John Paul College celebrates a rich history of 40 years

IN 1979 two single-gender schools, Stella Maris and Marianist College, merged to form John Paul College – a co-educational Catholic College in Frankston. Now in its 40th year, John Paul College is celebrating and reflecting on a rich history, while making big plans and advancements for the future.
The College celebrated and paid respect to our history with an event for Alumni and past staff, as well as a special Founder’s Day for current students, staff and families. Founder’s Day is an annual event and an important commemoration in the JPC calendar. This year, special guests included past Principals Brother Don Neff, Dr. Liam Davison and Jane Tibb.
Over the years John Paul College has evolved through the programs, curriculum, technology and opportunities we offer. Attracting nation-wide media attention in the 1990’s for being early pioneers in the field when introducing notebook computers linked to the College network by radio local network (radio-LAN). Social justice initiatives flourish through the introduction
of our immersion programs to the Philippines,
East Timor and recently added this year, India.
A scholarship programme established in 2018 helps support our families and provides a
spring board for students to thrive in
their studies.
Physically the College has changed immensely, with the demolition of the iconic convent tower, the addition of the Neff Science Centre, and building works in the last five years including the Ngargee Centre for visual and performing arts, dedicated VCAL Centre and the modern Stewart Centre for Individual Learning.
Investing in the future of our students, the College has developed a new Masterplan after extensive consultation with staff, students, parents and the College Board. The plan outlines the continued development of facilities over the next 20 years, ensuring our 14 hectare grounds and buildings meet the demands of an ever evolving curriculum and carry us into the future.
“As we reflect on our many wonderful milestones and changes over the years, we cast our eyes to the future, knowing it will be just as inspirational and fulfilling.” said current Principal, John Visentin. “We thank the many members of our community for their support of John Paul College and our students and look forward as the future unfolds.”