16 February 2018
Issue Forty Two
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Save the Date: Primary Picnic
Charter Bus
Netball Club
Music - Week 3
Project compassion
  Inigo Parent Talks
Pathways and Transition
Community Notices
Uniform Shop
Committee Vacancy
Parents' Association
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

The Spirit of John XXIII College


At our College Assembly last week, the Year 12s formed a ‘spirit tunnel’ as a guard of honour to welcome our Year 7 students. It was a case of the ‘village elders’ inducting our new secondary cohort into the spirit of John XXIII College. We often acknowledge our history and tradition at the College and I explained that we also have the responsibility of starting new traditions.

I reflected on this ‘spirit’ at Mass on Sunday. I had the pleasure of attending Holy Rosary, Nedlands for Fr Joe Sobb SJ's final celebration of the Eucharist before leaving Western Australia. It was a very significant occasion as it marked the end of a long direct association of the Jesuits in Western Australia. St Louis (our original boys’ school) was founded in 1938, so it has been an 80 year affiliation. Interestingly, the original intention was to open a school south of the river and Attadale Parish is named St Joseph Pignatelli after the Spanish Jesuit saint. Some of the streets in that suburb have Jesuit names (one of our teachers lives in Loyola Way).

After Mass, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe and Jesuit Leader, Fr Brian McCoy SJ both traced the history of the Jesuit involvement in Western Australia and reflected on the important role that John XXIII College has in passing on that spirit and ethos. We wish Fr Joe well as he moves to South Australia and thank him for the great work he has done in his parish and at John XXIII College.

As always, everything we do is based on the Gospel values of Jesus. This week we celebrated Ash Wednesday and I share this lovely reflection to mark the beginning of Lent:


Ash Wednesday


Gritty ashes on our foreheads, sprinkling down our faces and clothing.

A dirty cross – there are  no clean ones.

Remember our mortal ash, dust and dirt.


Lent is an annual opportunity, blest time, to re-engage with our mortal humanity.

The undertone to every human breath we take.

It’s truth-time, to count our blessings and note our frailties.

To learn again what could be changed, can be changed or cannot,

and seek the wisdom to know the difference.

It’s a time to join Jesus in the desert, confident that He is there too.


(Fr Andy Bullen SJ Parish Priest, St Mary’s North Sydney)


Changes to Our Network

Thank you to our families for their patience whilst we have been making changes to our Information Communication and Technology Network (ICT). All Catholic schools will migrate their local-area-computer-networks (LAN) to the Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) wide-area-network (WAN). This move will have many benefits for schools in the Catholic education sector with enhancing our teaching and learning outcomes and enabling the College to take advantage of new technologies in the future.


The College has finished stage one in the migration of our LAN to the CEWA WAN. This is a significant undertaking and our Information Technology Department has been commended by CEWA on the professional and competent manner in which the work has been completed.


The scale of the change-over to the CEWA WAN will necessitate many changes in College processes by staff and students. As such there will be times when there may be errors in systems and processes. Thank you again for your patience at this time.


Yours sincerely

Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This week we celebrated Ash Wednesday, which in the Catholic Church marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of reconciliation, reflection and prayer, which prepares us for Easter Sunday. Lent is a time for strengthening our faith. It is a time for quietness and prayer, a time of penance and meditation and a time to become aware of our strengths and weaknesses.


Please encourage your children to do something special during Lent, such as, to pay more attention during Mass, to share with their friends, to pray every day, to read a Bible story, to listen to their parents and teachers, to use good manners etc. Let’s all try and make Lent 2018 a good spiritual time!


A very sincere thank you is being sent your way for your presence at our Parent Information Meetings this week – it was wonderful to see you and we hope you walked away feeling positive, informed and excited about the year ahead! Many thanks to the teachers for their efforts in conducting these evenings. Click on the links below for the information shared by teachers about the key aspects of their year level.


Year 1



Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


As you will have noted on our Primary calendar, our Annual Family Picnic is being held on Saturday 17 March from 5.00 pm. The main goal of this night is to come together, to join in the activities, to spend time and have fun with your own children and to reach out and get to know some other families a little better – especially our new families. Please save the date for our ‘picnic on the green’.

