09 February 2018
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
07 3826 3333
John Paul Drive
Daisy Hill, Qld, 4127

The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

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


Key Concerns for Young People

Mission Australia has released the results of its 2016 national Youth Survey of 22,000 15 to 19 year olds. The survey found that alcohol and drugs, equity and discrimination and mental health were the top three issues nominated by young people as of national concern. The number of young people reporting mental health as a concern has doubled since 2011.


Reporting on their personal concerns, young people nominated coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues.


On the issue of discrimination, the survey found:


• Over one quarter of young people indicated that they had experienced some form of unfair treatment or discrimination in the last 12 months;

• The main reasons young people cited for their experience of discrimination were gender (39 per cent) and race/cultural background (31 per cent);

• One in seven female respondents reported experiencing gender discrimination, more than three times the proportion of males;

• One in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander respondents reported experiencing discrimination on the basis of race or cultural background, more than three times the proportion of non-Indigenous young people;

• Half the young people surveyed had witnessed someone else being unfairly treated or discriminated against in the last 12 months, most commonly on the basis of race/cultural background (58 per cent) and sexuality (41 per cent).

Through our Pastoral Care programmes, we do all we can to support our students, encourage resilience and positivity and assist them to develop strategies to deal with the challenges that life can deliver. As a College, we also talk a lot about mutual respect and our core values that include acceptance, love, unity and fairness.


Our Heads of School, PC and form teachers, Chaplains and Counsellors as well as all our staff, are here to support your child through their school life.

Life at School this Week

Our 2016 first year reunion was a great success. We welcomed over 90 past students back to John Paul College. It was lovely to hear of the study pathways and work experiences. We look forward to further reunions through the year.


Our programme of daily writing continues with classes in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 completing writing on demand for 10 minutes every day. Just in the space of a few days, I have already seen improvements in students’ writing. In Year 5 last week there was a focus on WOW words (strong and descriptive adjectives) and starting sentences strongly. We would love parents to engage in discussions with your sons and daughters about their writing.


In the next couple of weeks, a number of Senior School teachers will be absent from class as they participate in panel meetings where they will meet with colleagues from other schools and discuss standards in student achievement in Year 11. These panel meetings occur around the state in February and are part of the quality control process for senior student outcomes. Our College has 26 teachers participating in these meetings, spanning the full spectrum of our subject offering. This is one example of the calibre and professionalism of our people.

Parent Meetings

All parents should have received access to a link to book into small group sessions with me. These will be small focus groups where I endeavour to learn about some of the core aspects of our College.

RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run 2018

On Sunday 4 March 2018, John Paul College will be lacing up to support women with breast cancer and their families. Early bird registrations close Friday 9 February.   To date, we  have 71 members of the JPC community registered with $1,906 (from a target of $5,000) raised to date.   To support John Paul College, please join us by registering and participating in this event. If you are unable to run but would like to donate to Team JPC or would like further information, please click here.



Congratulations to:

  • The first Dux of our College and School Captain in 1985, Dr Craig Munns, who has been awarded a full professorship at Sydney University for Research and Practice in Mineral and Bone Medicine;
  • Our boys’ volleyball and girls’ basketball teams who made a strong start to their season against West Moreton Anglican College last week.

Staff Long Service Awards

Special congratulations and thank you to our dedicated staff who achieved milestone years in their service to John Paul College:

10 Year Service Awards:

Eddie Are, Shannon Bohan, Kellie Douglas, Richard Graf, Christopher Hales, Tracey Hartwig, Caryl McClure, Cherie Parkes, Lena Southwood, Peter Tales, Joan Thomson and Marja Wilson

15 Year Service Awards:

Dilshaad Doolabh, Rebecca Gallagher, Debbie Gillespie, Stacey Long, Lalit Prasad, Linda Steinhausen and Miriam Vella

20 Year Service Awards:

Amanda Borrello, Scott Ingram, Toni Latta, Janet Scanlon and Lisa Strudwick

25 Year Service Awards:

Simone Bartlett, Michelle Blackmore, Jan MacNamara and Jan Marxsen


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


JPC Announcements

Student Wellbeing Webinars for Parents

Semester 1 Series


The Parent Webinar Programme continues in 2018 with a Semester 1 series of three webinars. The webinars are free for parents, involve no registrations and are presented by high profile practitioners and academics. Parents just access the supplied address (URL) at the date and start time advertised (usually 7.30 pm to 8.15 pm) on a week night. 

The Semester 1 programme:

Parent Webinar – 13
It's Time we Talked AGAIN: Pornography, Young People and Sexuality Today
01/03/2018 <detail here>

Parent Webinar 14
Adolescent Sleep and Wellbeing
17/05/2018 <detail here>

Parent Webinar 15
Mental Fitness for Families
06/06/2018 <detail here>


Please find attached an overview of the programme, description and links of the three upcoming webinars and the recording links of past sessions <here>. 

Volunteer to be an Exchange Host Family in 2018!!

The John Paul College Exchange and Culture Tour Programme needs loving, caring people willing to accommodate student visitors from our sister schools in Japan and Germany and we hope you will consider offering your assistance this year.


We are currently seeking host families for three boys from Shizuoka in Japan for 12 - 29 March.  These students will need to have a host families arranged within next two weeks of term, so if you can help, we would love to hear from you!


In Term 3, we require hosts for three Japanese girls (four weeks, July - August), 11 German girls (27 July – 9 August) as well as three female German exchange students, who will be with us for the full term (27 July – 28 September).


If you are interested in hosting, or you are planning to send your son/daughter on an exchange / tour in the future, please contact me for more information and assistance with Blue Card applications.


Give a visitor the JPC Family experience.  Apply to host today!

Ms Helena Abraham

Overseas Student Exchange Co-ordinator

Tel +61 7 3826 3465
Email habraham@jpc.qld.edu.au


Please note that exchange / tour hosting is not part of the homestay programme and not paid.

Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

Year 12 Leadership Induction


The Senior School Leadership Induction on Monday was a very successful evening, held to celebrate our class of 2018 and their position in John Paul College as the Senior Students. Each student was recognised by the College community as they were presented on stage and received their 2018 Senior badges.


House Captains also received their badges and House Caps, followed by the Vice-Captains in their particular area of responsibility in Boarding, International, Primary, Middle and Senior School positions.

Finally, the Captains were presented with their badges and took the opportunity to speak to the College body about their vision for 2018.


The Captains and students accorded their special responsibilities, along with their parents, attended a photo session and small celebration on the mezzanine floor of the Coleman Centre to conclude the evening.


Vocational Education News

Year 12 student Ben Wu from the class of 2017 was successful in receiving a scholarship from the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) in Adelaide. ICHM is part of the Charles Darwin University Group and their degree programmes prepare students for hotel management roles based on the Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) model. ICHM are also the only provider for the Swiss Hotel programme in Australia.


Ben is very excited about taking up this opportunity and has enrolled into a dual degree programme which includes a Bachelor of Business (Hotel Management) and a Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association).

Beginning of the Year Expectations

I would like to remind all of our families that from the beginning of the year we expect our students to be immaculately attired in their school uniforms. From the moment they leave home to when they return, they should be dressed appropriately. This is also a reminder that the school hat is an essential part of our uniform and should be worn every day to and from school and at all school functions unless otherwise stated. The wearing of jewellery, is not acceptable, other than a single stud or sleeper in each ear for girls.


Greetings and manners must also be of the highest calibre. A “Good morning Sir” or “Good afternoon Ma’am” is not only expected, but part of our culture of mutual respect. At John Paul College our standards will be upheld as we support the ethos and culture of the College.


Many parents will be aware that John Paul Drive at 3:20 pm is busy with traffic and students exiting the College trying to get to the bus lines. To ensure that our students are safe we ask that every time your son or daughter is dropped off at school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon, you use the Markwell car park and associated zones inside the College. In the first  few weeks, this has required a lot of patience from drivers as they pick students up from the Markwell Carpark.  However, as drivers become more aware of our systems this will begin to flow better. Students must not arrange to meet parents or caregivers at the bottom of the main driveway on John Paul Drive, as this is a very real safety concern for us.


We have started the year extremely well and I look forward to seeing our young people develop and grow in our holistic, connected, dynamic and innovative learning community.


