John Colet
14
September
2018

Chess results

Congratulations to Eshaan H, Saurav H, Leo P, Victoria M and Siddhartha B who competed in the Semi finals of the Sydney Academy of Chess Interschool Challenge at Baulkham Hills North Public School recently. They came 7th overall out of 18 schools. Well done!

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

07
September
2018

Head of school's Comment

Next week our 3rd and 4th Class Students will be at camp on Milson Island and 5th and 6th Class will be visiting Canberra. These camps run over three days and are a wonderful opportunity for the children to step out of the school environment, experience the wider world and get to know their classmates and teachers better.
Camps are an excellent way of building resilience as the children are taken out of their comfort zone 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. 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

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

07
September
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

When John Colet was established in 1985, the advice given to Mrs McKendrick and Mrs Donald by the worldwide founder Leon MacLaren was to make sure that the study of Sanskrit, Singing and Shakespeare play a prominent role in the curriculum. These three subjects nourish children at the spiritual, mental and physical level no matter what their individual abilities may be. Despite the challenges of fitting these three subjects into an already full curriculum, we have stayed true to this directive. We have found and continue to find that this provides every child with a deep and rich experience in education.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

07
September
2018

Reading 20 books? Easy!

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Class 5T are looking very pleased with themselves, and their special Pizza lunch with the Headmaster!  They won the special occasion for winning the Premier's Reading Challenge competition at John Colet School.  Each student read at least 20 books.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

07
September
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Vegetable fried rice
Tuesday - Pizza
Wednesday - Vegetable crepes
Thursday - Jacket potatoes
Friday - Vegetable lasagna

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

07
September
2018

Debating season concludes

Last Friday, our debating teams had their final debate of the IPSHA Debating competition at Wahroonga Prep School. The topic of the debate was, “That small vehicles should be banned from large cities”. Unfortunately the adjudicator did not come, so there was no adjudication. However, both teams debated and were given feedback on their debates from myself and the teacher from Wahroonga Prep, as well as some parents. This brings the IPSHA competition to an end for the year, it has been an incredible journey and I believe all the children involved have learnt a lot. The focus of this competition is not on winning (there are no trophies or marks) but rather on the skills developed from debating; communication, teamwork, persuasive speaking skills and public speaking skills. Well done to all the children who have debated this year.

Jasmine Crewe

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

07
September
2018

Lunching with authors!

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Eight of our budding authors and illustrators from 6th class had an amazing day this week at the Children's Book Council of Australia Lunch with the Stars! The event was held at The ICMS in Manly, providing the perfect backdrop for imaginative ideas and creative discussions about writing stories. 
 
With 19 Australian authors and illustrators to meet, we had a busy day and enjoyed every minute. John Flanagan (author of The Ranger's Apprentice series) was the keynote speaker and Serena Geddes (illustrator: well known for her Belinda Murrell books) led an illustration workshop for all the students. 
 
Almost 20 local schools were there and each group had the opportunity to have lunch with one of the authors or illustrators. John Colet students sat with Susanne Gervay, an author passionate about writing meaningful and thought provoking stories for children to help them with big issues like bullying, difference, war and peace. She has written a lovely picture book called Elephants have Wings which she feels aligns so beautiful with our school's philosophy. She very much enjoyed speaking with our children about courage and peace in our world.

Amy Slaven
Librarian

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

07
September
2018

The Great Book Swap at John Colet

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On Thursday John Colet students participate in the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap!  Donated books were swapped and new literacy treasures were collected, all while gathering much needed financial support to close the literacy gap for indigenous students all over Australia.  We raised just over $700 for this worthy initiative and had an exciting day immersed in more books!

Amy Slaven
Librarian/ICT Advisor

Categories: John Colet

07
September
2018

Composting

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The new location for the Garden Club is working well with new plants happily sprouting.
The children are taking up a new initiative to process the School's compostable food scraps. It is early days, but with a row of new composting bins they are learning all about the process of properly maintaining an active and sustainable composting system. Food scraps presently come daily from the children's morning tea and from the school kitchen. We hope to be producing lovely rich soil to create new gardens in due course.

Glen Miller
Teacher

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

31
August
2018

Head of school's Comment

We have seen some fine examples from our students lately as they go that extra inch to show courage and complete their work to the very best of their ability. We hope you may have noticed some evidence of this at home too. If so please do let your child’s teacher know as it is wonderful for the class to celebrate practical examples from both school and home.
 
Next week we will be building on our courage as we develop our resilience. Life throws up many unexpected challenges and we cannot choose if or when this happens, yet we can choose the way we act and approach these obstacles. It’s often easy to have a positive approach to life when things are going well but you need to adopt the same principles when faced with adversity. A good example for children is biographical literature and stories about people, these often show the power of a positive attitude, persistence and resilience.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
August
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

Recently the infants children have been preparing for an afternoon concert to be held at the end of the term.  One of the reasons for having the concert is to give the children an opportunity to commit words to memory. This type of exercise is excellent for developing focus and directing attention. It also helps to develop clarity of diction and confidence of delivery. Finally it exposes children to some fine poetry. In an age where the exercise of memory is becoming less and less part of education, it is important to develop these pathways.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

31
August
2018

It's all adding up in Upper First

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Here are some Upper First (Year 1) students doing a Maths lesson on addition using 1, 2 and 3 digit numbers.  They used different sided dice, place value boards and MAB counting blocks to roll dice and record the sums in their maths books.  Mrs McDermott, who was observing, said it was a brilliant lesson.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

31
August
2018

Spending time in the colonies

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As part of their History studies of the early colony, 5th  Class went on excursion to Rouse Hill House and Farm on Wednesday. They examined primary sources to find out how people lived and worked there, who they were and where they came from.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

31
August
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

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As I was putting the veg order away this morning, and prepping veg for today and the start of next week, it occurred to me that I should take a few photos to share with you the fruit and vegetables that we use and are getting into the kids here at the school on a weekly basis.
Every dish that we do at the school is packed with veg along with the salad and fruit offerings on the table. Please rest assured that your children are getting their 5 a day and even more.

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Compost
As you may be aware the school is getting into composting in a big way - I just wanted to share the kitchen's contribution to this. With food scraps like these  we should have the barrels full in no time at all.

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Monday - Roasted sweet potatoes with sour cream and Guacamole
Tuesday - Vegetarian hotdogs
Wednesday - Vegetable parcels
Thursday - Cream of tomato and basil soup
Friday - Gnocchi in pesto sauce

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

24
August
2018

Head of school's Comment

There have been some wonderful examples over the past couple of weeks of students embracing our current Value of Courage and ensuring they complete a task to the best of their ability. It is connected to the underlying concept of having a growth mindset. When students practically see how their effort and persistence results in great work they are more likely to appreciate that they can develop themselves and improve.
Our 2nd Class students presented a fine example of this on Thursday and Friday where they presented narratives which they have been developing and improving on over the past few weeks. The results were exemplary and the children were rightly proud of the finished product. These students are now more likely to have courage, choose a challenge, and increase achievement rather than be satisfied with average work or look for an easy way out.
It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer – Albert Einstein
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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