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Head of School’s Comment

We hope that you have had a relaxing, stress-free, and safe holiday. Our School has had a fresh paint, carpets have been cleaned and our outdoor spaces are looking green and lush! 2023 begins with all our new play and learning areas open and ready for our students. We have a full year of exciting events planned for both students and parents, and we encourage all parents to become involved; the more the merrier! We are very much looking forward to welcoming our community back, on Monday 30th January for Upper 1st – 6th students and Thursday 2nd February for Lower 1st, for a positive and rewarding year ahead. The School Value that we will focus on during Term …

Week 6 – A big news week!

JCS Chess into the finals On Wednesday I took a team of five from our Senior Chess group to play in the Sydney Academy of Chess, Interschool Chess Semi Finals. This was a tougher competition than the heats, but the team worked hard and achieved the excellent result of third place, which will take the team into the finals. The team represented John Colet School with pride and demonstrated the School Values throughout the competition. The team consisted of the following students: Connor T (6W), Will T (3B) Sebastian N (6M) Jamie X (6M) and Liam Y (5S). Connor also received third place overall in the competition. Sara Bell Chess Coordinator Winners: Best Scene from a Play Our Shakespeare …

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 …

Head of School’s Comment

With the break in the rain, our builders have today finished securing the main roof for our new building and will be in a better position to continue in inclement weather. That being said there are predictions for a wetter than usual winter, and this combined with supply chain issues, has led us to again re-evaluate the date for our Open Day this year. While we do expect the building to be completed in late August, it will take additional time for the landscaping and particular the turf on the field to establish. Our Open Day will move from the 28th August to Sunday, 16th October. Monday 29th August will be a regular school day and instead Monday 17th …

Our lineup for 2022 Shakespeare Festival

2022 Shakespeare Plays: Lower 1st All the World’s a Stage Upper 1st A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2MC Much Ado About Nothing 2C Romeo and Juliet 3B Macbeth 3S The Tempest 4N Henry V 4M The Comedy of Errors 5H The Merry Wives of Windsor (pt 2) 5S The Merry Wives of Windsor (pt 1) 6M Twelfth Night 6W Anthony and Cleopatra …

Virtual Shakespeare Helps Students’ Readiness for High School

Zoom presentations have become a normal part of the day following pandemic lockdowns. But imagine cooking up some popcorn and sitting down with your family to a polished Shakespearean performance via Zoom, starring your child and their talented classmates… A Virtual Shakespeare Festival via Zoom is just one of the many innovative ways John Colet School (JCS) has continued to provide exceptional education, and ensure their upper primary students are instilled with the skills and confidence they need in preparation for high school. Headmaster Julian Wilcock said students often tell him that the Shakespeare component is one of their favourite parts about JCS. “Learning about Shakespeare and immersing themselves in that world is something that extends and excites students. …