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13
October
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

It has been an excellent start to the term, with levels of enthusiasm obvious in relation to the Shakespeare Festival and other forthcoming events this term. It’s quite difficult to gain access to the Hall as so many teachers wish to use it for rehearsals!
The new Library has been completed and will transfer from the Music Room shortly. In the meantime, Mrs. Caban is checking her stock and planning her new space. It’s a beautiful room, very centrally located in Colet House, incorporating Colet 2 Classroom and the former offices of the Deputies. The Staff Common Room is also having a “face-lift”.
There is a Working Bee coming up on 22nd October, and thank you to those parents who are able to support it.
Service: the true value of any action is related to the real attention given to it, for example, say “Hello” to someone with attention and sincerity and it means something quite different from a mechanical greeting.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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22
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

What an eventful week it has been – something special and extraordinary each day!

Monday of course saw the opening ceremony of the new Plato House and the dedication of the G.S. Mane wing.  We had several guests, including our Members of Parliament, Mr. Mane himself, several Board Members, the Architect, the Bank Manager, and a host of the builders, who so generously came to see the result of their labours.  Mrs. Moor provided a beautiful morning tea.

Tuesday was another very successful event – the Sports Carnival – the children were terrific!   Wednesday saw a remarkably comprehensive celebration of “Asia studies” – the Sixth Class children dressed up, undertook activities such as calligraphy, cooking and making Japanese dolls:  they were treated to a feast, and then a Tai Chi Class with Demetrius Condos, and an Indian Dance demonstration by Angela Miller, who was freshly returned from a week’s dance workshop in the U.K.

On Thursday the Infants treated their parents to a Poetry and Sanskrit Prayer Concert, which also included a Latin song from the 2nd Class Latin students.  Straight after that, Miss Bower’s Class showed their amazing recently  published stories – on video with their illustrations and voice-overs.

Friday was the “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” which the 6th Class put on for their Buddies in Lower First.

And now the holidays … enjoy.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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15
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

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Mary McKendrick and I would like to express our thanks for a wonderful occasion on Saturday night, the Masquerade Party, where we received so many expressions of gratitude from parents, friends and colleagues. I thought I was totally “incognito” behind my Venetian mask and would be recognised by no-one!  However …     It was a delightful evening, and the generosity of parents was demonstrated in the auction items offered and the funds raised at the event.
It has been a most unusual week with strange weather, one day “sans” electricity, and with more than half the school away on camp. The Infants’ children have shown their mettle, and have been very settled in the  absence of their older peers.
Next week will be the last week that we have Mrs. Garrett, who has so ably taken 3rd Class, and both 2nd Classes over the past two terms, replacing teachers on Long Service Leave.  We will miss her, and hope it is not the last time we can call on her to stand in for teachers on Long Service Leave.
Next week sees the final week of a short term, in which the highlight will be the Sports Carnival.  On Thursday in the MacLaren Hall at 2.30 p.m., the Infants Classes will be giving a short and sweet Recitation Concert for their parents.

Judith Donald (pictured on right above)
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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08
September
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

The coming week will be a busy one with the whole Primary School heading for Bathurst or Milson Island, to enjoy three days of adventure with their teachers and classmates.  We ask them to “pack” the School Values in their bags, especially Courage:  we are practising Resilience in the face of difficulties, and there will be many opportunities for this.  We would also like to hear reports of good manners and respect.  And the cherry on the top:  enjoy!
 
Please call in to see the magnificent artwork which has gone up on the wall in the Reception area:   this depicts the genesis and evolution of the great teachers and schools of wisdom throughout the history of humanity.  You will be amazed.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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31
August
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

This week we are practising another aspect of Courage – the Courage to face difficulties with resilience – a quality we all need to remember when faced with things we find testing!  One area to encourage the children, especially the young ones, is to try new foods – even just a little taste, before going on with what is tried and enjoyed..

In the Infants lunch we are introducing a little change – firstly we are serving fruit yoghurt which is sweetened and seems to appeal more to the younger palate   Greek-style yoghurt will still be available.  We are also offering the Infants salad each day.  This will be announced daily and served from the hatch for those who would like to try.  This is similar to the system for the Primary.  We have found in the past if these salads are put on the children’s tables, they are generally wasted, with only a few children eating them occasionally.

This now means that the Infants children have each day: 

  • milk or water
  • choice of cut fruit in season (compulsory),
  • wholemeal buttered bread,
  • a hot dish (occasionally salad and cheese rolls)
  • we will be encouraging them to try a small amount of the hot dish
  • cheese to put on bread or the hot food
  • sultanas
  • yoghurt
  • dessert a few times per term
  • Moor bakes a chocolate cake for the class that earns the most points by the end of each term by following Lunchtime Rules such as listening to the bell, eating in silence for 5 minutes when the “silence bell” goes, looking after each other, good posture, not wasting food, tidy tables and clean floors!

