John Colet School: Co-educational Primary School: Northern Beaches

The John Colet School is a Kindy to Year 6 co-educational, multi-faith school in Belrose on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Its focus is on the development of character, academic achievement, a rich cultural curriculum and spiritual values. Alongside the core NSW syllabus, the curriculum includes Shakespeare, weekly Philosophy classes, classical languages, Singing and an enriched Art program. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of open-ended, enquiry based learning for subjects such as History, Poetry and Philosophy; and direct instruction for subjects such as traditional grammar, spelling and times tables, where the children are encouraged to learn the basic facts by heart.

For the spiritual and emotional aspects of the curriculum, the children are introduced to simple exercises in self-awareness and inner stillness. The aim is to give them a quiet sense of self-assurance and confidence. Philosophy classes are conducted as open discussions addressing questions such as: Who am I? What is my relationship to others and to myself? How should I live my life? The school actively teaches children skills to develop focus and attention that are applied in all subject areas.

The school’s enrichment program includes Latin, extension classes in a range of subjects and theatrical and musical productions including an annual Shakespeare Festival in which all the children perform. There is a policy, where possible, of subject acceleration and for some subjects, ability grouping and individual educational programs. The school has an excellent record of academic achievement in external exams and entry into selective high schools. More important than focusing only on the high achievers, is the fact that every child is encouraged to do their best.

The school has an enthusiastic spirit of learning, a warm relationship between teachers and children and a lively atmosphere of good fun. The children who flourish at JCS are those who are keen to learn and to join in with the varied aspects of its enriched curriculum.

Know Thyself; Practice: Stillness
Speak the Truth; Practice: Truthfulness
Display self-control, inner strength and right action; Practice: Courage
Serve, love and care for all; Practice: Service
Work together with love, honour and respect for one another; Practice: Respect

Sports such as fencing, swimming, sailing, soccer, rugby, netball and softball.

After-School Care:
Available on a regular or casual basis

Fees start from $14,101 annually. Please see HERE for fee structure.

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