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07
April
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Thank you to parents of Lower First for attending the Class Morning Tea recently:  we had the added delight of seeing the class leaving for their first school excursion to Taronga Zoo, which was a success despite the weather.

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 1.  We will change to winter uniform for Term 2, with a two-week cross-over period where summer or winter uniform may be worn, depending on temperatures.

Parents may be interested to learn that the John Colet Lunch Programme has recently been assessed by Ms Priyanka Sheth, a Paediatric Dietitian at Westmead Hospital.  This is an extract from her Report, received earlier this term.

  • The current menu is providing a wide variety of nutritious foods which promotes healthy eating. This will ensure that children will meet their nutritional requirements for the proportion of the day when they are at school.
  • I would like to acknowledge the school for providing a nutritious multi-cultural menu for their students, for example the school offers Asian, Italian, Indian and Mexican cuisine. It is important to expose children to a variety of foods to avoid fussy eating, but also allow exploration of foods especially when the Australian culture is multi-cultural and there is no set ‘Australian’ meal.

FRENCH CLUB – Hooray!      
Mme Galiane Marterer is offering places in an after-school French Class in Term 2.   This is to be held in the temporary Library (Music Centre) on  Fridays from 3.15 to 4.15 p.m.   Anyone who is interested, please contact Mme Marterer through her email address in the Weekly Note.

Mandarin Club extended
Wonderful news that our after school Mandarin classes are being extended with Mrs Pau returning to take classes for those students who do not speak Mandarin in the home.

 

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

07
April
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Today we had our ANZAC commemoration at John Colet School. A special thank you to our guest speaker this year, Mr Bob Lunnan. This was a good opportunity for our students to appreciate the sacrifice that has been made and continues to be made for our community. The children were able to pay their respects to all people who have made a sacrifice. In the words from Kemal Ataturk’s Tribute: “There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours”. It is an occasion for people to unify towards peace for all.
 
Thank you to our school community for all your support and making this first Term such a success. We hope you have an enjoyable break with your family and look forward to welcoming you back on the 26th of April.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
March
2017

Head of School's Comment

I am often in awe of how children can take quite complex ideas and concepts and explain them in practical ways or put them into simple actions. We had a few wonderful examples this week as we continue with the focus on our Value of Respect, particularly at present on how we widen our circle of happiness. The idea being that the pursuit of individual happiness is ultimately hollow and is only realised through bringing happiness to others and the wider world.
 
We introduced this idea at our assembly this week and we had one brave young boy in Year 3 who stood up and gave the following explanation; ‘Happiness isn’t something you can keep, you can’t hold it, you have to give it away if you want it to last longer’. I also had one of our Year 3 girls who visited my office during the week to tell me she had built a rubbish trap from seaweed whilst at the beach to help the environment so that both people and sea life can be happier. All of our students have the task of bringing happiness to others over the remainder of the term. They may not notice that they are doing it, so if you do see it in action do let them know.


Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
March
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP  
with garlic & rosemary croutons

Tues

THAI EGG FRIED RICE
with crispy noodles
(by request)

Wed

PESTO PASTA
with garden salad

Thurs

CHEESE & SALAD ROLLS
(walk-through, Infant Sanskrit
performance for parents)

Fri

EASTER BBQ
(Year 5 packed lunch)

Egg free, dairy free, gluten free and vegan options always provided.

Letting our children go to the hands of someone else can be very hard. Even harder is that of entrusting others with their food. Part of the beauty of John Colet is that we strive, we care and we value all our students individually and as a cohesive unit. The kitchen is just another environment to learn and grow.
The menu items are carefully chosen to reflect a balance of both nutrition and age appropriateness of only 1 meal of 5 per day. We are also obliged to offer a plainer option on all meals for those whose taste buds are still developing.
A few statistics from this past year alone:
•    We have increased our daily serving of sauced pasta from 7kgs to 12kgs;
•    We have decreased our daily serving of plain pasta from 6kgs to 2kgs;
•    We have increased our Pad Thai/Hokkien noodles from 2kgs to 12kgs;
•    We have decreased our squiggly noodles from 46 pkts to to 20 pkts;
•    We have increased our fried rices (all versions) from 21 cups 36 cups;
•    We have decreased our plain rice from 35 cups to 15 cups;
•    We have increased vegetable soups offering from 20 ltrs to 40ltrs.

This shows monumental growth from what I like to call the ‘3 P’s’ – Positive Peer Pressure.
The 3 P’s also applies to the children’s favourite foods – Pizza, Pastry, Pasta. I can never make too many pizzas or sausage rolls!

Children need time to see, consider and try new food options in their own time. This may be up to 20 times in some cases. We do not force feed children and they always have additional options to go to. So please engage your children and discuss them making healthy choices, even when they are not with you.

Here’s the recipe for our Healthy Noodles, so you can see the amount of varied ingredients which we use:
 

Eating well never goes out of fashion.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen
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Categories: Lunch menus, Writing & Speaking, John Colet

24
March
2017

Head of School's Comment

We would like to offer our thanks to the school community for your patience, understanding and support during this period of building works at John Colet School. The construction of our two new classrooms is moving along steadily and we are beginning to see some real progress. Due to changes in access we have also incorporated some upgrades to pathways and repairing of our grass areas. It was wonderful to see some of our students discussing the process of construction and even some of the maths involved during their break time this week.

We have had a great deal of rain over the past few weeks which has unfortunately resulted in cancellation of our inter school sports events as well as the postponement of our Walkathon to 31st March. We have also experienced flooding within our uniform store. The good news is that we have not incurred any damage to our stock and we have identified an alternate venue while we seek a permanent solution. An email will be shared early next week once we are all set up, with directions and opening times for the store as well as information for parents if they wish to order by email for student collection.

The way I see it, is that if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain – Dolly Parton

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

24
March
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

POTATO & LEEK SOUP
with crispy soldiers  
(YEAR 6 – PACKED LUNCH)
Tues

BROWN LENTIL NASI GORENG

Wed

SUNSHINE THAI & JASMINE RICE
Dessert: Caramel Slice

Thurs

SQUASH & TOMATO PASTA
Taste test: Malaysian soup
(LOWER 1ST – PACKED LUNCH)
Fri

SALAD ROLLS
(walk through – walk-a-thon)

Gluten free, egg free, dairy free and vegan options always provided.

We are very conscious of excess sugar in our diets here at John Colet School. In the kitchen, we never add sugar to our sauces, mixes and pastas etc. but rather use sweet vegetable ingredients like capsicum, chilli, tomatoes, red lentils and sweet potato to obtain the same result. In saying that, I do liketo treat the students with a dessert here and there. Please be assured that excess sugar is not added and that any offerings are small slices at best. It is, as suggested, a TREAT, not a whopping slab.


Eating well never goes out of fashion.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen
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Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

24
March
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

A full week ahead, and a slightly dryer one we hope!  The children have coped really well with the weather and the wet playground, as they have with the various building works going on around the campus.  
Zoe Emanuel, our Consulting Drama Teacher, has started the 2017 Shakespeare season, preparing the Infants children with some “Drama Games” which have been going well.   Full steam ahead now for the big event at the end of Term 2, and Infants children will be given their parts to learn over the coming holidays.
Mrs. Donald and Mrs. McKendrick  went to a Primary Teachers’ Conference at the Shore Northbridge Campus to consider “Well being in the Primary School” and heard keynote speakers from the Association of Independent Schools and also shared ideas on Pastoral Care with other teachers attending.  We came away feeling that we are well served at John Colet in this respect.  
One of the most interesting comments was that in this day and age the children (and adults for that matter!) do not experience moments of stillness, just being.  They are forever “entertained” by and occupied with the media, and any spare moments filled with gaming devices and mobile phones.  Our John Colet children are lucky enough to have Stillness  as their first School Value and to practise this with their teachers before and after every lesson and every school activity:

KNOW THYSELF – Practice:      Stillness

1.    Am I still?
2.    Am I peaceful?
3.    Am I aware of myself?
4.    Am I awake and aware of others?

It is worthwhile, every day, to take a few moments to be still and aware of ourselves, others and our surroundings!

 

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

17
March
2017

Head of School's Comment

The teaching of philosophy is a cornerstone of our program at John Colet School. The exploration of which is directly beneficial towards the traditional ‘core’ subjects such as English, Science and Maths as well as our concept of our place in the world. The term ‘Philosophy’ translates to a love of wisdom and as we tackle the ‘bigger picture’ it allows us to place our other subjects within the standard curriculum into context.

As an example of this one of our 4th class teachers, Mrs Kearney, was recently interviewed with regards to a philosophy program she had developed. This program on human potential involves exploring what is possible, the limits we put on ourselves and how we make use of our talents for the benefit of all. Our potential is impossible to develop on our own and as such requires a collective aspiration towards improvement. This is relevant to our current focus on the Value of Respect and ensuring our actions are to the advantage of all.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings – Salvador Dali



Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

17
March
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

FRENCH CLUB - looking hopeful          
             
After-school French lessons.  At present we have had an indication of interest from a tutor who would be able to take a one-hour lesson on Fridays after school at John Colet:  the cost would be around $12 per child. At present we have four students and seek more - expressions of interest should be sent to Mrs. Donald as soon as possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , indicating the level of the child – Beginner or Intermediate.

What a shame the Walkathon had to be postponed, but hopefully it will stop raining one day! On the other hand, it’s the perfect weather for Book Worms, so full steam ahead for the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

This week we are encouraging children to act in a way that unifies, rather than separates – one way is to include others in conversations and games, especially those with whom we do not usually play.  It’s the “Golden Rule” – do unto others as you would have them do to you.

Zoe Emanuel, our intrepid drama teacher started off the annual Shakespeare cycle this week, working with the Infants children, training them in theatre skills before they begin to rehearse their plays.

