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Shakespeare & Drama

23
September
2016

Learning about the community we live in

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Both Upper First Classes had a very interesting excursion to ‘Wannabee Play Town’ this week.  At first it may appear that they just had fun, but in fact there was a huge amount of hands-on experience and learning about workers in our community. The students experienced role play and guided learning of concepts related to professions,  in several stations – Hospital, TV Station, Fire Station, Police Station, Supermarket, Construction Zone, Café and the Post Office.  The children completed tasks in these stations which related to their profession and service area. 

Lea-Ann Connell and Elizabeth McDermott,
Teachers

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

03
August
2016

What learning Shakespeare gives

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“Each child grows in character and confidence throughout this time; many facing challenges, overcoming fears and delighting in success and just giving for the sake of the audience.

Shakespeare gives students the finest English language to learn by heart. The plays allow them the opportunity to connect with the subtlety of what Shakespeare is saying. During their time at JCS, they experience various play genres from comedy to tragedy. The rehearsals and performances teach them courage, resilience in the face of disappointment, patience, being able to work independently, humility and how to accept praise and much more. Team work and cooperation are an important part of Shakespeare plays. The children learn they can rely on each other and form a trust which allows them freedom to be themselves on stage.

Above all, the children have enormous fun and as soon as their Shakespeare Festival finishes they are asking what play they will be doing next time!”

Elizabeth McDermott, Lea-Ann Connell, Upper First Teachers

“Children are captivated and transported to a different world when studying and performing Shakespeare at a young age, even if students may not understand every word. Once children are captivated by the timeless stories of Shakespeare they can further develop and engage with the language of Shakespeare as they mature with age.”

 

Sarah Marley, Lower First Teacher  


“I liked getting ready for Shakespeare and putting my makeup on and people doing my hair. I also liked seeing my mum in the audience.”

– Sophia G Lower First

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama

01
April
2016

Greek Day

Our annual celebration of all things Greek was another great success this week.

The day rounds out 4th classes' study of Ancient Greece.  Students dress up, and parents come in to help run fun Greek activities such as making mosaics, masks, dolmathes (vine leaves wrapped around delicious morsels), Greek inspired puzzles and even some ancient Olympic events.

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Categories: Writing & Speaking, Shakespeare & Drama

20
November
2015

Robotics and Dancing

Science Club and Robotics Reminder

 

A reminder that Science Club has now finished for the year and in 2016 it will be replaced by Lego Robotics...

We will definitely be going ahead with Lego Robotics in 2016, it is our intention that every child who wants to take part will get to at some stage in the year, whether that be in Term 1 or later in the year. If you have emailed an expression of interest, thank you and if you have not done so yet, please email Mrs Crewe.

Dance classes to start at JCS

We are very excited to be introducing dance as an extracurricular class in 2016. Dance will run before school from 7:40am to 8:25am in the lunch room and will run on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning. Your morning will be determined by the Year group your child is in and we will decide these groups once we have an idea of how many students are interested. We will concentrate mainly on Jazz, with some elements of classical ballet for warm up and we may branch out to lyrical/funk for the older children depending on the needs and wants of the students in the group.
 
Mrs Crewe will instruct and she loves to dance and has over 20 years of dance teaching experience, in the past having run a studio and currently also teaching ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics at Terpsichore Dance Company in Wahroonga. She has also run the extracurricular dance program at Killara High School for the past 15 years. Dance is a true passion of hers and and she is looking forward to sharing it with John Colet children.
 
We will work on developing dance skills in a safe and fun environment and we will also work towards various performances throughout the year. There will be cost of $10 per week charged by John Colet, this cost will include the performance costumes and there will most likely be some additional purchases such as jazz shoes etc. If your child is interested in participating, can you please email Mrs Crewe your child’s name before the end of term.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, Science & Maths, John Colet

30
October
2015

Head of School's Comment

Our Shakespeare Festival is now drawing to a close.  The 3rd, 4th and 5th Classes have already performed and we await the 6th Class finale tonight.  Congratulations to teachers, parents, children and friends for making this year’s Festival such a resounding success.
These productions would not be possible without a high level of commitment and dedication from all those involved.
 
In the weeks leading up to the performances at Glen Street Theatre, we do wonder why we put ourselves through the stress and sometimes the agony, of staging these plays; but the performance night says it all.  The performances have been brilliant, extremely entertaining and very professional.
 
Apart from the sense of achievement and enormous enjoyment, the Shakespeare Festival works in very well with the development of character, the pursuit of excellence and the implementation of our Core Values.  It’s quite inspirational watching the plays develop, and seeing the children overcome their own fears and difficulties, and growing in stature and confidence.  They grow from year to year.
 
Shakespeare is the best of English literature and gives us a richness of language that in turn enriches the soul.  So many of the lines connect us with our own moral compass and can guide us throughout life.  We all have a mixture of the good and bad within us, and our character develops and strengthens when we nourish the good.  It’s the same with the children; if we nourish the good it will strengthen and grow.
 
It takes quite a deal of courage and service for the children to persist with learning their lines, entering on cue, working as a team, and finally performing on stage.  If the plays are to be a success, which they are, teachers and children alike have to put aside their own ego and work for the benefit of all.

Mary McKendrick
Headmistress

Categories: Head of School Comment, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

21
August
2015

Headmistress's Awards

Marta D, Celia L, Josephine M, Heidi P, George P (all 2M) for outstanding effort and courage during our Shakespeare Festival.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

31
July
2015

Stage Coordinator Comment

A full and rewarding week past, and a full and rewarding week to come……. 

The Infants Shakespeare Festival Dress Rehearsal for the Primary School was held on Tuesday – a whole week ahead of the event, and all-in-all it went very well, showing  the promise of good things to come.  We look forward to welcoming the parents and friends of the children to the “real” performances.  Here is the schedule:  please come along!

Wednesday

5/8/15

9.30-10.00

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

performance

Lower First

Parents/guests

U1st and 2nd

Wednesday

5/8/15

5.30-6.00

“Romeo and Juliet” – performance

Second

Parents and guests

Thursday

6/8/15

9.30-10.00

“The Tempest” – performance

Upper First

Parents/guests

L1st and 2nd

Thursday

6/8/15

5.30-6.00

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Performance

Lower First

Parents and guests

Friday

7/8/15

9.30-10.00

“Romeo and Juliet” – performance

Second

Parents/guests L1st and U1st

Friday

7/8/15

5.30-6.00

“The Tempest” – performance

Upper First

Parents and guests

 

This week we also had testing for 2nd and 4th classes by Robert Allwell Associates, and ICAS testing.  There were wonderful results from the “Maths Challenge”, with one Distinction and many Credits gained by the John Colet participants. 

And we had bumper turnout of keen students taking part in the Australian Maths Competition on Thursday.  Mrs. Dunn was invited to speak about it on air interviewed by Mike Jeffries on 2UE on Tuesday night. 

The school was “on show” too for the BOSTES Inspection, and the outcome was “recommendation for Registration.”  Much praise due to all.

An update will be sent on the hunt for a Latin teacher for Primary Latin as soon as there is any news.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Categories: Coordinators' Comments, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

14
May
2015

JCS teacher attends conference on music education and choirs

RIME 2015

During the recent school holiday break I travelled to the UK to present a paper titled “Consonant Agendas: Priorities of conductors and student members of school choirs amidst pressure to change” at the Research in Music Education (RIME) Conference 2015, hosted by the University of Exeter in Devon. Not only was this a fantastic opportunity for me as a music educator but presenting within the conference setting, in a way, both personally and professionally validated my research.

Papers were presented in themed groups allowing delegates to attend where it was most suited to their interests and area of expertise. Also presenting in the choir research theme was a PhD student from the Czech Republic who discussed his experiences as both a choir member in the Czechoslovakian Children’s Choir under Communism and as a conductor of a Children’s Choir in the time since Communism. A fascinating experience to hear the history of a country and the image, controlled by the communist leaders, that was portrayed to the world. The second presenter was a Swedish Conductor. She shared her ethnographic research, discussing the observations she had made of four of the most prominent Swedish children’s choir conductors. This too was an amazing paper to hear and relevant to any school choir conductors.

