John Colet
21
June
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Reflecting on the week, the thing that is most striking is the opportunity that performance allows for children to let their light shine. Learning to be confident and to have the courage to share a talent with others, is the way in which that talent is magnified. It is also a way of learning to use a talent to serve others. This was most obvious during the week when watching the Infants classes do their dress rehearsals for Shakespeare. Many hidden talents became obvious on stage. Similarly, last night at the Instrumental Concert despite some children feeling nervous everyone stepped up to give of their best.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

21
June
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- cream of tomato and roasted red pepper soup  

Tuesday- tomato penne pasta

Wednesday- spanakopita

Thursday-pizza  

Friday – Vegetable curry and rice pilaf

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

21
June
2019

3D happenings

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This week 3D rolled out their geo-metropolis, complete with futuristic buildings made from 3D shapes.  They also investigated the traditional methods of creating ice cream (before freezers and fridges) by cooling the mixture over a salty ice-bed or brine.  We learnt that the salt lowers the temperature and freezes the ice cream mixture more rapidly than just ice or a freezer.

Cynthia Dalgleish
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

21
June
2019

Getting the most from group work

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Second class have been investigating toys from the past and from different cultures. In their groups they have to predict and work out what they think the toys are from the past and what they would have been used for. Group work involves discussion, working together, cooperation and taking turns. These skills are very important to learn. 2B’s discussions were amazing!

Justine Brine
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

21
June
2019

4th class ingenious weavers

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4th class started the process of learning an indigenous weaving technique this week. The finished items are going to be highly colourful!  The lesson, taken by local elder Karleen Green, is part of a free initiative by Manly Council, where art teacher Miss Carroll also works.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

21
June
2019

Maths entrepreneurs

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In a 6th class Maths investigation, students had to be educational entrepreneurs and design a board game about fractions targeting Year 6 students.

 

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

21
June
2019

Sports report, end of term tally

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The 5th and 6th class PISA Girls A won 10 - 9, and everyone was Girl of the Game. We played our final against Pittwater House and it was an amazing game.  We came third on the ladder.

The 5th and 6th class PISA Girls B also came 3rd in their competition, winning 13 - 3 today against Galstaun College.  Everyone was Girl of the Game as well.

The 5th and 6th class PISA Boys played Northern Beaches and won 2 - 0, finishing 5th on the table.  Men of the Match were Leo, Levi and Josh.

The Junior Girls Netball won their game today against Oxford Falls Grammar School, 7 - 3.  Evereyone played so well, they are all Girls of the Game today.

Categories: John Colet

14
June
2019

Head of school's Comment

Within the Value of Truth that we are exploring this term, is the question; Is it uplifting? In other words, in our speech and our actions do we encourage and inspire those around us?
At times, we all get caught in negative thinking, self-doubt and procrastination. Having an encouraging friend, parent or teacher to talk with can be of great benefit. A positive perspective can enable us to see the truth in a situation that may need addressing and a practical way forward.    
One of the defining elements of John Colet School is that we explore and embed our values as a whole school. We approach the learning of our values in a developmentally appropriate way which will differ depending on which age we are with, yet the core remains the same. This is just as valid for our staff and our supporting community. Our goal is that all may inspire!

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

14
June
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week we have been carrying out Parent /Teacher interviews. This communication provides a vital part of the underlying fabric of the School.  The guidance given to Mr MacLaren, the founder of the world wide Renaissance Schools of which John Colet is a part, about the wellbeing of the child was; that unity between the home and the teacher produces a strong and confident child. Where this unity is lacking the child can become confused and lose confidence.  Regular communication goes a long way to support this unity.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

14
June
2019

JCS choir out and about

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The JCS choir gave a concert after school this week for our neighbours at Glenaeon Retirement Village. They sang a mix of classical and world music and were very well received!  See Facebook for video

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

14
June
2019

Registrar's update

Sibling enrolments for Lower 1st 2021 – submit an application without delay!
The word is out in the community about our wonderful school and the education we provide our students.  It is always the aim of the School to offer sibling priority, however, to do this we must have received an application for them.
 
2020 Lower 1st                Fully enrolled and on Wait List
2021 Lower 1st                Enrolling into the second and final class
2022 Lower 1st                Accepting applications
 
 
Lower 1st  – 2021
We are currently interviewing and offering places for Lower 1st 2021.  One class is at capacity and we are now enrolling into our second and final class.  If you have a sibling for the 2021 intake,  please complete an application form and return it to Reception, marked to me, without delay.  Forms can be downloaded from the website or picked up from my office.
Lower 1st – 2022 and beyond
We are accepting applications for 2022 and beyond.
 

Mrs Belinda James
Registrar

Categories: John Colet

14
June
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- pasta bolognaise
Tuesday- puff pastry rolls   
 Wednesday- hotdogs
Thursday-salad rolls  
Friday – macaroni cheese bake

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Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

07
June
2019

Head of school's Comment

This week, John Colet held our annual Sanskrit recitation competition and finals. Sanskrit instruction from Lower First to 6th Class is one of the unique features of our school that has been an integral part of the program since the school was founded. Our students benefit from learning this ancient classical language, which like Latin has influenced languages, literature and culture throughout history. The simple, clear grammar used in Sanskrit helps in the development of learning other languages, including English.
 
Sanskrit opens up our children to a greater understanding of language, its history and the interconnectedness of our society. For example the Sanskrit root da – give, Sanskrit word dana – gift, Latin word donum – gift, French word donner – to give, English words donate, dose, dedicate, etc.
 
As was shown during the finals, this language also lends itself to a beauty of sound and structure that when combined with some of the universal themes of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health, produce work of the highest standard. If you missed the recitations this week I highly recommend saving the date for next year.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

07
June
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

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This week we celebrated Founder’s Day which provides an opportunity for the children to learn about the great people whose work and inspiration led to the establishment of our School. The most  important amongst these being Leon MacLaren who worked tirelessly to pursue an understanding of truth and justice. One of his guiding principles was the pursuit of excellence in all that we do, no matter how small the task may appear to be. This pursuit of excellence is reflected in the School today in so many ways: in Shakespeare, in Debating, in Maths Challenge, in Writing, in Art and most recently in our Sanskrit Recitation Competition. The level of refinement in the presentation and sounding was outstanding, but equally outstanding was the level of respect offered by the children when they were listening to their peers.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

07
June
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Queens Birthday, kitchen closed
Tuesday- lentil soup
Wednesday- vegetable curry served with rice pilaf
Thursday-crumbed vegetable bites
Friday – potato Gnocchi in tomato basil sauce                                                             

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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