Blog - John Colet School
21
February
2020

Head of School's Comment

This term we are exploring the value of Respect and in particular respect for one another. It is a particularly good time to study this area as we have many new students at play during our breaks, our school sport competitions have begun, and we also have our swimming carnival coming up soon. Respect is a particular value that brings us together through shared expectations and trust. It is the basis of our relationships at school and is evident in our actions as they unify our community.
 
At John Colet School we do look for the practical application of our Values both at school and at home. If you do witness a change of behaviour or a special action at home, do pass it on to your class teacher, it is wonderful to share and celebrate.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

21
February
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

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Every week I visit several different classes to discuss Philosophy. Philosophy is very much to do with the building of character which remains one of the most important aspects of the education that we offer at John Colet. Even though we have a dedicated Philosophy lesson once a week, the substance of what we discuss carries on through every aspect of school life. Starting from Lower 1st and moving up to 6th class it is striking to note that a child is already innately aware of this philosophical knowledge. Education helps to bring out what is naturally in the heart of a child and turn it into a way of life.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

21
February
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 5

Monday – macaroni cheese  
Tuesday – roasted paprika and garlic potatoes
Wednesday- vegetarian sausage rolls
Thursday- Salad rolls (outside walkthrough)
Friday –Vegetarian lasagne (outside walkthrough)

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

21
February
2020

Sports Reports - wins all round this week!

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Today the Senior PISA Girls team played softball against Northern Beaches Christian School.  We won 12 - 4.  The Player of the Game was Ava for her great all-round game. - Ella H

The Senior Boys Cricket team won 105 - 44 against Oxford Falls.

The Junior Boys won 23 - 19 in Tee Ball against St Luke's Bayview and the Junior Girls won 18 - 14 against St Luke's Dee Why.

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21
February
2020

Grok rocks!

6th Class are into Grok Learning! The new Technology curriculum requires all students from Years 3-8 to learn coding. Grok Learning guides the children to develop practical computational thinking skills. Each week, there are problems to solve with online solutions and step by step walkthroughs for each task. If you would like to have a look yourself, please follow the link: https://groklearning.com/

The class is studying The Burnt Stick as part of of our History unit on the Stolen Generation.  During writing sessions, the children have written an imaginative response about the main character, John Jagamarra.  Their writing is quite impressive and the students are going to type their work up for a classroom display.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

19
February
2020

Maths, plusses and minuses

In classrooms in recent weeks, our many different Maths lessons have been exploring the world of numbers.

Second classes explored addition and subtraction using dice to double and then add of take away numbers.  Everyone ejoyed this 'pair and share' work together. More work with number lines and lots of strategies were developed for completing number sentences.

Lower 1st (Kindergarten) students are moving on along the number line, working with the numbers 3,4,5,6, and 7, also with number songs, and counting forwards and backwards. The children are excited to take home their Oral Counting Booklet so they can show their parents their developing mathmatical skills throughout the year. 

3rd classes have been looking at a range of different strategies for addition and subtraction, while in 4th classes addition and subtraction strategies are being reviewed and applied to multi-step word problems. 

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Lower 1st making tricky numbers in playdoh.

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Mathmatical concepts made fun and tactile with playdoh in Lower 1st.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

19
February
2020

Friendship tree proves popular

When the idea of a 'Friendship Tree' was introduced the children where very enthusiastic.They spent two days finding the 'right' tree in the playground and began to stand there at playtimes if they needed to find a friend. TThey have shared a few times when they really appreciated their peers spotting them and immediately inviting them to join in play. This supported our Philosophy class learning about letting your inner light shine to support others and be your best self.

We are going to share the idea of the Friendship Tree with the wider school community.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher, 2C

Categories: John Colet

14
February
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

You may notice as you come through the entrance to school a display of our Development Application for a proposed building project. This exciting plan is for two new classrooms, Art room and a re-developed play space. The intention of these changes is not to increase student numbers, but to enhance our existing facilities.
I do hope you can make it to our parent welcome event this year; The Gathering on the Garrigal. On Friday 21st February, directly after the class parent information sessions, this social event is a great way to mingle with parents across the different year levels as well as teachers and members of the School Board. Adults only I’m afraid, as we will have grown up drinks, food, and a jazz band!

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

14
February
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

DSC02658 webThis week I went up to visit the Lower 1st classes during their “buddy time”. This is often a highlight each week for both the 6th class and Lower 1st children. Several of the older children commented on how much they enjoy working with the younger children and said how much it reminded them of their own experience in Lower 1st. The system of buddies provides an opportunity for the older children to practise the School Value of Service and to really set an example for the younger children in the most natural of ways. Every year we see that this activity brings out the very best in both age groups.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

14
February
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 4

Monday – Minestrone
Tuesday – puff pastry parcels
Wednesday - salad rolls
Thursday - vegetable tagine
Friday – penne pasta with tomato basil sauce

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

14
February
2020

Sports report

Today the 5th and 6th class Girls Softball team played Pittwater House.  We lost 4 - 0, but everyone played amazingly in the wet weather and boggy conditions.  Our Player of the Game was Felicity W for her dogged determination after accidentally sliding through the water to reach 3rd bases.
- Ella H

The Senior Boys had a 56 - 46 win over Pittwater House in Cricket.


Our Junior teams were both washed out today.

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14
February
2020

We all make mistakes

We all make mistakes, even the teacher!  I have told the children in 2C this week that our greatest learning comes when we are actually challenged, making mistakes and facing them in order to move to the next level of learning.  In educational terms, this is where we 'modify our thinking or schema to a more accurate understanding'.  We celebrate healthy challenges in our classroom!  This is balanced with the acknowledgement of both the process of learning and every effort made along the way.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths, John Colet

14
February
2020

Why do we need a government?

In 6T this week, we considered three questions in our History lessons:

What is the role of government?
Why do we need a government?
What is government?

We explored our thoughts using the visible thinking routine "Chalk Talk".  There were some great thought-provoking questions and detailed answers.  Using thinking routines makes the children's thinking 'rich'.  It encourages a development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and poses opportunities for different viewpoints and discussion.  For more information please visit http://www.visiblethinkinggpz.org/

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

14
February
2020

The fun and learning in Lower 1st so far!

Lower 1st have been learning about the letters aA, bB, cC, dD,eE and writing our name.  In maths, we have been singing number songs, counting forwards and backwards and looking closely at the numbers 1 and 2.  In Science, we discussed where we belong in the world (Australia) and how weather differs depending on where we live. 

We've had a big focus on class routines and class rules, manners and being a good friend, and this all fits in well with our ongoing discussions about our School Values.

In Art, the children created artworks reflecting the Year of the Rat for Luna New Year, using crayons, paint, scissors and glue. Today in buddy time they made valentines cards for their parents.

Mrs Cooper and Miss Cipollone
Teachers

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

07
February
2020

Head of School's Comment

The first Parent and Friends Meeting for 2020 was held on Monday evening. It was wonderful to see so many returning Executive Members, Class Parents, as well as new parents putting up their hands to become involved this year. A special welcome to Mrs Tanya Hyams-Young, your P&F President for 2020.
 
The success of our School is in no small part due to the positive contribution and support of our parent community, including those parents who take on the role of Class Parent. The role of the Class Parent is one of communication and coordination and should not be onerous. They will require many hands during the year with the many events and celebrations that enrich our school.  I do urge you to give them all the support you can and offer help when it is required.  More hands make light work!
 
My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition there. – Indira Gandhi

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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