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27
October
2017

Head of School's Comment

Within our Value of Service that we are exploring this Term is the question of whether we are giving our full attention. Listening with our full attention and giving all our focus to what is at hand is a core aspect of Service and also of Respect. We can practice this with our interactions with other people and also in the way we approach any task. Holding oneself within the present is not easy and can be fleeting as our minds are quick to be distracted and busy. Like a muscle working on a new activity or task it takes practice over time for this to feel more natural. This is particularly apt for our primary students as they take to the stage for our Shakespeare Festival next week. The performances are a wonderful example of what can be achieved over the many years of actively learning to attend.
I am very pleased to announce that the amount raised for our solar panels has now risen above the $30,000 mark on our way towards the ultimate goal of $42,000! While we are not encouraging student donations, it was wonderful to see one of our Upper First students bring in sixty cents of her pocket money this week! The students are very keen to make this project a reality.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster



Julian Wilcock

Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

27
October
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Accolades for the Primary children who performed so beautifully at the  School of Practical Philosophy’s  50th Anniversary Gala Garden Party at Mahratta.  The Maypole went without a hitch and was entrancing – and what’s more, the rain held off.  The John Colet Choir sang on the grand staircase in the Mahratta entrance hall, as did the Recorder Consort.  A big thank you to the parents for getting them there and for staying to enjoy the event, regardless of the rain.  It was rather delightful to see towards the end of the afternoon some of the 6th Class Maypole girls teaching some younger ones how to dance with the ribbons!
Our new intake for Lower First 2018 came in for their Orientation Morning on Thursday, and with the wonderful support of the Head Boy and Girl, and their future “Buddies”, presently in 5th Class.  A little bit of clinging, but no tears.  Mrs McDermott and Mrs Connell, though sad to be losing their present classes, anticipate a happy group for next year.
Apart from that, it’s all about Shakespeare.  And next week it’s on at Glen Street – “Break a leg!”

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

27
October
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE AND SALAD WRAPS
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)
Tues

DEVIL DOGS & GOBLIN EYES
(Halloween fun)
Wed

CHIPS AND BEANS
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)
Thurs

MEXICAN BEAN NACHOS                 
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)
Fri

CREAMY PASTA BAKE
(PRIMARY PACKED LUNCH)

It is primary Shakespeare week and the primary students are to bring a packed lunch each day except Tuesday (UNLESS YOU ARE TOLD OTHERWISE BY YOUR TEACHER). As I have watched and listened to all the plays every year I know that this year each and every play will be wonderful and the students will all be triumphant in their roles.

In the JCS kitchen we truly like to entertain the children where we can. Halloween is one of those whimsical fun days that we go ‘All Out’ for the children. We still supply a healthy lunch with a little extra fun – just like dessert, but better!

Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

27
October
2017

Maths lessons 2

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In Maths today, Upper First made potions, carefully following the teacher's instructions to measure and mix the required amounts of 'Teacher's Tears', 'Lizard's Blood' and 'Dragon's Blood'.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

27
October
2017

Maths lessons

 

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6th Class took their Maths learning outside this week in the form of a Treasure Hunt. Questions aligned to the Year 6 Stage 3 outcomes were placed around the grounds of the school and the children worked their way through each one. Problems included area, percentages, decimals and negative numbers. All that running about and looking for clues gave us exercise too! A really fun lesson!

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

13
October
2017

Head of School's Comment

In Term 4 we look at bringing all our school values together as we focus on action through the value of Service. The word service comes from the Latin Servitum and the Sanskrit Seva, both involving work performed without any reward or payment. It can be taken negatively as in the role of a servant, however the positive aspect we will be looking at is when this action is by choice. We are encouraging students to help others without looking for a reward, payment, or even acknowledgement…not an easy task! Nobody should be taken for granted, however the need for recognition should not hold us back from acting in the right way.

Speaking of service to our community, our P&F continue to fundraise for solar panels for our school. I am pleased to announce that the amount raised has now risen above the $26,000 mark on our way towards the ultimate goal of $42,000! Every little bit counts.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

13
October
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

It has been an excellent start to the term, with levels of enthusiasm obvious in relation to the Shakespeare Festival and other forthcoming events this term. It’s quite difficult to gain access to the Hall as so many teachers wish to use it for rehearsals!
The new Library has been completed and will transfer from the Music Room shortly. In the meantime, Mrs. Caban is checking her stock and planning her new space. It’s a beautiful room, very centrally located in Colet House, incorporating Colet 2 Classroom and the former offices of the Deputies. The Staff Common Room is also having a “face-lift”.
There is a Working Bee coming up on 22nd October, and thank you to those parents who are able to support it.
Service: the true value of any action is related to the real attention given to it, for example, say “Hello” to someone with attention and sincerity and it means something quite different from a mechanical greeting.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

13
October
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

GNOCCHI

Tues

RISOTTO
Wed

SAUSAGE ROLLS

Thurs

BUTTER CURRY & RICE
with Spinach Dhal
Fri

PASTA BOLOGNESE

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
September
2017

Head of School's Comment

This week we had the official opening of our new building Plato House and the G.S Mane Wing. Mr William Fox, member of our Board of Governors spoke to the students at assembly on Plato and his legacy within philosophy and education. Our Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Philip Wolfers, celebrated the impact that our former Headmaster, Mr Gilbert Mane, had on JCS. There was a very entertaining and moving response from Mr Mane, who was touched to have our new wing named after him.

