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Helena River Steiner School

Dear Parents and Community,
Tomorrow night, on the shortest day and longest night of the year, we invite you all to join us for this celebration of Winter and its quiet wisdom. Our festival is a reflection of the inwardness that happens during the darker, colder months and the holding of the beautiful warm light that remains within each and every one of us. Our festival celebrates both our personal and communal journey that is taken during this time and we shall spread this warm, loving light through our Helena River community together in a calm, quiet and reverent manner.
Please bring a lantern for all adults (all HR children from playgroup to primary will have made one already in class) and a bowl and spoon for each person for the soup we will share, and a picnic rug or chair.
The children have been working toward this event for several weeks and are looking forward to sharing its magic with you.
Extended family and all who make our school a beautiful and inspiring place are welcome.

 This event is held outside under the stars so please ensure you dress warmly.  
 
In the event of inclement weather, the festival may be postponed to another day.

PLEASE CHECK YOUR PHONES, EMAILS OR OUR FACBOOK PAGE IN THE AFTERNOON FOR ANY NOTIFICATION OF CANCELLATION.

Blessings on this cold and rainy season,
Tanami Magnus
Principal

KINDERGARTEN NEWS
 

This term has flowed well with the children slipping securely into their daily and weekly rhythm at school. The children are immersed and awed during their daily activities with much creativity and delight shared through observing each other’s successes. The term began surrounded by the season of Autumn, with children learning through colours while painting and drawing, observations of nature outside to circles and stories reflecting the season.

In the Kindergarten the children are becoming socially and emotionally strong while building a sense of community through helping their peers in all matters throughout the day. From helping each other open lunch boxes, getting a drink of water for a friend to finding the perfect stick to stir soup , or problem solving how to put a roof on the cubby. It is a beautiful delight to observe such warmth and care being imitated.

Throughout the day the children have much time to learn through self-initiated imaginative play. Cubbies have been built both inside and out . Fantastic sea-saws and ramps have been created through trial and error of finding the perfect bits of wood, blocks and tubes to test and make continual altercations until successful. Outside many potions have been created, Fairy games, journeys travelled while fishing for sharks on the boat, nature threading and much more.
The  children are learning how to be fair, take turns, listen to others ideas and incorporate ideas during their play, with direction and boundaries from their loving teachers and time and space to be immersed in these experiences daily.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING CLASS CARER LAUREN FOR ORGANISING OUR FANTASTIC WOODEN PAINTING BOARDS. THIS HAS MADE OUR PAINTING EXPERIENCE FLOW MUCH MORE HARMONIOUSLY AND ENJOYABLY.

ALSO A BIG THANKS TO BOB AND ALL THE MEN AT JOONDALUP MENS SHED FOR CREATING OUR WONDERFUL PAINTING BOARDS. WE USE THEM EVERY WEEK!

HOUSE KEEPING AND GRATITUDE
As the teachers are responsible for all the cleaning and chores to keep our school beautiful we really need your support. You could help by checking the chores and cleaning lists to see if you can volunteer some much appreciated time.

·         Thank you to all the kindergarten parents for helping us with the laundry. We really appreciate it.
 

·         Please check the kindergarten chore list to see if you are available to help with any chores or cleaning (many hands makes light work).
 

·         The children have enjoyed collecting our vegetables from the garden to cook vegetable slice, fry eggplant and eat fresh cucumbers and baby capsicum. However going into winter we need to replant our vegetable beds. If you have seeds, seedlings or time to help plant up our vege beds it would be much appreciated.

Lastly and most importantly is a reminder of the importance of Warmth especially now we are in Winter. Please take a couple of minutes to read an article I have attached on this subject for a deeper understanding of how children at this age are not ready to self regulate and be aware of their body being cold and the effects this can have.

Please ensure your child has gumboots, raincoats, beanies and extra cloths packed, so they can explore the outside with energy and well-being while keeping their growing organs warm
If you have not already brought in a pair of warm inside slippers for your child, please do so. These will live at school for the cold months.

 

Blessings on our school,

Jessica and Danika 

The Importance of Warmth

As a paediatrician, I actually was taught that you could tell if children were warm enough by touching their skin. If they felt warm then they were wearing enough clothes, and if they felt cool or their skin was mottled (bluish-pink), then they needed more clothes. It was simple. I was also a parent that had her 2 year-old child playing outside in the rain wearing only a diaper. I actually thought he was okay because his skin felt warm!

Warmth is probably one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Not only the warmth of our love but also keeping their physical body warm. Children are developing their bodies especially during the first 7 years of their lives. An infant and a young child will always feel warm unless they are on the verge of hypothermia because they have an accelerated metabolic rate. If we don't provide them with the layers of cotton, silk, and wool to insulate their bodies, then they must use some of their potential "growth" energy to heat their bodies.

This same energy would be better utilized in further developing their brain, heart, liver, lungs etc. In addition, being cold decreases immunity. We are all more susceptible to the germs and viruses that are always around us when we are wet and cold. When our body has to expend extra energy to keep warm then less energy is available to "fight" off infections.

