Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School Comment

We have arrived at the end of the term in what seems to have been a very short time. Everyone will be able to take a well-deserved break and parents will be able to have the children home….again! During both Assemblies this week we discussed the idea of widening our circle of compassion based on the weekly reading, this week from Albert Einstein. We discussed the idea of service and being aware of the needs of those around us. This also ties in with the prayer we have been saying together which starts with the statement “May all be happy”. The children have been asked to consider what part they can play to make this a reality. We look …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

In 6th class Philosophy lessons we are currently looking at the subject of Unity. Nothing is better than an actual example to show how this works. This week we have seen the effect of unified co-operation and support through out our school community as we work together to navigate our way through an untested situation. In this way we can proceed carefully without panic to ensure that we care for everybody to the very best of our ability and that the children feel safe and confident. A big thank you to our whole school community. You can read the most recent coronavirus update email from the School here Di RenshawDeputy Head of School …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of our Leadership Team this year. At the beginning of the year the House Captains decided what kind of fund-raising themes we would have for Market Days this year. Two weeks ago, we had visit from a student from Loretto Normanhurst who spoke to the school about her charity Fetch it for a Farmer . This was all researched and arranged by our Cook House Captain Lucia C and the children thoroughly enjoyed our crazy headwear theme. The House Captains also created activities to introduce our Lower 1st children to their chosen Houses, and the Art Monitors also planned a lovely buddy session. On Tuesday the House Captains met with their …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week I have had the pleasure of giving out a number of Eagle Awards. These are given to children to acknowledge the demonstration of the School Values. Any teacher or member of staff can nominate a child for an award. It does not have to be the class teacher. One of the delights of giving out the awards is that children are often unaware that they have been nominated and show great delight and surprise when something they have done without seeking acknowledgment has been noticed by another. It is one way of making the Values practical and a central part of school life. Di RenshawDeputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

Every week I visit several different classes to discuss Philosophy. Philosophy is very much to do with the building of character which remains one of the most important aspects of the education that we offer at John Colet. Even though we have a dedicated Philosophy lesson once a week, the substance of what we discuss carries on through every aspect of school life. Starting from Lower 1st and moving up to 6th class it is striking to note that a child is already innately aware of this philosophical knowledge. Education helps to bring out what is naturally in the heart of a child and turn it into a way of life. Diane RenshawDeputy Head …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week I went up to visit the Lower 1st classes during their buddy time . This is often a highlight each week for both the 6th class and Lower 1st children. Several of the older children commented on how much they enjoy working with the younger children and said how much it reminded them of their own experience in Lower 1st. The system of buddies provides an opportunity for the older children to practise the School Value of Service and to really set an example for the younger children in the most natural of ways. Every year we see that this activity brings out the very best in both age groups. Diane RenshawDeputy Head …