29 March 2019
Issue Eight
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Enrolments applications
Music - Week 8
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Men Of John XXIII College
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

Over the past week, there has been significant media coverage given to the passing of Fr Joseph Tran. The Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia, Dr Debra Sayce, and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe have released statements related to the matter. The statements can be accessed at this link:


When the sentence of Cardinal Pell was announced I spoke to all our secondary students and staff at a College Assembly and emphasised three points:

  • Our prime consideration is to the victims and families of child sexual abuse and any other forms of abuse.
  • We are respectful of any judicial processes that occur.
  • We belong to a Church that needs to change. The 2020 Plenary Council provides a voice for all interested in that process of change.

It is understandable that many in the Catholic community will feel a range of emotions at this time. Anger, despair, shame, disappointment and hopelessness are all genuine feelings. I have encouraged our staff to answer questions as they are posed by our students.


Our College Liturgist, Mary-Anne Lumley wrote a beautiful prayer to share with our community this week. Part of the prayer is as follows:


Renew the fullness of your Spirit within us, so that we are strengthened in this time of shock, confusion and unanswered questions.

Let us never doubt your enduring mercy.

Give us a vision of how to rebuild your Church and make the world a better place where children and vulnerable people are loved, included, protected and can live the fullness of life that you promise.



Robert Henderson




Campion House day

On Thursday 28 March, Campion House celebrated and remembered Edmund Campion, a man of great faith and courage who found forgiveness by loving everyone around him. As an English martyr, Campion was killed because of his religious beliefs. He gave up a promising career and an invitation to enter Queen Elizabeth’s service to become a Catholic priest and minister to the abandoned Catholics. We look to Edmund Campion for inspiration, ultimately working towards fulfilling our House motto ‘faith and courage’.  


We also celebrated what it meant to be a member of Campion House. A passionate, lively, talented, caring and generous group of people. Students showed great House spirit by participating in games and activities, such as dodge ball, noodle races and competed against each other down a water slide!  


An important part of the day was the sharing of lunch - sharing a meal contributes to stronger relationships and strengthens the bond of a Homeroom and of a House. 


A huge thank you to all Campion Staff, Maintenance and Sound team for their assistance on the day.  


Ms Carla Tripi  

Campion House Coordinator  

Youth Leadership Conference

On Tuesday the 19 March, the Year 10 leaders attended the State Youth Leadership Conference. Youth Leadership Australia was formed with the mission of building a positive and sustainable future, through teaching youth of today to be leaders of tomorrow. This conference is designed to inspire, strengthen and empower future leaders. The day involved internationally recognised speakers and team activities which all focused on four key elements; leadership, teamwork, communication and entrepreneurship. The day was extremely inspiring and engaging for all students involved.


Year 12 Biology

Professor Mike Jones from Murdoch University visited the Year 12 Biology students, he presented insights into the history of the genetic modification of foods from the days of Gregor Mendel through to the creation of the food we eat today. Professor Jones spoke about the need for genetically modified crops if we are to feed the ever growing world’s population and he busted the many myths surrounding the Science of GM Foods.


Year 12 Manresa

The Year 12 students returned on Friday from a successful Manresa Retreat. The students survived the hot and humid weather and enjoyed three days of fun, physical activity and reflection. Under the theme, “He Called me by Name”, the students reflected on their life journey so far and considered the important relationships in their lives. I was pleased with the positive attitude and behaviour of the students and in the way they embraced all of the activities with a sense of fun and enthusiasm.


The students were joined by 2016 Faith and Mission Captain, Evelyn Collier, on the Friday to hear her journey since leaving John XXIII College.  


I would like to thank all of the staff who attended and congratulate the students on the way in which they embraced Manresa.


National Schools Constitutional Convention

Last week, Year 12 Politics and Law student, Charlie Richards was among 120 Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia who attended the 24th National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC), being held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. The Convention was supported by all State and territory Ministers and was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.


As a national delegate, Charlie was selected from over 800 students from government, independent and Catholic schools, most of whom took part in conventions in their home state or territory.


The topic of the 2019 Convention was ‘A new constitutional preamble for Australia?’ This topic provided students with the opportunity to explore the present Constitution and whether a preamble is required.


Decisions made at the Convention were incorporated into a Communiqué and presented to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Sue Lines, for tabling in Parliament and recorded in Hansard.


The College would like to acknowledge Charlie’s outstanding achievement – and will publish the outcomes of the Convention, including the Communiqué, once they have been made available online.


To present and future politics and law students, who wish to follow in Charlie’s footsteps – applications for the WA State Schools Constitutional Convention will open on 1 July 2019.  For further information, please see the Politics and Law noticeboard.


