Senior Magis Scholar

Last week, at the High Achievers' Assembly, Year 12 student William Paparo was appointed the inaugural Senior Magis Scholar. We are delighted to have such a fine young person take on this important role and look forward to seeing William bring the depth and quality of the vision of Magis to his fellow students.

The concept of Magis is derived from the First Principle and Foundation from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This principle states:

The human person is created to praise, reverence, and serve God Our Lord, and by so doing to save his or her soul… We should desire and choose only what helps us more towards the end for which we are created.

Although Magis is never specifically mentioned in the Spiritual Exercises, it is seen through Ignatius' diction when using words such as 'more' or 'greater'. Throughout the rest of his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius encourages people to examine: 'What have I done for God? What am I doing for God? And, what MORE can I do for God?' Magis, Latin for 'more,' is a key concept in Ignatian spirituality. While our competitive society often thinks in terms of doing more, Magis calls us to be genuine in finding depth and quality in what we do. Magis invites us to consider how we can serve the world better, with fire, passion, and zeal.

Senior Magis Scholar - William Paparo

The Senior Magis Scholar at John XXlll College is a student who demonstrates a commitment to doing more in relation to all aspects of their College life. This is demonstrated by consistently stepping forward, helping others, initiating and can even put themself at risk by helping in unknown circumstances. For example, they are a student who sees when someone needs to step in. Despite not necessarily being the right person, they are prepared to put themselves in unknown circumstances, at risk of being challenged or unprepared. This person has been consistent in this behaviour throughout their College life. They participate in a wide variety of activities both at school and after school. These activities are about community, not self. For example; coaching, mentoring, tutoring. They have demonstrated exceptional reliability in relation to their academic work and beyond. The student is also articulate and prepared to be a spokesperson for Magis. The Senior Magis Scholar values community and also the academic. While the Senior Magis Scholar may not necessarily be an academic high flyer, they do apply themselves and are prepared to participate in as many extra curricula activities as they can, always representing the College with pride. The Senior Magis Scholar will be prepared to speak to staff, students or parents about Magis activities or other related College activities. The Senior Magis Scholar will also be able to speak to Primary students about Magis.

The Magis vision in founding the position is to develop outstanding leaders who will be motivated to value Ignatian principles and the performance of public duties in a search for justice as their highest aim.

Media Club

The Media Club met on Friday afternoon to film the new 'Weekly Wrap'. I am delighted we have so many new members and over the next few months their work will be showcased. All the Media Club members now also meet on Monday at lunchtime in X10 to plan filming for the week, the executive meets on Wednesday to allocate roles and deal with any problems. Members are working on reports for the 'Weekly Wrap' as well as a slide show for Open Day and other commissioned work. Last week Media Club members filmed the Swimming Carnival, the official opening of the new St Louis Sports Centre and ran the visual presentation during the ceremonies. You are invited to view JTV 'Weekly Wrap' at:

Mock Trials

Our first trial is on 21 March against Iona. Team Compassion barristers will meet on Tuesday morning at 7.30 next week, 5 March, in X10 and then all team members meet on Tuesday 12 March to run through the case. Witnesses are working at lunchtime on Fridays in the Colloquium with Mr Fitzpatrick to get their statements lucid. We hope this is a more efficient use of time and I am delighted to have more teachers helping us to achieve excellence in this competition.

Philosophy Club

Students have been asking me about Philosophy Club. All students from Years 7 to 12 are welcome. We meet on Friday at lunchtime in X10 and interested students need to bring their lunch and a question for a community of inquiry. Students need to watch the notices to ensure there is a meeting. Some weeks we are unable to meet due to other commitments.

Astronomy Club

The College Astronomy Club is enjoying our beautiful evening skies. Mr Mazur has been working with the Club's new camera, a Canon EOS 60D astronomy kit, and this week took a beautiful shot of the comet as it passed the College. Apart from the exceptional image quality of day time photography this camera offers much higher sensitivity when taking images of the night sky. Faint objects and nebulosity can easily be recorded by the camera. For example in this image of the comet, we can see not just the bright centre but also the fuzzy tail pointing away from the Sun. At the moment the comet is very low above the horizon.


While it is always busy in the Library there are some special activities for students this month. On 26 March Australian author Scot Gardner will spend the day with students from Years 9 and 10. He is an exciting writer whose work appeals to teenage readers, in particular, boys. Our students have wonderful ideas about their world and the opportunity to work with an author will provide them with the impetus to try some writing of their own.


How to access the Overdrive Digital Library Collection

How do I access Overdrive on my Ipad?

Watch the Tutorial

All John XXIII College Students will have access to the Overdrive Digital Library Collection at school and remotely.

  • First, download the following App Overdrive Media Console.
  • Access Simon and select the link Overdrive Library eBook
  • Log in with your school Username and Password

How do I browse the Overdrive Collection?

  • By Recent Additions. The home screen displays all Recent Additions.

You can select any of these displayed titles by clicking on the book cover.

  • By Author, Title, Subject or Format in the search box.
  • By Category/genre search eg Mystery, Science Fiction by clicking on the____ icon

The Overdrive Collection can be viewed within the existing Library Catalogue.

How do I borrow and reserve eBooks?

  • In the home screen /Recent Additions click on your preferred book
  • When the book displays, click on the green +bookbag icon and Adobe EPUB eBook to borrow or the red wish list icon to reserve items
  • Click Checkout, then download
  • Click Bookshelf, click on the Book Cover to load.

How many items can I borrow?

  • Three items at once, for up to two weeks at a time.

How do I return items?

  • In My Locker select Auto-Return on the appropriate book.

How do I view my current loans and due dates?

  • You can visit My Locker to view your current loans.
  • Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.
  • There are no late fees!

Can I read my books on other devices?

Yes, after download you can transfer titles to a mobile device such as iPod® or Sony® Reader.

First connect your device, then:

  • For audio and video, click the 'Transfer' button in OverDrive® Media Console™ to launch the Transfer Wizard and follow the onscreen prompts.
  • For eBooks in Adobe® Digital Editions, drag and drop the title onto the device name on left panel.
  • After transfer is complete, you may disconnect your device and enjoy your title on the go.

Visit for a list of compatible devices.

Dr Annette Pedersen
Magis Coordinator