25 January 2018
Edition 001/2018
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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Daisy Hill, Qld, 4127

The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to 2018

It is a great pleasure to welcome parents and students to 2018. Together with our staff, I am very much looking forward to sharing this year with you. I'd like to wish all of our new families a special JPC welcome; we can learn about this wonderful College together as we travel through the year.


Welcome to our New Staff

I'd like to welcome the following new staff to our school:

  • Valerie Atoaga Tafola (Residential Tutor, Boarding)

  • Tim Christie (Assistant to Boarding and teacher)

  • Jessica Dutton (Senior School, English teacher)

  • Jacob Kelly (Senior School, Biology teacher)

  • Emilie Knight (Primary teacher)

  • Danielle Pierce (ELC)

  • Tallara Stride (ELC)

  • Jackie Wood (Senior School, Biology teacher)

  • Leila Dawson (Boarding)

  • Rachel Van Der Merwe (Boarding)

We congratulate Mr Sean Cox (Director of Boarding) on his engagement to Diana and also Chris Bell and Michelle Ho on the birth of Olivero Yu-Xuan Bell, born 16 December 2017.


Overseas Trips

Thank you to all staff involved in leading activities held over the break including our ski trip to Japan.   Thank you also to staff who have supported our students through the Australian Space Settlement Design Competition.


Performing Arts Events

Over the break our students represented the College in a number of broader community events.  The John Paul College Jazz Combo performed at Westfield Garden City Town Centre in December and members of the John Paul College Marching Eagles who performed at the televised Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols at the Riverstage.

Sporting Success

  • At the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships held in December our Year 11 girls' team won the gold medal and our Year 11 boys' team a silver medal. Over 300 teams from all over Australia competed at these Championships. Well done to all involved.
  • Three of our senior students have been selected for the Commonwealth Games swimming trials. Good luck to Year 12 students, Charly Kuhnemann and Kyle Niesler and Year 11 student Lucas Humeniuk.
  • Year 10 student, Brian Foster won two gold medals at the Australian Track and Field Championships - for the 15 years 400m and 400m relay.  
  • Year 12 student, Tarni Peepe competed in the Australian Youth Women’s Rugby 7s Squad for the Oceania Championships. 
  • Year 12 student, Sarahpheinna Woulf received a professional contract with the Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball team for the National Netball League.  
  • Year 11 student, Chekole Getenet  received a Local Sporting Champions Grant from the Australian Government to compete at the World Schools Cross Country Championships. These grants provide assistance to young sportsmen and women who are participating in a State or National or International sporting competition.
  • 2017 Primary students Muaaz Gutta (Year 6), Declan Leong (Year 6), John Kim (Year 6), Matthew Kim (Year 5) and Lachlan Kohl (Year 3) were selected after a series of trials, as our representative team to play against other primary school teams within the Metropolitan East district at the Brisbane International Schools Challenge State (BISC) tennis finals earlier this month.

Facilities Update

Over the break a number of renovations and updates were completed to our buildings and facilities. Foremost was the completion of air conditioning the Ray Richards, Doulin and Enright buildings, the Coleman Centre classrooms CC1 and CC2 and finally the new Pod, formerly the Year 8 and 9 locker room.


Our Kindergarten extension commenced over the break. It is due for completion by June and will open up additional Kindy places. We apologise for the disruption caused to some in that area of the College. We will ensure our students are safe and do all we can to minimise the disruption occasioned by the building works.


In our Middle School, we have new lockers around the Wesley and Drake buildings rather than in the Pod. Year 7s will also all have lockers.

Success through School 

a presentation by Dr Justin Coulson, Happy Families - Author and Media Personality


To support the learning journey of John Paul College Primary School parents this year, we have arranged three sessions with Dr Justin Coulson, the presenter and author of best-selling book  “9 Ways to a Resilient Child” (Harper Collins, 2017) and “21 Days to a Happier Family” (Harper Collins, 2016).


Justin is a highly sought-after international speaker delivering keynote speeches and workshops to boost wellbeing and improve relationships for parents, teachers, students and employees and students.  He is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Justin is also a consultant to the Federal Government's Office of the Children's e-Safety Commissioner, and has acted (and continues to act) in an advisory capacity to well-known organisations including Beyond Blue, the Raising Children Network, Life Education, Intel Security, and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.  Further information can be found here:  https://www.happyfamilies.com.au/


We would like to invite parents to attend our first of three sessions on Tuesday, 20 February, commencing at 6:30 pm.  This session will be held in our Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul Drive, Daisy Hill (first entrance to the College on John Paul Drive, in the multi-story building beside the boom gate). 


We will also share our insight into the richness, depth and scope of the learning journey through John Paul College, focussing on how we explicitly and directly cater for our learners’ needs. This night will be of tremendous benefit for our parents in all years, and particularly Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.


Please register for your free ticket on this link. 


John Paul College Virtual Tour

Please click here and enjoy a Virtual Tour of our Primary, Middle and Senior Schools and our wonderful facilities. Don't forget to click into the 360 degree views and the photo galleries as well.



Open Day - Saturday 24 February

Our first Open Day for 2018 will be held on Saturday 24th February from 9.00 am - 12 noon.  If you know anyone who might be interested in attending, please send them the link to register here. 

http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/enrolments/explore-john-paul-college-days/ or phone (07) 3826 3333. 

If you haven't seen our campus and facilities recently, you are most welcome to come along and join us for the morning. 


Uniform Expectations

Karen Spiller OAM


JPC Announcements

2018 Scholarship Testing for 2019

To be eligible for consideration of an academic scholarship, both current and external students in Year 6 and Year 9, 2018, must register for the College’s scholarship testing.


Scholarship testing will be conducted on Saturday, 24 February, from 9.00am – 12noon.

Please register your participation in our scholarship testing at the following link where you are required to set up a parent account:


The cost of the scholarship testing is $95.00.


The closing date for registering to sit ACER scholarship testing is Monday, 5 February 2018.

Please refer to the John Paul College website http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships-bursaries/ for more details about scholarships.

Safer Internet Day

Become a supporter

I’m a supporter. Are you? 

Pay it forward… how will you show respect online this Safer Internet Day?     

Save the date - 6 Feb 2018. https://esafety.gov.au/saferinternetday #SID2018 #saferinternetday



Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all families as we begin the 2018 school year.  Our students arrived excited and refreshed ready to start the new year.


We have welcomed a large number of new students into Year 10 and 11. They were assigned buddies to start their journey at John Paul College and after speaking to a few of them, they seem to have settled in very well.


Leadership and new opportunities

Our student leaders for 2018 have already been busy, ably led by the School Captains, Emily Weissenberger and Jordan Wadsworth.  I am excited by the opportunities and plans they have for the year.

Emily and Jordan will present their vision to the school at the Senior School Leadership Induction evening on Monday 5 February. Just a reminder that all students from Years 7 – 12 are expected to attend and any absence should be requested through the Principal.


OP results 2017

I would also like to acknowledge the Year 12 cohort of 2017. As in previous years, our graduating Senior Class earned extremely strong academic results in the OP pathway.  We had 33 students receive an OP between 1 and 5.  The vast majority of our graduating cohort received course offers from universities that were either their first or second choices. This is outstanding as our students now have the opportunity to follow their dreams. These students will be acknowledged and presented to the College Community at a special Academic Honours Assembly on Friday 15 February.


Standards at John Paul College

I would like to remind all of our families from the beginning that we expect our students to be immaculately attired in their school uniforms. From the time they leave home to when they return, they should be dressed appropriately. This is also a reminder that the school hat is an essential part of our uniform and should be worn every day to and from school and at all school functions unless otherwise stated. Please be vigilant with the expectations in regard to jewellery and hairstyles.


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


Travelling to and from John Paul College

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


Excursion Permission and Mutual Respect Forms

All parents are required to complete the online permission form that gives consent for your son or daughter to participate in the wide variety of excursions and school events held during the year.  The permission form MUST be completed on JPConnect prior to the Swimming Carnival on Friday 16 February, to allow your son or daughter to travel to and from the Brisbane Aquatic Centre by bus.

The other form that is required to be signed by both student and parent is the Guidelines for Mutual Respect. These forms have been handed out to your son or daughter in PC Class time. If you have not seen one yet, please check with your student or go to the search button on JPConnect and type in the name of the form – Guidelines of Mutual Respect.


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


Dates to Note

Individual, PC class and sibling photographs

Monday 29 January       Years 10 – 12

Tuesday 20 January      Years 7 – 9

Thursday 1 February      Meet & Greet and Parent Information Evening


Kind Regards

Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School

It was wonderful to see our Middle School students arrive on Monday, energised and ready for the 2018 academic year. Our Year 7 students looked fantastic wearing their ties and blazers for the first time as they settled into the Wesley Learning Centre. I extend a warm welcome to all families and in-particular our new families to JPC.


Our new Principal, Mrs Karen Spiller, has set a clear focus for our College and both teaching and support staff have been working hard preparing our campus, facilities and academic programmes to ensure quality learning from day one. In our goal to support the academic welfare of every student, we have introduced some high impact teaching strategies to further develop the literacy and numeracy capacity of our students.


I wish to highlight some key practices that your son/daughter will regularly encounter in their classes this year:


Spelling and Vocabulary – Middle School students need to learn five to six key terms in each subject relevant to their subject content. Teachers will give daily quizzes to check and provide feedback. At the end of each timetable cycle, a new set of spelling words will be issued.


Writing on demand – students across all subject disciplines will spend 10 minutes practising their writing. This will occur in the last 10 minutes before morning tea each day. Additional teachers will support this process and assist with editing of student work.


Writing Template – Students will receive a writing template which highlights key techniques for narrative and persuasive writing. It is important for every student to learn these techniques and apply them in their writing.


Editing using SCOPE – Effective editing using the SCOPE (Spelling/ Capitalisation/ Omissions/ Punctuation/ Ear) strategy will be taught and practised daily.


Literacy and Numeracy block – NAPLAN specific strategies will be practised once per seven day cycle in their 40 min Mathematics and English lesson. Students will work in smaller groups targeting areas that require further development.


Our secondary teaching team is excited about the year ahead and look forward to working in partnership with you to support the academic welfare of your son/daughter. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss how we can best support your child in their learning.    



Years 7 - 9 Class and Individual Photographs

A reminder that next Monday, 29 January, PC class and individual photographs will be taken for Middle School students. Students must wear their formal uniform, including tie and blazer, to school on this day. You may check the photograph schedule on JPConnect.


Year 7 Camp

Earlier this week, Year 7 parents received important information regarding the Year 7 Camp being held from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 February (Week 4). Please ensure all permission and medical information forms are completed and returned in a timely manner. This will greatly assist Mr Elms compile all the required information for the camp staff at Tallebudgera.


New Lockers

Students arrived to brand new lockers around the Drake and Wesley buildings. For our Year 7 students, it is the first time they have had lockers. I know all students are enjoying having their lockers close to their classrooms. 

Warm regards


Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School

It’s wonderful to see our campus reinvigorated following the holidays with learning, excitement and friendship.


Our College strives to support each learner in our community to reach their potential achieving high academic outcomes. Our learning community is alive with experiences and opportunities that are purposefully planned to help our learners succeed.


We have started the year embracing a strong academic focus growing the academic welfare of your child. My holiday reading of a book called, “When the Adults Change Everything Changes” (2017) by UK educator Paul Dix, reminded me of two pillars or the rails of the train track for success in learning communities - Visible Consistency and Visible Kindness.


We can confidently expect this from our learners when we as adults model consistency and kindness in our words, body language and habits. We will explore this further in Primary Parade with our students and I have spoken with our teachers and support staff about strategies we employ as educational leaders to bring out the best in each other and our learners.


To support our learning journey this year, as parents, we have arranged three sessions with the presenter and author of best-selling book  “9 Ways to a Resilient Child” (Harper Collins, 2017) and “21 Days to a Happier Family” (Harper Collins, 2016), Dr Justin Coulson.


“Justin is also a highly sought-after international speaker delivering keynote speeches and workshops to boost wellbeing and improve relationships for parents, teachers, students and employees and students.”


“Justin is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. He is a consultant to the Federal Government's Office of the Children's e-Safety Commissioner, and has acted (and continues to act) in an advisory capacity to well-known organisations including Beyond Blue, the Raising Children Network, Life Education, Intel Security, and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.”


The first of the three sessions will take place on Tuesday, 20 February in the Gorman Lecture Theatre, commencing at 6:30pm. We will also share insight into the richness, depth and scope of the learning journey through John Paul College. This night will be of tremendous benefit for our parents in all years, and particularly Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.   Please register for your free ticket on this link. 



We are looking forward to engaging with you further at the Primary Parent Curriculum Evening on Wednesday, 7 February, beginning in the ARC before moving to classrooms. We encourage you to be involved as the classroom activities are practical and the information essential to understand how we support your child to achieve strong academic outcomes.


I am not sure where I first sourced the basis of this quote, though I acknowledge it is not original to me. “The most powerful tool we have as adults, whether teachers or parents, is what we model.” I’m looking forward to learning alongside you at the Parent Curriculum Evening and at the Dr Justin Coulson sessions.


Andy Gordon
Head of Primary  School

Chaplain and Community

You are God’s Masterpiece

At the end of 2017, Year 8 students had their Retreat. Assistant Chaplain, Tala Aufai and I presented a programme that looked at the self-esteem of the students. Many young people struggle with their identity and aren’t happy with who they are. Using a variety of mediums, we explored this. We played games, told stories, explained God’s view about us from the Bible, had small group discussions, watched videos and undertook large group activities.


This was all done to lead them to the conclusion that they are God’s masterpiece. Each one of them has been uniquely made by God with all their individual characteristics. There is no-one like them in the entire world. They are unique and they are priceless. Therefore, they should develop the gifts and talents they have been given, whatever they are, and shouldn't compare themselves to others. After all, as it says in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece…”

Steve Ward


Library Learning

Welcome to the Learning Centres

Welcome back to our continuing students and families and a warm welcome to our new students and families. 2018 is set to be big.


Opening hours:

Noelene Munns Learning Centre

7.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday – Thursday

7.30 am to 4.30 pm Friday

Gorman Learning Centre

7.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday – Friday


Please contact Mrs Marilyn Fry on 07 3826 3467 or by email on [email protected] with any enquiries about the Learning Centres.

New look Gorman Learning Centre


Gorman Learning Centre starts the new year with a new look. We are excited to share this refreshed and vibrant learning space with our Senior students. The space features an extensive area dedicated to group work including whiteboard tables to enable students to collaborate and share their thoughts easily. Students seeking space for quiet individual study are also catered for with a university-style study area.


We ask students to be considerate of others working in the space and keep noise to a minimum. In keeping with the new policy, this space is a headphone-free area.


Reading is an important foundation for all subjects studied and reading for pleasure has been proven to have a positive effect on academic results. We are therefore looking forward to seeing students visit to select recreational reading. We are currently celebrating Australia Day with a selection of novels by Australian authors as well as a range of interesting non-fiction titles. Want to brush up on the origins of some fair dinkum Aussie terms? We’ve got that covered with the Dinkum Dictionary. Maybe you’d like to read about some famous Australians? There are plenty of biographies up for grabs. Or maybe even have a giggle over the fashions of Australians through the ages by browsing Fashion: Australian Memories in Black and White. The beaches certainly looked different back in the day.

What's on at Noelene Munns Learning Centre?

Noelene Munns has opened the new year with a bang with Australia Day celebrations taking centre stage. We’re sure the students will love the fireworks hanging from the ceiling! Activities are already in full swing.


DIY Club is a craft session open to all Primary students at first break from Monday to Friday. The Lego area is another popular space for students to express their creativity, building whatever their hearts' desire. A full cupboard of board games is also available to students.


Students can also foster their technological skills during break times and can borrow iPad, use the Tech Tank facilities and drive robots like Sphero and the ever-popular BB-8 through designated areas in the library. Different year levels are able to use the technology on rostered days to ensure everyone has fair access to the equipment. Friday is a technology free day.


Of course, we are a library and books abound, both fiction and non-fiction. We would love to see students and parents before and after school to choose some bedtime reading.

Our Pick of the Week 

This week we celebrate Australia Day with Aussie author, Scot Gardner.


Sparrow by Scot Gardner

At one moment, 16-year-old Sparrow is sitting in a boat in a juvenile detention exercise off the coast of Kimberley. The next moment, he is in the water. He has a choice, head back to the boat, or away from that life altogether. It’s not much of a choice. There are crocs and sharks all around but he’d rather take his chances swimming.


The shore is rocky, desolate. Has he traded his life in detention for a different type of prison?


Sparrow grew up on the streets; he has been mute for years. On the island, he has no voice, no family, no friends. He must eat or be eaten. Kill or be killed. He does have one thing though.  He has hope.


This novel is a gutsy story of survival, with a likable and winsome main character that will have you turning the pages well into the night.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts


Welcome back to another exciting year ahead for students and families in the School of Performing Arts in 2018. 


Congratulations to our instrumental students who completed their Australian Music Examinations Board and Rock School exams at the conclusion of 2017, achieving outstanding results. My sincere thank you to our excellent instrumental teaching staff for their guidance and preparation of our students.


Over the Christmas holidays, many of our dance, vocal and instrumental students were invited to perform at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols held at the Riverstage on Saturday 9 December.

Students in Jazz Combo entertained the Christmas audiences at Carols on the Oval held at Belmont State School on Sunday 3 December and at Westfield Garden City Christmas Carols on Tuesday 5 December.

Congratulations to all of these students on their impressive performances representing our College in the wider community.


During the last week of the holidays, on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January, our Dance and Choral workshops were held at the Dame Joan Sutherland Music Centre.

Our dedicated dancers in the Eclipse team enjoyed a two-day dance intensive with an intense Jazz and Contemporary routine on the Thursday, followed by a second Contemporary piece and Hip Hop routine on Friday.  These workshops left the dancers enthusiastic and motivated for the commencement of the school year.  It was an exhausting but highly enjoyable two days and we look forward to showcasing this work throughout the year.


Concert Choir students worked on new repertoire of songs, including “We Are One”, an arrangement by Alice Humphries written for their performance at the inauguration of our new Principal.


We look forward to presenting the 2018 College Musical – We Will Rock You later in July. The show will be a wonderful opportunity for the performing arts students to collaborate and showcase their outstanding talents in Drama, Dance and Music. Preparations and rehearsals for cast and crew are already underway.  We hope you can join us to enjoy the many performance opportunities for our students in 2018. 


Emma Cobb Stars in Grace Beside Me

Congratulations to Year 9 student, Emma Cobb on her role of Cat Ridgway in a new TV series, Grace Beside Me, premiering on National Indigenous Television (NITV) on Friday 16 February at 7.30pm and running weekly.  Grace Beside Me is a new 13-part family television series adapted from the award-winning novel by Sue McPherson.

The series tells the charming story of an Indigenous girl Fuzzy Mac, who just wants to be an ordinary teenager and have fun with her mates. But that’s not so easy when Fuzzy’s ancestors have other plans and she keeps seeing ghosts! The series was filmed entirely on location in Beaudesert and the Scenic Rim area of South-East Queensland.   More information is available on www.facebook.com/gracebesideme/.


AMEB Exams

Congratulations to the following students who completed their AMEB and Rock School exams at the end November 2017.





New Staff

We welcome to our Performing Arts Instrumental Programme our new String specialist, Mr Martin Lass.  Martin has extensive experience teaching students both interstate and locally. He has accumulated 40 years of hands-on education and experience in the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.


Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 31 January - 2018 Musical Primary Cast Auditions @ 3:30pm - 5:30pm in the Blue Square, Dame Joan Sutherland Music Centre.


Monday 29 January - Concert Choir Auditions - 7:30am, 10:30am and 12:45pm at the Dame Joan Sutherland Music Centre.


Tuesday 30 January - Concert Choir Auditions - 7:30am and 12:45pm at the Dame Joan Sutherland Music Centre.


Wednesday 31 January - Concert Choir Auditions - 12:45pm and 3:30pm at the Dame Joan Sutherland Music Centre.


Please Note: 

The date for withdrawal from private or group instrumental/vocal tuition 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.


Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts


Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior School Sports and Activities

Australian Schools Volleyball Championships

Congratulations to our girls' and boys' volleyball teams that competed at the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships last December.


336 teams completed in the tournament with our Open Girls defeating Cannon Hill Anglican School in two sets to claim the gold medal in division 3. Our boys also progressed through to the grand final to take the silver medal in division 2.

Our junior girls also had a successful week taking out fifth place and gaining valuable experience. We also take this opportunity to congratulate our Open girls' and boys' basketball teams who competed at the National Schools Tournament in Melbourne in December 2017, both teams performed creditably in a very tough competition.


Australian Track and Field Championships

Year 11 student, Brian Foster achieved success at the Australian Track and Field Championships held in Adelaide, last December. Brian won gold in the 400m with a personal best time of 49.01 sec, and backed up to claim gold in the 4 x 400m relay.

We wish Brian all the best as he sets his sights on qualifying for the World Youth Olympics to be held in Argentina in October this year.


Pacific Schools Games

The following John Paul College students gained excellent results at the Pacific Schools Games in December last year.

Mackenzie Auton - won gold representing Queensland in basketball defeating New South Wales in the final.


Heidi Dennis - captained the Queensland soccer team to claim the bronze medal.


Aurelia Gallo - claimed two silver medals - 12 Years breaststroke and 4 x 50 freestyle relay.


Australian Pool Life Saving Championships

Congratulations to Year 10 student, Fraser Toon who recently returned from the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships. Fraser won gold in the U\16 Team event, Simulated Emergency Rescue and silver in the U\16 CPR and silver in the Line Throw.


Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials

We take this opportunity to wish the following students all the very best as they prepare for the upcoming Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials - Charly Kuhnemann, Lucas Humeniuk and Kyle Niesler.


Cricket 2017/ 2018

Our cricket boys have been working hard over the school holiday break and we congratulate the following primary and senior boys on their achievements.


Aiden Barr (Year 6), Balian Herd (Year 7), Caden Careswell (Year 7) and Luke Carter (Year 6) represented Logan Districts at the U12 Ian Healy Cup.


Joshua Bottaccio (Year 8) and Riley McTaggart (Year 8) represented Logan Districts at the U13 Les Kinnane Memorial Cup.



Metropolitan East

Dylan Henderson (Year 10) represented the U13-14 Met East team in the Queensland Schools Championships.


Robert Eustace (Year 10) will represent the U15-19 Met East team this March in Toowoomba in the Queensland Schools Championships.


Year 6 student, Chase Rogers was selected into the Met East team in late 2017.


Premier Grade Cricket

U16 reps Robert Eustace (Year 10), Dylan Henderson (Year 10) played in Lords Taverners and Elliot Goffage (Year 10) played in the Shane Watson Cup as part of Premier Grade Cricket.


Queensland Championships

Dylan Hendersen U15, Riley Hendersen U13 and Eddie Comer U12 represented the South East Queensland team in the Queensland Championships.


John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

International College receives Gold Standard Endorsement

In December 2017, our ‘John Paul College High School Preparation Programme’ received NEAS Premium Product Endorsement to a gold standard. 


The NEAS Premium Product panel, who assessed our High School Program, were impressed with the quality of the program and the research and methodology that sits behind it.  As a result, the panel unanimously considered the course to be of gold standard and worthy of Premium Product Endorsement.


NEAS have invited JPIC to their 2018 Management Conference in May to showcase our Premium Product.


New Classroom for Primary Preparation Students

The John Paul International College Primary students are enjoying their beautiful new classroom in Lower Gilmour 1. Mrs Tavares, their English teacher, has created an International Cafe where the students can not only eat their lunch, but use it for role play in class time.

Outside the classroom, there is a family of Bush Stone Curlews. The mother bird is currently sitting on two brown-speckled eggs. This is a great opportunity for the students to understand the life cycle of an Australian bird.


Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

From the Director of Boarding

Fenton Village is once again buzzing with activity! New and returning boarders are now settling into boarding and school routines.


It has been enjoyable for all boarding staff to hear such a diverse range of holiday stories that our boarders have shared with us upon their return.


Boarding Academic Enrichment Programme

The JPC Boarding Academic Enrichment Programme has continued to develop in 2018, and we are excited to now have JPC teaching staff at prep Monday – Thursday every week.


These additional academic support staff will work in conjunction with our two Academic Tutors, a Residential Tutor and a GAP Staff member at the Gorman Centre during prep time. This addition means our students are now further supported in their academic pursuits, and we are able to offer an even lower Staff: Student ratio during prep. On Monday and Wednesday evenings, mathematics teachers will be present, and on Tuesday and Thursday, English teachers will be present.


To ensure all JPC boarders take full advantage of the academic support on offer, senior students have been strongly encouraged to attend prep at the Gorman Centre as required. When you are speaking to your son / daughter, please also encourage them to make use of the support on offer.


Boarding Welcome Back BBQ

The Boarding welcome back BBQ provided a relaxed social setting for new and returning boarder families to meet and strengthen existing relationships. It was also a good opportunity for parents / guardians to meet the staff who care for their son / daughter whilst they reside at Fenton Village. Thank you to all those who attended, especially those who travelled a long distance to be present.

Boarding – Term 1 Major Events

Each term there are a number of key boarding events, designed to provide students and staff with an opportunity to interact in a social and varied environment. In Term 1, 2018 the major events are:

  • Sunday 4th Feb – boarders Wet n’ Wild social
  • Sunday 18th March – Luna New Year celebrations 5.30pm – 7.00pm (Dining Hall)      
  • Monday 26th March – End of term boarder outing (bubble soccer)
  • Tuesday 27th March – staff vs. students touch football


Sean Cox

Director of Boarding

Dates to Remember


26 January - Australia Day Public Holiday

27 January - TAS Trimester Round 1 - BYE

27 January - TAS Volleyball and Basketball Trial Games, Coleman Centre

27 January - Cricket Trial Games, Cec Munns Sports Centre

29 January - Years 7 to 9 class, individual and sibling photos, Mezzanine Coleman Centre

29 January - JPIC individual photos

30 January - Years 10 to 12 class, individual and sibling photos, Mezzanine Coleman Centre

30 January - Friends of Hockey AGM, Gorman Centre GC22

31 January - Principal's Inauguration Ceremony, Coleman Centre


1 February - Years 3 to 6 class, individual and sibling photos (excl. 4TS and 3KW)

2 February - Prep to Year 2 class, individual and sibling photos (incl. 4TS and 3KS)

2 February - Alumnni First Year Reunion (Class of 2016)

3 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 1

3 February - TAS Trimester 1 Round 2, JPC Vs West Moreton Anglican College, John Paul College

3 February - TAS Netball Trials, Coleman Centre

4 February - Years 1 to 12 Cheer Camp

5 February - Year 6 Leadership Day

5 - 10 February - Week of Inspirational Maths

5 February - Senior School Leadership Induction, Coleman Centre

6 February - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

6 February - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

7 February - Primary Parents Curriculum Evening, Primary School Classrooms

8 - 9 February - Year 11 Biology Camp

8 February - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 February - Year 9 Retreat, St Edwards's Hall

9 February - Primary Parade

9 February - Year 3 Notebook Distribution

10 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 2

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

12 - 14 February - Year 7 Camp, Tallebudgera 

13 - 16 February - Year 6 Canberra Tour

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

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

14 - 16 February - Year 5 Camp, Mapleton

16 February - Senior School Inter House Swimming Carnival, Chandler

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

17 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 3

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

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

22 February - TAS Ecumenical Service, Cannon Hill Anglican College

23 February - Primary Leaders Induction, Coleman Centre

23 February - Live at the Piazza

24 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 4

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

24 February - Open Day


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

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

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

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

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

3 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 5

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

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

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

5 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

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

6 March - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

7 March - Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

7 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

7 March - PYP Parent Workshops, Primary Classrooms

8 March - Year 6 Retreat, Stephen Bean Theatre

8 March - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

10 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 6

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

13 March - JTAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

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

14 March - Year 4 Middle School Engagement Meeting, Wesley 11 and 12

15 March - TAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

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

16 March - Primary Movie Night, Primary Lawns, Playground and ARC

17 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 7

17 March - TAS Trimester 1 Round 8, JPC vs Canterbury, John Paul College

17 March - Hockey Pre-Season Carnival, Stephen Bowers Oval

18 March - Boarding Luna New Year Dinner

19 March - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

19 - 23 March - Years 11 and 12 Exams

19 March - Harmony Day, Primary Precinct

19 March - Years 3 to 12 Strings Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre

20 March - Kindergarten to Year 2 Easter Bonnet Parade, ARC

21 - 23 March - Year 4 Camp

21 March - Harmony Day

21 March - Year 10 Subject Selection Evening for Semester 2, Gorman Lecture Theatre and Gorman Level 2

23 March - Primary Parade

23 March - Live at the Piazza

TAS Trimester 1 Finals

26 - 27 March - QCS Practice - Coleman Centre/GLT

26 March - Prep to Year 2 Easter Service, ARC

26 March - Boarding End of Term Outing, Cec Munns Sports Centre

27 March - JPIC Carnival

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

28 March - Senior School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

28 March - Primary School Inter House Cross Country Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

28 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat, Finch Farm and Wesley Building

29 March - Years 7 to 12 Dance Intensive (Partnership with QLD Ballet)

29 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat

29 March - Easter Service (Years 3 to 12), Coleman Centre

29 March - JPIC Graduation


30 March - Good Friday - Easter Service, JPC Grounds


11 - 13 April - Code Camp, Burke Building

14 - 16 April - Years 7 to 12 Musical Camp, Maroochydore Conference Centre

16 April - Pupil Free Day

16 April - Boarder Travel Day


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