Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School on “Why Book Parade Day?”

Last week we celebrated Book Week. Wednesday was an opportunity for all the children and teachers to dress up as their favourite book character. This was a lovely event and gave us a chance to come together as a school and enjoy some fun. Though it is not an event that parents are required to attend, it was lovely to welcome those parents who had a bit of time to come and join us. We also had a talk from two celebrated children’s author Matt Stanton and Sue Whiting. Both Primary and Infants students enjoyed the talks and the parade. These events, along with the Premier’s Reading Challenge, are a way of engendering the love of reading in our …
On Monday, we celebrated Teacher’s Day. There was a special assembly for the Infants, and the Primary children. The children all brought in a flower which represents a gift given with love and respect the two qualities necessary for any learning to take place. The children were also asked to reflect on what a teacher had taught them. These reflections were wide and varied and some of them were shared in Assembly. All the reflections were mounted on cardboard and displayed in the Hall during the week. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This term we are focusing on the value of Stillness. This value underpins all of the other school values and is reflected in the regular practice of the pause. This week in Philosophy, all the children studied a story from the great Hindu epic The Mahabaratta. The story is about a crow and a swan. The crow is keen to demonstrate his skill in flight, however his pride soon leaves him exhausted, and he plummets into the ocean. He is rescued by the swan who only knows one kind of flight which is simple, steady and graceful. There is much to the story, as the children have discovered and much to be learnt about Stillness. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

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 …