29 June 2018
Issue Fifty Nine
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Music - Week 20
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks
Men Of John XXIII College
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
Founders' Parent Party - All welcome
Mary Ward Justice Lecture
Inspire: Upcoming Event
John XXIII College Alumni 
Entertainment Books
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From the Principal

A culture of clean air

I interviewed a prospective student this week and she enthusiastically asked me questions about recess and lunchtime. That is not unusual given young people are always interested in the fun and socialisation that occurs during break times. Unstructured play is important for a healthy and well-balanced education. However, the question was a little more pertinent for this young lady as she is currently being schooled in China. Her parents explained that their children miss the ‘clean air’ of Australia and often the children are required to stay inside if the air is particularly polluted.


Last week I attended a meeting of Catholic Secondary Principals and part of the day involved a discussion with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe. The Archbishop used the metaphor of ‘clean air’ when discussing culture within Catholic schools and the wider Church. The current challenges of the Church are well known and the process of change will be necessitated by people willing to embrace change and having a positive outlook for the future.


Continuing the theme of culture and change, last weekend I attended the opening of Montgomery House and Montgomery Hall. High on the hill overlooking the College, the old Claremont and Swanbourne Hospital has been beautifully restored in keeping with its history and heritage. Our students provided accompanying music as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, opened the building. Painstakingly restored and renovated, the new facility will provide aged care for residents and the opportunity for the public to access other facilities. It is a magnificent example of majestic old buildings being restored to new life.


The excitement of schooling at John XXIII College is in honouring our past and moving on optimistically to the future. I gave that brief message to our parents at a Year 10 Parent Information evening this week. When choosing our future educational pathway, we need to be mindful of future educational and workplace trends but also honouring the traditional learning disciplines. Subject selection for Year 11 and 12 involves finding the intersection between talents and abilities and passion and interests. It is not always easy to find that point of intersection.



Best wishes to Ms Jodie Tesoriero (English) as she leaves the College this week after 10 years of dedicated service. We also thank the following members of staff as they leave the College after short term contracts:

  • Tania Papalia
  • Joan Burfitt
  • Joshua Pauley

I look forward to welcoming new staff and students next term and I wish all members of our College well for the holiday break.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Our wonderful staff have put a huge amount of time and energy into completing the students’ reports. If you have any questions or concerns related to your child’s report please feel free to email and make an appointment with the class teacher or specialist teacher. The holiday break is the ideal time to help your child celebrate the positives on their report and to encourage them to keep working hard on those aspects of their learning that are challenging.


This morning Year 3G hosted a special NAIDOC Assembly. It was a great way to start the day as we remembered all our Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples in our prayers.


Through dance, story and song the Year 3’s helped us learn more about the culture of the First Australians. Special thanks to Ms Allen and Miss Joyce for preparing the students so well for this informative and entertaining presentation.



Happy holidays and take care everyone!


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Semester One Reports

PP – Year 6 Reports are now available on SEQTA Engage.


To access SEQTA Engage please use the following link as the URL in your internet browser. Once you have logged in, the reports can be accessed under the ‘Assessment’ tab.


If you have any difficulties accessing your child’s report, please send enquiries to


Footsteps Dance

Next term the students will be participating in the ‘Footsteps’ dance program.


Please save the date for the ‘Footsteps Finale’ dance showcases.

  • Thursday 20 September 2pm for all ‘B’ classes
  • Friday 21 September 2pm for all ‘G’ classes


Book Week

This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Find Your Treasure’ and we will be having a pirate dress-up day on Friday 24 August. We hope everyone will become pirates for the day and help us to find many treasures in books!


Merit Awards

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


Everett Ford
Kylah Rogers
Charlie Young


Daniel Tan
Aidan Humphreys
Melody Paolucci


Leila McCready
Florence Pedler


Samuel Byrnes
Madeleine Grainger


Evie Jackson
Kiran Finn
Layla Travis


Zoe Hipolito
Kye Bishop
Zara Zidar


Janaya Douglas

Liam McNamara


Xy Parker
India Bester


Ayva Baker
Felisse Battalis
Izaac Paton


Jack Gregory
Carla Kavanagh
Jackson Watts


Jennifer Ong
Liam Pietrzak


Ruby Verleg
Madison Pruiti
Harrison Cabassi


Harry Martin
Angelique Watson


Finn Levy
Eliza Brown


Music Eisteddfod

Congratulations to all our Award Recipients on your wonderful performances.


Sports News

Last week the College hosted the Winter Lightning Carnival for nearly 500 students from 11 IPSHA Schools. This carnival is based on competition, participation, fun with much social interaction between schools; however, there was also an ‘Eagles Cup’ football competition organised amongst seven of the schools. As predicted our football team performed extremely well. Whilst we finished in equal second position with two other schools, we lost by one point in our fixture against Newman College, the eventual winner. A big thank you to Mr Fromm for his excellent coaching on the day. Congratulations to all our other teams and the teachers who supervised/coached them - Miss Graves and Miss O’Donnell (Netball), Ms O’Connor (Hockey) and Miss Nish (Soccer). Our hockey teams dominated in their games and our soccer teams displayed some very exciting skills. The two netball teams were highly competitive in their games too. A special thank you to all our competitors on their commitment, level of skill and sportsmanship on the day.


We also acknowledge the fantastic efforts of our Grounds and Maintenance Staff who helped to make the day run so smoothly. Also, a huge thank you to our 48 Year 10 students who officiated as umpires/referees – they did a terrific job over the seven rounds of fixtures and were a credit to our College. Finally, our grateful thanks to Lena Teo (Year 6 Parent Coordinator) and all the parent volunteers who provided the catering on the day for parents, staff and officials.


What’s Ahead!

Years 3 to 6 Inter-House Cross Country Carnival          Tuesday 24 July from 12.40 pm

(More details to follow in the first week next term.)


Years 3 to 6 Inter-School Cross Country Carnival          Thursday 9 August at Bunbury Grammar


Years 3 to 6 Athletics Trial Day                                                   Thursday 2 August


Years 3 to 6 Inter-house Athletics Carnival                        Thursday 6 September

Years 3 to 6 Inter-School Athletics Carnival                       Thursday 13 September at All Saints College.


Thank you to all the parents for your fabulous support and assistance in all our sporting activities.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator


Library News

We like to have creative displays in the Library which engage the children and encourage them to read and browse through new books. For our next display, ‘Look Who's Reading’, we would love to display some photos of students reading books in all different places! Over the holidays if you catch your child reading please take a photo and email so it can be added it to our display. Feel free to come and visit the Library before or after-school and have a look at our great range of books.



Shaun Tan Art Exhibition

We are thrilled to announce that Jude Knowles (6B) has had his artwork, a chalk pastel self portrait, selected to be part of the Shaun Tan Art Exhibition.


The Shaun Tan Art Award exhibition runs from Tuesday 10th Julyuntil Sunday 5th of August, at the Subiaco Library.


If you visit the exhibition, you will have opportunity to vote for Jude’s artwork, for a people’s choice award.


Congratulations Jude!


Fiona Blaauw
Primary Art Specialist


An Interesting Read for Parents by Martine Oglethorpe

Dealing with video game crazes: Fortnite and fanaticism

Working with kids in schools these past weeks, and indeed having five children of my own, has alerted me to the seemingly unprecedented obsession with the new online game Fortnite. Not since Pokémon Go has something seemed to take the world by storm, leaving parents wondering when it will ever stop.


The answer to that last question is probably that it will stop when the next big thing comes along. These fads may well be a modern day version of the Rubik’s Cube, elastics or swap cards, though of course the effects of the obsession can be much more pervasive than with my childhood obsession with PacMan.


If Fortnite is the latest craze to hit your household, or you are being nagged and cajoled to let them have the game “that everyone else is playing”, then here are a few things you should know:

  • It is violent. The aim of the game is to be the last person standing, and in order to do that you must kill all the other players.
  • However, the violence is portrayed as less real and almost cartoonish. There is no blood and gore as such, and so the violence is not comparable to that portrayed in other games such as Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto.
  • You can work in a team or on your own; working in a team can develop some effective teamwork skills.
  • You can chat to team members but also random strangers who make up the remainder of the 100 players who are playing at the time.
  • You can turn the chat function off  by going to the settings and clicking on Audio options. This limits chatting to a player’s friends or team members.Kids will be very loud playing this game so there is little chance of them playing it behind your back!Each game goes for about 20 minutes so it is an easy one to put time limits on by stipulating the number of games.
  • It is frequently described as addictive so it is unlikely they will leave a game midway through.

