John Colet
28
August
2013

Getting children to eat vegetables

Persistence is crucial!

On the Lunch menu this week...

Mon

NACHOS/BURITTOS

Tues

SAUCY PASTA

Weds

PUMPKIN SOUP (with cheesy soldiers)

Thurs

SOY NOODLES
Fri

GNOCCHI FLORENTINE

Gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan options always offered.

We are currently in the middle of ‘Fruit and Veg Month 2013’, which runs from 26th of August – 20th September 2013.
I would like to take this opportunity to promote the healthy eating of vegetables that we do daily at John Colet School. I write these blogs to help teach students and their families about the benefits of fruits, vegetables and their nutritional value in everyday living.
Our aim is to get children excited about eating these food groups.

We try ‘variations on a theme’ to see if there is something we can get them to love, eat and enjoy. A great example of this is the current nacho recipe that took an entire year to perfect to the students’ exacting tastes and has now become one of their favourites.
It seems that persistence pays, so try something different and add in more vegetables and fruits to every meal. The rewards are well worth it!

Eat well
Donna Moor

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

27
August
2013

What does the Second Commandment mean?

It requires us to put our thinking caps on

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Exodus 20:4-6

The second commandment forbids the making of “graven images”.  It goes on at some length to specify that these forbidden images are of any living thing, and that God is a jealous God and will punish the wicked and reward the good.  All good Old Testament stuff!

Obviously we need to put our thinking caps on for this one because at school we are forever making images of living things.  Why, in the lunchroom there were several rather fetching drawings of the Headmaster!  

The clue to the subtle meaning of this commandment is in verse 5 where it stipulates: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them. It is the worship of these images which is the problem rather than the image itself.  This commandment forbids us to waste our time worshipping gods which are false.

And what might these false gods be?  Money, Power, Possessions, Self-interest, a sort of greedy drive to succeed which likes to see the other chap fail?  It is the worship of these “images” which enslaves us, and which God, jealous of our freedom, forbids.

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

23
August
2013

Thinking about the First Commandment

Every so often I like to use this weekly message to run through the Ten Commandments.  There are several reasons for this.  First, we like the children to be familiar with them so I have been discussing them in Assembly.  Secondly, they and similar pronouncements from the Bible form the basis of our moral and ethical outlook.  Even those who don’t have a heartfelt connection with religion or the Bible would be keen that people refrain from stealing and lying and killing; that they respect their parents, take regular well-earned rest breaks from their labours and so on.

And thirdly, perhaps my favourite reason, is that in common with most of the Bible, study of these commandments requires us to think and use our intelligence.

Takes the first commandment.  Many say that this is the most important one – if you get this one right then all the rest follow naturally:

I am the lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Exodus 20:2-3

I once asked 6th class which God we’re dealing with here; which aspect of God are we being asked to put first?  After a bit of discussion we concluded that it was the God of freedom, the one who brings us out of our house of bondage.

We than had a conversation about what binds us – jealously, anger, frustration, fear, embarrassment; and what sets us free – forgiveness, understanding, compassion, courage and so on.  Our conclusion was that this commandment is asking us to put before all other options those things which set us free.  When we are free of hatred, and anxiety, and ignorance, we can move forward bravely, confidently and generously.

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

23
August
2013

This week's Pisa sports round results for John Colet School

Junior Boys rugby team breaks a long drought!

Junior Girls
On Friday the Junior Girls Soccer team versed Covenant Christian School and we won 2-0.  All the girls played their hardest but the Girls of the Game were Alexa and Amelia; Alexa because she kept on going even though she’d hurt her ankle and Amelia because she defended the goals as hard as she could and never gave up.
Scout (Captain)

Junior Boys
On Friday 3rd and 4th class Boys played Pittwater House.  We won 9 – 4 and it was the first win for 3rd/4th Boys rugby in 10 years. The Man of the Match was everyone!.  Yay!
By Hamish (Captain) and Ethan (Vice Capt)

Senior Girls
The Senior Girls played soccer against Galstaun College and drew 0-0.  
By Daya C-H

