16 February 2018
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPC Announcements
College Captains' Report
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Parents and Friends
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


The Future of Work

The Foundation for Young Australians has released the fourth in its ‘New Work Order’ series of reports. The New Work Mindset report sets out findings of an analysis of some 2.7 million job advertisements.


The analysis found that jobs are more related than generally recognised and that, on average, when an individual trains or works in one job, they acquire skills for 13 other jobs. The report notes that some job switches only demand the acquisition of a few new skills and that for someone who has already trained for or worked in one job, 44 different jobs only request one additional skill.


The report notes that this portability of skills ‘has important implications for how we think about our careers and provide career education’. It recommends that young people consider developing a portfolio of skills that provide entry to what are defined as job ‘clusters’. Seven clusters are identified.

Through our broad subject offering and through the opportunities provided in our co-curricular activities, every student at John Paul College has the opportunity to develop skills and experiences in each of these clusters. For more information about our curriculum or advice for further study and post school options, please see the relevant Head of School, our Dean of Studies, Ms Guerra or Careers Counsellors and Vet Advisors, Mr Cuthbert and Ms Southwood.

This Week at College

A busy week at the College, this week saw our Senior School inter-house swimming carnival, Year 6 trip to Canberra and Years 5 and 7 camps.  Thank you to all our staff for supporting our students to have these wonderful experiences.


We also celebrated with our 2017 Seniors who achieved an OP 1-5 and IB equivalent, at our inaugural Honours Assembly on Thursday. It was a pleasure to welcome back our students who spoke of their plans for 2018 and also provided snippets of advice to current students. Their words of wisdom included: stick close to your teachers as they have your interests at heart, set your goals and go for them, don’t stress, start your assignments early and enjoy the whole school experience. Thank you to Mr Dennis and his team for arranging this lovely event.


O-week 'Donut Days'

This week, College staff visited QUT and UQ to catch-up with some of our 2017 graduates as they begin university life. The now traditional O-Week ‘Donut Days’, organised by our Alumni Office, allows first year students to find some familiar faces during those nervous first days – with the bonus of a complimentary donut.  Is also demonstrates our very clear intention to stay connected with our graduates. There is much excitement as students discuss courses, timetables and of course, where you can get the best O-Week freebies! Our final Donut Day will be held at Griffith University (Nathan) next week. We wish our graduates well for the next stage of their learning journey.

Parent Meetings

All parents should have received access to a link to book into small group sessions with me. These will be small focus groups where I endeavour to learn about some of the core aspects of our College.

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. Early bird registrations closed Friday 9 February.   To date, we  have 99 members of the JPC community registered with $3,612 (from a target of $5,000) raised to date.   To support John Paul College, please join us by registering and participating in this event. If you are unable to run but would like to donate to Team JPC or would like further information, please click here.



Congratulations to:

Laura Ewan and Ashton Welch (Alumnus/2001 School Captain) on the birth of Eleanor Frances Welch.  


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


JPC Announcements

with Rebecca Sparrow

BEFORE YOU HIT SEND! Helping parents, tweens + teens have a more positive experience online.

If you are a parent of a child between the ages of 8 and 18 - this session definitely is for you! This timely event presents an invaluable opportunity for parents to open up the lines of communication and arm themselves with the knowledge required to steer a safe and enjoyable passage through the murky waters of social media.


Rebecca Sparrow is a weekly columnist for Mamamia, a novelist, an ambassador for the Givit Organisation and an advocate for responsible use of social media for tweens and teens. In her recent blog post from February 10, 2018 entitled “My 10 year old daughter wants Instagram, What do I say to her?” Rebecca gives simple and sane insights for all parents. You can read the blog online but the closing statement definitely resonated strongly:


“You can spend your days creating and doing OR you can spend your days looking down at your phone, obsessing over likes and viewing every moment, every interaction as to how it can best be curated for Instagram. Social media is highly addictive. It has a habit of white-anting our lives when we don’t have strong boundaries in place.  And it has a tendency to leave us feeling miserable.”


The vast majority of social media platforms are designed for kids aged 13 and over. Bec will talk through WHY it’s a good idea to stick to this age recommendation and her strategy for shutting down the pleading from your tweens for an account. For those under-13 kids who already have accounts, she will list some immediate dos and don’ts. And for the over 13s, some ideas around boundaries!

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

Code Camp

Code Camp is coming up fast!  John Paul College is proud to be hosting another Code Camp, and it's going to be the biggest one yet!  Want to learn how to build your own iPhone app? Well you can at Code Camp. Early Bird enrolment is available from 28th of Feb to 4th of March with special discounts available.  Code Camp is available for students in Prep to Year 7.


Student Wellbeing Webinars for Parents

Semester 1 Series

The Parent Webinar Programme continues in 2018 with a Semester 1 series of three webinars. The webinars are free for parents, involve no registrations and are presented by high profile practitioners and academics. Parents just access the supplied address (URL) at the date and start time advertised (usually 7.30 pm to 8.15 pm) on a week night. 

The Semester 1 programme:
Parent Webinar 13
It's Time we Talked AGAIN: Pornography, Young People and Sexuality Today
01/03/2018 <detail here>
Parent Webinar 14
Adolescent Sleep and Wellbeing
17/05/2018 <detail here>
Parent Webinar 15
Mental Fitness for Families
06/06/2018 <detail here>


Please find attached an overview of the programme, description and links of the three upcoming webinars and the recording links of past sessions <here>. 

College Captains' Report

College Captains' Report

Wow what an amazing first few weeks back!


Along with Primary Vice-Captains Abby and Cameron and Mrs Spiller, we started off our term by welcoming the Primary School students as they embarked on their first day back at school. We were also accompanied by our beloved school mascot Eddie the Eagle! It was extremely heart-warming to see their excited faces as they made their way to class, eager to see their friends, meet their teachers and of course, learn.


We have been busy preparing for many of the significant events to come this year. We ran our very first assembly as School Captains and welcomed the Senior School students back to another year of enthusiastic learning. It’s important that as we start the new year, we set fresh and realistic goals - whether that be academic, co-curricular or leadership.


We are also extremely excited about the future of JPC, as we celebrated the inauguration of our new Principal, Mrs Spiller. The College community welcomed her as Years 3 to 12 came together to present Mrs Spiller with a symbolic gift from each respective part of the College. We, along with our Vice-Captains and House Captains are enjoying Mrs Spiller’s presence around the College campus as we assist her in understanding student life at JPC.


Last week, the Class of 2018 started our Year 12 journey as we were inducted as Seniors of the College. By reciting the student dedication, we accepted responsibility to our leadership roles, symbolising our commitment to the JPC family.


 “As members of the Senior Class for 2018, we promise to carry out our duties and obligations responsibly and maturely. We promise to serve the John Paul College Family with fairness and humility and, by our example, to uphold the values, standards and traditions of the College intrinsic to our College motto, “Unity, Christ, Learning.”


As captains, we are excited about our leadership journey ahead and look forward to interacting with students throughout the entire College community.


Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

Year 11 Biology Camp

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 February, approximately 70 students travelled to Hastings Point to gain real world field experience in one of Australia’s most pristine ecosystems. Students explored the marine ecosystems of the region and were able to experience amazing biodiversity. The camp gave students the opportunity to complete essential field work in the rocky platform, the mangroves and the sand dune ecosystems.  Some of the activities included snorkelling through crystal clear water, kayaking through the mangroves and scaling the sand dunes to learn about the biological concept of succession. Students were also engaged in a number of lectures from passionate marine biologists who provided insights into the biodiversity of the region and the  impact of humans in the Hastings Point area.


The camp enabled our biology students to meet their mandatory 10 hours of field work required in the syllabus. The camp also provided students with a better context for their academic work and Extended Experimental Investigation assessment in the Marine Ecology unit.


I thank the supportive teachers who organised and assisted students on the camp – Ms Robyn Collins, Miss Danielle Hollett, Mrs Stacey Hodge, Mr Steve Cuthbert,  Mr Jacob Kelly and Ms Jackie Woods.

Academic Honours Assembly

An extremely successful Academic Honours Assembly was held on Thursday morning when outstanding students from the Class of 2017 were presented to the College community.  We honoured 33 students  for their academic achievements and they had the opportunity to sign a specially designed book that will display their achievements for posterity.

Congratulations to all the high performing students.

Travel by Uber

In recent times, some students have been using Uber as a means of transport to and from school and occasionally using it to travel to events. This is actually contrary to Uber rules and Queensland State requirements. It is also not good practice. Passengers traveling in an Uber vehicle on their own must be 18 or over. The following is an excerpt from their rules:


User Requirements and Conduct:

The Service is not available for use by persons under the age of 18. You may not authorise third parties to use your Account, and you may not allow persons under the age of 18 to receive transportation or logistics services from Third Party Providers unless they are accompanied by you.


Please help us to keep our students safe by supporting this approach.

Year 10 - Subject Selection

Year 10 students are currently focused on their learning and striving for success. This great start to the academic year is extremely important as the Year 10 programme has been shortened to allow us to start the new tertiary qualification at the beginning of Term 3.


We will be addressing information relating to the Queensland Certificate of Education over the next few weeks. However for those parents who would like to know about the new qualifications framework now, I recommend you access the following site that outlines the new qualification: Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and specifically the New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and tertiary entrance systems.


Further to this, on Wednesday 21 March, we have our Year 10 Subject Selection Evening where students (and parents) will be able to:

  • Learn more about the new system and how to make good subject choices for the future, and
  • Discuss subject choices for Semester 2, the beginning of the Queensland Certificate of Education and the new ATAR based system.

I recommend that parents of Year 10 students put this date in their calendar and make sure that you are able to attend the evening.

Dates to Note:

Saturday 24 February           Open Day

Thursday 1 March                    Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Review Evening

Tuesday 6 March                      Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Review Evening

19 – 23 March                             Year 11 and 12 Exam Block

Wednesday 21 March             Year 10 Subject Selection Evening


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School


Year 8 Student Council

Following the appointment of our Year 9 Student Council leaders last week; and after a rigorous process involving nominations, interviews and discernment, it gives me great pleasure to announce the Year 8 Student Council members for 2018:


Liam Argue, Amelie Baron, Madelyn Birt, Zachary Brown, Lily Cox, Noah Craig, Kate Dugandzic, Charlotte Ellis, Isabel Guy, Bella Mira, Shreyas Raman, Isaiah Riquelme, Olivia Smith, Zara Tyerman, Aaliyah Wallace and Jaxon White.


I congratulate these students and wish them well in their service of the Middle School this year.

Year 7 Camp

As the hot weather descended upon Queensland this week, our Year 7s headed off to their camp at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.


With plenty of sunscreen, water and hats adorned, the Year 7s spent three magnificent days enjoying each other’s company and experiencing many fun activities. Water activities such as boogie boarding, canoeing and swimming were gratefully received and students further developed their skills in these pursuits. The students also enjoyed rock climbing, a low ropes rescue course and the exhilarating giant swing.


On the first night, Mr Ward led a chapel service on the beach. The tranquil environment provided a perfect backdrop for students and staff to reflect on God’s creation and our relationships with each other. I was really impressed with all students and how they mixed with each other throughout the camp and gave their best with all activities.


A big thank you to the Year 7 PC teachers and accompanying staff for giving up their time to make the camp successful. Special thanks to Mr Elms for planning and facilitating an amazing experience for the Year 7 cohort. Below is a snapshot of some of the fun we had:


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Homework Club – Year 7

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

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School

The Year 6 Canberra tour is underway as I write this. It is always affirming of who we are at John Paul College as so many members of the public, whether on planes or trains, in public places or in educational experiences, congratulate our students for their manners, kindness and thoughtfulness. While this reveals the character and qualities of our learners, our students’ engagement in the learning is very evident and impressive. 


I sat next to one of our students on the plane who sat between myself and a gentleman from KPMG, on his way to Canberra for a meeting of government auditors. I heard this man ask one of our students, very respectfully, what the students were going to Canberra for. With amazement, I listened to the reply of our learner. I expected to hear, “for a camp” or something similar. What I heard was “we have been inquiring into systems of government, different types of governments and qualities of leaders. The central idea we have been looking at is ‘systems and decisions impact society’ and we have talked about our role as leaders and decision makers.” This now had the man’s attention and they had a further ten minutes of dialogue as the plane alighted. As we left the plane, the man came to me to tell me how amazed he was at the way our students engaged socially and intellectually. He told me it was one of the most intellectually enlightening conversations he had had about government and leadership. 

I could recount this conversation in different ways about many like scenarios that are taking place this week. As a Community, we can be proud of the success of our students, as learners and as meaningful contributors to our human experiences. Let’s always remember to acknowledge that we measure success in learning in different ways and at different times. Our students are on this journey in the apprenticeship of life and we share in this, to best prepare our learners academically, socially and spiritually. 

Leaders in living and learning.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary

Mother Tongue Club

Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy New Year) Everyone!


What a wonderful and successful first Mother Tongue Club we had today! There was a real buzz in the room with lots of excitement from our students and parents! This is a credit to all the amazing staff and parents from Primary and JPIC who rallied together to make it happen!


We began the session by eating our lunch together while the JPIC students engaged in conversations with our Primary students to get to know them. We then moved inside to begin our fun activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Our Lower Primary students (Prep- Year 2) learned about the 12 zodiac animals with a song and played several games with our JPIC students. Our Upper Primary students (Years 3-5) learned the art of calligraphy and wrote the Chinese character for “blessings” and their Chinese names with ink. We ended the session by handing out traditional “red pockets” filled with lollipops.

We extend a big thank you to:

  • Mr Bos and Mrs Mao and the wonderful JPIC students who helped facilitate our gathering today. They were exceptional when interacting and leading our younger students throughout the various activities. Many of the parent helpers were impressed with how much warmth, enthusiasm and patience the JPIC students demonstrated;
  • Our Principal, Mrs Spiller OAM, Mrs Mundie and Mrs Shipman who were able to include us in their busy schedules, joining in with the students and visiting families; and
  • The very generous parents who came to facilitate our activities: Yan He (mother to Harry in 5AE), Ying Nai (mother to Daniel in 2AG), Chao Yan (mother to John in 2AM and Wendy in JPIC), Hiro Fukuzawa (father to Marcus in 2AP and Angus in PTC) and Gui-Mei Jen (mother of Sean in JPIC).

Our next Mother Tongue Club will be in March to celebrate Holi Festivals with our Indian students and families. More information will be available soon.


Alice Pan Moreau
Year 2 Class Teacher



Chaplain and Community

Meeting Prep Classes

Over the past week or so I have met all our wonderful new Prep students. I always love meeting them for the first time, learning their names and introducing myself.


I show them pictures of myself from a baby, to Primary School, to High School, then a wedding photo, a picture of my three daughters and a recent one of me. I talk about how we all grow, not just in our bodies, but also in what we know.


We talk about this by looking at some of the new things they know like the letter “P” or “N” and they tell me the sounds. I then discuss how my job is to teach them some things about God, Jesus and the way we should treat each other.

I teach them the classic children’s Sunday School song, “Jesus Loves Me” with a cute animated video clip, and I tell them a story about Jesus inviting all the children to come to him so he could bless them – because he loved them.


We finish by learning three things about Jesus:

  1. He loves us
  2. He wants to be our friend
  3. He came as a baby at Christmas, then grew up like all of us do.

The funny thing is, they are still true even when we are adults. It is interesting that in Matthew 18:13, Jesus said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."


We can all learn from the child-like faith of our Prep students.


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

Reading Off to a Good Start 

Recreational reading is off to a good start in the Middle and Senior Schools. Both the Middle Library and Gorman Learning Centre have hosted English classes as they take a little time out from normal lessons to choose some books for recreational reading.


For many, this echoes back to the Primary School days when they had timetabled library lessons and borrowing time. For some, this was the spark to reinvigorate a forgotten love of reading. Year 9 student, Carly Ford, was particularly enthusiastic about her foray back into reading, saying that reading these books had ‘turned her back into a book worm’. Which two books inspired this interest? The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth and Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan. If you are in a reading rut, they might be worth a try!


Gorman Learning Centre is encouraging further recreational reading with our latest Sweet Reads display.

Learning in NMLC: Build Your Brain

Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body. Recent research shows that despite previously believing that our brains stopped developing after a certain age, our brains have the capacity to keep growing all our lives – providing we use them! Neuroplasticity describes the ability our brain has to create new neurons that allow us to learn and retain knowledge from stimuli all around us. Sadly, unless the new learning event is rigorous and continued, the neurons we develop will not survive. Experiences, challenges, committing knowledge to memory and extended courses of study will all contribute to our growing brains.


“Every minute of every day you are shaping your brain” https://www.thebestbrainpossible.com/10-proven-ways-to-grow-your-brain/


In NMLC you can find many ways to Build Your Brain! Try out some of the new games and puzzles, borrow books on a topic of interest and become an expert! Learn a new language or listen to a book or music on a CD, which are available for loan.


Each day of the week, there will be opportunities to experience.

Maker Monday – Can you do a construction challenge from a variety of materials?


Tinkering Tuesday – Can you make something light up, make a sound or move? Creating a circuit using Little Bits is a fun way to learn about electrical circuits.


Wordy Wednesday – Language school is in! Come and read stories in another language or have fun finding missing words around the library.


Thrilling Thursday – Create mazes for marble runs, Ozobots, Ollie, BB8 and other robots. Have fun with OSMO Monster!

Free Friday – Tech free that is! No screens on this day but you are free to read with friends, play a game, make a puppet show!


All great ways to grow your brain!

Ancient Egypt Comes to Middle Library 

Canopic jars, a life-size mummy, a symbol of Egyptian power, and models of the Sphinx and Queen Nefertiti all greeted Year 7 students and their teachers as they entered the lower level of Noelene Munns Learning Centre to explore the variety of primary and secondary sources of information held in the Middle Library for the HASS topic of Ancient Egypt.


Mrs Fry instructed the students on how to locate the online resources in the library catalogue as well as the extensive academic databases subscribed to by the college. Britannica School, EBSCO Explora, Brain Pop and Questia all hold authoritative information on a wide range of subjects to support student learning at JPC.


These databases are a more reliable source of information and students are encouraged to visit them to access e-books, newspaper articles, journals, maps and diagrams for any research assignment they have in any subject. The databases can be accessed at home if students are logged in to JPConnect. The site for the Learning Centre is in the Community portal under the Learning menu.


We look forward to working with Middle and Senior School students to support their academic journey at John Paul College.

Readers Cup 2018

Calling all avid readers in Years 5-8! We need you for our Readers Cup Teams!  Come to a free breakfast to find out about Readers Cup and how you can be involved this year.

Where: NMLC deck

When: Wednesday 21/02/18, 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Please RSVP to Mrs Fry at [email protected] if you are attending (for catering purposes). Please also email Mrs Fry if you cannot attend but you are interested and would like more information.

Our Pick of the Week 

Monster by Michael Grant


The dome is gone, but Gone is back!


The dome is down; it has been for four years now. But the meteorite that spawned it was not alone. More chunks of the same rock are hurtling toward Earth and the race is on to find the pieces...to control what they can do. The meteorites are not the only problem. Human nature is another problem altogether. As the meteorites are plucked from their landing places, people are once again developing super powers. Some have even sought the pieces out for this exact purpose and for many different reasons.


Monster. Hero. Villain. They all take to the stage again. It’s time to pray. Not just for Perdido Beach. Not just for the heroes. It’s time to pray for the whole human race. Welcome to the FAYZ!


Don’t miss the start of the new horrifyingly spectacular sequel series to Gone!

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts


At the Academic Honours Assembly held on Thursday 15 February, Jazz Combo students performed “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” by Ira and George Gershwin, featuring Isabella Wilson on vocals and Rory Fleming on guitar.


We are privileged to host a visit from the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) at our campus on Thursday 22 February for a short performance and demonstration, followed by a student ‘masterclass’ with a John Paul College ensemble.


For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, their purpose is to connect people with string quartet music.


Based at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, they reach out across Australia and the world to engage people with performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. Their distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for their exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.


During 2018, the Australian String Quartet will perform at festivals in the Southern Grampians, Victoria and Western Australia’s Margaret River and pilot a new mini-festival on the north-coast of New South Wales.  2018 also welcomes international tours to China and Europe; regional and metropolitan residencies; Australian recording initiatives; intimate close quarters gigs in unique spaces across the country; and the continuation of their successful morning series at UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin.
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza.
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin.
Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, ‘Ngeringa’.

Emma Cobb in Grace Beside Me

Year 9 student Emma Cobb plays the role of Catherine ‘Cat’ Ridgeway in this beautiful new tween/teen TV series Grace Beside Me which premieres tonight, 16th February at 7.30 pm on NITV (ch 34) (Foxtel ch144).  Please show your support of this show and head over to the Grace Beside Me Facebook page and give it a like and a share.

Coming Up

Friday 23 February - Live at the Piazza (Primary Students)

Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March - Performing Arts Instrumental Workshop

Friday 9 March - Performance Evening

Monday 19 March - Strings Recital

Friday 23 March - Live at the Piazza

Saturday 14 April to Monday 16 April - Year 7 to 12 Musical Camp 


Please Note: 

The date for withdrawal 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 School Sports and Activities

Burgundy and Blue are off to a good start!


2018 TAS Season is off to a good start with boys cricket and girls basketball recording a clean sweep last Saturday against Cannon Hill Anglican College.


Our JTAS Hockey and Cricket teams are enjoying their first taste of sport for 2018.



Well done to our newest John Paul College sporting stars, the Year 4 cricket team which is made up of Years 2, 3 and 4 students.


Well done also to Mr Andy Gordon for teaching our little champions the 1, 2, 3 JPC!


Queensland Basketball

Congratulations to Year 12 student Annaliese Watkinson who was recently selected for the Queensland U18 Emerging Tour to the USA later this year.


Annaliese will have the opportunity to showcase her talents to the top US college coaches and is looking at securing a US basketball scholarship for 2019.


Mrs Karen Graham

Director of Sports and Activities

Brisbane South Wildcats Academy Netball Trials Information

Trial Date: 19 February 2018 7.30 -9.00pm

Nomination: Nominate by 17 February 2018 (www.brisbanesouth.qld.netball.com.au then click on Wildcats click Academy) - $10 to trial to be paid on the night

Cost: $250 per athlete if selected

Venue:  John Paul College

For more details please view the attached flyer.


Brisbane South Wildcats Development Squad Netball Trials Information

Trial Date: 19 February 2018, 6.00 -7.30pm

Nomination: Nominate by 17 February 2018 (www.brisbanesouth.qld.netball.com.au then click on Wildcats then Development)

Cost: $150 per athlete if selected

Venue:  John Paul College

For more details please view the attached flyer.


John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Happy Lunar New Year

Many of our international students celebrate Lunar New Year, which falls on Friday 16 February this year.  As we enter the Year of the Dog, I take the opportunity to wish all who celebrate this festival, good health, wealth and prosperity.

Year 4 Joins Study Tour Group: Marine Life Collaboration

John Paul College Year 4s and international Study Tour students from China spent an afternoon getting to know each other and some of Australia’s weird and wonderful marine life. Through Ocean Life Education, the students got up close and touched many different animals from sea stars to sea urchins. Other animals included Eddie the Epaulette shark and tropical sea cucumbers.


The inquisitiveness and compassion of JPC’s Primary School students never ceases to amaze.  Kara Ilich and Emilie Knight’s Year 4 classes made their visitors feel welcome and are to be commended as great ambassadors of the College.

This Study Group from Xishan and Shanghai were with the College from the 5 February until the 9 February before heading off on camp. The International College and JPC wish them all the best

Swimming Lessons: Level 4B

Level 4B have been doing the themes ‘Customs and Culture’ and ‘Food and Health’. As part of the culture of Australia, students have been studying beach safety, lifesaving and drowning danger.  This has been linked to our listening, reading, speaking and writing activities in class. In addition, it has added meaning and strength to the school JPIC swimming lessons, conducted by Mrs Falkenhagen.  Swimming lessons, especially for international students, are an important part of life in Australia.


Personal Narratives from Level 5A

The students in JPIC 5A wrote a personal narrative describing some significant events and episodes that shaped their identity. They wrote about the impact some of the experiences had in changing their view of the world, and the beliefs, attitude and values they formed along the way to be the person they are today.  Two stories were heartening:


The Value of Giving by Junior Yang

There was a time when I was very selfish. I did not understand what giving was. However, I changed my attitude and became generous after a devastating earthquake in China. Nearly 80,000 people were killed and more than 370,000 people injured in this grisly disaster. Lots of people lost their homes.  I felt very sad for these people.


This was followed by a more shocking news story: 19 soldiers died because of relief work! I was lost in thoughts, “They were very selfless, and they dared to give their lives for others!” I thought, I should pay tribute to these heroes. I needed to learn from them, stop being selfish, instead be generous to help people who are in need. Since then I have become kind and generous and understand the meaning of giving. Because of giving, the world is becoming better, and I have an obligation to make the world better. I believe, everyone is different, but we all reflect and grow up. After each experience, episode and event, we realise the inadequacy of our original thoughts, and then we are able to sublimate them. That is progress!


Actions Define Character by Tony Ngo

Your actions define your character. Indeed, what you do, and where you come from define who you are and what you will become. I was born and raised in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. Back in the days when I was a kid, Hanoi was still a relatively poor city that got caught up in the rapidly changing new world. As a kid who grew up there, I had to have the skills to survive. They helped me to shape my character, create and develop core, fundamental characteristics. 

The Last Word

The Last Word at the recent JPIC Assembly, was given by Vietnamese student – Jul Dinh, who has only been in Australia for three weeks.  Below are some extracts from her presentation.

My homestay family, Gordon and Glenice, are my two favourite people in Daisy Hill who always take care of me.


It is my honour to be in class 4B, which is Mrs Rough’s class.  She advised me to take my time and enjoy the time in JPIC where I will train more in my English skills.  I feel grateful to my family. Even though, we all make mistakes, and sometimes make our beloved family feel disappointed, they will always love us with all their heart and put their faith in us.


I encourage everyone to study hard. Make sure we make the most of our opportunities in JPIC and ensure our families are proud of us.


My name is Jul Dinh and this is my Last Word.


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Parents and Friends

Principal’s Report to Parents’ and Friends’ Association

Update on some aspects of College operations:

  • Reduced length and format of assembly time with a focus on student voice. Year 12 students to Emcee and length to be 45 minutes. Consideration being given to which presentations are made on assemblies or at year level meetings.
  • Consideration of some Primary year levels to attend as often as possible.
  • The Parent Code of Conduct and that of the SLT and Board, have both been updated.
  • Review of all parent handbooks to bring consistency in style and format.
  • Communication with current Year 11/12 parents about additional academic support being provided with NAPLAN year parents to also receive an email of updates.
  • Reviewing homework policy, no listening to music in class*, Years 11/12s to remain in class where possible.
  • Some changes to interruptions to class time through e.g. reducing musical performances and camps, students not leaving early for sport.
  • This year we are working with Dr Judy Smeed who has met with Heads of School and other staff to plan for QCS and NAPLAN preparation. This will be ongoing and commenced in November 2017.
  • Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are all doing 10 minutes of on demand writing daily. We have asked as many staff as possible to join the class teacher for these sessions.
  • ACER scholarship testing is on 24 February.
  • 2017 Year 12 QTAC offers- 119/120 students who applied received offers.
  • Academic Honours Assembly to be introduced, with first one held 15 February, to celebrate OP 1-5 students and role models for the College.

Community Engagement:

  • I will be offering current parents the opportunity to meet with me in small groups to discuss two key questions; “What would you never change?" And "What would you change tomorrow?”
  • Year 12 parent 2017 survey has been sent out to collect information about parents’ perception of the College through their experience.
  • Planning for a current parent survey later in Term 1.

Enhancement of learning facilities:

Works completed over the holidays included:

  • Air-conditioning of Primary School classroom buildings – Enright, Doulin and Ray Richards.
  • Commencement of Kindergarten building project due for opening in July 2018.
  • Refurbishment of Middle School locker room to two air-conditioned tutorial rooms.
  • Air-conditioning of CC1 and CC2 Classrooms.
  • Middle School lockers - supply and install.

Top issues this month:

  • Getting to know the staff.
  • Setting my expectations and focus for the year to all staff.
  • Visibility in staff meetings and around the College in classrooms and grounds.
  • Meeting parents and students.

Still to come:

  •  In Term 2 we will commence work on a revised Strategic Plan and Master Plan for the College.
  • There will be an ongoing focus on pedagogy and student academic welfare. We have three working parties currently reviewing academic feedback to students, pedagogy and academic welfare.
  • We are also considering the learning enhancement provision and reviewing the PYP and IB programmes.
  • A review of the internal structure of the College including the leadership team.
  • Reviewing our approach to Marketing and Enrolment Management.

Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


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Dates to Remember


17 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 3

17 February - TAS Trimester 1 Round 4 - JPC vs St Paul's, St Paul's College

20 February - Secondary School 2019 Block Interviews, Gorman Centre

20 February, Prep to Year 2 Bravehearts Presentation, Stephen Bean Theatre

20 February - Success Through School Evening (Years 3 to 6 Parent Event, Gorman Lecture Theatre)

20 February - Friends of Rugby Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

Playground and Classrooms

22 February - TAS Ecumenical Service, Cannon Hill Anglican College

23 February - Primary Leaders Induction, Coleman Centre

23 February - Live at the Piazza

24 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 4

24 February - TAS Trimester 1 Round 5, JPC vs St Columban's, John Paul College

24 February - Open Day


1 March - Years 3 to 6 Swimming Carnival, Stephen Paul Aquatic Centre

1- 2 March - Prep Hearing Screening

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

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

2 March - Year Young Leaders Day (Year 6 Leaders), BCEC

2 March - Assembly Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

3 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 5

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

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

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

6 March - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

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

10 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 6

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

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

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

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 - 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

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

23 March - Live at the Piazza

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

27 March - JPIC Carnival

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

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 3 to 12), Coleman Centre

29 March - JPIC Graduation


30 March - Good Friday - Easter Service, JPC Grounds


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


Brisbane South Wildcats Academy Trials.pdf
Brisbane South Wildcats Dev Squad Trials (11).pdf
Code Camp.pdf
Code Camp.pdf
Rebalance Underwood.pdf
Designer Formal and Semi Dresses for Hire.pdf