26 October 2018
Issue Seventy Two
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Music - Week 33
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

New beginnings

Last week we wished our Year 12 students well as they approach important examinations and prepare for the excitement of their future lives. It is a time for new beginnings for the Class of 2018 but also for our next intake of new students. This week we welcomed our Year 7 2019 students as they prepare for the next stage of their educational journey.  A very successful Orientation Day was conducted for our prospective Year 7 students.


At our Year 12 Valete celebrations last week, I referred to a beautiful introduction written in the book ‘Finding God’s Traces’ which we present to our students on leaving the College. It was written by former Principal, Mrs Anne Fry.


I believe the sentiments are equally important for all members of our community.


“Congratulations on your graduation from John XXIII College. The successful completion of your formal school based education is a magnificent achievement and I hope that you realise the very special privilege you have been afforded.


Many of the young people in the world do not have access to secondary education and some not even to the most rudimentary primary education. That you have had twelve years of formal education now places you among a very elite group of young people and it is my hope that you will never lose your gratitude and respect for learning. It is further hoped that you will repay society by using your education to make the world more just, peaceful and equitable. In your personal and professional lives I hope that you will use the knowledge, attitudes and values that you developed while at John XXIII College.

In presenting to you this beautiful book Finding God’s Traces, I hope that you will find within its pages connections back to the Ignatian values that were an integral aspect of your education at John XXIII College.


You leave John XXIII College with the blessings and best wishes of your peers, teachers and all the staff who have worked with you. May you always continue to be:

a person of competence, conscience and compassion committed to God and the service of others”.

Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Cyber Safety Presentation on Tuesday night. Experts from Family Zone and ySafe shared ways in which parents can protect their children from online threats and also how to support and guide children to navigate the digital world. Please see the Family Zone information page of this newsletter to access resources.


Congratulations to Mr Alderman for organising our fantastic Junior Primary Sports Carnival. The children put in lots of practice for their events and thoroughly enjoyed displaying their physical skills and talents to their friends and family. It was great to see our young students being good sports and not just good at sport. Special thanks to everyone involved in yesterday‘s carnival – a wonderful time was had by our young athletes.


Well done to Mr Fromm and all the terrific Year 3B students for their wonderful assembly item today. It certainly was a very informative and entertaining performance about climatic zones and weather.


The students also enjoyed sharing their writing samples of different forms of poetry.



We wish all staff a happy World Teachers Day! We thank our wonderful staff for all the exceptional work they do each and every day.


The staff appreciated the lovely morning tea that was provided by the parent community.

Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary

Well done to all the students who received a certificate for their fantastic achievements.



James Andruszkiw
Sam Travis
Ariel Horlin
Tim Hawkins


Felix Tonich
Hugo Smith
Xavier Xu
Sam Middleton



Alice Wever
Angus Perera
Robert Natale
Roxy Fullerton



Isaiah D’Souza
Jamelia Greenwood
Oliver Rohr
Alexis Tonkin



Amelia Wibrow
Jack Turner



Mia Conway
Mia Pruiti



Aliyana Stickland
Ben Engelbrecht
Will Blaxell
Sam Dale



Lydia Defrancesco
Anashe Marerwa



Genevieve Ford
Oliver Wever


Lucy Soares
Liam Ptolomey



Lana O’Gorman
Tilly O’Connell


Oliver Defrancesco
Daisy Fethers



Geordie Stickland
Olivia Psaila-Savona
Rebecca Litic
Jude Knowles
Billie Rowsthorn



Gabrielle Watts
Finn Martin
Max Watt



Dates to Remember

Wednesday  31 October              Yrs 5 & 6 Growth and Development sessions

                                                                     Yr 3 Hyogo Cultural Centre Excursion
Thursday 1 November                   Sustainability Incursion (Yrs 2-4)

Sunday 4 November                        First Lego League (selected students)


Pilgrimage 2018 Reflections

This year thirty-seven Year 11 students and 12 staff embarked on four pilgrimages to Northern Territory, Cambodia, India and Timor Leste. Our Pilgrimage program provides growth and transformation through the experience of service, reflection and prayer, offering an opportunity to broaden student's world view and discover how they can become ‘men and women for others’. Learn about their experiences and reflections.


