HEAD OF SCHOOL COMMENT

Head of School’s Comment

It has been a very positive term at John Colet School, considering the many events which have had to be changed and the physical separation from our parent community. While we expect most measures to remain in place for Term 4, we did receive late yesterday an official update on some easing of restrictions. We are currently evaluating this new information, and we will send out a communication with updates in the first week of Term 4 after reviewing community conditions at that time. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and we look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 13th October. Julian Wilcock Head of School …

Head of School’s Comment

This Term we have been exploring our school value of Courage, looking at different aspects such as having the courage to reflect on our own behaviour, to persevere in giving our best both in and out of the classroom, plus the courage we have had to have in meeting the challenges that this year, in particular, has brought. As we near the end of the Term we are coming full circle and connecting with our Value from Term 2, Truthfulness. We are all learning, and often mistakes are made, however having the courage to admit when we may have been wrong and owning up to our faults is powerful. It firstly releases any burden of guilt, but also encourages …

Head of School’s comment

We continue to have a great deal of interest from prospective parents, both for starting Lower 1st next year and in higher year levels. Due to current restrictions, we are unable to take group tours, so visits have been with individual families. This has meant more tours, which has allowed more students across the school to answer questions from our visitors. They are always impressed by the pride of our students in their school and how articulate they are. From Lower 1st through to 6th Class our students are great examples of how our unique program can enable each child to reach their potential. Julian Wilcock Head of School …

Head of School’s Comment

This term we continue to explore the Value of Courage, and we are exploring the importance of reflection and self-improvement. When we are not happy about something we often look externally to what needs to change, however sometimes it may be our pre-conceived ideas, personal limitations or entrenched habits that require attention and the courage to confront. There have been some insightful and very practical examples from our students at both our Infants and Primary Assemblies this week. Julian Wilcock Head of School …

Head of School’s Comment

We focus on one school value per term, but our value of Stillness is addressed every day through our action of pausing regularly with both children and staff. It sets the tone of active attention and presence. I was struck today at our Infants assembly at how quickly and deeply our students are able to come together and fall still. Their steadiness and focus was felt throughout our discussions. When bringing oneself to a point of stillness there is a letting go of thoughts of the past or future and often a release of the connection to ongoing thoughts that may cloud our judgement. Being mindful enables our students to begin afresh, operate with greater clarity, and act in …

Head of School’s Comment

While the form of our Primary Shakespeare Festival is yet to be determined, preparations are well underway. The enthusiasm and confidence with which our Primary students are approaching their new plays is so impressive. The embodiment of the roles being played, together with the children’s articulation and passion in speech is regularly commented on by our teachers and those that are visiting as casual staff. The students’ years of practice since Lower 1st are obvious, and the skills and confidence that this experience brings has had an impact on all areas of learning.  Julian Wilcock Head of School …

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