John Colet
24
August
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Vegetable fried rice
Tuesday - Lentil soup
Wednesday - Mexican burritos
Thursday - Pumpkin ravioli
Friday - Salad wraps

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24
August
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

As always John Colet has been abuzz with activity. Last week we had Science Week and this week we have enjoyed a fabulous Book Week the highlight of which was book character parade on Wednesday. The primary and lower 1st classes are in the throes of preparing for Shakespeare and in a few weeks children will be heading off to Canberra and Milson Island. None of this could happen without the dedication and hard work of the teachers. Their devotion to excellence is reflected in the children’s book work and the beautiful presentation of the classrooms. Over the last week or two I have been invited into classrooms to hear narratives and descriptions written by the children that were outstanding. I would like to acknowledge our teachers’ continuous hard work and commitment to offering our students the very best.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

teaching staff web

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

24
August
2018

Sports reports

Today the 3rd and 4th class Pisa Girls played Oxford Falls in soccer but sadly lost 2 - 3.  We all played really well and the Girls of the Game were Lily and Hanako.     - Lily T

The 3rd and 4th class Pisa Boys played Covenant Christian in rugby and lost 3 - 7.

The Senior Boys rugby played Oxford Falls Grammar School and won 12 - 7.  It was a great team effort.  The Man of the Match was Jett.  Today we were a stronger team and I felt we deserved the win. - Capt

The Senior Pisa Girls (pictured below) played Galstaun College in soccer.  The final score was 8 - 0 to us.  The Girls of the Game were Sascha K for dominating the ball, Katia C for scoring so many goals, Iona A for her defense and Thalia C for her energy.  As captain I would also like to commend the whole team on their effort in getting through to the finals. -  Capt

senior girls soccer after a win web

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24
August
2018

ICAS Writing results

In ICAS Writing, 43 students took part, and High Distinctions were received by Saurav H (6D) and Sana S (6M).  Distinctions were received by Nakita N (3B), James W (3I), Ronith R (4N) Jacob W (4T) Victoria M (5th) Sophie R (5th) Ariel S (5th) Anna W (5th) Eshaan H (6M) and Elizabeth W (6M).  Well done to everyone who participated.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

24
August
2018

Some science snaps this week...

When studying irreversible reactions today 5th class mixed a solid and a liquid to produce a gas.  It was a lot of fun!

5K science web

Meanwhile this week in Lower First, students showed off their innovative Science Projects. The children were asked to create an object from a single use plastic, to recycle it. They then presented it to the class explaining what it was made from, how it was made, and its purpose.

science lea 6 web  science lea 4 web

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

17
August
2018

Head of school's Comment

As we continue to explore the Value of Courage this Term we bring our focus to finding the courage to finish the task we are doing and finish it well. You may see this in practice in our children’s work in the classrooms or perhaps in that which is brought home. In all subjects we look for the children to persist in ensuring that they go the extra mile, or in many cases, just that last inch to ensure the highest quality and their best work.
 
The job is almost finished, the goal almost attained, everything possible seems to have been achieved, every difficulty overcome — and yet the quality is just not there. The work needs more finish, perhaps further research. In that moment of weariness and self-satisfaction, the temptation is greatest to give up, not to strive for the peak of quality. That’s the realm of the last inch.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn - The First Circle
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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17
August
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This week it has been wonderful to watch all the students enthusiastically engaging with our Science Week theme of Game Changers and Change Makers. There were a number of projects around the School this week that involved the children applying their problem solving skills to consider ways in which we can more effectively reduce the use of plastic. It was an excellent way to connect the children with some of the larger global issues facing our generation and theirs. It gave them an opportunity to walk the talk and to see that Science and Technology can be used to address these issues in simple but effective ways. We look forward to seeing some of the great ideas in our Science Week competition…….Book Week next week!

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

See the results of our Nude Food Day wrapper rubbish audit here

wax 1 web

Pictured above is Upper First (Year 1) students with their own bees wax sandwich wraps which they made this week.

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

17
August
2018

Sports reports

Today's games were a series of friendlies in soccer and rugby against Pittwater House.  The Senior Boys lost 1 - 9, the Senior Girls won 2 - 1, the Junior Boys lost 1 - 15 and the Junior Girls won 3 - 0.  The Junior Girls had a second friendly against Covenant Christian School and drew 0 - 0.

Today the Senior Girls versed Pittwater House and Galstaun College in a round robin!  All girls played really well, and defense did a wonderful job.  Special mention to Katia for taking the ball to our end consistently and Liv for constantly blocking the goal. Girls of the Game last week were Cici, Isabella and Sascha K.- Olivia

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17
August
2018

Book Week

We are asking the children to dress up as their favourite book character on Wednesday 22 August. We will have a parade for the whole school in the Garigal Quadrangle, beginning at 9am.
Parents and guests are invited to this event.
We have been talking with the children about choosing their book character carefully and how they can use clothes and objects found at home to dress up. We have also encouraged them to bring along the book to share on the day. We hope to see their creativity shine during this experience!

FIVER FOR A FARMER
As part of the ‘Hay and Hampers’ national campaign for drought affected communities John Colet School is asking for donations of $5 for a farmer, on our Book Week costume day on Wednesday 22nd September.

CBCA AWARDS - The announcement of the winners of the CBCA awards occurs in time for Book Week. In Library lessons, the students have been talking about, reading and looking through the CBCA shortlist of books for 2018. They are excited to find out the winners in Book Week. If you are interested, the list can be found here: https://www.cbca.org.au/short-list-2018

PRC Concludes – The Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes at midnight on 31 August. There is a new website for students to access that should be more user friendly. https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/studentExperience.html#/
I would really love EVERY John Colet student to complete the challenge this year. Please feel free to send the children to me in the library at lunch to help them enter their books. And don’t hesitate to get in touch should you need any help. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amy Slaven
Librarian/ICT Advisor

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17
August
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Macaroni cheese
Tuesday - Vegetable frittata
Wednesday - Roast vegetable pizza
Thursday - Vegetable Pakora
Friday - Bean chili with rice

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

10
August
2018

Sports reports

On Friday the 5th and 6th class Pisa Boys rugby team played Galstaun College and won 14 - 1.  It was a consistent game and the Men of the Match were Bob and Jet.    - Ash

The 3rd and 4th class Pisa Girls played Pittwater House in soccer and we won 2 - 1.  The Players of the Day were Jasmine and Lucia.  Jasmine for excellent goal keeping and Lucia for being striker for our absent player and also for getting the ball down the other end.    - Lily

The 5th and 6th class Pisa soccer Girls had a win 3 - 1 over St Luke's Dee Why.

The Junior Boys had a Bye.

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10
August
2018

Billy karts are go!

Supreme Incursions came to the school to run two 90 minute sessions for 2nd class students on Friday. The focus was ‘Toys’; how toys work, design and materials, how toys have changed and why, as well as many other aspects, such as the forces that make toys work. The students get to be entirely hands on during this incursion, investigating their 'Museum Toys' and playing at four activity stations; construction, imagination, up & about, and skill. The children also got  the opportunity to make a billy cart. There are lots of photos on ouf Facebook page.

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10
August
2018

Deputy Head's Comment

This term we are looking at the value of Courage. The infants’ classes have recently started a new initiative on Fridays where they sit in house groups for lunch, so that they mix with children across different grades. This provides a number of different learning opportunities, but we are currently concentrating on courage. Today the children were challenged to have the courage to try new food and to speak to someone that they do not know.  They made significant efforts in this direction and were very happy to see stars on their house charts as a result of their efforts. It was delightful to watch them rise to the challenge.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

10
August
2018

Head of school's Comment

Our Parents and Friends Association is a volunteer group of mums and dads who give their time to support our school community. They play a vital part in bringing parents and students together at many of our events throughout the year as well as helping to raise funds for special projects, such as the solar panels which were installed last year.
We are sadly losing a few of our key leaders in the P&F at the end of this year. This is a very supportive group where many hands work together and members are not left to carry the burden alone. To allow for a smooth hand over and a continuation of the great work that is being done we are looking for some new volunteers. If you are interested I encourage you to contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or come to our next meeting at 7:30 on the 3rd of September.
One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time - Anon

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

10
August
2018

Fraction flowers!

fraction flower 4 web

This week L1st M has been focusing on the complex concept of Fractions.
We started the week with simple ideas and notions of sharing, and what it meant to be fair when splitting a whole object into parts. The students were extremely quick to realise that in order for sharing to be fair, we had to divide an object into equal parts.
Students thoroughly enjoyed sharing objects (UNIFIX CUBES) with other members in the class, creating whole circles as a class and splitting into two equal semi circles (Space and Geometry Sub-strand), and have worked extremely contentedly and steadily throughout this period.
During our Fraction lessons, fine motor skills have also been refined during cutting and pasting objects to fit in the “Fraction Flower”, along with colouring. In addition, students further developed these skills through the creation of fraction murals. To do so, students have folded, cut, and stuck, squared pieces of paper, which also consolidated their cognitive mathematical development, surrounding fractions.

Harriet Wickett 
Macquarie University (final year Practicum) student 2018

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