South Metropolitan TAFE Building and Construction Future Trade Open Night​

Are you looking for a pre-apprenticeship and an apprenticeship? SMTAFE Construction Department are holding a Trade Open Night where students can see the workshop facilities and live demonstrations in:

  • carpentry and joinery
  • brick laying
  • plumbing
  • plastering
  • wall and ceiling lining
  • wall and floor tiling

Students will be able to take a tour of the facilities and view current student projects. TAFE lecturers, local employers and industry partners will be available to answer questions on the building and construction courses available and provide pathway information.


When:  Wednesday 7 November 2018

Time:     2.30pm – 8.00pm

Where: South Metro TAFE, Rockingham Trade Workshops, Simpson Avenue, Rockingham

To register visit South Metropolitan TAFE on Facebook and click ‘going’ to register your attendance.


Can you help? - Secondary year group coordinators

It’s that time of year when the current coordinators vacate their positions and we seek new year group coordinators. I am writing requesting you consider taking on the role. It can easily be undertaken by a team of 2-4.


It will only require 3-5 hours a term of your time in total.


I know you've heard it before, it is really fun and doesn't take much effort. All you have to do is organise morning coffee dates and two adult functions throughout the year - normally mid-year and end of year. Roster sheets for canteen duty, staff morning teas and anything else the school requires are prepared for you and all you have to do is place them out the front of the lecture hall in February on the night of your relevant parent information night, and send out reminders throughout the year.


On Friday 30 November, we have scheduled a Welcome Lunch for all new 2019 coordinators.


I am always available and happy to take phone calls from anyone that needs my assistance along the way. Ric Del Pizzo our College contact has an open-door policy and is always available for any matters that coordinators need help with throughout the year.


We have a fabulous website for coordinators that contains a toolkit with all the information you need to do the job.


There are schedules, calendars and lists of functions by year Group, all precedents are in place, everything is well organised, even templates to aid you in requesting volunteers at the beginning of the year.


So please, grab a friend and have a go. It is a very rewarding experience and I can guarantee you will have a great time!


If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me on my mobile 0419 886 722 or email


Sharon Aquino

Secondary Convenor

John XXIII College Christmas Appeal

Please donate generously to the John XXIII College Christmas appeal.

Please bring in money and items from the list below to support the St Vincent de Paul and Shopfront Christmas appeal. Bags need to be dropped into Mrs Murphy’s office on Wed 14 November.

The following items are needed for the Gift Bags (please note, smaller sizes are more useful):

General Items

  • Razors, shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrush
  • Ladies Razors
  • Hand cream
  • Make-up
  • Make-up bag
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Moisturiser
  • Sunscreen
  • Body lotion 
  • Comb,  Brush
  • Small packet tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Body lotion 
  • Nail polish
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Caps, Hats, Sunglasses
  • Torch and batteries

Food Items

  • Packet Biscuits
  • Lollies    
  • Toffees    
  • Shortbread
  • Fruit Jellies
  • Mini Fruit Cake
  • Mini Christmas Pudding
  • Packet Nuts    
  • Packet Dried Fruit
  • Pretzels    
  • Chips    
  • Christmas chocolates
  • Christmas lollies


Family Zone & Cyber Safety

Family Zone & Cyber Safety Information Night

Thanks for attending our Cyber Safety education session. 

Family Zone & ySafe resources can be found on our John XXIII College Cyber Safety Hub.


Below is a 'Parent's Guide to Cyber Safety’ that ySafe have provided as a follow-up resources to help you along on your cyber safety journey.

Please 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


How to choose great apps for your child

Written by Family Zone Team on 23 October 2018  

Do you worry about your kids’ screen-time? OK, that was a rhetorical question. Of course you do.

At the same time, as a savvy digital parent, you know that screen-time ain’t screen-time. 


Quantitative measures - how many hours, how many minutes, how many apps - are important, sure. But they’re far from being the whole story.


Qualitative factors are hugely important when assessing screen-time limits, too - and every cyber expert out there will tell you the same. Two hours of unboxing videos on YouTube or two hours of Fortnite or two hours on a book-creation app are three entirely different experiences. Yes, it’s all screen-time, but not all screen-time is created equal.


Just as an hour spent reading a gossip mag is not the equivalent of an hour with Jane Austen (although come to think of it, the two have a lot in common!) - the quality of what kids engage with on their screens matters too.


So apart from the obvious extremes - first-person shooter v. a scrapbooking app - the question remains - how do you, as a parent, make a judgment call about the content your children are engaging with? Specifically how do you distinguish a genuinely “educational” app from the millions that simply market themselves that way?


While there’s no fool-proof formula for choosing great apps for your child, here are some important questions to consider:


Is it fun?

“Fun” is impossible to quantify or even define. But it’s an essential feature of any worthwhile kids’ app. Why? Because if it’s not fun, you child won’t use it. Full stop. And the idea that “fun” and “learning” are in opposition went out with caning and dunce caps. The best learning happens when children are not even aware of it.


Is it empowering and/or creative?

Quality content builds competencies, taking kids to the next level. A structure that involves moving ahead to ever-more-complex tasks is a feature of virtually every game that kids love to play.

There’s a flow-on effect from this tangible progress in skill-building, too. It feels good. And it makes kids feel good about themselves, too. That enhanced self-esteem is a hidden “plus” of many apps and games.


Of course, if a kid simply gets better at shooting “enemies” or virtual hoops, the offline applications are going to be limited. Look for apps and games that develop real-world skills - or at least can be applied to the offline world.


Is it ad-free and in-app-purchases-free? It’s been said that there’s no such thing as a free app. In fact, we said it ourselves just a couple of weeks ago. (Read the blog here.) They may not come with an upfront cost, but those “free” games may be profiting from your child’s personal data, selling it to the highest bidder in an increasingly cut-throat digital marketplace.

In-app purchases are another way “free” games can rake in profits. Revenue from the free version of Fortnite, for example, recently surpassed the $1 billion mark - and it accomplished this feat almost solely by way of in-app purchases. We blogged about that too. (Read the blog here


Is it from a trusted brand? This is a tricky one, because even “quality” brands like Disney and Nickelodeon produce content that amounts to little more than aimless distraction. And if you only stick with brands you know, you can miss out on some exciting up-and-comers. But on the whole, it’s worth your while to consider the source.

Note whether  the app has been created in conjunction with educators. It’s an especially good sign of quality ahead!


Is it developmentally appropriate? What’s educational at one stage of a child’s development can be frustrating, boring or worse at another stage. As a general rule of thumb, look for challenges that are just a bit beyond where your child is at developmentally, and then support her as she extends herself.

Observe your child closely - and be prepared to be surprised by what you find. For instance, recent research found that preschoolers learned more watching a video of someone else playing a math game than they did playing the game themselves. At a different developmental stage, the results would have been much different.


Is it safe? Any app or game that includes live-streaming is by definition risky. This feature attracts child predators like no other. Chat with strangers is also a hazard for children - despite the protests of developers that conversations are moderated. Privacy settings are another feature parents can vet. Is there a way to set up the app to protect your child from unwanted attention or abuse?


What do the experts say? Family Zone’s acclaimed team of cyber experts - including psychologists, researchers, child development specialists, and law enforcement experts - reviews new apps as they launch. Subscribers can access these exclusive guidelines, which include age recommendations and risk-assessments, at any time.


Another respected online resource is Common Sense Media, where you’ll find both specialist and parent reviews. And speaking of parents - don’t forget to check in with other mums and dads with children of a similar age who’ve used the app. You may not always agree with their assessment, but you’ll definitely add to your knowledge base.


Knowing what apps to block or limit is part of a digital parent’s job. But helping children to find great online content is an important part of the job description too. At Family Zone, we’re committed to helping parents and schools raise a healthy, balanced digital generation. To learn more, visit us at


NAS Golf

On Tuesday 23 October our NAS Golf team were successful in defending their title against other associated NAS teams at the Wembley Golf Complex. 

The lads acquitted themselves very well indeed and represented the College impeccably. Further congratulations to Xavier Carr for the best individual score on the day and receiving the Individual Best Gross Score award.


Thank you to all involved and well done!


Darren Kowal
NAS Golf Manager

ACC Representative Cricket Team

Player nominations are now open for the ACC Representative Cricket Team for the match against the Combined Government Schools on the 15 March 2019 at the WACA ground.  Net selection trials will be held in mid-late November 2018 (dates/venues TBC) and a final selection trial match will be held on Friday 8 March 2019 at Murdoch University Ground.


The representative match against the Combined Government Schools team is scheduled to be played at the WACA in 2019. This is an unbelievable cricket opportunity and all schools are encouraged to nominate quality players for this highly regarded match. All players selected receive an ACC “baggy yellow” cricket cap from the association.

The ACC is now calling for nominations from interested and talented players. On-line nominations are due to the ACC by Monday 5 November 2018.

The process for nominations is as follows:

Positions for players are open to all cricket players that will be enrolled at the school in 2018; players MUST be of representative quality. There is no age restriction, but being an “open” age team, selected players are usually in Years 10, 11 or 12 and must be capable of playing at U18 level.


