Term 2 - Week 4

This week Australia has celebrated National Volunteer Week 2018 and St John Paul II College would like acknowledge the important partnerships we have with all our dedicated volunteers who generously contribute their time and skills to improve the learning experiences of our students.


In our Science Faculty, we have been very fortunate to have 2 special volunteers over the last few months who have joined with our Science classes and ILT weekly to share their expertise in the field of Science.

Pictured is Mrs Nola Shoring with Cameron Pepper (Yr 10) and Akram Arslan (Yr 8) celebrating National Volunteers Week 2018 at the first of our After-school Science Tutorials.

Thank you to Mr Tim McInerney, a Scientist from the Australian National University, and Mrs Nola Shoring, a retired Science teacher, both of whom have worked with our budding scientists in the Senior Sciences and Year 10 on their Individual Scientific Research Projects. We are truly grateful for the commitment they have shown giving us hours each week for the past few months.


Now that the Year 10 Individual Science Projects have been submitted, Mrs Shoring will be offering free tutoring in 7–12 Science after school on the two Wednesdays leading up to exams for any interested student (limited spaces - booking link below).


Free After-school SCIENCE Tutoring for Years 7–12
Exam Preparation, Assignments or general understanding of Science concepts

Weeks 16 & 17, Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:30 PM - JF9/10

RSVP: Click here to RSVP for Science Tutoring


Contact: Mrs Jennifer Tually for more information

QUESTACON Science Show comes to JPC!

Earlier this term, the QUESTACON Outreach Science Show came to JPC and Years 8 & 9 students were able to experience some of the fun and intrigue associated with the science of very cold temperatures and the concept of pressure. We froze objects that we don’t normally see frozen, such as balloons and flowers, in liquid Nitrogen at a VERY cold -196C, and rapid-fired marshmallows with a vacuum cleaner ‘bazooka’. Some of our students were sat on a seat with hundreds of nails emerging – and no damaging repercussions!


The session was a collaboration between QUESTACON and JPC – we provided an opportunity for their new presenters to refine their skills before touring Australia with their show, and our students communicated with professional scientists on challenging concepts – a win-win day for both!

"Arts Up Front" - Photography

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
— Paul Caponigro


This semester in photography, year 9/10 have been working hard to learn about fine art photography, which is the art of taking images with a purpose. With their final assessment piece coming up students are busy planning photographs and perfecting their models’ poses to get the best image they possibly can.

Year 9/10 students needed to choose a real-world theme and think beyond the obvious to find a way to create their images, all while considering the parameters set by the school grounds, the age, skill and appearance of their models, and their ability with the DSLR cameras. Students have learned about lighting, exposure, framing, rule of thirds, movement and colour, allowing them to explore photography beyond the smart phone.

On Monday, students in Ms McCallum’s class had the opportunity to merge with Ms Mostyns 9/10 Dance class to capture movement with some very pleasing results.

I have been so lucky to have such an enthusiastic group of students this semester, that are willing to take on feedback, push themselves to think outside the box and improve their ideas, I cannot wait to see their final creations and hear about their intentions. 

Ms. Chloe McCallum

Photography Teacher

Social Justice Week

In conjunction with the Student Leadership team and the Social Justice Group, we are very excited to announce our upcoming initiative of Social Justice Week, occurring in Week 8 of Term 2. The week will revolve around numerous facets of Social Injustice, where students will stand in solidarity and support for refugees, the homeless and the many other socially oppressed groups in our society. To show support, students have the opportunity to participate in the Act for Peace Ration Challenge, the Mini Vinnies Sleepout and, for the first time, the St. John Paul II College Film Festival.

Act for Peace Ration Challenge

There are currently over 65 million refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people worldwide, the highest figure since World War II. That’s 65 million people forced to flee their homes in order to escape conflict, disaster and other threats, to simply survive. The organisation Act for Peace aims to raise money and awareness for refugees by shining light on the conditions they are forced to live in after fleeing their country because of war, oppression, or other threats.


The Ration Challenge asks ordinary Australians to try living on, rations, just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. A number of JPC students and several staff members will be undertaking the challenge alongside 25,000 fellow Australians, who in previous totals have raised an overall amount of $5.9 million dollars - enough to provide food, water, education, medical supplies, and shelter to over 22,000 refugees for a year. The ration period is 3 consecutive days for year 7-9 students, 5 days for year 10-12, and 7 days for staff.

The money raised will provide food rations, medical care, education and other essential support to Syrian refugees living in refugee camps in Jordan, as well as helping other conflict and disaster-affected communities around the world.

Please consider donating to the JPC Ration Challenge Team by following this link:

The St Vincent De Paul Sleepout

On any given night, there can be more than 116,000 Australians sleeping it rough on the streets, and it’s only getting worse. According to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, homelessness has been on the rise since 2011, with an Australian increase of 13.7% in 2016. On Thursday the 21st of June, St Vincent De Paul will be holding their annual CEO Sleep-out. This event helps raise valuable funds and awareness for the homeless and the vulnerable in our communities. This year, St. John Paul II College’s Social Justice Group will run our 5th St. JP II Sleep-out, to partner with the St. Vincent De Paul event and to support Mrs. Rey (our School Principal) who participates in the Vinnies CEO Sleep-out.


JPC Students are invited to join the Social Justice group by sleeping out at JPC on Thursday the 21st of June, using only clothes, a sleeping bag, and a couple of cardboard boxes to stay comfortable and warm. By simulating homelessness, students hope to gain a better understanding of what it is like to live rough and raise money and awareness for the vulnerable members of our communities.


Participants will be asked to raise a minimum of $30, in an attempt to break last year’s figure. All the money raised will support Mrs. Rey’s CEO Sleep-out campaign, and go towards a fantastic cause.

St. John Paul II College Film Festival

Our Year 10 House Leaders launched the Social Justice Week Film Festival today, and we look forward to sharing more details with our community in the coming weeks.


Stay tuned for more updates on St. John Paul II College’s Social Justice week.

Hugh Dawson & Raghav Sharma
St. John Paul II College, Leaders of Justice

Sports News


Cross Country

On Tuesday, the students of JPC participated in the annual Cross Country Carnival. The weather was optimal (much nicer than the previously scheduled 9 degree day) and students were in high spirits. It was wonderful to see students of all ages challenging themselves and recognising the importance of such physical activities for their health and well being. Students who placed within the top 10 apply for the ASC Cross Country Carnival held Friday next Week at Mount Stromlo.


A massive thank you goes to all those who made the day possible, particularly the support staff who assisted Miss Turner in a variety of ways, teachers who were supervising across all areas of the track and the PE team who are always there to assist in the smooth running of such a large scale event.

Congratulations goes to our Cross Country champions and our house winners for 2018!

Gymnastics Nationals

This week, Tahlia Gee, Josh Baldwin & Ceinwyn Robens travelled down to Melbourne to compete in the National Gymnastics competition.


Ceinwyn achieved a 2nd place finish on bars in the 14 & over competition.  Results from the other two are yet to be finalized.

Please congratulate these students on their outstanding efforts.


Two of our Students JR Skinner in Year 10 from Van Thuan House and Levi Pomale Year 7 from Drexel House have been selected in to the ACT schools teams for their respective age groups in Rugby Union. This is massive for them and also the school please take the time to congratulate them both if you see them around the school.


On a side note Mack Hansen (Left) who is affiliated with Brumbies Rugby and Gungahlin Eagles Rugby, and who has been helping out with the JPC Rugby Union Passion Project has been selected in to the Australian U/20s side for the world cup which will be held in France next month.


Gungahlin Rugby have been kind enough to help us with coaching knowledge and equipment usage, free of charge which has been great for us and more importantly our students who are gaining a lot of invaluable knowledge.


To have someone like Mack who is a humble and all round nice guy being a positive role model to kids like Troy Putland, Sam Jackobasch and other Rugby Union Players in the Passion Project has been immense.


It has been rewarding seeing their great focus, work ethic and dedication in the Rugby Program and this is a testament to people like Mack and Gungahlin Eagles Rugby.


Mr Jeremaia Yanuyanutawa

Business/Economics, SOSE, Physical Education and Rugby Teacher

Energy Drinks

It has become apparent that students are gaining access to varying energy drinks and consuming these drinks at school. There is extensive research into the effects of energy drinks on teenagers and therefore all forms of energy drinks at St John Paul II College are banned substances.

According to research, the consumption of energy drinks by teenagers can lead to the following health concerns:

  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Sleep disruption, tiredness and fatigue
  • Hyperactive, risky behavior
  • Dental erosion
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Headaches (Visram et al., 2016)
  • Students are encouraged to consume water as the most effective source of hydration throughout the day.

Visram, S., Cheetham, M., Riby, D. M., Crossley, S. J., & Lake, A. A. (2016). Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people: a rapid review examining evidence of physical effects and consumer attitudes. BMJ Open, 6(10), e010380.


Fitness Club runs every Wednesday morning from 7.30am onwards in the school hall. Each week the students play a sport of their choice. There have been more and more students wanting to get involved which is great to see. 

However, due to number of students attending, it is only fair and safe to ask that students wear appropriate sports clothing if they wish to play. It doesn’t have to be school sports uniform but appropriate clothing and footwear is required. Students will NOT be permitted to participate if they are wearing school uniform. Students are to bring appropriate school uniform to change into afterwards.


Thank you for your cooperation with this.


Kind regards,

Miss Robinson

Outdoor Education

This week our 3 Year 9 & 10 Outdoor Ed classes travelled up Mt Roger’s to complete a number of different Orienteering courses.


The students worked really well with running all around the nature reserve in search of several checkpoints and trying their best not to get lost, something Mr Boyle knows how to do apparently. Even the assistance of a dozen magpie couldn’t save some students from getting lost!

Sustainability in Hospitality

Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students work in the canteen and therefore work alongside the canteen staff. We are gradually introducing many more sustainable practices such as:

  • Washable resuable dishcloths
  • Making fresh stock out of the meat bones and vegetable and herb scraps
  • All other scraps go into the compost bucket for our JPC garden
  • Reducing waste by ordering in bulk
  • Using seasonal, locally produced ingredients to reduce food miles – as local as possible, so starting with ingredients from our JPC garden!
  • Using organic and ethically produced ingredients, so definitely no ingredients containing Palm oil!
  • Reducing the amount of cling film, alfoil and baking paper
  • Ensuring the dishwasher is full before using and many more sustainable practices.

The sustainability team!

Year 11 Hospitality Train as Barista’s!

Zoe Toole and Aspen McMullen completed a Barista course at Ona Coffee in Fyshwick on Wednesday 23rd May and have certificates to prove it!


They learnt about the origins of coffee, the roasting and grinding process and of course how to make the perfect cup of coffee with even a little bit of latte art to show off with. Both students are now inspired to put their new skills to good use in the JPC senior Hospitality café.


Annie Daley
Hospitality Teacher

Congratualtions to Bronte Froome

UN Youth is a not-for-profit youth organisation that aims to educate and empower young Australians. On the 5th of July I will be departing for a week and going to Adelaide for the UN Youth Australia National conference where the theme for this year is the Future of Democracy. 100 delegates were selected from across the nation and the Asian pacific along with 10 people selected from the ACT. The application process was the answering of extensive questions and then I was selected out of a large group of young people. The itinerary involves a series of Mock UN Debates, General Assembly Debates where my chosen country to represent is the Netherlands, workshops, interactive problem solving, committee debates and a speaker’s panel from world renowned UN representatives.


Bronte Froome - Year 11, Kennedy

Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science

Applications open

Applications for the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) open on Tuesday 22 May, 2018. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 10 students who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply.

ASSETS is a free nine-day summer school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 10 students. There are three summer schools held across the 2018/19 summer holidays. More than 100 students from across Australia will participate.

Download application form and fact sheet here



Maybe your child has lost their specs! This is the current collection of glasses held in the student office and have been here since last year. If these glasses are not claimed by the end of term, they will be donated.


If you need to pick your child up early for any reason, please follow the below process:

  1. Please email with the students name and time of departure.
  2. The Student office staff will put an Early Departure Slip into the students PC folder.
  3. Student will use this to show their teacher they need to leave early. They will not be permitted to leave class without it.
  4. Student will come to the student office and sign out.


  1. Send a note in with your student including the students name and time of departure.
  2. Student is to HOLD ONTO this note all day until they need to leave, at which point they show this note to the teacher at the time they need to leave. They will not be permitted to leave class without this or an early departure slip.
  3. Student comes to the student office to sign out and hand the permission note to the front office staff.

We understand that things happen and providing us notice the morning of may not be possible. In this instance, please know that we cannot call the students over the PA so it will take time to firstly locate the student, particularly during ILT, and secondly for a staff member to go to the students classroom and collect them for you. If we are looking for multiple students at once, it will take longer again.



  1. Please email THE STUDENT OFFICE at to let us know your child will be late. This means that we can take you off the list of absentee SMS’s prior to sending them. It also means you will not have to explain the absence later on.

Thank You

Mental Health Issues and Young People: FREE Parenting Forum

Carers ACT is hosting a unique opportunity for parents, carers and friends to learn how to recognise the warning signs and better understand depression, suicide, eating disorders, deliberate self-harm and other mental health problems in young people. Mental illness in our youth – often known as the ‘invisible disease’ - is growing at an alarming rate with many parents at a loss on how to deal with it. The speaker will be Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia’s leading experts in parenting and child and adolescent mental health and founder of CanTeen for teenagers with cancer.  Bookings essential.


When: Tues 19 June 2018, 7-9pm, Hellenic Club, Woden
More info: Ph 6296 9900 or email
Register : through Eventbrite
Cost: free

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