19 May 2017
Issue Fourteen
From the Principal
Around The Houses
Around The Primary
Music - Week 14
Pathways and Transition
Anzac-Borneo Scholarship
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Parent Association
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
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Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

The Royal Commission

To become better informed I recently attended a Briefing on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It reflects a shameful period in the Church's history and it is essential that support for victims and their families is the most important priority. Secondly the Church needs to change.


The Archbishop subsequently has called upon us to be a ‘force for change’ in our society:


"We now have an absolute responsibility to commit ourselves without reservation to being a force in our society for change. I…invite you all, in whatever ways you can, to become a part of this effort." 

    -   Archbishop Timothy Costelloe in his Pastoral Letter of 27 Feb, 2017


Some of the facts presented at the Briefing I attended were alarming:

  • 57 public hearings have been conducted and 6,570 private sessions.
  • 2,001 referrals have been made to agencies including the police.
  • On average it has taken victims 22 years to come forward.
  • Most of the institutions where the abuse took place were faith based - 68% Catholic and 12% Anglican.
  • 90% of perpetrators were male.
  • Perpetrators were most likely to be members of the clergy or religious orders followed by teachers and residential care workers then foster carers and children older than the victim.


So how is the Church to change? The reality for some Catholic families is that the Catholic school is the Church. This year Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has been working alongside schools to create a Child Safety Framework and a Code of Conduct for staff, students and parents. We all need to be held accountable to ensure the safety of our children. Our staff have been engaging with the Code to ensure that our practices and policies are appropriate and seeking clarification when needed. This will be an ongoing process.


It is also the responsibility of the laity to support our Bishops, Priests and other clergy in ensuring open and transparent dialogue. Governance and controls at all levels need to be enhanced. In addition, Principals and other school leaders need to work with communities to create safe and happy learning environments.


We are blessed to be associated with a wonderful Catholic College with its rich Jesuit and Loreto heritage. However, it is essential that the care and support of our children is constantly monitored and adjustments made where appropriate. Much of the work of the Royal Commission is about bearing witness – understanding the causes and the impact of the abuse. I will provide further information as the Royal Commission concludes.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson


Around The Houses

Koolyangarra Car Wash

On Thursday 18 May, Koolyangarra House held a staff car wash to raise money for LifeLink.  Lifelink is a fundraising charity that assists and supports numerous social service agencies established by the Archdiocese of Perth. Last year Koolyangarra House raised $350 for LifeLink during their annual carwash. All students are commended for fully embracing and engaging in this activity to raise much needed funds for charity. We would also like to thank all staff who entrusted us with their cars and who donated money.   Without your help, this event would not be a success.


Joanne McLaughlin

Head of House - Koolyangarra


Loreto House Day Gallery


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

This week we have had our Year Six students and some of our dedicated staff in Canberra learning all about our Nation’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. It has been wonderful being able to receive updates outlining their adventures by accessing Canberra News each day through ‘Sway’. We are looking forward to seeing them next week and listening to stories about their extraordinary time away. We did miss them! A big thank you to our terrific staff Miss DePinto, Mrs Goss, Mrs Fontaine, Miss Joyce, Mrs Murphy and Mr Fromm for making themselves available to accompany the students enabling them to have such a wonderful experience.

There have been some exciting events taking place at school this week too. On Monday, our PrePrimary students treated their Marvellous Mums to a pampering morning. Our Year Five students experienced delicious Japanese cuisine at ‘Cheers’ Japanese restaurant and our Year One students were mesmerized by their Spineless Wonders experience.

Marvellous Mums

On Monday, the PrePrimary Mums enjoyed an extended Mother’s Day celebration! The PrePrimary students treated their Mums to a morning of pampering. The Marvellous Mums enjoyed shoulder massages and manicures. They had their portraits painted and had their child make them beautiful necklaces and delicious biscuits decorated with LOTS of goodies! It was a lovely morning for everyone.


Mrs Dillion and Miss DiBiaggio

Japanese Cuisine

This week the Year 5s participated in a culinary Japanese excursion at ‘Cheers’ restaurant in Subiaco. Upon their arrival, they were greeted by friendly staff and instructed to take off their shoes. The students were then shown to their seats in the restaurant, they loved the traditional furniture! While waiting for their meal, many of the students decided to practise using their chopsticks. Some of them had a pretty good handle on them, while others resorted to eating with the humble fork. After a short wait, lunch was served. Steamed Rice, Teriyaki Chicken, Potato Salad and Miso Soup. YUM! The students celebrated their meal together by raising their glasses and shouting ‘Kampai!’, the Japanese term for cheers.

A big thank you goes to the restaurant staff and, most importantly, Sensei Aghdasi for organising this amazing experience. The Year 5 students and staff give ‘Cheers’ two thumbs up and highly recommend this dining experience to any fellow lovers of the Japanese cuisine and culture.


Miss Dernie and Miss Graves

Spineless Wonders

The Year Ones were very lucky to have entomologist David from Spineless Wonders visit their classes. He brought his amazing collection of minibeasts for the children to explore and told them many interesting facts.  The children were so excited to see and hold these incredible insects.


Ms Ilich and Miss Saraco


Cross Country News!

Cross Country training commences next week taking place on Tuesday 23 May and Thursday 25 May. Training is open to all Year 3-6 students. Students are asked to meet at 7:25am in the Primary under cover area. An email will be sent out to confirm details of up and coming events.


Mr Alderman




Kind Regards

Kylie Allen

Assistant Principal



Year 11 Geography Field Work

On Thursday 11 May, Year 11 Geography students went to Mundaring where they took part in field work activities conducted by the Departments of Parks and Wildlife relating to their study of Bushfire Hazards.

The students looked at how communities prevent, prepare for and reduce the impact of bushfires. They also examined how both the natural and the human environment recover after a bushfire.

It was a lovely day to be out in the Jarrah and Marri forest.


Linda Beech

HASS and Geography Teacher

Mock Trials

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team that participated this week in the Supreme Court. They faced Aquinas College in Round 2 of the competition and had resounding wins in both the case and the trial! Our students put up a great fight in the Civil matter for the plaintiff suing to recover damages from the owner and occupier of a shopping centre. The team 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:           Thomas Paparo

Barrister 2:           Roberto Vitali-Lawn

Solicitor:               Hannah Flavell

Witness 1:             Georgia Williams

Witness 2:             Amelia MacMillan

Court Orderly:  Rory Hewson


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

Charlie Richards, Cullen Binet, Toby Morgan. Special mention to Cullen who stepped in to help the opposition who needed a witness.

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


Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition is a one-hour problem-solving competition which seeks to identify computer programming potential. Almost 16 thousand students across Australia, and internationally, sit the (CAT) competition every year. The competition consists of problem solving-type questions which encourage students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity.

We are very pleased with our results this year achieving 20 Distinctions and one High Distinction. We would like to acknowledge Year 8 student Cohen Rafiq who achieved a perfect score in the competition.


Judith Peters

Head of Learning Area - Mathematics

Year 9

A lot has been happening in Year 9 in the past couple of weeks. We have had Youth Focus in to speak with us about looking after our well-being in particular our mental health. NAPLAN took up a lot of last week and our school photos. This week we’ve had our breakfast events for both Mothers, Daughters, Fathers and Sons. A busy time indeed. A reminder that Year 9s are invited to the College Community Mass on Friday 9 June at 7:55am. Please put this in your diary. We’d like to see as many students and parents joining us for this Eucharistic celebration.


Thank you for your support for all these events.


Ms Wooltorton

Assistant Deputy Principal: Year 9

Year 9 Mother and Daughter Breakfast

On Tuesday morning Year 9 Mothers (or significant females) and daughters had an opportunity to come together for breakfast in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre and listen to our key note speakers Mrs Ellen Morrissey and her daughters Emma and Olivia Thwaites. Ellen is Alumni of Loreto College and her daughters are alumni of John XXIII College.

"My mum and I would like to thank John XXIII for arranging the mother and daughter breakfast. We had a wonderful time. The breakfast was well catered for and the food was delicious.


More importantly the presentation was excellent. The guest speaker a mother Ellen Morrissey spoke passionately using her knowledge and experience. This as accompanied with a positive parenting approach about adolescence being a challenging time. Her experience was complimented by knowledge and understanding about contemporary issues.


Her daughters provided an honest recount about their experiences as an adolescent high school student. Their presentations captured the ‘real adolescent lived experience’ providing the current Year 9s with a ‘heads up’ about future challenges and issues.


This invaluable experience has promoted a window of opportunity for mums and daughters to have further conversations about the period of adolescence.  Thank you."


