John Colet

From the Deputy Head of School

It has been a very full term as always, and I would like to wish all the John Colet community a safe and restful holiday. I would especially like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all our teachers. It would be hard to find a more dedicated group of people who care so deeply for their students. I think this is demonstrated in the high quality of education they offer the children and reflected in the happy and focused students that we have at school. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

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 …

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 …