John Colet
13
September
2019

Celebrating Diwali at John Colet School

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The John Colet School community is having a Diwali celebratory evening on Saturday 26 October, 5 - 8pm.

Diwali is the festival of lights, celebrated across the world. Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. It symbolises the 'victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance'. 

There will be:

Entertainment (cultural performances, traditional indian dance, traditional music and more)
Amazing food (fantastic curries, samosa and more)
Indian markets (Indian jewellery, Indian food and more)
Children's activities (Craft and games). 

Tickets will go on sale soon.  They will be priced to cover costs only.  Thank you to our fantastic P&F for organising this event.

 

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06
September
2019

Head of school's Comment

Do I meet challenges with resilience? That is the question we are asking our children to explore over the next few weeks. Your ability to succeed when faced with a difficult challenge lies in your mental attitude. Creating these challenges in a safe and supportive environment is what school and learning are all about. This can be as simple as a new maths problem or as daunting as stepping onto the stage at Glen Street Theatre for the first time. Resilience isn’t about not experiencing difficult emotions or sweeping things under the carpet, it’s about choosing to harness your inner strengths to help you cope when times are tough.
 
In just a few weeks our 3rd and 4th Class students will participate in camp on Milson Island.  This camp runs over three days and is a wonderful opportunity for the children to step out of the school environment and operate with greater independence in a new environment, with fresh challenges. This is especially true for our 3rd Class students, many of whom will be away from their parents for the first time. 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. Meeting this new experience with a positive attitude is a wonderful way of building courage. This year I will be joining the Milson Island Camp and I am looking forward to being a part of this great learning opportunity.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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06
September
2019

Keeping safe online

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4th and 5th Class took part in the virtual classroom today run by the e-safety commissioner.
We listened to a talk which centred around cyber safety and we were able to contribute via the live chat box.
There were lots of other schools taking part all over Australia.
There was plenty of opportunity to discuss scenarios and we learnt about what to do if we felt unsafe on line.
 
“It is important not to speak to people you don’t know online. The virtual classroom helped to show us what we should do if someone tried to contact us. It was very interesting.” (Lucia 5T)
 
“I thought the virtual classroom was entertaining because the topic is very interesting and important. Life is not all perfect online and there are scammers and hackers who try to take your money and your personal information. You have to be very careful” (Levi 5T)

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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06
September
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Cream of cauliflower soup
Tuesday – Macaroni pie
Wednesday – Vegetable Patties   
Thursday – Cheese and tomato Puff pastry slice
Friday – Vegetable Curry with rice Pilaf

Glen Galloway
Chef

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06
September
2019

Grandparents morning

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It was wonderful to see so many grandparents and other family members and friends come to the class. The children loved showing them their classroom and their work, and everyone had a lovely morning. All the children were once again incredibly helpful in getting ready for the day; either in setting up the hall, greeting our visitors, tidying our classroom or performing in the choir. They really know how to serve and all did their best to make it a memorable morning for the visitors.There are photographs of the event on the school website and Facebook page so do take a look. The children all wrote a letter or poem for their grandparents; the children whose grandparents were unable to come took these home - they might enjoy receiving them by post - or scanned and emailed!

Mrs Sjogren
Teacher

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06
September
2019

Topping off a year of books!

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Some of our Year 6 students, selected because they are especially keen on creative writing and reading, visited the ‘Hogwarts-esque’ ICMS venue this week, for the Children’s Book Council of Australia student event.

The amazing day was for students from 20 different schools from around the Northern Beaches. Our girls were seated for lunch with Australian author Kate Forsyth, and had the opportunity to meet and talk with 20 other authors and illustrators. 
 
They were treated to a keynote address from author Tim Harris who spoke about his writing inspirations and they participated in an illustration workshop lead by Matt Cosgrove. 
 
The girls declared it was the best event they had been to all year!

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30
August
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Potato pie
Tuesday – Lentil soup  
Wednesday – Salad rolls  
Thursday – Vegetarian hot dogs
Friday – Mexican tacos with beans, guacamole and sour cream

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30
August
2019

Head of school's Comment

Over the past few weeks, within our School Value of Courage, we have been exploring forgiveness. There have been some thoughtful discussions prompted by a variety of readings, real-life stories and questions such as; 
Why is forgiving important?
How does it feel when someone forgives you?
What is real forgiveness?
Should you forgive and forget?
How is asking for forgiveness different from apologising?
Should you always forgive?
Who deserves to be forgiven?
Where does justice fit into forgiveness?
Who benefits when you forgive?
How does forgiveness relate to happiness?
 
These questions are addressed in different ways and degrees depending on the age of the students, however, the goal, like much of philosophy is in the exploration rather than a definitive right or wrong answer.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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30
August
2019

Wanted! Plastic milk bottle tops and bread bag ties

We are also asking children to bring in two specific plastic items - Bread bag ties and milk bottle tops.
 
These two items can be recycled to make prosthetic limbs (in Victoria) and wheel chairs (in south Africa) 
 
Students are collecting these items and can bring them in to place in the arms of Perry the Penguin (our giant penguin plastic recycling mascot). Then they will go to the above mentioned organisations for recycling.

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30
August
2019

Donate a pre-loved book for Indigenous literacy

On Thursday 5 September, we will be holding a book swap in the library to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The Foundation aims to continue to publish and supply books in both English and Indigenous languages to children in remote communities.
We are asking parents to send in a pre-loved (good condition) book from home and a gold coin donation. These books and donations can be sent to school any day next week, before Thursday. Please bring to the library.
On Thursday, the children will be given an opportunity to come and find a book to swap to take home.
If you’d like to read more about this worthy cause please click here:
 
If you’d like to make a donation to our school's fundraising page, please click here:

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30
August
2019

Upper 1st investigations

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Upper 1st (Year 1) have been engaged in exploring the length of objects using informal units.  They have been measuring objects around the classroom with things like paddle pop sticks, and considering 'what things are about the same length as a little finger'.

In History they have been researching family artifacts.  Above right is Audrey with a picture of her Belgian Grandfather’s medals.

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23
August
2019

Planning their overseas trips

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6S were recently working on a maths investigation planning a world trip and calculating distances, recording locations using longitude and latitude and navigating international time zones.

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23
August
2019

Head of school's Comment

It was wonderful to see the children dressed up for our Book Week Parade on Monday. The children (and parents) really outdid themselves this year with some creations inspired from both new and classic literature.
 
It has been a great deal quieter over the past few days with our 5th and 6th Class students at camp. They have had a wonderful experience together and have managed to enjoy some real winter weather before we head into Spring. We look forward to having them back with us on Monday.
 
As we come towards the half way mark in Term 3, we have a lot to look forward to. Next Wednesday, we have our 6th Class Market Day fundraising with a crazy socks day, Grandparents’ Day on the 4th September, P&F Movie night on the 7th and a Science Week visiting show on the 9th . Later in the month our 3rd and 4th Classes are off to camp at Milsons Island, our Athletic Carnival is on the 24th, followed soon after by our Infants Concert.  

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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23
August
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Garlic and paprika roasted potatoes
Tuesday – Minestrone soup
Wednesday – tacos with salad sour cream and Guacamole
Thursday – vegetable pizza
Friday – potato pie

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Chef and his lunch team also got into the Book Week spirit!

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23
August
2019

Super-duper work from Second Class

Book characters were the topic for this year's House writing competition.  Enjoy this fine work from Padma  and Derek in Year 2...

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