27 July 2018
Issue Sixty One
From the Principal
Around The Primary
2019 Enrolment Information
Netball Club
Music - Week 22
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks
Parents' Association
Inspire: Upcoming Event
Founders' Parent Party - All welcome
Men Of John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Leading in diverse times

One of the exciting aspects of John XXIII College is the encouragement given to students, staff and families to engage in contemporary issues related to the Catholic Church. Last week we had the benefit of the presence of Fr Tom Scirghi SJ from Fordham University as he engaged with Year 11 Religious Education students, staff via our conference, the community at our Mary Ward Justice Lecture and with our College Council and sub-Committee members via a Retreat. The topics discussed were incredibly expansive and encouraged our community to reflect on the future of the Catholic Church both in Australia and beyond.


Coincidentally, Catholic Secondary Principals from around Australia met last week in Cairns and their conference had the theme of ‘leading in diverse times’. Many of the materials presented reflected the broad nature of the discussions that occurred at our College. The opening of the Principals’ conference commenced with a broad declaration that ‘our bruised and battered Church has never been in greater need of our schools’.


Fr Frank Brennan SJ who was one of the key note speakers exhorted the delegates to consider the range of views presented at the Conference and to apply these to seeing how the Church can continue to adapt and change to ensure the message of Jesus of the Gospels remains current and relevant to those we serve.  He further encouraged all to join in conversation on these issues with the leaders of the Australian Church and to show due respect to our Bishops as they lead us to Plenary 2020.


At John XXIII College, we look forward to the opportunities to discuss openly as we continue to explore issues that confront our Church in the spirit of Plenary 2020 that being to:

engage in an open and inclusive process of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.’


In this spirit we look forward to joining the preparations for Plenary 2020 in the hope that we can assist our Church to continue in its mission to serve the people of Australia.


When Pope Francis met with Vatican officials before Christmas last year, he told them:

Christmas reminds us that a faith that does not trouble us is a troubled faith. A faith that does not make us grow is a faith that needs to grow.’


We look forward to further discussions.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

On Wednesday after school a patient parent driving through the ‘loop’ carpark said to me, ‘you’ve drawn the short straw, being out on duty this afternoon’, as it was particularly wet and windy. But in actual fact these times are an important part of my day. I see how many happy children we have at John XXIII College, jumping into their cars with smiles, wishing me good afternoon with big smiles and telling me anecdotes about their best part of their day. To all parents in our community, keep doing what you are doing, because your children are amazing!


A special thank you to Miss Graves and Year 6G for all the effort and energy you put into preparing today’s Assembly. The students shone during their performance and their message to the community was around the importance of being yourself.


Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Merit Awards

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



Charlie Young
Greta Maroni



Amelia Moloney
Eloise Manifis
Killian Collins



Alila Iredale
Jack Hodge



Amelia Biagi
Ruby Townsend



Thomas Pavlinovich
Erin Ralph



Grace Czajko
Lucas Paton
Amelie Connell



Stella Fullerton
Joshua Pruiti



Amelia Watson
Edward Brown
Liam Burns



Kate Wagner
Elia Zuvela
Ethan Raykos



Gracie Byrnes
Oscar Croudace
Elise Kwei



Ella Matthews
Luke Green


Philip Costa Shrubsall
Lola Kenny



Tiffany Bosanac
Amelia Mettam



Finn Levy


Interhouse Cross Country Carnival


The Years 3 to 6 Interhouse Cross Country Carnival was held on Tuesday and the competitors enjoyed running in the wintery conditions. There were some fantastic performances throughout the Carnival and all students should be very proud of their efforts. Great sportsmanship was also shown amongst the competitors. I wish to thank the parents who assisted at the finish line and those who attended the Carnival to support their children. A special mention to the House Captains and the Year 5’s who were check point officials throughout the afternoon. Well done to all the students who trained so hard over the past weeks on cold, wet mornings to prepare for their distance race.


The results of the races are listed below. All these runners will be invited to compete at the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival in Bunbury on Thursday 9 August.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator


NEWS FLASH:    All Year 3-6 students need to wear their sports uniform on Wednesday 1 August                                             for the Athletics Trial Day.






Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum


This term across the Primary School we are exploring the third Focus Area of the Keeping Safe Program: ‘Recognising and Reporting Abuse’


The topics include, Privacy and the Body; Recognising Abuse; Secrets and Cyber Safety


· Body awareness, personal space and safe and unsafe touching in relationships are all introduced. Children learn anatomical names for parts of the body, including sexual body parts, and understand that their whole body is private.


 · Children need to understand that they have rights regarding their bodies and that they need to respect the rights of other children not to be touched. They need to be able to recognise the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching, as well as the concept of necessary but uncomfortable touch like having immunisation. Communication strategies to tell someone ‘no’ or ‘stop’ if they feel unsafe are also explored.


  · A range of developmentally appropriate situations are presented to children to help them identify forms of abuse, including domestic violence and the difference between accidental and deliberate injury. Children explore a range of people who can help them if they need it.


 · Children develop an understanding that while many secrets can be fun and exciting, some secrets are unsafe to keep. It is important for children to recognise unsafe secrets and tell a trusted adult about them.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s classroom teacher.


A Message from the Year 6 GATE students


This term, the Year 6 GATE students are focusing on giving back to the community and have organized the following fundraising projects.


1. Pet Rocks: If you have always wanted a pet, but don’t like the idea of cleaning up after it, then pet rocks are for you. When you first get your rock, it doesn’t look like much, however, add some glitter, wool, stickers and googly eyes and you will take home a crazy creature! Purchase your rock for a special price of $1 and all the decorations are free! An amazing opportunity on Tuesday 31 July in the Computer Lab at lunchtime.


2.  Raffle: 1st prize is 2 tickets to the Movies, 2nd prize is an incredible lunchbox! A big bargain at        one ticket for 50c and buy 3 for $1! There are separate competitions for Upper (Yr 3-6) and Lower (PP-Yr 2), so your chances are doubled! Tickets will be available from Monday 30 July from the Year 6’s at recess and lunch time. Winners will be announced on Friday 4 August.


3. Doodle Bug Challenge: This competition allows you to unleash your inner artist! Starting on       Tuesday 31 July, you will be given a random squiggle, a pencil and a time limit of 1 minute. The best   part is, it’s only 20c for a turn! Come to the Computer Lab on Tuesday 31 July at lunchtime if you  are in Lower Primary and Monday 6 August at lunchtime if you are in Upper Primary. The competition winners will be announced on Friday 13 August.


All proceeds will go to ShopFront. Shopfront provides meals, showering facilities and kindness to people within our community when they need support. During these winter months, it can be especially hard for many people and we want to support ShopFront as they help people in our own state of WA.


Thank you for your support,

Year 6 GATE students



Win kids' cooperation without fears, tears and cauliflower ears



Let’s face it, many discipline measures of the past just don’t cut it anymore. That doesn’t mean that raising respectful, well-behaved and cooperative kids isn’t important. In this era of digital distraction, shifting society norms and changing attitudes toward authority, discipline has just become a whole lot harder. In this webinar, experienced parenting educator Michael Grose will share the best of his tried and true techniques to help parents get more cooperation and better behaviour from even the most challenging kids.



Listeners will learn:

  • the parenting style that’s best suited to raising cooperative, well-behaved and successful kids in the 21st Century
  • the most important question to ask yourself when kids repeatedly misbehave, that will lead to behavioural improvement
  • an easy-to-apply approach to help you get more cooperation from kids without repeating yourself, raising your voice or bringing kids to tears
  • a practical definition of misbehaviour that you can use in any situation
  • two types of consequences to use to get more responsible behaviour and the secret to making them stick

when kids need to be listened to and when their behaviour needs managing.


Tuesday 14 August 2018 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM AEST


This webinar is $37 per person to attend and is free of charge to families at schools that have a Parenting Ideas membership. Voucher code; GREATKIDS


Who is talking
This webinar will be hosted by Dr Jodi Richardson with presenter Michael Grose.

