Term 2 - Week 9

Sports Assembly

Yesterday JPC students, staff and members of the community joined together to celebrate the very first Sports Assembly. This assembly was a chance to recognise those students who have achieved in various sporting areas both in and out of the school environment in a non-conventional way. We congratulated the age champions and house winners of the Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country carnivals, as well as individual athletes who are performing at ACT or National level in their chosen sport. We heard from Mikayla Cruz, year 12 student who lead us through her athletics journey which has reached international standards. Mr Yanu also discussed the achievements of JPC Rugby and future programs.


Thank you to all those parents who came to support, leaders Maximus and Emily for hosting and Mrs O’Shea for creating our carnival videos. A final thank you goes to all those who consistently support the sporting endeavours of the students at JPC and the students who continue to represent JPC with pride.

The videos can now be viewed on the JPC Website . If you have any questions regarding JPC sport, you can visit the JPC Sports Moodle page.

Ashlee Turner

JPC’s Human Rights Short Film Festival – a HUGE success!

Our Human Rights Short Film Festival wrapped up JPC Social Justice Week last Friday and revealed what creative and empathetic students we have at JPC! We had 7 interesting films in the competition, which were shown and judged during a lunchtime feast of film to a thronging crowd.

Congratulations to:

1st Place: Each member of this team has won a movie ticket voucher supplied by DENDY Cinemas Canberra, the home of quality cinema, with a poetic representation of Human Rights issues:

  • Cecilija Matic
  • Paloma Alves
  • Jackson Palombi
  • Maximus Leskien
  • Annie Jenkins 

Highly Commended: This group of students has each won a Belconnen HOYTS Cinemas movie ticket voucher for their brave depiction of their very personal story of coming to Australia as refugees:

  • Adau Kuir
  • Ajah Kuir
  • Paige Nieuwendyk

(Winners can collect their prizes from the JPC SCHOOL OFFICE)


These two films and a selection of other entries can be viewed on Moodle in the ILT folder – check them out!

Thanks to everyone who supported the festival, especially our Year 10 Leaders for organising it, Mrs O’Shea for her time and expertise as our judge.


A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Dendy Cinemas Canberra &
Belconnen Hoyts Cinemas for supporting our film festival so willingly by supplying the movie tickets prizes.

Community Relationships

On Thursday afternoon a group of students including the Year 10 and 12 Leadership Teams had the honour of meeting many of the residents from The Grove, a retirement community located across the road from JPC.


This gathering was part of the Year 12 Peace Leaders initiative of working closely with groups in the area to strengthen community relationships. The afternoon consisted of JPC students having conversations with the residents, accompanied by light refreshments made by the students in attendance. The informal get-together allowed the students to gain a personal connection with the residents that we hope will enable us to continue to build opportunities for engagement between the communities. Our students were able to meet several residents and learn more about them and the activities that The Grove offers, as well as allowing the residents to gain a deeper insight into our College.


Next term JPC hopes to have the residents over more often to participate in a wide variety of activities and events. It was a great experience for both parties and hopefully the beginning of a long-lasting relationship between St John Paul II College and The Grove. We look forward to our next meeting.


Annie Jenkins and Cade Dunbar
Leaders of Peace

'Arts Up Front'


JPC Gallery Walk and Showcase Spectacular

This week the Arts were front-and-centre on display! Students from Years 7 – 12 showcased their artworks from all Arts subjects currently being studied at JPC.


Tuesday afternoon saw the theatre foyer be transformed in to an Art Gallery with a collection of works from Visual Arts, Media, Graphic Design and Photography. Students proudly stood by their showcased work and offered their creative process and explanation for the visitors. It was amazing to see the array of artistic talent that was on exhibition through the multimodal pieces in the Gallery.  From clay animals, to paper sculptures, drawings with acrylic paint and pencils, from printed photographs to design portfolios, created popular culture posters and student documentaries – the collection of Visual and Mulitmodal Arts was celebrated. A particular mention to the dedication and talent of Sarah Grieb, Will Carey, Kate Jenkins, Georgia Wallace and Shade Williams who shared their creative visions publicly.

The Showcase Spectacular was held on Wednesday afternoon to share some of the talents of the Performing Arts students. With the intention of celebrating students’ successful assessment performances and encouraging performance confidence, the Showcase aimed to replicate a cabaret-style atmosphere. Each performer ‘broke a leg’ as they presented a polished and well-rehearsed piece.  A particular mention goes to Codie Haycraft and Logan McMahon would take charge on the day, ensuring students were ready to perform with confidence and that the showcase ran smoothly. This was also would not have been possible without the technical skills of the students who worked the lighting, sound and backstage areas for the Showcase. This crew was led by Tom Mugridge, Nick Dale, Jordan Skerritt and Michael Jordan.


The student-led Showcase opened with a sneak-peak from the upcoming JPC Musical, The Greatest Show: A Vaudeville. Following this, the Music classes were in the spotlight. The audience was entertained with a medley from The Lion King by the 9/10 Music class, a piece from the Year 11 Music class and a combined performance from the Vocal Group and the Ukulele and Guitar Group! There were also performances from some soloists including Music Producer, Rhys Toms (AKA: Black Summer). Rhys’ track is most recent single, ‘Sadness’ featuring Chloe Campbell is available from: . The musicality on display by these students, under the guidance of Miss Sharon Robinson, is enthusing – what instrumental geniuses we have at JPC.

The Drama section of Showcase Spectacular comprised of performances from Year 7 – Year 12 Drama students. With confidence and enthusiasm, students presented their assessment performances which highlighted mastery of theatrical conventions and performance styles studied in class. The exploration and experimentation with performance and theorist technique shined as students introduced their pieces and conducted themselves with eye-capturing stage presence.


Showcase Spectacular was concluded with performances from the various Dance classes. The Years 9/10 Dance elective shared their individual compositions. The Senior Dance class students also showed their composition pieces from this semester which included a variety of styles and techniques from the students based from a variety of stimuli. Fun, passion and talent was clear throughout each performance.


A huge thank you to not only the talented students, but a particular thank you to the families who have supported the interests and talents of the students studying the Arts. For these evenings to happen, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes and the support offered towards these students allows for their skills, talents and passions to develop. A successful week for the Arts and a true celebration of talent at JPC! The talent and dedication of the Arts team is commendable and inspiring. This week would not have occurred without the efforts from Miss McCallum, Mr Dodd, Ms Marshall, Mrs O’Shea, Miss Robinson and Ms Mostyn.


Next week, the Instrumental Music Program will host a Bands Night, Tuesday 3rd July 6pm – 8.30pm in the Theatre. Student bands will showcase some of the songs they have been developing this semester. It will be a fun night to rock out and be entertained with the musical talent at JPC.


Miss Sarah Keane
Leader of Learning – The Arts

JPC Bands Evening

Tuesday 3rd July 2018


6.30pm - 8.30pm

Come and support the talented music students for the JPC Bands Evening!


Enjoy an evening of music, with all co-curricular groups performing, including Rock Bands, Unplugged Bands, the Vocal Group, the Concert Band and the new Guitar/Ukulele group. Performances will be ably supported by the wonderful Tech  Group.


NO RSVP required - Supper Provided


Aron Lyon & Sharon Robinson

Sports News

Alan Tongue Rugby League 9's

On Tuesday our Under 13’s boys Rugby League travelled to Kippax the finals of the Alan Tongue Rugby League 9’s. In our first two games the boys managed to draw with both Mulwaree (Goulborn) and Carrol College (Broulee), both of which had much bigger teams.

In our second round against these teams again we, unfortunately lost by a try in each game. Although we had a couple of narrow losses the boys really dug deep and were close again to winning the overall day.


The team consisted of Owen Hromow, Jesse Pumpa, Ajay Anezark, Josh Abad, Fletcher Tarry, Noah Marcantonio, James Sheather, Leevi Seuala-Pomale, Kyle Moir, Ryan Mitchell, Jono Sears and Josh Baldwin.


The JPC community would like to congratulate these boys on their achievement.

Congratulations & Wishing you all the best

JPC’s own Charlotte Foster has been selected in the ACT Schoolgirls City team set to play in this weekend’s 2018 Schoolgirls Invitational Rugby Carnival, the first 15-a-side tournament of its kind.

The competition starts on Saturday at 10 am and will see 8 teams from around Australia including NSW Country, Melbourne Rebels, Tasmania, Western Force, Sydney West, South Australia.


Sunday’s finals games will start from 9 am, all of which will be Live streamed through BarTV and can be accessed via Facebook through ACT & SNSW Club Rugby and Plus500 Brumbies pages.


If you are looking for something to do this weekend, make your way to the AIS or stream it online.

Year 10 Transition Week (2-6 July)

The program for Year 10 transition week is available here.


Year 10 Students ONLY can wear ‘smart’ casual clothes during transition week.


Year 10 Students only need to attend on Friday 6 July if an interview has been booked with a parent/guardian attending.


Transition week interviews are to be booked through PTO, all families who are returning for 2019 have been emailed. If you have not received an email, please contact the College office

Catholic Schools Week

Film Fest

Catholic Schools Week Film Fest: The school journey through film

During Catholic Schools Week 2018, from 16-21 September, 56 Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese will celebrate their strengths and achievements, and the contribution schools and their people make to local communities.

Online Game: Fortnite -

A Special Report

Most parents of adolescent children would be aware of the online game, ‘Fortnite’. For many young people, the addictive nature of this game is having adverse effects on children’s behaviour and affecting their mental health. With over 125 million registered players worldwide, this game encourages players to battle each other to death using a variety of weaponry.


With an age rating of 13+, this game raises many cybersafety concerns. Unfortunately, it allows unmoderated chat between players, leaving children exposed to be contactable by 'randomers' online. This function alone makes it unsuitable for primary aged children.


In light of last week’s announcement from the World Health Organisation now recognising “gaming disorder” as a mental health issue, this special report will help parents gain a greater insight into Fortnite and the concerns surrounding it. Parents are encouraged to reassess their gaming allowances and better manage technology usage at home.


If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.


The Special Report is available:

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