Senior Boys
On Friday, 5th and 6th class Boys played Galstaun College.  Everyone played extremely well and always had a go at tackling.  We won 9 – 1.  The Men of the Match are: 5th class – Rex F and for 6th class, Liam T-D.  All the boys are going to go back and think about the game and train hard.
-By   Josh B (Captain)

Categories: John Colet

23
August
2013

More Primary School Chess Competition results

John Colet A battles Lane Cove A

As reported last week, John Colet School came 2nd at the 2013 Interschool Chess Challenge held at Artarmon.  It has been confirmed that John Colet will advance to the Semi – Finals.  The top 5 performers at the tournament - Jarod C, Nathan r, Yasha B, Ryan B and Xavier S will compete at Fairfield on Monday 9 September.  Please join me in wishing them good luck! 

Primary Schools Chess Competition
In more finals action, last Friday afternoon the John Colet A team (Ryan B, Jarod C, Sean B, Yasha B) each played 2 games against Lane Cove A (Lower North Shore Division winners).  The boys were valiant competitors winning 3 games but Lane Cove was slightly stronger on the day winning with 5 games.  Congratulations to these boys on their success and their gamesmanship!  We now look forward to the 2014 competition!!

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

23
August
2013

John Colet sees Storm Boy at Sydney Theatre Company

Excursions and Incursions for all...

The past week was studded with events and achievements, which made it a happy one in spite of the very cold weather, and the sudden return of winter.
Congratulations to the Chess cohort!  John Colet will be represented by a team at the semi-finals of the Inter-Schools Chess Challenge – an outstanding achievement for a school of relatively small size!  Well done Miro, Heather B and the children and helpers.  We look forward to a happy outcome – win or lose!
There were three events – one  was an excursion by the Primary children to see the show “Storm Boy”, based on the famous Australian novel of the same name by Colin Thiele.  This was much enjoyed by one and all, and apparently had some great puppeteering in it.  The Infants too had puppets on Wednesday, this time shadow puppets: a one-person show called The Owl's Apprentice, and very delightful.
Supporting our child protection instruction, three Police officers came to John Colet on Wednesday morning to talk to each of the Infants grades about “Keeping Safe”:  they covered getting lost and Stranger Danger, and the talks were very interactive, reinforcing what many of the children already knew.
Our practice of Steadfastness is being remembered by staff and children alike:  it very much links with self-discipline, stillness, reliability  and self-respect.
Two important items:
1.    GRANDPARENTS’ DAY:  An invitation has been sent out to all families for Grandparents Day on 4th September, including a programme.  If your child has no available grandparents and wishes to invite an Honorary Grandparent or two, please feel free.  Please understand that it is vital that you register this attendance with the School Receptionist – we need this information in advance for catering purposes.  Your co-operation would be much appreciated by the Catering Department!
2. AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:   Please note that if your children are attending after school activities other than After School Care, such as Pisa training, Mandarin, Music lessons, French, and soon Gardening Club etc., if you are not there to collect them, they will be sent to After School Care as a routine matter of protection and safety. Please understand that we cannot have them running about without supervision whilst waiting for you.  The office staff goes by 4 p.m. and teachers will generally be working in their classrooms.  Many thanks.
Jenny-Ellis-from-little-wing-puppets-the owls-apprentice
Pictured above is Jenny Ellis of Little Wing Puppets, with the star of her show, The Owl's Apprentice

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

23
August
2013

Five simple ways to a healthier lifestyle

On the lunch menu this week

 

Mon

SWEET POTATO MAC ‘N’ CHEESE

Tues

CORN & VEGIE FRIED RICE

Weds

EGG SALAD ROLLS

Thurs

VEGETABLE CURRY & RICE

Fri

SQUIGGLY VEGIE NOODLES

Vegan, dairy, gluten and egg free options provided daily.

You are well on your way to a healthy life with a balance of good food and physical activity. Easy to say, sometimes hard to stomach!

A busy life of work and family can sometimes make it hard or even seemingly impossible to find time for physical activity. We can also slip into ‘easy prepare’ foods, take-away and then spending what little time we have in front of a TV or computer.

Let’s try to curb these bad behaviours and set good examples to our children and stand up for their health…and yours.

Short term goals like a little weight loss, eat 1 more cooked meal at home per week, reduce the quantity of morning and afternoon teas, 1 more exercise class or morning walk per day will make a huge difference to yours and your children’s life.

Here are 5 simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track:

1. Get active each day

2. Choose water as a drink

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables 

4. Switch off the screen!!

5. Eat fewer snacks and make healthier alternatives. 

Eat well

Donna Moor

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

21
August
2013

Grandparents Day art

Our First Classes have been busy making cards to give to their Grandparents on Grandparents day. They will be able to post their beautiful cards to Grandparents overseas.  Some have never met their Grandparents but talked to them on skype. Some Grandparents drop the children to school or pick them up. Some children love that their Grandparents read them books, play with them and spoil them. They love their Grandparents because their Grandparents love them. One boy received a picture of a grizzly bear by phone, another received a message in a bottle from the North pole (by mail). Grandparents Day is a Special Day.
John Colet School has a special Grandparents Day celebration in September.

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

16
August
2013

Interschool Chess Challenge at Artarmon Public School - John Colet does well!

Primary Schools Chess Competition

Hello Chess Enthusiasts!
Some more chess success to share!

Interschool Chess Challenge – Artarmon Public School
Yesterday, 19 students from the Senior Chess class competed at Artarmon in an individual-based tournament but the 4 highest scores from each school were added together. The children played 7 games of chess.

As a result, John Colet School came 2nd out of 16 schools.  The first placed school (Willoughby) only beat us by ½ point!!
Congratulations to all the children but especially our top scorers who helped the school achieve such a fantastic result!
Jarod C = 6 points (overall 2nd place out of 162 students)
Nathan C = 6 points
Yasha B = 5.5 points
Ryan B = 5 points
Xavier S = 5 points

Primary Schools Chess Competition
The John Colet A team (Ryan B, Jarod C, Sean B, Yasha B) will be playing in the first round of the Zone finals this afternoon.  They play against Lane Cove A (Lower North Shore Division winners).
Please join me in wishing them good luck!

Categories: Chess & Clubs, John Colet

16
August
2013

Chess and debating at John Colet School

Forest District Debating Competition and Chess

There are several extra things we do at John Colet, some of which are well known to the participants; but others in the school community may not be fully aware of them. Our chess program is one of these. A very high proportion of students play chess each week and the teacher Miro, and co-ordinator, Heather B, perform prodigies to keep the very successful show on the road. This year three of our five teams won their competitions, including our Championship team winning the Manly-Warringah Zone. They will now play off against the winners of the Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore, Ryde and Central Coast zones to decide the winner of the Sydney North District. Regardless of winning or losing however, the children benefit from the mental training, the power of concentration and all the other manifold advantages to playing chess. The school has also been part of the Forest District Debating Competition for many years. There are four other local schools in this competition. Sixth class does some preliminary training and practice in term one, and then a team of eight or so students is formed. There are four preliminary debates and a final between the two top teams. Some of the topics this year were: Contact sports do more good than harm; everyone should play a musical instrument; and new is best. We didn’t make the final this year, but the confidence, research skills and team work which debating inculcates, are prize enough.

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

16
August
2013

How many vegetables eaten in a week?

On the school menu this week...

Mon THAI VEGIE & RICE
Tues SAUCY PASTA
Weds SWEET POTATO & LEEK SOUP
Thurs PIZZA
Fri PAELLA
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

16
August
2013

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!





Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

09
August
2013

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.

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

09
August
2013

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

09
August
2013

Lunch service with a smile

On the school lunch menu this week...

Mon

GNOCCHI NAPOLI

Tues

MEXICAN FIESTA

Weds

'SAUSAGE' ROLLS (vegetarian)

Thurs

VEGIE NOODLES

Fri

CHEESY TOMATO RISOTTO

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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