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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…     …

COVID-19 update at John Colet School

20/03/2020 We would like to thank the community for your ongoing support. Many of our staff are parents and caregivers themselves and your understanding of their situation is greatly appreciated. As a School, we are monitoring the situation locally and globally, and continuing to develop proportional responses that are well planned and based on official information. The School continues to follow advice as provided by NSW Heath, the NSW Department of Education, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Association of Independent Schools. Our advice remains, that if you or your child are unwell and experiencing flu-symptoms then you or your child are not to attend school and should seek medical attention as soon as possible, particularly if …