Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

At this time of year, we focus on Leadership as our 5th class step up to take their place as the School Leaders for 2021. Next Tuesday they will be asked to write a short speech on an unseen topic which centres on leadership qualities. They will present their speeches to 4th,5th and 6th class as well as the grade teachers and Mr Wilcock and myself. Every year it is noticeable that the children recognise the qualities necessary for leadership and vote accordingly. Every year our 6th class as a whole set the tone for the rest of the school. This year we have seen a great demonstration of the School Values by 6th class which has been a …
On Wednesday Mr Wilcock and I had the great pleasure of being the audience for this year’s Lower 1st Shakespeare production. As you are aware, due to unavoidable circumstances, the production was videoed only. In many ways this presented much more of a challenge to the children because there was no audience to help draw out their performance. In addition to this some scenes needed more than one or two takes. It is hard to know where to begin to commend the children for their focus, enthusiasm, co-operation, maturity and self-discipline. Shakespeare provides us with an opportunity to develop these qualities in the children in a unique way which serves everybody. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week in Upper 1st Philosophy, we were discussing Wisdom and its relationship to the value of Stillness. They raised the idea that stillness allows time to make a correct decision and it is wise to perform a good action that benefits everyone. They also suggested that wisdom comes with experience and learning from mistakes. More importantly, not repeating the same mistake when the outcome will not be helpful to themselves or others. The need to embed this understanding at an early age is a fundamental part of a child’s education. Even though it may be taught directly in our Philosophy classes it can be demonstrated in any of the subjects that the children learn. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

From the Deputy Head of School

The Shakespeare Festival this week has been a triumph for all classes involved. The productions have reflected weeks of effort and co-operation between teachers and students. From 3rd to 6th class  a consistent feature of each play was the way in which every child knew exactly what they had to do and when, and if someone forgot something someone else was there immediately to move a prop or ad lib an occasional missed line so that the play carried on seamlessly. The commitment of the all the children to their class productions and to the Festival as a whole was outstanding. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

Welcome to our final term this year. Being resilient seems to have become a way of life this year and acceptance and going with the flow has been a lesson that we have all had to learn. Next week we will be welcoming the parents for 2021 via Zoom. Hopefully there will be an opportunity when restrictions are lifted to bring them more into the community. We also look forward to meeting 2021 Lower 1st children on the 19th of November during their Orientation morning which can now take place on campus. Our 6th class leaders will play an instrumental role on this morning.  They, along with the rest of their cohort continue to be an example to steadiness, …

From the Deputy Head of School

It has been a very full term as always, and I would like to wish all the John Colet community a safe and restful holiday. I would especially like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all our teachers. It would be hard to find a more dedicated group of people who care so deeply for their students. I think this is demonstrated in the high quality of education they offer the children and reflected in the happy and focused students that we have at school. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …