John Colet
24
May
2013

Update from last P&F meeting

Walkathon Update
So far $7,514 has been raised and 73% of children have made donations. Katrina B reminded the committee to think clearly about communication for the event as target setting misrepresented the event to the school community. Cherry was thanked for her excellent efforts. Class parents are asked to send out final friendly reminder for any pledges outstanding.

Open Day
-       Fair/Stalls Update – By Liz K
Liz K advised that all rosters have been given to class parents and the website is up to date. Liz K asked that class parents contact her with any other questions as soon as possible.
Judith D advised that the small broken down shed at the back of the school is to be removed, making the environs tidier.
Balloons will be made available for the Art Show opening night as well as for fair.
The stage will be set up Monday before event. Three additional gas ovens were offered to the food stall operators, which they have kindly accepted.
Liz K will be roving about on Fair Day to answer any issues raised.
Alex C will put John Colet aprons out for each stall – usually about six per stall.
Liz K will send a PDF file (advertisement for fair and art show) to class parents, to send on to all parents so they can forward it onto family and friends.
This year the John Colet Fair does not clash with the Kamaroi School fair.
Liz K advised that a map has been put together, outlining placement of stalls on Fair Day. Alex C suggested that these maps be placed at the Board of Governor’s stall, at the ticket stall and near the food stall.
Katrina B thanked Liz K for her amazing efforts in co-ordinating Fair Day.

- Art Show Update – Sarah W
Sarah W noted that the artworks are of a very high standard this year.
Sarah W asked class parents to promote the event among the parent body.
A jazz trio will be playing on opening night and tickets will be available at the door. The organisers would prefer, however, advance ticket sales so as to give them an indication of numbers attending. Tickets cost $15 and wine will be available by the glass. ($5 per glass)
The children’s artwork will be displayed in the staff room.
Judith D asked if there is any security on gate. Alex C advised that this had not been done in the past, as the event is fairly quiet.
Katrina B advised that the children’s artwork should be framed or on a canvas to facilitate hanging. They also need to be labelled with the child’s name and title (if they have one and should be approximately A4 size.

Treasurer’s Report – Samantha R in Donna T’s Absence
Cash at bank position:

As at 8 April 2013                                   $  22,010

Plus deposits                                                5,587

Less outgoings                                             4,116

Less unpresented cheques                          106
Current cash at bank @ 13/05/2013: $ 23,375
Fundraising for 2013 Year to date:
Walkathon takings                                    $7,514

Funds Allocation Procedure – Katrina B
The P&F Committee, in consultation with the school, prioritises items that require funding. Parent suggestions are also taken into consideration. These items are then brought to the attention of those at the P&F meetings at which time comments are taken. Approval is then sought from the parent representatives at the meeting.

Board Report/Executive Report – Judith D
Judith advised that a Gap student will be arriving at the school shortly and notification will be placed in the next weekly note.
Approved school student numbers currently stand at 225. An application has been lodged with council to increase that number to between 320 and330. This allows 2 classes per year.

Future Building works include the administration wing and the COLA. An architect is currently looking into the most favourable site for the COLA (covered outdoor learning area).

Judith advised that risk assessment forms need to be filled in for Fair Day. Alex C will handle those.

There will be a Board of Governors stand at the Fair and members will respond to any enquiries from the community.

A site for the Gardening Club has been located outside the music room and will consist of octagonal raised beds. Alex D is fulfilling the risk assessment criteria. Two teachers will attend a workshop that informs and encourages schools to bring the healthy living concept into school. Grant money will be used to fund substitute teachers while they are away and also buy supplies for the club.

The large grevillea out the back of the school has died of natural causes.

Judith D asked for feedback about the possibility of Mike McDonald, a behaviour management consultant, coming to the school to give a talk to school parents. Meeting responded positively to this suggestion.

Teachers have taken on the supervision of the chess club.

Maintenance of Park on Corner of Cotentin Road and Wyatt Avenue
A letter (as advised in the minutes of last meeting) has been sent to council on behalf of the P&F Committee. Council has acknowledged receipt of letter and they will respond in due course.

Rehabilitation of Playground Within School Grounds – Judith D
Judith D advised that any landscaping will be delayed until all building works (as advised above) are done so as to save on duplication of expenses As such, the timing of the rehabilitation of this site has not been set at this time.

P&F Email Contact – Katrina B
A new email address for the P&F Committee will be created in the near future and included on the school’s website. In the mean time, all agenda items should be sent to P&F secretary Samantha Richards at her email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Library Re-Opening Enquiry – Judith D
Judith D advised that the library would not open before Fair Day. It is noted that the teachers are keen for access, so too the children. The headmaster will take further action to expedite the process. As such a definitive re-opening date is not available at this time. More shall be known before the next P&F meeting.

