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John Colet School events

24
May
2016

John Colet School Open Day, Sun 29th May, 9.30 - 2pm

All are welcome at our Open Day on Sunday 29th May, between 9.30am - 2pm

 

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27
November
2015

Speech Night 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

John Colet School

Speech Night Information Sheet

Date: Tuesday  1st December 2015

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Children are to arrive by 5.00pm at the latest and report directly to their teacher.

Venue:

The Concert Hall on the Concourse

409 Victoria Avenue,  Chatswood

Ph: 9411 8144

Website: www.theconcourse.com.au

Parking:

There is a council operated car park immediately below the venue.

 Entrance is Ferguson Lane via Archer Street.

Additional car parking options are available at Westfield and Chatswood Chase shopping centres, a short walk from the venue.

Where to Enter:

There will be some Concourse staff to help and some signs in the lifts.

Ground Floor Level: via Victoria Ave at box office level

·         No direct entry to concert hall from that level.

·         You will need to use the internal lift or internal stairs to Level 1.

Level 1 (Concert Hall stalls)                          All students and some parent seating

·         Accessed via internal lifts or internal stairs from car park and ground floor.

·         Accessed from external stairs from Victoria Avenue

Level 2 (Concert Hall dress circle)              Parent seating

·         Accessed via internal lifts or internal stairs

 

 

 

 

 

Seating:

  • Front Row Stalls: Mostly reserved seating for staff and speakers and their partners.
  • Stalls from second row: The students will be seated downstairs in the stalls from the second row with their teachers. This will take up 2/3 of the downstairs stalls.
  • Remaining stalls behind students: Remaining rows of the stalls are available for parents and families.
  • Dress Circle Upstairs: Available for parents and families. Adults sitting upstairs above the podium from which the speeches are made, will not be able to see the speakers.
  • Upstairs choir stalls behind stage: Please leave these vacant.
What to wear:

All students are to wear full summer uniform including blazers, hats and caps – no jumpers. 5th and 6th class boys are to wear long grey trousers.

Shoes clean and polished

Uniforms clean and in good order

Hair neat. Navy blue ribbons, scrunchies, clips etc for girls

Correct coloured socks ( yellow for senior girls)

All 6th class office holders to wear all their badges

Program:

There will be a printed program with more details on the evening.

Program overview:

  • Procession: John Colet Choir
  • Concert:
  • Speeches: P&F President, Board of Governor’s Chairman, Headmaster, Head Boy, Head Girl.
  • Prizes and Awards: Class prizes, special prizes, trophies, house shields etc
  • 6th Class 2013 Graduation
  • 2014 Office Holders announced (Head Boy and Girl, House Captains, Head Chorister)
  • Final carol:  Whole school and audience
  • National Anthem: Whole school and audience
Collection of children after event:

Children must be checked off by their class teacher.

Pick-up points will be published in the program.

After the event, please be aware that the children will be in uniform representing their school.

 

 

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27
August
2015

Book Week at John Colet School

We had so much fun at school during Book Week!  Perhaps you saw all the photos on our Facebook page?

Here are just a few from our  'come as your favourite book character' day, including our teachers...

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27
August
2015

Students Learning First Aid

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On Wednesday 3rd, 4th and 5th classes had a visit from Mr Graham Shute, a representative from St John’s. He spoke to the children about initial responses to accidents and taught them about DRSAB – the St John plan for First Aid.

The children learnt how to place people in the recovery position, with lots of practising on each other, and to cover wounds and even how to do some simple bandaging.

It was a lot of fun and very interesting. The class pictured above is proudly showing their wallet cards detailing their new skills.

 

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14
August
2015

History, science and Toys!

John Colet School Year 2 students had a terrific incursion this week where they learnt about forces, friction, old and new toys and how to design and build them.

What a great start to Science Week!

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20
April
2015

John Colet School Open Day 2015

The  John Colet School Open Day will be held this year Sunday 24th May

Our Open Day this year will focus on the special enriched education that children receive at JCS, and of course, it is an extra special occasion being part of our 30th anniversary celebrations.

We have made some changes this year taking into account P&F feedback, and we believe it will be a welcoming, warm environment for current and prospective parents alike.

Parents, please have your children at School by 9am on the morning of Open Day.  They should be wearing full winter uniform, and bring their sports uniform along in their sports bag to change into at mid-day.  Children should be taken directly to their classroom on arrival.

Format for Open Day
Between 9am -10am, some children, perhaps because they are in the string ensemble, will be involved in performances around the school and parents of those children will be advised separately.

Between 10am-11am, all JCS students will take part in our stage performances.  The program for that is currently being finalised. 

After 11am and until 12 noon, our Senior Students from 5th and 6th classes will be involved in showing parents and visitors around the school. Our classrooms will be open for parents and visitors to view children’s work.  Class teachers will be in the classrooms.  Our Clubs information kiosks will also be operating at this time, with fencing demonstrations and chess demonstrations as part of the mix.

Also from 11am, stalls displaying businesses owned by some of our parents will be operating.  Please be sure to visit them.  Thank you to these parents who are supporting our Open Day by taking a paid stall to display their business.  Any school parents who would like to take part in this, please contact Alex Coubrough in the office.   

We will of course have our Cake Baking and Decorating Competition on, as well as 6th Class Games operating from 12 noon until 2pm. Lunch, prepared by Donna Moor and her kitchen team, will also be served at this time. 

Children’s entertainment
Between 11am - 2pm, there will be children’s entertainment for our younger students and visitors:  petting zoo, crocodile encounter, jumping castle.  The smaller jumping castle will be by gold coin donation, and all proceeds from that will go to Hearts in a Row, a worthy arm of the Bell Shakespeare Company that provides the opportunity for a disadvantaged school to experience Shakespeare.

As it is our 30th Anniversary year, we will not be charging children this year to take part in entertainment such as crocodile encounter or petting zoo.    6th Class Games will be, as usual, by gold coin donation to take part in each game.  The proceeds of their stall will go towards the 6th class gift fundraising. 

The day will conclude at 2pm with the Cake Baking and Decorating Competition winners announced. 

Please note that Monday 25th May is a school day, and is not a pupil free day as it has been in past years. 
Mary McKendrick
Headmistress

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13
March
2015

Movie Night Perfection

What a wonderful night we had at the JCS Movie Night last Saturday! Everything came together to make it a perfect night.

The weather was balmy, the atmosphere relaxed. Children played and parents caught up with friends. Then they settled down on rugs and in sleeping bags to watch, "How To Train Your Dragon 2."

The smell of vegetarian sausages wafted on the breeze. Thanks to Kresho and Marija S, for organising the BBQ, and Chandra B for helping.

Some wonderful year 6 boys manned the food and drink tables. Good marketing skills were used!

Thanks also to Jason C and Ray B for essential technical set up.

There have been a number of comments, "When are we going to have the next Movie Night? That was SO much fun!"

The biggest thanks goes to the JCS community for coming to the event, having fun and supporting the school.  Even though Movie Night was a fun community event, it turned out to be an incidental fundraiser.

More info on that at the next P&F meeting!

 

 

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Linda Z

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12
February
2015

An invitation to the Board of Governors' reception

Friday 20th February 7.30pm

At the start of each school year, the John Colet Board of Governors hosts a reception at the school to welcome parents, and in particular parents new to the school.

This year's reception is on Friday 20th February at 7.30pm.

Some of our student office bearers will be greeting parents and handing around delectable nibbles, while drinks will be served by older Alumni members.

There are a couple of very short speeches by Board members, but mainly just a chance to meet and greet fellow parents, staff and Board. 

 

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19
November
2014

Picnic Day 2014

DATE AND LOCATION

·      Friday 28th November at Clifton Gardens, Mosman. Parents, siblings and friends are warmly invited to join us.The children will be playing and swimming in the enclosed sea pool: there will be qualified Life Savers on duty. All teachers will be supervising the children and could use extra assistance for safe swimming supervision.  Please contact your class teacher if you are available to assist. 

INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN

·         Arrive at school: Usual time by 8.25 am – all children must come to School for the Safety Talk at 8.40am.  Late children will have to miss some of Picnic Day to hear the Safety talk after arrival at Clifton Gardens.

·         Dress: Neat play clothes 

·          Bring: towel, sunhat, 30+ sunscreen (particularly those children who are sensitive to some brands). ALL CHILDREN ARE TO WEAR A RASH VEST OR T SHIRT WITH SLEEVES. We are aiming for maximum sun protection. If children do not bring this protective clothing they will not be allowed to swim.

  • BOYS-board shorts recommended over briefs
  • GIRLS-one piece bathing costume
  • Everyone please bring a warm top in case of weather change.
·         Kickboards, boogieboards, flippers, snorkels, balls are permitted.  Students are responsible for their own belongings.

·         Lunch & morning tea: Please bring a packed lunch/morning tea plus drinks, treats. There is no shop available at the beach. Please bring all your requirements with you. Children can bring $5 for ice cream.  Please note for children with nut allergies the ice cream van has nuts.

