John Colet
05
April
2013

Theatre nurse visits 3rd classes

What do our bodies contain?

This week 3rd classes were surprised to find out that:
a) the liver is quite so large, 
b) the lungs are quite so high up in the chest, and
c) that so much can fit in to the human body.
The illuminating lesson was led by Mrs Renshaw's sister in law, theatre nurse Mary-Anne Renshaw, who visited to talk about the human body.

Drawing a life size replica of their own bodies and filling in the internal organs was a graphic way to cement understanding of what goes where. 

Having already studied the skeleton in detail, the students are well on the way to med school!


Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

05
April
2013

Upper Firsts learn the 3Rs (the new kind)

On Tuesday Upper First C and M enjoyed a fantastic excursion to Kimbriki Tip. The children were enthralled as we did a bus tour of the tip. Pen, our guide, told us of the great work Kimbriki is doing in Re-using, Reducing and Recycling waste. Peter Rutherford treated us to a talk on the benefit of being an ecologist which he did with his fabulous introduction through music. He is passionate about his work and the children and teachers were drawn into it very quickly. There were lots of hands on activities and the children were totally engaged, the most popular activity being the worm farms. Great day.


Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

05
April
2013

From our kitchen: 8/4/13

On the menu this week...

Mon

CHEESE AND TOMATO RISOTTO

Tues

PASTA PRIMAVERA

Weds

SALAD ROLLS

Thurs

STIR FRY

Fri

PUMPKIN OR TOMATO SOUP

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

Much of our time is spent on managing relationships with spouses, children, friends and neighbours. We strive to make people feel good, positive and appreciated about themselves by setting good behaviour patterns such as self confidence, flexibility and humour. But often what we can sometimes forget to manage is our relationship with ourselves and food. It is known that good practices through the primary education process leads to more self aware and confident adults. This is why the luncheon time is as important as any other lesson of the day. Self control, service to others, gratitude, cleanliness, manners are all expressing themselves in this environment.

In the McLaren Hall we (kitchen staff and teachers) strive to keep a healthy and happy balance to the children’s overall experience. We manage many dietary restrictions happily, we interact with children daily, smiling, and we eat the food that is given to us. One of the most exciting times of the day (for the children) is riddle time. It is the ‘talk’ that leads to great conversation and analysis. Making the entire experience enjoyable is the breakthrough to helping reduce eating disorders at any age.

Watching what we eat and when we eat it is a steady way to self control and weight maintenance. When you or your children overdo it, fall back to the basics-

·         Eat lightly every few hours

·         Make a fist – portion control, that is the size of your stomach.

·         Dig into some nuts or anything red, orange or green for a snack

·         Eat slowly, with awareness

·         Adopt power and super foods into your diet

·         And...move more than you did yesterday


Donna Moor with the daily riddle board.

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

03
April
2013

Former student wins University Medal

Alumni news

Congratulations to former John Colet student Justin Wolfers who has won the University Medal for his (First Class) Honours thesis at University of Technology, Sydney.
Justin did a BA (Honours) in Communication (Writing & Cultural Studies) at UTS.  His thesis title was 'Middling Drift - Ambivalence as a Philosophy of Reading & Writing in the Work of Franz Kafka, Bret Easton Ellis & Hélène Cixous’.
He was at JCS from 1994 to 2001 (he had to repeat Year 6 as he was too young for the intake at Knox).

Categories: John Colet

03
April
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 8/4/13

The children settled back quickly after Easter, which is indicative of the whole term – they have applied themselves well and shown stamina in a long eleven-week term.  A great deal of work has been covered and the teachers are very pleased:  let’s keep up the impetus for the last week before the holidays.

Sport at John Colet:
The School’s Sports Co-ordinator is Mrs. Roslyn Dunn, who continues to make a magnificent job of a very complex task, in an energetic and diplomatic way! 
John Colet outsources sports training to Tim Roslin of Sportextra, who has been working at JCS for almost nine years.  He has a Degree in Sports Management and a Diploma of Teaching and Coaching Sport, which covers a huge range of sporting activities.  He came to us from England and Zimbabwe having worked with over 50 schools in those two countries.  Tim also offers lunchtime fencing lessons and holiday sporting activities.

His chief co-worker is Mrs. Joanne Keating, who was in her time an international basketball player.    She currently works at Knox as well as John Colet and  has been coaching the girls for 3 years.   She is also the Sports Co-ordinator for the Special Olympics Programme for Children with Intellectual Disabilities! 

Tim has  initiated our involvement in an inter-school sporting competition (PISA), which has helped to challenge the JCS children to achieving higher standards and has encouraged inter-school camaraderie.  Tim is assisted on Fridays at PISA by one of our ex-students, Alex Ladomatos, who is currently studying at University but whose love of sport has brought him back to us as a Sports Aide. 

As the school has grown in numbers, forming competitive teams has become easier and we are now even at the stage where the non-PISA children play competition at school on Fridays, all of which helps them to develop their skills and learn good sportsmanship.

