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15
September
2017

From the P&F

Once again the Masquerade Party showed how the small but perfectly formed John Colet Community came together to raise money for the solar panels.  We made a sizeable dent in the funds required by raising over $18k, which combined with the Walkathon money gets us to around half way towards the $42k target.  
 
The evening was a fun and social affair with past and present parents and friends of John Colet.  Indu B started the evening off by singing a prayer and John B did a brilliant job as our MC and Auctioneer, keeping us in stitches with his humour.  Mrs Dunn and Mrs Renshaw gave heartfelt speeches of thanks to  Mrs Donald and Mrs McKendrick and their replies were warm and humorous.  The P&F presented them with gift vouchers for afternoon tea at Gunners Barracks.  Of course an evening like this is not possible without the army of helpers who have been working hard behind the scenes for the last few months.  Jenny P, Tony M, Glen M, Lucy B, Verity El, Julie  L, Cherry H, John B, Indu B, Lucas V de S, Fred H, Rachel J, Carty H, Denise C, Claire S, Christine E, Cheryl Lynn F, Annette Gadsby, Julie Allcorn, all our wonderful Class Parents, Julian Wilcock and Alex Coubrough.  I sincerely hope I have not missed anybody out. 
 
In addition on behalf of the school I would also like to thank our sponsors who donated items for us to auction. 
Anne Sergeants Netball, The Attribute Group, Australian Skin Clinics/G Family, B Family, Bauer Media, Belrose Bikes, B Family, Bunnings Warehouse – Belrose, Camp Australia, C Family, ClassikON, Energise Health Club – Belrose, Evolve Tennis Academy – Belrose, Exquisite Car Hire/Whiley Family, Flip Out Brookvale, Flower Power – Terrey Hills, Glenrose Beauty Therapy, Integrated Wellness / G Family, Kinetic Education / S Family, LOLL, Mary Layton, Manly United Football Club, M Family, Michael Zanetti Photography, M Family, Number Works N Words, Omlet, Perform Physiotherapy / S Family, Pittwater Golf Centre, Tooth Sparkler Family Dental / M Family, Verve Photography and the W Family. 

A huge thanks to all those who generously bid on auction items, enabling us to raise such a large sum.

Let’s do it all again in a couple of years!!
 
Umina Camp 8-10 December  - The P&F invite all John Colet families to join us for a relaxed weekend of family fun at the Umina Ocean Beach Holiday park.This is a wonderful gathering, that started off as a few friends getting together the first weekend of the summer holidays and has grown to a much larger event. It is organised by Claire J  so talk to her for more information.
 
Trivia Night Cancelled – this is just a reminder that we will not be holding the Trivia night in November – instead it will be held in Term 1 2018.

Have a wonderful weekend
 
Kind regards
Niki T

Categories: P&F, John Colet

08
September
2017

Head of School's Comment

Next week we have our Primary students leaving for camp. Our 5th and 6th Class will be visiting the goldfields in Bathurst via a stop in the Blue Mountains. 3rd and 4th Class are travelling to Milson Island on the Hawkesbury River. Both these trips are wonderful opportunities for our students to spread their wings, learn some new skills and get to know their teachers, friends and perhaps even themselves a little better.
 
This is always a special trip for 3rd Class as it is often the first time they have been away from Mum or Dad for an extended period. It is as much a practical lesson in resilience as it is an exploration of the various activities they will undertake. It is natural to be nervous without the comfort of knowing your family is nearby, yet personally affirming when they can persevere, trust in themselves and show greater self-sufficiency.
 
We wish our students a productive and enriching trip and their parents some added relaxation time in the knowledge that they are in good hands.   

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

The coming week will be a busy one with the whole Primary School heading for Bathurst or Milson Island, to enjoy three days of adventure with their teachers and classmates.  We ask them to “pack” the School Values in their bags, especially Courage:  we are practising Resilience in the face of difficulties, and there will be many opportunities for this.  We would also like to hear reports of good manners and respect.  And the cherry on the top:  enjoy!
 
