November 15, 2019

Head of School’s Comment

This holiday we launch our new website www.johncolet.nsw.edu.au   I am sure you will agree that the improvements really capture the unique education we provide.  You can also keep in touch with JCS through our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JohnColetSchool , and by following us on Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/johncoletschool/ Once again, I would like to thank our community for your support this Term. It has been challenging for everyone and we are by no means past the effect of this global virus, however I am confident that together we will continue to ensure that all our students continue to flourish. We are thankful that we have not lost one family due to the financial crisis and we look forward to potentially holding more …

Head of School’s Comment

We trust our newsletter finds all our families well and in good spirits during these difficult times. It has been wonderful to see examples of the learning (and fun) that is going on in homes this week. The majority of our staff remain on campus to deliver the programs that have been established as well as explore ways that we can enhance the home experience further. It is a good time to remind ourselves that many of our children may not have experienced as much screen time in the past, and have had little exposure to all the internet offers. While the online world offers many resources we do have to be mindful of the safety of our students at …

Head of School’s Comment

It is at times like these that you really do see the best of a school like ours. We appreciate that some families have made a personal decision to keep their children home, and while not present we thank them, and the families of those students attending, for their ongoing messages of support and understanding of the situation. We are very fortunate to have such a positive and resilient staff, board, parent community and most importantly, student body. While the end of this situation may be a long time coming, it will pass. It is important to take all necessary precautions and stay abreast of the current situation, however it is important to take a break. With a few exceptions, …

Head of School’s Comment

We couldn t have had better weather for our re-scheduled Swimming Carnival this week, nor a better performance from our students. There were some wonderful examples of strong competition as well as individual perseverance throughout the races. The mood was competitive between the House groups, yet there was inter-group support across the field. Once again, the venue was left in a pristine state, which was a credit to our school and community. Upon returning to school it was wonderful to hear of many Eagle Awards being given for students putting into practice our school values. The energy, comradeship and maturity of our students was a credit to all. Julian Wilcock Head of School …

Head of School’s Comment

As we continue to explore our value of Respect this term, we are looking at how we can show respect for the many different beliefs that people hold, both within and outside our school. As a multi-faith school, we look to the common threads from many teachers such as Christ, Plato, Muhammad, Sri Shantananda Saraswati, Buddha, Kabir, Confucius and many more. A good practical example is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated, often called the Golden Rule. It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity and empathy in most religions around the world. It is particularly a good thought to keep in mind as we look to ensure all are cared for and supported in …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend our Gathering on the Garigal on Friday evening. Apart from a few drops of rain, the night was lovely and a great opportunity for all to chat and make connections. The next social event is the P&F Trivia Night, on 4th April. I encourage you to organise a table soon, as it is sure to sell out. Our interdependence within our community is what binds our school and makes it such a success. The following reading, which was given at assembly regarding our value of Respect this week, exemplifies this: We say a person is a person through other persons. We don t come fully formed into the world. We learn …