09 March 2018
Issue 007
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to this Week's Edition of The Principal's Voice


Academic Resilience

To achieve their potential, alongside motivation and engagement, is the need for students to effectively deal with academic challenge, setback, and adversity.  This brings into consideration the issue of academic resilience.  In a general sense, resilience has been defined as the process of, capacity for, or outcome of successful adaption despite challenging or threatening circumstances.  In the academic context, it can be defined as students’ ability to deal effectively with academic setbacks, stress and study pressure.


Academic resilience is relevant to all students.  This is because at some stage in every student’s school life, she or he will experience some level of poor performance or stress or pressure that must be dealt with.  The question is whether this student deals with it in a proactive and adaptive fashion or whether she or he deals with it counter-productively or not at all.  For a large part, we cannot eliminate setback from students’ lives and stress and pressure are a reality of our competitive school system.  Essentially, students are stuck with the constant possibility of setback, stress and pressure.  The question lies in how students deal with these.


Research has recently examined the specific facets of motivation that best predict students’ academic resilience (by implication, these are factors to address to enhance students’ academic resilience).  It found that academic resilience is most strongly predicted by high self-belief, high planning, high control, high persistence and low anxiety.  Hence, this research showed that academic resilience can be conceptualised in terms of the 5 Cs:

  • Confidence (Self Belief)
  • Co-ordination (Planning)
  • Control
  • Commitment (Persistence)
  • Composure (Low Anxiety)  

Our Pastoral Care focus throughout the College, aims to encourage the development of academic resilience. Our revised Home Learning Policy will see students with useful home activity daily.

Academic Focus

Thank you for your positive comments and feedback following my email to all parents summarising some of the changes that we have made this year to the NAPLAN and QCS preparation programmes together with some of the other longer-term changes we have made to the teaching programme and practice in all year levels at the College.


We are sincere about being the best College that we can be and endeavouring to ensure that students have the best academic outcomes possible. We remain an open entry College and as such are committed to having pathways for our students and also remain committed to a robust and extensive co-curricular programme in both performing arts, sport and the breadth of other activities the College offers.

International Women’s Day

Thank you to Abi Bilaji and Sarah Herbst and the JPC Girls in Leadership group for hosting a most enjoyable breakfast yesterday where we recognised International Women’s Day. Our guest speaker Mikayla Ivanov (2010) spoke of her experiences as a female social entrepreneur and gave salient advice to all attending.

Congratulations to:

  • JPC students who competed in the State Youth Surf Lifesaving Championships (Alexandra Headland). We congratulate them on outstanding results:
    • Mia Marks: Gold Medal - U14 Female 2Km Beach Run, Silver Medal – U14 Female Surf Teams
    • Fraser Toon:  Silver Medal – U15 Male Beach Sprint, Silver Medal – U15 Male Beach Flags
  • The JPC Family for raising $10,655 for the Mater Chicks in Pink at the annual Fun Run last Sunday. We had over 124 participants. Thank you also to Ms. Karen Bowness for her organisation of Team JPC.  
  • Commonwealth Games swim trials: 
    • Lucas Humeniuk (Year 11): contested the 400m individual medley, finishing the meet in 21st place.
    • Charly Kuhnemann (Year 12): qualified for two events, recording a top 50 result in the 200m freestyle and coming in 37th place in the 200m individual medley.
    • Kyle Niesler (Year 12): contested the 200m backstroke (31st place), 200m (31st place) and 400m individual medley (24th place) events – coming up against Mitch in all his events. 
  • Congratulations to Mrs Sara Curtis and Mr Ryan Pole on the birth of Lennox Ryan Pole.



Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


JPC Announcements

#toptip JPConnect

Question: Can I notify an absence using JPConnect?

Response: Absolutely - for a single day’s absence, this information can be communicated via an online form using a phone, tablet or notebook that is connected to the internet.


Alternately, call the Absentee Line (3826 3566) to leave a message or talk with our Admin staff.


For extended absences or requests for extended leave, please contact the Head of School.

How to:

  • The form displays the names of the children in the family. An absence can be entered for “all” children if the circumstances are shared – or for individual family members.

SCENARIO ONE - An individual child

Add a tick to select the name of the child to record the absentee notification.

SCENARIO TWO - Multiple children

Add a tick to the “Apply to all selected children" – and then select the names of the children for the “bulk” addition to the absentee notification.

  • Complete the details of the absence including the best contact number to reach you in case there are further queries.
  • Complete the absentee notification by using the “Send” button.

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)



Celebrating Mother Tongue at John Paul College

At John Paul College we highly value and support mother tongue spoken at home. Mother tongue can be identified as the language a person learned first and uses the most. We are holding monthly gatherings to celebrate the wide range of mother tongue spoken by families at JPC, focusing on one mother tongue per month. Keep an eye out for your mother tongue and come and join us for lunch, storytelling and fun cultural activities.


Parent Helpers: If you speak a language other than English at home and would like to help facilitate a session in the future, please contact Alice Pan-Moreau. We would love to hear from you!


Event: Holi Celebration (Festival of Colours)

When: Tuesday, 13th March 2018 

Time: 11:00 am- 11:45 am 

Where: Primary Art Room Contact Person: Alice Pan-Moreau, [email protected]

Cultural Activities: Making Holi cards using coloured powder. **No religious activities involved** 

Mother Tongue: Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu and Malayalam 



with Rebecca Sparrow

Join us for an informative night:


Helping parents, tweens + teens have a more positive experience online.

Date: Wednesday 14 March 

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College

BOOK ONLINE: Secure your booking and add to your calendar

The perils of social media confront us each day in the press. Join Rebecca Sparrow to gain down-to- earth advice on interacting with tweens and teens in making decisions around social media engagement. Rebecca has a reputation for perfectly targeting common issues that face parents and her candid and humorous approach to challenging issues provide practical stepping stones for conversations that probably will happen in all of our homes “tomorrow.”


