24 February 2023 - Newsletter (Vol 40 No 2)
Helicopter Parents, Cottonwool Kids
I am sure that these terms are not very helpful because being a parent is one of the most challenging roles there is, regardless the age of your children. Seeing your child through their teenage years, well that is another matter altogether. It is a constant challenge that can be very rewarding. Nevertheless, the terms do call for pause and reflection.
As a parent there are times when you agonise over a decision, you toss and turn, second guessing yourself. Most of the times the decisions are not clear cut and we do this because ultimately we want what is right for our kids.
Jesus was no different! He caused his parents problems, heartaches and concern. Remember when he disappeared in the temple? Joseph and Mary didn’t know where he was, they were in a state of panic. Jesus was reluctant to perform the miracle of water into wine (asked by his mother) at the Wedding Feast at Cana and his life and actions impacted on his family, not always in a positive sense.
Michael Grose, the bestselling author on parenting has much to say on raising children and says that at times parents love their children too much and these actions rob children of resilience, he refers to them as ‘resilience robbers’.
- Parents fight all their battles for them.
- Parents make their child’s problem their problem.
- Parents give kids too much voice.
- Parents put unrealistic or relentless pressure on kids to perform.
- Parents let kids give in too easily.
- Parents neglect to develop independence.
- Parents rescue kids from challenging or stretch situations.
These are confronting for us as parents and looking back, I am ‘guilty’ of so many of these myself. We are four weeks into the year and many parents are asking advice from coordinators and counsellors on how they can help their children. Can I recommend that you have a look at some of Michael’s writings, suggestions and resources as we all do our very best developing our young people to be the best they can be.
During 2023 one of the College goals is focusing on students becoming more engaged in their learning – learning inside and outside of the classroom. It’s a partnership between parents and the college, and one I look forward to progressing.
Child Protection Policy and Procedures
Please find below the Child Protection Policy and Procedures and the mandatory requirements documentation. Please click on the link to access the policy via the College website: https://www.
This week we observed the beginning of Lent with our Ash Wednesday Liturgies. As was the case in 2022, the College observed Ash Wednesday with 3 separate liturgies, in order to create a more prayerful atmosphere. Fr Peter provided a thought-provoking homily, reminding us that actions which come from our heart will have the greatest impact on our development into good people.
Lent is the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter (not counting Sundays). It is a time when Christians renew 3 practices:
Choosing to go without, through fasting, reminds us of our dependence on God and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Catholics refrain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent as penance and sacrifice. Fasting can also take the form of giving something up during Lent (such as chocolate, coffee, junk food, gossiping etc).
Especially during Lent, we are called to deepen our prayer life in order to grow closer to God and to remember Jesus’ life and death. God deeply desires to be in relationship with us - to give his heart and to receive ours. During Lent, we spend time reflecting on where we have fallen short of God’s hope for us and ask for forgiveness.
We are also encouraged to create a more just world and to show love for others through almsgiving. This can take many forms, such as donating money, a meal or volunteering your time to those who are less fortunate.
Here are some easy prayers you can say to feel connected to God during Lent this year:
- “God, may Your light guide my day, and your spirit bring me peace. Amen.”
- “God, may my sacrifice of today of (state your Lenten sacrifice) remind me of my dependence on You for all the blessings I enjoy. Amen.”
- ”May I stand in solidarity today with all my brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. May we be united in your love, and may I work to build your kingdom here on earth.”
- “Heavenly Father, I’m truly sorry for the moments today where I missed the mark. I ask for your forgiveness and the strength to better follow Your call tomorrow. Amen.”
- ”God, I lift up (name of the person you’d like to pray for) today. I ask that you bless them abundantly today and throughout Lent. Amen.”
- “Oh Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything. Amen.”
P & F Meeting Tuesday 28 February 7pm (Week 5)
Through our Emmaus Project, SJPC staff collaborated to select Gospel passages and themes and align them to Year Groups. It is now time for our parent community to get involved in the project by selecting a Gospel passage and theme that they think best represents them as they accompany their children throughout their education and spiritual growth.
To begin this process, at our next P & F meeting, parents/carers will be presented with a range of Gospel passages to consider. After discussion as a group, these will be narrowed down to 3 Gospel passages. This is an important part of our school’s history and as such you are encouraged to come along and contribute to the discussion and decision making. We really would love to hear your thoughts.
After the P & F meeting, feedback will be sought from the whole parent community via a Google Form through which all parents/carers will have the chance to vote for their favourite Gospel passage.
Assistant Principal - Mission
The theme of ‘Belonging’ is the College focus in Term 1 for all year groups. Belonging Day and Night is held specifically for Year 7 as it is their first year at the College. Last Friday I had the pleasure of dropping in for a short time to the Yr 7 Belonging Day at Boambee Creek Reserve. This day consists of the Year 7 students being involved in a variety of activities that are facilitated by Homeroom teachers and our very enthusiastic Yr 10 Peer Mentors. Many of the activities are centred around teamwork and belonging. It was wonderful to witness the positive energy and huge smiles. The moment that really topped off my day, however, was when I received a phone call from a member of the public. The gentleman who phoned had been at the reserve with his wife and wanted to let me know how impressed he was with the behaviour of such a large group (250 students) and how well they were all getting along. We discussed how refreshing it was to receive such a phone call.
If we feel we belong, we also feel we can contribute. In belonging we are more inclined to give our opinion, become involved and strive for a common goal. As individuals we bring great diversity in the manner of experiences, culture and beliefs. Teamwork maximises the individual strengths of team members to bring out their best. Teamwork brings people together and motivates them to rely on one another to get things done. Teamwork also makes progress easier and allows the group to overcome obstacles that would have been difficult or impossible as an individual. Without teamwork, none of that would be possible.
I like to think of our school community as a team. One team. Not teams opposing another. Our students, parents and staff all bring a variety of strengths, talents and skill sets to our team. If we go back in time when our ancestors realised they could get much greater results if they worked together, we can conclude that teamwork is a game-changer. Cars, industrial machines, medicines, complicated surgeries, etc. could have never been real if we didn’t want to work together. Furthermore, many team sports could not have been invented and we were still living in the same conditions as our ancestors. On the other hand, the interesting fact is that no one forced our ancestors to work together back then. There was already an urge to collaborate with others to have better results in almost every job. So, we all have that desire deep inside us that motivates us towards working together.
Our common goal is for our students, your children, to thrive to be the best version of themselves academically, socially,spiritually and physically. As a team we can achieve this together.
The College continues to take the uniform policy seriously. The expectations are clearly outlined in the College Diary. It is the student’s responsibility to wear the right uniform on the right day in the right manner. Parents are reminded that notes from home do not excuse students from lunchtime detention if the uniform is not worn correctly.
In extreme situations parents should contact one of the Assistant Principals to discuss the concern.
The College holds Lunchtime Detentions on Monday - Thursday as part of its Student Management & Uniform Policy. Students are reminded that lunchtime detentions appear on their Compass Dashboard and must be served on the day it is given (except Thursday afternoon and Friday which need to be served on Monday). It is expected that students check their Compass Dashboard regularly throughout the day. Parents are currently able to view any Lunchtime Detentions issued to their child through the Calendar tab in their Compass App. We are currently working with Compass on a notification to be sent to the App in addition to the Calendar entry.
Students who fail to attend the lunchtime detention on the designated day will automatically be placed on the next Wednesday after school detention from 3:30pm - 4:10pm. Parents will be notified via email of the after school detention.
Until next time:
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life.
From 2023, NAPLAN will occur during Term 1 and will take place from Wednesday 15 March lasting over 4 days. The reason for this change is so that results can be returned to schools earlier in the year which will support teachers to understand the learning needs of their students and plan accordingly.
NAPLAN tests are just one part of our school learning assessment program and questions are primarily based on knowledge, understanding and skills gained from the prior year of schooling.
Students and parents can access the public demonstration site to familiarise themselves with NAPLAN and the types of questions and tools available. Excessive preparation for NAPLAN is not required nor recommended.
NAPLAN 2023 Information for parents and carers is attached. If you have any further questions about NAPLAN, please do not hesitate to contact the College.
Learn more about the ‘managing stress’ resources through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au . Our College access details are:
School’s Username – stjohnpaul
School’s password – 89success
In addition, our subscription to Elevate Education may assist in this area.
This online platform contains resources and useful study tips that all SJPC students will find effective. We encourage them to access this Student Portal and try some of the strategies. Students have the password to this site. The password can also be found on the Curriculum Noticeboard.
Learning and Teaching
REMINDER - A friendly reminder to all families that payment for Term 1, 2023 tuition fees is due by Friday, 10 March, 2023. If you have requested a payment plan for 2023 with the Catholic Schools Office, no action in relation to this date is required.
If you would like a recurring payment plan calculated, please contact the Catholic Schools Office on firstname.lastname@example.org (advise what date you wish to commence and if payment will be weekly, fortnightly, monthly etc). The Catholic Schools Office will reply with a suitable payment plan following your request.
Full details of your account can be viewed on your Compass App and the next Statement will be emailed to you first week of March.
Thank you for keeping your tuition fees up to date with St John Paul College.
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Compass - Permission to Leave School during the Day - Early Departure
Please note early departures or late arrivals cannot be submitted as an attendance note via the Compass App. Only full day absences can be submitted using the attendance note via the Compass App.
Students must have a written note from their parents/carers, giving an explanation and requesting permission to leave the College at a specific time. Students must take the note to the College Office before school and a Compass reminder notice is uploaded on the student's dashboard. At the allocated time, students must return to the College Office to formally sign out for the day and return the handwritten note. If students return to school later in the day they are required to sign in at the College Office.
For urgent appointments or requests to leave the College without a written note, parents/carers are required to collect their student from the College Office. Students will not be dismissed from class until parents/carers arrival at the College Office. Please allow enough time for the Office staff to retrieve students, as there could be delays leaving the Office. If students are able to bring a note in the morning this will alleviate any delay.
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 7:30am - 9:00am
Hours: Monday - Thursday 3:20pm - 5:00pm
Week 5 A - Monday 27 February - Friday 3 March
|Mon 27 - Tues 28 Feb||Yr 11 & Yr 12||Music Students Encore Sydney|
|Tues 28 Feb||Parents||P&F Meeting 7pm College Library|
|All Years||School Social - Fluro 80's Dance Party|
|Thurs 2 Mar||Sport||Dio Swimming Carinval - Kempsey|
|Fri 3 Mar||Sport||AFL Gala Day|
Week 6 B - Monday 6 March - Friday 10 March
Canteen closed - re-opens Tues 7 Mar
|Mon 6 - Fri 10||
Toyama Chubu High School Japanese Students visit
|Tues 7 Mar||Sport||
Dio League & Football Trials - Lismore
|Thurs 8 - Fri 10 Mar||
Year 11 & 12
LEAD Conference -
|Fri 10 Mar||Year 7||
Year 7 Men & Boy's Campout
Dio Tennis Championships - Tweed
Year 10 Learners Drivers Safety session - free registration opens
Term Dates 2023
|Wed 5 April||Last day of Term 1|
|Mon 24 April||First day of Term 2|
|Tues 25 April||ANZAC Day PH|
|Thurs 1 June||Pupil Free Day|
|Mon 12 June||Queens B'day PH|
|Fri 30 June||Last day of Term 2|
|Tues 18 July||First day of Term 3|
|Thurs 3 Aug||Coffs Harbour Cup 1/2 day holiday|
|Fri 25 Aug||Staff Development / Pupil Free Day|
|Fri 22 Sept||Last day of Term 3|
|Tues 10 Oct||First day of Term 4|
|Fri 10 Nov||Staff Development / Pupil Free Day|
|Friday 15 Dec||Picnic day Boambee Bay Reserve *Last day of Term 4|
The survey results will be discussed at the P&F meeting on Tuesday 28 February at 7pm in the College Library.
