Have a Go Athletics Day – Classes 3 to 6

Rose Room Kindy news

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

Class 6 Art

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.

Eleni
Art Specialist Primary

A Special Visitor…

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.

Class 4

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?

Naina,
Class Four Teacher

Class One

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!
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Rin and Class One ‘Working’ Gnomes.

 

Class One News

‘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

Kindergarten Christmas Festival

Class 6 Farewell

Class 6 Farewell

Class 6 Celebration with Parents

News from Sunflower Kindy

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.

The children excitedly gathered up the dolls, and their belongings, and safely delivered them into the arms of Margaret and Lisa who lovingly cared for them until the bus arrived.
I wonder if they will send us a postcard in the holidays!
Lizzie and Emily

Kindy Rose News

Class 1 and 2 swimming

Class 1 and 2 joyously took to the Mullum pool a few weeks ago for their annual swimming lessons. It was Class 1’s first time at the pool and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
The swimming lessons focus on technique and swimming strokes and many of the children picked up new skills. They are looking forward to coming back to the pool for Swim Fun Day.

Class 2 Play

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!

James

TIME – Class Three

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.

Naina

Class Four Camp

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.
Anna
Class Four Teacher

Class 5 play “Demeter and Persephone”

Sunflower Kindy News

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!

Lizzie

Class Three Camp

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!

Naina
Class Three Teacher

Kindy Sunflower News

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!

Emily

Class 3 & Class 4 gardening programme

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

‘Have a Go’ Athletics Classes 3 to 6

Class 6 day in the 1850’s

The Students of Class 6 spent a day learning in the ‘old school’ way in a classroom from the 1850’s. Copperplate handwriting, history and grammar formed part of our morning lessons. We learned the importance of manners and the teacher’s favorite proverb “Speech is silver but silence is golden”.
We also had a visit from Dr Benjamin Daly who checked the children for lice and showed them some of his surgical equipment which included a large pair of pliers for extracting teeth. Thankfully,  a clean bill of health was declared with the exception of a lass with a suspected case of cholera and one boy who may have a tapeworm.
After reading our Primers and practicing some arithmetic, we met Mrs MaCrae the music teacher who has formed a ‘Bush Band’ with the students and together they played a very jolly polka on their stringed instruments.
After lunch Mrs Nelson arrived to meet the girls as she is seeking to employ a young lady to help in her haberdashery shop. The girls practiced their sewing with Mrs Nelson whilst the boys engaged in woodwork under my supervision.
At the end of the day we debriefed our experience of the 1850’s and how both schooling and attitudes have changed for the better and will continue to change into the future.
Matt Reynolds
Class 6 Teacher

Class 3 and Class 9 news

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.)

Primary School Bookweek