02 August 2019
Issue Twenty-two
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 22
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Parents' Party
Men Of John XXIII College
Parents' Association
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From the Principal

The hopes that we hold for the future

‘The raw reality is that we belong to a bruised and battered Church.’

In the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of attending separate interstate gatherings of Jesuit and Loreto leaders of Australian schools. Meetings have included Principals and Leadership Teams and members of governing bodies. The discussions have been robust but also optimistic. The underlying message is that the Church needs to change and there is a commitment from the Loreto and Jesuit communities to continue to enhance the Catholicity of our schools.

A similar message of a hope filled future was expressed this week at a Leaders’ Forum of Western Australian Catholic schools. Participants were provided with an opportunity to engage with themes that are being generated through the planning process for the 2020 Plenary Council. We also looked at the interface between two texts, one written by Pope Francis on the call to holiness in today’s world, the other on educational leadership by Michael Fullan. The latter examined why some leaders succeed and others fail.


It was proposed by Fullan that the skill of the ‘nuance leader’ is to ask questions rather than supply answers. They see the ‘big picture’ and work well with people. Pope Francis suggested five signs or spiritual attitudes necessary to understand the way of life to which the Lord calls us:

  • Perseverance, patience and meekness.
  • Joy and Sense of Humour.
  • Boldness and Passion.
  • In Community.
  • Constant Prayer.

Reflecting on contemporary models of leadership and incorporating Gospel values provide an excellent guide for discernment and decision making.


Robert Henderson


Senator Hughes’ (Class 1992) maiden speech in Parliament

Below is Senator Hughes’ maiden speech in Parliament, she is a former student of John XXIII and Loreto Kirribilli and references both schools and the example of Mary Ward.  


Coincidentally, the new member for Curtin, Celia Hammond (Class 1985), is also a former John XXIII student (and current parent). Celia is a former Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University.  



John XXIII Day MasterChef Cake Competition

Entry Fee: All Classes – gold coin per exhibit

Theme: Wellbeing/Health

Ribbons: 1st and 2nd place ribbons will be awarded for all classes along with Highly Commended and People’s Choice ribbon.

  • Entry is only open to AMATEUR cooks of school age
  • No more than three students may work on a single entry. Where students of varying ages have participated, the cake must be entered in the category of the oldest student.


Teaching and Learning for all

Yesterday we celebrated our High Achievers’ Breakfast for students in Years 7-12 who demonstrated outstanding academic results in Semester One. An Alumni spoke to the students about five key lessons she has realised during her time at university. She spoke of these as a culmination of her academic studies as well as the other learning experiences she has engaged with both at high school and university.


Two of these messages that resonated with me were the need to accept that success is not always linear and that ‘failures’, or perceived failures are in fact wonderful opportunities to learn and to demonstrate resilience. This is a key message the College gives to all our students, learning opportunities present themselves in a variety of ways and our role, as students and staff is to ensure we maximise our engagement with these opportunities.


The second message was of embracing an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ For all students to recognise they have been blessed with gifts and talents and to be thankful for these. As part of this there is also a responsibility to use these gifts and talents to be of service to others. There are a plethora of ways students can use their gifts and talents both at our College and beyond to ensure they are developing themselves completely.

Jessica Bouwman

Deputy Principal   Teaching & Learning

Year 9 Retreat

Tuesday 30 July was a time away from the normal rigours of academic schooling which enabled Year 9 students to reflect on their lives in a spiritual and emotional capacity. 

A fantastic group of Young People from the Youth Mission Team (YMT) Australia, were able to facilitate a meaningful session along with support from Homeroom and other Year 9 Teachers throughout the day. 
The Theme of the Retreat was “Self-Image”.


Below are some student testimonies from the feedback we have received.

  • “That it was a really fun and a worthwhile experience that taught me a lot about self-esteem”
  • “The Retreat was fun and educational and had a lot of great games and speeches that encouraged me to think more about how I interact with others, as well as my relationship with God. The members of the mission group were all very nice and made it an enjoyable and meaningful experience.”
  • “After the day, you will understand a lot more about the relationship between you and God. And that people are individual and it’s not up to the people around them to tell them what to wear or what to say.”
  • “It was a good experience for the students, and I would suggest it to other people. I think it works best with year 9 because that is when you really look for a relationship with God because you need it. It was a fun experience and I am sure it will benefit me now and in the future.”
  • “It was really nice to take some time out of our busy lives to truly connect with God, especially on a topic that everyone can relate to.”

A Sincere thanks to Mrs Janeen Murphy and Mrs Mary-Anne Lumley for helping plan a wonderful experience for students and staff.

Mr Cameron Haines
Assistant Deputy Principal Year 9

Founders' Week Assembly

Founders’ Week at the College is a time of celebrating our College heritage and looking ahead with joy and expectation.  This year we were blessed to have US Jesuit theologian, Father Chris Collins address Secondary students on the discipleship of St Ignatius.

Some of our Year 10 students shared their reflections on Father Chris’s homily. 


"Father Chris Collins’ homily was captivating and inspirational for all who listened. It showed how doing good for others brings back happiness that stays and does not fade like the happiness brought by material objects. Overall Father Chris’ homily kept us entertained from start to end and gave us a deeper insight into what we truly want from our lives."

Will Hawkins


"We were really grateful that Father Chris Collins from Missouri was at John XXIII College to join us in our Founders’ Week Assembly. The homily was very relatable to high school students and Father Chris related it to Ignatius of Loyola as well as the Gospel. A new experience from a new voice!"

Madison Gunasekera and Georgia Than-Htay


"At the recent Secondary Assembly for the beginning of Founders Week, Father Chris from Missouri in the US visited our College. He gave us an insightful glimpse into his life and began his speech by outlining his early life in America. He compared his life to the story of St Ignatius of Loyola. After moving schools in his Junior Year, he was uncertain about what the future might hold. With his free time, Father Chris decided to dedicate his life to the service of others. This included venturing to Ecuador to assist the local community by constructing trenches for fresh water supply. With no running water or electricity, this community was a much-needed escape from the clutter of normal life. This expedition prompted him to further draw on St Ignatius’ story, leading him to become a Jesuit Priest in America. Father Chris’ inspiring stories motivated the assembled students to listen to his wise words and consider a life of service. We thank Father Chris for his generosity and humbling stories, which we will always remember and cherish."

Rosa Defrancesco, Stella Kenny, Audrey Morison, Josh Roberts, Grace Soutar & Kiran Tandon


"Some things that I really loved about yesterday’s Homily by Father Chris Collins were: 

  • His ability to connect with the audience and pose questions towards us which made me reflect and ask myself some very deep and meaningful questions.
  •  His cheery outlook on life and the way he described trajectories onto different paths but only one will give you happiness.
  • Father was able to draw the audience in and retell valuable life experiences which makes him seem like a friend even though we had only met briefly. 
  • -Father Chris was very enthusiastic and provided a touching message which I interpreted to be: that if you live your life simply and in service of others, you will understand that you don't need lots of clutter in your life as it doesn't make you happy. I think his main message was simplicity and faith - that God has prepared a path for you even though the future is unknown."
    Bella Pether

About Father Chris

Father Christopher Collins, SJ is the Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity at Saint Louis University.  He provides executive-level leadership for fostering and promoting SLU's Catholic, Jesuit identity. He works to ensure that the mission and core values – as well as the principles and traditions of Catholic, Jesuit higher education – are fully integrated into the university. 


Father Collins is also an assistant professor of Theological Studies.  His research and teaching are in the areas of Systematic Theology and Spirituality.  His publications include The Word Made Love: The Dialogical Theology of Joseph Ratzinger/ Benedict XVI (Liturgical Press, 2013) and Three Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus (Ave Maria Press, 2014). He regularly gives retreats around the country based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.


Father Collins received a BA in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota; Master of Arts in Early Modern European History from Saint Louis University; Master of Divinity and a Sacred Theology Licentiate from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Boston College.


Pilgrimage Movie night

The John XXIII College Pilgrimage program offers our students and staff the opportunity for growth and transformation through the experience of service, reflection and prayer. Forty-seven Year 11 students and 12 staff members will have the opportunity to travel to Beswick in the Northern Territory, Cambodia, India and Timor Leste in September to broaden their world view and discover how they can become ‘men and women for others’ and ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’. 


The funds raised in the Solidarity Walk, Movie Night, Raffle and Sausage Sizzles will be donated directly to the communities that we visit to help support their programs related to health, education, building enterprises, income generation activities etc.


Please support the program by attending the Pilgrimage Movie night on 7 August at 7:00pm in the GBLT.

If you would like more details, please contact Janeen Murphy, Director of Faith and Mission. 

Rowing Club Fundraiser

Home delivery included for purchases of 4 bags or more
(within 10km of John XXIII College, Mount Claremont)
→ Direct pick-up from John XXIII College ovals
→ Pick-up/delivery on Saturday 31 August 2019

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to see many parents and grandparents arriving for today’s Assembly.


Congratulations to Ms Cooney and all Year 3G students for preparing a very entertaining item for our school community to enjoy.


The celebration of John XXIII Day is scheduled for next Friday 9 August.  It is one of the special occasions during the year when the entire student body are involved in community celebrations.


The day will begin with a College Mass at 9am in the St Louis Sports Centre.  The day will then continue with a ‘mini-fete’ organised by our Year 5 and 6 students.  This mini-fete will consist of various games and food novelties.  On this special occasion our normal nutrition guidelines are relaxed but parents may like to provide guidelines for their children.


While it is always at a parent’s discretion, we recommend the following guidelines for spending money.


PP & Year 1 $3.00 (6 x 50 cent coins)     

Year 2 – 6 $5 - $10


All students are required to wear their sports uniform and House shirt for the day. They also need to bring a snack for morning tea and a packed lunch.  No canteen orders will be available on the day.


Let’s pray for fine weather on the day and that a magnificent celebratory spirit will be present on John XXIII Day.


Kind regards, 


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Please check the College Website for Term 3 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.


Staff News

Carly Moore and Brendan are very excited about the arrival of baby Cleo.

Caroline Cibesku and Rob welcomed Iyla to their family, a baby sister for Adam and Audrey. 

Congratulations to both sets of proud parents.

Super Stars

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



Luke Bradley

Addison Dziubak

James Maginn



Charlie Barlow

Alma Campilan

Ronan Collins



Indie Palazzolo

Samuel Travis




Amelie Johnson

Victor Kailis

Mia Kwei

Nicholas Lamattina


Jack Watson

Alice Wever




Felicity Bosnich

Owen Burns




Henry Bahen

Felix McGinty

Mia Pruiti


Thomas Archibald

Alexa Kailis




Zack Barley

Lola Denton

Eliza Owen

Xavier Parker


Alyssa Mignacca

Brodie Stevenson

Clare Stout



Tate Hewitt

Madeleine Holly

Matthew Mignacca

Eli Zuvela


Taj Dorrington

Elise Kwei

Bridget Lilleyman

Matilda MacLennan


Tilly Laver

Cooper Matera

Austin Vujcich



Hunter Bovell

Finnian O’Donnell

Ethan Williams



Max Tonich




Dates to Remember

Tuesday 6 August

Y3-Y6 Athletics Trial Day

Wednesday 7 August

Y5 Bishop’s Religious Literacy Assessment

Thursday 8 August

Y3 Bishop’s Religious Literacy Assessment

Thursday 8 August

Kindy Parent/Teacher Interviews

Friday 9 August

John XXIII Day Mass and Celebrations

Friday 9 August

Pre-Kindy Photo Day 3P Photography


Father's Day Mass, Friday 30 August 7.30am


Kindy 2022

Do you have a child due to start Kindy in 2022?  If so, please ensure you have submitted an Enrolment Form as the College already has great demand for these places. 


You are welcome to contact Lizz Schollum, our new Enrolments’ Manager for further details.  Lizz’s email is and her direct line is 9383 0449.

Reconciliation Retreat

On Monday the 29 July, Year 3 participated in a Reconciliation retreat arranged by 24:7 School Ministry. To start, we learnt about what the world would be like without rules, and this highlighted the importance of having rules. The next topic focused on forgiveness. They introduced this by showing a video that explained how God will always forgive us. We then decorated a cross and wrote our sins on the back. Just like Reconciliation, these sins were kept a secret by gluing the cross down.


After this we spent some time learning about Reconciliation. We watched another fantastic video that showed a cartoon pencil who accidentally went out of the line. The pencil panicked and tried to fix the mistake, but in doing so, only made it worse. Along came a rubber and it cleaned up the mess. We understood this to be about our lives and how as much as we try to stay on track and do the right things, sometimes we sin or make mistakes. However, we can find comfort in the fact that God will always be there and forgive us for our wrong-doings.


Overall, the incursion was a great success. Year 3 had so much fun playing games and engaging in discussions that taught us about rules, forgiveness and Reconciliation.


By Layla Travis (3B) and Grace Czajko (3B)



The students enjoyed their first Footsteps dance session.


The students can wear their school sports shorts and house shirt on their nominated dance days.


PPB, PPG and 2G


3B, 3G, 4B, 4G, 6B and 6G


1B, 1G, 2B, 5B and 5G


The dance sessions will culminate in a Dance Showcase involving all the Pre-Primary to Year 6 students on 27 September at 1.30pm in the Gym.  Everyone is welcome to come along.


Sports News

Interhouse Cross Country

Well done to all the runners who completed the long or short courses at the Cross Country Carnival on Tuesday.  The weather was certainly on our side and it was great to see everyone trying their very best.  The top eight runners from each race will be representing the College at the IPSHA Interschool Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 22 August. 


Congratulations to the following students will be representing the College at IPSHA:


Abigail Prosser

Isabel Prosser

Ruby Scott

Georgia Walsh

Wren McGlew

Scarlett Melbin

Emily Rintoul

Amelia Wibrow

Hudson Grabham

Cooper Tout

Gus Lennon

Kiran Finn

Harry Azzopardi

Thomas Archibald

Kye Bishop

Charles O’Toole


Isabella Stewart

Lydia Defrancesco

Sarah Stewart

Olive Smith

Eliza Owen

India Bester

Sade Hewes

Nada Jakovich

William Blaxell

Maximus Tonich

Brodie Stevenson

Christopher Cooney

Charlie Lennon

Sam Gooch

Benjamin Arundell

Liam McNamara


Poppy Finucane

Allegra Hickling

Lauren McLernon

Lucy Morgan

Zoe Cannon

Sophia Negus

Sofia Paolucci

Matilda MacLennan

Harrison Pazin

Thomas Walsh

Taj Dorrington

Izaac Paton

Matthew Mignacca

James Miller

Oliver Wever

Joshua McGlew



Ruby Verleg

Bianca Petsos

Mahalia Upton

Bridget Owen

Sylvia Czajko

Ella Matthews

Miranda Clyne

Caitlin Bradock

Jackson Bosnich

Oliver Defrancesco

Archie Ryan

Gregory Briede

Mark Bontempo

Finnian O’Donnell

Luke Edwards

Jack Murphy


Athletics Training

Athletics training has begun and we have been lucky enough to have the jumping expertise of Liz Parnov (National Pole Vault Champion, Commonwealth Games 2018) to coach long, triple and high jump.


Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30 – 4:30 (meeting outside the gym).


Tuesday 6 August – Athletics Trial Day

Year 3 – 6 students will be timed in their sprints, hurdles and 200/400m races so they can be placed into divisions for the Athletics carnival. 


A huge congratulations to Matilda O’Connell who has been selected to represent Western Australia in the 2019 School Sports Australia National Championships held in Bendigo, Victoria this August.  A fantastic reward for a very dedicated approach throughout the selection process.  Well done, Tilly!

Primary Angelico Art Exhibition

Congratulations to the following students who have had their artwork selected as part of the Primary Angelico Art Exhibition.



Eliza Owen & Amber Vujcich


Gracie, Byrne, Matthew Mignacca & Lily van Pelt


Oscar Croudace, Poppy Finucane, Elizabeth Levey, Aria MacMillan, Nicholas Skerratt & Cate Thomasz


The Exhibition will take place at the Forrest Centre, 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth, from 5 August – 16 August. It is open from 9am-5pm weekdays only.


Due to the restricted business hours, you are also invited to attend an exhibition viewing evening on Friday 9 August from 5pm-8pm. Paid parking is available at the Forrest Centre car park.


Fiona Blaauw

Primary Visual Arts Specialist

St Ignatius

On Wednesday 31 July we celebrated the Feast of St Ignatius.  The Year 4s wrote some lovely personal reflections.


