18 October 2019
Issue Thirty

In the spirit of John XXIII, Mary Ward and Ignatius Loyola, we seek to be people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others.

From the Principal
Parents' Party
Around The Primary
Music - Week 31
Rowing Club
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

Welcome to the new term

The school holidays were a busy period for 47 Year 11 students as they completed their pilgrimage experience to Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Northern Territory and India. This week they have also undertaken an important Retreat to reflect and share insights on their pilgrimage. The student engagement in the whole process was superb and was complemented by the expertise and commitment of our Director of Faith and Mission, Ms Janeen Murphy, and other staff.


Our Year 12 students were engaged in examinations and assessments during the holiday period. We wish them well as they complete their final term at the College with the combination of Graduation ceremonies and examinations. They have been an exceptional senior group of students and we look forward to the upcoming valedictory.


This week we have also undertaken the first of many celebratory events with a Sports Awards’ evening and a Media Night. There was an excellent diversity of student performances and recognition of achievement.


My brief introduction at the Sports’ evening emphasised the wonderful mental and physical health benefits of sport participation. I am thrilled that so many of our students take advantage of the opportunities afforded at the College and beyond. On the night we showed a short video of some of our current students who have achieved recognition at state and national levels this year. It is also worth noting that former student, Matt de Boer played for GWS in this year’s AFL grand final.


Most people do not get the opportunity to play sport at the highest level. However, it is amazing how often sport can transcend language and culture. Being part of the Pilgrimage Program was very special for all participants this year including the College Principal. Travelling on an overnight train between Kolkata to Ranchi was made a little more comfortable through conversations with the locals about test cricket and the Indian Premier League! Congratulations to all our students recognised at events this week.

Robert Henderson


Last chance to book tickets to our Parents' Party

Don’t miss out on tickets to our John XXIII College Parents' Party on 26 October at 7pm. Book now


Parents' Party


Cambodia Pilgrimage

On the 21 September, 13 students travelled to Cambodia to embark on a life changing experience. Arriving in Siem Reap we received a warm welcome from Sister Denise. We travelled to the Thai border, constructing a home for a family affected by landmines placed during the Civil War. The group then journeyed to Father Rajat’s in Battambang, working hard in fields where we planted mango trees. We were extremely grateful to develop meaningful relationships with the local children and elders; experiencing their welcoming nature and kindness. 


As part of Cambodia’s yearly Buddhist festival to commemorate their ancestors, the pilgrimage group attended a community mass and gave offerings to monks. After an 11-hour journey, we arrived in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Here, our understanding of the destructive reign of the Khmer Rouge was deepened through our visit to one of many war prisons in Cambodia, Toul Sleng which was then followed by a sombre walk through The Killing Fields. We were confronted with the significant lasting impact of the mass genocide on the Cambodian people. This experience has reminded us of the importance of justice, compassion, human dignity and forgiveness; and we hope to carry the stories of the people and continue our acts of justice throughout our lives.  



India Pilgrimage

On the 21 September, 13 students and three teachers kissed their families goodbye to embark on a wonderful journey. From the first steps out of the airport it wasn't long until we walked into oppressive heat and stifling conditions. we were inundated with the sights, sounds and smells of exotic India. The first word we heard was ‘welcome ‘ and we most certainly felt it throughout the whole journey. At every destination, we were drowned in flowers and immersed in the strong differences in culture that varies between each community and tribal area.


Throughout our trip there were many key moments that will stay with us for our lives. Some of the most memorable would include visiting the children at the Mary Ward Society Activity Centres, CINI India (Child in Need Institute) and teaching the students at St Joseph's and St Teresa's High Schools about Australian animals. Facial expressions and hand gestures were our bridge over the language barrier and through reflection we found that Saint Ignatius Loyola's words rang true when he said “Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words”.



Northern Territory Pilgrimage

Our pilgrimage started in Darwin where we were welcomed into the St Marten De Porres community for Sunday mass. All our nerves about the journey were put to rest as soon as the first song came on. We all experienced the strong sense of community and faith.


Next we travelled to Beswick, where we were immersed in the culture of the Jawyon people. The members immediately accepted us by giving us each traditional skin names which established our place in the community. The elders taught us about their culture, including teaching the girls how to strip and weave pandanus and the boys to craft a didgeridoo. A member of the community, Darryl, educated us on the Indigenous spirituality and importance of land by showing us artwork and taking us to a sacred site, the Beswick falls. The community put on a traditional ceremony with dancing and body paint and included us by teaching us what they were performing. We formed strong relationships with the children as well. They were excited to spend time with us and were enthusiastic in telling us about their culture. It was very sad for us all to leave Beswick and the people we encountered.


Our last stop was Kakadu where we learnt about the connection to the land and marvelled at the ancient rock art. We reflected about all we learnt while watching the sunset on the rock, over-looking Arnhem Land.


Overall, it was a unique and exciting opportunity for us all to learn about our First people’s and their culture and spirituality.


Timor-Leste Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage experience was one that influenced and moved each of us uniquely. It is something that we will always remember and will be immensely grateful for. At first we were apprehensive about stepping out of our comfort zones, but this allowed us to learn and experience things that expanded our view of the world and developed our understanding of such a rich culture.


Our journey began when we were thrown into the bustling capital of Dili. The people welcomed us with broad grins and open arms despite being complete strangers. We departed Dili on a four-hour drive to Baucau, the second largest city in Timor-Leste. We stayed there for just over a week, immersing ourselves in the profound culture. This included experiences like visiting local schools, teaching primary classes and practicing conversational English. It was great to see the joy of everybody and their eagerness to learn.


One of the great inspirations we had were the Loreto Sisters; Sister Margi, Sister Selvie and Sister Itien. It was encouraging to see the work that the sisters do outside of Australia. Pilgrimage gave the whole group a new perspective on life and shaped our mission of being men and women for others.



2019 Media Night

The John XXIII College 2019 Media Night took place last night and was a great success, with the GBLT very close to full and an amazing atmosphere in the room. The reception to our students’ work was extremely positive, and congratulations again to all of the award winners. The night ran smoothly thanks to all involved with setup, A/V, catering, etc. Many thanks to staff, students, families and friends involved for supporting Media at the College in 2019 – very much looking forward to what we have in store next year!


Rob Di Giallonardo

Media Teacher


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Welcome back everyone!


I hope you and your family managed to spend some quality time together over the holidays. The students have returned to us well rested and happy and keen to embark on the next nine weeks of learning and fun with peers, staff and families!

Term Four will go very quickly, so our message to the students is to make the most of this time and to keep on working hard to achieve their personal best. This term, the students will be participating in a number of special activities including Swimming Lessons (PP-3), Junior Primary Athletics Carnival (K-2), Year 6 Farewell celebrations, various excursions and lots more.

Our John XXIII Grandparents are certainly great! We had a fantastic turn-out for our Grandparents’ Picnic yesterday. It was wonderful to see the children showing their special guests around the classrooms and then enjoying lunch together.

Meeting new and different people is a part of life and it is our role as parents and teachers to support children through change rather than protect them from it. I ask all parents to trust that the class your child is going into next year is one in which they will thrive. It is important to note that parental requests can only be met in exceptional circumstances and emails or letters requesting a particular teacher or placement with a best friend does not constitute an exceptional circumstance. Early notification of class lists will not be provided. Parents can feel confident that their children will always be in good hands and receive an excellent education at John XXIII.


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary



Staff News

At the end of this year we will be farewelling some Primary staff.

  • Mrs Morell (Music Teacher) will be retiring after 17 years of service to the College.
  • Mrs Dillon (Pre-Primary Teacher) will be moving to Sydney.
  • Mrs Bennett (Pre-Primary Teacher) will be waiting for the arrival of her first baby.
  • Mrs Cook (Pre-Kindy/Kindy Education Assistant) and Mrs Carnemolla (Year Two Education Assistant) will commence a year’s leave.
  • On a different note, we congratulate Miss Graves (Year 6 Teacher) who has been appointed as Acting Assistant Principal in the Primary School for 2020.

Dates to Remember

Monday 21 October

Art Exhibition Opening 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Thursday 24 October

Year 4 Excursion Brownes Dairy


Please check the College Website for Term 4 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.

Awesome Art

The College’s Visual Art Exhibition runs from Monday 21 October (Opening Night) to Saturday 26 October 2019. The Exhibition features artwork from secondary and primary students.


All our Year 3-6 students participate in specialist Visual Art lessons and have a piece of artwork exhibited.  A small selection of artwork from the Early Years will also be displayed. This annual Exhibition  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 and celebrate the students design and creativity through their amazing range of 2D and 3D work.


I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the week.


Fiona Blaauw

Primary Visual Art Specialist Teacher

Footsteps Showcase 

Footsteps Showcase was a thoroughly enjoyable celebration to end Term 3 and dancing their way into the holidays!



Junior Primary Athletics Carnival 

On Thursday 31 October the Kindy, Pre-Primary, Y1 and Y2 students will be taking part in the Junior Primary Athletics Carnival!  It is set to be a fun filled day and we would love to see lots of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties (sorry no dogs) there to cheer on all our junior athletes.


Events will begin at 9:00am with Kindy finishing at 10:15, Pre-Primary finishing at 11:20 and Y1 and Y2 finishing at 12:30pm with a fun parents v teachers relay.  A full schedule of the day is provided below.  Please be aware that the times are approximate and although we will stick to them as much as possible, they may vary slightly on the day.



Inspiring stories from some of our State Sport Representatives

John XXIII College has many elite student athletes in a wide variety of sports. Many of our students have been selected to represent at State and National levels. We spoke to a few students to share some of their achievements over this year. 



Music - Week 31

Year 11 Recital Night

Applications for the Year 11 Recital Night on Sunday, October 27 are now available through tutors and the Music Office. This performance opportunity is open to any Year 11s who undertake vocal or instrumental lessons, with applications due Monday 21 October.

Year 10 Recital Night

Applications for the Year 10 Recital Night on Wednesday 30 October are now available through tutors and the Music Office. This performance opportunity is open to any Year 10s who undertake vocal or instrumental lessons, with applications due Friday 25 October.

Music Office Opening Hours

Please note that the Music Office will be closed on Tuesday 22 October.


Coming soon in Drama

  • Year 9 Drama Night,  Best of British
    Thursday 14 November, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 10 Drama Night, All Sorts
    Tuesday 26 November, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 9 Musical, Seussical
    Thursday 5 December, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 8 Drama Performance, Play Time
    Monday 9 December & Tuesday 10 December, 5:00pm, Roncalli Hall

Coming in 2020


Rowing Club

Rowing Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting is on the 29 October 7:00pm in the Circle of Friends Café.  We will call for nominations to committee positions prior to this meeting.

Thank you

During the last week of school holidays our rowers re-rigged the boats and prepared our rowing shed for the 2020 Boys Summer season.  They also trained in the morning with our wonderful parents organising breakfast and morning tea while our rowers developed their skills on the water.



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



Family Zone Webinar recordings

For those that were unable to make the Family Zone webinars, we have recorded both sessions for you to view in your own time, and they are available here:

 Webinar topics are:

  • Getting Started with Family Zone 
  • Advanced with Family Zone

Study highlights need for "playlight savings"

Too many Aussie kids are literally leading a sheltered life, prompting calls for “playlight savings” to redress a striking imbalance between indoor and outdoor play.


A new study has found over 70% of Australian children spend less than an hour a day outdoors. And only half of families are spending time with their kids outdoors more than twice a week.


Parents say kids’ “lack of interest” and “lack of time” are the two biggest drivers in the trend toward an increasingly indoor life. But kids seem to be finding plenty of time to spend on their devices. 


For a third of children, in fact, screen-time beat out outdoor play by a factor of two to one.

There was surprising variation state-by-state in screen-time totals. South Australian children had the highest engagement, spending an average of 17.4 hours per week on a device, compared to Western Australia kids with a comparatively low 10.3.

For a third of children, screen-time beat out outdoor play by a factor of two to one.

The term “playlight savings” refers to rules that specifically encourage outdoor play.


For the Stepanova family from Forestville NSW, for example, “We have a rule at home where if it’s light outside, there’s no TV.”  As long as the sun is out and the weather is fine, children Anton, 12, Maya, 10 and Yana, 6, need to play outside. 


Why? “Their mood is better, they sleep better. It’s just clear they are happier and healthier,” observes mum Elena.


“They’re like zombies if they spend too long in front of the screen. They get grumpy and super frustrated.”


Why “playlight” matters


Experts say it’s not just a case of kicking the kids off their screens and out the back door. Families need to spend time together - as opposed to each hunched separately over individual screens.


Although less time on devices is a benefit all by itself, there are six additional reasons why outdoor play is essential for children's wellbeing, according to experts from the Harvard Medical School. 


1.   Sunshine. Our bodies need sun exposure to make vitamin D, a vitamin that plays a crucial role in many body processes, from bone development to our immune system, sleep patterns and mood.

2.  Exercise.  Children should be active for an hour every day. Period. And heading outdoors with a ball or bikes is an effortless way he obvious way to achieve this.

3.  Executive function. These are the skills that help us plan, prioritize, troubleshoot, negotiate, multitask and exercise our creativity. Outdoor play gives kids opportunities to practice these important life skills.

4.  Taking risks. Risk-taking is growth. Climbing trees, building forts, exploring beyond the front gate ... If we never let them leave their comfort zone except by way of a gaming console, we are depriving them of the opportunity to cultivate curiosity, confidence and bravery. 


5.  Socialization. Children need to learn how to work together without a grown-up laying down the ground rules. Outdoor play that is unstructured and social is an essential proving ground for growing children.


6.  Appreciation of nature. If a child never gets to walk through the bush, or see animals outside of a zoo, if she never gets to wander along a river foreshore or lie under a tree and watch clouds billow across the sky, how will she ever learn to cherish our natural environment?  It's no exaggeration to say the future of our planet depends on our children - they need to feel a part of it, and learn to appreciate it.


“Playlight” tips from the experts

  • Schedule one afternoon a week to spend an extra hour outdoors as a family. 
  • Involve the kids in decision-making to ensure you get buy-in.
  • Give the new routine a bit of sizzle, with a name like Magical Monday or Free-for-all Friday.
  • But keep it simple - a picnic supper near the beach, a walk along the river, or even just a game of kickball in the park will do.
  • Once you’ve established the routine, build on it. If one hour once a week was fun, why not extend it to twice a week or more?


Community Liturgy

Thank you to students and teachers from Year 7 who prepared our beautiful liturgy this morning.


Next Friday is Teachers’ Day in Australia and teachers will be preparing the Mass. All students, families and friends are welcome to this Eucharist to pray with and for teachers.


Community Liturgy summary

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

GOOD NEWS for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 18: 1-8

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


Many years ago I remember hearing the story of a charismatic prayer meeting which went all night. Apparently the leader was convinced that, ‘God wants to do a strong and powerful work here tonight and we have to show we are worthy.’ So he insisted that everyone stay until it happened. By dawn nothing had overtly occurred, so the leader declared, ‘God has worked hundreds of miracles here tonight – on the inside.’ What worries me about his story is that it can portray God as a remote and severe figure whom we need to convince that we are serious about him before he will be moved by our plight.

Today’s Gospel is often used to support this idea. The persistent widow gets her way because she nags the judge into submission. While Jesus praises her endurance, he tells the disciples that God is NOT like the judge, but rather that God will quickly attend to our needs, rather than see us cry out all night.


