Writing & Speaking

Writing & Speaking

24
May
2019

Debating update

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In this week's IPSHA debate against Pymble Ladies College on the topic That TV shows are better than movies John Colet School's team for the negative won, and our affirmative team lost.

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10
May
2019

Sports and debating reports

The Senior Girls PISA netball team, JSC1, had a good game against St Lukes today.  We won 9 - 7 and the Girls of the Match were the shooters, Georgia and Ella, for their great goals. Also, Ava was a great defence and stopped a very difficult lob.  All together, it was a great game. 
The JSS2 Senior Girls team won against Bayview 15 - 2, with Alannah and Julia voted Girls of the Game.

The Senior Boys Pisa soccer team played Northern Beaches Christian School today.  We lost 2 - 4 but played well and the Men of the Match were Levi and Leo for their exceptional play.

All other teams had byes.

Meanwhile, in the sport of debating, both John Colet teams had wins against their opponents Oxford Falls in the first round of the IPSHA debates today.

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29
March
2019

Animal studies

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Here's Upper 1st C who as part of their Geography studies have been researching a native animal, and in association with our English unit are reading the book ‘Are We There Yet?’ by Alison Lester.
The children have chosen an Australian native animal and discussed their features (eg. classification, habitat, feeding habits, movement, breeding). Students used their own posters to present in class.  Come and see some beautiful posters on our window.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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15
March
2019

Young leaders day

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National Young Leaders Day was a wonderful excursion that all Year 6 enjoyed. It was held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. We listened to inspirational speeches from Tim Diamond from the Cotton on Foundation, the author Tasmin Janu, the Olympian swimmer Cate Campbell and professional cricketer Holly Ferling. We learned about the need to be persistent and push through struggles, the importance of being positive to achieve your goals and having the courage to do challenging things. We hope next year’s Year 6 will have as much fun as we did!

Georgia P (6S)

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15
March
2019

Young architects research sustainable materials

6th class students have been delving in to what building materials will suit current and future environmental conditions, and seeing if they can design cyclone-proof houses.  

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08
March
2019

5th class explore Bobbin Head

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Last Thursday, 5th Class went to Bobbin Head and learnt about the history that shaped the National Park. First we used a compass to orienteer the direction of North on a map of the park. Next we used the iPads to take some pictures of the landscape. After that we went on a bushwalk past mangrove trees, where we saw numerous species of crabs. On the top of the escarpment, our Guide told us about the Indigenous people who had once inhabited the land. We saw a rock carving in the shape of a man. The man symbolises a warning of STOP to all people who enter the land.  Then we continued walking into a small rainforest where we had lunch in a relaxing, cold area. On the way back we learnt about how Park Rangers put down bait to stop foxes eating the Southern Bandicoots which are endangered. It was a wonderful trip and we would like to go there again.

By Ella and Felicity

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27
February
2019

Learning about the Moon

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2B has researched the phases of the moon on iPads and recorded their facts. We are working on the using Digital Technology to discover as another form of learning.  It's great preparation for their visit to the Sydney Observatory next week.  The children loved it!

Justine Brine
Teacher

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15
February
2019

Taking turns in a circle

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During our weekly Circle Time we discuss the week's highlights, consisting of new learning, challenges and fun. This week, some children enjoyed exploring the cover of our new text 'Are We There Yet' by Alison Lester, some found spelling and times tables a challenge and we all enjoyed creating self-portraits for our door display and making big numbers with blocks.

Lea-Ann Connell
Upper 1st C Teacher

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08
February
2019

Premier's Reading Challenge

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Last year, all John Colet students were enrolled to participate in the PRC. For some of our students, it was their first year. Although for many of our students, they were busy earning their 4th, 5th, 6th and even 7th certificate!

Gold Awards (for completing 4yrs) were presented to these eager students in assembly this week. Congratulations Duke C, Jasmine E, Aditya G, Ceanne G, Sierra H, Rainer K-J, Vedanshi M, Scarlett N, Finlay S, Evolette T and Allanah W.

Saurav H and Eshan H (Year 6 2018) also received Gold Certificates.
And 1 Platinum Certificate (for completing 7yrs!) was mailed to 2018 6th Class student, Jamie H. Well Done Jamie!

 

 

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30
November
2018

Headmaster's Awards

The following students have been awarded for their Outstanding Achievement in the International Sanskrit Exam
Isabella G 6M
Olivia B 6D
Saurav H 6D
Alexander C 6M
Eshaan H 6M

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16
November
2018

Young winning writers

Two of our 6th class students have recently won writing awards for their short stories:
Sasha W for ‘Shelly’s Last Storm’ and  Isabella G for ‘The Triumphant Day.’

Both girls had attended the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Lunch with the Stars (LWTS) with our librarian, Amy Slaven, last term. All the students who attended the lunch were given the opportunity to enter a writing competition. Isabella and Sasha we’re both winners and the prize was author, Jan Latta, coming to John Colet to conduct a two hour workshop with all our 6th class students. The workshop was held on Wednesday.  Well done Sasha and Isabella!

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16
November
2018

IPSHA speaking competition

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On Thursday, Year 6 students Isabelle F, Sascha K and Scout B (pictured above) competed in the IPSHA Public Speaking Competition at Abbostleigh Junior School. More than 140 students from various private schools took part in the event.
 
The first part of the competition was a prepared speech on the stimulus ‘Missing’. Only 13 of the 140 got through this round and Sascha made it through! Next was a one minute impromptu speech on the topic ‘If I had my way’.
 
Congratulations to all the girls involved, they did a fantastic job. It was a truly inspiring day listening to so many talented young people.

 

Jasmine Crew

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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

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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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