This week is of course a very special one at John Colet School it is the last week as Headmaster of Gilbert Mane, who is retiring after 25 years of service to the School, both as Head and also on the Board of Governors. Mr. Mane was involved at the very beginning of the school, when it was still in the concept stage, when he offered his legal services to the Board, as that was his current profession. He later took up the Headship and undertook studies in Education. The rest is history. He and his wife, Sarah, have worked indefatigably to lead the School to where it is today. Mrs. McKendrick will, of course, take over as Headmistress until the role is filled in a permanent way.
This coming week, the final of the term, will see a Farewell Assembly for Mr. Mane, put on by the teachers and children: parents are welcome but A WARNING there will probably be standing room only. Mrs. Moor promises us a lovely morning tea outside Colet House 1, under the Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA) facing the Garigal Quadrangle.
Focusing on Stillness: the children are being brought to understand that all actions begin in stillness (hence the pause before and after lessons); being aware of that is a great advantage: from stillness we can make choices rather than simply reacting Is this in fact the right thing to do or say? for example.
Courtesy: not interrupting adults, standing aside and saying please and thank you: all of this encourages care of others and teaches advertence and mindfulness.
Happy Easter to you all! And by-the-way, congratulations to the parents of Lower First and Mrs. McDermott, for a wonderful concert and Easter Bonnet Parade.