John Colet
29
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

We have arrived at the end of what has been a very dynamic term. We started with Open Day and followed on with the Sanskrit Recitation Competition. We also had our Instrumental Evening with a record number of items and finished with the Infants Shakespeare performances which were outstanding. Interwoven amongst these major events, we had our Debating and Chess Competitions our annual John Colet Day Assembly, National Simultaneous Story Time and the PISA interschool sports competition.
This is underpinned by our varied curriculum which ranges from the Maths Challenge to Ceramics. It is this wide tapestry across all the learning areas combined with the skill, energy and dedication of our teachers that offers our students a full and enriching education.
I would like to wish the whole John Colet community a happy, safe and peaceful holiday.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

29
June
2018

Getting ready for Science week

The national school theme for this year's Science Week (13-17 August) is Game Changers and Change Makers.
John Colet School will focus on plastics and how to reduce, reuse and recycle.
We will be holding a competition for students on the best use of plastic rubbish that can be re-purposed into something for long term use or to find a plastic free solution to something we currently use plastic for. We plan to have both an Infants and Primary prize.
We are also looking to identify where students and families are currently using creative ways to cut down on our plastic use at school. An example is using old tea towels, re-purposed into a bag for bringing children’s plates and cups to school for our sit down vegetarian lunch.

Lunch bag

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

28
June
2018

Lower Firsts love giving talks!

Lower First students have been bravely and clearly speaking out to their class mates in Show and Tell this term.  In Weeks 6 and 7, they were encouraged to find out about a form of weather which is extreme and share pictures, books or information.  In Weeks 8 and 9, they brought in a favourite book to show to the their classmates, with a discussion about the author, the illustrator and the purpose of the book.  Here are two photos...

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Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), John Colet

28
June
2018

Sewing group

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Our 6th class sewing group students are rightly proud of their bargello work cushions they have made this semester.  Sewing tutors Judith Donald and Mary Layton point out that not only is needlework fun, it is extremely good for developing attention to detail and focus.  Congratulations on your new homeware artworks 6th class!

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

28
June
2018

Concert rounds out a semester of instrumental music lessons

Our wonderful Instrumental concert last week was a great success.  See some beautiful photos by school parent Sonia Stewart here.

 

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22
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

There have been some wonderful examples of success at John Colet School that can only be achieved by being present in the moment and focused, a skill that we pride ourselves in instilling within our students. Along with the daily practice within the classroom, we have seen much success lately in our debating and sports competitions, together with a first place in the recent inter school chess competition.
Our Upper First and 2nd Class Shakespeare performances next week are another fine example of the use of high levels of concentration, attention and focus. It is truly magical watching our students as they practice their plays move from mere line recitations to giving their all, embodying the character and simply being there.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

22
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

We are nearly at the end of Term 2 which seems to have gone by in record time. It has been a very full term for the children and teachers alike. Next week we look forward to the infants’ performances for which they have been rehearsing with enthusiasm and focus. It is hard to overestimate the value that the children derive from engaging with the words of Shakespeare. Apart from the obvious benefits of developing confidence, learning to speak  with clarity and being exposed to the best of our Western literary tradition, performing  Shakespeare gives every child the opportunity to connect with their emotional intelligence.
Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

22
June
2018

On our vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Monday- spinach and feta filo bites  

Tuesday- Pumpkin ravioli in pesto cream sauce

 Wednesday- roast vegetable and cheese tarts

Thursday- vegetable burgers with salad and rolls

Friday- cheesy garlic bread pizza

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
June
2018

Earth and Space explained

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Mrs Marissa Nerwich, astronomer and astronomy guide at the Sydney Observatory, talked to 5th classes as part of their study of Earth and Space.
They heard about some of the methods by which modern and ancient astronomers have found out about our solar system, for example, how they calculate distances between planets and stars. They also found out about whether life is possible on other planets in our solar system and beyond, about the Big Bang and about current missions in space. The children made the most of the opportunity to put their questions to an expert!
Year 5 have also finished their Moon Buggies and have successfully tested them on a rough ‘moon’ surface.
More photos on Facebook

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

22
June
2018

Sports Reports

Every single girl in the Senior Girls netball team fought valiantly in our grand Final against Oxford Falls on Friday.  The final score was 19 - 7 to Oxford Falls, a great effort by us given that so many of our team could not play because of their debating commitment. 
Girls of the Game went to Victoria for her impressive shooting and Olivia for her endless energy as Centre.  Special shout out to Antonia for being a fantastic captain for this netball season.

