20 April 2018
Issue 011
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
We Will Rock You
JPC Announcements
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Vacation Care
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 the Principal's Voice



Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

Louis Pasteur


One of our goals at John Paul College is to prepare young people for the future by developing their resilience, confidence and compassion.  As educators, one of the challenges we face is to encourage students not to give up immediately when the going gets tough, to value the rewards of persistence.


You may have read an article which featured in The Weekend Australian a couple of years ago.  Nikki Gemmell eloquently captures the essence of tenacity, so I share the article with you:


“Ah, grit. That magical four-letter word so beloved of parents and educators. Otherwise known as tenacity, persistence, drive. A holy grail in terms of success in school and life beyond it. But how on Earth to instil that magic fairy dust of driven determination in our kids? They seem either to have it, or they don’t, and a lot don’t – and as a parent I’ve no idea how to bottle the success formula. Can you instil a sense of grit at 12? Seventeen?


British education expert Mark Maclaine believes you can. For a start, he says telling kids they’re clever is never a good idea – because it gives them the impression they don’t have to work hard. Instead, students should be congratulated on their effort because in the end, that’s what is going to win them through as opposed to raw brain power.


Maclaine believes that kids should be taught “the malleability of intelligence”. Research has shown that students who believe in a fixed view of intelligence are less likely to work as hard as those who see it as malleable,” he explains. Grit is about the ability try again, and again, when things don’t go according to plan. “Great teachers use stories to inspire students: of how great entrepreneurs, explorers and thought leaders made many mistakes but kept going, only to succeed in the end. This is something that parents can do too,” Maclaine says. “Sharing their own experiences of struggle can be hugely empowering to children, as it helps them see the bigger picture.”


The movie Joy was a glorious lesson in pure grit. I dragged along a holiday-foggy teenager, needing a film buddy on a rainy afternoon. He loved it. His mind was blown open by a business story full of determination and resilience; by the protagonist’s ability to keep going after crushing failure. The Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante – the recent literary sensation – have grit as a central theme. Dogged determination versus unfocused brilliance. The power of discipline and tenacity as opposed to a slippery, beguiling luminosity that’s not properly harnessed. The novels are heartbreaking because they ring true. At times they’re almost painful to read; in their demonstration of high intelligence frittered away when it’s not corralled into magnificence by gruelling, tedious application.


Decades ago I did a Masters in Creative Writing. Amid the handful of high hopefuls were some much, much better writers than me. Oh, their perfectly formed paragraphs of brilliant prose! But you know, I had an inkling even back then that those snippets would never amount to the actual dream, for all of us, of a published book. Why? Because their creators didn’t have that flinty will to see it through, the necessary fire in their belly. I, the lesser writer, discerned it. I eventually published, thanks to dogged, determined grit. And have accumulated a drawer full of rejection letters in the process.


The poet Mary Oliver, on the discipline demanded by the writing process: “The part of the psyche that works in concert with consciousness and supplies a necessary part of the poem – the heat of a star as opposed to the shape of a star, let us say – exists in a mysterious, unmapped zone: not unconscious, not subconscious, but cautious. It learns quickly what sort of courtship it is going to be. Say you promise to be at your desk in the evenings, from seven to nine. It waits, it watches. If you are reliably there, it begins to show itself – soon it begins to arrive when you do. But if you are only there sometimes and are frequently late or inattentive, it will appear fleetingly, or it will not appear at all.”


So, for all our students out there, at the start of this school year power up that grit button if you possibly can. It’s that which will ultimately see you through – and may even have you climbing higher, eventually, than the more naturally talented bright sparks among you.”




Gemmell, N., (2016)  “The vital ingredient”.  The Weekend Australian Magazine.


There is no doubt that the JPC alumni, who competed so successfully and honourably at the recent Commonwealth Games, know all about resilience and confidence as well as compassion.


I wish all students competing in the first round of TAS and JTAS competitions all the very best for their games this weekend.


Thank you to all staff involved in activities over the break, including the Argentinian tour, coding camp and the three days of our Musical Camp.


