John Colet

Deputy Head of School’s comment

This week it has been wonderful to get feedback from teachers about how well children are working at home and the efforts that they are putting into their work. One teacher spoke about how proud she was with the level of respect her class was showing during Zoom meetings. Other teachers have spoken about the level of independence their classes are demonstrating. Another teacher gave a lovely description of how happily her class engaged in an online Maths game. Today 5th and 6th class  had a Cyber Safety Workshop and they engaged fully and asked some excellent questions. It is very encouraging to see everyone putting their best foot forward in difficult times. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …

Head of School’s Comment

We trust this newsletter finds our community well as we move into a predicted lovely weekend! Our School is well prepared for an extended 4 week lockdown. However, we remain hopeful that before this time conditions may allow for an early return. This news may bring heightened anxiety for our students, and while we are committed to ensuring the children continue to progress in their learning, their social and emotional wellbeing comes first. Our teachers are looking at more ways the children can connect with each other, and as a whole school we are investigating some fun ‘optional’ community activities. Courage is our Value in focus, and helping those in need is where we are giving our attention over …
A very warm welcome to everyone for the coming term. The first week at John Colet has certainly had its challenges but it has been amazing to see how well everyone has adapted to the current situation. The staff, the parent body and the children have worked in unison to move forward and make the very best of the situation we find ourselves in. It is in times like these that our school values really show themselves. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

From Our Headmaster

Welcome back to Term 3. It is unfortunate that we find ourselves again in lockdown, however it has been wonderful to see the students connecting online this week. This Term we had scheduled our Value in focus to be Courage. This Value is expressed within our Vision Mission and Values as: Display self-control, inner strength and right action. •             Are my words and actions truthful? •             Can I forgive others? •             Do I meet challenges with resilience? •             Do I step up to protect those in need? Given the recent loss to our School and the current restrictions that we are all facing we will be working towards meeting challenges with resilience. It is at times like these that …

On the vegetarian lunch menu

Monday – lentil soup Tuesday – tomato and basil penne pasta Wednesday – salad rolls Thursday – cheese and spinach triangles Friday – sweet corn and pea pancakes …
This term we have been considering the School Value of Respect. In Assembly we considered a reading from Desmond Tutu which speaks about the interdependence we have on each other to learn about being human. Both the Primary and the Infants children responded beautifully to the reading and were able to stand and articulate their thoughts and understanding with confidence and ease. The Infants, when asked why this reading might be one of the readings under the value of Respect, had no difficulty in expressing the fact that to learn, you need to listen. Listening is a sign of respect. If we have no respect, it is difficult to listen and therefore difficult to learn. Di Renshaw Deputy Head …