Class 2 news

Class Two went on their very first excursion out to Ann Poulson’s (Class 5 teacher) farm in Burringbar. The children drew from nature, fed a lovely herd of black and white show cows and observed, groomed and interacted with a small herd of horses. Watching how each child approached a horse, braving their fear, and experiencing their joy, when a large animal responded to them was fantastic! It was such fun to be out and about with the class. They were so respectful, well mannered, joyful and appreciative. Steiner teachers are one lucky group of professionals.

Naina
Class Two Teacher

Class 6 News

Class 6 Main Lesson 
This year in term 2 and 3, Class 6 have been learning about Physics, Acoustics, Optics, Warmth and Magnetism. We have explored multiple different experiments including what hot and cold do to substances and materials, how heat travels and what creates heat. For the experiment showing what hot and cold do to substances we had 4 people. Two people put their hands in ice cold water and the other two in warm water. They all tried tying their shoelaces and had a race to see who could tie their shoelaces the fastest. The warm water team beat the cold team. The warm team’s time was 7-8 seconds and the other was 17-24 seconds.

Another experiment was when we poured some food dye into hot and cold water. The dye in the cold water kept its beautiful pouring shape and the dye in the hot water dissolved very quickly and evenly in the water.
Physics is fun!

Malia and Isla

The Writers Festival

Last week on the 31st of July we went to the Writers Festival. We listened to Isabelle Carmody and John Flannagan talk about their experiences as children’s authors.
Isabelle Carmody is the author of The Little Fur Series, stories about a loving little elf-troll who cares for her animal companions. Isabelle has also written many other books, one of which included 1000 pages!! Isabelle told us stories about her family and childhood. She talked about her daughter and how she inspired her for many stories. Isabelle Carmody was inspiring and interesting and I think the whole class enjoyed listening to her.
We also heard from John Flannagan the author of the well known Ranger’s Apprentice Series. He told us that his are published in 12 different languages in 25 different countries! We were all very impressed. It was a great day

River

K-2 Winter Festival

The Kindergarten, Class 1 and 2 Winter Festival was a delightful experience. Despite the wet weather we managed to create an atmosphere of reverence, community and seasonal celebration. Through bringing the children into connection with the earth’s seasons, they develop a deep love and respect for nature. This connection goes into the depth of their being, penetrating far beyond the intellect.
The simple act of sharing food and a story (and a laugh) together brings us together as a community. Doing this during the bitter chill of winter reminds us that no matter how cold our inner life may feel, the joy of humanity can bring warmth to our souls.

 

Kindy News

Class 6 Look to the Stars!

Class 6 have had their gaze up in the night sky over the past couple of weeks as part of our Astronomy main lesson. To further our celestial explorations, we went on an excursion to Brisbane to visit the Planetarium where we very much enjoyed the dome show. We then visited the museum to see the exhibition ‘NASA: A Human Adventure’. It was fascinating to learn so much about humanity’s journey further into space, and to see some objects that had actually been to space and back. Class 6 spent most of last week sharing their fabulous and well-researched Astronomy projects with the class. This happened to coincide with the 50th year anniversary since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first human beings to set foot on the moon on 20 June in 1969.
And to top it off, Class 6 did a marvellous job presenting some of the southern hemisphere Winter sky constellations at our Winter Festival on Friday.
‘One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind!’

Kindergarten News

King Winter has arrived, visiting the lands and the towns. In Kindergarten we have been making warm lemon tea to share as we begin our days together. Thank you to our family farmers who provide us with the lemons each day.

Class 6 News

Here are some poems and prose composed by some Class students, as part of our recent exploration of the Wonder and Wisdom of Words.

Arctic
by Tonali Davies
The Arctic is like a cold enchantress,
An old woman at the end of the earth.
She sits silent, watching, forever watching.
She watches the bears, white on the snow.
She watches the seals as they come and they go.
She watches, waits the whole year round.
The northern lights are her crown
And her feet, deep deep down.
Below the sea, ice shrinks and grows
And in her heart of ice she knows,
That she will wait for a thousand years.
In the ice locked are her tears.

Creative stimulus writing
by Marlon
The sea was rough and the Golden Bell was tossed around like a toy in a bath. The day the storm exhausted itself calm as calm. There was a soft breeze and the ship rocked gently back and forth. All the crew were exhausted after what they had been through the night before. But little did they know, under the ocean something stirred. The storm had woken it from a long sleep and now it was awake. And hungry.

Similes
by Quin
The moon is like a lonely diamond in the sky.
The wind is like a mother hushing her child.
A sunflower is like the sun.
A dandelion is like a small mammal curled up on a stem.
A pine tree is like a tall man reaching out his arms.
A field of tulips is like the ground after a battle.
A flower bed is like a school for flowers.
The creak of trees is like a newly born baby’s cry.

We Give Thanks
by Ayla
We give thanks to all the animals,
Big and small,
Short and tall,
The fluffy and scruffy,
The spiky and soft,
The cute, the scary
They’re all the same
They have a purpose
Since the day they came.

A Letter from the Earth
by Coco
Dear people,
I just wanted to remind you to always tread lightly and think deeply. Just like you have a sponge when you have a shower to clean yourself, you feel like a sponge when you swim in my ocean. When you climb in my trees and bushes it’s like a comb running through my hair. When you place your bare feet on the ground it’s like a massage that goes on forever. I hope it will stay this way where you people are forever preening and making me a queen.
From the Earth, your source of life.

Moon Light
by Coco
The moon is an orb strung high in the sky
Surrounded by velvet as black as the night.
The velvet is studded with diamonds so bright
They twinkle and sparkle like jewels in the night.
The planets are lonely and really quite far.
They’re actually thoughts lost up in the stars.
If you look on rare nights the moon is a ruby
Engulfed in velvet, black and blue.

CLASS 6 PORTRAITS

 

Spaghetti Circus performs for Classes 3-6

Congratulations to Class 5 student Aoife who is in pink.

Kindergarten Harvest Festival 2019

Class 2 News

Last term Class Two went on a calendar journey exploring the fauna and flora of our surrounding area. Some of the things we learned were that there are six Bundjalung seasons, not our traditional four. We also learned that everything in nature is telling us something. For example, did you know that when the silky oak is flowering that the turtles are good eating? Or that chains of furry caterpillars up on the plains indicate that the mullet are running on the coast? We all enjoyed feeling more connected to what is around us, and I particularly enjoyed hearing the knowledge the children already knew.

Naina
Class Two teacher

Class 3 News

Class 3 have been learning Hebrew and we enjoyed celebrating Chag Purim at the end of Term 1. We had a wonderful day dressed in royal costumes, baking traditional Oznei Haman cookies, hearing the Chag Purim story in Hebrew, dancing and singing together. We also had a very royal library lesson! A big thank you to Galit and Simi for helping us to celebrate this Jewish festival.

Anna

Class 5 India day

Kindy News

I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
And shake my feet like that

In Kindergarten the children have been busily building a scarecrow to look over our beautiful new gardens.
Everyone is welcome to pop on down and say ‘hi’ to our new friend!

News from Class 6

There have been many wonderful things happening in Class 6 this term! We concluded our fascinating Ancient Rome main lesson by spending a whole day building Ancient Roman clay heads with Denis. As part of our current Geology main lesson, we went on an excursion last week from the mountains to the sea. We visited the Pinnacle Lookout (where we had a perfect surrounding view of the Tweed Caldera and Wollumbin) and then on to see the basalt columns at Fingal Heads Giant Causeway, caused by the slow cooling and cracking of basalt lava flows from the Tweed shield volcano. Thank you to our parent helpers who joined us for the journey!

Class 6 students have also been very busy creating very beautiful self-designed cross stitch patterns.

And so the richness and fun of class 6 continues!

Bethanie and Teera

Class 1 Maths

There are many aspects to early mathematics teaching that do not involve working with numbers. The class has yet to have their Introduction To Numbers Main Lesson but we have begun mathematics practise sessions by exploring, classifying and sorting. These activities enable students to begin thinking mathematically by looking for common attributes that objects may have which is the beginning of geometry and making patterns. As an introduction to this the students heard about Gordon the Green Gnome who loved collecting and sorting things that he found (just quietly I feel he has a case of OCD) but one day a possum broke into his house and mixed up all his collections so I enlisted the help of the students to reorganise his collections which the children thoroughly enjoyed. After this we will begin exploring patterns in music and objects.

James