06 April 2018
Issue Forty Nine
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Netball Club
Charter Bus
Music - Week 10
Pathways and Transition
John XXIII Alumni 
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Raising the eyes

In the sporting domain, commentators often refer to gifted players having the ability to ‘read the play’ or ‘seeing the play develop before others can react’. The capacity to have strong peripheral vision and game sense can differentiate between the good performers and the outstanding performers.


Similarly, in education we need to have some sort of vision for the future. During the week I was asked to comment on an initiative between schools, industry and the state government. I was happy to lend support to a potential partnership opportunity to broaden the horizon for students in our state


The rhetoric of schools ‘preparing students for jobs that have not yet been invented’ is sometimes quoted. In a rapidly changing society it is difficult to predict linear employment pathways for our students. It is sometimes said that today’s students will have multiple careers during their working life so part of the role of schools is to provide an environment conducive to developing a range of transferable skills.


The importance of literacy and numeracy is fundamental to any good education. However, the potential employment market is now asking for a wider range of competencies including:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Financial literacy
  • Digital literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills

All these components assist in a good holistic education for our young people. We live in an exciting and dynamic time.


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

I hope that you all had a peaceful Easter long weekend with your families. Even though we only have five days left until the end of the term, it is important that children arrive at school on time and ready for the busy days of learning.


Thank you to all of the parents that have already come along to a Parent/Teacher interview. These interviews are an important part of the reporting process and a great opportunity to celebrate the wonderful learning that is happening here at John XXIII. All staff have been so positive about the interviews this week – thank you most sincerely for arriving on time and for the wonderful way you have engaged with the teachers.


The Year 5’s have thoroughly enjoyed the ‘roar and snore’ Zoo camps. I hope you enjoy reading about 5B’s overnight experience at the Zoo. More updates from 5G will follow next week.



We look forward to seeing many parents at our Year 2G Assembly next Friday 13 April.


Kind regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary





What is EMU?


EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding) is an intervention program offered in our Primary school for children in Year One who have been identified as experiencing difficulties grasping mathematical concepts. By the age of six, some children have already lost confidence and belief in themselves as learners of mathematics and may not experience success during their Numeracy lessons.


The philosophy underpinning the Extending Mathematical Understanding approach is that all children can learn successfully given time and opportunities to engage in high quality mathematics programs that are designed to meet their particular needs (Gervasoni & Lindenskov, 2011).


Therefore, children who take part in this program get the opportunity to be part of a small group of three with a specialist teacher who tailors the lessons to their individual needs. It aims to boost the child’s learning so they thrive in the classroom environment as well as build a positive attitude towards mathematics.


Children who take part in the EMU program are withdrawn from their class to attend four 30 minute sessions a week. After 20 weeks, the children are assessed and either continue the program for another 20 weeks or are transitioned back into the classroom.


Mrs Gardner and Miss Joyce have completed the specialist EMU training and are successfully running this intervention program with selected students.



Year 6 Basketball Lightning Carnival


Last Wednesday our two Year Six teams participated in the IPSHA Basketball Lightning Carnival at Willetton Basketball Stadium. The focus of the day was on participation and fun for the students. There was no winning school but our girls team and boys team both played very well against the seven other IPSHA schools. Congratulations to all our competitors, we were very proud of their effort and sportsmanship throughout the day.


Special thanks to all parents who came along to support our basketballers and a big thank you to Ms O’Donnell for coaching the girls’ team on the day.


John Alderman

Primary Sports Coordinator



Dates to Remember

Monday 9 April                 Primary Interviews continue

Friday 13 April                  2G Assembly Roncalli Hall (9am)
                                                    Term 1 Ends





House volleyball

After five rounds of matches, the finals for House Volleyball were completed last week.  Most games were closely contested, with a number of the results being decided by one or two points. It was fantastic to see four different Houses represented in the play-off for first and second place which led to a very close overall result. One point separated the top two teams overall with Loreto finishing in first place and Loyola in second. Well done to all students who represented their Houses and a special congratulations to the Loreto students. Thanks to Sport Captains Ceri and Sol for their efforts in organising the competition.


  • Year 7/8 - St Louis
  • Year 9/10 - Loreto
  • Year 11/12 - Loyola
  • Overall - Loreto

Jodi Power and Cameron Haines

House Sport Competition Coordinators



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport Term 1 Results​ 

Well done to all students that were involved in NAS Sport this term. With 34 teams competing from Year 7 to Year 12 it was fantastic to see 14 teams playing off for first position. John XXIII College were victorious in five of those finals. That concludes our Term 1 NAS Sport for 2018. A big thanks to staff and students for giving up their time so generously to support and represent the College. Attached is a summary of results for the season and a copy of the NAS Summer Tally of Placings.


Cross Country Training: Year 7 - 12 

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 – 7:50am meeting in the College pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term 1 and into Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed, simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4 - 7 kilometres depending on ability level. Training will continue during the Term 1 holidays in readiness for the House Cross Country Carnival on Friday 4 May. Please download the schedule for training during the holidays and into Term 2.


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

NAS trials for Term 2 will take place after the Easter holidays and early in Term 2. A schedule for trials is attached.


Shawn Redhage Basketball Coaching

There will be an opportunity for any students in Year 7 to 12 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with former Perth Wildcat and Olympian Shawn Redhage during Term 2.

Sessions will run on a Monday morning from 7am – 8am commencing on 7 May.


There are limited places available. Parents will need to register for the program here


For further information go to the website: 

Netball Club

Competition Commences 

  • 5 May: Years 7- 12 & Alumni
  • 11 May: Years 3 - 4
  • 12 May: Years 5 - 6

There are no games on the June long weekend (1 & 2 June).


There are games on the first weekend of the June/July school holidays (29 & 30 June), for all teams from Year 3 to Alumni. Please consider this if you are booking a holiday.


If you have any questions please email us on


Training has commenced for senior school.

  • Tuesday - 3:30 – 5:00pm Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Thursday - 3:30 – 5:00pm Years 7, 8 and 9.

Netball is a team sport, and it is the expectation that all players attend training during the season.

Absences from training will mean that a player has less court time on Saturdays. It is a matter of courtesy to let the club know if your daughter cannot attend.


If you have a valid reason for not attending a particular training session please contact your coach or email the club at


School sports uniform and appropriate sports shoes are required to be worn to all training sessions.


The 2018 team lists will be available on the John XXIII netball website on 7 April.

All parents and players are encouraged to read both the club’s trial and grading policies located on the website


The official game day netball uniform for senior school is our dress available at the uniform shop and the blue and yellow bloomers.


PNA can issue uniform violations to players not wearing the correct uniform.


The bloomers and jackets will be available for sale at the final training session for the term –  10 and 12 April.


There is stock of the netball dresses, so please get in early to the uniform shop and ensure that you have one ready for the start of the season. A new order can take up to eight weeks.


Bloomers can be purchased from the club at a cost of $15 each, cash only.

Jackets can be purchased from the club at a cost of $100, cash only. 

Netball dresses can be purchased at the John XXIII Uniform Shop.


All players are to note that under no circumstance can jewellery be worn on court during game play. Umpires will ask players to leave the court and injury substitution rules will apply.

We look forward to seeing you all on court and wish you a wonderful and fun netball season.

PNA April Holiday Clinics 

Terri Thornton

Netball Club Secretary

Charter Bus

College Charter Bus


Music - Week 10

Catholic Performing Arts

Applications to perform in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival are now open! Further information and entry can be organised through the Music Office. Please note that applications are due by May 6.

Music Tour 2019

The dates for the 2019 Music Tour to Sydney, as part of the Australian International Music Festival, have now been confirmed as Thursday, July 4 to Thursday, July 11. Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir will audition for the tour in Week 9 of Term 3. Any questions regarding the tour can be directed to the Music Department


Community Liturgy

Our next community celebration of the Eucharist – the second in the season of Easter – will be Friday 13 April.  The Mass will be prepared by students from Year 10, and families of Year 10 students are especially welcome.


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

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

Is your child already enrolled in a Parish Sacrament program in your own ‘home’ parish for Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation?


Need help with this?

  • 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

Updates from local parishes

Holy Spirit, City Beach

Registration forms are available from Cathy Gawen,

Alternatively phone Parish Priest, Fr Emmanual-tv Dimobi, 93413131.


Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Registration forms are available from


Star of the Sea, Cottesloe

Further information:


Saint Cecilia, Floreat

Further information: Prue Pupazzoni,


St Joseph, Subiaco

Applications for Eucharist and Reconciliation will be invited in Terms 2 and 3 respectively.

Further information:



GOOD NEWS for the season of Easter

After eight days, Jesus came in and stood among them (John 20:18-31).

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is a homily by Jesuit priest, Fr Richard Leonard, and is printed here with kind permission. 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.


The earliest Christian community focused strongly on the wounds of the Risen Lord for two reasons: to affirm the fact that Christ, now raised from the dead was the same person who had lived with them; and to make sense of the physical wounds being inflicted on them for Christ's sake.


The story of Thomas, even with its mystical details, counters a magical notion of what the resurrection is about. Jesus bears the marks of his torture and death. His glorified body, though different, is connected to how the disciples knew and loved him. They can recognise him through his words and his wounds.


We know the community of Ephesus, for which this Gospel is written, was experiencing great persecution. Is it any wonder, one generation after the earliest disciples, that the sign of Christ's Risen presence are his marks of suffering?


Our own world continues to be intrigued by manifestations of Jesus' wounds. Over recent years films like Stigmata, Dogma, Agnes of God and even the appalling Daredevil give a hysterical and cynical prominence to the stigmata. There are regular ‘believe it or not’ documentaries that usually follow suit. Even some pilgrims flocked to Padre Pio's monastery in the south of Italy to see if his hands really bled, or if his wounds really wept. This desire to see outward signs of inner faith is a long way short of Jesus telling us today, ‘Happy are those who believe without seeing.’


Our day-to-day lives should be the clearest manifestation of the cross and resurrection of Christ.


It seems, however, that words and wounds still make a claim on us today. You and I know that we don't have to go to a stigmatic to see Christian battle wounds. We carry within us the death of the Lord. We all have our wounds. And we also know that, for many of us, it is precisely when we are wounded most deeply by life, that our doubts in the presence of God can be greatest.


The Easter story is not that we should be ashamed of this, or pretend it doesn't happen. Today's Gospel reminds us that it is into this chaos that Christ comes with words of peace, with empathy from the one who was wounded for our sake and with the mission to forgive as we are forgiven.


Years ago I remember struggling with some personal issues during a retreat. One day, when I felt lowest about myself, the retreat director, adapting today's psalm, 117, said to me, ‘you realise that the stone rejected by the builder becomes the corner stone’. By this he meant that often God takes that part of ourselves we don't like, forgives it, heals it, and uses it most powerfully to demonstrate that the pattern of the life, death and resurrection of Christ continues in all believers who bear his name and carry his wounds.


And that's what happened to Thomas. Christ took his fears, doubts and disbelief and transformed them into a powerful Christian witness that has sustained generations of us who struggle with life and faith.


So at this Easter Eucharist we are offered the same opportunity to discover that the stone rejected within us, or among us, is the one which God wants to use as the cornerstone. When we see this happening, when we see God taking the part of us we consider most unlovable and using it for good, then we want to cry out with the psalmist, ‘This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eye.


© Richard Leonard


This year’s College musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will open on 1 May. The cast from Year 10 to 12 have been rehearsing hard since the start of the year. The backstage crew have been painting the sets, the costumes are being made, the musicians have been rehearsing the score and the Make Up girls have been practising the make-up. Over 90 students have been working hard on stage and off to ensure the musical is ready for opening night. The classic family musical is full of great acting, singing and dancing. Songs include Be Our Guest, Gaston, Belle, Somewhere There and Beauty and the Beast. You can purchase tickets at Get your tickets before they sell out!


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama





Pathways and Transition

Pathways and Transition




Defence Force Gap Year Program

The Defence Force Gap Year program gives young Australians, who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent), the chance to experience a year in the Navy, Army or Air Force with No obligation to commit beyond the 12 months. 


A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is a way to experience a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force, while gaining life skills, making new friends and developing leadership qualities you can take anywhere.

Applications for the 2019 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are now open. 


