07 September 2018
Issue Sixty Seven
From the Principal
Employment Opportunity
Around The Primary
2019 Enrolment Information
Netball Club
Music - Week 28
Pathways and Transition
Inspire: Parent Education
  Inigo Parent Talks
Entertainment Books
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

High Expectations

High expectations, high expectations, high expectations ... and plenty of care for the students’.

I like this phrase! There is little doubt that John XXIII College is a high expectation school where we encourage our students to work towards their full potential. Even more important is ensuring that our students are happy and safe in a genuinely caring environment.


When enrolling new students, I often make the point to families that there will always be ups and downs in any phase of life, and our school is certainly not immune to those fluctuations. We would love to plan a smooth and linear path for all students and staff but inevitably there will be some ‘bumps’ along the way.


Fortunately, we work in a Catholic school environment where our students are well supported by dedicated teachers and other staff and we have excellent parental engagement. We welcome and embrace the high expectations our parents have of our teachers and other staff, including the Principal.

Similarly, our College staff has high expectations of our parents. Our families are wonderful and interactions between staff and parents is invariably positive and constructive. Mutual respect is always the key to a beneficial relationship.


This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Year 4 Musical, ‘​Once Upon a Crime’, and on Sunday I look forward to attending the Spring Music Soiree. Invariably, I leave these events with a smile on my face; admiring the gifts and talents of our students but more importantly enjoying our students having fun in front of family and friends.


Similarly, plenty of our students are currently engaged in sporting competitions either through the College or more likely through community sporting teams. I loved this gem I received via email this week from the ‘Fathering Project’:


Junior Sports Finals: Winning and Losing

  • Be honourable victors.
  • Measure success on effort and process, not outcomes.
  • Look for positives in a loss.
  • The younger the children are, the less likely it is that the outcome of a match will be a result of coaching, so ensure you are preparing your kids for future participation rather than the immediate goal of winning.


Robert Henderson


Employment Opportunity

John XXIII College Foundation Inc - Executive Officer

JOHN XXIII COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC is seeking a passionate, dynamic and innovative,
Executive Officer who demonstrates proven operational and administrative experience,
gained in a similar role. This position forms part of an inclusive, supportive and values
based environment, reporting to the Business Manager of John XXIII College and the
Board of the John XXIII College Foundation Inc.


To find out more and to apply please download the full pdf.


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Congratulations to all our talented Year 4 students who performed in this year’s Primary Musical, ‘Once Upon a Crime … Fairytales - The Real Story’.  As you will see from the photos, it was a very entertaining and creative presentation and very much enjoyed by all of us who were lucky enough to be there.


A special thank you to everyone involved in the Musical – especially the cast, crew, parents and staff for working together and putting on this wonderful show. A special mention must be given to
Mrs Sasha Cattapan (Performing Arts Teacher) for sharing her creative skills and talents with our school community and for her incredible efforts in preparing our students so well.


A big thank you to all the parents and grandparents for all the lovely feedback we have received so far.


"Wow! What a fabulous performance tonight! The children were just beaming with pride!"


"We are still buzzing. An incredibly, amazing performance by all. Congratulations to all of your amazing team. So much hard work."


"It was outstanding and the school should be very proud of having such a high quality standard of teachers, facilities and learning environment. All the staff involved did a superb job of directing the program and the students towards such outstanding achievements."


I hope you enjoy looking through our amazing gallery of Musical photos.


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Special Thanks

Special thanks to the many people who have helped to make the 2018 Year 4 Musical production a huge success.


Our Musical Arrangement and Piano Accompanist, Mrs Catherine Haydon.


Miss Sarah Lees, who choreographed our dances. 


Miss Ashlin Macintyre for designing our poster.


Our Sound Manager, Mr Jeff Jansen and also Ellen Sergeant and Daniel Paparo who made our stage look so amazing and our sound and lighting spot on!  Special thanks to the  Sound Effects and Editing Technician, Mr William Denton.


Our Head of Primary, Ms Antoinette De Pinto, and Assistant Principals, Miss Jodi Joyce and Ms Kylie Allen, for their continued support and encouragement and also their assistance during after-school rehearsals.


Miss Claire Dernie and Mrs Teresa Fontaine, for their generosity of time and also their support and cooperation during the preparation of this production.


