15 September 2017
Issue Twenty Nine
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 29
Seek Justice
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Pilgrims On A Journey 

I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful Commissioning Mass during the week to pray for the success of our upcoming Year 11 Pilgrimages.


The John XXlll College Pilgrimage program offers the students the opportunity for growth and transformation through the experience of service, reflection and prayer. 41 Year 11 students and 12 staff members will have the opportunity to travel to the Northern Territory, Cambodia, India and Timor Leste over the next two weeks to broaden their world view and discover how they can become ‘men and women for others’ and ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’.


Our first pilgrimage was initiated by Principal Mr Greg Clune in 2000. The Pilgrimage Program aims to help staff and students:

  • Find God in all things and all things in God.
  • Develop a greater understanding of the Gospel call to justice and its reflection in the social teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • Develop an awareness of the Loreto and Jesuit works and the Charism of these orders.
  • Develop ideas about how we can respond to social justice issues of our time and become ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’.
  • Develop an appreciation of the richness of other cultures and our own cultural competencies.


The Pilgrimage itself promises to be a transformational experience. However, just as important is the extensive preparation led by our Director of Faith and Mission, Mrs Janeen Murphy. All our pilgrims have been involved in a 10 week formation course and the expectation is that on their return they will look to become engaged in our social justice initiatives.


It is also an extraordinary program for our community. Our parents have been incredibly supportive and hard working raising in excess of $24 000, through a movie night, a quiz night and a silent auction. 23 members of staff have agreed to act as Pilgrimage mentors to guide the students through the process on return to school.


As well as the weekly formation session, the Pilgrims have met with their group regularly and have also experienced a weekend retreat to assist with their preparation. They completed a Solidarity Walk to raise funds for the communities they will be visiting. The thoughts and prayers of the College Community are with all our pilgrims over the school holiday period.

Uniform Option 

Our Uniform Committee recently made a recommendation to the College Leadership Team to give our Years 7-12 girls an option from 2018 to wear trousers as part of the winter uniform. We are very respectful of the tradition associated with our uniform but we see the suggestion as being logical. Therefore, the College Leadership Team endorsed the recommendation and girls will be given the choice of wearing trousers in 2018.

‘Dance Through The Decades’ 40th Anniversary Ball

Ticket sales close Friday 22 September for our 40th Anniversary Ball ‘Dance Through the Decades’. Over 550 tickets have been sold and it promises to be a great night. More information and bookings available via this link:


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson



Around The Primary

Dear Parents


Today the Junior students celebrated Mass in our beautiful College chapel. It was wonderful to see the young children showing reverence throughout the liturgy. Special thanks to Miss Saraco and Year 1G for preparing our final Mass for the term.

Our Primary Open Night is on Monday 18 September from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. All classrooms will be available for parents to visit and to celebrate with your children their learning journey. Feel free to browse through every room not just your own child's classroom because there are wonderful things to see in every space of the school. Please extend the welcome to your wider family, it would be great to see grandparents too.


This night is part of the Primary School’s Reporting process. As such, while your child is touring you around their classroom, encourage them to explain to you their learning journey. It is important that they explain to you what they learnt and the process involved with particular learning activities.


It is important to note that Open Night is not an occasion for a brief teacher interview about your child's progress as the staff need to be available to welcome everyone visiting their classrooms. From 5:00pm onwards you might like to make way to the MacKillop Room or Library to experience some of the musical talents of our students.

 I’m sure you will find the evening an enjoyable and rewarding experience with your family.


Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary















Congratulations to the students who have been awarded Outstanding, Excellence and Merit Awards in the 2018 Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges.


Emmeline Bosnich (6B)
Sophia Defrancesco (6B)
Ben Mignacca (6B)
Luke McLernon (5G)
Sylvia Czajko (4G)



Congratulations to the following students who have entered work in this year’s Primary Angelico Exhibition.


Sylvia Czajko (4G)
Callum de Andrade (4G)
Bianca Petsos (4B)
Olivia Polini (4B)
Madison Pruiti (4B)
Caitlin Seery (4B)



Thank you for the great letters Year 4B wrote to the Club. We have put them up on the wall outside the change rooms so each time the players walk past they can read the great messages of support.


Mark LeCras was particularly impressed by the great handwriting that went into every letter. As you can see in the photo he gave everyone a great big thumbs up!


Best wishes


Richard O’Connell
General Manager – Community & Game Development









2017 Years 3-6 Inter-house Athletics Carnival

Last Thursday week the Years 3 to 6 Inter-House Athletics Carnival was held in ideal weather conditions. The competition throughout the day was close and Loreto House eventually coming out on top.


The final points were as follows:

1st Loreto (413)

2nd Campion (383)

3rd  Koolyangarra (382)

4th Ward (290)

5th St. Louis (286)

6th Loyola (180)


Throughout the carnival the leader-board kept constantly changing; however, in the end Loreto just held off the fast finishing Campion and Kooly teams. The children displayed great skill, teamwork and sportsmanship during the carnival. The ‘timing gates’ once again added real excitement and a sense of professionalism to the event. A big thank you to Chris from Timing Solutions for his excellent work on the day. A special mention to the Parents’ Association for their continued, generous sponsorship of the timing gates for the trials and the carnival.


I would like to acknowledge the wonderful efforts of the Year 6 House Captains, staff, parent volunteers and the Grounds and Maintenance team. Finally, special thanks to Karen Tighe for her wonderful commentary throughout the day.

Inter-School Athletics Carnival.


Interschool Athletics Carnival

The Inter-School Athletics Carnival was held at All Saints College yesterday. Our competitors did themselves proud and had many fantastic performances. Official results will be acknowledged in next week’s newsletter.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Co-Ordinator




Tournament Of Minds

Tournament of Minds is an international problem solving competition that encourages and develops creativity and higher order thinking amongst young people. The Tournament provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with strategies and skills, which will support future success.

This year, over 160 schools competed in regional tournaments – with only the top four schools, per learning area, going through to the Western Australian State Final. Last Sunday, 10 September at ECU Joondalup, our school had two teams compete – one in the area of Social Science, the other, for Maths Engineering. These teams consisted of seven students ranging from Years 7 to 10. 


On the morning of the State Final, teams undertook a three-hour challenge in their chosen discipline, and presented their solution in the afternoon. In addition, teams were required to participate in a Spontaneous Challenge, which tested their creativity, teamwork and ability to work under pressure.


Both teams performed extremely well on the day, but were pipped at the post for a place in the Australasian Pacific Final. At the Awards Ceremony, the Judges commented that the Social Science category was the closest fought race they had seen in years…with only a point or two separating each of the teams.

We congratulate all team members and their facilitators on receiving State Honours. It’s a wonderful achievement – well done!

2017 Social Science Team

James Green (Yr. 7)

Evie Keyte (Yr. 7)

Mackenzie Richardson (Yr. 8)

Daniel Paramor (Yr. 8)

Skye MacMillan (Yr. 8)

Amalia Olsen (Yr. 8)

Elisabeth Hughes (Yr. 9)

Facilitator: Daisy Farley (Humanities and Social Sciences)

2017 Maths & Engineering Team

Lily Convery (Yr. 7)

Euan Cowie (Yr. 7)

Lucinda Tassone (Yr. 7)

Akash Parekh (Yr. 8)

Eloise Roberts (Yr. 8)

Ben Linsten (Yr. 9)

Hamish Waller (Yr. 10)

Facilitator: Joanne McLoughlin (Mathematics)


May our young people’s creative minds continue to be challenged!!!!


Daisy Farley

Humanities and Social Sciences


ACC Athletics Team

On Wednesday 13 September the College competed at the ACC A Division Athletics Carnival. After winning B division in 2016 the challenge was to hold our place and show that we deserved our spot in A division in 2017. The timing of the carnival is not ideal, with senior students focused towards their impending WACE exams, but then again when is anything timed ideally! Our athletes were outstanding. We had some key student athletes missing due to injury or illness. But the commitment, character and ‘have a go’ attitude was a pleasure to watch. Congratulations to all the students involved in the ACC carnival. You were a credit to yourselves and represented the College with distinction. I’d also like to thank students for their commitment to training, with numbers well up on previous years. On the day John XXIII College finished 5th Overall, maintaining our position in A division for 2018.


