27 September 2019
Issue Twenty-nine

In the spirit of John XXIII, Mary Ward and Ignatius Loyola, we seek to be people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others.

From the Principal
Parents' Party
Around The Primary
Music - Week 30
Pathways and Transition
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

Pilgrimage program

I am absent from school this week. However, it is an authorised absence. Forty-seven students are travelling to either Cambodia, Timor Leste, India or the Northern Territory as part of our Year 11 pilgrimage experience. They are accompanied by a dozen members of staff. It is the culmination of our Roncalli Service program.


John XXIII College aims to educate young people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others. The College supports a Pilgrimage Program for students and supervising adults that is premised on the Ignatian way of being, “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” – all for the greater glory of God.


The Pilgrimage Program offers students the opportunity for growth and transformation through the experience of learning, service, prayer and accompaniment. The Pilgrimage Program requires those involved to work alongside people who are fighting the injustices of our world; to experience a totally different way of living, discern transformative moments, and to reflect on the experience.


Since the Pilgrimage Program is premised on Ignatian pedagogy a structured reflection is integrated into the experience with participants being required to complete a personal journal.


As one of the voluntary faith formation programs offered at the College, the Pilgrimage Program attempts to:

  • Assist students and adults ‘find God in all things, and, all things in God’
  • Enrich participants’ knowledge and understanding of the Gospel call to justice and its reflection in the social teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Develop an understanding of Loreto and Jesuit works and the charism of the Orders
  • Develop ideas how we might respond to ‘the signs of the times’
  • Develop an appreciation of the richness of unfamiliar cultures.

It has been great to be part of the preparation for the pilgrimage and I am sure our students will embrace sharing the experience on their return.

Robert Henderson


Parents' Party


Year 11 Biology trip to Mundaring

On Friday 20 September, the Year 11 ATAR Biology class travelled to the Department of Parks & Wildlife Discovery Centre at Mundaring. The students learnt about the protection of endemic Western Australian species using Western Shield. The different types of sampling wildlife were discussed, and the students were taught how to set different traps to collect data. Then in the afternoon we were visited by the Wildlife Rescue Foundation and had the pleasure of interacting with some native Australian animals that had been saved, but were unable to be re-released into the wild.


Damien Connellan
Teacher, Science

Media Night

Our Media Night will showcase the many talents of our students, with a variety of genres and styles of films on show; from short films in the style of both art cinema and persuasive documentary, to action film trailers and music videos.

Come along for an entertaining and enjoyable evening on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 6:30pm

Light refreshments will be served at intermission. 

This is also a valuable opportunity for upcoming media students to gain insight into Media as a course.

Some films are rated M - parental guidance advised for younger viewers.


Robert Di Giallonardo
Teacher, Media

Congratulations to our high achievers in the Western Australian Association of Teachers of Italian (WAATI) Examination

In August this year, approximately 615 students from 21 secondary schools, sat the WAATI (Western Australian Association of Teachers of Italian) examinations from Years 10, 11 & 12. The exams, which are conducted under the auspices of the WA Italian Consulate, give our language students an invaluable opportunity to gain extra practice in sitting an exam in Italian. A panel of experienced ATAR examiners and markers design the papers which are based on ATAR exam format.


Once again, John XXIII students of Italian as a Second Language sat the written paper and based on these results, two very talented students made it to the Top 10 in their respective years. Congratulations to Daniel Corvaia (Year 12) and Alessandra Rizzi (Year 10). These students were formally recognised at the awards presentation evening, held last Thursday 19 September, at Trinity College.

Congratulations to Melanie Gamble (Year 11) on her excellent results.


All students will receive their results and a certificate.


We are very proud of our students’ efforts.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

House Netball

After five rounds of matches, the finals for House Netball were completed last week. It was great to see the large number of students participating and excellent House spirit on display. Most games were closely contested, with several results being decided by one or two goals. With two winning teams, St Louis finished in first place and Loreto in second. Well done to all students who represented their Houses and a special congratulation to the St Louis students. Thanks to Sport Captains Jamie and Michael for their efforts in organising the competition.


Year 7:    Loreto

Year 8:    St Louis

Year 9:    Loreto

Year 10:   Koolyangarra

Year 11: St Louis


  1st: St Louis
2nd: Loreto

Jodi Power and Tony Yates

House Sport Competition Coordinators

$20 Boss Challenge

The Year 10 cohort have taken part in the Foundation for Young Australians $20 Boss Challenge this term. Throughout this program students learnt entrepreneurial skills and the importance of research, planning, budgeting, marketing, advertising and many more key business skills.


Each group of Year 10 students set up a ‘Mini Business’ during this term and all money raised goes to charity. This year we had numerous initiatives such as Bees Wax Wraps, Lip Balm, Natural Body Scrubs, Protein Balls, No Waste Brownies and a Car Wash.


Each group did extremely well and is commended for their efforts. I would like to give a special mention to Declan Fyneman, Christo Fuller, Benji Fuller, Tadhg Archer, Dean Classen, Joshua Dowdall and Osmar Contreras Luna who spent several Saturdays washing cars, raising $2000 for charity.


Well done to all students involved and a big thank you to the Year 10 Pathway Planning teachers.


Joanne McLoughlin
Assistant Deputy Principal, Year 10


ATAR Year 11 Chemistry

Students in ATAR Year 11 Chemistry learn that understanding chemical structures and processes can help address global challenges such as climate change and security of water, food and energy supplies. There is a pressing need for innovative scientific solutions that design processes, develop management plans and create alternative approaches that maximise the efficient use of Earth’s finite resources.


As part of Unit 2 Science as a Human Endeavour, students look at the supply of potable water, its sources, and how water is made potable. To support this learning, students this week visited the Water Corporation Beenyup Groundwater Treatment Plant. They toured the facility and learnt about the many processes that Water Corporation uses to provide a high standard of water supply. One interesting learning was that, in order to provide Perth with efficient and good quality water, the Water Corporation plans its infrastructure requirements 50 years into the future.


A big thank you to Helen Etty for her help on the day.

Julie Bosnich
Teacher, Science

Congratulations to our students of French for the excellent results in the Alliance Française Examination

Every year since 1911, the Alliance Française High-school Examinations have provided French language students with a serious, reliable and objective way to assess their level as well as give both students and teachers additional motivation for practice in class. 2019 is the 108th Alliance Française High School Examination.” (


Congratulations to the following Year 10 students of French on their excellent results:

Catherina Sossa Gongora: High Distinction

Rebecca Harsanyi: High Distinction

Harry Flynn: Distinction

Benjamin Negus: Distinction

Kiran Tandon: Distinction

Jacob Bell: Distinction

Congratulations to the following Year 11 students of French on their excellent results:

James Brigg: High Distinction

Shenae Godwin: Distinction

Harry Ostler: Distinction

Congratulations to the following Year 12 students of French on their excellent results:

Caitlin Egan Martinez: High Distinction

Katie Newton: High Distinction

Nicolas Evans: Distinction


Special commendations to Dara Fournier who, not only received a High Distinction, but her examination result was in the top 3% of the state. An outstanding result!


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Year 12 Trial WACE Examinations

Our Year 12 students are halfway through the completion of their trial WACE examinations. They will complete the remaining examinations in the second week of the school holidays in the TMEC. We wish them luck in their preparation and completion of these assessments. Students completing ATAR courses will return to school on Tuesday 15 October where they will receive valuable feedback on their examinations.

Year 12 practical ATAR examinations

We wish our Year 12 students who have practical ATAR examinations during the school holidays the best of luck. We trust that your hard work and preparation throughout the year will culminate in a successful examination.


