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23
August
2019

Super-duper work from Second Class

Book characters were the topic for this year's House writing competition.  Enjoy this fine work from Padma  and Derek in Year 2...

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23
August
2019

Book week a big week

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Our Book Week theme continued this week. Children chose and prepared presentations on their current reading. Upper 1st (Year 1) for example, has had some excellent book reviews so far with books about ‘Mother Theresa’, ‘Malala Yousafzai Story’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', a ‘Chinese Joke Book’ and more. Here Aden is sharing images from his book, projected onto the Whiteboard.

Upper 1st have also been learning about Mass – comparing, estimating and measuring mass/weight. In science they have been looking at the changing states of matter.  In History they have been sharing artifacts and comparing shops of long ago with shops now. They have also been letter writing, learning about punctuation and sentence structure, and in Philosophy / Health they have been talking about the courage to face challenges, what a Growth Mindset is and how it can expand our view and help us be inspired by others.

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16
August
2019

Sports and debating this week

Unfortunately the Junior Girls lost 6 - 0 and we had our ups and downs. In the end, the Girls of the Game were Isla for her good goal kicks, Tavnoor for defense and Ava for trying her best.

The Senior Boys had a 9 - 5 loss and the Captain said they 'kind of switched off' during the second half.  The Men of the Match were Frankie and Oscar for great running and receiving.

The Senior Girls had a bye and the Junior Boys had a friendly against Bayview.

John Colet School debated St Pius in the IPSHA debating round.  The topic was That parents should not give their children pocket money.  Our affirmative team won and our negative team lost.  The adjudicator noted it was a difficult debate on a very relevant topic.  The final debate is in two weeks.

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16
August
2019

Book Week off to a great start

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Jan Latta, an Australian wildlife photographer, author and Northern Sydney branch President of the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia), came to speak to our primary students today to kick off our book celebrations!
 
Jan has a special interest in wild land animals that are either endangered or face extinction. She spoke to the students about her adventures into the wild, trying to find the animals to study and photograph. The stories she told….!! Wow!! The children were glued to her every word and learnt so many wonderful things about wild animals.
 
Jan then showed us her selection of books, all featuring a different wild animal. They are written with primary-aged children in mind and display her photographs so beautifully.

What a great start to Book Week!

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02
August
2019

Debating double win

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Our school is back into the debating season with the 5th debate today against Abbotsleigh on the topic That child actors should be banned.  John Colet School was the affirmative (pictured above) in the first debate and the negative (pictured below) in the second debate.
We won both debates!
Mr Wilcock watched both and was very impressed.  "I was struck by how our students responded in depth to a complex topic and their mature way of listening to the arguments" he said.
Mrs Crewe said the children have worked incredibly hard to refine their debating skills and she is very proud of them.
There are two more debates in the season.

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21
June
2019

Getting the most from group work

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Second class have been investigating toys from the past and from different cultures. In their groups they have to predict and work out what they think the toys are from the past and what they would have been used for. Group work involves discussion, working together, cooperation and taking turns. These skills are very important to learn. 2B’s discussions were amazing!

Justine Brine
Teacher

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31
May
2019

Australia My Country

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Earlier this year, John Colet School participated in the Australia My Country competition run annually by the Forestville RSL Sub Branch.  This year the theme was “Coming Home” and 350 primary school children entered from 21 local schools across 3 categories and 2 age groups.
John Colet School entrants did very well, winning 4 of the 20 prizes.
Composition (Years 3 & 4) Second Place – Finlay S
Composition (Years 3 & 4) Third Place – Jasmine E
Art (Years 3 & 4) Second Place – Vedanshi M
Art (Years 5 & 6) Fourth Place – Annica P
The prizes were presented recently by Jonathan O’Dea MP at Forestville RSL Club.

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24
May
2019

Debating update

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In this week's IPSHA debate against Pymble Ladies College on the topic That TV shows are better than movies John Colet School's team for the negative won, and our affirmative team lost.

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10
May
2019

Sports and debating reports

The Senior Girls PISA netball team, JSC1, had a good game against St Lukes today.  We won 9 - 7 and the Girls of the Match were the shooters, Georgia and Ella, for their great goals. Also, Ava was a great defence and stopped a very difficult lob.  All together, it was a great game. 
The JSS2 Senior Girls team won against Bayview 15 - 2, with Alannah and Julia voted Girls of the Game.

The Senior Boys Pisa soccer team played Northern Beaches Christian School today.  We lost 2 - 4 but played well and the Men of the Match were Levi and Leo for their exceptional play.

All other teams had byes.

Meanwhile, in the sport of debating, both John Colet teams had wins against their opponents Oxford Falls in the first round of the IPSHA debates today.

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29
March
2019

Animal studies

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Here's Upper 1st C who as part of their Geography studies have been researching a native animal, and in association with our English unit are reading the book ‘Are We There Yet?’ by Alison Lester.
The children have chosen an Australian native animal and discussed their features (eg. classification, habitat, feeding habits, movement, breeding). Students used their own posters to present in class.  Come and see some beautiful posters on our window.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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15
March
2019

Young leaders day

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National Young Leaders Day was a wonderful excursion that all Year 6 enjoyed. It was held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. We listened to inspirational speeches from Tim Diamond from the Cotton on Foundation, the author Tasmin Janu, the Olympian swimmer Cate Campbell and professional cricketer Holly Ferling. We learned about the need to be persistent and push through struggles, the importance of being positive to achieve your goals and having the courage to do challenging things. We hope next year’s Year 6 will have as much fun as we did!

Georgia P (6S)

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15
March
2019

Young architects research sustainable materials

6th class students have been delving in to what building materials will suit current and future environmental conditions, and seeing if they can design cyclone-proof houses.  

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08
March
2019

5th class explore Bobbin Head

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Last Thursday, 5th Class went to Bobbin Head and learnt about the history that shaped the National Park. First we used a compass to orienteer the direction of North on a map of the park. Next we used the iPads to take some pictures of the landscape. After that we went on a bushwalk past mangrove trees, where we saw numerous species of crabs. On the top of the escarpment, our Guide told us about the Indigenous people who had once inhabited the land. We saw a rock carving in the shape of a man. The man symbolises a warning of STOP to all people who enter the land.  Then we continued walking into a small rainforest where we had lunch in a relaxing, cold area. On the way back we learnt about how Park Rangers put down bait to stop foxes eating the Southern Bandicoots which are endangered. It was a wonderful trip and we would like to go there again.

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27
February
2019

Learning about the Moon

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2B has researched the phases of the moon on iPads and recorded their facts. We are working on the using Digital Technology to discover as another form of learning.  It's great preparation for their visit to the Sydney Observatory next week.  The children loved it!

Justine Brine
Teacher

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15
February
2019

Taking turns in a circle

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During our weekly Circle Time we discuss the week's highlights, consisting of new learning, challenges and fun. This week, some children enjoyed exploring the cover of our new text 'Are We There Yet' by Alison Lester, some found spelling and times tables a challenge and we all enjoyed creating self-portraits for our door display and making big numbers with blocks.

Lea-Ann Connell
Upper 1st C Teacher

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