The Primary staff who helped supervise the cast during rehearsals.


Our set designer, Mr Chris Reimer, from the Maintenance Team, who built and painted our amazing set. 


The Maintenance Team for all their ongoing assistance.


Mrs Angela Soares, for designing and making most of our costumes with the help of a great costume team. Angela has worked tirelessly these past months making sure all the children had the most amazing costumes.


Mrs Fiona Bailey, for designing the face painting for the characters and helping organise the parent volunteers.


All the parent volunteers who have helped with costumes, props, make-up and hair, thank you all so much for your assistance. Special thanks also to Mrs Lena Teo, for assisting with monitoring the budget.


Our Year 10 backstage crew, Bridie Macintyre, Shaila Miranda, Isabella O'Sullivan and Alexia Chorrez. 


Special thanks to all the Year 4 parents for your wonderful support.


Finally, a big thank you to all the Year 4 children for bringing the story alive with great skill and enthusiasm.

Sports News

Congratulations to all our Year 3-6 students on a super day of athletics. It was a carnival full of energy and excitement and it was most pleasing to see the students ‘having a go’ and showing good sportsmanship.


Congratulations to Koolyangarra our Champion House for 2018. Further details next week.


Mini Sports

A big thank you to all our wonderful Pre Primary Dads and special grandfathers for making the time to come along to our ‘mini sports morning’ last Friday. There is really nothing better than you all in our school at the one time. It was truly magical to see so many smiling faces enjoying the children’s company.


Marvellous Master Chefs

Special thanks to Miss Casey (Food Technologies Teacher) and the Secondary students who provided the delicious catering the Father’s Day morning tea.



Matilda Allert
Sofia Condipodero
Xavier de Souza
Roy Dixon
Henry Gibbs
Thomas Gibbs
Ethan Odgers


Rebecca Speirs
Thomas Wheeler
Skye Wilson


Japanese News


The Pre Primary students made their own 'onigiri' (rice balls). The students have enjoyed reading the book 'obentoy basu' and looking at foods we can put into our obentou.

On the other hand, the Year 3 students made 'misoshiru' (miso soup) as part of their Japanese study on food and drink.


Sacramental Update

Many Primary students have completed the ‘family-focused, parish-based, Catholic school-supported sacrament program’ so far this year.


Congratulations to the Year 4 students, and their families, who have so far made their First Communion in their parish.



Antonia Annan
Ayva Baker
Carla Chipperfield
Taj Dorrington
Genevieve Ford
Catherine Gazia
Jack Gregory
Madeleine Holly
Elise Kwei
Bridget Lilleyman
Matilda MacLennan
Chloe Menzies
Matthew Mignacca
James Miller
Sophia Negus
Sofia Paolucci
Izaac Paton
Harry Pazin
Liam Ptolomey
Jonathon Rintoul
Luca Robson
Joseph Scott
Alice Travlos
Kate Wagner
Tom Walsh
Georgette Watson
Oliver Wever
Raph Zidar

Congratulations to the Year 3 students, and their families, who have so far celebrated their First Reconciliation in their parish.

Tahj Arundell
Arabella Buzzard
Myles Cabassi
Lola Denton
Janaya Douglas
George Foster
Sam Gooch
Callan Griffiths
Blake Kavanagh
Sophie Litic
Xavier Parker
Klara Travlos
Campbell Tonkin

Dates to Remember

Tuesday 11 September                1-1 iPad Program Information Evening for Year 3 and Year 4 parents                                                                       7pm (GBLT)

Tuesday 11 September                 Year 4 Musical Parent Volunteer Morning Tea
                                                                      Pre Primary Excursion to Floreat Forum
Thursday 13 September                Interschool Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival – All Saints College
Friday 14 September                      1B/1G Assembly 9am (Hall)

Parenting Webinar 

Upcoming webinar: Managing Video Games and the Next Digital Craze


You can attend our upcoming webinar, Managing Video Games and the Next Digital Craze, at no cost!

As your school is a Parenting Ideas Schools member, you can attend our upcoming webinar with Martine Oglethorpe at no cost! Use the voucher code below to register for the webinar valued at $37 per person.

