Chess & Clubs

Chess & Clubs

18
September
2015

Book lovers welcome!

On Tuesday mornings before school, an enthusiastic group of students has been meeting to discuss their favourite books. The book club has been trialed this term with predominantly 4th class students and is run by John Colet parent Liz K.
The children are learning how to engage in a discussion where opinions differ on everything from how to pronounce Magog through to whether or not books should be made into movies.
There have been some entertaining debates and insightful commentary but most of all, lots of laughs.
“The best thing about book club is hearing other people’s views on a book. You get to hear a different perspective that you may never have learnt on your own.”  
“We learn about new books.”
"It teaches you to share your ideas in a way that you usually wouldn’t do at school.”
In the final session this term, the children brought in a book to swap with another member for the holidays; enabling the children to maintain their connectedness through the break.
There is a very long list of books the children want to cover next term! The plan is to build on book week and look at books by Belinda Murrell and Mark Greenwood, as well as another book from the Septimus Heap Series.
To register your interest for next term, talk to Liz or 4th class teacher Mrs Tomicki.  Priority will be given to existing members.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, Writing & Speaking, John Colet

18
September
2015

John Colet needlework club for 6th class

Since the beginning of the year, children from Sixth Class have formed a lunchtime Needlework Club, and come together every Tuesday for about forty minutes to learn the “Art of Bargello Work”, under the aegis of Mrs. Donald and Mrs. Layton, with the aim of producing beautiful inserts into cushions. Here are some of the finished products (more still to be completed – watch this space!)
Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace, Florence, which have a "flame stitch" pattern.
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Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

11
September
2015

Chess in focus at John Colet School

Last week was the 7th and last round of our Term 3  Senior Chess tournament

Congratulations to Daniel S 🏆 who won the tournament followed very closely by Leo G 🏆 and then Thomas J 🏆 followed very closely by Liam McW🏆. This ongoing tournament has really focused the class and has been very enjoyable for them. 

I would like to thank our volunteers for the Intermediate Class on a Monday after school. Chandra B (Siddhartha's Dad) has been a long time volunteer with this class but is moving on and Felecity H (Jamie's mum) helped out last week and next week for the last week of term Chetna H (Saurav and Eshaan's Mum) will be helping out. 

In Term 4 we will have a morning of a 5 round Chess Tournament for Upper 1st/2nd and Primary. Children who can play chess but are not currently in the Chess Club are welcome to enrol also. Stay tuned for more details and encourage your chess enthusiast to play at home :-)

On 23 September there is a One Day Tournament at Ryde run by the NSW JCL which I would highly recommend for your chess enthusiast.  It is open for 6-17 year olds. It is a great experience and will give them an official rating. 

Last Term our Club was coached by Max Illingworth, Australia's No. 1 ranked Chess Player. A lovely young man that the kids adored. Please send him your positive vibes for a great Tournament as he represents Australia in the coming days at the World Championships in Europe. 
Yours in Chess, 
Simone Pietschner 

Categories: Chess & Clubs

04
September
2015

Young Yogis at JCS

So far this term,  our Young Yogis have learnt the dolphin, mermaid, chicken, dog and turtle poses, among others.  If you'd like to find out more, contact our instructor Pia on 0424 128 226.

youngyogis

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

19
August
2015

Interschool Chess semi final report

On Friday the 14th of August John Colet participated in a Semi Final of the Interschool Chess Challenge and enjoyed an amazing result. We qualified to compete via a Heat back in Term 1.

Our team was selected from our Chess Club, taking into account performance during matches at school as well as various tournaments and Competitions throughout the year. The team consisted of Thomas J from Yr 4, Daniel S, Leo G and Mimi P from Yr 5 and Liam M from Year 6. This was quite a young and inexperienced team as JCS representative teams at this level had previously been dominated by children from last year's Year 6. 

The Tournament was hosted by Willoughby Public School and 15 schools were represented by 76 Primary School students. The children played 7 matches in Swiss Perfect format. 

We came 3rd and qualified through to the NSW Final!

Daniel was our Highest scorer on 5 points from 7 (coming 11th overall). On 4.5 points Mimi was the strongest girl at the tournament by far. Leo also took 4.5 points, Thomas 4 and Liam 3. Thomas, Daniel and Mimi all made it as high as Board 4.

It was a fantastic team effort and wonderful to witness. The children really stuck together during the day cheering each other on and displaying great team spirit. 

Neutral Bay came 1st with 22.5 pts and North Curl Curl came 2nd on 18.5pts. 

https://www.sydneyacademyofchess.com.au/tournaments/interschool/2015/willoughby-public-school

Sadly, the NSW Final is scheduled to be played on 11 September which clashes with Primary School Camps, therefore we will be unable to attend. We are trying to push aside our disappointment and hang onto the joy we felt on the day. We are also excited about our prospects for next year's Competition. 

Currently our Senior Class is participating in a Class tournament on Friday mornings. And the club is also looking forward to hosting a School Tournament in Term 4 for Chess Club members as well as other chess enthusiasts - stay tuned for a date. 

"No one ever won a game of chess by only taking forward moves. Sometimes we have to move backward to get a better step forward."
Yours in Chess,
Simone P
Chess Club Coordinator 
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14
August
2015

Bush Tucker working bee

JCS and  Garden Club have a grant from Coles Junior LandCare to create a bush tucker garden. 
We have approval to use the pizza shape rock garden just below Lower First. This is currently filled with lots of spiky leafed grasses and native plants.

School parent Eliza M has kindly designed a lovely space, with bush tucker plants that are suited to our climate, and are child friendly, ie: not too large and spiky!

After a long winter, we are keen to get moving on the Bush Tucker Garden.
We need some able-bodied parents to help us dig out the plants and prepare the bed for planting. Then the Garden Club kids can plant the bush tucker themselves during class.
It's not a large space (5x8m wedge), so should only take two or three hours on a weekend. Please help so we can get this started this term! It will look lovely when completed.

I know that all John Colet parents are very busy on weekends; but if you can spare a couple of hours we would really appreciate it!
The potential weekends when I am available are:

  • Sunday August  23
  • Saturday or Sunday August 28, 29
  • Possibly 11 or 12 September
 
You can bring the kids, and we will have either morning or afternoon tea, depending on what time people can come. Please contact Linda to advise what days or times are best for you.

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31
July
2015

Busy Wednesday afternoons

There's a lot going on after school on Wednesdays... that's when the John Colet Choir rehearses and Mandarin club is also in full swing.

New activities this term include Science Club with Mrs Crewe, the scientists played periodic table bingo this week.  Mrs Crewe says they have just started a new unit on chemistry and will be doing some exciting experiments. She says there are still spots open and everyone is welcome to join. Please contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested for current or future Science clubs. 

Young Yogis is also underway in Top House with tutor Pia contactable on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like your primary aged child to join.

There's also Sanskrit chanting and this week the children learnt two verses from the Bhagavad Gita. The verses espouse kindness to all beings, being free from the ego and being tolerant of others. Shankara has a blog at www.sydneypatashaala.wordpress.com if you’d like to take a look.

And of course, on Wednesdays and every afternoon, there's all the fun to be had in After School Care with Camp Australia.

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Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

24
July
2015

Garden Whispers

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We had a great time last week, planting seedlings in punnets to grow.
It's important to see where plants come from! Come Spring we shall be ready to plant them into our new garden beds.
 
The children and Theresa found a novel way to use the kikuyu grass weeds: grass crowns! There were some very happy princes and princesses.
 
Garden club is still on Friday afternoons. Theresa is away for 3 weeks, but Linda is taking the classes.
 
All welcome!
Fridays 4 to 5.30pm. $15 per child $10 ea sibling discount.
Doodle link to enrol http://doodle.com/rsgb26qqxebwd5pw

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17
July
2015

Recap on the inter-school Chess competition last term

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Pictured above are the John Colet teams (in black) playing at home.

JCS had 4 teams competing on Friday afternoons in Term 2 across the Manly Warringah Zone of the NSW Junior Chess League Primary School Teams Chess Competition.  Other schools that competed included Oxford Falls Grammar, St Augustines, St Lukes, Newport, Monavale, Seaforth and many more.  The teams were made up of 4 students roughly ranked in order of skill.  Given the youth and lack of tournament experience of our teams we performed amazingly well finishing 'On the Podium' with 3 of the 4 teams.
 
Our Junior Rookies came 2nd on 22.5/28 points to Newport with Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) coming 3rd.  This team consisted of Saurav and  Eshaan H from year 3 , Siddhartha B from Upper 1st and Ryan M from Year 3.  Reserves were Isabella G and Ellston C from Year 3.  Saurav was our Board 1 player and won 7 matches from 7 while his brother won 5 out of the  6 matches he played.  Siddhartha won 4 out of the 5 matches he played and Ryan won 3 out of 5 matches and collected a point from a forfeit.  Isabella won both matches that she played.  The whole team represented the school beautifully and were a delight to behold, showing amazing maturity and sportsmanship.
 
Our Rookies came 2nd on 19 points to OLGC (which was a much older team).  Our team consisted of Ramakrishna B, Year 3, Michael T, Aidan H from Year 4 and Leo P from Year 2. Reserves were Caitlyn B and Jason N - both of whom won the matches they played.  Ramakrishna and Michael only lost one match a piece, while Leo gave a very mature performance losing only 2 matches and Aidan took home two wins and a draw.  
 
Our Intermediate Team came 2nd to Monavale with St Rose of Collaroy coming 3rd.  Our team was made up of Mimi P, Leo G, Liam M and Kai P with Paul D and Jason N as Reserves.  Mimi lead the team strongly and took 4 points from 6 matches.  It was Leo's first experience of a compeition of this type and he brought home 3 points on a tough Board.  Kai won 6 out of the 7 matches he played and Liam took 5.5 points from 6 matches.
 
Our Championship Team found it pretty tough going and in hindsight (20/20) they probably would have been better suited to the Intermediate Division, so I am taking a learning from that.  Wheeler Heights, Newport and Monavale dominated.  Our Team consisted of Thomas J, Daniel S, Scout H and Sean G.  Reserves were Mimi P and Leo G.  They showed great resilience and sportsmanship.  A character building experience.  
 
The Club is very grateful to the school and all of the parent volunteers who made this competition possible, providing driving, supervision, scoring, afternoon team and coordination of pick ups etc. 

Simone P
Chess Club Coordinator

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

17
July
2015

Garden Whispers - a chilly start to Term 3!

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We hope that you're all ready to get back into the garden! 
It looks like being a very wintery start to Garden Club today! Brrrr. We will be doing indoor garden activities: choosing plants for the garden and planting seeds.
The garden is expanding. This term we are going to put in two more garden beds. So we will be able to grow more veggies and herbs. That is exciting! We will discuss what plants we would like to grow with the children.

We also have some ideas to make bird seed and fruit feeders to hang from the trees, and sprouts to take home and nurture. We are always happy for ideas and suggestions!

Theresa will be away from Friday July 24 to August 7. Linda will keep the garden club classes running in her absence.

Classes are on Fridays 3 to 4.30pm.

If your child would like to come to Garden Club, please go to the Doodle link below.

http://doodle.com/rsgb26qqxebwd5pw




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19
June
2015

Garden Whispers

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At Garden Club last week everyone had fun making scarecrows. Each one was different and very creative.
We found some old baby and children's clothes and stuffed them with straw. You can see our handiwork strung along the fence in the garden.
Next term Garden Club is on Fridays at this stage. However we may be able to move to another day if Theresa is able.
At the moment it's Fridays 3 pm to 4.30pm. $15
If you want to enrol for next term go to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Have a great holiday. We hope you get out amongst nature somewhere. 

Linda and Theresa

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17
June
2015

New club planned - Yoga

John Colet School is introducing yoga as a new extra-curricular club for students of all ages?
 
We will be starting regular yoga classes at the school in Term 3 on Wednesdays at 3:15-4pm. The cost will be $8 per student. Mats provided. Students to please bring a change of clothes on that day. To secure a spot, or to find out more, SMS the experienced yoga instructor, Pia O'Connor, on 0424 128 226. www.youngyogis.com.au
 
Pia is enthusiastic about the benefits of yoga for children.  
 
“Yoga is non-competitive. It teaches children that we are all different and we are all perfect the way we are. There is no better or worse at yoga, it is all about exploring and learning in your own time. Yoga truly is for everybody.”
 
Pia says yoga also teaches students acceptance and tolerance of others.
 
“Without a doubt this a wonderful way to create more peaceful local communities and a more peaceful world for our future.
 
“While encouraging physical activity and exercise, yoga will also teach a healthy approach to eating, mental/emotional balance as well as nature appreciation.
 
And Pia says yoga gives children tools to let their minds slow down and settle.
“They learn tools on how to relax and be still, how to handle stress and pressure they might face as they grow up.”
 
School student Sierra H says- "I like the partner poses, doing yoga makes me feel relaxed and strong."
 
And her sister Caly adds- "Doing yoga makes me happy."

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

12
June
2015

Conducting - harder than it looks!

The first series of lunchtime conducting lessons started this week. The small group class is obviously a lot of fun, but judging by the looks of concentration, conducting is not as easy as it looks!

Over the course of the next 6 weeks, the students will have the chance to conduct some of our younger choirs, something they are really looking forward to.

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12
June
2015

Garden club activities

Over the past two weeks we have tended to the garden.
The kids planted out seedlings into the garden and pots as well as topping up compost and worms.
Theresa brought a soil testing kit along and we were able to test soil in different parts of the garden. The soil was a bit acidic so we needed to add a bit of lime.

soil testing

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09
June
2015

Fencing demonstration at John Colet School

Sam J, Joshua J, Yoshi K, Ayush O, Oliver M, and from Primary, Aidan H, Havannah V, Ashlee P, Thomas J, Iwen T-H and Arayan M all took part in our fencing demonstration at our recent Open Day.  Thank you all so much for the great entertainment, and to Mr Roslin for organising the competition.  All got a medal; Ayush got a trophy for winning the Junior Competition and Aryan received one for winning the Primary.

fencing-photo

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