08 September 2017
Issue Twenty Eight
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 28
Seek Justice
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parents' Association
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Mystery At Magpie Manor

Congratulations to our talented Year 4 students and our Primary Music Teacher, Mrs Shelley Morrell, on this week’s excellent production of ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’. Thank you to all involved in such a wonderful Production. 

Dressed For All Occasions 

Two of my daughters are University students. My 18 year old recently attended an interview for a summer vacation role for a national retail outlet. Interestingly, the job interview was conducted and recorded online which I found fascinating. Zoe, and the other candidates, were advised to watch an instructional video on how to prepare for the interview particularly as answers would be delivered to a camera and the respondent would not be able to gauge the reactions of the person framing the questions.


One of the suggestions on the instructional video was for the candidates to dress as though they were attending the interview in person. The idea was for the candidates to place themselves in ‘interview mode’ to be best prepared for the questions to follow.


That is often our message to students – dress according to the situation. When the West Coast Eagles head to Adelaide this weekend there will be an expectation on how they travel and present for the game. Closer to home when our Musicians display their skills they will be expected to adhere to dress requirements for the role. Similarly, our Rowers recently attended their end of year function and followed some protocols with respect to dress and appearance.


The same applies at school. We ask our students to attend classes in a punctual manner and to be appropriately attired and prepared for class. When I spoke to our Year 12 students this week I reinforced the importance of attending to those small factors. The workforce demands punctual attendance and so does the school. We expect our students to adhere to uniform and grooming requirements. It is part of being a member of the John XXIII College community. I am really pleased that we have had so much support from our community in attempting to raise standards in these areas.


I am sure this week that the AFL finalists will receive plenty of instructions as part of their game plan. Coaches will remind their players to attend to processes rather than worrying about the scoreboard. It is amazing how often attention to detail can lead to improved results.

Mother's Day And Father's Day Celebrations

Every year the College conducts beautiful Masses to celebrate the special occasions for our Mums and Dads. As part of the Fathering Project, we receive regular emails with suggestions and ideas for parents. I particularly like this week’s message from a former Prime Minister:


"You just have to be flexible so that when they want to talk you are willing to do so. I always just put aside what I'm doing and talk to them. Sometimes they would come in and sit on the bed and talk late at night. Of course sometimes it's impossible - if I'm in Question Time or in the middle of a speech. I guess it is similar to a surgeon operating on somebody - you can't interrupt then - but beyond that you should never be too busy to talk to your family. That's really what it boils down to. It's not a terribly revolutionary theory but it seems common sense to me that if you want to tell your children that they are important the best way of doing it is to never be too busy when they want to talk to you."


- John Howard

(via the Fathering Project 2017).




Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson



Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was an absolute pleasure to see all our Year 4’s participate in the musical, ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’ in Roncalli Hall on Tuesday night.


Each and every student is to be applauded on their weekly commitment of time, energy and dedication they have given to create something so very special for us all to enjoy. Congratulations to all our fabulous stars for bringing the story alive with great skill and enthusiasm.



A very special thank you to Mrs Morell for the incredible amount of time, talent and care that she has shared with these talented students over so many months. A special mention to Ms O’Connor, Miss Nish, Ms Allen and Miss Joyce for their assistance and generosity of time during the preparation of this production.


A big thank you to the Year 4 parents for all their wonderful work with the costumes and make-up – the students looked amazing on the big stage.


Congratulations to all students from Years 3-6 who participated in our Interhouse Athletics Carnival and to Loreto who won the carnival.


Special thanks to Mr Alderman for coordinating this event and to Karen Tighe for her wonderful commentary throughout the day.


Many thanks to all parents for making time in your busy lives to attend.


At today’s assembly we were entertained by our Pre Primary children and they did a fabulous job teaching us all about the Solar System!


A huge thank you to the Pre Primary team for their hard work in preparing the children.

Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


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


Cailin McNamara
Roxy Fullerton


Anna Janssen
Georgina Gleghorn
Jack Hodge
Robert Natale
Abigail Prosser
Nick Adams


Alexa Kailis
Lucas Paton



Liam McNamara
Jake Fleay


Brodie Stevenson
Arabella Buzzard


Matilda MacLennan
Lucy Soares
Charlie Azzopardi


Sofia Paolucci
Devan Finn


Cooper Matera
Matilda O’Connell
Coco Kenny


Violet Worner
Ruby Verleg


Allegra MacMillan


Hunter Giles-Shanley
Billie Rowsthorn


Joel Margaria


Matthew Rintoul
Zac Pruiti



On Monday the Year 2 classes headed off on an exciting excursion to explore the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The children enjoyed a tour of the Gallery and looked at art works by various Western Australian artists. They then went onto the roof of the Art Gallery, where they sketched the amazing view of the Perth city sky line and also participated in a hands on art work shop. The Year 2’s enjoyed this wonderful experience!







Thursday 14 September        Yr 3-6 Interschool                                                                    Athletics Carnival                                                                    (All Saints)

Friday 15 September               1G Mass 9am                                                                              (Chapel)



Grandparents’ Picnic Lunch         Friday 13 October

Photo: Year 11 Politics & Law Students standing on the steps of Parliament House.


Photo: Year 11 Politics & Law Students standing on the steps of Parliament House.

Year 11 Politics And Law Excursion

On Wednesday, one of the Year 11 Politics and Law classes had an excursion to various law courts in the central city area and to Parliament House. At the District Court of Western Australia, students sat in on two criminal trials: the first, was a case concerning depravation of liberty, unlawful assault and the destruction of property; the second case involved the charge of assault occasioning bodily harm (AOBH)…a pub brawl gone wrong! The students were a little disappointed to miss out of the people smuggling case, but the excitement of Question Time more than made up for it!


Premier, Mark McGowan made time to speak to the students about the role of government and his plans for WA’s future. Question Time was especially spirited…tensions were naturally high, with the budget being released the next day…with the Leader of the Opposition, Mike Nahan, on this third and final warning, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly threatened to cancel question time unless everyone took a seat and settled down! Who said Politics and Law wasn’t fun!!!!


Many thanks to Ms Anna Marie Mangen (student teacher) for accompanying the class on the excursion.


Daisy Farley

Humanities Teacher

Tournament Of The Minds

Tournament of the Minds is a problem-solving challenge that encourages and develops creativity and higher order thinking amongst young people. The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with strategies and skills which will support future success.


On Saturday, 26  August our school had three teams compete in the Tournament of the Minds, regional finals in the areas of Social Science, Maths and Engineering and Language Literature.


Teams consisted of seven students from Year 7-10.  Each team was presented with a demanding open ended challenge which they had six weeks to work on prior to the regional finals.


All three teams put in a lot of time and work prior to the competition to complete their challenge which they then presented to judges in a ten minute performance. On the day students were also presented with a spontaneous challenge which tests their creativity and team work skills under time pressure.


All teams performed extremely well on the day with the Maths and Engineering and Social Science teams both being successful in making it through to the State finals.  The State finals are held this Sunday at Edith Cowan University followed by a presentation of results at 5:30pm at Sacred Heart College.


We wish all team members listed below and their facilitators the best of luck this weekend.   Let our young people’s creative minds continue to be challenged.


Maths and Engineering

Year 7

Lily Convery

Euan Cowie

Lucinda Tassone


Year 8

Akash Parekh

Eloise Roberts


Year 9

Ben Linsten


Year 10

Hamish Waller


Social Science

Year 7

James Green

Evie Keyte


Year 8

Mackenzie Richardson

Daniel Paramor

Skye MacMillan

Amalia Olsen


Year 9

Elisabeth Hughes


Joanne McLoughlin

Mathematics Teacher


WAATI Examination Honours

We are very proud to announce that five of our Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students of Italian have achieved results that are amongst the highest in our state for their Italian WAATI Examination.


Congratulations to: 

Daniel Corvaia – Year 10 

Luke Ranalli – Year 11

Anastasia Beasley -Year 12

Ines Costa Shrubsall - Year 12

Sophie Pullella - Year 12


Good luck you all the students as they prepare for a further assessment to test their speaking skills. On the basis of these results, they may be awarded the honour of being in the top three students of Italian in their age group.

Alliance Francaise Examination Honours 

Our Year 10 students of French, Caitlin Egan Martinez and Katie Newton are to be highly commended on their outstanding success in the Alliance Française Examination. Both these students achieved results in the top 10% of Western Australia.  In addition, congratulation to Dara Fournier for achieving a result in the top 20% of the state.


We are very proud of our Language students’ success. Well done. Thank you to our Language Teachers, Ms Carmelina Grassi and Ms Desa Lucas for their support and encouragement of our Italian and French learners.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area - Languages


ACC Athletics Team

On Wednesday 13 September the College will compete at the ACC A Division Athletics Carnival. The team has been selected and students placed in their events. Students have received a copy of this in homeroom.  A copy had also been emailed to students and parents.


A reminder that students need to meet in the gym at 7:45am on Wednesday 13 September. A copy of the team and program for the day is attached.

Thank you to the efforts of our PE staff and coaches. Good luck to all our athletes.


Dave Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator


Year 8/9 Production

The 2017 annual Year 8/9 Production Holes is on next week, 14 and 15 September at 7:00pm in the Roncalli Hall. Tickets are available at Try Booking through the College website.

Come and support the 32 cast members and the sound, lighting and AV crew as they present a performance that is sure to be entertaining and of a professional quality.

Music - Week 28

2018 Music Subject Selection

Subject selection for Years 7 – 9 will shortly be underway, and with a talented cohort of musicians in these years we hope to see many of you in the Music Classroom in 2018!


Classroom music offers a fantastic way for young musicians to further their skills and understanding of music, and utilising their performance skills learned in lessons and ensembles. Students learn to compose and understand music, looking at famous artists and composers, and performing original arrangements together. New musicians are welcome, too! For any questions regarding Music courses, please contact the Music Department – 9383 0440 or


Week 9 (September 11 – 15) is Auditions Week for Concert Band, Wind Band and Chamber Choir. Students auditioning for these ensembles should collect excerpts from the Music Office and select an audition time. Good luck!

Treble Choir – Duxton Hotel Performance

Congratulations to the Treble Choir for their performance at the opening breakfast for Child Protection Week at the Duxton Hotel. Performing to dignitaries from the City of Perth and Archdiocese of Perth, the 60 singers performed a moving rendition of Inscription of Hope to a packed house.

Catholic Performing Arts Awards Winners

Congratulations to the following students, who received special mention for their performances in the 2017 Catholic Performing Arts Festival:


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For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:

Anna Gingell

Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

Or refer to the College Website.
























































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

Students who were absent for the Meningococcal Vaccine day on Wednesday 9 August will need to attend catch-up vaccine day at the College on Monday 18 September.


If you did not return a completed vaccine form and you would like your child to receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, please complete attached consent form and return this to the College nurse by Wednesday 13 September.


Please note: Alternatively, students can receive the vaccine by appointment at the Central Immunisation Clinic, 16 Rheola St, West Perth,  phone contact:  9321 1312 or Travel Health Plus, Fremantle Ph: 9336 6630.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse




Sacrament Program 


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


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

The following people can assist you:

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

  • Information from parishes on the College website.


Congratulations to the students (and their families) who will be receiving First Communion this weekend in the parish of Holy Rosary, Nedlands. Let us remember the students and families in our prayer.

‘GOOD NEWS’ for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“If your brother or sister listens to you, you will have won that person back.” (Matthew 18:15-20)

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


When couples who are going to be married in the Church come to see me for the first time I get them to fill out a brief questionnaire. The last two questions on the form ask:


‘What do you like best about your partner?’


‘What do you like best about yourself?’


The first question usually presents no problems, although it can hold a few surprises and sometimes a playful punch if the right answer is not forthcoming!


The second question seems to present all sorts of difficulties, especially for prospective grooms. Some of us find it hard to name the God-given qualities we value most in our character. Some couples try to pass it off, ‘That's for others to say’ or, ‘I don’t want to blow my own trumpet.’ Others try to dismiss the question as being new age or trendy.


But the question does, in fact, cut to the heart of both today's second reading and Gospel. ‘You must love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ We cannot say in the same breath, ‘I hate myself, but I am a good Christian.’ For St Paul, love of self was not indulgent, but the cornerstone of our mission to love as Jesus loves us. Paul knew the difference between self-love and self-adoration. Our love of God is expressed in the healthy and appropriate esteem we have for ourselves. Put another way, we cannot love anyone else if we don’t love ourselves. If we have poor self-esteem then often we need others to fill up this gap in our self-love. Most relationships cannot sustain such a demand.


The Church has to take some responsibility for this state of affairs. We used to be taught that mortification and self-denial were good Christian virtues, and indeed they can be. When properly understood they are never opportunities for self-hatred. The sanest spiritual writers in our tradition saw these virtues as paths of closeness with God and service of our neighbour.


One such writer was St Ignatius Loyola who in the Spiritual Exercises saw that it was precisely as sinners that God loves us. He saw that one of the greatest gifts the Lord can give us is when we see our sinfulness for what it is, but are not overwhelmed by it, and that we experience the power of God's love for us who calls us to walk as children of the light.



Image © Jenny Close, Creative Ministry Resources

Jesus in today's Gospel attends to this destructive side of our human nature. Jesus teaches us that those who do not love their neighbour as they should are to be treated with dignity and respect and offered every opportunity to seek forgiveness until it is clear they can no longer be a part of the Christian family.


The challenge and hallmark of the Christian life is the way in which we live out God’s love and forgiveness. And, although the Christian community should be the last group to exclude anyone, even we have to have our boundaries. Sometimes this involves holding others to account for what they say and do, especially if they claim to be a follower of Christ. The love and forgiveness of God does not mean that ‘anything goes’. It is a love that calls for constant conversion. We can witness to it only to the degree that we have experienced it, from God, from others, and in the way we love and forgive ourselves. And we know when these qualities are taking deep root in us because answering a question like, ‘What do you really like about yourself?’ is a piece of cake!

© Richard Leonard

Community Liturgy 

Warmer, brighter spring mornings bring the opportunity to attend the joyous, ‘user-friendly’ Friday Community Mass at 8:00am, followed by coffee in the Circle of Friends café. Everyone is always welcome – whether you are one of the regulars or a first-timer. Next Friday, 8 September, Mass will be prepared by Pilgrimage students. or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel



Pathways and Transition




Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Murray Graham by email or Ph: 9383 0444.

Parents' Association

What is the Parents’ Association?

The role of the Parents’ Association is to support the College.  It primarily does this by administering the funds raised from the annual family levy (approx. $72k per year). The money is generally spent on:

  • assets and resources required by the College;
  • engaging speakers arranged by INSPIRE; and
  • funding social events to promote interaction between parents/guardians. 

All parents/guardians of students attending the College are deemed members of the Parents’ Association and are therefore welcome to attend meetings which are generally held on the Monday of Week 5 of each term.

What happens at Parents’ Association meetings?

  • Updates are provided by leadership staff (including the Principal) and organised groups within the College. 
  • Funding Proposals are discussed and voted on. 
  • There is sometimes a guest speaker who comes to speak on a topic of interest.  For Term 4's meeting, Rob Henderson will be talking about the results of the School Survey and how the Strategic Plan is progressing.
  • Funding proposals and key agenda items are outlined in the school newsletter on the Friday prior to the meeting.

Funding Proposals

Funding proposals can come from anyone in the John XXIII community eg. staff, parents, students. If you have an idea for how the money can be spent to improve things for students or the College, we encourage you to submit a funding request.

 Funding Proposals & Expenses that have been approved so far in 2017:

  • $10k for window tinting and black curtains for the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.
  • $4.4k for six spin bikes for the school gym.
  • $1.3k for the purchase of Minkey equipment and materials for hockey goals.
  • $10k for the John XXIII Parent Ball to celebrate the school’s 40th Anniversary.
  • $8.5k for computer and robotics equipment for Primary IT classes.
  • $8.5k for new shelving in the Primary section of the library.
  • Various amounts have been spent on guest speakers, events (eg. welcome functions) and Men of John XXIII.

There are currently funds available for worthy projects/ideas. 

Parents' Association Committee

In Term 4 there is an AGM and all the roles on the Committee will be up for election and we welcome nominations.  You can nominate for any of these positions.  We are in need of a Secretary in 2018, so if you are interested please get in contact.


The Roles on the PA Committee

  • President: Chairs the meetings, discusses proposals with Principal prior to meetings, organises Committee meetings.
  • Two Vice Presidents: Fills in for the President when they are unable to attend meetings.
  • Treasurer: Works with Head of Business at JTC to prepare the PA financials and presents them at PA meetings.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes at meetings and circulates to attendees, prepares agenda, organises notices in the newsletter and electronic noticeboard etc.
  • General Member: Does not have any specific responsibilities but attends Committee meetings and assists when required.

If you would like further information on the Parents’ Association please refer to the John XXIII website or email


Kind regards,


Simon Fracaro

President of the Parents’ Association

Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.


Community Notices


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585

Save The Date

Loreto Federation 2018


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


Come, Be the Change.

Loreto Federation Committee 2018 

Click here for the invitation.

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


Parent Ignatian Induction Talks.pdf
Men ACYW consent form.pdf
John XXIII College ACC Team 2017.pdf
A athletics program 2017.pdf