Here are the topics that Rebecca will touch on during the session:

  1. Happiness 101 (feeling connected and having real friends)
  2. Social Media: What age and why
  3. Your School Yard Legacy
  4. Protecting Your Headspace
  5. Naked Selfies
  6. Household Technology Rules

Session Title: Before You Hit Send – a Social Media SOS

Date: Wednesday March 14th

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College

BOOK ONLINE: Secure your booking and add to your calendar


Movies on the Green - Friday 16 March


Build Your Own iPhone App These School Holidays!

Code Camp is on again these holidays! Check out the attached flyers for more details.


Tours and Exchanges in 2018-2019

In 2018 - 2019 students could travel to:

Argentina:  St Andrew's Scots School - Easter 2019,  two plus weeks.

Japan: Miyakonjo (girls) or Shizuoka (boys) - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.

Germany: Ursulinenschule Hersel, Bormheim - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.

Families are also able to host students from the abovementioned schools.

For more information about the Tours and Exchange programme please view the PDF below.


Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

Welcome to Week 7

At John Paul College we place a high value on academic success. However, we also recognise that this is just one aspect of developing young men and women who will not only be successful but who will also lead significant lives.


We want our young people to be principled, responsible and considerable adults who model the character strengths that have been both proven over time and through research. These character strengths have been incorporated into our SOARING Tree as they give recognition to the importance of them. Our hope is that our students will always consider the needs of others ahead of their own and have the moral courage to stand up for what is right.




Learning in Science this week in Year 11 – 12 Chemistry

Year 11 Chemistry Students - Crystal Extended Experimental Investigation.  Students investigated a factor that affects Alum (potassium aluminium sulfate) crystal growth and are completing a scientific report.  Students were very proud of their perfect octahedral shaped crystals.


Year 12 Chemistry Students – Fuels unit of work. Students measured the enthalpy of combustion of various fuels eg.  methanol, propanol, butanol, octanol.




Brisbane Careers & Employment Expo

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Saturday May 12 – 10am to 4pm



About the event

The Brisbane Career Expo is a leading career, training, education and employment event. The organisations that attend offer opportunities for students to connect, gain insight, guidance and clarity in relation to career options.


It is highly recommended that Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents attend.


The 2018 event will show case a vast range of organisations comprising:


Education and Training

Universities, group training organisations, TAFE, private colleges, RTOs and training councils.


Federal, State and Local

Business Opportunities and Franchising

Business advice, franchising and distributor opportunities

Industry Bodies and Employers

Health and social assistance, defence, education and training, health and fitness, hospitality and tourism, arts and entertainment, retail, transport and logistics, building and construction, mining and energy, manufacturing, metals and engineering, professional and scientific services, financial services, information, media and telecommunications, agriculture, forestry and fisheries.


Steve Cuthbert (Head of Careers and Pathways)

[email protected]

phone: 3836 3593

Dates to Note:

Wednesday 14 March - Rebecca Sparrow "Before you Hit Send" Cyber Safety Guide for Parents session

Thursday 15 March - QCS Parent Workshop

Monday 19 to Friday 23 March - Year 11 & 12 Exam Block

Wednesday 21 March - Year 10 Subject Selection Information Evening

Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March - QCS Practice

Wednesday 28 March - Secondary School Inter-House Cross Country Carnival

Thursday 29 March - Last Day of Term One


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School

International Women’s Day Breakfast
International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8th. The 2018 theme for International Women’s Day is “Leave no woman behind”, examining the vital role that women play in humanitarian and disaster planning and response.


John Paul College joined the global celebration with a fabulous breakfast event organised by Year 12 leaders Abinaya Balaji and Sarah Herbst. It was a powerful morning listening to our motivating women leaders; Year 12 student Abinaya Balaji, Principal Mrs Spiller and Alumni Michaela Ivanov. Congratulations to all involved in planning this important event.


Below are some photos of Middle School leaders in attendance at the breakfast.


Year 7 Student Council

Following the appointment of our Years 8 and 9 Student Council leaders recently; and after a rigorous process involving student nominations, interviews with Heads of Year and a process of discernment involving discussions with the Head of Middle School and Principal; it gives me great pleasure to announce the Year 7 Student Council members for 2018:


Ryan Argue, Youkee Cunningham, Sariah Downman, Ariel Franzmann, Sophie Goodwin, Muaaz Gutta, Poppy Prieditis, Suhayl Seedat, Jacob Shaw, Sophie Szabo, Sienna Taylor, Gemma Vickers, Liam Vickers and Alana Winterburn.


I congratulate these students and wish them all the best in their leadership of Year 7 and the College this year. Student Council meetings are held every Tuesday at lunch time and are facilitated by the Year 9 executive team. Two immediate projects for the Council include planning and running of the Middle School Assembly in Week 9, and the Student Council Retreat to be held at the College on Wednesday night 28th March and Thursday 29th March. The retreat is also prepared and facilitated by the Year 9 Student Council members.

Leadership Opportunities in Middle School

In addition to the formal leadership position of the Student Council, the Middle School has a well-established Committee Programme to give every student in Middle School the opportunity to act, serve and develop their leadership skills. The Committee Programme is embedded within the Pastoral Care Programme at each year level and provides a broad range of interest areas for students to connect with. Additionally, we regard all our students as ambassadors for the College and welcome student volunteers to assist with College events such as Open Days, Block Interviews, and Heads of School tours. Acting as a Student Ambassador is a great way to develop skills in communicating, and demonstrate great pride in promoting our wonderful College.


