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31
March
2017

On the vegetarian lunch menu this week...

Mon

MIXED VEGETABLE SOUP  
with garlic & rosemary croutons

Tues

THAI EGG FRIED RICE
with crispy noodles
(by request)

Wed

PESTO PASTA
with garden salad

Thurs

CHEESE & SALAD ROLLS
(walk-through, Infant Sanskrit
performance for parents)

Fri

EASTER BBQ
(Year 5 packed lunch)

Egg free, dairy free, gluten free and vegan options always provided.

Letting our children go to the hands of someone else can be very hard. Even harder is that of entrusting others with their food. Part of the beauty of John Colet is that we strive, we care and we value all our students individually and as a cohesive unit. The kitchen is just another environment to learn and grow.
The menu items are carefully chosen to reflect a balance of both nutrition and age appropriateness of only 1 meal of 5 per day. We are also obliged to offer a plainer option on all meals for those whose taste buds are still developing.
A few statistics from this past year alone:
•    We have increased our daily serving of sauced pasta from 7kgs to 12kgs;
•    We have decreased our daily serving of plain pasta from 6kgs to 2kgs;
•    We have increased our Pad Thai/Hokkien noodles from 2kgs to 12kgs;
•    We have decreased our squiggly noodles from 46 pkts to to 20 pkts;
•    We have increased our fried rices (all versions) from 21 cups 36 cups;
•    We have decreased our plain rice from 35 cups to 15 cups;
•    We have increased vegetable soups offering from 20 ltrs to 40ltrs.

This shows monumental growth from what I like to call the ‘3 P’s’ – Positive Peer Pressure.
The 3 P’s also applies to the children’s favourite foods – Pizza, Pastry, Pasta. I can never make too many pizzas or sausage rolls!

Children need time to see, consider and try new food options in their own time. This may be up to 20 times in some cases. We do not force feed children and they always have additional options to go to. So please engage your children and discuss them making healthy choices, even when they are not with you.

Here’s the recipe for our Healthy Noodles, so you can see the amount of varied ingredients which we use:
 

Eating well never goes out of fashion.
Donna Moor
Head of Kitchen
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Categories: Lunch menus, Writing & Speaking, John Colet

24
February
2017

Sanskrit update for start of 2017

We are lucky to have this beautiful ancient language to study and recite and it is one of the jewels of the John Colet curriculum.  There are so many reasons why it is taught in our school. 

The word Sanskrit means is perfectly formed and Sanskrit is most beautiful to look at and to hear. This nourishes the aesthetic sense and the appreciation of beauty of the child at a very deep level.
Learning a second language gives the child the knowledge of how languages work.  Sanskrit stands at the root of many Eastern and Western languages including English and most other European languages classical or modern.  Sanskrit Grammar is the most thorough Grammar system of any language and its study illuminates the grammar and etymology of other languages.  It is also supremely logical so that it enhances the child’s ability in Maths, Science and Technology. 
Sanskrit has one of the richest and most extensive literatures of all known languages.  It introduces children to vast epics, profound scripture, subtle philosophy, voluminous mythology, and exquisite poetry. 

In the early years we concentrate on pronunciation, the script and learning the beautiful prayers.  Once the children are in the Primary classes we begin to study the Grammar using the classical stories of Rama and Krishna.  I you have any questions do please contact one of the Sanskrit teachers or come and find us in D7.

Joan Childs and Roslyn Dunn
Sanskrit Teachers

Edit 28/02:  Correction to Diary Date:  Sanskrit recitation finals now on Tues 23rd May at JCS

 

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

11
November
2016

Top Sanskrit scholars sit exam

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A talented group of JCS Sanskrit students sat the prestigious and challenging International Sanskrit Exam earlier this week.  This exam is set and corrected in London and is testament to all the work these children have done in their Primary years of Sanskrit.  They were:  Amelia G, Sasha G, William W, Leo G, Callum H, Anikan K, Sean G and Mi Mi P.  Well done to you all!

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22
September
2016

ICAS English 2016

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded High Distinctions and Distinctions in the ICAS English exam. 

High Distinctions: Ramakrishna B (4D) and Callum T (4J).  Distinctions: Alexander C (4D), Hartley E (4J), Jack H (4J) Darya T (4D) Elisha C, Emma C, Hayden H, Thomas J and Anjali Si (all 5T) Leo G (6R), William W (6R), Jack H (6C) and Callum H (6R).  Fifty two students sat the English exam this year, which is a great effort.  Well done all for taking part.

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18
August
2016

ICAS Writing

Forty-two students sat the ICAS Writing test this year, another great effort.  A High Distinction was awarded to Emma C (5th class).  Distinctions were awarded to:  Victoria M (3rd), Heidi P(3rd), Elisha C (5th), Hayden H (5th), Thomas J (5th), Daniel S (6th).

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12
August
2016

ICAS Spelling

Forty seven students sat the ICAS Spelling test this year, a great effort.  The following students achieved a High Distinction:  Eshaan H (4th class) Ramakrishna B (4th) and Daniel Sjogren (6th). 

Distinctions were awarded to: Heidi P (3rd) Sana S (4th) Alex C (4th) Ellston C (4th) Isabella G (4th) Saurav H (4th) Emma C (5th) Aidan H (5th) Sean G (6th) Jack H (6th) and Mi Mi P (6th).

 

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28
July
2016

Debating season finale

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In a John Colet first, the debating final this year was a three way debate – the result of a three way tie between ourselves, the Japanese School and Alexander Primary School. Our debate was, “What is the best type of education?” with the three sides being online, through life experience and within a school. We were “Within a School”. The debate had a different structure to usual and the team consisting of Omar, Aaron, Jack B and Mi Mi had to work cooperatively and diligently to navigate this tricky debate. Luckily, this hard work paid off and we won! The John Colet team were on fire with their rebuts, they had one minute to rebut each team after each speaker spoke and at times the JCS Team managed to get four rebuts in in one minute! Amazing!

Well done to all the team members this year, you did an amazing job.

Jasmine Crewe

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10
June
2016

Debating season update

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It was a mini debating festival at John Colet on Wednesday as JCS hosted three schools for debates.   Our team of Aryan M, Callum H, Jack H  and Amelia G were narrowly defeated in their debate against the Japanese school that "New is better than old".  The visiting schools all debated, providing great entertainment and learning for the JCS Primary classes who were invited to watch.

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02
June
2016

Our personal histories

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Our History lessons this term have been exciting. We are learning about change and how we change over time. The children have put together their very special Personal History Boxes. They have collected 3 special items from when they were a baby until now and have shared why with their class. To further give meaning to changes over time the children are constructing personal timelines from when they were born until now – all are enjoying this project.

Upper First

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20
May
2016

Debating season underway

first debate 2 webOur debating team had a great start to the season with a win against Alexander Primary School. Our debate topic was "Laptops and Tablets should be banned from the main primary classroom". Once again our debaters were praised for their manner of delivery - one of the many benefits of doing Shakespeare each year!

Well done to Omar, William, Jack and Leo.

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08
April
2016

Clever koalas

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We completed a unit of work on Koala Lou by Mem Fox - looking at narrative text, visual literacy, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, recounting the story. The Australian animal theme extended into investigating an animal (Science) and writing an Information Report about it.  This was presented as a  Show and Tell project. We have completed paintings (Art), diagrams and drawings of our chosen animal. Finally we reflected on our learning and set goals for our next Information Report Writing. Lots of learning and fun!
 

Lea-Ann Connell
Upper First Teacher

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08
April
2016

Commemorative Crosses Project

John Colet School has participated in the Centenary Commemorative Crosses Project. It is a project initiated through the Australian War Memorial commemorating the Centenary years of ANZAC 2014-2018. The students were given the opportunity to reflect on those Australians who sacrificed their lives in war and conflict in the First World War. Their thoughts and reflections were then put in the form of short messages written on small wooden crosses, which the Australian War Memorial will arrange to be laid on war graves and memorials where Australian servicemen and women are buried throughout Europe and many other countries.
 
Students engaged in this activity with great respect and understanding of what the project meant.
 
Thank you to the students and teachers for participating.  Some of the class who took part are pictured below.

With thanks
Elizabeth McDermott
Teacher and project coordinator

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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

15
March
2016

Pyramid DIY

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Continuing with their unit on Ancient Egypt Year 3 have been busy working on their projects: constructing a model of a pyramid.  To go inside their pyramids the children are also making a model of a sarcophagus as well as some of the treasures that might have been buried with the Pharaoh. On the wall of their pyramids they are writing a decipherable message in hieroglyphs! Watch this space for photographs of their completed projects in Week 10.       

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11
March
2016

Upper First out and about at the zoo

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Our Upper First classes completed the ‘Backyard to Bush’ Workshop at the Education Centre of Taronga Zoo this week. 

This fits with our unit of Science on ‘Living Things’, their needs in order to survive, and how they help us and we help them. It also linked with Geography, ‘Places and Spaces’, pets in the backyard, Indigenous plants, Australian bush and the farmyard.

And we had a lot of fun!

 

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

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