24 May 2019
Issue Fourteen
From the Principal
Parking and College Pick-up & Drop-off Guide
Around The Primary
Music - Week 14
Netball Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

The car ride home

One of my university student daughters is coaching a John XXIII College Netball Club team. I occasionally wander out to watch them train after school and thoroughly enjoy the interaction between coach and team. Mia is highly complimentary of our netballers and not just because her Dad is the Principal! She loves their attitude and willingness to learn.


The College has recently undertaken a cyclical review as part of a registration process for all schools in Western Australia. The aim of the review is to ‘affirm, support and challenge’ the school in its operations. My reflection is that the ‘affirmation’ part is by far the most crucial component. Whether it be a parent with a child; a teacher with students or a coach with a team; engendering a positive relationship is of fundamental importance. In a school setting the quality of the conversations is important work. It is not a ‘backslapping’ exercise but developing an appropriate culture to enable our students and staff to flourish.


Some years ago, I read a study which indicated that teenagers sometimes give up sport because of the car ride home. If every play is dissected and every decision questioned, then the ride home may not be overly pleasant. Maybe a simple ‘did you have fun?’ is a better approach.


Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning, Mrs Jessica Bouwman, has recently initiated ‘coaching’ sessions for our Year 12 students. Members of staff are meeting individually with students and providing guidance for our senior class. Our coaches are encouraged to ‘listen more and speak less’. It is a pretty good formula.


Robert Henderson


Parking and College Pick-up & Drop-off Guide

Where to park on Campus

Early Years Car park

  • Available for parents with a child in Pre-Kindy, Kindy and or Pre-Primary. Access is via John XXIII Avenue (south of the main car park).
  • The vehicle gates to this car park are locked from 9:15am until 2:45pm each day to provide students with a safe and secure play area on the courts.
  • Please ensure you reverse park. Reverse parking helps keep our students safe as drivers have better visibility when exiting the car park.

Main Car park (off John XXIII Avenue)

  • Available for all families in Primary and Secondary School.
  • There are areas designated for pick up / drop off
  • Student parking is available in the Main Car park off John XXIII Avenue. This area is signed as being designated for students only.
  • Bays allocated for pick-up and drop-off are not parking bays on school days between 7:30am-9:00am and 2:30pm-4:00pm.

ACROD bays

  • Only vehicles with an ACROD permit may park in accessible bays and must clearly display the permit.

Staff Parking car parks

We have a number of Staff car parks across the College campus:

  • Staff car park that is accessible off Heritage Lane.
  • Staff car park that is accessible via the Main Car park off John XXIII Avenue between the Bus Shelter and St Louis Sports Centre.
  • There are also limited staff parking places available on the loop, accessible via Mooro Drive.

Visitor parking

  • There are limited visitor parking and reserved bays available on the loop accessible via Mooro Drive.

Pick-up & Drop-off Guide

The pick-up and drop off guide for the College are as follows:

The Loop (Mooro Drive entrance)

  • Available for morning drop off for Years 1-12 students.
  • Available for pick up for parents with a child in Years 1-3 (and their older siblings). Please have your surname sign displayed on your dashboard.
  • Teaching staff operate the loop for the afternoon pickup between 3:15pm and 3:30pm.

The Loop's Rules - Morning

  • Please drive all the way to the bottom of the loop (in front of the Administration building).
  • For safety, have your child exit from the non-driver (left) side of the vehicle.

The Loop's Rules - Afternoon

  • Try to keep Mooro Drive flowing:
  • Ideally, approach the loop from the west end of Mooro Drive. This allows an easy left-hand turn into the loop.
  • Smart queuing: When waiting for your child in the afternoon please drive all the way to the Administration building to queue (this allows more vehicles to queue off Mooro Drive).
  • Be easy to spot: Have your surname sign displayed on your dash board. The teachers will then call your child/children, ready for your approach.
  • Keep it moving: If your child isn't yet at the loop, then please 'keep looping'. This allows other parents (with children who are ready) to start pick up. Handy tip: If your child takes a little while to walk to the loop, then perhaps arrive a bit later. A teacher is on duty until 3:30pm
  • Keep it safe: Once you have stopped in front of the Administration building, please stay in your vehicle. Staff will help your child get into your car safely, from the non-driver side.

