05 May 2017
Issue Twelve
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Pathways and Transition
Music - Week 12
Parent Association
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Into The Woods

Congratulations to the students, staff and families involved in last week’s outstanding production of ‘Into the Woods’. The talent and dedication of our students was complemented by our highly professional staff.  I would also like to acknowledge the Friends of Music and Drama (FOMAD) for their contribution to the success of the production.


I have had the pleasure of attending many school productions over the years but I have never seen a performance at this level. We were thrilled to acknowledge Director Mr George Tsakisiris, staff involved, the talented Cast, Crew and Musicians at assembly this week.


Use Of Social Media

Our new Marketing and Communications Manager, Mr Chris Richards-Scully has been busy revamping a number of our communication forums in the past few months. In particular, we are promoting Social Media as one mechanism to engage with our wider College community.


Mr Richards-Scully has provided the following brief summary:

‘Our College Facebook page allows our community to keep up to date with activities at the College, news, events, Alumni news and the occasional video.  The Instagram page has been embraced by our staff, who are enjoying sharing the vibrant daily life at the College.

 Our Twitter page will be used for instant news, updates from sporting carnivals or other events and another way to get instant messages out to our community.

We understand that not everyone in our community will be using all the social media channels, but by providing them we hope members of our community will discover their preference. 


Instagram:  johnxxiii_college

Twitter:  @JTC_johnxxiii



John XXIII College expects that our families’ online behavior reflects the same standards of respect, consideration, responsibility and maturity that are required when communicating in person.  Please ‘Like’, ‘Share’ and ‘Follow’; tell all your friends and watch as the John XXIII story continues to grow’.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It is that time of year when all Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will complete the NAPLAN testing. The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be held on Tuesday 9 May, Wednesday 10 May, Thursday 11 May. These tests assess the students’ knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.


Tests are a normal part of the teaching and learning cycle at school. We want our students to do their personal best, however there is no need to put them under any extra pressure. Our message to the children is to stay calm, read the questions carefully, check your work and do your personal best.


Please make sure your children are well-rested and eat a healthy breakfast so that they can work at their optimum during the test period. The results of the tests will be received later in the year and provide a snapshot of the students’ learning which can be used to improve student achievement.


Many Kindy parents gathered on Thursday night to participate in Sue Beurteaux's Occupational Therapy workshop. We all left the workshop much wiser and grateful to Sue for sharing her wisdom regarding helping children build strong fine motor foundations.


This morning I had the pleasure of attending the Year 4G Assembly. Ms O’Connor and the fantastic fours put so much effort into preparing for their special presentation. The students were engaged and participated fully in the performance.  It was wonderful to see a large attendance of parents and grandparents to support our students and staff.

An important reminder, all Mothers are warmly invited to our Mass for Mothers followed by morning tea in the Exhibition Centre next Friday 12 May. To assist with catering, it would be appreciated if you could RSVP by next Monday 8 May (see invitation below for details).



Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Our Future Engineers

To engage the students’ passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), our Year 3’s participated in a hand-on workshop to make lego vehicles powered with a battery. They proudly raced their vehicles around the classroom.



Ruby Townsend
Emily Archibald
Ashleigh Gope
Owen Burns


Amelia Biagi
Harmony Godwin
Jay Griffiths
Leon Raykos



Ruby Scott
Alessio Torre


Elsa Engelbrecht
Felix McGinty


Stella Fullerton
Liam Burns


Arabella Buzzard
Benjamin Arundell
Charlie Lennon


Olivia Eastman
Aria MacMillan
Joshua McGlew


Elise Kwei
Elijah Zuvela


Thomas Townsend
Mark Bontempo
Miranda Clyne


Ethan Williams
Jackson Bosnich
Ella Matthews
Luke Green


Tiffany Bosanac
Thaddeus Ford
Braden Fyneman
Frederick Gleghorn


Olivia Psaila-Savona
Angelique Watson
Tenley Burton


Sophia Defrancesco
Gus Kenny


Elizabeth Edwards



Photo Day

This coming Tuesday, 9 May, is photo day for secondary students. The day will begin with the SRC photo at 8am and this will be followed by the Year 12 group photo.


