Alumni

Alumni Update

Congratulations to JCS graduate Elizabeth Gadsby who is featured in this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly in an article celebrating people in the Arts.  Elizabeth is the resident designer at the Sydney Theatre Company.  And of course, her Mum is Mrs Gadsby, one of our art teachers! …

Alumni catch-up: Sally Youdale

Throughout my years at John Colet, from Lower First in 2000 to Head Girl in 2006, I gained many lasting friendships, fond memories and valuable lessons. One specific example which springs to mind would be Philosophy lessons, often taught by Mr Mane, the Headmaster at the time. Mr Mane was an excellent teacher, with many stories to tell and jokes to be had, he was easily distractible, and so a lot of fun could be had in Philosophy. His lessons, for me, however, did spark an early interest in philosophical inquiry into mind, consciousness, knowledge and experiences. Although this interest was fostered during my time at John Colet, it continued throughout high school at Brigidine College St Ives, and …

Alumni catch-up: Rafe Skidmore

Stick a Smile (http://stickasmile.com) is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to make the world a happier place through empowering people with the act of smiling. It’s the brainchild of John Colet School graduate, Rafe Skidmore. We distribute free stickers with quotes reminding people to smile written on them, to anyone who asks. These people in turn distribute those stickers to loved ones, or strangers, or they stick them somewhere people will see them! I’ve always disliked how there is so much unhappiness and hatred in our world and I sought to change this somehow. So I thought up the idea of stick a smile. People can get involved by contacting us at: hello@stickasmile.com where they can ask for free stickers …

Alumni catch-up: Oscar Smith

Oscar Smith pictured playing the largest pipe organ in France – St Eustache, Paris. John Colet School graduate Oscar Smith has just started his first year of a Bachelor of Music Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a branch of the University of Sydney. This follows a tremendous result in his IB Music exam last year, achieving a 7/7 (equivalent of a Band 6 HSC) and topping his high school, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, in Music. Of course, the strong music program during my time (at John Colet) is what initially nurtured my love of music, kindling a lifelong passion, he says generously. Oscar entered JCS Lower First in 2002 and graduated in 2006. In his final year …

Alumni Catch-up: James Donald

James Donald was one of the very first students at John Colet School. Thirty years ago he started as a Lower First student in the school his mother, Judith Donald, co-founded with Mary McKendrick. At this time the school was in a two storied house on Falcon Street in North Sydney. I had Mrs Dunn in 5th class, and she got me on track with maths. You don t think about those seemingly small steps at the time, but her attitude of roll your sleeves up and get into it , well it set me on a different path. I remember the effect her support and enthusiasm had on me. Maths has never been my strongest subject, but here …

Alumni Catch-up: Georgina Condos

Georgina Condos has been very much enjoying a prac session at Willoughby Public School. For eight weeks on Tuesdays and Fridays, she has been assisting a Year 2 class and their teacher. Willoughby Public is a really big school, with more than a thousand children. They don t pause or meditate, and the children mostly live locally, so it’s quite different to John Colet. At the moment I m taking small group tasks with some of the students, but in a few weeks I ll be planning lessons and actually taking whole lessons myself. Georgina is half way through her four year Bachelor of Primary Education at the Australian Catholic University in North Sydney. Practical sessions are a chance …