04 May 2018
Issue 013
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
We Will Rock You
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
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
Burgundy+Blue will be back on 18 May
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
07 3826 3333
John Paul Drive
Daisy Hill, Qld, 4127

The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to the Principal's Voice


Gratitude for our lives

We all have many things to be grateful for and often we’re too busy in the busyness of daily life to take time and fully appreciate everything we have. For this reason, gratitude is sometimes referred to as the forgotten happiness.

People who are grateful are less likely to judge their own, and others’ success, by the possessions they own. Grateful people are more willing to share what they have with others and are more generous.


In fact, you will feel better, take more exercise and have better health if you keep a diary about three things you are grateful for every day. Gratitude actually makes you happier!


The key to achieving happiness from gratitude is to be aware of, and grateful for, the blessings in your life. Reminding yourself about what really matters helps you put things in perspective and sweating the small stuff no longer seems as important.

On busy days be grateful just to have the time to do the small things we all love – enjoying the sunshine, chatting with friends, having a laugh, eating an ice-cream, taking quiet time with our thoughts.


Be grateful for the busyness because that’s how we learn and grow and make a contribution. Be grateful for the small pleasures too, that refresh our spirits and give us strength.


Be grateful when someone does something nice, however small, and remember to say thank you.

Be grateful for all the good things that we enjoy in our lives.

This week at the College

Thank you to all staff who supported our students in their Years 10 and 11 camp held this week and also the Year 12 retreat. We also hosted our Vocal and Piano recital on Monday night.


Thank you also to all staff, coaches, parents and family members for your support of the TAS and JTAS sporting competitions.

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • Year 9 student Madeleine Mackenzie, who competed in her first FEI (Federation Equestrian International) tests at the State Equestrian Centre, receiving two first place rosettes and qualifying for the Brisbane CDI (Competition Dressage International). Awesome result Madeleine!
  • Year 8 student Heidi Dennis competed in the Australian Little Athletics Championships in Canberra. Heidi won a gold medal in the U/13 Years High Jump and a bronze medal in the U/13 Years 200m Hurdles final.  Heidi has also been selected in the U/14 Queensland Football team to contest the National Youth Championships in July. Congratulations Heidi!
  • Year 9 student, Jeremy McEvoy won gold in the grand final of the Australian Beach Volleyball Championships held in Perth. Fantastic effort Jeremy!
  • Well done also to Year 12 students, Joanna Kluck and Hannah Le Sage who narrowly missed the Australian Beach Volleyball U/19 finals!

Our students are simply amazing!


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM



Mayfair - Fireworks!

Please be advised our Fireworks will go off at 8.00 pm on Friday 11 May. If you have a furry friend at home that may get a fright, please ensure they are secure.

Seven Sleeps to Mayfair!

Mayfair is John Paul College’s major community event and has an anticipated attendance of over 3,000 people. This year, Mayfair will be held on Friday 11 May from 3.00 pm – 8.00 pm.


Free Dress Day

Mayfair is a Free Dress Day with a gold coin donation.  We greatly appreciate your support of our community fundraising efforts. Primary School will be fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.


John Paul College Tent

  • Programmes will be available from the JPC Tent and friendly helpers will also be walking around handing them out during the night!
  • Lost and found assistance will be available at the JPC Tent
  • Let your children know if they can’t find you – go to the John Paul College tent!

Mayfair ride bands ON SALE NOW!

It's that time of the year again and Mayfair ride bands are now on sale.


Purchase your pre-paid Mayfair ride band online here. Once purchased please print your ticket as proof of purchase. The ticket can be exchanged for your ride band from the ticket booth outside Techsphere (Markwell Car Park) from 3.00 pm on the day.


Online and Retail Centre cost: $30.00


Ride bands can be purchased online until 9.00 am, Thursday 10 May or from the Retail Centre until  close of business on Thursday 10 May.


Purchased at the event: $35.00 or Individual ride tickets $5.00.


Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth outside Techsphere (Markwell Car Park) from 3.00 pm on the day of the event.

Mayfair Dunk Tank - How is your throwing arm?

Limber up your throwing arm everyone - it's Dunk Tank time!!

Schedule of victims, oops we mean volunteers!

3.15 pm - Mr Vasterink (Head of Primary Sport and Activities)

3.30 pm - Mick de Brenni MP (State Labor Member for Springwood)

3.45 pm - Mr Clohesy (Senior School Teacher)

4.00 pm - Mrs Shaw (Head of Year 12)

4.15 pm - Mr Duffy (Primary School Teacher)

4.30 pm - Mrs Maroske (Senior School Teacher Aide and Basketball Coach)

4.45 pm - Mrs Baldwin (Senior School Teacher)

5.00 pm - Mr Elms (Head of Year 7)

5.15 pm - Mr Kelly (Senior School Teacher)

5.30 pm - Mr Melis (Swimming Coach)

5.45 pm - Mr Christie (Assistant Director of Boarding)

6.00 pm - Mr Aufai (Assistant Chaplain)

The Great Wheelie Bin Grab - SOLD OUT

Thank you to everyone who bought wheelie bin tickets - they sold out within 12 hours!

Please collect your purchased wheelie bins from the John Paul College tent at Mayfair.


Major Prize: kindly donated by Bleakley and Turner Travel Associates - Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland package (valued at approx. $1,500) which includes two night stay for two people (midweek), breakfast daily and a gift box of merchandise (wines, chocolates, perfumes, picnic blanket, umbrella and other travel items.)


Thank you also to the following businesses who have donated prizes. 

  • Bunnings voucher – (2 x $50)
  • Sono Japanese Restaurant voucher – (1 x $500 and 1 x $250)
  • Charged credit card (sponsored by 96.3FM) – ($300)
  • Belle Property - iPad Mini
  • The Coffee Club – (5 x $25 Logan Super Centre and Loganholme restaurant vouchers)
  • Thai Orchid restaurant voucher and cookbook – ($100)
  • St Coco Café voucher (2 X $25)
  • Christopher’s Fine Foods voucher ($35)
  • Coco Bean Down Under Brownies
  • Power On Australia - Reillo UPS, a 3ltr Slow Cooker and various donations of gifts for wheelie bins
  • Studio Kirby - 2 x Family Portrait vouchers
  • 56Creations - 2 x tablet kits valued at $396.00
  • Southeast Auto Mechanical gift voucher for a car service valued at $229
  • Factory 51 (Coorparoo) restaurant voucher
  • Roundabout Cafe voucher $50
  • Quenchies vouchers

More prizes coming in daily!! Drawn throughout Mayfair!

Volunteers for the Feast Stall (Indian Food Stall)

The Indian Food stall requires volunteers to help out at Mayfair.

If you are able to spare an hour, please add your name to the link below. We would love to have you join us. Senior School student volunteers are welcome to join us (after school of course).



We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You - Tickets on sale 27 April

John Paul College is excited to present our 2018 College production, ‘We Will Rock You” (School Edition) – the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton.


Tickets are on sale NOW!


Show Dates and Times:

Friday, 27 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Saturday, 28 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Sunday, 29 July 2018 Matinee – 1.00 pm


Venue:  Chandler Theatre, Chandler Sports Complex, Old Cleveland Road, Chandler


Cost: Adults $40, Students*/Concessions** $25.00


To purchase your tickets please click here.


*Student/Child Ticket - Child is classified as 3yo to 17yo. Children 2yo and under, may sit on a parent's lap for free (no ticket is required).

**Concessions - Please present your Concession Card on entry. No Uni/Tafe student discounts apply.

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.  



JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

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


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


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


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


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

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

How to:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Queries or Questions:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 3826 3496

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


Adolescent Sleep and Wellbeing

Parents face a myriad of challenges in raising happy and healthy children. Through the ISDCN Parent Webinar Program, 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.


Second session for 2018 Parent Webinar 14



When: Thursday, May 17 2018 7.45 pm

Presenter/Provider: Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Ltd


The session introduction  .....


Adolescent sleep problems can be problematic for learning and wellbeing. Clinical psychologist Dr Hayley Dohnt will explore this issue and discuss how parents can assist their children to improve their sleep hygiene, leading to better performance, wellbeing and academic outcomes.


Dr Hayley Dohnt is a Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families to help improve their sleep and wellbeing. She has also been involved in research and treatment studies, and provided numerous presentations to national and international conferences, as well as to parents, students and teachers on the topic of sleep.




A PDF program of the semester 1 whole series can be accessed <here>


MyStudent Account: changes to the phone “top up” feature for tuckshop account

The College received the following notification from MyStudent Account in relation to the removal of the phone top up system for adding credit to a user’s account.


Dear valued client,


This email is a notification with regards to the MyStudent  Account phone top up line/facility 1800 884 668.


As a result of a recent review in our business, MSA management has decided to remove this phone top up facility. So as of today 27th of April 2018 parents will not be able to be connected to above number.


Please note that parent will still be able to top up their children’s canteen accounts with the following method:

  • Online via the web portal login
  • Bpay payment

This decision is regrettable but was taken after careful consideration and thorough review of all aspects of our business.

Details and instructions relating to MyStudent Account are found online in the Knowledge Base. On a recent visit to the site, unfortunately there is still a reference to “Recharging by Phone.” No doubt, MSA will remove this advice in the near future. 😊


Senior School

A Message from the Head of Senior School


Welcome to Week 3

This week saw the Year 10, 11 and 12 cohorts away on camp and retreat. It takes enormous organisation to bring the camps together and I thank those involved in any way for their commitment and enthusiasm. Thanks also to the staff who stayed at the College to keep things running.

Year 10 Camp

This year the Year 10 students enjoyed a three day camp at Lake Moogerah. Students left early on Monday morning and were accompanied by enthusiastic staff. They were engaged in a wonderful array of outdoor pursuits including:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • High ropes activities
  • Problem solving activities
  • Outdoor games
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Camping in tents
  • Archery

Students grew together as a cohort and the sense of unity and acceptance was tremendous. Students returned from their camp on Wednesday afternoon, very tired, but happy.


Year 11 Camp

Students attended their outdoor camp from Tuesday to Thursday. Based in North Noosa, they spent three days engaged in challenging activities including team-building, hiking, canoeing, abseiling and mountain biking. Students were on the move for the entire time and again worked together wonderfully well to give everyone the opportunity to succeed.


Year 12 Retreat

Students spent Wednesday to Friday at Retreat in Alexandra Headland. Led once again by our  facilitator, Mr Mike Fitzpatrick, the students had the opportunity to explore their ways of thinking on many personal issues and to deepen their interpersonal relationships with their friends and cohort. Once again this was a very meaningful time together.


Year 10 SETPlan Interviews

This year our Year 10 students have participated in the SETPlan process earlier than previous years. Our goal has been to start the Year 10 students off on their senior studies early so they have more time to learn and deepen their understanding of the new curriculum. The new QCE and ATAR process will begin in Term 3 for our students rather than the beginning of their Year 11 year. The SETPlan interviews are almost complete with only a few remaining students to have their interviews and set their plans for the final years of schooling.

VET Department

Last term, our Year 12s visited QUT and UQ to expand their understanding of the many career opportunities in the Diploma Pathway.


The students enjoyed the outing and were very excited by their future prospects.


QUT provided 12 months credit towards the Business degree for our 2017 graduates who completed Certificate 3, Certificate 4 and the Diploma of Business while at John Paul College.


The College is currently delivering another Diploma programme to selected Year 12 students in partnership with Barrington’s College.

With our Senior School students back from their adventures off-campus, next week will be a time to refocus on their academic learning. This is a big term for our students and I wish them the very best as they continue their learning journey.


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School

Whole of College - Learning focus

Throughout Term 1 numerous staff from across the College formed a series of working parties focusing on whole of College teaching and learning priorities. This action forms part of our strategy to strengthen our academic outcomes for all students. The four working parties included; Visible Feedback, Pedagogy (teaching practice), Reading, and Academic Wellbeing. A set of criteria for each working party was established to focus the research in order to establish high impact strategies which may be used at each phase of the learning journey.


Recommendations from each of the working parties have been developed and presented to the Principal. An Academic Committee, led by the Heads of School, are considering these recommendations and are devising a teaching and learning framework which incorporates common priority areas emanating from each working party. This framework will also be considered in the creation of the College’s new Strategic Plan to be developed throughout semester two. The collaborative nature of this research, with representatives across the College, will ensure a more seamless learning journey for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. We look forward to presenting our learning framework to the College community in due course.

Year 7 Elevate Program – Study Habits

Last Wednesday our Year 7 students attended a study skills workshop with staff from Elevate. The students practised dynamic reading, summarising texts and notetaking. The Elevate staff were very engaging in their presentation style, acting as good motivators for our students. The Year 7 teaching team will continue to develop the skills learnt in the workshop throughout their curriculum areas.


Year 7 Surf Awareness Program

Earlier this week Year 7 students participated in a Surf Lifesaving Queensland incursion. A member from Surf Lifesaving Queensland presented interesting information about the role of surf lifesavers, their scope of duties, statistics around drownings in Queensland waters, and strategies for surf and public water safety and awareness. This presentation links to the HPE curriculum on Aquatic Safety and Resuscitation which the Year 7s will be studying this term.


Middle School students focused on academics

While out and about in classrooms this week it was great to witness the focus of our students toward their learning. Here are some highlights from the week:


Year 7 Chinese class learning Maths:

Year 9s in collaborative planning mode:


TAS Netball v Canterbury College

Congratulations to all Middle School students involved in Trimester 2 - TAS sport for a successful start to the season. I enjoyed watching our Year 9 netball girls in action last Saturday as they continued their winning streak (see photos below). Best wishes to all hockey, netball, rugby and tennis teams this week as we compete at home against St John’s Anglican College.


Upcoming events

  • 2 May – Year 7 Elevate Program (Study Skills)
  • 5 May – TAS Sport v St John’s (Home)
  • 7 May – Labour Day public holiday
  • 8 to 11 May – Year 9 Camp (Tyalgum, NSW)
  • 11 May – Mayfair


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


Our purpose. Our Why.

As a Primary School we finished last year asking the question, “What does a highly effective teacher at John Paul College, think, say and do?” We considered this from the perspective of parents, students, teachers and School System leaders. I revisited the list this week in response to the media attention regarding the Gonski findings in his recent report. I would love you to look at the list that we came up with. Perhaps there are aspects or qualities that are missing or unclear.


One of our greatest challenges in 2018, is to try not to allow different perspectives to become polarising. We see this far too often in various aspects of life. Religion, politics, social justice issues etc. It fuels the contradictions of ‘fake news’. Leaders appear to deliver conflicting messages, with the knowledge that the audience really hears what they want to hear. Viewpoints are reduced to ‘for me to know I am right, I have to believe that someone with a different perspective is wrong.’ Educating our young is far too important to rely on polarised assumptions or judgements that ignore research, evidence and the psychology of learning and being.


Please reflect with us, on the following:

A Highly Effective Teacher – from the Parent’s Perspective

Open Communication – timely and effective

Strong Pastoral Care

Knowing your child – as an individual, strengths, goals

Committed to outcomes / growth




Belief in the child

Noticing the little things

Evidence of success and growth – challenges

Expectations of Follow-up

Fair and just


A Highly Effective teacher – from the Child’s Perspective

Role models learning

Interesting learning – Teacher

Celebrating growth and mistakes


Committed to my outcomes



Laughter / smile

Allowing our own ideas – student agency

That they like me

Listen for understanding (not fake listening)

Aware of my needs

Appreciation for the whole person

On the same level

Safe environment – emotional / physical

Believing in me


A Highly Effective teacher – from the Principal’s Perspective

Understands feedback isn’t personal

Embraces transformation / change

Warmth, Honesty, Gratitude

Supports retention and enrolment

Supports events – Organisation and presence

Builds positive relationships

Promotes safe-learning environment

Flexible mindset

Team player qualities

Committed to student growth / outcomes





Role Model

Professionalism / Role Model



Respectful of children



A Highly Effective teacher – from the Teacher’s Perspective

Know students / data

Open and honest communication

Build relationships

Engaging and Fun, Creative



Flexible / adaptable / agile

Life-long leaner

Reflective / providing feedback

Sees different perspective

Manages own well-being and emotions

Believe in yourself to inspire, lead, guide and love each learner


There is so much congruence and agreement in the above lists. I was incredibly proud of our teaching team as we considered each of these perspectives. If only we all remembered that ‘points of view’ are directly impacted by our ‘viewing points.’


Our commitment to you is our purpose. To be highly effective teachers. How did you find the list? We would love to hear from you. I would love you to make a meeting to see me, either individually or in groups if you would like to discuss any aspects of the list.


Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School


NAPLAN information letter to parents/guardians

The 2018 Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 National Literacy and Numeracy Testing will take place on Tuesday 15 May, Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May.  NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skill in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals about student achievement which can be used to inform teaching and learning programs. Student results are reported to parents/carers and schools. For more information about the tests, please visit the QCAA website at www.qcaa.qld.edu.au or the NAP website at www.nap.edu.au

NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress across Australia in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement teacher judgement and the wide range of formal and informal testing programs that are already used in schools. All students in Australian schools in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate in NAPLAN tests, unless they are exempt or withdrawn. Students may be withdrawn from the full testing program or any specific test (e.g. Writing task only) by their parent or carer.


For some students NAPLAN is an experience that may challenge them, due to difficulties they experience in engaging with the year level curriculum or the anxiety and stress they may experience in test situations.  Withdrawal is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with the LEP team or Classroom teacher.  Should you decide to withdraw your child, you can request the form from your teacher and return it to the teacher.


School Banking - Grand Prize Competition

This year, School Banking is running a Super Savers Grand Prize competition that will take one lucky School Banker all the way to Hawaii. The winner gets an unforgettable family trip, for up to two adults and three children. This prize includes:

  1. Seven nights’ accommodation at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort
  2. Return economy airfares from the winner’s nearest capital city Honolulu
  3. AU$2,000 spending money

To enter, students have to make 15 or more School Banking deposits before the end of Term 3, 2018. This will automatically enter them into the competition for a chance to win.

Find out more at commbank.com.au/schoolbanking


Remember, Wednesday is School Banking day and students should bring in their weekly deposit.

For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits.


School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our Primary 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.


If your child has lost their book, they can bring their money to school in a sealed envelope with a note on the next School Banking day. We will issue them with a replacement.


Thank You 

Thank you for supporting our School Banking program. We would also like to thank the wonderful parents who volunteer as our School Banking Co-ordinators and process our banking every week.

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

From the Friends of Primary

Hello everybody,

Preparations are in full swing for Mother’s Day and Mayfair, but still we need your help!

On Wednesday, 9th May, at our Mother’s Day Stall, children will be able to buy gifts for $3, $5, $7 and $10. The stall will be held from 8:00am until 1:30pm in the Primary ARC. To make this a success for the children and our fundraising efforts, we need volunteers to help us manage the stall and wrap gifts on the day.  If you have any time to spare please have a look at our “Sign Up Page” www.signupschedule.com/jpcfop, and click on the Mother’s Day Stall link. If you can’t stay for a full time slot, just come for the time that you are available.


Last week we sent home an envelope for this year’s Mother’s Days Raffle: a voucher for Moo Moo Wine Bar + Grill worth $150. Tickets cost just $1.00 and we will draw the winner at Mayfair, on Friday, 11 May. Please remember to return the envelopes to the Primary Office where you may also purchase extra tickets if you wish.


For our Mayfair Baking Stall, we have a wonderful selection of yummy, homemade goodies planned, however we still need more bakers. You can make your favorite recipe, or if you prefer, we can give you suggestions of things to bake. We also need volunteers to set up, look after and pack up the stall. If you would like to help on the day, please sign up at our “Sign Up Page” www.signupschedule.com/jpcfop, and click on the Mayfair Baking Stall link. If you would like to get creative with your culinary skills, or have any questions about our Bake Stall, please contact Deonie Cameron at 0413 872 560 or via email at [email protected].


If baking is not your thing but you like the treats, we would welcome the donation of ingredients such as sugar, condensed milk, or flour and our amazing bakers will transform them into delicious delicacies!


Ideas of things to bake: Decorated Cupcakes, Anzac Biscuits, Shortbread, Choc Chip Cookies, Smartie Cookies, Jam Drops, Melting Moments, Lamingtons, Brownies, Caramel Slice, Mars Bar Slice, Lemon Slice, Loaf Cakes, Banana Cakes, Orange Cakes, Lemon Cakes, Carrot Cake, Toffees, Fudge, Rocky Road, Rum Balls, Candy Apples, Coconut Ice, Marshmallows, or your own specialty!


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29th May at 9:00am at the Primary Lawns. As a parent of JPC, we would love to have you involved.

Thank you very much, to all of you!



on behalf of Friends of Primary Committee

Chaplain and Community


According to the Macquarie Dictionary grief is, “keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.”


I believe the key word is loss. Grief is about losing, or the anticipation of losing something or someone of value to you. The depth of the anguish and suffering is directly related to how much that person or thing meant to you. Death of course is the ultimate feeling of loss.


Author Edgar Jackson describes grief this way. “Grief is a young widow trying to raise her three children, alone. Grief is the man so filled with shocked uncertainty and confusion that he strikes out at the nearest person. Grief is a mother walking daily to a nearby cemetery to stand quietly and alone a few minutes before going about the tasks of the day. She knows that part of her is in the cemetery, just as part of her is in her daily work. Grief is the silent, knife-like terror and sadness that comes a hundred times a day, when you start to speak to someone who is no longer there. Grief is the emptiness that comes when you eat alone after eating with another for many years.


Grief is teaching yourself to go to bed without saying good night to the one who had died. Grief is the helpless wishing that things were different when you know they are not and never will be again. Grief is a whole cluster of adjustments, apprehensions, and uncertainties that strike life in its forward progress and make it difficult to redirect the energies of life.


My first experience of grief was when my parents broke up. The loss of family shattered my life at the time. My first experience of grief around death, came when a friend of mine had a car accident. Two incidents that still mark my life today, some thirty years after the events, even though the intensity of the initial feelings has subsided. What moments of grief mark your life?


And where is God in the midst of it all?


2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says,

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.


And Psalm 34:18 says,

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.


God is always present in our lives and his love is poured into our hearts when we need Him the most. We just have to ask. We are not left alone to face the anguish and heartache. Consider the following with Jesus’ response in bold.


“Why did you let my baby be born with this disease?”

I am with you

“I hate what my parents have done to me”

I love you

“Why can’t we have any children?”

I feel your anguish

“Why doesn’t my wife love me anymore?”

I understand your pain

“How could you ever forgive me for the sin I committed?”

You are my child

“How come you let my husband die?"

You are not alone



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 [email protected] by any parent wishing to inquire about about the John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group.

Library Learning

Premier's Reading Challenge 2018

Reading is the essential life skill! Research has shown that success in reading transfers to success in all subjects at school. The Premier of Queensland knows this and is challenging all students in Queensland from Prep to Year 9 to pick up a book and start reading now!


Premier’s Reading Challenge has been celebrated at John Paul College since its inception in 2006. We were one of the lucky schools to win a prize last year to recognise our participation and support of this initiative. We have registered again and hope to massively increase the number of students participating and reading. This challenge also requires students to be organised and responsible – two very important life skills.


Students from Prep to Year 4 need to read 20 books between May 14 and August 24 and students from Years 5 to 9 need to read 15 books in that period. Books read are recorded on a form which can be handed to the class teacher or to library staff on completion.


Record forms will be distributed to students next week in their library lessons for Primary students and at Head of Year assemblies for Middle School students. Students will be recognised for their reading efforts with a certificate from the Premier to be distributed later in November.


Parents are encouraged to support the student’s participation in this challenge. Keep the record sheet on the refrigerator and assist younger students to record their reading. Listen to students’ reading and share books with them. Students may read a wide variety of texts including books from our libraries, public libraries or texts they already have at home. Suggested reading lists are available from the Premier’s Reading Challenge website but are purely a guide. http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/


Any queries about the challenge can be directed to the teacher librarians, Mrs Fry and Mrs Duong.

Ancient Egypt Comes to Life 

What has approximately 80 arms, 80 legs and traverses the sands of ancient Egypt? About 40 Middle School students having fun at the Learning Centres’ ancient Egypt special event!

Anticipation was high as a horde of intrepid Middle Schoolers gathered to receive their map and first clue on the hunt for the Ankh of Isis. They started at the ‘Nile’ where they weighed their heart against the Feather of Truth on a set of balance scales. Not everyone’s heart was light enough first time around.


The next clue set them scampering across the hills/dunes of the Middle School precinct to the ruins of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, located near Stephen Bowers Oval, to find the scarab beetles nestled in the canopic jars. Things got a bit messy there with slime, jelly, sand and water.


The Temple of Bast, the Egyptian Cat Goddess, was the next stop if they could follow the correct cat paw trail. There Middle Schoolers deciphered the location of the Ankh of Isis from a message written in hieroglyphics.


The final treasure? A lollipop upon handing in the all-powerful Ankh of Isis. Students had an amazing time, and maybe even learnt a little. We look forward to our next special event at the end of Term 2 – manga!

May the Fourth Be With You

We love Star Wars Day! It’s a great excuse to parade our great range of sci-fi books, not to mention feature Han Solo and large-than-life posters of Darth Vader and Yoda in the Gorman Learning Centre.


There are swags of Star Wars books, both fiction and non-fiction, in all parts of the Learning Centres, from easy readers in Noelene Munns, to visual dictionaries, graphic fiction and full novels in the Middle Library and Gorman Learning Centre. Let’s all follow the example of BB-8 and ‘roll into reading’ this Star Wars Day.

Book of the Week

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant


The Atargatis set off to create a ‘mockumentary’ investigating the ancient myth of mermaids in the dark waters of the Mariana Trench. It was lost at sea. All hands gone. Hoax or maritime tragedy?


Seven years later a new expedition sets out to retrace the steps of the Atargatis. Entertainment is not on the agenda this time. Serious weaponry is on board and all crew have signed waivers. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost on the Atargatis.


Take a walk-through mythology, legend and science in this blockbuster-style book. Be prepared for fear. Be prepared for gore. The secrets of the deep come with a heavy price.

You can find this book at the Gorman Learning Centre.

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts

On Monday night over 80 students took up the opportunity to perform in our Piano and Vocal Recitals held in Stephen Bean Theatre and Kodaly.  We congratulate all students on their lovely performances, enjoyed by their family and friends.


Congratulations to Year 11 student, Adam Johnstone for completing his Grade 3 Theory of Music Exam with the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).


With only 86 days to go until ‘We Will Rock You’ comes to life at the Chandler Theatre, please don’t forget to purchase your tickets via the John Paul College website http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/news-events/bookings/

Upcoming Dates

Thursday 3 May - Exit 24 Performing at RACQ Event

Friday 11 May - Mayfair

Sunday 27 May - Musical Rehearsal (Full Show Run Through)

Monday 28 May - Brass, Woodwind & Percussion Recital

Thursday 31 May - Theatresports Competition

Sunday 3 June - Musical Rehearsal (Full Show Run Through)

Thursday 14 June - Battle of the Bands

Wednesday 20 June - Performance Evening

Sun 8 to Fri 13 July - Musical Rehearsals


Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 3, 2018 is July 16, 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
                                 Australian U/18 Basketball            

Congratulations to Year 11 student Blake Jones, who recently returned from Germany after representing Australia in the Albert Schweitzer Cup.

Blake backed up last week to compete at the Australian U/18 Championships where his Queensland team won silver.

At the conclusion of the championships, Blake was named in the Australian U/17 squad to compete at the World Championships in Argentina in June. An outstanding achievement Blake!


Australian Beach Volleyball

Congratulations to Year 9 student Jeremy McEvoy who recently won gold in the Grand Final of the Australian U/15 Beach Volleyball Championships held in Perth. Great work Jeremy!

Well done also to Year 12 students Joanna Kluck and Hannah Le Sage who also competed at the championships, narrowly missing out on a finals berth.  


Primary District Tennis

The following students have been successful in gaining selection in the Logan District Tennis Team for 2018:

Congratulations to Declan Leung, on winning Champion Boy, and to Anushka Subaaharan, Amelia Westin, Kobe Lawrence and Matthew Kim on selection in the District team. These five students will now go on to play for a position in the Met East Regional Team early next month. Good luck to all!


Heidi Dennis

Congratulations to Year 8 student Heidi Dennis who claimed gold in the U/13 Years High Jump and bronze in the U/13 Years 200m Hurdles final at the Australian Little Athletics Championships held in Canberra. This is an outstanding achievement! Further congratulations go to Heidi for her selection in the U/14 Queensland Football team to contest the National Youth Championships in July. 



Last weekend, Year 9 Student Madeleine Mackenzie competed at her first Federation Equestrian International at the State Equestrian Centre and came home with two first place rosettes. She has now qualified to compete in the Brisbane Dressage International. Congratulations, Madeleine.

Further congratulations to Year 11 student, Lyla Sampson who has been appointed as Captain of the Equestrian Team, 2018. Keep up the great work!

Football Queensland

Congratulations to Year 7 student Jake Brown who recently gained selection in the Football Brisbane team to compete in the Queensland Cup in Mackay in July. Well done, Jake!



The Burgundy and Blue  faced some tough opposition last weekend against local rivals, Canterbury College. All teams put in strong performances with a number of very close games.


The highlight of the day was our four JPC Firsts teams taking out wins - Open A Hockey (2-0), Open A Boys' Tennis 3(26)-3(24), Netball (52-25) and our 1st XV Rugby Boys, who in a big comeback, stole the match by three points in the dying minutes.


Our JTAS Netball and Rugby teams enjoyed their first taste of Term 2 competition with our Year 4 and Year 6 Netball teams dominating.


Special mention to our Boys' Tennis teams taking five from six wins.


Well done to all teams for representing the Burgundy and Blue with great spirit and pride.

Mrs Karen Graham 
Director of Sport & Activities

John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

The first two weeks of Term 2 have seen much activity at JPIC. With ANZAC Day just passed, and Mayfair getting closer, there has been much to prepare.

ANZAC Commemoration

With ANZAC Day being one of Australia’s most important national occasions, the John Paul International Primary Preparation class made some ANZAC Day poppies to decorate their classroom. The activity helped them to focus on the meaning of ANZAC Day.

Term 2 Initiatives

While our day-to-day work continues in class, I would like to profile the great work being done in Levels 4 and 5.

In Level 4, Ms Gabriel’s class has been investigating personality, character strengths, values and differences between cultures and how our identity has been shaped.  This work builds on the character strengths of Curiosity, Kindness and Leadership.


In Level 5, Mrs Anderson, has been very busy with three projects:

  1. Poetry & Art Class
  2. Design Class: Making a keyring and we thank Jacob Elms for his support. 
  3. Choral Project involves a workshop led by Vicki Bos from ICTE at UQ who leads the International Choir at UQ, and is the co-ordinator of the ‘Raise your Voice’ choir festival for international students to be held at Southbank in August 2018. https://www.ryvcf.com/


JPIC students have been preparing for their participation in Mayfair.  We know that, although it can be a challenge for our overseas students, it is worthwhile as it improves their communication skills, knowledge, self-confidence and self-esteem by giving them opportunities to communicate with the broader College family and to show their families and homestay families what they can do.


This year, JPIC students will be selling golf balls at Mayfair. Please support our students as they engage in conversation to sell the golf balls for the lucky ball drop.

Study Abroad

John Paul College’s international guests from Nanshan Chinese International College (NCIC) are settling into the School well and embracing all that is part of our diverse culture in Australia.


Naturally, this Aussie experience would not be complete without a day in the pool! The NCIC students spent a day at Hibiscus Sports Complex playing basketball, learning to swim and using their English beyond the classroom.


JPIC Study Abroad programmes focus on Content and Language Integrated Learning. This real-world and learning-by-doing approach to language development enables language to be used contextually in an authentic and enjoyable way. Needless to say, the NCIC students will not forget this day out and hopefully will not forget the language learnt along the way.


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

Director of Boarding

Fenton Village was quieter than usual this week, particularly at the social meal times, as our Year 10 and 11 cohorts were on school camp. Our Year 12 cohort also undertake their retreat this week, followed by Year 9 next week which will be the last year group camp for 2018. With many boarders expected to come back weary from their efforts at camp, immediately getting back into good time management and sleep patterns will be more important than ever. In this sense, the long weekend, followed by the TAS bye round in week 5 are very well timed extra recovery breaks.

Boarder Travel Days (2019)

The 2019 Boarder Travel Day document is now available on the Boarding Portal (CLICK HERE). These dates reflect the day prior to school commencing, and are posted well in advance in consideration for our parents and guardians needing to book overseas travel. Every term, a letter outlining the leave process and Boarder Travel Day leave request / form return deadlines is sent to parents. If you have any questions about Boarder Travel Day in 2018 or 2019, please contact boarding reception on 07 3826 3366 or [email protected].

TAS Spectating

Each home round of TAS, all boarders who are not participating in a sport attend the game of a Boarder(s) to show their support and encouragement. It has been so pleasing to see this support shown so willingly this term. It is obvious that our Boarders have an interest and care for the achievements of one another.


Below: Boarders Jeremy Lim and Andrew Casey (Year 7) after their first Rugby match at JPC.


Lifestyle Calendar

Over the weekend boarders enjoyed the first social of the term at Clayfield College. This will be followed up by a double social this weekend. Boarders will be involved in a Laser Tag social at Nudgee College on Friday evening, followed by a Dodgeball social at Churchie on Saturday evening. It has been pleasing to see so many of our Boarders engaging in the Lifestyle Programme this term, particularly the socials where they get a chance to meet other Boarders from across South-East Queensland.

Boarding Basketball Hoop (in-ground)

The process has begun for the erection of a Gorilla, in-ground basketball hoop. This will see the basketball once again court be used frequently of a weekday afternoon and on weekends. We are also in the process of purchasing a portable netball goal / hoop.


Community News

Mayfair - Fireworks!

Please be advised our Fireworks will go off at 8.00 pm on Friday 11 May. If you have a furry friend at home that may get a fright, please ensure they are secure.

Burgundy+Blue will be back on 18 May


Due to the public holiday on Monday and Mayfair on Friday, the next edition of the Burgundy+Blue will be published on Friday, 18 May

Dates to Remember


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 - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

15 - 17 May - NAPLAN

15 May - Middle and Senior School Ski Trip Parent Meeting, Gorman Lecture Theatre

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 Carnival, St Paul's School

25 May - Years 9 - 12 AIME Session

25 May - JTAS Cross Country Carnival, TBA

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

30 May - JPIC Assembly

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

31 May -Theatresports Competition


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 Tennis 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

14 June - Battle of the Bands

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 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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