Coordinators’ Comments

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 …

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 …