09 March 2018
Issue Forty Five
From the Principal
Open Day
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Charter Bus
Music - Week 6
  Inigo Parent Talks
Project compassion
Pathways and Transition
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Open Day

This weekend we celebrate our College with our annual Open Day. It is an opportunity to showcase the school and meet prospective students and families. Our online registration for tours suggest the event will again be very well attended.

At Open Days and at enrolment interviews I am often asked to give an opinion on the relevant merits of co-education and single gender schools. I always explain that it is great to live in a part of Perth where we are blessed for choice and there are lots of excellent schools.

In recent decades there has been a move towards more co-educational Catholic and Independent schools. Historically, there have been pragmatic reasons for those changes. In the Catholic sector the declining number of teaching Religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters has meant that the amalgamation of schools has made good economic sense.

At John XXIII College we believe that co-education provides a comfortable environment in which students learn and grow. Gender is a core element of our identity and the formative years of childhood and adolescence are the right times to establish respectful, collaborative patterns of understanding and behaviour. One of the reasons our students are successful and comfortable in the tertiary sphere is because they are accustomed to co-education.

Studies suggesting that either gender performs better in the presence or absence of the other are counteracted by studies suggesting otherwise. I have had the pleasure of working in co-educational and single gender Catholic and Independent schools and have thoroughly enjoyed each experience. It really comes down to an individual choice for each child and family.

There are wonderful co-educational schools and single gender schools throughout Australia and the world. It is brilliant that we live in a society where families can make informed choices. We are very proud of our Loreto and St Louis heritage and thrilled that we now offer the benefits of over 40 years of co-education at John XXIII College.

Celebrating Success

Our Rowing Coordinator, Mr Rob Thomas, was delighted to pass on that one of our Year 10 Rowers, Jasmin Collins has been named as the coxswain in the 2018 State Female Pathway VIII. Congratulations to Jasmin on being recognised for her talent in the sport.

As an aside, I was also delighted to learn that former student Matt De Boer has been named in the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) leadership group for the season. Having previously been delisted by Fremantle, it is wonderful that his talents as a footballer and a leader have been recognised by a highly regarded AFL club. Resilience and making the most of opportunities appear to be the hallmarks of Matt’s AFL career.


Robert Henderson



Please refer to the rowing article later in the newsletter

Open Day


Around The Primary

Dear Parents


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary






Dates to Remember


Monday 12 March           Yrs 3&4 Sculptures by the Sea Excursion
                                                     (Please return permission notes)




2018 Walk for Justice for Refugees

The 2018 Walk for Justice for Refugees will be taking place throughout Australia on Palm Sunday (25 March). People from all faith groups, community organisations and the general public will join the Palm Sunday Walk, bringing banners and other messages of support in solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum.


In recent years, thousands of people, including those representing the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum, have attended the Walk. It’s important that we keep up this momentum to demonstrate the growing concern across the community about the harsh and punitive treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.


Slavery Free Chocolate for Easter

Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”


Are you buying and eating, or giving away Easter chocolate this year? It is estimated that up to 30 million people are trapped in slavery globally.  The United Nations estimates that one in every three victims of human trafficking is a child. Much of the chocolate we consume in Australia is made with cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been enslaved. These children don’t even know what the cocoa beans are used for and they won’t ever get to taste chocolate.


Take Action


Go to the ACRATH website: to find out more. Spread the word about slavery-free Easter chocolate and enjoy chocolate that carries any of the following symbols on the wrapper. Visit for information and resources.


Look for these symbols to ensure your chocolate is slavery-free.

Live Simply Day

Live Simply Day will be held on Friday 23 March. Students can get a sponsorship form in their homeroom.


The objective of the day is to embrace the idea of living simply and support those living in poverty.

All funds raised will be donated to Project Compassion.


Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission





NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

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


Please use the column on the left of the page to navigate. Round 4 NAS will see John XXIII College take on Newman College from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 March.