Follow this link to register:


Dates to Remember

Tuesday 31 July                                Cross Country Training 7:30am
Wednesday 1 August                    Athletics Trial Day (Years 3-6) (Wear Sports Uniform)
Thursday 2 August                         Cross Country Training 7:30am
Friday 3 August                                Founders’ PP-12 Assembly (9am Gym)

                                                                    Pre Kindy G Photos
Saturday 4 August                          Founders’ Parent Party


Pilgrimage Movie Night

A 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Date: 31 July at 7:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre

A Donation of $20 will support the communities that we visit whilst on Pilgrimage.

Mary Ward Secondary-MasterChef

Come and enter our MasterChef competition. There are two entry categories:

  • Cake Art
  • Tasting

 All year groups welcome.
John XXIII Day - 10 August

Entry forms available from the Mary Ward Secondary

Inaugural John XXIII Day best dressed pet competition

Would you like your pet to have a starring role in the 2018 John XXIII College Magazine or win your pet and yourself some great prizes?

Loyola House is running a new competition this year. Different Categories including:

  • Best Costume
  • Best Superhero
  • Best School Uniform
  • Best look a like
  • Best celebrity impersonation
  • Just the best

How to enter:

  1. All members and friends of the JTC community are welcome to enter.
  2.  You can enter as many times as you like but each entry costs $1.00.
  3. You can either
  4. (a) print out the picture – write your name, class, your pet’s name and the category on the back, put it in an envelope with your money and put in in the special box at the front administration (primary) or at student reception (secondary) or

    (b) send an email with the picture attached to: include your name, class, your pet’s name and the category in the email, put your money in an envelope with your name and class on it and put in in the special box at the front administration (primary) or at student reception (secondary).
  5.  Entries close 4pm on Thursday 9 August.
  6. Entries will be judged by a panel of committed pet enthusiasts!
  7. Any questions – send an email to or

John XXIII College City to Surf Team

Students, families, friends and staff are all invited to join the John XXIII College 2018 City to Surf Team. Challenge yourself and others by choosing to enter the 4km, 12km, 21km or marathon.

Team name is John XXIII College and no password required. Team link

Pilgrimage fundraising

The John XXIII College Pilgrimage program offers our students and staff the opportunity for growth and transformation through the experience of service, reflection and prayer. Thirty-seven Year 11 students and 12 staff members will have the opportunity to travel to Beswick in the Northern Territory, Cambodia, India and Timor Leste in September to broaden their world view and discover how they can become ‘men and women for others’ and ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’.


The funds raised in the Solidarity Walk, Movie Night and Quiz Night will be donated directly to the communities that we visit to help support their programs related to health, education, building enterprises, income generation activities etc.


Please support the Pilgrimage program by:

  •  engaging with one of our fundraising activities below,
  •  making a direct donation to the program, or
  • donating a prize for our raffle or silent auction at the quiz night. Prizes that we are seeking are, goods and services, vouchers or experiences.

If you would like more details, please contact Janeen Murphy, Director of Faith and Mission.


Year 8 Religious Education

Creation: God's original plan. In Religious Education the Year 8 students were asked to create a 'Creation Montage' of elements of nature that resonate with them.


Loyola House Day

On Thursday, 26 July, Years 7-12 from Loyola House had their House Day celebrations. The celebrations took place in the Library Courtyard ahead of Tuesday’s Feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola. The students enjoyed a feast of their own with a shared lunch of pizza. They also had the opportunity to play a game of handball and socialise with their peers.


The students took the time to reflect on the House founder and some of the history of the House. It was also pleasing to see the students giving thanks for what they have at the College, including giving a special mention to each of their Homeroom teachers for the work and efforts they put into making Homeroom supportive and enjoyable.


A great time was had by all. The House is now looking forward to some more upcoming events over the next few weeks such as the Athletics Carnival and John XXIII Day.


Year 8 News

Congratulations to the Year 8 students who got into the spirit of their Social on Thursday night. There were some wonderful ‘VINTAGE’ outfits as well as some great dance floor moves. Big thanks to the SRC, who kept the night rolling and also to our Alumni DJ, Steve Vincent and the light and sound technicians. Thanks also to the Year 8 Homeroom teachers and other staff who came along to supervise.

Rita de Faria

Assistant Deputy Year 8

John XXIII Avenue Main Car Park, Laneway Entry Restrictions Near Gymnasium

Many parents may be unaware that the laneway leading toward the College Gymnasium from the main John XXIII Avenue car park is a pedestrian thoroughfare and not for parental vehicle access for the picking up and dropping off students. We have witnessed several incidents of near misses between students walking into the College via this laneway and cars that should not be in the area.


Changes have now been made to restrict access and signage added to make this clearer to everyone

We ask that in the interests of student safety all pick up and drop off be kept to the main car park areas only.


2019 Enrolment Information

To ensure accurate planning and to finalise enrolments for 2019 we would please ask current families with siblings scheduled to start in 2019, to please let us know if your situation has changed and you no longer require a place for your child due to a change of circumstances.


Would you please be kind enough to inform the College in writing by Friday 21 September (end of Term 3) if there has been a change of circumstance to ensure that you are not charged a full Term’s fees.

This will then allow us to plan, place and finalise our enrolments for the 2019 school year.


Please direct further questions to Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar or 9383 0449. We appreciate your help and co-operation.


Years 7/8 Rugby – Term 3

Competition for the John XXIII College Years 7 and 8 rugby union team commences next week. A copy of the fixtures is attached. All games kick off at 4:00pm. A reminder to students involved that training is on Tuesday morning at 7.15am.


Interhouse Athletics Carnival

The Interhouse Athletics Carnival is scheduled to take place on Thursday 2 August.

Please take a moment to read the information letter containing relevant details for the day, together with the program of events  available for download below.


Athletics Training

All students are welcomed to attend a practice session on Tuesday 31 July in preparation for the Inter-House Carnival on Thursday 2 August at the State Athletics Centre.


Squad selection will occur from the Carnival and Pre-Carnival events; however all students are welcome to attend training sessions to improve their skill and fitness. Final ACC team selection will be a result of performance at training and results from both the House and NAS Carnivals.


Staff and specialist external coaches will be present at each session. Students are to be ready on the track for a 6:55am team warm-up.


Dates and times of trainings are below:

Week 3    

  • Tues      31 July   6:55am-8am
  • Thurs    2 Aug    House Carnival - No training 

Week 4    

  • Tues      7 Aug    6:55am-8am
  • Thurs      9 Aug    6:55am-8am

Week 5    

  • Tues      14 Aug    6:55am-8am
  • Thurs      16 Aug    6:55am-8am

Week 6    

  • Tues      21 Aug    NAS Carnival - No training 
  • Thurs     23 Aug    6:55am-8am

Week 7    

  • Tues      28 Aug    6:55am-8am
  • Thurs     30 Aug    6:55am-8am

Week 8    

  • Tues      4 Sep    6:55am-8am
  • Thurs      6 Sep    6:55am-8am

Week 9    

  • Tues      11 Sep    6:55am-8am
  • Wed     12 Sep    ACC A Div Carnival - No training 

Netball Club

There are just four weeks left for the Years 3 - 6 competition and five weeks for the Juniors Years 7 - 12 & Open Competition. Some teams will be working quite hard to maintain their position on the ladder for finals.

As the end of the season is getting closer we look toward the Spring Competition. Registrations are now open for all age groups and are done on a team basis directly with Perth Netball Association. Details can be found on their website


The AGM and Windup with be announced soon so please keep a look out for that information.


We will be looking for volunteers to join our committee as some long term volunteers leave us this year. If you are interested in joining us and would like some information please contact us via email


Good luck to all teams this week and let’s hope the weather is a bit kinder to us this Saturday.


Milissa Jagers


Music - Week 22

St George’s Cathedral Concert

John XXIII College’s annual performance at St George’s Cathedral will be held this Wednesday, 1 August from 1:00 – 1:45pm. All parents and friends are invited to join us for this free concert featuring the Barbershop, Senior Madrigal, Senior Flute Ensemble, Year 11/12 Saxophone Ensemble and selected student soloists in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral in the Perth CBD.

