Week 9 - Term 2

Drexelites - Winners of the first JPC Triia Night!

Year 10 Youth Ministry Classes Lead a Mini-Retreat

This term in Year 10 Religious Education, students have been given the opportunity to study an elective unit titled, ‘Youth Ministry and Leadership’. This is run with support of our Youth Minister, Lachlan Bull, and the program developed by CSYMA.


The eager and dedicated Year 10 Youth Ministry students have been working to plan, develop and lead a small youth ministry experience for selected Year 7 students this week. In true JPC style, the students have been able to demonstrate their leadership skills through authentic learning experience.


A huge congratulations to the Youth Ministry classes who lead with inclusivity and enthusiasm. The involved Year 7 students enjoyed themselves and excitedly explored their faith. Students ran an active mini-retreat filed with games, drama or dance, discussion and reflection.


This was a valuable experience for all students involved. It also shows the commitment and willing involvement of our students at JPC to continue their faith journey.


Mrs Sarah Smith
Youth Ministry Elective Teacher

Anxiety and depression are treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression are not getting support, according to the Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report.


There has been a constant rise in the number of students experiencing anxiety and depression this year at JPC. This can often be brought on by stress from school work, struggles at home, friendship issues or a number of other reasons. Sometimes, we can just feel not ourselves for no particular reason, and if we are experiencing this for more than 2 consecutive weeks, it might be time to talk to someone.

It is extremely important for parents to be aware of their child’s current mental health needs, so that they can work together with the School and external providers to ensure our students are getting the necessary support.


One way we are looking at offering support to our students here at JPC is by offering a 1-hour Head Space workshop to navigate anxiety and to equip our students with a number of strategies to help self-manage.


We will be offering these workshops on Thursday the 1st of August.

Period 1: Junior session, for student in year 7, 8 and 9
Period 2: Senior session, for students in year 10, 11 and 12.


To sign up for these sessions, all you need to do is select the theatre on your planner for the correct period for you age group on Thursday, period 1 or 2!

Keep an ear out in the notices to remind you of this wonderful opportunity closer to the date!


The Wellbeing team has a number of other strategies and resources to help deal with anxiety, if you are concerned about your child, please get in touch with their mentor to let them know about your concerns.

Transition Week

We are looking forward to the Year 10 Transition week next week. Year 10 students will be attending workshops and presentations by our staff and guests. There will be advice on courses, pathways into the workforce, the difference in Senior Studies, and careers information. Year 10 students have all been sent an email through Moodle giving full instruction regarding the week.


There will also be Subject Selection Interviews on Friday 5 July from 8:00 - 3:45, which will assist in choosing the right package for your child (interviews can be booked through PTO).


Some students who are considering to undertake an Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) will be on work experience for the week, so they can get an understanding of the field they wish to consider as a future career.


We welcome all members of the community to come to the Tuesday night event "Maximise your Future Career". It is an opportunity for families from all years to learn about study skills and careers (see below).




Do you want to help your children with managing their time and study skills?


Come and join other parents to discuss successful strategies that will help your child.


  • Improve your Academic Performance through your Study Skills and Time Management
  • Understand your employment options so you can create a plan
  • Future proof your career to meet the rapidly evolving job market

Guest Facilitator from - Elevate Education (NSW Client Services Manager)

Panel Members from - JPC Business Community representatives


Note: While this evening workshop is aimed at Year 10 students transitioning to our senior school, the evening is OPEN to parents from all year groups.


Date - 2 July 2019

Time - 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Tickets - available through eventbrite here

Please contact Ian Pettit if you would like further information.

Email -

Governor General's Design Challenge 2019

Congratulations to Year 9 student Aidan Monteleone who will be representing Scouts at the Governor General’s Design Challenge!


We can’t wait to hear about it!

Sports News


Congratulations to the following:


Year 12 student Harry Costelloe may have finished his exams for the Semester but he has another upcoming challenge on his hands. Harry will be travelling to Korea today (Friday) to compete internationally for Taekwondo, representing AUSTRALIA. He will be competing in the Korean open on the 8th of July and in the KimUnYong Cup on the 17th of July. Harry will be training 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. We will be hearing from Harry at our annual Sports Assembly in Week 1 of Term 2 to hear how he goes. We wish Harry the best of luck!

Rugby Union

Leevi Seuala-Pomale, Year 8, was a part of the Under 13 ACT Brumbies team that won the state championships, at the NSWJRU tournament beating Melbourne rebels 19-10 Taking out the whole championships!

Year 11 student Isabel Henden has been selected in the Brumbies Schoolgirls team for the 18’s tournament in Sydney from the 10th to the 13th of July. Congratulations Isabel!


Congratulations to all of the JPC Netballers who took part in the ACT Junior Championships last weekend! We hear that Mr John’s was a good luck charm, with some students being crowned winners of the competition in their respective age groups.


Pictured: Caprise Barnes and Joeleigh Esterhuizen -

14’s Div 1 winners for Belconnen Netball Association.


Congratulations to Ethan Waddon and Blake Dooley who have been selected to play hockey for the ACT, attending the Grafton Hockey Competition on 4 / 5 July this year.

Cross Country

Year 12 student Oliver Vidaic has been selected to participate in the School Sport Australia Championship for Cross Country in Woolongong from the 23/08/2019 – 26/08/2019. Congrats Ollie!

