15 February 2019
Issue Two
From the Principal
Around The Primary
Enrolments & Open Day
Music - Week 2
Netball Club
Rowing Club
Pathways and Transition
Family Zone & Cyber Safety
Parents' Association
College Charter Bus
Uniform Shop
  Inigo Parent Talks
John XXIII College Alumni 
Community Notices
John XXIII College
(08) 9383 0400
Mooro Drive
Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

From the Principal

Please, Thank You and Sorry

In late December 2018, one of our wonderful teachers, Ms Joanne McLoughlin, got married. The wedding was conducted in her hometown at the magnificent Galway Cathedral in Ireland. During Mass, the Irish Priest spoke of a family values’ homily delivered by Pope Francis to young couples in 2014.

Three words were mentioned as keys to a good family life. Showing good manners by saying ‘please’; expressing gratitude by saying ‘thank you’ and having the good grace and courage to say ‘sorry’. Please and thank you come naturally for many but the capacity to reflect on our own actions and say ‘sorry’ can be more challenging.


Every celebration of the Mass begins with prayer for forgiveness. We pray ‘Lord have Mercy’ and are reminded that ‘God is full of gentleness and forgiveness’. These are beautiful words and a wonderful way for us to conduct our lives both at home and at school.


During last week’s secondary assembly our Year 12 students symbolically welcomed our Year 7s to the college via a ‘spirit tunnel’. Walking through a guard of honour is special and recognises the warmth of the welcome extended to students new to the secondary school. One third of our Year 7 cohort know the school well through their primary school experience but it is still a significant transition for all students as they progress with their schooling. Thank you to our Year 12 students for their welcome to our new secondary students and best wishes to our Year 7 cohort as they begin the next phase of their schooling.


Recognising the Class of 2018

A holistic education with an appropriate balance between spiritual, academic and co-curricular domains is the essence of any good Catholic school. To be a good Catholic school we must first be a good school. Our learning programs must be of a high standard and we were certainly thrilled for last year’s Year 12 cohort.


The Class of 2018 received their results just prior to Christmas. Since we first published the results, further information has become available. Based on the median ATAR of 87.45, the College was ranked 17, continuing the College’s pattern of consistently being placed in the top twenty schools in the State.


The College was deemed to be a Top Performing School in the following subjects:

  • Human Biology
  • Italian: Second Language
  • Literature
  • Media Production & Analysis
  • Physics
  • Religion & Life

At assembly last week, we recognised our high achievers.  It was a privilege to once again view the magnificent art work of Sophia Johnson, who achieved the Subject Exhibition for Visual Arts, awarded to the student with the top examination mark. We also celebrated Charlotte Beers’ VET Certificate of Excellence for her outstanding achievement in Primary, Environmental and Animal Care Industries. This certificate is well deserved and recognises the College’s focus on diversifying offerings for students interested in the VET pathway.

Under the guidance of Mrs Kath Negus (Vice Principal/Head of Secondary) and Mrs Jessica Bouwman (Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning), a very thorough analysis is being undertaken of our results.


Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and to all our families and staff for their excellent guidance and support.


Robert Henderson


Open Day 2019


Around The Primary

Dear Parents

We have had a very busy two weeks around the Primary school. Last Friday the whole school gathered together to celebrate Mass with Fr Rodrigo. We were so proud of our young students for reading so confidently in front of the large congregation. It was also wonderful to see the Primary Singers alongside the Secondary Choir leading the singing throughout the liturgy.


These prayerful times are an important part of building our community and celebrating that we are all part of God's family.


Our Year 4-6 students have certainly made a big splash by taking part in swimming lessons and swimming trials. It was very pleasing that 30 students took part in our after-school swimming training this week. Under the guidance of qualified coaches from UniSwim and Mr Alderman, our students enjoyed the opportunity to display their skills in the College pool and put in a fantastic effort at their first week of training sessions.


The teachers are now finalising preparations for the Parent Information Evenings next week. This is an important time whereby you have the opportunity to listen to your child's teacher outline their program and procedures for this school year. I encourage all families to be represented at the Parent Information evenings next week (see below for specific meeting dates/times).


Our first Primary Mass will be on Ash Wednesday, 6 March at 9:15am. Ms Cooney and Mrs Haydon and the Year 3G students are preparing the readings, prayers and songs. All parents and grandparents are invited to join us in the Chapel.


I'm looking forward to seeing many families at our Primary Picnic next Saturday 23 February. 


