22 June 2018
Issue Fifty Eight
From the Principal
Around The Primary
John XXIII College Rowing
Music - Week 19
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks
Men Of John XXIII College
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
Founders' Parent Party - All welcome
Entertainment Books
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From the Principal

Cutting the rope and being free

The 1964 movie, Zorba the Greek, tells the story of an uptight English writer travelling to Crete and having his life changed when he meets the gregarious, Alexis Zorba. One beautiful scene in the movie shows Zorba teaching the Englishman to dance. It is a brilliant and happy scene.


A beautiful line from the movie is as follows:

A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.’


In many ways, our co-curricular programs are exactly that. They provide an opportunity and outlet for our students to express themselves; to learn and to have fun.


Much of our College life is organised in year levels. It makes sense to have most classes and activities with students of similar age. However, we also have a strong House culture at John XXIII College and this provides an avenue for participation across year levels.


Last week I had the pleasure of attending several events in which our students showcased their talents but most importantly had a lot of fun. The Middle School House Theatre Sport enabled the participants to be innovative and creative and have lots of laughs. The enthusiastic response from parents and other spectators was indicative of a very positive atmosphere. Our Rowing Club had a very successful House competition at Canning Bridge with short course races enabling our young rowers to participate in crews with more seasoned athletes. Towards the end of the morning, some brave parents joined some of the rowers and shared the occasion with their children.


I left both events with a smile on my face and enjoyed watching our young people interacting with students, teachers and families. I am very grateful for the teachers and other staff whose contribution to our College beyond the classroom is quite superb. In this instance, Mr George Tsakisiris and Ms Kaitlyn Green led our Theatre Sport and Mr Rob Thomas coordinated the rowing. As always, our parental engagement and support was excellent.


It is sometimes said that school days should be the happiest of our lives. I will again refer to Zorba the Greek for wisdom:

I was happy, I knew that. While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realize - sometimes with astonishment - how happy we had been.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek



We certainly appreciate that parking at the end of the school day can be difficult. However, we have been respectfully reminded that parking spaces at adjacent hospital facilities are for hospital use and are not for John XXIII College. We would appreciate if that request could be heeded.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents at our Primary school assembly today. We were thoroughly entertained by the Pre-Primary students - it was a first-rate presentation of the magnificent learning that occurs in this foundation year of schooling. It was so lovely to see how proud the young children were of their performance on the stage. Congratulations to Mrs Dillon, Miss Di Biaggio, Miss Rushmere and Ms Exten for coordinating this wonderful assembly.


Well done to all the children that received a certificate - we are very proud of your efforts!



Yesterday we hosted the IPSHA Winter Lightning Carnival. This involved our Year 5 and 6 participating in soccer, netball, football and hockey games with students from Newman, All Saints College, Carmel School, Quintilian School, Loreto Primary School, Tranby College, St Andrews, John Wollaston, Frederick Irwin and South Coast Baptist College. Our sporting fields and courts filled with over five hundred students from the various schools. Our teams tried very hard and the students thoroughly enjoyed competing in this sporting experience. It was also a great opportunity for our students to excel on the sporting field.


Our appreciation is extended to Mr Alderman and all the hard-working staff and parent volunteers who assisted in the organisation and running of this event.


A big thank you to our Secondary students that umpired the various games throughout the day.


We were very proud of all the Primary students who performed in the John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod this week. Each student performed to their personal best and showed their talents on their own, or with a friend in a duet. The excitement and happiness on the performers’ faces was great to see.


We hope many parents and friends can join us at the Music Eisteddfod Winners’ Concert on Sunday afternoon. The concert begins at 5.30pm in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre.


Next Friday 29 June it is our annual ‘Comfy Day’ and the whole College community is invited to come to school dressed in warm comfy clothes or pyjamas. On this day we hope to raise the students’ awareness of how fortunate we are to have access to everyday privileges. All students are asked to bring along a gold coin donation for LifeLink or if you have a spare packet of tea bags or extra supply of coffee or Milo in your cupboard these donations would also be greatly appreciated by The Shopfront.


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Congratulations to all the children who have recently received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation at the various Parishes. We have loved receiving some photos! Please send a copy of your child’s Sacramental certificate to school so we can update our records.


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


Darcy Oldham
Holly Harrison
Nicholas Ainslie
Victor Kailis


Troy Melbin
Thomas Gibbings
Asha Bowers
Madeleine Miller


Selene Nicholls
William Bontempo


Jay Griffiths
Olivia Negus


Emilia Rear
Abigail Stephenson
Henry Bahen
Ruby Scott
Felix McGinty
Lewis Soares


Arabella Buzzard
Maximus Tonich


Lola Denton
Jake Fleay
Jayden Gope


Allegra Hickling
Maddy Holly
Dan Edmondson


Annie Annan
Jasper Bailey
Alyssa Nguyen


Sofia Lamattina
Henry Gooch
Mark Bontempo


Sancia Annan

Greg Briede

Caitlin Seery


Noah Dale
Anna Thomasz
Ruby Purcell


Tayleah Dorrington
Myles Lawrence
Leo Bergomi



Fun Japanese Learning

Last week the Year Six classes attended an excursion to the Hyogo Government Cultural Centre which was organised by Sensei Aghdasi. It was a wonderful experience which gave the students various opportunities to practice their amazing Japanese language skills and learn more about the Japanese culture in an engaging way. We all enjoyed having delicious ‘obentoo’ for our shared lunch! Special thanks to Sensei Aghdasi, Sensei Rowson and Mrs Rowbottam who accompanied us on this excursion.

Miss Nish and Miss Graves
Year 6 Teachers


On Wednesday 13 June, Year Six Blue went on an excursion to the Hyogo Government Cultural Centre. We met three hosts who spoke Japanese very clearly and they shared with us interesting facts about Hyogo; such as, Hyogo is a prefecture (or state) in Japan, it is the sister state of Western Australia and they became sister states in 1981. We were then given a quiz full of questions about Hyogo and we had to hunt through different texts to fill in the answers. After this fun activity, we got to make an origami samurai helmet out of paper and soon after we got to play with some Japanese toys! Following on from this, we got to go into a Japanese classroom and created a Hanko (Japanese word for stamp) of our name and used special ink to write ‘Japan’ in Japanese calligraphy. Finally, we had a delicious lunch named an obentoo, consisting of; rice, crab sushi, salad and karage chicken.

Maggie Pazin

Year 6B


Our excursion to the Hyogo Cultural centre was a fun and exciting experience. We enjoyed learning about the history of the centre and loved completing the fun activities. We played with traditional Japanese toys and used Japanese calligraphy techniques to create a stamp and symbol of Japan. We were also lucky enough to enjoy a delicious bento box for lunch! 

Max Watt
Year 6G


Keeping Safe

In the Primary School this term the students have explored the second focus area of the Keeping Safe Program: ‘relationships’


They have learnt about what it means to have rights and responsibilities. Children’s rights are introduced by looking at what children need to be healthy and safe, and identifying the responsibility adults have in keeping children safe. They have explored their personal identity and the importance of respecting diversity. They have looked at the connections they have with their family and friends and explored these relationships. The concepts of bullying, fair and unfair, and power were all introduced. The students explored age-appropriate social issues to identify situations where there has been an abuse of power in a relationship and appropriate actions to take. The language of safety is an important aspect and non-blaming language is encouraged.  The students developed an understanding of trust and trusted networks to consider who will listen to them and help them when they feel unsafe. They also explored a range of people who they may not know, but who may be able to help them.


Parents can support their child by helping them:

  • understand that we all have rights, e.g. the right to be safe, the right to be cared for, the right to be listened to
  • know the difference between things they may want such as chocolate or toys, and things they need, such as food, and a safe place to live
  • understand relationships with their family, friends and others, and safe ways to interact (if consensual and trusted), e.g. hug, kiss, shake hands, wave
  • recognise what bullying behaviour looks like and what to do if they or someone else is being bullied, e.g. tell the person to stop, walk away, talk to a trusted adult
  • understand that personal power can be used positively and negatively, e.g. letting another child join in the game, not taking turns on the slide
  • know what to do if someone tells them to do something that feels unsafe
  • identify trusted people at home, in the family, at school and in the community. Include a support service, such as, Kids Helpline
  • practise talking to the people on their trusted network and know how to get help if they need it.
  • Useful resources: | |                                                                                                     

Information from KS:CPC | Parent and Carer Fact Sheet


If you have any queries or concerns about the Keeping Safe Program please don’t hesitate to contact


Anne Murphy

Primary Counsellor


Music Eisteddfod

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Music Eisteddfod.

