22 September 2017
Issue Thirty
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 29
Alumni Current Parent Questions 
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Men Of John XXIII
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
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From the Principal

Comprehensive Survey Results 

Attached with the Newsletter will be a separate ‘Thank You and Feedback Pack’ for parents with respect to the recent survey that was conducted. Separate data will be provided for Primary and Secondary families.


The data is currently being analysed and will be a useful reflective tool and additionally will assist with our planning into the future. A total of 425 secondary parents and 879 secondary students provided feedback and 150 Primary parents and 59 Year 6 students completed the survey. With 159 staff engaged in the process we have certainly received comprehensive information on all aspects of John XXIII College life.


Pleasingly, the results are very positive suggesting strong levels of support for much of our College life. Our results are also encouraging when benchmarked against comparable Independent and Catholic schools throughout Australia.


The areas that have been identified where further attention will be given include an ongoing pursuit of academic excellence, aspects of our Religious Education programmes and the implementation and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).


Already senior staff at the College have been briefed on the survey results and we have a full staff presentation scheduled for the commencement of Term Four. I am planning to brief parents at the Term Four Parents' Association Meeting and will also incorporate aspects of the survey at Presentation Night and in written publications.


Thank you again to all our families for engaging in the process. I am thrilled to be part of a dynamic and exciting Catholic school community with a focus on continual improvement.

Staff And Student Farewells

At the end of each term it is always sad to farewell students and staff leaving the College. I would like to wish the following members of staff well in their future ventures:


Mr Luke McCourt (Year 7 and ICT) – returning to his home state of Queensland and will remain working in Catholic education.


Miss Aleisha Crump (English) – conclusion of her contractual term.

Mary Ward Justice Lecture 

This week we had staff and student representation at Loreto Primary School (Nedlands) for the annual Justice Lecture. It was great to listen to and learn from a former John XXIII College student, Tori Anderson (Class of 1999) as she addressed the confronting issue of human trafficking.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson

Around The Primary

Dear Parents


Term Three Open Night was once again an opportunity for families to come along and view some of the many and varied learning opportunities children have at John XXIII College. From Kindy to Year 6 children ‘played host’ to their parents as they proudly walked them around their classroom and showed them the fruits of their labour! It is always wonderful when we have opportunities to come together as a whole community. Thank you children for all your hard work, thank you staff for opening your classroom and providing a window into the learning that is going on in your classrooms and thank you parents, for affirming and supporting your child in this way.


Happy holidays and take care everyone!

Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary




Ms Allen will be undergoing a knee replacement during the school holidays and will then require time for rehabilitation.

From the beginning of term 4, Mrs Young will work alongside Miss Joyce in Year 3G for the remainder of the year.

We wish Ms Allen a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her walking around the Primary with ease in 2018. Please keep Ms Allen in your prayers.



On Thursday 14 September our Interschool Athletics team competed in the IPSHA Athletics Carnival at All Saints College. Our students performed exceptionally well and although there were no points recorded, our athletes were highly competitive against the students from the other eleven schools. In total, there were 92 events and our students gained 53 of the top four places.


Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding 1st Place results:



Amelia Mettam (5G)
400m in a new record time & the Year 5, 200m (A Div.)
Year 5 High Jump (A Div.)



Luke McLernon (5G)
400m (A Div.)


Jasper Bailey (3G)

Turbo Javelin with a new record distance.



Harrison Pazin (3B)
60m Hurdles (B Div.)



Jackson Watts (3B)
80m Sprint (B Div.)



Allegra Hickling (3G)
200m Sprint (B Div.)



Emilee Paterson (5B)
100m Sprint (B Div.)



Frederick Gleghorn (5B)
High Jump (B Div.)


Jackson Bosnich (4G)

Long Jump & the Year 4 Triple Jump


Year 5 Mixed Relay Team – This team consisted of Emilee Paterson, Wim Parker,

Amelia Mettam & Luke McLernon


This carnival bought to a closure the Athletics season for the College. Congratulations all our athletes who trained extremely hard and competed with great enthusiasm. Thank you to all the parents, relatives and friends who came along to support our athletes. A special mention to Mrs Gardner for her assistance on the day and to Mrs Briede and Mrs Mettam for their wonderful help at the triple jump pit.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Co-Ordinator



The last few weeks have been incredibly busy for the Year 5 students, and to further their scientific understanding and enquiry skills a visit to Sci-Tech was organised. The students viewed an amazing Planetarium show and explored many constellations and also learnt about the role satellites play in our everyday lives. They visited the Rio Tinto Innovation Lab and were able to see through their skin to the veins in their arms, design earthquake proof buildings (or at least try to) and control robots. The excursion concluded with the 'Things That Glow' science show which included explosive fire balls, amazing chemical reactions and mesmerizing UV light displays. The time spent at Sci-Tech was the perfect ending to the Year 5 intriguing earth and space science unit.



On Wednesday, our Year Four students participated in a Holy Communion Retreat. The day was filled with various activities, team building tasks, exciting games and a beautiful reflection. It was wonderful to see the children put their sacramental knowledge and preparation into practice when answering the quiz questions. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and enthusiastically participated in all aspects of the day. Well done Year Fours!




This term in Year One the children have been learning all about writing narratives. On Wednesday morning they visited The Literature Centre in Fremantle. The children spent time finding out more about two amazing picture books written by Australian authors and also got to view the incredible draft illustrations and sketches which were then used in the books. Our future authors and illustrators thoroughly enjoyed this excursion.


Our Pre Primary children loved making ‘origiri’ (rice balls) with Sensai Rowson this week.



It would be greatly appreciated if children did not ride their scooters around the Primary School before or after-school. Thank you!


Save The Date

Tuesday 17 October is the Visual Arts Exhibition, opening night.

The exhibition will be open to the public Tuesday 17 October to Friday 20 October, 9:00am – 4:00pm and Saturday 21 October 10:00am – 2:00pm.


Kiri Moore

Visual Arts Teacher

Year 9

Term Three has been a very busy term for Year 9 students.  Most recently the organisation of RU OK? Day was a great success, with the efforts of students educating and making the College community aware of this important day and especially mental wellness.

Last Thursday a group of Year 9 students arrived early to put Posters up around the College to advertise RU OK? Day. These were made in our TRJ classes. These ranged from a simple question RU OK? To the four steps for assisting someone. Students are to be congratulated on the efforts they put into these posters and for their help to get these up around the school. At recess Year 9s students carried out Random Acts of Kindness where they were sent in different directions throughout the College including the Administration block, Staff room, Medical centre etc. and areas where staff and students hang out to give them a ‘goodie’ and an RU OK? card. Students were to pass these on and promote the importance of the day. Thank you parents for your support with providing these provisions. Feedback from the students was that they were surprised at how appreciative and surprised the older students were in the efforts of the Year 9s to educate and their generosity of something to eat at recess. Thank you to all the students for making the Year 9s feel proud of what they were doing. At lunchtime, many year 9s gathered on the chapel lawn to eat their lunch, enjoy some music provided by Ashton Wee and others.  Music that would put us in the mood to support one another. Some sat and enjoyed the music and company of their peers and some enjoyed showing their dance moves to all around. Very courageous!


A huge thank you must go to all the Year 9s, The Rite Journey (TRJ) teachers: Ms Boyle, Ms Murphy, Ms McLoughlin, Mr Henderson, Mr Oorloof, Deacon Peters, Mr Haines and myself Ms Wooltorton and Ms Catina our College Psychologist/ Counsellor who educated us and helped us with preparing for this day. Thank you everyone for your support and for making the day a success in educating, awareness and in building a community.


I am so proud of the Year 9s and all they contributed to this successful day.


Thank you.


Ms Wooltorton

Assistant Deputy Principal - Year 9


Polo Liceale Statale Mattioli-Vasto Italian Exchange 

It was our pleasure to host our sister school once again for three weeks, from 29 August-17 September. Their experience was unbelievable and we received the warmest thank you from their students, parents and the Italian school community for our love, care and great opportunities we offered the 24 students and two staff.

Not only was this a cultural and linguistic exchange, but most of all, it was life changing for many of our host students in Year 10 and Year 11, as well as for the Italian Exchange students. The human connection is by far the most rewarding. The tears flowed as we waved good-bye to our friends.


Vasto and Perth are sister cities, and as part of their stay, the group was invited by the Vasto Club for dinner and to Council House to meet with the Mayor of City of Perth.


A big thank you to all the host families who opened their homes and hearts to our guests. It was the most positive and enriching experience for all.  Thank you to the many members of our College, who welcomed the exchange students into their classes. In particular, I want to thank these staff who gave their time and expertise to ensure that the Italian Exchange group experienced our wonderful College: Ms Alison O’Connor for the Australian History Lesson; Mr Robert Deurloo for accompanying them to their surfing lesson and showing them how to make boomerangs; Ms Louise Hoy for her boomerang design lesson; Ms Mindy Toleman for cooking the Anzac cookies and explaining their origin; Ms De Pinto and the primary staff for welcoming the students into their Art, Drama and Japanese classes; Ms Desa Lucas for her Italian classes; Ms Shane Glass for her support and taking my Homeroom whilst I was with the Italian Group and Ms Glen James for her assistance in coordinating the programme.

A huge thank you goes to the talented and generous Ms Lyn Alexander who, whilst on leave, organised and accompanied the group up North to Monkey Mia and Kalbarri for five days. Our guests could not speak highly enough of both the experience and Ms Alexander.

We look forward to meeting up with Polo Liceale Statale Mattioli-Vasto friends and families in December 2018 on the Study Tour to Italy.


Carmelina Grassi

Italian Exchange Co-ordinator


Mary Ward Secondary Sport News

The  Inclusive Association of Catholic Colleges held their annual athletics carnival at  McGillivray oval last week.  The occasion is a highlight each year as all students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field and track events and meet up with their friends from other Colleges.  Ruby Elliot won a gold medal in the 100 metres and Maddie Brown and Chloe Williams performed brilliantly on the track and long jump events.  An extraordinary day, much enjoyed by all.

The  ACC Divisional Athletics Carnivals last week included the first ever disability classified events.    This is part of the new No Limits program for students with disabilities where students with disabilities are formally classified  with Athletics WA and Swimming WA, so that they can compete at ACC carnivals in their own classification alongside their peers.


Joseph Salt represented John XXIII College at this carnival.  Joseph competed in the 100m, 400m, shot put and long jump.  Joseph achieved his  personal bests in the long jump and shot put performing superbly  on the day.


In addition, Joseph is representing Western Australia in the Down Syndrome Swimming Australian National Short Course Championships in Geelong from 23-24 September.  He will be competing in the 50m freestyle and backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 25m butterfly and the individual medley.  

Joseph is to be congratulated for his dedication and commitment to sport. He a is talented sportsman and an asset to his teams. 


Gill Lyon

Head of Learning

Mary Ward Secondary

Water Polo Success

School Sport WA Open Boys and Girls Water Polo Champions!

Congratulations to both our Male and Female Open Water Polo teams (comprising of Years 9 and 10 students), who won their respective School Sport WA carnivals this week.


The Boys defeated All Saints College 11-4 and Girls defeated Newman College 13-4 in their respective Grand Finals.


A big "thank you" to our Year 11 student coaches Drew Lillyman and Georgia Williams, who did a tremendous job mentoring our talented students.


Mr David Maxwell and Mr Cameron Haines

Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching

There will be an opportunity for any students in Years 7 to 10 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage during Term Four.


Sessions will run on a Monday morning from 7am – 8am, with a start date of 16 October.  The sessions will run for eight weeks and will cost $65 per participant.


There are only 30 places available. Parents will need to register for the program at the following link;


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

Dave Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

Music - Week 29

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

Year 11 Recital Night

Applications are now open to perform at the Year 11 Recital Night on Wednesday, October 18. This one-hour concert is held in the GBLT from at 7:00pm, and all Year 11s undertaking tuition at the college are invited to perform! For application forms and details, please contact the Music Office.


James Kros

Director of Music


Year 8/9 Production

Congratulations to the brilliant cast and crew of this year’s Year 8/9 production Holes. From the acting to the design and direction, from the sound and the lighting and AV, the performances last week were outstanding. Everyone should be proud of their work in the production. It was a fitting tribute to all of the weeks of hard work, commitment and passion that culminated in an entertaining and engaging story told energetically and beautifully through the performances of the talented cast and professional production work of the crew. Well done to Director Kaitlyn Green, Designer Kiri Moore and Manager Jeff Jansen for their guidance of the students.

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama

Alumni Current Parent Questions 

Alumni Current Parents

If you are a current parent at John XXIII College and also a past pupil, please take a moment to answer the following questions.


Are you or your partner Past Pupils as well as a current parents?  Yes or No


If No, thank you for your attention, this survey is over for you until your child joins the john XXIII College Alumni Association at the end of Year 12


If Yes:


May I please have your full name, including maiden name (if applicable) e.g. Please use the name your parents would have been enrolled you in either Loreto, St Louis or John XXIII College?


What school did you attend? Loreto, St Louis or John XXIII College


What year did you graduate?


What year did you leave the College if you didn’t graduate?


Would you like to receive a hard copy of Heritage Magazine? Yes or No


In addition:


Would you prefer an electronic copy of Heritage Magazine instead? Yes or No


Please confirm your postal address.


Thank you for your support.


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.
























































Teenagers And Sleep

Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between nine and 10 hours of sleep every night. Yet most adolescents only get about seven or eight hours. Some get less.


Regularly not getting enough sleep leads to chronic sleep deprivation. This can have dramatic effects on a teenager’s life, including reduced academic performance at school.


Causes of sleep deprivation

  • Hormonal time shift – puberty hormones shift the teenager’s body clock forward by about one or two hours, making them sleepier one to two hours later. Yet, while the teenager falls asleep later, early school starts don’t allow them to sleep in. This nightly ‘sleep debt’ leads to chronic sleep deprivation
  • Hectic after-school schedule –homework, sport, part-time work and social commitments can cut into a teenager’s sleeping time.
  • Leisure activities –the lure of stimulating entertainment such as television, the internet and computer gaming can keep a teenager out of bed.
  • Light exposure – light cues the brain to stay awake. In the evening, lights from television, mobile phones and computers can prevent adequate production of melatonin, the brain chemical  (neurotransmitter) responsible for sleep.
  • Vicious circle – insufficient sleep causes a teenager’s brain to become more active. An over-aroused brain is less able to fall asleep.
  • Social attitude – in Western culture, keeping active is valued more than sleep.
  • Sleep disorders – sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnoea, can affect how much sleep a teenager gets.
  • Some effects of sleep deprivation:  concentration difficulties, mentally ‘drifting off ‘ in class, shortened attention span, lack of enthusiasm, moodiness and aggression, depression, slower physical reflexes, reduced sporting performance, reduced academic performance, increased number of ‘sick days’ from school because of tiredness.

Preventing sleep deprivation

Some suggestions include:

  • choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.
  • Avoid using mobile phone, computer, loud music, homework, or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep-wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain.
  • Avoid having any food or drink that contains caffeine after dinnertime. This includes coffee, tea, cola drinks and chocolate.
  • Avoid recreational drugs (including alcohol, tobacco and cannabis) as they can cause you to have broken and poor quality sleep.
  • Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.
  • Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work.
  • Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference.
  • See your doctor if self-help techniques don’t increase your nightly sleep quota.


For further information go to:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Better Health Channel




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 enrol 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 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Why are you jealous because I am generous?.” (Matthew 20:1-16)


The reflection for this Sunday’s gospel has been prepared by the Australian Bishops, as this Sunday, 24 September, the Australian Church celebrates Social Justice Sunday. 


For 2017-2018 the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’. The Statement calls for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.


The Gospel reading for this Social Justice Sunday is Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard. Using an everyday example of economic hardship, Jesus teaches how the reign of God is open to all, generous, and especially mindful of those left behind. God provides sufficiently and fairly for each person, all the while attentive to the needs of those who experience exclusion and have little hope.

The vivid image of market place and vineyard still resonates. That the employer goes four times during the day to find workers in desperate need speaks of the precarious existence of the day labourer, and a market that fails to serve the whole community.


This Social Justice Statement considers Australia’s economic priorities. It draws from the teachings of Pope Francis and his predecessors, highlighting how extreme versions of free-market economics have failed to serve all. Inequality has been growing in Australia. Many have missed out on opportunities to secure stable employment and a just share in income and wealth – even after 26 years of continuous economic growth.


When it comes to the social justice of the entire economic system, the statement draws on new understandings of human development from economics and social policy that emphasise how the wellbeing of humans and all of creation must be an economy’s central purpose.


The Church has been part of a global movement for ‘inclusive growth’. It is not just about improving sections of the economy that have failed the poor. It is not about continually picking up people who have fallen through the system and placing them back into a market place that cast them aside in the first place.


The Bishops of Australia are calling for a new approach that prevents exclusion from the outset and, like the owner of the vineyard in our Gospel reading, engages all people as dignified, active contributors to sustainable and inclusive growth.


The parable may seem unfair to us. Not only does the owner of the vineyard employ workers who, through no fault of their own, find themselves locked out of the market system, he also pays all of them one denarius – even those who completed only one hour’s work. But the denarius was the basic daily pay of labourers, sufficient for a living wage, and akin to our notion of a minimum wage. The payment given by the owner recognises the dignity of all, regardless of the hours they worked. The generosity of the owner is shown in how he places the human person, not the prevailing standard of the market, at the centre of his concern.


We see a vineyard in which all are engaged as active contributors to the economic enterprise. We are called to work for an economy that is inclusive and capable of putting the needs of the poor before the wants of the rich. We envisage an alternative to market places that are harsh and inhospitable: the vineyard, lush and green, sustainable in its growth and inclusive in its economy.


As we have said, Jesus’ parable speaks as much to us now as it did to the listeners of his time. The Church does not believe an ideal world is possible on earth. Only God can fully usher in the perfection of His Kingdom. But Christ’s promise of that Kingdom calls us to work for just social transformation based on the great commandment to love God and to love our neighbour, especially the most vulnerable (Matthew 22:34–40).


Jesus invites us to see others as God sees them, as unique and precious, and to treat them accordingly. It is an offence in the eyes of God to treat people simply as commodities, to be discarded when no longer commercially profitable. We are called to challenge commonly held assumptions and ways of operating that undermine human dignity and damage the most vulnerable of our neighbours.


Source for article and image: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 2017.


For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website ( or call (02) 8306 3499.

Community Liturgy 

Community Masses resume after the holidays.  On Friday 13 October, Community Mass will be prepared by Year 8 students, and we especially look forward to welcoming all Year 8 students and their families. As always, everyone is welcome at our celebration of the Eucharist. Further queries about Community Mass: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel



Pathways and Transition



This is not the complete list of alternative pathways but are the main ones.



Entry requirements for this course can vary depending on your circumstances.


Apply online via TISC.  Due to Government funding this program will be competitive.  Read the eligibility section under “How to Apply” on the above website.

For students who wish to pursue a Science, Health Sciences or Engineering degree but have little or no science or maths knowledge.


