- Holy Thursday @ JPC!
- Project Compassion Fundraising SUCCESS!!
- University of Canberra Accelerated Pathway Program
- French Visit to the Canadian High Commission
- Dance at JPC - Term 1
- Tuesday Tunes
- All Things Music
- Hospitality visit Hotel Kurrajong
- Indigenous Excursion
- Defence News
- Careers News
- Looking After Your Mental Health During the School Holidays
- Holy Spirit Catholic Parish News & Easter Services
- Catholic Voice Current Edition
- Support for the Journey of Marriage & Family Life
- ACU Invitation - Blackfriars Lecture - Health and Wellbeing
- Rugby League Girls (14-16) Holiday Camp
The Washing of the Feet Liturgy
Today, on Holy Thursday at JPC, we prepared ourselves for Jesus’ death and resurrection in the Holy Thursday Liturgy leading us into the Easter Triduum – the 3-day period starting tonight that ends Lent, and continues over Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, to introduce Easter.
Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper; Jesus giving a new command to love one another; and, his washing the feet of the disciples.
WASHING OF THE FEET = HUMBLE SERVICE
As part of our Liturgy today, some of our staff and students washed the feet of others from our JPC community, to show that we too, serve each other, just as Jesus was a servant of those whom he led.
This was not a re-enactment of Jesus washing the disciples' feet, but rather an action by which we are reminded that God calls us first and foremost to be servants to each other in our daily lives.
THE LAST SUPPER = EUCHARIST
After washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus’ shared the bread and wine with those he loves at the last supper before his arrest. He prayed and thanked God for the meal. He broke the bread, and shared the wine, explaining how the bread was his body, broken for them, and the wine, his blood which would be poured out for their sins to be forgiven.
In our Masses we continue to celebrate this meal through the Eucharist, where we too, as the Body of Christ, share in the body and blood of Jesus, in memory of Him, and for our sins to be forgiven.
GOOD FRIDAY = REMEMBRANCE
Tomorrow is Good Friday, when we remember Jesus' arrest after he was betrayed, his humiliation, the accusations raised against him, and that he was condemned to death by Pilate, and was crucified. It is a very sad and somber day in our Church.
Please take the time with your family today, tomorrow or over Easter – create a special, quiet space; ask your family to join you, and watch last year’s “Stations of The Cross @ JPC” video (link below) and join in the prayers along the way as you walk with Jesus to His death and resurrection. Reflect on these powerful images and the words spoken. Be open to an encounter with Jesus as a man.
To follow this sombre experience, please ensure you and your family attend some or all of the Easter Masses in your Parish to celebrate the joy of Jesus’ resurrection.
Enjoy the Easter break with your family, and see you in Term 2!
Leader of Learning (Mission and Ministry), and Wellbeing (Ferré House)
From the ‘Bread Broken’ series by Sr Mary Stephens – Artworks in our JPC Chapel
This year we have collectively raised a grand total of $6076.10. This is our second-highest total since we started raising money for Project Compassion.
A special congratulations to Maathai House, who raised a whopping $1301.55!
The House totals are:
1st MAATHAI $1301.55
2nd VAN THUAN $1115.15
3rd VERITAS $1114.00
4th FERRE $1054.60
5th DREXEL $758.20
6th KENNEDY $732.60
Thank you and congratulations to the Youth Ministry Team, the College Leadership Team, the Social Justice Team and the House Leaders, who have worked SO hard running activities to help motivate us to donate. A special thank you to the members of the JPC community who gave so generously to Caritas and Project Compassion.
Mrs Jennifer Tually
Leader of Learning and Wellbeing (Mission and Ministry, and Ferré House)
At the end of Term 1, we farewell Ms Rany Thach. We thank her for her work in the Mathematics faculty and wish her well as she pursues teaching in a different capacity. Due to this change in staffing, there will be some changes to teachers for some classes. The students in these classes will be issued new timetables at the beginning of Term 2.
As we go through the holiday period, we encourage students (along with their parents) to actively practice Maths in the everyday context – baking, shopping, planning events (timetables, mapping a journey, duration), playing cards, planting a garden, sorting the Easter egg haul, or even measuring the length of the fish that got away! Maths is everywhere, and we can use it all the time.
A challenge problem for the holidays:
And for those seeking a further challenge, can you graph an Easter Egg?
Leader Learning and Wellbeing
Congratulations to Albert David and Derick Tongu, Year 11 who have both been offered a place in the Univeristy of Canberra Accelerated Pathway Program (BSSS Accredited H Course) which will complement their ACT Year 11 and 12 College studies.
Derick has been offered a place in Systemic Anatomy and Physiology.
Well Done Albert and Derick!
The Year 7 – 9 French students have been very lucky to pair with the Canadian High Commission this term, to expand their French cultural a language learning experiences. The contest, entitled ‘Tiguidou’ (A French Canadian word meaning “It’s all good”) was sponsored by the Canadian High Commission to present a challenge to students all across Canberra as part of “La Semaine de la Francophonie” (French language week), which happens every March. French elective students at JPC were inspired by the quebequois culture and created short videos that highlighted aspects of French-Canadian culture.
As part of the promotion, Sean Murphy, an educational entertainer, travelled to our school in Week 5, accompanied by Isabelle Martin, Deputy Head of Mission to the Canadian High Commission and other High Commission staff. The Year 8 and 9 French classes enjoyed Sean’s energetic promotion of Canadian culture and language. The performance was very interactive and left the students dreaming of tasting ‘La vraie poutine’.
Inspired by their brief interaction with Candian culture, a group of Year 9 students Tafara, Moyses, Thomas, Yousif, Matheus, Abhi and Kamil, created a music video that merged aspects of French-Canadian culture. Not only did they write and perform their own rap accompanied by original music and some fabulous video editing skills. For their efforts, the boys won the competition, winning for the entire Year 9/10 French elective class, a private function at the Residence of the Canadian High Commission.
The trip to the Canada high commission was super fun. On the bus, everyone was talking to each other, especially about how excited we were and how we really didn’t know what to expect there. We were met by the high commissioner himself, Mark Glauser, along with his wife Diane. The High Commission, his family and staff, were incredibly welcoming and friendly. Sean Murphy was there again with a slightly different presentation to further expand our language skills. We were guided through several activities that included even more details of less commonly known Canadian culture. An example of one of these activities was guessing whether a movie trailer was from a French or Canadian film. This not only got us to listen to the French accents but look for cultural clues as well. These activities were really fun and to top it all off, the winning team of the Tiguidou contest, (us) received certificates. When all the fun was over, we were all presented with goodie bags containing maple leaf cookies and Canada t-shirts.
We are very thankful to Mrs O’Sullivan and the other French teachers for giving us this incredible opportunity to expand our knowledge of francophone culture outside of France.
By Tafara Moyo and Thomas Kuminek
The Dance department has had an awesome end of term wrap up. Dance has had a busy few weeks with performances and virtual workshops with Sydney Dance Company.
The Year 9 & 10 Dance class have been studying Decades of Dance (as you can see through the costuming in the photo). Each group performed dance styles from the 1920’s, 1940’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. All students performed 7-8 minutes of choreography in these styles, complete with costume, music and lighting changes!! Well Done to the Year 9 & 10 Dance class.
The Year 11 & 12 Dance class have had the amazing opportunity to participate and work with Dance artist Lexy Panetta over the last three weeks. Lexy has been delivering virtual workshops via Zoom to the senior dance class and has been the choreographer for their most recent Contemporary Dance technique assessment. The senior dance class and Ms Mostyn thank Lexy for her incredible expertise, insight and choreography. Good luck to the senior dance class in this assessment.
On Tuesday we had our first Tuesday tunes of the year! This was inside the learning street on a very wet day so it gave students the opportunity to have some entertainment during their lunch break. The crowd went wild for all students who sang and played. It was a great atmosphere and I’d like to thank Aron and the tech crew for setting this up.
On Wednesday 31st March, the Year 7, 9/10 and senior Music classes attended a Japanese Drumming workshop held in the theatre. The students got to play traditional Taiko drums and learn how the drums are played. It was very enjoyable as the teacher gave us instructions through her instrument which meant you had to pay attention. It was a little scary if you made a mistake as she was quite strict. I would like to thank sensei Kyomi for the experience - Lucy Thorpe, Year 7
This term in Year 7 Music we performed songs of our choice and have rehearsed for multiple weeks. Before the performance, some of these students could not even play their instrument before, yet alone perform in front of their peers. All students did really well and tested their limits. Music this term was very enjoyable and it is actually easier than I expected. I highly recommend it. I hope you enjoy these videos of our performances - Oscar Orubuloye, Year 7
Hospitality students have had a fabulous last week of term, beginning with chocolate Easter treats and hot chocolate-bomb making and then enjoying a wonderful, informative excursion to the Hotel Kurrajong, a heritage-listed 1926, boutique hotel in Barton. Students completed a worksheet (to make sure attention was paid!) while the General Manager Jaye Hore gave us an informative history tour, including former Prime Minister, Ben Chifley’s vintage chair, photos of the Queen's gala visit and a premier guest room. He showed us all aspects of the running of an upmarket hotel, including housekeeping, maintenance, front and back of house/ kitchens, introducing us to their friendly staff and then provided a delicious, generous morning tea on the picturesque terrace, where we enjoyed a good view of the Flyover! Many thanks to Hotel Kurrajong for welcoming us and accommodating us so warmly.
Annie Daley and Megan Hadjuk
Our JPC Indigenous Group walked across to Holy Spirit on Tuesday afternoon in the sunshine, to have a look at their Indigenous garden, as research for the edible Bush Tucker native garden we are going to build this year with the help of the Technology students. We were accompanied by Nat Tarry, our resident JPC gardener, who is helping plan our garden and Megan Hadjuk as part of the food team, both interested in the use of edible native plants for use in our food tech and hospitality classes.
Contact teacher for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
ANZAC Day 2021
Our JPC ANZAC Day Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 21 April and begins at 2.3pm. Invitations for ADF families are on the Qkr! app and RSVPs are due now. I look forward to seeing our ADF families at JPC for our ceremony. Feel free to contact me for more information.
Don’t forget to book your tickets for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Sunday 25 April. Tickets are now available on their website.
Air Force 100 Defence Flypast Excursion
Our RAAF students joined up with RAAF students from HSP on Wednesday and witnessed the spectacular fly past to celebrate the Air Force 2021 commemorations. It was an exciting once in a lifetime experience, where every platform of RAAF aircraft was represented in the show. Please see below for our students’ recounts of the day.
Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy Easter. I hope you are with your family and for those who are absent due MWDU or deployment, we hope you are safe. See you all next term.
As always, if you have any concern with your child/ren, please contact me. Vicki.email@example.com
Defence School Mentor
RAAF Birthday Excursion
Wednesday the 31st of March marked the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force. The birthday celebrations included a parade at Government House and a flypast which featured a range of RAAF aircraft from the Spitfire, which came into service in 1942, through to the latest addition to the fleet; the F-35A Lightning II. I was lucky enough to be one of 50 students from JPC and Holy Spirit who got to view this spectacular flypast from a great vantage point near the National Library.
It was great to see the Super Hornets included in the flypast, which I remember coming into service in 2010 when my family was posted to Amberley. However, the crowd favourite seemed to be the Roulettes flying the PC-21, it was pretty amazing to see these aircraft flying so fast and close together in formation whilst performing acrobatics.
On the way back to school the bus was still buzzing with excitement as the great weather and spectacular show really made for a fantastic experience. The event was amazing and I appreciate all the work Vicki Walsh put into organising the excursion and providing us all with the opportunity to view the flypast.
Natasja Shearman, Year 11
Yesterday we went to the RAAF 100th birthday excursion. We left around 9:20 and we were stuck in traffic around 9:30 when we saw multiple news helicopters flying past. We missed the first helicopter of the ceremonial flyover but we had found a large patch of grass by the time the first planes came overhead. Each time, a rumble could be heard, slowly getting louder and louder as the planes went overhead. One of the highlights for me was the Hercules C-130J because of the fact there were 4 flying in close formation. This made for quite a sight and we were positioned right below the flight path for both the ceremonial and regular flyover.
Would it really be a flyover without the Roulettes? They finished the event off in style, flying in formation while doing multiple loop-de-loops and various other acrobatic tricks such as all flying down close to the ground then splitting off on their own paths at the last second. They also did multiple flyovers where some of them were upside down and still in tight formation and spitting artificial smoke.
When we got back to the bus, there was a buzz of everyone talking about their favourite part and after a quick photo in-front of old Parliament House, we got on the bus and went back to school in time for period 4.
Hamish Ellison, Year 8
I know I speak for many when I say the temporary loss of hearing was a good tradeoff for seeing (and hearing) some of the "biggest and baddest" planes, helicopters and jets the Australian Air Force has to offer. Visiting the flyover today commemorating 100 years since the RAAF was established, was certainly an unforgettable experience. From watching a C-130 Hercules and a trio of Blackhawk Helicopters to seeing a Spitfire last used in WW2, there was something for every aviation enthusiast. Being there to witness the immense skill of the pilots flying the aircraft and feeling the ground tremble as a formation of aircraft flew above was very powerful. Seeing the jets heading towards you in formation, with that foreboding low growl followed by the explosive roar once they were overhead certainly gave a rush of adrenaline, and really put into perspective just how powerful they are. Watching the aerial stunts performed by the Roulettes was certainly one of the highlights of the whole flyover. I remember moments, when I looked up and briefly saw the pilot, merely a dot compared to the plane they were flying, and I felt proud that the pilot was a fellow Australian who had committed their life to protect our skies and in doing so, every one of us. The whole flyover was very entertaining, seeing over 60 aircraft from various periods in time used in many different conflicts since 1921. However, it is important everyone of us reflect upon and remember the many lives lost by brave Australians who flew those exact types of aircraft in their final moments of service to their country.
Tom Dixon, Year 12
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Forensics Work Experience at the AFP
The Forensic Training Team are running a work experience program for students enrolled in year 9, 10, 11 and 12.
The work experience program is booked to run between 17 - 21 May and 29 November - 3 December 2021. Click here for more info.
The Skills and Thrills Digital Parents Showcase is a half-hour video, available (free) to all parents, with most benefit to parents of high school aged students. This free video resource will cover the following information areas:
- Industry trends for the next 5-15 years
- Industry trends post Covid-19 impact
- School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)
- Opportunities in the vocational education and training sector (VET)
- How to support your child in making informed career choices
Take a look here: https://www.skillsone.com.au/digital-parents-showcase/
Mrs Teena Zorzi
Leader of Learning (Careers) and Wellbeing
With the large growth rate of girls playing rugby league we are offering girls aged 14-16 within ACT and surrounds a wonderful opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in a supportive and encouraging environment.
Registrations are initially open to ACT girls, NSW schools within the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and Clubs that participate in the CRRL competition. There are limited places available for this fabulous opportunity to develop our girls.
This camp has been a culmination of work between NSWRL and ACT Schools Rugby League as we are keen to develop our players and provide opportunities for them to grow their skills and work towards representative honours.