Blog - John Colet School
30
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

This is my final whole school message for 2018 and I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all of our students, parents and staff for a very successful year.
 
We had a lovely example of Service by our 5th Class students this week in their speeches to our graduating 6th Class. It was a wonderful acknowledgement of the impact they have had on our school over their many years at John Colet. There is no better practical example of the Values that we are founded on than these young men and women who will leave us to go on to inspire their new schools and communities.  We look forward to hearing of their continued success.
 
I wish you and your family an enjoyable, safe and rewarding time together over the holidays and a fulfilling 2018.
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

30
November
2018

Headmaster's Awards

The following students have been awarded for their Outstanding Achievement in the International Sanskrit Exam
Isabella G 6M
Olivia B 6D
Saurav H 6D
Alexander C 6M
Eshaan H 6M

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

30
November
2018

Picnic Day

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Our annual Picnic Day at Clifton Gardens was a lovely day of fun in the sun.  There are more photos on our Facebook page.

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23
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

Last week our Head Boy and Girl, together with our House Captains, spoke to our 5th Class students about their roles this year as nominations were taken for 2019. All six spoke from the heart and it was wonderful for our soon-to-be elders of the school to hear of the service they have given and how they had grown over the year. They provided a wonderful model to our younger students of leadership, yet also of the practical nature of living our Values.
 
The fine examples provided by our 6th Class were continued on Monday as our 5th Class students gave speeches to the Primary for next year’s leadership positions. There was very little to separate the children and it was inspiring to see such a depth of maturity and passion with so many seeking to give their time in these roles. It would be difficult to find better examples for our students of how the value of Service could be articulated in such a positive and relevant way.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

23
November
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the end of year concert put on by the children who learn musical instruments at school. I was struck by the number of children who performed and the variation in pieces. Music is a fundamental aspect of education here and even if children don’t learn a specific instrument they are taught music notation and they sing twice a week. The results of this over time are obvious in the quality of singing that we hear at Open Day and Speech Night. There is much research to show the beneficial effect music has on other areas of learning.  Plato is said to have made this comment about music “It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

23
November
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Crumbed vegetarian patties
Tuesday- Potato cakes
Wednesday- Vegetarian Sausage sizzle
Thursday- Macaroni cheese
Friday- No school lunch, Picnic Day! 

Monday 3rd December -  Last lunch of term - Pizza!

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

16
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

As we address the Value of Service as a school this Term, I would like to make special note of the work our Parents and Friends Association do for our community. All the help that is received either formally or informally throughout the school year from our parents is greatly appreciated. However, two of the core committee are standing down this year and their dedicated service warrants special praise. Both Niki T and Lucy B have shown great commitment and passion over the years and their tireless effort has been the backbone of so many successful events.
 
I would also like to thank our continuing and new members who will be taking us through 2019. I hope you will join me in supporting them and their endeavours next year.   
President: Jenny P
Vice President:  Claire S
Secretary:  Tony M
Treasurer:  Glen M
Events Coordinators:
Manjula Ge – Walkathon & Movie Night
Tanya H-Y  – Open Day
Paul W – Movie Night

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

16
November
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This week the children in 5th class will put themselves forward for leadership roles for 2019. It is always quite exciting to watch the next group of children step up to take responsibility in the School. In a recent conversation with 5th class it was very encouraging to hear what they had to say about the qualities of a leader and what a broad and mature understanding they have.  On Monday morning the children who have been nominated for the positions of Head Boy and Girl and House Captain, will have to write an impromptu speech on a topic. They will then present their speech to the 4th ,5th and 6th class who will cast their votes. It is always wonderful to see the respect and attention that all the children give to this process.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

16
November
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday -  Pumpkin and chickpea Thai style curry
Tuesday- roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes with sour cream and guacamole
Wednesday- roast vegetable slice
Thursday- salad rolls
Friday- tomato and basil pasta bake

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

16
November
2018

Art department news

Congratulations to Marta D (5K) on her Highly Commended entry into the ARTEX Armistice Exhibition at the Hornsby RSL Sub Branch.  Marta won $100 in prize money and her artwork was sold!  Well done also to Alannah W (5K) who entered with her delightful entry, Lest we Forget.

Congratulations to art teacher Rachel Carroll on a most beautiful exhibition opening 'Two Visions' at Artarmon Galleries this week.

Art teacher Julianne Ross Allcorn has won PEOPLES CHOICE  MOST POPULAR VOTE at the Mosman Art Prize 2018 with her artwork 'Bush Gossips and Quiet Moments.'  Congratulations!

 

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

16
November
2018

Young winning writers

Two of our 6th class students have recently won writing awards for their short stories:
Sasha W for ‘Shelly’s Last Storm’ and  Isabella G for ‘The Triumphant Day.’

Both girls had attended the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Lunch with the Stars (LWTS) with our librarian, Amy Slaven, last term. All the students who attended the lunch were given the opportunity to enter a writing competition. Isabella and Sasha we’re both winners and the prize was author, Jan Latta, coming to John Colet to conduct a two hour workshop with all our 6th class students. The workshop was held on Wednesday.  Well done Sasha and Isabella!

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

16
November
2018

IPSHA speaking competition

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On Thursday, Year 6 students Isabelle F, Sascha K and Scout B (pictured above) competed in the IPSHA Public Speaking Competition at Abbostleigh Junior School. More than 140 students from various private schools took part in the event.
 
The first part of the competition was a prepared speech on the stimulus ‘Missing’. Only 13 of the 140 got through this round and Sascha made it through! Next was a one minute impromptu speech on the topic ‘If I had my way’.
 
Congratulations to all the girls involved, they did a fantastic job. It was a truly inspiring day listening to so many talented young people.

 

Jasmine Crew

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

09
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

Within our Value of Service we are currently exploring the question of whether our actions benefit everyone. This is an exercise in widening our student’s appreciation of their impact and the notion of collaboration and community. As young children we look for personal benefit, which I am sure you have witnessed in toddlers. As children mature with a good education they learn empathy and the need to take into account another’s perspective. This continues to grow as the scope widens to include the immediate family, community, perhaps ethnic or nation group and ultimately an appreciation for all.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

09
November
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This week we welcomed the new intake of children for 2019. It was wonderful to see all the new faces and on visiting the classroom during the morning it was easy to see that the children had settled well and were very engaged in the activities that had been very thoughtfully prepared by their new teachers.  Equally wonderful was the excitement of the current 5th class children who were looking forward to meeting their buddies for next year. They had gone to some trouble to prepare welcome cards for each child. It is a great service to be able to provide such a loving and welcoming environment.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Chef

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

09
November
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Savoury potato cakes
Tuesday- Greek spanakopita
Wednesday- Hot Dogs
Thursday- Pizza
Friday- Vegetarian ravioli with tomato and basil sauce

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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