09 November 2018
Issue 033
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Deputy Principal's News
JPC Announcements
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
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
Community News
Dates to Remember
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Principal's Voice


Tips for improving boys’ literacy

The Conversation website suggests six ways to get boys reading more. OECD research and NAPLAN data finds that girls perform significantly better than boys in reading. Parents read more with their daughters, sending a message that books are for girls. Also, girls typically read more frequently than boys and have a more positive attitude towards reading. To improve boys’ literacy, the article suggests:

  • Regularly discussing boys’ reading interests with them, to keep matching them to appropriate reading material
  • Providing access to libraries during class time throughout the school years, as girls may be more likely to visit a library in their free time than boys
  • Keeping reading to and with boys for as long as possible, as many boys find it enjoyable beyond the early years
  • Providing opportunities and expectations for silent reading at home and at school
  • Keeping paper books available, as boys who are daily readers are even less likely to choose to read on screen than girls
  • Promoting reading as enjoyable by letting your students or children seeing you read for pleasure

Controlling screen time

SmartSocial.com has issued a podcast and article to help familiarise parents with a new iOS 12 feature for Apple iPhones and iPads called Screen Time. The feature allows users to set screen time limits and provides reports on how much time is spent on apps and websites. Parents can block or allow iTunes and App Store purchases, set content restrictions and block certain features in Apple’s Game Centre. A ‘downtime’ setting in the feature allows users to determine which apps and phone calls will be available during a specified time.

This week at the College

What a wonderful evening we enjoyed at this year’s Speech Night. Thank you to all our performers for once again delighting us, and all staff and students who assisted in any way to ensure that the evening ran so smoothly. The honouring of our alumni Gareth Hughes and Professor Kerrie Sadiq was a highlight, as was the speech from David Baxby, on what I wish I had known at 17, directed firmly at our graduating class of 2018.


We wish our Theatresports Team all the very best for their state final competition this weekend.


All the best also to our cheerleaders for their final night of presentations this evening.


Thank you to Mrs Zammit and all involved in our Kindy orientation morning hosted last week.

JPC Aquatics

John Paul College has undertaken a review of our Aquatics program and has finalised arrangements with our new provider from the start of 2019.


I would like to invite parents and friends of the College to join JPC staff and our new provider for a forum to outline the operations of the new Aquatics program. I will announce details of the provider on Monday accompanied by a Q&A fact booklet for all interested parties.


Meeting Details:

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

7.00pm – 7.30pm

Gorman GC34 (Top level of Gorman)


Following this forum, the Friends of Aquatics Committee Meeting will take place.

Congratulations to:

  • All students recognised at Speech Night as prize winners. We congratulate you on your hard work and effort that was recognised in this manner
  • To our Dux (Edward Fung) and Proxime Accessit (Jai Bofinger)
  • Joint winners of the prestigious Cameron Cup; Abi Balaji and Emily Weissenberger
  • All of our ensembles who competed at Music Fest on Saturday, 3 November - with three of our premier ensembles taking out the highest awards of platinum:
    • Concert Choir – Platinum Award in the Secondary School Choir Section
    • Chamber Choir – Platinum Award in the Secondary School Choir Section
    • Big Band – Platinum Award in Secondary Jazz Ensemble A Grade Section
    • Stage Band –  Gold Award in Secondary Jazz Ensemble C Grade Section
    • Viva Choir – Gold Award in Primary School Choir Section
  • Our cheer teams who competed in their final competition for 2018 at the DCE Spirit Challenge on Sunday, held at Logan Metro with fantastic results:
    • Meteors were awarded first place in the Primary School Level 2 Division 
    • Asteroids, Nova Starz and Supernovas placed second in their respective divisions

If you have achievements that you would like recognised in my Congratulations to section, or in any other part of the newsletter, please let me know. ([email protected])


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's desk

This week our Indigenous Literacy Ambassador, Zoe Mavromatis launched the first ‘Book Swap’ for this worthy cause here at the College. Beginning after the Interhouse Singing Competition, staff and students were encouraged to buy a book for a gold coin donation to support this organisation.


Many books were donated by the College and our community family and we wish to extend our thanks to all of our supporters. Throughout the week, Zoe and her fellow Year Eleven friends have been continuing the book swap in the Primary School and this will be extended into next week at OHSC.

There are still many books for sale, especially young adult and adult fiction, and nearly every title is almost new. For the donation of a gold coin, or a book to swap, you can take away a bargain and prepare for some holiday reading.  Funds support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation a national book industry charity, which aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading.


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

JPC Announcements

Carols by Candlelight

Come along to Carols by Candlelight, an annual John Paul College tradition. Lots of fun for the whole family including a visit from Santa, Christmas carol singalong, sausage sizzle, personalised Christmas bauble purchases to support 'MND and ME' charity and much more!


In the spirit of Christmas, JPC will be supporting the St Mark's Anglican Church annual Christmas food drive and non-perishable food donations are welcomed.


Doors to the Coleman Centre will open at 5.30 pm and carols will commence at 6.30 pm.


BYO picnic blanket with chairs supplied around the perimeter of the Coleman Centre.


Unleash your child's imagination. Learn to code these holidays!


St Mark's Food Drive

It is that time of year again to help support our annual food drive for St Mark’s Anglican Church (a founding church of our school) . They distribute the food in hampers for those people in need around Logan.


Please donate any non-perishable foods that you think would help make Christmas enjoyable for a family.


So for example, things like Christmas puddings, biscuits, potato chips, tinned goods, nuts are all fine. Things like fresh fruit or meat would be no good as they would go off.


You can start bringing things in from tomorrow (although I hear Year Ten are trying to out - give Year Eight already!)


Primary School, JPIC and Middle School students are welcome to deliver donations directly to the upper level of Noelene Munns Learning Centre, near the Christmas tree.


Senior School students can place their gifts around the Christmas tree on the lower level of the Gorman Centre.

Logan Community Centre Gift Donations

The Logan East Community Centre has asked if the John Paul College family would like to donate gifts for teenage boys who are underprivileged in our area. Often these teenage boys do not have the joy of receiving a gift at this time of year.


Please find below some gift ideas:

  • Movie vouchers
  • Book vouchers
  • Music vouchers
  • Books
  • Wallets
  • Caps
  • Beach towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpacks 
  • Kites
  • Thongs 
  • Camping gear
  • Basketballs
  • Novelty mugs
  • Fidgets
  • Frisbees 
  • Epoch Air Flying Balls
  • Socks

Please deliver your Logan Community Centre gift donations to:

  • Primary School, JPIC and Middle School students are welcome to deliver donations directly to  the area provided near the Christmas tree located on the upper level of the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

  • Senior School students can place their gifts around the Christmas tree located on the lower level of the Gorman Centre.

Thank you all for participating in this to bring a smile to others at Christmas.

Instagram Photo Competition Winners

Congratulations to all of the entries in our Instagram Photo Competition, always so lovely to see our JPC Family shares memorable moments.

The winners for our Inaugural Photo Competition are:

First prize – Heather Harris
A $250 gift voucher to the beautiful SONO Japanese Restaurant at Portside Wharf
Second prize – Tyson Dell
A family portrait from the talented Studio Kirby


Congratulations again #JPCpride

Student Transport Details

As part of our Duty of Care, please assist the College in maintaining a high standard of safety for your child/ren by identifying the current mode of transport in which they travel to and from the College. This information will assist our staff in being able to understand transport needs for your family. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form and we hope to be able to assist in the planning of new bus routes or modifications to existing routes, with the collation of this information for 2019.



JPConnect and Techsphere Update


As advised on the JPConnect landing page, services will be OFFLINE this weekend. The outage is scheduled for the following period:


Services offline from 6.00 pm Friday, 9 November.

Services scheduled to resume Sunday, 11 November at 8.00 am.


Please note the following important information in relation to SERVICES NOT AVAILABLE:

  1. SEQTA ENGAGE (for parents) and LEARN (for students) will be unavailable during this time.
  2. Staff email will be unavailable during this period: staff will not have access to any mail services


Parents are advised that all resources in “Community” (https://community.jpc.qld.edu.au/SitePages/Home.aspx  will continue to be accessible during this time.


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)


Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

Week Five, Term Four

This has been a huge week with the Year Twelve students rounding off their Secondary School learning and assessment, the Speech Night celebration, the Interhouse singing competition and a focus on learning for our Year Ten and Eleven students as they head towards their assessment period.

Speech Night

Speech Night on Monday night was an absolutely wonderful evening of celebrating the great achievements of our students. Students, teachers and parents came together to celebrate the achievements of so many Secondary School students across the areas of academics, music, dance, service and sports. The evening was a huge success. There were many highlights, but seeing the massed choir and orchestra together at the end, rounded off the evening in a sensational manner. Congratulations to all the prizewinners and performers on the evening.

House Singing Competition

The House Singing Competition was a fiercely competitive event. The students were enthusiastic and had a last minute practice on Tuesday morning before the whole school assembled in the Coleman Centre to fight it out. All houses performed brilliantly with Gilmour House edging out the other houses with their wonderful a cappella rendition of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” It was a great way to start the day after a fantastic Speech Night.


St Mark’s Food Drive

At this time of year we again help support those in need with our annual Food Drive for St Mark’s Anglican Church (a founding Church of our school). St Marks Church distribute the food in hampers for people in need throughout Logan. Students have given generously. In particular the Year Ten students made substantial donations.

I use this time to ask the JPC community to feel free to donate any non-perishable foods that you think would help make a Christmas enjoyable for a family. Food items like Christmas puddings, biscuits, potato chips, tinned goods, nuts are all welcome.


Please deliver your donations to the Christmas tree in the foyer of the Gorman Centre.

Critical Skills our students will need for the Future

Over the last few weeks I have written about the need for our students to develop skills for the future, not just knowledge.


Being an effective communicator, both orally and in writing will be even more important in the future. Clear communication isn’t just a matter of proper use of language and grammar, rather it is an extension of clear thinking. Our current society is bombarded with information, opinions and viewpoints. People more than ever need to be able to sift through the ‘noise’ and then present their viewpoint or argument persuasively. The skill of being an effective communicator can be learnt and people who use this skill well consequently have many opportunities open to them. At John Paul College our young people are developing these skills and have the opportunity to become thoroughly competent and confident communicators.

Valedictory Day

Valedictory Day for our Year Twelve students is the culmination of their schooling years and is a special day of celebration and graduation. The day commences at St Edward's Catholic Parish with a Valedictory Service at 9:15am. It continues with an assembly in the Coleman Centre at 11.00am, followed by the Year Twelve students doing their final War Cry, then light refreshments before their final farewells. We wish them all the best as they head towards graduation on Friday.

Dates to Note:

Friday 16 November - Valedictory Day (Year Twelve)

Friday 30 November - Last day of Term Four 2018


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Last Monday the College community from Years Six to Twelve gathered to recognise the outstanding achievements of our students in the academic, sport, cultural, and performing arts domains of the College at our annual Speech Night. It was also an opportunity for our music and dance students to entertain the audience with high quality performances. I commend all award recipients on their achievements throughout the year and all staff and students involved in making the night a great success.

Next week is the final week for our Year Twelve students as they conclude their educational journey at John Paul College. It only seems like yesterday that these students were in Middle School and as a community we look forward to celebrating their time at the College at the Valedictory Service and Valedictory Assembly next Friday. A reminder that students in Middle School with an immediate relative in Year Twelve may request to attend the post valedictory function with family and enjoy this special moment together. Please contact Mr Mark Zietsch via email [email protected] to seek permission.

Farewell Mrs Graham

Earlier today the College community farewelled Mrs Graham after 23 years of dedicated service to the College as Director of Sport and Activities. Mrs Graham has overseen a highly successful sports program with too many achievements to mention, although she is particularly proud to be retiring having secured the trifecta of interschool carnivals winning the TAS Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics this year. On behalf of the Middle School staff and students we wish Mrs Graham and her husband Phil all the best as they seek a change of pace in their retirement. No doubt we will see Mrs Graham from time to time on the sidelines cheering on her beloved Burgundy and Blue!


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School

Thank you for your wonderful support of our College. We are looking forward to our upcoming Celebration of Learning on 22 November. We are also very thankful for the wonderful evening we had at Speech Night on Monday. Congratulations to all the students that received acknowledgement for their achievement.


Coming up to the end of year, we can often fall into playing the comparison game. We need to be careful that we keep our own individual childrens' growth and achievement at the centre of our observations as we make meaning and conclusions. I came across the following article recently and thought it was an appropriate culture builder for us all.


The Comparison Trap


It happens to me often, and usually unconsciously. I'll learn about an old colleague or classmate who just bought a house or got a new promotion — and immediately, I'll begin to compare my life with theirs.


In the early 1950s, social psychologist Leon Festinger sought to better understand this innate need that humans have to compare themselves with others. Festinger found that our “comparison-targets” are most often people in our orbits or close to us in age, career, or background. Our comparison typically falls into two categories:

Upward Comparison is when we compare ourselves to someone in a perceived “higher” position when it comes to status, wealth, education, ability, or relationships. This might spark motivation (“My classmate got an A on the test, so I will study harder next time”) but it can also fuel jealousy (“It’s not fair that my brother gets to go on so many amazing vacations each year and I don’t”).

Downward Comparison is when we compare ourselves to someone in a perceived “lower” position. We might do this to boost our self-esteem (“I’ve switched jobs three times and he is still doing the same thing”) or realize how fortunate we are (“Things could be worse!”). It can even encourage complacency (“I’m not doing as badly as my co-worker, so I don’t need to try harder”).


It’s enough that humans have a tendency for these types of comparisons. But social media takes it to the next level.

Not only are we being exposed to so many more of our peers, but we are also getting a very narrow and highly curated view of their lives. We are flooding our brains with aspirational highlights and filtered pictures of perfection… and from this limited view, we are making assumptions about people — how happy they are, how much money they have, what their relationships are like. All of this comparison often leaves us feeling worse about ourselves, wanting more of what others seem to have effortlessly.

So what can we do about it?

Here are four ideas:

Identify your values. Sometimes when we get caught in the comparison trap, we lose sight of what’s actually important to us. Don’t let societal ideas of success and happiness lead you astray. Our Integrity Guide can help you identify the values most important to you.

Practice gratitude. When we take time to appreciate what we have, where we are, and the goodness in our lives, the comparison trap is weakened. Gratitude offers us perspective and reminds us of all the truly wonderful things about our lives as they are. This month’s Gratitude Guide and Resources are a great place to start!

Hack your Facebook feed. Mike and I have both installed a Google Chrome extension called the News Feed Eradicator for Facebook. It’s free and it does just what the name implies. It gives you full access to notifications, messages, profiles and groups — but it blocks the endless newsfeed from appearing and sucking hours and energy from our day! (We are not affiliated with this app in any way, we just find it useful :-)

Compare yourself to yourself. Define success on your terms, set your own goals, and measure progress against where you’ve been and where you want to go. Our Welcome Guide and Intention Guide have some great resources to help with this.

Dave Radparvar - Co-Founder, Holstee


Mr Andy Gordon 

Head of Primary School

Library Learning

Tree transformations

You may have noticed the large white trees in the library that are a focus of many of our displays. They are rather hard to miss! The trees are currently promoting the Christmas food drive being organised by Father Steve on behalf of St Mark’s Parish Church, and the text form of poetry which will be the focus of learning for Year Three and Year Five students for the remainder of the term.


Students will explore different forms of poetry as a way of expressing their ideas and engaging an audience. They will discover the language, rhyme and rhythm that makes poetry a delightful text form to both read and write.


Student poems will be on display on and around the poet-tree. We would love you to come in and read them over the next few weeks.

'Tis the Season to be Reading

Savour the Christmas spirit in NMLC as you browse the latest books on offer for the remainder of the term and the holiday period. Santa has made an early delivery of new books to the library so make the most of this festive season and indulge in some amazing reading material.


Primary students can find a large collection of Christmas picture books while older students may be tempted by Rainbow Rowell’s Almost Midnight which features two festive short stories, John Green’s Let it Snow, another Christmas season novel, or the beautifully illustrated steampunk version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Be sure to borrow your own sleigh-full of books for the holidays.


Christmas For Everyone


Once again, we invite you to brighten someone else’s Christmas by donating non-perishable food to the JPC St Mark’s Food Drive. Non-perishable donations can be placed under our beautiful white Christmas tree at NMLC.


JPC is also collecting donations for the Logan East Community Centre. The Centre has asked for donated gifts suited to teenage boys who are underprivileged in our area as they often miss out at this time of year. If you would like to donate, please put gifts in the Christmas-wrapped box next to the St Mark’s food drive.



Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to those students who will next week receive their certificates for participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. They were among the more than 181,000 Queensland students who participated in the challenge this year, together reading more than 2.46 million books!


This year John Paul College was fortunate enough to win the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge lucky draw for schools who have taken part in the challenge since its inception in 2006. The $300 book voucher with event sponsor, Booktopia, will be put to great use buying books for everyone to enjoy.

Holiday Borrowing and Returns

Please remember to return all outstanding library books from the year. Primary students have the opportunity to participate in double borrowing for the holidays, but only if they have returned all their outstanding library books. We ask all our parents to help their children return their books so that the resources are available for other students next year.


We also particularly remind Year Twelve students and their families to undertake a final thorough search for all outstanding library books, in consideration of the students who are following in their footsteps.

Book of the Week

Vicious by VE Schwab

Two brilliant and aloof teenage boys find themselves thrown together as college roommates. They become friends, recognising in each other the same intelligence and raw ambition. They develop a theory: perfectly ordinary people can become extraordinary given the correct conditions. Not just temporarily extraordinary showing adrenaline-inspired superhuman feats. Life-long extraordinary, with superhuman powers. ExtraOrdinary. The defining condition? Death.


A theory isn’t good enough though and when they put it to the test, everything goes terribly wrong.


Ten years later, the two are thrown together again. Eli is tracking and hunting people with superhuman powers, then killing them—for the good of the world he says. Victor is hunting Eli.


When the two towering superhuman figures collide it is a colossal match. But one is left to wonder, what makes a hero and what makes a villain? Who is a monster and who is not? You’ll love every last vicious moment of this ExtraOrdinary novel! Recommended for Year Seven and over.


The Truth App by Jack Heath

Jarli loves to create apps, but his latest invention, the Truth App, is about to land him in a lot of trouble.


The Truth App went viral as soon as it hit the internet. Who wouldn’t want an app that would instantly tell you when someone is lying? A lot of people it turns out. Everyone has their secrets. Big ones, little ones, and many are harmless. But when everyone’s deepest darkest secrets are exposed, Jarli finds himself a hated figure. The kids at school avoid him, the reporters are chasing him, the teachers don’t trust him and even the police and his own family are unhappy with Jarli and his brainchild. Unhappiest of all is a secret network of criminals who have added Jarli to their hit list. The truth doesn’t always set you free.


In typical Jack Heath fashion, this book rockets along from its opening car crash to the gripping conclusion.  Recommended for Year Five and over.

Chaplain and Community

Operation Christmas Child

“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God…”

Bob Pierce wrote these now famous words in his Bible after visiting suffering children on the Korean island. This eventually led to him beginning the Christian organisation Samaritan’s Purse in 1970.


And so, his legacy continues as each year John Paul College takes part in Operation Christmas Child. This is a worldwide project co-ordinated by Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ.


Students from Prep to Year Twelve packed items in shoe boxes that a boy or girl, in a certain age bracket (such as 5-9) to bring them joy at Christmas time when they probably wouldn’t receive anything. Students in the Community Care co-curricular and the leaders in the Year Six Disciplus Concilium helped to promote it amongst their peers.


In all we collected 150 shoe boxes! This is an amazing effort. Four Year Six’s, Natalie, Oscar, Peppe and Erin helped me pack the bus with Year Ten student, Paige Prieditis and it was full! The Year Six’s then journeyed with me to the warehouse in Banyo where we dropped them off and saw the whole operation at work. They had already received 22,000 other boxes and were on target for 58,000 this year. Our shoe boxes will eventually end up somewhere in South-East Asia, or one of the Pacific Island nations.


Thank you to all families who contributed in blessing other children around the world.

I hope you like our photos.


Mr Stephen Ward


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

On Monday night, as we celebrated our students’ achievements in 2018 at the College’s annual Speech Night, our musicians, dancers and choral students entertained the audience of JPC families during the evening.  Students should be incredibly proud of their wonderful performances, a tribute to their talent, hard work and dedication this year.


Our musicians and dancers enjoyed learning new repertoire including the beautiful “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the film “The Mission” and the upbeat and energetic “The Greatest Medley Ever Told” from Sister Act Two (Back in the Habit).  Over 200 students also took to the stage for “Sogno di Volare” performed by our Massed Choir, Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra.

Congratulations to all of our ensembles who competed at Music Fest on Saturday, 3 November, showcasing their amazing talent with three of our premier ensembles taking out the highest awards of platinum:

  • Concert Choir – Platinum Award in the Secondary School Choir Section
  • Chamber Choir – Platinum Award in the Secondary School Choir Section
  • Big Band – Platinum Award in Secondary Jazz Ensemble A Grade Section
  • Stage Band –  Gold Award in Secondary Jazz Ensemble C Grade Section
  • Viva Choir – Gold Award in Primary School Choir Section

Congratulations to our cheer teams who competed in their final competition for 2018 at the DCE Spirit Challenge on Sunday, held at Logan Metro with fantastic results. 


Meteors were awarded first place in the Primary School Level 2 Division.  Asteroids, Nova Starz and Supernovas placed second in their respective divisions.

Circle of Nine entertained the audience of students and staff at lunchtime as students performed light swing and latin jazz music at Live at the Piazza last Friday.

At our annual Guitar, Bass and Drums Recital held on Wednesday night, family and friends of students in our Contemporary Program displayed their talent, hard work and dedication this year to family and friends.  For their performances, many students combined together to perform as small ensembles and we congratulate all students on their growth and improvement throughout the year culminating in such enjoyable performances.

Congratulations to the following students who recently completed their Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) exams.


Ryan Wills  (Year Four)  - Cello - Grade 2

Ayden Wills  (Year Six) Cello - Grade 3

Sophia Davis (Year Six) - Piano for Leisure - Grade 2

Zak Bowdler (Year Twelve) - Piano for Leisure - Grade 8


We would also like to wish “The Miss Fits” every success in their Youth Theatresports Grand Final to be held this Saturday at QUT Gardens Theatre, with all welcome to attend.  Tickets can be purchased via the link: www.gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au or ph: 3138 4455.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 9 November - Cheer Awards and Performance Evening

Saturday 10 November - Youth Theatresports Senior Grand Final, QUT Gardens Point Theatre

Saturday 10 November - Westfield Helensvale Performance

Sunday 18 November - Carols by Candlelight – Coleman Centre


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

From the Director of Sports and Activities

State Track & Field Championships                           

Congratulations to Year Six student Liam Manson who competed last weekend at the 10-12 years QSS State Track & Field Championships. Liam ran a great 800m and placed 19th overall, which was a great achievement for his first State Athletics and being the only JPC Primary School student to compete.


Queensland Schools Track and Field Championships

Special congratulations to Year Eight student Lachlan Ward who competed at the Queensland Schools Track and Field Championships.  Lachlan won a bronze medal in the 14 years 2000m steeplechase event against some tough competition.


Lachlan also competed at the UQ 1500m Classic event last week and won a silver medal.


John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

It was a tremendous pleasure to witness the Speech Night celebrations of John Paul College students’ academic, sporting and cultural achievement, with amazing performances and inspiring speeches.


It was with great pride that we shared in the celebration of twenty-five John Paul International College graduates who received awards at Speech Night.  These prizewinners spanned across all year levels and categories.  We were particularly impressed with the student achievements in Year Twelve, where, for science, JPIC graduates received three out of the four awards.


As we focus on science in this week’s edition of Burgundy & Blue, I commend the JPIC science teachers on the excellent work they do to help students succeed at John Paul College. 

Focus on Science

Currently JPIC students across all levels are ensconced in their studies of a number of scientific topics, as we approach their final assessments for the year.

Level One students are studying animals and are currently reading a text called “An Encyclopaedia of a Rainforest”. They are using this resource to produce a table in Word to compare the characteristics of each animal found in the book.


Level Two are currently investigating weather and natural disasters. They are each creating a PowerPoint presentation discussing three different weather phenomena, which they will be presenting in Week Six. As both Level One and Two have studied animals and habitats throughout the term they will also be visiting Sea World on Thursday 8 November, for an excursion that will be both fun and educational.


Level Three have been using microscopes to view both prepared samples and wet-mount slides of their own creation, while learning about cells and specialisation.


The students of Level Four have been honing both their experimental and report writing skills, recently completing the dissolving of aspirin practical, where students need to find the fastest method to dissolve the tablets into water. They have written an experimental report, and are now studying states of matter, elements, compounds and the periodic table.


Level Five are working on writing up their extended experimental investigation into the effects of size and shape on rate of diffusion. The students placed different sizes and shapes of agar phenolphthalein jelly into beakers of hydrochloric acid and measured the time it took for the acid to diffuse into the jelly and change the colour from pink to translucent.


Both students and staff are working hard in science, and we hope to achieve some outstanding results at the end of the term.

Staff Profile: Zackary Milverton

I have been a member of the John Paul College family since 1999, as both a student and a teacher. I attended John Paul College from Year Five to Year Twelve and graduated in 2006; and I returned as a full-time mathematics teacher for JPIC in Term Three, 2014.


I started my tertiary studies in a Bachelor of Forensic Science at Griffith, before transferring to and completing a Bachelor of Education majoring in Biology in 2011.


After completing my degree, I worked in a variety of State secondary schools, gaining valuable teaching experience across a number of subject areas, before starting in a full-time role as a mathematics and science specialist teacher for JPIC.


Outside of this role, I also work as an academic tutor for boarding, and I assist all boarders with their home learning and assessment tasks. This provides me with a broad knowledge of what is currently being taught across all subject areas and greatly assists my colleagues and I with continually updating our curriculum to be as relevant and current as possible.

Our Boarding Life

From the Deputy Head of Boarding

Boarders in the news - Speech Night awards:

Monday night saw the John Paul College community come together to celebrate the annual speech and awards evening. Congratulations must go to Boarding Captain Sarah-Cait Kirkland on receiving the Mark Fenton Citizenship Award, boarding’s highest individual award. This award is in recognition of a boarder who has made an exemplary contribution as a citizen of Fenton Village. This award is a true reflection on Sarah-Cait’s contribution to boarding over the past two years. She has led by example and has been an exceptional role model for all boarders.

Congratulations must also be extended to Ella Bischoff (Tamrookum, QLD) for taking out the Year Nine Science prize and Yael Adar (Green Pigeon, NSW) on her Academic Excellence Award for Year Ten. This is the first time that either student has received an award on Speech Night. It was fantastic for the school community to acknowledge the individual performances of both boarders academically.

First ever Boarding Student School Captain- Zoe Mavromatis

It is with great delight that I announce that Zoe Mavromatis (Chinchilla, QLD) has been elected by John  Paul College teachers and students as the College female School Captain. Zoe has become the first boarder and Indigenous School Captain of John Paul College. As a boarding community, we are extremely excited and proud of Zoe for the opportunity to lead the school and student body in 2019. Congratulations Zoe!




Mr Mr T Christie

Deputy Head of Boarding

Community News

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Please accept the invitation to attend the Nurture You Day at Brilliant Minds Psychology.


When: Monday 12 November 2018

Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm


Help raise awareness of anxiety and depression during pregnancy and post-natal anxiety and depression.


Giveaways at the event: Yoga - Snacks - Henna Art 


This is a free event but if you are wishing to attend yoga sessions please RSVP to 07 3133 0610 or email [email protected]


For more details please check out our website at www.brilliantmindspsychology.com.au

Dates to Remember


10 November - JTAS Term Four Round Four

10 November - Senior TAS First XI vs Met East Schools Cricket Trial Game, CMSC Oval 1

10 November - Senior TAS First XI vs U/18 Eastern Suburbs Football Club, CMSC

11 November - AMEB Rock School Exams, Stephen Bean Theatre

11 November - Club Netball Trials, Coleman Centre

11 November - Tagiev Combined Orchestra Concert, Stephen Bean Theatre

12 November - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

12 November - Air Cadets Meeting, CC1 and Markwell car park

13 November - Year Twelve Reflection Day, Bradley Building

13 November - Year Twelve 'Preschool to Year Twelve' Function, Gorman Lecture Theatre and Mapstone Deck

14 November - Year Twelve Wet and Wild Excursion

14 November - JPIC Assembly

14 November - First XI Football Trial Game vs Nudgee College, Oval 3, CMSC

14 November - Friends of Basketball AGM, Chatswood Hills Tavern

15 November - Boarding Gala Dinner, Fitzy's Loganholme

15 November - AIME End of Year Celebration

16 November - Valedictory Day Events

16 November - Live at the ARC

17 November - JTAS Term Four Round Five

17 November - Senior TAS First XI vs Met East Schools Cricket Trial Game , CMSC Oval 1

18 November - Carols by Candlelight, Coleman Centre

19 November - Friends of Cricket AGM, Gorman Meeting Room

19 November - Air Cadets Meeting, CC1 and Markwell car park

20 -26 November - Year Eleven Exam Block

20 November - Years Seven to Ten EL Block

22 November - Primary School Assembly, Coleman Centre

22 November - Year Six Morning Tea, outside Pines Building

22 November - Years One and Two Swimming Carnival, Stephen Paul Aquatic Centre

23 November - Year Seven and Eight AIME Session

23 November - Live at the Piazza

23 November - Kindy End of Year Celebration, ARC

24 November - Homestay 2019 Information  Session, Gorman Centre and Lecture Theatre

25 November - Expo 88 Marching Band 30th Anniversary Reunion, Stephen Bean Theatre and Blue Square

26 - 27 November - Year Eleven QCS Practice, Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre

26 - 27 November - Year Nine Peer Leader Training

26 November - Prep to Year Two Christmas Service, ARC

26 November - Air Cadets Meeting, CC1 and Markwell car park

27 November - Boarding Staff vs Students Volleyball Game, Coleman Centre

28 November - Year Ten Activity Day

28 November - Year Eleven Leadership Day, Gorman Centre Level 2

28 November - Year Seven 2019 Orientation Day in Middle School, Drake Building

28 November - JPIC Carnival Day, Coleman Centre

28 November - Year Nine Graduation and Afternoon Tea, Wesley Building

29 November - Middle School Activity Day

30 November - JPIC Term Four Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre

30 November - Live at the Piazza

30 November - Assembly and Christmas Service, Coleman Centre

30 November - Boarder Travel Day, Fenton Village



2-7 December - National Basketball Championships Tour

3 December - Vacation Care Commences