12 April 2019
Issue Ten
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Enrolments applications
Music - Week 10
Sustainability News
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
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From the Principal

Preparation for Holy Week

With Easter being celebrated during the school holidays our traditional ‘Holy Week’ liturgies have been conducted this week. It has been delightful to attend faith filled events with our students, staff and parents that have brought to life the Easter message of faith, hope and reconciliation. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our faith and the reason for our existence as a Catholic school. The Lenten period leading up to Easter is always a wonderful time to reflect on our lives and bring ourselves closer to God.


This week we have also farewelled our long-term Primary School Sport Teacher, Mr John Alderman. In the beautiful final Primary School assembly, Miss Antoinette De Pinto, made mention of Mr Alderman’s dedication to our students and his own very strong faith commitment. Our staff providing witness to their faith is a powerful example to our community.


I particularly enjoyed this statement from one of our students:

Mr Alderman has worked at JTC for 23 years. Fun Fact, Mr Alderman’s first name is John and this is his 23rd year at John 23rd College..... Coincidence? I think not!’


A sense of humour certainly adds to the enjoyment of spending time with our students and staff.


This week we also wished our Head of Sport, Mr Dave Maxwell, well as he moves to a similar position at Servite College. Like Mr Alderman, Mr Maxwell has served the College with distinction and has always provided a brilliantly positive perspective to staff and students. We also extend our gratitude to Mrs Wendy Williamson as she concludes her tenure as a cheerful and friendly public receptionist at the College. Best wishes also to Mrs Karin Ilich and Mrs Lisa Ferraro and (Primary teachers) and Mrs Alison Pattinson (English) as they commence periods of maternity leave. We wish them well in the exciting times ahead.

Robert Henderson



Joyeuses Paques from Year 9 French students

​Year 9 French  students finished the term with a special cultural lesson finding out about Easter in France. Students learnt about the tradition of sending Easter cards and that the Easter Bunny does not visit children in France instead the church bells go quiet on Good Friday as the bells fly to Rome and bring Easter eggs back for the children on Easter Sunday, when the church bells ring again. 


Students learnt about the traditional Easter egg rolling custom and had a go at decorating eggs and rolling them to see which egg survived the longest. Congratulations to Will Hart and Sophie Baron-Hay for creating the most eggcellent eggs! Students also took part in an Easter egg hunt, working out clues in French and unscrambling a code to be rewarded with Easter eggs. 


Well done to all Year 9 French students for their fantastic participation and we wish you all a joyeuses paques. 


Year 11 Underwater Adventures

Our Year 11 Marine students recently completed their PADI Open Water certification at Rottnest Island. Discover their adventures and see the wondrous world beneath the waves.


Students attend the 2019 Alliance Française French Film Festival

On 1 April our students of French in Years 10 and 11 put their language skills to the test and enjoyed a French movie at the 2019 Alliance Française French Film Festival. The special school screening was well attended, and our John XXIII students enjoyed mingling with other learners of French from various schools throughout Perth. The movie “In Your Hands” was an emotionally stirring tale of a young man and his rare gift for music.

One of our Year 11 students commented:

“C’était un bon film, c’était touchant d’écouter jouer le piano et c’était intéressant de voir tellement d’étudiants de français de différentes écoles ”


"The movie was good, it was nice listening to the piano playing and it was very interesting to see so many students of French from a variety of schools”

Likewise, our students in Year 12 French attended a French comedy at Alliance Française French Film Festival the on the 29 of March.

Thank you to Mme Lucas for organising these wonderful opportunities for our students to practice their French. Merci beaucoup.


Live Simply Day

Each year John XXIII College supports Live Simply Day. The aim of the day is to raise awareness for people living in poverty by highlighting ways that we can live a more simplified life such as eating simple food, taking shorter showers, riding to school and turning off screens.


Secondary students who participated received a barley sugar lolly for recess and bread and butter at lunch. Student are encouraged to invite friends and family to sponsor them for their efforts with monies raised supporting Caritas Australia.


Jack Purkiss, a current Year 12 student, has been supporting the Live Simply initiative since he started at the College. His fundraising efforts were spurred on by the generosity of his family to match every dollar he raised.


“I have all ways been interested in school-based activities, and when I heard that a few of my friends were doing it, I thought the cause was good and the challenge was fun.  I was never one to do things the normal way, so I thought, why not ask the teachers to sponsor me! This quickly gained momentum after my dad stuck by his promises each year to match and support whatever I made off the teachers”.


