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Helena River Steiner School
Dear Parents and Community,
Last week we ended the school year with our Christmas Festival, the making of candles and angels to remind us at home of all that is holy and blessed, the story behind Christmas day, and some songs, food and conversation to nourish the soul.
Our circle grew bigger, like the capacity of our hearts which will always expand to encompass more.
This is the last newsletter for the year, and primarily brings to your attention some changes and reminders for next year.
Before we launch into those, I thought I would share with you some of the year's highlights noted by staff during our staff day on Thursday:
Melissa (Primary): "Splitting the primary class and seeing immediately how every child settled into their new rhythm and found their own space.
I also really loved bringing the cultural stories each week. We delved into the myths and legends from Egypt, Poland, China, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, Polynesia, Rwanda, Iceland, South Africa, and of course Aboriginal Australia. The profound power of educating through such rich and culturally diverse language really speaks to the children. Pure soul medicine!"
Tricia (Playgroup): "Such a pleasure working with the playgroup parents. Such a strong, generous and loving group they have been. Some children have been part of playgroup for several years now and it's been very special to watch them grow and embrace the morning with such enthusiasm and confidence."
Nicole (Eurythmy): "Seeing the primary students' delight in discovering the movements of the sounds of their name through the "name game".
End of year performance sharing of an Aesop fable and Aboriginal Dreamtime story and how present, flowing and focused they were, with costumes and all!
And the dear kindys with their thorough enjoyment of the farmer story again and again with their "mooooooooo"s and their "mmmmmmmmmmm"s when we make (imaginary) icecream at the end!"
Jessica (Kindy): "My highlight was seeing the bond formed between all children, breaking away from their little groups to include everyone. And seeing how they cared for each other, played magically and were proud of each other."
Kathy (Primary): "Camp! Our very first primary school camp -and the first camp ever for many of the students as well. Such an honour to be part of. Another highlight has been having Melissa on board full time to cater for the younger students and sharing those blissful teaching moments that have been happening on a regular basis.
From seed to bread: the process of sowing seeds, harvesting, threshing, winnowing and milling to make our very own loaf of bread was so fantastic. I loved how the children wanted to expand on the ideas and experiment using other flours.
And finally, the sense of community and family, including everyone and accepting differences as part of the magic fabric of friendship has been a result of so many parents, teachers and students. I have been filled with such pride to see children include and extend friendships to those around them."
Danika (Kindy): "My highlight was seeing the Kindy 6s come together with the Rainbows (Class1/2) for craft on Friday afternoons. The children have shown such excitement and appreciation for collaborating and playing together. It has been like a bridge to prepare the Kindy 6s for entering Class 1 next year. I've noticed a sense of pride and glorious anticipation.
I've also loved watching the kindy children care for the garden and worm farm. They are beginning to see how everything in nature is connected, and that they have their part to play also."
Karen (Primary and Kindy): "I think my most memorable moments were helping with the music ensemble, where so many children reached a level of joy in accomplishment in being part of the group's creation. Music is so special, and Kathy does it so very well!
In Kindy, one of my most memorable moments was being told emphatically by a (nearly) 4-year-old that 'You really should tell your mother how delicious mango is with chocolate icec-ream! Mmm-mmm! Then she might get it for your birthday' "
Me (All Things Administration): "GETTING REGISTRATION!!!!!! WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!"
Blessings, Tanami Magnus
IMPORTANT GENERAL NEWS
EARLY CLOSE TIMES 2019
From the start of next year, school will finish at 2.10 pm every Wednesday. This is for teachers to have a staff meeting to work on the educational needs before us.
Please make sure you have pickups organised from the start of the year.
2018 OUTSTANDING FEES
If you have any 2018 fees still owing, please pay immediately. Thank you.
FEE BILLING CHANGES
As you would have seen by now on your fee statements for next year, unless you commit to paying each term in full before the start date of each term, you must enter into a Payment Plan Contract. We highly recommend you start your payment plan now and pay throughout the holidays to get a head start. All payment plans must be in place -with the first payment already made- by the 28th January. All school fees must now be paid in full by 15th November each year.
Please contact Rabia, on firstname.lastname@example.org for all financial matters.
ONE TERM'S WITHDRAWAL NOTICE REQUIRED
Please be aware we have a very firm -and necessary- policy that once a child is enrolled, the enrolment will continue each term and each year, unless otherwise advised.
If at any stage you wish to withdraw your child, you must give us one full term's written notice, otherwise you will be responsible for paying the proceeding term in lieu of notice. This is essential for sound the financial budgeting and management of our small school. Thank you.
Please make sure on the first day of school your child is equipped with a wide-brimmed hat with his/her name on it.
We will not be accepting any caps, as per our Clothing Policy as they do not adequately shield the sun.
A reminder that clothes are to be of plain, bright colours, without any logos, advertising, pictures or caricatures. Clothing must also cover shoulders. If any students come to school wearing thin straps, for the sake of their skin they will not be able to play outside.
As you all know, it takes many hands to build and maintain a school. Each family commits upon enrolling their child/ren to give 4 hours of their time each term to whatever task they are able. Often this is during busy bees.
It can be hard keeping track of those who don't do their hours, so as of next year it becomes each family's responsibility to fill and hand in a Volunteer Hours Form by the end each term noting the tasks they have done. If we don't receive a form, the family will be charged a Cash in Liu of Volunteer Hours Fee, as outlined in the Fee Schedule.
You are all talented in different ways and we look forward to having the gift of your help on any number of suited tasks next year. Thank you.
NEW PLAYGROUP HOME
Thank you so much to all the patient playgroup families who accepted being housed in the kindy building while the Playgroup Room was undergoing council reclassification.
Next year playgroup will have a brand new location -in the Deluxe Play Tent!
It will be aircon-cool in summer and cosy in winter.
We are working hard on the garden already to have it abundant and blossoming by the start of term.
NEW CLASS 1/2 CLASSROOM We anticipate that the "Playgroup Room" will have undergone all the required changes for the building reclassification by the start of the year. It will then resurrect itself as our new Class 1/2 Classroom! Our numbers are gently swelling and the current primary building can no longer hold both classes. Melissa and the children are already looking forward to their adventures in the enchanted cabin next year.
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 email@example.com or
Principal, Tanami Magnus, on 0419 991 587 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ORDINARY BOARD MEMBER POSITION AVAILABLE (requirements as above, but without minute taking)
TEMPORARY OFFICE ASSISTANCE REQUIRED
Fiona, our office assistant will be away from January 28th to 15th February and we are looking for someone to work in the office 2-3 mornings a week for those 3 weeks.
If you have office experience, and this appeals, please get in touch with Tanami at email@example.com
CLEANER POSITION AVAILABLE 2019
Next year we require someone to clean the classrooms approximately 30 - 60 minutes each day (either before or after school). Please contact Tanami at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.