15 November 2019
Issue Thirty-four

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

From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 34
Rowing Club
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
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From the Principal

Standing on the shoulders of others

‘We are standing on the shoulders of ones who came before us. We are stronger for their courage; we are wiser for their words, we are lifted by their longing for a fair and brighter future.’

(Joyce Johnson Rouse).

This quote was particularly pertinent this week. At 11:00am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. On Remembrance Day, all Australians were encouraged to observe one minute's silence to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts. It was pleasing that our students participated so well in this year’s College Remembrance commemoration recognising the bravery of all concerned.


We also talk about the strong shoulders of others when we discuss the evolution of John XXIII College and the wider Catholic Church. It is interesting to look at some global perspectives which reflects a changing Church. The number of Catholics worldwide has experienced a 57% increase since 1980 (world population in the same timeframe increased by 47%). Much of that increase has been in Africa (238%) and Asia (115%). The past three decades have witnessed significant changes in the role of religion in society with the phrase ‘spiritual but not religious’ entering common parlance. The experience of the Jesuits is mirrored by other Religious Orders. In 1986 there were over 25,000 Jesuits worldwide reducing to 16,740 in 2015. (Jesuit Schools: A Living Tradition in the 21st Century.)


There are many challenges facing the modern Church. To be respectful and hospitable to people from different cultures and religious traditions; to work closely with the lay people and to embrace the role of women in the Church are imperatives in welcoming the call of Christ. We live in exciting times.


Robert Henderson



Lester Prize Youth Award

Congratulations to Eloise Levy, graduating class of 2019, who was awarded the 2019 overall winner in the Years 11/12 Category of the Lester Prize Youth Award (Formerly Black Swan Prize for Portraiture) for her artwork Returning to Your Roots.

The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, one of the country’s richest prizes for portraiture has been renamed The Lester Prize in honour of the award’s leading patron, Richard Lester.


The Lester Prize Youth Award encourages the creative talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists. It is open to all High School students across Australia and children in care at the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH).


The Youth Award allows entrants to showcase their works and present their unique artistic perspectives; helps build their confidence to further their art practice; and allows them to share their stories with the wider community.


Eloise is to be commended on her win in this prestigious and highly competitive award, with entries of an incredible standard coming from all over Australia.


The Youth Lester Prize finalists works will be displayed at Brookfield Place’s Tower 2, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth until 29 November, as part of The Lester Prize Youth Exhibition. This is a free event open to the public.


Returning to your Roots

Oil on Wood

When a tree is cut down, rings are revealed. The more rings a tree has, the more mature the tree is. The tree symbolises change over the passing of time. I chose to paint on the medium of wood, to reflect my subject's raw, natural talents and to pay homage to his traditional roots. As an immigrant, Vereniki Duarara made the life-changing move from Fiji to Australia to start a new life pursuing his rugby career. His new home sees him playing rugby under the Norfolk Pines synonymous with Cottesloe. From palm trees to pine trees, he surges ahead, with the hope of a bright future in Australia.


The subject of my artwork is Vereniki Duarara, a young aspiring rugby player from the remote village of Serea, Fiji. Vereniki's talent was recognised by an Australian family, who sponsored him in relocating to Perth, Western Australia to pursue his career in professional rugby.


Whilst at times he may be homesick, Vereniki understood the weight of this opportunity. It was either take the risk, or lose the chance. He now surges ahead, with the hope of a better future. Vereniki Duarara’s story serves as a reminder- take every chance you get in life.

We remember – lest we forget

It is an extraordinary sight to see the College community gathered on the Chapel Lawn on a late spring morning. On Remembrance Day last Monday, assembled among red Remembrance poppies, our College collectively paid respects to the tens of thousands of soldiers who have lost their lives in wars in service to our nation. Guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Saad Omari, reminded the College community that the freedom we enjoy today came at great cost, and Australia has a lasting debt to the “men and women who sacrificed their future for ours”.


Lieutenant Colonel Saad Omari is a former student who completed his Officer Training at the Royal Military College Duntroon. During his career he has had postings throughout Australia and overseas, including deployment on operational service in Bosnia, East Timor, The Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. He is currently the Chief of Staff of the 13th Brigade based at Karrakatta. The College was honoured to have Lieutenant Colonel Saad Omari to give the address and raise the flag – and we are very grateful that he could give his time to be with us.


The Chapel Lawn was enhanced by recycled poppies, crafted by Year 8 students in a workshop led by Michael Alvares, and co-ordinated by Dr Margaret Yoon. Our Remembrance ceremony was led with dignity and competence by our senior students. They were assisted by other students from Secondary and Primary – including Year 6 students who shared their learning from the Australian War Memorial – and by Music staff and students. It was especially heart-warming to have three of our Year 11 students taking time out of their exam preparation to assist – special thanks to Nick Brennan, drummer; Sophie Manners, 2020 Head Girl, and Ashleigh Smith, 2020 Faith & Mission Captain.


They shall not grow old,

as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them,

nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning

we will remember them.


Sustainability report

On Thursday 24 October, a representative from Waste Wise Schools WA assisted the College in carrying out a Waste Audit for the purpose of determining how much and what type of waste our College produces. The Year 6s completed the audit for the Primary in the morning and the Year 8s and 10s for the Secondary in the afternoon. The results of this audit will be a valuable tool going forward in measuring improvement in the College’s programs to reduce waste going to landfill, with the information gathered from an audit identifying items that have the potential to be reduced in number, reused when appropriate and recycled where possible.


At the College Day of Invitation held at the beginning of this term, 2019 College Sustainability Captain Harry Sapsworth was awarded the College Sustainability Award. The award provides funding support for the winner for tertiary studies in the area of sustainability. Harry hopes to study Chemical Engineering or Veterinary Science. Studying Veterinary Science would enable Harry to be involved in rural sustainable agriculture and animal production. However, if he ends up being allocated a place in Chemical Engineering, Harry hopes to specialise in re-cycling, waste management and green chemistry. Harry is to be congratulated for an outstanding submission and it is hoped the award will assist him in his studies at university.


Also announced at the Day of Invitation was the College Sustainability Captain for 2020, Jasmin Collins. Jasmin provided a strong and passionate vision for the role in interviewing for the position and 2020 looks to be a productive, innovative time for sustainability at the College under her leadership.


Thank you to all Year 8s for the beautiful red poppies made for our Remembrance Day assembly on Monday. Their efforts made the assembly very special, all the more when it was realised they were made from recycled plastic drink bottles.


Christian Thompson

College Sustainability Coordinator

VET Qualifications

This week a number of our students received confirmation that they have passed their VET qualifications. Pictured is Luke Bajada Year 11 who received this Certificate after completing a CERT III in Community Services with Fremantle Education Centre. 



Parents' Association Liason 2020

It’s that time of year when the current coordinators vacate their positions and we seek new year group coordinators and we are therefore seeking new parents to take on these coordinators roles.


The role can easily be undertaken by a team of 2-4. It will only require 3-5 hours a term of your time in total.


I know you've heard it before,  it is really fun and doesn't take much effort. All you have to do is organise morning coffee dates and two adult functions throughout the year - normally mid-year and one at the end of year. Roster sheets for canteen duty, staff morning teas and anything else the school requires are prepared for you and all you have to do is place them out the front of the lecture hall in February on the night of your relevant parent information night, and send out reminders throughout the year.


On Friday 6 December,  we have scheduled a Welcome Lunch for all new 2020 coordinators.


I am always available and happy to take phone calls from anyone that needs my assistance along the way. Ric Del Pizzo our College contact has an open door policy and is always available for any matters that coordinators need help with throughout the year.


We have a fabulous website for coordinators that contains a toolkit with all the information you need to do the job. There are schedules, calendars and lists of functions by year Group, all precedents are in place, everything is well organised, even templates to aid you in requesting volunteers at the beginning of the year.


So please, grab a friend and have a go. It is a very rewarding experience and I can guarantee you will have a great time!


If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me on my mobile 0419 886 722 or email


Sharon Aquino

Secondary Convenor

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This week the students have been learning about the significance of Remembrance Day and reminded that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 an armistice was signed that stopped the fighting in World War I. Since then, and after World War II, this day of remembrance became known as ‘Remembrance Day’ so we can remember the people who have died in all wars.


As a school we acknowledged this important occasion with an outdoor ceremony for Years 3-11. Special thanks to Tilly Laver (6B) and Ethan Williams (6G) for both sharing their reflections about their visit to the Australian War Memorial. The Junior Primary classes also participated in some special prayer time in their classrooms.



Last night the College hosted a ‘Volunteers Thank You’ evening to thank all the parents who have assisted with the myriad of school activities throughout year.  We recognise that parents are a very important link between home and school and we greatly value and appreciate the support that has been provided to our staff and students.


Yesterday our Year 6 students represented the College exceptionally well at the IPSHA Touch Rugby Carnival.  Special thanks to all the students involved in this sporting event.


Ella Matthews

Miranda Clyne

Coco Kenny

Violet Worner

Genevieve Price

Isabella Desiati

Archie Ryan

Mark Bontempo

Hunter Bovell

Finnian O’Donnell

Torren Jakovich

Ruby Verleg

Matthew Gillman

Mahalia Upton

Sylvia Czajko

Lola Kenny

Caitlin Seery

Bridget Owen

Trinity Fuller

Jackson Bosnich

Ethan Williams

Thomas Townsend

Harrison Cabassi

Luke Green

Oliver Defrancesco



Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary

Dates to Remember


Year 2B Assembly has been rescheduled to Friday 29 November.

At this Assembly we will be sharing a special farewell to Mrs Morell who is retiring as our Music Specialist at the end of the year.



Wednesday 27 November – Presentation Evening 7pm St Louis Sports Centre

Attendance is compulsory for all Year 5 & 6 students


Monday 18 November

Year 1 Excursion Perth City Farm 1pm to 3pm

Thursday 21 November

Kindy 2020 Parent Information Evening 6:45pm

Saturday 23 November

Year 4 & 5 GATE Game Changer Awards ECU Joondalup


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

Remembrance Day Reflections

Visiting the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra was an outstanding and unique experience. Men and women who died in wars were honoured in such a reverent and memorable way there. As well as being an emotional experience, I felt proud of the soldiers who fought for Australia in the worst of conditions. At the end of our visit, we each placed a poppy by a soldier’s name on the Roll of Honour. I was overwhelmed to see the red river of poppies placed along the walls. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to learn more about such inspiring people; it was truly an eye opening experience. Tilly Laver 6B



When we walked into this spiritual place, we were overwhelmed with a feeling of sorrow and thankfulness for what the ANZACs did for us. The war memorial taught us about what life was like for soldiers in a variety of wars and it was shocking to hear their stories. Listening to the last post ceremony and watching my friends lay a wreath at the pool of reflection was a memorable experience.  Ethan Williams 6G


A Poppy is to Remember

Thank you to everyone who bought a poppy from the Year 6 leaders leading up to Remembrance Day. We were amazed at the generosity shown by the John XXIII Community. These donations went towards the Annual Poppy Day Appeal which provides welfare assistance to service men and women (past and present) and their families.


It was wonderful to see so many people wearing their red poppies as a symbol of respect for the men and women who have served in wars and conflicts.


Parents As Partners

Special thanks to Lisha D’Souza (Primary Convener), Olivia Watson (Secretary) and all the parent coordinators for their fantastic contributions in the Primary School. They have done a wonderful job of organising family and parent events throughout the year as well as, coordinating volunteers for various events.



Elle Rohr, Davinia Finucane, Emma Smith & Jenelle Moloney


Natasha Harris, Catherine Natale, Katherine Potter & Hannah Hewer


Caroline Di Costa, Kate O’Toole, Emma Humphreys & Rachel Hurley


Priscilla Grainger, Alyssa Swan, Cindy Tonkin, Julie Bosnich & Tiziana Battista


Mimma Nikoloski, Renee Ralph, Katerina Pruiti & Sue Briede


Barbara Fullerton, Chris Stewart, Serena Hewes & Cherish McNamara


Pip Paton, Jo Pazin, Bobbie Mignacca & Gemma MacMillan


Rebecca Owen, Celia Gardner, Sue Matera, Jo Kenny, Lidia Fethers & Sarah Fitzhardinge

Hampers for Christmas 

Every year the St Vincent De Paul society run a Christmas Appeal to assist families in need during the festive season.


We are hoping the John XXIII community can contribute by providing hamper items for these families.  Each year level has been allocated specific items to collect, please refer to the link below for year group allocations.


Please place all hamper items in the basket in your child’s classroom or the front office next week.


Thank you for your generous support.


Sport Update

Touch Rugby Carnival

I was so proud with Year 6 touch rugby players who took part in the carnival yesterday, it was extremely hot but that didn’t slow them down at all! The students had a great time and played incredibly well, it was great to see all their hard work and practice on the field. 



Pre-Primary to Year 3 Swimming Timetable

Year Level

Lesson Time

Bus Departure Time to Pool

Year 3

12:15pm to 12:55pm


Year 2

12:55pm to 1:35pm



1:35pm to 2:15pm


Year 1

2:15pm to 2:55pm




Mr Williams

Primary Sports Coordinator 




Our junior boys and girls waterpolo teams commenced training this week with their coaches, Mr Phil Scales and Mr Doug Watson. The girls waterpolo competition will take place next week on Wednesday 20 November with the boys competing on Thursday 21 November. We wish both teams the best of luck.



Year 9/10 Girls Fitness

For the remainder of the term, every Wednesday afternoon, John XXIII College will be running an afternoon fitness program for our Years 9 and 10 girls. The sessions will run from 3:30pm - 4:15pm. All Year 9 and 10 girls are welcome to attend and take advantage of this opportunity.


On Saturday 16 November John XXIII College will be taking part in the SunSmart Elizabeth Quay Night Sprints Regatta. This will be our first time competing in the event and we wish our team the best of luck. 



Congratulations to Alexandra Taylor (Year 9) who plays for Newman Knights Hockey Club on being selected to play in a team for the upcoming 2019 FHE Cup later this month at the Perth Hockey Stadium. The FHE Cup is a tournament targeting under 16 players to experience hockey on an international and professional stage with teams from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. This year they have included an U18 Girls competition which Alexandra will compete in.  Best of luck to Ally for the upcoming competition.

Music - Week 34

Year 7 Recital Night – Wednesday 20 November

Held in the GBLT from 7:00pm, we invite you to enjoy the Year 7 Recital Night! Featuring performances from a talented group of instrumentalists and singers, we are excited to showcase this talented cohort to any parents, friends and peers who would like to attend.

Montgomery Hall Concert - Tuesday 26 November

This year, the traditional Christmas Band and Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concerts will be held in the amazing Montgomery Hall on Tuesday 26 November, from 3:30pm. Parents and friends are invited to attend this free concert and, to bring a plate of afternoon tea to share, following the concert. Further details will be emailed to ensembles in coming weeks.

Presentation Evening Rehearsals

Please note the following times for rehearsals on Tuesday 26 November, in preparation for Presentation Evening in the SLSC:

  • Chamber Choir (with Strings) – 12:00pm
  • Swing Band – 12:45pm
  • Combined Choir (Wanju Voices, Primary Singers, Treble Choir and Strings) – 1:30pm

Students should make their way directly to the SLSC to meet directors at their allocated times. Please contact the Music Office with any queries.

Instrumental and Voice Lessons 2020

Enrolments for lessons in 2020 are open! All applications can now be completed online and, students enrolled in lessons during 2019 will automatically re-enrol.


Coming soon in Drama


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

Year 9 Drama night

Year 9 drama students presented Best of British in their recent drama performance to family and friends. The plays were all comedies with students trying their best British accents.


Coming in 2020



Community Liturgy

Thanks to the students of Year 7 who prepared the Community Liturgy this morning.


Next Friday’s liturgy will be prepared by Year 8.  Year 8 students and their families are warmly encouraged to attend – as are all students, families and friends in our College community. 


Community Liturgy summary

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

Parish Connections

Preparations for the seasons of Advent and Christmas have begun in most parishes.  This year the four-week church season of Advent actually begins on 1 December. 


Some of our local parishes warmly invite families to enter into this season with some special celebrations.  Please refer to details below.


GOOD NEWS for 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 21:5-19

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.


… We all have different reactions to shock and grief. Everyone asks, ‘Why is this happening to us?’ when tragedy strikes on any scale.


For as long as I can remember there have been people predicting the end of the world. Whenever there is a tidal wave, cyclone, hurricane, earthquake or other natural disasters, someone declares that ‘the end is nigh’. Just recall the Year 2000. Never mind that the dating of our calendar is out and so that the 2000th year occurred in 1996. The truth rarely gets in the road of the doomsday story. Sadly for us they usually invoke today’s Gospel to support their case. The good news for us is that we are still waiting for the end of time. The good news for doomsday prophets is that one day they’re going to be right!


We know from a variety of documents around the time of Jesus that the people of Palestine thought the world was soon coming to an end. Given they were being persecuted under an occupying Roman army and that their nation was in tatters, they seemed to have a better cause for this view than we do. In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks to a demoralised people who thought, and maybe hoped, that it would all be over soon. In such a context people are liable to follow the loudest voice to what appears like the safest place and so Jesus offers us the hope of God’s fidelity whatever suffering we may endure. We are challenged to counter despair, not place our trust in things or institutions which we can see but to not be afraid and stand up for faith and hope.


When bad things happen to good people, when they happen to us, we have choices. We can give into desolation, depression and despair. Some of us make a life-long career out of it. This is understandable and tragic. Or we can choose to hope. Christian hope is not about ‘pie in the sky when we die’. It is not about ‘putting on a happy face, come what may’. St Augustine tells us hope is based on the justice God wants in this world, and will see done in the next. Interestingly, one of the signs Jesus speaks about in today’s Gospel is famine. We have known for thirty years that if we all lived justly and shared from our abundance, we could have seen an end to starvation. We choose otherwise and sometimes blame God.


St Thomas Aquinas teaches us that hope, along with faith and love, is one of the prongs in the anchor of Christian belief. No matter how stormy are the waters, how much we are tossed and buffeted by life’s winds, this anchor keeps us rooted in God until calmer seas return. Hope is about holding on, come what may.


Today’s Gospel is not interested in a timetable for disaster. It’s about encouraging us to drop the anchor of hope overboard when the times get tough. May our celebrations of the Eucharist help us to keep choosing to hope until the end of time.


© Richard Leonard SJ

Rowing Club

Rowing Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting  has been changed to Monday 18 November in the Circle of Friends Café.  We will call for nominations to committee positions prior to this meeting.


SunSmart Elizabeth Quay Night Sprints Regatta

On Saturday 16 November John XXIII College will be taking part in the SunSmart Elizabeth Quay Night Sprints Regatta. This will be our first time competing in the event and we wish our team the best of luck. 


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 April 2020.


By setting up a private Family Zone account, you can apply age-appropriate parental controls on every device your child has access to, in any location. To find out more visit



Family Zone Webinar recordings

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

 Webinar topics are:

  • Getting Started with Family Zone 
  • Advanced with Family Zone

The hours your kids will never get back

A new online platform has been developed to show us exactly how much of our lives device use is gobbling up.

Get ready for a shock.


The Plano Time Machine is an “online experience” that uses algorithms and scientific data to show users exactly how much life they are trading for screen-time.


The platform was launched last week and - in a fitting irony - instantly went viral, attracting thousands of users from 43 countries, including Australia, the US, UK, Singapore and India.

The findings? The average 21-year-old is losing 11 years of life on smart devices.

The average 21-year-old is losing 11 years of life on smart devices.

Singaporeans topped the charts (or bottomed out, depending on your point of view). They spend close to eight hours a day online, which works out to a whopping one-third of their entire lifespan.

Worldwide, the cumulative totals of time lost to screens is on the order of 8.8 trillion hours, or one billion years, annually.


And children are logging on to smart devices at ever-younger ages. The latest data show that up to 97% of children - including those as young as 12 months - are using devices daily.


Research published in the journal Pediatrics found 70% of parents studied gave kids devices when doing household chores, 65% “to keep them calm,” while - most disturbingly - 29% offered screen-time at bedtime.


That’s in direct contradiction to the consensus by experts that devices should be switched off at least half an hour before bedtime to support healthy sleep and prevent addictive behaviours and potentially online abuse.

70% of parents studied gave kids devices when doing household chores, 65% “to keep them calm,” while - most disturbingly - 29% offered screen-time at bedtime.

