Dear parents and caregivers,
As we rapidly progress through Term 2 we should take the time to reflect upon the vast number of events that have been happening at St John Paul II. There have been the inter school Debating, MCS and MCCS winter sport and our Athletics Carnival. Recently Year 12 students, a number of teachers and an impressive number of ex-students spent three days at Collaroy on the annual Year 12 Retreat. This Retreat is always a highlight of school life for our students beyond the classroom and it allowed them to take time out of their daily routine to refresh themselves for what lies ahead this year and beyond.
We have also seen our Year 7 and 9 students engaged in NAPLAN tests and we have held the Year 7, 2017 enrolment interviews for the students from the non-feeder primary schools. Both events were successfully held in the Co-operative Learning Space. We have a large number of applications for Year 7 next year and enrolment acceptances are currently being posted to families. If you know of any family wishing to enroll for 2017 please ask them to contact Mrs. Fay Lovett on 92087205 in order to avoid the disappointment of missing out on a place in 2017.
From the interviews we have received feedback about St John Paul II with parents and caregivers giving the following reasons for wanting to enroll their children here:
“To continue the catholic faith in daily life, and moral and ethical education.
I want an education based on discipline, high expectations and Christ’s mission.
I want my child to develop good values in life and respect people.
My daughter attends StJPII and I have found it to be a great school.
Our older son goes to StJPII and is thriving.
We are impressed by the teachers and the learning spaces.
It has a good reputation in the community.”
And from the prospective students we had:
“It’s a good school and teachers are helpful.
I have heard it has a dance group, cooking, singing and a very cool PD room.
It’s a warm and welcoming school.
It makes the transition from Year 6 to 7 easier.
There’s always something interesting to do.
It’s got a farm and animals.”
And then there was: “My brother goes there and he said it’s OK”. (Big brothers don’t say much!)
The Teaching and Support Staff Retreat and Evangelisation Day based upon St John Paul II and the Year of Mercy is being held on Tuesday 14 June, following the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday. This day will assist in the ongoing spiritual formation of all staff at St John Paul II Catholic College. This day will be held the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Wold. The main office will be open only at the Schofields campus. However, as always, the College will assist parents/caregivers if there are difficulties in arranging care for their son/daughter on this day. Please contact us at the College by Thursday 9 June, if there are any difficulties in organising care for Tuesday 14 June.
Jim Fanning and Phil Smith