Fundraising BBQ at Bunning’s – Katrina B and Alex C
A tentative date has been set for 23rd June 2013. This is the first weekend of school holidays. The previous BBQ’s have been run by the Chan family, but due to their departure from the school there is need of a volunteer to co-ordinate this event. There was a feeling among attendees that this timing may be difficult, being at the beginning of school holidays. Maria Mury will contact the Chans to ascertain whether the date was definite or tentative and other arrangements set in place. Alex C to communicate with Bunnings.

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting of the P&F Committee – Katrina B
Due to the resignation of Liz K as Vice President due to escalating work commitments there will an extraordinary meeting following the next P&F committee meeting to elect new office bearers.

Other Business
A query was raised as to the timing of fee notification. Judith D will follow this up with Board of Governors.

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held 8.30am Monday 3rd June 2013.

Meeting Closed
Katrina B closed the meeting at 9.00pm.

Categories: P&F, John Colet

24
May
2013

From our kitchen: 27/5/13

On the school menu this week...

Mon

PUPIL FREE DAY

Tues

PASTA PRIMAVERA

Weds

ASIAN NOODLES

Thurs

POTATO & LEEK OR TOMATO SOUP

Fri

SUNSHINE VEGETABLES

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

This week’s ‘Camp Kitchen’ has been a great success with the help of teachers and students. The children have enjoyed picnicking on the lawn or in the warmth of their classrooms. The lunch ladies have yet again risen to the task without getting frost bite.

This Sunday is the annual school fair so don’t forget to come hungry! Out of the kitchen we will be showcasing some of the children’s and teachers’ favourite meals. They include sausage rolls, nachos, hot dogs and three different curries with all the trimmings. We all hope you enjoy them. We will also have simple tea and coffee, so if the line to the coffee cart is too long, pop over for a warm cup of tea with a little something from the cake stall or the French cafe.

Don’t forget to invite your neighbours and friends to the fair to show them what a great school we have.

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
May
2013

Thanks to Flinders House parents

Parents of children in Flinder's House attended this term's school working bee last weekend. They did a huge amount of work including:
Moving dining tables and benches, pruning hedges, rock removal, levelling bark chips, washing pathways and balconies, assisting in hanging school art, cleaning main kitchen, cleaning scuff marks from walls inside and out, de-cobwebbing, clipping garden beds, washing desks and floor in art room, washing classroom doors, cleaning ceiling fans, picking up litter from outside school grounds, cleaning bubblers and metal benches, cleaning staff kitchens, clearing ground gutters, raking and removing leaves, weeding.
Thank you everyone for your willing help and good company!!

Categories: John Colet

22
May
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 27/5/13

Did everyone see the Manly Daily front page on Tuesday?  Echoes of the fire but great publicity for the Art Show and Open Day. 

School has been a hive of activity with a marquee and stage being put together, the Art Show being prepared by a group of dedicated ladies and men, artists dropping a wonderful array of works, ladies with clipboards assessing locations, children rehearsing, and the school’s Art Department and teachers busily putting up work for our general admiration!  The Catering ladies are scheming to feed us all with their usual panache on Open Day, and in the meantime, they have managed to keep lunches going in a Camp Kitchen in the breezeway. (The children seem to enjoy these “picnic lunches” and are to be seen in clusters in the Garigal Quad at lunchtime.)

Professional Development:  Miss Cipollone attended a Maths Inservice this week, and Miss White and also Miss Cipollone will be going to two PD days in early June relating to Health and healthy eating and how to incorporate this into the curriculum.

This is sponsored by the Health Department and the Council.  We are also hoping to promote healthy food awareness with the starting up a little later in the year of a Garden Club after school.

John Colet Day:     We were honoured by the presence on Monday  20th of several of our Board members who came to honour our namesake – John Colet , and to tour the school, looking at the children’s work.  The Headboy and Headgirl each gave a speech on the background of John Colet in the 16th century, and they delivered these with confidence and clarity.  The school performed various recitations and singing – a treat by any standard.

The tour of the Board was very successful and not the least because the children demonstrated excellent behaviour (thank goodness!), but also the Governors, quite fortuitously, happened upon some Writing lessons, and were thoroughly entertained by some budding authors!

In the meantime, we pray for rain, but also ask for it to hold off during the Fair this Sunday!

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

22
May
2013

Super Mother's Day gifts by second classes

Check out these lovely little dishes that our second class students decorated as gifts for Mums on Mother's Day.
 

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

22
May
2013

Art students learning to teach

Our wonderful art prefect Eloise M and art assistant India P were photographed helping the children in art this week.  India is actually taking this class. Eloise helps with Lower First every week and will be preparing and taking a lesson for them after our school  Open Day this Sunday.
The sand art supplies were kindly donated to the school by a parent. 



