Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

I have spoken about this before, but it is hard to overestimate the value of the practice of the pause. I was reminded again just how valuable it is when I spoke with 6th class during their Philosophy lesson this week. After sharing a moment of deep stillness with the children, they spoke about the effect. One child said it was like having the opportunity to start with a blank canvas, another child said that a pause is a chance to leave all the thoughts from the previous activity behind and step into a great space where you are free. There were many different examples and I wish I had written them down. This is one of the most …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week I would like to continue with the theme of excellence. During the week, the comment was made by one of our teachers, “If you set the bar high, the children will rise to it.” This was certainly the case in our Infants Assembly this morning. Two of our Upper 1st children presented an experiment for Science Week. The confidence with which the children presented themselves, and the clarity and precision of their explanation were exceptional. All the children and teachers present were understandably enthralled. You can watch a video by clicking this link. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …

From the Deputy Head of School

This week I have had the opportunity to look at some of the Infants children’s writing. I was struck by two things. Firstly, by the level of excellence in the writing, and secondly by the beauty of the presentation of their work. It was wonderful to see that the children were so proud of their efforts, and that each child had strived to do their very best, which is all that we can ask from any child. Striving for your best is an equal playing field because a personal best is unique to each child. It demonstrates that a love of learning and pride in achievement go hand in hand, and it is wonderful to see this being cultivated …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

Next week we are all looking forward to our annual Athletics Carnival. It is one event that we have not had to cancel this year and it will be a great opportunity for the children to get together and enjoy a day out. It is unfortunate parents will not be able to join us this year. The Carnival always offers every child an opportunity to show an aspect of character, and being a good athlete isn’t the only way to contribute. We often see examples of courage, determination and generosity of spirit. I am sure this year will be no different. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School Comment

We have been talking about manners and respect in Assembly with both the Infants and the Primary children. At school we ask that children stand when an adult enters the room. It is a small thing and in some ways could be considered old fashioned, however the effect of this small gesture is far reaching. It helps the children to become aware of the presence of others and to have the discipline to stop what they are doing and acknowledge someone who has entered the room. In the same way  we have been making efforts to greet teachers and visitors using their name and looking them in the eye. These two small gestures make a world of difference both …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

I would like to take the opportunity to comment on the on-going resilience of our students in the current situation. There have been many disappointments as Open Day, Infants Shakespeare live performances and the year 5 and 6 visit to Canberra have all had to be cancelled. The children have met these disappointments with good grace and worked to make the best of the circumstances. I would particularly like to acknowledge our 6th class students who are having a very different final year at John Colet compared to normal. They set a wonderful example to the rest of the School of good humour, acceptance and equanimity. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …