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How to get very young children interested in art

Art teacher, mother and grandmother Annette Gadsby shares tips and links for bringing out the artist in very young children, and explains why ‘visual literacy’ is so important Our 4-year-old grandson’s favourite artwork is a copy of a Fra Angelico painting. I’m not sure whether it’s the gold leaf or the image and colours that attract him, but when you ask him what his favourite painting in our lounge room is, he carefully looks around and chooses that one. At John Colet we display roughly 20 reproductions from medieval art to Contemporary and ask the child to choose one. The very young are asked. “What can you see”? and “Why did you choose that picture”?  They always take a …

Can ‘stillness’ be taught to pre-schoolers?

At John Colet, part of the classroom routine is to regularly stop and pause in between lessons and activities. We find this works wonders! It brings even the youngest students back to a calm frame of mind allowing them a readiness for learning.  Lower 1st teachers Simona Cipollone and Justine Cooper share their tips on some tried and true ways to get even the youngest children to come to stillness, just for a few moments, before and after each lesson.  These tips can work in your home just as well, for those times when you would like to restore a calm and serene environment… for a short time at least!  And practicing regularly builds the skill, for parents and …

John Colet School NAPLAN results get more attention

From the Manly Daily… Northern beaches NAPLAN 2020: Where your primary school rates Three public primary schools have made it into the northern beaches top five for best performance in NAPLAN. We have crunched the data and have listed the schools on the peninsula from 1 to 52. Find out how your school rates. John Colet School’s headmaster Julian Wilcock. Picture: Troy Snook Three public schools are among the top five NAPLAN performers on the northern beaches. Independent John Colet in Belrose topped the list and was fifth best in NSW. Davidson’s Kambora Public School was second best performer on the peninsula, Frenchs Forest Public third and Balgowlah Heights Public fourth. Covenant Christian School in Belrose was fifth. Julian …

Some great websites for fun and learning

EntertainmentAustralian Children’s Television Foundation: https://actf.com.au/education/content General EducationAustralian Broadcasting Corporation: https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/homeKhan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/ Readinghttps://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ https://www.audible.com.au/ Mathshttps://au.ixl.com/ Learn a languagehttps://www.duolingo.com/ ArtRemotely visit the world’s museums: https://artsandculture.google.com/ ScienceNational Geographic Kids: https://www.natgeokids.com/au/NSW National Parks: https://wilderquest.nsw.gov.au/mapTaronga Zoo: https://taronga.org.au/taronga-tv HistoryState library https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/learning/learning-homeSydney Living Museums: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/children-and-family Physical EducationDaily exercise for children: https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html Information TechnologyCoding: https://aca.edu.au/resources/ …

House Competitions for the Holidays (Optional!)

We have put together some House Competitions along with website links that children are welcome to do over the holidays as part of their Easter Staycation. We want to assure parents and students that the activities are completely optional.  …

A simple message

Well done for getting through Week 1 of school at home.  One of our teachers summed things up beautifully in her email message to parents today… “Please do not worry if you are struggling to complete all the work we have set. We will meet your children where they are academically when they return to school. Try to enjoy this extra time with your family and try to practise Gratitude daily. We don’t often get a chance to spend so much quality time with the most important people in our lives…     …