- Message from the Principal
- An INVITATION to current Year 11 students!
- Senior Drama Q&A with International Performer
- Finalist - Head On Photo Awards
- Leaving JPC at the end of 2021?
- Term 4 Band Registration
- Career News
- UC Creative Competition
- Holy Spirit Parish News
- Year 12 COVID-19 Vaccinations - Additional Clinics
- Write4fun Writing Competition
- Parentline ACT - Free Counselling Service
- Weston Indoor Sports Centre
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we approach the end of Term 3, we are still facing the uncertainty of not yet knowing what Term 4 will bring in terms of remote or face to face learning.
Having now completed four weeks of remote learning, it is a good opportunity to reflect on how our students have been managing. We have been very impressed in their resilience through this time. Through informal surveying in their Mentor lesson, we have learned that the majority certainly don’t love working remotely, but, despite this, the vast majority are persisting in giving of their best to their academic work. As teachers we have been very encouraged by their work ethic and their efforts to submit required tasks which demonstrate their learning. When we are not face to face in classes, it does require more written submissions for teachers to be able to judge whether work has been understood or whether more teaching may be required.
Our grateful appreciation goes to you, our families, who are juggling so many things, but are clearly working very positively with your children to support and encourage them in their learning. It is you who help them manage a routine that includes focused work, breaks, exercise, healthy food and so on. This is clearly working well for the majority of our students. As always, please let us know if your child is experiencing challenges that you feel we can assist with.
We have asked each of our Mentor students to complete a reflection on Term 3 over these last two weeks of the term. If you haven’t yet received an email from them with their reflection, please ask them for it. It is a helpful tool for them to reflect on how they have managed all aspects of this term.
Anecdotally, we hear our Year 12 students are accessing vaccinations and I would encourage you all to facilitate this with them if they have not yet done so. It will be a big factor, we expect, in enabling them to return to face to face learning in the important period of Term 4. You will see in this edition of Key Messages that we have received notice of a medical practice that has capacity if your Year 12 student is experiencing difficulty getting an appointment.
Thank you all for the support you are giving us. Have a wonderful weekend in what we hope will be glorious spring weather.
Leadership Discernment Program
We would like to invite all Year 11 students to consider taking part in our upcoming Leadership Discernment process, where students will explore many of the features of effective leadership, and in particular, those relevant to the context of JPC as a Catholic school.
Our program focuses on leading with vision to benefit the school community; serving others rather than yourself, courageous leadership, accepting all others and walking beside them, leading by example and sometimes getting those hands dirty – all through an exploration of the life of Jesus in his model of servant leadership.
A letter will be emailed to Year 11 students this afternoon outlining how register for the initial information session which will be held NEXT WEDNESDAY via TEAMS from 3:45 to 4:15PM, and further details about this program and its Key Dates.
Please contact Mrs Tually via email if you require further information.
Leader of Learning and Wellbeing – Mission and Ministry, Ferré House
The current lockdown and COVID restrictions have had a massive impact on many aspects of our lives. Despite this, the Senior Drama class were still able to hold a Q&A with an industry professional during one of our virtual lessons this week.
Joe Dinn, a Canberra born actor, has toured around the world performing. Joe’s career started by performing on cruise ships which lead him to work at Disney Land in Tokyo and Disney Land Paris and, Universal Studios Singapore. Joe then worked as the lead role in Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Europe. This impressive theatre career brought Joe back to Australia where he has worked with different theatre companies and performances, the most recent being Monkey Baa’s production of Pete the Sheep.
Joe led a 40minute Q&A with the Senior Drama class sharing his experiences in the industry, especially his work in children’s theatre. Joe discussed his observations of different audiences and ways he can gauge a successful performance. He also shared his heightened performance skills relevant for children’s theatre. This information was particularly relevant for the Drama students who are currently studying the unit, “Theatre for Young People” with the intention of creating a unique performance for the Year 1 students of Holy Spirit.
The Drama students asked thoughtful and challenging questions showing their ever-growing critical understanding of Children’s Theatre and their personal passion for performance. Students mastered the ‘sheep trotter’ chemicalisation and gained insight into the industry. Chookas!
