01 June 2018
Issue 016
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 Students' Voice



I was recently reading an article in an educational journal and the author posed this question: What would I teach, and how would I teach, if my goal were to best prepare my students for life – the life they live today and the one they will live for all the time that follows school?  Immediately, I began to formulate my own personal and professional response.  My top 6 were:

  • Empathy
  • Resilience
  • Kindness
  • Responsibility
  • Work ethic
  • Open-mindedness

The attributes I describe are essential for collaboration, entrepreneurial approaches and good citizenship. Highly developed people skills are the discriminator for future success and leadership.


I was really interested in the fact that knowledge or content of any description did not feature in my top six. Prior to being Principal, I was a Geography and English teacher and, of course, valued knowing facts and the content of my subjects. I still like to visit glaciated landscapes and know how they were created or understand the nature of vegetation’s adaptions to harsh climates and don’t get me started on cloud types!!


Yet, these did not rate in my thinking. Superior literacy skills and solid numeracy skills would be in the next tier of my response as would the capacity to think deeply and critically. These are very important skills for making sense of all the information with which we are surrounded.


In my view, being able to cite facts and figures is a skill of the past – pre-Google times.  Within the school context they are now often a means to an end, to teach the skills of writing, reading, and critical thinking, for example. 


This is a topic I think we could all debate. As employers and fellow collaborators, I wonder which skills would be on your list?

This week at the College

Reconciliation Week is an important week in the life of Australia. At JPC we offer a number of events and activities to acknowledge and recognise the important values of our College and our commitment to both reconciliation and to supporting Indigenous Australians.


We hosted our traditional Reconciliation Assembly, our reconciliation walk and breakfast, and this weekend sees our Fair Go Cup Touch Football Carnival. Now in its 7th year, the Fair Go Cup promotes acceptance and reconciliation for Indigenous youth. Through touch football, the Cup brings together teams of young people from vastly different cultural backgrounds and provides an opportunity for friendship, fun and encouragement. This year 17 teams will come together at Cec Munns Sports Centre on Sunday 3 June at 9.30 am.


Our Strategic Planning input sessions continued with staff and parent sessions. You will have also received an opportunity to be involved through making a short video response to the questions posed at the group sessions. If you did not receive an email or haven't yet responded please email [email protected] and let us know your interest and we'll send you the link.


I was also pleased to meet with some past parents of the College and hope that we can continue to embrace their commitment to and regard for our College as we move forward.

Cum Laude Assembly

This year our Cum Laude Assembly will be held on Friday, 3 August and will include Year 6 student awards.

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • Our Primary School students and staff for raising over $17,000 for Brainchild Foundation.
  • Year 11 student Minuka Mendis, who has been successful in her application for the QUT Vice Chancellor's STEM Camp.
  • Year 12 student Raffan Moyle for his successful audition for the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland. Raffan will represent Griffith University as an Australian student ambassador joining over 60 Scottish and international students at NYWE in Scotland during the June/July holidays.
  • Primary Curriculum Leader, Ms Lindsay McQuattie for achieving a Master of Leadership from Monash University.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's Desk


This week’s focus: Exam Jitters

Access here: http://jpc.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/exam-jitters


Dr Michael Carr-Gregg advises “Balance is key when it comes to getting the most out of the brain. Students need to take responsibility for when to study and when to socialise.”


Students today have very busy schedules all year round but especially during exam time. School is very different today for the current generation. The digital revolution has changed the way kids learn and study with information available at their fingertips 24 hours a day. It is important for parents to understand this and support their children to help reduce stress levels.


Setting a schedule is vitally important. Students need to schedule everything from sleeping and eating, to studying and exercising. It is one of the best ways to manage inevitable exam stress. Students need to look after themselves when they have big demands in their life.


When it comes to productive study, sometimes less is often more. It is recommended that students hit the books in 50-minute stints, broken up by 15-minute breaks. This gives the brain, and body, a rest. Adolescents will often underestimate the amount of sleep they need. Getting enough sleep is key to successful study practices.


Research shows that physical activity also has a very positive impact on mental wellbeing. Eating well is another crucial factor to maintaining concentration and staying focussed on the task ahead.


SchoolTV.me  includes articles and fact sheets as reference points including “Helping your child cope with exam anxiety", and “10 scientifically proven ways to reduce stress.”


The “Exam Jitters” series also contains a host of short video clips (about 2 to 4 minutes) on a range of topics including:


You can access the SchoolTV collection here: http://jpc.qld.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter

Use the navigation options for each topic to include an introductory video, connect with specialists, read associated articles, consult the fact sheets and even take a quiz.


I trust that this week’s focus on “Exam Jitters” provides timely support.


