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21
June
2017

It's going to be a ball!

Editor's Note:  Since this article was posted, the date of the Masquerade Gala Dinner has been changed to Saturday 9th September. The venue is Checkers Conference Centre on Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills. 

 

Can you help us with the next big JC P&F event -  the Masquerade Ball Gala Dinner on Friday 8th September?  At this stage we are looking for volunteers to help form small groups / committees to look after the various aspects of the evening.  Here is a list of helpers required.

  1. Silent Auction Manager/s:  This person(s) will co-ordinate the collection of the silent auction items.  This person(s) will also be responsible for the setup of these items at the venue on the day.
  2. Live Auction Manager/s: This person(s) will co-ordinate the live Auction of the large items that may be worth a significant amount.  This person/s will also take down the names of the winning bids and their owners.
  3. Graphic Designer / Artist?: This person will design the invites and all other artwork associated with the event as well as working closely with the Live Auction Manager to arrange the layout and printing of the catalogue and any special signage we may require.
  4. Money Collection: This person will be responsible for collecting money on the night and using the eftpos machine when required. 
  5. Table Decorations/Theming:  This person/s will help to create and co-ordinate the table centres for each of the tables.
  6. Children’s Artwork: Co-ordination of the Children’s artwork to be auctioned on the night. 
  7. Raffle ticket sellers/lucky dip: This bubbly person/s will co-ordinate the raffle and the lucky dip on arrival.
  8. Live Auction: Auctioneer.  This person will be responsible for hosting the bidding for the live auction.  (Do we have an auctioneer amongst our midst?).

 If you are able to do any of these roles or you would like to form a group to help co-ordinate these activities, please let your class parent know.

Best wishes,
JCS P&F

Categories: P&F, John Colet

16
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

Our practice of Mindfulness and of pausing throughout the day allows the children to focus, become still and centre themselves within the present. They practice letting go of thoughts and emotions tied up with the past while also releasing considerations or judgements of the future. It is a central part of our school.
Apart from our regular pausing between subjects we also allow for a whole school pause at 10:55 each day. One of our Infants teachers asked her class this week what the group pause meant to them. One child thought about how all the adults were serving the children at this time, some thought about all the children who had been at our school in the past. They also discussed that just being still and quiet was an option too. Asking your child when they find pausing useful is a good opportunity to look at how it can be of benefit outside school too.
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

16
June
2017

Taking part in art

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These boats that 2nd class made will be part of an installation at Mosman Art Gallery that local children and adults have contributed to.
The exhibition called THE BOAT; Project Another Country is the work of husband and wife team Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan who originated from the Philippines.
They are internationally known for creating works that embrace the themes of home and family while drawing on their personal experiences of migrating to Australia from the Philippines.
The children's boats will be part of a large installation which opens at the gallery on 1 July and goes until about 10th September.

Penny Walton
Art Teacher

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

16
June
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE SALAD ROLLS

Tues

CHEESY RICE

Wed

SAUSAGE ROLLS

Thurs

BAKED SHEPHERD’S PIE

Fri

PASTA FLORENTINE

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

09
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

Media and the news have changed considerably since I was a child. It used to be the newspapers and 4 channels on the television. There was just one TV in our house, which actually ended up being one channel (the ABC, my parent’s favourite) as you had to physically get up and change the station! As we continue to look at Truthfulness this Term and particularly gossip at the moment, it may be a good opportunity to discuss with your children where they get their facts from and how they know they are indeed facts. This can lead to some very enlightening discussions!
 
Everyone likes sharing stories and news with their friends, however it can become personal and also evolve through miss-communication to snowball out of proportion. At school we continue to encourage the children to pause and think; Is it true? Is it beneficial to all?
 
The problem with facts found on the internet is that they are often untrue – Abraham Lincoln
Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

09
June
2017

Eggs away

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4th class students recently had to design a vehicle to carry an egg safely from the verandah to the ground. They had to think about the materials they could use to protect their egg and choose a material, considering also its size and shape, that would provide maximum air resistance thereby helping the egg to travel safely to the ground.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

09
June
2017

Kaboom

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Second classes were inspired by the world of percussion when Kaboom came to their incursion with week. 
With a wide range of traditional and found percussion instruments, along with juggling, magic and comedy, the incursion demonstrated how easy it is for students to make and play percussion instruments.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

09
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Reports have been posted and should be received in time for Parent Teacher Interviews.

During  Assembly  each week, children recite the School Motto, “Testare de Illa Luce” which means “To bear Witness of that Light”. 
This is taken from the Christian Scriptures, St. John’s Gospel Chapter 1, and refers to the coming of one of the world’s great teachers – Jesus Christ, whose precepts and teachings have enlightened millions over the last two millennia.