As with any new game, social network or fad, it is crucial that we familiarise ourselves with it. Have a game with them, play around with the app or read about what the possible dangers may be so that you can have the right conversations and put the right boundaries in place.


Whilst there are certainly many areas of video gaming to be concerned about, it is also important to recognise that most video games can build skills and can also have social, emotional and cognitive benefits.


Now of course in order to enjoy these benefits parents need to ensure that gaming remains under control and that the games being played are at an appropriate level for their child.


Five things to keep in mind


1.  Discuss any themes or concepts you are concerned about to see if your child has a grasp on the reality (or lack thereof) when it comes to certain games.


2.  Monitor how your individual child is coping with a game and the amount of time they are playing. If their mood is changing, they are having a fight to come to the dinner table or they are staying up all night and neglecting other areas of their lives, then you will need to step in and make some changes.


3.  Remember it is your house and your rules. But making these rules and boundaries from a place of knowledge and understanding makes them a lot easier to enforce.


4.  If a child is struggling with time limits, warnings may help and you may wish to slowly reduce the time being played (rather than go cold turkey). However, some parents have had success with giving their kids a total break from games when things were getting out of hand.


5.  Always go to the settings area of any game or network as there you will find ways to make the experience as safe and positive as possible. Minimising the number of people they have the ability to connect with and who can make contact with them is a good place to start.


Remember that every child is different and so the effects that gaming has on each child will be different. The key to enjoying a positive experience with whatever game or craze comes your way is to ensure your child maintains control over their play, that they are playing safely and that they are still leaving plenty of time to do all of the many other things they need to experience on any given day.


About the Author

Martine Oglethorpe is a speaker, counsellor and educator with a passion for building resilient kids in a digital world.


Year 5’s Visit Parliament House

On Monday, all the Year 5’s went to Parliament House. It was exciting. First, we went on the bus to Parliament House. The bus trip took 20 minutes.


When we got there, we walked over to the Electoral Education Centre to learn about how to vote. First, we watched a video and it was interesting. Then we had to learn about three words – canvasser, scrutineer and writ.


After that we learnt about the different types of voting and we also had a mini election. We had to vote for our favourite chocolate bar: Mars, Kit Kat, Skittles or Malteasers. Kit Kat won! When we had finished we had our lunch on the grass hill and we walked to the real Parliament House.



When we arrived, we saw a politician being interviewed on TV. Our tour guide talked to us about Parliament House and we began our tour. I learnt so much about the history of Parliament. We had a look at the Lower House and sat in the Members’ seats. Then we did a role play about a Graffiti Bill and I was the Member for Perth. We also got to see the Upper House.


I had a fabulous time at Parliament House. I learnt so much!
Ruby Verleg (5G)



Dates to Remember
Wednesday 18 July                          Term 3 Commences
Thursday 19 July                               Cross Country Training 7:30am





This week we celebrated NAIDOC week. The theme for 2018 is 'Because of Her, We can'. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, active and significant roles at the local, state and national levels.


As leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women fought and continue to fight for justice, equal rights, rights to country, for law and justice, access to education, employment and to maintain and celebrate our culture, language, music and art.


Mothers, Sisters, Aunties,  Grandmothers and daughters have been and continue to be the thread that holds  families together. Women form the backbone of the communities across Australia, promoting justice, reconciliation and social change 


During the week we were able to enjoy damper and a bush bbq at the College. At our Secondary Assembly on Thursday Rosemary Walley and Cheryl and Keren Martin  provided us with a Welcome to Country ceremony.


Katja Gvozdenovic,  Alumni 2010, addressed the assembly and provided an insight about dealing with some of the stereotypes and challenges that she faced whilst a student at the College. She provided us with an important reminder that our actions and ignorance can cause hurt and isolation and that we all need to ensure that we educate ourselves about Aboriginal history and culture.

Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission

Library news

Thanks to all students and staff who supported our Library Book Sale. It was a great success and raised $357.50 for Caritas.


All leftover, discarded books are being donated to the UWA Save the Children book sale - special thanks to the Maintenance Team for assisting with this.


The lucky winner of our door prize is Hannah Rafiq, who won a $30 gift voucher.

