Ash Wednesday

This week we began our Lenten journey together. This is a very important season in our Church calendar where we are called to renew our relationship with God, and are challenged to consider three areas of special focus: to deepen our prayer focus, to fast (or go without), and to acts of service. In our House groups on Wednesday, we received the sign of the cross in ashes on our foreheads, a physical symbol that we come from ashes, and to ashes we return. In Lent, we are challenged to strip away the layers of distraction in our lives to return to the heart of our faith, knowing that we are loved by God, and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

As we journey together this Lent, we pray for God to guide us in a deepening of our faith, and to support our efforts to reach out to those in need through our fundraising efforts for Project Compassion. Each morning in PC groups, students are encouraged to contribute to our PC collections in support of the significant outreach programs that Project Compassion funds around the world.The JPC community has always supported this Lenten appeal with enormous generosity, and we look forward to seeing our tally grow over the next 6 weeks of Lent. 


To find out more about Caritas and the work of Project Compassion, visit this site:


Mrs. Jennifer Tually and Mrs. Nicola Edghill
Coordinators – Student Leadership


Student Leadership Training Day

Last Friday our team of Year 12 College Leaders and Year 10 House Leaders were challenged to move beyond their comfort zones by attacking the High Ropes Course at Outward Bound in Tharwa. Accompanied by Mrs.Tually, Mrs.Edghill and Mr.Rees, our leaders participated in a series of activities designed to help them to think about their own leadership styles, and how to build their capacity as models of service the community at JPC.


The high ropes course involves a series of obstacles that need to be navigated, secured by a harness, some 12m above the ground, requiring both courage and determination – and a lot of support from below! It was extraordinary to see the way our leaders attacked this course with gusto, supporting each other to overcome their fears and move beyond their comfort zones! Outward Bound staff were quick to praise this wonderful group of leaders, and they are to be commended for their engagement and positivity on the day.


We look forward to seeing the fruits of this significant training day as our leaders develop their roles this term. Our special thanks to Mr. Tim Rees for driving the bus and sharing the day with us.


Mrs. Jennifer Tually and Mrs. Nicola Edghill
Coordinators – Student Leadership

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day

Hundreds of smiley face pancakes were made and sold in the canteen at recess and proceeds were donated to the Caritas Charity. $285 was raised. Thank you to the lovely canteen staff for generously helping with this event 

Swimming Carnival 2018

On Thursday the 15th February (Week 2), JPC had its annual Swimming Carnival at Big Splash Waterpark in Jamison. The weather was a perfect accompaniment to the spirit displayed by all houses and the competition was heated, with 21 new records on the day.


Such a day cannot be possible without the tireless Health and Physical Education staff who are the first to arrive and the last to leave. Thank you to all of the teachers, support staff and parents who were supportive and energetic both in the lead up to, and on the day of the carnival. Lastly, thank you to all of the students who showed courage, sportsmanship and respect throughout the day.


It was truly a day where we were able to celebrate and unite as a community. I look forward to seeing all of the above qualities at the Athletics Carnival in Week 6.


Ashlee Turner

What is Miss Turner is Reading Right Now

This term, we are starting a new initiative where staff from all areas of the school are sharing their love of books and reading with the students. If they have any recommendations, encourage your child to let the staff member know!

Happy Reading!

Charlotte O’Shea

Indigenous Welcome Lunch

JPC Indigenous students gathered to meet the new Aboriginal Contact teacher, Ms Daley and cook lunch together this week. They swapped holiday stories and enjoyed kangaroo burgers and kumara fries

Year 10 Immunisation

ACT Health run a free immunisation program to ACT high school students as part of the High School Immunisation Program.

Immunisations at JPC have been scheduled in 2018 as follows:

Year 10
Thursday 22 February

Information about the vaccination is available on the JPC Website

click here for details

Year 7
Round 1 - Monday 7 May
Round 2 - Friday 16 November

Consent forms have been sent home with all Year 7 and 10 students. These forms are due back immediately to the College. If your Year 7 or Year 10 student has NOT brought home a form to be signed, please ensure they pick up a form from the student office and return the completed form by Tuesday 20 February

Thank you

Vocal Group

The Vocal Group is back on again this year and will rehearse Tuesday lunch times and Thursday mornings at 8.15am in the Band room. If you would like to come along and try it out, we’d love to have you on board!


Please see Miss Robinson on Tuesday lunch time if you would like to join! I look forward to seeing you there.

Piano Club

If you play piano, like the sound of the piano, or even looking at a piano, I strongly encourage you to come along to our Piano Club sessions held on Friday lunch times in the Band Room. Each week we hear students play pieces they are working on and prepare for future performances. It is a fun, relaxed environment for all who wish to attend.


Please see Mr. Paris, or Miss Robinson if you have further questions.

Instrumental Music Lessons at JPC

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,


We are now taking enrolments for Instrumental Music Lessons at St John Paul II College 2018. We provide weekly private individual lessons for our students with some of the best tutors in the ACT. We are offering lessons on the following instruments: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, Drums, Woodwind (Saxophone, Clarinet), Brass (Trumpet, Trombone) and Strings. Learning an Instrument builds confidence, commitment, time management and a range of other skills, so please get involved!


We are also taking enrolments for our Co-Curricular Band Program. Students can get involved in our Rock Bands, Unplugged Bands, Choir or Production Crew. We have many performances opportunities for students involved throughout the year both at school and out in the community, this is a perfect platform for any student interested in performing arts.


Follow the links below from the St John Paul II College Website and either email the forms direct to me at or leave them at the student office.

Absent from School

If you child is sick or going to be away from school, the preferred form of communication with the school is via email


If an email is received by the office by 9am you will not receive a text advising your child is absent and the email is sufficent for our records.


If you do call the school, you are still required to send in a written note explaining the absence


Thank you

Bicycle Sheds

Reminder - Make sure bikes are locked in the sheds - Thank you


For quicker, hassle-free school payments

Qkr! is an easy-to-use phone app that gives you the flexibility to place orders at a time and place that suits you.

  • Saves you time by letting you order and pay for school items directly from your phone
  • Reduces the need for your child to bring chas to school
  • Fees, excursions, canteen money and more can be paid via Qkr!

All payments made before 10am will be available for your child to use in the canteen on the same day

Continuing families -please remember to update your childs year level

JPC Cheerleading Team

Be Part of the First ACT High School Competitive Cheerleading team who are also the best in Australia having earnt the title of National Champions at the 2017 AASCF National Championships!


Stunt      Tumble     Jump     Dance

Fitness   Teamwork   Confidence   Strength


Cheerleading is a sport in its own right, recently accepted by SportAccord, the governing body for Olympic Sports.  It is extremely athletic and develops confidence through teamwork, physical strength and fitness, performance and competition. Athletes learn stunting, tumbling, jump and dance skills and compete at competitions with routines incorporating all these skills.


Females and Males


All year levels


Accredited and experienced coaches

Training Thursdays 3.45-5.45pm in the school hall


For more information contact:

Belinda Dawson

Principal Coach

0410 561 579

Information packs are available on the JPC Website - click here for details

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