23 August 2019
Issue Twenty-five
From the Principal
Parents' Party
Around The Primary
Music - Week 25
Pathways and Transition
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Men Of John XXIII College
Event 11 September
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
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From the Principal

 A kindness to others

One of the joys of my role is the opportunity to have engaging interaction with wonderful students. This week one of our very fine Year 11 girls was describing the qualities of another young person at the College. She used a simple statement to describe the positive impact her classmate has on others:

‘People tend to listen to those who are kind.’


It is sometime said that the best way to gauge whether a school is authentically Catholic is by ‘listening to the way in which people speak to one other’. There are many current challenges facing the Catholic Church and gentle acts of kindness can have an immeasurable impact on others.


Simon and Garfunkel sang a famous song in the 1970s entitled ‘The Sounds of Silence’. I have a propensity ‘to fill silences’ when conducting interviews and meetings and I am working to try and correct that tendency. Maybe the silences are a way of ensuring that there is genuine listening. Say less, ask more and listen intently is a pretty good guide for all interactions.


I had the pleasure of joining our Year 4 students and their extended John XXIII College family at this week’s Primary School production of ‘Dogs’. The skill of Mrs Sasha Cattapan in writing a script that involves all students across both classes was complemented by the enthusiasm, talent and energy of our Year 4s. It was a night of lively entertainment. Thank you to the parents for the wonderful feedback and to Sasha Cattapan, Catherine Haydon and all staff assisting behind the scenes. On the same evening, our secondary music students were entertaining families at our annual Jazz Night at the Ellington.


It is great when our students find a niche to shine at the College. Our co-curricular opportunities are largely about enabling our students to hone their talents but more importantly about providing an opportunity for healthy and positive interaction with others.



We will be celebrating Father’s Day with Mass in our Chapel followed by tea/coffee on Friday 30 August at 7:30am.  All are welcome to attend - please RSVP via this link


Wishing all families a lovely weekend and break for the annual Catholic Day holiday on Monday.


Robert Henderson


Parents' Party


The Angelico Exhibition

The Angelico Exhibition for Catholic Students is a prestigious annual event on the Catholic Arts calendar. The exhibition provides a broad public forum through which students throughout Western Australia are able to exhibit their dynamic artistic talent.


This year John XXIII College has nine students exhibiting work at the Angelico Art Exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public until Friday 30 August at the Forrest Centre 221 St Georges Terrace, Perth.


Congratulations to the follow students on their participation in the exhibition:

Group Entry: Emilee Paterson, Kate Shirley, Gabby Watts, Nicholas Silva (Year 7)

The Dotty Flock

Fineline, watercolour and acrylic on card

Inspired by the richly decorated artworks of Australian artist, Del Kathryn Barton, and the dot paintings of traditional Aboriginal artists, we created a zentangle drawing of our favourite bird and surround it with a complex network of painted dots.

Ava Bostelman (Year 8)

A walk in my shoes

Graphite and lino print

Juxtaposition of mediums conveys meaning in my work. The pencil drawing shows originality, a favourite pair of shoes drawn by hand; a one off. The lino print however alludes to the consumerism of fast fashion, as a print can be reproduced infinitely.

Bailey Arundell (Year 10)


Oil on canvas

“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son” Gen 22:13

My artwork is a visual representation of Abraham’s trust and faith in God.

Jasmin Collins (Year 11)


Charcoal on card

My drawing depicts the story of Maya Kulenovic, a Bosnian refugee who witnessed the horrors of the Bosnian Civil War. I aim to provide a sense of hope that humanity can learn to nurture and respect the innate dignity of all human beings.

Caitlin Skead (Year 12)

Words Unspoken

Acrylic on canvas

Just as those in the deaf community use their hands as their voice it is important that humanity provides a voice for unrepresented endangered animals. I hope that through my artwork I inspire people to become a powerful voice for the unspoken.

Eloise Levy (Year 12)

Congratulations to Year 12 Student Eloise Levy who received first runner up in the prestigious Fra Angelico Award for artwork which embraces and upholds Catholic beliefs and values.

Strung Together

Oil on wood

Like a string of beads, a tribe is a group of individuals connected by a binding thread holding them together. The tribe’s existence depends upon the strength of the string. If the string snaps, all the beads will fall and become lost and separated.


Secondary Library - CBCA 2019 Book Week – Reading is my Secret Power

The anticipation of Book Week proved an exciting time for the College community this week.


We had the pleasure of hosting Fremantle-based author, speaker and teacher, AJ Betts – our secondary English students were inspired by AJ who gave insights into the challenges and rewards of professional writing.


The daily Home Room Book Week Quiz and #BookFace competitions attracted a strong response with over two hundred entries. Home Room Quiz winners will be announced in Tuesday. During lunchtime, students enjoyed playing a variety of Giant Games with chess, jenga and Connect 4 on offer.


Our talented Year 12 Drama students did a fantastic job reading to the primary students on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime giving lively, humorous renditions of well-loved picture books.


Our Top 5 Library Borrowers will also be acknowledged at the end of the week.



Around The Primary

Dear Parents

The Performing Arts skills in the Primary school have certainly been put on show this week with our talented Year 4 students performing in ‘Dogs! The Musical’.


As you will see by the movie clip attached, it was a very energetic, fun, polished, vibrant and engaging musical production and very much enjoyed by all of us who were lucky enough to be there.



Some of the adjectives I heard from parents and grandparents at the end of the Musical included amazing, genius, confident, remarkable, polished and the list goes on. It is clear that the dedication and hard work the students have put into this musical have made for an outstanding show. Every student should be very proud as are their families and teachers.


Mrs Sasha Cattapan has put in countless hours with the students in rehearsals and preparation, as well as, the time she has spent thinking over the smallest details that have led to such an amazing performance. We thank Mrs Cattapan for all hard work and dedication to our Performing Arts program and for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students.


A special thank you to Mrs Catherine Haydon for her incredible efforts in preparing our students so well and for the time, dedication and musical expertise she shares so generously with our students – we are so lucky!


To the staff and parent volunteers who assisted in any way throughout the production process – many, many thanks! Your contributions were very much appreciated.


A sincere and heartfelt thank you to the many parents and grandparents for taking the time to send a lovely email or message of thanks this week.


‘It was so enjoyable to watch, beginning to end’.


‘Well done! Last night was simply outstanding. I have not belly-laughed like that in ages. The students were amazing as was the set, costumes, make-up, music... just incredible!”

‘The children and the families will remember this forever. Thank you Mrs Cattapan for creating such a fun, all-inclusive, entertaining and highly professional musical.’


‘Every child was given a part that matched their personality to perfection and enabled them to shine in unique ways’.


Enjoy the long week-end!


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Please check the College Website for Term 3 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.


Dates to Remember

Monday 26 August

Catholic Day - NO school on this day

Tuesday 27 August

Y4 Excursion Star Swamp

PP Excursion Floreat Forum

Wednesday 28 August

KG-Y2 Book Week Incursion

CPAF Primary Singers - Vasto Club Balcatta

Friday 30 August

Father's Day Mass - 7.30am St Louis Sports Centre

Pre-Primary Father's Day Sports Morning - 9am


Dogs! The Musical

So many people have helped to make the Musical Production a success and I thank all of you for your hard work and support.



Our musical arrangement and piano accompanist, Mrs Catherine Haydon, for helping the children with their singing parts, assisting with the writing of lyrics, stage direction and arranging songs, and for providing the excellent accompaniment for the musical.


Miss Sarah Lees, who choreographed our dances. Thank you for your wonderful energy nd ideas.


Thank you to Miss Ashlin Macintyre for sharing her creative talents and designing the booklet poster.


Our sound and lighting technician, Mr Jeff Jansen, who helped set up for rehearsals every week and has made our stage look so amazing and our sound spot on! Special thanks also to Mr Daniel Paparo and Mr Tom Anderson-King on lights and the Audiovisual Team. Thank you to our sound effects and editing technician, Mr William Denton and to Mr Sam Tout for using his skills to film the performance.


Our Head of Primary, Ms Antoinette De Pinto, and Assistant Principals, Miss Jodi Joyce and Ms Kylie Allen, for their continued support and encouragement and also their assistance during after-school rehearsals.


Miss Claire Dernie and Mrs Teresa Fontaine, for their generosity of time and also their support and cooperation during the preparation of this production.


The Primary Staff who helped supervise the cast during rehearsals.


Our set designers, Mr Chris Reimer and Mr Connor Hewes, who built and painted our amazing set and props. Thank you Chris and Connor for sharing your creative talents. 

The Maintenance Team for all their ongoing assistance.


 Mrs Serena Hewes, for designing and making our costumes, with the help of her costume team, including her son Connor and her mother, Anna Carbone. Serena and Connor have worked tirelessly these past months to make sure all the children have the most amazing costumes. Special thanks also to Mrs Angela Soares who made the fantastic costumes for all the cats.


All the parent volunteers who have helped with costumes, props, face painting, make-up and hair, thank you all so much for your assistance. Special thanks also to Mrs Donna Burns, Mrs Fiona Bailey and Mrs Jennifer Cabassi for designing and organising the face painting.


Our backstage crew, John Exten from Year 9, Holly Denton, Caitlin Jackson and Braden Fyneman from Year 7. They attended after-school rehearsals and the night performance as part of their community service.


Special thanks to all the Year 4 parents for their wonderful support.


Finally, a big thank you to all the Year 4 children for bringing the story alive with great skill and enthusiasm.  It has been a delight to work with each of you.


Sasha Cattapan

Primary Performing Arts Teacher

Sports News

Interschool Cross Country


What a fantastic day and impressive performance by our runners with many top 10 finishes and plenty of ribbons!  The full results can be found here:


Congratulations to all the runners, a special mention to all the ribbon winners and the Year 6 boys who dominated their race with five runners in the top 10!  Well done to all competitors.


Year 3 Girls

3rd Abigail Prosser

Year 3 Boys

3rd Hudson Grabham

Year 4 Boys

1st William Blaxell

3rd Maximus Tonich

Year 6 Girls

1st Ruby Verleg

2nd Bianca Petsos

Year 6 Boys

3rd Finnian O’Donnell


Steve Williams

Primary Sport Coordinator


Muffin Monday

Thank you to our Year 6 families for supporting the Catholic agency, ‘The Shopfront’ by providing savoury and sweet muffins on Monday.


The muffins were delivered to ‘The Shopfront’ and now will be enjoyed by their many visitors.

Can you help?

The Secondary Religious Education Department are collecting the inner tubes from glad wrap, foil and the like (no toilet rolls please).  The Year 8’s are going to make Aboriginal rain sticks as part of their curriculum.


Please hand these in to Mrs Petsos at Main Administration.


Athletics training

Athletics training is up and running from 7:00-8:00am every Tuesday and Thursday up until Tuesday 17 September. All students are invited to attend and learn from our dedicated and professional athletic coaches.

Rowing Club Fundraiser -  Last chance to ORDER!!

Support our Rowing Club Fundraiser and purchase your Weed Free Sheep Manure today! Not only will your garden love it, so will our Rowing Club. Please place you orders here  before 28  August.



Congratulations to Rory Betts, Year 9, who has been selected in the Gold Fields Western Australia State Team that is touring Shanghai, China in August.


Also congratulations to Sophie Dartnell, Year 7, who will be competing in the National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival on the Gold Coast in September 


Congratulations to Kate Taylor, Year 10, who competed in the U18s Cockburn Basketball Association team playing in the 3X3 NBL Hustle Grand Final and won. Kate was part of the team that played prior to the Australian Boomers vs Canada game at RAC Arena on Saturday night and after winning were selected as Flag Bearers for the night.


Music - Week 25

Spring Soiree

The annual Spring Soiree – a celebration of the College’s large ensembles – will be held on the evening of Friday 13 September from 7:00pm. Featuring the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Treble Choir and Chamber Choir, this is one of the College’s premier events!


Tickets will be available in the coming week; bookings are essential!

Change of Date

Please note that the Year 11 Recital Night has been changed to Sunday 27 October, from 5:00pm in the GLBT.

Performance Uniform Sizing

Trousers for Performance Uniforms are now ready to be sized, for any students who have not yet done so. Please visit Ms Gratton in the Music Office early next week.

Jazz Night at the Ellington

What a fabulous night at the Ellington Jazz Club for our annual Jazz Night. The popular concert featured performances from the Swing Band, Senior Voices, Barbershop, Saxophone Ensembles and selected ATAR soloists and ensembles. Congratulations to all the students on a great show.




Coming soon in drama

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – performed by Year 11 Drama students in the Performing Arts Centre at 7:00pm on Thursday 29 August.
  • Charlotte’s Web – performed by Years 8 and 9 students in the Roncalli Hall at 7:00pm on Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September.
    Book tickets here:



Three John XXIII teams competed at the Global rounds of the World Scholar’s Cup Competition in Sydney last week. In a full week-long tour the students put in excellent performances in the competition which involved over 2100 students from 28 different countries and was held at the superb International Conference Centre in Sydney.  A full report will be circulated with next week’s newsletter once the official complete results are received, but some of the highlights included all three teams qualifying for the 2019 Tournament of Champions at Yale University in term four,  Yvie Rigg’s outstanding tenth place in debating  out of well over 100 gifted students from around the world, the brilliant effort of Year 7’s in coming 7th in the world in the Writing section, and the great efforts of three teams in all winning their three debates. The teams were Seniors (Years 9/10) : Bella Pether, Bella Boley and Eve Cullity; Year 8: Yvie Rigg, Spencer Burchett and Anne Cullity, and Year 7: Maya Mintz, Bella Boley and Hannah Johnson.  Congratulations to all team members on representing your College with distinction, and special thanks to Ms Kirralee Dawson and Mr Christian Thompson for their great support for the students and myself on this tour. We also saw many of the wonderful sights of Sydney, and these will be featured in the Sydney Report Booklet out next week.



The famous Bell Shakespeare Company will be performing at John XXIII College this week on Wednesday afternoon during periods 5 and 6.  The program is for all Magis and Altiora students in Years 7 and 8, and includes a performance and question time in the GBLT. This is a world-famous company which will present their new 2019 Production ‘Words, Words, Words’ which will incorporate parts of perhaps Shakespeare’s most popular play, Romeo and Juliet.


Next weekend will see our two John XXIII Magis Opti-MINDS teams compete in the regional championships at Curtin University on Saturday 31 August.  Students involved have receive information packages and will be performing long-term and spontaneous challenges in the afternoon. Good luck to both teams, and special thanks to Mr Peter Mazur for his great assistance with the Science-Engineering students.


Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator

Pathways and Transition

Year 12 Preference Night at ECU


Open Day & Events



Events for future students
Open Day Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 11 August 
South West Sunday 25 August
Events for future students



Events for future students
Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  2019


Events for future students


Open Day  Peninsula Saturday 3 August
Caulfield & Clayton Sunday 4 August
Parkville Sunday 18 August


Events for future students



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Netball Club

Final rounds of competition

  • NetSetGo:                             23 & 24 of August
  • Junior Years 5 & 6:              30 & 31 August

As we approach finals it's a good time to be reminded that this is a game and that players and supporters are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. Please remember that parents are not to harass or approach umpires, they too are someone’s daughter and without them there is no game. If there is a valid concern the Coach will handle it. Harassing or intimidating umpires from the sideline only adds to their stress and makes their job that much more difficult. 


  • These are Kids 
  • This is a Game 
  • The Coaches are volunteers 
  • The Umpires are human 
  • This is not the ANL Championships 

Netball Club Wind-Ups

Primary School Wind-Up

  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre 
  • 3:30pm


Senior School Wind-Up

  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre 
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm 


Annual General Meeting 

  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Circle of Friends Cafe 
  • 6:40pm - 7:10pm 

We encourage parents to come along and see what we've been doing over the past year.  We will be looking for volunteers to join our committee as some long-term volunteers leave us this year. If you are interested in joining us and would like some information, please contact us via email

Team photos

Please could each team send through a maximum of 15 team and individual action photographs to for use at the end of season wind-up.

Spring Netball

As the end of the season is getting closer we look toward the Spring Competition. Registrations are now open for all age groups and are done on a team basis directly with Perth Netball Association. Details can be found on their website

Western Roar Retball pre-finals up skill clinic
Registrations open

On Sunday 5 August 2019, Western Roar Netball Club is holding a Pre-Finals Up Skill Clinic at Belmont Netball Association, 2 – 4pm


See attached flyer for details.

Here’s hoping the weather is kind to us all over the weekend. Best of luck to all teams.

Rowing Club

Rowing Club Committee Meeting and AGM

The second last committee meeting of the year is next week on Tuesday 27 August at 7:00pm in the Circle of Friends Café.  If you are interested in any committee roles for next year this is a good opportunity to see how the committee works an the type of roles available – without any pressure to commit  - we would love to see some new faces.  ALL WELCOME to join this exciting and successful sporting club.


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


Post season land training available

If your child is wanting to continue some training over the off season and also hang out with their rowing mates; Jerram Gibson has organised three land training sessions a week after school on a Monday (Boys), Tuesday (Girls) and Wednesday (Boys) for Rowing Students.  Your child should have all the details.

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


Getting Started with Family Zone
Webinar for Beginners - 7pm, Tuesday, 3 September

Family Zone will present a demonstration of our world-leading parental controls for all John XXIII College parents.

The College has partnered with Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety and digital-awareness services, Family Zone. As part of our contract negotiations until 2020, we have managed to secure a number of Family Zone Accounts (Family Packs) which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free for a trial period.

To get you started, this webinar that will cover everything you need to know about our world-leading parental controls, including;

  • How to install and activate Family Zone
  • How to set bedtimes, study-times and play-times
  • How to place limits on gaming and social media
  • How to view and assess your child’s apps
  • Where to get help if you need it

Webinar will take place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, 3 September 2019.

Register here: 


Cyber Safety Webinar: Advanced with Family Zone
7pm, Tuesday, 10 September

If you've been using Family Zone for a while and are keen to learn more about our advanced features, then this webinar is for you!
Features, such as;

  • Locations
  • apps
  • Reports
  • Age profile Controls
  • Routine overwrites
  • Website whitelisting
  • Shared Parenting

The College has partnered with Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety and digital-awareness services, Family Zone. As part of our contract negotiations until 2020, we have managed to secure a number of Family Zone Accounts (Family Packs) which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free for a trial period.


Webinar will take place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, 10 September 2019.

Register here: 



Do you have a smart TV? Here's how to keep it safe

Maybe you saw the news reports this week about the teen whose devices were taken away - and used the family’s smart fridge to tweet to her pals.


Experts have since cast doubt on the viral story - although fridge manufacturer LG has confirmed that some of its smart products do in fact have social media capability (!). 

But the point remains.


Our homes are increasingly crowded with internet-connected gear - from fridges and stereo speakers to toys, cars and clothes. The experts call this phenomenon “the internet of things.” And it’s given us the means to connect online using objects that have never traditionally been associated with computers. 

An obvious example? Your family’s smart TV. 


Smart TVs and their cousins, “connected TVs,” use your home WiFi to connect to the internet. And although many adult users are unaware of it, smart TV technology allows savvy users to easily navigate between streaming services, online gaming and social media - exactly as they would on a smartphone, tablet or computer. 


Today’s smart TVs can be used to send email, browse the web, download apps, shop online, access music and of course view a huge array of unregulated screen content. They open up a vast world of information and entertainment. But they also invite risk.


Rapid adoption

It’s been less than a decade since the first internet-connected TVs made their Australian debut. But within a very few years, nearly every new television model released by a major manufacturer was featuring smart technology, with the kind of functionality once reserved for gaming consoles, media hubs and PCs.


So-called dumb TVs are still manufactured today - mostly by lower-end imported brands. But these too can now easily connect to the internet through popular interfaces like Apple TV or the Fetch box to access streaming services (Netflix, Stan, YouTube) and catch-up apps. These are referred to as “connected TVs.” 


