13 October 2017
Issue Thirty One
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Seek Justice
Music - Week 29
Pathways and Transition
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Men Of John XXIII
Parents' Association
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Being A Good Sport

Welcome to an incredibly busy Term Four. Our Year 12 students are currently concluding their final school based assessments and over 40 of our Year 11 students have returned from very successful pilgrimage experiences. All students and staff have a busy term ahead.


There are many formal events conducted at the College over the final term. The first of these occasions was our Sport Awards evening this week. We were delighted that one of our Alumni, Ms Katrina Porter OAM (Class of 2005), an Australian Paralympic swimmer was our guest speaker on the evening.  At the 2008 Beijing Games,  Katrina competed in five events and won a gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke S7 event in a world record, for which she received a Medal of the Order of Australia. Her story was truly inspiring for all our athletes and families in attendance.


I gave the following brief address:


There are lots of good reasons to get involved in sport. For some of the students in the Hall tonight, it is something that you take very seriously and you may even be keen to make a career out of sport. For others, it is about being healthy and having fun with your friends. Both perspectives are equally valid.

Some time ago, I enjoyed reading a story about the English cricket team and the success of its batsmen in a test series against Australia. Alistair Cook, the English opener has often performed superbly in Ashes tests. When he and other young players first came into the team, their batting coach (Graham Gooch) used to go up to them after they had made reasonable scores of 30, 40 or 50. He used to ask them, “Don’t you like batting?” His message was near enough to a good score was not good enough. Taking that philosophy to its fullest extent, Cook now refuses to give up his wicket easily and often makes very big scores.


Some years’ ago I worked at another Catholic school and I recall having a conversation with a Year 12 student. I asked the student what he wanted to do when he left school.


"I want to play AFL, Sir."


"That’s great. But what other options do you have in case things do not work out."


We then discussed some fall-back positions for this student.  Deep down I did not think that this young man was quite good enough to make a living out of sport. Fortunately, I kept that opinion to myself as within a few years, Sharrod Wellingham, was a premiership player for Collingwood. He now plays for the West Coast Eagles.


So what is the message? Firstly, I would not be a good talent scout. Secondly keep involved in sport and never let go of your dreams.


Congratulations to all of our winners this evening.

Welcome To New Staff

Welcome to the following new staff members commencing at the College this term:


Martin Kolka (Computing and Robotics)


Catherine Young (Primary Teacher)


We trust your association with the College will be enjoyable and rewarding.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 4 everyone! We hope the holidays have gone well for you all and that children are rested and ready for the next nine weeks of learning!


We were delighted to welcome so many grandparents into the Primary school today. Grandma, grandpa, nanna, pop, nan, yaya, nonna, nonno, avo, opa, dida were some of the special family names used so lovingly by the children at the picnic. This event is always a wonderful opportunity for family to share some special moments together at school. The afternoon finished with delicious shared lunches, delightful musical entertainment and grandparents chatting together and exchanging stories.

This opportunity is another way for the connection between home and school, culture and family rituals and traditions to be linked and become seamless. For the children, it is an important link between home and school – a sense of community joining family and education. Our heartfelt thanks to all the families for supporting this event and to the children and the staff for helping to make these special memories.

Spring has finally and we are all feeling energised and ready for a productive, positive and rewarding term ahead! To keep up with the busy schedule of events, the term calendar is attached for your convenience.

Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Visual Art Exhibition 2017

The John XXIII College’s Visual Art Exhibition runs from Tuesday 17  (Opening Night) to Saturday 21 October 2017. The Exhibition features artwork from both the Secondary and Primary school students.


Students participating in specialist Visual Art lessons from Year 3-6 will have a piece of artwork exhibited and a small selection from the Early Years will also be displayed. It is a great opportunity for parents and the community to view artwork across all years and for students to showcase their artwork. Everyone is invited to come along and see the students’ design and creativity skills with both 2D and 3D work from the range of forms being exhibited.


I look forward to seeing many visitors throughout the week.


Fiona Blaauw
Primary Visual Art Specialist Teacher


Swimming Champions


During the holidays four of our Primary students participated in Swimming WA Junior Short Course State Championships (representing UWA-West Coast Swimming Club and produced some amazing personal best times and awarded medals for their magnificent efforts. Some of their highlights are provided below -


Sylvia Czajko (4G)

50 Backstroke - Silver Medal
100 Backstroke - Bronze Medal
50 Freestyle - Gold Medal & State Record
100 Freestyle - Gold Medal & State Record
50 Butterfly - Bronze Medal


Girls 8-10 200 Freestyle Relay - Gold Medal
Girls 8-10 200 Medley Relay - Gold Medal
Mixed 8-10 200 Freestyle Relay - Silver Medal
Bianca Petsos (4B)
50 Freestyle - Bronze Medal
100 Freestyle - Silver Medal
200 Freestyle - Gold Medal & State Record
100 Backstroke - Silver Medal
100 Individual Medley - Silver
200 Individual Medley - Bronze
PB State Level Clean Sweep
Girls 8-10 200 Freestyle Relay - Gold Medal
Girls 8-10 200 Medley Relay - Gold Medal
Braden Fyneman (5B)
50 Freestyle - PB
100 Freestyle - PB
200 Freestyle - PB
200 Backstroke - PB
200 Individual Medley - PB
PB State Level Clean Sweep
Charlie Hodge (6G)
50 Freestyle - Gold Medal
100 Freestyle - Gold Medal
200 Freestyle - Gold Medal
400 Freestyle - Gold Medal
800 Freestyle - Gold Medal
100 Breaststroke - Bonze Medal
200 Breaststroke - Gold Medal
400 Individual Medley - Gold Medal
PB State Level Clean Sweep
Mixed 11-12 200 Freestyle Relay - Bronze Medal
Boys 11-12 200 Freestyle Relay - Bronze Medal
Ben MIgnacca (6B)
50 Freestyle - PB
100 Freestyle - PB
200 Freestyle - PB



Dates to Remember

Monday 16 October        EduDance ‘G’ classes begin

Tuesday 17 October        Annual Art Exhibition Opening 6:30pm (TMEC

Friday 20 October            Yr 3 Hyogo Cultural Centre Excursion

Saturday 21 October      Parent Ball



Visual Arts Exhibition Opening

Tuesday 17 October is the Visual Arts Exhibition, opening night.

The exhibition will be open to the public Tuesday 17 October to Friday 20 October, 9:00am – 4:00pm and Saturday 21 October 10:00am – 2:00pm.


Kiri Moore

Visual Arts Teacher

House Netball

After five rounds of matches, the finals for House Netball were completed in the final week of Term Three. The competition was expanded this year to enable each year group to field a team and it was great to see the increased numbers participating and excellent House spirit on display. Most games were closely contested, with several results being decided by one or two goals. It was fantastic to see all six Houses represented in a play-off for 1st and 2nd place which led to a close overall result. With three winning teams, St Louis finished in first place and Loyola in second. Well done to all students who represented their Houses and a special congratulation to the St Louis students. Thanks to Sport Captains Olivia and Harrison for their efforts in organising the competition.



Year 7     St Louis

Year 8     Koolyangarra

Year 9     Loreto

Year 10 St Louis

Year 11  Loyola

Year 12 St Louis

Overall 1st St Louis and 2nd Loyola


Jodi Power and Cameron Haines

House Sport Competition Coordinators

Seek Justice

Our Killing Fields Experience

Father Rajat welcomed us, a group of ten students and three staff members with open arms, into his parish centre in Kompong Chhnang, Cambodia. The kindness and warmth of our hosts was immediately obvious. After being confronted visiting the killing fields and learning about the Khmer Rouge, it was nice to be embraced with such positive energy. Throughout our stay, we were charmed by the floating village and the kids from the peace centre, and got our hands dirty doing work in the garden. The accepting nature of everyone we met was almost overwhelming.


The days following included the breathtaking Angkor Wat, putting together wheelchairs, building a toilet and nailing the floor of a house. All the while, we were forming bonds and friendships with everyone that we met, including the people at the incredible organisation: the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, and those at Sister Denise’s reflection centre whose lives were impacted by landmines or cluster bombs. Cambodia, a country ravaged by genocide so recently, gave us all such an incredible experience that we will never forget, and reminded us of our call to justice; not only overseas, but in our own communities.


Cambodia Pilgrims

India Pilgrimage

On 17 September we left Perth for Kolkata, India.  Upon our arrival we were instantly hit with a wave of heat, smells and sounds unfamiliar to what we had ever experienced in Perth.  We stayed at the Baptist Missionary Society Kolkata, took day trips with the Mary Ward Society and had the opportunity to see the amazing work they are doing for the underprivileged children.  We visited many schools and communities, and experienced the overwhelming generosity and pride of the people and where they live. 


