John Colet

How many vegetables eaten in a week?

On the school menu this week...

Gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan options provided each day too.

Another important ethos of the John Colet School, which is well and truly a part of how we run the kitchen, is simply ‘doing no harm’. This is one of the many reasons we are vegetarian. It is also the reason why we try so hard to support and protect children with allergies. Last week we consumed a tremendous amount of food and today we will focus on the important fruits and vegetables. It is very pleasing to note that the addition of carrot to the fruit platter has been a great success.

Here is a list of just fruits and vegetables we consumed last week:
18 lettuce heads
12kgs of fresh tomatoes
10kgs of fresh cucumbers
6kgs fresh capsicums
5 fresh celery heads
12kgs of fresh zucchini
30kgs fresh carrots
5kgs fresh potatoes
5kgs fresh sweet potatoes
20kgs fresh onions
60kgs fresh watermelons
80 fresh oranges
60 fresh apples
15kgs tinned tomatoes
6kgs sultanas
Eat well,
Donna Moor

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet


Teaching children to stick at things

Steadfastness so important

The Infants Shakespeare Festival was a resounding success, and as usual, nothing short of miraculous! 

Top marks to the class teachers, the Drama teacher, Miss Emanuel, and the many helping hands who provided costumes, props, hair and make-up and also the delicious suppers at the evening shows.  The office staff also played its part in providing the venue, setting up the new stage and backdrop and selling the tickets.  Mrs. Moor and her intrepid team did wonders in providing “Breezeway Lunches” three days in a row, so the Hall could remain set up for the show, and parents didn’t have to be called on to provide packed lunches on top of everything else! It certainly was a wonderful event and judging from the smiling faces of parents and visitors, everyone involved thought so.  The children were praised for their flair, courage, steadfastness and discipline.  I am sure that you would agree that these were the qualities shown.

Now roll on the Primary Shakespeare Festival ……. Practice is already well under way!

The school photos were taken without a hitch, and once again, the children are to be congratulated on their behaviour.  The photo team told us that the children were polite and co-operative.

We are now practising STEADFASTNESS.  This means sticking to things:   our values, keeping promises, seeing a job through, completing a task even though we don’t much like it, being faithful to friends and holding to the Truth – these and much more.  It is so easy to change our minds when things don’t go the way we like.

There have been quite a few absences this week – staff and children - and we wish everyone a quick recovery.

5th class has been growing cress in egg shells, making hairy heads.  Great fun!

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What makes John Colet School what it is?

Our revels now are ended.  These our actors, as I foretold you were all spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air.  
-    Shakespeare, The Tempest

The Infants Shakespeare Festival is winding up as I am writing this. All the classes have performed and were wonderful.  It has been a journey to get to where we are now, performing the plays in an intimate but appropriate space; on our own stage; with all the other incidentals needed for such a production.

But most of all we have dedicated, passionate teachers who work hard to script, cast and rehearse these plays; supportive parents who make the enterprise a real team effort; and, of course, the children who delight us all with the performances.  Congratulations to all involved on another fine Festival.

After all the reading, writing and arithmetic has been squared away, what differentiates one school from another?  What makes John Colet what it is?  It is the little bit extra, which turns out to be a major bit extra – the full commitment to giving the children the finest education possible.  And for this we enlist Shakespeare, Mozart, and Michelangelo.  With these master teachers it is hard to go wrong.

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Shakespeare Festival fabulous

Thanks to parents and teachers for all their work

The John Colet School Infants Shakespeare Festival has come to a close, with full evening performances and bustling day time shows for proud parents, grandparents and other  visitors.

Each year grade from the very youngest kindergartners (we call it Lower First) to the older Second Class students (Y2) performed segments of a play.  The photos below are of some Second Class students, quietly waiting 'in the wings' to go on stage for their parts in Macbeth.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet


Lunch service with a smile

On the school lunch menu this week...






'SAUSAGE' ROLLS (vegetarian)





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

This week we spent most of the week in the ‘Freezeway’ Outdoor kitchen in the sunshine, rain & cold.
Even with the tribulations of the ever-changing weather, the ladies and students had great fun reliving lunch on the lawn or snuggled in their classrooms.
I'd like to take this time to thank each and every lunch lady, Mum and Dad that helped out in the set up and delivery of lunch this week. It is a huge effort from everyone to serve outside every day.

Many parents have asked for the recipe for the vegetarian sausage rolls. My recipe is for 400 rolls, so here is my closest calculation to a normal serve;

1 440gr can chickpeas

1 cup cottage cheese

1 large onion

1 cup oats

½ cup bread crumbs

1 tsp Italian herb mix

1 Tsp soy sauce or tamari

3 60gr eggs

S&P (if desired-I don’t use salt)

3 pieces of puff pastry (any brand you like)

2 Tsp Milk- for glazing or olive oil spray

1.       In a food processor, place chickpeas, onions, cottage cheese, soy sauce and eggs. Process well.

2.       Add oats, bread crumbs, herbs, S&P, pulse until combined. The mix should be wet but solid. If too dry add a little H2O and pulse. If too wet, add a handful of oats and pulse.

3.       Makes 12 rolls. Cut each piece of puff in half. Spread even amount of mixture down both length. Roll and cut in half. Repeat 3 times.

4.       Glaze with milk (or olive oil spray).

5.       Place in a 200oC oven for 8-12 mins.

6.       Note: if freezing bake for 7-8 mins, cool and freeze. Reheat in 180oC oven for 10 mins. This way you will not burn the pastry and they will be crisp.

7.       Intolerances – change or remove anything – it still works!!!

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It's good to learn to forgive

Over the past two weeks we have been practising forgiveness.  This mainly arises in the children when there is a dispute or some kind of disharmony.  Most of the children have a very forgiving nature anyway, but it’s good for them to be reminded and it’s a wonderful asset if they can manage to continue to practise forgiveness as they get older. Forgiveness does not necessarily remove the consequences of accountable behaviour, but dissolves resentment, anger and disharmony for both parties.
It’s been a week rather dominated by Shakespeare and the school has been resounding with words of the Bard.  So much effort is put into this Festival by teachers, children and parents, both on the frontline and behind the stage as it were, and to such magnificent effect.  The “breezeway lunches” which have been necessitated by the Festival, have proved very popular, and the children have enjoyed the slight “picnic” atmosphere of eating outside on the lawn.  Thanks to Donna and her team, who seem able to meet all contingencies and still come up smiling!
Uniforms are looking better:  please keep up attention to this very important aspect of the School’s presentation.  We are especially looking for full uniform and a neat and clean presentation.  Leaving the school in the best possible condition can be a challenge after a day at the coal face!

Mrs. McKendrick and Mrs. Dunn have left for the Plato Summer School in Delphi.  Any Primary issues can be discussed either with the Headmaster, or Mrs. Donald.


The artworks this week are from two 4th class D students: Impressionist style vases of flowers, seen through the green shutters of the artist Monet's house.  Lovely work!

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Teaching young children to draw still life

Our Upper First students (Year 1) drew gourds and fruit on a Balinese cloth as they learnt how to draw life-like objects in art this week.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet


Banana Armada

What a joyous set of art classes this week, with 3rd and 4th classes taking the still life artworks of Cezanne onto the sails of their banana battle ships...take a banana, some skewers, some tooth picks, photo copied and hand coloured prints of famous still life paintings, assemble and enjoy.
Juli Allcorn
Art Teacher

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See more on our Facebook art page

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Year 5 gold rush studies

Working together on Dioramas

5th class has been studying the Gold Rush in Australia in the 1850s and as a final activity are building a diorama on an aspect of life and the events on the gold fields.  They are working in pairs have chosen an area of interest and have researched and planned it themselves.
The dioramas include: mine shafts, a digger’s tent, panning for gold, the Eureka Stockade, a tent city.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet


Celebrating National Tree Day

Our Garden Club plants a bushtucker tree for future school lunches!