About the webinar
When it comes to kids and video games there’s so much for parents to learn. Why are kids so fascinated? How to manage the next craze? How to assess a game’s suitability for your kids? And there are so many decisions you have to make as a parent when your kids become interested in the video game craze. Should you ban your child or young person? What’s the best approach to take? When should you worry? Join parenting and technology expert Martine Oglethorpe for a practical 60 minute webinar addressing the issues you need to know about.

Thursday 13 September 2018 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM AEST
Catch up available: If you can’t make the scheduled webinar time, you don’t have to miss out — simply register for it and a recording will be made available for you to catch up anytime. This recording will be available to everyone who registers, which also means those who attend can listen to it more than once.

This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a Parenting Ideas membership.

How to use the voucher
1. Go to
2. Click ‘Add to cart’ and proceed to the cart when you are ready.
3. Enter the coupon code Balance and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order.



CEWA – Digital Transformation

Exciting times for John XXIII College and Catholic Education Western Australia as we embrace the enhanced use of technology as one tool to assist with Learning and Teaching.


Sustainability News

Term 3 has indeed been a very busy and productive time for the College in relation to sustainability. Led by our passionate and committed Sustainability Captain Kinia O’Brien, several events and initiatives encouraged the John XXIII College community to adopt sustainable practices and live out the motto of ‘Seek Justice’ by caring for our common home.


The Sustainability Club has enjoyed meeting every Thursday lunchtime in the science block gardens to plant fresh produce such as potatoes and beans. Ripe oranges picked from the orange tree were used to make marmalade, which was then sold at a lunchtime stall. As well, ongoing discussions about how to improve sustainable practices at the College resulted in some great ideas that the club will work hard to bring to fruition.


During Keep Australia Beautiful Week, the House Litter Challenge was a great success as students from the six Houses participated in a litter clean-up. The winning House Loreto, scores valuable points towards the House Shield by collecting the most rubbish. As well as promoting awareness that keeping the College grounds beautiful and clean is everyone’s responsibility, the Litter Challenge displayed a great sense of camaraderie and good-natured competition between the Houses and across year levels.


The Twilight Justice Retreat on Friday 17 August was also a great success based around a sustainability theme, the student attendees were privileged to listen to an inspiring presentation by engineer and visionary Darren Lomman. The company Darren has founded, Greenbatch, is working to build Western Australia’s first plastic reprocessing facility where plastic bottles will be completely reprocessed and turned into 3D printer filament. Darren finished the presentation by announcing some exciting news: John XXIII College has been taken on as one of Greenbatch’s pilot schools. Through this partnership, the College will receive special bins where students can dispose of their plastic bottles. These will then be collected by Greenbatch, turned into 3D printer filament and given back to the College to use.


On a final note, as her time as Sustainability Captain draws to a close, the College would like to thank Kinia for her dedicated service in this role. Always a great role model for the students for how to be good steward of creation, Kinia has been an enthusiastic, positive leader. She should be extremely proud of the legacy that she leaves, confident that the seeds she has sown at John XXIII College around sustainability will continue to bear fruit and flourish.


Tournament of Minds

Congratulations again to the two John XXIII College Tournament of Minds teams on their progression to this year’s state finals to be held on Sunday 9 September 2018 at the wonderful Edith Cowan University campus in Joondalup.


The College has a team in Social Science facilitated by Miss Daisy Farley and a STEM team facilitated by Mr Damien Connellan. The teams have just over three hours to prepare a solution to a challenge that will be given to them in the morning.  


Parents and interested parties are able to observe the presentations in the afternoon and the times for the John XXIII College presentations are as follows:


STEM – Lecture Theatre Building 32 Room 101 at 2:20pm

Social Science – Lecture Theatre Building 19 Room 141 at 3:00pm


The teams then proceed to Sacred Heart College in Sorrento for the Presentations to the winning teams – the presentations are due to commence at 5:30pm and end by 6:30pm.


Please join me in wishing the teams and facilitators the best of luck in the competition.


Stuart Massey 

Tournament of Minds Facilitator


2019 Enrolment Information

To ensure accurate planning and to finalise enrolments for 2019 we would ask current families to please let us know if your situation has changed and you no longer require a place for your child.

Please inform the College in writing by Friday 21 September (end of Term 3) if there has been a change of circumstance to ensure that you are not charged a full Term’s fees. This will then allow us to plan, place and finalise our enrolments for the 2019 school year.


Please direct further questions to Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar or 9383 0449.


We appreciate your help and co-operation.


ACC Athletics Team – Wednesday 12 September, State Athletics Centre

The ACC athletics team has been selected. Please find attached:

  • Team in age group 
  • Information letter
  • The ACC program

Students have received notification of the team and information about the carnival day via email and in homeroom.


A reminder that training is on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7.00am. Whilst students in the team are encouraged to attend, training is open to all students. A reminder that students need to attend the ACC carnival and a minimum of five training sessions to receive an ACC Athletics badge.


Dates and times of training are below:

Week 9    

  • Tues      11 Sep    6:55am-8am
  • Wed     12 Sep    ACC A Div Carnival - No training

Georgia Williams Pierre de Coubertin Olympic Award

Congratulations to Georgia Williams who was awarded by the Australian Olympic Committee the Pierre de Coubertin Award, this award recognises secondary school students who demonstrate elite sporting talent, combined with strong character and values both on and off the field, and their commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives. Georgia was lucky enough to attend their Academy Day and was  inspired by our Olympians, including Rio Olympic Single Skull Rower Rhys Grant.




This weekend as part of the Magis program, John XXIII College will compete for the first time in the British Parliamentary Debating Competition at Hale School on Sunday with three senior teams. A number of top Magis students will also compete in the WA Tournament of  Minds finals in one of our two teams on Sunday.  Good luck to everyone for success  in these prestigious events. Our Opti-MINDS Year 7 team also performed well at last week’s event and has won honours for their creative presentation.


The final Magis Intra-school competitive challenge, Creative Thinking, which is based on a former Tournament of Minds/Opti-MINDS challenge,  has been taking place this week. Because of the departure of Year 12 student as and examinations and other events in Term 4, the Magis 2018  competition concludes this term, although  activities including the World Scholars America tour will take place next term. Final Magis Awards for all year groups will be presented in week three of Term 4, combining with the Year 7 personal project opening.

After success in John XXIII College’s first ever World Scholars Global round,  our senior team of Ben Linsten, Alex Panther and Emily Tyson, our most successful team at the global round, will compete in the World Scholars  Tournament of Champions  at the famous Yale University in America in November. This is one of the major Magis highlights of the year, and it is hoped that the excellent performances by all seven John XXIII College teams in the WA regionals, and the four teams at the Melbourne Global round , and now participation at the World Championship event in Yale, will lay the foundations for continued growth of our participation in this prestigious event.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Netball Club

It was  very exciting semi-final round last Saturday with 7 of 10 teams winning their games.

Congratulations to Teams OnyxPeridot and Crystal for proceeding straight through to the Grand Finals. Good luck to teams Jade, Garnet, AmethystSapphire and Alumni 2 playing in finals this Saturday.



  • Year 8 Jade Court 21  10:30am
  • Year 8 Garnet Court 3 10:30am
  • Year 9 Amethyst Court 17 12:15pm
  • Year 10 Sapphire Court 7   2:00pm
  • Alumni 2 Court 19   2:00pm


On Wednesday we hosted our awards night, congratulations to the following award winners:


  • CHAMPION GIRL Amelia MacMillan
  • JUNIOR ACHIEVER Bryanna Paterson


TEAM MVPs and Coach’s Awards


DIAMOND - Paige Bajada, Olivia Allerding

GOLD - Sophie Leverington, Alice Archer

QUARTZ - Isabella Corompt, Lucie Bardinet

SILVER - Lili Morgan, Caitlin Thornton

PEARL - Marketa Baker, Caitlin Skead

OPAL Bryanna Paterson, Zoe Griffiths

SAPPHIRE -  Ruby Parker, Emily Bantock

EMERALD Emily Tyson, Melanie Gamble, Maddy Fry

TOPAZ - Olivia Birbeck, Laura Ford

TIGER EYE - Lucy Taylor, Claudia Lynn

AMETHYST - Charlotte Preston, Gabby Lloyd

CRYSTAL - Allie Simpson, Ailish Beckwith

JADE - Sophie Baron-Hay, Shenae Baker

GARNET  - Zoe Koong, Lucy Purcell

AMBER -  Milla Varner, Lydia Davila

JASPER - Gabby Panther, Isabel Curtin

JET - Eve Alverez, Natalie Ong

RUBY - Madison Whittle, Thea Whitby

ONYX - Theresa Majok, Georgie Bantock

CITRINE - Ava McLernon, Kate Merdith

ZIRCONIA - Emily Barbour, May Verleg

PERIDOT - Asha Huggins, Amerie Chai

IOLITE - Kate Fisher, Joanna Negus




Thanks to all the teams that submitted videos for the TEAMS GOT TALENT show. Congratulations to Team ONYX for an amazing performance.



All team bags need to be returned to the cage at PNA for stocktake. If you need a bag for Spring competition you can pick it up on the afternoon of the first game.



Applications are now open to current Years 9 and 10 girls for our trip to Singapore in July 2019. Information and applications forms are attached. Please contact the Club if you have any questions.



Good luck to all teams playing this week.


Milissa Jagers


Music - Week 28

Spring Soiree

The annual Spring Soiree will be held on the evening of Sunday, 9 September at 5:30pm, with refreshments served in the Pavilion from 4:30pm. This concert is the biggest of the College year, featuring performances from the Concert Band, Wind Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Swing Band, Senior Flute Ensemble, Treble Choir and Chamber Choir! Graduating Year 12 musicians are also honoured on the night for their years of musical service to the College. Tickets are free, with a gold coin donation at the door, and are available via the following link: .

Year 12 Recital Night

On Wednesday, September 12 the College will host the annual Year 12 Recital Night. Featuring senior small ensembles and Year 12 soloists, this free and catered concert is one of the most enjoyable and talented performances of the year! The one-hour concert starts at 7:00pm in the GBLT and all members of the College community are welcome to attend.

Audition Week

Auditions for ensembles touring to Sydney in 2019 will be held in Week 9. Sign-up sheets and excerpts to prepare can be found in the Music Office, as well as more details on times and locations for auditions. All students intending to participate in Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra are required to audition.

Primary Open Night

The Primary Open Night on Monday, 17 September features performances by the Years 5 and 6 Bands, Mini Minors, String Orchestra, Primary Singers and Wanju Voices. Students should arrive 10 minutes before their performance to set up. Please see below for a schedule for the night. We welcome all guests!


Catholic Performing Arts Festival

Congratulations to the small ensembles and soloists who performed as part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and to Sophia Matthews, who has been selected to sing the National Anthem at the closing concert. A full list of award winners below:



Singing in the City – Treble Choir

The dates for the annual Singing in the City festival have been announced as Sunday, 21 October. John XXIII College Treble Choir will be performing a half-hour program of choral works at Wesley Church in the heart of the city, from 2:00pm. This performance is unticketed, with free entry on the day, and all parents and family friends are invited to attend.


Upcoming Performances


Year 8/9 production
Thursday 13 September and Friday 14 September
7pm, Roncalli Hall



Community Liturgy

Thank you to Fr Vincent Glynn who presided at our celebration of the Eucharist this morning.  Fr Vincent is the archbishop’s representative on the College Board. 

Next Friday 14 September our Community Liturgy will be prepared by the Sustainability Club. The month of September is the Season of Creation – a time when churches around the world unite to pray and care for Creation.   



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.


CongratulationsSacrament program

… to the Primary students who have completed the ‘family-focused, parish-based, Catholic school-supported sacrament program’ so far this year. As John XXIII is a regional College, the students have celebrated the sacraments in a number of parishes including:

  • City Beach – Holy Spirit
  • Claremont – St Thomas Apostle
  • Cottesloe – St Mary Star of the Sea
  • Floreat – St Cecilia’s
  • Fremantle – St Patrick’s
  • Leederville – St Mary’s
  • Mirrabooka – St Gerard’s
  • Mount Lawley – St Paul’s
  • Nedlands – Holy Rosary
  • North Beach – Our Lady of Grace
  • North Perth – Monastery
  • Subiaco – St Joseph’s

Year 6 Confirmation has been completed. Congratulations to all the Year 6 students, their families and their teachers.


During Terms 2 and 3, First Reconciliation and First Communion have been offered in some parishes.  Other local parishes are offering these sacraments in Term 4.


Congratulations to the Year 4 students, and their families, who have so far made their First Communion in their parish.


Antoina Annan

Ayva Baker

Carla Chipperfield

Taj Dorrington

Gen Ford

Catherine Gazia

Jack Gregory

Maddy Holly

Elise Kwei

Bridget Lilleyman

Matilda MacLennan

Chloe Menzies

Matthew Mignacca

James Millar

Sophia Negus

Sofia Paolucci

Izaac Paton

Harry Pazin

Liam Ptolomey

Jon Rintoul

Luca Robson

Joseph Scott

Alice Travlos

Tom Walsh

Kate Wagner

Georgette Watson

Ollie Wever

Raph Zidar


Congratulations to the Year 3 students, and their families, who have so celebrated their First Reconciliation in their parish.


Tahj Arundell

Arabella Buzzard

Myles Cabassi

Lola Denton

Janaya Douglas

George Foster

Sam Gooch

Callan Griffiths

Blake Kavanagh

Sophie Litic

Xavier Parker

Klara Travlos

Campbell Tonkin

Sacrament program

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6 and have not yet enrolled in the Sacrament program in your ‘home’ parish?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Locate information from your parish on the archdiocesan website
  • Use the College website to find information, including diary dates, supplied by some local parishes

GOOD NEWS for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

‘He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’  Mark 7:31-37


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is from a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard. 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.


I read the other day a true story about a baby girl who was seriously ill in a Neonatal ICU. The paediatric specialist said there was very little hope. The baby’s five-year-old brother, Michael, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. ‘I want to sing to her’, he kept saying. Children were not allowed in the ICU, but Michael’s mother eventually insisted that he be able to see his sister.


When he got to the humidicrib he sang: ‘You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey’. The nurse reported that as Michael sang, the baby’s pulse rate began to calm down and become steady. ‘Keep on singing, Michael’, encouraged his mother with tears in her eyes. ‘You never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.’ The baby recovered and left the hospital three weeks later.


I am not pretending for a moment that Michael’s song healed his sister, but we should never underestimate the power of human support and love. It helps us to be healed.


The Gospel story of the healing of the deaf mute is striking because it is one of the few stories where the crowd makes the request of healing from Jesus. This is understandable given that the man cannot speak for himself, but the scene, as Mark writes it, is very touching. Mark tells us that the crowd brought the man to Jesus. ‘They’ beg Jesus to heal him, ‘they’ are ordered not to tell anyone about the miracle, but ‘they’ go straight out and tell everyone about it.


What happens there is what happens here every Sunday. Coming to Mass is not a private affair. It is not my Mass, my prayer, my Church. The pronouns we use reveal a lot about our attitudes. It’s our Eucharist, our prayer and our Church. Within the Mass there are opportunities for private prayer, but Eucharist is, essentially, an action of the assembled community. In our own way we bring the deaf and the mute to Jesus each time we gather. This is what the Prayers of the Faithful are all about. This is why they are so important.

The Church has always believed in the power of intercessory prayer. Not that God needs to be reminded what our world needs. God knows that better than we know it. But intercessory prayer sorts our priorities and establishes who has a claim on our affections and concerns. It also enables others to know that we stand in solidarity with them.


And miracles still happen when we are one with those for whom we hope and pray. Sometimes the first miracle that occurs is that we notice the needs of some group beyond our immediate circle. Their suffering moves us and we choose to help them.


Let’s pray that Christ removes our blindness, opens our ears and loosens our tongues so that we speak up for those who are most in need of a healing word that brings them justice and peace.


Image source:


© Richard Leonard SJ

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 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.



Try-A-Trade is an excellent opportunity that assists students in making an informed decision about a career in the building and construction industry. Programs are available to students in Year 10 who have shown an interest in a trade but are unsure if this is the career they wish to pursue.


Try-A-Trade programs provide students with hands-on experience in a range of building and construction trades. Programs are delivered offsite by registered training organisations during normal school hours. The duration of the courses range from one to three days.


For further information contact Kelli Beaton at


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.



Curtain'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.


TAFE, VET and Apprenticeships

Job Spotlight

Good Universities Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Read the guide - 



Were you the kid who loved Lego and building forts in the yard? If you love building, creating and working with your hands then a career in construction might be a good fit.


Whether you’re building a house or an airport, just about every trade is represented on each worksite so it’s smart to get an idea of how they all fit together.


Check out the Construction Bullseye from MyFuture here.



