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15
February
2019

Busy before school Fridays

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Friday mornings are yoga and stretch class mornings.   All ages are welcome. All mats and props provided.  The class size is limited to 12 children.
Friday morning is also Ensemble rehearsal morning.  Today was the group's first rehearsal for the year.  They will be performing a couple of times each term at concerts and school events.

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05
February
2019

Shakespeare Club 2019 auditions this week

We had a very successful Shakespeare club last year and Miss Emanuel is looking forward to doing it all again in 2019!
Auditions for Shakespeare Club 2019 will be held in the Music Room on Wednesday 6th February in 2 sessions – 7:15am-8:15am OR 1pm-1:30pm.  For Year 5 and Year 6 students only.
If your child would like to audition, please email your expression of interest to Miss Emanuel on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.
Children should prepare a short monologue (no longer than 1 minute) to be performed without a script to the best of their ability.
Miss Emanuel will be looking for the following criteria:
  • Strong, clear voices
  • Lines learnt off by heart
  • A good expressive connection with the text
  • A committed and dedicated attitude
  • Positive code of conduct
The aim of the club is to perform at various events including; Northern Beaches Eisteddfod as well as any other opportunities that are presented to us. Students must be available on a Saturday and/or Sunday for these performances. The information regarding the performances will be provided closer to the event with plenty of notice.
WHEN:
The Club will run from Week 3, Term 1 on Wednesday mornings from 7:15am-8:15am in the Music Room. The Shakespeare club will then finish in approximately  Week 3 or 4 of Term 3 as all the performances will have taken place (exact dates will be given out once we have a definite date for our performances).
COST:
The cost of the club is $45 per student

Zoe Emanual
Shakespeare Festival Director

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14
September
2018

Chess results

Congratulations to Eshaan H, Saurav H, Leo P, Victoria M and Siddhartha B who competed in the Semi finals of the Sydney Academy of Chess Interschool Challenge at Baulkham Hills North Public School recently. They came 7th overall out of 18 schools. Well done!

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07
September
2018

Composting

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The new location for the Garden Club is working well with new plants happily sprouting.
The children are taking up a new initiative to process the School's compostable food scraps. It is early days, but with a row of new composting bins they are learning all about the process of properly maintaining an active and sustainable composting system. Food scraps presently come daily from the children's morning tea and from the school kitchen. We hope to be producing lovely rich soil to create new gardens in due course.

Glen Miller
Teacher

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28
June
2018

Sewing group

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Our 6th class sewing group students are rightly proud of their bargello work cushions they have made this semester.  Sewing tutors Judith Donald and Mary Layton point out that not only is needlework fun, it is extremely good for developing attention to detail and focus.  Congratulations on your new homeware artworks 6th class!

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22
June
2018

Some newsy updates this week

Twice as long as any year before (1.5hours) with solos on Piano, Violin, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukelele, Cello, Oboe and Flute, our Instrumental Concert this week was a great show of developing talent!  There were also group performances by the Beginner Violins and the JC Ensemble, and all performers finished the night with a choir piece.  Well done students and a special thanks to Rosy Davidson and all our music teachers for coordinating the evening.

On Friday both John Colet teams won their debates against St Luke's.  The topic was 'That large pets should be banned in cities' and John Colet had both an affirmative and negative team.  Our debaters have made incredible progress with their debating skills and have grown in confidence and maturity.  We look forward to our three remaining debates in Term 3.

And congratulations to our chess team who this week came first in the heats of the Interschool Chess Challenge at St.Bernard’s Catholic School.
The have qualified through to the semi finals in Term 3. Well done all!

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04
May
2018

Garden Club has extra space now

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Our new Garden Club area was developed over the holidays.  Garden Club coordinator Glen Miller says the plan is for the children to grow herbs and some vegetables for use in our kitchen.

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01
February
2018

Clubs information for Term 1

Here is the updated information so far about extracurricular clubs and activities at John Colet School for Term 1 2018.

Chess 2018. Chess begins Week 2 of Term 1
Monday 3:05-4pm – Primary Chess - $85 per term
Monday 3:05 – 4pm – Senior Chess (by invitation only) - $95 per term
Wednesday 12:25 – 12:50pm – Infants Chess (1st and 2nd Class only) - $45 per term
Lower First Chess will commence in Term 3.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JC Instrumental Ensemble 2018
Conductor Ms Rosy Davidson
Rehearsals: Friday mornings 7.30 - 8.25am in the Music Centre
This ensemble is open to all wind, string and percussion players. A level of AMEB 1st Grade (or equivalent) is recommended to join the group. The group learns and performs a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire in a fun social setting. Performances are held once or twice each term at school events and concerts.
To apply, please send an email with your child’s details to:
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Beginner Violin Ensemble 2018
Conductor Ms Rosy Davidson
Rehearsals: Monday mornings 7.45 - 8.25am in the Music Centre
This new program has been created for students in Upper 1st and above who want to try the violin or viola in a fun group setting.
It is an inexpensive way of trialling an instrument that runs for just Term 1 - Term 2.
(A limited number of violins are available for free during the program period, or instruments can be hired from Sydney String Centre).
To join this exciting new program, please email:
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Fencing 2018
Monday lunchtimes, open to Upper First students and older
Fee: $167.50 per term
All equipment provided. Students to wear sports shoes.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

French 2018 - Lessons start in Week 3.
Monday Mornings: 7.30am – 8.15
Venue: MacLaren Hall
All Grade levels are welcome.
Tutor: Mme Galiane Marterer

Garden Club - starting Friday 9th Feb 2018
Fridays 3.10pm – 4.15pm
Fee: $10 per child per session billed at beginning of each term as confirmation of enrolment
Venue: JCS garden area
email Glen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Individual Music Lessons 2018
Private Instrumental and Vocal lessons are held in the Music Centre during school hours by highly qualified and experienced musicians.
Fees: $40 per half hour.
Lessons are currently available in these instruments: Flute, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello
Please contact the music coordinator Glen Miller on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Latin classes 2018
These classes will begin in Week 2 of Term 1.
2nd Class at 8.05 a.m. on Wednesdays (MacLaren Hall)
3rd Class at 8.05 a.m. on Tuesdays (Library)
4th class: Tuesday lunch 1 – 1:30 in 4T
5th and 6th Class: Senior Latin – Friday morning 8:10-8:40 in the Library

Mandarin Classes 2018
Mandarin Classes 2018 term 1 start 5th Feb. (9weeks)
Tuesday class: 3:10pm– 5:00pm (for students who speak Mandarin at home)
Wednesdays class 3:10pm – 5:00pm (for non-Chinese background students)
Classroom Location:
Tuesday class: Shakespeare 3 (upstairs)
Wednesday class: Shakespeare Room 2
Fees: $250 for the term. Siblings and children of JCS staff receive 30% discount.
Contact Mrs. Jing Gandy
Lotus Chinese Community Language School
M: 0425203353
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Sailing Club 2018
Every Saturday morning during Terms 1 and 4, 8.30am - 11am
Open to Years 3,4,5,6
Fee: $140 per term
Venue: Balmoral Beach

Sewing Club 2018
Wednesday lunchtimes, after lunch service.
Open to 6th class students
Fee: $30 to cover material costs
Contact: Mrs Donald

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10
November
2017

Chess - brief wrap up from Mona Vale Comp

Our A team (Thomas, Hayden and Aiden) came 5th at Mona Vale comp this week, and our B team (Kai, Eshaan and Saurav) came 3rd.  Also, the D team did exceptionally well coming in 8th with Siddhartha, Samuel and Dominic in the team. 
For the individuals, Hayden came 3rd with 7.8/8 points and Kai came first with a perfect score of 8/8.
We brought a trophy back and the B team has been invited to the Finals later this year.

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15
September
2017

Latin Lessons in Term 4

Tuesday Morning Latin Year 2 and Year 4: There will be no Latin on Tuesday 19th September due the Sports Carnival.
 
Tuesday morning classes for both Year 2 and Year 4, will resume in Week 2 Term 4 on the 17th October.
Jasmine Crewe and Judith Donald

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15
September
2017

Mandarin classes at John Colet enrolling now for Term 4

Term 4 starts 10th October, ends 29th November 2017 (8 weeks)
Tuesday class: 3:15 pm– 4:30 pm (for students who speak Mandarin at home)
Wednesdays class 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm (for non-Chinese background students)
Classroom Location:
Tuesday class: Shakespeare 3 (upstairs)                      Wednesday class: Shakespeare Room 2
 
Fees: $180 for the term. Siblings and children of John Colet School staff receive 30% discount ($126).
Students who are new to our Mandarin class can try a lesson free of charge.

About Lotus Mandarin program:
Lotus Mandarin (Lotus Chinese Community Language School Inc. IBN ID: 659) is one of approved community language schools through NSW Department of Education’s CLSP Program.  Lotus Mandarin program is delivered in an interactive and fun way, engaging our students with topics and themes that captivate them. Students learn listening, speaking, reading and writing. We also introduce culture components to our students:
  • General knowledge of Chinese traditions and customs;
  • Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, tea culture, martial arts and crafts;
  • Appreciation of classical Chinese poetry and music, etc.

Talk to our Mandarin teacher to find out more.

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08
September
2017

Chess win

Congratulations and well done to Eshaan H, Thomas J, Kai C, Ramakrishna B and Leo P who represented John Colet School and came First overall in the Semifinals of the interschool chess tournament at Baulkham Hills North Public School. Kai also came 6th overall. Unfortunately they can not attend the finals as they will be on camp.

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12
May
2017

Chess leaders

We now have a new leadership position at the school in the form of Chess Monitors.  Aidan H and Thomas J have been playing chess at John Colet for many years. As the Chess Club continues to grow in size and ability, two new leadership positions have been created to assist in the running of chess and also to provide further leadership opportunities with the vast array of clubs provided at John Colet.
Thomas and Aidan have been chosen for the role based on their commitment and passion for Chess.

Meanwhile in other chess news, congratulations to our Senior Chess Team who won 11 out of 12 games last week in the Junior Chess League’s Primary Schools Competition. The teams travelled to Belrose Public and St.Augustines and we also hosted Mona Vale at JCS. We entered one team in the Rookies, Intermediate and Championship levels.
 
The competition runs on Friday afternoons for most of Term 2. Thank you to the parents who helped to transport the children and all the support they give the teams.

Jasmine Crewe

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17
February
2017

Gardening Club Assistance - Success!

 

Good news for the young gardeners at John Colet.  Our long-standing Choir Accompanist, Mrs. Beatrice Rankin has taken up the position of assistant to Mrs. Rutherford at the Gardening Club on Fridays.  She read the impassioned  plea in last week’s Weekly Note on Friday afternoon, jumped straight into her car, and drove to John Colet in time to work with Mrs. Rutherford on that very day!
She is a very keen gardener with a large garden of her own, and we can look forward to her regular support. 
One never knows whence help will come!

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

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