John Colet
22
March
2019

Spaghetti bridges

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4th classes made bridges out of spaghetti in Science today.  The bridges had to be strong enough to bear weight, and different versions had to be made with less and less spaghetti.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

22
March
2019

Learning about earth sciences

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In Upper 1st M we have been learning about the Earth. This week we focussed on continents and oceans. We played a game using hula hoops as the continents to strengthen our understanding. Students then labelled the continents and oceans on a world map. In the next lesson we discussed how the continents looked like they fit together a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. We looked at images and videos of the supercontinent Pangaea from 200 million years ago. We read a fact sheet about Pangaea and used this information to help us answer some questions.

Sara Bell
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

15
March
2019

Head of school's Comment

As we continue to explore our value of Respect this term, we are looking at the simple act of listening. Giving full attention to what someone is saying and really listening is an act of respect. Interrupting is akin to saying what I am speaking is more important than what you are speaking about.
 
However, it is not as easy as it ‘sounds’. When you are listening, quite often you are getting ready to speak yourself, coming up with something fitting to say, before even hearing fully what has been said. True listening requires patience and openness to new ideas. Also, encouraging others to speak can often be more flattering than compliments, and may actually lead to a closer more attuned relationship.
 
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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15
March
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Just over half way through Term 1 it is most encouraging to see the number of Eagle Awards that have been given out to children in both Infants and Primary. The Eagle Awards acknowledge the demonstration of the School Values. Any member of Staff can nominate a child for an award if they feel that there has been a noteworthy action performed by a child that embodies the Values. Looking through the awards to date it is particularly pleasing to see the number of children in 6th class that have been nominated for acts of Service to the School. This sets such a positive example to the rest of the children.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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15
March
2019

6th class Gallipoli artwork ready for entry

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Each year, with the guidance and direction of art teacher, Juli Allcorn, 6th class students create a combined artwork to enter in the Gallipoli Art Prize, which is held in Sydney and open to the public to view.  So far, each year our students' works have been hung as finalists. Good luck for this year too, 6th class!

Their artwork this year is in honour of Wykeham Henry Kobe Freame [1885-1941) and represents his career as an orchardist; the drawings of the medal are to represent the A.I.F.’s first Distinguished Conduct Medal and the portrait drawings are of him through his life.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

15
March
2019

Art teacher on a roll

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"Et florere quid incipit cantus natura est scriptor". (Nature’s blossoming and singing) 2 metres sq. Pencil and watercolour on 12 birch wood panels.

Hearty congratulations to one of our art teachers, Juli Allcorn, who is one of eight artists worldwide to be accepted for a Research Drawing Residency in Caylus, France from 23 March to 2 May.  She has also been asked to exhibit this 2 metre square pencil and watercolour work in Paris.

Juli is also exhibiting 32 works in an upcoming solo exhibition at Ravenswood School in Gordon, Sydney. Works are for sale, and the exhibition is open to the public from 21 March - 12 April, week days between 9-3pm.

 

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

15
March
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

All the favourites this week...

Monday- Pizza
Tuesday- tortellini in tomato and basil sauce
Wednesday- spinach and ricotta slice
Thursday- bean nachos
Friday- salad wraps

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

15
March
2019

Young leaders day

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National Young Leaders Day was a wonderful excursion that all Year 6 enjoyed. It was held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. We listened to inspirational speeches from Tim Diamond from the Cotton on Foundation, the author Tasmin Janu, the Olympian swimmer Cate Campbell and professional cricketer Holly Ferling. We learned about the need to be persistent and push through struggles, the importance of being positive to achieve your goals and having the courage to do challenging things. We hope next year’s Year 6 will have as much fun as we did!

Georgia P (6S)

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

15
March
2019

Young architects research sustainable materials

6th class students have been delving in to what building materials will suit current and future environmental conditions, and seeing if they can design cyclone-proof houses.  

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Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths, John Colet

08
March
2019

Sports reports

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Today the 5th and 6th class PISA Girls (pictured above) played St Lukes Bayview in softball.  We won 13 - 4 and the Girls of the Game were Chi-leng for catching the ball on the full AND THEN making a double play to get a second person out, and Marta for making an amazing home run.  Overall we played an awesome game!

- Lexi and Marta

The 5th and 6th class PISA Boys played Northern Beaches Christian School in cricket and won 66 - 54.  The Men of the Match were Siddhartha and Jules for great all-round play.

The 3rd and 4th class PISA Girls played St Lukes Dee Why in Tee Ball.  It was a close game for the whole game but on the last innings we lost one point so the final score was 17 - 16 to St Lukes. The Girls of the Game were everyone for their determination and positivity.  Now we are second on the leader board! - Jasmine

The 3rd and 4th class PISA Boys played St Lukes Bayview in Tee Ball.  We tied 17 - 17, it was very close.  I couldn't decide who was Man of the Match, so there isn't one!  - Captain

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08
March
2019

Head of school's Comment

Today, we had our follow up meeting with our artist in residence, Mr Philip Garrett. Our students have recently completed a short pictorial project on representing our School Values. These drawings were shared with Mr Garrett to give further background in preparation for our sculpture. We have been so impressed by the students' appreciation and expression that we are now looking at additional ways to connect them with this exciting project.
At one point in the discussions today, our two student representatives were asked what Value they felt was most fundamental to them. Annica P, our Art Captain, spoke of the importance of the Value of Courage and how it is essential in putting into action all the other Values. Respect was chosen by Sophie R, who felt that this had been the most formative throughout her time at John Colet School. The openness of both these children together with all the students who contributed to our exploration of our Values is testament to how important our core principles are.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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08
March
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week we had our Primary Swimming Carnival at a new venue in West Pymble. It was very exciting to have the use of a 50 metre pool and to enjoy the fresh air even if it was very hot. All the children participated with courage and enthusiasm and it was wonderful to see so many displays of sportsmanship. A number of times, race winners were cheering and encouraging children in the same race who were struggling to finish, regardless of what House they were in. It was also wonderful to see children giving their best for their House even when they knew that a place was unlikely. At the end of the day all the children joined in to ensure that the venue was left clean and tidy. In all an uplifting demonstration of our School Values.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

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08
March
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - vegetable burgers with salad and cheese
Tuesday - pasta bolognaise
Wednesday - pea and corn risotto cakes
Thursday - roasted paprika garlic and rosemary potatoes with sour cream and sweet chili
Friday - pesto ravioli
 

Glen Galloway
Chef

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08
March
2019

Second class space excursion

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On Wednesday this week, 2nd Class were on excursion to the Powerhouse Museum and to the Sydney Observatory, rounding out their Space studies brilliantly.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

08
March
2019

Making pancakes

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2C and 2B (2B pictured above) had a great time making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday this week.  Thank you to the parent helpers!  Read on if you are curious about the pancake tradition on this day...

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The name Shrove comes from the old middle English word 'Shriven' meaning to go to confession to say sorry for the wrong things you've done. Lent always starts on a Wednesday, so people went to confessions on the day before. This became known as Shriven Tuesday and then Shrove Tuesday.
The other name for this day, Pancake Day, comes from the old English custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent, so that people were ready to fast during Lent. The fattening ingredients that most people had in their houses in those days were eggs and milk. A very simple recipe to use up these ingredients was to combine them with some flour and make pancakes!

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