Ali Carlton

Library Services

2018 Catholic Secondary Schools Moot

The preliminary round of the 2018 Catholic Secondary Schools Moot was held last Saturday at Notre Dame’s law school. For Cullen Binet, Rory Hewson, Caitlin Egan Martinez and Charlie Richards, this was a culmination of months of preparation: attending a mooting master-class and lecture on criminal law at the University in March; many meetings were had reviewing relevant cases, examining the law, submitting a written submission; in order to build the best possible case for their client.

On the day, the students…or rather Senior Counsel Mr. Hewson and Mr. Richards, Junior Counsel Mr. Binet and Solicitor Miss Egan Martinez – were commended on their eloquent and persuasive submissions, sound reasoning and thorough understanding of the law – winning the preliminary round as well as the prize for Best Mooter, which went to Charlie Richards.

The grand final will be held at the Supreme Court of Western Australia later this evening, with the Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin presiding. 


Our best wishes to the team! Ad victoriam!


Daisy Farley

Politics & Law

Mock Trials

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team that participated this week in the Supreme Court. They faced Churchlands SHS in Round 3 of the competition and experienced their third straight win!

Our students put up a great case for the Prosecution for the assault case on a rugby field.


Great work by the students who, despite their very busy schedules, enthusiastically attended lunch meetings in preparation of the case.  We had members in new positions and they did very well indeed.

The team was as follows: 

  • Barrister 1: Charlie Richards
  • Barrister 2: Roberto Vitali-Lawn
  • Solicitor: Liam Hurley
  • Witness 1: Rory Hewson
  • Witness 2:  Toby Morgan
  • Court Orderly:  Bella Spiro-Harrison
  • Reserves; Cullen Binet and Samuel Falzun

A thank you to Jim Miller, Aden Cleghorn and to family members who came along on the night to offer support.

Daisy Farley, Morgan Ball,  Rita de Faria

Rowing Club

John XXIII College Rowing Club develops students into strong minded, resilient and committed individuals. With an inclusive philosophy, the rowers of all levels are catered for, with comprehensive training and instruction provided by qualified coaches.

Rowing provides an opportunity to develop a sense of teamwork, an understanding of commitment and dedication, build character and resilience, fitness and strength and provides a true sense of accomplishment.

Mr Rob Thomas

Rowing Coordinator

Blast off! Year 10 science 

This term in Year 10 practical science, students have had the chance undertake the life of rocket scientists and explore the topic of rocketry. We began this term learning about the history of rockets throughout the years.  We studied how rockets worked through understanding Newtons 3 Laws of Motion and how they are applied to everyday life. We made paper rockets and investigated the range of different water bottle rockets, measuring time in the air, the effect of fins and pressure in the bottle.


The Year 10 students have been rocket scientists and used scientific equations to predict the velocity and mass of rockets with certain engine sizes. One of the highlights of the term has been building our own solid fuel rockets, painting them and then launching them from the school oval. Students took time in class to carefully build the model rockets and spray paint them lots of different colours to give each one a unique look. Students prepared their rocket for launching and then set them off metres into the sky, watching them take flight and return to back down to Earth. We have had a fantastic time in science this term and have put our rocket knowledge into scientific practice.

Greg Moran

Head of Science Learning Area

Science Club

Science Club has been focusing on the theme ‘Launch Into Science’ this term. We conducted various experiments to demonstrate the theme and students were challenged to explore concepts such as propeller motion, thrust, projectile motion, potential energy and kinetic energy. Students made prototypes for each experiment, and then made a series of changes to that prototype as they worked through the process of scientific design.

Next term, Science Club will continue our exploration of rockets, before embarking on a new theme - ‘Get Wrapped in Science’ - where we will explore the world of polymers and plastics.


Additionally, Science Club has started preparing for the project ‘Mildew Mania,’ run by the Curtin University Science Outreach team. We will be growing, observing, reporting and taking samples of wheat and barley varieties.

Julie Bosnich
Teacher of Science

Youth Summit

On Monday 25 June, seven of our Year 10 students represented John XXIII College at the CEWA Youth Summit. The theme for the Summit was 'Your Voice in Needed - Join in Now'.


It was inspired by the Plenary 2010, to speak boldly and with passion, and to listen with a open and humble heart. The Catholic Youth Summit was inspired by the words of Pope Francis when he stated; 'the world, the church, are in need of courageous young people, who are not cowed in the face of difficulties, who face their trials and keep their eyes and hearts open to reality, so that no one should be rejected or subjected to injustice or to violence, or deprived of human dignity'.


