John Paul College (Brisbane)
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|John Paul College|
|Daisy Hill, Logan, Queensland
|Type||Independent, Co-educational Boarding|
|Motto||Unity Christ Learning|
|Grades||Childcare – 12|
|Campus||Urban 33 Hectares|
|Colour(s)||Burgundy & Blue|
|Newspaper||Burgundy + Blue|
It teaches over 2,500 students, under the direction of the Headmaster, Peter Foster. 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.
The open boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have collectively won five national titles in the last four years, the U/15 soccer Team taking back-to-back national titles in 2004 and 2005. The cheerleading team - the Burgundy Starlets - placed first in the schools, states and nationals championships winning both pommel cheer and overall in 2006.
The girls’ cross country team selected to represent Australia at the World Schools’ Cross Country Titles in 2006 in which they placed fourth, Australias best ever placing.
In 2007, John Paul College has been named the champion sporting school, taking out Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.
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 Preschool)
- Junior Primary (Years 1, 2 and 3)
- Senior Primary (Years 4, 5 and 6)
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.
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".
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