I am writing this from the “Transitions” conference at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. I am very fortunate to be here, attending an international conference at the world centre for all things related to Anthroposophy and the work of Rudolf Steiner. I am delivering a series of workshop titled, “Navigating the Calm and Storm of the Mini-Adolescence – 8 – 10 years”. There are 32 people attending my workshops and they come from Steiner Schools all over the world (including Peru, Guatemala, Myanmar, China and Moldovia). It is quite an experience to be delivering a workshop with two translators working in the room (translating into Chinese and Spanish). I am learning so much from the Global Steiner community whilst I am here and am looking forward to delivering a version of the workshop for the school community when I return.
Back at home, Teera and Katie have been working hard in my absence and managing all of those wonderful activities that come with the last week of term. It has certainly been a busy term with many camps and excursions, new teachers and students settling in, work towards the adoption of a new constitution and a BOSTES inspection. I would like to thank all of our wonderful staff and the school community for helping to make the school such a wonderful, enriching and nurturing place for our students this term.
Have a safe and enjoyable Easter break and we look forward to seeing you again next term.
From the Deputy Principals
Well, we have come to the end of a lovely Term 1. Easter is upon us, which means very different things to many of our students and families. For our High School students, it might mean the yearly Bluesfest extravaganza while for younger students it may mean traditions of dying eggs, family time and chocolate feasts. We hope that the start of our Term Break is relaxing and peaceful and that the 2 weeks’ break brings some welcome family time.
The High School have had an interesting end to the term. The Science department, particularly James, organised a liquid nitrogen show in the High School Assembly time. James put on a spectacular show! We saw how liquid nitrogen snap freezes objects or immediately boils at room temperature. The students thoroughly enjoyed watching the very strange properties of this substance and its behaviour in different situations. The final outside demonstration was amazing – ask your High School child about this. It is indescribable in words! It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and James has a potential secondary career in presenting Science Shows.
The Primary School equally had a fantastic Term 1 including excursions, swimming lessons and just last week our beautiful Autumn Festival. Thank you to all our parents for your support throughout Term 1.
We wish everyone a safe & happy holiday and look forward to seeing you all again for Term 2.
Katie & Teera
Photo – Class 5 Gender Swap Day
Harvest Festival on the last day of Term One As the cooler days arrive and Autumn begins to creep across the land, we celebrate the Harvest in Kindergarten. Autumn’s dance is one of change and transformation, a season of journeys; the migration of creatures and the changes in the garden remind us of this every day. Ours becomes a journey within: we take time to appreciate and to have gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Sharing this journey with our children brings them into a closer harmony with the earth and with all beings. In the Kindergarten we have been preparing food, learning new songs & dances and making some Autumn craft things to take home. The children have had a wonderful Term 1.
Julie, Jana, Kim, Elizabeth & Anatelyah
The school is looking for a Coordinator with proven skills in event organisation to organise our annual Spring Fair in conjunction with the Class 3 Spring Fair Organising Committee from mid-May to September. Remuneration negotiable.
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Taking Charge Workshop 9-12 April Life Story Work and Lifelong Learning The workshop will use participants’ life stories to explore and illustrate these different learning paths. The course is developed on Coenraad van Houten’s research on adult learning (Awakening the Will) and Gudrun Burkhard’s approach to biography work (Taking Charge). Following the theme of learning allows for a deeper understanding of our Life Journey and gaining insights into the journey ahead of us.
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