Ms Daisy Farley

Politics & Law

Charlie’s experience at NSCC

I would like to begin by extending my thanks to Miss Farley, for her tireless efforts behind the scenes giving me this amazing opportunity. The National Schools Constitutional Convention has been an incredible opportunity: from the wonderful people I met, the new friendships I made, to the educational experience and the insight into the inner workings of Capital Hill.


The program for the Convention was demanding, however we still had time to engage in rigorous debates and discuss current affairs. Day one involved a visit to the Museum of Australia, where we met with a past United Nations Diplomat and discussed the importance of a strong Constitution – one that clearly defines and limits the powers of the government. We then went on a tour of Parliament House, seeing all the important sights, concluding with a Q&A session with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Hon Tony Smith MP, and Australian Labor Party Backbencher, The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP.


The following day we went to Old Parliament House where we listened to prominent Civil Rights Activist and Australian National University (ANU) Public Policy Fellow, Professor Kim Rubenstein, who discussed the importance of including a preamble within the Australian Constitution. We then spent the remainder of the day developing ideas and drafting a preamble for consideration by Parliament. This session concluded with a Q&A with Dr Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History at ANU; Dr Andrew Banfield, Head of Politics and International Relations at ANU; and Dr Mark Evans, Director Democracy 2025 and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, Canberra. That evening we were invited to an official dinner held at the High Court of Australia and heard a motivational speech from two-time Olympic athlete, Melissa Breen. A truly memorable evening.


The next day began with a meeting with His Excellency Mr Pedro Zwahlen, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland; His Excellency Mr Luke Daunivalu, High Commissioner, Fiji High Commission; and Mr P S Karthigeyan, Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of India. We discussed many issues including the importance of constitutional preamble. I was lucky enough to have a private conversation with Ambassador Zwahlen, in which we discussed Climate Change and Bees – as it turns out, the Ambassador is an avid beekeeper. Following this meeting, we then went on a tour of Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy. Our next session was with Ms Megan McCrone, Senior Education Officer for the Australian Electoral Commission, who discussed referendums, and then assisted us in performing our own on whether we should have a new preamble. On a double majority it was passed. We then concluded the Convention with a meeting in the Old House of Representatives, where we presented out findings to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Sue Lines. It was a highly successful Convention and we were all very sad to leave.


At the airport, we were surprised to find that we were booked on the same flight home as Senator Lines; the Hon David Littleproud, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Stephen Donaghue, Solicitor-General of Australia.


This has been a truly amazing, educational experience that has built upon my knowledge of referendums and political issues in Australia. I would like to once again thank Miss Farley for accepting my application for the WA Convention and subsequently, putting me forward for the National Convention. I would also like to thank the Commonwealth Education Department for funding this event and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet for selecting me as a national delegate. Finally, I must thank the other delegates, especially those from Western Australia, who made this experience unforgettable. I not only walked away with a wealth of knowledge but lifelong friends as well. I would highly recommend this experience to my fellow Politics and Law students.

Charlie Richards

Year 12

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Our next Assembly is on Wednesday 3 April at 9am and is being prepared by 2G. We hope many parents will be able to join us on the day as we will be farewelling Mr Alderman. Mr Alderman is retiring after 23 years of dedicated service to the College.


Holy Week

As Easter falls in the school holidays, our Holy Week Liturgies will be held in Week 10. On Wednesday 10 April, all students will be active participants in the Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday Reflections.


We would like to have as many students as possible carrying palms as they move between the Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday Liturgies. It is hoped that many students will be able to bring a palm from home. These palms need to be of a manageable size so that students are comfortable in carrying them and gently waving the leaves as part of the prayer reflection.


We look forward to all students engaging in these special liturgies and connecting to the Easter story. Parents are welcome to join us too, further details are below.



The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students will be assessed in Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation), Writing, Reading and Numeracy. The tests are scheduled for the weeks commencing 13 and 20 May.


NAPLAN is moving from paper tests to computer-based assessments. NAPLAN online uses a tailored testing system which automatically adapts the test and asks students questions that match their ability allowing for more detailed and useful individual results.


Monday 13 May Tuesday 14 May Wednesday 15 May Thursday 16 May


Year 3 (paper test)

Year 5

Writing catch up  
Monday 20 May Tuesday 21 May Wednesday 22 May Thursday 23 May


Year 3 & Year 5



Year 3 & Year 5


Year 3 & Year 5

Catch up assessments

Catch up



Students will learn to navigate the assessment platform by participating in a trial available on the public demonstration site as well as Practice test that will be made available from 1-12 April.