Students must have achieved a B grade in General English or a D grade for English ATAR. Students apply online through TISC.

This entry pathway is for creative students who wish to enrol in an Arts course based on motivation and potential for creative aptitude.  Apply for your specific course online through TISC.  Submit your portfolio and supporting documents by the link provided on the above website.


Students study individual units of their choice and if they complete four units and with the approval of the relevant Faculty, they may be eligible for a place at UWA. Students must have achieved WACE.


Admission into the Tertiary Pathway Program is assessed on an individual basis. Interested students apply directly to the university.


Students who successfully complete a Certificate IV level qualification, may get entry into one of the universities undergraduate courses.  Before embarking on this alternative pathway, students are advised to first contact their university of choice to confirm whether the university would accept their proposed Cert qualification.


For University pathways from: -

  • North Metropolitan TAFE

For example, a one-year study in the Diploma of Commerce at North Metropolitan TAFE will allow students to enrol into the second year for Curtin’s Bachelor of Commerce.  More about this qualification go to

  • South Metropolitan TAFE


What are VET qualifications - The basics

TAFE and private training colleges offer a range of qualifications, from Certificate I up to Graduate Diplomas. 

Here is a breakdown of TAFE and training qualifications:

  • Certificate I courses teach basic skills that can be used in simple jobs
  • Certificate II courses train participants for entry-level positions or apprenticeships
  • Certificate III courses help you to develop skills, knowledge and problem-solving abilities
  • Certificate IV courses train you for supervisory and management positions
  • Diploma courses teach skills in professional, technical or creative fields
  • Associate Degrees and Advanced Diploma courses teach high-level skills in technical, professional and creative fields


There are private training providers that also offer Certificates and Diplomas.

For example, Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is a private tertiary institution offering Diplomas through to Masters Degrees in Engineering and Technology.  For more information go to



Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study.


Vantage Automotive 2018 Apprenticeships – Applications Open 

Applications are now being sought from students that are interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician or Parts Interpreter. Interested students are invited to apply for the Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program and, if selected, will be offered full time employment at a dealer close to their home and flown to Sydney for block training.  This is a funded program with minimal cost to the student. For more information


Sponsored Voyage opportunity for Year 10 and 11 Students

The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is offering Year 10 and 11 students an opportunity to join one of two Voyages next term at a sponsored price of $350 per student.

Interested students would have a strong interest in a career in the marine or maritime sectors.  Students who successful complete a Voyage earns 1-unit towards their WACE.  For more information visit their website.






Careers with Maths: Stories

Read the different stories of where a career in maths can take you.


Youth Central Career Information

Learn about the different careers in a variety of industries.

Career profiles:

Industry profiles:


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Pathways newsletter is accurate. 
The material may include views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect our views.

The listing of an organisation in this newsletter in no way implies any form of endorsement by us of the products or services provided by that person or organisation.

Links to other web sites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.

From time to time the newsletters will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.


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.

Men Of John XXIII

Adam Simpson - guest speaker

Date:                  Friday 13 October

Time:                  7:00 pm

Venue:               Cambridge Bowling Club, 39 Chandler Avenue West, Floreat

Drinks:               Purchased at the bar

Food:                 Paella, freshly cooked on site

Cost:                   $20.00

Book here:

RSVP:                 Tuesday 10 October

More info:  or visit us online.


We Want Dads!

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


We are looking for dads who would like to:


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

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

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


If you are keen to help, simply email:


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


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.




“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII

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 five 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:

  • $15k towards the construction of a new playground for Pre-Primary.
  • $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 Four 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

Uniform Shop

Does Your Summer Uniform Still Fit?

Summer uniform is to be worn in Term Four.  

During the holidays, the shop will be open on Monday, 9 October from 8:00am to 1:00pm.


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
MOJTC - Event Notice Social Gathering 2017 Term 4[2].pdf
Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching.pdf