Welcome to this Week's Edition of The Principal's Voice
It has been another active start to the year. At Week 9, the first term is nearly over and so too are the large number of welcoming, introductory or celebratory services and assemblies.
From the addresses/homilies at the various leadership services and inductions and the Academic Honours Assembly, students have received a number of key messages.
In summary, these messages focus on the need for resilience, to learn from mistakes, to persevere, to be involved and committed and to try to make a difference in one or more people’s lives. I continue to encourage our students to seize the extensive opportunities available to them, value the compromise and flexibility required to be part of any community and to believe that they ‘can get smart’.
Teaching is a joyous profession, and at Week 9, students and teachers now know each other a little better and are starting to fall into comfortable ways of working together. Part of the joy of teaching is that those from different generations are passing on their knowledge and wisdom. For example, many of the students in our care at JPC are from Generation Z, that is, those people born between 1995 and 2009. Our staff members are either Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers or Gen Y-ers, and they are working with another generation of young people who have or are likely to have the characteristics very different to them.
Generation Z are likely to:
(Source: ABS, McCrindle, 2014)
Year 10 students and their parents attended a subject information evening and were presented with the pathways available in Semester 2 that will follow through to the end of Year 12.
In 2018 John Paul College is offering 38 subjects along with eight IB subjects to these students.
Over 50 students from Year 2 to Year 12, who are part of our Strings programme, played for family and friends at a performance in the Stephen Bean Theatre.
Congratulations to all members of the John Paul College TAS swimming team for an outstanding performance at the TAS swimming championships held last Thursday. They won the overall TAS swimming championship for the third consecutive year.
Preparations for our biennial Musical - We Will Rock You - are in full swing with a talented musical project team in place and already planning and rehearsing hard.
Mr Richard Saunders from Ikonix has been appointed to the role of Producer and Technical Director. Working with the Artistic Director, Ms Amanda Waddell and the Musical Director, Mr Bobby Gallo, Richard’s role is to deliver on the creative and artistic vision. The Musical is a significant project this year and appointing Richard and his team at Ikonix will provide additional expertise to the musical project team. Richard has worked with the College on two previous productions – The Wiz and Oliver.
We wish all teams playing in the TAS Trimester 1 finals all the best for tomorrow. (Saturday 24 March).
Mrs Karen Spiller OAM
In a celebration of music, Sony Music Entertainment presents
LIVE AT THE STAR GOLD COAST
THURSDAY APRIL 5th 2018
In a celebration of music, Sony Music Entertainment proudly presents one of Australia’s most outstanding female performers live for one night only, the immensely talented Dami Im, Thursday April 5th at The Star Gold Coast.
Special Offer - John Paul College Community
Dami is kindly offering 20% off the ticketed price for the John Paul College community. If you would like to take advantage of this offer please purchase your tickets through http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=DAMIIM18&eg=STAR&ep=20PERCENT.
While earning a reputation as one of the hardest working women in Australian show business, Dami Im has quietly established herself as something of a national treasure. Accolades over the last couple of years have come thick and fast. Dami’s first, fifty-date, national tour was a sell-out and she wooed the world at the Eurovision Song Contest. The Korean- born singer and musician first came to national prominence when she won season five of The X Factor in 2013. A virtuoso on piano, Dami also has a Master of Music Studies degree in contemporary singing.
Dami’s special one off show on Thursday April 5th will take you through her impressive range of songs, from the ARIA number one hits ‘Alive’ and ‘Sound Of Silence’ to the awe inspiring ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Super Love’, intertwined with hits from her ARIA # 1 album DAMI IM, HEART BEATS and the CLASSIC CARPENTERS. Along with debuting songs from her new album due in March 2018, Dami’s new work is a nod to the golden age of great pop song writing.
“I’m incredibly excited about this one off show, performing live with my piano and band is truly my passion. To be able to share my favourite songs along with some from my new album is something I’m really looking forward to,” comments Dami.
This very special one night only show is not to be missed - Dami Im – Thursday April 5.
Tickets on sale via www.ticketek.com.au and 13 28 49.
Website : www.damiim.com
CONNECT WITH DAMI IM: www.damiim.com/
For further information please contact your Sony Music Entertainment representative.
Code Camp are excited to return to John Paul College during the Easter Holidays to teach your child how to code, or continue them on their coding journey to build their very own iPhone or Android app! Have a look at what your child can create at Code Camp http://hello.codecamp.com.au/assembly/
Code Camp has already taught more than 27,000 students in Australia and kids have so much fun with friends during our camps while learning important new skills such as logic, creativity, problem solving, app development and game building in a fun and engaging way, ready to take on the digital world of the future.
Every child attending a holiday camp will build incredible games on Code Camp’s software platform ‘’Code Camp World’’ and walk away with their very own app, playable via the Code Camp App store that they can take home to share with family and friends!
Why do kids and parents love Code Camp? Check out this video to find out : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gvgxzvf-eQ&t=29s
Follow this booking link for all the dates and details about what’s on on offer for the Summer Holidays: www.codecamp.com.au/
Enrol today and help your child become a coding superstar!
The Code Camp Team
In 2018 - 2019 students could travel to:
Argentina: St Andrew's Scots School - Easter 2019, two plus weeks.