 We Will Rock You is coming along superbly and we look forward to the performances in July. Tickets are available for general sale from Friday, 27 April at 9.00 am.


Thank you to our 20 alumni who assisted Year 10 and older students by sharing their passion and experience in their professional journeys at our annual Meet a Mentor this week. This is ahead of Year 10 students finalising their Student Education and Training Plans ( SET) in preparations for their senior studies.


Congratulations to:

  • Fraser Toon for his 5th place - U15 Male Beach Flags and Madison Bravery for her 3rd place (bronze medal) - U17 Female Ski Relay and 6th place - U17 2km Ocean Swim in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships held at Scarborough and Trigg Island Beaches, Perth. 
  • Congratulations to Danielle and Joel, and big brother Zachary, on the safe arrival of Millie Marie Elizabeth Dale. Their beautiful baby girl was born at 3.50am on 16 April, weighing 7 pound 1oz.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM



Let us promote your business!

Promote your business at Mayfair!


Are you looking to promote your business within the JPC community? Do you know of someone looking to reach a wider audience? Can you help us fundraise for the College?


Promotional opportunities via sponsorship or donation are available and will give your company:

• exposure to our JPC community with multiple avenues for promotion in the lead up to and at Mayfair, 
• circulation of your merchandise and samples


How you can help JPC:
• Become a sponsor (three levels available) - contact us for a sponsorship proposal
• Donate prizes
• Provide products for use at Mayfair
• Donate samples or small items of merchandise for the Wheelie Bin Grab (Eg. 300 pens or similar)


Feel free to suggest other ways in which you and your business can be involved.


Please contact Maree or Sue from the Marketing Department via [email protected].

Mayfair Ride Bands ON SALE NOW!

It's that time of the year again and Mayfair ride bands are now on sale.


Purchase your pre-paid Mayfair ride band online here. Once purchased please print your ticket as proof of purchase. The ticket can be exchanged for your ride band from the ticket booth outside Techsphere (Markwell Car Park) from 3.00 pm on the day.


Online and Retail Centre cost: $30.00


Ride Bands can be purchased online until 9.00 am, Thursday 10 May or from the Retail Centre until Thursday 10 May.


Purchased at the Event cost: $35.00 or Individual ride tickets $5.00.


Tickets purchased on the day are can be purchased at the ticket booth outside Techsphere (Markwell Car Park) from 3.00 pm on the day of the event.

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You - Tickets on Sale 27 April

John Paul College is excited to present our 2018 College production, ‘We Will Rock You” (School Edition) – the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton.


Tickets go on sale: Friday, 27 April - 9.00 am


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.


*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 you help us? We need the following....

We are looking for a few props for our Bohemian and  Killer Queen scenes.   Big hand held fans (could be real palm fronds), milk crates (any colour) or plastic stools (any colour) would find a welcome home in the Musical.  



JPC Announcements

Friends of Volleyball - Family Fun Night

Friends of Volleyball Family Fun Night!

Games, Prizes and Sausage Sizzle


For all abilities - Years 7 to 12 students and their families

When: Saturday, 21 April

Time: 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Cost: $5.00 each or $10 for a family


Retail Centre Trading Hours

​From May 1, the Retail Centre will remain open every Wednesday until 5.30 pm during term time for the convenience of working parents.


Term Retail Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 7.30 am to 4.00 pm

Wednesday - 7.30 am to 5.30 pm

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: Can I see my children’s timetables?

Response: The ENGAGE area of JPConnect displays the timetable for each child in the family. The timetable shows the name of the subject, the teacher, the room location and the time range. Interestingly, from the timetable it is also possible to see if assessment items are due in the lesson, directly email the class teacher and check in on attendance and punctuality.

How to display the timetable:

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

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

​3. Select “Timetable” on the side menu.

4. Make the specific selections needed to display the timetable for the required date and for the specific child.

5. The timetable is displayed in shades of grey for the week selected. The times and lesson lengths are displayed and the teacher name and room are also included. Co-curricular timetables are also included.


How to colour code the timetable

6. Personalise the timetables of each family member by colour coding the tiles. Each occurrence of the subject is displayed in its selected colour.


Colour code the timetable by clicking on any tile. Select the colour wheel icon  and select the desired colour. Complete the action by selecting “OK.”

In the example below, it is easy to see the occurrence of English Literature, Design, Biology and Pastoral Care.


Additional features and functions from the timetable:

Feature 1:  A “pot” displayed in the right hand bottom corner of the tile indicates that an assessment piece is due during that lesson.

Feature 2: Open the tile to email the teacher of the class and to check attendance


Queries or Questions:

eMail: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

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


Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

Welcome to Term 2

Easter and the school holidays seem a distant memory with Term 2 already in full swing and a few short weeks coming up due to public holidays, making the remaining weeks extremely busy keeping up with our academic learning.

Anzac Day

John Paul College will commemorate ANZAC Day on Monday 23 April with an assembly to honour the men and women who served, and are serving our country. Our Marching Band, Captains and Vice Captains will also be attending the ANZAC DAY Service with the Logan & District RSL on Wednesday.

SETPlan Interviews

SETPlan interviews for Year 10 students will commence next week on Monday 23 April and will continue throughout the week. All students received a letter with their interview time, either at the Subject Selection Evening or in the days following. If your child has forgotten their time or lost their booking, please contact Mrs Cheryl Finglas to confirm the booking.


A reminder that in Term 2 and 3 students in the Senior School are required to wear their blazers to and from school along with their hats. In addition, boys must wear ties with their uniforms. As a school that places great value on the way students present themselves, it is important that parents support us in our efforts to keep our standards at the highest levels.

The start of the day

John Paul College classes commence at 8.20am with Roll Call. This is when all students must be present. It is a time when teachers read any daily notices and help get students off to a positive start for the day. I ask for your support in ensuring that students are here in plenty of time to meet their commitments.

Dates to Note:

Friday 20 April - Year 12 Chemistry PACE Excursion

Monday 23 to Friday 27 April - Year 10 SETPlan interviews

Wednesday 25 April - ANZAC DAY – Public Holiday


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School

A warm welcome back to all families. I trust you had some down time over the school break to spend time together as a family and perhaps enjoy the wonderful achievements of the Australian Team at the Commonwealth Games, including our talented alumni!


Term 2 in Middle School has begun well with students immediately focused and engaged in their learning and looking forward to the challenges and opportunities available this term. Our Middle School students have continued their focus on daily writing, and with the inclusion of more reading strategies and opportunities across all subjects, we are focused on strengthening our academics for all students.


Over the holidays many co-curricular groups continued their preparations for Trimester 2 TAS sport with round one of competition commencing this Saturday. Our Performing Arts staff and students headed to the Sunshine Coast last weekend for the musical camp as intense preparations continue. From all reports the quality and talent of our students is exceptional, and already the Musical, We Will Rock You, is sounding great. We wish all co-curricular groups well in their competitions and performances this term.

Year 8 Camp

Our Year 8 students headed off to camp at Kenilworth on Wednesday for three days of outdoor activities and bush camping. Mrs Gallagher, her team of teachers, and the staff from Higher Ground led the students on exciting challenges throughout the picturesque property along the banks of the Mary River.


Despite the odd shower of rain, students, organised into gendered activity groups, participated enthusiastically in a suite of activities including team challenges, canoeing, mountain bike riding and raft building. The major highlight of the camp for many was the bush hike and camp out. After setting up camp students learnt how to use a fuel Trangia to cook their food before establishing their group camp fire. Spending time together as a small group and telling stories into the night was a great bonding experience.


I wish to thank Mrs Gallagher and Year 8 staff for giving freely of their time and expertise to make the camp an enjoyable and memorable experience for our students.


The photos below help capture the fun and challenges experienced throughout the camp:


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


Welcome to Term 2. We trust you had a refreshing Easter holiday.

Our classes are focused on achieving high levels of academic success through quality learning experiences created by highly effective teachers.


This is very exciting and we are continually reminded of how special our learning community is.


Our hearts are extended to the Shannen family at this time as Lisa, Brooke and Mia say goodbye to Glen. We are sad that they are going through this and I know that we as a community connect to support each other.


