A great year it was, and a greater one ahead!

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This is the last newsletter for 2016 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:

Ninja and Pirate Days for Stage 4, Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Day, Debating, Public Speaking, state wide school music project entitled "Kool Schools”, Science and Mathematics Competitions, Write A Book in A Day, Year 12 Retreat at Collaroy, Year 7 Camp at Yarramundi, Year 7 -11 Reflection Days, Terra Sancta/St John Paul II Day and Chess Competitions. We’ve also had the College Musical and CAPA Showcase evenings, Vinnie’s Van, the implementation of RISEUP, internal and external Sports Competitions, Sports Presentation Awards, Semester one and two merit assemblies, TAFE/WSU/ACU courses, NAPLAN, and another Higher School Certificate.

Just as importantly three teachers and six students attended World Youth Day in Poland. Pope John Paul II’s home was Poland and it is a source of inspiration that these young people were able to experience his native land and bring some of that charism back to our school thereby helping to deepen our traditions which commenced under the name Terra Sancta and have continued as St John Paul II Catholic College.

Staffing update:

This year we say farewell to the following staff who are taking up positions at other schools as part of their professional development: Ken Wolffe, Kristy Diener, Debbie Watts, Danielle Woollam, Tim McBride, Joel Scurr and Mariano Papa

After a distinguished career in teaching the following staff are retiring: Kathy Magee and Jim Hart

The following staff who have been on temporary contract are also finishing with us at the end of the year: Samantha Camilleri, Sara Borg, Kate Thomas, Sandy Duggal, Valeriana Encomienda, Antonina Costa & Mary Zore

We welcome the following staff to St John Paul II in 2017: Mary Refalo – Assistant Principal (Currently Acting Principal at St Agnes Catholic High School, Rooty Hill), Alyssa Roach – Assistant Principal (Currently Acting Assistant Principal at Xavier College, Llandilo), Kathy Cairns will continue in a part time teaching position at the college, Stephen Clark, Shiela Fernandez, Martha Ghougassian, Belinda Judson, Jessica Kingham, Serena Mazzullo, Jennifer Pavic, Mary Skjellerup and Justin Kroon

We are pleased to announce that our College Council will be chaired again by Michael Richards in 2017. After several years as part of the council  Rowan Russell and Jenine Garcia will not continue to part of the council. They have made a significant contribution to our College as parent/caregiver representatives.

The Council consists of Parish Priests, Cooperating Principals, Parish representatives, Staff representatives and Parent/Caregiver Representatives. If you wish to be part of the College Council please complete the nomination form found below. There are currently 3 vacancies for parent/caregiver representatives on the College Council.

College Council Nomination Form 2017

I wish everyone a safe, happy and above all holy Christmas.