Blog - John Colet School
22
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

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L - R Julian Wilcock, Diane Renshaw, Annette Gadsby, Sarah Wulff (Board) Phil Garrett, Elizabeth Vincent (Board) Demetrius Condos (Templum Design Architects) and Tony Moran (project champion).  Art Prefect Annica P and Art Monitor Sophie R represented students in today's session.

 

Today, we had the pleasure of holding our first meeting regarding the John Colet School Sculpture Project with our visiting sculptor, Mr Philip Garrett. Mr Garrett will be in Australia for approximately three months, predominately working out of a studio in Terrey Hills, while visiting our school from time to time.
 
Present at the meeting were representatives from the School Board, Executive, students, staff and our architect. It was a stimulating discussion as we looked to pay tribute to the man, the tradition that he represents, as well as the culture and ethos of our school.
 
No definitive design has yet been established, however, background research has begun in earnest. All students will be helping with the initial creative process next week by creating images that symbolise our School Values.
We will keep you updated on the progress of this exciting project as it develops over the coming months.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

22
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

During the week we have been preparing for the older children to take up Meditation. It is very encouraging to see the increasing number of children who feel drawn to take up this practice and the way in which it has evolved within the School. Every year it is noticeable how much easier the children find it to become still and focused and how they can very clearly articulate the benefits of the practice. The foundation for this is based in the practice of pausing. This week in a discussion with Lower 1st class they were able to give many different expressions of how the pause made them feel: peaceful, still, ready, awake, rested, a break between one thing and the next.  They were in no doubt about its value.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

22
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- vegetable risotto
Tuesday- puff pastry slice
Wednesday- vegetable stir-fry  
Thursday- toasted sandwiches
Friday- macaroni cheese

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
February
2019

Art and Space

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In Art, 2C have been looking at the art of spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró, and incorporated his style into their Space themed artworks of rockets, astronauts and planets. 

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

22
February
2019

Learning about patterns in Maths

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This week in Maths U1st M explored patterns. We found them everywhere and had great fun making and drawing our 2, 3, and 4 repeating patterns in lessons. Here's Sadie, Harriet and Jasmine making their pattern.

Mrs McDermott
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

15
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

Last year we took some time to review our Assembly Book that we use on Monday mornings during our whole school assembly. The entire book was reviewed, paying special attention to the Readings. A Reading is chosen each week to be recited by our Head Boy and Girl, which we then go on to discuss with our students. The Readings have been expanded to include a greater breadth of texts and separated under the headings of our School Values; Respect, Truthfulness, Courage, Service and Stillness.
We are currently looking at Respect with our students and as an example, our Reading for this week was the following:
 
Tibetan Buddhist Prayer – The Four Immeasurable Attitudes
May all beings have happiness and its causes; (Love)
May all beings be freed from suffering and its causes; (Compassion)
May all beings constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow; (Joy)
May all beings dwell in equal love for those both close and distant. (Equanimity)

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week 2nd Class are looking at our school motto Testare De Illa Luce “Bear Witness of that Light”. This is an important concept for the children to understand, it speaks of showing what is true. The children responded with a deep innate knowledge that Truth resides in the heart of every human being and that it can be accessed in Stillness. When asked to go to their hearts there was no confusion, when asked how big their hearts were the reply was instant; enormous. This is a valuable seed to plant early in the education of a child.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Tortellini in tomato and basil sauce
Tuesday - salad wraps with   
Wednesday - cream of pumpkin
Thursday - Thai style vegetable curry with rice pilaf
Friday - Mediterranean vegetable couscous

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

15
February
2019

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.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

15
February
2019

Taking turns in a circle

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During our weekly Circle Time we discuss the week's highlights, consisting of new learning, challenges and fun. This week, some children enjoyed exploring the cover of our new text 'Are We There Yet' by Alison Lester, some found spelling and times tables a challenge and we all enjoyed creating self-portraits for our door display and making big numbers with blocks.

Lea-Ann Connell
Upper 1st C Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

08
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

I had the pleasure this week of dining with our Head Boy, Head Girl, Head Chorister and Art Prefect. As we were eating and discussing all manner of things, I was struck by the students' confidence, demeanour and overall positive outlook. We are focussing on the value of self-respect at the start of Term 1 and we should be rightly proud of our new leadership team and the example they set for our younger children. Our students are held in such high regard by many high schools throughout Sydney, not just for their academics, but more importantly for their character and the dignity in which they hold themselves. I am looking forward to having lunch with all our wonderful 6th Class students throughout the year!
 
“If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself.  Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.”  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

It is wonderful to see our Lower 1st Class settling into the John Colet routine. Our new school community initiative “Gathering on the Garigal” to be held on Friday the 15th of February will provide an opportunity for parents to meet the larger community of the school. The “Gathering” has been timed to coincide with the conclusion of class meetings so that parents are able to stop by and socialise even for a short time. We hope that all parents,  including those parents with children in more senior years will take up this invitation to mingle, enjoy the Jazz Band and support this new initiative to help  build a strong sense of community which is so beneficial in the education of our children.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
February
2019

Sports reports

The 3rd and 4th class Pisa boys played T Ball against Oxford Falls and we won 24 - 8. Everyone cheered on each other and was positive on the field.  The Players of the Match were the whole team for playing their best and for good sportsmanship with the other team.

The Senior Girls Softball team played a close match with Oxford Falls.  We lost 9 - 6.  The Girls of the Game were Cassie because she did a really great job in catcher, she caught a goal and got a bat thrown at her and kept going.  The other Girl of the Game was Mo for her excellent pitching.  Altogether it was a good first match.  Lexi and Marta
 

The Senior Boys had a bye.

The Junior Girls had a 22 - 21 win in T Ball against Pittwater House. 

Categories: John Colet

08
February
2019

Premier's Reading Challenge

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Last year, all John Colet students were enrolled to participate in the PRC. For some of our students, it was their first year. Although for many of our students, they were busy earning their 4th, 5th, 6th and even 7th certificate!

Gold Awards (for completing 4yrs) were presented to these eager students in assembly this week. Congratulations Duke C, Jasmine E, Aditya G, Ceanne G, Sierra H, Rainer K-J, Vedanshi M, Scarlett N, Finlay S, Evolette T and Allanah W.

Saurav H and Eshan H (Year 6 2018) also received Gold Certificates.
And 1 Platinum Certificate (for completing 7yrs!) was mailed to 2018 6th Class student, Jamie H. Well Done Jamie!

 

 

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

08
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Vegetarian pizza  
Tuesday- Filo pastry bites  
Wednesday- fried rice  
Thursday- roasted potatoes with sour cream and guacamole
Friday- vegetarian ravioli

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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