John Colet

On the vegetarian lunch menu for Week 2, Term 3

Monday 25th July– Garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes Tuesday 26th  – Spinach and cheese sausage rolls Wednesday 27th – Tomato and basil penne pasta Thursday 28th – Red lentil dahl Friday 29th July – Sweetcorn muffins …

Lights, camera, action! John Colet School’s Shakespeare Program has it all

“Boldness be my friend.” – William Shakespeare. It’s a bold move to incorporate Shakespeare into a primary school curriculum, but at John Colet School (JCS) it’s one of their most popular learning initiatives. Students start being exposed to and learning about Shakespeare from their very first year at JCS, culminating in a Shakespeare Festival at each year level, where every child plays a part. Headmaster Julian Wilcock said even the most shy and timid students end up loving their drama lessons and being involved in the productions. “Learning about Shakespeare and immersing themselves in that world is something that extends and excites students. We’re giving them access to the stage from a young age, so they don’t have to …

Deputy Head of School’s comment

Moving around the classrooms this week and looking at all the work on the walls, it is easy to see the level of excellence that children strive for and take pride in throughout the school. When children love learning, it is natural for them to want to do their best. On Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting Lower 1st to look at their writing. I was struck by their beautiful handwriting and by the high standard of their writing. It reflected both focus and effort. Similarly, watching Upper 1st do what is called a “cold write” where they have one stimulus, and are required to write with little preparation, it was obvious that their understanding of grammar and …

Head of School’s Comment

Our current Value in focus is Respect. During this term we have explored respect in relation to giving full attention, being aware of the needs of others, and offering thanks. This week we explored community at our assemblies through one of our readings on the term ‘Ubuntu’. In the final weeks of this term, we shall address the benefits of acknowledging what someone does well; praising those that do something better than you. “We need other human beings in order to be human. We are made for togetherness, we are made for family, for fellowship, to exist in a tender network of interdependence.” Desmond Tutu on Ubuntu – No Future Without Forgiveness Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This week we celebrated our founders in both the Infants and Primary assemblies. It is important that the children are aware of the rich history behind the founding of the school, but more importantly perhaps the original vision of Leon MacLaren after whom our Hall is named. He believed that principles of truth and justice and development of fine character lay at the heart of good education. This combined with a broad curriculum that includes language, philosophy, music and the arts has laid the foundation for our students since 1985 when John Colet first opened its doors to 14 students. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

Having been away for most of the week, it was lovely to get back to school today. Respect is the School Value that we are considering this term and it happens to coincide with a deeper consideration of Respect in L1st Philosophy classes. Today the children discussed manners, politeness, and simple courtesy towards others. They all agreed that one effect of manners is to make others happy and to feel that they are acknowledged. Remembering to use manners is a very simple but effective way to teach younger children a sense of self awareness, which naturally grows to become an awareness of others. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …