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25
May
2018

Sports Reports

Last week, on Friday 18 May, the 5th and 6th class PISA Boys played soccer against St Lukes Dee Why.  We won 3 - 0 but the opposition was very challenging.  The Men of the Match were Jules and Eliot for their hard work in defense and in attack.  The sportsmanship was excellent.- Jamie A

Also last week, the 3rd and 4th class PISA boys played Pittwater House.  We won 10 - 0.  It was a strong team effort and hence the whole team were the Men of the Match.  I think we were particularly strong in attack. - Levi

Last week, the Senior Girls (pictured) beat Northern Beaches Christian School 7 - 5 in a tight game that was neck and neck until the end.  And the Junior Girls won 12 - 0 against Pittwater House. 

Today the Girls played 'friendly' netball games against Pittwater House and Oxford falls (our Seniors) and Oxford Falls (our Juniors).

Today the 3rd and 4th Boys played St Luke's Dee Why, the whole team played well and we won 5 - 1.  The Man of the Match was Sam for defending really well.  - Levi

Today the 5th and 6th class Boys played soccer against Covenant Christian.  We won 7 - 0.  The Men of the Match were Carlo, Bob and Saurav, for their great efforts.  The sportsmanship from both teams was excellent.  - Jamie

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And congratulations to our Girl's sports coach Ali Cavill who has made it as a Finalist in the Local Business Awards 2018 in the Fitness Services category, out of more than 126 businesses! She sends out a BIG, BIG thank you to all who voted for her! The Gala Presentation Dinner is in July.

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25
May
2018

Debating underway!

Congratulations to our two debating teams who debated against St Luke's today in the IPSHA debating competition.The topic of the debate was Should school uniforms be banned. Both our affirmative and negative team won their debates.

Jasmine Crewe
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

24
May
2018

All welcome at Open Day this weekend

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  • Our Open Day is on between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 27 May, at 6 Wyatt Ave Belrose.

    • Students performances on stage between 10am and 11am. 
    • 11am - Main stage:  Fencing display
    • 11am - Top House: Science show for younger students
    • 12 noon:  lunch served.
    • 1pm - Main stage: Science show for older students
    • Classrooms open until 2pm.
    • Free children's entertainment including Reptile Encounter, Jumpy castle, water ride, face painting, games of skill and daring hosted by 6th class students (gold coin donation please).
  • There is also a Cake stall, and our famous Cake Baking and Decorating Competition, where you can buy gourmet cakes!

    Everyone Welcome!

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24
May
2018

On our vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday- PUPIL FREE DAY
Tuesday- Broccoli and cauliflower pasta bake
Wednesday- Pesto gnocchi
Thursday- Asparagus and feta frittata
Friday- Sweet corn and chive pancakes

A word from the kitchen...
Hello children, parents and staff of John Colet I hope you are all enjoying the food and are also enjoying the new food that we are trying at the school. I know it’s often hard to try new things and it means a lot that the children are trying the new dishes. Quite often you can end up enjoying something when you take a chance on it.

I would like to thank the Tuesday morning choir children who use the hall. It makes getting up early and coming to work much easier - always nice to have some music while you work!

It would be a great help if parents of the children can make sure to read the menu week to week and assist in the packing of their children’s plates for school we are using too many of the spare plates, cups and bowls on a daily basis. The ladies who work in the kitchen work very hard and they are too often getting backed up with cleaning these extra items and slowing down the duties which they are here to do. I appreciate your understanding on this matter.

Thanks and happy eating
Glen Galloway

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

24
May
2018

All together for story time

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association. (ALIA)
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
NSS 2018's book was Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Laura Wood and published by Scholastic.

This year was the first year John Colet students participated in this wonderful event. Infants children were lucky enough to have Mrs Donald read to them, and our Primary children had the pleasure of Mrs McKendrick reading to them.

By the way, more than 8,255 schools, libraries, childcare centres, preschools, families and communities took part this year - that's 1,062,230 adults and children!

Amy Slaven
Librarian/ICT Advisor

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

11
May
2018

Head of School's Comment

As a school we are focusing on the value and practice of Truthfulness this Term. More specifically we have been exploring being honest with our friends, teachers and parents. This may be owning up to poor behaviour or an unwise decision or perhaps just that we do not know something. The first step in this process is exploring with the children the concept of self-knowledge. Considering our true motivations, acting with honesty and reflecting on our actions to gain understanding of self is a lifelong process. To encourage and enable this to happen, children have to be in an environment of care and trust.
 
Owning up, or coming clean about something we know to be untrue can be incredibly liberating. It takes a lot of energy and constant effort to keep in the front of our conscious mind a story that has to be maintained. The release of this burden in an atmosphere of trust, enables an openness that benefits all.
 
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. - Mark Twain
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

11
May
2018

From our Deputy Head

I would like to start this week by commending the children for rising to the challenge of owning up. There have been a number of examples this week where children have shown the courage to be honest when called upon to do so. Not always an easy thing to do.
Our teacher on duty at PISA received some wonderful feedback from the umpire of the senior girls Netball team who was struck by their kindness and good sportsmanship. They have moved into a new round of competition this term and these qualities will stand them in good stead.
Finally it was great to watch the year 6 Debating Team in action this afternoon. They spoke with clarity, confidence and intelligence. It was a very good start to a new round of debating which sees us facing different schools than we have in the past.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

11
May
2018

On our vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday- Vegetable and five bean chili served with basmati rice
Tuesday- Roasted pumpkin and kumara quiche
Wednesday- Traditional Greek Spanakopita spinach and feta pie
Thursday- Eggplant lasagne
Friday- Mushroom and basil pizzas

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

04
May
2018

Head of School's Comment

John Colet School has a tradition of offering a superb Art Program. Unlike many schools who hold Art lessons in a number of small sessions within a week, we schedule ours with an extended period between an hour and an hour and a half. Lessons are also often linked to other subject areas that our students are studying so that our lessons are given greater meaning, enabling a trans-disciplinary approach to learning. Furthermore, we are fortunate to have a range of Art teachers who are all practising artists themselves with great skill and passion for their subject.

The results can be seen through all of our students' work, however we have had some success stories of late that are worth noting.  Our Year 6 students group painting was a finalist in this year’s Gallipoli Art Prize, which student representatives attended over the holidays. Elizabeth W in 6th Class has been awarded 3rd place in the Australia My Country Art Prize. One of our alumni, Sophia W was recently a finalist in the Mosman Art Youth Prize. Arnie H, also a former student of JCS, was recently accepted into the highly regarded National Art School in Darlinghurst. Our own Art teacher Mrs Allcorn was announced this week as a finalist in the Hunter’s Hill Art Prize for her watercolour and pencil on birch wood piece “Lost in the magic of the bush”.  
 
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

04
May
2018

From our Deputy Head

The term has started on a strong and steady note. This term we will be considering the value of Truthfulness and the many facets that this quality entails. In the famous words of the Bard:

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

At the beginning of the week the teachers spent a day studying the value of attention in education. We looked at the words of William James a 19th century American philosopher and Simone Weil a 20th century French philosopher who said,

“The development of the faculty of attention forms the real object and almost the sole interest of studies”.

This lies at the heart of our teaching practice. We all look forward to an industrious and stimulating second term.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

04
May
2018

Life at the barracks

On Thursday 4th Class went to visit Hyde Park Barracks and The Endeavour. It was a fantastic opportunity to put all our historical knowledge and learning from last term into some hands on activities!
We learnt how to make bricks just like the convicts, dressed up in convict clothes and tried to snooze in the hammocks! The Endeavour was fascinating as we saw Joseph Banks' and Captain Cook’s cabins and learnt about life on board the ship. It was very cramped below decks and we were all quite relieved to climb back up the stairs!

Allison Tomicki and Niree Nadjarian
Teachers

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

04
May
2018

Learning about the history all around us

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3rd Class B (pictured above) and 3rd Class I have been looking at the John Colet community and the history of the school at Wyatt Avenue. The children constructed a timeline based on research and interviews they conducted with long-serving members of the staff about the school. Using this information as well as photos and sources from the archives the children each created a five year snapshot of the school from 1995-2018. A group of children also researched the Traditional Land Owners in the area, the Guringai people. This group gathered information about culture, traditions and practice.
The children worked hard and have created beautiful timelines that reflect the history of the school and the land on which it stands.

Maddy Bolaitamana and Kate Iacono
Teachers

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

04
May
2018

Garden Club has extra space now

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Our new Garden Club area was developed over the holidays.  Garden Club coordinator Glen Miller says the plan is for the children to grow herbs and some vegetables for use in our kitchen.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

04
May
2018

All set (almost!) for Open Day

Preparations are well underway for our school Open Day on Sunday 27th May.  If you have friends and family who would enjoy a fun, family-oriented day out, please bring them along!

We have many fun, free activities planned for Open Day, including two science presentations by Fizzics EducationThe first presentation, outside Top House, will be at 11am, and is most suitable for younger students. 
The second presentation will be on the main stage at 1pm, with all new science experiments and demonstrations, particularly for our older students.
Also on the science theme, there will be a Reptile Encounter next to Top House.  More free entertainment details in following blogs, stay tuned!

Categories: P&F, John Colet

04
May
2018

On our vegetarian lunch menu this week...

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Hi there! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to John Colet School. I look forward to providing the pupils with nice food which I hope they enjoy. I would also like to say a special thanks to Sabine who has been running the kitchen for the past period.  She has done a fantastic job and has made my transitional period at the school a stress free one.  Please make sure to say thanks to Sabine if you see her in passing.
I would like to tell everyone about the menu for next week and what we are planning, we have everything from a mild yellow Thai curry to roast vegetable frittata so hope that everyone will enjoy the food.

Monday- chick pea and pumpkin curry served with basmati rice
Tuesday- roast vegetable frittata
Wednesday- Traditional minestrone soup
Thursday- wild mushroom and spinach risotto cake
Friday- Green lentil and vegetable burgers

Glen
John Colet School Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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