Blog - John Colet School
08
November
2019

Head of school's Comment

This week we welcomed our 2020 Lower 1st students for their introductory morning. There were a few nerves upon separation (by both children and parents!). However, overall they settled in very quickly to meeting their teachers and getting to know their new school. Our current 5th Class had the opportunity of meeting their young buddies who they will be supporting next year. It was heartening to see the care and attention with which they approached their new responsibility.
 
Our Buddy Program is a wonderful way in which to support our younger students. It helps in forming connections between our junior and senior students, as well as enabling our 6th Class the opportunity to give back in the same way they benefitted from so many years ago. It will not be long now until our 6th Class move into Secondary School and perhaps get buddies again to support their transition. It may feel a bit strange for them to once again hear; “Look, they’re so cute!”

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
November
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

On Thursday we welcomed the new intake of students for next year’s Lower 1st. It was lovely to see so many enthusiastic children and parents. The parent morning tea was very well attended and gave the opportunity for families to meet each other and converse. One of the highlights of the morning was the opportunity for our senior students to serve the school. Our Leadership team did an excellent job of greeting all our new families and guiding them to Cowan House. Later in the morning 5th class joined the children as their potential buddies for 2020. This was an enriching experience for all the children.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
November
2019

Big soccer comp day for JCS!

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Last Saturday two Year 4 teams and one Year 6 team competed in the annual German International School Soccer Competitions for those respective age groups.
All the teams showed great courage and performed with great skill, and a fun and enjoyable day was had by everyone, with fantastic support from children and parents. The Year 4 teams finished 3rd and 5th.
The Year 6 team of Jules S, Leo P, Ayush O, Katia C, and Yatin V were fantastic, going through the competition undefeated and lifting the trophy to be crowned winners! - Tim Roslin
And from Leo: "In the Final we versed the Japanese School. It was a great game with Ayush and Yatin dominating the defense, not letting anyone past them. Jules had a collection of saves. Katia made some great passes and goals. When the whistle was blown, John Colet won 5 - 2. We took the trophy home."
Well done to all the JCS students who took part.

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08
November
2019

Sanskrit mission accomplished

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Congratulations to these 6th class girls: Anna W, Georgia P, Cassie G and Sophie R, looking relaxed and relieved here after sitting a tough International Sanskrit exam yesterday.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

08
November
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Minestrone soup
Tuesday – Garlic and paprika potato wedges
Wednesday – Salad rolls  
Thursday – Spanakopita
Friday – Tomato and basil tortellini

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

01
November
2019

Head of school's Comment

We have had two wonderful examples of service that we have been able to share and discuss with the children recently. The first was the Diwali celebration last Saturday. This wonderful event, with over 300 attendees, was a spectacular success. This was wholly driven by our parent community, and led by the incoming P&F President for 2020, Mrs Hyams-Young. The second, was our Primary Shakespeare Festival and the parents who worked tirelessly behind the scenes on props, costumes, and makeup. Without the contribution and service given by our parents, these two events would not be possible.
 
We give thanks to those parents who have given their time and energy with these two occasions, as well as events throughout the year, along with helping with reading, excursions, projects or as class representatives. The greater the parent involvement, the richer our school and we encourage you to continue to be involved. 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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Above:  Third class student Nathan shining brightly in Macbeth

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

01
November
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

I would like to revisit Shakespeare again this week. It is hard to watch the work and dedication that has taken place during this week’s Festival and not celebrate it further. This week I have spent a significant part of the week watching rehearsals and final performances. There are many aspects to comment on. The obvious growth that has taken place in so many students not only from year to year, but from the beginning of this year’s rehearsals till the final production. The growth in ability to focus and to draw on inner resources. The dedication of each child to what they were doing was outstanding and the willingness to adapt and follow direction was notable across all year levels, particularly our third class students who were performing at Glen St for the first time.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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Above: 4th class student Nakita addressing the audience in Richard III

 

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

01
November
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – veggie bites
Tuesday – potato cakes
Wednesday – tomato and penne pasta
Thursday – salad wraps
Friday – puff pastry slice

Glen Galloway
Chef

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Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

29
October
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Bean Nachos
Tuesday – 'Sausage' Rolls
Wednesday – Ravioli
Thursday – Salad rolls
Friday – Pizza

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

29
October
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week the Primary classes performed dress rehearsals of their plays at school in front of their colleagues. Several things are worth mentioning. Firstly, the great dedication and focus that every single child without exception brought to their performance. It was hard to miss the steadiness and resourcefulness that children adopted when things did not go according to script. They were unperturbed if the technology did not work as it should have. In one class, two students stepped forward at a minute’s notice to fill in for another student and their performance was seamless. Finally, I need to mention the audience who at all times were quiet, respectful and supportive. A perfect demonstration of all our School Values.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

29
October
2019

Head of school's Comment

At our assembly last week, we began our exploration of the value of Service. We began with a reading regarding work and that work is love made visible. If we start from a position that ‘work’ is a negative, we immediately begrudge the task and often produce a poor result. The work itself when done with distaste will only result in a poor result. Having pride in one’s work and putting our best into any task that is before us.
 
The quality of our lives is built on the work of those that have come before us, as our work serves those that are to come. We explored this in our reading this week and we have included an excerpt below.
 
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. – Albert Einstein 
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

18
October
2019

Head of school's Comment

Before our students started back at school, our staff were busy getting the class ready for Term 4. There was time put aside for classroom organisation, curriculum development and our yearly training in CPR.
 
Each staff day, we also set aside time for a staff philosophical discussion. The conversation on this occasion was on wellbeing, and how we could each further develop attitudes of friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. We looked at how these would be evident in our relationships amongst staff, students and the wider community.  It was an insightful discussion and a wonderful way to begin the term.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

18
October
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

It is always a delight to see the children when they return after the holidays. So much work goes into preparing programs and lessons it is always good to be reminded of the most important thing which is the well being of the children. Every pupil free day there is a study session for the teachers which focuses on an aspect of the philosophy behind the way we approach teaching at John Colet. On this most recent occasion we considered four attitudes of mind which allow positive interactions with others. The first aspect, friendliness when interacting with friends, was shared with a 4th class Philosophy class this week. They came up with the following qualities: loyalty, service, care, support, love, understanding, kindness, generosity and respect. The children rightly concluded that we can all benefit from engaging with each other in this way.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head

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Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

18
October
2019

Coding with Microbits

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This week 5th class have been working through online tutorials and modules to program MicroBits  - mini computer chips displaying LEDs that they can code in limitless different ways.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

27
September
2019

Head of school's Comment

This term our core value in focus has been Courage, particularly in developing self-control, inner strength and understanding the role of forgiveness.
 
We take this a step further next term as we delve into one of our other core values, Service. Words need to be translated into action, preferably spontaneous, thoughtful, independent action by our students. We will remind the children at our assembly on Friday to look for opportunities during the holidays. If you do witness any such examples over the break, please do let us know as it’s always good to be able to share with the whole school when we return.
 
Have a wonderful holiday with your family and we look forward to welcoming you back on the 15th of October.
 
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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