07 June 2019
Issue Sixteen
From the Principal
Expressions of Interest
Around The Primary
Music - Week 16
Netball Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Men Of John XXIII College
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

Engaging our youth

Recent issues in the Catholic Church in Australia and beyond have been confronting for many involved in Church Ministries, including schools. Working with the young people of John XXIII College provides an insight into their thoughts and aspirations. Some of our students express a disconnect from the wider Church but are appreciative of the faith opportunities provided at the College in the area of Christian Service. The ‘seek justice’ mantra resonates well.


It is a challenge for the Church to change and to respond to the needs of our young people. Our students are people of hope and provide great energy and enthusiasm in many aspects of school life. Later this year there will be one significant avenue available for our young people to meet with like-minded students and young adults from around Australia.


The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.



The Australian Catholic Youth Festival exists to:

  • Provide a high quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;
  • Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;
  • Evangelise young people and empower them to be evangelists;
  • Provide young people with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, catholic music and catechesis;
  • Provide a high quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;


The ACYF is scheduled to be in Perth from 8-10 December this year. We will be providing more information in the coming weeks and John XXIII College will be hosting a pre- ACYF event on Friday 9 August from 6:00pm – 9.30pm.  It sounds like a brilliant opportunity for our young people.


Robert Henderson


Expressions of Interest

The College Council's Finance and Risk Committee

Risk Management and Law Skills

The College Council is currently seeking expressions of interest from parents to join the College’s Finance and Risk Committee with professional expertise and skills in:

  • risk management; and / or
  • corporate and commercial law.

We encourage all parents with a Catholic ethos, commercial acumen and experience in these fields to express their interest.


Finance and Risk Committee Responsibilities

The Committee's responsibilities are to provide support to the Council and College Principal in overseeing the development and approval of the College budget, monitoring financial reports against budget, reviewing annual accounts and capital expenditure and overseeing financial and risk management. The Committee meets seven times per year in school terms (usually on Wednesday mornings, 7.00am - 9.00am).  Further information on the Committee can be found at:


Expression of interest

This is a great opportunity to get involved in the governance of the College.  To express your interest, please send an email by Thursday 20 June 2019 to John Cumming, Business Manager John XXIII College:

  • outlining why are you interested in joining this Committee and summarising your relevant skills and experience; and
  • attaching your curriculum vitae.

John Cumming’s contact details are:


Telephone: (08) 9383 0402


Year Seven students of Japanese participate in the United Nations Parade

Our Year 7 students of Japanese have been busy learning about people from throughout the world to present at their very own United Nations Parade. Their task included selecting a character’s name, favourite food, sports and national dress from any country in the world. Each student then presented their ‘international friend’ in Japanese at the parade. The students were fully engaged in the event and spoke very well in Japanese.

A big thank you to Ms Aghdasi for organising this wonderful occasion.


World Environment Day - 5 June 2019
Tree Planting

On World Environment Day 28 students gave up their lunch time to plant Gravelleas, Bonnie Prince Charles, Chorizyma, Agonis and Wild Fire seedlings around the labyrinth area of the College.  It was wonderful to witness the students’ sheer enthusiasm, their ability to listen to instructions and being able to work in harmony with each other and in tune with the living energy of the earth. We are indeed grateful to Mother Earth for the opportunity to grow these plants to enhance and beautify our school environment.


May this famous Native American proverb inspire all in our College Community to act with wisdom and love to bless and preserve our planet:

Treat the earth well. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”


John XXIII Mask Challenge - World Environment Day

As part of World Environment Day Activities, the College encouraged students to take part in the John XXIII Mask Challenge. Inspired by the UN Mask Challenge to raise awareness of and combat air pollution, students signed up to commit themselves to taking one positive action in response to the issue of air pollution and photographed themselves holding up a board identifying what the challenge was.