Information about net selection trials in November 2018 will be provided to players and schools ASAP once nominations are finalised. Players that were selected in the final team earlier this year or who are national or state representatives do not have to attend the net trial as they will be automatically passed through to the trial match in March next year.


Below is a pdf information flyer for parents and students. For more information please contact Trent Sharpe at the ACC on 9241 5298 or


Music - Week 33

Small Ensemble Soiree

The annual Small Ensemble Soiree will be held on Sunday 28 October in the Performing Arts Centre. Commencing at 5:30pm and featuring clarinet, flute, saxophone, percussion, string and vocal small ensembles, this concert will feature some of the College’s finest musical talent! All family and friends are invited to attend the soiree and to join in a shared supper, afterwards.

Year 9 Recital Night

The Year 9 Recital Night will be held on the evening of Wednesday 31 October in the GBLT. Commencing at 7:00pm, this concert features Year 9 soloists and small groups performing to an audience of peers, family and friends. Applications to perform are currently open, and will close on Monday 29 October at 4:00pm. All are welcome to attend!


Coming soon

  • Year 9 Drama Night – Gobsmacked!
    Thursday 8 November, Roncalli Hall, 7pm
  • Year 10 Drama Night – Quality Assortment
    Tuesday 20 November, Roncalli Hall, 7pm
  • Year 9 Musical – Hairspray
    Tuesday 27 November, Roncalli Hall, 7pm
  • Year 8 Drama Night – Let’s Play
    Monday 3 December, Roncalli Hall, 5pm



Over 120 people attended the Magis Awards Presentations and Personal Project Opening on Wednesday morning in the College Library, an excellent response.  Magis awards for second semester were presented in the following areas: Jesuit National Debating, World Scholars Cup, Opti-MINDS, Magis Academic Knowledge and Creativity Challenges, Mock Trials, Mooting, British Parliamentary Debating and chess. In addition the overall Magis  Award places for each year group were presented. These are based on points scored for Semester One academic performance, points from the five Magis academic challenges held during the year, performances in College events such as public speaking and creative writing,  and  in up to four WA or national gifted and talented competitions  including the eight directly associated with Magis,  or others connected with any of the different learning areas.


Congratulations to the following major Magis Award winners for 2018:


Year 12

1. Amelia MacMillan

2. Kinia Obrien

3. Roberto Vitali-Lawn


Year 11

1.  Rory Hewson

2. Charlie Richards

3. Cullen Binet


Year 9

1. Grace Barbour

2. McKenzie Richardson

3. Caitlin Green


Year 8

1. Patrick Browne

2. Genevieve Fergusson-Allen and Alice O’Sullivan


Year 7

1. Yvette Rigg

2. Ava Kwei

3. Daniel Doran


Kinia O’Brien and Charlie Griffiths also excelled in winning the inaugural Altiora Awards for 2018.

At the ceremony presentations  were also  made to: Ms Daisy Farley and Mr Tom Paparo for their outstanding coaching efforts in Magis-related events in 2018;  to  Lisa Martella,  Milissa Jagers and Stacy Tyson for their wonderful assistance with the World Scholar’s Cup Global round;  and to four exceptional Year 12 leaders in Magis this year, Magis Captain, Bella Spiro-Harrison, Amelia MacMillan, Roberto Vitali and Kinia O’Brien, whose contribution to the success of the program has been superb.


Full details of all Magis Awards in all sections for 2018 will be listed in the hardcover Magis Chronicle for 2018 which should be available in late November.


The Personal Project Opening was also a great success with 34 Years 7 and 8 students who did the Magis elective in semester two displaying a remarkable range of exciting projects which were featured in the colourful Personal Project Program handbook.  A full report with a list of Award winners will be published in next week’s newsletter and highlights from both Semester One and Semester Two personal projects will be in the Chronicle.


Finally, warmest thanks to our Principal and Vice Principal Mr Rob Henderson and Ms Kath Negus for presenting the awards, and for their outstanding support of the new Magis program throughout the year, to the library staff and Mr Doug Watson for their great assistance with the event, and to all parents, teachers and students who attended  in the morning, visited the Personal Project display during the day, or acted as judges.

Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Community Liturgy

Next week’s Community Mass will be prepared by the new Student Representative Council for 2019. It is also the feast of All Souls – when the Church particularly prays for our loved ones who have died. Everyone is always welcome to our Friday Community liturgies.



  • 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.

Sacrament Program


… to students in Year 3, and their families, who recently celebrated their First Reconciliation.


