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22
June
2018

Some newsy updates this week

Twice as long as any year before (1.5hours) with solos on Piano, Violin, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukelele, Cello, Oboe and Flute, our Instrumental Concert this week was a great show of developing talent!  There were also group performances by the Beginner Violins and the JC Ensemble, and all performers finished the night with a choir piece.  Well done students and a special thanks to Rosy Davidson and all our music teachers for coordinating the evening.

On Friday both John Colet teams won their debates against St Luke's.  The topic was 'That large pets should be banned in cities' and John Colet had both an affirmative and negative team.  Our debaters have made incredible progress with their debating skills and have grown in confidence and maturity.  We look forward to our three remaining debates in Term 3.

And congratulations to our chess team who this week came first in the heats of the Interschool Chess Challenge at St.Bernard’s Catholic School.
The have qualified through to the semi finals in Term 3. Well done all!

Categories: Chess & Clubs, Writing & Speaking, John Colet

25
May
2018

Debating underway!

Congratulations to our two debating teams who debated against St Luke's today in the IPSHA debating competition.The topic of the debate was Should school uniforms be banned. Both our affirmative and negative team won their debates.

Jasmine Crewe
Teacher

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24
May
2018

All together for story time

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association. (ALIA)
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.
NSS 2018's book was Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Laura Wood and published by Scholastic.

This year was the first year John Colet students participated in this wonderful event. Infants children were lucky enough to have Mrs Donald read to them, and our Primary children had the pleasure of Mrs McKendrick reading to them.

By the way, more than 8,255 schools, libraries, childcare centres, preschools, families and communities took part this year - that's 1,062,230 adults and children!

Amy Slaven
Librarian/ICT Advisor

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

04
May
2018

Life at the barracks

On Thursday 4th Class went to visit Hyde Park Barracks and The Endeavour. It was a fantastic opportunity to put all our historical knowledge and learning from last term into some hands on activities!
We learnt how to make bricks just like the convicts, dressed up in convict clothes and tried to snooze in the hammocks! The Endeavour was fascinating as we saw Joseph Banks' and Captain Cook’s cabins and learnt about life on board the ship. It was very cramped below decks and we were all quite relieved to climb back up the stairs!

Allison Tomicki and Niree Nadjarian
Teachers

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04
May
2018

Learning about the history all around us

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3rd Class B (pictured above) and 3rd Class I have been looking at the John Colet community and the history of the school at Wyatt Avenue. The children constructed a timeline based on research and interviews they conducted with long-serving members of the staff about the school. Using this information as well as photos and sources from the archives the children each created a five year snapshot of the school from 1995-2018. A group of children also researched the Traditional Land Owners in the area, the Guringai people. This group gathered information about culture, traditions and practice.
The children worked hard and have created beautiful timelines that reflect the history of the school and the land on which it stands.

Maddy Bolaitamana and Kate Iacono
Teachers

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12
April
2018

4th class looks back in time

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We were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Allcorn on Monday as part of our History Unit on First Contacts. Mrs Allcorn came dressed as the Squatter’s wife – a role which she adopted for the ABC show ‘Outback House’.
Mrs Allcorn showed us her outfit and the many layers she had to wear every day. She gave us an insight into life as a free settler and the hardships which those first families had to endure. Mrs Allcorn talked about the way they kept things cool in the kitchen and how the washing was done in large pots over flames. We all agreed it must have been a real struggle in those early days as the English settlers adjusted to their new lives.
Thanks to Mrs Allcorn for visiting 4th Class and bringing our History topic to life.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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12
April
2018

The great debating season starts

On Monday, 6th Class was lucky enough to have Luke from Masters Debating Academy come to talk to us about debating. He told us all about the rules of debating and how it works. We played debating games to help us think on our feet. He also showed us how a debate is structured and prepared. We learnt so much from our fabulous guest.
Firstly, Luke told us how a debate is structured. He showed us this by introducing new techniques. He taught us all about the methods that are used in a debate and how to use them. We were taught strategies used in debating that help us prove our points and state our facts clearly. After this session everyone’s minds were buzzing.
Once we came back from recess, we were ready to put all that we learnt into action. Luke got us to have a mini debate. We had a negative and affirmative side and the topic was, “That takeaway food is better than a home-cooked meal.” Each team came up with points for their given side using our newly learnt methods.
After this, we used Luke’s sentence starters to start our sentences, they are the perfect way to start your points so they were very helpful to learn. Once we finished speaking, Luke gave us a mark depending on whether we covered all of the necessary areas. Whilst the opposing team was speaking we had to take notes so that we could learn from each other. Then at the end Luke decided that we should practice rebuttals.
Using the information we gathered, we composed our rebuttals. Then ending the mini debate we stated our rebuttals aloud for Luke to mark us on. By doing this, we were able to practice all parts of a debate and then we were all set to start debating. After our session with Luke, we had all learnt so much valuable information about debating. He cleverly planned an action packed day, teaching us everything we needed to know. We learnt so much and are all ready for debating.

