Week 4 - Term 3


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JPC enjoys a STEAMY 2018 Science Week

STEM unites with Art to make for a STEAMY Science Week @ JPC this year, bringing a myriad of incredible experiences to our students each day, and they were able to share their newfound scientific expertise with younger scientists from Mother Teresa Primary School on Wednesday afternoon.

Friday – The Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Science Week Show

To finish the week with a bang, the senior science students attended the
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Science Week Show at National Convention Centre - a free National Science Week event, brought to JPC students by The Australian Academy of Science.

Dr Karl is a famous science communicator, whom you may have heard on JJJ FM radio each week, delivering several hours of radio science heard around Australia and the world.


We were lucky enough to hear from Dr Karl in person, in a show that inspired, entertained and ignite our interest in STEM, for students and teachers alike. Dr Karl took us through future careers in genetics, engineering, basic physics, computer science and the environment, and helped us see how we can prepare for the future world, not just for employment, but for successful lives on our planet and maybe beyond!


Joining Dr Karl was Academy Fellow, Professor Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW Sydney. Professor Sahajwalla is a materials scientist and inventor and has just launched the world's first e-waste microfactory, which has been featured on ABC TV recently. She’s changing the way we approach recycling our e-waste, such as mobile phones and computers.

A Science Week THANK YOU!

None of this would be possible without our fabulous Science Faculty Teachers and Support Staff, so, a heartfelt thank you goes to our team for all the enthusiasm and hard work this week, and to the young scientist volunteer helpers who joined in so willingly to share our love of science throughout JPC and beyond!


Jennifer Tually
Leader of Learning (Science) and Wellbeing (Ferré House)

Senior Hospitality

Winter Restaurant 1021

Our JPC community enjoyed Wednesday night together in the restaurant for a winter truffle dinner, including scallops on the shell, goats cheese soufflé, risotto, beef cheeks, ginger butterscotch puddings and cheese platters with truffled honey and local tinker tailor bread. It was a hard day at the office and emotions ran high, but as usual, the small band of senior hospitality students rose to the occasion and delivered an almost faultless meal. Each student was responsible for a dish, from ordering ingredients to plating. They also pitched in and supported each other to ensure the evening ran smoothly. From prepping to cleaning they worked tirelessly all day.

By all accounts our patrons enjoyed the evening and many commented that with each successive restaurant, our students are improving, both front and back of house.


Well done Eryn Benedictos, Thomas Mugridge, Gemma Guillot, Aspen McMullen, Zoe Toole, Tara Foster. There are no adequate words to explain our gratitude for the help given by year 11 student Lachlan Richards and his involvement in the success of this evening - he is the best Maitre de and most definitely a treasured adopted member of our hospitality team.


Thank you to Sharon Robinson and Aaron for organizing the music and to students Pheobe Nguyen, Ian Edwards & Harry Costelloe for entertaining our guests upon arrival. Many thanks to our return customers, especially staff members, teachers, family and friends of the hospitality students who continue to enjoy the growth and development of the students’ skill and confidence. Special mention to canteen staff for their help as always and especially to Megan Hadjuk, Belinda Kelly and Kate Parker for their wonderful contributions; office staff for help with the bookings; Natasha for the menus and to Paul Mackie and Bill Li for rolling up their sleeves!


Blessed to be part of such a lovely, supportive school community.


Annie Daley

Hospitality Teacher

AIME Excursion to ADFA

Physically and mentally challenging, the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) program day at ADFA on Thursday 16th August was very rewarding. Ally Hampton, Ayden Okely and Isaiah Murray used team building and leadership skills when faced with problem-solving challenges such as rope climbing, tunneling on hands and knees blind through dark pipes and the hardest challenge of all, ‘writing’ and soul-searching and sharing their vulnerabilities - all under the expert guidance of the ADFA cadet mentors and organiser Darren Brady who was inspiring as always.


Annie Daley
Aboriginal Contact Teacher

RMC Excursion

At the beginning of recess on Tuesday 14th of August, the Concert Band & Defence Students went to see the Royal Military College band at Canberra Theatre. While many of the new students in the group went to experience a great first time, many older students saw returning favourites, and new faces as they performed for the 25th year as a Music at Midday performance. Starting off strong with Duntroon, which is played at marches and graduation at the Royal Australian Defence Force Academy (also known as ADFA), the band expertly swapped into the Australian Anthem. Throughout the performance, the band played a wide variety of pieces from ‘Big Band’ (1940’s and 50’s music). With a small jazz team, they played through several amazing songs, keeping the audience on their toes.


At the end of the performance, it was revealed that after 25 years of performing, the total amount of money raised by everyone contributing to the various charities supported by the RMC, was over $400,000. The RMC band had an awesome conductor who made the performance a whole lot of fun. The Concert Band and Defence students are sure to go again next year!


Special thanks to Vicki Walsh and Sharon Robinson for organising the excursion. Thanks for letting us have a great day!


Campbell Ellison, Year 9

Mock Trial Team

On Thursday the Year 11 and 12 Mock Trial team participated in their last round for the year. Over the four rounds, the teams have seen some great success and learnt many lessons about court proceedings, questioning witnesses and creating a strong legal argument using legislation and case law.


The Year 11 and 12 teams are to be commended for their efforts. They took the lead in the preparation of their case and organized their time to practice together before each round. There was very little teacher input required, which is a true testament to their capabilities as independent learners.


Congratulations to the following students:


Arts Up Front

As the musical creeps closer, our Year 9&10 Media students have been busily working away at promotional and advertising material as their first assessment. They have been tasked with creating a video advertisement for the production, as well as a promotional poster with an interactive or competitive element – keep an eye out for opportunities next week to win free tickets and other prizes!


Here’s a quick peek at one of our promotional videos for the show created by Sarah Grieb (Y10) and Mia Bolton (Y9).

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Sports News...



JPC’s debut entry into the competition featured five boys and three girls teams, all of whom had been training intensely for the past 5 weeks, as part of the Table Tennis Club on Wednesday lunchtimes and after school on Friday evenings. No other school could match our numbers nor our consistency of skill and commitment, and that delivered wonderful results on the day.

At the end of a long and arduous 5 hours of over 30 matches, testing both their mental and physical stamina, JPC took out Overall School’s Champion, as well as Individual Team Champions for the girls (Pari Malhotra VA1 and Chaira Nunes KE8 ) and Runner’s up in the boys (Lachlan Sharp MA7 and Kian Cox MA2).


Aside from the results, all the players were wonderful ambassadors for our school, both on and off the court. Well done to all those who attended and we look forward to our continued success in table tennis.


Players - 

  1. Lachlan sharp (MA7) & Kian Cox (MA2)
  2. Jack Evans (FE8), Thomas Athiyalil (VA4) & Viswesh Suman (VA6)
  3. Xavier Hose (VT4), Josh Henderson (VT4) & Ryan Lowe (MA1)
  4. Jayden Robinson (MA4), Dylan Silcocks (VT7) & Tani Hamilton (VA7)
  5. Ashton Antioch  KE3, Matej Sagolj (MA8) & Luke Hewitt (DR1)
  6. Chiara Nunes (KE8) & Pari Malhotra (VA1)
  7. Wenting Huang (MA1) & Sara Forster (FE1)
  8. Jasreena Sidhu (FE8)

Michael Hanna
Leader of Learning- Languages
Leader of Wellbeing – Van Thuan House

Table Tennis Coordinator

Senior Oztag

Last Friday I was lucky enough to take our senior boys to a rare sporting carnival. The boys had an awesome day with strong wins against Melba 7-3, Lake G 10-1 & Frannies 9-3.  The boys were unlucky to draw against Eddies who scored on the final play and a very close loss to Dara saw them finish 3rd in their pool and fail to progress to the finals.


The boys who represented JPC:
Alex Skinner, Andrew Cantlie, Max Young, Riley Grocott, Jacob Kite, Blair Bradbury, Gage King, JR Skinner, Harry McLeod

A special shout out to a couple of Year 10 boys who stepped up to help with numbers.


Well Done to everyone.


Mr Boyle

ASC Girls Hockey Carnival

JPC put together a year 9/10 Girls Hockey team to compete in the ASC Girl’s Hockey Competition on Monday 13 Aug 2018. Most teams on the day regularly play weekend hockey together and we also fielded many younger year 7/ 8 players to make numbers, so we did well all things considered, and importantly, improved as the day progressed. Results of our games are as follows:

Game 1 : JPC vs Daramalan 0-5
Game 2: JPC vs St Clare’s 0-5
Game 3: JPC vs CGGS 0-3
Game 4: JPC vs Radford 0-1

The JPC students were excellent ambassadors for the school, with exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship. Thanks to the 14 girls who participated:


Liliana Beckett, Angelica Dodds, Sophie Gale, Audrey Litster, Olivia Mugridge, Larni Bush, Churinian Tongu, Laura Wilson, Grace Dwyer, Briony Rukavina, Georgia Gale, Talisha Sture, Tilda Salisbury and Briana Pilicic.


Annie Daley (coach)

African Beat

On Wednesday 29th August, an African group called Salaka, is visiting JPC to run an African drumming workshop in the hall during period 1 with our students. They will be sharing the spirit of Africa through their teaching and performing of African instruments. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for students studying music, but everyone interested. If you are interested in attending, please find your name and tick it on the sign-up sheet on the front of the performing arts door.

Career Information

Work Experience is worth considering for students in Year 10,11 &12

A reminder that students from JPC are welcome to organize work experience. They simply need to contact Mr Ian Pettit (JPC Careers Advisor) for information about the process involved.


Elise Tuohy (left) recently had a terrific Work Experience opportunity at Redbox Design Group with a focus on landscape architecture.

Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA)

Australian Training Company has the following ASBA opportunities for students currently in Year 10 or 11:

  • Cert II/III IT - Digital Media Information Technology (numerous). These positions are with ACT Government. Interested applicants should forward a covering letter and resume to Karyn Hunter .Resumes to reach ATC by 15 September 2018
  • Cert II Resources and Infrastructure and work Preparation – These positions are identified as opportunities for females currently in Years 10 and 11. Participants will experience paid ASBA placements over a variety of Trades during a 12-18 month period. Full PPE and mentoring.  Applicants can send their resume or Expression of Interest through to Tracy Harrison at Australian Training Company (ATC) by 30 August 2018
  • Cert III Early Childhood Education and Care. Positions available in Forrest and Belconnen area. Applicants can send their resume through to Karyn Hunter
  • Cert III Aged Care (North and South Canberra locations) – Multiple available in Northside and Southside locations within the ACT. Applicants can send their resume through to Karyn Hunter and
  • Cert III Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology – Multiple positions available with Transport Canberra. Positions are both North and Southside. Resumes are to reach ATC by 31 August. Point of contact 
  • Multi Industry Program – For Year 10, 11 and 12 students interested in exploring a career in Early Childhood, Disability or Aged Care. Australian Training Company. This is a 12 week program commencing at the end of Term 3 and continuing through to end of Term 4. Participants will undertake work experience placements across the 3 Industries, with Industry mentoring and training an integral element of the program. For further details please contact Rhiannon Heffernan
  • Cert II/III Animal Technician Traineeship – Full time Australian Training Company have an exciting opportunity for an Indigenous Trainee to join the team at one of the Colleges within a Canberra Tertiary organisation. This is a full time traineeship undertaking a Cert II/III Animal Technician qualification. Applicants can send their resume through to Karyn Hunter at Australian Training Company (ATC)
  • Cert III Business Traineeship ( x 3) – Full time A full time opportunity to undertake a Certificate III/IV Business Administration traineeship is available at one of the Colleges within a Canberra Tertiary organisation. This is a full time traineeship working in HR and Student Support. This traineeship is identified as an Indigenous Traineeship opportunity. Applicants can send their resume through to Karyn Hunter at Australian Training Company (ATC )
  • Parks and Gardens – Full time ATC has positions available for Cert III Parks and Gardens Full Time Apprenticeships. These positions are for both Northside and Southside locations within Canberra.  Applications to be sent to

