Term 1 - Week 6, 2018

40th Anniversary of L'Arche Genesaret, Canberra

The Vanier House staff celebrated the 40th Anniversary of L’Arche Genesaret, Canberra. The night was a wonderful celebration, story and song! This significant anniversary marks the beginning of L’Arche in Australia, since its foundation in 1978. As Jean Vanier is the patron of our purple house we have formed a wonderful partnership with our house group and the L’Arche houses in Canberra. Jean Vanier’s values and strong message of inclusion have been instrumental in forming our houses identity. It was an absolute privilege to be included in celebrating their accomplishments in the past 40 years.

Hi! I’m Hannah, the new Youth Minister for JPC!!

My name is Hannah McMahon, I am 19 years old and I have lived in a very small town called Urunga (10 hours north of Canberra) for the last 19 years. I have only been in Canberra for 2 weeks, and I have been lost approximately 7 times already! The other day I went into the city and parked my car,about 20 minutes and 3 kilometres later... I finally found it! So basically I have not got the whole Canberra parking thing yet.

This year I will be the Youth Minister here at John Paul College and I will be here every Thursday. I am super excited to get started!

We will be launching AWAKEN which will be a really lovely way to start the day every second Thursday. On every other Thursday morning we will be holding a Mass in the Chapel at 8:20am. Both AWAKEN and Mass will be open to everyone. So come along!


I am most excited about getting to know everyone including the staff, students and families in the John Paul College community!


But hey, how do YOU get involved in Youth Ministry and John Paul College?
Well that’s easy. If you see a red shirt on a Thursday, go and have a chat and learn what it is all about. Go and see Miss.Jones, Miss Keane and Mrs.O’Shea or come and see me as I will be here every Thursday. But the best way for you all to get involved is to come along!

The schedule for each week is below :)

French Film Festival Festival de films français


On Wednesday the 14th of March, the French language students in years 9-12, along with some from year 8, went on an excursion to Palace Electric for the Alliance Française French Film Festival, which is currently showcasing a variety of French films in a range of genres to Australian audiences.

The French Film festival gave students the opportunity to select between the films; Belle et Sébastien and L’école Buissonière (School of Life). The students thoroughly enjoyed the films, along with the cultural and language immersion they provided.

We tried playing I-Spy in French on the bus trip there, which was good fun. The movie we saw was ‘Belle et Sébastien’, which was very cute as it’s about a boy’s relationship with his dog. Students from other schools were there as well, so it was a great community experience. It was a great fun day and we recommend the festival for everyone, regardless of their French speaking abilities.


Merci Monsieur Battaglia d'avoir tout organisé! Thank you also to Mr Hanna for accompanying & supporting this wonderful cultural excursion.


Written by Rachel, Lily and Natalie (Year 12)

Auditions for the Greatest Show

This year, you are able to participate in a unique production opportunity. Part of this requires you to audition to sing, dance and/or act to be offered a role which caters to your abilities. Once allocated a role in the production, you will play a part in the creation of your piece and be expected to work collaboratively with your team and other members of the production, both staff and students of JPC.

The production will run in
Term 3, Week 5 Wednesday 22nd August – Friday 24th August
with at least three performances available to a paying audience



  • Tuesday Lunch – Dance
  • Wednesday Lunch – Singing
  • Thursday Lunch – Acting
  • Friday Lunch – Catch-up

You will need to sign up for your audition and come prepared with appropriate clothing for dance and a song prepared for singing. If you wish to audition for acting, you will need to collect a script from Miss Keane or Miss Allen prior to the Thursday auditions.


Information for Design and Tech Crew will be distributed before the

end of Term 1.


Rehearsals will begin Term 2, Wednesday Week 1, 3.45pm – 4.30/5pm.


For more information, please see Miss Keane, or any Arts Teacher. Another meeting will be held during Wednesday lunch in Week 7



You’re invited to go to NASA in December 2018!

You’re invited to go to NASA in December 2018!

We are very pleased to announce that St John Paul II College students, in collaboration with St Francis Xavier College, have the opportunity to attend CASE Space School, an international study program in conjunction with NASA, specifically tailored to develop leaders of the next generation.

THE PROGRAM - The program aids in the development and success of our students in terms of career prospects and the ability to deal with real-life situations. Aside from providing students with an unforgettable experience, students come to recognise the importance of multi-disciplinary learning as well as the role imagination plays in critical thinking and problem solving. These are lifelong skills that our students will be able to adapt and use in any situation.

WHEN - CASE Senior Space School, takes place 9th – 22nd December 2018.
WHO - The space school is for students in Years 10, 11 and 12

An Information Evening for parents will be held on Tuesday 20th March, 6.30 – 7.30pm, at St Francis Xavier College.

Please RSVP for the information evening via

FURTHER INFORMATION - If you would like any further information, please contact Jennifer Tually (Leader of Learning – Science) via email on

Meet Miss Mostyn

Ellie Mostyn is from Sydney and has been an avid dancer since the age of 3 years old. She has danced across the globe with some of the best in the dance industry. Miss Mostyn trained at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City for 3 months in the International Student Visa Program. In 2014 she received her Double Bachelors degree, BA Arts (Dance)/BA Education (Secondary) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Since then Miss Mostyn has trained with Dana Foglia and Galen Hooks in Los Angeles and lived in London for 2 years. In London she was part of a Contemporary Dance company at the Place, and was also Head of Dance at a Secondary School. Miss Mostyn teaches Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Hip Hop fusion, Commercial and Lyrical. Miss Mostyn is an extremly approachable and uplifting dance teacher as she is highly trained in both her art form and the pedogogy of teaching.

PE Uniform

Reminder - Students are NOT to wear their PE Uniform to school if they have PE 1st Period. They are to change at the beginning of class.


Students are allowed to leave school in PE Uniform if they have PE 5th Period.


Many thanks for your cooperation

What is the Empower U Program?

Australia’s Leading Advanced Life-Skill Seminar For Teenagers and Young Adults. What would it mean if your teenager had the mindset and motivation to create a successful future? If they had more motivation, improved attitude, better exam marks and a more open family relationship?


The Empower U Program is the easiest way for your child to acquire the advanced ‘life-skills’ they must have to get ahead in today’s unpredictable and fast-changing world.

We cover a whole lot of topics from communication skills, money and finance, career techniques, goal setting, emotional intelligence amongst others.


What I would say though, when you put all of that aside, they will come away with a new found belief in themselves and the potential of their future.

The weekend itself is described by most who attend as "life changing". Mainly because we create a very unique environment and share powerful concepts that really get people thinking more about themselves another lives than they ever have before.

For more information just got to our website You can contact us at or call us on 1300 039 662.

For quick, hassle-free school payments

Qkr! is an easy-to-use phone app that gives you the flexibility to place orders at a time and place that suits you.

  • Saves you time by letting you order and pay for school items directly from your phone
  • Reduces the need for your child to bring cash to school
  • Fees, excursions, canteen money and more can be paid via Qkr!

All payments made before 10am will be available for your child to use in the canteen on the same day

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