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Intraschool Chess Tournament

This week has been a busy one for chess with both the Primary and Infants Intraschool Tournament. Congratulations to Arya K (2C) who won the Infants Tournament and Siddhartha B  (5T)  who won the Primary Tournament. Both of these students will receive a trophy on Speech Night. 
Chess lessons finish for the year!
Week 7, 25th November is the last week of Chess classes for 2019. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 

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Jasmine Crewe
Chess coordinator

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JCS choir out and about

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The JCS choir gave a concert after school this week for our neighbours at Glenaeon Retirement Village. They sang a mix of classical and world music and were very well received!  See Facebook for video

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Fencing news

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John Colet fenced Newington College on Monday 27th May. It was great fun and everyone did really well.
The Junior Team (pictured above) was Allen L, Arya K, Charles W, Hugo B, and Mika S.  They won 15 to 12.
The senior team was Aditya G, Ayush O, Kristoff D, Joshua J, Jasmine E, and Lucas W.  They lost in a tight match,  21 to 20.

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Interschool Chess Competition - JCS punches above weight

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Last Thursday, the senior chess team competed in the heats of the Interschool Chess Competition. Overall in the school section, we came 2nd losing by just half a point to Mona Vale. In the Individual part of the competition we had 3 out of 12 places for the top point scorers of the day. They were

3rd - Siddhartha B
7th - Leo P
10th - Winston Z

Congratulations to all the students involved.

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Update on the March Chess Competition at Mona Vale

Congratulations to everybody involved in the recent Northern Beaches Chess Tournament which was held at Mona Vale Public School.  The John Colet Senior Chess Team competed at their first tournament of the year at this tournament and we had a very successful day.   For many students it was their first chess tournament. Here are our results:
John Colet F – Connor, Sofia and Winston – 1st Place in the Junior Division
John Colet C – Katia, Ella and Jasmine – 1st Place in the Girls’ Division
John Colet A – Leo, Siddhartha and Marlon – 3rd place overall

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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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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.
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).
The cost of the club is $45 per student

Zoe Emanual
Shakespeare Festival Director

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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