25 May 2018
Issue 015
The Principal's Voice by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM
Deputy Principal's News
Fair Go Cup
We Will Rock You
JPConnect and Techsphere Update
Senior School
Middle School
Primary School
Chaplain and Community
Library Learning
Co-curricular Performing Arts
Co-curricular Sport
John Paul International Life
Our Boarding Life
Community News
Dates to Remember
John Paul College
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The Principal's Voice
by Mrs Karen Spiller, OAM

Welcome to the Principal's Voice



Occasionally I will be advised of incidents where a student has been approached by a person behaving suspiciously. It is a very rare event but students’ safety can be challenged on their way to and from school. At school, we talk about personal safety. I take this opportunity to encourage parents to remind your children about your family plan if your child feels unsafe in some way. I am not just referring to coming to and from school; an event like this can occur over the holiday period and on weekends.  There is always a balance between keeping your children fully informed and causing them to be anxious.


However, open discussion in the home between parents and their children is often the most effective way of communicating difficult information. There are great resources available for parents online.


Those produced by The Daniel Morcombe Foundation are particularly useful and can be accessed at this address http://education.qld.gov.au/parents/school-life/child-safety-curriculum.html

Organised around Recognise, Respond and Report Strategies, these documents give suggestions for parents about teachable moments and ‘What if’ Scenarios to explore. Teachable moments could include a conversation about what a child would do if they were caught somewhere without transport. Another teachable moment could occur when watching a television program where there is an opportunity to comment on the ‘safety choices’ made by the character. The ‘What if’ Scenarios encourage parents to have conversations about unsafe moments such as ‘what would you do if someone approached you on the street as you are walking home from school’ or ‘what would you do if you became separated from a friend in the city, and you had her mobile phone in your bag’. I commend these resources to you.

This week at the College:

Thank you to Ms. Bowness and all students, families and pets who represented the College at the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk on Sunday.


Thank you also to our student guides for assisting with tours around the College at our Open Day held on Wednesday. As always, our students are wonderful ambassadors for the College and they make us very proud of them all. Thank you to all involved in Barefoot in the Park also hosted this week. Another very successful and well attended event!


Thank you to Mr. Ward for leading our Pentecost Service to mark this important event in the Church Calendar. It is that we are able to enjoy primary and secondary involvement in these celebrations and times of worship.


Finally, thank you to all parents, alumni and staff who have attended our strategic planning input sessions. We really appreciate your insight and views. At the close of these sessions, I will feed back to you on the key outcomes and views.

Congratulations to:

This week we would like to congratulate:

  • All students who performed at Live at the Piazza.
  • Our TAS Cross Country team who is the overall TAS Cross Country Champion School for 2018, winning the Overall Boys' Percentage and Aggregate trophies and multiple age premierships for both our boys' and girls' competitions. 
  • Congratulations to Zoe Mavromatis (Year 11) who has been invited to be a member of the Queensland Ministerial Student Advisory Council. Zoe’s contribution to the Council has the potential to improve the learning experience of thousands of Queensland students in the years to come.


Mrs Karen Spiller OAM


Deputy Principal's News

From the Deputy Principal's Desk

Parenting Collection from SchoolTV launched for JPC

It’s never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children. 

Like never before, parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance.

SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that will save our parents time and the confusion of searching online across multiple sites for relevant, timely information.

You can access the SchoolTV collection here: 


Use the navigation options for each topic to include an introductory video, connect with specialists, read associated articles, consult the fact sheets and even take a quiz.

I look forward to exploring the resources with you.

Mr Norm Kerley

Deputy Principal

Fair Go Cup

Fair Go Cup

On Sunday 3 June (Sunday week), John Paul College is hosting the Fair Go Cup Touch Football competition at Cec Munns Sports Complex. This in an inter-school competition against schools such as Lourdes Hill College, Loreto College, St Matthew’s (STM Sports), Woodridge State High School, All Hallows, and Villanova College. 


The purpose of the Fair Go Cup is to bring together a diverse range of young people from South East Queensland through a shared love of touch footy.  It is also an opportunity to hold out the hand of friendship to young people who are sometimes disadvantaged in our community.


Come along and support this awesome community event:


When: Sunday, 3 June 2018

Where: Cec Munns Sports Centre

Time: 9.30 am to 3.00 pm

Cost: Free to spectators


A canteen with BBQ will be available to purchase lunch, snacks and drinks!

We Will Rock You

We Will Rock You - Have you got your tickets?

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


Tickets are on sale NOW!


Show Dates and Times:

Friday, 27 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Saturday, 28 July 2018 – 7.00 pm

Sunday, 29 July 2018 Matinee – 1.00 pm


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


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


To purchase your tickets please click here.


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

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

JPConnect and Techsphere Update

#toptip JPConnect

Question: My Head of School has made reference to the “handbook” – can I access this online?


Response: Absolutely, the College handbooks are published on the College Community portal and are available for access 24/7. The College handbooks are a ready reference guide to key information for parents and students. Titles in the handbook series include:

  • ELC Handbook
  • Kindergarten Handbook
  • Information for Prep 2018
  • Primary School Handbook 2018
  • Outside School Hours Care Handbook 2018
  • Primary Sports & Activities Handbook
  • Information for Year 7 2018
  • Senior School Handbook 2018
  • Senior School Sports & Activities Handbook
  • Performing Arts Handbook 2018
  • Boarding Handbook 2018
  • New Parents Handbook

How to:

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

2. Access the “Community Portal” tab from the top menu. This displays the Community content in a new window in the browser.

3. Select the orange tile, “Learning,” to display the “College Life” tray for access to the link to the handbooks.

4. Select the handbook required. The handbooks open as a PDF which has a unique address. This link to the document could be saved as a shortcut on a mobile device or computer to give quick access to key information.


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

A Message from the Head of Senior School


Welcome to Week 6

As we head to the final weeks of the term, the focus is on assignments, assessments and examinations. Students across Year 10, 11 and 12 have plenty of opportunity to display their learning. As the assessment load gets heavier, students need to pay even more attention to keeping a balance in their lives. Good exercise, sleep and healthy eating habits will pay dividends in their concentration, performance and outcomes.

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week commences on 27 May through to 3 June. This year the theme is “Don’t keep history a mystery” There are activities that our Indigenous students will be involved in both on and off campus. The purpose of this week, in the Australian calendar, is to celebrate the ‘re-establishment of friendly relations’ and the ‘healing of old wounds’. It is about looking back at our cultural history and the disturbing and extremely complex relationship the Indigenous Australians had with the European people from when they arrived in Australia through to the present day. Reconciliation also seeks to prevent racial abuse from ever happening again.


At John Paul College, we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to work towards a better understanding and acceptance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their special place in Australia. We also believe that through education we can create a path to help build an Australia which is inclusive and respectful of its Indigenous peoples.


Program for the Week


A day in the life of Design Technologies

Sharing photos of Visual Arts and Hospitality with students creating and designing.

Hospitality Mocktails, Year 11 and 12  Non- Alcoholic beverages 


Vocational and Educational Training News

John Paul College currently has over 102 students participating in Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. These qualifications are delivered either as a school subject, Certificate III in Business, Diploma Pathway, Hospitality and Fitness Pathway or with external providers such as TAFE and School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.


Currently we have thirty one Year 12 students completing a Diploma of Business.


VET pathways provide our senior students with valuable employability based practical learning and equips them with an insight into the nature of business in Queensland. These hands-on courses also provide students with a standalone rank score which can be utilised to gain entrance into a range of tertiary level qualifications once they complete Year 12.


If you have any queries regarding the VET program, please contact:


Ms Lena Southwood

Employment & Training Manager

VET Office, Ground Floor Gorman Centre

Email: [email protected] 

Ph: 3826 3437

Dates to Note:

Friday 25 May - Pentecost Service

Sunday 27 May to Sunday 3 June - Reconciliation Week

Thursday 31 May - Year 10 Retreat

Monday 11 June to Friday 15 June - Year 11 & 12 Exam Block

Monday 11 June to Thursday 14 June - Extended Learning Block Years 7 – 10

Tuesday 12 June - Parents & Friends Meeting

Monday 18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion

Monday 18 June -  VET Diploma Students University Excursion

Monday 18 June - QCS Practice

Tuesday 19 June - QCS Practice

Thursday 21 June - Athletics Carnival

Friday 22 June - Last Day of Term 2


Mr Allan Dennis

Head of Senior School

Middle School

A Message from the Head of Middle School

Sense of Belonging

Creating safe and supportive environments where students feel a strong sense of belonging and connectedness, is important for individual wellbeing and student engagement in learning. The Middle School Precinct and the structures within our Middle School programmes, have been developed with this concept in mind; to ensure our students transition well from Primary into Year 7 and can quickly find their place in Middle School. The physical environment, structured lessons, study tutorials, pastoral care programme, leadership opportunities and our extensive extra-curricular programmes; supported by a caring and professional team of staff, all contribute to this sense of belonging for all. During the week I captured some images of elements of our wonderful learning environment in Middle School:


Growing Up in Queensland Project

On Thursday, the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) visited John Paul College to speak with a small number of our students about what it is like to grow up in Queensland in the 21st century. The Growing up in Queensland project will gather the views, stories and opinions of young people across Queensland on the opportunities and challenges they face and what they need from government, business and community leaders to live safe lives and achieve their hopes and dreams. This 2.5 hour workshop and group discussion was run by officers from QFCC. The QFCC asked our Middle School students to consider the following key areas:

  • The place you call home – how you experience life in your community; your opinions about safety, support and the physical places where you spend your time
  • Your hopes and dreams – your career goals and the things which might help or stop you achieving them; and
  • The big picture – what do you think governments should focus on and how do you want your community to look now and in the future.

I thank the 20 Middle School students who volunteered their time to support this important Queensland Government initiative.

National Reconciliation Week

Next week John Paul College joins celebrations around the country as part of National Reconciliation week. Each year teachers and leaders of the College plan a variety of classroom activities and initiatives around the campus to promote the rich and diverse culture and history of our Indigenous people in Australia. This year the theme of National Reconciliation week is ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’. Some of the activities and events being held include the JPC Reconciliation Walk, Reconciliation Assembly, selling of JPC 4 Reconciliation armbands, Staff Indigenous Polo theme day, Tree Planting ceremony (new Indigenous students to JPC) and Reccy Breaky on Finch Farm, and the Fair Go Cup – Touch Football competition at Cec Munns. I invite you to join us at some of the planned activities occurring around the campus next week.


TAS Sport

Last weekend JPC travelled to St Columban’s at Caboolture for our TAS Sport fixture. Our Middle School teams competed well with some outstanding wins across Hockey, Netball, Rugby and Tennis. Some of the action from the day is captured below:


Upcoming Events

  • Friday 25 May - Parent, Past Parent and Alumni Strategic Planning Session, 7.30 am
  • Saturday 26 May – TAS Sport v WMAC (Away)
  • 28 May – 3 June – National Reconciliation Week Activities
  • Sunday June 3 -  Fair Go Cup, Cec Munns Sports Centre


Mr Mark Zietsch

Head of Middle School

Primary School

From the Head of Primary School


What an amazing week in our College. The Primary School warmly congratulates Mrs Spiller on her achievement of an OAM. We also celebrated a very special Barefoot in the Park. Wow! What a day! Thank you so much for enjoying the day with us and celebrating the importance of being 8 years and under.


We are working as a College on our culture. Culture and character are very closely linked. The character that we live out is significant and it is revealed through our interactions with each other. I am noticing, along with a number of my Colleagues across Australia, that schools are encountering a new frontier, one where we are being called on to mediate, negotiate and navigate adult behaviour.


It is very important that we model the behaviours and expectations that we have for our students. As a school we endeavour to leave little room for bullying behaviours. We deal with and follow-up with what we know about. We are finding, at times, an increasing amount of conflict with parents regarding this. At times, doing our best to resolve challenges is then not supported by parents.


