01 December 2017
Issue Thirty Eight
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 38
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
Men Of John XXIII
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Presentation Night

There is a multitude of end of year celebratory events in Term Four. Over the past month, we have acknowledged the talents of our students in music, drama, sport and the visual arts. Of course, the culminating event was this week’s very successful Presentation Night. Many thanks to Vice Principal Mrs Kath Negus for coordinating the night and a big thank you to all the students and staff involved in such a successful occasion.

My address acknowledged the outstanding successes of our students but also alluded to some of the issues facing the Church.


For the Catholic Church, 2017 has been a challenging year. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been confronting for all involved in the work of the Church.

There are two obvious requirements for the future:

  1. Our prayers and support for the victims and their families.
  2. The need for our Church – including Catholic schools – to make changes.

A Code of Conduct for staff has been introduced in all Western Australian Catholic schools this year and it is an excellent initiative to assist in safeguarding our children and staff.

The changes to the Marriage Law and the issue of same-sex marriage in general have also provoked much debate around the country. I commend Archbishop Costelloe for ‘proposing’ rather than ‘imposing’ a position. The respect and dignity of all people should be at the forefront of conversation.


Over the past two years I have learned much from being part of the national Loreto and Jesuit networks. Earlier this year I asked a Jesuit priest about the declining numbers of priests, brothers and sisters.


 His response was reassuring:   ‘We are a Church of the laity’.


Our post-Royal Commission Church places significant responsibility on Catholics around the country to ensure that change occurs via respectful and meaningful dialogue and this is certainly something that we foster at all levels of the College.

I look forward to further engagement with members of our community on these issues.


Congratulations to all our students for the excellent recognition they have received over the course of this academic year. Our Presentation Night was an outstanding celebration of this year’s events. In the year of our 40th anniversary, it was wonderful to welcome back our class of 1977, Head Girl, Mary White. Mary’s interesting and entertaining address provided a delightful insight into the exciting times of the late 1970s with the amalgamation of Loreto and St Louis.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely

Robert Henderson

Around The Primary

Dear Parents


We are heading to the finishing line! The last weeks with our students are always very special as we prepare to say goodbye and to celebrate the many successes throughout the year. As you would appreciate, it is a very busy time for all staff as they complete the Semester Two reports, finalise their teaching and learning programs and celebration days for the year. This week we have offered opportunities for incoming 2018 Pre Kindy, Kindy families and new Primary families to gather and get to know each other prior to starting school next year.


On Thursday our delightful Kindy children entertained a lecture theatre full of very proud parents and grandparent and on Friday morning the Pre Primary children beautifully presented the Christmas Story in the chapel. Special thanks to Deacon Peters for joining us at the liturgy and reminding us all about the true meaning of Christmas.


The sheer enjoyment the students have displayed in presenting songs, dances, plays and sharing prayers has been a joy to experience this week. A big thank you to all the staff for all the hard work they have put into preparing the students for these special liturgies and assemblies.

On Wednesday evening we hosted our annual College Presentation Evening in the St Louis Sport Centre. Congratulations to all the Primary students who received an Award/s on the night. We are very proud of your efforts and achievements.


Years 6 Awards


Outstanding student
Amerie Chai



Religious Education
James Mitchell



Simon Casey Sports Award
Benjamin Mignacca



Design Technologies
Alex Petsos



Digital Technologies
Thomas King



Amerie Chai



Visual Arts
Amerie Chai



Tiffany Cesare



Humanities & Social Sciences
Ava Kwei



Ava Kwei



Benjamin Mignacca



Performing Arts
Delia Lamattina



Physical Education
Marshall Lalor



Physical Education
Summer Burton



Emmeline Bosnich



Charles Hodge


Well done to our Primary Singers and Wanju Singers for their lovely singing on the night. We have received many compliments on their performance. Special thanks to Miss Keogh and Mr Kros for preparing the choirs so well.


Next Tuesday morning our Year 6 students have their final Primary farewell celebration. An enormous amount of work and preparation has been undertaken by staff and Year 6 parents. This event and the celebration signifies the end of the students’ Primary stage of their educational journey. We look forward celebrating all the wonderful memories created during their time in the Primary school and wish them all the very best as they venture into Secondary school.


Amidst the busyness and demands of our vocation, as a team, we continue to stay focused on the children in our care and keeping Christ at the centre of all we think, do and say. Thanks go out to those parents who make a habit of communicating to and about staff in a positive and respectful manner – in this way you are being a wonderful role model to your child. Likewise, when it comes to the new classmates of your child, please set this up for success by being positive and showing that you believe they are going to enjoy the exciting school year ahead with a new teacher and class mates.


