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29
June
2017

The science behind seeing

On Monday 6th Class had an Incursion from Fizzics Education on Light and Colour. We were dazzled with glasses which split white light and found out what it would be like to see the world through the eyes of a bug! This unit supported our Science unit and gave us an opportunity to practically explore shadows, prisms and lenses. The children had a lot of fun and there was a chance to ask lots of great enquiring questions. - Mrs Tomicki

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Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

29
June
2017

Robotics fun

4th classes had a robotics incursion with Fizzics Education this week.  They programed Lego robots to do various tasks such as drive around bodies lying on the ground and following paths on the carpet. 

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Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

29
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

What a splendid way to end the Term and what a great success the Infants’ Shakespeare Festival was.  The culmination of an enormous amount of work.  Not only were the children bright and confidant, but they thoroughly enjoyed it!  And the teachers of course enjoyed it when it was successfully over.

This final week also saw the farewell of Mrs.  Alice Dawson, who leaves us to have a second child.  She has been at John Colet for  seven years, has done wonderful work with her classes and will be much missed.

Mrs. Tefay is doing well, and is now in Rehabilitation.  She sends her regards and thanks for the flowers and warm wishes she has received.  A most magnificent composite  “Get Well” Card from the Lower First children was delivered to her, and received with moist eyes!
 
Best wishes from us for a safe and relaxing holiday.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

23
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

Next week we will be holding our annual Infants Shakespeare Festival. These performances are a highlight within our calendar and are truly remarkable, particularly considering the age of our Lower First, that some of our students are learning English as a second language and also that some of our children are quite reserved. During rehearsals it has been wonderful to witness their confidence and passion.

The performances next week are a true example of the use of high levels of concentration, attention and focus. The plays encourage the commitment to the wider cast, empathy for the characters and a deeper appreciation of history and language. An education involving a strong Arts component promotes self-knowledge and empowers children to look beyond their comfort zone. These are powerful experiences that will be with them for many years to come.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

23
June
2017

Why learn latin?

Upper First children are to be offered a “before school” Latin Class in Term 3 (8.05-8.45)

Why?   Here are some of the benefits of learning classical languages:
  • Learning any language at an early age is beneficial for developing neural pathways
  • Latin has a comprehensive grammar and helps with the understanding of language structure as does Sanskrit
  • Although deemed a “dead language” it provides a great etymological insight into our own language, as does Ancient Greek
  • It helps with English Grammar and Spelling
  • Exploration of the culture and mindset of the Romans is interesting and enlightening
  • Our course, the Oxford University Course designed especially for young  children, includes much Greek and Roman mythology – these are beneficial as they are, like most folk tales and myths, “cautionary tales”, some with deep philosophical implications – the “hero tales”
LATIN IS ALSO OFFERED TO CHILDREN IN 2ND TO 6TH CLASS.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

23
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

A week full of successes!
The teachers have been very busy with Parent/Teacher Interviews, and  these having been proceeding well.  Shakespeare is steaming ahead, and all are looking forward to next week’s performances.

We have great success at both Debating – we won! – and Chess – we came 2nd in the Tournament and now move forward to the finals.  Well done to those children and teachers.

Upper First had a very enjoyable excursion to Narrabeen to study the seashore.

Thursday evening saw a delightful and successful Music Recital, both of the Ensemble, the Singers and the individual Instrumentalists.  Performing “in public” isn’t easy for some, and we commend the children for their courage.  Thanks also to Rosy Davidson and Jodie Law for organising this event.

Sixth Class started on an adventure:  they are learning the traditional dance the Maypole, and hope to perform it at the special event organised by the School of Practical Philosophy to celebrate its 50th Anniversary – A Gala Garden Party in October this year.  This will be held in the gardens of the SoPP’s heritage property, Mahratta, in Wahroonga.  We hope also to have a performance of the maypole at John Colet.  More anon.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

23
June
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

MONDAY: SAUCY PASTA
TUESDAY: FRIED RICE
WEDNESDAY: GNOCCHI
THURSDAY: CHEESE, TOMATO & LETTUCE ROLLS
FRIDAY: HOT DOGS     

During the holiday, remember to attempt a new food or two. It is always good practice to channel your child’s inner foodie.
Another idea is to involve them in the kitchen on a new meal choice to increase their desire to eat what they have created.
If you have a fussy eater, stay strong – child dieticians recommend that if you can get a fussy eater to eat ONLY 5 new foods each year, you are in front!
Have a great winter break and stay safe and warm.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

21
June
2017

It's going to be a ball!

Editor's Note:  Since this article was posted, the date of the Masquerade Gala Dinner has been changed to Saturday 9th September. The venue is Checkers Conference Centre on Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills. 

 

Can you help us with the next big JC P&F event -  the Masquerade Ball Gala Dinner on Friday 8th September?  At this stage we are looking for volunteers to help form small groups / committees to look after the various aspects of the evening.  Here is a list of helpers required.