From the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW – “A career in surveying can be very diverse and involves travelling and the use of specialised technology.  Surveyors can be involved in making measurements in the outdoors or indoors, processing data and creating plans and maps.”

Surveyors measure and map things then provide the information to people like engineers, architects and developers.  


You could work in the office or in the field, using high-tech equipment and sophisticated software to put together measurements that are needed by other design professionals.

Without their work it would be impossible for engineers and architects to accurately design and construct buildings.


Salary: Starting salary around $42k for an Assistant (Cert III level) to $64k for a Draftsperson with 5 years’ experience. Those with a university qualification may earn $90k plus as a Licensed/Registered Surveyor.

Qualifications: From TAFE, start with a Cert III and work through to a Diploma to become a fully qualified draftsperson, you need a university degree to become a surveyor.


Where do I start? Check out A Life Without Limits, they have heaps of fantastic info and a list of all the courses at TAFE and university level in Australia.


Margi Watson

Career Counsellor


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


Year 8 Vaccines

The Department of Health Immunisation Nurses will be visiting the College on Monday 3 September to administer the final dose of HPV vaccine (Gardasil) to Year 8 students.


The Nurses will return to follow-up any students absent on the day.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Inspire: Parent Education

Social Media Distractions - Parent Seminar

"Put your phone down!"

This is something that parents have to say far too often. Distractions from Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube never seem to stop.


Having recently returned from studying at Harvard University, join David Castelanelli (WA Youth Ambassador 2018), as he dives into the world of social media distractions.


This workshop will outline just how much time and focus students are losing through their phones. 


David will be teaching new strategies to…

  1. Minimise your children's social media/phone usage (without the screaming or shouting)
  2. Combat social media addiction and a fear of missing out (FOMO)
  3. Maximise your children’s productivity and focus

When: Wednesday 19 September 2018

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre, John XXIII College, John XXIII Avenue, Mount Claremont


About David

David Castelanelli is the WA Youth Ambassador for 2018, a young entrepreneur and motivational speaker in the area of modern self-development. 


Having just turned 20, David has been voted as one of Australia's Top 100 Young Leaders and has recently completed studies in Leadership & Public Speaking at Harvard University on scholarship.


David is one of WA's most booked youth speakers, having delivered over 150 presentations to 80+ high schools in the last year alone through Alpha Motivation. He is the youngest Youth Ambassador to ever be selected by the Minister for Youth and is a highly sought after speaker (having spoken in Australia, America & Asia). 


David's main area of focus is modern self-development, concentrating on social media reduction to improve students productivity and focus. David has demonstrated social media reduction results through 'The Wolf Pack Program'; an 8 week self development that he runs in WA high schools. 


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.

Entertainment Books

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Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

The Uniform Shop will be open on one day only during the school holidays.

Monday 8 October from 8:00am to 5:45 pm.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Summer Canteen Menu for Term 4

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 4.

There has been a very small price increase on a couple of items. 

We are making the transition to use sustainable and eco-friendly packaging for most, and hopefully all the food we produce in our kitchen, at school.  These do come at a higher cost, but we do feel it is necessary and important to play our part in looking after the planet.  The students and staff can help us, by having their own re-usable straws.


We thank you for your continued support and look forwards to being of service to you.

Term 3 Winter Menu

Our Term 3 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

John XXIII College Alumni 


Community Notices

Ashton Avenue Bridge Completion Date


The new Ashton Avenue Bridge over the railway will be completed prior to the 2018 Perth Royal Show, meaning patrons will be able to walk to and from the show along the new steel and concrete bridge structure. 

The new shared path is already being used by pedestrians and cyclists, and the bridge should be open to traffic by Friday 14 September 2018. 

For more information about this project, visit the project page on our website. 


Music awards.pdf
John XXIII College ACC Team 2018.pdf
ACC Letter Team 2018.pdf
ACC A Division athletics program.pdf
2018 Presentation Information for Schools.pdf
Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
MPA Skills 2018 Try-A-Trade Information.pdf
NECA Try-a-Trade Flyer.pdf
SMTAFE Try a Trade.pdf
Canteen Term 4 Menu 2018.pdf
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inigo attachment_SW.pdf
2018 Hong Kong Invitation.pdf
singapore 2019 - information for parents.pdf
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Singapore OS tvl authority.pdf
180907_JTC051_Recruitment Ad_A4.pdf
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