The Main Carpark

  • The main carpark off John XXIII Avenue is available for morning and afternoon drop off for Years 1-12 using allocated bays.
  • Bays allocated for pick-up and drop-off are not parking bays on school days between 7:30am-9:00am and 2:30pm-4:00pm.

Tips to make it safe for everyone

The beginning and end of the school day are busy times for pedestrians and drivers outside our school campus. You can help keep students safe by remembering the following:

  • Slow down around the College and drive safely.
  • Be aware, be courteous and be responsible.
  • Drop your child off and pick them up in designated pick-up areas (see below for further details).
  • Always take extra care in 40km school zones.
  • Observe and adhere to all regulatory signage and follow all parking signs - these help keep your child as safe as possible.
  • Never double park - it is illegal and puts children at risk.
  • Model safe and considerate pedestrian and driver behaviours.
  • Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.
  • Please make sure you carefully read the parking signs before you park your vehicle.
  • Vehicles on the College campus must be parked within marked bays at all times.
  • Vehicles may not park in no parking areas, no stopping areas, access ways or any area not officially set aside for parking, including verges, gardens and pathways.
  • Please use the John XXIII College carparks only. We need to respect our neighbours, as parking, even if for five minutes during morning or afternoon pick-up is causing inconvenience.


Exploring happiness in Religious Education

We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? Our Year 8s are exploring the theme of happiness and discussing what matters for a happy and meaningful life. Long lasting happiness comes from the heart: God, love from family and friends and good health. They have created a happiness wall to share their happy thoughts, acts and wishes.


Year 10 Practical Science - Rocket Science

Year 10 Practical Science students have been conducting an investigation into factors which affect the range of a rocket, as part of the Rocket Science unit in this subject. This has involved a planning phase followed by actually launching their bottle rockets. Students investigated several factors including angle of launch, amount of fuel, type of bottle used and influence of fins.


They will be working on the construction and firing of solid fuel rockets during coming lessons.


Invitation to families to host one of our exchange students from Japan

In Term 3 we have a group of international exchange students visiting our College from Fujimi High School, Tokyo, Japan. The students arrive on Sunday 28 July (end of Week 1) and are here for two weeks, leaving on Saturday 10 August. They are all female students aged approximately 15-16 years old.


Their purpose for coming to the College is to experience life in Australia and practice speaking English.

Please refer to letter below giving you more information about the exchange and a Host Family Application Form. Please return the completed Application Form with images of your family at your earliest convenience.

Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to share your home with someone from Japan and make a life-long friend with someone who lives in Tokyo. Opening your home to someone from another country will expand your understanding of another culture.


This will be our 21st Exchange with Fujimi High School! The length of our relationship reflects the value, loyalty, strength and success of the program.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Around The Primary

Dear Parents



Next week we welcome back Miss Antoinette DePinto. We look forward to hearing lots of stories about her trip. Students eagerly await her classroom visits and her warm welcoming smile.


5B Assembly

Congratulations to Mrs Goss and the students of 5B who presented an entertaining and informative assembly this morning. Science and HASS certainly sound like a lot of fun in 5B. The rap songs that were presented show cased excellent knowledge about ‘The States of Matter’ and ‘Federal, State and Local Governments.’ Well done.


Thank you to our Primary Singers and Mrs Haydon for sharing the song ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah, a letter from camp.’  The choir members prepared this song in honour of the Year 6 students who are going on camp next week.



Next Monday 27 May, the Year 6 classes will head to Canberra to explore our National Capital. Students will participate in a variety of educational programs providing many learning opportunities which will focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The students are sure to return with many stories and great knowledge to apply to their studies.


The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the National Capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist in meeting the costs of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $260.00 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.


Not only does the camp focus on educational experiences but is also a wonderful opportunity for our students to practice their social and independent living skills. Their families will receive regular updates throughout the week, to provide some insight into their amazing adventures.


A special thank you goes to Miss Antoinette DePinto and our Primary Administrative Assistant, Mrs Nancy Petsos for their efforts in planning the trip and ensuring no stone has been left unturned. Miss Nish, Miss Graves, Miss Joyce, Mrs Murphy, Mr Fromm, Mrs Gardner and Ms Allen are looking forward to accompanying the students next week. We thank staff for giving up their time enabling us to offer such a wonderful experience for our students.


On Wednesday the Year 6 students were full of joy when they broke into their Canberra Day groups to find out details about the camp and receive their Canberra jackets and travel diary.


Today they had guest speaker Celia Hammond share her journey in the recent election as the Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Curtin. We are confident the Year 6 students are ready to go!


Kind regards,


Kylie Allen and Jodi Joyce

Assistant Principals Primary

Dates to Remember

Sunday 26 May National Sorry Day
Monday 27 May

Reconciliation Week

Year 6 Canberra - Depart

Year 5 Muffin Monday

Parents Association Meeting 7pm (TMEC)

Friday 31 May Year 6 Canberra - Return
Monday 3 June Public Holiday - Western Australia Day

Merit Certificates 

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

PPB Finnbar Bourke, Ellen Raykos & Ayaka Yamada
PPG Charlie Creagh, Zoe Groom & Alexander Pedler
1B Paige Abel, Cooper Grabham & Preston Lip
1G Madeleine Miller, Benjamin Parker & Hugo Smith
2B Ben Skerratt, Sasha Gardner & Alila Iredale
2G Oliver Byrne & Lucy Nientiedt
3B Charlotte Fry, Nicholas Maroni & Lucas Paton
3G Grace Fry, Matilda Martin, Emily Rintoul & Lewis Soares
4B Ben Engelbrecht, Blake Kavanagh & Rose Townsend
4G Will Blaxell, Aliyana Stickland & Bella Watson
5B Ayva Baker, James Miller, Renazia Tringas & Georgette Watson
5G Izaac Paton & Chloe Menzies
6B George Griffiths & Lana O'Gorman
6G Trinity Fuller, Jack Murphy & Ava Pruiti



Years 3 and 5 students have now completed all NAPLAN assessments. We congratulate them on their efforts. Staff have been very impressed by the confident and mature approach students have demonstrated towards the assessments.

3D Robot Challenge!

During Mathematics, Year 6 students have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes and how to construct them from nets (specifically different types of prisms and pyramids).


To assess their learning, students in 6B were challenged to design a toy robot prototype made entirely from 3D shapes. Their design had to be approximately 30 centimetres tall and had to include five different 3D shapes including at least one pyramid and two types of prisms.


In preparation for their assessment, students practiced making a variety of prisms and pyramids using their own net designs, planned out their robot design, drew a scaled image of their robot and gathered all materials. It was only at this point that students were able to construct their robot! The final phase of the activity is to design a persuasive advertisement using the Assembly and Keynote apps to promote their toy robot.


The students in 6B stepped up to the challenge and have done such an amazing job!




Physical Sciences

Year 6 students have been exploring the world of Physical Sciences. They began their learning journey by researching different types of energy, focusing on electrical energy.


After learning about the flow of electricity and different materials which serve as electrical conductors or insulators, it was time to put their theory into action. Using circuit equipment from the Secondary School, the students followed their detailed plans to create electric circuits which could power light globes and bells. They tested a variety of materials in their circuits to confirm their predictions about which were conductors, and which were insulators.


This hands-on task was the perfect way for the students to immerse themselves into the world of science. They were so engaged, it was even a challenge to catch their attention for a quick photo!



Sports Update 

  • Year 5/6 IPSHA Sports

On Thursday the Year 5 and Year 6 students travelled to Newman College for their first away match of their winter season.  It was a great afternoon with some excellent sportsmanship displayed by all teams.  Well done JTC!


Next week there is no scheduled games as the Year 6 students are in Canberra, therefore the Year 5 students will spend their sport session training to prepare for their week 6 matches against Carmel School. 

  • Year 2's in action

The Year 2 students have been learning some new movement games to help build their fundamental movement skills.  They have also been learning some soccer dribbling skills and practising their counting.  Well done year 2’s! 


  • Year 3-6 Cross Country is coming!!!

 Cross Country training begins Tuesday 4 June (Week 6).


It is a great way for students to begin preparing for the Year 3-6 Interhouse Cross Country Carnival being held on Tuesday 30 July.


It would be fantastic to see mums and dads join us for a morning run as it is a great way to start the day and get active together as a family.


When: Every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for the remainder of the term, except - Thursday 27th June – NO training due to the Winter Carnival. 


Who: Year 3-6 students, parents and younger siblings can all join in. All are welcome but younger siblings that are running must be accompanied by an adult throughout the run. 


Where: Meet at the primary under-cover area at 7:25am.  We will warm up and jog from there to the secondary oval. 


What: Running shoes, water bottle, any medication asthma puffer etc.  Students will be able to purchase breakfast from the canteen, so may bring some money if they are interested. 


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!


Steve Williams

0477 970 099

Keeping Safe

This term across the Primary School we are exploring the second focus area of the Keeping Safe Program: RELATIONSHIP


Students explore what it means to have rights and responsibilities. Children’s rights are introduced by looking at what children need to be healthy and safe, and identifying the responsibility adults have in keeping children safe. Children explore their personal identity and the importance of respecting diversity. They begin to understand the connections they have with their family and friends and explore these relationships. The concepts of bullying, fair and unfair, and power are all introduced. Children explore age-appropriate social issues to identify situations where there has been an abuse of power in a relationship and to demonstrate appropriate actions to take. The language of safety is an important aspect and non-blaming language is encouraged. Children develop an understanding of trust and trusted networks to consider who will listen to them and help them when they feel unsafe. Children explore a range of people who they may not know, but who may be able to help them.


Parents can support their child by helping them;

  • understand that we all have rights, e.g. the right to be safe, the right to be cared for, the right to be listened to 
  • know the difference between things they may want such as chocolate or toys, and things they need such as food, a bed and a safe place to live understand relationships with their family, friends and others, and safe ways to interact (if consensual and trusted), e.g. hug, kiss, shake hands, wave
  • recognise what bullying behaviour looks like and what to do if they or someone else is being bullied, e.g. tell the person to stop, walk away, talk to a trusted adult 
  • understand that personal power can be used positively and negatively, e.g. letting another child join in the game, not taking turns on the slippery dip
  • know what to do if someone tells them to do something that feels unsafe
  • identify trusted people at home, in the family, at school and in the community. Include a support service such as Kids Helpline
  • practise talking to the people on their trusted network and know how to get help if they need it.
  • Useful resources: | |

(Information from KS:CPC | Parent and carer fact sheet)

If you have any queries or concerns about the Keeping Safe Program please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Anne Murphy 

Primary Counsellor

9383 0469

Inspire Event 'Growing up online'

The John XXIII College Parents’ Association through Inspire ‐ Parent Education presents 'Growing up online' presented by Susan McLean. 

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan's famous 'no nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of.  Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7:00pm  in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre.  Book via Trybooking: 


Music - Week 14

Music Eisteddfod 

The John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod is now open for entries! Held over two days – Sunday 9 June (2:00-6:00pm) and Monday 10 June (9:00am-1:00pm) - the Eisteddfod is open to all musicians at the College in a variety of categories. Entry is free and, can be made through the following form: or, through College instrumental tutors. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to perform, with the chance to earn points for the Music Shield – won by Ward by a single point, last year!

Categories include:

  • Winds and Brass (Primary and Secondary of all levels)
  • Piano (Primary and Secondary of all levels)
  • Strings (Primary and Secondary of all levels)
  • Voice (Primary and Secondary of all levels)
  • Percussion (Primary and Secondary of all levels)
  • Guitar (Primary and Secondary of all levels)
  • Small Ensembles (Primary and Secondary of all levels)

With any questions, please contact the Music Department. Entries for the Eisteddfod close on Monday 27 May.

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.


Sizing and purchasing uniforms can be arranged through the Music Department up until the end of Term 2 for $125 (which includes a jacket and trousers), after which they will be available through the Uniform Shop (prices at that later stage may be subject to change). Students may attend the Music Office during any out-of-class time to try on uniforms.


Please contact the Music Department with any questions.



