John Colet
05
February
2019

Shakespeare Club 2019 auditions this week

We had a very successful Shakespeare club last year and Miss Emanuel is looking forward to doing it all again in 2019!
Auditions for Shakespeare Club 2019 will be held in the Music Room on Wednesday 6th February in 2 sessions – 7:15am-8:15am OR 1pm-1:30pm.  For Year 5 and Year 6 students only.
If your child would like to audition, please email your expression of interest to Miss Emanuel on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.
Children should prepare a short monologue (no longer than 1 minute) to be performed without a script to the best of their ability.
Miss Emanuel will be looking for the following criteria:
  • Strong, clear voices
  • Lines learnt off by heart
  • A good expressive connection with the text
  • A committed and dedicated attitude
  • Positive code of conduct
The aim of the club is to perform at various events including; Northern Beaches Eisteddfod as well as any other opportunities that are presented to us. Students must be available on a Saturday and/or Sunday for these performances. The information regarding the performances will be provided closer to the event with plenty of notice.
WHEN:
The Club will run from Week 3, Term 1 on Wednesday mornings from 7:15am-8:15am in the Music Room. The Shakespeare club will then finish in approximately  Week 3 or 4 of Term 3 as all the performances will have taken place (exact dates will be given out once we have a definite date for our performances).
COST:
The cost of the club is $45 per student

Zoe Emanual
Shakespeare Festival Director

Categories: Chess & Clubs, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

05
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

It has been wonderful welcoming our students to school last week and catching up with them about their many adventures in the holidays. Our new students, including those in Lower 1st have settled in so quickly that it seems we have been together for a great deal longer. That being said, we do spend time in these first few weeks going over routines, expectations and explanations of some of our unique features, such as our practice of pausing during the day. New parents joining our school may also have questions at the start of the year and I encourage you to let your child’s class teacher know or pop by the office. We are here to help!
The Core Values of our school are Stillness, Truthfulness, Courage, Service and Respect. With our students and staff, we work through these values in all that we do throughout the year. However, we do select a Value to concentrate on each term, along with an aspect of that Value. This term we will be exploring Respect, and in particular over the first few weeks Self Respect.
I do hope you can make it to our new welcome event for all parents this year, the Gathering on the Garigal. This is on the 15th of February directly after the class parent information sessions. Adults only I’m afraid as we will have grown up drinks, food and a jazz band!


Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

05
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - vegetable curry with rice pilaf
Tuesday - creamy vegetable pasta bake
Wednesday - lentil and tomato soup  
Thursday - salad rolls  
Friday - vegetarian meatballs

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

05
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

After so much preparation during Teacher's Week, it was a great delight to receive the children back to School last week. The ease and the steadiness with which the week proceeded have been striking. Our new 3rd class children have moved into Primary with a sense of maturity and responsibility and are settling into their new classes well. I enjoyed two enriching conversations with our 6th class children about the way in which they can serve the School. It is worth commenting on their ability to become very still particularly in Meditation. This ability to become still lends them a great strength. It was also wonderful to meet our new Lower 1st children and to see how they are already being supported by the steady environment in the School.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

25
January
2019

Head of school's Comment

Whether you have been enjoying the wonderful Sydney summer or roaming near and far, we hope you have had an enjoyable and rewarding family time together during the break! However, it is time to reset the body clocks and dust off the school bags as we look forward to welcoming you all back to John Colet School next week.
 
Our staff have all been busy in preparation for a great year ahead. The grounds have spruced up with some landscaping and the buildings have had a paint. Our teachers have engaged in some wonderful professional development on differentiated learning, our new school software system and our approach to the Philosophy and Values that our school holds so important. I am continually in awe of their commitment and passion towards education.
 
The strength of our school is centred on a community approach to learning and I do encourage you to become involved as much as possible.
 
I wish you and your family all the very best for 2019.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

25
January
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Welcome to a new year. We are looking forward to receiving all our current students back after the long break and in particular to introducing all our new students and our 2019 Lower 1st to the John Colet Community. Our new Leadership Team will be on board to meet children and parents and to help in any way that they can to make everyone feel welcome.
Lower 1st will have their first full day at School on Friday after two days of individual assessments and a half day on Thursday.
All the teachers have spent four days working together to make sure that all our students have a warm, smooth and inspiring entry to the new academic year.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

25
January
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Closed Australia day public holiday
Tuesday- Penne pasta with tomato and basil cream
Wednesday- crumbed vegetable bites
Thursday- spinach and ricotta puff pastry slice
Friday- Mexican bean Quesadilla with sour cream and Guacamole

Please let me or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.in the office know if you are interested in joining our lunch team.  This is a paid role and a great way to get to know staff and children at school.

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

30
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

This is my final whole school message for 2018 and I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all of our students, parents and staff for a very successful year.
 
We had a lovely example of Service by our 5th Class students this week in their speeches to our graduating 6th Class. It was a wonderful acknowledgement of the impact they have had on our school over their many years at John Colet. There is no better practical example of the Values that we are founded on than these young men and women who will leave us to go on to inspire their new schools and communities.  We look forward to hearing of their continued success.
 
I wish you and your family an enjoyable, safe and rewarding time together over the holidays and a fulfilling 2018.
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

30
November
2018

Headmaster's Awards

The following students have been awarded for their Outstanding Achievement in the International Sanskrit Exam
Isabella G 6M
Olivia B 6D
Saurav H 6D
Alexander C 6M
Eshaan H 6M

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

30
November
2018

Picnic Day

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Our annual Picnic Day at Clifton Gardens was a lovely day of fun in the sun.  There are more photos on our Facebook page.

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23
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

Last week our Head Boy and Girl, together with our House Captains, spoke to our 5th Class students about their roles this year as nominations were taken for 2019. All six spoke from the heart and it was wonderful for our soon-to-be elders of the school to hear of the service they have given and how they had grown over the year. They provided a wonderful model to our younger students of leadership, yet also of the practical nature of living our Values.
 
The fine examples provided by our 6th Class were continued on Monday as our 5th Class students gave speeches to the Primary for next year’s leadership positions. There was very little to separate the children and it was inspiring to see such a depth of maturity and passion with so many seeking to give their time in these roles. It would be difficult to find better examples for our students of how the value of Service could be articulated in such a positive and relevant way.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

23
November
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the end of year concert put on by the children who learn musical instruments at school. I was struck by the number of children who performed and the variation in pieces. Music is a fundamental aspect of education here and even if children don’t learn a specific instrument they are taught music notation and they sing twice a week. The results of this over time are obvious in the quality of singing that we hear at Open Day and Speech Night. There is much research to show the beneficial effect music has on other areas of learning.  Plato is said to have made this comment about music “It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

23
November
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Crumbed vegetarian patties
Tuesday- Potato cakes
Wednesday- Vegetarian Sausage sizzle
Thursday- Macaroni cheese
Friday- No school lunch, Picnic Day! 

Monday 3rd December -  Last lunch of term - Pizza!

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

16
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

As we address the Value of Service as a school this Term, I would like to make special note of the work our Parents and Friends Association do for our community. All the help that is received either formally or informally throughout the school year from our parents is greatly appreciated. However, two of the core committee are standing down this year and their dedicated service warrants special praise. Both Niki T and Lucy B have shown great commitment and passion over the years and their tireless effort has been the backbone of so many successful events.
 
I would also like to thank our continuing and new members who will be taking us through 2019. I hope you will join me in supporting them and their endeavours next year.   
President: Jenny P
Vice President:  Claire S
Secretary:  Tony M
Treasurer:  Glen M
Events Coordinators:
Manjula Ge – Walkathon & Movie Night
Tanya H-Y  – Open Day
Paul W – Movie Night

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

16
November
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This week the children in 5th class will put themselves forward for leadership roles for 2019. It is always quite exciting to watch the next group of children step up to take responsibility in the School. In a recent conversation with 5th class it was very encouraging to hear what they had to say about the qualities of a leader and what a broad and mature understanding they have.  On Monday morning the children who have been nominated for the positions of Head Boy and Girl and House Captain, will have to write an impromptu speech on a topic. They will then present their speech to the 4th ,5th and 6th class who will cast their votes. It is always wonderful to see the respect and attention that all the children give to this process.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

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