The Primary children have a similar menu but have spreads available (vegemite, cheese), which is not practicable for the younger ones.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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25
August
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

“Book Week” has been well and truly celebrated at John Colet with two author visits (one last week), a marvelous dress-up day and parade, and  a whole school “story time” where pre-selected books were read by teachers (pictured below in their costumes) and administrative staff to small groups of children throughout the campus.  And next week, we have a visit from the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, to talk about the Premier’s Reading Competition which has been so successfully running at John Colet this year and previous years. 
One of the features of our sit-down lunches is that the Infants always have a “silent eating time” each day – about five minutes, to help them eat rather than chat!  During this time they have to use sign language to communicate any service or need.  To this end, Ms Marley and Miss Bower’s classes have learnt sign language.  You will see this displayed on their class windows. They can say please and thank you without uttering a sound!

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

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11
August
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Mrs. McKendrick left this week for four weeks of long service leave:  she will be travelling in Europe and also attending a Plato Convention in Delphi.  Bon voyage!
A very disruptive, but efficient day for School Photographs and the weather smiled on us!
Next week is Science Week and it begins with a visit from “Fissics “ – they put on a Science Show which will inform and delight the children with the magic of science.
There will be no normal Monday Assembly on 14th,  as “Fissics” require the Hall and need time to set up.  The Headmaster will once again be offering some lunchtime Science activities.
The Practice of Courage continues.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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28
July
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Another term begins!  This term our practice is Courage and specifically the courage to be truthful and to own up.  Our approach to this is that when we ask children about an incident or situation, if they own up immediately (or even eventually) we praise them for their courage to do so, and then approach the situation and discuss how to make amends.  This praise of courage supports the children in facing their behaviour and then seeking to correct it.

Next week John Colet is hosting two visiting debating teams, which will enable 5th Class to sit in and gain an insight as to how this works!  The topics are:
There is no need for tests and exams  and  Drones should be banned.   They are always very interesting and well thought out!

This term we have the pleasure of hosting and mentoring four Practicum Students, three from Macquarie University and one from Swinburne.  This of course is very necessary for them to build their experience, and also enjoyable for the teachers and enriching for the children.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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29
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

What a splendid way to end the Term and what a great success the Infants’ Shakespeare Festival was.  The culmination of an enormous amount of work.  Not only were the children bright and confidant, but they thoroughly enjoyed it!  And the teachers of course enjoyed it when it was successfully over.

This final week also saw the farewell of Mrs.  Alice Dawson, who leaves us to have a second child.  She has been at John Colet for  seven years, has done wonderful work with her classes and will be much missed.

Mrs. Tefay is doing well, and is now in Rehabilitation.  She sends her regards and thanks for the flowers and warm wishes she has received.  A most magnificent composite  “Get Well” Card from the Lower First children was delivered to her, and received with moist eyes!
 
Best wishes from us for a safe and relaxing holiday.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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23
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

A week full of successes!
The teachers have been very busy with Parent/Teacher Interviews, and  these having been proceeding well.  Shakespeare is steaming ahead, and all are looking forward to next week’s performances.

We have great success at both Debating – we won! – and Chess – we came 2nd in the Tournament and now move forward to the finals.  Well done to those children and teachers.

Upper First had a very enjoyable excursion to Narrabeen to study the seashore.

Thursday evening saw a delightful and successful Music Recital, both of the Ensemble, the Singers and the individual Instrumentalists.  Performing “in public” isn’t easy for some, and we commend the children for their courage.  Thanks also to Rosy Davidson and Jodie Law for organising this event.

Sixth Class started on an adventure:  they are learning the traditional dance the Maypole, and hope to perform it at the special event organised by the School of Practical Philosophy to celebrate its 50th Anniversary – A Gala Garden Party in October this year.  This will be held in the gardens of the SoPP’s heritage property, Mahratta, in Wahroonga.  We hope also to have a performance of the maypole at John Colet.  More anon.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

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09
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Reports have been posted and should be received in time for Parent Teacher Interviews.

During  Assembly  each week, children recite the School Motto, “Testare de Illa Luce” which means “To bear Witness of that Light”. 
This is taken from the Christian Scriptures, St. John’s Gospel Chapter 1, and refers to the coming of one of the world’s great teachers – Jesus Christ, whose precepts and teachings have enlightened millions over the last two millennia.

St. John refers to Jesus as being “the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world”.  This is a reference to the pure consciousness that is “the light of every man”, the underpinning perfection in each of us.  Bearing witness of this light means  letting that light shine through our actions as they reflect in the school values of Stillness, Respect, Courage, Service and Respect
St. Matthew (5:16) says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works ..”
Each of the four gospel–writers has a symbol (Eagle, lion,  man and bull).  The Crest shows the symbol of St. John which is an eagle – here ascending with the rays of light of the sun shining  behind it.
Enjoy a safe and happy long weekend.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

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02
June
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Open Day was wonderful in every way:  the weather was perfect, the classrooms looked wonderful, the performances were enjoyable, and if there needs to be an indicator as to how the children behaved themselves, here it is:  The First Aid lady went home without even having had one customer – not even a bandaid.  Well done everyone!  Thank you to the many parents who worked indefatigably, thank you to those who spent money, thank you for the delicious lunch, thank you Sixth Class for your enthusiasm with the stalls, thank you teachers and children, and thank you to our Administrative Staff who put it all together to make a workable forum for our community to enjoy itself..  The standards were high!

It was a busy week with the Sanskrit Competition, the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod and Open Day preparation.

In the mornings when the teachers pause at 8 a.m. and discuss the day, we always say a prayer in Sanskrit and then in English. Responding to a request from some parents, we will highlight one of the Sanskrit prayers each fortnight and explain the English meaning:  This week we are reciting  “The Perfect Prayer”

 
Here is the English meaning:


OM

This is Perfect.
That is Perfect.
Perfect comes from Perfect.
Take Perfect from Perfect,
And the remainder is perfect.

Om 

May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress

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26
May
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Another week of wonderful performances with more to come on Open Day, all warmed by the beautiful autumn weather. The children themselves shone at the Sanskrit Competition on Tuesday, and the event highlighted the courage and discipline of the children, and their generosity in heartily applauding each other. The individual winners are published elsewhere, and Upper 1st and 5th won the whole class section.
Mid-week a small group of 4th Class children spent the day at Kinma School, taking part in the their Friendship Day, which was attended by several local schools.  Thank you to those children who represented John Colet.
The John Colet Choir was one of three schools who were Highly Commended at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, and our Head Chorister, Lila Jones, was given a special mention.
 
Open Day
 
Children are to arrive at Open Day in full  winter uniform at 9am.  They should go to their classroom.  Children should bring their school sports uniform in their sports bag to change  into straight after the stage performances.  (You may also wish to  send in a small recess snack and drink.)
 
The stage performances start at 10am until 11am.  After that time, children are free to enjoy the Open Day activities and show their parents around their classrooms. The classrooms will be manned from 11 a.m. to 12 midday and then from 1 pm to 2 pm. The Open Day concludes at 2pm.
 
Parents, please note that the children should stay with their teachers until the stage performances are over, and should not go the  playground until this is over.
 
Please register for the Cyber Safety talk on 1st June (6.00 for 6.30) to be held at John Colet.  Parents from local schools are also invited to this Rotary sponsored event.
Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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19
May
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

We are counting down to Open Day on Sunday 28th May – the Class teachers and the Art Department are busily decking  out the walls of the classrooms with showcase work, whilst the children are spending time on the preparations for the Sanskrit Competition this Tuesday 23rd May.  This will  be judged by distinguished Sanskritists Dr. Ramon Raghu and Mr. William Fox (Member of the JCS Board).  We hope also to have present  a visitor from the Indian Consulate.  The Sanskrit Recitation is always a very special event.

Children attending after school Clubs have been reminded of the rules relating to behaviour at these Clubs. They are

  • Demonstrate the School Values
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Support others
  • Obey the instructors
  • Follow competition rules where applicable
  • Help tidy up and leave the area in good order

We look forward to a vigorous Working Bee this Sunday to prepare for Open Day.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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12
May
2017

Stage Coordinator Comment

Naplan is over for another year, and everyone seemed to take it in their stride!
Several children from John Colet School recently participated in the Gateways Programme hosted by Oxford Falls Grammar School.  This is an inter-school Maths Workshop of four sessions,  for Gifted and Talented children.  A letter from the organisers was received by Mrs. Crewe commending the behaviour and focus of the John Colet participants.              
To quote:
“Your students were an excellent reflection upon your school. You should be proud!   The following children were noted as ‘stand-out’ students meaning they were particularly engaged in the workshops, demonstrated impressive understanding of mathematical concepts and were great contributors to the day as a whole. These children relished in the challenges of the day.
Marlon Leforestier
Morgan Armstrong-Jones
Thomas Jeffries
Shannon Hiscox

Congratulations to all the children who participated!
We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Tefay back from leave, although she has been seen at school the past three days, working with Mrs. Zoe Emanuel, Miss Cipollone  and  the children on their  forthcoming Shakespeare performance.
Mrs. Diane Renshaw (3rd Class) will be going on extended leave from this week, and will be replaced by Mrs. Mary Garrett, a former John Colet teacher, who has returned to us from Victoria to take Mrs. Renshaw’s class.  She will also replace Mrs. Elizabeth McDermott (2M) and Mrs. Lea Connell (2C) later in the year when they successively take Long Service Leave.
Library Bags:  A reminder that Library bags are preferred by Mrs. Caban, as it keeps them protected and identifiable in the home.  Mrs. Ladomatos has a supply in the Uniform Room.

Uniform alert!Full winter uniform please for the week beginning 15th May!  Blazers to be worn to Monday Assembly.  Long navy blue socks are to be worn with boys’ shorts.  Mrs. Ladomatos has a supply in the Uniform Store.

Judith Donald
Infants Mistress
Mary McKendrick
Primary Mistress

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