Our Primary photos have been scheduled for Tuesday 27 February and Wednesday 28 February. All families should have received photo information from 3P Photography this week. The timetable for group photos will be advertised next week – it is important that all children are in the group photo so please avoid scheduling appointments on their photo days. Family photos will be taken before or after-school on these days too.


At our first Primary assembly next Friday 23 February, our Year Six students will be receiving their leadership badges and many others will be receiving a certificate. All parents are welcome to join us at 9.00am in Roncalli Hall. 


A big thank you to parents for ensuring your children are in the correct uniform; the children looked very smart around the Primary this week.


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Next week we are collecting 5 cent coins for our ‘Caritas Pyramid’.


Next Week in Brief

Friday 23 February          General Assembly and distribution of Year 6                                                           Leaders’ badges

Save the Date: Primary Picnic

Save the date: Primary Picnic

Please save the date for the following event:


John XXIII College Primary Picnic

Saturday 17 March 2018

5.00pm to 8.00pm


Further Information to Follow



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

NAS fixtures begin in Week 4 on Monday 19 February. Year 7s play on Monday, Year 8 and 9s on Tuesdays and Year 10 to 12 students on Wednesday. A copy of the fixtures, team lists, information and venues has been sent to students. If teams are training, it will be organised by the teacher in charge of the team. A copy of the fixtures, venues and information for NAS Sport can be downloaded below.


Shawn Redhage Basketball Clinics

For students involved in NAS Basketball, in Term 1 there is the opportunity to attend Basketball coaching/skill sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian, Shawn Redhage.

  • Year 7 and 8 NAS Basketball team members can attend on Monday, starting Monday 19 February.
  • Year 9 to 12 NAS Basketball team members can attend on Thursday, starting Thursday 22 February.

There is no nomination required or cost for students to attend.

Swimming Training (Years 7-12)

Swimming training has commenced and runs from 7.00am to 7.50am at the College pool. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Monday 19 March. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it.

Cross Country Training (Years 7-12)

Cross Country training will commence on Tuesday 20 February 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 1 and into Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4 to 7km depending on ability level.


Dave Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus


Netball Club

Registrations Closed

As registrations have now officially closed for Years 5 to 12, if you have any enquiries please email us on


Net Set Go Years 3, 4 and Alumni registrations are open until Wednesday 28 February.

July School Holiday

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June are GAME DAYS. Please note this will be the first weekend of the June/July school holidays.


If you are planning a holiday, please consider leaving a day or two later so teams are not disrupted leading to potential forfeit.

Grading – Week 2

Year 10, 11 and 12: Saturday 17 February (7.30am - 9.30am)

Year 8: Sunday 18 February (4.00pm – 5.15pm)

Year 7: Sunday 18 February (4.45pm – 6.00pm)

Year 9: Rest


All grading will be on the school netball hard courts (next to the Year 7 block).

The girls are to wear their school sports uniforms to grading. Please remember game day rules apply to grading and include the following:

  • Short Nails
  • No Jewellery
  • No Gum
  • No Mobile Phones on Court

Players MUST attend all grading sessions. If your child is unable to attend, please advise the Club via email at

Pre-season Fitness Has Commenced!

Pre-season fitness has started and is on the oval in front of the netball courts from 7:00am - 8:00am, Wednesdays and Friday. Although they are not compulsory the club encourages our netballers to attend.

It’s a great way to start your netball fitness and skills. Session includes sprints, agility and core fitness.

The school canteen is open after morning training sessions to purchase breakfast, if required.


The netball uniforms are available for purchase in the John XXIII Uniform Shop.

Could all players please make sure their uniform fits from last year and finalise the purchase of any new uniforms sooner rather than later.

Coaching Information

All interested parent coaches, the PNA (Perth Netball Association) is holding a coaching information session for the following age groups.

  • Net Set Go (Year 3 and 4) on 24 February
  • Year 5 and 6 Juniors on 3 March

Please contact PNA on 9387 7011 for more details.


Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary


Bienvenue to Our French Exchange From Notre Dame De Sio

On the evening of Friday 16 February we will welcome 15 students from the Lycee  Notre Dame de Sion, our sister school in Marseille of 14 years, accompanied by their teachers Ms Fabienne Kesser and Ms Carmen Ferrigno. This will be the seventh time that the College has welcomed students from Notre Dame de Sion. Some of our Year 11 and Year 12 French students were fortunate enough to visit our sister school in Marseille in December 2017 and are looking forward to meeting their host sisters and brothers again.