Defence News

A reminder about the National Peace Project at the Australian War Memorial which will celebrate the Centenary of Peace Day (19 July, 1919).  Come along and help make a giant peace poppy on the Forecourt.

What: National Peace Project
When: Friday 19 July, 2019
Where: Australian War Memorial

The Centenary of Peace Day falls during the school holidays and is a free event; however, as numbers are strictly limited, you are asked to register your child.  Please use the link below.  Registrations will be closing soon.

Defence Community Organisation (DCO)

What: KidSMART Program
When: Thursdays during August (8, 15, 22, 29 August), 3.30-5pm
Where: Defence Community Organisation – Canberra, 8 Thesiger Court, DEAKIN
Info: For kids aged 7 to 10 years. The KidSMART Program is designed to help primary school kids manage issues arising from parent deployment and absence from home. It helps them learn how to manage change, stay connected with friends, meet new people, cope when they're feeling stressed or anxious and handle emotions. Kids will be provided with afternoon tea upon arrival. Parents don’t need to stay for the session. This program has had excellent reviews from families from our school whose children have attended this program in the past.


Changes to Defence Education Assistance Scheme

The Defence Education Assistance Scheme is intended to meet the gap, via tuition, where a child’s education has declined in grades as a direct result of posting (PACMAN Chapter 8, Part 4, Division 1, 8.4.5).

There is a new requirement for members to provide supporting evidence when requesting tutoring.  This is reflected on the newly published AD301 Form.  Supporting evidence includes a report card from the losing location and either a report card or written statement from the teacher outlining their observations of the child not being up to the standard expected of their peer group from the gaining location.

There is no longer the requirement to have a minimum number of receipts before claiming reimbursement for tutoring sessions.  For more information, please follow the link


Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling
Support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. The Open Arms Group Programs Calendar for June-December 2019 has been published (see attachment). Alternatively, visit or call 1800 011 046.

Remember to let us know!
As most posting orders have been issued, I ask that you please keep me up to date with your family’s circumstances.  This includes not only new postings to exciting places, but also any deployments, MWDU and discharges. 


Vicki Walsh

Didgeridoo Making Workshop

We will be running a dideridoo making workshop for our indigenous students and would like to offer it to our non-indigenous students also.


It is a unique program designed to enrich and preserve our Australian heritage, while building self-esteem, identity and practical skills.

Participants are given an authentic termite hollowed 'blank' didgeridoo and through a guided process, create their own instrument in one day. All the tools and materials are provided, and at the end of the day, students get to keep their own, newly made didgeridoo. Equally important, the knowledge and experience are theirs to keep forever.


Designed to be Easy
Didge in a Day is designed to be easy for anyone from year 7 and above to participate successfully in.
No wood working skills are required, and all necessary specific training is provided on the day.
Cost per person is $195 fully inclusive and includes coaching, materials, tools, consumables and the didgeridoo.
Date: Term 2, Wednesday 24th July 2019.
Please Book through JPC office -
Payment can be made through Qkr.
** For Culturally sensitive reasons this is for Boys Only**
See girls program below

Painting Emu Callers

The Girls program will be run by Aunty Fran, a local indigenous lady and will be making and painting Emu Callers.


Cost: $50.00


For further information contact Annie Daley (Contact Teacher for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Students)

From the College Office

Extra-Curricular Music Program

Term 3 Payments Due

If your child is continuing with, or joining, our Extra-Curricular Music Program, in Term 3 could you please ensure that fees are paid prior to Term 3 commencing.


If your child no longer wishes to participate in the program could you kindly email


Thank you


There is a large amount of lost property in the College office. If items are clearly labelled, students names are put up on the notice board outside of the student office to collect their items.


ALL items must be collected before Wednesday 3 July otherwise they will be sold in the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop SALE.

2019 Catholic Schools Cultural Festival & Recongnition Awards

Attention Students


This year Catholic Education have expanded the Recognition Awards to incorporate the Catholic Schools Cultural Festival highlighting excellence in Catholic Education and recognising student achievement.


The Catholic Schools Cultural Festival highlights student achievement and excellence through a series of curriculum based competitions focused on Religious Education, Literacy, STEM and the Arts.


If you would like to have a go at one or more of the below competitions, go to the Catholic Education Website here


Good Luck!

Parish News

Please click on the Parish logo above to see the latest Parish Bulletin.

URGENT Blanket Drive

Have you got some blankets or sleeping bags to spare?

The St Vincent de Paul run a couple of night vans in Canberra to reach out to those most in need. Members of our parish are volunteers on the van.


There is a special blanket drive this weekend to re-stock the van.
Vinnies are running a collection stall at the Handmade Market down at EPIC all weekend. But if you can’t get down there, just leave your blankets in the Vinnies room at the church or at the office.

Many thanks,

Chair - Parish Pastoral Council

Community News


As part of Merici College’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, a very special concert and fundraiser will be held on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August in the College Auditorium, Wise Street Braddon. The concert starts at 7.00pm (arrival and seating at 6.30pm) on both nights. Walk down memory lane as each decade is revisited through dance, music, drama performances, Alumni reflections and current students highlighting life at Merici College.


Tickets and refreshment packages available at All funds raised will be used to improve indoor and outdoor learning spaces for students.

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