John Colet
13
March
2013

From the stage coordinators: 18/3/13

Welcome back to the Headmaster – we managed without him, but he was sorely missed, and we don’t envy him his email backlog!  Welcome also to Mrs. Mane, who went with him.

Respect:  At Assembly on Monday, we had some beautiful examples of ways in which the children could respect each other.  This is our continuing practice for this week, and it would be wonderful if it could spill over to respect for siblings!!

The Walkathon is looming on the horizon.    Your children should be working hard to get as many sponsors as possible – we heard a rumour that there are great expectations that we will raise a record amount.  A reminder that every child will need to be sun protected – sun hats, water, and well hydrated legs!   Sports uniform of course, since it is Friday anyway, and PISA children will be hurried to the oval as soon as possible.  PISA children are to bring their usual packed lunch, but the rest of the school will eat in the dining room in the normal way.

Sanskrit:  Many thanks are due to the dedicated and enthusiastic ladies who come to John Colet to teach Sanskrit to the children on a weekly basis.  They are currently preparing the children for the annual Sanskrit Recitation, as well as teaching the Sanskrit alphabet, grammar and vocabulary; this is presented in story form for translation at the various class levels, and begins in a very simple way in Lower First.   You will all have read about the Sanskrit dedication (the pause) that we use, and copies are available at the Reception desk.

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

08
March
2013

Buoyancy (or why did the Titanic float, then sink?)

The topic in Junior Science Club this week was buoyancy: Why do things float? Everyone tried experimenting at each of our four stations to investigate. Click  "Continue Reading"   to find out what our Junior scientists got up to at each station.
 

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

08
March
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment: 11/3/13

The school has a vision, a mission and values. These have been expressed many times in various ways. One way is to say that our vision is for the children to be Happy, Strong and Accomplished.

Happiness is available if we spend at least some of our time trying to be a source of happiness – that is, to give happiness to others rather than to spend all our time trying to get it.

Strength is measured by how much we can overcome ourselves rather than defeat others. In other words by how much we meet our own selfishness, fear and greed and turn them into compassion, courage and generosity.

And accomplishment means the acquisition of knowledge and the mastery of skills which make us valuable and useful to our friends, family and fellow citizens.

We would hope that our curriculum and the general atmosphere of lively enquiry, spirited debate and compassionate care – and of course the enthusiastic support of the parent body - go a long way towards producing fine young men and women who are happy, strong and accomplished.

So far our graduates have shown that the school has been of some help in this endeavour.

From the files, dated Week 6, Term 1, 2010.  Headmaster will be back from 14th March.

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

08
March
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 11/3/13

Value being practised: Respect.  The children have been encouraged to respect each other in every way.  This is proceeding well, and has been enthusiastically received by the children.

The new issue of our pamphlet on the School’s Vision, Mission and Values has been published.  Copies, as promised, have been sent to the parents of the new Lower First Class.  If any other parent wishes an updated copy, please speak to Mrs. Griffiths at the Reception desk.  And by the way, Lower First parents will also soon be receiving a Sanskrit and transliterated version of our “Pause”.  Mrs. Griffiths will also have copies of these available for anyone else who wishes one.

The Headmaster and Mrs. Mane are currently at the Headmasters’ Conference at which he is speaking, and we have had brief emails letting us know that all is going well there.  Look forward to “breaking news” about it on his return!

Shakespeare is looming again and Zoe Emanuel begins her drama coaching in the Infants’ Department this week.  Rehearsals will begin in earnest next term, and the performances for the Infants’ Shakespeare Festival will be held at school at the beginning of Term 3. 

Good news - Geraldine West and Donna Taylor have very generously offered their services to streamline and organise the Shakespeare/Nativity costume collection and our range of “props”.  Teachers are sighing with relief ….  It’s a huge job that these two ladies have undertaken and we are most grateful.

There are whispers about, regarding the possibility of starting a Gardening Club for some interested children after school.  Keep your ears open for something louder, because support and help will be needed if it gets off the ground!  (Whoops, “into the ground” would be better!)

The Pick Up Zone has been running smoothly and efficiently, thank you, and your continued co-operation will be most appreciated.

Enjoy these lillies by 4th class students this week...

 


Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

06
March
2013

Learning about aboriginal art

Our Upper First (Year 1) students have been learning about aboriginal culture through action, storytelling and art.
Sitting around a pretend campfire, students watched some of their class mates act out the aboriginal story "The Bat and the Crocodile" read by their art teacher Mrs Gadsby.  Then they learnt about aboriginal markings, which they recreated on black paper bat shapes, and on large pieces of paper bark.

Next week, in ceramic art, they will make a crocodile and paint it with similar dots, cross hatchings and lines.

Mrs Gadsby says there is a strong emphasis on culture based art at John Colet, for example in Aboriginal art, not just learning about dot painting, but coming to an understanding of the ideology behind the artworks.

"This process of examining art through culture applies also to Asian, Indian and Islamic art. This gives the children a deep understanding and appreciation of different cultures. They also study the great art movements in the western world such as the Renaissance, Impressionism and Contemporary art."

   

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

28
February
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 4/3/13

Respect
This value is being practised by the children with the emphasis on looking and listening. The teachers are enjoined to look in particular for the good in the children.

National English Curriculum for 2014
The National English Curriculum is due to be implemented in all New South Wales Schools in 2014.

John Colet is preparing for this process: for our Teachers’ Week study in January, we invited a consultant from the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) to workshop this new syllabus over a full day, which means that the teachers are well on the way to becoming familiar with its content and requirements. Further study will be undertaken during this year to refine the process so that teachers will be ready by the end of the year.

Lunches
What a joy to have the kitchen open again, under the marvellous direction of Donna Moor and her team. We are being treated daily to culinary delights and you will be pleased to hear that the children are being encouraged to eat fruit and to be adventurous in trying new tastes. A variety of proteins and carbohydrates is being offered with bread only occasionally. All special dietary requirements are being met. The children are enjoying a relaxed and nourishing meal: they particularly warm to the social aspect of the lunch table, and are often seen to be caring for and serving each other.

 

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

28
February
2013

4th class art on trend with bunting

As 4th classes are reading Storm Boy, the art teachers were asked if the children could come up with a fabulous classroom display to go with the book's body of work.
No problem at all - as the art sessions were already focusing on the form and shape of birds - and a pelican and shore birds certainly feature in the book.
So now both classes have wonderful bunting illustrated with shore birds and coastal landscapes. The birds were block printed in black with foam board, then hand coloured.  The landscapes were drawn with coloured pencils and crayon.
Come and see the final results first hand at our Open Day (Sunday 26th May).
 



Categories: Art classes, John Colet

28
February
2013

Young biologists on Safari

Our two 2nd classes are loving their science unit "Schoolyard Safari" where we investigate small creatures found in the schoolyard and our own backyards.

The children have observed worms and snails closely, drawn diagrams and now have
the worms in a worm viewer in their classrooms where they are closely observing their movements and habits. Lots of fun!
Mary Garrett
Teacher

Categories: Science & Maths, John Colet

28
February
2013

From our kitchen: 4/3/13

On the menu this week...

Mon

SOUP WITH BREAD ROLLS

Tues

VEGIE SAUSAGE ROLLS

Weds

CHEESY QUICHE

Thurs

SALAD ROLLS

Fri

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

Salt is on the lips of the media, yet again. Many people think that salt is the enemy of life, but with a healthy lifestyle and diet, salt is simply another one of earth’s wonders.

You would be a puddle without salt maintaining cellular stability. It is also a totally natural product.

What we must know is that iodised sea salt, Himalayan salt or Murray River salts are the best dietary sources of salt as they contain useful minerals to the body. It is the old ‘table salt’ that is added to our food after it has been served that is the great worry.

This argument has come forward, like many others, following our love of fast foods and pre-packaged food that many of us (over 40’s) grew up on. Our mothers went to work and ‘convenience foods’ took our taste buds to great new heights.

When using salt, use it in the cooking process to enhance the natural flavours within your food. Allowing it to absorb and combine naturally is better for you and makes the food pleasurable. And remove the salt shaker from the dinner table. It is a chef’s nightmare to have someone add salt and pepper to their food before they have even tasted...because they make food to taste perfect as it is, by adding salt in the cooking process.

If you must add it to the top of your food use the right type and simply reduce the quantity. Food loves salt and salt loves food. Make sure it is not you that loves salt, and be a healthier version of yourself.
Donna Moor
Chef


Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

22
February
2013

Headmaster's Weekly Comment

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

                                                Matthew 5:48

 

One of the pieces of sage advice that Leon MacLaren, the founder of the school, gave us was always to begin with the Absolute. 

So when we consider any aspect of the school, any plans we have to implement, any child who needs some form of correction, we start by articulating the ideal outcome, the perfect solution, the model result.

Having done this we then see clearly if, and to what extent, there is a shortfall from this ideal.  Practical steps then reveal themselves, which can be taken to close the gap between what we have, and what we want.  The staff have been conscientiously implementing this, with encouraging results.

 At first blush it may seem pretty obvious to go about things this way; but we found, initially, that it was a bit counter-intuitive.  This is because we are often beguiled by the problem, the difficulty or the mistake.  Our attention goes to the few talkative children when the majority of the class is still and attentive; we focus on the few things that go wrong in an otherwise well-organised event; we fret about a few disgruntled people when the overwhelming (and usually silent) majority are happy and supportive.

 This doesn’t mean the chatty children shouldn’t be quiet, that future events wouldn’t benefit from a post-mortem, or that peoples’ concerns shouldn’t be given full respect and attention.  Merely that the most efficient and stress free way of responding is to have a picture of the best –the Absolute – clearly in view.

 

Note:  I’ll be away for a few weeks.  I have been invited to present a paper on school funding at a conference in UK.  Mrs McKendrick and Mrs Donald will constitute the steady hand on the tiller in my absence.  See you all soon.

In the meantime could I beg you all to be very considerate of our neighbours when driving, parking and dropping off or picking up the children.   Thank you.


 

 

Categories: Head of School Comment, John Colet

22
February
2013

From the Stage Coordinators: 25/2/13

PRIMARY SWIMMING CARNIVAL: What a great event!  The children are to be commended for their enthusiasm, efforts, courage and sportsmanship.  Well done children.  Commendations also for the new House Captains in rallying and directing their houses.

FOOD AT RECESS:   John Colet School promotes a healthy diet for the children and we consider this to be of great importance both nutritionally and also setting good eating habits for later life.  For recess could parents please send fruit or other healthy items.  We would ask your co-operation in not sending chips, highly flavoured snacks, lollies and chocolates.  Please also remember that we are a “nut free” school!

WOMBAT CROSSING:  Please ensure that the children are standing well behind the yellow line and that they wait to be called by the crossing lady before they enter the crossing.

PICK UP ZONE:  Parents are asked to assist with the efficiency and safety of this procedure by:

·         Clearly displaying family names of children being collected;

·         Moving up towards the front of the line of cars wherever space permits, thus making space for others to move forward behind you;

·         Loading as quickly as possible whilst remaining in the car; 

·         Refraining from engaging the teachers in conversation or from asking questions of them: rather ring them after 3.30 when collection is over.    Thank you for your co-operation.   

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, John Colet

22
February
2013

From our kitchen: 25/2/13

On the menu this week...

 

Mon

VEGIE WEDGES AND BEANS

Tues

NACHOS

Weds

TOMATO OR PUMPKIN SOUP

Thurs

PASTA PRIMAVERA

Fri

BAKED VEGETABLE PAELLA

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

In the dining hall we try to focus on the present moment; to ‘shift down a gear’ and encourage a more mindful eating practice, not just shovel down food to get out playing. Being mindful at the dinner table helps slow down the consumption of food and regulates digestion. It also allows us to receive and serve others with greater pleasure and attention.

We will be adding herbs from my garden, such as oregano, rosemary, sage and mint, which boost the children’s’ vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake. All of these herbs have huge antioxidant properties such as cancer fighting, increased memory and clean breath. They also help ward off the upcoming season change blues.

It is also coming up to that time of the year that the days grow shorter so we need to encourage our children to stay outside to play to keep up their vitamin D stores. There is a growing paradox in our ‘sunburnt country’ that our rate of Vitamin D deficiencies is rising. It is now over 58%. We are working longer hours indoors, children are playing in front of computers and communicating by e-mail or Skype rather than by ‘push bike’ in person and we are protecting ourselves from the sun in every form. Vitamin D can be found in foods such as milk, yoghurt, mushrooms, eggs and fatty fish and is crucial for bone and muscle development. It also helps prevent osteoporosis as it aids in the absorption of calcium and it lowers the risk of cancer.

So get outside and play happily...but wear a hat! You need the sunshine not the tan.

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!!!
Donna Moor
Chef

Categories: Lunch menus, John Colet

20
February
2013

Gallipoli Art Award preparation starts

John Colet 6th class students have been learning about the role horses played in the First World War.  This is part of their preparation for their group entry into the Gallipoli Art Award, administered by the Gallipoli Memorial Club  (www.gallipoli.com.au ) which John Colet School enters each year.  They learnt about Sandy, the only Australian horse of the 130,000 sent, that returned to Australia from WW1.  That was an emotional lesson!
The students also looked at historical photos of horses in the Great War, then created some etchings, some of which are below, as part of their early preparation for their class entry.


Learn more about war horses at www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/horses/sandy.asp










Categories: Art classes, John Colet

20
February
2013

Miles of tiles

Rounding out the section of work on birds for 3rd classes this week, the students drew birds on ordinary bathroom tiles with a 'sharpie' type permanent marker.  Then the tiles were baked at 150 degrees for half an hour, so the image sets.  So simple anyone could do it at home, even on a white ceramic plate.
These bird tiles will probably be group mounted for a striking artwork around the school.
Pictured below are the two sets of tiles by 3rd class N, and two students from 3rd class R hard at work on their tiles.
   

Categories: Art classes, John Colet

18
February
2013

P&F meeting re-cap

Future Meetings
Katrina put forward for discussion the timing of future P&F meetings. The suitability of holding future meetings on an alternating basis between morning and evening was discussed. A decision was made to commence with this plan based on availability of members and in the spirit of majority rule. A desire to be flexible was also noted. It was also noted that a number of board members are at the school during the day and could be called on to attend. They include Gilbert Main, Judith Donald and Christine Condos.
The timing of P&F meetings will be put in school weekly note.

Coming Events in 2013

Walkathon
Cherry has volunteered to organise the walkathon this year. A handout was supplied that summarises the role of the class parents in relation to this event. It was noted that set up, as in previous years will be undertaken by 6th class. A desire to have all monies raised and brought to school by early next term was noted. Donna stated that monies raised by the walkathon have been earmarked for furnishings, white boards and air conditioning for two new classrooms. A target of $10,000.00 (based on good takings for previous years) was put forward by Donna. The committee accepted this target.

Ideas to track the total funds raised were discussed. Joe Thompson suggested that 6th class could undertake a group project that could visually track monies raised. Jo Thompson will follow up on this matter.
Jo volunteered to bring is eskies filled with ice on the day of the walkathon.
Alex volunteered to locate spray bottles to be used on the day of the walkathon.
It was decided that each class would determine their reward system for the day of the walkathon.

Art Show and Open Day Fair
Liz, Alex, Geraldine and Cherry have volunteered to co-ordinate this event.
Liz will design a roster for the day. It will outline manning requirements for the day.
Donna M has volunteered to organise and run a curry food stall on the day.
Katrina P has volunteered to organise and run an Asian food stall on the day.
Anne-Marie has volunteered to organise and run a French bakery stall on the day.

Katrina  advised a number of volunteers were required to help run the art show. Class parents were asked to disseminate this request amongst the school community.
Donna T advised it would be a good idea that a class delegate was on hand on fair day to make sure people turned up for their shift on each class stall. It was noted that this has been an issue in the past. To alleviate communication problems class parents were advised to avail themselves of parent mobile numbers.
It was also noted that class parents need to be available during most of fair day to supervise and keep things on track.

Other Fund Raising News
Katrina noted that generally every second year John Colet School has a major fund raiser. It has been decided to delay a Ball type event to next year upon the school turning 30. Donna proposed that this year’s event should be a “family friendly event” thereby including all parents and children. Initial ideas include picnic dinner including a cover charge, with maybe a bush dance, games/bingo, disco, or bare-foot bowls. All ideas are welcomed.

Deanna has volunteered to organise a sausage sizzle at Bunnings. The timing of the event will be advised by her.

Other Items
Class parents were advised to organise a class kitty (if not already done so).
Katrina asked for a representative from each class to attend upcoming P&F meetings so as to keep the lines of communication open and strengthen involvement.
Alex asked if P&F minutes could be put on the school website blog. She has volunteered to edit minutes supplied by secretary for the blog.
Katrina welcomed any suggestions and feed-back from class parents and offered them the P&F Committee’s help and support.

Next Meeting
Next meeting will be Mon 11th March at 7.30pm in the John Colet School staff room.
The meeting was closed 9.05am.

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