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Helena River Steiner School
Dear Parents and Community,
If you were at school on Monday morning, you would have seen Ken Wyatt, Federal Member of Parliament, wielding an enormous placard announcing a $20 000 grant for our school for the purpose of building a toilet by the Playgroup Room. We weren't aware of the success of our "Stronger Communities Program" grant, so it was a very welcome surprise indeed. Thank you Ken and the federal government!
Exciting things are also afoot next week with the School Registration Review Panel coming for a sit visit on Wednesday (6th December).
They will be meeting with me, Board members, and staff to look at all aspects of our school's operations.
If we can demonstrate a professional and compliant standard on all levels (proportionate, obviously, to the infant stage we are at) then the very good news is that there is a possibility we may be gain registration (and therefore funding) at the beginning of the new year -rather than Term 2 earliest as we originally thought. This is a beacon of light and hope that we shall strive towards with all our hearts.
Bearing in mind the importance of this visit, we shall be holding another Busy Bee this Sunday, 9.30 - 11.30 am, short and sweet, to have the place looking its best. Please see below for details.
Lastly, the Review Panel is also wishing to speak to some parents to gauge the community involvement and interest in the school. If you would be willing to donate 10 minutes or so of your time to share your experiences with them, perhaps just before or after pick up, please let me know so I can arrange it.
We ask you all to imagine how you would like our school to look in 2, 4, 5 years time and hold that vision of our school as a thriving, loving, energising, enriching environment for our children and families strongly in your hearts. We are getting there!
Blessings on our school, Tanami Magnus
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Wednesday 13th December 11 am - 1.30 pm
We ask all families to share this occasion with their child/ren and be on time. School will finish for the day afterwards and it is also our last day of school for the year.
* a shared lunch
* a picnic rug
BUSY BEE THIS SUNDAY
In order to be looking our VERY BEST for the School Registration Review Panel site visit next week, we ask any available parents to please be here this
Sunday (3rd Dec)
9.30 - 11.30 am
We will be cleaning up the inside and outside spaces.
If you cannot make it but are willing to still help (eg cleaning the classrooms or distributing mulch) please let us know and we will arrange another time (preferably next Monday or Tuesday).
Come and find something utterly unique in our SCHOOL SHOP.
Open most mornings or someone from the office can open up especially for you.
Several of our school's policies are on our website. If you are ever unsure of how the school will address any given situation, please look and the website for information, or ask at the office.
This term our children have been a-buzz and a-twitter and alive with all the happenings of spring. They have been making felted flowers and birds and nests and webs and all manner of bright and colourful things, and truly awakening to the events of nature taking place around them. Next week we begin Advent and the journey towards Christmas. The children are starting to build up an anticipation and wonder for the special nature of Christmas.
The first light of Advent is the light of stones.
Light that lives in crystals, seashells, and bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts
The light that shines in all creatures, from the greatest to the least.
The fourth light of Advent is the human light
The light of thought and of hope that we may do what's good and right
P & F NEWS
BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE - FUNDRAISER
If you haven't yet put your name down to help for a couple of hours at the sausage sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings in Midland on the 23rd of December, please do so. Roster sheets are in the playgroup, kindy and primary rooms.
NEXT P & F MEETING
Tuesday 5th December
Playgroup Room, 7.30 pm
SCHOOL SHOP HELP
We are looking for parents to help man the shop on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
Please contact Kirsty on 0458 278 785 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can spare any time to help.
Family Volunteer Hours
Please remember to complete your Family Volunteer Hours before the end of the term. There are many opportunities this term including:
* participating in the Busy Bee on Sunday
* helping on the Bunning's sausage sizzle stall
* cleaning the classrooms before the site visit
*raking and distributing mulch in the outside play areas
* marketing/office help
* fixing furniture and equipment.
Please see Gwen or Tanami to find out how you can do your hours.
Parents and Friends
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.
Also find our 2018 YEAR PLANNER here.
The Young Child
working with children from pre-birth to three
The Young Child is a course which focuses on the development and care of children from birth to three years.
The course will provide a depth of understanding and a practical foundation for those wishing to work with young children in home based child care, play groups, pre-schools and centre based child care, particularly as well as parents of young children.
Child development. An overview of Steiner Waldorf child development up to 21 years. Embryology and the incarnating child. The developmental milestones in the first three years:gross and fine motor development, speech and thinking. Social development and the development of play and imagination. The 12 senses. The 7 life forces.
The care of the young child. Physical and emotional wellbeing: sleep, warmth, nutrition and food preparation.Infant care, caring for the senses,caring for the life forces,rhythms in the life of young children and childhood illnesses.
The environment. The principals and practice of creating environments that encourage play and how to create a calm, imitation-rich environment. How to set up indoor and outdoor environments, including nature based environments. Building relationship and trust. The Mood of the fifth.
Practical experience. Hands-on experience including lyre playing, creating a child’s first doll, painting, clay, eurythmy, storytelling, singing and thecelebration of festivals.
Observation. Understanding development through observation of the young child.
Observation and reflection.
The role of the carer. A journey in self-development that will bring skills and confidence in caring for children and supporting parents. Working with imitation and example,preparation for working with parents. How to plan a playgroup/childcare day.
WHEN 8 Saturdays per term for two terms , 9.30 - 2.30 pm,
plus one 5 Day Intensive 16th - 20th July 2018
WHERE Perth Waldorf School, Gwilliam Drive, Bibra Lake
EVENTS FROM THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
The Christian Community is a Movement for Religious Renewal founded under the guidance of Rudolf Steiner ordaining women since 1922.
As a community, we are fortunate to have Lisa Devine (our Christian Community Priest) here with us in Perth over Christmas (Lisa resides in Sydney).
The Program of activities includes:
· A Children’s Advent Festival – 11 am Sunday, December 24
The Advent festival is a preparation for Christmas. It prepares a vessel for the coming light of Christmas by honoring the minerals, plants, animals and human beings who give us a home on earth. There is singing, a story, and craft. Each child should bring something small for the festival table such as a stone, a flower, a shell, a felt animal, or a paper angel. The festival is not religious and is open for all people be they of any religion or none.
· Christmas services (for adults):
- Midnight (12am) Christmas eve
- 8 am Christmas Day
- 10 am Christmas Day
You are very welcome. All events will be at the Seeker’s Place, Perth Waldorf School.
The program will be posted on the website www.thechristiancommunity.net
Please call Veronica 0450744575 or Gail 0448 054 287 for more information.
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.