St John Paul II Catholic College Newsletter

Term 3 - 2019


Dear Parents/Caregivers and Students,

As we come towards the end of Term 3, we again take the time to reflect upon the learning and several events that have and will occur at St John Paul II Catholic College.

Parents/caregivers were recently invited to provide feedback about our college by completing the Tell Them From Me Survey. The following are some of the results from the parent/caregiver survey that were discussed at the Principal/Parent Chat Groups in Term 2.

  • Students included in all the learning and extra-curricular activities.
  • Students have positive attendance and behaviour at school.
  • There is a positive learning environment
  • Students are treated fairly
  • Supporting learning at home.
  • Encourage their child to do well at school
  • Had opportunities to talk with the teachers.
  • Teachers expect homework to be done on time.
  • Teachers expect my child to work hard.
  • Teachers expect my child to pay attention in class.
  • Where possible attended the meetings at the college.
  • Faith development of their child was a priority.
  • The college helps my child to understand the Catholic Faith.

Students and staff have also received feedback about their survey responses at several assemblies and meetings. Thank you to the parents/caregivers for completing the survey.

St John Paul II Catholic College’s performance on the 2019 National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing is improving each year. There was an increase in the number of Year 9 achieving Bands, 8, 9 and 10 in comparison to previous years. This has resulted in Year 9 having an increased learning gain since completing their NAPLAN in Year 7- 2017. The NAPLAN reports for Year 7 and 9 will be sent home to all families before the end of this term. Most Year 7 and 9 students are above the national minimum standard average across all five areas of the NAPLAN test (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy).

On Friday 20 September we will celebrate who we are at the St John Paul II/Terra Sancta Day and say farewell to these fine young men and women as a whole school through the beauty and spiritual richness of the Mass. It will be an opportunity to turn our attention to the college motto “the way passes through this land” as it’s during such ceremonies when our Year 12 students are coming to the end of their journey with us that we can celebrate their time with us. As befits the dual nature of our one school, the Mass will once again be celebrated at the Schofields Campus with the senior students returning to the place where they commenced their journey six years ago. While we look back at the past six years of schooling for the Year 12 students, we also look forward to rejoicing in their lives beyond St John Paul II as valued members of a wider community. We trust that they will take with them core values of respect, honesty, integrity and above all, faith into their lives from now onwards.

Traditions are also reinforced and strengthened when we take the opportunity at Mass to symbolically hand over the student leadership of the College for next term and next year. The transition of leadership includes the passing on from one year to the next of school symbols to the incoming Student Leaders, Claire Lynch and Christian Cipri

We have now accepted 220 applications for Year 7 in 2019. Considering the increase of schools in our area this is great testimony to the trust our community places in us to provide our students with the best education possible. If you are aware of any families who have not made application for next year for Years 7-12 please advise them to contact Mrs Fay Lovett on 92087205 at the college as a matter of urgency to avoid the possibility missing out on enrolment for their son/daughter.

I welcome the following staff to St John Paul II during this term: Mrs Louise Varga and Mrs Kaelih Peaty – Literacy Support. Mrs Jessica Idone and Mrs Melissa Spence will be commencing their maternity leave at the start of Term 4.  Mrs Rebecca Slaviero will be returning and resplacing Mrs Spence. We are in the process of finalising a replacement for Mrs Jessica Idone. Mr Peter Regan will be on leave from 25 September to 10 December. During this  time Mr Nal Wijesekera will be Acting Assistant Principal – Stage 5.

The change of student uniform from Winter to Summer will occur in the last week of this term. Thus, students are to wear either full winter or summer uniform in Week 10. With all students in summer uniform at the start of Term 4. A reminder that the students return to school on Tuesday 15 October – Week A of the timetable after the Term 3 Vacation Break. All Staff will be participating in a learning day on Monday 15 October.

Congratulations to our College Leaders for 2019 - 2020

Prayer and Reflection

Fathers Day Prayer

Let us pray...

Loving, faithful God,

We give you thanks and praise for the gift of our fathers

and all those who are like fathers to us.

May they be guided by you, so that we may come to know

your love and care in them.

Bless them in all that they need and desire for life.

We make our prayer in Jesus’ name.


Reflection on the Word of God



Grace to you and peace….

Year 12

By the time you are reading this, Year 12 should be well and truly entrenched in revision and preparation for their HSC examinations. Delivery of mandatory content, in most subjects was completed by Week 7 and the crucial task of revising this content and refining skills commenced. It is imperative that Year 12 use the time between the Trials and each HSC examination to revise course content, complete practise papers and seek teacher feedback. To assist them we are once again offering a Study Block in the coming holidays - Tuesday 8 October - Thursday 10 October, 9am - 1pm. During this time students will have the opportunity to use the Nirimba Library for quiet individual study, collaborative study, to complete timed practise papers and meet with class teachers. It is expected that all students studying for an examination attend the THREE days.

Along with final academic preparation for the HSC examinations, Year 12 are preparing to graduate from 13 years of schooling. This is an exciting time but it can also be a sad time as they come to realise that they will no longer have the routine of attending regular classes, sharing daily time with school friends and the support of teachers and school personnel. We wish all our Year 12 Graduates every success and joy in the future. May their hearts’ desires be fulfilled. May they know they are always welcome at St John Paul II. And may they remember the love and blessings of the Lord. 

Year 11

Year 11 are nearing the end of their Preliminary courses. As we write they are sitting their Preliminary Examinations. The Preliminary course is foundational for success in the HSC. From student results and engagement in the classroom, teachers will determine strategies to enhance their learning and, consequently their final HSC results. After the conclusion of the examination block Year 11 will be given information regarding how to change course levels and discontinue subjects in preparation for the commencement of the HSC course work. HSC course work officially commences Term 4 Week 3 for 2 unit courses and Week 6 for 1 unit courses. The time between the conclusion of the Preliminary examinations and the commencement of the HSC is an opportunity for students to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses that have emerged throughout the year and design strategies to build on the strengths. The Year 12 - 2020 Assessment Information Evening is scheduled for Tuesday 12 November, 6.30pm - 7.30pm. It is an expectation of the College that all students attend with a parent or caregiver as there will be important information presented pertaining to completion of and success in the HSC.

Minimum Standards Numeracy and Literacy Examinations

The next stage of the testing process for the Year 10 minimum HSC Literacy and Numeracy standards will take place in Week 8. The examinations are for all Year 10 students. The students have worked hard over the past year to improve their levels.  The standard is set at level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), which means students will have the basic reading, writing and maths skills needed for everyday tasks and future learning after school. 

Subject Selection

Year 10 students have provided their first round of preferences for Year 11 2020 and the next step will take place on Monday 16th September. Please make sure that you have booked an interview time so that discussions can be held around the preferences that have been selected in relation to the constructed study lines. Please contact the Stage 5 team if you have any further questions. 

Stage 5 Examinations

During Week 3 - 4 of Term 4, Year 10 students will be sitting their yearly examinations. As indicated in the Year 10 Assessment Booklet, students will experience the process of a formal examination period and these assessments contribute to their RoSA. The purpose is to create in the students, an awareness of examination etiquette and a sense of the seriousness and significance of the situation. Overall, it is hoped that this will reduce pre-exam anxiety, improve student confidence and learning achievement, as well as, prepare them for the formal examinations that occur in Stage 6.

Parents and Caregivers are reminded that the speed limit around the school is 40 kph during school hours. The area directly out the front of the school is a bus bay only. All parent/caregivers must pick up and drop off students from outside the Cottage. There is no stopping at the front of the school due to roadworks.


Please telephone the school office to notify of daily absences. If a student is absent, a letter from a parent/caregiver with the dates and explanation of absence must be provided. For absences of 10 days or more an Application for Extended Leave must be completed and are available from the College Website. If your child is ill, please keep them at home and notify the school.

Currently there are a significant number of families who are taking leave during the school term. Any work that is missed must be followed up by the student and parents. All assessment dates are published in the student handbook. Could we also ask that Doctor/Dentist appointments are made after school hours.


Parent/Caregivers are asked to refer to page 34a of the student diary for our Uniform Policy. This policy is also available on the College website. We still need a little more support from parents/caregivers to make sure school shoes meet Workplace Safety requirements. Traditional black polishable lace-up school shoes with a solid heel must be worn on normal school days (see previous newsletter for images). Black vinyl flat soled skating styles have never been part of our uniform. Students are not permitted to wear different jumper/hoodies. If a student cannot wear the correct sport uniform, the full College uniform must be worn. No combinations of College and Sport uniform is permitted. Girls are permitted to wear one small sleeper/stud in the lower ear lobe only. Boys are not permitted earrings. Plastic spacers/keepers are not to be worn at any time. Due to safety requirements, girls must have their hair tied back at all times. 

Contacting Teachers

The school office is open from 7:30am until 3:30pm. If calling for a teacher please allow them 24 hours to return your call. Parents/Caregivers are asked to remember that teachers are in class during the day and have meetings after school hours. Please make sure an appointment is made with a teacher before coming into the school as a teacher cannot meet with a parent/caregiver during a scheduled learning time or meeting. We thank you for your understanding.

Student Medical Action Plans 

Parent/Caregivers are reminded to send in updated Action Plans for students with Anaphylaxis or Asthma, these can be supplied by your GP.

Supply and administration of Over the Counter Medication (OTC) 

Over the counter medication will not be administered by school staff unless a written request is received from the student’s parent/caregiver and is accompanied by written advice from a medical practitioner or chemist with the medication in the original labelled container. Parents/caregivers can request the Chemist place a label on the medication with the child’s name and dosage.  

The exception is reliever puffers for the emergency treatment of asthma.

Student Devices

It is the expectation that every student brings a charged laptop to school everyday. Most subject areas use Google Classroom and email communication to connect with the students and their learning. 

Mobile phones

Students are not permitted to use mobile phones during normal class time. A mobile phone must be switched off during learning time. The use of social media is not permitted at STJPII. Could we ask that if a parent/caregiver needs to send a message to a student that they call the school office so a message can be given to the student. At no time is a student permitted to film or take an image of another student or community member without specific permission. 

Student Travel on buses

OPAL Cards have been sent directly to home addresses if applications have been approved. All students travelling on a school bus must TAP ON and TAP OFF,or services may be restricted. Transport NSW can cut services if numbers are of students are low. Please make sure your child uses the correct entry and exit process to a bus. If a student does not have an OPAL Card, they would be expected to pay the correct fare. It is suggested by the College that students take a photo of their OPAL Card in the instance that they forget or lose their OPAL Card. Inspectors have recently been checking and have asked us to remind parents/students of the expectations and conditions for travel.

2019 Assessment Handbooks

All of the 2019 Assessment Handbooks are available online from the website for parents/caregivers and students to access.


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What is STEM club? 

STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Maths. With the growing interest in STEM initiatives at St JPII Catholic College, the STEM club aims to foster student’s interests in this exciting field. 

What do students do during STEM club? 

Some of the work students have already conducted in STEM club include:

*Learning about lab safety by working in groups to create marketable products such as slime and playdough

*Engaging in problem-based learning in order to find the 10 different challenges around the room and solve them to win a prize

*Use STILE, an interactive computer program that uses simulations of real-world situations in order to expose students to problems that they may be unfamiliar with. 

Why have a STEM club? 

The world is rapidly changing and it’s important to expose junior students to experiences that go beyond stage 4 and 5 content. By engaging in this program students get exposure to real-life scientific experiences. 

STEM currently runs during learning enrichment on a Thursday afternoon during periods 5 & 6. Included are photos of some of our students completing the escape room challenge: Find all 10 hidden challenges, break the code and escape the room!

Year 9 English - Bell Shakespeare Performance

From Chloe Cardona (9.02)

The performance of Shakespeare shown to Year 9 last week, helped me comprehend and learn more about Romeo and Juliet, a play we have been studying in English this term. This performance did an amazing job in explaining what was occurring during certain scenes, making  the play easier to understand with our studies. The Shakespeare performance was based on Macbeth, as well as Romeo and Juliet. Through watching the performance, I feel I have a greater understanding of the language used by Shakespeare in his plays. With the many songs and the emphasis in the acting, Romeo and Juliet has become easier to understand and comprehend in class. Therefore by watching this Shakespeare performance it links into what we have been doing in English and has helped develop my understanding towards Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare itself.

Maths Assistance

We are here to help you with your Maths work

Maths Assistance afternoons are every even-Wednesdays of the Term St John Paul II, Schofields Campus Library Duration: 2.15pm – 3.30pm (Students are to make their own way home from the Schofields Campus)

All you have to do ...

1. Bring in your permission note, which can be found on our school website - ‘In The Loop’ ‘School Notes’ - ‘Student Assistance’ 

2. Bring your Maths work you need help with

3. Come every even-Wednesdays of the term … not just when you have an Assessment Task!

See you all there or be squared!


