15 June 2018
Issue 018
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Deputy Principal's News
We Will Rock You
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to the Principal's Voice


Reading aloud to your children is important

One of the most important things parents can do is read with our children.


That means starting with a newborn and continuing well beyond the years when children can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read themselves. Reading with children who can already read helps them to understand the world around them and to become empathetic citizens of the world.


It’s important to start reading from day one. At JPC we are keen to establish a reading culture and have a series of posters across the College promoting ‘Leaders are Readers and Readers are Leaders’.

Carol Dweck has written a lot about developing a growth mindset in children. This is where students see that they can learn how to do things and get better at various activities, rather than having a fixed mindset, which then determines your academic and other achievement outcomes. The following is a list of ten questions that parents can ask, to assist in developing a growth mindset in children:


  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What happened today that made you keep on going?
  3. What can you learn from this?
  4. What mistake did you make that taught you something?
  5. What did you try hard at today?
  6. What strategy are you going to try now?
  7. What will you do to challenge yourself today?
  8. What will you do to improve your work?
  9. What will you do to improve your talent?
  10. What will you do to solve this problem?

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • The following TAS teams who will be playing for a championship pennant this weekend - Rugby Years 7 and 8 boys, Tennis Firsts, Year 10 and Year 8 boys, Netball Year 9 A and B and Hockey Firsts.
  • Exit 24  and Paradise Road for competing in the Battle of the Bands  last night. Exit 24 was awarded 1st Place Most Outstanding Band, Crowd Favourite, Most Outstanding Instrumentalist - Rory Fleming and Most Outstanding Original Composition Can't Go On by Isabella Wilson.
  • Luke Vasterink (Head of Primary Sport and Activities) who has been awarded the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia Dr John Ruhno Award. This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to raising awareness of anaphylaxis. Congratulations Luke!

We wish all TAS teams the very best for their competition tomorrow.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's Desk


This week’s focus: Cyberbullying

Access here: http://jpc.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/cyber-bullying

According to Dr Michael Carr-Gregg in this edition of Schooltv.me “Cyberbullies are buoyed by the support they get from bystanders. Therefore, victims and witnesses should be encouraged to stand up to the aggressors. Children have the right to feel safe regardless of which school they attend.”




Undoubtedly the channels of social media have lent themselves to greater connection between people, and in the main, we would assume this has been a positive addition to their lives. 

Unfortunately, it has also given rise to cyberbullying, that faceless and at times anonymous confrontation which can have a great impact on the victim, at times with quite tragic outcomes for their mental health and general wellbeing.  More sinister than the ‘nasty’ email, the unfortunate side effects are the constant and almost viral spread of messages, images, threats and rumours.  This is quite different from the face to face bullying some of us may have been witness to growing up pre-Internet. 


We do, however, have a responsibility to tame and manage the use of social media, and help our children understand the dreadful impact of this less visible attack on others.  All children, and adults as well, need to recognise that we have a responsibility, whether as a perpetrator, victim or witness, to not remain a by-stander, but to appropriately respond to the scourge of bullying, cyber or otherwise.  Alas, we have seen the results!


Two articles of particular interest in this series are “Cyberbullying” by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and a Susan McLean article “Why are parents still failing their children.” These articles are supported by a range of video interviews and fact sheets including core resources for reporting cyberbullying.

This week’s special report highlights and provides an insight about the issue.


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal


We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You tickets selling fast!

Get in quick and secure your tickets before the holidays. Miss out and you'll have 'mud on yo' face; a big disgrace...'

Have you got your tickets? You'll go GaGa if you miss out!

Tickets are selling fast - get yours NOW!


Show Dates and Times:

Friday, 27 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Saturday, 28 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Sunday, 29 July 2018 Matinee – 1.00 pm


Venue:  Chandler Theatre, Chandler Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Road, Chandler


Cost: Adults $40, Students*/Concessions** $25.00


To purchase your tickets please click here.


*Student/Child Ticket - Child is classified as 3yo to 17yo. Children 2yo and under, may sit on a parent's lap for free (no ticket is required).

**Concessions - Please present your Concession Card on entry. No Uni/Tafe student discounts apply.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Scaramouche Scaramouche sponsorship opportunities available!


To obtain a copy of the sponsorship prospectus, please email [email protected]

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: What is the process for accessing student reports on JPConnect?

Response: A timely question given the fast approach of end of Semester 1 and the release of Academic Reports and Performing Arts Reports. All reports are accessed through Engage for parents and Learn for students. A notification appears on the Engage and Learn page to signal the release of the current report.

Reports remain online for the duration of enrolment and can be accessed at any time.

How to:

  • Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/
  • The Reports are accessed from the Dashboard from the spine of SEQTA Engage. 

Select “Reports.”

  • The Reports area displays a listing of all children in the family. Select the name of the specific child to display their reports.
  • Each report released is displayed as a tile. Navigate to the report required. Note the information that can be displayed on each tile.
  1. The student year level, for example, 7 is displayed to represent Year 7
  2. Reporting year, code and semester, for example 2017S1SS is the Semester 1 code for the Secondary School for 2017
  3. Publication date of report, for example
  4. Performing Arts reports appear in a separate tile
  • Academic and Performing Arts Reports are accessed online as a PDF file and have a specific format for each area of the College. Students and parents have complete visibility of reports as they are released.
  • The system automatically adds a notification in the top right hand corner of the web page as reports are released. These notifications are hyperlinked and can be used to access the current report. A reminder email is sent to parents if reports have not been viewed.

PLEASE NOTE: remember to “clear” the notifications list to ensure that reminders are not repeated.

  • Student reports are also archived in the “Family Management” tab for the entire history of enrolment at JPC under “03 Reports Archive.” The reports in this area can be filtered by child and by period of time.


Queries or Questions:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

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


JPC Announcements

School Holidays Retail Centre Hours

Please find below the Retail Centre hours for the June/July holiday period:

  • Closed Friday 22 June until Friday 13 July 2018
  • Open Saturday 14 July from 8.00 am to 12 noon

Usual term time hours will recommence from Monday 16 July 2018

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7.30 am – 4.00 pm during term time.
  • Wednesday 7.30 am – 5.30 pm

Days of Academic Challenge

School holiday programme is filling fast - secure your place asap.


Sessions have been designed for Gifted and Talented children across Years 4 - 6, and may be of interest to Year 7 students. These days are standalone days and can be completed separately.


This year’s offerings are focussed on the areas of Science, Engineering, History and Creative Writing.


For further information on the Academic Challenge programme please contact Joel Bonomini at [email protected]


To view the programme please click on the PDF below:

Register at: http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/news-events/bookings/

Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School


Welcome to Week 9

We have just finished the Exam and Extended Learning Block period and marking and reporting are underway. Students showed great application to their studies during the exams and I hope they receive the grades that reflect their effort.


During the last week of term students will receive feedback from their assessments that will help them to be even more successful in the future.

QCS Practice

Year 12 OP students will be completing their final Queensland Core Skills (QCS) practice tests on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The QCS tests are extremely important for all our OP eligible students, as teachers will be using the information gained from the four tests to organise specific teaching programmes for students during the first seven weeks of Term 3.


Students who miss a test will be required to complete the missing assessment(s) either during the holidays or in the first week of next term.

Year 10 Semester 2

Students in Year 10 have chosen their subjects for Semester 2 and received the confirmation of the courses for which they have been accepted. Both students and teachers are excited about starting the new QCE/ATAR programme after the holidays.


Year 10 Semester 2 timetables will be available on-line during the last week of the school holidays.


Letters were emailed out this week with information on purchasing resources, textbooks and calculators. Please check the details contained in the email attachments. The Booklist for Year 10.5 will be available on the Parent Portal on Monday 18 June.

First XV Rugby Team celebrate Australia’s Indigenous Heritage

On Saturday our First XV Rugby team recognised the place of our Indigenous people in Australian society by dedicating the game against Ormiston College to them. The First XV wore a rugby jersey designed by one of our students, Kevin Inkerman, incorporating indigenous designs that have special meaning to his people.


Our opposition on the day was Ormiston College who came into the game undefeated. Our John Paul College First XV gave Ormiston a game to remember. It was extremely competitive however Ormiston outlasted our boys to retain the Headmaster’s Cup.  The day ended with both teams coming together in a display of true sportsmanship and camaraderie. Congratulations to both teams on a wonderful game played in true schoolboy spirit.

Kevin Inkerman’s design has also been used to create a JPC indigenous polo. These polos are now for sale to our JPC Community through the Retail Shop for $50.

Year 11 Semi Formal

The Semi formal for Year 11 students will be held on Tuesday 17 July. Preparations are in full swing and it will be an evening of fun and dancing for all our Year 11 students. Mrs Boland, the Head of Year 11 has sent out all the relevant information to the students and their parents, however if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Boland on [email protected]


We look forward to a great evening.

Chemistry Titration Competition

On Saturday 2 June, two teams of chemistry students participated in the annual RACI Chemistry Titration competition held at Griffith University, Nathan Campus. Over 200 teams of chemistry students competed in the South East Regional Titration competition at several different venues.

Team 1 - Caesar Qiu, Nita Li and Selina Yang

Team 2 - Yan Duan, Leon Li and Stephanie Bond


Caesar Qiu, Nita Li and Selina Yang in Team 1 qualified for the National Titration Finals to be held at the University of Queensland on the 1st September.  Thanks to Mr George Gallo for his time spent training and preparing students for this competition. We wish them all the best for the finals!

From the Head of Careers and Pathways.

Moving beyond jobs to skills for the new work order


Today’s careers are NOT linear. Studies show that while virtually every child is asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up” (not by me by the way) only 6% of adults end up in careers that they wanted when they were young.


Estimations suggest that Australians will make 17 changes in employers across five different careers. A new way of responding to this information is to think of job “clusters” as opposed to specific job types. To shift to this mindset we need ask ourselves “What are the new clusters of work?” and “What type of skills does a young person need to build a career moving through these clusters?”


Nowadays there are seven new job clusters in Australia. Let us look at one job cluster as an example.


"The Carers"


There are 131 carer jobs in our economy. Defined as … “seeking to improve the mental or physical health or well-being of others including medical, care and personal support services” a student should think about the broader direction of work type that they want to perform and build a portfolio of skills that give them a wide range of options.


Carers include GP’s, social workers, childcare workers, fitness instructors, surgeons, counsellors and beauty therapists. The industries linked with this job cluster include health care and social assistance.


Why should students look into studying health?


The job prospects in the health industry are set to grow faster than any other industry, with the promise of rewarding salaries and great job security. There are also boundless areas to choose from in this area.

The ageing population and introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) mean the creation and sustainment of health careers across the board. The NDIS is promising to provide over 460,000 Australians with disability support. These numbers provide a long-term demand for healthcare workers.


Health care is the number one sector for new jobs with an expected 16.1% growth in jobs to 2022. Jobs in the health area are also rewarded well both in terms of pay and promotion. Satisfaction rates amongst employees of this sector are high, with large numbers of workers reporting above average appreciation from their clients.


Want to have a chat about the job cluster that suits you?


Come and see me …


Steve Cuthbert ([email protected]) 3826 3593

Blazer Embroidery Reminder

Students with awards that have already been presented have the opportunity to have them embroidered onto their blazer. The blazer needs to be clearly named and delivered to Student Services (Gorman Centre) by 3.30pm on Friday 22 June. Blazers will be ready for collection on Monday 16 July (first day of Term 3). For further information, please contact Mrs Steph Ingham at [email protected] or Ph: 3826 3386.

Dates to Note:

Monday 18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion

Monday 18 June - VET Diploma Students University Excursion

Monday 18 June - QCS Practice

Tuesday 19 June - QCS Practice

Thursday 21 June - Athletics Carnival

Friday 22 June - Last Day of Term 2

Tuesday 17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School


Throughout this week Mrs Spiller and I had the pleasure of attending the 47th Annual Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) Queensland State Conference held in Winton. ICPA is a highly effective and respected association representing isolated families throughout Queensland. Their main purpose is to support students from rural and remote areas to gain quality educational services equivalent to those available in major cities and towns. As well as being a voice for rural families, the ICPA is an important social network connecting and engaging families across Queensland, and strongly influences government, boarding schools and other support services in their efforts for educational improvement in the bush.


One of the opportunities for boarding schools attending such conferences is the ability to catch up with boarding families from your school. Fortunately, we had the opportunity while in Winton to meet the grandparents of Year 7 boarder, Koolee Harbour. Over a coffee at the local bakery, Sylvia and Warren shared stories of Koolee and her family and we shared her progress since arriving at JPC Boarding. It was a lovely chance to connect and build relationships with our own family from a remote location.


John Paul College is a Diamond Sponsor of the 2018 ICPA Conference and fully supports the work of ICPA to improve educational access for remote students. We are proud of our boarding village and the academic, leadership and pastoral care programmes that have been established. We believe we deliver quality care for our students to effectively support their transition from rural and remote regions throughout Australia. With the support of ICPA and the learning from other boarding schools, we continue to strive for excellence in our delivery of quality boarding at JPC.


