Week 9 - Term 3


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Building Confidence in Mathematics

In high school, your child’s maths lessons become more advanced, covering topics such as algebra, calculus and trigonometry. Here are some ways you can support your child’s mathematics learning at home:

Build their confidence
Help your child achieve their best by having high, but realistic, expectations of them. Let them know that you believe they can do well at maths and give praise when they put in effort and show progress.

Build a strong foundation
Try looking through your child’s maths workbook together. Ask them to explain the examples their teacher has already worked through with the class. Can they apply this to some more examples? If your child expresses that they did not completely understand the concepts covered in maths class that day, encourage them to talk to their teacher.

Stay positive
Try to talk positively about mathematics with your child—even if you struggled with it at school yourself. Saying ‘I was bad at maths’ can lower your teen’s own expectations of themselves and can give them an excuse not to try.

Talk about maths
Again, talk about how maths is used in everyday life and find real-life examples for the maths they learn at school. For example, you can talk about household bills, such as electricity and water, analyse the graphs on the bills and discuss the costs and ways to reduce energy or water consumption. Or get your child to research the costs of different mobile phone plans to find the best value option for them based on call costs, calling patterns, their phone usage and previous bills.

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Arriving on time to School

In recent weeks, increasing numbers of students have been arriving late to school. Students are required to be at school before 8:55 am in order to ensure they are in PC for a 9am start.


The time spent in PC each morning is imperative for all students, as this is where messages are shared about the events of the day, where students receive permission notes, and information about College life is disseminated.


Missing out on this important PC time means your child may not be receiving significant information, but also means they are not starting the day in an organised and calm way. All families are asked to be conscious of the starting time for school and to encourage all students to make a conscious effort to get to school on time to start each day.

Codie’s trip to East Timor

In the July holidays, I spent two weeks travelling through the small nation of Timor-Leste with the United Nations Youth Australia. I was one of 12 young people who were chosen for this experience. Over these two weeks, we spent time engaging in workshops, conferences and cultural exchanges.

Timor is around 50mins off the coast of Darwin, making it one of Australia’s closest neighbours. One of the aims of our trip was to build lasting relationships between Australia and Timor-Leste, in particular, the young people of both countries.


Timor is a fascinating place with a war-torn history but I believe, from my experiences with the beautiful citizens of this nation, that they have a bright future. By being chosen to see and experience Timor’s people, places and culture, I hope I was able to open myself up to everything that the country had to offer. This trip by the United Nations Youth Australia, was curated for the specific reason, that not only is it to benefit the people of Timor-Leste but so that we as ambassadors can learn about our world, and take on lessons so that we can grow and educate others, “We have a strong focus on education and our desire to ensure that you gain more from the experience than just a sightseeing holiday.” – Molly Brand Pacific Project Convenor, 2018.

I honestly do not know how to put into words the profound impact this trip had on me, I’m so grateful that I was chosen, and hope to bring more awareness to this beautiful country in the future and continue to work with the locals I made strong connections with. This trip has changed my view on every aspect of my life and it is an experience I will never forget.

Codie Haycraft (Year 11 Van Thuan)

You’re invited to go to NASA!

Information Sessions

I am very pleased to announce that St John Paul II College students have the opportunity to attend CASE Space School, an international study program in conjunction with NASA, specifically tailored to develop leaders of the next generation.


CASE Junior Space School is for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2019.

CASE Senior Space School is for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2019.


A student Information session will be held on Tuesday 25 September at 1.30pm


An Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 30th October 2018
• 6.00-7.00pm for the Junior Space School program
• 7.30-8.30pm for the Senior Space School program

To RSVP for the Information Evening, visit


The program aids in the development and success of our students in terms of career prospects and the ability to deal with real-life situations. Aside from providing students with an unforgettable experience, students come to recognise the importance of multi-disciplinary learning as well as the role imagination plays in critical thinking and problem solving.  These are lifelong skills that our students will be able to adapt and use in any situation.

