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29
May
2020

Everyone being read to at once

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Mr Wilcock and Mrs Renshaw relished the chance to read books to children again as part of the National Simultaneous Storytime day this week!

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22
May
2020

National Storytime day approaches

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Next Wednesday is National Simultaneous Storytime at 11am. This year the book is “Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas” by Lucinda Gifford. Students at John Colet will join children from all over Australia reading this book at 11am.

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. Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

Caroline McNally
Teacher/Librarian

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15
May
2020

Remote and in-class learning in 2C this week...

Second Class have had a learning focus on addition and subtraction problems, character profile development in Narrative writing, identifying physical features of animals in Science and recognising Natural and Human Landscapes in Geography.
Below are some of the class drawings of the ‘not very nice’ character, Pap Finn from Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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20
March
2020

Debating in-house for now

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This week 6th class had a presenter from Masters Academy introduce the children to the world of debating, particularly the fine art of rebuttal.   There were lots of lively discussions, snap debates and discussions about what can and can't be done. Unfortunately due to COVID - 19, the IPSHA Debating Competition has been postponed until further notice.

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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06
March
2020

The week that was in 4th class

In Maths class we have been reviewing multi-step multiplication word problems and taking part in multiplication Boot Camp. We have quite a few Specialists, Corporals, Sergeants, Staff Sergeants and Lieutenants already, and I’m sure we will see some students promoted to Captain, Major, Colonel and 4-star General over the coming week! 

In History, we have learnt about the Portuguese explorers Dias and Magellan and their contributions to the discovery of a trade route to India.

In Science, we constructed our own whirligigs and tested their effectiveness against gravity when we made minor alterations.
In Literacy, we have begun to look at characterisation in narratives. In Grammar we looked at plurals and pronouns and in comprehension we practised our ability to follow a procedural text by constructing our own whirligigs (which also linked with our study of forces and resistance in science).

Cynthia Dalgleish
Teacher

Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths

27
February
2020

Celebrating with pancakes

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Shrove Tuesday was celebrated by 2nd Class this week, as part of their unit of HSIE work on "Celebrations".  It was a fun and challenging way for children to follow a procedure (the recipe) and learn how to measure and mix wet and dry ingredients, and crack an egg! Then they cooked the pancakes using electic frypans (with adult help!) and enjoyed a pancake or two each, with berries and honey.  Yum!

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14
February
2020

We all make mistakes

We all make mistakes, even the teacher!  I have told the children in 2C this week that our greatest learning comes when we are actually challenged, making mistakes and facing them in order to move to the next level of learning.  In educational terms, this is where we 'modify our thinking or schema to a more accurate understanding'.  We celebrate healthy challenges in our classroom!  This is balanced with the acknowledgement of both the process of learning and every effort made along the way.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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14
February
2020

Why do we need a government?

In 6T this week, we considered three questions in our History lessons:

What is the role of government?
Why do we need a government?
What is government?

We explored our thoughts using the visible thinking routine "Chalk Talk".  There were some great thought-provoking questions and detailed answers.  Using thinking routines makes the children's thinking 'rich'.  It encourages a development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and poses opportunities for different viewpoints and discussion.  For more information please visit http://www.visiblethinkinggpz.org/

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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07
February
2020

Debating 'how to' for 6th Class

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World class debater Seamus Dove shared his passion and enthusiasm for debating with 6th class this week, giving an excellent insight into how debates are prepared and the role of each member of the team.

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07
February
2020

Thinking about Multiculturalism

 

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Both 2nd classes, 2M and 2C, explored the concept of ‘multicultural’ as part of our History unit this week.  They created role plays to solve the following dilemmas/problems:

  1. A friend is in a wheelchair and is sitting in the playground alone. What can we do?
  2. Someone wants to pray at the beginning of recess. What do we do?
  3. Someone is celebrating Holi and we do not understand what this is. What can we do?
  4. We see two friends having an argument. What can we do to help?
  5. We see a Lower First child in an out of bounds area. What can we do?
  6. An adult is visiting the school and cannot speak English. How can we help?
The children were very creative and inclusive in the resolutions to the problems.  They acted out the solution with very little need of support.

Mrs McDermott and Mrs Connell
Teachers

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15
November
2019

Our iconic bridge, learning all about it

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This term Upper 1st have enjoyed studying the history of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The children have loved all aspects the bridge history from the design phase, its significance in the Sydney landscape and how it has been interpreted as an historical artefact. Some families have walked the bridge and sent some very interesting photos, such as  Upper 1st student Jasper C,  finding his place on this magnificent piece of infrastructure (care of his Dad's photoshop skills).

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15
November
2019

Persuasive advertising, learning all about it

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In English, Year 4 have been looking at persuasive texts. Over the past few weeks they have looked at advertisements and how companies persuade us to buy their products. This week the children have created an advertising campaign for “Rambashi’s Jungle Grill” from our novel “The Firework Maker’s Daughter” by Philip Pullman. The children worked in pairs to create a billboard poster using the text as a reference and adding their own advertising ideas. They then wrote a script which they used to record an animated advertisement on the iPads. The children worked well together, managing their time between developing a script and finishing their billboard poster. The finished campaigns are full of imagination and creativity.

Mrs Bolaitamana and Miss Iacono
Teachers

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08
November
2019

Sanskrit mission accomplished

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Congratulations to these 6th class girls: Anna W, Georgia P, Cassie G and Sophie R, looking relaxed and relieved here after sitting a tough International Sanskrit exam yesterday.

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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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