Results for the day can be viewed via the following link;


Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 4 overall for their age division.

  • Lucille Gleghorn 1st U/14 female
  • Aislinn Morris 2nd u/15 female
  • Alexander Kirwan 3rd u/16 male
  • Ellen Robinson 2nd u/16 female
  • Rebecca Thornton 3rd Open female
  • Joseph Salt – Joe was the first inclusion competitor for John XXIII at an ACC carnival

Further congratulations to Aislinn Morris who broke the u/15 javelin record with a throw of 38.68m.


Finally I would like to thank our coaches. In particular Mr Cameron Haines who organised our early morning coaching sessions. A difficult job when you are trying to cover so many different athletic disciplines. As mentioned Term Three is a busy time, but our PE staff give their time to early morning trainings throughout Term Three whilst continuing a busy academic program. We are also blessed to have the expertise of Mr Yagan Williams, along with being a mathematical whiz, he is also an accomplished sprint coach. We were again lucky to have the services of Mr Tim Lyons and his son Hamish (class of 2016) to mentor our throwers. Previous students, Olivia Lyons (2012), Hannah Cadlolo (2014) and Christopher Capretta (2016) also lent their time to give back to the College. We also had the services of Front Runner Sport to train our distance runners. Finally we were lucky to have top WA and Australian hurdler Brianna Beahan. Brianna provided the technical expertise to succeed at one of the most difficult events.


Thank you again to all involved as we look forward to 2018.


Dave Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

Music - Week 29

Success At CAPF

Congratulations!  Year 12 student Sam Moloney was recently awarded the Sisters of St John of God Award following his performance of Gethsemane, by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. Sam was invited to perform an encore of the song, and the National Anthem at the Perth Concert Hall alongside his teacher and accompanist, Mr David Dockery.

2018 Music Subject Selection

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


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

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JTA Hockey

The JTA Women’s Turf team finished second on the ladder, beating first (Newman Knights) in the semi-final to go straight through to the grand final on Saturday where we had a 1-0 win over Joondalup – our first win against them all season (had drawn both other games). A tough game with some very tense moments like Joondalup getting a short corner in the last 30 seconds of the game. This is the team’s second premiership in a row. The team consists of players that have played for JTA since the late 90’s some starting as recently as last season, three of which are past JTC students.

JTA Mens Metro 3 took out the premiership with a 2-1 win over the top team Whitfords on Saturday 9 September. Going into the last round in fifth place the team required a win plus other results to go their way to make the finals. The team snuck into fourth by a point and proceeded to win three game straight to take out the flag. The team is made up of a mixture of players including past students and parents, some of whom have played for the JTA for up to 30 years, while for some it was their first season back since the 90’s.  A great effort from all.


For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:

Anna Gingell

Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

Or refer to the College Website.
























































Meningococcal Vaccine Catch-up day Years 10, 11 & 12

The Department of Health Immunisation Nurses will be returning to the College this Monday 18 September to administer the final HPV (Gardasil) vaccine to Year 8 students.


Meningococcal Vaccine Catch-up day Years 10 & 11


Students who were absent for the Meningococcal Vaccine day on Wednesday 9 August will need to attend catch-up vaccine day at the College this Monday 18 September.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse




Sacrament Program 


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


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

The following people can assist you:

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

  • Information from parishes on the College website.


Congratulations to the students (and their families) who will be receiving First Communion this weekend in the parish of Holy Rosary, Nedlands. Let us remember the students and families in our prayer.

‘GOOD NEWS’ for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“I tell you that you forgive not seven times but seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-35)

The reflection is part of a longer homily by Richard Leonard  for this Sunday. It is printed here with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.


In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us we should forgive each other seventy-seven times. Numbers are not randomly used in the Bible. 1, 3, 7, 12 and 40 all have specific meanings. To number something as seven is to describe it as being perfect. When we hear Jesus use this phrase we recall the story in the Book of Genesis of the seven days of creation where, on the seventh day, God looks at the result of his creative love and sees that it is very good. Jesus, using some shorthand, says that not only is forgiveness good, but that it is a creative act that gives life to the world and gives glory to those who exercise it.


