10 August 2018
Issue 023
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPConnect and Techsphere
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Library Learning
Chaplain and Community
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Dates to Remember
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Principal's Voice



It was lovely to see so many parents and family members attend our 2018 Cum Laude Ceremony last week where we recognised the hard work, effort and achievement of students across Years Six to Twelve. It is important in our Kindergarten to Twelve College that we provide as many opportunities for role modelling from the older students to the younger ones. I was delighted to hear that many of the Year Fives who were observing in the Coleman Centre and Year Sixes attending or the first time, had already set their goals to receive awards in the Secondary School, and in particular, the awards recognising consistent achievement and effort across six years of high school.


I thank and commend all our staff for the additional support they provide outside the classroom for our students. I acknowledge the hundreds of staff who support our extensive and varied co-curricular programme on weekends and after school and also all who provide additional academic tutorials for students outside of class time.


I am a firm believer in positivity. There is much discussion about the benefits of how a positive all-round environment can have an incredible influence on a child. While this is something that we try to foster in every classroom daily, it is important that we remind ourselves regularly too. The following points are suggestions on how positivity can be equally incorporated into the home life. I know that there is plenty of this already taking place and the impact it has on the learning and confidence of a child is quite evident. 

  • Use of language - the use of positive language and the acknowledgement of a job well done is something we can always improve on. When things don't go according to plan, let comment be an acknowledgement of an attempt made or the effort that has been made. Students need to know that learning happens through mistakes and failure and that's ok.
  • Identify people who display strengths. This is a great way to acknowledge that we all have strengths (and weaknesses…even parents). Acknowledge that this is what makes us unique.
  • Through telling stories. I think we all know somebody who has gone through times of adversity and has managed to come out the other side a stronger person. I know I do, and I draw so much strength and inspiration from their stories.
  • Through your child's success - let them know you are proud of a job well done and enjoy their success with them. Talk about what went well and then continue to set goals with them.
  • Through the encouragement to participate in extra-curricular activities. Students who participate in extra-curricular activities learn to work as a team, balance their time, and enjoy the company of “new friends” and a broader range of interactions with coaches, tutors, etc whilst exercising and learning something new. 

Any other ways you can think...  Your child is amazingly unique and it's important to know what makes them respond and want to continue to strive, persevere and most importantly enjoy what they do.

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • Year Ten student Fraser Toon who represented Maroochydore SLSC at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships held in Adelaide by Surf Lifesaving Australia. Fraser’s team of U15 boys won two national titles in Australian record times in the 200M medley relay and 200M obstacle relay. Fraser also achieved three 5th placings in individual events.
  • Year Eleven student Lucas Humeniuk on his very successful meet at the Vorgee Brisbane Short Course Swimming Championships last weekend.  Lucas competed in ten races and won 13 medals. His medals included: Gold  medals and Brisbane Champion in the 50 Freestyle (Free), Butterfly (Fly), Breaststroke and Backstroke (Back), 100 Free, Fly and Back and 200IM. Silver medals in the 100 Fly and Breaststoke, and 400IM. Overall male across all ages and bronze in 200IM and 400IM. 


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM




#JPCpride says so much. It’s a symbol of solidarity. It’s a symbol of strength. It’s our spirit. It’s our people. It’s our history. It’s our passion.   

It says we’re proud to belong to a great school community.


We want our social channels to be a place of positivity, a celebration of our people and our College. A place which builds our community spirit and shares this spirit beyond our campus.


We love sharing and hearing the stories and achievements of the incredible people who make up the JPC community via our social media channels.  We all know that our sense of community is one of our defining features – and we want you to help us share this spirit. 


When next posting on your social channels regarding College-related events, sporting fixtures, performances or achievements, please use the hashtag JPCpride.


To view the policy please view the pdf below.  If you have any questions about social media posts, don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]


JPConnect and Techsphere

Citizenship in the Digital Age

Over the years your child establishes themselves as a digital citizen. From the moment they pick up their first digital device they begin their journey.  As part of that journey they need to establish for themselves what it means to be a good digital citizen but unfortunately the goal posts move for them every year as more and more products become available.  From games and apps to working in an online environment we need to arm our students with the toolkit to be able to respond appropriately in this ever-moving landscape which we ourselves are not always sure we understand or keep up with.