The summit aimed to nurture the faith of student leaders and offer support in the skills required for leadership so that they can use their voices to join in.

Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission

Year 9 social

On Tuesday 26 June the Year 9 students had their Hollywood – Movie themed social in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. It was great fun to have an opportunity to hang out with our friends and classmates outside the stressful school environment for a longer period of time.


Fitting with the theme Hollywood people came dressed as movie characters or stars from the red carpet. A group of Year 9 girls dressed as minions in yellow shirts and blue overalls and there were also a few Audrey Hepburn’s and Harry Potter characters. People danced the night away in the company of their friends as a fun way to end the semester.


Thank you to our wonderful DJs Tom Paparo and Steve Vincent and we can’t forget our Student Representative Council Events Captains; Grace Foley and Bethany Brearley who assisted Ms Wooltorton and the Year 9 leaders in preparing and organising this wonderful evening. Thank you also to our Homeroom teachers who made sure we were fed and hydrated throughout the night. The night was wonderful and we are really appreciative of your support.

Skye MacMillan

Year 9 student


2018 John XXIII College debating teams saw 44 students from Years 7 to 12 involved in Western Australian Debating League (WADL) debating. These students made a commitment to attend preparation meetings either before school, lunchtime or after school where they were ably guided by our coaches who included: Alumni – Anna Dolin, Will Paparo, Tom Paparo and teachers Ms Worthy and Ms Wooltorton.


We had five debate meets at Christ Church Grammar School during Term 1 and 2 against a variety of schools from the Western suburbs. We had mixed results throughout the tournament. However, the growth in confidence and debating skills especially organising an argument and rebuttal was evident each week.  Adjudicators gave positive feedback and encouragement to all our teams and we can be very proud of the way we conducted ourselves at each meet. Thank you to the many parents who supported us throughout the season and came to give their support and encouragement to the students. We really are a lucky community to have such wonderful parental support. I hope we see you again next year.


A huge thank you must go to Mrs Allen (Head of English) who worked quietly in the background ensuring all administration work with WADL was covered. We are very appreciative of her support. A great effort by all of the staff involved.


Thank you students for your amazing contribution to debating and I hope you will continue to debate next year and build on the skills you have developed.


We are waiting for news about the finals. At this stage I think our Year 12/11 team made up of Year 12 students; Amelia MacMillan, Bella Spiro Harris, Roberto Vitali Lawn and Year 11 student: Neisha Priestly, should make the finals. We will know early next term.


Gemma Wooltorton

Debating Coordinator

Thank You Year 9 for your generosity

A huge thank you to the Year 9 leaders who have worked tirelessly this term to ensure we have had a fantastic social and a high attendance of students at our Community Mass. Thank you also to all students who attended the social and brought a donation for our Shop Front Appeal. You have been very generous and as one student said to me this week ‘We are being men and women for others’. You certainly have been. I am very proud of the way you have been so generous of heart and spirit.


Thank you to the many parents who were able to join us this morning in celebrating our Community Mass. It was so lovely to have so many parents join us at Mass and for a coffee in the café.  To those who sent me apologies thank you for your support. Enjoy the break with your children.

Gemma Wooltorton

Assistant Deputy Principal: Year 9

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 Justice Lecture

Date: Thursday 19 July

4:00pm–6:00pm, including lecture and hospitality.Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre



INSPIRE  - Parent Education

Date: Tuesday 14 August
Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre
Please register:



NAS (Northern Associated School) Nominations Term 2 – Winter Sport Finals

Congratulations to all staff and students who represented the College in Term 2, Winter NAS Sport Finals. We had some excellent results across the three days of finals. Attached is a overall summary of John XXIII College winter NAS results. A special mention to the following teams that took out a NAS premiership: 

Year 7 girls floorball

Year 7 boys floorball

Year8/9 boys floorball

Year 8/9 boys badminton

Year 8/9 girls soccer

Year 10 Netball

Champions League ‘A’ Netball


Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching

There will be an opportunity for any students in Years 7 to 12 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage during Term 3.


Sessions will run on a Monday morning from 7am – 8am. Starting on 23 July.

There are limited places available. Parents will need to register and pay for the program via the following link;

They can also go to the website for more information and to register.


Year 7 Athletics Trials

Year 7 students spent today participating in the Year 7 Athletics Trials. The trials gave students an opportunity to compete in five Athletics disciplines; Shot Put, Javelin, Discus, 1500 metre and Long Jump.


