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12
May
2017

Debating Season about to start

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Meet our 2017 Debating Team, clockwise: Jemima B, Kai C, Hayden H, Hugh B, Alethea F, Marley K-J, Caly H and Elisha C.  These students have successfully made it through the school selection process and will represent John Colet in the Interschool Debating Competition. We started the season with a workshop at the Sydney Japanese School last week where we met our fellow debaters from the Japanese School, the German School and Alexander School. Our first debate is in a few weeks. Congratulations to all of these students and good luck in your upcoming debates.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

12
May
2017

Sports reports

Today the JCS Senior Girls played Covenant Christian School in netball.  We were pretty evenly matched but in the end we won 9 - 7.  Everyone played their best, but the Girls of the Game were Samsara, Milla and Anjali (who scored 5 goals).  Marley scored the other 4 goals.  We look forward to next week.

- Milla, Marley

Today the JCS Senior Boys played Covenant Christian School in football and were unfortunate to lose 7 - 1. We had some great runs but weren't quite able to convert.  The Man of the Match was Edward due to his great passing, running and his stunning chip kick over the goalie's head from a good through-ball from Carlo.  Hopefully we can do that more often!  Overall it was a tough game and we were unlucky not to get the win.
- Ryan
 

The JCS Junior Boys versed Northern Beaches Christian School in football and won 4 - 3.

The JCS Junior Girls versed Northern Beaches Christian School in netball and won 16 - 3.  Player of the match was Anna.

Categories: John Colet

12
May
2017

Chess leaders

We now have a new leadership position at the school in the form of Chess Monitors.  Aidan H and Thomas J have been playing chess at John Colet for many years. As the Chess Club continues to grow in size and ability, two new leadership positions have been created to assist in the running of chess and also to provide further leadership opportunities with the vast array of clubs provided at John Colet.
Thomas and Aidan have been chosen for the role based on their commitment and passion for Chess.

Meanwhile in other chess news, congratulations to our Senior Chess Team who won 11 out of 12 games last week in the Junior Chess League’s Primary Schools Competition. The teams travelled to Belrose Public and St.Augustines and we also hosted Mona Vale at JCS. We entered one team in the Rookies, Intermediate and Championship levels.
 
The competition runs on Friday afternoons for most of Term 2. Thank you to the parents who helped to transport the children and all the support they give the teams.

Jasmine Crewe

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

12
May
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

GNOCCHI NAPOLI

Tues

CHIPS AND BEANS

Wed

PIZZA
Thurs

SHEPHERD’S PIE
(BY REQUEST)
Fri

CHEESE TOASTIES
(with ranch salad)

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

28
April
2017

Head of School's Comment

It has been a wonderful start to Term 2 this week. There have been so many exciting tales from both parents and students of their adventures over the holidays.
Last Term our focus was the Value of Respect and while we continue to ensure this Value is present in all our actions we will turn our attention now to Truth. Every few weeks we will explore a different practical element within this value, all of which are contained in simple questions outlined within our Vision, Mission and Values Statement.
Speak the Truth:
Practice: Truthfulness
  • Is it true?
  • Is it kind, pleasant and beneficial?
  • Is it uplifting?
  • What would a wise person say or do?
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

28
April
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

It has been a wonderful start to the Term:  I spotted several children running ahead of their parents to get to class:  so keen they were to be coming back to school!  We began  with an excellent Assembly and were regaled with reports from the children about the help they had given to their parents over the holidays.
Our practice of Truthfulness this term begins with “Telling the full story” – giving the other person’s side and  recognising another point of view.
 
French classes begin with a good turnout on Friday, and we now have two Mandarin classes.  Girls in the 6th Class Sewing Club are racing ahead, and some have finished in half a term what previous groups have taken two or three terms to finish.  A great job.
 
Staff:
We have two new part-time members of staff for this term: 
  • Mrs. Robyn Topp is teaching 5D on Thursdays, and comes to us with considerable experience in  teaching: she also works part-time for the Primary English Teaching Association of Australia (PETAA): in her current position she works  with K-6 teachers across Australia in Independent, State and Catholic schools to provide Professional Learning in various aspects of English, Literacy, Language and Literature.   She works with NESA to register workshops, courses and conferences and deal with accreditation of NSW and ACT teachers K-6.   We welcome her to 5th Class.
  • Mrs. Leisa Brown will be returning to JCS for the term as a Teachers’ Aide to replace Mrs. Taufique, who will be on leave.  Mrs. Brown has formerly worked at JCS and elsewhere: she has considerable experience in the Multilit system.  Welcome back!
  • Mrs. Jennifer Geary, a longtime Casual Teacher at JCS will be taking Lower First T two days a week, alongside Ms. Georgina Condos, who will increase her days from one to three per week until Mrs. Tefay returns.
Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrik
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

28
April
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

SWEET POTATO & PUMPKIN SOUP
with croutons

Tues

HOKKIEN NOODLE STIR FRY
with Asian greens & garlic sauce

Wed

SUNSHINE THAI
 with jasmine rice

Thurs

NACHOS

Fri

PASTA BOLOGNESE

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

07
April
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Thank you to parents of Lower First for attending the Class Morning Tea recently:  we had the added delight of seeing the class leaving for their first school excursion to Taronga Zoo, which was a success despite the weather.

It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 1.  We will change to winter uniform for Term 2, with a two-week cross-over period where summer or winter uniform may be worn, depending on temperatures.

Parents may be interested to learn that the John Colet Lunch Programme has recently been assessed by Ms Priyanka Sheth, a Paediatric Dietitian at Westmead Hospital.  This is an extract from her Report, received earlier this term.

  • The current menu is providing a wide variety of nutritious foods which promotes healthy eating. This will ensure that children will meet their nutritional requirements for the proportion of the day when they are at school.
  • I would like to acknowledge the school for providing a nutritious multi-cultural menu for their students, for example the school offers Asian, Italian, Indian and Mexican cuisine. It is important to expose children to a variety of foods to avoid fussy eating, but also allow exploration of foods especially when the Australian culture is multi-cultural and there is no set ‘Australian’ meal.

FRENCH CLUB – Hooray!      
Mme Galiane Marterer is offering places in an after-school French Class in Term 2.   This is to be held in the temporary Library (Music Centre) on  Fridays from 3.15 to 4.15 p.m.   Anyone who is interested, please contact Mme Marterer through her email address in the Weekly Note.

Mandarin Club extended
Wonderful news that our after school Mandarin classes are being extended with Mrs Pau returning to take classes for those students who do not speak Mandarin in the home.

 

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

07
April
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Today we had our ANZAC commemoration at John Colet School. A special thank you to our guest speaker this year, Mr Bob Lunnan. This was a good opportunity for our students to appreciate the sacrifice that has been made and continues to be made for our community. The children were able to pay their respects to all people who have made a sacrifice. In the words from Kemal Ataturk’s Tribute: “There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours”. It is an occasion for people to unify towards peace for all.
 
Thank you to our school community for all your support and making this first Term such a success. We hope you have an enjoyable break with your family and look forward to welcoming you back on the 26th of April.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
March
2017

Head of School's Comment

I am often in awe of how children can take quite complex ideas and concepts and explain them in practical ways or put them into simple actions. We had a few wonderful examples this week as we continue with the focus on our Value of Respect, particularly at present on how we widen our circle of happiness. The idea being that the pursuit of individual happiness is ultimately hollow and is only realised through bringing happiness to others and the wider world.
 
We introduced this idea at our assembly this week and we had one brave young boy in Year 3 who stood up and gave the following explanation; ‘Happiness isn’t something you can keep, you can’t hold it, you have to give it away if you want it to last longer’. I also had one of our Year 3 girls who visited my office during the week to tell me she had built a rubbish trap from seaweed whilst at the beach to help the environment so that both people and sea life can be happier. All of our students have the task of bringing happiness to others over the remainder of the term. They may not notice that they are doing it, so if you do see it in action do let them know.


Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

31
March
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP  
with garlic & rosemary croutons

Tues

THAI EGG FRIED RICE
with crispy noodles
(by request)

Wed

PESTO PASTA
with garden salad

Thurs

CHEESE & SALAD ROLLS
(walk-through, Infant Sanskrit
performance for parents)

Fri

EASTER BBQ
(Year 5 packed lunch)

Egg free, dairy free, gluten free and vegan options always provided.

Letting our children go to the hands of someone else can be very hard. Even harder is that of entrusting others with their food. Part of the beauty of John Colet is that we strive, we care and we value all our students individually and as a cohesive unit. The kitchen is just another environment to learn and grow.
The menu items are carefully chosen to reflect a balance of both nutrition and age appropriateness of only 1 meal of 5 per day. We are also obliged to offer a plainer option on all meals for those whose taste buds are still developing.
A few statistics from this past year alone:
•    We have increased our daily serving of sauced pasta from 7kgs to 12kgs;
•    We have decreased our daily serving of plain pasta from 6kgs to 2kgs;
•    We have increased our Pad Thai/Hokkien noodles from 2kgs to 12kgs;
•    We have decreased our squiggly noodles from 46 pkts to to 20 pkts;
•    We have increased our fried rices (all versions) from 21 cups 36 cups;
•    We have decreased our plain rice from 35 cups to 15 cups;
•    We have increased vegetable soups offering from 20 ltrs to 40ltrs.

