John Colet

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

At this time of year, we focus on Leadership as our 5th class step up to take their place as the School Leaders for 2021. Next Tuesday they will be asked to write a short speech on an unseen topic which centres on leadership qualities. They will present their speeches to 4th,5th and 6th class as well as the grade teachers and Mr Wilcock and myself. Every year it is noticeable that the children recognise the qualities necessary for leadership and vote accordingly. Every year our 6th class as a whole set the tone for the rest of the school. This year we have seen a great demonstration of the School Values by 6th class which has been a …

Head of School’s Comment

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming our Lower 1st Class for 2021 to their orientation day. Due to restrictions we were unable to bring the parents together, however we are hopeful that the new year will bring easing restrictions and we will be able to have some parent social activities at least in year groups. The students settled in very well with their new teachers Mrs Connell and Mrs Tomicki, who led the children in a range of activities, including a tour of the school. A big thank you to our 6th Class students who were great ambassadors of our school as they assisted students and welcomed parents. ‘It’s hard to believe that these students are only …

Head of School’s Comment

We are currently looking at student leadership throughout our school, within our value of Service. In its simplest form leadership is best shown through our actions by setting a positive example. This is clearly evident in our 6th Class students and also across the school as children look to those students in older grades. However, it is important for students to appreciate that leadership is not just top-down or based on age or position. It is sometimes best expressed amongst peers as they make choices about their actions, or even by those younger whose example can challenge us to reconsider our own behaviours. Personally, I am often impressed with the behaviour and actions of our students and believe there …

A busy week in Second Class

What an extraordinary week we have had with NAIDOC Week and Remembrance Day. Our History included an outdoor lesson with Miss Jackson and 2M. Miss Jackson shared with us her knowledge of Indigenous Languages, customs and a Welcome to Country book (by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy). We remembered those who had given their lives in wars on 11th November at 11 am. As a whole school we fell silent for one minute. We engaged in experiments with Mr Sjoquest to discover the science of floating TOYS. The children completed their advertisement for a toy using their skills to write persuasively, using emotive language and adjectives. They completed a self-assessment using a class created rubric, with criteria chosen …

A recap of the past week in 4th Class

In literacy this week we have begun our analysis of the classic Australian novel “Storm Boy” by Colin Thiele. In my maths class we have continued to work on measurement but spent a lot of time on multi-step word problems which we all find a little tricky. In Science we have continued to look at the role of geologists and how they examine rocks to understand what changes the Earth’s surface has gone through over time. In History we have focused on NAIDOC week by identifying the factors which lead to the first protest in 1939, and how this movement has changed over time into a celebration of art, country and culture. In Geography we have continued to look …
On Wednesday Mr Wilcock and I had the great pleasure of being the audience for this year’s Lower 1st Shakespeare production. As you are aware, due to unavoidable circumstances, the production was videoed only. In many ways this presented much more of a challenge to the children because there was no audience to help draw out their performance. In addition to this some scenes needed more than one or two takes. It is hard to know where to begin to commend the children for their focus, enthusiasm, co-operation, maturity and self-discipline. Shakespeare provides us with an opportunity to develop these qualities in the children in a unique way which serves everybody. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …