Writing & Speaking

Writing & Speaking

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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17
August
2012

Excursion to Casula Powerhouse

On Wednesday 15th August, 5th and 6th class went on an excursion to Casula Powerhouse Museum.  We learnt that many different plants can be weeds when they grow in the wrong place, and we learnt how you can create art with them.
We also did a worksheet about maps and learnt about the different types of symbols on
maps.
As well as all that, we learnt about the history of the Casula Powerhouse Museum , and that a lot of people died there when it was a power house. They told us stories about how people know there are ghosts there.
Overall we had lots of fun and learnt a lot.
Eloise and Ellie, 5th class

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10
August
2012

Write a book in a Day

Some of our senior students attended a ‘write a book in a day’ session.  Judging by 5th class student India Parson’s report, the day was an enormous success...

“Write a book in a Day” was the most extraordinary day in my life. 

I’ve always wanted a chance to be an author and then there was the chance and I grabbed it.  And I am so glad that I did because it was the most fun being there, with your friends and doing something you love.  And to achieve the book and get it printed is just the best feeling in the world and I want to do it again and again and AGAIN!


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