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05
April
2019

Head of school's Comment

On Monday at Assembly we shall hold our Easter Service. For Christians, Easter lies at the heart of their faith, yet the central message is one that moves through many religions, beliefs and philosophies. The themes of sacrifice, renewal and hope within the Easter message, ultimately come into practice in loving our neighbour as ourselves. As a multi-faith school it is the unity of a common understanding and appreciation for universal principles that underpins our practical approach.
Similarly within our commemoration of ANZAC Day next week, we pay our respects not just to our nation's fallen, but also, as a school representative of more than thirty nationalities, to all those that have made sacrifices in the hope of a better future for all.
'Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’. John 15:13


Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

05
April
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This term seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. Looking around the School it is evident that we are in good health.  The children are engaged, vigorous and focused on their learning. This is apparent whether you walk into a Lower 1st, 3rd class or 6th class room. The school is a buzz with Shakespeare, Debating, Sport, Art and ceramics. There are various Science projects on display and every classroom has beautiful examples of written work on the walls. The children are confident and on the whole committed to demonstrating the School Values in whatever way they can. This is all supported by the hard work and dedication of our teaching staff. It has been a wonderful first term.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

04
April
2019

Picasso inspired

5th classes have loved learning about Picasso.  Teacher Penny Walton has tasked them with creating their own portraits, inspired by his art.

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Categories: Art classes, John Colet

04
April
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Hi All
The end of Term 1, start of Term 2 will be my first completed year here at the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children, parents and staff of John Colet for making my first year on the job here at the school a very enjoyable one.
 
As you can imagine, the school has been a change of pace for me and my family; from working nearly every night and weekend, to having a job with far more structure in my work/life balance. This has been something that has been better than I ever imagined.  Getting the time to spend with my children and seeing them grow in this past year is something that I am grateful for.
 
I am also very thankful to all the staff at John Colet for making the job a good one with a friendly workplace atmosphere that I am lucky to be part of.
 
I do hope that your children do enjoy the food and continue to do so as I move into my second year at the school.
Glen


Monday- Penne pasta with tomato and red pepper sauce
Tuesday- Spinach filo pastry bites
Wednesday- Salad rolls 
Thursday- Vegetarian chili with rice
Friday- Pizza (last day of term)

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Chef Glen with the Thursday lunch team:  Adele, Sabine and Silvia.

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

04
April
2019

Fighting safely and fairy movement

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This week our Shakespeare Drama Club students had the first of their workshops by two visiting specialist drama coaches and our drama teacher Ms Emanuel. 

Chris Tomkinson, from Sport for Jove, explained that safe distances, maintaining eye contact, starting with very slow movements and always being in control were the most important rules when choreographing fight scenes.  The students are working on their street fighting scene for their performance of  Romeo and Juliet in upcoming eisteddfods.

Meanwhile actor and physical comedy specialist Nick O'Regan took a commedia dell'arte workshop with our Midsummer Night’s Dream drama club group.  They learnt how to to walk, stand and move like Bottom and the fairies. 
 
Our drama club students will be performing in the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod and the Sydney Eisteddfod in May and June this year.

Next week in the second workshop they will be working with the coaches to incorporate their new skills into their scenes.

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Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

04
April
2019

Little smarties in Maths

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This week Upper 1st has been learning about equal groups, sharing and division.  Today we asked the inquiry question: How many ways can you equally share 24 smarties?
The students were given 8 cupcake cases, 24 smarties, a whiteboard and a marker. We discussed how they could record their results and introduced the division symbol.
Students spent time exploring the concept and seeing which amount of cupcake cases would give equal groups.
We joined together on the mat to discuss our results. We wrote our number sentences on the board. We then discussed that if we read our division number sentence backwards it was the same as our times tables!
We then went off to explore how we could share 20 equally into groups.
Once we were done we got to gobble up our smarties and we wrote a reflection on our learning.  Upper 1st loves learning!!

Ms Bell, Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

29
March
2019

Head of school's Comment

As we move into our final few weeks of school, we will be looking at our  value of Respect in terms of how our actions reflect on ourselves, our families, our school and also on our nation. This links well from the personal practice of actively listening that we have been addressing, as well our renewed focus on pride when wearing our uniform. As we widen our perspective it is also relevant to discussions currently in the media on our national identity. This will also link to our commemoration of ANZAC Day later in the month.
“Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions”  The Dalai Lama
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

29
March
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This term we have focused on the value of Respect and its different manifestations. For the rest of this term there will be a special emphasis on uniform. It has been observed that over the term, the standard of the uniform has dropped and children are leaving school without their hats, with shirts hanging out and with laces untied.  Attention to a standard of dress requires a conscious effort and ultimately reflects the level of regard that we hold for both ourselves and the School. As with all things this is a matter of education.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

29
March
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Crispy vegetable bites  
Tuesday- Thai style pumpkin soup
Wednesday- Fried rice
Thursday- Gnocchi in tomato and basil cream sauce  
Friday- Puff pastry galette

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

29
March
2019

Animal studies

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Here's Upper 1st C who as part of their Geography studies have been researching a native animal, and in association with our English unit are reading the book ‘Are We There Yet?’ by Alison Lester.
The children have chosen an Australian native animal and discussed their features (eg. classification, habitat, feeding habits, movement, breeding). Students used their own posters to present in class.  Come and see some beautiful posters on our window.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

29
March
2019

Specialist coaching ahead of drama eisteddfods

Our drama club students will be performing in the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod and the Sydney Eisteddfod in May and June this year.  They will be getting some specialist coaching from two professional actors over the next two weeks.

Chris Tomkinson from Sport for Jove (he heads up the Education Department and is also an actor for their touring Shakespeare troupe)  will help refine fight skills and choreograph the street fighting scene for our Romeo and Juliet drama group.

Nick O'Regan, who works as a writer, actor and puppeteer specializing in masked performance and physical comedy, will lead a commedia dell'arte workshop to help with Physical Movement for Comedy for our Midsummer Night’s Dream drama club group.
 
Our drama teacher Zoe Emanuel is also organising other drama incursions for the wider school community. Watch this space!

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

29
March
2019

Update on the March Chess Competition at Mona Vale

Congratulations to everybody involved in the recent Northern Beaches Chess Tournament which was held at Mona Vale Public School.  The John Colet Senior Chess Team competed at their first tournament of the year at this tournament and we had a very successful day.   For many students it was their first chess tournament. Here are our results:
 
John Colet F – Connor, Sofia and Winston – 1st Place in the Junior Division
John Colet C – Katia, Ella and Jasmine – 1st Place in the Girls’ Division
John Colet A – Leo, Siddhartha and Marlon – 3rd place overall
 

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

22
March
2019

Head of school's Comment

We have recently completed our Parent Morning Tea’s from Upper First through to 6th Class, and I am looking forward to our final meeting with Lower First on the 3rd of April. It has been wonderful for Mrs Renshaw and I to speak informally with our parents and hear how the year has begun. It has also been a good opportunity for fellow parents to meet and catch up where normally they may not have had the chance. Our school is stronger through a connected and supportive community.
One of the many events held by our Parents and Friends Association that helps build our community, is our upcoming Trivia Night on the 6th April. This was a great success last year and a lot of fun. I do encourage you to book a table if you have not already, as I am sure they will fill up very fast!

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

22
March
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week I was invited into classrooms in both Infants and Primary to look at and listen to pieces of work that the children have recently completed. From cinquains in 4th class to first pieces of writing in Lower 1st, the standard of work is inspiring. The pursuit of excellence is something that every child can aspire to at their own level and when it is achieved it brings with it great confidence and self-respect.  It was a delight to see the pride that the children take in their work and the eagerness with which they want to share their achievements.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

22
March
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- tomato basil penne pasta  
Tuesday- vegetable curry with rice pilaf  
Wednesday- salad rolls
Thursday- cream of vegetable soup
Friday- macaroni cheese


Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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