During their two-week visit, the students will be staying with host families, allowing them to experience the life of an Australian teenager. The group will attend school on some days and otherwise visit our beautiful state. They will witness the natural beauty of both Rottnest Island and Whiteman Park; admire the treasures hidden in our State’s Art Gallery and explore our vibrant city. They will also learn about our history through a visit to Fremantle; and about our underwater world at AQWA.


Whilst at school they will participate in a number of lessons including Aboriginal Art, Woodwork, Australian History and AFL. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers who have offered to donate their time to make the French Exchange 2018 an unforgettable experience for our guests.


Finally, we would also like to show our gratitude to our generous host families who make the French Exchange possible.


Thank you also to Mme Lucas who has devoted much time and effort to ensure the success of the Notre Dame de Sion Exchange.


Merci beaucoup.

Shane Glass

Head of Learning (Languages)

Music - Week 3

Ensemble Commencement

As of Week 4, all Music Ensembles will have commenced rehearsals*. If you are unsure about the location, length or time of rehearsals, please contact the Music Office.

* Please note, Mini Minors and Year 5 Band commence Term 2.

Tour Expression of Interest Forms

For applicable ensembles and students, it is important that Expression of Interest Forms for the 2019 Music Tour to Sydney are returned immediately to the Music Office. For students who have misplaced their form or were absent from the first rehearsal for an ensemble, please contact the Music Office immediately.

Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir would like to extend an invitation to all students who have a love of singing to join them each week in singing in Community Mass each Friday morning. Interested students should contact the Music Office.

Ensemble Badges

For students who have misplaced their ensemble badges, replacement badges are available from the Music Office at a cost of $12. Complimentary badges for new students in ensembles are awarded at the end of Term 1.


Sacraments Program

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

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish. Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible, if your children are not enrolled.



When will the sacraments be celebrated?

Each parish is different; refer to your local parish for dates and times.


How are the children prepared?

The Religion curriculum in Catholic schools includes the required content. Some parishes will also request that students attend some or all of the sessions they provide for students not attending Catholic schools. Last, but not least, parents are the children’s first teachers in Faith. The program in our archdiocese is ‘family-focused, parish-based and catholic school supported.’


Why are there differences from parish to parish?

Each parish is a unique Faith community and the parish priest responds to the needs of the parish, within the context of the wider Church.


I have not already enrolled my child and need help with this?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison 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.


How soon do I need to decide?

The sooner the better! Some parishes have already closed their enrolments. Some parishes need to know number well in advance in order to provide resources/other materials.

Updates From Local Parishes


Holy Spirit, City Beach

Commitment Masses this weekend: 17 and 18 February.

Registration forms are available from Cathy Gawen or phone Parish Priest, Fr Emmanual-tv Dimobi on 93413131.


Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 16 March.

Registration forms are available from


Star of the Sea, Cottesloe

Enrolments this Tuesday 20 February: 3:00-4:30pm.

Further information:


Saint Cecilia, Floreat

Further information: Prue Pupazzoni,


St Joseph, Subiaco

Applications for Sacrament of Confirmation to be made from 1 March.

Further information:

GOOD NEWS for Lent

The reflection for this week is from Father Andrew Hamilton SJ and is printed here with kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian, a writer and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.


Lent’s most vivid memories are often of the things we have given up. When we were children we may have given up eating sweets. We put them in a bottle longing for Easter Sunday when we could pig out on the sticky mess. When we grew older, we sometimes gave up alcohol. As we age we muse on the possibility of giving up introducing every single conversation with an account of our various aches and pains. Maybe some Lent we might get around to do it.


But Lent is not only, or even mostly, about giving up things. It invites many other kinds of giving. Like Ramadan for Muslims, Lent is also a time for simple giving. It invites us to give food to the poor through Project Compassion. It invites us to give more time to our family than we usually do, and to give space to prayer. It also allows us to notice the world around us and to respond to it. We notice homeless people in the streets, the colour and texture of gardens, and the feelings there to see on faces in the street.


Lent also offers opportunities to give things away. We listen to Jesus speaking of the flowers of the field that are so effortlessly well dressed. We are inspired to give to the Vinnies shirts and shorts we have never worn and the perfumes, dancing shoes, shampoos, fly nets and shooting sticks that we have accumulated just in case. We discover the simple joys of travelling more lightly.


We may also find opportunity at Lent for giving in. Normally, of course, our business at Lent is about not giving in: we count it a lapse if we give in to the allure of the chocolate or cigarettes we have given up. But we may sometimes become aware of a little voice inviting us to let go of a resentment we have nurtured for many years. Ordinarily we would resist the voice that urges generosity. This Lent we decide to give in to it.


Lent is not just about giving up, but about all kinds of giving. But at its heart lies, not giving, but being given. Its point is to remind us of all that we have been given by God through Jesus, and to encourage us to be thankful for it. Jesus is the dearest gift that God can give us – God’s self. He is given into our hands as a vulnerable baby to be accepted or rejected as we choose. He joins us in the ordinary meetings and business of our lives, listening, speaking and there to be heard or dismissed as we choose. He offers freedom and as full life and is rewarded with captivity, torture, rejection and a painful death. By sharing in the death we must die he gives us life. Lent makes us aware of the seriousness and cost of this gift and invites us to be thankful.


At Jesuit Social Services we daily confront the need for all these kinds of giving and remembering. When walking with vulnerable young people we need to give up so many of our prejudices, to give our time and our hearts, and to give away our free time. We also need to recognise the gift that these young people are to us and we to them.

© Andrew Hamilton, SJ.



Community Liturgy

Community Mass is just that – a celebration of the Eucharist with students, teachers, family and friends. Everyone is invited and welcome, to celebrate the Eucharist and, after Mass, to continue the celebration in the café.


Each Friday a House or year group takes responsibility for preparing the Mass, and families are especially welcome to celebrate with the students. Next Friday 23 February, Mass will be prepared by Year 11.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel

If you have any queries about Community Liturgy, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.


Project compassion

Every year, the Project Compassion fundraising initiative is launched by Caritas Australia on Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. On Shrove Tuesday, we accompanied Mrs Murphy, Lachy Bywater and Ella Fracaro from Year 11 to attend a launch event at Newman College, along with over 100 other students and teachers from Catholic schools across Perth. 


The day was presided over by the engaging Mrs Finneran, and we learned about the work of Caritas Australia. The theme this year for Project Compassion is ‘A Just Future’. We were invited to speak at the forum about some of the social justice initiatives within our College such as our Pilgrimage program, Live Simply day, and the upcoming Twilight Retreats. Later in the day, Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, which was a privilege to experience. 


It was very insightful to learn about social justice and the work of Caritas, and we would like to encourage our community to support the Project Compassion campaign throughout Lent.


Isabella Holland and Grace Olver, Faith and Mission Captains


Janeen Murphy

Director Faith and Mission



Allergy Awareness

The College has some students who have a 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:

  • Avoiding sending food to school which has nuts or nut products in.
  • Teaching your child to respect children who have food allergies.
  • Teaching your child not to share food, drink, food utensils or containers with anyone.
  • Encouraging your child to wash their hands after eating.
  • Asking 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 (adrenaline autoinjector) and Action Plan 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






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.


Pathways and Transition

Pathways and Transition

The quarterly newsletter from the Pathways and Transitions Department contains relevant information for Year 10-12 students and their parents. During the year the newsletters will include important dates of career-related activities, such as Career Expos, Open Days hosted by tertiary institutions and careers information sessions held by various organisations. Year 12 students will also be reminded about important deadlines relevant to them during the year. The newsletter will also include information about occupational resources and current employment trends and recent research articles related to the world of work. Students who have good self-knowledge and are well-informed about their post school options are likely to make better quality post-school study and career decisions.

Our department currently comprises two part-time staff.

Ms Nicole Gazey, Head Pathways and Transition:

Mrs Margi Watson, Careers Counsellor:

Attention John XXIII Community – We Need Your Support

At John XXIII College we strive to cater to the needs and aspirations of all our students by offering a range of pathways to our senior secondary students. In 2018 we are delighted to report that we have a growing number of students engaging in nationally recognised training at various Perth providers including:


  • North Metro TAFE
  • South Metro TAFE
  • College of Electrical Training
  • Tubal Workplace Training
  • International Institute of Business and Technology
  • Fremantle Education Centre.


