25 August 2017
Issue Twenty Six
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 26
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal


Earlier this week I spent time in Melbourne meeting with eight other Loreto Principals. This weekend I host a similar gathering of Principals from Jesuit schools from around the country. During the visit we will be celebrating Mass in our College Chapel at 4:30pm on Sunday and members of the College community are very welcome to join us for this celebration. The Senior Small Ensemble Soiree commences at 5:30pm in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre which will also be a lovely way to finish the weekend.


This week our senior staff have been briefed by the consultancy group that conducted our recent survey of students, staffs and parents. Much of the information gleaned through the survey is very affirming. However, there is certainly a thorough critique of all our operations and areas that will require specific focus and attention in the weeks to come. We won't shy away from confronting identified challenges.


I was particularly interested in some of the feedback with respect to proposed strategic initiatives.


Our staff (158 respondents) identified the following as important future initiatives, the percentage indicates the amount of support given.

We also had excellent parent engagement with 575 parents ranking the following as important initiatives:

Other ideas received support but these were the strategic ideas that received over 80% endorsement. It certainly is invaluable data for our current Master Planning process.

Father's Day Mass

All Dads are welcome to attend Mass dedicated to Fathers on Friday 1 September at 7:30am in the College Chapel. Muffins and Tea/Coffee will be served in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre after Mass. To assist with catering please advise of your attendance via


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson





Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was an absolute pleasure to see Year 3G in action at today’s Assembly. Each student is to be applauded on the energy and enthusiasm they have given to create a special assembly item for us all to enjoy. Special thanks to Ms Allen and Miss Joyce for guiding the students to explore the Book Week theme, ‘Escape to Everywhere’ in such a creative and entertaining way.


I hope you enjoy reading the following updates about the various learning adventures that have happened around the Primary this week. A big thank you to all our wonderful staff for their tireless efforts and provide a variety of opportunities for your children to grow and flourish.


We look forward to seeing many Dads and their children at Mass next Friday 1 September at 7:30am.

 Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



Next week we are having photos taken to produce a whole school photo to commemorate our 40 year Anniversary celebrations.


On Monday 28 August, all Year 1-6 children need to wear their school uniform to school. If children have sport on this day they can bring along their sneakers (or they can change into their sports uniform later in the day).


On Tuesday 29 August, all Mini Minors, Primary Singers, Wanju Voices and Primary Band members need to wear their school uniform to school for Music photos. Once again, if children have sport they are welcome to bring along their sneakers (or sports uniform).


On Wednesday 30 August all children need to wear their sports uniform to school as various team photos will be taken for the school magazine.



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


Madeleine Grainger
Oliver Byrne


Oliver Rohr
Florence Pedler
Matilda Davini
Jacob Chan

Christopher Tan
Mia Pruiti


Oliver Lulich
Evelyn Jackson


Rose Townsend
George Foster


Lydia Defrancesco
Xavier Parker
Sam Gooch


Jack Gregory
Ayva Baker
Genevieve Ford
Alyssa Nguyen


Lauren McLernon
Jonathon Rintoul

Jennifer Ong
Oliver Grant-Smith


Luke Edwards
Matilda Laver


Lucas Jory
Ashlee Purnell
Gracie McCrae


Tayla Matera
Asha Paton


James Brierley
Serenity Jones


Jasmine Slatter



Our Garden Club meets every Wednesday at lunch time in Angelo’s Village. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy our beautiful garden.   


We always have fun planting, weeding, checking out the worm farm and harvesting our herbs and vegetables.


Some of our gardeners shared their thoughts about what they most liked about our Gardening Club:



‘I like that you can pick the plants and bring them home to eat.’



‘My favourite thing to do is planting.’



‘I like watching things grow!’



‘I like getting time in the sun.’



‘I like picking fresh food!’


This week we planted some rocket, garlic and thyme. We also planted parsley seeds at the beginning of term and now we have loads of fresh tasty parsley ready for picking.


We looking forward to seeing all our gardeners next Wednesday. New members are always welcome.  