Other papers that were most relevant to my teaching had themes in composition and the use of iPads as an initial method for digital composition. A very thorough study has been carried out in a Norwegian school and documented by a professor at the University of Bergen. Also of great interest was a study, by an English conductor of community choirs. His research explored the feelings of performance anxiety amongst adult singers in choirs. His results shared similarities with the results of my school aged study. This suggests that there needs to be greater research into the area of performance anxiety amongst school aged choir members, providing them with skills to overcome performance anxiety and to develop into confident adults who will, hopefully, become members of adult community choirs.

The conference was truly a most inspiring experience and has left me with much enthusiasm for future research. I am hoping to explore a number of areas in the future including performance anxiety, more singing in schools and the choice of repertoire.

Michaela Miles
Choir Director
John Colet School

Categories: Staff, Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

24
October
2014

Shakespeare's Cake

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?
- Twelfth Night

I feel confident that the shade of William Shakespeare, looking down from the great Performance Space in the sky, would be delighted to hear of the brilliant idea hatched by Mrs Allcorn and executed by her and Mrs Moor.

This idea, suitable for a Nobel Prize nomination, is to make a giant cake - the size of a trestle table - to celebrate the 450th anniversary of his birth.  The children are being asked to bring to school a carefully chosen  array of appropriately coloured sweets and lollies.

This plethora of goodies will be used to decorate the cakes in such a cunning manner that the image of Shakespeare himself will appear, conceivably large enough to be seen from space.

The Great John Colet Shakespeare Birthday Cake will then be photographed, and eaten by all and sundry.  I join the children in very much looking forward to this last part of the celebration.

- Headmaster

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

22
October
2014

A BIG birthday cake for Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Portrait Cake - will be made in art lessons during first week of November

The students will be decorating cakes in art lessons in the first week of November. The cakes will be put together to replicate this picture of the Bard. This is a school-wide celebration to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. Our chef Donna Moor has generously volunteered to make the nine huge slab cakes (one of which will be gluten free and vegan).

We will need lollies for decorating the cakes. PLEASE could the students bring in packets of lollies to the art room on their art day during the week of Monday 3rd- Friday 7th November. Suggested lollies needed are:

Liquorice

Liquorice allsorts

Bullets

Smarties

Freckles

Jelly Beans

Sprinkles

Assorted Cake sprinkles

2 boxes of Icing Sugar

Soft Jubes

The unveiling (and eating!) of the trestle-table-sized cake will take place at recess on Monday 10th November.

THANK YOU
From the Art Room
Mrs Gadsby and Mrs Allcorn

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Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

17
October
2014

Shakespeare Festival - we're ready

John Colet’s Shakespeare Festival  tickets can be purchased from Glen Street Theatre's website.

Ticket prices for the event are:
Adults $30.00
Concession $15.00
Children under 16 $15.00

This year the students are performing excerpts from:

·         Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors and Henry V  on Tuesday 28th October

·         Macbeth and Julius Caesar on Wednesday 29th October

·         Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It on Thursday 30th October.

The Comedy of Errors has a Dr Seuss theme to the costuming and props, Much Ado About Nothing is set in the ‘70s and As you Like It, by the Year 6 students, is set in the Australian bush.

Parents please note:  The students will go home from school at 12.30pm on the day that they are performing in the evening.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, John Colet

22
August
2014

Primary Shakespeare Festival Dates

The dates for our Primary Festival at Glen Street Festival are as follows:

Tue 28th October - 3J and 3T and 4R classes perform
Wed 29th October - 5K and 5D
Thu 30th October - 4N and  6th

Bookings can be made through Glen Street Theatre closer to the time. But pop these evening performance dates in your diary now.

Categories: Shakespeare & Drama, 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

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

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