Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of the second week of Founders' Time and all classes have spent some time learning about Mary Ward and many have taken a closer look at our Mary Ward statue near the Chapel.

At the base of the statue our young detectives have identified quotes from Mary Ward's maxims and also discovered some special features, such as,

  • The backpack
          In this modern sculpture Mary Ward's journey is represented by a backpack.
  • The lemon
    While imprisoned in the Anger Poor Clare Convent in Munich, Mary Ward was isolated and had limited contact with her Sisters. When they arrived with food wrapped in paper, Mary Ward used this paper to write messages in lemon juice which they took out of the Convent unnoticed.
          Her Sisters would use a candle to reveal the messages.
  • The paw prints
          In a particularly difficult crossing of the Alps on her way to Rome, guides to Mary Ward's group lost their way in the snow, but were re-directed and indebted to the instinct of a little dog for recovering it and reaching their destination safely.
  • The book   
         This signifies travel, learning and education. Our school today bears witness to the learning Mary Ward prized.

Everyone is welcome to take a walk down the colonnade and take a close up look at the Mary Ward statue.


Today our Pre Primary to Year 3 children gathered together to celebrate Mass. A big thank you to Miss Monastra and Year 2B for preparing this beautiful liturgical celebration based on 'love'. Through their lovely prayers, songs and readings the children reflected on how Mary showed love to Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit and how Mary cares for all of us and helps us to find our way to Jesus. They also reminded us about the Feast of the Assumption of Mary on Monday when we remember how Mary was taken into her heaven to be with her son Jesus.

Cross Country Carnival

Yesterday many excited children from various schools arrived at the College for the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival. The sportsmanship and persistence by our students was fantastic. Well done to all our competitors! A big congratulations to the following students on their amazing achievements.

Year 3 Girls
Bianca Petsos - 1st
Bridget Owen - 3rd


Year 3 Boys
Jackson Bosnich - 3rd
Archie Ryan - 4th

Year 4 Girls
Amelia Mettam - 2nd
Tenley Burton - 4th

Year 5 Boys
Alex Petsos - 3rd

Book Week

As you are aware we are having our 'Book Week Parade' on Thursday 25 August at 9am in the gym. The 2016 Book Week theme is Australia: Story Country. Students can dress-up as a character from a book by an Australian author or represent the Australian theme in some way or of course come dressed in any book character that they choose. We encourage the children to bring along the book too.

Next Tuesday the children will enjoy a presentation by visiting author Jackie French. Ms French is an award winning Australian author who has written over 140 books and has won more than 60 national and international awards. She is considered one of Australia's most popular and awarded children's authors, writing across a number of children's genres including picture books, history, fantasy and historical fiction.

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Family and friends are invited to attend our next Primary Assembly which is being hosted by Pre Primary on Friday 9 September at 9am. This Assembly will be held in the hall.

I also hope to see many parents at the Hugh Van Cuylenburg's presentation about 'Teaching Resilience at Home' on Wednesday evening. Mr Van Cuylenburg will also be addressing our Year 5 and 6 students during the day.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Sports News

After many early morning training sessions, the Cross Country preparation concluded yesterday with the Interschool Carnival on the College ovals.

The John XXIII College athletes performed very well. Full details of results will be available next week.

A big thank you to all the children who represented the College and who regularly attended the training, as well as, their parents who encouraged and supported their children during the pre event sessions.

I would also like to acknowledge the fantastic Primary teachers who assisted with the before school supervision and to all those who helped with the preparations for the day.

Athletics Coaching

After school athletics training sessions will begin next week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

All Years 3 to 6 students are invited to attend these sessions, however on Monday 12 September and Wednesday 14 September the training will be restricted to those athletes who are selected to represent the College at the Interschool Carnival. Children do not have to attend all of the sessions and a program will be available next week.

Correct training gear is to be worn. All children attending the afternoon sessions are asked to meet on the grassed area near the gymnasium.

Please remind your child that whilst they are at the training they, are expected to fully participate in all the activities.

Parents are required to pick up their children promptly at 4.30pm from the oval.

Please Note:

The Interschool Athletics Carnival is scheduled for Thursday 15 September at All Saints College.

Mr John Alderman
Primary Sports Coordinator