Isabelle F
6M

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09
March
2018

Learning about the early days of naval exploration

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4th Class had a fabulous talk from Mr Layton who has spent many years at sea for his job. He talked to the children about the early days of sea exploration and how the development of the chronometer helped Cook in his voyages around the world. He also talked about the discovery of longitude and how this enabled Cook to be more precise in his calculations. Apparently Cook was a great mathematician who could solve lunar formulas with complete accuracy! Mr Layton also owns a sextant and showed the children how it worked. It was a fascinating talk followed by some samples of ship’s tack biscuits! Not a favourite with 4th Class

Mrs Tomicki and Mrs Nadjarian
Teachers

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09
March
2018

Are we there yet?

Upper First this semester in English and Geography are investigating the book Are we there yet? by Alison Lester. They are following the family in the book as they journey around Australia, and in doing so, exploring many parts of our country.

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So far Upper First (one of our classes is pictured above) has learnt about Pelicans at Coorong, The Great Australian Bight where they have discovered the Southern Right Whale at the Head of Bight. They have discovered that the Nullarbor Plain is the largest single piece of limestone in the world.
As the book guides them over the desert they have studied the Thorny Devil, as well as Weathering and Erosion at Wave Rock, the Pinnacles and Uluru.
Upper First are excited to keep learning about Australia.

Justine Brine and Simone Cipollone
Teachers

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

02
March
2018

Thinking about population growth and our natural resources

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In a follow up lesson from their field trip, 5th class used Book Creator to produce books about how to effectively plan for population growth and increased usage of the national park at Bobbin Head. They really enjoyed the task and the results were well thought out and creatively presented.

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

02
March
2018

Sadako and the 1000 paper cranes

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5K are making origami cranes to complement their study of Sadako. Sadako believed that if she made one thousand cranes she would be granted a wish. Her wish would have been to recover from the atom bomb disease.

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17
November
2017

Debating for the Reef

 

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As part of our study of sustainability and the Great Barrier Reef in Geography the children took part in a role play meeting in which the World Heritage Organisation is called to discuss concerns about the threats facing the Great Barrier Reef. In groups, the children played the part of either the Tourism Industry, Government, the Mining Industry or the Fishing Industry. They researched and put forward their arguments as to why they should be allowed to continue their activities in or near the reef and how they could do so in a more sustainable way in order to protect the reef for future generations. As part of the debate, the children had to respond to questions and challenges about their activities from the other interest groups.

Ann-Marie Sjogren and Jean Kearney
Teachers

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23
June
2017

Why learn latin?

Upper First children are to be offered a “before school” Latin Class in Term 3 (8.05-8.45)

Why?   Here are some of the benefits of learning classical languages:
  • Learning any language at an early age is beneficial for developing neural pathways
  • Latin has a comprehensive grammar and helps with the understanding of language structure as does Sanskrit
  • Although deemed a “dead language” it provides a great etymological insight into our own language, as does Ancient Greek
  • It helps with English Grammar and Spelling
  • Exploration of the culture and mindset of the Romans is interesting and enlightening
  • Our course, the Oxford University Course designed especially for young  children, includes much Greek and Roman mythology – these are beneficial as they are, like most folk tales and myths, “cautionary tales”, some with deep philosophical implications – the “hero tales”
LATIN IS ALSO OFFERED TO CHILDREN IN 2ND TO 6TH CLASS.

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26
May
2017

Sublime Sanskrit

Congratulations to the following students who won their grade competition

Lower 1st:     Felix H
Upper 1st:     Eloise H
2nd Class:    Zoe T
3rd Class:     Susannah R
4th Class:     Georgia P
5th Class:      Sana S
 
Upper 1st won out of the Infants Classes group recitation
5th Class won out of Primary Classes group recitation.
 
The judges were impressed with the standard of recitation and clarity of speech exhibited by all.

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19
May
2017

Sanskrit recitation competition finals this week

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The Sanskrit Competition was introduced to our House competitions because of the significance of learning, reciting and hearing Sanskrit.  Over the term we learn and refine a different prayer in each grade.  The children learn to be more precise with the pronunciation and there is the added benefit of exploring and discussing the meaning of these ancient prayers.  The children develop confidence in reciting on their own and experience profound unity when reciting together as a class.   It is a very uplifting part of the Sanskrit curriculum which nourishes and energises the whole school and any visitors.

Competition finals are on this Tuesday:  8.45 - 9.45am Infants; 10.30 - 11.30am Primary Classes.

Pictured above are some of our winning 4th class students in last year's competition.

Roslyn Dunn, Teacher

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