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15
June
2018

Carbon offset update

John Colet School carbon offset for last month: 2.03 tons. 

We have offset the equivalent of: 52 trees

Categories: John Colet

15
June
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday -   Spinach tortellini in tomato and basil cream sauce
Tuesday - Tomato and mozzarella cheese pizza
Wednesday - Vegetarian quesadilla with sour cream and guacamole
Thursday -  Thai yellow curry with rice
Friday -   Falafel burgers and salad rolls

Thanks and happy eating
Glen Galloway

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

08
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

While we focus on one Value per Term, our Value of Stillness is addressed throughout the year, often in relation to the Value we are currently studying. This Term we have been looking at Truthfulness and next week we will explore our practice of pausing and how this benefits our approach to the truth.
When bringing oneself to a point of stillness there is a letting go of thoughts of the past or future and often a release of the connection to ongoing thoughts that may cloud our judgement. Being mindful enables our students to begin afresh, operate with greater clarity, and act in a way that is beneficial to all.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

On Thursday of this week, we held our yearly Sanskrit Recitation Competition.  This competition represents an enormous amount of work on the part of both the children and our Sanskrit teachers. I do not think it would be an exaggeration to say that each year group without exception delivered an outstanding performance. The children were steady, dignified and respectful and articulated their given recitations beautifully.
As pointed out by Mrs Dunn, the recitation of these prayers gives rise to consideration and conversation about their deeper meaning and significance. Because Sanskrit has the most comprehensive grammar system its study provides an excellent foundation for the study of any language.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
June
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday -  Queens Birthday
Tuesday - Vegetable stir fry with rice noodles and tofu
Wednesday - Loaded jacket potatoes
Thursday -  Roast vegetable risotto
Friday -   Grilled haloumi and salad wraps

Thanks and happy eating
Glen Galloway

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

01
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to our entire school community for a wonderful Open Day. It was a magnificent example of the practical application of our school values through the actions of all involved. An event such as this is only possible through teamwork between students, parents and John Colet School staff. Our school was abuzz and this only occurs with a shared spirit of why we are here.
I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to many parents on Open Day and the positive mood was profound. One of the more memorable comments was from a lady in her 90s who commented on how moving it was to see such a diverse community in true harmony together.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

01
June
2018

Headmaster's Awards

Manning B (Lower First C) for stillness in the face of challenges.
Olivia C (Lower First C) for service to her peers and care in her classwork.
Halimeda H (Lower First M) for consistently giving of her best.

Categories: John Colet

01
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

Next Monday we celebrate John Colet Day.  Some of our 6th class leaders will address the Assembly on Monday morning to talk about John Colet and the reason that our School was named after him. John Colet was a renaissance man and also a pioneer in education.  Five hundred or more years later we seek to follow the same principles of a sound education that embodies excellence. This was certainly reflected in the standard of work so beautifully displayed in all of our classrooms last Sunday and in the children’s presentations of music and Shakespeare.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

01
June
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday - Cream of tomato and basil soup
Tuesday - Vegetarian hotdogs
Wednesday - Egg fried rice with tofu bacon
Thursday - Cheese and chive tarts (walkthrough)
Friday - Yellow Thai curry with basmati rice

Happy eating
Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

01
June
2018

Drama and Fencing news

Last Sunday the John Colet School’s Shakespeare Club performed at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod in the Scene category.  One group of our students performed a comedic scene from Twelfth Night and the other group performed a heart-wrenching scene from As you like it.
The As you like it performance group was awarded Second place.  The adjudicators commented on their sophistication, conviction, strong voices and excellent characterisation.

On Monday, the John Colet Fencing team played our very first match against Newington Boys School in Lindfield. Our Infants team played very well but unfortunately lost with a score of 13-16. Infants team members were Kristof D, James N, Arya K, Elliott C and Meredith Y.
The Senior team of Neo S, Sam J, Edward T, Joshua J, and Vanessa C played a nail biting series of bouts with the points for some time going equally between the two schools. However, with one last strike from Sam J, John Colet were announced the winners and the final score was 20-18 to us.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

01
June
2018

John Colet School Cake Baking and Decorating Competition results

Infants
Winner:  Halimeda H, Lower First, "Wonderland of Confection"
Highly commended: Shannon H "Miss Bower goes Crazy"
Julia and Eloise L "Come to Candyland"

Primary
Winner: Suzannah R "The Hen"

Highly Commended
Sasha W "Vegie Burger"
Bethany T "Dougal McDougal"
Lily M "Once upon a Time..."

Adult
Winner: Lorna Z "Almight Cake"

See these and all the Cakes on Facebook

You can also see them on our website photo gallery here

Categories: John Colet

01
June
2018

Sports Reports

Today the Senior Boys played soccer against Pittwater House and won, 4 - 0.  The Men of the Match were Bob, Ryan and Jett for their great efforts.

The Senior Girls played Oxford Falls Grammar School in netball and lost 3 - 11 however, they do now move into the A competition next week.

The Junior Girls played netball against St Luke's Bayview and won 5 - 4.

The Junior Boys had a bye.

Categories: John Colet

01
June
2018

From the P&F

What a wonderful day we had on Sunday.  It is a great opportunity for the John Colet community to come together and show what we can do as a collective.  The classrooms all looked amazing, the children’s performances were brilliant, the stalls gave us such wonderful food and entertainment and we were blessed with glorious autumnal weather.  It is the only day the whole school gets together as an extended family and it’s a great chance for us parents to catch up too. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces, some of whom have moved on. 
 
Of course this day wouldn’t be possible without the myriad of help that happened behind the scenes prior, during and after the event.  A big thank you to all the parents who staffed a stall and helped make this happen.  With particular thanks to the following individuals for their assistance in creating a wonderful Open Day…
 
Lucy B for her tireless work behind the scenes pulling the whole event together and making it happen.  These will be big shoes for somebody to fill next year – but your systems and processes will make the task a little easier!
 
School parents Abi T, Christabel L-R, Stacy L, Dilpreet K, Debbi C and their team of Lower 1st Parents for their donation of ingredients and days of dedicated service in preparing huge batches of delicious Asian Street Food for sale as part of our lunch service on the day. 

French Café team headed up by Gaya G and Lydie L, we asked for more this year and you kindly stepped up and delivered. We love our French food!
 
Cake baking and decorating competition:  Libby L and Melinda J for their co-ordination of such a magnificent competition  - read about the winners further in the Weekly Note.
 
6th Year for their fun, interesting and varied games!  We loved them all!  And to the many parent who signed up on the doodle calendar to help on the day.  Your help is what makes Open Day so special.
 
A big thank you to the administrative team who put in many hours work before, during and afterwards to making the day the success it was – Belinda James, Alex Coubrough and Christine Condos.  Thanks to all the teachers and teachers’ aides for the wonderful classroom displays.  To Mr Miller for the beautiful singing, Mr Roslin and students for a find fencing demonstration, Mrs Emanuel for the brilliant Shakespeare performance.  To Mrs Donald for coordinating the sewing club's display and last but not least to Mr Aldo and his team of helpers for setup and taking down the equipment.
 
Hopefully you can enjoy a relaxed Sunday this week … next stop – the Barn Dance!!

Kind regards  
Niki & your P&F Team

Categories: P&F, John Colet

25
May
2018

Head of School's Comment

We are eagerly looking forward to showcasing our school this Sunday at our Open Day. There are some new attractions and performances as well as many of our regular favourites for our community to celebrate and enjoy. Open Day is an opportunity to demonstrate what makes this school truly special with our families and friends. It is also wonderful to welcome visitors from our wider community, invite back past students and allow our current students to perform and enjoy the fun activities of the day.
A special thanks to our Parents and Friends team for all the work they have been involved with in preparation for Open Day. Also, thank you to those parents and students who were able to assist in our Working Bee last Sunday. There was some general touch ups, maintenance and cleaning along with some much needed gardening and fuel reduction. The school is looking in tip top shape!
See you on Sunday!
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

25
May
2018

From our Deputy Head

would like to devote this weekly note to the praise of our teaching staff. In the last four weeks of this term, as a group, they have written reports, prepared for an annual Shakespeare Festival, prepared work and classrooms for Open Day, administered NAPLAN and continued to teach the children with total commitment and devotion. One of the Bahai writings says the following:
Among the greatest of all services that can possibly be rendered by men and women, is the training and education of children.
The hard work of the teachers and the children will be on view this coming Sunday. I hope you will all be able to join our school community to celebrate the fruits of their devoted efforts.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

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