A recent Australian study, led by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, found kids from economically disadvantaged families spend a full hour more per day on screens. Children from more affluent families spend an hour more on homework and reading.


Overall, Aussie kids spend an average of 11 hours per day sitting still - much of that time on screens. 


 Skin Cancer Action Week


More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year. Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.


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. A SunSmart app for Iphones that predicts the UV level for each day can be downloaded from the ITunes App store.


Protect yourself in five ways from skin cancer:


SLIP ON SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.  Look for clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Look for material with high UV Protection Factor (UPF)

SLOP ON SPF 30+ or 50+ SUNSCREEN. Sunscreen should not be relied on as the only form of sun protection. No sunscreen provides 100% UV protection – remember to use in combination with protective clothing, shade, hats and sunglasses.

SLAP ON A HAT.  Slap on a hat that provides as much shade as possible to your face, head, neck, ears and eyes. There are three main styles of hats that provide adequate sun protection:

  • Broad brimmed – brim of at least 7.5 cm
  • Bucket or ‘surfie-style’ hats – with deep crown and brim of at least 6cm
  • Legionnaire hats- should have a peak of at least 6cm. The side flap and front peak should meet the ears to provide protection to the side of the face.

SEEK SHADE. Staying in the shade is one of the most effective ways to reduce sun exposure, but remember that other sun protection measures (clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen) should also be used to avoid reflected UV radiation.


SLIDE ON SOME SUNGLASSES.  When choosing sunglasses look for:

  • Frames that fit close to the face
  • Wrap around styles that reduce UV entering from the sides.
  • Sunglasses that meet Australian standards and have an eye protection factor (EPF) of 10.

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.


If you notice any unusual skin changes, consult your Doctor.


For more information visit:


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Source:  Cancer Council 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.



Term 4 Summer Menu 2019

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


Canteen opening hours

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

Ordering online

How to get started:

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

How to activate your Smart Rider card:

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

Uniform Shop

During the Term  we are open the following hours:

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

The Uniform Shop closes for the year on Friday 6 December at 11:45am.

Please bring your secondhand items in before this date. Following this date, we will not be accepting any more secondhand items until mid March 2020.


The Uniform shop will re-open on Monday 13 January on our usual days and times. It will however be closed on Monday 27 January for the public holiday.

Parents' Association

Thank you to all the parents and staff that attended our Term Four Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting on Monday. 


We are pleased to announce that the two funding proposals below were unanimously passed: 

  1. $1,449 for a trial registration for the whole College community to Sustainable Schools Shop for 2020; 
  2. $10,000 contribution towards the Mary Ward outdoor space upgrade.


We are also pleased to present your 2020 Parents’ Association Committee:

  • President: Paula Hackett
  • Vice President Male: Simon Fracaro
  • Vice President Female: Lisha D’Souza
  • Secretary: Olivia Watson
  • Treasurer: Matt Edmondson
  • General Members: Kerry Tudori and Caroline diCosta


A huge thank you to outgoing President Simon Fracaro for his many years as President - his thoughtful, empathetic and respectful direction of discussions has ensured the meetings under his tenure have consistently been both both enjoyable, incisive and productive. Catherine Anderson-King is retiring as General Member and we would like to thank her for her thoughtful and relevant prayers over the many years of her service. We would also like to thank retiring Vice Presidents Sharon Aquino and Jason Waller for their time and effort during their tenure, and General Members Lucette Quinlan and Celia Gardner for their services to the Association. 


A Committee is only as good as its membership and we have been very lucky to have such an excellent calibre of members in 2019. 


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.

'Re-filling our Inner Well' ​​​​presentation

The General Public and John XXIII College Parents  are invited to attend

‘Re-filling our Inner Well’



Inigo Centre Director


The morning includes:

  • Rest and Relaxation (bring head rest)
  • Experiencing/tasting different ways for personal prayer:
    • Ignatian (katophatic contemplation)
    • Heart (Desert Fathers/Mothers)
    • Apophatic Contemplation
    • When you don’t feel like it, prayer
  • Reflection on the value of both personal and public prayer. How they can complement and enrich each other.

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.



MacKillop Room
John XXIII College    


Saturday 23 November 2019

10am to 12noon

$10 (Donation unwaged)



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


John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Nedlands

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