Since the school has a strong academic and cultural focus, gifted children are particularly well served by the ambitious curriculum at John Colet. We have, in addition, a gifted and talented policy of extending students' interests and abilities. This includes appropriate acceleration, enrichment and extension programs.
Children with special needs are integrated into the mainstream class but are given support by individual extra tuition or additional support in the classroom. As a policy, we accept students whom we can teach effectively.
There is a wide range of activities provided at the school, with expert tuition.
For instance, extra classes are offered for a number of musical instruments, chess, modern languages, sailing and fencing. The activities change from time to time and an up-to-date list is always available.
The children take part in all sorts of outside competitions – whether it's singing in a Sydney eisteddfod; inter-school debating or sport; or entering teams in inter-school championships for chess, an activity in which a large number of the children are involved.
Various sports are on offer for the different ages throughout the year. In the summer (Terms I and IV) students take part in swimming. Primary students participate in a variety of team sports, with professional coaches, such as soccer, rugby, netball and softball. Children in 5th and 6th classes take part in inter-school competitions.
Charity InvolvementThere is much emphasis on serving others in the community and far beyond. Children and families are encouraged to be involved in fund-raising efforts and in practical voluntary help.
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