Japan: Miyakonjo (girls) or Shizuoka (boys) - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.
Germany: Ursulinenschule Hersel, Bormheim - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.
Families are also able to host students from the abovementioned schools.
For more information about the Tours and Exchange programme please view the PDF below.
Question: What is “Community” and how do I find things?
Response: Community Portal area of JPConnect holds all of the generalist information for students and parents. The colours in this area are significant and are meant to be a quick visual cue to finding the relevant information.
View of navigation on a wide screen for example a PC
View of navigation on a smaller for example a mobile phone
Full view of the tiles displayed on the web page
eMail: [email protected]
Phone: 3826 3496
Drop in: Techsphere Service Centre, Markwell Carpark (7.30 – 4.30 Monday to Friday in term time)
This was a day where we celebrated our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone. It is held every year in March and is all about inclusiveness and creating a sense of belonging for everyone.
Along with Harmony Day, last week we recognised the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Bullying can make people feel unsafe and unhappy. It stops teenagers from being what they want to be, it can make it hard to learn and it breaks bonds and friendships.
In order to commemorate and promote the unity and diversity that exists at John Paul College, Prefects Ravleen Dudwal and Tarni Peepe, along with the members of the Year 12 Culture Club Committee, initiated some wonderful activities to celebrate Harmony Day. The Committee created a short video to promote cultural understanding, respect and harmony, which was presented to the Senior School at the Principal’s Assembly. In addition, Year 12 class-mates conducted Harmony Day lessons with their Primary and Middle School buddy classes. On Friday 16th March, the Senior School students enjoyed a shared lunch together, sampling foods from different cultures.
Another successful week of block exams for the Year 11 & 12 students is completed. Students were focussed and had great opportunities to display their learning.
On 12 February, the Year 11 English students had an exciting opportunity to attend Shake ‘n Stir’s performance of Macbeth to enhance their study of the play. This performance provided them with a first-hand experience of a modern take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Whilst being extremely interesting the play also provided the Year 11’s the chance to really understand and connect to the play, helping them go beyond the pages they have been studying and see the writing come alive before their very own eyes. This opportunity has been a memorable experience that will further assist with their studies of Macbeth this term.
On Wednesday evening we enjoyed a full house for our Subject Information session. The evening started in the Gorman Lecture Theatre where parents and students were presented with the pathways available in Semester 2 that will follow through to the end of Year 12.
The three pathways discussed were:
After the information was shared in the GLT, students and parents had the opportunity to talk to the teachers responsible for the various subjects being offered. In 2018 John Paul College is offering 38 subjects along with eight IB subjects to these students.
The evening was a great success with most students have plenty to think about before they make their choices on the SETPlan day in Week 2 of Term 2.
A reminder that John Paul College classes commence at 8.20 am 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. Lately a few students have taken liberties in this area and I ask for your support in ensuring that students are here in plenty of time to meet their commitments.
Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March - QCS Practice for Year 12 Students
Wednesday 28 March - Senior School Inter House Cross Country Carnival
Thursday 29 March - Last Day of Term 1 - dismissal at 3.20 pm
Mr Allan Dennis
Head of Senior School
On Monday I had the privilege of travelling to Melbourne to spend the week shadowing Principal of The Knox School, Mr Allan Shaw. It was a valuable professional experience for me to learn from an experienced Principal, and enabled rich sharing between both of our schools. In one meeting I attended, the focus of the discussion evolved around an article by Charles Leadbeater - Student Agency: Learning to make a difference. I found this article to be extremely relevant to our JPC context as we strive to equip our students with the skills to problem solve and take on opportunities to make a difference to the world around them.
Our Middle School pastoral care programme, with our focus on Positive Education (SOARING and Character Strengths) and leadership development, deliberately incorporates a variety of opportunities for students to think about the needs of others and create positive action in our community. Be it through the Student Council, Middle School committees, Charity Shield, or individual student action; our students are encouraged to initiate and enact projects to create change. In his article, Leadbeater states that students “need to be adept at sensing opportunity, forming their own goals, taking risks and making investments, recovering from setbacks and learning how to collaborate with others to solve complex problems”. He lists four components as essential to students becoming agents of change:
I truly believe that at John Paul College we provide a dynamic learning environment that promotes the above components and builds skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and resilience. With an array of experiences to support academic knowledge, students that make the effort to put themselves forward and think through issues and concerns in our community, are growing a capability to be agents of change. Building this capacity through schooling at JPC, we will grow purposeful and powerful young adults with the skills and ambition to make a difference to the world.
Last Monday we had our first round of engagement meetings with our Year 6 families. This was an opportunity for Year 6 students and their parents to meet with a member of the secondary school and learn more about the programs and systems in Middle School. These two-way discussions also provided the Middle School team with specific information about each student which will assist in supporting their transition to Year 7. We will provide similar meetings next term for other families to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of life as a Year 7 student.
Last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, our Year 7 and 9 students worked through a series of NAPLAN workshops to practice questions and develop test awareness. To simulate the NAPLAN testing environment we positioned the students in the classroom spaces they will conduct the tests in May (Year 7 – Bradley; Year 9 – Gorman). Students went through a range of literacy and numeracy test questions and had opportunities to receive feedback on their responses. This opportunity was valuable in preparing our students for the National tests coming up in Term 2.