I recently put together the following poster and words to go with it.


“We can tame water and fire, take shelter from storms and protection from dangerous animals, surely, we can make a dent in creating a world with compassion and love through our thoughts, attitudes and actions. Our values aren't something or some things, they are everything. Culture is what we do, character is who we are.”

This is our intentional and explicit foundation for our social / emotional / behavioural expectations that lead to highly effective learning.


This includes: classroom, playground, collaborative groups, learning spaces, walking around, the toilets, at home…in every setting and each environment.


Our Action Cycle, is not a hierarchy, it is points of intervention, from least invasive to more invasive, pending frequency and seriousness of disruptive or inappropriate behavior.


The standard we walk by is the standard we set. Our power relies on our consistency and our care.


On Tuesday this week, our Year 3 students were fortunate to participate in a fascinating and informative incursion run by Street Science. The incursion included both a workshop session and an amazing science show.

Through the workshop sessions our children were able to apply and consolidate their understanding about heat, how heat affects different states of matter and the processes scientists follow when investigating. Then during the Science Show, sounds of whoosh, bang and argh reverberated around the Arc as Year 3 were stunned, amazed and held transfixed by the power and possibility of heat. The incursion was a perfect complement to the learning taking place in our classrooms and a wonderful opportunity to bring our learning to life.


Our College ANZAC service with students from Kindy to Year 12, will be held in the Coleman Centre on Monday at 11am.


We are looking forward to an amazing Term 2.


Andy Gordon

Head of Primary


Easter Flood Appeal

When our Head of Early Education, Mrs Leanne Zammit, heard the plight of the Ingham Community Preschool and Kindergarten whose playground was flooded in the recent deluge, our Early Learning families swung into action.


Instead of buying Easter gifts for teachers and friends, Kindy and ELC families were encouraged to donate to the Easter Flood Appeal. Children were especially generous in their giving. Tooth fairy money, pocket money from jobs around the house, and savings from piggy banks were all donated – as were the proceeds of the raffle of a giant Borobi.


In total, $3,406.35 was raised, including $550 from Prep families who also wanted to assist. The funds will be used for a new sand pit, plants, rocks, bark and turf for their playground and new outdoor equipment.

The heartfelt thanks of the Ingham Community Preschool and Kindergarten community was beautifully expressed in an email from their director.  


Leanne.... I feel like saying 'thank you' to you is not enough to truly signify how grateful we are for your kindness and generosity.


I burst into tears reading your email. You have no idea the impact that your wonderful families have made to our little kindy. 


I am in awe of the work that you, your families, teachers and children have put into fundraising for us. Please know that your donation will make a significant difference to the lives of our kindy children whilst in our care.


Please pass on my most sincere thanks to all families, teachers, staff and anyone else involved in this fundraiser.


The John Paul College spirit and community at its best!


Vacation Care

Easter Vacation at OSHC

Our Easter Vacation Care programme was successful with 70-80 children attending most days.  In our school age care setting, we collaborate with the children to provide play and leisure opportunities that are meaningful to them.  We pay attention to the needs and interests of our children and this was evident in the variety of activities they all enjoyed.


To begin the holidays, we were looking forward to seeing our Freedom Aged Care friends once again.  However, at the very last minute we were informed they were unable to attend due to illnesses.   Here at OSHC we have made a commitment of connecting with the community, so we reached out to the first people that came to mind, our hard-working property services staff to attend our special morning tea instead – they accepted with delight.  The children enjoyed communicating with the property services staff about their roles in the school community and what their daily life entails.


We have a diverse range of students who attend Outside School Hours Care and we were very proud to have Yan He (mother of Harry Xiong – Year 5), help us learn and understand more about Chinese culture.  Yan He organised a PowerPoint presentation for the children on the general traditions, greetings, stories and history associated with Chinese New Year.  It was a fantastic experience for the children and staff. We are hoping we can encourage more parents to share their knowledge and skills with us at future Vacation Care programmes.

