02 March 2018
Issue 006
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to this Week's Edition of The Principal's Voice


Helping Teens Make Good Decisions

The Conversation has posted an article by James McCue, a lecturer in psychology and criminology at Edith Cowan University. ‘A parent’s guide to why teens make bad decisions’, describes the biology that affects the way adolescents make decisions and offers six tips on how parents can help their teenagers learn and apply good decision-making skills.


Brain studies show the frontal lobe- which is responsible for decision making, impulse control, sensation-seeking and consequential thinking- does not finish developing until our early to mid-20s. Research has shown youth aged 12- 17 years are significantly less psycho-socially mature than 18-year olds, who in turn, are less mature than 24-year olds.


Overall, teenagers’ psycho-social immaturity makes them more likely to see excitement and engage in risk taking behaviour and make choices on impulse.  At the same time they fail to anticipate the consequences of their choices.


The six tips for parents are:

  1. Be aware of upcoming events that may present teenagers with decisions that need to be made. Listen to their expectations about the events (such as whether they expect to drink alcohol).
  2. Present scenarios which may present a risk, or will require a decision (such as missing the train home, friends becoming intoxicated) to explore healthy, or safer choices.
  3. Encourage the teenager to stop and think. Help them recognise ‘when in the moment’ to temporarily remove themselves from a situation to help them make decisions away from direct pressures (go to the bathroom, make a phone call, text a friend).
  4. Provide a decision-making compass, such as, ‘Would I want mum/dad/grandma/grandpa to know about what I’m about to do?’
  5. Remind teenagers to ask for help. Ensure they save contact details of people who can be available to talk through options if they’re in a difficult situation (siblings, parents or extended family).
  6. Use mistakes as learning opportunities.

 At JPC, our pastoral care programme and the way we interact, encourage and speak to our students, are aimed at supporting them through their teenage years and to assist them in making good decisions.

This Week at the College

Open Day was a great success; thank you to all staff, students and parents who assisted in ensuring that guests to the College had a wonderful experience of the College family and spirit. Our facilities team, IT, marketing and enrolments staff, together with many other teachers and support staff all volunteered their time to assist with the delivery of the morning as we welcomed over 80 families new to the school and, to date, have taken 38 new enrolments for 2019 and beyond!  Our students are incredible; we were (and are) all so proud of them. They are confident, articulate and respectful in their interactions with our guests.  Finally thank you to all the parent volunteers who gave their time to assist on the BBQ and refreshments tent.

We farewelled our guests from Argentina and I thank families who acted as hosts for our exchange students.

Our thoughts are with Mr Kerley and his family at the recent passing of his Mother in Law.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run 2018

On Sunday 4 March 2018, John Paul College will be lacing up to support women with breast cancer and their families.  To date, we  have 113 members of the JPC community registered with $7,792 raised to date.   We have dropped back from THIRD to FOURTH on the leaderboard of the Top Teams  and would love to reach number one! Please support John Paul College by registering and participating in this event. If you are unable to run or walk but would like to donate to Team JPC or would like further information, please click here.



JPC Announcements

Build Your Own iPhone App These School Holidays!

Code Camp is on again these holidays! Check out the attached flyers for more details.


#toptip JPConnect

Question: Can I personalise my password for access to JPConnect.


Response: Absolutely, anytime after the first login. And of course, change it as many times as you need.

How to:

  1. Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/
  2. Select the blue tab for “My Account” and select “Change Password from the drop down list.
  1. Complete the details of the online form. Enter your existing password followed by the new password (you are required to enter twice.) Password choices must be at least 5 characters in length.
  2. Once details have been added – submit using the “Change Password” button and then “Logout” to finalise.
  3. Login using the new credentials.

Queries or Questions:

eMail: [email protected]

phone: 3826 3496

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

To download this information please click the PDF below.



Join us for an informative night:


Helping parents, tweens + teens have a more positive experience online.

Date: Wednesday 14 March 

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College

BOOK ONLINE: Secure your booking and add to your calendar

The perils of social media confront us each day in the press. Join Rebecca Sparrow to gain down-to- earth advice on interacting with tweens and teens in making decisions around social media engagement. Rebecca has a reputation for perfectly targeting common issues that face parents and her candid and humorous approach to challenging issues provide practical stepping stones for conversations that probably will happen in all of our homes “tomorrow.”

Here are the topics that Rebecca will touch on during the session:

  1. Happiness 101 (feeling connected and having real friends)
  2. Social Media: What age and why
  3. Your School Yard Legacy
  4. Protecting Your Headspace
  5. Naked Selfies
  6. Household Technology Rules

Session Title: Before You Hit Send – a Social Media SOS

Date: Wednesday March 14th

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College

BOOK ONLINE: Secure your booking and add to your calendar


Tours and Exchanges in 2018-2019

In 2018 - 2019 students could travel to:

Argentina:  St Andrew's Scots School - Easter 2019, 2+weeks.

Japan: Miyakonjo (girls) or Shizuoka (boys) - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.

Germany: Ursulinenschule Hersel, Bormheim - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.


Families are also able to host students from the abovementioned schools.


For more information about the Tours and Exchange programme please view the PDF below.


Movies on the Green - Friday 16 March


Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

Welcome to Week 6

The first parent -teacher interview evening was held on Thursday of this week. It was a busy night with a significant number of bookings for all our teachers. Teachers thoroughly enjoyed meeting parents to discuss the learning of each child. I was able to witness a number of very learning focused conferences and I am sure that students will gain significantly from the discussions. If parents were not able to secure a booking and still wish to meet with a teacher, please contact them directly via email and arrange a suitable time to meet to discuss the academic progress of your child.


Report from Caesar Qiu on his exchange to Japan in 2017

Over the holidays, I was fortunate enough to go on a 40-day exchange to Japan. During my time there, I attended our sister school, Shizuoka Seiko Gakuin. Just so you are aware, Shizuoka is a prefecture located in the middle of Honshu, Japan’s biggest island. It is famous for its soccer and plastic models. Making plastic models is one of my keen interests, so going to the city where one of the largest plastic model companies in the world is, was a big treat for me. During my visit to the company’s museum, I had the best chance ever to study the history of plastic model in Japan, as well as observing a large amount of masterpieces of creations.


This trip also afforded me with a genuine opportunity to get in touch with native Japanese people, to experience their lifestyle, as well as to gain an appreciation for the unique history and culture of this wonderful country. One thing that will always stay with me is how kind and welcoming the Japanese people are. Whenever they express their gratitude, they always bow; whenever they visit a shrine or a hospital or even a restaurant, they bow. I was so deeply impressed; so much so, that it has become my habit as well.


Overall, the exchange was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have wanted to visit Japan since I was a child and after so many years this wish was eventually fulfilled. I successfully made some life-long friends in Japan as well. The Japanese Exchange trip is strongly recommended to anyone in our John Paul family who has a keen passion for this wonderful eastern country.


I would like to express my gratitude to John Paul College for offering me this chance. I would also like to thank Mr Dennis and Ms Abraham for making this trip possible. Thanks to Shizuoka Seiko Gakuin and the host families who kindly looked after me while I was away from family and friends. At last, I want to thank all the people that I met in Japan; you have made this trip the best one ever. I will be back again—hopefully in the not so distant future.


Underneath are some photos I think that can represent my trip the best.


Caesar Qiu Year 12


Dates to Note:

Tuesday 6 March - Parent Teacher Student Review Evening

Wednesday 7 March - Year 10 Immunisations

Wednesday 14 March - Parent Cybersafety Presentation – Rebecca Sparrow

Thursday 15 March - QCS Parent Workshop

Monday 19 – 23 March - Year 11 & 12 Exam Block

Wednesday 21 March - Year 10 Subject Selection Information Evening


Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School


Managing Family Screen Time: OurPact App

One of the issues facing young people and parents in our technologically-rich world, is the distraction that electronic devices such as mobile phones and iPads may cause, particularly around homework and study time.


In my role as Head of Middle School I have had to counsel parents on how to better manage their son’s/daughter’s screen time. There are numerous strategies to assist with this, including: setting blocks of time at home when all family members have technology free time, leaving devices in a central location for charging during the night, and removing devices from bedrooms and study spaces during homework/study time. As a parent of teenagers, I know that this may sometimes be difficult to manage.


Recently, my wife discovered a useful App called OurPact, which we have found to be effective in assisting us to manage our children’s screen time. OurPact, and other Apps like it, gives you the power to block internet and Apps across any network, inside and outside of the home. You may set regular times for blocking, or activate it at any point in time for designated periods of time.


What is blocked?

When access is blocked, any Apps that were downloaded from the App store are inaccessible.  The camera and the ability to take a screenshot are also blocked. During a block, no new Apps can be installed or deleted as the App store is not available. Also, web browsers like Safari are blocked.


What is available during a block?

For iOS, some of the native Apps, or those that come standard on the device, will still be available.  So, you’ll see Calendar, Messages, Mail, Settings, Podcasts, iBooks, News, Contacts and a few others.  On iPhones, the phone is not blocked.


If you are finding that your son/daughter is having difficulty managing their time and are regularly distracted by their device, then I recommend giving an App like OurPact a try to help teach your child proper device habits. For more information regarding OurPact visit http://ourpact.com/


Parent Teacher interviews

It was great to see so many parents in attendance at our first round of parent-teacher Interviews last night. For parents new to secondary school the experience of meeting each subject teacher for 10 minutes at a time was perhaps different to Primary School interviews. We trust this opportunity to touch base with a range of teachers and receive feedback on your son’s/daughter’s learning progress was informative and look forward to the second round of interviews next Tuesday 6 March.