Term 3 has seen some wonderful developments:

  • 2019 Spectacular is coming to you soon!
  • Find out who has been selected to perform for the Arts Factor Music
  • Year 12 Visual Arts Class showcased their Bodies of Work
  • Year 12 Dancers performed at their HSC Showcase Night
  • Year 11 Music Class start recording the 2020 Year 12 Song! 
  • Click here to find our more about this exciting CAPA News!



On August 13, SRC students joined other schools in the diocese to witness a beautiful mass celebrated by Bishop Vincent. The CEDP Education Mass held at Parramatta Cathedral was a day filled with praise and worship with the theme of ‘curiosity & purpose.’ Our students were invited to be Eucharistic Ministers with Claire Lynch leading the mass with acknowledgement of country. “It was a really good experience for my first time administering the Eucharist. Also, after mass we had the opportunity to speak to Bishop Vincent about our school and our experience of being ministers for the very first time.” -- Tess Turner 


The Father’s Day liturgy and stall was a huge success with our community celebrating fathers, grandparents and father figures. “Mass expressed the importance of appreciating my father, which allowed me to take into account the amount of time and love my father provides me with” -- Gabriella Papallo. SRC completely sold out of Father's Day gifts this year, the College raised $$640.35 which was donated to the College Immersion Program. 


SRC elections took place in week 5 this term with many students self-nominating for the role. Prior to their speeches, students were briefed about college expectations and the duties of the role. In week 5, nominees conducted themselves with great pride with Sage Nassar commenting "It was a great learning experience and a useful lesson on confidence."

The College Leader elections were held during learning enrichment with Mitchell Laycock, Claire Lynch, Alyssandra Bessounian, Sage Nassar and Christian Cipri all delivering fantastic speeches about their journey at StJPII “I was able to share it with my peers, teachers and staff what I had contributed to the college during the past 5 years and my thoughts and ideas about improving certain aspects of the college. It was also great to share the experience with the other 4 candidates and hear their thoughts.” -- Christian Cipri. 

Thank you to all our dedicated  SRC students of 2019 who sacrificed their time and served the College and the wider community with pride. Our SRC students were not afraid to be people of Christ and help promote our 2019 College mission of 'Solidarity.' Thank you! 

Mrs Brooks

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Semi Finals here we come!

As we head towards the end of term our semi final series are starting to take place. Our Basketball and Soccer girls have all sealed places in the semi finals. Good luck girls!

Our boys Touch teams are also close sealing a spot in the semi's with 1 week of normal competition left.

Good luck to all our teams throughout the semi finals and hopefully Grand Finals!

Next term will be boys Basketball and Cricket, and girls Oztag, Cricket and Junior Waterpolo

Congratulations to the following students who will be representing the College at the NSWCCC Athletics Championships later this term!

Rabab Elrayah

Rahab Elrayah

Isobel Grech

Hailey Targarona

Jayden Weymark

Blake Kennedy

As always if anyone has any or hears of any outstanding sporting achievements please contact

Mr Horder



Term 3 Fee Statements were posted out on Monday, 29 July 2019 and fell due/payable by Wednesday, 28 August 2019. Please contact Jean Webb on 9208-7239 if you have not received your statement.

Should you wish to discuss your account or apply for an extension of time to pay the fees,  please contact either Mrs Jean Webb on 9208-7239 or Mr Kel Haynes on 9208-7238.

Thank you to those Parents/Caregivers who have paid or are paying off their school fees through an arrangement.

Qkr! (PRONOUNCED QUICKER) APP - our new online payment app is available!

We are pleased to announce that the introduction of the Qkr! (pronounced – Quicker) app to order and pay for school items and activities has been greatly received - thank you!

The Qkr! App lets you use your smartphone to make payments without having to give your child cash to carry to school and will be the preferred payment method for school payments (excluding School Fees).

The app will automatically email you a receipt for each payment and receipts can also be accessed through the app at any time.

Although the app is a Mastercard initiative, it accepts payment from any Visa or Mastercard debit, credit or pre-paid card with safe and secure Mastercard technology.

Qkr! Is a free app, available in the App Store for iPhones and iPads or Google Play for Android Phones. See the website/In-the-loop/School-Notes/Administration for further instructions on this app!


Another season (the third!) of 13 Reasons Why has been released. As you know, the controversial series has touched on many difficult topics, with suicide being the most concerning.  Click here to learn 13 Reasons Why NOT!



AFTRS Teens Workshops for high school students is the perfect way to develop your skills and meet other aspiring creatives. Campus Tours at Western Sydney University and more, Click here to stay informed! 

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