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

03
April
2013

Easter wrap-up

Many different cultures are explored at John Colet School and Easter time provides a great opportunity for this.  Our Upper First  classes (Year 1) created German Easter Trees, Der Osterbaum, with beautifully decorated eggs and egg shapes hung on branches in a vase or on a tree outside.  Click "Continue Reading" for more on the Easter Hare.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

03
April
2013

Our results at Mona Vale Chess Competition

Hello Chess Enthusiasts!
On Wed 27 March, 24 students from John Colet competed at the Northern Beaches Primary Schools Chess Challenge 2013.  Altogether, there were 264 students (88 teams) representing 17 schools!!
The John Colet children were magnificent - wonderfully behaved, great sportsmen and sportswomen.  What a great day.
I believe the final points ended up as follows:

Team D – (Yasha B, Daya C-H, Scout H) – 10.5 points - congratulations on 7th place!!
Team B – (Xavier S, Nathan C, Rex F) – 9.5 points

Team A – (Jarod C, Ryan B, Sean B) - 8 points
Team C – (Dominic S, Justin T, Lucas v de S) - 8 points
Team G – (Mi Mi P, Thomas J, Sean G) - 8 points

Team E – (Brigitte S, Ashleigh E, Maisy T) – 7.5 points
Team F – (Samuel L, Harry P, William W) – 7.5 points
Team H – (Kai P, Michael T, Luke B) -  6 Points
Fabulous effort.

Lessons Next Term-
Term 2 lessons will commence the first week back from school holidays.  That is:
Monday lessons on 6th May (second week back)
Wednesday lessons on 1st May (first week back)
Friday lessons on 3rd May.
Yours strategically,
Heather B


Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

28
March
2013

5th class studies rainforests at the Zoo

On Wednesday 20th March 5th class went to Taronga Zoo for the whole day.

From the entrance gate we walked down the hill to the Asian elephants, passing the giraffes and chimpanzees on the way. We stopped to have morning tea, and then went to the Education centre. The zoo keepers said we were the best class ever at sitting in a circle.

While we were there the zoo keeper discussed rainforests with us. We were able to describe the four layers of the rainforest, Forest floor, Understorey, Canopy and Emergent. We were also able to discuss how the rainforests of the world are in danger from deforestation. The keeper sprayed his hands with water and then showed us a green tree frog, he had to use fresh, clean water because the frog needs to be kept wet and dirty water makes frogs sick and they can die. We also got to touch a python, a ring tailed possum and a stick insect, all of these animals live in the rainforest.

Next we went on the rainforest trail. First we watched the keepers washing the Asian elephants. They do this every day. We went through double doors to enter the aviary where we saw many rainforest birds and fish. At the end of the trail we saw the gibbon, fishing cat and then decided we needed lunch.

We ate together looking out across the harbour. We walked to the skyway via the seals and penguins but we weren’t allowed on it so we had to walk back. We split into two groups and saw the big cats and the komodo dragon. The boys also saw the reptile exhibit.

It was a hot day and we were really tired when we got back on the bus. Our day at the zoo was exciting, fun, interesting and good exercise.



Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

28
March
2013

From our kitchen: 28/3/13

On the menu after Easter...


Mon

EASTER MONDAY - closed

Tues

SAUCY PASTA

Weds

NACHOS

Thurs

NOODLES (with veggie squiggles)

Fri

‘GOOD FRIDAY’ FRIED RICE

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

It was some relief to see my mistake on the last menu, I felt like I had got an entire week back, so my apologies for the calendar oversight.

The Easter break and the school holidays are nearly upon us so remember the one key rule to holiday eating, drinking and frivolity is WATER.

The humble glass of H2O has enormous healing and weight loss properties. It allows the body, particularly the brain to hydrate (or rehydrate depending on the size of the previous evening’s party). A headache, without accident, it simply your brain saying give me water, not paracetamol.

Water, with the help of haemoglobin, also delivers the water soluble vitamins C and B complex to the entire body. The water soluble vitamins are easily destroyed or washed away during food preparation. Try to steam vegetables, keep milk and grains away from strong light and wash vegetables when they are whole. Generally, water soluble vitamins are not harmful because the body excretes excess levels.

Water also cleans the liver, kidneys and all major organs of the body, so the more you drink, the cleaner your body is internally.

There is no hard rule to the consumption of water but if you are not drinking four 300ml bottles of water per day plus another for every hour of exercise, pregnant or outdoors you are depleting yourself of the hydration and vitamins necessary to keep you feeling bright and happy.

This holiday, think of adding a glass of water before your breakfast (inclusive of the Berrocca-if necessary), before every meal, between every alcoholic beverage, and before bed, your body will thank you.

Happy Easter to all!
Donna Moor

 

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

27
March
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 28/3/13

Happy Easter to all – we hope that everyone enjoys the break and that the present balmy weather holds out.   Don’t forget to come back for the last two weeks of term!!  We know it’s tempting….

The Lower First performance and Easter Hat Parade was a delight and the parents obviously thought so too because there were many mobile phones clicking and even a few moist eyes!  The children visited all the other classes to wish everyone a Happy Easter.  This was enjoyed by one and all.

Great enthusiasm and excitement has been shown by the children for the lunch time Easter Egg Guessing Competition (“How Many Easter Eggs are in this jar?”)  set up by Donna Moor and her tireless kitchen crew.  We had guesses between 22 and 475, but the nearest guess was that of Brigitte S from 5th Class.  The answer was 114 and Brigitte guessed 113. The Easter eggs were shared with her whole class.    

Administration:  We are continuing our weekly feature highlighting one of the School’s departments.

We are all admirably and generously served by the Admin Dept. headed up by Christine Condos, the School’s Bursar.  Bav Bhandari is the Office Manager, and oversees Catering, After School Care and Uniforms, but most importantly she is the Paymaster who keeps the wolf from the door.

Carmen Griffiths is our “frontline” as the Receptionist, and you would all have had dealings with her in her many capacities, and also Bobbi Ladomatis who is on Reception once a week.  Bobbi  handles Student Health and Uniforms as well.   Toni Cleaves is our Facilities Manager who cares for our gardens and buildings and arranges maintenance and refurbishment  with ample help from Groundsman Karl Werner.  Alex Coubrough looks after Marketing and publishes the Weekly Note, as well as being very active in her role as a School parent.   Denise Farrelly looks after fees, and Marie –Laure Aymonier is a bookkeeper and visits us several times a week.

You would all have engaged with Lynne Werner, a very long-standing employee who now serves as the Registrar.   Mrs. Sarah Mane is Assistant to the Headmaster, and is and has been responsible in the last few years for work done on special projects.

I am sure you find all these Staff members very responsive and friendly in your dealings with them – we do!


Lower First and their Easter Hats

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

27
March
2013

5th class art incursion

Working with wax

Our 5th class had a day long art intensive in the art room  this week working with wax to create portraits. Inspired by artist Barbie Hooper who took the incursion, the students layered on the hot and cold wax and then cut into the wax layers to add detail. A thoroughly enjoyable day that extended the students' understanding of portrait painting through different mediums.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

27
March
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment: 28/3/13

I usually use the space to talk about some aspect of the school’s underlying ethos and beliefs.  One of the aims of this is absolute transparency.  After all, if some of what we believe can be seen as a little out of the mainstream, then any cageyness would, quite rightly be viewed suspiciously.

But today I thought I’d raise a theme which, to me is very obvious.  If you look behind the spiritual, ethical, and character building aspect of John Colet School  – which we of course treat as of major importance – what is left is a focused and effective institution of learning.

Our aim has always been that John Colet School be a centre of academic excellence, in which all children thrive and are challenged to go beyond their best.  Hence the emphasis on the core NSW curriculum, with the added dimension of Shakespeare, Classical and Modern Languages, Art, Science, History, Singing and so on. 

We believe that a demanding program taught by excellent teachers will bring out the best in the children and create an environment where study and learning are enjoyable, and mastery is highly valued.

This is an ongoing project and we continue to monitor our performance.  For example, our NAPLAN results were characteristically excellent, except, this year, for Writing.  So we arranged for an all-day in-service on Writing over the Summer. 

On another front, the staff late last year and over the Summer, began to study the new national English curriculum with a view to implementing it next year.  This new curriculum roll out requires an enormous amount of work, which is well underway. 


Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

25
March
2013

Games with magnets

4th classes have been learning about magnetism in Science, and to conclude the work they have designed and made inventive games with magnets. 
Starting with brainstorming ideas and working out what materials they would need, the students worked in class time, mostly in pairs,  to bring their ideas to life.  Projects ranged from using magnetism to guide actors on a stage, to various 'fishing' games and mazes, to a crane that managed to lift its own weight.
After writing their work up as a procedure, complete with diagrams, students will present the challenges and pitfalls they experienced to the rest of their class.

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

25
March
2013

Building maths concepts

3rd class R boys have been having fun in maths exploring 3 dimensional shapes.  Working in pairs they have built a wide range of 3D shapes with skewers and blue tack- learning about vertices, faces and edges - and experimenting to find which shapes are the most stable.


Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

22
March
2013

From our kitchen:25/3/13

On the menu this week...



Mon

TOMATO SOUP

Tues

PIZZA

Weds

DUTCH CHEESE & ZUCCHINI SLICE

Thurs

VEGGIES AND BEANS

Fri

FRIED RICE

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

This week in the kitchen we have been observing some great manners, helpfulness, service to others and the best ever...healthy eating habits. I thought it necessary to give praise to all the children who are observing their health and commend their general conduct in the Lunch Room. We have even seen some die hard lunch boxes disappear to take the leap of faith into the enjoyment of the shared meal. But remember, there is always something available for simple palates.

NB: Lunch boxes are not allowed in McLaren Hall without reference to extreme allergies and Head Mistress approval.

I would also like to take the time thank our Mums who ‘slave’ every day to produce extraordinary meals and side dishes for the children and staff alike.

I would also add that some classes have even had class discussions on how to help children with simple or undeveloped taste buds, whilst keeping everybody happy around their table. The true nature of John Colet comes out in some remarkable ways and it is a joy to see!

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

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