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

Fair Go Cup

Fair Go Cup

On Sunday 3 June (Sunday week), John Paul College is hosting the Fair Go Cup Touch Football competition at Cec Munns Sports Centre. This in an inter-school competition against schools such as Lourdes Hill College, Loreto College, St Matthew’s (STM Sports), Woodridge State High School, All Hallows, and Villanova College. 

The purpose of the Fair Go Cup is to bring together a diverse range of young people from South East Queensland through a shared love of touch footy.  It is also an opportunity to hold out the hand of friendship to young people who are sometimes disadvantaged in our community.


Come along and support this awesome community event:


When: Sunday 3 June 2018

Where: Cec Munns Sports Centre

Time: 9.30 am to 3.00 pm

Cost: Free to spectators


A canteen with BBQ will be available to purchase lunch, snacks and drinks!

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You - Have you got your tickets?

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.

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 [email protected]

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: My Head of School has made reference to the College “policies”– can I access these online?


Response: Absolutely, the College policies are published on the College Community portal and are available for access 24/7. The Policy section of the portal also holds documents that form an “Important Reference for Students” and “College Agreements” The documents available include:


Important Information for Students

  • Student Protection Officers
  • Guidelines for Mutual Respect
  • Student Responsible Use (Primary)
  • Student Responsible Use (7-12 & JPIC)
  • Student Social Media Use
  • Bullying Prevention & Management



  • Admission of Domestic Students
  • Community Code of Conduct
  • Child Protection
  • Complaints Policy (students)
  • Managing Complaints
  • Privacy
  • Responsible Behaviour at John Paul College
  • Student Protection Information
  • Substance Misuse (Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco)


  • Student Notebook Agreement
  • Parent Notebook Agreement

How to:

1. Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/

2. Access the “Community Portal” tab from the top menu. This displays the Community content in a new window in the browser.

3. Select the orange tile, “Learning,” to display the “College Life” tray for access to the link to the handbooks.

4. Select the document required. The documents open as a PDF which has a unique address. This link to the document could be saved as a shortcut on a mobile device or computer to give quick access to key information.


Queries or Questions:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

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


Mental Fitness

With tough assignments, full schedules and day to day family responsibilities, life can be challenging for both parents and their children.  It is not surprising that families forget to focus on their own well being which can lead to stress, poor family relationships, feeling anxious and overwhelmed.  The good news is that anyone can acquire the tools you need to stay mentally fit.  Just like physical fitness, maintaining mental fitness requires regular activities and practices.  Creating habits to improve your strength, endurance, flexibility and team, can help the whole family achieve optimal functioning, whether that be on the field, in your relationships at home, in the classroom or in the workplace.  In this webinar you will learn evidence-based practical activities that can help you and your family improve your wellbeing and thrive at home, school and work. 

PLEASE NOTE - Parents do not need to register; just access the following webinar address at the advertised time - https://zoom.us/j/547212551


Third session for 2018 Parent Webinar 15



When: Wednesday June 6 2018 at 7.45 pm

Presenter/Provider: Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Ltd


The session is introduced by  .....


Dr Paula Robinson

Dr. Paula Robinson, Ph.D is a consulting psychologist, author and speaker. Following a career as a senior executive, Dr Paula Robinson is now a registered, consulting psychologist, author, speaker and Managing Director of the Positive Psychology Institute. Paula specialises in the science, application and  integration of traditional psychology and positive psychology.




A PDF programme of the Semester 1 whole series can be accessed <here>


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

Primary Holiday Programme

Looking for interesting, educational programmes to keep your child's mind active. Our Primary Holiday Programme is available to internal and external students. There are three activities to choose from.


To download all the details please click the pdf below.


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.

Sessions available are:

Clean Water for the Future - will challenge students to step into the role of global future problem solvers, developing a solution to the problems of drinking water shortage around the world. Participants will apply their STEM, problem solving and design skills to create a prototype water cleaning device for lab testing and potential use around the world. Prototypes will be judged against criteria established with participants on the day.


Real Mysteries from History - will challenge participants to become historical investigators,
sifting through the available evidence surrounding some of the most confusing and unsolved
mysteries in world history and come to their own, evidence-based conclusions about what
most likely happened.


CSI Junior - will challenge participants to step into the role of junior Crime Scene Investigators,
developing and practicing key scientific skills and forensic techniques and then applying them
as a team to solve a series of crime-scene-related problems.


Achieving Great Things with Simple Machines - will challenge participants to think about the
way simple machines work and how they can be combined to perform elaborate tasks.
Participants will have the opportunity to create their very own “Rube Goldberg machine” to
carry out an everyday task and will do so using the 6 Ds of Solution Fluency, a combination
of key 21st Century thinking and problem solving skills.