As you are aware the College is now using ‘SEQTA’ as a learning platform and parents can interact with this product via a website known as ‘SEQTA Engage’. When parents log in to this website you are able view your children’s academic reports which are generated as PDF files.


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.


New families and Pre-Primary parents would have now received their login details.

If you have any difficulties accessing your child’s report at the end of the term, please send any enquiries to


Reports will be ready to be released from 3.00pm on Friday 29 June.


Dates to Remember

Monday 25 June                         Year 5 Parliament House Excursion
Tuesday 26 June                         Yr 3-6 Cross Country Training
Thursday 28 June                       Yr 3-6 Cross Country Training                                                     
Friday 29 June                              3G Assembly
                                                                Comfy Day for LifeLink
                                                                End of Term 2




Year 7 Retreat Day - A Spiritual Workout

On Monday 18 June the Year 7 students took part in a Retreat program. The term ‘retreat’ refers to time away from the normal College program where participants have the opportunity to reflect on their relationship with God. The emphasis was on students’ awareness of the presence of God in their lives. The title for the Year 7 Retreat was: 'A Spiritual Workout'.


A high standard of conduct and participation of all students was demonstrated. Students wore their sports uniform, with House shirt, for the duration of the day. A sausage sizzle lunch was enjoyed by all.

Tony Yates

Assistant Deputy Principal Year 7

Outdoor Education Camps

The Year 9 and 10 Outdoor Education students recently spent time away on camp as a culmination to their elective units.


The Year 9 students travelled to Manjedal Activity Centre in Byford for their overnight camp in Week 6. Despite the heavy rain, students actively participated in an obstacle course in small teams, navigated a blind trail, flew above the trees on the 240 metre flying fox, lit fires and cooked bush damper and orienteered around the beautiful bush setting.


The Year 10 Outdoor Education students travelled to Margaret River in Week 7 and spent three days hiking through the Boranup forest with staff from Explorus Adventure Learning. All participants were challenged, with each student required to carry a pack with their clothes, a tent, cooking equipment, food and other group gear. Students also completed a high ropes course set in the Karri trees and abseiled into Bride Cave.


Outdoor experiences like these are beneficial on so many levels. They provide students with an opportunity to develop important life skills and learn more about themselves. Students are often placed outside of their comfort zones and also gain a deeper appreciation for the natural environment.

Thank you to the John XXIII College staff who volunteered their time to support the students on these camps;

  • Year 9 – Cameron Haines, Darren Kowal, Danny Platts, Ylenia Casadio, Marnie Barrett, Cameron Tremayne.
  • Year 10 – Danny Platts, Carla Tripi, Simon Carrello, Cameron Tremayne.

Cameron Tremayne

Outdoor Education Teacher

Year 10 Important Events

This is a critical time for Year 10 students as they deliberate over course and pathway selections for 2019. The Year 10 Parent Information Night, focussing on course section, WACE and ATAR, will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday 26 June in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre. I strongly encourage all parents to attend the event, as it will enable you to assist your son or daughter with their decisions about pathways and courses. I look forward to meeting you and assisting with any queries or concerns you may have.


Students will take part in the Pathways and Transitions Day on Wednesday 27 June. The day will feature presentations and workshops that will inform and enthuse the students about the possibilities that lie ahead.  It is imperative that all students are present on the day, punctual and in full school uniform.


Damian Owen

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 10

Refugee Week

During Refugee Week, John XXIII College along with other Jesuit and Loreto schools are supporting refugees and people seeking asylum.  #RoofOverMyHead brings to light the Australian government intention to cut income support, torture and trauma counselling, and casework services for up to 13,000 children, women, and men seeking safety in our cities and towns, denying them their basic human rights and dignity.

God who welcomes the stranger,

help us to uphold the dignity and rights of all people searching for a home that is safe and secure.

Dispel our fear of ‘the other’, shatter our prejudices and unlock our biases.

Soften the hearts of our political leaders so that the abundant resources of our land may be shared by all.

Across this Refugee Week, may all members of the Loreto family commit to act with and for our sisters and brothers seeking refuge in our land.

We make this prayer in the name of Jesus,

who sought refuge in a strange land,

through the power of the Holy Spirit.



Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission

Year 12 Politics and Law Excursion

Last Thursday was the Year 12 Politics and Law Excursion. In the morning, students attended a lecture on landmark High Court cases at the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. Students then travelled to the Supreme Court and sat in on two high profile criminal trials – both cases headlined the news the same evening.


In the afternoon, students visited Parliament House and met with the new Member for Cottesloe, Dr David Honey, to discuss the importance of being informed and the defining principles of Australian democracy. This was followed by Question Time in the Legislative Assembly, which never fails to disappoint and is always a spirited occasion - such is the joy of parliamentary privilege! A memorable excursion – one for the books!


Daisy Farley & Morgan Ball

Politics & Law

St Louis Day 21 June 

Yesterday St Louis students celebrated their House Day at John XXIII College. Over the past week we have been reflecting on the life of our patron St Aloysius Gonzaga. This included a quiz on St Louis during homeroom, with Year 10 proving the most knowledgeable, closely followed by Year 12. It was a particularly special celebration this year as St Louis Day fell on the feast Day of Aloysius Gonzaga and this year marks the 450th year since his birth and Pope Francis has declared this his jubilee year.


On St Louis Day we shared a lunch in the Hall and a para liturgy in the Chapel. We also celebrated some of the outstanding contributions from St Louis students so far this year. Homeroom teachers and other House staff were asked to put forward the names of students who had made an extra effort in regards to Homeroom time or House spirit.


The following students were awarded a St Louis award:


Year 7
Teresa Majok
Laura Rutherford
Ben Mignacca
Year 8    
Thea Whitby
Xavier Smith
Year 9
Gabrielle Lloyd
Lucas Limnios

Year 10
Ruby Parker
Oscar Rafiq

Year 11    
Cleo Meinck
Alex Kirwan
Danny McGurgan

Year 12
Maddy Brown
Hugh Chapman


Twenty-five students and four staff were also involved in cooking meals for Shopfront after school. Lots of fun was had and hopefully the meals prove to be delicious. The celebration culminated today with a special focus at the Community Mass on Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and St Louis students were involved in the Mass.


It was a pleasure to see all students involved and enthusiastic in our House day celebration. A special mention must be made of the House staff and our various student leaders for their help in organising the day.

Jodi Power

St Louis House Coordinator

International Music Day - 21 June

Thursday 21 June was  International Music Day. Ruth Burke, Adele Cole and Peter Luckas joined our Year 9 Roncalli Service group to perform for the residents at Mont Clare Aged Care Facility.


Our Year 9 students provided hospitality and fellowship whilst our Year 12 students performed a selection from their Opera and Jazz repatoire.


The residents were  impressed and very eager to have our students return for a repeat performance.

Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission

Comfy Day - 29 June

On the last day of term, Friday 29 June, we will be holding our 'Comfy day' to raise funds for LifeLink, the Archbishop’s charity that supports those in need in our Perth Diocese.


Students are encouraged to wear a minimum of one item of their sports uniform (tracksuit pants, tracksuit top) with some comfortable clothing, jeans, hoodie, ugg boots. If students do not wish to participate in the event, they are required to wear their full winter uniform.

Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission

Next Thursday Noongar Elder, Rose Walley, and family members will conduct a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony for the College community.

  • Date: Thursday 28 June
  • Where: SLSC and oval
  • Start: 11:45am
  • Finish: Lunch time


The Welcome to Country is a right of the local traditional custodians and owners. The land, waterways and cultural significance sites are of great importance to Noongar people. The Welcome to Country recognises and acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land and demonstrates respect for Australia's first people.



The Smoking Ceremony is a blessing while on Noongar Country. It is a traditional Noongar ritual that is used to cleanse and purify a specific area and also cleanses the spirit, body and soul of a person on Noongar Country. The leaves and shavings from the balga and other local trees are allowed to smoulder and the smoke purifies the area. This ritual of purification and unity signifies the beginning of something new.



NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NAIDOC week officially falls in the holidays: 8-15 July.

