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11
August
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE & SALAD ROLLS
(Fizzics Show, walk through)
Tues

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

Wed

CHIPS & BEANS

Thurs

MISO, VEGETABLE OR TOMATO SOUPS
(with crunch roll croutons)
DESSERT: MIXED BERRY JELLY
Fri

SAUCY PASTA

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

11
August
2017

From the P&F

Get your masks ready!

Hello Parents
You should by now have received your invitation to the JCS Masquerade Party, SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER at the Checkers Resort and Conference Centre.  With only 4 weeks to go – make sure you book your tickets and reserve your seat on your table of choice.  First out of the blocks are U1stM in the lead with almost a full table and a second one ready to go, L1stB and the School Executive are hot on their heels and 6T are close behind.  Years 2 & 3 and 4K and 5CD have yet to reach the starting line J  Let’s see how the leader board changes over the course of this week!

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If you have any questions about the evening or tables (they seat 8-10) please drop me an email and I will be happy to help you.

The evening promises to be a lot of fun and a chance to catch up with your friends and alumni at John Colet.  There will be a photo booth to get some silly photos with your friends and a disco to dance the evening away.  Of course there will be silent and live auctions happening during the evening and we will be giving thanks to Mrs Donald and Mrs McKendrick for a lifetime of service to John Colet.

A huge thank you to the volunteers who are making this all happen.  I have been blown away by the wonderful help and support that has been offered.  Verity Earl is doing a sterling job approaching numerous businesses for auction items. Sonja Clement, Rachel Jones and Libby Levey are also approaching businesses for auction items too.  The class parents are doing a great job putting together some very desirable hampers / gift bags.  Julie Laarman, Carty Haverhals and Tereza Berkemeier are helping with decorating the room.  It was a member of Cheryl-Lynn’s team that designed the invite and is helping with other artwork.  Cherry Hopley set up Trybooking and will help set up on the day as will Denise CattMel Armstrong-Jones, Andrew Earl and John Brogden will be helping on the night.  There is always room for more help with obtaining items to auction – so if you would like to help let me know and I can tell you who we have already approached.  If anybody is interested in helping to photograph and write up the auction items for our catalogue I am all ears J.

Children’s Mask Decorating Competition
We thought it would be fun for the children to be involved by running a Mask decorating competition, there will be prizes for Primary and Infants and the masks will be used to decorate the room on the night.  Masks for decoration will be sent home with the children next week and a leaflet emailed home with more information on the competition.

This week’s Auction Items Spotlight – Children’s Activities
  • Manly United FC – 2 spots at their September School Holiday camp and a signed player’s shirt
  • Netball Camp – 2 days school holiday camp
  • Tennis – Evolve Tennis will be donating some time in their holiday camps
  • Number Words N Works – Mona Vale & Dee Why -  A term’s maths/English tuition
  • My Kids Art – we are hoping to secure holiday spots for here
If you know of any other children’s activities you can approach that we can get to donate please let us know.
Please contact your class parent if you have any questions and they can forward them to me.
Lastly, a  reminder that the next P&F meeting is Monday 21st August at 7:30pm

Have a great weekend.

Many thanks

Niki

Categories: P&F, John Colet

28
July
2017

Head of School's Comment

It has been wonderful welcoming our students back this week and learning of their adventures and travels. We were very pleased to be able to re-open our main entrance for the start of Term and we are very excited to be using our new reception from this coming Wednesday. The new classrooms will begin to be occupied during the coming month, with an official opening to follow soon after.
 
I had the opportunity during the break to attend a Heads of School conference which was held for schools with a similar foundation, education and ethos to John Colet School. Schools from Australia, Ireland, England, Trinidad, South Africa and New Zealand were in attendance. While the schools varied widely in structure there was a common thread throughout that reaffirmed the uniqueness of our program and the education we provide our children. It was also an ideal occasion to share best practice and ways in which our schools can continue to develop.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

28
July
2017

Sports Reports

Sports Reports


Today the Senior Boys versed Bayview and won 10 - 4.  It was a great effort and our atach was fantastic.  The man of the match was Bob because of his brilliant defence, tackling and also three tries were scored from him.  Overall we were brilliant and we were deserving of the win.

-Ryan Jackson

The Senior Girls played two friendlies in Soccer against Pittwater House and St Lukes.  We won 1-0 against Pittwater House and tied 0 - 0 against St Lukes.  The girls of the game were Amy for bringing the ball up the field again and again, and Sascha for her amazing saves.  Everyone had great team spirit which motivated us. 

- Milla and Caly

The Junior Girls won in soccer against St Lukes 4 - 0 and I think we can all agree the Girl of the Game was everyone!  We thank Ella and Katia for scoring some fantastic goals and Victoria for being an amazing goal keeper, she didn't let one goal slip through!  But we are very proud of our JCS strikers, midfielders and defenders.  I think Mr Roslin can agree that the Junior Girls PISA team represented the school well.
- Georgia

Categories: John Colet

28
July
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Another term begins!  This term our practice is Courage and specifically the courage to be truthful and to own up.  Our approach to this is that when we ask children about an incident or situation, if they own up immediately (or even eventually) we praise them for their courage to do so, and then approach the situation and discuss how to make amends.  This praise of courage supports the children in facing their behaviour and then seeking to correct it.

Next week John Colet is hosting two visiting debating teams, which will enable 5th Class to sit in and gain an insight as to how this works!  The topics are:
There is no need for tests and exams  and  Drones should be banned.   They are always very interesting and well thought out!

This term we have the pleasure of hosting and mentoring four Practicum Students, three from Macquarie University and one from Swinburne.  This of course is very necessary for them to build their experience, and also enjoyable for the teachers and enriching for the children.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

28
July
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHINESE FRIED RICE

Tues

PESTO PASTA

Wed

CHEESY HOT DOGS
(walk through – debating)
Thurs

VIETNAMESE STYLE NOODLES

Fri

GNOCCHI

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

30
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

As you will see in our newsletter this week we have some grandparents who are interested in forming a team to enhance our native play area. This is a great opportunity for the ‘wise’ members of the community and a wonderful example for our students of service at our school. We are fortunate to have such a supportive community and this has been very evident this week with the preparation, catering and clean up during our Infants Shakespeare Festival, a parent science presentation in 2nd Class, and also our recent success in chess, which would not have been possible without the help of parents. Our P&F are now building up to our Gala Dinner, which is in support of developing solar panels at school. I do encourage you to lend your support to this worthwhile event and cause.
 
We hope you have an enjoyable break with your family and look forward to welcoming you back on the 25th of July.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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

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