19 October 2018
Issue 030
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

Students' Voice

This week, we hear from our Year Two students who have been investigating their personal significance. They were very excited to share their learning to parents and special friends at their Expo on Friday.


Children's Screen Time

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released analysis of Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children (LSAC) data, which reveals that a majority of Australian children are spending more than the recommended two-hour daily limit for screen time (watching television, on computers and playing electronic games).


On average, children aged four to five spend more than two hours in front of screens per week day. By 12-13 years, this increases to more than three hours on average per week day and almost four hours per weekend day. This means that up to 30% of a child’s waking time is spent in front of a screen.

Other findings include:

  • TV is children’s main form of screen time, accounting for about 60% of total screen time.
  • By 13 years of age, the daily average was 150 minutes watching TV compared to 60 minutes on a computer and 45 minutes gaming.
  • Around 60% of children aged four to five reported having more than two household TVs.
  • Around 20% of children aged six to seven have a TV in their bedroom; at 12-13 years this climbs to 45%.
  • The percentage of children spending at least one hour per weekday on a computer or gaming increases from 25% at age six to 53% by age 11.
  • Boys play more games than girls, with 85% of 12-13 year boys gaming for at least an hour per weekend day, compared to 58% of girls.

This Week at the College

Thank you to Mrs Bowness and all who participated in the final Charity Shield Event for the year,  'Take a Hike', which supports the work of the AEIOU Foundation. Recognition is especially in order, given the dismal, rainy conditions they experienced.


Our Grandparents and Special Friends morning was a lovely occasion with a beautiful performance concert followed by our special guests joining Primary School students in their classrooms. Thank you to all involved for making this such a special time.


At our Prize Reading Assembly yesterday, we announced students who would be receiving academic and other special prizes at Speech Night on 5 November. Congratulations to all. Please click on the JPConnect link to access the Speech Night Award criteria.

Congratulations to:

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])

  • Our International Baccalaureate Art students and their teacher, Ms Cordner, for their exhibition that they hosted last week.
  • Our Primary School Opti-MINDS students who came second within the Social Sciences division of the Opti-MINDS Challenge state finals.
  • Our Senior School Titration team that placed eighth in Australia and second in Queensland out of 177 teams in the final of National Titration Competition. They received a score of 137 and an 'Excellent' team award. 
  • Mrs Lucy McKechie, who over the September break, presented at the biannual Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference (ANBOC).


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's desk

This week on SchoolTV - Exam Stress (Special Report) students in their final year of school are considered a high-risk group for depression and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, diet and social media are some of the biggest issues faced by this group of teens. Therefore it is vitally important that a student's mental health is looked after as well as their physical health.

Keeping things in perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although this final year is important, it is not necessarily the most important year of your child's life.

There are many strategies that students can implement to help themselves. Parents can provide support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping their child well nourished and encouraging physical activity.

In this special report, parents will find useful tips to support their child during this often stressful time. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information. Please click here to view the special report: 



Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

JPC Announcements

John Paul College Speech Night 2018 - Bus Bookings

This year, our annual Speech Night is to be held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in the Concert Hall on Monday 5 November commencing at 7.00pm.


This occasion requires compulsory attendance of all students in Years Six to Twelve.


Date:  Monday, 5 November 2018

Year levels:  Years Six to Twelve

Roll Call:  6.15pm

Event Start:  7.00pm

Venue:  Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Grey St, South Brisbane


Audience seating will be limited. Families will, for this reason, be limited to two seats to maximise the number of families able to attend and share this special occasion. Parents are asked to book online and print tickets via the QTIX website. There will be no cost, but parents and guests must have an official pre-booked ticket to enter the Concert Hall. Parents of prize winners and performers will receive first access to the online booking system.


For your convenience, we will also be providing courtesy buses to and from Speech Night for prize winners, performers and the general student population (for students whose parents cannot attend). Buses will depart the College at 5.00pm to travel to QPAC and return to the campus between 10.00pm and 10.30pm for student collection from John Paul College. Please note that if you select this option, your son or daughter will not be permitted to leave QPAC at the conclusion of Speech Night other than by the allocated John Paul College buses. They will be escorted in groups to buses and return immediately to the College.


Students will have the option of catching the bus both ways or one way, to or from QPAC. If not catching a John Paul College bus, all other students will be released from the Concert Hall for collection by their parents. Bus bookings must be completed online via the following link which can also be accessed on the Events and Bookings page of the John Paul College corporate website at www.johnpaulcollege.com.au
To book your child's seat on the Speech Night bus, please click Bus Bookings.
To view the Speech Night letter forwarded to Years Six to Twelve families please click on the PDF below.


Instagram Photo Competition

Calling all amateur and professional photographers! We want you to share your best shot with us. The theme is JPC Family! We are looking for those special moments that you have captured on campus. It could be of your family, your friends or even your favourite campus places.



What is up for grabs??
First prize – A $250 gift voucher to the beautiful SONO Japanese Restaurant at Portside Wharf
Second prize – A family portrait from the talented Studio Kirby


How do you enter?
1) Upload to Instagram your ‘JPC Family’ photo
2) Tag @johnpaulcollegeqld
3) Hashtag #JPCqld or #JPCpride
4) Follow John Paul College @johnpaulcollegeqld

Your photograph must be digital (mobile photography is encouraged) or shot on film, taken within the past 6 months. Photo manipulation is permitted but the original artwork must be your own.

All images must be in the spirit of the JPC Community Code of Conduct and follow the Community Social Media Policy. See JPConnect for all of our policies.

To enter, post your work and tag us: @johnpaulcollegeqld using the hashtag #JPCqld or #JPCpride. Please remember, your account must be public or we won't be able to see your entry!

The winner will be announced on the 5th of November with the opportunity for content to go in our next Eagle or Yearbook!
All entrants accept the right that images may be used on all John Paul College Social Media channels and print platforms.

Parent Webinar 18 - Schoolies Celebrations - Advice for parents


Independents Schools Queensland is offering a session for parents and staff of Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve students on Thursday, 1st November 2018, from 8.30pm - 9.30pm AEDST.
Parents play an important role in preparing their teens for end-of-year celebrations. If your teenager is planning to partake in Schoolies, it’s important to talk to your teen about their plans. This webinar will draw together three groups integrally involved in the safe running of Schoolies celebrations each year across Australia and internationally:
* Safer Schoolies Initiative (QLD Government) - Is a whole of government response to the Schoolies holiday season across Queensland. The Queensland Government does not promote Schoolies, rather works in partnership with local council and community groups to provide diversionary activities, support services and safety initiatives to help young people stay safe during end-of-school celebrations and minimise potential impacts of these gatherings on local communities. There are two key Schoolies locations across Queensland - Airlie Beach and the Gold Coast. Each location provides services to support school-leavers, including street patrols, walk-home services, schoolies-only areas, free water and medical assistance.
* Red Frog Group - In 1997,  Red Frogs Australia founder Andy Gourley hit Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast with his skateboarding mates and realised the need for a designated sober person. Over the next 20 years, Red Frogs grew to be the largest harm-prevention program in Australia for both Schoolies and universities. In situations such as Schoolies/Leavers Week, excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances means that things can often get out of hand and potentially alter the direction of a young person’s future. The Red Frog crew act as the eyes and ears in accommodation venues and out on the streets, providing a positive peer presence to school leavers. Each year over 1500 Red Frog volunteers provide direct relief, safety and support to young people during Schoolies Week across 17 locations nationally and internationally.
* Schoolies.com - Matt Lloyd (Managing Director) will outline tips and advice for the practicalities of booking accommodation etc. for Schoolie venues across the country. Schoolies.com is in its 30th year of operation with over 580,000 students having used their services in that time. They offer centralised, online (or telephone) booking service for over 140 properties in all popular schoolies destinations nationally (QLD, NSW,VIC, WA) and internationally (Bali, Fiji). Packages offered to students include Photo ID passes, 24 Hour helpline for students/parents/property managers plus additional security arrangements.
Please note – PARENTS do NOT need to register – they just turn up at the following link at the advertised time - https://zoom.us/j/107557266


Parents will NOT be required to speak or be seen on video. They will however be encouraged to interact and ask questions through a text chat tool.  


First time zoom "Webinar" users should view: 

Detail & Registration


When: Thursday, 1 November 2018 8:30- 9:30PM Time (ACT, NSW, Victoria)
Presenter/Provider: Various
Target Audience: Parents and staff of Yr 10,11 & 12
Channel: Special Event

Update Your Details

We are often reminded that effective communication with parents is paramount to maintaining our excellent relationships. In order for our administration team to efficiently and effectively communicate with all families, please take the time to notify the College of any changes of details including:

  • changes to residential or postal addresses
  • mobile phone or home phone numbers
  • email addresses
  • emergency contact details
  • family status e.g. changes to primary carers

If your details have changed – please complete the Update Your Details form on JPConnect by logging onto JPConnect Parent Portal, select Family Management, select Update Details. 


Click here to access JPConnect.  

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.



Think U Know - Cybersafety @JPC

John Paul College invites parents, cares and teachers to attend a free ThinkUKnow session about cybersafety.


ThinkUKnow is an internet safety initiative which aims to raise awareness of the issues which young people face online.  It is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft Australia. The 60-75 minute presentation, which includes time for Q&A, is delivered by accredited volunteers.


Date: Wednesday 24 October, 2018

When: 6.00pm start

Where: Gorman Centre Lecture Theatre

Cost: Free ticketed event


To book your ticket please click here.


Please Note:  Due to the content of the presentation, the Presenter has asked that no children attend the presentation.


It is never too early, or too late, to prepare yourself for the online world. In this session you will learn about technologies children are using and challenges faced. Most importantly, if things do go wrong they will teach you where to go so you are never alone.

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: Can I have a look at the type of activity that is completed in class by children?


Response: The ENGAGE area of JPConnect displays the courses for each child in the family. The courses are made up of an overview (Primary and Secondary) and, as appropriate, individual investigations and engagement that have taken place during the day (Secondary.) Parents and carers see same content and resources that the students access from within SEQTA Learn.

How to display the courses and lessons

a. Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/

b. Access the “Engage” tab from the top menu. When using a mobile device it will be necessary to select the “hamburger”  to display the side menu.



c. Select “Courses” on the side menu.


d. Make the specific selections needed to display the courses for the required child and select the required course.


In the following example, the “Senior Economics (2020)” course has been selected and by default, the “Cover page” is displayed.


All the lesson dates are displayed in the list, however it is possible to navigate to the content for “Today” using the link at the top of the lesson listing.


e. Each subject and lesson will be presented in a way that is contextual for the class. Lesson support resources are extremely varied and may include elements such as learning goals, explanations, resource collections (including video references, documents, web links, PowerPoint presentations), activity guides, exemplars and homework challenges.


Some courses present a “unit” or “week at a time” overview while others present a linear lesson-by-lesson guide.


Year Seven Science Sample – Weekly Overview


Linear Lesson by Lesson Samples

Year Ten Senior Economics Sample and Year Eleven Legal Studies Sample


f. Please note that the content displayed is created in applications that are available to the students on the College issued notebook and therefore may not open on a personal device that does not have the appropriate software installed. In addition, some links in the lesson are to collaborative tools that are limited specifically to the students in the class for example OneNote books or Common Room resources.

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 Two, Term Four

I was recently reading a report from the World Economic Forum that stated that almost 65% of the jobs that our students will be doing in the future do not even exist at the present time. This is a scary thought, but it does give us a very clear insight into what we need to be educating our young people for. Another report I recently read by educationist Tony Wagner suggested there are seven key skills students will need in order to adequately equip them for these changes.


Over the next few weeks I would like to highlight a couple of skills that, like Wagner, I believe our young people will absolutely need.


The first two are Critical Thinking/Problem Solving and Collaboration


Critical Thinking will become even more important in the future as teams of people work on problems that require very diverse skills rather than having just focussed and specific skills. In the future it is predicted that identifying problems and questions will only be the beginning of many careers. Employers will want people who can ask really good questions so that they can start to solve specific problems! Asking the questions will become paramount. This is what critical thinking is all about.


The second key skill that is identified in the report by Wagner is that collaboration and networking are becoming increasingly important. Already more and more people are working together in different offices, towns and countries across the world. People are working on the cloud and currently huge numbers of organisations are using digital technologies to work in real time across the entire planet. Technology is transcending physical and geographical boundaries. People are increasingly being required to share, question, think and take into consideration other people’s thinking and be able to communicate their findings. This is collaboration and networking.


A school must therefore not only educate its students to meet the current needs and circumstances they face, but also give students opportunities and experiences that will allow them to grow these skills and set them up for the future. These are the challenges we at John Paul College are taking into account when we design our curriculum and courses for our current students.

Premier’s Launch on Cyberbullying

Mrs Jan MacNamara escorted Farah Solwa and Shreyas Raman to the Premier’s Launch on Cyberbullying last week. They were excellent ambassadors for the College and confidently engaged in discussion and review with so many who attended the event including the Premier Ms Annastacia Palaszczuk, Labour Member for Springwood Mr Mick de Brenni and the Executive Director of Independent Schools Queensland , Mr David Robertson. The students had some background information in preparation for the event and then conducted further personal research. They were definitely thoughtful and informed in their discussions with the guests at our table including Mick de Brenni. There were approximately 120 guests at the event and the panel did field questions from the students in attendance (approximately 20 students). Five questions were taken from the floor (only students were invited to ask questions) and Farah and Shreyas posed two of those:


Shreyas’s question was around support that could be offered for the most vulnerable in our community – how was this to be achieved


Farah’s question was around ways of working to make the support that young people need in this space more accessible.


Mick de Brenni then invited our two students to attend the after-event press conference and that was how they had the opportunity to then speak and engage with the Premier.


There was much discussion on the ride home in the taxi because Farah and Shreyas were definitely motivated to work through their leadership councils to make a difference in this area. Farah has already set up a meeting to go through some preliminary thinking and “hatch a plan” to develop a local JPC technical solution that would make resources and tools more accessible for our young people and Shreyas has co-opted two more students to be part of this planning session.


From the Head of Careers and Pathways…

Looking for work over the year-end holidays?

Jobs With Coles

With Christmas fast approaching we have positions available now, with the opportunity to pick up extra hours over the busy holiday period.

We are looking for the very best, who share our passion for people, products and customer service, to join the team.

No experience? No problem! Coles is an awesome starting point for your first job. 

These opportunities would be perfect for school students, as we require afternoon availability during the week and also flexible availability over the weekends.

There are some great advantages to joining the Coles team, including making new friends, gaining work skills and building self-confidence while working across a variety of different departments.

Applying is as easy as 1,2,3...

Lodge an expression of interest application online

1. Visit ColesCareers.com.au and click on Job Search
2. Click on Express Your Interest and Apply Now
3. Can't find something right for you? Tell us where you want to work and we'll email you when a job becomes available


Mr Steve Cuthbert

Head of Careers and Pathways

Lost Property

Just a reminder that as from this term, all lost property will now be located at the Retail Centre. If your child is missing an item, they will now need to visit the Retail Centre.

Dates to Note:

Monday 22 October  - Year Twelve Formal

Wednesday 24 October - Cyber-safety presentation for parents

Thursday 25 October - Year Seven, Eight and Nine ATAR Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 31 October to Friday 2 November - Year Twelve Exam Block

Monday 5 November - SPEECH NIGHT

Friday 16 November - Valedictory Day (Year Twelve)


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School


On Thursday’s Assembly we announced the Speech Night prize recipients for 2018 across the academic, sport, activities and performing arts areas of the College. I congratulate all recipients and look forward to officially recognising all students on these achievements at Speech Night on Monday 5th November at QPAC.


We congratulate Year Eight student, Heidi Dennis on her Blue Award for athletics.  The following students have received a High Distinction or Honours award in their recent Australian Music Exam: Aurelia Gallo, Oliver Radcliffe, Amelie Baron, Tina Gallo and Sergei Prosvirnov. Congratulations to all the above students on these outstanding achievements.

TAS Sports Review Conference

Last Thursday, Mr Kerley, Mr Gordon and I attended the TAS Sports Review Conference to discuss the recommendations which emerged out of the TAS Sports Review survey conducted across the eight member schools. The conference brought together Principals, Heads of School and Directors of Sports from across each school, and enabled rich discussion about the way forward for sport offerings and the format of TAS sport from 2020. After considering data from the survey, the participants shared opinions regarding key recommendations which covered alignment of JTAS and TAS competitions, the inclusion of certain team sports for girls (cricket, football and rugby 7s), and the opportunity for some mixed sports such as touch football. Following the conference, the eight TAS School Principals will consider the final recommendations and decide upon the format of TAS sport from 2020. I thank all members of the John Paul College community who participated in the survey and focus groups conducted by Griffith University, and look forward with great anticipation to the final outcomes for the TAS competition from 2020.

Cyber safety – Brett Lee Presentation

Last Wednesday our Year Seven, Eight and Nine cohorts participated in a presentation on cyber safety from renowned cyber safety expert, Brett Lee. His presentation covered a range of topics to inform thinking of young people around appropriate use and safe behaviours online. Some of his key messages included:

  • The internet is a public place. Nothing you post can be considered as private
  • You control your experience on the internet. If you feel uncomfortable, speak to someone
  • Look at the settings on your social media apps and turn off the location functions
  • You can be held liable for what you publish
  • Be the person on the internet that you are in real life
  • Do not send or post anything you would not want others (parents, friends, family, authorities) to see.


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School

Dear Parents,

We need to have a conversation with our children about respectful relationships.

Most of us would be of an age that recalls the 1989 science fiction comedy film, “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” An entertaining film, with a simple, yet inspiring quote, “Be excellent to each other.”


Recently, we have a heightened awareness that the behaviour choices of some of our students have not been respectful. This was also highlighted by our parents in the parent survey earlier this year. This at times can involve both boys and girls. It’s important to us that all students feel safe and supported when at school and that we foster a culture of mutual respect, fairness and kindness. We are particularly concerned about some year level attitudes from our boys to our girls. We want to address this promptly and effectively.


I am confident we all want the best for our children.  We want them to have positive experiences, healthy relationships and opportunities to learn. We want them to respect others, and respect themselves.


It is important we don’t dismiss concerning behaviours in the pre-teen years and that we understand the cycle of violence. Not all disrespectful behaviour results in violence.  But all violence starts with disrespectful behaviour.  The conversations we have with our young boys and girls now, will shape them into the adults our world needs them to be.


We need to do this together and we need you to support important conversations we will be having with your child. I want to affirm that we need you to closely monitor all cyber access your child has on devices with access to the InterWeb. We need you to also not encourage special friendships that could be communicated as boyfriend or girlfriend. We need our boys and girls to put their energy into the things that are special about their current age. We are a long time grown up. Let’s encourage our children to not rush these important developmental years.


As a community, we work together to set high expectations and to model high expectations. “It takes a village to raise a child” is an appropriate quote to reflect the partnership we have in ensuring we all play our part in educating our young people in high standards of respectful interactions with others.

Be excellent to each other!


Attached Helpful Resources:

Steve Biddulph, Australian psychologist and author of best-selling book “Raising Boys,” says we can learn to raise boys better than before, and that it begins with understanding that boys develop differently to girls.


"Boys when they are born, they are already behind girls in brain development and the problem with that is it means they are more vulnerable to stress and anxiety in the first 12 months," he said.


Biddulph said parents can help reduce stress and anxiety by realising that boys will go through two particularly active and potentially troublesome stages at ages four and eight.


"We have to allow for the fact that they are a very energetic little animal and they need to move around," he said.


"This is helpful evidence for parents because it means if you understand it, you won't just feel you are a bad parent or your child is a bad boy."


Finally, Biddulph put responsibility back on dads in particular, to step up and be good role models.

He said if boys wanted to learn about "healthy manhood" they needed to see male role models show a wide range of emotions and be willing to talk through issues.


"If he is not able to say when he is scared or sad, then he might turn that into anger," Biddulph said. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-11/toxic-masculinity-and-steve-biddulph-tips-for-raising-boys/9745760


Melinda Wenner Moyer is a science writer based in Cold Spring, New York, and is Slate’s science-based parenting columnist.


Strategy No. 1: Make your boys feel as comfortable as possible experiencing and discussing emotions. We tell our crying sons to buck up or even (cringe) to stop acting like a girl. Yet casting boys as stoic and physical and girls as weak and emotional sends the message that one gender has power and competence and the other does not. “Parents need to understand that what we might think of as a benign statement can set the stage for the legitimization of violence against girls and women—and it can start as simple as with, Don’t be a sook, or Don’t throw like a girl,” says Dorothy Espelage, a psychologist at the University of Florida.


Strategy No. 2: Teach your kids to set and respect physical boundaries. Let’s say Grandma arrives for a visit and you instruct your kids to give her a hug. Sounds innocent enough but doing so teaches kids that it’s OK to force or be forced to embrace someone. Instead, you can request that they hug but not require it. “What feels most comfortable to me is when people say, I would love a hug from you if you’d like to give me a hug,” Kernsmith says—but reassure them it’s fine if they don’t want to.


Strategy No. 3: Model respectful behaviour and regularly engage with your kids about what that means. “Kids tend to notice what you do, much more than what you say,” says Mark Van Ryzin, an educational psychologist at the University of Oregon. Boys learn a lot from watching how Dad treats Mum and from how conflicts are resolved within the family. “If boys are living in households where there’s verbal hostility displayed towards their mothers or sisters or towards other women, they’re going to learn those attitudes or values themselves,” Moilanen says. So to the extent that you can, set the family expectation that everyone is respected, listened to, and treated fairly. This includes your own respect for your kids: The goal is to engage in “really thoughtful, purposeful, child-responsive parenting,” Moilanen says. Research suggests that regularly yelling at and domineering your kids increases the risk that they’ll act aggressively toward dating partners, while setting clear limits and being supportive has the opposite effect.


