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

10
May
2013

From our kitchen: 13/5/13

Great food just one way we can invest in our children

Mon

MINESTRONE SOUP (with garlic croutons)

Tues

SAUSAGE ROLLS

Weds

TEX-MEX (with rice and chips)

Thurs

CHEESY QUICHE

Fri

SQUIGGLY NOODLES

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

Click Continue Reading for Donna's comment...

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08
May
2013

5 year olds learning Shakespeare, no drama!

This week in drama classes, our infants students start learning their lines in earnest as they start rehearsing for their Shakespeare Festival  in August. 
Their first term drama classes focused on expression, vocal clarity, gesture and making interesting shapes with their bodies. 
"We've been doing exercises to get them connecting with the language," says drama teacher Zoe Emanuel. 
"And because they say quite a few lines in unison,  team work and acting in chorus has also been part of the mix."
Our Lower First students (Kindergarten) will present "All the world's a Stage", Upper Firsts will be doing "The Tempest" and 2nd classes will do "Macbeth".
The  Primary students have their Shakespeare Festival later in the year.

Categories: Lower First news (Kindy), Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

08
May
2013

Rainforest artwork

5th class has a colourful rainforest on their back wall.  They have been studying the biome Tropical Rainforests in HSIE and have compared the Daintree and the Amazon.  Besides discovering why rainforests are so valuable and essential for the health of the planet,  they have researched an animal from one of the forests, written an information report on it, and with the help of Mrs Allcorn during Art classes, created a rainforest and placed their animals in the appropriate layer of the forest.  See if you can find all 22 animals when you have a look on Open Day on Sunday 26th May. 





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08
May
2013

6th class explores expressionism

Looking at the works of artists such as Paul Nash The Battle of Germany 1944, Christopher Nevinson The Machine Gun 1915 and Paul Cezanne Houses in Provence 1879, our 6th class students have been learning about expressionism in Art.
Then they put the theory into practice sketching a still life of bottles.



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03
May
2013

Year 2 learning about biomes in HSIE

John Colet's 2nd class C have completed a school holiday project for HSIE.  They have studied various biomes over the past term.  They have created an insect or animal from a biome – desert, rainforest or savannah.  The children then described the biome where the animal or insect would be found. Work below is by Dylan, May and Oliver.

 

Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths, John Colet

03
May
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment: 6/5/13

"Up and "Down" thinking in teaching

I recently heard a rather neat piece of advice about responding to the various, sometimes challenging events of life. The question posed was whether we approach these situations with “what if down” thinking; or “what if up” thinking.

In the “what if down” scenario the event is met with feeling of impending doom.  What if everything goes wrong; what if I fail; what if everyone hates me or holds me in contempt; what if I appear weak or incompetent; and, in the context of parenting or teaching, what if this event affects my child or children badly.

In “what if up” thinking the script runs as follows: what if this is a great opportunity to learn; what if I emerge stronger and more resilient; what if new horizons open; what if I discover inner powers I didn’t know I had; and, again in the context of the family and school, what if this is exactly the lesson my child was supposed to learn; what if I believe in their strength, rather than their fragility.

Having applied this form of thinking (without having the snappy name for it) for many years I find it works.  What if up thinking is especially efficient because it is not an unrealistic la-la land approach, but can encompass the pitfalls by meeting them intelligently and rationally, but also optimistically with an up-beat energy.

 

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03
May
2013

Mother's Day ideas from our kitchen

On the school lunch menu this week...

Mon

NACHOS/BURRITOS

Tues

PIZZA

Weds

ROAST VEGETABLES

Thurs

SAUCY PASTA

Fri

EGG FRIED RICE

 A hot, freshly prepared vegetarian lunch is provided for John Colet School students daily in our dining hall. Dairy, egg, lactose, gluten and wheat free and vegan options available.

Mother’s Day is quickly coming upon us and sometimes we are too far away from our Mums or just uninspired for thoughts of which gifts to purchase.
One of my favourite presents over the past 10 years has been the gift of food.
You can make some preserves, candies, or chocolates by hand and wrap them beautifully as a gift from the heart instead of from the pocket. Having your children help you with this task allows for generational giving to increase the devotion we are trying to show our Mothers on this special day.
If you find yourself ‘unable’ to master the kitchen then think of a gift box of fresh fruits or vegetables from an organic market or even online. It is a wonderful gift. Just Google ‘veggie or fruit gift boxes’ and you would be amazed at what is available.
And don’t forget breakfast can be served in bed. In fact, it should be mandatory!

Happy Mother’s Day to all on the 12th.
Eat well,
Donna Moor

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03
May
2013

John Colet School "Garden Dreaming"

Inspired by the work of Emily Kame Kngwarray

The Infants children spent ten minutes contour drawing Australian native plants from the John Colet School garden.  We then looked at the work of Emily Kngwarray, in particular the artwork "Big Yam Dreaming"  - 1995.  We learnt about how this work tells about the growth of the finger yam at Alalgura, Emily's country.
The children went for a walk in the garden and looked at the way plants grow and twist around themselves.
They then did a design, in white on black, based on their contour drawings - incorporating their understanding of patterns made by the plants.
Annette Gadsby
Art Teacher


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03
May
2013

The challenges and joys of teaching in South Africa

Headmistress of our sister school to visit

Anisha Ramlaul, Headmistress of St James School, Durban, South Africa, will be visiting us to tell us more about her wonderful school.
We are holding a special evening where you can hear her speak and see film of her school. 
Venue: MacLaren Hall (Lunch Room), John Colet School
Date: Tuesday 7thMay
Time:7.00 for a 7.30 start
Ending 8.30-9.00

There will be opportunity to ask questions and speak to Ms Ramlaul.
Please ring the school office on 9451 8395 to let us know that you are coming, so we can put out enough tea cups!

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03
May
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 6/5/13

Putting John Colet School values into practice

It was wonderful to notice how the children returned to John Colet School on Tuesday: they seemed refreshed and full of enthusiasm for the coming term.    Teachers report that they settled down to work immediately, and this was certainly obvious at our opening Assembly.

The children had been given “Holiday Homework” by the Headmaster – to honour their parents.  Some beautiful examples were given by the children, and even the Headmaster told how he had honoured his parents.

Truthfulness is our term’s practice:  in the past we have found this to be extremely fruitful, and the children are gaining an understanding that truthfulness is underpinned by courage and inner strength.

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01
May
2013

Our Lower First M class knows about Georgia O'Keeffe

Kindergartners leaning about abstract painting

Miss Marley gave her infants class children a detailed look at some of the abstract flower paintings of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe.  They were very keen to do their own and quickly understood the idea of filling the page with their paintings of their favourite flowers in closeup.  Click continue reading to see some photos.

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

01
May
2013

Walkathon and Fair on the P&F agenda

1.    Walkathon Update
Katrina B thanked Cherry H for organising the day. She noted that there was lots of joy and happiness in evidence. Cherry advised that the school had already received $3000 of the pledged funds. The first Friday of second term is the cut-off date for sending monies raised into the school. Katrina B asked Cherry H to remind the school community about this cut-off date.
2.    Open Day
-       Fair/Stalls Update – By Liz K

Liz K advised that all stalls have been allocated to class parents and that they are all now happy with the allocation. A “Fair Newsletter” will be circulated this week and the information contained within will also be available on the school website. A one page document (referred to as “the one pager”) will also be given to each class parent which will contain all generic Fair Day information as well as specific information for that particular class. Class parents were then asked to distribute this information to all other parents in their class. The page will include embedded links to more detailed information, a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section and a key date section. Liz K advised that the first port of call for any additional information or questions should be the class parents. Liz K’s aim is to “socialise” the fair and get parents and children excited about the day. A mobile stand will be set up at school that will be used to highlight a number of stalls that will be present on the day. This stand will be moved about the school to promote the fair.

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01
May
2013

Primary students learn graphic design basics

Repeat patterns, typography and more

3rd and 4th classes at John Colet School are looking at illustration, in particular the work of William Morris, the 19th century English textile designer, artist and writer.

The older students extended a floral pattern from a section of William Morris stationery, endeavouring to incorporate their floral design into their patterning on a contemporary cat. 

Artwork by Kauri and Henry, 4th class D.  Click continue reading for more.

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

17
April
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment

From sporting success to Sanskrit...

I wish everyone a very happy and restful break.  We had a long first term with several highlights, such as the swimming carnival and the infants demonstration lesson; the walkathon; Easter and Anzac assemblies. All went off very well and continued the regular pulse of the life of the school.  Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

One especially pleasing event was the triumph of the 3rd and 4th class girls’ PISA team in the inter-school T-ball competition.  Well done girls and their coaches on a well-deserved win.

Next term the big event is the Open Day and Fair, on Sunday 26th May.  This is a major opportunity for the children to showcase their singing, recitation and classwork and for the school to open its arms to the wider community.  The Art Show runs concurrently, with a preview on Thursday 23rd, and the formal opening on Friday 24th May.

Another highlight of term 2 is the Annual Sanskrit Competition.  The finals are on Thursday 6th June.  This event is delightful and shows the children and teachers’ commitment to this beautiful subject.  Sanskrit gives them a terrific grounding in the basic rules of language, gives them access to another culture, and can help the children make and hear crisp, clean vowel and consonant sounds.  All this can give them a firm basis for powerful, effective communication.



 

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