John Colet

On the vegetarian menu for Week 5

Monday – penne bolognaise Tuesday – bean burritos Wednesday – vegetable lasagne Thursday – salad rolls Friday – puff pastry slice …

Deputy Head’s Comment

Eagle Awards are given to children to acknowledge the demonstration of the School Values. These awards can be nominated by any staff member who observes a child putting the values into practice. In the last two weeks it has been a pleasure to give out a number of awards to children who have quietly and generously seen a need and offered their services. This usually means giving up play time which they do happily. This is one way to see that the teaching of our School Values has become part of their being. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …
This coming Wednesday we have our first Market Day for 2021. Our 6th Class House Captains choose a charity or project they wish to support and together with their 6th Class team look to raise money around a fun event. This Term Neo Siu, representing Cook, has chosen Care Australia and the School will have a mufti day (children can wear clothes of their choice). Organising Market Day is an important part of 6th class students’ connection to the value of Service. They have also demonstrated other examples of service in their first few weeks of school by helping L1st students to class, speaking in Assembly and to visitors to our School, and most importantly through leading by example. …

On the vegetarian lunch menu for Week 4, Term 1

Monday – chickpea and pumpkin curry Tuesday – potato cakes Wednesday – vegetable stir fry Thursday – veggie burgers Friday – pizza …

Deputy Headmistress Comment

This week I would like to revisit one of the most important aspects of our teaching pedagogy at John Colet which is the regular practice of the Pause before and after each lesson. The children learn to bring themselves to stillness from the very first day that they start at school. If you speak to any child  in any class, they will tell you that the pause clears their mind and brings them to peace. As one child in 3rd class said yesterday, I go to a big space. The effect of continually coming to a point of stillness cannot be underestimated. It allows the children to continually re-set and come back to themselves so that they can give …

Straight back into the work

When you have the same class teacher for two or three years, there is no downtime at the start of the year.  Our 4th Class are really working hard right off the bat. Writing: The children are enjoying beginning to learn about the Odyssey. This week they have written great dialogues from inside the Trojan horse; they are working on making their writing engaging for the reader with rich vocabulary and on using the correct punctuation and spacing for direct speech. Dictation:  We have begun a weekly program of dictation to help children practise giving their full attention with a focus on handwriting and spelling. Each week, using our spelling focus, the children will copy text (using their cursive script …