John Colet
03
August
2018

Head of School's Comment

Our Teacher’s Day held on Monday this week was a very special occasion. At John Colet School, we look to pay respect to the great teachings as well as how they are practically realised in our daily lives. At our assembly the children acknowledged the many teachers through history who have contributed to our spiritual foundation. As a multi faith school we look to the common threads from many teachers such as Christ, Plato, Mohammed, Sri Shantananda Saraswati, Buddha, Kabir, Confucius and many more. A good example of the breadth throughout history can be seen on the cover of the 2017 Yearbook.
 
At our assembly a selection of students gave practical examples of the important teachers they have had. These examples included world leaders, parents, school teachers, students and friends who have given lessons in service and resilience….and even why you should not stick your finger in a blender. It is this openness to understanding and learning of how we can be the best that we can be that we look to inspire.  
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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03
August
2018

From our Deputy Head

Today I had the chance to observe one of our debating teams in action against Abbotsleigh. Though the children did not win, the outcome was very close. I was struck by a few things. Firstly the clarity and confidence with which our children spoke. Secondly by the respectful way they interacted with each other and thirdly by their level of presence and attention. Being able to speak in front of an audience is a great skill and our curriculum provides this opportunity from Lower 1st. This week I had the great joy of commencing poetry recitation with the Infants children in preparation for their concert at the end of this term.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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03
August
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday - Italian minestrone
Tuesday - Roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes with sour cream and guacamole
Wednesday - Salad wraps
Thursday - Mixed vegetable risotto
Friday - Savoury cheese muffins

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03
August
2018

Sports Reports

Today the Senior PISA girls played soccer against Oxford Falls and lost 7 - 2.  The Girls of the Game were Sasha and Issie for always being there to take the ball up, Katia for scoring both our goals and Mo for really stepping up as goalie.  In short, every girl played well and had lots of fun.- Olivia 

The 3rd and 4th class Girls' Soccer team played St Luke's Bayview and we won 6 - 1.  The Player of the Day was Susannah for her excellent goals.  Susannah scored 4 of our goals and that is why she is Player of the Day. - Lily

The 3rd and 4th class Boys played Rugby against St Luke's Bayview and lost 4 - 3 in a close game.
The Senior Boys had a bye.

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27
July
2018

Head of School's Comment

Yesterday the school received three picnic tables which have been donated from our current 6th Class as their gift to the school and future students. The money was raised by them during our Open Day and has also been supplemented by our P&F. These picnic tables will allow for a quiet space for students at break times as well as an outdoor learning space for class activities.
This Term the Value that we are focussing on is Courage and specifically in the first few weeks, how we can have the courage to be truthful to ourselves. Our own inner honesty, through self-reflection must be the first port of call before we look at how we behave with others. It requires consistent practise.

As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility. -Nelson Mandela
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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27
July
2018

From our Deputy Head

Next Monday we will be celebrating Teacher’s Day. The idea behind this day is to pay tribute to the great spiritual teachers whose words have guided and continue to guide the development of the values of our School. We also pay respects to the many teachers in our lives that have provided wisdom and fine example. The children have been writing about such teachers and will be presenting their work at our special Assembly on Monday. This is a special event on the school calendar. Parents are invited to attend.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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27
July
2018

One month to go...

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has only a month left…! Due for completion on August 31 (The week after book week), the PRC aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
 
Last week, some of the students brought home reading logs to fill in to encourage them to complete the challenge and log their books online. https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html
 
This is the first year ALL John Colet Students have been enrolled in the challenge and we would really love to see EVERY student receive a certificate for their reading this year!

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27
July
2018

Science Week - we are on it

In the lead up to Science week, we were lucky enough to begin the term with a visit from Taronga Zoo Keeper, Mrs Farley MacDonald.
Mrs MacDonald is currently working on the enormous campaign to eradicate single-use plastics. A major part of her campaign focusses on plastic straws. (One of the ‘Big 4’ single use plastics currently in circulation) https://taronga.org.au/act-for-the-wild/blog/the-%E2%80%98big-4%E2%80%99-plastics-what-they-are-and-why-they-matter
The children were encouraged to say ‘No Thanks’ when offered a straw in their drinks or to take a re-usable straw made of stainless steel when out and about.

They were also shown keep-cups for hot chocolates or coffees for mum and dad, as well as beeswax wraps for food wrapping and re-usable drink bottles. Both the staff and students gained great insight into the need for change and were asked to tell just 5 people what they learnt about single use plastics today.

Science Week Action!
Our art department staff have an amazing project planned for our students. In order to assist in the movement away from single use plastic bags, the students will be making a re-usable fabric bag to carry their plates and cups to and from school in. These bags will be made using an old t-shirt during their Art and Science lessons at school.
 

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27
July
2018

ICAS science great results

ICAS Science

Well done to all students who took part in the recent ICAS Science test.  Forty five John Colet students took part.  High Distinctions were awarded to Alexander B (3I) and Andre K (3B).  Distinctions were awarded to Finlay S (3B), Louis S-G (3B), Vanessa C (3I), James W (3I), Samuel J (4T) Charlie L (4N), Marlon L (5S) Ayush O (5S) Ariel S (5S) and Sana S (6M).

ICAS Science assesses students' skills in the key scientific areas of: Observing and measuring - Noting and measuring features of items and phenomena. Interpreting data - Interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs. Applying data - Including inferring, predicting and concluding.

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27
July
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Tortellini with tomato and basil cream sauce

Tuesday - Vegetable and bean quesadillas

Wednesday - Garlic cheesy pizza bread

Thursday - Lentil soup

Friday - Sweet corn pancakes.

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23
July
2018

Head of School's Comment

We are looking forward to welcoming back all our families for Term 3 and trust you have had a rewarding and enjoyable break together. 
 
We will begin this Term focussing on our core Value of Courage as it is expressed within our Vision Mission and Values:
Display self-control, inner strength and right action.
  • Are my words and actions truthful?
  • Can I forgive others?
  • Do I meet challenges with resilience?
  • Do I step up to protect those in need?

 
Initially we are linking this study with the Value of Truthfulness, which we have been exploring in Term 2. As always, we look to ensure the practical application of our Values throughout the school community.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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23
July
2018

From our Deputy Head

A warm welcome back to parents and students. This term promises to be very full, particularly for Primary students who will be preparing for the Shakespeare Festival. We will have Book Week and Science Week as well as our camps for Primary classes; 3rd and 4th class will go to Milson Island, and 5th and 6th class will be going to Canberra. Towards the end of the term we will have our Annual Sports Carnival. I hope that the long break has given everyone the opportunity to recharge themselves so that they are ready to meet the challenges of the coming term.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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23
July
2018

Recycling and re-using school furniture

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These are some of the 74 desks and 30 infants chairs that have been donated as part of a consignment to Tonga, to rebuild a school recently destroyed by a hurricane.  We don't need them anymore because we have upgraded to more easily height adjustable desks.

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23
July
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday - Teacher only day
Tuesday -  Roast vegetable pizza
Wednesday - Vegetable fried rice
Thursday - Cream of broccoli and cauliflower soup
Friday -  Bean nachos with sour cream and guacamole

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Chef Glen and sous chef Sabine with their much more powerful cook top that was installed over the holidays.  They cook 300 meals a day + in this kitchen!

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29
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

Congratulations to all those involved with our Shakespeare Festival this week. We are fortunate to have such a supportive community behind the scenes assisting our teachers and students. A special thank you to our P&F for fund raising for the new stage lights for our hall and particularly to Mr Miller for organising and giving his time to make this a reality. It certainly added to the atmosphere.
We hope you have an enjoyable break with your family and look forward to welcoming you back on the 24th of July.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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