08 June 2018
Issue 017
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Deputy Principal's News
Fair Go Cup
We Will Rock You
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to the Principal's Voice


Student and career aspirations

Two reports were released last year into Australian students’ career aspirations. The Australian Institute of Family Studies released an analysis from the longitudinal Study of Australian Children on career or occupational aspirations of 14-15 year olds. Findings include:

  • 59% said they knew what career or occupation they would like to have
  • Of those who reported an occupation, 60% aspired to a professional or managerial occupation, 16% responded to a technical or trade role, 14% service occupations and 11% in sports or arts.
  • Job aspirations of students of this age do not reflect current labour market trends where 35% of the workforce is employed in a professional or managerial role, 49% are in service roles including sales, hospitality, clerical and labourers. Sports and arts jobs comprise 1.3% of the current labour market.
  • There were significant gender differences in the top ten jobs nominated by girls and boys although many of these differences reflect the gendered nature of the occupations in the current labour market. Girls were more likely to aspire to a professional or managerial role or a job in the service category, whereas boys were more likely to aspire to a technical or trade job.

Interestingly, an article published by the Australian Association for Research in Education describes findings from the University of Newcastle longitudinal study, which tracks the career aspirations of Australian children from year three, including:

  • Interest in occupations such as engineering, nursing and social work grows in the later years of schooling
  • Interest in some occupations, architecture, arts and veterinary science declines
  • Interest in teaching, medicine, legal and science careers is more stable across the school years.

This week at the College

We are on a countdown to the College musical with seven weeks to go. Please show your support for our hardworking students and staff who have been preparing for this much anticipated event since last year. Tickets can be purchased here.

Thank you to Mr Zietsch and all involved in the preparations for and running of the Fair Go Touch Football competition last Sunday.

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • Our Youth Theatre Group, ‘The Miss Fits’ for their success in making it to the quarter finals at Kingston State High School!
  • Equestrian: Congratulations to Year 11 student Lyla Sampson who competed last weekend at Burpengary ODE winning first place in the Open Pre-novice class!
  • Our 2016 Year 5 students who raised $4,000 at their Market Day with the money donated to Mission Educate, for the purpose of constructing a basketball court at the King of Kings School in Mozambique.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's Desk


This week’s focus: Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”

Access here: http://jpc.qld.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/13-reasons-why-special-report


As you may be aware the latest Netflix series, ’13 Reasons Why’ has just released Season 2.

In this special episode, which is a six minute video highlight reel, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg shares compelling reasons why parents should share viewing of this series with their teens, emphasizing “This show has been criticised internationally for glamourising, normalising and sanitising suicide.”


This show is graphic and propagates ideas that could put young viewers at risk. The portrayal of characters is problematic and information is inaccurate and unhelpful. The creators of this show did not adequately consult suicide prevention groups, despite the second series displaying warning signs on the advice of mental illness organisations.

Parents need to be made aware of the content of this show and the dangerous implications it can have on young people. Unfortunately, the show romanticises suicide by portraying the main character as living on after death through narration, written notes and recorded messages.

In this special report, Dr Carr-Gregg highlights the areas of the show that concern the mental health community. He hopes that parents will have a conversation with their teenagers about the content, should they choose to watch it.


Dr Carr-Gregg has also made recommendations in relation to the top ten apps that can assist with wellbeing.  His suggestion is that we should make all young people aware of these free tools.

  1. Recharge – to improve general health
  2. Reach Out Breathe – panic attacks
  3. The Brave Program – anxiety
  4. Smiling Mind – coping with stress
  5. MoodKit – depression
  6. Mediterranean Diet – healthy eating
  7. Breakup Shakeup – coping with a break-up
  8. Calm Harm – managing self-harm
  9. BeyondNow – suicide safety plan to get through tough moments
  10. Pillboxie – compliance

A reminder that if you have concerns about your child, seek medical advice or reach out to our College counsellors:


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal


Fair Go Cup

Fair Go Cup


We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You tickets selling fast!

John Paul College is excited to present our 2018 College production, ‘We Will Rock You” (School Edition) – the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton.


Have you got your tickets? You'll go GaGa if you miss out!

Tickets are selling fast - get yours NOW!


Show Dates and Times:

Friday, 27 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Saturday, 28 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Sunday, 29 July 2018 Matinee – 1.00 pm


Venue:  Chandler Theatre, Chandler Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Road, Chandler


Cost: Adults $40, Students*/Concessions** $25.00


To purchase your tickets please click here.


*Student/Child Ticket - Child is classified as 3yo to 17yo. Children 2yo and under, may sit on a parent's lap for free (no ticket is required).

**Concessions - Please present your Concession Card on entry. No Uni/Tafe student discounts apply.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Scaramouche Scaramouche sponsorship opportunities available!


To obtain a copy of the sponsorship prospectus, please email marketing@jpc.qld.edu.au

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: I am getting notifications from JPConnect that assessment results have been released. What can I expect to see?

Response: Results are regularly released in SEQTA Engage and SEQTA Learn. The Assessment area brings together the student submission, staff feedback, results and even student reflection. The actual uploaded files are available for access in the Assessment area. This area carries the complete history of student assessment tasks.

How to:

  • Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/
  • The system automatically adds a notification in the top right hand corner of the web page as new results are released. These notifications are hyperlinked and can be used to access the specific assessment result. In the example below, one notification has been received. A reminder email is sent to parents if results have not been reviewed.

PLEASE NOTE: remember to “clear” the notifications list to ensure that reminders are not repeated.


  • It is not necessary to use the notifications link. Access to the history of ALL assessment tasks and results is through the “Assessment” link which is accessed from the spine of SEQTA Engage. Select “Assessments” and where there is more than one student in the family, select the appropriate student.
  • Each subject that is currently on a student’s timetable is displayed in the list and note that “Upcoming” assessments are summarised in a separate link.
  • The display available “cascades” across the screen. Select a subject to display the “Summary Panel” and then select any result to display the “Details Panel.”
  • The colour of the panel will depend on the colour selected by each user for the subject. By default, the information will appear in grey but where a user has added a colour to the timetable, the results will display in the associated colour.


Anatomy of the Assessment Results Panel

The results panel is displayed in TWO sections. When opened for the first time, only the summary panel is displayed. Clicking on the results slide opens the details of the assessment and the associated resources.

  1. The listing of subjects in the current semester plus a collapsed list of all previous years and semesters.
  2. Tiles are displayed with any future assessment tasks. The tile in this example indicates that an assessment piece is due on 6 June.
  3. The summary panel has the results by strand displayed for each assessment task. In this example, the title “Lock ‘n’ Rock Folio and Pitch” is displayed along with the results associated with each criteria.
  4. This is the icon link to the actual assessment task and the date the task was due is displayed.
  5. A file has been added by the teacher which includes in this case the feedback rubric for this student.
  6. Files uploaded by the student as the submission for the assessment are available.
  7. The results panel is re-displayed in the Details Panel.
  8. The name of the teacher who has uploaded the file (usually containing marking and feedback annotations) is displayed.
  9. Upcoming assessment tasks across all subjects are displayed under this link.

Additional responses may be included in the assessment task. In the English Creative Response below, each student was invited to reflect on the assessment piece and suggest a focus for improvement. These reflections are displayed as an integral part of the results for an assessment piece.

Queries or Questions:

Email: jpconnect@jpc.qld.edu.au

Phone: 3826 3496

Drop in: Techsphere Service Centre, Markwell Carpark (7.30 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday in term time)


JPC Announcements

Change to Retail Centre Hours

The Retail Centre opening hours will change from the week commencing 4 June for the convenience of parents.


New term-time trading hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7.30 am - 4.00 pm during term time.
  • Wednesday 7.30 am - 5.30 pm

Days of Academic Challenge

Sessions have been designed for Gifted and Talented children across Years 4-6, and may be of interest to Year 7 students. These days are standalone days and can be completed separately.


This year’s offerings are focussed on the areas of Science, Engineering, History and Creative Writing.


For further information on the Academic Challenge programme please contact Joel Bonomini at jbonomini@jpc.qld.edu.au

Register at: http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/news-events/bookings/

Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School


Welcome to Week 8

As we head towards the last few weeks of the term, students are remaining focussed on their academic goals. Students have been fully engaged in a wide range of activities culminating in the exam block next week. Teachers have been working extremely hard, not only continuing to teach their normal programme, but also creating, carrying out and marking assessments. They are also working on writing informative report comments for each of their students.

Reminder - Exam and Extended Learning Block

Exam Block and Extended Learning Block commence on Monday 11 June. Permission to study at home during this time should have been finalised for all Year 11 & 12 students.  Year 10 students should be aware of their responsibilities in regards to attendance and participation in the EL Block sessions. Any absences will require a medical certificate.

Young STEM intern – Caesar Qiu

While their peers were dreaming of Easter eggs over the last school holidays, 46 of Queensland’s brightest Year 12 students were dreaming up solutions to real world problems during STEM internships at QUT.


The annual QUT High School STEM Internships program is an intensive week that gets teenagers out of the classrooms and into real world research.


The focus is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including health and environmental challenges facing today’s world.


Caesar was involved in the Astrophysics research project.  Students in this project explored the concepts in rocket science, space travel and exoplanet habitability to design a mission to relocate humanity to a nearby solar system and save the human race.  The students left the project placement with a better understanding of the critical role astrophysics research plays in investigating the stability and sustainability of Planet Earth in our complex and ever-changing corner of the universe. 


Students accessed very advanced laboratories and technology to experience cutting edge research and inspire them to forge a career in scientific research that will benefit humanity.


As one of the young interns, Caesar returned to QUT on May 30 for a research presentation evening to share his new knowledge.


The QUT High School STEM Internships program is fully funded by QUT.


Applications for next year's internships will open in February 2019.

News from the Head of Careers and Pathways for our Senior Students

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”                                                                                                                        MICHELANGELO

The simple fact is, if we want to achieve anything in life, we need to set goals. Goals help us determine focus and direction in all aspects of our lives. Goals should be small, medium and grand; but whatever the type we all need them.