If you have any concerns about your student, there are people in all areas to assist, whether it be academically, with career guidance or subject guidance, we are here to  help and I welcome  you making contact.

Dates to Note:

Friday 16 February - inter-house swimming carnival - Chandler Aquatic Centre

Wishing you a wonderful week. 


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School


Safer Internet Day

Growing up as a teenager in today’s fast paced and ever-changing world is very different to that experienced by most adults when at school. Technology such as Smart phones, iPads, Apps etc. have changed the way we access knowledge, communicate and collaborate. Keeping up with advances in technology is a challenge for schools and parents. Whilst the many benefits of technology are highly recognised, it also has the potential to be misused and cause significant harm to individuals and organisations.


The Courier Mail editorial comment (page 74) on 28th January summarises the breadth of online harassment as:

  1. Repeatedly sending offensive messages
  2. Denigration such as making derogatory comments or dissemination of sexual images
  3. Intense harassment creating fear
  4. Happy slapping (filming and distributing a physical assault to publicly humiliate the victim)
  5. Exclusion
  6. Outing
  7. Trickery 
  8. Impersonation

At John Paul College we have zero tolerance for inappropriate/negative interactions including cyberbullying (repeated negative behaviours such as described above). Safer Internet Day is an annual, worldwide event and was held last Tuesday 6 February. Celebrated in 130 countries, Safer Internet Day is a good opportunity to engage the community in how to make the online world safe for all users. The Australian Government provide useful advice and resources to educate the community about safe online practices through the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website. Some of their information and resources are shared below. I encourage all parents to visit the eSafety website and have follow up conversations with your son/daughter:


Five Ways to Show Respect Online

  1. Ask someone before tagging someone in a picture or video
  2. Don’t reveal people’s personal information
  3. Share pictures or videos with consent only
  4. Recognise that the opinion of others may be different to your own
  5. Only say what you’d say to someone face to face

Other useful resources include:

Reporting online bullying: https://www.esafety.gov.au/complaints-and-reporting/cyberbullying-complaints/i-want-to-report-cyberbullying


A catch up on the latest Apps: https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/games-apps-and-social-networking


If you have concerns regarding your son’s/daughter’s use of technology, please make contact with their PC teacher and/or Head of Year and we will work together to support them to feel safe and act appropriately in the online environment.

Homework Club – Year 7

A reminder that Homework Club is available to all Year 7 students on a Thursday afternoon from 3.30 – 4.30 pm in Wesley 4. For more information about Homework Club please email Ms Stacey Lang slang@jpc.qld.edu.au .

Year 9 Student Council 2018

After a rigorous process involving nominations, interviews and discernment; it gives me great pleasure to announce the Year 9 Student Council members for 2018:


Oriana Brain, Monica Cooze, Jessica Gaskell, Sam Goodwin, Melissa Hanna, Jamie Hou, Jazlyn Jenkinson, Chloe Lai, Abdul-Waahid Latif, Madeleine Mackenzie, Jeremy McEvoy, Kate Rebello, Naadirah Seedat, Lauren Shillabeer, Rachel Toon and Millie May Watt.

Further congratulations to the following students on being elected to the Student Council Executive Team:


Presidents:                   Jessica Gaskell and Sam Goodwin

Vice Presidents:          Kate Rebello and Jamie Hou

Secretary:                     Jazlyn Jenkinson

Treasurer:                     Madeleine Mackenzie


We wish the Year 9 Student Council members all the best in their leadership of Middle School this year. The Year 7 and 8 Council members will be announced later this term.

Roll Call

A reminder that students must be on campus by 8.10 am and organised for the first two lessons before 8.20am. Roll Call (8.20 – 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

We are not our feelings…


It was wonderful to engage with Primary parents at our Curriculum Information evening this week, sharing in hands-on activities in the classroom and experiencing the learning that your children encounter every day in their learning environments.


An article I have shared with teachers this week, is that of Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson’s Book, The Whole-Brain Child, and their notion of ‘Feelings Come and Go.’


They recount the importance of children understanding their feelings and recognising them for what they are.


“Temporary, changing conditions. They are states, not traits. They’re like the weather. Rain is real, and we’d be foolish to stand in a downpour and act as if it weren’t really raining. But we’d be just as foolish to expect that the sun will never reappear.


We need to help children understand that the clouds of their emotions can (and will) roll on by. They won’t feel sad or angry or hurt or lonely forever. This is a difficult concept for kids to understand at first. When they hurt or when they’re scared, it’s sometimes hard for them to imagine that they won’t always suffer. Taking the long view isn’t usually that easy even for an adult, much less a young child.


We need to help them understand that feelings are temporary – on average, an emotion comes and goes in ninety-seconds. If we can communicate to our children how fleeting most feelings are, then we can help them develop the mindsight on display. “I’m not dumb, I just feel dumb right now.”


Younger children will obviously need your help, but they can certainly grasp the idea that feelings come and go. The more kids understand that feelings come and go, the less they’ll get stuck ‘on the rim of their wheel,’ and they more they will be able to live life and make decisions from their hub.


As we come to understand the impact of emotions for our children, I encourage you to attend our free parent information session with visiting guest speaker, Dr Justin Coulson on Tuesday, 20 February.


Our first session, Success at School Starts at Home, will look at ‘9 Ways to a Resilient Child.’ What is Resilience? An excerpt from Dr Coulson’s best-selling book of the same title states, “A person is considered resilient if they are doing better than we might expect given the circumstances they are facing, or have faced previously. We see someone born into challenge, and they thrive. The statistics tell us that with the risk factors present in that person’s life, they should struggle, fail school, have dysfunctional relationships and never get ahead. But they stand tall, develop well and succeed ins school, relationships and life. Thus they are resilient. Something inside them, or something or someone in their environment, or both, helps them find the capacity to ‘make it’.”  


Bookings are available online at https://www.trybooking.com/348717  and I encourage all parents to attend.  Invite your friends to attend also.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary

From the Friends of Primary School

Hello Everyone!


Friends of Primary will kick off our fundraising this year, celebrating Shrove Tuesday with a pancake breakfast. This is an excellent opportunity to come together and have a chat while savouring delicious homemade pancakes with syrup, together with chocolate milk and tea and coffee.


If you would like to give us a hand in the preparations, we will be getting together on Monday, 12th of February at the Maker Space (Year 1 building) after drop-off to prepare the batter for the pancakes.


On Tuesday, 13th February, we will be holding Shrove Tuesday – Pancakes Breakfast. The stall will be located at the Primary School lawns from 7.30 am - 9.00 am. We will be selling the pancakes for just $1. We would appreciate your help, If you are able to assist with serving on the morning. If you are not able to assist with our stall, we would be very happy to see you enjoy an energetic start of the day with us, enjoying your pancakes!


If you have any questions please email Caroline Clitheroe at caroline_clitheroe@hotmail.com  or Romina Vecchi at rominamvecchi@gmail.com.

Thank you.


Mrs Romina Vecchi

Friends of Primary

Chaplain and Community

Taming the Tongue

In Senior School Chapel we have been discussing “Taming the Tongue.” The Bible, in numerous places, talks about the power of our words. The words we use have the power to harm, hurt and destroy; or they have the power to encourage, love and heal.


When God gave us his Word, the Bible, he knew the influence our speech could have on another person. And so, he encourages us, in the strongest terms possible, to be careful about what we say.


To help illustrate this point, I had three volunteers come down the front to hold something mysterious I had hidden in a bag. After some guessing, I revealed an ox tongue. The students then had to hold it and say out loud something negative, and something positive you might say to another person. By saying it out loud, it evoked a response from the other students in the audience, which is what I was trying to achieve. Even when harmful words are not directly spoken to a person, they hit a nerve.

And almost every student, when I did a quick survey with their eyes closed, put up their hand because harmful words had been spoken to them, and they still remembered it clearly.


And that is why in the Bible it says things like,


Proverbs 12:18

Some people make cutting remarks,
but the words of the wise bring healing.


Ephesians 4:29

When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.


At one point Jesus responded to some religious men who rejected that he healed someone by the power of God, even though they had just seen it. He said,


Matthew 12:33-37

“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right?


For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.


And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgement day for every word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”


People sometimes wonder about the justice of God. Well, Jesus makes it pretty clear here. The words we speak to others have consequences, or rewards for us on the day we stand before him. I think I would prefer to face him with a clear conscience, knowing my words had been about caring for others, and not hurting them.


Will you determine this year to make sure your words are based in love and respect?


Mr Stephen 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 kevinjulie.gordon@gmail.com 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: daisyhill@bne.catholic.net.au    

Library Learning

Safer Internet Day 

From our youngest students to our teenagers, understanding how to be safe when on the internet and what to do when issues arise are vital life skills for the young people in our care.


Safer Internet Day is a time to raise awareness of social media use and possible abuse and the sad incidences of cyberbullying that occur when people use the anonymity of the internet to be unkind to others.


The very young students talked with the teacher librarians about always being kind, whether face to face, on the phone or on a website. The acronym THINK reminds students to:


TELL an adult if they experience anything that makes them sad or uncomfortable

HIDE their passwords and don’t share login details

INTERESTING is not always safe – free gaming sites and music download sites can hide dangers

NAME calling is not acceptable at any time

KEEP your personal information safe – never tell a stranger online where you live.


Gorman Learning Centre is also promoting responsible internet use with a display of Safer Internet Day posters. A variety of books accompany the display. Some standouts are the hilarious Go Tweet Yourself, The Instagram Book, Jekyll’s Mirror and Butter.


Go Tweet Yourself takes a look at (and a laugh at) the things that give Twitter a bad name, like ‘tweets about what colour socks that random girl from the study group is going to wear’.  The Instagram Book celebrates the social media photography phenomenon in a stunning collection of images all over the world that have appeared on the app.  Jekyll’s Mirror by William Hussey is a ‘creepy thriller story that tackles the issue of cyber bullying head on’.  Butter by Erin Jade Lange is a heartrending look at a boy who decides to grab attention and popularity the only way he feels he can. ‘It takes Butter just 15 minutes to create a website and announce his plan to the world—he will eat himself to death live on the internet!’


We encourage our students to read these and other fiction and non-fiction books and really think about the role of the internet in their lives.

Learning in the Library 

Year 3 students began a four-week unit of work in the Learning Centre to understand how coding using algorithms can solve problems. They will explore the Ozobots, one example of the collection of robotic equipment available to Primary students from Noelene Munns Learning Centre. These cute little robots can be coded using blocks of colour as well as a drag and drop coding language called Ozoblockly. The students were amazed at the variety of moves, directions and speeds they can control with just a coloured line.


The Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum topics are being delivered in a joint project between the E-learning facilitator, Mrs Angell, the teacher librarians and classroom teachers. Judging by the reactions of Year 3 students so far, there will be fun and learning in the Learning Centre.

Book of the Week

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil


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


Their relationship is elemental, chaotic and messy. Atoms will fizz and spit, spin and collide, then spin away again.  The push and pull between them is magnetic … gravitational.  It is pure chemistry.  Let’s face it. The story of Sophia and Joshua is simply magic.


You can find this smart and funny book at the Middle Library, NMLC.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts


Our Senior Student Leadership Induction held on Monday 5 February gave our advanced musicians the opportunity to combine and experience the unique timbre and texture of the Symphonic repertoire.  Parents, guardians, staff and students enjoyed performances by our Symphony Orchestra (combined Wind Orchestra and Sinfonia) and Chamber Choir, who performed “Run to You” by K. Olusola, A. Kaplan, S. Hoying, M. Grassi, K. Maldonado & B. Bram.  Well done to these students on their wonderful performances.


Congratulations to our 2017 Primary Speech and Drama students who achieved excellent results in their Speech and Drama Exams held in November 2017:

  • Tabitha Weller (Year 5) – Speech and Drama Preparatory 3
  • Annalicia Flower (Year 6) – Speech and Drama Preparatory 3
  • Saskia Cooper-Holmes (Year 7) – Speech and Drama Preparatory 3
  • Ariel Franzmann (Year 7) – Speech and Drama Preparatory 4


Reminder to Parents:

Performing Arts student rehearsals are closed rehearsals.  During the course of the year, parents will be invited to come along and enjoy the progress of your child’s ensemble.  We appreciate your continued support of the Performing Arts.


Upcoming Dates:

Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal at the end of Term 2, 2018 is April 17, 2018.  Withdrawal forms are available online via jpconnect.net or from the Performing Arts Office.


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts


Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior School Sports and Activities

Swimming Brisbane Sprint Championships

Congratulations to the following students who competed at the Brisbane Sprint Championships last weekend.

Charly Kuhnemann         Year 12       Gold 50m Backstroke,

                                                                         Silver 50m Freestyle

Jack Dugandzic                 Year 10        Silver 50m Breaststroke

Caio Gallo                            Year 11         Silver 50m Butterfly

Aurelia Gallo                       Year 7           Silver 50 Breaststroke


Congratulations also to the following students who finished top 10 in the finals:

Tina Gallo          Year 10

Zaki Rowe          Year 3

Riley Edwards  Year 4


Australian U17 Basketball Camp

Congratulations to Year 11 student, Blake Jones who was selected to attend the Australian U17 basketball camp held at the Australian Institute of Sports in Canberra. Blake was one of 20 of the top U17 players in Australia to attend the camp. Well done Blake!


Australian Volleyball

Congratulations to Year 9 student, Jeremy McEvoy who has gained selection in the U15 Australian Junior Men’s Volleyball Squad. Jeremy will travel to Canberra for a training camp, where he will experience coaching from some of the leading Australian Volleyball coaches. Jeremy will also play in the invitational matches against Japan. We wish Jeremy all the best for the national training camp.


Metropolitan East Tennis

Congratulations to Year 8 student Samuel Lockett and Year 9 student Arthur Tighe, who have progressed to the Metropolitan East U15 Tennis Trials.  

Inter-House Swimming Carnival

The Senior School will come together on Friday, February 16, for our annual inter-house swimming carnival at the Chandler Aquatic Centre.  All four Houses will battle it out for the Chairman’s Cup and Nicole Cooper Spirit Cup.  Years 7 – 12 students are expected to attend this whole school event, as we all throw our support behind our House Captains and House Patrons for the first of our 2018 inter-house competitions.

TAS Trimester 1 Sport

Round 3 - Saturday 10th February

John Paul College vs Cannon Hill Anglican College

Mrs Karen Graham

Director of Sports and Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Calligraphy, writing by hand, important in ancient times, still has its place in learning and self-expression today.


JPIC students Rostyslav Sysenko and Mickey Wang were proud to present our new Principal, Mrs Spiller with a boxed calligraphy set, engraved with the Chinese Proverb:


“A child’s life is like a piece of paper

On which every person leaves a mark”

Under Mrs Spiller’s leadership, we know all members of the JPC family will leave their special mark on each and every student they meet, especially those from JPIC.


Senior School Leadership Induction

On Monday evening, John Paul International College students were excited to see our new Vice-Captains presented at the Leadership Induction and on Wednesday, they warmly welcomed Natasha Firman and Brandon Choi to our JPIC Assembly and assisted in the presentation of certificates.


Level 3 Laboratory Work

Last week, the level 3B students have been working in the laboratory for the first time doing chemistry. They have been learning how to be safe and to work in small groups to perform chemistry experiments. The students learnt how to work as a team and to nominate a team leader to delegate different roles and responsibilities. Shion Kang, Teng Lam and James Lee worked well in a team together.

Photo L to R: Shion Kang , Teng Lam and James Lee


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

From the Director of Boarding


The start of the term has flown by, and boarders are now engaging deeply in subject content and assessment. This has led to many boarders taking advantage of the wonderful academic support on offer during boarding prep.


The first major event of our Lifestyle Calendar took place over the weekend, in the form of the Wet n’ Wild Boarders Social. This event saw boarding schools from all over South-East Queensland converge at Wet n’ Wild to enjoy a refreshing and social summer day. Our boarders enjoyed themselves, were responsible and represented JPC well.


Boarding Committee Announcement

Our Boarding executive team and committee was announced at the Boarders’ Meeting on Sunday evening. Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen by their peers to represent the student body.

All committee members in Years 8 to 11 serve for one semester, at which time the committee is voted on again. The Year 12 members serve for their entire Senior year and form the Boarding Executive team in partnership with the Boarding Captains.