For an example of what can be achieved by the combination of simple machines and creative
thinking, potential participants are encouraged to check out this YouTube Video Link.


Worlds of Imagination: Writing Fantasy Fiction - will challenge participants to channel their
inner author and lay the groundwork for their very own fantasy fiction bestseller. After
engaging with some introductory literary theory and exploring some of the most evocative
fantasy stories ever written, participants will create their own fantastic world and protagonist,
ready to let their creativity soar.

For further information about the Days of Academic Challenge programme please  contact Mr Joel Bonomini at [email protected]


Register from 31 May at: http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/news-events/bookings/

Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School


Welcome to Week 7


This week was a special week in the life of all Australians as we celebrated Reconciliation Week. We have had a wonderful week promoting and enjoying events and activities, culminating in a ‘Reccy Brekky’ and Reconciliation Walk on Friday.




Zoe Mavromatis spoke eloquently at the Principal’s Assembly on Tuesday, opening with the quote “The river is the river and the sea is the sea. Salt water and fresh, two separate domains. Each has its own complex patterns, origins and stories. Even though they come together they will always exist in their own right. Our hope for Reconciliation is like that.”  Patrick Dodson, a Yawuru man from Broome Western Australia.  


Zoe then continued her address and expanded with her own thoughts, part of which is shared below:

“The rivers and seas are both embodiments of water yet they are different, have different stories running through them and their purpose within life are not the same. However, when salt water meets fresh they do not separate or segregate from one another. They flow in amongst each other.


It should no longer be about black or white in today’s society, we are all humans. We all bleed the same colour. We all have a purpose in life yet we have different paths we must take for our own journey.  We must look to the rivers and seas to learn and analyse how they live life harmoniously”.


If you would like a copy of Zoe’s full address from Assembly, please contact Cheryl Finglas on Ph: 3826 3414 or email: [email protected] for a copy.

QUT Vice Chancellor’s STEM Camp

 Minuka Mendis has been successful in her application for the QUT’s 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Camp. More than 220 Year 11 students state-wide applied to attend, and Minuka has been recognised for her outstanding STEM leadership potential.  She will work along with other successful students, scientists and academics at QUT (Gardens Point Campus) during her September holiday break.  Minuka is currently deciding which research project she would like to be involved in during the five-day research-intensive camp.  The aim of the STEM camp is to engage students in solving some of the major challenges facing our society today. Students will take advantage of the unique learning environment and world-class research facilities at QUT.


Well done Minuka!

Reminder - Exam and Extended Learning Block

Year 11 and 12 students will commence Exam Block on Monday 11 June. If you wish your child to study at home during this period, please make sure you have given permission online via JPConnect.


Year 10 commence their Extended Learning Block on Monday 11 June to Thursday 14 June. You should have received an email with details, information and the schedule that was sent last week. If not, please contact the Senior School Office for a copy. Attendance and participation at all sessions is required. Absences will require a medical certificate.


We wish our entire student body the success they deserve.

Careers News - 21st Century Skills

No matter where one looks currently, a lot is being said about skills for the future. This week I would like to provide a loose paraphrase of some ideas presented by Fiona Anson (Director, JobGetter @ https://www/jpbgetter.com)


In a recent article in the Australian Career Practitioner, Autumn 2018, Fiona provides some great insights into the variety of skills that young people will need to survive in the work place of the future.


The days of choosing one career and doing that for life are well and truly over. There is consequently increasing demand for so called ‘soft’ or ‘enterprise’ skills. The fact is that many employers are putting more weight on these skills than task oriented skills. Companies are now looking for ‘generalists’ who understand the broader picture, who can see problems and actively want to solve them with innovative thinking and ‘what if’ imaginations.


What are the skills in demand today?


Number one is critical thinking. The ability to see a problem, analyse options and come up with solutions is something that every employer in every industry is seeking for.


Two more skills that are growing in demand because of the changing landscape of work are adaptability and resilience. The ability for people to not only cope with change BUT to even expect it without being adversely affected by it, is something that employers want.


Coupled with these skills is the ability to innovate. Non-traditional business (Uber and AirBnB as two examples) are taking on traditional businesses and in some cases decimating them. Innovation, entrepreneurial and design thinking teams are now becoming part of many large and traditional organisations.

More traditional soft skills are still in high demand – the ability to work well in teams, collaboration, and communication are still high on the lists for employers.


Being technologically competent is now mandatory regardless of what position. In a world that is increasingly online, digital skills are increasingly in demand.


For more information on this topic, please download the guide from the Business Council of Australia at the following link…


Being Work Ready: A Guide to What Employers Want



If this interests you and you want to have a chat come and see me – I am here to help.


