Term 1 - Week 10, 2018

Happy Easter

“He is not here; for he has risen, just as he said” Matthew 28:6


Tuesday morning saw us gather once again as a faith-filled community to celebrate the good news – Christ has risen, hallelujah! The joy of the resurrection is at the heart of our Christian faith, speaking to our down-trodden hearts that the pain of suffering and death is overcome through the power of God’s love, and the gift of a relationship with the living Jesus. Our Year 12 student leaders led us through a moving reflection of this message to begin our day at school after a well-earned Easter break, calling us to take the joy of this message of new life and hope into our hallways and classrooms in this special liturgical season.


We concluded our liturgy by recognising the exceptional efforts of staff and students in supporting our major fundraising initiative for Term 1, Project Compassion. Over the course of Lent, students have engaged with the stories shared with us by Caritas Australia, helping us to open our eyes to the needs of those in our world who face immeasurable challenges. We were honoured to have Ms. Lulu Mitshabu, the Archdiocesan Director of Caritas Australia, attend our gathering and receive a cheque for $4747.05, representing the combined efforts of our Lenten fundraising initiatives. Thank you all for your generous contributions.


Mrs. Nicola Edghill
Leader of Learning and Wellbeing – Religious Education and Maathai House

Year 11 Buddhist Temple Visit

On Thursday the 5th of April, JPC’s Year 11 cohort walked the short distance across the oval to visit our neighbours at the Buddhist Temple. The visit to the Hu Guo Bao En Temple was organised to further our understanding and appreciation of the Buddhist religion as part of our study of the course, World Religions. The trip also allowed us to learn about the ways in which different world religions practice, and outwardly express their faith. We learned valuable information about Buddhist rituals and their symbolism, the core ethical and doctrinal teachings of the tradition, and a multitude of other useful knowledge from our excellent presenters, Bob and Tai. The excursion was certainly a success as we engaged with the presenters, and actively sought to extend our own knowledge by asking questions. All in all, the excursion was valuable in developing students’ studies and empathy for other religious traditions. We’d like to thank Hu Guo Bao En Temple for having us and we hope that our relationship continues to develop well into the future.


Finn Salisbury
Year 11

Restaurant 1021

Our small team of senior hospitality students performed magnificently on Wednesday 4th April, for JPC’s Autumn Gold restaurant night. It was a long day of food preparation, service and of course cleaning up and the students worked tirelessly.


Each was responsible for the preparation of a dish, from food ordering to costing, preparing, plating up and serving! They felt a great sense of exhaustion but also pride and accomplishment! 


The hospitality team really appreciated the support from the many JPC staff who attended the evening and indeed families, who were very impressed with the calibre of the service and the food  - showcasing many ingredients from our JPC garden.


Well done Eryn Benedictos, Gemma Guillot, Seakliv (Natalie) Chea, Thomas Mugridge, Zoe Toole and Aspen McMullen.


Thank you to Natasha for the stunning invitation and menu, to Belinda Kelly for creating such a beautiful restaurant space and to JPC music students for providing entertainment, under the guidance of talented music teacher Sharon Robinson.


A big thank you also to all the support staff involved and a special thank you to Megan Hajduk and Chauntell McNamara for their help and support throughout.


Annie Daley

Hospitality Teacher

Mikayla Cruz

Congratulations to Mikayla Cruz.


Mikayla competed in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships held in Sydney a few weeks ago.  During her 400m hurdles heat, she ran a personal best time of 67.41 seconds, which not only qualified her for the final, but had led to her selection in the Under 18 400m hurdles at the Melanesian Regional Championships!

Mikayla will be heading to Vanuatu in May to compete in the Melanesian Regional Championships, which is also the qualification meet for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held in October.


We wish Mikayla all the very best in Vanuatu. Congratulations, Mikayla!

Joshua Baldwin

Tahlia Gee

Ceinwyn Robens

Well done to Josh, Tahlia & Ceinwyn as they have been selected in the ACT Level 7 & 10 Gymnastics teams which is set to compete in Melbourne at the National Championships. 


These students have spent hours and hours training and we as a whole school wish them all the best at the Championships.


We wish you all the very best in Melbourne.

Reuben Spiers

Well Done to Reuben who has been selected in to the Brumbies Gold Rugby Union Squad. Reuben is a talented individual who has worked hard on his rugby union skills since starting out at JPC this year. Reuben has shown tremendous perseverance, drive and skill.


Aditya Gopalakrishnan

Congratulations to Aditya who came first in the ACT High Schools Pi Competition.

Amazingly Aditya can remember Pi to a huge 471 decimal places.


Well Done!

ANZAC Day Ceremony
Wednesday, May 2nd


Important Notice to Parents and Carers

This year we are very privileged to have the Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) attend our ANZAC Day Ceremony at St John Paul II College.  They will be performing a Catafalque Party and as part of this they will be carrying arms (weapons).  These weapons will not have any ammunition and will be handled exclusively by the AFG.


The AFG will be a very striking part of our Ceremony and will showcase one of the highly disciplined corps of our Australian Defence Force.


If you are not comfortable for your child to attend our ANZAC Day Ceremony where weapons will be present, you are welcome to collect them before our Ceremony begins at 1.30pm.


If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me prior to our ANZAC Day Ceremony.


Vicki Walsh

Defence News...

Hopefully you have received your invitation to our ANZAC Day Ceremony which will be held next Term.  If your invite has gone MIA, please contact me and I am happy to resend.  RSVPs are due by the end of this Term.  Our ANZAC Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at 13:30 in our School Hall and it would be wonderful to see our Defence Families attend in uniform.


This year we are very privileged to have the Australia’s Federation Guard attend our Ceremony, which will add a striking new element to our Ceremony.  We are also privileged to have one of the Musicians from RMC Band perform the Last Post and Rouse on his bugle.


If you have a family member who is currently deployed, I would like to borrow a service hat of theirs please.  Their hat will then represent the absent parent at our ANZAC Day Ceremony next Term.  Please send in the hat, clearly marked with the deployed person’s name and rank next week if convenient.  Thank you.


In honour of ANZAC Day we are running a Poetry Competition.  Students are encouraged to reflect on this special day and submit an entry on the theme of “One Hundred Years of ANZACs”.  Entries are due by the end of Week 10 and I look forward to reading all the creative entries.  The Poetry Competition is open to ALL JPC Students.


If you have any concerns with your child, please do not hesitate to contact me


Vicki Walsh

It’s Time to Think about Safety.

Get Rail Ready Canberra!

Canberra's Light Rail is fast approaching and it's time to think about safety. In a special event held at Gungahlin College, Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris launched the "Rail Ready" Light Rail Safety Program.


Speaking at the launch Minister Fitzharris said, "The Canberra Light Rail Project is about to meet a major milestone – the electrification of overhead wires and vehicle testing. We are reaching an exciting stage of the light rail project, so it’s very important that people stay safe and are aware of changes around them."


Local school children, community organisations and stakeholders who attended the launch event were the first to see the new Rail Ready safety video which provides tips for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers when in the light rail environment. Students in attendance representing various schools included: Blue Gum Community School, Brindabella Christian College, Burgmann College, Daramalan College, Good Shepherd Primary School, Harisson School, Merici College, Neville Bonner Primary School, Ngunnawal Primary School, Palmerston District Primary School and St Paul John II College.


The students who attended the event, among them young athletes from Gungahlin United Football Club and Netball ACT, would play an important role as ambassadors for light rail safety. They were asked to share with their peers the Rail Ready safety messages and the information about light rail they learned at the event.


In addition to the video, downloadable Rail Ready safety resources are also available. As part of the Rail Ready Safety Program, primary schools are encouraged to book a traffic and road safety presentation by Constable Kenny Koala and/or request a free TrackSAFE Education Pack, including colourful classroom and staff resources.


Emphasizing one of the Rail Ready safety messages, Minister Fitzharris said, "If everyone follows the rules, we all stay safe.”

JPC goes to NASA!
Information Evening

April 10, 5:30PM in the Theatre at JPC

Dear Parents & Guardians of students in Years 10 - 12,

I am very pleased to announce that St John Paul II College students can be at the forefront of this exciting era as our school is participating in the CASE Space School International Study Program.

Your child has the opportunity to take part in this immersive Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) expedition to NASA in the USA in 2018. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space and earth science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM, and they will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

In today’s ever-advancing world, we are living at the speed of science and it is so important that our children learn and master critical transportable skills to successfully navigate the fast-changing workforce shaped by automation, globalisation and collaboration.

Senior Space School is the MBA for Youth. With great program depth, students have incredible access to NASA. They visit areas not accessible by the public; and engage directly with NASA experts to design and plan their own space mission within a given budget. An immersive program that hones their individual leadership, project management, resource allocation crisis management and team work skills. Students learn from NASA experts and other leading organisations to foster new levels of collaboration and teamwork. Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEM experience at NASA.  This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to venture beyond the classroom to learn in a highly inspiring environment.

Mrs Jennifer Tually
Science Leader of Learning


Information Evening
Tuesday 10 APRIL, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 PM
St John Paul II College Theatre.
RSVP is essential. Click here to RSVP (or to find out more!)
See this video for more info: CASE Space School Expedition
Or contact Jennifer Tually (Science Leader of Learning) at

Musical Monday's

Due to our ever growing music program here at JPC, Miss Robinson will be opening up the music rooms on a Monday afternoon from 3.35pm-5pm for all those wanting to practice their music, learn to play an instrument, rehearse band repertoire or get more assistance with classroom music assessments. There are 5 rehearsal rooms available for students to make sure we accommodate everyone.


If you are interested in coming to the Monday night jams, please see Miss Robinson on Thursday lunch time week 10.


I look forward to jamming with you all!


Miss Robinson

There has been many interested students asking about, and wanting to learn ukulele or guitar so Miss Robinson is starting a ukulele/guitar club. The school has just purchased some new ukuleles and already has multiple guitars for students to play.

There will be a meeting in week 10 to discuss the details of this ensemble, and will begin in term 2. If you are interested in joining this new JPC co-curricular music ensemble, please meet Miss Robinson in the music room on Thursday lunch time week 10.

Meet Ms McCallum

My name is Chloe McCallum and I grew up in a small town called Marulan. I moved to Canberra for University where I graduated with a Double Bachelor’s degree (Bach of Education (Secondary)/Bach of Arts). I am currently teaching Design and Technology, English, Graphic Design and Photography and have loved the challenge of being involved and innovative at JPC.

I love being a teacher because of all the opportunities it opens me up too, like the continuous push to further my own education, the ability to be involved in events like the JPC production, and of course the relationships I build and the pride I feel when my student feels success – whatever that may be for them.
Outside of school I like creating inexpensive – multi-use items for my home, reading anything and everything and watching documentaries on Netflix (particularly the crime section).
I look forward to meeting some of you at Parent-teacher interviews soon.

Parent - Student - Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 11 April and Thursday 3 May 2018

Parent-Student-Teacher interviews will be held for Year 7 to Year 12 from 4.00pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 11 April and Thursday 3 May 2018 in the College Hall.


Interviews will be of 5 minutes duration. Should you require a longer appointment time, please contact the relevant teacher to arrange an alternative meeting time.


For these interviews we will be using the booking system called Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). It will save time for parents, staff and students!  The system will be available to parents from 3pm on Tuesday 3rd April.


Further information and instructions have been emailed to all families. If you have not received an email, please contact the College Office -

Learning Support News...

I will be available for appointments at the Parent, Teacher, Student meetings that will be on Wednesday 11th April from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Please choose an available appointment time on the schedule at my table. I do encourage that you talk to the class teachers for each subject before you talk to me.

We can briefly discuss concerns you may have about how your student is learning and consider whether additional support might be used and plan our next steps. The aim of these meetings is to help your student to achieve their potential so it is a great idea for the student to attend and be a part of the discussion about their learning.

Cate Wright

Filmmaking Workshop

Daniel Sanguineti (former SFX Student) is offering a discount to JPC students who are interested in doing the Filmmaking Workshop during the school holidays.


Use discount Code - SFX when booking 

Canberra Health Student Community Workshop Event

The Canberra Health Student Community run educational and networking events for students across all health disciplines. There are members from ANU, UC, ACU, CIT and Colleges.

We have our upcoming workshop on Saturday, 28rd April 2018 at 10:00- 1630hrs. This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to further understand the work involved in different health disciplines, and to collaborate with others.


Benefits for you students:

  • Experience what is involved in a variety of health disciplines,
  • Certificate of participation,
  • See the inside of the beautiful, fresh ANU Medical School,
  • Meet current undergraduate, postgraduate and graduated health care individuals,
  • Discuss their career goals with Canberra Health Student Community to get an understanding of what it is like as a student at all the universities.

Your students should take advantage of this opportunity - sign up for this free event today:

Each session runs for about 10 minutes, with groups of four to five students. Some examples of previous workshop sessions include:

  • Psychology - Matching emotions with body language
  • Critical Care - Conducting an ECG
  • Nursing - Mock wound cleaning, using a sterile dressing pack
  • Physiotherapy - Racing 'patients' who have simulated mobility issues
  • Pre-med - Diagnosing a broken leg without an x-ray
  • Pathology – Analysis of chronic gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Pharmacy – Understanding what’s involved in filling of capsules

Allied health is a growing model for providing care. The federal government has been increasing funding to allied health projects as it is seen to be essential to providing improved health outcomes with limited resources. There is an emphasis on healthy lifestyle and on independence; whether that is physically, psychologically, cognitively or socially.


The whole day is a competition. The student teams are competing for interdisciplinary glory, and the demonstrators are competing to showcase their field in an engaging way.

Thank you for your time,

Kimberley Pearce
Chair | Canberra Health Student Community

Facebook: Canberra Health Student Community

Whole School Photo

The whole school photo is available for parents to view online and order.


To access photos, please visit: and go to "Products for Parents" "Order Online"
Enter the following 8 digit shoot key: NSGGVNDK

Photographs are $20 each and will be available online for six months, alternatively you can call Academy School Photoraphy & Production office on 1300 766 472 to place an order.


My name is Dr Jo Crookes. I am a GP in Canberra and I have a son in Year 7 at JPC. I am travelling to Nairobi, Kenya at the end of April to volunteer for a week at FreMo, a maternity Centre in an extremely poor area.


It has a school attached & I am building a memorial soccer field in the name of a 14yo friends son who died of heart disease playing soccer. I’m taking an ultrasound machine that could have saved his life, something we take for granted in Australia.

We are looking for small size second hand soccer boots & any old soccer shirts or shorts. School has ages 5 to 10 years but all very small kids.

5 years ago, Holy Spirit, with Noel’s help, donated old school desks that we sold to fundraiser for equipment for the school. FreMo was very grateful.


FreMo has a Facebook page & accepts volunteers & any donations.


Please contact Dr Jo Crookes to arrange donation delivery.


Thank you,
Jo Crookes

Have you lost your glasses?

There are a number of glasses in Lost Property.  If any of the glasses pictured look familiar, please contact the Front Office.


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