A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice. Good luck to all teams.


NAS Basketball Team Members – Shawn Redhage Basketball Clinics

A reminder for students involved in NAS Basketball in Term 1, there is the opportunity to attend basketball coaching/skill sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage.

  • Year 7 and 8 NAS Basketball team members can attend on Monday from 7am – 8am
  • Year 9 – 12 NAS basketball team members can attend on Thursday from 7am – 8am

There is no nomination required, or cost, for students to attend.

John XXIII College ACC Swimming Team – Wednesday 21 March HBF Stadium

Students in the John XXIII College ACC Swimming team that will compete at HBF Stadium on Wednesday 21 March have been notified in homeroom. Students in the ACC team are encouraged to attend training. Especially if they don’t train elsewhere. The ACC team in age division, information letter and ACC program booklet are attached.


Swimming training is on from 7.00 - 7.50am at the College pool. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Monday 19 March.

Cross Country Training (Year 7 to 12)

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 7.00 to 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 4 - 7km depending on ability level.


Western Australian Selection for Jasmin Collins

The John XXIII College Rowing Club wishes to congratulate Jasmin Collins, on her selection as the Western Australian State Pathway Eight Girl’s Coxswain.


A very well-deserved honour for Jasmin as a Year 10 student who has only just crossed over to the coxswain seat in recent months. Jasmin will be travelling to Penrith, Sydney on Friday 13 April returning to Perth on Tuesday 17 April and will competing against other states for Australian selection. If successful, the crew will follow on to represent Australia at the Junior World Titles later this year.

New Zealand Rowing Tour

Next January we will be taking all Year 11 and 12 rowers to New Zealand on a Rowing Tour. We will endeavour to compete in the Canterbury Championships at Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel. It will be the first time our rowers will have had an opportunity to take part in such an event outside of Australia and what better group of students to do it with.


If any current Year 10 or 11 students would like to join the Rowing Club, there is no better time to start than now, to be ready to take on New Zealand’s best school aged rowers in 2019.


Mr Rob Thomas

Rowing Coordinator



Netball Club


For registration enquiries, please email us on


There are still a couple of spots to fill for year 7 and year 11 so if you are still thinking of joining netball this year please email the club.


Grading – Week 4 (Note: change of start time for year 9)

Year 8                      (8.30am – 10.00am) Saturday 10 March (Open Day)  

Year 7                      (9.30am – 11.00am) Saturday 10 March (Open Day)

Year 9                      (8.30am – 10.00am) Sunday 11 March            

Year 10/11/12       (9.30am – 11.00am) Sunday 11 March      


All grading will be on the school netball hard courts (next to the Year 7 block).


School Sports Uniform MUST be worn to grading. Players not wearing uniform will NOT be allowed to take the court.


Saturday is open day and there will be traffic so please be mindful of the extra congestion during grading times for drop off and pick up.

If your child is unable to attend final grading please advise the Club via email at


BLOOMERS will be on sale at the next grading sessions. $15 each cash only.


JACKETS will be on sale at the next grading session. $100 cash only. 


The netball uniforms are available for purchase in the John XXIII Uniform Shop.

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus


Music - Week 6

Open Day

A reminder that all ensembles performing on Open Day tomorrow should be wearing College summer uniform, and are to meet their director 15 minutes before their performance is scheduled to start. Musical cast members are permitted to wear their Musical tops.

Twilights Recital

The first Twilight Recital of the year is upon us! All students currently taking lessons on voice or an instrument are invited to perform in the GBLT on Sunday, 18 March from 5:30 to 6:30pm. This free, one-hour concert series provides students the opportunity to perform to a friendly, welcoming audience, with accompaniment provided by Mr David Dockery. Families are asked to bring a plate of supper to share, following the concert. Forms for the Twilight Recital are available from the Music Office, where rehearsal times with Mr Dockery can also be booked. All are welcome! Applications close Wednesday, 14 March at 4:00pm.

Ensemble Badges

For students who have misplaced their ensemble badges, replacement badges are available from the Music Office at a cost of $12. Complimentary badges for new students in ensembles are awarded at the end of Term 1.


Farewell to Our French Exchange Students

As the bus departed, our eyes filled with tears of sadness as we bid farewell to our exchange group from Notre Dame de Sion on the evening of Thursday 1 March. The French Exchange group from our sister school Notre Dame de Sion in Marseille was with us for two weeks, getting to know our beautiful state and learning about our culture. 


During their time here, they thoroughly enjoyed visiting places such as Perth city, AQWA and Rottnest. When asked, the students replied that their most memorable experiences were the special time spent with their host families, their visit to Caversham, and the excursion to Fremantle, which they shared with our Year 10 French students.


As for their days at our College, the students said they were most impressed with the lessons they received. They made boomerangs in Woodwork, then painted them after learning about Aboriginal art. They gained a better understanding of our heritage through an awesome history lesson and an enjoyable AFL lesson. Last, but not least, they expanded their English skills in shared French-English classes and by accompanying their hosts to classes.


We would like to express our deep gratitude to all the teachers involved in the program and acknowledge their fantastic work. We would also like to acknowledge everyone who in one way or another helped the French Exchange students and their teachers as sometimes it is these little things that make the French Exchange a great success.


Our heartfelt gratitude to the host families for supporting our visitors from France and ensuring that they had a comfortable, enjoyable and engaging stay.


Thank you to Mme Lucas for coordinating the Notre Dame de Sion Exchange for 2018. Her hard work, meticulous planning and energy have made this exchange successful. Merci bien!


Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)


Sacraments Program

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

Is your child already enrolled in a Parish Sacrament program in your own ‘home’ parish for Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation?


Need help with this?

Updates from Local Parishes

Holy Spirit, City Beach

Registration forms are available from Cathy Gawen,

Alternatively phone Parish Priest, Fr Emmanual-tv Dimobi, 93413131.


Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 16 March.

Registration forms are available from


Star of the Sea, Cottesloe

Enrolment form on the College website.

Further information:


Saint Cecilia, Floreat

Further information: Prue Pupazzoni,


St Joseph, Subiaco

Applications for Sacrament of Confirmation to be made from 1 March. Applications for Eucharist and Reconciliation will be invited in terms 2 and 3 respectively.

Further information:

GOOD NEWS for 4th Sunday in Lent

“God sent his Son into the world that we might be saved through him.”  John 3:14-21


The reflection is part of Fr Michael Tate’s homily for this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Michael Tate is a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.



God’s Works of Art   


... What does St Paul reveal as one of God’s favourite ways of regarding us?

‘We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus, to live the good life as from the beginning He had intended us to live it.’


God is an artist working on a cosmic scale. What an artistic imagination: stars, caterpillars, the oceans, rhinoceroses, you, me. We humans are God’s imagining – God’s image-ing – at its best.

The Greek word for this work of art is poiema. We get our word ‘poem’ from it. You and I, each one of us is one of God’s poems still being written, we are works in progress.

Just as an artist respects the medium (in which) he or she is working ... so too God respects us as human beings with free will. Which is why His works of art don’t always look the way He intended!


Now, if one has a work of art in the house, for example a particularly nice vase, or a picture or print that means a lot to you, or perhaps the first sketch by a grandchild, do you put it in the darkest corner of the room, more or less obscured from view?

Or do you allow just enough light to fall on it so as to reveal how terrific it is, why it gives you pleasure? Of course, the latter.


Now, if you and I are God’s work of art, God wants exactly the same. He wants us to be revealed in the light. What sort of light? This is today’s Gospel. Christ our Light came into the world not to condemn it but to save it.


Of course, it might be necessary for the Light to dispel some darkness, some shadow dimension of our lives … When my dear old mother was in her last months, I used to wheel her out into the courtyard to get some sun – just a few minutes every day but that light was healing, therapeutic physically and mentally. That is the sort of healing light which our Lord throws on us …

Christ not only casts his Light on us to heal us, but to illuminate us in a way which more clearly reveals the love which the Divine Artist has for His creation.


Which is why I look forward to Easter. I look forward to the Paschal Candle being lit in the darkness of the Easter Vigil. That Candle celebrates the victory of Divine Light over the inky darkness of the tomb. As I process it into the darkened church I proclaim three times: ‘The Light of Christ’. Then, as each lights his or her candle from Christ our Light …  the church fill(s) with those flickering candles …


And then we can together say together with St Paul:

“We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had intended us to live it.” 

© Fr Michael Tate


Image: Jenny Close


Community Liturgy

Each Friday morning students, staff, families and friends gather to celebrate the Eucharist, which is joyful, prayerful, nourishing, ‘user-friendly’ and open to all. At our Community Mass next Friday, 16 March, we will remember Owen Burke whose anniversary occurs around this time.


During the Lenten season, some families make a particular effort to attend the Community Mass.  On the last Friday of Lent, 23 March, the Liturgy will commence at 7:30am in the Library courtyard with a blessing of palms, followed by procession to the Chapel.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel

If you have any queries about Community Liturgy, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.


Except: Friday 23 March.

7:30 to 8:00am – Library Courtyard, for blessing and procession of palms.

8:00 to 8:30am – Chapel, for the Passion of the Lord and celebration of the Eucharist.


Inigo Parent Talks



Project compassion

Every year, the Project Compassion fundraising initiative is launched by Caritas Australia on Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. On Shrove Tuesday, we accompanied Mrs Murphy, Lachy Bywater and Ella Fracaro from Year 11 to attend a launch event at Newman College, along with over 100 other students and teachers from Catholic schools across Perth. 


The day was presided over by the engaging Mrs Finneran, and we learned about the work of Caritas Australia. The theme this year for Project Compassion is ‘A Just Future’. We were invited to speak at the forum about some of the social justice initiatives within our College such as our Pilgrimage program, Live Simply day, and the upcoming Twilight Retreats. Later in the day, Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, which was a privilege to experience. 


It was very insightful to learn about social justice and the work of Caritas, and we would like to encourage our community to support the Project Compassion campaign throughout Lent.


Isabella Holland and Grace Olver, Faith and Mission Captains


Janeen Murphy

Director Faith and Mission





Magis Academic Seminar Breakfast

The first Magis Academic Seminar Breakfast took place at the Circle of Friends Café on Wednesday morning. The keynote speaker was Ms Kathy Boyatzis, the WA Director of Creative Edge Thinking and Opti-MINDS, and the former Director of Tournament of Minds. The topic was ‘Creative Thinking and Problem Solving’, and the focus was assisting  the students interested in the Creative Thinking Challenge at Curtin University on Saturday 25 March, an exciting invitation only event. Warmest thanks to Ms Boyatzis, the students who attended, and the staff and students who assisted with the breakfast, and to Ms Negus and Ms Bouwman for their support at the event.


The Academic Spelling Challenge has seen about 70 students participate so far, and others will have the opportunity to do so at make-up rounds in the next few days. Results will be announced at the end of Week 6. Entries for the Goal-setting and Strategic Plan for Academic Success challenge are now due.


The response for the da Vinci Decathlon has been excellent, and the Year 7, 8 and 9 teams all look strong and are preparing well. Throughout the School the there are many exciting gifted student competitions with teams now being finalised. These include Catholic Schools Mooting, the WA Debating League Schools competition, and Law Mock Trials, all of which qualify for points for the competitive side of the new Magis/Altiora Program. Another major opportunity students may wish to consider is the 2018 Royal Commonwealth Society Speech and Leadership contest. There are two sections – Year 9 and 10 students competing in the Junior section and Years 11 and 12 in the Senior. Forms and information are available from the Magis office.


Next week all secondary students will receive information about the new Magis competitions open to all secondary students – the John XXXIII College Public Speaking and Short Story Writing competitions. Warmest thanks to Year 12 Magis committee member Amelia MacMillan who has designed posters for these events, and to Bella Spiro-Harrison for her splendid leadership so far as Magis Scholar. I would also like to warmly thank the parent committee for the opportunity to speak at their first meeting on Monday.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Director


Pathways and Transition

Pathways and Transition




The Get Real Experience and Try (GREaT)

Nursing and Midwifery Year 10 Work Experience Program is supported by the WA Department of Health. The program is an opportunity for Year 10 students contemplating a career in the Health sector to experience nursing firsthand. It is a five-day work experience program during school term. It is up to the student to ensure there are no exams, work or holiday commitments that may clash with the placement date. 


Applications for GREaT are now open and can be accessed via the following link:       Closing date 8 March


For more information, students are encouraged to talk to the Careers Counsellor or click on

Students must advise Mrs Watson after they have submitted their application.

Defence Force Gap Year Program

The Defence Force Gap Year program gives young Australians, who have completed year 12 (or equivalent), the chance to experience a year in the Navy, Army or Air Force with No obligation to commit beyond the 12 months. 


A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a way to experience a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, while gaining life skills, making new friends and developing leadership qualities you can take anywhere.

Applications for the 2019 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are now open. 


For more information

Gap Idea – Volunteer Overseas

Some students opt for a break from formal study after Year 12 and consider travelling overseas and volunteering with organisations. We have had several students in previous years register with LATTITUDE Global Volunteering ( There will be a lunchtime presentation for interested students in March.

Health Services School-Based Trainee Progress

The Aegis and John XXIII College pathway to nursing kicked off in style on 16 February with the Year 11 school-based trainees Anabel Stefels, Blake Mitchell and Skye Willson, commencing the very important first aid and emergency care training which included checking vital signs, treating an asthma emergency and performing CPR.


Our nursing pathway superstars are enjoying the combination of school, training and work – especially the fact that they are paid to learn in the industry they intend to go into once they leave our school. By the end of Year 12 they will have hundreds of hours of experience in health services and be able to transition into tertiary nursing studies at University or TAFE.  They will also be qualified to work in a hospital as a Nursing Assistant. Now that’s what we call a win/win!

Interesting Reads

New Work Smarts: Thriving in the New Work Order


By 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. To prepare young people for this future we must shift our understanding of what it will mean to be smart in the New Work Order. Based on an analysis of 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians each year, this report reveals the most important skills we will need to be work smart in the future


Read the report here:

These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future

While emerging technologies will replace many jobs, they will also create many new ones. In fact, over half of the jobs current middle school students will be doing in the future do not even exist today. Widespread innovation is continuing to give birth to exciting new industries, all of which are sources of new jobs.


Read more here:


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












Year 8 Immunisation Program

The Department of Health is offering parents of students in Year 8 the opportunity to have their child vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) tetanus, diphtheria and human papillomavirus (HPV).

The Department of Health vaccination team will be visiting the College this Monday 12 March to administer the first round of vaccines. Information packages and consent forms have been sent home with your child. Consent forms can still be returned on the day of vaccination.


Parents can also download consent form and information sheet.


Please note that all students are vaccinated in school by a nursing team with expertise in immunisation.


For more information visit:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse



Uniform Shop

Secondary Winter Uniform Items Available Now

The Uniform Shop has a full selection of Secondary School winter uniform items in stock now. Now is the time for Secondary students to purchase Winter uniforms. Don’t leave it until the last minute!

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday 8.00am to 5.45pm

Wednesday 8.00am to 4.15pm

Friday 8.00am to 11.45am


The Uniform Shop is now accepting secondhand uniform items. Please remember that all items must be freshly cleaned and ironed and in perfect condition to be accepted for sale.

All tracksuits are now available.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Community Notices

Enrolment Applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 2021 and Kindergarten 2020. For more information, please contact Mrs Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar on 9383 0449 or           



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