With hard work, the right attitude and some smart planning, each of us is capable of fantastic things. In most situations, we could accomplish so much more by not being afraid to dream big and having a well-planned series of steps to get there.  By breaking down our big goals into smaller and more manageable pieces, it is more likely that we will move forward and achieve the success we are after.


As far as assessment and examinations are concerned, there are some valuable principles that students should apply to achieve positive outcomes.

  1. Tracking progress of current performance. This helps you in knowing where to put your emphasis and effort.
  2. Get the right type of support – it is impossible to do it all on your own so gather a support team of like-minded people around you and use their experience for support and motivation.
  3. Get motivated yourself – if you are working towards your big dream or smaller “getting there” goals it is very important to stay motivated every day. This is not always easy so take time to reflect and think about how you are going and what you need to change.
  4. Take action because just wanting something is not enough. It is your job so you had better get about it!
  5. OOOPS moments will happen and you need to plan for those. Even the smoothest road has its bumps. Remember that all successful people have failed more than once before they got there.

Above all things believe in yourself and hold on to your big dreams. You can achieve anything you want but you must be prepared to work hard, plan, take action and keep on trying when things get a little tough.


I am here to help all of you dream big and make a plan to get there…


Steve Cuthbert (stevecuthbert@jpc.qld.edu.au) 38263593

Year 11 Engineering Studies

Eight Year 11 Engineering Studies students visited Griffith University Gold Coast campus on Thursday 24 May to re-enforce their classroom learning. The students have been studying an important unit on materials properties and testing, to apply their knowledge and to gain access to the latest technology. They worked with Associate Lecturer Zia Javanbakht in the materials testing labs to determine the properties of various materials using the university's destructive and non-destructive testing equipment.


This was a valuable learning experience for the students and enabled them to further develop their interest and experiences in Engineering.


Dates to Note:

Monday 11 June to Friday 15 June - Year 11 & 12 Exam Block

Monday 11 June – Thursday 14 June - Extended Learning Block Years 7 – 10

Tuesday 12 June - Parents & Friends Meeting

Monday 18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion

Monday 18 June - VET Diploma Students University Excursion

Monday 18 June - QCS Practice

Tuesday 19 June - QCS Practice

Thursday 21 June - Athletics Carnival

Friday 22 June - Last Day of Term 2


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School


Strategic Planning

Last week I met with the Year 9 Student Council leaders as part of a student focus group to reflect upon three questions as part of the strategic planning renewal process. These are the same questions asked by Mrs Spiller to other key stakeholders as part of the data gathering and engagement process. Earlier this week the Student Council reconvened to record their responses to the questions and form a collective set of feedback for Mrs Spiller. Student Council President, Sam Goodwin, summarised the responses as follows:


What should the student, staff and parent experience be at JPC?

  • Everyone should enjoy coming to school
  • An environment where students feel safe and secure
  • Limited stress


What should be the values of a JPC graduate?

  • Respect for everyone, regardless of race, gender, appearance, authority
  • Having good leadership and organisational skills
  • Maintaining a good work ethic


What is one thing we could do differently to build on the success of JPC?

  • Having a good balance between performing arts, sports, and academics, so that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their own path.

I thank the Year 9 leaders for being supportive of this process and for providing a student’s perspective on these important questions. I look forward to working more with our students as we form our vision and strategy for the College moving into 2019.

Reading culture

The importance of reading as a life skill for success is unquestioned in the research. This year our Middle School classrooms have focused more explicitly on developing reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Our teacher professional development programme, led by Ms Lang (Head of Learning – Middle School), has explored a broad range of reading strategies to develop effective reading skills across all subject areas. One way we can improve our reading skills is to simply spend time reading. Whilst walking through the Wesley Learning Centre on Wednesday I was pleased to witness our Year 7 PC classes using their pastoral care lesson for independent silent reading. With the holidays only around the corner, I encourage our students to find a good book and spend time reading for pleasure.


TAS Sport v CHAC

There were some excellent performances last weekend from our girls’ and boys’ teams playing against CHAC at Cannon Hill. With our final TAS round this weekend against Ormiston before we enter the finals, it will be important for all players to give their best and meet their training commitments. Here are some photos of some of the action against CHAC. Even Mrs Spiller got amongst the action!


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 2 June – TAS Sport v CHAC (Away)
  • Sunday 3 June – Fair Go Cup, Cec Munns Sports Centre
  • Sunday 3 June – Musical rehearsals
  • Saturday 9 June – TAS Sport v Ormiston (Home)
  • Monday 11 June – Commencement of Extended Learning Block
  • Saturday 16 June – TAS Trimester 2 Finals


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


Our 2016 Year 5 Market Day donation of $4,000 was provided to Mission Educate, for the purpose of constructing a basketball court at the King of Kings School in Mozambique.


Pictured below are a couple of photos we have received of the progress of the basketball court being built at the King of Kings School in Mozambique. You will notice the workers are dressed in brownish uniforms. These are actually students at the Technical Institute doing the three-year construction course. The basketball court is one of their first practical projects - carefully supervised by the Institute’s builder.

Through the Market Day initiative of our Year 5 students in 2016, (this year in Year 7) the donation from John Paul College has not only provided a sporting facility for the King of Kings School in Mozambique, but also a learning experience for the Technical Institute.


A sincere ‘Thank You’ is extended from Dr Terry King, Executive Director of Mission Educate.


Dr King has informed us that he is travelling to Mozambique at the end of June and looking forward to sharing some more photos of the completed work.


For more information about Mission Educate, please visit their website: www.missioneducate.org


On Thursday, 21 June, our 2018 Year 5 Market Day will take place at the ARC. Our Year 5 students have been engaged in inquiring into the purpose of business and social entrepreneurialship. The Year 5 students selected a topic they were passionate about, for example animal welfare, homelessness or mental health. They have looked at areas where they can make a difference in the community and were then placed into groups with common interests.


In their groups, the students are collaborating to create their businesses and will select a charity to benefit from the sales of their stall on Market Day. Student agency, voice, choice and ownership have guided the inquiry into social entrepreneurialship where their business aims to give back to the community.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School

Year 2 Number Sense Workshop for Parents

Over the past two weeks the Year 2 teachers and parents engaged in interactive Number Sense Workshops. The workshops were aimed to equip parents with a firm understanding of relevant number strategies that are being used daily throughout the classrooms and can be applied throughout home learning. Thank you to all of the parents who participated and contributed to such a wonderful learning experience.


Robotics in Years 5 and 6

Scroll through the images below to experience the Years 5 and 6 Robotics session held Thursday 31 May.


From the Friends of Primary

It is amazing how quickly time goes! In just a couple more weeks we will be on a break again. We have accomplished great success with our events this term and have only the Primary Athletics Carnival remaining.


As per last year, and weather permitting, Friends of Primary will be hosting the canteen for the Primary Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th of June. We will be selling bacon rolls, halal sausages, spinach rolls, sausage rolls, party pies, popcorn, cookies and drinks to all our athletes and spectators, and we will provide fresh fruit for the children to replenish their energy. We would love any help you are able to provide. Please visit our “Sign Up Page” www.signupschedule.com/jpcfop, and choose the day and time that is most convenient for you. We will be at Cec Munns Sports Centre from the morning until the afternoon and you can help us to set up, look after or clean up the stall. We will be taking turns and rotating constantly in such a way that we can all see and cheer our children participating in the carnival.


Finally, we would like to invite you to our next Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 17th July at 9:00am, at the Primary Lawns . In the AGM all the positions in the current committee will be declared vacant and a new committee will be appointed. The positions to be filled are President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. If you are interested in having a position in the new committee, please send an email or if you have any suggestions and/or questions please email Romina at rominamvecchi@gmail.com.


Thank you very much for all your help.


Romina Vecchi on behalf of Friends of Primary

Chaplain and Community

‘Eagles Wings’ at Chapel

Recently Years 8 and 9 listened as David Matolokoshi and Christopher Mulenga, from the ‘Eagles Wings’ not-for-profit and development organisation, spoke in Chapel. The Christian organisation is based in Zambia, Africa.


They described a very different life for students over there. Christopher shared how he used to have to walk two hours just to get to school, so was unable to start until he was about 9 years old as he couldn’t make the trip. This trip involved crossing rivers, not on a bridge but holding his books above his head while swimming across the river, all the while keeping an eye out for crocodiles. However, education was so highly valued that he made the trip. After finishing school, he became a tailor, got married and started a family. His brother then died and Christopher took his brother’s two young children into his house to raise them alongside his own four children. He told us that unfortunately, this type of family situation is common in his part of Africa.


He now works with Eagles Wings to help provide an education for children and young adults. Many of those people’s homes do not have running water, electricity, much furniture (if any) and computers and the internet are non-existent. So, Eagles Wings offers a chance for education which leads to income which brings people out of poverty.




Mr Stephen Ward


Parents' Prayer Group

The John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group welcomes all members of the John Paul College Community.


The Prayer Group's purpose is to honour Christ by praying for the College staff, students and families within the JPC community.


Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30am in the meeting room in the Wellbeing Centre (except for every fourth Thursday of the month when it is held in the evening at 7.30pm at Julie Gordon’s house – 64 Highview Terrace, Daisy Hill).


Co-ordinator: Julie Gordon can be contacted on 0421 809 984 or kevinjulie.gordon@gmail.com by any parent wishing to inquire about about the John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group.

Library Learning

Learning in the Library 

This week, Year 3 were challenged to use a digital system to create their own virtual world. The system involved Play-Doh, an iPad, an App called Play-Doh Touch, a digital photo and other objects found in the library. Students were able to populate their 'world' with different characters, buildings, creatures and modes of transport. They could then move around their world, interacting and refining as they played and discovered.


Year 5 are continuing their 3D printing journey and loving the experiences they are having using Tinkercad.


Robotics Challenge Days in NMLC

Last Thursday and Friday, the Year 6 classes and one Year 5 class were privileged to meet the cute little robot, ‘Astrobot’, and were lucky to have the services of industry Digital Technologies guru, Steve Uliano, and a great array of support people including Mrs MacNamarra, Mrs Angell, Mrs Duong, Mr Paul Douglas and Mrs Jo Yu from Techsphere in their robotics challenge days.


The students were challenged to code the robot to move to a piece of rubbish, pick it up and place it in a recycle bin. The robot can be programmed to do a variety of actions, make sounds, copy speech and sense objects.


The remainder of Year 5 will complete the challenge next Friday.


Get Caught Reading 

Just weeks ago, the Learning Centres launched our own contribution to the world-wide campaign, Get Caught Reading. Posters appear in classrooms and on display boards across the school and the numbers are growing with staff getting behind the project, eager to show the students that reading is something to enjoy and show pride in. Even Prefects Mekeely Hamlyn and Luke Bicanic got in on the act, requesting their own poster and making sure that JPC staff didn’t steal the show!


Staff have been snapped with reading material as diverse as Janet Evanovich’s hilarious Stephanie Plum novels, Jonathan Maberry's award-winning zombie novels, Tim Winton’s Breathe, various non-fiction titles, Choice and Wheels magazines and childhood favourite Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss. The standout student favourites are Mr Graf’s poster featuring him wrapped up in a Deadpool graphic novel, and the poster featuring science teachers Ms Woods and Mr Kelly engrossed in sci-fi and fantasy novels about to be beamed aboard a UFO.  


As the weeks tick by for students participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, we encourage them to ‘get caught reading’ on the bus, in the park or anywhere really as they strive toward their reading goal.


The deadline for reading books and returning the form for the Premier’s Reading Challenge is 24 August.

If you have queries about the challenge please contact the teacher librarians, Mrs Fry on mfry@jpc.qld.edu.au and Mrs Duong on bduong@jpc.qld.edu.au or by phone at the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

Book of the Week

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


What do you get when you cross Stargate with Indiana Jones? This blistering, high-paced sci-fi adventure!


In the not-too-distant future, Earth intercepts a message from the Undying, an alien race that has self-destructed. When the message is decoded, it reveals the location of Gaia, a planet that appears to be a heaven-sent solution to Earth’s dwindling energy resources. But the scientists are not the only ones travelling to Gaia.


Scavenger gangs are joining the race, keen to make their fortunes by selling any alien tech they can get their hands on. 


Jules is a scientist, pleading caution and thorough, considered exploration given the tragic ending of such a superior race. Amelia is a scavenger determined to make her money and get out. Desperate rival scavenger gangs force the pair into an unlikely alliance as they race through a series of obstacles set by the Undying to protect their secrets from the unworthy—obstacles strangely similar to those at the pyramids. The scavenger gang presses at their heels until they uncover the real REAL legacy of the Undying. Could something that seems the salvation of Earth destroy the entire human race? 

This has one of the best cliffhanger endings around! Find Unearthed in the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts

The end of last week was a very busy time for our Performing Arts students with Theatresports, Live at the Piazza, Trinity Exams, Fair Go Cup, SHEP, Musical Rehearsal and Photo Shoot!


On the evening of Thursday 31 May, our Senior Theatresports team, ‘The Miss Fits’, consisting of Abi Balaji, Abby Leadbeater, Sarah Herbst and Neelam Singh competed at Kingston State High School. With the support of John Paul College staff and students in the audience, they displayed the ability to apply their learning in a competitive environment.  They were able to entertain the crowd with improvised scenes that were fast paced, unpredictable, and hilarious.  The competition was very tight, and through their wit, humour and teamwork, they were successful in making it to the quarter finals.  The date of this competition is still to be announced and we wish ‘The Miss Fits’ the best of luck in their next round of the competition.


Live at the Piazza was again held on Friday 1 June with our Paradise Road and Exit 24 Rock Band students entertaining the lunchtime crowd.  We look forward to the next Live at the Piazza to be held on Friday 8 June with performances from our vocal students.

Our Jazz Combo featuring vocalist and Alumni, Miss Zara Lassey entertained the athletes and supporters at the Fair Go Cup held on Sunday 3 June at Cec Munns Oval over a two hour period.  We thank Zara, the students and their Director Mr Sharne Andrews on their wonderful performance and representation of the College to the wider community.

Our We Will Rock You preparations continue to be in full swing with all of our musical cast taking part in a photo shoot in full costume, hair and makeup to be included in our Programme for the show.  Only 51 days to go!


Congratulations to the following students who have recently completed their Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) examinations:


Tabitha Weller - Year 5 - Piano for Leisure - Preliminary

Katherine Chang - Year 5 - Violin - Grade 2

Kate Rebello - Year 9 - Piano for Leisure - Grade 6


We congratulate our many instrumental students who competed recently at the Redlands Eisteddfod with outstanding results.


Tina Marui- Chen (Year 10), Chloe Lai (Year 9), Jessica Dai (Year 10) as Flute Trio were awarded 1st Place in the Mixed Instrumental Duo/ Trio/ Quartet section.


Our Sax Quartet consisting of Daniel Goffage (Year 10), Raffan Moyle (Year 12), Sergei Prosvirnov (Year 9) and Kris Pyun (Year 10) were awarded 2nd Place in the Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Duo/Trio/Quartet section.


The students in Ancora Quartet, Tina Gallo, Katrina Jin, Tina Marui-Chen and Wendy Qin were awarded 2nd Place in the Open String Duo/Trio/Quartet section.

Chae Eun Oh (Year 12)

  • Most Outstanding Senior Competitor Award
  • 1st Place - String Solo – Baroque Composer 13-15 years, 16 years/over (combined)
  • 1st Place -String Solo – 14/15 years, 16/17 years/Open (combined)
  • 2nd Place - Open String Championship (any age)
  • 2nd Place - Open Concerto/Sonata (any age)

Aaryn Wong (Year 10)

  • Most Promising Brass or Woodwind Performer receiving a trophy and $100.
  • 1st Place - Woodwind Solo 13-15 years Own Choice 
  • 1st Place - Brass/Woodwind Solo > Diploma Level 
  • 1st Place - Intermediate Brass/Woodwind Championship 13-15 > years

Tina Marui-Chen (Year 10)

  • 2nd Place - 13-15 years Woodwind Solo
  • 2nd Place - Brass or Woodwind Solo (Jazz Style)
  • 2nd Place - Intermediate Championship

Chloe Lai (Year 9)

  • 3rd Place - Grade 6 & 7
  • 3rd Place - Intermediate Championship

Our outstanding young musicians and vocalists in Years 5 to 8 recently attended the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) held from 1-3 June.  This programme gives students in Years 5 to 8 currently learning wind, brass, percussion, strings and vocal the opportunity to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers from South East Queensland, offering a unique opportunity to extend and develop their musical skills.  The students also enjoy working with a team of eminent conductors from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. 


Penelope Jones - Year 6 - Clarinet

Lauren Scott - Year 7 - Clarinet

Lola Sawka - Year 6 - Clarinet

Joshua Manley - Year 6 - French Horn

Asha Cahill-Baird - Year 6 - French Horn

Tyban Kowald - Year 6 - Saxophone Alto

Annalize de Wet - Year 7 - Trombone

Luke Jordan - Year 7 - Trumpet

Aaron D’Mello - Year 7 - Trumpet

Taren Lesslar - Year 6 - Tuba

Anthony Kostovski - Year 6 - Tuba

Natalie Portmann - Year 6 - Viola

Caden Careswell - Year 7 - Viola

Joshua Bottaccio - Year 8 - Violin

Sophie Cobb - Year 7 - Voice Alto

Carl McGill - Year 7 - Voice Alto

Pavani Wickremasinghe - Year 7 - Voice Alto

Thomas Gaske - Year 8 - Voice Alto

Amaarah Eichmann - Year 7 - Voice Alto

Ziyaad Pandie - Year 7 - Voice Alto

Lucinda Turunen - Year 6 - Voice Alto

Ella Shortt - Year 7 - Voice Soprano

Charlee White - Year 6 - Voice Soprano

Lily Wild - Year 7 - Voice Soprano

Disini Jayasooriya - Year 5 - Voice Soprano

Upcoming Dates

Saturday 9 June - Big Band Concert with the Salvation Army Band

Thursday 14 June - Battle of the Bands

Wednesday 20 June - Performance Evening

Monday 9 to Fri 13 July - Musical rehearsals

Thursday 19 July - Musical rehearsal in the Coleman Centre

Wednesday 25 July - Musical rehearsal (entire cast) at Chandler Theatre

Thurs 26 to Sun 29 July - Musical performances at Chandler Theatre


Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 3, 2018 is July 16, 2018.  Withdrawal forms are available online via jpconnect.net or from the Performing Arts Office.


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities

International Schoolgirls Netball Championships 

Congratulations to Year 10 student Ella Blackman who competed at the 2018 International Schoolgirls Netball Championships at Runaway Bay Indoor Sports Stadium last weekend.  


The championships saw ten teams compete from countries around the world such as Aotearoa (New Zealand), Auckland Fiji Fanz (Fiji), Auckland Samoa (Samoa), Auckland Tonga (Tonga), Budgies Indigenous (Australia), Bukit Jalil (Malaysia), Fiji, South Africa, School Sport Australia 15 Years Team (Australia) and the Pacific Rim.  


Ella was chosen to compete in the championships after the Budgies National Carnival in January at the Gold Coast. This is a wonderful opportunity for her to play at such an elite level at such a young age.


QLD U19 Schoolgirls Volleyball Championships

Congratulations to Year 12 students Joanna Kluck and Hannah Le Sage who competed at the Queensland U19 Schoolgirls Championships. Both girls had an outstanding tournament and came away with the bronze medal. Further congratulations to Joanna who was named Captain of the Metropolitan East team. Well done ladies!


Metropolitan East Cross Country Carnival

Well done to all students who competed at the 10 - 19 Years Metropolitan East Cross Country Carnival this week held at John Paul College. The competition was very tough.


Well done to the following students who placed in the top eight in the region:

Year 12 Students

          Jessica Smith 3rd Place

          Daniella Hare 5th Place

          Toby Marks 5th Place

Year 11 students

           Chekole Getenet 1st Place (5th year in a row)

           Tyler Kiem 7th Place (Reserve)

Year 10 Student

          Aysha Ozden 7th Place (Reserve)

Year 9 Student

          Josh Shah 4th Place

Year 8 Students

           Lachlan Ward 5th Place

           Samuel Pickett 4th Place              

Year 6 Student

           Liam Manson 8th Place (Reserve)

Congratulations to all students that competed. Keep up the great work!


Queensland All Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to the following students who won gold at the Queensland All Schools Cross Country Carnival at Rivermount College a few weeks ago: 


The amazing Chekole Getenet, and the Open Girls Daniella Hare, Jessica Smith and Tadila Birhanie


Congratulations to Year 8 students Samuel Pickett and Lachlan Ward who finished 4th and 10th in their respective age groups.


Saturday TAS/JTAS Sports Wrap

It was a  great weekend for the Burgundy and Blue with 16 wins and some very strong performances by our teams. Well done to all TAS and JTAS teams for their great team work and commitment. 


Our rugby teams dominated taking 5/6 wins, with our Year 9 team continuing to show strong improvements. 


Netball took six wins with some very close competitions. 


Boys' tennis had a solid day with Year 8, Year 10 and the Open A teams remaining undefeated. 


Our hockey teams performed well with wins from the Open A and Year 8 girls. The Year 6 and Year 7 teams fought hard going down in the dying minutes 0-1, and Year 9 and Open B also had close games going down 0-1. 


JTAS Netball and Rugby had a solid day with all teams improving and displaying great development each week. 


Thank you to all TAS and JTAS coordinators for the great work they do each week supporting the sports programme.


Karen Graham 

Director of Sport & Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International


Reconciliation Week @ JPIC

Last week was “Reconciliation Week” and on Friday 1 June, Mr Doidge, Zoe Mavromatis (11 E) and Justine Omeenyo (11A) visited JPIC Level 3(B) class. Zoe was from Broome, Western Australia, and spoke “Yawuru” and Justine came from Lockhart River. Her mother tongue was “Umpila.”



Mr Doidge explained that “Reconciliation Week” is a special time to remember and recognise the Indigenous Australians’ struggles after the European settlement in Australia.

The International students were surprised that there were more than 500 Aboriginal languages, and that most of them are now extinct. Mr Doidge said because they did not have a writing system, their history, knowledge and stories were passed down orally. Many of the languages also died due to the people dying in the conflict with Europeans. Many Indigenous families also suffered because their children were taken away to assimilate with the European customs and culture. He concluded that it was good to remember the past but it was more important to look to the future and move forward. Reconciliation was all about the coming together of Indigenous and all non-Indigenous people as a family, as a whole nation.


Mr Doidge brought an Indigenous polo shirt designed by Kevin Inkerman (when in Year 11) to show the class. As he explained the meaning of the symbols, the class came to realise each one of them had a special meaning and they all told a different story. Zoe and Justine did a short painting lesson to demonstrate what a meeting place and waterhole looked like. They drew footprints of different animals. At the end, they tested the class’ knowledge on the colours and symbols on the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Flags.


The students in 3B listened keenly and felt they had a clearer understanding of Indigenous people. It was an experience the students enjoyed very much. Zoe and Justine were very happy for the opportunity to visit Class 3B.

Primary Preparation

The John Paul International College Primary Preparation class had a classmate visit from their Prefects: Natasha, Caesar, Brandon and Bill.  The Primary students were eating lunch in their class café when the Prefects arrived.  The younger students were all prepared with their questions as it had been their homework the night before: to make up five questions to ask a Year 12 student. After their conversations, the Prefects accompanied the Primary students to the library where they all played chess together.


Mr Russell Welch

John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

Director of Boarding

Recently, a number of boarders have addressed their peers and staff at assemblies. Last week, Yael Adar (Year 10) did a reading in her native tongue (Hebrew) for the Pentecost Service. This week at the Reconciliation Assembly, Sarah-Cait Kirkland (Year 12) said a prayer, Justine Omeenyo (Year 11) and Lily Cubby (Year 10) both did an acknowledgement of the traditional owners. Pryce Gibuma (Year 10) talked about all of the events and activities being held throughout the week at the College, and Zoe Mavromatis (Year 11) did an amazing reconciliation address. Congratulations to all of these boarders who demonstrated courage and pride to share some of their culture with the JPC community. The videos of these speeches can be viewed on the JPC Boarding Facebook page.

Boarder Travel Day – Reminder

Thank you to all of our international parents/guardians who have returned the correct Boarder Travel Day documentation in a timely manner. Holiday on-line leave requests for domestic boarders were due last Friday 1st June. This leave is completed through REACH using the Boarder Travel Day “leave type”. If you have any questions or difficulties submitting this leave, please do not hesitate to contact boarding reception on 0738263366 or via email: boarding@jpc.qld.edu.au

Term 2 Major Events - Staff vs. Students Netball & End of Term Outing

The termly staff vs. students sporting fixtures are becoming much anticipated events on the Boarding Lifestyle Calendar. After coming away with a win in a very close game of touch football, the staff will look to consolidate in the netball, with a large cohort of boarders being talented netball players. The end of term outing will see the return of the much loved Archery Attack event held in the Coleman Centre in 2017. This event allows staff and students to compete together and against each other in KIT groups, all within a safe and supportive environment.


Mr Sean Cox

Director of Boarding

Community News

Sacrament of Confirmation - St Peter's Catholic Parish

St Peter's Catholic Parish is now taking enrolments for the Sacramental Program for 2018/19 beginning this year with the Sacrament of Confirmation. We firmly believe that the Christian values of love, mercy and compassion are invaluable in living our daily lives and that it is good to encourage our children to live by these values. Participating in the Sacramental Program helps the children learn about the importance of love and forgiveness in our lives and that reflecting on our past helps us to have a more meaningful life.


If you have a child in Grade 3 or above and you would like them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, please contact the St Peter's Parish Office as soon as possible. 


Following their Confirmation, these children will be able to participate in the Sacramental Program for 2019 to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.


There will be a Parent Information meeting held on Wednesday 20 Jun 2018 at 1.30 pm and repeated at 7.30 pm.


For enquiries please conact the St Peter's Parish office on 3341 4421 or via email: stpetroch@bne.catholic.net.au


Office hours are Monday to Friday 8.15 am - 1.15 pm.

Wellbeing Workshops

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc will be running Wellbeing Workshops during June, July and August.  The topics of the sessions will include:

  • Bullying and Cyber Safety
  • Child and Adolescent Mental  Health
  • Supporting Children to Understand Disasters
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Resilience and Selfcare
  • Financial Literacy
  • Water Literacy
  • Managing Busy Families

When: Monday 18, 25 June, 23, 30 July and 6 August
Where: 177 Meakin Road Slacks Creek

RSVP: Limited spaces available, please contact the Centre to book on 3808 1684 or email admin@keng.org.au


To download the information please click the flyer below:


Card Making Invite

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc invites you to enjoy an afternoon of card making and stamping with Ursula from Stampin' Up.


When: Tuesdays between 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Cost: $3.00

Register and Expression of Interest via (07) 3808 1684

(Afternoon tea supplied)


For more information about activities with the Kingston East Neighbourhood Group please view the attached PDFs.


Play Smart Program

A sports and cyber safety initiative to help combat bullying.


Designed to inspire confidence, resilience and teamwork, Telstra Play Smart™ is a free, fun and interactive program for 12-16 year olds. Meet players from Brisbane Roar, practice football skills, and learn how to tackle bullying head on – with cyber safety experts PROJECT ROCKIT.

Free to register now at www.telstra.com/playsmart


Date: Tuesday 26 June 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Location: Pine Rivers Athletic Football Club, Wendy Allison Park, Strathpine


Dates to Remember


9 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 7

9 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 8 - JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College

9 June - Salvation Army Big Band Performance, Coorparoo

11 - 15 June - Years 11 and 12 Exam Block

11 - 14 June - Years 7 to 10 EL Block

11 June - Year 6 Science Expo

12 June - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

12 June - Friends of Rugby Meeting, Gorman Centre Ground Floor

13 June - PYP Exhibition Parent Information Session

14 - 15 June - Battle of the Bands

15 June - Peer Support Session, Drake Area

15 June - Middle School Movie Night

16 June - TAS Trimester 2 Finals

17 June - Boarding Staff vs Students Netball Game, Coleman Centre

18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion, Dreamworld

18 - 19 June - QCS Practice, Coleman Centre and GLT

18 June - VET Diploma of Business Year 12 University Excursion

18 June - Prep to Year 2 Term 2 Service

18 June - Boarding End of Term Outing

18 June - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

19 - 20 June - Years 3 to 6 Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

19 and 20 June - JPIC Carnival

20 June - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

20 June - Year 11 Retreat

21 June - Years 7 to 12 Inter House Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

22 June - Year 7 Retreat

22 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12), Coleman Centre

22 June - Live at the Piazza

22 June - JPIC Term 2 Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre


23 June - Boarder Travel Day

25 June - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme


2 - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme

1 - 14 July - Junior HAASE Space School Expedition

3 - 4 July - West Ham Oceania Academic Talent ID Camp, Cec Munns Sports Centre

8 - 15 July - Intensive College Musical Rehearsals (Years 4 - 12), Coleman Centre

10 - 11 July - Days of Academic Challenge

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


16 July - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

17 July - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal, Coleman Centre

18 July - Year 1 Old Beenleigh Town Excursion

Year 2 Number Sense Workshop for Parents.pdf
June Newsletter 2018.pdf
Wellbeing Workshops.pdf
Wellbeing Workshops.pdf
JPC Days of Academic Challenge Programme.pdf