12 May 2017
Issue Thirteen
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 13
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parent Association
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

A Welcoming Community

 At our assembly last week I welcomed students and staff commencing at John XXIII College for the first time this term. In reinforcing the welcome of our new community members, I related the following story:


‘I was unable to attend our Cross Country event last week because I was travelling to Sydney to attend a weekend meeting of Principals. On the flight I watched an interesting documentary on the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing from 2013. It traced the lives of survivors from a terrorist explosion that took the lives of three people. Coincidentally on the flight home I watched a movie version of the same event. What impressed me during the documentary was the strength and commitment of the families directly involved in assisting their loved ones with the recuperation from very severe injuries. The love of a young couple was very evident as they both faced the long and arduous process of healing the physical wounds and also dealing with the incredible emotional trauma of such a horrific event. The documentary highlighted the incredibly brave public face of the victims but also the inevitable anger, frustration and sadness of those involved. The phrase ‘Boston Strong’ was coined as a sign of the resolve and commitment of the people.


What was particularly apparent was that the recovery process was assisted through the ongoing support, care and consideration shown to others.”


One way of gauging the authenticity of a Catholic school is ‘to listen to the way people speak to each other’.


It is always valuable of students, staff and the wider College community to reflect on that issue from time to time.

Catholic School Funding

Adjustments to Catholic school funding has received a lot of publicity in the past week. I have had a number of conversations with leaders within our Catholic school system and I have been reassured that the impact will be less in Western Australian schools than in other states. When I have more precise details available I will certainly share news with our wider community.

Mother's Day

We were delighted to have a large number of Mums attend our Primary School Mass this week. Best wishes to all our mothers for their special day.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Today the whole Primary school celebrated Mass dedicated to all our wonderful Mothers. It was fantastic to see so many Mums gathered together for Mass and morning tea. It was lovely to have this opportunity to share morning tea with all of you. We hope you also enjoyed visiting the classrooms and receiving your homemade surprises. To those Mums who could not come along today, you were thought of and celebrated too! Special thanks to Miss Monastra and Year 2B children for preparing our beautiful liturgy. We also thank Fr Vincent Glynn for sharing God's blessings with our community.

Next Monday the Year 6 classes and a team of staff will head to Canberra to explore our National Capital. The program will concentrate on learning about our Nation’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. It is a busy and educational camp and a wonderful chance for our students to experience independence away from their families. Nevertheless, to get 59 students and six staff to Canberra is a huge logistical and expensive exercise. We acknowledge the Australian Government's generosity in providing a subsidy of $260 per eligible student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program towards the travel expenses incurred.


I'm sure the students will have many exciting stories to share on our return. In subsequent newsletters, we will publish photos and accounts of our experiences. Mrs Goss, Mrs Fontaine, Miss Joyce, Mrs Murphy, Mr Fromm and myself are looking forward to accompanying the students.


Children in Years 3 and 5 sat the NAPLAN tests which they managed with great confidence and maturity. Congratulations to all staff involved in preparing the students so well for these assessments. Results will be available in Term Three for parents and staff.


Finally, I wish all Mothers a wonderful Mother's Day for this coming Sunday.  As well as providing the support and love for their own children, John XXIII mothers are so important in the care of our College community through their many acts of generosity and involvement.


Kind Regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Special Mention


Well done to Henry Gouch (4G) for organising a cake bake fundraising last weekend at the City Beach Tennis Club.
He raised $817 for the Netta McKinlay Foundation “Netta” which was established to raise money to donate to charities, in particular, education centres who support children with Autism. This foundation was named after Netta McKinlay Gooch and follows her support in teaching children with autism and learning difficulties.
Congratulations Henry on this wonderful effort!



15 May PrePrimary Marvellous Mums Morning

16 May Japanese Restaurant Excursion – 5G

17 May Japanese Restaurant Excursion – 5B

18 May Spineless Wonders Incursion – 1B/1G



MAGIS - Catholic School SciTech Brainstorm Challenge

18 Year 8 Magis students participated in the 2017 Catholic SciTech Brainstorm Challenge on Wednesday 5 May. It was a very enjoyable and certainly a brain challenging day.  

141 students were placed in small groups and given four challenges.  The Laboratory Challenge was a chance to show off their technical skills as they analysed water to give advice on Marron farming.  The students were pushed in their decoding skills as they ventured out on the Maths Quest.  Engineering skills were then tested as students were challenged to come up with the best zip line to carry a “person” as safely and quickly as possible with the materials provided. The challenge was accepted with vigour. Finally, much discussion and debate occurred as students completed the Astronomy Quiz.


All students worked well together and it was wonderful to hear many SciTech staff comment on the politeness and general behaviour displayed by our students.


Congratulations to JTC Galaxies (Skye MacMillan, Alina Jory and Gabriel Kaye) who won the day and High Commendations to Those JTC Kids (Benjamin Negus, Tom Standen and Zack Picart) who narrowly came second.

The participating students.

Jason Khoo, Skye MacMillan, Isabella Lindsay, Tom Standen, Jacob Bell, Benjamin Negus, Declan Carroll, Lucy Gleghorn, Chloe Anning, Grace Barbour, Zack Picart, Joel Ko, Akash Parekh,

Rebecca Harsanyi, Gabriel Kaye, Jaron Varnder Vinne, Chris Jordon and Alina Jory



Student Success

Congratulations to Sophia Matthews (Year 9) for winning the 2016 Veronica Overton Low Award for Best Youth in a Musical for her portrayal of Becky in the Play Lover’s production of A Little Princess. This award is part of the Robert Finley Awards which is for all community theatre performances in the year. Five people are nominated for each award.

Year 9 Drama Night

The Year 9 Drama Night, featuring 68 Drama students, will be on Thursday 18 May starting at 7:00pm in the Roncalli Hall.

House Theatre Sports

Students in Year 7, 8, 9 who are interested in participating in the Junior House Theatre Sports Competition, please come to the Drama Centre and put your name on the sign- up sheet on Monday.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama

Music - Week 13

Autumn Soiree

One of the largest concerts of the year – the Autumn Soiree – is fast approaching! On Sunday, 21 May the College’s senior Large Ensembles will be performing in Roncalli Hall. The concert features performances by the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Senior Guitar Ensemble and Swing Band on a night packed with incredible music and talent. Entry will be via gold coin donation with no booking required, and refreshments served beforehand. All are welcome!

Music Eisteddfod

Entries for the John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod are now open! This year’s eisteddfod is scheduled for Sunday, 18 June and Monday, 19 June, when guest adjudicators are invited to provide positive feedback for performers. Last year saw a record number of participants and we invite all musicians to submit entries in the vocal, percussion, strings, wind and brass, piano and guitar sections to perform and earn points for their House! Each section is divided into Junior and Senior, and parents and friends are encouraged to fill up the audience in support – music will be echoing from every corner of the College! Winners for each section are invited to perform at the Eisteddfod Winners Concert on Sunday, 25 June, where they will also receive their trophy.


Entry forms for the Music Eisteddfod are available through the Music Office,  from music staff, or attached to the end of this article.  Submissions close on Friday, 26 May.  Junior entries incur a $3.00 entry fee, and senior entries $5.00. Piano accompaniment can be provided – free of charge – for all entries.  Any queries, please contact the Music Department:


James Kros

Director of Music




NAS Sport for winter began this week with our fixture against Servite College. Results, fixtures and ladders for the NAS competition can be viewed via the iScore website - use the menu on the left. Details of fixtures and venues are also available on the College website.

Our next round of NAS is against Sacred Heart College, Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 May.

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

Interschool Cross Country Training (Year 7 – 12)

Term Two cross country training will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please note, whilst training is aimed towards helping our athletes compete their best at the carnivals, training is still open to all students form Year 7 – 12.

SSWA (School Sport WA) Cross Country

Students involved in the SSWA cross country will receive information in homeroom on Monday 15 May. The SSWA cross country will be held at McGillivray oval on Friday 19 May. Good luck to all runners involved. Following this event the ACC team will be selected.

John XXIII College AFL – First XVIII

Fixture for the 1st XVIII AFL are on the online College calendar under sport. Games will be Wednesday afternoon in Term Two. Training is on Wednesday morning from 7:00 – 8:00am.

LightsOut Basketball Coaching (Year 7 – 9)

There will be an opportunity for any students in Year 7 to 9 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with LightsOut Basketball during Term Two. Sessions will run on a Wednesday morning from 7:00am – 8:00am, with a provisional start date of 24 May. The sessions will run for five weeks.

We are now seeking a commitment of minimum student numbers. To run the sessions we will require at least 10 students to be involved and can cater up to a maximum of 40 students. 

Students/families interested will need to register their interest via the following link;

If there are any concerns or queries please email David Maxwell;


Student Success

Congratulations to Laura Trapnell, Year 11 Kooly (picture above) who has been selected on the Western Australian State Team for the Australian Gymnastics Championships later this month.


At the State competition held last weekend Laura won; 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.


Good luck at the Australian Championships Laura!


Congratulations and best wishes to Sloan Burton who heads to Fiji this week to represent the School Sport Australian 15 years netball team. Sloan has also just been selected in the National Under 17 Squad which is an outstanding achievement given she will also be eligible for that team again next year.


Great work Sloan!


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator


IGSSA Regatta 1

The first Independant Girls Schools Association (IGSSA) regatta for 2017, was, in the eyes of the dedicated winter rowers of John XXIII College a great success. The first regatta for the season is always quite nerve-racking, but the strong friendships that have formed between the girls already made the day fun and enjoyable for them all.


Despite the competition being quite fierce this year, I would like to congratulate, Holly Griffiths who managed to place third in the Senior B Division Single Scull, Mia Fracaro on her unbelievable second place finish in the Junior A Division Single Scull and all the other girls, especially to the Year 9s and those who started rowing this year on a very impressive first IGSSA regatta.


We are excited and enthusiastic to develop our rowing skills further over the coming season, as our strong and admirable competitive natures begin to shine through. Overall, we are looking forward to competing again and putting our skills and fitness to the test at Regatta two, hosted by John XXIII College at Canning Bridge.  Racing is from 8:30-12:00pm, come down grab a coffee from the John XXIII coffee stand and support our girls.


Rob Thomas

Rowing Coordinator

Seeking Donations 

The John XXIII Rowing Club are hosting the upcoming IGSSA regatta on Saturday 20 May.  This event is a major fundraising opportunity for the Rowing Club and as a part of this a raffle will be conducted on the day.  We would greatly appreciate the support of the John XXIII College community and are seeking any donations for the raffle.

Any items that could be raffled would be greatly appreciated such as household items, cooking equipment, personal grooming products, makeup, sporting equipment, fine foods, perfumes and home wares (no alcohol please).   If you would like to assist, donations are required by Thursday 18 May . If you have questions please contact Judy Lucas on 0407635350 or at -

Items can be left at John XXIII College Administration.


Pathways and Transition





All Language students in from Year 7 to Year 12 are enrolled in the Education Perfect Language World Championships starting on Monday! Students have received their user name and password via email, so they are ready to log in and start!


The competition is relevant for everyone. This is not just for the highest performing students, it's an exciting event that engages students from a wide spectrum of learning abilities

Students login as many times as they like over the 10 day event.  There are many great prizes to be won:

For further information follow this link: 


As an added bonus, we have organized an in-school competition for the Language students at John XXIII College. The winning class will receive a $100 pizza party from Education Perfect.


Many thanks to Ms Jennifer Leckey for her support in enrolling us all.


Bonne chance, in bocca al lupo, ganbatte!!


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)



For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:
Anna Gingell, Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

Or refer to the College Website.


Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Ignation Induction Program

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

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

The remaining modules in Semester One are:
Module 4 - 18 May - Ignatian Prayer
Module 5 - 25 May - Relationships
Module 6 - 1 June - Highlights of Ignatian Spirituality for the home and College and insights into founders, John XXIII and Mary Ward.

Refer to the attached for further information.

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


Year 8 Vaccines

The Department of Health Immunisation Nurses will be visiting the College this Wednesday 17 May to administer the second round of vaccines to Year 8 students.  The schedule will be HPV (Gardasil) and Chickenpox vaccines.

The Nurse’s will return to follow-up any students absent on the day.

School Meningococcal ACWY program

A vaccination to protect against Meningococcal strains A, C, W and Y will be offered to 15-19 year olds. The program will provide immunisations in school to Year 10, 11, and 12 students.

Some of the highest rates of meningococcal carriage and illness occur among 15-19 year olds and this age group can transmit the bacteria to people who are at increased risk of infection, including young children. The rationale for vaccinating 15-19 year olds is to both decrease illness from meningococcal W in this age group and to prevent carriage. Reducing carriage in this age group will reduce transmission of the bacteria to others and help prevent infections within the larger community.

Year 12 Vaccinations will take place on Thursday 29 June and Years 10 and 11 expected to be scheduled for term 3. Consent forms will be sent home with your child closer to the date of vaccination. Please note:  Parents only must sign consent form.


Thank you
Jenny Hill
College Nurse

Parent Association


Term Two Parents’ Association Meeting will be held at 7:00pm Monday 22 May, 2017 in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.  All John XXIII College parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Come hear updates from the leaders of the school and vote on funding proposals.


Upcoming Inspire Events:

  • 7 June, 2017 Protective Behaviours for parents of Secondary Students (Speaker: Andrea Musulin)
  • 1 August, 2017 Healthy Body Image. For parents and children in Years 7 – 12. (Speaker: Professor Sue Byrne)
  • 12 September, 2017 Loneliness, Bullying and Pressure to Succeed Issues (Speaker: Karen Martin)

Youth Focus Presentation

The handouts from the Youth Focus presentation are included below:


Community Notices

Yoga For Teens

The Nedlands Yoga Centre at the Broadway Fair Shopping Centre has just started running yoga for teens on a Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:15pm.


A yoga practice for teens can help reduce stress, anxiety, help develop stress management tools and can create the foundation for establishing a self meditation and mindfulness practice.  A recent study demonstrated that students who undertook a five minute meditation prior to an exam fared 5 to 10% higher than their average as opposed to students who didn't take the meditation before the exam.


It is also and excellent opportunity to meet students from other schools in the area.  Research suggests that having a broad network of friends outside of their school environment can assist in dealing in instances of bullying and general mental wellness.  



Relationships Australia


  • Parent-Child Connection      4 x weeks       Read          Tues 6-27 June
  • Parent-Teen Connection      (DAYTIME)     Read           Sat 10 June
  • Kids and Technology                                          Read           Thurs 22 June
  • All About Anger – for Parents of Teens     Read           Wed 28 June

Go to or ring 6164 0200 to enrol

LightsOut Basketball.pdf
LightsOut Basketball.pdf
A4 Poster Final 2.pdf
A4 Poster Final 2.pdf
A4 Poster Final 2.pdf
2017 Music Eisteddfod Entry Form.pdf
2017 Music Eisteddfod Entry Form.pdf
Adult & Youth Complete Document.pdf
Adult & Youth Complete Document.pdf
Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf
Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf