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13
March
2013
13
March
2013

Ceramic artists at work

All our Infants students had the chance to squish, roll and mould clay in ceramic art classes this week.  The lessons were lead by Krystan Taylor from Ceramics in Schools and the children listened hard to each step-by-step instruction.
Upper First C (pictured) each made crocodiles, which fits in with their aboriginal art work studies, while 2nd classes are making rainforest trees.  Lower First (kindy) classes are making wall hangings showing their family members.
The works will be fired, then painted and glazed at the start of Term 2.   Come and see the final results at our Open Day (Sunday 26th May).

   


Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Art classes, John Colet

13
March
2013

The First Fleet

Learning about the life of convicts

On Thursday 21st February, 4th class went on an excursion to The Rocks in the city.  We are studying about The First Fleet in HSIE and went to learn more about convicts.
We had a tour guide called Vickie and she gave us each some tunics to wear, white bonnets for girls and straw hats for boys.  She gave the Captains and General special uniforms and hats to wear.  She also gave us cards that told us who we were and information about us.  My name was Sarah Bellamy, 18, and I was married to James Bloodworth and we had 8 children.  I was brought out on the Lady Penrith. 
Eugenia
4th class D

...I dressed up as Captain John Hunter.  I was Captain on the Sirius which was the ship Captain Phillip travelled on.  I arrived here in 1788 at Sydney Cove.  I am 51 years old and I brought back food to the colony.  They were always happy to see me and I was their hero.
Maisy
4th class D

   

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

13
March
2013

Entry in for Gallipoli Art Award

6th class students have finished their individually etched horses on watercolour backgrounds.  They are now being framed, ready for judging in the Gallipoli Art Award.
This is the eighth year that John Colet's  6th class has entered the award, and we remain the only school to take part. Each year we've been thrilled to be hung as finalists in the Award, and be part of the exhibition at the Gallipoli Memorial Club in the city. The students are also invited to attend the prize giving lunch.
Pictured below are the horses being positioned for their trip to the framer. Good luck for this year, 6th class! 

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

13
March
2013

Enjoying eggs

This week 3rd classes practised drawing using larger arm movements from the shoulder, rather than the wrist, in order to achieve the generous oval shape of an A3 sized egg. 
And then there was the joy of patterning them with luscious pastels in irridescent Easter colours. 
 

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

13
March
2013

From the stage coordinators: 18/3/13

Welcome back to the Headmaster – we managed without him, but he was sorely missed, and we don’t envy him his email backlog!  Welcome also to Mrs. Mane, who went with him.

Respect:  At Assembly on Monday, we had some beautiful examples of ways in which the children could respect each other.  This is our continuing practice for this week, and it would be wonderful if it could spill over to respect for siblings!!

The Walkathon is looming on the horizon.    Your children should be working hard to get as many sponsors as possible – we heard a rumour that there are great expectations that we will raise a record amount.  A reminder that every child will need to be sun protected – sun hats, water, and well hydrated legs!   Sports uniform of course, since it is Friday anyway, and PISA children will be hurried to the oval as soon as possible.  PISA children are to bring their usual packed lunch, but the rest of the school will eat in the dining room in the normal way.

Sanskrit:  Many thanks are due to the dedicated and enthusiastic ladies who come to John Colet to teach Sanskrit to the children on a weekly basis.  They are currently preparing the children for the annual Sanskrit Recitation, as well as teaching the Sanskrit alphabet, grammar and vocabulary; this is presented in story form for translation at the various class levels, and begins in a very simple way in Lower First.   You will all have read about the Sanskrit dedication (the pause) that we use, and copies are available at the Reception desk.

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
March
2013

Buoyancy (or why did the Titanic float, then sink?)

The topic in Junior Science Club this week was buoyancy: Why do things float? Everyone tried experimenting at each of our four stations to investigate. Click  "Continue Reading"   to find out what our Junior scientists got up to at each station.
 

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

08
March
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment: 11/3/13

The school has a vision, a mission and values. These have been expressed many times in various ways. One way is to say that our vision is for the children to be Happy, Strong and Accomplished.

Happiness is available if we spend at least some of our time trying to be a source of happiness – that is, to give happiness to others rather than to spend all our time trying to get it.

Strength is measured by how much we can overcome ourselves rather than defeat others. In other words by how much we meet our own selfishness, fear and greed and turn them into compassion, courage and generosity.

And accomplishment means the acquisition of knowledge and the mastery of skills which make us valuable and useful to our friends, family and fellow citizens.

We would hope that our curriculum and the general atmosphere of lively enquiry, spirited debate and compassionate care – and of course the enthusiastic support of the parent body - go a long way towards producing fine young men and women who are happy, strong and accomplished.

So far our graduates have shown that the school has been of some help in this endeavour.

From the files, dated Week 6, Term 1, 2010.  Headmaster will be back from 14th March.

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
March
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 11/3/13

Value being practised: Respect.  The children have been encouraged to respect each other in every way.  This is proceeding well, and has been enthusiastically received by the children.

The new issue of our pamphlet on the School’s Vision, Mission and Values has been published.  Copies, as promised, have been sent to the parents of the new Lower First Class.  If any other parent wishes an updated copy, please speak to Mrs. Griffiths at the Reception desk.  And by the way, Lower First parents will also soon be receiving a Sanskrit and transliterated version of our “Pause”.  Mrs. Griffiths will also have copies of these available for anyone else who wishes one.

The Headmaster and Mrs. Mane are currently at the Headmasters’ Conference at which he is speaking, and we have had brief emails letting us know that all is going well there.  Look forward to “breaking news” about it on his return!

Shakespeare is looming again and Zoe Emanuel begins her drama coaching in the Infants’ Department this week.  Rehearsals will begin in earnest next term, and the performances for the Infants’ Shakespeare Festival will be held at school at the beginning of Term 3. 

Good news - Geraldine West and Donna Taylor have very generously offered their services to streamline and organise the Shakespeare/Nativity costume collection and our range of “props”.  Teachers are sighing with relief ….  It’s a huge job that these two ladies have undertaken and we are most grateful.

There are whispers about, regarding the possibility of starting a Gardening Club for some interested children after school.  Keep your ears open for something louder, because support and help will be needed if it gets off the ground!  (Whoops, “into the ground” would be better!)

The Pick Up Zone has been running smoothly and efficiently, thank you, and your continued co-operation will be most appreciated.

Enjoy these lillies by 4th class students this week...

 


Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

06
March
2013

Learning about aboriginal art

Our Upper First (Year 1) students have been learning about aboriginal culture through action, storytelling and art.
Sitting around a pretend campfire, students watched some of their class mates act out the aboriginal story "The Bat and the Crocodile" read by their art teacher Mrs Gadsby.  Then they learnt about aboriginal markings, which they recreated on black paper bat shapes, and on large pieces of paper bark.

Next week, in ceramic art, they will make a crocodile and paint it with similar dots, cross hatchings and lines.

Mrs Gadsby says there is a strong emphasis on culture based art at John Colet, for example in Aboriginal art, not just learning about dot painting, but coming to an understanding of the ideology behind the artworks.

"This process of examining art through culture applies also to Asian, Indian and Islamic art. This gives the children a deep understanding and appreciation of different cultures. They also study the great art movements in the western world such as the Renaissance, Impressionism and Contemporary art."

   

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

28
February
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 4/3/13

Respect
This value is being practised by the children with the emphasis on looking and listening. The teachers are enjoined to look in particular for the good in the children.

National English Curriculum for 2014
The National English Curriculum is due to be implemented in all New South Wales Schools in 2014.

John Colet is preparing for this process: for our Teachers’ Week study in January, we invited a consultant from the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) to workshop this new syllabus over a full day, which means that the teachers are well on the way to becoming familiar with its content and requirements. Further study will be undertaken during this year to refine the process so that teachers will be ready by the end of the year.

Lunches
What a joy to have the kitchen open again, under the marvellous direction of Donna Moor and her team. We are being treated daily to culinary delights and you will be pleased to hear that the children are being encouraged to eat fruit and to be adventurous in trying new tastes. A variety of proteins and carbohydrates is being offered with bread only occasionally. All special dietary requirements are being met. The children are enjoying a relaxed and nourishing meal: they particularly warm to the social aspect of the lunch table, and are often seen to be caring for and serving each other.