In the 5th Century St Augustine said that forgiveness was like a mother who has two wonderful daughters named justice and compassion. In using such a metaphor Augustine knew that forgiveness was not a once-off event, it was a process that involved other virtues as well. Jesus teaches a similar lesson in today’s Gospel, where he uses the image of the King settling his debts. Because the King is just, compassionate and forgiving, he rightly expects that, in turn, his steward will be so as well.


It’s easy to be forgiving in the big picture. We can preach strongly about war, peace and reconciliation. It’s quite another to forgive those closest to us. Sometimes the hardest place to be compassionate and just is our own home. If we are not speaking to a husband, wife, child, parent, sibling or friend then today’s Gospel has a strong challenge right where we live.


Part of the problem is that we could have accepted the film Love Story’s motto, ‘Love means never having to say you're sorry’. This idea is many things, but it’s not Christian. For followers of Jesus the exact opposite is true. We seek opportunities to forgive and ask for forgiveness.


Jesus doesn’t tell us that forgiveness is easy, just necessary. To forgive someone in our family, our workplace, our circle of friends or in our Church is not to pretend that a sinful situation did not occur, but to face it head on and demand justice with compassion.

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For when we stand before God with the weakness and sinfulness of our own life, God will not settle old scores, take revenge and exact retribution. Rather God will be perfectly just and completely compassionate. When we choose forgiveness over revenge, and love over hate we begin to glimpse God’s creative goodness coming to perfection in us, because forgiveness is a participation in the very heart of God.

© Richard Leonard

Community Liturgy 

Next Friday, our final Community Liturgy for Term III will be prepared by Year 12 students. We  hope that students and their families will be able to take up this opportunity to celebrate Mass together in the College Chapel, and for parents to continue the celebration with coffee in the Circle of Friends café. Everyone is always welcome – whether you are one of the regulars or a first-timer. Further queries about Community Mass: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel



Pathways and Transition



This is not the complete list of alternative pathways but are the main ones.



Entry requirements for this course can vary depending on your circumstances.


Apply online via TISC.  Due to Government funding this program will be competitive.  Read the eligibility section under “How to Apply” on the above website.

For students who wish to pursue a Science, Health Sciences or Engineering degree but have little or no science or maths knowledge.


Students must have achieved a B grade in General English or a D grade for English ATAR. Students apply online through TISC.

This entry pathway is for creative students who wish to enrol in an Arts course based on motivation and potential for creative aptitude.  Apply for your specific course online through TISC.  Submit your portfolio and supporting documents by the link provided on the above website.


Students study individual units of their choice and if they complete four units and with the approval of the relevant Faculty, they may be eligible for a place at UWA. Students must have achieved WACE.


Admission into the Tertiary Pathway Program is assessed on an individual basis. Interested students apply directly to the university.


Students who successfully complete a Certificate IV level qualification, may get entry into one of the universities undergraduate courses.  Before embarking on this alternative pathway, students are advised to first contact their university of choice to confirm whether the university would accept their proposed Cert qualification.


For University pathways from: -

  • North Metropolitan TAFE

For example, a one-year study in the Diploma of Commerce at North Metropolitan TAFE will allow students to enrol into the second year for Curtin’s Bachelor of Commerce.  More about this qualification go to

  • South Metropolitan TAFE


What are VET qualifications - The basics

TAFE and private training colleges offer a range of qualifications, from Certificate I up to Graduate Diplomas. 

Here is a breakdown of TAFE and training qualifications:

  • Certificate I courses teach basic skills that can be used in simple jobs
  • Certificate II courses train participants for entry-level positions or apprenticeships
  • Certificate III courses help you to develop skills, knowledge and problem-solving abilities
  • Certificate IV courses train you for supervisory and management positions
  • Diploma courses teach skills in professional, technical or creative fields
  • Associate Degrees and Advanced Diploma courses teach high-level skills in technical, professional and creative fields


There are private training providers that also offer Certificates and Diplomas.

