02 November 2018
Issue 032
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Deputy Principal's News
JPC Announcements
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

Head of School's Voice - Primary


Our Parents and Friends Association

Thank you again to all parents for your support of the P & F and the Friends of Groups who support our students’ enjoyment of the huge variety of co-curricular activities that are on offer here at JPC.


This year, we are delighted to host our inaugural thank you to parents and volunteers breakfast on Thursday, 29 November. On this occasion we will serve breakfast and also commence a tree planting tradition where the Executive, on behalf of the P & F and all our volunteers, will plant a tree to permanently acknowledge all those who volunteer through the school year. 


Please RSPV here.

Speech Night

I am looking forward to sharing this celebration of students' achievements on Monday, 5 November. I also look forward to the performances of our ensembles and to the guest speaker, College alumnus and ex-CEO to Richard Branson, Mr David Baxby.

Student Activities

I commend Year Twelve students Lizzie Gordon and Montanna McKay for shaving their heads for charities of their choice. Lizzie was raising funds and increasing awareness for @Destiny Rescue. In doing so, she made her stand against child prostitution and sexual slavery. Montana’s shave was in support of the Leukaemia Foundation with the aim of giving people the confidence to go out into the real world. Not only were the girls raising money for their causes, they also donated their hair.

Launch of SOAR

Even prior to joining the JPC family, I was struck by the amazing successes of the College alumni.  Although the College is relatively young, we have internationally and nationally recognised alumni achieving in every arena of public life. Whether it be international sports stars, performers of great note, business leaders or leaders in fields of medical research and law, our College alumni are remarkable in their commitment to making a difference in the community and broader world. I commend Ms Sue Homann for her work in bringing SOAR to life and thank also our marketing team for their work on this project. Special thanks to our featured alumni!


For a copy please click here.

I recently read ...

I recently read of the four qualities that every successful leader now needs, according to Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, senior advisor at executive search firm Egon Zehnder.


Potential to learn, grow and change are the new must-have qualities for aspiring CEOs. The qualities leaders must possess now are curiosity, insight, engagement and determination. Without these characteristics, leaders will not have the “right stuff” to navigate through chaos and rapid change.


So, it is potential to adapt to change that is now the key to finding great leaders, because the only thing we know about jobs of the future is that they will be different and more complex.


I am confident that our educational program and school experience encourages engagement, and fosters both creativity and curiosity. It is our teachers’ aim to provide insight and to stimulate inquiring minds and critical thinking.



Congratulations to:

  • Congratulations to the winners of  our inaugural staff awards Dr Susan Anderson and Mr Chris Hales. Both were among 14 staff nominated by their peers for the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award and the Excellence by a Support Staff Member for their absolute commitment to their roles and to the College, our students and staff.
  • Our students involved in primary and secondary dance classes for their excellent performances this week. These were thoroughly enjoyed by the attending audiences.
  • Heidi Dennis (Year Eight) who has been selected to play for the Under 14 QAS Development Squad for football
  • Year Twelve student Hannah Le Sage who has been selected for a second trial at AIS COE ( AIS Centre of Excellence) for volleyball.  Hannah will stay at AIS and train for four days with the current group of AIS COE athletes in late November, with the opportunity of being invited as a full time athlete from 2019.
  • Year Eleven student Chekole Getenet for winning gold medals in the 1500m and 5000m U/18 Division at the Queensland Championships recently.  Chekole will compete at the Australian Championships in Cairns later this year.
  • Congratulations to the following ensembles for their recent outstanding results at Music Fest:
    • Sinfonia performed on Friday night, receiving a Gold Award;
    • Corelli Strings and Vivaldi Strings received Gold Awards for their performances on Saturday.
    • Primary Concert Band – Silver Award on Tuesday night
    • Capriccio Strings – Gold Award on Wednesday night

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


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's desk

You may have noticed some changes to the menu in the canteen recently.  Following a survey of student groups and an audit of the items on sale, more healthy options have been provided, improvements to some of the food and drinks, and extra items made available. 


The fresh baguettes are proving particularly popular, as is the variety of salad bowls.  As new items are added to the menu, we’ll promote them to the students, along with the specials of the day. 


In the meantime, look out for the promotion of them on the whiteboard set up outside the door.  This will give students the chance to plan ahead before entering the canteen, improving access and traffic flow.


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

JPC Announcements

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

The Great Book Swap!


St Mark's Food Drive

It is that time of year again to help support our annual food drive for St Mark’s Anglican Church (a founding church of our school) . They distribute the food in hampers for those people in need around Logan.


Please donate any non-perishable foods that you think would help make Christmas enjoyable for a family.


So for example, things like Christmas puddings, biscuits, potato chips, tinned goods, nuts are all fine. Things like fresh fruit or meat would be no good as they would go off.


You can start bringing things in from tomorrow (although I hear Year Ten are trying to out - give Year Eight already!)


Primary School, JPIC and Middle School students are welcome to deliver donations directly to the upper level of Noelene Munns Learning Centre, near the Christmas tree.


Senior School students can place their gifts around the Christmas tree on the lower level of the Gorman Centre.

Logan Community Centre Gift Donations

The Logan East Community Centre has asked if the John Paul College family would like to donate gifts for teenage boys who are underprivileged in our area. Often these teenage boys do not have the joy of receiving a gift at this time of year.


Please find below some gift ideas:

  • Movie vouchers
  • Book vouchers
  • Music vouchers
  • Books
  • Wallets
  • Caps
  • Beach towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpacks 
  • Kites
  • Thongs 
  • Camping gear
  • Basketballs
  • Novelty mugs
  • Fidgets
  • Frisbees 
  • Epoch Air Flying Balls
  • Socks

Please deliver your Logan Community Centre gift donations to:

  • Primary School, JPIC and Middle School students are welcome to deliver donations directly to  the area provided near the Christmas tree located on the upper level of the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

  • Senior School students can place their gifts around the Christmas tree located on the lower level of the Gorman Centre.

Thank you all for participating in this to bring a smile to others at Christmas.

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 images may be used on all John Paul College social media channels and print platforms.

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.



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.  

Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

Week Four, Term Four

Welcome to Week Four. We are halfway to the end of a very busy term with still a lot of learning and events on the calendar.

Exam Block

Year Twelve have concluded their last examination block for this year and for their school life. They have worked extremely well and I have been impressed by their dedication to their learning. We wish them all the very best as they put in this last effort to achieve the results they are hoping for.

VET Diploma Graduation

It was wonderful to see 14 great students walk across the stage on Friday 26 October and receive their Diploma of Business certificates. They have worked consistently to achieve this wonderful tertiary standard qualification. I would also like to congratulate the VET staff for their persistence and commitment in ensuring the celebration of the students who completed their Diploma of Business qualification last Friday. Mrs Jacqlyn Rasmussen, Ms Joelle Davey, Miss Paige Smith together with Ms Lena Southwood did a magnificent job of working with the students to help them reach their goals.


Careers & Pathways News

I’ve been thinking about our Year Twelves leaving soon so I thought I would search for some punchy one-liners that might be useful for them (and us) going forward.

  1. Have fun always
  2. Live life happy
  3. Listen to your instincts
  4. Do whatever it takes
  5. Great things take time
  6. Believe in yourself
  7. Never regret going forward
  8. Work as a team
  9. You only live once
  10. Always do your best
  11. Think fast, talk slow
  12. Work hard, play harder
  13. Be yourself
  14. More actions, less advice
  15. Love life, work hard
  16. Don’t expect much
  17. Be thankful for everything
  18. Eat less chocolate
  19. Travel, open your mind
  20. Life is a buffet
  21. Learn from everyone
  22. Put your phone down
  23. Never stop asking questions
  24. Change mindset...change life
  25. Do good, get good
  26. Trust your gut


Mr Steve Cuthbert

Head of Careers & Pathway

Speech Night

Speech Night is nearly upon us and you should have received all the relevant details for the evening via email. This night is a significant event where the John Paul College family acknowledges the great achievements of out student body. The function will commence at 7.00pm and conclude at approximately 9.30pm.  Attendance at Speech Night is compulsory for all students in Year Six to Twelve to attend. Students are aware of this; it has been on the school calendar since the beginning of the year and mentioned at many school assemblies. Requests for non-attendance can only be made to the Principal and will only be approved in extenuating circumstances. Requests should be emailed to [email protected]

Critical Skills our students will need for the Future

Over the last two weeks I have written about the need for our students to be critical thinkers, to be able to collaborate with others to problem solve, and the need for young people to be agile and adaptable thinkers and citizens.


This week I would like to mention a fourth skill that students, according to a report by Tong Wagner, also need to develop. This relates to their ability to show initiative and entrepreneurial skills. Traditionally in schools, students have been told what they need to know. The “curriculum” has stated the things a student needs to know. Then teachers have designed assessments testing students on the information given out. Although learning and understanding curriculum is still extremely important, more and more we are hearing from universities and employers that they are looking for young people who can consistently “seek out new opportunities, ideas and strategies for improvement”. The challenge for parents and schools is to help students learn these skills and give them opportunities to develop and apply them. We need young people in the future to show initiative, take risks, inspire others and become innovators.


This is an approach we are looking to continue to develop at John Paul College for our young people.

Dates to Note:

Monday 5 November - SPEECH NIGHT

Tuesday 6 November - Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap

Wednesday 7 November - Parents & Friends Meeting

Friday 16 November - Valedictory Day (Year Twelve)


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Safe on Social Media

Earlier this week I read an article from Safe on Social (www.safeonsocial.com ) – an informative website designed by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to provide research and education around social media use.


The article, ‘Video game obsession isn’t really about the video games. It’s about unmet psychological needs’, addresses concerns from many parents with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. If you feel your child is spending too much time on games such as Fortnite, then it is worth reading on. The article provides helpful advice to parents trying to deal with this issue. It puts forward the view that in themselves video games are generally not harmful.


Research has indicated that gaming on its own does not cause disorders like addiction. For some students the amount of time spent playing games like Fornite has become an issue. However, parents need to understand why kids play, as well as when to worry and when to relax.


According to this article, addiction by definition, causes serious harm and impairment to daily function and involves a lack of control despite adverse consequences. If your child can put down the controller and pull themselves away from the game to engage in a family conversation, sit down to a meal at the table and show interest in other activities such as sports and socialising, then they are not addicted.


So, if my child is not addicted, why can it be so difficult for them to step away from video games sometimes? The article suggests the answer lies in the way a well designed game addresses basic psychological needs.


“Fortnite, like any well designed video game, satisfies what we are all looking for. According to Drs. Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, people need three things to flourish. We look for competence — the need for mastery, progression, achievement, and growth. We need autonomy — the need for volition and freedom of control over our choice. And finally, we strive for relatedness — the need to feel like we matter to others and that others matter to us. Unfortunately, when considering the state of modern childhood, many kids aren’t getting enough of these three essential elements.” (Safe on Social Media)


“Video games are this generation’s outlet and some kids use them as a tool to escape the same way some of us use our own flavour of dissociative devices to tune out reality for a while. Instead of repeating the mistakes of previous generations with heavy-handed tactics, let’s understand the psychological source of the problem. Ultimately, parents’ goal should be to help kids learn strategies for coping with overuse on their own so that they do what’s good for them even when we’re not around. By teaching self-regulating habits, promoting intentional gaming, and helping kids find suitable alternatives, parents can help kids find what they are really looking for.” (Safe on Social Media)


Be vulnerable and give-up some control.


As studies show, there’s nothing wrong with a moderate amount of gameplay. Looking out for symptoms of excessive use, while opening a dialogue about how much is too much, can empower kids to take control of their habits for themselves.


One suggestion for parents is to make time to watch them play and try playing yourself. Become their biggest fan and let them be the expert at something. Letting them coach you through a game will give them the feeling of competency they crave while strengthening your relatedness.


Show them you struggle with tech overuse at times as well.


“Try letting them set their own limits for how much game time is healthy and help them find ways to stick to the time limits they set for themselves instead of imposing yet more rules. If kids see parents are on their team and not just an obstacle to their needs being met, the all-too-common adversarial relationship begins to change.”


“When kids see parents are not trying to stop them from having fun but are rather helping them keep things in perspective and in the right proportion, they become allies instead of enemies.” (Safe on Social Media)


With the perspective that video games in general are not harmful, I encourage all parents struggling to manage the amount of time their son or daughter spends on gaming and/or devices, to try the tips above and be more understanding of the benefits of gaming, especially when played in moderation and they feel supported.


For further information on this article and how to support your child to set good boundaries, please refer to Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd or the Office of the eSafety Commissioner- www.esafety.gov.au


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


It is an exciting time as we look ahead to your child/ren’s next step in their learning journey. Teaching teams, in consultation with other key staff, are putting in significant time and consideration into the organisation of these classes. Our priority is to group students for success, making informed decisions based on the educational needs of the students. If you have concerns about the needs of your child which could impact on class placement, please email your current classroom teacher.


I often hear parents talking about ‘teacher requests’. Our practice is that parents do not make requests. If and when a parent may make a request, our normal process of class placement still applies.


We want you to be assured that it is our heart and purpose to be child-centred/learner-centred. We want you to feel confident and comfortable that regardless of which teacher your child receives that your child will be well cared for, nurtured, appropriately challenged and encouraged to grow during the year. We understand that this takes communication and confidence to clarify miscommunication as events take place and each of us are absolutely open to being approached. We don’t want you to worry about which teacher your child receives – it is much easier for us to ensure that our teachers are highly effective and appropriately learner-centred.



Play is a significant aspect of children’s lives through which they develop and demonstrate knowledge, skills, concepts and dispositions. It is an important context for all aspects of children’s learning and development including problem-solving, social-emotional development, the acquisition and mastery of physical skills, self-awareness, imaginative abilities, exploration of natural environments, and relaxation. Consideration of play provision should not be limited to formally-equipped areas but also extend to natural elements. Provisions should also be made to cater for the needs and interests of users of all abilities.

The management of risk in a playground is the responsibility of all involved in the provision of play, including designers, manufacturers and operators.


It should be recognised that risk-taking is an essential feature of play provision and of all environments in which children legitimately spend time playing. Play provision aims to offer children the chance to encounter acceptable risks as part of a stimulating and challenging learning environment. Play provision should aim at managing the balance between the need to offer risk and the need to keep children safe from serious harm.


Mr Andy Gordon 

Head of Primary School

Book Swap

Dear JPC family,


I am currently a Student Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and my task is to hold a Great Book Swap to raise funds for the foundation.


Reading in today’s generation should be encouraged and as people of the future, it is our duty to ensure that the essence of reading is kept safeguarded. It is important that we emphasise the importance of reading itself; whether it be stories, reports or any genre that you enjoy, reading is a tool that has many valuable benefits.


On behalf of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, I ask that each of you bring in one or more books on Tuesday 6 November. There will be a book swap for Primary School  at 3:15-5:00pm in the ARC.

All books will be yours for the price of a gold coin donation.


We’d love for EVERYONE to get involved and help this worthy cause.

Be the catalyst in changing children's lives through literature.

I hope to see you all there!


Thank you,

Zoe Mavromatis - Year Eleven Student

From the Friends of Primary

Dear Family and Friends of John Paul College,


Friends of Primary will be helping Friends of Performing Arts organise a bake stall for our annual school Christmas Carols to be held on Sunday, 18th of November 2018.

We have some amazing bakers within our school community and are asking if you would be able to help us by donating some of your delicious baked goodies.


We do have some dry ingredients that have been donated for baking and I will leave them in the Primary Office if anyone is interested in using them for baking. If you can help us we would greatly appreciate your kind donations. 


Please email me at: [email protected]


Thank you in advance for your help and generosity.
Deonie Cameron and your Friends of Primary friends.


Kind Regards,
Mrs Deonie Cameron 
Tel: 0413872560
Email: [email protected]

Library Learning

Learning in the Library—Science Expo

Year Three students showed their passion for science topics by using the research process to explore a topic of their interest and create a mini science expo. Students worked in their library lessons to identify a topic, express their prior knowledge and create a deep question that would drive their inquiry. Students used text and digital resources to locate and sort information that answered their question. They then planned how to communicate their new information in a mini science expo where they displayed the answer to their question on a poster and demonstrated their understanding in a practical way.


This STEAM activity allowed students to practise skills in organisation, communication, self-management, research and thinking skills.


Rapunzel's Garden at Finch Farm

This week the Year Six students trekked to Finch Farm to create Rapunzel’s garden. After weeks of planning, designing, and creating, the students were excited to be able to construct parts of their garden and see it come to fruition.


This STEM project allowed the students to look at the science of plants and which plants grow well together and why. It allowed the use of technology to add lights to the garden to be able to see it at night, as well as engineering for the many creations to put into the garden.


The last component students need to think about was maths—how many seeds they needed and how far part they had to plant them. Each class thoroughly enjoyed this activity and their time at Finch Farm with some students planning to return in the coming weeks to see how the garden has grown and changed.


Are You a Slow Reader? Good for You!

Information abounds on the need for us to slow down the pace of life for our own good. We’ve had trends in slow cooking and slow travel. Now there is growing momentum behind a push for slow reading. Slow reading is reading a text with attention, engagement and consideration, and usually this is best done with a hard copy book. Why? Distraction! Research has shown that screens have changed our reading habits to a ‘wild skimming and skipping pattern.’ Add in the bombardment of email, text messages and social media, and our ability to focus on a text deteriorates. See more here


An article in The Guardian states that with the rise of the Internet, we have become experts at skimming for information and ‘collecting a wide range of factual tidbits’ but we are slowly losing the ability to think about how all these facts relate to each other. We are becoming ‘stupider’. Technology expert, Nicholas Carr, believes 'We're losing our ability to strike a balance between those two very different states of mind. Mentally, we're in perpetual locomotion'.


So, we need to slow down for the good of our minds, but slow reading also helps build community connections. John Miedemm, author of the book Slow Reading, believes that ‘slow reading is a community event restoring connections between ideas and people. The continuity of relationships through reading is experienced when we borrow books from friends; when we read long stories to our kids until they fall asleep.’


But what about researching for assignments, for work or for pleasure? Keith Thomas, Oxford history professor is critical of the trend to hasty reading techniques in academia. ‘I don't think using a search engine to find certain key words in a text is a substitute for reading it properly,’ he said. ‘You don't get a proper sense of the work or understand its context. And there's no serendipity—half the things I've found in my research have come when I've luckily stumbled across something I wasn't expecting.’

So, what’s the score? Slow down, savour each word, paragraph and chapter, and enjoy it. If you enjoy reading Ebooks, make sure to eliminate the ads and notifications that will inevitably distract you from your reading time. A New Year’s resolution suggestion for 2019 perhaps?

New ‘Walk Through’ Service at NMLC

Do you run from class to meetings with teachers and fellow classmates back to class and then straight to your co-curricular? Would you love to borrow a novel but just can’t find the time to wander the shelves to try to find one? This new service is perfect for you!


The Middle and Senior library in NMLC is encouraging time-poor students to find novels that they would like to read through the ‘Your Next Book’ blog, email a request for the book and then ‘walk through’ the library to pick up their selection on their way to meetings, class or co-curriculars.


There are reviews of over 150 books suitable for Middle and Senior students on the blog and this grows every week. Students can use the JPC online library catalogue if they are after a specific title or author but for those looking for a recommendation, the blog is an easier place to start.


How it will work?

1. Find your book at ‘Your Next Book’ or the JPC catalogue if you are looking for a particular title or author.

2. Email the Library staff at [email protected] with your request including the title and author.

3. Collect your book from NMLC after you have received notification that it is ready.

Voila! Enjoy your new book. Almost as good as a drive through!

Book of the Week

The Anomoly by Michael Rutger

It’s a little bit of horror and a whole lot of page-turning suspense and action!

Nolan Moore is the host of a struggling online reality show seeking answers to archaeological conspiracy theories. His latest endeavour seeks to uncover evidence of a mysterious ancient civilisation in the Grand Canyon hinted at in a century-old newspaper article. His team is accompanied by Feather, a representative from the organisation that funded the expedition, who is an unexpectedly avid fan.


At first the expedition seems doomed as long searches fail to reveal the tiny cave entrance. By sheer luck, and a trick of light, they discover the hidden entrance and gather themselves for the gruelling climb and whatever comes next.


What comes next is worse than anything they could have dreamed of. Trapped in the dark with limited supplies, they quickly discover that they may not be alone…that the civilisation that they seek is beyond anything they could have expected…and that some secrets should never, ever be uncovered.


Absolutely riveting, this book will keep you burning the lights long into the night. Recommended for Year 8 and over.


The Fifth Room by AJ Rushby

Brilliant young science student, Miri, eagerly accepts an invitation to join the Society. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. Within the walls of the shadowy Society’s bunker, she and three other students shed the restrictions of ethics and are free to follow in the footsteps of science greats who have experimented on themselves in order to follow their passion for science and thirst for knowledge.


Trouble begins before she even reaches the bunker when Miri discovers one of her fellow students is her ex-boyfriend—problematic when the entire process hangs on secrecy—and she spies another acquaintance somewhere they have to reason to be.


Miri’s experiment involves depriving herself of sleep and in the long hours of wakefulness, she begins to suspect that not everything is as it seems. Is there a secret fifth student experimenting alongside them? Why is it a secret? What exactly is the Society up to? All questions lead to the final loathsome discovery. How far is too far in the pursuit of science, medicine and knowledge?

This is a gripping psychological thriller recommended for Year 6 and over.

Chaplain and Community

Make a Stand

Year Six student Prayag Saini recently completed his Exhibition and looked at the topic of human slavery. A couple of the horrible facts he discovered are; that every 26 seconds a child is trafficked and, that the average price for that child’s sale is only $90. This is the horrific reality for so many children around the world.


So, in response, we invited the students to do the ‘Make a Stand’ activity in class and get a sponsor or two. Prayag’s class, 6AT, all stood up in support of those children being held as slaves. The money raised will go to Destiny Rescue. The following is from their website.

‘Destiny Rescue’ is dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 


“They help rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and are a voice for children that can’t speak up for themselves. They provide kids rescued from sexual exploitation a safe, loving home to grow up in, medical care, counselling, schooling, vocational training and all daily needs required to be integrated back into society successfully.


They also help protect vulnerable children from being trafficked. They offer them financial assistance, a good education, vocational training, and, in some instances, a place to live.”


The Bible is very clear on helping others, especially the helpless. Below are just a few verses about the issue.


1 John 3:17

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?


Acts 20:35

The apostle Paul said, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”


Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.


As a parent, nothing is as abhorrent to me as the idea of selling a child. But it happens.


As a Christian, with the love God has placed in my heart, I can’t help but do something.


Ignoring the issue or pretending it doesn’t happen, doesn’t save any children. JPC is making a stand. Why don’t you join us by sponsoring Prayag at https://johnpaulcollegemakeastand2018.raisely.com/prayag-saini .


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

Congratulations to all students and their directors for their wonderful performances at Music Fest over the past week with the following fantastic results:





  • Sinfonia performed on Friday night and received a Gold Award;
  • Corelli Strings and Vivaldi Strings performed on Saturday and both were awarded with Gold
  • Primary Concert Band performed on Tuesday night and received a Silver Award
  • Capriccio Strings competed on Wednesday night and were awarded with Gold

We wish Viva Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Stage Band and Big Band well for their performances on Saturday.


At the last Assembly held on Friday 26 October, Exit 24 directed by Mr Sharne Andrews and Mr Sean Andrews performed “Can’t Go On” written by Year Eleven student, Iz Wilson.  This piece has won two awards at competitions this year already and continues to draw attention.  The piece features the vocals of Iz Wilson, Sophie Moman and Olivia George and guitar solos by Zoe Middleton and Rory Fleming.


Performing at Live at the Piazza last Friday was the Saxophone Quartet, consisting of students, Daniel Goffage, Raffan Moyle, Sergei Prosvirnov and Kris Pyun who entertained the lunchtime crowd with various jazz repertoire.


The Academic Dance Program as well as the Co-curricular Dance Program finished on a celebratory note with the college annual Dance Night 2018 held in the Stephen Bean Theatre on Monday 29 October.  The junior program began the evening with their mini concert, performing all of their dances learnt in Semester One and Two.  The senior students then danced the night away to a packed house.  The night signifies the final assessment for all academic dance classes, especially the Year Twelve dance students, allowing them to finish their academic journey to a live audience.  The dance routines performed were a mixture of student work and teacher pieces for competitions and assessments ranging in genres from Musical Theatre and Jazz to Contemporary and Hip Hop.  A fabulous way to celebrate the talent of our college dancers and to thank our dance teachers for their dedication to a smooth and successful program at John Paul College. 

On Wednesday night, family and friends enjoyed a final performance for the year of “Toxic” by our Youth Theatre students.  “Toxic” addresses a socially significant issue for young people and examines the emotional and psychological patterns of neediness.  We congratulate the students on their moving performance and their Director, Mrs Caryl McClure.


We welcome all families to come along in support of “The Miss Fits” who have for the first time made it to the Theatresports Grand Final to be held at QUT Gardens Theatre on Saturday 10 November.  Tickets can be purchased via the link: www.gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au or ph: 3138 4455.

Congratulations to the following students who recently sat their Trinity Rock and Pop Exams in October:


Guinevere Sandall - Year Six - Grade 3

Luke Carter - Year Six - Grade 5

Annalicia Flower - Year Six - Grade 4

Annabelle Gordon - Year Eight - Grade 5

Rocio Sifuentes - Year Eight - Grade 4

Bethanie Walsh - Year Eight - Grade 8

Emma Cobb - Year Nine - Grade 7

Sophie Moman - Year Nine - Grade 8

Aryan Mudaliar - Year Ten - Grade 8

Joshua West - Year Ten - Grade 8

Maddison Torrisi - Year Eleven - Grade 7

Iz Wilson - Year Eleven - Grade 8

Ethan Rutledge - Year Eleven - Grade 8

Abinaya Balaji - Year Twelve - Grade 8

Charlotte Garner - Year Twelve - Grade 8


Congratulations also to Year Ten Student, Harrison Back who recently completed his Australian and New Zealand Cultural Limited Modern Pianoforte, Grade 6 Exam.

Upcoming Dates

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

Wednesday 7 November - Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drumkit Recital

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

From the Director of Sports and Activities

                              Heidi Dennis

Congratulations to Year Eight student, Heidi Dennis for her recent outstanding sporting achievements.


QAS Development Football Squad: Heidi has been chosen in the 14 Years Elite Academy Program for girls in conjunction with NTC/QAS and Brisbane Roar. 


After this year’s performance by QLD at the NTC Nationals in Coffs Harbour, Football QLD has decided to start an elite academy-type program for girls. It is apparently being closely watched by Mel Andreatta (Roar Women’s Coach) and Rae Dower (Junior Matildas Coach).


Queensland Athletics Championships: Heidi won gold in the final of the U/13 200M Hurdles at the recent Queensland Track and Field Championships.


Well done!

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.

Chekole Getenet

Congratulations to Chekole Getenet for his outstanding achievements at the Queensland Championships recently. Chekole won gold medals in the 1500m and 5000m U/18 Division at the Queensland Championships and will compete at the Australian Championships in Cairns later this year.

JPC Athletics

Congratulations to all JPC athletes who competed at the Queensland Schools Track and Field Championships last week. Our students were outstanding with the following athletes gaining State medals and  selection in the Queensland team for the Australian Championships:

Heidi Dennis - Gold U/13 200m hurdles

Chekole Getenet - Gold U/18 1500m and 5000m

Jessica Smith - Silver U/18 800m

Kirsten McEwan - Silver U/13 400m

Larissa Vickers - Silver U/15 3000m walk

Brian Foster - Silver U/16 400m

D'Artagnan Koeun - Silver U/18 200m x 400m

Thomas Turner-Dauncey - Gold 1500m in the Queensland Classic and gained selection in the Queensland team.

Club Netball Trials 

2019 club netball trials will be held on Saturday, 11 November in the Coleman Centre.

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

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

Transition of our highest level students from John Paul International College to John Paul College is a complex process.  The task involves pastoral and academic welfare, assignment coaching, linking in the JPC classes and student body, teaching JPC concepts and ideas and much more.  This week our Level Five teacher speaks about the work she is doing to get them all up to speed and ready for success at JPC.

Focus on Level Five

Students in Level Five are trying hard to equip themselves with sufficient language skills and knowledge to graduate to Year Ten for the beginning of next year. In the first week of the term, they identified their character strengths and affirmed a positive attitude towards learning while prioritising their academic improvements. They compared attitudes, values and beliefs of their parents’ and theirs, and analysed reasons for the shift in the generations. They have learned to research data and facts to support arguments in their discussion and argumentative genres. They are able to present news items and give concrete feedback to their peers on how to improve their presentation and note-taking skills. They have a good idea of PEEL in their paragraphs and AFORESTIS in persuasion.


Over the weeks, they have looked forward to a visit from their buddies in Year Twelve. It has been heart-warming to see the camaraderie they have forged with them as they converse happily and freely. It will certainly be a moving experience to the class to see them off at Valedictory Day.

Throughout the term, students have done assignments and sat for exams as part of their assessment towards the end-of-term results. The class is aware that gaining entry to the main school is a challenge, and have been trying very hard to “get over the line” to secure a place in the Senior School. It is hoped that this hardworking cohort will achieve their goal of graduating and embarking on their next phase of learning.

Staff Profile: Mrs Vicky Sundaram

I have been an educator for over 34 years and I have never regretted choosing to be one. I have a very deep-seated passion for teaching that I’ve never worked in any other sector. To me, teaching is not just my ‘bread and butter’ but it’s a vocation that gives me the opportunity to be involved in young people’s lives. I believe teaching is not just about imparting knowledge and skills to students, but most importantly, a great way of fulfilling my moral obligation to build their character. I have this unshakeable belief that I was born to fulfill this purpose.


I was an ESL student myself, and I guess my ability to understand the international students stemmed from my own experience of learning English as Second Language. I faced enormous challenges in acquiring the language as I was immersed in the “Malay” medium, the language of instruction in Malaysian schools. Getting hold of English books was not easy and I relied on weekly newspapers. I did, however, have some dedicated English teachers in school and I learned much of the accuracy of the language from them. Besides English, I have proficiency in four other languages i.e. English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Tamil and Malayalam.  


My interest in English prompted me to take up a Bachelor’s Degree and a Diploma in teaching, and subsequently an MA in Applied Linguistics. I taught in a primary and a few secondary schools in Malaysia. I was a classroom teacher in those schools and held the position of Head of the English Department in one of them.  


I migrated to Australia in 1999 and took up teaching in John Paul International College in 2001. I was engaged in a part-time capacity but became a full-time employee the following term. It’s been almost 18 years since I came to this wonderful school, a place I call my “second home.” In my years at this school, I have worked with so many students from different places. They show great appreciation and respect for the big and small things I do. I have learned from them as much as they have from me, in ways I could not have ever anticipated. I have laughed and shed tears of joy and sorrow with them. I have the greatest sense of achievement and pride when they ask me to be their teacher again.


My husband and I have known each other since the age of seven and share the same hobbies and interest. I love going to scriptural classes every Sunday with him at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre in Springfield Lakes, and attending talks on spirituality and philosophy whenever I get the opportunity. The knowledge I gain from these sessions keeps me grounded and steadfast. I have taken a liking to travelling and recently went on a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, a sacred mountain in Tibet. I was fortunate to be able to reach 5560 metres above sea level with my husband, an experience I will never forget.


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

From the Head of Boarding

At Assembly last week, Year Eleven student and boarder Zoe Mavromatis was announced as the School Captain for 2019, the first boarder in the short history of Fenton Village.


Several boarders are involved in Speech Night next Monday, either as award recipients or as performers, and are all looking forward to a great evening. We also have seven boarders invited to participate in AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) on Tuesday.


On Sunday 28 October we held our first multicultural dinner. Fenton Village has boarders from 13 different countries and some of the dishes that the students could sample were Sweet and Sour Pork, Thai Green Curry, Sushi, Kangaroo Burgers and South African Boerewors. The evening concluded with a game of basketball which had an international flavour.


Every weekend boarders have the opportunity to get off campus with the different activities on offer. This past weekend students had the opportunity to go to Bounce (lots of trampolines), Garden City Shopping Centre and Surfers Paradise on Sunday. On Sunday afternoons we run activities on campus for our junior boarders, this could be volleyball, basketball, gym and the swimming pool. We do encourage the boarders to leave their air-conditioned rooms over the weekend to get out and interact with each other and staff.


It is a busy time of term for all the boarders with regards to assessment.


During prep boarders have access to academic and boarding tutors who can assistance them with their assessment preparation.


We are looking forward to seeing you at the Gala Dinner on the 15th November.


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


2 - 4 November - Sweet 16  Basketball  Tournament, Cornubia

3 November -JTAS Term Four Round Three

5 November - Speech Night, QPAC

6 November - Inter-House Singing Competition, Coleman Centre

6 November - Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap

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 - Mother Tongue Club - Mandarin

7 November - Year Twelve Exit Art Exhibition, Gorman Centre

7 November - Recital - Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum Kit (Years Four to Twelve), Stephen Bean Theatre

7 November - Parents and Friends of Groups Guidelines Meeting, Gorman Lecture Theatre

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

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

10 November - Senior TAS First XI vs Met East Schools Cricket Trial Game, CMSC Oval 1

10 November - Senior TAS First XI vs U/18 Eastern Suburbs Football Club, CMSC

11 November - AMEB Rock School Exams, Stephen Bean Theatre

11 November - Club Netball Trials, Coleman Centre

11 November - Tagiev Combined Orchestra Concert, Stephen Bean Theatre

12 November - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

12 November - Air Cadets Meeting, CC1 and Markwell car park

13 November - Year Twelve 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 - Friends of Basketball AGM, Chatswood Hills Tavern

15 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 - Senior TAS First XI vs Met East Schools Cricket Trial Game , CMSC Oval 1

18 November - Carols by Candlelight, Coleman Centre

19 November - Friends of Cricket AGM, Gorman Meeting Room

19 November - Air Cadets Meeting, CC1 and Markwell car park

20 -26 November - Year Eleven Exam Block

20 November - Years Seven to Ten 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 - Year Seven and Eight AIME Session

23 November - Live at the Piazza

23 November - Kindy End of Year Celebration, ARC

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

26 November - Air Cadets Meeting, CC1 and Markwell car park

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 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)