Parent-Teacher Interviews

As part of the Pre-Primary to Year 6 Assessment and Reporting process, Parent-Teacher Interviews will be taking place from Monday 8 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).  Bookings can be made from the afternoon of Wednesday 3 April.  More information will come next week with links to the booking site.


Kind regards



Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary



Kindy 2021 enrolment interviews for siblings will commence in Term Three.  Please ensure you have submitted an enrolment form for your child to begin Kindy at the College. Please contact Nancy Petsos in Primary Administration if you have any queries


Dates to Remember Week 9 & Week 10 2019

Wednesday 3 April         PP Parent Speech Information Session 8.45am

                                                     2G Assembly and farewell to Mr Alderman

Thursday 4 April                5G Zoo Camp

                                                      Y6 IPSHA Basketball Carnival

Wednesday 10 April        Palm Sunday Reflection 11.30am

Thursday 11 April              Good Friday Reflection  9.00am

                                                       Parent-Teacher Interviews

                                                       Term 1 Ends

Friday 12 April                      Parent-Teacher Interviews


Sports News

Last Thursday the Years 4 to 6 Swimming Squad competed in the Interschool Carnival at Newman College. It was the first time that this event was held under a new format.  This involved combining to separate IPSHA Carnivals into one and including two heats for each event. After running both heats, the top four swimmers were then presented with their ribbons based on their recorded times.


The Carnival was a huge success and our students performed particularly well. We competed against nine other IPSHA schools and in the 50 races held, our students won 16 and finished 2nd in 7 other events. In summary, we received 39 top four places in 50 races. We also won 4 of the 6 relays.  This also included 3 NEW RECORDS, one in the Year 6 Mixed 50m Freestyle Relay and in the Years 5 & 6 Mixed Medley Relays. Congratulations to Sylvia Czajko who broke a record in the Girls 50m Freestyle race.  All our competitors represented the school with distinction. 


We have had a very successful swimming season and all students should be proud of their efforts. Thank you to parents, Lisha D’Souza and Sue Matera for coordinating the parent volunteers at the swimming events throughout the term and also to Miss O’Donnell and Mrs Taylor for their wonderful assistance at the IPSHA Carnival.


John Alderman

Primary Sports Coordinator


College Musical - Mary Poppins

Tickets are on sale now for the College Musical, Mary Poppins! 


The Primary Poster competition has been been extended until Monday 1 April.  Please bring your poster in at Front Administration!


You can also meet the cast of Mary Poppins and have your photo taken at the Matinee performance on Saturday 4 May at 2:00pm.  See the attached flyer for more details!




Enrolments applications

Enrolment applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 in 2022 and Kindergarten in 2021.   If your child is:

  • currently in Year 4, not yet enrolled at the College, and you are interested in a Year 7 position in 2022  or
  • two years old and to be registered for Pre-Kindy next year or Kindy in 2021

Please contact the College Registrar on 9383 0449 or for more information.


Music - Week 8

Holy Week Concert

The first major concert of the year is the beautiful Holy Week Concert. Held in the Chapel on Monday 8 April from 7:00pm, this concert features sacred choral and instrumental music from across the ages as the College begins its Easter preparations.


The Holy Week Concert features performances by the Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Wanju Voices, Primary Singers, Chapel Choir, Senior Voices, Senior String Quintet and Senior Flute Quintet, with selected ATAR Soloists. Tickets for this event are free – but essential due to limited seating – and, can be obtained via the following link:


All students performing in the concert are required to report to the PAC (Secondary) and GBLT (Primary) at 6:15pm in full College uniform.


We hope to see you at one of the College’s favourite concerts!


Mary Poppins visits Primary

Some of our Mary Poppins characters popped over to Primary during their lunch break to say hi.



John XXIII College had a mixed night in round one WADL Debating at Christchurch this week with some good wins, three narrow one point losses, and problems with late topic changes for two of the teams, both of which rose to the occasion and still performed superbly.  All teams are reminded again to check the website for changes to fixtures.  It is also vital that teams which cannot practice on Monday after school organise an alternative training time, as at least two of our teams were under-prepared for the first round.  There were many fine performances on the night and we look forward to all teams working hard to develop their skills and learning from the Adjudicator and team manager feedback.  Special thanks to team managers Ms Dawson, Ms Lumley, Ms Needham, Ms Devanand and Mr Peters for their commitment to the students, and to the wonderful group of parents who supported the teams. 



John XXIII College will be involved in two major gifted and talented competitions in the next week. The first is the Creative Edge Challenge to be held at Curtin University this Saturday.  This competition which is by invitation only is similar to Tournament of Minds or Opti-MINDS, but is ideal for senior students as there is no prior preparation.  Students receive the challenges and complete them in the one morning.   Then on Tuesday and Wednesday John XXIII teams will compete in the Da Vinci Decathlon at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. For the first time our College has a team in every year group from Years 7 to 11.  Best wishes to all teams, and special thanks to the wonderful teachers who have been assisting the students with preparation.


