16 November 2018
Issue 034
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Deputy Principal's News
JPC Announcements
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Library Learning
Chaplain and Community
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Dates to Remember
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Students' Voice


Managing behaviour at home

The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll has released its results on child behaviour: How are Australian parents responding? The poll uncovered an undercurrent of confusion, guilt and stress among parents who are trying to get the best behaviour from their children, yet unsure of where to go for help. Key findings include:

  • 95 percent of parents use positive tactics to promote good behaviour in their children, such as attention, praise and reward
  • 27 percent feel stressed by their child’s behaviour every day
  • Many parents reflect critically on their own parenting strategies, with 48 percent saying they become impatient too quickly and 36 percent saying they often lose their temper and later feel guilty
  • A third of parents said children should be on their best behaviour at all times, suggesting a lack of understanding about the range of normal childhood behaviours
  • 45 percent are not confident that they would know where to go for help if they had difficulty managing their child’s behaviour.

The report offers these tips for parents to manage challenging behaviour in their children:

  • Try to remain calm – remember to breathe
  • It may help to walk away and cool off
  • Try to understand reasons for your child’s behaviour
  • Don’t forget to take time out for yourself

Further advice to parents is offered in an article published by The Conversation as a follow up to the release of the poll. The Royal Children’s Hospital is also encouraging parents to engage in positive behaviour management and has initiated the RCH Catch Them Being Good Challenge.

This week at the College:
Year Twelves

This week we farewell our Year Twelve students. Thank you to Jordan and Emily, all senior student leaders and students of Year Twelve who have demonstrated leadership this year through powerful role modelling, energy, passion, responsibility and commitment. We wish you and your families all the very best for the future.


It was lovely to witness the genuine regard and affection that our younger students and Year Twelves have for each other. The supportive and caring relationships that exist between our students of different year levels is certainly a hallmark of life here at John Paul College.


The Prep to Year Twelve event, which recognised the students who have been at the College throughout their school journey, Prep to Year Twelve, was a lovely occasion as was the Boarding Gala Dinner last night. Thank you to all who took the lead in organising these events to ensure that our students were recognised and honoured in an appropriate manner. Thank you also to all staff involved in preparations for the Valedictory Day Service at St Edward’s followed by our assembly here at the College. We look forward to welcoming our current Year Twelve students back as alumni.


Congratulations to our Marching Band and Colourguard who brought joy to shoppers at Westfield, Helensvale at their recent performance. Thank you to you all.


Thank you to Mr Rob Marr who is retiring this week after many years of service to the College. Mr Marr has held a variety of roles and has had a significant influence over many in the Performing Arts including the Marching Eagles. We wish Mr Marr all the best for the future.

Thank you to volunteers

Our thank you breakfast is scheduled for Thursday 29 November at 7.00 am where we will acknowledge and thank all the volunteers through the year. Particular thanks to the P and F President, Mr Craig Careswell who advised at last week’s meeting that he will stand down as President after the next meeting in February. M. Careswell has committed huge amounts of time and energy to his leadership of the P and F and for this, we acknowledge and thank him. There has been a suggestion that P and F executive roles be for two years, so I encourage parents to consider nominating at the AGM in 2019.


To register for the breakfast, please check in here.

Congratulations to:

  • Three students on achieving a scholarship to Bond University - Emily Weissenberger (B. Biomedical Science), Charly Kuhnemann (B. Psychological Science) and Tarni Peepe (Sports Development).
  • Our Theatresports team The Miss Fits,  who were announced as joint winners in the grand final of the Youth Theatresports  which was held last Saturday; an amazing achievement!
  • Gilmour House on winning the Interhouse Singing Competition last week; that’s two years in a row!
  • Our 2019 Secondary School House Captains: 
    • Enright: Joel Kibby and Stephanie Bond
    • Burke: Lucas Humeniuk and Abigail Shinkfield
    • Gilmour: Ethan Rutledge and Madison Bravery
    • Doulin: Cody Vella and Danica Martin
  • Year Three student Charles Chen, who competed in the Queensland Chess Individual Age Championships at Brisbane Boys' College earlier this month.  Charles only started playing chess this year and placed in the top 20 at the competition with one draw and four wins.
  • the following students who have qualified for the Little Athletics State Relay Carnival - Year Five student Katherine (Katie) Birt (Discus), Year Eight students Heidi Dennis (distance medley, 4 x 100 metre relay and high jump) and Giannah Purnell (distance medley), and Year Eleven student Eli Tuia (100 metres sprint medley, discus and 4 x 100 metre relay).

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


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's desk

Making the transition - SchoolTv.me

It is that time of the year, where for some students, there is apprehension about making a change to a new situation.  Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher year level or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means that the children are growing up!


However, for many it may also be a very anxious and stressful time for both parents and children. Parents need to be aware of their child’s feelings during any school transition and minimise anxiety so the process is an enjoyable experience for all. It is important for children to attend transition or orientation programmes offered by schools. There is also the plethora of informative material the school offers parents to keep them updated on new routines, procedures and expectations. Familiarisation is often key to reducing stress levels. It is also important for parents to talk to their children about their expectations and being more responsible for their own needs. This edition focuses on assisting families to make the transition successful.



Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

JPC Announcements

Carols by Candlelight

Come along to Carols by Candlelight - this Sunday from 5.30 pm in the Coleman Centre. It is a great family event and includes a visit from Santa, Christmas carol singalong, sausage sizzle. There is also an opportunity to purchase a personalised Christmas bauble in support of 'MND and ME' charity.


In the spirit of Christmas, JPC will also be supporting the St Mark's Anglican Church annual Christmas food drive and non-perishable food donations are welcomed.


Doors to the Coleman Centre will open at 5.30 pm and carols will commence at 6.30 pm.


BYO picnic blanket with chairs supplied around the perimeter of the Coleman Centre.


Unleash your child's imagination. Learn to code these holidays!


St Mark's Food Drive

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


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


Consider donating things like Christmas puddings, biscuits, potato chips, tinned goods and nuts.


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


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


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

Logan Community Centre Gift Donations

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


Please find below some gift ideas:

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

Please deliver your Logan Community Centre gift donations to:

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

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

Thank you all for bringing a smile to others at Christmas.

Student Transport Details

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



JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: I am getting notifications from JPConnect that assessment results have been released. What can I expect to see?


Response: Results are regularly released in SEQTA Engage and SEQTA Learn. The Assessment area brings together the student submission, staff feedback, results and even student reflection. The actual uploaded files are available to access in the Assessment area. This area carries the complete history of student assessment tasks.

How to:

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

2. The system automatically adds a notification in the top right hand corner of the web page as new results are released. These notifications are hyperlinked and can be used to access the specific assessment result. In the example below, one notification has been received. A reminder email is sent to parents if results have not been reviewed.

PLEASE NOTE: remember to “clear” the notifications list to ensure that reminders are not repeated.


3. It is not necessary to use the notifications link. Access to the history of ALL assessment tasks and results is through the “Assessment” link which is accessed from the spine of SEQTA Engage. Select “Assessments” and where there is more than one student in the family, select the appropriate student.


4. Each subject that is currently on a student’s timetable is displayed in the list and note that “Upcoming” assessments are summarised in a separate link.

5. The display available 'cascades' across the screen. Select a subject to display the 'Summary Panel' and then select any result to display the 'Details Panel'.

6. The colour of the panel will depend on the colour selected by each user for the subject. By default, the information will appear in grey but where a user has added a colour to the timetable, the results will display in the associated colour.

Anatomy of the Assessment Results Panel

The results panel is display is TWO sections. When opened for the first time, only the summary panel is displayed. Clicking on the results slide opens the details of the assessment and the associated resources.


Additional responses may be included in the assessment task. In the English Creative Response below, each student was invited to reflect on the assessment piece and suggest a focus for improvement. These reflections are displayed as an integrate part of the results for an assessment piece.


Queries or Questions:

eMail: [email protected]

phone: 3826 3496

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


Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

Welcome to Valedictory Week for Year Twelve

The Year Twelve cohort have enjoyed five days of activities to celebrate their final week of school. Students spent Tuesday sharing stories of their memorable moments at school and what is important going forward. They had a great day at Wet N Wild on Wednesday and a practice for the big day on Thursday along with a concert.


Valedictory Day itself was very special. It started with a very moving service at St Edwards Chapel, across the road from JPC. The highlight for me from this service was the performance of “The Parting Glass’. It was very moving.


