24 August 2018
Issue 024
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPConnect and Techsphere
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

Students' Voice


The curse of perfectionism

Every year brings media stories about examination stress and the increasing pressures faced by students fighting for university places, training and jobs.


UNSW researchers interviewed 722 Year Twelve students from a representative sample of Sydney schools, finding that 42% suffered from high-level anxiety and 16% reported severe levels of anxiety. Just over half of the students felt that too much was expected of them in Year Twelve, identifying workload as the main pressure they faced.


But what did they identify as the greatest source of pressure? Nearly half (44%) said the pressure they felt was self-inflicted, with other sources including family (35%) and school or teachers (21%). Gifted students, however, were the most likely to say that pressure was self-inflicted, with 47% saying they put pressure on themselves to achieve top marks compared with 24% of average-ability students.


While the result that 42% of students experience high levels of anxiety in Year Twelve is concerning, the UNSW researchers state that “it is the impact of pressure, however, that is most concerning” with 44% of students describing themselves as regularly being agitated, irritable or nervous. Academic pressure leads to stress and altered learning behaviours, such as procrastination, lack of sleep and all-night cramming sessions. The result is that even the most academically able students can do poorly on exams due to the impact of stress.


What is the difference between stress and anxiety? Stress is a response to routine pressures, like exams, moving house or family difficulties. It occurs in reaction to a specific cause of stress and usually goes away once the stressful situation has resolved itself. Anxiety, on the other hand, results in a young person worrying that events in the future will have negative outcomes.


Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, however clinically anxious children persistently overreact to minor threats and alter their behaviour to avoid the source of their anxiety. The Australian Psychological Society says that where symptoms of anxiety occur frequently and interfere with daily life, it is “typically considered an anxiety disorder”.


A factor in stress and anxiety that is receiving increasing attention is perfectionism, particularly in girls. Flinders University Psychologist Dr Tom Nehmy, who reviewed 700 research papers from around the world, says that perfectionism is the common risk factor that best explains the problems associated with depression, anxiety and eating disorders.


“Perfectionism,” he says, “basically involves things like very black and white thinking, being extremely self-critical and having an inability to cope with pressure because of fear of failure.”


Similarly, researcher Chloe Yu Shu from Curtin University has linked stress, low mood, anxiety and self-criticism in her thesis examining young females aged 14-19 who are struggling with “unhelpful perfectionism” and are at risk of developing eating disorders, depression and anxiety. She says her research shows that teaching skills to manage perfectionism and stress are effective in improving wellbeing, and that preventative programs can help young people before their perfectionism and stress “builds up into something big”.



Dr Nehmy says that the most effective way to address mental health problems is to prevent them occurring in the first place. Young people need to learn balanced, realistic thinking and how to regulate thoughts and behaviours associated with perfectionism. Similarly, the UNSW researchers say that regular sleep, exercise and relaxation time are all more important than an extra hour of study. Students interviewed for the UNSW study described a variety of “great programs” run by their schools from those designed to build resilience and identify stress and anxiety, to yoga and relaxation programs and sessions on study skills and organisation. “Perfectionism is only captured in a moment — it’s not achievable longer term,” says Judith Carlisle. “Unhappy people can’t learn anything.”

References available on request.

At the College

Middle School movie night, regional athletics, TAS and JTAS, eisteddfods, 40 Hour Famine Challenge, circuit debating, strings recital and Social Justice Service are just a few of the activities that have taken place across the College in the last two weeks. Thank you to all students for representing our College so well and to all staff and parents for your support.

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • New parents Chantal Ramsay (Kindy Educator) and Steven on the birth of Nicholas Steven Ramsay, a healthy 2.37kg, born on Monday 13th August. Mum and bub are doing well.
  • Isabella Agius (Learning Assistant) on becoming a first-time ‘Nona’ to grandchild Florence Lena Maher, born 15 August at 10.20am, weighing 2.9kgs.
  • Andy Gordon (Head of Primary School) for being elected to the AAPA National Advisory Council.
  • Year Seven students Amaarah Eichmann and Pavani Wickremasinghe and Year Five student Tarini Wickremasinghe, who were successful in their auditions to join the Vocal Ensemble at the Young Conservatorium at Griffith University.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


JPConnect and Techsphere

#toptip JPConnect

Question: How do I access the EXAM BLOCK CONSENT form on JPConnect?
Response: The form exists in the ENGAGE area of JPConnect and for convenience it is displayed in the Essentials Tray when the permission is being sought.

How to:

  1. Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/
  2. The Essentials Tray displays the Exam Block Consent tile.
  3. Students in the family in Year Eleven and Twelve are listed in the drop down menu and each student is selected in turn.
  4. The form will “auto fill” the relevant details.
  5. By default, the form displays “No” – this needs to be changed to “Yes” to grant permission.
  6. Use the “Send” button to confirm selection for EACH student.


Please note: if a decision is made to revoke permission after it has been granted, please contact the Senior School Office.


Please note: Exam Block Protocols are included as part of the form for reference and support the details distributed by the Dean of Studies.


Queries or Questions:

eMail: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

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


JPC Announcements

Cabaret 2018 - Vegas Nights!

John Paul College Friends of Performing Arts is pleased to invite you to Cabaret 2018!


The night will feature the delightful sounds of some of our premier ensembles including Exit 24, Big Band, Jazz Combo, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Date: Friday 7 September 2018

Venue: The Glen Hotel

Time: 6.30pm to 11.30pm

Cost: $100 - includes canapes, two course dinner and house beer, wine and soft drinks


Purchase your tickets here.


JPC Friends of Netball Colour Explosion Run4Fun​

It’s a family fun event, where all ages and abilities are welcomed to join the fun of participating in a Sunday morning 1 km, 2 km, or 3 km run, walk, jog or skip (distances pending oval size and age category).


As participants walk, run, dance and jiggle their way around the course, they’ll pass through a variety of different colour zones. At each of these zones participants will get showered in the designated colour of that zone.


Date: Sunday, 2 September 2018

Time: from 8.00 am

Venue: John Paul College, Cec Munns Sports Centre, John Paul Drive, Daisy Hill QLD 4127

Cost: $25 per participant


To purchase your tickets to compete please click here.

Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

Welcome to Week Six


The focus for students in the Senior School is on their learning and assessment programmes. Many students have been, and will continue to complete assessment pieces. The Year Eleven and Twelve students are gearing up for the Examination Block, commencing on Monday 10 September and will continue throughout that week. QCS practice is also on the calendar. This is a very busy and important time for all our Senior School students and we wish them all the best in their preparations.

Engineering in Applied Design at JPC

How far can a vehicle travel, powered only by a simple mousetrap?

This is the problem with which our Year Nines have been wrestling. Students have researched areas such as friction; mechanical advantage, moment of inertia, rotational inertia and simple machines, amongst others. Determining how each of these will affect the performance of their vehicle was the secret to maximising the distance travelled. Further consideration of these factors to determine where compromises and trade-offs are needed helped maximise the overall performance of the working solution. Comparison of success criteria was formalised in the Coleman Centre race-off. Many smiles and frowns characterised this practical experience.

How do I move an egg?

This focussed our Year Eight minds on the use of hydraulic power acting through pistons (syringes) and a variety of levers to create movement. The goal was to lift and move an egg to a new location and safely place an unbroken egg on a plate. No eggs were broken in the performance of this project.


Investigating such concepts as hydraulics, pressure, levers, fulcrum, load, effort, force, Pascals Law and sketching students worked collaboratively to develop a machine capable of solving the initial problem - How do I move an egg? Engaging in the learning by finding practical methods of solving real problems is proving to be both rich learning and extreme fun.


Continuing to expand on student experiences in both Year Eight and Nine will involve our learning community in an introduction to designing control systems and the programming of microprocessors to develop and produce an engineered product.


Article supplied by Mr Bruce Middleton


Game Changers & Change Makers….. Moments of Discovery


This week in Science……

(http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/index.php#the-mission )

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida on Sunday, 12 August to begin its journey to the sun. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life on earth possible. The mission’s findings will help researchers improve their forecasts of space weather events. Throughout its seven-year mission, Parker Solar Probe will make six more venus flybys and 24 total passes by the sun, journeying steadily closer to the Sun until it makes its closest approach at 3.8 million miles. At this point, the probe will be moving at roughly 430,000 miles per hour, setting the record for the fastest-moving object made by humanity. The mission is named for Eugene Parker, the physicist who first theorized the existence of the solar wind in 1958. It’s the first NASA mission to be named for a living researcher.


