Year 10 and 11 Examinations

Students in Years 10 and 11 will be completing their examinations during Week 16 and 17 of this term (Monday 13 November-Wednesday 22 November).

Year 11 students have already received a hard copy of their examination timetable and a copy can also be found on the Senior Studies page on Moodle. I have spoken in particular with the students about the Protocols and Procedures that are associated with the examinations, and I would encourage parents to read this section of the timetable as well. Year 11 students who are studying a Tertiary package are expected to attend the AST Familiarisation session that will be held on Wednesday 22 November. The focus of this day will be the Multiple Choice papers and the Writing Task. All Year 11 students will be required to attend their feedback and score checking classes on Monday 27 November and Tuesday 28 November. 

Year 10 students will be receiving their examination timetables early next week and a copy will also be placed on the Year 10 Transition page of Moodle. Further information will also be provided to students next week in relation to the Year 10 Certification process and the related activities.


Rachel Francis-Davies
Assistant Principal

CIT Health Tour

On Thursday the 19th of October, about 18, Year 11 and Year 10 students went to CIT in Bruce to find out information about the Health and Fitness courses available at CIT. First off we went into the gym and learnt about the Certificates in Fitness and Sports Development. We then went into a classroom and learnt about the dental assistant qualification, allied health qualification and also the remedial massage qualification. When we were learning about the massage therapy course we did a little activity where we had to find the trigger points in our partners’ shoulders and see if we could massage them out. We also had a demonstration of cupping and how it works. Our final stop was upstairs where we went into a simulated hospital room and learnt about the Diploma of Nursing and met a simulated robot called “Sim-man”. He did almost everything like a human. He breathed, he blinked and he could make vomiting noises - all at the touch of a button (it was really freaky!). We did a few demonstrations and activities with Sim-man where we had to give him CPR and check his lungs and pupils. That was the conclusion of our tour. It was really informative and quite fun to learn about all that is offered at CIT. Thank you to Mr McKie for driving the bus and Mrs McDonald for organizing the excursion.


Shayd Measures Year 11

Growth Mindset@JPC!

Parents: How can you support the development of a Growth Mindset in your child? (Session 2 of 6)


Activity: Practicing process praise – the power of ‘not yet’!

Praising kids for being smart suggests that innate talent is the reason for success, while focusing on the process helps them see how their effort leads to success. Reminding them that understanding or mastery will come with effective effort – the power of ‘not yet’ is important in keeping them motivated and developing resilience.

Below are some statements you might use when speaking to your child. Discuss with your child which ones convey a growth mindset.

1.   "It looks like that was too easy. Let's give you something a bit more challenging."
2.   "That isn't the right answer. You don't understand it yet."
3.   "You are so smart."
4.   "I know it was hard, but look how your effort paid off."
5.   "You’re really talented in math - you should definitely focus on it next year."
6.   "She’ll get it. She’s working on it and making progress."
7.   "You did so well! Keep working effectively and you will do a great job again next year."

Got to this link for the quiz, which you can do together, and check the answers so you can see how your understanding of Growth Mindset is developing!


Remembrance Day Human Poppy

Next week on All Souls Day – Thursday, November 2nd, the College will gather as a whole and form a Human Poppy to commemorate Remembrance Day.

To make the poppy, students are asked to bring a specific coloured top to wear over their school uniform.  ALL Defence Students will be wearing BLACK Ferre House will be wearing GREEN and all other Houses will be wearing RED.  It will be an beautiful tribute to our fallen.  Lest we Forget.


Vicki Walsh DTM

Defence Students Integration Day @ The Australian War Memorial

Last week I had the pleasure of escorting thirteen Year 9 and 10 Defence Students to the Australian War Memorial where they met up with other Defence Students from around Canberra.  This was a wonderful opportunity for them to meet and bond with students who share the same experiences and lifestyle as they do.  After the private tours of the AWM, they were met by ADFA Cadets and were marched up the Kokoda Trail on Mt Ainslie.  I was very proud of the way our students conducted themselves and got into the spirit of the day, helping one another and connecting with everyone throughout the day.


Vicki Walsh DTM


On the 17th of October, a group of year 9 and 10 defence students went on a trip to the Australian War Memorial. When we first got there, we had a look around the AWM on a guided tour. When the tour finished, we were able to look around on our own. When we were finished exploring the war memorial we had lunch together and met students from other schools around Canberra. After we had lunch we went for a hike up Mount Ainslie. The walk was heaps of fun and we got to know each other while we were walking up the mountain. When we got to the top, we had a break to look around and take some photos. When we finished taking some photos, we walked back down the mountain. When we got to the bottom of the mountain, we did some activities with some cadets from ADFA. We learnt some new things and had a lot of fun during the activities. Overall, it was a great day out with some of the Defence students and it was good to get to know everyone better and have a great time.


Cameron Pepper Year 9


Last Tuesday, myself along with other year 9 and 10 Defence Students went on an excursion to the War Memorial and for a walk up Mount Ainslie. The War Memorial was really good we sepparated into small groups with defence students from other schools and went on a guided tour of the War Memorial. On the tour we learnt lots of different and really cool stuff that most of us didn’t already know. One of the cool things that we learnt was how a pilot named his plane after his wife "Polly" and how she felt about the whole thing. After our tour we went and had recess with all the students and got ready for our walk up Mount Ainslie. Everyone got separated into groups and each group got 4 or 5 cadets to walk with us. At the top of Mount Ainslie we got to catch our breath while looking over Canberra. The walk up Mount Ainslie was challenging but I got to complete something that I wasn’t  to sure on and it was really fun  Overall the excursion was really fun and myself and my friends had a really fun time!


Lucy Cambridge Year 10




Chinese Cultural Centre

Students went to Australian Chinese Cultural Centre last Wednesday. The students had a great day making dumplings, playing Taichi, drawing Chinese paintings and wearing Chinese traditional clothes.

They learnt a lot about Chinese culture.


Jie Li
Chinese Teacher

Departing Families

Are you leaving JPC?


We will be sad to see you go but to help us with staffing and timetabling for  2018, we would appreciate knowing which students will not be returning next year.


Please advise via email as soon as possible.

Thank you 


The AIME fun didn’t stop in Term 3 – it continued into Term 4 for our Indigenous students. This time for our year 7 and 8’s. The AIME program held an ‘Experience Day’ for our younger student’s in the community at the University of Canberra on Friday the 13th of October and it was a huge success.

The AIME staff recorded that they had the biggest cohort of the year participate in the festivities and get a taste of what AIME has to offer. It was a fantastic way to end the year and it was also special to have members of the university community pass on their joy when the student’s handed out cards of kindness.

I was particularly impressed and proud of our Year 9 and 10 students who were invited back to ‘mentor’ the younger students from different schools and to assist them throughout the day. During the day, the students interacted in fun activities outside on the lawn such as catapult making, human bridges, blind food tasting and marshmallow shape creating. They showed kindness and care towards each other and represented the College demonstrating their ever-growing leadership qualities.

Lastly, I would like to send many thanks to the AIME staff for their continued support and care for our students. We look forward to working with you again next year.


Miss Elle Boller

Early Childhood Education and Care

If you are interested in completing Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care via the ASBA program please contact Mrs McDonald via email ASAP.

Sports Wrap.....

Physical Education Week promotes the importance of Health & PE in the Australian Curriculum, and highlights the importance of Health & PE to the learning and development of young people. In week 5 at JPC we will be offering an array of lunchtime events, including the likes of student Basketball, Soccer and Oztag games, mindful drawing sessions and a staff vs students Volley ball game! A great opportunity for students to get involved and learn more about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Design Canberra Festival 2017 – Creative Careers


Interested in a sustainable and successful creative career? Join several leading Canberra creatives as they share tips and tricks for pursuing satisfying careers in design. For everyone of all ages, adults and students.
This is an opportunity for all Canberrans to become inspired for a career in the design arts, as special invited guests provide a glimpse into their journey towards success in creative industries. Learn top tips and tricks from an industrial designer, silversmith, graphic designer, curator and architect among others. An information hub of universities including University of Canberra, Australian National University, Charles Sturt, The Academy of Interactive Entertainment and Whitehouse Institute of Design will provide a chance to discuss relevant courses and pathways.

2 November 2017
Radford College

5:30pm: University showcase, music and food by Radford students on arrival
6:30pm: Presentations commence
Please register your attendance here
This is a free event.

Illness and Injury

at school

We have a reoccurring problem of students ringing or messaging parents during the day requesting to be collected because they are sick or injured.


It is very important that students report to the Student Office if they are unwell or have been injured during the day.


Staff will always call parents if requested by a student or they feel it is necessary.



If you are contacted during the day by your son or daughter, please ask them to report to student office.  We would appreciate your support with this as it is a duty of care issue for our staff.


Thank you.


14 JPC Staff members are participating in ‘Do it in a Dress’ during October and will be wearing a school dress once a week to raise funds.


If you would like to donate to the JPC team Doing it for the Girls please log on to

Every year, more and more emphasis is placed on achieving good results in exams causing many students to feel extraordinary pressure and having unrealistic expectations. This month on SchoolTV, parents will find advice on how to help students cope with the pressure and how students can work smarter to achieve the results they desire.


Exams are like a game. Once you know how to play the game, your chances of achieving great results rapidly increase. Parents can learn how to assist their kids to maintain perspective and keep their sanity intact during exam time.


Diet, exercise and sleep all play an important part in helping a student balance a busy schedule and study smarter. Keeping stress levels to a minimum and reducing anxiety can be easily achieved through careful planning and having a supportive environment.


We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.


If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Employment Opportunity

Aquatots is now hiring for 2018. You need to be 16 years or older. An internationally recognised qualification is gained as part of your employment, as well as a CPR qualification. If you are interested please contact Alena

Riding your

Bike to School

  • Always wear a helmet
  • follow the road rules

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


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