27 October 2017
Issue Thirty Three
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Music - Week 32
Seek Justice
  Inigo Parent Talks (Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)
Pathways and Transition
Parents' Association
Men Of John XXIII
Uniform Shop
Community Notices
John XXIII College
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From the Principal

John XXIII 40 Year Anniversary Ball

It was wonderful to have over 550 people in attendance at last weekend’s Ball. It was an outstanding endorsement of our current and past College community.


Our host for the evening, Christina Morrissey (current parent) set the scene by discussing the year 1977 and the events of the world at that time. I then provided a background and context to our 40 year commemoration.


John XXIII College was established through the vision of the Jesuit Priests and the Loreto Sisters and Catholic Education Western Australia. We acknowledge with pride our heritage as the schools of Loreto and St Louis. On our Opening day (in Feb 1977) 660 girls and 500 boys attended – total 1160 students. We have now grown to be a Catholic school community of 1500 students and 250 staff. Enrolment applications are very high and we are thrilled that we remain a College of choice for many families.


Attending the Ball tonight we had:


Past parents, current parents, current grandparents, past and current staff and alumni.


Parents with children at the school who are third and fourth generation St Louis/Loreto/John XXIII.


Parents who were students of St Louis and Loreto before they amalgamated, and those who were students in the inaugural year of John XXIII College’s formation.


Parents who attended John XXIII at the Koolyangarra, Campion, St Louis and Loreto campuses.


Current parents whose own parents were instrumental in making the vision for our campus a reality we now enjoy.


Parents who were the first Year 12 leavers of the current College campus.


Parents who attended the College as students and have returned to the College as staff members.


Parents who were married in the College Chapel, and had their children baptised here.


Parents who are still active members of Jesuit and Loreto justice committees


Members of the College Council past and present.


Members of the College Foundation past and present including the Chair Mr Michael Anderson.


Other friends of the College.


We also had Monsignor Michael Keating attend as he has a strong family connection via his cousins, the Lennon family. I related that in 2016 Monsignor Keating was kind enough to pass on some memorabilia from when he met Pope John XXIII as a young Priest.


I would like to also specifically acknowledge our wonderful Ball committee for their incredible efforts:

Julie Bevan (Chair)

Kristin Serra

Marion Connelly

Mary-Jane Rowbottam

Lucette Quinlan

Brenda Bardinet

Gabrielle Bouffler

Paula Hackett

Skye Frizza

Libby Youd

Amanda Zuvela


Our staff were incredible with their work in preparation for the event and the preceding Valete and Day of Invitation ceremonies. Ric Del Pizzo (Community Relations) and Jeff Jansen (Audio Visual) were exceptional and superbly acknowledged by those in attendance.


We look forward to continuing to build relationships with our community both past and present.


Together, let us seek justice.


Yours sincerely


Robert Henderson

Around The Primary

Dear Parents

The Junior Primary Sports Carnival was held yesterday. Our younger students have enjoyed practising the team games, as well as training for their running race and hurdle event.


We had a tremendous turnout of parents and grandparents to cheer the students along – thank you for joining us. The children should be very proud of their efforts. It was fantastic to see every student trying their very best and the children should be very proud of their efforts.


Our carnivals are such a success as we have a combination of great parent support, hard-working staff and children who genuinely try their best. A special thank you to Mr Alderman for all his hard work in preparing for this event. A special thank you to Mr Alderman for his hard work in preparing for this event.


Well done to Miss Nish and 4B for preparing today’s very informative and entertaining assembly item.


Our staff put their heart and soul into their planning and preparation to ensure your delightful children have the best possible experiences at school. Special thanks to the parent community for providing the lovely morning tea today in recognition of World Teachers’ Day. It was a lovely way to acknowledge all our staff and to say thank you for the significant contributions they make in our classrooms, playgrounds and community.


Kind Regards


Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary



Year 6 students had an enjoyable afternoon last Friday completing the final testing stage of their STEM projects on balloon powered cars. Students worked collaboratively in groups to test and record distances for three different types of car wheels on a variety of selected surfaces.




On Friday 20 October, the Year 3 classes visited the Hyogo Cultural Centre.  The students were immersed in a variety of activities to learn about Japan. The theme of the day was based on the upcoming festival of ‘shichi’ (7), ‘go’ (5), ‘san’ (3) which celebrates the children of these ages is on November 15.


 Mao, a university student from Japan dressed up several students in the kimono, yukata and happi coat. Students also learnt about the art of chigirie which is a form of collage using small pieces of ripped up paper. They made their own chigirie to take home. Students also wrote to numbers 7 -5-3 in Japanese using the calligraphy brushes.


To finish the day, students were able to pack their own obentoo to enjoy for lunch.


Rowson sensei



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


Sophia Levey
Angus Perera
Elliot Hurley
Daniel Maginn


Benjamin Skerratt
Niamh Jennings


Henry Bahen
Charlie O’Toole
Grace Czajko


Erin Ralph
Kye Bishop


Sade Hewes
Olive Smith


Nada Jakovich
Benjamin Arundell
William Blaxell


Nicholas Skerratt
Daniel Edmondson
Lucy Morgan


Greg Briede
Paige Grant
Emily Litic
Dylan Betts


Riley Schellack
Jack Murphy
Oliver de Francesco


Billie Rowsthorn
Gabrielle Watts


Sophie Arundell


Marshall Lalor
Sienna Carroll

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition in term 3. We are very proud of their outstanding results. A special mention to James Mitchell (6B) for his outstanding results. James achieved the school’s highest standardised score.




Lauren McLernon (3G)
Elise Kwei (3G)
Thomas Townsend (4B)
Sofia Lamattina (4B)
Jennifer Ong (4B)
George Griffiths (4B)
Jude Knowles (5B)
Geordie Stickland (5B)
Luke McLernon (5G)
Jonathon Foster (5G)
Harry Martin (5G)
Amerie Chai (6G)
Quinn Binet (6B)
Ava Kwei (6G)
Charley Laver (6G)


High Distinction


Devan Finn (3G)
Jackson Bosnich (4G)
James Mitchell (6B)
Thomas King (6G)
Alex Petsos (6B)


Dates to Remember

Wednesday 1 November 2017    Yr 5 & 6 Growth/Development Presentations

Friday 3 November                         1B Mass 9am (Chapel)


Student Leaders 2018

Congratulations to all the 2018 Student Leaders.


Year 12 ATAR Examinations

Our Year 12 students begin their final ATAR examinations next Wednesday. These will be held in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre (TMEC) in the morning and afternoon. The ATAR examinations continue until 21 November.


If using the carpark in front of the TMEC for after school pick-up please be courteous of the students completing examinations. The afternoon examinations begin at 2:00pm and so any noise after school should be minimised to provide our students with the best possible environment to maximise their achievement in these final examinations.

I would ask for everyone’s support with this matter.


Jessica Bouwman

Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

Important Dates For Year 11 Students

Year 11 Exams 

Monday, November 6 - Friday, November 17


Year 11 Students Return to the College for Exam Feedback, Homeroom and Periods 1-6

Wednesday, November 22 - Thursday, November 23


Year 12 Transition Day, Homeroom and Periods 1-3

Friday, November 24 (last day for Year 11 Students)


College Presentation Evening

Wednesday, November 29


Dirk Gleghorn

Assistant Deputy Principal - Year 11


Since the beginning of Term Three, the Year 7 and 8 MAGIS students have been working on their independent research projects. The work produced has been of a very high standard and now it is time for the next step.


This Thursday, 2 November, the Year 7 and 8 Magis students are presenting their work. All parents, friends and the wider John XXIII community are invited to an evening of Gifted and Talented Education students delivering their presentations.


When: Thursday, 2 November.

Where: The Osborne Room (in E Block).

Time: 5:30pm until 7:00pm. 

Who should come: Everyone is welcome.


Light refreshments will be available.


Damien Connellan


On Friday 13 October and the following Saturday, 17 Magis students attended a Hackathon at All Saints’ College in Bullcreek, along with several other schools. The task for the students was to hack to Education system. In short, the students had to reinvent the way schools operate and to better cater for the ways that students learn.

Our students were separated and placed into random teams along with students from other schools. The unfamiliar team members had to collaborate to democratically work out their solution. The discussions were vigorous and impassioned as the students learnt to listen to others and then work upon a clear and reasonable agreed position. The teams also had to sample and question the members of other teams to provide evidence for positions.

On the Saturday the various teams had to create a presentation and deliver it to a panel of judges that were associated with the education field. All of the pitches were of a very high standard but the judges narrowed it down to four teams. Natalie Ong’s team placed in the top group with Adelio Kilcullen’s team placing first with their idea to use Virtual Reality to teach students.


Damien Connellan

Music - Week 32

Junior Small Ensemble Soiree

The Junior Small Ensemble Soiree will be held on Sunday, 29 October, at 5:30pm in the Performing Arts Centre. This one-hour concert features the elite talent of the lower secondary school, with performances by the Junior String Quartet, Junior Saxophone and Clarinet Quartets, Percussion Ensemble, Junior Flute Ensemble and Rock Band. Entry is free, and all are welcome!

Year 9 Recital Night

Applications to perform in the Year 9 Recital Night on Wednesday, 1 November are now open. This one-hour concert is held in the GBLT from 7pm, and is open to all Year 9 students who undertake instrumental or vocal lessons, with accompaniment available from Mr David Dockery. Application forms are available through the Music Office and close on Friday, 27 October.

Applications for Year 8 Recital Night

Applications to perform in the Year 8 Recital Night on Wednesday, November 8 are now open. This one-hour concert is held in the GBLT from 7pm, and is open to all Year 8 students who undertake instrumental or vocal lessons, with accompaniment available from Mr David Dockery. Application forms are available through the Music Office and close on Friday, 3 November.

2018 Music Subject Selection

Subject selection for Years 7 – 9 will shortly be underway, and with a talented cohort of musicians in these years we hope to see many of you in the Music Classroom in 2018!


Classroom music offers a fantastic way for young musicians to further their skills and understanding of music, and utilising their performance skills learned in lessons and ensembles. Students learn to compose and understand music, looking at famous artists and composers, and performing original arrangements together. New musicians are welcome, too! For any questions regarding Music courses, please contact the Music Department – 9383 0440 or

Auditions For Opera In The Park - Children's Chorus

The West Australian Opera is hosting auditions for singers aged 11 – 15 to audition for a Children’s Chorus. This chorus would perform at the Opera in the Park in February of 2018, one of the highlights of the Opera’s calendar. Auditions are to be held on 3 November, and interested applicants should contact the Music Office for further details.


James Kros

Director of Music

Seek Justice

Christmas Appeal And Anti-Poverty Week Mass

On Wednesday, five of our students represented the College at the Archdiocesan Anti-poverty week mass celebrated by Bishop Sproxton.

At the mass we were reminded that approximately 2.99 million people in Australia live in poverty. That is over 13% of our population. 17.4 % of our children live below the poverty line in Australia. The global statistics were also very sobering. 836 million people live in extreme poverty. 663 million people cannot access safe drinking water and 2.4 million people lack access to basic sanitation.


As a community we have much to be thankful for and are in a good position to be able to help our neighbours. The readings from the Anti-poverty mass reminded us that each of us should give to the poor as God loves a cheerful giver.


This week in the secondary campus we have launched our Christmas appeal. Students and families are asked to donate toiletry items (smaller sizes are optimum), Christmas treats and cash to help with vouchers for Shopfront and St Vincent de Paul. Please give generously.


Janeen Murphy

Director of Faith and Mission


College Musical 2018

Auditions for the 2018 College musical Beauty and the Beast are on next week.


Acting and singing auditions are on Thursday 26 October, in the music room, after school.


Dance auditions are on Saturday 28 October, in the hall. Girls are at 1:00pm and boys are on at 2:00pm.


George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama





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.
























































‘GOOD NEWS’ for 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You shall love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:34-40)


The reflection for this Sunday’s Gospel is from Father Andrew Hamilton SJ, and is printed here with kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.


There are helpful questions and unhelpful questions. Helpful questions touch what matters and lead to helpful conversation.  Unhelpful questions focus on what does not matter, some through ignorance of what matters, others maliciously through design. And of course, some questions just miss the central point.


Once upon a time children who were taught about the Eucharistic Fast from midnight might have noticed that the real time in the town in which they lived was later than the standard time. So they would ask if they could eat until 12.15 a.m.  A canny question, but one that took them away from what mattered: the reverence that inspired the fast.


Many of the questions asked by the disciples in the Gospels are like that: they simply miss the point.  But the questions asked by Jesus’ enemies are more often malicious. They are not asked to find out the truth but to wedge Jesus by alienating some of his supporters. They are politically driven.


When the Pharisees ask which is the greatest of the commandments they hope that Jesus will mention such individual laws as being faithful in marriage, telling the truth, not treating people violently or observing the Sabbath. If he names observing the Sabbath as the greatest, for example, they will be able to criticise him for being soft on lying or adultery. We are familiar with this kind of rubbish in our political life and in social media.


In his reply to their question Jesus goes straight to the heart of what matters in human life.  He names the most important commandment in the Scriptural phrase that summed up the heart of Judaism for his hearers – loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves. If we  love God first and our neighbour as ourselves, we shall keep all the other commandments because they are simply examples of how we should relate to God and to one another. If we answer in these large terms we are less likely to focus narrowly on ourselves and on our duties but more broadly on our relationships of love with God and our neighbour.

At Jesuit Social Services are confronted with many examples of how influential people lose sight of what matters and focus their attention on unprofitable things. This can cause great damage to human beings. When looking at breaches of the law by children, for example, they lose sight of what matters: our call to care for children’s welfare and growth into responsible adults. Instead they focus on punishment and build bigger jails that will ensure the children thrown there will graduate to adult gaols. As Catholics we are invited to reflect on what matters in our own lives and in our society, and to pose questions to our leaders from that perspective.

© Andrew Hamilton SJ

Community Liturgy 

Community Masses is celebrated every Friday morning at 8:00am in term time. Next Friday, 3 November, the incoming Student Representative Council will prepare the Mass, and the College community is warmly welcomed to pray for and with our 2018 SRC. During the month of November, we continue the tradition of remembering in a special way our loved ones who sleep in Christ. As always, everyone is welcome to our celebration of the Eucharist and to the café afterwards, for those able to stay. Further queries about Community Mass: or 9383 0513.


When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel




Inigo Parent Talks
(Centre for Spirituality and Relationships)

Parent Talks


Ignatian Induction Program

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

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


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

Pathways and Transition



Curtin University

Curtin University

  • The minimum ATAR for Oral Health Therapy (CUHHS) at its Bentley campus is 83.00
  • The majors being offered in Engineering (CUBEE) at its Bentley campus
  • Pharmacy (CUHPS) has been approved as an embedded honours program for 2018 entry

The University of Western Australia


The Guaranteed ATARs for the following Law (Juris Doctor) Direct Pathway codes (UWLWA, UWLWB, UWLWC and UWLWS) will be 96.00 instead of 97.00


Courses unique to CQUniversity – Perth Campus.

Many Year 12 students worry about their university preferences.  It’s not unusual to have a change of heart.  Remember when you begin a unit at university you have a ‘period of grace’ where you can withdraw before the census date.  Find out from the university at the start of your course when is the latest or cut-off date that you can withdraw out of a unit before being charged.



A school based traineeship is available for interested Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Students will complete a Cert II in Hospitality while working and earning a wage. 

Students must be: -

  • prepared to work a minimum of 8 hours/week and available weeknights, weekends and school holidays.
  • committed to the traineeship – minimum 12 months. 

All training is provided on the job, and assessments and support given by a trainer.This certificate will be handy for students when they are at uni or TAFE and looking for a part-time job. For more information can be found on the website


Margi Watson

Careers Counsellor


As always, every attempt is made to ensure that material in the Pathways 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 the newsletters will include reference to an article of interest based on recent research.  In some cases, the rigour of the research may be unclear.

Parents' Association

What is the Parents’ Association?

The Term Four, Parents' Association meeting and AGM will be at 7:00pm 20 November in the Thomas More Exhibition Center. Funding propsals must be submitted by 3 November to  


The role of the Parents’ Association is to support the College.  It primarily does this by administering the funds raised from the annual family levy (approx. $72k per year). The money is generally spent on:

  • assets and resources required by the College;
  • engaging speakers arranged by INSPIRE; and
  • funding social events to promote interaction between parents/guardians. 

All parents/guardians of students attending the College are deemed members of the Parents’ Association and are therefore welcome to attend meetings which are generally held on the Monday of week five of each term.

What happens at Parents’ Association meetings?

  • Updates are provided by leadership staff (including the Principal) and organised groups within the College. 
  • Funding Proposals are discussed and voted on. 
  • There is sometimes a guest speaker who comes to speak on a topic of interest.  For Term 4's meeting, Rob Henderson will be talking about the results of the School Survey and how the Strategic Plan is progressing.
  • Funding proposals and key agenda items are outlined in the school newsletter on the Friday prior to the meeting.

Funding Proposals

Funding proposals can come from anyone in the John XXIII community eg. staff, parents, students. If you have an idea for how the money can be spent to improve things for students or the College, we encourage you to submit a funding request.

 Funding Proposals & Expenses that have been approved so far in 2017:

  • $15k towards the construction of a new playground for Pre-Primary.
  • $10k for window tinting and black curtains for the Thomas More Exhibition Centre.
  • $4.4k for six spin bikes for the school gym.
  • $1.3k for the purchase of Minkey equipment and materials for hockey goals.
  • $10k for the John XXIII Parent Ball to celebrate the school’s 40th Anniversary.
  • $8.5k for computer and robotics equipment for Primary IT classes.
  • $8.5k for new shelving in the Primary section of the library.
  • Various amounts have been spent on guest speakers, events (eg. welcome functions) and Men of John XXIII.

There are currently funds available for worthy projects/ideas.

Parents' Association Committee

In Term Four there is an AGM and all the roles on the Committee will be up for election and we welcome nominations.  You can nominate for any of these positions.  We are in need of a Secretary in 2018, so if you are interested please get in contact.


The Roles on the PA Committee

  • President: Chairs the meetings, discusses proposals with Principal prior to meetings, organises Committee meetings.
  • Two Vice Presidents: Fills in for the President when they are unable to attend meetings.
  • Treasurer: Works with Head of Business at JTC to prepare the PA financials and presents them at PA meetings.
  • Secretary: Takes minutes at meetings and circulates to attendees, prepares agenda, organises notices in the newsletter and electronic noticeboard etc.
  • General Member: Does not have any specific responsibilities but attends Committee meetings and assists when required.

If you would like further information on the Parents’ Association please refer to the John XXIII website or email


Kind regards,


Simon Fracaro

President of the Parents’ Association


Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are not suitable for children and teens. They are also not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart disease, or people who are sensitive to caffeine.

Energy drinks typically contain:

  • Caffeine (ranges from 30mg/250ml to 150mg/250ml, depending on the brand)
  • Guarana ( a caffeine extract from a plant)
  • Sugar (in higher quantities than sports drinks)
  • Protein (the amino acid taurine is often added to these drinks
  • Vitamin B

The higher caffeine content of these drinks can produce a variety of unpleasant side effects. The high sugar levels in these drinks can reduce the body’s ability to absorb water, meaning that it is dangerous to consume these drinks before, during or after physical activity. It is particularly dangerous to mix energy drinks with alcohol.


For more information, go to



Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Men Of John XXIII

We Want Dads!

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


We are looking for dads who would like to:


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

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

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


If you are keen to help, simply email:


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


If nothing else, check out The Fathering Project website:


Be involved.




“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”

Pope John XXIII

Uniform Shop

Uniforms For 2018

Appointments are currently being made for outfitting students new to John XXIII College in 2018.  If you currently have children at our school (for example in Pre Primary or Year 6) and would like help with purchasing uniform, then you too are most welcome to make an appointment.  


Please fill in the attached form and email it to us as soon as possible.



Community Notices


24:7 Nedlands Youth Group

For all youth in Year 6-12.  Every Friday night, 6:00-8:00pm at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands.

Invite your friends and join us for a great night!

For more information call Noel 0433 772 357 or Catherine 0424 196 585



Inigo - amended info for parents 2017.pdf
healthy eating pamphlet.pdf
October .pdf
Appointment request for students starting in 2018 .pdf