20 September 2019
Issue Twenty-nine

In the spirit of John XXIII, Mary Ward and Ignatius Loyola, we seek to be people of competence, conscience and compassion who are committed to God and the service of others.

From the Principal
Parents' Party
Around The Primary
Music - Week 29
Pathways and Transition
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
Parents' Association
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
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From the Principal

Seeking Justice

Over the past week I have had the opportunity to listen to outstanding speeches from Years 10 and 11 students. The Atticus Finch Justice Award was initiated in 2011 and exemplifies the College’s motto of Seek Justice through the study of Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ and a unit of work focusing on Freedom and Conscience in Religious Education.


All Year 10 students were required to complete this cross-curricular task which demonstrated understanding of the issues of justice, fairness, freedom and conscience as studied in both English and Religious Education classes. The dozen finalists spoke to the entire Year 10 cohort and skillfully presented the themes from the novel and linked them superbly to the values of our College. Messages presented were powerful and were a wonderful endorsement of our students and the guidance they received from their teachers and families.


A delightful humility was also evident when our prospective School Captains addressed their Year 11 colleagues. Our future leaders spoke of their close bonds with their classmates and their willingness to be fully engaged with school life. The speeches were all unique and highlighted the engagement of so many students in the rich fabric of College life.


On the sporting field or on any performance stage, we encourage our students to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Our Year 11 students spoke modestly of their own achievements but were quick to acknowledge and affirm others. It was a privilege to be in the audience.


In both the Years 10 and Year 11 presentations, the audience was superb. They were respectful when it was time to be respectful; they were appreciative when it was time to be appreciative. They relaxed and discussed the presentations with their friends at the appropriate juncture. The ability to ‘read the play’ was very evident.


Congratulations to all students involved for contributing so positively to the wonderful culture of the College.


Robert Henderson


Parents' Party


Year 8 Guest Speaker – Amy Coombe

Amy Coombe was welcomed to the College on R U OK Day to present to the Year 8 cohort on the topic of mental health issues in adolescents. In 2013 Amy was nominated for the Australian Education and Leaderships ‘Most Positive Role Model of the Year’ award and in 2014 she was the official Ambassador for Mental Health Week in Western Australia. Her personal journey involves battling an eating disorder, depression and the onset of suicidal experiences during her teenage years where she managed to hide her illness and suffer in silence. Having overcome this, Amy is extremely passionate about using her experience to change the lives of others.


Some Year 8 students shared their thoughts after her presentation:

  • “Amy Coombe taught us about mental health, and how to stay positive and mentally healthy. She also told us how and when to get help, and used her own experience to help us understand that mental health issues are real and can’t be hidden, and not to be embarrassed about them.”
  • “I enjoyed the part when she showed us all the things people our age go through because it was good to see that many other people go through it as well.”
  • “She explained that everything we may be feeling is normal and how we can get through it.”
  • “The interaction part was the best with the yellow and black sheets….I liked how she used the sheets to explain the different types of days / feelings. And it spread awareness about these issues that people don’t understand.”
  • “I enjoyed that she made her talk interactive and fun.”

Mrs Kalo Bell

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 8

World Cup Bubble Soccer

All the Year 8 students of Italian, French and Japanese put their language and kicking skills into action at the World Cup Bubble Soccer Tournament held on Tuesday 17 September to celebrate Languages Week. The students had an awesome time rolling around the soccer fields in big bubbles with more bumping and laughing than actual contact with soccer balls. Great fun was had by all!


It was a very tightly contested tournament with Japan winning Round One and France winning Round Two after a penalty shootout.


Big thanks to Prof Smokrovic and Mme Charly for helping to coordinate and support this event.


Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Year 11 Biology Guest Speaker

On Tuesday 10 September, the Year 11 ATAR Biology went to the Star Swamp to investigate sampling the native Australian bush with Dr Crane from the Dept. of Parks and Wildlife. Dr Crane was very knowledgeable with respect to this environment and the students thoroughly enjoyed learning how to take quadrats and transects. Later in the day the students had the pleasure of listening to Yvonne from the Raptor Rescue Centre and were able to hold a number of these birds of prey.


Damien Connellan

Tournament of the Minds (STEM) State Final

Last weekend Campbell Riley, Josh Leong, Jack Brett, Tiffany Cesare, Gabriel Kaye, Cohen Rafiq & Akash Parekh represented John XXIII College in the Tournament of the Minds WA State Final held at ECU Joondalup. The team excelled in both the 'Spontaneous' and the '3-hour Lock In' challenges. The team experienced tough competition from both Sacred Heart College and Esperance SHS, however our exceptional science and mathematics knowledge, combined with satirical wit, gave us the edge needed. To our surprise, Alumni, Professor Arshad Omari, Vice Chancellor ECU (Class 1983) was part of the official party, to witness our success. Now the team is off to Hobart in late October to represent the State of WA in the International Final.

Damien Connellan

Media Night

Our Media Night will showcase the many talents of our students, with a variety of genres and styles of films on show; from short films in the style of both art cinema and persuasive documentary, to action film trailers and music videos.

Come along for an entertaining and enjoyable evening on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 6:30pm

Light refreshments will be served at intermission. 

This is also a valuable opportunity for upcoming media students to gain insight into Media as a course.

Some films are rated M - parental guidance advised for younger viewers.


Robert Di Giallonardo
Teacher, Media

Grazie Mille for our International Exchange from Vasto, Italy

Last week we bid farewell to our Exchange students from Vasto Italy.


Their final week saw them making boomerangs, learning about Australian history, cooking, leaning some Japanese, spending time with our Years 11 and 12 students of Italian and an excursion to Caversham Wildlife Park with the Year 10s. This was one of their highlights as they got up close to some of Australia’s natural wildlife before heading off to try their hand at mini-golf. There was also  an evening dinner at the Vasto Club, excursion to Council House and tour of the City of Perth.


A huge heartfelt appreciation to our wonderful host families whose generosity and hospitality made our Vasto exchange students’ stay here in Australia an unforgettable experience that they will always treasure. The strong friendships were made evident at Friday’s departure as there were many teary goodbyes.


Our appreciation also to staff who gave extra special lessons for our visiting students and to staff from Administration, Grounds and Maintenance for all your extra work they you so obligingly did for us.

Grazie mille from all involved in the Vasto Exchange for warmly welcoming and including the group at John XXIII College.


The success of this exchange is due to the excellent planning, hard work and commitment of Prof Melissa Polizzi, Prof Olivia Green and Prof Monica Smokrovic.

Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Winter Community Sport Congratulations

As the winter sport season comes to a conclusion, many students have enjoyed the valuable life lessons that the spirit of competitive sport brings in the wider community.


Congratulations to all students who participated in Community Sport once again this season and in particularly some Years 8 and 9 students who experienced Australian Rules Football Premierships for their age Division.


Claremont Tigers Years 9-11 female  won the northern conference Maroon division. 

Emily Elkington (9 Loreto)

Claremont Tigers Year 8 Male – Premiers

Austin van der Struyf  ( Best on Ground - 8 St Louis)

Marshall Lalor (8 St Louis)

Sam Owen (8 Ward)

Cooper Lorenz (8 Ward)

Claremont Tigers Year 9 Male –  A Division Premiers

Bailey van der Struyf  (( Best on Ground - 9 St Louis),

Patrick Hurley ( 9 Loreto)

Cooper Samson – unfortunately injured week before but still part of playing group ( 9 Loreto)


I’d like to extend my well wishes to all students participating in finals this week, particularly the three Year 9 Netball teams competing in the A, B and C Division Netball finals this weekend for the John XXIII College Netball Club. Go JTC!


Cameron Haines

Assistant Deputy Principal Year 9

Around The Primary

Dear Parents


Special thanks to Miss Graves and Year 6G for preparing this week's informative and entertaining assembly item.



Our Primary Open Night is on Monday, 23 September from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  All classrooms will be available for parents to visit and to celebrate with your children their learning journey.  Feel free to browse every room not just your own child’s classroom because there are wonderful work samples to see in every space of the school.  Please extend the welcome to your wider family, it would be great to see grandparents too. 


From 5:00 pm onwards, you might like to make your way to the Library Courtyard or Library to experience some of the musical talents from our students.


The schedule for the performances will be as follows:




5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Library Courtyard

Year 5 Band & Primary Band

5:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Library Courtyard

Mini Minors &

String Orchestra

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm


Wanju Voices & Primary Singers


All students performing on the night need to wear their school uniform.


The Footsteps Showcase will be held next Friday at 1:45 pm in the Gym.  We hope many parents will come along as this will be an enjoyable and entertaining experience and a wonderful way to end a great term of learning and fun!


Kind regards,


Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Super Stars

Well done to all the students who received a certificate for their fantastic achievements.



Matilda Plant

Hamish Reside

Emily Sibenaler



Baxter Butler

Claudia Milligan



Leo Scott

Peyton Turner




Killian Collins

Cian Iredale

Darcy Oldham



Charlotte Blaxell

James Cawley

Ashleigh Gope

Isaiah D’Souza


Tilly Finucane

Leila McCready

Oliver Rohr



Amelie Connell

Abigail Prosser

Isobel Ptolomey



Scarlett Melbin

Thomas Pavlinovich

Emilia Rear



India Bester

Alice Edmondson

George Foster

Sarah Stewart


Tahj Arundell

Liam Burns

Elle Paolucci



Carla Kavanagh

Harry Pazin

Thomas Walsh



Zoe Cannon

Lucy Morgan

Patrick Morrissey

Chloe Zhou


Christian Buzzard

Luke Edwards

Madison Pruiti

Archie Ryan


Callum de Andrade

Sonny Matthews



Dates to Remember

Monday, 23 September

Primary Open Night 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday, 26 September

Final day for Kindy

Friday, 27 September

Footsteps Showcase 1:45 pm Gymnasium

Last Day of Term 3

Tuesday, 15 October

Start of Term 4

Thursday, 17 October

Grandparents’ Picnic


Please check the College Website for Term 3 and 4 to note all the important Primary school events for your family calendar.



The College has received the students NAPLAN reports and these will be posted to Year 3 and Year 5 parents next week.

Footsteps Showcase

The Footsteps Showcase will be held next Friday, 27 September at 1.45 pm in the Gym.


All students can wear their sports uniform on this day and will change in to their costumes at lunch time.  Please refer to the below attachments for costume requirements and running order of the dances.


Extra parking will be available on the lawned area, off Mooro Drive.



Last Wednesday the Year Two students travelled to Scitech for an exciting day of fun and learning! The students explored the ‘Rescue Exhibition’ and learnt about different gadgets and strategies used to help rescue people in dangerous situations.  They then moved to the CSIRO lab where they got to play with ‘Ozobots’ - tiny robots that are colour coded. The students created their own colour codes for the robots and even created a space story adventure for their robot.


After the lunch break the students moved to the Planetarium where they learnt about the planets, constellations and watched a film called ‘Tilt’. The last activity of the day was some free time in the general exhibition to explore and play lots of fun and interactive science games.  


Jessica Edwards and Emma Distante

Year 2 Teachers



Oz Kids in Print

Congratulations to Joseph Scott (5G) on being awarded a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments, having his literacy work published in the Oz Kids Print magazine, August 2019 Edition. 



ACC Athletics

John XXIII College had a tremendous day at the 2019 ACC B Division Athletics carnival, finishing the day as the champion school. Our athletes braved the trying weather conditions and all performed incredibly well to take out four of the seven shields on offer – Senior Girls, Aggregate Girls, Aggregate Boys and Overall Aggregate with a total score of 1688 points. Securing this win means that next year our team will move back up to A Division, where we hope to stay for future years. Thank you to Mr Cameron Tremayne, Mr Darren Kowal, Miss Jodi Power, Miss Jessica Pillera and Mr Mitchell Osborn for all their support accompanying, supervising and cheering on our athletes throughout the day.


While every athlete contributed to the win, there were some outstanding efforts by three of our students which led to each them achieving the Age Champion Award for their division.

  • U16 Girls - Lucille Gleghorn
  • U14 Boys - Austin van der Struyf
  • U13 Boys - Xavier Jeffery

Our team would not have achieved all this success without the specialist coaches who led our training sessions this year.

  • Sprints                               Miss Jessica Pillera, Mr Yagan Williams and Emma Philippe
  • Hurdles                             Nina Kennedy
  • Long Jump                       Angus Armstrong
  • High Jump                        Mitch Tassicker
  • Throws                              Tim Lyons, Hamish Lyons and Chris Capretta
  • Middle Distance              Ned Robles and Olivia Stowell

The numbers at training this year were strong, however there is always room for improvement. Next year, to help achieve our goal of staying in A Division, it would be amazing to see a greater number of students make the most of our training sessions and our talented coaches. When we take on the schools at the 2020 A Division Carnival, we need to ensure we are as prepared as possible and are ready for the challenge! 

Sara Kononen

Head of Sport


Congratulations to Eliza Thompson, Year 11, who will be attending the 2019 School Sport Australia 12&U National Netball Championship to be held in Canberra, ACT as the Netball WA Umpire nominee.


Also, congratulations to Leila Barker, Year 8 who has been invited to attend the Little Athletics National U15 Camp at the AIS in Canberra in late September.


Congratulations to Emily Elkington Year 9 who plays for the Claremont Tigers Years 9-11 female team that won the northern conference Maroon division. 

Music - Week 29

Primary Open Night

Primary Ensembles will be entertaining visitors to the College at the annual Primary Open Night with their wonderful music-making! Performances include:

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm: Year 5 Band and Primary Band (Library Courtyard)
  • 5:45 – 6:15pm: Mini Minors and String Orchestra (Library Courtyard)
  • 6:30 – 7:00pm: Wanju Voices and Primary Singers (Library)

Students are to meet their ensemble directors 15 minutes before their performance in order to set up and tune instruments. We look forward to performing for you!

The Australian Girls Choir

We are very fortunate to have a representative from The Australian Girls Choir running a workshop at John XXIII College. This will take place in Thursday 26 September at lunch time. All girls from Pre-Primary to Year 6 are invited to attend. Please ensure permission slips are returned by Thursday 19 September. For further information or an emailed copy of the information letter and permission slip, please contact Mrs Haydon (

Change of Dates

Please note the following changes to the Performing Arts Calendar:

  • The Small Ensemble Soiree will not be held this year, due to ensemble commitments to Pilgrimage and Year 12 Exams. These ensembles will perform, instead, in the Year Level Recitals commencing in Term 3 Week 9.
  • The Year 11 Recital Night has been changed to Sunday 27 October, from 5pm in the GLBT.
  • Grandparents’ Picnic has been changed to Thursday 17 October in the Library Courtyard.

Spring Soiree

The Spring Soiree is an annual celebration of the College’s large ensembles. Congratulations to all involved in this fantastic event. We also took the time to recognise the Year 12 musicians and thank them for their commitments and contributions to music at the College. 



Final performance of Charlotte's Web this evening

Charlotte's Web, E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little spider named Charlotte was brilliantly brought to life on stage by Years 8-9 drama students. The play explores themes of bravery and the true meaning of friendship. The final show is this evening at 7:00pm. If you missed buying your ticket online, door sales available. 

Year 12 Original Solo Performance

Year 12 Drama students performed their original solo performance as part of the ATAR practical exam. 



The weekend saw a range of important events involving Magis students including the ECU Cyber Presentation and the Tournament of Minds WA Finals on Saturday and Sunday respectively, and the British Parliamentary Debating competition.


Congratulations to the Tournament of Minds STEM team of Akash Parekh, Cohen Rafiq, Gabriel Kaye, Jack Brett, Tiffany Cesare, Josh Leong and Campbell Riley on a superb performance to win the WA Final and qualify for the nationals in Hobart. Congratulations also to Mr Damien Connellan for his great work with the team. Congratulations also to Year 11 students Ben Linsten and Nick Brennan who competed impressively in the WADL British Parliamentary Debating championships at Shenton College last weekend. The standard of debating was exceptional, and this parliamentary style with each debate involving four teams of two from different schools has become extremely popular.


Best wishes to our very talented Opti-MINDS Year 7 Language Literature team of Hannah Johnson, Maya Mintz, Meg Cleary, Alejandra Recinos and Sara Lazareski for the WA Finals which are held this weekend at Curtin University.  The winning team in each area will compete in the National finals in Brisbane.


The John XXIII Chess Championship concludes this week and results will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Congratulations to all participants.   Results of the Magis Academic Knowledge challenge will also be announced next week.


Top-performing girls in Years 7, 8 or 9 are invited to apply to participate in Imaginarium’ , an exciting gifted and talented program to be run at Perth College during the October holidays. Interested students please email me by Tuesday.

Jim Miller

Gifted and  Talented Program coordinator

Pathways and Transition

Murdoch University
Admission Pathways Open Night

Plan your pathway to university - Wednesday 25 September

Whether you're looking for a Plan B, looking to move from TAFE to university, or don't have an ATAR, we'll help you find your pathway to Murdoch and support you along the way. 



  • Hear about our enabling programs, OnTrack, OnTrack Sprint and FlexiTrack. These programs can help you qualify for entry into a course at Murdoch University
  • Learn about gaining entry into the first or second year of a bachelor's degree via Murdoch Institute of Technology
  • Explore how your TAFE qualification (Certificate IV or higher) can get you into university
  • Learn more about the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and the additional academic, social, cultural and emotional support networks available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This includes hearing about our award-winning K-Track program
  • Find out about the Media Portfolio Entry Pathway, and how you can enrol in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Creative Media or Bachelor of Communication based on your potential for creative aptitude
  • Hear first-hand from our students who came through our enabling programs and are now studying in their chosen fields
  • Ask questions about the application process, scholarships and support services.


Pawsey Careers Night

On Wednesday 25 September, Pawsey will be opening its doors for Year 10 students to participate in a Careers Night.


Registrations are essential:


The Pawsey Careers Night is an opportunity for students (and their parent/guardians) to discover the awe-inspiring nature of science, and how to become one of the experts that are accelerating innovation in Australia. Focusing on data science, the careers night aims to get Year 10 students in Perth excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by hearing the experiences of researchers, industry representatives and Pawsey experts.


Once the presentations are complete, students will have the opportunity to mingle, ask speakers any questions that they may have and enjoy a slice of pizza.


Date: Wednesday 25 September, 2019
Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
Address: 1 Bryce Avenue, Kensington WA 6151



Open Day & Events



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



Events for future students
Events for future students
Open Day Sunday 11 August  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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Netball Club

Netball Wind-up

Our Wind-up was a huge success with keynote speaker Courtney Bruce, Australian Diamond & West Coast Fever Goal Keeper. 


It was a great evening celebrating the netball season and coming together as a club for our annual wind-up. Thanks to Jack Purkiss for the photography.



