March 15, 2024

Head of School’s Comment

At next week’s assembly, we shall be introducing our 6th Class Leaders to the students. They may already know our Head Boy and Girl, Our Head Chorister and Art Prefect, however, what they may not know is that every 6th Class student has a role to play, and an opportunity to serve. This list includes monitors for Art, Library, Shakespeare and IT, as well as positions as Handymen/women and Gardeners. Leadership roles for our senior students gives them profound opportunities to interact and model for our younger students, build confidence, and develop skills that will serve them well in their next educational journey. This year 6th Class will also have the opportunity to attend an overnight leadership camp in …

Head of School’s Comment

The School Value that we are exploring this Term is Service. Service is the cornerstone of our School and wider community, and the continued success of our School is in no small part due to the positive contribution and support of our parent community. This is particularly the case with regard to the position of Class Parent. Teachers will be looking to appoint at least one core representative for their class and I urge you to get in touch with them. It would be particularly good to see some dads in the roles this year. The role of the Class Parent is one of communication and coordination and should not be onerous. They will require many helpers during the …

From our Deputy Head of School

On Thursday our 5th class students were responsible for welcoming our new 2024 students and their parents. They did an outstanding job of representing the school and demonstrating the school values. They were open, polite and enthusiastic in their service. It was wonderful to watch the younger children’s faces light up when a 5th class buddy came to help them with their bags or take them to the playground. It was obvious that the older children’s kind and loving approach immediately helped to put our new students at their ease. Many of the new parents commented on how well the 5th class students conducted themselves. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …

Head of School’s Comment

Listening and the ability to really engage is a skill that needs to be developed. As we look at our Value of Respect this term, we begin by considering the benefit of silence, and in particular of listening with attention. Listening takes practice. Listening pays respect to the speaker, encourages them to share their views, and develops empathy and understanding of each other. Treat others like you want to be treated, and as we all know, nobody likes being interrupted or talked over. Stillness, attention, and listening are core parts of our pedagogy, for both our students and teachers. The practice is built into all areas of our curriculum. Our Primary Shakespeare rehearsals and performances are a particularly great …

Head of School’s Comment

We have recently learnt that Middle Harbour Yacht Club, who run our Saturday sailing program, will soon be closing their ‘Tackers’ program. While we have not been able to secure a spot in a similar club nearby, we are pleased to have engaged the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport as our new venue. This opportunity, for 7- to 12-year-olds, will now be held on Sunday mornings. John Colet School has a historical fund, which was created many years ago when the parent run sailing program closed. While funds remain the School is happy to subsidise the cost for each student enrolled at $80 per term. Details regarding the program are included below in this Weekly Note.  Julian …

Head of School’s Comment

Hello from Milson Island! We have had a wonderful three days with our 3rd and 4th Class students at camp. For many of our 3rd Class students, this was the longest time they have been away from their parents. They have all met this new experience with a positive attitude, and courage. In doing so, have built on their resilience to meet future challenges. All students have had the opportunity to build deeper friendships, push themselves in personal and group challenges and to work more independently. Both the camp staff and our teachers have been extremely impressed with our student’s engagement, respect and behaviour. They have been true ambassadors of our School. Julian Wilcock Headmaster …