John Colet
08
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

I had the pleasure this week of dining with our Head Boy, Head Girl, Head Chorister and Art Prefect. As we were eating and discussing all manner of things, I was struck by the students' confidence, demeanour and overall positive outlook. We are focussing on the value of self-respect at the start of Term 1 and we should be rightly proud of our new leadership team and the example they set for our younger children. Our students are held in such high regard by many high schools throughout Sydney, not just for their academics, but more importantly for their character and the dignity in which they hold themselves. I am looking forward to having lunch with all our wonderful 6th Class students throughout the year!
 
“If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself.  Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.”  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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08
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

It is wonderful to see our Lower 1st Class settling into the John Colet routine. Our new school community initiative “Gathering on the Garigal” to be held on Friday the 15th of February will provide an opportunity for parents to meet the larger community of the school. The “Gathering” has been timed to coincide with the conclusion of class meetings so that parents are able to stop by and socialise even for a short time. We hope that all parents,  including those parents with children in more senior years will take up this invitation to mingle, enjoy the Jazz Band and support this new initiative to help  build a strong sense of community which is so beneficial in the education of our children.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
February
2019

Sports reports

The 3rd and 4th class Pisa boys played T Ball against Oxford Falls and we won 24 - 8. Everyone cheered on each other and was positive on the field.  The Players of the Match were the whole team for playing their best and for good sportsmanship with the other team.

The Senior Girls Softball team played a close match with Oxford Falls.  We lost 9 - 6.  The Girls of the Game were Cassie because she did a really great job in catcher, she caught a goal and got a bat thrown at her and kept going.  The other Girl of the Game was Mo for her excellent pitching.  Altogether it was a good first match.  Lexi and Marta
 

The Senior Boys had a bye.

The Junior Girls had a 22 - 21 win in T Ball against Pittwater House. 

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08
February
2019

Premier's Reading Challenge

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Last year, all John Colet students were enrolled to participate in the PRC. For some of our students, it was their first year. Although for many of our students, they were busy earning their 4th, 5th, 6th and even 7th certificate!

Gold Awards (for completing 4yrs) were presented to these eager students in assembly this week. Congratulations Duke C, Jasmine E, Aditya G, Ceanne G, Sierra H, Rainer K-J, Vedanshi M, Scarlett N, Finlay S, Evolette T and Allanah W.

Saurav H and Eshan H (Year 6 2018) also received Gold Certificates.
And 1 Platinum Certificate (for completing 7yrs!) was mailed to 2018 6th Class student, Jamie H. Well Done Jamie!

 

 

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08
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Vegetarian pizza  
Tuesday- Filo pastry bites  
Wednesday- fried rice  
Thursday- roasted potatoes with sour cream and guacamole
Friday- vegetarian ravioli

Glen Galloway
Chef

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05
February
2019

Shakespeare Club 2019 auditions this week

We had a very successful Shakespeare club last year and Miss Emanuel is looking forward to doing it all again in 2019!
Auditions for Shakespeare Club 2019 will be held in the Music Room on Wednesday 6th February in 2 sessions – 7:15am-8:15am OR 1pm-1:30pm.  For Year 5 and Year 6 students only.
If your child would like to audition, please email your expression of interest to Miss Emanuel on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.
Children should prepare a short monologue (no longer than 1 minute) to be performed without a script to the best of their ability.
Miss Emanuel will be looking for the following criteria:
  • Strong, clear voices
  • Lines learnt off by heart
  • A good expressive connection with the text
  • A committed and dedicated attitude
  • Positive code of conduct
The aim of the club is to perform at various events including; Northern Beaches Eisteddfod as well as any other opportunities that are presented to us. Students must be available on a Saturday and/or Sunday for these performances. The information regarding the performances will be provided closer to the event with plenty of notice.
WHEN:
The Club will run from Week 3, Term 1 on Wednesday mornings from 7:15am-8:15am in the Music Room. The Shakespeare club will then finish in approximately  Week 3 or 4 of Term 3 as all the performances will have taken place (exact dates will be given out once we have a definite date for our performances).
COST:
The cost of the club is $45 per student

