Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School Comment

Today I received an email from our new Sports teacher Mrs Collins to say that our year 3/4 T- Ball team had shown such good sportsmanship that they had been commended by the opposition. “They graciously gave the opposition extra players to make up their team and were supportive and encouraging throughout.” It is always inspiring to see that the children are actively engaged in demonstrating the school values and representing John Colet so well. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head’s Comment

Eagle Awards are given to children to acknowledge the demonstration of the School Values. These awards can be nominated by any staff member who observes a child putting the values into practice. In the last two weeks it has been a pleasure to give out a number of awards to children who have quietly and generously seen a need and offered their services. This usually means giving up play time which they do happily. This is one way to see that the teaching of our School Values has become part of their being. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Headmistress Comment

This week I would like to revisit one of the most important aspects of our teaching pedagogy at John Colet which is the regular practice of the Pause before and after each lesson. The children learn to bring themselves to stillness from the very first day that they start at school. If you speak to any child  in any class, they will tell you that the pause clears their mind and brings them to peace. As one child in 3rd class said yesterday, I go to a big space. The effect of continually coming to a point of stillness cannot be underestimated. It allows the children to continually re-set and come back to themselves so that they can give …

Deputy Head of School Comment

This week I would like to acknowledge the excellent service that has been offered by our 6th class students. Each morning there are a number of enthusiastic children waiting to take our new Lower 1st class to their classroom and help them with their bags. In some cases, they have waited with them in the classroom if they need an extra bit of help with settling in for the day. On Friday morning some 6th class students came to Infants Assembly to sit with Lower 1st and help them negotiate their very first school assembly. Their care, enthusiasm and good example has been outstanding. That afternoon they had their first Buddies session which will be a regular Friday afternoon …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

It has been wonderful to welcome all the children back to school this week. I have had the pleasure of visiting all the classrooms and the ease and steadiness with which the children have transitioned back to school has been particularly noticeable. The teachers have already been working together for a week and this plays a large part in creating an atmosphere of warmth and stability, so necessary for the children’s mental and emotional wellbeing. We look forward to 2021 being an enriching and stimulating year for the children so that they can continue to thrive. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

At this time of year, we focus on Leadership as our 5th class step up to take their place as the School Leaders for 2021. Next Tuesday they will be asked to write a short speech on an unseen topic which centres on leadership qualities. They will present their speeches to 4th,5th and 6th class as well as the grade teachers and Mr Wilcock and myself. Every year it is noticeable that the children recognise the qualities necessary for leadership and vote accordingly. Every year our 6th class as a whole set the tone for the rest of the school. This year we have seen a great demonstration of the School Values by 6th class which has been a …