For example, Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is a private tertiary institution offering Diplomas through to Masters Degrees in Engineering and Technology.  For more information go to



Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study.


Vantage Automotive 2018 Apprenticeships – Applications Open 

Applications are now being sought from students that are interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician or Parts Interpreter. Interested students are invited to apply for the Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program and, if selected, will be offered full time employment at a dealer close to their home and flown to Sydney for block training.  This is a funded program with minimal cost to the student. For more information


Sponsored Voyage opportunity for Year 10 and 11 Students

The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is offering Year 10 and 11 students an opportunity to join one of two Voyages next term at a sponsored price of $350 per student.

Interested students would have a strong interest in a career in the marine or maritime sectors.  Students who successful complete a Voyage earns 1-unit towards their WACE.  For more information visit their website.






Careers with Maths: Stories

Read the different stories of where a career in maths can take you.


Youth Central Career Information

Learn about the different careers in a variety of industries.

Career profiles:

Industry profiles:


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


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


Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


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

Parents' Association

What is the Parents’ Association?

The role of the Parents’ Association is to support the College.  It primarily does this by administering the funds raised from the annual family levy (approx. $72k per year). The money is generally spent on:

  • assets and resources required by the College;
  • engaging speakers arranged by INSPIRE; and
  • funding social events to promote interaction between parents/guardians. 

All parents/guardians of students attending the College are deemed members of the Parents’ Association and are therefore welcome to attend meetings which are generally held on the Monday of week five of each term.


What happens at Parents’ Association meetings?

  • Updates are provided by leadership staff (including the Principal) and organised groups within the College. 
  • Funding Proposals are discussed and voted on. 
  • There is sometimes a guest speaker who comes to speak on a topic of interest.  For Term 4's meeting, Rob Henderson will be talking about the results of the School Survey and how the Strategic Plan is progressing.
  • Funding proposals and key agenda items are outlined in the school newsletter on the Friday prior to the meeting.

Funding Proposals

Funding proposals can come from anyone in the John XXIII community eg. staff, parents, students. If you have an idea for how the money can be spent to improve things for students or the College, we encourage you to submit a funding request.

 Funding Proposals & Expenses that have been approved so far in 2017:

  • $15k towards the construction of a new playground for Pre-Primary.
  • $10k for window tinting and black curtains for the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.
  • $4.4k for six spin bikes for the school gym.
  • $1.3k for the purchase of Minkey equipment and materials for hockey goals.
  • $10k for the John XXIII Parent Ball to celebrate the school’s 40th Anniversary.
  • $8.5k for computer and robotics equipment for Primary IT classes.
  • $8.5k for new shelving in the Primary section of the library.
  • Various amounts have been spent on guest speakers, events (eg. welcome functions) and Men of John XXIII.

There are currently funds available for worthy projects/ideas.

Parents' Association Committee

In Term Four there is an AGM and all the roles on the Committee will be up for election and we welcome nominations.  You can nominate for any of these positions.  We are in need of a Secretary in 2018, so if you are interested please get in contact.


The Roles on the PA Committee

  • President: Chairs the meetings, discusses proposals with Principal prior to meetings, organises Committee meetings.
  • Two Vice Presidents: Fills in for the President when they are unable to attend meetings.
  • Treasurer: Works with Head of Business at JTC to prepare the PA financials and presents them at PA meetings.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes at meetings and circulates to attendees, prepares agenda, organises notices in the newsletter and electronic noticeboard etc.
  • General Member: Does not have any specific responsibilities but attends Committee meetings and assists when required.

If you would like further information on the Parents’ Association please refer to the John XXIII website or email


Kind regards,


Simon Fracaro

President of the Parents’ Association

Uniform Shop

Does Your Summer Uniform Still Fit?

Summer uniform is to be worn in Term Four.  

During the holidays, the shop will be open on Monday, 9 October from 8:00am to 1:00pm.


Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.


Community Notices


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585

Save The Date

Loreto Federation 2018


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


Come, Be the Change.

Loreto Federation Committee 2018 

Click here for the invitation.

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


Parent Ignatian Induction Talks.pdf
A athletics program 2017.pdf