07 September 2018
Issue 026
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Deputy Principal's News
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Library Learning
Chaplain and Community
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Principal's Voice


Leadership Development

Assisting others to evolve and develop their leadership capacity and aspirations is an important priority of mine.


Throughout Australia, we are facing an impending shortage of teachers and leaders. 


At JPC we are working to prepare a professional learning plan for all staff and in the short term, we are keen to support those teachers who have leadership aspirations.


Already this year, a number of our teachers attended the Transitioning into Leadership Conference hosted at St Margaret’s. This programme explored leadership characteristics, personal and professional capacity development, and preparations for application and interviews.


Many of our middle and senior leaders have shadowed leaders in other schools around Australia, and JPC staff, in turn, have had teachers from other schools shadow them this year.


The College supports staff who wish to study higher degrees and we will continue to encourage our people to role model for our students, lifelong learning through further formal study.


Further leadership conferences will be offered in 2019 for our staff.

Life at the College

We are looking forward to Cabaret Night and the final round of TAS competitions ahead of the finals next week.


Of course, most importantly, many of our Seniors have sat the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCST) which will contribute significantly to their final OP result.


Thank you to Ms Guerra and Mr Dennis for overseeing the programme, and all teachers who were involved in lessons to prepare our students for the test.


Parents are reminded of the College’s requirement to provide a full term’s notice if you are intending to remove your children from JPC.


Please contact the Admissions Team if you require more information around the process for withdrawal.

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • Year Twelve student Ryan Chappell on achieving his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
  • Year Seven student Pavani Wickremasinghe who has been nominated by the Young Conservatorium to participate in the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University State Honours Ensemble Program. Pavani’s nomination is for Voice Treble (Choir).
  • The Five JPC cheer teams who recently competed in the Asia Pacific Grand International Cheer Competition. All five teams placed in the Top Three. Primary Mini Level 1, Primary Level 1 and Primary Level 2 all placed first, High School Level 1 placed second and High School Level 2 placed third.
  • Congratulations to the JPC team who placed second out of 20 teams at the recent UQ Titration competion. Each team member received a gold medal and the team was rated as Excellent.  In particular, Selina Yang (Year Twelve) had a 0 error. Selina analysed her unknown sample and achieved the correct result to 4, a significant figure.

  • Head of Primary School, Mr Andy Gordon, who has been appointed to the Australian Primary Principals Association and National Advisory Council (APPA NAC).  APPA represents affiliated state and territory Government, Catholic and Independent primary schools across the nation with over 7000 members.  It is the national voice on national issues and speaks directly to the Federal Government on matters that concern school principals and their school communities. 


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's desk

Action at JPC

With the Primary Year Exhibition in full swing this week, it is timely to focus on an essential element of the programme, Action.  Students are encouraged to reflect and take action as a result of their inquiry, and this can take many forms.  From raising funds and collecting donations, to raising awareness and changing mindsets, action can be very powerful.  There are numerous responses which can be elicited from participants, and the type of action is only limited by their creativity.


As staff, we also appreciate the opportunity to take action.  During the year we support a number of causes, sometimes through fundraising, but also by sparking the interest of students.  We are sometimes asked, “Why are all the teachers wearing red today?”


Or, “Is there a reason why staff are supporting a certain charity?”


This gives us the opportunity to explain the background to certain causes, inspire students to take part or have their own perspective challenged, and hopefully promote some level of philanthropy in them.  We are role modelling the ‘Giving’ aspect within the SOARING Tree.  As a staff it gives us a sense of unity, all supporting a similar cause, charity or event.  It enhances our wellbeing to know we can make a difference.  As a generous community, John Paul College members are regularly involved in charitable works, supporting others, giving time, energy and funds.  It is this sense of responsibility within our society, love for and contribution to others, and willingness to connect through such action which is a significant aspect of our core value, mutual respect.



Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

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

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

How to:

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

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

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


Anatomy of the Assessment Results Panel

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

1. The listing of subjects in the current semester plus a collapsed list of all previous years and semesters.

2. Tiles are displayed with any future assessment tasks. The tile in this example indicates that an assessment piece is due on 6 June.

3. The summary panel has the results by strand displayed for each assessment task. In this example, the title “Lock ‘n’ Rock Folio and Pitch” is displayed along with the results associated with each criteria.

4. This is the icon link to the actual assessment task and the date the task was due is displayed.

5. A file has been added by the teacher which includes in this case the feedback rubric for this student.

6. Files uploaded by the student as the submission for the assessment are available.

7. The results panel is re-displayed in the Details Panel.

8. The name of the teacher who has uploaded the file (usually containing marking and feedback annotations) is displayed.

9. Upcoming assessment tasks across all subjects are displayed under this link.


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


Queries or Questions:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

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


JPC Announcements

Colour Explosion Run4Fun

Friends of Netball kicked off Father’s Day with their very first Colour Explosion bright and early at Cec Munns Sports Centre last Sunday.


It was wonderful to see the JPC community spirit and enthusiasm that was displayed in supporting the event.  As the participants passed each colour station, we witnessed many smiles and heard many squeals and giggles.  As participants crossed the finish line, each person looked like a they had walked through a rainbow. They were covered in coloured powder from head to toe.

Due to the wonderful assistance from our participants, volunteers, members of staff and our Property Services team, the morning was a great success. Thank you everyone, without you the event would not have happened.


What a blast of colour it was! We can’t wait to do it again next year.  


On behalf of the Friends of Netball Committee, we would also like to say a big thank you to our sponsors for their support throughout our season -


Travel Associates, Sunset Signs, Logan City Buses, Faceframers and Bob Jane T-Mart Springwood


Giselle Phillips

Friends of Netball, President

Play Club Football for JPC


John Paul College Football Club is hoping to build on the success of its JTAS and TAS season, by extending the current number of players and teams it currently has entered in the Football Brisbane Competition.


We compete so successfully in the school competition because the athletes love playing with their mates, so why not continue that absolute enjoyment and sign up to play Club Football for JPC? Our fields are the best in Brisbane and training is so convenient as the students simply walk to the ovals after school.


We currently have an U9, U11, U12 (playing finals) and U15 (playing finals) team. Next year we would love to have the numbers to enter at least six teams into the Football Brisbane Competition including an all-female team. We are a friendly, supportive community who love watching our kids playing football with their mates. Why wouldn’t you have your child play Club Football for John Paul College?


Very shortly, communication will be sent to JTAS and TAS players asking for expressions of interest to join us for the 2019 season. Team trials for JPC Club Football will be held on September 17 - 19 after school. Information outlining the specific details of the trials will be published closer to the dates.


Friends of Football is committed to supporting our club teams by entering carnivals locally and interstate. Be with us as we endeavour to make 2019 our best season ever! #JPCCOMMUNITY #JPCPRIDE

Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

Welcome to Week Eight

Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test for Year 12 OP Students


The QCS exams were held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday commenced with a hearty breakfast at the Piazza where students and staff came together to support each other and calm their nerves. This was followed by some last minute instructions and then a rousing rendition of the JPC War Cry. The OP students then entered the Coleman Centre to begin two days of testing.


Students sat four papers throughout, comprising a Writing Task, Short Response Item paper and two Multiple Choice papers. By Wednesday afternoon, the students had given their all and most were exhausted.


We wish the students all the best as we now wait for the results that will influence their Overall Position (OP) ranking in the Queensland-wide qualification.


Exam Block for Year Eleven and Twelve students commences on Monday 10 September and goes through to Friday 14 September.


We wish them all the best and believe that the preparation they have done will stand them in good stead for  good results

Leadership 2019 Speeches

Aspiring Captains and Vice Captains for 2019 were given the opportunity to present themselves and their vision for leadership on Wednesday. The candidates gave impassioned speeches in the Gorman Lecture Theatre to the combined Year Ten and Eleven cohorts. The atmosphere was fantastic as each student spoke and the audience was extremely receptive to the speeches.


The next step of the process takes place on Friday when students have the opportunity to vote for the candidates they think will best lead the student body in 2019. Using the voting data from students (and staff) the 30 candidates will be shortlisted down to 18 students who will then go through to the panel interviews.


