Week 1 - Term 3

Independent Learning Time (ILT) - Term 3

This term in Independent Learning Time, we will be trialling a system of tutorials for a range of subjects. In Mathematics, Science, English, SOSE, and RE, teachers have identified a number of students who they believe need more support and guidance in ILT, particularly at the beginning of a task. These students are often students who have difficulty in accessing help during ILT including signing into their teacher's spaces during ILT. The tutorial will consist of a guided or explicit teaching of the ILT task for that week by a subject teacher and last for a full period.

For the introduction of the trial, teachers have identified the students for the tutorial based on the professional judgement of the teaching staff, and on the results from last semester and the completion of ILT tasks in each subject. We hope that with added guidance from the teacher, students will begin to gain confidence in their ability to complete the tasks without the assistance of the tutorial. The tutorials will be an excellent way for us to support those students who are finding particular tasks or subjects difficult. We will be contacting the identified parents/guardians and students shortly with details of the workshops their child need to attend, including the period and the room that we ask the student to attend. We ask that parents support us with the trial by ensuring their child has written the tutorial into their planner for each week if they have been identified and encouraging their child to make the most of this opportunity. The initial trial will last for Term 3 however individual cases will be assessed as the student progresses.

For students who have not been identified but may still be interested in attending, we ask that the first step in the process is that the student signs into the teacher’s space on the floor, where they can receive the same guidance in a 1-on-1 capacity. If the student still needs extra support after attending the ILT period with their teacher, then the teacher can arrange their attendance in the tutorial in the following weeks.

If you have any questions about how to support your child in ILT, please contact your child’s mentor teacher.


Liam Stakelum

Assistant Principal

Indigenous Cultural Immersion Excursion

12 JPC students launched into Semester 2 with an excursion to St Clare’s College for an all day cultural infusion excursion, organized by Caroline Blackshaw and run by ‘Big Al’ and his talented family from Margaret River, Western Australia. Sessions included face painting, Aboriginal art, story-telling and cultural history, Dance and Music and concluded with a moving closing ceremony. The JPC students were exceptionally well behaved and fantastic ambassadors for our school, throwing themselves enthusiastically into all activities and making the most of this wonderful opportunity. It was an inspiring and uplifting day.

Holy Spirit NAIDOC Mass

A number of our students attended the Holy Spirit NAIDOC Mass on Wednesday 25th July. The Holy Spirit Aboriginal students, some brothers and sisters of our JPC students, performed traditional dance and showcased the artwork they did with talented artist Wendy Rix. We were also privileged to watch a didgeridoo performance by a local Elder, with amusing song interpretation from his talented son!


Mrs Daley

This term we have introduced a new initiative for students to find reading materials—a Blind Date with a Book. All of the books involved are wrapped in brown paper bags, with a few words of description about the genre and themes of the book on the outside of the bag. 

Books are chosen based on these brief descriptions, to give students an engaging way to try new authors and genres, by deciding which descriptions intrigue them. We are all really pleased with the positive feedback that we have already received for this initiative, and with the number of students that have taken this opportunity to try something new!

JPC Cooking for a Cause

Community Event

The JPC Canteen/Food Technology/ Hospitality department will be hosting an evening of cooking delicious, nutritious meals which we will package and distribute to the Oz Harvest charity for the homeless. This is a great way to socialize and meet other JPC families and JPC staff and enjoy a fabulous evening for a good cause!

We are seeking student and parent volunteers and staff to join us in week 3, Wednesday 8th August at 4pm to help cook the meals. At 6pm we will sit down and share our meal together in the restaurant.


Cost (to contribute to ingredients) is $15 per person - this will also include your dinner, dessert and a drink!


We will need to limit numbers for practical purposes so first in best dressed!


Forms are available here.

Payment to be made via Qkr! and the form to be returned to the student office by Friday 3 August.

Semester 1, 2018 - Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony for Semester 1, 2018 is on Thursday 2 August 2018 at 9.15am. Invitations have been sent out via email for those students who will be receiving an award.

Year 7, 2019

Acceptance and deposit for Year 7, 2019 enrolments are due

Friday 27 July 2018 (today).


Please contact the college office if you have any questions with regards to your child's enrolment.

Instrumental Music

As our Co-Curricular Instrumental Music programs continues to grow, so to does the impressive list of fantastic music tutors at our school. This term we have taken on a further two new tutors, a new vocal tutor, Sophie Edwards currently studying her BMus in Music Performance at ANU, and Ajla Jennaway, a seasoned Voice and Piano graduate from Newcastle Conservatorium.

We now have tutors covering Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Brass, Woodwind, Drums and Strings. Learning an instrument is a highly rewarding lifetime journey, so please get involved! Please click the link below to download an enrolment form:


Aron Lyon

1021 Gungahlin Drive Nicholls ACT  |  Ph: (02) 6163 4800
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