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Helena River Steiner School

Dear Parents and Community,
We are now living in the Noongar season of Djilba. This is the time when yellow reigns, particularly all the many splendid varieties of acacia. The second (and last rains) are filling our rivers and waterholes to the highest they'll be all year, and we get to witness the preciousness of the newborn ducklings meeting the world. Watch out soon for Mother Magpie who is far more protective of her newborns than the well-tempered ducks.
Next month will carry us into Kambarang where more flowers join in the show in the celebration of warmer days, more sunlight and new growth.
In traditional Western terms, we call this time spring and in Steiner schools all over the Southern Hemishphere spring is celebrated with a festival for all families.
Our Spring Festival is held on the last day of the term,
THURSDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
11 am - 1.30 pm.
The day will hold:
- spring craft activities
- spring songs
- performances by the classes
- games
- picnic lunch

Please bring:
- some hand picked flowers
- a plate to share or picnic lunch 

*Please note, there will be no classes in the morning. Please arrive at 11 am sharp with any other family members you wish to invite. This is a school day, and children have been looking forward to sharing their spring activities with you, so we expect every child and family to be there. The festival will finish approximately 1.30 pm and toward the end we will also be having an Open Classroom day (see the flyer below). If you have any friends who may be interested in Steiner education for their children, please invite them along to have a look then.
Lastly, I wish to give a personal reminder about the importance of keeping your child warmly dressed. It will still be some time before it is T-shirt weather and children need to be warm in order for their bodies to grow healthily and to be able to engage and focus. A child will not recognise if they are cold, so it is up to us to decide what they should be wearing. Please make sure your child comes to school in at least a long sleeved top, and with a jumper and warm shoes and socks as well. 
Blessings,
Tanami Magnus
Principal

 KINDY CLASS NEWS

This Term the children have been emersed in the elements of Winter. The children have playing in the puddles and rain, watching the dark clouds and we even had the opportunity to watch and taste hail this term. The children were very excited that hail looks and tastes like ice and were fasinated to see how quickly it melted away.  

The older children have embraced the wet sand and taken to early literacy in their play as many symbols and stories have been drawn in the sand pit with sticks. The children have  also been very interested in hunting for insects, which naturally leads onto caring for insects with gentle hands and putting them back where they found them to ensure a happy long life for their new found friends.

Recently the children have noticed Spring has softly approached us. We have been celebrating Spring with extended outside play , picnic morning tea, hanging in the sun and following a few Monarch butterflies and Cabbage moths around the garden to observe their behaviour. Spring learning has been incorporated into our daily rhythm  naturally through enjoying spring circles and puppet show daily. – Jessica and Danika
 
Introducing Nicole Peterson
Specialist Eurythmy Teacher
 
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to be a Eurythmist?
So,the basics - I was born in Canada but the family moved to my father's home town of Perth before I was 2 (thank goodness!) and from there and then on, my memories of beach and sun-loving fun begin. I went to a Montessori primary school and then Perth Modern for High School.  I'd only heard of Steiner education when I was a teenager, through a homeschooled boy I was tutoring in photography.  He said his parents were considering sending him to such a school but that then he couldn't watch as much TV!  My interest was piqued as I thought "what a good idea".  
Life's journey led me travelling and to then living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where I quickly discovered more about Steiner Schools.  Long story short I found my way to The American Eurythmy School in California for the four year full time Eurythmy traning, from which I graduated in 2011.  I subsequently travelled further for a few years, teaching Eurythmy blocks and doing further training in Eurythmy and Speech Formation in Switzerland.  When I was ready to return to Australia longer term, I took up teaching at Castlemaine Steiner School in Central Victoria.  In 2017 I moved back to Perth for the birth of my baby girl, who you might have met with me at Helena River Steiner School Playgroup, or might see me frolicking about with at school festivals and so on.
 
What is eurythmy?
Eurythmy is essentially a movement art in which we make sounds visible.  For instance, if the sound "ah" were rather to be shown through feeling-filled gesture and movement, how might it be?  This is what we're doing in Eurythmy, for sounds of poetry, music, the movements and elements of nature (fire moves differently than water), and how we do this all together.  It is a stage art performed mostly in Europe and America at this stage.  It is a pedagogical art at the core of Steiner school curriculum.  It is also a healing art, in which particular exercises are practiced to heal a range of ailments from mental disorders to teeth structure (I kid you not - Eurythmy instead of braces, I've seen it!)
What drew me to Eurythmy was it's ability to reveal, through movement and gesture, the inner nature of things.  I see in Eurythmy an art that brings inner and outer together; it's all about being 'real' and integral, present to the movements we learn to make and all the more importantly, the other people we are moving with.  
 
How does Eurythmy benefit children?
In schools, it is said to be the "heart" of the school, in so far as it keeps the pulse going as we move with poetry and music together to the different themes being learnt about in main lesson.  We bring the fairytales, the saint stories and fables, the Norse myths and so on into movement and play together.  The gestures themselves are directly related to the sounds of speech or music being worked with.  A high degree of social awareness and listening skill is developed in Eurythmy, which also gives direction to the life force that wants to move, run, skip and play!  One group of young teenagers where I once taught in Whistler, B.C., were so enthusiastic about Eurythmy and eventually I got the story why:   it gave them the team spirit 'edge' in soccer apparently! Indeed learning to move both individually and to be part of the greater 'flock' is a great gift Eurythmy gives us, and I feel very lucky to able to bring it to the HRSS community.  

We are blessed to have you bringing the gifts of Eurythmy to our kindy and primary children every Wednesday.
Welcome Nicole!

 
SPECIAL REQUEST FROM NICOLE:
If we have a violinist, flautist or pianist parent out there who would be available to play music during Eurythmy sessions on Wednesdays between 11.30 and 1 pm, we would love to hear from you.
PRIMARY CAMP NEWS
I hope all your children came home with a spring in their step and a feeling of achievement as most of our students have officially been on their first ever camp for school.   Their smiles back at school were fantastic to see.  The weather held out for us beautifully and the National Park was absolutely inspiring and refreshing.
 
I was really pleased with how the students all helped each other during set up and pack away, how they engaged in the activities and especially how they all returned when required as the recorder was played.    They were all very engaged with the invertebrates program and getting up and personal with all those bugs was great fun.  And the climbing of the biggest, most amazing conifer tree was a bit heart stopping.  For the older students, our adventure walk took us from camp to the weir and then back along the pipeline and we all returned with scratches and stories about birds, kangaroos and sliding down the overflow of the wall.   Mr Snappy and Brownie are now best friends too.   It was a really great opportunity for the children to interact with their friends in a completely new and engaging manner and I can see that they are a closer group for it.
 
A big thank you goes out to parents Jo, Mary, Sam and Morsi  and for our incredible teachers who supported our students; Karen, Danika, Melissa and Tanami.
 
Where will the next camp be?  Well let us know your suggestions to help plan for our next big adventure. 
Thanks again everyone for preparing your children with what they needed to have a successful camp and giving them this opportunity.
Warm Regards
Kathy Riley
NEW TREASURES IN SCHOOL SHOP
 
We now have more new items in stock, lovingly made by those in our community.
Open Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs mornings, 8.30  am- 12.00 pm

*unique homemade toys and gifts
*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 Rebecca on 0414 534 904.

 

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 9 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. 
P & F NEWS
Next meeting is on Monday 17th September, 9 am in the Parents' Pavillion.
New members welcome!
 
The P & F holds a very important role in any school. It organises fundraisers to help improve facilities for the school, it organises busy bees to improve and beautify the grounds, it supports the teachers wherever they need it, it enlivens the parent connection and community, and so much more.

Your help -whether big or small- will be greatly appreciated.
Please come down for a cuppa and see how you could be involved.
SCHOOL BOARD SECRETARY POSITION AVAILABLE
 
Would you like to help steer the overall and long-term direction of the school?
Do you have a passion for seeing the school grow and be stable?
Are you an organised person with good minute taking skills?

