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From the Principal

Last week was a lovely week of welcomes.

We welcome back our students and families from the summer holiday break. I am sure every student grew at least 5 cm over the break! It was great to see new students coming to join classes across the school. It is always wonderful to welcome new families to our school community.

On Monday I watched as our lovely new Class One teacher, Prue, welcomed her new students, receiving a rose from each and guiding them into their classroom to begin their journeys together. It was wonderful to spend some time together with the Class One parents in a morning tea after the ceremony.

On Tuesday it was the turn of the Kindergarten Teachers to welcome their new little charges into the school. For some parents, it was an emotional farewell as their first child began the school journey and for others the day marked the beginning of some child-free time at home as their youngest child joined the kindergarten.

This week we also welcomed back some students who have been away from the school for a little while and have now returned. It’s great to see those familiar faces back with us again.

In the Administration Office, we also welcomed some new faces. Georgi was initially joining us in the Reception role, however she willingly stepped in to the Principal Assistant role, and is doing a great job of replacing Jacquie who will be away for approximately 6 months. Felicity has joined us in the Reception role for this period and is already a welcoming and helpful presence at the front desk.

It has been great to welcome all of our amazing staff back, the holiday break is such an important opportunity to rest and re-charge and, whilst our students returned last week, many teachers have been busy with planning for the year from the middle of January. This year we have welcomed three new teachers to our staff; Prue in Class One, Eva teaching Drama and English in the High School and Jess teaching History and Careers.

At our first College meeting for the year, the new College Chair was elected. This year we will be working with a team of teachers in the “Chair” position – congratulations and welcome to the position to Rosina, Rachel K and Malcolm. I would like to thank Maree for the wonderful job she has done as Chair of the College of Teachers last year. Our College holds and nurtures the spiritual heart of the school and I thank Maree for the work she has done in leading this important part of the school.

Over the break, we also welcomed some new additions to our site. We have a new (temporary) classroom in the High School, with “Lemon Myrtle” room having been brought in and placed next to Lily PIlly room. Gavin has some amazing video footage of the building being lifted high in the air, over the trees, and put into place. We will try to upload a link to the footage to our School website. The new classroom is a temporary addition until we are able to build some more permanent classrooms. In this regard, the Master Planning process is continuing and we will have further information for our school community about this later this term. The other major building work over the holiday break was an addition to our Library, which will allow us to bring the book collections currency housed in the ICT office out into the library space, giving our ICT crew a little more room to work.

Finally, you may have noticed our new noticeboards on site. The large notice-board down at the carpark entrance to the school contains school notices. You will find copies of the bulletin, advertisements for school events and other key school documents on this noticeboard. We have another new noticeboard up at the Administration Office. This notice board is for appropriate notices from our school and local community. Please see Felicity in the office if you wish to place a notice on our community noticeboard.

Peace
Nerrida

Outstanding HSC Results 2015!

We congratulate our 2015 graduating class for achieving outstanding results in the 2015 HSC!

There has been a notable strengthening of results across every subject.  In a cohort of 24 students, there were 19 Band 6 results (over 90) and 49 Band 5 (over 80) results. Students achieved extremely strong results in Music, Drama, Extension English 1 and 2 and French.

Our vision is “to enable each individual to realise their potential to be self aware, resourceful and resilient with the empathy, skills and initiative to make a positive contribution to the world.”  It is wonderful to see that our students are able to step out into the world to make a positive contribution.  Some of the post-school destinations for our 2015 graduating class include:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Letters at Melbourne University – combined degree. This student also gained a full scholarship to Ormond College for her residential costs.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science at Griffith, the first year course for a medicine degree.
  • One student received a scholarship to Monash to study Law.
  • Aviation at RMIT to become a pilot.
  • Bachelor of Arts and Curatorial Studies at Monash.
  • Double degree at ACU in Paramedics and Nursing.
  • Marketing at Swinburne University for Marketing.