Thank you to those parents who were able to come to the Years 1 and 2 Morning Tea with the Headmaster.  It was well attended and very “chatty”.   It’s a day the teachers also enjoy because there are always “leftovers” of Mrs. Moor’s delicious food.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

17
March
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHIPS AND BEANS

Tues

PASTA BAKE & BOLOGNESE

Wed

PIZZA PUFFS
Thurs

TACOS

Fri

EGG SALAD ROLLS

Egg free, dairy free, gluten free and vegan options always provided.

This week we had our first ever primary student ‘buffet’. The children truly enjoyed having a wide range of foods to choose from. It may have been a little noisy, but hey, it’s primary school and fun should always be on the menu.

Eating well never goes out of fashion.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen
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10
March
2017

Head of School's Comment

You may have seen an article in today’s Manly Daily regarding John Colet School leading the peninsula in NAPLAN results. We are always proud of the outstanding achievements of our students. However, it is important to note that this is just one test and that it is an indicator of attainment rather than progress.  We are not a selective school and with a growing population I do expect that this ‘ranking’ may change from year to year.

Our focus remains on the growth and progress for each individual child, starting with character and an ethos of being our very best self. The academics stem from this foundation which our students will take with them into the wider world. As the article points out our strength is a result of our unique program yet is ultimately a product of our passionate and dedicated teachers who focus on the progress of each individual.

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory – Mahatma Gandhi

 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

10
March
2017

Headmaster's Awards

Cassie G (4S) - wholehearted application and helpfulness in Sanskrit
Anna W (4S) - wholehearted application and helpfulness in Sanskrit
Marta D (4K) - determination and perseverance in Sanskrit

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10
March
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

VIETNAMESE VEGETABLE RICE

Tues

GNOCCHI AMATRICIANA

Wed

PIZZA!!!

Thurs

New Recipe
HOKKIEN NOODLE STIR FRY

Fri

CHEESE & TOMATO SANDWICHES
(with Coleslaw option)

Gluten free, egg free, dairy free and vegan options always provided

The Chickpea Pesto Pasta was a ‘screaming success’. The students (even some of our fussiest) loved it. This will now become a menu item for the ages.

Please remember that your children must bring a clean PLATE, BOWL and DRINKING CUP everyday. They should preferably be melamine and be labelled with their name on every piece. You can buy strong melamine sets at Woolworths, Coles and major outlets like Target etc.

Eating well never goes out of fashion.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen
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10
March
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

A wet week!  But everyone seemed to cope and the garden is certainly looking good.  It seems to have been a week of steady work, and with the Swimming Carnival over, the Sixth Class girls have been able to begin their Tapestry Class.

Lower First performed shyly, but delightfully, at the Infants’ Assembly and will offer “Colour” by Dorothea Mackellar again on Monday, but this time to the Whole School Assembly.  By-the-way, parents of Infants children will have the opportunity to hear this and other items at an upcoming Infants’ Recitation Concert on Thursday in week 9 – more about this later.
 
Thank you to parents who provided food for the Cook Market Day, and to Mrs. Tomicki’s 6th Class for organising it so well.


The staff were treated to a glimpse of the John Colet entry into the ANZAC Art Competition at the 8 o’clock staff gathering– it is a magnificent composite presentation of textures, patterns and symbols relating to  the Vietnam War, representing the culture and landscape of that country.  It is up to the usual high standard of art at John Colet, and indicates a fine level of artistic skill among the students.  Congratulations – I am sure it will be well received.

gallipoli art award entry web

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

10
March
2017

From the P&F

Hello – we had another good meeting with a great exchange of information at the P&F meeting held on Monday – the next meeting will be Monday 3rd April.  There are a few calls for help this week as follows:

 Shakespeare Costume Person Required – Roya A will be taking up study commitments later this year and needs to hand the responsibility of looking after the wardrobe over to another person.  Roya will be available to show you the ropes during the Infants festival.  If you have a reasonable amount of time you can give and are a fairly organised person this could be the role for you.  If you think you might be interested or want to know more contact your Class Parent and they can pass your message onto Roya or myself.

Gala Dinner – Auction Items Required & date changed to Friday 8th September – due to a change of venue we have had to change the date.  We would like everybody to put their thinking caps on for Auction Items as this will be the main way we raise funds.  Suggestions were – Art works / paintings, donate an “experience” e.g. degustation dinner, boat trips, holiday homes, headmaster for a day to name but a few.  If anybody has something they can offer or have suggestions for auction items please forward them to your class parent or myself.

Movie Night – 1st April – 6th Year are currently surveying the students a short-list of movies to find out which one will be viewed on the night.  As far as timing goes this is the proposal – Gates Open at 5:30pm, movie starts at 7pm – all done by 9pm.   For those of you who have not been before this is a great opportunity to meet and catch up with other parents in a relaxed and child friendly environment.  The children love the fact they are at school after hours and not in uniform and run around having fun with their friends before the movie starts.  It’s a great social and family time as we all gather under the stars to watch the movie.  I really do recommend you come along.  We will announce the movie as soon as we know it.

 I think that’s all for this week – have a great weekend looks like it’s going to be a dry one!


Kind regards
Niki T

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