John Paul II Catholic Secondary School

John Paul II Catholic Secondary School
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1300 Oxford Street East

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Coordinates 43°00′38″N 81°12′30″W  /  43.0105°N 81.20839°W  / 43.0105; -81.20839 Coordinates: 43°00′38″N81°12′30″W / 43.0105°N 81.20839°W / 43.0105; -81.20839
Other names Jp2, JPII, John Paul
Type Catholic High School
Motto Maturare In Dignitatem

(Mature in Dignity)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Founded 1985 (1991 current location)
School board London District Catholic School Board
School number 3363
Principal Peter Cassidy
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 900 (September 2015)
Medium of language English
Hours in school day 8:00 AM - 2:05 PM
Area Huron Heights
Colour(s) Maroon, beige, white and Black
Slogan "Matuare in Dignitatem"
Athletics Basketball, Rugby, Football, Swimming, Dance, Track and Field, Soccer, hockey, baseball and badminton
Mascot Jaguar
Team name JP2 Jaguars (Jags)
Last updated: September 14, 2016

John Paul II Catholic Secondary School, often referred to as JPII, John Paul, or Jp; is a secondary school in London, Ontario. It is administered by the London District Catholic School Board. It is located at 1300 Oxford Street East, at the northeast corner of Oxford and Highbury Avenue, next to Fanshawe College. The property is quite large and occupies the corner of Oxford and Fanshawe.

The school opened in 1985 and was originally located on Huron Street. The current building at Oxford and Highbury was opened in 1991.

The School is well known for its technology department and sports departments. Classes include the following: Aviation, Transportation, Construction, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Dance, Drama, Guitar, Vocals, Year Book, Co-Op and several others.

The school's colours are maroon, black, beige, and white, and its team name is Jaguars (or "Jags"). Its motto is maturare in dignitatem ("mature in dignity").

This school was named after Pope John Paul II.

The school is host to one of the biggest high school charity events across London, Ontario called JP2 ONERUN. It is a breast cancer run that takes place on the last Friday of every May. This event is very popular amongst students.

History [ edit ]

Points of Interest:

  • Originally opened on September 2, 1985 in the former St. Lawrence Elementary School at 920 Huron St.
  • Original school population of 171 grade 9 and 10 students
  • New building officially opened on October 19, 1991
  • Team Name: Jaguars
  • School Colours: maroon, white, beige, black
  • School Motto: Maturare In Dignitatem - "Mature in Dignity"
  • John Paul II has a diverse, multi-cultural student population
  • John Paul II is a leader in technological studies and has formal partnerships with Fanshawe College, triOS College and local industry
  • The school has an extremely low drop-out rate (less than 2%) and the majority of John Paul II graduates go on to college and university


JP2 ONERUN [ edit ]

The school is host to one of the biggest high school charity events across London, Ontario called JP2 ONERUN. It is a breast cancer run that takes place on the last Friday of every May. The event is run by JP2 graduate, Justin Tiseo, and teachers Shawn Pede and Frank Delle Donne. The event has raised over $170,000 donating to local hospitals LHSC and St. Joseph's breast cancer unit. The event consists of over 800 students from John Paul II and other schools (including Western University and Fanshawe College) around the city.

Courses [ edit ]

John Paul II offers a wide variety of courses, especially in the technology department.

Technology [ edit ]

  • Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) programs offered in Manufacturing, Design, Transportation and Culinary Arts.
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Transportation Technology
  • Design Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Culinary Arts (Hospitality)
  • Communications Technology

Athletics and Sports [ edit ]

  • Gym
  • Fitness

Arts [ edit ]

  • Visual art
  • Sculpting
  • Painting
  • Drama
  • Vocals
  • Music
  • Guitar
  • Dance

Clubs and School Community [ edit ]

Recently, John Paul II has opened up multiple clubs. These include: Anime Club, Chess Club, Band, Student Council, Glee, Soccer, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Archery, Swimming, Track and Field, and the JPII Gay-Straight Alliance.

The school community is quite inclusive, as staff encourages acceptance and respect, as well as other virtues. Bullying is not tolerated. Many students have backgrounds including South Sudanese, Assyrian, Italian, Portuguese, Cambodian, British, and Aboriginal. The school has many events throughout the year. The Pep Rally, Red Feather United Way Football Game, and the school's football games against other schools in the London District Catholic School Board, occur near the beginning of the year. JP2 ONERUN happens in May. In May, the school has their Multicultural Festival, to celebrate the racial and ethnic diversity of the school community. Off-Uniform Days are on the last Tuesdays of each month, but other off uniform days fall on Spirit Day, Halloween, the last class before the Holidays, Valentine's Day, and Saint Patrick's Day. Student Council Elections happen at the end of the year, where Student Council members for the next year are elected.

Each year, Jp2 has plays. Some notable plays are:

  • Annie (2013)
  • Hairspray (2014)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2015)

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2013-10-30.

External links [ edit ]

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