Our second week was “Commonwealth Games Week” and the children experienced a variety of sports each day.  We continually endeavour to develop a successful team of educators who generate energy and enthusiasm, strive and achieve, work together and support each other.  We are proud to have alumni students as staff members and they are great role models to the children who attend our service.  Nadia McEvoy (1994 Alumni), Melissa Mellor (2008 Alumni), Ryan Ford (2013   Alumni) and Lexi Iacovou (2016 Alumni).


Melissa represented Queensland in Netball as well as Australia in the Junior World Championships in European Handball, and this week used her expertise to instruct the children on both of these sports.  Ryan excelled at basketball and rugby and taught the children the finer points of the games.  Lexi is studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University and used her expertise to strengthen the childrens’ understanding of good nutrition and the importance of physical activity.


We also encourage leadership from our existing students and this week Reuben King (8E) and Bradley Young (7E) were able to showcase their talents and knowledge to the younger students – Reuben for Volleyball and Bradley for Tennis.


Our Commonwealth Games Week culminated with an athletics morning at Cec Munns Sports Centre oval.  Our younger children don’t often visit the oval, so it was a great opportunity for them to see the beautiful facilities we have at the College.


All in all, the children enjoyed a great fortnight of activities and new experiences and the feedback from our parents was very positive.  We are looking forward to seeing our families visit us throughout Term 2.


Mrs Jan Marxsen

OSHC Co-ordinator

Chaplain and Community

Student Christian Faith Discussion Group

Jeremiah 29:11-14 says,

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.


Every Thursday in the Piazza I run a Student Christian Faith Discussion Group at lunch time with the help of local Youth Pastor, Brynn Morris. Varying numbers of students turn up to this totally voluntary activity as we discuss and explore more about Jesus and the Christian Faith.


Some of the students are Christian, some not. Everyone is welcome as we give the students the freedom to ask any question they may have, share a relevant story about themselves and feel like there is a place they belong.

One week we just had open question time on any topic. I listed many possible things and they asked away (See photo of topics). Sometimes we run with a theme - so recently we have discussed some of Jesus’ “I am” statements such as when he said, “I am the light of the world,” “I am the good shepherd,” and “I am the resurrection and the life.” Other times we have discussed students’ personal fears, dreams or struggles.


I believe we all have this ‘God-shaped’ hole in our hearts that only He can fill. Some try to fill it with careers, money, work, alcohol, status, ambition, drugs, alternative spirituality, ambition or self, just to name a few. But nothing satisfies continually, nothing except the presence of God in our lives.


These students are seeking after that and God tells us in the Bible verse above that they will find Him. What an amazing thing that is.


Mr 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.

Library Learning

Learning in the Library

Libraries matter! And libraries are also made of matter!


This term Mrs Fry will guide the Year 3 students in discovering the many types of matter in NMLC and exploring the composition, production process and application of a form of matter in the Learning Centre. They will research the properties of a chosen material and construct an information report about one form of matter and its use in NMLC.


Students will focus on developing their research skills, collaborative skills and digital technology skills as they use online information systems to retrieve data.

Green Screen Mania 

Year 6, guided by Mrs Duong, will this term investigate the intricacies of creating movies using green screen technology to enhance their final video productions. The work students do will be enhanced by the purchase and use of new equipment for the Green Room in the lower level of NMLC.


With the co-operation and support of Mrs Angell, the E-Learning Facilitator, students will explore a JPC support application, Atomic Learning, to work through self-paced tutorials on a wide range of topics to improve their skills in digital technologies.


Look out for the amazing gallery of creative efforts later in the term, as we display the Year 6 videos.

New Date for Middle School Egypt Event 

At the end of last term, rain forced us to postpone our planned expedition to the Nile for the Middle School ancient Egypt special event.


The event will now take place on Friday 27 April at 12.45 (during second break). Armed with just a map and some clues to guide them, our ‘recruits’ will brave the Nile, the Book of the Dead, pharaohs and Egyptian gods as they find their way to the resting place of a treasure of immense power, the Ankh of Isis.

Book of the Week

Magyk by Angie Sage

Enter a world of wizardry and Darke Magyk.


