Chess & Clubs

Chess & Clubs

01
June
2016

Chess Report for Semester One

Open Day
Once again it was lovely to see the enthusiasm for Chess at our Open Day.  Our Giant Chess Set was a big hit with young and old and the stage was busy with current Club Members, Alumni and Chess playing parents and family.  Thanks so much to the parents and childen who helped me to set up and pack away the tables and boards.

Winner of the Chess Raffle
We had a lovely basket of Chess Goodies which we raffled off at Open Day with 3 different books for varying levels of player as well as a Chess Set, lollies and a Beanie Boo named Nellie.  The winner was Eliott S from year 4 and I hope his little brother Jules in year 3 will enjoy it too.

Primary School's Competition
This competition is entering its 5th round this week with a Home game.  We have 4 teams competing, two in Championship Grade, one in Rookie Grade and one in Junior Rookies (K-3)  The children are really enjoying themselves.  We are having a strong showing in all of the Grades thus far and I am looking forward to reporting out Results in a few weeks.  The Championship and Rookie Grades will play 7 Rounds in total and the Junior Rookies will play 9.  JCS A are 11/16 after 4 rounds, which has us in 2nd place to Mona Vale A.  JCS B are 10/16 and currently tied for 3rd place with Mona Vale B.  JCS C are 12/16 tied for 1st with Mona Vale C.  JCS D are currently in 1st place with 12.5/16.  We would not be able to participate in the compeition without the support of the School for our Home games and the wonderful parents who volunteer to drive and supervise teams for our Away games.  I am also very excited to have recently enlisted the assistance of our Chess Player Of The Year 2014, Ryan B, who is in Year 8 at Knox Grammar to assist us with our Home games

External Tournaments
Fees for entry into any external Chess Tournament as well as membership of the NSW Junior Chess League will be reimbursed for current Chess Club members by the Club - email Clare at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pymble Saturday Fun Tournament
In April and again in May, John Colet was represented by a contingent of children from the Club at this event, which is run by the Sydney Academy of Chess on the last Saturday of each Month.  The standard of competition is quite high in the top half and I am very impressed by the results of the children.  It is wonderful Tournament experience for the children and it really spurs their interest in Chess.  In April Daniel S came 3rd and in May Thomas J came 5th.  The next one is on Saturday the 25th of June.

Upcoming Northern Beaches Chess Challenge
Excitingly, the Sydney Academy of Chess has recently announced that they will host  a Northern Beaches Chess Challenge at Forestville on Saturday 9 July during the School Holidays.  I am hoping for a good JCS turn out.  Both the Pymble and Forestville Tournaments count towards children's official NSW Junior Chess League Ratings.

Chess Club Protocol
I have been working with the School to write the above document to explain the purpose of the Club as well as how it is organised and run and related policies.  I will put a copy of the recently finalised document on the Club's Closed Facebook Group "John Colet School Chess Club" and anyone that would like a copy can email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yours in Chess, 
Simone P

Chess in MacLaren hall maclaren

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13
May
2016

Garden Whispers

teepee children

We have had a busy two weeks in the school garden. Theresa brought in some pots and the children potted some beautiful pansies to take home for Mother’s Day.

There was also time for digging, weeding and planting some seedlings. This usually involves having fun and getting our hands dirty!

There is just about enough room for most of the kids to squeeze into the passionfruit teepee for afternoon tea.

The extended warm weather is keeping the garden going. Our vegetable seedlings are growing and the worms have settled into their new home beneath the tree. 

We’ll be cleaning up the area so it looks even more beautiful for Open Day.

More plans are afoot for the JCS Garden. Stay tuned!

pansies in pots



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06
May
2016

Dance Club

Dance Club is running again this term on Tuesday mornings from 7:35am - 8:15am in MacLaren Hall.
 
We have a few spare places left if you would like to join us, we are currently learning a dance for Open Day (Sunday 29th May).
 
Please contact Mrs Crewe if you would like to join.

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06
May
2016

Robotics update

Term 2 has started with another group of students experiencing our 'Introduction to Lego Robotics' course. Lots of construction took place this week, we should be coding before we know it! Just a reminder there is no Lego Robotics on Monday 9th May.
 
