Fujimi Exchange Say Thank You

A special thank you to all everyone for helping to make the 2019 Fujimi Exchange such a success.


The magic moments of this exchange have been meeting host families on the first day and then seeing all the Fujimi students smiling on their first morning at school. The warm welcome and generous spirit of each host family is apparent in how quickly the students felt relaxed and happy. It is really touching to see our exchange students’ faces light up when they see their host brothers and sisters each afternoon.


At the College, they have loved making boomerangs with Mr Rob Deurloo, sharing a treasure hunt and festival dance with the Year Nine Japanese students, games and music with the Year Six students and Ms Helen Aghdasi, playing netball with the Year Tens and decorating boomerangs with Ms Kiri Moore. Meeting all our Year Nine students in Musical Theatre, Food and Nutrition, Outdoor Education and Applied Art classes on their second day gave great insight into the wonderful opportunities that our students have each day.


A big thank you to Ms Glen James for coordinating excursions to Kings Park, the City of Perth and Fremantle and Caversham Wildlife Park. They particularly enjoyed playing mini golf with our wonderful group of Year Ten Japanese students and Ms Helen Aghdasi. 


A new and very successful experience for our Fujimi students this year was performing their traditional festival dance and making origami cranes for the residents of Montgomery Hall.


My appreciation extends to staff from Administration, Grounds and Maintenance. Thanks for all the extra work that you so obligingly do for us.


A special, heartfelt appreciation to all our wonderful host families. The Fujimi students have been amazed and overwhelmed by your generosity and hospitality. They have loved sharing news about their exciting weekend, meals at home, trips to the beach and the local park and watching sports.


Arigatoo from all involved in the Fujimi Exchange for warmly welcoming and including the group at John XXIII College.


Ms Shane Glass

Head of Learning Area (Languages)

Desperately Seeking More Host Families for Italian Exchange Students

As you may be aware, we have Italian exchange students visiting John XXIII College at the end of the August; arriving on Tuesday 27 August and departing Friday 13 September. Thank you to all the families who have generously offered to host our Italian exchange students thus far.


We now still desperately require accommodation for five remaining male exchange students. They are 16-17 years old and require families to host one student each for two weeks. Could you please seriously consider this wonderful opportunity.


If you are able to host one of our visiting students, please contact Mrs Monica Smokrovic then fill in the attached profile form and return it to as soon as possible.


The exchange students are from Perth’s sister city of Vasto and we have enjoyed the opportunity of hosting students from their school for many years.


This is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed, so please consider generously opening your home to an exchange student. 


Monica Smokrovic

Host Family Italian Exchange Coordinator

Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists

Congratulations to Year 9 student, Violet Seah, on winning first prize in the lower secondary category at the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists. Violet’s graphite drawing Stellar depicts Perth based singer-songwriter, Stella Donnelly.



Loyola House Day Celebrations

Loyola House had a busy second week of Term 2 with the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola. The House participated in mass on Wednesday morning followed by some more relaxed celebrations on Thursday with Loyola House Day. The students took the time to reflect on our famous founder. This was accompanied by some delicious pizza, entertainment and a good old-fashioned chat with their peers.

This was just what the House needed prior to heading into the House Athletics Carnival on the Friday.

On Thursday afternoon the Homeroom leaders, accompanied by a few extra friends took the time to cook and prepare over 200 meals for Shop Front. The students living true to the Loyola House moto, as much as you are able, that much dare to do.


Anthony Yates

Loyola House Coordinator

Year 8 Social

From Minions, M and Ms, and Harry Potter characters to a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and Men in Black; Year 8 students dressed in the spirit of their ‘Iconic’ themed social which was held last Thursday night. There were a number of fantastic and creative costumes as well as some great dance moves.


The Year 12 SRC students led the night by example, running a number of games and interacting positively with the Year 8s.


Many thanks to those involved in making the night possible, including our alumni DJ, Steve Vincent, Jeff Janson (Sound & Lighting), Daniel Paparo and Jonty Binet (Tech Support), Doug Watson (Logistics) as well as Sam Tout who ran the ‘Photo Booth’ for the evening.


A thank you also to the Year 8 Homeroom teachers who supervised the evening and joined in the fun.   


Kalo Bell

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 8

Pilgrimage Retreat

On Friday night and Saturday morning  the Pilgrimage students and staff participated in the Pilgrimage Retreat. 


Our dinner was supported by the John XXIII College Foundation. The Fare Go Food Truck is a social enterprise staffed by refugees and asylum seekers. Their  delicious cultural comfort food was well received by all. On Saturday students and some staff,  participated in a 10km solidarity walk to raise funds for the communities that will be visited on Pilgrimage. To date a whopping $15,000 has been raised with more initiatives planned for this term.



Janeen Murphy

Director - Faith & Mission

Year 7 HASS: Tippy Tap

This term Year 7 HASS classes are studying the unit ‘Water in the World’, this is a great way for students to focus on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action. On Tuesday students got the opportunity to create their very own Tippy-tap, a device used in many African countries to improve the health of rural communities. The simple act of washing hands with soap and water can reduce diarrhoea by over 40 percent. Students quickly realised how a simple system could save so many people around the world.


Morgan Ball

HASS teacher