Blog - John Colet School
28
September
2018

Head of school's Comment

This term our focus as a school has been on the value of Courage. We have looked at many aspects within a variety of situations and it has been gratifying to hear of examples at home, in the classroom and at play where our children have made this study practical.
Looking to the practical application of values is fundamental in creating positive change and is more meaningful for primary aged children. Next term we will turn to the value of Service where we shall look at our connection to others and the collective benefit of acting beyond one’s own self-interest.
Wishing you a safe and rewarding break.
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give – Sir Winston Churchill

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

28
September
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

Earlier this term we introduced House lunches on a Friday for the Infants classes. The children sit with their own House group for lunch instead of their class group. This has given the children an opportunity to meet other children and to make new friendships. Each week the atmosphere of friendship and service is more and more noticeable as the children grow to know and look after each other.
Our buddy system forges many beautiful friendships between the Lower 1st and 6th class and this was very evident at our Athletics Carnival last Tuesday. All the Infants gathered at the side of the running track to cheer on the 400 metre races. It was a lovely example of the joy that flows from a united community.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

28
September
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu week 1 next term

Monday - closed
Tuesday - Thai style pumpkin soup
Wednesday - Sausage rolls
Thursday - Fried rice
Friday - 1st week of term pizza

I would like to thank all the children for another fantastic term.  It has been an absolute pleasure to cook for all of you, sometimes we don’t always get it right but I hope that you have enjoyed most of the food that has been on offer.
 
I have noticed with each passing week the children are becoming more brave with foods and having the courage to try new things. As I always say, not every day can be pizza day.
 
I especially enjoyed when the children sang happy birthday to me this term, almost brought a tear to my eye.
 
Thanks, have a great holiday and I look forward to cooking for you again next term.
Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

28
September
2018

Athletics Champs

Congratulations to our Athletics Carnival champions who were announced at Assembly today. 
Years 3 /4 Girls       Lillian T
Years 3 / 4 Boys     Duke C
 
Years 5 /6 Girls       Katia C
Years 5 /6 Boys      Leo P
 
The Athletics Carnival winning House was Cook with 289 points.
2nd         Macquarie             262
3rd         Flinders                 260
4th         Phillip                    228

Categories: John Colet

21
September
2018

Head of school's Comment

t has been hard to know lately whether to grab a pair of shorts, a jumper or a rain coat as we seem to be jostling between many seasons, sometimes in just one day. We have put in a request for a lightly overcast day, peaking at 23 degrees, with no rain, and a slight sea breeze around midday for our Athletics Carnival next Tuesday.
 
However, come fog, rain or a heat wave we know our students will still be keen to get involved and make a fun day of it. We also look forward to seeing as many Mums and Dads as last year in our parent race. Don’t forget to bring your running shoes and have a stretch beforehand!
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

21
September
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Minestrone
Tuesday - Kitchen closed for sports carnival
Wednesday - Puff pastry gallette
Thursday -  Tomato and basil pasta
Friday - Last day of term pizza

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

21
September
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This week we are still looking at the quality of Courage and in particular the courage to try again if we fail.  At the back of one of the classrooms, I was interested to see the stories of some great figures in history who failed many times before they succeeded. Had they not had the courage to keep going our lives would never have known the treasures of an Einstein, a Helen Keller or the Wright Brothers.  The ability to embrace failure and learn from it is a life skill that prepares any person to face whatever challenges may lie before them.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

21
September
2018

Debating wrap

ipsha debaters with certificates web

Congratulations to our Debating Team who have now finished debating for the year. In assembly this week, they were presented with certificates. This year, we changed competitions and entered the IPSHA Debating Competition which provided a larger and longer competition and the opportunity for two debating teams to debate each week. The children have worked incredibly hard and their courage and determination  has shone through in each debate. Their behaviour and conduct has also been impressive and an excellent example of the values instilled through their years at John Colet. Well done to Isabella, Xin, Elizabeth, Saurav, Eshaan, Sascha, Scout, Sana, Isabelle, Iona and William.