Many other students received offers for university places and those who did not want to study further have taken up a range of opportunities all around the world.

Congratulations to the School Canteen!

Canteen Gets 5 Star Rating!

Our canteen was inspected by local health inspectors this week as part of a program of random spot-inspections.  Our canteen was given a 5 star rating by the inspectors.  We are very proud of our wonderful canteen crew.  Under Craig’s guidance, they provide delicious and healthy food for students and staff and work well within the food handling guidelines.  Congratulations Craig and Crew!

Regarding the Canteen Roster:

Once again our school canteen is  busy preparing delicious meals for our children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Prepared with love and goodness, it does rely on parent help and support.  If volunteering at the canteen is something you have always wanted to do but haven’t had the chance, well here’s your opportunity. The roster has plenty of free spaces waiting to be filled (see available days below).

It’s also a fun way to claim those RC&M hours, meet the school community while your children receive a free lunch. With no experience necessary, please contact Amanda Eade on amandaeade55@gmail.com or text 0411837699.

 Feb 17  March 1  April 5
 Feb 18  March 3  April 7
 Feb 17  March 8
 Feb 23  March 10
 Feb 25  March 15
 March 16
 March 17
 March 22
 March 24
 March 29
 March 30
 March 31

 

From the P&F

Welcome Back Everyone!

  • P&F would like give a HUGE THANK-YOU to the following parents who helped spruce up Silky Oak Cottage (our Parents’ Space) last week. Julia, Kris & Shanti Budden-Lemanis, Tiffany Gee, Adrian Nelson, (and Lisa and Tanja)
  • Silky Oak Cottage is open for parents to use Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8:30 – 11am. Free Tea and Coffee facilities, enclosed outdoor play area and seating – a place to meet, socialise and connect with your community. No bookings required, check the notice board for availability.
  • P&F (Parents and Friends Association) first meeting of the year is Monday 15th February with the AGM in March. Everyone is welcome – details next week.
  • P&F is looking for someone to join the team as Treasurer – duties include liaising with school, the P&F bookkeeper (Bettina Hartman) and school community. Please contact either Tanja or Lisa at pandf.sec@gmail.com for more details.
  • P&F would like to thank again Sandi Valerio for all the amazing work she has done running the craft group for the past few years – the children, families and school are richer for her creative endeavours.
  • If sewing is in your soul maybe you would like to join or even run our weekly craft group? This is a beautiful and enriching component of our school which welcomes all crafters or would-be crafters alike. No previous skills are necessary to join in and young children are always welcome. For more details, contact Tanja or Lisa at pandf.sec@gmail.com

Warm regards
Tanja and Lisa
P&F Executives

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Class 6 Koala Report

Class 6 are doing a study on koalas this term.  Each student will contribute with a report about koalas in each Bulletin this term.  This first report is by Katie ~

 

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Parents & students, please be aware of our local koala community.  Our koalas travel at dawn and dusk, this includes crossing the roads of our school property.  So drive carefully as you come to school in the mornings, because koalas may be crossing our roads at this time.

DRIVE CAREFULLY, SAVE THE KOALAS!

By Katie, Class 6.

A Message from Francoise

Bonjour Chers Parents!

Our school has been given a grant by the AIS to encourage parental support for the learning of French.  This introductory course aims to expose parents to methods through which language is taught.  By extension it is expected that parents will provide modelling to their children thus making language learning a valued endeavour.

I began with a group on Tuesday 23 February.  We are meeting in the Movement Room, from 10-11:30, every Tuesday.   If you are interested in attending, please contact Reception ASAP to put your name down, with an email address or phone number.  Those attending may use the Parent Space (when free), after dropping off children in the morning, to wait and catch up with other parents & even make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, before French class begins at 10am.

Merci Beaucoup!
Francoise

A Message from Francoise

Bonjour Chers Parents!

Our school has been given a grant by the AIS to encourage parental support for the learning of French.  This introductory course aims to expose parents to methods through which language is taught.  By extension it is expected that parents will provide modelling to their children thus making language learning a valued endeavour.

I am available on both Tuesday and Friday mornings.  I am thinking of having one lesson per week for 8 weeks over 2 terms (Terms 1 & 2) for a duration of 1 hour and a half, let’s say from 9:15 to 10;45am.  Let me know, as quickly as possible, the day that would suit you so that we can begin our first lesson in Week 3.  To start this program, I would need to have a group of at least 10 people.

Merci Beaucoup!
Francoise

Discussion Meditation Group

On Tuesday evenings we meet in the Silky Oak room (P&F room) at 6pm until 7.30pm to discuss the works of Rudolf Steiner. This year we will begin with Meditation & then lead into our discussion.

Our meditation for term 1 will be the Rose cross meditation.

We will soon begin our first big text for the year – An Outline of Occult Science.

Everybody is warmly invited to join us, if you are interested please contact Yvette in Enrolments to register and get a copy of the text, you can do this in person at the office, via phone: 6639 9302 or email: enrolments@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.

Discussion Meditation Group

On Tuesday evenings we meet in the Silky Oak room (P&F room) at 6pm until 7.30pm to discuss the works of Rudolf Steiner. This year we will begin with Meditation & then lead into our discussion.

Our meditation for term 1 will be the Rose cross meditation.

For the next 2 weeks we will do some individual lectures as follows:

16/2/16 – Facing Karma
23/2/2016 – Overcoming nervousness

After this we will begin our first big text for the year – An Outline of Occult Science.

Everybody is warmly invited to join us, if you are interested please contact Yvette in Enrolments to register and get a copy of the text, you can do this in person at the office, via phone: 6639 9302 or email: enrolments@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au.

Adult Eurythmy is back!

Renelle is again running Adult Eurythmy classes this year on Wednesday mornings in the Movement Space.

Where:  Movement Space
When:  Wednesday mornings
Time: 7:45-8:30am ~ Teachers ($10 pp)
Time: 9:15-10:30am ~ Parents ($15 pp)

Adult Eurythmy is back!

Renelle will again run Eurythmy classes on Wednesday mornings in the Movement Space.

Where:  Movement Space
When:  Wednesday mornings (starting Week 3, 17 April)
Time: 7:45-8:30am ~ Teachers ($10 pp)
Time: 9:15-10:30am ~ Parents ($15 pp)

Request from Lisa Larkins

Does anyone have an exercise bike or walking frame that Lisa Larkin can borrow for 6 weeks?  If you can help, please contact Reception as soon as possible on 66399300.  It would be greatly appreciated.

Painting & Drawing for teachers and parents

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There will be an after school lesson every second Thursday afternoon in Weeks 4, 6, 8, & 10 for teachers & parents, starting in Week 4, Thursday 25 February.  Limited numbers (10)

Date:  Week 4, Thursday 25 February, then every fortnight until the end of term.
Time:  3:30-4:30pm
Where:  Class 6 classroom
Cost:  $60 for 4 weeks (to be paid in Week 4)

If interested, please leave name at Reception ASAP
Eleni

Painting & Drawing for teachers and parents

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There will be an after school lesson every second Thursday afternoon in Weeks 4, 6, 8, & 10 for teachers & parents, starting in Week 4, Thursday 25 February.  Limited numbers (10)

Date:  Week 4, Thursday 25 February, then every fortnight until the end of term.
Time:  3:30-4:30pm
Where:  Class 6 classroom
Cost:  $60 for 4 weeks (to be paid in Week 4)

If interested, please leave name at front office ASAP
Eleni

Suffolk Park FC ~ 2016 Soccer Sign On

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Be a part of your local club! Inviting kids of all ages and skill levels to join the Suffolk Park Football Club.
If interested, call Ali on 0402 742 242 or go to Facebook: SuffolkParkFC