With Creative Edge and Da Vinci Decathlon concluding soon, debating continues and the second round of the WADL is at Christchurch on Tuesday night.  Rounds three to five then take place in Term 2, but there will be special Magis breakfast Debating seminars  for senior and junior debaters respectively on  Monday and Wednesday  of the final week of term.  These will feature 45-minute keynote addresses by members of the WA Debating League.  All debaters are expected to attend these free events.


Magis will again run two major College events in 2019, the John XXIII Public speaking Competition, and the Creative Writing – Short Stories Competition.  Entry forms for the Public Speaking competition will be available in the next few days, and there will be a Public Speaking seminar in week one next term. Heats for all years will then be held at lunchtimes in week 2, and the grand final, involving the three top speakers in each year group will be held in the in the GBLT at 7:00pm on Tuesday 14 May.   The Short Story competition involves writing a story – recommended length between 250 and 1000 words - on any topic.  Entries need to be submitted as a Word Document both in hard copy and by email and a book of best entries will be produced. Entries will close at the end of week one next term.  Information fliers are available for both the Public Speaking and Creative Writing Competitions.


Entries for the World Scholar’s Cup will be also be finalised this term. The WA event takes place at Sacred Heart College, Sorrento on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June. Multiple teams from each year group from Years 7-11 are permitted, and after the College’s success at both the Global round in Melbourne and the Tournament of Champions at Yale University, USA, last year, it is hoped to field  more teams in the 2019 Global Round which will be held in Sydney in term three, from August 14-19. Students in each year group are invited to organise teams of three themselves, or simply submit an individual entry and teams will be organised.  Preparation sessions will commence next term, but those intending to participate are encouraged to begin preparation over the holidays – several teams have already started.


Finally, 11 John XXIII students will be participating in the 2020 Space Camp, combining again with Corpus Christi College. Deposits should now have been paid, and families will be notified of the arrangements for the second information evening in the near future.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term One

  • March 30 - Creative Edge at Curtin Uni
  • April 2-3 - Da Vinci Decathlon at UWA
  • April 9  - Short Story Entries due

Term Two

  • May 1 - Magis Public Speaking Breakfast
  • May 6 - Magis Public Speaking Heats
  • May 10 - Julie Arliss G/T at St Hilda’s
  • May 14 - Magis Public Speaking Final (GBLT)
  • May 17-18 - World Scholar’s Cup Camp
  • May 23 - Mental Maths Challenge
  • May 31 - J1 World Scholar’s regionals SHC
  • June 12 - Magis Academic Knowledge
  • June 26 - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

Next week, Monday 1 April 1 – Wednesday 3 April , finals are on for teams that have finished in positions 1 - 4. Details of finals will be sent directly to students via email. A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice. Good luck to all teams.


 All results and ladders can be found via the following link; 

Please use the column on the left of the page to navigate.



ACC 'A' Division Swimming Carnival 2019

So close…just 22 points

A magnificent team effort saw John XXIII College perform brilliantly at the ACC 'A' division carnival at HBF Stadium on Wednesday 27 March. For the last few years John XXIII College has finished second overall to Sacred Heart College. A great effort, but in truth we have been a fair distance back in second place. Once again in 2019 John XXIII finished second, however,  just 22 points behind. A small margin when the overall team totals were over 1200 points.


Throughout the day the overall total swung back and forth between John XXIII College and Sacred Heart College, with a little luck the result could have easily been very different. The commitment from students on the day was wonderful to witness. They showed character and superb team spirit throughout the day. Reserves stepped up and swam at short notice. Students supported our swimmers with vigour in every race. We had outstanding performances in every male and female division. The College did not finish outside the top three in junior, senior and overall classifications. With the senior boys taking the shield in their division.


As I say every year, it is always difficult to single out individual students in a team of over 100 students. However, we did have some excellent individual performance that cannot be overlooked:

  • Charles Hodge 1st overall male u/14
  • Lily Johnston 3rd overall female u/15
  • Jacob Bell 3rd overall male u/16
  • Madeleine Parchewsky 4th overall female u/16
  • Hamish Ryan 3rd overall male u/17
  • Jacob Bell 1st overall male open

Detailed results can be viewed via the following link:


Finally, thanks must also go to the numerous people involved with College swimming in 2019, our Alumni coaches, Sian Munks and Laura Gillman, who trained those that attended training to perform at an impressive level on race day. To our staff that assisted with morning training, Ms Bosnich, Ms Peters and Ms Hurley. Ms Pillera and Mr Tremayne for their encouragement and organisation on carnival day. To parents and families for their support with training and communication regarding the carnival.


