Week 7 - Term 2

Year 9 ‘Catch the Wave’

This week, our Year 9 students were invited to consider their faith journey as they shared in a retreat experience called ‘Catch the Wave’. Facilitated by members of the CSYMA National Team, including JPC’s own youth minister, Lachlan Bull, Year 9 spent time unpacking what it means to have a personal encounter with God, and what it means to open ourselves to the opportunities that Youth Ministry presents at JPC. Through a mix of games, drama, and sharing of testimony, students were taken on a journey of discovery, leading to a final prayer.


We would like to express our gratitude to the CSYMA team for leading the 2 sessions on Wednesday, and for the powerful way that they connected with our students. I would personally like to commend Year 9 for their engagement in the retreat, and to thank our dedicated team of RE teachers who supported students on Wednesday. This is just the start of Year 9’s Youth Ministry journey, and students have now made some initial selections to participate in Term 3’s elective class in RE to further pursue the ideas explored in this retreat. Any parents who would like further information about the elective Youth Ministry class, or about any facet of the Youth Ministry program at JPC, are welcome to contact for more information.

Arriving on time to School

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.


Thank you

JPC Girls Long Pants and Shorts

The navy blue JPC girls long pants and shorts have arrived at Lowes in Gungahlin.

Pants: $49.95  Shorts: $44.95


Limited stock currently available, arrival of new stock soon


Note - Macdonalds Schoolwear Gungahlin is now closed, Lowes Gungahlin is JPC's uniform provider

Getting ready for rations!

In just a few days’ time, our dedicated team of ration challengers will be leaving the tasty treats of their daily diets behind in favour of the bland and boring options found in their ration kits. For anywhere from 3 – 7 days during Refugee Week (June 16 – 23), our team members have committed to living on the rations that form the diet of Syrian refugees. This is a significant thing to do – especially for our seniors as they embark on their exams, and in conjunction (for many) with our annual sleepout. To date, the team has raised over $7000, all from their own personal efforts to get the message out about the Act for Peace Ration Challenge.

If you would like to show your support for these incredible social justice campaigners, please head over to the fundraising site at and stay tuned for updates from our Refugee Week activities next week.


Mrs. Nicola Edghill
Leader of Learning and Wellbeing – Mission and Ministry

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is held from Sunday the 17th of June to Saturday the 23rd of June. During this week, the Leaders of Justice with your help would like to show their support for refugees internationally.

Over the course of next week, while the seniors are busy with exams, there will be activities held for students from Tuesday to Thursday. On Tuesday, there will be a special opportunity for students to take photos to show their support for refugees, Wednesday there will be a solidarity lunch in the canteen, where the same food found within a ration pack that Syrian refugees are given will be sold. All funds raised will go towards Act for Peace. On Thursday a mass will be held at 8:30am in the chapel followed by a special event for students during the day.


We ask that the JPC community takes this time to recognise and sympathise with the millions of refugees around the globe, experiencing suffering and hardship every day.


Bronte Froome & Jarrod Koenig

Leaders of Justice

The Dressmaker

The Senior Textile students were transported to Dungatar in the 1950s where they had the opportunity to view the costumes from the award-winning Australian movie, The Dressmaker. The exhibition at the National Film and Sound Archive allowed the students to go ‘behind the seams’ of a diverse and spectacular range of the haute couture worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis, Rebecca Gibney and more.
The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition celebrates the artistry of the film’s sumptuous designs, as well as the transformational power of fashion.


Allana Haines

Textiles and IHU Teacher

Do you want to help your children with managing their time and study skills?


Come and join other parents to discuss successful strategies that will help your child.

  • Improve your Academic Performance through your Study Skills and Time Management
  • Understand your employment options so you can create a plan
  • Future proof your career to meet the rapidly evolving job market

Guest Facilitator from - Elevate Education (NSW Client Services Manager)

Panel Members from - JPC Business Community representatives


Note: While this evening workshop is aimed at Year 10 students transitioning to our senior school, the evening is OPEN to parents from all year groups.


Date - 2 July 2019

Time - 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Tickets available through eventbrite here

Please contact Ian Pettit if you would like further information.

Email -

Community Trivia Night

Your Leaders of Peace cordially invite you to JPC’s first ever community trivia night from 5:45 to 8:00 on the 27th of June! Wrap up the semester with a night of fun filled competition to aid our very own Mrs Rey’s Sleepout tally! so please bring your gold coins along!


To book and for more information visit
Be sure to register as a team!!


We look forward to seeing you then!

Maddie and Lochie

ARTS Up Front

Celebrating Arts Talent

We have a rich and diverse talented pool of Arts students at JPC. We want to know more! The school Arts community would love share in your journey and celebrate your successes and achievements with you. Please get in contact with Mrs Faye Robertson Leader of the Arts, who will gladly share your stories via our weekly Key messages and Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you all!


Ariana Marcantonio made history in becoming the first ever student to complete the highest Jazz exam in the Australian Teachers of Dancing scholarships in NSW and ACT. The industry pre-professional jazz performance award exam. She had to present four seperate dances on stage, lyrical, cabaret, Up tempo and a musical repertoire. This exam was the highest level of jazz for pre-professional students who have completed 12 previous exams.


Well Done Ariana we are proud of you!


Emilia Hromow is currently studying Tertiary Dance and is also a Dance Student at Elite Dance school, Canberra. Emilia recently auditioned for a full time place at Danceforce, a prestigious full time dance school, of which she was offered a place. Emilia will be continuing with her Tertiary studies at JPC until the end of 2020, and then she will embark on a professional dance pathway.


Congratulations Emilia on this fantastic achievement! The JPC community is very proud of you!

Extra Curricular Music concert

In Week 9 this term on the 26th of June, Performing Arts will be holding a Extra Curricular Music Concert. This concert will feature many of our students who are involved with Private Instrumental Tuition and Extra Curricular Bands. This will be a showcase of the fantastic talent we have at our school and a display of all the hard work our students have put in from the beginning of the year.


Please come along and enjoy 5.30pm - 7.45pm.


Light refreshments will be served from our fantastic hospitality team at intermission.


Kind Regards

Aron Lyon
Head of Co-Curricular Music

Performing Arts Program

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Have you every thought of a career in the performing arts? A touring musician, music teacher, session musician or maybe even scoring music for major movies and television….

You have to start somewhere! Take the first step and get involved with our performing arts program at St John Paul II College. We have the finest tutors to help you reach your goals, tutoring bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals, piano, strings, brass, woodwind and drums. We also offer many opportunities with our Extra-Curricular ensembles including rock band, unplugged (acoustic groups), choir, concert band and jazz band to name a few. If you’re interested, please follow the link below. We are now taking enrolments for Term 3.

JPC Talent - Mackenzie Lane

Not only is Mackenzie heavily involved in JPC’s music program on flute, tenor saxophone, guitar and vocals, she is also a talented artist and has combined her two passions to paint this beautiful guitar she purchased for cheap on Gumtree. This artwork has blown not only my mind, but everyone else’s I show. The most wonderful part about this artwork is that she gave it to me. For someone to create something so special and to give it to someone else is a huge act of kindness and I thank Mackenzie so much for her thoughtfulness. JPC is lucky to have a student like Mackenzie.

Miss Sharon Robinson

Music Teacher

Team M A D

Team MAD Is a collaborative co-curricular Music and Dance group that will be up and running at the end of this Term and throughout Term 3. Music and Dance groups will be working together in creating innovative and stimulating performances that will be presented at the Canberra Floriade Spring Festival.


Students who are currently a part of the Co-curricular Music Program will be showcasing their repertoire of Music, in collaboration with a new Dance co-curricular group. The Dance group will present varied dance styles, if you have a passion for Dance and you are interested in: Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Fan Dance and Commercial Dance styles, and you missed the information session today come to another information session on Monday 17 June in the theatre at Lunch time.


Mrs Robertson
Leader of the Arts

Sports News

ACT Cross Country

Congratulations to Oliver Vidaic (Year 12) who was our sole JPC representative at ACT Cross Country. Against all schools in the ACT, Oliver came 10th in his race, completing a speedy 6km in 23 minutes!


Well done Ollie!

Didgeriddo Making Workshop

We will be running a dideridoo making workshop for our indigenous students and would like to offer it to our non-indigenous students also.


It is a unique program designed to enrich and preserve our Australian heritage, while building self-esteem, identity and practical skills.

Participants are given an authentic termite hollowed 'blank' didgeridoo and through a guided process, create their own instrument in one day. All the tools and materials are provided, and at the end of the day, students get to keep their own, newly made didgeridoo. Equally important, the knowledge and experience are theirs to keep forever.


Designed to be Easy
Didge in a Day is designed to be easy for anyone from year 7 and above to participate successfully in.
No wood working skills are required, and all necessary specific training is provided on the day.
Cost per person is $195 fully inclusive and includes coaching, materials, tools, consumables and the didgeridoo.
Date: Term 2, Wednesday 24th July 2019.
Please Book through JPC office -
Payment can be made through Qkr.
** For Culturally sensitive reasons this is for Boys Only**
See girls program below

Painting Emu Callers

The Girls program will be run by Aunty Fran, a local indigenous lady and will be making and painting Emu Callers.


Cost: $50.00


For further information contact Annie Daley (Contact Teacher for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Students)

From the College Office

Extra-Curricular Music Program

Term 3 Payments Due

If your child is continuing with, or joining, our Extra-Curricular Music Program, in Term 3 could you please ensure that fees are paid prior to Term 3 commencing.


If your child no longer wishes to participate in the program could you kindly email


Thank you

Work Experience Program

Parish News

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Community News


As part of Merici College’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, a very special concert and fundraiser will be held on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August in the College Auditorium, Wise Street Braddon. The concert starts at 7.00pm (arrival and seating at 6.30pm) on both nights. Walk down memory lane as each decade is revisited through dance, music, drama performances, Alumni reflections and current students highlighting life at Merici College.


Tickets and refreshment packages available at All funds raised will be used to improve indoor and outdoor learning spaces for students.

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