Blog - John Colet School
22
May
2020

Head of School's Comment

Next week will be a special one as we come back together as a whole school. Our confidence in bringing all students back is in no small part due to our parents’ willingness to follow ongoing precautions together with the messages of support our teachers continue to receive.
 
There is expected to be major traffic issues across Sydney next week during peak times. All schools are returning, few children will be taking buses and to make it more interesting the rain is predicted to continue.
 
Your patience at drop off and pick up times is appreciated. A reminder that parents without an infant’s student are requested to not join the pick-up line until after 3:05.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

22
May
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

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Over the last two weeks since the children have returned to school it is worth commenting on a few things that have been observed. Firstly the way in which everyone has pulled together to make the necessary changes to our normal school routine. The co-operation and support of parents has made this seamless. Secondly it is delightful to see the Lower 1st  children take up the challenge of being independent and happily farewelling their parents at the gate, organising their own bags and belongings and settling into class. Thirdly it has been wonderful to see the enthusiastic responses from our primary students whenever they have been asked to help. Finally the way in which our staff have worked to adapt themselves to every new challenge whether it be a change in learning platforms or following a completely new routine. This has worked to bring us closer together as a community and to be ready to meet any new situations that may come our way.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

22
May
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 5

Monday Spinach and ricotta ravioli tomato and basil sauce
Tuesday Salad rolls
Wednesday Paprika spiced potato wedges with sweet chili sauce
Thursday Bean nachos with sour cream and guacamole
Friday Potato and Parmesan muffins

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
May
2020

National Storytime day approaches

national simultaneous storytime

Next Wednesday is National Simultaneous Storytime at 11am. This year the book is “Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas” by Lucinda Gifford. Students at John Colet will join children from all over Australia reading this book at 11am.

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

Caroline McNally
Teacher/Librarian

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

15
May
2020

Head of School's Comment

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This week was like being reunited with long lost friends! It was great to see the broad smiles of students, teachers and of course…parents.  With continued vigilance, patience and understanding this will hopefully be the first step towards a return to regular school life and community.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Registrar, Mrs Belinda James on the recent promotion of her husband Simon James and their planned relocation to Melbourne. Unfortunately, this will mean that she will be leaving us in mid-August.
 
Mrs James has been the welcoming hand that our families have first encountered, the supportive guide during enrolment and a central figure in many of our events and celebrations that occur throughout the year. I have personally found her to be a highly capable and dedicated professional that has a genuine love and passion for our school and students. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her and her family all the best for the future.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
May
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

It has been wonderful to welcome the children back to school this week even if we are at half strength each day. There has been an opportunity to meet with each class individually to discuss the School Value of Truthfulness and to hear from them about how they perceive the meaning of consistency between thoughts, words and actions. One example that stands out is “to tell the story as it actually happened and not how we would like others to think it happened”. An inciteful response which raised a line from Shakespeare: to thine owns self be true, and then it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
A good principle for life.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
May
2020

Remote and in-class learning in 2C this week...

Second Class have had a learning focus on addition and subtraction problems, character profile development in Narrative writing, identifying physical features of animals in Science and recognising Natural and Human Landscapes in Geography.
Below are some of the class drawings of the ‘not very nice’ character, Pap Finn from Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

15
May
2020

Around the world in Art

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Have you heard about the whole school art project the art teachers have created?  Juli Allcorn describes it as "filling the world with positivity and creativity" and it involves a large map and every student in the school.
'I was struck by the number of maps we have seen in the media recently, all with red dots on them showing the spread of Covid-19," says Mrs Allcorn. "As a counterpoint, the art department have created this project to acknowledge the visual artists of the world, past and present, on a large map in  the art room."

"For Infants, we want to encourage them to become an Art Detective and find out all they can about their  favourite artist. Bring any drawings or information to their Art Class.
For our Primary students, we are asking them to research an artist from anywhere in the world and recreate one of their artworks or a detail of their artworks on paper. They could also draw a mini portrait of their chosen artist.  We want these artworks to be small, no larger than 10cm square (but bigger than 5cm square!)  ANY medium can be used, such as paint/ coloured pencils / watercolour/ charcoal/ collage/ or printing
These artworks can be created in the classroom with the Art Teachers or at home online
When completed they will be pinned onto the large world map in the Art room.  Watch this space!"

Juli Allcorn and Art teachers

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

15
May
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 4

Monday Chickpea and pumpkin curry served with rice pilaf
Tuesday Tomato and basil penne pasta
Wednesday Salad rolls
Thursday Cheese and spinach triangles
Friday Pizza

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

08
May
2020

Head of School's Comment

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back to our staggered return next week. It has been and continues to be a challenging time for many of our parents and students. A return to greater routine and face to face teaching will undoubtedly bring us closer towards a feeling of optimism and connection.
 
A reminder that while the current medical advice is that students do not need to social distance, we do need to ensure that we limit the number of adults coming on to the school grounds and ensure distancing measures are adhered to. At present, the best way to safeguard all parents and guarantee the lowest risk possible is that we use the kiss and drop system.  During this period parents and carers are asked not to enter the school site. If there is a need for a parent to physically come into School, we ask that Reception is called first on 9451 8395.
 
If your child has not experienced being dropped off or picked up at the front of School, we do encourage you to speak with them beforehand so they are ready, and also that have all their materials easily at hand.
 
Thank you again for your ongoing support and understanding.
 
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it. – Sir James Barrie (creator of Peter Pan)

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
May
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

It will be wonderful to welcome children back to school on Monday. This has been an interesting time and though initially it was very challenging and stressful we have all managed to adapt to the circumstances and put our best foot forward. As a community we have supported each other and shown resilience. For our children these are valuable lessons moving forward. I am sure we will continue to work together in this way to face whatever the future holds.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
May
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 3

Monday Roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes with sour cream and sweet chili
Tuesday Cheese and tomato puff pastry slice  
Wednesday Salad rolls
Thursday Lentil soup  
Friday Macaroni pies

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

01
May
2020

Head of School's Comment

As mentioned in a previous communication we are planning for a staggered return to school from 11 May, with the knowledge that we may wish to respond to any change in circumstances as it comes to hand. A message detailing this plan will be sent to all parents this coming Monday.
We are closing submissions for the optional House Competitions that were held over the holiday break today. There were some wonderful examples of individual creativity and family teamwork. We look forward to sharing these with the students upon their return.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

01
May
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

We have already completed a week of school and hopefully we are a week closer to being able to come together again. In the meantime, it is good to see everyone back at their lessons. This morning I visited one of the class Zoom meetings and it was so nice to see everyone. I have been speaking to teachers who have told me that they have received some excellent work from children in their class. At this time, it is especially important to remember the School Values so that we continue to treat each other with respect and that we value times of stillness which are so important for our inner wellbeing. This term our value is Truthfulness. I have spent some time looking at what the wise say about this. One way of considering Truthfulness is the conformity and consistency between thought, speech and action.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

28
April
2020

Head of School's Comment

We hope all our families have had a safe and enjoyable break together.
We continue to respond to information and advice coming from the NSW Government and how it can be applied to our particular school environment. As mentioned in a previous communication we are planning for a staggered return to school from the 11th of May, with the knowledge that we may wish to respond to any change in circumstances as it comes to hand. It has been positive to note the drop in infection rates for COVID-19, however, we have been working as a staff on continuing to enhance our online provision for continuing requirements or a possible repeat in the future.
Our School Board will be convening again this weekend to consider our plans in view of any changes to the situation in the wider public sphere. In this meeting, we shall be looking at the program for our staggered approach to face to face teaching, along with how the school can respond to the financial needs of our community. I expect that we shall send a more detailed communication on Monday regarding these points.
 Thank you again to all our community for the continued offers of support, it is greatly appreciated.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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