After living in this area for just over 4 years, it still amazes me how suddenly we seem to switch from summer to autumn – it is as though, overnight, someone flicked a switch and suddenly we are having cooler nights, mist in the valleys and softer afternoon light. With the change of season comes a change in the way we experience ourselves in the world. The sometimes frenetic, ‘out-there’ pace of summer is replaced by a feeling of slowing down as we begin the journey back towards a more inner experience of ourselves and the world. As we make this transition, it is not unusual to feel a bit unsettled or disgruntled. At school we find that, in the classroom the children are more able to work in the cooler days, whilst in the playground there can be more upsets, disagreements and incidents. It is interesting to reflect, how does the change to Autumn manifest in you and in your home?
Last week I had the real pleasure of hosting a morning tea for our Year 12 students. It was wonderful to spend time with them talking about their experiences of studying for the High School Certificate, being the senior class and starting to think about life beyond the end of their secondary schooling. We also got to share some delicious food together (with thanks to Jacqui for her great food presentation skills).
Last week was a busy week for me, with an experienced Steiner Principal in the school, conducting my professional appraisal (this happens every two years and is part of my employment as principal at the school). Libbie spoke to some parents, teachers and non teaching staff as well as having several meetings with me. It was great to have an opportunity to reflect on my practice and to plan for areas of development over the coming years. There are always opportunities to learn and grow and I am very appreciative that I am able to have this regular source of feedback as part of my work at the school.
I look forward to seeing some of you at our Autumn Festival the week after next.