Blog - John Colet School
27
March
2020

Head of School's Comment

We trust our newsletter finds all our families well and in good spirits during these difficult times. It has been wonderful to see examples of the learning (and fun) that is going on in homes this week. The majority of our staff remain on campus to deliver the programs that have been established as well as explore ways that we can enhance the home experience further.
 
It is a good time to remind ourselves that many of our children may not have experienced as much screen time in the past, and have had little exposure to all the internet offers. While the online world offers many resources we do have to be mindful of the safety of our students at this time. The eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. We encourage parents to visit their site listed below, as there is a wealth of resources that may be of use.
 
www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/covid-19-online-safety-kit-parents-and-carers
 

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

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27
March
2020

Chef's challenge

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During this time, I would encourage all children to do some baking with their parents or care givers.  We have elderly in the community that are not able to get out and about and do not have people coming to see them. 
The following scone recipe makes around 12 good sized scones. Perhaps the children could make scones and give some to an elderly neighbour's door? (Only if it is safe to do so and practise social distancing at all times.) Include a note with your scones telling them about the school and the scone challenge. It's for a bit of baking fun and most importantly helping others that need it.

Scone Recipe

620g self-rising flour (sieved)
55g sugar
160g butter (diced)
500ml double cream
Pinch of salt
 
Pre-heat oven to 190 Celsius 

Crumb flour and butter until it forms crumbs. Add the sugar and salt, mix together and slowly add the cream until it forms a dough. Sprinkle flour on a bench, place the dough mixture on it and roll out until about an inch thick.  (You can use a glass bottle if you don't have a rolling pin.)  Use a cutter or a knife to make the scone shapes and place them on a greased baking tray, or a tray lined with baking paper.
 
Turn the oven down to 170 Celsius and bake for 12 minutes, then check the scones.  They should be firm on the outside and still slightly doughy in the middle. They should have a light golden brown appearance. If they need longer, give them 2 minutes at a time while checking.
 
Please practice good hygiene at all times, washing hands, gloves etc.  Happy baking!

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

26
March
2020

Some kind feedback from parents to our teachers (this week)

"...It was so nice to see everyone again (virtually). We really miss everyone!  I want to say a special thank you to you. Thank you for the amazing job that you’ve done thank you for bringing the positive vibes thank you for still being here with us. Let’s hope this COVID-19 crisis will pass soon and we can all go back to our normal life. A big virtual hug 🤗 from us!..."
 
"...So glad it all went well, I was doing a webinar at the same time so wasn’t able to observe. 'A' loved it and really appreciated being able to connect with the other children. Again, thanks for all your work, and we all have so much to learn in this new situation..."

"...Boys are enjoying their days. Face timing and zooming their buddies is a great asset to have also, for all to stay sane...."

..."M' has surprised us and stepped up to the plate in terms of self motivation and getting lessons in the morning and getting work done ... loves Reading Eggs.  We have added each day other activities including exploring Mars from Curiosity the Rover and virtual tour of the Great Wall of China..."

"...Thank you for such a detailed easy to follow program for us Mums muddling our way through home schooling! I knew exactly what to do and felt confident with what you had set that I was going to complete it ... with your clear guidelines for parents, I’m so much more confident I can do this! Thank you...."

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Pictured above: Some of our 6th Class students having a virtual lesson.

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26
March
2020

Teachers' good advice

Our teachers are in email contact with parents and students alike this week, as most of our students are staying at home for their lessons.  Typically, our teachers email parent and student groups first thing in the morning to get the school day rolling.  Here's an example from one of our teachers in the Infants years...

Dear Parents,
Good Morning and thank you for the emails yesterday. I am attempting to get in touch with each one of you over the week to check in on how you are all managing in your own unique way as I know all of your situations are different. Today's schedule is straight forward enough with the addition of Science below. The Science and History will be included in next week's schedule to avoid extra emails. We are just finding our way.

Dear Children,
Good Morning and welcome to another day of school at home. I have 6 photographs of you working at home so far. I am loving to see how and where you are managing to complete your Maths, Writing, Spelling, History and today, one of our favourites, Science!  Remember to respect those who are helping you and to welcome a few challenges as you learn. Remember also that when there is a little challenge we have the opportunity to learn. Good luck today and enjoy!...