We had a spirited round of sport versus Canterbury College last weekend. Congratulations to all players on your effort and pride in wearing the Burgundy and Blue. See below for some action shots of our volleyball and basketball players:
Rebecca Sparrow presented the “Before You Hit Send: social media tips for parents + tweens + teens” session to our families and sent through the following resources. The list is a MAMMOTH collection of gems starting with some “do’s and don’ts” and branches into collections that address the specifics of topics examined on the evening including “Your Digital footprint,” “Useful APPs” and “Cyberbullying.”
Further resources are available from http://rebeccasparrow.com/
FREE ‘Social Media Reputation Management’ booklet from the Australian Federal Police. It details privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat and mobile devices.
Social Media Platform Safety Centres: FULL LIST of contacts
INSTAGRAM: Privacy & Safety Tips for Instagram
SNAPCHAT: Safety Tips for Snapchat
15 Useful iPhone Hacks including setting ‘Do Not Disturb’ on your phone so you can’t receive messages while you’re studying
More iPhone hacks including getting more storage
How to save data on you iPhone: the small hack that can make a difference to your data use.
HELP ME – The Denise and Bruce Morcombe Safety App. Download this app for 99cents and any person can call for help at the push of a button. “The ‘Help Me’ button sounds a warning and allows you to send off an SMS text to two (2) nominated ‘safety’ numbers, as part of your Trusted Safety Network. Included in the text are GPS co-ordinates from where the text was sent, so the sender can be located or a last known place of contact is indicated.”
Checky This app will tell you just how often you (or your child) check your phone!
Send This Instead Humorous ways to respond when you’re asked for a naked pic
OurPact Free parental control app that limits screen time and access to apps and sites.
Colour Therapy Popular free colouring-in app
Chore Bank: The app that lets you keep track of your kids’ chores and the pocket money they’ve earned.
Canvsly: a clever app to help you digitally store your children’s artwork
Set up a Google Alert for your name and email address so you can keep track about what’s said about you on-line.
Your digital footprint matters – Huffington Post
Be Social Be Smart – the power of positive posting. A terrific Brisbane-based company who specialise in presentations for year 10-12 high school students on their digital footprint.
The most important thing to remember if you are being cyberbullied is that you’re not alone and there are adults who can help you.
Keep evidence of the bullying (save emails, take screenshots of messages or posts), delete and block the bully and report the problem to the Safety Centre of the platform or app (you can find a full list here). And most importantly tell an adult you trust. And keep telling adults until someone does something to help you.
The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, can provide free legal advice for anyone under 18, or anyone acting on their behalf.
Bullying No Way website for kids, teens, parents and teachers
FREE Family Internet Safety Agreement created by the Australian Federal Police.
FREE OurPact parental control app that limits screen time by blocking internet and app access.
The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, are experts in sexting and the law, and can provide free legal advice for anyone under 18, or anyone acting on their behalf. If you find naked images on your child’s device, take a breath and ring these guys first to get some clear, calm advice on how to proceed.
Legal Aid Queensland: The law surrounding sexting and sharing naked images
Send This Instead: a free app providing humorous responses to help young people say no when pressured to send intimate photos.
A Letter To My Son About Porn by Harriet Pawson
Consent is like a cup of tea — a video designed to help young men and women understand the concept of consent. IMPORTANT!
Sexts, Texts and Selfies by Susan McLean (Australian)
Keeping Kids Safe Online by the Leonie Smith, the Cyber Safety Lady (Australian)
The Cyber Safety Lady (Australian)
Be Web Smart: For the analog parent in a digital world (American)
CommonSense Media (American)
Kids Helpline or call 1800 551 800
Parentline: 1300 30 1300 www.parentline.com.au
Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
Relationships Australia: 130 364 277 www.relationships.org.au
1800Respect Online: 1800 737 732 www.1800respect.org.au
Child Safety Services (Qld): 1800 177 135
We had a very special, though normal morning for our Learning Walks last week. It was a tremendous turnout which resulted in informative and affirming feedback.
Thank you to everyone in our community as we work together to improve learning outcomes. We need young people who are competent, confident and empowered.
Mrs Danielle Dale, one of our Primary Art teachers will begin Maternity Leave at the end of Term 1 and we wish her and her family much happiness and health during this time.
We will be replacing Mrs Dale with Mr Kelly Shepard. Mr Shepard has recently moved from California, where he was the Director of Performing Arts and Music at a K-12 private school. We have made the decision to increase the delivery of our music programme in K-3, from music lessons once a week to music lessons four days a week, though shorter in length. In order to achieve this, and consistent with Australian Curriculum guidelines, the following changes will take place:
This is a very exciting change, based on sound research and observations regarding the benefits to student academic performance because of daily music education. Kodály was developed initially to make the attainment and achievement of musical concepts effective for learners of music.
Various research exists to suggest that music education programmes reinforced daily, founded on aural/vocal pedagogy in a sequential developmental approach offer many benefits to academic performance. This is via the development of thinking and listening skills, literacy and numeracy skills, spatial-temporal reasoning, intelligence and social emotional development.
These are exciting changes. We know that children will benefit in many ways from the daily music lessons and we are confident that our expectations within a high quality visual arts programme, will result in high academic outcomes for our learners.
Mr Andy Gordon
Head of Primary School
Imagine No Bullying
Their bodies slowly backed me into the corner. Their mocking faces haunted me. I reminded myself there was something going on with them but there was no excuse. Their mocking words hit me like a dagger. I knew it wasn’t me but I couldn’t help feeling guilty like I had done something wrong.
I knew they needed a friend. I didn’t know why their words stung but they did. But the very last thing I remember was it wasn’t okay.
“Hey!” I know something’s wrong and I’m sorry but find a way that makes you feel good and everyone feel good. Don’t take it out on me. It’ll get better, I promise.
By Layla Panagos 5YA
The Spanish programme of inquiry assists students in discovering and developing a love of language and culture, with the underpinning theme of creating global citizens. Our two Spanish teachers Señor Chris Bell and Señorita Emma Hofstetter love being part of the John Paul College family and working with the primary students.
Señor Bell has spent the early years of his teaching career working in a Spanish Immersion school within Education Queensland. Having learned Spanish as an adult, he has travelled extensively through South America. Chris is a strong advocate for sustainable practices and has developed a Year 4 Spanish unit of inquiry around Finch Farm which was well received in 2017.
Señorita Hofstetter began her teaching journey at John Paul College in 2017. Having also learnt Spanish as an adult, Emma has spent an extensive period of time practicing her Spanish while living in Colombia.
Prep to Year 2 students have been developing language for expressing themselves. It has been a joy for the Spanish teachers to be greeted in Spanish around the College with: ¿Cómo estás Señor Bell/Señorita H?
Throughout the rest of the year they will continue to explore the Spanish connection to the world around them.
Let us start these paragraphs with a big THANK YOU! Thanks to each and every one of you who came, participated, volunteered and helped in any way with our “Movies On The Green”. It was overwhelming to see so many of you enjoying the refreshments, engaging in the JPC community spirit with warmth and kindness, sharing a night ‘al fresco’.
Thank you for your support, your comments and feedback. We want to also extend our thanks to the crew at Property Services who supported us during the day and on the weeks leading up to the event, especially to Wade Howard. We would also like to thank our sponsors for the night: ANZ Mobile Lending, House Property Agents, Melissa Purnell Accountants, Signature Blinds, ASR Underwriting Agency, Mick de Brenni, KMA Brisbane, All Properties Group, Browns at Broadbeach, Southside Academy of Combat, Changez, Ray White Rochedale, Cafe Frankee & Co in Springwood, Southside Friendly Dental Care, Jamie Thomson Rodan+Fields Skincare Independent consultant, Mc Grath Real Estate, Just Pharmacy Beenleigh, King & Company Property Group, Deck Chair Cruising, Nathan Strudwick, Audi Centre Springwood, Greg Merret Air Con Cleaning, Invest One Group, Centaur Coin and Subway.
The event was also possible thanks to the generous donation of Katie Rollinson from QLD McOpCo McDonald’s Springwood. All the money raised from “Movies on the Green” will go towards the refurbishment of one of the Primary playgrounds.
When we return from our holidays, we will have two big events; our Mothers’ Day Stall and Mayfair, to be held on May 9th and 11th respectively. Soon we will start collecting donations for our Mothers' Day stall, which can be dropped off at the Primary office. At Mayfair, our annual College Fete, Friends of Primary will hold their traditional and always eagerly anticipated ‘Baking Stall’. We will be calling on our volunteers to help us organise and operate the stalls prior to, and on the days. We will soon organise a “Sign Up Page”.
Our next meeting will be next Tuesday, 27th March at 8.45 am at the Primary Lawns. As a parent of JPC, we would love to have you involved. If you have any suggestions and/or questions please email Carolina Clitheroe at [email protected] or me at [email protected]
Thank you very much,
Romina on behalf of Friends of Primary
Our Vacation Care programme for the upcoming holidays is now available. Please refer to the attached PDF for programme details and booking form.
Phone: 3826 3361 7.00 am - 9.00 am and 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm (Term Time) or 7.00 am until 6.00 pm during Vacation Care days.
Email: [email protected]
Romans 12:18 says,
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
The reality is there is always conflict going on. This conflict might be with our family, our friends, in our community or society, throughout the world, or even in our relationship with God. The challenge of the Bible verse is the part that says, “as far as it depends on you.”
You see, we can only control our thoughts, our words and our actions. We can’t ever be responsible for someone else’s choices. An illustration of this is when I was a teenager and my brother, who normally lived with my dad, came to visit my mum and I. As brothers go, he was okay some of the time, and downright annoying the rest. Typical brother stuff. But after my parents’ separation he developed a nasty streak at times. On one occasion we were yelling at each other when suddenly, he spat in my face.
A million thoughts went through my head and as a fairly new Christian I had heard the Bible verse above and it was one of those thoughts: along with, ‘hit him’, ‘spit back’, ‘yell louder’ and so on. But I believe God’s Holy Spirit spoke louder to my heart and mind that day than those other thoughts, and I walked away from him, cleaned my face off and found a quiet space on my own.
