John Colet
21
June
2019

4th class ingenious weavers

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4th class started the process of learning an indigenous weaving technique this week. The finished items are going to be highly colourful!  The lesson, taken by local elder Karleen Green, is part of a free initiative by Manly Council, where art teacher Miss Carroll also works.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

21
June
2019

Maths entrepreneurs

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In a 6th class Maths investigation, students had to be educational entrepreneurs and design a board game about fractions targeting Year 6 students.

 

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

21
June
2019

Sports report, end of term tally

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The 5th and 6th class PISA Girls A won 10 - 9, and everyone was Girl of the Game. We played our final against Pittwater House and it was an amazing game.  We came third on the ladder.

The 5th and 6th class PISA Girls B also came 3rd in their competition, winning 13 - 3 today against Galstaun College.  Everyone was Girl of the Game as well.

The 5th and 6th class PISA Boys played Northern Beaches and won 2 - 0, finishing 5th on the table.  Men of the Match were Leo, Levi and Josh.

The Junior Girls Netball won their game today against Oxford Falls Grammar School, 7 - 3.  Evereyone played so well, they are all Girls of the Game today.

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14
June
2019

Head of school's Comment

Within the Value of Truth that we are exploring this term, is the question; Is it uplifting? In other words, in our speech and our actions do we encourage and inspire those around us?
At times, we all get caught in negative thinking, self-doubt and procrastination. Having an encouraging friend, parent or teacher to talk with can be of great benefit. A positive perspective can enable us to see the truth in a situation that may need addressing and a practical way forward.    
One of the defining elements of John Colet School is that we explore and embed our values as a whole school. We approach the learning of our values in a developmentally appropriate way which will differ depending on which age we are with, yet the core remains the same. This is just as valid for our staff and our supporting community. Our goal is that all may inspire!

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

14
June
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

This week we have been carrying out Parent /Teacher interviews. This communication provides a vital part of the underlying fabric of the School.  The guidance given to Mr MacLaren, the founder of the world wide Renaissance Schools of which John Colet is a part, about the wellbeing of the child was; that unity between the home and the teacher produces a strong and confident child. Where this unity is lacking the child can become confused and lose confidence.  Regular communication goes a long way to support this unity.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

14
June
2019

JCS choir out and about

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The JCS choir gave a concert after school this week for our neighbours at Glenaeon Retirement Village. They sang a mix of classical and world music and were very well received!  See Facebook for video

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

14
June
2019

Registrar's update

Sibling enrolments for Lower 1st 2021 – submit an application without delay!
The word is out in the community about our wonderful school and the education we provide our students.  It is always the aim of the School to offer sibling priority, however, to do this we must have received an application for them.
 
2020 Lower 1st                Fully enrolled and on Wait List
2021 Lower 1st                Enrolling into the second and final class
2022 Lower 1st                Accepting applications
 
 
Lower 1st  – 2021
We are currently interviewing and offering places for Lower 1st 2021.  One class is at capacity and we are now enrolling into our second and final class.  If you have a sibling for the 2021 intake,  please complete an application form and return it to Reception, marked to me, without delay.  Forms can be downloaded from the website or picked up from my office.
Lower 1st – 2022 and beyond
We are accepting applications for 2022 and beyond.
 

Mrs Belinda James
Registrar

Categories: John Colet

14
June
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- pasta bolognaise
Tuesday- puff pastry rolls   
 Wednesday- hotdogs
Thursday-salad rolls  
Friday – macaroni cheese bake

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Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

07
June
2019

Head of school's Comment

This week, John Colet held our annual Sanskrit recitation competition and finals. Sanskrit instruction from Lower First to 6th Class is one of the unique features of our school that has been an integral part of the program since the school was founded. Our students benefit from learning this ancient classical language, which like Latin has influenced languages, literature and culture throughout history. The simple, clear grammar used in Sanskrit helps in the development of learning other languages, including English.
 
Sanskrit opens up our children to a greater understanding of language, its history and the interconnectedness of our society. For example the Sanskrit root da – give, Sanskrit word dana – gift, Latin word donum – gift, French word donner – to give, English words donate, dose, dedicate, etc.
 
As was shown during the finals, this language also lends itself to a beauty of sound and structure that when combined with some of the universal themes of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health, produce work of the highest standard. If you missed the recitations this week I highly recommend saving the date for next year.

Julian Wilcock
Head of School

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

07
June
2019

Deputy Head's Comment

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This week we celebrated Founder’s Day which provides an opportunity for the children to learn about the great people whose work and inspiration led to the establishment of our School. The most  important amongst these being Leon MacLaren who worked tirelessly to pursue an understanding of truth and justice. One of his guiding principles was the pursuit of excellence in all that we do, no matter how small the task may appear to be. This pursuit of excellence is reflected in the School today in so many ways: in Shakespeare, in Debating, in Maths Challenge, in Writing, in Art and most recently in our Sanskrit Recitation Competition. The level of refinement in the presentation and sounding was outstanding, but equally outstanding was the level of respect offered by the children when they were listening to their peers.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Head of School

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

07
June
2019

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week

Monday- Queens Birthday, kitchen closed
Tuesday- lentil soup
Wednesday- vegetable curry served with rice pilaf
Thursday-crumbed vegetable bites
Friday – potato Gnocchi in tomato basil sauce                                                             

Glen Galloway
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, 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.

Categories: John Colet

31
May
2019

Fencing news

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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

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