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15
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

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This week I had the pleasure of having lunch with one of our Lower First classes as they had raised the most money for our Parents and Friends Walkathon. The pizza, created by our Chef Mr Galloway, was delicious! However, the real pleasure was speaking with them about a variety of topics from extreme weather (a current class project), our local cheeky bush turkey, to why I need to have so many different ties!
I also have the pleasure of dining with a different group of 6th Class students each week. It is a great opportunity, in an informal setting, to speak about whatever is of interest to them. Often this includes suggestions for school improvements, or discussions on high schools or just what is in the media of late. From Lower First to 6th Class, I am always impressed with both our students' willingness to engage honestly, and their fresh perspectives towards life and the future.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

This coming week our teachers will be meeting to discuss their individual goals relating to the teaching standards outlined by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority). These goals may include for example, the development of critical thinking skills, visual learning and formative assessment.  In addition to these individual goals, the school has an overall goal related to differentiation within the classroom. The aim of differentiation is to help meet the many levels of learning and learning styles in any one classroom. Working on these goals helps to maintain a high standard of teaching practice and to continue to develop new skills.
It is inspiring to see the work on these teaching goals manifest in each classroom in so many different ways.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
June
2018

Sports Reports

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Today the Senior Pisa Girls nailed our semifinal playing Pittwater House in netball.  The score was 19 - 4 to us.  The Girl of the Game is Isabelle for incredible movement and play.  Special mention to Sascha for playing positions she hadn't before.   - Antonia S

The Junior Pisa Girls netball team played St Lukes Dee Why and tied 5 - 5.  The Players of the Day are Felicity and Ciara for their great calling and overall play.  Special thanks to Violette and Lucia for stepping in for some Year 3s.

The Junior Pisa Boys played a thrilling game of soccer against Oxford Falls, winning 2 - 1.  The person that stood out was Josh, so he is the Man of the Match, as he was excellent in goals.

The Senior Boys had a bye.

Categories: John Colet

15
June
2018

Carbon offset update

John Colet School carbon offset for last month: 2.03 tons. 

We have offset the equivalent of: 52 trees

Categories: John Colet

15
June
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday -   Spinach tortellini in tomato and basil cream sauce
Tuesday - Tomato and mozzarella cheese pizza
Wednesday - Vegetarian quesadilla with sour cream and guacamole
Thursday -  Thai yellow curry with rice
Friday -   Falafel burgers and salad rolls

Thanks and happy eating
Glen Galloway

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

08
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

While we focus on one Value per Term, our Value of Stillness is addressed throughout the year, often in relation to the Value we are currently studying. This Term we have been looking at Truthfulness and next week we will explore our practice of pausing and how this benefits our approach to the truth.
When bringing oneself to a point of stillness there is a letting go of thoughts of the past or future and often a release of the connection to ongoing thoughts that may cloud our judgement. Being mindful enables our students to begin afresh, operate with greater clarity, and act in a way that is beneficial to all.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

On Thursday of this week, we held our yearly Sanskrit Recitation Competition.  This competition represents an enormous amount of work on the part of both the children and our Sanskrit teachers. I do not think it would be an exaggeration to say that each year group without exception delivered an outstanding performance. The children were steady, dignified and respectful and articulated their given recitations beautifully.
As pointed out by Mrs Dunn, the recitation of these prayers gives rise to consideration and conversation about their deeper meaning and significance. Because Sanskrit has the most comprehensive grammar system its study provides an excellent foundation for the study of any language.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
June
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday -  Queens Birthday
Tuesday - Vegetable stir fry with rice noodles and tofu
Wednesday - Loaded jacket potatoes
Thursday -  Roast vegetable risotto
Friday -   Grilled haloumi and salad wraps

Thanks and happy eating
Glen Galloway

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

01
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to our entire school community for a wonderful Open Day. It was a magnificent example of the practical application of our school values through the actions of all involved. An event such as this is only possible through teamwork between students, parents and John Colet School staff. Our school was abuzz and this only occurs with a shared spirit of why we are here.
I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to many parents on Open Day and the positive mood was profound. One of the more memorable comments was from a lady in her 90s who commented on how moving it was to see such a diverse community in true harmony together.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

01
June
2018

Headmaster's Awards

Manning B (Lower First C) for stillness in the face of challenges.
Olivia C (Lower First C) for service to her peers and care in her classwork.
Halimeda H (Lower First M) for consistently giving of her best.

Categories: John Colet

01
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

Next Monday we celebrate John Colet Day.  Some of our 6th class leaders will address the Assembly on Monday morning to talk about John Colet and the reason that our School was named after him. John Colet was a renaissance man and also a pioneer in education.  Five hundred or more years later we seek to follow the same principles of a sound education that embodies excellence. This was certainly reflected in the standard of work so beautifully displayed in all of our classrooms last Sunday and in the children’s presentations of music and Shakespeare.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

01
June
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday - Cream of tomato and basil soup
Tuesday - Vegetarian hotdogs
Wednesday - Egg fried rice with tofu bacon
Thursday - Cheese and chive tarts (walkthrough)
Friday - Yellow Thai curry with basmati rice

Happy eating
Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

01
June
2018

Drama and Fencing news

Last Sunday the John Colet School’s Shakespeare Club performed at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod in the Scene category.  One group of our students performed a comedic scene from Twelfth Night and the other group performed a heart-wrenching scene from As you like it.
The As you like it performance group was awarded Second place.  The adjudicators commented on their sophistication, conviction, strong voices and excellent characterisation.

On Monday, the John Colet Fencing team played our very first match against Newington Boys School in Lindfield. Our Infants team played very well but unfortunately lost with a score of 13-16. Infants team members were Kristof D, James N, Arya K, Elliott C and Meredith Y.
The Senior team of Neo S, Sam J, Edward T, Joshua J, and Vanessa C played a nail biting series of bouts with the points for some time going equally between the two schools. However, with one last strike from Sam J, John Colet were announced the winners and the final score was 20-18 to us.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

01
June
2018

John Colet School Cake Baking and Decorating Competition results

Infants
Winner:  Halimeda H, Lower First, "Wonderland of Confection"
Highly commended: Shannon H "Miss Bower goes Crazy"
Julia and Eloise L "Come to Candyland"

Primary
Winner: Suzannah R "The Hen"

Highly Commended
Sasha W "Vegie Burger"
Bethany T "Dougal McDougal"
Lily M "Once upon a Time..."

Adult
Winner: Lorna Z "Almight Cake"

See these and all the Cakes on Facebook

You can also see them on our website photo gallery here

Categories: John Colet

01
June
2018

Sports Reports

Today the Senior Boys played soccer against Pittwater House and won, 4 - 0.  The Men of the Match were Bob, Ryan and Jett for their great efforts.

The Senior Girls played Oxford Falls Grammar School in netball and lost 3 - 11 however, they do now move into the A competition next week.

The Junior Girls played netball against St Luke's Bayview and won 5 - 4.

The Junior Boys had a bye.

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