Over the years Jack has been one of the College’s top fundraisers for Live Simply Day, and his efforts have supported the great work of Project Compassion, from ensuring access to clean water, to providing educational resources or even supporting solar-powered water systems.


We hope our Live Simply Day continues to flourish in the years ahead and that our almsgiving brings hope to many communities who are supported by Caritas Australia.


It’s overwhelming how many of our students get involved in social justice causes and contribute. For example, this year the students of Loreto House were given a challenge by House Coordinator Mr Gallagher, to have everyone from Loreto House engaged with either Live Simply Day or another fundraising activity for Project Compassion.


“I’m so proud of our Loreto House family. We challenged the students to fundraise for Caritas and most got on board and participated. Overall, we raised in excess of $2400 with a special mention to students in Years 7 and 8 who raised half of it. They are truly men and women for others.” Said Mr Gallagher

Congratulations to Loreto House for winning the House Points for Live Simply Day.

Be a Good Egg This Easter

We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today, as there was before, or perhaps more – said Pope Francis.


Can’t find slavery-free Easter eggs in your supermarket?
Ten years ago there was almost no slavery-free chocolate in our supermarkets in Australia. Now, because of public pressure and consumer demands, most supermarkets will sell some. 


There is now slavery-free chocolate available in so many places.
It tastes delicious and is no more expensive than other chocolate. Try your leading / local supermarkets.

Get on board!  When you go to your local supermarket, look for chocolate that has one of these three symbols. If you can’t find any, ask the manager if they stock any.

Australians spent around $210 million on Easter chocolate last year.
This year it will be about the same, or more. Companies will produce what we ask for. Please use your buying power and purchase slavery-free chocolate. You can make a difference to the world, and to the lives of the enslaved children who are forced to pick the cocoa beans used in a lot of chocolate.

Please buy and eat only slavery-free Easter eggs and chocolate this Easter and help change this tragedy.

Volunteers needed to help at the College Musical ‘Mary Poppins’ - 30 April to 4 May

At John XXIII College, our community of students, Alumni, family, parents and friends are a vital part of the success of so many of our College events and this generosity is truly appreciated.

The College Musical is one of the highlights of the school year and once again we are calling for volunteers to assist with the smooth running of this much-loved event.

This year’s musical will consist of six performances - running for five evenings from Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 4 May at 7:00pm with an additional matinee performance on Saturday 4 May at 2:00pm. We need several volunteers for each performance. You can volunteer for just one performance or several. We only ask that you do not volunteer for the performance you are attending, as we want you to enjoy the performance.

Volunteers are needed in two areas:
Front of House
We need two adult volunteers at each performance to cover the smooth running of our sales and ticketing. Volunteers will be responsible for selling any unsold seats at each performance and managing the attendance list. There will be a team of student volunteers to assist with ushering people to their seats.
For the evening performances, Front of House volunteering duties commence at 6:40pm and should be completed by 7:10pm. For the matinee performance, we would need volunteers from 1.40pm to 2.10pm.

During intermission we serve a variety of snacks, and we run a bar and tea & coffee station. Six adult volunteers are needed for each performance to help with our hospitality service.

Intermission at the evening performance runs from about 8.15pm to 8.30pm, so we ask our volunteers to arrive by 8:00pm to help set up, and also stay on for a short while to help pack away at the end of intermission. For the matinee, volunteers should arrive by 3:00pm and will be done by 3.45pm approximately.

If you can help out at one or more of these performances, please respond to with the following information:
• Your full name
• Mobile number and email address
• Date/s you are available to volunteer (please specify if you are volunteering for the Saturday matinee)
• Whether you wish to assist with Intermission, Front of House or both.


Kristin Serra
FOMAD Coordinator

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This week the Year 6 students have lead the Primary community in prayer through their Holy Week reflections.  Our Year 6 leaders really took their roles to heart, making their words, actions, experiences and songs carry so much meaning.


Please take the time to view the photos to reflect on Palm Sunday, The Last Supper and Good Friday.  The students worked very hard to create a moving and sensitive dramatisation of the journey of Jesus.


Thank you to Ms Allen, Miss Nish, Miss Graves and Mrs Haydon for preparing the students so well.



I wish all families a joyful Easter and Happy Holidays.  I look forward to seeking everyone again when I return from Long Service Leave on Monday 27 May.


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary

Dates to Remember

Tuesday 30 April                    Term 2 Begins 

Friday 10 May                         Mother's Day Celebration 

                                                          please register using the Trybooking link



Holy Week Concert

On Monday evening the Wanju Voices, Primary Singers and Chapel Choir participated in a musical journey alongside Secondary students to reflect on the events of Holy Week.


Congratulations to all involved in this special event.

Palm Sunday

This Sunday is Palm Sunday 14 March, the Primary Singers will be leading the singing at the 8:00am Palm Sunday Mass at St Joseph’s, Subiaco.  Thanks to Mrs Haydon for organising this opportunity for our students.  Everyone is welcome!

Parent-Teacher Meetings 

During the past week, parents have had the chance to catch up with their child’s class teacher and discuss individual student progress in the year so far.  This is viewed as an important opportunity which well supports the education partnership that we believe to be a vital component to student success. 


Many thanks to our teaching staff for making themselves available for these interviews over the course of the week and for accommodating different family needs.


The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.  The tests are scheduled for the weeks commencing 13 and 20 May.


Monday 13 May Tuesday 14 May Wednesday 15 May


Y3 (paper test) & Y5 

Monday 20 May Tuesday 21 May Wednesday 22 May


Yr3 & Yr 5


Yr 3 & Yr 5


Yr 3 & Yr 5


Animal Adaptations

As part of Biological Science, the Year 5’s have been busy conducting experiments to learn about different animal adaptations.

The students had a variety of equipment to imitate different bird beaks and they investigated which type of beak was best adapted or suited to obtain certain food types.

It was a great opportunity for students to work collaboratively and to share their findings.



Enrolments applications

Enrolment applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 in 2022 and Kindergarten in 2021.   If your child is:

  • currently in Year 4, not yet enrolled at the College, and you are interested in a Year 7 position in 2022  or
  • two years old and to be registered for Pre-Kindy next year or Kindy in 2021

Please contact the College Registrar on 9383 0449 or for more information.


Music - Week 10

Palm Sunday Mass

Students from the Primary Singers Choir, accompanied by Eloise Budimlich (Year 12), will be providing the music for the 8:00am Mass this weekend (Palm Sunday – 14 April) at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco. All are welcome to join the congregation on this special occasion.

Catholic Performing Arts

The annual Catholic Performing Arts festival will be held in July and August. Any students wishing to participate can apply through their instrumental/voice tutors or, by visiting the Music Office.

Zenith Music Piano Sale
Amazing prices on Kawai pianos

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a quality Kawai piano that has been used at John XXIII College for teaching. These pianos have been professionally maintained and carry a full Kawai 12 year manufacturer’s warranty. For four days only, these pianos and a selection of new pianos will be offered to the public at specially discounted prices. Zenith Music sponsors the College’s Music department to ensure they always have high quality, well maintained, reliable pianos, that benefit their teaching programs.

  • 1-2 May 2019 - John XXIII College, Thomas More Exhibition Centre
  • 3-4 May 2019 - Zenith Music Claremont

For further information contact:
Edward Cranfield on
(08) 9383 1422 or 0407 996 946


Musical tickets are on sale now

More tickets have just been released to our College Musical, Mary Poppins… so get in quick so you don’t miss out. 




An important highlight of the Magis program in this final week of term has been the Debating Breakfast on Wednesday which saw 28 interschool debating attend the breakfast.  This was followed by excellent workshops presented by WADL representatives Madu Venkatesan, who addressed the advanced debaters, and Elizabeth Marsh who spoke to the novice competitors. Debating preparation will change next term, moving to Monday and Wednesday mornings to avoid clashes with sport and other after school events. Two of our outstanding current Year 12 debaters, Rory Hewson and Charlie Richards will take a new role in mentoring some of the novice teams.


Results from the Da Vinci Decathlon revealed some fine performances. With over 30 top colleges and high school participating in this prestigious program, the Year 9 and Year 7 teams excelled, finishing 7th and 8th respectively, whilst John XXIII College did particularly well in Creative Producers with Year 11s winning, Year 9 coming 3rd and Year 10 coming 7th, and in cartography, which Year 9 won, Year 8’s were 2nd , Year 11’s 7th, and Year 8 finished 13th. Congratulations and thanks to all team members and the teachers who gave great assistance with assisting the students to prepare for this challenging event.

Entries for the World Scholar’s Cup are being finalised, and John XXIII College will be fielding a record number of either 11 or 12 teams at the WA Championship at Sacred Heart College on 31 May and 1 June.  There are four teams from Year 7, three from Years 8 and 10, and two from Year 9.  Preparation will begin in week one next term, but teams are encouraged to commence over the holidays if they have not done so, via the resources on the WSC website.


