Blog - John Colet School
23
August
2019

Planning their overseas trips

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6S were recently working on a maths investigation planning a world trip and calculating distances, recording locations using longitude and latitude and navigating international time zones.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

23
August
2019

Head of school's Comment

It was wonderful to see the children dressed up for our Book Week Parade on Monday. The children (and parents) really outdid themselves this year with some creations inspired from both new and classic literature.
 
It has been a great deal quieter over the past few days with our 5th and 6th Class students at camp. They have had a wonderful experience together and have managed to enjoy some real winter weather before we head into Spring. We look forward to having them back with us on Monday.
 
As we come towards the half way mark in Term 3, we have a lot to look forward to. Next Wednesday, we have our 6th Class Market Day fundraising with a crazy socks day, Grandparents’ Day on the 4th September, P&F Movie night on the 7th and a Science Week visiting show on the 9th . Later in the month our 3rd and 4th Classes are off to camp at Milsons Island, our Athletic Carnival is on the 24th, followed soon after by our Infants Concert.  

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

23
August
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Garlic and paprika roasted potatoes
Tuesday – Minestrone soup
Wednesday – tacos with salad sour cream and Guacamole
Thursday – vegetable pizza
Friday – potato pie

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Chef and his lunch team also got into the Book Week spirit!

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

23
August
2019

Super-duper work from Second Class

Book characters were the topic for this year's House writing competition.  Enjoy this fine work from Padma  and Derek in Year 2...

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Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

23
August
2019

Book week a big week

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Our Book Week theme continued this week. Children chose and prepared presentations on their current reading. Upper 1st (Year 1) for example, has had some excellent book reviews so far with books about ‘Mother Theresa’, ‘Malala Yousafzai Story’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', a ‘Chinese Joke Book’ and more. Here Aden is sharing images from his book, projected onto the Whiteboard.

Upper 1st have also been learning about Mass – comparing, estimating and measuring mass/weight. In science they have been looking at the changing states of matter.  In History they have been sharing artifacts and comparing shops of long ago with shops now. They have also been letter writing, learning about punctuation and sentence structure, and in Philosophy / Health they have been talking about the courage to face challenges, what a Growth Mindset is and how it can expand our view and help us be inspired by others.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

16
August
2019

Head of school's Comment

Within the Value of Courage that we are focussing on this term, we are looking at forgiveness. The courage to forgive others and also ourselves requires self-control, inner strength and understanding of what is right. It is this concept within Courage that promotes a growth mindset, resilience and a willingness to learn from our errors.
 
Forgiving is not the same as forgetting. In fact, it is more closely aligned to remembering for it to be useful. It does not mean that you are saying what happened was okay, it does however, mean that you have let go of the anger or guilt towards someone, or towards yourself.
 
As we go through life we all make mistakes. We shouldn’t spend our time in regret, thinking of what could have been. Instead, the focus needs to be on the present and ensuring that we have learnt from past mistakes. This is what learning is all about, the confidence to take risks, have slipups, learn from them, forgive yourself and others, and move on.
 
Forgiveness is like the fragrance a flower gives after it’s been stepped on – Anon

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

16
August
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Next week 5th and 6th class will be traveling to Bathurst for a three-day camp. This is part of their study of the Gold Rush and is by and large an educational event, however, it also allows an opportunity for the children to spend three days learning to work harmoniously together. Often on these events a lot is learnt about co-operation, sharing, making small sacrifices where necessary and sometimes even managing disappointment. In many ways this builds resilience and is the more important aspect of the camp. No doubt we will be proud of the way children will represent our School Values.
I look forward to seeing you in three weeks after my return from long service leave at a philosophy retreat in the UK.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

16
August
2019

Sports and debating this week

Unfortunately the Junior Girls lost 6 - 0 and we had our ups and downs. In the end, the Girls of the Game were Isla for her good goal kicks, Tavnoor for defense and Ava for trying her best.

The Senior Boys had a 9 - 5 loss and the Captain said they 'kind of switched off' during the second half.  The Men of the Match were Frankie and Oscar for great running and receiving.

The Senior Girls had a bye and the Junior Boys had a friendly against Bayview.