Congratulations again to all involved in the team. The result was great reward for the efforts of all. Bring on 2020!


Cross Country Training Years 7 – 12

Cross Country training will commence on Thursday February 21 from 7:00am - 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 4km to 7km depending on ability level.


Congratulations to Joshua Howard and Harrison Lucas who will both be competing at the 2019 National Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast. This event attracts 5000 athletes from around the country plus overseas competitors. The titles are run from the 27 March until the 7 April.


Congratulations also to Leila Barker (Year 8) who has been selected into the Athletics WA state team and will be competing at the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney next week. She has also been selected into the Little Athletics WA State Team which will be competing at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in Hobart at the end of April. 


Netball Club

Thank you to all the players that have registered for the 2019 netball season and attended grading and fitness sessions over the past few weeks. We are working on finalising the teams and hope to have the team lists out next week.


Please note that refunds for withdrawal will no longer be considered.


The club’s grading policy can be located on our website


If you have any questions, please email us on


Training has now started and is a compulsory component of netball.  Coaches go to a great deal of effort to plan training sessions and game day strategies.


If you do not attend training you are letting down your team and your coach and you cannot expect to take the court on Saturdays if you miss training without a valid reason.  If you do have a valid reason for not attending a particular training session please contact your coach or email the club at


As we are a school club and training takes place on school grounds the girls are required to wear school sports uniform and appropriate sports shoes to training sessions.


The official game day netball uniform for senior school is

  • Netball dress which is available at the John XXIII Uniform Shop and
  • Blue and yellow bloomers which will be on sale at the last training sessions for term on the 9 & 11 April 2019 ($15 each cash only). 

Rain jackets, which are not compulsory but perfect for the winter weather, will also be on sale ($110 cash only).


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


There is stock of the netball dress 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.


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.


Natasha Boshard

Netball Club Secretary

Rowing Club

The John XXIII College Rowing Club has enjoyed strong growth through the leadership of Rob Thomas over the past three years. The club now has the largest membership of any rowing club in Western Australia and competes in the largest number of Regattas of any WA School.  With the addition of our new Head Coach Steve Saunders with over 20 years’ experience coaching at an elite level, we are offering a great sporting experience to our students and heading for a wonderful season of rowing.

John XXIII College Rowing Club Quiz Night

Venue: The Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College

Date: 11 May 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Tickets - $20 each (Tables of 8)

Book now: 


A bar selling wine, beer, cool drinks and snacks will be open (Great prices)

BYO Food

On the night there will be raffles, games, silent auctions and a fun filled quiz!



  • A weekend away
  • A paint and wine night for a group of friends
  • A session with an Olympic rower
  • Original JTC oars
  • A Private Dining experience

Upcoming Events


  • Sunday 31 March- South West Schools Head of the River, Bunbury Racing Course
  • Friday 26 – 28 April - JTC Girls Rowing Camp, JTC Campus
  • Saturday 4 May -  IGSSA Regatta 1, Champion Lakes
  • Saturday 11 May - JTC Rowing Club QUIZ night fundraiser, John XXIII College 

Pathways and Transition


Try-A-Trade is an excellent opportunity that assists students in making an informed decision about a career in the building and construction industry. Programs are available to students in Year 10 who have shown an interest in a trade but are unsure if this is the career they wish to pursue.


Try-A-Trade programs provide students with hands-on experience in a range of building and construction trades. Programs are delivered offsite by registered training organisations during normal school hours. The duration of the courses range from 1-3 days.


For further information contact Joel Wynn:


Event Highlight


Open Day & Events

Open Day Sunday 21 July 10:00am - 4:00pm
Events for future students


Open Day Joondalup Sunday 28 July
Open Day Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 11 August 
South West Sunday 25 August
Events for future students

Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 4 August 9:00am to 3:00pm


Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  2019
Open Day Sunday 28 July, 2019
Events for future students
Open Day  Peninsula Saturday 3 August
Caulfield & Clayton Sunday 4 August
Parkville Sunday 18 August
Events for future students



Further information available here:


Further information available here:

Further information available here: 


Fogarty Scholarship

The UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program is enriching our community by investing in exceptional young people who use their skills, abilities and commitment to lead positive change in our community, State and nation.


Established in 2004, the Program is a joint initiative of the Fogarty Foundation and The University of Western Australia and is one of Australia’s premier scholarship programs, awarding 10 new scholarships to students each year.