Further information 


All students who have Asthma must be careful at the smoking ceremony, must take any additional precautions and must have their preventer medication with them.

Students whose asthma is triggered by smoke, or who are unwell with Asthma on the day, should not attend the Smoking Ceremony and will be supervised in the Library. Students are advised to ensure they have their Asthma medication and use as needed. 

Mary-Anne Lumley


Year 12 Parent Catch-up

The Year 12 Parent Catch-up is this Saturday night 23 June from 7:00pm.

  • 53 Mayfair Street, Claremont
  • Be there before 7.30pm for pizza order - $5 each
  • BYO

Hope to see you there!


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

NAS Sport Finals are on Monday 25 June – Wednesday 27 June. Teams that finished in the top four will play off for first or third in the NAS finals. Finals schedule for each day  are attached below. A reminder that students need to inform the teacher in charge of their sport well in advance if they are unavailable to fulfill their commitment for finals.


All results and ladders for the season to date can be found via the following link: Use the column on the left of the page to navigate. 


ACC All Stars Basketball teams (boys and girls)

Player nominations for the ACC All Stars Basketball teams (boys and girls) are now open to all ACC school students.  Please see attached flyer.  The ACC is calling for nominations from interested and talented players. The cost of nomination is $16.00 per person, this cost will be covered by the College.


**Nominations close on Friday 3 August**


Once the teams are selected, they will play against the Combined Government Schools at Bendat Stadium on Sunday afternoon 14 October 2018.  This is a fantastic opportunity for talented players to prove themselves in a high quality game.  Trials will be held in Term 3 (dates and venue to be confirmed).  Players will be informed of trial dates and times once confirmed. 


John XXIII College Rowing

IGSSA Head of the River​

On Saturday 23 June our Years 9-12 girls will be competing in the IGSSA Head of the River. With several amazing efforts throughout the season it will be a regatta to watch.


For those wanting to come and support our amazing female rowers, racing begins at 8:30am at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Armadale.


For those who cannot attend but would like to support the girls, please go to the public live stream for the 2018 Head of the River, on the following links:

Rowing House Regatta

On Saturday 16 June our Years 8-12 rowers came together to celebrate all the efforts of our newest members of the John XXIII College Rowing family, racing in House groups for the inaugural House Regatta.


The Year 8 students are at the beginning of their rowing journey’s, have spent the last two terms developing the fundamentals of the rowing stroke and an understanding of the fitness, dedication and commitment required to be a successful rower.


The 2018 House Regatta gave all our Year 8 students an opportunity to compete alongside our amazing group of experienced rowers. Racing over 200 metres, the Years 8-12 students showcased all they have learnt in an enjoyable atmosphere in front of their families.  The day saw races won by all houses, with Loreto taking out the overall winners for the inaugural House Regatta for 2018.


Thank you to all the parents who assisted with the barbeque in the morning, the Committee for their assistance in the lead up to the event and the Coaches for all their efforts throughout the Year 8 Rowing program including the marshalling of the races on the day.


Rob Thomas

Rowing Coordinator

Music - Week 19

Music Eisteddfod

Congratulations to the enormous number of participants at this year’s Music Eisteddfod. The high standard of performances was noted by our independent adjudicators and all students should be commended on their preparedness and musicality on the day. In another close contest, we are pleased to announce the overall winning house, for the second year in a row, is… Ward!


Our adjudicators had an incredibly difficult task in finding individual award winners from such a talented cohort and have nominated the following students:

These students will be presented with their trophies, medals and certificates at the Music Eisteddfod Winners’ Concert, which will be held in the GBLT this Sunday 24 June at 5:30pm. Outstanding Performers are asked to perform an encore of their Eisteddfod piece,  accompaniment is available from Mr Dockery (rehearsals can be booked in the Music Office).


Congratulations to all!


Mr James Kros

Head of Music


Congratulations to all of the competitors in the Senior House Theatre competition this week. All teams performed brilliantly and after a hard fought competition, the winning House was Kooly. Loreto and Loyola were equal second.


It was a great night. Thank you as always to Michael and Poppin and to our judges Sam Moloney and Alice Chaney.


The team players were:

  • Kooly: Sofia Fleming Wilson, Lewis Incerti, Georgia Sanders, Maddy Holland
  • St Louis: Emilia Kinder, Sasha Raschiatore, Cleo Meinck, Alex Kirwan
  • Loreto: Molly Rowbottam, Alex Alderson, Remy Gordon, Josh McNeill
  • Campion: Jack Karay, Nick Huston, Logan Hewes, Rosie McGurk
  • Loyola: Ciara Morrissey, Milla Rahaman, Paul Nedelkos, Conor Doyle
  • Ward: Adele Cole, Ruth Burke, Ella Beech, Jordan Lummis

Also this week the annual Year 8/9 production Unreal was cast. After 77 people auditioned, a cast of 30 were chosen. Thank you to all of the students who auditioned.


Upcoming events in Drama:

  • Year 8 Drama Performance – Monday 25 June, 5pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 10 Drama Performance – Wednesday 27 June, 7pm, Roncalli Hall

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


There has been an excellent response for the Magis Awards Breakfast and Personal Project Display next week, with about 90 people attending. The event will commence in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre with the Magis Breakfast, where the 2017 Magis Scholar Tom Paparo will be the keynote speaker.  We will then move to the Library for the awards which will include major interschool events – Da Vinci Decathlon, Creative Edge and World Scholar's Cup, the John XXIII College Public Speaking and Creative Writing Awards, and awards for both the Academic Spelling and Mental Maths Challenges.  The Year 7 and Year 8 Personal Project display will then be opened and after a brief introduction and two ‘live’ performances everyone will have the opportunity to view the 29 projects on display. The display will also be open at lunchtime, and a colourful  Personal Project guidebook will be available.


All invited competitors have  now  confirmed for  both World Scholar's Global round in Melbourne, where we will have four teams, two from Year 9 and two from Year 10. Parents are reminded that the first payment is due prior to the holidays.


Students representing the College in Melbourne in August will be:


Year 10
Ben Linsten

 Alex Panther

Emily Tyson

Jamie Brigg

Jacob Rigg
Ethan Pasch 

Year 9

Caitlin Green

Oscar Hegge

McKenzie Richardson

Skye MacMillan

Gabriel Kaye

Grace Barbour 


Our interschool debaters excelled with a series of outstanding victories at Christchurch last Tuesday, whilst the Mooting team will compete at Notre Dame University this Saturday,  the make-up round for senior debaters will be held next Tuesday, and the third round of Mock Trials is at the Supreme Court on Thursday. Good luck to all teams and warmest thanks to the teachers, coaches and parents involved.


Photo above is the Year 11 debating team of Cullen Binet, Charlie Richards and Rory Hewson who had an excellent win against a strong Christchurch debating team last Tuesday. They, along with Kinia O’Brien from Year 12, will represent John XXIII College at the Jesuit Debating Carnival in Sydney during the coming holidays.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Community Liturgy

Student leaders in Year 9 are enthusiastically preparing for next Friday’s Community Mass.  All Year 9 students and their families and friends are warmly invited to this Eucharist – as are all members of the College extended community.  Eucharist is derived from a Greek word meaning thanksgiving and the end of Semester is a perfect time to come together to give thanks for all the blessings we have received this year. 


At this morning’s Community Mass, we celebrated the Feast of St Aloysius (Louis), patron saint of youth. There was a special blessing for members of the Chapel Choir whose youthfulness, musicality and sense of reverence bring joy and prayerfulness to our community liturgies every week.  We also acknowledged our team of young altar servers.

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

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 16 June Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day
  • 23 June College of Electrical Training (NECA) Open Day
  • 28 June Australian National University (ANU) Information Evening
  • 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
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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 School Based Immunisation 2018

Year 10 students in 2018 will be offered ACWY Meningococcal vaccine as part of the school based Immunisation program.


Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College this Monday 25 June to administer this vaccine.


Information sheet and consent forms have been sent home with your child.


Please note, consent form attached. Consent forms will be accepted up to the day of vaccination.

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

Entertainment Books

Help John XXIII College raise much needed funds

Help us raise funds for our fundraising by buying an Entertainment Membership from us. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. Hurry, Entertainment Memberships sell out quickly.


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Players Clinic Flyer.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
player nom flyer 2018.pdf
Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
John XXIII College Parents’ Association (PA).pdf
Boys Winter Registration form.pdf