If students do encounter any sickness or misadventure that impacts on their ability to complete the practical examination they need to complete a Sickness/Misadventure Application Form available on the SCSA website and submit it to SCSA as soon as possible after the examination. The form can be accessed here: Sickness/Misadventure Form.

Year 11 students

The College encourages all Year 11 students to ensure they effectively use these school holidays to prepare for the remainder of the school year. Year 11 students have four weeks of classes next term before they begin their end of year examinations. This school break is a great opportunity to take time to refresh, to organise their study notes, to plan their study approach for the four weeks of next term and to catch up on any missed work or concepts that require clarification.


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Many thanks for coming along to support your children and our school at Open Night this week– your presence and generosity of time was greatly appreciated!


Congratulations to all the students! We are very proud of their hard work, positivity and enthusiasm for learning.


A sincere thank you to our wonderful staff, who once again went ‘above and beyond’ to be able to provide this special opportunity for our families. I’m sure all parents and grandparents were very impressed by the students’ learning journey, as well as, the changes we have made to the furniture in various classroom environments.


Many thanks also to Mrs Haydon, Mr Johnston, Mr Cross, Mrs Jennings and Mr Pitt for preparing our choirs and instrumentalists so well for their performances.



Meeting new and different people is a part of life and it is our role as parents and teachers to support children through change rather than protect them from it. I ask all parents to trust that the class your child is going into next year is one in which they will thrive. It is important to note that parental requests can only be met in exceptional circumstances and emails or letters requesting a particular teacher or placement with a best friend does not constitute an exceptional circumstance. Early notification of class lists will not be provided. Parents can feel confident that their children will always be in good hands and receive an excellent education at John XXIII.


This afternoon we enjoyed the Footsteps Dance Showcase and thanks to our talented and enthusiastic students we celebrated the end of the term in fine style.


We can now look forward to the holidays and relax in readiness for the final term of the year. Happy Holidays!


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary



Congratulations to Mr Steve Williams and his family on the safe arrival of baby Louis!

Dates to Remember

Tuesday 15 October

Start of Term 4

Thursday 17 October

Grandparents’ Picnic

Monday 21 October

Art Exhibition Official Opening 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Thursday 24 October

Year 4 Excursion Brownes Dairy


Please check the College Website for Term 4 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.


Australian Girls Choir

On Thursday over sixty girls from Pre-Primary to Year Six took part in a workshop run by the Australian Girls Choir. An experienced tutor gave the girls a short assessment involving rhythm, pitch and movement activities.  Personalised reports will be sent to the parents of each participant.


There will be an Australian Girls Choir Open Day on Sunday, 3 November in Subiaco from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.  For further information regarding the Open Day, please contact Mrs Haydon at


Catherine Haydon

Primary Liturgical Singing & Choir Specialist

IPSHA Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all our students who proudly represented the College at the IPSHA Athletics Carnival last Thursday.  Even with rain and windy conditions, the competitors performed extremely well. 


The photo gallery below displays our students in action!



Swimming Stars

Four of our Primary Students competed in the Swimming WA Junior Short Course Championships last weekend.  The students produced some amazing personal best times and awarded medals for their magnificent efforts.  Congratulations to Sylvia Czajko (6B), Taj Dorrington (5G), Matthew Mignacca (5B) and Bianca Petsos (6G). 


Sylvia Czajko (6B)

Silver Medal – 50 Breaststroke

Bronze Medal – 50 Freestyle

Silver Medal – 4 x 50 Freestyle Relay

Silver Medal – 4 x 50 Medley Relay

Silver Medal – 4 x 50 Mixed Freestyle Relay

7 Personal Best times

Taj Dorrington (5G)

Bronze Medal – 100 Individual Medley

Silver Medal – 4 x 50 Medley Relay

Bronze Medal – 4 x 50 Freestyle Relay

Bronze Medal – 4 x 50 Mixed Freestyle Relay

4 Personal Best times

Matthew Mignacca (5B)