Each scholarship is valued at $10,000.

Further information:

Applications close on 26 May 2019

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


"I bet you didn't know ...": The Instagram edition

Written by Family Zone Team

Everybody knows Instagram is the photo-sharing app that kids love and parents … tolerate.

But here’s a few things about Insta we bet you didn’t know.


‘Private’ doesn’t equal ‘safe’

Kids often tell their parents their account is safe because it’s been set to private, viewable by invitation only. What they don’t tell mum and dad is that from their private account they can still view any publicly posted content they want to. And of course almost all of the problematic material on Instagram - the porn, violence, gore, and animal cruelty for example - is public.


Oh, and having a private profile won’t prevent your child from chatting with others through direct messages (see below) - or receiving message requests from strangers, including potential predators.


Pics, yes - but words too!

Don’t let those photos fool you. Yes, Instagram is a photo-sharing app. But that’s only one tiny slice of its functionality. Just ask  any of the 72% of our 13- to 17-year-olds, who use it every day.


For its young users, Instagram is very much a private messaging platform - a way for users to connect one-on-one or in groups through the chat feature called the DM, or direct message.


In contrast to comments, which are publicly displayed, DMs are private, and therefore often used in a romantic context. DMs can also be used to send ‘vanishing’ photos, a la Snapchat - making the feature popular with kids who sext.


No nudity - and heaps of porn

So here’s a riddle for you: how can a social platform that specifically bans nudity - and even has algorithm to identify nipples, allegedly - be chockful of porn?


Theories abound. Is Insta making money off explicit material? Are they short-staffed? Only one thing is clear: porn is incredibly easy to find on Istagram (and apparently incredibly resistant to deletion).


Self-harm content still painfully evident

Following reports that graphic self-harm material was not being removed by the platform, Sky News conducted its own investigation. The media organisation reported a number of disturbing and graphic images to the site. This week it reported that, a month later, the content still hadn’t been taken down.

For vulnerable teens, such images can be dangerously triggering.


 Most 'liked' Insta photo ever?

Once upon a time, that honour was held by Kylie Jenner, whose pic announcing the birth of daughter Stormi last year racked up 18 million likes. Recently, that record was cracked. By an egg.


The egg photo was posted on 4 January and swiftly garnered more than 25 million likes - leaving Kylie with plenty of your-know-what on her face.


Community Liturgy

Thank you to the students in Campion House who prepared our Mass this morning.


Community Mass next Friday, 5 April, will be the last for Term 1. The liturgy is being prepared by students in Year 8. Families of Year 8 – as well as all families are welcome in these last weeks of Lent, leading to the great feast of Easter. 


New families are welcome to Community Liturgy! If you have not previously attended Mass or are not Catholic, just come to the Chapel at 8:00.  There are no reserved seats or special places and all the responses are on a PowerPoint.   


Community Liturgy summary

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

Sacrament Program


What happens in the Sacrament Program?

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish. 


How are the children prepared?

The Religion curriculum in Catholic schools includes a unit of work on the sacrament in the relevant year level. Once the students have completed the unit of work they are awarded a certificate, which is required by the Parish.


Some parishes provide additional classes for students attending Catholic schools.

Last, but not least, parents are the children’s first teachers in Faith. The program in the Perth Archdiocese is ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.’


When will the sacraments be celebrated?

Each parish is different; refer to your local parish for dates and times. Some information from local parishes is provided below – and you can find more detail on the College website.  


Why are there differences from parish to parish?

Each parish is a unique Faith community and the Parish Priest responds to the needs of the parish, within the context of the wider Church. No two parishes are the same – so there will be some variation in how the parish Sacrament Program is administered. As a regional College we are enriched by families from a diversity of parishes.


If I have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6, when should I enroll in my parish program?

Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible

Parish updates from Local Parishes

A brief summary of dates are provided below. For more detail, please check the College website or approach the Parish Priest or parish sacrament coordinator directly.


CITY BEACH: Holy Spirit

For families already enrolled in the program, the schedule is on the College website.

Further information:


CLAREMONT: St Thomas Apostle

Celebration of the Sacrament

First Communion:            Sunday 5 May 9:30am

Confirmation:                    Friday 9 August 6:00pm

Reconciliation:                  Wednesday 23 OR Thursday 24 October after school

Further information:


COTTESLOE: St Mary Star of the Sea

Registration for all Sacraments

Further information:

Registration Form:     


DOUBLEVIEW: Our Lady of the Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Confirmation:                   Saturday 8 June at 6:00pm Mass

First Communion:           Saturday 21 September at 6:00pm

                                                Sunday 22 September at 10:00am

Reconciliation:                 Saturday 26 October at 5:00pm

Further information:


FLOREAT/WEMBLEY: St Cecilia’s/Our Lady of Victories

Upcoming dates:        Thank you to those families who have completed the enrolment process. For those who have yet to do so, please provide us with your nominated dates with regards to workshops, reconciliation, rehearsals, etc. Email the Parish Office.  Further info:

NEDLANDS: Holy Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Term 2 – date to be finalised 

First Communion:            Sunday 16 June 2019,  8:45am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Saturday 3 August 2019, 6:00pm Mass 

Further information:



Registration form

Available from parish website:

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Saturday 30 March, 2:00pm 

First Communion:            Sunday 30 June 2019,  9:30am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Sunday 22 September 2019, 9:30am Mass 

Further information:

Contact: John Edwards 0438 527 050


SUBIACO: St Joseph’s

Expression of interest for all Sacraments

Contact: Bart Welten


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for the 4th Sunday in Lent

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard. 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.


What is so shocking about Jesus' parable of the prodigal son is that, as the story goes, everything about the culture of first century Palestine set the boy up for a fall: he was greedy for his father's inheritance; we can assume he left the chosen land for the far country where he squandered his inheritance recklessly; he ended up eating with the unclean pigs; and then he had the temerity to return and ask for forgiveness. 


This was the least likeable kid in town. He did not deserve to be treated better than a slave. That's what makes the boy's father so magnificent in love. He was derided by his faithful older son for this folly of the heart and he would have been considered a fool by his neighbours. And this is the model of compassion Jesus gives us to emulate.

The context for this story, however, matters. The author of Luke 15 has Jesus responding to charges about the company he was keeping and especially those with whom he dined. In Jesus’ day, one only ate with intimates and Jesus shared his table with losers. Three parables are given as an explanation for this practice: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. In each case the shepherd, the woman and the father go to ridiculous lengths to save that which is lost.



Who was admitted to the table of Luke's community was a huge issue. It seems some things never change. The action and words of Jesus, however, lead us to conclude the table is here for those of us who know the frailty of our lives enough to recognise our hunger and thirst for the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Today's Gospel is not just about each of us being welcomed into the arms of our compassionate God, it is also a challenge for us to defend the right of the outcasts, the public sinners and the losers who seek to turn their life around to be welcomed here as well.


This is not just about the table of the Eucharist, either. To the degree that we help our country be more hospitable to the most defenceless, the poor and the displaced then we live out the power of this parable.


May [our Lenten Eucharists] help us live beyond our history, which so often colours those toward whom we can give the benefit of the doubt and show compassion and may it give us the courage and faith to be ridiculously generous, and magnificently loving. 


© Richard Leonard SJ


Head injury/facial injury alert

Should your child be referred to a Medical Practitioner or Emergency Department during school, after school, on the weekend or during school holidays following a head injury, neck or facial injury and your child is diagnosed with concussion, it is imperative that Parents inform the College nurse. Parents must submit a Medical Clearance Certificate to the College Nurse stating when your child can return to sport or other activities at the College.


For more detailed information on Concussion, refer to the AFL brochure Management of Concussion in Australian Football under the AFL’S Community Development website:


Chicken Pox Alert

Chicken Pox has been reported in Year 8.


Please read attached Chickenpox fact sheet from the Department of Health.

If you are concerned your child might have Chickenpox please have a Doctor check to confirm this.

Please inform teacher or College nurse if your child has diagnosed Chickenpox.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Men Of John XXIII College

A Night with Glenn Mitchell

A life of opportunities and challenges.

For more than two decades from early 1990, Glenn Mitchell lived a life that many envied. As a sports commentator for the ABC, and married to fellow sports broadcaster, Karen Tighe, he travelled the world covering elite level sport.


Not long after joining the ABC legendary broadcaster, George Grljusich dubbed him “The Oracle” due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of sport.


During his tenure with the national broadcaster Glenn commentated on four Olympic, four Commonwealth and two Paralympic Games. As one of the ABC’s senior cricket commentators he called over 200 international matches, covering 13 overseas tours.


Back home, he commentated more than 900 AFL and WAFL games, was the host of the iconic Saturday Sportstalk, and throughout his career commentated more than 20 different sports on both radio and television, including world championships in triathlon, cycling and water polo.


In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal by the Governor-General for his contribution to sport, one of numerous awards he garnered during his broadcasting career.


It is a story laced with poignancy, humour and, above all, hope for those who suffer the anguish of mental illness or know people who do. Glenn’s goal is to encourage everyone who is or has been touched by the scourge of mental illness that help is at hand. His story is one of inspiration and shows that with the right help and persistence there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


Join Glenn and the Men of John XXIII College for this memorable night.

