Blog - John Colet School
13
September
2019

Head of school's Comment

We are fortunate to have at John Colet School, students who ‘most of the time’ exhibit behaviour of strong character, respectfulness and resilience. It is an aspect that is often commented on by visitors to our school and should be something that we are very proud of. This is achieved by having a collective understanding of our responsibilities and how we relate to each other with support and kindness.

It is important to remember that this is a central aspect of what primary education is all about. Our students are continually learning how ‘to be’ and are all at different stages of self-awareness, maturity and confidence. Disagreements will occur, friendships will rise and wane and sometimes frustrations will boil over. Our practice of stillness and mindfulness is very helpful during these situations, as is the collective understanding within the school of what is right and fair.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

13
September
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

It is very nice to be back at John Colet after a three-week break. It is striking to see how much actually takes place in a short period. At the moment the children are concentrating on the School value of Courage, in particular the aspect of resilience. The reading in Assembly this week made reference to the choices we make and where they lead. In a number of conversations with the children this week we have spoken about how the wise choice is often the harder choice because it involves going against habit and sometimes strong feelings. However it is the wise choice which ends up being the best choice in the long run. To quote the poet Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

13
September
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – salad rolls
Tuesday – ravioli with tomato and basil sauce
Wednesday – risotto cakes
Thursday – sausage rolls
Friday – Garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes 

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

13
September
2019

Upper 1st are our data collectors

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This week, Upper 1st has been collecting data on the amount of single use wrapping children bring in with their recess snacks, culminating in Nude Food day on Thursday.  They collected tallies of how many wrappers came in on Tuesday - our baseline, the Tuesday tally for 6S is pictured below - compared with Nude Food Thursday.  They will graph the results and come up with recommendations about further reducing school waste.  Pictured above are the students who had just collected the Thursday tallies from each classroom.

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Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

13
September
2019

This week in 6th class

Year 6's week began with a brilliant incursion about the moon, celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when man took his first steps on the moon.  The experiments were very bold involving fire and rainbow explosions.  It was an exciting hour!

Year 6 children were introduced to a new Science assignment where they can choose between designing a sustainable watering system for plants or a water trough for animals.  They will present their ideas on a poster.

The children have demonstrated their usual resilience working through any confusion about their Geography project and for the most part are now enthusiastically producing some excellent work. Their inquiry question 'How do places, people and cultures differ?' requires the children to produce a gap-year itinerary for a student wishing to explore the diversity of Asia. They have been researching their allotted countries this week, and collecting a variety of geographical data to help decide where to send the gap student, what she should visit and when. They will then focus on a chosen city, and later choose another region of Asia.

The children are loving their Shakespeare rehearsals and we are nearing the end of the plays with Miss Emanuel - once the plays are blocked we refine and practise. 6K students are having lots of fun with their play as we have a number of natural born comedians in the class, and the costumes are stunning. 

Today we began our new English unit and listened to Malala’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.  It’s a 26 minute speech to which the children easily listened.  Almost the whole class was very inspired by her words and one of the boys stated that it gave him a whole different perspective on education as he’d suddenly realised that it was something to be valued!  A wonderful moment in the classroom.

And finally this week our French language students have been practising talking about pets and animals.

6th classs French web

- 6th class teachers

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

13
September
2019

Celebrating Diwali at John Colet School

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The John Colet School community is having a Diwali celebratory evening on Saturday 26 October, 5 - 8pm.

Diwali is the festival of lights, celebrated across the world. Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. It symbolises the 'victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance'. 

There will be:

Entertainment (cultural performances, traditional indian dance, traditional music and more)
Amazing food (fantastic curries, samosa and more)
Indian markets (Indian jewellery, Indian food and more)
Children's activities (Craft and games). 

Tickets will go on sale soon.  They will be priced to cover costs only.  Thank you to our fantastic P&F for organising this event.

 

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06
September
2019

Head of school's Comment

Do I meet challenges with resilience? That is the question we are asking our children to explore over the next few weeks. Your ability to succeed when faced with a difficult challenge lies in your mental attitude. Creating these challenges in a safe and supportive environment is what school and learning are all about. This can be as simple as a new maths problem or as daunting as stepping onto the stage at Glen Street Theatre for the first time. Resilience isn’t about not experiencing difficult emotions or sweeping things under the carpet, it’s about choosing to harness your inner strengths to help you cope when times are tough.
 
In just a few weeks our 3rd and 4th Class students will participate in camp on Milson Island.  This camp runs over three days and is a wonderful opportunity for the children to step out of the school environment and operate with greater independence in a new environment, with fresh challenges. This is especially true for our 3rd Class students, many of whom will be away from their parents for the first time. It is natural to be nervous without the comfort of knowing your family is nearby, yet personally affirming when they can persevere, trust in themselves and show greater self-sufficiency. Meeting this new experience with a positive attitude is a wonderful way of building courage. This year I will be joining the Milson Island Camp and I am looking forward to being a part of this great learning opportunity.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

06
September
2019

Keeping safe online

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4th and 5th Class took part in the virtual classroom today run by the e-safety commissioner.
We listened to a talk which centred around cyber safety and we were able to contribute via the live chat box.
There were lots of other schools taking part all over Australia.
There was plenty of opportunity to discuss scenarios and we learnt about what to do if we felt unsafe on line.
 
“It is important not to speak to people you don’t know online. The virtual classroom helped to show us what we should do if someone tried to contact us. It was very interesting.” (Lucia 5T)
 
“I thought the virtual classroom was entertaining because the topic is very interesting and important. Life is not all perfect online and there are scammers and hackers who try to take your money and your personal information. You have to be very careful” (Levi 5T)

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

06
September
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Cream of cauliflower soup
Tuesday – Macaroni pie
Wednesday – Vegetable Patties   
Thursday – Cheese and tomato Puff pastry slice
Friday – Vegetable Curry with rice Pilaf

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

06
September
2019

Grandparents morning

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It was wonderful to see so many grandparents and other family members and friends come to the class. The children loved showing them their classroom and their work, and everyone had a lovely morning. All the children were once again incredibly helpful in getting ready for the day; either in setting up the hall, greeting our visitors, tidying our classroom or performing in the choir. They really know how to serve and all did their best to make it a memorable morning for the visitors.There are photographs of the event on the school website and Facebook page so do take a look. The children all wrote a letter or poem for their grandparents; the children whose grandparents were unable to come took these home - they might enjoy receiving them by post - or scanned and emailed!

Mrs Sjogren
Teacher

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06
September
2019

Topping off a year of books!

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Some of our Year 6 students, selected because they are especially keen on creative writing and reading, visited the ‘Hogwarts-esque’ ICMS venue this week, for the Children’s Book Council of Australia student event.

The amazing day was for students from 20 different schools from around the Northern Beaches. Our girls were seated for lunch with Australian author Kate Forsyth, and had the opportunity to meet and talk with 20 other authors and illustrators. 
 
They were treated to a keynote address from author Tim Harris who spoke about his writing inspirations and they participated in an illustration workshop lead by Matt Cosgrove. 
 
The girls declared it was the best event they had been to all year!

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

30
August
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Potato pie
Tuesday – Lentil soup  
Wednesday – Salad rolls  
Thursday – Vegetarian hot dogs
Friday – Mexican tacos with beans, guacamole and sour cream

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

30
August
2019

Head of school's Comment

Over the past few weeks, within our School Value of Courage, we have been exploring forgiveness. There have been some thoughtful discussions prompted by a variety of readings, real-life stories and questions such as; 
Why is forgiving important?
How does it feel when someone forgives you?
What is real forgiveness?
Should you forgive and forget?
How is asking for forgiveness different from apologising?
Should you always forgive?
Who deserves to be forgiven?
Where does justice fit into forgiveness?
Who benefits when you forgive?
How does forgiveness relate to happiness?
 
These questions are addressed in different ways and degrees depending on the age of the students, however, the goal, like much of philosophy is in the exploration rather than a definitive right or wrong answer.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

30
August
2019

Wanted! Plastic milk bottle tops and bread bag ties

We are also asking children to bring in two specific plastic items - Bread bag ties and milk bottle tops.
 
These two items can be recycled to make prosthetic limbs (in Victoria) and wheel chairs (in south Africa) 
 
Students are collecting these items and can bring them in to place in the arms of Perry the Penguin (our giant penguin plastic recycling mascot). Then they will go to the above mentioned organisations for recycling.

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30
August
2019

Donate a pre-loved book for Indigenous literacy

On Thursday 5 September, we will be holding a book swap in the library to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The Foundation aims to continue to publish and supply books in both English and Indigenous languages to children in remote communities.
We are asking parents to send in a pre-loved (good condition) book from home and a gold coin donation. These books and donations can be sent to school any day next week, before Thursday. Please bring to the library.
On Thursday, the children will be given an opportunity to come and find a book to swap to take home.
If you’d like to read more about this worthy cause please click here:
 
If you’d like to make a donation to our school's fundraising page, please click here:

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