Alison and Teresa McCluskey


"The mother daughter breakfast was a great experience to share with the the rest of the year nine girls and their mums. We loved interacting with everyone and sharing a very well presented and delicious breakfast. Mrs Wooltorton invited the girls to serve their mums breakfast, while people stood around and chatted with each other. The speeches were very interesting, especially learning from some past JTC students that had many points of advice the mothers and daughters could learn from. Overall, at the mother daughter breakfast we got to meet up with some old friends, shared a lovely breakfast with our mums and learned the reality of being a Year 9 girls and the trials/joys of being the mother of a teenage girl. "


Jasmin Collins and Renae Collins

Year 9 Father and Son Breakfast

On Wednesday morning Year 9 Fathers (or significant males) and sons had an opportunity to come together for breakfast in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre and listen to our key note speakers Mr Michael Foley and his son Declan. Declan is an alumni of John XXIII College.


"James and I were privileged to attend the JTC Year 9 father/carer and son breakfast this morning. As usual, the school put on a great spread with something for every taste: healthy food options, pastries, juice and coffee. And after the opportunity to meet other parents and chat about our experiences, we were treated to a terrific talk by Michael and Declan Foley (JTC father and old boy respectively), introduced by Ms Gemma Wooltorton (Assistant Deputy Principal Year 9). Michael kindly shared his experience in building teamwork structures and identifying and addressing vulnerabilities. Declan shared some of his own stories from JTC on building friendships with some of the difficulties, and their solutions, that all our boys might face. A wide-ranging Q&A followed, and I imagine most of the fathers/carers and the boys will have gained some great insights form the views discussed."


Paul and James Langton



Year 9 Drama Night

Congratulations and well done to the 68 Year 9 Drama students who performed in this week’s Drama Night, Aussie Bites. They performed brilliantly to a large, appreciative audience.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama

Music - Week 14

Autumn Soiree

This Sunday, May 21 all parents, friends and family of the John XXIII College Community are invited to attend the Autumn Soiree. The College’s Senior Large Ensembles, including the Concert Band, Wind Band, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Treble Choir and Senior Guitar Ensemble will perform in Roncalli Hall on a night packed with incredible music and talent. Entry will be via gold coin donation with no booking required, and refreshments served from 5:00pm. The Autumn Soiree commences at 6:00pm.


All are welcome!

Music Eisteddfod

Entries for the John XXIII College Music Eisteddfod are now open! This year’s eisteddfod is scheduled for Sunday, 18 June and Monday, 19 June, when guest adjudicators are invited to provide positive feedback for performers. Last year saw a record number of participants and we invite all musicians to submit entries in the vocal, percussion, strings, wind and brass, piano and guitar sections to perform and earn points for their House! Each section is divided into Junior and Senior, and parents and friends are encouraged to fill up the audience in support – music will be echoing from every corner of the College! Winners for each section are invited to perform at the Eisteddfod Winners Concert on Sunday, 25 June, where they will also receive their trophy.


Entry forms for the Music Eisteddfod are available through the Music Office,  from music staff, or attached to the end of this article.  Submissions close on Friday, 26 May.  Junior entries incur a $3.00 entry fee, and senior entries $5.00. Piano accompaniment can be provided – free of charge – for all entries.  Any queries, please contact the Music Department:


James Kros

Director of Music




NAS Sport for winter began this week with our fixture against Servite College. Results, fixtures and ladders for the NAS competition can be viewed via the iScore website - use the menu on the left. Details of fixtures and venues are also available on the College website.

Our next round of NAS is against Newman College, Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 May.

A reminder that if students cannot meet their commitment, they need to give the teacher in charge adequate notice..

John XXIII College AFL – First XVIII

Fixture for the 1st XVIII AFL are on the online College calendar under sport. Games will be Wednesday afternoon in Term Two. Training is on Wednesday morning from 7:00 – 8:00am.

LightsOut Basketball Coaching (Year 7 – 9)

There will be an opportunity for any students in Year 7 to 9 interested in attending basketball coaching/training sessions with LightsOut Basketball during Term Two. Sessions will run on a Wednesday morning from 7:00am – 8:00am, with a provisional start date of 24 May. The sessions will run for five weeks.

We are now seeking a commitment of minimum student numbers. To run the sessions we will require at least 10 students to be involved and can cater up to a maximum of 40 students. 

Students/families interested will need to register their interest via the following link;

If there are any concerns or queries please email David Maxwell;


Pathways and Transition





For all Alumni enquiries, to RSVP for any of the events or leave an expression of interest, please contact:
Anna Gingell, Alumni Development
Phone: (08) 9383 0520 | Email: 

Or refer to the College Website.

Anzac-Borneo Scholarship

Grace Olver's Experience

Grace Olver was the recipient of the 2017 John XXIII College Anzac-Borneo Scholarship.  Now in its fifteenth year, the annual memorial tour of Borneo is dedicated to the Prisoners of War (POWS) and the local heroes who lost their lives during World War 2.

"One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to SANZAC College in Kota Kinabulu", Grace said.


"It is a College much like John XXIII, but built on the actual grounds of a POW camp, where many Australian and New Zealand soldiers suffered.   The students were so genuinely welcoming.  It was an eyeopener to talk to people from a completely different culture. I really enjoyed talking  to them and also seeing their ANZAC room, where they hold steady the memory of the ANZAC soldiers who fought in WWII.”


“The dawn service on ANZAC day was the climax of the trip.  The weather came together to provide atmosphere to the moving and service, and I don’t think a single eye was dry.  Being at the Labuan War Cemetery really made me realise the extent of the loss and suffering of war, and why nothing like it should ever be allowed to happen again. The whole ceremony was beautifully put together and made a memorable ending to the trip.”

”The Sandakan prisoner of war camp in Borneo should not be forgotten, because it was there that Australian spirit was forged and upheld.  We should all check our family trees, because there is a large possibility that you have had a family member involved in the war, which makes this legacy a part of us and is something that we cannot and must not forget,”  Grace added.


Grace Olver’s scholarship was proudly sponsored by the Borneo Exhibition Group, Perth.



Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Ignation Induction Program

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

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

The remaining modules in Semester One are:
Module 5 - 25 May - Relationships
Module 6 - 1 June - Highlights of Ignatian Spirituality for the home and College and insights into founders, John XXIII and Mary Ward.

Refer to the attached for further information.


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


Head Injury/Facial Injury Alert

Should your child be referred to a Medical Practioner or Emergency Department during school, after school, on the weekend or during school holidays following a Head injury, Neck or Facial Injury and your child is diagnosed with Concussion, it is imperative the Parent/Guardian submit a Medical Clearance Certificate to the College nurse stating when your child can return to sport or other activities at the College.


For more detailed information on Concussion, refer to the AFL brochure Management of Concussion in Australian Football under the AFL’S Community Development website:


Medical Information Update

Please inform the College Nurse as soon as possible if there are any changes to your child’s medical information.


Thank you
Jenny Hill
College Nurse

Parent Association

Parents' Association Meeting for Term Two

The Term 2 Parents' Association meeting is this coming Monday 22 May at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.  All parents and guardians of John XXIII students are welcome to attend.  


Please come and hear updates from the leaders of the school.  Mrs Negus will be speaking about the upcoming parent survey.  We will be voting on four funding proposals and our guest speaker Lorelle Fortune will provide a brief overview of the Health and PE Curriculum for K - 12.


Funding Proposals


1) Minkey Equipment $1.2k - to buy hockey equipment (eg. bibs, balls, agility ladders and rings) and materials to make hockey goals.


2) Six Spin Bikes $4.4k to go in the student gym to benefit students and staff.


3) Technology equipment for Primary School IT classes $8.5k.


4) Financial contribution towards the John XXIII Parent Ball $10k


Upcoming Inspire Events:

  • 7 June, 2017 Protective Behaviours for parents of Secondary Students (Speaker: Andrea Musulin)
  • 1 August, 2017 Healthy Body Image. For parents and children in Years 7 – 12. (Speaker: Professor Sue Byrne)
  • 12 September, 2017 Loneliness, Bullying and Pressure to Succeed Issues (Speaker: Karen Martin)

Youth Focus Presentation

The handouts from the Youth Focus presentation are included below:




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


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


Dianne Combrink


Community Notices

Holy Rosary Youth Group

Holy Rosary is starting a youth group and kids of all parishes are invited.


LightsOut Basketball.pdf
Nedlands Alive Poster.jpg
Nedlands Alive Poster.jpg
2017 Music Eisteddfod Entry Form.pdf
Adult & Youth Complete Document.pdf
Inigo - info for parents 2017.pdf
Creating Positive Families 2017 (003).pdf
Living More Alive 2017 (003).pdf
Home and School as Witness 2017 (003).pdf
Viewing life from the Edge 180717.pdf
Creating Positive Families 2017 (003).pdf
Living More Alive 2017 (003).pdf
Home and School as Witness 2017 (003).pdf
Viewing life from the Edge 180717.pdf