Boarder Parent / Guardian Accommodation

We are happy to announce that JPC Boarder parents and guardians will soon be able to access affordable on campus accommodation. Below is a brief rationale and features of the accommodation. For more information, please refer to the booking document located on the Boarding Portal (Click Here).


Rationale: The Finch House studio apartment is located within the main school campus,  adjacent to the Finch House, currently occupied by the Director of Boarding.  It is available for boarder parents / guardians (and immediate family) in the hope to provide affordable, convenient and close by accommodation for boarder families who wish to visit their son/daughter during term time.

It features a Queen bed, TV, small fridge, built-in wardrobe, modern bathroom, shared laundry facilities and air-conditioning.  All linen is supplied.


Mr Sean Cox

Director of Boarding

Assistant Director's Blog

Congratulation to Sarah-Cait Kirkland on being officially appointed a Vice-Captain of the school and more importantly, the student representative in boarding. Sarah-Cait arrived at Fenton Village at the start of 2017 and quickly asserted herself as a role model for other boarders within the village.

Sarah-Cait leads by example and is not afraid to give a new activity, sport or hobby a go. Even with such a heavy academic load, she somehow still makes a lot of time to hang out and mentor many of the younger boarders in Fenton Village and assisting them in any way she can. We are truly fortunate to have a role model like Sarah-Cait within boarding and her appointment of Vice-Captain is thoroughly deserved.  Congratulations SK!


Mr Tim Christie

Assistant Director of Boarding

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Dates to Remember


10 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 2

10 February - TAS Trimester 1 Round 3, JPC vs Cannon Hill Anglican College, John Paul College

12 - 14 February - Year 7 Camp, Tallebudgera 

13 - 16 February - Year 6 Canberra Tour

13 February - Friends of Primary Pancake Breakfast, Primary Playground in front of Office

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

14 - 16 February - Year 5 Camp, Mapleton

15 February - Academic Honours Assembly, Coleman Centre

16 February - Senior School Inter House Swimming Carnival, Chandler

16 February - Beginner Strings and Junior Concert Band Workshop (Years 3 - 4), Stephen Bean Theatre

17 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 3

17 February - TAS Trimester 1 Round 4 - JPC vs St Paul's, St Paul's College

20 February - Secondary School 2019 Block Interviews, Gorman Centre

20 February, Prep to Year 2 Bravehearts Presentation, Stephen Bean Theatre

20 February - Success Through School Evening (Years 3 to 6 Parent Event, Gorman Lecture Theatre

21 February - Teddy Bear's Picnic, Prep Playground and Classrooms

22 February - TAS Ecumenical Service, Cannon Hill Anglican College

23 February - Primary Leaders Induction, Coleman Centre

23 February - Live at the Piazza

24 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 4

24 February - TAS Trimester 1 Round 5, JPC vs St Columban's, John Paul College

24 February - Open Day


1 March - Years 3 to 6 Swimming Carnival, Stephen Paul Aquatic Centre

1- 2 March - Prep Hearing Screening

1 March - Years 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Reviews, Coleman Centre

2 - 4 March - Years 7 to 12 Instumental Camp, SOPA Precinct

2 March - Year Young Leaders Day (Year 6 Leaders), BCEC

2 March - Assembly Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

3 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 5

3 March - TAS Trimester 1 Round 5, JPC vs St John's, St John's Anglican College

4 March - International Women's Day Fun Run/Walk, Southbank

5 March - Year 1 Inside Out Provocation for UOI Incursion, Gorman Lecture Theatre

5 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

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

6 March - Years 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Reviews, Coleman Centre

6 March - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

7 March - Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

7 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

7 March - PYP Parent Workshops, Primary Classrooms

8 March - Year 6 Retreat, Stephen Bean Theatre

8 March - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

10 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 6

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

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

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

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 - 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 - 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

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

23 March - Primary Parade

23 March - Live at the Piazza

24 March - TAS Trimester 1 Finals

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

27 March - JPIC Carnival

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

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 3 to 12), Coleman Centre

29 March - JPIC Graduation


30 March - Good Friday - Easter Service, JPC Grounds


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


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