How much air pollution we breathe in is dependent on many factors, such as access to clean energy for cooking and heating, the time of day and the weather. Rush hour is an obvious source of local pollution, but air pollution can travel long distances, sometimes across continents on international weather patterns.


Nobody is safe from this pollution, which comes from five main human sources. These sources spew out a range of substances including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxide, ground-level ozone, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons, and lead–all of which are harmful to human health.

Tasked with completing the challenge in the next two weeks and sharing a photo of themselves doing so, it is hoped that the initiative will encourage and promote amongst members of the College and the wider community an increased concern for the environment, in line with the College motto to ‘Seek Justice’.


Year 12 Hospitality visit Long Chim

Year 12 Hospitality students visited Long Chim restaurant in the State Buildings, Perth City on Thursday. The chef taught them about Thai cuisine, sourcing fresh, authentic produce and were given a first-hand insight into the hospitality industry. Students were given a cooking demonstration from the chef and got hands-on experience preparing fresh curry paste. This was followed by a delicious shared lunch with mocktails. This experience was funded through the hard work of the hospitality students during the Circle of Friends Cafe.


Invitation to families to host one of our exchange students from Japan

In Term 3 we have a group of international exchange students visiting our College from Fujimi High School, Tokyo, Japan. The students arrive on Sunday 28 July (end of Week 1) and are here for two weeks, leaving on Saturday 10 August. They are all female students aged approximately 15-16 years old.


Their purpose for coming to the College is to experience life in Australia and practice speaking English.

Please refer to letter below giving you more information about the exchange and a Host Family Application Form. Please return the completed Application Form with images of your family at your earliest convenience.

Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to share your home with someone from Japan and make a life-long friend with someone who lives in Tokyo. Opening your home to someone from another country will expand your understanding of another culture.


Many thanks to the Host Families that have already completed forms and sent them in by email. Your generosity is very much appreciated.


This will be our 21st Exchange with Fujimi High School! The length of our relationship reflects the value, loyalty, strength and success of the program.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Lost property

All students are encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings, but from time to time articles of clothing, drink bottles, lunch boxes and school bags are found lying around the school. Any items that have lost their owners are found in Student reception (Secondary). 


Parents and students are encouraged to check these lost property bins on a regular basis.

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

The primary role of a Catholic school is to support parents in the faith education of their children. Parents play an essential role in the life of the school and contribute in many positive ways to the education of their children. Our Religious Education program is based on the Religious Education units of work produced and issued by Catholic Education WA with the approval of the Archbishop of Perth and the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia. Parents are encouraged to attend the various Masses and prayer reflections, that are an integral part of life in a Catholic school.


At this particular time of the year, we are called to keep in mind the Year Six students, Year Four students and Year Three students who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion) and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


On Tuesday morning Fr Rodrigo met both Year Three classes in the Chapel as part of their preparations for first Reconciliation.


Father Rodrigo explained to students that, in the sacrament, Jesus works through the priest.  The priest’s role is to welcome the person, to listen to them and to give them God’s forgiveness.  The priest does not repeat what he hears in Reconciliation, as that betrays the person’s trust and confidence.


Father Rodrigo and some of the students presented role-plays to demonstrate what takes place in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Children were given the opportunity to ask questions.


We are grateful to Father Rodrigo for enriching the students’ understanding.  His sense of humour as well as kind and sensitive responses in the role-plays were appreciated by all.


As our mornings are getting colder and darker the challenge of getting your children off to school may be becoming more difficult. Missing a few minutes each day may not seem like a big deal, but your child may be missing more than you realise if he or she is continually late.


When children arrive late and take time to settle, as they inevitably do, precious minutes are lost. A child who is fifteen minutes late to school each day misses one week of school every year.


Here are a few techniques and ideas for you to try to get your children to school on time:


Establish a morning routine 
Make sure your children know what is expected of them in the morning, and also what you will do to help them prepare for the day.


Identify and remove distractions
If the children are regular watchers before school change the routine and keep the TV off and other devices too.


Teach some of the basics of time management 

Encourage children to estimate how long it takes to do activities such as getting dressed in the morning. Then they can measure the time taken to do these tasks and compare their estimates with real time.


Arrive at school early 
Plan to arrive at school early rather than be there on time. This idea works well for perpetual latecomers, whether young or old. Our classroom doors open at 8.35am each morning.


Model a good routine 

Set a good example by being as methodical as possible and avoid sleeping in unless your children are so organised that they get you breakfast in bed!


LifeLink Update

The Archbishop’s Forum for Primary Schools LifeLink launch was a wonderful morning spent in company many Catholic Primary schools across the Archdiocese of Perth on Wednesday. Our Year 6 Leaders, Mark Bontempo, Henry Gooch, Genevieve Price and Ava Pruiti enjoyed listening to The Most Reverend Don Sproxton, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, who spoke about the work of the LifeLink organisation and were also  fortunate to hear a Keynote Address by The Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth.


Our Archbishop encouraged all students to reflect on Pope Francis’ latest writing, ‘Christus Vivit’ (Christ is Alive) as he outlined that Christ is alive and well in our Catholic schools. He spoke about people coming to the Church at different points on their faith journey, about reflecting on the words, “Jesus is God among us and one of us” and to always remember that when Jesus speaks, it is God speaking to us. Trusting faith is an essential part of being Christian.


On behalf of all Primary Staff, I take this opportunity to thank the Parents Association for the delicious Staff Morning Tea, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all!


Kind regards, 


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary

Dates to Remember

Monday 10 June Music Eisteddfod
Wednesday 12 June

5G Japanese Excursion

Friday 14 June

6B Assembly 9am - Roncalli Hall

5B Japanese Excursion

Sunday 16 June Music Eisteddfod Winners' Concert

Can you help?

The Catholic LifeLink Agency, ‘The Shop Front’ provides meals for those in need who call in and has shower facilities for those who are homeless.


Once again we are collecting travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, as well as, tooth brushes, toothpaste and combs/brushes. Many of these items are often provided by hotels and are a suitable size for distribution by the volunteers at The Shop Front.


The Shop Front is a special place of hospitality and sharing and would greatly appreciate any donations of personal hygiene items.


Donations can be placed in the basket in the front office.

Year 4 RE Project - Learning from our Students

The Year 4 students have been preparing for the Sacrament of the Eucharist by learning about how members of God’s family celebrate the Eucharist.  They have enjoyed creating digital booklets using the ‘Book Creator’ app to display their understanding of the parts of the Mass


Special thanks to Xavier Parker (4B) for sharing his informative booklet.



Sports News 

Cross Country

The Primary cross country training got off to a great start this week with some perfect running conditions.  A change in the format of the training saw students and parents attempting to run as far as possible in the allocated time.  Maths skills were put to the test when adding up the total distance run buy calculating the number of 400, 500 and 600m laps.  Well done to all the runners!


Next week we will meet outside the gym.  It would be great to see even more students and parents along for a run.



The Year 5 and year 6 students played Carmel School this week and continued to make good improvements to their gameplay and teamwork in preparation for the Winter Carnival in week 9.  On Thursday next week we host Newman College in all sports. 



Some dates for the Diary 

  • Inter-house Cross Country Carnival Y3-Y6 - Tuesday 30th July
  • Inter-school Cross Country Carnival Y3-Y6 - Thursday 22 August 

Steve Williams

0477 970 099

Fujimi Visitors 

In Term Three we have a group of international exchange students visiting our College from Fujimi High School, Tokyo, Japan. The students arrive on Sunday 28 July and are here for two weeks, leaving on Saturday 10 August. They are all female students aged approximately 15-16 years old. Their purpose for coming to the College is to experience life in Australia and practice speaking English.


Please refer to letter below giving you more information about the exchange and a Host Family Application Form. Please return the completed Application Form with images of your family at your earliest convenience.


Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to share your home with someone from Japan and make a life-long friend with someone who lives in Tokyo. Opening your home to someone from another country will expand your understanding of another culture.


This will be our 21st Exchange with Fujimi High School! The length of our relationship reflects the value, loyalty, strength and success of the program.



Inspire Event 'Growing up online'

The John XXIII College Parents’ Association through Inspire ‐ Parent Education presents 'Growing up online' presented by Susan McLean. 

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan's famous 'no nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of.  Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7:00pm  in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre.  Book via Trybooking: 


Music - Week 16

Music Eisteddfod 

The annual John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod is this week! The Eisteddfod will be held on Sunday 9 June and Monday 10 June, with session times as listed below.


  • GBLT – Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre
  • PAC – Performing Arts Centre
  • OSBR – Osborne Room
  • MKR – Mackillop Room

All performers should aim to arrive 15 minutes prior to the sessions start times listed.


Tea and coffee facilities will be available to parents and families attending the Eisteddfod and, can be accessed through the Circle of Friends Café (near the GBLT).


We look forward to a fantastic Eisteddfod!

Sydney Music Tour – Performance Uniform Trousers

All students attending the Sydney Music Tour must try on the Performance Uniform trousers this week, at the following times:

  • Concert Band and Chamber Choir Girls – During Homeroom on Monday
  • Chamber Orchestra – During Homeroom on Wednesday
  • Chamber Choir Boys – During Homeroom on Thursday

Performance Uniform Sizing 

All Secondary Music Ensembles will transition to a Music Performance Uniform over the course of the following term. Students attending Tour will premiere the uniform in Sydney while, all other ensembles will perform in the new uniforms for Spring Soiree in Term 3.


Sizing and purchasing uniforms can be arranged through the Music Department up until the end of Term 2 for $125 (which includes a jacket and trousers), after which they will be available through the Uniform Shop (prices at that later stage may be subject to change). Students may attend the Music Office during any out-of-class time to try on uniforms.


Please contact the Music Department with any questions.


Coming soon in Drama

  • Junior House Theatre Sports
    Wednesday 12 June
    7:00pm, GBLT

  • Senior House Theatre Sports
    Tuesday 18 June
    7:00pm, GBLT

  • Year 8 Drama Performance
    And Now For Something Completely Python
    Monday 1 July
    5:00pm, Roncalli Hall

  • Year 10 Drama Night
    Show Bag
    Wednesday 3 July
    7:00pm, Roncalli Hall


John XXIII College performed impressively in the World Scholar’s Cup Perth Division at Sacred Heart College last weekend.  We fielded 12 teams, four senior and eight junior, and won a total of 100 medals, 52 gold and 48 silver. Our top performing team in the senior consisted of Caitlin Green, Oscar Hegge and Olivia Eastwood, whilst the leading junior team was Genevieve Fergusson-Allen, Natalie Ong and Isabella Boley.  All teams represented the College very well, and seven teams which performed particularly well have been invited to represent the College at the Global round in Sydney.  Special thanks to Ms Kirralee Dawson and Mr Christian Thompson for their wonderful assistance at the event.  A more detailed report on the event is attached separately.

With exams on for Years 10-12, only novice and some of the junior debaters competed in round 4 of the Interschool Debating at Christchurch this week.  The teams had mixed fortunes but continue to improve. Special congratulations to the Year 7 team of Hannah Johnson, Maya Mintz, Wesley Soares and Meg Derbyshire which remains undefeated after four rounds. Warmest thanks to the teachers and parents who are giving such great support to the teams. Debating preparation sessions for round 5 will recommence this Monday morning at 7:15am.

Years 7 and 8 Magis students who are enrolled in the Magis option this semester are working hard to complete the International Baccalaureate style personal projects ready for the display which opens on 26 June at the Magis Awards Breakfast for Semester One where a wide range of trophies and certificates from the Semester One gifted and talented competitions will be presented.  There are many excellent projects, and a full Personal Project Display handbook will be available at this event.


Plans for our Year 12 team which will be competing in the National Jesuit Schools’ debating Championship at Xavier College, Melbourne at the start of next holidays are being finalised and forms will be distributed two students on Tuesday.  At this week’s Secondary Assembly, a number of major Magis awards will be presented to winners in several events.

Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term Two

  • 12 June - Magis Academic Knowledge
  • 26 June - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast


Netball Club

We are in for a wet weekend, netball is a winter sport and games will be played in the rain. If there is any chance that a game is cancelled you will be notified by your Coach and or Manager. Any forfeits from today will attract a fine from PNA.


Please remember the umpires are someone’s daughter and one day it could be your daughter. Derogatory comments of any sort are intimidating, they are doing their best and without them the game cannot be played. They are making thousands of decisions per game, and many of them are training for qualifications so please understand that it is their job to enforce the rules even if it may seem harsh. 


Coaches and parents are not permitted to run up and down the sidelines of the courts or stand behind the goal posts along the base line. 


We were very pleased to host the Singapore Sports School for a couple of social games last week, the games were very competitive. They then joined us for a sausage sizzle after the game.

It was a great opportunity for the girls to play against and socialise with the Singaporean girls.



Code of Conduct

When you signed up for netball you agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct. Some key points are:


  • Play by the rules and spirit of the game
  • Bullying of team-mates is not acceptable
  • Never argue with an official
  • Control your temper
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team
  • Cooperate with your coach
  • Respect the rights and dignity of all participants
  • Never consider cheating
  • Learn to accept both victory and defeat with good grace
  • Social media comments regarding anyone should always be positive.

Parents & Spectators

  • Support all the players in the team
  • Be positive about the coaches and umpires and behave accordingly 
  • Do not question coaches or umpire’s decisions if you have an issue contact the coordinator relevant to your age group
  • Do no coach from the side-line
  • Offer help to the coach if the girls are not listening or behaving appropriately
  • If you have an issue regarding the standard or manner of coaching or umpiring speak to the coordinator relevant to your age group to discuss it.

The full Code of Conduct can be found on the Club website.


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

Pathways and Transition


Open Day & Events


Open Day

Sunday 21 July 10:00am - 4:00pm
Events for future students


Open Day Joondalup Sunday 28 July
Open Day Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 11 August 
South West Sunday 25 August
Events for future students

Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 4 August 9:00am to 3:00pm


Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  2019
Open Day Sunday 28 July, 2019
Events for future students
Open Day  Peninsula Saturday 3 August
Caulfield & Clayton Sunday 4 August
Parkville Sunday 18 August
Events for future students



Further information available here:


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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


Good fun - or gaming disorder?

“Gaming Disorder” has just moved up a level.


Over industry objections, the World Health Organisation has now designated it a bona fide mental health disease. What are the signs your child is at risk?


Members of the UN’s health agency voted last weekend to approve the change as part of updates to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD).


It cautioned that gaming disorder was a relatively rare condition, affecting only a small proportion of the two billion people worldwide who play digital games.


The disorder, according to the ICD, is “characterised by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”


Put more simply - a person with gaming disorder “lives to game.” They would rather play their game than do anything else, feel powerless to stop and will keep playing at any cost.


Industry lobby group the Video Games Coalition has scoffed at the decision, maintaining that their products have “educational, therapeutic, and recreational value.”

Quite simply, a person with gaming disorder “lives to game.” 

It should be noted that the American Psychiatric Association has hesitated to define gaming as an addiction, citing lack of clear scientific evidence. There are also concerns that excessive gaming may be a sign of depression or anxiety rather than a disorder in its own right.


Community Liturgy

Thank you to Year 8 students for their preparation of this morning’s Community Mass. Next Friday, students in Year 10 will prepare the Liturgy – and their families are especially welcome.

Community Liturgy summary

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

Sacrament Program 



… to all the Year 6 students who will be confirmed in their parishes this weekend.  They will celebrate the sacrament with their family and their parish community – having been well prepared in class.  Let us keep them in our hearts and prayer this weekend as they take this important step in their growth as a Christian.


Greg Briede

Oliver Defrancesco

Isabella Desiati

Henry Gooch

Amelia Hennessy

Torren Jakovich

Lola Kenny

Cooper Matera

Finn O’Donnell

Lana O’Gorman

Tom Townsend

Ruby Verleg

Austin Vujcich

Ethan Williams


… to the Year 3 students who, with their families, celebrated the sacrament of Reconciliation in the parish of St Cecilia’s, Floreat, recently.

Gianmarco Bergomi

Grace Czajko

Kiran Finn

Charlotte Fry

Grace Fry

Zoe Hipolito

Evelyn Jackson

Samuel Jukic

Isaac McCready

Isaac Nikoloski

Emily Rintoul

Lewis Soares

Jack Turner

Zara Zidar


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for: Feast of Pentecost

“As the Father sent me, so I send you: Receive the Holy Spirit.”

 John 20:19-23

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is part of a longer 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 know from the first Pentecost and from our own experience that the Spirit works in

unpredictable AND ordinary ways. From the Acts of the Apostles we learn that where the Spirit of God is active all sorts of gifts are present:

- boldness to stand up for what we believe;

- the ability to hear and listen;

- an end to fear that locks us in on ourselves;

- confidence in the salvation won for us in Christ;

- fidelity to Jesus' commandment to love;

- clarity about what's true; and

- an ‘at homeness' with God.


The problem for many of us is working out where the Holy Spirit is leading us. This requires the gift of the discernment of spirits.

St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, left the church a guide for working out how we can tell if and where the Holy Spirit is leading us. One summary of them goes like this:

1. Don't make a decision when you're down. Let the crisis pass and take time to weigh all the options.

2. The Holy Spirit enables us to let go of our unhealed past and not live in the unknown future. The Holy Spirit draws us to deal with the here and now, as it is, not as we may like it to be.

3. The Holy Spirit frees us up to bring out into the open anything we keep buried in the dark. There is nothing that has ever happened to us that is beyond the Spirit's healing.

4. The Holy Spirit breaks down isolation and draws us into community with other people.

5. Be careful of things that appear too perfect, they sometimes have a sting in the tail and can be destructive.

6. Be guarded about all things that are urgent. The Holy Spirit brings a sense of perspective to problems.

7. The Holy Spirit is always present where compassion and forgiveness are demonstrated.

Not bad for a guy who died in 1556.


So is God's promise to abide with us come what may. And living in the power and love of the Spirit and claiming the Spirit’s direction is an intensely practical affair.


It is with this type of confidence that can sing the ancient chant,

‘Come O Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

Send forth your spirit and we will be recreated and you will renew the face of the earth.’


© Richard Leonard


Concussion awareness

If your child is diagnosed with concussion by a Doctor or in a Hospital Emergency Department, it is imperative that Parents inform the College Nurse.


Parents must submit Medical Clearance Certificates stating when your child can return to school and can return to sport. The treating Doctor will give your child a gradual return to sport instruction sheet to follow.


Attached for your information is SCAT 5 concussion recognition tool sheet.

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Resource: Sport Medicine Australia

Men Of John XXIII College

Men of John XXIII College Social Night

How do you balance being a father, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and MC. Peter Rowsthorn will bring his unique sense of humour to our “End of Financial Year” Fathering Project Social Night. Peter is a long time JTC Dad and supporter of the Fathering Project. In-between a few laughs, enjoy his experiences of fathering and lessons he has learnt along the way.

Date:                  Friday 28 June

Time:                  6:30 -7:00pm Meet for drinks. 7:00– 10:00pm

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

Drinks:               Purchase at the bar

Food:                  Pizza and Pasta supper

Cost:                   $20.00

More info:


“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII


The John XXIII College Parents’ Association through Inspire ‐ Parent Education presents

‘Growing up online’ presented by Susan McLean

An informative & entertaining session for Parents and carers is delivered with Susan's famous 'no nonsense' approach & will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of:

  • What are kids doing online – The popular social networking sites and apps such as Secret Calculator, TikTok, Instagram & Yubo as well as live streaming sites.
  • Online Grooming – What is it and when/how does it occur? What are the warning signs & what to do if you suspect this is happening to your child.
  • Cyberbullying ‐ What it is, where it happens, what it looks like, how to prevent and what to do if it occurs. Also the legal consequences and the possible criminal charges.
  • Sharing Nudes – the taking and sending of explicit images. The social and emotional consequences as well as the Law.
  • Top Tips– how to assist the children in your care to stay safe online via parental controls and restriction passcodes.
  • Problematic Internet use and gaming issues.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre



Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of Cybersafety and young people. She was the first Victorian Police Officer appointed to a position involving Cybersafety and young people. She took her first report of cyberbullying in 1994 and since then she has conducted extensive research and has completed advanced training in this area in both the USA and UK and is a sought after presenter and advisor to Schools, elite sporting bodies such as the AFL, GP’s, and both State and Federal Governments.


She has authored resources for the Victorian DET, writes and reviews school Policy, provides crisis

management/advice to schools and law firms and is afforded ‘expert’ status on the Safer Internet

Programme Data Base. She recently co‐authored the NSW Govt. Review into mobile phones in schools.


Susan is the most highly qualified of all Federal Government eSafety Presenters. Susan is a member of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) and is also a member of the Australian Government's

Cybersafety working group and a published author. Her book 'Sext's Texts & Selfies', is the definitive

guide for parents, teachers and carers to help children stay safe online.

Parents' Association

Parents’ Association Term 2 Meeting

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Term 2 meeting. We are pleased to announce that the following proposals were passed with a significant majority:

  1. $7500 for Inspire Annual Funding;
  2. $7000 for Parent Party Annual Funding;
  3. $27,650 for Rowing Department Funding for 20 Ergometers 

The Parents’ Association meeting for Term 3 will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday 21 August in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are invited to attend. Please come along to hear updates from the school leadership team and have your say on how our Parent Association funds are allocated.


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 3, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or you can download one from the school website, or below. The deadline for Term 3 Funding submissions is Friday 2 August.


All funding proposals or special agenda items to be presented at the Term 3 meeting will be advertised in the newsletter on Friday 9 August.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee

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


Updated Bus Routes




Change in Canteen Menu

Parmalat have been unable to supple the 300ml Oak light milk.  We have changed over to the Milky Max chocolate and strawberry milk.  Please see new 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 Term 2 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

Please note the uniform shop will be closed  for stocktaking on Wednesday 22 May.  Open as usual on Friday 24 May.

New school skirt

The shop now has full stock of the new school skirts for both primary and secondary.

Come and try them on.  


We have a special offer for those who recently purchased (from late October 2018) our old skirt design. If you bring back your skirt, we will refund you half the cost of the skirt, so you can put this towards the purchase a new school skirt.


Chat to our friendly team at the uniform shop for further information.


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.



John XXIII College Alumni 

ALUMNI Events & Reunions

Ron Logan Cup (Football) – John XXIII Day


Theresa Elliott Shield (Netball) – John XXIII Day


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 

Community Notices


Information to host a family.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.pdf
Y5 RE Xavier Parker.pdf
Y4 RE Xavier Parker.pdf
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
2019 Letter inviting families to host.pdf
2019 Application for Fujimi Host Family.docx
Susan Mclean.pdf