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13
October
2017

Head of School's Comment

In Term 4 we look at bringing all our school values together as we focus on action through the value of Service. The word service comes from the Latin Servitum and the Sanskrit Seva, both involving work performed without any reward or payment. It can be taken negatively as in the role of a servant, however the positive aspect we will be looking at is when this action is by choice. We are encouraging students to help others without looking for a reward, payment, or even acknowledgement…not an easy task! Nobody should be taken for granted, however the need for recognition should not hold us back from acting in the right way.

Speaking of service to our community, our P&F continue to fundraise for solar panels for our school. I am pleased to announce that the amount raised has now risen above the $26,000 mark on our way towards the ultimate goal of $42,000! Every little bit counts.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

13
October
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

It has been an excellent start to the term, with levels of enthusiasm obvious in relation to the Shakespeare Festival and other forthcoming events this term. It’s quite difficult to gain access to the Hall as so many teachers wish to use it for rehearsals!
The new Library has been completed and will transfer from the Music Room shortly. In the meantime, Mrs. Caban is checking her stock and planning her new space. It’s a beautiful room, very centrally located in Colet House, incorporating Colet 2 Classroom and the former offices of the Deputies. The Staff Common Room is also having a “face-lift”.
There is a Working Bee coming up on 22nd October, and thank you to those parents who are able to support it.
Service: the true value of any action is related to the real attention given to it, for example, say “Hello” to someone with attention and sincerity and it means something quite different from a mechanical greeting.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

13
October
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

GNOCCHI

Tues

RISOTTO
Wed

SAUSAGE ROLLS

Thurs

BUTTER CURRY & RICE
with Spinach Dhal
Fri

PASTA BOLOGNESE

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22
September
2017

Head of School's Comment

This week we had the official opening of our new building Plato House and the G.S Mane Wing. Mr William Fox, member of our Board of Governors spoke to the students at assembly on Plato and his legacy within philosophy and education. Our Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Philip Wolfers, celebrated the impact that our former Headmaster, Mr Gilbert Mane, had on JCS. There was a very entertaining and moving response from Mr Mane, who was touched to have our new wing named after him.

As one project comes to completion others are just getting started! Our P&F have raised over $22,000 so far towards our school solar panel project. Also, construction and refurbishment will begin over the holidays of Colet 2, in preparation for its use as our new school library. We have a number of landscaping projects also occurring during the break, including returfing of our playing field.

We wish all families an enjoyable and safe break and look forward to welcoming you back in Term 4. 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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22
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

What an eventful week it has been – something special and extraordinary each day!

Monday of course saw the opening ceremony of the new Plato House and the dedication of the G.S. Mane wing.  We had several guests, including our Members of Parliament, Mr. Mane himself, several Board Members, the Architect, the Bank Manager, and a host of the builders, who so generously came to see the result of their labours.  Mrs. Moor provided a beautiful morning tea.

Tuesday was another very successful event – the Sports Carnival – the children were terrific!   Wednesday saw a remarkably comprehensive celebration of “Asia studies” – the Sixth Class children dressed up, undertook activities such as calligraphy, cooking and making Japanese dolls:  they were treated to a feast, and then a Tai Chi Class with Demetrius Condos, and an Indian Dance demonstration by Angela Miller, who was freshly returned from a week’s dance workshop in the U.K.

On Thursday the Infants treated their parents to a Poetry and Sanskrit Prayer Concert, which also included a Latin song from the 2nd Class Latin students.  Straight after that, Miss Bower’s Class showed their amazing recently  published stories – on video with their illustrations and voice-overs.

Friday was the “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” which the 6th Class put on for their Buddies in Lower First.

And now the holidays … enjoy.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
September
2017

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to all those parents who were able to support the P&F fundraising Masquerade Party last weekend. All money raised from this event as well as from our Walkathon earlier in the year is going towards the construction of solar panels. We are roughly at the half way point of the required $42,000 to make this project a reality.
The electricity that the school currently consumes results in 76 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere annually.  That is equivalent to 380 kg of carbon dioxide per school child per year.  The proposed solar system will reduce the carbon footprint of the school by around 47%, nearly halving our carbon footprint.  The reduced electricity usage will also be of financial benefit to the school, saving the school thousands of dollars a year in electricity charges.
Every little bit counts!

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

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Mary McKendrick and I would like to express our thanks for a wonderful occasion on Saturday night, the Masquerade Party, where we received so many expressions of gratitude from parents, friends and colleagues. I thought I was totally “incognito” behind my Venetian mask and would be recognised by no-one!  However …     It was a delightful evening, and the generosity of parents was demonstrated in the auction items offered and the funds raised at the event.
It has been a most unusual week with strange weather, one day “sans” electricity, and with more than half the school away on camp. The Infants’ children have shown their mettle, and have been very settled in the  absence of their older peers.
Next week will be the last week that we have Mrs. Garrett, who has so ably taken 3rd Class, and both 2nd Classes over the past two terms, replacing teachers on Long Service Leave.  We will miss her, and hope it is not the last time we can call on her to stand in for teachers on Long Service Leave.
Next week sees the final week of a short term, in which the highlight will be the Sports Carnival.  On Thursday in the MacLaren Hall at 2.30 p.m., the Infants Classes will be giving a short and sweet Recitation Concert for their parents.

Judith Donald (pictured on right above)
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
September
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHIPS & BEANS

Tues

NACHOS

Wed

PIZZA PUFFS (with diced salad)

Thurs

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

Fri

CHEESY HOT DOGS

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15
September
2017

Latin Lessons in Term 4

Tuesday Morning Latin Year 2 and Year 4: There will be no Latin on Tuesday 19th September due the Sports Carnival.
 
Tuesday morning classes for both Year 2 and Year 4, will resume in Week 2 Term 4 on the 17th October.
Jasmine Crewe and Judith Donald

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

15
September
2017

Mandarin classes at John Colet enrolling now for Term 4

Term 4 starts 10th October, ends 29th November 2017 (8 weeks)
Tuesday class: 3:15 pm– 4:30 pm (for students who speak Mandarin at home)
Wednesdays class 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm (for non-Chinese background students)
Classroom Location:
Tuesday class: Shakespeare 3 (upstairs)                      Wednesday class: Shakespeare Room 2
 
Fees: $180 for the term. Siblings and children of John Colet School staff receive 30% discount ($126).
Students who are new to our Mandarin class can try a lesson free of charge.

About Lotus Mandarin program:
Lotus Mandarin (Lotus Chinese Community Language School Inc. IBN ID: 659) is one of approved community language schools through NSW Department of Education’s CLSP Program.  Lotus Mandarin program is delivered in an interactive and fun way, engaging our students with topics and themes that captivate them. Students learn listening, speaking, reading and writing. We also introduce culture components to our students:
  • General knowledge of Chinese traditions and customs;
  • Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, tea culture, martial arts and crafts;
  • Appreciation of classical Chinese poetry and music, etc.

Talk to our Mandarin teacher to find out more.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

15
September
2017

From the P&F

Once again the Masquerade Party showed how the small but perfectly formed John Colet Community came together to raise money for the solar panels.  We made a sizeable dent in the funds required by raising over $18k, which combined with the Walkathon money gets us to around half way towards the $42k target.  
 
The evening was a fun and social affair with past and present parents and friends of John Colet.  Indu B started the evening off by singing a prayer and John B did a brilliant job as our MC and Auctioneer, keeping us in stitches with his humour.  Mrs Dunn and Mrs Renshaw gave heartfelt speeches of thanks to  Mrs Donald and Mrs McKendrick and their replies were warm and humorous.  The P&F presented them with gift vouchers for afternoon tea at Gunners Barracks.  Of course an evening like this is not possible without the army of helpers who have been working hard behind the scenes for the last few months.  Jenny P, Tony M, Glen M, Lucy B, Verity El, Julie  L, Cherry H, John B, Indu B, Lucas V de S, Fred H, Rachel J, Carty H, Denise C, Claire S, Christine E, Cheryl Lynn F, Annette Gadsby, Julie Allcorn, all our wonderful Class Parents, Julian Wilcock and Alex Coubrough.  I sincerely hope I have not missed anybody out. 
 
