Term 1 - Week 10, 2018

From all the staff at JPC we wish you a happy and safe holiday

Commonwealth Games

Over the past 2 weeks, Australia has been blessed to host the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast!

The Commonwealth Games is an international event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, competing in events that are seen in the Olympics.

Over the last 8 days, JPC has hosted our very own Commonwealth Games, with a students from all grades competing in events such as Basketball, Badminton, Netball and Volleyball. The student involvement in all events was great to see and lots of fun was had by all!!


We would to thank everyone who competed over the last two weeks, as well as our year 10 house leaders who organised teams and Mr Robertson who hosted the event.

Emily Watt
JPC Courage Co-Captain

The Bill Turner Cup and Trophy

The Bill Turner Cup and Trophy is one of the world’s largest team sport competitions with around 800 school teams from NSW, Qld, ACT and Victoria participating each year, with all players 15 years and under. The competition is a knockout format with early round matches starting in Term 1. This is the first time that St John Paul II College have entered the competition and they opened in scintillating fashion with a 9-2 victory over Radford College in round 1. The boys have spent the past several weeks trailling and training for the opening fixture and will now go on to play Lyneham in round 2.


This fixture started with a cagey opening 10 minutes before JPC opened the scoring thanks to a fluid buildup in the midfield and excellent use of the width, provided by the two wide forwards. After the first goals the boys relaxed into the game and looked comfortable in possession around the entire field. The 16 man squad rotated regularly and played with a high intensity throughout the game. At half time, the score line was 4-0 with the interval instructions being to continue with the same intensity in second half. The boys continue to press high up the field and scored 5 more goals in the second half; some sloppy passes meant that Radford were able to score a couple of consolation goals. An impressive second half penalty save from Teoman Talay was worth mentioning while JPC’s goals came from Alexander Walsh (3), Stephen Cerni (2), Sebastian Woods (2) and Jack Rowley (2). 


A special thank you to Damon Van Putton and Joel Bartlett who were officials for the match; they also performed incredibly well.


Thank you also to the parents for fantastic support of the team. 


Coach Robertson

Brumbies Carnival - Congratulations

When Ivan the Red (Mr Greg Mitchell) and the The Duke of Van Thuan (Mr Michael Hannah) descended upon Southwell park with their 27 warriors they knew that victory awaited them on the day. As the words “Carpe Diem” written boldly across their banners they empowered their men through their inspirational words to rouse the desire of being able to subdue their foes, as the Vikings of Old did when they sailed towards Lindisfarne unbeknown to its inhabitants.


The year 7/8 team fought gallantly against all foes by beating Campbell high and Radford College but fell to Saint Francis Xavier on both occasions in pool play and in the Grand Final. The Duke reorganized his men and lifted their spirit with some heart stirring speeches after the defeat, which did the trick as the young crusaders vowed to come back next year to win the title.


The year 9/10 team moved through the competition like the German Blitzkrieg subduing every foe from Canberra High to Calwell High all the way to the Grand Final. Ivan the Red stood on his ship and looked at the final challenge which was Radford College. A formidable foe they were as the game went to the final mili-second of the allocated time in the game, with JPC scoring and kicking a converted try to win with a 2 point difference. An outstanding day that both teachers and students thoroughly enjoyed, where the schools reputation was enhanced even further.


A special thank you to all parents who have made this term a success from a rugby union perspective. The amazing support has been integral to the success of rugby union in both the boys and girls teams this term. 


Many Thanks


Mr Yanu

ASC Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday, a number of wonderful and athletic students represented St John Paul the II College at the annual ASC Swimming Carnival. There were many close races and outstanding finishes. Our competitors left everything they had in the pool leaving them exhausted at the end of the day.

Thank you to Miss McCallum for helping with recording and to Year 10 students Georiga Wallace, Sarah Prior & Elizabeth Jenkins for assisting all day with the timing.

In addition, we are grateful that we had the support of many parents throughout the day and thank them for their ongoing support of their children and JPC Sport.

