18 May 2018
Issue Fifty Three
From the Principal
Around The Primary
John XXIII College Rowing
Netball Club
Music - Week 14
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
Men Of John XXIII College
John XXIII College Alumni 
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
Entertainment Books
Community Notices
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From the Principal

The ‘grad at grad’

This week our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students have been involved in national testing. There is always conjecture around the benefits of standardised testing and we are careful to not attach too much importance and anxiety to the process. It is only one source of information providing feedback on how students are tracking with respect to literacy and numeracy. The collective data from a cohort of students enables our staff to reflect on the effectiveness of some of our learning strategies with the view of consolidating effective practices and making improvements in the future.


Jesuit schools sometimes use the term ‘grad at grad’. What do we want our graduates to look like at graduation? Being literate and numerate are obviously important considerations and reflect academic competence but we also aspire for our students to act with conscience and compassion and be committed to God and the service of others.

From another context, the words of Mahatma Gandhi resonate:

It is interesting to look at the world of work and the skills that employers are looking for. Foundational skills (literacy and numeracy) are complemented by technical skills required for a task, role or industry. Increasingly, enterprise skills of problem solving, creativity, teamwork and critical thinking are also being asked of future employees.


In other words, NAPLAN has a place at John XXIII College but is only one ‘point in time’ reference and is part of a much larger educational picture.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents


The Pre-Primary was abuzz with excitement on Monday as the students engaged with the most amazing selection of hands-on and engaging activities with their Mothers. We thank the Pre-Primary staff for their hard work in co-ordinating this marvellous morning.

I hope all families enjoyed a special day last Sunday for Mother’s Day and the Mums particularly enjoyed receiving the special handmade cards and gifts from their children. These were made with love and it was a joy to hear some of the stories about how families spent time together over the weekend. We hope you can now spend a few minutes enjoying this lovely presentation prepared by Miss Saraco (1G Teacher).



The Year 6 students are heading off to Canberra early on Monday morning with Miss Graves, Miss Nish, Ms Allen, Mr Fromm, Mrs Gardner, Mr Hauer and myself.


Their families will receive regular updates all next week, following the adventures of our students and staff as they explore Canberra. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for our students and I am sure the students will return with many stories and filled with great knowledge to apply to their studies.


We would like to thank the Australian Government for contributing towards the travel expenses incurred under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate programme


Children in Years 3 and 5 completed the NAPLAN tests this week which they managed with confidence and maturity. The students coped very well and certainly tried their best. Results from these tests will be sent to parents later in the year.


Thank you to Miss Nish and 6B for a well prepared and entertaining assembly item. It was great to find out more about the content the students have covered in the various learning areas.




Well done to all the students and parents who participated in National Walk Safely to School Day. Research shows children who are regularly physically active are healthier and often perform better academically. It is hoped parents will encourage their children to walk regularly to school as this is the best exercise to build into a daily routine.



Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


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



Luke Watson
Alia Hartfield
Avalei Edwards


Benjamin Parker
Jayan Davies
Mila Bester



Taylor Cloghan
Niamh Jennings



Munesu Marerwa
Nicholas Tudori



Elsa Engelbrecht
Samuel Jukic



Grace Fry
Maya Johnson
Gianmarco Bergomi



Campbell Tonkin
Sophie Litic



Joshua Standen
Zack Barley
James Bradock
Clare Stout



Tate Hewitt
Jonathon Rintoul
Luca Robson



Sofia Paolucci
Elizabeth Levey
Harry Pazin



Christian Buzzard
Olivia Polini
Coco Kenny
Lucas Hillbeck



Sylvia Czajko
Tilly Laver
Sonny Matthews



Alex Collins
Maggie Pazin



Jarvis Davies
Zachary Morphett
Tayla Matera



Dates to Remember

Monday 21 May                               Year 6 Canberra Camp begins
Tuesday 22 May                               Yr 3-6 Cross Country training begins
Thursday 24 May                              Yr 3-6 Cross Country training




Hospitality Ambassador Program​​

Year 11 Hospitality students participated in the Hospitality Ambassador Program, which links young, talented chefs to the classroom. Chef Makenzie from The Balmoral in Victoria Park, demonstrated herb crusted lamb cutlets with green beans and mash. He taught students many tricks and techniques including how to create the perfect mash and a ‘rule of thumb’ for perfectly cooked meat. Makenzie also provided an insight into a day in the life of a chef. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about the hospitality industry and cooking, and where then tasked with recreating Makenzie’s dish.


Year 7 Family Picnic

Thank you to the Year 7 parents and students who attended the Family Picnic on Friday, 11 May. It was pleasing to have such a great turnout from the Year 7’s and their families. A good time was had by all.


Year 12 students of Italian of visit the Corsini Exhibition

Year 12 students of Italian visited the much talked about Corsini Exhibition – “A window on Italy - The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence” currently showing at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


Who are the Corsini and why is this exhibition so important? The Corsini were and still are an influential Florentine family and the exhibition contains numerous works of art from their personal collection. Most importantly, this is the first time in 500 years that these artworks have left Italy.


A tour guide talked us through the most significant pieces in the exhibition, including works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Tintoretto and Ghirlandaio.


We were also fortunate enough to be joined by Prof Silvia Kinder, who added further commentary and answered our questions as we took in the art at our own pace once the tour had concluded.


Some comments from the students:

  • “It was a very educational experience. We learnt about Italian culture and how art changed over the decades.”
  • “It was totally different to any exhibition I had ever seen before. The effort that has gone into organising it and bringing it all to Australia must have been tremendous.”
  • “It was fascinating to learn about a very important Tuscan family; in particular to see their family tree, which could be traced back for hundreds of years.”
  •  “It was amazing to learn that over the centuries the family have always recorded their family history. It definitely sparked an interest to study Italian history.”
  • “We learnt a little more about these famous Italian artists.”
  • “It was wonderful to see important works of art which are not accessible to the public. It is a once in a lifetime event, a must see!”
  • “Le cose italiane – Italian things. This is a topic we are currently studying. It was very beneficial to see how 'le cose italiane’ have an influence all over the world and we got to see  real-life examples of Italian things."
  • “We all appreciated the fact that Prof organised the tour and that she and Prof Kinder took the time to meet up with us at the weekend so we could visit it as a class”

The exhibition runs until the 18 June, so if you haven’t been, we strongly urge you to visit, before it heads back to the Corsini Villa in Florence, Italy….for perhaps another 500 years.

Prof Olivia Green

Loreto House Day

Loreto staff and students were buoyant coming off a double historic win for the House receiving the Spirit and Over-all Champion award of the Cross Country, to celebrate Loreto Day this year. To commemorate the House day, Loreto staff and students took part in a spirited Newspaper Fashion parade and shared a sausage sizzle lunch. As you can see from the photos below, each year group came up with some interesting creations. Special Guest Loreto Judges from a High End East London boutique Mr Ian Edwards and Mrs Anna Gingell were amazed with the creativity and awarding best design to Year 9s with their Lion King inspired creations.


Many thanks to Amerie Chai, Sophia Defrancesco, Niamh McCleary (Year 7s), Emelia Boog, Will Everett, Jade Hewitson (Year 8s) and Ben Negus (Year 9), Ms Carla Tripi, Ms Mindy Toleman, Mrs Janeen Murphy (staff) and Mrs Mary-Jane Rowbottam (Parent & staff) who kindly gave up their time after school to cook 100 meals for Shopfront who donate to the homeless.


Many thanks to all Loreto staff and students who helped make Loreto Day 2018 a positive and memorable experience.

Mr Cameron Haines

Loreto House Coordinator

Circle of Friends Cafe 

Year 11 Hospitality students hosted a cafe at lunchtime with both staff and students enjoying some delicious pizza and pasta.  The student run cafe teaches students about business skills, customer service, working with others,  how to operate coffee machines as well as dealing with money. 

Kathryn Casey

Home Economics Teacher

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Youth Hackathon

Last week, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCIWA) alongside the Political and Legal Educators Association of WA (PLEAWA) invited a select group of Year 10 Civics and Citizenship students to attend the 2018 Youth Hackathon. Those chosen to represent John XXIII College included: Luke Bajada, Jack Court, Rachel Jackson, James Langton, Alexandre Maslen and Toby Muenchow.


The Hackathon is a State forum for students to brainstorm ideas in response to issues facing youth today. The event served as a challenging enrichment and extension program for students interested in the field of law and politics. Students were placed into groups with students from other schools, to problem-solve issues and learn how to pitch and present ideas.


The topic for the Hackathon this year was: How can government, industry and business connect better with schools to increase employment outcomes for youth.


Students presented their findings to The Honourable Peter Tinley AM MLA Minister for Youth Affairs, Ross Wortham Chief Executive Officer Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and Chris Rodwell CEO Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA. All groups were commended on the creative and articulate nature of their ideas – Jack Court and James Langton were awarded second place for Best Pitch.


We congratulate all the students on their impressive work!

Daisy Farley

Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 10 River Cruise

The Year 10 River Cruise on Thursday 10 May was a great event. There was great energy and the dance floor was full all night.  Crust pizzas, soft-drinks, dancing - what more could you want!

Damian Owen

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 10

Campion Lap-A-Thon 2018

The annual Campion House Lap-A-Thon was held on Thursday 17 May on the College oval. Campion staff and students were encouraged to run or walk as many laps of the 400 metre track as they could in 30 minutes. Students were sponsored by family members and friends with all monies raised donated to LifeLink, a Catholic fundraising and promotional arm which supports and assists the work of social service agencies established by the Archdiocese of Perth. To conclude the Lap-A-Thon, students ‘linked for LifeLink’, forming one big circle to show our support for LifeLink.


All donations will be handed in by Friday 25 May. Campion students raised an impressive $2800 in 2017, we hope to outdo ourselves this year! Thank you to all the students, staff and families who have generously contributed so far.

Shauna Boyle

Campion House Coordinator


NAS (Northern Associated School) Nominations Term 2 – Winter Sport

This week our NAS sports students competed against Servite College. A reminder that the schedule for NAS is as follows; Year 7 students play on Monday, Year 8 and 9 students on Tuesdays and Years 10 – 12 students on Wednesday. A copy of the fixtures, venues and information regarding NAS Sport is available on the College website. A reminder that students need to inform the teacher in charge of their sport well in advance if they are unavailable to fulfil their commitment.


All results and ladders for the season to date can be found via the following link; Please use the column on the left of the page to navigate.


SSWA and ACC Cross Country - Year 7 – 12

Good luck to our interschool cross-country runners who will be competing at the SSWA on Friday 18 May. From the results of the SSWA cross country and our house carnival, the ACC team will be selected to compete on Thursday 31 May at Alderbury reserve. Students selected will be informed via email and in homeroom. We look forward to seeing how our runners perform.

Hockey Development Sessions

Hockey Development Sessions will begin on Wednesday 16 May (Week 3) on the College Ovals.

Training is available to any interested students in Years 7-10 and will continue each Wednesday and Friday morning until the end of Term. Each session will run from 7.00-8.00 am.


These skill acquisition sessions that will be run by Kate Starre OAM and Claire Richichi with all levels of hockey development covered, allowing students to build knowledge of hockey while having fun.


Kate Starre has won gold medals at both Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Olympic Games and also played in the 1992 Olympic Games. To add to her Olympic success, she won a Commonwealth Games gold medal and gold medals for two world cups and four Championship Trophy events. More recently she has coached at the top level in English hockey and in men's hockey in Perth. She holds a Masters of Strength and Conditioning.


Claire Richichi is an experienced exercise physiologist, for many years she has been an exercise physiologist in the Hockeyroos programme. Holding a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and Honours in Sports Physiology, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement. Claire has been a high-profile coach in several disciplines including water polo. She was key staff support at the 2016 Rio Olympics for the hockey programme.


Interested students are asked to please register their interest by placing their name on the list outside the PE Office. Please contact Mr Tremayne for more information.


John XXIII College Rowing

Boys Winter Rowing

In 2017 John XXIII College was awarded second overall in the Rowing WA All Schools Championships, the aim for 2018 is first place and it cannot be done without you!


After taking out the 2018 South West Head of the River, the John XXIII College Rowing squad is posed to be a formidable force in August for the 2018 All Schools Championships.


For those ready to take up the challenge for 2018 get your winter registration form below, along with your hats for embroidery to Rob Thomasby Friday 18 May.


See you all ready to create history 5:30am Tuesday 22 May .


Rob Thomas

Rowing Coordinator


Netball Club

Netball season is in full swing and all teams are now heading into their final round of PNA grading. The club will advise after Saturday if your team changes divisions. .
The fixtures are now available via


Details of how to use this website and the My.Netball app for your mobile device can be found on our website.

Code of Conduct

When you signed up for netball you agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct. Some key points are:


  • Bullying of team-mates is not acceptable
  • Play by the rules and spirit of the game
  • Never argue with an official
  • Control your temper
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team
  • Cooperate with your coach.
  • Respect the rights and dignity of all participants
  • Never consider cheating
  • Learn to accept both victory and defeat with good grace
  • Social media comments regarding anyone should always be positive.

Parents & Spectators

  • Support all the players in the team
  • Be positive about the coaches and umpires and behave accordingly 
  • Do not question coaches or umpires decisions if you have an issue contact the coordinator relevant to your age group
  • Do no coach from the side-line
  • Offer help to the coach if the girls are not listening or behaving appropriately
  • If you have an issue regarding the standard or manner of coaching or umpiring speak to the coordinator relevant to your age group to discuss it.

The full Code of Conduct can be found on the Club website.


Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary

Music - Week 14

AMEB Awards

The Australian Music Examination Board is introducing a new award system for students who undertake AMEB exams and contribute to their school’s Music Program. Any interested students should contact the Music Department or ask their music tutors.

Autumn Soiree

On Sunday, 27 May, we invite all members of the College community to attend the Autumn Soiree – the year’s first large instrumental and vocal ensemble concert! Commencing at 5:30 pm, this fabulous night of entertainment will feature the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Wanju Voices, Treble Choir and Chamber Choir performing everything from Mozart to Adele. Tickets for this event are free and can be booked via the following link: Refreshments will be served in the Pavilion before the concert. All are welcome! – tickets are going fast!

Music Eisteddfod

The annual John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod will be held on Sunday, 17 June and Monday, 18 June. All students of the College are eligible to enter, with categories for voice, instrument and ensemble from Pre-Primary to Year 12. Entry forms are now available through College Music Tutors and in the Music Office, and are due by Friday, 25 May. The Eisteddfod is a fabulous celebration of the College’s incredible talent, and we look forward to another festival of music in every corner of the campus!

Any questions, please contact the Music Department.


Upcoming events in Drama:

  • Year 9 Drama Night – Thursday 24 May, 7pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Junior House Theatre Sports – Wednesday 13 June, 7pm, GBLT
  • Senior House Theatre Sports – Tuesday 19 June, 7pm, GBLT
  • Year 8 Drama Performance – Monday 25 June, 5pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 10 Drama Performance – Wednesday 27 June, 7pm, Roncalli Hall

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Community Liturgy

At next Friday’s Mass the College community, including some Alumni, will remember former student Gabby Silipo.


The Friday community liturgies are open to all. They are usually prepared by a year group or a House group, and if you would like advance notice, the roster is on the website. However, the community liturgies are open to all – not just the groups responsible for preparation. 


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


Let us hold in our hearts and in our prayer this weekend, some of the students who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in their parishes.  The students have learnt about the sacrament and what it means for them from their class teachers.  Now, accompanied by their families, they will be confirmed in their parish community. 


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?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Locate information from your parish on the archdiocesan website
  • Use the College website to find information, including diary dates, supplied by some local parishes

GOOD NEWS for Pentecost Sunday

The reflection for this week is from Father Andrew Hamilton SJ and is printed here with kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian, a writer and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.

Most people know that at Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles and they began to preach. When the disciples spoke boldly about Jesus’ death and rising, they gathered followers. This was the beginning of the Church. But there is more for us in the feast than that. Pentecost is in fact the season of the Spirit in which we live, a season in which our lives are changed.


The background of Pentecost is significant. In Luke’s Gospel the Spirit came upon the twelve on a Jewish feast. It celebrated the gathering of the harvest and also the giving of the Law to Moses on Mt Sinai. For Luke God was now beginning to gather the harvest reaped by Jesus in his death and resurrection.  The Law given to Moses was also fulfilled when the promised Holy Spirit was poured out on the earth.


In Luke’s story the coming of the Spirit introduces a season of reconciliation. In the Old Testament the division between people was symbolised in the Tower of Babel and the subsequent confusing of languages.  That division is healed at Pentecost when people who came from many lands to celebrate the feast hear the disciples’ words in their own language. Jesus’ followers are then called to overcome divisions in the world by forming a church united by the Spirit of Christ.


After the story of Pentecost Luke describes in idealised terms what the church is like when it lives in the Spirit. It becomes a place of reconciliation where people gather to pray, and share their goods together. The divisions caused by inequality are overcome in the life of the community, and people of different cultures and rank are reconciled with one another.

Reconciliation is another name for community – community grows when people are reconciled.


In the story of Pentecost, too, the fear that keeps people separated and hostile to one another is also healed by the Holy Spirit. Before the feast the disciples stick together out of fear that they might suffer the same fate as Jesus.  Fear is the great obstacle to reconciliation. After the Holy Spirit comes upon them they go out boldly into the streets and speak with people about Jesus and the coming of the promised Spirit.


Pentecost is central to the tradition that Jesuit Social Services inherits. Though many of our workers and the people with whom we work may not make that tradition their own, its summons to connection, to overcoming fear and to reconciliation are central in all our work with young people.


The feast celebrates the way in which we have been gathered into a community by the Spirit. It is a time to let go of our fear and shame in speaking of Christ and living as his followers. It is also a time to remember the roots we share with the Jewish people. We share the promises that God made to Moses, and we are both part of God’s harvest.  Pentecost is an invitation to reconciliation between Jews and Christians. It is also a time to commit ourselves by prayer, conversation and action to reconcile the huge differences and hostilities in our world. It is a season long enough to last a lifetime. 

© Andy Hamilton

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 


  • 17-20 May Perth Careers Expo – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • 21 May Monash University  Information Evening,  Novotel Perth
  • 23 May Curtin Business and Humanities Career Info Evening
  • 6 June  Curtin Uni Parent Info Evening
  • 14 June Melbourne University Information Evening, Hyatt, Perth
  • 2 July  30 September NIDA (NSW) Applications for 2019 Bachelor & Diploma Courses are open 
  • 6 July  A Day in the Life of a Uni student, The University of Notre Dame
  • 9-13 July Course Advice Sessions, The University of Notre Dame 
  • 10 July  ECU Mt Lawley Campus Tour 
  • 11 July  ECU Joondalup Campus Tour      
  • 20 July  Notre Dame Early Offers
  • 22 July  ECU (Joondalup) Uni Open Day 
  • 27 & 28 July Clarkson Trade Campus Open Day            
  • 28 July Murdoch Uni Open Day 
  • 29 July  Curtin Uni Open Day      
  • 12 August  UWA Uni Open Day        
  • 12 August ECU (Mt Lawley) Uni Open Day 
  • 23 August  CQU Open Day 
    Download the PDF below for a more detailed list of events and registration details.


Year 12 - Registration for UMAT

A friendly reminder for those students who are interested in applying for a Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Dental Medicine at UWA, registrations for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) close on 1 June 2018. To register for UMAT and for access to UMAT preparation materials, click here.

Year 12 - University of Notre Dame: Early Offer Program 2018

High achieving Year 12 students can apply for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program. This program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school, community or church. The program rewards academic and non-academic achievements by issuing university offers prior to the final WACE exams. Applicants will need to demonstrate a predicted benchmark ATAR of 93 for the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Physiotherapy; and a predicted benchmark ATAR of 90 for all other undergraduate programs. For academic capability, all offers are made based on Year 11 and Year 12 reports to date.


To apply for the Early Offer Program, you must be nominated by your school and application packs will be available for students in June.


All applications must be handed in to Mr Bostelman no later than the 20 July.  The College will forward all applications to Notre Dame.  For more information about Early Offer, go to

Year 12 Exit Plans

All Year 12 students will be meeting individually with the Career Counsellor after the May exams.  The meeting will be to discuss their plans for next year and to offer any guidance or additional information concerning their options.  Please discuss your child’s exit plans with him or her now and encourage those who have vague plans to see me prior to the exams so we can work together on developing clear goals and action steps.  


Year 10 students - online Career Assessment tool

This term Year 10 students will complete an online Career Assessment tool that will help them match their strengths and personality with an array of jobs.   Personality is only one consideration in finding a rewarding career, other personal characteristics such as interests, values, natural ability, skills and academic are also important.  Students will also complete their individual resume and look at the different options and pathways available to them after Year 12.  This information will assist them with their Year 11 and Year 12 course selection at the end of the term.

New Jobs and Skills Centres in WA

The Department of Training and Workforce Development have opened five new Jobs and Skills Centres at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses. 


The JSCs offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and employers and businesses.


Visit the Jobs & Skills WA website for more information.


Charles Sturt Uni Engineering Course Named Top Four in WORLD by MIT

Students don't sit a single exam throughout their degree and instead of lectures, engineering students at Charles Sturt University have Netflix-style on-demand classes.


The students spend four years of their five-and-a-half-year degree doing paid engineering work and are assessed on portfolios of their real-world projects.


Find out more -


Future job openings for new entrants by industry and occupation

New research shows that while employment continues to shift towards higher skilled jobs such as professionals and managers, many other job openings in the Australian labour market are due to the need to replace departing employees.


Some of these jobs traditionally have low entry requirements and a high turnover, such as checkout operators and fast food workers. However, some of this attrition is also due to older workers retiring or moving on to different careers, potentially creating a shortage of experienced workers able to supervise and train younger employees.


Information on future job opportunities can help students make choices about training pathways.


Australia’s Booming Industries

SEEK has revealed the Australian industries that boomed in the last 12 months. We look to the data and speak to industry experts about the trends that will shape the year ahead.


Read the article -


They’ve also got a resource that shows how hard it is for employers to fill jobs across lots of different industries -





Sports physios need strengths in the following areas:

  • Patience to deal with multiple clients and both players and coaches under stress
  • Strong interest in sports and physical fitness
  • Ability to handle the physical demands of the job, including treating clients
  • Good communication skills

Become a volunteer Club Trainer

Sports Trainers and First Aiders volunteer and provide player support and safety. While most AFL and NRL Sports Trainers already have qualifications in the medical field, your local clubs are likely to depend on volunteers with basic first aid qualifications.


Find out more -

Tips for getting a sports physio job for the team of your choice from My Health Career


Margi Watson

Career Counsellor


John XXIII College Short Story Writing Competition

There were many outstanding entries for the inaugural John XXIII College Short Story Writing competition run by the Magis committee. 


The Results 

Year 12

   1st - Kinia O’Brien – Six Feet Under the Ground  

        1st  - Sarah James –  A Day in the Life of Death

3rd -  Hannah Flavell – Advanced

      3rd - Alice Archer  -  We Will Remember Them

      3rd - Amelia MacMillan  - Living In Hunger


Year 10

1st - Elisabeth Hughes  -  Perhaps


Year 9

1st - Gabriel Kaye –  Devils Come from Within

2nd - Grace Barbour  -  Home

3rd - McKenzie Richardson  -  I  Sat on a Log


Year 8

1st - Alice O’Sullivan  -  Away with the Fairies

2nd - Patrick Browne  -  Campfire


Year 7

1st - Emmeline Boznich  -  The real Life Show

2nd - Yvette Rigg  - The Girl Who Painted The Shadows

3rd - Tiffany Cesare   -  The Note

3rd - Liam Stewart -The Parasite

3rd - Eliza Smith –Soul Trees


Merit: Daniel Doran, Saskia Thomas, Gracie plant, Charlie Laver, Rachel Flavell, Amerie Chai

Congratulations to all participants, and special thanks to Ms Rebecca Worthy for her assistance to the external judges.



The World Scholars teams are now preparing for this auspicious event at Sacred Heart College on 1 and 2 June.


Permission forms must be returned no later than next Wednesday. John XXIII College  has 21 students participating in seven teams from Years 7, 9 and 10.


Other news

Meanwhile students in the Year 7 and 8  Magis option this semester are currently dividing their class time between  an introduction to philosophy  and an International Baccalaureate style personal project. The projects from all three classes will be displayed in the library in the final week of term.


The current Magis Academic Challenge, Mental Mathematics, is happening at present and results for all years will be in next week’s newsletter.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator



Prevent 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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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

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

Reference: Department of Health WA

Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY School Based Immunisation 2018

Year 10 students in 2018 will be offered ACWY Meningococcal vaccine as part of the school based Immunisation program.

Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Monday 25 June to administer this vaccine.

Information sheet and consent forms have been sent home with your child.


If you have not returned completed consent form, could parents please complete attached consent form and return to the College as soon as possible.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Parents' Association

As previously advertised, the Parents’ Association meeting for Term Two will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 5 June in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are invited to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on how our Parent Association funds are allocated.


The deadline for submission of Funding Proposals at this Term’s meeting has now passed: all further funding proposals will be considered at the Term Three meeting. All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at our Term Two meeting will be advertised in next week’s newsletter.

We hope to see you at the meeting on Tuesday 5 June.


Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee


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.



Men Of John XXIII College

Calendar Dates for the 2018 Fathering Presentations

Put them into your calendar now!

  • Term 2 - 25 May
  • Term 3 - 24 Aug
  • Term 4 - 9 Nov

Year Group Father Liaison still sought

The Men of John XXIII College Committee is looking to improve communication across the school. Often this is done best by the people who know the year group. If you are available, or know someone, then email me their details for inclusion in Committee emails so that they can keep situational awareness and support for upcoming events.

25 May – The Online World

A Presentation by Paul Litherland, who has 20 years’ experience in the Western Australian Police Force as a Technology Crime Investigation Officer, working with children and families of online crime.

  • Gain an insight into the pitfalls of an online world and take precautions with your family.
  • Location - Cambridge Bowling Club 7 – 10pm
  • Cost - $20 entry includes pizza and pasta
  • Bring your best dad jokes for more prizes.

John XXIII College Alumni 

Loreto Nedlands Past Pupils Event


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

Please note the Uniform Shop will be closed on Monday 21 May for stocktaking.


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.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Term 2 winter menu

Our Term 2 winter menu is available for download.

Our Online Canteen is an online ordering system that is a safe and convenient way to order school meals and now you can use your Smart Rider to order from the canteen. 

  • Place your canteen order online
  • Mobile friendly site.

For more information visit the College website.

Dianne Combrink
Canteen Manager

Entertainment Books

Help John XXIII College raise much needed funds

Help us raise funds for our fundraising by buying an Entertainment Membership from us. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. Hurry, Entertainment Memberships sell out quickly.


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Community Notices

Driving and parking safely near our school

The beginning and end of the school day are busy times for pedestrians and drivers outside our school.

You can help keep children safe by remembering the following:

  • slow down around schools and drive safely
  • be aware, be courteous and be responsible
  • drop your child off and pick them up on the school side of the road in designated pick-up areas
  • always take extra care in 40km school zones
  • observe and adhere to all regulatory signage and follow all parking signs - these help keep your child as safe as possible
  • park responsibly even if it means you have to walk further to the school 
  • never double park - it is illegal and puts children at risk
  • model safe and considerate pedestrian and driver behaviours to your child
  • always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.

We would like to remind you to be cautious when dropping off or collecting students near Heritage Lane.  Construction work at the top of  the street continues and there is added traffic and heavy load vehicles movement which increases risks and the need to be more vigilant.  Your assistance in keeping our students and staff safe is greatly appreciated.

Rotary Cambridge guest speaker will be talking about Autism Spectrum Disorders


Beauty and the Beast Musical Program.pdf
Beauty and the Beast Musical Program.pdf
Year 7 NAS Fixtures Term 2 2018.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 2 2018.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 2 2018.pdf
Information for students involved in Northern Associated Schools.pdf
NAS WINTER VENUES as at 24 January 2018.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
JOHN XXIII 2018 Cross Country letter and training program for Term 2.pdf
Boys Winter Registration form.pdf