Magis will be running two major competitions, the John XXIII College Public Speaking and Creative Writing competitions early next term, with short stories dues on the first Friday of term, and public speaking heats being held during week 2.  Finally, warmest thanks to all students and the many teachers who have been involved in this very successful first term of the gifted and talented program. Highlights have included the three academic seminar breakfasts, and record numbers and very good  in the major gifted and talented events, WADL Debating, Creative Edge  and Da Vinci Decathlon, whilst the 2020 Space Tour has also be finalised, and Year 7 and 8 Personal Projects seem to be progressing very well.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term Two

  • May 1 - Magis Public Speaking Breakfast
  • May 6 - Magis Public Speaking Heats
  • May 10 - Julie Arliss G/T at St Hilda’s
  • May 14 - Magis Public Speaking Final (GBLT)
  • May 17-18 - World Scholar’s Cup Camp
  • May 23 - Mental Maths Challenge
  • May 31 - J1 World Scholar’s regionals SHC
  • June 12 - Magis Academic Knowledge
  • June 26 - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

On behalf of the College thank you to all students and staff that represented their school with distinction in the NAS Sport competition throughout Term 1. Students and staff give up time at the end of the school day to compete against our fellow NAS schools. I’d also like to thank parents for their support with early morning drop offs and late afternoon pick up. Without the support of staff, students and parents the program would not be able to continue in its current form.


Cross Country Training Years 7 – 12

Cross-Country training continues over the holiday break. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00am - 7:50am meeting in the College pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue through Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4 - 7km depending on ability level.


Congratulations also to Kyle Yeo who is currently in South Australia participating in the Under 17 National Badminton Tournament.


Congratulations also to Sloan Burton who has been selected for the 19U West Australian State team competing in the 2019 Netball Australia National Netball Championships in Brisbane.


Congratulations to Scott Lilleyman who has been selected to train with the WA Institute of Sport in Canberra and attend the Australian Water Polo Camp.  Scott has been selected to attend along with 25 other boys selected nationally.

Sustainability News

Term 1 has been an extremely busy time for sustainability at John XXIII College. It is always heartening to see the support that is received from students at the College whenever there is an initiative or activity promoting environmental care or protection, and this was again shown this term during the celebration of Earth Hour, the Greenbatch Recycling Program and the School Strike for Climate.

Earth Hour

On Friday 29 March the College took part in the Earth Hour for Schools Day, which took place before the Global Earth Hour on Saturday 30 March. To mark this day the College joined with schools throughout the country in turning off all lights around the College during lunchtime. During this time, students gathered on the Chapel lawn to listen to some live music and were encouraged to register for the Earth Hour Event taking place the next day. Earth Hour asks participants to turn off all lights in their house from 8:30pm-9:30pm standing in solidarity with thousands of others throughout the world against climate change and in support of the environment. During the lunchtime gathering over 50 John XXIII students registered their names to participate in this event!

Greenbatch Recycling Launch

The students of John XXIII College have been awesome in utilising the Greenbatch Recycling bins throughout the College, with many plastic bottles and cans being placed in the four distinctive purple bins and minimal contamination occurring. The students are to be congratulated for their efforts and encouraged to continue using these bins correctly to help the program go from strength to strength.


The College is excited by this partnership with an innovative and socially conscious company such as Greenbatch and wishes to encourage all in the John XXIII College Community to help make it as successful as possible. Families may wish to bring bottles from home to place in these bins and they are certainly welcome to do so.

School Strike for Climate

Several students from the College attended the School Strike for Climate Protest along with over 150,000 students around Australia. Below is reflection on the day from Year 11 student Elizabeth Hughes.


On Friday 15 March, students all over Australia and the world skipped school to protest the world governments’ lack of action regarding climate change.  More than 150, 000 students across Australia gathered outside their local parliament, and spoke truth to power - demonstrating without doubt that this generation will not wait for politicians to sit back and enjoy the piles of money made from oil and gas.  From destroying our world.   In the lead-up to the Federal election, young people are turning up the heat on all political parties for climate action, and right now the Labor Party are paying attention. 


In Perth, over five thousand students gathered outside Saint George’s cathedral.  The teenage sass was put to good use in hundreds of signs, and passionate speeches by high school students were cheered on.  Workers union representatives, pensioners, priests, and politicians joined the students.  Despite the growing heat as the day wore on, the protestors marched past the Woodside and other big businesses, before a sit-in at Elizabeth Quay. 


Many politicians said that the protesters have been manipulated by their parents and Green politicians.  When have teenagers ever listened to adults?  Scott Morrison, if you had gone to school we wouldn’t be protesting.  Real climate action means stopping Adani’s coal mine, no new coal and gas and a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2030.  With the election around the corner, politicians are listening to their constituents more than ever - and, after Friday’s huge strike, we have their attention. Now, let’s make sure they give us what we need to avoid catastrophic climate change.


Netball Club

The start of the netball season is almost upon us!

Competition Dates

  • Years 7 – 12 and Alumni
    4 May 2019
  • Years 2 – 6
    10 & 11 May 2019

There are no games on the long weekend of 31 May – 1 June 2019.


We will send out further information as soon as fixtures are available.


Congratulations to Jamie Cannon for making it to the next round of the ACC All Stars Netball Team selections.

Team Managers

We are currently seeking Team Managers for all teams.  If you are interested in being the Manager for your daughter’s team, please contact the Year Coordinator.

Years 7 – 9

Years 10 – 12


  • The official game day netball uniform for senior school is netball dress and blue and yellow bloomers. 
  • The bloomers are a compulsory part of our uniform.
  • PNA can issue uniform violations to players not wearing the correct uniform.
  • 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.

Rowing Club

Rowing Club Quiz Night

It is time to organise your friends and relatives and buy your tickets for a table for the quiz night fundraiser on 11 May at John XXIII College. Tickets can be purchased through trybooking:



South West Head of the River Regatta

Sunday 31 March 2019

Event Details: This is Bunbury’s annual Country Regatta which the John XXIII College Rowing Club attends along with local country schools; Bunbury Catholic College and Bunbury Grammar.  It is held on the beautiful Bunbury foreshore fronting the Bunbury Rowing Club who are the hosts for this event.


Family and Rowers Dinner: Held on Saturday night, hosted by the John XXIII College Rowing Club, where 200+ attendees enjoyed the balmy evening at the Bunbury Rowing Club foreshore. 


Regatta:  With our largest ever Bunbury regatta rowing contingent of 70 rowers we had an opportunity to do extremely well.  And that we did with a swag of medals, winning the penultimate final Open Mixed Eight race and the prestigious Ronald Walter Prosser Cup, as well as the ergo competition and the overall club points competition and trophy with a total of 178 points.


Event contributors: Thanks to:

  • Bunbury Rowing Club who contributed boats and facilities
  • Bill Kaye Photography for the amazing photos  
  • Jude Quinlan - videographer
  • John XXIII College Coaches who kept the rowers on time and on track
  • Parents and friends who cheered and supported
  • Rob Thomas for all his behind the scenes work organising the team and facilities for the regatta, and his time spent coaching and motivating our rowers to do their best
  • John XXIII College rowers- who competed so well and graciously accepted medals

Most importantly, it was so rewarding just to see all the students together enjoying their time in Bunbury and rowing with such passion and commitment after many weeks of tough and early training mornings, having such a ball and savouring the added thrill of victory - which is something to be celebrated by us all.



Bunbury Regatta Results
John XXIII College 1st place medal winners 

Ronald Walter Prosser Cup.  Open Mixed Eight

Kai Williamson, Angus Wilmot, Jordan Lummis, Mathieson Sicard, Mia Fracaro, Madison Lucas, Olivia Torre, Zoe Broderick.


