Year One to Six Commencement Information

Primary Campus Precinct Map

To assist families to navigate around the campus, the College has created a Primary Precinct Map, outlining the location of all classrooms and areas of interest.

Students in Year Four, Five and Six will collect their Notebooks and complete the training on their first day. The students class teachers will facilitate this process on the day and ensure that all students attend. Parents will be required to read the Parent Notebook Agreement and return the signed Agreement Document to Techsphere upon collection of Notebook.

Stationary

Please note that all student stationery will be supplied in Years One to Six in 2020. Some additional items are an exception, as outlined below:

  • Years One to Three – Each student will require the burgundy JPC Home Reader case (retained from Prep).
  • Year Five – Each student will require their recorder, Art Diary and Spanish book which will be transitioned from Year Four at the end of the year.
  • Year Six – Each student will require a set of headphones and pencil case.

Primary School LOTE Selection

Students in the Primary School will have the option to make a selection between either Spanish or Mandarin for their LOTE subject. Selection choices should be emailed to Mrs Vanessa Blaik on vblaik@jpc.qld.edu.au with the subject line “Primary LOTE Selection”. Selections should be submitted no later than Friday  27 October 2019 however choices may be restricted due to availability.

Student Drop Off and Pick-Up

Parents and guardians of Primary School students are asked to use the Chatswood Road car park for student drop off and collection each day.  This car park has been specifically designed with student safety in mind and to ensure the traffic flows smoothly. Cars must park in an allocated parking space to drop off or pick up a student. Stopping to allow children to alight from, or climb into, vehicles places children in danger and is not permitted. The Chatswood Road and Markwell car parks can become congested and your patience and adherence to road safety rules is sought.

Absentee Line                                                                                                            

To ensure our students are safe please phone 3826 3566 (Absentee Line) prior to 8.10am or use the online form in JPConnect (the link is accessed from either the TRENDING Tab (along the top of the page) or under the Family Management Tab to notify of your son or daughter’s absence from school.  If your son or daughter will be late to school but not absent, we also ask that you call, send an email or use the online option to advise the office by 8.30am, so we know they are safe. If you are not using the previous options, a written note confirming why they were late should be handed in at the appropriate school office when they arrive to be signed in before proceeding to class.

All students must sign in and out when entering or leaving the College grounds for whatever reason, whether it be due to running late, an appointment or early departure. Parents are required to notify the College by any of the above means and the student is to check-in or out at any admin office to confirm.

JPConnect and Parent InfoHub User Guide

To assist new parents navigating our Parent InfoHub we have developed an easy to use User Guide. The Parent InfoHub provides you with information relating to the daily school activities for your child/children, as well as important news and information from the College.

To access the Parent InfoHub, a username and password are required. You can also access the InfoHub via the SEQTA ENGAGE APP on all iOS and Andriod devices. To learn more about the APP please refer to our JPC Parent Engage APP Connection information form.

From Wednesday 15 January 2020, new families should start receiving an electronic email containing their username, password and details on how to access and top up their student/tuck shop accounts. It is important to ensure that the College has an active and correct email address for you on file as user accounts cannot be created without this field. Please check your “junk” email box as some devices may recognise these emails as spam. If you have not received your login details by Friday 17 January 2020, please contact the Admissions Team on 3826 3415 for further assistance.

Cashless Canteen Usage

Your family ID number is also your username for the Cashless Canteen. Your initial login password is CanTeen followed by your parent ID number. This is a temporary password and will need to be reset once you have successfully logged on the first time (refer JPConnect User Guide).

Tuck shop must be ordered online for Years Prep to Year Three students through the My Student Account (MSA) portal and students in Years Four to Twelve can access the tuck shop directly.

Permission for Excursions & Bus Travel For 2019

All parents are required to complete the online permission form, in conjunction with a signed permission slip per excursion, which gives consent for your son or daughter to participate in the wide variety of excursions and school events held during the school year.  All excursion fees are included and itemised in your term school fee accounts.  The permission form must be completed on JPConnect by the end of your second week to ensure your child can participate in College events. An additional form may be required for completion during the school year for various excursion activities.

The Online permission form can be found by logging into JPConnect, clicking on Welcome, selecting the purple Family Management Tab and then clicking on 06 Excursion Permission from the menu. Do this for each child and click send after each form is completed.

Vacation Care and Outside of Hours Care

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) takes place before school, after school and during school vacations, and consists of care for Kindergarten and school-age children.

The program is conducted by qualified and experienced educators. OSHC provides a place where children can play, relax or extend their academic potential in a safe, caring and stimulating environment, complementing the academic program at John Paul College.

If you are wishing to make use of the Vacation Care Program during the upcoming holiday period, please contact Mrs Jan Marxsen, Head of OSHC on jmarxsen@jpc.qld.edu.au or on 3826 3361 for details.

Food Policy and Measures to Minimise Exposure to Confirmed Allergens

Please let the classroom teacher know if your child has any food allergies or dietary needs

  • Packaging and lunch bags should be easy to open.
  • Please do not send glass, tinned food or popper straw wrappers (Remove straw from wrapper before sending).
  • Ice bricks are encouraged in summer to keep food items fresh.
  • Lunches cannot be stored in the fridge or heated in the microwave due to supervision and health and safety requirements.
  • Children requiring fruit in smaller parts need to bring their fruit cut up and placed in a small container. We are unable to leave eating supervision to cut up or prepare fruit.
  • Please pack a spoon where necessary (eg. for yoghurts/ custards).
  • Water bottles filled with water are essential.

Risk Minimization Measures

We follow the recommendations of ASCIA Anaphylaxis Prevention Guidelines, as follows:

Food bans at schools are not recommended by allergy consumer organisations because there is the risk of complacency about avoidance strategies if a food is banned.

While they do not recommend blanket food bans, they do encourage staff and parents to consider children with severe allergies in our school planning. This involves removal of items with nut/s as an ingredient, but does not apply to those foods labelled ‘may contain traces of nuts’.

Risk minimization includes asking parents not to send nut spreads (e.g. peanut butter) on sandwiches.

On school camps, themed days or other special events where there are children with severe allergies, it is requested that foods containing nuts are not taken or supplied, consistent with our Risk Minimization Policy. (Reference: ASCIA Anaphylaxis Prevention Guidelines)

  • Please do not send in any nut products where nuts are the ingredient.
  • Please do not send in whole egg products (egg sandwiches, boiled eggs)

Performing Arts, Sports and Activities

As part of our holistic approach to education at John Paul College we offer a variety of extra-curricular activities to our students to participate in. These activities include Performing Arts, Sporting and various activities including (but not limited to) Art Club, Community Service Groups, Debating, Coding and Robotics Clubs. A full list of Sports and Activities, with contact names, is available on the Parent Portal under the blue TAB.

For students interested in Performing Arts and ensemble auditions, parents are encouraged to contact the School of Performing Arts office on 3826 3383 to speak with a Program Coordinator.

If your child is interested in taking up Private or group music lessons, parents will be required to complete a Performing Arts Enrolment Form and submit to Mrs Gillian Kowald at gkowald@jpc.qld.edu.au

Information in relation to registration for all Sports and Activities will become available at the beginning of each term. Some sports do require students to attend “tryouts” in circumstances where there are limited places available for registration. To ensure that the process is consistent and fair to all new and existing students, this information is forwarded to all parents in the first weeks of each term and notices placed on the College’s noticeboard located on the parent InfoHub. If you require any further clarity or information please send your enquiries to enrolments@jpc.qld.edu.au  to ensure we direct your questions to the appropriate staff.