Summer Design Studio

In 2012 students with an interest in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture were invited to take part in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts' (ALVA) Summer Studio in January 2013. The studio is an opportunity for students entering into Year 12 in 2013 to, through intense tuition sessions with Faculty staff, develop new skills and "jump start" their academic careers with ALVA. Six John XXlll College students participated in January.

The Summer Studio is designed to give Year 12 students an academic extension experience well beyond their school experience. Students are faced with solving challenging design problems, learning to work with new computer design tools and ultimately drawing and then constructing a model of their design concepts. The studio is a very intense learning experience where participants are treated as university students and need to work beyond their comfort zones. It encourages students to develop problem solving skills and extend themselves intellectually beyond WACE curriculum courses. While it gives them a taste of the different disciplines studied at ALVA, it also provides them with a very stimulating intellectual experience and is a positive way to start Year 12.

Architects create structures that are not just for habitation and shelter but can become buildings to inspire, structures to convey ideas, places for contemplation, pieces of sculpture, areas for learning and objects to amaze. The Summer Studio aims to show how architecture can be used in such ways. The vehicle to explore these ideas was the design of a small pavilion in the forecourt of the newly completed Perth Arena. The Arena was designed by Melbourne architecture firm ARM in collaboration with Perth architecture firm CCN. It is set to become an iconic and landmark building not just in Perth but also in Australia.

Students had the opportunity to design a small structure that could serve as a place for resting and shelter as well as contemplation. The design explored interaction with the architecture of the Perth Arena, the internal and external spaces, as well as aspects of scale and context. The structure and space also needed to function as a venue for occasional small performances.

The studio consisted of:

An introduction to computer modelling

A visit to the site

Talks by architects involved with the design of the Perth Arena

An introduction to design by architects in Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts at UWA

Model making and drawing

An exhibition of student work at the end of the studio.


In 2013 all Year 8 students will study a term of Philosophy. In addition to this, Philosophy Club will again run on Fridays at lunch time in Xavier 10. All students are welcome. They can bring their lunch and any questions they might like to discuss. Interestingly, this Club has now been running for six years, and many of the students who were members have gone on to study philosophy at university.

Mock Trials

Mock Trials begin later in February, with the College team needing to be registered by 18 February. Any interested students from Years 10 to 12 need to see me as soon as possible to register for the team. Our assistant coach, Stefan Tomasich, who assisted with the semi-finals preparation last year, is currently in Canberra representing The University of Western Australia in the Law Faculty's Moot team. Our long-standing coach, Kate Pedersen, will be taking long service leave later this year and travelling. In her absence, John XXIII College parent and alumni Peter Quinlan (Class 1987) has generously offered to coach our team. I am looking forward to another thrilling year in the Supreme Court.

Media Club

Media Club begins activity this week with a number of major projects. Students will once again bring the Daily Notices to Homerooms on Wednesday mornings. There are plans to extend this program in 2013. Furthermore students are working on audio/visual productions for the official Opening of the St Louis Gymnasium and Open Day. All students are welcome to join this club. We meet on Wednesday at lunchtime in the GBLT and after school on Tuesday to film the notices. Any student who has a special interest in media or a project they would like to do is welcome to bring their ideas to our meetings. Please contact me if you have any queries.

Astronomy Club

The Astronomy Club is gearing up for another exciting year. All members of the John XXlll College community are welcome to attend these evenings. We have purchased a camera for the purpose of photographing while using the telescope.

JTC Astronomy Club - Stargazing nights for 2013


Wed, 13 Feb 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Fri, 8 Mar 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Star gazing plus a pizza

Fri, 15 Mar 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Sat, 13 Apr 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Fri, 10 May 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Fri, 14 Jun 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Star gazing plus a pizza


Fri, 5 Jul 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fri, 26 Jul 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Sat, 3 Aug 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sat, 31 Aug 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Fri, 27 Sep 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Sat, 26 Oct 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Star gazing plus a pizza


Fri, 8 Nov 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sat, 30 Nov 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Sat, 7 Dec 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dr Annette Pedersen
Magis Coordinator