Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School’s comment

Moving around the classrooms this week and looking at all the work on the walls, it is easy to see the level of excellence that children strive for and take pride in throughout the school. When children love learning, it is natural for them to want to do their best. On Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting Lower 1st to look at their writing. I was struck by their beautiful handwriting and by the high standard of their writing. It reflected both focus and effort. Similarly, watching Upper 1st do what is called a “cold write” where they have one stimulus, and are required to write with little preparation, it was obvious that their understanding of grammar and …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week we celebrated our founders in both the Infants and Primary assemblies. It is important that the children are aware of the rich history behind the founding of the school, but more importantly perhaps the original vision of Leon MacLaren after whom our Hall is named. He believed that principles of truth and justice and development of fine character lay at the heart of good education. This combined with a broad curriculum that includes language, philosophy, music and the arts has laid the foundation for our students since 1985 when John Colet first opened its doors to 14 students. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

Having been away for most of the week, it was lovely to get back to school today. Respect is the School Value that we are considering this term and it happens to coincide with a deeper consideration of Respect in L1st Philosophy classes. Today the children discussed manners, politeness, and simple courtesy towards others. They all agreed that one effect of manners is to make others happy and to feel that they are acknowledged. Remembering to use manners is a very simple but effective way to teach younger children a sense of self awareness, which naturally grows to become an awareness of others. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …
Next week will be the last week of a long and busy term. At this time, everyone is starting to show the signs of needing a rest. The children have all worked hard this term and really put their best foot forward in so many different ways. On Monday we will conduct our Easter Service and true to form, the 6th class children have stepped up to help out. In particular, two of our senior girls have very willingly lent their services to write a simplified version of the scripture so that the younger children can understand the words from St Luke when they are read by the leadership team. On Wednesday we will have our ANZAC Day service …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This morning I had the great pleasure of taking Infants Assembly because Mr Wilcock was away on a conference. As part of our focus on the value of Truthfulness, we are looking at our school pledge. In particular, we were considering what it means to value wisdom. The children were able to tell me that it was about making choices and choosing to do what you know is right and to learn from our mistakes. They were also able to tell me that making that choice over and over again, is how we show that we value wisdom. This is a valuable thing to understand before the age of eight. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …
The children are all busy preparing for our annual Public Speaking Competition. This was held for the first time last year and we heard some excellent speeches from all classes from U1st up. This year is promising to be the same judging from all the hard work and preparation that is being put into it by the children. Each teacher chooses a topic related to a unit that the class has been studying, and the children then must write their own speech, which is delivered to the class. The benefits of this exercise are far reaching for the children. Writing the speech gives the children an opportunity to learn how to effectively convey their own ideas, and giving the …