Individual photos will be taken at the following times:

Year 7              Period 4
Year 8              Period 2
Year 9              Period 6
Year 10            Period 3
Year 11            Period 5
Year 12            Period 1


Uniform requirements for the day are as follows:


Winter Uniform – Blazer, College shirt, College tie, College trousers, College socks, lace up black leather shoes, plain black belt with plain buckle

Hair must be neat as per Uniform Policy


Winter Uniform – Blazer, new College blouse, College tie, College skirt, College navy tights, lace up black leather shoes

Hair neat and tied back off the face with either navy blue ribbon, scrunchy or elastic band


Sibling photos will be taken before school and at recess on Friday 12 May. Catch-up photos will also happen on this day.



Recently, there has been media coverage about the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The series depicts a young woman who suicides after outlining 13 ‘reasons’ for her death. While some people believe the show allows authentic conversations about suicide, others believe it exposes viewers to harmful suicide messages and imagery.


The documents below, produced by Headspace and Mental First Aid Australia, may be of assistance to parents who wish to discuss the series with their children.


Kathleen Negus

Vice Principal – Head of Secondary



Year 7 - Shark Tank

Year Seven kicked off the new term with the finals of our Shark Tank presentations. One representative group from each class pitched their new products to an expert panel. The creativity and quality of presentations was outstanding. Many thanks to Mr Matthew Green, Ms Philippa Everett and Dr Lydia Kilcullen for sharing their experience and expertise with us.

Deacon Aaron Peters

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 7


Musical 2017 - Into The Woods

Last week the College musical Into the Woods opened. It was a highly successful season. Congratulations and well done to all involved for their outstanding and much appreciated contribution.


A huge thank you to the following people:


Parents for all of their help with hair, costume changes and serving interval refreshments.


FOMAD for coordinating Front of House.


Ric Del Pizzo and Chris Reimer for their work with Front of House.

Alumni for their expertise with Make Up (Claire Knight and Lily Kenny) and Lighting (Tim Bonser and Daniel Paparo).


The fantastic band, led by James Kros, for the incredible music.

Jeff Jansen for all of his extraordinary work on the production. Tom Anderson-King for all of his hard work assisting Jeff.


Brad Serls for the terrific photography.

The hard working backstage crew, make up and technical crew of students.


Kaitlyn Green for her endless work backstage.


Juliet Owen for her perfect choreography.


David Dockery for his amazing musical direction.


Kiri Moore for her tireless work and imagination in costume, poster and set design.


The brilliantly gifted, talented and passionate cast who were a joy to work with and produced performances beyond school level.


“Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.”


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Sharing A Letter From Japan

One of the best things about learning a second language is being able to expand your horizons as soon as you leave school! Why not take a year off and work overseas? Here is an excerpt from an email from Jessica Mitchell who graduated in 2016 and has already landed a job in Japan.


“At the moment I’m an Intern at Baiko Gakuin for six months. At first, half a year seemed like a long time and it was scary to move to another country with a different language, but so far I’m having a blast! It’s so good to experience another culture and it really opens your eyes to endless possibilities, interesting people and all the places the rest of the world has to offer.


I went on the Study Tour to Japan in Year 10 and ever since I’ve wanted to return. One of the main reasons is because I love Japanese food! Besides, Japan is just a wicked place to be.


I left school last year and in was no mood to go straight back into study. Luckily, I heard about this internship program. So right now, I’m living in a small (though by my standards it’s huge) Japanese city located on the coast called Shimonoseki and this is living!! I get to work at the university student services and in the English Department as well as at Baiko kindergarten with all the cute kiddies.


I’m having an awesome experience and would recommend it as 10/10 to a friend.”



NAS trials are currently underway for Term Two, winter sports, from Year 7 to 12. NAS fixtures begin Week 3 on Monday 8 May against Servite College. Fixtures and details for the season have been emailed to students and parents once trials for their year group have been completed. Good luck to all students involved and thank you for representing John XXIII College

Interschool Cross Country Training (Years 7-12)

Term Two cross country training will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Interschool team has been selected from the results of our House Country Carnival. Students involved have been notified in homeroom. Please note, whilst training is aimed towards helping our athletes compete their best at the carnivals, training is still open to all students form Year 7 – 12.

AFL - First XVIII 

Fixtures for the 1st XVIII AFL are on the online College calendar under sport. Games will be Wednesday afternoon in Term Two. Training is on Wednesday morning from 7:00 – 8:00am.


