When the Rose Room Children arrived at Kindy, on a chilly Autumn morn
There was a surprise, to greet their eyes
Waiting by the door.
A little parcel, and a note
Wrapped in paper bark & jute
And as Emily reads ‘Gnomish’
We discovered it was from our garden Gnome, dear old crooked root.
We excitedly discovered, the gift of warmth inside
Lovely cotton singlets,
‘To keep us warm’, the children cried.
But there were more surprises to be found, and to the children’s delight
We then discovered nature’s colours
Reds & greens & golden bright.
And so, with busy hands and happy hearts, we made our nature dyes
And our singlets became rainbows
Right before our eyes.
We thank the plants and Mother Earth, for all her colours rosy
And dear old crooked root the gnome
For helping keep us cosy
Much love from Rose Room Kindy
In relation to their Physics Main Lesson on Light, Heat and Sound, Class 6 have been exploring how to draw the Fundamental Forms of the Sphere, Cylinder, Cone and Cube and learning how to render these forms, showing the shadows that are cast when Light shines on them.
They learn how to use willow charcoal with a diagonal stroke technique and a smudging technique.
Art Specialist Primary
Classes 2-6 experienced a wonderful morning with Wadjiny this week, who shared lots of language, stories, dance and song with which students and teachers warmly and enthusiastically engaged.
Steiner classrooms and Main Lesson books are full of vibrant art, often facilitated by the teacher. At the end of the lesson the children place their work on the floor to look at theirs and each other’s, passing comments of appreciation and observation. Teachers go through this process with them too, but unlike the children they are also seeing the artist in each photo too. Here is an example of a classes title page each depicting Odin. Can you see how each drawing shows something of the child? If you’re a Class Four parent, can you find your child?
Class Four Teacher
We dig dig dig and we tend the roots,
We clump around in our heavy boots,
We dig dig dig and we work all day,
And when it’s done we go out to play.
We love the flowers – we love the bees,
We love to make compost with all the leaves.
We love the earthworms – we love the trees,
We love to make compost, a home for seeds.
Class One ‘Gnomes’ have been actively embracing the many changes in our environment during these delicious autumn days.
As you can see, we had an active experience on Autumn Festival Day. Gavin helped us prepare a Biodynamic Garden Preparation (Nutrition for our garden) and we all took turns to spray and bless our Class One garden with it. At the end of our work, our generous and loving Class One Mumma Joss gifted us a delicious ‘Harvest Soup’. Everyone said it was delicious because it was full of so much love!
Rin and Class One ‘Working’ Gnomes.
‘In the morning I arise to greet the bright and boundless-sky …’
Yes, we do!
Have you heard our songs floating across our beautiful school?
Our seedlings planted with our families on Orientation Day have risen in our garden bed to witness the JOY filling our new home – as ‘two’ becomes ‘one’.
Heads, Hearts and Hands have been curious and kind, evolving slowly with new form and adjusting to Primary School creativity. Many friends have come to join our wonder filled space and are sharing their gifts: Vatika (Visual Arts), Marlis and Class Four and Five Student Mentors (Movement), Loani (Music) and Manuela (German Culture).
Pesto the frog, Grandma Poss and our Wee folk friends have invited us to stay – they have enjoyed watching us ‘arrive’ and open our hearts to many new gifts: sitting and creating at our desk, drawing letters, flowing with form, listening to stories of nature and playing in our majestic outdoor classroom. We are happy they are enjoying our energy as we do intend to continue to embrace this very special space, as the beginning of our journey ‘together’.
Rin and Class One
Class 6 Farewell
Class 6 Celebration with Parents
There was much excitement in Kindy this week after discovering a message from the ‘Grandmother of all Dolls’… The message was an invitation for the Sunflower Dolls to spend their summer holiday at the Grandmothers cottage! Grandmother Doll was to send a bus to collect the dolls and asked that they wait at the front office until this time.
Class 2 completed their play main lesson with the performance of St Francis and St Clare. They thoroughly enjoyed bringing this story to their parents and school friends. The story focusses on two people born into privilege and who give it all up to dedicate their lives to helping others in their home town of Assisi. It was an inspiration to all who saw it and the children’s singing was delightful and touching. Well done Class 2!
In Class Three, one of our Measurement blocks is learning about Time. We do this by looking at how the ancient people would have observed the world around them and tallied the sun, moon and seasons.
In the second week, we looked at inventions used to calculate time from water and candle clocks to sundials and hourglasses. Only after this recapitulation of human thinking did we come to reading analogue and digital clocks.
Alongside our book work, we made sundials, modern clocks and calendars.
Class Four enjoyed their camp at Midginbill Hill earlier this term. We spent four days exploring nature, making mud bricks, canoeing, painting with ochre, finding animals in the creek, raft building, hiking, learning archery, playing games and making damper and billy tea over the fire.
Class Four Teacher
Spring is in the air
Tr la la tra la la
Butterflies are fluttering
Little birds are singing……
In Sunflower Kindy we have been witness to the magical cycle of life.
The children have patiently watched with wonder, anticipation and awe as our monarch caterpillars nibbled their way through the milk thistle leaves, spun their cocoons, and finally hatched into beautiful butterflies!
Class Three spent most of last week having an enormously fun time at Midjinbil Hill near Uki. The class spent two nights and three days learning about our surrounding environment, going on a night walk, making rafts and billy tea and exploring the creek and rocks of the Wollumbin caldera. The staff were very impressed with the engagement, knowledge and resilience of the children, I saw a lot of friendship, kindness, joy and working together, something so common in Steiner classrooms. But most of all, it was all about getting muddy!
Class Three Teacher
Sunflower Kindergarten has been enjoying the warmth, wonder and energy that Spring has brought…exploring our environment, learning new skills, practicing old ones and just enjoying the sun-shiny days!
Here are some pics from the Class 3 gardening programme with Evan this term. The students planted bulbs at the end of term 2 and you may have noticed that
the jonquils are the first to start flowering! Keep an eye out for them and other bulbs during the next few weeks.
Class 3 & Class 4 have also started planting potatoes and salad greens. They also did a bit of seed saving from the beans while revitalising last season’s garden beds. I think Class 3 got the most joy out of using their pitchforks on the giant mulch mounds near the car park!
Tanja – Teacher Assistant
Class Nine and Class Three shared some time reading together and showing their Main Lesson books. Over the years the two classes have periodically met; something that is beneficial and enjoyable for both ages (and a true joy for Naina who has been class teacher for both.)
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