Chess & Clubs

Chess & Clubs

05
May
2015

Sanskrit Chanting class from Term 3

A Sanskrit chanting class is being made available on Wednesdays after school. These classes have been held at home to date with a small group of children from JCS. We can move the class to school as other parents have expressed an interest. The classes are taken by a young man, Shankar Athreiya, who is a student of Sanskrit and has been taught chanting as a familial tradition. He studies engineering at university. Shankar travels from Liverpool and is committed to these classes. The children are very fond of him and have enjoyed the classes for the last year.
 
There are two groups (beginner and intermediate) who learn for 30 minutes each. One class will start at 3.10pm and the other at approximately 3.40pm. Fees are $15 per child. A minimum of 8 children will be required to hold these classes at school (we have 5 at the moment). 
 
Please contact Indu or Libby by 30th May on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ if you are interested in more information or would like to enrol your child. We may start earlier in Term 2 if there is sufficient interest.

Indu Balachandran & Libby Levay

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01
May
2015

Chess news

It is a very interesting time for our Chess Club. We received news this week that our Coach Miro Nowak is unavailable for the rest of the Term due to a family emergency overseas. We wish him all the best. We are very fortunate that we have been able to secure the services of Max Illingworth a young International Master and the current reigning Australian Champion. He is a local and he will commence with us from next week. 

Last term we had a lot of somewhat unexpected success and we are now feeling very up beat about what may be possible this year. This week (Friday 1st May) sees the beginning of a 7 week Primary Teams Competition which is played after school with at John Colet or at other local schools. Our 4 teams are all scheduled to play at Mona Vale Public School for their first match up.  With children from year 1-6 we are very grateful to the team of supportive parents who are volunteering to support the Club through this competition. Good luck to the teams!

Next week brings another local Heat of the Interschool Chess Challenge. I have registered 9 students to attend from year 2,4 & 6. We will be playing at Bilgola Plateau Public School. 

Meanwhile it has been very encouraging to see our Enrolments increasing for Term 2. I think word is travelling about how much fun playing Chess can be!

Yours in Chess, 
Simone P
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Clare J
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19
March
2015

Three tournaments in three weeks

More wonderful results to report

Three tournaments in three weeks and more wonderful results to report.  On Wednesday 156 children, organised in  52 teams of 3, from 12 schools played at Mona Vale Public School in the Northern Beaches Chess Teams Challenge.  John Colet took 4 teams, having taken the decision to 'rest' our Year 5 boys which make up the majority of our Senior Chess Class.  With this in mind we did not anticipate having a particularly glorious day - but a great experience and some fun.  The lesson being:  Never underestimate JCS when it comes to Chess!

Our John Colet B Team of Girls Captained by Mi Mi P and abley supported by Scout H and Amelia G had the Tournament of their lives coming 8th overall AND taking out the "Best Girls Team" Trophy. When Scout 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.  In fact the Girls were only 1 point away from sharing in 2nd place overall.

Our John Colet D Team were drawn from our Intermediate Class which is held on a Monday between 3 and 4pm, Captained by Saurav H and supported by his brother Eshaan H (from 3rd class) and Siddhartha B from U1st, this was their first external Tournament.  With 12pts from their 7 matches they easily took the Trophy for Best Junior Team (K-3) and actually came 15th overall.

Our John Colet A Team Captained by Thomas J and supported by Liam McW and Michael T came in 11th place.  C Team Captained by Ramakrishna B and supported by Sebastian P and Aidan H came 24th.  There were some very noteworthy performances by members of both teams.

Miro Nowak our Chessmater was left 'speechless' by our results.

Special thants to Katrina P, Mi Mi's Mum and Chetna H, Saurav and Eshan's Mum, for driving and assisting on the day.  

Coming up 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 Junior Rookies.

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".

If you or your child were not sure at the beginning of the school year whether the Chess Club was for them, then now might be a good time to reconsider.  I would be particularly thrilled to have more Year 4 children and girls.  Year 3 and up would commence in the Intermediate Class on Monday afternoons directly after school.

Chess is Everything.  Art, Science and Sport.
- A Karpov (Russian Chess Grandmaster and World Chess Champion 1975-1985)

Yours in Chess,
Simone P

 

 

 

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13
March
2015

Garden club activities

Last week at Garden Club we planted seedlings and put drainage in the pots. We also checked on our worm community!

This week we have some more herbs to plant, for the kitchen garden. 

Next week, Theresa plans to make some scarecrows. Remember how much fun it was last year?

Scarecrows
Anyone is welcome to come next Friday 21st to make scarecrows at Garden Club! Just come along.
If any parent feels like staying to help, you are welcome, as Linda will be away next Friday.
Thanks
Linda and Theresa

theresa-and-students

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12
March
2015

More amazing chess news

On Wednesday 8 students from John Colet School’s Senior Chess Class competed in the Local Heat at Artarmon Public School of the Sydney Interschool Chess Challenge, which is run by the Sydney Academy of Chess.

There were 90 students competing from 8 schools. Each child had to play 7 timed matches which started at about 9.30am and went through till 2pm, when presentations were made.  The team displayed a commendable attitude of sportsmanship, resilience and die-hard competitiveness.    It was a very tough field!  Daniel S from 5th class inspired the rest of the team with a very impressive score of 5.5/7, meaning that he only lost one match the whole day.  He earned himself a Trophy for coming 5th overall and first from our school.

Maisy T from 6th class, a recent recruit to the Chess club, achieved a respectable result of 2.5 points and displayed a tenacious and positive attitude, even having a friendly rematch with another young girl from Willoughby.

On 5/7 points Leo G  from Year 5 turned out an amazing performance for a student only recently promoted to the Senior Chess Class.  When Daniel’s, Leo’s, Liam’s and Sean’s scores were added together we had a equal second score of 19.5 points.  After consideration was given to the level of our opponents JCS were awarded 3rd place for the Tournament which qualifies us to go through to the Semi-Final Tournament in Term 3.  

Miro, our Chessmaster, responded to the news by saying "I cannot believe that such a young inexperienced team qualifiesd to the semis so soon. It was a very tough field/opposition. It is so uplifting to start term 1 on a very positive /successful note. You made my day…" 

For the Semi-finals we will be able to take our strongest 5 Chess Players to compete with other School’s from across the State!

In between matches the children enjoyed supporting their fellow team members by spectating their matches and going to the school canteen for ice blocks.

Next week we will taking a diverse team of 12 to the Northern Beaches Primary School Chess Challenge at Mona Vale Public School.

I’d like to thank Michael T's mum, Sascha and Leo G’s mum Gaya,  who helped with the transport and a long day of supervision.

Yours in Chess,

Simone P

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05
March
2015

Chess Competition report

On Wednesday 8 students from John Colet School’s Senior Chess Class competed in the Local Heat at Curl Curl North Public School of the Sydney Interschool Chess Challenge, which is run by the Sydney Academy of Chess.

For some of the children it was the first tournament of this type that they had ever attended.   There were 96 students competing from 9 schools. Each child had to play 7 timed matches which started at about 9.30am and went through till 2pm, when presentations were made.  All of the children experienced winning, losing and drawing! The team brought a high level of enthusiasm, manners and attitude representative of what we are all about at John Colet!  The competition was of a very high standard!  8 year old Thomas J from 4th class lead the charge for John Colet with a very impressive score of 5.5/7, meaning that he only lost one match the whole day.  He earned himself a Medal for coming first from our school and only just missed out on receiving a trophy which was presented to the top 5 performers.  

On 4.5/7 points Mi Mi P  turned in an impressive performance coming in the top 23 players on the day and the 2nd best performance from a girl in the tournament.  We were a little bit unlucky, in that twice Thomas was drawn to play fellow JCS team members.

If there had been a trophy for best-dressed Chess Team then we would have won it in our new Polo Shirts, which the kids were very excited about wearing.  In between matches the children enjoyed going to the school canteen, playing hand ball and hula hooping – that’s right!  Being a member of the Chess Club is a lot of FUN! 

Next week we will do it all again with a further 8 students, who will go to the heat at Artarmon PS.

I’d like to thank Aidan H’s mum, Helen who helped with the transport and a long day of supervision.

Yours in Chess, Simone P

 

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27
February
2015

Garden Whispers

At Garden Club last week, we made up some beautiful boxes of seedlings to take home. They were filled with a nutritious mix of mulch, chook poo, compost and soil. The children chose herbs and veggies, and really enjoyed it. 
The gardening is very hands on!  Getting dirty is part of the fun.
This week, on Mrs Moor's suggestion, we plan to plant some herbs that can be used in the JCS kitchen!
 
Here is the doodle link if you would like to attend Garden Club.
$10 per class. Fridays 3.15 to 4.15pm.

Linda and Theresa

garden-club-boy

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27
February
2015

Garden clubbers bring home the herbs

At Garden Club last week, we made up some beautiful boxes of seedlings to take home. They were filled with a nutritious mix of mulch, chook poo, compost and soil. The children chose herbs and veggies, and really enjoyed it. 
The gardening is very hands on!  Getting dirty is part of the fun.
This week, on Mrs Moor's suggestion, we plan to plant some herbs that can be used in the JCS kitchen!

Linda and Theresa

Here is the doodle link if you would like to attend Garden Club.
$10 per class. Fridays 3.15 to 4.15pm.

http://doodle.com/eevfrphkyvcgvs48

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13
February
2015

Garden Whispers

There was a small but enthusiastic group at garden club last week.
Under Theresa's expert guidance, the old garden beds were cleaned, then compost and mulch added.
Each child planted some loofas, which will hopefully grow into large plants. Yes, you've guessed correctly, dried loofah pods are used as skin exfoliators!
We also planted some seedlings. Perhaps some chamomile tea further down the track...
You may have noticed that the beds look a trifle...not exactly untidy, but not all neat edges either. It's the children's garden and they do the work, so the garden reflects that.

Garden Club is on Fridays at the moment, but if there is enough interest, it can be changed to another day from third term. Let us know your thoughts.

Fridays 3.13- 4.15pm
Near Top House
$10 per child

Doodle link to enrol here
http://doodle.com/eevfrphkyvcgvs48

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06
February
2015

Garden Whispers

Last Friday the Garden Club saw how our garden had fared over the holidays. The garden beds definitely needed some loving care. So under Theresa's guidance, we took out all many of the old plants that had gone to seed, and removed all the scarecrows, who looked a bit droopy and sad. They will be recycled in a fun scarecrow making workshop at some stage. After that, compost and wet hay (recycled from the scarecrow guts) were enthusiastically applied, to rejuvenate the soil. 
This week the children shall plant seedlings and decide what they would like to have in the garden this Autumn.
We enjoyed seeing the beautiful passionfruit flowers. Hopefully some fruit will follow!
There are still places in garden club if your child would like to attend.
Fridays 3.15 to 4.15pm. $10 per child. Meet near Top House.
The doodle link is here.  http://doodle.com/eevfrphkyvcgvs48

passion-flower

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05
February
2015

Sewing Club

The Sewing Club opened its doors last week to a new group of erstwhile enthusiasts in 6th Class: fifteen children have signed up with Mrs. Donald, Mrs. Layton and gap student Olivia Buchanan to learn Bargello needlework:

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.

Traditionally, Bargello was stitched in wool on canvas. Embroidery done this way is remarkably durable. It is well suited for use on pillows, upholstery and even carpets, but not for clothing. In most traditional pieces, all stitches are vertical with stitches going over two or more threads.

Traditional designs are very colourful, and use many hues of one colour, which produces intricate shading effects. The patterns are naturally geometric. (Wikipedia).

The group meets on Tuesdays after lunch – it is voluntary, and the children give up their lunch play to be in this Club. Although voluntary, the children make a commitment to see the project through, and the results are very pleasing. Each participant will have a beautiful cushion of their own choice to take home. The cost is $20 for the project and is purely to cover the cost of the materials. We hope to have something to show for our efforts by Open Day.   In the meantime, Jaanvi and I are pictured below with one we prepared earlier!

-Judith Donald
Sewing Club teacher

sewing-with-jaanavi

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03
February
2015

Instrumental lessons at John Colet School

And our Ensemble

We are now taking enrollments for students who are interested in learning the piano, violin, viola, cello and flute. 

Lessons occur during school hours, by professional musicians who all hold tertiary qualifications on their instruments.

Lessons are rotational so your child doesn't miss out on the same lessons each week. 

  • Fees are $39 per half hour. 
  • Performances: We put on two instrumental concerts per year
Our tutors: 

Jodie Law - Piano

Rosy Davidson - Piano, violin, viola

Kathryn Crossing - violin and beginner cello

Haydn Mackay - Flute

If you would like to broaden your son or daughter's musical education, simply register your interest by contacting Mrs Kathryn Crossing - Music Co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further enquiries. 

THE JOHN COLET ENSEMBLE
If your child learns a string or woodwind instrument (either in school time or outside the school), students may enroll in our John Colet Ensemble which is mostly made up of string players but we have recently added Bassoon. Students rehearse on a Monday afternoon straight after school. We would love some more musicians involved. Please register your interest with our wonderful conductor Rosy Davidson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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29
January
2015

French classes at John Colet School

 

Beginner’s Class / Junior Class Tuesday 3.00pm – 3.55pm
Intermediate/Senior Class Thursday 3.00pm – 3.55pm
Classes will commence during Week 4 of Term 1, 2015.
Location The library which is  behind reception. Enter via the side door off the breezeway.
Please contact Jenyne Hanson through the school.

If you are interested in your child beginning French classes please contact me via email or on the above mobile number via sms with your contact details and your child’s class and teacher.

I will not be taking students from Lower First during Terms 1 & 2.

The beginner’s class will be for students who have done very little French or have no knowledge of the language.

If your child is in year 3, 4, 5 or 6 it is possible that I may place them in the intermediate class. Please contact me for this.

Some students from the 2014 Beginner’s class will enter the intermediate class on Thursdays. Please discuss your child’s progress with me prior to us making this decision.

Classes are $10 per lesson, & parents are invoiced at the commencement of term via email with electronic funds transfer details.

Please notify your child’s class teacher if you intend for them to start lessons.

Thank you,
Jenyne Hanson

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29
January
2015

Chess news

As promised last week, please find towards the end of our blog posts, the Term 1 2015 Enrolment form and details of fees and how to pay. Our first Senior Chess class was held this morning and next week Intermediate Chess will commence on Monday and on Wednesday Beginners and Transition classes will commence. I have already had strong interest in the Beginners class from Lower 1st which is wonderful.

I have created a Closed Facebook Group as another channel for communication for our chess community. You can search for it under John Colet Chess Club. I am sharing articles, links and updates there - seeking to keep Parents more engaged with the Club and their children's participation in chess. Membership is optional and members do not have to be 'Friends' or post anything themselves.
Yours in Chess,
Simone P
Chess Club Manager

"Daring ideas are like chessman moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game." Goethe

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