1 Personal Best time

Bianca Petsos (6G)


Gold Medal - 200 Backstroke

Gold Medal - 400 Freestyle

Gold Medal - 800 Freestyle (State Record time of 9:41.99)

Silver Medal - 200 Freestyle

Silver Medal - 100 Backstroke

Silver Medal - 4 x 50 Freestyle Relay

Bronze Medal - 200 Individual Medley

Personal Best times in all 9 events



Water Polo

On Wednesday 25 September 2019, 11 Year 9 girls competed in the School Sport Water Polo 9/10 Championship. The competition had a total of 9 schools involved and the girls showed great stamina having to play 8 x 20 minute games in a row. At the end of the day the girls finished on the podium in third place not far behind Melville and Newman College. All of the girls worked incredibly well together throughout the day, showing great team spirit and sportsmanship. Thank you to Miss Jessica Pillera for supervising and coaching our girls on the day.


Our Years 9/10 boys water polo team came home victorious as the 2019 Water Polo Champion School! Well done to all players and their coach Mr Mitchell Osborn.



Sara Kononen

Head of Sport


Congratulations to the Claremont Colts who won their grand final appearance at Optus Stadium last weekend. John XXIII boys playing on the day include Year 12 students, Jake Wilson and Logan Young. 


Music - Week 30

Grandparent’s Picnic

The annual Grandparent’s Picnic on Thursday 17 October will feature performances by Primary Ensembles according to the following schedule:


  • 12:45 – 1:00pm           Year 5 and Year 6 Band
  • 1:00 – 1:15pm             Mini Minors and String Orchestra
  • 1:15 – 1:30pm             Wanju Voices and Primary Singers

Please contact the Music Department with any queries.


Year 11 Recital Night

Applications for the Year 11 Recital Night on Sunday 27 October are now available through tutors and the Music Office. This performance opportunity is open to any Year 11s who undertake vocal or instrumental lessons, with applications due Monday 21 October.

Year 10 Recital Night

Applications for the Year 10 Recital Night on Wednesday 30 October are now available through tutors and the Music Office. This performance opportunity is open to any Year 10s who undertake vocal or instrumental lessons, with applications due Friday 25 October.

Performance Uniforms

Any secondary ensemble members who have not yet collected their Performance Uniforms, please see Ms Gratton in the Music Office.


Years 8-9 performance - Charlotte's Web

Congratulations and well done to the whole cast and crew of the Years 8/9 Production, Charlotte’s Web. The performances last Thursday and Friday nights were outstanding. Laura Furse directed an energetic, fun, well-paced professional play that was full of dynamic acting and a fantastic visual aesthetic. Kiri Moore should also be commended for the terrific set and costume design. A big thank you to Jeff Jansen and his team for the lighting, sound and set construction. It was a very polished production and a great showcase of the talent in Years 8 and 9. The cast created great live action versions of the beloved literary characters and should be commended for their commitment to rehearsals and for their passion, discipline and enthusiasm during the performances. They contributed to a very successful production. Well done to all and to the supportive audiences.



Last weekend our Year 7 Opti-MINDS team of Meg Cleary, Maya Mintz, Hannah Johnson, Alejandra Recinos and Sara Lazareski performed with distinction at the WA Finals at Curtin University. Competing in the strong Language-Literature Division II they won Honours Awards and were the top Year 7 team in this prestigious WA competition.  Warmest thanks to parents who supported the team on the day.

Updated information was sent out this week  to families of students participating in this year’s World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University in November, and the 2020 Space Camp in the Term One holidays next year. Students and parents are urged to check emails regularly, and to make sure Passports and ESTA USA Visa-waivers are organised and up to date.


Warmest thanks to everyone who competed in the John XXIII Chess Championship run by Magis.  Winners were

Year 11: Dominic McCleary

Year 10: Tom Kitchen

Year 9:  Charlie Griffiths

Year 8: Seb Raj

Year 7: Ted Hopkins


Term 3 has been an excellent one for Magis. Apart from WADL Debating, Opti-MINDS, the Challenges and the Chess, highlights have included an excellent Magis Camp, a very successful World Scholar’s Cup Sydney Tour, and the exciting Bell Shakespeare performances for Years 7 and 8 Magis students. 

Highlights for next term will include the World Scholar’s Cup Years 8 and 10 teams competing at Yale, the Tournament of Minds STEM team competing in the nationals in Hobart, the second semester Personal Project Display, and of course the final Magis Awards Presentations.

Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator

Magis Awards Breakfast 2019

The Magis Awards Breakfast will now be held on the first Thursday of  Term Four, 17 October at 7:30am in the Library.


 Major Awards including Magis Champion Scholar for each year group will be presented, along with semester two awards for WADL debating teams, Magis  Academic knowledge and Creativity Challenges, Chess, Parliamentary Debating, the World Scholar’s Global Round plus special awards.  Sixty students are on the awards list, and invitations to parents are being sent out.


Please note that some award winners are not Magis students but have succeeded in Magis run events.

Pathways and Transition

Open Day & Events



Events for future students
Open Day Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 11 August 
South West Sunday 25 August
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Events for future students
Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  2019


Events for future students


Open Day  Peninsula Saturday 3 August
Caulfield & Clayton Sunday 4 August
Parkville Sunday 18 August


Events for future students



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Netball Club

An amazing day of netball in beautiful netball weather last Saturday. All of our teams played incredibly well.


CONGRATULATIONS to Year 9 Tiger Eye who won a hard battle against Classics 37 - 34.  

Sophie Baron-Hay, Shenae Baker, Laura Bantock, Hannah Giannas, Anna Peachey, Jade Randall, Victoria Reading, Mia Rackich, Iris Townsend, Coach Natasha Krilitich.


CONGRATULATIONS to Eliza Thompson who was awarded the PNA Lynne Moore Umpiring Scholarship. So proud of all your achievements this year in umpiring. You've worked so hard on your umpire pathway. Keep bringing that big smile to the court! Well done.


CONGRATULATIONS to our Coordinator, Alisha Allen, who was awarded PNA Life Membership for her long service and achievements in netball. 


We hope you all had a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing you on court next year.


Yours in Netball

Milissa Jagers

Rowing Club

Rowing Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting is on the 29 October 7:00pm in the Circle of Friends Café.  We will call for nominations to committee positions prior to this meeting.

Post season land training available

If your child is wanting to continue some training over the off season and also hang out with their rowing mates; Jerram Gibson has organised three land training sessions a week after school on a Monday (Boys), Tuesday (Girls) and Wednesday (Boys) for Rowing Students.  Your child should have all the details.

Family Zone & Cyber Safety

Download Family Zone 

Make use of the Family Zone Accounts which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free, as part of our College contract negotiations until 2020.


By setting up a private Family Zone account, you can apply age-appropriate parental controls on every device your child has access to, in any location. To find out more visit



Family Zone Webinar recordings

For those that were unable to make the Family Zone webinars, we have recorded both sessions for you to view in your own time, and they are available here:

 Webinar topics are:

  • Getting Started with Family Zone 
  • Advanced with Family Zone

Is "teen brain" really a thing?

A new book is subtitled “why screens are making your teenager depressed, anxious, and prone to lifelong addictive illnesses - and how to stop it now.”


Wow. Really? 


David Gillespie’s Teen Brain has received plenty of attention in the media - and with claims as big as that, it’s no wonder.


But experts are dubious about many of the book’s sweeping generalisations and reliance on what one academic expert calls “dodgy science.” 


Maybe that’s not surprising. David Gillespie’s online bio describes him as “a recovering corporate lawyer, former co-founder of a successful software company and an investor in several software startups.” So science of any kind does not appear to be his strong suit. 