·         To add to the picnic atmosphere, please feel welcome to send a small amount of cake, fruit, chips, treats etc. to share.

       Please ensure all food meets the requirements of school policy:        

  1. Vegetarian     and      2.  No nuts of any kind.
·         In the event of very wet weather please phone the school.  A decision will be made by 7.30 am on the day.  Please allow the phone to go to the answering machine where a message will be left advising of the decision.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Parents are very welcome to join us for this wonderful day, but please be aware that teachers are responsible for the children all day. There are several roll calls during the day which the children must attend, and reapply sunscreen. Children must eat lunch with their class, parents are welcome to sit with the class for lunch. Children are only permitted to swim at designated times, when the Lifeguards are on duty.

Collecting children

Parents whose children are not returning by bus must sign the roll with your child’s teacher at 1.20pm.Those children can then continue playing/swimming under your supervision.

If a child has not been collected they will be returned to school on the bus. If there is a change of pick up arrangements on the day, the responsible teacher must be notified by the school office or the parent directly. A verbal message from another parent is not sufficient.

RETURN TRIP ONLY - Option of travel with parents/guardian: Swimming will finish at 1.15 pm.   Please indicate on Permission Note (separate document emailed to you) how your child will return.

Bus Return from Clifton Gardens

There will be a return bus from Clifton Gardens arriving back at school at approx 2.45 pm.  The school needs to know numbers returning to school to book this bus. 

After School Care

After School care will be available for students returning to school from 2.45 until 6 pm.


 

 

 

 

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17
November
2014

Next secondhand uniform sale

Thursday 27th November, 8am - 9.30am

After the success and interest of our last buy/swap day we are delighted to announce we are doing it all again.

Start gathering up all your 'too small' uniforms and for those leaving any of your 'not neededs', and make them as clean and stain free as possible, particularly cuffs and collars, and give them a quick once over with the iron!

(For those leaving if you would like to sell anything rather than donate, let Camilla know and we will connect you up with whomever is interested.)

Date: Thursday 27th November

Time: from 8am - 9.30am

Where: Breezeway

Don't forget the Facebook page www.facebook.com/JohnColet2ndhanduniforms where you can buy/sell/swap all year 'round!

Thanks,
Alison Halloway and Camilla Sproule

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07
November
2014

John Colet School Speech Night details for students and parents

Speech Night Information Sheet

Date: Monday 1st December 2014

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Children are to arrive by 5.15pm at the latest and report directly to their teacher.

Venue:
The Concert Hall on the Concourse
409 Victoria Avenue,  Chatswood
Ph: 9411 8144
Website: www.theconcourse.com.au

Parking:

There is a council operated car park immediately below the venue.
Entrance is Ferguson Lane via Archer Street.
Additional car parking options are available at Westfield and Chatswood Chase shopping centres, a short walk from the venue.

Where to Enter:
There will be some Concourse staff to help and some signs in the lifts.
Ground Floor Level: via Victoria Ave at box office level

·         No direct entry to concert hall from that level.

·         You will need to use the internal lift or internal stairs to Level 1.

Level 1 (Concert Hall stalls)  - All students and some parent seating

·         Accessed via internal lifts or internal stairs from car park and ground floor.

·         Accessed from external stairs from Victoria Avenue

Level 2 (Concert Hall dress circle) - Parent seating

·         Accessed via internal lifts or internal stairs

Seating:

Front Row Stalls: Mostly reserved seating for staff and speakers and their partners.

  • Stalls from second row: The students will be seated downstairs in the stalls from the second row with their teachers. This will take up 2/3 of the downstairs stalls.
  • Remaining stalls behind students: Remaining rows of the stalls are available for parents and families.
  • Dress Circle Upstairs: Available for parents and families. Adults sitting upstairs above the podium from which the speeches are made, will not be able to see the speakers.
  • Upstairs choir stalls behind stage: Please leave these vacant.

What to wear:
All students are to wear full summer uniform including blazers, hats and caps – no jumpers.

Shoes clean and polished

Uniforms clean and in good order

Hair neat. Navy blue ribbons, scrunchies, clips etc for girls

Correct coloured socks

All 6th class office holders to wear all their badges

Program:
There will be a printed program with more details on the evening.

Program overview:

  • Procession: John Colet Choir
  • Concert:
  • Speeches: P&F President, Board of Governor’s Chairman, Headmaster, Head Boy, Head Girl.
  • Prizes and Awards: Class prizes, special prizes, trophies, house shields etc
  • 6th Class 2013 Graduation
  • 2014 Office Holders announced (Head Boy and Girl, House Captains, Head Chorister)
  • Final carol:  Whole school and audience
  • National Anthem: Whole school and audience
Collection of children after event:
Children must be checked off by their class teacher.
Pick-up points will be published in the program.

After the event, please be aware that the children will be in uniform representing their school.

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29
October
2014

Writing to Shakespeare on the 450th anniversary of his birth

John Colet School students tell Shakespeare what he means to them

Mr William Shakespeare
Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
Avon
England
21.8.2014

Dear Mr William Shakespeare,
I am Mi Mi from Sydney, Australia. I am greatly interested in you and your works, just as my class mates are. You have been living for 450 years. I would like to say Happy 450th Birthday! You will live on our stage and in our minds forever.
My school celebrates you by performing one of your plays every year. We have a festival as a remembrance of you. John Bell who acts and directs your plays professionally, comes to my school to watch our performance every year.
You have been well known for your talents and creativity all around the world. I wonder how you created 1700 gob-smacking words, You’ve inspired me with your fabulous plays of joy, love, romance, happiness, tragedy, comedy and more. You are full of ideas!
I particularly like your comedy. My class is performing ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ this year. Benedick and Beatrice are full of wit and humour. It is funny when Beatrice says ‘A bird of my tongue is a beast of yours!’
I just wanted to say that you have inspired me and many others to be more creative. You have brought colour to our lives and made English more fascinating.

Yours sincerely
Mi Mi P
4N

Dear Sir Shakespeare,
I am writing to wish you the best birthday and to tell you how brilliant your plays are.  You have helped so many people, as much as a teacher would help a student. And you  have brought happiness all over the world. 

There are many things that I love about your plays, but that would fill five volumes, but I’ll start by expressing how thankful I am for your contribution to the English language.  It wouldn’t have been the same considering you invented 1700 words and have used over 24000 in your writings!  You are an absolute wizard when you write!

Your language and expression is your literature is brilliant.  One of my favourite lines in Richard III is “That dog that had its teeth before his eyes,” because of the daring description and incredible imagery. Your language was very poetic and had a profound effect on modern English.

There have been many amazing lessons I have learnt from performing your plays.  One in particular, is learning how to extend myself beyond my boundaries when acting on stage.  Last year, our class performed one of your darker plays, Richard III.  I was the Duchess and in one of my scenes I had to be very upset, which was quite difficult for me.  I was embarrassed to do it and during rehearsal, I wouldn’t give it my all, my very best.  Until one day I decided (very reluctantly) that I would try to express the emotion as if I was actually upset.  When I gave my best, I felt as happy as a horse, running free after carrying passengers all day.

Throughout your plays, the audience discovers how your characters develop.  They could turn good or bad.  During The Taming of the Shrew, Pertruchio is first a devilish character until he tames the shrew, Katarina, and then ends up having a happy life and marriage.  But Macbeth begins as a wonderful, strong warrior but then he turns into a ruthless monster with a hunger, thirst and passion for power.  The actors and actresses learn how to tackle obstacles such as expressing emotions and overcoming stage fright.  Your plays have taught many lessons to all.

Across the planet, so many people of all ages rejoice in watching and performing your plays.  Your contribution to the world’s literature has been the reason why many people are in high spirits.

Sincerely best wishes,
Jaanavi K
6th class

Dear Mr Shakespeare
I am writing to wish you a very happy 450th birthday and I hope you enjoy it.  I am a big fan of your writing and I find it very diverse and witty.

I have recently seen one of your plays; Macbeth, my class and I are practicing “As you like it”.  I found Macbeth very tragic and suspenseful.  In school, I am Duke Senior from “As you like it”. I like the part very much because I can be a leader of a group.  I admire how many words are in your vocabulary compared to ours, you have 24,000 in yours!  You also created words like elbow, swagger and drugged.  You are like a magician with words.

I have learned from Macbeth that power can corrupt good people.  It is also better to be humble than boast, otherwise you will make enemies.  In addition, in “As you like it”, I learned that a noble spirit emboldens the smallest person.

You have shown us in your plays how people change as events and important parts of their life pass.  Also, how even a noble mighty lion can turn into a cowardly, cackling hyena, as seen in Macbeth when the guilt of murder and treason drives him almost to insanity.

Yours Sincerely with Best Wishes,
Rahul K
6th class

Dear Mr Shakespeare.
I am Lexi.  I go to John Colet School in Belrose.  I like your plays because they are really funny.  I like the part when the 4 actors came out from the Merchant of Venice and tried to woo Portia.  They looked funny.

By Lexi
Upper First M

 

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