From the Student Office...

JPC Leggings

There is still quite a number of leggings at the Student Office, waiting to be picked up. If you ordered leggings for your child and they have not received them, please encourage them to come to get them as soon as possible.


Thank you.

If your child is unwell...

If your child is unwell, please do NOT send them to school! We fully understand that it can be inconvenient to have a child home sick. However, for your child’s health and well-being, as well as the health of fellow students and staff, please keep them home until they have fully recovered. Students are still able to log into Moodle to access work from home.


In the best interest of your child’s health, as well as to minimise risk of infection and cross-contamination, if your child has vomited or had diarrhoea, they are excluded from school for at least a 24 hour period.

Student Medical Information

If your child has a medical condition (short or long term) and treatment has changed or has recently occurred, please notify the Student Office immediately so student records can be updated and the correct treatments can be administered in first aid.


Please email or phone the Student Office with updated details.

Car Park Safety

There are many people in the car park area during drop off and pick up times, including young primary school children. We ask that you take care and observe the road rules to ensure everyone is kept safe.


Reminder - 

  • Do not drop off/pick up your child in the bus zones or any area that blocks the flow of traffic
  • Only park in the parking bays provided
  • Disabled parking is only for permit holders
  • Please allow buses to exit the bus zone

Has your child out-grown their uniform?

The College has a small collection of second hand uniform items for sale, and relies on donations of uniforms for supplies. At the moment we have plenty of short and long-sleeved shirts for boys, and varying amounts of other items. Feel free to donate any uniform items that no longer fit your child.


Need some uniform? Email the Student office at and we will get back to you if the items you want are available. Remember to include your child’s name and size of the items you want. Payments can be made through the Qkr! App.

Please name all items!

Please encourage your child to put their name on all their property and clothing, including their MyWay cards, hats, pencil cases, calculators and ILT planners! Then, if items are found and handed in to the student office, they can be returned promptly to their owner.

No Student ID Card = No Service

From Monday 13 August students MUST have a student card to purchase items from the canteen. 


To keep the line moving along in the canteen, students need to have their card ready.


Students without a card will need to speak to their Leader of Learning & Wellbeing for a Temporary Card.


A replacement card is $8.00 and can be ordered at the Student Office.


Notice to all parents and carers.

On Wednesday, 22 August 2018 at 7pm in the Parish rooms (building next to the Church) there will be an introduction evening for all people interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – RCIA.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to become a Catholic or to simply learn more about the Catholic faith, this process is a good place to start.

The Parish RCIA team will be there and it will be an informal evening for about an hour. Please keep the team and interested people in your prayers.

For further information please contact Maureen Hilton on or call 0431 123 465. Or call the Parish Office.

Are you, or is anyone in your family, your relatives, friends or neighbours interested in finding out about the Catholic faith or interested in becoming a Catholic?

We are about to begin our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in the Parish and invite you to join us.

An introduction evening will be held in the Parish rooms during August.

Is there anyone you would like to invite – a husband/wife/partner, a neighbour, relative or friend? Keep them in your prayers and ask the Holy Spirit for courage to invite them to the RCIA information evening. If you would like to find out more about the RCIA, please see Fr Mark or Fr Jiss in the Parish Office or contact Maureen Hilton on or call 0431 123 465.

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