Welcome to the Principal's Voice
A study that was conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation in Michigan back in 1998 clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of cultivating higher-level thinking as well as measurable learning and retention. In the study, two groups of 100 social studies students were taught the same information by two different methods. One group was taught in the traditional way that’s all too familiar to us, full-frontal lecturing with students sitting in rows. They pored over worksheets and were hammered with drills, drills and more drills and traditional tests and quizzes.
The second group learned primarily through problem and process-based approaches. This group of students worked both individually and in groups. They benefited from self-assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment. They focused on creating real-world products to solve real-world problems.
At the end of the year both groups were tested using the same traditional State-mandated exams for social studies. The results were stunning and most likely not what you would expect. The scores were nearly identical for both groups, regardless of how they learned.
One year later unwarned and therefore unprepared, the students were given the very same test that the previous year had passed with both groups performing equally well. The results were astonishing.
The group that was taught using traditional methods was able to recall only about 15 percent of the content. To make matters worse, an analysis of the results and students’ thinking indicated that they viewed social studies as a series of itemised facts – this happened on this date, this happened on that date, and one event did not influence the other in any way. Theirs is an excellent example of lower-order thinking.
The group that was taught using problem and process-based learning approaches recalled more than 70 percent of the content. More importantly, they demonstrated a deep understanding of the integrated nature of their learning. In other words, they not only remembered the content but also understood its significance. They were able to make abstract connections between events. Effective learners make attachments or connections between their existing knowledge and new information.
So, what are we doing at JPC?
As with most things, the easy answers are usually simplistic and wrong, and the real answers are usually messy, complex and ever changing. With this in mind, here are six ways that the researcher suggests will support and develop our young people:
At JPC, we strive to provide and nurture active learning that is real learning; collaborative learning that is deep learning; and being accountable for our own learning that makes it personal.
It is important to remember as well, that this is not just a school issue; everyone can encourage young people to develop the skills needed for the 21st Century.
Thank you to Mr. Gallo and all staff and students involved in the production of We Will Rock You. We are looking forward to the opening of this amazing presentation, next week.
A number of staff were involved in student activities over the break as well as supporting an induction for new staff to the College.
We also hosted the Days of Academic Challenge and the IB Asia Pacific Regional Conference.
For providing additional seating around the College and also to the Friends of Primary for significantly contributing to the cost of the new Prep playground. We hope that this will be finalised by Term Four.
We enjoyed the Year 11 Semi-formal. Thank you to all involved for making it such a special week for all our Year 11 students.
This week we would like to congratulate:
Mrs Karen Spiller OAM
This week’s focus: Online Game: Fortnite- a special report from SchoolTV
The current craze sweeping the nation is an online game called ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’. Unfortunately, this highly addictive game is impacting negatively on the behaviour of adolescent kids everywhere. Despite it being inappropriate for primary aged children, there are still many kids in this age group battling online and teachers are reporting changes in classroom behaviour.
It has been described as a “gruesome, Hunger Games-like video game” which, as of June 2018, had 125 million registered players worldwide. In the game, up to 100 players battle each other in a savage fight to the death using weapons such as rocket launchers, grenades, assault rifles, cross-bows, pickaxes and shotguns. Disturbingly, many players post their “top 10 kills of the week” on YouTube which get hundreds of thousands of views!
Increasing evidence of young players suffering psychological distress as a result of gaming is of great concern to parents. We hope this special report will prompt parents to reassess gaming allowances and better manage technology usage at home.
This week’s special report is an 8 minute video overview of the game by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.
For many young people, the addictive nature of this game is having adverse effects on children’s behaviour and affecting their mental health. With over 125 million registered players worldwide, this game encourages players to battle each other to death using a variety of weaponry.
With an age rating of 13+, this game raises many cybersafety concerns. Unfortunately, it allows unmoderated chat between players, leaving children exposed to be contactable by 'randomers' online. This function alone makes it unsuitable for primary aged children.
In light of last week’s announcement from the World Health Organisation now recognising “gaming disorder” as a mental health issue, this special report will help parents gain a greater insight into Fortnite and the concerns surrounding it. Parents are encouraged to reassess their gaming allowances and better manage technology usage at home.
A reminder that if you have concerns about your child, seek medical advice or reach out to our College counsellors.
Next week Dr Justin Coulson will be presenting a session on winning the battle against Fortnight and Snapchat. The event will be hosted at the College in the Gorman Lecture Theatre (Tuesday, 24 July at 7.00pm). This is a free ticketed event. To obtain your ticket to attend please click here. I hope that you will consider coming along.
To print a copy of this article please click on the pdf below:
Mr Norm Kerley
Get in quick and secure your tickets before the holidays. Miss out and you'll have 'mud on yo' face; a big disgrace...'
