John Colet

Head of School’s Comment

Next week we will hold our annual Sanskrit recitation competition and finals. Sanskrit instruction, from Lower 1st to 6th Class, is one of the unique features of our curriculum, and has been an integral part of our school since it was founded. Our students benefit from learning this ancient classical language, which like Latin has influenced languages, literature and culture throughout history. The simple, clear grammar used in Sanskrit helps in the development of learning other languages, including English. The recitation of Sanskrit lends itself to a beauty of sound and structure that when combined with some of the universal themes of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health, produce work of the highest standard. The recitation is also one …
Next week will be the last week of a long and busy term. At this time, everyone is starting to show the signs of needing a rest. The children have all worked hard this term and really put their best foot forward in so many different ways. On Monday we will conduct our Easter Service and true to form, the 6th class children have stepped up to help out. In particular, two of our senior girls have very willingly lent their services to write a simplified version of the scripture so that the younger children can understand the words from St Luke when they are read by the leadership team. On Wednesday we will have our ANZAC Day service …
Our Lower 1st students were very proud to share some of their wonderful writing examples with me this week. We will look to celebrate this further in next week’s assembly with all of Infants. They have certainly come a long way in such a short time, and are rightfully proud of their progress. Thank you to those parents who have been in the position to help out in class with our younger students. It is greatly appreciated by our teachers and the children love having their parents visit. Keeping our fingers crossed for some sunshine next Friday for our annual Walkathon! Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

On the vegetarian lunch menu for Week 8, Term 1

Monday 14th March – Thai style pumpkin and chickpea curry Tuesday 15th March – cheese and tomato toasted wraps Wednesday 16th March – cottage pie Thursday 17th March – Salad rolls Friday 18th March – ‘Sausage’ rolls …

Deputy Head of School’s Comment

This morning I had the great pleasure of taking Infants Assembly because Mr Wilcock was away on a conference. As part of our focus on the value of Truthfulness, we are looking at our school pledge. In particular, we were considering what it means to value wisdom. The children were able to tell me that it was about making choices and choosing to do what you know is right and to learn from our mistakes. They were also able to tell me that making that choice over and over again, is how we show that we value wisdom. This is a valuable thing to understand before the age of eight. Di Renshaw Deputy Headmistress …

Head of School’s Comment

Our Value in focus this Term is Truthfulness. In the first half of this Term, both as staff and students, we have worked to ensure that we speak the whole truth and when we do, it is for the benefit of all. In the coming weeks we shall be exploring why it is important to seek the truth, not necessarily to find it, but the journey itself. This is the definition of philosophy, from the Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, ‘love of wisdom’. It is also the basis of modern scientific theory, always open, never closed. A never-ending road trip; are we there yet? Julian Wilcock Headmaster …