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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. …

The Power of the Pause in Promoting Productivity and Purpose

Om Paramatmane Nama… These words might sound a bit foreign, but to the John Colet School community, this little phrase represents a big part of their daily life. Throughout the day, students and staff Pause for at least five seconds before starting a new activity. The result? A more grounded, more present and more attentive approach to their learnings, and life. This practice of mindfulness is not a new concept – perhaps you already incorporate an element of it in your life at home, or at work? But it’s something that John Colet School embedded in their values since the school’s inception over 35 years ago. Headmaster Julian Wilcock says the school’s unique Pause philosophy continues to garner positive …