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Writing & Speaking

22
September
2016

ICAS English 2016

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded High Distinctions and Distinctions in the ICAS English exam. 

High Distinctions: Ramakrishna B (4D) and Callum T (4J).  Distinctions: Alexander C (4D), Hartley E (4J), Jack H (4J) Darya T (4D) Elisha C, Emma C, Hayden H, Thomas J and Anjali Si (all 5T) Leo G (6R), William W (6R), Jack H (6C) and Callum H (6R).  Fifty two students sat the English exam this year, which is a great effort.  Well done all for taking part.

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18
August
2016

ICAS Writing

Forty-two students sat the ICAS Writing test this year, another great effort.  A High Distinction was awarded to Emma C (5th class).  Distinctions were awarded to:  Victoria M (3rd), Heidi P(3rd), Elisha C (5th), Hayden H (5th), Thomas J (5th), Daniel S (6th).

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12
August
2016

ICAS Spelling

Forty seven students sat the ICAS Spelling test this year, a great effort.  The following students achieved a High Distinction:  Eshaan H (4th class) Ramakrishna B (4th) and Daniel Sjogren (6th). 

Distinctions were awarded to: Heidi P (3rd) Sana S (4th) Alex C (4th) Ellston C (4th) Isabella G (4th) Saurav H (4th) Emma C (5th) Aidan H (5th) Sean G (6th) Jack H (6th) and Mi Mi P (6th).

 

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28
July
2016

Debating season finale

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In a John Colet first, the debating final this year was a three way debate – the result of a three way tie between ourselves, the Japanese School and Alexander Primary School. Our debate was, “What is the best type of education?” with the three sides being online, through life experience and within a school. We were “Within a School”. The debate had a different structure to usual and the team consisting of Omar, Aaron, Jack B and Mi Mi had to work cooperatively and diligently to navigate this tricky debate. Luckily, this hard work paid off and we won! The John Colet team were on fire with their rebuts, they had one minute to rebut each team after each speaker spoke and at times the JCS Team managed to get four rebuts in in one minute! Amazing!

Well done to all the team members this year, you did an amazing job.

Jasmine Crewe

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10
June
2016

Debating season update

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It was a mini debating festival at John Colet on Wednesday as JCS hosted three schools for debates.   Our team of Aryan M, Callum H, Jack H  and Amelia G were narrowly defeated in their debate against the Japanese school that "New is better than old".  The visiting schools all debated, providing great entertainment and learning for the JCS Primary classes who were invited to watch.

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02
June
2016

Our personal histories

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Our History lessons this term have been exciting. We are learning about change and how we change over time. The children have put together their very special Personal History Boxes. They have collected 3 special items from when they were a baby until now and have shared why with their class. To further give meaning to changes over time the children are constructing personal timelines from when they were born until now – all are enjoying this project.

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20
May
2016

Debating season underway

first debate 2 webOur debating team had a great start to the season with a win against Alexander Primary School. Our debate topic was "Laptops and Tablets should be banned from the main primary classroom". Once again our debaters were praised for their manner of delivery - one of the many benefits of doing Shakespeare each year!

Well done to Omar, William, Jack and Leo.

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08
April
2016

Clever koalas

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We completed a unit of work on Koala Lou by Mem Fox - looking at narrative text, visual literacy, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, recounting the story. The Australian animal theme extended into investigating an animal (Science) and writing an Information Report about it.  This was presented as a  Show and Tell project. We have completed paintings (Art), diagrams and drawings of our chosen animal. Finally we reflected on our learning and set goals for our next Information Report Writing. Lots of learning and fun!
 

Lea-Ann Connell
Upper First Teacher

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08
April
2016

Commemorative Crosses Project

John Colet School has participated in the Centenary Commemorative Crosses Project. It is a project initiated through the Australian War Memorial commemorating the Centenary years of ANZAC 2014-2018. The students were given the opportunity to reflect on those Australians who sacrificed their lives in war and conflict in the First World War. Their thoughts and reflections were then put in the form of short messages written on small wooden crosses, which the Australian War Memorial will arrange to be laid on war graves and memorials where Australian servicemen and women are buried throughout Europe and many other countries.
 
Students engaged in this activity with great respect and understanding of what the project meant.
 
Thank you to the students and teachers for participating.  Some of the class who took part are pictured below.

With thanks
Elizabeth McDermott
Teacher and project coordinator

 

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01
April
2016

Greek Day

Our annual celebration of all things Greek was another great success this week.

The day rounds out 4th classes' study of Ancient Greece.  Students dress up, and parents come in to help run fun Greek activities such as making mosaics, masks, dolmathes (vine leaves wrapped around delicious morsels), Greek inspired puzzles and even some ancient Olympic events.

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15
March
2016

Pyramid DIY

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Continuing with their unit on Ancient Egypt Year 3 have been busy working on their projects: constructing a model of a pyramid.  To go inside their pyramids the children are also making a model of a sarcophagus as well as some of the treasures that might have been buried with the Pharaoh. On the wall of their pyramids they are writing a decipherable message in hieroglyphs! Watch this space for photographs of their completed projects in Week 10.       

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11
March
2016

Upper First out and about at the zoo

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Our Upper First classes completed the ‘Backyard to Bush’ Workshop at the Education Centre of Taronga Zoo this week. 

This fits with our unit of Science on ‘Living Things’, their needs in order to survive, and how they help us and we help them. It also linked with Geography, ‘Places and Spaces’, pets in the backyard, Indigenous plants, Australian bush and the farmyard.

And we had a lot of fun!

 

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26
February
2016

Describing the Medusa

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Medusa

With terrifying poisonous snake hair and glowing bright red eyes that turn anything to stone with a mere glance, Medusa is perhaps the most feared monster in the land. She has monstrous wings and shining bronze claws that can rip through solid iron. Medusa was once a beautiful maiden with flowing gold hair and blue eyes that shimmer in the morning sun. Then in a fiery rage, Athena the beautiful goddess of wisdom turned her into a Gorgon, a monster uglier than the black of hell. Upset at the loss of her beauty, she became so overwhelmed with evil. This evil twisted and turned her heart until it hardened, cold as a stone in the early morning.

By Hartley E
4th J

Medusa

Medusa was as cunning as a snake, her red eyes dimly lit up like the Luna eclipse. Her long nails are rough like sandstone and she has long lively snakes for hair that carry the most deadly poison. She is old and wrinkly but she has as much energy as a child. She loves the art of the kill. When she decides she wants you dead, you better quickly run! Medusa’s curse makes her selfish and quick thinking. When she puts you to sleep you will see it coming from a mile away. Even her smell can paralyse you. Her rage is stronger than fire.

By Emma S
4th J

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19
February
2016

Mapping the school

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Today Upper First C and M in Geography explored the school identifying the natural and constructed features. It was interesting discovering features and discussing their place in the school. After the field trip Upper First drew pictures of the school.

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19
February
2016

Video time capsules

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During the holidays in Teachers' Week the teachers had professional development with Apple and learned about using the iPad App ‘Green Screen’. This App allows you to use the iPads to record videos of people in front of green screen and project yourself in different locations. This term 6th class has been experimenting with this function to create ‘time capsule’ videos of themselves.

Students recorded each other’s responses to a range of questions, from "What subject do you most want to improve on this year? and "What do you think you will be?" to "Which school value do you think is most important?"  Teacher Miss Cipollone says the classes will review their recorded responses at the end of the year to see how well they achieved their goals and see how much they had grown!

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