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27
September
2019

Gold rush games made for sharing

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As part of our unit on The History of Australian Colonies, 5th Class were asked to design and make a board game based on The Goldrush Period.
The game had to satisfy certain criteria which included players collecting and winning items, historical facts and a set of typed rules.
There was great fun today in class as we all shared and played games with 2nd class. What a fantastic project!

Niree Nadjarian and Allison Tomicki, Teachers

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24
September
2019

Update from Upper 1st

This week Upper 1st (Year 1) has enjoyed writing their own persuasive texts. Each child has chosen their own topic which they felt passionate about. They then each formed a point of view and supported that view with reasons or arguments. Finally, they created a ‘conclusion’, which formed their last paragraph of writing. Their writing has been available to view in the classroom all week.

In Maths Upper 1st has explored the language of ‘position’ and revised ‘time’ – hour, half hour and a quarter past the hour. In Science they created column graphs to show the information they had gathered about Nude Food Day. On Monday they presented their data to the school at Assembly. Upper 1st class Nude Food wrap results were –
Tuesday – 13 non-recyclable wraps; Thursday – reduced to 5 non-recyclable wraps. Upper 1st discovered the whole school total count of plastic on both days and the difference between the totals: 147 less pieces of plastic on Nude Food Day!
Also this week a parent took the class for a special craft activity making miniature ‘Angry Birds’. This supported the children’s learning of how to follow a procedure and develop fine motor skills for little fingers.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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19
September
2019

Premier's Reading Challenge: bumper year for John Colet

The PRC is officially finished!

I am so proud of all our students this year. The first year all of primary entered their own records online here at school and most of infants were able to complete the challenge at home with some assistance too. (I graciously thank all those parents who kindly stepped in to help at home when it was a bit tricky at school)

I’m pleased to announce that this year, 203 students (out of 229 enrolled) completed the challenge!!! (compared with 166 in 2018 and 98 in 2017) What a huge result!

Thanks again for your support of the PRC. A great initiative that encourages children and families to continue to enjoy sharing quality literature together, even after children are reading independently.

Thank you also for the wonderful response to our Book Swap for Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We raised $426.50 through the gold coin donation sales of your donated second-hand books.

Amy Slaven
Librarian

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13
September
2019

This week in 6th class

Year 6's week began with a brilliant incursion about the moon, celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when man took his first steps on the moon.  The experiments were very bold involving fire and rainbow explosions.  It was an exciting hour!

Year 6 children were introduced to a new Science assignment where they can choose between designing a sustainable watering system for plants or a water trough for animals.  They will present their ideas on a poster.

The children have demonstrated their usual resilience working through any confusion about their Geography project and for the most part are now enthusiastically producing some excellent work. Their inquiry question 'How do places, people and cultures differ?' requires the children to produce a gap-year itinerary for a student wishing to explore the diversity of Asia. They have been researching their allotted countries this week, and collecting a variety of geographical data to help decide where to send the gap student, what she should visit and when. They will then focus on a chosen city, and later choose another region of Asia.

The children are loving their Shakespeare rehearsals and we are nearing the end of the plays with Miss Emanuel - once the plays are blocked we refine and practise. 6K students are having lots of fun with their play as we have a number of natural born comedians in the class, and the costumes are stunning. 

Today we began our new English unit and listened to Malala’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.  It’s a 26 minute speech to which the children easily listened.  Almost the whole class was very inspired by her words and one of the boys stated that it gave him a whole different perspective on education as he’d suddenly realised that it was something to be valued!  A wonderful moment in the classroom.

And finally this week our French language students have been practising talking about pets and animals.

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- 6th class teachers

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06
September
2019

Keeping safe online

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4th and 5th Class took part in the virtual classroom today run by the e-safety commissioner.
We listened to a talk which centred around cyber safety and we were able to contribute via the live chat box.
There were lots of other schools taking part all over Australia.
There was plenty of opportunity to discuss scenarios and we learnt about what to do if we felt unsafe on line.
 
“It is important not to speak to people you don’t know online. The virtual classroom helped to show us what we should do if someone tried to contact us. It was very interesting.” (Lucia 5T)
 
“I thought the virtual classroom was entertaining because the topic is very interesting and important. Life is not all perfect online and there are scammers and hackers who try to take your money and your personal information. You have to be very careful” (Levi 5T)

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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06
September
2019

Topping off a year of books!

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Some of our Year 6 students, selected because they are especially keen on creative writing and reading, visited the ‘Hogwarts-esque’ ICMS venue this week, for the Children’s Book Council of Australia student event.

The amazing day was for students from 20 different schools from around the Northern Beaches. Our girls were seated for lunch with Australian author Kate Forsyth, and had the opportunity to meet and talk with 20 other authors and illustrators. 
 
They were treated to a keynote address from author Tim Harris who spoke about his writing inspirations and they participated in an illustration workshop lead by Matt Cosgrove. 
 
The girls declared it was the best event they had been to all year!

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04
September
2019

Learning about Facts and Opinions

In Upper 1st (Year 1) recently, the children continued to discuss the difference between ‘Fact and Opinion’ in preparation to write their own ‘Persuasive / Exposition’ texts. In Science, they looked at how water is precious in our homes and viewed several ‘artefacts’ in History, which are now on display.  And in Philosophy, they shared their understanding about ‘Not Stealing’ objects or more subtle things such as taking another’s turn or share of something. The children and teachers discussed scriptural references across cultures for this concept.

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30
August
2019

Upper 1st investigations

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Upper 1st (Year 1) have been engaged in exploring the length of objects using informal units.  They have been measuring objects around the classroom with things like paddle pop sticks, and considering 'what things are about the same length as a little finger'.

In History they have been researching family artifacts.  Above right is Audrey with a picture of her Belgian Grandfather’s medals.

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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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