01 June 2018
Issue Fifty Five
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Music - Week 16
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
Book Sale
Men Of John XXIII College
John XXIII College Alumni 
Uniform Shop
Charter Bus
Founders' Parent Party - All welcome
Entertainment Books
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Lessons from the young

I had the pleasure of joining our Year 6 staff and students for part of their Canberra adventure last week. Our young people were thoroughly good company and our staff very committed and dedicated in ensuring a memorable learning experience. A visit to the nation’s capital provides many opportunities to engage with our systems of government and our Year 6 students were very inquisitive and knowledgeable. Their questioning was superb and indicative of young people who will grow to be responsible and mature citizens.


Since our visit has concluded Miss De Pinto has forwarded many emails of appreciation from parents and also from members of the public who interacted with our students. Congratulations to our young people and thank you to our wonderful staff for accompanying the students. Although it is a labour of love, there is enormous responsibility attached to interstate camps and I am very grateful to our wonderful teachers.



Last weekend I joined over fifty of our Dads to listen to a presentation from online safety expert, Mr Paul Litherland. As I was listening to the information I realised how rapidly technology and social media interaction is evolving and how little I know about various sites. We learned about the level of engagement on the most popular sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Skype and Snapchat but then we were given some information on the less well known, Discord, Omegle and Tinder. We were informed on the most popular online games and the very worrying sexting culture.


Some practical tips were also given on how to monitor online usage. However, my reflection is that the most valuable tool is the art of conversation with our sons, daughters and students. Invariably technology will continue to evolve and it is essential that we develop the capacity to engage in meaningful conversations with students, parents and the school.


We have already engaged Mr Litherland (and other experts) with our students and will continue to do so in the future. This is one area of education where there needs to be a genuine partnership between the school and the home.


Parental groups such as the Men of John XXIII College and Inspire, provide excellent avenues to bring our parents together to work in a collaborative manner. In this instance, congratulations to Mr David Thompson, Chair of the Men of John XXIII College, and his dedicated colleagues for organising the event. Further information on Mr Litherland’s work can be found at

Sr Mary Murray

Sr Mary Murray ibvm, will be remembered at the John XXIII College Mass on Friday 8 June at 8:00am. Sr Mary Murray worked at Loreto and John XXIII College for over 25 years. All are warmly invited to attend this community Mass.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Our Year 6 students returned from Canberra exhausted yet exhilarated last Friday night. Each individual student ‘stepped up’ to be the very best version of themselves, and this made the experience both valuable and really enjoyable for everyone involved. The staff that attended Camp 2018 were: Miss Graves, Miss Nish, Ms Allen, Mrs Gardner, Mr Fromm, Mr Hauer, Mr Henderson and myself. Each staff member packed plenty of enthusiasm, humour, kindness, wisdom and care and shared it freely and generously with all the students. Our conversations and activities centred on the following:

  • Participation
  • Teamwork
  • ‘Having a Go’
  • Having a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Cooperation and Collaboration
  • Challenging Ourselves
  • Learning about Ourselves and Others
  • Faith, Family and Friendship

The Canberra Camp gave us multiple opportunities to talk about and reflect on so many aspects of what it means to be a good leader, a good friend and a good student. There were some interesting moments for staff as we watched the students organise themselves and their personal belongings responsibly. It was great to see students who went out of their way to help their peers; who were good problem solvers; who bounced back quickly after disappointment or frustration; who could consistently follow instructions and who were able to communicate well with tour guides, teachers and peers alike.


Whilst on this amazing Camp, we participated in a variety of educational programs on Australia's history, culture, heritage and democracy. We visited the New and Old Parliament Houses, the Australian War Memorial, Government House, the High Court, the National Capital Exhibition, the National Dinosaur Museum and enjoying the view from the Electoral Education Centre.


We also managed to fit in some more relaxing activities, such as, a river cruise on Lake Burley Griffin, walking along Anzac Parade and visiting Mount Ainslie, various sports experiences with AIS athletes and mini golf.


At the end of each day, we enjoyed a delicious meal and some peaceful time in our warm accommodation at the AIS and shared a special prayer reflection called the Examen.


It was a fantastic five days and we thank all parents for your support and trust. Special thanks to all the Year 6 Leaders who remembered to say thank you to staff at the end of camp and to all the parents for their messages of thanks.


We were so proud of each of the fifty-eight Year 6 leaders on camp and we received many lovely compliments about our young travellers.


Dear Ms De Pinto,


As a frequent flyer I felt compelled to reach out to you to commend you on the maturity, presentation and behaviour of students from your College who were on a flight on Friday 25 May from Canberra to Perth.


I must admit when I saw the students lined up to get on the plane I did think this is going to be a noisy flight, how mistaken I was.


The flight itself experienced turbulence to an extent that saw an interruption to the flight service and increased time with the seat belt sign on.  Having two children of my own I know that a delay in meal service on a plane or the inability to run to the toilet every 5 minutes could have a negative impact on their journey, however the students from John XXIII College took everything in their stride.


I would also like to comment on the fact that their maturity and good manners extended once off the flight and in the baggage carousel area.


You should be very proud of all the students and the teaching staff who were looking after the students deserve commendation also.


What a great representation of John XXIII College.


Well done!


Frequent Flyer


We would also like to thank the Australian Government for contributing towards the travel expenses incurred under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate programme.


Enjoy the long weekend!


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


The Year Six students were lucky enough to spend last week exploring our Nation's Capital, Canberra. Each day was packed full of exciting, educational and fun activities. Some highlights of our amazing trip included seeing Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time at Parliament House, taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial and listening to Paralympian Ahmed Kelly's inspirational life story at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). We are so proud of the wonderful way the students represented our college whilst in Canberra. The Year Six teachers would like to thank Miss De Pinto, Ms Allen, Mrs Gardner, Mr Fromm, Mr Hauer and Mr Henderson who travelled with us and helped to make the camp a fantastic experience. We would also like to thank Ms McGann for all her hard work behind the scenes.


Miss Nish and Miss Graves

Year 6 Teachers


Our Canberra camp was so much FUN! Firstly, we had a great time at Parliament House as we got to see the Prime Minister arguing during Question Time which was a lot cooler than seeing him on TV. Secondly, we enjoyed Questacon because it was a balance of education and fun (but mainly fun) and it helped some of us conquer our fears (by taking on the 6 metre slide!). Thirdly, we enjoyed the Lake Burley Griffin River Cruise because we got to learn about some of the great landmarks around Canberra and then we got to have a dance party. Last but not least, we loved the awesome National Dinosaur Museum because we had an excellent tour guide who knew all about dinosaurs! Going to Canberra was special because we got to have amazing experiences, bond with our friends, learn new things and have lots of FUN at the same time!


Hannah Dale and Harry Martin
Year 6 Students




Year 4 Mass


As part of their preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist, the students from 4B with Mrs Fontaine and Mrs Haydon prepared a beautiful liturgy for us all to enjoy. Special thanks to Fr Rodrigo for presiding at Mass this morning.


Reconciliation Retreat


In preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation the Year Three students spent a day at the Schoenstatt Shrine with Sister Lisette. They participated in lovely reflective sessions where they were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and understandings of forgiveness. All students were given a toy lamb as a symbolic reminder of the importance of forgiving. We hope they will share this message with their family members.


Year Three Teaching Team


Constable Care

This week we had the team from ‘Constable Care’ presented two shows to the Primary students. The shows supported the Protective Behaviours curriculum that is taught in each year level.   

The Junior Primary students were engaged during the presentation - “Fun Scary.” They learnt that there is a difference between fun-scary and bad-scary, and there is a difference between safe secrets and unsafe secrets.

The Upper Primary students enjoyed the presentation ‘Screen Time’ about online protective behaviours. They learnt about protecting personal information and how important it is to speak to a trusted adult to help resolve situations.

Both shows were enjoyed by the students and reinforced the important message, ‘everyone has the right to feel safe all of the time.’


