Principal's Blog

As we come towards the end of Term 2, we should take the time to reflect upon several events that have occurred at St John Paul II catholic College. Just some of the events include the Principal/Parent Chat Groups, Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN Tests, Feast of the Ascension Mass, Nirimba Education Precinct’s ATSI Reconciliation Day, Father Galea Concerts, Ignite Food Drive, Year 8 Wellbeing Day, Inter-school Debating, MCS and MCCS winter sport and our 2019 Athletics Carnival.

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Welcome to 2017. I trust everyone in the community had a refreshing and relaxing Christmas and New Year. The students, both old and new, have arrived with vigour and enthusiasm for the year and are progressing well already. In particular we welcome the Year 7 students to St John Paul II, all 205 of them, as well as the large number of new students in Years 8 -12. We have seen all the new students settling in well and being supported by their peers and teachers who care for them. As we progress through 2017 we will continue to emphasise to all students the need to do their best, care for one another and concentrate on their learning making the College a place which has a unique and dynamic learning experience.

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The students, both old and new, arrived with enthusiasm for the year and have been engaged in their learning during this term. I welcome the Year 7 students to St John Paul II, all 205 of them, as well the new students in Years 8 -12. We have seen all the new students settling in well and being supported by their peers and teachers who care for them. As we progress through 2019 we will continue to emphasise to all students the need to do their best, care for one another and concentrate on their learning making the college a place which has a unique and dynamic learning experience. One way of building upon the past and working towards the future was the High Achievers’ Assembly held earlier this term at Schofields which celebrated the excellent results in the 2018 Higher School Certificate. We welcome new staff and begin planning for 2020 enrolments after holding our annual college Open Evening. Read more for updates on staffing, enrolments, winter uniform and pupil free days.
This is the last newsletter for 2018 and once again we have had a very exciting, challenging and rewarding school year. During the year there have been a large number of events showing what a great community we have here at St John Paul II Catholic College. Some of these events have included: Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Day, Debating, Public Speaking, Science and Mathematics Competitions, Write A Book in A Day, Year 12 HSC Retreats at Collaroy and Meroo, Year 7 Camp at Yarramundi, Year 7 -11 Reflection Days, Terra Sancta/St John Paul II Day and Chess Competitions. This article also touches on methods of communication at StJPII. At the college we recognise that email is a fast and convenient way to communicate with your child’s teacher. As you could appreciate, teachers read their emails at various times throughout the school day. Further, that other than in the case of a genuine emergency, they are generally not expected to respond to emails from parents/caregivers and students outside of normal working hours. Please keep in mind that if you send an email to a member of our staff outside of normal working hours, a reply may not be received until the following working day. Communication between parents/caregivers, teachers and students is crucial to ensuring a student’s education and wellbeing is at its best. In response to the ever-increasing digital communications via social media, we have decided to embrace these technologies in a positive and productive manner. Currently we use college website, Facebook, Skoolbag app, intranet, SMS and email as the information is provided closer to the date of the event.

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As Year 12 are currently completing their HSC Examinations, 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 Catholic College as valued members of a wider community. We welcomed 215 Year 6 students for their Year 7-2019 Transition Day at the Schofields Campus last Monday, ready for their six years of schooling at StJPII. I would like to congratulate the Year 7-11 students on the way they have resumed their studies this term and following the uniform and grooming standards. Finally, last week we celebrated World Teachers’ day. It is a day to recognise the dedication and hard work of teachers. Read more for staffing updates.

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Last Friday we celebrated who we are at St John Paul II/Terra Sancta Day and said farewell to these fine young men and women as a whole school through the beauty and spiritual richness of the Mass. 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 have now accepted 210 applications for Year 7 in 2019. 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. A reminder that the students return to school on Tuesday 16 October – Week A of the timetable after the Term 3 break, wearing summer uniform. This article also includes staffing updates regarding Mary Refalo and Dannielle Ward.

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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 last two Principal/Parent Chat Groups in Term 2. Students included in all of the learning and extra-curricular activities. 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... [READ MORE]
As we come towards the end of Term 2 we should take the time to reflect upon a number of events that have occurred at St John Paul II. Just some of the events include the Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN Tests, Year 8’s Feast of the Ascension Mass, Nirimba Education Precinct’s ATSI Reconciliation Day, Student Listening Forum with Bishop Vincent, Inter-school Debating, MCS and MCCS winter sport and our 2018 Athletics Carnival. [READ MORE]
We have continued the focus on improving school attendance this year. In recent years across all school sectors attendance has been an issue and we will be maintaining our focus on attendance this year and in future. We know that students who attend school regularly find it easier to keep up with work and they also find it easier to form strong friendships with others. Unless there are significant reasons for your child not to be at school on any given day (they may be ill etc.), then we urge parents and caregivers to continue to ensure their children attend regularly. Regular attendance at school not only helps students understand and complete school work it also provides valuable social and cultural experiences. [READ MORE]
This Term we have witnessed college events which are in addition to the daily timetabled learning and teaching experiences. Some of these events have been our 2017 HSC High Achievers Assembly, the Year 7 Welcome BBQ, Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Caritas-Project Compassion Fundraising, Information Evenings, Swimming Carnival, Parent/Principal Chat Groups and our recent Open Evening. Each event has helped develop our great community at St John Paul II and each one has enhanced our community faith formation and educational endeavours. Our Open Evening attendance numbers should also serve to remind parents and caregivers that it is important to submit enrolment applications promptly to ensure a place at St John Paul II Catholic College in 2019. If you know of a family that wishes to enrol their son/daughter in Year 7 at the College in 2019 please advise them to contact the College to obtain an enrolment information pack prior to the end of term one vacation break. At the end of this term we say farewell to Mrs Kristine Hutchinson who has been a member of our teaching staff for the last five years. We are also farewelling Ms Rachel Aquilina on Friday, 20 April, who has been our Marketing and Communication officer for the last four years. Both of these positions will be advertised in the next week. We welcome Mr Kel Haynes to our college who has been appointed as Business Manger replacing Andrew Noney who retired at the end of last year. This article also includes information on upcoming Pupil Free Days and Project Compassion.

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