John Colet

Deputy Head of School on “Why Book Parade Day?”

Last week we celebrated Book Week. Wednesday was an opportunity for all the children and teachers to dress up as their favourite book character. This was a lovely event and gave us a chance to come together as a school and enjoy some fun. Though it is not an event that parents are required to attend, it was lovely to welcome those parents who had a bit of time to come and join us. We also had a talk from two celebrated children’s author Matt Stanton and Sue Whiting. Both Primary and Infants students enjoyed the talks and the parade. These events, along with the Premier’s Reading Challenge, are a way of engendering the love of reading in our …

Head of School’s Comment

Last week the Bell Shakespeare group performed the ‘The Wonderful World of Will’ for our primary students. The players took the children back in time to a possible, and often hysterical, scenario of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Much fun was had as the performance tackled the language of the time, the themes of many of the plays, as well the social environment in London. The performers were equally impressed during the question and answer session, as our students were able to share their knowledge of the many plays and characters they have experienced over the years at JCS. Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Head of School’s Comment

Our students (and staff) have certainly enjoyed the sunshine this week. Hopefully, the good weather shall continue, and the fields will dry out so that our regular sports programs can take place. Lately, we have witnessed, and have been informed by our parents, neighbours, and most recently parents of Belrose Public School, of dangerous driving and poor behaviour from our community. We do count on our parents to model the same values that we expect from our students. However, more importantly, we want to ensure the safety of both our students and those in our neighbourhood. A reminder to please respect the road rules, particularly speed limits, correct turning and indicating, and the use of seatbelts. As a friend …
On Monday, we celebrated Teacher’s Day. There was a special assembly for the Infants, and the Primary children. The children all brought in a flower which represents a gift given with love and respect the two qualities necessary for any learning to take place. The children were also asked to reflect on what a teacher had taught them. These reflections were wide and varied and some of them were shared in Assembly. All the reflections were mounted on cardboard and displayed in the Hall during the week. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This term we are focusing on the value of Stillness. This value underpins all of the other school values and is reflected in the regular practice of the pause. This week in Philosophy, all the children studied a story from the great Hindu epic The Mahabaratta. The story is about a crow and a swan. The crow is keen to demonstrate his skill in flight, however his pride soon leaves him exhausted, and he plummets into the ocean. He is rescued by the swan who only knows one kind of flight which is simple, steady and graceful. There is much to the story, as the children have discovered and much to be learnt about Stillness. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Head of School’s Comment

It has been wonderful to see our students return this week. They have been full of stories of adventures from the holidays and excited to reunite with their friends. We begin this term by focusing on our core Value of Stillness. In our assemblies, we began with a reading from Epictetus, (a Greek Stoic Philosopher). I have included a brief excerpt below, however, one of the key points is the importance of giving our full attention to whatever activity is in front of us. There was no shortage of hands from students wanting to share how they noticed the benefit of giving their full attention to an activity during the holidays. “Today I choose to play. Well then, ought …