The seventh son of a seventh son is born one snowy evening…and dies. That same night the grieving father, Silas Heap, discovers a baby abandoned in the snow. The Heap family takes the baby in, names her Jenna and raises her as their own. But did baby Septimus Heap really die that night? The seventh son of a seventh son could wield unimaginable magical power and thwart the plans of the powerful Necromancer who has killed the Queen and strives to create a bleak and sinister world with his Darke Magyk. If only that son knew his destiny…


If you are looking for a journey into a magical world that rivals Harry Potter, this is it. There are quirky characters, charms and spells galore and action aplenty. You will love it! Even better, like Harry Potter, Magyk is the start of an awesome series. So, start reading the adventures of Septimus Heap today! Available from Middle Library, Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Deputy Principal

We are on the countdown with 99 days until opening night of our 2018 Musical, “We Will Rock You”.  In preparation over the Easter break, the Senior Cast and staff headed to Maroochydore to take part in a three-day intensive camp.  The cast danced, sang and blocked the show, with many of the numbers completed under the direction and hard work of our Directors from Performing Arts.  During these rehearsals, the characters came to life and the show took form.  This will be an exciting show not to miss! 

We wish our Marching Eagles well for their performance next week at the ANZAC Service in Logan.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 25 April - Marching Eagles perform at ANZAC Service, Logan

Monday 30 April - Piano & Vocal Recitals

Thursday 3 May - Exit 24 Performing at RACQ Event

Friday 11 May - Mayfair

Sunday 27 May - Musical Rehearsal (Full Show Run Through)

Monday 28 May - Brass, Woodwind & Percussion Recital

Sunday 3 June - Musical Rehearsal (Full Show Run Through)

Wednesday 20 June - Performance Evening

Sun 8 – Fri 13 July - Musical Rehearsals


Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 3, 2018 is July 16, 2018.  Withdrawal forms are available online via jpconnect.net or from the Performing Arts Office.


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities

Australian U18 Basketball Team   

Congratulations to Year 11 student Blake Jones who recently travelled to Germany to play for the Australian U18 Basketball team. The team won silver at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament (AST).  AST is an international basketball competition that is played between 16 national basketball teams in the U18 age category.


Volleyball State Selection

Congratulations to the following students who have gained selections in the U15 and U17 volleyball Queensland squads.  


U15 Boys - Jeremy McEvoy and William Jennings 

U17 Girls - Joanna Kluck and Hannah Le Sage

Trimester 2 TAS Sport

All the best to our TAS hockey, netball, tennis and rugby teams playing in TAS Round 1 against St Paul’s School on Saturday. 


Good luck everyone!


Mrs Karen Graham 

Director of Sport & Activities

Always a Home Game with Virtual Debating

Nothing beats a home game as you have the home ground advantage.  What if every school had a home ground advantage in every round of their competition? How could this influence the students and help to nurture and develop their confidence and capacity? Welcome to the innovative world of ISDCN Virtual Debating which is one of the opportunities afforded to our debaters at JPC.

In 2014 John Paul College initiated the idea of an online debating competition bringing schools from across the country together using video conferencing technology.  Over the last four years the competition has grown to include 52 different schools from all states in Australia.  Currently there are 116 teams contesting the competition which includes students from Years 5 - 12.  This year John Paul College has entered two teams into the Competition. The Year 5&6 team is coached by our 2017 Debating Captain and alumni, Miss Mackenzie Angell. The Year 7&8 team is coached by Mrs Amanda Borrello.


In the last two weeks of Term 1 both teams contested their first debate for 2018.  Our Year 5&6 team comprising of Olivia Borrello, Oskar Olechnowicz, Asha Cahill Baird and Charlee White debated against Team 1 from Scotch Oakburn College (TAS).  Students had one week to prepare their arguments and had to prove the premise that “There should be a tax on meat”.  Students worked well together and constructed some very convincing arguments about how the processing of meat harms the environment and our health, along with the idea that eating meat is a form of animal cruelty.  JPC were commended for the strength of their arguments and presentation and won the debate by 2 points.  Special mention goes to Oskar Olechnowicz who was awarded Best Speaker of the debate.