For more information about the above opportunities I encourage you to speak with the relevant Head of Year.

Before You Hit Send - a Social Media SOS


Helping parents, tweens + teens have a more positive experience online.


Date: Wednesday March 14th

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College

BOOK ONLINE: Secure your booking and add to your calendar

The perils of social media confront us each day in the press. Join Rebecca Sparrow to gain down to earth advice on interacting with tweens and teens in making decisions around social media engagement. Rebecca has a reputation for perfectly targeting common issues that face parents and her candid and humorous approach to challenging issues provide practical stepping stones for conversations that probably will happen in all of our homes “tomorrow.”

Here are the topics that Rebecca will touch on during the session:

  1. Happiness 101 (feeling connected and having real friends)
  2. Social Media: What age and why
  3. Your School Yard Legacy
  4. Protecting Your Headspace
  5. Naked Selfies
  6. Household Technology Rules

Session Title: Before You Hit Send – a Social Media SOS

Date: Wednesday March 14th

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College

BOOK ONLINE: Secure your booking and add to your calendar


Primary Parent Information Evening – Learning about Secondary School

An important opportunity is being offered to all primary families wishing to learn more about the academic programmes and pathways offered in secondary school. On Monday 12th March from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm in the Gorman Lecture Theatre, Principal Mrs Karen Spiller and other College leaders will share key information about the secondary school. The evening will also include opportunities to ask questions.


Details including a booking link have been sent to families. For further enquiries please contact Hannah Limond, [email protected]

Year 6 Discover Middle School Engagement Meetings

As a follow-up to the above information evening, Year 6 parents/guardians will have the opportunity to learn more about Middle School and the transition processes in place as Year 6 students prepare for Secondary School. On Monday 19th March (Week 9), 30 minute engagement meetings with members of the College leadership team are being offered to parents/guardians. Meetings will be made available between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm and are to be booked online.


Invitations and the booking link has been sent to Year 6 families. For further enquiries please contact Hannah Limond [email protected]

Middle School in Action


Homework Club – Year 7

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

Roll Call

A reminder that students must be on campus by 8.10 am and organised for the first two lessons before 8.20 am. Roll Call (8.20 am – 8.30 am) is an important 10 minute class and includes prayer, taking the roll and delivering relevant notices. All students must be punctual and in attendance. Your cooperation with this is vital to ensure a smooth start to the day for all.


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


Dear Parents,

Our commitment to students and parents as highly effective educators, is a strong focus on your child’s academic welfare to ensure quality outcomes for all students.


We would like to provide our parent community with the opportunity to visit our classrooms during the school day to observe teaching and learning in action.


On Friday, 16 March, parents are invited to participate in Classroom Learning Walks. The purpose of a Learning Walk is to foster conversation about teaching and learning in order to develop a shared vision of high quality teaching that impacts on student learning. Furthermore, we want parents to experience our learning environments and to observe teachers and students engaged in learning experiences. When we see learning in action, it helps us to better understand the theories and pedagogical principles that underpin our approach to teaching and learning.


Learning Walks Structure

8:45 am: Pre-walk meeting at Lower NMLC

  • Establish and clarify focus of the Learning Walk
  • Protocols for visiting classrooms
  • Learning Walk observational template- What will we see during the Learning Walks?

9:00 am: Learning Walks - Prep to Year 6 and Specialists' Classes: Observation of Learning

  • Visit classrooms to observe learning and teaching in action
  • Use of observational template to record observations, thoughts and wonderings
  • Primary Curriculum leaders will accompany parents on the Learning Walks to provide further information about what is being observed in the classrooms

10.30am:  Debrief, feedback and Morning Tea at Lower NMLC

  • Parents engage in reflective conversation
  • Parents share observations
  • Questions and feedback

The Learning Walks will focus on what you see, notice and hear in the classrooms in relation to teaching and learning. It is a way of us opening our classroom doors and sharing with parents the ways in which we foster students’ creativity and curiosity, build their sense of student agency and motivate students to achieve the best possible outcomes.


Please RSVP to Lindsay McQuattie at [email protected]


The closer we work together the more powerful our partnership becomes. Congratulations to all for the engagement that has happened this week in the Parent and Teacher Interviews. Trust is a pillar in the education of children and the trust relationship is a triangle between parents, children and educators.


Social Media Behaviour

I believe in synchronicity and I don’t think it is a coincidence that several parents have spoken to me this week about the behaviour of some children on social media applications like Instagram. To be quite direct there is a reason there are age limitations on applications such as this. They are powerful tools that can be challenging for adults, with all of their life experience. How much more challenging they are for our younger students, at either 10 or 11 years of age. If you allow your child to use a social media application and you see unacceptable behaviour from another student, your first opportunity to intervene is to remove access to the application. It is very challenging for us to monitor or follow up on something where the family has made a decision to allow a student access, outside of age recommendations. I would also strongly advise that if you do allow your child access, and you do see information that is not appropriate or harmful, your duty would be to contact the other family and advise what you have seen. Openness and transparency are critical to the development of trust. In a community such as ours, where we learn together, play together and socialise together, on a daily basis, the idea of ‘it takes a village…’ can and should be very tangible. I will add that this also begins in the car park. I am hearing of some interactions between our grownups in the car park that we wouldn’t accept from our students, of any age.


I want to encourage you  to join us for ‘Before You Hit Send’ with Rebecca Sparrow, best-selling author and presenter for the session on Wednesday night.


Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Time: 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm

Venue:  John Paul College, Gorman Lecture Theatre

Cost:  Free Event – Book Here

I am a big believer in age appropriate behaviour. When our children are born we don’t expect them to be doing at 12 months of age what we would like them to be doing when they are three or four. Normal life experiences, relative to age are completely okay to promote and believe.


We are grown ups for a long time. We want our children who are ten and eleven to enjoy being ten and eleven. We want them worried about what they will play with their friends on the weekend, what theme their next birthday party should be, what sport or instrument they want to learn etc. We don’t want our young boys and girls to be worried about whether somebody likes them or doesn’t like them. For this reason we will be very open and honest with our students in letting them know that we discourage language like this at school and we ask for your help with this at home. The pre-teen years can be difficult enough to navigate without needing the extra challenges or emotions of ‘going out or asking out’ etc. We encourage friendship and shared interests among all students.


Thank you for your part in our partnership. We love working and learning with you. Thank you for your support in ensuring the culture around social media is appropriate and monitored and thank you for your support in encouraging our learners to enjoy being the age that they are.


I look forward to our wonderful community night at Primary Movie Night. A big thank you to sponsors and the Friends of Primary for all their pre-night work.


 Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School

From the Friends of Primary School

Hello Everyone! Preparations for Movie Night are in full swing and expectations are growing by the minute! This week envelopes to pre-purchase tickets were sent to the children. Please fill in the details, include the money and take them to the office. These same envelopes will be returned to you with your wristbands.


Movies on the Green returns, by popular demand! This is our main event from our fundraising calendar. Every year it gets bigger and bigger, and we are expecting to sell lots of tickets, making this event a great opportunity to advertise your business.


To assist us with costs, and to help us make this night a success, we are looking for sponsors for the night. We are offering two different packages:


Sponsorship Package 1: The display of your business name, logo and/or slogan on the big screen in the form of a power point presentation slide for 15 seconds via rotation, prior to the screening of the movie. Cost $150 for one slide, $50 for any other extra slide. 


Sponsorship Package 2: The hand out of brochures, gizmos, vouchers and/or offers of your business in an A4 size goody bag to be given to adults at the conclusion of the event. We are planning to put together 300 bags for adults only.  Cost $100.


All profits raised during the night, along with the money raised during the previous years, will go towards the refurbishment of one of our playgrounds.


If you would like to become one of our value Sponsors, please contact me at [email protected] or call me at 0400 449 085 at your convenience.


As mentioned previously, this event gets bigger every year; meaning, we need more hands to make the event run smoothly: WE NEED YOUR HELP! 


We are looking for volunteers for the day itself, to help us with the setting up and managing of the stalls. If you think you can spare some time, please visit the link below,  where you will find the Volunteer Sign-up Schedule for Movies on the Green. You can pick the time slot and activity that suits you best.



Thank you very much in advance for your help and support!


Romina Vecchi

On behalf of Friends of Primary


NOTE:  PRE-TICKET Sales to be eligible for a class prize will close on Wednesday 14th of March.  Tickets will still be available at the gate, but if the children wish to be in the running for their class to win the PIZZA PARTY prize, please do not forget to get these in by 14/3/2018.  $5 per ticket, adults and children alike (children 4 and under FREE) – All children must be accompanied by an adult as this is not a teacher supervised event.


Clear Out Your Cupboards and Donate Your Spare Stationery to Charity! 

As JPC has begun supplying the stationery requirements to the Primary School, I thought there may be some parents, like myself, that have excess items lying around in cupboards that you will no longer need. If so, please bring in any of your unused books, pens, glue, folders, etc to the Primary Office and place in the collection box inside the front door. These items will be donated to kids that don't usually have access to these important school resources via Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG). 

The box will be emptied each Friday with a final collection on Friday, 23rd March. 


Thanks so much for your generosity.


Emma Glencross 

Chaplain and Community

What does the Inter-generation Programme look like at John Paul College?

What does the Intergeneration Programme (run in conjunction with Freedom Aged Care) look like at John Paul College?


A Co-ordinator’s Perspective

On a Wednesday afternoon you will see the burgundy and blue, seated side by side with the residents of Freedom Aged Care; who are elderly members of our community.  On casting your eyes across the expanse of tables and chairs, you will see them playing a challenging game of scrabble; or an exciting, noisy game of Jenga; cutting and crafting decorations; putting a puzzle together; knitting a scarf under the careful eye of one of the residents; or just having a chat with each other.  Interspersed with all this is lively chatter, laughter and words of appreciation. 


It is a special place where we can relive the past through the residents' interesting stories told with their own flair and with a hint of nostalgia.  It is a unique opportunity for students to talk about their innovations and share their own experiences with eagerness; with an older generation who want to listen and support.


Our main focus is to connect with the older members of our community by visiting regularly. 


What have we achieved?

It is a special programme where the generational lines blur and a common understanding of community emerges.


It continues to be a programme that challenges students to look outside of themselves and give back to their community, while also allowing students to develop a deeper appreciation of perspectives that make us unique as Australians. 


Every Wednesday afternoon there is something special taking place for the Burgundy and Blue at Freedom Aged Care and you can see it on the faces of those in attendance. We have the privilege of being involved in a Community Care programme at John Paul College that continues to be revered as a positive force in building community spirit. We would like to welcome any interested students to come along and participate in this deeply enriching experience.

Article written by Mrs Donna Posala (who coordinates the Freedom Aged Care Programme as part of the Community Care Programme at John Paul College).




Steve Ward


Parents' Prayer Group

The John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group welcomes all members of the John Paul College Community.


The Prayer Group's purpose is to honour Christ by praying for the College staff, students and families within the JPC community.


Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30 am in the meeting room in the Wellbeing Centre (except for every fourth Thursday of the month when it is held in the evening at 7.30 pm at Julie Gordon’s house – 64 Highview Terrace, Daisy Hill).


Co-ordinator: Julie Gordon can be contacted on 0421 809 984 or [email protected] by any parent wishing to inquire about about the John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group.

St Edward the Confessor - Sacramental Programme

We are once again pleased to announce that St Edward’s Parish, Daisy Hill is currently accepting applications from candidates who would like to take part in our Sacramental Programme.  Significant changes to the Christian Initiation for Children within the Archdiocese of Brisbane were implemented last year.  (Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation).


Application forms are available from our Parish Office upon request (Tel: 3299 2000) or from our Website www.stedwardsdaisyhill.org.au


Applications for this year’s Confirmation close on Friday 23 February 2018 with Confirmation being held in the Church at St Edward’s on Thursday 15 March at 6pm.


Monday 12 March - 6pm:  Spiritual conference and rehearsal in the Church

Children confirmed are generally in Grade 3 or 8 years of age.


Fr Marce Singson - Parish Priest

Parish of St Edward the Confessor

104 Chatswood Road

Daisy Hill  QLD 4127

Telephone: 3299 2000

Email: [email protected]    

Library Learning

Why Reading is Important 

Reading is vital to success in all academic subjects. At a time when parents are concerned about too much screen time, a great alternative is to encourage your child to pick up a book and read for 20 minutes.


As the graphic shows, and as Dr Seuss so rightly says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know!”

Twenty minutes of reading a day will give a huge academic advantage to students who do not read every day. Reading improves vocabulary, writing styles, empathy, general knowledge and allows students to vicariously experience life through the action and emotions of the characters of stories.


Every year, the Learning Centre encourages students of Prep to Year 7 to enter the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Certificates are awarded by the Premier of Queensland to all students who accept and complete the challenge. Further information will follow at the beginning of Term 2.


The Learning Centres' collections, Book Fairs, your public library and your local book store are all wonderful sources of reading material, but so are the daily newspaper, comics, magazines, Ebooks and even the cereal packet! Just read!

Learning in the Library 

How do you help a monster reach his favourite food? Year 2 had to solve that problem by coding a path to the monster’s food using directional language and arrows. So, begins the four week block of digital technologies studies for Year 2 students in NMLC.


Students will learn how to create an algorithm or series of steps to direct a character through a game and debug their code if necessary. These activities will promote collaboration and problem solving, as well as the skills of the ACARA Digital Technologies Curriculum.


In future weeks, the coding will be applied to BeeBot robots to have them navigate the key points of a known story, for example Red Riding Hood.

Learning Centre Caring for Others 

Sausage Sizzle for Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Last week we featured Mrs Cherie Parkes and her diverse role in the Learning Centre. I forgot to add BBQ specialist! This week we ran a sausage sizzle on each of the Parent Teacher interview nights. The Learning Centre’s chosen charity is the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, who work to close the literacy gap between remote Indigenous students and those of us lucky enough to have great school libraries like ours!


We will run further events throughout the year and all profits will be donated. We will let you know our donation total later in the year. We are aiming to beat last year’s total of $600.

Meet Margaret Keyte

In the Learning Centres, we have an extensive catalogue that keeps track of the resources of the College. Mrs Margaret Keyte has the major responsibility of cataloguing the resources and maintaining the integrity of the records. It is a massive job as we not only catalogue the resources of the Learning Centres, but all learning resources and their locations throughout the College.


The Learning Centre catalogue also contains a vast collection of digital resources including television programmes farmed from free-to-air and FOXTEL educational channels.


Mrs Keyte is also the helpful person on the desk in the lower level of NMLC and a great source of information about the middle school fiction collection.

Focused Lunchtime Activities 

Wordy Wednesday

Queensland School Library Week and Dr Seuss’s birthday celebrations combined with Wordy Wednesday activities today in the form of a ‘secret Dr Seuss word’, a Scrabble competition and a build a word web.


Students had to read the Dr Seuss display to find the secret word for a chance to pick a prize from the library prize box. Many enthusiastic readers joined in. The Scrabble tournament appealed to the older students as did the Build a Word Web activity.


Wordy Wednesday is an opportunity to focus on reading activities in NMLC during the lunch hour.

Book of the Week

Otherworld by Jason Segal & Kirsten Miller


Otherworld is the latest in virtual reality technology offered by the Company. It is so advanced, you can touch, smell and even taste while you are immersed in its world. You can indulge your deepest desires...your DARKEST desires. There are no rules, no laws. You can live your best life.


Like everyone else, Simon is blown away by the technology. Then his friend Kat ends up in a coma after an accident, a victim of Locked-in Syndrome. She becomes part of an experiment to see if Otherworld can improve the quality of life for people in her situation. BUT, Simon finds that Otherworld is not all that it appears. This is definitely NOT a game. It’s a new reality.


The Company welcomes you to Otherworld. Are you ready to play?

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts


Over 100 performing arts students enjoyed the instrumental workshops held from Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March at various locations in the Dame Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. 


These workshops provided the opportunity for Directors and students to work together to learn and rehearse current and new repertoire to perform during the year.  The workshops also help to facilitate student leadership development, team building and positive communication skills, whilst extending their musical technique and ability. 

We look forward to enjoying upcoming performances from performing arts students at our first performance evening held on Friday 9 March, and at other opportunities throughout 2018.

Upcoming Dates


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities

Sporting Captains

Congratulations to the following senior students who have been appointed Co-curricular Sporting and Activities Captains for 2018.  







Captains of Art

Annelise Tranter

Kyla Waldron


Open A Girls’ Basketball Team Captain

Mikayla Watkinson


Captain of Girls’ Basketball

Reilly White


On Field First XI Cricket Captain

Jake Hunter


Captain of Cricket

Ryan Carrington


Captain of Girls’ Tennis

Felicity Taia


Captain of Boys’ Volleyball

Riley Stannard


Each year our senior students have the opportunity to nominate for Captains of Co-Curricular, Sport and Activities. We welcome all senior students to apply for these leadership roles, and include the attached document which outlines the current criteria and process for applicants.


Queensland Track and Field Championships

Congratulations to the following John Paul College athletes who competed at the Queensland Club Track and Field Championships.


Zion Ashby                   Gold 400m and Silver 200m

Brian Foster                 Gold 400m

Tyler Kiem                    4th 2000m steeple chase

Danica Martin             4th 400m

Jessica Smith              4th 800m

D’Artagnan Koeun    4th 400m        

Daniel Butler               6th 800m


Further congratulations to Zion, Brian, Tyler, Danica, Jessica, D’Artagnan and Tyler who will go on to compete at the Australian Track and Field Championships in late March.

Queensland Surf Lifesaving Championships

Congratulations to Year 9 student Mia Marks and Year 10 student Fraser Toon for their excellent results at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving championships held recently at Alexandra Headlands.


Mia won gold in the 14 Years girls  two km beach run and silver in the surf team event whilst Fraser took out silver in the U/15 male beach sprint and silver in the beach flags.


Well done also to Year 6 student Liam Manson who put in a strong performance to finish 18th in the one km run, in only his first year of nippers.


Saturday JTAS/TAS Sports Wrap 

The Burgundy and Blue were outstanding last weekend with John Paul College taking 18 wins from 24 matches against St John’s Anglican College.


All teams displayed great team work and school spirit. Special mention of the Year 8 Boy’s volleyball and their coach Mr Gallagher; the boys continue to improve in a very tough competition.


Our cricket teams were simply amazing, dominating in every match. The boys are disciplined, focused, and train incredibly hard throughout the week.


We had two brilliant individual performances:

Sebastian Howie (Intermediate First X1) - 106 not out

Chase Rogers (Senior Second X1) - 6/4


Well done boys and well done also to Mr Davison and our volunteer coaches for their passion for and commitment to the programme.


We also had solid performances from our boys' volleyball and girls' tennis teams, both sports recording three wins a piece.


Girls' basketball teams were again dominant winning 6/6 with all teams now striving for a finals spot.


Our JTAS cricket and hockey teams continue to put in strong performances, focusing on skill development and game play as they work on taking their game to the next level.


Mrs Karen Graham 

Director of Sport and Activities/Horizons 

Custom Mouthguards for JPC Students

John Paul College family, Southside Friendly Dental Care Family Dentistry have teamed up with JPC to promote the avoidance of sports relates dental injuries.


To find out more about the wonderful JPC special price offered by SFDC, please view the attached leaflet.


John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Celebrating student achievement is an important tool in building and maintaining a school environment that values effort, achievement and success. This week we will recognise the academic excellence of the JPIC students at assembly.  I am sure this will be another exceptional assembly and we thank the students for their teamwork and leadership at the event.  Below are some student reflections.

Level 2 Student Leadership

Level 2 students recently visited our JPIC Primary Preparation class, where they taught the Primary students an educational song entitled, “I really like a busy weekend”.

They briefly introduced themselves, said what they liked doing and then sang the song. After that, they worked one-on-one with a primary student. Each Level 2 student had removed words of their choice from the song with whiteout and the primary student needed to see if they could remember or workout what the missing words were.


This activity gave Level 2 students the opportunity to practise teamwork, share their own skills and experience with our younger students.


Additionally, each class had prepared questions for the other, which acted as a springboard for English conversation in pairs.

Mid-term Reflections from our JPIC Students

Apart from English, we also learn mathematics and science at John Paul International College. My mathematics teacher is Mr Milverton, who is very friendly to everyone. If anybody in my class has any questions, he will help us the solve it. I learned many new things in mathematics, such as decimals, ratios and place value. I think the most difficult lesson was about fraction. If students misunderstand a small detail, it also can change the answer.


I remember when Mr Milverton said, “We will go to the lab….” he did not finish his talking then the whole class were crying out in a loud voice. Mr Milverton kept talking “before we go, we need to learn some laboratory rules.” Then the classroom suddenly became quiet. In the lesson, we learned some rules about the laboratory, such as do not run in the lab, do not eat food or have untidy hair etc.


The first time in the laboratory, this lesson’s main idea about how to light the Bunsen burner.


At next time we were in the laboratory, we did an experiment that was called ‘Separating Mixtures’. This experiment’s main point was to separate iron, sand and salt by using magnetism filtration and evaporation. First, we pulled up all the iron from the mixture with a magnet. We could learn the theorem (magnetism) at this step. Second, we poured the salt solution and sand through the filter paper. We could see how the filtration was working. At last, we boiled the salt solution with the Bunsen burner. We could get salt from the salt solution at the end of the experiment, and we could understand easily how the evaporation works.


Overall, mathematics and science classes at JPIC are helpful for my future study in JPC because I am learning a lot of new vocabulary and skills.


Minjung Shin, Hung Nguyen, David Li and Rain Yang.

JPIC Assessment

In Week 3, we wrote a biography on a famous Australian. While writing it, we used a variety of words and connectives. Also, we went to the library for the first time to research our famous person for our biography. In the library, we read books and wrote down information about the person. It was useful and helpful work. Secondly, we researched on the internet to know more about our famous person, and we had to find the key points of we wanted to include in our biography. Then we copied the key words down on some paper. Thirdly, we wrote notes about the information we researched and completed a bibliography of our sources. Then we copied them down, that is the citation. Then we analysed the sources to write some facts about the topic, that is annotations. Lastly, we evaluated our sources. In this part, we should answer our questions and list some benefits of the source for our writing.


In addition, in Week 5, we made a multi-modal of the places where we wanted to go in Oceania. First, we researched on the internet and wrote a transcript in our own words to explain the place. Then we made a PowerPoint. Our teacher gave us verbal feedback on our work as a video. That video helped us to correct the weird sentences and grammatical errors. Also, she helped us to try our best on our tasks and make the best results so that we could get a good grade. Thanks to those videos, our writing skills and thoughts were improved and they helped us to prepare for going to the main school.


Houkun Wang and Siyoung Oh.

Our Boarding Life

From the Director of Boarding

Boarders are now well and truly immersed in the academically rigorous assessment period of the term. It is pleasing to continually see so many Senior boarders taking advantage of the academic assistance available by attending Gorman Prep sessions of an evening.


If you are discussing assessment pieces with your child, please enquire / remind / encourage them to take advantage of the unique opportunities boarders now have for academic support.

Dietitian Review of Boarding Menu

Our dedicated team of chefs have been trialing a number of new and exciting menu options, which have led to some menu changes in 2018 based off student feedback.


We have also now engaged external company Eat Smart Nutrition to conduct an independent review of our boarding menu. Eat Smart Nutrition will be interviewing boarding students, chefs, and staff, to ensure their recommendations are relevant to our boarders' wants and needs, taking into consideration cultural background, sporting commitments, and dietary requirements. We are also exploring options for information sessions for our boarders about healthy eating, to provide education for now and life beyond school.

Head of Year (HOY) Assembly - Boarding Q & A

Boarding, now in it’s forth year of operation at John Paul College, is embedded within the College community and culture. This year our Boarding Captain, Sarah-Cait Kirkland, has initiated a boarding Q & A at Head of Year assemblies.


This fantastic new initiative is aimed at giving day students a deeper understanding of boarding life, whilst at the same time giving our boarders an opportunity to share their boarding experience with their peers. Years 9 and 12 students have already completed these sessions, and questions have included topics such as; visitor options, washing, bed time, study, food, activities and many more.


Thank you to Mrs Shaw (Head of Year 12) and Mr Crameri (Head of Year 9), for making time within their assembly for this initiative. We hope to run a boarding Q & A at every Head of Year assembly before the end of Semester I, 2018.


Term 1 Major Events

With most Boarder Travel Day (BTD) details now confirmed, students can see the finish line for the end of term. Once over the hump of rigorous academic assessment, our boarders have three major events to look forward to prior to heading home for the holidays. The Lunar New Year dinner (18th March), Bubble Soccer (26th March) and Staff vs. Students Touch (27th March). Thank you to our Boarding Executive Team: Sarah-Cait Kirkland, Emmanuel Tiong and Kitty Chiraphatmongkol, who have all taken up the role of ‘lead organiser’ for one of these events.


Mr Sean Cox

Director of Boarding

Community News

Foster Carer. Could You be One?

Everyday people from all walks of life can become foster carers.  


Caring for children and young people at a difficult time in their lives can be challenging but is also hugely rewarding.  Many young lives have been turned around and given new inspirations thanks to the support and dedication of foster carers. They are the backbone of the child protection system, providing consistency, stability and the bonds of trust that many children have sadly been denied.


If you would like to find out more please view the attached PDFs.



Dates to Remember


10 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 6

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

11 March - Netball Queensland Trials and Coaching Clinic, Coleman Centre

12 March - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

12 March - Secondary School Information Evening, Gorman Lecture Theatre

12 March - Prep Information Evening, Prep Classrooms and Sails Area

13 March - Prep and Year 1 Safety Talk, Stephen Bean Theatre

13 & 15 March - Kindergarten Individual, Group and Sibling Photos, Kindergarten

13 March - JTAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

13 March - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

14 March - Year 4 Middle School Engagement Meeting, Wesley 11 and 12

14 March - Parent Cybersafety Presentation by Rebecca Sparrow, Gorman Lecture Theatre

15 March - TAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

15 March - Kindergarten Individual, Group and Sibling Photos, Kindergarten

15 March - TAS Hockey Trial Games vs Redeemer College, Stephen Bowers Oval

15 March - QCS Parent Workshop, Gorman Centre

16 March - Primary Parent Learning Walk, Noelene Munns Learning Centre /Primary Classrooms

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

16 March - Live at the Piazza (Primary Students)

16 March - Primary Movie Night, Primary Lawns, Playground and ARC

17 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 7

17 March - TAS Trimester 1 Round 8, JPC vs Canterbury, John Paul College

18 March - Brisbane Swimming Association Clinic, Aquatic Centre

18 March - Boarding Luna New Year Dinner

19 March - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

19 - 23 March - Years 11 and 12 Exams

19 March - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

19 March - Harmony Day, Primary Precinct

19 March - Years 3 to 12 Strings Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre

20 March - Kindergarten to Year 2 Easter Bonnet Parade, ARC

20 March - TAS Hockey Sign On, Stephen Bowers Oval

20 March - Friends of Performing Arts AGM, Performing Arts Meeting Room

21 - 23 March - Year 4 Camp

21 March - Harmony Day

21 March - Year 10 Subject Selection Evening for Semester 2, Gorman Lecture Theatre and Gorman Level 2

21 March - Friends of Volleyball AGM, Gorman Room 35

23 March - Primary Parade, ARC

24 March - TAS Trimester 1 Finals

25 March - Cricket Presentation Day, Cec Munns Sports Centre

26 - 27 March - QCS Practice - Coleman Centre/GLT

26 March - Prep to Year 2 Easter Service, ARC

26 March - Boarding End of Term Outing, Cec Munns Sports Centre

26 March - 15 April - Argentina Cultural Tour

27 March - JPIC Carnival

27 March - Year 3 - Year 6 Easter Service, ARC

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

27 March - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

28 March - Senior School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

28 March - Primary School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

28 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat, Finch Farm and Wesley Building

29 March - Years 7 to 12 Dance Intensive (Partnership with QLD Ballet)

29 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat

29 March - Easter Service (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

29 March - JPIC Graduation


30 March - Good Friday - Easter Service, JPC Grounds

30 March - Boarder Travel Day


3 - 16 April Outside School Care Hours Vacation Care Programme

11 - 13 April - Code Camp, Burke Building

14 - 16 April - Years 7 to 12 Musical Camp, Maroochydore Conference Centre

16 April - Pupil Free Day

16 April - Boarder Travel Day


17 April - Year 3 Street Science Incursion, ARC

17 April - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

18 - 20 April - Year 8 Camp

19 April - Year 5 Science Incursion, ARC

19 April - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

20 April - Primary Parade

21 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 1, JPC vs St Paul's, John Paul College

23 April - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

23 April - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

24 April - Year 10 Set Plan, Gorman Lecture Theatre/Careers Room

24 April - Primary ANZAC Parade, ARC

24 April - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

25 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

25 April - ANZAC Day Parade (Marching Eagles and Colourguard), Springwood, Logan and Brisbane

27 April - Expresso Training Excursion/VET Cert 2&3 Hospitality Students, Brisbane City

27 April - Assembly (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

28 April - JTAS Term 2, Round 1

28 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 2, JPC vs Canterbury College, Canterbury College

29 April - Boarding Community BBQ, Fenton Village

30 April - 2 May - Year 10 Camp

30 April - Prep - Year 12 Piano and Vocal Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre


1 - 3 May - Year 11 Camp

1 May - Success at School Starts at Home 2 (Years 3 to 6 Parent Event), Gorman Lecture Theatre

2 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat

2 May - JPIC Assembly

2 May - Year 7 Elevate Programme, Wesley 1-5

3 May - QLD Youth Music Awards - Choral (Years 7-12)

3 May - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

4 May - Primary Parade

4 May - Theatresports (Years 4 - 12)

5 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 2

5 May - Trimester 2 Round 3 - JPC vs St John's, John Paul College

7 May - Labour Day Public Holiday

8 - 11 May - Year 9 Camp

8 May - Year 1 Geckos Wildlife Visit, Year 1 Classrooms

8 and 10 May - Kindergarten Mother's Day Celebrations, Kindergaten

8 May - Friends of Cricket Meeting,  Gorman Meeting Room

8 May - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Centre Room 5

9 May - Friends of Primary Mothers Day Stall, Noelene Munns Learning Centre

10 May - Kindy Mothers Day Celebration

11 May - Free Dress Day

11 May - Mayfair

11 May - JPIC Expo, Markwell Lawns

11 - 12 May - Cross Country Camp

12 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 3

12 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 4 - BYE

14 May - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

14 May - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

15 - 17 May - NAPLAN

18 May - Primary Parade, ARC

18 May - Years 3 to 6 Together for Humanity Presentation, Gorman Lecture Theatre,

18 May - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

19 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 4

19 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 5 - JPC vs St Columbans, St Columban's School

21 May - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

22 - 28 May - Primary Book Fair

23 May - Open Day

23 May - Barefoot in the Park

23 May - Year 2 Street Science Incursion

24 May - TAS Cross Country

25 May - Year 11 & 12 AIME Session

25 May - JTAS Cross Country Carnival

25 May - Pentecost Service, Coleman Centre

25 May - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre

26 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 5

26 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 6 - JPC vs WMAC, West Moreton Anglican College

28 May - Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Recital (Years 4-12), Stephen Bean Theatre

29 May - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

30 May - Year 6 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

30 May - JPIC Assembly

31 May - Past Parent's Network - Tour and Morning Tea

1 June - Primary Assembly, Coleman Centre

1 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

1 June - Live at the Piazza, Contemporary Ensemble

2 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 6

2 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 7 - JPC vs CHAC, Cannon Hill Anglican College

3 June - Fair Go Touch Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

4 June - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

6 June - Year 5 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

7 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 7

9 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 8 - JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College

11 - 15 June - Years 11 and 12 Exam Block

11 - 14 June - Years 7 to 10 EL Block

11 June - Year 6 Science Expo

12 June - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

14 - 15June - Battle of the Banks, Coomera

15 June - Peer Support Session

16 June - TAS Trimester 2 Finals

17 June - Boarding Staff vs Students Netball Game, Coleman Centre

18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion, Dreamworld

18 - 19 June - QCS Practice, Coleman Centre and GLT

18 June - VET Diploma of Business Year 12 University Excusion

18 June - P to Year 2 Term 2 Service

18 June - Boarding End of Term Outing

18 June - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

19 - 20 June - Years 3 to 6 Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

19 June - Boarding Staff vs Students Netball Game, Coleman Centre

20 June - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

20 June - JPIC Carnival

20 June - Year 11 Retreat

21 June - Years 7 to 12 Inter House Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

22 June - Year 7 Retreat

22 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12), Coleman Centre

22 June - Live at the Piazza

22 June - JPIC Term 2 Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre


23 June - Boarder Travel Day

25 June - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme

9 - 15 July - Intensive College Musical Rehearsals (Years 4 - 12), Coleman Centre

10 - 11July - Days of Academic Excellence

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


Sport and Activities Co-curricular Captain Nomination Form.pdf
Custom Mouthguards leaflet.pdf
#toptip JPConnect.pdf
2018 03 B and B March 09 JPConnect JMac.pdf
#toptip JPConnect.pdf
Tours and Exchanges.pdf
March Mother Tongue Club Invitation- Holi Celebration 2018.pdf
Foster Carer Flyer.pdf
Children, Youth and Families.pdf