Year 7 Belonging Day
Last Friday Year 7 and Year 10 Peer Mentors enjoyed a day out of the classroom and ventured down to Boambee Bay Reserve to enjoy a day of swimming, challenge initiatives and friendship bonding. The weather was perfect and set the scene for what was to be a great day of fun and games. Firstly, Year 10 led several ice breaking games followed by the war cry challenge which was won by Casey House producing a unique combination of singing and dancing moves. McAuley girls and Kelly boys took out the tug-o-war challenge and students discovered what they can achieve if they work together on a common goal via the various challenges put before them. Students enjoyed a BBQ lunch with extended periods of swimming and a great day was had by all. Many thanks to Mr Haworth and the Year 10 Peer Mentors for their leadership in running the challenge initiatives. Thanks also to the Year 7 Pastoral team and those who came along to assist in the running of the day. I would especially like to thank those staff members who went above and beyond with water supervision to ensure our students were kept safe. Finally, I would like to thank Ava Harrison of Year 11 for taking photos and video footage of the day and compiling them into a presentation to be shown at Belonging night.
Year 7 students reflected on Belonging Day. Below are 2 samples from Amy King and Jasper Harris.
Year 7 Belonging Night
On Monday evening year 7 students and their parents/carers gathered in the College Hall to take part in Belonging Night. The evening commenced with a beautiful prayer service prepared by Ms Sawtell and delivered by year 7 representatives and the pastoral team. We then enjoyed a digital presentation produced by Ava Harrison in Year 11 compiling photos and video taken on Belonging Day before heading to various homerooms for a meet and greet with the year 7 pastoral team. Some great information and advice was given to parents/carers during this session followed by an opportunity for them to mix and mingle and meet other parents/carers during the sharing of a meal. Thank you to all parents/carers who contributed a plate to share and for coming along to a great night of community and friendship building.
Year 7 also took part in their first Ash Wednesday liturgy this week whilst 7A and 7B celebrated their class Masses and Sacrament of Reconciliation over the last couple of weeks. Next Tuesday is the first Social/Disco of the year and it would be great to see as many Year 7 students attend what will be a great night with DJ Salty mixing the best beats. We also have the Transitus retreat and the Year 7 Men & Boy's Campout coming up this term. More info to come regarding these events.
7A class Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation
7B class Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Year Gr8 Student spotlight!
Mary Thompson joined our College from the Sunshine Coast at the start of this year and is our first in a series of spotlighted student achievements in Year 8.
She travelled back to Queensland last weekend to compete in the QLD Surf Lifesaving Championships in the Under 13’s age division.
Mary’s Mum said “She achieved results beyond her wildest dreams. This was her 1st State competition and it was her goal to get one medal. She achieved 5 gold, 1 silver and a bronze medals.”
Gr8 work Mary and we look forward to promoting the efforts of a Year 8 community member in future newsletters.
Year Gr8 ‘Being Stewards of our world’ - Cleaning Up Australia!
Next Wednesday, Year 8 will be taking part in the annual ‘Clean Up Australia’ Day. It's hard to believe that what was started over thirty years ago, by Ian Kiernan, AO, an "average Australian" who had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, held annually on the first Sunday in March.
We are so fortunate to have a beautiful school environment and surrounds in this area. The impact of litter and rubbish on our local ecosystems, including the nearby Boambee Creek, needs to be minimised. Our students will partake in picking up rubbish around the school grounds, and also some educttional activities related to the results of littering.
Families, Businesses and Individuals can also donate to the Clean Up Australia Day cause by visiting https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/join-a-clean-up and entering the Coffs Harbour postcode(2450). There you’ll find a link to our donation page “St John Paul College, Coffs Harbour’.
Please pray for good weather!
The past two weeks have been big for Year 11 especially for our House Captains, who all demonstrated amazing leadership skills for the College Swimming Carnival. Our Captains were busy leading meetings with their Houses, organising people to participate in relays, making sure their house spirit was alive and importantly leading by example throughout the day. A special congratulations to the McAuley Captains Archie Wright, Tulli Scott, Stephanie Rose and Bryce Wallace for their win. In addition to the Swimming Carnival our House Captains have also been leading the inter- house Volleyball competition in the hall. This has again involved organising teams and refereeing games. It has been so great to see the camaraderie and participation from large numbers across the school. Well done to this great group of leaders.
A big thankyou should also go out to all of the Year 11 cohort for coming to the carnival and getting involved either in the swimming, cheering, supporting the captains, or just being a part of the day. Your participation helps create a great community and demonstrates active leadership within our College.
On the learning side of things, many students have noticed the large increase in the workload, and the study demands. It is important to make sure you are making the most of your study lessons and have a properly planned out study timetable that prioritises those areas you need to focus on. Please make sure you speak to your teacher and ask for help if you are not keeping up, or if you need help.
As many in our community already know, at SJPC we recognise that learning is not static. It is a continual process that involves practice, reflection, adjustment, and refinement.
Our focus is on student growth and building the capacity of learners to improve. The NSW education system uses a standards referenced approach based on what students are expected to learn and how well they have achieved, with grades being the indicators of the level of achievement of outcomes in each course. However, grades are only part of the discussion, they are not the discussion.
As such, we have a flexible, supportive approach to assessment in Years 7 – 9 with an emphasis on developing an attitude which promotes continuous improvement, engagement and therefore learning.
Our aim is to develop expert, engaged learners who are motivated, knowledgeable, resourceful and goal-directed.
Learners who are focused on effective habits and routines as opposed to deadlines. Students in Years 7 – 9 have multiple opportunities to provide evidence of their learning and achievement of course outcomes across a semester, with feedback playing a vital role in student growth and improvement. Grades are based on this evidence which teachers have collected during the teaching and learning cycle.
Students are encouraged to;
- reflect on their learning and whether they have met each lesson’s success criteria
- act on feedback from their teachers and peers regarding which strategies they need to employ to improve.
It is important that we continue to ensure everyone understands what learning, assessment and grading ’looks’ like.
Our Year 9 students attended a curriculum presentation last Tuesday which outlined many of the ideas discussed here. The students were receptive, engaged and well-mannered during the entire presentation. With the cohort achieving an average of 73% in the exit quiz! The majority of these young adults showed they were ready to take on the more challenging Stage 5 curriculum, including their 3 new electives.
All information regarding Scope and Sequences of courses, and what assessment looks like in Years 7 to 9 can be accessed via the Assessment Information booklets on the Curriculum page of the College website. SJPC Curriculum
Last newsletter we included information about the how you, as parents and carers, can gain some insight into how you can best support your children in developing effective study habits by registering for Elevate’s free Parent Support Webinar series. It was wonderful to see many of our community register for the last Webinar How to Get (And Keep) Your Child Motivated This Year?
Elevate Education's next free webinar will be taking place on Wednesday 1 March, focusing on Time Management.
Wednesday 1st March @ 6:30pm (AEDT)
In this webinar Elevate will be showing parents how to:
Elevate Education works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how you can help better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.
The College continues to base decision making on data and educational research. We ask you to continue to trust us to implement the strategies that international educational research has shown to be effective.
Below is a video you may find helpful when discussing how to study effectively with your children.
Leader of Curriculum
All things Literacy, because Literacy matters in all things
Vocabulary is an important focus in literacy teaching. Words all have:
- meaning, which can vary according to context
- phonology – sounds
- morphology – word parts
- syntax - the way in which words are arranged to form phrases or sentences
- uses - depending on context.
Oral vocabulary refers to words that children can understand or use while speaking and listening. Oral vocabulary is closely related to reading vocabulary, which is the words that children can recognise and use in their reading or writing.
Children need to have a rich vocabulary that continually grows through language and literacy experiences, in order to comprehend and construct increasingly complex texts, and engage in oral language for a variety of social purposes. It is an unconstrained skill, meaning we continue to develop it over our life span.
There is a close association between vocabulary skills and how well teenagers read and write. For this reason, supporting vocabulary skills and the acquisition of new words has the potential to positively impact the ability to read, write and understand in all aspects of life.
Here at SJPC, we thoroughly enjoy sharing our passion for words and we encourage you to foster this thirst for vocabulary in the home.
Attached is a beautiful clip exploring the young boy who loved and collected words - a beautiful story to share at home. Also, engage in our college ‘Word Of the Week’
Word of the Week - 4
DEFINITION: The quality or state of being happy. An instance of happiness.
IN A SENTENCE: The felicities of school life peek through the stress.
Marriage has brought him a felicity that he has never known before.
The poet is well known for his felicities.
Word of the Week - 5
DEFINITION: Having a smooth, rich flow; sweet sounds
IN A SENTENCE: She has a rich, mellifluous voice.
In or out of uniform, his motion is described as languid and his voice relaxed and mellifluous.
After many years without exchange students, this year SJPC has welcomed 5 students from our sister school, Reitaku Mizunami High School, in Gifu, Japan. All of the students are living with SJPC host families and are attending classes in Year 11.
Anna Kato, Ayano Yasumoto, Arisa Hashiba, Jun Arai and Sakiha Koketsu are with us for 3 months and will get the opportunity to experience our school life as well as all the Coffs Coast has to offer.
We would like to welcome the students and thank their host families, fellow students and all their teachers for their hospitality. This program, which has been running successfully for 12 years, would not be possible without the entire SJPC community’s support.
Leader of Learning - Languages
This week we have been testing critical reasoning skills to finalise the students who will be offered a position in the HP&G program this year. Students were selected to participate in the testing based on an aggregate of the objective data we have available (Naplan, PAT Testing, academic achievement) and subjective referrals (self/teacher/parent). This test assesses each student’s ability in the three domains of: conceptual reasoning, basic logic and argument analysis. Students will receive feedback on their achievement in the three domains in the next few days.
A sample of one of the argument analysis questions is detailed here:
Offers for the HP&G program will be made early next week. At the critical reasoning test, I commended all of the participants on their achievement to date, and encouraged them to keep striving for academic excellence regardless of whether they are part of the program or not. Aside from Year 7, where participants will be reviewed post NAPLAN data, positions will last for the duration of 2023.
Over the holidays I was reading about some of the longest-running longitudinal surveys of intellectually talented students. Commencing in 1971 under the guidance of professor Julian Stanley, the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth has tracked the vocational choices and accomplishments of over 5000 individuals. The research highlights the importance of nurturing the skills of high-potential and Gifted students and suggests that spatial perceptiveness is one of the core skills in fostering creativity and technical innovation. Similarly, the Munich Longitudinal Study of Giftedness found that curiosity and creativity are important indicators of later excellence. This study tracked 26,000 gifted students in the mid-1980s.
In an effort to foster gifted learning behaviours, parents and schools can do the following:
- “Expose children to diverse experiences;
- When a child exhibits strong interests or talents, provide opportunities to develop them;
- Support both intellectual and emotional needs;
- Help children to develop a ‘growth mindset’ by praising effort, not ability;
- Encourage children to take intellectual risks and to be open to failures that help them learn” (Vazquex, 2016).
Clynes, T. (2016). How to raise a genius: Lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children. Nature, 537(7619), 152–155. https://doi.org/10.1038/537152a
Perleth, C., & Heller, K. A. (1994). The Munich longitudinal study of giftedness. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/12163459.pdf
Vazquez, L. (2016). Want to raise a child genius? A study running for 45 years has suggestions. Big Think. https://bigthink.com/neuropsych/how-to-raise-genius-kids/
Leader of High Potential Learning
Congratulations to the following students who have excelled in the sporting arena recently:
Mia McKeon (Year 12), Ruby Flanders (Year 10), Jaxon White (Year 9) and Poppi Flanders (Year 8) were selected in their respective Diocesan Touch Football teams. They will now travel to Wagga Wagga to compete against other Dioceses in the State. We wish them all well.
Isla Martin (Year 10) recently competed at the NSW Country Swimming Championships in Sydney. Not only did she win the 14s 100m Backstroke, she also recorded a personal best time by 1.5 seconds! An amazing result.
