17 November 2017
Issue Thirty Six
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Mary Ward Secondary
Music - Week 36
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
Men Of John XXIII
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Learning Pathways

Last week I made brief reference to the changing landscape of education in Australia. An increasingly mobile workforce means that children can often move cities and states as parents take advantage of employment opportunities. My own children have studied in both Queensland and Western Australia and our oldest daughter remains studying in Brisbane at tertiary level.


Having firsthand experience of two educational systems has reinforced the necessity of having appropriate educational pathways that enable our young people to be prepared for future learning, training and work. It is also important to develop a set of transferable skills. Geographically, Australia is located adjacent to rapidly changing and evolving Asian economies which present both challenges and opportunities for young Australians.


Comparatively linear learning pathways from school to university to the workforce are largely in the past. Our Head of Pathways and Transition, Ms Nicole Gazey, has recently initiated conversations for future Year 11 and 12 students. Traditionally, many of our parents and staff (including me) have pursued a ‘UniDirect’ pathway. It is important to recognise that pathway does not suit all students.

Under Ms Gazey’s guidance, John XXIII College now has four distinctive pathways:

Problem solving, creativity, teamwork, digital literacy, financial literacy, communications, critical thinking and presentation skills represent a set of skills that the workforce is demanding of its employees. Our Academic Leadership Team (Heads of Learning Areas) met this week to consider ways in which these enterprise skills can be incorporated within our learning programs. Exciting times lie ahead.


Next week at our Parents' Association meeting, I will make brief reference to some of these points and our planning for the future. I will also elaborate at our forthcoming Presentation Night.



Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

From the start of today’s Assembly, it was obvious to see that John XXIII really has got talent! The Year 3B students were certainly the stars of the show, with their combination of poetry and rap moves. Special thanks to Mr Fromm and the terrific three’s for bringing poetry alive so creatively.


Last night the College hosted a ‘Volunteers Thank You’ evening at Wembley Golf Club to thank all the parents who have assisted in many ways during 2017 both in classes and in many other areas of the school. It is tremendous to have this level of support displayed in the development of both the children and the whole school community. Many activities could not be planned without this involvement and generous commitment of time and energy generously given by all our volunteers.  We greatly value and appreciate the support that has been provided to the staff and students throughout the year.


A big thank you to all those who have already volunteered to be a parent representative next year. We still need parent reps for Year 6 2018 – please consider putting up your hand to assist in your child’s final year of Primary school.


Our EduDance Showcases are just around the corner! Please start collecting the required items for your child to wear on the day. Costume list is attached.


All ‘G’ classes will be showcasing their dance moves on Monday 4 December at 2.00pm in the Gym.


All ‘B’ classes will be showcasing their dance moves on Wednesday 6 December at 2.00pm in the Gym.


Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


First Lego League


On Sunday 12 November the Year 6 GATE students participated in the exciting First Lego League (FFL) competition.


This is a competition catering for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it. FFL is run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives.


Our Year 6 teams, ‘Water Wizards’ and ‘Hydrodaleks’ produced amazing innovative solutions and presentations about this year’s theme ‘Hydrodynamics’ It was a fun, exciting and inspirational Science and technology experience for the GATE students.


Thank you to the GATE students and their parents.

Tara Purcell
GATE Teacher


Last weekend the Year 6 GATE students participated in the FIRST® LEGO® League competition at Curtin University. The two teams, Hydro Daleks (6B) and the Water Wizards (6G), had an amazing time learning all about Hydro Dynamics. Over the eight weeks leading up to the competition we learned how humans use, dispose, find and move water. We also got closer as a team and improved out skills to code robots. On the day it was very full on with 4 different exciting aspects, including Project Judging, Core, Values Judging, Robot Judging and the Robot Game. The Hydro Daleks ‘robot’, Hydro Hero, accomplished one consecutive mission in the three times we had at the Robot Game and came 20th overall. We had fun and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Special thanks to Mrs Purcell.

 Emmeline Bosnich (6B)


On the weekend, at Curtin University, the Year 6 GATE cohort had the fantastic opportunity to enter the 'First Lego League' competition. This involved a focused eight weeks prior to the event, studying, researching and learning about this seasons topic of 'Hydrodynamics'. As two teams, the 'Water Wizards' and the 'Hydrodaleks' we learnt about how to code a robot to complete several missions and about the 'Core Values' which are important team skills and qualities. We also worked on a research question, which involved identifying a problem and composing an innovative solution regarding the question. During the season, three of us worked on the robotics component of the challenge while the remaining four, worked on the research team. They discovered a problem affecting the human water cycle and worked on a way to fix it. On the day of the competition, both John XXIII teams were anxious but excited for the competition to commence. Overall, our judging sessions went extremely well. The judges were very kind and commented encouragingly and also asked interesting questions on our project. In my opinion, our 'Core Values' judging ran wonderfully because we worked cooperatively together to solve the spontaneous challenge.


I think that my experience of the 'First Lego League' this year, was very memorable, fun and exciting. I became extended and challenged to 'think outside the box' to complete different aspects of the program. I would love to continue 'FLL' in my up-coming years and do hope that if any other year groups are going to enter the competition that they make the most of the experience too.

Ava Kwei (6G)



The Year 1’s have been talking about geographical features and they learnt how to write the words ‘mountain’ and ‘river’ in Japanese.

The Year 3’s have been learning about the ‘shichi go san festival’. This Japanese festival is a special celebration for the boys and girls who are 3, boys who are 5 and girls who are 7.


Gardening Club

As our days are now full of splendid sunshine our garden in Angelo’s Village needs lots of water to help it grow. Special thanks to Violet Worner, Ruby Verleg, Lola Denton and Coco Kenny for watering our glorious garden. Our rockmelon, strawberries and spinach are doing very well!



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


Selene Nicholls


Isabel Prosser
Abigail Stephenson
Layla Travis


Isobel Ptolomey
Mia Conway


Sophia Edgley


Klara Travlos
Alyssa Mignacca
Maximus Tonich


Zoe Cannon
Raphael Budimlich
James Miller
Renazia Tringas


Joshua Tyson
Amelia Hennessy
Matilda O’Connell

Stavros Karafilakis


Jonathon Foster
Jackson Tout
Luke McLernon


Jessica Jahn
Luke Seery


Evelyn Arundell
Lawrence McNeilly
Ava Edgley



Dates to Remember

Monday 20 November                  Swimming lessons commence (PP-2)

                                                               Parents Association Meeting & AGM 7pm                                                                   (TMEC)

Tuesday 21 November                  4G Mass 9am

Wednesday 22 November           Year 4 iPad Parent Meeting 9:00am                                                                                (MacKillop Room)

                                                                Primary Music Ensemble Concert 6pm                                                                        (Primary Ampitheatre)

Thursday 23 November                PP 2018 Parent Information Evening                                                                            6:45pm (MacKillop Room)

                                                                Kindy 2018 Parent Information Night                                                                          6:45pm (Kindy Classroom)

                                                                Milo T20 Cricket Carnival

Friday 24 November                       Kindy B&G (Group 1) 2018 Orientation




Photo: Tom Paparo being photographed for The Post Newspaper


Photo: Tom Paparo being photographed for The Post Newspaper

Year 12 ATAR Examinations

Our Year 12 students have begun their final ATAR examinations . Exams are being held in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre (TMEC) in the morning and afternoon. The ATAR examinations continue until 21 November.


If using the carpark in front of the TMEC for after school pick-up please be courteous of the students completing examinations. The afternoon examinations begin at 2:00pm and so any noise after school should be minimised to provide our students with the best possible environment to maximise their achievement in these final examinations.

I would ask for everyone’s support with this matter.