Class Teachers 2018

Pre Kindy                    Mrs Cath De Campe

Kindy Blue                  Mrs Catherine Young

Kindy Gold                  Mrs Cayley King

Pre Primary Blue      Miss Chiara Di Biaggio

Pre Primary Gold     Mrs Alison Dillon

Year 1 Blue                  Ms Karin Ilich

Year 1 Gold                  Miss Jessica Saraco

Year 2 Blue                  Miss Lisa Monastra

Year 2 Gold                 Miss Jacqui Cooney

Year 3 Blue                 Mr Dustin Fromm

Year 3 Gold                 Ms Kylie Allen & Miss Jodi Joyce

Year 4 Blue                 Mrs Teresa Fontaine

Year 4 Gold                Miss Claire Dernie

Year 5 Blue                Mrs Sonja Goss

Year 5 Gold               Ms Jacqui O’Connor

Year 6 Blue               Miss Lauren Nish

Year 6 Gold              Miss Talea Graves


This week we have offered opportunities for incoming 2018 Pre Kindy, Kindy families and new Primary families to gather and get to know each other prior to starting school next year.

Our end of year EduDance Showcases will take place next Monday and Wednesday afternoon in the gym. All dance routines are ready and the excitement is building for what promises to be another fantastic event.


I look forward to seeing you before the school year ends!

Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



Dates to Remember

Monday 4 December                     Pre Kindy ‘Meet &  Greet’

                                                                EduDance Showcase ‘G’ Classes 2pm                                                                          (SLSC)

                                                                Final day of Pre Kindy G

Tuesday 5 December                      Yr 6 Graduation Mass 9am followed by                                                                         morning tea

                                                                Yr 6 ‘Big Day In’

Wednesday 6 December               EduDance Showcase ‘B’  Classes 2pm                                                                          (SLSC)

Thursday 7 December                    Yr 6 ‘Big Day Out’

                                                                End of Term for Kindy

Friday 8 December                          PP – Yr 9 Mass 9am (SLSC)

                                                                End of Term





All Year 9 HASS students have had the opportunity this week to learn origami with Sanny Ang.

This experience assists students to appreciate our global interconnections with Asia as a part of their Geography Unit.

Linda Beech

HASS & Geography Teacher

Student Success

Congratualations James Hackett (Year 10) who was a member of the WA State 16 year old Boys Hockey Team, which won the FHE Cup at Perth Hockey Stadium on Sunday 26 November.  The WA team beat the Japan National 16 year old Boys Team in the Grand Final after wins over Malaysia, Singapore, NSW and Victoria.


James is representing WA at the Pan Pacific Games in Adelaide this week.  Well done James.


French Study Tour

What a great pleasure it is to finish my eleven years at the College with the 2017 Study Tour to France.

A privileged group of Year 10 and 11 French students will be participating in the French Study Tour  from 1-22 December. This will encompass two weeks at our sister school in Marseille at Lycee Prive Notre Dame de Sion. During these two weeks, the students will stay with host families, attend classes at their sister school and experience the French education system, including lessons in French. Marseille is rich in culture and history, so the group we will be delving into some of these delights. 


Whilst in this beautiful part of the world, the group will take the opportunity to learn about the great artists of Provence with excursions to various cities, such as Arles with its Van Gough Trail and Roman Amphitheatre; Aix en Provence and Cezanne’s workshop; Nimes with the Maison Carree and Pont du Gard and Avignon to sing the famous song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon” and visit the Popes Palace.


The group will spend the last four days in Paris, in all its glory before Christmas. Here we will be visiting the Museums d’Orsay and L’Orangerie where we are going to see the Impressionist Paintings of the artists we learned about in Provence.  In addition, we will visit The Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and L’Arc de Triomphe and La Tour Eiffel and the gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame as well as Sacre Coeur and Montmartre, and perhaps even a Mass in French or Latin.


Thank you very much to Ms Janine O’Grady and Ms Louise Hoy for all their assistance in coordinating this invaluable tour and for accompanying me and our lucky students:


Alice Archer, Hannah Barry, Bethany Brearley, Hannah Flavell, Richard Lukin, Eve MacGregor and Katie Newton


Carmelina Grassi

French Study Tour Co-ordinator


From all of us at the College, bon voyage! Stay safe, stay healthy and build wonderful relationships. Learn as much as you can from each and every experience.


Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)


Music - Week 38

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Sophia Matthews, Year 9 Koolyangara, for successfully auditioning for the WA Opera Children’s Chorus! Sophia will join the Opera for the 2019 production of Carmen, in addition to her busy year with Beauty and the Beast and her roles in the Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir and Senior String Quartet. We wish her all the best!

Music Tour - July 2019

Thank you to all parents and students who attended the information session for the 2019 Music Tour to Sydney, for Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band. We are very excited by the display of interest and enthusiasm! Further documentation and information will be released early in 2018, but any parents or students who make like to ask questions should contact the Head of Music directly (

Music Enrolments and Withdrawals

Please note that the deadline for withdrawal from Instrumental or Voice Lessons in Semester 1, 2018, has expired. Applications for lessons are still welcomed, with forms available from the Music Office or on the College website. All students who are returning hire instruments should do so following their final lesson, in order for them to be serviced. With any questions regarding the Instrumental Programs, please contact the Music Office (


James Kros

Head of Music



The Year 8 Drama Performance, …'And Now for Something Completely Python', is on Monday 4 December, at 5:00pm in the Roncalli Hall.


Community Liturgy 

Thank you to Year 8 students and Ms de Faria for preparing today’s Community Mass. Thank you also to our guest presider, Fr Peter Tran. Fr Peter is the Catholic Chaplain at the University of Western Australia and the Chaplain of St Thomas More College (residential) in Crawley.


A special thank you to all the gifted members of our Chapel Choir, to Ms Keogh and to Mr Johnston for faithfully, joyfully and prayerfully leading our liturgical music each Friday. It is a huge commitment, and a blessing for our College community.    


Next Friday, our whole college will gather to celebrate the Eucharist in the St Louis Sports Centre at 9:00. Parents are most welcome to join us in this final Mass for 2017.  Our presider will be Fr Vincent Glynn, who is on our College Council and a friend to many. or 9383 0513.


When: Next Friday, 8 December

Time: 9:00-10:00

Where: SLSC

Parish News

Many parishes will celebrate special liturgies and events during the season of Advent and Christmas.

The following link takes you to parishes in Perth



Please see information below for ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ an annual celebration of music and scripture in the parish of St Thomas, Claremont.


Next week there will be further information from some of our local parishes. 



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.


Mouthguard Information

Every year thousands of people are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face, which may otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.


Dental injuries can result in time off school or work to recover, can be painful and disfiguring, may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment. The cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a mouthguard.


Mouth guards should be worn during any sport where there is the chance of a knock to the face.

Custom fitted mouthguards are superior to over the counter mouthguards and are made from a dental impression and a plaster model of the teeth. They provide the best protection fit and comfort


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Reference: Australian Dental Association & Sport Medicine Australia

Parents' Association


Thanks to all those who attended the Parents' Association AGM on Monday 20 November 2017.  Special thanks to Rob Henderson and Kathleen Negus for providing parents with a brief overview of the school survey results, the strategic plan and modifications to the school uniform.


The following five funding proposals were approved:


1. $1.4k for the purchase of five new netball goals for the Primary School (27 votes for, 1 vote against)


2. $8.3k for the purchase of ceiling cameras for the gymnasium (25 votes for, 3 votes against)


3. $15.5k for rowing equipment (25 votes for, 2 votes against)


4. $6k for Inspire's budget for guest speakers in 2018 (26 votes for, 2 votes against)


5. Men of John XXIII funding for 2018 (27 votes for, 1 vote against)



Election of New Office Bearers for 2018


At this meeting we elected our new committee members for 2018.


President: Simon Fracaro

Vice President Female: Liz Blaxell (Primary Convenor 2018)

Vice President Male: Kevin Hewitt

Treasurer: Matt Edmonson

Secretary: Position has yet to be filled

Continuing General Member: Celia Gardner

Elected General Members: Natalie Kendal, Catherine Anderson-King, Jason Waller,  Lucette Quinlan, Kylie Chamberlain


We are still in need of a Secretary for next year.  If you would like to find out more about the role please send an email  

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.






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.

Inigo - amended info for parents 2017.pdf
chris gardner 2017.pdf
October .pdf
Rowing Handbook 2017_18.pdf
2018 Year 8 Program.pdf
2018 Year 8 Registration form.pdf
2018 Year 9 Girls Program.pdf
2018 Year 10-12 Girls Program.pdf
Rowing Handbook 2017_18.pdf
The Twelve Days of Christmas Creation Challenge - Australian Ca.pdf
Copy of Menu 2018(1).pdf