24 March 2017
Issue Eight
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 8
Parent's Association
John XXIII College
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal


A decade ago I was on an appointment panel for a key position at the school in which I was Vice Principal. After the interviews were conducted I was asked by the Principal for my thoughts on a preferred candidate. I gave my recommendation but the Principal had a contrary opinion.


‘I don’t agree with your suggestion’ he advised.

‘Why not?’

‘He is too much like you and me. We have similar strengths and weaknesses and we need to encourage a divergence of opinion and a different skill set’.


It was a good lesson for me. Sometimes we can surround ourselves with people who share similar beliefs, interests and attributes. However, it may result in a narrowness of view and inhibit growth and development.

Last weekend’s Gospel told the story of Jesus accepting a drink at the well from a Samaritan woman. At that time a Jewish man was not supposed to talk with a woman, much more with a stranger, in public. Jews did not associate with Samaritans.


Jesus chose to converse with the woman in public and gently guided her by recognising her dignity as a person, offering God’s gift to her and revealing himself to her.


With Jesus as our ultimate role model, the challenge is to see God in everything and everyone around us. We have a natural tendency to spend time with those with whom we feel most comfortable. To interact positively with all in the College community is aspirational for all staff, students and families.



This week’s assembly beautifully highlighted diversity with superb reports and video presentations on our Japanese and Italian study tours. Mikayla Bargh and Sam Moroney provided an excellent preview of our upcoming College Production and we celebrated a very meritorious 2nd place in this week’s A division ACC Swimming Carnival. Our College has much richness and diversity to celebrate and acknowledge.


On Saturday afternoon (18 March) the Junior Primary Oval was transformed in readiness for the Primary Family Picnic. The fun and games began at 5:00pm and over 700 came along for this annual event. A great time was had by all and fantastic community spirit was evident.


The picnic was a huge success due to our energetic and hardworking Primary Picnic committee, including Clay and Ainsley Gourdis, Jennifer Cabassi and Juliet Lennon.


A special thank you also to staff members Ric Del Pizzo, Doug Watson and Jeff Jansen for all their hard work behind the scenes.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson



Mock Trials

We hit a bump with our first Round 1 of Mock Trials last week when the judge failed to show up so it had to be rescheduled for this week. By way of a consolation prize the Law Society organised the venue to be the Old Law Court where students could dress in the robes of the original court of Western Australia. We put up a great defence for the teacher accused of slapping the student and ‘won’ the case but we were narrowly defeated in the trial itself going down to Santa Maria by only a few points. This was a great effort by the team which was made up of some “old” and “new” members who enthusiastically attended lunch meetings in preparation of the case.  The team was as follows:


Barrister 1:           Georgia Williams

Barrister 2:           Thomas Paparo

Solicitor:               Florian Mitteregger

Witness 1:             Anastasia Beasley

Witness 2:             Amelia MacMillan

Judge’s Associate:  Roberto Vitali-Lawn


We are also pleased to have a large group of reserves who have been diligently attending meetings:


Charlie Richards, Cullen Binet, Hannah Flavell, Jack Baker, Rory Hewson, Sofia Bevilacqua, Toby Morgan, Arden Sicard.

A thank you to Ms Daisy Farley (appointed lawyer) for her legal support to our students.

Many thanks also to family members who came along on both nights to offer support.


Jim Fitzpatrick and Rita de Faria

Have Sum Fun

Over the last two weeks, our young mathematicians have been busy taking part in the annual ‘Have Sum Fun’ competition.  During the evening of Friday 10 March, two teams from Year 11 and 12 visited Hale School to participate.  On Friday 17 March, two teams from Years 7 and 8 competed at Duncraig Senior High School and two teams from Years 9 and 10 competed at Woodvale Secondary College.


 Our bright and competent students brainstormed and worked together in this highly challenging and competitive maths competition. Students placed very well in each year category and they are commended on their strong efforts.


This experience has ignited and deepened our students’ passion and love for mathematics and problem solving. All students and staff involved enjoyed this wonderful yet challenging mathematical experience.


Judy Peters

Head of Learning Area  - Mathematics

Koolyangarra House Day

On Thursday 16 March, Koolyangarra House celebrated its annual House day.

We started our celebration with a Liturgy led by our students.   This was  followed this by a slip-and-slide and pool time for all students, before we gathered to share a pizza lunch together. 

This was a lovely opportunity to celebrate being part of our wonderful House and to bond with other House members. All students thoroughly enjoyed this fun filled day.


This year each House is building on the Ignatian value of being ‘men and women for others’.  The Koolyangarra House leaders stayed after school on our House day and cooked 86 meals for ShopFront. This was a wonderful way to finish our House day celebration.

Joanne McLoughlin

Head of House - Koolyangarra

Around The Primary

Dear Parents,

Last Saturday afternoon the Junior Primary Oval was transformed in readiness for the Primary Family Picnic. The fun and games began at 5pm and over 700 came along for this annual event. A great time was had by all and it is through events like this that we realise what a fantastic community spirit we have at John XXIII.

The picnic was a huge success due to our energetic and hardworking Primary Picnic committee, including Clay and Ainsley Gourdis, Jennifer Cabassi and Juliet Lennon. Our thanks are extended to Ric Del Pizzo, Doug Watson and Jeff Jansen for all their hard work behind the scenes and to the many parents and Secondary students that volunteered to assist on the night.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the families for supporting this event and, of course, to the children for making special memories for us all to enjoy. The picnic serves as an important link between home and school – a sense of community joining family and education.


It was wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents arriving for our Assembly this morning. Special thanks to Miss Cooney and Year 2 Gold for showcasing their learning about caring for our teeth. It was great to see so many happy and excited faces on the stage.


As part of the Pre Primary - Year 6 Assessment and Reporting process, Parent-Teacher Interviews will be taking place at the end of this term. This is a valuable time for you to spend with your son/daughter's teacher discussing your child's academic and social progress.

Your child is not required to come along to the interview. It will be a two-way process between teacher and parent/s. However, we encourage all parents to discuss their child's future goals with them at home after the interview.

All parents are required to book their parent teacher meeting online. (PTO) bookings can be made online. The link can be found on the College Web Page under 'Quick links' and then 'Events-Online bookings'. Alternatively, you can click on the link below and it will take you straight to the log in screen.

With Easter nearly upon us, can I please take this opportunity to remind all families that we discourage the sharing of Easter Eggs and food between children. Please encourage your children to celebrate this celebration with non-food products. Homemade cards are a thoughtful and suitable alternative.


Living with Diabetes

There are no limits for children with Diabetes and Cleo Zuvela (6 Gold) kindly shares her health journey. We are so proud of Cleo and she is a wonderful ambassador for others living with Diabetes.



Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Congratulations to our Merit Award Recipients

Amelia Wibrow
Georgia Walsh

Isaac Nikoloski
Grace Fry

Tahj Arundell
Edward Brown
Janaya Douglas

Sarah Stewart
Klara Travlos
Jesse Gourdis

Harrison Pazin
Georgette Watson
Jackson Watts

Hamish Peirce
Liam Ptolomey

Christian Buzzard
Amelia Hennessy

Sancia Annan
Callum de Andrade

At the Zoo

Amelia Mettam
Riel Abrio
Lulani Wheeler

Maddie Northover
Kate Scalise
Quinn Binet
Camila Chorrez

Conor McCormick
Emily Barbour
Lux Quinlan
Charlie Hodge

Sports News

Congratulations to all our Inter-School swimmers last week on their fantastic results. We competed against Newman, All Saints College and Loreto. In the 42 individual races, JTC won of these events and received 13 second place finishes. In the relays, JTC won 4 of the 6 events. Whilst we had many outstanding swimmers on the night, a special mention to Charles Hodge (Year 6) who won all 4 of his “A” Division. individual races and to Bianca Petsos (Year 4) who won 2 of her ‘A” Division. races including setting a record for the Year 4 50m Backstroke. Overall, it has been a very successful swimming season and all students should be proud of their efforts. A special thank you to parent helpers including Amy Buck, Jo Barbour, Lucy Hodge and Primary staff.

Gardening Club

‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’

Special thanks to Annie Woodland for volunteering her time each week to coordinate our Gardening Club.


With Easter nearly upon us, can I please take this opportunity to remind all families that we discourage the sharing of Easter Eggs and food between children. Please encourage your children to celebrate this celebration with non-food products. Homemade cards are a thoughtful and suitable alternative.

Zoo Camp

Our Year 5’s were very excited when they arrived at Perth Zoo on Thursday night for their ‘Roar and Snore’ Camp.




Music - Week 8

Twilight Recital

All parents, staff and friends of the John XXIII College community are welcome to attend the first Twilight Rehearsal of the year, this Sunday, 26 March at 5:30pm in the GBLT. Over twenty young musicians will be performing instrumental and vocal solos on the evening, with light supper to follow. A relaxed evening with a diverse range of instruments and ages of performer!

Holy Week Concert

The College’s annual celebration of sacred music is held on the evening of Monday, 3 April at 6:00pm in the Chapel. Please note that, to accommodate other College events on the same date, the Holy Week Concert has moved to an earlier time than advertised in the calendar. This first ensembles concert of the year is beautiful, vibrant and reflective, and features the Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Senior String Quartet, Flute Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble in the lovely surrounds of the Chapel. We welcome all audience members to one of the highlights of the music year!

Catholic Performing Arts Festival

The Music Department welcomes all individual applications for the 2017 Catholic Performing Arts Festival. This year’s festival runs from Monday, 24 July to Friday, 25 August , with categories for Vocal and Instrumental solo performances. For more information about how to enter, please contact the Music Department or speak to your Music Tutor. The closing date for entries is Sunday, 7 May .


James Kros

Director of Music



ACC Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 22 March HBF Stadium


Congratulations to all students on their performance at the ACC 'A' Division Swimming Carnival. The team performed brilliantly across every age division and swimming stroke, finishing third overall in the boys and girls shields. This resulted in the College emulating our overall position of second that we achieved in 2016. Our performance exceeded our 2016 effort, in that we finished 100 points closer to the winning school, Sacred Heart College, and were well clear of the St Stephen’s Duncraig who finished third. All of our swimmers stepped up when it mattered most and supported each other throughout the day. Detailed results for the day can be viewed via the ACC website;


The following students below placed in the overall individual championship for their respective age group;

  • Bailey van der Struyf       3rd overall male u13
  • Alice Williams                     3rd overall female u13
  • Jacob Bell                            2nd overall male u14
  • Grace Barbour                   3rd overall female u14
  • Angus Long                         3rd overall male u15
  • Aleksandr Bell                   1st overall male u16
  • Sian Munks                         1st overall female open
  • Aleksandr Bell also set a new ACC record for the 50m breaststroke with a time of 32.06 seconds.

Thank you to our College staff involved in our 2016 morning training sessions; Daniel Platts, Sarah den Haan and Emma Scally. We were extremely fortunate to have the expertise of former US College and John XXIII College alumni Mark Ferguson. Beatrice and Brandon Tay also past Alumni were able assistants to Mark. Congratulations and thanks to all staff and students involved with the team in 2017. We look forward to our 2018 season with renewed vigour.

(Northern Associated School) Sport

Our NAS finals for Term One Sport are on next week. Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 March. It’s great to see so many teams playing off for 1st or 3rd position. Good luck to all teams and staff for next week. A copy of the schedule for finals can be viewed by following the attached link, or via the College website.


Cross Country Training (Year 7-12)

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term One and into Term Two, from 7:00 - 7:50am meeting in the College Pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term One and into Term Two.  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.


Student Success

JTC Jets waterpolo team (Year 9 boys), coached by Matt Stacy, are representing John XXIII in the District Schools Competition at HBF stadium.

The Jets finished on top of the ladder and earned their way into the grand final with hard fought win over Northern Beaches and will meet Scotch College Suns in the premiership decider, which will be held on the Saturday 25 March at 10:00am.


Congratulations to Sebastian Barrett (Year 11) who won the U17 Cycling WA State Criterium Championship on Sunday 19 March.   


David Maxwell

Secondary Sport Coordinator


Term One

The last few weeks have been packed with Magis activities. We have registered four debating teams, Mock Trials is underway, Year 9 students are preparing for the Scholar’s Cup and a preliminary meeting for the 2018 USA Space Camp was held. Philosophy Club is meeting on Fridays at lunchtime and Astronomy Club has been meeting on Friday evenings.


On Thursday last week I delivered a talk about the Art and Philosophy Program to the AAGGO Conference at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Delegates were very interested, with many asking for the program. I am currently writing the questions for our Magis Carnival to be held on 22 June. I am focussing on philosophical ideas about “nature”.


Students in the Year 8 Magis elective have presented their research proposals and there is a wonderful diversity of topics from researching how plants grow in space to the use of images of prehistoric plants in art making. In keeping with the program theme, students visited the College’s Head Gardener, Peter Worthy, on Monday. He discussed his science with them and students were fascinated to see how he propagates plants and plans the landscaping of the College grounds.


Dr Annette Pedersen

Head of Magis and Ignatius Centre Learning Areas


Sacrament Program

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


Students in these classes are excited about their Parish commitment liturgies and about preparing for the Sacrament this year. It is a great privilege for this task to be shared among parents, the parish and the College, in what is the ‘family-focused, parish-based and Catholic school supported’ sacrament program of our archdiocese.

If you have not already enrolled your child in a a parish program it is important to do that immediately. 

If you need support in this, there are several people available to assist:

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison [email protected] or 9383 0513.
  • Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website:

  • Information from parishes will be on the College website as it becomes available?

Parishes in the College catchment area may have supplied information about their programs. Check the College website here.

GOOD NEWS for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

“The blind man went off and washed himself and came away with his sight restored.”         

 (John 9:1-41)


The reflection is a section from a longer homily by Fr Richard Leonard  for this Sunday. It is printed here with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.


… On reflection the Gospel of the man born blind is a joyful one. Imagine this man’s elation at having his sight restored. As the story develops the all-seeing Pharisees move to spiritual blindness by putting on the blinkers of the law. They cannot recognise Jesus or his works of mercy because of their tunnel vision. Jesus doesn’t fit their worldview. Meanwhile the blind beggar, who has sight restored, goes on to gain insight about who Jesus is and the way that God works in the world; he begins to see how shallow and pathetic the Pharisees really are.

This Gospel also contains a critical theological lesson: disability and illness do not come from personal sinfulness. It’s surprising that we need to keep saying this, but too readily we hear otherwise intelligent and good Christians, for example, telling us that some illnesses have been ‘sent’ by God as punishment for sins or they wonder what their families have ‘done’ to deserve disabled children. It’s true that God permits us to live in an imperfect world where we are prone to illness and disability. But that same world gives us the freedom to be creative in the face of adversity, to be compassionate with those who are sick or disabled and free to believe that there is a purpose for each human life. God, the source of all love, does not actively send bad things to us, instead, he is our constant companion in dealing with them; giving us the courage and strength to cope with, and sometimes overcome, them.


The task of this joyful season (of Lent) is to bring our good humour and compassion to bear on the blind spots in our own lives and be on our guard for the times when we are too confident about who God is, how he works or what he can or cannot do. May it never be said of us that we were so consumed by our own religious vision that we missed God’s woods for the trees.

©Richard Leonard

Community Liturgy 

Special event: Friday 5 April Community Mass will begin in the Library Courtyard at 7:30am.


Next Friday, 31 March, Community Mass will be prepared by students in Campion House, and students and families are warmly invited.

If you have not previously attended Community Mass, and especially if you are new to the College, you are very welcome. People are welcome to attend on a regular basis – or less frequently, depending on personal schedules. Some people commit to Community Mass as part of their Lenten practice.


For any enquiries concerning the Community Mass, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: [email protected] or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel


New From The Careers Department


Career Education Program

Year 10 students recently completed an online Career Assessment tool that will help them match their strengths and personality with an array of jobs.  Your child has received the results from this assessment. Personality is only one consideration in finding a rewarding career, other personal characteristics such as interests, values, natural ability, skills and academic are also important.  The students are currently working through the Careers Workbook to learn more about themselves. 

Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.



Defence Force Gap Year Program 

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


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


Applications for the 2018 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are now open.  For more information


Gap Medics

Students wanting to enter the healthcare field could consider taking a gap year (or month) with Gap Medics. They offer work experience programs in hospitals in destinations such as Tanzania, Thailand, Poland and Croatia.


Pre-Apprenticeship Course Finder

This site can help you find a pre-apprenticeship course in your area of interest. You can search by location.


Graduate Careers Australia – Career Profiles

This website offers an insight into a range of careers in a multitude of different industries.


Careers in Radiation Oncology

Students interested in a career in radiation oncology or those exploring their options can use this site to gain better insight into the field of radiation oncology and what the job entails.  Students can read career stories and learn how to start a career in this field.


Careers in the Sign and Graphic Design Industry

The Sign and Graphic Design industry needs people who are creative, practical and computer literate. This website focuses on the range of careers in the Sign and Graphic Design Industry. It includes a list of available apprenticeships by state, career guidance, and more detail about the Sign and Graphic Design Industry.


Deakin Explore

This website produced by Deakin University allows prospective students to search for courses based on careers or search for careers based on courses.


Minerals Tertiary Education Council

An online resource about careers in the minerals industry that features courses, webinars, a degree and career guide, and more.

UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships for 2018

Applications for this scholarship is now open and close on 30 April, 2017.

Students will be required to meet a minimum predicted ATAR of 99.

Other scholarships usually open from August.  Students should visit individual universities websites for more details.


Ultimate Careers magazine


This excellent publication includes articles about robotics, wearable tech, coding, gaming, data visualisation, augmented and virtual reality – careers of the future.


The College Careers office is located off the library quad in the Xavier block.  I am at school three days a week. The best way of contacting me is usually by email at [email protected]


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


As always every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Careers newsletter is accurate. The material may include views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect our views.

The listing of an organisation in this newsletter in no way implies any form of endorsement by us of the products or services provided by that person or organisation.

Links to other web sites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or  any associated organisation, product or service.

From time to time this newsletters will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases the rigour of the research may be unclear.


Save The Date

  • Garden Presentation by John Viska – Loreto Nedlands, 29 April 2017
  • College Cup Sailing Regatta - RFBYC open to Alumni, 8:00am, 7 May 2017 experience preferred but not necessary (RSVP essential)
  • Wine and Cheese night- Loreto Nedlands 7:00pm, 10 May 2017 (RSVP for catering purposes)
  • 1st Year Reunion, Class 2016 - Circle of Friends Café, John XXIII College, 1 September 2017.
  • Loreto Afternoon Tea - Thomas More Exhibition Centre John XXIII College, 15 October 2017.
  • 40th Anniversary Ball - John XXIII College Community St Louis Gym, Saturday 21 October 2017, open to the St Louis, Loreto and John XXIII College communities
  • 10, 20 and 30 Year Reunions,  Classes 2007, 1997, 1987 -  Pavilion John XXIII College, 4 November 2017.
  • 40 and 50 Year Reunion dates to be confirmed
  • Loreto Annual Mass - Loreto Nedlands Chapel, Sunday 19 November 2017

Please don’t forget to add your name to the Alumni Footy Tipping Competition.  It’s free to enter with some great prizes.


For further information please contact the Alumni Office during business hours, see details below.


Please see the Alumni face book page:

Register on the Alumni Linked In page to share your professional details

Or register on the Alumni Community page


Anna Gingell (Class 1978)

Alumni Development

Parent's Association


Year 7 NAS summer finals Term 1 2017.pdf
Year 8 NAS summer finals Term 1 2017.pdf
Year 7 NAS summer finals Term 1 2017.pdf
Year 8 NAS summer finals Term 1 2017.pdf
Year 9 NAS summer finals Term 1 2017.pdf
Senior NAS summer finals Term 1 2017.pdf
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