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

Student Successes

Congratulations to Dylan Paull and James Hackett who represented Western Australia at the Australian National U15 Boys Hockey Championships in Sydney during the April holidays.  The team won the Bronze Medal after losing only one game during entire competition.


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

Interhouse Cross Country Carnival

Clear blue skies welcomed all students and staff to the 2017 Father Gaetan Pereira Cross Country.

In the spirit of the day, the House War Cries set the scene for energy, enthusiasm and good old fashion hard work and effort.

The perfect conditions saw many hotly contested races, with some exceptional times recorded

At the mid point of the Cross Country, house points saw an eight point lead to Campion, just edging out Loyola.  Once again, Koolyangarra dug deep and ran hard in all senior races to see themselves take out 1st place just ahead of Ward.

The popular Spirit Award went to Loreto who have claimed this award back to back from the Swimming Carnival. All eyes will be on the upcoming Athletics Carnival to see if both Koolyangarra and Loreto can take a clean sweep of the Carnivals.


Congratulations to all students on a fantastic day of running. Overall the energy and enthusiasm shown in both the race and the novelty events was excellent.




Ms Lorrelle Fortune

Head of Health and Physical Education

Pathways and Transition



Music - Week 12

Autumn Soiree

One of the largest concerts of the year – the Autumn Soiree – is fast approaching! On Sunday, 21 May the College’s senior Large Ensembles will be performing in Roncalli Hall. The concert features performances by the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Senior Guitar Ensemble and Swing Band on a night packed with incredible music and talent. Entry will be via gold coin donation with no booking required, and refreshments served beforehand. All are welcome!


Music Eisteddfod

Entries for the John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod are now open! This year’s eisteddfod is scheduled for Sunday, 18 June and Monday, 19 June, when guest adjudicators are invited to provide positive feedback for performers. Last year saw a record number of participants, and we invite all musicians to submit entries in the vocal, percussion, strings, wind and brass, piano and guitar sections to perform and earn points for their house! Each section is divided into Junior and Senior, and parents and friends are encouraged to fill up the audience in support – music will be echoing from every corner of the college! Winners for each section are invited to perform at the Eisteddfod Winners’ Concert on Sunday, 25 June, where they will also receive their trophy.


Entry forms for the Music Eisteddfod are available through the Music Office or from music staff, with submissions closing on Friday, 26 May. Junior entries incur a $3.00 entry fee, and senior entries $5.00. Piano accompaniment can be provided – free of charge – for all entries. With any queries, please contact the Music Department:


James Kros

Director of Music


Save The Date

10, 20 & 30 Year Reunions are scheduled for Saturday evening 4 November 2017.

Further enquiries, please email the Alumni office


Anna Gingell (Class 1978)

Alumni Development

(08) 9383 0520

0437 207 089

Parent Association


Community Notices

Behaviour Tonics

1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent Course.

To help manage difficult behaviour in children 2 to 12yrs.

7:00pm to 9:30pm.


$180pp or $340 per couple

Wed 17, 24 and 31 May

Thurs 8, 15 and 22 June


Protective Behaviours

$65pp or $120 per couple

Tue 13 June, 6:30 to 9.30pm.


Engaging Adolescents (11 to 16yo)

$150pp or $270 per couple

Wed 14 and 21 June, 6.45 – 9.30pm.


Parenting Information Session (Including 10 take home tips)

This two hour seminar is designed to improve your knowledge

and confidence as a parent. In House only.

All courses available In House.


Private Consultations Available.

To enquire/register call 9382 1182 or


Protective Behaviours Parent Workshop

Friday 12 May 2017 6:30pm - 9.30pm

Parish Centre – below Ground Floor

St Mary’s Cathedral


Multicourse parent flyer.pdf
Details PB Workshop Cathedral 12 May 2017.pdf
Details PB Workshop Cathedral 12 May 2017.pdf
MHFA 13-reasons-why-plot-talking-points.pdf
MHFA 13-reasons-why-plot-summary.pdf
Multicourse parent flyer.pdf
MHFA 13-reasons-why-plot-summary.pdf
Multicourse parent flyer.pdf
Headspace How to talk to young people about 13 Reasons Why V1[4].pdf