29 March 2018
Issue 010
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPC Announcements
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Vacation Care
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
College Musical 27,28,29 July
Co-curricular Sport
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to the Students' Voice, covering the highlights of Term 1, 2018



At the end of this first term I want to thank the hundreds of parents and staff who have taken the time to meet and speak with me about many aspects of the College.

I have also enjoyed spending time with all our students as I have observed their daily and weekly involvement in many college activities and I have specifically started meeting with students in years six and twelve.


The pride that each of these groups have in the College is really profound. We are all in agreement that we want JPC ‘to be all it can be’ and that we want for our students the same. These last few weeks have seen a continued focus on the all round educational programme that the College offers in so many dimensions including performing arts, sport, community service and leadership development. It has also seen a strengthening of our focus on the academic outcomes for our young people including an overt focus on literacy and numeracy basics right through the College as well as extended writing and critical and creative thinking.


One of the very clear messages that I have also received is that parents and students are united in the desire to continue to honour and enjoy the cultural diversity of the College. This was raised with me time and time again. Of course, it is also reflected in our Values and What We Believe Statement- the value of mutual respect.


I thank you for the warm welcome and encouragement of the JPC family including our committed and professional staff.


I wish all families the very best for a safe and restful holiday break.


Karen Spiller OAM


Congratulations to:

Sheryl Kinglsey as she retires.

Danielle Dale as she begins Maternity Leave. We await the exciting news of the new addition to her family.


To all students who participated in the trimester 1 TAS finals last Saturday.  Overall the John Paul College teams performed very well taking out 5 from 9 grand finals. TAS Premiers include: Open A Girls Tennis, Open A Girls Basketball, Year 9 Basketball, Year 8 Basketball, Intermediate 2nd X1 Cricket. Overall results on the day were: Girls Tennis 4/6, Boys Cricket 3/6, Girls Basketball 4/6, Boys Volleyball 3/6.


Thank you to all staff coaches, and in particular, to our volunteer parents who support the college, coaching, managing teams and working in the canteens to support our Sporting programs.

Queensland Schools Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following students who recorded outstanding results at the Queensland Schools Swimming Championships held last week: Bridget Kelly Year 6 - Bronze in the 200m Butterfly; Aurelia Gallo Year 7 – Silver in the 200m IM, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke;

Jack Dugandzic Year 10 – Gold 200m Breaststroke, Silver in the 100m Breaststroke; Ciao Gallo Year - Gold 100m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, and 400m IM, Silver 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 200m IM, Bronze 50m and 200m Breaststroke. Outstanding effort!


Well done also to Mia Marks, Danis Khizriev and Chloe Mack who reached the finals.

Queensland Junior Athletics Championships

Congratulations to the following students who won medals at the Queensland Junior Athletics Championships last weekend: Year 8 student Heidi Dennis  1st U/13 High Jump; Year 10 students Eli Tuia 1st U/15 High Jump; Isaiah Tuia 2nd U/15 High Jump.

JPC Announcements

Dami Im Live at the Star Gold Coast

In a celebration of music, Sony Music Entertainment presents




In a celebration of music, Sony Music Entertainment proudly presents one of Australia’s most outstanding female performers live for one night only, the immensely talented Dami Im, Thursday April 5th at The Star Gold Coast. 

Special Offer - John Paul College Community

Dami is kindly offering 20% off the ticketed price for the John Paul College community.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer please purchase your tickets through http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=DAMIIM18&eg=STAR&ep=20PERCENT.


While earning a reputation as one of the hardest working women in Australian show business, Dami Im has quietly established herself as something of a national treasure. Accolades over the last couple of years have come thick and fast. Dami’s first, fifty-date national tour was a sell-out and she wooed the world at the Eurovision Song Contest.  The Korean- born singer and musician first came to national prominence when she won season five of The X Factor in 2013. A virtuoso on piano, Dami also has a Master of Music Studies degree in contemporary singing. 


Dami’s special one-off show on Thursday April 5th will take you through her impressive range of songs, from the ARIA number one hits ‘Alive’ and ‘Sound Of Silence’ to the awe inspiring ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Super Love’, intertwined with hits from her ARIA # 1 album DAMI IM, HEART BEATS and the CLASSIC CARPENTERS.   Along with debuting songs from her new album due in March 2018, Dami’s new work is a nod to the golden age of great pop song writing. 


“I’m incredibly excited about this one-off show; performing live with my piano and band is truly my passion.  To be able to share my favourite songs along with some from my new album is something I’m really looking forward to,” comments Dami.


This very special one-night-only show is not to be missed - Dami ImThursday April 5


Tickets on sale via www.ticketek.com.au and 13 28 49.


Website :             www.damiim.com          

Facebook:          damiandmusic

Instagram:         damiim                                                              


CONNECT WITH DAMI IM: www.damiim.com/


For further information please contact your Sony Music Entertainment representative.


Code Camp are excited to return to John Paul College during the Easter Holidays to teach your child how to code, or continue them on their coding journey to build their very own iPhone or Android app! Have a look at what your child can create at Code Camp http://hello.codecamp.com.au/assembly/


Code Camp has already taught more than 27,000 students in Australia and kids have so much fun with friends during our camps while learning important new skills such as logic, creativity, problem solving, app development and game building in a fun and engaging way, ready to take on the digital world of the future.


Every child attending a holiday camp will build incredible games on Code Camp’s software platform ‘’Code Camp World’’ and walk away with their very own app, playable via the Code Camp App store that they can take home to share with family and friends!

Why do kids and parents love Code Camp? Check out this video to find out :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gvgxzvf-eQ&t=29s


Follow this booking link for all the dates and details about what’s on offer for the Summer Holidays: www.codecamp.com.au/


Enrol today and help your child become a coding superstar!


For more information, visit codecamp.com.au/faq or contact us at hello@codecamp.com.au.


Thank you,

The Code Camp Team

Tours and Exchanges in 2018-2019

In 2018 - 2019 students could travel to:

Argentina:  St Andrew's Scots School - Easter 2019,  two plus weeks.

Japan: Miyakonjo (girls) or Shizuoka (boys) - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.

Germany: Ursulinenschule Hersel, Bormheim - December/January 7 - 8 weeks.

Families are also able to host students from the abovementioned schools.

For more information about the Tours and Exchange programme please view the PDF below.


JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: How do I access the regular updates for Primary, 7-12, JPIC and Boarding?


Response: The Community Portal area of JPConnect is the index for general content and the Heads of Year and Team Leaders for example publish a weekly update for students and families to support information sharing.


  1. Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/
  2. Access the “Community Portal” tab from the top menu. This displays the Community content in a new window in the browser.

How to access the Head of Year Blogs and similar information sources:

  • Login to JPConnect using current credentials. http://www.jpconnect.net/
  • Access the “Community Portal” tab from the top menu. This displays the Community content in a new window in the browser.
  • Select the orange tile, “Learning,” to display the “Head of Year Blogs” for access to content for Prep to Year 12 and JPIC information.

The Boarding Bulletin is found in the “Support Services” group.

View of navigation under the Learning tile

  1. The Primary Blogs are managed by the Team Leader in each year level and feature notices for the cohort as well as specific links to the classroom news pages which are published using Microsoft’s SWAY. The classroom SWAYS are maintained by each classroom teacher.

Understanding the elements of the Primary Head of Year (Team Leader) and Class Blogs


  • The 7 to 12 Blogs are managed by the Heads of Year and the JPIC Blog is managed by the Education Manager of the International College. These blogs feature notices for the group as well as links to the Excursion Forms and any relevant pictures from recent activities for the group.

Understanding the elements of the Year 7 to 12 and JPIC Blog

  • The Boarding Bulletin is managed by the Director of Boarding and includes a regular update (fortnightly) from Fenton Village as well as access to key information for members of the Boarding community. It should be accessed in conjunction with the relevant “Head of Year Blog.”

The Boarding Bulletin provides access to “Letters to Parents,” a booking form to secure accommodation in the Finch House Granny Flat, the menu rotation, event planners, meetings and photos.


Understanding the elements of the JPC Boarding Bulletin


Queries or Questions:

eMail: jpconnect@jpc.qld.edu.au

Phone: 3826 3496

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


JPC’s Next Generation Wireless Network

The College’s rollout of the new Aruba wireless network has been used as a case study by our partners at Data#3 and the College’s experience from a teaching and learning perspective and technical perspective have been shared in a series of stories released in March of 2018.


Access story online from YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBIXdDLhXBI
Perspectives from Dawn Boland and Nic Burton


At the most basic level our objective was to deploy a next-generation wireless network to provide high-density coverage, performance and reliability to support 21st century learning practices. The Aruba solution selected, provides high-density network coverage and security, as well as data visibility and control of the more than 3000 devices that access the College network.

It incorporates wave 2 wireless network clusters and security to manage the wireless network and access points. In recent months, the network has been expanded to include an outdoor solution in The Arc and over Easter an outdoor solution will be added to the grandstand at Cec Munns Sports Centre.

Head of Year 11, Dawn Boland shared her insights from a teaching and learning perspective commenting on the importance of speed and reliability. This enhanced connectivity ensures each student can access the diverse multimedia content they need for collaborative and creative engagement in their learning experiences.

Network and Systems Manager, Nic Burton was responsible for the technical insights of the project. He conducted proof of concept testing with a number of vendors before selecting the Aruba solution. “
The new solution enables centralised management, increased security through device identity, improved BYOD policy control for the multitude of personal devices that staff and students bring to the network, and workflow automation in one cohesive solution. Network management has improved dramatically with the new solution with improved access to data at a granular level, as
well as greater visibility across the network.

This enables more accurate and timely decision-making, plus the ability to proactively identify any
issues before they become a major problem.

Thank you to our students and their teachers Kara Ilich, Dawn Boland and Arvind Singh and Nic
Burton for showcasing our story.