St. John refers to Jesus as being “the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”.  This is a reference to the pure consciousness that is “the light of every man”, the underpinning perfection in each of us.  Bearing witness of this light means  letting that light shine through our actions as they reflect in the school values of Stillness, Respect, Courage, Service and Respect
St. Matthew (5:16) says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works ..”
Each of the four gospel–writers has a symbol (Eagle, lion,  man and bull).  The Crest shows the symbol of St. John which is an eagle – here ascending with the rays of light of the sun shining  behind it.
Enjoy a safe and happy long weekend.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

09
June
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

QUEEN’S B/DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Tues

GNOCCHI ARRABIATA

Wed

CHIPS & BEANS
(with Iceberg salad)
Thurs

SALAD WRAPS
Fri

PESTO PASTA
(walk through – Shakespeare Stage going up)

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

02
June
2017

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to our entire school community for a wonderful Open Day. It was a magnificent example of the practical application of our school values through the actions of all involved.

Our exploration of the practice of Truthfulness continues this term. We are now looking specifically at how we can be personally active in determining what is fact from fiction and ensuring that what we chose to share with others is beneficial for all. When we pass information on we are effectively saying it is true and therefore we need to pause and determine if this is in fact the case. Also, when sharing information we need to be aware of the impact of what we are saying, not just on the person we are sharing with, but also on the wider community.

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth – Marcus Aurelius

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

02
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Open Day was wonderful in every way:  the weather was perfect, the classrooms looked wonderful, the performances were enjoyable, and if there needs to be an indicator as to how the children behaved themselves, here it is:  The First Aid lady went home without even having had one customer – not even a bandaid.  Well done everyone!  Thank you to the many parents who worked indefatigably, thank you to those who spent money, thank you for the delicious lunch, thank you Sixth Class for your enthusiasm with the stalls, thank you teachers and children, and thank you to our Administrative Staff who put it all together to make a workable forum for our community to enjoy itself..  The standards were high!

It was a busy week with the Sanskrit Competition, the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod and Open Day preparation.

In the mornings when the teachers pause at 8 a.m. and discuss the day, we always say a prayer in Sanskrit and then in English. Responding to a request from some parents, we will highlight one of the Sanskrit prayers each fortnight and explain the English meaning:  This week we are reciting  “The Perfect Prayer”

 
Here is the English meaning:


OM

This is Perfect.
That is Perfect.
Perfect comes from Perfect.
Take Perfect from Perfect,
And the remainder is perfect.

Om 

May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

02
June
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

SPINACH & CHEESE AGNOLOTTI
Tues

FRIED RICE
with Asian greens and sweet corn
Wed

MEXICAN BOATS
Thurs

SWEET POTATO & LENTIL SOUP
Dessert: Pineapple ‘fruit fool’
Fri

SAUCY PASTA

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

26
May
2017

Head of School's Comment

Thank you to those parents and students who were able to assist in our Working Bee last Sunday. There was some general touch ups, maintenance and cleaning along with some much needed gardening and fuel reduction. The school is looking in great shape for our Open Day this weekend.

Our Open Day is an opportunity to celebrate what makes this school truly special with our families and friends. It is also wonderful to welcome visitors from our wider community, invite back past students and allow our current students to perform and enjoy the fun activities of the day.

A special thanks to our Parents and Friends group for all the work behind the scenes that they have done to make this possible. 
 

Julian Wilcock
Headmaster

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

26
May
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Another week of wonderful performances with more to come on Open Day, all warmed by the beautiful autumn weather. The children themselves shone at the Sanskrit Competition on Tuesday, and the event highlighted the courage and discipline of the children, and their generosity in heartily applauding each other. The individual winners are published elsewhere, and Upper 1st and 5th won the whole class section.
Mid-week a small group of 4th Class children spent the day at Kinma School, taking part in the their Friendship Day, which was attended by several local schools.  Thank you to those children who represented John Colet.
The John Colet Choir was one of three schools who were Highly Commended at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, and our Head Chorister, Lila Jones, was given a special mention.
 
Open Day
 
Children are to arrive at Open Day in full  winter uniform at 9am.  They should go to their classroom.  Children should bring their school sports uniform in their sports bag to change  into straight after the stage performances.  (You may also wish to  send in a small recess snack and drink.)
 
The stage performances start at 10am until 11am.  After that time, children are free to enjoy the Open Day activities and show their parents around their classrooms. The classrooms will be manned from 11 a.m. to 12 midday and then from 1 pm to 2 pm. The Open Day concludes at 2pm.
 
Parents, please note that the children should stay with their teachers until the stage performances are over, and should not go the  playground until this is over.
 
Please register for the Cyber Safety talk on 1st June (6.00 for 6.30) to be held at John Colet.  Parents from local schools are also invited to this Rotary sponsored event.
Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

26
May
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

SCHOOL CLOSED
Tues

ROASTED CARROT & ZUCHINNI RISOTTO

Wed

INDIAN CURRY
Taster: Palak Paneer


Thurs

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE (by request)
Dessert: Mixed Berry Fruit Flip

Fri

CREAMY MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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