Shakespeare & Drama

Drama club gets brilliant results in Shakespeare comp

We are very proud of our Yr 5 and Yr 6 Primary Shakespeare Club students who came 3rd place with a scene from As you Like it at the Sydney City Eisteddfod. As the youngest competitors in the Eisteddfod, they were a credit to John Colet School!  And we were also mighty proud of our other drama group at the Eisteddfod, pictured top, who performed  Twelfth Night” and received a Highly Commended.   Well done all!  And a big thank you to our drama teacher Zoe Emanuel. …

Drama and Fencing news

Last Sunday the John Colet School’s Shakespeare Club performed at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod in the Scene category.  One group of our students performed a comedic scene from Twelfth Night and the other group performed a heart-wrenching scene from As you like it.The As you like it performance group was awarded Second place.  The adjudicators commented on their sophistication, conviction, strong voices and excellent characterisation. On Monday, the John Colet Fencing team played our very first match against Newington Boys School in Lindfield. Our Infants team played very well but unfortunately lost with a score of 13-16. Infants team members were Kristof D, James N, Arya K, Elliott C and Meredith Y.The Senior team of Neo S, Sam J, …

Kaboom

Second classes were inspired by the world of percussion when Kaboom came to their incursion with week. With a wide range of traditional and found percussion instruments, along with juggling, magic and comedy, the incursion demonstrated how easy it is for students to make and play percussion instruments. …

Learning about the community we live in

Both Upper First Classes had a very interesting excursion to Wannabee Play Town this week.  At first it may appear that they just had fun, but in fact there was a huge amount of hands-on experience and learning about workers in our community. The students experienced role play and guided learning of concepts related to professions,  in several stations Hospital, TV Station, Fire Station, Police Station, Supermarket, Construction Zone, CafÈ and the Post Office.  The children completed tasks in these stations which related to their profession and service area.  Lea-Ann Connell and Elizabeth McDermott,Teachers …

What learning Shakespeare gives

  Each child grows in character and confidence throughout this time; many facing challenges, overcoming fears and delighting in success and just giving for the sake of the audience. Shakespeare gives students the finest English language to learn by heart. The plays allow them the opportunity to connect with the subtlety of what Shakespeare is saying. During their time at JCS, they experience various play genres from comedy to tragedy. The rehearsals and performances teach them courage, resilience in the face of disappointment, patience, being able to work independently, humility and how to accept praise and much more. Team work and cooperation are an important part of Shakespeare plays. The children learn they can rely on each other and …

Greek Day

Our annual celebration of all things Greek was another great success this week. The day rounds out 4th classes’ study of Ancient Greece.  Students dress up, and parents come in to help run fun Greek activities such as making mosaics, masks, dolmathes (vine leaves wrapped around delicious morsels), Greek inspired puzzles and even some ancient Olympic events. …