The Sacrament Program in the Perth Archdiocese is ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school-supported’.  While the students have received formal preparation in the Religion Program, they celebrate the sacrament with their families in their parish.


Congratulations to the following Year 3 students who have celebrated the sacrament in the parishes of St Thomas, Claremont and Holy Spirit, City Beach.


Ben Arundell

Will Bahen

Zack Barley

India Bester

Will Blaxell

James Bradock

Liam Burns

Jake Fleay

Stella Fullerton

Angelina Gardner

Jayden Gope

Charlie Lennon

Liam McNamara

Alyssa Mignacca

Luka O’Gorman

Elle Paolucci

Scarlett Polini

Olive Smith

Josh Standen

Aliyana Stickland

Max Tonich

Campbell Tonkin

Rose Townsend

Amelia Watson

Bella Watson

Sasha Watt

GOOD NEWS for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 10:46-52


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a longer reflection by Greg Sunter.  Greg Sunter is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education. He has extensive experience with young people and is the author of books on adolescent faith.  


In this healing of blind Bartimaeus, we see all the hallmarks of what Jesus has been trying to teach the disciples in the preceding episodes. As a blind man, Bartimaeus would be regarded as ‘imperfect’ – incomplete – and consequently in a permanent state of uncleanliness. He would not be allowed to live within the bounds of normal society, nor have contact with people. So it is that Jesus encounters Bartimaeus on the side of the road, outside the city walls as he is leaving Jericho. Learning that it is Jesus passing by, Bartimaeus calls on Jesus to help him and the crowd tries to shut him up and remind him of his status. But Jesus calls Bartimaeus to him and, placing the needs of the other first, asks ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ When Bartimaeus makes his request, Jesus announces that it his faith that has saved him and his sight is restored. Bartimaeus, like a good disciple, then follows Jesus on the road.

© Greg Sunter

Parents' Association

Parents' Association Committee Term 4 Meeting and AGM​​

The Term 4, Parents' Association meeting and AGM will be on Monday 5 November at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All the roles on the Committee will be up for election and we welcome nominations.  As a parent of the College you can nominate for any of these positions.  We are in need of a new President in 2019, so if you are interested please contact us for further details or nominate yourself at the meeting.


A brief outline of the duties for each role is provided below:

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

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


We look forward to welcoming you at our Term 4 meeting.

Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee


Allergy Awareness​

The College has some students who have severe allergic reaction to nuts and other allergens. This reaction is called Anaphylaxis.  It is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening and requires urgent treatment.


Our school does its best to be an 'Allergy Aware' School. The College can never totally eliminate the risk of an anaphylaxis and we cannot guarantee a totally allergen free environment.  The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of the student who has been diagnosed as at risk, awareness of allergens, prevention and avoidance of exposure to those allergens and action in the case of a reaction.


As a preventative measure could we please ask you to consider the students in our College who are at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • Avoid sending food to school which has nuts or nut products in.
  • Teach your child to respect children who have food allergies.
  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers with anyone.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands after eating.
  • Ask your child to get help immediately if their allergic schoolmate becomes unwell.

If your child has a severe Food Allergy:

  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers.
  • Teach your child to wash hands after eating.
  • Food for your child should be supplied from home.
  • We request your child’s food allergy is stated when ordering food from the Canteen.
  • Parents are advised that your child should carry their Epipen and Action Plan  (adrenaline autoinjector) on them when age appropriate to do so.
  • It is recommended that students with severe food allergies wear a medic alert bracelet/necklet.
  • Educate and empower your child to manage his/her allergy and to get help immediately if feeling unwell.
  • For more information on allergies go to: and

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Uniform Shop

During Term 4 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

Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Summer Canteen Menu 

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 4.

There has been a very small price increase on a couple of items. 


We thank you for your continued support and look forwards to being of service to you.

Community Notices


Jacob Butler speech.pdf
JTC_Volunteers_Email Attachment.pdf
Parent Volunteer Invitation.pdf
CRICKET rep team players Flyer.pdf
From Left: Blake Mettham, Gabriel Kaye, Xavier Carr, Toby Muenchow, Shaun Raj, Henry Seah, William Stacy, Cameron Mills, Reserve - Charlie Griffiths.
Canteen Term 4 Menu 2018.pdf
John XXIII College Student Device Overview.pdf
johnxxiii_a5 flyer_23oct_updated.pdf
Personal Project 2018 Display Catalogue Semester Two.pdf