Steve Cuthbert (Head of Careers and Pathways) [email protected] 3826 3593

Student Work – in Visual Arts and Applied Design

Exquisite Corpse in Visual Arts.  Plaster anamorphic animals


Students are designing a hydraulic mechanism to move three eggs from one bowl to another.

Year 8 Applied Design.


Dates to Note:

Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June - Reconciliation Week

Thursday 31 May - Year 10 Retreat

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


National Reconciliation Week

This week John Paul College celebrated National Reconciliation week with numerous activities being held around the campus. We are fortunate to have within our JPC family, Indigenous students from regional and remote parts of Australia including New South Wales, Northern Territory, Western Australia and throughout many parts of Queensland. Cities and towns represented by our Indigenous families include Aurukun, Brisbane, Broome, Chinchilla, Daly River, Dubbo, Enngonia, Gapuwiyak, Innisfail, Lockhart River, Moree, Palm Island, Pormpuraaw, Stradbroke Island, Townsville, and Winton. The diversity in location, culture, history and language represented by our Indigenous families, enrich our knowledge, understanding, and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and forms an important part of our reconciliation journey with Indigenous Australia.


Our Reconciliation Breakfast held on the Finch Farm this morning, was a lovely way to bring our community together in the spirit of reconciliation. Our six new Indigenous students, each with a buddy, continued our tradition of planting a tree on the Finch Farm to symbolise our commitment to inclusion, unity, and belonging.

On Sunday, John Paul College, in partnership with Fair Go Australia, is hosting the Fair Go Cup. The Fair Go Cup brings together a diverse group of schools and community organisations (Yourtown, Yalari, FGA) through a love of touch footy. The event commences at 9.30 am with an opening ceremony with touch games beginning at 10.00am. I encourage all Middle School families to come along and join in the atmosphere of the carnival and cheer on our JPC teams. The canteen will operate from 9.00am – 2.30 pm with a variety of food and drinks available. The carnival will conclude at 2.30 pm with the trophy presentations for the winning teams. This year we are privileged to have Federal MP, Dr Jim Chalmers; Minister for Sport, Mr Mick de Brenni; and Councillor, Mr Steve Swenson, available to conduct the presentations. I look forward to seeing many JPC families supporting the Burgundy and Blue on Sunday.

Some of our Middle School Indigenous students:

Some of our Middle School Indigenous students:


Strategic Planning

Over the last few weeks our Principal Mrs Spiller has been meeting with key stakeholders (parents, staff and alumni) in our College community to gain feedback to inform our renewed strategic plan from 2019. In addition to the above stakeholders, our students are also an important component of this process. Earlier this week I met with our Year 9 Student Council leaders and asked them to reflect upon the same questions being asked of our parents, staff and alumni:

  1. What should be the student, staff and parent experience at JPC?
  2. What should be the values of a JPC graduate?
  3. What is the one thing we could do differently, to build on the success of JPC?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will collate the student responses and provide this feedback to Mrs Spiller as part of the rich information and data to be considered by the Board of Directors and College executive team. It is great that our Middle School students are part of the strategic planning process and I thank them for their valuable contributions.

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


What a tremendous term we are having.


We have clearly outlined our College focus on academic outcomes as an integral part of each and every child’s aacademic wellbeing. We acknowledge that it is not enough to just know – it’s what we do with ‘what we know’. It is our student action that will make the world a better and more peaceful place. The inspiration and challenge for us as adults in our community is ‘what do we do with what we know?’


We are incredibly proud to share with you this week, examples of our students taking action, based on what they know, to make a difference.


The initiative of our Year 6 Discipulus Consilium members to undertake a primary school-wide mission to participate in and support “Jimmy’s 22 Million Steps for Kids Brain Cancer” supporting the Brainchild Foundation has been met with unanimous and enthusiastic support from Kindy through to Year 6.


Throughout the month of May, all Primary School students have been counting their steps and recording their totals, with the aim of achieving five million steps. In writing this article, we are sitting just over three million and counting! The culmination of the initiative was a Step-a-thon held on Wednesday, 30 May.


We have been humbled by the support and generosity shown by our College community to participate, with donations exceeding $17,000. The classes with the highest fundraising efforts will be rewarded with a celebration, however I know that everyone will delight in the reward of knowing they have helped brave children battling cancer and contributed funds towards helping children who are affected by brain and spinal cord tumours, and their families.


In 2TM, Mrs Mirciov shares how her class came to be the top fundraising class for the Step-a-thon: At first we just talked about how this fundraiser is close to JPC’s heart. Some of the students recalled Wyatt being a friend of theirs and that they knew him from Kindy, so there is a personal connection there. When we got the pedometers, everyone was really excited to get our steps up. The children told their parents about it and our parents were the first ones to donate and support us. As they saw the donations roll in, some children suggested spreading the word to their friends and extended family members. We talked about how it’s not just about raising money, but also awareness for what the Foundation does, as many of us hadn’t even heard of the Brainchild Foundation until now. Someone then said something about how they had shared this with everyone in their family already, which lead us to discuss how could we share this with more people.