 

This is a rewarding volunteer position for someone who has reasonable time to dedicate to the important tasks required.
The role requires approximately 2-4 hours a week in the form of:
* responding regularly to emails
* attending monthly Board meetings (Thursday evenings)
* Writing and distributing meeting minutes
* actioning any tasks identified in meetings

* working on a specific project/subcommittee
* being involved in the strategic planning of the school

If this would interest you or a family member or friend who wishes to support the aims and ethos of our school and help it in this exciting phase of development, please get in touch with our
Board Chairman, Gladstone Davies, on 0448 777 242 or gmcmdavies@gmail.com or
Principal, Tanami Magnus, on 0419 991 587 or tanami.riverblossom@gmail.com

ANTHROPOSOPHICAL STUDY GROUP 
TUESDAY NIGHTS 6.30-7.45 PM
New Lecture Series Starting Term 4!
The group will begin reading and discussing a series of eight lectures known as 'The Swedish Teachers Lectures'. This series of lectures details the changes in development of the growing child from birth to adolescence. The first meeting with these lectures will be on Tuesday the 9th October. 
All are welcome and copies of the lectures will be supplied for $2 each.
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 
Invite your friends to come and have a look inside our classrooms and see the work children do in a Steiner school.
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
The Complete Leader
Leading with wisdom, compassion and integrity
 
A foundation course in leadership
 
Venue: Silver Tree Steiner School
The workshop will take place over 3 days (8.45 for 9:00am – 4.30pm each day)
from 22 – 24 September 2018
Cost per person, including GST: $ 660
Teas will be provided; Participants provide their own lunches.
 
This workshop is a condensed version of the 12-day program run over a year, for leaders, administrators, board members and parents of Steiner schools. It is aimed at developing a culture of broad-based leadership, initiative-taking and collaboration in schools. The workshop includes a lively mix of interactive exercises and experiences, dialogue and conversation, the use of artistic media, input of appropriate concepts, review and evaluation, and personal integration of the learning. Topics covered include:
New leadership perspectives: Understanding the difference between leading and managing; How leadership has evolved over time; Emerging concepts of leadership; Enabling people to discover their karmic and developmental challenges, and to give expression to their will, out of their own ‘ethical individualism’; The planetary model as a tool for understanding and working with leadership, management and group dynamics.
Building co-operation and collaboration across the organisation: Understanding social and anti-social forces; Building interpersonal skills; Working creatively with group dynamics; Facilitating healthy dialogue and valuing diversity; Building co-operation and alignment across groups to transform adversarial relationships.
 
Building a resilient organisation: Organisation diagnosis; How organisations develop; Creating a culture of co-operation and trust, which fosters open communication, constructive feedback and the healthy exchange of perceptions, insights and ideas; Leading change and managing transitions.
The inner path of the leader: Understanding your current phase of life and your questions and challenges regarding leadership; Growing your confidence, assertiveness and personal power; Building emotional, intelligence; Facing personal transitions and crossing thresholds; Charting your personal leadership path.
 
 
The workshop is facilitated by David Liknaitzky, who has 30 years’ experience as an independent organisation development consultant, based on an anthroposophical foundation. He lives in Melbourne, and runs spiritatwork (www.spiritatwork.com.au), a consultancy that empowers and coaches leaders to think creatively and strategically about leadership, and to build ethical and collaborative workplaces in which people can bring their whole selves to work and meaningfully take initiatives and make contributions that matter to them.
David’s children all attended Steiner schools, and he has had a long-standing involvement with the Steiner school movement, working with many schools around Australia and in other parts of the world, as well as other anthroposophical initiatives. He has also consulted extensively to commercial and industrial organisations, and founded a not-for-profit youth development organisation, the Youth Empowerment Network.
David’s education and qualifications include a Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics and he is currently undertaking research in trust-based leadership towards a PhD at the University of Melbourne. He is a Professional Support Panel Member of Steiner Education Australia, a Fellow of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and a member of Australasian Facilitators’ Network.
Contact:
Susan Thomson, Interim Education Coordinator, Silver Tree Steiner School:
(08) 9295 4787;  susan.thomson@silvertree.wa.edu.au
or David Liknaitzky, spiritatwork: 0415 529 120, dliknaitzky@gmail.com
 
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SEMINAR
Wednesday 17th October 2018
9.30am - 11.30am
Swan Park Leisure Centre, 16 Gray Drive, Middle Swan WA
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