The Beach Is More Fun Than The Pool!

PERSUASIVE WRITING It is certain that the beach is more fun than the pool. I think the beach is the best because there are waves, sand, shells and fish. Firstly, there are no waves in swimming pools. Waves are absolutely fantastic for swimming through, and on, as when you go body surfing. Moreover, you can […]

6T e-meet Jacquie French and perfect their twangs!

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6T are honing their writing skills after an online writing festival featuring the very famous Australian author, Jackie French. Now they know more about  enhancing their writing by ‘showing not telling’.  And they learned how using our sense of taste, hearing and smell gets the reader to imagine all kinds of events! Dominic’s suggestion  – […]

How to get very young children interested in art

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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 […]

Can ‘stillness’ be taught to pre-schoolers?

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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 […]

John Colet School NAPLAN results get more attention

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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 […]

Some great websites for fun and learning

EntertainmentAustralian Children’s Television Foundation: General EducationAustralian Broadcasting Corporation:!/homeKhan Academy: Reading Maths Learn a language ArtRemotely visit the world’s museums: ScienceNational Geographic Kids: National Parks: Zoo: HistoryState library Living Museums: Physical EducationDaily exercise for children: Information TechnologyCoding:

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 […]