02 June 2017
Issue Sixteen
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 15
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parent Association
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
Uniform Shop
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Improving Together

As part of our continuous improvement process I wish to provide opportunities for parents, staff and students to provide us with comprehensive, confidential feedback relating to their views of the school across a wide range of areas.


The research is being conducted by MMG Education, a specialist education consultancy that works with schools in the areas of school strategic reviews and stakeholder satisfaction. MMG’s client schools include a large number of schools across Australia.


Parents, staff (teaching and non-teaching) and students (Years 6-12) will be invited to complete questionnaires in a two week period commencing on Friday 9 June, 2017.  MMG Education will send out an email that will set out details of the timing of the survey and will provide individual access to the confidential questionnaire.


To ensure confidentiality and to encourage frank and full expression of views:


  • All responses will be treated in strict confidence.
  • Respondents will not be identified to the College by MMG Education on the basis of questions asked or responses made.
  • All data collected by MMG Education will remain under its control and archived according to research protocols: The College will not be able to access it.


At the conclusion of the research period MMG Education will provide me with a report that I will review with the College Council. I will then provide opportunities for members of the College community to receive feedback from the research.


The survey is extensive and will cover the full range of school and staff related areas.


Please remember that, by completing your questionnaire, you will be making an invaluable contribution to the future of the College as we strive to ensure that we are providing the best opportunities possible for our students and staff.


I look forward very much to the College community’s participation in this important project and to receiving the MMG Education’s report.


If you have any questions about this project, please contact me.

40th Anniversary Ball

To help mark our 40th Anniversary, the College will be hosting the John XXIII 40th Anniversary Ball on Saturday October 21, 2017.  It is a great way of bringing our past and present communities together, and celebrating the achievements of everyone who has been involved with the John XXIII College.


I would like to encourage current parents to join us on the night, so if you are contemplating joining us please purchase your tickets soon to avoid missing out as there is a limited number available.   The committee has been working hard to deliver an event not to be missed.


I look forward to catching up with many of you on the night.  Please go to the College website for details.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents


We are having a very busy and productive term. At the moment our teachers are working hard to have your child’s report ready for the end of this term. Each child and their well-being and progress matters to us and we spend many hours doing our very best to meet their diverse needs – socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually.


Each family is different – different needs; different experiences and different issues. However all families want their children to reach their fullest potential as learners and to be the best person they can be. Together we need to help children grow to be strong, resilient, kind, assertive, empathetic and enthusiastic people ready to make a difference out in the world! By thinking the best of each other, praying for each other and speaking respectively about others and support others through the ups and downs of everyday life.


This morning the Years 3-6 children celebrated Mass with Fr Rodrigo who has a lovely manner with children and this provided another opportunity for students, staff and parents to deepen their relationships with Jesus. This liturgy was beautifully prepared by Miss Nish and Year 4B.



At Mass today we acknowledged and congratulated the Year 3, 4 and 6 students who have recently received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation at their various parishes. Each of these Sacraments is an important milestone in the children’s faith journey and we look forward to seeing more photos in the weeks ahead. Once your child has received one of these Sacraments in your Parish, please send a copy of their certificate to school or feel free to scan a copy through to Please keep all the candidates in your prayers at this special time of their lives.



Reconciliation Week runs until 3 June. This week the Year 3 and 4 students participated in a workshop run by Marissa from Bindi Bindi Dreaming. The students learnt some new words from the Aboriginal dialect that was traditionally used in the area of Mount Claremont and surrounds. Marissa shared some interesting stories about the different roles of people when they lived off the land. Marissa painted students’ faces with raw ochre and lead them in a traditional dance. Marissa was impressed with the great knowledge our students have about history of Indigenous Australians.


Enjoy the long week-end!


Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



Monday 5 June                 WA Day Holiday


Sorry Day And Reconcilliation Week

Sorry day was held on 26 May. Five of our Year 11 and 12 students attended the 'Sorry Day' event in Wellington Square, in order explore the experiences and impact of ‘Stolen Generation’ government policies on first Western Australian peoples. Our students hosted a stall and encouraged participants to make friendship bands.

Our Year 8 students were fortunate to be able to work with Scott Darlow on their Year 8 Retreat day. Scott is an Aboriginal man from Yorta Yorta country. He is a songwriter and musician and used his music to share his culture and the need for all of us to work towards a more inclusive Australia.


Religious Education classes in the Secondary Campus also spent time looking at the impact of Stolen Generation policies with the lens a justice perspective and considered the impact of this on people’s dignity and worth.


Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission

Year 9

Over the past couple of weeks Year 9 debaters worked very hard to prepare their arguments on the following topic: Religious Charities:

That religious charities operating in developing countries do more harm than good.


Both our teams had the affirmative case to argue and did an excellent job. Unfortunately, one of our teams had a forfeit. So, we won because of the forfeit, however, they had done a lot of excellent preparation and put a lot of time into the learning about Charities in third world countries. Our other team put up a wonderful fight but were narrowly beaten. For me the most exciting part of the debating competition is not about winning or losing but seeing the growth in our students each week as they gain greater confidence in articulating their arguments in a logical way and presenting their debate with energy and conviction.


Well done Year 9 debaters. Our teams are made up of the following students: Team JTC 2: Sophia Matthews, Phoebe Male, Ethan Quinlivan and Nick Brennan. Team JTC 3: Ivy Hooker, Teresa McCluskey, Ben Linsten, Adam Smith and James Langton.


 Year 10s who are also in our division and had the affirmative side won their debate with a renewed confidence. It has been wonderful witnessing the following three boys: Rory Hewson, Cullen Binet and Charlie Richards show confidence and conviction in their debating this year.


Our next debate is on Tuesday 13 June. Our topic is: Celebrities US Election:  That we should regret the role of celebrities in the 2016 US Presidential election.


All teams have the negative argument.

Year 9 Community Mass Friday 9 June.

Parents and Students are reminded that the Community mass is being organised by Year 9 students. We would like to see as many parents and students at this mass at 7:55am in the College Chapel.


Our parent coordinators are hosting a morning tea after mass for all who can attend.  We look forward to seeing you at this celebration.


Gemma Wooltorton

Assistant Deputy Principal Year 9



NAS Sport for winter will have a break for all year groups next week due to senior exams. Results, fixtures and ladders for the NAS competition can be viewed via the iScore website - use the menu on the left. Details of fixtures and venues are also available on the College website. Our next round of NAS fixtures is against Chisholm College, Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 June. A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice.

2017 Pierre de Coubertin Awards

Congratulations to Sain Munks who has been selected to receive the 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Award. Named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, the award recognises students who demonstrate sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.

SSWA (School Sport WA) and ACC (Associated Catholic Colleges) Cross Country

The Cross Country season began early in Term One with training on twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. During Term One it was amazing to see over 100 students at some of our sessions in the lead up to our House Cross Country Carnival at the end of Term One. Following the House Carnival our Interschool Cross Country Squad was selected with training moving to 3 times a week. A huge thanks to Mr Cameron Tremayne who has lead training throughout Term One and Two. Mr Tremayne received tremendous assistance from Mr Cameron Haines, Miss Carla Tripi with some cameo appearances from Miss Mindy Toleman and Mr Luke McCourt. Following is a summary of our performance at the Interschool events.


SSWA Cross Country – Friday 19 May McGillivray Oval


On a day where the weather threatened to make things extremely difficult for our runners over a tough course that varied from 3km to 6km, depending on gender and age group. Our runner performed magnificently taking out 2nd position overall and finish 4th in both the overall male and female categories. Whilst cross country running is a very individual battle against the elements and the clock. The team event works with scoring constructed such that for a school to qualify for an event, they must have a minimum of three runners complete the course within the prescribed cut off time. To qualify for overall aggregate trophies schools must qualify for all events in an age group. The lower the place the better the score and the school with the lowest overall score wins.


Detailed individual and team results for the events on the day are available via the following link;


A special mention to our athletes that have been invited to join the State Cross Country team.

  • Zac Thomas – Year 10 Loyola
  • Sian Munks – Year 12 St. Louis
  • Lucy Jenkins – Year 10 Koolyangarra

ACC Cross Country – Thursday 1 June – Alderbury Reserve


We were blessed with near perfect running conditions for the ACC Carnival with little to no breeze and cool clear condition all day. The ACC is a team event with a schools first three runners counting towards their score in each gender and age group. The lower the place the better the score and the school with the lowest overall score wins. A summary of the College’s results is below.

Our girls finished 3rd in the overall aggregate on the day. They were only 25 places away from taking out 1st position. Our boys finished a very credible 7th overall. This resulted in John XXIII College finishing 4th Overall.

Congratulations to the following students who finished Top 20 on the day;

  • Sian Munks – 2nd Open girls
  • Holly Cannon – 3rd U14 girls
  • Lucy Jenkins – 5th  U16 girls
  • Alice Williams – 9th  U13 girls
  • Dylan Paull – 11th u15 boys
  • Rosa Defrancesco – 12th U14 girls
  • Harrison Paull 14th Open boys
  • Tamura Boog 17th U16 boys
  • Holly Greville 19th U15 girls
  • Lucille Gleghorn 20th U14 girls

All results can be view via the following web links;

Thank you and congratulations to all competitors and students that have attended training during cross country in 2017. Hopefully we will see the same commitment and effort to competition and training in 2018.


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator


Fujimi High School Exchange: Please consider becoming a host family

Thank you to the many families that have so generously offered to host so far. We are still looking for a number of host families, so please consider hosting a Japanese girl early next term for only two weeks.


We have a wonderful group of 29 fifteen year old girls from Fujimi High School coming to John XXIII College. The exchange students will arrive on Sunday 30 July and leave on Saturday 12 August. Your son or daughter does not have to be a student of Japanese as the exchange students are here to experience home life in Australia and practice their English speaking skills.

Many past host families have written to express their appreciation for this program as it has, not only been fun, but led to life-long friendships and a deeper respect and understanding of another culture. Sharing our homes with a person from another race, culture and ethnicity expands our minds and offers the entire family an opportunity to be adaptive to unusual, funny and engaging intercultural interactions. It can be wonderful opportunity to learn more about Japan and the world without leaving home.


Please read the attached letter for more details, then complete the form and paste images on the photo page, before returning it via email to


The Japanese exchange students always greatly appreciate the kindness of all of our families for sharing their Perth/Aussie/JTC lifestyle.


Many thanks for your consideration.


Shane Glass and Glen James

Head of Languages (Languages) and Fujimi Coordinator



House Theatre Sports

The Junior House Theatre Sports competition is on Wednesday 7 June at 7:00pm in the GBLT.  Come along and support the 40 Year 7, 8, 9 students battle it out for the Inaugural Junior Theatre Sports cup. You are guaranteed a fun night out.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama

Music - Week 15

St George's Cathedral Lunchtime Concert

All families are invited to attend the annual lunchtime concert at St George’s Cathedral, located in the heart of Perth city. This concert features small ensembles – vocal and instrumental – in the beautiful surrounds and acoustics of the cathedral, and is scheduled for 1:00pm on Wednesday, 21 June. Entry is free to all members of the public.

Music Camp

Please note that the annual Music Camp is scheduled, for eligible secondary students in ensembles, for Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July in New Norcia. Ensembles in attendance include Treble Choir, Chamber Choir, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Swing Band, Concert and Wind Bands and Chamber Orchestra and small ensembles derived from the larger.


Parents and friends are invited to join the musicians for Mass on the Sunday morning, and a community concert on Sunday afternoon. Further details about Music Camp are scheduled to be emailed to parents and students in the coming weeks.

Applications For Instrumental Lessons

There are still a limited number of placements available for instrumental and vocal lessons in Semester 2.  Forms are available online and from the Music Office.   Contact with any queries.


James Kros

Director of Music

Pathways and Transition




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.



Prevention Flu And Other Infections

There are many simple things everyone can do to help prevent you from getting the flu or other infections. These include:

  • Hand hygiene;
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette;
  • Standing or sitting away from other people;
  • Household and workplace hygiene; and
  • Knowing what to do when you are sick.

To minimise the spread of infection or illness staff and students should stay at home if you are unwell.

If you are concerned about any symptoms, seek medical advice.

These steps will help you avoid getting sick and passing infection on to others.

1.  Hand hygiene

The thorough washing and drying of hands is an important activity in the prevention of getting sick and spreading illnesses. Our hands collect bacteria from everything we touch and carry them to new places. Try and remember not to touch your face with your hands.

When to wash hands

  • After toileting
  • Before eating
  • After you blow your nose, sneeze or cough
  • Before, during and after handling or preparing food
  • After changing a diaper
  • After scratching hair, nose or other body parts
  • After smoking
  • After handling animals, their toys, leashes or waste
  • After touching something that could be contaminated (such as rubbish bins, cleaning cloths, drains or soil)
  • Before and after dressing a wound, giving medicine or inserting contact lenses.
  • After shaking hands with someone.
  • after contact with blood or body fluids(like vomit, nasal secretions or saliva)
  • Wash hands more often when you, or someone you come in contact with, is sick.

How to wash hands:

  • Wet hands with water and apply soap
  • Rub hands together briskly for at least 15 seconds
  • Cover all surfaces of the hands and fingers
  • Rinse hands well under water
  • Dry hands using paper towel, clean towel or air dryer
  • If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the water.
  • If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol based hand rub eg. Aqium 

    You can purchase small containers of this and carry it in your bag, briefcase, pocket and school bag.

  • If using latex gloves, wash hands before applying gloves and after discarding the gloves.

2.  Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash hands
  • If you don’t have a tissue, turn away from people and cough into your shoulder or the crook of your elbow.

3.  Standing or sitting back from other people

A very simple way of reducing the chances of being infected or passing on respiratory viruses is to stand or sit back from other people in public or in the workplace. You should try to maintain a distance of one metre, where possible.


4.  Keep your home and work space clean

  • Clean your home and work spaces regularly with water and detergent. Regular cleaning is best for most homes and workplaces.
  • Avoid sharing of cups and cutlery.

5.  If you are sick yourself, stay away from other people until you stop coughing and sneezing

If you have a contagious sickness like the flu or a cold, do your best to stay away from other people, especially those who are:

  • Elderly;
  • Very young (babies and children);
  • Have a chronic lung disease; and
  • Pregnant

6.  Good nutrition and general health are important in maintaining an   efficient immune system.

You should try and avoid crowded gatherings, especially in enclosed spaces.



Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Department of Health WA



Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

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 in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


Refer to the attached for further information.


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



If a student has placed a lunch order, but is not at school that day or has gone home early,  the order can be cancelled before 9:30am.  Failing which a sibling may collect the lunch order.  


We will not give lunch orders to friends unless a parent has contacted the canteen, to let us know who will be collecting it.


Dianne Combrink


Parent Association



The Term Two, Parents' Association meeting was held on Monday 22 May 2017.  Thanks to all those that attended especially Lorrelle Fortune, the Head of Health and PE, who provided parents with an overview of the PE Curriculum. 


Four funding proposals were discussed and voted on.  These were the results:

1. $4.4k for the purchase of six spin bikes - 24 voted for and 0 against.

2. $1.3k for the purchase of some Minkey equipment and materials for making goals - 24 voted for and 0 against. 

3. $10k for the John XXIII Parent Ball - 23 voted for and 1 against.

4. $8.5k for computer and robotics equipment for Primary IT classes - 24 voted for and 0 against.


The next PA meeting will be on Monday 14 August 2017 7pm at the Exhibition Centre.  Funding proposals must be submitted by Friday 28 July to be considered at this meeting.  If you have any questions, please email  


Upcoming Inspire Events

  • 1 August, 2017 Healthy Body Image. For parents and children in Years 7 – 12. (Speaker: Professor Sue Byrne)
  • 12 September, 2017 Loneliness, Bullying and Pressure to Succeed Issues (Speaker: Karen Martin)

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

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

Uniform Shop


The Uniform Shop will be closed on Monday June 12 for mid-year stocktake.  The shop will open again on Wednesday June 14.

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Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf
Creating Positive Families 2017 (003).pdf
Living More Alive 2017 (003).pdf
Home and School as Witness 2017 (003).pdf
Viewing life from the Edge 180717.pdf
2017 Letter requesting Host Families.docx
2017 T2 Host Family Application Form ELECTRONIC.docx