Results from this event will be used by the House Coordinators to assist with their nominations for the Interhouse Athletics Carnival on Thursday 2 August at the State Athletics Centre.


It was fantastic to see students so actively involved and it was an enjoyable way for all to finish the term.

National Hockey Championships

Congratulations to James Hackett (Year 11 Ward) and Dylan Paull (Year 10 Ward) who have both been selected in the SSWA 16s Hockey team to represent WA in the National Hockey Championships in the Gold Coast in August 2018.

Netball Club

I would like to share with you all a lovely email we received from the Coordinator of the WestCoasters Netball Club, it truly embodies the ethics and spirit of netball (and sport) that our Club and School adhere to. 


"I am just writing to compliment you on an amazing team and coach. We had the pleasure of playing your girls on Saturday inside the State Netball Centre.


The coach of this team was just so supportive of her girls even if things weren’t going their way. For the first three quarters her team wasn’t playing as strong as our but she always supported her girls and didn’t have a negative word to say. In the last quarter they fought back amazingly and came very close to winning. My girls are mostly year 9’s and still coming to terms with the much faster comp and the girls on this JTC team were so supportive of my younger girls (they chatted amongst each other and worked it out ), just a pleasure to see. At the end of the game the coach came up to thank me and the girls for a great game. I was annoyed afterwards that I hadn’t taken the time to tell her all of this in person (I had a 2.30 game to rush off to and was still de-briefing my team) hence why I am writing now.


What a credit she and this team are to your netball club and what a wonderful role model this young women is for the players on her team! I would really appreciate it if you could pass this on to them.


Team Quartz  Lucie Bardinet, Carissa Battalis, Eve Cohen, Isabella Corrompt, Fabienne Desaintjoire, Chloe Hogan, Sophia Johnson, Aiofe McCallion, Arden Sicard, Hayley Than-Htay. The coach is Alumni Claudia Thompson.


I would like to ask all parents, players and spectators to refrain from commenting to or about umpires during the game. We all agreed to a Code of Conduct when we registered our girls to play.

Please remember:

  • These are kids
  • This is a game
  • The coaches are volunteers
  • The umpires are human
  • This is not the Australian Netball League

Perth Netball Association are running School Holiday Clinics for Years 2 - 6 and Umpire clinics for Years 7 and above. Information can be found on their webpage


Good luck to all teams playing this weekend and I hope you all have a safe and happy winter break.

Milissa Jagers


THINK Performance Psychology are running workshops over the holidays

Are you looking for fun and healthy school holiday activities for your teen?

Think Performance Psychology are again running their popular school holiday workshops ‘Sport Psychology for Teens’ this July!


These workshops are designed to teach sporting teens develop skills in the areas of 

  • Goal setting
  • Managing emotions
  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Wellbeing 

Think Performance works with a number of elite sports organisations (Department of  Sport & Rec, West Coast Fever, Netball WA, Cairns Taipans, Perry Lakes Hawks, Perth Lions, Gymnastics WA, WAIS) as well as schools and grassroots sport clubs.  


The skills learned in the workshops can be applied to the teens chosen sport as well as in everyday life and school!


If you believe your teen would benefit from developing these skills click on the attached link to book your seat!

Music - Week 20

Music Camp

A reminder to all members of high school large ensembles that we are off to Music Camp after the holidays! Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra and Senior Guitar Ensemble will be heading to New Norcia from 20 – 22 July. Students are required to bring their bags and instruments to the Performing Arts Centre by 8:30am on Thursday, 19 July for pre-loading.


Mr James Kros

Head of Music


Congratulations to the Interschool Junior Theatre Sports team of Caitlin Green, Oscar Hegge, Harry Flynn and Jude Quinlan. They came first in the competition last Sunday night.

Well done to all the Drama students who performed in front of an audience this term.


Year 7: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Year 8: And Now for Something Completely Python

Year 9: G’Day Mate

Year 10: In Their Shoes

Junior Theatre Sports

Senior Theatre Sports 


It was a great term of entertaining and polished performances from a huge group of talented students.

Thank you to the technical crew and audiences.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


The combined Magis Awards Breakfast and Personal Project Opening was very successful with well over 100 people in attendance. Awards were presented in seven categories: major interschool events Da Vinci Decathlon, Creative Edge and World Scholar’s, Interschool John XXIII College competitions in Public Speaking and Creative Writing, and Magis/Altiora challenges in Academic Spelling and Mental Mathematics.