Not to be outdone by the Year 5&6 team, our Year 7&8 team were also victorious in their first round of competition.  Debating against Belmont Christian College (NSW) the team, which included Jazmine Kendall, Liam Argue and Razeen Gutta debated that “There should be compulsory subjects in high schools”.  With only 2 days to prepare, students received praise for developing some very compelling arguments outlining that teens were not equipped to make life decisions and that compulsory subjects provide students with the skills to become global citizens.  As third speaker Liam Argue was awarded Best Speaker of the debate. 


Round Two of the online debating competition will occur early in May. Our Year 5&6 team will debate against Oxley College (NSW) while the Year 7&8 team will contest Scotch Oakburn College.  We wish our teams the best of luck as they continue their campaigns within the online competition.

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Welcome back to Term 2


The final week of Term 1 was very busy for our students, with excursions, interviews, presentations, the JPIC Carnival, exit testing and the JPIC Graduation.  We celebrated the success of the 22 JPIC students who successfully graduated to enter John Paul College Primary, Middle and Senior Schools in Term 2.


We also recognise and congratulate the 70 JPIC students who progressed to the next class level, on their journey to Main School.


Term 2 promises to be another busy term for our International Programmes. Once again, we welcome the new students joining us from overseas. We have students entering the Main School and every level at JPIC.


As you would be aware, the Gold Coast hosted the Commonwealth Games over the break and it was great to see so many international athletes competing on the world stage.  This parallels what we do academically at JPIC, where our international students show their abilities on the local stage and then take their skills globally upon graduating from John Paul College.

Virtual Wall provides an exciting learning tool for Level 3 students

To better engage our students and enhance their learning, our 3B students have been using a Virtual Wall, which is an online bulletin board, to ask questions, post reflections on class discussions, express thoughts and give opinions on the themes we study every week.

The teacher can use it to display information and links for any topic and encourage instant collaboration and sharing of ideas outside class time. Although these students have only studied English in Australia for one or two terms, the depth of their ideas is commendable and growing.

Study Abroad Beyond Borders: Nanshan School returns T2

Included below is a piece written by our Study Abroad Group Manager, Mr David Ferguson, which clearly summarises why our College hosts student groups from abroad. Many thanks to David and his team for all their efforts in this important area of College life and identity.  We also thank our host families, all of whom have been visited by our Homestay Officers and hold Blue Cards.


The John Paul College community welcomes back Year 4 students from Nanshan Chinese International College (NCIC). The 41 strong cohort will be at the College from 19/04/18 – 07/06/18. Teacher Chen Li and Deputy Principal Wang Yan, who we warmly welcome, accompany the students.


During NCIC’s Study Abroad programme, the students have lessons with Primary students and JPIC, and experience Australian culture through Homestay and excursions. These kinds of programmes cannot run without the support of the whole College and their success is a testament to the strength and diversity of relationships within the College community.


The importance of Relationships is emphasised at the peak of the JPC SOARING Tree. Relationships beyond borders is what Study Abroad programmes hope to achieve. The College embraces its internal diversity and uses it as a strength. It is equally important to embrace diversity beyond the College’s borders as we endeavour to be a leader in this globalised world.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” (Helen Keller)


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Harmony Day

Level 1 students celebrated Harmony Day with Year 8 students. We invited Shelly Hunt (from Gapuwiyak), Chloe Accoom (from Lockhart River), Tiffany Smith (from Enngonia) and Kirsty Tufis (from Romania).


Students watched a video about Harmony Day together and got a brief concept of the day. Amazingly, we are all from different areas so we could talk about where we are from, pointed on the map, and talked about our various cultures. It was very meaningful to listen to each other’s stories. In addition, we listened to the song ‘Heal the World’ by Michael Jackson, and sang along. The words were beautiful in the song and it was very suitable for the purpose of the Harmony Day.


We now know we need to respect people no matter where they are from, what they look like, what language they use, and what religions they worship. We will be kind to each other, understand each other, and love each other.