Primary Parent Information Evening – Learning about Secondary School

An important opportunity is being offered to all Primary families wishing to learn more about the academic programmes and pathways offered in secondary school. On Monday 12th March from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm in the Gorman Lecture Theatre, Principal Mrs Karen Spiller and other College leaders will share key information about the secondary school. The evening will also include opportunities to ask questions. Further details will be sent to families next week.

Year 6 Discover Middle School Engagement Meetings

As a follow-up to the above information evening, Year 6 parents/guardians will have the opportunity to learn more about Middle School and the transition processes in place as Year 6 students prepare for secondary school. On Monday 19th March (Week 9), 30minute engagement meetings with members of the College leadership team are being offered to parents/guardians. Meetings will be made available between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm and are to be booked online.  Hannah Limond from our Enrolments Office will send Year 6 families more specific information about the registration process and meeting details throughout next week.


Warm regards

Mark Zietsch

Homework Club – Year 7

A reminder that Homework Club is available to all Year 7 students on a Thursday afternoon from 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm in Wesley 4. For more information about Homework Club please email Ms Stacey Lang [email protected] .

Roll Call

A reminder that students must be on campus by 8.10 am and organised for the first two lessons before 8.20 am. Roll Call (8.20 am – 8.30 am) is an important 10 minute class and includes prayer, taking the roll and delivering relevant notices. All students must be punctual and in attendance. Your cooperation with this is vital to ensure a smooth start to the day for all.

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


“Reach for the Sky” said Woody from Toy Story, and so will we!


As part of the privilege of educating and inspiring learners comes the responsibility to support each child to achieve strong academic outcomes. Every child succeeding to their highest potential is beneficial to the whole community. We know that it is our duty to develop within every learner the skills, strategies and personal qualities to have access to the opportunities they desire for life after school.


Mrs Spiller’s commitment, through her leadership, is to empower teaching, support staff and learners to utilise highly effective and successful strategies to achieve the very best outcomes for our students. Our teachers take personal and collective responsibility for improving student learning and have high levels of pedagogical knowledge to cater for all learning needs within the classroom. We place a strong emphasis on building the capacity of all staff through ongoing professional learning and to reducing the disruption to quality class time.


In the Primary School, learning through inquiry complements the rigorous approach we adopt to the development of students’ literacy and numeracy skills. This approach strengthens the purpose and application of the development of these foundational capabilities. While building foundational skills our students participate in blocks of learning that are dedicated specifically to the explicit and scaffolded teaching of the knowledge and skills required for literacy and numeracy. Specifically, you may have heard that this is being achieved through targeted numeracy lessons in Years 3 and 5 for Term 1, followed by targeted numeracy and literacy across the Primary School from Term 2. Writing on Demand is happening each day, with students focussing on the Seven Steps to Writing and Learning strategies that build writing stamina. We are also encouraging greater levels of reading stamina, to develop learners who have learned to read, and who also read to learn.


Your child’s academic welfare is and always will be, our priority and privilege. My holiday reading of a book called, “When the Adults Change Everything Changes” (2017) by UK educator Paul Dix, reminded me of two pillars or the rails of the train track, for success in learning communities - Visible Consistency and Visible Kindness. Consistency in our learning and kindness in all that we do. We are Principled, Reflective, Caring, Knowledgeable, Communicators, Balanced, Open-minded, Thinkers, Risk-takers and Inquirers. We need high levels of achievement in literacy and numeracy to do this well. To be scientists, historians, geographers, artists, athletes, we need a strong transferable skill set.


We also know that you will see an emphasis on reading, writing, spelling and number work in your child’s Home Learning also. This has been intentional as a culture of literacy, numeracy, science and inquiry at home will perfectly complement the culture of learning in the classroom. The reach is for deep learning and number facts need to be remembered for quick and accurate recall. Daily reading and mastery of texts is important for fluency and comprehension. Research demonstrates that competent and confident learners experiencing high levels of engagement during school, adjust to the world of further study and life beyond school with resilience, able to commit and contribute to their communities.

I began with a pop-culture catchphrase of ‘reach for the sky’. We know this is much more than reaching for something unattainable. This is determining now that we will reach for high levels of academic achievement and succeed through quality learning experiences and highly effective teaching.

We very clearly communicate your child’s learning journey through the Year Level Blogs in JPConnect Community. There is the Year Level landing page which then goes into the Sway page for your child’s class. Here you will find photos, overviews, Home Learning experiences and strategies/tips for parents to use at home.


We love learning alongside you, in partnership to create personalised learning for your children.


 Andy Gordon

Head of Primary

From the Friends of Primary School

Hello Everyone! Preparations for Movie Night are in full swing and expectations are growing by the minute! This week envelopes to pre-purchase tickets were sent to the children. Please fill in the details, include the money and take them to the office. These same envelopes will be returned to you with your wristbands.


Movies on the Green returns, by popular demand! This is our main event from our fundraising calendar. Every year it gets bigger and bigger, and we are expecting to sell lots of tickets, making this event a great opportunity to advertise your business.


To assist us with costs, and to help us make this night a success, we are looking for sponsors for the night. We are offering two different packages:


Sponsorship Package 1: The display of your business name, logo and/or slogan on the big screen in the form of a power point presentation slide for 15 seconds via rotation, prior to the screening of the movie. Cost $150 for one slide, $50 for any other extra slide. 


Sponsorship Package 2: The hand out of brochures, gizmos, vouchers and/or offers of your business in an A4 size goody bag to be given to adults at the conclusion of the event. We are planning to put together 300 bags for adults only.  Cost $100.


All profits raised during the night, along with the money raised during the previous years, will go towards the refurbishment of one of our playgrounds.


If you would like to become one of our value Sponsors, please contact me at [email protected] or call me at 0400 449 085 at your convenience.


As mentioned previously, this event gets bigger every year; meaning, we need more hands to make the event run smoothly: WE NEED YOUR HELP! 


We are looking for volunteers for the day itself, to help us with the setting up and managing of the stalls. If you think you can spare some time, please visit the link below,  where you will find the Volunteer Sign-up Schedule for Movies on the Green. You can pick the time slot and activity that suits you best.



Thank you very much in advance for your help and support!


Romina Vecchi

On behalf of Friends of Primary


NOTE:  PRE-TICKET Sales to be eligible for a class prize will close on Wednesday 14th of March.  Tickets will still be available at the gate, but if the children wish to be in the running for their class to win the PIZZA PARTY prize, please do not forget to get these in by 14/3/2018.  $5 per ticket, adults and children alike (children 4 and under FREE) – All children must be accompanied by an adult as this is not a teacher supervised event.


Clear Out Your Cupboards and Donate Your Spare Stationery to Charity! 

As JPC has begun supplying the stationery requirements to the Primary School, I thought there may be some parents, like myself, that have excess items lying around in cupboards that you will no longer need. If so, please bring in any of your unused books, pens, glue, folders, etc to the Primary Office and place in the collection box inside the front door. These items will be donated to kids that don't usually have access to these important school resources via Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG).

The box will be emptied each Friday with a final collection on Friday, 23rd March. 


Thanks so much for your generosity.


Emma Glencross 

Get involved in the School Banking Programme

John Paul College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Programme to all students.


School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.


The rewards available during 2018 are:

  • Twister Power Handball
  • Secret Scratch Pad
  • Sparkle Glitter Pens
  • Glow Light
  • Mighty Boom Handball
  • Heat Reactor Pencils
  • Slushie Maker Cup
  • Zoom Flying Disc

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. We receive a regular savers contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an annual contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.


Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking Programme is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 


1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.


2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.


If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.


School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week you need to complete your deposit slip in your banking wallet, place your money in the wallet pocket, and then hand your banking wallet to your teacher. The lovely volunteer school Mums will process your deposit and deliver your yellow banking wallet back to you classroom on the same day.


If you would like to know more about School Banking or open an account, please ask for a 2018 School Banking Programme  information pack from the school office or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.


Vanessa Shinkfield

School Banking Co-ordinator

Chaplain and Community

Year 9 Retreat

Year 7 Camp Service

Recently I attended the Year 7 camp at Tallebudgera. During the camp I was able to move between groups of students getting to know them better and joining in with their activities. I had lots of fun splashing them while canoeing, doing tricks with them while boogie boarding and encouraging them as they climbed up the rock wall.


Since I am an early riser, I offered an extra activity of a 6:00am beach walk on both days at camp. On day one, 37 turned up so I was glad Mr Hamson decided to join me. In that time, we enjoyed the quieter start to the day with a beautiful sunrise and the gentle crash of the waves onto the shore. Another 25 managed to come again on the second day, despite being tired from the activities the day before. It was a great time to see God’s awesome creation and for me to chat with the students along the way.

This theme of God’s creation was what the camp service was about on the first night. We took the whole year level down onto the Tallebudgera Creek beach at about 7:30 pm. We reflected on our surroundings and appreciated God’s creative nature in making it all to, one; show us who He is, and two; so that we might enjoy it. At one point everyone reflected upon how they see God in creation while we quietly sat, took in what was around us (such as the stars above), and listened to a quiet song called “Stars” by Bel Thomson. I discussed the mathematical odds of our universe coming into existence and life starting (as worked out by a mathematician from Princeton University) which are:


100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 (10124).


We are NOT here by chance. The Bible puts it this way.


Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.


Romans 1:20

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his everlasting power and all the things that make Him God.


So they have no excuse for not knowing Him.


We live in an amazing world that God brought into being but sometimes we get too busy to even notice the beauty of it, or Him as its Creator. At Year 7 camp, we did that for just a few moments, and it was easy to see how awesome He is.


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 8.30 am in the meeting room in the Wellbeing Centre (except for every fourth Thursday of the month when it is held in the evening at 7.30 pm 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.

St Edward the Confessor - Sacramental Programme

We are once again pleased to announce that St Edward’s Parish, Daisy Hill is currently accepting applications from candidates who would like to take part in our Sacramental Programme.  Significant changes to the Christian Initiation for Children within the Archdiocese of Brisbane were implemented last year.  (Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation).


Application forms are available from our Parish Office upon request (Tel: 3299 2000) or from our Website www.stedwardsdaisyhill.org.au


Applications for this year’s Confirmation close on Friday 23 February 2018 with Confirmation being held in the Church at St Edward’s on Thursday 15 March at 6pm.


Monday 12 March - 6pm:  Spiritual conference and rehearsal in the Church

Children confirmed are generally in Grade 3 or 8 years of age.


Fr Marce Singson - Parish Priest

Parish of St Edward the Confessor

104 Chatswood Road

Daisy Hill  QLD 4127

Telephone: 3299 2000

Email: [email protected]    

Library Learning

Learning in the Library 

The teacher librarian team of Mrs Duong, Mrs Fry and the E-Learning Facilitator (ELF) Mrs Angell, are working with the Primary students in the Learning Centre to deliver some of the topics and skills from the new Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum. Each year level will have a four-week block of instruction during the term, with targeted experiences and technologies, exploring data gathering, components of digital systems and the concept of algorithms in coding and robotics.


The programme will build the students' skills as they progress through the various activities and challenges. Problem solving, collaboration and creativity are also important skills and attitudes that students will practice. As a team we are excited to bring this new curriculum to students and look forward to developing their love of learning in Digital Technologies!


The PYP programme flows through the learning students do in NMLC. The five essential elements of knowledge, concepts, approaches to learning, attitudes and action along with the six transdiciplinary themes are on display in NMLC so you can see the scope of the programme across the Primary School.

Learning From the Greats

In our latest display, Gearing up for the Games, Gorman Learning Centre is spreading a wealth of positive messages about dedication and perseverance for our senior students. We are featuring a range of biographies and autobiographies of sportspeople, ranging from our Olympic swimmers to rugby league and cricket standouts and even skateboarders and surfers. Be inspired!

Meet Cherie Parkes

Mrs Cherie Parkes is a vital member to our Learning Centre team. Mrs Parkes' role is very diverse.  As well as being a friendly face supporting students when borrowing and learning, she is also responsible for placing the orders for learning resources for the College as well as receiving goods and processing orders.


Mrs Parkes is also the co-ordinator of our Book Fairs, of which we have four per year. Mrs Parkes liaises with the supplier, advertises the fairs to students and parents, serves at the fair and handles the accounts.

'Paws' for Book Fair

Students have been loving the ‘Paws for reading’ Book Fair. Remember that Monday is the last day so if you haven’t had time to visit this week, ‘paws’ at the Noelene Munns Learning Centre and stock up on some reading material for the family.


Prep have had their first visit to Book Fair and they were very excited to see the wonderful selection of books. Wish lists have gone home with many classes and parents are able to pay online using the information on the back of the wish list.

Our Pick of the Week 

Traveler by L.E. DeLano


Don’t travel through time, travel between realities!


Jessa is a Traveler, but a total newbie to the whole experience. For years she has dreamed of strange and amazing worlds, and simply believed she has a vivid imagination. Then, her favourite dream character appears in the flesh and shows her that she is a Traveler, like him. All she has to do is gaze into any reflective surface and she can trade places with another version of herself in another reality.  


But someone is hunting Jessa through the realities, killing every version of her that they find. Finn is doing his best to protect her through all the worlds but if he is chasing her through every reality, is it possible he is really her killer?


Travel the worlds in this topsy-turvy novel while Jessa dies over and over again and Finn doggedly pursues her, determined that THIS Jessa will live. Find this book at the Middle Library, Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts


Our College was privileged to host the Australian String Quartet on Thursday 22 February.  This was a truly outstanding opportunity for our string students to not only witness exceptional musicianship but to be mentored and learn what it takes to achieve your goals in life.


Our Chamber Orchestra, directed by Mr Emin Tagiev, experienced world class tutoring from all four members of the Australian String Quartet.  Many of our students also had the opportunity to take part in a series of Masterclasses.  Thank you to the Australian String Quartet and to Mr Emin Tagiev in making this a reality for our students at JPC.

At Open Day held on Saturday 24 February, the Primary Clarinet Ensemble of Lola Sawka, Penelope Jones, Charlotte Kochanek and Millicent Jennings, directed by Mrs Amanda Gallo, entertained prospective families in the ARC.  They performed a repertoire of four folk songs which were beautifully played and enjoyed by all.  This was also their first performance in front of visitors to the College.  We look forward to many more performance opportunities for our talented students in the performing arts.

We welcome to our Performing Arts Instrumental Programme two new instrumental tutors for our students, Mrs Sherelle Eyles as piano tutor and Ms Rebecca Lloyd-Jones as our percussion specialist. 


Sherelle has tutored piano to students at Brisbane Girl’s Grammar for over 20 years and is also a Piano Examiner with the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), Piano Adjudicator at local Eisteddfods and an accomplished choral composer for children.  Sherelle has performed as part of the prestigious Park Lane Group Young Artists’ Recitals at the Royal Festival Hall in London.  As a choral composer, many of Sherelle’s choral songs have been published and performed by over 20,000 children in Australia and internationally.


Rebecca is a diverse musician who is passionate about percussion performance, research and education.  She has worked extensively with the Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney and Darwin Symphony Orchestras and served for two years in the Defence Force as a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band.  Rebecca is an active musician locally and currently also employed as percussion teacher and ensemble director at the Queensland Conservatorium.


Upcoming Dates:


Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 2, 2018 is April 17, 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

Queensland Netball

Congratulations to Year 12 student, Hannah Le Sage who has gained selection in the U17 Queensland State netball team to contest in the Australian Championships in Adelaide from 15-23 April.  Hannah has also excelled in the sport of volleyball. After a national training camp Hannah was named shadow player for the U19 Australian Women’s volleyball team.

Well Done Hannah!

Brisbane Senior Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following senior John Paul College swimmers who competed at the Brisbane senior swimming championships last weekend:


Kyle Niesler                  Gold 200m Open Men Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke,

                                            100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke

Jack Dugandzic          Gold 14 Years Boys, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke and

                                            Bronze Open Men 100m Breaststroke

Lucas Humeniuk        Gold 16 Years 200 IM and 100m Butterfly

Chloe Mack                   Gold 14 Years 800m Freestyle

Harrison Back             Silver 15 Years 1500m Freestyle

Jade Niesler                 Bronze 13 Years 100m Backstroke


Well done also to the following students who finished in the top 10 in the finals!

Caio Gallo                      200m Breaststroke and 200m Butterfly

Tarryn House               400m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle

Danis Khizriev            Open Mens 100m Butterfly

Charly Kuhnemann  Open 200m IM

Co-curricular Connections

This year we welcomed the Vickers family (Larissa, Liam and Gemma) to the College. As you will read below, they have wasted little time immersing themselves in the College’s co-curricular programmes. We trust all our new families and students have experienced a similar positive start to the year; that they are enjoying the opportunities on offer and are establishing friendships and connections that involvement in our programmes naturally create.


Liam, Gemma and I commenced school at John Paul College this year. It was exciting moving from Warwick to Brisbane but also a little daunting at the same time. We have always been involved in co–curricular activities and JPC has allowed us to grow and develop our interests.


We have all participated in swimming. Gemma and I will play netball and Liam is playing cricket, and rugby next term. Cross country is also something we enjoy being involved in and we have started training with the school. The music programme has also drawn our attention and we have all joined bands in the School of Performing Arts.


As a family we have been comforted by the warm welcome and the quality of academic, sporting and music tuition and look forward to the years ahead making friends and enjoying everything John Paul College has to offer.


Larissa Vickers (Year 10)


TAS Sports

Another wet Saturday for the Burgundy and Blue, however we managed to get seven matches played in the Coleman Centre, winning six out of seven.


Well done to Year 10, Open B and Open A basketball teams defeating St Columban’s College in all three matches, with our Open A girls putting on a clinical display for the spectators and our Open Day visitors.

Boys volleyball were just as impressive winning three out of their four matches with our Year 10 boys narrowly going down 1-2 to a very strong St Columban's outfit.


The big improvers this week were our Open B volleyball boys coached by Mr Horsfall, taking out a strong 3-0 win. Well done boys!

Mrs Karen Graham
Director of Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Academic Progress Meetings

This week is a good time for our students to reflect on their studies as we meet with many of them to discuss their progress. We are looking forward to even greater success and achievement in the coming weeks.

HPE Week

Our students have the opportunity to challenge the JPIC House Captains this week.  Each day there is a different activity including Dodgeball Challenge, Army Challenge Capture the Flag, Gym and Basketball, in which students may participate.  We encourage our students to get involved and enjoy themselves.

Level 3A student learning activities

The first theme students studied was "My life, school and me." They learned how to do a self-introduction, which included their daily routine, school, their hobbies and lifestyles. Students learned a lot of new vocabulary, which helped them describe people, their appearance and personality. They used the simple present tense to talk about habits and give factual information.

Theme 2 was all about events and stories from the past. Students completed our first assignment, which was a biography of a famous Australian and compared life now to the past. In Theme 3, students examined travel destinations and tourism in Australia and around the world. They researched a popular holiday destination and made our first multi-modal presentation.


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Level 5B students’ Australian Identities

Coming here to Australia is a fresh start for both of us as international students. Whether our hometown is in China or Vietnam, the struggle is real for us to find and define our ‘Australian identities’. Nevertheless, the activities studied in Theme 1 really played a key role in building up our Australian identities.


Undeniably, we found ourselves somewhere in the Australian National Anthem called ‘Advance Australia Fair’ that we learned in class, especially when it comes to the long journey of how Australians ended up with their well-known National Anthem. In addition, we not only found traditional values and parts of the culture throughout the song, but also saw and felt the pride of Australians for their country, their sea and their land.

Through classroom discussions and watching ‘Behind the News’ reports, we had the chance to learn more about the three flags that represent Australia. It was surprising to learn that besides the Australian national flag, there are two other officially recognised flags, the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag.  Both of these represent the traditional owners who previously inhabited the expansive lands of Australia for thousands of years. 


As students, we hold high regard for the way Australians respect each other regardless of their backgrounds and ethnicities. Our ‘Australian Identity’ theme then continued with lots of useful knowledge regarding many different aspects of the Australian way of life, from Australian icons and landmarks such as Uluru, to the life of the Aboriginals.  In writing a personal narrative, we reflected on our own identity, and we have changed into a new version of ourselves, a version in which we know how to respect another’s culture and adapt to a different environment.


We have found our “Australian Identities.”

Community News

Foster Carer. Could You be One?

Everyday people from all walks of life can become foster carers.  


Caring for children and young people at a difficult time in their lives can be challenging but is also hugely rewarding.  Many young lives have been turned around and given new inspirations thanks to the support and dedication of foster carers. They are the backbone of the child protection system, providing consistency, stability and the bonds of trust that many children have sadly been denied.


If you would like to find out more please view the attached PDFs.