I know we have a lot of nervous students waiting for the outcome of the process. There are so many quality applicants it is going to be extremely difficult to narrow it down to the two Captains and eight Vice-Captains that will be selected from this process.

From the Head of Careers and Pathways

A few ‘careers’ quotes to provide insight and inspiration, and to encourage some big-picture thinking when trying to plan for your future.


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have become alive!”


“As long as you’ve got passion, faith and are willing to work hard you can do anything and have anything you want in this world.”


“The size of our success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream and how you handle disappointment along the way.”


“Set your career goals high and don’t stop until you get there.”


“Create the grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe.”


I have a poster on my office wall that many of you have seen. It says “Guidance: there are many who give advice, but few who offer guidance”. I hope that one of the benefits of getting older and having had such a rich life is that I can have genuine discussions with students about their future. In fact, this very thing gets me up in the morning and results in the “pole position” car park so many of you joke about with me.


Careers counselling is not all about finding a perfect job fit for someone, it is about having quality discussions about life, learning and so much more. Career development as a process is both complex and unique with each individual bringing a special set of skills, values, interests and experiences to the process.


Older adults entered a labour market at a time when:

  • jobs were plentiful;
  • decisions about work were made with scant reference to other areas of one’s life;
  • full-time employment was the norm;
  • a job-for-life was the expectation (of males at least); gand
  • working to achieve personal satisfaction was not an obvious priority.

Times have clearly changed, yet many attitudes to work and career have not. The “old” pattern of preparing for work, working and retiring is rapidly disappearing. Students should seek and follow guidance at every opportunity.


Mr Steve Cuthbert

[email protected]  (3826 3593)

How can I help my child to learn another language?

Continuing on from last week, here are a few more suggestions to help your child learn another language


  • Remind students who want to extend their classroom knowledge to use teacher recommended resources and not use the internet to solve every problem. Discourage the use of online translators – they really don’t work well and don’t help students learn.
  • If your child experiences difficulty completing homework tasks, or expresses concern with regard to his/her competence in some area, encourage him/her to attend tutorials. If the times offered are not suitable, ask your child to arrange for a more suitable time. Check to see that this has been done via email or call the teacher at school.
  • Emphasise the benefits of daily revision in addition to homework. Even only five minutes of concentrated effort per day can help to promote long-term learning and minimize the stress of last minute cramming sessions before tests.
  • Assist your child to exploit his/her own learning preferences during revision at home by encouraging him/her to make posters, use flashcards to learn new vocabulary, or record words to aid learning and improve pronunciation.

   Please click on the PDF for the complete document.

With many thanks for your support and participation in the language learning process!

The Modern Languages Department

Dates to Note:

Monday 10 to Friday 14 September - Year Eleven and Twelve Examination Block

Friday 21 September - End of Term Three at 3.20pm


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Dear Families

This Friday night the Middle School Student Council are hosting their second major event for the Term – The Middle School Dance. Our leaders have been busily working behind the scenes preparing for the night and learning key skills in event management. They have been liaising with staff across the College to ensure the venue is booked, function request information is completed, a risk assessment has been completed, catering is in place, and the event is marketed and advertised to the students. The dance, and similar events, are student-driven and created to develop skills in leadership, organisation, collaboration and negotiation. The specific details for the dance are below and we hope as many students as possible from Years Seven, Eight and Nine will support the Student Council and enjoy a social time with friends to relax after a busy week of assessment:

Middle School Dance

Dance Theme: GLOW IN THE DARK! (Anything bright, colourful, or that glows!!!)


Time:  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Who:  Middle School (Years Seven, Eight and Nine)

Cost: $5 entry fee

Food:  Lollies, chips, drinks etc. sold from canteen

RUOK Day Fun Run

Next Thursday will see our final Middle School event for Term Three as the Student Council hold their annual RUOK Day Fun Run. Held in support of RUOK Day, the Fun Run is an opportunity for all students in Years Seven, Eight and Nine, as well as students from our International College, to get outdoors and walk, jog or run the 1.7km course around the Secondary Campus in an expression of compassion for those in our community that sometimes do it tough. RUOK Day enables us all to stop and think about the needs of others above our own.


The Fun Run takes place during PC from 11.00 – 11.45 am and begins on Stephen Bowers Oval. Students are to wear their HPE uniform and may dress up with a splash of yellow; the theme colour for RUOK Day. Parents and guardians are most welcome to come along and join in the fun.


I commend the work of the Middle School Leaders preparing for these events and their commitment to attending weekly meetings. I thank Mr Crameri for his work with the students in overseeing their planning and organisation. I am confident that both events will be a great success.

Upcoming Middle School Events:

Middle School Disco -  Friday 7 September, 6.30 – 9.00pm (Coleman Centre)

RUOK Day Fun Run - Thursday 13 September, 11.00am – 12.00pm (Stephen Bowers Oval)

TAS Athletics - Tuesday 18th September


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary

Academic Extension and Enrichment

Extension and enrichment activities expand a student's learning in ways that differ from the ways students might normally engage in learning, like copying or completing questions from the board or a textbook. An experience can be any activity that promotes critical thinking and deep levels of learning. The activities themselves should try to approach the varied interests of the students, and involve puzzles, physical education games, singing, science experiments and art activities. The purpose of extension and enrichment activities is to enhance the educational learning being done in the classroom. Whenever possible, enrichment activities should be cross-curricular and consider the interests of the students.

The Year Six Exhibition is a significant academic extension and enrichment experience that all Year Six students at John Paul College engage in. I trust that those of you who had the opportunity to visit the Wesley classrooms to learn alongside our students, would have seen the joy, the understanding and the action that the students gained and achieved through the process. Along with consolidating the foundational skills of being an educated person, the exhibition opens up possibilities for students to develop character, apply wisdom and inspire change.


Thank you to the Year Six team and the students for sharing your learning and expressions with us.

Starlight Book Night

Throughout the end of Term Two and during Term Three, the Year Eleven IB students planned and created a project to raise awareness and funds for the Starlight Foundation. We would firstly like to thank all the teachers, parents and students who came along to support us. 


Thank you for your generous donations, which totalled $472.60, all of which will go directly to the Starlight Foundation! Over the course of nine weeks, we created, planned, approved and promoted our event.


Working alongside Mr Gordon, Mrs Shaw, Mr Elms and Mrs Boland, we decided to create a night where Primary School students could come along in their pyjamas to the Noelene Munns Learning Centre. The idea was to bring awareness to the Starlight Foundation, with the night coinciding with the Primary Book Week.


We were able to raise awareness for the Starlight Foundation and provide the opportunity to encourage young readers. Again, we would like to thank all who came along to support our Starlight Book Night. From the teachers to parents and children, who gave their time and donated funds, thank you for supporting our project. 



“Oh, what a fun time we had. It was so much fun competing and coming up with ideas for the competition. I couldn’t believe it when we won! Joy just filled my heart!”


On Saturday 26th August 2018, four teams from John Paul College participated in the Opti-MINDS Challenge. The Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge is an inclusive team challenge which EMPOWERS participants to THINK, CREATE & COMMUNICATE. Each team was given a long term solution to solve over six weeks. The Social Science team worked hard together to collaboratively solve their problem. The team had to create three significant milestones that contributed to the 30th Anniversary of a ‘Plastic Free Ocean’. A variety of skills were used throughout the process – in fact, all the PYP Approaches to Learning were necessary at different times during the challenge. As a result of the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of the students, the Social Science team was successful and accomplished their goals. They achieved victory and were placed first in their division. JPC Team 2 has been invited to represent the Brisbane South Region in the Opti-MINDS State Finals and the Optivision Youth Forum. This event will take place on the weekend of 13th and 14th October at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.


(Written by JPC Opti-MINDS Finalists 2018)


We trust you are continuing to flourish and grow as the year progresses.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School

Library Learning

Exhibition Action in NMLC

Year Six students have taken the opportunity to display their expressions in NMLC for the 2018 Exhibition. Their action made others aware of the issues they are addressing, and many students stopped to look and comment on their displays. The Learning Centres team have supported students in preparation for the Exhibition by sourcing resources and mentoring groups of students in the process. We look forward to seeing the student’s efforts come to fruition in the Exhibition this week.


Learning in the Library

Students in Year Three are choosing science topics of personal interest to investigate for the rest of the term. They will review the research process as they inquire into their topic and plan a science fair project for Term Four. Some interesting and surprising topics have been chosen that should make great fair topics.

Museum Loans Service

One of the services the Learning Centres team provides to support student learning is the Museum Loans Service. The Museum Loans Services is operated by the  Queensland Museum and provides a variety of specimens for display in NMLC and for use in classrooms. The items are always of great interest to students and parents. International students particularly like the Australian animal specimens. The most asked questions by students are, “Is that a real animal?” and “Why did you kill it?”. I assure the students that even though the animal has passed on, it is preserved by the museum so that others are able to study it and that I did not personally end its life.


As well as animal specimens we also have access to items of historical significance that link to the Where We Are in Place and Time units of inquiry in Primary School.

Senior classes have requested rock specimens and historical items to support their research into ancient history topics. Any queries about loan items can be made to Mrs Marilyn Fry in NMLC.

Spring into Spring Reading

It’s time to 'spring' into spring with a good book. At NMLC we are getting into the ‘spring’ of things with a display of our primary students springing on pogo sticks.


A huge range of new books for all ages have hit the shelves in over the last weeks, including some new manga, heaps of You Choose novels and the always favourite Rainbow Magic easy readers. So spring in to the NMLC and choose something special to enjoy!

Book of the Week

After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson

Prudence’s dad is a doomsday prepper. He moved them out of the city to an isolated mining community, he secretly built and stocked an underground bunker and he trained his three daughters in everything they would need to survive a doomsday event, natural or otherwise. The girls think it is all a bit of overkill.


Then the power goes out. It doesn’t take long to discover that not only is the power out, but nothing electrical works – not the car, not the phones (mobile or otherwise) – nothing. No one knows why. And there has been a massive collapse at the nearby mine. Prudence’s dad was at the mine.


Medicine, water and food resources in the drought-ridden town dwindle rapidly and community unrest spirals out of control as neighbour turns on neighbour. The girls do what they have been taught. They keep the bunker a secret. Survival is paramount. Family comes first. Doesn’t it?


A breath-stealing story of disaster, survival, deceit and sacrifice. Once you have picked it up, you won’t be able to put it down. Recommended for Year Nine and over.


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Sixteen year old Mina is motherless with an outcast magician for a father. She doesn’t seem to fit in – anywhere. It makes sense when she finds that her father cut out her warm but diseased heart when she was a child and replaced it with one of glass. Although her heart is cold and still, she is a beauty and when her father moves them to the frigid Whispering Castle, she sees a way to finally find the love she craves. She will marry the widowed king.


Fifteen-year-old Lynette’s mother died giving birth to her. She is the image of her mother and has grown up in the wintry confines of Whispering Castle, prisoner to her father’s adoration and fears that she will prove as fragile as her dead mother. On the eve of her birthday, Lynette discovers that her likeness to her mother is due to magic. She was never born at all – she was formed from ice for the king by Mina’s conniving magician father.


A woman who would be queen and one who was made to be queen. One with a heart of glass, the other formed from ice. The two are destined to be rivals. Only one can win unless they find a way to retell the story – the story of Snow White. Recommended for Year 7 and over.


Returning Books 

With the end of the term fast approaching, please remember to return all outstanding books. If you are unsure if you have overdue items, please check with the library staff.

Chaplain and Community

Social Justice Service

The Years Three to Twelve Service considers Jesus’ approach to helping the vulnerable, hurting or disadvantaged in our own community, country and around the world.  To help get this message across we had the General Manager, Andrew O’Brien from Rosies – Friends on the Street, come and share the ministry he leads. He spoke of their work in Brisbane with the people who most need support.

Some Year Four’s also did a skit telling a Bible story from Luke 10:25-37 about “the Good Samaritan.”


I have printed this below and attached a couple of photos. Jesus’ message to the lawyer is straight forward and the Year Four’s were fantastic playing their parts and getting the message across in a medium that the other students could understand. Now, the challenge is to learn from it. Here is the skit.

Narrator – A lawyer stood up and put Jesus to the test.

Lawyer – Teacher, what shall I do to get to heaven?

Jesus – What is written in God’s Word?

Lawyer – Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.

And love your neighbour as yourself.

Jesus – You have answered correctly; do this and you will be friends with God.

Lawyer – And who is my neighbour?

(enter man and robbers)

Jesus – Here is a story to answer your question.


A man was walking from one town to the next and was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, hurt him and left him injured on the side of the road


Jesus – And by chance a priest was going down the road, and when he saw the hurt man, he passed by on the other side. 

Jesus –Next a Temple Worker came to the place, saw him and also passed by on the other side of the road. 

Jesus – Next a Samaritan, whose country had been fighting with the wounded man’s country, was on a journey. When he saw the injured man, he felt compassion, came over to him and bandaged up his wounds. He put him on his own donkey, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

Jesus – On the next day the Samaritan took out some money and gave it to the innkeeper.

Samaritan says to the innkeeper – Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.


Jesus – Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbour to the man who was injured by the robbers?

Lawyer – The one who showed love and kindness towards him.

Jesus – That’s right. Now, go and do the same.

Written by Felicia Mollohan

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.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

From the Director of Performing Arts

As part of Foundation Day Assembly held on Friday last week, special guests, students and staff enjoyed performances from Chamber Choir, Sinfonia and Wind Orchestra.  This was followed up at the Kindy Opening Ceremony with Jazz Combo entertaining the audience including special VIP guests.




At our last Live at the Piazza held on Friday 31 August, Senior students Aryan Mudaliar, Bethanie Walsh, Joshua West and Iz Wilson entertained the lunchtime crowd at the Piazza with their vocal performances.

Five of our JPC Cheer teams competed in the Asia Pacific Grand International Cheer Competition last weekend with all teams placing in the top three.  Primary teams, Stardust, Asteroids and Meteors were all awarded with a first place in their divisions.  In the High School Divisions 1 and 2, the Supernovas placed second and Nova Starz placed third.  We congratulate these students on their fantastic results.  Our High School Level 2 team, Supernovas also won a paid bid to the Gold JAMZ competition in Las Vegas, USA, one of the largest cheer competitions in the world.  This is an invitation only competition for international competitors and our senior cheer team, the Supernovas are the first JPC team to ever win a bid to an international competition to compete in the Scholastic Division.  Congratulations to all of the cheer students and their coaches.

Student Success

We congratulate Year Ten student, Aaryn Wong who competed at the Brisbane Eisteddfod on Flute and placed First in the Grade 8 and Diploma division.  Aaryn was also awarded second place in the Senior Solo Championship 15 years and over section.


Year Ten Student, Tina Marui-Chen also competed at the Brisbane Eisteddfod and placed third in the Jazz or Modern Contemporary section.


Congratulations to both students on their successful performances.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 7 September - Cabaret Night

Friday 14 September - Battle of the Rock Bands – Exit 24

Saturday 16 September - AASCF State Cheerleading Competition

Monday 17 September - Performance Evening

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September - Melbourne Cheer Competition/Tour – Supernovas & Nova Starz

Wednesday 17 October - Music Fest – Symphonic Band

Friday 19 October - Music Fest – Wind Orchestra

Saturday 20 October - Concert Band Spectacular – Wind Orchestra & Big Band

Friday 26 October - Music Fest – Sinfonia

Saturday 27 October - Music Fest – Corelli Strings and Vivaldi Strings

Tuesday 30 October - Music Fest – Primary Concert Band

Wednesday 31 October - Music Fest – Capriccio Strings

Saturday 3 November - Music Fest – Big Band, Stage Band, Viva Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

From the Director of Sports and Activities

                             TAS Sport Wrap v WMAC:​

It was great to be back playing at home this week and we came up against some determined WMAC teams. Across the four sports, JPC won 13 matches and lost 11 in a very close round.


Our girls touch teams continued to toil well and despite some courageous efforts, were unable to gain a win today. The Firsts were big improvers and finished strongly to go down eight touchdowns to five.

The volleyball girls are big improvers across the board with our senior teams continuing to dominate the opposition with the Firsts, Seconds and Year Tens all recording 3-0 victories. Our Year Eight girls also came up with an impressive two sets to one win. The Year Sevens and Nines competed valiantly and are continuing to improve. A big thank you to Lily Cubby in Year Nine for helping the team and playing her first ever game (but not her last!).

In boys football, WMAC were very competitive with close matches particularly in the Middle School teams. The Year Sevens went down in an outstanding match 2-3 and should be proud of their efforts. Year Eight had a close 1-0 win while the Year Nines came from behind to secure the victory 2-1. The Firsts and Seconds dominated the opposition with 6-0 and 6-1 wins respectively.

Our basketball teams were again successful with five wins from six. The Year Nines fought hard but were overtaken toward the end to go down 41-58. All other teams managed to win by large margins, particularly so in Year Ten 88-16 and Year Eight 82-4. It was great to welcome back 2017 Alumni and Brisbane Bullets recruit, Callum Dalton who assisted Firsts coach Mr Henderson in supporting the team with tactics and advice. Congratulations to all teams on your efforts today. We look forward to our round against CHAC next week before we hit the finals at the end of Week Nine. #JPCpride


Queensland State Championships

Congratulations to Year Nine student Jeremy McEvoy and his U/16 Premier Volleyball Team, Easts, who picked up a silver in the Queensland State Championships last weekend. Wonderful effort Jeremy!


Regional Track and Field Championships

John Paul College had 51 students selected to compete for Logan at the Regional Track and Field Championships held at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre over the last two days. A number of our students took up this invitation and we look forward to reporting our success once results are released to schools early next week.

TAS Athletics Championships

Our athletes are preparing well for the TAS Athletics Championships being held on Tuesday 18 September. With less than two weeks until the carnival it is vital that all our athletes attend training for their specific disciplines (see below for training times). A meeting for all squad members is being held at first break on Monday morning 10.40 am – 11.00 am in the Gorman Lecture Theatre. We are motivated to win back-to-back championships and be the first school to achieve a clean sweep of all three interschool carnivals (swimming, cross country, athletics) in the one calendar year.


Training Times


  • Monday and Wednesday 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm, Cec Munns Sports Centre
  • Saturday 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm, Cec Munns Sports Centre


  • Next Monday for all sprinters 3.45 pm, Cec Munns Sports Centre


  • Long/Triple: Tuesday 3.30 – 5.00 pm
  • High: Thursday 3.30 – 5.00 pm
  • All jumps: Saturday 1.00 – 2.30 pm

Middle Distance

  • Fast Track squad: As per normal schedule
  • Miranda’s squad: As per normal schedule

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

While the College recently celebrated the opening of the new Kindy rooms on Foundation Day, our younger international students in our Primary Preparation Course continued to add a vibrant dimension to the dynamics of our campus, both in the classroom and in the playground.

Focus on Primary Preparation

The students in the John Paul College Primary Preparation class have been visiting the Main School to prepare themselves for success in their Main School classes.  During Term Three, the students have been joining in with some JPC classes for their Physical Education lessons every Friday with Mr Luke Vasterink.  The students have been improving their tennis skills during these lessons.


In the next two weeks, our students will spend each Tuesday integrating with a Main School class, partaking in all of the specialist lessons and getting to interact with Australian native speakers.  They have been to visit these classrooms and the teachers, and therefore will be comfortable in finding their way about the school during this orientation period.

Staff Profile Mrs Susan Tavares

How long have you been teaching? I began teaching in 1973 in Brisbane followed by two years in Regional Queensland (Benaraby, near Gladstone and Yeppoon, near Rockhampton). I then transferred back to Harris Fields in Woodridge for eight years.  After a break to have my son and daughter, (they both went to JPC), I returned to teaching at John Paul College - teaching the Pre-schoolers for many years.  I love attending the Preschool to Year Twelve night at the end of every year where I get to see all the Pre-schoolers who have reached Year Twelve and are about to graduate and go on to university.


How long at JPIC? I recently bumped into a former JPIC student who greeted me enthusiastically and asked if I would come to his Valedictory Assembly this year. It was hard to believe that he was already in Year Twelve and planning to study law at university. When I knew him, he was entering Year Four!  I have been at JPIC since 2006 and have seen some wonderful students who have managed to achieve great results on their academic journey through the school.


Previous careers? I have always been a teacher but studied for two years at Griffith University (Gold Coast) to get my Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages, which led me to Primary Preparation at JPIC.


How many countries have you taught in? I have travelled to Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong and Manila for holidays and have been fortunate to teach in a variety of schools in Queensland.


Do you speak any other languages? If so, which? I learnt French at high school, but I doubt I could have a conversation! When I was studying for my Graduate Certificate in TESOL, a lecturer spoke to us for a full hour in Dutch.  I can fully understand how it feels to be in a class and be struggling to understand the language spoken.


Any interesting hobbies?  I love to play the piano and the flute. My other great passion is painting.  I feel as if I am transported to another place, when I sit down to paint.  It is a great outlet for me and I feel as if I am always learning and improving all the time. The secret is to never give up and keep trying.  As the famous Scottish King, Robert the Bruce said:  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

The Deputy Head of Boarding

Staffing Update: Academic Tutor

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Mr Sibar Alzaher will be joining John Paul College Boarding as an Academic Tutor for the remainder of the year. Mr Alzaher is currently studying 

a Bachelor of Physics at the University of Queensland. Mr Alzaher has worked as a tutor for the past year, specialising in tutoring senior physics, mathematics and chemistry. This will ensure that boarding students will have access to three academic tutors and teachers every night at prep for the remainder of the year.

Boarder Travel Day – Reminder

Thank you to all of our international parents/guardians who have returned the correct Boarder Travel Day documentation in a timely manner. Holiday leave for domestic boarders is due this Friday, 7 September. This leave form is completed through REACH using the Boarder Travel Day “leave type”. If you have any questions or difficulties submitting the leave form, please do not hesitate to contact boarding reception on 0738263366 or via email: [email protected]

Dates to Remember


8 September - JTAS Term Three Round 7

8 September - TAS Trimester 3 Round 8, JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College

10 - 11 September - 10-19 years Boys Regional Cricket, Thornlands

10 -14 September - Year Eleven and Twelve Exams

10 September Air Cadets Meeting

11 September - Year Eight Retreat

11 and 13 September - Early Learning Centre photos, ELC

11 September - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

11 September - Friends of Rugby Meeting, Gorman Centre

12 September - National Australia Day Council (NADC) Forum, Stephen Bean Theatre

13 September - JPIC Exit Testing, Gorman Lecture Theatre

13 September - RU OK Fun Run, Stephen Bowers Oval

14 September - JTAS Athletics Carnival

15 September - TAS Trimester Three Finals

16 September - JPC Tennis Tournament, Pines/Mayflower Courts

16 September - TAS Touch Football Breakup Party

16 September - Boarding Staff vs Students Basketball Game, Coleman Centre

17 September - Year Four St Helena Island Excursion, St Helena Island

17 September - NADC Forum, Stephen Bean Theatre

17 September - Prep to Year Two Term Three Service, ARC

17 September - Boarding End of Term Outing

17 September - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

17 September - Air Cadets Meeting 

17 September - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

18 September - JPIC Carnival, Stephen Bowers Oval

18 September - TAS Athletics Carnival, QSAC

18 September - National Youth Concerto Competition, Stephen Bean Theatre

19 September - Year Eleven Retreat

19 September - Middle School Design Day, Middle School Precinct

19 September - Cantonese Mother Tongue Club, Noelene Munns Learning Centre

19 September - JPIC Carnival, Coleman Courts and Mezzanine

19 September - Prep Parade

19 September - Years Three to Six Service, ARC

19 September - St Mark's Concert, St Marks Anglican Church Daisy Hill

20 September - IB Art Exhibition

20 - 23 September - Champion Basketball Schools Cup, Logan

21 September - U-Link Graduation, Gorman Centre

21 September - Primary Parade, ARC

21 September - Assembly, Coleman Centre

21 September - Live at the Piazza

21 September - JPIC Term Three Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre

21 September - TERM Three CONCLUDES

22 September - Boarder Travel Day

24 September - 5 October - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme


8 October - TERM Four COMMENCES

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