Week 6 - Term 2

Young JPC Women Network with STEM Professionals

I Want To Be Her When I Grow Up!

Last Friday, 5 of our passionate young scientists - Mia Gibb, Alara Salvage, Keira O’Connor, Crystal Agbonzikilo and Bridget Shelley - attended a Women in STEM networking opportunity “I Want To Be Her When I Grow Up!” where they met and worked with a large group of Scientists, Information Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians from industry, research and corporations. Each girl was assigned a mentor, with whom they collaborated on engineering challenges and set up an ongoing connection with one or more professionals who work in the STEM field.


The event was organised by business and government agencies who see the need to inspire and nurture the professional passions of young women in STEM careers. Our girls were articulate, passionate and confident, as evidenced by the relevant questions they asked the panel with an audience of about 150 inspirational adults and peers.

JPC team with Anant Vima from KPMG and ANU

“The STEM girls event that I had the privilege of attending was an eye opener into the use of stem in various workplaces, as well as an amazing opportunity to meet so many amazing women and hearing their stories about using STEM and why it’s important for girls to continue their STEM passions.
We met so many amazing mentors, engaged in a speakers panel, and asked questions to women from all different sectors of the STEM industry, ranging from computer technology, research science, and human resources, to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Seeing how their passions turned into a career was empowering.”


“I sat with Rebecca and Josh, both of whom in cyber security. I enjoyed getting to talk with girls from other schools and meeting adults of different professions. I also enjoyed the panel discussion that took place because the five women made very relevant points - they talked about taking opportunities that arise and being flexible and open to learning.”


“Overall, it was a great night filled with smiles and laughter; an engaging presentation on how STEM is used in different work places.  I feel so privileged to have been able to meet so many kind and passionate people. Having those STEM mentors is such a great opportunity for support when looking into subjects for senior years, or just to have a chat about what we find interesting. Some of the connections I made I’ve already made contact with and hope to keep those connections for a long time.”


“My plane flew 6.5M!  A fitting activity since I take the senior subject of flight!”


Jennifer Tually
Leader of Science

JPC Wellbeing Week

This week at JPC was wellbeing week. Our college leaders developed a program for the week and led this initiative with pride and commitment. These activities included access to services, chats about friendship, guest speakers, cupcake making, discussions around and strategies for stress, and of course, yoga!


For the staff, a chance to reflect on the good that they do, “Bee Amazed” – an opportunity to make bee’s wax wraps and have a chat, and finally a resource to help with continuing the conversations for their own mentors.


A huge thank you to our college leaders, in particular Lachlan Richards and Maddison Greenwood for their organisation and thoughtful contribution to our college community.


Over the past 2 weeks the Wellbeing Team have had the AFP presenting ThinkUKnow program to our Year 7, 8, 9 and 10’s. It was delivered by members of the Australian Federal Police. The program explains the responsibilities of all users of social media and associated online sites. Each session was 90 minutes in length.


The students were taught about the safety & security concerns around using social media, the legal implications of digital data. They were given the latest legal information and expectations on them as users.


There is a parents/guardian’s version of the program that can be delivered to parents. If you would like to express an interest in attending a parent session please email with a preference one of the sessions below and the most popular will run.


Tuesday Evening 5 -7pm      Wednesday Evening 5-7pm


Ask your kids what they learnt from the presentations!


Kind Regards

Wellbeing Team

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


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


Winter Wonderland

JPC Restaurant 1021 sparkled on Wednesday 5th June with the Hospitality Winter Wonderland restaurant night. The year 10, 11 and 12 classes combined to produce and serve a warming 4 course meal to a full restaurant, decorated by the students in white with beautiful snowflakes and white painted branches.


The customer feedback was heartwarming and the students felt very accomplished and deservedly proud of their efforts. It is wonderful to watch their improvement and confidence grow over the course of the semester and we all look forward to the next one in term 3.


Many thanks to all the staff who either helped and or attended the night and contributed to its success.

Annie Daley
Hospitality Teacher

Senior Drama Students Perform at Canberra Theatre in ACT UP!

On Tuesday this week, The Senior Drama class participated and performed in Act Up Student Fringe at Canberra Theatre Centre. The students had a huge 14-hour day at the Theatre which involved tech runs, multiple performances and audience going.

This term, students have been working hard to devise their own performances for this event and are very much looking forward to showcasing their hard work for a live audience. Two groups performed in the student festival; Missing Link and Enterprise 2k-IX.

As always, JPC Arts were proudly represented by the performers. Two very different pieces were performed, but the audiences thoroughly enjoyed both! Students relished in the experience of the festival, accepted the challenges of the day and rose to the occasion, assisting event organisers and other schools throughout the day.

A HUGE congratulations is awarded to our eleven performers: Caitlin Gaffney, Tahlia Gee, Chelsea Guillot, Codie Haycraft, Kate Jenkins, Justin Johnson, Logan MacMahon, Aspen McMullen, Jaysie Neilsen, Zoe Nesbitt and Amber Telford. They performed with great energy.

A special thank you to Miss Kat Allan who was the Stage Manager for the performances. She was a great support for the students and allowed for their production elements to heighten their on stage performance. Students were also supported by a buzzing group of fans created by loving family, friends and excited teachers.


We look forward to our next entry into this festival – chookas!


Mrs Sarah Smith
Senior Drama Teacher

Year 10 Youth Ministry Classes and the JPC Youth Ministry Team

This term in Year 10 Religious Education, students have been given the opportunity to study an elective unit titled, ‘Youth Ministry and Leadership’. This is run with support of our Youth Minister, Lachlan Bull, and the program developed by CSYMA.


In our Friday’s lesson, brave and committed members of the JPC Youth Ministry Team ran a simulated retreat experience for the students in the class. They led 50 minutes of activities like ice breaker games to form a connection, proclaimed and offered the students a chance to respond to this.


Following this, the Year 10 Youth Ministry class will now develop and lead a small youth ministry experience for selected Year 7 students in Week 19. In true JPC style, we are offering students ways to demonstrate their leadership skills through authentic experiences.


This was a valuable experience for all students involved. It also shows the commitment and willing involvement of our students at JPC to continue their faith journey.


Mrs Sarah Smith
Youth Ministry Elective Teacher

ASC Cross Country

Last Friday over 50 JPC students competed in the ASC Cross Country at Stromlo Forrest Park. We were blessed with warmer weather and a number of top 10 finishers! Congratulations to all students who represented JPC with pride, supporting others along the way!

OZTAG Sucess

Congratulation to Rok Van Dalen, Noah Marcantonio and Owen Hromow who have been selected to compete as part of the NSW Pride teams for Oztag and will be competing this long weekend at the City Vs Country Championships.

SSACT Sport Selections

Congratulations to the below students who have been successful in gaining selection for School Sport ACT representation!

  • Natalia Brankovic- 18 & Under Basketball
  • James Hynes- 18 & Under Golf
  • Claire Brooker-18 & Under Golf
  • Emma Brooker- 12 & Under Golf

Alumni Success

Another success story from our alumni!


Keeping the Defence tradition alive in the family, Emily Lin has graduated from her 11 weeks basic training at 1RTU in Wagga Wagga. She is now at Edinburgh Base in Adelaide until December where she will complete her employment training as Operational Intelligence.


Congratulations Emily!


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





To aid with our proceedings, we would love the support of our JPC businesses and community who would be willing to sponsor prizes on the night. If you have anything you believe could be donated, please contact the front office, or email

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

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)

Defence News

There will be a Senior Defence Students Pizza Lunch held in Week 8 to celebrate the end of Semester one and farewell our departing Year 12 Students. Invites will be emailed to your Year 11 and 12 Defence Student. Feel free to remind them to check their student emails!

The National Peace Project at the Australian War Memorial to celebrate the Centenary of Peace Day will be held during the July School holidays. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in and places are limited, so if you are interested, please register soon. For more information follow the link See the Peace Project website here

Date:  Friday 19 July, 2019
Time:    1pm-4pm
Where:  Australian War Memorial
RSVP:    email Janette Dunn at


DCO’s monthly coffee connections will continue from June in North-side location. Please check the Defence Community Organisation social media for further details.


Defence Family Helpline - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 624 608.


Enjoy your long weekend and if you are heading to the snow, don’t forget your Defence Pass! 


Vicki Walsh

Work Experience Program

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