In addition on behalf of the school I would also like to thank our sponsors who donated items for us to auction. 
Anne Sergeants Netball, The Attribute Group, Australian Skin Clinics/G Family, B Family, Bauer Media, Belrose Bikes, B Family, Bunnings Warehouse – Belrose, Camp Australia, C Family, ClassikON, Energise Health Club – Belrose, Evolve Tennis Academy – Belrose, Exquisite Car Hire/Whiley Family, Flip Out Brookvale, Flower Power – Terrey Hills, Glenrose Beauty Therapy, Integrated Wellness / G Family, Kinetic Education / S Family, LOLL, Mary Layton, Manly United Football Club, M Family, Michael Zanetti Photography, M Family, Number Works N Words, Omlet, Perform Physiotherapy / S Family, Pittwater Golf Centre, Tooth Sparkler Family Dental / M Family, Verve Photography and the W Family. 

A huge thanks to all those who generously bid on auction items, enabling us to raise such a large sum.

Let’s do it all again in a couple of years!!
 
Umina Camp 8-10 December  - The P&F invite all John Colet families to join us for a relaxed weekend of family fun at the Umina Ocean Beach Holiday park.This is a wonderful gathering, that started off as a few friends getting together the first weekend of the summer holidays and has grown to a much larger event. It is organised by Claire J  so talk to her for more information.
 
Trivia Night Cancelled – this is just a reminder that we will not be holding the Trivia night in November – instead it will be held in Term 1 2018.

Have a wonderful weekend
 
Kind regards
Niki T

Categories: P&F, John Colet

08
September
2017

Head of School's Comment

Next week we have our Primary students leaving for camp. Our 5th and 6th Class will be visiting the goldfields in Bathurst via a stop in the Blue Mountains. 3rd and 4th Class are travelling to Milson Island on the Hawkesbury River. Both these trips are wonderful opportunities for our students to spread their wings, learn some new skills and get to know their teachers, friends and perhaps even themselves a little better.
 
This is always a special trip for 3rd Class as it is often the first time they have been away from Mum or Dad for an extended period. It is as much a practical lesson in resilience as it is an exploration of the various activities they will undertake. It is natural to be nervous without the comfort of knowing your family is nearby, yet personally affirming when they can persevere, trust in themselves and show greater self-sufficiency.
 
We wish our students a productive and enriching trip and their parents some added relaxation time in the knowledge that they are in good hands.   

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

The coming week will be a busy one with the whole Primary School heading for Bathurst or Milson Island, to enjoy three days of adventure with their teachers and classmates.  We ask them to “pack” the School Values in their bags, especially Courage:  we are practising Resilience in the face of difficulties, and there will be many opportunities for this.  We would also like to hear reports of good manners and respect.  And the cherry on the top:  enjoy!
 
Please call in to see the magnificent artwork which has gone up on the wall in the Reception area:   this depicts the genesis and evolution of the great teachers and schools of wisdom throughout the history of humanity.  You will be amazed.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
September
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

THAI EGG & TOFU FRIED RICE
(with crispy noodle salad)
Tues

CHEESE & SALAD WRAPS (with coleslaw side)
Wed

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE
(Infants Only, Primary Camp)
Thurs

AGNOLOTTI with ARRABIATA SAUCE
(Infants Only, Primary Camp)
Fri

TOASTIES & SALAD
(Infants Only, Primary Camp)

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

08
September
2017

Chess win

Congratulations and well done to Eshaan H, Thomas J, Kai C, Ramakrishna B and Leo P who represented John Colet School and came First overall in the Semifinals of the interschool chess tournament at Baulkham Hills North Public School. Kai also came 6th overall. Unfortunately they can not attend the finals as they will be on camp.

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