Categories: Art classes, John Colet

17
May
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment

This week the 3rd and 5th class children sat the NAPLAN tests in Maths, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Writing.  The teachers were happy and felt the children approached the testing conscientiously and well.

In the past John Colet has excelled in these external tests.  Last year we didn’t so as well as usual in Writing and we used the result as a diagnostic tool.  In other words, we noted the area which needed improvement, and we secured the services of a Writing consultant for our Summer Teachers’ Study Week.

We congratulate the teachers and children on their efforts and look forward to the results.

Coming up on Sunday 26th May is that major school concatenation of events – Open Day, the Fair and the Art Show.  Each of these is a major of undertaking and we do them simultaneously.  The Parents and friends have been performing prodigies getting the Fair ready; the children and teachers have been rehearsing and creating beautiful work for display on Open Day; and the Art Committee has been getting the Art Show together.  And the working bee this Sunday will be doing a final clip, trim and tidy to get everything ship shape.

It is a wonderful communal effort, and is a showcase of John Colet at its best – even before a single guest has arrived next Sunday.

 

 

 

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

17
May
2013

From our kitchen: 20/5/13

On the menu this week...

Mon

SOUP

Tues

PASTA

Weds

SALAD ROLLS

Thurs

NACHOS

Fri

SOUP

This week ONLY: Gluten free & Dairy free alternatives will be provided. Any other allergy requirements - please pack any necessary foods or a healthy lunch.

It is the week before the school fair so the trusted ‘Camp Kitchen’ is re-opening for business. The children are still to bring their plates and bowls to school every day. Cutlery will be provided as normal. Also remember to pack a drink bottle.

This week’s menu is very simple so we can transport it outside. You may opt out this week only and pack a lunch.

I have put together a little ‘useless information’ for you to understand the incredible quantity and quality of a week’s worth of lunches.

We use very little processed or canned food. Nothing is ever ‘poured from a jar’.  Click 'Continue reading" for last week’s shopping list!

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

17
May
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 20/5/13

The school is abuzz with preparations for Open Day, as teachers and their classes  work towards producing the magnificent displays of work we see each year, and also the performances for Open Day.  Mothers are here and there, too, quietly preparing for one of the year’s big events.

Another event is to take place this coming week, and that is John Colet Day.  Governors of the school are invited and the school’s namesake, John Colet, will be honoured by staff and children.  There will be some recitation and singing, and also a morning tea for the visiting Board members.  Parents are welcome, but please be warned space is limited.

Amongst the several young people currently working at the School (see last week’s Note), we have Andrea Mego (pictured) who arrived only last week from Johannesburg, South Africa and will be at the school till the end of term 4.  This visit to John Colet is a real adventure for Andrea who has never been out of South Africa before, and indeed, who enjoyed her first aeroplane flight (though not the considerable jet lag!). 

This is indeed a big adventure for her.  Andrea is a fifth generation South African of Indian origin.  She did her primary education at our sister school in Johannesburg, St. James, and in fact the current Headmaster of Erasmus School in Melbourne, Glen Miller, was her class teacher at St. James.  High School was completed at the Nirvana Secondary School.  She has joined the Donald household, and is interested in reading, interacting with children, cooking, walking and hiking.     Best of luck, Andrea!

Third and fifth classes have been doing NAPLAN tests this week and every time we walk past a class they have their heads down and are extremely quiet, attentive and hard working.  The teachers are pleased with their performance and feel that the children have certainly given of their best.

Honesty linked with the courage to own up are still very much our behaviour focus, and this seems to be going well.  We heartily encourage the children to practise this both at home, school and abroad.


Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

13
May
2013

Mother's Day portraits

Lower first have hit the jackpot this year for as well as having art with the specialist art teacher they also have an art class with Miss Marley who, as well as having her degree as a teacher has a Fine arts Degree and loves teaching art.
In the Lower First rooms you will find many fabulous works taught by Miss Marley: Georgia O’Keefe flowers, Kandinsky patterns, The very hungry caterpillar paintings to name a few. She loves working with pastels and watercolour. One of her projects was a Mother’s Day painting as a gift for the lower first Mum’s. Of course it’s hard to believe that L 1st produced these art works but she has taught them the proportions of the face, which to be honest I don’t usually teach until 2nd class. As you can see it has been highly successful.


