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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

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

24
November
2017

Head of School's Comment

The construction of Plato House has allowed us to centralise our school administration as well as afford us two new classrooms. One of the benefits of doing this was to free up much needed space in other areas of the school. One of these areas is in Colet House where one of the rooms has been developed into a larger space to become our new library. While there are still some final touches to be made, the students are already enjoying the benefits of a more central, spacious area. A special thank you to Mrs Caban who has facilitated the move as well as conducting a stocktake of all our library resources this year. 
This is a final call for 2017 donations to the school building fund towards the implementation of solar panels. We are currently at approximately $40,000 and only need an additional $2000 to push us over our target amount. Every little bit counts.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

24
November
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

We are still asking “Is my attitude positive” – and the question that naturally arises to follow this is – if my attitude is not positive, can I actually change it and turn it to the positive. It is much more useful to direct the energy that is wasted in anger or gloom towards fixing or accepting the situation; or indeed “moving on” to something else.
Congratulations to Kai C, who was the winner of the In-house Primary Chess Competition
The Nativity will be performed on Tuesday 28th at 8.50a.m and parents are welcome to stay for it - It may be standing room only for the 2nd Class show!! This is also the day when gifts are collected for the not-so-fortunate via the Smith Family. Some gifts have already been received: thank you. (See separate article) On Monday the Instrumental Ensemble will be playing for the School at Assembly.
It will be a big week of many year-end events, not the least will be several farewells to our magnificent 6th Class, and the week will culminate in the Picnic Day. Teachers will send reminders about sun and swim safety. Please remember that children must wear rash vests or T-shirts in the water. Hope to see many of you there.
Those classes who are moving will do so on Monday 4th December.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Senior Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

24
November
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

MONDAY:       WRAPS & BOATS
TUESDAY:      VEGIE SAUSAGE SIZZLE
WEDNESDAY: SALAD ROLLS
THURSDAY:     MEXICAN 'MEAT' PIES
FRIDAY:           PICNIC DAY – CLOSED (packed lunch)
MONDAY:       4th Dec – XMAS FUN, CHEESY 'HOT DOGS'

We are already at the end of this school year, and we say farewell to the Class of 2017. Enjoy High School!

This is also the time where I look deep into the cupboards and make up menus to clean us out…and which the children will eat.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the lunch ladies who have helped me tirelessly in the kitchen throughout the year. You have all been fantastic and worked above and beyond. Thank you!

Lastly, I would like to wish the whole school community a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and fun filled New Year.

See you back here in 2018!

Life is too short to eat bad food!
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen

                

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

17
November
2017

Head of School's Comment

As we are looking at the Value of Service in our school this term I thought it would be good to acknowledge the role of the School of Practical Philosophy this week who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

As you may know John Colet School was founded by members of the School of Practical Philosophy, who as parents were looking for an education for their children that was not available at the time in Sydney. From humble beginnings in North Sydney our school has developed and flourished over the years and provided an excellent education to the many students who have passed through our classes.

We continue to benefit from the philosophy courses available to our parents and staff as well as through the guidance from the members of the School Board who volunteer their time to support the continued success of John Colet School. We give our thanks and congratulations for 50 years of service to the community. 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

17
November
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

“Is my attitude positive” is the aspect of Service we are currently practising at school. How much more pleasant is it to be in the company of people who are positive and able to deal with difficulties and obstacles without descending into gloom or anger. Be positive and see the bright side if you can!
A special event this week was the wonderful afternoon tea prepared by 6th Class for all who helped in the staging of their fabulous play. The 6th Class Sewing group brought their activities for the year to a close by branching out into bread-making – a successful effort and beautiful loaves of bread were taken home!
The Infants staged their in-house Chess Competition and the winner was Jonathan Z in 2nd Class. Well done Jonathan! The Primary Competition is to be held next week.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

17
November
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

NACHOS AND BEAN SALAD

Tues

PAD THAI NOODLES

Wed

EGG SALAD ROLLS AND COLESLAW

Thurs

MEXICAN 'MEAT' PIES

Fri

PESTO PASTA AND SALADS

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

17
November
2017

A time for giving

Gifts for the Smith Family

At the forthcoming Christmas Nativity Play to be presented to the whole school by this year’s 2nd Class on Tuesday 28th November, we will be collecting gifts in our big treasure chest.  All children and their families are invited to donate a Christmas gift for those less fortunate than we are.  The gifts will go to the Smith Family charity.

