John Colet
28
April
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

A very warm welcome back to Term 2. I hope everyone has enjoyed the opportunity to be with family and enjoy a slower and a simpler lifestyle. Hopefully it will not be too long before we are welcoming children back to their classrooms so that they can be with friends and teachers and  return to  routine and face to face learning. I look forward to seeing all the optional House projects that were undertaken in the holidays.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

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09
April
2020

Head of School's Comment

This Term our School Value in focus has been Respect. Within each value we do have a number of practices, and for Respect these are:
  1. Does this action unify?
  2. Is this safe for myself and others?
  3. Is it considerate of the happiness and comfort of others?
  4. Is it honourable, respectful and dignified?
  5. Does this action reflect well on my nation, school, family and myself?
These are great practical questions at the best of times. However, in times like these,  the results of their application are so pertinent.
 
You would have recently received some optional holiday competitions and activities. These are not compulsory. As always during holidays, we simply ask our children to continue to follow the School Values and pick up a book. We look forward to welcoming back students, online, on Wednesday, 29th April.
 
 
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.- Mortimer Adler
 

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

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09
April
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

I would like to start by wishing everyone a very restful Easter break. Hopefully everyone will take the opportunity to have some down time so that batteries can be recharged after what has been a difficult term. The School Value this term has been Respect and this period we are working through has definitely given a new perspective on how this value works in practice. We have had to respect each other’s capacities and capabilities, successes and failures. We have all worked together in a spirit of collaboration: teachers, parents and students to negotiate a way through this extraordinary situation. A big thank you to everyone. Have a wonderful holiday.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

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03
April
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

We hope you are now beginning to settle into the home learning routine. Please keep sharing those great experiences with teachers as the feedback and support is very much appreciated.
Our School is now operating on a skeleton staff as we look to follow working from home protocols where possible. The online teaching environment does require a greater time commitment from our teachers, as communication and feedback to students as well as planning, takes more time. We have asked teachers to make sure they are closing off at the end of the day so they may have time to prepare for the next day and get some well-earned rest.
The last day of school for Term 1 is Thursday 9th April. While our teachers and staff will be offline and taking a much-needed rest, we are aware that for many of our parents some direction on optional activities would be helpful. These are in development and we shall share more on this subject next week.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

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03
April
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

I would like to talk about our Teachers today and acknowledge the extraordinary job they have done to move from classroom teaching, to on-line teaching within a period of two or three weeks. Normally we are a school that is well prepared for face to face teaching, so moving to remote learning in such a short period of time is a testimony to the teachers' hard work and dedication. They have all risen to the challenge of providing a full day of lessons everyday while being available all day to provide feedback and support. This is in many ways a far more challenging situation than they would normally face in the classroom. They have truly embodied the values that the School stands for and set a wonderful example to our students.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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03
April
2020

Art challenge

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Here's Padma R's (3B) 'collage cat' and 'cat in tertiary colours' which she sent in as part of Miss Carroll's art challenge.
If anyone makes scones as part of Mr Galloway's chef challenge, please send in photos.  He is keen to see some!

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03
April
2020

It's been a good term for sport

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These photos were taken a while ago, but the news is still great that the Junior Girls T Ball team won their PISA competition this term, and the Senior Boys Cricket won their round too. The Softball competition was incomplete so no winners or places although the Senior Girls did come second in their pool, as did the Junior Boys in their T Ball comp. Well done teams!

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27
March
2020

Head of School's Comment

We trust our newsletter finds all our families well and in good spirits during these difficult times. It has been wonderful to see examples of the learning (and fun) that is going on in homes this week. The majority of our staff remain on campus to deliver the programs that have been established as well as explore ways that we can enhance the home experience further.
 
It is a good time to remind ourselves that many of our children may not have experienced as much screen time in the past, and have had little exposure to all the internet offers. While the online world offers many resources we do have to be mindful of the safety of our students at this time. The eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. We encourage parents to visit their site listed below, as there is a wealth of resources that may be of use.
 
www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/covid-19-online-safety-kit-parents-and-carers
 

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

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27
March
2020

Chef's challenge

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During this time, I would encourage all children to do some baking with their parents or care givers.  We have elderly in the community that are not able to get out and about and do not have people coming to see them. 
The following scone recipe makes around 12 good sized scones. Perhaps the children could make scones and give some to an elderly neighbour's door? (Only if it is safe to do so and practise social distancing at all times.) Include a note with your scones telling them about the school and the scone challenge. It's for a bit of baking fun and most importantly helping others that need it.

Scone Recipe

620g self-rising flour (sieved)
55g sugar
160g butter (diced)
500ml double cream
Pinch of salt
 
Pre-heat oven to 190 Celsius 

Crumb flour and butter until it forms crumbs. Add the sugar and salt, mix together and slowly add the cream until it forms a dough. Sprinkle flour on a bench, place the dough mixture on it and roll out until about an inch thick.  (You can use a glass bottle if you don't have a rolling pin.)  Use a cutter or a knife to make the scone shapes and place them on a greased baking tray, or a tray lined with baking paper.
 
Turn the oven down to 170 Celsius and bake for 12 minutes, then check the scones.  They should be firm on the outside and still slightly doughy in the middle. They should have a light golden brown appearance. If they need longer, give them 2 minutes at a time while checking.
 
Please practice good hygiene at all times, washing hands, gloves etc.  Happy baking!

Glen Galloway
Chef

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26
March
2020

Some kind feedback from parents to our teachers (this week)

"...It was so nice to see everyone again (virtually). We really miss everyone!  I want to say a special thank you to you. Thank you for the amazing job that you’ve done thank you for bringing the positive vibes thank you for still being here with us. Let’s hope this COVID-19 crisis will pass soon and we can all go back to our normal life. A big virtual hug 🤗 from us!..."
 
"...So glad it all went well, I was doing a webinar at the same time so wasn’t able to observe. 'A' loved it and really appreciated being able to connect with the other children. Again, thanks for all your work, and we all have so much to learn in this new situation..."

"...Boys are enjoying their days. Face timing and zooming their buddies is a great asset to have also, for all to stay sane...."

..."M' has surprised us and stepped up to the plate in terms of self motivation and getting lessons in the morning and getting work done ... loves Reading Eggs.  We have added each day other activities including exploring Mars from Curiosity the Rover and virtual tour of the Great Wall of China..."

"...Thank you for such a detailed easy to follow program for us Mums muddling our way through home schooling! I knew exactly what to do and felt confident with what you had set that I was going to complete it ... with your clear guidelines for parents, I’m so much more confident I can do this! Thank you...."

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Pictured above: Some of our 6th Class students having a virtual lesson.

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26
March
2020

Teachers' good advice

Our teachers are in email contact with parents and students alike this week, as most of our students are staying at home for their lessons.  Typically, our teachers email parent and student groups first thing in the morning to get the school day rolling.  Here's an example from one of our teachers in the Infants years...

Dear Parents,
Good Morning and thank you for the emails yesterday. I am attempting to get in touch with each one of you over the week to check in on how you are all managing in your own unique way as I know all of your situations are different. Today's schedule is straight forward enough with the addition of Science below. The Science and History will be included in next week's schedule to avoid extra emails. We are just finding our way.

Dear Children,
Good Morning and welcome to another day of school at home. I have 6 photographs of you working at home so far. I am loving to see how and where you are managing to complete your Maths, Writing, Spelling, History and today, one of our favourites, Science!  Remember to respect those who are helping you and to welcome a few challenges as you learn. Remember also that when there is a little challenge we have the opportunity to learn. Good luck today and enjoy!...

And from one of our 6th Class teachers...

Dear Parents
An interesting week here at JCS without the children! It is a very quiet place but still so much to do! I have been busy preparing resources and answering the children’s emails. Their requests have been both entertaining and varied but there are signs of a new independence beginning to grow! It has been an enormous learning curve for us all and one which will continue to adapt and change over the upcoming weeks. I am super proud of how the children have embraced this change and their ability to rise to new challenges is truly amazing.
I also want to thank all of you, for the tremendous support you are providing at home. I am sure you are being bombarded with cries for help as the Internet fails or the printer decides to give up. It must be tricky trying to juggle your own work as well as theirs! I have endeavoured to provide work which can be done mostly independently but may need your help when it comes to returning it via email or uploading it on to a new platform. I am thankful that at times like this the children show their ability to deal with technology as ‘natives’ rather than visitors!

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20
March
2020

Talking about COVID-19 in Health

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This week in Health in 3B we discussed Covid-19. What it is, why we are taking precautions and how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy. We did an experiment to show how soap effects germs. We put ground pepper (representing the germs) into a bowl of water. A student stuck their finger in and the pepper stuck to their finger. Next a child dipped their finger into soap and then placed their finger into the bowl and the soap repelled all the 'germs' away. Next the children asked what would happen if we tried hand sanitizer. We tried it again and the same thing happened!

With so much change and difficulty in the community our focus is on providing a calm and normal environment at school where the children can work and play happily. In our Philosophy lessons we have been discussing Sat Chit Ananda – Truth, Consciousness and Bliss, and practising falling still and being at peace in the Pause.

Wishing you all a peaceful weekend,
Ms Bell
Teacher

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20
March
2020

Lots going on in 4th class

The past week in 4D:

  • In Literacy, we developed our understanding of characterisation and worked on using adverbial phrases and fronted adverbials in our writing to effectively show time, place and manner.  In Grammar we looked at the appropriate use of adjectives and prepositions; and in comprehension we looked at how graphs and diagrams can often be used to convey information more effectively than the written word.
  • In Maths class we continued to look at measurement focusing on perimeter and area and at capacity and volume.
  • In History, we continued to learn about the Portuguese explorers Dias and Magellan and their contributions to the discovery of a trade route to India.
  • In Science, we continued to examine the concept of friction and how this affects performance by undertaking our own experiments with shoes on a number of different surfaces.  We learnt that mass and materials can affect friction and how these affect performance.

The week ahead:

  • In Literacy, we will be looking at a short narrative text and analysing the narrative structure, language features, sentence structure and then create a scaffold and storyboard.  In Grammar we will looked at the sentence structure in biographies and apostrophes of contraction; and in comprehension we looked at understanding explanatory texts and practise reading and using dictionaries.
  • In my Maths class we will begin to look at fractions and decimals and how these both represent parts of a whole.
  • In Geography, we will continue to learn a about Brazil, its geography, population, cities and main products.
  • In History, we will look at the early explorers associated with Australia (the First Australians, Dutch, French, Asian and British) in preparation for our individual projects.
  • In Science, we will begin to look at the force of gravity and how it acts from a distance. 

Cynthia Dalgleish
Teacher

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20
March
2020

Head of School's Comment

It is at times like these that you really do see the best of a school like ours. We appreciate that some families have made a personal decision to keep their children home, and while not present we thank them, and the families of those students attending, for their ongoing messages of support and understanding of the situation. We are very fortunate to have such a positive and resilient staff, board, parent community and most importantly, student body.
 
While the end of this situation may be a long time coming, it will pass. It is important to take all necessary precautions and stay abreast of the current situation, however it is important to take a break. With a few exceptions, we continue to maintain our regular routines and activities with our students, regularly pausing and focussing our attention to the present.
 
We all need to go out of our minds at least once a day. By going out of our minds we quickly come to our senses – Alan Watts, Author, 'The Way of Zen'

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

 

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20
March
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 9

Monday – Macaroni cheese
Tuesday – vegetable risotto
Wednesday- salad rolls   
Thursday- sausage rolls
Friday – pizza 

Glen Galloway
Chef

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