SCIENCE CLUB  - Every Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm in S7 for Year Five and Six students… For more information contact Mrs Sarah Ryan (Laboratory Manager) [email protected]


WRITING ON DEMAND  -  Year Seven to Nine science students are writing about some of the scientific discoveries presented on the Science Week Moments of Discovery poster.


Some of our future game changers and change makers at JPC ….

Caesar Qiu, Nita Li and Selina Yang qualified for the National Titration Finals to be held at the University of Queensland on 1 September.  These students are currently practising their titration and analytical skills every Friday afternoon in the laboratory under the supervision of Ms Collins and Mrs Ryan. We wish them all the best for the finals!



Street Science Seriously Science Show – Year Seven Science students Friday 7 September.  This event uses a variety of cutting edge demonstrations to teach students about the world around them and linking to chemistry, physics and earth and space sciences.  The show encourages students to understand the nature and development of science and the use and influences of science. 


CONGRATULATIONS to Minuka Mendis who has been successful in her application to the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). 

Minuka will attend the 12-day residential programme run in January 2019 in Canberra.  The programme is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.


Article supplied by Ms Robyn Collins 

How can I help my child to learn another language?

Is your child learning a language that you yourself cannot speak? Do you ever feel that you would like to help, but there is nothing you can do?


At John Paul College, the staff welcome and encourage the efforts of parents in the education process. We recognize the difficulties that parents sometimes face as co-educators, either in terms of time or subject knowledge. Be assured that every effort you make is greatly appreciated, and you can easily contribute to your child’s learning of an additional language by implementing one or more of the suggestions outlined below:


Check to see that your child has all the equipment she/he needs packed ready for the next day. Language students need an exercise book, pens and laptop for every lesson. Encourage your child to review classwork by asking him/her what s/he learned in class that day. Not only will this show you the value of your child’s learning, it will give him/her a chance to process that day’s lesson objectives. Have your child teach you a few new words or phrases. Everyone learns best by doing, and the extra practice will be of great benefit. You might learn something too!


Support your child by listening to him/her recite poems, read passages, practice dialogues etc. Even if you are not able to correct the pronunciation, your interest will be demonstrated and noted by your child. This is very motivational!


Please click on PDF for the complete document.

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

The  Modern  Languages  Department

Drop-off and the Collection of Students from the College

Please do not use the first entrance to the campus from John Paul Drive to drop your students off in the mornings. Parents are using the roadway between John Paul Drive and the boom gate to make U-turns since traffic is trying to get through. It is dangerous and not necessary when Markwell car park has been designed with a drop-off area. Students may have to walk just a little further to get to where they need to go. Please ensure you help us by following these guidelines

Dates to Note:

Wednesday 29 August - Years Eight, Nine and Ten Subject Selection Evening

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


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Last Wednesday 15 August, as part of our strategic planning focus the College held a Master Planning Forum with a wide range of members of our community (staff, students, parents, alumni, and industry experts). The forum considered what are the key principles guiding the design of future facilities at John Paul College. The structure of the day included a session on the learning features, culture and change and another focussed on outdoor learning, wellbeing and sustainability and cultural connections. The final session was a brainstorming workshop considering key areas of the College e.g. Primary, Secondary, co-curricular, outdoor spaces etc. We were privileged to hear from a number of industry experts including Dr Ben Cleveland from University of Melbourne, John Moynihan from Ecolateral, and staff from Architectural Design firm Deicke Richards. It was a valuable day and will assist the Board of Directors in their development of the new strategic plan and master planning process. I was very impressed with our Middle School leaders and their insightful contributions on the day.

Well done to all involved!

Middle School Movie Night

Last Friday night our Student Council hosted the first of their social initiatives for the term at the Middle School Movie Night. Approximately sixty students from across Years Seven, Eight and Nine enjoyed each other’s company watching the movie Jumanji. Congratulations to the committee members for making this night a great success.


Visiting JPC families in the Northern Territory

Throughout this week I joined Mr Anthony Doidge on a trip to the Northern Territory visiting families of our boarders from communities in this region. Living in remote communities makes it difficult for family members to regularly travel to Brisbane and be kept updated on the progress of their sons and daughters. Our visit provides a dual purpose of sharing report information, photos and stories of the students, and at the same time gives us a greater understanding of the community and culture of our Indigenous families in the Territory. Despite some bumpy moments on our flight into Gapuwiyak, we had a lovely time on the ground visiting the school, Culture and Arts Centre and Bush Miyalk where Shauna’s Mum explained their work in art and weaving, creating bush medicine products, and jewellery making. While in Daly River we caught up with Andrew’s family and also met some prospective students to the College. With the sharing of our stories we are building a stronger connection and understanding of the special places our remote students come from and how we can better support them in their journey through JPC. 

Year Six into Seven Parent Information Evening

Next Monday 27 August is the information evening for families entering Year Seven in 2019. This is an excellent opportunity for parents and their sons/daughters to hear from key staff about the structure, subjects and opportunities available for students preparing to enter Secondary School. The evening will commence at 6.30pm and is being held in the Gorman Lecture Theatre.

Year Seven, Eight and Nine Subject Selection Evening

On Wednesday 29 August all current Middle School families are invited to attend the subject selection evening and learn more about the subjects being offered in 2019 and the process for selecting electives. Our Dean of Studies, Ms Belinda Guerra will lead the evening and the Heads of Learning will provide a showcase of subjects being offered in their faculties. I encourage all families to attend from 6.00pm in the Gorman Centre.

Upcoming Middle School Events:

Year Six into Seven Parent Information Evening - Monday 27 August,  6.30pm (Gorman Lecture Theatre)

Year Seven, Eight and Nine Subject Selection Evening - Wednesday 29 August, 6.00pm (Gorman Centre)

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)


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary

There has been a great deal of excitement around the College for our upcoming exhibition with our Year Six learners. This is a significant moment where our learners demonstrate that they are educated, they have been inspired and they are now making a difference by inspiring others and sharing their learning. Educate, Inspire and Act! Is this not the outworking of what education should be? I believe our answer should be yes.


During the last week, in our political spheres, we have seen how important the unique experience of learning at JPC is. A learning environment that is inclusive, diverse, caring and respectful. I'm not sure who gets the credit for this saying, but "there is no them, there is only us."


Each day I am grateful for the opportunity that we have to share a vision for the future that draws on the highest laws of what it means to be human. We live loving, generous, gracious lives, searching for ways to define ourselves, while trying to reach out to others and break down the barriers, whether they be geographical, social, economic or spiritual. A hymn from my youth that I always draw on is U2's One. "We are one but we are not the same, we get to carry each other."


Andy Gordon

Prep to Year Two Sports Day

Last Friday saw children from Prep to Year Two demonstrate their talents at their annual sports carnival. A beautiful Queensland winter’s day, sun shining and not a hint of wind, gave us perfect conditions for the big day. The children had a busy time participating in many events; sprints, relays, ball games, sack races, tug-o-war, egg and spoon race, obstacle relay, bin ball and the vortex throw.


Preparation for the activities during HPE lessons culminated in a thoroughly delightful carnival and it was very pleasing to see the children giving their best effort in each event. Sportsmanship, teamwork, self-control, humility, perseverance and determination were all valuable learning experiences for the children and the beautiful smiles on the children’s faces reflected their enjoyment on the day.


The carnival concluded with the parents and teachers joining in the fun, displaying a myriad of talent in the novelty relay! The children did a great job cheering everyone on.


We would like to thank HPE Teacher, Mrs Michelle Amy for her organisation of the carnival and the Friends of Kindy for hosting the canteen.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School


From the Friends of Primary

In preparation for Father’s Day on Sunday, 2 September, the Friends of Primary will run a Father’s Day stall to be held in the ARC on Wednesday, 29 August, 2018. Gifts will be priced from $3 to $10.


If you could lend a helping hand, we would greatly appreciate any time you can offer to help working at the stall and wrapping the gifts for the children. Please visit the sign-up schedule: https://signupschedule.com/jpcfop


Thank you for all your time and effort; it is greatly appreciated. 


Warm regards,


Deonie Cameron

Friends of Primary President

Year Six Action

As you might know, Year Six is currently working on Exhibition.


For my topic I am investigating the problem of children who lose limbs from landmines.


I have spoken to several people who know about this problem and one way of helping is donating aluminium to make artificial limbs. Here in Australia it is difficult to send the aluminium where it is needed but I can sell the aluminium to raise funds for a reputable charity in Thailand.


I have set up a collection box at the Primary School Office where people can deposit aluminium cans which I can then sell. Please drop your empty aluminium cans into the donation box outside the Primary School Office.


Thank you for your support.

Eloise Adams 6BB

Library Learning

Author Visits for Book Week

What an amazing array of talented authors and illustrators we have met this week! Simon Higgins and Jenny Wang, who usually reside in China, have come to Brisbane especially for Book Week and we were lucky to be one of the schools they visited.

Simon amazed students in Year Six, Seven, Eight and Nine with his in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture and how he applies this to his stories. The students loved his demonstration with the katana, or Japanese fighting sword, with which Simon is a master.



Jenny Wang, a renowned Manga artist, animator and director of her own company in China, was equally as entertaining and helped students find their artistic talent. The results were amazing and Jenny was impressed with the quality of the work students produced.



Richard Newsome, author of the Billionaire’s Curse series was a great storyteller and demonstrated how he uses his life experiences, both good and bad (but very funny as he told them)  in the creative process. He also led students in a writer’s workshop and gave them tips about creating great characters and stories.


Dannika Paterson, who has just published her first picture book, was very thrilled to see it on our library shelves. She is a local author and freelance writer and shared with the Kindy students how a book is made and published. Her book Jacaranda Magic is available from NMLC.


Thursday we welcome Alison Patterson to work with Year Three and Year One, and on Friday Gregg Driesse will entertain Year Two.

Manga Art Competition

As part of our Book Week celebrations the Learning Centres held a Manga Art Competition, inviting visiting manga artist, Jenny Wang, to be our judge.


A number of students scraped up the courage to put their art efforts on show. Jenny was very impressed with the quality of the artwork presented and awarded first prize to Cherry Khant. She also awarded special mentions to Cindy Huynh, Yeonwoo Oh and Doris Li for their art. Jenny particularly encouraged all the students to continue with their passion and to keep practising!



Book of the Year Awards 

The Children's Book Council of Australia launched its Book Week celebrations with the announcement of the Book of the Year for 2018 in a number of categories. The award winners are below.

Picture book of the Year: A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins

Early Childhood: Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer, illustrated by Chrissie Krebs

Younger Readers: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

Older Readers: Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell


Other awards, including honours awarded to some of the shortlisted books, can be found here https://www.cbca.org.au/winners-2018 .


Throughout the term, our Primary students have been reading the shortlisted books for Early Childhood and Picture Book of the Year and voting on their favourites. Now, with a drum roll, we present their pick…Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer by an overwhelming majority. Everyone agreed that it is simply hilarious!

Premier's Reading Challenge Finish Line

The Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2018 is now complete. Thank you to all the students who participated. It is wonderful to see the commitment to complete the challenge, record the reading and hand forms in by the due date. This shows great responsibility by the students.

Certificates will be handed out in Term Four at year-level parades.

Book of the Week

This week we present reviews for two of the books shortlisted for Book of the Year for Older Readers, and the teaser blurb for the winner, Take Three Girls.

Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, Simmone Howell

Ady—not the confident A-Lister she appears to be.

Kate—brainy boarder taking risks to pursue the music she loves.

Clem—disenchanted swim-star losing her heart to the wrong boy.

All are targeted by PSST, a toxic website that deals in gossip and lies. St Hilda's antidote to the cyber-bullying? The Year 10 Wellness program. Nice try—but sometimes all it takes is three girls.

Exploring friendship, feminism, identity and belonging, Take Three Girls is honest, raw and funny.

'This beautifully crafted, lively novel captures the good and the bad of female friendship.' Bec Kavanagh Books + Publishing, 5 stars.


Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

Grace is a bit of a wild child, the funny girl with a reputation for being super-competitive and up for pretty much anything. She lives for the thrill, but that's really because she'd rather be terrified than feel nothing at all. It's been a rough couple of years.

So, when she is offered the chance to contest her record on the pipe as part of the local feud between schools, she isn't about to back down. Although she's done it all before, this night is different; she experiences something she can't explain. Suddenly the rumours that talk of Hannah Holt's ghost slipping through the gully are not as silly as they seemed.

Slowly she is drawn deeper into the mystery of Hannah Holt's death. What is real? What is imagined? What is the truth? And finally, is she at risk of losing everyone, including herself?

A spine-tingling ghost thriller from an Australian author whose books consistently hit the CBCA short lists! You can find this book in the senior fiction section of the Middle Library, NMLC. 


The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

She's brain-bendingly smart but finds it a bit tough tackling the intricacies of the real world, especially people. He's obsessed with magic tricks—a real fan of the old-time greats. He spends his time on his magic, until he realises his greatest trick will be winning the girl of his dreams.

Their relationship is elemental, chaotic and messy. Atoms will fizz and spit, spin and collide, then spin away again. The push and pull between them is magnetic…gravitational. It is pure chemistry.

Let's face it. The story of Sophia and Joshua is simply magic. You can find this smart and funny book at the Middle Library, NMLC.


Chaplain and Community

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

Our Performing Arts students across all disciplines, dance music and drama continue to achieve outstanding results in several festivals and competitions throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 


Thank you to all of our students and outstanding staff who continue to provide and prepare our young performers with such a breadth of opportunities.


Congratulations to our Primary Force Dance team who competed in three different genres at the Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod on Friday 10 August with some excellent results:

  • Lyrical – awarded Third Place
  • Musical Theatre- Highly Commended
  • Jazz - Highly Commended

Our Performing Arts students have enjoyed success in the past couple of weeks at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod and we congratulate all of the following ensembles on their outstanding performances:

  • Chamber Choir – awarded First Place in the Secondary School Vocal Ensemble, Years Seven to Twelve Section.
  • Concert Choir - awarded Third Place in the Premier Grade, Harley Mead Award Open Age Section.
  • Chamber Orchestra - awarded Second Place in the Secondary School Age String Instrument Ensemble Years Seven to Twelve.
  • Sinfonia - awarded Second Place in the Secondary School String Orchestra or Ensemble – A Grade Years Seven to Twelve
  • Eclipse performed in the genres of jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop.  The students performed with great energy and enthusiasm in their highly contested categories against a large number of other schools.  Students were awarded with Third Place in hip hop and Highly Commended for their jazz routine.

The Brisbane International Youth Music Festival, founded by our strings specialist, prominent violinist and teacher, Mr Emin Tagiev was held at our campus from Friday 10 August to Sunday 12 August.  This festival provides gifted young musicians with the opportunity to develop and showcase their abilities through competition, education and mentorship.  Young musicians of all performing abilities were encouraged to participate and take full advantage of receiving highly professional feedback from handpicked internationally acclaimed judges and perform in a final gala concert with the BIYMF Orchestra.  We congratulate Year Nine student, Tina Gallo who progressed through to the Semi-Finals and Year Twelve student, Chae Eun Oh on her Third Place award in the Finals.


Over 70 students from Prep to Year Twelve in our String Programme and of all abilities took up the opportunity to perform in our String Recitals evening held on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 August in the Stephen Bean Theatre.  Parents and friends enjoyed performances over two sessions each evening where students displayed their hard work and talent this year.

Upcoming Dates


Friday 24 August - Live at the Piazza

Saturday 25 August - Southside String Festival

Friday 31 August - Live at Piazza

Friday 7 September - Cabaret Evening

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

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September - AASCF States Cheerleading Competition

Monday 17 September - Performance Evening

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


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

From the Director of Sports and Activities

                                TAS SPORTS

Another glorious day saw JPC take on Canterbury in what was the halfway point of the Term Three TAS competition.


Basketball secured five wins from six games on the day. The Year Eight team again put up very impressive numbers winning 56-11 while the Firsts team had to work hard to secure a 46-38 win.


Year Nine found it difficult up against a much bigger team, but despite missing key players to injury, still played hard to the very end eventually going down 38-22. In other games Year Seven won 55-30 and the Seconds walked away with a 35-24 win.

In Volleyball the spoils were shared with a total of three wins and three losses. The seniors lead the way with three dominant performances with the Year Ten, Seconds and Firsts teams all securing straight sets wins.

Touch football had a tough day at the office dropping all six games but again played with great determination and demonstrated tremendous spirit throughout. The Firsts team showed some attacking brilliance to score eight touchdowns but went down narrowly in the end 10-8.

Finally, in football, JPC teams continue to go from strength to strength not losing a game with the Year Ten team finishing in a three-all draw. The Second XI put on a masterclass running away with a 7-0 win while the First XI had to work hard for their 3-0 win. The Year Seven, Eight and Nine teams showed great skill running out 5-1, 5-2 and 9-4 winners.


Overall, another successful morning of JPC Sport #JPCpride


QLD Volleyball Senior Schools Cup 

Senior Boys Volleyball Team

On 10-12 August the JPC Senior Boys Volleyball team competed in Division One at the QLD Volleyball Senior Schools Cup at Runaway Bay. After losing their first game to Mansfield State High School they regrouped to win the next five matches against some tough competition from Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Redeemer College, Aldridge, Beaudesert and Burnside State High Schools.


The boys won the first set against Mansfield State High in the final, but then dropped the second. They were down 3-11 in the third before fighting back to take the third set and the Gold Medal!


Thanks to Monique Fulcher for her excellent coaching and for keeping the boys calm under enormous pressure.


This win tops off a stellar two years for the boys who are fairly recent participants in the sport of volleyball. Congratulations boys!


Tennis Super 10s for Queensland

Year Four student Lachlan Kohl has been selected to be part of this tennis season's Super 10s for Queensland. He competed in a challenge day with over 60 boys (aged ten and under) in Queensland and is one of only 16 boys selected for this season!


We are so proud of Lachlan and can’t wait to see him work with the Queensland Tennis Australia talent coaches and managers in September!


Logan District Athletics Carnival (13 - 19 Years)

Congratulations to all members of the John Paul College Logan District Team for an outstanding performance at the 2018 Logan District Athletics Carnival held last week.


All of our athletes performed exceptionally well winning the Overall School of the carnival and the following Age Group trophies:

  • Overall Junior Boys champion
  • Overall Junior Girls champion
  • Overall Senior Boys champion
  • Aggregate trophy

Special congratulations also to those athletics who won individual age champions:

  • Jessica Smith – Year Twelve
  • Brian Foster – Year Eleven
  • Giannah Purnell – Year Eight
  • Isaiah Riquelme – Year Eight

Great work by all students involved and thank you to all staff and coaches that made the day a success. We have over 50 students selected for the district team to compete at the regional championships in a couple of weeks. A fantastic collective effort.


John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

In August, the nation celebrates Multicultural Month but every month at John Paul College is a celebration of multiculturalism.


This is especially evident in our JPIC classrooms as our teachers work with international students to prepare them for success at John Paul College and university.


Recently, we profiled Robin Rough, and this week we profile another of our long-term High School preparation teachers, Mary Gabriel. Multi-culturalism is also the focus in Class 3A.


Staff Profile: Mrs Gabriel (Level Three teacher)

How long have you been teaching? I have taught English to speakers of other languages without a break since 1980, sixteen years at JPIC.


Previous careers? My passion has always been teaching but parallel to that, I have worked as a translator, interpreter and subtitlist, all of which I found very interesting but complex, requiring concentration, clarity and accuracy.


Have you taught in other countries? Do you speak any other languages? I come from a multicultural background and have lived, studied and taught in different countries on three continents – Europe, Africa, and America.   I also speak Greek, French and Italian and have studied Ancient Greek and Latin over many years.


Living and working in different countries has helped me in the JPIC classroom, as I gained a clearer idea of how cultures process the same information in different ways.  I find this experience has allowed me to become more open, tolerant and respectful which has led to more creativity in my approach to teaching and definitely more compassion, concern and connection with my students. 


Any interesting hobbies? I love gardening and travel.  Travelling from a very young age has inspired a very large fridge magnet collection from around the world. I am also a philatelist (stamp collector), deltiologist (postcard collector) and coin collector. Items in my collections since childhood come from all over the world. It is easy to understand why I have chosen to live in multicultural Australia and to teach at JPIC.

Focus on 3A

Level 3A class is a perfect example of what it is like to study in a multi-cultural environment. Students come from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. By Week Five, students understood what is expected of them, identified their goals, and were actively working towards achieving success.


As Friday was the last day for our four short-term students, 3A students organised a farewell party, which was a huge success. They celebrated new friendships, new experiences and enjoyed food and music from different cultures. Some students printed flags of their country and sang songs in their mother tongue as well as in English. It was a sad day but that changed when one student said, “We’ll keep in touch! I will never forget you!” and another “I’ll be back soon!”

Study Abroad Experiences


JPIC Study Tours showcases the College grounds, students and learning spaces to overseas students and staff from all over the world. Over the last few weeks, the College has hosted 210 students from Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan. The success of this busy period is due to the collaboration and hospitality of the whole JPC community.


Bunri Study Tour (Japan)

This year marked Bunri High School’s 20th Anniversary Study Tour. The Japanese Study Tour group are one of JPIC’s longest standing partners and it is always a pleasure to host these students. JPIC marked the special occasion with a 20th Anniversary graduation ceremony attended by homestay families.



Mimata Study Tour (Japan)

Mimata Study Tour has been coming to the College every year for approximately 20 Years. The students are winners of a local Japanese council competition and are always very keen to learn all about Australia. This year, the students got to experience Indigenous culture hands-on and had a great time.



Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

The Assistant Director's Blog

Dietician Review

Over the past term Fenton Village has undergone a review of our current boarding menu. With the help of the dedicated dietician team at EatSmart Nutrition, a full review of breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner was conducted. Boarders had the opportunity to provide EatSmart Nutrition with feedback on the boarding food, both in survey and written feedback form. Following feedback from the boarders, a full review and revamp of the menu took change.


The feedback provided has given the staff and chefs a chance to extend ourselves to create some new menu items as well as providing a greater variety of food throughout the whole menu. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea has now changed to a three week rotating menu with dinner changing to a four week rotating menu. The key messages from the dietician to boarders was simple: if you have not seen the food before do not be afraid to try it! The dietician review will have a follow up survey to see the change in the boarders perception of the menu changes at Fenton Village.

Academic Enrichment Update

It is my great pleasure to announce that for the rest of the year, our academic preparation sessions at Gorman, we has acquired two new teachers from the day school. Miss Jacqui Woods (Science) and Miss Joelle Davies (English and VET) will be joining current boarding staff Mr Zac MIlverton (JPIC and Science), Miss Charlotte Walters (History and English) and Miss Jemma Benzies (Physics, Maths and English). This will be a massive benefit to the Academic Enrichment Programme, providing students with direct connections to some of their teachers in a more personalised learning environment.


We would like extend a warm welcome to both Miss Woods and Miss Davies for joining our academic boarding staff.


Mr Tim Christie

Assistant Director of Boarding

Dates to Remember


25 August - OptiMIND Tournament, Bradley and Gorman Buildings, Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre

25 August - JTAS Term Three Round 5

25 August - TAS Trimester Three Round 6, JPC vs St John's, St John's Anglican College

26 August - Year Six into Year Seven Parent Information Evening

28 August - Kindy A and C Fathers Day Celebrations, Kindergarten Building

29 August - Primary School Father's Day Stall, ARC

29 August - Kindy B and E Father's Day Celebrations, Kindergarten Building

29 August - Subject Selection Evening, Gorman Centre

30 August - Interhouse Singing Competition rehearsal

30 August - Primary School Student Led Conferences, Primary Precinct

30 August - Kindy D and Pre K Father's Day Celebrations, Kindergarten Building

31 August - Foundation Day Assembly (Years Seven-Twelve), Coleman Centre

31 August - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre


1 September - JTAS Term Three Round 6

1 September - TAS Trimester Three Round 7, JPC vs WMAC, John Paul College

2 September - Friends of Netball Colour Explosion Fun Run, Cec Munns Sports Centre

3 September - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

4 September - QCS, Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre

4 September - Primary School Student Led Conferences, Primary Precinct

4 - 5 September - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

6 - 7 September -  PYP Exhibition, Wesley Building

6 -7 September - 10-19 years Regional Athletics Carnival, QSAC

6 September - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Lecture Theatre

7 September - Prep Outdoor Classroom Day, Campus Grounds

7 September - Cabaret Night

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, TBA

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

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

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

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 - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

18 September - JPIC Carnival, Stephen Bowers Oval

18 September - TAS Athletics Carnival, QSAC

19 September - Year Eleven Retreat

19 September - Middle School Design Day, Middle School Precinct

19 September - JPIOC 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 - 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 3 CONCLUDES

22 September - Boarder Travel Day

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


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