Miss Joyce
Assistant Principal


Dates to Remember


Monday 4 June                     WA Day
Tuesday 5 June                     Yr 3-6 Cross Country Training
                                                        Parents’ Association Meeting 7pm (TMEC)
Wednesday 6 June             1B/1G Spineless Wonders Incursion
Thursday 7 June                   Year 6B Excursion to Channel 9 News rooms
                                                        Winter Fixture v Newman
                                                         Yr 3-6 Cross Country Training                                               


Year 8 Retreat Day

Year 8 participated in their Retreat day on Friday 25 May. The theme was "Called by God to be Agents of Change in the Year of Youth". Using the issue of Sorry Day and Reconciliation the students explored how they can impact and transform the world through their own actions.

Students enjoyed listening to Scott Darlow who is an Australian Aboriginal singer/songwriter. Combining acoustic rock and heartfelt lyrics with the didgeridoo, Scott spoke to students about his Indigenous culture and challenged them to help facilitate reconciliation and understanding. Scott spoke a lot about empathy as the foundation for any real change and challenged the students to take on attributes of his key word FLUTE- Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy.


The day finished with a Mass celebrated by Father Rodrigo.


The students were able to share a special day with their peers and Homeroom teachers.

Rita de Faria

Assistant Deputy Principal Year 8

Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

Prior to the commencement of the Senior School exams our students acknowledged Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week.


Our National Sorry Day is an annual event that has been held in Australia on 26 May, since 1998, to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of our country's Aboriginal people. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) was initiated in 1996 by Reconciliation Australia to celebrate Indigenous history and culture in Australia and to foster reconciliation discussions and activities. NRW theme this year is 'Don’t Keep History A Mystery'. This year’s theme looks to highlights some of the lesser known aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, histories, cultures, and achievements, to prompt Australians to ask themselves: what are some of the things I don’t know about our shared history?


During lunchtime our HASS department organised a Reconciliation sausage sizzle and music whilst students were able to engage with a series of stalls in the pavilion where they could learn more about what Sorry Day and Reconciliation mean.


Our Year 8 students were fortunate to participate in a Retreat program where Scott Darlow , an Aboriginal man from Yorta Yorta, country spoke to them about the Stolen Generation. The focus of his session was the acronym FLUTE - which stands for Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance and Empathy.

Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission

HASS Week, 21-25 May

The HASS Department celebrated the individual disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences department during HASS Week. On Wednesday students in Year 8 participated in the Australian History Competition and students in Year 10 participated in the Australian Geography competition on Thursday.


Throughout the week students in Years 7-12 were involved in a Homeroom quiz, Monday Economics, Tuesday Geography, Wednesday History and Thursday Civics and Citizenship. It is my pleasure to recognise the following Homerooms for winning their respective year level quiz:


Year 7 – Campion

Year 8 - Campion

Year 9 – Koolyangarra

Year 10 – Campion

Year 11 – Loyola and Ward

Year 12 – Loreto and Ward


On Friday the HASS department cooked a lunchtime bbq for the students and organised acoustic duo ‘One Reception’ to play a live set in the Pavilion. This coincided with the celebration of reconciliation week activities.


Congratulations to all students who embraced HASS week and engaged wholeheartedly in the activities throughout the week.


Andrew Osnain

Head of Learning Area - HASS

myfuture - assist your child

New to myfuture, is a dedicated page for parents and carers looking to support and encourage young people with their career making decisions.


Assist your child feature page contains links to articles that provide tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development. Our College has registered and paid an annual fee for the use. To log in, students need to use their school email address.

Margi Watson

Career Counsellor

World Environment Day

John XXIII College will be joining with the rest of the globe in engaging in sustainable activities to mark World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June.


“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme of World Environment Day invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.


With this in mind, the College is facilitating a session where students and staff can make their own reusable shopping bags from recycled material. With the phasing out of single use plastic bags in shopping centres around the country, these bags are not only environmentally friendly, but extremely practical and useful.


An introductory workshop will be held this Tuesday 5 June from 3:30-5:00pm in the Textiles Room at the College with the hope that further workshops will build on the number of students and staff attending and create a movement that will be able to affect real positive change.


This initiative is part of a broader grassroots sustainability initiative called Boomerang Bags, that works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made, using recycled materials. Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.


As part of this initiative, the College is calling for donations of any unwanted sheets/fabrics/cloth materials (especially doona covers) to use as bag making material. Please leave any such material in the basket that will be situated at Student Reception.


For more information on Boomerang Bags head to


Christian Thompson

Sustainability Coordinator

Year 9 Assembly

Glenn Gerber was our guest speaker at Year 9 assembly last week. With a background in competitive swimming and coaching, Glenn shared his story and challenged Year 9 students on their daily actions and environment. He asked  questions such as; 'Why are you doing the things you do every day? Are they helping take you towards becoming the best you possibly can be or taking you away from that? Are they impacting your future for the better or the worse?' He provided students with lots of food for thought.


Skye MacMillan Year 9 wrote the following response about our speaker.


On Thursday Glenn came in to talk to the Year 9 students about 'future focus' and 'time management'. Future focus is your goals for the future. Where do you plan to be in three months, six months, nine months, or a years’ time? What do you want to have achieved by then? Glenn talked about working hard without yielding results often makes people give up right before a breakthrough, because all the work they put in had no results. Glenn told the Year 9 students that to be successful you have to struggle and it will 'succ', but success can’t be spelt without 'succ' and you won’t get any good results without struggling.


Glenn also discussed time management with us. If you did 20 additional minutes of study everyday unrelated to your homework six days a week, that is an extra two hours of study a week; if you do this every week of the school year (40 weeks) then you will end up doing an additional 80 hours of study. Although this is just a small 20 minutes extra every day, in the long run that makes a lot of difference. The importance of managing your time to make the best out of your life is possible, starting in small 20 minutes chunks you can improve so much.

Skye MacMillan

Year 9 student

Host families wanted for international exchange

Are you in a position to open your home and share your life for a short period of time with an international visitor from Japan?


Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to develop meaningful relationships and lifelong connections. It is an extraordinarily generous offer that will enrich our exchange student’s understanding of our local culture and customs whilst experiencing life at John XXIII College and learning English.


We are looking for two types of host families for Term Three.

  • Are you able to host for 12 weeks?

 We are looking for a family who will be able to host our Japanese Language Assistant, Hiromi Sensei, and her daughter (in Year 8) for 12 weeks commencing 9 July. Both Hiromi Sensei and her daughter attend John XXIII College each day and participate fully in College life. They willingly contribute to home-life and love to share all this entails. In addition, they contribute to expenses and accommodation costs. They have been here for one term and have settled very well into everyday life.


If you are able to host Hiromi Sensei and her daughter or would like further information, please email Shane Glass:


  • Are you able to host for 2 weeks?

This will be our 20th exchange with Fujimi High School in Tokyo. We have 35 female students arriving for a period of two weeks from 29 July and departing on Saturday 11 August.


The students are approximately 15 years of age and have learnt English for about three years. If you have either a spare bed in a girl’s room or a spare bedroom, we would very much appreciate your willingness to host one of our Japanese exchange students.  The exchange students are here to practice speaking English. They will contribute to expenses.

If you are able to host a Fujimi student, please return a completed Host Family Information Form, available below, or can be accessed in the Documents folder under General Secondary on SEQTA. 

Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)


NAS (Northern Associated School) Nominations Term 2 – Winter Sport

There are byes for NAS Sport Monday 4 June – Wednesday 6 June to coincide with senior (Year 11 and 12) exams. Our next fixture will be against Sacred Heart College on Monday 11 June . There is a possibility that Year 10 NAS fixtures against Sacred Heart College will be played on Wednesday 6 June, as we have our Year 10 Outdoor education camp clashing with NAS fixtures. Students will be advised via email once changes have been confirmed.


A copy of the fixtures, venues and information regarding NAS Sport is available on the College website. A reminder that students need to inform the teacher in charge of their sport well in advance if they are unavailable to fulfill their commitment.


All results and ladders for the season to date can be found via the following link: Use the column on the left of the page to navigate.


ACC Cross Country

Congratulations to all members of the SSWA and ACC Cross-Country team; John XXIII College finished second overall, with the girls winning the overall shield.


On Thursday 31 May at Alderbury Reserve, Perry Lakes, a committed team of over 70 John XXIII College students were ready to face the challenge of a difficult 3km (girls), or 4 km (boys), cross-country course. The ACC event has grown over the years and has over 3000 competitors represented across 70 schools in the ACC. The task on Thursday was made more difficult with consistent showers and even the odd thunderstorm rolling in throughout the event.


Much like our performance in the SSWA Cross-Country carnival the week before John XXIII College put in a magnificent team performance. Given the College did not win an age category or have a top 5 finisher in any race, for John XXIII College to finish second overall on the day was a credit to all members of the team. It was a real testament to the mantra of trying your best, team effort and enjoying the experience across all age groups. Our girls performance was outstanding. Often we had all six runners finishing in the top 100 of their race.


It was a pleasure to be involved in a team that showed excellent spirit, encouragement and support for each other. A big thanks to parents who were able to come along and support students on the day in the trying conditions. I’d also like to thank our coaches Mr Tremayne, Mr Haines, ex-student and former superstar cross-country runner Sian Munks, and Sarah Hynes. As without their commitment to training we would not have had the foundation to record such an impressive performance. A final thanks to all students who have been involved in Cross-Country, whether it was at training, competing or supporting as a reserve we hope you have enjoyed the experience in 2018.


Results from the ACC event can be accessed via the following link;


Netball Club

Well the season is well and truly underway and so far we have had everything from 30 degree sunshine to torrential rain.

  • Grading is now finalised for Years 7 - 12 and Alumni.
  • The club is waiting for Years 5 & 6 grading to be announced, we will be in touch a soon as it is available.
  • Years 3 & 4 Net Set Go may get reshuffled after game 5.

There are NO GAMES this weekend due the Association Championship.


Good luck to Monique Cavallaro (Year 7) and Shenae Baker (Year 8), who will be competing this weekend.



A reminder that the first week of the June/July school holidays is a game day. Please let your coach know if you are not available to play. If you haven't yet booked your holiday please consider delaying until after Saturday's game.


The PNA Championships are held this weekend and they are looking for volunteers. If anyone is interested please contact PNA on 9387 7011 or email

Have a lovely long weekend and enjoy the rest of the netball season. 


If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at


Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary

Music - Week 16

Autumn Soiree

Congratulations to the 237 musicians who performed to a sold-out Roncali Hall last Sunday evening! The standard of musicianship on display was exemplary, with a huge variety of repertoire. The College’s next musical performance will be held at St George’s Cathedral in the Perth CBD, early next term.


AMEB Awards

The Australian Music Examination Board is introducing a new award system for students who undertake AMEB exams and contribute to their school’s Music Program. Any interested students should contact the Music Department or ask their music tutors.


Mr James Kros

Head of Music


The Years 7, 8 and 9 students have been participating in workshops run by the Australian Institute of Theatre Sports and are getting ready to compete in the annual Junior House Theatre Sports  competition on 19 June in the GBLT at 7:00pm. The 47 students are having a lot of fun learning the improvisation games. The competition will prove to be a hugely entertaining night of improvised comedy.


Upcoming events in Drama:

  • Junior House Theatre Sports – Wednesday 13 June, 7pm, GBLT
  • Senior House Theatre Sports – Tuesday 19 June, 7pm, GBLT
  • Year 8 Drama Performance – Monday 25 June, 5pm, Roncalli Hall
  • Year 10 Drama Performance – Wednesday 27 June, 7pm, Roncalli Hall

George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Community Liturgy

Next Friday’s Community Mass will be prepared by students in Year 7, and family and friends are very welcome to celebrate with the students.


At Friday’s Mass we will also remember much loved former John XXIII College teacher, Sr Mary Murray ibvm.  Former students who knew Sr Mary Murray are warmly invited to attend this community Mass. 


The Friday community liturgies are open to all. They are usually prepared by a year group or a House group, and if you would like advance notice, the roster is on the website

As always, all parents and friends of all year groups are welcome every week, regardless of who is preparing the liturgy.


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.

Sacrament program


Congratulations to the Year 3 students who have made their First Reconciliation and to the Year 4 students who will make their First Communion this weekend.   


Let us hold in our hearts and in our prayer at this special time all our students who are preparing with their families for Sacraments this year. 


Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6 and have not yet enrolled in the Sacrament program in your ‘home’ parish?

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison or 9383 0513.
  • Locate information from your parish on the archdiocesan website
  • Use the College website to find information, including diary dates, supplied by some local parishes

GOOD NEWS for the Feast of Corpus Christi

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

This is my body. This is my blood.


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard. This article has featured previously in the College newsletter and is worth reprinting for the feast of Corpus Christi, as Eucharist is a pivotal celebration for Catholics.

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.


…As Catholics we believe that Jesus is really and personally present to us in the broken bread and shared cup of the Eucharist. And although we believe that Christ is present in the Scriptures, the assembly and the ministers of the Church, we hold that Christ's presence under the form of bread and wine is one filled with the greatest intimacy and uniqueness.


The Eucharist is not intimate and unique because it is magic. It's not intimate and unique because we gaze upon the elements. The Eucharist is intimate and unique because earthly signs are transformed by God's love, and are consumed in faith. As we eat and drink these elements Christ becomes part of us, and we come alive in Christ.


In the fifth century Saint Augustine taught his people that if they truly loved the Eucharist they would become what they eat. The same is true for us today. By receiving into our hands the bread – blessed and broken, the cup – poured and shared, we say ‘Amen’ to becoming the same in Christ: blessed, broken, poured out and shared in love. We commune with God and God with us in the Eucharist so that just as earthly gifts are transformed into Christ so through us will be the entire world, and all things in it.


There is a huge and important difference between grace and magic. One is a trick for show. The other is the power of love, which expresses itself in faith, hope and service.


In a profound poem French Jesuit Didier Rimaud challenges those of us who love the Eucharist to see it linked to the liberation begun in the Exodus, consummated in the Resurrection and working in our world today.


In remembrance of you,

We take the bread of Easter in our hands,       

This Bread do we consume:

It does no longer taste of bitter herbs,

nor of unleavened bread.

It is the bread of a land promised us

where we shall be set free.


In remembrance of you,

We take the wine of Easter at our feast,

This wine do we hold dear.

It does no longer taste of bitter springs,

nor of dark salty pools.

It is the wine of land promised us

where we shall be made whole.


In remembrance of you,

From exile we return.

In remembrance of you,

We walk across the sea!


No wonder the early Christians called the Body and Blood of Christ, ‘food for the journey’. May [the] Eucharist strengthen and embolden us to help God liberate and transform the world through how we spend our lives.

© Richard Leonard SJ

Pathways and Transition

Important dates 

  • 6 June  Curtin Uni Parent Info Evening
  • 14 June Melbourne University Information Evening, Hyatt, Perth
  • 16 June Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day
  • 28 June Australian National University (ANU) Information Evening
  • 2 July  National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA),NSW Applications for 2019 Bachelor & Diploma Courses are open 
  • 6 July  A Day in the Life of a Uni student, The University of Notre Dame
  • 9-13 July Course Advice Sessions, The University of Notre Dame 
  • 10 July  ECU Mt Lawley Campus Tour 
  • 11 July  ECU Joondalup Campus Tour  
  • 13 July UWA Campus Tour    
  • 20 July  Notre Dame Early Offers
  • 22 July  ECU (Joondalup) Uni Open Day 
  • 27 & 28 July Clarkson Trade Campus Open Day            
  • 28 July Murdoch Uni Open Day 
  • 29 July  Curtin Uni Open Day
  • 6 August TISC presentation for Year 12
  • 8 August Curtin University visit      
  • 12 August  UWA Uni Open Day        
  • 12 August ECU (Mt Lawley) Uni Open Day 
  • 13 August ECU / Murdoch Visit - Year 12 students
  • 15 August UWA Visit - Year 12 students
  • 17-19 August - Skills West Careers Expo
  • 19 August University of Notre Dame Open Day
  • 22 August University of Notre Dame Visit - Year 12 students
  • 23 August  CQU Open Day 
  • 6 September ECU Alternative Pathways Information
  • 13 September WAAPA Arts Management Info Evening
  • 24-28 September ATAR Revision Sessions
  • 7 November ECU Careers in Sports Expo
    Download the PDF below for a more detailed list of events and registration details.


myfuture - assist your child

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Assist your child feature page contains links to articles that provide tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development. Our College has registered and paid an annual fee for the use. To log in, students need to use their school email address.


Year 12 - University of Notre Dame: Early Offer Program 2018

High achieving Year 12 students can apply for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program. This program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school, community or church. The program rewards academic and non-academic achievements by issuing university offers prior to the final WACE exams. Applicants will need to demonstrate a predicted benchmark ATAR of 93 for the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Physiotherapy; and a predicted benchmark ATAR of 90 for all other undergraduate programs. For academic capability, all offers are made based on Year 11 and Year 12 reports to date.


To apply for the Early Offer Program, you must be nominated by your school and application packs will be available for students in June.


All applications must be handed in to Mr Bostelman no later than the 20 July.  The College will forward all applications to Notre Dame.  For more information about Early Offer, go to

Year 12 Exit Plans

All Year 12 students will be meeting individually with the Career Counsellor after the May exams.  The meeting will be to discuss their plans for next year and to offer any guidance or additional information concerning their options.  Please discuss your child’s exit plans with him or her now and encourage those who have vague plans to see me prior to the exams so we can work together on developing clear goals and action steps.  


Curtin's Scholarship email service

Sign up for Curtin's Scholarship email service and receive an email alert whenever a scholarship that matches your criteria is opened for applications. You'll also receive a reminder email one week before applications close.


US Sports Scholarships

If you are good at a sport and want to see if it can help you pay for a college degree, visit this link to schedule a meeting with past student-athletes from Crimson Athletics. Find out more - 

Year 10 students

Students interested in a career in Construction or a Pre-Apprenticeship in Year 11, are invited to attend a College excursion on Tuesday 19 June.  The new Construction Futures Centre (CFC) in Belmont invites students to experience the interactive environment and explore the different pathway options available.  They will also discover the importance of subjects such as Mathematics and Design and Technology in this industry. There is a construction paraprofessional option for students interested in the business management and drafting aspect of the industry.  The following industries are represented at CFC:

  • Painting & Decorating
  • Brick Laying
  • Paraprofessional/Business (CAD drawing, Construction Costing/Estimating, Construction Management)
  • Solid Plastering
  • Wall & Ceiling/ Floor Tiling
  • Carpentry & Joinery

This excursion is for Year 10 students selecting either the UniTransition or Training Direct pathway in Year 11 and would like to know more about the Construction industry.  Girls are encouraged to participate in this excursion as they are known to do very well in the painting and decorating and tiling courses.  Interested students must email the Careers Counsellor by 10am on Monday 11 June.

New Jobs and Skills Centres in WA

The Department of Training and Workforce Development have opened five new Jobs and Skills Centres at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses. 


The JSCs offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and employers and businesses.


Visit the Jobs & Skills WA website for more information.




Good Universities Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships
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Were you the kid who loved Lego and building forts in the yard? If you love building, creating and working with your hands then a career in construction might be a good fit.


Whether you’re building a house or an airport, just about every trade is represented on each worksite so it’s smart to get an idea of how they all fit together.


Check out the Construction Bullseye from MyFuture here.



From the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW – “A career in surveying can be very diverse and involves travelling and the use of specialised technology.  Surveyors can be involved in making measurements in the outdoors or indoors, processing data and creating plans and maps.”

Surveyors measure and map things then provide the information to people like engineers, architects and developers.  


You could work in the office or in the field, using high-tech equipment and sophisticated software to put together measurements that are needed by other design professionals.

Without their work it would be impossible for engineers and architects to accurately design and construct buildings.


Salary: Starting salary around $42k for an Assistant (Cert III level) to $64k for a Draftsperson with 5 years’ experience. Those with a university qualification may earn $90k plus as a Licensed/Registered Surveyor.

Qualifications: From TAFE, start with a Cert III and work through to a Diploma to become a fully qualified draftsperson, you need a university degree to become a surveyor.


Where do I start? Check out A Life Without Limits, they have heaps of fantastic info and a list of all the courses at TAFE and university level in Australia.


Margi Watson

Career Counsellor


Winter sun protection

As the weather starts to get cooler many people start wondering if there is a need to protect themselves from the sun’s damaging rays. The answer is yes. There is still a need to protect ourselves, even in winter. It is important that SunSmart behaviour becomes a consistent lifestyle choice and is not solely associated with summer activities.


You can get burnt on windy, cloudy and cool days.


 Sunburn is caused by UV radiation (ultraviolet radiation), which is not related to temperature – a cooler or windy day in summer will have a similar UV index to a warmer day. If it’s windy and you get a red face, it’s likely to be sunburn. There’s no such thing as ‘windburn’.


You can also get sunburnt on cloudy days, as UV radiation can penetrate some clouds, and may even be more intense due to reflection off the bottom of the clouds.


Check the SunSmart UV Alert every day and protect your skin when UV levels are 3 or above, even when you are in the sun for short periods. The SunSmart UV alert is available at and in the weather section of most daily newspapers. A SunSmart app for iPhones that predicts the UV level for each day can also be downloaded from the iTunes App store.


So whenever you’re outdoors don’t forget to cover up. Slip on a shirt, Slop on SPF 50+ sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek shade and Slide on some sunglasses.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Cancer Council WA

Parents' Association

The 2018 Term Two Parents' Association meeting will be held this coming Tuesday 5 June at 7pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are welcome to attend. Please come and hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on where our Parents' Association funds are spent this Term.


We will be voting on the two funding proposals below: 

  1.  $7,000 (ex-GST) for the 2018 Parent Party.
  2. $5,727.27 (ex-GST) for a baritone saxophone for the Music Department.

We will also be having a discussion on the format of the Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations at the College.


We look forward to seeing you at this Term’s meeting if you can make it.


Your 2018 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.






Book Sale

Book sale of discarded library books, open to all students - primary and secondary and staff.

Open before school and lunch Friday 22 June, 2018.

Gold coin donation with all proceeds going to CARITAS.


Men Of John XXIII College

Calendar Dates for the 2018 Fathering Presentations

Put them into your calendar now!

  • Term 3 - 24 Aug
  • Term 4 - 9 Nov

Year Group Father Liaison still sought

The Men of John XXIII College Committee is looking to improve communication across the school. Often this is done best by the people who know the year group. If you are available, or know someone, then email me their details for inclusion in Committee emails so that they can keep situational awareness and support for upcoming events.

John XXIII College Alumni 

Loreto Nedlands Past Pupils Event


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

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

The Uniform Shop is now accepting secondhand uniform items. Please remember that all items must be freshly cleaned and ironed and in perfect condition to be accepted for sale.


Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus



Term 2 winter menu

Our Term 2 winter menu is available for download.

Our Online Canteen is an online ordering system that is a safe and convenient way to order school meals and now you can use your Smart Rider to order from the canteen. 

  • Place your canteen order online
  • Mobile friendly site.

For more information visit the College website.

Dianne Combrink
Canteen Manager

Founders' Parent Party - All welcome


Entertainment Books

Help John XXIII College raise much needed funds

Help us raise funds for our fundraising by buying an Entertainment Membership from us. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. Hurry, Entertainment Memberships sell out quickly.


Order here:


Community Notices

Driving and parking safely near our school

The beginning and end of the school day are busy times for pedestrians and drivers outside our school.

You can help keep children safe by remembering the following:

  • slow down around schools and drive safely
  • be aware, be courteous and be responsible
  • drop your child off and pick them up on the school side of the road in designated pick-up areas
  • always take extra care in 40 km school zones
  • observe and adhere to all regulatory signage and follow all parking signs - these help keep your child as safe as possible
  • park responsibly even if it means you have to walk further to the school 
  • never double park - it is illegal and puts children at risk
  • model safe and considerate pedestrian and driver behaviours to your child
  • always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.

We would like to remind you to be cautious when dropping off or collecting students near Heritage Lane.  Construction work at the top of  the street continues and there is added traffic and heavy load vehicles movement which increases risks and the need to be more vigilant.  Your assistance in keeping our students and staff safe is greatly appreciated.

2018 Application For for Host Family.docx
Pathways and Transition Calendar.pdf
Menu 2018.pdf
inigo attachment_SW.pdf
Creating Positive Families 2018.pdf
Creating Positive Families 2018.pdf
The Gospel vision of learning at our College.pdf
The Effects of Screen Use.pdf