Cultural & Community

As well as participating in the performing arts and sport, we encourage our students to take part in a variety of intellectual, cultural and community pursuits.


JPC Community Care

JPC Community Care is a co-curricular activity dedicated to serving and caring for the community. Students have opportunities to participate in various activities, fundraise for chosen charities, work with students in different grades and put forward their ideas and opinions for helping others.

JPC Community Care has been successful in completing a range of activities and has raised a significant amount for individual charities.

These activities have included helping young students who struggle with English at Homework Clubs; organising and participating in World Vision’s 40 hour famine; running and selling goods at stalls to collect funds to donate; visiting senior citizens at their retirement village home and playing games; knitting beanies to give to the hospital for premature babies; face-painting at Mayfair; spending time on the street helping the hungry and lonely people around Woodridge through ‘Rosies’; assisting with Operation Christmas Child in sending shoe boxes to the underprivileged overseas; co-ordinating fund-raising for SIDS and Kids and supporting and raising funds for KENG, the Kingston East Neighbourhood Group which puts school packs together for needy families.

JPC Community Care provides young people with the satisfaction that comes with helping people who are much less fortunate than we are.

“We are so lucky to be privileged to attend a school like John Paul College and it is important for us to remember to give something back to the community. We would also like to thank the John Paul College community for their continued support. I hope many more students will consider taking up the challenge, because each and every one of us can make a difference in our community.” Laryssa Perkins, Year 12


Australian Air Force Cadets

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is a voluntary youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The AAFC teaches students valuable life skills and helps develop qualities in leadership, self-reliance, confidence, teamwork and communication.

Activities undertaken by the AAFC include powered flying and gliding, fieldcraft (camping), firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, and aviation engineering.

The aim of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is to foster qualities that will enable cadets to become responsible young adults, who will make a valuable contribution to the community.

202 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets parades at John Paul College each Monday night in the Markwell Carpark area during the School Term from 6.00pm – 9.00pm.

202 Squadron is open to males and females who are at least 13 years of age.

For further details please visit the 202 Squadron web page:


Chess (Primary)

Students from the Primary School have the opportunity to learn chess from qualified coaches during Terms Two and Three.

Every Wednesday afternoon, students from Years Three – Six learn the intricacies and strategies of the game, improving their thinking and problem solving skills. Our coaches guide the keen players with weekly lessons about checkmating, sacrificing pieces, castling, forking and steam rolling.

Students play friendly games and play under tournament conditions. The coaches rank the players based on the results of tournament games.

Prizes are awarded at the end of each semester based on points, attitude and commitment. The students enjoy their chess immensely and have improved their skill base noticeably.


Foundation Sports

Foundation Sports is offered to students in Years One and Two. The main objective of the program is to develop the necessary core physical literacy of our students within a model that encourages lifelong participation in physical activity.

Nine sports are offered in this program. All of them provide students with a snap shot of the variety of sports that are offered at John Paul College. Boys and girls are exposed to all sports to maximise athletic growth and development and many skills are transferable from one sport to another.

The sports on offer include football (soccer), athletics/cross country, cricket, basketball, tennis, netball, Australian football, hockey and rugby.

Over the 20 week program students participate in such a variety of sports that they quickly develop a range of physical skills and attributes.

Through these sports, using fun games and activities, they develop speed, power, and endurance. They are also introduced to simple rules and fair play. Through participation in the program they develop agility, balance, coordination and speed as well as the ability to run, throw, jump, catch, kick and strike with an implement.

Foundation Sports sets a child up for success in all sporting endeavours for future years.



Participation in JPC Optiminds requires teams of students to work together in a variety of ways to hone their creativity and problem-solving skills. It is an opportunity for those students with a passion for learning, creativity and problem solving to showcase their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.

Each year John Paul College enters teams into the Brisbane South region for Optiminds under the categories of Science Engineering, Language Literature or Social Sciences.

Students work on the team challenge for six weeks without any assistance from anyone outside the team. Participants are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They develop creative & original ways to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria & the deadlines of The Challenge Day.

‘As part of the Science Engineering challenge, I have enjoyed applying my knowledge and skills to design a tower and pendulum that has to be built on top of 4 empty soda cans without toppling over.’ Toby Year Five