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

13
May
2013

Ceramics in Schools

Experiencing different art disciplines

Ceramics are part of the NSW curriculum which focuses on artist’s practice and the children seeing themselves as artists and experiencing different art disciplines. We are very fortunate to have ”Ceramics In Schools “ run by two potters Sue Buckle and Krystan Taylor. They have been coming to John Colet for many years and working with the children to produce delightful art works.
The first process is making, then the work is fired, then painted and fired again. Whilst we do other clay and modelling  work we don’t have a kiln and the opportunity to produce a lifetime art work is wonderful for the children. Most importantly,  they are working with experienced ceramic artists which is invaluable.
The subject matter for the pieces relates to work they have been doing in art and perhaps H.S.I.E.  We have put it in the programme for infants children as a yearly event . We charge the parents for the costs, which all goes directly to Ceramics in Schools, because we feel that the children are receiving a quality product that they have made themselves. The children just love this special workshop.


Categories: Art classes, John Colet

10
May
2013

Debating season begins

The Forest Debating Competition began with a bang with the John Colet team winning their first debate.

Sixth class has been honing their debating skills all year and a seven member squad has been selected.  From that larger squad we picked a four person team: Sam C (1st Speaker), Daya C-H (2nd Speaker); Ellie M (3rd Speaker) and Eloise B (4th Speaker).  We debated the topic: Contact Sports do more good than harm.  We were the negative team and we were matched against the German International School.  The children worked hard to brainstorm the various issues around the topic, to allocate their arguments and prepare rebuttals, and to get their 3 minutes speeches ready.  It all paid off.

Including John Colet and the German School, the competition is against the Alexander School, Galstaun College and The Sydney Japanese School.

The next debate will be held on Wednesday 22nd May where we will be up against the Sydney Japanese School.

 

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

10
May
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment: 13/05/13

I am often asked about the spiritual basis of the school and I explain that we believe in God and encourage everyone to find their own unique way to Him. 

But, we sometimes tell the children that God is everywhere; that He is in the trees, in our thoughts, in the chair and the table, and in our hearts.  And this doesn’t sound wholly like the Judeao-Christian God, who seems located outside ourselves, watching over us and whom we are encouraged to worship and revere.

So, this is how I see it.  God can be seen in two ways.

There is a self-conscious creative, all-powerful, loving entity, called by many different names, but for our purposes we can call Him “God”.  He creates, He preserves and He destroys; and as created beings we would do well to discover His rules, and live by them.  These rules are usually fairly simple and practical: revere and worship Him; and love and care for your fellow creatures.  They lead to a happy, purposeful life.

But there is a second way of considering God.  And the Eastern wisdom seems to have delved into this area in detail.  They take “God” to be a synonym of “Reality”, everything we can see or feel; and also as that which is watching from the inside. This God can be found everywhere and in everything.  The trick here is to be inwardly quiet, to be present and attentive and really connect with what is going on inside and outside; to connect with reality, and therefore to connect with “Reality”. 

The pay-off is to realize yourself to be a part of that Reality, to be powerful, intelligent and full of love. Hence our continuous encouragement to the children to be still.  Then, in the words of the Psalm we can “be still and know that I am God.”


 

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

10
May
2013

John Colet School students observe the eclipse

Our primary students were thrilled to observe the partial solar eclipse on Friday 10th May.  School parent Marissa Nerwich set up her telescope on the school lawn, and projected an image of the eclipse onto a screen. Everyone also had a turn looking at the eclipse wearing safety glasses.

Mrs Nerwich, who works as a guide at Sydney Observatory, explained that the eclipse would be a full annular one when viewed from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, but that 39% of the sun would be obscured from our perspective in Sydney.


Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

10
May
2013

From the Stage Coordinators

Honesty in focus

Honesty is our focus.  From our Assembly on Monday, it is apparent that the issue of courage, related  to owning up and “ telling the full story”,  is very clear to the children because they were able themselves to speak about this.  Please do encourage this at home.  It stands a person in very good stead to learn this lesson early in life.  It’s always very refreshing when a person can admit a mistake!

In case you have noticed an influx of young faces around the school – here is an explanation!

We currently have four Trainee Teachers working at the school:  with Miss Marley we have Ellen Murphy, with Miss White Christian Pikhart, with Mrs. McDermott we have James Foley and Mrs. Renshaw has Cat Ellis on Fridays.  We would also like to announce the arrival of a Gap Student from South Africa, Andrea Mego, who will be at John Colet till the end of this year.

On Wednesday we had an evening talk at the school, given by Miss Anisha Ramlaul.  This is her second visit to Australia – she came last year – to raise the profile of her growing school – St. James’ – in Durban South Africa, and also to raise some funds!  She is the Headmistress of that school.

She showed two delightful and informative DVD’s, showcasing the students and their activities.  The response from the audience was very promising in terms of funding possibilities, and we hope for a happy outcome.  We wish Anisha well in her enterprise!  Anyone interested in contributing to this cause should speak to the Headmaster, or to Katrina Beissel (P&F).

Anisha Ramlaul with Mr Mane

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

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