Around the Primary

Dear Parents

Congratulations to Mr Alderman for organising yesterday's fantastic Winter Carnival. The weather was perfect and the competition was great. It was wonderful to see over five hundred children from nine different schools participating in the various soccer, football, netball and hockey games. Well done to all the competitors and special thanks to all the hardworking staff and parent helpers.

Reports will be posted home during the holidays. I would like to thank all of the teachers for the work they put into preparing the reports. Parents are welcome to discuss their child's academic progress with their child's teacher next term if they have any concerns.

This term we farewell Mrs Raelene Palmer and we thank Mrs Palmer for her wonderful contributions to the Mary Ward Centre and to our Primary School community. On a different note, Mrs Teresa Fontaine will be on long service leave for Semester Two. We trust that Teresa will have a relaxing and restful time away and look forward to seeing her in the New Year. Mrs Philpot will also be taking a well-deserved holiday for the first three weeks of next term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Philpot for all her hard work and wish her well on her travels. Mrs Liane Woodborne will be working in the office during this time.

Today our Year 4 students participated in a First Communion Retreat. The children thoroughly enjoyed this special time of prayer and reflection. Each of the First Communicants received a Certificate of Completion and a lovely lapel pin. A big thank you to Mrs O'Connor and Mr Edwards for organising this retreat and for preparing the children so beautifully for their First Communion.

Our first Mass next term is Friday 26th July and is kindly being prepared by 4B. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Finally, I wish all of our Primary School community a very relaxing holiday and trust that you all enjoy the time away from school routine. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school for the start of Term Three on Wednesday, 24th July.

Happy Holidays!

Kind Regards

Antoinette DePinto
Head of Primary


During the past few weeks all of the Year 3-6 students have all been rather busy completing their artworks for the Therapy Focus 'Help a Child Grow' art competition. Their submissions were for the story book 'Jake Rides the Roller Coaster', a delightful short story which gives an insight into the life of a boy with autism. There were 75 participating schools in WA and over 3500 entries submitted throughout the state.

I am delighted to announce that the following students were selected as finalists for the Therapy Focus 'Help a Child Grow' Art competition.

  • Sophie Male Year 5
  • Matthew Koios Year 6
  • Lucia McMahon Year 6

The students are only 3 of 100 artworks selected therefore, they are up against 4 other works in their page category. Votes are crucial to win a prize spot in the published book, so please vote and support our wonderful budding John XXIII College artists!

Please support the students by voting for their artworks at Westfield Carousel where the artworks will be displayed, or alternately via the therapy focus Facebook page from Saturday 6th July until Friday 12th July.

Please take a look at their wonderful illustrations below (in student order)

We really appreciate your support.

Warm regards

Jane Roche
(Art teacher)