The following references are supplied as follow up on the details of the case study:

Customer Story: John Paul College (full text)

Media Release: John Paul College Transforms Teaching and Learning Practices with Data#3
Solution (full text)
AARNET article March edition of ARN: Data#3 gives Brisbane school the Aruba treatment
(full text)
CRN article March edition: Data#3 deploys Aruba wireless network to Brisbane’s John Paul
College (full text)
Customer Story: John Paul College - The Technology Perspective (video)
Customer Story: John Paul College - The Teaching & Learning Perspective (video)

Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

The Term!

It has been a very full term with lots happening. The focus has been squarely on learning and the classroom. Students have been engaged in activities and lessons that have mightily added to their development. To support this, we have enjoyed many day and evening events that have complimented this academic learning.


Looking back at the term I can see an amazing number of activities and events. The events students and parents have had the opportunity to be involved in have included:

  • the Principal’s Inauguration Ceremony where we welcomed our new Principal Karen Spiller to John Paul College,
  • A Parent Information Evening where parents had the opportunity to meet teachers of their chid/children and also spend some time with the Head of Year and Pastoral Care Mentors,
  • Senior Leadership Induction,
  • A Cyber safety information evening for parents led by visiting expert, Rebecca Sparrow,
  • two nights of Parent, Teacher and Student Interviews,
  • a Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Parent workshop for our Year 12 parents,
  • Subject Selection Evening for Year 10 students and their parents that gave students and parents the appropriate information for their SETPlan interviews, scheduled for the second week of next term.
  • Year 7 students have been on camp at Tallebudgera,
  • Year 11 Biology classes had a two day camp at Hastings Point,
  • Year 11 and 12 students completed their Exam Block,
  • Year 12 students sat a full QCS practice, and
  • Finishing off the term we held the Secondary Inter-House Cross Country Carnival.

Perspective from Year 10 Ammarah Millson

Term 1 of 2018 blessed JPC students with an amazing start to the year, filled with so much fun and happiness. Reuniting with your best friends on the first day of school must be the best feeling in the world. For new students such as myself, very warm welcomes were received and I couldn’t be happier with the new friends I have made.


This year’s swimming carnival was a blast! Our teams had enough energy to power the world. The dancing, singing and cheering put smiles on everyone’s faces. Not to mention the hard work and effort produced by our champion swimmers. By the end of the day records were smashed and so was everyone’s eardrums.


With all this positivity and joy, I am sure the rest of the year is going to be amazing! Year 10 are having subject selections soon, so a friendly reminder is to choose what you love but also what you need for success in the future. Study hard and try your best, to achieve the best. Good luck!

Year 10 and 11 Camps and Year 12 Retreat

The Year 10 camp is early in Term Two, from 30 April to 2 May at Lake Moogerah. Please make sure you have filled in all the required forms and medical information and returned to the Head of Year 10, Mr Chris Wild.


Year 11 leave the day after on Tuesday 1 May for their 3 day camp at Noosa North Shore. Forms are required to be returned as soon as possible to the Head of Year 11, Mrs Dawn Boland.


The Year 12 Retreat leave a day after this when they head up to Alexandra Headland for a three day retreat with our Chaplain, Mr Steve Ward, visiting facilitator, Mike Fitzpatrick and our PC teachers and Mrs Shaw.


As we come to the end of this term, Easter is upon us and we remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the renewal of life.


I wish you and your family the renewal of life, love, and happiness at this time and may the Lord bless you and your family with joyfulness and a steadfast faith in God this Easter.

The first day of Term Two is Tuesday 17 April.

Dates to Note:

Monday 16 April - Student Free Day

Tuesday 17 April - First Day of Term Two

Tuesday 17 April - Parents & Friends Meeting

Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day Holiday

Monday, 30 April – Wednesday, 2 May - Year 10 Camp

Monday 7 May - Labour Day Holiday


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School

Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge

On Friday, March 23rd, ten students from Miss Hollett’s Year 7 Science Class travelled to the South Bank Piazza to represent John Paul College at the 2018 Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge, an event coinciding with the 2018 World Science Festival Brisbane.


After arrival and registration, students engaged with several learning experiences themed around environmental conservation and water security and couldn’t resist the chance to have a group photograph with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki – an experience that also made Miss Hollett’s day.

Following an official welcome by Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, and presentations by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Jess from Street Science and William Matthews of YouTube Channel Will’s Wild Kingdom, the Challenge began with a video message from a mysterious time agent named ‘Atticus’ from the year 2100 that told of water shortages, environmental disasters and widespread chaos in Future Brisbane.


In just under two hours from their original briefing, the team were now tasked with solving the challenge of decreasing biodiversity within the D'Aguilar National Park and had to work together as a team to imagine, plan, model and record a video pitch to solve their problem and change the future.


Our team received high praise for their engagement in the task and consistent demonstration of teamwork throughout the challenge, completing their pitch about the difference that one person can make in improving the health of our urban wild spaces and encouraging biodiversity. As the team’s pitch proclaimed, “We’ve done the damage, now let’s do something to fix it.”