Smart and connected TVs have now overtaken computers and laptops as  the most popular devices for viewing screen content. And penetration is expected to grow even more rapidly over the next few years, as the NBN and 5G turbo-charge the experience of downloading and streaming content, say industry forecasters.  


Privacy risks

The benefits of smart TV technology are obvious - but they come bundled with some real risks.

An internet connected, voice-enabled TV has the capability to track what you are searching and watching. With this information, they can serve ads catered to your way of life. Most smart TVs come with the option for you to turn off such tracking, but it may not be the default setting. 


And, like any other connected device, smart TVs can be hacked to gain access to inbuilt cameras, stored files and social media data. Some users have even chosen to disconnect their smart TVs after a 2015 scandal involving a range of Samsung devices with voice recognition that were listening to their owners 24 hours a day. 

Experts advise that, to be extra safe: 

  • Don't use "easy" or "quick" set-up when activating a new device. Look for "custom settings" that let you turn individual privacy features on or off. 
  • Look for a condensed version of the privacy policy, and read the notes when manufacturers or developers release a software update.
  • Don't download software that looks suspicious. Remember, anti-virus software isn't available for smart TVs yet.
  • Add two-step authentication to apps that require a login, if it's available.

Managing streaming content 

The controversy over the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why highlighted for many parents the need to monitor and manage streaming content. The high-rating series was widely criticised for romanticising teen suicide, and even for contributing to a rise in the death toll. 

Fears surrounding copy-cat suicides prompted the producers to add a content warning to its second season.


Yet many parents are unaware that they can - and should - manage smart TVs, just as they would any other connected device their children access. The Family Zone Box empowers mums and dads to do exactly that, in a few simple steps.


The Box, which has been accredited through the Family Friendly Filters scheme, as recommended by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, allows parents to manage what kids see on smart and connected TVs, and when they see it. 


In fact, the Box can apply parental controls to every device that connects to the home network - including gaming consoles and guest devices. 


Community Liturgy

Thank you to Mr Bostelman and Year 12 for their preparation of this week’s Community Liturgy.   


Friday 6 September the Community Mass will be prepared by students in Year 11.  Family members of Year 11 students are especially welcome. 


Next Friday, 30 August

  • Mass commences at 7:30am
  • Mass will be in the Saint Louis Sports Centre
  • Our community will be augmented by dads, grandads and other father figures – as well as students from Primary and Secondary.

Community Liturgy summary

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


… to Year 3 students, Mia Conway and Thomas Archibald who made their first Reconciliation this week in the parish of Our Lady of Grace, North Beach. 

GOOD NEWS for: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

From East and West they will come to take their place in the kingdom of God

Luke 13:22-30


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is a 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.


Salvation has, rightly, always been a big issue. Who was going to make it, how it was going to happen and when would Christ return in glory have captured the imagination of each generation of believers?


The roots of this thinking can be found in today's Gospel. The earliest Christians, especially the Gentiles, saw that the Jews had been given every opportunity for salvation. They were the Chosen people. They had the Law and the Prophets. They were looking for the Messiah. Jesus, however, did not come as they expected or act as they hoped, so they rejected him and his followers. Within a generation after Jesus' death the Jews were persecuting the Christians and expelling them from the synagogues. The Christians took comfort from saying that in the salvation ‘race’ the Jews might have started as the favourites, but they had missed the start and were now coming last.


This way of thinking had a strong effect on the Church. While we have always believed in the mercy and love of God, at different times we have been hostile to other religions, other denominations and the secular world. We have often needed to express this in absolute terms about who was going to be saved and, more importantly, who was not!

The Second Vatican Council, however, reflected on the Church's experience of working side by side with religious people and secular humanists throughout the world who were as committed as we are to justice, love and freedom. In the ‘Declaration on the relationship of the Church to non-Christian religions’, the bishops thought more generously about how God has a relationship with all people who in turn relate to God, even if they do not name it in the same way we are able to. The Council did not resile from believing that Jesus is the way to the Father, but they also affirmed that God can work in an infinite number of ways to assist people to salvation. It is Church teaching now that our relationship to all people who share the best of our values must be characterised by acceptance, collaboration, dialogue and charity.


This does not make salvation any less important. It just clarifies for us that it is God, not us, who does the saving and the judging. Christian salvation marks us out as people who know who we are following, where we are going, how we are getting there and why this world, and the next, matters to us. Salvation gives our lives meaning, direction and purpose.


The way we live out this salvation should be irresistible to others. As the folk hymn sings, ‘They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.’


© Richard Leonard


Fruit & Veg month September

Fruit & Veg month is a fantastic opportunity to promote fruit and vegetables to students, staff, parents and the community. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables not only contributes to good health, but also protects against a number of diseases and helps maintain a healthy weight.

We would like to encourage all parents to continue this healthy message at home by increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables the whole family are eating.


For more information and healthy recipe ideas go to:

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Resource:  Department of Health WA

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.

Updated Bus Routes




Canteen Menu

Please see menu attached.


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

Cleaning your blazer

Did you know that you don't need to spend a fortune to have your blazer dry cleaned?

It is washable.  Wash the same way you wash your school skirts and school trousers - blazers are made of the same fabric.  Use a warm, gentle wash and don't spin for too long.  Give blazer a good shake and hang up to dry.  Do not use dryer. Ironing is usually not necessary.

Men Of John XXIII College

A Night with Timothy Ian Britten C.V.

Join Tim and the Men of John XXIII College for this memorable night.


Tim is a Senior Sergeant in the Western Australia Police. He is one of the five recipients of the Cross of Valour, Australia's highest civilian bravery decoration. He was awarded the Cross of Valour for his actions in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 Bali bombings.


He has been a Police Officer for over 22 years and has worked in a large variety of locations including a six-month deployment to East Timor as part of the Australian Federal Police peace keeping mission and ten years with the Tactical Response Group. Prior to joining the WA Police, Sergeant Britten served as an infantry solider in the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment from 1988 to 1991 followed by a further 6 years with the Army Reserves 11/28 Battalion in West Australia.


For his actions on the night of the Sari Club bombings Tim Britten was awarded the Cross of Valour on 17 October 2003, and was presented the medal by the then Governor-General of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery.


Tim is an Ambassador for a number of different organisations across Australia including; Vice Patron of the Australian Bravery Association, Ambassador for Soldier On, Trustee of the ANZAC Day Trust in Western Australia and Ambassador for Blue HOPE. Come and hear what happened on that fateful night in Oct 2002 and how he balances fatherhood with so many different competing roles.


Date: Friday 6 September
Time: 6:30 -7:00pm meet for drinks. 7:00– 10:00pm.

Venue: Cambridge Bowling Club, 39 Chandler Ave West, Floreat, WA 6014

Drinks:  Purchased at the bar
Food:    Pizza and Pasta supper
Cost:     $20.00

Book here: 



Adventure Quest
Sunday 15 September 10am to 1pm

Form a team and compete in the Men of John XXIII Adventure Quest. This scavenger hunt activity merges relationship building and technology into a fun outdoor “Adventure” that will create lasting family memories, leaving you laughing and reminiscing for weeks to come. Win the bragging rights and team photo on the John XXIII College newsletter.


Using the interactive app that operates on GPS technology and image recognition functionality, families / teams will need to unlock a variety of challenges on their journey. This fun activity is a combination of scavenger hunt and amazing race, and the excitement starts all with the click of a button.


Teams will be on the edge of their seat as they answer questions, complete video and photo tasks, get hit with problem-solving activities and random on the spot challenges all in the quest to earn as many points as possible. Adventure Quest ticks all the boxes for fun and provides you with complete flexibility. So, are you ready to get out and about to explore, learn and compete against other teams in a quest to become champions?


The Adventure Quest will start at John XXIII College and lead you on a merry chase through Fremantle and  Perth City, finishing at Kings Park Lotterywest Parklands.


Stay for a BBQ or picnic at the playground. Find the MOJTC Banner and compare trials and tribulations of the competition!


Only limited places are available so book early!

Join the John XXIII College Community and the Men of JTC for this fantastic fun day out.

  • Date: Sunday 15 September
  • Time: 10:00am till 1:00pm
  • Venue:               
    • Meet at the carpark off John XXIII Avenue, John XXIII College for “le Mans Start
    • Finish approximately 1:00pm at “Stickybeaks Café” in Kings Park.
  • App:  Registered teams will receive a login email sent to them, on the email used to register teams through the Trybooking link, one week before. Install the app and meet at the carpark ready for the start.
  • Food: Bring a BBQ to the park or take away from Stickybeaks Café and compare scores!
  • Cost: $20.00 per team of 5 people
  • Book here: 

Event 11 September

Anxious Children: Turning anxiety to resilience at home

Our kids are suffering from anxiety in record numbers. One in fourteen young Australians (6.9%) aged 4-17 experienced an anxiety disorder in 2015. This is equivalent to approximately 278,000 young people. When we look at mental ill-health more generally, the numbers double to about one in seven primary school kids and one in four adolescents. Resilience levels decline as our kids get older. Fears and worries become a dead weight our kids can’t lift. Our children are enduring panic attacks, stress, and we are watching their confidence levels drop. Parents want, so badly, to help. But they often don’t know how. And sometimes their well intended attempts to help only hurt. This presentation is designed as a specific talk for parents about what anxiety looks like, and provides simple strategies for parents to implement at home that are empirically and clinically proven, but don’t require a PhD in psychology to practice. 

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting
authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience; and he is the founder of ‘Happy Families’.

Dr Coulson earned his PhD in Positive Psychology. He holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Centre for Positive Psychology, and he is a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.


Parents' Association

Parents’ Association 

Thank you to all the parents and staff that attended our Term 3 Parents’ Association meeting on Wednesday. 


We are pleased to announce that the Men of John XXIII funding proposal was unanimously passed: $6,300 to support a series of MOJTC activities that will enhance the School Community by supporting social and Fathering events.


Our Term 4 meeting will be held on Monday 11 November at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. 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.


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.

Murray Graham presents ‘Inner Freedom and Healing’in the Workplace and the Home

In daily living, our wounds and resentments can grow, fester and affect our own quality of life and those around us.


This talk aims to provide some practical spiritual ways  to transform this and prevent any future ‘burn out’.

We will draw mainly on the wisdom of Ignatian Spirituality.

Murray Graham (M.Ed) is Director of the Inigo Centre at John XXIII College, whose objective is to enrich adults in spirituality and relationships. Murray has given the 9 hour, 6 module, ‘Ignatian Induction’ program to groups of staff and parents during the last six years. Murray also gives Talks to teachers in other schools and to Parishes in the city and country.


Wednesday 28 August 2019

7:00pm to 8:30 pm

$10 (Donation unwaged)

MacKillop Room, John XXIII College    


Further Details and Registration contact Murray Graham on 9383 0444 or email  


John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 

‘Save the Date’ 60th Reunion Loreto Claremont Class 1959

  • A lunch will be held on Thursday 17 October, 2019. 
  • To register interest or for further information, contact 
  • Liz Prendergast 0412 642 256
  • Mary Graeme 0428 338 285



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 Reunion (Loreto)

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College
  • Monday 11 November at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 
Father's Day Invitation.pdf
Father's Day Invitation.pdf
Y4 RE Xavier Parker.pdf
Information to host a family.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.pdf
Creative Ministry Resources
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Family Zone - Webinar flyer.pdf
Family Zone - Webinar flyer.pdf
Magis Camp 2019 Pictorial and results.pdf
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
Inner Freedom and Healing.pdf
Western Roar Netball Up Skill Clinic flyer.pdf
06 Sept 2019 Tim Britten.pdf
2019 Sept Adventure Quest.pdf
Open day progam FINAL.pdf
Year 12 Preference Night ECU.pdf
Masterchef entry form.docx
Hosting Form 2019 John XXIII College - Copy.pdf
2019 Letter inviting families to host.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.docx