As one project comes to completion others are just getting started! Our P&F have raised over $22,000 so far towards our school solar panel project. Also, construction and refurbishment will begin over the holidays of Colet 2, in preparation for its use as our new school library. We have a number of landscaping projects also occurring during the break, including returfing of our playing field.

We wish all families an enjoyable and safe break and look forward to welcoming you back in Term 4. 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

22
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

What an eventful week it has been – something special and extraordinary each day!

Monday of course saw the opening ceremony of the new Plato House and the dedication of the G.S. Mane wing.  We had several guests, including our Members of Parliament, Mr. Mane himself, several Board Members, the Architect, the Bank Manager, and a host of the builders, who so generously came to see the result of their labours.  Mrs. Moor provided a beautiful morning tea.

Tuesday was another very successful event – the Sports Carnival – the children were terrific!   Wednesday saw a remarkably comprehensive celebration of “Asia studies” – the Sixth Class children dressed up, undertook activities such as calligraphy, cooking and making Japanese dolls:  they were treated to a feast, and then a Tai Chi Class with Demetrius Condos, and an Indian Dance demonstration by Angela Miller, who was freshly returned from a week’s dance workshop in the U.K.

On Thursday the Infants treated their parents to a Poetry and Sanskrit Prayer Concert, which also included a Latin song from the 2nd Class Latin students.  Straight after that, Miss Bower’s Class showed their amazing recently  published stories – on video with their illustrations and voice-overs.

Friday was the “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” which the 6th Class put on for their Buddies in Lower First.

And now the holidays … enjoy.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
September
2017

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to all those parents who were able to support the P&F fundraising Masquerade Party last weekend. All money raised from this event as well as from our Walkathon earlier in the year is going towards the construction of solar panels. We are roughly at the half way point of the required $42,000 to make this project a reality.
The electricity that the school currently consumes results in 76 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere annually.  That is equivalent to 380 kg of carbon dioxide per school child per year.  The proposed solar system will reduce the carbon footprint of the school by around 47%, nearly halving our carbon footprint.  The reduced electricity usage will also be of financial benefit to the school, saving the school thousands of dollars a year in electricity charges.
Every little bit counts!

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

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Mary McKendrick and I would like to express our thanks for a wonderful occasion on Saturday night, the Masquerade Party, where we received so many expressions of gratitude from parents, friends and colleagues. I thought I was totally “incognito” behind my Venetian mask and would be recognised by no-one!  However …     It was a delightful evening, and the generosity of parents was demonstrated in the auction items offered and the funds raised at the event.
It has been a most unusual week with strange weather, one day “sans” electricity, and with more than half the school away on camp. The Infants’ children have shown their mettle, and have been very settled in the  absence of their older peers.
Next week will be the last week that we have Mrs. Garrett, who has so ably taken 3rd Class, and both 2nd Classes over the past two terms, replacing teachers on Long Service Leave.  We will miss her, and hope it is not the last time we can call on her to stand in for teachers on Long Service Leave.
Next week sees the final week of a short term, in which the highlight will be the Sports Carnival.  On Thursday in the MacLaren Hall at 2.30 p.m., the Infants Classes will be giving a short and sweet Recitation Concert for their parents.

Judith Donald (pictured on right above)
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
September
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHIPS & BEANS

Tues

NACHOS

Wed

PIZZA PUFFS (with diced salad)

Thurs

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

Fri

CHEESY HOT DOGS

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

15
September
2017

Latin Lessons in Term 4

Tuesday Morning Latin Year 2 and Year 4: There will be no Latin on Tuesday 19th September due the Sports Carnival.
 
Tuesday morning classes for both Year 2 and Year 4, will resume in Week 2 Term 4 on the 17th October.
Jasmine Crewe and Judith Donald

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

15
September
2017

Mandarin classes at John Colet enrolling now for Term 4

Term 4 starts 10th October, ends 29th November 2017 (8 weeks)
Tuesday class: 3:15 pm– 4:30 pm (for students who speak Mandarin at home)
Wednesdays class 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm (for non-Chinese background students)
Classroom Location:
Tuesday class: Shakespeare 3 (upstairs)                      Wednesday class: Shakespeare Room 2
 
Fees: $180 for the term. Siblings and children of John Colet School staff receive 30% discount ($126).
Students who are new to our Mandarin class can try a lesson free of charge.

About Lotus Mandarin program:
Lotus Mandarin (Lotus Chinese Community Language School Inc. IBN ID: 659) is one of approved community language schools through NSW Department of Education’s CLSP Program.  Lotus Mandarin program is delivered in an interactive and fun way, engaging our students with topics and themes that captivate them. Students learn listening, speaking, reading and writing. We also introduce culture components to our students:
  • General knowledge of Chinese traditions and customs;
  • Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, tea culture, martial arts and crafts;
  • Appreciation of classical Chinese poetry and music, etc.

Talk to our Mandarin teacher to find out more.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

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