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Welcome to our Open Day

Our Open Day is on Sunday 26th May, open to the public from 10 – 2pm. This is an official school day for all students, so attendance is compulsory. Please note, Monday 27th May is a pupil free day. This year’s Open Day theme is The Art of Science. We will hold our annual Cake Decorating Competition during Open Day. Adults and Children’s Categories.  Extra points for decorating your cake according to this year’s cake theme of Science in Nature.  See what AI came up with above for inspiration… Parents help run stalls on Open Day. Your class parent will be in touch. Just an hour or so is all that is required on the day. The day before Open …

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. …

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 …

2023 Year in Review by 6th Class

This year has given us many opportunities. From Luna New Year to graduating, Year 6 has been a great experience. On Monday 30th of January, we started our last year at John Colet. We kicked off the year with adorable faces by helping our Lower 1st buddies through their first days at school. We then celebrated Luna New Year where 6th Class got to dress up in big dragon costumes and parade around the Garigal while playing traditional Chinese drums. Our next big thing went swimmingly. Guessed it? The Swimming Carnival, where everyone from 3rd to 6th Class participated in swimming. At the end of the month, we had Cook House Charity Day. Our next event was the public speaking finals. Then came …

Perpetual Resonance: Why Shakespearean theatre is an essential pedagogical experience

Studying Shakespeare is an inevitable feature of modern adolescence, as his works remain a permanent fixture of the Western literary canon. Nevertheless, to immerse in his dramatic creations from the beginning of one’s school life may, to some, seem a luxury rather than a necessity, perhaps even a questionable venture, considering the torment of his tragedies and the controversy of particular plays that on first glance, may appear to offend modern sensibilities pertaining to racial persecution or subordination of women. Two questions therefore arise regarding our approach to Shakespeare at John Colet School: why perform Shakespeare annually from kindergarten upwards, and how does one deal with the hot topics arising from his works? The rich legacy left by our …

Putting the fun in fun run

Last Sunday, 27th August many families joined us for the Beach2Beach Family Fun Run either starting from Dee Why, Warriewood or Mona Vale and finishing at beautiful Newport Beach. We’re thrilled to announce a new record of 72 participants, a significant increase from last year’s 50. At the starting line a lot of happy faces gathered for a morning filled with fun, fitness, and family bonding. After the invigorating run participants and their families enjoyed a delightful post-run picnic right at the finish line. It was great to relax, share stories, and celebrate the achievements of the morning. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Ms Coubrough and all the parents for their support in making this event …