Term 2 - Week 6

2019 Enrolments

Enrolments for 2019 closed on the 25 May 2018.


Year 7, 2019 enrolments are near to capacity. Current JPC families wishing to enrol their child for year 7, 2019 must submit an enrolment form immediately. We may not be able to guarantee a place once we reach capacity.


All current year 10 students must return the Year 11, 2019 Intention Letter even if you are not planning to continue at JPC for 2019.


If you have any questions with regards to 2019 Enrolments, please contact the JPC Office .

Ration Challenge Starts!

Could you go without sugar for a week? What about chocolate? Or coffee? How about fruits and vegetables?


What if you could only eat what you see in the picture below?


This weekend, our fearless Ration Challenge team are putting their money where their mouths are as they experience just how tough it is to live on limited refugee rations.


16 extraordinary students and 5 brave teachers have pledged to eat only what is available in a standard Jordanian refugee camp ration kit for a whole week, and in the process have raised an astounding $5000 to support Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.


All the money we raise goes directly to providing Syrian refugees with food, medicine and education. By taking the Ration Challenge we are also supporting other conflict, and disaster-affected communities, helping to achieve safety, justice and dignity through Act for Peace's humanitarian response, sustainable development and advocacy programs around the world.

If you would like to sponsor the JPC team, please visit our fundraising page at:

Thank you for your support!


Hugh Dawson and Raghav Sharma
Leaders of Justice








St Vincent De Paul CEO Sleep-out

On Thursday the 21st of June, St Vincent De Paul will be holding their annual CEO Sleep-out. This event has raised valuable funds and awareness for the homeless and vulnerable in our community. Our Social Justice Group runs their very own JPC Sleep-out to partner with the St Vincent De Paul event and to support Mrs Rey who does the Sleep-out as a CEO.


Using only their clothes, a warm sleeping bag, and a couple of cardboard boxes, students will simulate homelessness and raise money for a good cause. Storage King Mitchell and Storage King Belconnen are generously providing 150 boxes for the students to sleep in on the night.


Participants will be asked to raise funds from their friends and family in an attempt to break last year’s figure. All of the student's fundraisings will go towards Mrs Rey’s fundraising tally. If you would like to support Mrs Rey, you can donate HERE

"Arts Up Front"


The year groups pursuing dance have had an incredible term. Each year group has been creating their own composition. Dance composition is the creation of a dance performance inspired by a stimulus that communicates an intent to the audience. Students have been thinking outside the box to come up with interesting and original concepts that allow for growth and development of their dance knowledge, understanding and skill. Students have created visual mood boards about their stimulus and from there have begun improvising with movement and music about their compositions intent.


Year 8 students have become the choreographers of their very own dance work. They have created their own mini 1-minute compositions, which has been inspired by a visual stimulus. They will be presenting these to the class along with a creative rationale in week 8. It is an incredible opportunity for students and their peers to witness their incredible creativity with movement.


Year 9 & 10 have been passionately engaged in their Contemporary dance unit. Developing their own Contemporary dance compositions. Year 9 & 10 could choose from a visual, kinaesthetic, auditory, tactile or ideational stimulus to inspire the composition intent for their dance work, which is up to 4 minutes long. As the choreographers and developers of their very own dance work, they will be giving a verbal rationale of their creative choices after the performance in the theatre during week 7 and 8. This class is super energetic and love cheering each other on. The support in this class is a powerful and wonderful source of creativity.

Year 11 & 12 have been extremely busy creating and choreographing their own dance work which relates to the BSSS unit they are studying this term - Dance in Our Time. The compositions are 5 minutes long and will dive deep into the concept they have chosen for their composition. Each dancer has carefully chosen a concept that will emotionally evoke and move the audience. The senior dancers will perform their compositions in the theatre during their exam period. Good Luck to all the senior's dancers!!


Dance Fest
The theme for the 2018 Ausdance Dance Festival is Make your Mark. After an exciting audition process, fifty students were accepted to be JPC’s performance troupe. Each performer has taken on a role and responsibility within the group. The collaboration between all students has been a terrific success so far. Our concept has been decided! What is it? You will have to wait to find out. The big reveal will be week 9, term 3 when JPC perform at Canberra Theatre Centre.

Production Training at Canberra Theatre

Part 1

This Semester, 9/10 Drama students have been studying the unit, “The World of Theatre” and as a conclusion to this unit, students are learning the intricacies and practicalities of roles in the industry.  On Thursday, students began this two-section training program, which provided an insight into the theatre industry from the perspective of the touring production companies.

Students are treated as venue hirers coming to assess the Canberra Theatre Centre with a view towards bringing a show to the venue. In addition to the hands-on production experience, students will be performing their most recent Playbuilding Performance Assessment on the stage. This program is guided by the Canberra Theatre Centre’s Education and Technical Teams.


This week saw students with a detailed backstage tour of Canberra Centre’s Playhouse, under the stage, and the sound and lighting desks. Students even braved the dizzying heights and climbed the lighting towers! Students were able to experiment with lighting presets and also learnt about the various ‘skirts’ and ‘legs’ of the Playhouse stage.


Next week, students will be able to perform on the stage while other class members experience the roles of stage manager, lighting crew and backstage hands. Performances will be recorded and available for the students to keep. Very exciting times in Drama with this amazing experience offered to JPC students.


Miss Keane

Leader of Learning and Wellbeing – Van Thuan House and The Arts Faculty Coordinator

Sports News

Alan Tongue Cup

‘On Tuesday our Under 13’s boys travelled to Northbourne Oval in an attempt to regain the Alan Tongue Cup. On a wet, cold morning the team played exceptionally well winning their first two games comfortably before coming up against a strong Goulburn team. Although they were unlucky to get beat the boys bounced back and then easily overcame fatigue to win there next two games meaning they will advance to the finals day in a couple of weeks with the potential to make the combined NSW high school competition in Sydney.


All of the boys played well with some standout performances from Jono Sears, Ajay Anelzark, Owen Hromow and Kyle Moir. The team consisted of these four boys along with Fletcher Tarry, Jack Evans, James Sheather, Leevi Seuala-Pomale, Josh Baldwin, Zach Barbaro, Ryan Mitchell, Jesse Pumpa.


On behalf of the JPC community, I would like to congratulate these young men on their outstanding sportsmanship and teamwork.’


Mr Whatman


Congratulations to Owen Hromow (Yr 8) and Noah Marcantonio (Yr 8) who have been selected for the under 13’s Canberra Raiders Development Squad.

Energy Drinks


Students are not to bring or consume any energy 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 behaviour
  • 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.

Year 10 Transition Week

Year 10 Transition week will be held in week 10 of Term 2 (2-6 July 2018).

The program below is also available on the JPC Website

QKr! Update

As of June 6th, some of the older versions of the Qkr app will no longer work, and families must update their app. If your version has stopped working, you will have to download the current version from the app store. 

If you continue to have problems, go to the QKr! website

Remember - Money added to your child's canteen account must be done before 10am, otherwise it will not show on their account until the next day.

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