The Junior Girls netball team played our last game against Northern Beaches Christian School and won 17 - 6, finishing second in the tournament. The Players of the Day are:  Everyone, and in particular Jasmine!     - Ciara

All today's soccer games for Boys were cancelled because of the recent rain.  However, the Senior Boys have won the soccer competition this term.

The Junior Boys have one more match next week.- Tim Roslin

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22
June
2018

Some newsy updates this week

Twice as long as any year before (1.5hours) with solos on Piano, Violin, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukelele, Cello, Oboe and Flute, our Instrumental Concert this week was a great show of developing talent!  There were also group performances by the Beginner Violins and the JC Ensemble, and all performers finished the night with a choir piece.  Well done students and a special thanks to Rosy Davidson and all our music teachers for coordinating the evening.

On Friday both John Colet teams won their debates against St Luke's.  The topic was 'That large pets should be banned in cities' and John Colet had both an affirmative and negative team.  Our debaters have made incredible progress with their debating skills and have grown in confidence and maturity.  We look forward to our three remaining debates in Term 3.

And congratulations to our chess team who this week came first in the heats of the Interschool Chess Challenge at St.Bernard’s Catholic School.
The have qualified through to the semi finals in Term 3. Well done all!

Categories: Chess & Clubs, Writing & Speaking, John Colet

15
June
2018

Head of School's Comment

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This week I had the pleasure of having lunch with one of our Lower First classes as they had raised the most money for our Parents and Friends Walkathon. The pizza, created by our Chef Mr Galloway, was delicious! However, the real pleasure was speaking with them about a variety of topics from extreme weather (a current class project), our local cheeky bush turkey, to why I need to have so many different ties!
I also have the pleasure of dining with a different group of 6th Class students each week. It is a great opportunity, in an informal setting, to speak about whatever is of interest to them. Often this includes suggestions for school improvements, or discussions on high schools or just what is in the media of late. From Lower First to 6th Class, I am always impressed with both our students' willingness to engage honestly, and their fresh perspectives towards life and the future.

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

15
June
2018

From our Deputy Head

This coming week our teachers will be meeting to discuss their individual goals relating to the teaching standards outlined by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority). These goals may include for example, the development of critical thinking skills, visual learning and formative assessment.  In addition to these individual goals, the school has an overall goal related to differentiation within the classroom. The aim of differentiation is to help meet the many levels of learning and learning styles in any one classroom. Working on these goals helps to maintain a high standard of teaching practice and to continue to develop new skills.
It is inspiring to see the work on these teaching goals manifest in each classroom in so many different ways.

Diane Renshaw
Deputy Headmistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

15
June
2018

Sports Reports

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Today the Senior Pisa Girls nailed our semifinal playing Pittwater House in netball.  The score was 19 - 4 to us.  The Girl of the Game is Isabelle for incredible movement and play.  Special mention to Sascha for playing positions she hadn't before.   - Antonia S

The Junior Pisa Girls netball team played St Lukes Dee Why and tied 5 - 5.  The Players of the Day are Felicity and Ciara for their great calling and overall play.  Special thanks to Violette and Lucia for stepping in for some Year 3s.

The Junior Pisa Boys played a thrilling game of soccer against Oxford Falls, winning 2 - 1.  The person that stood out was Josh, so he is the Man of the Match, as he was excellent in goals.

The Senior Boys had a bye.

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15
June
2018

Carbon offset update

John Colet School carbon offset for last month: 2.03 tons. 

We have offset the equivalent of: 52 trees

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