Dates to Remember


2 - 4 March - Years 7 to 12 Instrumental Camp, SOPA Precinct

3 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 5

3 March - TAS Trimester 1 Round 5, JPC vs St John's, St John's Anglican College

3 February - Kindy Family Fun Day

4 March - International Women's Day Fun Run/Walk, Southbank

5 - 6 March - Primary Book Fair

5 March - Year 1 Inside Out Provocation for UOI Incursion, Gorman Lecture Theatre

5 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

6 March - Prep and Year 1 Safety Talk, Stephen Bean Theatre

6 March - Years 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Reviews, Coleman Centre

7 March - JPIC Assembly, Gorman Lecture Theatre

7 March - Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

7 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

7 March - PYP Parent Workshops, Primary Classrooms

8 March - Year 6 Retreat, Stephen Bean Theatre

8 March - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 March - Circuit Debating

9 March - Performance Evening

10 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 6

10 March - TAS Trimester 1 Round 7, JPC vs Ormiston, Ormiston College

12 March - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

12 March - Primary Parent Information Evening, Gorman Lecture Theatre

13 & 15 March - Kindergarten Individual, Group and Sibling Photos, Kindergarten

13 March - JTAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

13 March - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

14 March - Year 4 Middle School Engagement Meeting, Wesley 11 and 12

14 March - Parent Cybersafety Presentation by Rebecca Sparrow, Gorman Lecture Theatre

15 March - TAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

15 March - Kindergarten Individual, Group and Sibling Photos, Kindergarten

15 March - QCS Parent Workshop, Gorman Centre

16 March - Assembly (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

16 March - Live at the Piazza (Primary Students)

16 March - Primary Movie Night, Primary Lawns, Playground and ARC

17 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 7

17 March - TAS Trimester 1 Round 8, JPC vs Canterbury, John Paul College

18 March - Boarding Luna New Year Dinner

19 March - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

19 - 23 March - Years 11 and 12 Exams

19 March - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

19 March - Harmony Day, Primary Precinct

19 March - Years 3 to 12 Strings Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre

20 March - Kindergarten to Year 2 Easter Bonnet Parade, ARC

20 March - TAS Hockey Sign On, Stephen Bowers Oval

20 March - Friends of Performing Arts AGM, Performing Arts Meeting Room

21 - 23 March - Year 4 Camp

21 March - Harmony Day

21 March - Year 10 Subject Selection Evening for Semester 2, Gorman Lecture Theatre and Gorman Level 2

23 March - Primary Parade

24 March - TAS Trimester 1 Finals

26 - 27 March - QCS Practice - Coleman Centre/GLT

26 March - Prep to Year 2 Easter Service, ARC

26 March - Boarding End of Term Outing, Cec Munns Sports Centre

26 March - 15 April - Argentina Cultural Tour

27 March - JPIC Carnival

27 March - Year 3 - Year 6 Easter Service, ARC

27 March - Boarding Staff vs Students Touch Football Game, Cec Munns Sports Centre

27 March - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

28 March - Senior School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

28 March - Primary School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

28 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat, Finch Farm and Wesley Building

29 March - Years 7 to 12 Dance Intensive (Partnership with QLD Ballet)

29 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat

29 March - Easter Service (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

29 March - JPIC Graduation


30 March - Good Friday - Easter Service, JPC Grounds

30 March - Boarder Travel Day


3 - 16 April Outside School Care Hours Vacation Care Programme

11 - 13 April - Code Camp, Burke Building

14 - 16 April - Years 7 to 12 Musical Camp, Maroochydore Conference Centre

16 April - Pupil Free Day

16 April - Boarder Travel Day


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

18 - 20 April - Year 8 Camp

19 April - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

20 April - Primary Parade

21 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 1, JPC vs St Paul's, John Paul College

23 April - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

24 April - Year 10 Set Plan, Gorman Lecture Theatre/Careers Room

24 April - Primary ANZAC Parade, ARC

24 April - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

25 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

25 April - ANZAC Day Parade (Marching Eagles and Colourguard), Springwood, Logan and Brisbane

27 April - Expresso Training Excursion/VET Cert 2&3 Hospitality Students, Brisbane City

27 April - Assembly (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

28 April - JTAS Term 2, Round 1

28 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 2, JPC vs Canterbury College, Canterbury College

29 April - Boarding Community BBQ, Fenton Village

30 April - 2 May - Year 10 Camp

30 April - Prep - Year 12 Piano and Vocal Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre


1 - 3 May - Year 11 Camp

2 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat

2 May - JPIC Assembly

2 May - Year 7 Elevate Programme, Wesley 1-5

3 May - QLD Youth Music Awards - Choral (Years 7-12)

3 May - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

4 May - Primary Parade

4 May - Theatresports (Years 4 - 12)

5 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 2

5 May - Trimester 2 Round 3 - JPC vs St John's, John Paul College

7 May - Labour Day Public Holiday

8 - 11 May - Year 9 Camp

8 May - Year 1 Geckos Wildlife Visit, Year 1 Classrooms

8 May - Friends of Cricket Meeting,  Gorman Meeting Room

8 May - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Centre Room 5

9 May - Friends of Primary Mothers Day Stall, Noelene Munns Learning Centre

10 May - Kindy Mothers Day Celebration

11 May - Free Dress Day

11 May - Mayfair

11 May - JPIC Expo, Markwell Lawns

11 - 12 May - Cross Country Camp

12 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 3

12 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 4 - BYE

14 May - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

14 May - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

15 - 17 May - NAPLAN

18 May - Primary Parade, ARC

18 May - Year 3 - 6 Together for Humanity Presentation, Gorman Lecture Theatre,

18 May - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

19 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 4

19 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 5 - JPC vs St Columbans, St Columban's School

22 - 28 May - Primary Book Fair

23 May - Open Day

23 May - Barefoot in the Park

23 May - Year 2 Street Science Incursion

24 May - TAS Cross Country

25 May - Year 11 & 12 AIME Session

25 May - JTAS Cross Country Carnival

25 May - Pentecost Service, Coleman Centre

25 May - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre

26 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 5

26 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 6 - JPC vs WMAC, West Moreton Anglican College

28 May - Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Recital (Years 4-12), Stephen Bean Theatre

29 May - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

30 May - Year 6 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

30 May - JPIC Assembly

31 May - Past Parent's Network - Tour and Morning Tea

1 June - Primary Assembly, Coleman Centre

1 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

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 - Fair Go Touch Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

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

6 June - Year 5 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

7 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

8 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 7

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

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

14 June - Battle of the Banks, Coomera

15 June - Peer Support Session

16 June - TAS Trimester 2 Finals

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 - Boarding End of Term Outing

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

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

20 June - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

20 June - JPIC Carnival

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

9 - 15 July - Intensive College Musical Rehearsals (Years 4 - 12), Coleman Centre

10 - 11July - Days of Academic Excellence

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


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