As February rolls on and we are experiencing the lovely wet-season patterns of rain and warm sunshine, life in the school is now settling into our lovely school day and week patterns. Students are more settled in their classroom routines and we are all enjoying the gentle rhythms of work, activity, stillness and play (yes, even the teachers and support crew love to have some moments of play in our day).
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Kindergarten parent meeting last week. There were many familiar faces and a few new faces too. The parent meeting structure we have all across the school ensures that parents can come together at least twice a year (and sometimes more often) to be updated on what is happening at school, share with other parents and, often, listen to a short talk in relation to child development or our educational philosophy. The Class Meetings are also an opportunity to ask questions and, time and circumstance permitting, join in discussion around a range of topics. The class meetings really are an important part of the relationship between school and parents and I very strongly encourage parents to attend.
Finally, this year we are focusing on “Sustainability” as a general theme. There are already some changes happening across the school as we seek to find more sustainable pathways on an individual and school level. Some of our teachers and support staff are choosing to car-pool to reduce their carbon emissions. I would like to encourage parents to consider either car-pooling or, preferably, utilising the bus service to transport children to school. If we can reduce the number of car trips to and from school, even by just a small amount, we can reduce our impact on the environment.
You are invited to attend a new study and discussion group which will meet on Tuesday evenings in the library from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. The group will be studying â€œThe Kingdom of Childhoodâ€ which is a series of lectures Rudolf Steiner gave to the teachers of the first Waldorf School to open in Great Britain. The emphasis in our study group will be on discussion and sharing of ideas. The group is open to parents, friends and members of the wider school community and is suitable for everyone: from those who are new to Steiner Education to those who already have a deeper level of understanding. If you would like to join the group, please call Lucille in reception to register your interest.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Repair Care and Maintenance
Our first Repair Care & Maintenance Day is 3 weekends away on Sat 7th March.
Please provide me with your list of tasks as soon as possible with some soft tasks for mums & dads with toddlers appreciated.
This is a great opportunity to enhance the practicalities & beauty around various spaces in the school.
Parents love having teachers there and you can certainly improve your lot if you are there. Even help with paper shuffling & house keeping can be done. So use your imagination & be there!
Administration – Casual Relief Positions Available
We are seeking applications from suitably experienced people to work in the school administration as Casual Relief Staff. Successful applicants will be given some on-site training before joining our Administration Casual Relief list. Applicants should have excellent communication skills and a range of proven office skills, along with a current NSW Working with Children Check. Applications should be forwarded to hr@http://capebyronsteiner.nsw.edu.au. Applications close March 2 2015.
Fee Agreements Due
Signed Fee Agreement forms are due to be returned by 20th February (this Friday). Every family must complete and return a Fee Agreement form. Your assistance in getting these in on time will be very much appreciated as it means our Finance Staff will not have to spend time chasing families individually for this very important piece of paperwork.
The NSW Board of Studies have informed us that school principals are no longer able to grant exemptions from attendance for holidays. This means that students who are away because they are on a holiday during term must be marked as absent. It is a legal requirement that parents sent students to school on every day unless they are sick or have an exceptional circumstance (family funeral etc.) Students who are absent without valid reason may be subject to mandatory reporting requirements.
All legal requirements aside, students who go away during term time miss valuable learning opportunities adding stress to both teachers and students . Please donâ€™t book holidays for students in term times other than in exceptional circumstances.
The school canteen is once again looking for parent helpers on a Tues, Wed or Thursday between 9.30am-2.30pm. Being involved is lots of fun, a great way to get to know the school community, allows you to claim RC&M hours and your child/ren receives a free lunch on the day!! If this is something you would like to do, please email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0411837699.
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We are an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school providing education from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The school is a fully accredited and registered educational institution and is a proud member of Steiner Education Australia (SEA). We offer a high quality education which is based on the indications given by Rudolf Steiner and which meets the requirements of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards.