Late September always marks yet another cohort of wise, educated and successful students making their way through this land at St John Paul II. The Year 12 Graduation Mass (StJPII/Terra Sancta Day) and Graduation Ceremony are highly anticipated milestones for any student at the College. Our graduating class of 2018 share their thoughts on such a special moment in their educational and personal journeys!
“This excursion was very insightful as we were able to learn about the different effects pollution has on our environment and how to effectively reduce it.” - Isabella Morales. On Thursday 16 August, the Year 11 Geography class travelled to Bantry Bay. The students walked along Frenchs Forest and Bantry Bay National Park and were then able to test creeks in both areas. With the help of their guide (Don from AUSECO), they looked for exotic plants, animals, tested for water pH level, phosphate, turbidity and conductivity!
On Tuesday 4 September-Year 12 Modern History Students were visited by Modern History Textbook writer and lecturer Ken Webb. Ken Webb spoke to students about topics they have been studying including World War I and Conflict in Indochina. He gave the students some very valuable tips and advice in preparation for their HSC exams. Students enjoyed the lecture and appreciated the time Ken spent with them building upon their knowledge and assisting them to achieve in the course.
Many StJPII students have been recognised for their service as Student Religious Educators at a special Catechist Mass. After taking part in Catechist training, these students have been attending Schofields Public School over many Thursdays to teach religious studies to Catholic students. Not only does this signify the strong Catholic faith we share at StJPII, but the commitment demonstrated by our students.
On September 12 2018, Schools Industry Partnership hosted their annual work placement awards for employers and Year 12 students at Wyndham College, Nirimba. All of our Year 12 VET teachers nominated a student in their class that demonstrated excellence and received positive feedback from their employer. St John Paul II Catholic College had three students nominated across four VET courses. Read more to see the StJPII recipients for the Student Excellence Awards!
As we move towards the end of another term, the SRC have shown no signs of slowing down! All SRC representatives for 2019 have been elected, including our new College Leaders for 2019, Anointed Erhunmwunse, Isabella Williams and Mitchell Pawlyszyn. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and farewell our current year 12 SRC members, Georgina Davies and Justin Danao; and our College Leaders, Brodie Chidgey and Andrew Smith.
Term 3 saw a very successful season for our sporting students at St John Paul II. We had 5 teams make the semi finals, unfortunately know one converting into a Grand Final appearance. Congratulations to all our MCS and MCCS teams for Term 3. Term 4 sport signups and tryouts have commenced for students in a range of sports (see article). Our annual Sports BBQ Presentation is also quickly approaching!