In a recent review in The Conversation, Sarah Loughran, a research fellow at the University of Wollongong with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, examines the evidence for Gillespie’s headline-grabbing assertions and finds the line between social science and sensationalism can get blurred.

Take Gillespie’s definition of puberty, for example: a period in which all “males turn into large, hairy, smelly beasts with no impulse control and a desire for danger and sex.” 


Amusing? Possibly. Sexist? Probably. Scientific? Um, hardly.


And that would be okay, except that Teen Brain purports to deliver data, not opinion or commentary. And far too many of its claims about screen-time, and its pernicious effects on our kids’ brains, are equally unsubstantiated and over-the-top.


Some key assertions are lacking in evidence entirely, notes Loughran - such as the throwaway line that the stimulation we get from caffeine “is identical” to the “dopamine-stimulating apps installed on your child’s device.” 


In other cases, the relevant research has been misrepresented or misread. Take the claim that teen anxiety has tripled between 2003 and 2011, for example. 


In fact, the data shows that anxiety diagnoses over that period have remained completely stable. The presentation of anxiety symptoms has multiplied - but that has been attributed to increased awareness by GPs and increased likelihood that teens will seek help. 


But then he goes further. Not only is your child’s iPad is “delivering” mental illness, but excessive screen-time is also directly to blame for higher rates of suicide and self-harm among today’s young people. 

This despite the fact that nearly all experts have cautioned - repeatedly - that such behaviours are complex and multi-causal, and can never be reduced to simple a cause-and-effect relationship with screen-time. 


Observes Loughran, “The real shame overall is that the key message, that we should limit our teens’ screen time, is actually a good one.”


Experts agree: It’s almost certainly the case that excessive use of devices is having an impact on teens’ wellbeing - anxiety and depression included.


But alarmist tracts like Teen Brain will not help us understand that impact or how to help our kids, Loughran concludes. Parents are understandably fearful, and fear tends to draw us to easy answers.

"This kind of communication only serves to perpetuate fear and create anxiety – the exact things that the author claims his book will fix.”


Community Liturgy

Thank you to students and teachers from Year 8 who prepared our beautiful liturgy this morning. This morning we also recognised our Secondary Altar Servers who are rostered to assist at the Community Masses each week.  Our Community Masses are enriched by the commitment of these students as well as their parents.  

Community Liturgy will resume Friday 18 October. It will be prepared by Year 7 students.


Community Liturgy summary

  • Where:                 College Chapel
  • Time:                     8:00am – 8:30 am
  • When:                   every Friday in term time

Sacrament Program

Congratulations to students and their families who have celebrated the sacraments in their parishes in recent weeks.


Year 4 student, Clare Stout, made her First Communion at St Patrick’s Basilica in Fremantle.


The following Year 3 students celebrated their First Reconciliation at St Joseph’s in Subiaco: 

  • Hudson Grabham
  • Nicholas Maroni
  • Matilda Martin
  • Olivia Pronk
  • Alessio Torre
  • Cooper Tout

GOOD NEWS for Season of Creation*

This week’s reflection, from Father Andrew Hamilton SJ, is a reflection on the prayer intention of Pope Francis for the month of September.  The Pope’s intention is “that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans”.  See short video here:


Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian, a writer and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.


Pope Francis consistently invites us to look beyond ourselves, our narrow interests and convenience to look at our relationships to other people and our world. We then move away from exploiting people and things for our own benefit and begin to ask how we can serve the common good.  We become responsible, aware of the costs of acting irresponsibly.


In Australia we are experiencing the costs of inattention through the crisis in handling rubbish. For long we threw it in the bin; councils hired people to take it to dumps; dump owners exported it to poorer nations who bore with its toxic effects. Now other nations refuse to accept it and we face the costs of our profligate packaging, premature replacing, non-composting and other behaviour that fill garbage trucks and pollute our environment.


