John Paul College (Brisbane)

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John Paul College
John Paul College (Queensland) Crest
Daisy Hill, Logan, Queensland
Type Independent, Day & Boarding
Motto Unity · Christ · Learning
Religious affiliation(s) Christian (Ecumenical)
Established 1982
Principal Karen Spiller
Grades Childcare – 12
Gender Co-educational
Enrolment ~2500 Students
Campus size 33 Hectares
Campus type Urban
Colour(s) Burgundy & Blue         
Newspaper Burgundy + Blue
Registrar Lisa Strudwick

John Paul College is an independent, co-educational, ecumenical day and boarding school located in the Logan City suburb of Daisy Hill.

It teaches over 2,500 students, under the direction of the principal , Karen spiller. The campus covers 33 hectares and was established in 1982. The foundation principal was Cec Munns, who was also a member of the steering committee which had urged the Brisbane Catholic Education Office to establish a Catholic secondary school in the area. This request was denied, so the committee worked with the local Catholic, Anglican, and Uniting parishes to establish the school, which opened on Australia Day 1982 with 144 students in Years 8 and 9.

John Paul College has twice been judged as one of the best ten schools in Australia in a nationwide series conducted by The Australian newspaper in both 2002 and 2003.

John Paul provides group or private instrumental, vocal, dance and drama lessons on a weekly basis. The school also provides the students with a diverse range of co-curricular activities.

Boarding commenced at John Paul College in 2015, housing 48 boarders.


The College comprises three schools:

Primary School Childcare to Year 6
Senior School Year 7 to Year 12
International College Assists international students with the English Language

Primary School is broken down into an additional three schools:

  • Early Learning (Childcare, Kindergarten and Prep)
  • Junior Primary (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  • Senior Primary (Years 4, 5 and 6)

College History[edit]

College was founded through the collaborative efforts of four clergymen from three different denominations: Roman Catholic, Anglican and Uniting. All four were strong believers in ecumenism, which continues to guide the College ethos to this day.[1]

The founders[edit]

Father Rollo Enright, Catholic parish priest at St Peter's, Rochedale, had a strong commitment to ecumenism and was the driving force behind the push for the ecumenical concept of the college when it became clear that the proposal to build a Catholic College at Daisy Hill was rejected by the Catholic Education Office.

Father Leo Burke was the founding Catholic parish priest of St Edward's, Daisy Hill and remains involved with the College to this day as its Patron.

Another committed ecumenist, Fr Patrick Doulin, was parish priest of St Mark's Anglican community, Slacks Creek and the official representative of the Anglican hierarchy.

Reverend Bryan Gilmour, pastor of Logan Uniting Church, was a prominent leader of the ecumenical movement within his own Church and, with the others, enthusiastically supported the establishment of John Paul College as an ecumenical school. It was indeed, he who, when it appeared all avenues to establish the college were exhausted, suggested that the founders pray that, "not our will, but God's, be done".


Students are allocated to one of the four houses and will remain in that house for the duration of their time at JPC. Siblings are assigned to the same house.[2]

House Colour


JPC offers accommodation for students in Years 7 to 12. The boarders are housed in a "village-style" environment called Fenton Village. Vegatable gardens surround individual residential homes, which accommodates eight boarders each. The Director of Boarding, Assistant Director of Boarding, House Mother and four Tutors live on-site.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us: What is ecumenism?". 
  2. ^ "Co-Curricular Activities: School Houses". 
  3. ^ "Boarding@JPC". 

Coordinates: 27°38′S 153°09′E / 27.633°S 153.150°E / -27.633; 153.150