Our Story

St John Paul II Catholic College was originally established as Terra Sancta College in 1996.

It was founded as a result of the need identified by the local parish communities to establish a Catholic secondary school to serve the local parish communities as well as established Catholic primary schools of Mary Immaculate Quakers Hill, St Joseph’s Schofields and St John’s Riverstone.

The College has developed and grown with the community over the years, including the introduction to many new buildings and learning opportunities. 


The JPII Pillars


Be not afraid to be people of CHRIST: Year 7
  • To make Jesus Christ the centre of our lives.
  • To encounter Jesus in the sacraments, especially Eucharist and Reconciliation.
  • Have trust and devotion to Mary who Jesus gave to us as our Heavenly Mother.
  • To pray each day in loving friendship with Jesus.


Be not afraid to be people of JUSTICE: Year 8
  • To let Jesus’ law of love and inspire our striving for justice.
  • To follow the example Jesus the prince of peace, who taught and lived out peace.
  • Who are people attentive to the spirit of justice and moved by the same spirit to act.
  • To live a life of justice for that is the face of love.


Be not afraid to be people of MERCY: Year 9
  • Embracing a life of forgiveness and compassion.
  • Who entrust ourselves to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.
  • For God is calling us to become witnesses to mercy in today’s world.
  • Who walk in faith and charity always trusting in Jesus’ mercy.


Be not afraid to be people of DIGNITY: Year 10
  • To promote the good of the individual through service.
  • Who sees a person’s rightful due to be loved in the image and likeness of God and not as an object for use.
  • Who opens their arms to welcome all people without distinction or limits.
  • That sees every person as sacred, including the unborn, sick and elderly, and deserves to be treated with dignity.


Be not afraid to be people of SERVICE: Year 11 & 12
  • To follow Jesus’ example of sacrificial love of others.
  • To live out Jesus’ commandment to “love one another as I have loved you”.
  • Learning to think rigorously, to act rightly and to serve humanity better.
  • For it is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

Our History

In 2015, the College was renamed St John Paul II Catholic College to honour the canonisation of Pope John Paul II in 2014. Today the College continues to carry on the history and traditions of Terra Sancta College while building a new future for St John Paul II Catholic College.

From the moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she should have a sense of entering a new environment; one enlightened by the light of faith and having its own unique characteristics.

A Catholic school should first of all be a good school, a place where formation of the whole person occurs through a living encounter with a cultural inheritance. Thus, the school’s education program is intentionally directed towards the growth of the whole person. It is essential to the nature of a Catholic school that this formation process is profoundly centred on Jesus Christ and his Gospel.

A good school will be a community where values are communicated through the entire network of relationships and structures that form the basis of school life, and also through a vision or outlook on life shared by the community and its members. In a truly Catholic sense, the values of Jesus’ Gospel and the Catholic Tradition should permeate all areas of school life and curriculum, not just Religious Education. Thus the existence of a loving God, who has taken to Himself a human nature and so entered into human history, is not just assumed but is something explicitly stated.

Our land is full of the signs of God’s love. It is the place where God is being revealed to us, literally, the ground of our being and of our relationship with God and one another. It is the place that joins us to Christ in his Incarnation. This land is caught up in the cosmic rebirth initiated by Jesus in his death and resurrection. Truly, for us Australians, the Way to the Father’s house passes through this land.

DSt John Paul II Catholic College

Today the college continues a strong tradition of academic achievement, performance and sporting excellence, offering a broad curriculum based on innovative learning, teaching and Catholic values.

We place students at the centre of learning, supporting them to do their own personal best in all aspects of their lives. We offer a unique and dynamic learning experience as well as a strong wellbeing support system delivered by dedicated staff working in partnership with the students and their families.

The dual campus nature of the college provides additional educational opportunities as well as extending the pathways to TAFE and University in Years 10, 11 and 12.



College Crest

The green concentric circles represent the gathering place. A gathering place for not only the indigenous people, but also for us at St John Paul II Catholic College when we gather for assemblies. The red cross represents Christ’s sacrifice for humanity. The Blue wavy lines represent humanity walking toward the cross and then going out toward the world in a stream (as water is one of the important symbols of the Darug people). The white surrounding the cross is the Holy Spirit acting in our lives, surrounding us.


St John Paul II Catholic College Schofields Brady House

Being the “first” parish priest of this area, Fr John Brady’s reflection of Riverstone and his connection to the local First Nations people would have been a fitting calling. Riverstone was a very untouched tree studded landscape, which could be viewed at a distance with a very defined Eucalyptus tree line. Native to that area, the White Gum Eucalyptus was very significant in Darug culture, as it was the staple of ALL life. It housed the animals, it was a source of food, its wood, the making of weaponry, Coolamons for gathering bush tucker, message sticks for communication, clap sticks and Didgeridoos for celebration through corroboree.

Not unlike Dreamtime, the Earth is a symbol of all God’s creation.

The Eucalyptus White Gums have an ever changing green foliage/leaf and, depending on the season, changes in shade from light to dark. Fr John Brady’s commitment to the Indigenous community of this district is typified by the representation of this tree and its connection to the Earth. The logo for Brady House, is an original Artwork Termed – “Tree Of Life” by Trevor Eastwood who currently resides on Darug Country.

St John Paul II Catholic College Schofields Locke House

The Indigenous Artwork of the meeting place, bordered by representation of the Land in all directions, Blacktown, Parramatta and Liverpool, acknowledges Maria’s stance as being a “Traditional Land Owner”, both recognised as her First Nation right but also as the first indigenous person to be granted a land petition. The artwork is that of Jay Brookes-Lane a direct descendant of The Locke family and it is termed- “DARGANG”. The Darug word for “Everyone”./p>

The two handprints and the union of the cross represents the first legalised marriage in the eyes of the church between a person of First Nation Descent to a European settler, Robert Locke. Maria was Educationally Advanced in comparison with ALL her peers and her devotion to learning is very fitting as the representation of a House Patron for St JPII.

St John Paul II Catholic College Schofields MacKillop House

Mary Mackillop was the first female Australian Saint which is very significant for the STJPII community and represented by the The “Saint” Halo. The colour representation is of the Josephite Habit colour for Mary Mackillop and the barren earth that could be seen on Mary’s journey.

The original meeting place and the “children’s” footsteps added a “Journey trail” to signify Mary Mackillop’s tireless journey across our country to establish the Sisters of Joseph foundations of the 23 isolated areas within our countryside, and hence the trail zig zags from south to north, west to east.

The meeting place underneath the shadow of the Halo and just outside its rays, is used to signify protection and the establishment of these autonomous regional communities.

St John Paul II Catholic College Schofields Therry House

Father John Therry was one of the “first” official Catholic priests within the area. Being of Irish descent, his promotion of the faith was noteworthy and vigorous. His connection to community was very strong and his commitment to travel long distances on Horseback to officiate advise on Banking, Arbitration, Spiritual direction to all number of communities and institutes like- Hospitals, Schools, Gaols, Working Farms, Government Bodies and Road Gangs brought him considerable respect for not only establishment but that of first nations people to whom he was a purveyor of education opportunities to the indigenous communities.

The artwork here designed by Artist- Jason Douglas- represents Fr John Terry’s “reaching” of areas of visitation, such as Wollongong (Tharawal), Goulburn (Gundungarra), Maitland (Wonnarua), Bathurst (Wiradjuri) and Newcastle (Awabakal and Worimi), all individual areas of great distance in the pursuit of Education and Guidance.