As teachers, we do our best to understand all sides and perspectives before following through with any consequences. We ask that you work with us and trust the process. No system is perfect. We aim to be as consistent and practical as possible. I often hear teachers comment that following up on student misbehaviour is complicated by parent responses that attack the teacher. I’m sure you agree that this is unhelpful. We certainly don’t want to arrive at a point where a teacher avoids dealing with inappropriate behaviour because of fear about the possible parent response.


I’m sure you would also agree that this power imbalance will lead to very unsafe schools. When you enrol your child at John Paul College, we hope you do so because you believe and support that we will do our best to manage and follow-up with inappropriate behaviour.


Together for Humanity Foundation

Students in Years 3-6 heard from Ronit and Ahmed from the ‘Together for Humanity’ Foundation. The mission of the foundation is the development of children’s Intercultural Understanding in Australian schools.


The attitudes we adopt at school age can last a lifetime. Hatred and intolerance, or acceptance and respect are seeded early.  Prejudice and hatred dividing people who differ on matters of faith or cultural origin are a threat to a harmonious Australia.


Together for Humanity works in Australian schools to foster tolerance through intercultural understanding. It is an organisation comprised predominantly of Christians, Muslims and Jews, but also includes others who believe in the importance of early intervention.


Together for Humanity’s teams deliver programs to students aged between 8 and 18. For some children, Together for Humanity school sessions may be the first time in their lives they have met a Jew or a Muslim. Such encounters can be powerful.


Established in 2002, Together for Humanity have worked with more than 100,000 Australian students and teachers in primary and secondary schools across the nation. We also have three online professional development courses and a wide range of resources for use by teachers, students and the general community.


About the Sessions:-

Years 3/4   Celebrating Our Diverse Communities

This program is all about embracing the diversity found in our communities. Our presenters share their own stories to explore celebrations of significance to them and others. Students explore inclusion and are challenged to make sure everyone feels as if they belong – in classrooms, communities and the nation.


Seeing that Ahmed lost his finger makes me feel grateful for all that I have. Manaal Ahmed


That where ever you go you can Wear what you want. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. Sakeena Latif


I learned that it doesn’t matter what you look like, or what your name is, you can still be Australian. Even if you are from a different country. Aarav 3TT


You don’t have to have a certain thing to be born in a country, everyone can be different. Nobody has the right to tease other people about what they have. Sofie 3TT


After listening to the Together for Humanity session, I learnt that you shouldn’t bully people if they have something different to you.  Don’t judge people based on their culture or religion, even if they have a different accent, skin colour, different name or  dress differently to you.  Riley Edwards 4TS


Years 5/6  A Nation of Diversity and Connection

We lead students on an exploration of similarities, differences and relationships between people, places, cultures, customs, beliefs, and perceptions. Students consider what this means for Australia and learn about the impact of stereotypes as our presenters share stories about migration and encourage student questions.


The workshop on humanity was fun.  It was about how it doesn’t matter if we are different we can all be Australian. The three coaches were all from different countries, different religions and had different clothes. Faatimah Carim 5YA


The together for humanity incursion was lots of fun. It taught us about diversity and how it is okay to be diverse. It also taught us about how we make assumptions about people based on how they look, even if you do not know a thing about them. Layla Panagos 5YA


Together for Humanity was an eye-opening experience about how society views different cultures. The activities taught us not to judge people based on their appearance but instead to accept them for who they are and all their differences. It changed our mindset about what it is to be “Australian” and that Australia is a culturally diverse country to be proud of. (Charlee White and Dani Mira)


On Friday we experienced a motivational and exciting ‘Together for Humanity’ class about how all Australians are unique. We learnt that we don’t need to speak the same language, dress the same, or believe in the same things to be Australian. This taught us a very valuable lesson. (Kobe Lawrence and Zayd Jalal)


Mr Andy Gordon

Head of Primary School


Chaplain and Community

Year 2 Class Visit - Joseph

A lot of people have heard of the musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. It is based upon the Biblical story of Joseph and his life.


In the real story Joseph is betrayed by his jealous brothers, sold into slavery and taken away to a foreign land where he is sold again to work as a slave in Potiphar’s house. After working hard and staying true to God, Potiphar’s wife tries to get him to do something wrong, he doesn’t, she lies to Potiphar about Joseph and he gets thrown into prison. Again, despite something so terrible and unjust happening to him, he continues to honour God and work hard – so much so that he is put in charge of all the other prisoners.


God enables Joseph to interpret the dreams of two other prisoners. Joseph tells the prisoner that he will soon be working for the Pharaoh again, and not to forget him when he goes back to work.


He goes back to work – and you guessed it, he forgot about Joseph.


Two years go by and the Pharaoh has a dream for which he wants to know the meaning of. Finally, the guy remembers Joseph and he comes and tells the Pharaoh what his dream means as God revealed it to him. The Pharaoh releases Joseph from jail and he comes to work in the palace. Eventually, because of his dedication to God, his hard work and his wisdom, Joseph is made second in charge of all of Egypt. This enables Joseph to store food during seven years of good crops, before seven years of famine hit the land (which was the meaning of the Pharaoh’s dream).


During the time of famine, Joseph’s family made their way to Egypt to try and get some food. Eventually they were brought before Joseph, who recognised them straight away even though they didn’t recognise him.


I imagine he had a few things run through his mind at that point about what to say. Things like, “Why did you sell me into slavery?” and “Why should I help you after what you did to me?” But he didn’t say anything like that. After a bit of conversation, he said,


Genesis 50:20

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”


All those years later Joseph still honoured God and gave him the credit for being able to make something good come out of a bad situation. Joseph then forgave his family and they moved to Egypt and were given good land to live on.


The Year 2’s learned this. Keep trusting God when things seem bad because He can bring something good about in the end. And if someone hurts you, forgive and love them. It may be hard but it is what God wants us to do.


We finished by singing the children’s song, “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do. The mountains are His, the valleys are His, the skies are His handiwork too. My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.” 


Parents' Prayer Group

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


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


Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning at 8.30am 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.

Library Learning

Learning in the Library

Our digital technology journey continues in Year 4 and Year 6. In the last week Year 4 have met Mbot, a cute little programmable robot that has allowed students to apply their coding skills to make it dance, move and play a song. Students have been challenged to apply their learning to new situations. The transference of skills and the collaborative way in which students have worked has been very rewarding.


Year 6, on the other hand, have continued their video editing journey, applying their skills to edit a video of themselves in Premiere Pro. Green screen editing will be a valuable skill that can be applied to presentations for Exhibition next term.


The recently purchased portable green screen equipment is being put` to great use for this learning. It was also used at Barefoot in the Park to record the students having fun on the day. We once again thank the Sclavos family for their kind donation which helped to purchase this equipment.

The Learning Centre Goes Barefoot

Hickory Dickory Dash was the theme of our Barefoot in the Park experiences as the little ones had fun with mice-themed carnival games and coding robot mice to race to the cheese.


Mrs Fry read the National Simultaneous Storytime book Hickory, Dickory, Dash to the children. All around Australia, in schools and public libraries, this book was read to children on Wednesday, focusing on the importance of reading aloud.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Several students have already reached their book goal for the Premier’s Reading Challenge and many others have taken their first steps. Congratulations everyone. Remember, the deadline for reading books and returning the form is August 24. New books to tantalise and tempt are hitting the shelves every week in NMLC and Gorman Learning Centre. We look forward to seeing our participants as they stock up on reading material for the challenge.


If you have queries about the challenge please contact the teacher librarians, Mrs Fry on [email protected] and Mrs Duong on [email protected] or by phone at the Noelene Munns Learning Centre.

Book Fair Last Day 

Thanks to everyone who visited Book Fair this week. There is just one day left to stock up on some books. So why not stop by Noelene Munns Learning Centre on Monday and pick up some extra books to help you on your way for the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Book of the Week

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

This psychological thriller will mess with your head!


Tash loathes small spaces: enclosed water slides, narrow stair cases, walk-in closets—they all set her off. Even lying in the bath can leave her thrashing like a fish out of water. She’s been claustrophobic since she was a child. She blames Sparrow, her imaginary friend, for leaving her traumatised, especially since that night when she watched him lure young Mallory Fisher away from the carnival.


Tash is 15 now, and Sparrow is long gone, a figment of her imagination, or so everyone has convinced her. Yet the fact remains, Mallory Fisher disappeared for a week and has been mute since her return. The family left town, unable to live with the constant reminders. But now Mallory is back…and so is Sparrow. Tash is left struggling. Is Mallory the key to it all? Or is Tash more dangerous to the people around her than she realises?

You can find this book at the Gorman Learning Centre. 

Co-curricular Performing Arts

Message from the Director of Performing Arts

At the Assembly held on Friday 18 May, the John Paul College Jazz Combo, directed by Mr Sharne Andrews and Mr Sean Andrews performed their own arrangement of Orange Coloured Sky by Milton De Lugg and Willie Stein. This piece was first published in 1930 but is best known for the version recorded by Nat King Cole in 1950.  Some of the more unusual appearances for this song in modern times include a cover by Lady Gaga in 2010 and a feature in the video game Fallout 4.  Congratulations on a wonderful performance enjoyed by students, staff and guests.

Our Primary Clarinet Ensemble consisting of Year 6 students, Millie Jennings, Penelope Jones, Charlotte Kochanek and Lola Sawka and directed by Mrs Amanda Gallo, took up the opportunity to perform at the College’s Open Day on Wednesday.  Well done to these students who entertained our prospective families on the Applied Design Deck with a variety of folk songs and jazz pieces.

We congratulate Year 10 student, Aaryn Wong who competed in The Queensland Flute Guild Junior Sonata Competition - Advanced on Saturday 19 May and was awarded First Place.  Aaryn performed a Sonata accompanied by our specialist Flute tutor and piano accompanist, Ms Maggie Chen.

With only 62 days left in our countdown, we welcome the We Will Rock You Musical Band six string players:

  • Chae Eun Oh – Violin 1
  • Tina Gallo – Violin 2
  • Emily Good – Violin 3
  • Tina Marui-Chen – Viola
  • Eunji Choi – Cello
  • Wendy Qin - Cello

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets, available through the John Paul College website.

Upcoming Dates

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

Monday 28 May - Brass, Woodwind & Percussion Recital

Thursday 31 May - Theatresports Competition

Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June - State Honours Ensemble Programme (Shep)

Saturday 2 June - Trinity Musical Theatre Exams

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

Saturday 9 June - Big Band Concert with the Salvation Army Band

Thursday 14 June - Battle of the Bands

Wednesday 20 June - Performance Evening

Sun 8 to Fri 13 July - Musical Rehearsals


Please Note: 

The date for Withdrawal from Instrumental/Vocal Lessons at the end of Term 3, 2018 is July 16, 2018.  Withdrawal forms are available online via jpconnect.net or from the Performing Arts Office.


Mr Bobby Gallo

Director of Performing Arts

Co-curricular Sport

Sporting Highlights - Senior and Primary School Sports and Activities
                                 TAS Cross Country

Congratulations to all members of the John Paul College TAS Cross Country team.  Our students were amazing, displaying great determination and wonderful school pride.  

John Paul College won the following age group trophies:

13 Years Boys

14 Years Boys

15 Years Boys

Open Girls  and Open Boys


Our team won the Boys' Percentage Trophy, Boys' Aggregate Trophy and the Overall Champion School Trophy. A wonderful achievement from 120 students who have worked hard all year to achieve this goal. 


Special mention must go to our age medalists:

12 Years Girls - Aurelia Gallo- Bronze 

13 Years Boys - Samuel Pickett- Gold and Ryan Merrett- Bronze 

14 Years Boys - Lachlan Ward- Gold  and William Jennings- Bronze 

15 Years Boys - Josh Shah- Silver 

16 Years GirlsAysha Ozden- Bronze

16 Years Boys - Tyler Kiem- Silver

Open Girls - Jessica Smith- Gold  

Open Boys - Chekole Getenet- Gold


Team of the Trimester Award

Each trimester, teams compete for the Team of the Trimester Award. Last term our Open A Girls' Tennis team put in a tremendous performance to win the Grand Final for the first time in eleven years. The girls went into the Grand Final in second place having been previously defeated by St Paul’s, however through great team work, commitment and school spirit the girls pushed through and won. 


Congratulations to our Open TAS Tennis girls on their outstanding achievement.


U18 State Hockey Championships

 A huge congratulations to Year 11 student Danica Martin who has been selected to represent Brisbane at the U18 State Hockey Championships which are being held in Cairns from 1-3 July 2018. Recently Danica represented Brisbane at the U18 Southern Cross Hockey Tournament held in Toowoomba (involving 10 teams across South-East Queensland). Danica’s team was runner-up in the Div 2 final.  Congratulations Danica!!!


All Stars Netball Clinics

Thank you to the QLD Firebirds (Laura Geitz, Romelda Aiken, Mahalia Cassidy, Clare McMeniman) for coming out to John Paul College for our All Stars Coaches Clinic. The students were put through their paces and learnt so much but most of all they couldn't keep the smiles from their faces!


TAS / JTAS Sports Wrap Up

The Burgundy and Blue teams were up early Saturday to travel to St Columban's College and came away on top with 16 wins and a draw against some very tough opposition. 


Our hockey girls were simply outstanding winning matches in Open A, Year 8 and Year 6/7 girls. Open B girls recorded their first win of the season, while Year 9 girls fought hard to the end to hold on to a 1-1 draw. 


Boys' tennis continues to go from strength to strength winning all six age divisions, with our Year 8, 10 and Open A boys remaining undefeated. Well done to all boys in our tennis program! 


Netball came up against the leading TAS netball school, and put in creditable performances across the board winning the 9A, 8A, 8B and 7B matches. 


Year 7 and Year 8 rugby teams continued their unbeaten run with strong wins. Year 9, 10, 2nd and 1st XV boys fought hard against the TAS leaders. 


JTAS rugby and netball continue to experience strong development and are building on skills and game play every week. 


Next week we are away at WMAC. A bus will be provided once again, if there is enough interest.


John Paul International Life

From the Director of John Paul International

It is always pleasing to share in the success of JPIC graduates as they achieve at John Paul College. 


At the Principal’s Assembly, we were proud to see JPIC Graduate Karlym Nam awarded Cross Country Vice-Captain.  Karlym was a leader at JPIC, often seen mentoring and assisting her classmates.  It is wonderful

 to see this leadership continue at John Paul College.

It is testament to the breadth of our preparation program; not only developing English language proficiency but also preparing and encouraging students to take full advantage of all the opportunities we offer as part of the John Paul College Experience.


Another key component of this preparation is in the area of research and scientific investigation.


I have included a reflection by Level 3 student Tony Yu on a Laboratory lesson with his Science teacher Zack Milverton.

“The best learning experience I had in JPIC was doing an experiment in the laboratory. I learnt so many knowledge and skills in that lesson that I can remember this lesson so well. I used equipment to separate things that were different. I learnt to use the equipment that I had never seen such as filter, funnel, Bunsen burner and evaporating dish. We had three different tasks to do including, separating sand, metals and salt, filter water from mixture, and separate water and salt. I understood that doing experiments could be dangerous if we didn’t do it in the right way. During these experiments, I co-operated with my classmates so that I could improve my team-working skills. At first, we had a few arguments about how to do the experiments in the best way. However, we solved the problem. After this, I understood that listening to others’ suggestions can help me to get some new ideas. I was satisfied a lot after learning these in the lab. I think it was a meaningful lesson.”  Tony Yu.


Mr Russell Welch

Director of John Paul International

Our Boarding Life

Director of Boarding

The term has quickly reached its mid-point and many boarders are now deep into topics of learning in preparation for the EL – Block in week 9. It has been fantastic to see so many senior boarders continuing to take advantage of the academic assistance on offer at Gorman prep sessions.


This term we have welcomed another JPC teacher, Mr Chris Shannon onto the Boarding Academic Tutoring Team. Chris specialises in science, and teaches senior Chemistry and Physics. We have sought out Chris’s assistance to ensure our Senior physics students have as much support as possible in their final years.

Boarder Travel Day – Term 2 2018

Boarding closes at 4.00 pm Saturday 23 June and re-opens at 8.00 am Sunday 15th July. Boarder travel information is due on the following dates:


International Students: Due Friday, 25 May (Week 6) JPC International Boarding Students’ Vacation Leave Form


Domestic Students: Friday, 1 June (Week 7) Via REACH leave request (leave type – Boarder Travel Day).


Boarding can arrange transport to Brisbane Domestic and International Airports for boarder drop-off and pick-up. If transport is required, it must be selected in the student’s relevant boarder travel day leave request.


Mr Sean Cox

Director of Boarding

Community News

Jimmy's 22 Million Steps for Kids Brain Cancer

Take the step and register to help Jimmy retrace his 22 million steps around Australia this May and raise funds to support children with brain and spinal cord tumors.


Where: Jack Cook Memorial Park, 99 Gailey Road, Taringa

When: Sunday 27 May

Time: 9.00 am to 12 noon


Please join the event - a morning of fun and fitness for kids with brain cancer!


Dates to Remember


26 May - JTAS Term 2 Round 5

26 May - TAS Trimester 2 Round 6 - JPC vs WMAC, West Moreton Anglican College

27 May - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

28 May - Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Recital (Years 4-12), Stephen Bean Theatre

29 May - Assembly (Years 3-12), Coleman Centre

29 May - Friends of Rugby Meeting, Gorman Centre

30 May - JPIC Assembly

30 May - Primary School Walkathon

31 May - Year 10 Retreat - St Edwards Hall

31 May - Year 2 Street Science Incursion, Wesley Courts

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

31 May -Theatresports Competition


1 June - Primary Parade, ARC

1 June - Live at the Piazza, Contemporary Ensemble

2 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 6

2 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 7 - JPC vs CHAC, Cannon Hill Anglican College

3 June - Musical Rehearsals, Coleman Centre

3 June - Fair Go Touch Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

4 June - Friends of Performing Arts Meeting, Performing Arts Meeting Room

5 June - Kindergarten B & C Walkathon, John Paul College

5 June - Friends of Tennis Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

5 June - Friends of Rugby Meeting, Gorman Centre, Ground Floor

6 June - Year 5 Middle School Engagement Meetings, Wesley 11 and 12

7 June - Staff vs House Captains Netball Game, Coleman Centre

7 June - Kindergarten A & D Walkathon, John Paul College

7 June - Friends of Netball Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

8 June - Live at the Piazza

9 June - JTAS Term 2 Round 7

9 June - TAS Trimester 2 Round 8 - JPC vs Ormiston, John Paul College

9 June - Salvation Army Big Band Performance, Coorparoo

11 - 15 June - Years 11 and 12 Exam Block

11 - 14 June - Years 7 to 10 EL Block

11 June - Year 6 Science Expo

12 June - John Paul College Parents and Friends Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

12 June - Friends of Rugby Meeting, Gorman Centre Ground Floor

13 June - PYP Exhibition Parent Information Session

14 - 15 June - Battle of the Bands

15 June - Peer Support Session, Drake Area

16 June - TAS Trimester 2 Finals

17 June - Boarding Staff vs Students Netball Game, Coleman Centre

18 June - Year 11 Physics Excursion, Dreamworld

18 - 19 June - QCS Practice, Coleman Centre and GLT

18 June - VET Diploma of Business Year 12 University Excusion

18 June - Prep to Year 2 Term 2 Service

18 June - Boarding End of Term Outing

18 June - Friends of Football Meeting, Gorman Meeting Room

19 - 20 June - Years 3 to 6 Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

19 and 20 June - JPIC Carnival

20 June - Performance Evening, Coleman Centre

20 June - Year 11 Retreat

21 June - Years 7 to 12 Inter House Athletics Carnival, Cec Munns Sports Centre

22 June - Year 7 Retreat

22 June - Assembly (Years 7 - 12), Coleman Centre

22 June - Live at the Piazza

22 June - JPIC Term 2 Graduation, Gorman Lecture Theatre


23 June - Boarder Travel Day

25 June - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care Programme


2 - 13 July - Outside School Hours Care Vacation Care 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 Excellence

11 - 13 July - Code Camp

15 July - Boarder Travel Day


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

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