We pray for all the wonderful things you have given to us. I find God when I pray in the chapel and look at living things, plants and animals. Lord God, forgive our sins and help us to turn closer to God. St Ignatius - Pray For Us .  Liam Burns 4G


My Lord, you are so good in every way. You teach us to love one another. You make things possible for us. You give us friends that we can talk to. You give us an environment to enlighten our spirit. You gave us a body to explore your world. You gave us Saint Ignatius to try to be more like. Thank you, God.  Clare Stout 4G


Dear God, thank you for St Ignatius of Loyola. I reflect when I pray, in the sunshine and when I close my eyes to think of you.  Scarlett Polini 4G


Counsellor's Corner

Parenting Ideas experts Michael Grose and Jodi Richardson have recently launched their book “Anxious Kids; How children can turn their anxiety into resilience”.  As part of the book launch, they are touring Australia on a seminar tour.  Christchurch Grammar are hosting the seminar in Perth on 27 August; 7pm – 9pm.  Tickets are $39.95, details below:


Parenting*ideas link


Kind regards

Anne Murphy


Primary School Counsellor




Music - Week 22

St George’s Cathedral Concert

Senior small ensembles of the College, including the Senior Clarinet Ensemble, Senior Flute Ensemble, Senior Voices, Senior String Quintet and Barbershop – alongside selected soloists – will perform to a public audience at the beautiful St George’s Cathedral on Wednesday 7 August. As part of the Cathedral’s Concerts at One series, this concert is open to all members of the public and College community – all are welcome!

Music Photo Day

Please note that all ensemble photos will be taken on Tuesday 13 August in Roncalli Hall. A full timetable of ensembles will be emailed and published in the coming week.

Jazz Night at the Ellington

John XXIII College's annual Jazz Night at the Ellington will be held on the night of Monday 19 August. Always one of the most popular concerts at the College, the night will feature performances by the Swing Band, Senior Voices, Barbershop, Saxophone Ensembles and selected ATAR soloists and ensembles. Tickets are always in high demand for this concert and are available via the following link: .


Students performing are required to arrive at 5:30pm, in uniform, ready to set up and soundcheck. Doors open to the public at 6:30, for a 7:00pm concert.


For parents and guests in attendance, the Ellington is a fully licensed venue. We look forward to a fabulous night of entertainment and look forward to seeing you there!

Performance Uniform Sizing

All Secondary Music Ensembles will transition to a Music Performance Uniform over the course of the following term. Students attending Tour will premiere the uniform in Sydney while, all other ensembles will perform in the new uniforms for Spring Soiree in Term 3.


All students who have sized uniforms through the Music Office will have their uniforms ordered and collected early in the term. All students who have yet to try on uniforms can organise purchase through the Uniform Shop.


Please contact the Music Department with any questions.


Coming soon in drama

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – performed by Year 11 Drama students in the Performing Arts Centre at 7:00pm on Thursday 29 August.
  • Charlotte’s Web – performed by Years 8 and 9 students in the Roncalli Hall at 7:00pm on Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September.




Arrangements have now been finalised for the Magis Year 7 Camp which will be held at Point Walter Camp next Friday (from the end of school) and Saturday.  WA Directors of Alpha Motivation and Creative Edge Thinking will be the keynote presenters in an exciting program, and the preliminary Handbook has been sent home to students. A reminder to all students that the pink camp permission forms must be returned by Tuesday.


Our Mock Trials team suffered a narrow loss to Aquinas in the WA semi-finals of this prestigious competition on Wednesday night at the Supreme Court in Perth.  Ms Farley, Ms Ball and the Year 12 team can be deeply proud of their outstanding performances over the past two years. Rory Hewson and Charlie Richards who led this team will also be competing in the Catholic Education Speech Competition on Saturday, and we wish them luck. Both are exceptional public speakers.


Another coming Magis highlight will be the Year 7 Debating team who were undefeated champions in their Christchurch Division competing against Hale School in the WADL Octofinals at Perth College on Tuesday evening.  Best wishes to the team of Hannah Johnson, Meg Derbyshire, Maya Mintz and Wesley Soares and team manager Ms Lumley.


English Week at the College has seen a range of exciting events including a debate on Wednesday which features a Years 7/9/11 team against a Years 8/10/12 side.  All six debaters are Magis students, and the debate was chaired by Ms Kirralee Dawson. Special thanks to Ms Shannon Allen and the English staff for an excellent English week.


Next week sees the first of the Magis Challenges for the term – Creative Thinking which will be held on Wednesday for all year groups. This is timed to fit in with the WA seasons of Tournament of Minds and Optiminds, two outstanding competitions both of which have regional finals on 31 August.  We are also just two weeks away from the World Scholar’s Cup Global Round in Sydney, where three strong teams will be representing the College.


