It has been a positive and energetic two weeks around the school with a number of excursions and events happening for various classes, as well as our Autumn Festival. Students from right across the school were involved in the festival; with Kindy children joining us to watch and Primary and High School students singing, acting and providing musical accompaniment. As with most of our festivals, the teachers also had an opportunity to get up and sing.
I know that some members of our parent community were disappointed that this was a student-only event – we certainly missed you all at the festival and really look forward to welcoming you all to the Winter Festival (which will be held off site). We will be emailing out a link to parents so that you can watch some lovely video footage of the Autumn Festival and just ask that you do not upload the link to any social media or forward it to others.
Last week Teera and I attended the March Delegates Meeting of Steiner Education Australia (SEA). Delegates from Steiner schools from all over Australia attended this two day meeting to talk about a range of issues common to us all. Steiner Education Australia supports Steiner Schools across Australia in a range of ways, including by developing and maintaining the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework – which is the first national Steiner curriculum to have been accepted as a registered alternative anywhere in the world. As a NSW school, we also have to abide by the Education Act (NSW) which requires us to teach the New South Wales Education Authority Curriculum, and SEA assists us by providing advice and guidance in this regard .
At the meeting, we listened to an interesting presentation from Alex Shain of Reconciliation Australia; this was particularly relevant as we are just at the beginning of the process of creating a Reconciliation Action Plan for our school. (We will share more information about this in the near future, inviting parents to register their interest in joining our working group.) It is certainly a shared aim of our teachers to develop a deeper relationship with the local Arakwal Bundjalung community and the proposed Reconciliation Action Plan is just one part of this.
Finally, a big thank you to all of the parents who have attended Class Meetings this term. Attendance at these meetings has been quite high and I know our teachers really appreciate it when they are able to talk with parents and share information about what we are doing at school. I know it isn’t always easy to get out in the evenings for meetings and I am really grateful that so many of you have been able to do this.