I encourage you to RSVP for the information evening via


See this video for more info: CASE Space School Expedition


Mrs J Tually

Senior Hospitality CIT Excursion

On Wednesday 19th September, five of our senior hospitality students visited the CIT Reid campus to enjoy a three-course luncheon and a tour of the kitchens and hospitality training facilities. We were all suitably impressed and thoroughly full afterwards and have come back with many new culinary ideas. We were treated to an excellent meal – the Bombe Alaska was particularly delicious – and are very grateful for the opportunity. We would like to thank Ms Annie Daley and Ms Megan Hajduk for facilitating our excursion and for being such wonderful members of the JPC staff.

Lachlan Richards
Year 11 Adopted Hospitality Student


Congratulations to Kiarrah Williams and Toby Herbert, year 10 who recently competed in the Australian Championships in Varsity Hip Hop, Melbourne.

Their group took out the Australian Dance Crew Championships in their age division.


Well done Kiarrah and Toby and your crew!


Sports News...


JPC Netball Grandfinals - 22 Sept 2018

JPC Netball has 3 teams playing in the Grandfinals this Saturday at Lyneham Netball Courts.

  • JPC Sonics vs EGNC Blue – 11.30am on court 3
  • JPC Galaxy vs NGRNC Kinkajous – 11.30am on court 7
  • JPC Stars vs GNC Beryls – 12.30pm on court 5

Come down and cheer on the girls!!

Girls Soccer

This bunch of legends put in another great day of football to finish third at the School Sport ACT Football Finals.


They continued their form from the Northside Carnival, going undefeated in the groups stages, and only being ‘relegated’ to second in their group over the good old “American Football Coin Toss’ rule (the girls finished equal top of their group with Trinity with exactly the same set of results, goals scored, goals conceded (0), as well as ‘number of corners achieved’ during the matches on countback). Krystal Agbonzikilo and Gaby Jordan scored a super goal each against Merici and Mikayla Tilley (as GK), Ariana Rathouski and Nazli Tuang were very strong in defence all morning.


The coin toss ultimately had little effect on the day’s proceedings as the first two teams from each Pool still went through to the Semi-Finals. JPC and SFX from the Northside and Trinity and Stromlo from the south.


The girls went up early in their Semi-Final against Stromlo through another super goal from Gaby Jordan, but some more bad luck hit the team not long after when Captain Mia McGovern injured her ankle and was not able to take further part in the match. The girls continued to play with great skill and determination, vice-captain Gaby Jordan stepping up her leadership even more in Mia’s absence.


Just before half-time, Stromlo were awarded a bizarre penalty, which became even more odd when Mikayla Tilley, who saved the ‘penalty’ but had to go back and try and save it again because the ref had not blown his whistle yet. The Stromlo player converted this time around.


The second half was a stalemate and so the girls were once again forced to go to penalties, just as they had done so in the Northside Final back in August.


Despite how potent the girls have been scoring goals during normal time (and pretty much every other school would not have liked drawing our team to play against it would seem!), penalties, which are of course always a pressure cooker, were once again not our strong point.


Stromlo won the penalty shoot-out.


The girls should be very proud of their efforts though and ultimately finished 3rd in what began as a 24 team comp.


Well Done Girls


Mr Woodman

Boys Soccer

Seventeen boys from Years 7 & 8 enjoyed a beautiful spring day playing the Beautiful Game. Unfortunately, the weather was kinder to us than the final scores.


After having come fourth out of twelve teams in the School Sport ACT Football (Soccer) Northside competition, they advanced to the Finals held on Friday 14 September at Mawson Playing Fields. The Finals involved the top four teams of the Northside and top four of the Southside.


Our first opponent was Alfred Deakin High School. We played very well, in particular, Michael Hynes was a standout and player of the match. He regularly provided good ball for the forwards and tightly controlled the midfield. Unfortunately, we were beaten 2-0.


Our second opponent was the highly acclaimed Lyneham High School. Their reputation as a talented & strong sporting school is well-deserved. Once again, we fought well with Jonathan Jordan being the player of the match. He was the hardest working player on the team in this game- always running from midfield to the forwards trying in vain to overcome the deficit. Unfortunately, we were beaten 4-0.


Our final opponent was Telopea High School. This was a very even match and remained a scoreless draw. The player of the match has to be shared between our alternating goal keepers, James Cunliffe and Marcus Dwyer. Both did some lovely saves and communicated well with the team during set pieces.


Bad luck to the boys and well-done for making the finals!


Marcus Dwyer (GK)               James Cunliffe (GK)

Matteo Vardenega                 Dom Pelle (Co-Captain)

Dylan Silcocks                       Ethan Russell

Jonathan Jordan                   Ashton Antioch

Ante Brkic (Co-Captain)        Dom Marek

Michael Hynes                      Jordan Prior

Josh Henderson                   Hayden Gardiner

Riley Puttock                        Hayden Mortimer

Christian Scola


Mr Battaglia


An invitation to contribute to JPC’s
Remembrance Day Commemoration!


2018 marks the end of the Centenary of ANZAC and the 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

The poppy has become a symbol of remembrance for loss in war and also hope for those left behind, since it flowered on the battlefields of Gallipoli, France and Belgium.


To commemorate the end of the Centenary, JPC is working on an exciting project. This will be our tribute to those who were lost in battles, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.


Our tribute of respect and remembrance


If you can knit, crochet, sew or create, you are invited to contribute to our heartfelt display made with poppies. Poppies can be made with wool, material or felt. You are encouraged to include a dedication with your poppy to honour and remember a Service person.


We will need your poppies at school by Week 2 in Term 4.


Poppy Information Packs (PIPs) are available from the Front Office or patterns may be found at

For more information please contact Vicki on 6163 4800

or by email


100 Years of ANZAC

The Spirit Lives


Brass Tutor Available for Lessons

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


We are very lucky to have one of the most accomplished brass tutors in the ACT tutoring at our school. Please sign up and utilise Justin’s knowledge and experience! For Applications:


Justin began his music studies at the age of five, learning piano and cornet. Pursuing a career as a professional trumpet player, Justin studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Music with Honours in 1999.


In 1999, Justin joined the Australian Defence Force as a professional musician and has held appointments to the Australian Army Bands in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, Wagga Wagga and the Band of the Royal Military College in Canberra.


As an orchestral trumpet player, Justin has been a regular guest performer with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonia, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has recorded the orchestral soundtracks to numerous Australian and international films and television commercials with the Sydney Scoring Orchestra. Justin has also been engaged to perform with artists such as Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Tina Arena, Kate Miller Heidke, The Whitlams, Lior, Little Patti, Normie Rowe, Megan Washington.


Justin now lives in Canberra and earns his living as a professional freelance musician and music educator. Justin is the acting principal trumpet of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the principal trumpet of the National Pops Orchestra, a Performing Teaching Fellow at the School of Music of the Australian National University, an Australian Music Examinations Board examiner and is a reserve member of the Band of the Royal Military College. As a brass pedagogue, Justin contributes to the instrumental band programmes as an instrumental music teacher and band conductor in a number of schools in the Canberra region.

Raising Kids & Teens in a Screen World

This is a parent seminar OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, designed for parents of 4-16-year olds.

Dr Kristy Goodwin, a digital parenting educator, author and researcher (& mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums), delivers research-based information to parents about the overwhelming and confusing task of raising young kids and adolescents in a digital world. Dr Kristy arms parents with simple strategies to manage screen-time at home without tears and tantrums and without having to constantly fret about their online safety. Kristy will explain, using neuroscience, why our kids and teens become infatuated (not ‘addicted’) to technology, why they find it hard to switch off devices (and throw techno-tantrums) and how we can help our kids and teens develop healthy digital habits.

Mon. 24 September 2018
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm AEST

St Edmund's College
110 Canberra Avenue
Griffith, ACT 2603

Tickets: $38.01 – $64.39

Young Women in Engineering (YoWIE) event at the University of NSW ADFA campus.

The University of NSW is offering a free camp in January next year aimed at girls in years 8 and 9 (this year) to get a hands on exposure to STEM topics and hopefully spark an interest in the field.


Information and the registration process can be found at:

Registrations close 31 October 2018

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