John Colet
20
March
2020

Debating in-house for now

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This week 6th class had a presenter from Masters Academy introduce the children to the world of debating, particularly the fine art of rebuttal.   There were lots of lively discussions, snap debates and discussions about what can and can't be done. Unfortunately due to COVID - 19, the IPSHA Debating Competition has been postponed until further notice.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

20
March
2020

Making sense of Mass

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Mass was the Maths topic for the week in 2nd Class – the children created a Language of Mass word bank and worked practically using balance scales to discover what Mass can tell us.  In Health, the topic  is ‘Protecting Me‘  - the children have been exploring what to do to keep themselves safe  - going to a trusted adult, knowing parents' mobile number and their address, ringing 000 in an emergency etc. In Science they have looked at the Constellations in relation to their topic Changes on Land and in the Sky. It sparked much enthusiasm.
And in Philosophy we are discussing and reading on Easter. The children doing this as their 'Celebration' topic are very keen to offer their knowledge – lovely to see.

Elizabeth McDermott
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

13
March
2020

Head of School's Comment

We couldn’t have had better weather for our re-scheduled Swimming Carnival this week, nor a better performance from our students. There were some wonderful examples of strong competition as well as individual perseverance throughout the races. The mood was competitive between the House groups, yet there was inter-group support across the field. Once again, the venue was left in a pristine state, which was a credit to our school and community.
 
Upon returning to school it was wonderful to hear of many Eagle Awards being given for students putting into practice our school values. The energy, comradeship and maturity of our students was a credit to all.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

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Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

13
March
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

In 6th class Philosophy lessons we are currently looking at the subject of Unity. Nothing is better than an actual example to show how this works. This week we have seen the effect of unified co-operation and support through out our school community as we work together to navigate our way through an untested situation. In this way we can proceed carefully without panic to ensure that we care for everybody to the very best of our ability and that the children feel safe and confident. A big thank you to our whole school community.

You can read the most recent coronavirus update email from the School here

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

13
March
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 8

Monday – Pasta Bolognaise
Tuesday – Salad rolls  
Wednesday - Risotto cakes  
Thursday - Cheese and tomato puff pastry slice
Friday – Vegetable pakora

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

13
March
2020

6th class artwork ready to enter Art Prize

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In creating our entry into the 2020 Gallipoli Art Prize, our 6th class students looked at 'means of escape'. They particularly focused on the games and objects sent to POWs through Red Cross parcels that could be used for escape purposes.

The sheer focus, imagination and ingenuity in creating ways to escape: hiding information and equipment in packs of playing cards and board games; making compasses from pen lids, and using lemon yellow jelly for printing; is a fascinating concept to study.

The students created their own messages in Morse Code and designed their own cards based on the Bicycle Escape Map deck of cards created in WW2. They also designed keys with hidden messages inspired by the men who made keys for escape purposes.

They also watched the 1972 BBC Documentary  ‘Escape from COLDITZ, Prisoner of War’  

Pictured above is our Art leadership team (Ava was absent) and Mrs Allcorn with the combined 6th class artwork for this year's Gallipoli Art Prize.  Each year 6th class enters a piece that all the class has worked on together.  We have been hung as finalists every year, so far. We remain the only school to take part in this prestigious art competition and we are very proud to be part of it each year.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

11
March
2020

Big steps in Lower 1st

In Lower 1st, we are encouraging the children to come into the classrooms on their own at the start of the school day. We are encouraging them to be independent by hanging up and unpacking their own bags and coming into the classroom or walking to the playground.

The letters we looked at this week were Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx and Yy. 

In Science we constructed 4 different types of clouds (cirrus, stratus, cumulus and cumlonimbus) using cotton wool.  Our buddies helped us with this activity.  in Maths we looked at different words for subtraction: take and away and minus.  In History we talked abouty Aboriginal dreamtime stories and how we pass stories from one generation to another generation.  We looked at the dreamtime story of Tiddalick the frog.

Another great week of learning in Lower 1st!

 

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

06
March
2020

Head of School's Comment

As we continue to explore our value of Respect this term, we are looking at how we can show respect for the many different beliefs that people hold, both within and outside our school. As a multi-faith school, we look to the common threads from many teachers such as Christ, Plato, Muhammad, Sri Shantananda Saraswati, Buddha, Kabir, Confucius and many more.
 
A good practical example is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated, often called the Golden Rule. It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity and empathy in most religions around the world. It is particularly a good thought to keep in mind as we look to ensure all are cared for and supported in our community

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

06
March
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

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I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of our Leadership Team this year. At the beginning of the year the House Captains decided what kind of fund-raising themes we would have for Market Days this year. Two weeks ago, we had visit from a student from Loretto Normanhurst who spoke to the school about her charity “Fetch it for a Farmer”.

This was all researched and arranged by our Cook House Captain Lucia C and the children thoroughly enjoyed our crazy headwear theme. The House Captains also created activities to introduce our Lower 1st children to their chosen Houses, and the Art Monitors also planned a lovely buddy session. On Tuesday the House Captains met with their respective Houses to prepare for the forthcoming Swimming Carnival (to be held next week weather withstanding). Throughout the 6th class cohort (pictured above) there is a great emphasis on taking up responsibility and setting a good example. They are doing an outstanding job. 

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

06
March
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 7

Monday – Tomato and basil penne pasta  
Tuesday – Curry Puffs   
Wednesday - Salad rolls
Thursday - Tomato Soup
Friday – Corn and brie cakes   

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

06
March
2020

Some things we did this week in Lower 1st

In Lower 1st (Kindergarten) this week we learnt about the sounds and shapes of the letters Pp, Qq, Rr, Ss and Tt.  In writing, we wrote about our weekend, using our sight words.  In maths we did addition of numbers 1 - 10.  In science we are learning about clouds.  History lessons have been discussions about how families differ.  In comprehension we have been considering different directions.  And at buddy time, which is our favourite part of the week, the 6th Class Art Monitors planned a lovely lesson for us to do with our 6th class buddies. 

Simone Cipollone
Teacher

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

06
March
2020

Making maths interesting

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Last week Second Class began to explore measuring length using formal units of measure, centimetres and metres. They began by comparing lengths then finding objects to measure. 

This week they have been creating 'arrays' using counters to develop a deeper understanding of multiplication.
They then went on a 'Gallery Walk' to view and record each other's arrays. Finally they related these arrays to their timetables facts.

In the classroom we have exlored the structure and language of writing a report, planning headings for a report; writing simple  and complex sentences and incorporating formal units of measurement into reports.

Show and Tell continues to showcase the chidren's holidays.  They have been creating short presentations using props, posters, photos, holiday journals and PowerPoints. 

Lea-Ann Connell, Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

27
February
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

This week I have had the pleasure of giving out a number of Eagle Awards. These are given to children to acknowledge the demonstration of the School Values. Any teacher or member of staff can nominate a child for an award. It does not have to be the class teacher. One of the delights of giving out the awards is that children are often unaware that they have been nominated and show great delight and surprise when something they have done without seeking acknowledgment has been noticed by another. It is one way of making the Values practical and a central part of school life.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

27
February
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend our Gathering on the Garigal on Friday evening. Apart from a few drops of rain, the night was lovely and a great opportunity for all to chat and make connections. The next social event is the P&F Trivia Night, on 4th April. I encourage you to organise a table soon, as it is sure to sell out.
 
Our interdependence within our community is what binds our school and makes it such a success. The following reading, which was given at assembly regarding our value of Respect this week, exemplifies this:
 
We say a person is a person through other persons. We don’t come fully formed into the world. We learn how to think, how to walk, how to speak, how to behave, indeed how to be human, from other human beings. We need other human beings in order to be human. We are made for togetherness, we are made for family, for fellowship, to exist in a tender network of interdependence.
-Desmond Tutu on Ubuntu – No Future Without Forgiveness.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

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Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

27
February
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 6

Monday – Cheese and spinach triangles
Tuesday – Macaroni pie
Wednesday - Salad rolls
Thursday - Nachos
Friday – Lentil and chickpea curry

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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