Week 1 - Term 2

ANZAC Day Ceremony

On Wednesday, the College commemorated the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women at Gallipoli and all conflicts since. The Ceremony was attended by JPC ADF Personnel and their families. Our Guest speaker was Wing Commander Andy Hoare, who recounted a story of Flight Sergeant Ron Middleton, who was a bomber pilot during World War II. Middleton’s bravery and devotion to duty and his crew saw him posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Wing Commander Hoare also reminded us that the traits observed in the ANZACs can be found in direct parallels in our JPC values of justice, peace and courage.


The Ode was recited by Captain Adrian Capner, one of our new JPC ADF Families. Wing Commander Roy Philpott laid a wreath on behalf of our local RSL Club. Our ADF Parents were recognised with their children, along with the acknowledgment of our deployed parents. We pray for the safe return home of all currently deployed and recognise the sacrifices made by them and their families.


I have heard some students comment that ANZAC Ceremonies glorify war. They do not. ANZAC Day is a time for reflecting, remembering and honouring the ANZACs and the traits which have forged both Australia and New Zealand as nations. These ANZAC qualities continue to be upheld in the service of our current servicemen and women today, in both conflicts and peace keeping missions. 


A big thank you to all the Defence Students, Cadets, Matt Foster, Miss Robinson, JPC vocal group and musicians who participated and made our ANZAC Day Ceremony special. For photos of the Ceremony, please see the College’s Facebook post.

Lest we Forget.sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and servicewomen


Vicki Walsh

Defence School Mentor

Let’s talk about families!


As we begin Term 2, it is important to remind ourselves how students at JPC can do their best throughout their schooling journey. One of the most important factors for student success is the support of their families.

Parents and families play a vital role in supporting their children throughout their education. Research has shown that families and schools working together provides more opportunities for students to achieve higher, stay in school for longer, and be more engaged with their schoolwork. This research also shows that the combination of families and schools leads to long-term benefits both socially and emotionally.

The power of teamwork in education cannot be understated for high school students, who benefit directly from their teachers and parents collaborating to aid them in achieving their potential. At JPC, we believe in the importance of working together, and appreciate the support of our JPC families, who work with us to ensure that their student is developing positively both in their studies and in their continual wellbeing.


For more information and assistance with supporting your child through their journey, you may wish to look at “Learning Potential”, a resource funded by the Australian Government. This resource includes a number of articles targeted specifically at the concerns of parents of high school students, and is also available as an app on the App Store or Google Play.


Kind regards from the Leaders of Wellbeing Team.

Sports News


ASC Athletics

On Thursday the 2nd of May the ASC Athletics Carnival was held at the AIS Athletics Track. This year we had the largest group of students we have ever had, with over 60 students representing JPC. We were lucky to have the rain hold off for us in order to enjoy a wonderful day of participation, sportsmanship and community spirit.


A special mention to students who have qualified for ACT!

  • Gabby Jordan- 200m, 100m, Triple Jump, Long Jump
  • Owen Hromow- Javelin
  • Tahlia Gee- 200m, High Jump
  • Joshua Baldwin- Long Jump
  • Alexander Walsh- 400m
  • Mia Fisikaile- Discus
  • Keeley Dunbar- Discus
  • Elyse Causer- 400m
  • Crystal Agbonzikilo- Shotput
  • Gage King- 400m

Thankyou to the incredible PE staff who were there bright and early to support the event and assist in the smooth running of the day!



Ceinwyn will now compete in the Australian National Gymnatics Championships in Melbourne as a representative of the ACT.


Well Done and Good Luck Ceinwyn!



Max Lyddiard recently competed in the U18's Baseball Tournament in Geelong and was awarded Most Valuable Player.


Well Done Max!


Indigenous Excursion to AITSIS and National Museum

Our JPC Indigenous Group and friends visited the National Museum on Wednesday 1st May to attend the ‘Painting on Country’ exhibition. Described as ‘art nourishing the land’, artists in remote Indigenous communities of northern Australia created spectacular desert paintings onto rockface using tutu, an organic pigment sourced from country. Keith Stevens’ vision was that the artworks live on in the stunning large photographs on display in the Painting on Country museum. “A long time ago, when we were young, our fathers and their fathers made drawings on rock to teach people”.

Our next stop was AITSIS next door, home to Indigenous culture, records and archives. An interesting presentation was delivered in the Mabo room, by Dr Charlotte, the Collection Development manager, focusing on native bush tucker and how to research information from the AITSIS website.  We are hoping to use this information for our JPC Indigenous garden later in the year.

The students were then taken inside and shown how to look up their ancestors and family history which they found fascinating. Many also researched their individual languages so they can learn to speak their own language, a plan we are working on for our next assembly.


Annie Daley
Aboriginal Contact Teacher


Pi Competition

Aditya Gopalakrishnan represented JPC at the Pi Recital competition held at Dickson College in March this year. Aditya came second in the ACT, reciting Pi to an amazing 802 decimal places.


Well done, Aditya!


Relay for Life

On the 23rd and 24th of March a group of us in year 12 decided to participate in the 2019 Relay for Life to raise money for cancer research and prevention. The Relay for Life involved walking around the AIS running track for 24 hours. It was an amazing experience that we are looking forward to doing again next year and we would encourage others to participate too, the more people the better. We are proud to have raised around $3000 this year that will go to the Cancer Council Australia and will be used to fund more research and treatment opportunities and hopefully help find a cure for cancer.


Nicole Willis, Yr 12

Defence News

DCO’s Mother’s Day Morning Tea at Soldier On.  To be held this Thursday 9 May 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  For tickets, follow the link….

Brumbies v Blues – Military Round. This Saturday 4 May 2019 at GIO Stadium. There is a special ticket offer of $10 Tickets for all serving members and their families. Please contact me if you would like the special link and password to pre-purchase tickets on Ticketek.

COSTCO Defence Hour Saturday, 4th of May, doors open at 8am.  Defence Hour is for Defence Families to shop together before the warehouse is open to the general public. Mix and mingle with your local defence community, enjoy free samples, exciting product demos and delicious snacks.

If you have any concerns with your child, please contact me on

Vicki Walsh
Defence School Mentor

Thousands of Canberrans rally for justice for refugees

JPC College Leaders Finn Salisbury and Chloe McCallum joined around 4000 Canberrans at a rally in Civic on Sunday 14th of April during the holidays in support of refugees.


The wonderful turn out was a clear demonstration of the support for change that exists in the community. The rally was part of a national day of action to call on our political leaders to show courage and bring the women and men still trapped on Manus and Nauru to safety now.


Australia’s treatment of people who have sought our protection and asylum in this country is a critical issue and defines the Australia that we want to nurture and live in.

The challenge continues to call our politicians to account and to apply maximum pressure on those seeking election to stand up for a better approach to refugees.

Refugee Visit to JPC

Imagine receiving a letter to your house asking you to turn yourself in, or face your death.


For Zaki Haidari this was a reality, and it wasn’t the only letter, nor was it the only life they demanded. At the age of 17, after repeated threats from the Taliban, who took his father and older brother, Zaki had no choice but to knowingly risk his life to flee his home in Afghanistan for Australia. In doing so, he left behind his mother and six younger siblings, not knowing whether he would ever see them again.


Zaki came to JPC at the end of Term 1 to speak to the Year 11 English T class and told his story about coming to Australia and how much he appreciated being given an opportunity to start his life again after several members of his family were killed and he was forced to flee Afghanistan.


Many of the JPC students commented on how great it was to be able to meet a refugee in person and how this made them realise the importance of the issue and to treat others the way we would like to be treated.


Here is a link to Zaki’s video story. Please consider taking a look.

Refugee Marathon Project founder Cassie Cohen and refugee runners Sana Arzoo, and Zaki Haidari. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Apply to be on the Youth Advisory Council, Applications close Monday 6 May 2019



The YAC:

  • provides young people with the opportunity to take a leading role in participation and consultation activities on issues that affect their lives;
  • raises awareness of the aspirations, needs and concerns of young people within government and community; and
  • Facilitates interaction between young people and the ACT Government and the wider community.

We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic, passionate and diverse young people who have different life experiences and backgrounds. Anyone can nominate to be a YAC member. The YAC will consist of up to 15 young people ranging in age from 12 to 25 years. Members are paid a contribution.

Potential members must ensure they are prepared to attend monthly meetings, training and development sessions and other relevant activities as required. If you would like to participate in providing the Minister for Children, Youth and Families with direct and well-informed advice on matters relating to young people and ensure that the diversity of young people’s experiences and circumstances is reflected in advice to government then the YAC is the place for you.

Terms of Reference
Download the application [PDF 223KB]


Denise Maree Bridges
Project Officer I Inclusion and Participation
Strategy, Participation, and Early Intervention
Community Services Directorate I ACT Government
PH: 62053064 |
Level 4 | 11 Moore Street | CANBERRA CITY | GPO Box 158 | CANBERRA ACT 2601

Careers News

Work Experience Success!

Cameron Cortes has successfully completed work experience with MinterEllison, one of the most highly regarded law firms in Australia and around the world. MinterEllison is a multinational professional services firm based in Australia. The firm has offices in five countries and 15 cities, including in every Australian capital city, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Ulaanbaatar. By number of Australian lawyers it is the largest provider of legal services in Australia.

Cameron enjoyed his placement from the 15-18 April and was provided with a huge range of experiences including: reviewing legal files and preparing chronologies, attending court, participating in “in-house” training sessions for lawyers, attending a settlement conference, and updating a comparative damages Judgments Register.


Overall he was provided with many diverse legal duties, as well as seeing how an office is run. Minter Ellison provided Cameron’s family with positive feedback regarding Cameron’s attitude, enthusiasm and intelligence, and said it was a total pleasure having him. Many thanks for Cherie Cortes for her coordination of the experience.


Many students are now starting to enjoy the benefits of completing Work Experience as a way of ‘testing’ out possible career pathways, especially beneficial for Year 10 students making subject choices.


Congratulations Cameron!

ACT Health Work Experience

On the 1st to the 4th of April I completed work experience with ACT Health in the Canberra Hospital. I was placed in the Cardio-thoracic, Vascular and Urology ward and the work experience involved following nurses from this ward and observing what they do every day. It was a great experience to be able to get some more knowledge and experience about how hospitals work and professions in the medical fields. I am so glad that I was chosen for this program and encourage others interested in these areas to apply for the program as well.


Nicole Willis, Yr12

Women in Power Program

National Electrical and Communications Association will be conducting another session of the Women In Power program during May and June this year. The format will be x2 “half” Saturdays and x3 evening sessions during the week.

Once we have confirmed expressions of interest, the group will meet and decide which night of the week suits best, probably 6-8pm catering for school age participants, and the Saturday start and finish times.

The sessions include using hand tools (pliers, screwdrivers, wallboard saws) and battery powered tools (drill/drivers), how to use them safely and a work project. This project is building a timber wall, drilling holes, securing ‘gyprock’ panels, cutting holes in walls for cable to connect light switches and power points (using extra low voltage – no real mains electricity for safety reasons), stripping insulation off the cabling (without nicking the copper wire) to terminate into switches, light sockets and power points.

Participants also get to use multimeters, learn some electrical theory stuff, get shown some maths stuff and play with and design some simple circuits on a computer.

Participants get a uniform to keep, work boots, shirts and trousers. They also can attend additional development opportunities including Construction Industry ‘White Card’ and Asbestos Awareness courses, CPR and First Aid – all provided at NO COST to the participants.

Carers, staff and participants can call me on the number below for more information about the program during normal working hoursor after hours if more convenient.

Tony Jones
Technical Trainer
ISMAA Mentor
M. 0439 065 870
T. (02) 6280 6533
Unit 1, 2 Yallourn Street, FYSHWICK ACT 2609 Australia

From the College Office


Extra-Curricular Music Program

Payment for Term 2 Extra-curricular Music Program is now OVERDUE.


Payment for Instrument Hire is also due for Term 2.


Please make payment via our preferred method Qkr!


If your child is not continuing the music program in Term 2, please email the office.


Thank you

Excursion Permission Note Trial

Dear Parents & Carers,


During Term 2 JPC will be trialing an online system for excursion permission notes. The trial will be done through Qkr! where you will be able to sign and pay for the excursion with no paperwork required.


Should the trial be successful, we will aim to use the online system for all excusion forms. If you don't yet have Qkr! click here for instructions.


Thank you


Mother's Day Breakfast

It is not too late to RSVP for the Mother's Day Breakfast on Thursday 9 May.

We have extended the RSVP to Tuesday 7 May.


See you there!

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