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10
November
2017

Chess - brief wrap up from Mona Vale Comp

Our A team (Thomas, Hayden and Aiden) came 5th at Mona Vale comp this week, and our B team (Kai, Eshaan and Saurav) came 3rd.  Also, the D team did exceptionally well coming in 8th with Siddhartha, Samuel and Dominic in the team. 
For the individuals, Hayden came 3rd with 7.8/8 points and Kai came first with a perfect score of 8/8.
We brought a trophy back and the B team has been invited to the Finals later this year.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

10
November
2017

6th class leaving their mark!

 

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6th Class students will leave  an indelible memory of their time at John Colet.  They have designed and are in the process of painting a multi-panel mural on the Colet House walkway (with guidance from art teacher Juli Allcorn of course!).

 



Categories: John Colet

03
November
2017

Head of School's Comment

onight we hold our final performances for this year’s Primary Shakespeare Festival. If the past two nights are anything to go by then we are in for a very special evening! Our students have raised themselves to the task, as did our younger students earlier in the year during their performances. Thank you to our teachers for their commitment, our parents for their help with props and make up, and a special thank you to Ms Zoe Emanuel who has led our productions this year.
 
Thank you to those who have been able to help with the final drive towards our solar panels. It’s within touching distance now, $34,000 on the road to the required $42,000! Every little bit counts. Tax deductable donations can be made at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Strong reasons make strong actions” King John - Shakespeare



Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

03
November
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Congratulations to the Primary teachers and children – all that work has borne fruit, and Shakespeare is heard and performed again.  This week all the classes will be presenting brief excerpts from their plays (Infants too!) for Mr. James Evans from the Bell Shakespeare Company, who is taking time to visit John Colet School next Wednesday 8th November.
 
The Infants children had a “Bush Concert” performance at with the ABC, performing at Sydney University in the Seymour Centre.  This is also a regular annual event to introduce the children to the orchestra.
 
The coming week will also see our own performance forum with an instrumental concert in the MacLaren Hall on Thursday 9th, 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

03
November
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

PIZZA PUFFS
(with green salad)
Tues

SUNSHINE THAI
(with Palak Paneer side)
Wed

HOT DOGS
Walkthrough Bell Shakespeare

Thurs

BASIL PESTO PASTA
Fri

BEANS ON TOAST
(with garden salad & BIRTHDAY CAKE)

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

03
November
2017

Volumes - guess and check!

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Over the last week the students of 2M have been exploring volume. They had a fantastic time estimating the number of cubes that a container may hold. They estimated and measured the volume of each container using the cubes. The students were really excited when they found that their estimation of the volume of cubes was close to the number of cubes that they measured.  It was great to see all the students enthusiastically participating in the experience.   

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Fiona Stoddart
Practical Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

27
October
2017

Head of School's Comment

Within our Value of Service that we are exploring this Term is the question of whether we are giving our full attention. Listening with our full attention and giving all our focus to what is at hand is a core aspect of Service and also of Respect. We can practice this with our interactions with other people and also in the way we approach any task. Holding oneself within the present is not easy and can be fleeting as our minds are quick to be distracted and busy. Like a muscle working on a new activity or task it takes practice over time for this to feel more natural. This is particularly apt for our primary students as they take to the stage for our Shakespeare Festival next week. The performances are a wonderful example of what can be achieved over the many years of actively learning to attend.
I am very pleased to announce that the amount raised for our solar panels has now risen above the $30,000 mark on our way towards the ultimate goal of $42,000! While we are not encouraging student donations, it was wonderful to see one of our Upper First students bring in sixty cents of her pocket money this week! The students are very keen to make this project a reality.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster



Julian Wilcock

Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

27
October
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Accolades for the Primary children who performed so beautifully at the  School of Practical Philosophy’s  50th Anniversary Gala Garden Party at Mahratta.  The Maypole went without a hitch and was entrancing – and what’s more, the rain held off.  The John Colet Choir sang on the grand staircase in the Mahratta entrance hall, as did the Recorder Consort.  A big thank you to the parents for getting them there and for staying to enjoy the event, regardless of the rain.  It was rather delightful to see towards the end of the afternoon some of the 6th Class Maypole girls teaching some younger ones how to dance with the ribbons!
Our new intake for Lower First 2018 came in for their Orientation Morning on Thursday, and with the wonderful support of the Head Boy and Girl, and their future “Buddies”, presently in 5th Class.  A little bit of clinging, but no tears.  Mrs McDermott and Mrs Connell, though sad to be losing their present classes, anticipate a happy group for next year.
Apart from that, it’s all about Shakespeare.  And next week it’s on at Glen Street – “Break a leg!”

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

27
October
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE AND SALAD WRAPS
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)
Tues

DEVIL DOGS & GOBLIN EYES
(Halloween fun)
Wed

CHIPS AND BEANS
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)
Thurs

MEXICAN BEAN NACHOS                 
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)
Fri

CREAMY PASTA BAKE
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)

It is primary Shakespeare week and the primary students are to bring a packed lunch each day except Tuesday (UNLESS YOU ARE TOLD OTHERWISE BY YOUR TEACHER). As I have watched and listened to all the plays every year I know that this year each and every play will be wonderful and the students will all be triumphant in their roles.

In the JCS kitchen we truly like to entertain the children where we can. Halloween is one of those whimsical fun days that we go ‘All Out’ for the children. We still supply a healthy lunch with a little extra fun – just like dessert, but better!

Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

27
October
2017

Maths lessons 2

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In Maths today, Upper First made potions, carefully following the teacher's instructions to measure and mix the required amounts of 'Teacher's Tears', 'Lizard's Blood' and 'Dragon's Blood'.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

27
October
2017

Maths lessons

 

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6th Class took their Maths learning outside this week in the form of a Treasure Hunt. Questions aligned to the Year 6 Stage 3 outcomes were placed around the grounds of the school and the children worked their way through each one. Problems included area, percentages, decimals and negative numbers. All that running about and looking for clues gave us exercise too! A really fun lesson!

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

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

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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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