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21
September
2018

Debating wrap

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Congratulations to our Debating Team who have now finished debating for the year. In assembly this week, they were presented with certificates. This year, we changed competitions and entered the IPSHA Debating Competition which provided a larger and longer competition and the opportunity for two debating teams to debate each week. The children have worked incredibly hard and their courage and determination  has shone through in each debate. Their behaviour and conduct has also been impressive and an excellent example of the values instilled through their years at John Colet. Well done to Isabella, Xin, Elizabeth, Saurav, Eshaan, Sascha, Scout, Sana, Isabelle, Iona and William.

Jasmine Crewe

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

14
September
2018

ICAS English results

In the ICAS English test, High Distinctions were awarded to: Sam J 4T, Jett N 5K, Ariel S 5S, Stephanie I 5S, Isabelle F 6M.
Distinctions were awarded to: Ella H 4T, Ronith R 4N, Jacob W 4T, Felicity W 4N, Marlon L 5S, Lennox I 5S, Scout B 6D and Sana S 6M. Congratulations to the 51 John Colet students who took part.

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07
September
2018

Reading 20 books? Easy!

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Class 5T are looking very pleased with themselves, and their special Pizza lunch with the Headmaster!  They won the special occasion for winning the Premier's Reading Challenge competition at John Colet School.  Each student read at least 20 books.

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07
September
2018

Debating season concludes

Last Friday, our debating teams had their final debate of the IPSHA Debating competition at Wahroonga Prep School. The topic of the debate was, “That small vehicles should be banned from large cities”. Unfortunately the adjudicator did not come, so there was no adjudication. However, both teams debated and were given feedback on their debates from myself and the teacher from Wahroonga Prep, as well as some parents. This brings the IPSHA competition to an end for the year, it has been an incredible journey and I believe all the children involved have learnt a lot. The focus of this competition is not on winning (there are no trophies or marks) but rather on the skills developed from debating; communication, teamwork, persuasive speaking skills and public speaking skills. Well done to all the children who have debated this year.

Jasmine Crewe

Categories: Writing & Speaking, John Colet

07
September
2018

Lunching with authors!

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Eight of our budding authors and illustrators from 6th class had an amazing day this week at the Children's Book Council of Australia Lunch with the Stars! The event was held at The ICMS in Manly, providing the perfect backdrop for imaginative ideas and creative discussions about writing stories. 
 
With 19 Australian authors and illustrators to meet, we had a busy day and enjoyed every minute. John Flanagan (author of The Ranger's Apprentice series) was the keynote speaker and Serena Geddes (illustrator: well known for her Belinda Murrell books) led an illustration workshop for all the students. 
 
Almost 20 local schools were there and each group had the opportunity to have lunch with one of the authors or illustrators. John Colet students sat with Susanne Gervay, an author passionate about writing meaningful and thought provoking stories for children to help them with big issues like bullying, difference, war and peace. She has written a lovely picture book called Elephants have Wings which she feels aligns so beautiful with our school's philosophy. She very much enjoyed speaking with our children about courage and peace in our world.

Amy Slaven
Librarian

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31
August
2018

Spending time in the colonies

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As part of their History studies of the early colony, 5th  Class went on excursion to Rouse Hill House and Farm on Wednesday. They examined primary sources to find out how people lived and worked there, who they were and where they came from.

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24
August
2018

ICAS Writing results

In ICAS Writing, 43 students took part, and High Distinctions were received by Saurav H (6D) and Sana S (6M).  Distinctions were received by Nakita N (3B), James W (3I), Ronith R (4N) Jacob W (4T) Victoria M (5th) Sophie R (5th) Ariel S (5th) Anna W (5th) Eshaan H (6M) and Elizabeth W (6M).  Well done to everyone who participated.

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17
August
2018

Book Week

We are asking the children to dress up as their favourite book character on Wednesday 22 August. We will have a parade for the whole school in the Garigal Quadrangle, beginning at 9am.
Parents and guests are invited to this event.
We have been talking with the children about choosing their book character carefully and how they can use clothes and objects found at home to dress up. We have also encouraged them to bring along the book to share on the day. We hope to see their creativity shine during this experience!

FIVER FOR A FARMER
As part of the ‘Hay and Hampers’ national campaign for drought affected communities John Colet School is asking for donations of $5 for a farmer, on our Book Week costume day on Wednesday 22nd September.

CBCA AWARDS - The announcement of the winners of the CBCA awards occurs in time for Book Week. In Library lessons, the students have been talking about, reading and looking through the CBCA shortlist of books for 2018. They are excited to find out the winners in Book Week. If you are interested, the list can be found here: https://www.cbca.org.au/short-list-2018

PRC Concludes – The Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes at midnight on 31 August. There is a new website for students to access that should be more user friendly. https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/studentExperience.html#/
I would really love EVERY John Colet student to complete the challenge this year. Please feel free to send the children to me in the library at lunch to help them enter their books. And don’t hesitate to get in touch should you need any help. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Amy Slaven
Librarian/ICT Advisor

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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!

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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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