John Colet

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 …

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 …

Giant bandicoot visits 2nd Class!

Second Class enjoyed a great Incursion and learning experience on Thursday. Hilary and Tim from the Coastal Environment Centre came along to school for a half day incursion. The children’s activities enhanced the Science unit Living Things and Change. So much new learning on the features of Living Things and their habitat and environment. The children explored the features of animals through the Blindfold Game and then participated in an outdoor activity to build a habitat for a creature and explain to a group the needs of the animal they had chosen. The Incursion finished off with the children making their own insect habitat in a bottle and a visit from Billy the Bandicoot. Mrs McDermott and Mrs Connell …

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 …

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 …

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 …