We would like to say ‘thank you’ again to the Year 8 students who joined us. It was so special to share the experience and the time.

Our Boarding Life

From the Director of Boarding 

We have boarders from such a wide variety of locations around the world, it has been so enjoyable hearing their many interesting stories about the Easter holiday break. As Mr Christie and I empahsised at the welcome back meeting on Monday evening, Term 2 is a very busy term for many boarders. We anticipate that up to 30 boarders will be involved in TAS sport this term (rugby, tennis, netball or hockey), along with Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 camp/retreats. Both of these commitments will provide boarders with opportunities to build new relationships, and continue developing their social and emotional capacities to work within team environments.

JPC Boarder Vehicle Policy

A rigorous process of consideration, consultation and drafting has resulted in a final version of the very first John Paul College Boarder Vehicle Policy. The policy is now available on the JPC Boarding Portal (Click Here). If you have any questions about the policy or the process for applying for your son / daughter to have a vehicle on campus, please feel free to contact me.

Finch Granny Flat Accommodation Information

The Finch Granny Flat booking document has been updated following a trial period in Term 1. The updated document and booking form can be found on the Boarding Portal (Click Here).

Boarding Community BBQ

The boarding community BBQ is back in 2018, after positive feedback from boarders, neighbours and College staff who attended last year. This event will be held on Sunday 29th April, and will be led and organised by our Boarding Committee, who will be supported by boarding staff and our chef team. The BBQ provides boarders an opportunity to interact with College staff in a relaxed setting (outside of the classroom) and allows staff to gain insight into a day in the life of a boarder.

National Boarding Week

National Boarding Week is an initiative from the Australian Boarding Schools Association, of which JPC is a member school. In 2018, National Boarding Week runs from the 13th – 18th May. JPC Boarders will be involved in a number of initiatives aimed at raising awareness of boarding within the College and the wider community. This will be led by Mr Christie and the Boarding Committee, with more information to be released closer to the date.


Mr Sean Cox

Director of Boarding

Community News

MayDay Annual Stamp Fair 2018

The Junction Park Stamp Club Inc will be holding its MayDay Annual Stamp Fair for 2018 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on Monday, 7 May 2018 at the Acacia Ridge Hotel Motel, Main Function Rooms, 1386 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge. 


The purpose of the fair allows the stamp collecting fraternity and the general public interested in stamp collecting to meet and provide assistance to all those who seek help with their stamp collecting activities.


Please view the attached invitation for more details.


Dates to Remember


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

21 April - Friends of Volleyball Family Fun Night, Coleman Centre

23 April - Anzac Day Service (Years 1 to 12) Coleman Centre

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

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

25 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

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

27 April - WE WILL ROCK YOU - On sale

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

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 - 2 May - Year 10 Camp - continued

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

2 - 3 May - Year 7 Surf Life Saving, Gorman Lecture Theatre

3 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat, Alexandra Headlands

3 May - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

4 May - Primary Parade, ARC

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 May - Kindergarten Mothers' Day Celebrations, Kindergarten

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, ARC

10 May - Kindergarten Mothers' Day Celebration

11 May - Free Dress Day

11 May - Mayfair, Markwell Lawns

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 Carnival, St Paul's School

25 May - Year 9 - 12 AIME Session

25 May - JTAS Cross Country Carnival, TBA

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

27 May - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

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

29 May - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

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 - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

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

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

5 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman 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

15 June - Peer Support Session, Drake Area

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 and 20 June - JPIC Carnival

20 June - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

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


2 - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme1 - 14 July - Junior HAASE Space School Expedition

8 - 15 July - Intensive College Musical Rehearsals (Years 4 - 12), Coleman Centre

10 - 11 July - Days of Academic Excellence

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


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

17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal, Coleman Centre

Kindy and ELC Easter Flood Appeal.pdf
2018 04 B and B April 20 JPConnect Timetable.pdf
Become a foster carer today.pdf
MayDay Stamp Fair invitation.pdf
Family Fun Night.pdf
OSHC Vacation Care Programme.pdf
OSHC Vacation Care Programme.pdf