This conversation led to a ‘ripple effect’ you could say, with the children getting their parents to share it with friends and work colleagues, to writing letters to businesses around Daisy Hill (we did this as a group during our writing stamina time so it incorporated our literacy skills). Following this, the children made the connection that their parents worked for companies and businesses too, so they started writing letters to their parents who passed it onto their managers, etc.


It has been a group effort …our parents have been our main supporters from the start and they have supported us due to the passion the children have showed for this cause.


I never could have even imagined we could have achieved this for the foundation. I guess it just goes to show that if you are willing to work hard for something you care and are passionate about, you really can do great things.


One example of student agency, which demonstrates that everyone has a voice and can make a difference, has been shared by Layla in Year 2.


Layla wrote a letter to the manager at her local McDonald’s asking for some assistance in helping the class raise more money for a foundation very close to our school’s heart. Turns out the manager was a JPC alumni! He was very happy to donate what he could. Jackson is the manager at the Carina Heights McDonalds (JPC alumni 2012).


Another child, Faith, also in Year 2 wrote a note to her mum to share the information at her work. Last week I arrived home to this note on the kitchen bench written by my 7 year old daughter Faith and have been reminded many times since that I need to bring it into work! My girl's primary school is currently participating in Jimmy’s 22 Million Steps for Kids Brain Cancer and they are aiming to take over 5 million steps to raise much needed funds for this worthy cause. It is a personal journey for the school too, as in the time we have been there two young boys have been lost to this dreadful disease.


Faith’s class has been doing an amazing job promoting the cause and engaging local business in the fundraising by writing and delivering letters asking for their support. The photo pictured is Faith delivering a letter to the local Coffee Club. 


I realise we did some significant fundraising last week, but if anyone has a few dollars they could spare to support this cause it would be greatly appreciated.


In the words of Faith…’It will be very nice and kind’.

It has opened the children’s eyes to the belief that although they may be small, they are capable of really making a difference. Their voices are powerful and they have a real opportunity to create a better future for our local community.


I have spoken recently about Creating our Culture. A culture for not just our children, but our JPC Community. We lead by example and I commend the following letter of appreciation from the Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc. to the College Community for an initiative of one of our parents, Emma Glencross in response to the Primary School providing stationery items in class for the children this year.


Dear John Paul College Community

Many thanks for your kind donations, the stationery you donated has been distributed to a number of vulnerable and disadvantaged families in our community. They expressed much gratitude for the kindness you have shown through your donations.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Kim Wright

Manager - Kingston East Neighbourhood Group Inc.


Thank you to the coordinator, Emma Glencross and all families who donated to support others in our community.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School


Chaplain and Community

World Vision Youth Conference

Each year I give the opportunity for student leaders to attend the World Vision Youth Conference to grow in their understanding of the situation for the underprivileged of the world. Learning things like there are more than 60,000,000 refugees in the world, tends to overwhelm the senses as you realise the real state of affairs. Our world is hurting, and these students join with hundreds of other teenagers to provide a united voice in their schools to do something about it. The following is a reflection from year 10 students Yael Adar and Paige Prieditis from the day.




Through the community care co-curricular, Paige and I got the opportunity to go with Mr Ward to the World Vision Youth Conference. As we got to the event, I was shocked to see so many schools who care about the world and want to make a change. The Refugee Crisis is currently a massive problem in our world therefore that’s what World Vision are focusing on this year. Throughout the day we had three sessions.


The first session was very interactive and entertaining yet at the same time, taught us how difficult it is to make political decisions and to find resolutions which everyone agrees with. For the second and third sessions we had two refugees come and share their journey and one immigration lawyer share his experience with refugees in Australia.


We learned how to share our stories and how to empower others. We also talked about the 40 Hour Famine and how we’re going to run it within our school. The whole experience was really amazing and I would certainly recommend this to any future leaders and activists. Thank you, Mr Ward, for taking us and thank you World Vision for hosting such a wonderful event.




The World Vision conference was one of the best and eye-opening experiences I have had, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend. The conference started with a game ‘The Vote’. This was probably my favourite part of the day. Each school got to represent a country's government and decide on ways we would help assist in real world problems. It was awesome hearing everyone’s perspectives on the real world problems on the refugee crisis, as many students had come up with splendid ideas which I would have never thought of, and used political terms I had never heard before.


The second session we got to hear three guest speakers. They all had connections or had experienced being a refugee. Everything they spoke about was so heart breaking; the sacrifice of family and education they went through was unbelievable. I am truly grateful for them to open up about their life changing experiences. The last session we got to write about who we are and what we’re passionate about, and we got to share these personally with a person not from your own school. I loved this part. I noticed quite a few people had the same passions as me and had brilliant ideas on how they would make people more aware of the issue they're passionate about. The last session we also got to brainstorm ideas on how we are going to raise funds for the 40 Hour Famine and teach people about the refugee crisis which is affecting 63 million people right now. There were some really wacky ideas which we will definitely try out this year. Overall today was an amazing day and I loved hearing others views on real world topics. I also took away a quote from one of the guest speakers which really resonated with me: ‘If it hasn’t been done, doesn’t mean it cannot be done, just that you can be the first to do it’. I can’t wait to start fundraising for the 40 Hour Famine and help others less fortunate then I.



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 [email protected] by any parent wishing to inquire about about the John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group.

Library Learning

Reconciliation Week – Don't Make History a Mystery

Throughout Australia’s recent history, there have been some terrible exchanges between the settlers, churches and governments of the past and the Indigenous population. National Reconciliation Week is to remind us that we should not try to hide or forget our history, but learn from our past mistakes and move forward together for a better future for all Australians.


The Learning Centres celebrated Reconciliation Week with displays that outlined the historical events that led to the first step towards reconciliation in Australia’s history, the Sorry Speech by the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. This speech opened the doors to further improvements in relationships and changes in the way the Indigenous population is treated.


Perspective is a concept that students sometimes grapple with. Being able to see situations from another’s point of view is not easy for adults at times. If you want to read some books with your children that deal with some of the more sensitive issues involved in the reconciliation debate, you may like to read some of these books. 


Stolen Girl by Trina Saffioti and Norma MacDonald

Stolen Girl is a fictionalised account of the now universally known story of the Stolen Generation and tells of an Aboriginal girl taken from her family and sent to a children's home. Each night she sings, and dreams of her mother and the life they once shared of sitting on the verandah of their corrugated-iron home, cooking damper and hunting goanna. 

But each morning she is woken by the bell to the harsh reality of the children's home, until finally one day she puts into action her carefully crafted plan – unlocking the door and taking her first step back towards home. Stolen Girl gives young readers an insight into the life of a child taken away from everything they know into an alien world without love. 

It captures the depth of emotion that was felt by thousands of Australians during this dark chapter in the nation's history. 


Remembering Lionsville by Bronwyn Bancroft

Come with me to my family's old house in Lionsville. It's full of memories. It's a special place. Uncle Pat calls it a secret place.
We played in that old tin cubby, swam in the creek with the catfish, and fell asleep to the ribbip of frogs at night.

And around the red cedar table we listened to the old people's stories. We learned a lot that way.

Renowned artist Bronwyn Bancroft's Remembering Lionsville brings to vivid life her family's oral history and her own childhood memories.


Vincent Lingiari and the Wave Hill Walkout

In 1966, Gurindji elder Vincent Lingiari led his people in a walkout off Wave Hill cattle station. The station was built on traditional Gurindji land, but the Gurindji people were treated like slaves and paid little. Nine years after the walkout, the Gurindji people won back their land and control of their lives. The Wave Hill walkout marks the beginning of the Indigenous land rights movement.


3D Printing in the Library

The capacity for students to experience 3D printing has been greatly improved with the addition of 4 Up Mini2 printers in NMLC. We were a little hampered in bringing the 3D experience to many students at a time, as we only had one printer. A few students had made 3D objects in the 3D Printing Club run by Mrs Duong. Now with a bank of five printers we can include 3D printing in the Digitech Curriculum being offered through NMLC during some library lessons throughout each term.


Year 5 will be learning the basics of how to design an object in Tinkercad, to calculate the cost of production in time and materials, and to possibly create objects for the HWOO summative task, the Year 5 Marketplace.


We look forward to developing these exciting new skills with our Primary students.

Escape With a Good Book 

Gorman Learning Centre is doing its bit to tempt Premier’s Reading Challenge participants with a range of books from its ongoing Escape with a Good Book display. Last week the latest purchases flooded the front desk, while this week students are greeted with an array of fiction and non-fiction titles to recognise National Reconciliation Week.


Even if they aren’t taking part in the Reading Challenge, the Learning Centres encourage all students to take a little time out of the day to indulge in reading. Research has shown that reading has great health benefits and that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels useful information as we head into assessment time. https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/7-ways-reading-makes-you-healthier

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


If you have queries about the challenge please contact the teacher librarians, Mrs Fry on [email protected] and Mrs Duong on [email protected] or by phone at the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

Book of the Week

White Night by Ellie Marney


Bo Mitchell lives in Lamistead, a small country town where there’s not much to do except go to school, play footy and hang out at the local skate park. 


