23 February 2018
Issue 005
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
JPC Announcements
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to this Week's Edition of the Principal's Voice

The Sunday Mail recently (28th January 2018) presented some suggestions for parents about reducing anxiety in children. Michael Grose, parenting expert and author of Spoonfed Generation says, “in many ways, good parenting is associated with making sure our kids get all the good things in life, and making sure they don’t struggle. While that’s a feelgood notion, it’s not doing our children any favours.”


Many studies show how over-parenting affects children. A 2014 study of 482 US College students by California State University found that those with intrusive and controlling parents were less able to deal with criticism constructively and had poorer problem-solving skills. Similar studies have shown that children of over-involved parents are more likely to be medicated for depression and anxiety, and lack the resilience to deal with emotional setbacks.


Grose says good parenting should instead be about relinquishing control and handing over independence to your child, bit by bit.


At John Paul College, we are keen to work with parents to support your parenting behaviour at home and to walk side by side in the education of your children, as together, we empower the students in our care so that they can grow to be all that they can be.

Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance replaces OP

In 2019, a new form of senior assessment and tertiary entrance will replace the current OP system. This is the first time in over 40 years that external assessment (public examinations) will form part of the final assessment processes for Queensland students.


In addition to this, there are a number of other changes that will mean quite different schooling approaches in the last few years of high school. While the specific details of some aspects of the system are still to be finalised, John Paul College is well advanced in our planning for this change.


Among our considerations are the subjects that we will offer, how we will prepare students for external exams, how we support them pastorally through this change, how teachers may need to change their pedagogical or teaching practice and the placement of events through the school year. 


This year, our Year 10 students, will choose subjects for Semester 2, which will mirror their Senior subject choices and they will commence preparations for their Senior studies.

Over the last 18 months our teachers have spent a lot of time planning, have liaised with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA, the body charged with implementing the system), been on writing and assessment panels and met with the CEO of QCAA, to ensure that as a College, we are well prepared for this significant change to Senior studies.


I will regularly provide you with updates on the new system and our progress towards it.

At the College this Week

We welcomed staff and students from our exchange partner school from San Andreas (Saint Andrew’s Scots School) in Argentina. It is lovely to welcome them all to our College for two weeks.


Our Primary Leadership Induction Assembly was held on Friday with a number of students from the secondary school also celebrating with our Year 6 students. We look forward to their leadership of our Primary School throughout the year. The Primary School also hosted a very well attended and supported Success  at School begins at Home evening with author and JPC parent Dr Justin Coulson.


This week saw the commencement of block enrolment interviews for students entering Year 7 in 2019 - 2021.  Any current families who would like to avail themselves of these interviews are asked to contact Hannah Limond in our Enrolments office on 3826 3415.

Parent Meetings

All parents should have received access to a link to book into small group sessions with me. These will be small focus groups where I endeavour to learn about some of the core aspects of our College.

RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run 2018

On Sunday 4 March 2018, John Paul College will be lacing up to support women with breast cancer and their families.  To date, we  have 113 members of the JPC community registered with $6,244 raised to date.   We are now THIRD on the leaderboard of the Top Teams - just behind RACQ and St Peters!  We would love to reach number one! Please support John Paul College by registering and participating in this event. If you are unable to run or walk but would like to donate to Team JPC or would like further information, please click here.



Safety around the College

Parents and Caregivers are reminded that the speed while on the College campus; on roads and car parks is 10 km per hour. This is to endeavour to ensure the safety of all our College families. 


While in the surrounding streets, we expect all drivers to abide by the road rules, once again, for the safety of all.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


JPC Announcements

It's Time We Talked AGAIN

Parents face a myriad of challenges in raising happy and healthy children. Through the ISDCN Parent Webinar Programme, parents can access a wealth of information to help in understanding and responding to the complex range of issues associated with raising children.


Join the live webinar series from the comfort and convenience of your home. There is no registration – just click the link at the appointed time and join the conversation.


First session for 2018 Parent Webinar 13

It's time we talked AGAIN: Pornography, young people and sexuality today


When: Thursday, 1 March 2018 7:15PM - 8:15PM
Presenter/Provider: Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Ltd


Our presenter Maree Crabbe explains.....
Over the past decade or so, pornography has become mainstream. For young people growing up in this era of ever-new and accessible technology it is almost impossible to avoid exposure to pornography. Consumption – particularly for young men – has become normalised.   But porn is no longer the centrefold it used to be. Porn’s move from a brown paper bag onto smart phones and personal laptop computers has been accompanied by a shift towards more aggressive content. 

While many young people express some awareness that porn is fantasy, they also commonly convey the ways their sexual understandings and experiences are being influenced by what they – or their partners or peers – observe in porn. Porn’s influence has serious implications for young people’s capacity to develop a sexuality that is respectful, safe, freely consenting and mutually pleasurable.   Pornography has become a parenting issue we can’t afford to ignore. 

This session will explore:

  • What parents need to understand about porn and its influence on young people’s sexual understandings and expectations, and 
  • How parents can support their children’s healthy social and sexual development in an age of pornography.



A PDF programme of the Semester 1 whole series can be accessed <here>

Before You Hit Send - a Social Media SOS!

If you are a parent of a child between the ages of 8 and 18 - this session definitely is for you! This timely event presents an invaluable opportunity for parents to open up the lines of communication and arm themselves with the knowledge required to steer a safe and enjoyable passage through the murky waters of social media.


Rebecca Sparrow is a weekly columnist for Mamamia, a novelist, an ambassador for the Givit Organisation and an advocate for responsible use of social media for tweens and teens. In her recent blog post from February 10, 2018 entitled “My 10 year old daughter wants Instagram, What do I say to her?” Rebecca gives simple and sane insights for all parents. You can read the blog online but the closing statement definitely resonated strongly:


“You can spend your days creating and doing OR you can spend your days looking down at your phone, obsessing over likes and viewing every moment, every interaction as to how it can best be curated for Instagram. Social media is highly addictive. It has a habit of white-anting our lives when we don’t have strong boundaries in place.  And it has a tendency to leave us feeling miserable.”


The vast majority of social media platforms are designed for kids aged 13 and over. Bec will talk through WHY it’s a good idea to stick to this age recommendation and her strategy for shutting down the pleading from your tweens for an account. For those under-13 kids who already have accounts, she will list some immediate dos and don’ts. And for the over 13s, some ideas around boundaries!


Here are the topics that Rebecca will touch on during the session:

  1. Happiness 101 (feeling connected and having real friends)
  2. Social Media: What age and why
  3. Your School Yard Legacy
  4. Protecting Your Headspace
  5. Naked Selfies
  6. Household Technology Rules

Session Title: Before You Hit Send – a Social Media SOS

Date: Wednesday March 14th

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

Location: Gorman Lecture Theatre, John Paul College

BOOK ONLINE: Secure your booking and add to your calendar


Volunteer to be an Exchange Host Family in 2018!!

The John Paul College Exchange and Culture Tour Programme needs loving, caring people willing to accommodate student visitors from our sister schools in Japan and Germany and we hope you will consider offering your assistance this year.


We are currently seeking host families for three boys from Shizuoka in Japan for 12 - 29 March.  These students will need to have a host families arranged within next two weeks of term, so if you can help, we would love to hear from you!


In Term 3, we require hosts for three Japanese girls (four weeks, July - August), 11 German girls (27 July – 9 August) as well as three female German exchange students, who will be with us for the full term (27 July – 28 September).


If you are interested in hosting, or you are planning to send your son/daughter on an exchange / tour in the future, please contact me for more information and assistance with Blue Card applications.


Give a visitor the JPC Family experience.  Apply to host today!

Ms Helena Abraham

Overseas Student Exchange Co-ordinator

Tel +61 7 3826 3465
Email habraham@jpc.qld.edu.au


Please note that exchange / tour hosting is not part of the homestay programme and not paid.

Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School

Academic Honours Assembly

As a school we recently celebrated the outstanding success of students from the class of 2017.


During the Academic Honours Assembly, 17 students were individually presented to the College and signed a specially instituted book recognising these wonderful young scholars. After the assembly, the honoured students and their families attended a morning tea where we continued to celebrate their success.

It was wonderful to see these students and talk to them about their plans for this year and the future.