Pope Francis asks us to pray this month for the care of the oceans. He attributes their need for care to inattentive relationships, and he believes that their protection will depend on the cooperation of politicians, scientists and economists. And ultimately, of course, on ourselves for educating the scientists, checking the economists and electing the politicians.


We can neglect the oceans because they are so great that we do not notice their limits. At first sight they may seem to form a splendid rubbish dump. The tide comes in to collect what is on the beach and takes it out to places out of sight and out of mind. Our sewerage, our plastic bags and factory effluents and mining tailings can wash down drains, find their way into streams and bays, and finally be magically taken away by our friendly oceans. And of course where better for ships to dump their rubbish and wash out their tanks?


Now, however, it is clear that the pollution of streams affects the spawning grounds of fish in many places and so the future supply of fish. The build-up of plastic disposed of in the sea also affects marine life.


We can see in the oceans, too, a never-ending source of food. They provide fish and once provided employment for fishermen who live around our coasts. Now the harvesting of food has become more sophisticated and conducted by large fleets with factory vessels, affecting the small- scale fishing in developing nations and threatening many species of fish.


Oceans have also been seen as Mr Reliable by householders. Each day they roll on to our shores and retreat, providing recreation, housing and employment at seaside suburbs and settlements. As the effects of global warming are felt more widely, however, seas will rise to threaten beaches, houses and roads around the world, and with them the insurance companies on which builders and buyers rely.


Those are some of the crises affecting the oceans. Pope Francis prays that politicians, scientists and economists will work together to support them. These groups of people have a central place in the networks of relationships on which the oceans depend. Scientists are in the best position to identify what is happening to the oceans. Economists can estimate the financial benefit that the oceans bring to human beings around the world, the costs of pollution and of exploitation of the oceans and the resources saved by quick action. Politicians can publicise and endorse the results of research, and ensure that those who have polluted the oceans, melted the ice, used the seas as rubbish bins and exhausted the stocks of fish are prevented from continuing to do so.


To serve us sustainably oceans need our attention, our respect and our cooperation.


© Andrew Hamilton


*The Church Season of Creation is a time for Christians to especially offer thanks and intercession on behalf of the earth and the poor of the earth, remembering that God’s grace is active in Creation. 


Healthy food and drink choices

Children’s energy needs for a busy day at school require them to eat a variety of foods. Factors that determine the amount children eat include age, sex and physical activity level. Children will have the best chance of getting all the nutrition they need if they are offered a variety of tasty and healthy foods every day which reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents.


It is crucial that meals are nutritious, whether brought from home or purchased from the school canteen. All meals should reflect healthy food choices.


Attached is some information on planning a healthy lunchbox.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Nutrition Australia

College Charter Bus

John XXIII College offers Horizons West private bus services taking children to and from school. Currently we run a Southern route through Swanbourne, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, North Fremantle and East Fremantle. We are pleased to extend this service to the north (Floreat, City Beach, Wembley Downs, Scarborough, Doubleview, Woodlands) and the east (Floreat, Churchlands, Wembley, West Leederville) to allow more families the opportunity to make use of this private, safe and convenient bus service.


The service is safe and an affordable option for all primary and secondary students.


Tickets are available for purchase for $2.50 each way from the main administration reception on Mooro Drive, Mount Claremont.


To find out more information about the specific stops and times in your area please view the PDF below


Have you got the Horizon West Bus App

The Horizon West’s bus tracking app will help to revolutionise morning routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus locations across our three John XXIII College bus services.


The app is free in the App Store and Google Play. If you’re ready to simplify your mornings and get a little peace of mind at the same time, simply download the app to show the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map.


Further details are available in SEQTA.

Updated Bus Routes

Please note that in Term 4 - the updated departure time for all buses leaving the College will be 3:30pm. 



Term 4 Summer Menu 2019

Please find below a link to the menu change for Term 4.


