Recognising Hard Work and Dedication

We are now in Term 4, week 4 and Year 12 are currently completing their HSC Examinations. 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 Catholic College 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.

With Year 12 leaving the college we welcomed 215 Year 6 students for their Year 7-2019 Transition Day at the Schofields Campus last Monday. Their Transition Day was a time for them to get to know each other, some of their teachers and the school site to make their first few weeks here next year that much more comfortable for them.

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.  I encourage all students to continue to use every opportunity to improve their learning during the next six weeks.

Our Current Year 11/HSC students are currently finishing their retreat. The retreat marks a very important time in their lives and an opportunity to form the way they look at the world through a lens of faith, to encourage them in their daily search for the sacred and to remind them that they are greatly loved by God. Twelve months from now, they will be leaving the college to face the next challenges in their lives and we know the experience of retreat will remain with them forever. Whenever a teacher meets ex-students the retreat continues to be the memory they want to share.

Last week we celebrated World Teachers’ day. It is a day to recognise the dedication and hard work of teachers. Celebrated in over 100 countries, it is usually the first Friday in October, but as Australian schools are on holidays we celebrate it at St JP II CC in early November. World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day in which students, parents/caregiver and community members can demonstrated their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.

Staff Update: At the end of last week we farewelled Mrs Ciaran Wilson who accepted a permanent position at another school. Mr Liam Muss will be replacing Mrs Wilson for the remainder of Term 4.