These students will be working hard to complete industry recognised qualifications to assist them in their transition to further education and training. To assist in the completion of their qualifications and to strengthen the relevance to the real world of work many of them are required to find work placements.


We are looking to our wonderful school community business owners, or those with links to industry, to assist by offering structured workplace learning placements. Workplace learning can contribute to the students’ WACE, make them eligible for the prestigious state VET awards, help them be competitive for post-school employment or further study and assist them to meet the requirements of their qualification.


Specifically, we are looking for placements for:


  • Year 12 Certificate IV Business students – these students require placement in a business environment to apply mid-level business administration skills.
  • Two Year 11 Electrical Pre-apprentices
  • One Year 11 Tiling Pre-apprentice
  • One Year 12 Conservation and Land Management student interested in both land and marine conservation.


Your assistance will make a significant impact to these students’ outcomes. Please contact Nicole Gazey, Head of Pathways and Transitions to find out more or to register your interest:, or 9383 0417.

Year 10 Career Education or Personal Planning Program (P3)

The future of work is changing. Economic changes are transforming work through automation, globalization and more flexible work. We have designed a wonderful program to help our Year 10 students learn the skills to be digitally-literate, financially-savvy, innovative and adaptable and help them navigate complex careers of the future. Our new program will cover topics such as World of Work (WoW), Work Ready Skills, Individual Personal Plan, Post-school Pathway Planning options, the $20 Boss and some study skills. Information that students gather over the next two terms will benefit them when they must make their subject choices for Years 11 and 12. It is essential that students make informed decisions based on factors such as their interests, ability and levels of achievement.

Work Experience

Our students will have the option to go out on work experience this year. The dates set for students to go out on work experience will be either in Week 9 or Week 10 in Term 1 and Week 1 in Term 3. All students are encouraged to source their own work experience through family members and friends.


The Get Real Experience and Try (GREaT) – Nursing and Midwifery Year 10 Work Experience Program is supported by the WA Department of Health. The program allows Year 10 students seriously thinking of a career in the Health sector to experience nursing firsthand. It is a five-day work experience program during school term. If a student is accepted into the program it is up to the individual student to ensure there are no exams, work or holiday commitments that may clash with the given placement date. Students must get the Year 10 ADP’s approval before accepting the placement. Unless there is medical evidence to the contrary all students will be required to have the 2018 flu shot. Applications for GREaT are now open and can be accessed via the following link:

Applications open Thursday Feb 1 until March 9.

For more information, students are encouraged to talk or email the Careers Counsellor ( or click on


It is a requirement that all Year 12 students visit Mrs Watson, the Career Counsellor, at least once during the year to discuss possible study, work or GAP options next year. Most students prefer to make a time with the Career Counsellor once their May exams results are known. Students are welcome to come earlier to explore their options as the more informed they are, the more confident they will be with their choices.

Please discuss your child’s exit plans with him or her and encourage those who have vague plans to see Mrs Watson so that we can work together on developing clear goals, action steps and a possible back-up plan.

Students Applying for Medicine in 2019

Students who intend pursuing medicine at Curtin University or applying for the Direct entry into medicine at UWA (predicated ATAR 99) will need to sit a UMAT exam on the 25 July 2018.

Students must read the UMAT2018 Information Booklet  and complete the UMAT Registration Tutorial before you register for UMAT 2018. Some universities in other states also require students who intend studying medicine/dentistry/health sciences to sit the UMAT exam.

Please notify Mrs Watson once you have registered for the UMAT exam so additional information on studying for the UMAT exam can be sent to you.

Notre Dame Medicine Course Information Session is usually held mid- March.

UWA usually hold a Medicine Course Information Evening at the beginning of May.


Defence Force Gap Year Program

The Defence Force GAP Year program gives young Australians, who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent), the chance to experience an exciting and rewarding 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 2019 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program will be opening in March 2018. For more information,

Gap Idea – Volunteer Overseas

Some students opt for a break from formal study after Year 12 and consider travelling overseas and volunteering with organisations. We have had several students in previous years register with LATTITUDE Global Volunteering ( If students want to find out more about volunteering overseas they should speak to the Careers Counsellor.

Studying Overseas

A representative from Crimson Education will be holding an information session at lunchtime on 13 March for students interested in studying at a university in the United States or United Kingdom. There will be a public session on Monday 12 February at 6pm at Trinity of Hampden, Hampden Road, Crawley. Read the following link for information on studying overseas  ..\A Guide to US, UK and Canadian Universities - Digital Version.pdf

News, Articles & Resources

World Economic Forum: 7 skills your child needs to survive the changing world of work


What is Being a Forensic Scientist Like?

It sounds like the coolest job in the world – find out what it involves from a forensic scientist over at Careers with STEM.



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 newsletter will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research. In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.

Community Notices


Girls Footy opportunities for Year 3 to Year 11 - Wembley Junior Football Club

With the AFLW a reality, there is now a pathway starting at community club level which is brilliant for girls who love footy. No experience needed.


The competition this season has been expanded to take in girls from Year 3 to Year 11. Please find attached information about an expanded Friday afternoon/evening Girls Footy Competition (Australian Football).


Following are the teams for 2018 and for which WJFC is inviting registrations. These are combined teams.

  • Junior Year 3/4
  • Junior Year 5/6
  • Youth Year 7/8
  • Youth Year 9-10-11


Wembley Junior Football Club Registration


Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop can provide jumpers made from synthetic fibres for those students who are allergic to wool, but they must be ordered.


Orders must be placed before the end of February and will then be available by the end of March. 


Please contact the shop (either in person or by email) for more details. The shop is open on:


Monday 8.00am to 5.45pm

Wednesday 8.00am to 4.15pm

Friday 8.00am to 11.45am



Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Menu Price Changes

Please note there has been a small price increase on some canteen items this term.



Avocado Supply

As you may be aware, avocados are currently very expensive, so there may be times when the canteen will not have stock and when in stock, only a little will be put into orders.


Lunch Order Reminders

A reminder to make sure year group, and if applicable, class groups are written on lunch order bags. Without this, canteen staff have no way of knowing if a student is in pre-primary, primary or secondary school and do not know where to send the lunch order. Orders without year groups on, will be kept in the canteen for collection by the student.

Secondary school students are reminded to bring some form of ID when collecting their lunches.


Dianne Combrink

Canteen Manager



Committee Vacancy

The College Council's Finance and Risk Committee

The College Council is updating 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 Friday, 23 February 2018.



Mobile:    0429 113 500

Parents' Association

Term 1 Meeting

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term 1 will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 26 February in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are welcome to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the College Leadership Team as well as guest speaker Jim Miller, our new Head of GATE/MAGIS for Secondary School, who will speak about plans for the development and extension of the Magis program in 2018.


We encourage all parents to come along as it is a quick and easy way to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening at the School as well as an opportunity to have your say on how our Parent Association funds are spent. The dates for the remaining meetings this year are listed below for your diary:

Term 2: 7.00pm Monday 28 May

Term 3: 7.00pm Monday 13 August

Term 4: 7.00pm Monday 5 November (AGM)


If you have any suggestions for a topic to be discussed at the meeting, or if you have any ideas for how the Parents' Association funds could be spent, please email us at We would love to hear from you. 


All funding proposals and special agenda items for the Term 1 meeting will be outlined in next week’s newsletter. 


2018 Parent’ Association Committee


Simon Fracaro                               President

Liz Blaxell                                        Vice President

Kevin Hewitt                                  Vice President

Matt Edmondson                        Treasurer

Paula Hackett                               Secretary

Natalie Kendal                             General Member

Catherine Anderson-King       General Member

Celia Gardner                               General Member

Lucette Quinlan                          General Member

Jason Waller                                General Member

Kylie Chamberlain                     General Member


Paula Hackett

2018 Parents’ Association Secretary

Year One Parent Info Evening 2018.pptx
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
Information for students involved in Northern Associated Schools.pdf
Year 7 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
NAS Term 1 Summer Venues 2018.pdf
WJFC Girls Footy 2018 Regos Open.pdf
Information for students involved in Northern Associated Schools.pdf
Year 7 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
Year 8 and 9 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
Year 10 to 12 NAS Fixtures Term 1 2018.pdf
NAS Term 1 Summer Venues 2018.pdf
WJFC Girls Footy 2018 Regos Open.pdf