Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers The Story of Success writes of the concept of 10,000 hours being required to become exceptional at a skill or task. He writes, “the idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours”. He cites neurologist Daniel Levitin, “the emerging picture from studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert- in anything. In study after study of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players and even master criminals, this number comes up again and again”. While for many, this concept would be foreign or over the top, the fact remains that usually what we practice repeatedly, we get better at. This can be true for academic work, sport or music and even relationships. I encourage all families to consider what is important to you and to encourage rehearsal, homework and commitment, in order to improve in all aspects of our lives.
Families will have received an email today detailing our students’ performance in the 2018 NAPLAN testing programme. I am delighted to advise that the exceptional work of our staff together with the hard work and focus of our students, has resulted in a significant improvement in the outcomes for each of the year levels tested in the 2018 NAPLAN programme. As a snapshot:
In 2016, when our current Year Five students were in Year Three, they were ranked 364th in the State; this year they are placed at 77th. Our Year Seven cohort has also experienced significant growth, being placed at 137th when they were in Year Five and this year they are sitting at 35th. Our Year Nine cohort has also shown growth jumping 69 places to 125th.
Last week we hosted over 50 Independent School Principals for the meeting of Association of Heads of Independent Schools. Heads toured the Science Centre and / or the Kindy classrooms, as well as having their meeting in the Gorman Centre. They were very impressed by the quality of JPC’s facilities as well as with our beautiful campus and respectful, confident students. I want to thank our students for assisting on the day. Our hospitality students did us proud with their manner and servery skills. Students in classes were able to speak confidently about what they were learning in science, why there were learning it and what was next.
Today we enjoyed our Foundation Day together with the official opening of our two new Kindergarten classrooms. It was a pleasure to welcome a number of our Founding Board Members back to the College and take time to honour the successes over our 36 year history.
This week we would like to congratulate:
Mrs Karen Spiller OAM
This week on SchoolTV - Drug and Alcohol Use
There is no single age group of people more affected by alcohol and drugs than our young people. For some, a one time or infrequent use of alcohol or drugs can result in tragedy; alcohol poisoning, an accident or fall when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or an arrest associated with alcohol or drugs. Young people who use alcohol and drugs before their brain has fully developed, are at increased risk for future addiction. Those who start drinking alcohol before the age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than those who first use alcohol at age 18 or older.
Here is the link to this week’s edition http://jpc.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/drug-alcohol-use
Our College Policy outlines the procedures relating to the management of instances of substance misuse by students. The roles, rights and responsibilities of staff are detailed, including support services we make available. Parents are strongly urged to familiarise themselves with the expectations and, as per commitment to our Guidelines for Mutual Respect, support the College in its efforts to maintain both the safety of students and the reputation of the College. Reminders are provided to students of our stance regarding these matters throughout the year. As required, the support of Heads of Year and the College Counsellors can be sourced by families.
Mr Norm Kerley
Retail Centre opening hours during Term time are Monday to Friday from 7.30am – 4.00pm.
Families unable to attend the Retail Centre during the abovementioned hours are welcome to place orders over the phone, providing credit card information as well as student name and class details. Students in Years Four to Twelve can collect the orders from the Retail Centre.
Parents placing orders for children in Kindergarten to Year Three can request the order be delivered to Outside School Hours Care, Kindergarten or the Primary Office for collection by the parent or their child.
For placing orders and payment, please contact the Retail Centre on +61 7 3826 3397.
We have had reported to us a number of near misses involving vehicles and children crossing the pedestrian crossing within Chatswood Road and Mayflower car parks.
It is timely to remind all car park users, including pedestrians, of their responsibilities to ensure this remains a safe environment. In particular, we ask that you observe the marked speed limits, road signs and markings, are vigilant towards drivers and pedestrians and refrain from using mobile phones whilst behind the wheel.
The use of the car park requires patience and respect for others in keeping with our College ethos. We trust that everybody will demonstrate appropriate role modelling to our students.