Here at JPC we work with students to arm them with a toolkit which will help them to make good choices.  This toolkit looks at being a thinker and being principled so that they can stand up and be a good digital citizen.  The focus of our cybersafety program is one of respect.  Respect for themselves and respect for others.  We remind them that there is no app or site which can help them to have a moral compass.  The focus is on them establishing their own moral compass of honesty, kindness, respect and responsibility.


Students are encouraged to do a self-reflection and think about what their digital footprint says about them.  This is supplemented by a vanity search where students google themselves and discuss what their online footprint tells the world about them.  We ask students to reflect on whether it is positive or negative?  How they would feel if Mum and Dad saw it, their classroom teachers, the Head of Primary or Secondary School or even if Mrs Spiller saw it?  We discuss the long-term implications of what they post online, how this will affect them for work, and their relationships with family and friends.


We arm them with information about photo sharing, apps, games, and social media so that they can use their moral compass and make the right choices.  Are they always going to get it right?  Of course not!  And this is where we need to support them as parents and educators.


How do we do this when at times we have no idea or can’t keep up? 


The first thing is to arm ourselves with information.  Find out what our children are interested in.  When they say that they want to play a new game do a bit of research.  The best site to find out about games, movies, TV shows, music, books, websites is Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org).  Common Sense Media provides reviews from parents, children and educators.  They include in their reviews a recommended age and an outline about what the game or show is about.  The reviews also include a section on conversation starters to have with your kids if there are things in the game or movie that might be of a concern. 


The second thing is to read Terms and Conditions.  All online sites have them.  I know that they are boring to read and have a whole host of things we don’t want to know.  However, they do outline the appropriate age to hold an account.  Most are the age of majority for the country in which you reside.  In Australia that is 18. Some will say that they are appropriate for 13 and older if they have written consent from their parents.  Talk to your kids about appropriate use for your family. 

At JPC we have access in JPConnect to Home Website Filtering on the College provided notebooks when they are outside of the JPC network.  If you go into the family management section, you have access to a number of options and can set these up for each of your children as we know that at JPC one size does not fit all.


Other ways to arm yourself include:

  • Having conversations with your children
  • Ensuring digital devices are used in family areas
  • Encourage a balanced use of digital devices
  • Join them on their social networks
  • Establish family expectations and norms
  • Do regular vanity searches on your children
  • Insist on copies of their passwords
  • Attending information sessions to find out what the professionals have to say to help us to support our children to become good digital citizens.

Mrs Julie-Anne Angell

JPC Announcements

Cabaret 2018 - Vegas Nights!

John Paul College Friends of Performing Arts is pleased to invite to Cabaret 2018!


The night will feature the delightful sounds of some of our premier ensembles including Exit 24, Big Band, Jazz Combo, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Date: Friday 7 September 2018

Venue: The Glen Hotel

Time: 6.30pm to 11.30pm

Cost: $100 - includes canapes, two course dinner and house beer, wine and soft drinks


Purchase your tickets here.


Cum Laude and Pro Diligentia photos

Once again congratulations to all students who received awards at the Cum Laude and Pro Diligentia Assembly last week!


Families wishing to obtain photos from the event can click here, enter the password JPC18 and download the photos for free.


The photos will be available until the end of the year for JPC families. After this time, a fee may be incurred.

JPC Friends of Netball Colour Explosion Run4Fun​

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


To purchase your tickets to compete please click here.

Minecraft Afternoon

Who: Years Four to Six

Date: 24 August 2018

Time: 3.45pm

Where: Burke Building (Year Four Building)

Price: $10


Bring your school laptop with the Minecraft Education Edition installed and an afternoon snack.

RSVP to Mrs Angell via email to [email protected]

Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

I know we are all looking forward to a refreshing break during the upcoming EKKA long weekend. It will be a very welcome interlude for students and staff alike.