So the question becomes, how do we get our children to wear jackets? One can develop the habit of always having children put on a hat and coat when they go outside during cool weather. One can also try telling children that they will actually run faster and have much more energy to play if they wear a coat. If they don't wear a coat then their body has to expend a lot of energy just warming them up, and they will have less energy to build muscles and less energy to play.

Finally, the type of clothing our children wear also makes a big difference. Polyester pyjamas don't breathe and children will often wake up sweating. Even polyester jackets will not insulate a child from the cold as well as layers of cotton, silk, or wool. When children sweat while wearing polyester that sweat is trapped against their body and they eventually become chilled.

So why do children rarely complain that they are cold? Children often are not connected with their body before the age of 7 to even acknowledge or communicate that they are cold. They live in the moment and are so excited and stimulated by all that they see that they don't have the capacity to sense the coldness of their body. This is why children often will play in a swimming pool or ocean until they are literally "blue" denying that they are cold or that they need to come out of the water. So as parents, we have to help our children develop their sense of warmth. By helping them develop this sense of warmth, we are actually strengthening their immunity and laying the foundation for a healthy body and healthy organs in their adult life.

Susan R. Johnson, M.D., F.A.A.P.

YouandYourChildsHealth.org is a library of health information about raising children and creating a healthier family life. This Living Book also contains personal stories about the joys and triumphs, as well as the struggles and challenges, we face as parents. It is made freely available as a public service.

SCHOOL SHOP TREASURES
 
Open Mon, Tues and Wed mornings, 8.30 - 1 pm

*unique homemade toys
*natural art, craft and drawing supplies
* crystals
* pre-loved children's and adults' clothing
* handmade jewelry
* handmade bags
This shop is run by the P&F to help raise funds for equipment for the school. If you would like to help run the shop at any time you have available, or have ideas of how it could be improved, please contact Mel on 0401 331 363 or Marialouisalenzi@yahoo.com

 

BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE
JULY 15th
Yes, it's Bunnings sausage sizzle time again!
Last year we raised approximately $1800 at the sausage sizzle to help improve school facilities and with your help we can have another successful day which will help us achieve the things we would like to see around the school.
Please put your name down this week or next week on the roster sheets up on the noticeboards. 
Thank you.
 
CRAFT GROUP
Come and have a stitch and a yarn and a cuppa on Friday mornings. This is free and open to anyone, kids welcome, and you can drop in any time that suits. No experience necessary. All materials supplied. Please share with whoever may be interested.
FRIDAYS 8.45 am - 12 pm
In the Playgroup garden

TAKE AND MAKE packs now available!
If you are unable to make Friday mornings but would like some sewing therapy to make something for the school to sell for fundraising, or to keep yourself, come and chose a pack. Everything required will be in the pack -except  a needle. 
MONDAY MORNING CUPPA
Come in or stay back for a cuppa with fellow parents on Monday mornings. Mel has been bringing in inspirational quotes each week from Rudolf Steiner for us to contemplate and discuss and there are usually baked goodies floating around too. Get to know other parents in our community.
From 8.45 am onwards in the Parents' Pavillion
ANTHROPOSOPHICAL STUDY GROUP 
TUESDAY NIGHTS 6.30-7.45 PM
Would you like to learn more about the philosophy that underpins Steiner education?
This study group is open to parents and anyone wishing to attend. Anthroposophy literally means "The Wisdom of Man" and its goal is for each individual to awaken and develop their understanding of themselves, the people around them, and all elements of the world.
Anthroposophy is also the basis for bio-dynamic agriculture, Weleda homeopathic medicine and medical practice, three-fold social structures including ethical finance, and healing community centres for those with special needs such as Camphill.
We meet weekly to read and discuss books and lectures by Rudolf Steiner, and other related texts and activities.
Be prepared for a journey of self-discovery!
 
Led by Peter Fern, a seasoned Anthroposophist, 0409 520 332 
Please be reminded that we have a
THREE WEEK HOLIDAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR.
Term 3 will resume on Monday 23rd July.
Please print out a copy of this term's calendar so you can be prepared for events, or check the calendar on our website regularly.
WIDER COMMUNITY NEWS
FREE PARENTING SEMINARS
 
You are invited to attend the Triple P Seminar Series. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.
 
Parents are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars:
1.      Children's behaviour - the tough part of parenting
2.      Raising Confident Children
3.      Raising Emotionally Resilient Children
 
The next FREE 3 week Series is held:
 
When:             27th August 2018
Location:        Boya Community Centre
                        Clayton Rd & Scott Street
                        Boya
RSVP:             Bookings are essential and places are limited.
 
 
Please visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups to book your place.
 
To find other available programs visit our website
www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups
 
You are receiving this because you are currently enrolled in a Helena River Steiner School program, have enquired about a Helena River Steiner School program, or are a member of our community.

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