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4th class reflects on Open Day

4th class thought Open Day was a great success!  It was good for attracting guests who might want to attend John Colet.

One of the best parts of the day was going to see the reptile man because we got to hold and feel the snakes around our necks.  We really loved the Wheel of Fortune because of all the cool and crazy prizes you could win.  We also liked the performances that the teachers set up because they gave up their time to help us.

The 6th class stalls had activities that have never been at Open Day before and we really enjoyed them.  The photo booth was a wonderful activity because you could dress up and have fun with your friends.  And let's not forget the cake competition - delicious!



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6th class reflections on Open Day

Some of our 6th class students report on their day...

As soon as I had dropped my bag off it was time to start filling and tying 650 water balloons ready for the big fight. After about half an hour it was time to get ready for singing, but after that it was back to tying. By the time we had tied about 400 balloons our fingers were red raw. It was such a pain! My hands were so cold I couldn’t feel them. When the fight started and I saw all those balloons flying, I knew it was worth it – and that was my favourite part of Open Day.

Marcus M

My favourite part of Open Day was helping my Mum with the chess stall.  This being my best activity in and out of school hours. My job was Official Chess Raffle Advertiser. As a result of my hard work we had a winner! Niam from Year 5.

Sebastian P

With great stalls, amazing singing and delicious food, this year’s Open Day was better than ever. My favourite activity was working at the apple bobbing stall with my friends. Helping the customers win their apple and coat it in scrumptious toppings felt really great. Everyone had a big smile on their face as they approached and it was good to see so many people eating their prize as we watched the money pile grow! This Open Day stall was so much fun for everybody even the workers.

Scarlett T

At Open Day the year six stalls were what I enjoyed the most. I worked on the Lucky Dip stall and the prizes were so popular that they only lasted two hours!

Amelia  F

What I most enjoyed about the day was the photo booth. I loved it because it is my last year at the fair and it was a great way to preserve the fun I had with friends at the fair. The costumes were a great idea and added extra pleasure and silliness to the photo booth.

Jasmin W

On Open day I liked the year six stalls because they were fun and I loved buying stuff from them. I also loved the photo booth because we could dress up funnily and get our pictures taken.

Dior L


At Open Day I mostly enjoyed the year 6 stalls. I worked on the chubby bunny stall with Rushil and Max. I loved it because everybody who contributed to our game, had a bubbly and determined personality to win the high score for the box of chocolates at the end of the day. Plus I was with my friends and we had a blast! I feel quite sad that this was my last Open Day.

Sophie W

During Open Day, there were a lot of enjoyable things, but selling jellybeans at our stall had to be my overall favorite. Although technically it wasn’t a stall, as we strolled around, asking people for a guess, our jellybean business was very fun, and by far the highlight of my Open Day.

Elliot MK

I absolutely loved this year’s Open Day as year six stalls were so much fun as well as an enjoyable educational activity. Running a business was exciting and hardworking because our stall, the wheel of fortune, had sooo many eager customers.

Alexa D

On Open Day I liked the Year 6 stalls; the ones I liked the best were the Heavenly Hair, Wheel of Fortune and Lucky Dip stalls.  They were the best on Open Day.

Jaanvi K


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Debating Season Update

It's debating season, and this week John Colet School competed in their secod inter-school debate.

This time we were pipped by one point by a very strong performance by the Alexander School.

We argued the affirmative that We Should All Buy Australian Grown Food.  
1st speaker was Scout H, 2nd was Maisy T, 3rd Luke C and 4th Jasmin W. 

6th class is looking forward to the next debating round!



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Same, but different

As part of our HSIE topic “Same but Different” 4th class is looking at different religions in our community. We recently had a visit from Mrs D  (Mum to Ashwani) who talked about her Hindu faith and shared some important stories and customs with us. She told us about lots of wonderful traditions and symbols which are very significant and form part of the varied and colourful festivals in the Hindu calendar. Mrs Devjee even made us some Indian snacks to try and the result – YUM!!!

Another visitor, Mrs N (Mum to Jason) spoke about Judaism...

We are looking forward to many more visitors over the term and learning about the different religions which are part of our community both here at school and in Sydney.

Mrs Tomicki


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Buddy monitor update


Over several weeks Sophie and I have had the joy of being buddy monitors.  This duty involves planning fun activities for the buddies to enjoy.  Some of the activities we have planned have been Arts and Crafts based others have been more physical and interactive.  Our most popular activity from the children’s perspective has been the rainbow parachute when the buddies run under the parachute and have lots of laughs.  This Friday we had a very successful Easter Egg hunt, which was lots of fun.
We are so grateful for this exciting leadership responsibility as we have really enjoyed working with Mrs McDermott and her class.  We wish all the best of luck to next term’s buddy monitors.  I’m sure they will have a great time like we did.

Isis C and Sophie W (6th K)

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An update from Upper First

Last week the students made their own plasticine 'pets', along with the food and shelter they need, as part of their studies on living things.  School parent Ms Halloway, a vet, had come in to give a talk about animal needs, and the students had done a science work sheet on the needs of living things.

Parents Mr and Mrs Mu also visited 2nd class this week with a traditional Chinese New Year cake for the children to try during playtime. This fitted in nicely to the HSIE unit of work on Celebrations, which also is looking at indigenous celebrations and beliefs.

Maths this week has been about numbers and patterns. The students found patterns occurring in the playground, in fencing, on benches and in the climbing frames, for example. They drew their patterns and looked at what makes a repeating pattern.

In writing, the children are doing a unit of work on the book "Koala lou". They wrote an information report on koalas, learnt to draw koalas and looked at the grammar used in the text.

In Art with Mrs Gadsby and Mrs Fox, they have studied aboriginal basket weaving and Chinese paper dragons.

In Sport, the boys have been learning cricket and the girls T ball, as well as other games.

In PDHPE, they are doing ‘Bounce Back’ work on developing resilience, in particular focusing on the school value ‘courage’.

The children also visited the Healthy Harold van this week and learnt about water safety, who they can go to for help, care about medicines and the main organs of the human body. Whew!




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Murder under the microscope!

Starting term 1, 2015, students from 3rd to 6th classes are invited to join the after school 'Murder Under the Microscope' class. It is a unit of work where students investigate the causes of environmental problems: such as the death of wildlife and plants, rising sea levels, pollution and much more. Any students who are interested are welcome!

When?: It will be held at 3:00- 3:40 on Wednesdays starting in week 4 and will run for approximately 10 weeks (through to term 2).  

Where?: The remedial room (next to the music centre).  

Who?: It will be run by Mr Wakeford

About the Unit: The students will investigate issues affecting the environment today. This will involve conducting experiments, analysing facts and data, and assessing the possible long term impact of these environmental problems. Towards the end of the unit, students will investigate an environmental issue of their own choice and present the issue to the class as a PowerPoint or poster presentation. In the presentation, students will discuss the environmental issue, its causes and possible solutions.

If you are interested: Contact your class teacher and express your interest. 

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A Roman Feast

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Our Upper Firsts had a great time at their Roman Feast early on Friday morning.  They drank toasts to the Gods, the Emperor and most importantly, the star of their Latin text book, Minimus Mouse.

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Eagle Eye Shakespeare Issue now online


To read the latest issue of our Eagle Eye school magazine, please click here

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Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration letters

In this year's writing competition, students wrote letters to Shakespeare.  A selection are on our five other school blog sites here, here, here, here and here

Whew!  Others were bound in a book for our Festival patron John Bell, and others will go into this year's Shakespeare edition of the Eagle Eye, which is nearly ready for online publication.


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Club Kidpreneur

6th class ran stalls on Wednesday and Friday this week to raise money for their chosen charities, World Vision and Bear Cottage

The 6th class children have been so enthusiastic about being a kidpreneur; there are definitely some talented entrepreneurs in the making in this class. We had all sorts of lessons to learn along the way. Selecting products that would be attractive to the school clientele was one task. Initially some of the planned products would have been too expensive. I know the 6th class parents have contributed greatly in helping us with our products and that is after we discarded some ideas which were just too complicated. We needed to learn to plan and be organised. However generally everyone has been energetic and very responsible in the planning and creating of the different sale items. Some of us opted to sell delicious food which is always a very popular product but we also made items such as the small bags and key rings and provided hair accessories, tattoos and chess coaching. The children making items have been working on these for a couple of months. A great range of products. The energy and enthusiasm in the school at sale time was wonderful and the 6th class were really delighted at the generous response from all the school

Thank you for supporting us in our endeavours. We will let you know when we have done a final tally.

Roslyn Dunn and Mary Layton

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Multifaith lessons

In Philosophy this semester, teachers and senior students have focused on resilience, in particular exploring our thought processes, and considered how they can help or hinder us.  In scripture lessons, the children have studied Buddhism including the life and teachings of the Buddha and we have now moved on to a study of Judaism.

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6th class debating and reciting

6th class students are taking part in our annual inter-school debating competition.  Teams are selected for each debate, and some class time and some lunchtimes are devoted to team preparations.  The Headmaster, Mr Mane (a former lawyer!), takes the lead role in coaching the debaters, and while it's hard work and involves quite a bit of extra homework, the students seem to really enjoy it.

The season is underway and John Colet won their opening debate taking the affirmative that co-education is better.  They were against another co-ed school, The German International School.

6th class also almost stole the show at our Open Day concert, with their brilliant recitation of Banjo Patterson's "A Bush Christening."  Some of them are pictured below waiting to go on stage.  Also pictured are Lucas, Ryan, Eleanor and Sean during the debate.

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6th class recitation at Open Day

Our 6th class students did a FANTASTIC rendition of Banjo Patterson's "A Bush Christening" at our Open Day on the weekend.  Here they some of them waiting to go on stage.


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