Congratulations to all students and special thanks to teachers who have assisted in the program, and Mr Rob Henderson, Ms Kath Negus and Ms Jess Bouwman for their great support and assistance with the presentations. Personal Projects and their Process Journals will be marked over the holidays and certificates issued to all students involved at the start of Term Three.

The Mooting team was very successful last Saturday in the Catholic Schools Mooting competition at Notre Dame University. Competing against four top Catholic Colleges, the John XXIII College team of Cullen Binet, Caitlin Egan-Martinez, Rory Hewson and Charlie Richards qualified for the Final at the Supreme Court, and Charlie Richards received the Best Mooter Award.  Congratulations to this outstanding Year 11 team and coach Ms Farley. The Mock Trials team also excelled with a fine victory on Wednesday Night to remain undefeated and move into the finals. Thank you to Ms Farley, Ms Faria and Ms Ball for their fine work with this team. The senior interschool debating teams had their final make-up round debates on Tuesday with an excellent win from Years 12 students and a win on forfeit for the Year 11 students.


Best wishes to our National Jesuit Colleges debating team of Rory Hewson, Cullen Binet, Charlie Richards and Kinia O’Brien which competes at Riverview College in Sydney during the holidays. 


Next term will see a very special opportunity with the famous Bell Shakespeare company performing in week 2 on Monday 23 July in periods 5 and 6 in the GBLT.  This is a Magis program for all Magis students in Years 7 and 8, and other students gifted in drama and English.  There is no charge to students.  Other highlights next term will include the Magis Middle School camp at Point Walter, Tournament  of Minds and Opti-MINDS teams competing in these outstanding programs, several Magis/Altiora  academic challenges, and of course the four St Brigid’s World Scholar's Teams competing in the Global Round in Melbourne in August.


Warmest thanks and congratulations to all Magis and Altiora students on an excellent first semester, and special thanks to the many teachers and parents who have been so supportive.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Community Liturgy - some FAQs

  • Who is Community Mass for?   Any student, parent, staff member or Alumnus.
  • What if I am not Catholic?  All are welcome at this weekly celebration. 
  • What if I don’t know all the responses? It is very ‘user-friendly’ – the responses are all on PowerPoint. 
  • Who prepares the liturgy? Houses and Year groups take it in turns to prepare the liturgy – however anyone is the College community is welcome at any time.
  • How long is the Liturgy? Approximately half an hour.
  • What time does it start?  Mass commences at 8:00am.
  • Where is it? Our liturgies are held in the College Chapel.
  • Who is the presider? Our presider is usually Fr Rodrigo Da Costa Ponte, who is the college part-time chaplain. 
  • When is the next Community Liturgy? Our first Community Mass for Semester Two is Friday 20 July.
  • Who can I contact should I have further questions?  Please contact Mary-Anne 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 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The reflection is part of Fr Michael Tate’s homily for this Sunday's Gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Michael Tate is a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.    


Subverting the Social Order

This is a story of subversion, subversion of the social order turned upside down by the healing presence of Jesus.


Jesus is approached by one of the local elite: a male, with a name [Jairus], prestige, an advocate for his twelve year old daughter, and he knows the correct procedure, adopting a deferential posture. Jesus hears his request to heal his daughter and sets off.


Jesus’ progress is stopped in its tracks by a contrary figure: a woman, with no name, voiceless, because of her haemorrhaging blood ostracised from social and religious contacts, and she adopted the utterly wrong approach. She touched Jesus, or at least his clothing, which risked contaminating him with her ‘uncleanness’.

But she was immediately healed. This voiceless, marginalised woman was healed at every level of her person: physical, social and religious. She could now mix with people and attend the synagogue. All the woman needed to do was get close and have faith that Jesus would restore her to a life worthy of a human being …


Jesus stops and looks around: ‘Who touched me?’ The disciples are unreconstructed supporters of the social status quo. They regard stopping to find out who touched Jesus as an unfortunate and rather misguided interruption to the important task of continuing on to the house of the local leader, the male at the top of the social scale who had so properly pleaded on behalf of his daughter.


But, Jesus does stop and one of the most beautiful moments in the Gospel ensues. The woman gets her voice back, tells Jesus it was she who had broken all the taboos and touched him. He turns to her and says:  ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease.’


