Welcome to the Principal's Voice
The new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system will begin for Year 11 students in 2019 with their first formal external examinations commencing in 2020.
The QCE system features new senior assessment and tertiary entrance processes. From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) will replace the the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s. The ATAR is the primary mechanism used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students.
Senior subjects will be referred to as general subjects and students’ learning will be assessed using three internal pieces of assessment and one external exam. This exam will be conducted at the same time around Queensland for all students.
In Mathematics and Science subjects, the external exam will contribute 50% of the final subject result. In other areas, the exam will contribute 25%.
JPC staff have been preparing for the transition for the last 18 months. Our teachers have been involved in extensive professional development activities with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) as well as contributing to working parties external to the College, to develop both the curriculum and assessment items.
You can learn more about the new system from the QCAA website and also Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). QTAC will calculate ATARs for Queensland school leavers from 2020.
I wish all members of the school family a safe and restorative break. Thank you also to staff and students who will continue their preparations for the Musical with shows commencing on the 27th July.
This week we would like to congratulate:
Mrs Karen Spiller OAM
Get in quick and secure your tickets before the holidays. Miss out and you'll have 'mud on yo' face; a big disgrace...'
Have you got your tickets? You'll go GaGa if you miss out!
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.
Scaramouche Scaramouche sponsorship opportunities available!
To obtain a copy of the sponsorship prospectus, please email [email protected]
Question: As a parent, can I search the library catalogue?
Response: Absolutely, the College library resources can be viewed using the online catalogue which is available 24/7. The library catalogue is the gateway to access for print and digital resources.
The College library collection includes access to an online collection of eBooks, online databases and educational video content.
Although parents can view the summary of the resource collection, access to many of the online resources is limited to students.
The right hand menu also contains links to activities and resources from the NMLC and the Gorman Learning Commons.
To search the College resource collection select “Catalogue.”
Where available, covers are displayed and the records indicate the “holdings” and availability of the resource and its location.
Note that the record also includes the option to search with specific database resources that the College holds including and the .
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)
International students have always been part of the fabric of John Paul College and we have been remunerating families to host students for over 30 years.
In fact, many College families of present and past students have converted spare rooms into funded accommodation by providing a "home away from home" for our international students, while enjoying the added advantage of regular monthly remuneration.
College families, who have their own children at John Paul College, find it easier to manage an extra student or two and better understand and support homestay students during their time at our College.
If you have children at the College, your family may wish to host a short term or long-term student.
Long-term students: Reimbursement per month*:
• One student: $1,180
• Two students: $2,360
(*Tax-free, if you host no more than two students).
Short-term students: Reimbursement per night:
If you think your family would value from the experience of the Homestay Programme, please contact the Accommodation Officers to discuss the benefits.
• For long term students: on (07) 3826 3442 or email to [email protected]
• For short term students: on (07) 3826 3413 or email to [email protected]
Please find below the Retail Centre hours for the June/July holiday period:
Usual term time hours will recommence from Monday 16 July 2018
Spaces for this popular school holiday programme are filling fast - secure your place ASAP.
Sessions have been designed for Gifted and Talented children across Years 4 - 6, and may be of interest to Year 7 students. These days are standalone days and can be completed separately.
This year’s offerings are focussed on the areas of Science, Engineering, History and Creative Writing.
For further information on the Academic Challenge programme please contact Joel Bonomini at [email protected]
To view the programme please click on the PDF below:
Register at: http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/news-events/bookings/
BRICKS 4 KIDZ® School Holiday Workshops are a FRESH and FUN way for kids to spend their school holidays! Kids love using LEGO® Bricks to build their own in-house models and use their imagination to explore the world!
Cost: $160 for the 2 day program.
There is a Code Camp for every child from ages 5-12. Building apps, coding, designing and brainstorming. The four camps offer the perfect combination of new skills with new friends.
When: Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 July.
Parents can sign up at https://my.codecamp.com.au/camp/venue/4357?utm_source=school&utm_campaign=johnpaulcollege
Welcome to Week 10
As we come to the end of Term 2, we can reflect back on how much has happened and what effort the students have put into their learning.
Teachers have not only taught the course content of their particular subjects, but also helped students develop habits that will allow them to cope during the exam period and show their true ability.
As usual at the end of the first semester, comprehensive reports will be available online during the first week of the holidays. These will have informative, personalised comments relating to the development of each individual student. They will take the form of a pastoral care comment, achievement grades in each subject and comments on the learning habits that each teacher considers are exhibited by the student.
In Years 7 through to 12 we are continuing to use a set of criteria to report on the Learning Habits of each student. We refer to these as DARTS and they are awarded in each subject.
DARTS stands for:
Not all students achieve A’s and A+’s, however they all should be striving to be the best they can be. By developing and focusing on the DARTS students can be achieving at their highest possible level. I would particularly like to encourage parents to spend some time talking to their child about how they are tracking in relation to these Learning Habits and how they can develop them to an even greater extent.
On Friday of Week 3 Term 3, we will be celebrating students who have applied themselves to their learning throughout the first semester. These students will be awarded the Pro Diligentia award.
We will also recognise the highest achieving students through our Cum Laude awards. The criteria for awarding Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude is available on our website.
Last week, the Year 10 Food and Nutrition students participated in a fantastic workshop on fermentation presented by Green Living Australia. The workshop explored nutrition and the science of fermentation, digestion and food preservation through yoghurt, kimchi and kombucha. Such a tasty and informative workshop!
At the end of this term, we are saying farewell to a number of teachers. Teachers leaving the Secondary School are:
We wish them all the best in their future endeavours. They have all made wonderful contributions to our students and the College during their time here.
On Wednesday evening the Performing Arts co-curricular students held a wonderful evening where they entertained the Chair of the Board, Principal, College Executive, parents and grandparents.
Dance, choral music, classical music, mixed ensembles, jazz and rock music were all featured in the evening. Students appeared in several performances highlighting their many talents and commitment to making music and dance. The performers ranged from Prep students through to Year 12 students.
Throughout the evening, Senior School students were outstanding and there were too many magical performances for me to single any in particular. The evening was thoroughly entertaining and the quality of performances was exceptional. A big thank you for all the students and staff members who made it such a special evening.
On a clear and sunny winter's day the Secondary School held its Athletics Carnival at the Cec Munns Sports Centre. Student participation was exceptional and there were many fine performances. The atmosphere was fantastic and at the end of the carnival, houses competed against each other in a ‘Spirit’ challenge.
The presentation of the Age Champions was held over to the Principal’s Assembly today. The two major trophies were awarded at the conclusion of the day.
Enright was awarded champion house and Burke was awarded the Nicole Cooper Spirit Award.
This is the first time Enright has won a trophy for a considerable time. Congratulations for all those patient Enright supporters who have waited so long for a trophy.
Friday 22 June - Last day of Term 2
Monday 16 July - Term 3 commences
Tuesday 17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal
Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July - School Musical ‘We Will Rock You’
Mr Allan Dennis
Head of Senior School
Extended Learning Block
The last couple of weeks have been a busy time for secondary students finalising assignments, sitting exams and completing standardised literacy testing in Year 8. The Extended Learning (EL) Block in Week 9 suspending the regular timetable to create a dedicated block of time for each learning area, was used for the completion of assessment/exams and/or alternative activities/incursions related to their field of study this term. I congratulate Middle School students on their focus and attitude during EL Block, as well as their use of time during the Reboot and Recovery time in the middle of the day. With external exams coming to Queensland Senior Schooling as part of the new Queensland Certificate of Education, it is important that our younger students develop the skills required for independent learning, self-management and academic resilience.
On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of attending the end of term Performance Evening showcasing the diversity of dance and music ensembles from early primary through to our most advanced performers. It was a terrific night with many outstanding and entertaining acts providing our students with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents to the College community. Our School of Performing Arts is a large operation with hundreds of students across the College growing and developing their performance skills.