The Valedictory Assembly itself was a fabulous event. The Year Twelve students acquitted themselves well and we were able to celebrate the achievements of the cohort one last time. The students and their parents were able to leave with so many great memories.

The Class of 2018 have been wonderful ambassadors for the College and we wish them all the best for the future and a safe journey through the next few weeks.

Barrington Diploma Students

We celebrated the Year Twelve Barrington Diploma Graduation this week. In an effort towards providing our senior students with a wide range of viable career pathways, a selected number of students undertook an accelerated Diploma of Business pathway over their final year at John Paul College. 


This fast-paced programme was delivered in partnership with Barrington College, and took the place of three senior subjects. Successful completion of the programme equips students with core business skills and knowledge, a fast track towards university and opens up endless career opportunities.

Congratulations on this achievement, we are looking forward to seeing you use your new knowledge and skills to innovate and seek new opportunities within the business sector.

Chemistry 10.5 Class

All Year Ten Chemistry students have completed three mandatory experiments in Unit 1 of the new QCE syllabus. These practicals will link to an upcoming data test, and also provide students an opportunity to learn about collecting raw data, analysing experimental data, evaluating the experimental method and drawing valid conclusions.

Blazer Embroidery

Detailed information has just been sent out regarding the opportunity to have recognised student achievements embroidered on blazer pockets. Please follow the instructions and dates in the email.


Congratulations once again to the class of 2018. We know that they will achieve great things in the world.

Dates to Note:

Sunday 18 November - Carols By Candlelight

Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 November - EL Block and Year Eleven Exam Block

Friday 30 November - Last Day of Term Four 2018


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Dear Families

Today we celebrated the final day for the 2018 Year Twelve cohort, firstly at the Valedictory Service followed by the Valedictory Assembly. The Coleman Centre was filled with a mix of emotions as each Year Twelve student crossed the stage for the last time. It was a special community occasion with family and friends gathering to share in this special moment. On behalf of all Middle School staff and students, I congratulate the Year Twelves for their support this year especially our PC Classmates, and College Vice Captains, Natalie Koch and Jaiden Kidd.

Boarding Gala Dinner

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Boarding Gala Dinner to pay tribute to the efforts of our graduating Year Twelve Boarders and to wish them well for their futures. This student-led event was also a fitting way to recognise boarding staff and students for the great year that has been. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of the Middle School students at my table and learning more about the experiences of our boarders throughout their 2018 journey. Ella Bischoff performed a beautiful rendition of Moana on the keyboards which set the scene for a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

The evening concluded with an emotional speech by Boarding Captain, Sarah-Cait Kirkland reflecting on the special relationships created through the unique experiences of being a JPC boarder.

Congratulations to Head of Boarding, Mr Moran for his organisation of this special occasion.

Extended Learning Block

Next Tuesday 20 November to Friday 23 November, all students in Years Seven to Eleven will participate in the Extended Learning Block (EL Block). The regular timetable is suspended during this time and each day is broken into three sections with exams and/or extended faculty time in the morning and afternoon sessions, and a Reboot and Refocus session in the middle. As we enter the weekend, I encourage all students to revisit their semester academic goals and use their time productively over the next three days to maximise their academic performance. All students have their EL Block schedule on their SEQTA timetables and should make a copy of this for their home study environment to plan and prioritise their study sequence for EL Block. I wish all students well in their final assessment pieces the year.


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


Dear College Community,

Our ELC, Kindy and Primary School are exciting, inspiring and empowering spaces for curiosity and creativity that embraces fun, adventure and challenge. We have high expectations for our teachers, for our learners and for achievement in learning.


Teaching teams, in consultation with other key staff, are spending significant time considering the organisation of classes. Our priority is to group students for success, making informed decisions based on the educational needs of the students. If you have concerns about the needs of your child which could impact on class placement, please email your current classroom teacher.


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


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


Our Primary School Celebration of Learning is happening next week, on Thursday, 22 November from 9:00am – 10:00am in the Coleman Centre. This will also include a special visit by Kindy to receive a book from the Year Six students. Each year level will present an item that reflects an element of their learning this year. To honour the Year Six students and the completion of their Primary School learning journey, a celebratory morning tea will be held outside the Year Six classrooms for parents and students of Year Six, following the Celebration of Learning. The Years One and Two Swimming Carnival will then be held in the afternoon from 12noon at the pool, with Friends of Primary providing a sausage sizzle.


We will be hosting our final Primary Parade on Friday, 23 November  at the ARC from 8:30am - 8:45am to present the Interhouse Academic Challenge Shield, Academic Merit Certificates to Year Six students and other awards. We warmly invite parents to join us.


ICAS Awards

Throughout the year, a number of Primary School students participated in the University of New South Wales ICAS Competitions in Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling, Writing, English and Mathematics to test their subject area skills against participating students from across Australia.


High Distinction Awards were awarded to students whose results in one or more of these competitions place them in the top 1% of participating students in Australia. This is recognition of the very high level of academic skill these students have developed, positioning them among the very best young scholars in the nation.


Year Four

  • Varun Raman for Spelling

Year Five

  • Preston Chi for Digital Technologies and Writing
  • Seamus Kelly for Writing
  • Travis Kloer for Writing and Mathematics
  • Zarli Min for Writing

Year Six

  • Natalie Portmann for Mathematics
  • Oscar Tranter for Spelling
  • Charlee White for English

Distinction Awards are given to students whose results in the competition place them in the top 10% of participating students nationally, making this a significant achievement.


From Year Two:

  • Sharon Chan for English and Mathematics

From Year Three:

  • Charles Chen for Mathematics
  • Husain Gutta for Mathematics
  • Euro Kim for Mathematics

From Year Four:

  • Kennedy Evans for English
  • Yuvan Subburaj for Mathematics

From Year Five:

  • Preston Chi for English and Mathematics
  • Scott Harrison for Mathematics
  • Zarli Min for English
  • Layla Panagos for English
  • Adam Saunders for Mathematics

From Year Six:

  • Danielle Mira for English and Mathematics
  • Irvine Smith for Mathematics

Assessment Processes

Learners are undergoing various types of assessment of and for learning. Sometimes this assessment is less formal and sometimes it is more formal. All assessment is feedback for learners, teachers and parents. Our Year Two and Four students are currently undertaking a suite of NAPLAN-style assessments which provides comparable and measurable data of academic growth and improvement. There is nothing hidden about this, our assessment is always purposeful, positive and empowering through effective feedback.


We trust you have a strong and successful end of year. We have an outstanding Vacation Care Programme that we endorse for your convenience. The details of which can be found on the document below.


Mr Andy Gordon 

Head of Primary School

Friends of Primary

The Friends of Primary would like to acknowledge the dedication, passion and commitment that Romina Vecchi and Shannon Skead have invested into The Friends of Primary Committee. We thank them for their contribution over the years and would like to wish them well and sadly say goodbye. You will both be missed by your JPC family. 


Mrs Deonie Cameron 

President - Friends of Primary

Free Online Child Anxiety Program

My name is Amy Shiels and I am from the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, QLD. We would like to let your school know about the launch of a new, publicly available, free-of-charge, online program for anxiety in young children.  Over the last 15 years, our research team from Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland have developed and tested a suite of internet-based programs for the treatment of childhood anxiety, called BRAVE-ONLINE. Our other programs for older children (aged 8-12) and teenagers (aged 13-17) have been freely available since 2014 and have been used by almost 30,000 families. These programs are now available to all Australian families free of charge through beyondblue. Our latest program is for young children aged 3-7 years who suffer with anxiety (including worry and fears). 


The Young Children Program provides education about anxiety and how it works, and teaches parents a variety of strategies to manage anxiety-provoking situations that their child may experience. Parents will also receive information on strategies to better manage their child’s anxious behaviours. We believe this program is particularly useful for schools to share with parents, as many young children suffer from separation anxiety and social anxiety in their early school years, which disrupts their early schooling experience. The direct link to our young child program is https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/preschool-program.


Kind regards,


Amy Shiels 

Research Officer

BPsychSc (Hons) BEd (primary) 


On behalf of Chief Investigator Associate Professor Caroline Donovan

PhD (Clinical Psychology), MAPS, MCCP

School of Applied Psychology   

Griffith University | Mt Gravatt Campus | QLD 4122 | M24 Room 2.21

( +61 7 3735 3401 | * [email protected]

Mother Tongue Club

Ni Hao (hello) everyone,

We were blessed with cool weather and only a light sprinkle of rain at our final Mother Tongue Club gathering. I would like to take this opportunity to credit the Year Ten students for being exemplary role-models in the way they interacted and led the activities today.


Due to large numbers, the Primary students were divided up into four groups. Students first socialised while eating their lunches.

Prep students played a Chinese version of ‘duck, duck, goose’ with many nursery rhymes being sang throughout the game. 


Year One students played a Chinese version of ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ and our Year Two and Three students raced in a chopstick challenge!


The Years Four, Five and Six students played table tennis, badminton and diablos (Chinese yo-yo).

We had a fabulous turnout of over 70 students across Primary and Secondary, which is quite possibly a MTC record! The most rewarding experience is watching the students beam with pride and make deep connections with one another! Once again, this event could not have been successful without the support of countless people involved.  Special thanks to Chris Wild (Head of Year Ten), Cecelia Wong (Spanish teacher) and Hong Cui (Mandarin teacher) for coming along to help facilitate the activities.


Last but not least, I would like to acknowledge all 22 wonderful students from Year Ten who led today’s gathering.

Crystal Chen                       Eric Chen

Mona Cui                             Jessica Dai

JJ Lee                                    Doris Li

Martin Li                               Olivia Li

Lily Lin                                   Cici Liu

Alice Lu                                 Lucy Luo

Mitchell Ma                         Oliver Qin

Kelly Tai                                Tony Tang

James Wang                         Kristy Xu

Junior Yang                          Emily Zhang

Lili Zhang                              Rex Zhang

Darren Liao


Mrs Alice Moreau

Mother Tongue Club Coordinator

Library Learning

Learning Skype in the Library 

Linking with the Year Two 'How We Organise Ourselves' inquiry into systems, Mrs Duong and Mrs Angell have organised to involve the students in Microsoft Education’s Skype-a-Thon. Students will be connecting with guest speakers and other students from across the globe, in countries such as Africa and the USA.


This amazing opportunity will allow students to compare their lifestyles with those of other students. Microsoft is donating educational resources based on the number of ‘Skype miles’ covered by the participating schools. For more information visit https://education.microsoft.com/skypeathon


Letters to Santa 

It is Christmas fun in the library this week and students have enjoyed the opportunity of writing a letter to Santa then posting it in our Santa’s mailbox. They were given a special envelope addressed to Santa to make sure their letter arrives safely. We hope Santa enjoys reading the students letters and replies promptly to them.

Christmas Story Time

This week, Primary students were treated to Christmas story time in the upper level of NMLC at first break. When the Christmas hat stops singing, everyone settles in for a dose of festive spirit as Mrs Tozer reads the Christmas book of the day. Seated on the red wingback chair with the Shelf Elf beside her, Mrs Tozer makes a fine substitute for Mrs Claus. We look forward to continuing story time through to the end of term. Mrs Parkes also joins in the fun with a STEAM activity related to the story, including Origami Christmas tree bookmarks.


Holiday Borrowing and Returns

Please remember to return all outstanding library books from the year. Primary students have the opportunity to participate in double borrowing for the holidays, but only if they have returned all their outstanding library books. We ask all our parents to help their children return their books so that the resources are available for other students next year.

Introducing Audiobooks

No time to read? Just don’t enjoy reading? Then listen!


JPC has introduced audiobooks to its collection. Borrow and listen on any device, anywhere, anytime.  Are you dreading that long drive you have to endure over the holidays? Solved!


You can access the audiobooks through the JPC Ebooks platform on the Learning Centre page on JPConnect or through the ePlatform app on your ipads, tablets and phones. Find the audiobooks faster by using the filter to select just audiobooks or look for the audiobook symbol at the bottom of the cover. There are children’s classics such as Winnie the Pooh and The Secret Garden, modern favourites such as Percy Jackson and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and new releases such as Refugee by Alan Gratz.


Once you borrow the audiobook it will stay on your device for two weeks. After that time, the audiobook will simply disappear from your device. No overdue notices!


There are 585 audiobooks on offer. With a choice so large you are sure to find something that you will enjoy.

Book of the Week

Dry by Neal Schusterman

It’s a new stage in the water woes for a community near the Colorado River. The Tap-Out. No-one much cares what the news calls it; it’s just more of an endless list of dos and don’ts for water use to deal with the ongoing drought. No-one much cares until the taps suddenly and unexpectedly run, dry that is.


Shock quickly passes into violence. Neighbours turn on neighbours and the peaceful streets spiral into madness as the increasingly desperate population hunt for water. Alyssa’s parents brave the warzone with thousands of others to salvage whatever water they can for the family, but when they don’t come back, Alyssa is forced into making shocking choices to protect herself and her brother.


Unsettlingly realistic, this book is a horrific survival story that you will want to read with a very large bottle of water beside you!  Recommended for Year Seven and over.


Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Beware…ghosts, genius, insanity and pure evil stalk these pages. 

Sixteen-year-old Dan is looking forward to his summer program at New Hampshire College Prep. It turns out to be everything he wanted—new friends and a challenging program. There’s just one downside. The normal dorm is out of commission and everyone is bunking down in what was once an asylum for the criminally insane. Creepy, Dan decides, but he can cope with that.


The off-limits areas of the building prove too tempting and as Dan and his friends explore the shadowy regions of their accommodation, they find its sordid history has spilled into a menacing present. Some secrets refuse to stay buried.


This creepy thriller is made even more eerie by the disturbing pictures of real abandoned asylums that are scattered through the pages. Recommended for Year Seven and over.


Chaplain and Community

Year Seven Retreat

Recently the Year Seven Retreat programme was conducted by NET. They are a young group of Christians from around Australia and the world who give up a year of their life to travel around our country. They do this to share their lives and faith with thousands of school children. The programme is known as an Encounter Day and is titled “The Unexpected.”  


During the programme they explore the personal journey of team members and their experience of responding to a sometimes unexpected invitation to encounter Jesus, opening opportunities for a deeper experience of God.


Team members use a variety of methods to present the message about unexpectedly encountering God and his love. Creative/relational activities, experiential learning, small group discussion, drama, personal faith sharing, music, prayer and a reflection time where students write a letter, are all employed to bring the young people to a place where they can seriously reflect on how Jesus Christ may or may not fit into their own spiritual journey.


The Year Seven students were fantastic on the day. They joined in the games with enthusiasm, laughed loudly at the skits (and participated in some), asked great questions in their small groups (such as “How do I know for sure that God is there?”) and listened attentively when one of the team shared their own faith journey as they came to understand the love of Christ in their lives.

Like the Year Sevens, we could all do with stopping and reflecting on where faith and Christ fit into our own spiritual journey.


In John 6:35, “Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’”


As sometimes in life we can question its purpose and meaning, Jesus promises to satisfy those most inner need longings that all human beings have. A lot of people in our culture are leaving Christ out of their lives now, but our culture is also struggling with issues like substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide – just to name a few. Maybe,  just maybe, we need to turn to the one who made us and gave us the guidelines on living a fulfilled life.


Mr Stephen Ward


Prayer Group

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


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


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


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

Co-curricular Performing Arts

From the Director of Performing Arts

On Saturday 10 November, the John Paul College Senior Theatresports team, ‘The Miss Fits’, consisting of Abi Balaji, Sarah Herbst, Abby Leadbeater and Neelam Singh competed in the Grand Final of the Youth Theatresports Festival 2018.   Over 130 teams entered the competition and of the six teams within the grand final, ‘The Miss Fits’ were the only female team. The team’s ability to improvise generated energy and excitement within the audience.  Their scenes were fast-paced, unpredictable and hilarious. The competition was very tight, and through their wit, humour and teamwork, they were successful in tying for first place.  Congratulations to the students and their director, Mrs Caryl McClure and thank you to all of the students, staff and parents who were there to support them on the night.

Cheerleading teams celebrated their successful and busy year with their annual Cheer Awards and Performance Evening held on Friday 9 November in the Coleman Centre.  All teams performed their routines to an appreciative audience of family and friends. 

Congratulations to the recipients of individual awards. We look forward to another successful year for JPC Cheer in 2019.


Our Marching Eagles, Symphonic Band and Chamber Choir students were invited to perform as part of Santa’s Arrival Parade at Westfield Helensvale on Saturday 10 November.   Their performances for the community were very well received, bringing smiles to faces as students performed ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ while parading through the shopping centre.

The combined orchestras of JPC and Tagiev performed an end of year concert for families and friends last Sunday in the Stephen Bean Theatre.  The concert featured soloists from both John Paul College and Tagiev Orchestra and we congratulate our Chamber Orchestra students and their director, Mr Emin Tagiev on their beautiful performances.

Rock Band, Paradise Road took up the opportunity to perform at our last Live at the Piazza for 2018.  We look forward to continuing to give students performance opportunities at Live at the Piazza in 2019.


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


Siena Neaum (Year Four) - Piano for Leisure - Grade 1

Shanel Neaum (Year Seven) - Piano for Leisure - Grade 3

Upcoming Dates

Sunday 18 November - Carols by Candlelight – Coleman Centre

Sunday 9 December - Carols on the Oval at Belmont


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

From the Director of Sports and Activities


Queensland Chess Championships

Well done to Year Three student Charles Chen who competed in the Queensland Individual Age Championships for Chess held on 7 November, 2018 at Brisbane Boys’ College.


Charles only started playing chess in February this year and placed 18th  with the following results: one draw and four wins.


Keep up the great work Charles!


Little Athletics State Carnival

Congratulations to the following students who recently qualified for the Little Athletics State Relay Carnival following their performances at last weekend’s Regional Carnival.


Year Five student: Katie Birt - discus

Year Eight student: Heidi Dennis - distance medley, 4x100 relay, high jump

Year Eight student: Giannah Purnell - distance medley

Year Eleven student: Eli Tuia - 100m sprint medley, discus, 4x100 relay

Well done!


John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

Focus on Primary Preparation

At the JPIC Assembly this week, we celebrated achievement by awarding Merit Certificates and Burgundy Co-curricular Awards.  It was pleasing to see the calibre of students and share in their success.  It was also very pleasing to award our Primary Preparation students with certificates, to help them feel part of our larger JPIC community.  We welcome our Primary Preparation friends to whole JPIC events as often as possible, providing them with the opportunity to learn from older students and for the older students to nurture them.  This week we share more about our Primary Preparation programme and the teacher who teaches them.


Students are always very busy in our Primary Preparation class. They study English mostly with Mrs Steinhausen, but every Wednesday their English teacher is Mrs Lai. Every Thursday students join Mr Vasterink and a Year Five class for PE.

Each seven-day cycle, students have three Science lessons with Mr Milverton and three maths lessons with Mrs Simpson. In science, students recently presented individual PowerPoints, which were about muscles and bones. They have now started learning about animal groups such as insects. In maths, students have studied lines, angles, 2D shapes, measurement and area. They are now studying 3D shapes.

The Art Exhibition

Students recently visited the art exhibition at John Paul College. They really enjoyed looking at the wonderful paintings and drawings by the talented students in the Middle School art co-curricular group. Students chose their favourite picture and made a sketch of it. Back in class, they wrote about why it was their favourite picture. They also emailed the teacher to thank her and to tell her how much they enjoyed the exhibition.

Special Activity

Earlier this term, students made and ate pizzas. They had to know the vocabulary for the ingredients and for the utensils used. Students had to be able to follow Mrs Steinhausen’s instructions, make the pizzas, and write the procedure. They also had to clean up after themselves, including wiping down the tables and washing up. They also thought about healthy and unhealthy food choices.


Welcome to a New Student

New student, Jerry Zheng, was welcomed to the class on his 10th birthday. Students sang the welcome song they had learned, and, of course, the happy birthday song. They each made a welcome / birthday card, which included a picture of themselves, a picture of the class and one or two paragraphs to introduce ourselves. They learned how to open an email attachment, resize the picture, and then print it.


Staff Profile: Mrs Linda Steinhausen

I have had a very rewarding, enjoyable and varied teaching career. I started teaching in the United Kingdom and completed my four-year Honours degree in Maths and Education focusing on the middle years, at the University of Cambridge. I have taught adults, High School, Middle and Primary students. I have taught all girls, all boys and co-ed.  I have taught on four different continents. I have also done, and still do, external examining.


