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Assemblies, Cum Laude Awards, Valedictory
Day, Speech Night – too many to mention
them all!
Time was spent reflecting during Chapel
services and giving back through service
to others in the community. Our International
Baccalaureate students also completed service of
their own as they travelled overseas to Thailand,
Burma and Laos to assist local communities.
In sports, we once again took out the
TAS Champion Blue School title and our
prestigious Open A Girls’ team brought home
the title of Champion School of Australia for
the third consecutive year, making the College
the most capped basketball school in the
history of the tournament.
We also welcomed our new mascot, Eddie
the Eagle, kindly donated by our Parents and
Friends Association, who cheered on our teams
at numerous sporting events.
Our International students also achieved
incredible results with many returning to their
own countries to study at prestigious universities.
It’s hard to imagine, as we now make
full use of the Noelene Munns Learning
Centre, officially opened and named at our
Foundation Day Celebrations in August,
that this outstanding facility was just a dream
about to become reality at the commencement
of 2012.
Throughout the year, the campus was
a hive of activity as the John Paul College
family pulled together during a number
of working bees to create our Finch Farm.
We are determined to keep John Paul
College at the forefront of global education
and continue to provide a distinct “point
of difference” for our students and families.
We have a College to be proud of as we strive
to be internationally recognised for what
we do and who we are.
Indeed, this is reflected in the quality
of our alumni, who are one of our most
important assets. They project what it means
to be a member of the John Paul College
family every day of their lives. This was
reflected at our recent Outstanding Alumni
Awards where we celebrated the achievements
of many of our past students who work and
compete at senior levels throughout the world.
As we look back on this most significant
year with pride, please spend some time
reflecting on all that you have contributed
to our wonderful College and the role that
you have played in supporting your children
during their educational journey.
Looking forward to the 2013 school
year, we will continue to strive for academic
excellence and continue to offer high quality
co-curricular programs to provide the best
opportunities for our students.
The 30th Anniversary celebrations have
reconnected the John Paul College community
with the foundations and ethos that we were
established on three decades ago. This has
provided a renewed stability and enthusiasm
to build on for the future. Our goal is to
provide the appropriate structures to facilitate
the growth of our students into creative global
thinkers who challenge the norm, whilst
providing opportunities for them to achieve
through a variety of pathways, catering for the
many different types of learner profiles.
John Paul College will provide the holistic
education required to prepare these learners
for careers that do not even exist yet in this
ever changing digital environment, the world
that our young, dynamic thinkers will lead
into the future.
he year 2012 was certainly one for
acknowledging our successes and
it was with great anticipation and
excitement that we looked forward
to celebrating the very attributes that make us
one of Australia’s leading independent schools.
The launch of the highly anticipated Spirit
Video in January, our Gala Ball attended
by around 500 members of our community
in May; this new magazine,
The Eagle
distributed to over 7,000 members of our
community in June; Champion Sports
Saturday in July and the
Back in Time
Musical Spectacular attended by almost 4,000
people in August were just some of the many
highlights of our year.
The outcomes of our sustainability program
were recognised at both state and local
government levels when we won the 2012
Logan Eco Award and Schools’ Category
of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Sustainability was also the key focus at our
ERA5 conference, attended by over 260
delegates in June.
We also celebrated success at our regular
calendar events including weekly TAS
games, concerts, exhibitions, Headmaster’s
& Excellence
john paul college
Reflecting on aYear of
From the Headmaster’s desk...
by Mr Peter Foster
As I reflect on this past
year filled with our
30th Anniversary
celebrations and
calendar events, I am
filled with pride for all
that we have achieved.
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