16 June 2017
Issue Eighteen
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 18
Pathways and Transition
Faith and Mission
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parent Association
Men Of John XXIII
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Feedback To Feed Forward

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”

-  Carol Dweck


It is a busy time of term for students and teachers with assessment, marking and reporting. There is always a summative element of assessing progress to date but more importantly it is about formation - ‘where to next’. The feedback given to students is integral to providing the platform to enable student learning to occur in the future – feedback to feed forward!


For a small minority of students learning seems to come comparatively easily. However, in most instances learning comes through conscientious and sustained effort. I recall listening to an interview with the famous cricketing twins, Steve and Mark Waugh. Both were magnificent batsmen with Steve renowned for his grit and determination and Mark for his natural talent and flair. However, the brothers were quick to point out that such a summary was far too simplistic. Mark did work hard and Steve had plenty of talent. It is rare for success in any field to be totally dependent on talent or ability.


A love of learning and an appetite for hard work is an excellent recipe for educational success and a wonderful motto for life in general. I am very appreciative of the students, staff and parents taking the time to respond to our current survey instrument.  The feedback will be invaluable to our future planning.




Several year levels are currently conducting Retreats. The timing is appropriate as we negotiate a busy end of semester. Mr Tony Yates, Loyola House Coordinator, led our staff in prayer this week.

Before the prayer Mr Yates provided the following excellent reflection:

“The Year 11s are out for Id Quod Volo today. Id Quod Volo is Latin for “that which I desire” and the focus of the day is leadership.


The House Coordinators have designed a unique experience for the students in their Houses but all have the theme of leadership deeply embedded into the day’s activities.


We hear much about leadership and one of the key messages to the Year 11s is that they are all leaders within this community.


We are using two great quotes that describe leadership:


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”.

-  John Quincy Adams (6th President of the US)


“The challenge of leadership is to be

strong, but not rude;

kind, but not weak;

bold, but not a bully;

thoughtful, but not lazy;

humble, but not timid;

proud, but not arrogant;

have humour, but without folly”.

-  Jim Rohn (Entrepreneur and motivational speaker)


I encourage family conversation on the Retreat experience. The aim is to develop a great sense of awareness of self, others and the presence of God.

Survey Responses

Our consulting survey company has advised that we have received responses from 226 families. Many thanks to our parents for taking the time to provide important data for the College. A reminder that the survey will close on Friday 23 June and we encourage other families to respond.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

Visiting all the classrooms this week reminded me of how lucky we are to be part of such a fabulous school community that offers so many terrific opportunities. A diverse group of people working together where decisions are driven by what we believe to be the best for our students. Students are encouraged to accept challenges, step out of their comfort zone, extend their thinking and solve problems collaboratively. We see students engaged in learning using many varied environments and resources. Students are happy and engaged in both learning and play.



Today our Year One students treated us to an assembly informing us of their excellent incursion with David the Entomologist. I think he would have been very impressed with how much the students could recall from their incursion. A big thank you to our Wonderful Ones. Ms Ilich, Miss Saraco and Miss Rushmere were very proud of their students.




How many words can you build in 3 minutes?

Australia's biggest and most fun literacy competition is back!

2017 Word Mania challenge is just around the corner. We are currently in the practice phase of the competition and all students are encouraged to make sure their fingers are nimble and their minds are ready to build words.

Word Mania is a fun and effective way for all students to improve their literacy skills. Students simply login using their existing details and play via the Literacy Planet website.

Round one of the competition is Monday July 31-Friday August 4. During this time, we look forward to monitoring our schools progress on the Regional and National Leader boards.

Students can play as many times as they like both at school and at home. We look forward to keeping you posted on our achievements.



The students have been over the moon with the funky new feel in the Kooly area of the Library. We have been lucky enough to purchase some lovely bright modern pieces of furniture to help us create a fresh, vibrant and comfortable feeling. The room has truly been revitalised. Our cosy couches, comfy cushions and outstanding ottomans are a welcomed addition. They have helped to create an inviting area for students, classes and parents to come together to enjoy the gift of books. Our simply fabulous teacher chair has been the talk of the town!



Congratulations to Tiffany Cesare on her achievement in the Joondalup Eisteddfod 2017.  Tiffany was awarded 1st Place AMEB Grade 2 Pianoforte Solo.

Well Done Tiffany.


Kylie Allen

Assistant Principal



Primary Sports Report

This week saw the completion of the weekly Years 5/6 Interschool winter fixtures. Throughout the term our winter sports teams have competed strongly and they have produced some very good results. The skill level, sportsmanship and commitment have been most encouraging. Well done to all our Year 5 and 6 students on their performance.



Next week on Thursday 22 June, John XXIII College will be hosting the Year 6 IPSHA Co-Ed Winter Lightning Carnival. This Carnival will see 10, IPSHA schools competing against each other in Netball, AFL, Soccer, Hockey and AFL. There will be over 400 students playing in 64 teams across 30 venues around the College grounds. Although the Carnival is one that promotes participation, skills, social interaction and sportsmanship it is always highly competitive and a keenly anticipated event.

Our football team will be competing in the “Eagles Cup” and our boys and girls are looking forward to performing well. A report will be presented in the last newsletter for the term. A huge thank you to our Year 10 students who will be umpiring all the games during the day and to the Year 6 parent helpers who will be doing all the catering.



Cross Country training is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and it is gaining momentum as we approach the Inter-house Carnival to be held on the 2nd Tuesday of Term 3. It is tremendous to see whole families rocking-up to the training and improving their fitness.


John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator




Congratulations to our Merit Award Recipients


Olivia Negus
Ciara Thornton
Vivienne Barley
Jack Watson

Charlotte MacLennan
Leila McCready
James Cawley


Lewis Soares
Gus Lennon


Maya Johnson
Cooper Tout


Joshua Pruiti
Alice Edmondson


Nada Jakovich
Zack Barley
Amber Vujcich


Luca Robson
Felisse Battalis
Carla Chipperfield
Charlie Azzopardi


Elizabeth Levey
Jasper Bailey

Archie Ryan
Daisy Fethers

Sylvia Czajko
Khyan Mann


Zachary Ferguson-Allen
Aidan Kavanagh
Emilee Paterson
Jude Knowles


Joshua Lim
Alex Collins
Alice Griffiths


Sophie Standen
Joshua Johnson


Georgia Gourdis
Sandy Smith


Tuesday 20 June     Yr 6 Confirmation Retreat
                                        Dental Screening PP, Yr 3 & Yr 6
Thursday 22 June    Yr 6 IPSHA Winter Carnival
Friday 23 June           2G Mass 9am (RH)



NAS Sport for winter continued this week with our fixture against Chisholm College. Highlight of the week was Josh Taylor’s ‘bicycle kick’ goal for the Year 9 boys NAS Soccer team. Follow John XXIII College on Instagram to check it out. 


Results, fixtures and ladders for the NAS competition can be viewed via the iScore website - use the menu on the left. Details of fixtures and venues are also available on the College website. Next week we have a bye. But in preparation for finals the following week,  when 1st v 2nd and 3rd v4th. We will have training on the teams usual NAS day. Training will run from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice.

ACC All Stars Basketball 2017

Player nominations for the ACC All Stars Basketball teams (boys and girls) are now open to all ACC school students.  Please see attached flyer.  The ACC is calling for nominations from interested and talented players.


**Nominations close on Friday 4 August**


Once selected, both teams will play against the Combined Government Schools at Bendat Stadium on Sunday afternoon 15 October 2017.  This is a fantastic opportunity for talented players to prove themselves in a high quality game.  Trials will be held in Term Three (dates and venue TBC).  Players will be informed of trial dates and times once confirmed. 


The process for nominations is as follows:

1.       School provides attached flyer to interested/talented students.

2.       Students complete their nomination form on-line on the ACC web site   

3.       ACC will reply to each individual student when we receive their nomination on-line.


Please note the $15 trail fee will be covered by the College.


Positions are open to basketball players from Year 9 – 12.  

**Players MUST be of representative quality and capable of playing at U18 level** 


2017 Pierre de Coubertin Awards

Congratulations to Sian Munks who was one of 22 WA recipients of the 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Award. Named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, the award recognises students who demonstrate sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.  


Dave Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator

ACC Girls Hockey Challenge

A resounding win over Kingsway Christian College on the turf pitch at the UWA Sports Grounds was a great way for the John XXIII Girls team to start the ACC Hockey Challenge.   The team carried this momentum onto the grass, with wins over Kennedy Baptist College, All Saints College, Mandurah Catholic College and Chisholm Catholic College.

Undefeated and brimming with confidence the girls progressed to the semi-finals and squared off against a strong team from Newman College.  At full-time, after a hard fought game nothing could separate the sides with a score of 1-1.  Which team would advance to the final would now be decided by penalty flicks.  After the first round of five the score was again tied at 3 all, but unfortunately Newman managed to get one past the Keeper.


It was a great effort by the girls, finishing in third place overall.  Everyone played their part with determination and should be commended for their fantastic attitude and team spirit.  Special mentions to Right Half, Alice Kenny, Centre Forward, Juliette Steens and High Fullback, Ella Beech.





Host Families Wanted For Japanese Exchange Group

Thank you to the many families that have so generously offered to host so far. If you haven’t done so yet, please hand your application forms back to me before Friday 23 July.  We are still looking for six host families, so please consider hosting a Japanese girl early next term for only two weeks.