John Paul College Friends of Performing Arts is pleased to invite you to Cabaret 2018!
The night will feature the delightful sounds of some of our premier ensembles including Exit 24, Big Band, Jazz Combo, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Date: Friday 7 September 2018
Venue: The Glen Hotel
Time: 6.30pm to 11.30pm
Cost: $100 - includes canapes, two course dinner and house beer, wine and soft drinks
Purchase your tickets here.
It’s a family fun event, where all ages and abilities are welcomed to join the fun of participating in a Sunday morning 1 km, 2 km, or 3 km run, walk, jog or skip (distances pending oval size and age category).
As participants walk, run, dance and jiggle their way around the course, they’ll pass through a variety of different colour zones. At each of these zones participants will get showered in the designated colour of that zone.
Date: Sunday, 2 September 2018
Time: from 8.00 am
Venue: John Paul College, Cec Munns Sports Centre, John Paul Drive, Daisy Hill QLD 4127
Cost: $25 per participant
To purchase your tickets to compete please click here.
Welcome to Week Seven
The end of term is fast approaching and students are remaining on task, preparing for block exams with Year Twelve getting ready for their QCS days on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. On Tuesday, breakfast will be provided for Year Twelve students on the Applied Design Deck to give them a really great start to the day.
Year Eleven students are looking ahead to student leadership opportunities for 2019. This week they have been compiling portfolios for their applications for positions. These positions closed during the week. Students were asked to give their vision for the leadership of the College in 2019. Shortlisting for interviews will occur and students will present their speeches next week. Year Eleven students have also been working on their design for a Year Twelve senior jersey.
Senior School classes have also been active. The Year Eleven Engineering Technology class visited Griffith University for a day to experience first hand the use of their materials testing lab and learn from the university’s PhD students about how engineers apply experimental data to determine properties and suitability of materials.
Students have also combined their knowledge of mechanics and materials to complete a gantry crane design which they then tested to destruction and evaluated using the test data. In this task it soon became evident that applying the knowledge or theory wasn’t as straight forward as it seemed, and that compromises in engineering have to be made to produce an efficient design.
The Year 10.5 classes have just started their course under the new engineering syllabus, and have built freestanding towers as a team, discovering through trial and error “just how does an engineer solve a problem and work effectively in a team”. Students have also designed, built and tested a truss member for a bridge to determine the nature of the forces and will soon use their developing understanding of research to analyse the effect of these forces on a structure.
It’s National Skills Week (http://www.nationalskillsweek.com.au/) and while this week does not come with the hype of this weekend’s footy game it is an important time to reflect on those important attributes that assist us all in gaining, keeping or aspiring to employment.
All young people need a set of skills and qualities to prepare them for the world of work, so a few years ago employers (not schools or universities) made the following list:
Personal attributes – that contribute to overall employability are…
Loyalty, reliability, common sense, motivation, ability to deal with pressure, commitment, enthusiasm, positive self-esteem, adaptability, honesty and integrity, personal presentation, a sense of humour and a balanced attitude to work and home life.
The Key Skills (sometimes called transferable skills) are…
Communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning skills and technology.
‘Transferable skills’ are skills, abilities and knowledge you have acquired and demonstrated through your work, home life and other activities that are applicable to different jobs and/or industries. Put together, these skills, experiences and qualifications create a ‘package’ of technical and general employability skills that you can use to market yourself to employers.
Everyone has transferable skills, but finding ways to effectively communicate these skills to an employer can be difficult. There are a few things you can do to make the most of your transferable skills.
1. Know what transferable skills you have to offer
Think about the skills or knowledge you have gained through various activities (previous jobs, active participation in social clubs etc.), your hobbies and leisure activities (volunteering or sport) and home-based skills (organisational skills and managing a budget). Year Ten to Twelve students have been sent an employability skills checklist this week to assess their current skill set.
2. Get ready to sell your transferable skills to employers
Think about examples of when you have applied your skills to achieve positive outcomes at work or in other parts of your life (in voluntary or community work, for example). Consider changing the way you talk or write about your transferable skills so that employers can understand how your skills are relevant to them – this might involve learning some new jargon or keywords to describe your skills.
3. Use your list of transferable skills to help you find jobs you are well suited to
Read through job ads and job descriptions or talk to employers to find out the skills required for jobs that interest you. Use your list of transferable skills to figure out how you measure up against the job requirements. If you think you have the right transferable skills for a particular job, try to describe these skills using the same keywords and statements used by the employer in their job ad or application form.
Mr Steve Cuthbert
Ph: 3826 3593
Email: [email protected]
Continuing on from last week, here are a few more suggestions to help your child learn another language
With many thanks for your support and participation in the language learning process!
The Modern Languages Department
Repeating this request – some parents are continuing to use the first entrance to the campus from John Paul Drive to drop students off in the mornings. Parents are using the car park spaces and the roadway between John Paul Drive and the boom gate and congesting traffic. This is not necessary as Markwell Car Park has been designed with a drop off area. Students may have to walk just a little further to get where they need to go. You can help by following these guidelines that will ensure the safety of our students and others.
Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September - Year Twelve QCS
Monday 10 to Friday 14 September - Year Eleven and Twelve Examination Block
Mr Allan Dennis
Head of Senior School
Preparing for Secondary School - Information Evening
Last Monday night we had a packed Wesley 11/12 classroom as we welcomed our 2019 Year Seven families to learn more about the transition process for students entering the Secondary School next year.
Parents heard from key speakers including Mr Zietsch, Mr Dennis, Ms Guerra, and Mr Elms, covering a range of topics including the 2019 College structure, our Year Seven academic programme, subjects, and timetable, and our renewed approach to academic welfare (studies, wellbeing, mentoring, outside classroom experiences). Staff also explained the transition activities occurring throughout Term Four. Parents and guardians wishing to learn more about the information presented on the night may contact Mr Elms (2019 Dean of Academic Welfare) or Ms Guerra (Dean of Studies).
The subject selection evening held on Wednesday night was an informative evening as students prepare to select their course of studies for 2019. Speaking to a packed Coleman Centre, the Dean of Studies, Ms Guerra, outlined the new faculty structures from 2019, including numerous exciting new subjects on offer. She also emphasised the process for making and submitting subject selections.
After the Dean of Studies session, families moved across to the Curriculum Showcase in the Gorman Centre. Each faculty had displays highlighting their subjects with key staff available to speak further to parents and students. The energy and excitement at the showcase was evident as families entered into important discussions with their son and/or daughter about the right choices for their studies in 2019. Subject selection handbooks for specific year levels and subject selection forms including the key dates for submission of final subject choices may be found under ‘Learning’ on SEQTA under the orange tab ‘Learning’.
Middle School Disco - Friday 7 September, 6.30 – 9.00pm (Coleman Centre)
RUOK Day Fun Run - Thursday 13 September, 11.00am – 12.00pm (Stephen Bowers Oval)
Mr Mark Zietsch
Head of Middle School
Further to the release of our NAPLAN results for 2018, I would like to reassure you that our goal is still very much holistic - whole child. I have received communication from some parents who have heard otherwise, so a reminder about our approaches to learning shared with families at the start of the year is included below.
Our goal as a Primary School is to make a difference in the lives of our students and to support them in achieving the best results possible. It is our commitment to students and parents that as highly effective educators, we will focus on academic welfare and ensure quality outcomes for all students. To achieve this, we will focus on:
Through the Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework, our pedagogical approach to learning and teaching is inquiry-based. To take any ambiguity away from what this means it is an approach that holds the students at the centre of all learning and teaching. Inquiry-based learning is a constructivist approach where the overall goal is for students to make meaning. Teachers employ strategies to identify students’ prior knowledge and support students in constructing meaning and conceptual understandings.
The PYP provides a framework which focuses on students learning how to learn. Teachers explicitly teach the skills and dispositions that support students to grow and develop as independent, inquisitive, life-long learners. Students learn how to communicate, research, think critically, socialise and manage themselves. We refer to these as the ‘Approaches to Learning.’ These skills are explicitly taught and can be transferred across the curriculum, in school and beyond. (From the Head of Primary, B & B Edition 2, 2018)
We are a long time grown up - school should be gentle. If our belief is that children are capable, then our actions need to align. Our goal is to ensure we give students diverse ways to demonstrate their capability.
Please note the changes to two events happening during Term Four:
Carols by Candlelight: new date is Sunday, 18 November
Finishing time on the last day of school (2018): 30 November - school finishes at the normal time. School will conclude with an Assembly for students in Years Three to Eleven at 2:00pm and they will return to their classrooms for the usual pickup / dismissal arrangements.
Mr Andy Gordon
Head of Primary School
Boa Noite (Good Evening) Everyone,
For our August Mother Tongue Club, we celebrated Portuguese with the help of Renata Griffiths (mother of William in Prep CF and Louisa in 3KW), Ana Benatti (mother of Erik in ELC and Christian in 3TT) and Maria Dumont (Year One Learning Assistant). It was wonderful to have two of our little friends from ELC joining us too. Our Portuguese speaking students enthusiastically made yummy traditional Brazilian snacks with the assistance of our parent helpers! These included Pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese puffs), Beijinhos (coconut balls) and Brigadeiro (chocolate balls). And…..yes they were delicious! After a full belly, the students talked about where Portugal and Brazil are located in relation to Australia, and read stories together.
Book Character Parade was characterised by lots of smiles, laughter and the excited buzz of students and teachers. Tough Boris (aka Mr Gordon) welcomed our many parent visitors and thanked staff and students for their enthusiasm and creativity in preparing their costumes.
It was easy to see the book characters that students and staff treasured as they carried their books firmly under their arms and proudly displayed them. The Learning Centre’s team became Miss Frizzle, under the ocean, and some amazing ocean creatures and treasure seekers. This is our favourite event of the Primary calendar!
NMLC hosted incursions for our Year Eight German students this week. Students entered the ‘NMLC Autobahn Projekt’ with passports in hand to travel between eight ‘cities’ scattered throughout the lower level of the library. Their task was to discover interesting facts about Germany by solving puzzles and tackling challenges. Our German exchange students were on board to offer assistance at each Autobahn stop with tips for each group.
The German students used ultra violet lights to crack codes, identified perfumes from German designers and watched clips of various German pop music from over the decades. They even added a German flavour to their clothing for a ‘Fussball Rowdy’ snapshot in the library using green screen technology.
A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Esther’s grandfather met Death during the Vietnam War. It was a pretty busy time for Death, but her grandfather survived to tell the tale. Since then though, each member of the family has been cursed to die as a result of their greatest fear. So, Esther reasons, if she has no great fear, she will avoid a bizarre and untimely death. Anything that rattles her enough that it might become her greatest fear, she adds to her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. Anything on the list she avoids like the plague (which, funnily enough, isn’t on the list).
She’s still alive so she considers she’s found a way to break the curse that has consumed her family for generations, even if she has to avoid elevators, spiders, crowds and so many other things every minute of the day. Then Jonah steals her breath away (after first stealing her phone, money and fruit roll-up) and somehow she finds herself facing each phobia with him by her side.
You will love Esther and her family (there’s just a smidge of the eccentricities of the Addams Family about them), Jonah and their journey through Esther’s crippling fears, one step at a time.
Funny, quirky and touching this is one to add to your own semi-definitive list…of must-read books, that is. Recommended for Year Eight and over, you can find this book in the Middle Library, NMLC.
Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing
Drog is a hand puppet Parker finds lying on a trash heap. He looks innocent enough, just old and ugly. That is until Parker puts Drog on his hand…and can’t pull him off! Drog becomes Parker’s constant companion and is full of not-often-helpful advice on school, bullies, sports, movies, parents – everything really – all drawn from his experiences, especially his time with the emir in Arabia.