Congratulations to our award recipients

Champion Girl - Lucy Jenkins 

Junior Achiever - Gabby Smith 

Life Members  -  Chelsea Smith 


Years 11 & 12







Holly Cannon

Ruby Parker



Aneka Johnston

Marketa Baker



Ellen Robinson

Bryanna Paterson



Anabel Stefels

Olivia Birbeck


Year 10







Mary Majok

Eloise Roberts



Skye MacMillan

Isabella Pether



Grace Budimlich

Anastasia Arto


Year 9






Tiger Eye


 Shenae Baker & Victoria Reading



Olivia Hopkyns

 Samantha Eastman



Asha Moxham

  Lily Convery



Caitlin Wagstafff

 Stella Sampson



Ashleigh Laurance

  Maddison Whittle


Year 8







Teresa Majok

Evelyn Arundell



Jenna Whiston

Amelie Carr



Amerie Chai

May Verleg



Alexis Philpot

Katie Pinkerton


Year 7







Madalyn Boley

Eloise Loveridge



Emilee Paterson

Olivia Psaila-Savona



Eva Papantoniou

Macy Martin



Evey-Jane Plant

Keeley Clutton


Good luck to our grand finals teams playing this weekend

Good luck to the John XXIII College teams that have made it through to the grand finals. Come and cheer your friends and club mates on. Below are the following game times:

  • 10:30am - Year 8 Jade
  • 12:15pm - Year 9 Amethyst, Emerald & Tiger Eye
  • 2:00pm - Years 11/12 Gold
  • 3:45pm Year 10 Pearl

Rowing Club

Rowing Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting is on the 29 October 7:00pm in the Circle of Friends Café.  We will call for nominations to committee positions prior to this meeting.

Post season land training available

If your child is wanting to continue some training over the off season and also hang out with their rowing mates; Jerram Gibson has organised three land training sessions a week after school on a Monday (Boys), Tuesday (Girls) and Wednesday (Boys) for Rowing Students.  Your child should have all the details.

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



Family Zone Webinar recordings

For those that were unable to make the Family Zone webinars, we have recorded both sessions for you to view in your own time, and they are available here:

 Webinar topics are:

  • Getting Started with Family Zone 
  • Advanced with Family Zone

The superpower your digital kid needs most of all

In the future, there will be two kinds of people in the world. Those who allow their attention - and their lives - be controlled by outside forces. And those who proudly call themselves “indistractable.” Which will your child grow up to be?


Resisting the siren song of distractions has been a challenge for human beings ever since the first Monday morning. But in the digital age, with limitless options for information, entertainment and connection literally at our fingertips, we've reached a while new level of risk.


And it's striking at younger targets than ever before, in a generation where children are swiping devices before they can walk or talk - and chucking “techno-tantrums” whenever parents, or life, get in the way.



Needless to say, It’s an issue for mum and dad too - as author, tech entrepreneur and Stanford academic Nir Eyal is well aware. Eyal's latest book, Indistractable: How to control your attention and choose your life, was inspired by an incident when his phone distracted him from connecting with his five-year-old.

“I was with my daughter one afternoon and we had this book that listed activities for daddy-daughter time,” he remembers. “The book had one particular question that caught our eye. The question was ‘If you can have any superpower, what would you choose?’


What's your superpower?

“My daughter answered that question, but I was not paying any attention to her answer. I was busy with my phone and I was distracted. When I looked up from my phone, she had already left the room. She got the message that she was less important than my phone. She just left me to play outside.”


Uh oh.


 Eyal began his exploration into distractability by examining his own behaviour. In the process, he had an epiphany: Becoming indistractable, he realised, may be the true superpower for the 21st century - and it’s one that most parents are failing to teach their children.


But how? 


Building indistractability

Eyal believes the secret is empowering kids to monitor their own behaviour, even from a very young age, and to learn to set their own boundaries. 


By the age of five, Eyal’s own daughter was whining for screen-time constantly. So he and his wife came up with a radical strategy.


They asked her how much screen-time she thought she should have. To their surprise (and relief) she did not say “all day.” Instead she proposed “two shows,” or about 45 mintues a day.