  1. Silent Auction Manager/s:  This person(s) will co-ordinate the collection of the silent auction items.  This person(s) will also be responsible for the setup of these items at the venue on the day.
  2. Live Auction Manager/s: This person(s) will co-ordinate the live Auction of the large items that may be worth a significant amount.  This person/s will also take down the names of the winning bids and their owners.
  3. Graphic Designer / Artist?: This person will design the invites and all other artwork associated with the event as well as working closely with the Live Auction Manager to arrange the layout and printing of the catalogue and any special signage we may require.
  4. Money Collection: This person will be responsible for collecting money on the night and using the eftpos machine when required. 
  5. Table Decorations/Theming:  This person/s will help to create and co-ordinate the table centres for each of the tables.
  6. Children’s Artwork: Co-ordination of the Children’s artwork to be auctioned on the night. 
  7. Raffle ticket sellers/lucky dip: This bubbly person/s will co-ordinate the raffle and the lucky dip on arrival.
  8. Live Auction: Auctioneer.  This person will be responsible for hosting the bidding for the live auction.  (Do we have an auctioneer amongst our midst?).

 If you are able to do any of these roles or you would like to form a group to help co-ordinate these activities, please let your class parent know.

Best wishes,
JCS P&F

Categories: P&F, John Colet

16
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

Our practice of Mindfulness and of pausing throughout the day allows the children to focus, become still and centre themselves within the present. They practice letting go of thoughts and emotions tied up with the past while also releasing considerations or judgements of the future. It is a central part of our school.
Apart from our regular pausing between subjects we also allow for a whole school pause at 10:55 each day. One of our Infants teachers asked her class this week what the group pause meant to them. One child thought about how all the adults were serving the children at this time, some thought about all the children who had been at our school in the past. They also discussed that just being still and quiet was an option too. Asking your child when they find pausing useful is a good opportunity to look at how it can be of benefit outside school too.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

16
June
2017

Taking part in art

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These boats that 2nd class made will be part of an installation at Mosman Art Gallery that local children and adults have contributed to.
The exhibition called THE BOAT; Project Another Country is the work of husband and wife team Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan who originated from the Philippines.
They are internationally known for creating works that embrace the themes of home and family while drawing on their personal experiences of migrating to Australia from the Philippines.
The children's boats will be part of a large installation which opens at the gallery on 1 July and goes until about 10th September.

Penny Walton
Art Teacher

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

16
June
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE SALAD ROLLS

Tues

CHEESY RICE

Wed

SAUSAGE ROLLS

Thurs

BAKED SHEPHERD’S PIE

Fri

PASTA FLORENTINE

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

09
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

Media and the news have changed considerably since I was a child. It used to be the newspapers and 4 channels on the television. There was just one TV in our house, which actually ended up being one channel (the ABC, my parent’s favourite) as you had to physically get up and change the station! As we continue to look at Truthfulness this Term and particularly gossip at the moment, it may be a good opportunity to discuss with your children where they get their facts from and how they know they are indeed facts. This can lead to some very enlightening discussions!
 
Everyone likes sharing stories and news with their friends, however it can become personal and also evolve through miss-communication to snowball out of proportion. At school we continue to encourage the children to pause and think; Is it true? Is it beneficial to all?
 
The problem with facts found on the internet is that they are often untrue – Abraham Lincoln
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

09
June
2017

Eggs away

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4th class students recently had to design a vehicle to carry an egg safely from the verandah to the ground. They had to think about the materials they could use to protect their egg and choose a material, considering also its size and shape, that would provide maximum air resistance thereby helping the egg to travel safely to the ground.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

09
June
2017

Kaboom

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Second classes were inspired by the world of percussion when Kaboom came to their incursion with week. 
With a wide range of traditional and found percussion instruments, along with juggling, magic and comedy, the incursion demonstrated how easy it is for students to make and play percussion instruments.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

09
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Reports have been posted and should be received in time for Parent Teacher Interviews.

During  Assembly  each week, children recite the School Motto, “Testare de Illa Luce” which means “To bear Witness of that Light”. 
This is taken from the Christian Scriptures, St. John’s Gospel Chapter 1, and refers to the coming of one of the world’s great teachers – Jesus Christ, whose precepts and teachings have enlightened millions over the last two millennia.

St. John refers to Jesus as being “the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”.  This is a reference to the pure consciousness that is “the light of every man”, the underpinning perfection in each of us.  Bearing witness of this light means  letting that light shine through our actions as they reflect in the school values of Stillness, Respect, Courage, Service and Respect
St. Matthew (5:16) says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works ..”
Each of the four gospel–writers has a symbol (Eagle, lion,  man and bull).  The Crest shows the symbol of St. John which is an eagle – here ascending with the rays of light of the sun shining  behind it.
Enjoy a safe and happy long weekend.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

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