My husband Paul and I took up jobs in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, working at the College of Education. We had a very interesting experience teaching young Nigerian adults, and visiting them on teaching practice in Nigerian secondary schools up to a 450km drive away.


We also had a stint in a Year One – Twelve private school in Kenya, which was in a stunning location on the edge of the Rift Valley. Although still mostly teaching maths, this is the place where I began to learn how to adapt my language to accommodate students with sometimes very limited English. This need to develop an awareness of my choice of language continued on our next adventure – jobs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Again, I was still teaching maths in a combined Primary / Secondary School. However, in a school of forty-two nationalities of non-Saudi Muslims, the level of English ranged from zero to native speaker.


We spent seven years in Brunei, where I switched to teaching English and gained a diploma in teaching English as a Foreign Language.


In 1995, we arrived in Brisbane. Initially I taught at the University of Queensland on the ELICOS programmes, but in May 1998, I started at JPIC on a part-time basis. Unbelievably, I am still here and very happy to be so. I love that I have taught English on all the Levels One to Five and on Primary Preparation. I have taught maths to all those levels, too. I really have been very fortunate to have met so many wonderful students from different countries. It gives me great pleasure to welcome them to Australia, my chosen second home, and to help them to adapt to new customs and a different way of life. I hope I have made a difference and have inspired in my students a love of learning.


Away from JPC, I have enjoyed a diverse range of hobbies and interests over the years. Visiting new places has always been high on our agenda. My next adventure will be a trip around Rajasthan, India, to be squeezed in between the end of term and Christmas.


I read widely, regularly go to the theatre and have grown to enjoy gardening – I have always prioritised physical activity of all kinds. Finally, and most importantly, I treasure any time spent with family and friends.

Our Boarding Life

From the Head of Boarding

The boarders held their Christmas dinner on Sunday night. The evening began with a Santa Suit relay followed by the Christmas dinner (roast pork, lamb and turkey with vegetables) and sticky date pudding as dessert. There were a few games after dinner, a gingerbread house building competition, and one word and trivia contest which brought out the competitive spirit in most of the students. The evening concluded with the arrival of Santa bearing packets of lollies for the very excited students!

On Thursday evening we held our Gala Dinner at The Glen Hotel. This evening is held to celebrate our boarders and boarding. It was attended by academic staff, boarding staff and parents. It was also an opportunity to farewell our Year Twelves and boarding staff who are leaving.


Block exams start next week for Year Seven - Eleven. Most students have been preparing for the exams and are feeling confident. A reminder that school finishes on Friday, 30 November and boarder travel day is Saturday,  1 December.


Mr Adrian Moran

Director of Boarding

Dates to Remember


17 November - JTAS Term Four Round Five

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

18 November - First XI Football vs Gold Coast United Football Game - CMSC 

18 November - Carols by Candlelight, Coleman Centre

19 November - Friends of Cricket AGM, Gorman Meeting Room

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

20 -26 November - Year Eleven Exam Block

20 November - Years Seven to Ten EL Block

22 November - Primary School Assembly, Coleman Centre

22 November - Year Six Morning Tea, outside Year Six classrooms

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

23 November - Primary Parade, ARC

23 November - Year Seven and Eight AIME Session

23 November - Live at the Piazza

23 November - Kindy End of Year Celebration, ARC

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

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

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

26 - 27 November - Year Nine Peer Leader Training

26 November - Prep to Year Two Christmas Service, ARC

26 November - IBDP EE Excursion, UQ Social Sciences Library

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

27 November - Years Seven and Eight AIME Session

27 November - NCIC Study Abroad Farewell Performance, ARC

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

28 November - Year Ten Activity Day

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

28 November - JPIC Carnival Day, Coleman Centre

29 November - Middle School Activity Day

30 November - JPIC Term Four Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre

30 November - Live at the Piazza

30 November - Assembly and Christmas Service, Coleman Centre

30 November - Boarder Travel Day, Fenton Village



2-7 December - National Basketball Championships Tour

3 - 21 December - OSHC Vacation Care Programme

4 December - Homestay 2019 Information Session, Gorman Centre

18 - 20 December - Code Camp, Burke Building




7 - 29 January - OSHC Vacation Care Programme

29 January - TERM ONE, 2019 COMMENCES

P-7 Current Vacation Care Program Christmas New Year 2019.pdf