And from one of our 6th Class teachers...

Dear Parents
An interesting week here at JCS without the children! It is a very quiet place but still so much to do! I have been busy preparing resources and answering the children’s emails. Their requests have been both entertaining and varied but there are signs of a new independence beginning to grow! It has been an enormous learning curve for us all and one which will continue to adapt and change over the upcoming weeks. I am super proud of how the children have embraced this change and their ability to rise to new challenges is truly amazing.
I also want to thank all of you, for the tremendous support you are providing at home. I am sure you are being bombarded with cries for help as the Internet fails or the printer decides to give up. It must be tricky trying to juggle your own work as well as theirs! I have endeavoured to provide work which can be done mostly independently but may need your help when it comes to returning it via email or uploading it on to a new platform. I am thankful that at times like this the children show their ability to deal with technology as ‘natives’ rather than visitors!

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20
March
2020

Talking about COVID-19 in Health

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This week in Health in 3B we discussed Covid-19. What it is, why we are taking precautions and how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy. We did an experiment to show how soap effects germs. We put ground pepper (representing the germs) into a bowl of water. A student stuck their finger in and the pepper stuck to their finger. Next a child dipped their finger into soap and then placed their finger into the bowl and the soap repelled all the 'germs' away. Next the children asked what would happen if we tried hand sanitizer. We tried it again and the same thing happened!

With so much change and difficulty in the community our focus is on providing a calm and normal environment at school where the children can work and play happily. In our Philosophy lessons we have been discussing Sat Chit Ananda – Truth, Consciousness and Bliss, and practising falling still and being at peace in the Pause.

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend,
Ms Bell
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

20
March
2020

Lots going on in 4th class

The past week in 4D:

  • In Literacy, we developed our understanding of characterisation and worked on using adverbial phrases and fronted adverbials in our writing to effectively show time, place and manner.  In Grammar we looked at the appropriate use of adjectives and prepositions; and in comprehension we looked at how graphs and diagrams can often be used to convey information more effectively than the written word.
  • In Maths class we continued to look at measurement focusing on perimeter and area and at capacity and volume.
  • In History, we continued to learn about the Portuguese explorers Dias and Magellan and their contributions to the discovery of a trade route to India.
  • In Science, we continued to examine the concept of friction and how this affects performance by undertaking our own experiments with shoes on a number of different surfaces.  We learnt that mass and materials can affect friction and how these affect performance.

The week ahead:

  • In Literacy, we will be looking at a short narrative text and analysing the narrative structure, language features, sentence structure and then create a scaffold and storyboard.  In Grammar we will looked at the sentence structure in biographies and apostrophes of contraction; and in comprehension we looked at understanding explanatory texts and practise reading and using dictionaries.
  • In my Maths class we will begin to look at fractions and decimals and how these both represent parts of a whole.
  • In Geography, we will continue to learn a about Brazil, its geography, population, cities and main products.
  • In History, we will look at the early explorers associated with Australia (the First Australians, Dutch, French, Asian and British) in preparation for our individual projects.
  • In Science, we will begin to look at the force of gravity and how it acts from a distance. 

Cynthia Dalgleish
Teacher

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20
March
2020

Head of School's Comment

It is at times like these that you really do see the best of a school like ours. We appreciate that some families have made a personal decision to keep their children home, and while not present we thank them, and the families of those students attending, for their ongoing messages of support and understanding of the situation. We are very fortunate to have such a positive and resilient staff, board, parent community and most importantly, student body.
 
While the end of this situation may be a long time coming, it will pass. It is important to take all necessary precautions and stay abreast of the current situation, however it is important to take a break. With a few exceptions, we continue to maintain our regular routines and activities with our students, regularly pausing and focussing our attention to the present.
 
We all need to go out of our minds at least once a day. By going out of our minds we quickly come to our senses – Alan Watts, Author, 'The Way of Zen'

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

 

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

20
March
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 9

Monday – Macaroni cheese
Tuesday – vegetable risotto
Wednesday- salad rolls   
Thursday- sausage rolls
Friday – pizza 

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

20
March
2020

Debating in-house for now

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This week 6th class had a presenter from Masters Academy introduce the children to the world of debating, particularly the fine art of rebuttal.   There were lots of lively discussions, snap debates and discussions about what can and can't be done. Unfortunately due to COVID - 19, the IPSHA Debating Competition has been postponed until further notice.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

20
March
2020

Making sense of Mass

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Mass was the Maths topic for the week in 2nd Class – the children created a Language of Mass word bank and worked practically using balance scales to discover what Mass can tell us.  In Health, the topic  is ‘Protecting Me‘  - the children have been exploring what to do to keep themselves safe  - going to a trusted adult, knowing parents' mobile number and their address, ringing 000 in an emergency etc. In Science they have looked at the Constellations in relation to their topic Changes on Land and in the Sky. It sparked much enthusiasm.
And in Philosophy we are discussing and reading on Easter. The children doing this as their 'Celebration' topic are very keen to offer their knowledge – lovely to see.

Elizabeth McDermott
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

13
March
2020

Head of School's Comment

We couldn’t have had better weather for our re-scheduled Swimming Carnival this week, nor a better performance from our students. There were some wonderful examples of strong competition as well as individual perseverance throughout the races. The mood was competitive between the House groups, yet there was inter-group support across the field. Once again, the venue was left in a pristine state, which was a credit to our school and community.
 
Upon returning to school it was wonderful to hear of many Eagle Awards being given for students putting into practice our school values. The energy, comradeship and maturity of our students was a credit to all.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

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13
March
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

In 6th class Philosophy lessons we are currently looking at the subject of Unity. Nothing is better than an actual example to show how this works. This week we have seen the effect of unified co-operation and support through out our school community as we work together to navigate our way through an untested situation. In this way we can proceed carefully without panic to ensure that we care for everybody to the very best of our ability and that the children feel safe and confident. A big thank you to our whole school community.

You can read the most recent coronavirus update email from the School here

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

13
March
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 8

Monday – Pasta Bolognaise
Tuesday – Salad rolls  
Wednesday - Risotto cakes  
Thursday - Cheese and tomato puff pastry slice
Friday – Vegetable pakora

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

13
March
2020

6th class artwork ready to enter Art Prize

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In creating our entry into the 2020 Gallipoli Art Prize, our 6th class students looked at 'means of escape'. They particularly focused on the games and objects sent to POWs through Red Cross parcels that could be used for escape purposes.

The sheer focus, imagination and ingenuity in creating ways to escape: hiding information and equipment in packs of playing cards and board games; making compasses from pen lids, and using lemon yellow jelly for printing; is a fascinating concept to study.

The students created their own messages in Morse Code and designed their own cards based on the Bicycle Escape Map deck of cards created in WW2. They also designed keys with hidden messages inspired by the men who made keys for escape purposes.

They also watched the 1972 BBC Documentary  ‘Escape from COLDITZ, Prisoner of War’  

Pictured above is our Art leadership team (Ava was absent) and Mrs Allcorn with the combined 6th class artwork for this year's Gallipoli Art Prize.  Each year 6th class enters a piece that all the class has worked on together.  We have been hung as finalists every year, so far. We remain the only school to take part in this prestigious art competition and we are very proud to be part of it each year.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

11
March
2020

Big steps in Lower 1st

In Lower 1st, we are encouraging the children to come into the classrooms on their own at the start of the school day. We are encouraging them to be independent by hanging up and unpacking their own bags and coming into the classroom or walking to the playground.

The letters we looked at this week were Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx and Yy. 

In Science we constructed 4 different types of clouds (cirrus, stratus, cumulus and cumlonimbus) using cotton wool.  Our buddies helped us with this activity.  in Maths we looked at different words for subtraction: take and away and minus.  In History we talked abouty Aboriginal dreamtime stories and how we pass stories from one generation to another generation.  We looked at the dreamtime story of Tiddalick the frog.

Another great week of learning in Lower 1st!

 

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

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