Have you got your tickets? You'll go GaGa if you miss out!
Show Dates and Times:
Friday, 27 July 2018 – 7.00 pm
Saturday, 28 July 2018 – 7.00 pm
Sunday, 29 July 2018 Matinee – 1.00 pm
Venue: Chandler Theatre, Chandler Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Road, Chandler
Cost: Adults $40, Students*/Concessions** $25.00
To purchase your tickets please click here.
*Student/Child Ticket - Child is classified as 3yo to 17yo. Children 2yo and under, may sit on a parent's lap for free (no ticket is required).
**Concessions - Please present your Concession Card on entry. No Uni/Tafe student discounts apply.
Can I make bookings and get tickets for events using JPConnect?
Response: Absolutely, online bookings for College events can be made using the “Ticketing” link on JPConnect. This includes finalisation of seating selections and payments if relevant to the event.
Please Note: teacher interviews are booked using alternate process from within Engage.
The upcoming “We Will Rock You” performance is offered over a number of sessions. All tickets can be booked in the one session.
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)
John Paul College presents Success at School starts at Home: Session 3 (How to Win the Battle Against Fortnite and SnapChat) with Dr Justin Coulson, author and media personality talking about resilience and happy families.
When: Tuesday, 24 July 2018
Venue: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College, Daisy Hill
Cost: This is a free ticketed event!
To book your free tickets please click here.
JPC Friends of Netball Colour Explosion Run4Fun – It’s a family fun event, where all ages and abilities are welcomed to join the fun of participating in a Sunday morning 1 km, 2 km, or 3 km run, walk, jog or skip (distances pending oval size and age category).
As participants walk, run, dance and jiggle their way around the course, they’ll pass through a variety of different colour zones. At each of these zones participants will get showered in the designated colour of that zone.
Date: Sunday, 2 September 2018
Time: from 8.00 am
Venue: John Paul College, Cec Munns Sports Centre, John Paul Drive, Daisy Hill QLD 4127
Cost: $25 per participant
Tickets go on sale on Monday, 23 July at 9.00am. To purchase your tickets please click here.
Welcome to Week One of Term Three
Students returned fresh and ready for work after the holiday break. I have had the pleasure of speaking to a number of students about their start back at school; they have shown a maturity in their conversation that is very refreshing, and I thank our wonderful staff for their commitment to our students.
This term we have welcomed a number of new students into the Senior School. This has included:
These students have been warmly welcomed into their respective year levels and I am sure will add to the vitality and enthusiasm we already have in the College. We wish all of these new students a special welcome to the John Paul College family and hope they will enjoy their time with us.
We have also welcomed new staff members to the Senior School - Mrs Melissa Smalley, Mr Justin Kuek, Mr Scott Cox, Mr Steven Threadgill, Ms Joelle Davey and Miss Emma Hofstetter.
We also welcome back Mr Sean Wheeler and Mr Rob Marr who are returning from leave.
The Year 11 cohort celebrated their Semi-formal event in the Coleman Centre on Tuesday night. It was a wonderful evening. The students were extremely well presented in their beautiful dresses and suits, displayed wonderful manners and had lots of fun. Seeing our Year 11 students enjoy each other’s company and include everyone in their celebrations was very special.
A special thanks to Mrs Dawn Boland, Mrs Steph Ingham, Mr Wade Howard, the Year 11 Pastoral Care teachers and all the staff behind the scenes, who contributed to make the evening such a success.
There might have been a few girls with sore feet as a result of ‘staying the course’ in heels, however after the event they were very proud of themselves.
As a part of the Year 11 Physics programme, students took park in a field trip to Dreamworld on Monday 18 June.
During Term 2 and 3, the Year 11 QCAA Physics students will be studying topics such as Gravitational Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, and Conservation of Energy as a part of the Energy in Our World context. The work done on this excursion will assist students with the topics related to the Extended Experimental Investigation they will complete as assessment during the Energy in our World context.
Students conducted observations and recorded data on the major rides on the day. Examples of the data was the pendulum swing time of the Claw, freefall acceleration of the Giant Drop and the initial acceleration of the Tower of Terror. Students were able to experience the joy of physics in motion in a practical sense. This contributes to the students understanding of units on Energy and Motion.
At John Paul College we are proud of who we are, our history and values. One of the important characteristics of John Paul College students is that when they arrive at school they wear their uniform with pride. It is also expected that when students go to school events outside school hours they also wear their full uniform. Please support us by ensuring your sons and daughters wear the appropriate attire when they go to support their peers at sports events, performance evenings, college art exhibitions, subject selection evenings, etc., unless otherwise informed.
Thank you for your help with this.
As we have already entered the second half of the calendar year, I would like to re-emphasize the strong focus our students will need to have on their academics. John Paul College is a school where we encourage a holistic approach to learning. This is very evident when I look at our calendar and see what we have already completed this year and what we are still planning to do. Sometimes it is very easy to get distracted from some of the things that are really important. The busyness of life takes over! I would like to encourage our students, your sons and daughters, to also refocus on their learning and pay particular attention to the upcoming assessments that they will be facing in the very near future. If students focus on their 'learning habits' over the next few weeks, it will stand them in good stead for the rest of their learning this year.
Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 July - Livet Excursion – Hospitality students
Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July - School Musical ‘We will Rock You’
Thursday 2 August - Parent Teacher Student interviews
Friday 3 August - Cum Laude & Pro Diligentia Award Ceremony
Tuesday 7 August - Parent Teacher Student interviews
Mr Allan Dennis
Head of Senior School
A warm welcome back to our continuing families and a special welcome to all new families to Middle School this term. On Monday morning the Middle School Office was buzzing with over 20 new students to Middle School eagerly waiting to receive their new timetable and meet their class buddy. I trust all new students have settled in well and feel welcome in their new environment.
To assist our Year 6 students and their parents with their transition to secondary school, we have been conducting a series of Engagement Meetings with Senior Staff from Middle School. Last Tuesday was our second round of Engagement Meetings. Feedback from many families has indicated that this experience is very fulfilling and full of important information leading into their child’s secondary education. The transition from Primary School into Middle School is an exciting progression in the educational journey for each student. We will conduct another round of Engagement Meetings for Year 6 families later in the year. We would like to see as many students and parents as possible attend.
The much-anticipated College Musical ‘We Will Rock You’ opens next Friday night 27 July at 7.00 pm. The cast and crew have been working tirelessly to refine the show and are excited to perform for the College community next week. Two further performances are being held on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at 1.00pm. Many students from across the College are involved in the Musical and the quality and standard is extremely high. Your support of their efforts would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are still available from www.johnpaulcollege.com.au. Students involved in the Musical have final rehearsals at Chandler next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
As we commence the semester, I remind all students and parents about our expectations for wearing uniform when representing the College at TAS sport fixtures and performance evenings, and/or attending as a spectator. Students must attend such events in formal school uniform including the College blazer. Hats are to be worn for day time activities. Spectators and players attending TAS sport may choose to wear their sports uniform as a minimum requirement. Attendance at performance events such as the performance evening held at the end of each term also require audience members to wear their formal uniform or performance outfits. Please ensure you comply with these expectations and wear your College uniform with pride.
Mr Mark Zietsch
Head of Middle School
Through active engagement in authentic and challenging Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) learning experiences, we are creating learning environments that nurture innovation, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and communication skills to help prepare our students for their future.
According to Education Services Australia, the Australian Government regards high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education as critically important for our current and future productivity, as well as for informed personal decision-making and effective community, national and global citizenship.
A STEM ‘talent shortage’ has been identified by Australian CEOs as one of their top business risk areas (SEEK Employment Trends, January 2018), but it also creates huge competitive job opportunities for Australians with science, maths, engineering and IT skills. The Australian Government is committed to improving the STEM skills of young Australians to ensure they have the skills they need to live and work in a globalised world.
In the Primary School at John Paul College, we embed STEM learning in our students’ lessons and inquiries every day. Through Units of Inquiry, HASS, Literacy, LOTE, Mathematics, Science and the Arts our students are challenged each day to grow and further develop their understanding of the skills and knowledge in each of these learning areas.
With STEM in mind, the design of our new Prep playground is nearly finalised.
This playground will stimulate critical thinking, providing spaces for Inquiry into Maths, Science, Technology and Engineering to encourage activity and fine and gross motor development. This is essential in the foundation years and we have created an outdoor educational space for outdoor lessons to provide connection to nature and support mindfulness.
Construction on the Prep playground will commence as soon as the tender process is finalised. You can see the plans in the Primary Office.
Our new Kindergarten classes have started with a buzz of excitement and wonder as both Pre-Kindy and Kindy E explore their new surroundings. We welcome Mikaila Price as our new Kindy E Teacher. Mikaila is very familiar to JPC, completing her practicum and internship with us in 2016.
We farewell Chris Bell (Alumni 2007) today and thank him for his time as Spanish Teacher in the Primary School and also for his contribution to JPC Hockey. We wish Chris the very best for his future.
Welcome to Mrs Cecilia Wong who replaces Chris as Primary Spanish Teacher. Cecilia speaks Mandarin and Spanish and we welcome her to the JPC family.