Future courses
 
Introductory Courses: Lunchtime  and Girls Only Robotics (suitable for 3rd class and up)
I have had some interest in a lunchtime only course (so no afternoons for our busier students) and also for a girls only course. Please note these will have a $10 per lesson charge, there are usually 8 sessions per course, so a total of $80. All fees go towards the purchase of equipment. If you are interested in either of these, please fill in the Google form in the school Weekly Note.
 
Next term, we will also be adding another course for any students who have completed the introductory course and are keen to learn more. Details will be finalised in the coming weeks and information will be in the Weekly Note.

Jasmine Crewe
Enrichment and Learning Support Teacher

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08
April
2016

Nailbiting finish at Interschool Chess Challenge

On Wednesday this week, the Chess Club took 20 of its members to Curl Curl North Public School to represent John Colet in the Heats of the Interschool Chess Challenge. Eight Schools participated with about 90 students from Mosman Sacred Heart, St Ives Public, Narrabeen North, Curl Curl, Oxford Falls Grammar, Mona Vale Public School and Newport Public School.  This is historically a very tough compeition for us and one in which we have not been too successful.  On this occasion there were 28 participants who had official Chess Ratings over 400 and the top 4 rated players came from 4 different schools.

All of the children played 7 matches of Chess.  The children were very sporting and very supportive of one another (and enjoyed access to the School's canteen expecially for popcorn and ice blocks).  Four children represented us from our Intermediate Class from 2nd to 4th class, and the remaining 16 from our Senior Class from years 4-6. 

This tournament is quite different to the last one we participated in at Mona Vale which was a team event.  In this one the children competed as individuals and all matches used Chess Clocks.  For Bethany T, Edward T, Siddhartha B, Elston C, Kai C, Ryan M and Callum H, this was their first tournament of this nature.  In a compeition such as this it can be quite frustrating to find the 'Draw' pitting JCS'er against JCS'er which is unavoidable but limits our possible points.  I saw many examples of the chlildren displaying the John Colet values, being very respectful of their opponents and even debriefing them on the tactics that had been used in their matches.

As the end of the tournament drew near the excitement built and all of the children were very excited to monitor our progress.  At stake was the opportunity for John Colet School to progress through to the Semi-Finals of the Interschool Chess Challenge (a feat that we managed last year), which will be held in August.  In order to do so we needed the scores of our top 4 performers to be added up and compared to the top 4 performers of the other schools and to come in the top three.  We had very stiff competition from Mona Vale Public School - with their OC stream and large Chess Club, and also from Newport which had two of the highest rated players in the competition and Oxford Falls Grammar - who beat us last year.  The Tournament Director Bevan (whom many of the children have met at our School Competitions last year or at previous tournaments) was tracking the progress scores at the end of the rounds.  At the end of the 5th round we were coming 1st by just half of a point (a draw/stalemate) and 2nd and 3rd place were tied on the same points.  The 6th round saw 2 wins and 2 losses from our top 4 (Daniel, Mimi, Ramakrishna and Leo G) which put us under pressure for our final round, thankfully our whole team lifted under the pressure, winning 14.5pts/20 and all of our top scorers won their matches.  

Overall placegetters were first presented with Ramakrishna B coming 7th on 5.5pts, Mimi P (our Head Girl) coming 4th on 6 points and Daniel coming 3rd on 6 points.  Players on the same score are differentiated by the strength of the opponents that they triumphed over.  Then the Schools announcements were made with Mona Vale coming 3rd on 21 pts, John Colet School coming 2nd on 22.5pts and Newport coming 1st on 23pts.  

All of the players will receive a Participation Certificate, which has the link to the Sydney Academy of Chess' Results page.

Special Thanks to our Drivers Indu B, Sarah McW, Chetana H and Katrina P. Without Parent volunteers the Club could not function.

Yours in Chess
Simone P
Chess Club Manager
Mother of Heidi 3S, Kai 6C and 2015 Alum Sebastian

160406 chess curl curl Daniel receiving trophy smaller

160406 chess curl curl Mimi receiving trophy smaller

160406 chess curl curl Ram receiving his medal smaller

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24
March
2016

Garden Whispers

easter photo 3.jpg

We’ve had a busy two weeks at the the Garden Club!

Last week, Theresa and the kids planted some seeds in seed raising mixture. These were taken home by Theresa and will return next week to be dug into our garden beds.
With the Walkathon postponed, there was energy to burn at Garden Club!! There are always a group of very enthusiastic children attending. Its great to see them getting their hands (and in some cases, the whole body…) dirty!

The week before, we created some early Easter decorations, by dyeing hard boiled eggs with food dye. Then, a perennial favourite, an apple bobbing competition! This always involves getting wet, so it's a great warm weather activity. It's timely too, as it is moving into Autumn in Australia.
 
Easter symbolises renewal, and gardens and gardening are a great way for children to be involved in the great cycles of life.
 
Wishing all John Colet families a wonderful Easter.

Linda and Theresa.

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18
March
2016

Chess Tournament report

On Wednesday 150 children, organised in  50 teams of 3, from 9 schools played at Mona Vale Public School in the Northern Beaches Chess Teams Challenge.  Mona Vale our hosts, are an OC school with a very strong Chess Club and the Northern Beaches Schools are historically very competitive when compared across Sydney.  John Colet took 8 teams, a Senior Girls team and an Intermediate Girls Team, a Junior (K-3) team and 5 Boys teams drawn from Intermediate and Senior Classes.  All of the children played 7 Chess matches.  Eight students had never represented John Colet before for Chess, so it was a steep learning curve, with all of them reporting having had a marvellous day!  I am extremely grateful the the parents who assisted with transport and supervision during the day, especially given that it was bucketing down with rain when we arrived in Mona Vale and all best efforts had to be made to try to get the children into the hall, as dry as possible, so thanks Katrina P, Chetana H, Gaya G as well as Indu B and Helen H.

Winning Girls smaller

Our Senior Girls Captained by Mi Mi P and supported by Amelia G and her sister Isabella G took out the "Best Girls Team" Trophy. When Mimi was presented with her Trophy on stage Richard Gastineau-Hills of the NSW Junior Chess League noted that she had indeed not lost any matches during the tournament. This is the 2nd year in a row that Mimi and Amelia have been members of the winning team!

Winning Boys smaller

Our John Colet B Team were drawn from our Senior Class and Captained by Leo G (6R) on Board 1 and supported by Kai P (6C) and Ramakrishna B from 4th Class. They were awarded Medals for coming 5th overall on 14 points.  Notably Kai won 6 out of his 7 matches and his only defeat came at the hands of a child with a rating over 500. Fernando Caro Vines our Senior Chess Coach from the Sydney Academy of Chess, had given input into the make up of the teams and had strongly recommended that Leo take a Board 1 position, and while Leo had a few moments yesterday where he wished he were on a Board 2 or 3, the results for the team speak for themselves!  

Our John Colet D Team Captained by Sean G (6R) and supported by our Head Boy Callum H (6R) and Edward T from 4th Class came in 9th place – only 1/2 a point behind our B Team, which was an amazing result, especially as Callum and Edward were playing in their first tournament.  Both Sean and Callum only lost one match each!

Our John Colet C Team Captained by Jason N (6R) and supported by Paul D (6R) and Eshaan H from 4th class came in 11th place – only 1/2 a point behind the D team.  This was Jason’s first Tournament and he was a bit daunted by the additional duties of the Captain as well as playing Board 1 but he handled it beautifully, with lots of smiles and maybe even a little bit of "happy dancing”.

Our John Colet A Team Captained by Daniel S (6R) and supported by Thomas J (5T) and Saurav H from 4th class came in 15th place – only 1 point behind the C team.  They were a bit unlucky with their Draw, having to play several teams with Chess Clocks as their opponents had ratings over 400.  What I know from being at several of these tournaments now, is that ‘the luck of the draw’ can play a big part in the final result. I was very proud of their very sportsmen like behaviour and the way they supported the other John Colet teams on the day.

Our John Colet E Team Captained by Kai C (5T) and supported by Aidan H (5T) and Rory M (6R) enjoyed themselves and gained valuable experience for future competitions and earning 10 points.  Kai and Rory are in our Intermediate class and this was their first time representing the school.  I look forward to seeing them progress at further at future tournaments.

Our John Colet Juniors Captained by Leo P (3rd Class), supported by Siddhartha B (2nd Class) and Heidi P (3rd class), had a pretty difficult draw.  Neither Leo or Heidi had been to this tournament before, while Siddhartha had been a part of the winning team the year before. They were only 1.5 points away from the winners of this Division and Siddhartha deserves special mention for winning 5 of his 7 matches.  

Our Intermediate Girls team Captained by Scarlett (6C) supported by Bethany T and Misha Y from 4th class, showed fabulous grit and determination.  This was Bethany and Misha’s first time representing the school.  Misha could not wipe the smile off her face after winning or drawing 4 of her 7 matches.  

Tournament Results
1st - Mona Vale A
2nd - Mona Vale B (captained by our Alum, Nathan C)
3rd - Seaforth A
4th - Newport A
5th - John Colet B
6th - Oxford Falls
1st Girls - John Colet
2nd Girls - Cromer
1st Junior - Newport
2nd Junior - Wheeler Heights.

We have a further Interschool Chess Challenge coming up this term on 6 April at Curl Curl North and next Term on Fridays after school, we will participate and host (every 2nd week) the Primary Schools Chess Teams Competition, with 4 teams of 4 chess players across 4 levels of Chess, from Championship through to Rookies (dependant on parent volunteers).

The Club has had a fantastic take up this year with over 70 members attending 4 classes every week. We are very fortunate this year to have a strong Year 6 group as well a good size enrolment of enthusiastic children in Years 4, 3 and lower 1st.  I would love to encourage our Year 5’s to consider joining the club.  They would be welcome to commence in our Monday afternoon Intermediate Class from 3-4pm.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

If any JCS parent would like to keep up to date with our Chess Club we have a Closed Facebook Group called "John Colet Chess Club" that you may request to become a member of.  I try to put updates of what happens in the classes, as well as links and resources to assist with your little Chess Champions, photos from our tournaments and Chess Quotes and "Fun Facts”.

 

Yours in Chess, Simone P
Chess Club Manager

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11
March
2016

Garden Whispers

 

seed bombs

Last week at Garden Club we we made some seed bombs. As you can see, the kids were really ‘hands on’ with this activity. Just like making mud pies, only more practical!

The balls are made of clay and compost, with a few seeds inside. Once dry, the seeds can stay dormant for up to a year. Apparently native American tribes made seed bombs to store and transport seeds.

Our balls were a bit ‘wet’, so they may sprout a little sooner.

The garden needed a lot of watering, and weeding after the hot, dry weather. And some more lovely planter boxes were painted with bright designs. There was even time for a bit of kid composting.

Garden Club continues on Friday afternoons.

Fridays 3pm to 4.15pm.
Cost $13  per child
$10 for sibling discount.
If your child would like to attend, please contact Linda through the school.



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26
February
2016

Garden Whispers

 

garden 26 feb

Last week at Garden Club, the children planted herbs in their pre-decorated planter boxes to take home. They looked beautiful! In a few of week’s time, there will be a home harvest of healthy leaves.
It was so hot again last Friday that we all cooled off with a water fight.
This week we plan to plant some of the baby lettuce and herbs into our garden beds.

Garden Club details.
Fridays 3pm to 4.15pm.
Cost $13  per child
$10 for sibling discount.
Where: Garden near Top House.

If your child would like to attend, please contact Linda Z through the school.

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19
February
2016

Garden Whispers

We had a multicoloured afternoon last week at Garden Club. Theresa brought in some recycled foam boxes, which the kids enthusiastically painted and decorated. There were some lovely, creative designs, on both children and boxes!
It was very hot, so afterwards we had a water fight to cool down.
This week we will plant some herbs and veggies in the boxes for the children to take home. Garden Club continues to grow (pardon the pun) this year. We have welcomed some happy children to the club this term.

Garden Club continues on Friday afternoons, as this is the only time at present our amazing teacher, Theresa, is available. We have moved the time back to 4.15 finish as 4.30 was too long. Correspondingly the cost is a bit less.

Fridays 3pm to 4.15pm.
Cost $13  per child
$10 for sibling discount.
Where: Garden near Top House.

If your child would like to attend, please contact Linda via the school.

Needed: New Garden Club Coordinators
This will be my last term as Garden Club Coordinator. I have put a lot of energy into the Club and it will be two years at the end of this term. There have been many wonderful moments, and its been great to see the children so involved in making and growing a garden. However, I now need to put my energy into other things. So… if the wonderful JCS Community wants the garden club to continue, please put up your hand. There could be one coordinator, or the role can be shared. 
Theresa has agreed to continue as Garden Club Teacher, and she will take over more of the planning and organising of classes. There is still a need for someone from JCS to liaise with. It wouldn’t take up a lot of time.

Please contact Linda if you wish to find out more, or simply have a chat!



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12
February
2016

Instrumental ensemble rehearsal times

he John Colet Instrumental Ensemble will commence rehearsals on Tuesday 16th February. Rehearsals are held in the Music Room from 8am – 8:35.  The ensemble is an opportunity for children to play their instrument in a group setting, learning about playing together, playing with dynamics and understanding the composition of both melody and harmony.  Performance opportunities include the semester instrumental concerts and Open Day.

The ensemble is for string players, wind players (other than recorder), brass players and percussionists from 3rd – 6th class. A moderate level of proficiency is required.

Should you have any questions please contact Mrs Miles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I look forward to seeing all instrumentalists at the rehearsal on Tuesday morning.

Mrs Miles

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05
February
2016

Sanskrit lessons for parents too!

A short Sanskrit Course which includes learning some of the prayers and the Sanskrit alphabet will be offered to anyone interested commencing on:
Monday, 15th February (fourth week of term)  to Monday  14th March
from 8.30am – 9.25 am
In the Sanskrit Room (D7), John Colet
COST:  $20.00 for beginners & $10.00 for return students.
If you are interested or would like to discuss any details please contact: Mrs Childs
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05
February
2016

Garden Whispers - who can help?

Garden Club continues on Friday afternoons, as this is the only time at present our amazing teacher, Theresa, is available. We have moved the time back to 4.15 finish as 4.30 was too long. Correspondingly the cost is a bit less.
 
Fridays 3pm to 4.15pm.
Cost $13  per child
$10 for sibling discount.
Where: Garden near Top House.
 
If your child would like to attend, please contact Linda through the school.
 
Needed: New Garden Club Coordinators
This will be my last term as Garden Club Coordinator. I have put a lot of energy into the Club and it will be two years at the end of this term. There have been many wonderful moments, and its been great to see the children so involved in making and growing a garden. However, I now need to put my energy into other things. So… if the wonderful JCS Community wants the garden club to continue, please put up your hand. There could be one coordinator, or the role can be shared. 
Theresa has agreed to continue as Garden Club Teacher, and she will take over more of the planning and organising of classes. There is still a need for someone from JCS to liaise with. It wouldn’t take up a lot of time.
Please contact Linda if you wish to find out more, or simply have a chat!

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05
February
2016

Sanskrit chanting 2016

Our Sanskrit Chanting groups returned this week. In the groups the children recite Sanskrit verses from the Bhagavad Gita and other Sanskrit texts and discuss their meaning. Our teacher, Shankara, has a blog at www.sydneypatashaala.wordpress.com if you’d like to take a look.
 
There are now two classes (primary and infants [U1st- 2nd]) that run consecutively every Tuesday afternoon in Colet 2:
 
Primary: 3:15-3:45pm
Infants: 3:45-4:15pm
 
There are a number of spaces in the infants class.
 
Please contact parent organisers Libby or Indu if you are interested in your child starting.

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05
February
2016

Dance Club starts

Please find the details below:

 

Primary Dance Club
When: Tuesday 7:35am-8:20am
Style: Jazz with elements of lyrical and cultural dance
Venue: MacLaren Hall
Cost $6 per class billed per term at the commencement of enrolment
 
Infants Dance Club
When: Wednesdays 7:40am – 8:20am
Style: Jazz
Venue: MacLaren Hall
Cost $6 per class billed per term at the commencement of enrolment
 
A free trial class is available at any time throughout the term. Please contact Mrs Crewe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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