 

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

28
February
2013

4th class art on trend with bunting

As 4th classes are reading Storm Boy, the art teachers were asked if the children could come up with a fabulous classroom display to go with the book's body of work.
No problem at all - as the art sessions were already focusing on the form and shape of birds - and a pelican and shore birds certainly feature in the book.
So now both classes have wonderful bunting illustrated with shore birds and coastal landscapes. The birds were block printed in black with foam board, then hand coloured.  The landscapes were drawn with coloured pencils and crayon.
Come and see the final results first hand at our Open Day (Sunday 26th May).
 



Categories: Art classes, John Colet

28
February
2013

Young biologists on Safari

Our two 2nd classes are loving their science unit "Schoolyard Safari" where we investigate small creatures found in the schoolyard and our own backyards.

The children have observed worms and snails closely, drawn diagrams and now have
the worms in a worm viewer in their classrooms where they are closely observing their movements and habits. Lots of fun!
Mary Garrett
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

28
February
2013

From our kitchen: 4/3/13

On the menu this week...

Mon

SOUP WITH BREAD ROLLS

Tues

VEGIE SAUSAGE ROLLS

Weds

CHEESY QUICHE

Thurs

SALAD ROLLS

Fri

NACHOS
Dairy, egg, lactose, gluten and wheat free and vegan options provided daily.

Salt is on the lips of the media, yet again. Many people think that salt is the enemy of life, but with a healthy lifestyle and diet, salt is simply another one of earth’s wonders.

You would be a puddle without salt maintaining cellular stability. It is also a totally natural product.

What we must know is that iodised sea salt, Himalayan salt or Murray River salts are the best dietary sources of salt as they contain useful minerals to the body. It is the old ‘table salt’ that is added to our food after it has been served that is the great worry.

This argument has come forward, like many others, following our love of fast foods and pre-packaged food that many of us (over 40’s) grew up on. Our mothers went to work and ‘convenience foods’ took our taste buds to great new heights.

When using salt, use it in the cooking process to enhance the natural flavours within your food. Allowing it to absorb and combine naturally is better for you and makes the food pleasurable. And remove the salt shaker from the dinner table. It is a chef’s nightmare to have someone add salt and pepper to their food before they have even tasted...because they make food to taste perfect as it is, by adding salt in the cooking process.

If you must add it to the top of your food use the right type and simply reduce the quantity. Food loves salt and salt loves food. Make sure it is not you that loves salt, and be a healthier version of yourself.
Donna Moor
Chef


Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
February
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

                                                Matthew 5:48

 

One of the pieces of sage advice that Leon MacLaren, the founder of the school, gave us was always to begin with the Absolute. 

So when we consider any aspect of the school, any plans we have to implement, any child who needs some form of correction, we start by articulating the ideal outcome, the perfect solution, the model result.

Having done this we then see clearly if, and to what extent, there is a shortfall from this ideal.  Practical steps then reveal themselves, which can be taken to close the gap between what we have, and what we want.  The staff have been conscientiously implementing this, with encouraging results.

 At first blush it may seem pretty obvious to go about things this way; but we found, initially, that it was a bit counter-intuitive.  This is because we are often beguiled by the problem, the difficulty or the mistake.  Our attention goes to the few talkative children when the majority of the class is still and attentive; we focus on the few things that go wrong in an otherwise well-organised event; we fret about a few disgruntled people when the overwhelming (and usually silent) majority are happy and supportive.

 This doesn’t mean the chatty children shouldn’t be quiet, that future events wouldn’t benefit from a post-mortem, or that peoples’ concerns shouldn’t be given full respect and attention.  Merely that the most efficient and stress free way of responding is to have a picture of the best –the Absolute – clearly in view.

 

Note:  I’ll be away for a few weeks.  I have been invited to present a paper on school funding at a conference in UK.  Mrs McKendrick and Mrs Donald will constitute the steady hand on the tiller in my absence.  See you all soon.

In the meantime could I beg you all to be very considerate of our neighbours when driving, parking and dropping off or picking up the children.   Thank you.


 

 

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

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