Parker finds himself in trouble with his teachers, his parents and even his best friend. Everyone thinks he is pranking, acting out and generally making a nuisance of himself. Parker is beside himself, thinking they just don’t understand. Drog thinks that Parker had better start speaking up for himself.
If you have an aversion to ventriloquists, puppets or weird dolls, this will set your nerves jangling. A little bit creepy, absolutely crazy and definitely enjoyable, Call Me Drog, is all about growing up.
Recommended for Year Five and over, you can find this book in the Middle Library, NMLC.
The John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group welcomes all members of the John Paul College Community.
The Prayer Group's purpose is to honour Christ by praying for the College staff, students and families within the JPC community.
Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30am in the meeting room in the Wellbeing Centre (except for every fourth Thursday of the month when it is held in the evening at 7.30pm at Julie Gordon’s house – 64 Highview Terrace, Daisy Hill).
Co-ordinator: Julie Gordon can be contacted on 0421 809 984 or [email protected] by any parent wishing to inquire about about the John Paul College Parents' Prayer Group.
It has been an incredibly productive week for our Performing Arts students, specifically in the disciplines of Drama and Music. We congratulate our Theatresports Senior Team for making history in progressing to the Queensland grand finals of the Theatresports competition. Thank you to Mrs Caryl McClure for her dedication and mentoring of our Drama students.
On Friday 24 August, our Performing Arts students in Exit 24 and Viva Choir performed during the Social Justice Service. It was a beautiful display of collaboration of our Primary and Senior Performing Arts students. A performance enjoyed by students, staff and parents.
Our vocal students, Year Ten students Rachel Shuai and Zali Cahill Baird, Lucinda Turunen (Year Six) and Disini Jayasooriya (Year Five) took up the opportunity to perform at last week’s Live at the Piazza on Friday 24 August, entertaining students and staff during their lunchtime breaks.
Sinfonia and Capriccio students competed at the inaugural Southside String Festival, established by a group of music educators to give all youth string players further opportunity to showcase their performance and experiential learning. Sinfonia were awarded with the highest award of Platinum and Capriccio awarded with a Gold. Congratulations to these students and their Director, Mr Martin Lass on their wonderful performances.
On Saturday 25 August, Jazz Combo entertained the Optiminds audience of JPC families and the wider community for over an hour as they waited for the final adjudication and results to be announced. Their performance was enjoyed by all!
Parents and friends were treated to outstanding performances by students from the Year Twelve Music Extension class at their final recital evening on Monday, 27 August in the Stephen Bean Theatre. These performances will go towards their Term Three fifteen minute folio of work.
Well done to Zak Bowdler, Rory Fleming, Charli Garner, Olivia George, Lizzie Gordon, Raffan Moyle and William Wallace for demonstrating their professionalism and outstanding performance skills, thoroughly entertaining their audience.
On Tuesday 28 August, our Senior Theatresports team, The Miss Fits, consisting of Abinaya Balaji, Abby Leadbeater, Sarah Herbst and Neelam Singh competed at St Joseph’s College (Terrace) in the Semi-Finals of the Youth Theatresports Festival 2018. 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 making it to the Grand Finals. This places ‘The Miss Fits’ in the top six of over 100 teams who entered.
The Grand Finals will be held on Saturday, 10 November at Gardens Theatre QUT and the sale of tickets will be announced soon. Congratulations to these students and we wish ‘The Miss Fits’ the best of luck in their final competition.
We would also like to congratulate Sarah Herbst on her appointment as Youth Theatre Captain for 2018.
Our newly appointed Specialist Cello Teacher is Mr Timothy Byrne. Tim has studied internationally and taught at a number of schools throughout Queensland. He is the Principal Cellist for Professional QPAC Musicians, performing in many musicals held at QPAC and is a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Our new Specialist Violin/Viola Teacher is Mr Samuel Andrews. Sam holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours and a Master of Philosophy (Performance). He has taught at a number of colleges throughout Brisbane and has held numerous senior positions with many Queensland orchestras.
We welcome Timothy and Sam to the Performing Arts Team.
Our 2018 Cabaret Night will be held on Friday 7 September and everyone is welcome to attend this wonderful night of dinner, dancing and entertainment by our talented students in our Premier Ensembles. Please join us in what is a truly wonderful evening.
Book your tickets here.
We would like to invite families to come along and support Exit 24 in their Battle of the Rock Bands competition to be held on Friday 14 September at Clairvaux MacKillop College. This event will highlight the gifted musical talent of students in the rock music genre. There will be “rock concert” atmosphere and BBQ sausage sizzle, snacks and drinks available from 5.30pm. Tickets are only $5 and available on the night.
Students from Chisholm College, St Peter Claver College, Carmel College, St Augustine’s College, Padua and Mt Alvernia Colleges, Emmaus College, MacGregor State High, Villanova College and Clairvaux MacKillop will also be performing.
Exit 24 are due on stage at approximately 9.00pm and we wish them well in this competition.
Friday 31 August - Live at the Piazza
Sunday 2 September - DCE Cheer Competition, Gold Coast (5 x teams)
Friday 7 September - Cabaret Evening
Friday 14 September - Battle of the Rock Bands – Exit 24
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September - AASCF State Cheerleading Competition
Monday 17 September - Performance Evening
Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September - Melbourne Cheer Competition/Tour – Supernovas & Nova Starz
Wednesday 17 October - Music Fest – Symphonic Band
Friday 19 October - Music Fest – Wind Orchestra
Saturday 20 October - Concert Band Spectacular – Wind Orchestra & Big Band
Friday 26 October - Music Fest – Sinfonia
Saturday 27 October - Music Fest – Corelli Strings and Vivaldi Strings
Tuesday 30 October - Music Fest – Primary Concert Band
Wednesday 31 October - Music Fest – Capriccio Strings
Saturday 3 November - Music Fest – Big Band, Stage Band, Viva Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Mr Bobby Gallo
Director of Performing Arts
Due to heavy morning showers last Saturday our Middle School basketball and volleyball matches were cancelled. St John’s also forfeited the Firsts touch football and Seconds Basketball matches given a number of teams had the weekend off.
TAS Football had a very successfull weekend with wins for their Firsts, Seconds, Year Nine and Year Eight teams. The Year Sevens were unlucky not to get the win in a physical encounter ending in a 2-2 draw.
Only two basketball matches were played with the Firsts winning 55-35 and the Year Tens winning 44-30. Our girls were strong in the volleyball with three wins from three matches played. Year Ten won 2-1 and the Seconds and Firsts dominated winning three sets to nil. Finally, in touch football, our Year Eight, Nine and Ten teams had tough encounters against more skilled opponents. The Year Sevens had a strong victory winning 6-1 and a big congratulations to the Seconds for recording their first win of the season 8-4. Well done to all players on a fine effort at TAS sport!
Here are some photos from around the grounds:
Congratulations to Year Eleven student Chekole Getenet and Year Eight student Samuel Pickett for representing Queensland at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Maleny. They had a tough course and had some strong competition but they achieved some incredible results.
Each trimester, teams compete for the Team of the Trimester award. Last term at the start of the season a number of Year Six and Seven students, some new to rugby, some more experienced, came together to form the Year Seven TAS Rugby team. Under the direction of Coach Mr Elms they worked together as a team and showed tremendous school spirit and commitment.
Congratulations to the Year Seven TAS Rugby Team as the Team of the Trimester.
Captain – P J Su’a,
Wesley Aufai, Mason Cameron, Caden Careswell, Andrew Casey, Matthew Crotty, Aleksandr Grcic-Howard, Balian Herd, Zayd Jalal, Luke Jordan, Michael Kendall, Jay Kim, Jeremy Lam, Kobe Lawrence, Theo Lawrence, Isaiah Leon, Jake Mitchell, Jordan Paul, Jacob Shaw, Neemia Stevenson, Liam Vickers, Jayden Ward, Darcy Ward
The JPC TAS Athletics team is gearing up for the Interschool Carnival being held on Tuesday 18 September. The squad is aiming to go back-to-back with the overall Aggregate Trophy. If John Paul College achieves this result it will be the first time the College has won all three Interschool Carnivals (swimming, cross country and Athletics) in the same year. This is great motivation for the squad and would be an amazing feat by the College. Best wishes to all athletes in their final preparations over the next couple of weeks.
Last week we celebrated Multicultural Week and focussed on diversity.
The focus this week celebrates Science @ JPIC and our current theme in Level B: Environment and Global Issues. Following this theme, our teaching staff profile this week features Mrs Teys, our Maths/Science Co-ordinator.
Science in all levels at JPIC have been busy in the laboratory exploring, researching and questioning.
Students have had a key focus on questioning. We have been encouraging students to take risks with their language and to think aloud to confirm and clarify what they have been thinking.
Teamwork has seen lots of fun brainstorming and writing in teams to share answers to problems. Level Five are working on graphs in preparation for their EEI (Extended Experimental Investigation). Level Four have been delving deep into elements and compounds based on the chemistry around the periodic table. Level Three are discovering the microscopic world of cells and the human body. Level Two are working on writing and speaking animal facts and how weather formations impact the environment.
Level One are discovering the differences between some of the unique Australian animals. There is still lots to do with units on electrical circuits and elastic cars.
Ever wondered how many teeth a shark has? How long sea cucumbers live? Which animal throws its stomach out through its mouth to eat? Ocean Life Education’s Marine Biologist explained it all to us.
Ocean Life Education proved to be a wonderful way to complement our study of the Environment and Global Issues. The session provided 4B students with a great learning experience. In an interactive, real life, hands-on activity, they viewed and touched live marine animals and artefacts, learned important information, and enjoyed doing something different. The fact cards about the damage micro plastics do to the marine environment reinforced the Level Four content being studied.
“We learned how to treat Box Jellyfish and Blue Bottle Jellyfish stings and Blue-ringed Octopus bites; we heard about the baby shark and its egg, and how you had to keep fingers away in case it thought they were the prawns that it eats.”
An essential part of the learning process in this interesting programme is making sure the information is delivered in a fun and tactile way. As a result, students touched different shark jaws, learnt about the shape of their teeth and why they vary so much between species. The students met Rainbow, the freshwater turtle and heard how simple pollutants such as plastic bags are proving fatal to sea turtles. They learnt how the reptile’s digestive system prevents them from regurgitating rubbish, mistaken as food. They also stroked a shark from a close distance.
The environmental message that the Ocean Life Education programme tries to get across is that it is vital for the future of our planet to make the connection between sea and land because every little thing that ends up in the sea, has the potential to make animals sick – and if they start to die off, the impact on humans is huge as well.
Mr Russell Welch
Director of John Paul International
How long have you been teaching?
I am fortunate to have been actively involved in the field of education for more than thirty-five years. Fourteen of those have been with JPIC. I am the Maths and Science Co-ordinator and teach ESL English. I am passionate about the love of learning.
My Applied Science Degree gave me qualifications in biology and chemistry but more so, a love of nature and the environment. Armed with my fresh Bachelor’s degree in hand, I started my first job working as a research assistant working in a large greenhouse collecting data about sunflower size and oil production. I literally measured the length and width of every flower and every leaf of thousands of sunflowers. This taught me about patience and the need to measure and collect data accurately. Interestingly, sunflowers are still my favourite flowers today.
In my first teaching role, I worked with Aboriginal students in a regional Queensland country town teaching maths, science and mentoring young people to strive to be the best versions of themselves. I moved to the big smoke (Brisbane) and worked for many years teaching senior biology, junior science, and maths and working in the pastoral care programmes of students from all backgrounds.
Any interesting hobbies
I have written a children’s book called “I wish I was” about living with cancer and disability. There is a copy in the Queensland State Library and it has sold 20,000 copies internationally. The proceeds have been donated to families in need. This little book gave me an insight into the struggles that we all face in our lives and the importance of sense of family.
Winning the Senior Art Prize at school encouraged my interest in painting and drawing and I studied art privately for two years. It is my hobby these days. I find weekend painting provides a wonderful holistic balance and completeness to the week’s diet of maths and science. I am an exhibiting artist and now I am working on paintings for my own solo art exhibition. This year I assisted JPC students in Years Seven to Nine in the co-curricular art programme at the College.
I have travelled to Europe, Asia and all States and Territories of Australia but still call Brisbane, Queensland home.
Boarders event - Dark Emu Park
Early this week saw a select group of boarders attend the Bangarra’s Dark Emu performance at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Dark Emu has been recognized as a world-renowned show that reflects Australia’s Indigenous heritage and the importance of storytelling and dance as a way of learning. The students were mesmerized in the array of costumes, songs and dance from the show. At the show's conclusion, many of the performers used this time to mingle with the audience, providing boarders the opportunity to interact and mingle with the dancers.
A special thank you must go to JPC’s Indigenous Co-ordinator Anthony Doidge and Elizabeth Cowie from the Doug Hall Foundation for organising this experience for the boarders.
Congratulations to the Vice-Captain of Boarding Sarah-Cait Kirkland (Moree, NSW) who will be taking part in the annual Yalari Graduation in Canberra this weekend. Sarah-Cait will be graduating as a Yalari Captain and leader. Congratulations Sarah-Cait! You deserve all the recognition you receive.
Mr Tim Christie
Assistant Director of Boarding
1 September - JTAS Term Three Round 6
1 September - TAS Trimester Three Round 7, JPC vs WMAC, John Paul College
2 September - Friends of Netball Colour Explosion Fun Run, Cec Munns Sports Centre
3 September - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room
4 September - QCS, Coleman Centre and Gorman Lecture Theatre
4 September - Primary School Student Led Conferences, Primary Precinct
4 - 5 September - Friends of Cricket Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
6 - 7 September - PYP Exhibition, Wesley Building
6 -7 September - 10-19 years Regional Athletics Carnival, QSAC
6 September - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Lecture Theatre
7 September - Prep Outdoor Classroom Day, Campus Grounds
7 September - Cabaret Night
8 September - JTAS Term Three Round 7
8 September - TAS Trimester 3 Round 8, JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College
10 - 11 September - 10-19 years Boys Regional Cricket, Thornlands
10 -14 September - Year Eleven and Twelve Exams, TBA
11 September - Year Eight Retreat
11 and 13 September - Early Learning Centre photos, ELC
11 September - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
12 September - National Australia Day Council (NADC) Forum, Stephen Bean Theatre
13 September - JPIC Exit Testing, Gorman Lecture Theatre
13 September - RU OK Fun Run, Stephen Bowers Oval
14 September - JTAS Athletics Carnival
15 September - TAS Trimester Three Finals
17 September - Year Four St Helena Island Excursion, St Helena Island
17 September - Prep to Year Two Term Three Service, ARC
17 September - Boarding End of Term Outing
17 September - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
17 September - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre
18 September - JPIC Carnival, Stephen Bowers Oval
18 September - TAS Athletics Carnival, QSAC
19 September - Year Eleven Retreat
19 September - Middle School Design Day, Middle School Precinct
19 September - JPIOC Carnival, Coleman Courts and Mezzanine
19 September - Prep Parade
19 September - Years Three to Six Service, ARC
19 September - St Mark's Concert, St Marks Anglican Church Daisy Hill
20 September - IB Art Exhibition
20 - 23 September - Champion Basketball Schools Cup, Logan
21 September - Primary Parade, ARC
21 September - Assembly, Coleman Centre
21 September - Live at the Piazza
21 September - JPIC Term Three Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre
21 September - TERM 3 CONCLUDES
22 September - Boarder Travel Day
24 September - 5 October - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme