Settling Into a Busy and Exciting Year

With the year very much underway it is very rewarding to see how well the students have settled into the teaching and learning processes that are occurring everywhere in the college.  Importantly the Year 12 students are busily studying for their upcoming examinations while, at the other end of the student body, the Year 7 students seem to have easily settled into the fabric of college life.

Although the year has really only just commenced we are already looking to the future and so in week four we visited our feeder primary schools, St. Joseph’s, St. John’s, Mary Immaculate and Our Lady of the Angels, with some of our Year 7 students to talk about their time here at St John Paul II. The Year 7 student representatives were asked to speak about their experiences here and they spoke using words like “great” and “fantastic” to describe their time here so far.

The other aspect of these visits is to inform parents/caregivers that the enrolment process for 2016 has commenced. If you have a child in Year 6 in one of our feeder schools and did not receive an information pack please contact Mrs Fay Lovett, Enrolment Secretary, on 92087205 to have one sent to you. Additionally if you have a child in Year 6 in another school please contact Mrs Lovett to receive your information pack.

Mass

We have also held our opening College Mass recently with the theme “strengthen our footsteps for the journey towards the future”. This theme comes from the words of St John Paul II and echoes our college motto “the way passes through this land”.

Additionally we have had Learning Enrichment at Schofields and Nirimba with the new Year 7 and 11 students becoming part of the community through these events. All events saw the students coming together to celebrate all that is good at St John Paul II. They showed that the teaching and learning in the classrooms and the community events offer a full and rich education for all of the students.

We have also seen the completion of Year 10, 11 and 12 parent/caregiver/teacher interviews. These interviews were held in the library at Nirimba and there were certainly a lot of good discussions about how learning and teaching can occur for the best interests of our students. If any parents/ caregivers were unable to attend on the evening you can still contact your child’s teachers for an interview.

Building

Next week we will be celebrating the process of growth and change with the official ceremony of Opening and Blessing of our new buildings and existing teaching spaces that have been refurbished. At the same time the official renaming of the college to St John Paul II Catholic College will occur. The new teaching spaces have been long in the planning and construction, with disruption to the Schofields campus during 2014. But the end result is extremely worthwhile and there is ample opportunity for creative, unique and dynamic learning and teaching to continue to occur.