Zoe Emanual
Shakespeare Festival Director

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05
February
2019

Head of school's Comment

It has been wonderful welcoming our students to school last week and catching up with them about their many adventures in the holidays. Our new students, including those in Lower 1st have settled in so quickly that it seems we have been together for a great deal longer. That being said, we do spend time in these first few weeks going over routines, expectations and explanations of some of our unique features, such as our practice of pausing during the day. New parents joining our school may also have questions at the start of the year and I encourage you to let your child’s class teacher know or pop by the office. We are here to help!
The Core Values of our school are Stillness, Truthfulness, Courage, Service and Respect. With our students and staff, we work through these values in all that we do throughout the year. However, we do select a Value to concentrate on each term, along with an aspect of that Value. This term we will be exploring Respect, and in particular over the first few weeks Self Respect.
I do hope you can make it to our new welcome event for all parents this year, the Gathering on the Garigal. This is on the 15th of February directly after the class parent information sessions. Adults only I’m afraid as we will have grown up drinks, food and a jazz band!


Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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05
February
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - vegetable curry with rice pilaf
Tuesday - creamy vegetable pasta bake
Wednesday - lentil and tomato soup  
Thursday - salad rolls  
Friday - vegetarian meatballs

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

05
February
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

After so much preparation during Teacher's Week, it was a great delight to receive the children back to School last week. The ease and the steadiness with which the week proceeded have been striking. Our new 3rd class children have moved into Primary with a sense of maturity and responsibility and are settling into their new classes well. I enjoyed two enriching conversations with our 6th class children about the way in which they can serve the School. It is worth commenting on their ability to become very still particularly in Meditation. This ability to become still lends them a great strength. It was also wonderful to meet our new Lower 1st children and to see how they are already being supported by the steady environment in the School.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

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25
January
2019

Head of school's Comment

Whether you have been enjoying the wonderful Sydney summer or roaming near and far, we hope you have had an enjoyable and rewarding family time together during the break! However, it is time to reset the body clocks and dust off the school bags as we look forward to welcoming you all back to John Colet School next week.
 
Our staff have all been busy in preparation for a great year ahead. The grounds have spruced up with some landscaping and the buildings have had a paint. Our teachers have engaged in some wonderful professional development on differentiated learning, our new school software system and our approach to the Philosophy and Values that our school holds so important. I am continually in awe of their commitment and passion towards education.
 
The strength of our school is centred on a community approach to learning and I do encourage you to become involved as much as possible.
 
I wish you and your family all the very best for 2019.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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25
January
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Welcome to a new year. We are looking forward to receiving all our current students back after the long break and in particular to introducing all our new students and our 2019 Lower 1st to the John Colet Community. Our new Leadership Team will be on board to meet children and parents and to help in any way that they can to make everyone feel welcome.
Lower 1st will have their first full day at School on Friday after two days of individual assessments and a half day on Thursday.
All the teachers have spent four days working together to make sure that all our students have a warm, smooth and inspiring entry to the new academic year.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

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25
January
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Closed Australia day public holiday
Tuesday- Penne pasta with tomato and basil cream
Wednesday- crumbed vegetable bites
Thursday- spinach and ricotta puff pastry slice
Friday- Mexican bean Quesadilla with sour cream and Guacamole

Please let me or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.in the office know if you are interested in joining our lunch team.  This is a paid role and a great way to get to know staff and children at school.

Glen Galloway
Chef

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30
November
2018

Head of school's Comment

This is my final whole school message for 2018 and I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all of our students, parents and staff for a very successful year.
 
We had a lovely example of Service by our 5th Class students this week in their speeches to our graduating 6th Class. It was a wonderful acknowledgement of the impact they have had on our school over their many years at John Colet. There is no better practical example of the Values that we are founded on than these young men and women who will leave us to go on to inspire their new schools and communities.  We look forward to hearing of their continued success.
 
I wish you and your family an enjoyable, safe and rewarding time together over the holidays and a fulfilling 2018.
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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30
November
2018

Headmaster's Awards

The following students have been awarded for their Outstanding Achievement in the International Sanskrit Exam
Isabella G 6M
Olivia B 6D
Saurav H 6D
Alexander C 6M
Eshaan H 6M

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30
November
2018

Picnic Day

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Our annual Picnic Day at Clifton Gardens was a lovely day of fun in the sun.  There are more photos on our Facebook page.

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