This shows monumental growth from what I like to call the ‘3 P’s’ – Positive Peer Pressure.
The 3 P’s also applies to the children’s favourite foods – Pizza, Pastry, Pasta. I can never make too many pizzas or sausage rolls!

Children need time to see, consider and try new food options in their own time. This may be up to 20 times in some cases. We do not force feed children and they always have additional options to go to. So please engage your children and discuss them making healthy choices, even when they are not with you.

Here’s the recipe for our Healthy Noodles, so you can see the amount of varied ingredients which we use:
 

Eating well never goes out of fashion.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen
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Categories: Lunch menus, Writing & Speaking, John Colet

24
March
2017

Head of School's Comment

We would like to offer our thanks to the school community for your patience, understanding and support during this period of building works at John Colet School. The construction of our two new classrooms is moving along steadily and we are beginning to see some real progress. Due to changes in access we have also incorporated some upgrades to pathways and repairing of our grass areas. It was wonderful to see some of our students discussing the process of construction and even some of the maths involved during their break time this week.

We have had a great deal of rain over the past few weeks which has unfortunately resulted in cancellation of our inter school sports events as well as the postponement of our Walkathon to 31st March. We have also experienced flooding within our uniform store. The good news is that we have not incurred any damage to our stock and we have identified an alternate venue while we seek a permanent solution. An email will be shared early next week once we are all set up, with directions and opening times for the store as well as information for parents if they wish to order by email for student collection.

The way I see it, is that if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain – Dolly Parton

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

24
March
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

POTATO & LEEK SOUP
with crispy soldiers  
(YEAR 6 – PACKED LUNCH)
Tues

BROWN LENTIL NASI GORENG

Wed

SUNSHINE THAI & JASMINE RICE
Dessert: Caramel Slice

Thurs

SQUASH & TOMATO PASTA
Taste test: Malaysian soup
(LOWER 1ST – PACKED LUNCH)
Fri

SALAD ROLLS
(walk through – walk-a-thon)

Gluten free, egg free, dairy free and vegan options always provided.

We are very conscious of excess sugar in our diets here at John Colet School. In the kitchen, we never add sugar to our sauces, mixes and pastas etc. but rather use sweet vegetable ingredients like capsicum, chilli, tomatoes, red lentils and sweet potato to obtain the same result. In saying that, I do liketo treat the students with a dessert here and there. Please be assured that excess sugar is not added and that any offerings are small slices at best. It is, as suggested, a TREAT, not a whopping slab.


Eating well never goes out of fashion.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen
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Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

24
March
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

A full week ahead, and a slightly dryer one we hope!  The children have coped really well with the weather and the wet playground, as they have with the various building works going on around the campus.  
Zoe Emanuel, our Consulting Drama Teacher, has started the 2017 Shakespeare season, preparing the Infants children with some “Drama Games” which have been going well.   Full steam ahead now for the big event at the end of Term 2, and Infants children will be given their parts to learn over the coming holidays.
Mrs. Donald and Mrs. McKendrick  went to a Primary Teachers’ Conference at the Shore Northbridge Campus to consider “Well being in the Primary School” and heard keynote speakers from the Association of Independent Schools and also shared ideas on Pastoral Care with other teachers attending.  We came away feeling that we are well served at John Colet in this respect.  
One of the most interesting comments was that in this day and age the children (and adults for that matter!) do not experience moments of stillness, just being.  They are forever “entertained” by and occupied with the media, and any spare moments filled with gaming devices and mobile phones.  Our John Colet children are lucky enough to have Stillness  as their first School Value and to practise this with their teachers before and after every lesson and every school activity:

KNOW THYSELF – Practice:      Stillness

1.    Am I still?
2.    Am I peaceful?
3.    Am I aware of myself?
4.    Am I awake and aware of others?

It is worthwhile, every day, to take a few moments to be still and aware of ourselves, others and our surroundings!

 

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

17
March
2017

Head of School's Comment

The teaching of philosophy is a cornerstone of our program at John Colet School. The exploration of which is directly beneficial towards the traditional ‘core’ subjects such as English, Science and Maths as well as our concept of our place in the world. The term ‘Philosophy’ translates to a love of wisdom and as we tackle the ‘bigger picture’ it allows us to place our other subjects within the standard curriculum into context.

As an example of this one of our 4th class teachers, Mrs Kearney, was recently interviewed with regards to a philosophy program she had developed. This program on human potential involves exploring what is possible, the limits we put on ourselves and how we make use of our talents for the benefit of all. Our potential is impossible to develop on our own and as such requires a collective aspiration towards improvement. This is relevant to our current focus on the Value of Respect and ensuring our actions are to the advantage of all.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings – Salvador Dali



Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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