How should you handle it if your son does something you consider aggressive or disrespectful? Rothman says that it’s a good idea to call it out in the moment and say something like, The way that you’re touching your sister right now is inappropriate, but that you should also bring the topic back up later, when everyone is calmer. “Reassure them that you love them, so that they just don’t crumple,” Rothman says, and then go on to say something like, Usually you treat your sister so well and so respectfully, but yesterday, you did something that did upset me. It may help to talk about consequences, too, Rothman says—that if he were to grab someone at school that way, he might get sent to the Principal’s office, or that this kind of behaviour as an adult, is illegal. Discussing consequences also underscores the notion of personal accountability, which is crucial to instil in boys, too – including that “there really is nothing that mitigates responsibility,” Moilanen says (including alcohol).


And if you observe your son saying something sexist - I once heard a child announce that he and his friends don’t play soccer with girls because they aren’t as good and cry too much, then admonishing isn’t necessarily the best approach. Instead, it can be smart to engage with him more thoughtfully. “A well-meaning parent will say, That’s not fair, you should let the girls play too,” Rothman says (which I’m pretty sure is what I did at the time). However, then your kid will hear that he did something wrong but won’t have any reason to reconsider his opinion on playing with girls. Instead, it would have been wise for me to ask questions and start a broader conversation. As Rothman explained, I could have asked why he thinks girls cry more than boys and then talk to him about social norms; or I could have asked what he thinks would have happened if he had let them play, and why it might have felt good to be inclusive.


Ideally, parents should have conversations with their sons about these kinds of issues whenever teachable moments present themselves. Don’t just formally sit your child down once a year, but make it a casual and regular part of family discussions. That’s not just because your child will better absorb things that way, but because he’ll also feel more comfortable talking to you when difficult or confusing situations arise. And if your son is old enough to follow the news, use what’s happening to get the conversations going, as there are plenty of opportunities these days. If we’re going to be continuously bombarded with bad examples, we might as well use them to raise better kids.


Mr Andy Gordon 

Head of Primary School

Opti-MINDS State Finals

Last weekend, the Primary School Social Sciences team participated in the 2018 State Finals. The team’s participation in the finals required them to apply critical and creative thinking and to collaborate effectively to find solutions to real-world challenges. This event celebrated academic excellence and was an opportunity for students who have a passion for learning and problem solving, to showcase their skills and talents.


The team members, Zoe Kirov, Travis Kloer, Alfie Sim, Preston Chi and Anton van Dillewijn, have been guided through the process by their team facilitator, Miss Yolanda Aspland. Over the weekend event, the team were presented with a challenge which involved creating a play about discovering a time capsule from the future. Together, the team had to brainstorm three linking objects that would be placed in the time capsule to create a significant message for the future. The team chose to focus their creative play on protecting life below the water.


Team member, Travis Kloer, explained that, “this experience involved all team members in collaboration and cooperation to find real-world solutions. Although challenging, we had great fun at the same time.”


Preston Chi, another member of the team reflected on the experience. “We used creativity to power us through to the end and to help us spread our message about life below the water.”


The Opti-MINDS co-curricular is just one of the many enrichment opportunities in the Primary School which challenges, extends and empowers our students to think, create and communicate in a diverse range of settings.

Library Learning

Do You Have Six Minutes in Your Day to Improve Your Results? 

Six minutes…360 seconds. It’s not a big chunk out of your day but statistics show that reading for just this small period can make a huge difference for all students, not just in their school marks but for their long-term prospects. Results also showed that the longer students read each day, the greater the improvement. The article 10 Staggering Statistics About Struggling Readers and Reading Growth has some magic numbers to help encourage struggling readers.


In the study, students who started the year in the bottom quarter of reading achievement, improved drastically after spending more time reading. ‘Kids who read more words, spent more time reading each day and read with greater understanding pulled ahead to end the year meeting college- and career-readiness benchmarks for their grade.’ Some interesting points from the article are below. You can read the entire article here.


The study indicated that 54% of all students do not get enough reading practice.


A longitudinal study of nearly 4,000 students found that close to 1 in 4 students with ‘below-basic’ reading skills in third grade had not graduated high school by age 19. In comparison, only 1 in 25 students who were ‘proficient’ readers in third grade did not graduate.


Researchers estimate children learn one new word for every 1,000 words read. That means that students who read on average 30 minutes or more every day between Kindergarten and Year Twelve are estimated to encounter 13.7 million words—so they should learn around 13,700 new vocabulary words from independent reading practice alone. In contrast, students who read less than 15 minutes per day would learn only 1,500 new vocabulary words from reading. That’s a vocabulary gap of 12,200 words!


Students who set personalised goals as part of a research-based reading practice programme read 35 more minutes a day, read more difficult books, and had 4% higher literal comprehension scores than students who used the same programme but without set goals.


So, the message we take from this is to set personal reading goals and read, read, read!


Campaign for School Libraries

This week saw the official launch of an Australia-wide campaign to remind communities of the value of school libraries to the quality of a student’s education and experiences in reading. The aim of the campaign is to ensure that every student has a school library run by a team of qualified library staff led by a teacher librarian. Leading the charge in support for the campaign are authors Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and Morris Gleitzman. Read more about the campaign here.


Over the next few weeks, the teacher librarian team will be conducting informal surveys and gathering feedback from students and parents about what our school library means to them and how we can improve our services for our community.

Chills with Gothic and Horror

A new display for Middle and Senior students is set to raise goose bumps, shoot spine-tingling chills and keep the lights on all night. The gothic and horror display supports the Year Eight foray into gothic fiction as they undertake their studies in narrative.


The horror genre is experiencing a surge in popularity, particularly in the young adult market. An article in Junior: The Magazine For Books  reports that the craze for dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games has progressed to a fascination of horror. The dystopian genre looks at the fears we have for the future of our society but horror is all about the danger that is right here right now. The monster is no longer at the door—it is in the room with you and lying in wait under the bed!


Interestingly, there are several reasons why reading horror in children’s fiction can be beneficial for children and teens. Book reviewer and parent, Paul Goat Allen, suggests these five reasons why children should indulge in some chills and thrills.

  1. It gets children interested—exhilarated—about reading.
  2. By exploring the dark side of humanity and the nature of fear, kids learn more about themselves and hopefully become more empowered because of it.
  3. There are life lessons to be learnt (a healthy dose of fear for dangerous situations).
  4. These stories create a broader knowledge of literature and its history.
  5. Ultimately, reading these kinds of stories is reassuring. The creepy stuff is fiction; it’s in the book and not a part of our everyday lives.

Read more detail here.

Jingle bells...Book Fair is Coming to School

Our Christmas Book Fair will be open from Tuesday 23 October to Monday 29. It is a great time to start your Christmas shopping. Classes will visit throughout the week so look out for your child’s Wish List.


If you pay online at home, please remember to send your form back to school with your receipt number so your books can be given to your child. Orders are filled from the school book fair stocks, not posted from Scholastic.

Book of the Week

Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross

No one is good all the time…

Jek is a science nerd. He and Lulu have been friends since they were little kids but they have recently grown apart, despite Lulu’s desire to try something a little more than friendship.


In the midst of this, a new guy starts showing up at the local parties, quickly earning a reputation as a bad boy. Bad or not, girls and boys alike flock to Hyde and Lulu is no exception in feeling that attraction.


More mysterious is the link between Jek and Hyde. Although nothing alike, Jek seems to have developed a relationship with Hyde; business partner, friend, whatever, something about the relationship, and Hyde, seems off to Lulu and the longer the relationship lasts, the more intertwined the lives of the two become, and the more concerned Lulu becomes for her long-time friend.


As the secrets mount and the mystery deepens and spirals, Lulu becomes determined to find out exactly who Hyde is and exactly what his relationship with Jek is—before it is too late. Recommended for Year Nine and over.


The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

Justin and his mates love making movies, horror movies to be precise. So far they’ve posted three on YouTube that have had a less than lukewarm response. That’s all about to change. Now they are going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever! Budget? Who needs it? Script? Blah…it will be more authentic without one. They have fire and passion…and the beautiful Alicia Howtz as the star.


But one month down the track, not a lot is going well. Justin is feeling the pressure and the movie making trio is about to disintegrate, along with Justin’s dreams for a career in the movie production business. 


Justin just might have to face the sad truth. The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever may actually be The Worst Zombie Movie Ever…


One of the funniest zombie books you will read, if you love the Middle School books by James Patterson, you will love this one. Recommended for Year Six and over.


Chaplain and Community

Building a Sense of Belonging and Community at Freedom Retirement Village

Last term, JPC students had the privilege of getting a sneak peek of the brand new facilities at Freedom Retirement Village which will be able to cater for additional residents. Bob, Daryl and Joan, three of the residents at the retirement village, took the time to walk around and give us a tour of their new facilities. We began our tour by stepping into the brand new cinema room where the residents would now be able to sit back, relax and watch their favourite flicks. We were then led to the hairdressing salon, complete with majestic mirrors and sleek swivel chairs that were somewhat reminiscent of a retro 50s look.


Our next stop on the tour was the fully equipped gym area for relaxation and exercise. The Memory Node, which was just through the corridor from the gym, was where we went next. This part of the tour especially grabbed our attention. It’s a place that has been created to stimulate the memory paths of the residents. It’s a carefully designed space that mirrors a modern family room consisting of a kitchen, dining table and a few lounges, however it’s obvious to see that the architect had the residents in mind; especially when noticing the low benches to cater for the wheelchairs and walkers.

Feeling the cool breeze from the entrance nearby, we were then invited out into the beautifully landscaped garden, complete with high garden beds that allowed the residents to involve themselves in the planting process. Here we found vegetables and a number of herbs. From the delicious cherry tomatoes that were springing up, to the bright flowers that swayed in the wind, you could tell that there was definitely a lot of work that had been put into caring for these plants. In the centre of the garden was a water feature where one could gaze into their own reflection on a clear day. As we looked around at the newly planted trees, we pictured the residents enjoying nature and the great outdoors.


After witnessing the garden, our tour guide directed us to the lift and we went up to the second floor. There were several corridors on this floor, and Jo, the lifestyle co-ordinator of Freedom, took us in to look at one of the newly built self-contained apartments. Each of these rooms had its own control panel that controlled everything from the air-conditioning to visitation monitors. The tour had finally ended and we found ourselves walking back along the corridor that adjoins the rest of the facility. We had seen how important it was for the architect to create a space for the elderly, a place that encompassed comfort and contemporary living. 


Reflecting back on our year, we have certainly built great relationships with our friends at Freedom in 2018 by visiting them every Wednesday afternoon. Playing scrabble, chatting, sharing ideas and constantly learning about the people in our community has been very enjoyable to say the least, and it’s with a bittersweet sadness that we will have to say farewell to our senior students at the end of this year. We have greatly appreciated their support of the programme. As we welcome new students this term, and in 2019, I believe this programme will continue to bridge the gap between generations and enable us to show charity, love and care in our community as we uphold our motto, ‘Unity, Christ, Learning’.


Article written by Mrs Donna Posala, co-ordinator for the Intergenerational Programme between John Paul College and Freedom Retirement Village.


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

Last Friday, our Primary Performing Arts students entertained a large audience of grandparents, family and friends with their wonderful performances at the annual Grandparent’s Day Concert. 


Congratulations to all of our instrumental, choral, dance and cheer students who proudly displayed their talent and hard work this year with great enthusiasm to a very appreciative audience.



On Wednesday night this week, students in Symphonic Band performed a repertoire of three pieces in the Prestige Music Fest held at Coorparoo Secondary College and were awarded Silver in the Secondary School Concert Band C Grade Section.  Congratulations to all students on a very beautiful performance.

We wish Wind Orchestra and Big Band students well as they compete at Music Fest and the Concert Band Spectacular this weekend.


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


Shanel Neaum (Year Seven) - Percussion - Grade 2

Peter Veneris (Year Ten) - Percussion - Grade 3


Year Twelve  student, Jai Bofinger has competed in several Eisteddfods in 2018 and we congratulate Jai on his well-deserved success in the following competitions.


IPSWICH EISTEDDFOD:  Winner of the Senior Song and Dance Championship, Senior Tap Championship and winner of the Les Griffiths Tap Award.


WYNNUM-MANLY EISTEDDFOD:  Winner of the Senior Song & Dance Championship, Senior Tap Championship and winner of the Senior Ballet Championship.


GOLD COAST EISTEDDFOD:  Winner of the Song and Dance Championship, Tap Championship and winner of the Gold Coast Airport Artistic Development Grant for Dance.


Jai is also a member of the Queensland Theatre Senior Youth Ensemble.


Thank you to all parents and students who attended the Beginner Band information evening on Wednesday night.  We look forward to welcoming new young budding musicians into our band programme in 2019.  If you would like to find out information or join the programme, please contact our co-ordinator, Mrs Amanda Gallo via [email protected]

Upcoming Dates


Friday 19 October - Music Fest - Wind Orchestra

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

Friday 26 October - Music Fest – Sinfonia

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

Monday 29 October - Dance Night – Academic and co-curricular Dance

Tuesday 30 October - Music Fest – Primary Concert Band

Wednesday 31 October - Music Fest – Capriccio Strings

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

Saturday 11 November - Youth Theatresports Senior Grand Final, QUT Gardens Point Theatre


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

Co-Curricular Sport

                              QLD school state championships

Congratulations to Year Nine student Mia Marks and Year Twelve student Toby Marks on their outstanding sporting achievements.


Mia recently competed at the SLSC Endurance QLD State Championships in the 4km run, placing first in the U15 age group, and winning the gold medal.


Toby qualified for the 1500m, 3000m and the 2km steeplechase at regionals to compete in the Queensland School State Championships, being held later this term.  Mia also qualified for the 1500m at these championships.

A special mention to Martina who was selected in the Queensland Under 17 State Squad with further selections for the 2019 State 17’s team to be held in the coming months.

State Indoor Hockey Team

Congratulations to Year Eleven student Danica Martin (U18(1)), Year Ten student Alexandra O'Sullivan (U18(2) and U15(1)) and Year Ten student Alexis Humeniuk Well done and we now wish these girls and the Junior VWC Team goodluck for the upcoming VWC Championships being held next weekend. Come along and watch some awesome netball!!!!!!(U15(2)) who have all been selected to represent South Brisbane Vipers at the upcoming State Indoor Team Challenges. Well done girls!


Club Netball Trials

2019 club netball trials will be held on Saturday, 11 November in the Coleman Centre.

All girls born between 2001 and 2008 are invited to attend these trials.

Please see link below for netball trials registration

Club Netball Trials

Learn to Swim – Pool Closed

Unfortunately due to a technical fault with the pool heating system, the pool will be out of operation until further notice. The College is working to resolve this problem and we are in the process of seeking a consultant’s report. The College apologises for any inconvenience caused to our families.


Updates will be provided on the JPC Aquatics Facebook group page.


Mrs Karen Graham 

Director of Sports and Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Level Three students embrace writing


Level 3A and 3B are multicultural classes with students from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam and Hong Kong.


Since the start of Term Four students have been doing a variety of orientation activities and working on how to talk about themselves and their family. With such a diverse range of cultures, we have had rich conversations about life in their home countries.  The students have worked on writing an email of self-introduction. They have learnt how to write clear paragraphs by starting with a topic sentence, followed by supporting sentences and using a concluding sentence to finish. The students’ introductions have shown creativity and are exciting to read.  Here is an excerpt from Ben Chen’s self-introduction:

In my free time, I like to watch NBA and practice calligraphy. This is because I like playing basketball and I have a favourite basketball player. His shooting is very accurate, and he helps young teammates to perform best in Los Angeles Lakers. I like his all-round skill as well.


The reason why I like to practice calligraphy is because it has thousands of years’ history and it has the most beautiful art works, such as Wang Xizhi’s, the Orchid Pavilion and Mi Fu’s The Shu, Post. I really like it and it can give you the beauty of the visual. So, do you know the basketball player’s name?

Staff Profile: Mrs Lee-Anne Simpson, JPIC Maths

How long have you been teaching?  I have been a teacher since 1999. I have a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Mathematics and English Literature, and also a Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Tasmania in Secondary Mathematics and English.  I have been at John Paul College since January 2014 as a relief teacher in the Senior School and as a Mathematics teacher in JPIC.


Previous careers? I am a mother of two daughters who attend John Paul College.


How many countries have you taught in? I have taught in the Australian states of Tasmania, NSW and Queensland, as well as overseas in England in both state schools and independent schools. I have taught Mathematics, English, Science and SOSE in senior schools and have also taught in upper primary schools as a specialist Mathematics teacher and as a middle school teacher in all core subjects.


Do you speak any other languages? If so, which? I speak English fluently.


Any interesting hobbies? I love playing musical instruments, reading interesting books, watching movies, working on creative design projects using Photoshop, and creating short home videos on iMovie and Final Cut. One day I hope to finish my own wedding video!

Our Boarding Life

From the Head of Boarding

A warm welcome back to our boarders and boarding families. It has been wonderful for me to meet the boarders and some of their families. I trust that the vacation period was restful and spent enjoying some catch-up time with family and friends. I am looking forward to meeting you all sometime soon.



This term is potentially one of the busiest of the year. Not only is it an eight week term, but the College has a wide range of celebratory and culminating events on the calendar. The Boarding KIT Mentor Staff will be actively assisting our boarders to ensure that they are academically on track for this shortened term, supporting the students to ensure they are aware, of and prepared for, these special events.


Please can I ask that parents and agents continue to monitor the school calendar on the JPConnect Portal for details of upcoming important College events that you may wish to attend. It is important that all boarders are supported throughout their educational journey at John Paul College, not only by the Boarding and College staff, but by parents and other family members. With this wide network being available to each and every  boarder, we give them every opportunity for success.


At our next boarders meeting I will be speaking to the students about the importance of “DOES”. Diet, Organisation, Exercise and Sleep. We will be concentrating on one of these each week over the next four weeks.


Mr Adrian Moran

Head of Boarding

Community News

Morningside State School - A school in need

In the early hours of  Tuesday, October 16, the Morningside State School community woke to the shocking news that their heritage-listed school had been significantly damaged by a major fire.


They have been overwhelmed by the support of their own and the wider Brisbane community.  The John Paul College family is well known for supporting those in need.  Perhaps you could support their community by attending and enjoying a fun family outing to their “Fangtastic Fete” which will now be hosted at Balmoral State High School on Saturday 27th October 2018 - 2pm to 8pm?  They are also requesting donations for their building fund.  These donations are tax deductible and will enable them to replace much needed resources and equipment. 



Dates to Remember


19 October - Beginner Strings Parent Information Evening,  Stephen Bean Theatre

20 October - JTAS Term Four, Round 1

22 October - Year Twelve Formal, Brisbane City Hall

23 October - Year Four 'Where we are in Place and Time' Exhibition, Burke Building

23 October - Piano Recital (Prep to Year Twelve), Stephen Bean Theatre

24 October - Bond Business Expo Excursion (VET, Cert 3/4 and Diploma Students), Gold Coast

24 October - JPIC Assembly, Gorman Lecture Theatre

24 October - Voice Recital (Years Six to Twelve), Stephen Bean Theatre

24 October - ThinkUKnow Cybersafety Parent Presentation, Gorman Lecture Theatre

25 October - First XI Football Trial Game vs Nudgee College, Oval 3 CMSC

25 October - ATAR Years Seven, Eight and Nine Parent Information Evening, Gorman Lecture Theatre

26 October - World Teacher's Day

26 October - Assembly (Years Three to Twelve), Coleman Centre

26 October - Live at the Piazza

27 October - JTAS Term Four Round 2

28 October - Boarding Multicultural Dinner, Fenton Village

28 October - Year Four

29 October - Year Four Logan City Council Excursion, LCC

29 October - Dance Night - Academic and Co-curricular, SBT

30 October - Year Nine and Ten AIME

30 October - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

31 October - Year Twelve Exam Block, Gorman Classrooms

31 October - Year One Fire Fighters and Police

31 October - Year Seven Immunisation


1 - 2 November - Year Twelve Exam Block, Gorman Classrooms

1 - 4 November - Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, Cornubia

1 November - Ski Trip Parent Information Evening, Gorman Lecture Theatre

2 November - Startsmart Commonwealth Bank Incursion, Year Two classrooms

2 November - Live at the Piazza

3 November -JTAS Term Four Round Three

5 November - Speech Night, QPAC

6 November - Inter-House Singing Competition, Coleman Centre

6 November - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

6 November - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, P Arts Meeting Room

7 November - Year Seven Retreat, Stephen Bean Theatre

7 November - Year Two Woolworths Excursion, Woolworths Chatswood Hills

7 November - Year Twelve Exit Art Exhibition, Gorman Centre

7 November - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting & Guidelines Meeting, Gorman Centre

8 November - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 November - Primary Parade, ARC

9 November - Assembly Years Seven to Twelve, Coleman Centre

9 November - Live at the Piazza

9 November - Cheer Performance and Awards Night (Years One to Twelve), Coleman Centre

10 November - JTAS Term Four Round Four

11 November - AMEB Rock School Exams, Stephen Bean Theatre

12 November - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

13 November - Year 12 Reflection Day, Bradley Building

13 November - Year Twelve Prep 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 - 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 - Combined Chamber Orchestras (JPC and Tagiev), Stephen Bean Theatre

18 November - Carols by Candlelight, Coleman Centre

20 -26 November - Year Eleven Exam Block

20 November - Years Seven to 10 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 - Live at the Piazza

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

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


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