During the break, I hope students in the Senior School will take the opportunity to work on assignments and assessments that will be due in the coming weeks. At this time, students need more than ever to plan their time and ensure they use it wisely. It is easy for students to get overwhelmed by the amount of assessment they are facing, but good planning can make it manageable. I recommend students build a study calendar with time allocated to each subject so that things don’t get out of hand.

Cum Laude and Pro Diligentia Awards Ceremony

The Academic Awards Assembly on Friday last week was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the learning achievements of so many students. Students were recognised for their commitment to learning and high levels of achievement on so many levels. It was inspiring for students and rewarding for staff to see the large numbers of students’ achievements being recognised.


The highlight of the day was the presentation to twelve students who achieved the highest academic award of Cum Laude Praestantia for achieving Cum Laude Awards for each of the six years they had been in the Secondary School at John Paul College. Congratulations to all the winners.


Abinaya (Abi) Balaji, Jai Bofinger, Edward Fung, Monica Hanna, Natalie Koch, Charly Kuhnemann, Abby Leadbeater, Chae Eun Oh, Kyla Waldron, Annaliese Watkinson, Mikayla Watkinson and Emily Weissenberger.


Parent Teacher Interview Evenings

Parent Teacher Interview Evenings concluded with the last evening on Tuesday. It was wonderful to see so many in-depth discussions on learning, supported by the use of a wide range of data.


All the feedback I received from parents was extremely positive. Thank you to our teaching staff for their commitment to our students and parents.

Subject Selection Evening for current students in Years Seven, Eight and Nine

The Subject Selection Evening for students going into Year Eight, Nine and Ten in 2019 is on Wednesday 29 August commencing at 6.00pm in the Gorman Lecture Theatre. All parents are encouraged to come along and enjoy the presentation, meet the Heads of Learning and walk through the showcase of subjects on offer. Details have been emailed to all parents, or alternatively check JP Connect for all the information.

Concussion Policy

At John Paul College, we have a policy in place to support students who have suffered a concussion. Head injuries and concussion can occur both outside school and as a result of accidents at school. Our staff are fully aware of the protocols to support students if a head injury occurs at school. However, recently we became aware of a couple of incidents where students suffered injuries on the weekend or evening and the College was not notified. Our Concussion Policy, that is written in line with current government advice states, that students who suffer concussions are not to be involved in excessive physical activity for three weeks after the event that caused the concussion. Therefore when a student does receive a concussion, it is important to notify the Head of School so we can follow the appropriate protocols. Our goal is to support the student and ensure any after-effects are minimised and they recover quickly.


For further information relating to the Concussion Policy, please access it on our website using the following link: Concussion Policy

From the Head of Careers and Pathways

A word or two for Year Twelve’s as they plan their future…

Always have a plan B

It’s good to have an idea of the pathway that will get you from your starting point to your end goal after high school, but it’s also important to have back-up options. There’s so many options out there - TAFE, apprenticeships, traineeships, working, travel, university, private college, short courses- and you have nothing to lose by planning for the worst case scenario if plan A falls through.


Come and see me.

Mr Steve Cuthbert

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3593

Dates to Note:

Thursday 9 August - Australian Mathematics Competition

Friday 10 August - 40 Hour Famine sleepover

Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 August - EKKA break

Wednesday 22 August - IB Starlight Book Night

Wednesday 29 August - Years Eight, Nine & Ten Subject Selection Evening


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Earlier this week we continued our new process of block interviews for new families to the College. This process is a wonderful opportunity for our prospective families to hear first-hand from our Principal, Mrs Spiller, and to meet for an interview with a senior member of staff. The third phase of the process is a student-led tour of the secondary campus by our Middle School Ambassadors. Feedback from families engaged in this new system has been very positive and helpful in the next step of the admissions process. Furthermore, we have extended an invitation to our current families in Years Five and Six to also participate and learn more about Year Seven and the Secondary School. I thank our Student Ambassadors for their leadership and willingness to support this important process in the College.


TAS Sport

Round Three of TAS sport was against St Paul’s School last weekend at St Paul’s. Our Middle School students gave their best for the College and we had some excellent performances across the four sports. Our basketball, football, and touch teams all had good wins while our volleyball girls' lost their matches, although our Year Nine girls' Volleyball team were big improvers clinching their first ever set in over two years. A big thank you to Jessie Dahlstrom in Year Eight who played her game of touch before helping the Year Nine girls in volleyball. Well done to all our Middle School TAS sport teams!


Upcoming Middle School Events

Middle School Movie Night  - Friday 17 August, 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm (Bradley Building)

Year Six into Seven Parent Information Evening - Monday 27 August, 6.30 pm (Venue TBA)

Middle School Disco - Friday 7 September, 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm (Coleman Centre)

RUOK Day Fun Run - Thursday 13 September, 11.00 am – 12.00 pm (Stephen Bowers Oval)


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary

We are eagerly awaiting the commencement of our new Prep playground. Intentionally designed for learning and engagement with the natural environment, the playground will provide a setting for purposeful and goal-centred play to give students an opportunity to learn concepts, experiment and acquire skills. This playground will stimulate critical thinking, providing opportunities for inquiry into maths, science, technology and engineering, encouraging activity and fine and gross motor development, essential in the foundation years. These are purposeful spaces for  outdoor lessons to provide connection to natural 3D learning, and to support positive aspects of mental health and mindfulness practices.


The plans are shown below and are on display in the Primary Office:

Construction on the Prep playground will commence shortly and will be operational by Term Four. I know our Prep students and teachers will be thrilled with the new space and learning opportunities.


The following word lists are both a gift and an opportunity. How can you make these words a growing part of your family life, activities and experiences?


We are looking forward to Grandparents Day on Friday, 12 October. We are planning a slightly different format this year. We will begin with a concert in the Coleman Centre at 9:00am. We want to keep this concert to approximately one hour. We will then move to classrooms. As well as visits to classrooms, we also have some dance and choir performances in the ARC to allow further opportunities for grandparents to see students performing. We also plan to have some choir or musical performances as grandparents are arriving. We will have our normal shared morning tea at approximately 11:00am and we are looking forward to seeing our loved and respected grandparents.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School

From the Friends of Primary

Dear Families,

We have some exciting events coming up and these will contribute to fundraising for facilities for children in the Primary School and We are planning our next project. Watch this space.


Primary Disco 2018!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the “Retro Disco” this Friday night at the Coleman Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Cost: $5 entry.

Session 1: Prep - Year Two from 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Session 2: Year Three - Year Six from 7:30pm - 9:00pm.


The Coffee Cart will be in front of the entry, so parents can purchase a coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Don’t forget to sign up to help out. https://signupschedule.com/jpcfop

We will also have Father’s Day Raffle tickets available for purchase at the disco this Friday evening, for only  $1.00 each.


We look forward to seeing you all at the Primary Disco this Friday, 10 August


Library Learning

Book Week is Coming


Our Book Week celebrations begin Monday 20 August. The theme for 2018 is ‘Find your treasure’ and in response the library staff have converted NMLC into an underwater wonderland filled with the treasure of books. Sunken ships, schools of fish, an old-time diver, a monstrous shark mouth and sea life that soar above your heads are just some of the features of our treasure seascape.


Once again students will be treated to workshops and presentations with a number of Australian authors and illustrators.



Monday: Kindergarten and Early Learning Centre students will kick off the week with storytelling visits to the NMLC.


Tuesday: Local Brisbane author, Danika Patterson, will be speaking to Prep students about her book Jacaranda Magic, a delightful story about friends, imagination and play.


Richard Newsome will be running three sessions for Year Four students as well as writer’s workshops for selected students.

Richard Newsome started his children’s writing career after working as a journalist for daily newspapers, radio and TV, as a consultant with one of the world's foremost strategy consultancies, and as the communications director of a multinational media company. His book The Billionaire's Curse won the inaugural Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing and has been sold to publishers in the United States, Canada, Germany, Poland and Italy.


Wednesday: It is Year Fives’s turn to enjoy author sessions with Richard Newsome and his writing workshops.

Author and illustrator team Simon Higgins and Jenny Wang will also be speaking to several Middle and Senior School classes.


Simon Higgins is a former police officer and private investigator who specialised in murder cases, as well as a martial artist and published author, with an international career spanning 20 years. He has written thirteen novels that have been published in several languages and is an expert in teaching short story, novel and screen writing.


Jenny Wang is the CEO of Crane Animation and the creator of Cocoa and Little Love, an animated show which has screened on all 12 CCTV (The Chinese government’s own massive television network) channels and notched up over 40 billion website hits in the last year!


Thursday: Allison Paterson will be speaking to Year Three students in three session. Allison is author of the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, the children’s version of the adult non-fiction title Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars, as well as several children’s picture books.


Friday: Primary students start the day with Book Character Parade before moving on to author workshops with Allison Paterson in Year One and Gregg Dreise in Year Two. Gregg Dreise is currently a teacher at the Sunshine Coast and is the author and illustrator of Silly Birds, Kookoo Kookaburra and Mad Magpie, stories that aim to teach important moral messages. Armed with his didgeridoo and guitar, he loves going to schools and libraries, educating his audiences and leaving them smiling.


Library staff are also busy preparing their costumes for the Book Character Parade on Friday 24 August. We can’t wait to see the students dressed as the characters from the books that they treasure.

Learning in the Library

Speed dating with a book was the game for Year Six students this week in the lead up to Book Week. Students had just over three minutes to read each of the shortlisted books for Book of the Year for Early Childhood. Even the most reluctant readers quickly got into the swing of things and enjoyed the lesson, with the cry ‘Hey, I wasn’t finished yet. That was a good book,’often being heard at the end of each speed dating round.  

Premier's Reading Challenge - the Final Stretch!

The Book Character Parade on Friday 24 August also marks the final date for students to return their Premier’s Reading Challenge forms. We hope that the forthcoming pupil free days and the excitement of Book Week give our participants a final injection of enthusiasm to reach their reading goals.

Book Fair  

Book Fair has arrived and the NMLC is awash in the treasure of new books. Book Fair will be staying for an extended visit and will depart Friday 17 August.

Book of the Week

Brainjack by Brian Falkner

If you love computers, the internet and the whole concept of what a truly awesome hacker could do, this one is for you. It’s positively loaded with technical detail if that is your bag, and if it isn’t, it’s still a great action cyber thriller.


It would take someone pretty special to crack into the computer systems of the White House. Sam Wilson, teenage computer hacker is that special. He’s a natural, a freak.

When he crashes the entire American internet network in a hack designed to nab himself a brand new next generation computer and neural headset, he brings Homeland Security to his door. Far from being in trouble though, he finds himself recruited into a specialist cyber terrorism unit and sent out to battle a rogue artificial intelligence bent on enslaving humanity. People are logging on to their computer; people are dying.


Make no mistake, it is the start of a war, and this one starts in cyber space.


Recommended age: Year Six and up

Chaplain and Community

Paul and Silas

The Apostle Paul went throughout parts of the Roman Empire sharing the love of Jesus and the gospel wherever he went. Silas, his companion and fellow believer, went with him on what is considered his second missionary journey. They came to a town called Philippi in Greece, talking about Christ each day and after healing a woman, which created a commotion, they were thrown unjustly into prison. But even though this happened, their faith remained strong.


In Acts 16:25-26, it records it like this,


About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.


Now you would expect the prisoners to escape but Paul and Silas didn’t go anywhere. They knew that the jailer would get in trouble if they were gone – so they stayed. When the jailer arrived, in fear of missing inmates, he was amazed to find them still in their cells. Understanding that Paul and Silas were somehow connected to this mysterious earthquake and with all their talk about God, the jailer did what any open-minded person would do: he asked Paul to tell him more about Jesus.


He recognised the power of God working through them and knew that he needed that in his life. He asked them, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul’s reply was simple, “Believe in the Lord Jesus.” The jailer believed, and getting Paul and Silas out of jail, considered their message so important, he took them back to his own house, gave them a meal, and asked them to tell his family about the cross and resurrection and how much Jesus loved them.


So, in summary, the story is about having faith in the tough times, God helping you when you need it, being open-minded to hear the good news about Jesus, and responding to it.


Christ is the centre of our motto. He never makes anyone believe or follow him. He doesn’t want to. He wants us to see who he is and by our own free will, choose to believe in, and then learn to love him in return. That love is evidenced by the way we live our lives and whether we follow his commands - commands that have our best interest at heart.


Recently I shared with the Prep classes about Paul and Silas. I told them that they can always trust in God, and that Jesus loves them, no matter what is happening in their lives. And that if they feel sad, they can sing songs to God like Paul and Silas did, and it will help them feel better. We all had a lot of fun learning the story together, especially with our ‘Memory Game’ on the floor, matching pairs of pictures which helped to tell the story.


As a parent myself, it is comforting to know that the God of the universe loves my children as much as I do. I hope you know that yourself.

Prayer Group

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


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


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


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

Co-curricular Performing Arts

From the Director of Performing Arts

At the Year Six to Twelve Cum Laude and Pro Diligentia Assembly held on Friday, 3 August our Wind Orchestra and Concert Choir students entertained the audience of JPC families, students and staff.  Wind Orchestra provided the processional, school songs and National Anthem, while the Concert Choir performed a beautiful arrangement of “Hallelujah” by George Wu from the original work by Leonard Cohen. 


Congratulations to our Primary Choirs on their excellent results at the Redlands Eisteddfod last week in their respective sections.

  • Year Three and Four Singstars awarded with First Place in their section; and
  • Year One and Two Choir received Highly Commended

Our Cheer teams, Supernovas and Nova Starz competed at the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) Cheer and Dance Battle on Sunday 5 August and we congratulate these students on their fantastic results:

  • Nova Starz were awarded First Place in the High School Level 1 section and were also awarded Overall Scholastic Grand Champion
  • Supernovas received First Place in the High School Level 2

Parents and friends of the Year Twelve Music Extension class were treated to an excellent recital evening on Wednesday 8th August in the Stephen Bean Theatre. The Music Extension students are currently working towards creating a fifteen minute folio of repertoire by the end of Term Three.

Charli Garner, Olivia George, Lizzie Gordon, Raffan Moyle and William Wallace demonstrated their professionalism and outstanding performance skills, thoroughly entertaining their audience.


The final recital evening for the Music Extension class will be held on Monday 27 August at 6:00pm and promises to be a night of outstanding performances from our talented Year Twelve students. The Music Extension students warmly invite all interested parties to attend.

Congratulations to the Fusion dance team consisting of students from Years Seven to Eleven who competed at the Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod on Thursday 9 August. The students were enthusiastic about their first competition together and although nervous they performed with the maturity of a group far older than their years and gained valuable experience working together and performing on a new stage.


We look forward to sharing more news as our Performing Arts students undertake their upcoming eisteddfods and competitions.

Upcoming Dates

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

Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August - Brisbane Youth Music Festival

Tuesday 14 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod – Chamber Orchestra & Sinfonia

Friday 17 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod – Eclipse

Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 August - Strings Recitals

Saturday 25 August - Southside String Festival

Friday 7 September - Cabaret Evening

Friday 14 September - Battle of the Rock Bands – Exit 24

Monday 17 September - Performance Evening

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September - Melbourne Cheer Competition/Tour – Supernovas & Nova Starz

Co-curricular Sport

From the Director of Sports and Activities

                                TAS SPORTS

We were greeted with warm weather and fine hospitality at our away matches against St Paul’s School last Saturday. It was a successful day for the Burgundy and Blue with some dominant displays across the four sports. Our basketball teams had a clean sweep of victories. Congratulations to the Year Sevens claiming their first TAS win 46-26 and to the Year Eights on their huge 75-0 win. The Firsts had a close game until coming away in the last few minutes to secure the victory 37-23.

The football boys also had strong performances with five wins and a draw. Congratulations to the Year Tens on their 5-0 win bouncing back after last week. The First XI toughed out a 2-2 draw after leading early on. They missed some crucial chances after promising movements forward. They can be proud of their efforts and look forward to next week.

Our touch football girls shared the results with three wins and three losses. Congratulations to the Year Sevens, Eights and Nines for securing their first wins of the season. Each match was closely contested with the JPC girls showing great determination to hold off the opposition. Our Open teams showed great determination and effort but were outclassed by St Paul’s today.

Volleyball results for our girls were also mixed. A strong performance by our Year Tens, Seconds and Firsts teams each winning three sets to nil. The First VI totally outclassed the opposition with great skill and power to win with a dominant 25-1 third set. Congratulations to the Year Nine team for winning their first ever set in over two years. Despite losing the first two sets by narrow margins they fought back demonstrating true grit to win the third set 25-23. Well done to all teams on their efforts today!


2018 Brisbane Short Course Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following students who competed at the 2018 Brisbane Short Course Swimming Championships over the weekend.  It was an excellent experience for our swimmers and each one made John Paul College proud.


Jack Dugandzic: Won Gold and is Brisbane Champion in 15yrs 100m Breaststroke and Bronze in 50m,  200m Breaststroke.


Kyle Niesler: Won Gold and is Brisbane Champion in 17-18yrs and Open 400 Individual Medley with a new Age and Open Brisbane Record. Kyle also won Gold and is Brisbane Champion in 17-18yrs 200m Backstroke (bronze in Open 200m Backstroke), and Silver in 17-18yrs 400m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly (bronze in Open 200 Butterfly).


Lucas Humeniuk: Won Gold and is Brisbane Champion in 50m Freestyle, Butterfly, Breaststroke and Backstroke and was also victorious in the 100m Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley. Adding to his collection of medals, Lucas also won the Male All Ages Silver medal in 100m Breaststroke and 400 Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly, and Bronze in 200 Individual Medley and 400 Individual Medley.


Jade Niesler: Won Gold and is Brisbane Champion in 14 years 200m Backstroke, and Silver in 100m Backstroke.


Caio Gallo: Won Silver in 16yrs 50m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, and 200m Breaststroke, and won Bronze in 400 Individual Medley. 


Chloe Mack: Won Silver in 15yrs 800m Freestyle, and Bronze in 200m Breaststroke.


Aurelia Gallo: Won Bronze in 12yrs 400 Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke.


Top Ten: Congratulations also to Harrison Back, Liam Vickers, Tarryn House, Tina Gallo, and Jasmine Port for securing Top Ten performances at the championships.



Player of the Tournament

Congratulations to Year Six student, Jet Dominko on receiving Player of the Tournament Award for his efforts representing Brisbane in hockey over the weekend. He has come a long way from not knowing what to do with that stick and ball just 6 months ago. Keep up the great work Jet!


Australian School Swimming Championships

The 2018 Australian School Swimming Championships were held in Hobart at the end of July.


Two John Paul College students Caio Gallo and Aurelia Gallo were selected in the Queensland team and achieved outstanding performances:


Caio won gold medals in 100m and 200m Breaststroke and became Australian School Champion. He also won a bronze medal in 200m Butterfly.


Aurelia won a silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke.  Well done!

Swimming Achievements

Kyle Niesler has been selected in the Australian Performance Pathway Camp to be held at AIS, Canberra in October.

In addition, Kyle Niesler, Caio Gallo and Lucas Humeniuk were selected in the Queensland Talent Identification camps. 

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

August is multicultural month in Queensland.  According to Queensland Government statistics, one in five Queenslanders were born overseas in more than 220 countries and territories, making Queensland one of the most culturally diverse places in the world….


The school photo this week was a great chance to see the multiculturalism at our College.  Not only does the International College have students from countries all over the world, but the teaching staff also have multicultural backgrounds.  We all came together as one JPIC for our school photo.  At the International College, we celebrate multiculturalism every day and look forward to the many events this month as Queensland focuses on this important aspect.

In Aunty’s footsteps

Last week, we tracked Chie Ishikawa’s arrival and how she is following her father’s path at the College.  This week, we can reveal that Chie also had an aunt who attended the College.  In fact, her aunt was the first ever JPC alumnus to receive a doctorate.  Her aunt was indeed a high achiever OF whom the College is very proud.  It may be evident after this week that Chie Ishikawa actually follows in her aunt’s footsteps.  At the recent JPIC Assembly, Chie received two merit certificates for academic achievement in English and science.  We congratulate not only Chie but all the JPIC merit certificate recipients.

Focus on Level Four

Level Four B has been very busy, everyone has been working hard in class and at home. We have welcomed two new students to JPIC this term and have a mixture of Chinese and Vietnamese students in the class.  Students have been studying the themes of culture and customs which has been embraced by the students.


Kevin Lien, gave an outstanding ‘The Last word,’ at the JPIC Assembly last week. He spoke about his journey so far at JPIC and never giving up. Here is an extract from his presentation:


When I came to Australia, I was a bit unprepared to live in this multicultural country because Australia is completely different from my home country Taiwan, and my English skills were very weak. I couldn’t even converse with other people in English. So, I cried day after day when I first came to Australia.

However, Australia has abundant educational resources, which allows a bumpkin like me to be able to become a multilingual person. But, the key to this dramatic improvement is hard work and never giving up. Hard work is an important attitude for everyone. Everyone should concentrate on their goal like a wolf.


When I first came to Australia, I studied one hundred new words and read magazines in my leisure time, every day for two months because I desired to improve my English skills as quickly as I could. Have you heard this fantastic phrase before? Somebody says “no pain, no gain” if you want to have a good quality of life or occupation... We must work hard; then we can seize our opportunity more easily…


Congratulations Kevin!

Staff Profile

Our teachers play an essential part in our students’ learning and experiences at the College.

Mrs Robin Rough is our Level Four teacher. We asked Mrs Rough five questions and her responses are below: 

  • Years at JPIC:  Eighteen
  • Favourite place: A coffee shop in Bulgaria, beside a small lake, under a willow tree
  • Tip for students: Read more books (in English), watch more movies (in English), and always complete your work to the best of your ability.
  • Hobbies: Loving People, loving God, walking the dog, reading, looking after our grandchildren, training teachers in developing countries, and having coffee and cake with my handsome husband!

Quote:  “Kindness costs so little, but means so much.”


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Dates to Remember


11 August - JTAS Term Three Round 3

11 August - TAS Trimester Three 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 Four Incursion - BYO Creativity STEM

16 August - Year Two towards Zero Waste Education Centre excursion

17 August - Prep to Year Two 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 Three Round 4

18 August - TAS Trimester Three Round 5 - JPC vs Canterbury, John Paul College

19 August - Cheer Practice, Coleman Centre

19 August - Combined Chamber Orchestra Performance (JPC and Tagiev) Years Six-Twelve), Stephen Bean Theatre

20 August - 10-12 years Girls Regional Cricket, Macgregor

20 August - String Recital (Years Three-Twelve), Stephen Bean Theatre

20 August - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

21 August - Ballet Exams, Astaire

21 August - String Recital (Years Three-Twelve), Stephen Bean Theatre

22 August - Prep Parade, ARC

22 August - Year One Back in Time Day, Prep Playground Sail Area and Classrooms

22 August - JPIC Assembly, Gorman Lecture Theatre

22 August - IB Starlight Booknight, Noelene Munns Learning 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 Three Round 5

25 August - TAS Trimester Three Round 6, JPC vs St John's, St John's Anglican College

26 August - Year Six into Year Seven 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 - 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 Seven-Twelve), Coleman Centre

31 August - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre


1 September - JTAS Term Three Round 6

1 September - TAS Trimester Three 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 Three 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 Eleven and Twelve Exams, TBA

11 September - Year Eight 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 Three Finals

17 September - Year Four St Helena Island Excursion, St Helena Island

17 September - Prep to Year Two Term Three 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 Eleven 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 Three to Six 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 Three 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


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