Jasmine Crewe

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

21
September
2018

Sports reports

Senior Soccer Girls last game term 3 web

The Senior PISA Girls had a great soccer season placing second in the pool and third overall! Every girl contributed to the team's success through their teamwork, ball skills, goal scoring, tackling and giving 110% commitment and energy! Our biggest goal scorer was Katia C, followed by Sasha W.  Daria T did a great job of being our goal keeper and Sana S, Isabella G, Sierra H and Cassie G were most improved girls of the season.  -  Ali Cavill, Coach

senior boys rugby team shot web

The 5th and 6th class PISA Boys played St Luke's Bayview campus in rugby and won 8 - 0.  Because of this we won the comp!  We all played well, but Jamie A was Man of the Match. - Captain

The 3rd and 4th class PISA Girls played St Lukes Dee Why and tied 2 - 2. The Players of the Day were Susannah R, Jasmine E and Scarlett N. We all played really well in our last game and I think it has been the best team ever! - Lily T, Captain

Categories: John Colet

21
September
2018

Prac student shares her love of teaching

lower first m student hands from harriet web

Lower First M students have had many rich learning experiences in Literacy and Numeracy lessons this week.
They have been engaging greatly with their sentence writing. They have had a main focus on understanding the concepts of poems and their language techniques (especially adjectives and punctuation), in order to create their very own colour poem! The students loved to explore their imagination and think of different colours and objects to match that colour. Students also thought about how objects may make them feel, whilst also gaining knowledge around the importance of our five senses. In addition, students have been creating their own sentences in Handwriting, using their own spelling words. Not only are students able to work at their own level, be creative, and create great pride in their own personal work, the exercise consolidates their spelling list.
Within Numeracy, students main focus has been surrounding the notion of mass (Sub-stands Working Mathematically and Geometry and Measurement). Students have been exploring the concept of hefting as well as the ability to use and read balance scales, all of which they have thoroughly enjoyed. Lower First M have also added “Exit Slips” at the end of their Numeracy lessons. The Exit Slip strategy requires students to write responses to questions on their learning at the end of their lesson (in our case, students told me, and I wrote their answers verbatim). Exit Slips help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information, as well as giving them the opportunity to express how they would like to improve or what they may be stuck on. Our Exit Slips will be displayed within the classroom in the coming week. The students are very keen on the idea.
Well done on a productive and fulfilling week Lower First M! Keep up the wonderful work!

Harriet Wickett – Macquarie University final practicum student.

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

14
September
2018

Head of school's Comment

We have had a wonderful three days with our 3rd and 4th Class students at camp on Milson Island. It has been a great opportunity for them to build deeper friendships, push themselves in personal and group challenges and work more independently. Both the camp staff and I have been extremely impressed with our student’s engagement, respect and behaviour. They have been true ambassadors of our school.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

14
September
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This week we have taken time to concentrate on good manners. I would like to quote our chef Mr Galloway, “Manners cost nothing but they mean everything”. In particular we have concentrated on using the teacher’s name when greeting them or when asking for something. It is remarkable what a difference such a small addition makes. The children have responded very well and it makes for a connected and respectful interaction.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

14
September
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Greek spanakopita
Tuesday - Salad wraps
Wednesday - Bean nachos with guacamole and sour cream
Thursday - Tomato and lentil soup
Friday - Vegetable risotto balls

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

14
September
2018

Drama club gets brilliant results in Shakespeare comp

We are very proud of our Yr 5 and Yr 6 Primary Shakespeare Club students who came 3rd place with a scene from ‘As you Like it’ at the Sydney City Eisteddfod. As the youngest competitors in the Eisteddfod, they were a credit to John Colet School!  And we were also mighty proud of our other drama group at the Eisteddfod, pictured top, who performed  “Twelfth Night" and received a Highly Commended.   Well done all!  And a big thank you to our drama teacher Zoe Emanuel.

drama eistedfodd 2 web

drama eistedfodd web

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

14
September
2018

ICAS English results

In the ICAS English test, High Distinctions were awarded to: Sam J 4T, Jett N 5K, Ariel S 5S, Stephanie I 5S, Isabelle F 6M.
Distinctions were awarded to: Ella H 4T, Ronith R 4N, Jacob W 4T, Felicity W 4N, Marlon L 5S, Lennox I 5S, Scout B 6D and Sana S 6M. Congratulations to the 51 John Colet students who took part.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

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