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Sustainability award-winners
host climate change forum
L
ocal businesses, community members, school students
and hard-working families joined Australia’s conversation
on climate change at a free community forum held
at John Paul College in September.
As the winners of the Premier’s Sustainability awards, John Paul
College, in partnership with the Australian Climate Commission,
discussed what climate change means for Queensland.
Professor Tim Flannery, Chief Commissioner of the Australian
Climate Commission and Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate
Council was the keynote speaker and hosted a discussion with
members of the community.
“We have invested heavily in a number of energy management
systems and continue to work to reduce our impact on the
environment, said Headmaster, Mr Peter Foster.
“As a consequence, our students and staff make informed and
thoughtful choices about how they use grass, paths, water, power,
plastics, waste bins and school resources at every turn,” he added.
Today John Paul College has substantially retrofitted
or sustainably designed and built its 58 buildings across
a 100-acre campus, and has created “Finch Farm”, a sustainable
community farm.
Proceeds from the concert were donated to an Armenian
Children’s Charity and Lisa was invited to sing in concert
in Armenia following an invitation from that country’s First
Lady, Rita Sargsyan.
An acclaimed soprano, graduate of the Queensland
Conservatorium of Music, author and health ambassador,
Lisa last year penned her inspirational memoir which detailed
her incredible journey over 12 years as a survivor of two
different forms of cancer.
Entitled
“Heartsong – A Search for Harmony”
, Lisa also
released a CD,
“Heartsong”,
in conjunction with her one-woman
show of the same name.
Today Lisa is healthier than she has ever been and she’s using
all she has learned to help others in need. She has launched
a non-profit, health-focused foundation helping people get back
to living a more ‘normal’ life, free from the stresses and lifestyle
choices that lead to disease.
We wish Lisa well as she takes her book, CD and foundation
to the world.
For more information about Lisa’s foundation visit
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Spooktacular …
Opera Star sings
from the Heart
L
isa Bell, one of Queensland’s
best known opera singers
and mother to John Paul
College students Johan and Lydia,
sang at the Stephen Bean Theatre
in October in an exclusive and
intimate concert that saw her
perform songs from her debut
CD -
Heartsong
.
Benefactors morning tea
T
he Headmaster proudly hosted a number of the College benefactors for
morning tea in The Noelene Munns Learning Centre. It was a great
opportunity to thank these people for their generosity and enable them
to view this new facility and its resources.
Volunteers Afternoon tea
A
pproximately 65 volunteers joined the Headmaster for afternoon tea.
The volunteers represent all parts of the College community, including the
Parents and Friends Association, “Friends Of” groups, classroom helpers
and others who so generously give of their time.
College benefactors enjoy morning tea with Mr Peter Foster
community
O
ne overcast and windy evening in
November, the Years 6 to 9 students were
invited to attend ‘Spooktacular 2012’,
which was convened by the John Paul College
Parents and Friends Association.
The P&F tirelessly transformed the Coleman
Centre into the spookiest of arenas to ensure
a good night was had by everyone.
To set the scene, the arena included a Zombie’s
Laboratory, Witches Cave, Spookers (Grade 11
students who volunteered their time to dress
up and freak the students out), a graveyard with
some freaky tombstones and floating ghosts and
ghouls above.
The students danced the night away to funky
music, in particular ‘Gangnam Style’ which was
played four times at request. The costumes were
amazing, and the two groups of winners of the
“best dressed” competition each won a $100
Westfield Shopping Voucher.
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