naidoc.jpg NAIDOC WEEK

We All Stand On Sacred Ground
Learn - Respect - Celebrate

Next Wednesday, Len Collard a Noongar Elder, will conduct a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony for the College community.

Date: Wednesday 1 July
Where: Chapel Lawn
Start time: 8:00am

The ceremony will finish in time for students to get to Homeroom.

All students and their families are welcome to attend this annual College segue into NAIDOC Week. With an 8:00am start, the event is optional, but students are encouraged to get to school early in order to participate.


The Welcome to Country is a right of the local traditional custodians and owners. The land, waterways and cultural significance sites are still very important to Noongar people. The Welcome to Country recognises and acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land and demonstrates respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's first peoples.


The Smoking Ceremony is a traditional Noongar ritual used to not only cleanse and purify a specific area but it cleanses the spirit, body and soul whilst you are on Noongar Country. The leaves and shavings from the balga and other local trees are allowed to smoulder - and the smoke purifies the area and prepares for a new beginning. This ritual of purification and unity - signifies the beginning of something new. The Smoking Ceremony is a blessing while on Noongar Country.



NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NAIDOC week officially falls in the holidays: 5-12 July.

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Students whose asthma is triggered by smoke, or who are unwell with asthma on the day, should not attend the smoking ceremony.

All students who have Asthma must be careful at the smoking ceremony, must take any additional precautions and must have their asthma medication with them.



'Family focused, parish-based, Catholic school-supported'

"Your unique and indispensable role in your child's Catholic Christian formation is one that both school and parish endorse and support. It is your privilege and responsibility, which follows from your commitment when your child was baptised, to present your child for the sacraments."

John XXIII College prepares children for the various sacraments during the course of this year's religious education programs: Year 3 - Reconciliation, Year 4 - Eucharist, Year 6 - Confirmation. Your family celebrates that sacrament in your home parish, the parish community in which you regularly participate.

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Our thoughts and prayer are with those Year 4 students who, in the parishes of Cottesloe and Floreat, will receive Holy Communion for the first time. Congratulations also to their parents and teachers for preparing them. Students' names will be in next week's newsletter.

If you would like further information on the Sacrament program, please contact:
Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison

Alternatively go to the archdiocesan website:


To the following students who were confirmed last Sunday in the parish of St Joseph's Subiaco:

Grace Budimlich
Matthew Clement
Claudia Clyne
Domenic Cole
Sebastian Cole
Grace Edgely
Matthew Goonewardene
Charlotte Maggi
Rebecca McGurgan
Bethanie Newton
McKenzie Richardson
Emilio Serra
Michael Skerratt
Benjamin Thomasz
David Thomson


Next week Community Mass will be a prepared by students in St Louis House.

Our College community celebrates the Eucharist each Friday morning in term time, and everyone is always welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Where: Chapel
Time: 8:000am - 8:30am
When: Fridays in term time.