For more information

Gap Idea – Volunteer Overseas

Some students opt for a break from formal study after Year 12 and consider travelling overseas and volunteering with organisations. We have had several students in previous years register with LATTITUDE Global Volunteering ( There will be a lunchtime presentation for interested students in March.

Health Services School-Based Trainee Progress

The Aegis and John XXIII College pathway to nursing kicked off in style on 16 February with the Year 11 school-based trainees Anabel Stefels, Blake Mitchell and Skye Willson, commencing the very important first aid and emergency care training which included checking vital signs, treating an asthma emergency and performing CPR.


Our nursing pathway superstars are enjoying the combination of school, training and work – especially the fact that they are paid to learn in the industry they intend to go into once they leave our school. By the end of Year 12 they will have hundreds of hours of experience in health services and be able to transition into tertiary nursing studies at university or TAFE.  They will also be qualified to work in a hospital as a Nursing Assistant. Now that’s what we call a win/win!

Interesting Reads

New Work Smarts: Thriving in the New Work Order


By 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. To prepare young people for this future we must shift our understanding of what it will mean to be smart in the New Work Order. Based on an analysis of 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians each year, this report reveals the most important skills we will need to be work smart in the future


Read the report here:

These Are the Most Exciting Industries and Jobs of the Future

While emerging technologies will replace many jobs, they will also create many new ones. In fact, over half of the jobs current middle school students will be doing in the future do not even exist today. Widespread innovation is continuing to give birth to exciting new industries, all of which are sources of new jobs.


Read more here:


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Careers newsletter is accurate. 
The material may include views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect our views. The listing of an organisation in this newsletter in no way implies any form of endorsement by us of the products or services provided by that person or organisation. Links to other web sites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service. From time to time this newsletter will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.












Just a reminder to all students to return any overdue library books before the end of term.


You are also welcome to borrow books over the April holidays - please come to the library anytime during the last week of term to select books.


Magis  da Vinci Decathlon teams  all compete in the WA championships over the next week.   Warmest thanks to Ms Kath Negus, Ms Wing Chan and Mr Simon Carello for their wonderful assistance to the girls. Congratulations to all who made the final teams, and warmest thanks to all those Year 7 and 9 squad members who contributed significantly to the program but narrowly missed


The second round of WADL Debating  took place  last Tuesday, and there were several outstanding performances from our John XXIII College teams. Congratulations and warmest thanks to Ms Gemma  Wooltorton, Ms Rebecca Worthy, and the ex-students who are doing a great job coaching the teams.



  • Commonwealth Public Speaking & Leadership Competition
    Entries must be in this term. This elite competition is an outstanding opportunity for Magis and Altiora Students.
  • Julie Arliss Gifted & Talented Program at St Hilda’s (Years 10,11,12)  - Tuesday  May 8 
    We have ten places available for this outstanding event which has a focus on philosophy.  Please email Mr Miller if you would like to nominate for a place.
  •  Magis AMERICA TOUR 2018 Expressions of Interest forms
    Expression of interest forms will be emailed out to test viability.  In 2019 the Magis tour offered will be Great Cities of Europe: Rome-Paris and London. Please contact me if you have any questions. Highlights 2018 will be America’s two greatest cities, New York and Washington.

Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator


Magis Creative Writing competition

All students from Year 7-12 are invited to participate in the inaugural Magis Creative Writing competition in 2018.  This involves submitting a short story on any topic before the end of term. The suggested length is one to five A4 typed pages.  There will be prizes and certificates for the best short stories, and these will be published in a booklet next term.  To enter students simply submit their entry with name and year group on it.


Magis Public Speaking competition

This event is again open to all students in Years 7-12.  Students must speak for no more than three minutes on a topic of their choice. Heats will be held at lunchtime, and there will be a Public Speaking grand final evening held on Wednesday May 9, where the top three students in each year level will compete for the major awards. Judges include the national public speaking winners who gave the keynote addresses at the Magis Breakfast, as well as national public speaking champion, 2017 Magis scholar Tom Paparo. All students are reminded that you need to put in your nomination form before the end of term, as the heats will commence on day 2 of next term, and venues organised depending on the number of entrants.


Teenagers and sleep

Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between nine and 10 hours of sleep every night. Yet most adolescents only get about seven or eight hours. Some get less.


Not getting enough sleep, regularly, leads to chronic sleep deprivation. This can have dramatic effects on a teenager’s life, including reduced academic performance at school.



  • Hormonal time shift – puberty hormones shift the teenager’s body clock forward by about one or two hours, making them sleepier one to two hours later. Yet, while the teenager falls asleep later, early school starts don’t allow them to sleep in. This nightly ‘sleep debt’ leads to chronic sleep deprivation.
  • Hectic after-school schedule –homework, sport, part-time work and social commitments can cut into a teenager’s sleeping time.
  • Leisure activities –the lure of stimulating entertainment such as television, the internet and computer gaming can keep a teenager out of bed.
  • Light exposure – light cues the brain to stay awake. In the evening, lights from television, mobile phones and computers can prevent adequate production of melatonin, the brain chemical  (neurotransmitter) responsible for sleep.
  • Vicious circle – insufficient sleep causes a teenager’s brain to become more active. An over-aroused brain is less able to fall asleep.
  • Social attitude – in Western culture, keeping active is valued more than sleep.
  • Sleep disorders – sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnoea, can affect how much sleep a teenager gets.
  • Some effects of sleep deprivation:  concentration difficulties, mentally ‘drifting off ‘ in class, shortened attention span, lack of enthusiasm, moodiness and aggression, depression, slower physical reflexes, reduced sporting performance, reduced academic performance, increased number of ‘sick days’ from school because of tiredness.



Some suggestions include:

  • Choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.
  • Avoid using mobile phone, computer, loud music, homework, or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep-wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain.
  • Avoid having any food or drink that contains caffeine after dinner time. This includes coffee, tea, cola drinks and chocolate.
  • Avoid recreational drugs (including alcohol, tobacco and cannabis) as they can cause you to have broken and poor quality sleep.
  • Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.
  • Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work.
  • Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference.
  • See your doctor if self-help techniques don’t increase your nightly sleep quota.


For further information:

Reference: Better Health Channel


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

John XXIII Alumni 

Loreto Federation
18– 20 May 2018

We are delighted that the 30th gathering of Loreto Federation will be held at Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney and we extend a warm invitation to join us!


The coming together of past students, family and friends from Loreto Schools (including John XXIII College) around Australia.


‘Be the Change’ Celebrating the 30th  gathering of Loreto Federation

For speaker profiles and further information please go to

To register please visit

For travel and accommodation, please email or call 02 9418 2546

CINI Australia Mother’s Day Celebration High Tea and Fundraiser

You are invited to attend the CINI Australia Mother’s Day Celebration High Tea and Fundraiser taking place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College from 

 2.00 – 5.00pm. 

 To secure your table click here.


Uniform Shop

Secondary Winter Uniform Items Available Now

The Uniform Shop has a full selection of Secondary School winter uniform items in stock now. Now is the time for Secondary students to purchase winter uniforms. Don’t leave it until the last minute!

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Monday 8:00am to 5:45pm

Wednesday 8:00am to 4:15pm 

Friday 8:00am to 11:45am


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

Community Notices

Enrolment Applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 2021 and Kindergarten 2020. For more information, please contact Mrs Laurence Dubuisson, College Registrar on 9383 0449 or                                  

Brockway Road closure

Do you use Brockway Road in Mt Claremont?

It will be closed to all traffic from Lemnos Street to Underwood Avenue from 9 April for up to four weeks for road construction and resurfacing works.


Detours will be in place and traffic controllers will provide assistance.


Motorists are advised to plan their journeys ahead of time to avoid delays.


Visit for more details and project updates.


School Students invade Perth Zoo after dark.pdf
School students invade Perth Zoo after dark.pdf
NAS trials schedule Term 2 2018.pdf
NAS Sport Results Term 1 2018.pdf
NAS Summer Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
NAS Sport Results Term 1 2018.pdf
NAS Summer Tally of Placings 2018.pdf
JOHN XXIII 2018 Cross Country letter and training program for Term 2.pdf
NAS trials schedule Term 2 2018.pdf
March 02 Final.pdf