We planted a tree at Macquarie Working Bee!
On Sunday we planted our very first tree for National Tree Day.  A heartfelt thanks to those Macquarie parents and kids that attended our little ceremony, to those families that joined us especially for the occasion, to the photographers, to the Headmaster for his support and helping us eat those home baked cakes and to Scarlett Q and her assistants who helped me plant the tree.  
We started our little ceremony with a recognition of the traditional custodians of this land, the Guringai people, followed by a beautiful poem by Kristof Nordin called “Plant a Tree”.  After a word from the Headmaster, our little tree was put in the garden bed between Top House and the Music Centre with the assistance of Scarlett, who earlier this year already expressed her keen interest in gardening and joining a John Colet Garden Club.  
The tree we selected is a White Aspen (Latin name Acronychia oblongifolia) and I particularly loved it as it’s a small tree, endemic to the region with attractive foliage and edible white fruits.  The fruits are used in bushtucker and have an orange flavour with a hint of aromatic pepper.  But don’t get too excited yet, it may take a little while before we get to the fruit stage.  Our tree was planted following NSW Forestry guidelines, i.e. small tubes that according to research have the best chances of survival and outgrowing larger plant sizes.  As someone mentioned on the day “From little things, big things grow”.

Alexandra D
Garden Club organiser

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Providing protein for growing children

On the school lunch menu this week...


Vegetables and beans


Asian rice with green veg


Pasta Bolognese




Lentil/tomato soup

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

There have been some interesting developments in the topic of protein.
Diseases such as osteoporosis, kidney disease, calcium stones and cancers are associated with a high animal protein diet. The current direction is to obtain more plant protein by eating a varied diet of beans, lentils, grains and vegetables as they all contain the amino acids needed to build muscles.
Unlike animal proteins, plant proteins have a protective property due to their monounsaturated nature. Proteins are in all foods including pasta, rice, bread, milk, cheese, vegetables, legumes and yoghurts, to mention a few we use each week at John Colet School.
The average daily requirement of protein for 7-14yr old children is 0.9grams per kg of body weight. For example the largest 12yr old primary school student, weighing 40kg, would need 36grams of protein per day over all 5 meals, of which lunch is just one. So each meal should have approx. 7.5grams.
For some interesting information here are the protein levels in a few of our favourite foods,
1. Salad rolls - 8grs of protein
2. Saucy pasta - 8.5grs; Pasta Bolognese – 11.4grs
3. Nachos - 11.8grs
4. Sausage rolls - 12.4grs
In addition, the students are regularly offered milk (7grs/cup), yoghurt (10gr/100gr) and bread and butter (11.8gr/100gr).
Our weekly menu may read simply but that is pure 'marketing'. For instance, if I wrote chickpea and cottage cheese rolls (sausage rolls), red lentil and mixed vegetable pasta (saucy pasta) or mixed beans, lentils and vegetable stew (nachos) the children may not be as happy to eat it!!
With great pride, we deliver a balanced and healthy vegetarian meal on the budget we have every day.
Donna Moor
Fruit and veg platters like this are also provided each day at lunch.

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From the Stage Coordinators

Ryde Eisteddfod, Infants Shakespeare and forgiveness

The John Colet Choir of 25 children from 4th, 5th and 6th class entered in the Ryde Eisteddfod earlier in the week and performed beautifully.  They looked very smart in their uniforms and many thanks to the parents for presenting them so well.  Although they didn’t get a place, they sang very sweetly, but made a few mistakes. Mrs. Miles commented on their good sportsmanship – they were all very cheerful afterwards, even though they didn’t gain a place.  In this they were fine representatives of the school, along with their good manners and consideration.
The Infants’ Shakespeare dress rehearsal, with a Primary audience, was very well received and we would like to whet your appetites by saying how wonderfully well it went.  This is of course the first time we are using the lunchroom, and thanks to the Catering team for accommodating this by having “breezeway lunches”.  We’ll save the congratulations for the end of next week!
Progress (2nd Class) and Scholarship (4th Class) Testing also took place this week. The Progress Testing, done by Robert Allwell & Co., is a good diagnostic tool to help the teachers in assessing progress.  Some ICAS results have been returned with several Distinctions and Credits.
Thank you to all the Macquarie Parents for the good work put in at the Working Bee.  That event was also the occasion of the school participating in National Tree Day.  Alex Delien organised the planting near Top House of a White Aspen to mark this Day – this is a “bush tucker” tree with beautiful white blossoms.  Many thanks to those who attended.
Mike MacDonald generously gave his talk “Unleashing Your Parenting Super Power” to a group of parents and teachers, and he was his usual informative and amusing self.  Many thanks to all who attended – and of course to Mike himself.
Forgiveness is our behaviour theme for the next few weeks, and the children are reminded of this practice many times during the day.  This is based on the Biblical understanding in the Lord’s Prayer and calls for a generosity of spirit.

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Manly-Warringah Zone Primary School Chess Competition results

Terrific chess competition results for John Colet School

I have the most exciting news to report about our five fantastic teams who competed in the Primary Schools Chess Competition on Fridays after school during Term 2 and early this term.  This is a state-wide competition divided up into country and metropolitan zones.  The region of Manly-Warringah is one of the largest and for the first time we had 5 teams competing.

The final standings are as follows:

John Colet A (Championship Division MW1) – DIVISION WINNERS!
Ryan B, Jarod C, Sean B, Yasha B
-    This was a nail-biting finish as this division consists of the very best chess teams across the Northern Beaches.  There were only 2.5 points that separated 1st and 3rd, so a very tight competition.
-    This team now progresses to the Zone finals as we compete against the best of the Metropolitan North Region

John Colet B (Intermediate Division Team MW2) – DIVISION WINNERS!
Xavier S, Nathan C, Dominic S, Samuel L, reserve = Brigitte S
-    This team was strong and steady from the first week.  Their consistency won out over 2 other strong teams.
John Colet C (Intermediate Division Team MW3) – 3rd PLACE!
Rex F, Brigitte S, Lucas v de S, Scout H, reserve = Patrick H
-    This was a competitive draw with many ‘A’ & ‘B’ teams. There were only 4 points that separated 1st and 3rd.

John Colet D (Rookie Division MW6) – DIVISION WINNERS!
Harry P, MiMi P, Kai P, Liam McW
-    This team was very young for this division but were so convincing that they won 25 out of a possible 28 points!  A particularly thrilling result from these youngsters!

John Colet E (Junior Rookie Division MW7) – 4th PLACE!
Thomas J, Sean G, Luke B, Ramakrishna B, Aidan H
-    This was the largest division with 10 teams and the competition only finished last Friday.  To have this success at such a young age is very exciting for the Chess Club.

A massive CONGRATULATIONS to all of these students.

I would like to thank Miro for his dedicated coaching of the children and to all the parents who assisted in supervising, catering, transporting and helping each Friday afternoon.

Yours strategically,
Heather B
Chess Club Co-ordinator

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet


Towards a new Renaissance

The impact today of the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and other movements

One of the things which becomes clear when encountering directly the work of the Italian Renaissance in Florence is the wonderful heritage to which we, in Australia are direct heirs. The key idea of the Renaissance which marked a dramatic break with the Medieval zeitgeist, was, to the dignity and rational autonomy of the individual. The individual was now seen to be the source of creativity, invention and artistic brilliance, and philosophical enquiry.  

The Reformation of the Christian Church then established the idea of direct relationship between Man and God; the 18th century Enlightenment explored the concept of the orderly Universe, whose inner workings were discoverable through the power of Reason.  The settlement of Australia was a direct outcome of the Enlightenment thinking and the attendant Age of Discovery.
In the 19th century the Romantic Movement sought to establish the place of emotion and feeling and instinct in human life.  And, at this time Darwinian evolution and Freudian Psychology began to reveal underlying causes in the world of nature and the mind.

The twentieth century, aside from its sad litany of economic depression, communism, fascism and a bewildering array of other cruelties; was also witness to the great advances in fields as diverse as science, life expectancy and women’s rights.
And the 20th century also began to show the first sprouting of the next step in this march from quattrocento Florence to today: an idea which as yet doesn’t really have a name, but which involves the reconciliation of Science, and Reason and objective thought; with the world of the Spirit.  Perhaps it can be called the Science of Consciousness.

Leon MacLaren was very keen on this idea of a new renaissance based on a rediscovery of an eternal Spirit, by men and women who were leaders in their fields of Art, Architecture, Law, Music and, of course, Education.  His vision for the day schools was that they would help produce a new generation of Michelangelos, Ficinos, Galileos, Newtons and Wilberforces.

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet


Teaching primary school students about Impressionism

Influenced by Monet

Our primary students have been learning more about Impressionism in art classes this week.   3rd and 4th classes watched YouTube clips about the work of Monet, then copied his technique to draw flowers and fruit with pastels.

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