Blog - John Colet School
10
August
2018

Sports reports

On Friday the 5th and 6th class Pisa Boys rugby team played Galstaun College and won 14 - 1.  It was a consistent game and the Men of the Match were Bob and Jet.    - Ash

The 3rd and 4th class Pisa Girls played Pittwater House in soccer and we won 2 - 1.  The Players of the Day were Jasmine and Lucia.  Jasmine for excellent goal keeping and Lucia for being striker for our absent player and also for getting the ball down the other end.    - Lily

The 5th and 6th class Pisa soccer Girls had a win 3 - 1 over St Luke's Dee Why.

The Junior Boys had a Bye.

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10
August
2018

Billy karts are go!

Supreme Incursions came to the school to run two 90 minute sessions for 2nd class students on Friday. The focus was ‘Toys’; how toys work, design and materials, how toys have changed and why, as well as many other aspects, such as the forces that make toys work. The students get to be entirely hands on during this incursion, investigating their 'Museum Toys' and playing at four activity stations; construction, imagination, up & about, and skill. The children also got  the opportunity to make a billy cart. There are lots of photos on ouf Facebook page.

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10
August
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This term we are looking at the value of Courage. The infants’ classes have recently started a new initiative on Fridays where they sit in house groups for lunch, so that they mix with children across different grades. This provides a number of different learning opportunities, but we are currently concentrating on courage. Today the children were challenged to have the courage to try new food and to speak to someone that they do not know.  They made significant efforts in this direction and were very happy to see stars on their house charts as a result of their efforts. It was delightful to watch them rise to the challenge.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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10
August
2018

Head of school's Comment

Our Parents and Friends Association is a volunteer group of mums and dads who give their time to support our school community. They play a vital part in bringing parents and students together at many of our events throughout the year as well as helping to raise funds for special projects, such as the solar panels which were installed last year.
We are sadly losing a few of our key leaders in the P&F at the end of this year. This is a very supportive group where many hands work together and members are not left to carry the burden alone. To allow for a smooth hand over and a continuation of the great work that is being done we are looking for some new volunteers. If you are interested I encourage you to contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or come to our next meeting at 7:30 on the 3rd of September.
One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time - Anon

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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10
August
2018

Fraction flowers!

fraction flower 4 web

This week L1st M has been focusing on the complex concept of Fractions.
We started the week with simple ideas and notions of sharing, and what it meant to be fair when splitting a whole object into parts. The students were extremely quick to realise that in order for sharing to be fair, we had to divide an object into equal parts.
Students thoroughly enjoyed sharing objects (UNIFIX CUBES) with other members in the class, creating whole circles as a class and splitting into two equal semi circles (Space and Geometry Sub-strand), and have worked extremely contentedly and steadily throughout this period.
During our Fraction lessons, fine motor skills have also been refined during cutting and pasting objects to fit in the “Fraction Flower”, along with colouring. In addition, students further developed these skills through the creation of fraction murals. To do so, students have folded, cut, and stuck, squared pieces of paper, which also consolidated their cognitive mathematical development, surrounding fractions.

Harriet Wickett 
Macquarie University (final year Practicum) student 2018

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03
August
2018

Head of School's Comment

Our Teacher’s Day held on Monday this week was a very special occasion. At John Colet School, we look to pay respect to the great teachings as well as how they are practically realised in our daily lives. At our assembly the children acknowledged the many teachers through history who have contributed to our spiritual foundation. As a multi faith school we look to the common threads from many teachers such as Christ, Plato, Mohammed, Sri Shantananda Saraswati, Buddha, Kabir, Confucius and many more. A good example of the breadth throughout history can be seen on the cover of the 2017 Yearbook.
 
At our assembly a selection of students gave practical examples of the important teachers they have had. These examples included world leaders, parents, school teachers, students and friends who have given lessons in service and resilience….and even why you should not stick your finger in a blender. It is this openness to understanding and learning of how we can be the best that we can be that we look to inspire.  
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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03
August
2018

From our Deputy Head

Today I had the chance to observe one of our debating teams in action against Abbotsleigh. Though the children did not win, the outcome was very close. I was struck by a few things. Firstly the clarity and confidence with which our children spoke. Secondly by the respectful way they interacted with each other and thirdly by their level of presence and attention. Being able to speak in front of an audience is a great skill and our curriculum provides this opportunity from Lower 1st. This week I had the great joy of commencing poetry recitation with the Infants children in preparation for their concert at the end of this term.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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03
August
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday - Italian minestrone
Tuesday - Roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes with sour cream and guacamole
Wednesday - Salad wraps
Thursday - Mixed vegetable risotto
Friday - Savoury cheese muffins

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03
August
2018

Sports Reports

Today the Senior PISA girls played soccer against Oxford Falls and lost 7 - 2.  The Girls of the Game were Sasha and Issie for always being there to take the ball up, Katia for scoring both our goals and Mo for really stepping up as goalie.  In short, every girl played well and had lots of fun.- Olivia 

The 3rd and 4th class Girls' Soccer team played St Luke's Bayview and we won 6 - 1.  The Player of the Day was Susannah for her excellent goals.  Susannah scored 4 of our goals and that is why she is Player of the Day. - Lily

The 3rd and 4th class Boys played Rugby against St Luke's Bayview and lost 4 - 3 in a close game.
The Senior Boys had a bye.

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27
July
2018

Head of School's Comment

Yesterday the school received three picnic tables which have been donated from our current 6th Class as their gift to the school and future students. The money was raised by them during our Open Day and has also been supplemented by our P&F. These picnic tables will allow for a quiet space for students at break times as well as an outdoor learning space for class activities.
This Term the Value that we are focussing on is Courage and specifically in the first few weeks, how we can have the courage to be truthful to ourselves. Our own inner honesty, through self-reflection must be the first port of call before we look at how we behave with others. It requires consistent practise.

As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility. -Nelson Mandela
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

new benchs small

 

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27
July
2018

From our Deputy Head

Next Monday we will be celebrating Teacher’s Day. The idea behind this day is to pay tribute to the great spiritual teachers whose words have guided and continue to guide the development of the values of our School. We also pay respects to the many teachers in our lives that have provided wisdom and fine example. The children have been writing about such teachers and will be presenting their work at our special Assembly on Monday. This is a special event on the school calendar. Parents are invited to attend.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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27
July
2018

One month to go...

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has only a month left…! Due for completion on August 31 (The week after book week), the PRC aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
 
Last week, some of the students brought home reading logs to fill in to encourage them to complete the challenge and log their books online. https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html
 
This is the first year ALL John Colet Students have been enrolled in the challenge and we would really love to see EVERY student receive a certificate for their reading this year!

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27
July
2018

Science Week - we are on it

In the lead up to Science week, we were lucky enough to begin the term with a visit from Taronga Zoo Keeper, Mrs Farley MacDonald.
Mrs MacDonald is currently working on the enormous campaign to eradicate single-use plastics. A major part of her campaign focusses on plastic straws. (One of the ‘Big 4’ single use plastics currently in circulation) https://taronga.org.au/act-for-the-wild/blog/the-%E2%80%98big-4%E2%80%99-plastics-what-they-are-and-why-they-matter
The children were encouraged to say ‘No Thanks’ when offered a straw in their drinks or to take a re-usable straw made of stainless steel when out and about.

They were also shown keep-cups for hot chocolates or coffees for mum and dad, as well as beeswax wraps for food wrapping and re-usable drink bottles. Both the staff and students gained great insight into the need for change and were asked to tell just 5 people what they learnt about single use plastics today.

Science Week Action!
Our art department staff have an amazing project planned for our students. In order to assist in the movement away from single use plastic bags, the students will be making a re-usable fabric bag to carry their plates and cups to and from school in. These bags will be made using an old t-shirt during their Art and Science lessons at school.
 

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27
July
2018

ICAS science great results

ICAS Science

Well done to all students who took part in the recent ICAS Science test.  Forty five John Colet students took part.  High Distinctions were awarded to Alexander B (3I) and Andre K (3B).  Distinctions were awarded to Finlay S (3B), Louis S-G (3B), Vanessa C (3I), James W (3I), Samuel J (4T) Charlie L (4N), Marlon L (5S) Ayush O (5S) Ariel S (5S) and Sana S (6M).

ICAS Science assesses students' skills in the key scientific areas of: Observing and measuring - Noting and measuring features of items and phenomena. Interpreting data - Interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs. Applying data - Including inferring, predicting and concluding.

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27
July
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Tortellini with tomato and basil cream sauce

Tuesday - Vegetable and bean quesadillas

Wednesday - Garlic cheesy pizza bread

Thursday - Lentil soup

Friday - Sweet corn pancakes.

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