John Colet

Non-competitive after school sports choices for Term 2

We are thrilled to inform you about the fantastic non-competitive After School Sport programs we have lined up for our students in Term 2! These sports are on offer for children who don’t participate in PISA Training on a Tuesday, except for Netball as it will take place on Thursdays. Our aim is to provide engaging lessons that focus on skill improvement while ensuring your child has a blast during the process. These programs are designed to create a positive and enjoyable learning environment, fostering a love for the activity. Here’s what you can expect from these programs: 1. Skill enhancement: Our qualified coaches are dedicated to helping your child enhance their skills in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. …

From our Deputy Head of School

On Monday we will be celebrating Nowruz. This is an ancient custom held throughout Central, Western and South Asia and in and around the Black Sea basin, to celebrate the new year. The children in each year have all made something which will be placed on a table called the Haftseen table. For example, our L1st children have been growing seeds to represent new life while our 6th class children have been producing calligraphy. Everything that goes on the table has particular significance. This is an opportunity for the children to embrace different cultures and acknowledge what is common to all humanity. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Shakespeare tips and links for learning lines at home

There are many ways to assist your child at home as we begin preparations for your child’s annual class play. Rule number 1: Let it be a fun experience! Rule number 2: Slow and clear articulation is crucial. Rule number 3: Repetition makes perfect. Rule number 4: Remember this is a team effort because every part is important! Here are some tips for your adventures with Shakespeare this year: Hand-write or print out memory cards to assist with memorising Record the lines as an audio file and play these repeatedly in the car and at home for your child to recite along with. Get a copy of Ken Ludwig’s book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, which has excellent …

Head of School’s Comment

At next week’s assembly, we shall be introducing our 6th Class Leaders to the students. They may already know our Head Boy and Girl, Our Head Chorister and Art Prefect, however, what they may not know is that every 6th Class student has a role to play, and an opportunity to serve. This list includes monitors for Art, Library, Shakespeare and IT, as well as positions as Handymen/women and Gardeners. Leadership roles for our senior students gives them profound opportunities to interact and model for our younger students, build confidence, and develop skills that will serve them well in their next educational journey. This year 6th Class will also have the opportunity to attend an overnight leadership camp in …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

It has been an excellent start to the term. The children have come back bright and ready to engage with their learning. It is very encouraging to see how keen our 6th class students are to take up their responsibilities as leaders of the School. It is clear that they value service and are willing and able to put it into practice. On Thursday they had the opportunity to meet their new Lower 1st buddies. This is something that they all look forward to and it is a relationship all the children come to cherish. Diane Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s comment

At this time of year, we are looking forward to all the end of year activities such as the 6th class stalls, Picnic Day, 6th class farewell lunch, excursions and Lower 1st Shakespeare. It is important that these events are enjoyable for everyone and to that end we keep working on the School Value of Respect. The children spend the term considering this value from many different perspectives, but the real test comes when they have to put it into practice. Respect has been very evident in our primary performances this week in the way the children have performed both on and off stage. Di Renshaw Deputy Head of School …