Years One to Six Welcome and Commencement Information

Orientation Day – Friday 24 January 2020 (NEW STUDENTS TO JPC ONLY)

  • 8.00am – 9.00am: New families welcome with Principal Mrs Karen Spiller (Gorman Lecture Theatre) and JPConnect User session and demonstration
  • 8:50am – 9:30am: Primary Teachers escort new parents and students to classrooms


Students in Year 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 the Notebook.

Children should wear free dress on this day.


Primary School LOTE Selection (NEW FAMILIES ONLY)

Commencing students at JPC in the Primary School will have the option to make a selection between either Spanish or Mandarin for their LOTE subject. Select your choice by completing the 2020 Language (LOTE) Preference form.


Please note that all student stationery will be supplied in Prep to Year 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). The JPC Burgundy Reader Case is available for purchase from the Retail Centre.
  • 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 a pencil case.

Vacation Care and Outside of Hours Care

We understand that some new students may not have access to their current Outside of School Hours Care provider once they have withdrawn. With this in mind, John Paul College allows Families of new students from Prep upwards to make use of the College Vacation Care Program from 1 December 2019.  Attending our program will give your child the opportunity to start meeting new friends and familiarising themselves with the campus before their first official day. Kindergarten families wishing to utilise this program will be able to enrol from Monday 6 January 2020.

If you are wishing to make use of the Vacation Care Program at the College during the Christmas holidays, please contact Mrs Jan Marxsen, Head of OSHC on 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)


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.

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 will be extremely congested in the first weeks of Term One and your patience and adherence to road safety rules are sought.