On Thursday morning the High Achievers’ Breakfast was held, with guest speaker Steph Smalberger (Class 2015) giving some wonderful advice including loyalty to the school community, overcoming adversity, taking up challenges, and the importance of gratitude. Congratulations to all first semester students who were invited to the Breakfast which about 80 attended. It was pleasing to see so many Magis and Altiora students present including the top performing student in five of the six year groups.


Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator



Congratulations to Patrick Eastwood (Year 8) who has been selected to represent WA in the U13 Boys State Hockey Team at the National Championships in Hobart in October.

Netball Club

There are only four weeks left of the season for our NetSetGo Teams, and five weeks of the regular season for all other teams. Finals begin on the 7 September for Years 7 - 12 & Alumni.


Eliza Thompson Year 11, has been selected to represent WA as an umpire for the National School Sports competition that will be held in Canberra in September. 

Eliza achieved her National C Badge in 2016, she umpires for John XXIII, PNA and was invited to umpire Metro League at the State Netball Centre in 2018. She is currently the youngest member of the State Umpire Academy of WA. 

We wish Eliza all the very best in Canberra 

Code of Conduct

As the season intensifies into finals time I would like to remind all parents, players and spectators of the Code of Conduct that you have agreed to. All comments should be positive and encouraging of good play. There is not to be any coaching from parents on the sideline. Refrain from any comments of the umpiring.


A coach’s and umpire's decision is final. There is no excuse for back-chatting or arguing with a coach or an umpire. Coaches and Umpires at John XXIII Netball Club are an invaluable asset to our Club and your team, without them our Club doesn’t function. You may not always agree with their decisions but at the end of the day their decision is final. Please talk to your daughters about respecting their coaches and thank them for the time and effort they put in to coaching your team.

Save the Date - Tuesday 17 September

The Netball Club End of Season Windup for the High School Teams will be in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

The AGM will be in the Circle of Friends Cafe from 6:40pm – 7:10pm.


We encourage all parents to come along and get involved. More details will be available closer to the event.

Spring Netball

As the end of the season is getting closer we look toward the Spring Competition. Registrations are now open for all age groups and are done on a team basis directly with Perth Netball Association. Details can be found on their website


GOOD LUCK to all teams for the rest of the season. Remember “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.” Jim Valvano.


Milissa Jagers


Rowing Club

Rowing Presentation Dinner

Celebrating The 2019 Rowing Season 
The success of this rowing season for John XXIII College is unprecedented.  With the most rowers ever joining the Club, we have had our most successful results ever in the three competition regattas over the season- PSA, IGSSA and All Schools.  With all teams beating their personal bests each week, we have also broken many College rowing records throughout this season. We won the South West Head of the River and are hopeful to take out the All Schools Championship 2019 on Saturday 10 August.  We would like to end the season with our Presentation Dinner and a farewell to the man that made the season and club such a continuing success, Rob Thomas, to welcome our new coordinator, Jerram Gibson and to award the rowers for their most successful season ever and thank coaching staff for their outstanding commitment to the rowers.


Pathways and Transition

University Transition: Fremantle Education Centre

Fremantle Education Centre is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that offers a diverse range of nationally recognised training. John XXIII College students have the opportunity to focus on their future aspirations via this exciting university transition pathway that delivers a range of Certificate III and IV Nationally Recognise VET Qualifications.


The University of Notre Dame – Open Day

Sunday 11 August, 10am-3pm

See how you can open your mind to the next big thing in careers when you future-proof yourself with critical thinking at Notre Dame's Open Day on Sunday 11 August in Freo's West End. Attend a lecture, meet students and academics, enjoy free delicious eats and live entertainment. Plan your day at 

Open Day & Events


Open Day

Sunday 21 July 10:00am - 4:00pm
Events for future students
Open Day Joondalup Sunday 28 July
Open Day Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 11 August 
South West Sunday 25 August
Events for future students



Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 4 August 9:00am to 3:00pm
Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  2019


Open Day Sunday 28 July, 2019
Events for future students


Open Day  Peninsula Saturday 3 August
Caulfield & Clayton Sunday 4 August
Parkville Sunday 18 August


Events for future students



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Family Zone & Cyber Safety

Download Family Zone 

Make use of the Family Zone Accounts which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free, as part of our College contract negotiations until 2020.


