Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School’s comment

This week we have continued to visit classrooms and have had some interesting and enjoyable conversations with the children. At the beginning of each meeting, we pause and as I watch the children gather themselves and become quiet, I am continuously reminded of the value of this very simple but far-reaching exercise. The pause gives the children an opportunity to come into the present and refresh themselves. As we are spending so much time in front of screens at the moment, a chance to recharge their energy regularly throughout the day is of great value. It is very encouraging to see the children making such genuine efforts. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …

Deputy Head of School’s comment

This week it has been wonderful to get feedback from teachers about how well children are working at home and the efforts that they are putting into their work. One teacher spoke about how proud she was with the level of respect her class was showing during Zoom meetings. Other teachers have spoken about the level of independence their classes are demonstrating. Another teacher gave a lovely description of how happily her class engaged in an online Maths game. Today 5th and 6th class  had a Cyber Safety Workshop and they engaged fully and asked some excellent questions. It is very encouraging to see everyone putting their best foot forward in difficult times. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …
A very warm welcome to everyone for the coming term. The first week at John Colet has certainly had its challenges but it has been amazing to see how well everyone has adapted to the current situation. The staff, the parent body and the children have worked in unison to move forward and make the very best of the situation we find ourselves in. It is in times like these that our school values really show themselves. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …
This term we have been considering the School Value of Respect. In Assembly we considered a reading from Desmond Tutu which speaks about the interdependence we have on each other to learn about being human. Both the Primary and the Infants children responded beautifully to the reading and were able to stand and articulate their thoughts and understanding with confidence and ease. The Infants, when asked why this reading might be one of the readings under the value of Respect, had no difficulty in expressing the fact that to learn, you need to listen. Listening is a sign of respect. If we have no respect, it is difficult to listen and therefore difficult to learn. Di Renshaw Deputy Head …

From our Deputy Head of School

Welcome to Term 2. It has been wonderful to see the children return to school with so much energy and enthusiasm. On Monday, the teachers met as they always do, to prepare for the term ahead.  Part of this day is always devoted to study related to the ethos of the school. We spent some time together revisiting the principles on the which the school was founded. These are shown below. To give the children information related to: the simple principles of spiritual knowledge, knowledge of the universe, man, and the individual’s relation thereto in the belief that the child really knows, and, if the information is given simply and accurately enough, it will connect with that inner knowledge …

Deputy Head’s Comment

During this term we have had a lot of trainee teachers doing their professional placement at John Colet. It is wonderful for us to be able to support these teachers and give them an opportunity to experience the ethos of the school and to see the value of our approach to education. Several of them have come to speak to me about their impressions of the school. They have been impressed by the genuine love of learning, by the respect the children show for their teachers and each other and by the effect of pausing regularly during the day. This is great confirmation that the values that we strive to instil in the children are working. Di Renshaw Deputy …