From the Principal

Dear Parents

Today I received a letter of congratulations from the Office of the Archbishop regarding the excellence of our Religion and Life results in the WACE Exams. In the letter there are some interesting statistics about the role Religion and Life is playing in enhancing the ATARs of our Year 12 students. While for us Religious formation is integral to an education at John XXIII, it is reassuring to know it is also fulfilling such an important academic objective (letter below).

The information evenings for most secondary year levels have been completed, and next week the Primary groups and Year 9 meetings are scheduled. I commend your attendance at these as they are a valuable source of information and great opportunities to meet Deans, Home Room teachers, classroom teachers and specialist staff. Each of the Secondary meetings so far have been very well received and it has been great to introduce our new Dean system of Pastoral Care. A different theme has been apparent at each night, and one of the areas of concern that emerged at the Year 8 night was Lost Property. It may be a developmental stage, or under-developed organisational skills but the amount of lost property was a concern to parents. I have a large number of sports and House shirts still unclaimed from last year and we are looking for new and "acceptable" ways for property to be reunited with owners. One aspect of our school culture we need to constantly challenge is the idea that pieces of uniform are "disposable". Uniforms that are named clearly have a much greater chance of surviving a year than an unnamed piece.

It was a highlight today to welcome back many of our fine young scholars from the Class of 2011. An award was made to Andrew Pham from the Alumni for obtaining the highest ATAR of 99.95, and Pens and Certificates were given to the other High Achievers.

2011 High Achievers Assembly Presentation

Award winning Students photographed
at the Curriculum Council Ceremony
(L-R) Matt Geleta,Giorgia Beasley,
Maddy March-Anthony, Rebecca
Monks, Andrew Pham, Matt Boere

(L-R) Laura Chevis, Rebecca Monks,
Sandy Hung, Anne Kim, Garrett Pearce

(L-R) Andrew Pham, Tom Wallwork,
Pat LeClezio, Grace Holmes

I encourage Parents from Year 7-12 to attend the Paul Dillon seminar on the 1st March in the College Hall. Paul is an internationally recognised speaker on teenagers, alcohol and drugs. His presentation last year was greatly appreciated by parents. The following week a parent forum will be held where our own parent community can share their experiences and insights into this topic that concerns all of us who care deeply for the safety and wll being of young people.

Next Wednesday is the commencement of Lent. Ash Wednesday Liturgies will be celebrated across the College. Restrictions will apply to the canteen menu on Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent.

Together let us seek justice

Anne Fry
Principal

Letter from the Archbishop

Parents & Friends Federation of WA Annual Conference 2012 23rd/24th March

"Never Underestimate the Power of Parents!"
Registration Forms can be downloaded at www.pff.wa.edu.au