Canteen opening hours

  • Breakfast: 8:00am to 8:45am
  • Recess: 10:40am to 11:00am
  • Lunch: 12:50pm to 1:25pm

Ordering online

How to get started:

  • Visit
  • Sign up by completing the registration form
  • Receive a confirmation email with activation link
  • Activate your account and login to the website
  • Add your children and credit to your account
  • Order at your convenience (up to four weeks in advance)

How to activate your Smart Rider card:

  • Log on to your account
  • Go to the ‘Students’ tab and select the student
  • Select ‘Register Students Card’ and complete the fields

Uniform Shop

During the Term  we are open the following hours:

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

Open on Monday 14 October

The Uniform Shop will be open for one day only during the school holidays, on Monday  14 October from 8:00am to 5:45pm.

Summer uniform - Term 4

Just a reminder that the Summer uniform is to be worn in Term 4.


Parents' Association

John XXIII Parents’ Association

In Term 4 last year the John XXIII Parents’ Association funded the purchase of sewing machines for the Technologies and Enterprise Department, and we were pleased to receive the following message of appreciation from Kathryn Casey, Design and Technology Teacher:


"I just wanted to express my gratitude again for the funding of the Textiles equipment by the Parents' Association. With your help, we have been able to increase class sizes and we now have new Year 8 and Year 11 Textiles classes. We have also been able to sew heavier weight fabrics using the industrial machine during the duffle bag project, and Year 11 students have had the opportunity to experience industry-level equipment. I have attached some photos of the T&E students with their products. Our Year 8 students are creating a custom, embellished pencil case and the Year 9 students pictured are in their completed hoodies. The Year 10s are holding their duffle bags and are also pictured in their completed bomber jackets."



If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 4, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed (you can download one from the school website, or below). Submit to . The deadline for Term 4 Funding submissions is Friday 1 November.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee


Inigo Parent Talks

Ignatian Induction Program for Parents

All John XXIII College staff and parents are given the opportunity to participate in the Ignatian Induction Program.

The modules aim to provide staff and parents with the essence of the ethos of John XXIII College. They are a great opportunity to learn about lgnatian Spirituality and meet other parents to explore spirituality within an lgnatian context.


The program consists of six independent content modules with a certificate issued upon completion of all six modules.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Murray Graham by email or phone 9383 0444.

John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

60 Year Class 1959 Loreto Claremont/Nedlands

  • A lunch will be held on Thursday 17 October, 2019. 
  • To register interest or for further information, contact 
  • Liz Prendergast 0412 642 256
  • Mary Graeme 0428 338 285


10 Year Class 2009 Reunion


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion


40 Year Class 1979 Reunion

  • Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:00pm
  • Athol Hobbs Room, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 
  • For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 


45 Year Class 1974 St Louis Reunion

  • Friday 18 October at 1:00pm
  • Cottesloe Hotel
  • For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Claremont Reunion 

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Nedlands

  • Monday 16 December at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College

Community Notices

New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ

The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite you to hear New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ at two free events in Perth.

Michele is a Sister of St Joseph of Lochinvar NSW and has studied in Melbourne, Chicago and Berkeley. She has taught at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2001.

  • Friday 25 October 6-9pm - WOMEN in the CHURCH: REFLECTIONS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT - men and women invited. Light refreshments served from 5.30pm.
  • Saturday 26 October 9.30 - 4pm - WOMEN and the GOSPEL OF MARK: INSIGHTS FOR TODAY - a day for women. Light refreshments served from 9am. Light lunch included.

Both events will be held at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St Leederville. 

RSVP by 21 October. Email:; Phone: 08 9397 5988; SMS: 0400 886 835.

2019 Footsteps Costume Requirements (Parents).pdf
2019 Footsteps Showcase Running Order.pdf
Packing a school lunchbox.pdf
Packing a school lunchbox.pdf
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
Term 4 Summer 2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Charlottes web program.pdf
John XXIII Senior Boys USA Basketball Tour - Wine Fundraiser Flyer.pdf