Here are the guidelines:
•    The gift can be something second hand in good order;
•    It can be something new;
•    It should not be wrapped, so that the Smith Family helpers can check what age is appropriate.  They then wrap them.
•    There will be a big treasure chest put outside the Assembly Hall for the presents to be dropped off.
•    Late gifts can still be given to Mrs. Donald before end of term.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

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17
November
2017

Debating for the Reef

 

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As part of our study of sustainability and the Great Barrier Reef in Geography the children took part in a role play meeting in which the World Heritage Organisation is called to discuss concerns about the threats facing the Great Barrier Reef. In groups, the children played the part of either the Tourism Industry, Government, the Mining Industry or the Fishing Industry. They researched and put forward their arguments as to why they should be allowed to continue their activities in or near the reef and how they could do so in a more sustainable way in order to protect the reef for future generations. As part of the debate, the children had to respond to questions and challenges about their activities from the other interest groups.

Ann-Marie Sjogren and Jean Kearney
Teachers

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

10
November
2017

Head of School's Comment

Is my attitude positive? This is the question we are asking students to contemplate over the next few weeks as we explore in more depth our Value of Service. Attacking a problem with a can do, positive attitude is a must if we are to give our best. Both a positive and negative attitude affects our own work and also the work of those around us. If we are looking to present our best work and give service to the task at hand then it must be approached in a constructive, confident and optimistic manner.
We all know that sometimes, something may happen in the morning that seems to set the tone for the rest of the day. Somehow everything seems to go wrong. A pause can help break the link to a past event and allow us the space to move on fresh, with our full attention and a positive outlook. We can choose our attitude rather than the other way around, in a similar way to choosing a character in a play and fulfilling our role.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” William Shakespeare
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

10
November
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

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Just when we thought it was all over, Shakespeare was again to the fore!  Wednesday saw the annual visit by Mr. James Evans, Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company (which is currently staging “The Merchant of Venice”).

Each year he comes to see a special Preview of all the Shakespeare performances, both Infants and Primary.  It was a spectacular morning of cameos from all the plays.  The Infants beautifully revived their offerings, as their plays were staged five months ago.  All went well, and everyone enjoyed the event.  Mr. Evans gave his appraisal afterwards – he was most impressed, and also generously answered questions from the older children.
The coming week will also see another performance forum with an instrumental concert in the MacLaren Hall on the evening of Thursday 16th, arranged by the Music Department’s Ms Rosy Davidson.  Hope to see you there.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

10
November
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

PASTA FLORENTINE

Tues

GNOCCHI AMATRICIANA

Wed

SALAD ROLLS (walk through)

Thurs

BAKED ZUCCHINI & AUBERGINE RISOTTO (walk through)

Fri

VEGETABLE KIM CHI FRIED RICE
(walk through)

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

10
November
2017

Registrar's Report

Sibling enrolments for 2019 and 2020 – please submit an application NOW
The word is out there in the community about our wonderful school and the education we provide our students. 
 
2018 Lower First               Fully enrolled and on waitlist
2019 Lower First               Enrolling into the second and final class
2020 Lower First               Long list of applicants. Interviews to commence in the new year
 
It is always the aim of the School to offer sibling priority, but to do this we must have an Application for them.

Lower First – 2019
We are currently interviewing and enrolling into our second and final class for Lower First 2019.
 
Lower First – 2020
The Headmaster will commence interviewing in the new year for the 2020 Lower First intake.  If you have a sibling for either the 2019 or 2020 intake,  please complete an Application and return it to me ASAP so they can be given sibling priority.

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