(Written on Friday) As I write this, preparations are underway for our Winter Festivals. These are always very special festivals in the school calendar and mark an important moment in the yearly cycle. On this “darkest night” we take a moment to pause quietly an experience this inner moment of stillness. In Australia, our experience of the winter dark is a little more subtle than that felt by our European friends where mid winter can mark days of very little light at all. Here, we need to sense a little more keenly to feel the quiet and stillness of being “with ourselves” at this time of the year. I know that our teachers have been planning for a beautiful, reverent festival and I hope you are able to sense into the moment.
This will be the first Winter Festival I have missed in my years at the school, however my healing from recent surgery is not yet at a point when I can venture out into the community. Please know I will be with you all in spirit.
I was talking with some parents recently and they asked me about my own teaching background. I realised that I am now in my 7th year at the school and many parents have arrived in our community since then – so it is probably timely for me to re-introduce myself to our community. I am a teacher (both State and Steiner trained) with over 20 years of teaching experience, teaching from Kindergarten through to Year 10. I have worked in Steiner schools in Victoria and New South Wales (where I also took on leadership roles including as the Chair of the College of Teachers and member of the Management Team) and spent several years in Papua New Guinea, teaching and training local teachers. I have been a Director on the Board of Steiner Education Australia for 5 years now and assisted with the writing of the National Steiner Curriculum (English). I have delivered workshops and lectures on Steiner Education around Australia and at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. I am absolutely passionate about Steiner Education and our amazing and beautiful school at Cape Byron. I very much miss my role in the classroom, but now enjoy supporting teachers and our community to ensure our school continues to thrive.
I welcome communication with members of our school community. If you have not yet had the opportunity to say hello to me, please do come and introduce yourself to me at school, call or send me an email to say hello. (As I am not yet able to be back at school – an email is the best way to say hello at the moment). I welcome your feedback and suggestions.