Ergo:  1256m

Angus Wilmot, Madison Lucas, Olivia Torre, Angus Long


Year 9 Double Skull – boys

Tom Stokes, Jack Chapman


Senior Single Skull – girls

Zoe Broderick


Year 9 Mixed quad

Jack Chapman, Luca Matthews, Romy Ezekiel, Emily McAuliffe


Senior double Skull – boys

Angus Wilmot, Kai Williamson


Year 9 Quad – girls

Jenna Martin, Sophie Chew, Sarah Longman, Ava Rawson


Senior Coxed Quad – girls

Madison Lucas, Olivia Torre, Mia Fracaro, Zoe Broderick


Open Single Skull – boys

James Langton


Senior coxed quad – boys

Angus Wilmot, Kai Williamson, Jordon Lummis, Mathieson Sicard


Year 9 Coxed Quad -boys

Xavier Smith, Curtis Todd, Jacob Griffiths, Cormac Chamberlain


Senior Double skull – girls

Olivia Torre, Zoe Broderick


Year 9 mixed coxed Quad

Curtis Todd, Xavier Smith, Mia Rakich, Lara Sivwright


Senior quad – boys

Connor Harrison, Sam Sivwright, Sam Cole, Caleb Ellis


Year 10 Quad – boys

Jude Quinlan, Zach Barrett, Kanan Miranda, Eddie Monisse


Senior Quad – girls

Eve Cullity, Holly Canon, Rebecca McGurgan, Imogen Walsh


Senior double skull – girls

Mia Fracaro, Madison Lucas


Year 10 single skull -girls

Holly Canon



*Apologies for errors or omissions - these results will be updated and re-published as soon as official results become available.


Upcoming Events

  • Friday 26 – 28 April - JTC Girls Rowing Camp, JTC Campus
  • Saturday 4 May -  IGSSA Regatta 1, Champion Lakes
  • Saturday 11 May - JTC Rowing Club QUIZ night fundraiser, John XXIII College (For parents and students )

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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Fogarty Scholarship

The UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program is enriching our community by investing in exceptional young people who use their skills, abilities and commitment to lead positive change in our community, State and nation.


Established in 2004, the Program is a joint initiative of the Fogarty Foundation and The University of Western Australia and is one of Australia’s premier scholarship programs, awarding 10 new scholarships to students each year.


Each scholarship is valued at $10,000.

Further information:

Applications close on 26 May 2019

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


Alarm bells ringing for TikTok

Only a few weeks ago, the massively popular video-sharing app TikTok was hit by a whopping $5.7 fine for illegally harvesting the personal data of kids 13 and under.  


This week, a BBC report found the company failed to suspect the accounts of people sending sexual messages to children via the app.


In India, meanwhile, the Madras High Court has asked the government to ban the app outright for encouraging pornography and exposing kids to predators.

Is time running out for TikTok?


TikTok (formerly is a platform for creating and sharing short, typically lip-synched videos, and broadcasting them to strangers. Clips are created using short grabs of music, and can be enhanced by a range of tools that gives them the veneer of professionalism.


As of July 2018 it had more than 500 million users around the world - with its major appeal being to teens and tweens. It claims to be the most downloaded app on the planet, surpassing Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat.


The in-depth investigation by the BBC found hundreds of sexual comments posted on videos of kids and teens. Those comments were deleted after being reported on the app’s user interface. But the users who posted them - including several who repeatedly targeted teenage girls - were allowed to remain on the site.

That report comes just days after TikTok trumpeted its commitment to protecting young users by partnering with a non-profit online safety organisation.


The company, which is keen to launch in-app advertising, responded to the damning BBC investigation by insisting, “We care deeply about the safety of our users and we will continue to work hard on this front. We welcome suggestions from media and third-party organisations like the BBC."


A spokesman repeated the claim that safety was its “top priority.”


An investigation late last year by the US Federal Trade Commission uncovered “disturbing practices” - including exposing the location of young users, and collecting names, email and addresses.


TikTok has now set up a separate app for kids - no sharing, commenting, messaging or posting a profile allowed - and has pulled all videos by pre-teens. But these changes were only made for the US market.


Outside of the US, there are no age verification procedures for TikTok’s widely ignored age restriction of 13+.  


Experts see TikTok as a potentially powerful conduit for brands to corner a younger demographic than the users of established social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.


How should parents respond?

First, do your due diligence. TikTok allows strangers to direct-message children. It offers in-app purchases of up to $99. In Australia, there are no age verification procedures in place - nor any plans to do so in the future.


If you are comfortable about all that, and decide that the app’s fun and creative potential outweigh the danger, you should still monitor your child’s uploads and settings - at the very least, setting them to “private.”


Family Zone cyber expert Martine Oglethorpe, whose Melbourne-based consultancy The Modern Parent frequently advises parent and school groups, is adamant that “parents do their homework if they are going to allow their child on apps that are not generally recommended for their age.


“That means finding out all you can on how to set it up safely, recognising the risks and having the appropriate and ongoing conversations with your child.


“But as I am often reminded in my student workshops, if we are allowing them to play in public places, we must recognise that the cognitive brain development of most young people is simply not there yet to make some of the important decisions and engage in the critical thinking that is expected of them at this level of playing.”


Community Liturgy

Year 7 students will be preparing the first Community Liturgy for Term 2, on Friday 3 May.  Year 7 families are very welcome, especially those who are new to the College.  If you have not previously attended Mass or are not Catholic, just come to the Chapel at 8:00.  There are no reserved seats or special places and all the responses are on a PowerPoint.   


Community Liturgy summary

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

This year the great feast of Easter falls during the middle weekend of the school holidays.  For Christians around the world it is the highlight of the liturgical year. Parishes will celebrate special liturgies, commencing with Palm Sunday the weekend before. 


Many families like to celebrate these liturgies as part of their Easter festivities, and some of our local parishes have sent details of their services Holy Week. This information is also on the College website.


Sacrament Program


What happens in the Sacrament Program?

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish. 


How are the children prepared?

The Religion curriculum in Catholic schools includes a unit of work on the sacrament in the relevant year level. Once the students have completed the unit of work they are awarded a certificate, which is required by the Parish.


Some parishes provide additional classes for students attending Catholic schools.

Last, but not least, parents are the children’s first teachers in Faith. The program in the Perth Archdiocese is ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported.’


When will the sacraments be celebrated?

Each parish is different; refer to your local parish for dates and times. Some information from local parishes is provided below – and you can find more detail on the College website.  


Why are there differences from parish to parish?

Each parish is a unique Faith community and the Parish Priest responds to the needs of the parish, within the context of the wider Church. No two parishes are the same – so there will be some variation in how the parish Sacrament Program is administered. As a regional College we are enriched by families from a diversity of parishes.


If I have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6, when should I enroll in my parish program?

Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible

Parish updates from Local Parishes

A brief summary of dates are provided below. For more detail, please check the College website or approach the Parish Priest or parish sacrament coordinator directly.


CITY BEACH: Holy Spirit

For families already enrolled in the program, the schedule is on the College website.

Further information:


CLAREMONT: St Thomas Apostle

Celebration of the Sacrament

First Communion:            Sunday 5 May 9:30am

Confirmation:                    Friday 9 August 6:00pm

Reconciliation:                  Wednesday 23 OR Thursday 24 October after school

Further information:


COTTESLOE: St Mary Star of the Sea

Registration for all Sacraments

Further information:

Registration Form:     


DOUBLEVIEW: Our Lady of the Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Confirmation:                   Saturday 8 June at 6:00pm Mass

First Communion:           Saturday 21 September at 6:00pm

                                                Sunday 22 September at 10:00am

Reconciliation:                 Saturday 26 October at 5:00pm

Further information:


FLOREAT/WEMBLEY: St Cecilia’s/Our Lady of Victories

Upcoming dates:        Thank you to those families who have completed the enrolment process. For those who have yet to do so, please provide us with your nominated dates with regards to workshops, reconciliation, rehearsals, etc. Email the Parish Office.  Further info:

NEDLANDS: Holy Rosary

Celebration of the Sacrament

Reconciliation:                  Term 2 – date to be finalised 

First Communion:            Sunday 16 June 2019,  8:45am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Saturday 3 August 2019, 6:00pm Mass 

Further information:



Registration form

Available from parish website:

Celebration of the Sacrament

First Communion:            Sunday 30 June 2019,  9:30am Mass 

Confirmation:                    Sunday 22 September 2019, 9:30am Mass 

Further information:

Contact: John Edwards 0438 527 050


SUBIACO: St Joseph’s

Expression of interest for all Sacraments

Contact: Bart Welten


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:

GOOD NEWS for the Feast of Easter

The reflection for the feast of Easter is from Fr Michael Tate and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Michael Tate is a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law and he lectures in International Humanitarian Law.   


Dawn is breaking…


Women go to the tomb as dawn is breaking. The Power of Darkness which had Jesus unjustly sentenced, cruelly tortured and buried in the pitch blackness of the tomb, is conquered by the Son-Rise of all sun rises flooding our world and the whole of human history with Divine Light and Energy.


This is the heart of our faith as Catholic Christians, which we celebrate with bon-fire (good fire) in darkness at the Easter Vigil. From that earthly element we light the Easter candle and the Exsultet is sung: ‘Be glad, let earth be glad as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King.’


The resurrection itself is nowhere described in the gospels, but we do have appearances of the Risen Lord Jesus. The first appearance was to a woman, Mary of Magdala. A title given to her by the early church was ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ because she was the bearer of the message which the male disciples initially did not believe. But eventually they too believed that Death had been done to death because the Son had risen.


