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John Paul Drive
John Paul College is a progressive and dynamic K-12 independent, co-educational day school.
Brisbane South
+61 7 3826 3333

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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Unity | Christ | Learning

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Early Learning, Primary School, Secondary School
Child Care, Kindergarten to Year 12
Starting from $8,000 per annum



John Paul College has gained a reputation for excellence in holistic education. Our academic, co-curricular and pastoral programs pave the way forward to create excellent opportunities for all of our fine students.

We have created an environment where learning is stimulating, fun and challenging. There are endless opportunities to explore and participate, where ultimately students feel happy, safe and respected.

There is a distinct sense of pride in wearing the burgundy and blue for all who are part of the John Paul College family.  To strengthen our practice as an ecumenical school, a comprehensive and deliberate strategic vision is a necessity.  We invite you to peruse our website and see why John Paul College will continue to be recognised as a leader in the education of young men and women.

To experience a typical day in the life of a John Paul College student, we invite you to visit during one of our Open Days and observe first-hand what makes John Paul College an excellent educational experience.


About Us

About Us


John Paul College is one of Queensland’s largest and most progressive private, independent, co-educational schools with a reputation for offering Kindergarten to Year 12 students a contemporary learning experience, supported by comprehensive co-curricular performing arts and sporting programs and a leading Notebook Computer Program.

Our campus is located in Daisy Hill, south-east of Brisbane and north of the Gold Coast.

Our aim is to develop well-balanced students who are real world ready. To ensure we deliver a consistently high standard of education to all age groups, our College is divided into a number of "schools within a school".

We have a strong sense of community and a proud sense of family. Our College focuses on mutual respect and provides students with the freedom to grow as individuals within our Christian ecumenical community.


Ready for the future

John Paul College is set on a 35 hectare campus located in Daisy Hill, on the south-side of Brisbane.

Features of our campus include landscaped gardens and wireless networked contemporary buildings, purpose-built to meet the needs of our students and the wider College community.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a fully-heated 10 lane swimming pool, an indoor sporting complex with sprung floor, modern air-conditioned classrooms, world-class sporting ovals, Child Care and Outside Hours School Care (OHSC) for busy families, and a retail centre for uniform and book purchases.

The College offers students a range of support services such as Learning Enhancement, Chaplaincy and IT support.

Development on our campus is guided by a Master Plan that has seen the recent completion major works including the addition of a Kindergarten, a Retail Centre, state-of-the-art Senior School Gorman Centre, the Stephen Paul Aquatic Centre, the Stephen Bowers Oval, Cashless Canteen, and the Stephen Mapstone Centre for Applied Design. Existing facilities have also been redeveloped and refurbished.
Ready for the journey

The John Paul College journey begins as early as Kindergarten when our youngest students begin to explore, questions, experiment and play.

This continues through the Junior School years with a blend of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Australian Curriculum, giving priority to foundation skills, knowledge and understanding in the context of a caring community.

Ready to challenge

Year 4 marks the beginning of the notebook computer program at the College, integrating technologies into a student's everyday learning environment.

Our specialist middle years' pastoral and learning programs aim to engage each student in learning while challenging them to grow. Building relationships and creating confidence helps to shape the person that is yet to be, recognising that academic progress during these early adolescent years depends on students feeling emotionally and socially connected.

Ready for tomorrow

Whatever their destination, we offer exceptional choice for our Senior students as they prepare for tomorrow and make decisions about life after school.

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, learning for life in our global community is very much a reality for our students. We aim to provide each child with an innovative education and internationally-oriented curriculum that delivers real world learning.

And with a variety of pathways to prepare them for the real world, our students really are REAL WORLD READY.

Ready for the spotlight Students are encouraged to participate in one of the most extensive co-curricular sporting programs of any Australian school, in a wide range of team and individual sports. The College maintains a proud record of sporting achievements, both nationally and internationally. John Paul College has also sustained an outstanding record of high achievement in the Performing Arts. Within the School of Performing Arts, students can participate in group or private instrumental, vocal, dance and drama lessons on a weekly basis. Each student's talent is further enhanced by involvement in an extensive and highly profiled performance program.

John Paul College is a learning community in which all members have the opportunity to reach their individual potential for living a contributing and fulfilling life. Our community grows in an environment where Christian ecumenism is foundational; where our values are embraced; where mutual respect demands a hospitality that reaches out and welcomes those of all cultures and faiths; and where excellence in every endeavour is sought and applauded.

Our values are:
Mutual Respect
John Paul College has grown within an ecumenical environment supported by the Christian faith. Our College motto is "Unity, Christ, Learning". This reflects our philosophy of ecumenical practice and academic excellence, underpinned by our Christian belief and values.


John Paul College offers a range of scholarships to support students in their area/s of personal talent. Scholarships are available for current and new, domestic Middle and Senior School students; and are awarded for excellence in Academics, Performing Arts and Sport.

To find out more about our scholarships please visit our website at http://www.jpc.qld.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships-bursaries/

Feature Story

2016 graduate Jessemin Firman recognised as one of Queensland’s most outstanding students.

2016 graduate Jessemin (Jesse) Firman has been recognised as one of Queensland’s most outstanding students.Jesse was awarded the level ‘Distinguished Academic Achiever’ at the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Achievement Awards ceremony on Saturday attended by her family and Dean of Studies, Mrs Belinda Guerra.Jesse is the first John Paul College student to receive this honour since the Award’s inception in 2014. She was College Dux in 2016.
The 34 awardees were chosen from approximately 600 Queensland graduates who as a minimum, achieved an OP 1, an A result on the Queensland Core Skills Test and Very High Achievements in at least 20 semesters of Authority subjects.Jesse has provisionally been accepted to study Medicine at The University of Queensland – UQ following three years of a Pharmacy degree.Jesse received a trophy, framed certificate and $1000 prize money. We extend our sincere congratulations and very best wishes to Jesse for every continued success.
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Transport Options

John Paul College is located in Daisy Hill, south of Brisbane, Queensland's capital city. The College is a 20-minute drive from Brisbane's Central Business District via the Pacific Motorway (Exit 24, turn left at the traffic lights, through the roundabout, turn right into John Paul Drive). A network of bus services provides transport to the College from suburbs in Logan and Brisbane. Translink provides a single public transport network covering South East Queensland, with one Translink ticket permitting transport via bus, trains and ferries within the system. Zones, fares and concessions have been standardised across the sytsem. Translink is working with the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, Queensland Rail and private operators, such as Mt Gravatt Coaches in improve the integration of services. Bus transport information for the Mt Gravatt Coaches private bus service is available here. All other suburbs, please contact Translink for timetable and tariff information. Ph: 131230 or visit their website http://www.translink.com.au/

Test Results

Year 12 Cohort

Congratulations Class of 2016

Seven students from John Paul College achieved an OP1 in 2016 – more than double the state percentage. An additional six students achieved OP1 equivalence when university bonus points are added. Over a quarter of the cohort (27.9%) received an OP between 1-5.

Headmaster, Norm Kerley congratulated the students.

“These results are a reflection of the hard work of our students and the support they received from their teachers and parents,” he said.

Of the almost 22% of students from the Class of 2016 who completed their entire education at the College, 10% received an OP1.

John Paul College provides multiple pathways to meet the career aspirations, interests and abilities of every student. From rigorous academic courses for those destined for further study to comprehensive vocational and training options, there is a place for every child.

“The ultimate measure of success for any school is seeing graduates attaining their preferred higher education or career pathway,” Mr Kerley said.

Principal's Message

Schools are ‘places of people’

No matter the quality of buildings, facilities and programmes, it is the people within schools that matter the most.  The way in which the people, the students, staff and families interact is at the heart of education.  Our ability to communicate, collaborate, solve problems, become resilient, respect and care for each other will determine ‘success’.  In nurturing ‘people skills’ we ready students to thrive in their world and gain employment and life satisfaction.  Students as learners are encouraged to challenge and make choices, to inquire and explore with a view to shaping their own learning.  They are encouraged to consider a range of opportunities, both within the classroom and beyond, imagine possibilities, and identify goals for their studies and future careers, which the College can support.

We are fortunate that our College community is a microcosm of wider society.  It is one, which while contemporary in its teaching and learning, maintains and embraces the traditional values of a Christian ethos.  Our standards proudly remain high, and achievements celebrated.  We are giving a focus to compassion and promoting the character traits so essential in today’s world.

Norm Kerley, Headmaster


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