Kind regards, 

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


Dates to Remember Week 3  2019

Monday 18 February      Parent Information Evening

                                                     Year 1 & Year 2 at 6:00pm

                                                     Year 3 at 7:00pm


Tuesday 19 February      Parent Information Evening

                                                     Year 4 & Year 5 at 6:00pm 

                                                     Year 6 at 7:00pm


Friday 22 February         General Primary Assembly &
                                                    distribution of Year 6 Leaders Badges


Saturday 23 February     Primary Picnic 5:00pm


Fun Family Picnic

All families are warmly invited to our Annual Family Picnic on Saturday, 23 February on the Primary oval. We really hope to see as many of you as we can for a relaxing family evening at this special event.  Tickets are selling fast !

Book tickets here

Parent Information Evenings

All Parent Information Meetings will take place in the classrooms.

Monday 18 February

  • Year 1 – 6:00pm
  • Year 2 – 6:00pm
  • Year 3 – 7:00pm

Tuesday 19 February

  • Year 4 – 6:00pm
  • Year 5 – 6:00pm
  • Year 6 – 7:00pm


Sacramental Programs

All children receiving Sacraments this year must be enrolled through their Parish. Please contact your own Parish for information regarding First Reconciliation (Year 3), First Communion (Year 4), and Confirmation (Year 6).

Keeping Safe - Child Protection Curriculum

As of January 1, 2017, the new registration standards and other requirements for Non-Government Schools Subsection (12.1e) requires the “delivery to all students of a developmentally appropriate protective behaviours curriculum, developed by experts in child abuse prevention, and covering what the boundaries are between appropriate and inappropriate interactions and when, how and who to tell when a boundary is crossed…


All Primary staff at John XXIII College are trained in the delivery of the Keeping Safe : Child Protection Curriculum. The KS:CPC is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. It will be taught across the Primary school in Years K-6 throughout the year as it was last year.

The KS:CPC is based on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities of increasing complexity. The two KS:CPC Themes are:

  • Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe
  • Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.

The two KS:CPC Themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the students. The four KS:CPC Focus Areas are:

  • Focus Area 1: The right to be safe
  • Focus Area 2: Relationships
  • Focus Area 3: Recognising and reporting abuse
  • Focus Area 4: Protective strategies

The focus area 'The Right to be Safe' will be covered  in Term 1. Information will be provided in the newsletter for parents on the topics that will be covered. If you have any queries or concerns about the program please contact the Primary Counsellor Anne Murphy on
(08)9383 0469 or by email;

Duplo Drive

Alex Sefton nee Botcher (Class 1986) is a public librarian in Perth and travelled to Dili, East Timor recently. She will return to Dili in early March with a container of near new books and DUPLO. Alex's crusade is to encourage children to attend the library and thru play also learn to read. If you are able to assist, please drop off your donation to the College Administration off Mooro Drive or bring directly to the Alumni Office in the Library.

Sports News

John XXIII College Netball Club 2019 Player Registrations are now open for Primary students from Years 2 to 6.  Registrations are open until 28 February 2019 via the club website:


Minkey Registrations are now open for Primary students from Kindy to Year 4.  Early bird registrations must be finalised by 8 April 2019 via the club website


Year 7 Transition Week

Last week the Year 7 students participated in Transition Week. The move from primary to secondary school is a significant step in the learning journey of a student. Our students approached this step with enthusiasm and positivity – along with a healthy dose of nerves!


Meeting new friends and new teachers in home room groups was a high priority for the week. Playing games together, sitting the occasional assessment together and finding out about each other’s interests and hopes for the year helped bring a diverse group from many schools together as one Year 7 community.


They were joined on Monday afternoon by some of our Year 11 leaders who helped them navigate their way around the campus in the Heritage Scavenger Hunt. In both their first year group assembly and year group liturgy the students were challenged to develop a ‘yes’ attitude to school aided by Jesus in our midst just as John XXIII, Mary Ward and Ignatius of Loyola have done before.


The week ended spending time with the House Coordinators. Students learned about their House patrons and values before moving to the pool to finish the week in the pool competing in time trials and enjoying a well-earned cool down.


We look forward to a successful year with this wonderful group of young people.

Deacon Peters

Assistant Deputy Principal – Year 7

STEM Drone Club

This week we officially flew the Science Department's drones for the first time. It was amazing how quickly the students adapted and picked up the knack of flying this technology.


After the first term (Term 1) of learning to fly the drones, the group will start to program them to fly in formation using the Scratch coding system.


The STEM Drone Club welcomes any student to participate in this activity. No drone flying experience is necessary. Any student still interested in being involved that has not contacted Mr Carrello or myself, is encouraged to do so.


Once again we would like to thank Mr Moran and the Science faculty for purchasing the drones for us.


Mr Damien Connellan & Mr Carrello

Reminder to label school items

Just a reminder to parents and students to please make sure all their uniforms, pencil case and books have their names clearly labelled on each item, as there is a growing number of lost property items without labels.

High Achievers' Breakfast

James Mallal (Class 2012) gave an inspirational address to staff and students at our High Achievers’ Breakfast. His main messages were around growth and motivation, getting out of your comfort zone, doing the things you love, embracing change, enjoying the journey and at the same time making other people’s journey better.


James graduated in 2012 as Dux of the College with one of the top ATARs in the State.


In 2013 he was part of the very select few students to be offered a position in a new degree Bachelor of Philosophy with Honors at UWA.


During 2014 he went on an exchange to the US and studied at the University of Illinois.


James represented Australia in the University Games in China with his UWA teammates in 2016. 


James has worked at Rio Tinto as an Intern in Northern WA and also enjoyed tutoring Indigenous High School Students who wish to attend University whilst studying.


In 2017 he Graduated with a double degree in Engineering, Science and Maths as well as Biomedical Engineering both with Honors. Last Year he completed a Masters in Professional Engineering.


James has secured a job at BAIN one of the world’s leading management and consulting firms commencing in the middle of the year. He will join other Alumni Andrew Pham, Matt Geleta and Joel Nugawela.


James continues to be a man of virtue, striving to live the College values of competence, conscience, compassion and commitment to God and the service of others.


Enrolments & Open Day

Enrolment applications

Enrolment applications are now being considered for Year 7 in 2022 and Kindergarten in 2021.   If your child is:

  • currently in Year 4, not yet enrolled at the College, and you are interested in a Year 7 position in 2022  or
  • two years old and to be registered for Pre-Kindy next year or Kindy in 2021

Please contact the College Registrar, Mrs Laurence Dubuisson, on 9383 0449 or for more information.


Open Day 2019

We would like to invite all parents, students, family and friends to our Open Day being held on Saturday 9 March 2019 from 9:00am.


Walk through WA’s leading coeducational Catholic college, where academic excellence goes hand in hand with humanity.


Discover our extraordinary facilities, programs and opportunities, and, get a sense of our welcoming community that truly lives its values.


At our open day, families will have the opportunity to:

  • Investigate the great things our students are doing
  • Explore our magnificent College grounds and extraordinary facilities
  • Be entertained by our talented musicians and performing artists
  • Speak with our Principal, teachers and parents
  • Meet our students and see learning in action

Tours every half hour, with the final tour at 11:00am. Principal’s address at 9:30am.

Please register at



Music - Week 2

Ensemble Commencement Schedule

Please note the following first rehearsal times for Music Ensembles. If any students missed auditions or information on ensembles, please contact the Music Department immediately. For any queries specific to ensembles or to advise of absences, please contact the Music Department or ensemble directors.



Music and Drama Calendars

For families who did not receive a Music and Drama calendar in the mail, please collect a copy from the Music Office.



Tickets on sale soon


Mr George Tsakisiris

Head of Drama


Students who have not yet submitted their Magis or Altiora nomination forms for 2019 are asked to do so  quickly now so that organisation can be completed.   Interested students who are not Magis students but have performed well in their academic studies are invited to join the program via the Altiora strand, and all are reminded that you need to join as an active member to compete in a number of  the major competitions including Da Vinci decathlon and World Scholar’s Cup, as well as the Magis breakfasts, camps and tours. 


Next week sees the first of the competitive Magis/Altiora challenges –  Academic Spelling,  which will be held at recess on different days next week. It involves spelling of 30 words taken from all the different learning areas, and this challenges takes less than 10 minutes to complete. It counts for points for the Magis champion in each year.


Interschool debating teams are being finalised for the 2019  season and we appear to have 10 teams in this excellent competitive program. We will nominate to again participate at Christchurch on Tuesday evenings. Coaching and team arrangements will be distributed next week, and the Debating Handbook will be published once we receive the 2019 fixtures.  A reminder also that U.S.A. Space Camp Nominations must be submitted by next Friday, February 22.


Week four sees our first Magis Breakfast Seminars. The first, on Tuesday February 26 will be for all Magis and Altiora students and will see a presentation from Alpha Motivation, an impressive educational and motivational group which did a superb workshop at last year’s Magis Camp. This breakfast presentation will be a different program aimed at inspiring gifted students to academic excellence and achieving their full potential.  In the same week on Thursday morning there will be a Magis Breakfast for all Year 12 Religion and life ATAR and General students (not just Magis in this case),  with the outstanding Philosopher and theologian Fr Michael McMahon delivering the keynote address on Secularism. Both Breakfasts will be held in the library commencing at 7:30am and concluding  at about 8:30am.  These Magis breakfasts are free, but students must return the nomination forms for catering and organisational purposes.


Once students have submitted their Magis or Altiora nomination forms, you may collect your badge from the Magis office. Three Handbooks are also available – the Magis 201 Handbook, the Academic Resources  Handbook, and the Gifted and Talented Competitions Handbook which gives details of most of these competitions available in Australia.


Jim Miller

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Magis & Altiora Calendar

Term One

  • February 18 - Goal-Setting Strategic Plan due
  • February 20  - Academic Spelling Challenge
  • February 26  - Magis Breakfast Alpha Motivation
  • February 28 - Space Camp 2020 Meeting
  • March 8 - Debating Seminar
  • March 12 - WADL Debating begins
  • March 15-16 - Creative Writing Camp
  • March 30 - Creative Edge at Curtin Uni
  • April 2-3 - Da Vinci Decathlon at UWA
  • April 9  - Short Story Entries due


Term Two

May 1 - Magis Public Speaking Breakfast
May 6 - Magis Public Speaking Heats

May 10 - Julie Arliss G/T at St Hilda’s

May 14 - Magis Public Speaking Final (GBLT)

May 17-18 - World Scholar’s Cup Camp

May 23 - Mental Maths Challenge

May 31 - J1 World Scholar’s regionals SHC

June 12 - Magis Academic Knowledge

June 26 - Magis Awards & Personal Project Breakfast



NAS (Northern Associated School) Sport

NAS trials are currently underway for Term 1, summer sports, from Years 7 to 12. A schedule of NAS trials can be viewed via the below pdf, or on the sport section of the College calendar. Once trials and teams are finalised students and parents will receive information, fixtures and venues for the term.


NAS fixtures begin week 4 on Monday February 25. Training will be organised by teacher in charge of the team. A draft copy of the fixtures will be published on the College website soon.



Interhouse Swimming Carnival - Friday 22 February.

The Interhouse Swimming Carnival will be held at HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont on Friday 22 February.


Students are asked to make their own way to the venue and must be seated in House groups in the stadium no later than 8.20am. At this time attendance will be taken in Homeroom groups.


Students are asked to enter the stadium via the McGillivray Rd (eastern) side of the complex. As this event is considered a ‘Special Events Day’ attendance is essential (see the student diary for further information).


The carnival will conclude at approximately 3.00pm. Management has requested that parents do not use the roundabout area as a pick-up point and that the reception area is to remain clear.

As Kiosk facilities and vending machines are not available, it is essential that all students bring a packed lunch and drink to sustain them for the day.


All students are to wear full Sport Uniform (including their hat) with their House shirt, rash vest and College bathers/shorts ready to participate. Students must wear College bathers/shorts when competing and failure to do so will result in dismissal from the event.


Students unable to participate must supply a note from their parent/guardian and notify their House Coordinator. These students may be asked to assist with other roles throughout the day.


We would be delighted to see parents in attendance at the carnival. An area will be designated for spectator seating in the main grandstand. Please be aware that HBF Stadium will require you to pay a ‘spectator fee’. The first event will commence at 9.00am. A copy of the program will be available on the College website in week 3.


Mr Cameron Tremayne

Head of Health and Physical Education

Swimming Training - Years 7 -12

Swimming training will commence on Wednesday February 13 from 7:00am - 7:50am at the College pool. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until Monday March 25. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it.

Cross Country Training Years 7 – 12

Cross Country training will commence on Thursday February 21 from 7:00am - 7:50am meeting in the College pavilion. Training is open to students of all ability levels. Training will continue on Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term 1 and into Term 2. No nomination to attend training is needed simply attend on the day(s) you can make it. Distances run vary from 4km to 7km depending on ability level.

Congratulations - sporting achievements of our students

Congratulations to Millie Monaghan and Olivia Purnell who represented WA at the under 18 cricket carnival. Millie captained the team.

Congratulations to Hayley Jahn  who played in the Australian Futsal Association National Championship in Sydney in January. She played in both the junior competition for the WA under 16s team and in the senior competition in the Youth Women’s team (under 20s). The under 16s made it through to the semi finals but unfortunately lost. The Youth Women won the championship for their age category - it’s the first time a WA team has ever won the National Championship for the Youth Women’s age group.

Congratulations to Lucy Gleghorn who competed in the under 16 heptathlon Athletics WA championship  in January and qualified for Nationals. Lucy is the only athlete that will represent WA in the U16 girls age group. She also recently won the Little Athletics U15  girls heptathlon and has qualified for the State team for little athletics, for the U15 age group in multi events.

Congratulations also to Aaron de Longville, who is a passionate sailor.  Over the Christmas break he competed in the Australian WASZP Nationals and the World WASZP Titles. He did extremely well where he was fortunate enough to place Australian Junior National Champion in the WASZP Nationals, 
and in Worlds placed 10th in the Open division and and 2nd in the world in the U21 division.  Aaron is off to compete in the Victorian State Championships between the 28 February and  1 March. We wish him luck at this upcoming Interstate regatta.


Netball Club

2019 Netball Registrations Open

The John XXIII College Netball Club registrations for Secondary students close today  Friday 15 February.


Alumni registrations open until 1 March 2019.



  • Players can register via the John XXIII Netball Club website  under the Information and Registration tab. 
  • Please ensure you answer all of the questions.
  • To complete the registration process you will need to pay online via credit card. So please have your Visa or MasterCard ready.
  • Please contact us via email: if you need assistance.
  • Link to website: 


The cost is:

  • $235 for Primary School players.
  • $310 per Secondary player
  • $220 for Alumni players.
  • This fee covers all registrations, grading, insurance, umpiring, specialist training, fitness sessions, coaching, windup and equipment costs for the year.
  • As the Club is run by parent volunteers, there are no other costs passed on to parents.



Grading for Years 7 & 8 is this weekend!


For all other grading dates and times, these are available to view on the website  under the 2019 Season Information tab.

All grading will be on the school netball hard courts (next to the Year 7 block).

The girls are to wear their school sports uniforms to grading.

Players MUST attend all grading sessions. If your child is unable to attend, please advise the Club via email at

The John XXIII College Netball Club Grading Policy can be found on the Club website.



  • Training is a compulsory and integral part of playing Saturday netball.
  • A register of training attendance is kept.
  • All training is on the school netball courts next to the Year 7 block.

Years 7, 8 and 9 training is on Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.00pm, commencing on Thursday 28 March.

Years 10, 11 and 12 training is on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 5.00pm, commencing on Tuesday 26 March.



  • The Club runs a separate pre-season fitness program targeted specifically at improving the fitness and skills of players.
  • Interested girls are encouraged to attend.
  • No need to register, just turn up on the days that you can attend.
  • Pre-season fitness is on the oval in front of the netball courts from 7:00am-8:00am, on a Wednesday and Friday:
    • 20 & 22 February
    • 27 February & 1 March
    • 6 & 8 March
  • The school canteen is open after morning training sessions to purchase breakfast, if required.


The netball uniforms are available for purchase from the John XXIII College Uniform Shop.



If you have any questions or concerns, please email us on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Remember that parent volunteers run the Netball Club and we have work commitments ourselves, so our responses are not immediate but usually within 48 hours.

We hope you enjoy the 2019 Netball season.


Michelle Paterson

Netball Club Registrar

Rowing Club

John XXIII College Rowing Club

The John XXIII College Rowing Club has enjoyed strong growth through the leadership of Rob Thomas over the past three years.  The club now has the largest membership of any rowing club in Western Australia and competes in the largest number of Regattas of any WA School.  With the addition of our new Head Coach Steve Saunders with over 20 years of experience coaching at an elite level, we are offering a great sporting experience to our students and heading for a wonderful season of rowing.

The start to the John XXIII College Boys Rowing season has gone at great pace with many outstanding events organised for the boys (and girls) and success at the first PSA regatta last Saturday.

New Zealand Rowing Tour

Twenty-four senior students attended the inaugural overseas rowing trip to New Zealand last month.  It was a great way to train for this upcoming season with training events twice a day and terrific team building events also included.  It was an amazing experience with tough competition from the local New Zealand rowers, however, our students did the College proud in the local school competitions. The New Zealand schools were extremely hospitable and made the tour a delight.  John XXIII College will definitely be returning to such a wonderful and beautiful place for rowing.


Boys Rowing Camp

There has been more camp action for our rowing boys. An intensive three-day camp which included twice daily training sessions interspersed with team building events at XLR8 obstacle course and Surf boat training at Scarborough beach, and adding a little bit of down time in the evenings with a movie and even the occasional afternoon nap for some tired boys!  The boys thoroughly enjoyed this event (and the fantastic food – thanks to Amanda Lummis).  This had set the scene for a great start to our season.


PSA Regatta 1

Last Saturday, 9 February, was the first of four PSA Regattas which our rowing boys will be attending. The conditions were not perfect, however our John XXIII College rowers showed incredible grit to row in the difficult hot and windy conditions against formidable competition.  The outcome of the regatta was very positive for our JTC rowers where they were always in with a chance up and close to the winners. More specifically with our Senior A eight placing second in the 4th eight race and completing the race in the fastest time any John XXIII Crew has ever gone. This regatta proving to be an important marker of the boy’s potential and more positive results to come.


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 16 February - PSA Regatta 2, Champion Lakes
  • Saturday 23 February - PSA Regatta 3, Champion Lakes
  • Saturday 16 March - PSA Regatta 5  'Head of the River', Champion Lakes
  • Sunday 31 March - Bunbury Regatta, Bunbury foreshore

Pathways and Transition

GREaT Work Experience

The Get Real Experience And Try (GREaT) - Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience Program has been developed to encourage Year 10 high school students to experience nursing or midwifery prior to studying it with a state training provider or at university. 

This exciting five day program provide students with a unique opportunity to:

  • Experience the many aspects of nursing/midwifery in a clinical setting
  • Observe the nursing/midwifery team in action
  • Decide whether the nursing/midwifery profession is the right career choice. 

Applications Close on the 8th March. To apply please follow this link


University Open Dates

  • Curtin University: 21 July. Find out more here.
  • Murdoch University: 28 July. Find out more here.
  • University of Notre Dame: 11 August
  • Edith Cowan University: (ECU) 28 July (Joondalup). Find out more here.
  • Edith Cowan University (ECU): 11 August (Mount Lawley). Find out more here.
  • University of Western Australia (UWA): 4 August
  • CQ University: 24 August

Joel Wynn

Head of Pathways and Transitions

(08) 9383 0416

Family Zone & Cyber Safety

Download Family Zone 

Make use of the Family Zone Accounts which we are offering to John XXIII College families for free, as part of our College contract negotiations until 2020.


By setting up a private Family Zone account, you can apply age-appropriate parental controls on every device your child has access to, in any location. To find out more visit


Stop worrying about Fortnite. Start worrying about Apex Legends

Written by Family Zone Team 


Fortnite - or upstart competitor Apex Legends? Who will be the last game standing?

The Fortnite phenomenon of 2018 - culminating in a user base of roughly 200 million players, of which your school-aged child is probably one - may have met its match.


Copycat battle royale game Apex Legends, launched last week with absolutely no advance publicity, racked up 10 million new players in first three days alone. That means its growing faster than Fortnite itself.

So watch your back, mum and dad.


Fortnite v. Apex Legends

Apex Legends is similar to Fortnite in most respects. It’s an easy-to-play squad-based shooter game with a focus on teamwork and communication. It features persistent though stylised violence, and online chat with strangers.


Also like Fortnite, Apex Legends is free to play but  offers enticing in-app purchases that can add up big.

There are differences too. Fortnite features fun, cartoonish characters and equally stylised  violence.  Apex Legends has more the look and feel of a hardcore military-style first-person shooter.


Compared to Fortnite, there is more focus on the bottom line - killing the enemy - and less on fun and creativity. In the new game, characters who get killed can ‘re-spawn’ to stay engaged and prolong play. (Think of it as a kind of digital reincarnation.)


Perhaps the biggest difference is that Apex Legends is only available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC - not tablets or phones. (It was when Fortnite was released as an iPhone app that the game went ballistic.) Legends is unlikely to be released as an app, owing to the games technical heft.

That said, the overnight popularity of Legends is, well, legendary. As this blog is going to press, 120,000 viewers are watching a foul-mouthed gamer named “Shroud” play on Twitch (a social platform for gamers), and texting comments ranging in tone from reverence to obscenity.


Age restrictions

As they say on Facebook, it’s complicated. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) is 16+. The US-based Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) - a self-regulatory body of game and app developers - rates it 13+. Common Sense Media’s expert reviewer recommends 14+.



Let's be clear: The object of Apex Legends is to kill as many others as possible. And compared to Fortnite, the killing is front and centre, military-style. How disturbing is the violence? That depends on who you ask. In the words of one 13-year-old critic:


Online chat

Any game or app that features online chat creates a direct channel for strangers to interact with your child. If you’re unsure about whether to allow this, we strongly suggest you visit Twitch for a try-out. Simply type “Apex Legends” in the search bar at the top of the page, and click on one of the popular results.


Community Liturgy

NB Next week Community Liturgy will be on Thursday 21 as Secondary students will be off-site for the Sr Mary Murray Swimming Carnival on Friday.


Thank you to students and teachers in Year 9 who prepared the readings for, and welcomed people to, our Community Liturgy this morning.


Next week the Liturgy will be prepared by the Sports Captains as well as HomeRoom leaders in Years 8-11. They will also receive a blessing and their badges.


All are welcome.  If you are new to the College or have not previously attended Mass, just come to the Chapel at 8:00am.  There are no reserved seats or special places and, as all the responses are on a PowerPoint, it is quite user-friendly. 


Community Liturgy summary

  • Where:                 College Chapel
  • Time:                     8:00 – 8:30 am
  • When:                   every Friday in term time (except next week when it will be Thursday 21 February)

Sacrement Program
Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?


Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own ‘home’ parish.  Parents are reminded to enroll their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible.


Some of our local parishes have supplied information for parents. A brief summary of dates is provided below, but please check the College website or approach the Parish Priest directly for more detailed information and requirements.  No two parishes are the same – so there will be some variation in how the parish Sacrament Program is administered.


CITY BEACH: Holy Spirit

Enrolments have been completed.

For families already enrolled in the program, the schedule is on the College website.

Further information:


CLAREMONT: St Thomas Apostle

Registration for all Sacraments

Friday 15 March

Celebration of the Sacrament

These will be published soon

Further information:


DOUBLEVIEW: Our Lady of the Rosary

Registration for all Sacraments

  • Saturday 16 Mach at 6:00pm Mass OR 17 March at 10.00am Mass

Celebration of the Sacrament

  • Confirmation: Saturday 8 June at 6:00pm Mass
  • First Communion:  Saturday 21 September at 6:00pm
  • Sunday 22 September at 10:00am
  • Reconciliation:  Saturday 26 October at 5:00pm

Further information:


FLOREAT/WEMBLEY: St Cecilia’s/Our Lady of Victories

Enrolments have been completed.

For families already enrolled in the program, the Compulsory Parent Information Night is on Wednesday, 27 February at 7:00pm in St Cecilia’s.


NEDLANDS: Holy Rosary

Registration for all Sacraments

  • Thursday 14 February

NB – Enrolments received after this will still be accepted for a short time.

Celebration of the Sacrament

  • Reconciliation: Term 2 – date to be finalised 
  • First Communion: Sunday 16 June 2019,  8:45am Mass 
  • Confirmation: Saturday 3 August 2019, 6:00pm Mass 

SUBIACO: St Joseph’s

Expression of interest for all Sacraments

Please send an email to Bart Welten before 20 February 2019


If you have any other questions about the Sacrament Program:


Updating student medical information

Please inform the College Nurse if there are any changes to your child’s medical information.


College medication procedure

MEDICATION: If a parent requests the College Nurse administer medication to their child, they must complete a Medication Request Form, this is available from the Health Centre. The medication must be in its original container or packaging and clearly labelled with the following:   

  • Child’s name
  • Name of medication              
  • Expiry date
  • Dose and time to be given

If a student is required to carry and self-administer medication while at school, only a single measured dose for one school day can brought onto the College premises. Medication must be locked in that student’s locker.


Students with diagnosed asthma must carry their reliever medication with them at all times.


Students with diagnosed anaphylaxis are advised to have their Epipen (adrenaline autoinjector) with them at all times if age appropriate.


Students with diagnosed Type 1 diabetes must carry their “hypo Kit”at all times.


Year 8 Vaccines

The Department of Health Immunisation team will be visiting the College on Wednesday 13 March to administer the first round of Vaccines to Year 8 Students. Information and consent package will be sent home with your child next week. Could Parents please complete and return consent form by Monday 25 February.


Jenny Hill

College Nurse


Parents' Association

Term 1 Meeting - Tuesday 5 March

Our first Parents' Association meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 5 March at 7:00pm in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre. All parents and guardians of John XXIII College students are welcome to attend. 


If you have a proposal for how the Parents’ Association funds could be spent, the Guidelines for Funding Proposal Form must be completed. This may be obtained by emailing the Association on or through the embedded link above.  Alternatively, you can download one from the school website.


The deadline for Term 1 Funding Proposal submissions is Friday 22 February.


We hope to see you at our meetings this year.