  • Where: Wembley Hotel Cambridge Street Floreat
  • When:  Friday 29 March 2019
  • Timings
    • 6:30pm gather
    • 7:00pm pizza and snacks
    • 7:30pm Glenn Mitchell
  • Cost: $20.00 for pizza and snacks
  • Book online:


Parents' Association

Term 2 - Monday 27 May

Our Term 2 meeting will be held on Monday 27 May at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. 


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 2, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. You can download one from the school website, or below. 

Please submit completed proposals to . The deadline for Term 2 Funding submissions is Friday 10 May.


We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee

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


Request for additional stops 

We appreciate all the feedback we have received from parents and guardians in relation to our private bus charter service.


We are currently still working through all the feedback we have received with Horizons West. We had hoped to have this finalised earlier, however this is taking longer than we originally anticipated.


We will come back to families soon with an update on what changes we have been able to implement and will most likely start the new routes at the start of Term 2.


Thanks for your understanding.

Bus Routes




Summer Canteen Menu 

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 1.

Please could the secondary students bring some form of identification when collection their
lunch orders. A labelled book or item of clothing is acceptable until such time as student cards are

Canteen opening hours

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

Ash Wednesday

The secondary students should try to adhere to a meat free day on Wednesday 6 March. There are numerous fish and vegetable options available to order. The menu cannot be changed, as there is no way to separate the primary and secondary menu with the online ordering system. The onus is therefore on the student and not on the canteen to order meat free items. We will have our usual Wednesday menu available with the addition of Nachos.


There will be pancakes available for sale on Tuesday morning for breakfast.

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 Term 1 we are open the following hours:

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

The shop will be open for your convenience on the pupil free day, Friday 13 April from 8:00am to 11:45am, in case you might like to purchase your winter uniform when you come to the College for you teacher appointment.


We will also be open on the last day of the school holidays on Monday 30 April, from 8:00am to 5:45pm.

Secondhand items

Secondhand uniforms will be accepted on and after Friday March 15. Items must be freshly cleaned and pressed.  Only clothing in excellent condition can be accepted for sale.

Term 2 - Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform is to be worn from the first day of Term 2.

  • Secondary boys need blazer, tie, trousers and belt.
  • Secondary girls need blazer, tie and tights.

Now is the time to come and be fitted for these items.  Please do not leave your shopping until the last minute.  If students come at recess or lunch times, shop staff can help them with fitting and we can call parents for credit card payment.  Items may be returned if you are not happy with the fit.


Remember to bring your outgrown blazer, freshly cleaned, to us for re-sale.




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

College Cup Sailing Regatta

  • Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Peppermint Grove
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • 8.30am
  • Sailing experience preferable but not necessary
  • Young Guns and Oldies
  • RSVP essential for catering purposes

CINI Australia Afternoon Tea

  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • 2.00pm
  • Booking essential
  • Tickets: $55 Full, $45 concession, $400 table of 8. (wine extra)

Ron Logan Cup (Football) – John XXIII Day

  • 1st XVIII vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated.
  • Jumpers provided
  • Refreshments following the game


Theresa Elliott Shield (Netball) – John XXIII Day

  • Current Netball team vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated
  • Bibs provided
  • Refreshments following the game


1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 

  • Circle of Friends Café, John XXIII College
  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • 6.00pm
  • Beverages and food provided
  • Bus to Claremont following the event
  • $10 RSVP essential


10 Year Class 2009 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Mosman Park Bowling Club

For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 

Community Notices


Road rehabilitation projects

The council has advised that the programmed Road Rehabilitation Project for Alfred Road (between Brockway Road and Mimosa Avenue) is scheduled to commence on Monday, 8 April 2019, the goal is to complete the works before Friday, 3 May 2019. 


Below is further information that we have received.


Poster Challenge Flyer.pdf
Meet and Greet.pdf
Chickenpox info sheet current.pdf
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Creative Ministry Resources
Notification letter - Alfred Rd.pdf
Notification letter - Alfred Rd.pdf
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Information for students involved in Northern Associated Schools Sport.pdf
NAS SUMMER VENUES as at 17 January 2019.pdf
Year 7 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 7 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
Year 8 NAS team lists.pdf
YR 9 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
YR 10 to 12 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
MPA Skills 2019 Try-A-Trade Information Sheet.pdf
NECA Try-a-Trade Flyer.pdf
SMT019-18 Try A Trade CTF 2019.pdf
Try-A-Trade Flyer NMTAFE.pdf
Trade Open Day Flyer.pdf
Guidelines, Process and Template for Funding Proposals.pdf