Next week we are looking forward to the school musical, We Will Rock You. A number of our Primary Students are involved in the performance and I encourage you to attend for a great night out and thoroughly entertaining and professional performance of some iconic Queen songs and outstanding student talent. Tickets can be purchased online through the Book and Pay button on JPConnect. Click this link to purchase tickets: http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/news-events/bookings/
A timely reminder that there are uniform guidelines for attendance at various events for the College. Please refer to the guidelines below for clarification:
Mr Andy Gordon
Head of Primary School
I encourage all Primary parents to take advantage of this highly recommended and free parent session happening on Tuesday, 24 July at 7:00pm in the Gorman Lecture Theatre. Parenting can be perplexing at times and Dr Justin Coulson provides some great insights and recommendations into everyday challenges we can face, juggling work, children, school and family, and maintaining balance. To book your seat, please click this link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=384293&
From Friends of Primary
‘Friends of Primary’ is a group of parents and friends of the children in our Primary School. Our aim is to help create the best possible place for our children to learn and thrive. We do this through providing community school events to bring families together and to raise money to provide extra resources and equipment for our children.
On Tuesday, 17 July, Friends of Primary held their Annual General Meeting and elected new committee members for office bearer positions. We welcome and congratulate the following volunteers to their new roles: Deonie Cameron - President, Nabila Mathews - Vice President, Tara Walton - Treasurer and Rebecca Wolff - Secretary.
Over the past four years I have had the privilege of being the President of the Friends of Primary team. During this time, several projects have come to fruition: the completion of commitments made by the previous committee with the refurbishment of the Year 2 playground, the design and construction of a new playground suited to the Senior Primary students, and contributions towards the refurbishment of the Prep playground. Along the way, resources were designated to the purchase of several assets and a healthy bank account remains. In total, during the past four years the Friends of Primary group, with the support of our Primary parents, have raised $170, 745 for the benefit of the children in the Primary School.
During the course of those years, the Friends of Primary group adhered to the original plans and were successful in completing (and surviving) all of our fundraising projects, as well as our community events. With the valuable support of parent volunteers, the Friends of Primary organised and ran movie nights, Mother’s Day stalls, Mayfair stalls, Barefoot in the Park canteens, Father’s Day stalls, World Teachers Day celebrations, Senior Primary Athletic Carnival canteens, Cookie Dough fundraisers, Disco Nights, Pancake Day breakfasts and several raffles.
As past President of Friends of Primary, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the College personnel working in Property Services, who have always helped and guided us when we were unsure of how the procedures in place worked and for ensuring our fundraising activities had the necessary resources and assistance. Our events would not have been the success they were, without the invaluable help of Wade Howard, to whom I will be forever personally thankful. I would like to express my gratitude as well to Craig Careswell and other members of P&F, whose guidance and support over the years have been invaluable. I am very grateful for the constant support and encouragement given to this group by the teachers and staff of John Paul College, especially to Andy Gordon and Lynette Boughton, who clearly made us feel an integral part of the College community. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise all of the people that have made all this work possible; the many parents that attend our Friends of Primary meetings, and the many volunteers that have helped us in the various fundraising events we have held over the past four years. Without their unswerving commitment and the strong relationships that have been forged between Friends of Primary and the Primary School leadership team, the Primary Office staff and the Property Services crew, this would not have been possible.
I cannot finish this report without acknowledging each one of the members of the Friends of Primary Committee that in one form or another, were part of this committee during my time as President: Jackie Weller, Shannon Skead, Caroline Clitheroe, Tamara Wilkinson-Creed, Nicola Kay-Spratley, Lauren Lazarus and Ryan Nicholson. Without all of them, we would not have achieved such success. Their constant support, commitment, work, dedication, tenacity, ideas, resolutions, opinions and beliefs were fundamental to our success. I am very proud of the work achieved and I thank each and all of them for giving so freely of their time and making my task so much easier.
To the future committee members I wish them the very best and rest assured, my support and help will be always at hand. It has been a pleasure to serve as President of John Paul College Friends of Primary.
Thank you very much,
Welcome to Term 3. We hope you are fully recharged after the holidays because this term will be jam-packed.
Highlights include Book Week with its author and illustrator workshops and the well-loved Book Character Parade, NMLC Book Fair, the finish line for the Premier’s Reading Challenge and the launch of a new reading area in the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.
Lock these dates into your calendar.
20–24 August: Book Week
24 August: Book Character Parade
7–20 August: Book Fair
24 August: Premier’s Reading Challenge deadline for return of forms
Hopefully all the Premier’s Reading Challenge forms are filling steadily. The deadline for the return of forms is 24 August. Please return completed forms to the desk at NMLC. Remember, not only will participants receive a certificate recognising their efforts, reading for leisure is proven to help academic success and overall wellbeing. Visit the NMLC to stock up on more books and read on!
Meet Jarvis. Jarvis and his mate, Travis, love footy (AFL, of course) and girls. Not necessarily in that order – sometimes it changes but you get the idea.
Jarvis is hunting for one white footy boot. He is forever losing things. He is also sort of hunting for work experience for school. On his footy boot hunt he spies a rundown used car sales yard. Yep, that’ll do. Work experience, sorted.
Little does he suspect that the people he meets at the car yard will change his life forever. And when he meets Elektra…well, let’s just say nothing will ever be the same again.
This is a story of friends, footy and crazy coaches. It is a story of things and people, lost and found. Even that pesky white footy boot turns up!
Find this book at the Middle Library, NMLC.
At the end of Term 2 we held our Prep to Year 2 Service. It was based on the story of Jesus calming a storm while on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. Many students participated in various ways. Some did little prayers, others did a Bible reading of the story, they watched an animated video, performed a skit (see attached video) and sang in the choir. They even did a ‘Memory Verse’ from Psalm 56:3,
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
The story has many lessons that we can learn. One of the songs the choir sang was titled, “My God is so big.” It reminded the children of how God made everything and how powerful he is. This connected with the story because the Bible teaches us that Jesus is God and became a human being. He then did what he alone was able to do, to help us have faith in him. It is a simple message but the ramifications for us as people are enormous.
Do we trust Christ to be powerful enough to help us when we need it? Do we think he is caring enough to listen to us in our time of need?
The Disciples were afraid for their lives in the boat during the storm while Jesus slept. In the midst of the storm he was calm. Then, in their fear, they cried out to him for help. Their faith was still a work in progress, just as all of ours is each and every day. But they had enough faith, or they knew enough at least, to turn to him. And then Jesus did what only he could, he commanded the wind and the waves to be still. And they calmed down. I repeat, they calmed down.
This is the Christ we have heard about. This is the Christ that has control over nature. This is the Christ who loves us enough to respond to our cries, even when we haven’t totally sorted out our faith. This is the Christ we can trust.
This is the Christ of our school motto.
If you have some kind of storm in your life at the moment, whether your faith is strong or still forming, ask Jesus Christ for the help you need. Philippians 4:7 says,
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Mr Stephen Ward
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.
Welcome back to Term 3. Our students and staff are looking forward to a wonderful and exciting term of performance opportunities in which they will be able to share some truly memorable experiences in all of the disciplines of our Performing Arts programme – Dance, Music, Drama and Cheer. We look forward to welcoming you to them all.
After a week of intensive rehearsals for our musical cast of We Will Rock You : School Musical they have worked extremely hard to polish their performances and are ready and excited with only 7 days until opening night on Friday 27 July! You will not want to miss this fantastic show and tickets are still available through the JPC website.
Also, during rehearsal week, students in our musical band had the opportunity to workshop with James Barber. James is a devoted Queen fan and has travelled the world as the guitarist with the official We Will Rock You musical. His extensive experience and skills performing the show provided valuable experience enjoyed by our rock band students and staff.
Our last Live at the Piazza for Term 2 was held on Friday 22 June where our Primary Students took up the opportunity to perform in front of the lunchtime crowds. Well done to our talented students, Luke Carter, Mia McNiven and Tabitha Weller on their performances.
Students in Exit 24 and Jazz Combo were invited to perform at Westfield Garden City in the evening of the last day of term. Patrons dining in the Town Square enjoyed a 2 ½ hour set by our students. Once again, our students displayed professionalism and their talent to the wider community.
Monday 23 July - Brisbane City Bands Festival – Big Band and Jazz Combo
Wednesday 25 July - Musical rehearsal (entire cast) at Chandler Theatre
Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 July - Musical performances at Chandler Theatre
Wednesday 1 August - Redlands Eisteddfod – Viva Choir
Thursday 2 August - Redlands Eisteddfod – Year 1 & 2 and Year 3 & 4 Singstars Choirs
Thursday 9 August - Quota Beenleigh Logan Eisteddfod – Fusion Dance
Friday 10 August - Quota Beenleigh Logan Eisteddfod – Force Dance
Friday 10 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod - Concert Choir & Chamber Choir
Tuesday 14 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod – Chamber Orchestra & Sinfonia
Friday 17 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod - Eclipse
Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 Aug - Strings Recitals
Friday 7 September - Cabaret Evening
Mr Bobby Gallo
Director of Performing Arts
Year 10 student Krystal George competed in the Gold Coast Half Marathon at Southport over the holidays amongst 10,000 other competitors.
With the minimum age requirement of 15 years, Krystal was one of the youngest athletes competing. She maintained a consistent pace with every kilometre being under the six minute split. She completed the 21 kilometre course in 1 hour 59 minutes and 12 seconds (net time), achieving her goal of a sub-two hour half marathon, and gaining a PB as well. The average time taken to complete this course was 2:12:13. Krystal came in 9th position in her age division. Wonderful effort Krystal!