Nikolas Davies (Year 11) has been selected to attend a youth academy in England for West Ham in Football. We congratulate him on this exciting achievement.
If your child excels in a specific sport and you believe they would be able to represent CCC in that sport, please access the CSNSW website for details. CSNSW website - https://csnsw.sport/
Those students wishing to represent the College as part of a team in their chosen sport need to check the Sport Classroom, Daily Notices and Palace Noticeboard for information.
Coming Up - Term 1 2023
Thurs 2 March
Diocesan Swimming Championships, Kempsey
Tues 7 March
Diocesan Open Soccer Individual Trials, Ballina
Diocesan Rugby League Individual Trials, Ballina
Fri 10 March
Diocean Tennis Championships, Tweed
Tues 28 March
Rugby Girls 10’s, Crescent Head
Wed 29 March
NSW Netball Cup Boys and Girls Year 7 - 9, Coffs
Thurs 30 March
Rugby Boys 10’s, Crescent Head
Cooper Lawlor - College Vice Captain
Why did you choose to be a leader?
Being a leader is something that is a constant work in progress and is never just given, and probably something that most people won't ever reach and that's the beauty of leadership. Being a part of the St John Paul College community was my choice to make, but being a leader is a part of our identity here at the SJPC. I chose to accept the formal leadership roles here at the College to provide a sense of stability, belonging and understanding, not only for my Year 12 Cohort but for the entire College, and to provide a voice for those who wish not to speak or cant speak.
What makes a quality leader?
A quality leader is one who doesn't rely on the badge or the formal status provided from the role, but one who demonstrates what it means to live out the true values of what it means to be human. I personally believe a quality leader demonstrates persistence and determination in a cause, displays a strong sense of morality and dignity, and is bound to the core beliefs of Charity and Acts of Service.
How do you plan on leading your year?
This year is going to be 'full on' for all students in the College, but most particularly our Year 12 students. As was mentioned within the first week of returning to school of Term 1, this is going to be 'A Year Of Lasts”'for us as year 12 students. A year of many fond memories and a year of extreme lows and highs. As we struggle in the preparations for assessments and exams, only to triumph in success of hardwork and dedication post HSC exams. My aim this year as a leader here at the College is to continue to create a supportive environment where all students feel grounded, supported, nurtured and provided for, basically, following in the footsteps of Jesus.
“The Greatest Glory In Living Lies Not In Never Falling, But in Rising Everytime We Fall” Nelson Mandela
Lily Betland - College Vice Captain
Why did you choose to be a leader?
We all possess qualities and visions that can make a difference in our school community when collaborating. My goal when choosing to be a leader for the St John Paul College community was to motivate all students to share their voice, ideas, concerns and passions. Through this, we can all contribute to making our school community a safer, more inclusive and prosperous place for all.
What makes a quality leader?
A quality leader is someone who is a positive and optimistic role model. They have a clear vision of a destination and communicate these goals to their team to inspire them to work towards achieving it. These leadership qualities are embodied in the St John Paul College motto. ‘The Way’ is a collaborative, passionate, mission focussed team of leaders dedicated to servitude. ‘The Truth’, is a journey of respect, kindness, courage, sacrifice, integrity and humility. ‘The Life’, is leading by being a positive role model, displaying love, gratitude, empathy and honesty. Leadership is not just a position and a title, it is a journey of action and example, one which has grown and evolved.
How do you plan on leading your year?
This year, I plan on leading not only Year 12 but the St John Paul College school community by setting a positive example through dedication, kindness, perseverance and commitment. To encourage and ignite peers to find their purpose, what makes them unique and inspires them. My main goal for this year is to promote participation in all aspects of school and community life. From academia, to cultural, sporting and the Catholic mission. Advocating the importance of implementing ideas into direct action with Yr 12 and the SLT being drivers of this process. I am excited to announce, we have begun this journey by motivating students to take part in the ‘Laps for Life’ challenge during March to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health for ReachOut Australia.
“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return” - Nelson Mandela