By setting up a private Family Zone account, you can apply age-appropriate parental controls on every device your child has access to, in any location. To find out more visit


How to Install Mobile Zone on iOS


Family Zone for Parents: Restricting Social Networks

This video demonstrates how to manage access to social networks and games within Age Profile Controls.



Community Liturgy

Thank you to Loyola House and Mr Yates, for your preparation of the community Liturgy on Wednesday – the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.


The next Community Liturgy will be THURSDAY 15 August – the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, mother of Jesus.  The Mass will be prepared by Ward House – an opportunity for families in Ward House to begin the day with Community Mass.


Community Liturgy summary

Where:                 College Chapel

Time:                     8:00am – 8:30am

When:                   every Friday in term time (see exceptions this term)



  • Week 3 – John XXIII Day whole College Mass (no Community Mass)
  • Week 4 Community Mass – Thursday 15 August, to celebrate Feast of the Assumption (no Community Mass 16 Aug)

GOOD NEWS for: Feast of Saint Ignatius

31 July 2019

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is 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.


In his Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius Loyola says that pride, riches and power are the three most seductive and destructive temptations in the world. So many conflicts, and their continuance, can be traced to the interplay of this unholy trinity. The so-called reality TV show, Big Brother and its many imitators demonstrate just how far some of our compatriots will go to be famous, to be wealthy or to have a certain clout in the popular imagination.


We should never be surprised when our media culture reflects this back to us, because by watching the programs, reading the papers and the magazines, listening to the shock-jocks and buying the merchandise, we are part of the problem, not the solution.

In today's Gospel Jesus tells us just how deadly riches and greed can be. Our own experience tells how right He is: think of how many children fight in the playground because everything they see is ‘mine’; the families who have fought over an estate; the number of friends who have fallen out over even small amounts of money; colleagues who no longer speak to each other because of a failed investment; and nations who have gone to war to get what their neighbours have.


The issue with money is not having it, because money, and the health, education and welfare that flow from it are good things, whereas poverty is an evil that God wants wiped off the face of the earth. The problem is what we do with money and what it does to us. Some Christians think that just because they are financially comfortable from legitimate earnings, they do not have to take any responsibility for the world's poor who are often stereotyped as being lazy, war-mongering and irreligious. These images may justify not sharing more of the excess we have, but it does not remove the moral obligation Jesus demands of us today. Of the world's 6 billion people, 1.2 billion of them live on US$1, or less, a day. On average 26,000 children will die today of starvation. We should try telling them they're lazy, war-mongering and irreligious! In an attempt to get rich quickly or to stay rich, most western countries gamble away 10 to 15 times more money than they give to third world development – money that might see markets and wages that are just, and so provide an incentive for work, curtail or prevent some wars and help develop democracy.


When faced with the enormity of the world's poverty, the bad spirit can convince us that it is so large there is nothing that we can do about it. Not true. Every moment of consciousness and each act of goodness toward anyone anywhere is a victory for God's kingdom and will to be done 'here on earth as it is in heaven'.


No one can pretend, however, that sharing is always easy or that throwing money around will solve the world's problems. Everyone who works in the front-line says that the biggest obstacle in the war on poverty is dignity. And dignity, as Jesus reminds us today, has very little to do with money or possessions. Each time we make a claim for our own dignity and we give dignity to people who do not even claim it for themselves, we contribute to the generous and just world Jesus wants. And sometimes that can be as easy as turning the channel on the radio or the TV.


Fr Pedro Arrupe inherited the office of leading the Jesuits four centuries after its founder St Ignatius Loyola died. He once said that, ‘the celebration of the Eucharist is always incomplete while there is hunger in the world.’ Let's pray that our celebrations of the Eucharist do not blunt the hard edge of the Gospel. Rather let us accept its power to convert our hearts and minds that we might meet its challenges in regard to bestowing dignity and sharing our possessions with those who have a just claim on them.


© Richard Leonard



Updating Medical and Contact information

Medical information: 

Please inform the College Nurse if there are any changes to your child’s medical information.


Contact information:

Please inform College Administration office if there are any changes to your contact/emergency information

College Medication procedure

Medication: If a parent requests the College Nurse administer medication to their child, they must complete a Medication Request Form, this is available from the Health Centre. The medication must be in its original container or packaging and clearly labelled with the following:   

  • Child’s name
  • Name of medication              
  • Expiry date
  • Dose and time to be given
  • If a student is required to carry and self-administer medication while at school, only a single measured dose for one school day can brought onto the College premises. Medication must be locked in that student’s locker.
  • Students with diagnosed Asthma are advised to carry their reliever medication with them at all times.
  • Students with diagnosed Anaphylaxis are advised to have their Epipen (adrenaline autoinjector) with them at all times if age appropriate.
  • Students with diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes must carry their “hypo Kit”at all times.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Parents' Party

Men Of John XXIII College

WAFL games through The Fathering Project

There is an opportunity to attend WAFL games through The Fathering Project (TFP).

Below is the flyer for the WAFL Round on 10 August 2019.


Attending Dads don’t need a ticket or even register…they just need to show up promptly at 1:30pm at the Main gates on Goddard St at Lathlain Oval and register their names with the “The Fathering Project” (TFP) rep at the designated marshaling area then get free entry (if accompanied by a child).


We will have a designated location inside the ground where a TFP representative will welcome them and guide them during the day.


Dads can turn up as a group or individually…it doesn’t matter, just need to be accompanied by their responsible children.


There will be another WAFL opportunity on Aug 24 at East Fremantle.



David Thompson


Parents' Association

Parents’ Association Term 3 meeting

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term 3 will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday 21 August in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are invited to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on how our Parent Association funds are allocated.


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 3, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or you can download one from the school website, or below. The deadline for Term 3 Funding submissions is today,  Friday 2 August.


All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at the Term 3 meeting will be advertised in the newsletter on Friday 9 August.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee

College Charter Bus

John XXIII College offers Horizons West private bus services taking children to and from school. Currently we run a Southern route through Swanbourne, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, North Fremantle and East Fremantle. We are pleased to extend this service to the north (Floreat, City Beach, Wembley Downs, Scarborough, Doubleview, Woodlands) and the east (Floreat, Churchlands, Wembley, West Leederville) to allow more families the opportunity to make use of this private, safe and convenient bus service.


The service is safe and an affordable option for all primary and secondary students.


Tickets are available for purchase for $2.50 each way from the main administration reception on Mooro Drive, Mount Claremont.


To find out more information about the specific stops and times in your area please view the PDF below


Have you got the Horizon West Bus App

The Horizon West’s bus tracking app will help to revolutionise morning routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus locations across our three John XXIII College bus services.


The app is free in the App Store and Google Play. If you’re ready to simplify your mornings and get a little peace of mind at the same time, simply download the app to show the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map.


Further details are available in SEQTA.

Updated Bus Routes




Canteen Menu

Please see menu attached.


Canteen opening hours

  • Breakfast: 8:00am to 8:45am
  • Recess: 10:40am to 11:00am
  • Lunch: 12:50pm to 1:25pm

Ordering online

How to get started:

  • Visit
  • Sign up by completing the registration form
  • Receive a confirmation email with activation link
  • Activate your account and login to the website
  • Add your children and credit to your account
  • Order at your convenience (up to four weeks in advance)

How to activate your Smart Rider card:

  • Log on to your account
  • Go to the ‘Students’ tab and select the student
  • Select ‘Register Students Card’ and complete the fields

Uniform Shop

During the Term  we are open the following hours:

  • Monday 8:00 am to 5:45 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm 
  • Friday 8:00 am to 11:45 am


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.

John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

Ron Logan Cup (Football) – John XXIII Day


Theresa Elliott Shield (Netball) – John XXIII Day


1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 

‘Save the Date’ 60th Reunion Loreto Claremont Class 1959

  • A lunch will be held on Thursday 17 October, 2019. 
  • To register interest or for further information, contact 
  • Liz Prendergast 0412 642 256
  • Mary Graeme 0428 338 285



10 Year Class 2009 Reunion


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion


40 Year Class 1979 Reunion

  • Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:00pm
  • Athol Hobbs Room, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 

For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 


50 Year Class 1969 Reunion (Loreto)

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College
  • Monday 11 November at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 
Father's Day Invitation.pdf
Y4 RE Xavier Parker.pdf
Information to host a family.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.pdf
St Ignatius experiences a vision on the banks of the river Cardoner. Artwork by Mr Mark Esquibel.
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Open day progam FINAL.pdf
Masterchef entry form.docx
2019 Letter inviting families to host.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.docx
Letter and Appication Form for Host Families Vasto.pdf