Congratulations to the following three JPC students that have been selected in the following Volleyball Queensland Teams:
Year 12 student Hannah Le Sage U19
Year 9 student William Jennings U15
Year 9 student Jeremy McEvoy U15
The Australian Junior Volleyball Championships will be held in September over one week!
Further congratulations to Hannah who has been selected in the Australian U18 2018 Squad with Volleyball Australia. Hannah has been invited from athletes Australia wide to trial for Volleyball Australia's Centre of Excellence Program with AIS. Hannah will attend these trials after her week at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships where she will represent QLD U19s. Hannah has also been named CAPTAIN of this Queensland Team!
Congratulations to Year 11 student Lyla Sampson who competed over the weekend at Warrick in the Interschool State Eventing and CT Championships with her two horses Fig and Mick, and was awarded 3rd place.
This week Year 9 student Madeleine Mackenzie is heading up to the CDI (Competition Dressage International), where she will be the youngest competitor in the international class FEI J! A fabulous experience and a wonderful achievement! Good luck Madeleine.
Madeleine has also been selected in the State team. Both Lyla and Madeleine have now qualified to compete at the National Championships to be held in October.
Congratulations to Year 8 student Noah Craig who competed at the State Hockey Championships. Noah’s Brisbane U13 Div 1 team finished second, narrowly losing the final 2-0 to Toowoomba.
Well done Noah!
Congratulations to Year 11 Student China Polata who played in the Tribe7s team taking out the 2018 under 18s Women’s Championship in the Paris 18s World Games!! China scored the opening try and another two tries in the grand final!!
China will also play at the New Caledonia Rugby 7s International next weekend!! Wishing you all the best China!!
Congratulations to the following Primary students and coach who won a silver medal at the Basketball QLD State Championships over the holidays. They sure did JPC proud!
Sienna Peckham Year 6, Madison Best Year 5, Charlie Shaw Year 4 and Coach Anita Peckham.
Over the holidays year 2 student Amabel King won a first & second place at the Taekwondo QLD team selections.
Amabel will compete next at the Australian Taekwondo Open in September.
Keep up the great work Amabel!
John Paul College recently entered the U16 football team consisting of players from years 8-10 into the Kanga Cup held in Canberra over the June/ July Holidays. There were over 350 teams competing in the tournament.
The team played in below zero conditions and displayed great team work and school spirit.
Their games have been challenging (and nerve wracking, heart stopping and hair pulling for the parents on the sidelines!) but they encourage each other and this has seen them make it to the finals, taking out the silver medal.
With the support of Mr Matthew Crameri, Coach Seo and his assistant coaches, the boys have done JPC proud.
Each year our Senior students have the opportunity to nominate for Captain, for Co-curricular Sport and Activities. All Senior students can apply for these roles.
We congratulate the following 2018 Co-curricular Captains:
Community Care - Sarah Herbst and Naomi Maras
Debating - Abi Balaji
Congratulations to our Co-curricular Captains.
Sport & Activities
In Term 3, we welcome back our continuing students and many new students and families who are joining us for the first time. Last Friday all new students attended our Welcome Orientation and Testing Day. Thanks to staff and Homestay Parents for working together to ensure that all students were ready to start on the first day of school.
Our John Paul International College Primary Preparation class for Term 3 is a blend of eight long-term and short-term students. They will be covering concepts such as ‘Identity’ and ‘Familiarisation’ with current Cultural Context, studying disciplines such as English, Mathematics and Science in order to express themselves as students in a global context.
I would like to welcome new students to our Level 1 class at JPIC. The class has 11 students preparing for Grades 7, 8, 9 and 10. Students are from different countries; Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
Most of the students are enjoying their life in Australia with our friendly JPC host families. They are happy and appreciate the support their homestay families show. We also have two students living on campus who have already made many friends in boarding. Fellow boarders are willing to help our new international students settle in.
Level 1 students have been introduced to the many events and co-curricular activities at John Paul College, with some students keen to join basketball, soccer and choir as after school activities.
Students started learning English with the theme ‘My family, my country and me’ and are now able to introduce themselves and communicate their personal details, where they are from and what their family is like. They have also been very busy transitioning into their new lifestyle in Australia.
Fenton Village is now buzzing with life again as boarders get back into the swing of the boarding routine. It has been extremely positive to see how well all boarders have settled back in, and how warmly they have welcomed one another back after the extended holiday break.
On Tuesday evening our Year 11 boarders attended Semi-Formal at the JPC Coleman Centre. All boarders were dressed appropriately and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Professional photos were taken on the night.
Information on how to access these photos will be distributed by Head of Year 11, Mrs Dawn Boland.
Semester 1 reports provided valuable feedback for boarders, parents and boarding staff. Academic outcomes, along with DARTS results are used to inform decisions around prep support and also meetings with boarders regarding academic engagement and expectations/goal setting moving forward. If you have any questions about prep or the academic support available to boarders please feel free to get in contact on 0738263466 or [email protected]. In Term 3 we also welcome an additional Academic Tutor in Ms Jemma Benzie. Jemma is currently undertaking her Bachelors of Education at the University of Queensland and will provide support to all junior boarders, as well as seniors in the areas of Mathematics, History and English.
Christmas in July Dinner will be held on Sunday, 29 July. This is a highly anticipated annual boarding event and Seniors and committee members are currently working with Brenda and the chef team to ensure the menu, decorations and atmosphere on the night are excellent.
EKKA Break this year falls on Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 August. This five day break from classes allows boarders a rare opportunity to relax, refresh and catch up on their studies leading into the assessment and exam period of the term. Boarders are permitted to return home or attend leave with approved hosts during this time. For boarders who remain on campus, there will be a major outing on each day, free for all who wish to attend. This year we are going to Movie World on Monday 13, The Ekka show on Tuesday 14 and a fishing trip on the morning of Wednesday 15 August. There will also be time set aside each day for study, with academic tutors in attendance to offer support.
Staff vs. Boarders Basketball falls on Sunday, 16 September 2018. With the staff leading the Staff vs. Boarders 2 – nil so far this year after narrow victories in Touch Football and Netball, the boarders will be eager to get a win on the scoresheet in basketball.
End of Term Outing will take place on Monday, 17 September and will be at an all you can eat restaurant / buffet after a similar popular event in 2017. The restaurant is still TBC and will likely be narrowed to the final two and then decided by student vote/preference.
Mr Sean Cox
Director of Boarding
21 July - TAS Trimester 3 Round 1 - BYE
23 July - Year 1 Old Beenleigh Town Excursion
23 July - Primary Superhero Day
23 July - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
24 July - Success at School Starts at Home: Session 3. Gorman Lecture Theatre
25 - 27 - Livet Excursion, Royal Pines
25 - 26 July - Full Day Musical Dress Rehearsal, Chandler Theatre
26 July - School Musical Technical Run, Chandler Theatre
27 July - Years 9-12 AIME Session
27 - 29 July - We Will Rock You: School Edition musical performance
28 July - Term 3 Round 1
28 July - Trimester 3 Round 2 - JPC vs St Columbans, John Paul College
29 July - Netball QLD Emerging Talent Clinic, Coleman Centre
29 July - Boarding Christmas in July Dinner
30 July - Kindy A, B and C Geckoes Wildlife visit, Kindergarten Building
31 July - Kindy D, E and Pre K Geckoes Wildlife visit, Kindergarten Building
31 July - Year 5 Retreat
1 August - Inter-house Singing Competition rehearsal
1 August - Exchange Presentation and Host Family Dinner, Gorman Lecture Theatre
2 August - JPIC Assembly, Gorman Lecture Theatre,
Year 7-12 Parent/Teacher/Student Reviews
3 August - Cum Laude & Pro Diligentia Award Ceremony, Coleman Centre
4 August - JTAS Term 3 Round 2
4 August - TAS Trimester 3 Round 3 - JPC vs St Pauls, St Pauls
4 August - Boarder's Social Evening
6 August - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room
7 August - Staff and large group academic / co-curricular photos, Main Administration Car Park
7 August - Year 7-12 Parents/Teacher/Student Reviews, Coleman Centre
7 August - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
8 August - Logan District Athletics Carnival, QTAC
8 August - Year 11 Jasper Jones Excursion, Playhouse QPAC
9 August - Open Day
9 August - Friends of Netball Meeting
10 August - Primary Parade, ARC
10 August - Primary School Disco, Coleman Centre
10 August - TJAS Term 3 Round 3
10 August - TAS Trimester 3 Round 4 - JPC vs Ormiston College, Ormiston College
13 August - Logan Ekka Show Public Holiday
14-15 August - JPC EKKA Pupil Free Days
14 August - 13-15 Years Girls Regional Cricket, Moreton Bay College
16 August - Year 4 Incursion - BYO Creativity STEM
16 August - Year 2 towards Zero Waste Education Centre excursion
17 August - Prep to Year 2 Sports Day, Jukambi Oval
17 August - Principal's Assembly, Coleman Centre
17 August - Logan District Athletics Carnival 13-19 Years, QSAC
18 August - JTAS Term 3 Round 4
18 August - TAS Trimester 3 Round 5 - JPC vs Canterbury, John Paul College
19 August - Cheer Practice, Coleman Centre
19 August - Combined Chamber Orchestra Performance (JPC and Tagiev) Years 6-12), Stephen Bean Theatre
20 August - 10-12 years Girls Regional Cricket, Macgregor
20 August - String Recital (Years 3-12), Stephen Bean Theatre
20 August - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
21 August - Ballet Exams, Astaire
21 August - String Recital (Years 3-12), Stephen Bean Theatre
22 August - Prep Parade, ARC
22 August - Year 1 Back in Time Day, Prep Playground Sail Area and Classrooms
22 August - JPIC Assembly, Gorman Lecture Theatre
22 August - IB Sarlight Booknight, Noelene Munns Learning Centre
22 August - Year 9 Subject Selection Evening, Gorman Centre
23 August - Primary Schools Volleyball Cup, Craigslea State High School
24 August - Book Character Parade, ARC/Gilmore Lawns
24 August - Social Justice Service, Gorman Centre
25 August - OptiMIND Tournament, Bradley and Gorman Buildings, Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre
25 August - JTAS Term 3 Round 5
25 August - TAS Trimester 3 Round 6, JPC vs St John's, St John's Anglican College
26 August - Year 6 into Year 7 Parent Information Evening
28 August - Kindy A and C Fathers Day Celebrations, Kindergarten Building
29 August - Primary School Father's Day Stall, ARC
29 August - Kindy B and E Father's Day Celebrations, Kindergarten Building
29 August - Years 7 and 8 Subject Selection Evening, Gorman Centre
30 August - Interhouse Singing Competition rehearsal
30 August - Primary School Student Led Conferences, Primary Precinct
30 August - Kindy D and Pre K Father's Day Celebrations, Kindergarten Building
31 August - Foundation Day Assembly (Years 7-12), Coleman Centre
31 August - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre
1 September - JTAS Term 3 Round 6
1 September - TAS Trimester 3 Round 7, JPC vs WMAC, John Paul College
2 September - Friends of Netball Colour Explosion Fun Run, Cec Munns Sports Centre
3 September - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room
4 September - QCS, Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre
4 September - Primary School Student Led Conferences, Primary Precinct
4 - 5 September - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
6 - 7 September - PYP Exhibition, Wesley Building
6 -7 September - 10-19 years Regional Athletics Carnival, QSAC
6 September - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Lecture Theatre
7 September - Prep Outdoor Classroom Day, Campus Grounds
7 September - Cabaret Night
8 September - JTAS Term 3 Round 7
8 September - TAS Trimester 3 Round 8, JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College
10 - 11 September - 10-19 years Boys Regional Cricket, Thornlands
10 -14 September - Year 11 and 12 Exams, TBA
11 September - Year 8 Retreat
11 and 13 September - Early Learning Centre photos, ELC
11 September - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
12 September - National Australia Day Council (NADC) Forum, Stephen Bean Theatre
13 September - JPIC Exit Testing, Gorman Lecture Theatre
13 September - RU OK Fun Run, Stephen Bowers Oval
14 September - JTAS Athletics Carnival
15 September - TAS Trimester 3 Finals
17 September - Year 4 St Helena Island Excursion, St Helena Island
17 September - Prep to Year 2 Term 3 Service, ARC
17 September - Boarding End of Term Outing
17 September - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
17 September - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre
18 September - JPIC Carnival, Stephen Bowers Oval
18 September - TAS Athletics Carnival, QSAC
19 September - Year 11 Retreat
19 September - Middle School Design Day, Middle School Precinct
19 September - JPIOC Carnival, Coleman Courts and Mezzanine
19 September - Prep Parade
19 September - Years 3 to 6 Service, ARC
19 September - St Mark's Concert, St Marks Anglican Church Daisy Hill
20 September - IB Art Exhibition
20 - 23 September - Champion Basketball Schools Cup, Logan
21 September - Primary Parade, ARC
21 September - Assembly, Coleman Centre
21 September - Live at the Piazza
21 September - JPIC Term 3 Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre
21 September - TERM 3 CONCLUDES
22 September - Boarder Travel Day
24 September - 5 October - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme
3 - 5 October - Code Camp, Burke Building
3 October - Senior First XI Cricket Trial Game vs The Southbport School, CMSC Oval 1
4 October - Senior First XI Cricket Trial Game vs St Joseph's Nudgee College, CMSC Oval 1
5 October - JPIC Term 4 New Student Testing and Orientation, Bradley Building
7 October - Boarder Travel Day
7 October - QLD Schools T20 Independent Schools Zone Finals, CMSC Oval 1 and 2
8 October - TERM 4 COMMENCES
8 October - JPIC Welcome Assembly, Stephen Bean Theatre
8 October - Piano Recital (Prep to Year 12), Stephen Bean Theatre