Moderating Visual Arts in the ACT

I have been to many different subject moderation days in my time teaching in the ACT, Hospitality, Graphic Design and Photography. This year was my first experience of Visual Arts. It was quite inspiring to see the amazing work being created by students across Canberra. Visual Arts teachers, after many years of dissatisfaction with the process, have come up with a method of moderating that allows teachers to present their work to small groups. This allows the reviewers to get a real insight into the process and the resulting student work. Teachers have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter. This helps clarify tasks and processes and allows for a professional dialogue. At the end of the moderation process all Visual Arts teachers get together and are shown the best work that each college produces. It is a privilege to be part of this process and to witness the amazing talent, passion and energy, not only of the students, but also of their teachers.


This semester senior teachers at JPC are collecting documentation and student work to send to moderation for the first time. It is quite a daunting task, however it can be a positive experience that allows us to come back inspired. My recent experience of reviewing the work of colleges around the ACT certainly gave me many wonderful ideas that will allow me to improve my practice and enable my students to create meaningful, original art works that reflect their individuality.


Virginia McLeod
Visual Arts Coordinator

Invitation to Dinner

The Year 11 Hospitality Team invite you join us for dinner in the JPC restaurant

Wednesday 16th August, 5.30 arrival for 6pm-8.30pm.
$30.00 / person, BYO Drinks
RSVP:  Monday 14th 61634800

Set Menu
(showcasing Cumquats, Brussel sprouts and Rosemary!)

Canape on arrival - Caramelized Onion, feta & rosemary Tartlets


Spiced pumpkin and Goats Cheese Ravioli with Burnt Butter, Braised Brussel Sprout leaves and Seared Cumquats topped with Rosemary Pepita Crumb


Rosemary Infused Tuna with Potato and Celeriac mash, Roast Garlic Aioli
and Cumquat Caviar Served with Brussel sprout salad.


Warm Cumquat, Rosemary and Almond cake, Candied Cumquats, Almond praline and Crème Fraiche.


Tea and Coffee with hand-made chocolate truffles to finish

Science@JPC - National Science Week “Future Earth
12–20 August, 2017

National Science Week is Australia’s national celebration of the sciences and JPC will join the rest of Australia in doing so next week. This year’s theme is “Future Earth” and we have an interesting, fun, educational activities each day at JPC, culminating in 2 of our students joining the studio audience at the CSIRO Black Mountain centre for a Q&A with 5 space scientists, while the rest of their class joins the virtual audience here at JPC.


This is an exciting and important theme that allows us to explore sustainability, energy, agriculture, water, technology and current research. Other Science@JPC Science Week activities planned by the Science, IMS and Sustainability teams will include Science Magic in the Lab interactive events, making your own worm farm, War on Waste and “The Martian” video watching. Look for the posters around our school for more information and sign-on details near the labs next week.


Jen Tually
Science Coordinator

Northside Netball Carnival

On Wednesday 9 August our talented Year 7 and 8 Netballers competed in the Northside SS ACT Netball carnival held at Lyneham. The Girls won all but one game during the rounds, went through to the semmi finals against Amaroo which they won and then played SFX in a replay of last years grand final. Unfortunately SFX were victorious but JPC were very gracious in defeat. The girls will now get the opportunity to compete in the North vs South carnival to find the best team in the ACT.


Well done to all the girls for showing amazing sportsmanship and courage. A big thanks to Miss Turner and Miss Dawe for coaching and guiding the girls.

JPC Hockey Gala Day

13 JPC girls braved the weather on Monday 7th August to compete in the ACT Girls Hockey Gala Day. With a top of 6 degrees, rain, sleet and wind, the conditions were fierce. We played 6 games in the year 9/10 division and improved with each game. Considering most other schools play hockey as a team each weekend, and our team had combined year 7, 8, 9 and 10 players, we really held our own.

Big thanks to all the players: Kiara Meza, Emily Sajler, Olivia Mugridge, Kiarrah Williams, Isabella Hubbard, Claire Brooker, Tara Foster, Grace Dwyer, Anika Bettiol, Amy Duncan, Isabel Henden, Madelyn Foster and Jazmine Kelly.

Our JPC students represented the school exceptionally well, with the organisers even commenting that JPC were the nicest school on the day! We picked up rubbish, helped young children and displayed good-sportsmanship throughout.

Amy sustained a wrist injury saving a great goal against Mackillop and poor Kiara got hit in the back of the head by a wayward overarm throw from the opposition!  All girls played well and Isabel Henden was spectacular in goals, thanks to Mardi’s goal-keeping experience.


Thank you to the parents for dropping off and picking up the girls from the Lyneham Hockey Centre, we couldn’t have a day like this without your support. Massive thanks to Brendan Duncan for the use of his professional whiteboard and for lending a hand, standing behind goals all day to help our goalie. And to Mardi Huckstadt, amazing assistant coach, for her support, expertise, lollies and humour.