Jessica Bouwman

Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

Important Dates For Year 11 Students

Year 11 Students Return to the College for Exam Feedback, Homeroom and Periods 1-6

Wednesday, 22 November  - Thursday, 23 November 


Year 12 Transition Day, Homeroom and Periods 1-3

Friday, 24 November  (last day for Year 11 Students)


College Presentation Evening

Wednesday, 29 November 


Dirk Gleghorn

Assistant Deputy Principal - Year 11

Mary Ward Secondary

Market Day

Market Day at Mary Ward Secondary is the completion of a semester project to create a business around a well chosen product which meets the business criteria for viability, delivery and quality assurance. 

This year the students have chosen to create products around the Christmas theme. Given that the products are Christmas items students are always highly motivated! Through the design and production stages students apply relevant numeracy skills when measuring, calculating, costing and handling money at the sales. Literacy skills are practised through using the specialised language of business and in the exploring, creating, marketing and selling of their produces. Students further refine ICT, problem solving, and interpersonal skills. Practising competencies in a motivating, fun and relevant learning environment is empowering. This is one small component of the big picture of preparing students for the world beyond school at John XXIII.


Dreams Come True

Ewen Robinson has been a student at John XXIII College since Year 7. During this time he has endeared himself to staff and students with his gregarious nature and ability to bring a smile to all those who meet him.


Ewen has a passion for sport, particularly AFL and a fascination with large vehicles such as trucks and tractors, and is never happier than when he is watching or participating in these areas.

Gavin Castiglioni and the grounds staff arranged to take Ewen on a trip around the College oval in tractor, as a farewell from the College.  Ewen's mother, Grandmother and friends watched from the sidelines and could not express their gratitude more, as Ewen's obvious joy was wonderful to see.


Thank you to Gavin and the grounds staff for providing such a kind and unforgettable experience for Ewen.  We wish Ewen well as he enters the next stage of his journey.


June Chiaroni

Music - Week 36

Music Tour - July 2019

The Music Department is excited to announce a prospective Music Tour to Sydney, in the July school holidays of 2019! Students from Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra will have the opportunity to perform during the Australian International Music Festival, in locations such as the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and City Recital Hall, as well as visiting some of Sydney’s famous cultural and historical landmarks. An information night regarding the 2019 Music Tour will be held on Monday, 27 November, at 6:30pm in the GBLT. All parents and musicians who will be eligible for Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra in 2019 are invited to attend.

Primary Soiree

The annual Primary Soiree will be held this Wednesday, 22 November. The Soiree features performances by Wanju Voices, Mini Minors, Year 5 Band, Year 6 Band and String Orchestra in the beautiful surrounds of the Amphitheatre, commencing at 6pm. There are no tickets required, and guests are advised to bring a picnic blanket or low-seated picnic chair. Students are required to arrive at 5:30pm in the MacKillop Room. All families are welcome!

Christmas Concerts

The Chamber Orchestra and Christmas Band have breakfast concerts next week! Christmas Band will be performing in the Performing Arts Centre at 7:30am on Monday, 20 November and Chamber Orchestra in the Chapel at 7:30am on Wednesday, 22 November. Tea and coffee will be provided for all parents and guests in attendance.

Music Enrolments and Withdrawals

Applications for individual instrumental or voice lessons in 2018 are available via the College website or the Music Office. Please note that Withdrawal Forms for lessons in 2018 are due by 24 November.


James Kros

Head of Music


Year 10 Drama Night

Coming Distractions is on Tuesday 21 November, 7:00pm in the Roncalli Hall.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


‘GOOD NEWS’ for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Because you have been faithful over a few things, enter into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:14-30)​​


The reflection is Fr Michael Tate’s homily for this Sunday and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Michael Tate is currently 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.   


There is a certain type of religious person for whom time is the enemy. Time is full of anxiety over what one has done which might make God angry. The solution seems to be to bury one’s personality traits, what one might call one’s talents, which is really to bury oneself and to become invisible. What such people don’t realise is that God gives us the dimension of earthly time as a gift, in fact, this dimension of earthly time as a gift.


Why were you born, not in the 11th century in China, or the 19th century in Ireland, or even 1963 rather than 1965? Why were you brought into existence as a human being, an inhabitant of this small planet, at this particular time and no other?


You were not just born into existence, you were loved into existence to fulfil a destiny which is yours, and yours alone, in the whole history of the world. Each of us has a unique, irreplaceable role to play in the unfolding of salvation history, to be achieved now, in this time.


God’s plan for human happiness during that time is mostly frustrated by good people not doing things with the gifts of personality and opportunity which God will provide to fulfil his plan… Of course, there are the usual suspects trying to prevent that destiny from being fulfilled. The old enemy, Death, hovers around seeking whom it may devour. And his generals – poverty, illness, injustice, malice – have their victories from time to time.


But, this parable tells of us of another way in which God’s plan is frustrated: failure of courage, failure to take risks, failure to put everything on the line with the personality and the moment in time given to you and to me. Perhaps it is a false humility. ‘I am only a one-talented person. Surely I can’t be expected to do anything?’ But our Lord does expect us to do something with whatever talent has been given us, and in a timely way.


Image © Jenny Close

This moment in time will not recur. Stop daydreaming, befriend time. Follow through whilst you have the time.

As Shakespeare says in Julius Caesar:

‘There is a tide in the affairs of men

which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

omitted, all the voyage of their life

is bound in stillness and in miseries.’


The Divine Tide is flowing through human history. We should trust ourselves to that tide which can carry us to the shores of Heaven. We have a choice. Procrastination and anxiety lead to ‘stillness and miseries’. Whereas the taking of a risk, the courageous using of one’s talents, will lead to the good fortune of hearing the Lord say as we die:

‘Well done, good and faithful servant … come and join in your Master’s happiness.’ 

©Michael Tate


Community Liturgy 

Community Liturgy is celebrated every Friday morning at 8:00am in term time. Next Friday, 24 November, our celebration will be prepared by Year 7.  All Year 7 students, whether or not they are ‘leaders’, as well as their families are especially welcome! During the month of November, we continue the tradition of remembering in a special way our loved ones who sleep in Christ. As always, there is an open invitation to the liturgy and to the café afterwards!  Further queries about Community Mass: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel





For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:


Anna Gingell

Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

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Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


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

Pathways and Transition



Curtin University

Curtin University

  • The minimum ATAR for Oral Health Therapy (CUHHS) at its Bentley campus is 83.00
  • The majors being offered in Engineering (CUBEE) at its Bentley campus
  • Pharmacy (CUHPS) has been approved as an embedded honours program for 2018 entry

The University of Western Australia


The Guaranteed ATARs for the following Law (Juris Doctor) Direct Pathway codes (UWLWA, UWLWB, UWLWC and UWLWS) will be 96.00 instead of 97.00


Courses unique to CQUniversity – Perth Campus.

Many Year 12 students worry about their university preferences.  It’s not unusual to have a change of heart.  Remember when you begin a unit at university you have a ‘period of grace’ where you can withdraw before the census date.  Find out from the university at the start of your course when is the latest or cut-off date that you can withdraw out of a unit before being charged.



A school based traineeship is available for interested Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Students will complete a Cert II in Hospitality while working and earning a wage. 

Students must be: -

  • prepared to work a minimum of 8 hours/week and available weeknights, weekends and school holidays.
  • committed to the traineeship – minimum 12 months. 

All training is provided on the job, and assessments and support given by a trainer.This certificate will be handy for students when they are at uni or TAFE and looking for a part-time job. For more information can be found on the website


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


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


Skin Cancer Action Week

November 19-25

More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.

Check the SunSmart UV Alert every day and protect your skin when UV levels are 3 or above, even when you are in the sun for short periods. A SunSmart app for iphones that predicts the UV level for each day can be downloaded from the ITunes App store.


Protect yourself in five ways from skin cancer:

  1. SLIP ON SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING – look for clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Look for material with high UV Protection Factor (UPF)
  2. SLOP ON SPF 30+ or 50+ SUNSCREEN – Sunscreen should not be relied on as the only form of sun protection. No sunscreen provides 100% UV protection – remember to use in combination with protective clothing, shade, hats and sunglasses.
  3. SLAP ON A HAT – Slap on a hat that provides as much shade as possible to your face, head, neck, ears and eyes. There are three main styles of hats that provide adequate sun protection:
  • Broad brimmed – brim of at least 7.5 cm
  • Bucket or ‘surfie-style’ hats – with deep crown and brim of at least 6cm
  • Legionnaire hats- should have a peak of at least 6cm. The side flap and front peak should meet the ears to provide protection to the side of the face.
  1. SEEK SHADE- Staying in the shade is one of the most effective ways to reduce sun exposure, but remember that other sun protection measures (clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen) should also be used to avoid reflected UV radiation.
  2. SLIDE ON SOME SUNGLASSES-  When choosing sunglasses look for:
  • Frames that fit close to the face
  • Wrap around styles that reduce UV entering from the sides.
  • Sunglasses that meet Australian standards and have an eye protection factor (EPF) of 10.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.

If you notice any unusual skin changes, consult your Doctor.


For more information visit:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Parents' Association

Parents' Association Meeting For Term Four

The Term Four  Parents' Association meeting and AGM is this coming Monday 20 November at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.  All parents and guardians of John XXIII students are welcome to attend.  


Please come and hear updates from the leaders of the school.   We will be voting on five funding proposals and Rob Henderson will be briefly speaking about the whole school survey results and how the Strategic Plan is developing.  


Funding Proposals

1. $1.4k for the purchase of five new netball goals for the Primary School (Liz Negus)

2. $8.3k for the purchase of ceiling cameras for the gynasium (Jeff Jansen)

3. $15.5k for rowing equipment (Damien Broderick)

4. $6k for Inspire's budget for guest speakers in 2018

5. $5k for Men of John XXIII funding for 2018

Election Of New Office Bearers For 2018

This meeting is also an AGM and we will be electing new office bearers for 2018.  If you would like to nominate for any of the following positions, please let the committee know by emailing



Vice President



General Member

Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.




“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII

Uniform Shop

Last day of trading this year for the Uniform Shop is Friday, 1 December.  The shop closes at 11.45 am on that day.


We will open again from Monday 15 January.  We will then be open on our regular days and times for the remainder of the holidays.


Secondhand items need to be dropped at the shop before 11.45am on Friday, 1 December.  After that date we will not be accepting any more secondhand goods until March, 2018.  This includes blazers.  All clothes must be freshly laundered and in very good condition.  Remember that blazers can go in a gentle machine wash.


Girls sport shorts (secondary school only) are now available.  $35

Caps for secondary students only are also on sale now for $20.




Price Increase

There will be an increase on some Canteen Prices as of the first day of  Term One, 2018.

Dianne Combrink


Community Notices


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585

Join The St Vincent De Paul Society Volunteer Family 

St Vincent de Paul Society is seeking people to join their volunteer team. Your efforts will help to support their good works, such as the provision of bedding, clothing and food to those experiencing hardship, and providing shelter for the homeless. In turn, you can enjoy a range of benefits proven to be associated with volunteering, such as an increase in well-being, happiness, health and longevity! There a number of diverse, interesting and stimulating roles available, at a range of locations, on a range of different time commitments. To name a few,  you could try your hand at sorting material donations, providing customer service in our retail stores, assisting truck drivers to collect donations, assembling furniture and helping with store displays. To find out more or to express your interest, call Sarah on 6323 7531 or email



WAAPA Summer School

This summer WAAPA is again offering exciting school holiday courses for students in Years 4 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in dance, acting, drama, screen performance, music theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare. For information about the fantastic courses on offer please visit WAAPA Summer School  or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.

EduDance Costume List.docx
EduDance Costume List.pdf
Inigo - amended info for parents 2017.pdf
chris gardner 2017.pdf
Gastroenteritis info sheet 20160706.pdf
October .pdf
Appointment request for students starting in 2018 .pdf
Copy of Menu 2018(1).pdf