Christ’s body was transfigured by the energy of Divine Love and we can, by grace, participate in that resurrection life of Our Lord. A glorious destiny awaits us, as indeed it awaits the whole cosmos as it is to be transformed by that resurrection life recreating the whole of creation.


We could take a moment to pray that we, along with all that matters, are graced with the life-giving energy of the Risen Son and that we may join Mary of Magdala in spreading the Good News of Christ’s victory over death. Alleluia! 

© Fr Michael Tate


Year 10 Immunisation Program

The Department of Health is offering a free, one dose, Meningococcal ACWY immunisation program for Year 10 students. The Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Wednesday 31 July to administer the Vaccine. Students in Year 10 will receive an information pack and consent form to take home to parents closer to the date.


For more information visit

Year 7 Immunisation Program

The Department of Health is offering a free immunisation program for Year 7 students.

The program offers a booster dose of the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (dTpa) vaccine, and a vaccine for protection against human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine provides wide protection against genital warts and some cancers in two doses.


The Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Monday 20 May to administer the first round of vaccines.


Students in Year 7 will receive an information pack on the first week of Term 2 to take home to their parents. Could parents please sign and return consent form by Wednesday 8 May.


For more information visit


Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Parents' Association

Term 2 - Monday 27 May

Our Term 2 meeting will be held on Monday 27 May at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. 


If you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 2, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. You can download one from the school website, or below. 

Please submit completed proposals to . The deadline for Term 2 Funding submissions is Friday 10 May.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


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


Request for additional stops 

We appreciate all the feedback we have received from parents and guardians in relation to our private bus charter service.


We are currently still working through all the feedback we have received with Horizons West. We had hoped to have this finalised earlier, however this is taking longer than we originally anticipated.


We will come back to families soon with an update on what changes we have been able to implement and will most likely start the new routes at the start of Term 2.


Thanks for your understanding.

Bus Routes




Term 2 Winter Menu

Updated Winter Menu for Term 2.  There has been no price change to our menu items.  We have a new dairy supplier, which is Parmalat and will no longer stock Brownes dairy items.  All the milk products are made using milk from WA.  This has allowed us to drop the price of some of our items, which we have passed on to the students.  Please be aware that some products and the product sizes have changed.


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

We will also be open on the last day of the school holidays on Monday 29 April, from 8:00am to 5:45pm.

Term 2 - Winter Uniform

Winter Uniform is to be worn from the first day of Term 2.

  • Secondary boys need blazer, tie, trousers and belt.
  • Secondary girls need blazer, tie and tights.

Now is the time to come and be fitted for these items.  Please do not leave your shopping until the last minute.  If students come at recess or lunch times, shop staff can help them with fitting and we can call parents for credit card payment.  Items may be returned if you are not happy with the fit.


Remember to bring your outgrown blazer, freshly cleaned, to us for re-sale.




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

College Cup Sailing Regatta

CINI Australia Afternoon Tea

  • Thomas More Exhibition Centre, John XXIII College
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • 2.00pm
  • Booking essential
  • Tickets: $55 Full, $45 concession, $400 table of 8. (wine extra)

Ron Logan Cup (Football) – John XXIII Day

  • 1st XVIII vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated.
  • Jumpers provided
  • Refreshments following the game


Theresa Elliott Shield (Netball) – John XXIII Day

  • Current Netball team vs Alumni
  • 9 August 2019
  • 12.30pm
  • RSVP appreciated
  • Bibs provided
  • Refreshments following the game


1st Year Class 2018 Reunion 

  • Circle of Friends Café, John XXIII College
  • Thursday 5 September 2019
  • 6.00pm
  • Beverages and food provided
  • Bus to Claremont following the event
  • $10 RSVP essential


10 Year Class 2009 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Claremont Football Club


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion

  • Registration at John XXIII College
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • 5.30pm
  • Liturgy and Class Photo
  • Principal’s drinks and canapes
  • Bus to Mosman Park Bowling Club

For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 

Invitation with TryBooking.pdf
WA-Immunisation-Schedule- Nov 2018.pdf
Cottesloe_Holy Week Timetable BW 2019 .pdf
Doubleview_Holy Week 2019.pdf
COTTESLOE Sacrament Enrolment Form.docx
Gisele Bauche – The Paschal Mystery
Avant-garde artist Andy Warhol has been credited with predicting the social media age.
Notification letter - Alfred Rd.pdf
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
2019 Winter Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
NAS Sport Results Term 1 2019.pdf
Guidelines, Process and Template for Funding Proposals.pdf