It was an amazing experience to visit and interact with the communities that we raise money for at John XXIII College, and we all suddenly understood the incredibly important part charity plays in the growth of the Mary Ward programs.

Loreto schools around Kolkata run a program called Rainbow Kids, where children from underprivileged areas are given an education and are able to sleep in school grounds.  We had the opportunity meet the children from one of the schools and were surprised by how energetic and enthusiastic the girls were. 

Our experience in India was unforgettable and transformed our perspectives and alerted us to our impact on the world.


India Pilgrims

Timor Leste Pilgrimage

Timor Leste was an experience of a lifetime. Being immersed into a culture, completely different from the comfort of our homes, broadened our understanding of the world beyond Australia, and has inspired us to continue working with the communities we visited. It was a pleasure to be able to partner with the Timorese in contributing to the development of their nation, as well as growing in ourselves.

During our time in Bacau, we were fortunate enough to spend time with the students at Buibau Primary School, the young girls at Laga Orphanage, as well as to have the opportunity to teach English to the students at Ponte Leste Youth Centre. The relationships formed between not only the members of our group, but with the beautiful people and children we met, are ones that we will treasure forever. The friendly nature of all the people we encountered throughout our trip was much appreciated in making us feel welcome in their country.


It was incredible to witness the passion that each Timorese person had in their hospitality and in sharing their culture with us. Timor Leste will always hold a special place in our hearts.


Timor Pilgrims

Northern Territory Pilgrimage

The opportunity to participate in the Northern Territory pilgrimage, visiting Beswick and Kakadu, has become one that we will cherish and remember for the rest of our lives.


Spending time in these unique communities has opened our eyes to not only social justice issues present within our Australian culture, but has allowed us to develop a mutual understanding of the importance of land and family.

Growing both mentally and spiritually as individuals, we are able to accept the consequent changes that we are now experiencing on our return, with a renewed perspective of the world.


Having spent the best part of two weeks with one another, we have formed long-lasting relationships, and these bonds we will carry forever. Our journey has highlighted the extent to which we all value the same things, however, that separation between our two cultures continues to exist. As a result, we have begun to consider new initiatives for increasing awareness and acceptance of the differences between our cultures.

Closing the ‘gap’, we believe, is the first step forward and in order to move on, we must develop a better understanding for one another and value the notion that we are, and will always be, connected by One Blood.


Northern Territory Pilgrims


Learn To Sail

This term JTC is offering a six-week sailing course for those wishing to learn to sail or for those wanting to improve their sailing skills.  

This course will be run at Nedlands Yacht Club each Thursday afternoon during this term starting week 3 from 4pm till 6:30 pm. 


This course will be offered at the hugely discounted rate of $180 per student and is available to students in Year 6 and above. 


Parents interested in enrolling their child in this course are asked to contact Mrs Taylor at for further information about the course and how to register with the Club.

Please note as there is an enrolment capacity for the course you are advised to express your interest as soon as possible.


Lisa Taylor

John XXIII Sailing

Student Sports Success

Congratulations to Millie Monaghan (Loyola Year 10) on her selection into the 2017/18 Western Australian, Female U18 State Cricket Squad.  Well Done!

Congratulations to Sol Slattery and Ciaran McQuillan (pictured above L-R with Mr Ciaran Gallagher in middle) who represented Western Australia at the Australasian Gaelic Championships, held in Perth last week. The WA Black team (WA had two teams in the event) made the grand final, but unfortunately lost to Victoria. Congratulations to Ciaran McQuillan who was named All Australian.


Music - Week 29

Year 11 Recital Night

Applications are now open to perform at the Year 11 Recital Night on Wednesday, 18 October. This one-hour concert is held in the GBLT from at 7:00pm, and all Year 11s undertaking tuition at the college are invited to perform! For application forms and details, please contact the Music Office.

Year 10 Recital Night

Applications are now open to perform at the Year 10 Recital Night on Wednesday, 25 October. This one-hour concert is held in the GBLT from at 7:00pm, and all Year 10s undertaking tuition at the college are invited to perform! For application forms and details, please contact the Music Office.

2018 Music Subject Selection

Subject selection for Years 7 – 9 will shortly be underway, and with a talented cohort of musicians in these years we hope to see many of you in the Music Classroom in 2018!


Classroom music offers a fantastic way for young musicians to further their skills and understanding of music, and utilising their performance skills learned in lessons and ensembles. Students learn to compose and understand music, looking at famous artists and composers, and performing original arrangements together. New musicians are welcome, too! For any questions regarding Music courses, please contact the Music Department – 9383 0440 or

Australian Girls Choir Open Day

Congratulations to girls who recently took part in the AGC assessment workshop. Participants should have received their personalised assessment report. The AGC will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 29 October and we hope that you will be able to join in! Everyone is welcome to attend the Open Day, which will give girls the opportunity to try a complimentary class and attend an information session. For more information, phone 1800 338 142 or visit .


James Kros

Director of Music


Coming Soon In Drama

Year 9 Drama Night - Thursday 9 November, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall

Year 10 Drama Night - Tuesday 21 November, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall

Year 9 Musical Theatre Performance - Tuesday 28 November, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall

Year 8 Drama Performance - Monday 4 December, 5:00pm, Roncalli Hall


2018 College Musical – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast    

Tuesday 1 May – Saturday 5 May, 2018 


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama



Frances Danckert (Class of 2012) will be taking part in a painting exhibition called 'Photobomb' at the Little Wing Corner Gallery in Subiaco on Friday 20 October, where a number of artists live paint onto a photographer's prints.    The artworks are silent auctioned on the night, with 10% of all sales donated to charity.  Frances has chosen the Sister's Place -  St Pat's Community Support Centre, Fremantle.


"I remember how hard Sr Marg Finlay worked there when I was at school", said Frances.


"It would be great to see some friendly JTC faces there on the night."


For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:

Anna Gingell

Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

Or refer to the College Website.
























































Health Information

MEDICAL INFORMATION:  Please inform the College nurse as soon as possible if there are any changes to your child’s medical information.


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

  • Child’s name
  • Name of medication              
  • Expiry date
  • Dose and time to be given

If a student is required to carry and self-administer medication while at school, only a single measured dose for one school day can brought onto the College premises. Medication must be locked in that student’s locker.


Students with diagnosed asthma must carry their reliever medication with them at all times.


Students with diagnosed anaphylaxis are advised to have their Epipen(adrenaline autoinjector) with them at all times if age appropriate.


Students with diagnosed Type 1 diabetes must carry their “hypo Kit” at all times.



Jenny Hill

College Nurse




Pathways and Transition



This is not the complete list of alternative pathways but are the main ones.



Entry requirements for this course can vary depending on your circumstances.


Apply online via TISC.  Due to Government funding this program will be competitive.  Read the eligibility section under “How to Apply” on the above website.

For students who wish to pursue a Science, Health Sciences or Engineering degree but have little or no science or maths knowledge.


Students must have achieved a B grade in General English or a D grade for English ATAR. Students apply online through TISC.

This entry pathway is for creative students who wish to enrol in an Arts course based on motivation and potential for creative aptitude.  Apply for your specific course online through TISC.  Submit your portfolio and supporting documents by the link provided on the above website.


Students study individual units of their choice and if they complete four units and with the approval of the relevant Faculty, they may be eligible for a place at UWA. Students must have achieved WACE.


Admission into the Tertiary Pathway Program is assessed on an individual basis. Interested students apply directly to the university.


Students who successfully complete a Certificate IV level qualification, may get entry into one of the universities undergraduate courses.  Before embarking on this alternative pathway, students are advised to first contact their university of choice to confirm whether the university would accept their proposed Cert qualification.


For University pathways from: -

  • North Metropolitan TAFE

For example, a one-year study in the Diploma of Commerce at North Metropolitan TAFE will allow students to enrol into the second year for Curtin’s Bachelor of Commerce.  More about this qualification go to

  • South Metropolitan TAFE


What are VET qualifications - The basics

TAFE and private training colleges offer a range of qualifications, from Certificate I up to Graduate Diplomas. 

Here is a breakdown of TAFE and training qualifications:

  • Certificate I courses teach basic skills that can be used in simple jobs
  • Certificate II courses train participants for entry-level positions or apprenticeships
  • Certificate III courses help you to develop skills, knowledge and problem-solving abilities
  • Certificate IV courses train you for supervisory and management positions
  • Diploma courses teach skills in professional, technical or creative fields
  • Associate Degrees and Advanced Diploma courses teach high-level skills in technical, professional and creative fields


There are private training providers that also offer Certificates and Diplomas.

For example, Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is a private tertiary institution offering Diplomas through to Masters Degrees in Engineering and Technology.  For more information go to



Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study.