After the Challenge event and a brief lunch, students spent the remainder of the afternoon exploring World Science Festival exhibits at the Queensland Museum, including the Perception Deception exhibit from Questacon and a rare chance to see turtles from the Mon Repos Loggerhead Turtle rookery in the earliest stages of their lives.

The students involved would like to thank Miss Hollett for organising the event and preparing everyone to take part, Mr Bonomini for helping with organisation on the day and acting as impromptu museum tour guide, and each other for a successful and challenging day of Science learning!


By Mr Bonomini (Gifted and Talented Coordinator)

Middle School Leadership Retreat

Developing quality leaders begins at school through a combination of diverse experiences and formal programmes to develop leadership skills. Our 46 Middle School Student Council representatives (across Years 7, 8 and 9) attended their leadership retreat at the College last Wednesday night and Thursday. The retreat is student-centred with the Year 9 executive team planning and facilitating the programme. Wednesday evening was a time to come together and build relationships through fun activities and sharing a meal before bunking down in the Wesley Learning Centre for the night. We woke up early on Thursday morning with our guest chefs (Mr Elms, Mrs Gallagher, Mr Crameri and Mr Zietsch) preparing a delicious hot meal for the students. Other elements of the programme included developing the Council goals, mission and vision for the year ahead as well as learning more about leadership from our Principal, Mrs Spiller and Deputy Principal, Mr Kerley. It was a valuable couple of days building a strong sense of team unity to guide the planning and organising of key Middle School events throughout the year.


Inter House Cross Country Carnival

With perfect running conditions enjoyed by our athletes (and social runners!) the secondary Inter House Cross Country carnival was a fun and spirited event and an enjoyable way to wind down the term. The photos below capture the spirit of the day and provide a sense of the carnival atmosphere:

Finally, I wish all families a peace-filled and joyous Easter.


Warm regards

Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School



What makes what we do every day at JPC unique? How are we the same and how are we different from other schools? These questions drive the Strategic Vision that ultimately leads to the mission of our College and characterises what happens within classrooms, in staffrooms, out in the playground and beyond the school boundaries.


In the book ‘A vision with a task’ by Doug Blomberg and Gloria Stronks, the writers actively search out the purpose of Independent Christian schooling. Their main assertion is that Christian schools are actively engaged for holistic and responsive discipleship. Through Romans 12, our students are made new by the renewing of their minds through educating for a life of worship and service, for a life of love, truth and justice. In an increasingly changing time in which self-absorbed, individualistic autonomy and consumerism prevail, Christian schools look to honour the gifts of all students and to bear with each other’s burdens, while looking to the interests of others.


Blomberg and Stronks state that there are three signposts that we can make clear for our families.


Firstly, our College community passes on the biblical ‘story’ and the worldview of its tradition, meaning, purpose, roots, culture and wisdom. In a society of shifting values, we emphasize the non-negotiables for a meaningful life, faith in God, reliance of His spirit, commitment to family and community and a calling of service. The Christian story conserves the truth of the gospel to answer the child’s questions of ‘Who am I? Why am I here? What is life for? These are philosophical questions we ask in ‘Who we are’ in our Units of Inquiry.


Secondly, our College seeks critical analysis of the world and human experience. It promotes inquiry of the world and promotes different ways of knowing and understanding. It seeks to understand new insights and exploration through robust thinking, through explicit teaching strategies that nurture each child’s academic welfare.


Thirdly, our College seeks to show how its tradition can reform the world we live in through being guided by a vision that seeks to develop students that will become adults equipped to succeed in the 21st Century and promote a better world.


As we seek to honour the foundations of John Paul College, it is part of who we are to live in and contribute to our community. All gifts are generously given by God and have been apportioned to us by God’s grace for building the body of Christ and doing works of service (Ephesians 4:7-12).


As we enter into the Easter celebrations and holiday period, let us take the time to reflect on how we connect with the Easter Story and on our connection with the Christian community of John Paul College.


We wish every member of our community God’s grace and blessing for a safe and holy Easter.


Mr Andy Gordon
Head of Primary


Stronks, Gloria and Blomberg, Doug. (1993). A Vision with a Task: Christian Schooling for Responsive Discipleship. Baker Pub Group. Grand Rapids, Michigan

From the Friends of Primary

Our congratulations go to Prep SP for winning the Pizza Party for being the class with most pre-sold tickets for Movie Night. I am sure our little friends will enjoy filling their bellies tucking into some yummy pizza!


After our Easter holidays, we will be very busy from the start of Term 2, preparing for our two big events happening in May: Mothers’ Day Stall and Mayfair. The Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Wednesday, 9th May at the ARC and we appeal to your generosity to complement our gift tables with donations, for the children to purchase. Any donations can be dropped off at the Primary School Office. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Angie He, now a Senior School parent, who has continued to support our Primary School and once again, has made a very generous donation of beautifully wrapped gifts, to sell at our stall. We sincerely appreciate her kindness!


Mayfair will be held on Friday, 11th May and as per previous years, Friends of Primary will be holding their traditional “Baking Stall”. We are calling out to all our home cooks to help us showcase our great home baking! In addition to the usual treats, we will also be offering Cupcakes, Jams, Relishes, Chutneys and Sauces. If you wish to join our master chefs, team #JPC Bakers, please contact Deonie Cameron on 0413 872 560 or deoniecameron@gmail.com with your contact details and a list of the items you would like to make for the stall. In order to reduce costs and to help our fundraising at Mayfair, we are seeking donations for disposable food containers, as well as borrowing trestle tables and gazebos for the day.


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 24th April at 8.45am at the Primary Lawns. As a parent of JPC, we would love to have you involved. If you have any suggestions and/or questions please email Romina at rominamvecchi@gmail.com.


Thank you very much, enjoy your holidays and have a blessed Easter!


Romina on behalf of Friends of Primary

Vacation Care

OSHC Vacation Care Programme

Our Vacation Care programme for the upcoming holidays is now available. Please refer to the attached PDF for programme details and booking form.

Phone: 3826 3361  7.00 am - 9.00 am and 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm (Term Time) or 7.00 am until 6.00 pm during Vacation Care days.

Email: oshc@jpc.qld.edu.au


Chaplain and Community

What does Easter mean to you?

A number of people responded to this question with the following comments.


For me it’s a chance for the family to get together, actually act like a family and have fun. We basically just act like little kids, but that's what we do every "Holiday": is let the child we are inside, escape for one day of fun.


It means eating chocolate bunnies, ears first! And those yummy Cadbury Eggs with the gooey stuff in the middle. And those little teeny foil-wrapped chocolate eggs.


Just another scam


It hasn't meant anything for a lot of years. Even when I was Catholic the only thing it meant to me was a week off from school. Now it means if I work, I get paid double-time.


That I'm forgiven.


The resurrection of Jesus Christ which gives me hope in my resurrection.


I am sure that at least one of those comments rings true for you in some way or another.


For most Christians, they see Easter as one of the most sacred times of the year. Not because of the name, but because of what we remember at this time.


We remember that Jesus gave up the comfort of heaven to live as a man amongst us. We remember that he allowed himself to be tortured and killed on our behalf. We remember that he could have called the angels of heaven down to stop this, but he didn’t. We remember that he suffered a terrible and humiliating public death, so that the world could see, how much God loves us. We remember he died, because of my sin, because of your sin, because of the sin of the whole world. But the story did not end there…


Mark 16:1-6

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"


But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.


"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.


We also remember that he is alive! In this we find our hope for eternal life.


That is what Easter means.


Mr Steve Ward


Parents' Prayer Group

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


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


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


Co-ordinator: Julie Gordon can be contacted on 0421 809 984 or kevinjulie.gordon@gmail.com by any parent wishing to inquire about about the John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group.

Library Learning

NMLC Honours Margaret Keyte 


This week, students, staff and the wider JPC community have joined in honouring the memory of Mrs Margaret Keyte, a valued member of the library team, who tragically lost her life in a recent car accident. Many have expressed their sympathies with flowers and cards, while a number of students have remembered Mrs Keyte and her kindness with letters, drawings and prayer at a small memorial table at the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.


Thank you to all those people who have held Margaret and her family in their hearts and prayers. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Margie’s family, particularly her daughter, Mrs Bernadette Duong, a teacher librarian in the Noelene Munns Learning Centre. Margie’s warmth, enthusiasm and beautiful nature will be sorely missed.

Award Nominees Make Great Holiday Reading

The CBCA has released its short list for Book of the Year for older readers, younger readers, picture books, early childhood and information books. This eagerly awaited list is filled with great ideas for some holiday reading if you are off to your local library or the book store. 


The short-listed books can be found here. The Learning Centre holiday reading lists can also be found here if you are looking for some more ideas. 


Don’t forget that JPC offers a large selection of ebooks through the Wheelers ebook platform. Simply go to the Learning Centre page, click on ebooks and then on the John Paul College icon. Alternatively, download the ePlatform app on any mobile device and select John Paul College to browse the digital bookshelves. Students use their standard JPC login to access the ebooks when they are off campus.


Happy reading and happy holidays.

Middle School Special Event Postponed 

We had great plans to travel to the Nile and save the world on Thursday 29 March in our ancient Egypt Middle School event but unfortunately the weather had other plans. Due to rain, we have postponed the event until early Term 2. The new date will appear in the Burgundy and Blue next term.

Book of the Week

Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

Grace is a bit of a wild child, the funny girl with a reputation for being super-competitive and up for pretty much anything. She lives for the thrill, but that’s really because she’d rather be terrified than feel nothing at all. It’s been a rough couple of years.


So, when she is offered the chance to contest her record on the pipe as part of the local feud between schools, she isn’t about to back down. Although she’s done it all before, this night is different; she experiences something she can’t explain. Suddenly the rumours that talk of Hannah Holt’s ghost slipping through the gully are not as silly as they seemed.


Slowly she is drawn deeper into the mystery of Hannah Holt’s death. What is real? What is imagined? What is the truth? And finally, is she at risk of losing everyone, including herself?


A spine-tingling ghost thriller from an Australian author whose books consistently hit the CBCA short list for Book of the Year for Older Readers!

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Deputy Principal

The Combined Orchestra of John Paul College and Tagiev entertained audiences with their performance at the Harmony Day Festival held on Saturday 24 March in the Robelle Domain Parkland, Springfield.  Harmony Day aims to connect multicultural and mainstream communities and organisations, to enhance intercultural understanding & solidarity, with a view to building harmony within society.


Our final performances for the Term included our Year 1 and 2 Choir performing at the Prep to Year 2 Easter Service held on Monday 26 March.  The students sang beautifully “Jesus Loves Me” to their audience.

At the Easter Service for Years 3 to 12 held on Thursday 29 March, Exit 24 performed during the Service, “Drops in the Ocean” by Hawk Nelson and “Because He Lives (Amen)” by Matt Maher.


We wish all families a very enjoyable holiday and look forward to another busy Term 2 with many performances for audiences to enjoy

Upcoming Dates

Sat 14 to Mon 16 April - “We Will Rock You” Musical Camp (Year 7-12 students)

Wednesday 25 April - Marching Eagles perform at Anzac Service, Logan


Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 2, 2018 is April 17, 2018.  Withdrawal forms are available online via jpconnect.net or from the Performing Arts Office.


Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

College Musical 27,28,29 July

We Will Rock You - The Story

Forward 300 years into the future and the world is controlled by the Globalsoft Corporation. Conformity

reigns. Citizens watch the same movies, listen to computer-generated music, wear the same clothes and

hold the same thoughts and opinions. Musical instruments are outlawed, and rock music is unknown. Ruling the Globalsoft Corporation and keeping citizens in check is Killer Queen and her police chief, Khashoggi. Enter young misfits Galileo and Scaramouche and a struggle begins for the right to free

thought and music.


We Will Rock You (WWRY) is a musical based on the songs of British rock band, Queen and a novel by Ben Elton. Over 16 million theatre goers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring  production. John Paul College is one of the first schools in Australia to perform this Musical. 


WWRY will feature stunning costumes, sets and lighting and, of course, Queen’s legendary hits including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust.

John Paul College presents We Will Rock You : Schools Edition

Preparations for our biennial Musical - We Will Rock You - are in full swing with a talented musical project team in place and already planning and rehearsing hard.  The Musical will take to the stage of Chandler Theatre on 27 and 28 July at 7.00 pm with a daytime performance on 29 July at 1.00 pm. We look forward to bringing you cast and staff biographies, weekly updates, videos and photos from rehearsals. 


The musical is a significant project this year and appointing Richard and his team at Ikonix will provide additional expertise to the musical project team. Richard has worked with the College on two previous productions – The Wiz and Oliver.


More than 200 cast and crew students will be involved in the production across Years 4 – 12. 


Tickets will be on sale on Friday 27 April.  


Can you help us? We need the following....

We are looking for a few props for our Bohemian and  Killer Queen scenes.   Big hand held fans (could be real palm fronds), milk crates (any colour) or plastic stools (any colour) would find a welcome home in the Musical.  We would ideally love to be able to use these at camp in our last weekend of Easter Holidays.  



Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities

Inter-House Senior and Primary School Cross Country  

A wonderful day was had by all students and staff on Wednesday at our 2018 annual cross country carnival.  

The house spirit displayed by our students was amazing!  


Congratulations to the following students who won their respective age champions.  

12 Years Girls- Aurelia Gallo              Boys- Ezrum Santos 

13 Years Girls- Giannah Purnell      Boys- Samuel Pickett  

14 Years Girls- Mia Marks                 Boys- Lachlan Ward 

15 Years Girls- Larissa Vickers       Boys- Josh Shah 

16 Years Girls- Aysha Ozden           Boys- Tyler Kiem  

Open Girls- Jessica Smith               Boys- Chekole Getenet 


The Nicole Cooper Spirit Cup was awarded to Gilmour House.

Congratulations Gilmour students and House Captains Tara Jol and William Sherwood.  


Overall Champion House went to Enright House.

Congratulations to all Enright runners and house captains Jessica Smith and Riley Stannard.


Our primary school carnival took place on Wednesday afternoon with just as much vibrancy and school spirit as the senior school carnival.  


Congratulations to the following Age Champions 

9 Years-       Girls Emily Shaw              Boys Maverick Mann

10 Years-     Girls Phoebe Stedman  Boys Liam Winterburn

11 Years-     Girls Eva Messer               Boys Liam Manson

12 Years-     Girls Bridget Kelly            Boys Aiden Barr 

Overall Champion House - Enright House Congratulations students!

 A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers from friends of Netball for running the canteen all day. 

LAQ State Championships

Congratulations to Year 10 Students Eli and Isaiah Tuia who took out 1st and 2nd place at the LAQ State Championships U15 High Jump last weekend. 

Another congratulations to Heidi Dennis who won first place in high jump and a place in the Queensland team, for the National Championships. Great effort by all!


JPC Equestrian

Congratulations to Lyla Sampson who competed at Warwick this weekend amongst some huge classes placing 2nd in the juniors for the Pre-novice obtaining another qualifier.


Madeleine MacKenzie also competed at Samford official on the weekend, winning both classes of the Medium Dressage and also obtaining her qualifying scores to compete in the middle of the year at the CDI which is an international event!


Lyla and Madeline also competed at the Somerville House Dressage Day with Lyla taking out first place in the preliminary and second place in the novice while Madeline recorded second place in the medium 4.1 and 4.2. Well done ladies!



Great work by all of our Burgundy and Blue teams last weekend; our teams fought hard winning 5/9 grand final matches! All students did the Burgundy and Blue proud!

Overall a wonderful final day of competition for Trimester 1.

Girls Tennis 4/6 wins and a brilliant Open A grand final win over longtime rivals St Paul’s School.

Girls Basketball 4/6 was Outstanding!

Cricket 3/6 was a strong result with Intermediate 2nd X1 taking the grand final in style.

Boys Volleyball 3/6, with our Year 9 boys going down but toughing it out to the end in the grand final match.

Well done to all of our JTAS Hockey and Cricket teams who have also had an outstanding Term 1 of sport.


Queensland Schools Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following John Paul College swimmers who have been absolutely outstanding at the recent Queensland Schools Swimming Championships.  

Year 11 Student Caio Gallo was simply brilliant winning the following medals:  

             Gold 100m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, 400m IM  

             Silver 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 200 MI  

             Bronze 50m Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke 

Year 10 Student Jack Dugandzic              

             Gold 200m Breaststroke, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke 

Year 7 Student Aurelia Gallo                     

            Silver 200m IM, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke 

Year 6 Student Bridget Kelly              

             Bronze 200m Butterfly 

Well done to Mia Marks, Danis Khizriev and Chloe Mack for reaching the finals in their events.


Mrs Karen Graham

Director of Sports and Activities

All Star Netball Clinics

Laura Geitz is bringing her All Stars Netball Clinics powered by Chemist Warehouse to John Paul College this May!


JPC netballers have the opportunity to learn from Laura and her All Stars Team, including former JPC Netballer Clare McMeniman and special guest superstars Caitlyn Nevins and Romelda Aiken.

During this 2 hour clinic, participants will receive specialist coaching in the position of their choice to help improve the way they play.

WHEN:   TUESDAY 1st MAY: Grades 8-12 & TUESDAY 22nd MAY: Grades 5-7

TIME:  3:30-5:30pm

WHERE:  Coleman Centre, John Paul College

COST:  $66.00 (incl GST) Each participant receives an All Stars T-Shirt, Chemist Warehouse netball and shoe-bag


WHAT TO BRING: All Stars Netball Clinic Ticket (paper of digital copy) &  a water bottle

HOW TO REGISTER:  For more details and to register click on the link in this event of or head to www.allstarsnc.com.au.


Places are limited to 60 participants per clinic so REGISTER NOW to avoid missing out!

Custom Mouthguards for JPC Students

John Paul College family, Southside Friendly Dental Care Family Dentistry have teamed up with JPC to promote the avoidance of sports relates dental injuries.


To find out more about the wonderful JPC special price offered by SFDC, please view the attached leaflet.


Our Boarding Life

Assistant Director's Blog - Luna New Year

On Sunday, 18 March the Fenton Village family came together for a special dinner to celebrate the Luna New Year. Luna New Year holds significant meaning for many of Fenton Village’s international students, and provides everyone within the boarding community the opportunity to embrace and celebrate this event as a community.


With Emmanuel Tiong nominated to take the reins organizing the event, we knew we were in for a treat. With the help of Tiffany Wang and Edwina Lee, Emmanuel was able to deliver a very impressive layout of the dining hall with personalized Chinese greeting cards for all students and staff, as well as coordinating with the chef, an impressive selection of Chinese food for entrées and dinner. Tiffany Wang delivered a special Chinese G race to kick off the evening.

The entire boarding community was thankful for the spectacular effort put in by Emmanuel and his helpers to make this evening special!


Mr Tim Christie

Assistant Director of Boarding

Community News

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Share it with one of the children in South East Queensland currently in need of a Foster Carer.

Attend on of the following information sessions for more details:


Wednesday, 18 April - 9.30 am to 11.00 am

Wednesday, 18 April - 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm

Wednesday, 19 September - 9.30 am to 11.00 am

Wednesday, 19 September - 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm


For more details please view the attached flyer.


Dates to Remember


30 March - Good Friday Public Holiday

30 March - Easter Service, JPC Grounds

30 March - Boarder Travel Day


2 April - Queens Baton Relay, Daisy Hill Road Daisy Hill

3 - 16 April Outside School Care Hours Vacation Care Programme

11 - 13 April - Code Camp, Burke Building

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

16 April - Pupil Free Day

16 April - Boarder Travel Day


17 April - JPIC Welcome Assembly

17 April - Year 3 Street Science Incursion, ARC

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

18 - 20 April - Year 8 Camp

19 April - Year 5 Science Incursion, ARC

19 April - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

20 April - Primary Parade

21 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 1, JPC vs St Paul's, John Paul College

23 April - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

23 April - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

24 April - Year 10 Set Plan, Gorman Lecture Theatre/Careers Room

24 April - Primary ANZAC Parade, ARC

24 April - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

25 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday

25 April - ANZAC Day Parade (Marching Eagles and Colourguard), Springwood, Logan and Brisbane

27 April - Expresso Training Excursion/VET Cert 2 and 3 Hospitality Students, Brisbane City

27 April - Assembly (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

28 April - JTAS Term 2, Round 1

28 April - TAS Trimester 2 Round 2, JPC vs Canterbury College, Canterbury College

29 April - Boarding Community BBQ, Fenton Village

30 April - 2 May - Year 10 Camp

30 April - Prep - Year 12 Piano and Vocal Recital, Stephen Bean Theatre


1 - 3 May - Year 11 Camp

1 May - Success at School Starts at Home 2 (Years 3 to 6 Parent Event), Gorman Lecture Theatre

2 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat

2 May - JPIC Assembly

2 May - Year 7 Elevate Programme, Wesley 1-5

2 - 3 May - Year 7 Surf Life Saving, Gorman Lecture Theatre

3 - 4 May - Year 12 Retreat, Alexandra Headlands

3 May - QLD Youth Music Awards - Choral (Years 7-12)

3 May - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

4 May - Primary Parade

4 May - Theatresports (Years 4 - 12)

5 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 2

5 May - Trimester 2 Round 3 - JPC vs St John's, John Paul College

7 May - Labour Day Public Holiday

8 - 11 May - Year 9 Camp

8 May - Year 1 Geckos Wildlife Visit, Year 1 Classrooms

8 May - Kindergarten Mothers' Day Celebrations, Kindergarten

8 May - Friends of Cricket Meeting,  Gorman Meeting Room

8 May - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Centre Room 5

9 May - Friends of Primary Mothers' Day Stall, ARC

10 May - Kindergarten Mothers' Day Celebration

11 May - Free Dress Day

11 May - Mayfair, Markwell Lawns

11 May - JPIC Expo, Markwell Lawns

11 - 12 May - Cross Country Camp

12 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 3

12 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 4 - BYE

14 May - Discover Middle School (Year 6 Parents), Drake Building

14 May - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

15 - 17 May - NAPLAN

18 May - Primary Parade, ARC

18 May - Years 3 to 6 Together for Humanity Presentation, Gorman Lecture Theatre,

18 May - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

19 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 4

19 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 5 - JPC vs St Columbans, St Columban's School

21 May - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

22 - 28 May - Primary Book Fair

23 May - Open Day

23 May - Barefoot in the Park

23 May - Year 2 Street Science Incursion

24 May - TAS Cross Country

25 May - Year 11 & 12 AIME Session

25 May - JTAS Cross Country Carnival

25 May - Pentecost Service, Coleman Centre

25 May - Circuit Debating, Gorman Centre

26 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 5

26 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 6 - JPC vs WMAC, West Moreton Anglican College

27 May - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

28 May - Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Recital (Years 4-12), Stephen Bean Theatre

29 May - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

30 May - Year 6 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

30 May - JPIC Assembly

31 May - Past Parent's Network - Tour and Morning Tea

1 June - Primary Assembly, Coleman Centre

1 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12)

1 June - Live at the Piazza, Contemporary Ensemble

2 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 6

2 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 7 - JPC vs CHAC, Cannon Hill Anglican College

3 June - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

3 June - Fair Go Touch Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

4 June - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

5 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

6 June - Year 5 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

7 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 7

9 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 8 - JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College

11 - 15 June - Years 11 and 12 Exam Block

11 - 14 June - Years 7 to 10 EL Block

11 June - Year 6 Science Expo

12 June - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

15 June - Peer Support Session, Drake Area

16 June - TAS Trimester 2 Finals

17 June - Boarding Staff vs Students Netball Game, Coleman Centre

18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion, Dreamworld

18 - 19 June - QCS Practice, Coleman Centre and GLT

18 June - VET Diploma of Business Year 12 University Excusion

18 June - P to Year 2 Term 2 Service

18 June - Boarding End of Term Outing

18 June - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

19 - 20 June - Years 3 to 6 Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

19 June - QCS Practice - Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre

19 and 20 June - JPIC Carnival

20 June - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

20 June - Year 11 Retreat

21 June - Years 7 to 12 Inter House Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

22 June - Year 7 Retreat

22 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12), Coleman Centre

22 June - Live at the Piazza

22 June - JPIC Term 2 Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre


23 June - Boarder Travel Day

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


2 - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme1 - 14 July - Junior HAASE Space School Expedition

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

10 - 11 July - Days of Academic Excellence

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


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

17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal, Coleman Centre

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Children, Youth and Families.pdf
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