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27
September
2019

Head of school's Comment

This term our core value in focus has been Courage, particularly in developing self-control, inner strength and understanding the role of forgiveness.
 
We take this a step further next term as we delve into one of our other core values, Service. Words need to be translated into action, preferably spontaneous, thoughtful, independent action by our students. We will remind the children at our assembly on Friday to look for opportunities during the holidays. If you do witness any such examples over the break, please do let us know as it’s always good to be able to share with the whole school when we return.
 
Have a wonderful holiday with your family and we look forward to welcoming you back on the 15th of October.
 
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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27
September
2019

Getting a taste for herbal infusions

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After listening to a talk (and taste test) with our Chef last week about the uses of herbs in cooking, this week 2nd class enjoyed the process of making their own herb and fruit flavoured infusions.  They were all keen to be the first to try them!

 

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27
September
2019

Gold rush games made for sharing

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As part of our unit on The History of Australian Colonies, 5th Class were asked to design and make a board game based on The Goldrush Period.
The game had to satisfy certain criteria which included players collecting and winning items, historical facts and a set of typed rules.
There was great fun today in class as we all shared and played games with 2nd class. What a fantastic project!

Niree Nadjarian and Allison Tomicki, Teachers

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

24
September
2019

Update from Upper 1st

This week Upper 1st (Year 1) has enjoyed writing their own persuasive texts. Each child has chosen their own topic which they felt passionate about. They then each formed a point of view and supported that view with reasons or arguments. Finally, they created a ‘conclusion’, which formed their last paragraph of writing. Their writing has been available to view in the classroom all week.

In Maths Upper 1st has explored the language of ‘position’ and revised ‘time’ – hour, half hour and a quarter past the hour. In Science they created column graphs to show the information they had gathered about Nude Food Day. On Monday they presented their data to the school at Assembly. Upper 1st class Nude Food wrap results were –
Tuesday – 13 non-recyclable wraps; Thursday – reduced to 5 non-recyclable wraps. Upper 1st discovered the whole school total count of plastic on both days and the difference between the totals: 147 less pieces of plastic on Nude Food Day!
Also this week a parent took the class for a special craft activity making miniature ‘Angry Birds’. This supported the children’s learning of how to follow a procedure and develop fine motor skills for little fingers.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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20
September
2019

Head of school's Comment

The adverse weather didn’t deter us from having 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 to 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.
 
Next week sees another opportunity for our students to extend and challenge themselves at our school Athletics Carnival. It is a wonderful day with a range of sporting activities to test personal limits, as well as enjoy fun individual and group games. You are welcome to come for the entire day and are encouraged to join the annual parent race.
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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20
September
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week the Infants classes have been preparing for next Thursday’s concert, which will provide an opportunity for the children to showcase Poetry, Singing, Dancing and Sanskrit recitation. All the children have been exemplary in putting their best efforts into learning lines and actions and giving their enthusiastic best. It is always staggering to watch the speed at which younger children absorb material that they are given. It underlines the responsibility we have to give them the very best.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

19
September
2019

Premier's Reading Challenge: bumper year for John Colet

The PRC is officially finished!

I am so proud of all our students this year. The first year all of primary entered their own records online here at school and most of infants were able to complete the challenge at home with some assistance too. (I graciously thank all those parents who kindly stepped in to help at home when it was a bit tricky at school)

I’m pleased to announce that this year, 203 students (out of 229 enrolled) completed the challenge!!! (compared with 166 in 2018 and 98 in 2017) What a huge result!

Thanks again for your support of the PRC. A great initiative that encourages children and families to continue to enjoy sharing quality literature together, even after children are reading independently.

Thank you also for the wonderful response to our Book Swap for Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We raised $426.50 through the gold coin donation sales of your donated second-hand books.

Amy Slaven
Librarian

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19
September
2019

How big is this bedroom?

This week in Maths 6S were calculating the area of composite rectangles and challenging each other with different shapes and giving the fewest possible measurements for a partner to calculate area from.

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19
September
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Nachos with sour cream and Guacamole  
Tuesday – closed (Athletics Carnival) 
Wednesday – Penne pasta with tomato and basil sauce  
Thursday – Vegetable curry with rice pilaf  
Friday – Last day of term pizza 

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This wek, Chef Glen gave a talk to Second Class about the power of herbs, explaining how he uses them in the school lunches and where they come from.  All the children had the chance to touch, smell and nibble each herb.

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17
September
2019

Upper 1st update

This week we have enjoyed ‘Science Week’ with a ‘Fizzics’ Science incursion, videos about the Apollo 11 moon landing, reading books about Astronomy and making our own astronauts.
We also planned and a Nude Food Day for the whole school and have collected data to show the results. We hope to make a proposal to increase awareness about the use of plastic and to make a long-term change regarding the amount of plastic used at our school.
In Maths we have explored fractions of an object, shape and collection; in History we compared transport from past and present.

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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

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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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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.

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- 6th class teachers

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