Vantage Automotive 2018 Apprenticeships – Applications Open 

Applications are now being sought from students that are interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician or Parts Interpreter. Interested students are invited to apply for the Automotive Modern Apprenticeship Program and, if selected, will be offered full time employment at a dealer close to their home and flown to Sydney for block training.  This is a funded program with minimal cost to the student. For more information


Sponsored Voyage opportunity for Year 10 and 11 Students

The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is offering Year 10 and 11 students an opportunity to join one of two Voyages next term at a sponsored price of $350 per student.

Interested students would have a strong interest in a career in the marine or maritime sectors.  Students who successful complete a Voyage earns 1-unit towards their WACE.  For more information visit their website.






Careers with Maths: Stories

Read the different stories of where a career in maths can take you.


Youth Central Career Information

Learn about the different careers in a variety of industries.

Career profiles:

Industry profiles:


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Pathways 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 the newsletters will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.


Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Murray Graham by email or Ph: 9383 0444.

Men Of John XXIII

Adam Simpson - guest speaker

Date:                  Friday 13 October

Time:                  7:00 pm

Venue:               Cambridge Bowling Club, 39 Chandler Avenue West, Floreat

Drinks:               Purchased at the bar

Food:                 Paella, freshly cooked on site

Cost:                   $20.00

Book here:

RSVP:                 Tuesday 10 October

More info:  or visit us online.


We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.




“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII

Parents' Association

What is the Parents’ Association?

The role of the Parents’ Association is to support the College.  It primarily does this by administering the funds raised from the annual family levy (approx. $72k per year). The money is generally spent on:

  • assets and resources required by the College;
  • engaging speakers arranged by INSPIRE; and
  • funding social events to promote interaction between parents/guardians. 

All parents/guardians of students attending the College are deemed members of the Parents’ Association and are therefore welcome to attend meetings which are generally held on the Monday of week five of each term.

What happens at Parents’ Association meetings?

  • Updates are provided by leadership staff (including the Principal) and organised groups within the College. 
  • Funding Proposals are discussed and voted on. 
  • There is sometimes a guest speaker who comes to speak on a topic of interest.  For Term 4's meeting, Rob Henderson will be talking about the results of the School Survey and how the Strategic Plan is progressing.
  • Funding proposals and key agenda items are outlined in the school newsletter on the Friday prior to the meeting.

Funding Proposals

Funding proposals can come from anyone in the John XXIII community eg. staff, parents, students. If you have an idea for how the money can be spent to improve things for students or the College, we encourage you to submit a funding request.

 Funding Proposals & Expenses that have been approved so far in 2017:

  • $15k towards the construction of a new playground for Pre-Primary.
  • $10k for window tinting and black curtains for the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.
  • $4.4k for six spin bikes for the school gym.
  • $1.3k for the purchase of Minkey equipment and materials for hockey goals.
  • $10k for the John XXIII Parent Ball to celebrate the school’s 40th Anniversary.
  • $8.5k for computer and robotics equipment for Primary IT classes.
  • $8.5k for new shelving in the Primary section of the library.
  • Various amounts have been spent on guest speakers, events (eg. welcome functions) and Men of John XXIII.

There are currently funds available for worthy projects/ideas.

Parents' Association Committee

In Term Four there is an AGM and all the roles on the Committee will be up for election and we welcome nominations.  You can nominate for any of these positions.  We are in need of a Secretary in 2018, so if you are interested please get in contact.


The Roles on the PA Committee

  • President: Chairs the meetings, discusses proposals with Principal prior to meetings, organises Committee meetings.
  • Two Vice Presidents: Fills in for the President when they are unable to attend meetings.
  • Treasurer: Works with Head of Business at JTC to prepare the PA financials and presents them at PA meetings.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes at meetings and circulates to attendees, prepares agenda, organises notices in the newsletter and electronic noticeboard etc.
  • General Member: Does not have any specific responsibilities but attends Committee meetings and assists when required.

If you would like further information on the Parents’ Association please refer to the John XXIII website or email


Kind regards,


Simon Fracaro

President of the Parents’ Association

Uniform Shop

Caps Available

The Uniform Shop now has caps for sale.  These are $20 each.

The shop is also offering girls pants to fit Secondary students.  Cost is $55


Community Notices


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585



Primary Parent Term 4 Calendar 2017.pdf
Parent Ignatian Induction Talks.pdf
Inigo - amended info for parents 2017.pdf
MOJTC - Event Notice Social Gathering 2017 Term 4[2].pdf