22 March 2019
Issue Seven
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Enrolments applications
Music - Week 7
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Men Of John XXIII College
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

Living the fourth

There is a strong aspect of story-telling at our Year 12 Retreat. St Ignatius of Loyola gained most of his spiritual insights in the small village of Manresa in Northern Spain. In some European countries ‘to make a Manresa’ means to go on Retreat. It is within this context that our Year 12 students have attended their ‘Manresa Retreat’ this week.


Manresa is the Spanish town where St Ignatius Loyola stopped to pray on his way back from Montserrat in 1522 whilst on his Spiritual Pilgrimage. We see the Year 12 Retreat as a place where students have an opportunity for spiritual reflection and discernment about their relationships with self, friends, family and God.  For them it forms part of their pilgrimage through life and faith, therefore aptly named ‘Manresa’.


The purpose of Manresa is to deepen the students’ appreciation of himself/herself as an individual and therefore a person of value to others and a person loved by God.  It is also an opportunity for the students to reach out to others in friendship and support whilst deepening their faith and spirituality. 

At the end of the three-day Retreat, attendees can be encouraged to the ‘live the fourth’. It is hoped that after appropriate prayer, reflection and contemplation, genuine changes can be made to lead a better life.


Thank you to our dedicated staff for guiding the process and congratulations to our year 12 on their excellent participation in the ‘Manresa experience’.


Living with sincerity and leading with integrity

The theme for last week’s meeting of Loreto Schools Leadership Teams was very appropriate in a time of turmoil for the Catholic Church. Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm, spoke eloquently of current challenges and the necessity for continual re-interpretation of the charism of Mary Ward. It is encouraging to be part of Catholic school networks responsive and conducive to growth and change.

Christchurch tragedy

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all the families impacted by the tragic events last week. Traumatic events can cause great distress to young people particularly given the confronting coverage in various forms of media.


Our College Psychologist, Sheleen Davis, has recommended the following links for families seeking advice on how to support young people at this time.

Robert Henderson



Years 7-9 Homeroom Leaders

Last week the Homeroom Leaders from Years 7-9 met for their first leadership training session of the year. The 7-9 leadership program seeks to find a balance between practical action and formation. The theme for this session was “The Compass of a Leader”. The student leaders worked through a process to develop a statement of success in which they were able to capture the essence of what they would like to achieve as a leadership team in each year level. This was both a productive and enjoyable process with students including a nice balance of humour and insight into what makes a school year valuable. The teams then moved on to discuss how they would establish the right expectations and high standards required to make those statements of success a reality at John XXIII.


We look forward to what these very fine young leaders achieve with, and for, their year groups in 2019.

Cameron Haines, Kalo Bell and Aaron Peters

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 9, 8 and 7

Social Justice

At the Twilight Retreat on Friday, Nathan from Caritas Australia came in to talk to us about social justice, Project Compassion and the issues facing our world today such as poverty and it effects, lack of access to clean drinking water, shelter and education, just to name a few. As a result, a group of Year 11 students are seeking to create awareness about these issues by hanging posters in homerooms, having Project Compassion boxes around the school, particularly at the canteen and also by hosting events on the chapel lawn on Live Simply Day, 29 March. We encourage everyone to come along and participate in Live Simply Day and Project Compassion so you can do your little bit in our global community!

Ashleigh Smith

Year 11

PE Studies General Excursion

The Year 12 PE Studies General students spent Tuesday morning touring the West Coast Eagles facilities at Domain Stadium.


The students spent time in the West Coast Eagles lecture theatre, viewed the pool and player’s lounge, learnt about the conditioning required to play AFL and saw the impressive gym set up. A highlight of the tour was getting on the playing surface and trying to replicate the Dom Sheed kick to seal the 2018 Grand Final from the forward pocket.


The tour was a fantastic way to consolidate the Exercise Physiology concepts that have been discussed in class over the past seven weeks. Hearing about how the physiologists and strength and conditioning staff prepare the players using their knowledge of sport science but also “gut feel” was interesting and informative. The students enhanced their knowledge on designing training programs, the need for adequate recovery to maintain peak performance and the amount of time and effort it takes to play elite sport.


Cameron Tremayne

Head of Health and PE

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Primary House Day has been absolutely fabulous!


It is always a special event and today the Primary community celebrated Primary in fine style!! We began our celebrations with a lovely Mass. During this time students, staff and visitors all reflected and learnt about the names behind the Houses, namely Campion, Koolyangarra, Loreto, Loyola, St Louis and Ward, which are such an important part of our College heritage.


Well done to everyone for their efforts with Primary House Day. Special thanks to Ms Allen for preparing the lovely liturgy and to all our hardworking staff for planning the fantastic activities and games.


Congratulations to the Year 6 Leaders who put so much effort into their stalls for the Monster Cake Stall.  As with our tradition during Lent the monies raised from the stalls will be donated to Project Compassion.  We raised a total of  $1,410.05 for Project Compassion which was a fantastic effort.



The Interschool Swimming Squad enjoyed participating in the IPSHA Swimming Carnival at Newman College on Thursday morning. Our appreciation is extended to Mr Alderman and to all the staff and parents that supported this event.  More information will follow next week about the record breaking results. 


Well done to all our competitors.


Year 4 Competitors Ben Arundell, Zac Barley, India Bester, William Blaxell, Lydia Defrancesco, Nada Jakovich, Sophie Litic, Charlie Lennon, Liam McNamara, Alyssa Mignacca, Eliza Owen, Olive Smith, Joshua Standen, Brodie Stevenson, Isabella Stewart, 
Year 5 Competitors Ayva Baker, Gracie Byrne, Zoe Cannon, Taj Dorrington, Poppy Finucane, Allegra Hickling, Carla Kavanagh, Bridget Lilleyman, Aria MacMillan, Matthew Mignacca, Lucy Morgan, Izaac Paton, Harrison Pazin, Sophia Negus, Oliver Wever, 
Year 6 Competitors Dylan Betts, Jackson Bosnich, Hunter Bovell, Caitlin Bradock, Gregory Briede, Sylvia Czajko, Callum de Andrade, Isabella Desiati, Luke Edwards, Torren Jakovich, Cooper Matera, Ella Matthews, Bridget Owen, Bianca Petsos, Archie Ryan, Mahalia Upton, Ruby Verleg, Ethan Williams, 


Save the Date

Our next Assembly is on Wednesday 3 April at 9am and is being prepared by 2G. We hope many parents will be able to join us on the day as we will be farewelling Mr Alderman. Mr Alderman is retiring after 23 years of dedicated service to the College.


Muffin Monday

Last weekend many Year 4 parents and students were busy making muffins for Muffin Monday.  These delicious sweet and savoury muffins were gratefully received by The Shopfront and will be shared with all their visitors.


Kind regards



Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Counsellor Corner

Michael Grose from Parenting Ideas offers some advice on how to respond positively with children in regards to the Christchurch tragedy.  As always, if you have any concerns about your child please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Anne Murphy

Primary School Counsellor

Direct:      9383 0469





Kindy 2021 enrolment interviews for siblings will commence in Term Three.  Please ensure you have submitted an enrolment form for your child to begin Kindy at the College. Please contact Nancy Petsos in Primary Administration if you have any queries

Dates to Remember Week 7 2019

Thursday 28 March        5B Zoo Camp                                               



Every Wednesday after school, a small group of Years 4-6 students gather in the Mackillop Room to explore Lego, robotics and coding. This extra-curricular opportunity known as ‘Young Engineers Club’ is provided by e2 Young Engineers Perth. In Term 1, the students learnt how to build and control (using coding) a parking gate, ferris wheel, a lazy donkey, dancing cheerleader and more. In Term 2, they will be working on all new projects.

There will be places for five new students to join this activity in Term 2. If your child is in Years 4-6 and would be interested to participate, please contact e2 Young Engineers Perth directly. There is a fee for participating.


Chee Wong

0406 542 912


College Musical - Mary Poppins

Tickets are on sale now for the College Musical, Mary Poppins!


There is a very exciting Poster Challenge open to Primary students.  All the details are on the flyer, make sure you get your entry in by by Friday 29 March to Main Administration.


You can also meet the cast of Mary Poppins and have your photo taken at the Matinee performance on Saturday 4 May at 2:00pm.  See the attached flyer for more details!



Sports News

Minkey Registrations are now open for Primary students from Kindy to Year 4.  Early bird registrations must be finalised by 8 April 2019 via the club website


Enrolments applications

Enrolment applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 in 2022 and Kindergarten in 2021.   If your child is:

  • currently in Year 4, not yet enrolled at the College, and you are interested in a Year 7 position in 2022  or
  • two years old and to be registered for Pre-Kindy next year or Kindy in 2021

Please contact the College Registrar on 9383 0449 or for more information.


Music - Week 7

Twilight Recital

The first solo performance opportunity of the year is on the horizon! On Wednesday 27 March the Twilight Recital will be held in the GBLT from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, featuring soloists from Pre-Primary to Year 12. This recital is an opportunity for students to perform in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere in front of parents and friends. Please join us!



John XXIII College had a mixed night in round one WADL Debating at Christchurch this week with some good wins, three narrow one point losses, and problems with late topic changes for two of the teams, both of which rose to the occasion and still performed superbly.  All teams are reminded again to check the website for changes to fixtures.  It is also vital that teams which cannot practice on Monday after school organise an alternative training time, as at least two of our teams were under-prepared for the first round.  There were many fine performances on the night and we look forward to all teams working hard to develop their skills and learning from the Adjudicator and team manager feedback.  Special thanks to team managers Ms Dawson, Ms Lumley, Ms Needham, Ms Devanand and Mr Peters for their commitment to the students, and to the wonderful group of parents who supported the teams. 



Practice for the Da Vinci Decathlon continues, with all five teams organised into specialist areas for each of the ten sections.  Teachers are doing a great job preparing the students, and special thanks go to Ms McLoughlin and Ms Devanand (Maths), Mr Cotter (Science), Ms Ball (Cartography), Mr Carello (Engineering) and Ms Davies (Coding) for their excellent work with the teams.  Most teams have reserves, and final decisions on team composition will be confirmed early next week.  All students should now have returned their permission forms.


The Space Camp 2020 participant lists for the combined Corpus Christi and John XXIII College teams have now been finalised, and all families should now have received a confirmation letter. Deposits are due by 31 March.  A total of 23 students from the two colleges will be attending this exciting program.


There are many outstanding gifted and talented student opportunities available beyond the wide range of  team events that the Magis program focuses on. Two excellent examples of students who have shown the initiative recently, are Year 12 Magis Committee member Charlie Richards  who has been selected to go to Canberra for the National Schools Constitutional Convention, and Year 9 writer Alice O’Sullivan who already has an entry in The Golden Pen Writing Competition.  Other students are encouraged to participate in  this  excellent Scribblers event, or some of the other great programs including the  Brainways’ Academius Program at UWA during the  April holidays, the Big Science Competition in May, the Catholic Schools Public speaking competition in June., and the Perkins Institute Immersion  program which is for top Year 10-12 Science students and is held in holidays breaks at the end of each term   Details of some of these programs are in the Magis folder, or please come to the Magis office for further details.  Good luck to students involved in the Have Sum Fun Mathematics competition on Friday night, and warmest thanks to the Mathematics department staff involved.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term One

  • March 30 - Creative Edge at Curtin Uni
  • April 2-3 - Da Vinci Decathlon at UWA
  • April 9  - Short Story Entries due

Term Two

  • May 1 - Magis Public Speaking Breakfast
  • May 6 - Magis Public Speaking Heats
  • May 10 - Julie Arliss G/T at St Hilda’s
  • May 14 - Magis Public Speaking Final (GBLT)
  • May 17-18 - World Scholar’s Cup Camp
  • May 23 - Mental Maths Challenge
  • May 31 - J1 World Scholar’s regionals SHC
  • June 12 - Magis Academic Knowledge
  • June 26 - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

Next week, Monday 25 March -  Wednesday 27 March we have our final round robin game for summer NAS against Sacred Heart College. Following this round, teams finishing in positions 1 - 4 will have their finals the following week. Details of finals will be sent directly to students via email. 


A reminder that if a student cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice.


Good luck to all teams.


 All results and ladders can be found via the following link; 

Please use the column on the left of the page to navigate.



ACC Squad & Swimming Training (Years 7 -12)

Students in the John XXIII College ACC Swimming Squad have been notified in homeroom. Students in the ACC squad are encouraged to attend training. Especially if they do not train elsewhere.


Swimming training is open to students of all ability levels. Training is on from 7:00am - 7:50am at the College pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Monday 25 March. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the days you can make it.

Cross Country Training Years 7 – 12

Cross Country training will commence on Thursday February 21 from 7:00am - 7:50am meeting in the College pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term 1 and into Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4km to 7km depending on ability level.

John XXIII College ACC Swimming Team – Wednesday 27 March HBF Stadium

Good luck to all students competing for John XXIII College in the ACC A Division Swimming Carnival at HBF stadium on Wednesday 27 March. A reminder that students are required to meet in the gym at 7:45am on the day of the carnival.


The ACC team in age division, information letter and ACC program booklet are attached. John XXIII College finished second overall in 2017 and 2018. Results will be posted in the newsletter when available. Thank you again to all students and staff that have been involved in the Interschool swimming season.


ACC All Stars Netball 2019 - Player nominations now open

Player nominations for the ACC All Stars Netball Match are now open to all ACC school students. The ACC All Stars netball team will play against the SSWA team at the State Netball Centre. The date and time to be confirmed).  Please note, in previous years the game has been scheduled prior to the WANL grand final games.  This arrangement has not been confirmed by Netball WA as yet.  The event could be scheduled on a separate date which would allow all selected team players to be available on the day.



Team selection trials will be held on Saturday 6 April from 11:00am – 2:00pm, and Sunday 7 April from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Corpus Christi College gymnasium.  Coaches will initially select a squad of players to compete in a trial match for a final team selection.  The trial match will be held 2-3 weeks prior to the competition date in Term 3 (TBC).  Please note, players who were selected in the final team last year or who are national or state representatives will automatically pass through to the trial match in Term 3.  However, they are still welcome to attend the initial trial sessions.

The nomination process is as follows:

  1. School provides attached flyer to interested/talented students.
  2. Students complete their nomination form on-line on the ACC web site .
  3. ACC will reply to each individual student when we receive their nomination on-line.

Positions are open to netball players from Years 9 – 12. 

**Players MUST be of representative quality and capable of playing at U19 level**

For more information please contact Suzie Ehlers at the ACC on 9241 5201 or email .



Congratulations to the John XXIII College students that participated in the Port to Pub, particularly the group called 'Sink or Swim' who completed the Port to Pub in 5 hours 23 minutes. Placing them 1st  in the Juniors, 1st Ladies and third overall in a team of six. The team was made up of the following John XXIII students:


  • Sophie Baron-Hay
  • Neve Fyneman
  • Holly Murdoch
  • Jade Randall
  • Victoria Reading
  • Alice Williams



Netball Club

Thank you to all the players that have registered for the 2019 netball season and attended grading and fitness sessions over the past few weeks. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules and weekends to accommodate these sessions which are important to starting the netball season on the right foot!


Now that grading has been completed teams will be looked at by the grading coordinators.


Refunds for withdrawal will no longer be considered.


Minor variations to teams over the first couple of training weeks is to be expected with final teams announced in early April.


The club’s grading policy can be located on our website


Games commence weekend of the 4 & 5 May.


 If you have any questions, please email us on



Training for Years 7 – 12 commences next week.

  • Tuesday 26 March 3:30pm – 5:00pm Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Thursday 28 March 3:30pm – 5:00pm Years 7, 8 and 9.

Training is a compulsory component of netball.  Coaches go to a great deal of effort to plan training sessions and game day strategies.


If you have a valid reason for not attending a particular training session please contact your coach or email the club at


School sports uniform and appropriate sports shoes are required to be worn to training sessions.


The official game day netball uniform for senior school is

  • Netball dress which is available at the John XXIII Uniform Shop and
  • Blue and yellow bloomers which will be on sale at the last training sessions for term on the 9 & 11 April 2019 ($15 each cash only). 

Rain jackets, which are not compulsory but perfect for the winter weather, will also be on sale ($110 cash only).


PNA can issue uniform violations to players not wearing the correct uniform.


There is stock of the netball dress so please get in early to the uniform shop and ensure that you have one ready for the start of the season. A new order can take up to eight weeks.


All players are to note that under no circumstance can jewellery be worn on court during game play.


Umpires will ask players to leave the court and injury substitution rules will apply.


We look forward to seeing you all on court and wish you a wonderful and fun netball season.


Natasha Boshard

Netball Club Secretary

Rowing Club

The John XXIII College Rowing Club has enjoyed strong growth through the leadership of Rob Thomas over the past three years. The club now has the largest membership of any rowing club in Western Australia and competes in the largest number of Regattas of any WA School.  With the addition of our new Head Coach Steve Saunders with over 20 years’ experience coaching at an elite level, we are offering a great sporting experience to our students and heading for a wonderful season of rowing.

PSA Regatta wrap up

The last PSA Regatta 5 was a fantastic event! With a great contingent of supporters and parents at the event.  We thank all the parents who have assisted at the PSA Regattas to make it such an amazing and smooth running experience for everyone involved.


Saturday 9 February was the first in 4 PSA Regattas which our rowing boys attended. Our John XXIII rowers showed incredible grit to row in the difficult conditions against formidable competition.  The outcome of the regatta was very positive for our rowers where they were always in with a chance up and close to the winners. More specifically with our Senior A eight placing second in the 4th eight race and completed the race in the fastest time any John XXIII Crew has ever gone.


The PSA Regatta 2 again proved to be very successful.  It was terrific to see our Senior A eight improving their Personal Best (set at Regatta 1) by another 17 seconds in the second coxed eight: This is a 2km race and the boys finished in the time of 6:39.33mins only behind first place by 16 seconds, a margin of a mere 2%.  


At Regatta 3 another Personal Best was set by the boys who raced a further 13 seconds faster than the previous week.  Our Senior A eight has dropped a total of 30secs and Senior B eight a total 21secs.   This is the first time in College history that John XXIII College has been invited to race in the second eights race at a PSA Regatta!  And mostly our teams of Year 11 students  (one Year 12) are racing against Year 12's.


The last Regatta was under very hot conditions, however our boys still managed to further improve on their Personal Best and had a great regatta all round.  


This is truly an amazing performance by our young men and they should be very proud of what they have achieved to date.

Upcoming Events


  • Sunday 31 March- South West Schools Head of the River, Bunbury Racing Course
  • Friday 26 – 28 April - JTC Girls Rowing Camp, JTC Campus
  • Saturday 4 May -  IGSSA Regatta 1, Champion Lakes
  • Saturday 11 May - JTC Rowing Club QUIZ night fundraiser, John XXIII College 

Pathways and Transition

Earn while you learn with a school-based traineeship

John XXIII College is currently offering a high-quality VET pathway in to the health sector to five students. Anabel Stefels, Blake Mitchell and Skye Willson  in Year 12 and Bridie Macintyre,  Chloe Margaria in Year 11 are all completing a traineeship as part of their studies. Working in partnership with the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Tubal, students spend one day a week working at the Aegis aged care facility at Montgomery House, next to John XXII College, whilst completing a nationally recognised VET qualification.


This opportunity not only enables these students to achieve a Certificate III Health Services Assistance, whilst still at school, it also enables them to gain valuable paid experience in the workplace. By the end of Year 12 they will have hundreds of hours of experience in health services and be able to transition into tertiary nursing studies at University or TAFE.  They will also be qualified to work in a hospital as a Nursing Assistant.


For further information on this opportunity or other pathways offered at John XXIII College in Years 11 and 12 contact Joel Wynn – Head of Pathways and Transitions. 


Event highlight


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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Fogarty Scholarship

The UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program is enriching our community by investing in exceptional young people who use their skills, abilities and commitment to lead positive change in our community, State and nation.


Established in 2004, the Program is a joint initiative of the Fogarty Foundation and The University of Western Australia and is one of Australia’s premier scholarship programs, awarding 10 new scholarships to students each year.


Each scholarship is valued at $10,000.

Further information:

Applications close on 26 May 2019

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


Teach your child to be an "upstander" to bullying - not a "bystander" - with these 5 simple steps

Written by Family Zone Team

The unthinkable just keeps happening, as more and more children take their own lives after merciless bullying on social media. What can any of us do to stop the horror?


In Pretoria, South Africa last month, a Year 7 threatened to distribute an embarrassing picture of a Grade 6 peer on WhatsApp. After a week of bullying, the younger child suicided.


Perth schoolgirl Rochelle Pryor, 14, sent friends this message, shortly before her father found her unconscious in her bedroom on New Years Day:


“Once I’m gone, the bullying and racism will stop.”

A year ago, almost to the day, Queensland schoolgirl Amy “Dolly” Everett, also aged 14, ended her life under similar circumstances.


Suicide is a complex act, and it would be a drastic oversimplification to suggest that social media “caused” these tragedies, observes psychologist Jordan Foster.  


But both cases highlight the potential of cyberbullying to destroy confidence, shred self-esteem and - in extreme cases - push victims to despair, with catastrophic outcomes.


Yet Foster notes the research is clear that support from bystanders can reduce or even eliminate the fallout from bullying - and prevent a tragedy from happening.


The question is, how?


The Bystander Intervention Model was developed by researchers to outline the five steps that lead bystanders from passive onlookers to active defenders in the offline world. Today, that model is being adapted for the realities online harassment as well.


Step One: Notice the event

It may seem self-evident that bullying needs to be noticed before it can be called out. If only! The typical teen has over a thousand “friends” or followers on social media - generating hundreds if not thousands of posts every day.


The sheer weight of information encourages mindless scrolling. But it’s mindful scrolling that’s necessary in order to notice harmful or harassing comments.


Just as adults can tend to turn the page to avoid reading about a disturbing tragedy in the news, children may be inclined to skim past unpleasantness online.

Make this a talking point with your children, without blame or shame. Your aim is to raise their consciousness about “noticing” - not scold them.


Step Two: See it as a matter of urgency

Sometimes an emergency is obvious. Someone’s life is clearly, or likely, at stake. Young Rochelle’s heartbreaking post “Once I’m gone, the bullying and racism will stop” is a clear example.


But in most cases of bullying, it’s more a case of the target’s emotional wellbeing that’s heading for a crisis. For young people, any situation that poses a serious threat to their place in the peer group can legitimately be framed as an urgent matter. 


That said, the online world can be a hectic place for children. If kids intervened  whenever and wherever they detected nastiness online, they might have time for little else. The ages-old advice to “pick your battles” is as relevant on social media as it is IRL (in real life). 


Step Three: Take responsibility for helping out

The conviction that other people’s troubles are not our business runs deep. Again, this is not something that is unique to children. It’s an attitude that many adults hold too of course - and we are often guilty of overtly passing it on to our kids. Often, we do so in the misguided belief that by “interfering” we are protecting the privacy of others.


But becoming a defender means reframing those assumptions. “Help” is not “interfering” - it’s responding to the needs of another in an ethical and responsible manner. We need to teach our kids that they have an obligation to help, wherever they see a friend or acquaintance under threat online.


Step Four: Choose an appropriate intervention

This can be a tricky one for children and teens, because the wrong approach can backfire and actually inflame the situation. Engaging in a slanging match with bullies may be tempting, but it rarely shuts the bad behaviour down.


Often the best approach for defenders may be to support the target rather than engage the bully head on. In other cases, it might be reporting the content to the moderator of the site or app where the bullying is taking place. In still others, unkind comments that have the potential to grow into full-blown bullying can be nipped in the bud.


Encourage your children to talk to you, and if appropriate their teachers, about an effective intervention. And in situations where a child target has posted disturbing thoughts of self-harm, make sure your kids know they can come to you for advice without fear of reprimand or judging.

“Many young people don't know what to do in situations where a friend or student has expressed intent to cause harm to themselves,” Foster observes. She recommends apps like “Check-in” by Beyond Blue and the ReachOut website as resources for older children.


Step Five: Carry out the intervention

Planning to stand up for a friend is great first step. But nothing can change unless the plan is actually carried out! Good intentions can often lose steam in the rapid fire of social posting.

Do your kids feel stuck between knowing what the right thing to do is, and actually doing that thing? That's evidence that they’re only human. Again, your best strategy for helping them become defenders is to make sure they trust you enough to come to you for help and support when they need it.


Community Liturgy

Thank you to the Year 11 students who prepared our Mass this morning.

Students in Campion House will be preparing the liturgy for our College community next Friday, 29 March, which is also Live Simply Day. Students participating in Live Simply Day are especially encouraged to attend Mass to begin their day. 


New families are welcome to Community Liturgy! If you have not previously attended Mass or are not Catholic, just come to the Chapel at 8:00am.  There are no reserved seats or special places and all the responses are on a PowerPoint.   


Community Liturgy summary

  • Where:                 College Chapel
  • Time:                     8:00 – 8:30 am
  • When:                   every Friday in term time

Sacrament Program


What happens in the Sacrament Program?

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish. 


How are the children prepared?

The Religion curriculum in Catholic schools includes a unit of work on the sacrament in the relevant year level. Once the students have completed the unit of work they are awarded a certificate, which is required by the Parish.


Some parishes provide additional classes for students attending Catholic schools.

Last, but not least, parents are the children’s first teachers in Faith. The program in the Perth Archdiocese is ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.’


When will the sacraments be celebrated?

Each parish is different; refer to your local parish for dates and times. Some information from local parishes is provided below – and you can find more detail on the College website.  


Why are there differences from parish to parish?

Each parish is a unique Faith community and the Parish Priest responds to the needs of the parish, within the context of the wider Church. No two parishes are the same – so there will be some variation in how the parish Sacrament Program is administered. As a regional College we are enriched by families from a diversity of parishes.


If I have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6, when should I enroll in my parish program?

Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible

Parish updates from Local Parishes

A brief summary of dates are provided below. For more detail, please check the College website or approach the Parish Priest or parish sacrament coordinator directly.


CITY BEACH: Holy Spirit

For families already enrolled in the program, the schedule is on the College website.

Further information:


CLAREMONT: St Thomas Apostle

Celebration of the Sacrament

First Communion:            Sunday 5 May 9:30am

Confirmation:                    Friday 9 August 6:00pm

Reconciliation:                  Wednesday 23 OR Thursday 24 October after school

Further information:


COTTESLOE: St Mary Star of the Sea

Registration for all Sacraments

Further information:

Registration Form:     


DOUBLEVIEW: Our Lady of the Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Confirmation:                   Saturday 8 June at 6:00pm Mass

First Communion:           Saturday 21 September at 6:00pm

                                                Sunday 22 September at 10:00am

Reconciliation:                 Saturday 26 October at 5:00pm

Further information:


FLOREAT/WEMBLEY: St Cecilia’s/Our Lady of Victories

Upcoming dates:        Thank you to those families who have completed the enrolment process. For those who have yet to do so, please provide us with your nominated dates with regards to workshops, reconciliation, rehearsals, etc. Email the Parish Office.  Further info:

NEDLANDS: Holy Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Term 2 – date to be finalised 

First Communion:            Sunday 16 June 2019,  8:45am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Saturday 3 August 2019, 6:00pm Mass 

Further information:



Registration form

Available from parish website:

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Saturday 30 March, 2:00pm 

First Communion:            Sunday 30 June 2019,  9:30am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Sunday 22 September 2019, 9:30am Mass 

Further information:

Contact: John Edwards 0438 527 050


SUBIACO: St Joseph’s

Expression of interest for all Sacraments

Contact: Bart Welten


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for the 3rd Sunday in Lent

Luke 13:1-9


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of 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.


The third Sunday of Lent is all about second chances. In Exodus we have a bush that is alight but does not burn and in Luke we have a fig tree that does not bear fruit, is earmarked for the chop and saved by the gardener. In both cases where we would expect to find destruction we find new opportunities for growth, nurturance and flowering.


Over the centuries the goodness of God that always gives us another chance has not been proclaimed as vigorously as it should have been. We have focused on God's justice as though it was a once and for all, shape up or ship out sort of message. These ideas can be deduced from today's second reading where Paul seems to argue that God killed the chosen people for their complaining and infidelity.


Paul was a tough man and for him Christian commitment was no picnic. He was aware of how people were suffering and dying for the Gospel, so he was at pains to teach the people of Corinth that the commitment demanded from the Gospel could entail everything they had. His reading of why the Israelites died in the desert, however, needs to be read against the second chances of the other readings, especially the Gospel.


We believe in Lent that we enter a holy time in our year and visit a holy place in ourselves where the fire of God's love should burn brightly within us. We are offered these weeks to re-examine our values, family history, commitment, fidelity and growth so as to chart how best we can grow old with God. To do this sometimes requires facing up to our sinful behaviour and making choices to change our lives. We can only do this when we trust that the fire of God's love is not about destruction, but compassion, forgiveness and a second chance.


May [we] assess with honesty the fruitfulness of how, as a sign of Christ's light within us, we live out our faith in our home, at work and in the world.

© Richard Leonard SJ



Mouthguard information

Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.


Five good reasons to wear a mouthguard:

  1. May help reduce concussion
  2. Protects against soft tissue injuries
  3. Protects against jaw joint injuries
  4. Cushions teeth against impact
  5. Helps prevent neck & jaw injuries


When should I wear a mouthguard?

Mouth guards should be worn during any sport where there is the chance of a knock to the face.

There are three types of sport that are considered to have the chance of injury:

  1. Contact sports where contact is part of the game. These include football, rugby, martial arts and boxing. The mouthguard should be compulsory.
  2. Collision sports where contact often happens but is not expected or allowed. These include basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX bike riding, horse-riding, skateboarding, in-line skating, trampolining, cricket, water skiing and snow ski racing. A mouthguard is highly recommended.
  3. Non-contact sports where contact is a rare occurrence. These include such sports as tennis where a mouthguard is not needed.

Mouthguards should be worn during all competitions as well as during training sessions, as this is when many injuries occur. This should be stressed to children in junior teams.

Other mouthguard tips:

  • The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends that only a professionally custom-fitted mouthguard available from a dentist should be worn.
  • Check your mouthguard every 12 months for optimal fit and protection.
  • Keep your mouthguard clean and store it in a rigid container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its shape.

Remember to wear a mouthguard every time you train or play sport.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Source: Australian Dental Association

Men Of John XXIII College

A Night with Glenn Mitchell

A life of opportunities and challenges.

For more than two decades from early 1990, Glenn Mitchell lived a life that many envied. As a sports commentator for the ABC, and married to fellow sports broadcaster, Karen Tighe, he travelled the world covering elite level sport.


Not long after joining the ABC legendary broadcaster, George Grljusich dubbed him “The Oracle” due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of sport.


During his tenure with the national broadcaster Glenn commentated on four Olympic, four Commonwealth and two Paralympic Games. As one of the ABC’s senior cricket commentators he called over 200 international matches, covering 13 overseas tours.


Back home, he commentated more than 900 AFL and WAFL games, was the host of the iconic Saturday Sportstalk, and throughout his career commentated more than 20 different sports on both radio and television, including world championships in triathlon, cycling and water polo.


In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal by the Governor-General for his contribution to sport, one of numerous awards he garnered during his broadcasting career.


It is a story laced with poignancy, humour and, above all, hope for those who suffer the anguish of mental illness or know people who do. Glenn’s goal is to encourage everyone who is or has been touched by the scourge of mental illness that help is at hand. His story is one of inspiration and shows that with the right help and persistence there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


Join Glenn and the Men of John XXIII College for this memorable night.

  • Where: Wembley Hotel Cambridge Street Floreat
  • When:  Friday 29 March 2019
  • Timings
    • 6:30pm gather
    • 7:00pm pizza and snacks
    • 7:30pm Glenn Mitchell
  • Cost: $20.00 for pizza and snacks
  • Book online:


Parents' Association

Term 2 - Monday 27 May

Our Term 2 meeting will be held on Monday 27 May at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. 


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 2, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. You can download one from the school website, or below. 

Please submit completed proposals to . The deadline for Term 2 Funding submissions is Friday 10 May.


We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


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


Bus Routes




Summer Canteen Menu 

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 1.

Please could the secondary students bring some form of identification when collection their
lunch orders. A labelled book or item of clothing is acceptable until such time as student cards are

Canteen opening hours

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

Ash Wednesday

The secondary students should try to adhere to a meat free day on Wednesday 6 March. There are numerous fish and vegetable options available to order. The menu cannot be changed, as there is no way to separate the primary and secondary menu with the online ordering system. The onus is therefore on the student and not on the canteen to order meat free items. We will have our usual Wednesday menu available with the addition of Nachos.


There will be pancakes available for sale on Tuesday morning for breakfast.

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 Term 1 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

Secondhand items

Secondhand uniforms will be accepted on and after Friday March 15. Items must be freshly cleaned and pressed.  Only clothing in excellent condition can be accepted for sale.

Term 2 - Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform is to be worn from the first day of Term 2.

  • Secondary boys need blazer, tie, trousers and belt.
  • Secondary girls need blazer, tie and tights.

Now is the time to come and be fitted for these items.  Please do not leave your shopping until the last minute.  If students come at recess or lunch times, shop staff can help them with fitting and we can call parents for credit card payment.  Items may be returned if you are not happy with the fit.


Remember to bring your outgrown blazer, freshly cleaned, to us for re-sale.




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 

JTA Hockey Club

Over the March long weekend three teams associated with the JTA Hockey Club ventured up to Singapore for the annual Singapore Sixes Hockey Tournament, played on the Padang at the majestic Singapore Cricket Club.


This year the Owls and Hawks men’s teams were joined by the Flaming Galahs women’s team, who debuted in Singapore.


As the name suggests, the Singapore Sixes is a six a side competition played on a two thirds side pitch. This year there were 40 men’s and 26 women’s teams, coming from Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and a number of teams from WA.  Players included a number of current and former international and provincial players and the competition was fierce.


Our teams comprised of John XXIII College and St Louis Alumni including Darren Miller, Ben Pickering and James O’Beirne (Class 1989), Jeremy Walsh (Class 1977) and Paul Benetti (Class 1980), Amanda Darbyshire (Class 1994) and Annabel Limmer (Class 2008).  There were also a number of parents of John XXIII College students, past and present.


A great weekend was had by all, both on and off the pitch.

Darren Miller

Class 1989

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

Class 1969 Loreto 50 Year Reunion

  • Cottesloe Hotel 
  • Saturday 9 March 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • No need to RSVP

College Cup Sailing Regatta

  • Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Peppermint Grove
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • 8.30am
  • Sailing experience preferable but not necessary
  • Young Guns and Oldies
  • RSVP essential for catering purposes

CINI Australia Afternoon Tea

  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • 2.00pm
  • Booking essential
  • Tickets: $55 Full, $45 concession, $400 table of 8. (wine extra)

Ron Logan Cup (Football) – John XXIII Day

  • 1st XVIII vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated.
  • Jumpers provided
  • Refreshments following the game


Theresa Elliott Shield (Netball) – John XXIII Day

  • Current Netball team vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated
  • Bibs provided
  • Refreshments following the game


1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 

  • Circle of Friends Café, John XXIII College
  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • 6.00pm
  • Beverages and food provided
  • Bus to Claremont following the event
  • $10 RSVP essential


10 Year Class 2009 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Mosman Park Bowling Club

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

Community Notices


Poster Challenge Flyer.pdf
Meet and Greet.pdf
Insight-Responding-constructively to the Christchurch shooting.pdf
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Information for students involved in Northern Associated Schools Sport.pdf
NAS SUMMER VENUES as at 17 January 2019.pdf
Year 7 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 7 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
Year 8 NAS team lists.pdf
YR 9 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
YR 10 to 12 NAS team lists.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2019.pdf
ACC carnival letter 2019.pdf
ACC Swimming Booklet 2019.pdf
John XXIII College ACC Swimming Team 2019.pdf
Netball player flyer 2019.pdf
Events Calendar 2019.pdf
SMT 017-19 Building and Construction Open Day Poster WEB.PDF
Guidelines, Process and Template for Funding Proposals.pdf