Sophie Standen (6B), May Verleg (6B) (Community Leaders) and Mrs Annie Woodland (Parent Volunteer)


This week we were delighted to host an URSTRONG workshop for parents and children. URSTRONG is an internationally recognized Social Emotional Wellbeing program, that empowers children with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships. Friendship is such an important part of children’s lives and this workshop offered practical useful strategies to help children make this a positive, happy part of their life. Thanks so much to everyone who came along on Tuesday evening. Check out their blog;


On a different note, Michael Grose also has an online course starting today on Parenting Boys. The Parenting Boys course contains 12 videos (between 20-30 minutes in length) each with an accompanying handout and activity covering the 12 most important topics for parenting boys. Every Friday, 4 sessions (with handouts) and at least one bonus video will be released into your online dashboard to facilitate your learning. You can watch one video each day; save them for the weekend or view them at your leisure.  They are there for you to access at any time after you enrol. More information is available on his website;

Below is a link to an article by Michael Grose called “Secrets to managing boys’ behaviour “which may be of interest too.

Anne Murphy
Primary Counsellor



It has been very exciting in the Library this week as we celebrated Book Week. The theme this year is ‘Escape to Everywhere’. The Primary children have been talking about how reading books gives us the chance to escape from our world for a little while and jump into somewhere new! We can learn so much about real and imaginary places from books. We have also been reading some of the books that have been nominated for awards this year by The Children’s Book Council of Australia. There are a great selection of books and the children and staff have been very eager to read them!


We have escaped to somewhere new this week with a magical castle in the middle of our Library! It has been wonderful to see the children’s reactions as they walked in the door for their lesson. The children have also really enjoyed looking at the display showing their teacher’s favourite childhood books. They have been so delighted to see the books and find out what their teachers enjoyed reading as children, for example Ms De Pinto loved ‘Snow White’ and Mr Henderson’s favourite story was ‘Winnie the Pooh’.


We have had two amazing presentations this week. The children in Year 3 to 6 were very excited to meet author and illustrator Josh Langley who introduced us to one of his books “Being You is Enough”. It is an entertaining book with an important message about being yourself, positive thinking and friendship. The children in Kindy to Year 2 watched a magical and entertaining performance of “Becky Buckaroo’s Ooey Gooey Stew” by early childhood storyteller Rebecca Jane Flanagan. The children loved the story and enjoyed singing, dancing and playing bush percussion instruments.


It has been a wonderful week sharing my love for books with everyone! Thank you to the Library Staff, Primary team and Maintenance team for all their wonderful assistance.

Mrs Cattapan
Drama/Library Specialist



Book Week poster competition winners


Winner: Ciara Thornton
Special Mention: Tilly Finucane

Year 1
Winner: Grace Czajko
Special Mention: Elsa Engelbrecht

Year 2
Winner: Arabella Buzzard
Special Mention: Brodie Stevenson

Year 3
Winner: Georgette Watson
Special Mention: Jasper Bailey

Year 4
Winner: Sylvia Czajko
Special Mention: Amelia Hennessy

Year 5
Winner: Isaac Foley
Special Mention: Hunter Giles-Shanley

Year 6
Winner: Sophie Standen
Special Mention: Tiffany Cesare



On Wednesday the 23 August, Year 6 Blue visited to the Hyogo Prefecture Centre. Hyogo is a state in Japan and is the sister state of Western Australia. They became sisters in 1981. We completed various activities, such as filling out a questionnaire (by looking through brochures), playing with some Japanese toys after solving a puzzle, interviewed two people from Japan and then sketching traditional Japanese rooms. After that, one of the Japanese hosts showed us how to do calligraphy. We made our own Hanko (name stamp) and signed our artwork. After that, we enjoyed an obento box which consisted of rice, salad, sushi and karage chicken. Yum! OISHII

Tiffany Cesare (6B)




We are very excited to share our Year 4 students’ success in Word Mania. They have achieved a place in the Top 10 Nationally for the Word Mania Competition 2017.


They placed 7th with a score of 20,843. 
This is an incredible achievement, as the competition was tough with more than 3000 schools and over 400,000 students competing.

We look forward to receiving a prize in the coming weeks.

Well done Year 4!!




Monday 28 August          Whole School Photo (Wear School Uniform)

Tuesday 29 August          Music Photos (Wear School Uniform)

Wednesday 30 August   Sports Photos (Wear Sports Uniform)

Friday 1 September        Father’s Day Mass – 7:30am






Master Chef

John XXIII Day is always a highlight in the school calendar.  This year was no exception and there were an extraordinary amount of creative and culinary delights entered.   Over 150 entries. Mary Ward Secondary students and staff were delighted to witness the enthusiasm of  students across the College.   The emphasis on the day is on fun, creativity and participation.  Well done to all the participants who entered into the spirit and to the hundreds of visitors who came and admired the talent.   Attached is a random sample of entries from the day.  


Mary Ward Centre

Black Swan Prize Youth Finalists 2017

Congratulations to Year 11 students, Sophia Johnson and Jasmine Koong, who have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Black Swan Youth Prize for Portraiture. Their beautiful pastel self-portraits will be exhibited at Brookfield Place in November, with winners announced at the Youth Awards night on 15 November. Well done girls!


Louise Hoy

Visual Arts Teacher


The College has three teams competing in the regional finals of Tournament of Minds this Saturday, 26 August at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup.  


Please wish our teams well.   If anyone would like to support the teams on the day the performance times are as follows:


Social Sciences – 10:00am in Building 7 room 104 


Language Literature – 11:00am Building 8 room 301 


Engineering Mathematics – 11:40 am Building 8 Room 305 


Stuart Massey

Learning Enrichment Coordinator


Vivre Ensemble Winners from our French Classes

Week Seven marks Languages Week at John XXIII College. Over the week we will be celebrating the learning of a second language and the value of so many people with different ethnic backgrounds and languages in our community.


We’d like everyone to: Take the plunge: learn a new language!


There are lifelong advantages to learning another language. Five local speakers recently showed you how having more than one language can provide a better start to life, broaden your career prospects and – yes – even give you a healthier old age.


Cognitive benefits – for a brighter brain, learn another language and give your brain function a physical workout – you’ll boost your ability to focus, learn and problem solve.


Economic benefits – want to add a competitive edge to your career or business? One language is nowhere near enough in today’s global market.


 Social benefits – multilingualism isn’t just valuable for practical reasons like boosting your career options — it’s great for improving your social life too!


Health benefits – stay sharper for longer with another language. Medical studies have shown learning a second language significantly delays the onset of many brain related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and all other forms of dementia.


Here are some videos from The Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Western Australia (MLTAWA) for more information:
Cognitive benefits of language learning

Adopting the right mindset for language learning

The affective factors of language learning

Language learning for the greater good

Learn a language for your brain's sake



Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area - Langauges


Year 11 Drama

Congratulations and well done to the Year 11 cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. They performed brilliantly in the Theatre in the Round production in the Loreto Drama Centre, last night.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Champions League Girls Soccer

On Wednesday 23 August the girls were pitted against a strong Woodvale Senior High School team, who are a soccer specialist school. The girls showed enormous fight and endeavour, but unfortunately were defeated 5–2 on the day. The girls should be extremely proud in making the last eight of the School Sport WA competition.  

Athletics Squad

Athletics training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the term until the ACC carnival on 13 September. Training will be from 7.00 - 7.55am meeting in the College pavilion. Whilst training is focused towards performance at the ACC carnival, training is open to students of all ability levels. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. The preliminary ACC squad has been sent to students. Students involved are asked to make an effort to attend training where possible. Remember to receive your recognition you need to attend a minimum number of trainings

ACC Athletics Team

On Wednesday 13 September the College will compete at the ACC A Division Athletics Carnival. The draft team will be selected and students placed in their events early next week. Students will receive this in homeroom. Students are asked to check carefully and contact Mr Maxwell if there are any queries. At the end of next week the team will be finalised.

Student Achievements

Well done to our Senior Surfer’s Robert Line and Beau Bevan who finished equal third in the state finals of the Sunsmart WA School Surfing Titles this afternoon. Awesome effort to get down to the final four schools.


Congratulations to Spencer and Boyd Jarvis who competed in the State Schools Mountain Bike Championships on the weekend.  The boys finished 4th and 8th respectively in their year groups.  A great result for a first time effort.

Music - Week 26

2018 Music Subject Selection

Subject selection for Years 7 – 9 will shortly be underway, and with a talented cohort of musicians in these years we hope to see many of you in the Music Classroom in 2018! Classroom music offers a fantastic way for young musicians to further their skills and understanding of music, and utilising their performance skills learned in lessons. Students learn to compose and understand music, looking at famous artists and composers, and performing original arrangements together.


New musicians are welcome, too! For any questions regarding Music courses, please contact the Music Department – 9383 0440 or

Senior Small Ensemble Soiree

The premier concert of the College’s small ensembles will be held in the GBLT from 5:30pm this Sunday, August 27. This free concert features performances by senior saxophone quartets, clarinet quartets, the Senior String Quartet, Flute Ensemble, Small Combo, Barbershop and Madrigals. All members of the College community are welcome!

Music Ensemble Photos

Please note the following changes in details for the music photos on Tuesday, 29 August, commencing at 7:00am. All musicians are to meet in the Performing Arts Centre, 15 minutes before their scheduled photo, in full College uniform (no performance uniforms, with blazers), where they will be taken to the Osborne Room. Instrumentalists should have their instrument with them. A timetable for ensembles is included, below. For any queries regarding photos, please contact the Music Department.


Spring Soiree

The final large ensemble concert of the year will be held on the evening of Sunday, 3 September, at 6:00pm in Roncalli Hall. In honour of the coincidence of dates with Fathers' Day, John XXIII College will be serving complimentary light refreshments for all guests in attendance from 5:00pm, in the Pavilion.


The Spring Soiree will feature performances from the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Wanju Voices, Treble Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as honouring Year 12 musicians for their service to the College. As one of the most popular concerts of the year, complimentary tickets are available online: . This is a concert not to be missed!



We are always keen to hear about what our Alumni are doing and with the focus on Science Week this seemed very appropriate.  Associate Professor Amanda Salis (Class of 86) features in this University of Sydney documentary series, which follows five Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellow and the work they are doing in their areas of expertise.


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.



























Photo: Lunchtime Readers


Photo: Lunchtime Readers

Fun In The Library

We have celebrated Book Week with lots of activities and special guests.  The theme of “Escape to Everywhere” provided great opportunity for creativity and displays in the Library.

Local authors David Whish-Wilson and Sean Gorman visited the Secondary school and talked to Year 7, 8 and 9 English students about their book, “Derby:  WA Footy fans on the game’s greatest rivalry”.  While the students had fun chatting and boasting about their favourite teams, they also learnt that there is more to football than just the game. The authors relayed stories of indigenous sports stars, of local folklore and heritage, and social history through their interviews with 40 Eagles and Dockers supporters. Great fun! 


All secondary students were challenged with a Book Week Home Room Quiz – all winning homeroom groups will be announced and rewarded next week.

Year 12 Drama students also came to the Library to read Book Week short-listed books  with Primary students – a great initiative which the younger students loved. Many thanks to Sam Moloney and his team.


Ali Carlton



Meningococcal Vaccine Catch-up day Years 10, 11 & 12

Meningococcal vaccine catch-up day for students in years 10, 11 and 12 will take place on Monday 18 September for students who either missed the recent vaccine days or have not received the vaccine.


If you would like your child to receive this vaccine, Parents can complete the attached consent form and return this to the Health Centre by Friday 15 September.


