John Colet
14
February
2020

We all make mistakes

We all make mistakes, even the teacher!  I have told the children in 2C this week that our greatest learning comes when we are actually challenged, making mistakes and facing them in order to move to the next level of learning.  In educational terms, this is where we 'modify our thinking or schema to a more accurate understanding'.  We celebrate healthy challenges in our classroom!  This is balanced with the acknowledgement of both the process of learning and every effort made along the way.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths, John Colet

14
February
2020

Why do we need a government?

In 6T this week, we considered three questions in our History lessons:

What is the role of government?
Why do we need a government?
What is government?

We explored our thoughts using the visible thinking routine "Chalk Talk".  There were some great thought-provoking questions and detailed answers.  Using thinking routines makes the children's thinking 'rich'.  It encourages a development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and poses opportunities for different viewpoints and discussion.  For more information please visit http://www.visiblethinkinggpz.org/

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

14
February
2020

The fun and learning in Lower 1st so far!

Lower 1st have been learning about the letters aA, bB, cC, dD,eE and writing our name.  In maths, we have been singing number songs, counting forwards and backwards and looking closely at the numbers 1 and 2.  In Science, we discussed where we belong in the world (Australia) and how weather differs depending on where we live. 

We've had a big focus on class routines and class rules, manners and being a good friend, and this all fits in well with our ongoing discussions about our School Values.

In Art, the children created artworks reflecting the Year of the Rat for Luna New Year, using crayons, paint, scissors and glue. Today in buddy time they made valentines cards for their parents.

Mrs Cooper and Miss Cipollone
Teachers

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

07
February
2020

Head of School's Comment

The first Parent and Friends Meeting for 2020 was held on Monday evening. It was wonderful to see so many returning Executive Members, Class Parents, as well as new parents putting up their hands to become involved this year. A special welcome to Mrs Tanya Hyams-Young, your P&F President for 2020.
 
The success of our School is in no small part due to the positive contribution and support of our parent community, including those parents who take on the role of Class Parent. The role of the Class Parent is one of communication and coordination and should not be onerous. They will require many hands during the year with the many events and celebrations that enrich our school.  I do urge you to give them all the support you can and offer help when it is required.  More hands make light work!
 
My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition there. – Indira Gandhi

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

07
February
2020

Deputy Head of School's Comment

This week I witnessed many interactions between teachers and their students, and I had many of my own. One interaction was particularly striking because of the depth of love and care that was evident without the teacher even having to say a word. These small interactions during the day, the shaking of a hand, the greeting of a child with a warm smile or the acknowledgement of an effort, all add together to create a strong emotional ground for the children to feel safe and cared for. This is perhaps one of the most important and fundamental building blocks in education.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

07
February
2020

Debating 'how to' for 6th Class

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World class debater Seamus Dove shared his passion and enthusiasm for debating with 6th class this week, giving an excellent insight into how debates are prepared and the role of each member of the team.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

07
February
2020

Thinking about Multiculturalism

 

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Both 2nd classes, 2M and 2C, explored the concept of ‘multicultural’ as part of our History unit this week.  They created role plays to solve the following dilemmas/problems:

  1. A friend is in a wheelchair and is sitting in the playground alone. What can we do?
  2. Someone wants to pray at the beginning of recess. What do we do?
  3. Someone is celebrating Holi and we do not understand what this is. What can we do?
  4. We see two friends having an argument. What can we do to help?
  5. We see a Lower First child in an out of bounds area. What can we do?
  6. An adult is visiting the school and cannot speak English. How can we help?
The children were very creative and inclusive in the resolutions to the problems.  They acted out the solution with very little need of support.

Mrs McDermott and Mrs Connell
Teachers

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

07
February
2020

On the vegetarian school lunch menu for Week 3

Monday – vegetable patties
Tuesday – tortellini  
Wednesday- salad rolls
Thursday – puff pastry slice
Friday – vegetable muffins

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

31
January
2020

Head of school's Comment

It has been wonderful welcoming our students to school this week and catching up with them about their many adventures in the holidays. Our new students, including those in Lower 1st have settled in so quickly that it seems we have been together for a great deal longer. That being said we do spend time in these first few weeks going over routines, expectations and explanations of some of our unique features, such as our practice of pausing during the day. New parents joining our school may also have questions at the start of the year and I encourage you to let your child’s class teacher know or pop by the office. We are here to help.
 
The Core Values of our school are Stillness, Truthfulness, Courage, Service and Respect. With our students and staff, we work through these values in all that we do throughout the year. However, we do select a Value to concentrate on each Term, along with an aspect of that Value each week. This Term we will be exploring Respect. Currently we are addressing respect in terms of our approach and reaction to the recent flu strain that has emerged. As a staff and as a School we are ensuring that our actions are based on the established facts at hand and that we are considerate of the happiness and comfort of our entire community. If you do have any questions or concerns during this time, please do contact the School Reception.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
January
2020

Deputy Head's Comment

We have had a very smooth start to 2020 particularly with our new L 1st class children who for the very first time started the school year with  full school days. We eagerly await the return of those children who have been caught up in the preventative measures to contain the spread of Corona Virus and thank them for their patience and generosity. All the teachers have worked hard to create a warm environment poised for learning and it is clear from visiting all the classrooms that the children have responded with application and enthusiasm. A great start to the year.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

31
January
2020

Maths snapshot:6th Class

This week 6T explored a new thinking routine in Maths using The Frayer Diagram. The Frayer model is a graphic organizer for building vocabulary. This technique requires the children to define target vocabulary and apply their knowledge by generating examples, non-examples and characteristics. We have been looking at Prime, Composite, Square and Cube numbers, with one student proposing a new theory; “If you add the digits of any cube number, they always add up to either 8, 9, or 10!” So far, 6T are yet to disprove the suggestion!"

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

31
January
2020

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday – Lentil soup
Tuesday – Macaroni cheese
Wednesday – Salad rolls  
Thursday – Vegetarian hot dogs
Friday – Mexican tacos with beans, guacamole and sour cream

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

24
January
2020

Head of school's Comment

We hope you have had a rewarding and safe break, in what has been a very difficult few months for many families across Australia. Our thanks go out to all those that have been supporting those affected during this time.
It’s now time to shake off the sleep-ins and dust off the school bags, as we look forward to welcoming you back to John Colet School next week.
Our staff has been busy in preparation for a great year ahead. We have done some extensive clearing of dead wood on the property, as well as some planting of natives. The recent rain was much needed, and the grounds are really coming to life.
This year marks 35 years that John Colet School has been delivering an outstanding education. The strength of our school is centred on a community approach to learning and I do encourage you to become involved as much as possible.
I wish you and your family all the very best for 2020.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

24
January
2020

Deputy Head's Comment

A very warm welcome to 2020. It has been a challenging Christmas period and hopefully no-one within our School community has been unduly affected. We are very much looking forward to seeing the children and welcoming the new Lower 1st families into the John Colet community. As always the teachers have spent a lot of time preparing for the new year and have been focusing particularly on the subject of the  emotional well-being of both the teacher and the student.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

24
January
2020

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday –  closed for Australia Day
Tuesday – salad rolls
Wednesday – tomato and basil penne pasta
Thursday – pizza
Friday – vegetable stir fried noodles

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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