A special congratulations goes to the below students who placed in the following events:

 - Banjo King           - 3rd 50m Backstroke

 - Alexandra Revell - 3rd 200m Individual Medley

 - Thomas Guthrie  - 3rd 50m Butterfuly

                                 - 2nd 50m Backstroke

                                 - 2nd 50m Breastroke

                                 - 2nd 200m Individual Medley




Indigenous Bush Tucker Excursion

JPC Aboriginal students are assisting with the design and building of our Indigenous garden at the front of the school. This exciting venture required some research and inspiration so our Aboriginal students and friends set off on Thursday 12th April to do just that. We visited the Koori bush tucker garden at Greening Australia in Aranda where Aaron Chatfield showed us the many edible and medicinal native plants they will be gifting us for use in our garden.


At the Botanic gardens we explored the educational Aboriginal Plant Use Trail which highlights the many ways that these were used by Aboriginal people in different parts of Australia – the students bravely tasted lemon myrtle and were surprised at just how lemony it is!! 


We then visited the Mununja the Butterfly Garden at the National Arboretum, which depicts a dreamtime story of the Ngunnawal people, the custodians of the site of the National Arboretum, where native plants have been selected for cultural significance.


It was a beautiful, sunny, very enjoyable day and we are now filled with enthusiasm for creating our own JPC edible garden!

Annie Daley
Aboriginal Contact Teacher

A Town Named War Boy

Theatre Excursion

On Thursday, a group of 30 students from years 9 – 12 went to Canberra Theatre Centre for a moving and surprisingly personal performance of “A Town Named War Boy”. Australian Theatre for Young People have been touring with this play, based on real diary entries and Australian soldiers from WW1.


The Years 9/10 and Years 11/12 Drama classes are studying various forms of theatre traditions and performance styles. This play offered an insight into a unique theatre performance which included a verbatim script of non-linear narrative and which was emotionally absorbing.


The play considered of only a cast of 4 meaning we witnessed an intimate experience of these soldiers and became one with the actors as we saw their grimaces and tears. The symbolic set meant that the audiences imagines were engaged to understand the changes scenes and setting of the narrative. From the psychologist’s office, to scenes on the boat and scenes in Cairo - the characters held our attention for the duration of the play. There were Unexpected flashbacks, which were confusing at first, but just like the character dealing with confusion and PTSD, the audience made an understanding of the intricate non-linear narrative. Another unexpected element of the play was the singing. This was a distinct contrast of the expected war setting and stories. The play was not a typical story of Gallipoli, it focused on the human and personal side of the war experience. The script was developed from diary extracts and the motifs of young boys seeking and adventure - only being 17 - was emotional. We all felt personally connected to the story of Snowy, Huddo, Tommy and John by the end of the play. Harrowing cacophonies created by the four actors, humorous and harmonious songs of the soldiers like ‘bound for Botany Bay’ and distinct moments of silence broken with whispers of the dying soldiers highlighted the refined vocal dynamics of the cast.


Luckily for us, we had a Q and A session with the actors following the performance. Our students asked insightful questions about life in the industry, the difficulties of touring and how they established such belief of performance during some intimate and exhausting moments in the play.

The performance was not what our students were expecting but exceeded their expectations and they enjoyed the whole experience. This group of students proudly represented our College and relished in the experience. The play closed with the line, “It’s amazing what a man can put up with and still be happy.” So very true.

Miss Sarah Keane

ACT Colleges 3rd Annual

Lawna Bowlooza

On what was a stunning Autumn Wednesday, 6 courageous College students represented JPC in the 3rd Annual Lawna Bowlooza.


There were over 80 competitors keen for a bowl after the success the sport has had in the Commonwealth games recently.  The competition was fierce but our pairs were up for the challenge.

Oliver & Blair Finished 3rd overall after narrowly being beaten in the Semi Final. Shayd & Jordan were knocked out in the quarters after strong wins in the pool stages. Riley & Madison won a few in the pool stages but failed to progress into the finals.


The students who represented JPC were:
• Blair Bradbury
• Madison Greenwood
• Riley Grocott
• Shayd Measures
• Jordan Skrtic
• Oliver Vidaic

These students did JPC proud in what was a very strenuous day of Lawn Bowls.


Coach Boyle

Defence News...

A reminder that our ANZAC Ceremony will be held in Week 1 next Term!  The details are: JPC ANZAC Day Ceremony in our Hall commencing at 1.30pm on Wednesday, May 2nd.  We warmly invite all JPC families along with our Defence families.  Our Vocal Group will be performing jointly with the Holy Spirit Choir and our student Cadets will be marching too.


Please rsvp if you would like to attend by this week.  Thank you to the Defence Families who have replied already. 


I will accept any poems submitted for our ANZAC Day Poetry Competition up until the first week of the holidays.  The winning entry will be read out at our ANZAC Day Ceremony.  Good luck with your writing!


A brush with fame for one of our JPC Defence Dads!  CMDR Viktor Pilicic, CO of HMAS Coonawarra, and also Dad of Brianna, meet with the future King of England in a “normal” day at the office!  Such is the varied and exciting life of our Defence Personnel!  Sometimes the opportunities which present themselves can be very surprising.  HRH Prince Charles was visiting the Top End and checking out the base, which included lunch with serving members and their families.  Shame Brianna that you missed out on this lunch!


I wish everyone a wonderful break over the holidays and will catch up with all our Defence Students on their return to JPC next term.


Vicki Walsh

Miss Robinson is starting a ukulele/guitar club. The school has just purchased some new ukuleles and already has multiple guitars for students to play.

If you are interested in joining this new JPC co-curricular music ensemble, please see Miss Robinson.

Changes to School Bus Routes

Route: 802

Commencing: Term 2, 2018 – 30 April 2018 

Change: Commences from Gungahlin Place Platform 3


Route: 804

Commencing: Term 2, 2018 – 30 April 2018 

Change: Ends at Gungahlin Place Platform 3


Route: 808

Commencing: Term 2, 2018 – 30 April 2018 

Change: Ends at Gungahlin Place Platform 4


Please see the Transport Canberra website for further details.


Gungahlin Place will become operational on Saturday 21 April 2018. Gungahlin Place will have bus services travelling through Platforms 3 and 4. Gungahlin Place is located between Hibberson Street and Ernest Cavanagh Street. As a result of the opening, the current temporary bus stops arrangements on Gozzard Street will cease and stops 6003 and 5056 will return to regular services. 


Please refer to the walking map below.


We further advise that parents and students are able to use our NXTBUS system to view live bus information for selected stops or stations.


Transport Canberra

Filmmaking Workshop

Daniel Sanguineti (former SFX Student) is offering a discount to JPC students who are interested in doing the Filmmaking Workshop during the school holidays.


Use discount Code - SFX when booking 

Canberra Health Student Community Workshop Event

The Canberra Health Student Community run educational and networking events for students across all health disciplines. There are members from ANU, UC, ACU, CIT and Colleges.

We have our upcoming workshop on Saturday, 28rd April 2018 at 10:00- 1630hrs. This workshop provides an excellent opportunity to further understand the work involved in different health disciplines, and to collaborate with others.


Benefits for you students:

  • Experience what is involved in a variety of health disciplines,
  • Certificate of participation,
  • See the inside of the beautiful, fresh ANU Medical School,
  • Meet current undergraduate, postgraduate and graduated health care individuals,
  • Discuss their career goals with Canberra Health Student Community to get an understanding of what it is like as a student at all the universities.

Your students should take advantage of this opportunity - sign up for this free event today:

Each session runs for about 10 minutes, with groups of four to five students. Some examples of previous workshop sessions include:

  • Psychology - Matching emotions with body language
  • Critical Care - Conducting an ECG
  • Nursing - Mock wound cleaning, using a sterile dressing pack
  • Physiotherapy - Racing 'patients' who have simulated mobility issues
  • Pre-med - Diagnosing a broken leg without an x-ray
  • Pathology – Analysis of chronic gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Pharmacy – Understanding what’s involved in filling of capsules

Allied health is a growing model for providing care. The federal government has been increasing funding to allied health projects as it is seen to be essential to providing improved health outcomes with limited resources. There is an emphasis on healthy lifestyle and on independence; whether that is physically, psychologically, cognitively or socially.


The whole day is a competition. The student teams are competing for interdisciplinary glory, and the demonstrators are competing to showcase their field in an engaging way.

Thank you for your time,

Kimberley Pearce
Chair | Canberra Health Student Community

Facebook: Canberra Health Student Community

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