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Christian Thompson
John XXIII College

John XXIII Student Get Bike Smart

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It was a pedal-powered day for Year 7 students at John XXIII College as they enjoyed their annual Travel Smart to School Day. Enjoying the bright sunshine and friendly competition, the students spent the day enjoying the bike safety program run by the amazing team at Bikesmart which engaged them in challenges and activities to develop basic skills, safety awareness, health and fitness, while having fun!

The students had the time of their lives trying their hardest to successfully complete these challenges. One particular activity that had the students laughing and learning simultaneously involved them struggling to balance dog bowls full of water on their bike helmets as they cycled around the school’s basketball courts on Wednesday. “It’s about smooth cycling with no sudden movements,” Bikesmart’s Richard Woods said

Making the day even more special was the presence of Western Australia's only professional female cyclist Jess Allen. Not only did she thrill the students with stories of her experiences representing Australia around the world, wowing them by showing off her $10,000 road racing machine, she talked to them with great authority about the importance bike safety. “I’ve got a lovely scar with a plate and some screws, but don’t let that put your off cycling,” she told a student who asked about her worst crash. Ms Allen said her proudest achievement was winning the UCI Junior World Championship in 2011.

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Christian Thompson
John XXIII College

John XXIII College Gets Down to Bus-iness


John XXIII College’s decision to invest in a charter bus to transport students to and from school has proven a great success in 2018. Students from all years have been avid users of the new service, which takes a morning and afternoon route through areas in the suburbs between the College and Fremantle that are not close to Stirling Hwy and therefore not well serviced by public transport.

The introduction of this service has been a success on many levels. There has been a noticeable reduction in the amount of parent traffic for pick ups and drop offs, with parents comfortable sending even their young children on the bus as the door to door service means safety is assured with no dangerous busy roads to navigate. Students meanwhile have a convenient way to get to and from school without having to catch multiple buses and/or a train. Obviously, the environmental benefits of having less parent vehicles being used to transport their children is another way that this service is having a positive impact.

The John XXIII Bus Charter service has indeed been worth the not inconsiderable investment, bringing the opportunity for shared transport to a cohort of students who otherwise would not consider it as well as providing a solution to the lack of regular public transport services from Claremont to the relatively isolated premises of the College.

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Christian Thompson
John XXIII College

Sustainability Club Gets its ‘Move On’

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Inspired by a presentation given by GreenBatch founder and sustainability activist Darren Lomman, the student led John XXIII College Student Sustainability Club used their last lunch meeting of term 3 to invite all interested students to brainstorm potential activities and initiatives to encourage sustainability awareness throughout the College. 

Along with some very exciting ideas to address waste reduction and energy conservation, it was decided that the Sustainability Club would take on the additional responsibilities of being the John XXIII Your Move Committee. The students were excited by the given brief for the committee: to plan, promote and run Your Move Activities at the College. With the aim to increase awareness amongst their peers of the social and environmental impact of their transport choices and encourage more students to ride, walk or catch public transport to and from school.

The sustainability club all agrees that these goals are perfectly aligned to their sustainability goals and look forward to term 4 and next year as the Your Move Committee begins it’s work in earnest.

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Michelle Myers
John XXIII College

Ride to School

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Every year we conduct a Ride to school day in Yera 7 to promote Cycling in the community.

We also encourage students to ride to school. Richard Woods and a team of cycling experts lead us through some fantastic practical and safe riding skills activities. The day is set up as a rotation of events

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We offer a co-educational learning environment where all our students (Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12) are supported, on an individual basis, to reach their goals - both academically and in their personal and spiritual development. At John XXIII College we are passionate about nurturing young minds and bringing out the best in our students. Our College is home to over 1,500 lively students and over 240 committed staff, and has served to shape the lives of students since 1977. John XXIII College is a place where children and young people are encouraged to be "people of competence, compassion, conscience, committed to God and the service of others." We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your child's education. Please call (08) 9383 0400 for a tour of our magnificent campus in Mount Claremont. Every blessing to you.

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Organisation start date 3/08/17
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Highest accreditation achieved: 2018 Bronze
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