When a new girl shows up at school, she is a target for petty small-town small-mindedness. Against his better judgement, Bo gets to know Rory and is gradually introduced into her alternative life in the Garden of Eden, a secretive off-the-grid community just out of town.


Bo finds Rory and the Eden way of life fascinating, even a little compelling. Her way of looking at the world opens his eyes and her mature outlook is invaluable as Bo and his friends work to create a fundraising ‘White Night' light-show event to raise funds to save the beloved skate park.

But as Bo becomes more involved in the Eden community, he wonders if it is really the utopia it first appears. Is the community leader just a charismatic idealist or something far more dangerous?

White Night is compulsive reading – it starts off quietly and builds to a ‘blazing’ finish!

Find it in the Gorman Learning Centre.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts

Last week on Friday 25 May, our Exit 24 and Eclipse Dance students performed as part of the Pentecost Service with their performances well received by the students, staff and guests. 


Over 60 students from Year 4 to Year 12 took up the opportunity to perform in front of their family and friends in the Stephen Bean Theatre on Monday evening.  Well done to all students on their lovely performances showcasing their hard work so far this year and thank you to their instrumental tutors and accompanists for preparing and working with the students for their performances.

Students in Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra (Wind Orchestra and Sinfonia) combined to perform with our special guest didgeridoo player, Eckybow for the Australian National Anthem in both English and Yugambeh and also our school song.  A truly beautiful and enriching experience for all musicians.

Parents and friends of the Year 12 Music Extension class were treated to an excellent recital evening on Tuesday 30 May in the Stephen Bean Theatre. The Music Extension students are currently working towards creating a fifteen minute folio of repertoire by the end of Term 3.

Zak Bowdler, Charli Garner, Olivia George, Lizzie Gordon, Chae Eun Oh and William Wallace demonstrated their professionalism and outstanding performance skills, thoroughly entertaining their audience. Further recital evenings will be held in Term 3, and the Music Extension students warmly invite all interested parties to attend.


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


Isha Chandy - Year 3 - Piano for Leisure - Preliminary

Disini Jayasooriya - Year 5 - Piano - Grade 1

Rebecca Chen - Year 5 - Piano - Grade 5

Jessica Connelly - Year 10 - Oboe - Grade 6


Our students in Junior Jazz Combo directed by Mr Sonic Edwards are very excited to introduce their new name, “Circle of Nine” which was brainstormed by our students with Mr Edwards.  We look forward to their inaugural performance at our next Performance Evening on Wednesday June 20.


Upcoming Dates

Thursday 31 May - Theatresports Competition

Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June - State Honours Ensemble Programme (Shep)

Saturday 2 June - Trinity Musical Theatre Exams

Sunday 3 June - Musical Rehearsal (Full Show Run Through)

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

Thursday 14 June - Battle of the Bands

Wednesday 20 June - Performance Evening

Sun 8 to Fri 13 July - Musical Rehearsals


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
                                 JTAS Cross Country    

Primary school students ran their hearts out at JTAS Cross Country which was held at St Paul’s School last week. Every student put in an outstanding performance!


Congratulations to the boys, who won 3rd place overall, and special mention must go to the 11 Years Boys who won the Age Champion trophy.


Also a big congratulations to our four medallists: Aiden Barr (bronze in the Junior Open Boys), Phoebe Stedman (silver in the Under 10s), Liam Manson (gold in the Under 11s), Harry Xiong (bronze in the Under 11s). Well Done!


U18 Queensland State Schools Basketball Championships

Congratulations to Year 12 students Annaliese Watkinson, Mikayla Watkinson and Year 10 student Neve Tratt for winning a silver medal at the Met East U18 Queensland State Schools Basketball Championships. Special mention to Neve for her selection in the Queensland team. Great work girls!


Badminton National Championships

Congratulations to Year 10 student Angela Yu who recently competed at the Badminton National Championships in New Zealand. Angela won silver in girl’s doubles and her team won the U17 competition. Well done Angela!

Football State Championships

Congratulations to Year 12 students Kevin Kwak and Kieran Hill who recently competed in the Boys 17-19 Years Football State Championships in the Queensland School Sports competition. It was a tough game in the grand final and the boys came away with the silver medal. Well done!


Saturday TAS/JTAS Sports Wrap

It was a day of mixed results for the Burgundy and Blue last weekend against a very strong WMAC.


Our boy’s tennis continued their strong run taking out five from six wins with a very close game for the Year 9 boys going down 3/27 - 3/29.


Netball came up against a much improved WMAC, winning four matches with a number of teams going down by very slender margins.


Rugby took 4/6 wins with our Year 7 and Year 8 boys enjoying dominant performances. Year 9 continue to improve going down narrowly 24 - 21. The 1st XV boys also went agonizingly close to a win going down in the closing stages of the game 28-27.


Hockey were up against the leading TAS school, finishing the day without a win, however, our girls played with determination and strong spirit to the end.


The JTAS netball programme continues to go from strength to strength recording four wins and a draw with the Junior Open displaying absolute dominance over WMAC in a 40-1 win.


Our JTAS rugby boys put in strong performances, and continue to display strong improvement each week.


Well done to all TAS and JTAS teams and coaches.

Next week we are away at Cannon Hill Anglican College. Please note there will be no bus for these fixtures.


Mrs Karen Graham

Director of Sports and Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International


Staff Changes

From Friday 8 June, there are some staff movements within the International Student Services Centre.


Ms Shirley Mao is taking maternity leave and we wish Shirley all the best as she awaits the birth of her second child.  I am pleased to announce that Ms Lan Hoa is taking on the role of International Admissions Manager during Shirley’s absence.


We also welcome Ms Josephine Zhong to the JPIC team. Josephine will take on the role of International Accommodation Officer (long-term).

Student Success

We congratulate Level 4A student, Miharu Kiyama who represented John Paul College at the TAS Cross Country competition.  Miharu has been here for three terms.  Running is her passion and she ran in track and field competitions in Japan for her school.  She is also good at swimming.  Miharu has an older brother studying in the United States; she enjoys living in Australia with her homestay.

Congratulations also go to Level 4B student, James Lee who represented John Paul College in the Metropolitan East Soccer Squad.  James started soccer at the age of 13 in elementary school in Korea when his H.P.E coach suggested that he play soccer for fun. However, when he turned 14, he was runner up in a competition so started to play soccer seriously. When he graduated from Middle School, he had the opportunity to come to Australia and play soccer as well as study English and get a new experience with the people who are playing soccer in Australia. This was the reason why James came here. James’ goal is to become a soccer player in a famous team and give back to his family who are his greatest supporters.

"Raise your Voice' Workshop

On May 29th, all JPIC students participated in a choral/language workshop.  The workshop was led by Vicki Bos from ICTE at UQ who leads the International Choir at UQ, and is also the co-ordinator of the ‘Raise your Voice’ choir festival for international students to be held at Southbank in August 2018.  https://www.ryvcf.com/


Vicki’s session focussed on pronunciation, rhythm, harmony and emotion.  While helping with the JPIC students’ language skills and confidence, through this project, we are hoping they will become motivated to join the choral program as a co-curricular when they transition to main school.

Feedback from the session was very positive with many students still singing the songs that they learnt well after the session.

JPIC welcomes Hong Kong teachers

On Thursday May 31, we were pleased to host 20 pre-service teachers from the University of Hong Kong to our campus.

In partnership with the University of Queensland and JPIC, these teachers attended a workshop on JPIC Curriculum and observed professional practice and professional development in our Level 3,4 & 5 classrooms.

Our Boarding Life

Assistant Director's Blog

Boarders in the News


Queensland Representative- Neve Tratt

Congratulations to boarders Neve Tratt (Dubbo, NSW) on her selection for the Under 17 Queensland Basketball team! After competing in the State Championships at Caloundra with the Met East team, Neve put in a stellar performance throughout the competition. With Neve being one of the youngest players at the tournament, she did not hold much hope in making the squad. Unbeknownst to Neve, her performances clearly caught the eye of the selectors, selecting Neve as a point guard for the upcoming National Championships. Neve will travel to Darwin in August with the team to play for the National Title and selection. From the boarding and JPC community, congratulations Neve! Within Fenton Village alone that brings our total to three Queensland representatives!


National Reconciliation Week

Congratulations to Justine Omeenyo (Lockhart River, NT), Lily Cubby (Dubbo, NSW), Sarah-Cait Kirkland (Moree, NSW), Zoe Mavromatis (Chinchilla, QLD) and Pryce Gibuma (Pormpuraaw, QLD) for their contributions in the National Reconciliation Assembly held on Tuesday. It was fantastic to see so many boarders involved in such an important assembly.

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 equiries please conact the St Peter's Parish office on 3341 4421 or via email: [email protected]


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

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


1 June - Primary Parade, ARC

1 June - Live at the Piazza, Contemporary Ensemble

2 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 6

2 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 7 - JPC vs CHAC, Cannon Hill Anglican College

3 June - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

3 June - Fair Go Touch Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

4 June - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

4 June - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

5 June - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

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

7 June - Staff vs House Captains Netball Game, Coleman Centre

7 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

8 June - Live at the Piazza

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 Excusion

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

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