John Colet
02
August
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

During the course of the week the children study Philosophy. One thing that is important about this study is the introduction of important words into their vocabulary. This week for example the following words have been discussed across Infants and Primary classes: dignity, honour, noble action, wisdom, self-discipline, harmlessness, respect, generosity of spirit, uprightness and brightness. The aim is that these words are heard, then practised and finally they become part of one’s character.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

02
August
2019

Curtain comes down on a great finale

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It has been a very successful year for our Shakespeare Club members! The club finished their activities for the year with a party this week, but our Director Zoe Emanuel is already planning for next year. 5th and 6th class students are welcome to enrol for the group at the start of 2020.
Our Midsummer Night's Dream performance group came third in the Scene section of the Sydney Eisteddfod last weekend. The 12 other scenes in the competition where all performed by high schools, so our students really shone!
In March, our Shakespeare Club's Romeo and Juliet group won the Scene section of the Sport for Jove Shakespeare Carnival.

Now Miss Emanuel and our Primary students and teachers (Years 3 - 6) will turn their attention to their Shakespeare Festival at the end of October, at Glen Street Theatre.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

02
August
2019

Debating double win

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Our school is back into the debating season with the 5th debate today against Abbotsleigh on the topic That child actors should be banned.  John Colet School was the affirmative (pictured above) in the first debate and the negative (pictured below) in the second debate.
We won both debates!
Mr Wilcock watched both and was very impressed.  "I was struck by how our students responded in depth to a complex topic and their mature way of listening to the arguments" he said.
Mrs Crewe said the children have worked incredibly hard to refine their debating skills and she is very proud of them.
There are two more debates in the season.

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Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

02
August
2019

Sports reports

Today the 5th and 6th class Senior PISA Girls soccer team were supposed to play Galstaun College but, not having enough players, Galstaun forfeited.  So instead we joined teams and split into two teams to play. One of the teams won 8 - 0.  The Girls of the Game were Ava and Ella but everyone was so energetic and enthusiastic, it was great. - Captain

The 5th and 6th class Senior PISA Boys rugby team played Oxford Falls Grammar School and lost 12 - 2. In the first half we were not really on with our minds.  In the second half we played better and scored two tries.  The Men of the Match were Leo for great tries and Ayush for great running. - Captain

On Friday the Junior girls PISA soccer team played St Luke’s. We all played to the best of our ability but sadly lost 0-4. The girls of the game were Naomi for her resilience, Amelia for her amazing goalie work and Sahara for her good sportsmanship. - Scarlett

The Junior Boys versed St Luke's Dee Why and lost 8 - 1.

Categories: John Colet

02
August
2019

Looking up in Upper 1st

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On Wednesday, both Upper 1st classes enjoyed a Science Excursion to the Sydney Observatory. The class spent the morning with Educators Alfred and Harriet discovering facts and sharing hands-on tools to explore concepts regarding ‘Astronomy: Changes in the Sky’.
Our students used real astronomy tools to uncover changes in the sky. They had the opportunity to use a projection telescope and to work out the length of the day with the Educator’s help. Our students explored the short-term changes in the sky, the appearance and movement of the stars, and phases of the Moon in the digital planetarium. An in-house augmented reality app was used to investigate cycles of day and night in spectacular detail. All in all it was a spectacular venue and with views of the harbour at lunch time.

Lea-Ann Connell and Elizabeth McDermott, Teachers

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

02
August
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Thai Style yellow curry with Jasmine rice  
Tuesday – Vegetable puff pastry parcels
Wednesday – Lentil soup
Thursday – Salad rolls  
Friday – Pesto ravioli with Parmesan

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

26
July
2019

Head of school's Comment

It has been wonderful to see our students return this week. They have been full of stories of adventures from the holidays and eagerly reuniting with their friends.
I had the opportunity during the break to attend a Heads of School conference which was held for schools with a similar foundation, education and ethos to John Colet School. Schools from Australia, Ireland, England, Trinidad, South Africa and New Zealand were in attendance. While the schools varied widely in structure, there was a common thread throughout, that reaffirmed the uniqueness of our program and the education we provide our children. It was also an ideal occasion to share best practice and ways in which our schools could be further improved.
We will begin this Term focussing on our core Value of Courage. Initially, we are linking this study with the Value of Truthfulness, which we explored last Term. As always, we look to ensure the practical application of our Values throughout the school community.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

26
July
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

William James (1842- 1910),  an American philosopher and psychologist, wrote;
“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgement, character and will. No-one is master of himself if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be an education par excellence.”
At the beginning of this week the teachers met together and reflected on this statement in relation to their own teaching practice. Learning to give attention is one of the most important factors in the education of children. In an age where there is ever increasing distraction and diversion it becomes even more important to teach this simple but fundamental skill. It cannot be presumed that children develop this skill without explicit teaching. We were able to share the many different ways this is approached in the classroom and how the practice can be refined. One example is the use of good manners. This means that attention must be given directly to the person being acknowledged. A simple but far reaching practice.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

26
July
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Tomato basil and mozzarella pasta bake
Tuesday – Garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes with sour cream and sweet chili
Wednesday – Salad rolls
Thursday – Vegetarian sheppard’s pie
Friday – Vegetable chili with rice pilaf
 
Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

26
July
2019

Not frustrating at all!

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6th class students have been using Micro-bits to learn how to code. They completed a project linked to their Science unit on electricity. A game called ‘Frustration!’ (Think old school ‘Operation’!). 
 
We have been so impressed watching the students improve their skills in problem solving, apply their mathematical skills to coding and their efforts in persistence during these digital technology lessons. 
 
Mrs Slaven
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

26
July
2019

A Shakespeare Masterclass

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Yesterday, Bell Shakespeare's primary schools educational outreach program performed for our 2nd to 6th classes. Their modern take on Romeo and Juliet was so much fun! As our drama director Zoe Emanuel says, it's so valuable for our students to see live acting with so much energy, in which the language of Shakespeare is conveyed with minimal set and costuming, through great physicality, vocalisation and comic timing.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

28
June
2019

Head of school's Comment

Congratulations to all those involved with our Infants Shakespeare Festival this week. A special thanks to all those parents who have lent a hand, we are fortunate to have such a supportive community behind the scenes assisting our teachers and students.
 
Term 3 has a lot for us to look forward to; P&F Movie Night, 3rd to 6th Class Camps, Book Week, Grandparent’s Day, Science Week, and the Infants Concert.
 
We hope you have an enjoyable break with your family and look forward to welcoming you back on the 23rd of July.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

28
June
2019

Digging up the past

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Lower 1st became archaeologists this week and dug up several mysterious artifacts. We discussed what they could be, who used them and how and what they told us about the people who have lived before us.
Miss Bower and Miss Marley, Teachers

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

28
June
2019

100 days!

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Lower 1st marked the last day of Term 2 with a special morning tea to celebrate 100 days of school learning!

 

 

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

21
June
2019

Head of school's Comment

Our school prides itself on actively teaching attention and focus skills to our students. We do this through a mindfulness program that has been in operation for over 30 years. We also promote this through our regular classes, the teaching of classical languages, choir, a specialist art program and chess. Our Shakespeare program is a fine example of the use of high levels of concentration, attention and focus. It is truly magical watching our students as they practice their plays, move from simple line recitations to giving their all, embodying the character and simply being there.
Next week we will be holding our annual Infants Shakespeare Festival. These performances are a highlight within our calendar and are truly remarkable. During rehearsals, it has been wonderful to witness their confidence and passion. The plays encourage the commitment to the wider cast, empathy for the characters and a deeper appreciation of history and language.
This above all; to thine own self be true – William Shakespeare

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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