What a busy and productive couple of weeks it has been in and around the school! Our new building is racing ahead and we are looking to be in it before the middle of next term. We are at the stage of choosing and ordering furniture and fittings and feeling really excited about the opportunities our new learning spaces will provide for our students and teachers.
Preparations are also well underway for our Winter Festivals. It has been lovely to see our students out in the sunshine and fresh air, making their lanterns in readiness. This year, Kindergarten, Class One and Two will be celebrating the Winter Festival at school and the celebration for the rest of our school community will be held at the A&I Hall and showgrounds in Bangalow (where our school began 30 years ago).
Recently I attended the Governance, Leadership and Management Conference organised by Steiner Education Australia with a team from our School. Two of our Board Directors, the Director Primary K-6, our College Chair, our Finance Manager and Enrolments Officer all came along and were able to learn from the many wonderful workshops and keynote addresses. It is so important that we continue to deepen our knowledge, skills and understanding so that we can better support the school. Learning is an ongoing process for everyone at our wonderful school!
Last week we held the first Parent Conversation evening at the school. It was wonderful to engage in some deep conversation with parents around the topic of communication. There were some terrific suggestions which came out of those conversations and we will be implementing some of these over the coming weeks. You might notice that more of the photos are towards the end of the bulletin now, so that those parents who are a bit pushed for time can quickly get to the important information and save the browsing of photos to when there is a little more time. We are also making some changes to the way we share parent contact details and information will be sent out about this in the coming weeks. Thank you to those parents who were able to make it on the night, we will hold another conversation evening next term.
At the beginning of this week, we held the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Ltd Annual General Meeting. At the meeting James Dods stepped down from the Board after many years of service, five of them as Chair of the Board. James was an outstanding Chair who lead the school to a place where we have a very firm financial foundation and a clear vision for the future. I am sure you all join me in thanking James for his hard work for the school. At the AGM, two Directors were elected to the Board; Jen Henderson who was re-elected after stepping in late last year to fill a casual vacancy on the Board, and Neil Young who has been a very active and supportive member of our school community over the last couple of years. Congratulations to both Jen and Neil and thank you for offering your time to the school.
Finally, this week we enjoyed a visit from Paul Daniell, one of the Executive Directors of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and Heidi O’Brien, NESA School Liaison Officer. It was good to have the opportunity to show Paul around the school and talk about some of the issues of concern of us. These included NAPLAN, the requirements around teaching of ICT in Primary School, HSC Minimum Standards, School and Teacher Registration and the crowded curriculum.
As I write this, I am sitting in a workshop in Sydney in relation to NESA registration as our school is due for registration next year and we are now beginning the work to prepare for this. It is certainly a busy time!