Vital-Lawn and Neisha Priestly. This team has been successful in their two prepared debates. Neisha (Year 11) is well supported by the Year 12s in this team.


The topics prepared topics have been:

Round 1:    That we should encourage the questioning of authority in schools. Both our teams had the negative argument for this topic. Team 1 will be debating this on April 10th.


Round 2:     That the Government should cease providing foreign aid to countries accused of human rights violation.

Team 2 argued the affirmative case for this topic and were successful against Wesley College.


Thank you to all the students and parents who are supporting the debating competition. It is wonderful to have you on board and witnessing the growth of the students as they get more confident in their debating.


Ms Gemma Wooltorton



Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY school based immunisation 2018

The Department of Health is offering parents of students in Year 10 the opportunity to have their child vaccinated against Meningococcal ACWY.


The Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Monday 21 May 2018 to administer the Meningococcal vaccine.


Information packages and consent forms will be sent home with your child before this date.


Please note that all students are vaccinated in school by a nursing team with expertise in immunisation.


To learn more visit:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

John XXIII 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

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.


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 (including Wednesday, 4 April  - Pupil Free Day)

Friday 8:00am to 11:45am


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

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                                  

Brockway Road closure

Do you use Brockway Road in Mt Claremont?

It will be closed to all traffic from Lemnos Street to Underwood Avenue from 9 April for up to four weeks for road construction and resurfacing works.


Detours will be in place and traffic controllers will provide assistance.


Motorists are advised to plan their journeys ahead of time to avoid delays.


Visit for more details and project updates.


EASTER 2018 Local Parishes schedule.pdf
NAS trials schedule Term 2 2018.pdf
March 02 Final.pdf