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15
March
2018

Making a game of it in Lower First Maths

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This week Lower First M discovered the delights of ‘take-away’ in Maths. The children worked with a partner to guess ‘how many’ had been taken away. It is always wonderful to see enthusiasm in learning!

Elizabeth McDermott (L1stM)

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

15
March
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

Fried rice with tofu and egg
(vegan option/gluten free/soy free option)
Tues

Baked potatoes with salad and vegetables
(vegan/gluten free/soy free)

Wed

Vegetable & lentil or Minestrone Soups
 (vegan/gluten free/soy free)
Thurs

Green vegetable pasta
 (vegan option/gluten free/soy free)

Fri

Chilli sans carne with corn chips
(vegan option/gluten free/soy free)

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

09
March
2018

Head of School's Comment

We are halfway through our Parent Morning Tea’s that have been scheduled this term. It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to talk with our Primary parents and I am very much looking forward to our upcoming sessions with our Infants families. It is also a good opportunity to get to know your fellow parents and share the successes and challenges of this most important role. Our school is stronger through a connected and supportive community.

It has also been great to see a larger turnout at our Parents and Friends meetings this year. As you will see in this newsletter they are always looking for people to lend a hand with events, odd jobs or expertise. I do encourage you to become involved in helping as more hands the lighter the load….plus it is a lot of fun!

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

09
March
2018

From our Deputy Head

As the term is settling into its rhythm more time is available to go and visit the classrooms. This week I have spent a lot of time with the infants children and it has been wonderful to see how happy and engaged they are in their learning. Upper 1st have written some excellent reports on The Spiny Devil. I am particularly impressed with their use of vocabulary and the neatness of their presentations.

6th class hosted an excellent Market Day in support of the Pink Ribbon Foundation and on Monday morning they will be travelling into Darling Harbour to participate in the National Leaders Day. I continue to be impressed by the way in which they step up to their responsibilities. 

A number of 5th class children started Meditation this week and I had the very good fortune to meditate with them on Wednesday morning.  It was wonderful to see their sincere approach to this discipline.

Di Renshaw
Deputy Head

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

09
March
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday                                          Vegetable curry with legumes on rice
(Vegetable Day)                               (vegan/gluten free/soy free)

Tuesday                                          Zucchini, corn & been rice
(Rice Day)                                       (vegan/gluten free/soy free)

Wednesday                                    Chickpea, basil, pesto Penne
(Pasta Day)                                    (vegan option/gluten free option/soy free)

Thursday                                       Vegetable, legumes soup or Tomato, lentil, coconut soup
(Soup Day)                                    (vegan/gluten free/soy free)

Friday                                           Gnocchi in a rich tomato sauce
(International Day)                          (vegan /gluten free option/soy free)

Eating vegetables every day will improve your health, vary your diet and your palate.

The added valuable vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and micronutrients in vegetables simply improve your health and lower your risk of disease. If you want a varied, fulfilling, healthy life include at least 5 serves of vegetables to your day.
The best thing about vegetables is that you can eat as much as you like!

Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

09
March
2018

Learning about the early days of naval exploration

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4th Class had a fabulous talk from Mr Layton who has spent many years at sea for his job. He talked to the children about the early days of sea exploration and how the development of the chronometer helped Cook in his voyages around the world. He also talked about the discovery of longitude and how this enabled Cook to be more precise in his calculations. Apparently Cook was a great mathematician who could solve lunar formulas with complete accuracy! Mr Layton also owns a sextant and showed the children how it worked. It was a fascinating talk followed by some samples of ship’s tack biscuits! Not a favourite with 4th Class

Mrs Tomicki and Mrs Nadjarian
Teachers

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

09
March
2018

Are we there yet?

Upper First this semester in English and Geography are investigating the book Are we there yet? by Alison Lester. They are following the family in the book as they journey around Australia, and in doing so, exploring many parts of our country.

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So far Upper First (one of our classes is pictured above) has learnt about Pelicans at Coorong, The Great Australian Bight where they have discovered the Southern Right Whale at the Head of Bight. They have discovered that the Nullarbor Plain is the largest single piece of limestone in the world.
As the book guides them over the desert they have studied the Thorny Devil, as well as Weathering and Erosion at Wave Rock, the Pinnacles and Uluru.
Upper First are excited to keep learning about Australia.

Justine Brine and Simone Cipollone
Teachers

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

02
March
2018

Head of School's Comment

On Wednesday this week at our Primary Swimming Carnival I was stopped by an adult visiting the swim centre, asking about our school. She passed on how impressed she was at the behaviour of our children, particularly how quickly they fell quiet to hear announcements and also how loudly they cheered for their teams. The respect our children at John Colet School give to their fellow team mates and to our staff and parents can often go unnoticed and it is great to receive feedback to remind us how important it is that we focus on our values.
A big thank you to our chief organiser for the swimming carnival Mrs Mackenzie, our supporting teachers, the swim centre staff and our volunteer parents for making the day such a success.    
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

02
March
2018

From our Deputy Head

The big event this week was the Primary Swimming Carnival. I would like to add my congratulations to Mrs Mackenzie on doing such a wonderful job and also to the children for their enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and good behaviour. The House captains all did a marvelous job both in helping to organise their House and also in the way in which they conducted the pre-Carnival meetings with House members at the beginning of the week.
I met with 6th class this morning just to take stock, as it were, of how the term is progressing for them and I was very impressed by the conversation. The effect and value of service, both for themselves and others, was a focal point of the conversation. I found this very encouraging.
On Wednesday we will have Cook Market Day and we look forward to raising funds for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
Also on Wednesday, we look forward to meeting up with parents from 3rd and 4th classes for Morning Tea in the Library.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

02
March
2018

Thinking about population growth and our natural resources

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In a follow up lesson from their field trip, 5th class used Book Creator to produce books about how to effectively plan for population growth and increased usage of the national park at Bobbin Head. They really enjoyed the task and the results were well thought out and creatively presented.

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

02
March
2018

Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes

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5K are making origami cranes to complement their study of Sadako. Sadako believed that if she made one thousand cranes she would be granted a wish. Her wish would have been to recover from the atom bomb disease.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

02
March
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE & SPINACH AGLONOTI

Tues

EGG, CHEESE SALAD ROLLS

Wed

'SAUSAGE' ROLLS        
(chickpea & cottage cheese)
Thurs

PUMPKIN &/OR MINESTRONE SOUP
with garlic croutons 
Fri

VEGETABLE RISOTTO

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

23
February
2018

From our Deputy Head

This week it was good to meet with the parents from 5th and 6th class who were able to come to the Morning Tea. It was great to discuss the value of an education that seeks to broaden the children’s horizons by offering a broad and rich curriculum.

Next week we will be holding our Primary Swimming Carnival. For the first time we were obliged to swim heats in the week prior in order to accommodate the number of events. Our heats went very smoothly thanks to the careful organisation of Mrs Mackenzie and Mrs Layton and to the steady and co-operative behaviour of the children. All primary parents are invited to join us next Wednesday at Killarney Swim Centre from 10.45 am.
I have been invited into many Infants classrooms to hand out merit cards. I continue to be impressed by the high standard of work that is being produced by them and their efforts to remember the quality of respect.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

23
February
2018

Head of School's Comment

This term we are exploring the Value of Respect and in particular respect for one another. At assembly this week Mrs Renshaw spoke of Respect by the way of seeking harmony. Much like actors on a stage, a choir group or sports team, real harmony requires full participation, listening, unity and a bit of give and take. The group can fall out of harmony from time to time, however the goal is to reach a unity whereby you are working truly together rather than just in one’s own direction.
We are looking forward to hearing from our students at assembly on Monday where this may have been worked on or found to be present.

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things. - William Wordsworth

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
February
2018

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHIPS & BEANS

Tues

PAD THAI NOODLES

Wed

SHEPHERD’S PIE

Thurs

RAVIOLI NAPOLITANO 

Fri

NACHOS

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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