There is a long and venerable tradition in the Church that prayer can influence God’s will. Our belief in the power of intercession is predicated on it. This tradition holds that God regularly and actively intervenes to effect good outcomes in the world. In this school God is waiting to be asked or have us ask others to petition him.


The problem with this school is how much an all-knowing, unchanging God changes his mind in regard to our petitions. Furthermore God’s interventions in the world are fine if all the decisions are running our way, but what happens when they run against us?


This approach can downplay free will. It can minimise our role, with God, to discern our options and choose carefully. If most of our petitions are focused on what God can do, it shifts all the responsibility (and the blame) on to God.


An equally long and venerable tradition in the Church, however, is that prayer changes us. This tradition has had less airplay. Fasting, abstinence and pilgrimages, for example, do not change God, but are meant to change the person who undertakes them. These things can enable us to be more responsive or receptive to whatever happens in life. I think this tradition needs to be reclaimed.


The idea of prayer changing us, changes our prayer – giving it greater dynamism and urgency. While we may not know the mind or will of God, we often know our own thoughts and desires. We can usually pinpoint what needs recrafting or reshaping in us so that we may live out the goodness and love of God more clearly. Confronting and converting these obstacles, with God, can see our prayer at its boldest and bravest. At these times we can enjoy God’s healing and forgiveness. And because conversion is a lifetime process, Jesus encourages us not to lose heart but to pray always and hold on to faith even when the going gets tough.


John Powell once said, ‘God knows what we want and need before we open our mouths. In prayer, then, he does not need a performance from us. He longs for an act of love.’ May our celebration of the Eucharist help us to move away from demanding that God change his mind or will to allowing his love to keep converting and changing us. ©


Richard Leonard SJ


Year 7 Vaccines and Year 8 Catch-up Vaccine

The Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Tuesday 5 November to administer the second dose of HPV vaccine to Year 7 students and to Year 8 students who missed vaccine day last term.

College Medication procedure

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

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

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

College Charter Bus

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


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


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


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


Have you got the Horizon West Bus App

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


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


Further details are available in SEQTA.



Term 4 Summer Menu 2019

Please find below a link to the menu change for Term 4.


Canteen opening hours

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

Ordering online

How to get started:

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

How to activate your Smart Rider card:

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

Uniform Shop

During the Term  we are open the following hours:

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

Parents' Association

John XXIII Parents’ Association

Our Term 4 meeting will be held on Monday 11 November at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. This will be the 2019 AGM for the John XXIII Parents’ Association and all members are welcome to attend. It is also the meeting at which Committee positions for next year are voted on. If you would like to be involved in the Parents’ Association at a committee level, please don’t hesitate to contact us . 


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 4, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed (you can download one from the school website, or below). Submit to . The deadline for Term 4 Funding submissions is Friday 1 November.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee


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

10 Year Class 2009 Reunion


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion


40 Year Class 1979 Reunion

  • Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:00pm
  • Athol Hobbs Room, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 
  • For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 


50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Claremont Reunion 

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Nedlands

  • Monday 16 December at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College

Community Notices

New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ

The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite you to hear New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ at two free events in Perth.

Michele is a Sister of St Joseph of Lochinvar NSW and has studied in Melbourne, Chicago and Berkeley. She has taught at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2001.

  • Friday 25 October 6-9pm - WOMEN in the CHURCH: REFLECTIONS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT - men and women invited. Light refreshments served from 5.30pm.
  • Saturday 26 October 9.30 - 4pm - WOMEN and the GOSPEL OF MARK: INSIGHTS FOR TODAY - a day for women. Light refreshments served from 9am. Light lunch included.

Both events will be held at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St Leederville. 

RSVP by 21 October. Email:; Phone: 08 9397 5988; SMS: 0400 886 835.

Junior Primary Athletic Carnival Schedule.pdf
Packing a school lunchbox.pdf
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
191002_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V7 (ALT)_LR.pdf
Term 4 Summer 2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Charlottes web program.pdf
John XXIII Senior Boys USA Basketball Tour - Wine Fundraiser Flyer.pdf