Mrs Sarah Smith
JPC Photography student Natasja Shearman, in Year 11, has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Head On Photo Awards for the Student Prize category.
Natasja’s photograph will be exhibited in the Head On Photo Awards as part of Australia’s premier photography event and a world-leading arts festival. We congratulate Natasja on this outstanding achievement, as the international judging panel have selected her work from thousands of other images.
Winners will be announced at the Launch of the Head On Photo Festival, Friday 19 November, at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Make sure to save the date and keep your eyes peeled for Natasja’s work, ‘Australian Summer’!
Head On Photo Festival is the leading photography organisation in Australia. The annual festival is run by Head On Foundation, a not for profit organisation that provides a multi-faceted platform for nationally and internationally acclaimed artists as well as emerging talent across all genres of photography. The centrepiece of the festival are the Head On Photo Awards, and the Head On Portrait Prize, Australia’s most critically acclaimed photographic portrait prize.
Are you Leaving JPC at the end of 2021?
If you know that your child will be leaving JPC at the end of this year, please complete the form below and email it to the college office (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
Year 10 & 12 families - There is no need to respond.
Thank you to those who have notified us already.
The College Office
In line with our new policies and procedures surrounding extra-curricular music, we are asking all new band applicants for Term 4 2021 to please have your applications in by the end of week 9 Friday 10th of September. This is to ensure your place in band for Term 4. This is only for new applicants.
New applicants - complete the form HERE
Further information can be found on the JPC website HERE
Continuing students, please use the qkr payments form “Extra-Curricular Music Payments”. Term 4 payments are due by Friday 10th Spetember 2021.
JPC Music Team
Uni of Canberra Online Open day
Tomorrow 11th September
Australian Public Service Career Starter Program
FOLLOW US ONLINE!
YEAR 10 STUDENTS - Higher Education Courses (H Courses)
During Y11/12, students can apply to complete a H course. This is a course offered by Higher Education institutions. In Canberra, the ANU and UC offer H courses for students. Applications open towards the end of the year, but information is available now, with upcoming information sessions available for the ANU courses. (See flyers below – the ANU dates have been updated)
YOWIE Women in Engineering
CIT Studio 21
CIT invites year 11 and 12 students who are interested in a career in photography, graphic design, visual arts, fashion, building/interior design, screen & media, music & sound production or make-up to Studio21. Students can participate in fun hands-on practical activities and workshops, meet the trainers, increase their awareness of amazing career opportunities and much, much more.
When: Thursday 14 October 2021
Where: CIT Reid Campus, 37 Constitution Avenue, Reid, ACT
For more information and to register online, visit: https://cit.edu.au/news/studio21
Ms Teena Zorzi
Leader of Learning (Careers) and Wellbeing
The University of Canberra is inviting all students Years 11 and 12 to enter our annual Creative Competition.
Prizes on offer include a 12-month University of Canberra study grant plus $500 cash, 3 x full semester study grants, Adobe Student subscriptions and more!
To enter, submit your best creative work whether it be from a school project or your own creative work.
Submissions close 27 September.
For more information visit: www.canberra.edu.au/uccreativecompetition
As you would be aware, the ACT government announced priority bookings for ACT year 12 students to access Pfizer covid vaccine.
We are pleased to announce we have secured supply to assist in the rollout to this group.
We have dedicated clinics running 7th/8th October and 14th/15th October for Yr 12 Students
Eligible students (MUST have a Medicare card) and can call our clinic to book an appointment.
Ph: 02 91570260 and 02 51103144
Kingston Foreshore Medical Centre
147/39 Eastlake Parade KINGSTON 2604
Write4fun Writing Competition is NOW OPEN!!
Closes 19 September 2021
Students from ALL AROUND Australia are invited to enter their original poems or short stories in our second writing competition for 2021.
ONE (1) ENTRY PER STUDENT.
All grades from Prep/Kindergarten through to Grade 12 can participate.
There is NO THEME!
Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild
and get their creative juices flowing to write on
ANY TOPIC and in ANY STYLE.
Over $3000 in CASH and PRIZES to be won -
including $500 for your school!
Click below for all the competition information and RULES.
Parentline ACT continues to provide counselling services to parents and carers.