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01
May
2018

Head of School's Comment

Welcome back to John Colet School for Term 2. We hope you have had an exciting and rewarding holiday with your children.
Over the break our teachers have had some excellent training on planning for different student needs. The school grounds have had a general sprucing up, including the creation of a new garden club area and the library has had new furniture fitted.
This Term is full of activity, including Chess Competitions, 6th Class Debating, Sanskrit Recitation Finals, our school Open Day and Upper First and 2nd Class Shakespeare performances.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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01
May
2018

On our vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Menu John Colet School

Tuesday- Red lentil and vegetable soup

Wednesday- mixed Vegetable fried rice

Thursday- Tomato and Vegetable penne pasta

Friday- Salad Rolls

Vegan, gluten free, dairy free and egg free options always provided.

 

 

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12
April
2018

4th class looks back in time

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We were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Allcorn on Monday as part of our History Unit on First Contacts. Mrs Allcorn came dressed as the Squatter’s wife – a role which she adopted for the ABC show ‘Outback House’.
Mrs Allcorn showed us her outfit and the many layers she had to wear every day. She gave us an insight into life as a free settler and the hardships which those first families had to endure. Mrs Allcorn talked about the way they kept things cool in the kitchen and how the washing was done in large pots over flames. We all agreed it must have been a real struggle in those early days as the English settlers adjusted to their new lives.
Thanks to Mrs Allcorn for visiting 4th Class and bringing our History topic to life.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

12
April
2018

The great debating season starts

On Monday, 6th Class was lucky enough to have Luke from Masters Debating Academy come to talk to us about debating. He told us all about the rules of debating and how it works. We played debating games to help us think on our feet. He also showed us how a debate is structured and prepared. We learnt so much from our fabulous guest.
Firstly, Luke told us how a debate is structured. He showed us this by introducing new techniques. He taught us all about the methods that are used in a debate and how to use them. We were taught strategies used in debating that help us prove our points and state our facts clearly. After this session everyone’s minds were buzzing.
Once we came back from recess, we were ready to put all that we learnt into action. Luke got us to have a mini debate. We had a negative and affirmative side and the topic was, “That takeaway food is better than a home-cooked meal.” Each team came up with points for their given side using our newly learnt methods.
After this, we used Luke’s sentence starters to start our sentences, they are the perfect way to start your points so they were very helpful to learn. Once we finished speaking, Luke gave us a mark depending on whether we covered all of the necessary areas. Whilst the opposing team was speaking we had to take notes so that we could learn from each other. Then at the end Luke decided that we should practice rebuttals.
Using the information we gathered, we composed our rebuttals. Then ending the mini debate we stated our rebuttals aloud for Luke to mark us on. By doing this, we were able to practice all parts of a debate and then we were all set to start debating. After our session with Luke, we had all learnt so much valuable information about debating. He cleverly planned an action packed day, teaching us everything we needed to know. We learnt so much and are all ready for debating.

Isabelle F
6M

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12
April
2018

From our Deputy Head

I would like to join Mr Wilcock in commending the children on their outstanding behaviour at our Anzac Assembly. It was underpinned by the work of all the teachers who have taken time to discuss the history of ANZAC Day in detail over the last week or so. I would also like to acknowledge the beautiful singing from the John Colet Choir and the very moving trumpet playing of the Last Post from guest player Mr Helmers. The event marked a fitting end to a term of hard work and effort.
 
I would like to take the opportunity to wish everybody a safe and happy holiday period and look forward to seeing everyone return refreshed and ready for Term 2.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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12
April
2018
06
April
2018

Sports Reports

On Friday, the Senior Girls Softball team played their last ever primary softball game against Galstaun College and won 13 - 4!  In fact, we won the whole competition!  Everyone has played extremely well this season and should be commended for their efforts.  We won the competition because of our excellent teamwork but today Scout and Isabelle were Girls of the Game.  Scout for her excellent pitching and Isabelle for her incredible running.  The team would like to thank the incredible Ms Cavill for being the best coach ever and leading us to victory.  Ms Cavill said she would like to thank Sascha and Olivia for their great leadership throughout the season.

The Senior Boys played Pittwater House in cricket.  It was a great game and fortunately we won 69 - 55.  The Men of the Match were Carlo and Eshaan.  The Senior Boys came third in the competition. Well done!

In the final today, the Junior Boys T Ball team lost 18 - 10 against Northern Beaches Christian School but came second in the overall competition.  Well done on a great term!  A big thank you to Mr Roslin and Mr Stone for all their help.

Today the 3rd and 4th class PISA Girls played Northern Beaches Christian School in T Ball and won 18 - 9.  The whole team were Players of the Game. The Junior Girls came 4th in the overall competition.
Mr Roslin said it has been an excellent term of sport and well done players and coaches.

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29
March
2018

Head of School's Comment

Recently Mr Jonathan O’Dea, Member for Davidson, announced that parts of the former Belrose TAFE site adjacent to John Colet School are to be sold to Northern Beaches Council. Current indications are that this specific area will become sports courts with associated recreational facilities. The remaining bushland area is to remain untouched as it has been set aside for bio banking as a special environmental area.
The school has been meeting regularly over the past few years with Mr O’Dea, local representative groups, state and local government officials to ensure a positive outcome for this land. We are very happy with this community focused result and we would like to thank all parties involved for their efforts to provide greater recreational facilities while preserving the very special ecology of our area.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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29
March
2018

From our Deputy Head

children with good work with Mrs R smaller

We started this week with the annual Easter Assembly. The children spoke beautifully about the Easter Story and its significance; it was very uplifting to hear the many ways Easter is celebrated in different families. In a school that crosses many cultures it was excellent to engage in such an inclusive conversation.
This week has brought many delights. The best part of the job is to have children come and show me with pride the work that they are doing, from 6th class presentations about different cities and regions of France to Lower 1st Science experiments on what plants need to survive. The single thread that runs through all this is their love and enthusiasm for learning.
All classes have also had the opportunity to visit the Life Education Van this week and participate in an excellent program on different aspects of caring for their physical well-being.
I would like to extend best wishes to all for a safe and happy Easter break.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

29
March
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

Easter Monday
Tues

Baked Potatoes with Salad and Vegetables                   
(vegan / gluten free / soy free)
Wed

Vegetable Soup with Pulses, Minestrone
(vegan / gluten free / soy free)
Thurs

Salad Wraps with Cheese or Hummus
(vegan / gluten free option/ soy free)
Fri

Hot Dogs
(vegan / gluten free / soy free)

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29
March
2018

Head of School's Comment

As you will see below in Mrs Renshaw’s comment this week we are currently looking at Excellence within the Value of Respect and giving our very best to all that we do. Our Handwriting competition is currently underway and I have been fortunate to see some outstanding examples across our different classes as well as having the opportunity to award some pen licences in 4th Class.
The keyboard has certainly taken some of the market out of communicating, however there still remains an important role for handwriting. Handwriting requires attention, promotes consistency of flow and is crucial in developing fine motor skills. While there is a standard form, a student’s handwriting does move on to take a personal aspect, allowing for the expression of individuality. There is certainly a place for keyboard skills (and perhaps even two thumb texting!) however it is wonderful to see this skill and art still being celebrated as it will remain with our students for life.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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29
March
2018

Stage Coordinator Comment

This week we have been practicing excellence. Excellence applies to anything that we may undertake in any area whether it be academic, sporting, artistic or individual endeavour. Excellence allows each child to set his or her own standard, and to strive towards achieving his or her personal best. This means that excellence includes everybody, without the need to compete.
It has been a great pleasure to have children approach me to tell me with pride about something that they have achieved whether it be receiving a pen licence, getting ticks on a behaviour award chart or getting a place in their chosen high school. What stands out is that excellence applies to anything no matter how great or small. It is wonderful to see this underlying attitude manifesting in the actions of the children.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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16
March
2018

Head of School's Comment

I visited one of our 2nd Classes this week where we explored how our school is also our home. In light of our Value this term of Respect we have been paying particular attention to our school environment. John Colet School is here for the children and the expectation is that they look after their school just as well as they do their home. The assumption here of course is that they keep home ship shape, which I am sure is the case 100% of the time!
I am glad to say there has been a notable uplift in care across the school, from our bathrooms to our native bush play area. We are fortunate to have a school in such lovely condition within such a beautiful setting to call home.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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16
March
2018

From our Deputy Head

Since the beginning of the term the school as a whole has been practicing the value of Respect. We take time to do this because, for all of us, it takes a long time to develop this quality in such a way that it works in all aspects of daily life.
Recently in order to support the development of all the school values more fully, we have introduced the Eagle Awards in recognition of a suggestion made by the Head Boy of 2016 Callum Hoye.
These awards recognise of the demonstration of any one of the values and allow opportunity for children to be acknowledged for their efforts to develop strong character.
So far two awards have been given out, one for Respect and one for Courage. Hopefully this will grow to be an award that teachers have the pleasure of handing out regularly.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

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16
March
2018

Sports Reports

Today the Senior Girls played Pittwater House in a crucial match.  We won 16 - 8 and are very happy about it (see picture below).  The Girls of the Game are Sascha K and Iona A for their incredible catches and for contributing a lot in the game.  Special mention to Marta for her excellent catch too.- Sascha K and Olivia B


Today the 3rd and 4th class Girls played T Ball against Covenant Christian and lost 17 - 15.  Everyone played well, and the Players of the Day are Ciara and Violette for great fielding and getting people out.

- Ella Hoye


Senior Boys had a bye

The 3rd and 4th class Boys played Covenant Christian  and we won 18 - 7.  The Man of the Match was Gerry for getting 4 people out on first base.  We are on the top of the ladder for Pisa!

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