Your 2019 Parent Association Committee

  • President - Simon Fracaro
  • Vice President, Female - Sharon Aquino
  • Vice President, Male - Jason Waller
  • Treasurer - Matt Edmondson
  • Secretary - Paula Hackett
  • General Members - Catherine Anderson-King, Celia Gardner, Lucette Quinlan, Caroline Di Costa, Kerry Tudori

College Charter Bus

John XXIII College offers Horizons West private bus services taking children to and from school. Currently we run a Southern route through Swanbourne, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, North Fremantle and East Fremantle. We are pleased to extend this service to the north (Floreat, City Beach, Wembley Downs, Scarborough, Doubleview, Woodlands) and the east (Floreat, Churchlands, Wembley, West Leederville) to allow more families the opportunity to make use of this private, safe and convenient bus service.


The service is safe and an affordable option for all primary and secondary students.


Tickets are available for purchase for $2.50 each way from the main administration reception on Mooro Drive, Mount Claremont.


To find out more information about the specific stops and times in your area please view the PDF below


Bus Routes




Summer Canteen Menu 

Please see the attached Summer Canteen Menu, which is available for Term 1.

Please could the secondary students bring some form of identification when collection their
lunch orders. A labelled book or item of clothing is acceptable until such time as student cards are

Canteen opening hours

  • Breakfast: 8:00am to 8:45am
  • Recess: 10:40am to 11:00am
  • Lunch: 12:50pm to 1:25pm

Ordering online

How to get started:

  • Visit
  • Sign up by completing the registration form
  • Receive a confirmation email with activation link
  • Activate your account and login to the website
  • Add your children and credit to your account
  • Order at your convenience (up to four weeks in advance)

How to activate your Smart Rider card:

  • Log on to your account
  • Go to the ‘Students’ tab and select the student
  • Select ‘Register Students Card’ and complete the fields

Uniform Shop

During Term 1 we are open the following hours:

  • Monday 8:00 am to 5:45 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am to 4:15 pm 
  • Friday 8:00 am to 11:45 am

Acrylic Jumpers

If your child is allergic to our woollen jumpers you will need to order an acrylic one.

Orders need to be placed by 1 March. 

Please contact the uniform shop as soon as possible regarding these.

Secondhand items

We are not accepting your secondhand items until mid March. After this time we will be very happy to receive them. Please remember that they must be freshly laundered and in good condition for us to be able to buy them from you.

New sports shorts for boys

We have introduced new sport shorts for boys in secondary school.

These are now available at the shop for $35.

As usual there will be a two year phase-in period for this new item.

Bev Sainsbury

Uniform Shop Coordinator


Inigo Parent Talks

Ignatian Induction Program for Parents

All John XXIII College staff and parents are given the opportunity to participate in the Ignatian Induction Program.

The modules aim to provide staff and parents with the essence of the ethos of John XXIII College. They are a great opportunity to learn about lgnatian Spirituality and meet other parents to explore spirituality within an lgnatian context.


The program consists of six independent content modules with a certificate issued upon completion of all six modules.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Murray Graham by email or phone 9383 0444.

John XXIII College Alumni 

Duplo drive for children in Dili, East Timor​

Alex Sefton nee Botcher (Class 1986) is a public librarian in Perth and travelled to Dili, East Timor recently. She will return early March with a Container of near new books and DUPLO, the construction toy of LEGO. Alex's crusade is to encourage children to attend the library and thru play also learn to read. If you are able to assist, please drop off your donation to the College Administration off Mooro Drive or bring directly to the Alumni Office.



Community Notices

Tennis Coaching Term 1 for Pre-Primary to Year 6

A school tennis program is being offered to the children of John XXIII College Primary School. This program will run for eight (8) weeks.



  • Years PP-2 Monday 11 February, 7:45-8:30am
  • Years 3-6 Monday 11 February, 7:30-8:30am


  • Years PP-2 $100.00
  • Years 3-7 $130.00
  • 15% discount 2 children in same family enrolled

VENUE: School Tennis Courts.

RACQUETS: Will be available at a price of $35.00 on the first day of coaching.

ENROLMENTS: Enrol online at (click on schools tab) or

contact Nick on 0419 923 495.


To find out more see the below flyer:


Plenary Council Discussion


Rotary Event


John XXIII hotshots .pdf
Magis Calendar Semester One.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
Charter Bus Flyer.pdf
Canteen Menu 2019.pdf
Yr 7 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 8 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 9 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 10 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf
Yr 11 to 12 NAS trials schedule Term 1 2019.pdf