Magis and Ignatius Centre

Mock Trials

On Thursday night Team Compassion went to trial with Christ Church Grammar School, the defendant. Our stalwart team lost by 2 points. Barristers Jessica Pham and William Paparo, witnesses Ruby Meegan and Ciara Nalty, solicitor Jacob Donovan and Court Orderly Owen Burke did brilliantly. Many thanks to the work of Mr Fitzpatrick with our witnesses, Mrs de Faria on the night and Mr Quinlan for his coaching. We have one trial left in June after examinations.

Primary Philosothon

The John XXlll College and Art Gallery of Western Australia Philosothon will take place on 28 June at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. To date we have 8 schools and 70 students from Years 5 to 7 enrolled. It promises to be a big day for the students as they engage with art and philosophy to explore what it is to be human. The students are very fortunate that the MoMA exhibition Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond, The World Reimagined will have just opened. The students will spend the afternoon in that space contemplating the works and discussing them in small groups. We will run a PD in the Gallery a week before the Philosothon for teachers accompanying their students. I have already had teachers from the UK emailing to ask for information about this event and I expect next year we will need to run two.

VINCENT VAN GOGH (Dutch, 1853-1890)

The Olive Trees

Saint Rémy, June-July 1889
Oil on canvas
28 5/8 x 36" (72.6 x 91.4 cm)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest

Media Club

Students filmed the weekly Wrap on Friday under the careful eye of Miss Catina.

The Wrap

Media Club members helped film a report for the College Media Captains. This took some time and much expertise and congratulations to all Club members who put so much time into the production.

Magis Maths

The Magis Maths program starts this term. Years 7 to 10 will take part in the Challenge Competition that runs for three weeks starting Week 14. We have entered 4 students per level ). As many students as want to may take part. Students will be given a booklet of 6 questions. They need to work out and submit answers for 2 questions per week. Students may seek help from any written source (book, internet) but may not get help from any person or internet site which responds to questions.


As the examinations loom on the horizon our students are beginning to settle into the Library for study. The Library is open until 6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for upper school students. Students need to remember they need their Smartcards for all borrowing and printing in the Library.

This week we had a big consignment of new fiction and non fiction books for primary and secondary. The books will be available for borrowing by next week. I am looking forward to reading a few and expect students will also be excited to see some new titles.

A Duty Statement for the new role of Library Monitor has been written. Students from Years 7 to 12 will be invited to apply for this new position in the Library. Working in the Library will earn students Community Service points. Students will be trained in basic Library skills and can work either before school, at lunch time or after school. We look forward to seeing some fresh young faces behind the Library Help Desk. The position will be advertised via email and on Simon.

Annette Pedersen
Magis and Ignatius Centre Coordinator