Coming soon in Drama

  • Junior House Theatre Sports
    Wednesday 12 June
    7:00pm, GBLT

  • Senior House Theatre Sports
    Tuesday 18 June
    7:00pm, GBLT

  • Year 8 Drama Performance
    And Now For Something Completely Python
    Monday 1 July
    5:00pm, Roncalli Hall

  • Year 10 Drama Night
    Show Bag
    Wednesday 3 July
    7:00pm, Roncalli Hall


Following last week’s very successful Magis World Scholar’s Breakfast, we look forward to the W.A. Competition at Sacred Heart College, Sorrento, on Friday 31 May. Parents are reminded that there will be a bus leaving the College at 7:30am on the Friday and returning at about 6:40pm on Friday evening.  Families are required to provide their own transport on the Saturday.  Good luck to all competitors.

The Jesuit National Debating Championship team has been finalised.  Year 12 students Rory Hewson, Cullen Binet, Xavier Carr and Aden Cleghorn will be representing us at Xavier College, Melbourne, from 7-9 July.


The Magis Mental Mathematics Challenge has commenced, and make-up rounds will be held at recess on several days this coming week.  There have been several near-perfect scores so far, particularly from Years 7 and 8 students. Judges are currently marking the Creative Writing contest entries, and results will be announced in week 6. There were some great entries, particularly in Years 7, 8 and 10.


The interschool debating season continued on Tuesday, with John XXIII College having three wins and three narrow losses with other teams having byes or forfeits. Our Year 7 Team 2 (Hannah Johnson, Maya Mintz, Weley Zagreb and Meg Derbyshire) remains undefeated after three rounds. Warmest thanks to all coaches and managers for their assistance and parents who are supporting the teams.

Finally, best wishes to all our Years 10, 11 and 12 students for exams which occur over the next fortnight.

Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term Two

  • 31 May - J1 World Scholar’s regionals SHC
  • 12 June - Magis Academic Knowledge
  • 26 June - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast



School Sports WA Cross Country Carnival

John XXIII College students performed extremely well at the School Sports WA Cross Country Carnival finishing as the 2019 Overall Champion School as well as securing the Champion School for Boys 17 years and over. This result was an enormous team effort from all of our students and our dedicated coaches Mr Cameron Tremayne and Miss Sian Munks.


Outstanding individual results from the day included:

U12 Boys (out of 99)

Austin Moltoni 30th

Nicholas Silva 33rd

U15 Boys (out of 97)

Samuel Byrne 21st

Thomas Standen 27th

U12 Girls (out of 111)

Karri Buchanan 23rd

U15 Girls (out of 149)

Zoe Koong 25th

Sophie Baron-Hay 30th

U13 Boys (out of 172)

Harrison Upton 13th

Owen Simpson 23rd

Jacob Soutar 30th

U16 Boys (out of 78)

Lachlan Baron-Hay 12th

James Hodge 26th

U13 Girls (out of 202)

Amelia Mettam 29th

Rebecca Litic 37th

U16 Girls (out of 107)

Zoe Broderick 11th

Holly Cannon 17th

Madeline Parchewsky 25th

Ella Naismith 30th

U14 Boys (out of 133)

Timothy Gardner 29th

Max Wilson 30th

Boys 17 and Over (out of 62)

Zac Thomas 4th

Tamura Boog 24th

U14 Girls (out of 193)

Elizabeth Edwards 22nd

Layla Hayes 49th

Girls 17 and Over (out of 51)

Zoe Griffiths 8th

Lucy Taylor 11th

Lucille Gleghorn 19th

Gabrielle Lloyd 21st



Cross Country Training Years 7 – 12

There is one final cross-country training next Tuesday 28 May. We will meet the students at John XXIII College at 6:30am and travel to Alderbury Reserve for a training session. Alternatively students can meet Mr Tremayne and Ms Sara Kononen at Alderbery Reserve at 6:45am.


Corrado Fraulini, Year 9, has been invited to participate to an important soccer camp in Italy held by Juventus Football Club. Corrado has a great passion for soccer and has been practicing since he was 5. Juventus Football Club is the most important Soccer Club in Italy and one of the top eight worldwide. 


Also, congratulations to Rory Betts, Year 9, who will be taking part in a State team trip to China for a football tournament with Football West in August.

Netball Club

Grading is now finalised for Years 7 – 12 and Alumni.


Fixtures are all available via


Details of how to use this website and the MyNetball app for your mobile device can be found on our website.

Club reminder

There will be no games over the upcoming long weekend.

Code of Conduct

When you signed up for netball you agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct. Some key points are:


  • Play by the rules and spirit of the game
  • Bullying of team-mates is not acceptable
  • Never argue with an official
  • Control your temper
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team
  • Cooperate with your coach
  • Respect the rights and dignity of all participants
  • Never consider cheating
  • Learn to accept both victory and defeat with good grace
  • Social media comments regarding anyone should always be positive.

Parents & Spectators

  • Support all the players in the team
  • Be positive about the coaches and umpires and behave accordingly 
  • Do not question coaches or umpire’s decisions if you have an issue contact the coordinator relevant to your age group
  • Do no coach from the side-line
  • Offer help to the coach if the girls are not listening or behaving appropriately
  • If you have an issue regarding the standard or manner of coaching or umpiring speak to the coordinator relevant to your age group to discuss it.

The full Code of Conduct can be found on the Club website.

Respect the Umpire

Think about this next time you hear someone moan about umpires.


A standard game of netball is 60 minutes.


The ball has to be passed at least every three seconds. This results in the ball being passed (at an absolute minimum) 1,200 times a match.


Every time a player catches the ball, an umpire has to check seven things involving the player with the ball and their opponent (footwork, contact, how they got the ball, obstruction, offside etc.).


Almost simultaneously, the umpire has to look down the court and check other players are in their correct areas and are not blocking each other in their attempts to move. This could involve scanning 10 different players, while keeping one eye on the player with the ball and their opponent.


So that’s seven things, involving the player with the ball, plus potentially another 10 players to watch, each with three actions involved (contact, obstruction and offside).


That’s 38 different actions to watch for per pass, including the held ball rule. 38 times 1,200 passes equal 45,600 decisions umpires make per match. Even if that figure is split between the two umpires, that’s still 22,800 decisions each.


22,800 decisions a match! And that’s assuming players take the maximum three seconds to pass the ball. The real figure is probably much higher.



Text credit: Sarah Black

Pathways and Transition

Year 10 Career and VET Expo Excursion

As part of the Year 10 Pathway Planning Program students visited the Careers and VET Expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday. The Expo is Western Australia’s leading Careers Expo and featured representation from both local and national universities and vocational training colleges. In addition, many industries had representation enabling students to connect with both education and employer groups regarding study pathways and career options. Several students had the opportunity to try their hand at bricklaying.




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

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



Further information available here:


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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


All screen-time really IS created equal ... ish

While some recent research condemns the category “screen-time” as too broad  to be meaningful, the World Health Organisation begs to differ. Its new guidelines, released late last month, recommend strict screen-time limits for children under five - no matter what they’re viewing or how they’re viewing it in.

Where other experts have put the emphasis on what children watch on a screen  - the content, for good or ill, of the games and videos they consume - the WHO guidelines are solely concerned with how much they consume.



In other words, quality isn’t really the issue. Quantity is.

No matter what kids are interacting with via a screen, there is a single common denominator:  they’ll be sitting down to do it. Call it the bottom line of screen-time. And it’s that inaction - the  sedentary nature of screen-time - that chiefly concerns WHO’s experts.

In that respect, the message is less about screens per se than it is about the importance of physical activity.


If our under-fives were sitting for hours at a stretch, immobilised by the wonder of books,  presumably WHO would need to release reading-restriction guidelines. But that is not happening.


What is happening is kids swiping tablets and smartphones before they can crawl, and developing a habit of physical inactivity with serious repercussions for their health and wellbeing.

Sitting down: It's the bottom line of screen-time.

Failure to meet current physical activity recommendations is responsible for more than 5 million deaths globally each year across all age groups, according to WHO research.


Healthy habits for activity and sleep, established early in life, carry over into adolescence and beyond.

The new guidelines, developed by a WHO panel of experts, examined the effects on young children of sleep time, screen-time and time spent restrained in chairs and prams. The panel also looked at the interactions between these three variables and reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.


WHO did not look at the impact of screen-time on the brain.


The big picture?

Critics of the approach have charged that the agency “missed the big picture.” “It’s not that the screen is potentially toxic, per se,” observes Michael Rich the director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It is that it is a relatively impoverished stimulus for them compared to face-to-face interaction.” he says.


Rich would also like to see WHO develop recommendations for alternatives to screen-time. Otherwise, he points out, “Setting a screen time limit probably generates more guilt than enlightenment.”


WHO Recommendations at a glance:

Infants (less than 1 year) should:

  • Be physically active several times a day in a variety of ways, particularly through interactive floor-based play; more is better. For those not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes in prone position (tummy time) spread throughout the day while awake. 
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g. prams/strollers, high chairs, or strapped on a caregiver’s back). Screen time is not recommended. When sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.  
  • Have 14–17h (0–3 months of age) or 12–16h (4–11 months of age) of good quality sleep, including naps.

Children 1-2 years of age should:

  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, including moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g., prams/strollers, high chairs, or strapped on a caregiver’s back) or sit for extended periods of time. For 1-year-olds, sedentary screen time (such as watching TV or videos, playing computer games) is not recommended. For those aged 2 years, sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour; less is better. When sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.
  • Have 11-14 hours of good quality sleep, including naps, with regular sleep and wake-up times.

Children 3-4 years of age should:

  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, of which at least 60 minutes is moderate- to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g., prams/strollers) or sit for extended periods of time. Sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour; less is better. When sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged. 
  • Have 10–13h of good quality sleep, which may include a nap, with regular sleep and wake-up times.

(source: The World Health Organisation,


Community Liturgy

Thank you to students in Year 11 who prepared the Community Liturgy this morning. 


Next week, students in Year 9 will prepare the Liturgy, and their families are especially welcome. 

Community Liturgy summary

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

Sacrament Program 



Wren McGlew who is making her first Reconciliation in the parish of St Kieran’s this evening.

Matteo Desiati and Kye Bishop who celebrated their First Reconciliation in the parish of St Mary Star of the Sea.

Several students, together with their families, will be celebrating the sacraments in their parishes this term. As a regional school, we are enriched by students and families participating in a number of parishes.  Let us keep all these students and their families in our hearts and in our prayer at this special time. 


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

Parish news


GOOD NEWS for the Easter Season 

(While Easter Sunday was four weeks ago, the season of Easter continues until Pentecost, 9 June).


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel (John 14:23-29) 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.


Have you noticed how many books, films, television and radio programs harken back to yesteryear? ‘Retrospectives’ are huge in the art world. Have you noticed when musicians play more romantic classical music in the first half and contemporary music in the second half that people leave at half time? It seems the public likes the art of the 19th Century more than that of today. Nostalgia is big business and we cannot get enough of it.


Nostalgia literarily means ‘a yearning for home’. And if our artistic tastes reveal anything about who we are at present, maybe the home we yearn for is where things are clearer, roles are more defined, accepted harmony is developed and discord and dissonance is avoided – at least in public.


In today's Gospel, Jesus says that as a result of our love for him and fidelity to his word, the Father will come and make a home with us. The image of God as homemaker is, sadly, not very developed in Christian spirituality, maybe because too many undomesticated men have had too much of the say for far too long! But this is an image that holds a lot for how and where we meet God.


The best homes are places where we relax because we are ourselves, we are known and we know the others with whom we live. It's a common experience, for example, that when we have been out from our homes, as soon as we enter our front door we want to go to the loo. There is something intimate and familiar about our home that enables us to relax on many levels as we turn the key. Home is an earthy place where we don't get away with much and our vulnerability can be on display. Christian homes are particularly hospitable places, where Christ dwells in them to the degree that dignity, love and forgiveness are present.


A home, however, is more than a house in which people live. Homes need work and attention. A friend of mine says memories rarely just happen, they need to be created. That's the sort of attention to a family's life that turns a house into a home.


And this is the world in which God enters our lives. God wants us to be relaxed and vulnerable in God’s presence. We don't need to put on a show or say what we think God wants to hear, that's a theatre where we preform, not a home where we know each other. Easter faith is about being comfortable and intimate, about being who we are, rather than the persona we would prefer God to see.


As with most of our homes, being at home with God has its ups and downs, days when we think we cannot bear to stay one more moment, other days where we could never imagine being anywhere else and then most days where we are neither up nor down and we just get on with the routine of our lives. God the homemaker remains faithful through it all, offering the gift of Easter peace, sending us out to proclaim Christ's Kingdom, welcoming us home eager to learn how everything went and reassuring us always that while God is at home with us our hearts should never be troubled and we are not to be afraid.


For Christians, nostalgia is not about living in the past, it is about yearning for the sort of home where our heart truly is.

© Richard Leonard


Handwashing – why it’s important

Good hand washing is the first line of defence against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, influenza, hepatitis A, and most types of infectious diarrhoea. Some forms of gastroenteritis can cause serious complications, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system. Drying your hands properly is as important as washing them.


To minimise the germs passed around the family, make frequent hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After going to the toilet or changing nappies
  • After touching animals, including family pets
  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends and relatives
  • After using a tissue or handkerchief
  • After handling rubbish, working or playing outside
  • After smoking
  • After cleaning the house
  • After touching garbage
  • After playing sport
  • At any other time when hands are soiled.
  • Remember to keep finger nails clean.

How to wash your hands properly:

  • Wet hands with warm water, cold water is better than no water at all for a ‘one off’ hand wash.
  • Apply liquid soap and lather for 15 to 20 seconds. Have your child sing “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Liquid soap is better than bar soap.
  • Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists. Don’t forget the backs of hands, your wrists, between fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse and dry hands well using a paper towel or single use cloth towel.
  • At home, give each family member their own towel and wash them often.
  • Hot air driers can be used but, again, you should ensure your hands are thoroughly dry.
  • Alcohol-based liquids or gels can be used if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Hand gels are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty.

Take care of your hands

Hand washing is only one part of hand hygiene. Looking after your skin generally is important, as your skin is the perfect barrier against infection. You can help to look after your hands by:

  • Apply a water based absorbent hand cream three to four times a day, if your hands are constantly in water.
  • Use gloves to wash dishes to protect your hands.
  • Use gloves when gardening
  • Consult a doctor if a skin irritation develops or continues.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



The John XXIII College Parents’ Association through Inspire ‐ Parent Education presents

‘Growing up online’ presented by Susan McLean

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan's famous 'no nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of:

  • What are kids doing online – The popular social networking sites and apps such as Secret Calculator, TikTok, Instagram & Yubo as well as live streaming sites.
  • Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur? What are the warning signs & what to do if you suspect this is happening to your child.
  • Cyberbullying ‐ What it is, where it happens, what it looks like, how to prevent and what to do if it occurs. Also the legal consequences and the possible criminal charges.
  • Sharing Nudes – the taking and sending of explicit images. The social and emotional consequences as well as the Law.
  • Top Tips– how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online via parental controls and restriction passcodes.
  • Problematic Internet use and gaming issues.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre



Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of Cybersafety and young people. She was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving Cybersafety and young people. She took her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 and since then she has conducted extensive research and has completed advanced training in this area in both the USA and UK and is a sought after presenter and advisor to Schools, elite sporting bodies such as the AFL, GP’s, and both State and Federal Governments.


She has authored resources for the Victorian DET, writes and reviews school Policy, provides crisis

management/advice to schools and law firms and is afforded ‘expert’ status on the Safer Internet

Programme Data Base. She recently co‐authored the NSW Govt. Review into mobile phones in schools.


Susan is the most highly qualified of all Federal Government eSafety Presenters. Susan is a member of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) and is also a member of the Australian Government's

Cybersafety working group and a published author. Her book 'Sext's Texts & Selfies', is the definitive

guide for parents, teachers and carers to help children stay safe online.

Parents' Association

Term 2 - Monday 27 May

The 2019 Term 2 Parents' Association meeting will be held on Monday 27 May at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are welcome to attend. Please come and hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on the distribution of Parent Association funds this term


At the meeting we will be voting on the three funding proposals below: 

  1. Inspire 2019 Parent Education Annual Budget- $7,500.
  2. Parents’ Party 2019 Contribution - $7,000.
  3. Rowing Club purchase of 20 new Ergometers - $27,650.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting if you can make it.


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


Updated Bus Routes




Change in Canteen Menu

Parmalat have been unable to supple the 300ml Oak light milk.  We have changed over to the Milky Max chocolate and strawberry milk.  Please see new 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 Term 2 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

Please note the uniform shop will be closed  for stocktaking on Wednesday 22 May.  Open as usual on Friday 24 May.


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

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

Community Notices


COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
2019 Letter inviting families to host.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.docx
Susan Mclean.pdf