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25
August
2017

Head of School's Comment

As we continue to explore our Value of Courage this term we are now beginning to look specifically on how we respond to change and difficulties that we experience. Life is a process and nothing stays the same for too long, having the tools and strategies at an early age fosters a growth mindset where obstacles become opportunities in determining our own path.
 
Mistakes are lessons to be learned from and we should ensure an environment of trust. Being resilient is about being in the present and appreciating what we have control over, yet also being committed to our beliefs and goals. Also, resilience can often be seen more as a set of behaviours or habits that need to be practiced rather than some innate characteristic. Acting with resilience is about putting yourself on the surfboard rather than being washed away by the wave.
 
It’s not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change - Charles Darwin
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

25
August
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

“Book Week” has been well and truly celebrated at John Colet with two author visits (one last week), a marvelous dress-up day and parade, and  a whole school “story time” where pre-selected books were read by teachers (pictured below in their costumes) and administrative staff to small groups of children throughout the campus.  And next week, we have a visit from the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to talk about the Premier’s Reading Competition which has been so successfully running at John Colet this year and previous years. 
One of the features of our sit-down lunches is that the Infants always have a “silent eating time” each day – about five minutes, to help them eat rather than chat!  During this time they have to use sign language to communicate any service or need.  To this end, Ms Marley and Miss Bower’s classes have learnt sign language.  You will see this displayed on their class windows. They can say please and thank you without uttering a sound!

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

staff at assembly smaller

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

25
August
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

THAI EGG FRIED RICE

Tues

CREAMY BASIL PESTO PASTA

Wed

CHEESE & TOMATO SANDWICHES
(Phillip - Market Day)
Thurs

CURRY AND RICE

Fri

BEANS ON TOAST

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

25
August
2017

Northern Beaches Art Prize finalists

Congratulations to Jolan L, Samsara C, Caly H (all 6th class) and Sierra H (5CD) for being selected as finalists in the Northern Beaches Art Prize.  There was a huge entry with only around 100 artworks hung as finalists.  Well done to these students for entering in their own time and doing so well. The exhibition is on at Creative Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl until 3 September.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

25
August
2017

Sports Reports

This week, the Junior Pisa Girls versed Pittwater House in soccer and played amazingly.  We ended up drawing 1-all.  The Girl of the Game was Victoria because of her amazing saves.  We thank Ella for her magnificent goal.  As this is the last game, we are happy because we are second on the leader board.  We played a great game and can't wait for the next PISA.
- Katia

The Senior Girls played Oxford Falls and unfortunately we lost 1 - 0 but we played an amazing game, especially the Girls of the Game: Amy, Ashwani, Sascha and Milla.
We had a great season, coming second in pool 1, which pushed us through to the overall team playoffs this week, in which we came 4th overall.
- Milla and Caly

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11
August
2017

Head of School's Comment

Science Week begins at John Colet School on Monday with a visit from Fizzics Education. This group have been regular visitors to our school and provide engaging activities for the children to fuel their interest in the scientific process. Science is such a powerful subject for children to engage with as it transcends the usual subject boundaries, requiring a combination of skills, knowledge and understanding of how the world works. It is also founded on a constant search for facts and can only really progress through sharing knowledge and collective effort over time. 

As well as in-class science activities we will be holding some general competitions during play times.

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. - Edwin Powell Hubble

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

11
August
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Mrs. McKendrick left this week for four weeks of long service leave:  she will be travelling in Europe and also attending a Plato Convention in Delphi.  Bon voyage!
A very disruptive, but efficient day for School Photographs and the weather smiled on us!
Next week is Science Week and it begins with a visit from “Fissics “ – they put on a Science Show which will inform and delight the children with the magic of science.
There will be no normal Monday Assembly on 14th,  as “Fissics” require the Hall and need time to set up.  The Headmaster will once again be offering some lunchtime Science activities.
The Practice of Courage continues.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

11
August
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE & SALAD ROLLS
(Fizzics Show, walk through)
Tues

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

Wed

CHIPS & BEANS

Thurs

MISO, VEGETABLE OR TOMATO SOUPS
(with crunch roll croutons)
DESSERT: MIXED BERRY JELLY
Fri

SAUCY PASTA

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

11
August
2017

From the P&F

Get your masks ready!

Hello Parents
You should by now have received your invitation to the JCS Masquerade Party, SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER at the Checkers Resort and Conference Centre.  With only 4 weeks to go – make sure you book your tickets and reserve your seat on your table of choice.  First out of the blocks are U1stM in the lead with almost a full table and a second one ready to go, L1stB and the School Executive are hot on their heels and 6T are close behind.  Years 2 & 3 and 4K and 5CD have yet to reach the starting line J  Let’s see how the leader board changes over the course of this week!

https://www.trybooking.com/298221

If you have any questions about the evening or tables (they seat 8-10) please drop me an email and I will be happy to help you.

The evening promises to be a lot of fun and a chance to catch up with your friends and alumni at John Colet.  There will be a photo booth to get some silly photos with your friends and a disco to dance the evening away.  Of course there will be silent and live auctions happening during the evening and we will be giving thanks to Mrs Donald and Mrs McKendrick for a lifetime of service to John Colet.

A huge thank you to the volunteers who are making this all happen.  I have been blown away by the wonderful help and support that has been offered.  Verity Earl is doing a sterling job approaching numerous businesses for auction items. Sonja Clement, Rachel Jones and Libby Levey are also approaching businesses for auction items too.  The class parents are doing a great job putting together some very desirable hampers / gift bags.  Julie Laarman, Carty Haverhals and Tereza Berkemeier are helping with decorating the room.  It was a member of Cheryl-Lynn’s team that designed the invite and is helping with other artwork.  Cherry Hopley set up Trybooking and will help set up on the day as will Denise CattMel Armstrong-Jones, Andrew Earl and John Brogden will be helping on the night.  There is always room for more help with obtaining items to auction – so if you would like to help let me know and I can tell you who we have already approached.  If anybody is interested in helping to photograph and write up the auction items for our catalogue I am all ears J.

Children’s Mask Decorating Competition
We thought it would be fun for the children to be involved by running a Mask decorating competition, there will be prizes for Primary and Infants and the masks will be used to decorate the room on the night.  Masks for decoration will be sent home with the children next week and a leaflet emailed home with more information on the competition.

This week’s Auction Items Spotlight – Children’s Activities
  • Manly United FC – 2 spots at their September School Holiday camp and a signed player’s shirt
  • Netball Camp – 2 days school holiday camp
  • Tennis – Evolve Tennis will be donating some time in their holiday camps
  • Number Words N Works – Mona Vale & Dee Why -  A term’s maths/English tuition
  • My Kids Art – we are hoping to secure holiday spots for here
If you know of any other children’s activities you can approach that we can get to donate please let us know.
Please contact your class parent if you have any questions and they can forward them to me.
Lastly, a  reminder that the next P&F meeting is Monday 21st August at 7:30pm

Have a great weekend.

Many thanks

Niki

Categories: P&F, John Colet

28
July
2017

Head of School's Comment

It has been wonderful welcoming our students back this week and learning of their adventures and travels. We were very pleased to be able to re-open our main entrance for the start of Term and we are very excited to be using our new reception from this coming Wednesday. The new classrooms will begin to be occupied during the coming month, with an official opening to follow soon after.
 
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 can continue to develop.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

28
July
2017

Sports Reports

Sports Reports


Today the Senior Boys versed Bayview and won 10 - 4.  It was a great effort and our atach was fantastic.  The man of the match was Bob because of his brilliant defence, tackling and also three tries were scored from him.  Overall we were brilliant and we were deserving of the win.

-Ryan Jackson

The Senior Girls played two friendlies in Soccer against Pittwater House and St Lukes.  We won 1-0 against Pittwater House and tied 0 - 0 against St Lukes.  The girls of the game were Amy for bringing the ball up the field again and again, and Sascha for her amazing saves.  Everyone had great team spirit which motivated us. 

- Milla and Caly

The Junior Girls won in soccer against St Lukes 4 - 0 and I think we can all agree the Girl of the Game was everyone!  We thank Ella and Katia for scoring some fantastic goals and Victoria for being an amazing goal keeper, she didn't let one goal slip through!  But we are very proud of our JCS strikers, midfielders and defenders.  I think Mr Roslin can agree that the Junior Girls PISA team represented the school well.
- Georgia

Categories: John Colet

28
July
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Another term begins!  This term our practice is Courage and specifically the courage to be truthful and to own up.  Our approach to this is that when we ask children about an incident or situation, if they own up immediately (or even eventually) we praise them for their courage to do so, and then approach the situation and discuss how to make amends.  This praise of courage supports the children in facing their behaviour and then seeking to correct it.

Next week John Colet is hosting two visiting debating teams, which will enable 5th Class to sit in and gain an insight as to how this works!  The topics are:
There is no need for tests and exams  and  Drones should be banned.   They are always very interesting and well thought out!

This term we have the pleasure of hosting and mentoring four Practicum Students, three from Macquarie University and one from Swinburne.  This of course is very necessary for them to build their experience, and also enjoyable for the teachers and enriching for the children.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

28
July
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHINESE FRIED RICE

Tues

PESTO PASTA

Wed

CHEESY HOT DOGS
(walk through – debating)
Thurs

VIETNAMESE STYLE NOODLES

Fri

GNOCCHI

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

30
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

As you will see in our newsletter this week we have some grandparents who are interested in forming a team to enhance our native play area. This is a great opportunity for the ‘wise’ members of the community and a wonderful example for our students of service at our school. We are fortunate to have such a supportive community and this has been very evident this week with the preparation, catering and clean up during our Infants Shakespeare Festival, a parent science presentation in 2nd Class, and also our recent success in chess, which would not have been possible without the help of parents. Our P&F are now building up to our Gala Dinner, which is in support of developing solar panels at school. I do encourage you to lend your support to this worthwhile event and cause.
 
We hope you have an enjoyable break with your family and look forward to welcoming you back on the 25th of July.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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