John Colet
08
March
2019

5th class explore Bobbin Head

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Last Thursday, 5th Class went to Bobbin Head and learnt about the history that shaped the National Park. First we used a compass to orienteer the direction of North on a map of the park. Next we used the iPads to take some pictures of the landscape. After that we went on a bushwalk past mangrove trees, where we saw numerous species of crabs. On the top of the escarpment, our Guide told us about the Indigenous people who had once inhabited the land. We saw a rock carving in the shape of a man. The man symbolises a warning of STOP to all people who enter the land.  Then we continued walking into a small rainforest where we had lunch in a relaxing, cold area. On the way back we learnt about how Park Rangers put down bait to stop foxes eating the Southern Bandicoots which are endangered. It was a wonderful trip and we would like to go there again.

By Ella and Felicity

Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths, John Colet

27
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

ur work on Respect, particularly on how our actions can benefit all and are a good example to all, is currently being explored. It is a particularly good time to study this area as we have many new students at play during our breaks, our school sport competitions have begun and we also have our swimming carnival next week. We are addressing what it means to be ‘a good sport’ and how positive encouragement, being humble and giving thanks, adds to the experience of competition. 
We look for action as a practical application of the development of our Values. Our sport teachers are aware of this focus and have been highlighting this within their programs. Likewise our staff, throughout the school, are on the lookout for evidence to celebrate both inside the classroom and at break times. I hope that if you attend our swimming carnival next week, you too will see this in action. Great comradery and pride within the Houses combined with support for other swimmers, whether they come first or just do their best.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

27
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu next week

Monday - cream of tomato and red pepper soup.
Tuesday - roast vegetable quiche
Wednesday - sweetcorn pancakes
Thursday - salad rolls
Friday - vegetable couscous

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

27
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Every day the children say a prayer before they eat their lunch. Early this week, there was a rather enthusiastic discussion with Infants children about what this prayer means. We discussed the fact that we receive food that is given by grace; we do not have to work to get the rain, the sun or the soil in which it grows. It is prepared for us and placed on the table. The prayer promises that the energy that comes from the food will be used in the service of others. Most of all the prayer is an expression of gratitude for what is received.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

27
February
2019

Learning about the Moon

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2B has researched the phases of the moon on iPads and recorded their facts. We are working on the using Digital Technology to discover as another form of learning.  It's great preparation for their visit to the Sydney Observatory next week.  The children loved it!

Justine Brine
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths, John Colet

22
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

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L - R Julian Wilcock, Diane Renshaw, Annette Gadsby, Sarah Wulff (Board) Phil Garrett, Elizabeth Vincent (Board) Demetrius Condos (Templum Design Architects) and Tony Moran (project champion).  Art Prefect Annica P and Art Monitor Sophie R represented students in today's session.

 

Today, we had the pleasure of holding our first meeting regarding the John Colet School Sculpture Project with our visiting sculptor, Mr Philip Garrett. Mr Garrett will be in Australia for approximately three months, predominately working out of a studio in Terrey Hills, while visiting our school from time to time.
 
Present at the meeting were representatives from the School Board, Executive, students, staff and our architect. It was a stimulating discussion as we looked to pay tribute to the man, the tradition that he represents, as well as the culture and ethos of our school.
 
No definitive design has yet been established, however, background research has begun in earnest. All students will be helping with the initial creative process next week by creating images that symbolise our School Values.
We will keep you updated on the progress of this exciting project as it develops over the coming months.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

22
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

During the week we have been preparing for the older children to take up Meditation. It is very encouraging to see the increasing number of children who feel drawn to take up this practice and the way in which it has evolved within the School. Every year it is noticeable how much easier the children find it to become still and focused and how they can very clearly articulate the benefits of the practice. The foundation for this is based in the practice of pausing. This week in a discussion with Lower 1st class they were able to give many different expressions of how the pause made them feel: peaceful, still, ready, awake, rested, a break between one thing and the next.  They were in no doubt about its value.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

22
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- vegetable risotto
Tuesday- puff pastry slice
Wednesday- vegetable stir-fry  
Thursday- toasted sandwiches
Friday- macaroni cheese

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
February
2019

Art and Space

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In Art, 2C have been looking at the art of spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró, and incorporated his style into their Space themed artworks of rockets, astronauts and planets. 

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

22
February
2019

Learning about patterns in Maths

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This week in Maths U1st M explored patterns. We found them everywhere and had great fun making and drawing our 2, 3, and 4 repeating patterns in lessons. Here's Sadie, Harriet and Jasmine making their pattern.

Mrs McDermott
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

15
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

Last year we took some time to review our Assembly Book that we use on Monday mornings during our whole school assembly. The entire book was reviewed, paying special attention to the Readings. A Reading is chosen each week to be recited by our Head Boy and Girl, which we then go on to discuss with our students. The Readings have been expanded to include a greater breadth of texts and separated under the headings of our School Values; Respect, Truthfulness, Courage, Service and Stillness.
We are currently looking at Respect with our students and as an example, our Reading for this week was the following:
 
Tibetan Buddhist Prayer – The Four Immeasurable Attitudes
May all beings have happiness and its causes; (Love)
May all beings be freed from suffering and its causes; (Compassion)
May all beings constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow; (Joy)
May all beings dwell in equal love for those both close and distant. (Equanimity)

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week 2nd Class are looking at our school motto Testare De Illa Luce “Bear Witness of that Light”. This is an important concept for the children to understand, it speaks of showing what is true. The children responded with a deep innate knowledge that Truth resides in the heart of every human being and that it can be accessed in Stillness. When asked to go to their hearts there was no confusion, when asked how big their hearts were the reply was instant; enormous. This is a valuable seed to plant early in the education of a child.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Tortellini in tomato and basil sauce
Tuesday - salad wraps with   
Wednesday - cream of pumpkin
Thursday - Thai style vegetable curry with rice pilaf
Friday - Mediterranean vegetable couscous

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

15
February
2019

Busy before school Fridays

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Friday mornings are yoga and stretch class mornings.   All ages are welcome. All mats and props provided.  The class size is limited to 12 children.
Friday morning is also Ensemble rehearsal morning.  Today was the group's first rehearsal for the year.  They will be performing a couple of times each term at concerts and school events.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

15
February
2019

Taking turns in a circle

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During our weekly Circle Time we discuss the week's highlights, consisting of new learning, challenges and fun. This week, some children enjoyed exploring the cover of our new text 'Are We There Yet' by Alison Lester, some found spelling and times tables a challenge and we all enjoyed creating self-portraits for our door display and making big numbers with blocks.

Lea-Ann Connell
Upper 1st C Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

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