Meningitis Centre Australia in partnership with the Department of Health created a video about the ACWY vaccine and this can be viewed at


Please note:  Students can also receive the Vaccine at the Central Immunisation Clinic, West Perth by appointment. Ph: 9321 1312 or from Travel Health Plus Fremantle Ph: 9336 6630.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse



Sacrament Program 

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


Many students have already had the sacraments conferred in Parish celebrations. If you have not already enrolled your child in a parish program, it may still be possible to enroll in some parishes. 

The following people can assist you:

  • Your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website:  here

  • Information from parishes on the College website.

‘GOOD NEWS’ for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
“You are Peter, to you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-20)

The reflection is part of a longer homily by Fr Richard Leonard  for this Sunday. It is printed here with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.


…The disciples, reflecting on their experiences with Jesus, offer various possibilities, but it is Peter who says that Jesus is the revelation of God for the world. This is the great profession of faith and the basis on which the Church comes into being.


And what was true then, is true now. At some point, if we want our faith to move from being a code of law, a concept, or some excellent ideas to something we can experience, we must take the faith of the Church, which has nurtured us up to now, and make it our own. In doing so, when we encounter Christ, we contribute to the re-founding of the Church in our generation.


Just being part of the ‘Catholic crowd’ is hardly the challenge Jesus presents to the disciples in today’s Gospel. We are commissioned like the disciples to bear witness to Christ’s personal love in the workplace, with our friends and in our families.


It’s always helpful to be reminded that we might be the only face of Catholicism, or even Christianity, that another person may encounter. The way in which we bind them up or set them free might be the measure by which they judge if the Church is the face of Christ in today’s world and whether they could find a home with us.


And it all hinges on that great question which is asked of each of us today: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ How we answer this question reveals so much, including whether Christ is an idea we like, or the object of our passion. © Richard Leonard

Community Liturgy 

Next week’s Community Mass will honour our fathers, grandfathers and father figures and will commence at the earlier time of 7:30am in the Chapel.


All dads with their families are especially welcome.  


For any enquiries concerning the Community Mass, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel

Note a special change next Friday 1 September - Fathers’ Day Mass, 7:30am start time.



Pathways and Transition




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.

Parents' Association


The next Parents’ Association meeting will be in Term Four at 7:00pm Monday 6 November 2017. All

funding proposals must be submitted by Friday 20 October to be considered at this meeting. This final Parents’ Association meeting for the year is also the AGM and new committee members will be elected. If you have an interest in becoming a committee member or would like to submit a funding

proposal, please email



A big thankyou to those who braved the cold and came along to hear our guest speaker Sue Byrne (ex-student) talk to about 80 Parents and secondary school students on Tuesday 01/08/17.  Sue talked about Body Image and Eating Disorders and then answer questions on the topic.  The talk was “informative and thought provoking”.  As promised we have attached a list of WA services (counselling and helplines) currently available in this important area.


For further enquiries please contact Loretta Byrd, Inspire Sub-Committee.


Uniform Shop

Tracksuits For Secondary Students

The Uniform Shop has had an unprecedented run on tracksuits in the last month and consequently there are some sizes not currently available.


If your children have outgrown their tracksuits  we would like to hear from you.  Please bring them to the Uniform Shop, if the tracksuits are still in good condition we will purchase them from you.



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.


Community Notices



Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.


With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is a must for all families.


Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons conducted at pools and open water venues across the State. VacSwim is for all children - from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.


Your children can learn to swim for just: 

  • $7.00 per child for a five day short program
  • $13.00 per child for all other programs.


It's even cheaper if you have three or more children:

  • $18.00 a family for a five day short program
  • $35.00 a family for all other programs.


To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit


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

Save The Date

Loreto Federation 2018


Loreto Normanhurst NSW is the proud host of Loreto Federation 2018.  We extend a warm welcome to all of the Loreto and John XXIII College Community to join us for a weekend of vision, inspiration and action.


Come, Be the Change.

Loreto Federation Committee 2018 

Click here for the invitation.

Registration and details will be available from Mary Nicholls in Perth after  November  08 9386 1175

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Eating Disorders - WA Services.pdf
Parent Ignatian Induction Talks.pdf
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John XXIII School Bus Service.pdf
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