Congratulations to all performers and to the dedicated performing arts staff for making this night a great success. Below are some of our Middle School students in action:
On Thursday we held our annual Inter-House Athletics Carnival at Cec Munns Sports Complex. This is the final Inter-House sporting challenge for the year and Houses were keenly competing for both the Spirit trophy and overall House Athletics Champion trophy. The weather was perfect and spirits were high as all students had the opportunity to compete and represent their House in both track and field events. Congratulations to all students for enabling a fun and friendly day of House competition. Final results for the carnival may be found in the Co-curricular Sports section of this newsletter.
Finally, I wish all families a restful time over the holiday period and hope you rejuvenate and re-energise in preparation for a busy Term 3. If you are travelling overseas or interstate, I wish you a fun time and a safe journey.
Mr Mark Zietsch
Head of Middle School
Semester One academic reports will soon be available for all studetns. These will be available through the ‘SEQTA Engage’ Portal. Your child’s teacher takes great pride in preparing and presenting these for you, with reports based on work taught and assessed during the semester. Your child’s achievement level is not who they are. It is information regarding how your child has demonstrated what has been taught. Our assessment is based on the Australian Curriculum and we report it against a five point scale. This year we have made the adjustment to include all year levels in the A-E achievement level criteria.
This week I shared with our Prep to Year 2 parents the following thought.
“Believe in your child’s potential. Believing in your child rubs off and has an influence on how well they do at school. Showing children that you believe in them and their ability to do their best and go on to be successful is one of the most powerful things you can do.”
If you have any questions or feedback regarding the academic report, I know that your child’s teacher will be very willing to discuss this with you.
I am also seeking feedback on experiences of bullying actions and behaviours that your family might be experiencing here at the College. I would love to know, not necessarily, particular people or incidents, but behaviours and actions, to ensure that if there is something we need to deal with, we can address it.
We need the College to be physically and emotionally safe for all. We know that children make social and behavioural mistakes, mainly because we know that adults, with a lot more life experience also make social and behavioural mistakes. We want to be intentional and purposeful in ensuring our community members have the opportunity for honest feedback when they need support. I often tell children that consequences are there to support growth, because actions and behaviours communicate to us that a person is needing more support to understand the best way to function within the community. Please email me or make an appointment to see me with feedback.
We have loved working with you on the learning journey so far in 2018. We are looking forward to a great Semester Two.
Mr Andy Gordon
Head of Primary School
Recently we held the Year 10 Retreat, conducted by Peer Power. Their website describes them: “They are adolescentoligists. For three decades, Peer Power’s team has delivered seminars in secondary schools throughout Queensland and beyond. More than 300,000 students have participated in Peer Power’s workshops which are tailored to the needs of each school and its students. Peer Power is a not-for-profit organisation.”
The Retreat topic of ‘Supermarket Spirituality’ helps students to consider how we take different beliefs and values from the different ‘shelves’ that are out there in the world. It then gets them to look at the idea of whether we are actually being consistent with our behaviour, considering we say we believe certain things.
For example, the person that says we evolved and believes in the ‘survival of the fittest’ thinks that we should help others when they are in need. These two ideas are in conflict if you are to be consistent with your belief. Likewise, a person who says they follow Christ, but say it is just an inner personal belief and won’t help others, is also inconsistent.
The Retreat also demanded some deeper thinking when saying that while we should show acceptance of everyone’s ability to believe whatever they wanted to, the reality is, all beliefs cannot be true. For example, people can be friends and have different points of view about if there is no God, one God, or multiple Gods – but only one of those three positions can be true. Therefore, it is up to us to explore these ideas and come up with our answer.
As a school that has Christ in the centre of our motto because of the Christian men and women that began this place, the Christian perspective is taught.
At the end of the day, students were then given a forum to ask any question they wanted about anything covered during the day. At least 30 questions were asked. Many students want to explore these ideas and Retreats give them this forum, even if they don’t always find it easy to discuss these issues.
Below are a few comments from the day:
Mr Stephen Ward
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.
Last Friday, the third session of the robotics and coding workshops with Mrs Jan MacNamara and Mr Steve Uliano saw the Year 5 students enthralled with coding the Astrobots to be trash detectives. One very clever group with Anton Van Dillewijn and Ella Moodie of 5YA managed to have their robot pick up and pass the rubbish to another robot before placing in the bin! Not easy to do and requires some quite sophisticated coding.
The robots will live in NMLC and will be available for class loans and for use in Library Digital Technology lessons.
Middle and Senior School students gathered at the Learning Centres’ manga special event on Wednesday to vote for the manga they most wanted to see on the shelves.
Senior student, Kahleb Scott, co-ordinated our inaugural Naruto running race in honour of the event. Many thanks to the participants, and special thanks to the group of senior students who suggested the race and supported from the sidelines. Thank you, too, to the pop culture specialist, Zombster, for bringing the collection of manga for students to browse and vote on.
Students will be able to borrow their selections early in Term 3.
Don’t panic! If you didn’t manage to borrow a book before the holidays, JPC offers a range of ebooks through the Wheelers ebook platform. Students can access a huge range of books from the ever-popular Morris Gleitzman’s Once series and the Skulduggery series to classics and an array of young adult novels. There are even some non-fiction ebooks available for those more interested in facts.
Students can access the ebooks on their laptops through the Learning Centre page on JPConnect. Simply click on ebooks and then on the John Paul College icon. Alternatively, students can access the ebooks on their mobile devices through the Wheelers ePlatform app.
Are you interested in writing and keen to learn from the best?
The ALEA Meanjin 40th Writers' camp is open to students aged 10-15 years and gives children the opportunity to learn from four of Australia's industry professionals in the field of children's literature.
When: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July, 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
Where: Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus
Cost: $150 per student or $200 per family of 2 students
For more information and to book online go to https://www.alea.edu.au/events/event/alea-meajin-40th-writers-camp
After the Fire by Will Hill
“The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.
Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?”
After the Fire is an intense and mesmerising fictional account of a cult that meets a fiery end. Your heart will bleed for Moonbeam—for her vulnerability, her pain and her courage as she forges a path beyond The Fence.
Last Thursday night our two senior contemporary ensembles, Rock Bands Exit 24 and Paradise Road competed in the annual Battle of the Bands held at TAFE Coomera. Ten bands took part and our students performed exceptionally and entertained the audience like seasoned performers. Exit 24 were awarded:
Adjudicators for the night included American Guitarist/Producer and music legend, Mr Louie Sheldon, QLD Musician and Producer, Mr Mark Watson and QLD Vocalist from Chasing Velvet, Ms Amira Talbot.
Congratulations to all of the students on their excellent performances, their Directors, Mr Sharne Andrews and Mr Sean Andrews and also our specialist contemporary music tutors Mr Sonic Edwards (Bass Guitar) and Mr Mark Charters (Drum Kit).
This term, Year 8 Academic Music classes have focussed on their composition skills. Each student composed a piece for a solo instrument with chordal accompaniment for a small ensemble. The compositions displayed considerable creativity which led to students wanting to learn to play each other’s compositions during class time. When a performance opportunity arose at Middle School Assembly on Monday, one of the Year 8 classes suggested we perform Aaliyah Wallace’s composition as it was written for instruments played by students in the class. With only one rehearsal, the year 8 class performed the piece for the entire Middle School. Congratulations to this Year 8 class and Aaliyah for an entertaining performance of an original composition.
Over 420 Performing Arts students entertained family and friends for our second Performance Evening held in the Coleman Centre on Wednesday night. Guests enjoyed 26 performances from our dance, choral and instrumental students in their ensembles, including the inaugural performances by the newly formed Jazz Combo, Circle of Nine and Percussion ensemble showcasing our new acquisition, the Yamaha Concert Marimba.
A big thank you to the Friends of Performing Arts committee for their financial support in funding the purchase of the Yamaha Concert Marimba and their organisation and hard work as always arranging the canteen for the night.
Thank you also to everyone who supported the fundraiser for Raffan Moyle and the winners below:
Congratulations to Year 9 student, Emma Cobb who recently competed in the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge (BPAC), taking out the Senior Musical Theatre Scholarship which includes a $1000 bursary, photography package and WAAPA Audition Masterclass. Emma then went on to perform in a winners Gala performance at St John’s Anglican College where she performed “No One But You” from our musical, “We Will Rock You”.
Monday 9 July – Friday 13 July - Musical Rehearsals in Coleman Centre
Thursday 19 July - Musical rehearsal in the Coleman Centre
Monday 23 July - Brisbane City Bands Festival – Big Band and Jazz Combo
Wednesday 25 July - Musical rehearsal (entire cast) at Chandler Theatre
Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 July - Musical performances at Chandler Theatre
Wednesday 1 August - Redlands Eisteddfod – Viva Choir
Thursday 2 August - Redlands Eisteddfod – Year 1 & 2 and Year 3 & 4 Singstars Choirs
Thursday 9 August - Quota Beenleigh Logan Eisteddfod – Fusion Dance
Friday 10 August - Quota Beenleigh Logan Eisteddfod – Force Dance
Friday 10 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod - Concert Choir & Chamber Choir
Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August - Melbourne Cheer Competition Tour
Tuesday 14 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod – Chamber Orchestra & Sinfonia
Friday 17 August - Gold Coast Eisteddfod - Eclipse
Tuesday 21 August - Strings Recital
Friday 7 September - Cabaret Evening
Mr Bobby Gallo
Director of Performing Arts
Congratulations to Enright house for taking honours at the Secondary Interhouse Athletics Carnival. It was a wonderful day full of great competition and team spirit.
1st Enright 3973
2nd Doulin 3673
3rd Gilmour 2442
4th Burke 2359
Congratulations to Burke house for being awarded the Nicole Cooper Spirit Trophy.
Well done to the following students who broke records during the carnival:
Open boys 400m D’Artagnan Koeun 51.68s (David Hanlin 53.39s in 2000)
13 Boys 3000m Samuel Pickett 10m23.00s (Nigel Chong 10m48.00s in 2009)
13 Girls Long Jump Heidi Dennis 4.51m (Letitia Donaldson 4.31m in 1984)
13 Girls Shot Put Heidi Dennis 10.72m (Lucy Brock 10.65m in 1998)
Further congratulations being extended to each of our individual age champions:
12 Girls Aurelia Gallo
12 Boys Bryce Thomas
13 Girls Heidi Dennis
13 Boys Samuel Pickett
14 Girls Kuruwyerna Cooper
14 Boys Lachlan Ward
15 Girls Larissa Vickers
15 Boys Fletcher Roberts
16 Girls Danica Martin
16 Boys Joel Kibby
Open Girls Jessica Smith
Open Boys D’Artagnan Koeun
On Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June, our Years 3 – 6 took to the fields at Cec Munns Sports Centre representing their houses in the annual Interhouse Athletics Carnival. In beautiful conditions, the boys competed in their track events on Tuesday with the girls competing in their field events. Another glorious day on Wednesday then saw the girls competing in the track events and the boys, their field events.
Congratulations to the following students who broke records during the carnival:
12yrs Boys 100m Aiden Barr (14.20)
12yrs Boys High Jump Ibraheem Mustafa (1.37m)
12yrs Boys Discus Alex Jennings (20.71m)
12yrs Boys Long Jump Aiden Barr (4.21m)
12yrs Girls Shot Put Charlee White (6.83m)
10yrs Girls Discus Phoebe Stedman (20.33m)
8yrs Girls 800m Penelope Murray (3:34.41)
Congratulations to Enright house for being awarded the Craig Macrae Spirit Trophy.
Doulin House was announced as the winning house overall, with further congratulations being extended to each of our individual age champions:
9yrs Girl Age Champion: Olivia Olechnowicz
9yrs Boy Age Champion: Maverick Mann
10yrs Girl Age Champion: Phoebe Stedman
10yrs Boy Age Champion: Casey Ryan
11yrs Girl Age Champion: Millicent Jennings
11yrs Boy Age Champion: Liam Manson
12yrs Girl Age Champion: Ava Gill
12yrs Boy Age Champion: Aiden Barr
Congratulations to all involved in the organisation and running of the Queensland A - grade swim meet held at the JPC Aquatics Centre last Saturday.
With over 400 competitors JPC put on a spectacular event. All JPC swimmers enjoyed strong competition with many swimmers coming away with medals and PB’s.
A special mention to friends of aquatics, led by Vlad Dugandzic, who spent much time and energy coordinating the event today.
This was a wonderful event that showcased our students and great school community.
Well done to all involved!
Year 9 student Jeremy McEvoy will be participating in the Australian junior volleyball camp these holidays at the AIS in Canberra. This will be an amazing experience Jeremy and we wish you all the best.
Congratulations to Winiata Heemi, Taine Roiri, Soul Lima, Kahleb Scott and Samuel Lucas for being selected in the TAS U18 representative rugby team. Well done boys!
Congratulations to the following rugby players who have been selected to play in the Junior Gold Cup State Championships in July.
Brisbane Red U14s - Year 8 student Lachlan Russell
Brisbane Blue U16s - Year 11 student Winiata Heemi, Year 11 student Taine Roiri
Brisbane Green U13s - Year 7 student PJ Su’a
Brisbane Gold Team - Year 8 student Drew Smith
The Burgundy and Blue put in some very strong performances last weekend with a number of teams playing in grand final matches. All teams played with spirit and determination.
Our rugby First XV boys finished their season off with a strong win over Canterbury College and our Year 9 boys who have battled hard all season ended their season with a win.
Open A, Open C, 9A, 10B, and 7A netball teams enjoyed wins with 9A taking out the premiership.
The Open A hockey girls went agonizingly close to taking the premiership after finishing the season as Minor Premiers. Year 6/7 hockey displayed great development by finishing the season with a draw against St Columbans, while Year 8 defeated Ormiston 3-2 in a great game.
Despite giving it their all, boy’s tennis teams went down in some very close encounters.
All teams are to be congratulated on a solid TAS Trimester 2 season and we look forward to moving into Trimester 3 for another exciting season of TAS sport.
We take this opportunity to thank all coaches, managers and our wonderful volunteer friends of groups who continue to work tirelessly to support our sporting programme.
Mrs Karen Graham
Director of Sport & Activities
As Term 2 ends, I reflect on the busy term at JPIC and I am sure everyone is looking forward to a well-earned break.
The International College has welcomed a range of short-term students, long-term students, Study Tour students, Study Abroad students and teachers this term. These groups have all played a part in shaping the International College this term, sharing in the learning and cultural experiences.
I wish all JPIC students a safe, restful and enjoyable break in preparation for the next term.
For students living away from their families, our homestay programme plays an integral role in their overall experience in Australia.
Underpinning our programme is the College’s commitment to the protection and welfare of students throughout the College community. This, of course, includes homestay accommodation.
To ensure our students have a safe and enjoyable time while in Australia at John Paul College, and to assist homestay families who are about to host new students entering our programme and your home, we are conducting several information sessions.
These Homestay Family & Child Protection Workshops will help to ensure that Homestay families are provided with Child Protection information, procedures, responsibilities and requirements. We are also currently running workshops for our short-term homestay families, however our long-term homestay families are welcome to attend and we will be running additional workshops in the near future.
To be eligible to host new international students from Term 3, the College invites homestay families to register for a session by following the link below. You need only register for one event.
All acting homestay parents need to attend in order to host students in Term 3 (eg. both homestay mother and father). In addition, any adults residing in the home who requires a Blue Card should attend one of these sessions. There will be a register to sign at the workshop.
I would like to remind Homestay families that while considering supervision appropriate to the age and maturity of the student and their familiarity with life in Queensland, the issue of safety must be paramount.
I thank our homestay families who open their homes and hearts to the young students in our care while they live and study in Australia.
On Tuesday morning JPIC students had a sports carnival on the Steven Bowers Oval. It was a cold morning but everyone was enthusiastic and ready for the soccer matches.
The boys were divided into six teams and the girls into four teams based on their level. Everyone played hard, did their best, and enjoyed the fun of the game. In addition, spectators enjoyed the matches and cheered for their peers and classmates. We could see a lot of support and energy around the oval.
Finally, congratulations to 4B girls and 4B boys! You showed fantastic teamwork and you deserve the first place. Special thanks to Mrs Falkenhagen, our PE teacher, for organising this event for us and we hope everyone has good memories from the morning activities.
Level 1 and 2 classes went on an excursion on Monday 18 June. The students were very excited to look around Brisbane City and learn more about Australia.
First, they visited the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The nametags on the beautiful flowers and trees allowed students to learn their names and from where they came. They walked to see different gardens with different themes and had their lunch on the grass. After lunch, some students played Frisbee and some played Uno. It was fun and they were all happy to share the moment.
Next stop was the Mt Coot-tha Lookout with its breathtaking view. It was the students’ first time to see the view of the City so they were all excited. They enjoyed a cup of coffee and some ice cream, along with the fresh air on top of the mountain.
On the way back to school, students stopped by Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see the koalas. They had not seen real koalas before so looked forward to the experience. Luckily, one of the koalas was awake and eating eucalypt leaves. Students listened to the explanation about koalas and watched a short video clip.
It was a long day but students came away with much new knowledge about living in Brisbane!
Mr Russell Welch
John Paul International
Our Boarders can now see the light at the end of the tunnel after what has been a rigorous few weeks of study and preparation for summative assessment in the EL block (Years 7 to 10) and the Exam block (Years 11 and 12). Our boarders are to be congratulated on their focus and commitment to achieving strong results, it was pleasing to see how many students utilized the academic staff for support at Gorman Prep sessions leading up to the assessment period.
After the completion of exams, boarders enjoyed a busy weekend of activities including TAS finals, shopping, ice-skating, church and room moves, followed by the much anticipated staff vs. boarders netball game, and end of term outing in week 10.
Thank you to all of our boarders and parents, boarder holiday information is now all in, allowing for bus schedules and staffing rosters to be finalized. A reminder that if your holiday plans change, please let boarding know via email or phone, so that we are aware and know when to expect your daughter/son back at the conclusion of the holiday period.
On 7 June, Year 11 boarder Zoe Mavromatis attended a meeting with Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace. Zoe was one of sixteen students from across the state hand-picked to be Education Minister Grace Grace’s “eyes and ears” on the ground in classrooms. Ms Grace has appointed the group of Years 7 to 12 students as her Ministerial Student Advisory Council and declared one of their top priorities is to help tackle the scourge of cyber-bullying. Also present at the meeting was Madonna King, Chair of the Premier’s taskforce on cyber-bullying.
Ms Grace said it was important for students to have their voices heard on major education issues. “These students will be my eyes and ears in Queensland classrooms and playgrounds and I’ll be seeking their views on how we can improve their learning experience,” she said. Well done to JPC Boarder Zoe Mavromatis for her selection involvement in this important work.
Mr Sean Cox
Director of Boarding
With the school holidays approaching, here are some tips to secure your house and valuables.
Thieves are opportunistic. If you provide the opportunity, they will commit the crime.
To report a crime which has occurred contact Policelink on 131444.
22 June - TERM 2 CONCLUDES
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 Programme
1 - 14 July - Junior HAASE Space School Expedition
3 - 4 July - West Ham Oceania Academic Talent ID Camp, Cec Munns Sports Centre
8 - 15 July - Intensive College Musical Rehearsals (Years 4 - 12), Coleman Centre
10 - 11 July - Days of Academic Challenge
11 - 13 July - Code Camp
15 July - Boarder Travel Day
16 July - TERM 3 COMMENCES
16 July - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room
17 July - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room
17 July - Year 11 Semi Formal, Coleman Centre
18 July - Year 1 Old Beenleigh Town Excursion