Please enjoy the John Paul College Burgundy+Blue Newsletter, published fortnightly with The Eagle’s Eye, our Headmaster, Norm Kerley’s fortnightly video-blog.
On behalf of the John Paul College Board, I am delighted to advise that Mrs Karen Spiller has been appointed as the next Head of John Paul College, commencing in term one, 2018. Mrs Spiller is an experienced Principal having taught and led in Anglican co-educational and girls’ schools for over thirty years.
The Years 3 – 6 Interhouse Athletics Carnival took place at Cec Munns Sports Centre on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th June. With beautiful weather, our students competed with great house pride across the two days with many notable performances and outstanding house spirit evident.
This week we recognise National Reconciliation Week , commencing with National Sorry Day last Friday, and concluding this Friday with Mabo Day. Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The theme for NRW2017 is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’.
We were thrilled to welcome 2016 graduate Taj Pabari and his team from Fiftysix Creations last week in the Primary School to run a workshop for both the Year 6 and Year 5 students.
Our children have enjoyed an awesome Vacation Care programme, with exciting activities and a lot of passion taking place each day. With approximately 100 children joining the programme on each day of the school holidays, there was certainly plenty of fun and friendships to be had!
Congratulations to our John Paul College aquatics team who, today won the 2017 The Associated Schools (TAS) Swimming Carnival by 21 points. Champions @ Chandler!! Congratulations also to the age group champions and record breakers who have trained long and hard.
Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and our Middle School Wellbeing Committee wanted to encourage all Middle School students to make a stand against bullying. Tina, a Year 9 student and leader of the Wellbeing Committee, addressed the students about taking action against bullying and the responsibility that we all have in preventing bullying within our community.
On January 26, 1982, our Foundation Principal, Mr Cec Munns, stood at a makeshift podium in front of the solitary building that made up the John Paul College facilities. After battling endless bureaucracy, obstacles and naysayers, The Founding Fathers from the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting Churches would not be defeated and the College opened to 144 students with just four classrooms, a small brick typing room and the use of Uniting Church hall at the end of Chatswood Road, and the loan of a caravan used as a Tuckshop.
“To empower a woman is to empower a nation” (UN Women’s Day National Committee Australia).
This powerful quote formed the welcome address by Year 11 student, Abinaya Balaji at John Paul College’s inaugural Year 11 “Girls in Leadership” International Women’s Day breakfast.