Mum and dad were delighted to comply. And they made it easier for their daughter to stick to her own boundaries by using a kitchen timer. Now that she’s a bit older, she asks Alexa to keep time for her.

Parental controls are another way kids can be empowered by enforce their own boundaries. 

Media literacy 101

Eyal also advocates teaching children to be media literate from a young age. And that includes explaining to them that content developers are experts at getting kids hooked on viewing and playing - and that their motivation for doing so is profit. (It's a fact that's obvious to the grown-ups, but often comes as a shock to children.)


He ought to know. His previous book, Hooked: How to build Habit-Forming Products, has been described “as an operating manual for designing products that their customers can’t put down.”

Addiction - or learned helplessness?


Interestingly, he rejects the notion that technology is addictive. What we’re really addicted to, he insists, is “this idea that we're limited, that there's nothing we can do in the wake of this force. This fosters learned helplessness. 


“‘Big bad tech companies are doing it to me. They're doing it to my kids. What can I do about it? I'm powerless. Unless the government regulates these companies there's nothing I can do.’ 

“And that's nonsense. That’s why I wrote an entire book full of things you can do to fight this, things that actually really aren’t that hard.”



Community Liturgy

Our Community Liturgy was beautifully prepared by Year 10 today – thank you to all students involved.


Next week Year 8 will prepare the Mass to finish the term.  At next Friday’s Mass we will also acknowledge all our Altar Servers from all year levels.  It is a blessing that we have such a strong group of servers, and that they are rostered for all College liturgies. 


Community Liturgy summary

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

GOOD NEWS for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You cannot be slaves both of God and of money.”

Luke 16:1-13

The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is from Greg Sunter, who has worked in Catholic Education for many years and has extensive experience of ministry with young people. He is the author of books on adolescent faith.  


This week’s gospel passage, the parable of the steward and his master, reminds us that we cannot be a follower of God and chase after riches at the same time. The actions of the steward upon learning that he is to be dismissed seem to us to be evidence of his dubious dealings and yet the master praises his astuteness.


When a steward entered into loans and deals on behalf of his master, he would build into the repayment a profit for himself. This was quite normal and acceptable. So the amount that the steward asks the debtors to reduce their debts to the master is actually the cut that he had built into the deal for himself. His actions are, surprisingly, quite noble and legitimate. What he is doing is ensuring that his master receives all that is owed to him whilst the steward is making himself more popular with the debtors because they don’t have to pay back as much. It would be like a modern day salesman saying that he would forego his commission on the sale so that the purchaser didn’t have to pay as much.


But why does Jesus use this parable? He makes the point that when the crunch comes – when the kingdom of God is imminent – monetary wealth is going to be meaningless. It is best to cut your losses and turn your energy to building relationships rather than riches.


Historical Context – Stewards


We often encounter the term steward in the gospels. To be the steward of a household or business was much more than being the manager on behalf of the owner. Stewardship meant to stand and act in the place of the owner. It was to carry the authority and responsibility of the master or owner. When dealing with a steward it was just like dealing with the master. Jesus sometimes portrays himself as God’s steward and sometimes portrays the disciples as his stewards. To be entrusted with the stewardship of anything was a great honour and carried enormous trust.


Gospel Focus – Using money


Jesus tells his audience to use money to win friends so that when your money fails you your friends will welcome you. This sounds a bit like buying friendship. But what Jesus was saying was to share your riches with those in need and not be boastful and greedy of your wealth. He is calling his audience back to the commands of God to take care of the needy and to make sure that no one is left without enough to live. So the friendship Jesus is encouraging the people to make through their money is a friendship with the poor and the needy.


Money seems to get a pretty bad rap in the gospel of Luke. In this passage, it is even described as ‘that tainted thing’ which is the lowest measure of trustworthiness. However, it is not money as such that is the concern, but rather it is the love of money and inappropriate use of money. In the Jewish tradition, the measure of society was based on how the lowest and the least were treated and looked after. When our focus is on acquiring money and possessions, it is impossible to be using our money for the good of others.


© Greg Sunter


Teenagers and sleep

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


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


Causes of sleep deprivation

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

Preventing sleep deprivation

Some suggestions include:

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


For further information go to:

Jenny Hill

College Nurse

Reference: Better Health Channel

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


Have you got the Horizon West Bus App

The Horizon West’s bus tracking app will help to revolutionise morning routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus locations across our three John XXIII College bus services.


The app is free in the App Store and Google Play. If you’re ready to simplify your mornings and get a little peace of mind at the same time, simply download the app to show the real-time location of your child’s bus on a map.


Further details are available in SEQTA.

Updated Bus Routes




Canteen Menu

Please see menu attached.


Term 4 Summer Menu 2019

Please find below a link to the menu change for Term 4.


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 the Term  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

Open on Monday 14 October

The Uniform Shop will be open for one day only during the school holidays, on Monday  14 October from 8:00am to 5:45pm.

Summer uniform - Term 4

Just a reminder that the Summer uniform is to be worn in Term 4.


Parents' Association

Parents’ Association - 11 November 7:00pm

Our Term Four meeting will be held on Monday 11 November at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. This will be the 2019 AGM for the John XXIII Parents’ Association and all members are welcome to attend. It is also the meeting at which Committee positions for next year are voted on. If you would like to be involved in the Parents’ Association at a committee level, watch this space as further information about what positions are available next year will be posted in the next few weeks. 


In addition, if you have any ideas for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent in Term 4, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed (you can download one from the school website, or below). Submit to . The deadline for Term 4 Funding submissions is Friday 1 November.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.


2019 Parents’ Association Committee


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

60 Year Class 1959 Loreto Claremont/Nedlands

  • A lunch will be held on Thursday 17 October, 2019. 
  • To register interest or for further information, contact 
  • Liz Prendergast 0412 642 256
  • Mary Graeme 0428 338 285


10 Year Class 2009 Reunion


20 Year Class 1999 Reunion


30 Year Class 1989 Reunion


40 Year Class 1979 Reunion

  • Saturday 26 October 2019 at 7:00pm
  • Athol Hobbs Room, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club 
  • For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 


45 Year Class 1974 St Louis Reunion

  • Friday 18 October at 1:00pm
  • Cottesloe Hotel
  • For further information please contact Anna Gingell, Alumni Development, on 9383 0520 or email 

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Claremont Reunion 

  • Saturday 9 November at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College

50 Year Class 1969 Loreto Nedlands

  • Monday 16 December at 12:00pm
  • Circle of Friends Cafe, John XXIII College

Community Notices

New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ

The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite you to hear New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ at two free events in Perth.

Michele is a Sister of St Joseph of Lochinvar NSW and has studied in Melbourne, Chicago and Berkeley. She has taught at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2001.

  • Friday 25 October 6-9pm - WOMEN in the CHURCH: REFLECTIONS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT - men and women invited. Light refreshments served from 5.30pm.
  • Saturday 26 October 9.30 - 4pm - WOMEN and the GOSPEL OF MARK: INSIGHTS FOR TODAY - a day for women. Light refreshments served from 9am. Light lunch included.

Both events will be held at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St Leederville. 

RSVP by 21 October. Email:; Phone: 08 9397 5988; SMS: 0400 886 835.

2019 Footsteps Costume Requirements (Parents).pdf
2019 Footsteps Showcase Running Order.pdf
190604_JTC079_Charter Bus Flyer_A4_Single Pages_V6_LR.pdf
2019 Menu.pdf
Term 4 Summer 2019 Menu.pdf
lgnatian induction program.pdf
ACC Athletics Team.pdf
ACC Letter 2019.pdf
Athletics Program.pdf