Jazz Night at the Ellington

One of the most anticipated concerts of the year – the John XXIII College’s Jazz Night at the Ellington – will be held at the famous Ellington Jazz Club on Monday 6 August. Commencing at 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm), this concert features performances by the Swing Band, Small Combo, Saxophone Ensembles, Barbershop, Senior Madrigal and Year 12 soloists. Tickets for this popular concert are extremely limited, and can be booked via the following link:


We hope to see you there!


Mr James Kros

Head of Music


Coming soon in Drama

  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    Year 11 production
    Thursday 23 August
    7pm, Loreto Drama Centre
  • Unreal!
    Year 8/9 production
    Thursday 13 September
    Friday 14 September
    7pm, Roncalli Hall








George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


The famous Bell Shakespeare Company visited John XXIII College and performed ‘Shakespeare is Dead’ for a group of about 90 Years 7 and 8 Magis and Altiora students on Monday.  The students seemed to enjoy it enormously and gave the players an amazing ovation (in fact several!) at the conclusion. This was really an introduction to Shakespeare’s life and work, included scenes from many plays and an interactive dimension with several students including Seb Raj and Daniel Doran playing brief roles superbly.


The next major Magis event is the Point Walter Camp on 10 and 11 August. Teachers assisting me will be Ms Martella and Ms O’Connor, and an exciting program has been planned including key presentations from Creative Edge Thinking and Alpha Motivation, and a variety of Point Walter and Magis activities. Twenty Years 7 to 9 Magis and Altiora students will be attending, with Year 9 students taking specific leadership roles on the Friday evening. The Camp booklet will be circulated next week and medical forms have been distributed and must be returned by Monday.


The World Scholar’s Cup Global round handbook has been distributed, and this Tour will take place over six days from August 16-21. Two Year 10 and two Year 9 teams will be representing the College, our first ever involvement in a global round of this prestigious competition, and a mini-tour of Melbourne will also be part of the program.


The current Magis Academic Challenge taking place is the Academic Knowledge Challenge featuring 25 questions from different learning area. Results will be announced in week 5.  Also commencing next week is the Magis-run John XXIII College Championship, which will be open to all students from Years 7-12 (not just Magis). Good luck to all competitors.


Finally, Awards for first semester Magis Years 7 and 8 personal projects will be presented at coming assemblies. A report booklet with many photos plus details of Awards and Certificates has now been circulated. Congratulations to all students on a splendid range of exciting projects. Major winners for First Place Overall, First Place Project, or First Place Process Journal were  Patrick Browne and Kirsten McCormick in Year 8, and Rachel Flavell, Yvie  Rigg, Amerie Chai and Ruby  Kaye in Year 7.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Community Liturgy

Thank you to the students from Loyola House who prepared our Community Mass this morning. 


Next Friday’s Community Mass will be prepared, for the last time, by this year’s group of Year 12 students.  Family and friends, as well as the students, are especially welcome.

  • 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

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6 and have not yet enrolled in the Sacrament program in your ‘home’ parish?

  • 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 the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

‘He distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted’ – John 6:1-15

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard. 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.


Recently I was invited to a relative’s home for dinner. This family has been having more than a little trouble with their 13-year-old daughter, who is going through a particularly defiant and rebellious stage. The young girl was not happy with the vegetables her mother served at dinner and so she refused to eat them. The uneaten vegetables became the staging ground for an adolescent conflict. Trying to coax the girl into eating, her mother calmly used some lines I’d heard before. ‘Wasting food is a sin’ and ‘There are starving people in the world who would be grateful for what you don’t want’. With that the girl jumped up and left the dining room. A few minutes later she returned with an oversized envelope and a marker pen. She began to stuff the food into the envelope and as she did she angrily asked, ‘What starving people do you want me to send these vegetables to?’ Who said being a parent was easy? Celibacy had never looked better!


In today’s Gospel, after the 5,000 have been fed, Jesus says, ‘Gather the pieces together that are left over. Let nothing be wasted’. Some of us have never truly been hungry, so it can be hard to fully appreciate how wasteful our developed world must appear to those who watch their families die of starvation. People who lived through the Depression or have lived through wars often carry the scars of being hungry. To this day some of them are on guard against waste. Others try to numb the memory of want by overindulging. For most of us in the developed world, especially 13-year-old middle-class kids, hunger has only ever been fleeting, and we are presently eating ourselves into obesity.


Some people would prefer to think of the story of the feeding of the five thousand exclusively in spiritual terms. There is no question that today’s Gospel refers to the Eucharist where all are spiritually nourished by Christ our host. It also refers to the eternal banquet where hunger will be no more. But this Gospel asks us to look at our world through the eyes of Christ’s kingdom where the mighty will be cast down from their thrones, the poor will be raised up, and the rich who will not share will be sent away.


There is such a thing as healthy guilt. It’s where we become aware of what we have done or failed to do to bring about Christ’s Kingdom in our world. Given that it is entirely unnecessary for 29,000 people, on average, to die each day because of lack of food and water and the diseases this brings, guilt on our part seems a reasonable response. It becomes a healthy moment in our lives when we decide to change our priorities, and call for similar changes in the priorities of a nation which spends more on bombs than starving babies.


I often wonder what God thinks when he hears wealthy nations say that the reason they refuse to share more with the poor is because these poorer nations often have unelected despots who divert their country’s wealth into Swiss bank accounts or nuclear and conventional weaponry programs. Even in the face of these complex issues we could find a way to feed the hungry who might, one day, be empowered to take charge of their nations.


‘What starving people do you want me to send these vegetables to?’ the 13 year old asked. To which I wanted to reply, ‘Put your own name on the envelope because your own comfort makes you the neediest person in the world’.


May we be enabled to do on earth what is done in heaven, where the hungry are welcomed and fed, the leftovers are gathered together and nothing is wasted. © Richard Leonard

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 28 July Murdoch Uni Open Day 
  • 29 July  Curtin Uni Open Day
  • 6 August TISC presentation for Year 12
  • 8 August Curtin University visit      
  • 12 August  UWA Uni Open Day        
  • 12 August ECU (Mt Lawley) Uni Open Day 
  • 13 August ECU / Murdoch Visit - Year 12 students
  • 15 August UWA Visit - Year 12 students
  • 17-19 August - Skills West Careers Expo
  • 19 August University of Notre Dame Open Day
  • 22 August University of Notre Dame Visit - Year 12 students
  • 23 August  CQU Open Day 
  • 6 September ECU Alternative Pathways Information
  • 13 September WAAPA Arts Management Info Evening
  • 24-28 September ATAR Revision Sessions
  • 7 November ECU Careers in Sports Expo

Download the PDF below for a more detailed list of events and registration details.


myfuture - assist your child

New to myfuture, is a dedicated page for parents and carers looking to support and encourage young people with their career making decisions.


Assist your child feature page contains links to articles that provide tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development. Our College has registered and paid an annual fee for the use. To log in, students need to use their school email address.



Curtin's Scholarship email service

Sign up for Curtin's Scholarship email service and receive an email alert whenever a scholarship that matches your criteria is opened for applications. You'll also receive a reminder email one week before applications close.


US Sports Scholarships

If you are good at a sport and want to see if it can help you pay for a college degree, visit this link to schedule a meeting with past student-athletes from Crimson Athletics. Find out more - 

Interesting reads

Future skills: Report reveals tools schoolkids will need to thrive in jobs market of 2030
The skills required by workers in the future will be very different to those of today, a report has predicted, as well as warning education systems need to change to prepare schoolchildren for their future. 


Financial and Insurance Services

Financial services are the economic services provided by the finance industry, which encompasses a broad range of businesses that manage money, including credit unionsbankscredit-card companies, insurancecompanies, accountancy companies, consumer-finance companies, stock brokeragesinvestment funds, individual managers and some government-sponsored enterprises.


This industry includes banking, insurance and superannuation funds, as well as financial brokering services. Most jobs are in Sydney and Melbourne. There are fewer young people than in other industries, and part-time time work is uncommon. Many workers in this industry have a university degree. The largest occupation, Bank Workers, doesn't require a degree and may provide a pathway into the industry.

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.




Good Universities Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Read the guide - 



Were you the kid who loved Lego and building forts in the yard? If you love building, creating and working with your hands then a career in construction might be a good fit.


Whether you’re building a house or an airport, just about every trade is represented on each worksite so it’s smart to get an idea of how they all fit together.


Check out the Construction Bullseye from MyFuture here.



From the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW – “A career in surveying can be very diverse and involves travelling and the use of specialised technology.  Surveyors can be involved in making measurements in the outdoors or indoors, processing data and creating plans and maps.”

Surveyors measure and map things then provide the information to people like engineers, architects and developers.  


You could work in the office or in the field, using high-tech equipment and sophisticated software to put together measurements that are needed by other design professionals.

Without their work it would be impossible for engineers and architects to accurately design and construct buildings.


Salary: Starting salary around $42k for an Assistant (Cert III level) to $64k for a Draftsperson with 5 years’ experience. Those with a university qualification may earn $90k plus as a Licensed/Registered Surveyor.

Qualifications: From TAFE, start with a Cert III and work through to a Diploma to become a fully qualified draftsperson, you need a university degree to become a surveyor.


Where do I start? Check out A Life Without Limits, they have heaps of fantastic info and a list of all the courses at TAFE and university level in Australia.


Margi Watson

Career Counsellor


Handwashing – why it’s important

Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and most types of infectious diarrhoea. Some forms of gastroenteritis can cause serious complications, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system. Drying your hands properly is as important as washing them.


To minimise the germs passed around the family, make frequent hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After going to the toilet or changing nappies
  • After touching animals, including family pets
  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends and relatives
  • After using a tissue or handkerchief
  • After handling rubbish, working or playing outside
  • After smoking
  • After cleaning the house
  • After touching garbage
  • After playing sport
  • At any other time when hands are soiled.
  • Remember to keep finger nails clean.

How to wash your hands properly:

  • Wet hands with warm water, cold water is better than no water at all for a ‘one off’ hand wash.
  • Apply liquid soap and lather for 15 to 20 seconds. Have your child sing “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Liquid soap is better than bar soap.
  • Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists. Don’t forget the backs of hands, your wrists, between fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse and dry hands well using a paper towel or single use cloth towel.
  • At home, give each family member their own towel and wash them often.
  • Hot air driers can be used but, again, you should ensure your hands are thoroughly dry.
  • Alcohol-based liquids or gels can be used if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Hand gels are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty.

Take care of your hands

Hand washing is only one part of hand hygiene. Looking after your skin generally is important, as your skin is the perfect barrier against infection. You can help to look after your hands by:

  • Apply a water based absorbent hand cream three to four times a day, if your hands are constantly in water.
  • Use gloves to wash dishes to protect your hands.
  • Use gloves when gardening
  • Consult a doctor if a skin irritation develops or continues.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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.

Parents' Association

Parents’ Association Term Three Meeting 7pm Monday 13 August

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term Three will be held at 7pm on Monday 13 August 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 Parents' Association funds are allocated. Last term we funded the Annual 2018 Parent Party (coming up on Saturday 4 August) and a Baritone Saxophone for the Music Department.


As a member of the Parents’ Association, if you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term Three, please complete the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or you can download one from the school website, or below. The deadline for Term Three Funding submissions is 27 July.

All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at the Term Three meeting will be advertised in the newsletter on Friday 10 August.


We hope you have had a smooth start to Term Three and look forward to seeing you at our Term Three meeting.


Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee

Inspire: Upcoming Event

Founders' Parent Party - All welcome

Men Of John XXIII College

Uniform Shop

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

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

John XXIII College Alumni 


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Primary Parent Term 3 Calendar 2018.pdf
Quiz Night 2018.pdf
NAS Summer Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
NAS Winter Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
NAS Overall Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
Years 7 & 8 rugby fixtures 2018.pdf
Interhouse Athletics 2018 - Parent Information.pdf
Interhouse Athletics 2018 - Program of Events.pdf
Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
John XXIII College Parents’ Association (PA).pdf
John XXIII College_Inspire.pdf