We look forward to next year’s carnival especially if the weather is better!!

Annie Daley

Year 10 Ecumenism Excursion

On Tuesday, August 8, Year 10 students had an opportunity to visit a range of Christian churches as part of their study of Ecumenism in Religious Education. Our journey took us around Canberra to visit Canberra Baptist Church in Kingston, St. Nicholas’ Greek Orthodox Church in Kingston, and the Canberra City Uniting Church in Civic. At each place of worship, students were greeted by a priest or minister who was able to inform them about the particular denomination of the Church and their development in Australia. We were particularly interested to find out what the different Christian denominations have in common and how this forms a basis for unity and dialogue within the faith. It also gave our students a unique opportunity to see the differences in church architecture, and the styles of worship that are unique to each denomination.


On our return to school we spent the last part of the day unravelling the concept of ecumenism – with the help of some very green bananas and a few trusty toothpicks. This type of experiential learning offers our students practical ways to make connections to new topics – ask your Year 10 students what the banana represents!


I would like to congratulate Year 10 on their conduct during the day, and for the insightful questions they posed at each venue. I also extend my thanks to Ms Cheryl Jones, Ms Elle Boller and Ms Sarah Keane for guiding our students on this important excursion.


Mrs. Nicola Edghill
Religious Education Coordinator


Vocal Group Rehearsal Time changes

Rehearsals for the JPC vocal group will now be held on Tuesday mornings at 8.15am and Wednesdays at lunchtime, in the Performing Arts Centre.


Please pass this information on to your child, so that they do not miss rehearsals! If your child has signed up for Vocal Group, we need them to be there for both rehearsals each week, or they will miss out on fun, fulfilling and fantastic music.  (The only people who are to be missing the morning rehearsals are those whose parent have emailed me directly, letting me know they can’t make it at that time.)

I look forward to seeing all the Vocal Group on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!

Miss Robinson


New Advanced Music Tutoring on offer at JPC
JPC Cocurricular Music is pleased to announce a new Advanced Music Tutoring class, for musicians within the school who are looking to take the next step with their music. 

The class will offer Music Theory and Analysis, Song Writing, Computer Music, Music Production and Advanced Music Performance, and will run during ILT in Period 5 each Wednesday. 

If you or your child is interested, please email me, or alternatively you can speak with Miss Robinson.


Aron Lyon

ADFA Open Day

Saturday, 26th August 2017

Open Day at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is an ideal opportunity for you to experience firsthand this unique, world class training and educational facility.   The day is a chance for school students and their parents and the local community to see a range of exciting military displays and learn everything they need to know about life at ADFA.  If you are interested in combining a challenging and exciting career in the Australian Defence Force with a degree then you should come along and find out more.

The ADFA Open Day will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 26 August 2017.  To get the most out of your day, you can pre-plan your visit using the ADFA Open Day program:

Calling all Musicians

Have you ever dreamt of becoming a professional musician, travelling the world, performing your music to thousands of people?

The first step is right in front of you! Sign up to be a part of our school band program. We cover all musical genres and want to give you the pathway to succeed in music! Whether you have a group of friends or it’s just yourself, sign up and get started! Applications can be found at the Student office. Any further information please email Aron Lyon at

Instrumental Music

Learning music can help students’ self-confidence, self-discipline and team work. Music helps students progress in other important learning areas such as Maths and English. Indeed, countries with a strong focus on music education tend to have higher scores in literacy and numeracy. Engaging music programs have been shown to help with attendance and can be particularly beneficial for students who are not achieving well in school.

All of this evidence for music’s extrinsic benefits make a strong case for music education, but should not overshadow the sheer joy people experience making music, nor the value of the artform itself.


Positions are currently available in our Instrumental Music Program. We offer Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Strings, Woodwind and Piano. Applications can be collected at the Student Office. If you have any other questions please email me at


Enrichment grants to enable young women to Dream, Believe, Achieve

Minister for Women, Yvette Berry has announced the opening of the

2017 Audrey Fagan Young Women Enrichment Grants on July 17 2017.


The Enrichment Grants continue to offer young women with an opportunity to realise their dreams in a collaborative relationship with a mentor.


Young women aged between 12 and 18, residents of the ACT or attending education in the ACT are eligible to apply. The program provides one off grants of up to $2,000 to support young women to achieve a project in their area of interest.


The Enrichment Grants are a component of the Audrey Fagan Scholarship program established in 2007 to honour former ACT Chief Police Officer Audrey Fagan’s contribution as an inspirational leader and mentor for young women.

For more information on the grants program visit:


Or phone ACT Office for Women on 6205 3614. Applications close on 25 August 2017

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