26 October 2018
Issue 031
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Messages of Appreciation
Deputy Principal's News
JPC Announcements
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Library Learning
Chaplain and Community
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Principal's Voice


2019 College Captains and Vice Captains Announced

This week I announced our 2019 College Captains and Vice Captains. We congratulate Luke Houen and Zoe Mavromatis on their selection into the pinnacle positions of College Captains. Vice-Captains with responsibility for Years Ten to Twelve: Minuka Mendis and Soul Lima. Vice-Captains with responsibility for Years Seven to Nine: Emily Bennett and Alex McEvoy. Vice-Captains with responsibility for Primary School: Marina Granata and Remi D'Hooghe. Vice-Captain with responsibility for John Paul International College: Linda Li and John Tran.


I also congratulate the 33 students who took the risk in nominating for a captaincy position and for the manner in which they have presented themselves through the selection process.


Leadership brings with it an awesome responsibility and one which carries a requirement for respectful and nurturing behaviour together with a genuine focus on serving others and our school.


In the next few weeks other significant leadership positions will all be announced.


We do endeavour to share the formal leadership positions around and certainly work hard to allow every Year Twelve student to take on informal leadership through the senior year.

This week at the College

Thank you to our staff who led the Years Four to Six musical trip which saw some of our ensembles performing at a nursing home at Southport and in the Broadbeach Mall. What a wonderful experience for the students.


Our Seniors enjoyed their Formal held this year at Brisbane City Hall. I commend all our students on their excellent manner and behaviour. It was a lovely night of celebration of their time together at the College and of wonderful and enduring friendships.


This week saw the launch of the inaugural edition of SOAR; a publication that celebrates John Paul College alumni. More than 10,000 past students comprise our alumni and I continue to be struck by the significant nature of their activities, locally, nationally and globally.


It was a pleasure to welcome a number of the featured alumni to the launch during the week.

Link to SOAR or if your family would like to obtain a copy of SOAR, please collect a copy of the book AT the Main Administration reception whilst stocks last.


We have also hosted the 10, 20 and 30 year reunion.

Staff news

After almost nine years of service, Pauline Mundie has left John Paul College and is exploring other opportunities.  On behalf of the JPC community, I thank Pauline for her years of dedication and commitment to the Primary School and student learning, in her capacity as Director of Teaching and Learning – Primary, and more recently for her leadership in the Primary School in her role as Deputy Head of Primary.  Pauline’s connection to JPC will continue as a JPC grandparent and we look forward to seeing Pauline on campus.

Congratulations to:

  • The students who performed at the Concert Band Spectacular held on Saturday at St Columban’s:  
  1. Wind Orchestra – First Place in the Concert Bands Section with Nathan Long receiving an individual award for his trombone solo
  2. Big Band – First Place in the Jazz/Stage Bands Section with Sergei Prosvirnov receiving an individual excellence award
  • To the Symphonic Band and Wind Orchestra who were both awarded Silver at Music Fest earlier this term (Directed by Bobby Gallo)
  • Piano and Vocal were combined for recitals held in the Stephen Bean Theatre this week.  Congratulations to the more than 80 students who performed. Thank you to Mrs Sophie Allen, Mr Sean Andrews, Ms Jennifer Burgess, Ms Sherelle Eyles, Ms Clarissa Foulcher, Mr Daniel Grindrod, Mrs Esther Hunter and Mrs Sue Willman
  • Our student representatives, Year Ten student Farah Solwa and Year Eight student Shreyas Raman who attended the launch of the Premier’s release of the report on cyberbullying, accompanied by Mrs Jan MacNamara. They were excellent ambassadors for the College and confidently engaged in discussions with a number of politicians
  • Basketball player, Neve Tratt (Year Ten), who has been selected to participate in the AUSA Hoops Tour (Texas and Missouri) in June 2019
  • Year Twelve students LIzzie Gordon and Montanna McKay for their community mindedness. The girls are raising awareness for Destiny Rescue and the Leukaemia Foundation as they take part in the World's Greatest Shave, shaving all their hair off today during their lunch break

If you have achievements that you would like recognised in my Congratulations to section, or in any other part of the newsletter, please let me know. ([email protected])



Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Messages of Appreciation

Thank you to our Teachers from Year Eleven


Dear Mrs Flores (3AF)

Thank you for your dedication to our children’s learning, growth and resilience. You have made genuine connections with the students and have challenged them to become more independent throughout the year. We hope this World Teacher’s Day you know all your hard work is appreciated.


Dear Miss Colebrook (6KC)

You were the gift we didn't know we needed this year. Your love, passion and humour has won over the hearts of so many.


Thank you for bringing all your love and passion into the classroom. Your creativity, love and positive attitude is infectious. 


Happy World Teacher's Day

Dear Ms Friend and Mrs Smith (Prep CF)

Prep CF students and parents would love to thank Miss Friend and Mrs Smith for their loving support and dedication to the class this year.


It’s been lovely to see our children grow, learn and have fun.


They have provided a solid foundation for our children and we cannot thank them enough.

Dear Mrs Ilich (4KI) and the Specialist Teachers

Thank you to Mrs I and all the specialist teachers for guiding our children’s curious minds on the adventure that is learning.

Dear Mrs Mirciov (2TM)

From the moment you walk through the door, 2TM has a special vibe. It’s in the handshake Mrs Mirciov shares with each child every day, it’s in their eyes when she shares a story. A vibe that each of the 2TM class members matter, are important, are loved and believed in.


Mrs Mirciov has encouraged and expected excellence and dedication through example and everyone is rising to the challenge. 2TM has been truly blessed this year, we all thank and appreciate you for going above and beyond.


We are so grateful to you Mrs Mircoiv. 

Dear Ms Curtain (Prep TC)

Miss Curtain is a huge treasure. She is outstanding in every way. Her gentle, patient and kind nature is the perfect backbone to her fine qualities as an educator.  She is the epitome of a world class early childhood teacher. Her passion, Grace and skill is inspirational. 


We are so lucky to have you as our teacher. Thank you for all that you do for the children.

Dear Ms Curtain and Mrs Suarez (Prep TC)

Words cannot express our gratitude for your dedication and passion for teaching our little Preppies. This is such a crucial time in their development both intellectually and socially as well as emotionally. You deliver a calm and disciplined style which lends so well in creating engaged children. Your classroom is a beautiful extension of the values and expectations we provide our children at home and is a testament to your wholistic approach. You know where each child is on their journey and how to get the very best out of them. For most parents, after we tick off academic growth, the very next thing we want to see is emotional growth. By setting firm boundaries, reasonable expectations and a calm environment, you create opportunities for them to be responsible, brave, kind, fair, curious, accountable, honest, accepting, open, patient, and empathetic - just to name a few. In Prep TC, they are truly being prepared for their next adventure into Grade One. 

Mrs. Suarez is such a perfect fit for your class too. Such a warm and supportive assistant - the best traits for any year level.


We have been truly blessed this year. Thank you for all you do, seen and unseen. 

May you enjoy this very special day that celebrates all your hard work with the people we love most, our children.

Dear Mrs Sheahan (2AS)

Our daughter has had such a wonderful year at school, she has progressed so far academically and personally and this is due to her love of school and her love of Miss Sheahen!! When we have school holidays, our daughter counts down the sleeps until she goes back to school. Thankyou so much Abbie for making this such a wonderful year for her. We are so proud of how much she has improved academically especially with her reading.


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's desk

Today is World Teachers’ Day, an acknowledgement of the wonderful work being done on a daily basis by teachers inside and outside of classrooms all around the state.  We have chosen to extend the marking of this day to all staff within our College, in recognition of the contribution of many to the education of our children. 

Undoubtedly schools would not operate as efficiently without the wider support of the many committed staff on site.  In recalling staff who enriched your own schooling experience, you may even recall, not only that ‘special’ teacher, but the efforts and energy, care and connection with other team members.  I am constantly amazed by the far-reaching impact of our staff, and the unceasing and broad range of input within a school.  Whether it be classroom teaching, tutoring, camp supervision, coaching, counselling or co-curricular activities, teachers and their support staff ensure the experiences our students have the privilege to enjoy are both fulfilling and personalised.  For this we simply say, ‘Thank you”.


I’m sure that though we acknowledge and award some wonderful ‘above and beyond’ achievements by teachers, there are numerous other quiet achievers for whom our children will always be grateful, and who will, in the future, be fondly recalled as life changers.



Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

JPC Announcements

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

The Great Book Swap!

Please Donate Books - anytime before Tuesday 6 November

Where to donate:

  • Senior School – Gorman Learning Commons or Middle School Office – please put in the boxes marked with the flyers
  • Primary School – Primary Office or Main Administration Building – please put in the boxes marked with the flyers

Book swap is on Tuesday, 6 November

Cost: Gold Coin

Where: There are two locations

Senior School - Coleman Centre Foyer, Morning Tea 10.30 am - 11.05 am

Primary School - Next to the ARC 3.15 pm - 5.00 pm


Instagram Photo Competition

Calling all amateur and professional photographers! We want you to share your best shot with us. The theme is JPC Family! We are looking for those special moments that you have captured on campus. It could be of your family, your friends or even your favourite campus places.



What is up for grabs??
First prize – A $250 gift voucher to the beautiful SONO Japanese Restaurant at Portside Wharf
Second prize – A family portrait from the talented Studio Kirby


How do you enter?
1) Upload to Instagram your ‘JPC Family’ photo
2) Tag @johnpaulcollegeqld
3) Hashtag #JPCqld or #JPCpride
4) Follow John Paul College @johnpaulcollegeqld

Your photograph must be digital (mobile photography is encouraged) or shot on film, taken within the past six months. Photo manipulation is permitted but the original artwork must be your own.

All images must be in the spirit of the JPC Community Code of Conduct and follow the Community Social Media Policy. See JPConnect for all of our policies.

To enter, post your work and tag us: @johnpaulcollegeqld using the hashtag #JPCqld or #JPCpride. Please remember, your account must be public or we won't be able to see your entry!

The winner will be announced on the 5th of November with the opportunity for content to go in our next Eagle or Yearbook!
All entrants accept the right that images may be used on all John Paul College Social Media channels and print platforms.

Green Heart Schools Future Brisbane Challenge

We are registered!


Student Transport Details

As part of our Duty of Care, please assist the College in maintaining a high standard of safety for your child/ren by identifying the current mode of transport in which they travel to and from the College. This information will assist our staff in being able to understand transport needs for your family. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form and we hope to be able to assist in the planning of new bus routes or modifications to existing routes, with the collation of this information for 2019.



Parent Webinar 18 - Schoolies Celebrations - Advice for parents


Independent Schools Queensland is offering a session for parents and staff of Years Ten, Eleven and Twelve students on Thursday, 1st November 2018, from 8.30pm - 9.30pm AEDST.
Parents play an important role in preparing their teens for end-of-year celebrations. If your teenager is planning to partake in Schoolies, it’s important to talk to your teen about their plans. This webinar will draw together three groups integrally involved in the safe running of Schoolies celebrations each year across Australia and internationally:
* Safer Schoolies Initiative (QLD Government) - Is a whole of government response to the Schoolies holiday season across Queensland. The Queensland Government does not promote Schoolies, rather works in partnership with local council and community groups to provide diversionary activities, support services and safety initiatives to help young people stay safe during end-of-school celebrations and minimise potential impacts of these gatherings on local communities. There are two key Schoolies locations across Queensland - Airlie Beach and the Gold Coast. Each location provides services to support school-leavers, including street patrols, walk-home services, schoolies-only areas, free water and medical assistance.
* Red Frog Group - In 1997,  Red Frogs Australia founder Andy Gourley hit Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast with his skateboarding mates and realised the need for a designated sober person. Over the next 20 years, Red Frogs grew to be the largest harm-prevention program in Australia for both Schoolies and universities. In situations such as Schoolies/Leavers Week, excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances means that things can often get out of hand and potentially alter the direction of a young person’s future. The Red Frog crew act as the eyes and ears in accommodation venues and out on the streets, providing a positive peer presence to school leavers. Each year over 1500 Red Frog volunteers provide direct relief, safety and support to young people during Schoolies Week across 17 locations nationally and internationally.
* Schoolies.com - Matt Lloyd (Managing Director) will outline tips and advice for the practicalities of booking accommodation etc. for Schoolie venues across the country. Schoolies.com is in its 30th year of operation with over 580,000 students having used their services in that time. They offer centralised, online (or telephone) booking service for over 140 properties in all popular schoolies destinations nationally (QLD, NSW,VIC, WA) and internationally (Bali, Fiji). Packages offered to students include Photo ID passes, 24 Hour helpline for students/parents/property managers plus additional security arrangements.
Please note – PARENTS do NOT need to register – they just turn up at the following link at the advertised time - https://zoom.us/j/107557266


Parents will NOT be required to speak or be seen on video. They will however be encouraged to interact and ask questions through a text chat tool.  


First time zoom "Webinar" users should view: 

Detail & Registration


When: Thursday, 1 November 2018 8:30- 9:30PM Time (ACT, NSW, Victoria)
Presenter/Provider: Various
Target Audience: Parents and staff of Yr 10,11 & 12
Channel: Special Event

Update Your Details

We are often reminded that effective communication with parents is paramount to maintaining our excellent relationships. In order for our administration team to efficiently and effectively communicate with all families, please take the time to notify the College of any changes of details including:

  • changes to residential or postal addresses
  • mobile phone or home phone numbers
  • email addresses
  • emergency contact details
  • family status e.g. changes to primary carers

If your details have changed – please complete the Update Your Details form on JPConnect by logging onto JPConnect Parent Portal, select Family Management, select Update Details. 


Click here to access JPConnect.  

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Parents frequently think that their children know more about technology than we do. Often that’s true especially when it comes to being able to use the latest gadgets or access the latest apps or play the latest games. But help and resources are at hand!


The College hosted guests from the cybersafety organisation ThinkUKnow on campus this week who reminded us that we often assume our children are using the technology wisely – unfortunately, that is not always true. Parents do have access to a range of tools and resources to help increase their understanding of the highs and lows of the online world and can build knowledge in this space.


More information is available for parents in the following key areas:

ThinkUKnow resource collections at http://thinkuknow.org.au/

Office of the eSafety Commission “iParent” portal at  https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent

John Paul College’s School TV special reports at http://jpc.qld.schooltv.me/category-latest-newsletter

And a reminder that all College provided notebooks include the ability for parents to apply additional monitoring features from home. Here is a reminder of the details for connecting through JPConnect.

Question: Can I manage website filtering on College notebooks using JPConnect?

Response: Absolutely, specific website filtering categories can be added to the College provided notebook.


The College implements a level of filtering on all devices issued to students. When on campus, student access to websites is monitored and the filtering rules are diverse. When the device leaves campus, the filtering rules divert to a “basic” level of restriction.

 Some families, want specific levels of filtering added for use at home that address access to sites which include categories such as nudity and mature, entertainment and videos, gambling, dating or social networking.


For parents of Primary School students, it is possible to apply a category from the list entitled “Primary School Recommended” which is a collection of filters that is recommended for the younger students.

These permission levels are applied for each student in the family and instructions are included on the Home Website Filtering page. Please note that changes to the “Block List” can be made at anytime however, it may take up to 60 minutes for the new filters to be applied.

How to:

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

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

c. From the Family Management tab select 07 Home Website Filtering.

d. The specific rules required are added from the 07 Home Website Filtering page

  1. Select the student name (right hand side of the page)
  2. Select the filter to be applied
  3. Select “Add site to block list” – this will move the category into the Block List column
  4. There is a specific rule for “Social Networking Limited*” which provides access to Social media sites until 9 pm weekdays and 11 pm on weekends.

PLEASE NOTE: all home website filtering only applies to the notebook devices supplied by John Paul College. This filtering does not apply to any phone or tablet provided by the family.


Queries or Questions:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

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


Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

Year Twelve Formal

Congratulations to our Head of Year Twelve Mrs Amanda Shaw, Student Liaison Officer Mrs Steph Ingham and the Year Twelve students on a fantastic Formal on Monday night.


City Hall was beautifully decorated. The organisation was outstanding, the food was exceptional, the music was entirely appropriate and the students were superbly attired and wonderfully behaved.  There was easy access for the students to arrive and be presented.  All together a really lovely evening and a highlight of the year for the Year Twelve cohort.


ATAR Parent Information Evening

We hope you were able to attend either of the ATAR presentations over the last two weeks, to update you on the new processes replacing the OP system. If not, information will be available on the portal under News & Events for you to follow up with.

Prize Reading Assembly

Last week’s Assembly included naming the students who will be presented on Speech Night, except for the Special Awards that will be announced on the night. The criteria for these awards is available on the website. Click the PDF below to view the document.


Speech Night information, details and instructions – booking link

You should have received a lengthy email last week with all the details and instructions for Speech Night, and just recently the link to book your seats. Please follow up with that email or contact main administration for further assistance.

Senior German students exhibit a “Guten Appetit”!

Every year, as an adjunct to the Senior German courses, Year Twelve students are invited to attend a dinner at the Brisbane German Club.  The Brisbane Deutscher Turnverein was established on 27 May 1883 in the old Bowen Hotel, Stanley Street, South Brisbane.

On the evening of Thursday, 18 October our students had the opportunity to experience German culture firsthand when they had dinner in the club’s Zum Kaiser restaurant.  After a short debate, everyone decided to choose one of their signature dishes: slow roasted 1kg pork hock with fried potatoes, sauerkraut & smoked gravy topped with crackling.  Our students were in awe when the dishes made it to the table, but quickly rallied to clean their plates while delighting in the lively performances of the Alpenrosen dance group as they rang cowbells and slap-danced throughout the evening.


The dessert selection made for harder choices, especially with traditional favourites such as Black Forest Cherry Cake and Berliner (jam-filled donuts) on offer, but no-one went home disappointed or hungry.  The students are now determined to return with their friends and family to try out the rest of the menu and see the extremely talented Alpenrosen in action again.  All in all, it was a memorable evening which provided an authentic “taste” of Germany.  Why not try it yourself?


Critical Skills our students will need for the Future

Last week I mentioned that many educational commentators believe that there are seven critical skills that our young people will need for the future. I wrote about the need for our students to be critical thinkers and be able to collaborate with others to problem solve. This week I would like to introduce the idea that our students also need to be agile and adaptable thinkers and citizens.


The impact of technology has meant that our society is becoming increasingly exposed to immediate news, information and opportunities. Planning for the future is becoming more difficult as there are now so many unpredictable events that impact on our thinking and actions. In addition people are continually being exposed to new ideas and technologies they have to absorb. They often have to re-learn processes and discern the reality about things they previously thought were true only to find that now they are either untrue or   only half-truths. People, and especially young people have to be increasingly more adaptable and agile in their thinking. They need to  become comfortable with perpetual re-learning.

A College must therefore not only educate its students to meet the current needs and circumstances they face, but also give students opportunities and experiences that will allow them to grow these skills and set them up for the future. These are the challenges we at John Paul College are taking into account when we design our curriculum and courses for our current students.

Dates to Note:


Wednesday 31 October to Friday 2 November - Year Twelve Exam Block

Thursday 1 November  - Ski Trip Parent Information Evening

Monday 5 November - SPEECH NIGHT

Friday 16 November - Valedictory Day (Year Twelve)


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Year Seven 2019 Orientation Day

Last Monday, during the Student Free Day, our new 2019 Year Seven students joined our current Year Six students for an orientation into secondary school. Students experienced a variety of activities including PAT testing, Applied Design, Human Ecology, Visual Art and Creative Thinking.


Students enjoyed being able to complete hands-on activities with ice cream making being a big hit. The day also provided an opportunity for students to meet key staff they will have contact with in 2019 including Mr Dennis (Head of Secondary School), Ms Lang (Dean of Pedagogy), Mr Elms (Dean of Academic Welfare), Mrs Shaw (Head of Year Seven), Mrs Boland (Head of Year Twelve) and teaching staff. A big thank you to Ms Lang for her organisation and oversight of the program with keen support from Mr Elms. I also thank the Year Eleven leaders for giving their time to engage with the Year Six students and lead the Creative Thinking activity.


Year Seven Drama

While I was out and about visiting classrooms throughout the week, I stopped by the Stephen Bean Theatre and witnessed our Year Seven students conducting some practical assessment. I was impressed with the engagement of the students performing, as well as the audience focus. While not a keen actor or performer myself, I value drama as a subject and recognise the benefits that drama provides for young people. Drama promotes numerous skills that educators see as important in the world today such as communication skills, teamwork, dialogue, negotiation, and socialisation. Drama also stimulates the imagination and creativity; it develops empathy, critical thinking and good decision making. Well done to our Year Seven students and Mrs Waddell for her leadership in this area.


Junior Volleyball Schools Cup

Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday eight students from Years Seven and Eight competed at the Junior Volleyball Schools Cup in Girls Under 13 Division 3 held at the Gold Coast. This was an excellent development opportunity for our younger team competing against other schools from across Queensland. Out of 14 teams in their division JPC finished eighth with some narrow losses in the final matches. Congratulations to Taylah Kidd, Charlotte Ellis, Lily Wild, Sophie Goodwin, Sophie Wormwell, Poppy Prieditis, and Jade Egglesfield on this great effort and a big thank you to Coach, Mr Aufai, and Manager, Mrs Prieditis.


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School

Year Six Involvement with Speech Night

The decision to have Year Six attend Speech Night and to present the Academic Honours to the top 10% of the cohort is partly revisiting the past. Year Six was a part of Speech Night many years ago. We want to encourage our Year Six students to see the fruit of academic diligence and perseverance earlier, rather than later. The Academic Honours follows a strict criteria of the top 10% of achievement across the Year Six cohort. This is different to Semester One Academic and Cum Laude awards.


Celebration of Learning – 22 November

We are returning to an end of year Celebration of Learning for all Primary year levels. This will also include a special visit by Kindy to receive a book from the Year Six students. Each year level will present an item that reflects an element of their learning this year. Year Six will celebrate the completion of the Primary Years of Schooling with a morning tea with their parents following the celebration.

The Years One and Two Swimming Carnival will then be in the afternoon. We are trying to lessen the amount of time or days that parents will need to take off work.


Girls' Blouse and Culottes for 2019

We have an exciting and timely change to our uniform offering for 2019. We have listened to feedback, consulted a parent group and we are pleased to advise of an additional option for our Years Four to Six girls’ uniform.


You may have heard of many schools making a move to add a pants option for girls’ dress uniforms. We will offer girls from Year Four to Year Six, the option of wearing burgundy culottes and a formal blouse which is similar to the style of the formal dress. This combination of culottes and blouse is acceptable as a formal option, along with the dress, and will continue to identify the older grades within the Primary School.


Prep Playground

We love our new Prep Play and Learning Space. We understand this is a new concept for many . To assist parents to understand the design concepts, we are hosting a parent discussion for those interested on Tuesday, 30 October at 3.00pm in the Prep classrooms. Challenge and adventure are crucial to child development. Engaging with challenge in a safe and monitored way is the best way to support development. I want to commend to you the following attached document on ‘Learning Outdoors’ – Benefits and Risks by Nature Play SA.


Mr Andy Gordon 

Head of Primary School

Library Learning

Don't Google It...Database It!

Today a wealth of information is available to our students through a variety of text and digital media. Navigating through the amount of information can be tricky and trying to sort the quality and useful information from the biased and not relevant is challenging for even our best students.


At John Paul College we subscribe to a collection of authoritative and trustworthy databases that provide our students with access to information that has been filtered to ensure its quality and authority. These databases also support students in researching topics and creating bibliographies for assignments.


That doesn’t mean that these resources are out of touch with current events. For example, the recent visit of Prince Harry and Megan for the Invictus Games in Sydney and the other Royal tour destinations, is fully covered within the Databases of Britannica Online and EBSCO Explora. News articles, magazine articles, Ebooks, images and other digital content can all be accessed, copyright free, through the Learning Centre’s site either on campus or at home, simply by logging in to JPConnect.


We encourage students to use the databases as the first online resource they access when researching. Don’t Google it – Database it!



Learning in the Library

Year Five students have started a four-week digital technologies project examining computers – the components inside them and how they work. As we work through this unit we have found that the students are all naturally curious about how computers work, and have asked why some are fast and some are slow.


Discussion time kicked off the project as students asked many questions and sought to answer those questions using books and online resources. The Year Fives also used QR codes to look at different components inside the computer and examine how each part of the computer worked – what it does and how all the parts work together.


As the weeks progress the students will continue to learn the different parts of a computer, go through the safety instructions for working with computers and then work in small groups to pull apart a computer, labelling different parts and where they are located within the case.


The project is a wonderful way to gain a better understanding of and respect for technology.


Book Fair Last Day 

If you haven’t yet visited Book Fair, Monday 29 October is your last chance. The students have had a great time browsing the shelves and filling out their wish lists.


Students of 1NPC particularly enjoyed their visit as they considered how to spend their Book Week voucher prize. They were just one class of several who won a class voucher for their efforts in creating amazing treasure chests during Book Week last term. We look forward to seeing the other classes come through to choose their prizes.


Remember, if you are purchasing online, please send your form back to school with your receipt number so your books can be given to your child. Orders are filled from the school Book Fair stocks, not posted from Scholastic


Book of the Week

Term 4. So little time, so much to read.

The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

Pandora is breaking away from her stifling small town roots and is moving to live with her mysterious Great-Aunt Celia in New York where she hopes to launch her writing career. But instead of a geriatric old lady she finds an elegant, bizarrely youthful and stunningly dressed woman, who rarely leaves the house and always, always veils her face.


Equally mysterious is Aunt Celia’s gothic mansion, largely abandoned, in a suburb no cabbie has ever heard of and often shrouded in a very localised fog.


But all of this pales next to Pandora’s first journalistic assignment in which she runs headlong into a mystery featuring an unnaturally gorgeous model, a truly miraculous beauty product and a bloodthirsty secret ingredient. Pandora is about to open a whole box of trouble.


Vampires, high-end fashion and just a touch of Buffy in the mix. How can you not love it? Recommended for Year 7 and over.


Show Stopper by Hayley Barker

In a near-future London, you are either of pure blood (the ruling class) or you are a Dregg (a blight on society). The poorest of the Dreggs must sacrifice their children to the travelling circus where they are forced to perform with starved lions and sabotaged high wires and undertake a myriad of other torturous stunts, all for the entertainment of the elite.


Ben, the teenage son of the government minister hell bent on grinding the Dreggs into the dirt, visits the circus and is instantly drawn to the mysterious high rope performer Hoshiko.

Hoshiko is also reluctantly drawn by the same magnetic attraction. Worlds apart, what hope does their love have? They have broken the rules; to survive, they must run.


This dystopian love story set in a grim and violent circus complete with a diabolical ringmaster is certainly a show stopper! Recommended for Year Six and over.

Chaplain and Community


Recently in Chapel the students have been learning about the prophet Elijah, who lived around 3000 years ago in Israel. A prophet is God’s representatives to the people of God to share his message with them, whether that be, “Stop doing the wrong thing,” or “Keep doing the right thing,” or “I have a message that is about things to come.”


The Hing around that time was Ahab and his wife, Jezebel, had convinced him to abandon God and follow her gods of Baal and Asherah. So, God sent Elijah to the King to tell him “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word” (1 Kings 17:1). This was not well received by King Ahab, as you would expect. But God was letting Ahab know that as the King of Israel, he had a responsibility to help lead the people to follow the one true God. So why such a specific message about no dew and rain? Well, “Baal (was) designated the universal god of fertility, and in that capacity his title was Prince, Lord of the Earth. He was also called the Lord of Rain and Dew, the two forms of moisture that were indispensable for fertile soil in Canaan.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Baal-ancient-deity .


So, God was throwing down a challenge, not just to Ahab and Jezebel, but also in their beliefs in who Baal was. If Baal was truly a god, then the rain and dew would keep coming. If God was the true one, then the rain and dew would stop.


Over the next few years, Elijah had more interactions with Ahab and Jezebel until Elijah’s life was threatened. All the while, drought ravaged the land and no rain or dew came. No matter how sincere Ahab and Jezebel were in their beliefs, if those beliefs were not true, then they were misplaced. Elijah had a final showdown with them, in public with thousands of people watching.


850 prophets of Baal and Asherah built an altar for a sacrifice, and Elijah built one too. The test was straightforward – whichever god/God was real, that one would send fire from heaven and burn the sacrifice. All day Baal’s prophets prayed and had no success. Elijah prayed, and the sacrifice was consumed. All the people finally realised the error of their ways and admitted Elijah’s God, was the true God – except the King and Queen.


Jezebel threated to kill Elijah as quickly as she could, and Elijah took off. He went from an amazing faith high to feeling so low that he wanted God to take his life. And in his moment of pain, God gave him exactly what he needed to get through it all. God didn’t speak to him with a great booming voice but in a gentle whisper.


Like Elijah, we are faced with choices about God and who he really is, or deciding if another god is true. No-one can make them for us. Sometimes we may trust him when things are going well but during some tough times it may be more difficult to stick by him. God declares himself to be faithful and true. In our times of need we can call on him. If he is true, he will give you what you need to get through things. Only we can know if he helps us. But if you want the testimony of others to help you work it out, go to church this Sunday and ask those there why they think God is faithful and true. And remember what it says in Isaiah 40:28-31,


Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


Mr Stephen Ward


Prayer Group

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


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


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


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

Co-curricular Performing Arts

From the Director of Performing Arts

New families at Open Day on Thursday 18 October were entertained by our Chamber Choir and String Quartet students and we thank them for their lovely performances and representation of the College.





At Assembly held on Friday 19 October, the Percussion Ensemble performed ‘Danger Line’, composed by Australian percussionists ‘Kaboom’.  This is a highly choreographed drumline-style piece which includes detailed arm and head movements that encourage students to play with great accuracy, as well as stick throws creating an element of danger that makes it so fun to play and watch. Thank you to the members of our Percussion Ensemble for sharing this unique repertoire.

On Friday evening, students in Wind Orchestra performed beautifully at Music Fest held at Iona College and we congratulate them on their Silver Award.

On Saturday 20 October, Wind Orchestra and Big Band students travelled to compete for the first time in the Concert Band Spectacular held at St Columban’s College in Caboolture with fantastic results. 

  • Big Band were awarded First Place and $500 in prize money in the Jazz/Stage Band Section; and
  • Wind Orchestra were awarded First Place and $1,000 in prize money in the Concert Band section. 

Further congratulations to Year 10 Trombonist, Nathan Long and Alto Saxophonist, Sergei Prosvirnov who were awarded scholarships to attend the Bel Canto Music Program.  These two musicians were selected for their outstanding technical ability on their instrument.


Congratulations to the following students who recently completed their Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) exams.

Johannes Victor (Year Five) - Piano for Leisure - Cello - Preliminary - Grade 2

Zuri Keen (Year Six) - Cello - Grade 3


Performing at Live at the Piazza for their last time on Friday 19 October were Year Twelve students, Abi Balaji, Charli Garner and Olivia George who entertained the lunchtime crowd with both solo and ensemble performances.


Over the weekend 90 of our Primary instrumental and choral students travelled to the Gold Coast to enjoy our annual Seaworld Camp.  Once again, residents at the Golden Age Retirement Village enjoyed performances by the Primary Concert Band, Capriccio and Vivaldi Strings, Viva Choir and Primary Clarinet Ensemble.

Students continued on to Broadbeach Mall to perform for the crowds just in time before the storm hit.  After a night of activities, students enjoyed a fun day at Sea World before heading home.


Piano and Vocal Recitals were held in the Stephen Bean Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week.  Well done to over 80 students who performed for their family and friends displaying their hard work and dedication this year.


Thank you to all parents and students who attended the Beginner Information Evenings held last week.  We look forward to welcoming new young budding musicians into our Beginner Programs in 2019.  If you would like to find out information or join the Programs, please contact our Co-ordinators, Mrs Amanda Gallo, Co-ordinator of Beginner Band via [email protected] and Mr Martin Lass, Acting Co-ordinator of Beginner Strings via [email protected]


We welcome everyone to come along to our annual Dance Night for 2018 on Monday 29 October.  Primary students will be performing in the Blue Square commencing at 5.00pm. Force and Senior Academic and Co-curricular students will be performing afterwards in the Stephen Bean Theatre commencing at 7.00pm.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 26 October - Music Fest – Sinfonia

Saturday 27 October - Music Fest – Corelli Strings and Vivaldi Strings

Monday 29 October - Dance Night – Academic and co-curricular Dance

Tuesday 30 October - Music Fest – Primary Concert Band

Wednesday 31 October - Music Fest – Capriccio Strings

Saturday 3 November - Music Fest – Big Band, Stage Band, Viva Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir

Friday 9 November - Cheer Awards and Performance Evening

Saturday 10 November - Youth Theatresports Senior Grand Final, QUT Gardens Point Theatre

Sunday 18 November - Carols by Candlelight


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

Co-Curricular Sport


After a very successful season for our John Paul College track and field team, we would like to take this opportunity to wish the following students all the best in the Queensland School Sport Track & Field Championships being held at the Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre from the 25 - 28 October 2018.




The Team:

Zion Ashby, Daniel Butler, Thomas Turner-Dauncey, Heidi Dennis, Brian Foster, Chekole Getenet, Jayde Howard, Tyler Kiem, D'Artagnan Koeun, Mia Marks, Toby Marks, Danica Martin, Kirsten McEwan, Aysha Ozden, Giannah Purnell, Isaiah Riquelme, Josh Shah, Jessica Smith, Larissa Vickers, Lachlan Ward and Roy Xiong.

A special mention to Martina who was selected in the Queensland Under 17 State Squad with further selections for the 2019 State 17’s team to be held in the coming months.


On Saturday t 21 October seven young ladies travelled to the Gold Coast to compete in  Volleyball Queensland – Junior Schools Cup. The Team: Taylah Kidd (Captain), Charlotte Ellis (Vice Captain), Poppy Prieditis (Off court Captain), Jade Egglesfield, Lily Wild, Sophie Goodwin and Sophie Wormwell with Mrs Carrie Prieditis as Manager, played extremely well considering most are in Year Seven, playing in a Year Eight Competition.


The girls played with enthusiasm and showed some wonderful developing volleyball skills and teamwork. After some great wins, several very close games and three days of competition, the girls finished eighth overall, which was a wonderful achievement for such a new team.


Thank you to these lovely young ladies who have committed to early morning trainings twice a week for about four weeks and even a Saturday training. The girls always had a smile, laughed and played with great heart. In between games they also danced as a team for their warmups and even had other girls join them, led by our Off-court Captain – Poppy.


Thank you also to all the parents and friends who came to support the team throughout the tournament and to the school for allowing the girls to compete. Thank you for all your hard work and effort – looking forward to next year.

Club Netball Trials

2019 club netball trials will be held on Saturday, 11 November in the Coleman Centre from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.


All girls born between 2001 and 2008 are invited to attend these trials.


Selectors will be Megan Lynch (NQ U19 Coach), Carynne Robinson (Wildcats assistant coach) and Karen Graham.


Please see link below for netball trials registration


Club Netball Trials


Mrs Karen Graham 

Director of Sports and Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Level Two

After the student-free day on Monday, Level Two students are spending this week learning about different places and will begin creating a travel brochure for a country they would like to visit.  Outside the classroom, it’s getting warmer, but our students have the opportunity to cool off in the pool this term during their weekly swimming lesson with Mrs Falkenhagen.


We are always impressed by the courage and determination students show living in a new country and studying in a different language.  Despite limited English at this level, each student’s positivity and individuality still shines through daily:

“I like my teachers, friends and homestay family in Australia, so I really want to stay here.” (Tony, 16, from China)


“I like Star Wars movies and toys, my many friends, airplane models and LEGO, but I don’t like coriander, rain or very hot places.” (Kotaro, 13, from Japan)


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

From the Head of Boarding

Year Twelve Formal:


On Monday night the Seniors of 2018 were Glitz’d and Glammed up for the 2018 Formal at City Hall. The energy in Fenton Village was buzzing during the day, as multiple boarders and staff were busy rushing around helping the seniors get ready for their special night. A big thank you must go to Neve Tratt (Dubbo, NSW), Jessie Dahlstrom (Moree, NSW), Yael Adar (Green Pigeon, NSW) and Ms Jones for their efforts in preparing the seniors for the formal. Whilst many JPC students chose to arrive in an array of special cars, it was safe to say that the arrival of the boarders in the JPC boarding bus stole the show. A big thank you must also go to Mrs Amanda Shaw and Mrs Steph Ingham for their efforts in making the event a very special night.


Boarder Events - Boarding Gala Dinner

The third Annual Boarding Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday 15th November. This event was introduced as a formal celebration of the year, particularly focused on saying goodbye to our outgoing Year Twelve scholars. In 2018 parents and guardians have been invited to join in the celebration. The event has been placed strategically on the eve of JPC Valedictory day to ease the logistical and funding challenges for parents wanting to attend both (significant) events. If boarding parents are attending, can you please RSVP to [email protected]

Lifestyle Calendar

In the absence of TAS sport this term, the Fenton Village Lifestyle Calendar is a busy one with students having the opportunity to participate in multiple activities within the greater Brisbane and Gold Coast area. This weekend boarders will get the opportunity to participate in going to Bounce trampoline park, a boarders social, shopping at Westfield Garden City as well as visiting the beach at Surfers Paradise. All photos will be uploaded to the Fenton Village Facebook page to check out all the photos from the activities.


Mr Adrian Moran

Head of Boarding

Community News

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Please accept the invitation to attend the Nurture You Day at Brilliant Minds Psychology.


When: Monday 12 November 2018

Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm


Help raise awareness of anxiety and depression during pregnancy and post-natal anxiety and depression.


Giveaways at the event: Yoga - Snacks - Henna Art 


This is a free event but if you are wishing to attend yoga sessions please RSVP to 07 3133 0610 or email [email protected]


For more details please check out our website at www.brilliantmindspsychology.com.au

Dates to Remember


27 October - JTAS Term Four Round 2

28 October - Boarding Multicultural Dinner, Fenton Village

28 October - Year Four

29 October - Year Four Logan City Council Excursion, LCC

29 October - Dance Night - Academic and Co-curricular, SBT

30 October - Year Nine and Ten AIME

30 October - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

31 October - Year Twelve Exam Block, Gorman Classrooms

31 October - Year One Fire Fighters and Police

31 October - Year Seven Immunisation


1 - 2 November - Year Twelve Exam Block, Gorman Classrooms

1 - 4 November - Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, Cornubia

1 November - Ski Trip Parent Information Evening, Gorman Lecture Theatre

2 November - Startsmart Commonwealth Bank Incursion, Year Two classrooms

2 November - Live at the Piazza

3 November -JTAS Term Four Round Three

5 November - Speech Night, QPAC

6 November - Inter-House Singing Competition, Coleman Centre

6 November - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

6 November - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, P Arts Meeting Room

7 November - Year Seven Retreat, Stephen Bean Theatre

7 November - Year Two Woolworths Excursion, Woolworths Chatswood Hills

7 November - Year Twelve Exit Art Exhibition, Gorman Centre

7 November - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting & Guidelines Meeting, Gorman Centre

8 November - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 November - Primary Parade, ARC

9 November - Assembly Years Seven to Twelve, Coleman Centre

9 November - Live at the Piazza

9 November - Cheer Performance and Awards Night (Years One to Twelve), Coleman Centre

10 November - JTAS Term Four Round Four

11 November - AMEB Rock School Exams, Stephen Bean Theatre

12 November - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

13 November - Year 12 Reflection Day, Bradley Building

13 November - Year Twelve Prep to Year Twelve Function, Gorman Lecture Theatre and Mapstone Deck

14 November - Year Twelve Wet and Wild Excursion

14 November - JPIC Assembly

14 November - First XI Football Trial Game vs Nudgee College, Oval 3, CMSC

14 November - Boarding Gala Dinner, Fitzy's Loganholme

15 November - AIME End of Year Celebration

16 November - Valedictory Day Events

16 November - Live at the ARC

17 November - JTAS Term Four Round Five

17 November - Combined Chamber Orchestras (JPC and Tagiev), Stephen Bean Theatre

18 November - Carols by Candlelight, Coleman Centre

20 -26 November - Year Eleven Exam Block

20 November - Years Seven to 10 EL Block

22 November - Primary School Assembly, Coleman Centre

22 November - Year Six Morning Tea, outside Pines Building

22 November - Years One and Two Swimming Carnival, Stephen Paul Aquatic Centre

23 November - Live at the Piazza

24 November - Homestay 2019 Information  Session, Gorman Centre and Lecture Theatre

25 November - Expo 88 Marching Band 30th Anniversary Reunion, Stephen Bean Theatre and Blue Square

26 - 27 November - Year Eleven QCS Practice, Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre

26 - 27 November - Year Nine Peer Leader Training

26 November - Prep to Year Two Christmas Service, ARC

27 November - Boarding Staff vs Students Volleyball Game, Coleman Centre

28 November - Year Ten Activity Day

28 November - Year Eleven Leadership Day, Gorman Centre Level 2

28 November - Year Seven 2019 Orientation Day in Middle School, Drake Building

28 November - JPIC Carnival Day, Coleman Centre

28 November - Year Nine Graduation and Afternoon Tea, Wesley Building

29 November - Middle School Activity Day

30 November - JPIC Term Four Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre

30 November - Live at the Piazza

30 November - Assembly and Christmas Service, Coleman Centre

30 November - Boarder Travel Day, Fenton Village


Speech Night Parent Letter 2018 (002).pdf
Speech Night Awards Criteria.pdf
Back Row: Mr Christie, Sarah-Cait Kirkland (Moree NSW), Kitty Chiraphatmongkolp (Bangkok, Thailand), Colin Wong (Hong Kong) Kneeling: Emannuel Tiong (Sarawak, Malaysia, Win Rungsrisirikul (Bangkok, Thailand)