He, Our Lord Jesus Christ, calls the outcast who had endured social isolation for twelve years, ‘Daughter’. This woman heard this term of relationship, this term of affection and care, ‘Daughter’, from the lips of Jesus. Can you imagine the liberating and joyful effect of hearing that title of honour and love from Our Lord?


Yes, Jesus went on to heal the little girl. But unlike the disciples he did not regard stopping as an interruption. It was a priority which totally subverted the expectations and the power structures of that society.


… The Church is distorted if power, prestige, pedigree or wealth give one special status. The saving and healing presence of Jesus must always be allowed to be radically egalitarian.  This is good for [us] when we need the presence of Jesus, the Divine Physician.


© Michael Tate

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 2 July  National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA),NSW Applications for 2019 Bachelor & Diploma Courses are open 
  • 6 July  A Day in the Life of a Uni student, The University of Notre Dame
  • 9-13 July Course Advice Sessions, The University of Notre Dame 
  • 10 July  ECU Mt Lawley Campus Tour 
  • 11 July  ECU Joondalup Campus Tour  
  • 13 July UWA Campus Tour    
  • 20 July  Notre Dame Early Offers
  • 22 July  ECU (Joondalup) Uni Open Day 
  • 27 & 28 July Clarkson Trade Campus Open Day            
  • 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.


Year 12 - University of Notre Dame: Early Offer Program 2018

High achieving Year 12 students can apply for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program. This program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school, community or church. The program rewards academic and non-academic achievements by issuing university offers prior to the final WACE exams. Applicants will need to demonstrate a predicted benchmark ATAR of 93 for the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Physiotherapy; and a predicted benchmark ATAR of 90 for all other undergraduate programs. For academic capability, all offers are made based on Year 11 and Year 12 reports to date.


To apply for the Early Offer Program, you must be nominated by your school and application packs will be available for students in June.


All applications must be handed in to Mr Bostelman no later than the 20 July.  The College will forward all applications to Notre Dame.  For more information about Early Offer, go to

Year 12 Exit Plans

All Year 12 students will be meeting individually with the Career Counsellor after the May exams.  The meeting will be to discuss their plans for next year and to offer any guidance or additional information concerning their options.  Please discuss your child’s exit plans with him or her now and encourage those who have vague plans to see me prior to the exams so we can work together on developing clear goals and action steps.  


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


Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY catch-up day

The Department of Health Immunisation team will return to the College on Tuesday 24 July to vaccinate students who missed the recent Meningococcal ACWY vaccine day on Monday 25 June.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


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.

Men Of John XXIII College

Calendar Dates for the 2018 Fathering Presentations

Put them into your calendar now!

  • Term 3 - 24 Aug
  • Term 4 - 9 Nov

Year Group Father Liaison still sought

The Men of John XXIII College Committee is looking to improve communication across the school. Often this is done best by the people who know the year group. If you are available, or know someone, then email me their details for inclusion in Committee emails so that they can keep situational awareness and support for upcoming events.

Parents' Association

Parents’ Association Term Three Meeting 7pm Monday 13 August

Thank you once again to all the parents who attended our Term Two meeting. The Parents’ Association meeting for Term Three will be held at 7:00pm 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.


This Term we funded the Annual 2018 Parent Party and a Baritone Saxophone for the Music Department. If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term Three, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. 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.


Have a safe and happy remainder of Term.


Your 2018 Parents’ Association Committee

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 shop will be open on one day only during the school holidays.

  • Monday 16 July from 8:00am to 6:00pm

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

Founders' Parent Party - All welcome

Mary Ward Justice Lecture

Inspire: Upcoming Event

John XXIII College Alumni 


Entertainment Books

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Mary Ward Lecture.pdf
John XXIII College Year 7 term 2 2018 NAS finals fixtures.pdf
John XXIII College Year 8 term 2 2018 NAS finals fixtures.pdf
John XXIII College Year 9 term 2 2018 NAS finals fixtures.pdf
John XXIII College Senior Year 10 to 12 term 2 2018 NAS finals fixtures.pdf
NAS Sport Results winter 2018.pdf
player nom flyer 2018.pdf
John XXIII Term 3 2018.pdf
Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
Personal Project 2018 Display Catalogue.pdf
John XXIII College Parents’ Association (PA).pdf
John XXIII College_Inspire.pdf
Players Clinic Flyer.pdf