17 March 2017
Issue Seven
From the Principal
Year 7
Around The Primary
Music - Week 7
Health News
Parent's Association
Uniform Shop
Committee Vacancy
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Open Day Success

Many thanks to all involved in last weekend’s very engaging Open Day. We had over 800 visitors which made the event a resounding success. Many of our guests commented favourably on the excellent student participation and their obvious enthusiasm for the College. Our staff are also to be commended for their professionalism and commitment. We also had over 40 parent volunteers which again reinforces the wonderful partnership between students, parents and staff.


As an aside we have received positive feedback on the changes to our Newsletter format. Interestingly, 67% of our readers are accessing the Newsletter via a phone or other portable device emphasising the necessity of our communication being compatible with those devices.


The Wisdom Of Youth

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Primary School Assembly hosted by Year 5 Gold and their teacher, Miss Talea Graves.

The class very creatively role played the notion of ‘resilience’. Their excellent suggestions are recorded below:


R stands for respond to problems appropriately

E stands for endure tough situations

S stands for stick up for yourself

I stands for identify the problem

L stands for let go of negativity

I stands for independently solve problems

E stands for expect the unexpected

N stands for never give up

T stands for take responsibility for your actions


As adults we sometimes over complicate situations and there was great wisdom in the presentation.


As I was listening to our Year 5s, I reflected on ideas from an American author, Robert Fulgham. In 1988 he wrote about leadership and suggested that the basic principles of leadership can be learned from a very young age:

What I learned in Kindergarten:
• Share everything.
• Play fair.
• Don’t hit people.
• Put things back where you found them.
• Clean up your own mess.
• Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
• Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
• Wash your hands before you eat.
• Flush.
• Warm biscuits and cold milk are good for you.
• Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
• Take a nap every afternoon.
• When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and   stick together.

Winter Uniform 

We have had some enquiries with respect to the change into Winter Uniform. We would like to confirm that Winter Uniform is to be worn from the commencement of Term Two. A decision has been made to make our changeover dates simple – Terms Two and Three for Winter Uniform and Terms One and Four for summer uniform. If the weather is warm at the start of Term Two we will show common sense with blazer requirements and communicate accordingly with families.


Together, let us seek justice.

Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Campion Lap-a-Thon

Congratulations to the students of Campion House who participated in their annual Lap-A-Thon on Thursday, 16 March to raise money for Caritas Australia.

All Secondary Campion students were encouraged to run or walk as many laps of the football field as they could in 30 minutes, seeking sponsorship from family and friends for every lap they ran. When students participated in the Lap-A-Thon they were asked to think about those who are less fortunate then they are, helping to reinforce that Campion students are ‘men and women for others’.


Over the last two years, the Campion Lap-A-Thon has raised over $5000 for Catholic charities and this year we hope to achieve another generous total to donate to Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.


Thank you to our Campion families for your ongoing support and generosity for what is such a successful and meaningful event on the Campion calendar. Students can hand in their donations to their Homeroom teacher over the coming week.

We look forward to announcing our overall total raised!


Louise Hoy

Campion House Coordinator

Year 7

Week 7

This week Our budding chefs in Food and Nutrition, have been involved in a bake off for the best scone in town. There was a buzz of activity and great excitement as some very light and fluffy scones were tasted. We suspect there was also equal excitement around consuming the remaining scones! Congratulations to all of the students involved. Perhaps this newly developed skill might be used at home this weekend for the benefit of their families.


Deacon Aaron Peters

Assistant Deputy Principal - Year 7

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Today in the Primary School we celebrated House Day. Our day commenced with a beautiful Mass prepared by Mrs Fontaine, Mrs Goss and our Year 6 Leaders. It was great to see all the House colour, spirit and energy that went into all the activities organised throughout the day.

Congratulations to the Year six students for also organising the Monster Cake Stall. A total of $1014.90 was raised for Project Compassion. Special thanks to everyone for supporting this fundraising project.


After school on Tuesday our Primary swimming squad participated in the IPSHA Swimming Carnival at Newman College. Congratulations to all our swimmers for their wonderful efforts and enthusiasm at the carnival. A big thank you to Mr Alderman, Mrs Magee, Mrs Burke, Mrs Gardner, Ms Allen, Miss Joyce and all the parents who assisted at the carnival. It was also great to see so many families coming along to support and cheer the students in their events.


2017 Swimming Squad

Year 4: Ruby Verleg, Trinity Fuller, Bianca Petsos, Sylvia Czajko, Jackson Bosnich, Gregory Briede, Archie Ryan, Caden Hart, Bridget Owen, Olivia Gardner, Torren Jakovich, Cooper Matera, Sonny Matthews & Ella Matthews

Year 5: Jacinta Douglas, Tiffany Bosonac, Tayleah Dorrington, Zachary Morphett, Harry Martin, William Parker, Luke McLernon, Conny Janssen, Ashleigh Paramor, Charles McGurgan, Tayla Matera, Lulani Wheeler, Finn Martin, Tenley Burton, Asha Paton, Geordie Stickland, Braden Fyneman, Georgie Tudori & Lucy Purcell

Year 6: Sienna Carroll, Madeleine Northover, Emily Barbour, Elizabeth Edwards, Patrick Eastwood, Ben Mignacca, Thomas King, Alex Petsos, Charles Hodge, Marie-Claire Hickling, Lawrence McNeilly, Sophie Arundell, Sophie Standen, Liam Stewart, Summer Burton, Sandy Smith, John Edwards, Bryn Chapman & Joel Margaria



As part of our Primary Art Program, all the children in Years 3-6 had the fantastic experience of visiting the 'Sculpture by the Sea' exhibition at Cottesloe Beach this week. This was a valuable and enjoyable learning excursion for the students and they had a wonderful time too! Thank you to Mrs Fiona Blaauw, our Art specialist for organising this excursion. Thank you, also, to the parents who volunteered to assist the classes.

It's hard to believe we are over half way through the term and teachers are now busy preparing for interviews with parents. Interviews commence from 3 April. It is essential for all parents to book a time with the teachers to find out more about your child's learning this term (further details will follow next week).


I look forward to seeing many families on the Junior Primary oval on Saturday at the Family Picnic to celebrate our 40th Anniversary on this campus.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Open Day Year 6 Helpers

A big thank you to our Year 6 Leaders who assisted on Open Day. They were wonderful ambassadors for our College.

Harry Court
Milly Gellard
Sophie Standen
Sophie Arundell
Kate Scalise
Camila Chorrez
Jasmine Slatter
Cleo Zuvela
Evelyn Arundell



Music - Week 7

Twilight Recital

Applications for the first Twilight Recital of the year close this Tuesday, 21 March. All students who undertake lessons on their instrument or voice – through or outside the College – are welcome to perform to a friendly, welcoming audience on Sunday, 26 March at 5:30pm in the GBLT. The relaxed atmosphere of this event make it ideal for young performers of all age and experience.

Holy Week Concert

The College’s annual celebration of sacred music is held on the evening of Monday, 3 April at 6:00pm in the Chapel. Please note, that to accommodate other College events on the same date, the Holy Week Concert has moved to an earlier time than advertised in the calendar. This first ensembles concert of the year is beautiful, vibrant and reflective, and features the Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Senior String Quartet, Flute Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble in the lovely surrounds of the Chapel. We welcome all audience members to one of the highlights of the music year!


James Kros

Director of Music


Into The Woods

We are in the middle of rehearsals for this year’s musical. It is the first time that we have done a Stephen Sondheim musical and the students are working hard to transport their audience to the world of fairy tales. The set is almost finished and the costumes are being made. It is a Brothers Grimm inspired musical.


The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by a witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves.


By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.

Songs include It Takes Two, Ever After, Agony, On the Steps of the Palace, Children Will Listen, Last Midnight and many others.


Drama Study Trip

The Year 12 Drama students are getting ready to go on the annual trip to Melbourne during the first week of the holidays. In Melbourne they will participate in intensive workshops run by the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). It is a fantastic week where they get taught by industry professionals and perform.


They will also see plays during the Melbourne Comedy Festival. In this year’s Comedy Festival line up we have John XXIII College alumni Xavier Michelides (class of 1999), James Eaton (class of 1999), Liam Ryan (class of 1997) performing. Holly Meegan (class of 2005) is also performing in My Fair Lady directed by Julie Andrews.

House Theatre Sports
(Junior and Senior)

Early next term we will hold a meeting to introduce the first annual House Theatre Sports competition to interested Year 7, 8, 9 students. After that competition we continue with the annual Senior Comp.

Year 8/9 Production

Auditions for this year's 8/9 Production will be held later in Term Two.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama



Open Day Display

Year 8 HASS students were busy manning a polling station on Open Day, which showcased the most recent Year 8 Civics and Citizenship assessment. All students in Year 8 created a political party and were asked to:

Task 1: Complete a research booklet on three key policies and influences on their political party

Task 2: Create a campaign poster or IMovie

Task 3: Design a How-to-vote card

Task 4: Present a speech to the class outlining their election policies


Visitors to the College Open Day were also asked to cast their vote on the party of their choice. This happened to coincide with the State Election which made the display both topical and highly engaging for all ‘parties’ concerned.

I would like to thank the students who contributed to the event, either through the outstanding work displayed or by volunteering to assist from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Special thanks to Miss Daisy Farley and the amazing HASS staff who spent an extraordinary amount of time creating the display, organising prizes and giveaways, and encouraging visitors to vote in the most important election on the day!


Andrew Osnain

Head of Learning Area, Humanities and Social Sciences




AFL Football Training

AFL training is available for Year 7-12 Boys in Terms One and Two.  Girls training will commence during Term Three and Four.  Mr Dylan Ross from Claremont Football Club, Mr Darren Kowal (1st XVIII) and Mr Cameron Haines (Eagles Cup - Year 8 and 9) will conduct training on the College Football Oval, Wednesday mornings from 6:55am-8:00am

Term One

Session 1 - Week 8 (22 March)

Session 2 - Week 9 (29 March)

Week 10 - No Training (Pupil Free Day)

Term Two

Session 3 - Week 11 (26 April)

Session 4 - Week 12 (3 May)

Session 5 - Week 13 (10 May)

Session 6 - Week 14 (17 May)

Session 7 - Week 15 (24 May)

Session 8 - Week 16 (31 May)

(No Training) - Week 17 

Session 9 - Week 18 (14 June)

(No Training) - Week 19


Cameron Haines

Assistant Sport Coordinator

NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

Our final round of NAS fixtures before finals is against Sacred Heart College, Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 March. A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice. Results, fixtures and ladders for the NAS competition can be viewed via the iScore website - use the menu on the left. Details of fixtures and venues are also available on the College website.


Swimming Training (Year 7 -12)

Good luck to our 2017 ACC Swimming team that will compete at HBF stadium on Wednesday 22 March in the ‘A’ Division ACC Swimming Carnival. Thank you to all students for their hard work and dedication to training. I’d also like to thank our staff supervisors Mr Daniel Platts, Miss Sarah den Haan and Emma Scally for their early morning commitment throughout Term One.


We have been lucky to have ex-students Mark Ferguson, Beatrice Tay and Brandon Tay coaching the students throughout the term. It’s wonderful to have alumni back to mentor our current students. A reminder that to be eligible for an ACC swimming badge students must attend at least four school training sessions along with the ACC carnival. Good luck to all competitors next Wednesday.             


Cross Country Training (Year 7 – 12)

Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term One and into Term Two, from 7.00 - 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 One and into Term Two. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4 - 7km depending on ability level.


Congratulations to Dylan Paull who has been selected to represent Western Australia at the National U15 Hockey Championships in Sydney.


Congratulations to Year 7s Shenae Baker, Alice Williams, Perri Edwards and Holly Murdoch, who will be representing the UWA City Beach Water Polo Club at the Water Polo Australia, Girls National Aged Club championships, held on the Gold Coast in April.  Max Clarke, Ben Fletcher and Ethan Judge will be going to Albury Wodonga for the equivalent Boys competition.  Good luck to all our students.


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator 


Year 10 Retreat

On 7 March the inaugural Year 10 retreat was held. This forms part of a new retreat program introduced in the secondary school this year. Students unpacked the concept of social justice and reflected on the role they can play as ambassadors for justice, both within the College and in the wider community.

One student said, “I thought the message of the day was very meaningful; telling us to go out in the world and do good, even if it's in the smallest ways around our local community.” Through a variety of small group and large group activities, the students demonstrated a concern for the welfare of others. The challenge now is to put words into action!


Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission




Sacrament Program

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?


Students in these classes are excited about preparing for the Sacrament this year. It is a great privilege for this task to be shared among parents, the parish and our College. In our archdiocese the Sacrament Program is ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported’.


If you have not already enrolled your child in a a parish program it is important to do that immediately. 

If you need support in this, there are several people available to assist:

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison [email protected] or 9383 0513.
  • Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website:

  • Information from parishes will be on the College website as it becomes available?

Updates From Local Parishes

Holy Rosary, Nedlands

Registration forms and dates and full details are now available on the parish website  in the church porch, or from the parish office.


St Cecilia’s, Floreat & Our Lady of Victories, Wembley

Contact: [email protected]

Download information or enrolment form:


Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 17 March.

Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or [email protected]


Our Lady of Grace, North Beach

Reconciliation Faith formation for parents:  Tue 21 or Thur 23 March, 7:00pm.


More detailed information is available on the College website here.

GOOD NEWS for the Third Sunday in Lent

“The water that I shall give will turn into a spring of eternal life.”           (John 4:5-52)


The reflection is part of a longer homily by  Fr Michael Tate for this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Michael Tate is currently a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.   

Our Sacred Site

(It is well known that) the Muslims face Mecca when they pray. One sees the men kneeling in rows, faces touching the ground. It is a profound gesture of humility which is quite moving.

But when we Christians pray, we do not face Jerusalem or Nazareth or Rome. Why not? The answer lies in today’s Gospel.

The Jewish people worshipped at the temple in Jerusalem. The Samaritans to the north worshipped on Mt Gerizem.

Each group believed that God’s glorious presence was grounded, was earthed, in a way special and exclusive to that place, such that it was only there that true worship could be given to God.

But Jesus says to the woman of Samaria: ‘Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this Mountain nor in Jerusalem … true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.’

Jesus uses a word for ‘to worship’ which means to incline the whole body, so Jesus is saying: true worship is the orientation of oneself, the inclining of oneself, body and mind, oriented to God who is never confined to a place.

This is radical stuff.

I don’t think Jesus would be against pilgrimages where his followers might deepen their faith by visiting places significant in his ministry, or in the life of the Church since then.

But, he is adamantly against any attempt to confine the presence of God to a particular sacred site.

Jesus Christ is our sacred site. God is dwelling in the person of Jesus. In his earthly ministry this was at places like the well in Samaria. As Risen Lord, he is to be found in those in dire need (‘when you did this to the least, you did it to me’), and in the heavenly bread, the sacrament of His Presence.

In both cases, we need to incline the body as an act of worship.

In the case of the needy, by doing something practical, even something which gets us bruised and dirty, in the words of Pope Francis.

In the case of the Heavenly Bread, by genuflecting, bowing, sometimes prostrating, before the Blessed Sacrament which is Our Risen Lord’s presence for us.

The Risen Lord is our sacred site…

©Michael Tate

Community Liturgy

Next Friday, 24 March, Community Mass will be prepared by students in Year 8, and families of Year 8 students are warmly invited to attend.


If you If you have never attended Community Mass before, you are very welcome. Some people commit to Community Mass as part of their Lenten practice. People are welcome to attend on a regular basis – or less frequently, depending on personal schedules.


For any enquiries concerning the Community Mass, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: [email protected] or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel



New From The Careers Department



Year 10 students recently completed an online Career Assessment tool that will help them match their strengths and personality with an array of jobs.  Your child has received the results from this assessment. Personality is only one consideration in finding a rewarding career, other personal characteristics such as interests, values, natural ability, skills and academic are also important.  The students are currently working through the Careers Workbook to learn more about themselves.  Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.




The Defence Force GAP Year program gives young Australians, who have completed year 12 (or equivalent), the chance to experience a year in the Navy, Army or Air Force with NO obligation to commit beyond the 12 months. 


A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a way to get a feel for a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, while gaining life skills, making new friends and developing leadership qualities you can take anywhere.

Applications for the 2018 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are now open.  For more information


Gap Medics

Students wanting to enter the healthcare field could consider taking a gap year (or month) with Gap Medics. They offer work experience programs in hospitals in destinations such as Tanzania, Thailand, Poland and Croatia.


Pre-Apprenticeship Course Finder

This site can help you find a pre-apprenticeship course in your area of interest. You can search by location.


UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships for 2018

Applications for this scholarship is now open and close on 30 April, 2017.

Students will be required to meet a minimum predicted ATAR of 99.

Other scholarships usually open from August.  Students should visit individual universities websites for more details.



Graduate Careers Australia – Career Profiles

This website offers an insight into a range of careers in a multitude of different industries.



Careers in Radiation Oncology

Students interested in a career in radiation oncology or those exploring their options can use this site to gain better insight into the field of radiation oncology and what the job entails.  Students can read career stories and learn how to start a career in this field.


Careers in the Sign and Graphic Design Industry

The Sign and Graphic Design industry needs people who are creative, practical and computer literate. This website focuses on the range of careers in the Sign and Graphic Design Industry. It includes a list of available apprenticeships by state, career guidance, and more detail about the Sign and Graphic Design Industry.


Deakin Explore

This website produced by Deakin University allows prospective students to search for courses based on careers or search for careers based on courses.


Minerals Tertiary Education Council

An online resource about careers in the minerals industry that features courses, webinars, a degree and career guide, and more.



Ultimate Careers magazine


This excellent publication includes articles about robotics, wearable tech, coding, gaming, data visualisation, augmented and virtual reality – careers of the future.



The College Careers office is located off the library quad in the Xavier block.  I am at school three days a week. The best way of contacting me is usually by email at [email protected]


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


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

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

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

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

Health News

Allergy Awareness

The College has some students who have severe allergic reaction to nuts and other allergens. This reaction is called Anaphylaxis.  It is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening and requires urgent treatment.


Our school does its best to be an “Allergy Aware” School. The College can never totally eliminate the risk of an anaphylaxis and we cannot guarantee a totally allergen free environment.  The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of the student who has been diagnosed as at risk, awareness of allergens, prevention and avoidance of exposure to those allergens and action in the case of a reaction.


As a preventative measure could we please ask you to consider the students in our College who are at risk of anaphylaxis by:

  • Avoid sending food to school which has nuts or nut products in.
  • Teach your child to respect children who have food allergies.
  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers with anyone.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands after eating.
  • Ask your child to get help immediately if their allergic schoolmate becomes unwell.


If your child has a severe Food Allergy:

  • Teach your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers.
  • Teach your child to wash hands after eating.
  • Food for your child should be supplied from home.
  • We request your child’s food allergy is stated when ordering food from the Canteen.
  • Parents are advised that your child should carry their Epipen and Action Plan  (adrenaline autoinjector) on them when age appropriate to do so.
  • It is recommended that students with severe food allergies wear a medic alert bracelet/necklet.
  • Educate and empower your child to manage his/her allergy and to get help immediately if feeling unwell.
  • For more information on allergies go to: and



Jenny Hill 

College Nurse

Resource: Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia


Parent's Association


Uniform Shop

Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform is to be worn by secondary students from the first day of Term Two.   Please purchase yours before the end of this term. Boys winter uniform includes long trousers, belt, blazer and tie.

Girls require a blazer, tie and tights.


Students can visit the Uniform Shop at recess or lunch time on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday and there will be a staff member available to help them.  Payment details can be taken over the phone.  

Committee Vacancy

The College Council's Finance and Risk Committee

The College Council is establishing a pool of qualified and interested College parents from which to seek members for the Finance and Risk Committee, as positions become available.  A specific skill set in the area of risk management is sought.  Given the College’s focus on gender equity, we encourage all parents with the relevant skill set to express their interest.


The Committee's responsibilities are to provide support to the Council and College Principal in monitoring and reviewing the College budget, accounts, risk management and other financial matters.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in the governance of the College. 


Expressions of interest and initial inquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee, Mr John Bouffler by Thursday, 30 March 2017.


Email:     [email protected]

Mobile:      0429 113 500

Community Notices

Red Cross Clothing Sale

Clothes and Accessories Needed for Bindaring Red Cross Clothing Sale

Good Quality Clean Clothes for men, women and children plus Shoes, Bags, Belts, Scarves and Costume Jewellery in good condition, are needed to stock the 54th Bindaring Sale at Claremont Showground on Saturday, 20 May 2017. 

All funds raised support Australian Red Cross local services in our community.


Donations may be left on the verandah of the Forster family home 1 Lovegrove Close Mt Claremont from Wednesday, 26 April until Friday, 12 May.





JAFO (Junior Australian Floorball Open) expressions of interest are now open and players can register on the Floorball WA website ASAP

The link below has an information letter and the registration form

Phillips Dojos


School Holiday Add.pdf
Week two of Lent[2].pdf
15 March[1].pdf