Photos from Winton ICPA QLD State Conference:


Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 16 June – TAS Trimester 2 finals (various locations)
  • Thursday 21 June - Inter House Athletics Carnival
  • Friday 22 - Year 7 Retreat and final day of Term 2


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School

Early next term, our third and final session with Dr Justin Coulson will take place on Tuesday 24 July. “Success at School starts at Home” has proven to be an enjoyable and practical look at how best to support your child at school through Dr Justin Coulson’s simple and effective strategies. Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology, best-selling author, international speaker, consultant, husband and father of six, Dr Coulson will be concluding his parent sessions with our final evening on 24 July commencing at 7:00pm in the Gorman Lecture Theatre.


This is a free event for all parents and friends of JPC, and seats are available through ticketing at JPConnect: Dr Justin Coulson (Please note: numbers are limited).


Our social entrepreneurialship continues to grow, with our Year 3 students this week inquiring into “People work together to take action in their community” as part of their Unit of Inquiry.


The Year 3 students are finishing off their 'How We Organise Ourselves' Unit of Inquiry (UOI)  and as their culminating task, created an ‘Action Day’ to raise awareness for their chosen organisation. 3KW chose to support the RSPCA and decided they would like to share the message and mission of the organisation and collect donations to take to the RSPCA over the break.


They will visit each classroom and share with the students, the mission of the RSPCA and some facts (to persuade and provoke your interest). They will make a call for assistance. The students will explain that we have a ‘donation tin’ and ‘collection point’ in our 3KW classroom. We will be collecting donations for the RSPCA (blankets, food, beds etc).


The email below was written by a group of students in 3SF on behalf of the class to obtain permission and inform about the action they are taking within their current UOI. 


Dear Mr Gordon,


We are working hard within our UOI: How We Organise Ourselves and are inquiring into the central idea of ‘People work together to take action in their community.’ We have voted as a class and decided to take action for the RSPCA.


We are supporting the RSPCA with an action day on Thursday the 14th of June! We are hoping to wear a green and blue ribbon in our hair or on our wrist. We will wear these with our uniform for the 14th of June. We need your permission to do this, as this will be a slight change to our normal uniform.

Would you like to come down to the 3SF classroom and see what we have been doing in our Unit of Inquiry on the 14 of June? Let us know if you can.


We are also collecting gold coin donations and want to put a donation tin in the Primary Office as well as our tin in the 3SF classroom! Please let us know if this would be alright with you.

The other action we are taking is to collect animal products (such as: food, bones, toys, leads) to send off to the RSPCA as a donation. If you have anything you would like to donate, please bring it down to 3SF! We will be collecting donations until the last day of Term 2. Miss Flamsteed will deliver these to the RSPCA on her holidays.

Kind Regards,

3SF and Miss Flamsteed! 


I want to thank our parent representatives for supporting the College in helping our new families to settle in and in creating opportunities for students outside of school to build relationships.


We also know how important ‘adults’ connecting with each other is too, and this is a wonderful way for there to be an inclusive and caring community. The parent representative does not replace the role of the parent in the partnership between school and home. Our relationship with parents is based on the trust and transparency that we share with each individual family.


The parent representative is not the person to see when you have a concern or grievance. The classroom teacher is first and foremost; then College leadership at varying levels otherwise. There has been an increase in Parent Representatives being given feedback, regarding the home/school partnership to pass on to the College in an anonymous way. Anonymous feedback is unhelpful as context creates opportunities for growth and community strengthening. Context also allows for appropriate feedback.


On principle, anonymous feedback is challenging to follow up, if not able to be addressed directly. We know that conflict is inevitable where relationships exist. Our preference is to always seek understanding, clarification and a resolution.


Both my colleagues and I are noticing that more and more of our energy is going into managing adults and adult behaviour, rather than children. We appreciate and value your helpful feedback and opportunities to openly discuss concerns.


It is always exciting to read each class’ SWAY page. There is so much curriculum specific information that is included about what your child is learning each week. This is one of our main tools of communication between the home and school. It is certainly as powerful as the Home Learning sheet.


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School

Science Club – Semester 1, 2018

In Semester 1 this year John Paul College offered Years 5 and 6 students an opportunity on Thursdays after school to join the Science Club under the supervision of Mrs Sarah Ryan and Mrs Kerrie Motevassli, the school’s Science Lab Technicians. This semester we have focused mainly on forensic science.


What we have covered already:

  • How observant are you? This is where we have discovered how good is our memory and how much detail can we remember.
  • Hair and fibre analysis. Here we learnt how to use a microscope and then observe how different hairs and fibres look under the microscope. We also learnt how to compare different types of fabrics by burning them. This was done as a demonstration only.
  • Forensic anthropology: Here we learnt how you can estimate a person’s height from using one of the long bones in the skeleton. We also investigated if your arm span was equal to your height, and looked at our own teeth impressions.
  • Finger print analysis: We looked at latent and patent finger prints, by developing our finger print using iodine, by using ink to make and examine our own finger prints and dusting for finger prints.
  • Powder analysis: Here we tried to identify some unknown powders by carrying out a series of chemical reactions firstly on some known samples before repeating on the unknown samples.
  • Ink chromatography: Here we tried to separate the inks from four different black pens into their individual colours.
  • Investigating blood groups: Here we learnt about the different blood groups and which blood groups are compatible with which groups.
  • Blood spatter: Here we looked out how blood drops look different depending upon from what height the blood was dropped, from the angle, and how many drops fell. We also looked at how the drops looked like depending upon the surface it fell on.
  • DNA analysis: Here we looked at how police use electrophoresis to separate DNA of suspects. We then isolated some strawberry DNA.       

This week we looked at how the eye works, by dissecting a cow’s eye and looking at the parts that make up the eye. Then we carried out some experiments to see how the eye works.

In the next couple of weeks we are going to investigate:

  • Simple machines and how they are incorporated into everyday objects and
  • Conductivity:  What makes something a good conductor.

Science Club will start again next semester. As interest has increased and the number of students is limited to a maximum of 12, we will be repeating what we have done this semester. If you have a child in Year 5 or 6 who has an interest in science and would like to join the club please email Mrs Ryan, [email protected] for details.


If you have a child who will be in Year 5 or 6 next year, who would like to join the Science Club in 2019, please email Mrs Ryan, [email protected] for details. Numbers will determine if we run the club by semester or as a year-long activity.

Finch Farm

We recently held a meeting of interested staff to bring our Finch Farm to life. We are looking towards each year level in the Primary School having their own ‘plot’, along with a band of parent volunteers to form a working bee to get things started.


If you are an avid gardener, or just like to enjoy getting out in our beautiful Queensland winter sunshine, and would like to help support our Finch Farm, please email [email protected]

We would also love to hear from any horticultural, hydroponic or other gardening experts who are keen to donate their time and share knowledge with students.


During the holidays, if you are doing some gardening and happen to find an extra punnet or so of vegetables or herbs you would like to donate, we will happily accept these in Term 3.

Chaplain and Community


Recently I have spent time with some of the Primary classes talking about the idea of compassion and helping others. The origin of the word ‘compassion’ in Latin literally means “with or jointly suffering.” The idea is that you share in the suffering of one who is hurting.


The Hebrew and Greek words translated “compassion” in the Bible mean “to have mercy, to feel sympathy and to have pity.” We know that, according to the Bible, God is “a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Psalm 86:15). Like all of God’s attributes, His compassion is infinite and eternal. His compassions never fail; they are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).


Jesus Christ, the Son of God, exemplified all of the Heavenly Father’s attributes, including His compassion. When Jesus saw His friends weeping at the grave of Lazarus, He felt compassion for them and wept alongside them (John 11:33-35). Moved with compassion for the suffering of others, Jesus healed the large crowds who came to Him (Matthew 14:14), as well as individuals who sought His healing (Mark 1:40-41). When He saw the large crowds as sheep without a shepherd, His compassion led Him to teach them many things (Mark 6:34) (https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-compassion.html).


So, the Christian, who is urged to follow Christ’s example, tries to put into practice what the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 3:12,


“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”


Each day we clothe ourselves, literally, and we leave them on all day. Often these clothes represent to others who we are. A student wears a uniform to say they go to JPC, a soldier or police officer is identified by their uniform, a tradie is easily identified at a work site, a nurse in a hospital, a business person in their suit and so on.


Likewise, each day Jesus calls us to clothe ourselves, metaphorically, with the personal quality of compassion, which represents to others who we are. 


Whenever we see someone in need, and our heart goes out to them, Jesus commands us to help. He set the example. We should follow.


Mr Stephen Ward


Parents' Prayer Group

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


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


Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30am 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.

Library Learning

JPC Students At Reader's Cup 

The Reader’s Cup Competition is run annually in conjunction with the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It has been running for 15 years, but this year was the first time JPC has been involved. It is fantastic to see a competition that values reading and allows students to shine in this area.


We entered two teams: a Year 5/6 team comprised of Tara Breslin, Humza Aboo Hajee and Louise Lowe, and a Year 7/8 team consisting of Madelyn Birt, Charlotte Ellis, Jazmine Kendall and Chloe Accoom. As the coach, Mrs Fry was not allowed to prompt the students in any way. They met during the term to discuss the books and practise the types of questions that may arise.


The teams each had five books to read since the beginning of term. Quiz questions were then asked in relation to the characters, plot and setting of the stories. The team members could work together to answer the question, but only had 30 seconds to form and write their answer. This proved quite challenging at times for both teams.


The students were excited to meet renowned authors James Moloney and Lynette Noni who were both entertaining and insightful into their writing process.


While we did not win either competition, both teams participated with great enthusiasm and spirit. We enjoyed the experience immensely and look forward to building on our success next year.


A big thank you to Ms Nobbs who assisted with both teams in preparation and accompanying the Primary team to Algester SS. Thank you also to the parents of our team members who supported their reading efforts and assisted in transporting them to the evening venue.

Holiday Reading Time 

The winter chills have begun, making these holidays the perfect time to while away the hours with a cosy blanket, a relaxing hot drink, a mountain of snacks and an engrossing book!


Primary students will have the opportunity to stock up on holiday reading with double borrowing starting Monday. Middle School and Senior School students will be tempted with the latest holiday reading lists as well as a ‘blizzard of books’ on display for their holiday reading choices.


Staff will also be treated to a holiday reading list as we continue to encourage students and staff alike to enjoy the simple pleasures (and enormous health benefits) of reading a book for leisure. You can find the holiday reading lists here along with Your Next Book, the Middle and Senior school book blog giving reviews of loads of fascinating reads.


Don’t forget we also have a great range of ebooks if you didn’t manage to borrow the old-fashioned type of book in your rush to go on holidays. Just head to the JPC ebook page here or download the Wheelers ePlatform app on your mobile device.


Happy reading everyone.

Get Caught Reading Gallery 

For those who have enjoyed seeing our staff members 'caught' reading, we present a gallery of the posters that have not yet featured in the Burgundy and Blue. 

Holiday Writers' Camp

Are you interested in writing and keen to learn from the best?

The ALEA Meanjin 40th Writers' camp is open to students aged 10-15 years and gives children the opportunity to learn from four of Australia's industry professionals in the field of children's literature. 


When: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July, 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

Where: Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus 

Cost: $150 per student or $200 per family of 2 students


For more information and to book online go to https://www.alea.edu.au/events/event/alea-meajin-40th-writers-camp



Book of the Week

In the lead up to the holidays, this week we feature two reviews, one from Gorman Learning Centre and the other from Middle Library, NMLC. 


Neverland by Margot McGovern

Kit returns to her island home after a near-fatal incident at boarding school. The island used to be her refuge, a magical place of pirates and mermaids. Now Neverland is home to mentally damaged teens under the care of her psychiatrist uncle. Thanks to her incident, Kit is now one of them.


While Kit struggles to come to grips with the changes in her life, she seeks to return to the carefree days of pirates and mermaids with illicit adventures with fellow patients, the ‘Lost Ones’. The lines between reality and fantasy blur, but the mermaids are no longer friendly and the monster is creeping closer. Was Kit’s Neverland ever really as it seemed, or just a cover for a reality far harsher than she was prepared to face? Is it time for her to leave Neverland behind and finally ‘grow up’?


This dark and haunting novel is available in the Gorman Learning Centre.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

'They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.'


Once Orïsha hummed with magic. Zélie Adebola remembers. She also remembers the night magic disappeared; the night her mother was murdered; the years of injustice and hopeless repression at the hands of a dictatorial king.


Now there is a chance that magic can be returned and Zélie seizes that chance. She will travel huge distances, risk her remaining family’s lives, outwit the crown prince hell-bent on extinguishing magic for good and defy the dangers that surround her, all for the chance to return magic to the land. Yet when she feels the surge of magic rush through her body, Zélie herself may become Orïsha’s greatest danger.


Find this captivating fantasy novel at Middle Library, Noelene Munns Learning Centre. 

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts

On Thursday evening, Primary Speech and Drama celebrated with their annual Presentation Evening. Students presented a range of pieces, including dramatic monologues, poetry, play excerpts and mimes. The evening was held in the Stephen Bean Theatre, giving students the opportunity to present in an authentic environment, to a live audience of family and friends.


Congratulations to all students on their fantastic performances, and the culmination of a great year of Speech and Drama.  A special thank you to Mrs Leah Mildenhall and we wish her all the very best on the safe arrival of her new addition to the family.


On Saturday 9 June, our Big Band students enjoyed a workshop held with Mr Brian Hogg, a well renowned performer, composer, conductor and educator.  Our students joined with other jazz musicians to learn a chart and participate in sectionals with professional band leaders from the Salvos Big Band who are based in Melbourne with Brian Hogg as their conductor. 

Big Band performed a half hour set of repertoire including songs from We Will Rock You.  During the Salvo Big Band performance of Rock of Ages, our soloists were given the opportunity to perform improvised solos with the band. 


We thank the Carindale Salvation Army for their fantastic hospitality and delicious dinner for all of our students.  A big thank you also to Mr Jared Proellocks, our lower brass specialist teacher for providing our students with this amazing opportunity.


Trinity College London offers a range of grade examinations for instruments and voice across nine levels up to Grade 8.  Twelve of our students completed their Musical Theatre examinations in front of an Examiner from the UK on Saturday 2 June.  These exams assess the performance and technical skills from beginner to accomplished performer.  Congratulations to the following students who successfully completed their exams.


Matilda Lanskey (Year 5) - Musical Theatre - Grade 4

Luke Carter (Year 6) - Musical Theatre - Grade 4

Belle Knight (Year 8) - Musical Theatre - Grade 5

Christabelle Heffernan (Year 10) - Musical Theatre - Grade 6

Katie Jennings (Year 10) - Musical Theatre - Grade 6

Maddison Torrisi (Year 11) - Musical Theatre - Grade 6

Bethanie Walsh (Year 8) - Musical Theatre - Grade 7

Emma Cobb (Year 9) - Musical Theatre - Grade 7

Aryan Mudaliar (Year 10) - Musical Theatre - Grade 7

April Rawlins (Year 11) - Musical Theatre - Grade 7

Ethan Rutledge (Year 11) - Musical Theatre - Grade 7

Sophie Moman (Year 9) - Musical Theatre - Grade 8


We would also like to congratulate Raffan Moyle in Year 12 who was successful in his audition for the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland.  This programme is a partnership between the Open Conservatorium Queensland Conservatorium and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scotland, UK, giving students an opportunity to work with their Scottish and international peers.  This unique program will afford Raffan as one of our Australian student ambassadors to join over 60 Scottish and international students at NYWE - Scotland and the opportunity to work with various conductors and tutors in one of the world's leading art's universities.


Tickets to raise money to help with the cost will be sold at our Term 2 Performance Evening to be held on Wednesday 20 June.  There will be some great prizes with numerous packs worth over $50 including various restaurant vouchers & concert tickets.  Tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5 or 10 for $10.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday 14 June - Battle of the Bands

Wednesday 20 June - Performance Evening

Friday 22 June - Live at the Piazza (Primary Students & WWRY Promotion) @ 12:45pm

Monday 9 to Fri 13 July - Musical rehearsals in the Coleman Centre

Thursday 19 July - Musical rehearsal in the Coleman Centre

Wednesday 25 July - Musical rehearsal (entire cast) at Chandler Theatre

Thurs 26 to Sun 29 July - Musical performances at Chandler Theatre


Please Note: 

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


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities

Queensland Under 15 Schoolgirls' team

July 28 can’t come soon enough for two Year 9 students who will make their debut for Queensland at the National Schoolgirls' Netball Championships in Melbourne. 


Martina Reekers and Lily Cubby were selected in the Queensland Under 15 Schoolgirls' team, a result of impressive performances at the recent state titles where their Metropolitan East team won gold.


Steering them to the title was fellow Year 9 student, Darimah Foster, who captained the Metropolitan East team. Darimah was subsequently selected as a training partner for the Queensland team.  


The Queensland team is tipped to provide some fierce competition for tournament favourites, Victoria. The girls are also looking forward to playing for JPC in the Vicki Wilson Shield in October.


Australian Youth Sevens training squad

 Congratulations to Year 12 student Tarni Peepe on her selection in the Australian Youth Sevens training squad for 2018! Tarni made the squad last year also, only to succumb to a hamstring injury.

Wishing you the best of luck this year Tarni!


Brisbane Hockey Coulter Shield

Congratulations to Year 6 students Ben Smith and Jet Dominko and Year 5 student Noah Burke who have been selected for the Brisbane Hockey U11 teams for Coulter Shield. This year's Coulter Shield Carnival will be held at Brisbane Hockey (Downey Park) on Sunday 5 August.

Wishing you the best of luck boys!


Congratulations to Year 11 student Lyla Sampson who competed at the Burpengary One Day Event last weekend. Lyla was awarded first place in the Open Pre Novice class! A fabulous result and well done!


Saturday TAS / JTAS Sports Wrap

The Burgundy and Blue came up against the toughest opposition in the TAS Trimester 2 competition against Ormiston College. 


All teams fought hard displaying great resilience and a never–say-die attitude. There were some very close matches with a number of games going down to the wire. 


Year 8 hockey played a brilliant game only to get beaten in the dying minutes. This will only make them much stronger for the experience next year. 


Netball recorded wins for the Open A, 9A, 9B and 8B teams. 


Special mention goes to our Open A netball and hockey girls, with our hockey ladies finishing on top of the table. 


Year 8 rugby boys remain undefeated with a massive 45-0 win.  


Our tennis boys put in strong performances with Year 8 and Year 10 heading into the finals undefeated. 


The Rugby First XV boys played a great game; although not securing a win, the boys put in their best game of the season staying within reach of Ormiston for the whole game. 


Well done to all JTAS teams who played their final matches for the season today. All teams displayed strong development and commitment, and gained valuable experience and enjoyment playing alongside their mates.  We look forward to welcoming the Year 6 students into our TAS teams next year. 


Thank you to all of our volunteers manning the BBQs and canteens along with our volunteer coaches who give so freely of their time to coach our teams.


Karen Graham 

Director of Sport & Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International


Level 3A learn more about Australian Culture

JPIC Level 3A recently completed a unit of study called ‘Travel and Destinations’. During this unit, the students learnt about Australian geography.


They completed activities such as mapping Australia, as well as reading and watching various audio-visual materials on famous Australian cities and travel destinations. The students also researched an Australian city and then presented their findings to the group as an oral PowerPoint presentation. To finish off the unit, we studied Australian and Indigenous culture. This coincided with the National Reconciliation Week activities at JPC.

The students completed a walking tour around the campus and learnt about the culturally significant locations around the school. At the end of the tour, the students were invited to write messages of friendship and reconciliation on the totem poles located at Finch Farm.


Upon reflection, the students said they enjoyed studying the unit and felt they had learnt a lot about Australia and our culture.

Year 5 consults with Primary Preparation Class

The Year 5 YA class came to our JPIC Primary Preparation class to do a survey for their Market Day. The JPIC students gave their opinions about the different products the Year 5 students will be selling in Week 10. They also were asked about the pricing of these products. There are some future entrepreneurs in the JPIC class!


Mr Russell Welch

John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

Assistant Director's Blog

Boarders in the News


Congratulations to Ella Blackman (Year 10, Townsville) for her selection in the National Budgies Indigenous team that competed at the International Schoolgirls Championship on the Gold Coast.


The competition drew teams from New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia and South Africa, giving Ella the opportunity to see a variety of netball styles from around the globe. Ella was by far one of the youngest players at the competition, which saw her competing against other girls three years older than her. Ella did not let this intimidate her at the tournament and played to a high standard consistently throughout the week.

Congratulations Ella, this is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to watching your progress in the future!


Mr Tim Christie

Assistant Director of Boarding

Community News

Secure your House and Valuables

With the school holidays approaching, here are some tips to secure your house and valuables. 

  • Always lock the doors to your house, even when you are at home.
  • Do not keep the key in the lock on the inside of the screen door.
  • Be sure to remove valuable items from your vehicle when leaving your vehicle unattended.  If you need to leave valuables in the vehicle, please ensure they are out of sight.
  • It is recommended the keys to your vehicles are stored somewhere safe at home and not inside the vehicle in the garage.
  • For those residents of Logan City, Logan District Police has Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) available to conduct security audits of your house.  If you wish for a security audit to be conducted, please contact your local police station to make an appointment for the VIPs.

Thieves are opportunistic.  If you provide the opportunity, they will commit the crime. 


To report a crime which has occurred contact Policelink on 131444. 

Dates to Remember


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 Excursion

18 June - Prep 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 - 20 June - We Will Rock You ticket booth, Cec Munns Sports Centre (between 12noon - 2.45pm)

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 - Assembly (Years 7 - 12), Coleman Centre

22 June - Live at the Piazza

22 June - JPIC Term 2 Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre


23 June - Boarder Travel Day

25 June - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme


2 - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme

1 - 14 July - Junior HAASE Space School Expedition

3 - 4 July - West Ham Oceania Academic Talent ID Camp, Cec Munns Sports Centre

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

10 - 11 July - Days of Academic Challenge

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


16 July - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

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

17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal, Coleman Centre

18 July - Year 1 Old Beenleigh Town Excursion

JPC Days of Academic Challenge Programme.pdf
JPC Days of Academic Challenge Programme.pdf