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May 1, 2015

Head of School’s Comment

Next week we will hold our annual Sanskrit recitation competition and finals. Sanskrit instruction, from Lower 1st to 6th Class, is one of the unique features of our curriculum, and has been an integral part of our school since it was founded. Our students benefit from learning this ancient classical language, which like Latin has influenced languages, literature and culture throughout history. The simple, clear grammar used in Sanskrit helps in the development of learning other languages, including English. The recitation of Sanskrit lends itself to a beauty of sound and structure that when combined with some of the universal themes of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health, produce work of the highest standard. The recitation is also one …
Our Lower 1st students were very proud to share some of their wonderful writing examples with me this week. We will look to celebrate this further in next week’s assembly with all of Infants. They have certainly come a long way in such a short time, and are rightfully proud of their progress. Thank you to those parents who have been in the position to help out in class with our younger students. It is greatly appreciated by our teachers and the children love having their parents visit. Keeping our fingers crossed for some sunshine next Friday for our annual Walkathon! Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Head of School’s Comment

Our Value in focus this Term is Truthfulness. In the first half of this Term, both as staff and students, we have worked to ensure that we speak the whole truth and when we do, it is for the benefit of all. In the coming weeks we shall be exploring why it is important to seek the truth, not necessarily to find it, but the journey itself. This is the definition of philosophy, from the Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, ‘love of wisdom’. It is also the basis of modern scientific theory, always open, never closed. A never-ending road trip; are we there yet? Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Head of School’s Comment

Our students and staff have shown great resilience over the past couple of weeks with the constant heavy rain. While our Primary Swimming Carnival and PISA competitions have been postponed, and the regular sport and playtimes kept indoors, spirits remain high! A big thank you to our parents who have braved the traffic, and shown great patience, care, and understanding during drop-off and pick-up times. The rain has slowed the progress of our new building; however, it has been a great test of the drainage and water flow for this area. It has performed better than expected and we look forward to moving along swiftly as the weather improves. Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Head of School’s Comment

This week we welcomed our 2022 Lower 1st students for their introductory morning. There were only a few nerves (from students and parents!) upon separation, and they settled in very quickly to their new environment, and with their teachers Miss Marley and Mrs Tamborini. Our current 5th Class had the opportunity to meet their young buddies who they will be supporting next year. It was heartening to see the care and attention with which they approached their new responsibility. As I started at John Colet School in the same year many of our current 5th Class began Lower 1st, it has been wonderful to witness their growth in maturity and their eagerness to take leadership roles. Our Buddy Program …

From our Head of School

I am happy to confirm that from Monday the 8th of November, schools are able to have excursions or day trips. While overnight camps are cancelled for our students in 3rd to 6th Class, our teachers have already begun booking some fun ‘day’ alternatives. Our Picnic Day scheduled for Friday the 3rd of December is booked and all set to go ahead! While we still cannot have parents on site to pick up or drop off students, we are able to welcome parent volunteers back into our classrooms and to attend excursions from this coming Monday. Teachers will be in touch regarding their in-class needs, as well as how you can support events moving forward. Volunteers will need to …