Coordinators’ Comments

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week the John Colet Choir performed at the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival in Sydney Town Hall. As preparation the Choir and the accompanying instrumentalists performed for the Primary Assembly on Monday morning. The calibre of the music and singing were outstanding. On Tuesday night when they did perform, comments were passed about how fine the performance was. Today the Choir performed for the Infants Assembly. The children were totally captivated by the performance which was an uplifting experience for us all. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This morning we held our annual Public Speaking Competition. Over the last few years this has developed into a wonderful event that really showcases the children’s ability not only to write well, but to confidently deliver in front of an audience. Recently one of our parents Mr Javier Christie came to speak to the children about public speaking, and it was evident today that a number of children had listened to and followed his advice. In addition to the speakers, it was a great opportunity for the 6th class children who hosted the event. The two comperes were excellent often speaking off the cuff themselves. Finally, the children who made up the audience conducted themselves with respect by remaining …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week 5th and 6th class children auditioned for Shakespeare Club. Each child had to prepare a small presentation from a play of their choice.  Ms Lilla, our new drama teacher, was very impressed by the children’s confidence and standard of presentation. Due to the level of ability and enthusiasm from our 5th and 6th class students, there will be an opportunity for more children to participate this year. The club will start in Week 6. Parents will be emailed with further information next week. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This term 6th class are studying “The Raft of Knowledge” which is an allegory taken from the Aitaraya Upanishad. The allegory describes a raft which takes us across the sea of life. The children were asked to come up with provisions that they might take on this raft in order to make this journey. The discussion was very interesting and reflected the insight and maturity of our senior students. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week we have started to introduce the Alphabet for Humanity in our Infant and Primary Assemblies. Many of the children have already studied this, however the vocabulary needs to be revisited again and again if it is to become planted in the children’s minds and hearts. We started today with A for abundance. Enough for everyone, the more I give to others the more I have to give. We will explore this alphabet over the next few terms. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

A very warm welcome to everyone for the beginning of Term 1 2023. I would like to extend a special welcome to all the new families joining John Colet. We are very much looking forward to being able to engage in a full calendar of events this year. This week all the teachers have been working to prepare for the children’s return on Monday. As part of our preparation, we have a study session each morning focussed on the principles that lay at the foundation of the education that we offer at John Colet. One of our discussions has been focussed on the importance of greeting and acknowledging each child every morning before the day starts. It is a …