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09
June
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

QUEEN’S B/DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Tues

GNOCCHI ARRABIATA

Wed

CHIPS & BEANS
(with Iceberg salad)
Thurs

SALAD WRAPS
Fri

PESTO PASTA
(walk through – Shakespeare Stage going up)

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02
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to our entire school community for a wonderful Open Day. It was a magnificent example of the practical application of our school values through the actions of all involved.

Our exploration of the practice of Truthfulness continues this term. We are now looking specifically at how we can be personally active in determining what is fact from fiction and ensuring that what we chose to share with others is beneficial for all. When we pass information on we are effectively saying it is true and therefore we need to pause and determine if this is in fact the case. Also, when sharing information we need to be aware of the impact of what we are saying, not just on the person we are sharing with, but also on the wider community.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth – Marcus Aurelius

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

02
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Open Day was wonderful in every way:  the weather was perfect, the classrooms looked wonderful, the performances were enjoyable, and if there needs to be an indicator as to how the children behaved themselves, here it is:  The First Aid lady went home without even having had one customer – not even a bandaid.  Well done everyone!  Thank you to the many parents who worked indefatigably, thank you to those who spent money, thank you for the delicious lunch, thank you Sixth Class for your enthusiasm with the stalls, thank you teachers and children, and thank you to our Administrative Staff who put it all together to make a workable forum for our community to enjoy itself..  The standards were high!

It was a busy week with the Sanskrit Competition, the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod and Open Day preparation.

In the mornings when the teachers pause at 8 a.m. and discuss the day, we always say a prayer in Sanskrit and then in English. Responding to a request from some parents, we will highlight one of the Sanskrit prayers each fortnight and explain the English meaning:  This week we are reciting  “The Perfect Prayer”

 
Here is the English meaning:


OM

This is Perfect.
That is Perfect.
Perfect comes from Perfect.
Take Perfect from Perfect,
And the remainder is perfect.

Om 

May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

02
June
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

SPINACH & CHEESE AGNOLOTTI
Tues

FRIED RICE
with Asian greens and sweet corn
Wed

MEXICAN BOATS
Thurs

SWEET POTATO & LENTIL SOUP
Dessert: Pineapple ‘fruit fool’
Fri

SAUCY PASTA

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26
May
2017

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to those parents and students who were able to assist in our Working Bee last Sunday. There was some general touch ups, maintenance and cleaning along with some much needed gardening and fuel reduction. The school is looking in great shape for our Open Day this weekend.

Our Open Day is an opportunity to celebrate what makes this school truly special with our families and friends. It is also wonderful to welcome visitors from our wider community, invite back past students and allow our current students to perform and enjoy the fun activities of the day.

A special thanks to our Parents and Friends group for all the work behind the scenes that they have done to make this possible. 
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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26
May
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Another week of wonderful performances with more to come on Open Day, all warmed by the beautiful autumn weather. The children themselves shone at the Sanskrit Competition on Tuesday, and the event highlighted the courage and discipline of the children, and their generosity in heartily applauding each other. The individual winners are published elsewhere, and Upper 1st and 5th won the whole class section.
Mid-week a small group of 4th Class children spent the day at Kinma School, taking part in the their Friendship Day, which was attended by several local schools.  Thank you to those children who represented John Colet.
The John Colet Choir was one of three schools who were Highly Commended at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, and our Head Chorister, Lila Jones, was given a special mention.
 
Open Day
 
Children are to arrive at Open Day in full  winter uniform at 9am.  They should go to their classroom.  Children should bring their school sports uniform in their sports bag to change  into straight after the stage performances.  (You may also wish to  send in a small recess snack and drink.)
 
The stage performances start at 10am until 11am.  After that time, children are free to enjoy the Open Day activities and show their parents around their classrooms. The classrooms will be manned from 11 a.m. to 12 midday and then from 1 pm to 2 pm. The Open Day concludes at 2pm.
 
Parents, please note that the children should stay with their teachers until the stage performances are over, and should not go the  playground until this is over.
 
Please register for the Cyber Safety talk on 1st June (6.00 for 6.30) to be held at John Colet.  Parents from local schools are also invited to this Rotary sponsored event.
Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

26
May
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

SCHOOL CLOSED
Tues

ROASTED CARROT & ZUCHINNI RISOTTO

Wed

INDIAN CURRY
Taster: Palak Paneer


Thurs

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE (by request)
Dessert: Mixed Berry Fruit Flip

Fri

CREAMY MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP

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26
May
2017

Sublime Sanskrit

Congratulations to the following students who won their grade competition

Lower 1st:     Felix H
Upper 1st:     Eloise H
2nd Class:    Zoe T
3rd Class:     Susannah R
4th Class:     Georgia P
5th Class:      Sana S
 
Upper 1st won out of the Infants Classes group recitation
5th Class won out of Primary Classes group recitation.
 
The judges were impressed with the standard of recitation and clarity of speech exhibited by all.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

26
May
2017

Sports Reports

year 5 and 6 netball girls won 22 1 against pittwater smaller

Today the Senior Girls (pictured above) played netball against Pittwater House and won 22 - 1.  Everyone played spectacularly, our defense was strong, our attack was amazing and our shooters were on poin.  Because everyone was so good, this week everyone is Girl of the Game. - Caly and Ashwani

The Senior Boys played Pittwater House in football and won 5 - 0.  We played very well and I think we scored some well deserved goals.  The Men of the Match were Ryan J and Elston for great passing and defense from Elston and Ryan for scoring two goals as well as great passing. - Ryan J and Thomas

The Junior netball Girls played Covenant Christian and lost 7 - 2
The Junior football Boys played Pittwater House and 6 - 1.

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19
May
2017

Head of School's Comment

As a school we have been focussing on the value and practice of Truthfulness. More specifically we have been exploring being honest with our friends, teachers and parents. This may be owning up to poor behaviour or an unwise decision or perhaps just that we do not know something. The first step in this process is exploring with the children the concept of self-knowledge. Considering our true motivations, acting with honesty and reflecting on our actions to gain understanding of self is a lifelong process. To encourage and enable this to happen children have to be in an environment of care and trust.

It is more difficult than ever these days to ensure that children are in a safe and caring environment. While our school promotes limited use of IT and discourages social media use for the age of our students many still find opportunities to explore. The online environment is changing constantly and it is extremely difficult to keep up. If you have not signed up for the cyber safety talk on the 1st of June, I highly recommend doing so.

Spaces are limited and please be aware that this is an adult only presentation and children will not be permitted entrance.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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19
May
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

MEXICAN FIESTA
Taste test: Baked Sheppard’s Pie
Tues

HOT DOGS
Breezeway (Sanskrit Recitations)
Wed

SALAD ROLLS
(walk through, Eisteddfod & Open/Day Prep)
Thurs

CREAMY BASIL PESTO PASTA
(walk through, Eisteddfod & Open/Day Prep)
Fri

SPICY BEANS ON TOAST
(with iceberg salad)

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19
May
2017

Sanskrit recitation competition finals this week

Year 4 winners smaller

The Sanskrit Competition was introduced to our House competitions because of the significance of learning, reciting and hearing Sanskrit.  Over the term we learn and refine a different prayer in each grade.  The children learn to be more precise with the pronunciation and there is the added benefit of exploring and discussing the meaning of these ancient prayers.  The children develop confidence in reciting on their own and experience profound unity when reciting together as a class.   It is a very uplifting part of the Sanskrit curriculum which nourishes and energises the whole school and any visitors.

Competition finals are on this Tuesday:  8.45 - 9.45am Infants; 10.30 - 11.30am Primary Classes.

Pictured above are some of our winning 4th class students in last year's competition.

Roslyn Dunn, Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

19
May
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

We are counting down to Open Day on Sunday 28th May – the Class teachers and the Art Department are busily decking  out the walls of the classrooms with showcase work, whilst the children are spending time on the preparations for the Sanskrit Competition this Tuesday 23rd May.  This will  be judged by distinguished Sanskritists Dr. Ramon Raghu and Mr. William Fox (Member of the JCS Board).  We hope also to have present  a visitor from the Indian Consulate.  The Sanskrit Recitation is always a very special event.

Children attending after school Clubs have been reminded of the rules relating to behaviour at these Clubs. They are

  • Demonstrate the School Values
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Support others
  • Obey the instructors
  • Follow competition rules where applicable
  • Help tidy up and leave the area in good order

We look forward to a vigorous Working Bee this Sunday to prepare for Open Day.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

12
May
2017

Head of School's Comment

John Colet School is well known for the attention and focus that our children give to their work in class. Our practice of pausing, mindfulness and studies of philosophy are some of the elements that give our children the skills to be able to fall still and concentrate on the task they have at hand in the classroom.

Children also need opportunities to play constructively in a non-guided environment. While our children are supervised at all times it is important for them to have the space to engage with their peers in imaginative and social play. This can often be seen during break times with students outside classes in small groups, on play equipment, on our field, or in the nature reserve.

The nature reserve has been a particular popular spot of late and it has been wonderful to see the creativity of the children in action. While we continue working on ensuring that students are treating the area with respect, on the whole it has been a very positive inclusion to ensuring a breadth of experiences for our students.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

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12
May
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Naplan is over for another year, and everyone seemed to take it in their stride!
Several children from John Colet School recently participated in the Gateways Programme hosted by Oxford Falls Grammar School.  This is an inter-school Maths Workshop of four sessions,  for Gifted and Talented children.  A letter from the organisers was received by Mrs. Crewe commending the behaviour and focus of the John Colet participants.              
To quote:
“Your students were an excellent reflection upon your school. You should be proud!   The following children were noted as ‘stand-out’ students meaning they were particularly engaged in the workshops, demonstrated impressive understanding of mathematical concepts and were great contributors to the day as a whole. These children relished in the challenges of the day.
Marlon Leforestier
Morgan Armstrong-Jones
Thomas Jeffries
Shannon Hiscox

Congratulations to all the children who participated!
We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Tefay back from leave, although she has been seen at school the past three days, working with Mrs. Zoe Emanuel, Miss Cipollone  and  the children on their  forthcoming Shakespeare performance.
Mrs. Diane Renshaw (3rd Class) will be going on extended leave from this week, and will be replaced by Mrs. Mary Garrett, a former John Colet teacher, who has returned to us from Victoria to take Mrs. Renshaw’s class.  She will also replace Mrs. Elizabeth McDermott (2M) and Mrs. Lea Connell (2C) later in the year when they successively take Long Service Leave.
Library Bags:  A reminder that Library bags are preferred by Mrs. Caban, as it keeps them protected and identifiable in the home.  Mrs. Ladomatos has a supply in the Uniform Room.

Uniform alert!Full winter uniform please for the week beginning 15th May!  Blazers to be worn to Monday Assembly.  Long navy blue socks are to be worn with boys’ shorts.  Mrs. Ladomatos has a supply in the Uniform Store.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

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