From the Principal

This week I walked around the school and saw teachers working with such skill and care, I saw students laughing, singing and working and I saw our wonderful Administration and Support Crew cheerfully working together to support the school. It struck me that the school is often a haven of calm and warmth in a world which can seem increasingly frightening. Almost every news story at the moment is filled with things designed to make us fearful, worried and at a high state of alert. This makes it all the more important that school can be a place of calm for our students, a place of truth, beauty and goodness. I am grateful to our staff and school community for continuing work to ensure that our school remains just such a haven for our students.

Next week our Year 10 students head out to complete their second week of work experience. The work experience program is an important bridge to the external world and a chance for our students to have a glimpse of some of the possibilities which might open up for them once they have finished school. The feedback we receive from our work experience “employers” is that they absolutely love having our students as they are interested, polite, enthusiastic and willing to get in and ‘have a go.’

Finally, just a reminder that we have a really wonderful library of Steiner related literature in the library. Please do go in and have a chat to Charlotte if you would like to borrow some of our wonderful Steiner resources and find out a little more about the philosophy that underpins our education.

Peace Nerrida

From the Principal

A new term has started and it is hard to believe we are into the final term for the year. It was wonderful to see our students streaming back into the school with happy faces and many stories of their holiday break adventures.

From next week, our 2014 HSC students will begin sitting their exams. This means we all need to take extra care to be quiet around the exam rooms whilst exams are in progress. There will be really clear signage to indicate when exams are in progress and particular care needs to be taken around the performance hall at drop-off and pick up times.

Whilst I am on the subject of drop-off and pick-ups, many of you will have noticed that we have made modifications to our bottom car-park to make it safer and a little more weather-proof. There is now a one-way loop and clear parking spaces. Early reports are that this is working quite well, however we will continue to monitor this and I welcome your feedback. We will be creating a new garden to replace the garden that was in the carpark early next year.

This term we will also be holding a range of parent education/information events for our school community. I will be hosting a “tea and talk” afternoon in November. I will give a short talk about an aspect of Steiner Education, followed by an opportunity for conversation. Greg Noakes is also continuing his series of talks on Steiner Education on Monday afternoons. We will also be introducing the first of what we hope will become a regular series of “Steiner-Ed Talks” (our version of ‘TED Talks’ – a night of short talks given by some of our teachers on a range of topics). More details about this will follow next week. I really encourage you to try to come along to some of these school community events.

Finally, just a note about after-school activities. Last term we noted that a number of children were playing around the school grounds unsupervised after school. Some of these were siblings of children involved in after-school activities and some were children waiting to be picked up from activities. Children must be actively supervised when on school grounds after school and no child should be at school at these times unless they are directly involved in supervised after-school activities.

I look forward to catching up with many of you at the range of class meetings being held this term.

Peace Nerrida