Please call in to see the magnificent artwork which has gone up on the wall in the Reception area:   this depicts the genesis and evolution of the great teachers and schools of wisdom throughout the history of humanity.  You will be amazed.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
September
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

THAI EGG & TOFU FRIED RICE
(with crispy noodle salad)
Tues

CHEESE & SALAD WRAPS (with coleslaw side)
Wed

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE
(Infants Only, Primary Camp)
Thurs

AGNOLOTTI with ARRABIATA SAUCE
(Infants Only, Primary Camp)
Fri

TOASTIES & SALAD
(Infants Only, Primary Camp)

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

08
September
2017

Chess win

Congratulations and well done to Eshaan H, Thomas J, Kai C, Ramakrishna B and Leo P who represented John Colet School and came First overall in the Semifinals of the interschool chess tournament at Baulkham Hills North Public School. Kai also came 6th overall. Unfortunately they can not attend the finals as they will be on camp.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

31
August
2017

Head of School's Comment

Having the pleasure of Gladys Berejiklian, the NSW Premier, visit John Colet School this week was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate literature and the Premiers Reading Challenge. She answered questions on her favourite books and the children had an opportunity to mention theirs, including one student in Lower First naming The Merchant of Venice!
 
Our students also asked a range of questions regarding service to the community, her rise to her current role and the leadership skills required. It was well timed with our current focus on resilience as there were great examples of the importance of keeping to your values, listening to others and not giving up in the face of challenges. It’s virtually impossible to hold both positive and negative thoughts at the same time. Therefore, by keeping optimistic and your mind positive you can interpret any difficult event as a challenge to be overcome as opposed to it being an insurmountable problem. As a female leader who governs over seven million people it was especially a strong and practical example for our girls on what is possible.
 
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
August
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

This week we are practising another aspect of Courage – the Courage to face difficulties with resilience – a quality we all need to remember when faced with things we find testing!  One area to encourage the children, especially the young ones, is to try new foods – even just a little taste, before going on with what is tried and enjoyed..

In the Infants lunch we are introducing a little change – firstly we are serving fruit yoghurt which is sweetened and seems to appeal more to the younger palate   Greek-style yoghurt will still be available.  We are also offering the Infants salad each day.  This will be announced daily and served from the hatch for those who would like to try.  This is similar to the system for the Primary.  We have found in the past if these salads are put on the children’s tables, they are generally wasted, with only a few children eating them occasionally.

This now means that the Infants children have each day: 

  • milk or water
  • choice of cut fruit in season (compulsory),
  • wholemeal buttered bread,
  • a hot dish (occasionally salad and cheese rolls)
  • we will be encouraging them to try a small amount of the hot dish
  • cheese to put on bread or the hot food
  • sultanas
  • yoghurt
  • dessert a few times per term
  • Moor bakes a chocolate cake for the class that earns the most points by the end of each term by following Lunchtime Rules such as listening to the bell, eating in silence for 5 minutes when the “silence bell” goes, looking after each other, good posture, not wasting food, tidy tables and clean floors!

The Primary children have a similar menu but have spreads available (vegemite, cheese), which is not practicable for the younger ones.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

31
August
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday: MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP
Tuesday: TOMATO & SPINACH PASTA
Wednesday: HOKKIEN FRIED NOODLES AND RICE SALAD
Thursday: ROAST VEGETABLES with Banofee Pie
Friday: MEXICAN BOATS

Repurpose Your Veggies!
It is time to start repurposing your vegetable skins, roots, leaves and stalks.
Stop throwing away these parts of your food and find fun ways to serve them back to your family whilst saving money, lowering the use of packaged foods and increasing the vitamin intake of your family.
The roots, stems, skins and leaves of many of our vegetables can be turned into many happy snacks and food items such as; broccoli leaves into chips, cauliflower stems into rice, and  watermelon rind into pickles!
Protect the planet whilst feeding your family with thought and nutrient dense foods.
 
Eating is Necessary, Make it Good!
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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

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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

Categories: John Colet

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

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