Jesuit Debating Carnival

On 5th to 8th July, John XXIII College attended the annual Jesuit debating carnival hosted by Xavier College in Melbourne, sending a team of three Year 12 students and one Year 11 student. The carnival brought together 8 Jesuit and associated schools from around Australia. The carnival gives students a great opportunity to form friendships and engage with students from other schools in a testing, yet fun and convivial atmosphere.

Students participated in a challenging program of four debates, preceded by an hour of preparation, with topics ranging from sport, social justice and contemporary culture to the environment.

Unfortunately, John XXIII College placed 6 out of the 8 schools. However, one of the Year 12 students, Ethan Wren won the best speaker award of the John XXIII team. The winning school was Saint Aloysius' College, from Sydney.

Before we went to Melbourne Will Paparo (Class 2013) came in and worked with us to prepare for the carnival. He attended last year and was able to assist with tips for not only debating but also the carnival itself.

It was a fantastic experience and we want to thank Dr Pedersen and Ms Wooltorton for assisting us in attending this Carnival.

Mariah Mwipatayi, Chanelle Smit, Ethan Wren (Year 12) and Jacob Diffen (Year 11)

An Invitation to Perth Modern School

Last term two members of the John XXIII Student Representative Council were invited to the Perth Modern Campus to participate in a meeting to discuss issues facing student leaders of various schools. This meeting was open to students of many Catholic, private and public schools in the Perth area and was run by the School Captains of Perth Modern. This meeting gave student leaders from the various schools an opportunity to share issues and possible solutions for the problems facing the leaders of each school. This exchange of information was valuable for the John XXIII College members as it provided new perspectives to problems faced by students at our school as well as others. Not only did we receive helpful information, but we were also able to supply other schools with effective solutions we have found to counter their problems. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to share with so many other schools the many facets of student leadership.

Hannah Cadlolo and Dom Guerrera
Head Girl and Head Boy