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09
February
2018

Head of School's Comment

The core Values of our school are Stillness, Truthfulness, Courage, Service and Respect. With our students and staff we work through these values in all that we do throughout the year. However, we do select a Value to concentrate on each Term, along with an aspect of that Value.
This Term we have begun by exploring Respect and in particular Respect for our teachers. We obviously have many teachers at school, however in the wider context teachers are all around us. Teachers can be parents, friends, colleagues or our students or children. The greatest respect we can give to our teachers is to listen. Only through really listening without bias or a pre-conceived position can we appreciate what may be learnt.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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09
February
2018

From our Deputy Head

This week I had the great privilege of meeting with all 5th class children to discuss Meditation. We had a beautiful discussion about the benefits of pausing regularly at school.  Many of the children spoke of how much it helps them during the day to settle and empty out. One girl gave a beautiful analogy of bathwater being emptied out of the bath. 
Congratulations to our new Lower First for such a steady start to the year, it looks like they have been here for a lot longer than two weeks!
We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at the Board of Governors Reception next  Friday night. Many teachers will be holding their parent information meetings beforehand so it would be good if you could stop by before you leave. It is a good way for our new parents to get a sense of the John Colet community.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

09
February
2018

Sports Reports

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The John Colet Senior Girls Softball team got off to a great start to the season with a win against Pittwater House, 6 - 5. Ms Cavill says everyone did terrific fielding, with excellent home run action by Iona A. The Players of the Match today were Sascha K and Olivia B. They said the game was pretty tight!

The Senior Boys played cricket against Covenant Christian School.  It was a great game for us because we won 77 - 38.  The Man of the Match was Ashlee P for great all round play.- Carlo and Jett

The Junior Girls T Ball team played Oxford Falls.  We tied, 12 - 12,  and decided that Ella (me, the Captain) was player of the day because I got the first Oxford person out. - Ella

The Junior Boys had a Bye.

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09
February
2018

From the P&F

Hello JCS parents and carers,
How have your first two weeks gone? Are you back into the stride of things again, or if JCS is new to you, how are you finding your feet?
We had an awesome turnout for our first P&F meeting on Monday, discussions were held on a variety of topics including Shakespeare costume and makeup, golf umbrellas for JCS, bringing back a mufti day, senior girls uniform and selling of second hand uniform to name but a few. Minutes will wend their way to you via your class parents early next week.

We also ran through the calendar of events – so make sure you have these in your diary.

Friday 16th February - Board of Governors reception
Saturday 7th April - Movie Night
Friday 13th April - Walkathon
Sunday 27th May - Open Day
Saturday 1st September - Bush Dance
Saturday 20th October - Trivia Night
Friday 7th – 9th December - Umina Beach Camping

More details and requests for volunteers, where required, will come in due course.

Have a great weekend
Kind regards
Niki

Categories: P&F, John Colet

08
February
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

SAUCY PASTA

Tues

EGG SALAD ROLLS

Wed

PIZZA PUFFS

Thurs

GNOCCHI FLORENTINE

Fri

FRIED RICE

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02
February
2018

Head of School's Comment

I have been amazed this week, just as I was in my first year at John Colet School, at how quickly our students have settled into their first week. Some of this can be explained by how our students stay with the same teacher for three to four years. Yet this year, along with our new students in Lower First, we also have new teachers as well as students changing over to the Primary. I believe it comes down to many elements that have been refined over the years such as the consistency in our routines, expectations and values. This together with such lessons as Philosophy, enriched Art, Music, classical languages and the practice of mindful pausing, sets the tone across the school. However, the key factor is our staff and I give thanks to them here for their passion in making such a successful start for our students.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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02
February
2018

From our Deputy Head

Our first week back has been seamless. The children have returned full of vigour and ready to begin the new year. At our first Assembly on Monday we discussed the quality of Respect which is one of our core values. This will be a focus for some weeks to come. Certainly during the week there have been many examples of Respect by students in all year levels. I would like to particularly mention 6th class as a cohort and the Leadership Team in particular. On Wednesday our new parents were ably welcomed and assisted by our Leadership Team who also spent the morning in the Lower 1st classroom supporting Mrs Connell and Mrs McDermott.
After two days of testing our new Lower 1st have settled remarkably well.
This coming week we will begin Infants and Primary chess. We also look forward to the start of our Term 1 PISA competition. The teams have already been selected and will no doubt represent our school with good sportsmanship, determination and enthusiasm.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

01
February
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHIPS AND BEANS
Tues

SALAD WRAPS
Wed

PASTA PESTO

Thurs

CHEESE & TOMATO SANDWICHES

Fri

HOT DOGS

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01
February
2018

Clubs information for Term 1

Here is the updated information so far about extracurricular clubs and activities at John Colet School for Term 1 2018.

Chess 2018. Chess begins Week 2 of Term 1
Monday 3:05-4pm – Primary Chess - $85 per term
Monday 3:05 – 4pm – Senior Chess (by invitation only) - $95 per term
Wednesday 12:25 – 12:50pm – Infants Chess (1st and 2nd Class only) - $45 per term
Lower First Chess will commence in Term 3.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JC Instrumental Ensemble 2018
Conductor Ms Rosy Davidson
Rehearsals: Friday mornings 7.30 - 8.25am in the Music Centre
This ensemble is open to all wind, string and percussion players. A level of AMEB 1st Grade (or equivalent) is recommended to join the group. The group learns and performs a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire in a fun social setting. Performances are held once or twice each term at school events and concerts.
To apply, please send an email with your child’s details to:
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Beginner Violin Ensemble 2018
Conductor Ms Rosy Davidson
Rehearsals: Monday mornings 7.45 - 8.25am in the Music Centre
This new program has been created for students in Upper 1st and above who want to try the violin or viola in a fun group setting.
It is an inexpensive way of trialling an instrument that runs for just Term 1 - Term 2.
(A limited number of violins are available for free during the program period, or instruments can be hired from Sydney String Centre).
To join this exciting new program, please email:
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Fencing 2018
Monday lunchtimes, open to Upper First students and older
Fee: $167.50 per term
All equipment provided. Students to wear sports shoes.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

French 2018 - Lessons start in Week 3.
Monday Mornings: 7.30am – 8.15
Venue: MacLaren Hall
All Grade levels are welcome.
Tutor: Mme Galiane Marterer

Garden Club - starting Friday 9th Feb 2018
Fridays 3.10pm – 4.15pm
Fee: $10 per child per session billed at beginning of each term as confirmation of enrolment
Venue: JCS garden area
email Glen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Individual Music Lessons 2018
Private Instrumental and Vocal lessons are held in the Music Centre during school hours by highly qualified and experienced musicians.
Fees: $40 per half hour.
Lessons are currently available in these instruments: Flute, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello
Please contact the music coordinator Glen Miller on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Latin classes 2018
These classes will begin in Week 2 of Term 1.
2nd Class at 8.05 a.m. on Wednesdays (MacLaren Hall)
3rd Class at 8.05 a.m. on Tuesdays (Library)
4th class: Tuesday lunch 1 – 1:30 in 4T
5th and 6th Class: Senior Latin – Friday morning 8:10-8:40 in the Library

Mandarin Classes 2018
Mandarin Classes 2018 term 1 start 5th Feb. (9weeks)
Tuesday class: 3:10pm– 5:00pm (for students who speak Mandarin at home)
Wednesdays class 3:10pm – 5:00pm (for non-Chinese background students)
Classroom Location:
Tuesday class: Shakespeare 3 (upstairs)
Wednesday class: Shakespeare Room 2
Fees: $250 for the term. Siblings and children of JCS staff receive 30% discount.
Contact Mrs. Jing Gandy
Lotus Chinese Community Language School
M: 0425203353
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Sailing Club 2018
Every Saturday morning during Terms 1 and 4, 8.30am - 11am
Open to Years 3,4,5,6
Fee: $140 per term
Venue: Balmoral Beach

Sewing Club 2018
Wednesday lunchtimes, after lunch service.
Open to 6th class students
Fee: $30 to cover material costs
Contact: Mrs Donald

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30
January
2018

Head of School's Comment

Our school is looking wonderful, our classrooms are ready and our teachers are refreshed and energized for 2018. However, it is has been way too quiet here this week and we are eagerly awaiting the return of our families on Monday!

Over the break the school has had a thorough clean and touch up of paint. Our solar panels are now operational and making great use of the lovely summer sunshine. We have completed and asphalt section in our park above Top House and we shall soon have field lines put down to allow for another sporting venue.

Our teachers have engaged in some wonderful professional development on curriculum, assessment and our approach to the Philosophy and Values that our school holds so important. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful teaching body at our school.

The strength of our school is centred on a community approach to learning and I do encourage you to become involved as much as possible.

I wish you and your family all the very best for 2018.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

30
January
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

NACHOS

Tues

PASTA BOLOGNESE

Wed

CHEESE AND SALAD ROLLS
Thurs

MEXICAN 'MEAT' PIES
Fri

BAKED VEGETABLE RISOTTO

Welcome to 2018! This is the Chinese Year of the Dog. This 11th Zodiac of 12 encompasses people who are independent, sincere, decisive and loyal. These people are not afraid of difficulties as they harmonise relationship with others easily. These are all strong characteristics of the values we uphold at John Colet School so I believe that it will be a good year for all.

Our biggest student enrolment ever will see the focus placed heavily on the changes needed to embrace every individual in our lunch hall.

It is a hot summer month so we will stay true to cooling and favourite foods until the Autumn.

Welcome and welcome back to everyone, have a wonderful year.

 

Let Food be Thy Medicine & Medicine be Thy Food – Hippocrates.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen



 

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30
January
2018

From our Deputy Head

Welcome to Term 1 2018. We are looking forward to a full and productive year that will offer all our students an opportunity to shine in their individual strengths. A particularly warm welcome is extended to our new Lower 1st children and parents, and to those families who are joining the John Colet community for the first time.

All the teachers have been hard at work this week studying and preparing their classrooms so that they are ready for the beginning of the year.

Our Lower 1st children will have their first official half day on Wednesday 31st after they have had their individual assessment sessions with the Lower 1st teachers on Monday and Tuesday.

I am very much looking forward to working with both children and parents in my new role as Deputy. I am hoping as the year progresses to become well acquainted with all our students. It is important that we work together to uphold the values that unite us as a school.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

01
December
2017

Roman marching biscuits

Our youngest Latin students celebrated the end of a full year in Latin club by making Roman Marching Biscuits, similar to what the legionaires ate while on campaigns. 

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01
December
2017

Head of School's Comment

This week our 5th Class students gave speeches to the Primary for next year’s leadership positions. It was heartening to see so many of our students putting up their hands to serve our school. It takes a great deal of confidence and belief in oneself to put yourself forward to represent your peers and take on a service role. While not all the children can be chosen they will have opportunities to lead and shine as they have in many ways in the past at John Colet School.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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01
December
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

There has been the usual generous response to the Smith Family Christmas Gifts Appeal, and I have TWO Treasure Chests full of wonderful toys somehow packed into the boot and on the back seat of my car – ready to be delivered. Thank you to all the parents for their generosity and giving!

Another even bigger ”Thank You”…. This one from Mary McKendrick and myself at this point of our retirement from John Colet after 32 years.
Thank you to the children, parents, teachers and staff with whom we have worked through all those incredible years to establish this wonderful school and offer the best education we can. We consider ourselves blessed to have had the opportunity to do the work we both love and value in such very wonderful company. Imagine spending every working day doing what you love and believe in with people you value!

So - thank you to the whole community, past and present! Valete!

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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