We have a wonderful group of 29 fifteen year old girls from Fujimi High School coming to John XXIII College. The exchange students will arrive on Sunday 30 July and leave on Saturday 12 August. Your son or daughter does not have to be a student of Japanese as the exchange students are here to experience home life in Australia and practice their English speaking skills.

Many past host families have written to express their appreciation for this program as it has, not only been fun, but led to life-long friendships and a deeper respect and understanding of another culture. Sharing our homes with a person from another race, culture and ethnicity expands our minds and offers the entire family an opportunity to be adaptive to unusual, funny and engaging intercultural interactions. It can be wonderful opportunity to learn more about Japan and the world without leaving home.


Please read the attached letter for more details, then complete the form and paste images on the photo page, before returning it via email to


The Japanese exchange students always greatly appreciate the kindness of all of our families for sharing their Perth/Aussie/JTC lifestyle.


Many thanks for your consideration.


Shane Glass and Glen James

Head of Languages (Languages) and Fujimi Coordinator



House Theatre Sports

Congratulations and well done to the students involved in this year’s annual House Theatre Sports competition. It was a great night of fun, games and hilarity. Thank you to the competitors, judges (past students Alex Crouch and Ned Rowsthorn), tech crew and the audience.


The results were:

1st - Campion             

2nd - Loyola                

3rd - St Louis              

4th - Loreto                

5th - Kooly, Ward      

Coming up:

Year 8 Drama performance on Monday 26 June, 5:00pm, Roncalli Hall.

Year 10 Drama Night on Thursday 29 June, 7:00pm, Roncalli Hall.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama

Music - Week 18

Music Eisteddfod

The annual Music Eisteddfod returns this weekend on Sunday 18 June and Monday 19 June. With over 400 entries this year, we are looking forward to an exciting festival of music performances throughout the College! Expert adjudicators in each instrumental and vocal category will be allocating house points, with medals and trophies ready to be engraved for sectional winners and special mentions. Please see below for section times and locations across the two days.


For students with multiple entries who note clashes between sessions, please advise the session’s scribe that you will need to perform at the beginning, so that you can make both sessions. Please note that, with the exception of these cases, parents and students are expected to stay for the entirety of their session as a courtesy to other performers. Tea and coffee is available for audience members, located in the foyer of the Performing Arts Centre. Performance dress for performers on Sunday is semi-formal, with ensembles in Performance Blacks – students in Monday’s session will be in uniform.


Please note that the Eisteddfod Winner’s Concert, where medals and trophies will be presented, is to be held on Sunday, 25 June at 5:30pm in the GBLT. Sectional winners will be invited to perform their item from the Eisteddfod in this concert, and all friends and family are welcome.


We hope to see as many friends and family in support of all performers as possible!


St George's Cathedral Lunchtime Concert

All families are invited to attend the annual lunchtime concert at St George’s Cathedral, located in the heart of Perth city. This concert features small ensembles – vocal and instrumental – in the beautiful surrounds and acoustics of the cathedral, and is scheduled for 1:00pm on Wednesday, 21 June. Entry is free to all members of the public.


Music Camp

Please note that the annual Music Camp is scheduled, for eligible secondary students in ensembles, for Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July in New Norcia. Ensembles in attendance include Treble Choir, Chamber Choir, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Swing Band, Concert and Wind Bands and Chamber Orchestra and small ensembles derived from the larger.


Parents and friends are invited to join the musicians for Mass on the Sunday morning, and a community concert on Sunday afternoon. Further details about Music Camp are scheduled to be emailed to parents and students in the coming weeks.

Applications For Instrumental Lessons

There are still a limited number of placements available for instrumental and vocal lessons in Semester 2.  Forms are available online and from the Music Office.   Contact with any queries.


James Kros

Director of Music

Pathways and Transition




For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:

Anna Gingell

Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

Or refer to the College Website.



Noise And Hearing Information

Loud noise can damage the sensitive structures within your inner ear, leading to irreversible hearing loss. It’s important to know that loud noises don’t have to be physically painful to cause hearing damage; the harm is cumulative, similar to how exposure to the sun gradually damages your skin even if you don’t get sunburned. The higher the level of sound and the longer the exposure, the more damage is likely to occur.


How much noise is too much noise?


If you need to raise your voice or shout to carry on a conversation, the noise around you is probably too loud. If your ears are sore or ringing, you may have damaged your hearing. Most of the daily activities won’t harm your hearing, but some activities can start to cause damage after only a short time.


Tips for protecting your hearing

  • Avoid loud sounds and noise.
  • If you can’t avoid a loud sound, you should protect your ears with earplugs or earmuffs. Balls of cottonwool or tissue offer little protection.
  • Sudden, very intense sounds, such as gunshots, are particularly dangerous and can cause immediate, permanent hearing loss.
  • Use hearing protection such as earplugs at loud music events. Special earplugs can be made for musicians to protect their hearing while preserving the sound quality of the music.
  • Give your ears frequent rest from noise. Limit your time in very noisy places and take regular breaks in quieter areas.
  • Set the volume of your portable music player at a moderate level. Don’t turn up the volume of your stereo to try to drown out background noise. As a general rule, set the volume to a level where you can hear someone at arm’s length without them having to shout.

Important Changes To Epipen Administration

If your child has a prescribed Epipen for emergency treatment of Anaphylaxis, please note recent changes to Epipen administration from ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy): 


  • Epipen injection time has changed from 10 seconds to 3 seconds – this is based on research confirming efficacy and delivery of adrenaline through the 3 second delivery.
  • Removal of the massage step after the injection – this has been found to reduce the risk of tissue irritation.


All EpiPen®s should now be held in place for 3 seconds, regardless of the instructions on the label.  However, if they are held for 10 seconds it will not affect the way that the adrenaline works. 


To access updated ASCIA Action Plans for Anaphylaxis, ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training courses, the 3 second EpiPen® training video and other resources go to:


Year 12 Meningococcal Consent Forms

The Department of Health Vaccine team will be visiting the College on Thursday 29 June to administer Meningococcal Vaccine to Year 12 students. Consent forms were sent home with your child three weeks ago. Please find attached consent form and fact sheet if you have not already received.


It is important signed Consent forms are returned by this Monday 19 June.




Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Department of Health WA

Faith and Mission

Pilgrimage Fundraising

We are delighted to announce that we have 41 students and 12 staff members who will be participating in the John XXlll College Pilgrimage program in September this year.


One of the main aims of the program is to help our students to ‘become men and women for others’, gain a greater understanding of local and global justice issues and develop a deeper awareness of the work of the Loreto and Jesuit orders.

Wise winery will donate 20% of sales proceeds to the Pilgrimage Program. You can help support the Pilgrimage Program by either buying some wine yourself or sending the link to family, friends and work colleagues so they can also support. Funds raised will help finance programs that empower cultural understanding, health, income generation, education and building projects in India, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Beswick in the Northern Territory.


To order you wine and get free delivery to anywhere in Australia please follow the instructions in the link below:



Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks



Ignatian Induction Program

The Ignatian Induction Program for Parents aims to provide the basic ethos of John XXIII College which derives from the Spirituality of one of our College founders, St Ignatius Loyola.

There are six Modules of one and a half hour duration at 9:00am in the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre or 7:00pm in the MacKillop Room.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Murray Graham by email or Ph: 9383 0444.

Parent Association



The next PA meeting will be in Term Three on Monday 14 August 2017 at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.  All John XXIII parents and guardians are welcome to attend.  Funding proposals must be submitted by Friday 28 July to be considered at this meeting.  If you have any questions, please email  


Upcoming Inspire Events

  • 1 August, 2017 Healthy Body Image. For parents and children in Years 7 – 12. (Speaker: Professor Sue Byrne)
  • 12 September, 2017 Loneliness, Bullying and Pressure to Succeed Issues (Speaker: Karen Martin)

Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

Are you interested in becoming more involved as a father? The Men of John XXIII College (MOJTC) are here to support you with get socials and events, advocating the benefits of becoming a better dad.


We are looking for dads who would like to:


1.      Join the MOJTC committee.  Just come along and help to guide our future direction.

2.      Become a Year group representative.  Join with other dads in your child’s year and run an event, which gives you all more time with your kids.

3.      Have an idea for an event?  Go for it!  The committee has funds to assist and the MOJTC will work with the College to help make it happen.


If you are keen to help, simply email:


Need an idea for an event?  Look here for some great ideas:


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.


Community Notices

Save The Date

Loreto Federation 2018


Loreto Normanhurst NSW is the proud host of Loreto Federation 2018.  We extend a warm welcome to all of the Loreto and John XXIII College Community to join us for a weekend of vision, inspiration and action.


Come, Be the Change.

Loreto Federation Committee 2018 

Click here for the invitation.

Registration and details will be available from Mary Nicholls in Perth after  November  08 9386 1175



If a student has placed a lunch order, but is not at school that day or has gone home early,  the order can be cancelled before 9:30am.  Failing which a sibling may collect the lunch order.  


We will not give lunch orders to friends unless a parent has contacted the canteen, to let us know who will be collecting it.


Dianne Combrink


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2017 Music Eisteddfod Session Times.pdf
2017 Music Eisteddfod Session Times.pdf
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Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf
Viewing life from the Edge 18 July 17.pdf
Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf
Viewing Life 18 July 2017.pdf
Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf
Viewing Life 18 July 2017.pdf
Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf
2017 Letter requesting Host Families.docx
2017 T2 Host Family Application Form ELECTRONIC.docx
ACC AllStars player nomination flyer 2017.pdf