John Colet School debated St Pius in the IPSHA debating round.  The topic was That parents should not give their children pocket money.  Our affirmative team won and our negative team lost.  The adjudicator noted it was a difficult debate on a very relevant topic.  The final debate is in two weeks.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

16
August
2019

Book Week off to a great start

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Jan Latta, an Australian wildlife photographer, author and Northern Sydney branch President of the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia), came to speak to our primary students today to kick off our book celebrations!
 
Jan has a special interest in wild land animals that are either endangered or face extinction. She spoke to the students about her adventures into the wild, trying to find the animals to study and photograph. The stories she told….!! Wow!! The children were glued to her every word and learnt so many wonderful things about wild animals.
 
Jan then showed us her selection of books, all featuring a different wild animal. They are written with primary-aged children in mind and display her photographs so beautifully.

What a great start to Book Week!

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

16
August
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Tomato and basil ravioli
Tuesday – mild vegetable curry with rice pilaf  
Wednesday – nachos with sour cream and guacamole  
Thursday – salad rolls
Friday – vegetable parcels

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

09
August
2019

Head of school's Comment

On Monday at 8:30am we will have the unveiling of the John Colet Statue. Having a representation of the person the school is named after, allows our students to make a connection to his legacy and also the values he inspired in our school.
 
Our resident international artist, Mr Philip Garrett, is returning to England next week. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Garrett for the fine sculpture he has produced as well as the lessons he has undertaken with our students. He has worked passionately to combine both the historical records of the man, art of the period, as well as factoring in the current context of our school.
 
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Moran family, who originally presented the idea of a sculpture to the school and have been supporting Mr Garrett while in Australia. A project of this magnitude is not possible without the kind donations of both time and money from our parents and friends, for this we thank you.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

09
August
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Very soon the Infants children will begin to prepare for the Infants Concert to be held in Week 10. This provides an opportunity for the children to showcase poetry and Sanskrit recitation, singing and dance. One of the very valuable aspects of such an exercise is the practice of committing things to memory. This practice develops important brain pathways which transfer to general learning. In addition, the children are gaining confidence and learning to serve others with their talents.  The children look forward to performing for parents and guests on Thursday afternoon, 26th September.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

09
August
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Mexican burritos with salad, sour cream and Guacamole
Tuesday – Macaroni cheese
Wednesday – vegetarian puff pastry slice
Thursday – pumpkin and sage Gnocchi
Friday – sweetcorn and pea muffins with sour cream and sweet chili

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

09
August
2019

Sports report

The Senior Boys had a friendly game today.
Senior Girls lost 2 - 0 V Pittwater House; Junior Girls lost 6 - 0  and the Junior Boys lost 7 - 2 to Northern Beaches Christian School.
Men of the Match in the Junior Boys game were Sidney and Shannon.  The Senior Girls Captain said everyone's effort and attitude were excellent and it was a shame we lost.  The Girls of the Game were Ava for her consistent hard work and optimism and Tahlia for playing well on such short notice. 
The Junior Girls wrote that they tried very hard and that the Girls of the Game were Nakita for her courage, Leili for not letting our team down and Sophia for going straight for the ball.
The Senior Boys report that they had a good game and they passed very well.  The Man of the Match was Frankie for good kicking.

Categories: John Colet

02
August
2019

Head of school's Comment

The school community celebrated Teacher’s Day this week. Each child prepared a piece of writing on someone who has or continues to have a significant influence on their life. One child was selected to represent each year to speak at assembly, and it was wonderful to hear such a wide range of examples.
 
Mrs Renshaw and I also had the opportunity to visit Lower 1st later in the day and read each of the children’s pieces. We were both blown away by the level of writing that has been developed in such a short time. However, the most striking element was the heartfelt examples of friends, teachers and family that were given as significant teachers in their lives.
 
Teachers can be in your class, part of your family, a friend or someone in the wider community that inspires you. The teacher is always whoever or whatever is in front of you at any given time. Our students are also learning to be their own teacher, pausing, considering what would a wise person do, brings them closer to independently choosing the right path.
 
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself – Chinese proverb

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Click here to read a 7-year-old's thoughts on Stillness.

Click here to read some of Lower 1st B's thoughts on Teachers Day

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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