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17
October
2014

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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11
June
2014

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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28
May
2014

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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26
May
2014

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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02
August
2013

Year 5 gold rush studies

Working together on Dioramas

5th class has been studying the Gold Rush in Australia in the 1850s and as a final activity are building a diorama on an aspect of life and the events on the gold fields.  They are working in pairs have chosen an area of interest and have researched and planned it themselves.
The dioramas include: mine shafts, a digger’s tent, panning for gold, the Eureka Stockade, a tent city.

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25
July
2013

Year 4 HSIE, bringing ancient Greece to life

Terrific Greek costumes, Greek taste sensations, mock Olympics

On 24th July, Year 4 celebrated Greek day which included a mini Olympic Games and preparing Greek food.  We also enjoyed making mosaics, masks and medals.  After the Olympic Games we had a medal ceremony.  Around 11am we got into our outstanding Greek costumes.
In the Greek feast we had olives, dolmades, salad, cake and much more.  Sadly the day came to an end and we had to go home.
By lone F, Roxana S and Lily F


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10
May
2013

Debating season begins

The Forest Debating Competition began with a bang with the John Colet team winning their first debate.

Sixth class has been honing their debating skills all year and a seven member squad has been selected.  From that larger squad we picked a four person team: Sam C (1st Speaker), Daya C-H (2nd Speaker); Ellie M (3rd Speaker) and Eloise B (4th Speaker).  We debated the topic: Contact Sports do more good than harm.  We were the negative team and we were matched against the German International School.  The children worked hard to brainstorm the various issues around the topic, to allocate their arguments and prepare rebuttals, and to get their 3 minutes speeches ready.  It all paid off.

Including John Colet and the German School, the competition is against the Alexander School, Galstaun College and The Sydney Japanese School.

The next debate will be held on Wednesday 22nd May where we will be up against the Sydney Japanese School.

 

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03
May
2013

Year 2 learning about biomes in HSIE

John Colet's 2nd class C have completed a school holiday project for HSIE.  They have studied various biomes over the past term.  They have created an insect or animal from a biome – desert, rainforest or savannah.  The children then described the biome where the animal or insect would be found. Work below is by Dylan, May and Oliver.

 

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15
March
2013

Tongue twisters and dandelions

It's all about the voice...

Lower First students are learning about voice projection and really enjoy the process with our drama teacher Zoe Emanuel.  Today they pretended to blow the petals off a dandelion, while making clear, loud and hard syllable sounds (no shouting or yelling!).  Then there were tongue twisters - it's harder than you think to say "Mixed Biscuits" five times in a row, clearly.  In another exercise, the children were seeds growing as Miss Emanuel watered them.  Who had the most unusual flowers?
The infants Shakespeare Festival will be held at the school in August, so these early drama lessons get them moving and speaking more confidently, ready to start learning their lines.
 

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13
March
2013

The First Fleet

Learning about the life of convicts

On Thursday 21st February, 4th class went on an excursion to The Rocks in the city.  We are studying about The First Fleet in HSIE and went to learn more about convicts.
We had a tour guide called Vickie and she gave us each some tunics to wear, white bonnets for girls and straw hats for boys.  She gave the Captains and General special uniforms and hats to wear.  She also gave us cards that told us who we were and information about us.  My name was Sarah Bellamy, 18, and I was married to James Bloodworth and we had 8 children.  I was brought out on the Lady Penrith. 
Eugenia
4th class D

...I dressed up as Captain John Hunter.  I was Captain on the Sirius which was the ship Captain Phillip travelled on.  I arrived here in 1788 at Sydney Cove.  I am 51 years old and I brought back food to the colony.  They were always happy to see me and I was their hero.
Maisy
4th class D

   

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31
October
2012

2W's little books

Second Class W were motivated to 'publish' their own little books of  their combined writing efforts this term, with accounts about people they admire, and syllable poems about animals.



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29
August
2012

Floating on a sea of stories

A student recount about a school incursion

Last week a lady came and told us stories from Japan.  They were like legends.  She used puppets and props.  She told three stories: The Crane Fairy, The Piece of Straw and The Boy in a Peach.
My favourite story was The Crane Fairy.  Once upon a time an old man and an old woman who made boats and sails, found a crane-bird in a net. They rescued it and nursed it back to health. It flew away. Then, disguised as a girl, came back and made sails.
The girl said "do not look in my room when I am making sails!" But one day they looked! OH NO! There was the crane, it was using its feathers to make sails, then she flew away.
By Amelia O
Upper First C



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24
August
2012

Debating - the final is nigh

In 6th class a team of debaters – usually between eight and ten children – is selected and we then debate against several local schools.  Each of the team members gets to be in at least one debate where we brainstorm the topic, decide on who is going to be 1st, 2nd or 3rd speaker; prepare their three minute speech and then deliver it before an audience of children and teachers.

There are four preliminary debates and then a final between the two schools with the most wins.  This year John Colet is in the final against the Alexander School.
This final will be held next Wednesday at the German School.

The topic of the final debate is:  Wisdom is better than strength.  And we are the negative team.  This is a very challenging argument and has required us to delve deep into what we mean by “wisdom” and “strength”. 

We found it helpful to go back to the source of the phrase in Ecclesiastes 19:16:  Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

We have had extremely lively and creative brainstorming sessions and the children are busily preparing their arguments, examples and rebuttals of arguments we think the other team will raise.  Wish us luck – break an egg indeed!
- Mr Mane

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22
August
2012

To the Fish Stall!

A play in Latin

The senior Latin students were snapped this week rehearsing a play, all in Latin, about the goings on during a shopping expedition for a family dinner.
The four minute play, called "To the fish stall!" will be performed on 4th September for the delight and entertainment of two classics teachers who are visiting John Colet School.  One of them is Emily Matters, the head of the Classical Language Teachers' Association.
Proud parents will be welcome to come and watch too!
Students who have completed the Spelling course study Latin.  These senior classes are taken each week by the Headmaster.  Linguistically, Latin underpins much of English and is therefore an excellent additional subject.  As it doesn't involve a different alphabet and has a simpler grammar than Sanskrit, the students find it relatively easy to learn.



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22
August
2012

Meeting Mark Greenwood, author

Senior school incursion on storytelling and writing

Last Friday, 3rd,4th,5th and 6th classes got to meet an amazing author called Mark Greenwood.  He writes about myths and legends.  They were extremely exciting.  He told us his stories and journey.  He wasn't just an author, he was a bit of a traveller.  Mark Greenwood wrote a story about Lasseter, a man who found heaps of gold.  Lasseter's family was in a poor state, but he didn't want to go to the gold out in the desert because he nearly died there last time. But eventually he went out and found the gold, unfortunately his camels ran away so he died.  But not before leaving clues to the gold. 

Mark Greenwood studied all these clues and followed them to a cave and dug and found Lasseter's diary and gold.

That story was our favourite!  It was a fantastic incursion, we enjoyed it so much.
Written by Brigitte and Jaanavi.


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