John Colet
31
May
2019

Head of school's Comment

Amongst a few days of wild weather changes, we were very fortunate to have perfect conditions for our Open day! However, the fine weather was just the backdrop to what was a lovely community event. Thank you to all those who were able to contribute or lend a hand on the day, it was greatly appreciated.
As we continue looking at our Value of Truth, below is something practical for the fridge you may find helpful...

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Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
May
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

Walking around the classrooms on Open Day provided a timely reminder of one of the key aspects of John Colet - the pursuit of excellence. It is the detail that makes excellence obvious. The beauty of a piece of handwriting, the precision of a recitation, care in the way a uniform is worn, the respect conveyed by a courteous please or thank you; these are by themselves small things but together they lift us from the ordinary.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

31
May
2019

Sports reports

The 3rd and 4th Class PISA Girls played friendly netball games against Pittwater House and St LUkes today.  The Girls of the Game are Taytum, Sahara and Naomi.

The 3rd and 4th Class PISA Boys played soccer against Pittwater House and drew nil - all. They also played St Lukes and won 1 - 0.

The 5th and 6th Class PISA Boys played Pittwater House.  We lost 1 - 3 but we played well and Man of the Match were Jules and Yoshi from great defense.

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31
May
2019

Fencing news

junior fencers web

John Colet fenced Newington College on Monday 27th May. It was great fun and everyone did really well.
 
The Junior Team (pictured above) was Allen L, Arya K, Charles W, Hugo B, and Mika S.  They won 15 to 12.
The senior team was Aditya G, Ayush O, Kristoff D, Joshua J, Jasmine E, and Lucas W.  They lost in a tight match,  21 to 20.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

31
May
2019

Interschool Chess Competition - JCS punches above weight

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Last Thursday, the senior chess team competed in the heats of the Interschool Chess Competition. Overall in the school section, we came 2nd losing by just half a point to Mona Vale. In the Individual part of the competition we had 3 out of 12 places for the top point scorers of the day. They were

3rd - Siddhartha B
7th - Leo P
10th - Winston Z

Congratulations to all the students involved.

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

31
May
2019

Shakespeare Club success

Congratulations to our Shakespeare Club who were presented with 1st Place, a stunning red sash, for their performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Sport for Jove State Shakespeare Carnival on Monday 27th May 2019.
 
Both our performance groups (Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet) were awarded Highly Commended at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod in the Scene from a Play Section on Saturday 25th May.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

31
May
2019

Australia My Country

australia my country winners web

Earlier this year, John Colet School participated in the Australia My Country competition run annually by the Forestville RSL Sub Branch.  This year the theme was “Coming Home” and 350 primary school children entered from 21 local schools across 3 categories and 2 age groups.
John Colet School entrants did very well, winning 4 of the 20 prizes.
Composition (Years 3 & 4) Second Place – Finlay S
Composition (Years 3 & 4) Third Place – Jasmine E
Art (Years 3 & 4) Second Place – Vedanshi M
Art (Years 5 & 6) Fourth Place – Annica P
The prizes were presented recently by Jonathan O’Dea MP at Forestville RSL Club.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

31
May
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Stuffed tomatoes
Tuesday - Roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary
Wednesday - Tacos with salad sour cream and Guacamole
Thursday - Puff pastry slice
Friday – Pumpkin ravioli with nut free pesto cream sauce

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

24
May
2019

Head of school's Comment

Is it kind, pleasant and beneficial? This is what we are exploring presently through the Value of Truthfulness. Speaking the truth in itself should be promoted, however, the intention behind sharing and the form of communication should always be taken into consideration.
Everyone likes sharing stories and news with their friends, however, it can become personal and also evolve through miscommunication and snowball out of proportion. It is a difficult lesson for students to learn to pause and think is this true, is it kind or is it beneficial; and make an active decision to question the facts and decide whether to pass it on. 
Taking a proactive approach to understanding the important value of Truth and its related application is a lifelong skill being developed at John Colet School. It will place our students in a stronger position for challenges they may face in the future.
The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it – Stanley Kubrick
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

24
May
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week has been striking for the demonstration of resilience that has been noticeable throughout the School. Most obviously in the preparation leading up to Open Day on Sunday. The children have had a number of rehearsals where they have been required to perform one part of a piece a number of times to get it right, or to wait while another group of children are practising to get their part correct. Some children have had to forgo a favourite lesson to attend a rehearsal. In other situations children have had to face the challenge of overcoming an upset to perform or represent the School. In all cases the children have really worked to dig deep and go the extra mile even when they would have liked to stop. I am sure that their effort will be reflected in their whole hearted performance on Sunday.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

24
May
2019

Debating update

debate 2 at PLC web

In this week's IPSHA debate against Pymble Ladies College on the topic That TV shows are better than movies John Colet School's team for the negative won, and our affirmative team lost.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

24
May
2019

Sports reports

Today the senior JCS 1 Netball Girls drew 15-15 against Pittwater House.  It was a diificult and hot game.  The Girls of the Match were Lily and Suzy for playing up with the A team on call.  The other Girl of the Game was Cassie for playing a quarter, sick.  Overall, we had a great game.

The senior JCS 2 Netball Girls played two friendlys against St Lukes Bayview and we lost, 7 - 0 and 3 - 1.  The Girls of the Game were Felicity and Lily T for their great defence.

The 3rd and 4th class PISA Boys played St Lukes Dee Why in soccer and drew 1 - 1. The Man of thre Match was Miller for keeping going and Finlay scored a solo goal. - Hamish

The Junior Boys B team had a 3 - 1 loss. The Senior Boys had a 4 - 1 loss against Pittwater House.

The 3rd and 4th class PISA Girls played St Lukes and lost 6 - 1.  The Girls of the Game were Ava and Jasmine.- Nakita

 

Categories: John Colet

24
May
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday - Pupil Free Day  
Tuesday - fried rice
Wednesday - tomato and basil penne pasta
Thursday - salad rolls   
Friday – spanakopita

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

17
May
2019

Head of school's Comment

We are eagerly looking forward to showcasing our school next Sunday at our Open Day. There are some new attractions and performances, as well as many of our regular favourites for our community to experience and enjoy. 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, so please feel free to invite neighbours and family friends.
A special thanks to our Parents and Friends team, led by Mrs Tanya Hyams-Young, for all the hard work they have been involved with in preparation for Open Day. There are plenty of ways you can support this event, so please do sign up. Also, thank you to those parents and students who are able to assist in our Working Bee at school this Sunday.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

17
May
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week we have been practising for our annual Open Day event. The children showcase their singing and recitation skills as part of the day. It is striking to see how each year this practice becomes easier, steadier and takes place with a minimum level of fuss. Reflecting on this, it is clear that tradition builds up within the school and each year the children who arrive at the school naturally fall into a rhythm that has been set by the efforts of all those who have gone before. This has been particularly obvious with our Lower 1st class who during their first rehearsals this week conducted themselves with the same quiet focus as the rest of the school.
 

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

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