Parent Teacher Student Review Evenings

Our first Parent Teacher Interview evening for this year is coming up on Thursday 1 March with online bookings accessible from now until Monday 26 February. I hope parents will take the opportunity to come along and meet their child’s teachers. The second evening will be on Tuesday 6 March.  Should all the bookings be full for the teacher you wish to see, you have the option of contacting them direct via email to arrange a suitable time to meet. These interviews will occur prior to most major assessments, so the conversation with student and parents should possibly focus on:

  • what students have learnt so far
  • how students can make the most of the learning opportunities in front of them
  • how to maximise the opportunities for success in assessments that are coming up
  • how students are tracking in their Learning Habits as defined by our DARTS

Our DARTS are:  

  1. Demonstrate of Persistence
  2. Be Actively Involved
  3. Reflect on your Learning
  4. Manage your Time
  5. Strive for Accuracy

Year 11 and 12 Exam Block

Exam Block commences on Monday 19 March through to Friday 23 March. All Years 11 and 12 students have received a copy of the assessment schedule this week. Students have a responsibility to follow the assessment schedule and make sure they are in the correct place at the correct time to complete their exams. Each day there are two scheduled exam sessions although most students will not have two assessments on any one day. Students and parents can access the Exam Block Schedule online via the tile Secondary Academic Essentials


The first exam starts at 9:00 am each morning and the second exam session starts at 12:30 pm. Exams finish at different times depending on the subject.


Last year we introduced the “study at home” option during the scheduled exams. This means that if students have no exam during an exam session, they may stay at home to study if parents give their approval. Students wishing to take up this option have certain protocols they must follow. Each student will need to discuss their choice for this with their parent and then return the permission form to their Pastoral Care teacher by the deadline. Detailed information will be emailed to parents shortly.

Dates to Note:

Thursday 1 March - Parent Teacher Student Review Evening

Tuesday 6 March - Parent Teacher Student Review Evening

Tuesday 13 March - Parents and Friends Meeting

Wednesday 14 March - Parent Cybersafety Presentation – Rebecca Sparrow

Thursday 15 March - QCS Parent Workshop


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School


Open Day

This Saturday 24th February, is our first Open Day for the year coinciding with our TAS sport home game against St Columban’s College. Once again this is a wonderful opportunity for our community of staff, students and parents to showcase our outstanding College facilities, learn about our academic programmes and pathways, and experience a spirited round of sport.


We had an outstanding response by student leaders with over 50 volunteers willing to lend a hand and assist with touring over 70 families through the College. I encourage current families to warmly welcome our prospective families and show them our genuine sense of family.

Parent Teacher interviews

Over the next two weeks, on Thursday 1 March and Tuesday 6 March from 4.00 – 7.30 pm, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to receive feedback on the academic progress of their son/daughter from each subject teacher. These are important conversations and students are strongly encouraged to contribute to a three-way discussion around their strengths and areas for improvement. At this halfway point of the term, a major focus of the feedback will involve student progress with their learning habits. Interview times are 10 minutes each and need to be booked online through the parent portal on JPConnect. Please ensure you book your interview quickly as spaces are filling up fast.

Primary Parent Information Evening – Learning about Secondary School

An important opportunity is being offered to all primary families wishing to learn more about the academic programmes and pathways offered in secondary school. On Monday 12th March from 6.00 – 7.00 pm in the Gorman Lecture Theatre, Principal Mrs Karen Spiller and other College leaders will share key information about the secondary school. The evening will also include opportunities to ask questions. Further details will be sent to families next week.

Year 6 Discover Middle School Engagement Meetings

As a follow-up to the above information evening, Year 6 parents/guardians will have the opportunity to learn more about Middle School and the transition processes in place as Year 6 students prepare for secondary school. On Monday 19th March (Week 9), 30 minute engagement meetings with members of the College leadership team are being offered to parents/guardians. Meetings will be made available between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm and are to be booked online. Our Enrolments Officer, Hannah Limond, will send Year 6 families more specific information about the registration process and meeting details throughout next week.

Middle Schoolers in Action!

Once again JPC has been a-buzz with activities this week. Last Friday was the Inter-house swimming carnival, Saturday was TAS sport versus St Paul’s, and on Wednesday our leaders presented at the block enrolment interviews. Congratulations to all Middle School students involved in each of these activities. Check out the following action shots of some of our talented students:


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Homework Club – Year 7

A reminder that Homework Club is available to all Year 7 students on a Thursday afternoon from 3.30 – 4.30 pm in Wesley 4. For more information about Homework Club please email Ms Stacey Lang slang@jpc.qld.edu.au .

Roll Call

A reminder that students must be on campus by 8.10 am and organised for the first two lessons before 8.20 am. Roll Call (8.20 – 8.30 am) is an important 10 minute class and includes prayer, taking the roll and delivering relevant notices. All students must be punctual and in attendance. Your cooperation with this is vital to ensure a smooth start to the day for all.


Primary School

From the Head of Primary School

Dear Parents,

We had a fantastic evening on Tuesday with Dr Justin Coulson, author, dad and speaker. I trust those that attended will share the helpful and inspiring messages. We are looking forward to the next evening in May.


Success at School

Success at school is dependent on many factors. At John Paul College, we are committed to understanding how each student learns best. It is our central role to develop engaging, relevant, significant and challenging learning programmes and create optimal conditions for student learning.


We have processes, programmes and people in place to ensure students can access the curriculum; support and challenge, along with high expectations, creates an environment where all students can achieve the best learning outcomes possible. Joel Bonomini and Linda Dunne will provide further insight into how we cater for the individual needs of our students.


This week, Dr Justin Coulson addressed interested parents about practical strategies to support children in developing greater resilience. His research and insight comes at a time when the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released their position paper ‘The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030’.


This paper highlights the increasing demand on schools to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, for technologies that have not yet been invented and to solve problems that have not yet been anticipated. It is interesting to note that the authors have identified the need for students to develop curiosity, imagination, resilience, self-regulation and agency. There is a strong synergy between the findings of the OECD, Dr Coulson’s key messages and our pedagogical framework at John Paul College. For those of you in the audience with primary school aged children, in the year 2030 these children will be young adults who will be well equipped to embrace the challenges and uncertainty of the future.


We also had ‘TEDx’ type presentations, that I titled ‘JPCx’ talks to highlight internal approaches we utilise help learners succeed.


Miss Lindsay McQuattie, our PYP Coordinator, shared the following:

Recently in a Year 2 class where the students were inquiring into the factors that help us to learn and grow, one student, with a look of concentration on his face announced, ‘I don’t know how to spell the word enthusiasm.’ A little voice piped up beside him and said, ‘You don’t know how to spell it yet!’ 


This is what Carol Dweck, the author of the renowned book ‘Mindset’ refers to as the power of NOT YET. Students with a growth mindset have a self-belief that they can improve. During the same afternoon another Year 2 student shared his insight that making mistakes is part of the learning process. These students understood that their abilities could be developed. They didn’t run from error or challenge; they engaged with it.


What these stories illustrate is that learning and teaching starts from the belief that we all have the potential to extend our learning. It assumes that we are all capable and unique learners who benefit from meaningful and challenging learning experiences. These stories also highlight the importance of creating learning communities where all students are empowered to learn and achieve academic outcomes; where all students experience excellence in teaching practice and where all students experience the best conditions for learning. Together, these factors will equip each student with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning.


When we look at the curriculum framework of the Primary Years Programme (the PYP), we see that the student is at the centre. The focus is on students learning how to learn. Teachers explicitly teach the skills and dispositions that support students to grow and develop as independent, inquisitive, life-long learners. Students learn how to communicate, research, think critically, socialise and manage themselves. We refer to these at the ‘Approaches to Learning.’ These skills are explicitly taught and can be transferred across the curriculum, in school and beyond. There is a strong emphasis on developing the foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. We know that to be a successful inquirer, students must be taught the skills for reading and writing and they must have a solid understanding of the number system and number facts.


By supporting our students in different ways, we are allowing our students to engage with greater confidence in all areas of the curriculum and to achieve their best.  This evening was both a celebration and education about the programmes of learning and success here at John Paul College.


On Monday 12 March at 6.00 pm, Mrs Spiller will lead a presentation about the secondary school for primary parents.  Please register here.


Thank you for your partnership as we work for our best to bring out the best in our learners.



Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary

Year 6 Canberra Tour

The Year 6 students enjoyed a great week away in Canberra and have returned with many positive memories.  There were several highlights to the trip and various authentic connections were made to our current Unit of Inquiry about leadership.


One of these was Parliament House where the students had the opportunity to visit both the House of Representatives and the Senate and were able to witness democracy in action. They listened intently to the questions (and rumblings) being posed and the bills being passed. They also participated in a mock sitting of parliament where students took up the various positions and parties within the House of Representatives and argued/voted on a bill.


The Australia War Memorial provided a more sombre and reflective experience for the students. They learnt about past wars and left with a better appreciation about the sacrifices made by our soldiers. Some students were also lucky enough to participate in a memorial service commemorating the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore.


Questacon was another highlight which provided a buzz of excitement! We were lucky enough to have the venue to ourselves on our final night and many children conquered the vertical slide; I’m sure you might have heard all about it!


Overall, we were impressed with the student’s level of engagement, behaviour and humour and we really enjoyed getting to know the students outside the four walls of the classroom.


JPC would like to acknowledge the funding and support of the Australian Government through the PACER contribution.


The Year 6 Team

From the Friends of Primary School

The Friends of Primary is happy once again, to invite you to join us for our annual 

Movies on the Green



When: Friday, 16 March - gates open at 5 pm

The movie session will start when the sun goes down


Where: On the Lawns between Kindy and Early Learning Centre

entrance via Chatswood Road car park gate.

Pre-purchased wristband must be visible for gate entry


Who: everybody is welcome to join us! Mum, Dad, children, families and friends.


Tickets: $5 per person (Children 4 & under are FREE)

Tickets are available via the envelopes sent home.  Envelopes must be returned by Wednesday 8th of March.  Tickets will also be available at the gate on the evening of the event.  The class with the most pre-event ticket sales by Thursday, 8 March will win a Pizza Party!


Note: This is not a supervised event and ALL children attending  require the supervision of a Parent / Adult at ALL TIMES.


Stalls: BBQ, hot chips, food, drinks, Slushies, popcorn, baked goods, lolly bar, Glow Gear, coffee.  Halal and vegetarian options will be available!


What to Bring: picnic blanket, cushions, bean bags or low chairs.  People with tall chairs will be asked to sit at the back or to the side of the viewing area, as a courtesy to others.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are really looking forward to you to joining us for this Friends of Primary Community Event, to share with us, a night of laughter and friendship, with the opportunity to meet new families in a relaxing and fun way.


To assist us with the costs and to help us make this night a success, we are looking for sponsors for the night, we are offering two different packages:


Sponsorship Package 1: The display of your business name, logo and/or slogan on the big screen in the form of a power point presentation slide for 15 seconds via rotation, prior to the screen of the movie. Cost $150 for one slide, $50 for any other extra slide. 


Sponsorship Package 2: The hand out of brochures, gizmos, vouchers and/or offers of your business in an A4 size goody bag to be given to adults at the conclusion of the event. We are planning on putting together 300 bags for adults only.  Cost $100.


This event forms part of our fundraising calendar scheduled for 2018. The money raised, along with the money raised during the previous years, will go towards the development of our new Playground Project.


If you would like to become one of our valued Sponsors please contact me at rominamvecchi@gmail.com or call me at 0400 449 085 at your convenience.


Clear Out Your Cupboards and Donate Your Spare Stationery to Charity! 

As JPC has begun supplying the stationery requirements to the Primary School, I thought there may be some parents, like myself, that have excess items lying around in cupboards that you will no longer need. If so, please bring in any of your unused books, pens, glue, folders, etc to the Primary Office and place in the collection box inside the front door. These items will be donated to kids that don't usually have access to these important school resources via Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG).

The box will be emptied each Friday with a final collection on Friday, 23rd March. 


Thanks so much for your generosity.


Emma Glencross 

Get involved in the School Banking Programme

John Paul College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Programme to all students.


School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.


The rewards available during 2018 are:

  • Twister Power Handball
  • Secret Scratch Pad
  • Sparkle Glitter Pens
  • Glow Light
  • Mighty Boom Handball
  • Heat Reactor Pencils
  • Slushie Maker Cup
  • Zoom Flying Disc

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. We receive a regular savers contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an annual contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.


Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking Programme is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 


1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.


2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.


If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.


School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week you need to complete your deposit slip in your banking wallet, place your money in the wallet pocket, and then hand your banking wallet to your teacher. The lovely volunteer school Mums will process your deposit and deliver your yellow banking wallet back to you classroom on the same day.


If you would like to know more about School Banking or open an account, please ask for a 2018 School Banking Programme  information pack from the school office or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.

Vanessa Shinkfield

School Banking Co-ordinator

Chaplain and Community

Year 9 Retreat

Recently we held the Year 9 Retreat in the St Edward’s Hall. About 120 students attended and participated in the programme run by Mike Fitzpatrick who has been involved with JPC for 25 years.


The students played some games to begin with to get the day going. Then through a combination of singing, dancing and laughing they began to relax and get involved in the day. By doing this the Year 9’s became more open to discussing things of a more serious nature.


This included naming some of the group issues like false popularity, judgements, exclusion etc.; looking at what we truly admire in other people  and also the sacred things.  One way they did this was by moving from one side of the hall to the other to say if they agreed or disagreed with a statement.

Another was to have the courage to stand up in front of their peers, express their thoughts and then being prepared to be questioned by Mike about what they said. This took a lot of courage and many students showed their bravery not just by standing up, but also in what they shared.


Finally, the day came to an end with a binding ritual – naming how we have bound up others with our thoughts, words and actions, and how we can set them free. They did this symbolically by binding a student with cloth strips to a chair to represent those harmful things and then untying him as the more helpful thoughts, words and actions were shared.


It had a powerful effect on the students.


By the end of the day I think the students understand better the principle set out in the Bible verses below.

Proverbs 13:20 

Spend time with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Galatians 6:2-4

By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is important when he really is not, he is only fooling himself. Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done.

Proverbs 12:26

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.



Mr Stephen Ward


Parents' Prayer Group

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


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


Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30 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.

St Edward the Confessor - Sacramental Programme

We are once again pleased to announce that St Edward’s Parish, Daisy Hill is currently accepting applications from candidates who would like to take part in our Sacramental Programme.  Significant changes to the Christian Initiation for Children within the Archdiocese of Brisbane were implemented last year.  (Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation).


Application forms are available from our Parish Office upon request (Tel: 3299 2000) or from our Website www.stedwardsdaisyhill.org.au


Applications for this year’s Confirmation close on Friday 23 February 2018 with Confirmation being held in the Church at St Edward’s on Thursday 15 March at 6pm.


Monday 12 March - 6pm:  Spiritual conference and rehearsal in the Church

Children confirmed are generally in Grade 3 or 8 years of age.


Fr Marce Singson - Parish Priest

Parish of St Edward the Confessor

104 Chatswood Road

Daisy Hill  QLD 4127

Telephone: 3299 2000

Email: daisyhill@bne.catholic.net.au    

Library Learning

Learning in the Library 

Maker Monday and Tinkering Tuesday

This term we are dedicating each primary lunch break to a targeted activity skill set. Students have so far experienced Maker Monday and Tinkering Tuesday. On Monday, they were given the challenge to create a dog or a dog house from a variety of craft materials to help celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog.


Tuesday saw students investigate gears and make all sorts of amazing contraptions that whizzed and whirred. There were many opportunities to learn and solve problems to make everything work. Many students worked collaboratively to make their invented machine.

Paws for Books at Book Fair 

Our first Book Fair of the year arrives at Noelene Munns Learning Centre Monday 26 February offering books, books and more books until Monday 5 March. Just follow the paw prints and take some time to ‘paws for books’ some time during that week.

Meet Elizabeth Tozer, Front Desk Flower Fairy

The friendly face at the front desk of the Noelene Munns Learning Centre, Mrs Liz Tozer, also has a talent it seems for flower arranging. We are loving the way her creations add a special touch to our space. The beautiful arrangements have put a smile on many faces. Liz is very caring towards the students and is always ready to lend a hand when they are making their borrowing choices. The Preps particularly like the rhyme that helps them to remember Mrs Tozer’s name. It is on her desk, so have a look next time you are in and say, “Hi!”

Coding Club 

Coding Club has been running now for four weeks and students have been learning drag and drop coding on the Code.org website. Students have their own account and access games and skill sets suitable to their level of coding experience, from the very beginner to quite experienced coders. Students have also been applying their understanding of coding to technology such as Osmo Coding, an interactive set of tiles that work in conjunction with an App on the iPads.


Term 2, 3 and 4 Coding Clubs are open for registration from the parent portal and the Primary Sports and Activities Handbook.

Book of the Week

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown


Right here in Brisbane we are no strangers to a good storm, but Jersey Cameron lives in the Midwest, the home of the tornado, and she’s about to experience the worst storm of her life.


Jersey loves a good storm; feeling the rush of the wind as it picks up, watching the clouds scud across the sky, smelling the electricity hanging in the air. She knows what to do when the tornado sirens go off, but nothing could have prepared her for this day.


The day started like any other. Her irritating little sister, who is ALWAYS hanging around and nagging, was doing her thing. Her mum was being…well…her mum. And then the sirens sounded. This is no drill. This is no false alarm. This time her town is devastated. SHE is devastated; that siren signalled the instant that she lost everything.


This is an emotional read about love and loss and regret - about not knowing what you have until it is gone. Find Torn Away in the Gorman Learning Centre.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts


On Friday 16 February, over 110 Primary students who have joined our Beginner Strings and Beginner Band Programme in 2018 enjoyed their first workshops.  Students met with their specialist instrumental teachers who worked together with the students, assisting them to become familiar with their instruments and play their first notes.  A special thank you to Mrs Amanda Gallo and Mr Martin Lass for their co-ordination for a wonderful day of music making.

In the afternoon, students entertained family and friends with their first concert, held in the Stephen Bean Theatre.  We look forward to sharing their musical journey at future performances in 2018.


The Friends of Performing Arts will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 20 March @ 7.15pm.  All are welcome to attend the meeting to be held in the Performing Arts Conference Room at the Dame Joan Sutherland Music Centre.  If you would like to nominate for a position on the committee, please contact Mrs Gillian Kowald via gkowald@jpc.qld.edu.au.

Auditions for the “We Will Rock You” band will take place on the dates below:

  • Drum Kit Auditions – Tuesday 27 February @ 10:30 am at Boomerang Building
  • Guitar Auditions – Tuesday 27 February @ 12:45 pm at Boomerang Building
  • Bass Auditions -Tuesday 27 February @ 1:00 pm at Boomerang Building

If you feel that you have the advanced skillset to play in this ensemble, a copy of the audition material can be requested from Mrs Alison McTaggart via amctaggart@jpc.qld.edu.au.


Upcoming Dates:

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 Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities

Annual Inter-House Swimming Carnival

Our students and staff enjoyed a successful day last Friday at the Inter-House Swimming Carnival. The day commenced with a beautiful prayer delivered by our School Captains, Emily Weissenberger and Jordan Wadsworth, followed by the traditional Year 12 house parades.


The student body gave Principal, Mrs Karen Spiller OAM a warm welcome for her very first Inter- House sporting competition.


Congratulations to the following age champions

12 Years Girls                    Aurelia Gallo

12 Years Boys                    Bryce Thomas

13 Years Girls                    Gemma Vickers

13 Years Boys                   Liam Vickers

14 Years Girls                   Jade Niesler

14 years Boys                   Ryan Manson

15 Years Girls                    Chloe Mack

15 Years Boys                   Jack Dugandzic

16 Years Girls                   Erin Browne

16 Year Boys                     Caio Gallo

Open Girls                         Charly Kuhnemann

Open Boys                         Lucas Humeniuk


Records were broken by the following swimmers

Charly Kuhnemann        Open 50m Butterfly

Lucas Humeniuk              Open 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke

Kyle Niesler                        Open 50m Breaststroke

Jade Niesler                       14 years 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke

Aurelia Gallo                      12 Years 50m Breaststroke

Doulin House                     12 Years Boys 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay

Burke House                      15 Years Boys 4 x 50m freestyle Relay


Nicole Cooper Spirit Cup           Gilmour House

                                                                Captains - Tara Jol and William Sherwood

Overall Champion House          Doulin House

                                                                Captains - Sophie Dell and Jack Wallace-Chilton


Queensland Swimming Sprints Championships

Congratulations to the following students who recently recorded excellent results at the Queensland swimming sprint Championships.

Lucas Humeniuk              Gold 50m Butterfly and Backstroke

                                                  Silver 50m Breaststroke and Freestyle

Jack Dugandzic                Bronze 50m Breaststroke

Metropolitan East Swimming Championships

Congratulations to all John Paul College Primary and Senior School swimmers who qualified for the Metropolitan East Regional swimming trials. Over 40 students will represent John Paul College at these trials.  Further congratulations to the following students who were awarded age champions.

10 Years Boys    Christiaan Howes

12 Years Girls     Aurelia Gallo

13 Years Boys    Phillip Mack

14 Years Girls     Jade Niesler

15 Years Boys    Harrison Back

16 Years Boys     Caio Gallo

Primary District Netball

Well done to the following Year 6 girls who gained selection in the Logan District netball team for the Metropolitan East Trials.

Millicent Jennings

Isobel Wright

Guinevere Sandall

JTAS Rugby

Pre-season training for the Junior TAS Rugby season has now commenced. Boys and Girls in Years 4 – 6 interested in playing Junior TAS Rugby in Term 2 are encouraged to contact our Junior TAS Rugby Coordinator, Mr Bradley Duffy (bduffy@jpc.qld.edu.au). Pre-season training will run each Thursday afternoon on Stephen Bowers Oval from 3:30pm -4:30 pm.


Mrs Karen Graham

Director of Sports and Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Teamwork and Goal Setting: Level 5 Egg Drop

Level 5 science students started the term by setting academic goals for themselves this year and completing a team-based practical activity.


Students needed to work together to create a device that would prevent an uncooked egg from cracking when dropped from a second storey balcony. They were given a number of materials including cotton wool, balloons, bubble wrap, sticky tape and various other packing materials to build their device. The students were given a weight limit of no more than 90g, including the egg. The winner was the lightest device to successfully protect the egg.


All groups worked efficiently and co-operatively to design and build their device, and enthusiastically tested their devices.


The winning device cleverly utilised balloons to both increase surface area and prevent any contact between the egg and the ground.

The level 5 students then reflected on the success of their devices, and how these could be refined even further to provide better protection to the egg.


Primary Preparation Students First Visit to the Library

The John Paul International Primary Preparation class enjoyed their first experience in the Noelene Munns Learning Centre recently.  They have an opportunity to borrow four items every week from this library.  Reading books really help these International students to improve their English. 


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

From the Director of Boarding


Boarder Parent / Guardian Accommodation

We are happy to announce that JPC Boarder parents and guardians will soon be able to access affordable on campus accommodation. Below is a brief rationale and features of the accommodation. For more information, please refer to the booking document located on the Boarding Portal (Click Here).


Rationale: The Finch House studio apartment is located within the main school campus,  adjacent to the Finch House, currently occupied by the Director of Boarding.  It is available for boarder parents / guardians (and immediate family) in the hope to provide affordable, convenient and close by accommodation for boarder families who wish to visit their son/daughter during term time.


It features a Queen bed, TV, small fridge, built-in wardrobe, modern bathroom, shared laundry facilities and air-conditioning.  All linen is supplied.


Mr Sean Cox

Director of Boarding

Assistant Director's Blog

Congratulations to our Year 10 basketballers Ella Blackman (Townsville, QLD) and Haley Hunt (Gapuwiyak, NT) on their brilliant performances over the weekend. With the long journey out to St Pauls and an 8:30 am start, the girls and the team could have been forgiven for having a sluggish start to the game. The early wake up seemed to have the opposite effect as the girls put St Pauls to the sword early on, piling on points in the first two quarters.


Ella Blackman was a rock in defence constantly collecting rebounds and blocking numerous shots in the game, which in turn would lead to Haley leading the charge up the court. Haley was at her brilliant best, as she constantly bamboozled the defence with her skillful dribbling, assists as well as adding a neat 28 points to the team’s 61-point total.


Congratulations girls and everyone in Fenton Village wishes you all the best for the season.


Mr Tim Christie

Assistant Director of Boarding

Community News

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Dates to Remember


24 February - JTAS Term 1 Round 4

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

24 February - Open Day

26 February - 5 March - Primary Book Fair

28 February - Year 4 Camp Parent Meeting


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

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

1 - 5 March - Primary Book Fair

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

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

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

3 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 5

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

3 February - Kindy Family Fun Day

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

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

5 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

6 March - Prep and Year 1 Safety Talk, Stephen Bean Theatre

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

7 March - Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

7 March - Prep to Year 6 Parent/Teacher Interviews

7 March - PYP Parent Workshops, Primary Classrooms

8 March - Year 6 Retreat, Stephen Bean Theatre

8 March - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

9 March - Circuit Debating

9 March - Performance Evening

10 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 6

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

12 March - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

12 March - Primary Parent Information Evening, Gorman Lecture Theatre

13 & 15 March - Kindergarten Individual, Group and Sibling Photos, Kindergarten

13 March - JTAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

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

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

14 March - Parent Cybersafety Presentation by Rebecca Sparrow, Gorman Lecture Theatre

15 March - TAS Swimming Carnival, Chandler

15 March - Kindergarten Individual, Group and Sibling Photos, Kindergarten

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

16 March - Live at the Piazza (Primary Students)

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

17 March - JTAS Term 1 Round 7

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

18 March - Boarding Luna New Year Dinner

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

19 - 23 March - Years 11 and 12 Exams

19 March - Harmony Day, Primary Precinct

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

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

20 March - TAS Hockey Sign On, Stephen Bowers Oval

20 March - Friends of Performing Arts AGM, Performing Arts Meeting Room

21 - 23 March - Year 4 Camp

21 March - Harmony Day

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

23 March - Primary Parade

24 March - TAS Trimester 1 Finals

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

26 March - Prep to Year 2 Easter Service, ARC

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

27 March - JPIC Carnival

27 March - Year 3 - Year 6 Easter Service, ARC

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

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

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

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

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

29 March - Middle School Leadership Retreat

29 March - Easter Service (Years 7 to 12), Coleman Centre

29 March - JPIC Graduation


30 March - Good Friday - Easter Service, JPC Grounds


11 - 13 April - Code Camp, Burke Building

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

16 April - Pupil Free Day

16 April - Boarder Travel Day


Rebalance Underwood.pdf
Foster Carer Flyer.pdf
Children, Youth and Families.pdf