Later, I tried to talk with him. Regardless of how he would respond, I was responsible for what I did. That’s the emphasis of this verse.
We have had some student led Chapels around this theme with students taking different actions. In one Year level, students came and put thumb prints on a ‘Peace Symbol’ and were joined by Japanese students who were on a study tour. It helped make our point about peace being something we strive for internationally.
In other Chapels, students came down to the front and wrote the name of someone they currently have a problem with, on a piece of paper, folded it up, and left it at the foot of the small wooden cross we had set up. The intention was that they would at least try to mend the issue with that person. They were taking personal responsibility to live at peace with them, even if they weren’t sure how the other person would respond.
The world is simply full of too much war, hate, unforgiveness, prejudice, tension and bitterness. The Bible teaches us a better way. I am trying to help our students see that.
Mr Steve Ward
The John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group welcomes all members of the John Paul College Community.
The Prayer Group's purpose is to honour Christ by praying for the College staff, students and families within the JPC community.
Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30 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.
Year 4 students are currently exploring the components of digital systems and learning about input and output devices for their computer.
A fun input device that the students explored is a Makey Makey, which can be used to take over the function of keys on their keyboard to control a game or a webpage. Alligator clips attached to the circuit board were plugged into blobs of play dough and became the keys on the computer. Bananas, potatoes, pencil lines and copper tape can also be connected to make the device work - anything that will conduct an electrical charge. The electrical circuit needed an earth, which the students provided by holding one of the alligator clips attached to the device. Students also discovered that the circuit could travel through several children and still allow the Makey Makey to work.
This learning is part of the Digital Technologies component of the Learning Centre’s programme in 2018.
Lunchtime is an exciting time for creativity in the Noelene Munns Learning Centre! Year 2 students have formed a club that plays together using their own inventions, based on popular toys. Their creations grow day by day as they add to and refine their designs. Competition is fierce but always played in good spirit and within the rules that the boys have made for their group.
Building with K'Nex and Lego is one of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) activities students can do every day in NMLC. Fun and learning in the Learning Centre!
A new addition to our robotics programme is MiP, a cute little balancing robot that can be coded with drag and drop coding. He will be available for lunchtime play as well as being used in the Digital Technologies programme for Year 3. Marcus Fukuzawa is a Year 2 student who loves anything tech. He has mastered the coding of MiP and discovered some cool features. MiP can talk, flash his lights, go over rough terrain and carry weight equivalent to a full can of softdrink. A very versatile little robot!
The Primary Coding Club have also discovered some more of MiP’s special tricks. It can battle another robot with lasers and sounds and have a boxing match.
MiP is another of the STEAM resources available for students in NMLC.
On the last day of this term, the Learning Centres will ramp up the interest level in ancient Egypt, and reading too, we hope, with a special event targeted at Middle School students.
Inspired by The Librarian movies and ensuing television programme, participating Middle School students will be presented with a series of challenges during their lunch break, all based on ancient Egypt. 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.
In the lead up, we’ll be showing book trailers in a Middle School open area introducing the students to the amazing novels of Matthew Reilly (Jack West series), Peter Lerangis (Seven Wonders series) and Rick Riordan (Kane Chronicles). Action doesn’t get any better than that and you just might learn something along the way.
It’s amazing what you can learn in the library!
The Primary Robotics and Coding Club is already full for Term 2 but there are still places for Term 3 (Tuesday afternoons) and Term 4 (Thursday afternoons).
Please book your child through the parent portal and the Primary Sports and Activities handbook form if they are interested in learning to code.
Holidays are almost here. Don’t let your brain stagnate while you relax. Grab a book or two or even three from the Learning Centres before you leave for the term. Primary students will be encouraged to borrow extra books to keep them busy over the break and holiday reading lists will be emailed to all students in Years 7 to 12 to provide some inspiration. Or if students are keen to browse, we encourage them just ‘hop on’ in to the Learning Centres for a visit. There are many ‘egg-cellent’ books available for the Easter break.
Staff will also receive a holiday reading list to help them choose some books for the break. Some have even started borrowing early to make sure they don't miss out on their favourite authors, series and genres. Well done Ms Douglas, Mrs Anderson and Mrs Scherian! The staff holiday reading list is available on JPConnect with the student lists if parents are looking for some reading ideas. Click here to see the holiday reading lists. You can also find heaps of reviews at Your Next Book here.
The Spy by James Phelan
If you are a fan of Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels, this one is for you.
There are twelve targets across the world, twelve code-named missions, twelve sleeper cells. A secret organisation, Zodiac, is poised to launch chaos and devastation.
Jed Walker is an ex-CIA operative of the toughest calibre. Burned by his agency, Jed is out for justice for a job gone bad and the trail leads to Zodiac. But the clock is ticking and there are few he can trust. The danger is mounting…and there are exactly eighty-one hours until deadline.
Borrow this book from the Gorman Learning Centre.
From the Primary Library: Borrow the 'I SURVIVED' Series
Each book in the series tells of a petrifying and inspiring story from history, through the eyes of a boy who lived to tell the tale. 'Resilience' is the theme that connects all the books. Titles include:
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916
I Survived The Bombing of Pearl Harbour, 1941
I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944
I Survived The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
On the evening of Monday 19 March over 50 students from Year 2 to Year 12, who are part of our Strings programme, played for family and friends at a performance in the Stephen Bean Theatre. The audience enjoyed performances from students ranging from Year 2 to Year 12 with the more experienced students providing inspiration to students who have recently taken up their instrument.
We would like to announce our new Friends of Performing Arts Committee for 2018, elected at the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday night, 20 March. Thank you and welcome to our performing arts parents who are taking up their positions in our FOPA committee:
Thank you also to our outgoing 2017 committee for their tireless hardwork, organisation and fundraising efforts culminating in enabling the performing arts department to purchase an Orchestral Marimba for our students to learn and audiences enjoy in future performances.
With our 2018 Musical rehearsals and arrangements well underway, we have also secured the services of Richard Saunders from Ikonix as our Production Manager. Richard will assist the Performing Arts team to produce an amazing show for everyone to enjoy!
Sat 14 to Mon 16 April - “We Will Rock You” Musical Camp (Years 7-12 students)
Wednesday 25 April - Marching Eagles perform at Anzac Service, Logan
The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 2, 2018 is April 17, 2018. Withdrawal forms are available online via jpconnect.net or from the Performing Arts Office.
Mr Bobby Gallo
Director of Performing Arts
Forward 300 years into the future and the world is controlled by the Globalsoft Corporation. Conformity
reigns. Citizens watch the same movies, listen to computer-generated music, wear the same clothes and
hold the same thoughts and opinions. Musical instruments are outlawed, and rock music is unknown. Ruling the Globalsoft Corporation and keeping citizens in check is Killer Queen and her police chief, Khashoggi. Enter young misfits Galileo and Scaramouche and a struggle begins for the right to free
thought and music.
We Will Rock You (WWRY) is a musical based on the songs of British rock band, Queen and a novel by Ben Elton. Over 16 million theatre goers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production. John Paul College is one of the first schools in Australia to perform this Musical.
WWRY will feature stunning costumes, sets and lighting and, of course, Queen’s legendary hits including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust.
Preparations for our biennial Musical - We Will Rock You - are in full swing with a talented musical project team in place and already planning and rehearsing hard. The Musical will take to the stage of Chandler Theatre on 27 and 28 July at 7.00 pm with a daytime performance on 29 July at 1.00 pm. We look forward to bringing you cast and staff biographies, weekly updates, videos and photos from rehearsals.
Mr Richard Saunders from Ikonix has been appointed to the role of Producer and Technical Director. Working with the Artistic Director, Ms Amanda Waddell and the Musical Director, Mr Bobby Gallo, Richard’s role is to deliver on the creative and artistic vision.
The musical is a significant project this year and appointing Richard and his team at Ikonix will provide additional expertise to the musical project team. Richard has worked with the College on two previous productions – The Wiz and Oliver.
More than 200 cast and crew students will be involved in the production across Years 4 – 12.
Tickets will be on sale on Friday 27 April.
Sponsorship packages and promotional opportunities are now available. Please contact Niki Dowding, Director of Marketing and Communications - [email protected] for a We Will Rock You partnerships package.
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. We would ideally love to be able to use these at camp in our last weekend of Easter Holidays.
JOHN PAUL COLLEGE TAS SWIMMING CHAMPIONS
FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR!
Congratulations to all members of the John Paul College TAS swimming team for an outstanding performance at the TAS swimming championships held last Thursday.
The Burgundy and Blue won the Overall TAS co-educational championship for the third consecutive year, with Ormiston College in second and CHAC claiming third spot. A fantastic result!
Every student from the elite swimmer to students who filled in for absent students are all to be congratulated on a wonderful team effort. We are very proud of the entire team!
John Paul College won the following age group trophies:
Congratulations also to those swimmers who won individual age champions:
Thank you to coaches, Len Sterlin, Matteo Melis, Ally Zillman and to coordinator Rebecca Gallagher.
Congratulations to Year 8 Student Heidi Dennis for her selection in the National Training Camp for Women’s Football. Heidi has been experiencing coaching from some of Australia’s leading women’s football coaches. All the best Heidi for the final selections.
We congratulate Year 9 student Jeremy McEvoy and Year 10 Student Kaden Stannard for their outstanding results at the Queensland Schools Beach Volleyball Championships held last weekend.
Jeremy and Kaden came away with the bronze medal. Well done boys!
The Burgundy and Blue were out in force last Saturday for the local derby against Canterbury College.
All teams gave their best in boys' volleyball and were absolutely dominant with 5/6 wins.
Girls' basketball toughed it out winning 4/6. Special mention of the Year 8, 9 and 10 teams who displayed grit and composure to take out the wins in the final quarter. The Open A girls were again clinical in their execution to totally dominate for the entire match.
Our tennis girls were again solid taking 2/6 against some very strong competition. Thank you to Year 10 student Tara Penboss for helping out the Year 10 team at the last minute.
Cricket continues to record some strong performances winning 3/6 with the First X1 boys once again demonstrating a very polished performance.
Tomorrow all teams battle out at the TAS Trimester 1 finals. Wishing our students all the best for a great competition!
Thank you to our cricket and basketball canteen volunteer workers who continue to run the canteens for our home games. Your hard work is very much appreciated.
Mrs Karen Graham
Director of Sports and Activities
Cec Munns Sports Centre (CMSC) – Wednesday 28 March, 2018
All students are permitted to travel to and from school in their sports uniform, House polo shirt, JPC cap, socks and comfortable sports shoes. Please note that students are required to bring their laptops to school and store them in their lockers prior to going to morning roll call.
Full canteen facilities will be available on the day. We recommend that students consume a substantial breakfast and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.
The 2018 John Paul College Primary School Interhouse Cross Country Carnival will be taking place at the Cec Munns Sports Centre on Wednesday, 28th March commencing from 1:00 pm and concluding by 3:15 pm. Attendance at this carnival is compulsory for all students from Years 3 to 6. Parents are most welcome as spectators.
The carnival is an opportunity for our students to compete in a supportive atmosphere in front of their families, peers and teachers. Students will be accumulating points for representing their House and a Champion House is named at the end of the day.
In addition, age champions are also presented. The age champion will be the runner in each age group who crosses the finish line in first place.
The carnival also serves as the basis for the selection of the Interschool Cross Country team which will compete at the Junior TAS Championship meet to be held at St Paul's College, on Friday, 25th May.
Registration is now open for the new 2018 Winter Season of JPC Club basketball! Please find attached the full season information letter which contains full details of age groups, costs, season dates, etc., as well as online registration links and instructions.
After confirming your child’s age group using the details in the attached letter, you can click on the following logos and links to register. The links are also in the attachment.
U11, U13, U15, U17, YPL - https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?aID=5627&pKey=e103e5d79b52419948a15c76bcd7dc7a&formID=54301
Registrations close Friday 6th April 2018.
John Paul College family, Southside Friendly Dental Care Family Dentistry have teamed up with JPC to promote the avoidance of sports relates dental injuries.
To find out more about the wonderful JPC special price offered by SFDC, please view the attached leaflet.
Term 1 has seen another innovation in the preparation and transition of our international students from JPIC to JPC. While we as a staff consider this to be important, it is the words of those students experiencing these initiatives that really indicate the importance of such opportunities. Whether it be the “level 5 Buddies”, the HPE class (swimming) or the Maths at JPC class, students value the interaction and welcome they receive as they transition to mainstream classes.
At the beginning of this year in JPIC, there was a big transfer for us in maths and science and after five weeks of study, we have learned a lot. Some of our classmates study in Year 10 and others study in Year 11.
We have learned a lot of new knowledge and vocabulary; also, we have studied with mainstream students that is a good way to let us make new Australian friends. The students who study in Year 10, study in advanced maths and standard maths that both contain five topics, including indices and surds, trigonometry, quadratic equations and parabolas, and other graphs.
We also learned to use Excel to create tables, and as a calculator. The students in Year 11 divide into Maths A and Maths B and are studying variables and data, plots, measures of spread and summary statistics.
We also are learning many new skills in science, and have done individual goal setting. We did some experiments and the most memorable was the egg drop, where every group failed except one. This experiment helped us to understand the relationship between independent variables, dependent variables and controlled variables.
Now, we are learning how to analyse the ecosystem, food chains and webs. It seems that Level 5 is the best place in JPIC where we can improve rapidly. Compared with last term, it has become harder in many parts of our study, and that is why we need to have Level 5 to improve our skills. We strongly believe that when we finish our courses in Level 5, we will be ready for further study in main school. Let’s keep working hard!
Henry Shen, Alice Lu & Maggie Mo
This term, we had a new class called Integration with Mr Hotschilt from JPC who is preparing us for the main school. We study ideas, attitudes, and values that are important for us to go to main school next term. Last week, three Year 12 students came to our class, Sarah, Lydia and Bill. They are our 5B ‘buddies’, and are helping us understand requirements of the main school.
In Level 5, we also have a Health and Physical Education (HPE) class. As it has been very hot, swimming has been the main activity which is good for students' health. ‘At first, I was afraid of the water, because I had never learnt to swim in a swimming pool or the ocean but the teacher encouraged me to enter water, but I still would not try. Then my friends thought of an idea to encourage me to try. When I stood near the pool again, my friend told me to close my eyes and feel the water, and finally, I tried to swim’.
Assembly is most familiar, and nobody will ever forget this special experience. Assembly is a good way to exercise and improve your English, but do not try to exercise your speaking skill during the assembly, as you are not allowed to make any noise, just be a good listener. Undeniably giving awards is an indispensable role ofaAssembly. It shows us that you need hard work to gain the success you deserve.
We hope that we will be able to use these experiences and apply them to our studies to achieve well.
Isaac Li & Adrian Wang
Term 1 has flown by, and with exam block (Years 11 and 12) and assessment period (including NAPLAN practice for Years 7 and 9) now behind them, boarders are looking forward to the holidays. The last week of term is an enjoyable and busy one for boarders, with a number of social activities, as well as room moves and packing up. Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who have been proactive in arranging and communicating Boarder Travel Day plans.
All parents and guardians will receive a letter outlining Term 2 major events, and a preview of the Lifestyle Calendar.
Boarders, boarding staff and some parents have all given very positive feedback about the addition of a boarding puppy called Cruze within the Village.
Cruze is a blue English Staffy, and has been be a regular at the Village after prep time, and during free time in the afternoons and weekends. Cruze lives with my Fiance’ and myself on campus, and will continue to visit the Village frequently into the future.
I would like to thank our Principal Mrs Karen Spiller, who empathised with the positive impact having a dog in the Village would have for boarders, much like they would have at home, and gave special exemption to the "no dog on campus" policy.
Mr Sean Cox
Director of Boarding
Everyday people from all walks of life can become foster carers.
Caring for children and young people at a difficult time in their lives can be challenging but is also hugely rewarding. Many young lives have been turned around and given new inspirations thanks to the support and dedication of foster carers. They are the backbone of the child protection system, providing consistency, stability and the bonds of trust that many children have sadly been denied.
If you would like to find out more please view the attached PDFs.
24 March - TAS Trimester 1 finals
25 March - Cricket Presentation Day, Cec Munns Sports Centre
26 - 27 March - QCS Practice - Coleman Centre/GLT
26 March - Prep to Year 2 Easter Service, ARC
26 March - Boarding End of Term Outing, Cec Munns Sports Centre
26 March - 15 April - Argentina Cultural Tour
27 March - JPIC Carnival
27 March - Year 12 VET Diploma Excursion, QUT/UQ
27 March - Boarding Staff vs Students Touch Football Game, Cec Munns Sports Centre
27 March - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
28 March - Senior School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre
28 March - Primary School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre
28 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat, Finch Farm and Wesley Building
29 March - Kindergarten to Year 2 Easter Bonnet Parade, ARC
29 March - Years 7 to 12 Dance Intensive (Partnership with QLD Ballet)
29 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat
29 March - Easter Service (Years 3 to 12), Coleman Centre
29 March - JPIC Graduation
29 March - TERM 1 CONCLUDES
30 March - Good Friday Public Holiday
30 March - Easter Service, JPC Grounds
30 March - Boarder Travel Day
3 - 16 April Outside School Care Hours Vacation Care Programme
11 - 13 April - Code Camp, Burke Building
14 - 16 April - Years 7 to 12 Musical Camp, Maroochydore Conference Centre
16 April - Pupil Free Day
16 April - Boarder Travel Day
17 April - TERM 2 COMMENCES
17 April - JPIC Welcome Assembly
17 April - Year 3 Street Science Incursion, ARC
17 April - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
18 - 20 April - Year 8 Camp
19 April - Year 5 Science Incursion, ARC
19 April - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
20 April - Primary Parade
21 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 1, JPC vs St Paul's, John Paul College
23 April - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
23 April - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room
24 April - Year 10 Set Plan, Gorman Lecture Theatre/Careers Room
24 April - Primary ANZAC Parade, ARC
24 April - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
25 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday
25 April - ANZAC Day Parade (Marching Eagles and Colourguard), Springwood, Logan and Brisbane
27 April - Expresso Training Excursion/VET Cert 2 and 3 Hospitality Students, Brisbane City
27 April - Assembly (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre
28 April - JTAS Term 2, Round 1
28 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 2, JPC vs Canterbury College, Canterbury College
29 April - Boarding Community BBQ, Fenton Village
30 April - 2 May - Year 10 Camp
30 April - Prep - Year 12 Piano and Vocal Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre
1 - 3 May - Year 11 Camp
1 May - Success at School Starts at Home 2 (Years 3 to 6 Parent Event), Gorman Lecture Theatre
2 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat
2 May - JPIC Assembly
2 May - Year 7 Elevate Programme, Wesley 1-5
2 - 3 May - Year 7 Surf Life Saving, Gorman Lecture Theatre
3 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat, Alexandra Headlands
3 May - QLD Youth Music Awards - Choral (Years 7-12)
3 May - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
4 May - Primary Parade
4 May - Theatresports (Years 4 - 12)
5 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 2
5 May - Trimester 2 Round 3 - JPC vs St John's, John Paul College
7 May - Labour Day Public Holiday
8 - 11 May - Year 9 Camp
8 May - Year 1 Geckos Wildlife Visit, Year 1 Classrooms
8 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
25 May - Year 11 & 12 AIME Session
25 May - JTAS Cross Country Carnival
25 May - Pentecost Service, Coleman Centre
25 May - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre
26 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 5
26 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 6 - JPC vs WMAC, West Moreton Anglican College
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 - Year 6 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12
30 May - JPIC Assembly
31 May - Past Parent's Network - Tour and Morning Tea
1 June - Primary Assembly, Coleman Centre
1 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)
1 June - Live at the Piazza, Contemporary Ensemble
2 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 6
2 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 7 - JPC vs CHAC, Cannon Hill Anglican College
3 June - 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 June - QCS Practice - Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre
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
22 June - TERM 2 CONCLUDES
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
16 July - TERM 3 COMMENCES
17 July - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal, Coleman Centre